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Bennett Asking Trump Advisors to Substitute Palestinian Autonomy for State

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Education Minister and HaBayit HaYehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett on Sunday met in New York with three staffers of President-Elect Donald Trump and asked that the new Administration not automatically adopt the two-state solution as its official policy but examine alternatives to what has been the Obama and GW Bush administrations’ default approach, Ha’aretz reported Tuesday.

The meeting between Bennett and the Trump staffers appears to have contradicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s explicit instruction not to conduct direct meetings with the incoming president’s people. Bennett’s office described his visit to New York as a routine work trip, for meetings with US Jewish organizations as part of his role as minister of diaspora affairs.

According to knowledgeable sources, Bennett suggested what he termed “Palestinian autonomy on steroids” in parts of Judea and Samaria, alongside a gradual application of Israeli sovereignty over other parts, such as the annexation of Ma’ale Adumim.

It is estimated that Bennett asked to meet with Trump’s circle in response to an announcement by Defense Minister and Israel Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Liberman, that Israel should be happy with a new US administration that merely approves the 2005 Sharon-Bush agreement, whereby Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria may build to meet the need of the existing population, but not start new outposts.

The Trump people were aghast at the Liberman statement, accusing him of “passing on the left” of the president-elect.

Netanyahu’s office issued a written directive at 4 PM Sunday through Cabinet Secretary Zahi Braverman, asking cabinet ministers not to make contact with the president-elect or his staff except through the PM’s office or the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC.

Last Friday, Agriculture Secretary Uri Ariel HaBayit (HaYehudi) sent a letter of support to Stephen Bannon, Trump’s controversial strategist advisor, telling Bannon that although he, Ariel, may not agree with him on everything, he is grateful to him for his stand against the Iran nuclear deal and the anti-Israel boycotts.

Last week, Israel’s ambassador to the US Ron Dermer was the first foreign ambassador the president-elect met at Trump Tower in New York.

JNi.Media

Bennett: Trump Win Means End of Palestinian State Era

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Shortly after it had become clear that Republican nominee Donald Trump had won the US presidential election Wednesday morning, Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi) congratulated the winner, noting that he is certain “the special connection between the United States and Israel will be preserved and even enhanced.”

Bennett added that the Republican’s victory also means “the victory of the country’s interest over the interests of the elites which are crumbling before our eyes.”

According to Bennett, “Trump’s victory offers Israel a tremendous opportunity to announce that it changes its mind regarding establishing a State of Palestine in the heart of our country.”

“The era of the Palestinian State is over,” Bennett said.

MK Yehuda Glick (Likud) posted on his Facebook page Wednesday morning that “it appears the American people have rejected hypocrisy and political correctness and preferred straight forwardness instead.”

He then sent Trump the three-verse Priestly Blessing from Jerusalem, and wished him to be able “to ascend to the Temple Mount and lead from that source of the world’s energy a dialogue of reconciliation and global peace.”

Glick also invited Trump to come and visit Judea and Samaria and “see with his own eyes that the settlement enterprise is the real avenue for peace.”

David Israel

Israeli Arabs Terrified of Joining Palestinian State

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s Monday interview with Al Quds revived Israeli Arab fears of his proposal, which he has been promoting for several years, that a future peace deal will see a swapping of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria for Israeli Arab towns in the Arab triangle in central Israel.

On its face, the Liberman “Umm Al-Fahm proposal,” named after the thriving Israeli Arab city, is logical: why not swap a 100% Arab block of settlements in Israel for a 100% Jewish block of settlements in what has been designated the future Palestinian State? Let the Jews become part of the Jewish State and the Arabs be reunited with their brethren in the Arab State?

MK Ayman Odeh, Chairman of the Joint Arab List, told Israeli Radio Tuesday that Liberman’s suggestion is unacceptable, since the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria are illegal, and so they are not a viable bargaining chip in the negotiations. In other words, in order for a deal to be acceptable to Odeh, there must be a purely Arab state next door to a partially Arab state.

MK Odeh did not mention that, despite his gushing Palestinian patriotism (he refers to himself as an Israeli Palestinian), he and his voters have no intention of substituting life in a third world Palestinian State for their lives in democratic Israel.

