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Obama Asks NYC’s US District Court Judge to Waive Bond for PA, PLO

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

The Obama administration asked a United States judge on Monday (Aug. 10) to “carefully consider” the size of the bond he sets for the Palestinian Authority while it appeals an award for damages in the deaths and injuries of Americans in six terror attacks in Israel.

Both the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority were determined to be financial liable for the attacks in the civil trial that ended in a New York court in February.

Under U.S. anti-terrorism law, the jury’s award of $218.5 million was automatically tripled to a total of $655.5 million.

Attorneys for the defense argued the PA could not afford to post the bond for the appeal, typically 111 percent of the judgement. They asked the judge to waive the bond requirement altogether instead.

The Obama administration concurred, and took the highly unusual step late Monday night of filing a formal “Statement of Interest of the United States of America” with Justice George B. Daniels of the Federal District Court in Manhattan.

The plaintiffs, who were opposed to the request, included ten families of victims of terror, comprising some three dozen members, eight of whom were physically injured in the attacks and others who were related to those who were murdered in the attacks that took place between 2002 to 2004.

The attacks left a total of 33 dead and more than 450 injured, including a number of U.S. citizens. They were carried out by terrorists from the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades and Hamas.

“The United States strongly supports the rights of victims of terrorism to vindicate their interests in federal court and to receive just compensation for their injuries,” the Department of Justice wrote in the brief.

However, requiring the Palestinian Authority to pay “a significant portion of its revenues would likely severely compromise the PA’s ability to operate as a governmental authority,” wrote deputy secretary of state Antony J. Blinken.

“A PA insolvency and collapse would harm current and future U.S.-led efforts to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

In court last month, Judge Daniels made it clear he intended to set the bond as a “significant demonstration” that the Palestinian Authority and PLO were both “willing and able to pay a judgment, if a judgment is entered and affirmed on appeal.” The families have taken the position that the defendants should deposit at least $30 million per month with the court as a show of good faith.

Blinken added in the DOJ’s brief Monday that the government was not taking a position on the merits of the case; only the impact of the bond itself.

There has been some friction over the case – and over the issue of intervening on behalf of the PLO and PA for the bond – between the State Department and the DOJ.

Israeli Jews Meet Independently with PA Chairman Abbas in Ramallah

Monday, August 10th, 2015

A group of Israeli Jewish social activists met Sunday with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at his Samaria office in the PA capital of Ramallah, in the Muqata.

According to its website, the Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow Coalition is a social action group comprised of “Jews from Arab and Muslims Lands and the East.” The members attempt to affect the current public agenda and bring about change in Israeli society through independent action.

Abbas told the group the PA has been making an effort to achieve peace “despite the negative atmosphere surrounding the peace process,” according to the PA news agency WAFA.

The PA chairman told the group it was important to strengthen the prospects for peace based on the two-state solution, the news agency reported.

According to the MDRC website, the group is active in four areas: land, employment and unemployment, education and coalition activity.

It is not clear whether the visit to Ramallah was first cleared with the office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, or not.

Obama May Intervene in $218.5M Judgment Against Palestinian Authority

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is seriously considering an intervention in the judgment against the Palestinian Authority over the vicious terror attacks that killed and wounded dozens of American citizens more than a decade ago in Israel.

A jury in New York federal district court found the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) guilty of supporting terrorists in carrying out attacks in which Americans died.

According to a report by the Fox News network, the Department of Justice informed the court late last month that it was considering filing a “statement of interest” in the case by August 10. Officials did not elaborate on their intentions. The department previously had no involvement in the case. A source told Fox News the Department of Justice was working with the State Department on the matter.

A DOJ spokesperson told FoxNews.com, “Any filing would be made on behalf of the United States, not on behalf of any other party.”

The attorney for the plaintiffs, Kent Yalowitz, has requested the Palestinian leadership be required to place $30 million per month in escrow while the case is being appealed. He suspects the U.S. government is mulling an attempt to help the PA avoid the bond – a direct intervention by the White House on behalf of those who directly sponsored terror.

“An administration which claims to be fighting terror is planning to weigh in favor of the terrorists,” Yalowitz told FoxNews.com. “If our government actually came in favor of convicted terrorists, it would be a really sorry statement about the way our government treats terror.”

In the attacks, a total of 33 died and more than 450 other victims were wounded – including some who were permanently maimed.

The PA – which receives generous foreign aid from the United States and the European Union – pays stipends to the terrorists and their families who carry out the terror attacks. The bigger the attack and the higher the damage, the bigger the stipend, to this very day.

