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Obama Calls Netanyahu, Abbas to Follow the Script for Direct Talks

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

President Barack Obama telephones Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday, making a front stage appearance to make sure Israel stays on the White House’s straight and narrow path for a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority.

The White House issued an announcement on the phone call, just to make sure it received major press coverage.

President Obama also called  Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Details of the phone calls may be released later on Thursday, but it can be assumed that both leaders were politely warned not to say anything or take any action that might upset  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s apple cart.

The big question is whether Israel will announce new housing construction for Jews in Judea and Samaria. The Hebrew-language Maariv newspaper reported on Wednesday that Netanyahu struck a secret deal with Jewish Home’s Housing Minister Uri Ariel to announce more housing starts in return for the party’s swallowing the bitter pill of freeing 1,000 terrorists in order to resume direct talks after three years.

Abbas has warned that he will scuttle the talks if Israel goes ahead with more housing for Jews in Judea and Samaria.

Abbas’ Fatah Party Lauds Female Terrorist as ‘Master of the World’

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

The administrator of one of Fatah’s official Facebook pages recently posted a picture glorifying Palestinian female terrorists and the Palestinian woman, defining her as the “[female] master of the world, according to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), which translated and published the blatant incitement.

The Facebook posting in June flies in the face of constant statements by the Obama administration, including the president himself, that  chairman Mahmoud Abbas has lived up to its commitment to stop incitement against Israel and Jews.

The Facebook posting praises the women terrorists and states that each one “gave herself only as a Martyr.”

The posting includes pictures of three women as examples of this heroic Palestinian woman: Dalal Mughrabi, Ayyat Al-Akhras and Laila Khaled.

Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

Ayyat Al-Akhras, at age 17, was the youngest female Palestinian suicide bomber. She killed 2 Israelis and injured 28 in a suicide bombing near a Jerusalem supermarket on March 29, 2002.

Laila Khaled was a PFLP terrorist who participated in the hijacking of TWA flight 840 in 1969.

The terrorists are pictured with a rifle, a pistol and wearing an ammunition belt, respectively. Palestinian Media Watch has reported that Fatah regularly uses its Facebook page to glorify terrorists.

The text on the picture with the three terrorists praises each one as the female “master of the world.” It adds, “Men should be humbled in her presence and the moon should hide. I bow my head and kiss the hand of every Palestinian woman.”

It describes how – contrary to the world’s other women who the text claims do not care about their homeland, give in to conquerors, and even entertain them – Palestinian women are worthy of admiration and praise for becoming “Martyrs.” Two of the terrorists pictured became “Martyrs” during their terror attacks:

“Except for you, oh mother of purity, honor and modesty.

For you gave yourself only as a Martyr (Shahida);

Except for you, oh olive branch, oh tree of nobility, oh wellspring of honor.

The hardships exhausted you and the pickaxes fell on you,

but you were not exhausted and you did not break.

For you are the Palestinian woman who gave herself only as a Martyr.”

This past January, female terrorists were also presented on official; Palestinian Authority television as role models and heroes for Palestinian women by the coordinator of the Palestinian universities’ Fatah sorority committee called “Sisters of Dalal,” Ayyat Salah Al-Din:

“When we speak of the ‘Sisters of Dalal,’ we’re talking about a prisoner’s sister, a Martyr’s (Shahid) widow, or the Palestinian fighter’s daughter in general. You’re talking about the successors of Martyr Dalal Mughrabi, and the successors of Martyrdom-seekers (i.e., suicide terrorists) like Wafa Idris, Ayyat Al-Akhras, Andalib Takatka, and many others.”

As previously reported, The PA-run city of Bethlehem last January glorified “the district’s female Martyrs” during a public ceremony in which the terrorists’ were honored, including the families of the two female suicide bombers Ayyat Al-Akhras and Andalib Takatka.

At the ceremony, Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun stated that “the existence of female Palestinian Martyrs is very significant to the role of the woman in all areas of life,” according to the official PA daily, PMW reported.

The Al-Hayat Al-Jadida newspaper told its readers,  “District Governor Abd Al-Fattah Hamayel said, ‘The Martyrs’ victory began to become real with the declaration of Palestinian statehood, in spite of all attempts to erase the Palestinian identity.’ … At the end of the ceremony, the families of the female Martyrs were honored, among them: … [the families of] Ayyat Al-Akhras… and Andalib Khalil Muhammad Suleiman (Andalib Takatka).”

