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Peres Says He is Stepping Down in July – No Matter What

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

President Shimon Peres categorically rejected on Wednesday any suggestion, as reported here,  that he would agree to extend his five-year term of office if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu were to ask him to do so.

The Prime Minister reportedly wants Peres to serve an extra year in order to give the Knesset time to enact a new law that would take the power away from the Knesset to elect him and instead put the ballot into the hands of public at large with a separate election.

Peres already have made plans for his “retirement.” Although he has broken all bounds of tradition by often acting more like a prime minister instead of president, once he is unburdened by the ceremonial demands of the presidency, he will be able to promote and market his visions, and illusions, of peace at will.

Hamas PM Sent Secret Appeasement Message to Netanyahu

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Close to two weeks ago, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh sent a secret message to the office of Prime Minister Netanyahu, saying his organization was not looking for confrontation with Israel, according to a Walla scoop Tuesday morning.

It appears the move followed the recent escalation in the south, which included an increase in rockets being shot into Israel and increasingly severe IDF retaliations against Hamas targets inside the Gaza Strip. Haniyeh’s message included a request for Israel to tone down its responses.

The message was delivered by a NY born Israeli citizen named Gershon Beskin, founder of the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI), who served in the past as a go between during the negotiations over the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.

Beskin confirmed the story, but Netanyahu’s office had no comment.

According to Walla, the targets attacked by the IDF retaliation two weeks ago included the special “restraining force” that Hamas put together to prevent rocket attacks. Following those attacks, Hamas ordered its forces away from the border, which Israel took to be a green light from Hamas to the Islamic Jihad and smaller organizations to continue the attacks.

This is when Ghazi Hamad, a senior advisor to PM Haniyeh, called up Beskin to clarify the situation. The call was made from Haniyeh’s office and he was present during the call.

Beskin passed the message in writing to Netanyahu’s chief of staff Gil Shefer, and a few days later Hams re-deployed along the border, this time using its own elite military unit.

According to Walla, Hamas and the Israeli Prime Minister’s office maintain several communications channels, including the Egyptian Intelligence service and the Palestinian Authority. For the most part, these exchanges cover humanitarian issues such as getting Gaza patients to hospital in Israel and delivery of goods into Gaza.

Court Decision May Help Likud Dump Netanyahu’s Concessions to PA

Monday, February 17th, 2014

The Tel Aviv District Court in one swoop has threatened Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s ability to carry out concessions to the Palestinian Authority, meaning U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and also has made him vulnerable to a rebellion within his Likud party.

The ruling, virtually unnoticed or underplayed by most Israeli media, overthrows an internal Likud court decision that decreed that the head of the party’s Central Committee has the power to convene the committee on police issues, a power that Netanyahu wants only for himself.

The head of the committee happens to be one of Netanyahu’s’ most nationalist Knesset Members, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon.

After the internal Likud court overruled the Likud law committee’s decision backing Danon, he appealed to the Tel Aviv court and won his case on Monday. However, Prime Minister Netanyahu is not accepting defeat and will appeal to the Supreme Court.

That will be an interesting show. On the one hand, the High Court has a long history of ruling for democracy, in this case the claim by Danon and supported by the Tel Aviv court that Netanyahu is trying to take totalitarian control of the party.

On the other hand, if the High Court, which historically loves Peace Now and hates nationalists, upholds Danon’s claim, it could put in jeopardy Kerry’s juggernaut that has trampled over the Prime Minister. Netanyahu so far has refused to say “no” for fear of being blamed for standing up against President Barack Obama and wrecking his plan to pronounce instant peace in the Middle East with the creation of a new Palestinian Authority state within Israel’s own borders.

If Danon can convene the Central Committee on issues that Netanyahu wants to decide for himself, such as paving the way for expelling more than 150,000 Jews from Judea and Samaria, dividing Jerusalem and allowing NATO troops to protect Israel from Palestinian Authority terrorists, he could very well win the day and bury Kerry’s blind drive to rub Israel’s nose in the sand at Mahmoud Abbas’ feet.

The only obstacle to a full-scale rebellion within the Likud party is Netanyahu’s power to fire any Cabinet minister and deputy minister who gets in his way. The list is getting longer every day, including Danon, Tzipi Hotovely, Ze’ev Elkin, Yuval Steinitz and Miri Regev, among others.

If the Supreme Court does not change the lower court decision, Prime Minister Netanyahu can easily climb down from his limb, which is getting longer every day and where he is hanging much lonelier than ever, and tell President Obama that “democracy is democracy,” and, “Tough luck, pal.”

If the Likud committee votes its conscience and squashes proposed concessions, and if Prime Minister Netanyahu insists on walking on his knees with Washington, he could face political oblivion.

In 2005, the Liked Central committee voted overwhelmingly against a policy of expelling Jews from Gaza. When Sharon nevertheless tried to get his way in the Knesset Likud, formed the Kadima party and brought along most of the former Likud MKs who wanted their seats of power more than a clean conscience.

Netanyahu, who did not join the parade, does not have the clout that Sharon had.

Trying to for a new party and heading a center-left coalition would be political suicide

But having to swallow the dictates of the party Central Committee would leave him with less power.

