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Posts Tagged ‘Jerusalem’

Hamas-Fatah Talks in Moscow Also Hope to Deter Trump From Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Russian officials this week held unofficial reconciliation talks in Moscow between Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization and the Fatah faction that leads the Palestinian Authority government from Ramallah.

Moussa Abu Marzouk represented Hamas in Moscow at the talks.

Since Sunday the two sides discussed the possibility of forming – again – a national unity government prior to elections.

On Tuesday, Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad said in Arabic the two sides reached an agreement to, “within 48 hours” call on PA leader Mahmoud Abbas to launch “consultations on the creation of a [national unity] government.”

The two sides have made the same agreement several times before, and each time the “unity” falls apart when it comes to actually functioning as a unified government.

The two sides had no differences between them, however, when it came to asking Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to try to convince U.S. President-elect Donald Trump not to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“We sensed understanding on Mr. Lavrov’s part,” Ahmad said.

“It is crucial to find a new working mechanism for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” he added.

Hana Levi Julian

President Rivlin Bids ‘Farewell’ to US Ambassador Shapiro

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

President Reuven Rivlin met Tuesday at his residence with U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro who was in the last days of his term in the post of U.S. Ambassador to Israel.

President Rivlin thanked Ambassador Shapiro for his work and said, “Mr. Ambassador, it is a farewell party; nevertheless we know we will meet you many times. As one who will live with us in Israel for few months, and of course afterwards as one who will come to Israel from time to time.”

He went on to ask that Ambassador Shapiro convey his appreciation to President Obama, and said, “Although from time to time we have had some differences of opinion, friends will take care one of each other, and sometimes criticize one of each other, but we have done that as friends, and the people of Israel appreciate this very much. We know that for eight years the President helped Israel carry the burden of security, which we have to carry all the time.”

The President concluded by noting and thanking the Ambassador for his efforts to ensure the signing of the Memorandum Of Understanding between Israel and America.

Ambassador Shapiro thanked the President for his warm words and said, “It is a great honor in my final week as U.S. Ambassador to Israel, to come and see you, and to express my deep gratitude to you for your leadership, for your friendship, for the good advice and support you have given me personally, and you have given to our efforts led by President Obama and our whole administration, to work with the Israeli Government and make this relationship as strong as it can possibly be.”

President Rivlin passed to Ambassador Shapiro a letter to President Obama. In it, President Rivlin wrote, “Mr. President, as you come to the end of your second term in office as President of the United States of America, I would like to send you my greetings. May I take this opportunity, on behalf of the State of Israel, to extend to you our thanks and appreciation for your continuing concern over the last eight years, for Israel’s safety and our ability to carry the burden of security. You ensured that we could always feel confident that our needs in this area were a priority for your administration.

“I know that both Israel and the United States will continue to be faithful to those shared values which underpin our two wonderful democracies. Allow me to wish you continuing success and personal satisfaction in all your future endeavors.”

Hana Levi Julian

Border Guard Officers Foil Stabbing Attack in Jerusalem

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

The alertness of Border Guard police in eastern Jerusalem has led on Monday to the arrest of an Arab terrorist, a resident of Judea and Samaria, who confessed his plan to attack security forces.

A Jerusalem Border Guard unit operating in At-Tur, an Arab majority neighborhood on the Mount of Olives, some half a mile east of the Old City, stopped and inspected a bus belonging to the eastern Jerusalem transportation system. They arrested a suspicious looking youth, 19, who turned out not to possess an entry permit to enter Israel. He was arrested and taken for questioning at the Shalem police station.

In his interrogation, the young man revealed that he had arrived that same day in Jerusalem and meant to proceed by bus to the area of Damascus Gate, where he planned to purchase a knife with the cash he carried on his person and stab security personnel at the gate.

The suspect was remanded to jail by the court until Wednesday, Jan. 18, when he will be brought before the judge for another remand while his investigation continues.

David Israel

A Colorful Coexistence

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

People on the street participate in a project by Bezalel art students, where pedestrians walking on Ben Yehuda Street are invited to sit down and draw themselves.

Chareidim, Arabs and secular Jews all participated.

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EU Warns Trump Not to Move US Embassy To Jerusalem From Tel Aviv

Monday, January 16th, 2017

The European Union expressed opposition on Monday to any plan by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

EU foreign ministers warned in a statement that such a move could escalate tensions with the Arab world if it were to take place.

“It is very important for us all to refrain from unilateral actions, especially those that can have serious consequences in large sectors of public opinion in large parts of the world,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said to reporters following talks in Brussels.

“We hope there can be reflection on consequences of any move that is taken.”

Hana Levi Julian

Full Text: Paris ‘Peace’ Summit Joint Declaration, January 15, 2017

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

After intense discussions, the delegations of 72 nations voted unanimously to accept the declaration, with one exception. The United Kingdom did not sign the document, having expressed reservations and in any case, having attended as an “observer” only.

I) Following the Ministerial meeting held in Paris on 3 June 2016, the Participants met in Paris on 15 January 2017 to reaffirm their support for a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They reaffirmed that a negotiated solution with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, is the only way to achieve enduring peace.

