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Netanyahu: ‘Not Even One Meter’ of Area C to Palestinian Authority

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to Likud ministers in a meeting on Sunday that Israel would not transfer “even one meter” of territory to the Palestinian Authority.

But it was not really clear whether the prime minister was talking about territory in Area C with mutual swaps, or Area C “unilaterally,” or Area C in negotiations, or elsewise.

In fact, nothing was clear at all, except that he was adamant that there would be no unilateral transfer of territory, which is not the same thing as a properly negotiated transfer in a mutually worked out agreement, which may still be on the table.

“There won’t be any transfer of territory of the Palestinians, not 40,000 [dunam], not 10,000 [dunam] and not even one meter,” Netanyahu was quoted as by Ynet as saying in a meeting with Likud ministers. In that gathering he was referring to a report about handing over portions of Area C to the Palestinian Authority – something that was never an issue under the Oslo Accords in any case.

But the issue was indeed raised after Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council, accused the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) and the IDF Civil Administration of working on a plan to do exactly that: to transfer 10,000 dunam of territory in Area C to the Palestinian Authority. It’s a plan that former U.S. special envoy to the Middle East Martin Indyk had also discussed in the past, and raised again recently while on a visit to Tel Aviv.

There were also reports last week that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rejected a proposal by Netanyahu to allow Arabs to build in some parts of Area C in exchange for ending the current wave of terror – and for the U.S. to acknowledge Israel’s right to build in the primary “settlement blocs” in which its Jewish communities are located in Judea and Samaria.

It has long been believed that those areas will likely remain part of Israel in any final status agreement with the Palestinian Authority.

To sweeten the deal, there were reports that Netanyahu had also offered to transfer some of the territory in Area C to the PA – but none of the reports were confirmed.

Dagan, however, insisted that he knew COGAT was advancing a plan to offer one part of Area C to the PA and reclassify it as Area B instead.

Under the Oslo Accords, Area C is totally under Israeli civil administrative and security control; Area B is under the security control of Israel, but Areas B and A are under the civil and administrative control of the Palestinian Authority. Area A is totally under the Palestinian Authority control, including security.

Outraged, Dagan asked Likud ministers to raise the issue at their Sunday morning meeting with Netanyahu, warning that to grant such a deal in the middle of a wave of terror would be tantamount to rewarding the attacks.

He also demanded that Netanyahu order COGAT and the IDF Civil Administration which administers the territories to stop working on such plans.

With increased numbers of IDF units carrying out security missions in all sectors of Judea and Samaria literally every night, however, it is more likely such a plan would be sabotaged long before it got off the ground, even if it were to be raised.

The IDF has shut down three separate PA radio stations for incitement, including one that was shut down just this weekend, early Sunday.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said in a radio interview on Israel Radio on Sunday that Israel’s conflict “did not start today and won’t end [tomorrow].

Netanyahu Orders Tighter Security, Coordination of Efforts in Hebron District

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered Israel’s defense establishment to coordinate its efforts to tighten security efforts in the Hebron district.

In his remarks at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said that over the weekend, he held discussions with the defense minister, the public security minister and the IDF chief of staff.

“I instructed the security agencies to coordinate their efforts in the Hebron district, from which most or all of the attacks are originating,” Netanyahu said. “We are carrying out – inter alia – arrests and roadblocks there and are boosting our forces. We did this in Jerusalem from which most of the attacks had originated,” he noted.

“I would like to commend the security forces for their strong counter terrorist actions,” he continued, “including the apprehension of terrorists.

“We are facing terrorism by individuals – this is not terrorism by organizations, this is terrorism by individuals, occasionally with kitchen knives, who are incited mainly by social media,” he pointed out.

“It is very difficult to hermetically prevent the arrival of such knife-wielding, or other, terrorists to this or that place. Therefore, in addition to the actions that we are taking in the centers of terrorism themselves, in addition to the actions by the security forces, citizens must be on maximum alert,” he warned.

“I must say that we are showing such awareness, with considerable resourcefulness and courage, and this is deserving of all praise. We are still fighting and will continue to do so. This struggle has continued for nearly 100 years, but we will overcome this wave as well.”

Netanyahu also spoke about the international terror wave being perpetrated by Da’esh (ISIS), and how it has impacted the Jewish State.

