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The Jewish daughter of an adviser to Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and writer Katia Brami has herself become an adviser to the president of France.
Audrey Azoulay was named Culture Minister last week during a cabinet shuffle that followed the long-expected resignation of Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
Azoulay, 43, a native-born Moroccan, was named as Culture and Communications Adviser to President Francois Hollande.
She has previously served in leadership positions in the National Center of Cinema in France, and in other civil service posts as well.Hana Levi Julian
As Israel continues to express its willingness to participate in direct talks with the Palestinian Authority – its erstwhile one-time so-called “peace partner” is playing hard-to-get.
The latest coy little “catch me if you can” play by the PA came this week in response to an initiative by France.
During a visit to Japan on Monday, PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki declared his government would “never” re-engage in direct talks with Israel.
In response, the Foreign Ministry issued a statement pointing out that Israel supports the “direct negotiating process with the Palestinians and opposes any predisposed attempt to determine the outcome of the talks.”
Of course, “never” is a very long time in the Middle East; it’s a word that means little here, and “never” has been heard countless times from Abu Mazen – and Hamas – before.
On Tuesday, French Ambassador to Israel Patric Maisonnave met with Alon Ushpiz, head of the diplomatic office for Israel’s Foreign Ministry. Maisonnave presented the details of his government’s plan to convene a peace conference in Paris this summer. The French government hopes to jumpstart the diplomatic process that crashed in April 2014.
Jerusalem allegedly responded favorably to the initiative.
“This principle [of talks] which has accompanied the process from its beginning has won the support of the international community over the years, and also has stood as the basis for peace negotiations with Jordan and Egypt,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement following their meeting.
What’s interesting, however, is the response of the Palestinian Authority and its leader, Mahmoud Abbas – known to the Middle East as Abu Mazen.
Israeli media reported that Ben-Shitrit arranged a meeting between high-level Israeli and Palestinian Authority officials this week.
The Prime Minister’s Office has declined to comment on the report.
As for Abu Mazen, on the one hand he personally has refused utterly to resume talks with Israel.
On the other hand he was quoted in a letter allegedly written by Sam Ben-Shitrit, a Jewish Moroccan emissary, as saying “At the beginning of next month I will write a personal letter to [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu proposing a meeting with him.”
That declaration followed a meeting between Abu Mazen and Ben-Shitrit, who was tasked by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI with trying to get the Israel-PA dialogue back on track.
Abbas told Ben-Shitrit at that meeting that he would be willing to meet with Netanyahu without agreed-upon preconditions for re-starting negotiations, according to a report by Israel’s Channel 2 TV.
The veteran Jewish negotiator is the founder and chairman of the World Federation of Moroccan Jews; he has when necessary acted as liaison between Israel and Morocco, since no diplomatic relations exist between the two nations.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power was in Israel on Saturday also to discuss the possibility of relaunching talks with the Palestinian Authority.
Likewise, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini made a special effort in a conversation with Israel’s prime minister to “get the relationship back on track” between the EU and the Jewish State. She emphasized that the EU’s product labeling policy implemented last November is non-binding and said the European body strongly opposes a boycott of Israel. Mogherini also said the EU supports direct talks as the sole means of reaching a final status agreement between Israel and the PA.Hana Levi Julian
The difference between Hitler and Khamenei is 80 years.
The Ayatollah of Iran has published a 416-page book entitled “Palestine” and whose book cover features the world “Palestine” on a map of the country he wishes used to be Israel.
Nothing is coincidental in the Iranian regime. The publication of the new book, bound to a best-seller in Iran, is part of a propaganda campaign to brainwash Iranians into thinking that the agreement with the P5+1 powers does not have anything to do with the regime’s ultimate dream of wiping out Israel.
Khamenei explains that is absolutely logical that Israel should not exist for three major reasons:
Israel is an ally of the “Great Satan” known as the United States of America;
Israel is a “hostile infidel” because it supposedly has waged war against Muslims’ and
Israel “occupies” Islam’s third holiest city, Jerusalem.
The New York Post reported that the back cover of the book credits Khamenei as “the flag bearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.”
Israel is not the only country that should be erased, according to the book, which repeats the radical Islamic vision of a Caliphate Empire on all Muslim lands.
That means India also must be wiped off the map. Parts of Russia must be under Muslim rule. Several European countries should not exist as such, and China can kiss good-bye to nearly one-third of its land mass. Ditto for parts of the Philippines and Thailand.
Khamenei’s strategy for taking over Israel and all of the other “Muslim” counties is to create conditions that will convince everyone to leave for a abate life elsewhere.
That means Congress can relax and give its stamp of approval to ObamaDeal because Khamenei does not need a nuclear weapon to wipe out Israel.
Just lift sanctions and give him tens of billions of dollars to fund Hezbollah and Hamas, and perhaps the Boycott Movement.
The strategy actually is a statement of current events. The United Nations, and especially the European Union and the Obama administration, invent every opportunity to condemn Israel for promoting the presence of Jews in a Palestinian Authority country whose principle of “no-Jews allowed” violates the charter of the United Nations.
According to the New York Post’s report and translation from the Farsi-language book, Khamenei wrote:
We have intervened in anti-Israel matters, and it brought victory in the 33-day war by Hezbollah against Israel in 2006 and in the 22-day war between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip.