Andalib Khalil Muhammad Suleiman or Andalib Takatka – female suicide bomber who killed six and wounded more than 80 in her attack on Jerusalem’s Mahaneh Yehuda outdoor market on April 12, 2002.

Now that  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has forced Israel and the Palestinian Authority to resume direct talks, it is probable that the PA will  tone down the incitement, but only until the talks get to the point where Abbas does not get what he wants.

Kerry Names Oslo-Defender Indyk to Direct Peace Talks

Monday, July 29th, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, after a week of denials, is naming former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk to direct and maneuver the direct talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, whose negotiator are meeting officially Monday night for the first time in three years.

American officials, leaked the expected appointment on the basis of anonymity, one more carefully orchestrated step in a process that has been manipulated with “white lies” to make sure that the talk will resume.

Indyk’s qualifications are similar to those of every other American Middle East “expert” who has failed to force the Palestinian Authority and Israel to accept the American dream of a peace agreement.

Indyk, who thinks the Oslo Accords were the best thing since Abraham Lincoln went to a play, played a major part in the 2000 Camp David peace talks that fell apart.

As Bill Clinton’s Ambassador to Israel, he openly embraced Palestinian Authority demands, such as Israel’s ceding the Temple Mount, The only major Arab demand he rejected was the idea of flooding Israel with 5 million foreign Arabs whom the United Nations has decided belong in Israel.

Abbas once admitted that the demand is ridiculous, but enthused by years of Israel’s “goodwill” capitulation and the international apathy towards the PA’s refusal to live up to its own commitments, he has made the wrongly-termed “right of return” an absolute requirement. If and when he wins everything else from Israel, including  the Temple Mount, a PA army and almost all of Judea and Samaria, he can win the Nobel peace Prize by making the “grand concession” of giving up the “flood Israel with Arabs’ tactic.

Indyk, born in Britain and educated in Australia, said in an Israeli newspaper interview nearly two years ago that the Oslo Accords were good for the Palestinian Authority and Israel. He did not mention the post-Oslo period, in which thousands of Israelis were and still are killed and wounded by PA terrorists.

Of course, he also has praised the Palestinian Authority for reducing terror, without crediting the “Apartheid Wall, an apt description when realizing that the security fence really does create Apartheid between normal human beings and suicide terrorists.

Indyk also wrote in his 2009 book “Innocent Abroad, “It was not reasonable to expect that Arafat, or any Arab leader for that matter, would agree to an end-of-conflict agreement that left sovereignty over the Haram al-Sharif [the Temple Mount] in Israeli hands forever.”

So it is clear that  that Indyk is negotiating for chairman Mahmoud Abbas on that issue.

He wrote in The New York Times in 2010, “Does President Abbas, already a weakened figure, have the courage to defend the necessary concessions to his people, particularly when it comes to conceding the ‘right of return’ to Israel? Does Prime Minister Netanyahu have the determination to withdraw from at least 95 percent of the West Bank and to accept a Palestinian capital in Arab East Jerusalem? “

Besides his insistence that the failure of Oslo are less important than the fact the Yasser Arafat and Yitzchak Rabin signed them, Indyk’s record on the Middle East is graced with viewpoints that, like those of his predecessors, have proven to be dead wrong.

He played a major part in the 2000 Camp David peace talks that fell apart.

Indyk also wrote in another op-ed in The New York Times in 2010, “Today, nothing could better help Obama to isolate Iran than for Netanyahu to offer to cede the Golan, as four other Israeli prime ministers have, in exchange for peace with Syria, which serves as the conduit for Tehran’s troublemaking in the Arab-Israeli arena.”

If Netanyahu had followed Indyk’s advice, it is questionable whether Israel would exist today, and, of course that is exactly what most Arab countries see as the key to peace in the Middle East. If Netanyahu had followed his wisdom, it is just as likely that the United States would be at war with Iran today.

Indyk also was 100 percent wrong when he said in 2009 that Salaam Fayyad was “the only game in town” as prime minister of the Palestinian Authority. Fayyad vowed to build up PA institutions so they could support state. Fayyad now is out of the picture, partly because Abbas and his Fatah henchmen could not stomach Fayyad’s attempts to overcome the institutionalized corruption, the very stuff that precludes the idea of a stable nation.