The lawsuit by 10 families was comprised of some 36 members was filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act which allows U.S. citizens who are victims of international terrorism to sue their attackers in United States court.

The international case had dragged on for a full decade before a decision finally was reached.

The PLO and PA were found liable over six shooting and bombing attacks between 2002 and 2004 in the Jerusalem area which were attributed to Fatah’s Al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigades terror group – linked to the leading faction of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority government – and Gaza-based Hamas. In two of the cases the attackers were actual PA police officers. One of the suicide bombers was closely linked to a PA military intelligence officer. In a 2004 suicide bombing of a bus, PA police and security officials also confessed to planning the operation and making the bomb.

All of the jailed terrorists and their families, as well as the families of the suicide bombers were paid for their actions by the PA government.

On the day the ruling was handed down, not one American national network carried the “breaking news” story when the verdict was announced, nor was it mentioned on the evening newscasts.

Netanyahu Warns FIFA: Palestinian Threats Will Destroy International Sport

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Palestinian Authority government heads are continuing to use the international arena as their new battleground against Israel.

But Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Thursday that if the membership of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) caves to PA pressure, such a vote will also eventually kill FIFA.

“The effort to hurt Israel will destroy FIFA because if they start with one country they will move on to another and it will collapse the organization. The effort to suspend Israel is severe and we will resist it unequivocally.

“I told [FIFA president Sepp] Blatter that if he allows the suspension of Israel he will have allowed for the destruction of FIFA.”

Even as new allegations appear against the organization and its president, Palestinian soccer chief Jibril Rajoub is refusing to withdraw a PA proposal to ban Israel from the sports organization. A two-thirds majority vote at the 209-member organization would succeed in expelling Israel from the international sports body.

“Nothing has changed, the vote is still on the agenda,” Rajoub told the AFP news agency after a meeting with Blatter on Wednesday.

The Palestinian soccer league president is no stranger to any form of terror – be it warfare, lawfare or sportsfare – having served his first prison term in Israel at age 15. Two years, in September 1970, later he was arrested again, this time for hurling a grenade at an IDF bus near Hebron. Upon being convicted on charges of terror and membership in an armed terror organization, Rajoub was sentenced to life in prison. He was subsequently released in 1985 as part of a prisoner swap to free three Israeli hostages held by the PFLP terror organization. He was arrested again, numerous times, after returning to his life of violent crime, working with the Fatah terror organization.

After deportation to Lebanon and relocation to Tunisia, Rajoub eventually became a close adviser to PLO terror chief Yasser Arafat. He was also involved in a plot to assassinate former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Following the signing of the Oslo Accords, Rajoub returned to Judea and Samaria, where he served as head of the PA security force.

In June 2012, as head of the Palestinian Olympic Committee, Rajoub called a request for a minute of silence to remember the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics by Palestinian terrorists, “racist.”

In May 2013, Rajoub told the Lebanese Al Mayadeen television network, “We, the Palestinians are enemies of Israel…. Until now we have not had nuclear weapons, but in the name of Allah, if we had nuclear weapons, we’d be using them.”

Rajoub has conditioned withdrawal of the proposal to expel Israel from FIFA on a ruling by the United Nations to determine the status of five Israeli soccer teams based in Judea and Samaria. The teams are from the Jewish communities of Ma’aleh Adumim, Ariel, Kiryat Arba, Beka’at HaYarden and Givat Ze’ev.

Teams not located within Israeli territory require Palestinian authorization to participate in the Israeli leagues under FIFA regulations.

Because the United Nations does not recognize Israel’s annexation of post-1967 parts of the country – including numerous Jerusalem neighborhoods, the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria as well as Gaza, the decision would de facto force Israel’s league to expel the five teams, or force the soccer federation to expel Israel’s league.

On Wednesday, a counter proposal was allegedly offered to the Palestinians by the Jewish State, according to one delegate. The FIFA vote on the Palestinian proposal is slated to take place Friday in Switzerland.

The Palestinian contingent has been complaining because some of its members are stopped at security checkpoints when leaving for international events. Some are prevented from leaving entirely and a few are arrested, in fact.

Report: PA Police to Operate Near Jerusalem

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority police claim that Israel has given them permission to operate in Abu Dis, A-Ram and Biddu, which are on the outskirts of Jerusalem, according to a Reuters report.

A-Ram specifically is in Area B, which is under PA civil control, but Israeli security control, according to the Oslo Accords.

Until now, Israel has not permitted PA police to operate in these villages.

If the report is accurate, 90 armed policemen will be deployed in the towns.

