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December 8, 2016 / 8 Kislev, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Palestinian Authority’

Yesh Atid Calls to Dissolve Israel’s Parliament

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

The opposition Yesh Atid party initiated a no-confidence gesture Sunday, calling for dissolution of Israel’s parliament and new elections to be held.

Led by Yair Lapid, the centrist-left party plans to present a bill to dissolve the Knesset on Wednesday. If it passes, elections would be held 90 days from the third reading of the bill.

The move comes after an opinion poll, if you can trust the polls, showed Yesh Atid running neck-and-neck with the leading Likud party, bolstering the centrist party’s confidence.

The Likud’s drop in popularity is due in part to deep divisions over how to deal with the dilemma presented by the community of Amona, where a very small part of the land on which it sits might be privately owned.

For that reason, the Israeli High Court of Justice ruled in favor of a petition to destroy the entire town, evicting more than 200 men, women and children from their homes of more than a decade.

Yesh Atid pounced on the opportunity to demonize Likud over its internal divisions and its conflicts within the government coalition as it wrestles with solutions over the issue.

“The citizens of Israel deserve more,” proclaimed a news release from the Yesh Atid central office.

“The government of Israel is entirely self-involved with its own political rifts and with anything but what is important to the citizens of Israel… There have been no substantive discussions in any government body over where the country is heading: Not in the economic, social, diplomatic or security realms,” the party claimed.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu to Cabinet: ‘Working Overtime’ in Search of Amona Solution

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday morning told the weekly Cabinet meeting: “We are working overtime to find a responsible solution to the issue of Amona and for similar cases in the future.

“We are working to reach a rational solution and I expect all of you, ministers and MKs, to respect it,” the PM reiterated, adding, “We must act responsibly and prudently here for a common goal: to defend the settlement, and to defend the court. We are working in both spheres.”

Netanyahu also told his ministers about new progress in the Israel-Jordan-PA Red Sea–Dead Sea Canal. “Last week we crossed another stage en route to realizing the canal between the seas project,” he said. “The US, the EU and Japan are financing this joint Israel-Jordan-Palestinian Authority project, and it includes desalination for communities in the Israeli and Jordanian Aravah desert alike, and channeling salt water to the Dead Sea. According to the plan, in 2020 fresh water will be supplied to the residents of the Aravah and salt water will finally be channeled to the Dead Sea.”

Netanyahu pointed out that the project “ties in with Herzl’s vision in his book Altneuland. He foresaw the canal between the seas and we now have the great honor and opportunity to realize this vision. Of course, this is also a project that constitutes an additional strategic anchor in the peaceful relations between Jordan and Israel, peaceful relations which are more vital than ever in light of what is happening in our region.”

The PM thanked Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara, “who is responsible for this project on my behalf; he is doing important work. Thank you, Ayoob.”

David Israel

Palestinian Authority Polluting Wadi Qelt [video]

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Yishai, the security chief from Alon, filmed the Nachal Prat / Wadi Qelt stream in the Ein Prat nature reserve, over the weekend. The Ein Prat reserve is a popular hiking area.

Palestinian Authority villages and cities are dumping untreated sewage into the environment, and you can see the results in the stream.

The stream originates near Jerusalem and eventually runs into the Jordan River.

Video of the Day

Israeli Minister Yuval Steinitz: Abu Mazen is Israel’s “Number One Enemy”

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources Yuval Steinitz is calling Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) leader Mahmoud Abbas Israel’s “Number One enemy.”

Abbas warned during a Fatah Central Committee meeting in Ramallah on Wednesday after his re-election to the faction’s leadership for another five-year term, that recognition of the State of Israel would not be “eternal,” should it not be reciprocated by the Israelis.

The Fatah leader also heads the Palestinian Authority and is now in his 11th year of a four-year term. He stressed his confidence at the meeting that the entity will eventually gain independence and that the removal of settlements “requires patience.”

In an interview Thursday (Dec. 1) with Israel Radio, Steinitz argued that to withdraw his recognition of Israel, Mahmoud Abbas would have to first start by recognizing it. “Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) has never recognized the right of the State of Israel to exist, and continues to deny it,” Steinitz said. “He always posited that the Jews had no right to their own homeland state whether in Ramallah or Tel Aviv,” he said.

