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Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas finally took off the mask and formally refused Tuesday to meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz broke the news to the American Jewish Committee Global Forum in an evening speech.
Earlier this week, the State Department confirmed that Kerry and Abbas were set to meet in London. Apparently the Secretary became desperate enough to come back to Israel for another attempt at reviving the dead-on-arrival “framework talks.”
He even offered to travel to the PA capital of Ramallah. But Abbas rejected the offer, leaving Kerry to meet with Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.
“Abbas rejected Kerry’s framework and refused to meet him .. Kerry flew back the next morning without any meeting,” Steinitz told his audience.
“No one should tell us that we need peace in order to survive, exist and flourish,” he said. “We will survive. Israel will survive as a democratic Jewish state whether our neighbors will finally agree to accept it and make peace with us or not.”
He added that Abbas had always said he would never recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state – just as the Hamas terrorist organization that controls Gaza has as well. Last month Abbas signed a deal with Hamas to create a new Palestinian Authority unity government.
Inasmuch as Hamas is formally committed to Israel’s destruction and is backed and funded by Iran, the move effectively ends any option for peace with the PA at this time.
IDF forces have beefed up their lines along the roads in Judea and Samaria, particularly along Highway 60, where the number of road terror attacks on Israeli motorists has increased dramatically over the past year.
People who refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state are trying to “undermine the historic, moral and legal justification for the existence of the State of Israel as the national state of our people.” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Thursday during a tour of Independence Hall.
He noted, “The Declaration of Independence sets, as the cornerstone in the life of the state, the national Jewish identity of the State of Israel.
“I find it astonishing that among those who call on Israel to make concessions in Judea and Samaria due to the self-evident desire to avoid a binational state, there are those who oppose defining the State of Israel as the national state of the Jewish People.”
The Prime Minister said that the argument to establish the Palestinian Authority as a country in order to preserve the Jewish identity of Israel makes no sense when it includes opposition to recognizing Israel as a Jewish country.
A YouTube video-song buy a Palestinian Authority singer has gone viral on Palestinian Authority websites and provides evidence that Mahmood Abbas has no intention of taking President Barack Obama seriously when they met today in the White House.
The video was posted this week as a statement of encouragement to Abbas and mocks the United States in general and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in particular. Whoever translated the YouTube couldn’t even get Kerry’s name right, spelling it “Kire.”
The 5-minute message sums up every demand of the Palestinian Authority and dumps on the Obama administration for pleasing the “Zionist interest.”
“Go tell Obama and America that my land is not a piece of cake for you to share,” croons the singer, but in the background is a PA of Israel that clearly is intended as Palestine, exposing the honest intentions of Abbas to eventually whittle Israel down to non-existence.
Listen up,” John Kire, sings songwriter Qassem Najjar, whose artistic propaganda was posted on Facebook sites and all over the Palestinian Authority website. Gatestone Institute contributor Khaled Abu Toameh wrote Monday that a senior Palestinian Authority official explained that the new song is “100% accurate and honestly sums up the whole Palestinian position toward peace.”
Speaking of peace, the video-song states, “In the name of martyrs, prisoners, home and revolution, Jerusalem is our free capital and will always be.”
The songwriter then blames Israel for spoiling this “dove of peace, “which undoubtedly will be emblazoned on Abbas’s shirt when he sits down with Obama.
As for Kerry’s “framework,” the lyrics say it is an “American plan for killing the Palestinian cause to please Zionist interest[s].”
It chides the United States for not following the vote of “the great Russia and China” for voting to recognize the Palestinian Authority as a new Arab country based on Abbas’ own definitions of borders.”
One popular Arab website, Al Watan Voices,” posted articles Monday encouraging Abbas to stand up to Obama.
If he doesn’t, Abbas might as well design and make his own coffin on the way back to Ramallah. One article in Al Watan stated that “brother Abbas,” who will meet President Barack Obama today in Washington, “is armed with a majority of the Palestinian people, and clearly announced his rejection Israel’s conditions of extreme dictations [of] America, and it was clear in his refusal to recognize the Jewish state, as well as the refusal of a request Israelis ignoring the right of return of refugees, or the survival of any force occupying the borders of a Palestinian state.”