Kerry Jumps on Okay for Freeing Terrorists, Announces Peace Talks

Monday, July 29th, 2013

It’s official.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry followed up on the Israeli Cabinet approval in principle to free 104 terrorists, and announced that Palestinian Authority and Israeli negotiators have been invited to resume direct talks in Washington on Monday and Tuesday.

No RSVP was attached to the invitation, and PA negotiator Saeb Erekat will come without any gifts.

Israel already has sent its present, the Cabinet approval to release terrorists who were sentenced to jail instead of being executed for brutal and cruel murders of soldiers and citizens, including children, mothers and the elderly.

Media all over the world reported the Cabinet decision to free “prisoners” while avoiding the “T” word, lest the character of the murderers be tarnished.

“Today, Kerry spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and personally extended an invitation to send senior negotiating teams to Washington to formally resume direct final status negotiations,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

“Initial meetings are planned for the evening of Monday July 29 and Tuesday July 30,” she said.

This is great news for travel agents, airlines and luxury hotels, all of which will be busy taking care of the VIPs.

Livni and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s personal envoy Yitzchak Molcho are to fly out of Ben Gurion Airport Sunday night or early Monday morning and meet with their Palestinian Authority counterparts, Mohammad Shtayyeh and Saeb Erekat the same day.

He refrained from praising Israel for freeing the terrorists, and for good reason. The Cabinet in fact approved that a smaller Inner Cabinet will review the list of terrorists and decide who will be released.

Erekat and other officials have insisted that all must be freed of the talks are to continue. “We will continue working for the release of all our political prisoners,” he said, upgrading the terrorists to some kind of workers for humanitarian rights who were summarily court-martialed for being Arabs.

The whole scheme cooked up by Abbas and Kerry could come apart because the list of 104 terrorists includes 15 who are Israeli citizens. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon of the Likud had swallowed hard to vote to approve Netanyahu’s request to free them, but he put his foot down when it comes to the Israeli Arabs. Time will tell if he caves in again.

No one in the government has yet explained – and in fact no one else has asked – why it is the Palestinian Authority’s business to worry about Israeli Arabs. Maybe , just maybe, the PA had some kind of connection with the terrorists. Just maybe.

In the meantime, Livni will have the time of her life, getting all of the attention she craves and competing with Kerry to see who can pour more honey on the poisoned peace process.

Kerry will repeat twice a day and three times a night how brave and courageous Israel is, State Dept Doublespeak for weakness and cowardice.

Livni will say how Israel is willing to make “painful concessions,” and Erekat will continue to say that negotiations mean, “Continue to make painful concessions until we get everything we want because after that you won’t be around to feel any pain.”

PM Kerry Unmasks Himself, Crowns Palestinian Authority as a ‘Country’

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a Freudian slip of the tongue Thursday that reveals the mindset of the U.S. State Dept., referring to Israel and the Palestinian Authority as “countries.”

“Both leaders in the region, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas, have made a courageous decision to try to return to final status talks. And it’s my hope that that will be able to happen as procedures are put in place by both countries in order to empower that.

That is not a just a slip of the tongue. It is the unmasked truth of Kerry and his predecessors’ mindset.

Speaking with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the United Nations, Kerry spoke about troubled areas in the world and stated, “And finally, the granddaddy of them all, I guess, the question of the possibility of peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

State Dept. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki, of course, assured reporters that “he did not mean to imply a change in policy… He did not mean to imply anything by it.“

If Kerry had mistakenly said that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, or if he were to refer to the Golan Heights as part of Israel, it would be headlining in the media for days.

Astoundingly, reporters covering the State Dept. bought Psaki’s answer, hook, line and sinker.

More astounding was a statement Kerry made after his blooper. When asked about his comment, he answered, “Did I say that?”

The truth is that State Dept. policy has not changed. Not long after the Six-Day War in 1967, the foreign policy staff at Foggy Bottom began an information and propaganda campaign that exists until today, undermining a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, the Golan Heights and parts of Jerusalem that were occupied by Jordan – without a legal mandate – from 1948 until 1967.

