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Netanyahu Orders Contact Cut with Palestinian Authority

The moratorium comes in response to the “Palestinians’ grave violation of their commitments."
Prime Minister Netanyahu at last week's cabinet meeting.

Prime Minister Netanyahu at last week's cabinet meeting.
Photo Credit: Danny Meron / POOL / Flash 90

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered all but one Israeli negotiator to cut contact with their Palestinian Authority counterparts.

Netanyahu ordered discussions halted between Israeli and PA representatives on all issues with the exception of security, according to news agencies.

In addition, all government ministries — except the Defense Ministry — are to cease any civilian and economic cooperation with the Palestinian Authority.

Only Israel’s chief negotiator  and former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, head of the Tnua party, was exempted from the ban. The moratorium comes in response to what a government official called the “Palestinians’ grave violation of their commitments in the framework of the peace talks.”

The comment refers to the PA promise made from the outset of the talks to refrain from unilateral attempts to gain membership in international and United Nations agencies, treaties and organizations until after the talks were to end on April 29. Last Monday, April 1, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas broke his word to Israel and the United States, signing and submitting applications to 15 international conventions following a crisis in the talks.

In response, Prime Minister Netanyahu warned earlier this week, “Unilateral steps [on the part of the PA] will be met with unilateral steps on our part.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tried to smooth over new tensions with America’s strongest ally in the region after having appeared to throw Israel under the bus when he met with his own firing squad at a Congressional hearing earlier this week.

Kerry pointed the finger at Israel when asked why the talks failed, claiming “the two sides have taken steps that are not helpful,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said in an attempt at “clarification” a day later. “At no stage did he play the blame game,” she claimed. “Kerry even noted especially that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took courageous steps throughout the process.”

But Kerry told the Senate during the hearing that the main reason the talks failed had to do with Israel refusing to free a fourth tranche of PA terrorist prisoners on schedule — a group that included 20 Israeli Arab citizens — preceding a deadline for completion of talks that had to date accomplished nothing other than release from Israeli prisons for 78 other PA terrorists, and no significant concessions from the Palestinian Authority. Kerry also slammed continued construction in established Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. In addition, he said, “Around noon, when they were to reach an agreement, 700 housing units in Jerusalem were announced and ‘boom.’”

As if the announcement of adding new housing in Jerusalem to relieve a population crisis in the capital, and construction in existing towns and cities was the true point of contention upon which agreed-upon negotiations between “professional” diplomats rose and fell.

The lack of clarity about the real reason for the crash of the talks is not being discussed outside of the closed doors in the capitals of the world, although every world leader understands the truth.

PA leaders do not want this millstone, the burden of forever having the responsibility for running this “independent state” — around their necks. They don’t know how, and they don’t have enough skilled people, properly trained to do it yet. And those they do have do not stay due to the corruption and intrigues that go on that pose a constant risk to their lives. It is a hangman’s noose that will eventually kill each and every one of them because of the risk of failure. So each is looking for different ways to escape it — and to somehow find a way blame Israel in the process.

If we are really lucky, perhaps America will stay out of this process long enough to allow Tzipi Livni and Saeb Erekat to walk everyone back from the brink, and just long enough to prevent any forced agreement or unilateral action being imposed on Israel in the near future.

 

 

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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29 Responses to “Netanyahu Orders Contact Cut with Palestinian Authority”

  1. His steps are orchestrated from heaven

  2. You did too much for them….its enough. Thank you!

  3. Keeping I it simple

  4. why this only one – maybe as a betrayer of HEAVEN?? – right GINA?

  5. start war – or peace
    eliminate Palestinians – or accept others ..

  6. Gene Strong says:

    Israel.has nothing to.gain and everything to lose by negotiating with Palestinans and muslims.

  7. Pete Dinglas says:

    Be brave…God is behind you.

  8. Never look down !! “Stand strong ”

  9. Because the arabs refuse to recognize the Jews as the indigenous people of Israel…Bibi should also make a statement that it is no longer the official policy of Israel to have two states for two people…the arabs in Israel have never been a nation, “palestinian” as it refers to arabs has always been a hoax made up by arafat and Bibi should just put an end to that myth formally, openly, publicly now

  10. Jennifer Moe says:

    Stand strong Israel!

  11. Tom Sproule says:

    The Eastern Arab community does not practice what is said in the “Hadith.That God shows no mercy towards those who show no mercy to ALL mankind.Why such violent unreasonable dealings with Jews and Christians?I believe Jesus Christ to be the Messiah and John the Baptist to be the last of the old Pre-Messiah Prophets.I would be killed for this in many parts of the world.If Muhammed believed Abraham why did he not believe Abrams God who said He would scatter his people and then bring them back to their own land someday?”Salvation is from the Jews”,Jesus said this.Everything is happening just the way it was prophesied so many years ago.

  12. When will Bibi strike Iran? News is Iran still building nukes. Israel will win.

  13. Makes sense to me.

  14. Enough is enough! The Palestinians want the “whole ball of wax” and deserve zilch. They had enough chances and blew them all so let them eat sh-t.

  15. Chaim Szmidt says:

    Had Kerry bothered to take the time to understand the reality, and not what his rose colored glasses allowed him to see, had he truly wanted a real peace he would have been just as tough on the Palestinian leadership as on Israel's… oh… wait! WHAT PALESTINIAN LEADERSHIP?!?!?!? Abbas, whose mandate ended years ago, or Hamas who has no intentions of making peace with dem Jooz?

  16. WhoooooHooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Been waiting for this one.

  17. If this site had those little icons that show clapping hands, I would be placing several of them here instead of this comment. Hana Levi Julian needs to address Obama and Kerry.

  18. Livni should go out of this goverment, she is a traitor.

  19. First the palestinians must pay the debts to Israel, no me any services to them, they get much money from petro dollars, US and EU.

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