“Last week, indictments were filed against Israeli citizens who were planning to join ISIS,” he added. “Also, I have asked the Attorney General to advance steps to revoke the citizenship of those who join ISIS. Whoever joins ISIS will not be an Israeli citizen. And if he leaves the borders of the state, he will not return.

“I think this lesson is becoming increasingly clear throughout the international arena and it is fitting that we lead this effort as well.”

Israeli PM Netanyahu Heads to White House

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing for his upcoming visit to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House next week.

On the laundry list for his visit is a request for a $50 b, 10-year military foreign aid package for Israel.

It has been a very long time since Netanyahu was welcomed by Obama to the White House — or invited for any reason, for that matter. White House officials have already told reporters they are receptive to the idea of increasing aid to Israel but are not specifying what or how much.

Also on the agenda are two other issues that have consistently remained areas of contention between the two leaders throughout their terms: Iran and “peace” with the Palestinian Authority.

Netanyahu has told his constituency that he will not limit building within Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria – a key demand by Obama. But quietly it appears the Israeli prime minister has done that very thing several times and may even be doing it again, perhaps at the request of the U.S. to jumpstart talks once more. Who knows?

Regardless, “Israel and America are fundamental and strategic allies that share the same interests and values,” maintained officials on both sides of the Atlantic on Thursday.

Israel receives the most defense aid from the United States than from any other nation at present. That is, when it is not engaged in a war for survival with Hamas in Gaza, when suddenly its combat supplies were frozen by Washington in summer 2014 during Operation Protection Edge as missiles rained down on Israeli civilians.

Israel Will Revoke Citizenship of Arab ‘Paraglider’ – If He Returns

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

The Israeli citizenship of the Arab who glided from the air into Syria Saturday night will be revoked, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the beginning of Sunday’s weekly Cabinet meeting.

The Arab, as reported here, set off a crisis after the IDF discovered that someone had paraglided from the Israeli side of the Golan Heights into Syria.

The IDF began a search for the man, but once it was clear that the paraglider had crossed into Syria to join the enemy, either the Islamic State (ISIS) or the Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front, the search was called off.

Prime Minister Netanyahu told the Cabinet:

We are constantly fighting Daish, Jabhat – Al Nusra and other terrorist organizations.

Yesterday an Israeli civilian crossed our border in the Golan Heights into Syria to join the ranks of the enemy. We will act to nullify his citizenship. That is what is done in any such case.

Whoever joins the ranks of the enemy to fight against Israel, will not be an Israeli citizen.

Hezbollah, Lebanon, Syria and Hamas officially are enemies or illegal in Israel. Does that mean that the citizenship of any Israeli who joins Hamas, or Islamic Jihad, will be revoked?

Don’t bet on it.

And how about Mahmoud Abbas’ “resistance” terrorists working for his Fatah party?

No chance. Israel has not declared Fatah an illegal terrorist organization.

It is headed by Israel’s “peace partner.”

Netanyahu: Jews Will Not Pray on the Temple Mount

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tonight (Sat. 24 Oct 2015), made the following statement regarding the Temple Mount:

“Recognizing the importance of the Temple Mount to peoples of all three monotheistic faiths – Jews, Muslims and Christians: Israel re-affirms its commitment to upholding unchanged the status quo of the Temple Mount, in word and in practice.

As we have said many times, Israel has no intention to divide the Temple Mount, and we completely reject any attempt to suggest otherwise.

We respect the importance of the special role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, as reflected in the 1994 peace treaty between Jordan and Israel, and the historical role of King Abdullah II.

Israel will continue to enforce its longstanding policy: Muslims pray on the Temple Mount; non-Muslims visit the Temple Mount.

Israel believes that those who visit or worship on the Temple Mount must be allowed to do so in peace, free from violence, from threats, from intimidation and from provocations. We will continue to ensure access to the Temple Mount for peaceful worshippers and visitors, while maintaining public order and security.

We welcome increased coordination between the Israeli authorities and the Jordanian Waqf, including to ensure that visitors and worshippers demonstrate restraint and respect for the sanctity of the area, and all this in accordance with the respective responsibilities of the Israelis authorities and the Jordanian Waqf.