Umm Al-Fahm’s deputy mayor Wisam Agbariya was irate back in 2014, when Liberman first proposed his swap, which would keep the city intact, only switch its political allegiance to the much heralded new Palestinian State. “I admit that I feel Palestinian, but I do not feel that the day of liberation has arrived. I don’t want to undergo another Nakba (the 1948 ‘catastrophe’)” he told Al Monitor. “For 65 years, part of the Palestinian nation has been formed here, let’s call it a population group under special conditions. Now you come to harm us again?”

How would becoming proud citizens of a Palestinian State harm this proud Palestinian? Apparently, he was insulted by being compared with the settlers and by being turned into “a bargaining chip.”

Naturally, he did not mention his understandable aversion to becoming part of a ruthless Arab tyranny that spends all its resources on maintaining the PLO in control and invests nothing in infrastructure and very little in healthcare and education.

Ahmed Machmid, a bookkeeper and nursing student, father of two daughters, told Al Monitor, “I am worried what will be if it does happen, what will be with us? How will we live? How will we become part of a state that has not been established yet? And if it [a Palestinian state]is established, that will be the beginning of our destruction. How does a country that calls itself democratic, dare to expel 300,000 people? Are we supposed to be the victims of this peace?”

Machmid then added, with rare candor, “It is annoying and depressing. There’s no doubt that the State of Israel is the strongest country in the Middle East and everyone wants to live here. I was born here and am connected to the country economically, socially and emotionally. Why am I responsible for the antics of [Arab] Knesset members [Azmi] Bishara or [Ahmad] Tibi? They don’t represent me, and I tell you that they also do not represent the majority. Go out to the street to talk to the people and ask who is willing to become part of the Palestinian Authority. No one.”

Why then would Israeli Arabs wish to see their brethren next door become the subjects of such an undesirable Palestinian State? Apparently, even honest Machmid did not have enough honesty on hand to answer that question.

David Israel

There Are No Palestinian Lands

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

In Jewish culture, moving to the Land of Israel is called “making aliya,” going up to the Holy Land, because the Land of Israel is considered higher – in a spiritual sense – than the rest of the world. Higher not in a conceited way, but higher in the sense of expressing a high level of spirituality and morality that all humanity, Jews and all the nations of the world, can and should aspire to.

When I made aliya over forty years ago, I found the Israeli political world already well established in its divide between left and right. One of the points of contention was the question of Jews returning to live in Judea and Samaria, those parts of the country west of the Jordan River, which had been illegally occupied by Jordan between 1948 and 1967, and liberated in the miraculous events of the Six-Day War in June, 1967.

The difference in policy was: the right advocated the return of Jews to Judea and Samaria, to rebuild the areas and establish Jewish communities alongside the Arab communities. The left: although they had re-established some Jewish communities in the area, still they thought that “the time isn’t ripe” for a mass movement of Jews back into Judea and Samaria.

Both political sides were also in clear agreement: in principle, Jews had the legal, moral and historical right to live in Judea and Samaria. After all – these were not far flung colonies detached physically and historically from Israel. Indeed quite the opposite: Judea and Samaria, with Jerusalem in the center, make up the geographical backbone of the Land of Israel, with their hills and valleys being the middle of the country. From those hills, one can see – on most days – clearly to the urban sprawl that is the greater metropolitan area of Tel Aviv and surrounding suburbs, as well as the Mediterranean Sea just to their west, and in the opposite direction see the mountains of the Gilad to the east that are now part of Jordan.

More than that – those areas of Judea and Samaria are not only the physical backbone of the country but the heart of our land: it is on these hills that our forefathers and mothers lived, our ancestors built the life described in great detail in the Bible, and our historical memories as well as our dreams for the future were intertwined with these hills, valleys and cities.

All this both left and right knew and believed. The only difference was that the right wanted to exercise Jewish rights to live in this land immediately, whereas the left reiterated that although, of course, we have the historical, legal and moral right to live and build in Judea and Samaria, yet the time isn’t ripe for such a movement. The right answered with the ancient Jewish saying: “If I am not for myself – who will be for me? And when I am only for myself – what am I? And if not now – when?”

Now, forty years later, some people on the left have become confused, absorbing the false Arab narrative about “Palestinian lands” – although there never was either a Palestinian people or an Arab Palestinian state at any time in history; they accept that Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria are illegal – even though that is absolutely not true by international law: Jews cannot be occupiers in a land that is historically and legally ours. No other group ever had legal title to the land. Therefore being against Jewish communities in those areas isn’t based on law, but rather a misunderstanding of international law that may or may not be a form of conscious or unconscious anti-Semitism.

