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Abbas Meets Pope, Opens PA Vatican Embassy, Rejects US Jerusalem Embassy

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

On Saturday, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and inaugurated the PA embassy there. As he was raising the black, red, white and green flag, Abbas called on the world’s leaders to recognize the State of Palestine when they get together in Paris on Sunday.

“Tomorrow, more than 70 countries will meet in Paris in order to discuss how to bring peace to our region, the holy land,” Abbas said. “We call upon the participants to take concrete measures in order to implement international law and UN resolutions.”

Abbas told reporters he discussed Jerusalem with the Pope, accusing the Israeli government of “turning Jerusalem into an exclusive Jewish/Israeli city, demolishing Palestinian homes, expanding illegal settlements, building an illegal Annexation Wall, dividing families, and isolating our occupied capital from the rest of Palestine.”

Regarding the next US Administration’s stated plan to move its embassy to Jerusalem, Abbas said that “Any attempts at legitimizing the illegal Israeli annexation of the city will destroy the prospects of any political process, bury the hopes for a two-state solution, and fuel extremism in our region, as well as worldwide.”

Speaking to Le Figaro on the eve of the Paris conference, Abbas threatened that, should President Trump go ahead with the embassy move as promised, “there would be several options for us, and we would discuss them with Arab countries.” He suggested that one of those options would be “reversing our recognition of the State of Israel.”

According to the Washington Post, PA leaders called on Muslim preachers on the Palestinian Authority payroll to dedicate their Friday sermons yesterday to opposing the US embassy relocation. The imams even received suggested talking points about the embassy move. The Post reported that the imam of the Jamal Abdel Nasser Mosque in Ramallah warned that moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would “engulf the region in the flames.”

Actually, according to reliable reports, the region already is engulfed in flames, so this should be a good window of opportunity for the move…

A draft of the Paris conference resolution obtained by AP says the conference will urge Israel and the Palestinians “to officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution,” but “will not recognize” changes, such as the establishment of a Palestinian State without Israeli agreement. The resolution will instead reiterate “that a negotiated solution with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, is the only way to achieve enduring peace.”

JNi.Media

Former Australian PM: Move Embassy to Jerusalem, Cut Off PA Funds

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has called for Australia to cut off the $40 million in aid it gives the Palestinian Authority annually, over the Abbas regime’s support for “terrorists and their families.” The Liberal politician also supported moving the Australian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Last month Mr Abbott attended the Australia-Israel-UK Dialogue in Jerusalem, as did Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and other federal MPs. Last Thursday, writing under the headline “Jerusalem Diary” for The Spectator Australia, the 60-year-old, London-born Member of Parliament, wrote: “In discussions with the Australian MPs, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah claimed that his people accepted Israel’s right to exist behind secure borders; but this is hard to credit given Palestinian TV’s consistent glorification of suicide bombers, reference to Jews as the ‘sons of monkeys and pigs’ and claims that the state of Israel is a ‘satanic project.’”

Pointing out that “Israel’s GDP per person is about $40,000 a year” and “Palestine’s is about $2000,” Abbot stressed that “this is not due to inherent riches on one side of the [border],” but due to the ineptness and corruption of the PA bureaucracy. He quoted Australia’s “highly-regarded ambassador to Israel, Dave Sharma,” who had told him that “it can cost as much to ship a case of Palestinian beer from the West Bank to port at Haifa than from there to Japan.” Abbot’s concluded that the PA’s ” basic problem […] is a focus on politics over economics and the all-pervading sense of grievance.”

In order to improve the lives of PA Arabs, Abbot recommends “lesser issues that could be fixed before [the issue of Palestinian statehood] is resolved. It should be easier for people and goods to move from Palestine into Israel and Jordan. The UAE should join Jordan and Egypt in operating direct flights into Tel Aviv. And Australia should cut our $40 million a year in aid to the Palestinian Authority while it keeps paying pensions to terrorists and their families.”

And, while he’s at it, Abbot suggested that “another way for Australia to demonstrate its unswerving support for Israel, as the Middle East’s only liberal, pluralist democracy, might be to join any move by the Trump administration to move its embassy to Jerusalem.”

