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UK Sends Junior Delegation to Paris Summit in Deference to Trump

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Number 10 Downing declined to send its senior ministers to Paris on Sunday, making it clear that for the moment, at least, it won’t support any major moves against Israel in an international forum.

Last week senior advisers to President-elect Donald Trump reportedly told French government officials in a meeting at Trump Tower they “strenuously objected” to the Paris conference, scheduled just five days before Mr. Trump’s inauguration into office and presenting what the president-elect sees as unfair pressure on Israel along with an unjustified reward to Ramallah.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson did not attend the summit, nor did the UK Ambassador to France, according to a report published Sunday by The Guardian. Likewise, Canada announced that it, too, would refrain from sending senior government officials to the conference.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was scheduled to attend, as was Arab League secretary-general Ahmed Aboul-Gheit and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, along with his counterparts from Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Turkey and Sweden. Of the 74 delegations that were scheduled to attend, only 36 included foreign ministers.

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled from Vietnam to attend the summit, where he was expected to speak.

French Foreign Minister Jean Marc Ayrault said in his opening remarks that he was aware of the doubts about whether the conference should have been held.

But Ayrault also reiterated his support for last month’s UN Security Council resolution 2334, which condemned Israel’s presence in Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights and in much of Jerusalem, including the Jewish Quarter of the Old City.

Ayrault said there is NO solution other than the “two state solution” and said the conference was aimed at seeing how the participants can “contribute” to the relaunching of peace talks.

Ayrault also told France 3 television later in the day that President-elect Trump’s promise to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would be considered a “provocation.”

Ayrault said “I don’t think he will be able to do it,” adding that such a move would have “extremely serious consequences.”

The French official said “It’s not the first time that it’s on the agenda of a U.S. president, but none have let themselves make that decision.”

Ayrault went on to say, “One cannot have such a clear-cut, unilateral position. You have to create the conditions for peace.”

A draft of the summit declaration seen by the DPA news agency called for “two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.”

Hana Levi Julian

Hundreds Rally Against Anti-Israel Paris ‘Peace’ Conference

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Hundreds of pro-Israel demonstrators rallied near the Paris “Middle east Peace” conference on Sunday. The rally was organized by NGOs Lev HaOlam and Pillar of Fire and attracted protesters from across Europe: France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, who raised Israeli flags and signs supporting Israel.

Hundreds rally against anti-Israel Paris 'peace' conference

Hundreds rally against anti-Israel Paris ‘peace’ conference

Lev HaOlam Dutch activist Carolina said: “We came down here to stand at Israel’s right and against the self-righteousness of the seventy countries who follow the farewell gift from Obama and John Kerry. The atmosphere here is wonderful, a lot of people, a thrilling sight! Am Israel Hai!”

Lev HaOlam founder Attorney Nati Rum said, “It’s heart-warming to see more and more people getting up and acting against these anti-Semitic decisions and the voices wishing to harm Israel.”

David Israel

Reports: 72 Diplomats in Paris to Stop Short of Recognizing ‘Palestinian State’

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

The diplomats from an 72 nations who are at this moment participating in the Paris Middle East Peace Conference on Sunday are expected to call for a two-state solution, according to a draft declaration seen by the DPA news agency, but they will not proceed to recognize unilaterally a new, independent Palestinian state. The draft calls for “two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.”

Secretary of State John Kerry, who recently blamed mostly Israel for there not yet being a Palestinian state, also stopped short of recognizing such a state unilaterally. It is expected, then, that at least the European diplomats, including Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier, would resist the temptation to both punish pesky Israel and to let incoming President Donald Trump have a piece of their mind.

According to Ha’aretz, when senior French officials met in New York with Trump’s advisers, the latter “objected strenuously” to the very idea of the conference, five days before Trump’s inauguration.