The article noted that the real loser in Kerry’s Peace Talks Follies is none other than the United States of America, which it said “will record her next successive loss in the Middle East.”
The Palestinian Authority announced on Sunday that “the part that defines the religion of the Palestinian citizen has been erased” has been erased from identification cards.
Hassan Olwi, a director in the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, told the Chinese news agency Xinhua that the decision was made a few days ago in accordance with PA law upholding religious and racial equality.
Removing religious identity may be aimed at undermining Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s demand that Abbas recognize Israel as a “Jewish state.” After all, if Palestinian Authority Arabs are not defined as Christians or Muslims, then why Israelis should be defined as Jews, Muslims, Christians or whatever?
More interesting, “religious and racial equality” apparently does not include allowing Jews to live in a future Palestinian Authority country.
However, Hamas, views the announcement exactly in the opposite.
Hamas official Taher Al-Nunu charged that Abbas “is preparing the way for the execution of Kerry’s plan which demands that the Palestinian Authority absorb Jewish settlers into the Palestinian society as binational citizens of its proposed state,” the terrorist organization’s website stated on Monday.
President Shimon Peres has told diplomatic officials that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s demand that the Palestinian Authority recognize Israel as a “Jewish State” is “unnecessary” and is an obstacle to a peace pact, the Yisrael HaYom newspaper reported Wednesday.
The “Jewish state” issue has been one of Netanyahu’s’ favorite ploys to make PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas look stupid. The more Netanya raises the issue, the more Abbas gets his back up, while at the same time insisting that no Jews will be allowed to live in a Palestinian country.
That puts even J Street in a tough position.
But Peres, like Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid, don’t understand the Big Picture that Netanyahu sees, a picture of diplomatic chess to put the opposition in a defenseless corner.
Instead, they make out the matter of recognition of a “Jewish State” to be a useless principle.
Not surprisingly, relations between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Peres are not the best, but then again, that parallels Netanyahu’s relations with another president, Barack Obama. His statements have leaned towards Netanyahu’s demand and away from Peres and Lapid’s efforts to finds a way to let Abbas off the hook.
Romania supports in principle Israel’s demand for Palestinian recognition of Israel as the Jewish state but encourages compromises on this and other issues, Romanian President Traian Basescu said.
Speaking to JTA at his presidential palace two days before an Israel visit that began Sunday, Basescu said that “if they [the Palestinians] want peace, they must follow the request of the Israeli people.”
Yet when asked whether Israel should condition progress in peace talks on Palestinian compliance, he said, “Well, all of us must be wise. Of course, compromises are needed because otherwise we won’t find the solution and here maybe [late Israeli prime minister Ariel] Sharon is an example.”
Basescu, whose second and final term in office will end this year, landed in Israel on Sunday for his second presidential visit there. He said his objectives for the visit were to consolidate progress in bilateral relations with Israel and relations with Romanian-speaking Israelis, who number approximately 500,000, according to the president.
Israel under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has demanded the Palestinian Authority recognize Israel as the Jewish state as a means of guaranteeing that an agreement on the partition of land would end all territorial claims.
Basescu compared the situation to Romania’s recognition of the Republic of Moldova as the homeland of the Moldavian people, despite the presence of a large contingent of Moldovans who consider themselves Romanians.
“Even in Europe, we fully support the idea that each person must assume his national belonging,” he said. “For example, in order to be more clear, we have the Republic of Moldova, which was part of Romania before World War II. But in Moldova, there are people who [consider] themselves as being Romanians as well as people who [consider] themselves as being Moldavian. We recognize the right of both to be what they want to be.
“The same situation [applies to] our relations with Israel and we’ll always support the idea that if the Israelis want to be declared as a Jewish state, they must be recognized [as such].”
He noted that Romania has “excellent relations with the Arab world, credible relations. Especially with the Palestinians.” He added that “a lot of Palestinians were educated here. We have a relation of trust with the Palestinians. And on my visit I will also visit the Palestinian Authority.”
According to the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Romania is the only former Soviet country to have maintained diplomatic relations with Israel after 1967. Romania also recognized the 1988 first unilateral declaration of independence by the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
But Basescu said Romania “took a step back” from this position in 2011, when it abstained in a vote at the United Nations General Assembly on upgrading the Palestinian Authority’s status.