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State Dept. Complains New Homes in Jerusalem ‘Poison’ US Peace Plan

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

The U.S. State Dept. branded advancement of a project for 2,610 homes for Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem as “poison,” a label totally rejected by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

The statement by State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki exposes the total hypocrisy of the Obama administration’s stated policy that Israel and the Palestinian Authority should reach an agreement through negotiations.

She charged that the project for new homes in southern Jerusalem “poison the atmosphere not only with the Palestinians, but also with the very Arab governments with which Prime Minister Netanyahu said he wanted to build relations, and call into question Israel’s ultimate commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement with the Palestinians.”

The key words are a “peaceful negotiated settlement.”

President Barack Obama has repeatedly said that Jews living in parts of Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority are “illegitimate” and ”illegal.”

He and his “straight man,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, have claimed that the United States will not try to force an agreement on a “take it or leave it basis,” but that is exactly what they do with such statements that every “illegal” home “poisons” the atmosphere.

The construction project indeed poisons the “peace plan,” which is a misnomer for a ploy to grant the Arabs world everything they want without negotiation – Judea, Samaria, the Jordan Valley, half of Jerusalem and mass immigration of millions of Arabs whose only connection to Israel is that they are third, fourth, and fifth generation descendants of permanent “refugees” created by the United Nations for the exact purpose of holding on them as demographic weapon to eliminate Israel as a Jewish state.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with President Obama on Wednesday hours after Peace Now leaked the news that another bureaucratic obstacle has been removed for the construction project in the Givat HaMatos neighborhood, announced two years ago,

More than one-third of the proposed homes are slated for Arabs in the adjacent Beit Safata neighborhood. After Psaki’s condemnation and the White House’s objections that Jews are “stoking tensions” by the purchase this week of more buildings from Arabs in the Silwan area of eastern Jerusalem, Netanyahu said, “Arabs in Jerusalem freely buy apartments, and nobody says that is forbidden. I will also not say that Jews cannot buy property in Jerusalem. There cannot be discrimination between Jews and Arabs.”

Barkat said Thursday, that the Givat HaMatos project, rather than “poisoning” anything is a “necessary” step and that he will not be part of any policy that discriminates between the rights of Jews and Arabs to build in all of Jerusalem.

The Obama administration’s policy, which follows the lead of the Palestinian Authority and the Saudi 2002 Plan, does not object to Arab building in parts of Jerusalem claimed by the PA. It only objects to construction for Jews.

Some of the headlines of the American criticism are misleading are simply wrong.

One large Israeli news site proclaimed, “US-Israel Ties in Crisis Over East Jerusalem Building Plans,” but the disagreement, no matter how harsh Psaki’s words, is the same tempest in the same teapot that has brewed for years.

The real “crisis” is that the Palestinian Authority, Peace Now and the U.S. State Dept. are beside themselves because of their failure to hijack the “peace process” that has been in the works for more than 20 years and which has achieved agreement after agreement that the Palestinian Authority has reneged.

Blatant violations include worsening incitement for terror and the establishment of a Palestinian Authority army, under the guise of a “police force,” but Mahmoud Abbas’ fatal mistake was to ditch the entire premise of the process that a final status agreement is to be reached through “negotiations.” Israel has turned the other cheek dozens of times, but the Netanyahu government has held hits red line concerning Jerusalem remaining united.

2 Rock Attacks on Jerusalem Light Rail

Monday, September 29th, 2014

There were two separate ‘travel terror’ attacks on the Jerusalem Light Rail Sunday night, both in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, according to Channel 2 television news.

Local Arabs hurled rocks at the passenger train as it passed through the neighborhood. No one was physically injured although a number of passengers were traumatized by the attacks. Several cars were damaged in the attacks as well.

Each time a window on the Light Rail is smashed, the CityPass company is forced to pay between NIS 3,000 to NIS 5,000 for its replacement since insurance does not cover the cost of damage due to terror attacks.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called for a “heavy handed response” to violence in the city in a statement earlier this month, and pledged the assistance of city hall as needed by the police.

Obama Silent on Plans for New Homes for Jerusalem (Arabs)

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Jerusalem’s announcement Wednesday that a new Arab neighborhood for Arabs will be built was met by a thundering silence by the European Union and the United States, which throw a tantrum every time plans are drawn up for a single house for a Jew in parts of the capital claimed by the Palestinian Authority.

The Jerusalem Local Building and Planning Committee approved building 2,200 housing units on 375 acres in the Arav al-Swahara neighborhood.