Several years, when I was writing for Israel National News, I was tipped off to a bunch of old file cabinets that the U.S. Consulate in formerly Jordanian-occupied Jerusalem sold off at an auction.

The luck buyer was Jewish Press blogger Paula Stern. What was unlucky for the United States is that someone forgot to remove documents from the file cabinets.

There were thousands of papers, mainly from the State Dept.’s U.S. Information Agency. They bore testimony to hundreds of millions of dollars spent to buy off Arabs in Jerusalem with artistic, political and educational program designed to promote an invented Palestinian identity and culture.

The Obama administration is only one of several that has done everything to shrink Israel’s borders to those of the Temporary Armistice Lines, which existed until 1967.

When Kerry referred to the Palestinian Authority as a country, he was expressing his honest intentions, and you don’t have to use Freudian psychology to realize

The problem for Israel is that Kerry actually believes everything that has been handed down to him.

In another statement he made last week, he unknowingly mentioned one of the real reasons why peace is not possible between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Speaking to American Muslims at the end of a day of fasting during Ramadan, he stated, “I think you will agree with me. I have never met a child in my life – two years old, two and a half years old, three years old – who hates anybody. They may hate their broccoli or something else they’re forced to eat, but they don’t hate other people or kids. They learn that. It is taught. It is passed down.”

If he had understood what he said, he would have tossed in the garbage can the file on the “Palestinian struggle.”

The USIA is so busy trying to cultivate an artistic and Westernized Palestinian culture that it ignores the other culture, the one set in motion by Yasser Arafat and continued by chairman Mahmoud Abbas in his suit-and-tie costume.

Incitement and preaching of hate is daily a Palestinian Authority routine, in mosques, in schools and in official Palestinian Authority media.

When Kerry refers to the Palestinian Authority as a country, he should be careful for what he wishes.

The problem is that if he succeeds like Bill Clinton succeeded in concluding the Oslo Accords, the whole ball of wax again will blow up in the face – not Kerry’s but Israel’s.

Israel to Get Nothing but Talk for Freeing 104 Terrorists

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

The Number One item on the agenda this week at the scheduled resumption of direct talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel is nothing more than setting a timetable for continuing talks and deciding what will be discussed.

The following items are not on the agenda: Jerusalem, final borders, the Arab demands for flooding Israel with foreign Arabs claiming Israel as their home, incitement, recognizing Israel as a Jewish state and the status of Jews in a future PA state.

The script is a replay of hundreds of previous Israeli “goodwill gestures” to save the political life of  chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Israel removed roadblocks, and the Palestinian Authority continues to incite.

Israel removed checkpoints, and Palestinian Authority terrorists use the opening to shoot and kill Jews.

Israel released more than 1,000 terrorists to bring back home kidnapped Gilad Shalit, and dozens of the terrorists went back to their pastime of attacking Jews.

This time around. Israel is receiving nothing by talk.

Tuesday’s scheduled direct talks will deal with future talks, Haaretz reported.

In other words, as soon as Israel starts to free terrorists, Abbas can play his game of stretching the rubber band again.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry  and Palestinian Authority and Israel are acting as if they don’t know what the issues are.

In fact , they don’t.

For Kerry, the issue is forcing both sides to sign a piece of paper and win the prize as artificial peacemaker,.

For Netanyahu, the issue is forfeiting Jewish sovereignty over more than 100 Jewish communities and expelling Jews in return for securing security and putting an end to Palestinian Authority demands.

For Abbas, the issue is winning another concession from Israel without giving up anything, a strategy that has worked for 20 years.

Memories are short.

Two years ago, President Barack Obama brought Abbas and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu together for a well-publicized resumption of direct talks. That was the first day of the renewed direct talks.

It also was the last day.

Bennett: Terrorists Should Be Killed, not Freed

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Naftali Bennett, Economy Minister and Jewish Home party chairman, wrote on Facebook Saturday night, “Terrorists should be killed, not released. All my life I fought towards fulfilling the two parts of this sentence. Tomorrow I will vote against.”

A former IDF combat officer, Bennett said he has ordered his party ministers to vote against the release of 104 terrorists, the latest “goodwill” gesture that the Obama administration has pressured Israel to carry out to bolster the status of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

 

 

 

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