“Ideologically, Abu Mazen is the Number One enemy to the very existence of the State of Israel, even more so than [former PLO chairman Yasser] Arafat,” he said.

The remarks came on the heels of six anti-Israel resolutions adopted by the United Nations General Assembly this week on “Palestinian and Middle East issues.”

One resolution pertaining to Jerusalem and its holy sites was approved by a 149-7 vote with 8 abstentions and again erased the ancient Biblical Jewish bonds to the Temple Mount. It also said action by Israel, “the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem … [remains] illegal and therefore null and void and had no validity whatsoever.”

In response, Steinitz called the resolutions as “a sad joke for Israel and for the world.” He also claimed the specific condemnation of Israel, as compared to the horrific acts occurring currently in the Middle East, whether in Syria or Iraq, had “an anti-Semitic orientation.”

Israel Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon severely criticized President of the General Assembly John William Ashe for wearing a Palestinian Authority flag scarf during the November 29 UN General Assembly session held to mark the world body’s annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The event was held on the anniversary date of the General Assembly’s 1947 adoption of Resolution 181, the Partition Plan for Palestine.

“It is unfortunate that the @UN_PGA chose to wear the Palestinian flag at an event whose sole purpose was to slander Israel,” Dannon tweeted.

In his speech, he also displayed the headline than ran in The New York Times following the 1947 vote, posting it on the Twitter social networking site:

“The @nytimes from the day after the Partition Plan vote: ‘Assembly Votes Palestine Partition. Arabs Walk Out.’ This is the whole story.”

Content by Ilana Messika / TPS was used in this report.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Stunning World, UN Passes 6 Resolutions Confirming Everything Is Israel’s Fault

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted six resolutions on “Palestinian and Middle East issues,” ranging from Jerusalem to the United Nations special information program on the question of Palestine. The good news is that Israel still has a smattering of friends at the UN: Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, and the United States (and Israel, of course) voted against; Australia, Cameroon, Honduras, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Tonga, and Vanuatu abstained. The rest, 153 world nations that include places where you plan to spend your vacation this summer or buy your car, condemned Israel as being responsible for most of the ills of the planet, especially the Middle East.

For instance, Haya al-Duraie, representing Kuwait which in 1991 expelled 400,000 Palestinians into the desert, expressed support for international efforts that were laying the foundation for security and stability in the region. “However,” the ambassador warned, “the faltering peace process continues to present a danger to the Middle East.”

There you have it.

The UN press release on the assembly votes, includes a section dealing with the “Situation in the Middle East.” One would expect this section to deal with the 500,000 Syrians who died and millions who were uprooted in the past six years; with the war between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq; with Iran’s nuclear threat and its region-wide terrorism; with Egypt’s paralyzing poverty; perhaps with the discriminatory policies of Saudi Arabia. Alas, one would be wrong. According to the UN General Assembly, there are two main issues threatening stability and peace in the Middle East: Israel’s “occupation” of Jerusalem and Israel’s refusal to hand over the Golan Heights to the Assad Regime.

On Jerusalem, the draft resolution called for “respect for the historic status quo at the holy places of Jerusalem,” and in the spirit of respect referred to the focal area of contention only by its Arabic name, “Haram al-Sharif.” The Assembly reiterated its determination that any actions taken by Israel, “the occupying Power,” to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem “were illegal and therefore null and void and had no validity whatsoever” – note the double invalidation. It also called on Israel to “immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures” and stressed that “a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the question of the City of Jerusalem should take into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinian and Israeli sides.”

At least they called it “Jerusalem” and not Al Quds. One point for the home team.

In its resolution on the “Syrian Golan” the Assembly, in the middle of a raging war between the murderous Assad regime that slaughters its own citizens and ISIS and Al Qaeda affiliates who murder everyone else, demanded that “Israel withdraw from all the occupied territory to the line of 4 June 1967 and called on all parties concerned to exert the necessary efforts to ensure the resumption of the peace process.” It should be noted that this example of raging idiocy received only 103 votes in favor, to 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 56 abstentions.