Approval was secured after pressure by the judicial system, which was approached by a human rights legal council of the Hebrew University. Right-wing activists and Haredi city councilmen previously have blocked the plan, Haaretz reported.

“The planning of neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem by the municipality is a clear expression of Israeli sovereignty over all parts of the city and strengthens the unity of Jerusalem,” said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

He warned that the city faced a wave of illegal construction and accompanying damage to long-term environmental planning, if it did not act to provide more housing for Arabs.

Barkat’s claim that the new neighborhood will help unify the city will be judged in the future, but the lack of American response is nothing less than another admission that it considers Palestinian Authority demands a “done deal.”

On Sunday, the U.S. State Dept. expressed “concern” over plans for new homes for Jews in Gush Etzion and eastern Jerusalem, claimed by the Palestinian Authority, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki went so far as to state on Tuesday that Israel must “reverse” the decision.

Psaki, who apparently thinks she also is Israel’s Housing Minister, said it was “contrary to Israel’s stated goal of negotiating a permanent status agreement with the Palestinians, and it would send a very troubling message if they proceed.”

Kerry then picked up the phone complained to Netanyahu in what has been reported as a very uncordial conversation.

How, pray tell, can building for Jews be an obstacle to a permanent status agreement and building when building for Arabs is not an obstacle?

Any intelligent person, except for those in the Obama administration – and yes, they are very intelligent but equally ignorant – must conclude that President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are lying through their teeth when they claim they are not pushing PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ agenda.

They want “negotiations” by holding Abbas’ hand and standing behind Israel with a diplomatic knife to rip Jerusalem apart and returning to the 1049 Temporary Armistice Lines that the want to be permanent, 47 years after the borders were finally dismantled by the Six-Day War in 1967.

Despite all the criticism, including on these pages, of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for caving in so often to American pressure, it really is a wonder that Israel still is one piece considering the open hypocrisy of the White House and State Dept.

Abbas is well aware of that, so he can expect that his negotiator Saeb Erekat, the one who has quite several times but miraculously doesn’t quit, is enjoying a friendly reception in Washington this week.

He reportedly is bringing with him Abbas’ three-year ”plan, to be read “ultimatum,” that Judea and Samaria and half of Jerusalem be rid of Jews by 2017.

And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

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Frenkel and Abu-Khdeir Families Hold Conference Call

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat put together a conference phone call yesterday (Jul. 6) between the uncle of Naftali Frenkel, who was murdered last month by Hamas terrorists, and the father of Mohammed Abu Khdier, who was murdered last week by Israelis.

The phone call was conducted during Barkat’s visit of condolence to the Frenkel Family in Nof Ayalon. Barkat further visited the homes of the Yifrach and Sha’ar families, strengthening the three families whose sons were kidnapped and murdered. Barkat told the families that “their conduct is a symbol of statehood and dignity.”

During the visit at the Frenkel home Barkat held a conversation with Hussein Abu Khdier, the father of the boy Mohammed who was slain on July 2nd. Barkat expressed his participation in the family’s grief and condemned the boy’s murder in the name of Jerusalem’s residents, calling it a ‘severe and barbaric act of murder’.

Barkat said that “it is important to bring the killers to justice quickly and restore calm to the neighborhood of Shuafat and Jerusalem.”

At the end of the conversation Barkat suggested that Abu Khdier and Frenkel talk; they both responded to his offer and comforted each other.

Frenkel expressed his sorrow to Abu Khdier and told him: “As one who has experienced the loss of a young man, our family understands the magnitude of the loss and difficulty, and we express our utter opposition to any act of violence whether by Jews or by Arabs.”

Frenkel reminded Hussein that “as soon as we heard of the murder, the family announced that it condemns any expression of violence and revenge for the murder of the three boys.”

Jerusalem’s Birthday Brings Out City’s Best

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The 47th anniversary commemorations of Jerusalem’s historic and dramatic reunification under Jewish sovereignty – nearly 2,000 years after the destruction of the Holy Temple – were appropriately joyous. They brought to the fore nearly every aspect of the momentous process that has brought us to where we are today.

In fact, Mayor Nir Barkat’s office – to be precise, his International Media Spokesperson, Brachie Sprung – compiled an impressive list of the city’s accomplishments and little-known information in honor of the occasion.

