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December 25, 2014 / 3 Tevet, 5775
 
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Kerry Tries to Head Off Abbas at the Pass

Monday, December 15th, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will hold meetings in Rome with Palestinian Authority official Saeb Erekat today or tomorrow even while Erekat insists it will request by Monday “at the latest” to recognize it is a country based and officially reject Israel’s borders.

Kerry also will talk with Russian and other foreign officials Sunday. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is flying to Rome today and will speak with Kerry Monday in a meeting that is scheduled for “several hours.”

The American view, as usual, is that its brokering the failed peace process is what will bring peace on earth and good will to men.

“We’re trying to figure out a way to help defuse the tensions and reduce the potential for more conflict, and we’re exploring various possibilities to that end,” Kerry said Friday.

Several Israeli Cabinet ministers have said what others are too diplomatic or too scared to say – that Kerry could reduce tensions if he simply would bud out.

Netanyahu has angered the Obama administration by not agreeing to another building freeze for Jews in Judea and Samaria and half of Jerusalem, all claimed by the Palestinian Authority, knowing that doing so would be one step before a de facto recognition that Jews must not live there.

The Palestinian Authority has angered the Obama administration because it thinks Washington let it down by not bending Israel’s will.

Kerry is galloping to Rome to try to head off the official PA request to the United Nations to dictate what the “Peace Profess” was not able to dictate – submission of Israel to the will of the world for which the Oslo Accord’s stipulation for a negotiated agreement with Israel was only a tactic to make Arab demands an ultimatum.

This is not analysis. This is the Palestinian Authority’s officially stated policy that “negotiations” never were intended.

Its official WAFA news agency reported Sunday:

The Palestinian leadership is convinced that the negotiations path in its current form is not effective and makes the statehood an indefinite issue, therefore, the ministry has considered activating all possible operational tools to create an interactive new state out of the ordinary framework to achieve the same goal, which is recognizing Palestine as an independent state.

Its chief “negotiator” Erekat said on Sunday it will submit a resolution to the United Nations “in the coming few hours, or maybe on Monday” to recognize the Palestinian Authority based on the Temporary Armistice Lines drawn up in 1949 and which were erased in the Arab world’s attempt to annihilate Israel in the Six-Day War in 1967.

“We want a clear and specific resolution for a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital, resolving all the final status issues, releasing all detainees and refugees and labeling settlement activity illegal and should be stopped immediately, including in Jerusalem,” Erekat said.

President Barack Obama is hiding his “veto” card in the United Nations Security Council. Israel can no longer count on him to use it and block the resolution.

The final text that Erekat will submit, if he does, is not yet known because there are several versions flying around.

Kerry will meet separately with Abbas and Netanyahu to try to come up with a resolution that Israel can stomach.

The United States already has threatened to use the veto to foil a Jordanian draft that sets the borders in stone and gives Israel until November 2016 to honor them by expelling more than half a million Jews, abandoning property worth hundreds of billions of dollars and giving the Palestinian Authority army the key  to “protect” Israel.

Kerry Summons Netanyahu to Rome for Urgent Meeting before PA Bid to UN

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has summoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to an urgent meeting next Monday ahead of a United Nations Security Council vote in two weeks on a Palestinian Authority timetable to demand Israel’s withdrawal to the old Temporary Armistice Lines by 2016.

Haaretz, which often is privy to reports from ”anonymous” senior officials when it comes to cooperation with the Obama, reported that the Kerry-Netanyahu talks will last for several hours.

The Office of the Prime Minister told The Jewish Press it could not confirm or deny the report.

President Barack Obama does not want to be put in a position to have to decide whether or not to veto an anti-Israel decision by the Security Council.PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas has served notice that he no longer is interested in the American-backed “peace process” and that he will achieve his demands via the United Nations, where the General Assembly is overloaded with pro-Arab countries.

As an alternative proposal to the 2016 deadline, France has suggested a two-year deadline for permanent agreement based on the “Green Line” borders that were erased by the Sic-Day War in 1967.

