Senator Marco Rubio had something very important to say about Israel’s battle with Gaza.
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The White House has finally managed to ‘catch up’ on the terrorist kidnapping of three Israeli teens last week — one of whom was also an American citizen.
In a tepid statement posted on the Twitter social networking site, President Barack Obama (at least it appears to have been written by or for the president) said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of 3 Israeli teens who were kidnapped last week. May they be reunited with their sons soon.”
But although the statement was clearly written to be as neutral as possible, a quick glance at the comments posted in response makes it obvious the president is ‘damned if he does, and damned if he doesn’t.’
A flurry of condemnations followed the statement, including screams of protest about ‘prayers’ (‘Can we leave prayer out of this please. You’re the White House.”) Others demanded to know “What about Palestinian kids???”
Israel’s internal politics have finally become delicious gossip of the day for the Arab media.
‘Once a unifying cause for generations of American Jews, Israel is now bitterly dividing Jewish communities,” the Associated Press reported this morning (Monday) on the Al Arabiya website.
The report was one of the site’s top stories of the day. Worse, it happens to be true.
American college campuses are described as “ideological battle zones over Israeli policy in the Palestinian territories.” The “Open Hillel” movement of Jewish students is challenging speaker guidelines developed by the decades-old Hillel movement, according to the report, and planning its first national conference in October. Even the scuffle between J Street and the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations is covered.
Isn’t it lovely? All of the House of Israel’s dirty laundry out there for public review in living technicolor, to be examined minutely by all of her enemies one by one.
To be fair, the same article reported – albeit in the very last line – that a Pew Research Center survey found that only 12 percent of U.S. Jews believe Palestinian Authority leaders are making a sincere effort to resolve the conflict between the PA and Israel; 38 percent said the Israeli government is actively pursuing peace.
But more to the point, what is abundantly clear is that Jewish actions are news wherever we are, and Jewish news is of interest to Arabs, wherever they are. It’s an important point to remember; one hopes that Israel’s politicians bear it in mind when formulating policy and opening their mouths.
JERUSALEM – A group of lawyers have sent a letter to Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, requesting that the UN review and reconsider any acceptance by the UN of the Palestinian requests for accession to international conventions, pending fulfillment of the legal and moral requirements set out in international law and practice.
On April 1st Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas signed letters to the UN and to the governments of Switzerland and the Netherlands requesting that “the State of Palestine” be granted accession to fifteen international conventions and treaties.
Alan Baker, Head of International Action Division in the Legal Forum for Israel, stated that: “This action by the Palestinian leadership, together with the consequent, hurried acceptance of the Palestinian applications by the United Nations and by the Swiss government, raise serious questions both regarding the flawed perception as to the very existence and legal status of a sovereign state of “Palestine”, as well as to the issue of the potential implications of what are, in effect, serious violations of the 1995 Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement, and of the very integrity of the international law of treaties. It would appear that the conventions to which the Palestinians have requested accession require that only states be permitted to accede. By rushing to accept the Palestinian accession requests, knowing that there exists no genuine Palestinian state, the UN is in fact both misleading itself as well as the international community as a whole, and as such is undermining the very integrity of international treaty law, creating a regrettable precedent.”
Baker, former Israeli Ambassador to Canada and former legal adviser to Israel’s Foreign Ministry, further stated: “The question may well be asked whether the UN, in accepting the Palestinian request to accede to international treaties of which it serves as depositary, is not undermining the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and predetermining the very central issues that remain to be negotiated between the parties. In our considered legal view, had the UN acted in accordance with its proper legal and moral duties pursuant to international treaty law and practice, it should have determined in no uncertain terms that the Palestinian requests for accession to the conventions fail to meet the requirements of international law. It is regrettable that the UN and the other depositories appear nevertheless to have permitted themselves to be manipulated in this way, which, we feel, damages the integrity of the organization, as well as of international law and custom.”
The authors of the letter are from the Legal Forum for Israel, an activist legal organization which represents a body of lawyers and academics who came together from around the world. The Letter was signed by Ambassador (Ret.) Alan Baker, Attorney Yossi Fuchs, co-founder and member of the Legal Forum for Israel and by Nachi Eyal, CEO of the Legal Forum for Israel
Settlers in Judea, Samaria and the Binyamin region are getting ready for government forces intent on more demolitions. This time a synagogue and mikvah are among the targets.