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop issued a quick statement rejecting Abbot’s ideas: “The Australian Government does not have any plans to move the Australian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

However, she did announce that Australia’s aid program to the PA was already under review: “The Australian aid program has robust risk management and due diligence assessment processes which are also applied to partner agencies and governments,” she stated, noting that “the Australian Government has a zero tolerance policy with regard to fraud and corruption.”

Bishop made it clear that “Australian aid to the Palestinian Territories is under review after the aid program for World Vision in the Palestinian Territories was suspended last year.”

As you may recall, the head of the World Vision operations in the Gaza Strip turned out to be a Hamas agent who diverted much of the aid funds to Hamas military projects as well as to the restoration of Hamas leaders’ villas.

Labor senior politician Kate Ellis also rejected Abbot’s ideas, saying, “What we see here is Tony Abbott using policy on the Middle East to try and undermine [Liberal Prime Minister] Malcolm Turnbull.”

Similarly, Izzat Abdulhadi, head of the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, told SBS that Abbot’s “statement, argument, is baseless, ideological, biased and lack evidence of the aid to Palestine.” Adding a touch of melodrama, the representative of one of the most corrupt regimes in the Middle East, with Swiss accounts to show for it, said about Abbot: “If he has some issues with the Prime Minister here it should not be [at] the expense of the suffering of the Palestinian children and Palestinian refugees.”

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Khaled Abu Toameh: Abbas Wants to Work with Trump, but 64% of PA Arabs Want Abbas Out

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Israeli Arab journalist Khaled Abu Toameh on Saturday night twitted a flurry of notes regarding Arab public opinion and the state of affairs in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, including a report that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has declared he is ready to work with the Trump Administration to achieve peace on the basis of a 2-state solution and the Arab Peace Initiative – meaning Israel gives back every last stitch of land it liberated in 1967 in return for recognition by the Arab states. At the same time, according to Abu Toameh, 64% of Palestinians want Abbas to resign. Though his tweets about the poll results are unsourced, Abu Toameh is considered a reliable journalist, who is remarkably unbiased. In the 2009 UN World Conference Against Racism (WCAR), a.k.a. Durban II, Toameh criticized Israeli Arab MKs for supporting extremism and calling Israel a “state of apartheid” rather than fighting for the rights of Arab citizens of Israel. Abu Toameh says he is routinely subject to condemnations, and is often threatened, more often than not by sources outside the Middle East that don’t deny that he is telling the truth, they just want him to “shut up.”

Also according to Abu Toameh, the same poll found that 65% of PA Arabs believe the 2-state solution is no longer practical. 62% are in favor of abandoning the Oslo Accords; and 53% support an armed intifada against Israel.

Similarly, according Abu Toameh, 37% of PA Arabs believe an armed action (against Israel ) is most effective, while 33% favor negotiations to establish a state.

Abu Toameh on Saturday night also twitted an English translation of a Quds Press report saying 11 have been wounded in a clash between the Abbas PLO forces and Mohammed Dahlan supporters in Gaza.

Perhaps they should decide first who should run the PLO, before they launch an armed intifada against Israel?

David Israel

PA Court Sentences Abbas’ Rival Dahlan in Absentia to 3 Years for Embezzlement

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

The Ramallah Anti-Corruption Crimes Court on Wednesday sentenced Muhammad Dahlan, a former senior member of Fatah now living in UAE and a longtime rival of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, to three years in prison for embezzling $16 million.

The court, which tried Dahlan in his absence, added a fine of $16 million to the sentence as payment for embezzling the money, declared him a fugitive from justice.

Ma’an recalled Dahlan’s fierce opposition to Hamas and his “merciless crackdown” on the rival group in the 1990s, when his PLO units rounded up thousands of Islamists who refused to recognize the legitimacy of the PA. Then Dahlan fell from grace in June 2007 after Hamas trounced his fighters in Gaza street battles, expelling Fatah permanently from the territory.

In 2010, after his election to the Fatah central committee, Dahlan was suspended, and an inquiry was launched to examine his finances, accusing him of setting up his own private militia.

In 2011, Dahlan was accused by Fatah leaders of poisoning Yasser Arafat – an honor he shared with Israeli security at the time.