Pheew…

The Permanent Observer of Palestine – who could become the Palestinian Authority’s UN Envoy, should the Obama Administration pull a fast one (so far so good, though) – said the adoption of the six resolutions by an overwhelming majority of United Nations Member States was “a reflection of the longstanding international consensus in favor of achieving a just, lasting and peaceful solution to the question of Palestine,” and “a clear reaffirmation of the international community’s consensus on the two-State solution.”

He then added that “the despair and hopelessness of the Palestinian people is increasing as the fiftieth year of the illegal Israeli occupation approached.”

See you in fifty years?

The representative of Israel said the resolutions had not only failed to promote dialogue or build trust, they had also created an organizational infrastructure that had abused funding to allow anti-Israel activities to take place under the auspices of the United Nations.

She argued that supporting the resolutions and the inherent bias against Israel would not advance the cause of peace, but instead make peace harder to achieve. The “Special Information Program on the Question of Palestine” offers a misleading narrative of the region and circulates prejudiced materials under the banner of the United Nations, undermining the organization’s integrity and impartiality. It was baffling how the United Nations, which continued to face a severe budgetary deficit, had spent approximately $6.5 million a year on bodies that were dedicated solely to promoting the Palestinian narrative.

Loved the part about the resolutions “undermining the organization’s integrity and impartiality.” Who says Israeli diplomats have no sense of humor?

David Israel

Terrorist Gets 16 Years in Prison for Stabbing Attack

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

by Ilana Messika
The Jerusalem District Court has Abu Dis resident sentenced Mohammad Badr to 16 years in prison following his conviction for stabbing an Israeli on HaNevi’im Street in Jerusalem last May. One person was wounded in the attack.

Badr was sentenced on three separate counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon (he was carrying a knife) and illegal entry into Israel.

“According to the facts of the indictment, and on the basis of the confession and conviction, the suspect entered Israel illegally and decided to stab a Jew with the aim of killing him,” the judge stated in the verdict. “The defendant’s actions . . . were very serious, which miraculously did not cause fatal casualties.”

The Court added that Badr’s attack was part of the wave of terror attacks that swept the country beginning in September 2015.

In addition to his 16-year prison term, Badr was also ordered to pay compensation in the amount of NIS 80,000 as part of a plea bargain.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Stop the Presses: Abbas Reelected Fatah Chief

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

In an astonishing move that caught the world by surprise, about 1,250 Fatah party politicians opened their seventh conference in Ramallah on Tuesday by reappointing Mahmoud Abbas chairman. At 81, an invigorated Abbas, a.k.a. Abu Mazen, was voted in unanimously, despite speculations that this time the ruling party of the PA would entertain serious discussions of a post-Abbas future.

Fataḥ, formerly the Palestinian National Liberation Movement, is the largest faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Abbas was elected in January 2005 as President of the Palestinian National Authority until January 2009, but in December 2009 was voted into office indefinitely by the PLO Central Council.

An estimated 75 Fatah representatives from Gaza were not granted permits by Israel to leave the Strip to attend the conference. But its doubtful the vote in Ramallah would have been any different had they been allowed to go through.

The date picked for the conference, as it is done every conference, was November 29, the anniversary of the last time the Arabs in the Land of Israel had a real chance for statehood, which they blew, in the spirit of the late Abba Eban, who said, The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. For the record, Eban did not focus solely on the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians, since he made his immortal observation after the 1973 Geneva Peace Conference with Arab countries (which Syria refused to attend).

November 29 was commemorated by the UN on Tuesday, as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. UN General Assembly president Peter Thomson honored the occasion by wearing a Palestinian flag scarf, just like the one Yasser Arafat wore when he first appeared at the General Assembly back in 1974 as the chief of Fatah – which was established back in 1959 to “organize the armed resistance against Israel,” almost a decade before the 1967 war.

Which brings to mind another Abba Eban immortal observation, from 2004: If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.

David Israel

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