The French proposal is based on Israel accepting the old borders with the exception of land swaps, and that Jerusalem be divided between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Haaretz reported that it is not clear if Kerry will propose his own proposal.

Obama and Kerry’s insistence on forcing an agreement down the throats of both sides, instead of living up to their former word that it cannot bargain for both parties, has left them high and dry.

Israel has refused to buckle under pressure for another building freeze on homes for Jews.

Abbas has snubbed Washington by declaring the “peace process” dead and by essentially telling the United States he can get what he wants in the United Nations, with or without Obama.

The timing of the U.N. vote is incredible because of the sudden election campaign in Israel.

Assuming the Security Council approves the Palestinian Authority proposal, an American veto would spoil the case by anti-Netanyahu parties that the Prime Minister has destroyed good relations with the United States.

The lack of a veto would instantly be seen as an attempt to undermine Netanyahu and interfere in the elections.

If the Obama administration would have taken the opportunity to chuck the whole mess it has fostered, it would be off the hook.

Instead, Obama might find himself hanging on it.

Naftali Bennett Takes on the Peace Industry — and Wins

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Bennett does an amazing job at the Saban Forum. And an even better job taking on Martin Indyk and the Peace Industry.

It’s a long video, but worth watching the whole thing.

Abu Mazen Expresses His True Plans for Israel and Peace

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Palestinian President Mahmoud “Abu Mazen” Abbas said in an interview to the Egyptian paper “Achbar Alyom” last month that 6 million Palestinian refugees, himself included, are waiting to go their homes they were kicked out of [in Israel].”

Abu-Mazen, besides admitting he plans to overrun Israel with 6 million Arabs, said he will “never recognize Israel as a Jewish state – as that would shut the door to all the Palestinian refugees.”

The interview can be read on the MEMRI site.

Bennett and Uri Ariel Start Peace Process for Jewish Home party

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Jewish Home party chairman Naftali Bennett and Housing Minister Uri Ariel met on Wednesday to work together in the election campaign after a stormy meeting earlier in the week that left signs of a split in the party.

Ariel demanded that the Jewish Home party slate reserve “secure” places on the list of candidates for his Tekuma faction, a request Bennett rejected, and it appeared the two were ready to part company.

Jewish Home party Knesset Member Ayelet Shaked explained to the media on Tuesday that the blow-up was simply part of “negotiations.”

Both Ariel and Bennett know that splitting up would be disastrous for the Jewish Home, whose name often bellies its meaning.

It appears that common sense and political survival will overcome egos and that Bennett and Ariel will continue their personal peace process. They will do so without any help from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who actually would be happy to help them separate forever and disappear from the political map.

 

Report: Abbas’ Lack of Support Ditched Back-Channel Peace Process Talks

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ lack of support for back-channel takes between the Israeli and PA negotiators ditched the progress they were making towards an agreement, according to the New Republic.

The existence of secret talks after the collapse of published discussions has been reported several times. Abbas declared last year that there were no such talks.

The secret talks began in 2010 between Yitzchak Molcho, an attorney and confidante of Netanyahu, and a confidante of Abbas whom the magazine said it did not name for fear for his safety. The talks also were shepherded by Dennis Ross, then-special foreign policy adviser to President Obama.

The secret plan reportedly agreed on borders for a new Palestinian state and recognized Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people while clarifying that it would not harm the rights of Arab citizens of Israel. The secret negotiators also discussed the so-called Palestinian refugee issue and reached creative wording acceptable to both sides, but they could not reach an understanding on Jerusalem.

“Perhaps what the Israelis considered a serious back channel, the Palestinians — including their man in the room — saw as merely an unofficial exchange of ideas,” the New Republic article said. “Only two people can really solve the mystery, Yitzhak Molcho and his negotiating counterpart. Both of them refused to comment.”

Why didn’t Abbas back the talks?

No one knows, but it is not difficult to come up with one answer – Abbas prefers to stay alive.