Then, in 2015, the notorious anti-Hamas Dahlan called for integrating all the Palestinian factions, including Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, into the PLO. Meanwhile, several Arab regimes began to push his candidacy to replace Abbas when the time comes. Dahlan then began to accuse Abbas of holding on to his seat without popular support and without democratic elections (his term ran out around 2009).

Back in October, Dahlan told Ma’an the failures of PA leadership could bring the end to the Arabs’ hope for independence. “If this situation continues,” he warned, “we will either yield to the occupation’s conditions and rules – which is impossible at the popular level – or have a popular uprising, which will be very dangerous.”

David Israel

Shaked: PA Must Remove Anti-Semitic Law Sentencing to Death Arabs Selling Land to Jews

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

A confrontation between Israel’s Justice Minister and a senior PA official at a Tel Aviv conference resulted in the former shaming the latter over his government’s anti-Semitic laws, Kippa reported Tuesday morning.

Deputy Chairman of the PLO Committee for the Interaction with the Israeli Society Elias Zananiri used the Globes Israel Business Conference Monday to attack Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked about the “land theft” that had taken place, in his opinion, in the Samaria community of Amona. He told Shaked, “Israel’s High Court of Justice determined in 1997 that the construction there was entirely illegal, and the land appropriation was illegal.” Now 20 years have passed and nothing happened, he continued.

“If a state like Israel, which keeps saying it respects the rule of law […] does not give me back my land, what can I as a Palestinian do? What answer do you have for me?”

“I have two things to tell you,” Minister Shaked responded. “One is that the government of Israel will honor the court’s ruling. Two, as a Palestinian you can convince the Palestinian Authority to erase the shameful, degrading and racist law prohibiting the sale of land to Jews, which sentences to death anyone who sells land to Jews.”

A few hecklers in the audience argued there was no connection between those two things, to which Shaked responded saying “They’re very much connected. This law is racist, it shames the law book of the Palestinian Authority. Had it not existed it would have been possible to resolve these cases with a straight purchase, and the land owner would have benefited. Because there are – let me tel you from my personal knowledge – many land owners who would have been eager to sell in such cases.”

Shaked added that the sellers would have received “very high returns” for their land. “They would have been compensated very well. But they’re afraid to sell because of the threat of the death penalty.”

In January 2016, Israel’s Channel 2 broadcast footage of Ta’ayush activist Ezra Nawi boasting that he has worked together with B’Tselem activist Nasser Nawaj’ah, posing as a prospective Jewish purchaser of Arab land, then provided the Palestinian National Security Forces with the names and telephone numbers of Arab land brokers willing to sell land to Jews. Nawi said on tape that these brokers are beaten and executed: “The Authority catches them and kills them. But before they kill them they beat them up.”

David Israel

Israel Approves PA Import of 5 Armored Jeeps

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Five US made armored jeeps were imported on Sunday for the PA security forces via the Allenby bridge that connects the PA with Jordan, Ha’aretz reported Tuesday. The purchase was made with the approval of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, to boost the ability of PA security forces to deal with increasing challenges. United States Security Coordinator Lt. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim made the deal happen, with the cooperation of Israeli and PA military officials.

Delivered in the middle of the night, the armored jeeps were loaded on transporters under Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli supervision and were transported to PA security bases. They will most likely be used against Fatah forces loyal to Mohammed Dahlan in PA refugee camps. According to Ha’aretz, the PA has been asking for Israel’s approval for the deal for four years now, and it took US intervention to finally get it.

Under PM Netanyahu Israel has not been fond of letting the PA import weapons and other military equipment, which the Russian government has been offering for some time, including light arms, ammunition, two-way radios and flak jackets. The approval for the five armored units attests both to Israel’s approval of the job PA security forces are doing fighting terrorists in refugee camps, and its assessment that these forces need a boost to keep going.

David Israel

Political Hitman – Abbas says: The P.A. will NEVER Recognize Israel as Jewish [audio]

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Mahmoud Abbas say the PA will NEVER RECOGNIZE ISRAEL AS JEWISH – Do we cow to his opinion and throw Jews out of their homes?!

Mahmoud Abbas, the PA’s dictator for life calls for the repeal of the Balfour Declaration, Howie calls for an all-Jewish Israel devoid of Arabs while Sharon claims that land for peace is the only option.

It’s another heated debate on Political Hitman!

Political HITMAN 04Dec 2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

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