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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.”

State Dept. Refers to Mahmoud Abbas as the ‘President of Palestine’

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

At the U.S. State Department daily press briefing held on Thursday, Oct. 22, Deputy State Department Spokesperson referred to Mahmoud Abbas, the man elected 11 years ago to fill a four year term as head of the Palestinian Authority, as “Mahmoud Abbas, president of Palestine.”

What?

Has the State Department just pulled a fast one and proclaimed “Palestine” a state?

Or, as happens so often in these State Department press briefings, did the spokesperson merely repeat a phrase asked by a reporter, not realizing the ground-shaking implications of the statement?

Toner was responding to a female reporter who said, “As I understand it, Secretary Kerry will be meeting with King Abdullah [of Jordan] and with Palestinian President Abbas.”

reporter asking about "Palestinian President Abbas" at State Dept. press briefing Oct. 22, 2015.

reporter asking about “Palestinian President Abbas” at State Dept. press briefing Oct. 22, 2015.

Toner responded to the reporter, but he also appeared on the video of the briefing to be checking his briefing book when he said, “so, yeah, he is going to be – I’m just checking my – yes, he is supposed to meet Saturday with King Abdullah and then, as you said, I believe separately with Mahmoud Abbas, president of Palestine.”

In terms of the proposed substance of those upcoming conversations, Toner said that just as the Secretary met with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu today, Kerry was trying to “come up with concrete ways that, as we’ve said, all sides involved in this can take affirmative steps to reduce tensions.”

If the U.S. State Department is seeking to reduce tension in the region, intentionally or even mistakenly elevating the Palestinian Authority to the status of a state in the course of a press briefing is not the way to go about it.

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.

Kerry Tweets that Trump Is Disqualified to Run for President

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

The American Secretary of State now has promoted, or demoted, himself to be the sole judge of whether a presidential candidate’s positions qualify him to be president of the United States of America.

John Kerry’s problem with Republican candidate Donald Trump is the maverick billionaire scoffs at global warning, a subject that is close to Kerry’s heart, perhaps even more than the “peace process.”

Trump, whose expertise on everything often is not supported by any knowledge, tweeted this week:

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The Donald is sure he is right because cold weather stormed into the East Coast Monday, not unusual for mid-October.

Liberal media had a field day mocking Trump, but no one went so far as Kerry to “disqualify” a man because he thinks differently from the Secretary of State, whose expertise on world matters often is not supported by knowledge or common sense.

Kerry tweeted:

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However, Kerry’s judgmental attitude reflects to a certain extent that of President Barack Obama, whose press secretary Josh Earnest said last May of those who are against a United Nations climate treaty:

Well these are individuals whom, many of whom at least, deny the fact that climate change even exists. So I’m not sure they would be in the best position to decide whether or not a climate change agreement is one that is worth entering into.”

In other words, the “freethinkers” draw the line when someone does not think like they do.

Netanyahu, Kerry, Steinmeier, Mogherini Meeting in Berlin

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Israel’s prime minister meets today with the EU foreign policy chief and Germany’s foreign minister, after having already met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, with whom he had an early-morning discussion.

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini is also scheduled to meet today (Oct. 22) with Secretary Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

All four leaders are expected to discuss the current wave of terror attacks aimed at Israel by Arab assailants, and the incitement emanating from the Palestinian Authority and its associated terrorist organizations.

A spokesperson for the European Union said the agenda for Mogherini will also include “the long stalemate in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the crises in Syria and in the entire region.

“Furthermore, the HRFA (Mogherini) plans to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the coming days,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

So far the current wave of Arab terrorism in Israel has left 10 Israelis dead and more than 112 wounded. At least 46 Arabs have also been killed in this latest jihad, (Islamic holy war) more than half of them terrorists.

Finally! State Dept Learns How to Cope With Anti-Israel Reporters

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

At just about every U.S. State Dept. Daily Press Briefing at least one, usually several, reporters attempt to catch the State Department spokesperson into saying something the spokesperson really does not want to say.

Invariably, especially if enough reporters pile on, the spokesperson emits some group of words which, if strung together with padding and context added, will amount to the headline the reporter was seeking but the spokesperson was trying to avoid.

For those who don’t know, the spokesperson for the State Department holds a press briefing several times a week in Room 2209, the Press Briefing Room. At the top of the briefing the spokesperson strides into the room and up to the podium, opens a large notebook, and begins the briefing with some late updates or travel arrangements or such, and then throws the floor open to the credentialed reporters sitting in the room.

Almost always the topic of “Israel” or “Middle East Peace” or “Israel/Palestinians” is on the list of issues discussed.

At the Monday, Oct. 19 hearing, Israel was the first topic raised. It came up in the context of statements made earlier in the day at a press availability by Secretary of State John Kerry, who was in Madrid, Spain.

Kerry discussed his planned upcoming trip to the Middle East, and had made two significant statements about the current situation in Israel, both regarding Har Habayit (the Temple Mount).

First, Kerry rejected the proposal that international peacekeepers be stationed on Har Habayit.