We support the call for the immediate restoration of calm, and for all the appropriate steps to be taken to ensure that violence ceases, that provocative actions are avoided, and that the situation returns to normalcy in a way that promotes the prospects for peace.

We look forward to working cooperatively to lower tensions, stop incitement and discourage violence.”

Netanyahu Commits to Maintaining Temple Mount Status Quo, Praises Jordanian Waqf

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

(JNi.media) Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday said that Israel and Jordan have agreed to take steps to reduce tensions on the Temple Mount. Among other things, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to a proposal made by King Abdullah II of Jordan, to place surveillance cameras to document what is happening in the compound around the clock. Netanyahu pledged to maintain the existing arrangements for visits at the holy site, which include permitting Jews to visit the Temple Mount but not to pray there. Netanyahu repeatedly acknowledged the special historical role of Jordan as guardian of the Holy sites.

However, as early as 1954, Israel has charged Jordan with the desecration of the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, with thousands of tombstones smashed and used as building material, paving stones or for latrines in Arab Legion army camps. The Intercontinental Hotel was built on top of the cemetery and graves were demolished to make way for a highway to the hotel. According to CAMERA, as soon as it was captured by the Jordanian Legion, the Jewish Quarter of the Old City was destroyed and its residents expelled. Fifty-eight synagogues—some of them hundreds of years old—were destroyed, their contents looted and desecrated. Some Jewish religious sites were turned into chicken coops or animal stalls. The Western Wall was turned into a slum area.

However, in the spirit of letting bygones be bygones, Israel has agreed to meet soon with representatives of Jordan and the Waqf to discuss strengthening security on the Temple Mount. “All violence and incitement to violence must stop, and leaders must lead it,” Secretary Kerry declared. He made the remarks after meeting in Amman with King Abdullah, and earlier with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas told reporters that the Palestinians have not lost hope.

Netanyahu is expected to issue a video announcement Saturday night and undertake to maintain the status quo on the Temple Mount.

MK Yinon Magal (Bayit Yehudi) said in response, “I appreciate the efforts of the prime minister to calm the situation, but nothing will prevent Jews from eventually praying on the Temple Mount. Not even Waqf cameras.”

US Secy of State Kerry: ‘Critical to Stop the Incitement, Stop the Violence’

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a strong statement Thursday condemning the wave of terror that has left 10 Israelis dead and more than 112 wounded since October 1.

Kerry and Netanyahu met together in Berlin along with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

In remarks at a news conference prior to their meeting, Israel’s prime minister first thanked the Secretary and the United States “for condemning the terrorist attacks against Israel, for standing up for Israel’s right of self-defense, and also for standing up for Israel in UNESCO. All of that is deeply appreciated.”

Netanyahu then went on to point out that, “Yesterday was a tough day. We had four terrorist attacks. This morning began – we had an attack in which two terrorists tried to murder a bus full of school children. There is no question that this wave of attacks is driven directly by incitement – incitement from Hamas, incitement from the Islamist movement in Islam, and incitement, I am sorry to say, from President [Mahmoud] Abbas and the Palestinian Authority.

“We have to stop the terrorism. To stop the terrorism, we have to stop the incitement,” Netanyahu pointed out. “I think it’s time that the international community told President Abbas to stop the incitement and hold him accountable for his words and his deeds,” he said. “We have to stop the incitement, we have to stop the violence,” Kerry agreed. “I think it’s critical.

“Obviously, this conversation that you and I will have is very important to settle on the steps that will be taken that take us beyond the condemnation and beyond the rhetoric.”

Clearly referring to public Arabic-language speeches by Abbas showing that he is full agreement with other Arab terrorists committed to the murder of Israelis, Kerry said, “It is absolutely critical to end all incitement and all violence, and to find a road forward to build the possibility that is not there today for a larger process.”

The U.S. leader nevertheless added that he still believes there is a chance to dial back the clock and still create a ‘two-state solution.’

“We have been at this, we know each other well. I believe we have the ability to make a difference, and that’s what I came here to do,” he said. “And I hope, in this conversation, we can make progress.

“I talked with King Abdullah (of Jordan) yesterday. I have talked with President [Mahmoud] Abbas. I believe people want this to de-escalate,” Kerry insisted.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/us-secy-of-state-kerry-critical-to-stop-the-incitement-stop-the-violence/2015/10/22/

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