When some people in our country are confused and accept thia false narrative, it’s not always a surprise that people abroad make those same mistakes. Still, I would like to remind President Obama and Secretary General Moon: there are no “Palestinian lands” in the land of Israel.

There is, however, the anomaly of an imperialist occupation that is still trying to appropriate the land and culture of an indigenous people. I refer, of course, to Islamic-Arabic imperialism that invaded our land in 7th century and modern day proponents of that imperialism are still trying to deny the natural rights of the Jewish people and occupy the Land of Israel.

Dovid Ben-Meir

Obama’s “Palestinian Land”

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s website, FirstOne Through}

On September 20, 2016, US President Barack Obama spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. His passing comment on Palestinian Arab-Israel conflict underscored why peace did not advance, and his relationship with Israel worsened over his term.

Obama’s UN remarks covered a lot of activities during his eight years in office, including the Iranian nuclear deal; opening relations with Cuba; and tackling climate change. He spoke about the Arab-Israeli conflict very briefly, but the remark was telling:

“…surely, Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel, but Israel recognizes that it cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land.  We all have to do better as leaders in tamping down, rather than encouraging, a notion of identity that leads us to diminish others.”

“Palestinian land.”  What exactly is Palestinian land, according to the parties themselves? According to the United States? According to Obama?

Oslo Agreements

Since 1993, successive US governments have stood behind the Oslo Accords signed by both the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel, and its successor document, Oslo II signed in 1995.  That document was the last agreement signed by the two parties to settle the “Question of Palestine.”

Oslo II clearly spelled out what was “Palestinian land” to be fully governed by the Palestinian Authority in regards to military and civil administration.  That area is known as “Area A” in EGL (east of the Green Line) and the Gaza Strip.  Israel handed over all of that land to the Palestinians over a decade ago.

“Area B” in EGL/west bank of the Jordan River, is a mixed territory, in which the Palestinian Authority has responsibilities for civil matters, and military matters are coordinated jointly.  That land is neither “Palestinian Authority” nor “Israeli” exclusively.

“Area C” makes up the majority of EGL, and is “Israeli Territory,” in which Israel administers all matters, including civil and security responsibilities.

 Map showing Areas A, B and C, east of the Green Line

Map showing Areas A, B and C, east of the Green Line

The Israelis and Palestinians negotiated and agreed to the contours of these three blocks.  The parties also worked on a plan for additional land to be transferred from “Israeli Territory” to “Palestinian Authority Territory” over the years 1995 to 2000.  However, Yasser Arafat (fungus be upon him) rejected those negotiations at the last moment, and launched the Second Intifada in September 2000, as the interim Oslo II Accord was due to become permanent.  As such, no additional transfer from Israeli Territory to Palestinian Authority Territory has occurred.

As every US administration has pushed for the two parties to negotiate a two-state agreement on the basis of the Oslo Accords, there is NO BASIS for Obama to refer to Area C as “Palestinian Land.”  That land will continue to be Israeli land until such time as they agree to transfer parts of it to the PA.

As there is no Israeli “occupation” or “settlement” activity in the Israeli territory of Area C, Obama’s mischaracterization of Israeli actions in that land that they legally administer explains his comments and treatment of Israel since he took office in 2009.

Mandate of Palestine

It is also worth noting that international law, established in the 1920 San Remo agreement and the 1922 Mandate of Palestine, specifically gave Jews the legal rights to live and settle throughout Judea and Samaria (the entity known as EGL/West Bank did not even exist when five Arab armies illegally attacked Israel (1948-9) and Jordan annexed the region in 1950.)

The Palestine Mandate stated:

secure the establishment of the Jewish national home, as laid down in the preamble, and the development of self-governing institutions, and also for safeguarding the civil and religious rights of all the inhabitants of Palestine, irrespective of race and religion” (Article 1) Jews were to have full civil rights throughout Palestine, such as buying and building homes.

The Mandatory shall be responsible for seeing that no Palestine territory shall be ceded or leased to, or in any way placed under the control of the Government of any foreign Power.” (Article 5) which Britain did anyway when it separated the east bank of the Jordan River to the Hashemite Kingdom, but which wasn’t a foreign power.

