web analytics
November 27, 2014 / 5 Kislev, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
IDC Herzliya Campus A Day on Campus

To mark IDC Herzliya’s 20th anniversary, we spent a day following Prof. Uriel Reichman, IDC’s founder and president, and Jonathan Davis, VP for External Relations, around its delightful campus.



Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

The Palestinian Authority held the latest in a series of official meetings in Jerusalem to discuss dealing with expected Palestinian sovereignty over key sections of the city.

Dmitri Ziliani, a spokesman for the Jerusalem section of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, told WorldNetDaily that this week’s meeting was related to the activities and structure of Fatah’s local command in eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem.

“We were covering the best ways to improve our performance on the street and how we can be of service to the community,” Ziliani said.

Ziliani said the regular PA meetings in Jerusalem are, in part, held in anticipation of a future Palestinian state encompassing all of eastern Jerusalem.

“Our political program as Fatah dictates [is that] there will be no Palestinian state if these areas – all of east Jerusalem – are not included,” Ziliani said.

This week’s meeting was the latest in a series of official PA gatherings in Israel’s capital since last November’s U.S.-backed Annapolis summit, which aimed to create a Palestinian state before the end of this year.

According to previous accords, the PA cannot open official institutions in Jerusalem. While Israel has not officially approved the PA’s presence in Jerusalem, Palestinian diplomatic sources claimed there was an unwritten agreement in which Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s office pledged not to interfere with some PA activities in the city.

Rice In Solidarity With PA On Jerusalem

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this week pledged to study a Palestinian proposal for the U.S. to guarantee that eastern sections of Jerusalem will become part of a future Palestinian state.

“[Rice] was in total solidarity with us on the issue of stopping Israeli building in [eastern] Jerusalem,” said a senior Palestinian Authority official who met with Rice.

The official said Rice promised to seriously look into the offering of a formal U.S. letter guaranteeing that new Israeli construction in eastern Jerusalem would be disregarded and that the areas of construction would be included in the final borders of a Palestinian state.

As Rice met with Israeli and Palestinian officials, Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski announced the approval of 40,000 new residential units to be built in various Jewish neighborhoods, including about 1,300 new units in eastern Jerusalem. Rice later harshly criticized the proposed new construction.

Israel recaptured eastern Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, during the 1967 Six Day War. The Palestinians have claimed eastern Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian state. While the area has large Arab neighborhoods, it also has a significant Jewish population as well as sites holy to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

About 231,000 Arabs live in Jerusalem, mostly in eastern neighborhoods. Many reside in illegally constructed complexes on property owned by the Jewish National Fund, a Jewish nonprofit agency that purchases land for the stated goal of Jewish settlement. Jerusalem has an estimated total population of 724,000.

Hamas Says Israel In Retreat

Hamas has been operating under the working assumption that Prime Minister Olmert will reject a proposed large-scale military ground operation that was debated in the Knesset last week, said top Hamas sources.

The Hamas sources said they expect Israel to agree to a truce with the Gaza-based militants. They said they consider Israel to be engaged in a policy of retreat with regard to the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights and the West Bank.

“We are sure the Zionists will not dare any operation in Gaza,” said one top Hamas official. “To show this, in recent weeks, the Israeli military forces have been lowering their level of troops operating near Gaza.

“If there was going to be any major operation, Israel would be sending in reinforcements, not evacuating its forces.

“Of course we prepare for anything, but what we see is that Israel is in retreat. They are pulling their troops back,” said the Hamas official.

The official was referring to an Israeli decision two weeks ago to evacuate troops stationed at the Erez crossing, a major Gaza-Israel border crossing, following repeated Palestinian attacks against Israel’s side of the border station.

Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily.com. He appears throughout the week on leading U.S. radio programs and is the author of the recently published book “Schmoozing with Terrorists.”

About the Author: Aaron Klein is a New York Times bestselling author and senior reporter for WND.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York's 970 AM Radio on Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern. His website is KleinOnline.com.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Ferguson, Missouri: rioting against racism, encouraging murder
The Foul Stench of the Ferguson Fallout
Latest News Stories

Three Gazans were captured overnight when they crossed over the security fence into Israel.

Haircut for wigs 1

Over 200 hair salons across Israel took part in the annual nationwide drive to collect hair for the Zichron Menachem Cancer Support in Israel in partnership with Pantene Products Israel.

A cruise ship docked at the port in the Southern Israeli town of Ashdod. June 23, 2014.

In 2014, cruise ship traffic to Israel decreased by almost two-thirds in comparison with the year before.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

U.S. Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg had heart surgery on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

“The Israeli government is not interested in the collapse of the Palestinian Authority,” said Arbell, a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution who teaches at American University here. “There may be faults in Abbas and the leadership and in what they’re doing, but they’re still the safest bet.”

Shas head Aryeh Deri said this evening on Radio Kol Chai that if Netanyahu met his two non-negotiable conditions, Shas could join the coalition.

The man, a resident of Beit Safafa, tried on three different occasions last week to burn down the section of the hospital building where he worked.

The terrorist’s wife will now have to return to the Palestinian Authority, following the decision by Interior Minister Gilad Erdan.

The IDF says it will change its policies on soldiers who grow beards for religious reasons.

The proposal includes some extreme measures to fight the current wave of terrorism.

The Kinneret rose 3.5 centimeters overnight due to the heavy rainstorm that hit the country.

The father-son team recently gave a check to the family of Druze policeman Zidan Saif for his role in stopping the Har Nof Massacre.

The police fought hard to not have it revealed that Netanel Arami was murdered in a Petach Tikva terror attack, but now a court has lifted the gag order…

The three were walking along the side of the highway when the accident happened.

A device, a gas canister with wires, was left near the Shavei Shomron intersection this morning, designed to look like a bomb.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/quick-takes-news-from-israel-you-may-have-missed-133/2008/06/18/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: