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European Think Tank with Ties to Israeli Left Pushing Sanctions on Banks over Jewish Settlements

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

(JNi.media) A European think tank whose Middle East Program is headed by an Israeli who worked for Yossi Beilin and Ehud Barak, and who authored the 2003 Geneva Accord, issued a report recommending leaning on Israeli banks to sever their ties with Jewish enterprises in Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem.

The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), a pan-European think tank with offices in seven European capitals, on Wednesday issued a report urging the EU to take more firm steps in sanctioning Israeli activities in Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem, Reuters reported.

According to Ha’aretz, the stocks of the First International Bank of Israel, Bank Leumi, Bank Hapoalim, and Dexia fell in reaction to the news of the report.

But Israeli bankers would have been calmer had they seen the following Tweeter exchange:

Gerald M. Steinberg of NGO Monitor, on Wednesday evening tweeted the EU delegation in Israel:

Gerald M. Steinberg ‏@GeraldNGOM
is this accurate? ‘Euro Council on Foreign Relations…proposals frequently inform EU policy-making’

The EU in Israel account responded:

EU in Israel @EUinIsrael
 EU not considering any of the proposals in ECFR paper. Does that answer your question?

The report, titled “EU Differentiation and Israeli Settlements,” argues that “Under its own regulations and principles, Europe cannot legally escape from its duty to differentiate between Israel and its activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.”

The report suggests that Israel would capitulate to economic pressure on its banking system, and would return to the negotiating table with the Palestinians.

“Do day-to-day dealings between European and Israeli banks comply with the EU requirement not to provide material support to the occupation?” the report asks, suggesting that large Israeli banks have daily interactions with European banks, which technically violates EU policy on supporting Jewish settlements—because those Israeli banks are also providing loans and financing to Jewish businesses and individuals in the settlements.

ECFR was founded by Mark Leonard, who serves as its director. Leonard’s maternal grandparents were German Jews who fled the Nazis and hid in France. “They weren’t religious, yet they were aggressed because they were Jewish,” Leonard told The Independent in 1998. “I am not religious either. My route to Judaism is through the Holocaust.”

He said this means that he sometimes views history “with a persecution complex.” His late Jewish grandmother helped to rear him. She would feed baby Mark, tell him stories, take him for walks and, from the age of three, read him Shakespeare.

ECFR’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) program is headed by Daniel Levy. an Israeli political scientist, policy advisor and diplomat. He was the Director of Policy and International Efforts at Heskem, the Israeli headquarters of the joint non-governmental Israeli-Palestinian Geneva Initiative. Levy was the lead Israeli drafter of the 2003 Geneva Accord, which advocated returning Israel close to its 1967 borders.

Levy served as senior policy adviser to former Israeli Minister of Justice Yossi Beilin from 2000 to 2001. During the Ehud Barak government, Levy worked in the Prime Minister’s Office as special adviser and head of the Jerusalem Affairs unit under Minister Haim Ramon.

Levy was a member of the Israeli delegation to the Taba Summit with the Palestinians in 2001, and of the negotiating team for the “Oslo 2″ Agreement in 1995, under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Bono Kisses Off BDS with Kiss on Shimon Peres’ Cheek [video]

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Rock singer Bono, who came to Israel three years on a private visit, gave the Boycott Israel-BDS movement a royal slap in the face week when he kissed former President Shimon Peres and praised him for his efforts for peace.

He told the cheering crowd:

Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres is with us this evening, and we understand, President Peres, you have tried to bring peace to be a voice of reason and have dedicated a great part of your life – all of your life – to try to bring peace to this really dangerous reason.

We wish you and your family safe and wish that you, who worked so hard in Oslo for the incredible Oslo Agreement, will not give up on the two-state solution.

At the age of 91, we know we can count on you, and we sing this song and dedicate it to you with two ancient peoples in mind. This song is called ‘One.’

Peres and Oslo bring to mind the Torah portion Jews read two weeks ago. The People of Israel wanted to pass through the land of ruled by Sihon on the way to the Promised Land.

Israel sent messengers to Sihon the king of the Amorites, saying: Let me pass through your land. We will not turn into fields or vineyards, nor drink well water. We shall walk along the king’s road, until we have passed through your territory….

But Sihon did not permit Israel to pass through his territory, and Sihon gathered all his people and went out to the desert toward Israel. He arrived at Jahaz and fought against Israel. Israel smote him with the sword, and took possession of his land from Arnon to Jabbok, as far as the children of Ammon, for the border of the children of Ammon was strong.

Pere has been a voice of illusion, but we really needed a “beautiful dreamer” to show the world that the Muslim mindset does not want peace with Israel, unless it means it will be a peace without Israel.

The Oslo Accords should not be dissociated from the “Oslo War,” the Second Intifada of terror that killed and wounded thousands of Israelis.

Peres is not Moses and the People of Israel today are not in the Sinai Desert waiting to enter the country, but the same God still is watching over the same People to save it from Sihon, the Arab League, the Oslo Agreement and BDS, which is welcome to stay away from Bono’s concerts if he performs in Israel.

Watch Bono kiss Peres in Toronto and praise him on stage.

This article was corrected to correct a previous version that wrongly identified Bono as Bon Jovi.

Norway’s Muslims Protect Oslo Synagogue in Sabbath ‘Peace Ring’

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

A group of young Muslims organized a symbolic “ring of peace” to encircle the sole functioning synagogue in Oslo as Jew prayed within on Saturday.

At least 1,300 were inspired to join them in the initiative, which came in solidarity with Jews who were targeted last weekend by a radical Islamist terrorist in Denmark.

“This shows there are many more peacemakers than warmakers,” 37-year-old Zeeshan Abdullah, one of the organizers, told the crowd.

“There is still hope for humanity, for peace and love across religious differences and background,” he said.

Still, Norwegian sharp shooters were deployed on buildings around the synagogue. Police superintendent Steiner Hausvik told reporters, “It has been calm as we expected. We had no reason to expect any trouble but we were prepared.”

Jewish community spokesperson Ervin Kohn expressed gratitude and said it was “unique” that Muslims stood up “to this degree against anti-Semitism,” adding that “this fills us with hope, particularly as it’s a grassroots movement of young Muslims.”

Kohn advised the rest of the world to “look to Norway.”

There are only approximately 1,000 Jews left in Norway’s population of 5.3 million, while immigration of Muslims, about 3 percent of the population, continues to grow.

Last weekend two people died and five police officers were wounded in two attacks several hours apart by the same radical Islamist terrorist. The suspect, 22-year-old Omar el-Hussein, targeted a free speech event at a cafe and then a Bat Mitzvah at the Copenhagen Great Synagogue in Denmark.

Hussein, born in Denmark to Palestinian parents, had reportedly been released from jail only two weeks earlier after serving a two-year prison term for “grievous bodily harm.”

Anarchy Fuels War over Jerusalem

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Jerusalem police found two stolen guns, 11 bullet cartridges and dozens of stolen IDF stun grenade in eastern Jerusalem Friday and arrested an Arab suspect in Jabal Mukaber, an Arab neighborhood next to the Jewish area of Armon HaNatziv.

The Israeli government has ordered a crackdown in Arab areas of the city in the wake of the new intifada, riots or Arab Spring uprising, depending on the mood of an editor.

The warning signs have been flashing for three years, but an Israeli blind eye and President Barack Obama’s overt backing for Palestinian Authority-claimed areas of Jerusalem have allowed terror to capture the fancy of an increasing number of Arabs in what is commonly referred to as “eastern Jerusalem.”

In fact, the Palestinian Authority also claims sovereignty over southern Jerusalem, home to tens of thousands of Jews in Gilo, Talpiot and Har Homa, and northern Jerusalem, where Pisgat Ze’ev and Nevei Yaakov are the homes of tens of thousands of other Jews. French Hill and much of Ramot also are in areas where President Obama has declared Jews to be “illegitimate” and “illegal.”

American ignorance of the Arab culture, especially when it comes to its attitude of a Jewish state of Israel, does not take into account that the president’s remarks, certainly not intended as incitement for violence, give the Arab world justification to ram cars into people, beat them with iron rods and throw rocks at them, at their cars and at the Jerusalem light rail trains system in order to defeat the “Zionists.”

Ambushes of Jews in “eastern “Jerusalem were reported as far back as three years ago. People were severely beaten and hospitalized, but the government ignored the incidents, encouraging the state of anarchy.

Police tried to stay out of Arab neighborhoods in order not to “escalate tensions,” a ghetto state of mind that is paralleled today by calls for Jews to stay away from the Temple Mount in order not to anger Arab Muslims.

It more or less reminds me of a little talk gave to a group of armchair Zionists in Baltimore more than 20 years ago during the Oslo idiocy. After I described the illegal hobbies of our Arab neighbors in the southern Hebron Hills, and after explaining the Jewish meaning of the word “Shalom,” one of the names of God, a very polite and stupid gentleman stood up and asked, “Well, if the Arabs don’t want leave you alone in peace, why don’t you just move to Tel Aviv?”

The Arab world has fed Arabs in Israel, and more worryingly an entire new generation, a steady diet of hatred and the notion that they are a “people” who are “stateless.” They believe Israeli is “occupying” them and would not believe how loathsome and pathetic were the lives of the grandparents and great-grandparents under the Jordanian occupation from 1948-1967.

That is part of history they never will learn. Instead, Hamas has done what Yasser Arafat did – exploit a vacuum and incite people to war.

There is war in Jerusalem, a war that Israel cannot afford to lose.

The violence may subdue tomorrow, or next week or next month, or not at all. Like most wars, there is no logic. Jerusalem Arabs received benefits from Israel that they could only dream of receiving under a Palestinian Authority regime.

They enjoy the light rail system, a cheap and efficient way of arriving to work.

But much of Arab Jerusalem is lawless. The city had allowed tens of thousands of Arab buildings to be constructed without permits. It also has discriminated against Arabs when it comes to funding for schools, parks and other municipal services.

Obama-Kerry’s ‘Peace Process’ Team Falling Apart

Friday, September 5th, 2014

David Makovsky, a member of the State Department’s Middle East peace team, is returning to his think tank position.

The departure of Makovsky announced Thursday by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy is the latest signal that the Obama administration is retreating from its intensive efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Talks collapsed in April and, over the summer, team leader Martin Indyk also quit and returned to the think tank that employed him before he joined the effort in 2013, the Brookings Institution.

Other team members have left in recent months and not been replaced.

The team, numbering over a dozen at one point, was considered large for such an effort and represented Secretary of State John Kerry’s intense interest in brokering a deal.

Makovsky is director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy Project on the Middle East Peace Process and is the co-author of the book Myths, Illusions, & Peace with Oslo architect Dennis Ross, another disillusioned leftist.

The “peace process” died and was buried years ago, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s reincarnation efforts have produced nothing but war, which was going to happen anyway.

President Barack Obama once named George Mitchell as the great savior who was going to rescue the world, all of whose problems were seen as rooted in the lack of a new Arab country for the Palestinian Authority.

Mitchell slowly faded away into oblivion, as did Indyk, both of whom carried on with the American two-faced policy that it was up to both sides to decide the conditions for a peace accord while Kerry nevertheless unabashedly kept dictating the terms of a final agreement, mostly but not totally at the expense of Israel. He managed to lost the trust of both Israel and Mahmoud Abbas.

Even President Obama apparently has finally realized that the “peace process” is a dead-end that will give historians even more evidence in their indictments of his administration whose accomplishments can be counted on one hand with amputated fingers.

JTA contributed to this report.

Islamist Terror Group Threatened Oslo: ‘Shari’a or Else’

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Norwegian officials are holding their breath, waiting to see whether Islamist terrorists are going to strike — and if so, when and how.

The Police Security Service received a concrete alert in July (2014) about an imminent threat from a Muslim terrorist organization, one affiliated with a group in Syria.

In 2012, the Ansar al-Sunna Muslim terrorist organization sent a letter to Norwegian authorities bearing the logo of ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — now called the Islamic State — ordering Oslo to designate a part of the capital as an independent, Shari’a compliant Muslim state, or suffer the consequences.

Translated by Michael Laudahn, the letter was sent to politicians and editorial offices.

“If Norwegian soldiers can take planes to Afghanistan, then Osama and Mohammed can also take planes to Norway, insha’Allah,” the group wrote in a threat to the Norwegian authorities.

“Now, the government must wake up and assume responsibility, before this war spreads to Norway. Before the counterpart reacts. Before moslems take the step necessary.

“Do not confuse the Muslims’ silence with weakness. Do not profit from the Muslims’ patience. Do not force us to do something that can be avoided.

“This is not a threat, only the words of truth. The words of justice. A warning that the consequences can be fatal. A warning about a 9/11 on Norwegian ground, or larger attacks than the one carried out on 22 july. This is for your own good and in your own best interest.”

According to VGNett, the group has been under surveillance by Norwegian security for some time. Prime Minister Jens Stotenberg, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store and Defense Minister Espen Barth Eide were all mentioned in the group’s communique.

Grønland is a district in the heart of the capital, in downtown Oslo. There have been Shari’a patrols in that area of the city already for years, according to a blogger known as ‘Fjordman.’

“It’s not Norway or Europe anymore, except when there is welfare money to be collected. The police have largely given up,” according to a 2011 article translated from the Norwegian Aftenposten.

“In just the past ten years more than 4,000 people have been robbed in the town center and the area of the Grønland police station [an immigrant ghetto]. Most of them are young men… The robbers play on fear, violence, and severe threats that leave a mark on the victims… ‘We have lost the city,'” police told one victim.

Ansar al-Sunna made their threat in 2012 remarkably clear.

“We do not want to be a part of Norwegian society. And we do not consider it necessary either to move away from Norway, because we were born and grew up here. And Allah’s earth belongs to everybody. But let Grønland become ours.

“Bar this city quarter and let us control it the way we wish to do it. This is the best for both parts. We do not wish to live together with dirty beasts like you.”

Israel’s Post-Redeployment Expectations

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Two things have become clear regarding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announced IDF redeployment when the fighting in Gaza eventually ends: Israel is incapable of defeating its enemies within its Oslo mentality, and Israelis are still currently unable to shake free of this mentality.

The essence of war is territory. The enemy wants the territory on which the Jews are living. They do not want sovereignty alongside Israel; they want sovereignty instead of Israel. To win a war, the opposite result must be achieved: the enemy must lose its territory.

Over the past 20 years, the Oslo mentality has severely compromised Israelis’ belief in the justice of their bond to the Land of Israel. The handshakes of Israel’s leaders – from both ends of the political spectrum – with Yasir Arafat and his successors have turned Israelis into colonialists in Tel Aviv. It has fostered an apologetic mentality, a mentality whereby Israelis are guests in their own land.

The prime minister cannot change this mentality, and thus cannot direct the IDF to conquer Gaza.

Demography is not the problem. With thought and pre-planning, Israel can deal with the demographic problem. Its demographic situation is good and a very large wave of aliyah is about to take place. And Hamas is not the problem, either. The IDF can easily defeat these terrorists – if, instead of being directed to get entangled in tunnels and alleys, it will be directed to win.

All the tactical problems have solutions. But the real problem is not with the enemy; it is with us. Are we now willing – after all the blows we have received – to negate the Oslo mentality and internalize that this is our land?

The answer Netanyahu has so far given is, “Not yet.”

We can anticipate the results of Netanyahu’s plans on three fronts:

Terror: All the tentacles of the octopus that threatens us – from Iran to Gaza, from ISIS to Hizbullah, from the Arabs of Judea and Samaria to the extremist Arabs who are Israeli citizens – now understand that Israel is not capable of winning. They have all received a strong tailwind to continue their attacks against us. Henceforth, life in Israel will be much less safe until the next significant round of fighting – which will be much worse.

The diplomatic front: A weak Israel has always beckoned diplomatic pressure. Our lack of faith in the justice of our sovereignty in our land has not only led to hesitation on the battlefield. It has also caused the West to adopt a new approach according to which Israel is a mistake. And mistakes, of course, must be mended.

Judea and Samaria: The non-defeat of Hamas will necessarily bring about Israeli submission and unilateral withdrawals in Judea and Samaria (after all, we must find a solution). As our experience with previous withdrawals has proven time and again, the newest round of pullbacks will feed and accelerate the same process of delegitimization, terror and additional withdrawals.

This is the sorry state of affairs that we face.

I am filled with faith in the strength of our nation and the state we have established after 2,000 years of exile. These energies will galvanize us to rise, shake off the Oslo mentality, change direction and save ourselves from the strategic danger hovering over our heads. They will motivate us to bequeath to our children a future of both physical and spiritual security and prosperity.

At this point, however, we have not yet reached the point that will engender the necessary revolution of consciousness.

For now, we must fearlessly tell the Israeli public the truth and consistently present the faith-based alternative for leadership of Israel. I will continue to do both. And I know that the Nation of Israel will win.

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