Most of the items are quite striking, and make a very strong case for the retention of Israeli sovereignty over united Jerusalem as the best thing for the city. Some of them, however, are just plain fascinating; who knew, for example, that 34.9 kilometers of stairs are available as shortcuts for the convenience of residents?

Among the more significant items on the long list of modern Jerusalem’s notable features are these:

  • 92% of Jerusalem’s residents are happy with their lives.
  • Half the people moving to Jerusalem are aged 20-34.
  • The number of young people leaving the city has declined by approximately 70 percent in the past four years.
  • Some 2,335 new immigrants settled in Jerusalem during 2013 – 13 percent of all new immigrants to Israel and more than Tel Aviv and Haifa combined.
  • A record number of new building projects began in the capital during 2013, breaking the previous record that stood for 20 years.
  • Approximately 7 million people visited cultural events, festivals and cultural institutions in the city during 2013.
  • Hi-tech revenue in Jerusalem was nearly NIS 12 billion last year, compared with NIS 6.7 billion in Tel Aviv and NIS 7 billion in Haifa. The city is constructing nearly 1,000 new acres for businesses and employment, which will add 100,000 new jobs to the city.
  • Some 30,000 runners took part in the fourth International Jerusalem Marathon this year, 2,500 of whom were from 54 countries around the world. The Marathon was selected as one of the ten best international spring races in the world by a prominent British running magazine.
  • Jerusalem is Israel’s largest city – almost 31,000 acres large.
  • The new HaMesilah Park – 7 kilometers of bicycle paths, lawns, playgrounds and sports facilities – passes through seven city neighborhoods, from Liberty Bell Park to Malcha.
  • Education in the state and state-religious sectors, measured in number of students, has seen continuous growth over the past four years, following 15 years of decline.
  • There are approximately 2,000 archeological sites in Jerusalem

Should the City be Divided?

Allow us to add the following tidbits:

A study publicized by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs shows that more Arabs in eastern Jerusalem would prefer to become citizens of Israel rather than citizens of a new Palestinian state. Forty percent said they would probably or definitely move in order to live under Israeli, rather than Palestinian, rule.

In addition, 44 percent of Jerusalem Arabs say they are very or somewhat satisfied with their standard of living – significantly higher than Arab world populations. Only about 30 percent sympathize with either Fatah or Hamas or the Israeli Arab Islamic movement.

Three-quarters of eastern Jerusalem Arabs are at least a little concerned, and more than half are more than a little concerned, that they would lose their ability to write and speak freely if they became citizens of a PLO state rather than remaining under Israeli control.

In honor of Jerusalem Day, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced a series of Cabinet decisions to strengthen the city. Two sample projects: The Tiferet Yisrael synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City will be rebuilt, as was the Hurva Synagogue in 2010. Both of them were major landmarks in Jerusalem’s physical and spiritual skyline before being destroyed by Arab forces during War of Independence in 1948. The city will also assist in completing the construction of a national archaeological center in the area of the museums, including storage facilities for the country’s treasures, the scientific archive and an advanced archaeological library.

Yes Planet Multiplex to Overlook Old City of Jerusalem

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The city of Jerusalem has big plans for the Sherover Promenade overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem, with a new multiplex to include an IMAX theater.

The 28,500-square meter facility will be only part of a comprehensive tourism and cultural complex expected to begin at the Jaffa Gate.

The complex will run past the Sultan’s Pool, continue past the Cinamateque, the Khan Theater and the old Ottoman Train Station (now filled with kitschy little shoppes and restaurants), to the promenade, from Abu Tor to Armon Hanatziv.

The six-floor multiplex is to be built jointly by Yes Planet together with its mother company Cinema City International NV and will include a 400-space, three-level parking garage as well as a nearby parking lot to relieve the crazy traffic congestion that drivers traveling into the capital fear most of all.

The NIS 150 million multiplex will feature 16 screens, four auditoriums, an IMAX theater and a DX4 multidimensional movie auditorium in addition to showrooms, art exhibition space, cafes, restaurants, commercial space, book and music stores.

In addition to Sherover Foundation chairman Uzi Wexler, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat told reporters this week that he feels the ‘shidduch’ with Yes Planet and the movie scene is simply a good fit.

“The new Sherover-Yes Planet Center will add to Jerusalem’s cultural renaissance and to the countless cultural sites that have opened in the city in the past few years,” Barkat said. Yes Planet CEO Moshe (Mooky) Greidinger added that the state-of-the-art technologies featured in the complex will make the cinematic experience especially enjoyable for the multiplex consumer.

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