Last week, Deputy State Dept. Spokesperson Mark C. Toner, said as much at his daily press conference, telling reporters: “We’re not expecting any major new announcements to necessarily come out of this meeting. I mean, you’d have to, obviously, talk to the French about their intentions, but our understanding is that this is an opportunity for various governments and foreign ministers to get around the table and to talk about the way forward. But I wouldn’t expect any specific initiatives to come out of it.”

As to the possibility that the Obama Administration would support a new UN Security Council condemnation of Israeli settlements, this time, possibly, with a toothier resolution, Toner said: “Well, our understanding is that the French don’t have any plans to follow-up their conference at the Security Council. Obviously, I’d refer you to them to more definitively address that question. But the President said about pursuing that goal through the Security Council that a resolution that outlines final status issues is not appropriate, and we would continue to reject any UN Security Council product that is biased or seeks to impose a solution.”

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault published an article in “Le Monde” Thursday, also saying France is not trying to impose a solution, only to stop an “infernal cycle of radicalization and violence” between Arabs and Jews.

Of course, as infernal cycles of radicalization and violence go, Ayrault would have found much more to contemplate in other sections of the Sykes-Picot Middle East map that was drawn between the Brits and the French and are yet to result in a single year without violent bloodshed.

Neither Israel nor the Palestinian Authority is attending the Paris summit. In the tradition of the 1938 Munich agreement between the Germans and the British, the envisioned solution is being put together by anyone but those directly affected by it. Or, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said of the conference last week, “This pushes peace backwards.” All the way to the Sudeten…

Spokesperson Toner was actually playing fair last Thursday, when he reiterated that “it still remains for the two parties involved – the Palestinians and the Israeli Government – to sit around a table and to talk through what a negotiated settlement looks like,” adding, “I think what our preference is that both sides create the kind of environment where they can go back to the negotiating table.”

David Israel

Diplomatic Corps Bracing for Onslaught After Paris Conference

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

by Andrew Friedman

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, current and former foreign ministry officials are all bracing for an onslaught after the Paris conference slated for Sunday (Jan. 15). The prime minister, deputy foreign minister and current and former ministry officials said this past Thursday that the so-called “peace” conference would do little but demonize Israel and push off the possibility of peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Netanyahu said Israel would not consider itself bound by any decisions or statements to come out of the session.

Ahead of Paris, foreign policy officials and professionals said that Ministry officials and professionals have issued clear directives to Israeli embassies, Jewish organizations and other support groups abroad in order to weather the storm that is certain to result from the conference.

“We are working on two levels in parallel,” said Emmanuel Nachshon, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem. “One is to try to reduce the level of representation of the different countries participating in this summit. The lower the level of participation, the fewer senior diplomats who attend, the more negligible the conference, its impact and importance will be.

“The second level is trying to reduce the harmful effects of the conference. We know it isn’t going to be pro-Israel and it isn’t going to promote peace. It’s not going to be friendly, but we are trying to make sure there in nothing too extreme in it,” Nachshon said.

To accomplish that goal, the Ministry has issued policy briefings to Israeli embassies and and consulates and instructed diplomats to encourage their counterparts in international capitals not to participate in the conference. The message is clear: Far from being a “peace” conference, Sunday’s event will go a long way towards complicating peace efforts because internationalizing the Israel-Palestinian conflict or demonizing Israel serves to further support Palestinian intransigence.

“The more Palestinians believe that the world works for them the less they will be willing to sit and negotiate with Israel, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely told Tazpit Press Service (TPS). “And if they don’t negotiate with Israel they will get nothing.”

Hotovely said she has held “essential conversations” with each ambassador to a country that is expected to attend the conference, and drafted a country-specific plan of attack, both ahead of the summit and after. Those plans take into account the domestic politics in each country and focus on crafting specific work plans for each individual country.

“Still, it isn’t easy,” she said. “Some countries really understand [that talking aggressively at Israel is] not effective, especially with a new U.S. president coming into office that doesn’t believe that settlements are the world’s biggest problem, who thinks that the whole dynamic is anti-Israel and, who doesn’t put any pressure on the Palestinians. So they understand that the rules of the game are about to change.”