Leaders of the Residents’ Council of Judea and Samaria (Yesha Council) have been negotiating for six months with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and other officials over the looming destruction. The problem stems from a High Court of Justice order forcing the state to demolish 28 buildings said not to be constructed according to code or built “on private Palestinian land.”
Similar orders are rarely issued, let alone carried out against the thousands of illegally-constructed Bedouin and Arab structures dotting the Israeli landscape within the 1949 Armstice lines (known as the “pre-1967 lines,) let alone the hundreds of thousands carpeting the hillsides in those in the disputed territory of Area C.
All but three of the targeted Jewish structures have since been rebuilt to meet the demands of the state.
But authorities have been ordered to demolish those last three that have yet to meet the regulations. They include a synagogue and a mikvah and are to be destroyed by May 18, this Friday, Ynet reported Wednesday. Since the IDF allegedly does not carry out expulsions on Shabbat, it is expected the evictions will begin on Thursday.
It is expected that orders declaring the surrounding area a “closed military zone” will be issued within the next 24-48 hours in order to prevent interference from protesters.
Hundreds of IDF soldiers, Border Guard personnel and police officers are preparing for the operation along with the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (CoGAT). Generally roadblocks leading into the affected areas are placed to prevent others from coming to the aid of those being evicted.
Hours before a scheduled meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama in Washington Monday, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics released the figures on Jewish housing starts in Judea and Samaria for 2013 and they show a stunning, 123% rise compared to the year before.
According to the CBS, work began on 2,534 new Judea and Samaria homes and apartments in 2013, compared to 1,133 in 2012. Of these, some 1,710 units were in apartment buildings in the larger Judea and Samaria settlements, and 824 were single-family homes in smaller settlements.
The same data shows a 19 percent drop in housing starts in the Tel Aviv area.
The total number of housing starts throughout Israel rose 3.4 percent in 2013 compared to 2012, according to the CBS.
Housing starts in Judea and Samaria have been lower since a 10-month freeze in building in Judea and Samaria settlements that began in November 2009, as part of the Netanyahu government’s capitulation to American pressure.
It took until 2013 for many new housing tenders to be issued for Judea and Samaria settlements, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Housing starts in Judea and Samaria comprise 5.7% of all the starts in Israel. In the south of Israel there was a 12% rise, in the Haifa region 8.1%, in Jerusalem 2.9%, and up north 1%.
The 19% drop in housing starts in Tel Aviv appears dramatic when juxtaposed with the rest of the country.
And now for a word from our friend at Peace Now Yariv Oppenheimer who issued a statement saying that at this rate of growth there’ll be no room left for a Palestinian State.
The other friendly NGO, the “Geneva Initiative,” faulted Netanyahu for creating a one-state solution through his action, and warned that in such a state the Jews would be in the minority.
No they won’t, just check birth rate figures for Jews (on the rise) and for Judea and Samaria Arabs (on the decline since 2005).
Some JTA content was used in this report, but we had to replace all the “west bank” references with the proper “Judea and Samaria.”
I’m looking at this picture of Muslim worshipers on their hands and knees in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ma’ale ha-Zeitim (Ras al Amud) last Friday. In order to prevent riots on Temple Mount, police limited entry to Muslim men over 50, so everyone you see here must be younger. But still, I find the notion of falling down on my hands and knees five times a day both physically demanding and socially awkward.
I can’t stand it when the guy sitting next to me in shul leans too close to my area during davening. In fact, our tradition requires maintaining a bit of open space in front of each person during the Amida—STANDING prayer. I can’t imagine being down on the floor, tight with the guy and the whole shul – what is this Swedish gymnastics?
We do it a few times on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur every year, and it’s very special and inspiring, and I get that this is the way they used to do it in the Temple—once a year, when the High Priest called out the full name of God. But every day? Not happening.
When we do the holy bending on the Days of Awe, I get the submission thing. And I know that Mohammed or someone like him borrowed the falling on the knees thing from the Jews. Nevertheless, if this ever becomes the way we daven all the time, I’ll be davening at home.