The Administration of Palestine, while ensuring that the rights and position of other sections of the population are not prejudiced, shall facilitate Jewish immigration under suitable conditions and shall encourage, in co-operation with the Jewish agency referred to in Article 4, close settlement by Jews on the land, including State lands and waste lands not required for public purposes.” (Article 6) specifically stating that Jews were to settle throughout Palestine, including lands that Obama believes Jews “occupy”.

The Administration of Palestine shall be responsible for enacting a nationality law. There shall be included in this law provisions framed so as to facilitate the acquisition of Palestinian citizenship by Jews who take up their permanent residence in Palestine.” (Article 7) in which Jews do not only move and settle the land, but become citizens of the country if they live ANYWHERE in the land, including Judea and Samaria.

No discrimination of any kind shall be made between the inhabitants of Palestine on the ground of race, religion or language. No person shall be excluded from Palestine on the sole ground of his religious belief.” (Article 15) clearly states that no person should be barred from living anywhere in the land just because they are Jewish – as if human rights law wasn’t enough.

International law – and human rights law – clearly allow Jews to live throughout EGL/the West Bank. The Oslo Accords signed between the parties specifically state that Israel controls all of Area C until such time as the parties negotiate the transfer of more lands.

The notion that Jews living in houses that they have every legal and moral right to live in, is somehow connected to Obama’s belief of a “permanent occupation of Palestinian land” is false, misleading and arguably anti-Semitic on every level.


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The Left-Wing’s Two State Solution: 1.5 States for Arabs, 0.5 for Jews

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New York Times’ Tales of Israeli Messianic War-Mongering

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Paul Gherkin

Palestinian University Built Just a Few Feet From the Temple Mount

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

{Originally posted to the Israel Rising website}

In an attempt to appropriate and strengthen the Islamic and Arab narrative in the Old City of Jerusalem, Al Quds in the Old City is financed by the EU and other Palestinian Authority backers.

The area the Al Quds Jerusalem branch is located in is in between the Temple Mount, the Northern Jewish Quarter and the famous Kotel HaKatan (Small Western Wall). This area is more than just strategic, but historically and religiously significant to Jews.  The Northern Jewish Quarter was the home to a thriving Jewish community up until the Arab pogroms of th 1920’s and 1930’s as well a few minutes walk from the now renovated Synagogues in the area.

By the Arabs making a play for the area they are attempting to alter the fragile balance in a Jewishly historic area of the Old City.

al-quds-branch-map

David Mark

‘Palestinian Power Couple’ Split Up as Roger Waters Dumps Rula Jebreal

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Israel hater Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters, 73, has dropped Rula Jebreal, 43, the Arab girlfriend he had been dating after dumping his fourth wife, Laurie Durning, Page Six reported. Waters is a world-renowned, frothing at the mouth BDS activist, and Jebreal has written “Miral,” a book about women caught in the crossfire of the Israeli-Arab conflict, which Julian Schnabel, Jebreal’s ex husband, turned into a movie.

According to Page Six, Jebreal and Waters were introduced by Waters’ ex-wife Durning and Jebreal’s ex-husband, biotech entrepreneur Arthur Altschul Jr. Jebreal asked to meet Waters because of his anti-Israel activism, they became friends and “dined together many times.”

After Waters split with Durning, according to Page Six, “he began an affair with Rula. Arthur found out, and their marriage ended. Roger and Rula have been together around three months and they discuss Palestine all the time, they are both so very passionate about it. It’s the talk of the Hamptons, and some people are calling them the ‘Palestinian power couple.’ But it is very weird for their former spouses, who introduced them.”

Back in January 2013, Jebreal debated Rabbi Shmuli Boteach on CNN, and lectured him, live, “…I want to tell the Rabbi, this is really something that we learned from Selma, as you mentioned, when you uphold the supremacy of one ethnic group, this is not a democracy anymore, this is an ethnocracy. We need to reject that whether it’s in Europe, in Israel, or here in America. We can’t have segregation as an answer. It’s inclusion and unity.”

To which our man Boteach replied: “With all due respect, Rula, you’re excusing violence and that’s very tragic. … Let’s stop the nonsense. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. You are a Palestinian woman who has Israeli citizenship. You are allowed freedom of expression. No one tells you who to fall in love with, you don’t get shot by your uncle or by your brother because you fall in love with somebody your father doesn’t approve of. You live a Western life. You live with the kind of human rights that Israel protects. Israel has 1.5 million Arab citizens, there is no segregation and we all know that. So let’s not excuse terrorism with some Israeli policy.”

Nuff said.

David Israel

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