The Arab world might be able to forgive him on conceding that there is not enthusiastic support from the international community to allow several million Arabs to immigrate to Israel from foreign countries, based on the United Nations’’ uniquely warped definition of Arab refugees who, unlike others, retain that status from generation to generation.

But that does mean that Arab leaders would be willing to admit failure and agree to call Israel a “Jewish State, thereby dooming any possibility in the future for flooding Israel with millions of Muslims.

If the negotiators were to each an agreement on final borders and refugees, than international pressure might shift on Abbas to compromise, both on the Jewish State designation and on the Jerusalem.

The status of Jerusalem from the very beginning of the “Peace Process” was destined to be the final nail in the diplomatic coffin.

Any compromise by Abbas would suicide.

JTA contributed to this report.

J Street Poll Shows Obama Out of Touch with US Jews

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

A poll of American Jewish voters carried out by the left-wing J Street lobby shows an overwhelming number of Jew support building in some Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

The results of the survey should be a wake-up call to President Barack Obama, who has surrounded himself with left-wing Jewish advisers and has given J Street a free pass to the White House while distancing traditional Jewish lobbies, particularly AIPAC.

J Street has been a consistent opponent of almost everything the Netanyahu government does, as reflected in President president’s holy ghost, otherwise known as the “Peace Process.”

A whopping 72 percent of polled American Jewish voters said they support construction in Jewish communities that are not outside the core settlement blocs. Twenty percent of that number back building for Jews in all of Judea and Samaria as well as Jerusalem.

Only 28 percent said Israel should freeze all construction in the same areas.

All of the respondents in the poll voted in last week’s mid-term elections. Nearly one-third of the respondents did not describe their affiliation with a stream of Judaism, while the breakdown for the others was 37 percent Reform, 20 percent Conservative and 10 percent Orthodox.

That means that the support for building in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria has deepened among Reform Jews, previously thought to be heavily left-wing and against a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria.

A majority of American Jews polled also said they have a favorable view of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, contradicting assumptions that most Jews in the United States oppose him and his policies.

The survey also verified other estimates that 69 percent of American Jews voted for Democratic candidates last week, another indication that President Obama cannot assume that Jewish Democrats back his and J Street’s view that settlers are “illegal” and “illegitimate.”

The Obama administration’s constant pointing fingers at Israel for allegedly blocking a peace agreement appears to be wearing thin on American Jews.

While 85 percent support an active role for the United States in the Arab-Israeli conflict, slightly more than half of the respondents “oppose the United States playing an active role in helping the parties to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict if it meant the United States publicly stating its disagreements with Israel.”

In answer to the question, “Would you support or oppose the United States playing an active role in helping the parties to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict if it meant the United States exerting pressure on Israel to make the compromises necessary to achieve peace?” 54 percent replied in the negative.

The poll also showed massive support for Israel in the Protective Edge counter-terror war with Hamas this past summer. The 80 percent approval showed how little J Street’s lobby against Israel has influenced American Jews.

Most of its influence seems to have been felt inside the White House, and anyone thinking of running for the Democratic presidential nomination in two years will pay close attention to the poll.

Hillary Clinton is the most highly favored candidate among the Jewish who were polled, winning support of 66-69 percent if Jeb Bush were running as the GOP nominee, and 70 percent if Rand Paul were the Republican candidate.

The poll also showed that only 25 percent of U.S. Jews support the Boycott Israel-BDS movement.

As usual, Israel was near the bottom of the list of subjects that concern American Jews, but more significant was that “terrorism and national security” were the number four issue, after the economy, health care and Social Security/Medicare.

The Islamic State beheadings of two Americans, one of the them Jewish, and an increasing number of Islamic-linked attacks on American soil have brought terror closer to home and brought all Americans to better understand Israel’s refusal to consider sponsors of terrorism “peace partners.”

Reflecting the overall mood of the United States, 57 percent of American Jews “feel things have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track” in the United States.

Nevertheless, Obama remains more popular among American Jews than among most other voting blocs. Fifty-seven percent either “somewhat” or “strongly” approve of how Obama is handling his job as president and 53 percent approved the way Congress is functioning.

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