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Observations on the Proposed Law on Compensating Palestinian Land Owners

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=56960

Let’s walk through this:

#1. The proposed law to compensate Palestinian land owners is the fairest arrangement for them.

Today if a Palestinian decides to file in court to have part of a Jewish neighborhood torn down because, he claims, it turns out he owns the land it was built on, the most he can expect to gain from the effort is the satisfaction of seeing the homes bulldozed. After all, since the land is in the middle of a Jewish community, beyond the Green Line, there is no way that the authorities are going to permit him to build a home there. And if he sells the land to the Jews, our “peace partner” Palestinian Authority will sentence him to death.

In sharp contrast, under the proposed law, the same Palestinian land owner would get fair financial compensation for the ex-poste confiscated land. And since this is a kind of “force majeure” from the standpoint of the Palestinians, the Palestinian landowner can get fair compensation for his land and stay alive.

#2. If the Supreme Court is going to void the law then why is this argument used by opponents of the law?

Minister Begin and others who oppose the law argue that it will be voided by the Supreme Court and that the law will damage Israel on the international front.

If the Supreme Court voids the law this will no doubt bring praise for Israel from the international community – not condemnation. And rest assured the court will rule on the law in lightning speed.

So if one is certain that the Supreme Court will void the law you cannot at the same time argue that the law will hurt the Jewish State.

#3. There isn’t a square inch of Jewish construction beyond the Green Line – including in eastern Jerusalem – that the international community has welcomed.

The argument that passage of the law will bring international opposition to Jewish construction beyond the Green Line implies that not passing the law will somehow keep the Palestinians from playing the settlement card to the hilt.

There are a myriad of reasons why the Palestinians will or will not choose to step up their anti-settlement campaign. If PM Netanyahu is serious about implementing a “ten new Jewish homes for every Jewish home demolished” policy, this could arguably have a greater impact on the anti-settlement campaign than the implementation of the law would.

IMRA: Gestures To PA – But Keep The Gloves Off

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

The current series of Israeli gestures could serve a vital role in enabling the Jewish State to keep the “ball” in the Palestinian “court” without being sucked into renewing the “settlement freeze”.

But making gestures should in no way be accompanied by a reconciliatory approach towards objectionable Palestinian behavior and Palestinian pronouncements.

Toning down criticism of the PA not only doesn’t serve the interests of Israel – it ultimately does not serve the interests of the Palestinians.

First, Israeli interests:

Israeli criticism of the PA serves both to highlight and emphasize the standard of behavior that we expect the Palestinians to meet while providing vital evidence that these standards are not being met.

The failure of the Palestinians to meet these standards can serve a critical role in justifying Israel’s final status requirements.

After all, if the Palestinians had honored Oslo – in particular the security elements of the agreement – we would be facing incredible pressure in final status talks to accept paper thin security arrangements.

The gross failure of the Palestinians to honor their security obligations makes “peace for piece of paper” a farce that no serious third party would even consider suggesting – let alone trying to impose.

But there are also Palestinian interests.

If you believe that the Palestinian leadership genuinely wants to implement a “two state solution” rather than a “two state stage” with the ultimate goal of destroying Israel then one would want to empower them to be able to honor their obligations.

And the best way to empower the Palestinian leadership is to put them in the position that they can point to the sharp criticism they suffer from for violations in order to justify compliance to their “street”.

For everyone’s best interests – let’s keep the gloves on.

Russia Indemnfies Iran After Reneging on Deal for S-300 Air-Defense Systems

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

According to a report by Fars News Agency, Russia has returned Iran’s advancement payment and the accrued interest after reneging on the delivery of S-300 air-defense systems to Iran.

“The main payment and its interest was returned to Iran by the Russian side,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said in a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

Iran brought the issue before the International Court of Arbitration, filing a complaint against the non-governmental Russian defense contractor company with which it entered into the contract.

According to the contract signed in 2007, Russia committed to supplying Iran with at least five S-300 air-defense systems. But Russian President Dmitry Medvedev declared in September 2010 that selling the missile systems to Iran would contravene UN Security Council Resolution 1929; it is understood that this stance resulted from the intense pressure brought to bear by the US government.

IMRA contributed to this report.

 

 

Nabil Shaath: PA Will Take Complete Responsibility for Gaza, Asks ‘What Missiles?’

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

In a telephone conversation [today] held several hours after announcement of the agreement to form a Hamas-Fatah government, senior Palestinian official Nabil Sha’ath told IMRA (Independent Media Review and Analysis) that the unity government will take complete responsibility for the management of the Gaza Strip and West Bank and not just preparations for the elections.

IMRA asked Sha’ath if that responsibility included responsibility for security matters and Sha’ath responded that it would be responsible for all matters.

IMRA asked Sha’ath if the unity government would be responsible for the thousands of rockets and missiles now deployed in the Gaza Strip.

Sha’ath replied: “What missiles? This is propaganda. What about all the Israeli missiles?”

IMRA noted that Hamas is proud of the missiles they possess and that they have released video clips of launchings.

Sha’ath ended the conversation.

A Poll In Israel

Thursday, October 25th, 2001

In an astounding development, a Gallup poll commissioned by the daily Ma'ariv newspaper last week has revealed that approximately 20% of Jewish Israelis believe that “such people as Shimon Peres, Yossi Beilin, and Uri Savir, who participated in the formation of the Oslo agreements, should be made to stand trial.” And as the noted analyst Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA has observed, “the groundbreaking significance lies in the very fact that this question was included in a poll by the mainstream Israeli media.”

As we enter the New Year, it is apparent that the views about Oslo in the minds of Israelis have radically changed. More and more Israelis are recognizing that Oslo has put Israel in the worst predicament in its history.

Yet the notion that one of its principal architects still serves in an official position in the Sharon government should boggle the mind. Indeed, each day brings fresh reports of Peres' public efforts to undermine the resolve of Prime Minister Sharon to refuse to cave in to Palestinian terror. Even a catastrophe of the magnitude of the destruction of the World Trade Center has not chilled the ardor of this man to pursue his millenialist pipe dreams of reasoning with people who blow up innocents to make a political point. How true are the words of the late Prime Minister Moshe Sharett, who noted that if Shimon Peres ever occupied an official position in the Government of Israel, we would have to tear keriah in mourning for the State of Israel.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/editorial/a-poll-in-israel/2001/10/25/

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