And once Iran has a nuclear weapon, if not next year then in 10 or 15 years, any Israeli pre-emptive action could be met by a nuclear attack. One way or the other, Khamenei wants the means to destroy Israel and much of the rest of the world.
His book once again exposes that Iran is no less a threat to Europe than to Israel, but Europe is so overrun by Muslims that its leaders don’t have the strength to see the future.
Instead, they focus on Israel, promoting the “two-state” solution while Khamenei writes in his book that there must be a “one-state solution of a single state of a Muslim Palestine.
Like Iran, it would allow Jews to remain, without a right to vote and only if they prove they have “genuine roots.” that means the a large majority of the Israelis, like myself, would have to get on the next plane and “go back” to the United States, Europe, Morocco, Yemen and the former Soviet bloc, among dozens of other countries.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Orange telecom CEO Stephane Richard arrived in Israel Thursday night for a two-day exercise of climbing down from a tall tree where he ate rotten fruit by saying that he would like to get rid of the company’s link with Israel’ Partner Communications because of the “occupation.”
He is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and former President Shimon Peres today as part of a show “to clarify Orange group commitments to Israel,” according to the French-based company.
It all was a “misunderstanding,” Richard said after winning praise from BDS but ferocious anger from even liberal political in Israel and elsewhere.
“Hypocritical” would be a better description than “misunderstanding.”
Richard lit the match in Cairo, where he referred to Partner as operating in “occupied territory,” and France’s ambassador to the United States, Gerard Araud, tweeted:
Contributing to settlements in an occupied territory is illegal.
Despite his “anti-occupation” remarks in Cairo, Richard later explained that he wanted to pull out of Israel because it is the only country where Orange does not run a subsidiary but instead allows an independent operation to market its trademark.
It is not clear why that should bother Orange since Partner pays approximately $4 million a year for the right to market Orange.”
Richard reassured Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely last week, “Orange does not support any form of boycott, in Israel or anywhere else in the world.”
In a way, it is too bad that Orange is retreating. If it had stood its ground, Israel would have had the opportunity to expose to the entire world the clear hypocrisy of BDS and of companies like Orange that actually operate in “occupied territory” elsewhere and, under the boycotters’ definition, are guilty of being involved in a “war crime.”
Prof. Eugene Kontorovich, affiliated with the Kohelet Policy Forum think tank wrote in The Washington Post this week:
Orange itself directly and openly operates in occupied territory. Orange provides cell phone service in Nagorno-Karabakh, an area of Azerbaijan that has been occupied by Armenia since seizing it in a bloody 1992-94 war. The U.N., along with the E.U. and U.S., considers the area occupied territory. Nonetheless, Armenian settlers have moved into the occupied territory in significant numbers, amid constant complaints from Baku and others.
He added that fighting broke out this year in the area, “killing dozens, and a full- scale war over the occupied territory is looming.”
The Orange website touts its Karabakh service as being in “NKR,” or the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, an unrecognized state that is controlled by Armenia, according to Kontorovich, who also wrote:
U.N. Resolutions have specifically called for the “non-recognition” of the NKR. Orange’s Armenian website also calls the area ‘Artsakh,’ the ancient name for the region favored by Armenia nationalists. It would be as if Orange, instead of complaining about, boasted of its ‘service in Judea and Samaria.’…. Orange calls NKR a ‘country,’ despite the clear admonition of its own government and UN against recognition of what is universally regarded as Azerbaijani territory. It would be as if Orange boasted of its service in the ‘Golan Heights of Israel.’
That’s not a bad idea. Perhaps Prime Minister Netanyahu should tell Richard, “You know what? Yerright. Boycott us.
“And while you are at it, boycott Azerbaijan, Morocco, Turkey and Armenia. Then, after realizing how ignorant you are, don’t apologize. Just bury BDS and get back to work.”Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Egypt has banned the Hollywood Biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” slamming the movies as a “Zionist film” and criticizing it for a number of historical inaccuracies.
The film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale as Moses, retells the epic Biblical story from the “Book of Exodus” of Moses leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt.
However, Egyptian Cultural Minister Gaber Asfour slammed the film, saying that it was filled with historic inaccuracies, including making the claim that “Moses and the Jews built the pyramids,” AFP reported.
“This totally contradicts proven historical facts,” Asfour said.
“It is a Zionist film,” he said. “It gives a Zionist view of history and contains historical inaccuracies and that’s why we have decided to ban it.”
The film has also garnered controversy in the U.S. with some who have criticized Scott for taking too many liberties with the Biblical story and also for casting Western actors in Middle Eastern roles.
Morocco has also reportedly banned the film just days before it was slated to premiere, AFP reported.
The film has opened to negative reviews and took in a disappointing $24.5 million during its opening weekend. The film cost around $140 million to make.JNS News Service
A Moroccan rabbi was attacked on a street in Casablanca, Morocco in retaliation for Operation Protective Edge. According to the Hebrew-language Rotter newsflashes, Moroccan media reported that the attack happened on Friday as Rabbi Moshe Ohayon was walking to Shabbat services.
The rabbi said he was approached by a local teenager, who asked if he was Jewish. When the rabbi answered in the affirmative, the man shouted, “Why is the IDF making our brothers’ lives miserable?,” and proceeded to punch and kick the rabbi, knocking him down. Rabbi Ohayon suffered three broken ribs and eventually lost consciousness.Jewish Press News Briefs