They emphasized the importance for the parties to restate their commitment to this solution, to take urgent steps in order to reverse the current negative trends on the ground, including continued acts of violence and ongoing settlement activity, and to start meaningful direct negotiations.

They reiterated that a negotiated two-state solution should meet the legitimate aspirations of both sides, including the Palestinians’ right to statehood and sovereignty, fully end the occupation that began in 1967, satisfy Israel’s security needs and resolve all permanent status issues on the basis of United Nations Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973), and also recalled relevant Security Council resolutions.

They underscored the importance of the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 as a comprehensive framework for the resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict, thus contributing to regional peace and security.

They welcomed international efforts to advance Middle East peace, including the adoption of United Nations Security Council resolution 2334 on 23 December 2016 which clearly condemned settlement activity, incitement and all acts of violence and terror, and called on both sides to take steps to advance the two-state solution on the ground ; the recommendations of the Quartet on 1 July 2016 ; and the United States Secretary of State’s principles on the two-state solution on 28 December 2016.

They noted the importance of addressing the dire humanitarian and security situation in the Gaza Strip and called for swift steps to improve the situation. They emphasized the importance for Israelis and Palestinians to comply with international law, including international humanitarian law and human rights law.

II) The Participants highlighted the potential for security, stability and prosperity for both parties that could result from a peace agreement. They expressed their readiness to exert necessary efforts toward the achievement of the two-state solution and to contribute substantially to arrangements for ensuring the sustainability of a negotiated peace agreement, in particular in the areas of political and economic incentives, the consolidation of Palestinian state capacities, and civil society dialogue.

Those could include, inter alia:

– a European special privileged partnership; other political and economic incentives and increased private sector involvement; support to further efforts by the parties to improve economic cooperation; continued financial support to the Palestinian authority in building the infrastructure for a viable Palestinian economy ;

– supporting and strengthening Palestinian steps to exercise their responsibilities of statehood through consolidating their institutions and institutional capacities, including for service delivery ;

– convening Israeli and Palestinian civil society fora, in order to enhance dialogue between the parties, rekindle the public debate and strengthen the role of civil society on both sides.

III) Looking ahead, the Participants:

– call upon both sides to officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution, thus disassociating themselves from voices that reject this solution;

– call on each side to independently demonstrate, through policies and actions, a genuine commitment to the two-state solution and refrain from unilateral steps that prejudge the outcome of negotiations on final status issues, including, inter alia, on Jerusalem, borders, security, refugees and which they will not recognize;

– welcome the prospect of closer cooperation between the Quartet and Arab League members and other relevant actors to further the objectives of this Declaration.

As follow-up to the Conference, interested Participants, expressing their readiness to review progress, resolved to meet again before the end of the year in order to support both sides in advancing the two-state solution through negotiations.

France will inform the parties about the international community’s collective support and concrete contribution to the two-State solution contained in this joint declaration.

Hana Levi Julian

UK Attended Paris Summit in ‘Observer Status’ Only

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

The United Kingdom held back from the Paris conference in more than one way on Sunday — and for good reason — making clear from the very start it had no intention of actively taking part in any international move against Israel.

Prime Minister Theresa May was careful to sent that message to both the Netanyahu government and incoming U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in her choice of delegates.

Number 10 Downing sent no senior government officials to the summit. Moreover, a UK Foreign Office spokesperson told the BBC that Britain attended the conference in “an observer status” – which led the UK to refrain from signing the joint declaration of the Paris summit as well.

The Foreign Office told the BBC the UK had “particular reservations” about a gathering “intended to advance peace between the parties that does not involve them.”

The timing of the event was also a major concern, coming just five days before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Mr. Trump’s own senior advisers had expressed the same concerns, telling French officials a week ago the president-elect had “strenuous objections” to the conference, especially at this time.

However, the entire world felt quite free to take unilateral action in organizing and attending a conference to determine a way forward likely to jeopardize the current and future safety of Israeli citizens.

Ironically, those same delegates of 70 nations expressed deep concern late in the day over the possibility that Mr. Trump might feel equally free to relocate his own nation’s embassy after he enters office in accordance with his political campaign promises and beliefs on the matter.

The Paris summit did indeed end with a long declaration that began with a reaffirmation that insists “a negotiated solution with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, is the only way to achieve enduring peace.”

The declaration also demands the two parties restate their commitment to this solution…. “fully end the occupation that begin in 1967, satisfy Israel’s security needs and resolve all permanent status issues on the basis of UN Security Council resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973) and also relevant UNSC resolutions” – like the one passed last month.

In addition, the declaration “welcomed” the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2334 and US Secretary of State John Kerry’s “principle on the two-state solution on 28 December 2016″ – which included his six-point plan for peace.

None of which are in the best national interests of the State of Israel, nor ever addresses or even mentions the systematic government-sponsored terrorist brain washing and programming from cradle to grave carried out by the Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmoud Abbas. Nor do they ever mention the system-wide glorification of terrorism and terrorists that exists throughout each and every school, camp, town, city and village in the Palestinian Authority.

As usual.

Hana Levi Julian

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