Despite the efforts, however, ministry officials, Jewish organizations abroad and members of the diplomatic corps say they are preparing for the “worst-case scenario: A badly skewed declaration in Paris on Sunday, followed by another anti-Israel Security Council resolution later in the week – one that the United States could again refuse to veto, or perhaps even vote to ratify.

Asked how the ministry is preparing for that eventuality, Emmanuel Nachshon said that the diplomatic community is “working on a number of alternatives” but said that he was not at liberty to divulge details.

“As you can imagine, the issue is all very sensitive right now. We don’t want to go public with our plans until we know what situation we’re trying to address,” he said.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Tweet to Paris: ‘Push Abbas to Negotiate Peace Directly With Israel’

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the only way forward to a true peace is between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

In a graphic posted to the ministry’s Twitter feed, the MFA wrote that international delegates heading to the so-called Paris “peace summit” set to begin on Sunday should instead be pushing Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to negotiate directly with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Last week Mr. Netanyahu discussed the upcoming conference with visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, who said he is attending the summit and looks forward to further discussions with Israel on peace.

“It’s a rigged conference, rigged by the Palestinians with French auspices to adopt additional anti-Israel stances,” the prime minister said at his meeting with the minister.

“This pushes peace backwards. It’s not going to obligate us. It’s a relic of the past. It’s a last gasp of the past before the future sets in.”

Minister Borge also met with Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely during his visit. The two discussed bilateral relations as well as their individual perspectives on peace – and kosher sushi.

Hana Levi Julian

(Even More Horrific) Anti-Israel UNSC Resolution Expected

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

For years the United States, the country most even-handed towards Israel, has insisted that only the two parties at issue – Israel and the Palestinian Arabs – can make a final decision about their future relationship. But as the sun sets on the Obama administration, the administration is setting fire to that position. As well as to several others.

It has been two weeks since the United States allowed the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution blaming Israel for the lack of peace in the Middle East and punishing the Jewish State for continually refusing to place the neck of its people on the chopping block to the world’s favorite coddled victims – the Palestinian Arabs.

UNSC Resolution 2334, of course, was followed up by Secretary of State John Kerry’s turgid speech, a lowlight of which was his insistence that Israel can be either Jewish or Democratic, it cannot be both. Kerry’s speech castigated Israel for the failure to make peace and recommended serious repercussions only to Israel, which constitute rewards to the violent, terrorism glorifying and perpetuating Palestinian Arabs.

But something worse is coming.

Actually, two things.

Those who spend the bulk of their waking hours focused on the Arab-Israeli conflict are warning the Jewish State that the Paris Peace Summit slated to begin on Sunday will produce a document hog-tying the parties to the failed concept of the “Two State Solution.”

Oh, there is language in the document which pays lip service to the concept of a solution “not being imposed” on the parties, yet that is precisely what UNSC R2334, the Paris Peace Summit “Agreement,” and the upcoming UNSC Resolution seek to do.

The anticipated Paris agreement not only states that the Two State “Solution” (TSS) is the only way to solve the conflict, but it will demand that both sides will not only have to restate their commitment to the TSS, but they must “disavow official voices on their side that reject this solution.”

The Paris Agreement will do more.

It moves the goal post even further into the Palestinian Arab’s fantasy world than it ever has been before. The Agreement will state that the borders between the Palestinian state and Israel will be set on the 1949 Armistice Lines (the Green Line), and that there can be no changes unless the two parties agree to such changes.

Even the UN Resolution recognizing Israel, back in 1947, said that the Old City of Jerusalem should be an international city. Now it’s all part of “Palestine.”

What does that mean? It means “Palestine” only has to negotiate for land once it already has all the territory it could possibly gain ever through negotiations. Got that?

But wait, there’s more.

