Across Israel, Meir Panim responds to the growing needs of the country’s 1.75 million impoverished residents through various food and social service programs.
Although Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal last week to block the dismantling of Givat Ulpana enraged the Right in Israel, it was his government’s announcement of the construction of hundreds of new housing units in Beit El, Ariel, Ma’aleh Adumim, Adam, Efrat and Kiryat Arba that caused much more tumult around the world.
The U.S., UN officials and European heads of state once again claimed the construction was inconsistent with international law. PA President Mahmoud Abbas said the announcement of new construction was the latest evidence that Mr. Netanyahu is not interested in negotiations and he – predictably – threatened once again to go back to the UN, this time to seek non-member status there.
Mr. Abbas’s response is revealing. He seems to be telegraphing that he does not expect the U.S. will, at least for now, reverse its position and support full UN membership for the Palestinians, whatever territory that would imply. By any measure he is floundering, unless he is just hoping a reelected President Obama will revert to pressuring Israel to abandon settlement construction in advance of resumed negotiations.
Of course, nothing prevents Mr. Abbas from resuming talks without an Israeli commitment to end new construction. Indeed, the Gaza disengagement demonstrated that nothing is written in stone. And Mr. Abbas concedes he was only following President Obama’s lead when he began insisting on a suspension of construction as a precondition for resuming negotiations. But for Israel, waiving its right to build would signal its acknowledgment that it has no real claim on the land. Why would Israel agree not to build on territory it expects to hold onto in a final resolution of the conflict?
Those who support the Palestinian position no longer do so on the supposed merits of the Palestinian interpretation of international law. Rather, it is a matter of who decides what is essentially a political, not a legal, decision. In fact, both the Israeli and Palestinian positions are theoretically arguable depending on one’s view of the efficacy of a series of military conquests over the course of centuries and whether or not one dismisses the issue of biblical entitlement.
Politics, as always, is what underlies the Israel-Arab dispute.
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The answer is an emphatic no.
The meaning of “God’s watch” here is not entirely clear.
Don’t Israelis and Arab Palestinians deserve more than this? Is it not time to stop the insanity?
At age 104, my mother was still concerned about her relationship with Hashem.
Obama’s incompetence, the way his naive worldview and credulity have made a fool of him, are equally frightening
“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”
You’ve discovered our little secret!
Klein’s challenger has demonstrated a propensity to unleash poisonous vitriol, even to other Zionists
President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy.
Welcome the book of Leviticus!
If the nationalist Knesset members don’t provide the answer, the Arab MKs will do so in their place.
International Agunah Day falls annually on Ta’anis Esther, this year on March 13.
Yeshiva University Museum recently hosted an exhibit titled “Threshold to the Sacred.”
Even a foxhole Yid has to admit that antisemitism is on the upswing.
One can almost imagine a shocked Mr. Kerry thinking to himself, “How could he?” Yet not only did Mr. Putin do what he did, China, one of the three major international players along with the U.S. and Russia, agreed with him, not with Mr. Kerry.
We are not unmindful that generally appropriate governmental initiatives may have some inappropriate aspects in execution.
Al Qaeda, despite President Obama’s claims to the contrary, is newly resurgent and no doubt salivating at the prospect of a severely diminished U.S. military capacity.
Last month, after the Israeli government published plans for new construction, the State Department promptly repeated its longstanding refrain that the settlements were “illegitimate” and that “It is never helpful to have steps taken that are not conducive to our efforts to move forward on peace.”
While the thrust of the proposed law is easily understandable, there is a problem as well. The current draft requires claimants to prove malicious intent on the part of the present holder of the property, which some legal authorities say would be extremely difficult.
Recent stories in the Israeli media, citing “unnamed sources,” indicate that Mr. Kerry failed to get backing from President Obama to confront Israel over its rejection of his peace proposals
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