Since releasing the PA’s frozen tax revenue after the elections, there is speculation that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has a secret back-channel with the Palestinian Authority.

Obama Aides Lay Groundwork to Betray Israel at UN Security Council

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Aides to President Barack Obama told media Friday the U.S. will “reassess” its relationship with Israel in the wake of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s re-election to an historic fourth term.

A White House official couched the nasty reality in more diplomatic language, saying the president had told the prime minister “we will need to re-assess our options following the prime minister’s new positions and comments regarding the two-state solution.”

An official statement distributed following the call said the president had emphasized the U.S. “longstanding commitment to a two-state solution” during his conversation with Israel’s prime minister.

Earlier in the day on Thursday, Netanyahu clarified his position on the issue, explaining his reasons for a statement during the campaign in which he told supporters he would not back the establishment of a Palestinian state during his fourth term. In that clarification Netanyahu talked about the present realities in the Middle East with which Israel has to contend. He also noted that he supports the same conditions for negotiating a sustainable peace that he had set forth in his speech at Bar Ilan University in 2009: a demilitarized Palestinian state led by a government willing to recognize the Jewish State of Israel.

But he pointed to changes on the ground that cannot be denied – or ignored – and that present a real threat.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has united his government in Ramallah with that of Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization, which is allied with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Lebanon-based Hezbollah. All three are faithful proxies of Tehran. In addition, Gaza is now home to bases for a number of Salafi global jihad terrorist groups. Among them are the Army of Islam, Al Qaeda, and Daesh, also known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Iran and its proxies are also literally parked on Israel’s borders, in Lebanon, Syria, the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula. A new Palestinian state would be ripe for the picking as well, creating for Israel an existential threat that no leader could allow.

None of which has impressed Obama. At a briefing on Friday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters: “Now that our closest ally in the region – and one of the two parties who would be responsible for negotiating a two-state solution – has withdrawn from their commitments, to that ideal, it means that we need to rethink the kinds of policy decisions that we’re going to have to make going forward.”

Never mind the fact that the Palestinian Authority – the first of the two parties responsible for negotiating the two-state solution — withdrew from its commitments several years earlier.

Obama has entirely ignored the fact that the PA, via the PLO, unilaterally dropped out of the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords. He has also turned a blind eye as the PA abandoned its moral and legal obligations to negotiate a final status agreement with Israel, using the United Nations as an excuse to break that deal. The General Assembly of the United Nations participated, allowing itself to be so used by granting the entity non-member observer nation status, which opened the door for the PA to join hundreds of international treaties.

Some members of the American media are also using a double standard to judge Israel’s decisions on its national security and foreign policy.

CNN news anchor Wolf Blitzer interviewed Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz as part of Israel’s “Likud-led government” and baldly demanded to know: “Do you support what’s called a two-state solution, Israel living alongside, the new state of Palestine.”

UN’s Ban Ki-moon Advises Israel on ‘How to Stay a Democracy’

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon claims Israel can only be a democracy with an end to building in Judea and Samaria.

Ban emphasized Wednesday – the day after Israelis re-elected Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to lead the country – that Israel must continue final status talks with the Palestinian Authority for the establishment of an independent sovereign state.

This is “the best and only way forward for Israel to remain a democratic state,” UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters, speaking for Ban.

Netanyahu had stated during his campaign this time around that he would not allow an independent PA state to be created while he is in office due to the rising security risks. He also committed to continuing to build Israeli neighborhoods in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

During his past two terms in office, Netanyahu maintained a willingness to negotiate with the Palestinian Authority “at any time and any place” in order to secure a final status agreement that would create a “two-state solution.” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, however, was entirely unwilling to engage in direct talks with Netanyahu and spent the entire five-year period working to avoid every possible opportunity to do so.

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor responded to Ban, saying, “The United Nations may disagree with the policies of the Israeli government but there is one fact that cannot be disputed: that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. If the UN is so concerned about the future of the Palestinian people, [then] it should be asking why (PA) President (Mahmoud) Abbas is in the tenth year of a five-year presidential term,” Prosor said.

Abbas was elected in PA polls to serve for a five-year term as the entity’s leader in 2006. One year later, the Palestinian Authority was split in two when the Hamas terror organization carried out a coup and ousted Abbas and seized control of Gaza instead, which it maintains to this day. The Fatah-led PA government has continued to lead only the PA-controlled territories in Judea and Samaria from the entity’s capital in the city of Ramallah since 2006. Moreover, when his term was up, Abbas refused to step down and instead invoked “emergency rule status” which he has continued to this day. No new PA elections are scheduled for the foreseeable future.

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