Second, Kerry said that neither Israel nor the United States contemplates any change to the Tempe Mount. He said, “Israel understands the importance of the status quo. What is important is to make sure everybody understands what that means. We are not seeking some new change. We are not seeking outsiders or others to come in.”

But Kerry couldn’t stop there. He had to add, “we have to have clarity.”

Mark C. Toner, the Deputy State Dept. Spokesperson, fielded the questions at Monday’s press briefing. Last week, Admiral John Kirby, the State Dept. Spokesperson, had gotten into a tangle because he was, essentially, entrapped into saying that the status quo was not being maintained by Israel on Har Habayit. Kirby had to walk that back, and it received some media play.

TEMPLE MOUNT ISSUE

So on Monday the first question asked by a reporter was why there needed to be any clarity about the situation at the Temple Mount if the U.S. agrees the status quo had to be maintained and Israel agreed it was and intended to maintain the status quo, about what was clarity required?

After several dozen more words were uttered trying to parse out the meaning of clarity, Toner said: ” I think perhaps what we’re talking about is just clarity on all sides, and that includes the Palestinian side, that there is no change in the status quo, that all sides need to recognize that, make every effort possible to reduce tensions, and as I said, end the violence so that we can begin to take affirmative actions, as the Secretary has talked about, to reduce the temperature and to end the violence and to begin moving towards, ultimately, a two-state solution.” Of course.

But then the real operator in the Briefing Room, the reporter for the Palestinian Arab media outlet Al Quds, Said Arikat, began developing a meme he began last week. This story suggests that acting Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas isn’t really in charge of the Arab Israelis living in eastern Jerusalem. With this theme Arikat hopes to prove that Abbas cannot be held responsible for any violence engaged in by Arab Israelis. Arab Israelis have been mostly responsible for the current wave of stabbings, knifings, shootings and car rammings in Israel.

Kerry Agrees with Israel: No Foreign Troops on Temple Mount

Monday, October 19th, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Madrid on Monday that the French proposal for foreign troops to maintain order on the Temple Mount is “not needed.”

It was a rare public statement that put Kerry and Israel on the same side and which was expressed hours before Israeli officials spoke to their French counterparts in Jerusalem that the idea is, to be polite, insane.

Kerry told reporters:

We don’t contemplate any change, but nor does Israel. Israel understands the importance of that status quo. What is important is to make sure everybody understands what that means. We are not seeking some new change. We are not seeking outsiders or others to come in….

We need to have clarity.

It is ironic that his remarks were made in Madrid, where the United States launched the “peace process” with the presence of then-Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir, Jordanian and Egypt leaders, and President George H. W. Bush.

The “clarity” that Kerry said is lacking today has been messing ever since the Madrid conference. It is speculation to ask what would have happened if there had been no “peace process,” but the facts are that since 1991, the ensuing Oslo Accords set the stage for the Oslo War, aka the Second Intifada.

Israel has erased every red line except for the Temple Mount and the “refugee” issue. Concessions have cost the lives and limbs of thousands of Israelis who have been victims of Palestinian Authority “resistance,” the Arabic code word for terror.

The Arabs in Gaza, Judea and Samaria have paid a price not only in casualties but also with a miserable political and economic life that had flourished under the “occupation” until the Egyptian-born Arafat wore his camouflage of a “Palestinian” when he blew in from Tunisia.

Here is what President Bush told Congress several months before the Madrid Conference:

Peace will only come as the result of direct negotiations, compromise, give-and-take. Peace cannot be imposed from the outside by the United States or anyone else

And now Secretary of State John Kerry, even if he had enough common sense to dismiss the absurd French proposal, announces that “clarity” is needed.”

There never has been clarity since 1991 because the Americans and the Europeans cannot understand that Israel and the Arabs world never were talking the same language. The Arab understanding of “peace” is the Jewish State of Israel becoming the Arab state of Palestine.

Ever since, the United States has done the opposite and has imposed conditions on Israel, leaving a “consensus” that a future Palestinian Authority country would include all of Judea and Samaria except for large Jewish population centers such as Maaleh Adumim and Gush Etzion. Israel would have to rely on the PA to protect Jews form terrorists.

That “consensus” no longer exists because the Palestinian Authority, contrary to Bush’s statement, understands “compromise” as “you give, I take.”

It only was a matter of time until the Temple Mount became the excuse for terror and lies that Israel is trying to change the “status quo,” at the same time that the entire Arab world is trying to change it by declaring, “No Jews allowed.”

Today, Kerry’s simple words that rejected the French proposal for foreign troops are nothing short of a shock for the Arab world. The Palestinian Authority, which called for U.N. intervention to stop alleged “excessive violence” by Israel, never intended that and never would accept non-Muslims guarding the Temple Mount.

But the fact that Kerry said out loud that Israel understands the need to preserve the status quo is a clear signal to Mahmoud Abbas that he also has to do so.

The Arab arson of Joseph’s Tomb and the attacks by Palestinian Authority police on Jews who arrived at the holy site have finally forced the Obama administration to take a stand, and it clearly is not with an ISIS-like theology against non-Islamic holy sites.

Madrid is where the “peace process

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