The Paris Agreement also elevates a “peace” initiative that has always been a non-starter for Israel, the “Arab Peace Initiative,” also known as the Saudi Peace Plan. This new Paris Agreement states that the participants will “restate the validity of the Arab Peace Initiative and highlight its potential for stability in the region.”

Just as with the chimerical Two State Solution, the Arab Peace Initiative will unquestionably make the region far less stable, not more stable. For example, it demands the return of the Golan Heights to Syria. Oh sure, coming right up.

So what new catastrophes for Israel has the Obama administration allowed – some say orchestrated – as it waltzes off the dance floor? The pronouncement that all of the land Israel acquired in defensive wars from the party which was not in possession of that land (nor has it ever been sovereign over any land) now belongs, according to the international community, to the Palestinian Arabs.

The Western Wall, the Mount of Olives, all of the Oslo Accords areas C, B and A, all of it will now be deemed “Palestinian” land, occupied by Israel. The only permissible path to end the Arab Palestinian – Israeli conflict, according to the 72 countries expected to attend the Paris coven, is the one path that has been proven repeatedly to lead not to peace but to more bloodshed.

And once the Paris Peace Partiers approve the document already waiting for their sweaty signatures, it’s off in a flash to the United Nations for yet another calamity.

Why the rush? That’s right. It’s because January 20th is coming. Once Obama leaves office and there’s a new sheriff in Dodge (i.e., D.C.), signing a death warrant for the Jewish State and granting the feverish wishes of the prig-elite who couldn’t be bothered with protecting the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have been slaughtered on their watch will come to an end. So the rush is to do all possible damage before hand, with as much of it as possible impossible to undo.

The whispered fears of another, final anti-Israel UNSC resolution before the end of the Obama era have increased in volume and velocity.

Jonathan Hoffman, a British pro-Israel advocate, reported hearing Britain’s Col. Richard Kemp state at an anti-UNSC R#2334 rally, that the upcoming resolution, buttressed by the document produced in Paris, is expected to be introduced and passed on Jan. 17. That resolution is expected to recognize the state of “Palestine” with its borders fixed along the 1949 (Pre-’67) Armistice Lines.

Now that the Obama administration has revealed itself as determined to breathe life into a phantom Palestinian state regardless of the consequences, supporters of Israel are hoping at least one other permanent member of the Security Council will exercise its veto power.

Great Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May appears to be the single lingering hope for aborting the creation of yet another terrorist state. Perhaps sufficient lobbying by the right parties will enable her to stand up straight and prevent a disaster.

But perhaps those orchestrating these new changes are being too clever. Perhaps, because so very much damage will come from these efforts, so much of which may be irrevocable, it will force the incoming administration to pull the nuclear option – defunding the United Nations.

And by doing so much damage, the Obama Administration may create another previously unimaginable result: unfurling the fingers of those Jews still ardently clinging to the Democratic party.

Wouldn’t that be ironic.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Netanyahu to Norwegian FM: Paris Conference Pushes Peace Backwards

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Thursday in Jerusalem with Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, and took the opportunity to share his views about the upcoming Paris “peace conference” that is set for this Sunday.

Norway is one of the countries whose delegates will attend the conference.

“We’re all faced here with a great challenge against the forces of terrorism that not only seek to destroy Israel but seek of course to render any possibility of peace totally hopeless,” Netanyahu said.

“There are other such efforts that render peace hopeless and one of them is the Paris conference. It’s a rigged conference, rigged by the Palestinians with French auspices to adopt additional anti-Israel stances.

“This pushes peace backwards. It’s not going to obligate us. It’s a relic of the past. It’s a last gasp of the past before the future sets in.”

Foreign Minister Brende responded first of all with condolences for the horrific terror attack that left four IDF soldiers dead last Sunday.

He then acknowledged, “So we will be there [at the Paris conference] but we will make sure that there is a nuanced outcome,” he promised, “and I’m looking forward also to discuss future peace processes with you.”

The two men also signed a joint bilateral declaration of intent on research and development.

Hana Levi Julian

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