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

White House Says Netanyahu’s Visit Shows ‘Deep Bonds’ with Israel

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

The White House on Wednesday confirmed that President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will meet on March 3 and added that the Prime Minister’s visit “is a demonstration of the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel, and our close consultations on a range of security issues.”

That was White House press secretary Jay Carney’s way of stating that Obama is ready to beat Netanyahu over the head to come up with a deal with the Palestinian Authority if he wants the United States to get serious over Iran’s nuclear weapons development.

President Obama also will be meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II this Friday. A meeting Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is also scheduled in the near future as tensions grows towards the supposed end of  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s nine-month peace talk program.

Netanyahu will address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) convention next month. He told the Likud Beitenu faction in the Knesset earlier this week that his visit to the United States will focus on Iran, the Palm, Israeli technology and tourism.

Netanyahu and Kerry Likely to Meet during AIPAC Session in March

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is likely to meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during the AIPAC convention in March, U.S. State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday.

“I would not be surprised if they have a meeting, of course, or they see each other while he’s here,” she said in answer to a question about reports of a possible meeting. “But that is decades away in the schedule. So I don’t have anything specific for you in terms of a set time or a date or anything.”

Abbas Copying Iran Playbook: Make False Concessions and Play for Time

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas has jumped down from a weak limb and has essentially backtracked on all his red lines, except for declaring Israel a Jewish state, because all of his “concessions” are temporary.

His strategy duplicates Iran’s “concessions” that are stated on paper but have no meaning because they don’t need to demand conditions to achieve what they already have and because their commitments are written in sand.

The New York Times on Monday gave Abbas platform to look like  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s puppy dog while not questioning any of the obvious lies and deception in his interview with columnist Thomas Freidman and the Times’ Israeli bureau chief Jodi Rudoren.

Not by coincidence, the same newspaper last week acted as Kerry’s spokesman and published details of his “framework” that allows the United States to gracefully bow out of the peace talks fiasco and let the Palestinian Authority and Israel blow up the diplomatic bag of hot air.

Abbas, who once said no foreign troops would set foot on land in a Palestinian Authority state, now agrees to a U.S.-led NATO force to patrol in a future state and within areas of Jerusalem that would fall under PA sovereignty.

His supposed grand concession is a win-win situation because he knows that the United Nations considers a Jewish presence anywhere in post-1967 Jerusalem as “illegal.”

I saw the United Nations in action during Reserve duty in the Intifada in the early 1990s. I was manning a checkpoint near Bethlehem when a United Nations car approached with a Swiss United Nations official. When I asked him for his identification papers, he replied, “Why don’t you get out of this s—?” Quote unquote.

In recent years, U.N. officials and troops have been documented time after time helping Palestinian Authority Arabs uproot trees planted by Jews and even escorting Arabs in violent protests.

A NATO force for Abbas would be a plum because it automatically would be weighted against Israel. Every violent act by Arabs in Judea and Samaria would be followed by a plea from NATO to settlers to keep the calm, and every disturbance or even violence by Jews would be an excuse to kick them out.

Abbas even said that Israel soldiers could remain in Judea and Samaria – but only for five years. That is five years longer than he has agreed to in the past, so it sounds like a “painful” concession. But he is patient man. After five years, the settlements would be gone and so would the soldiers.

Remember the “Disengagement” and Hamas anyone?

Israel would then be dependent on the Palestinian Authority to defend the borders separating the new Arab country and whatever is left of Israel.

The biggest lie and deception that Abbas told Rudoren and Friedman is that the Palestinian Authority would be not have an army, and the veteran journalists, who “know” the Middle East by being based in Israel for a couple of years to become experts, didn’t raise a brow.

“Palestine, he said, would not have its own army, only a police force, so the NATO mission would be responsible for preventing the weapons smuggling and terrorism that Israel fears,” Abbas told the reporters “We will be demilitarized. Do you think we have any illusion that we can have any security if the Israelis do not feel they have security?”

They didn’t even think to ask about the commitments the Palestinian Authority made in the Oslo agreements not to have an army and to limit its “police force” to 30,000.

They didn’t think to ask because they don’t want to know.

Following is the language of the Oslo Accords:

Bennett Apologizes to Netanyahu

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett personally apologized to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday night, dousing the flames of the political fire that threatened to spread out of control.

The differences between the two over a future Palestinian Authority state were headlined on Tuesday when Bennett, referring to the Prime Minister‘s earlier statement that Jews could live in a future PA state, “Do you know why… Jews cannot live under Palestinian rule? Do you know why? Why Palestinians can’t rule over Jews? “Because they will kill them. And do you know how I know this? Because it has already happened.”

That was too much for Netanyahu, who was furious at Bennett for scoring political points while he was setting up Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to look foolish for his previous statements that no Jews would be allowed under PA rule.

Netanyahu told Bennett to get back on course with him or pay a heavy political price.

Several hours later, Bennett told a press conference, “If the prime minister was hurt, I absolutely sorry about it.”

He tried to play down the episode. ”There are those who are trying to turn a substantive conversation about the future of our land and our security into a personal attack that never was. I respect Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his leadership under difficult circumstances, support him when necessary and criticize him as necessary, and that’s my obligation,” Bennett added.

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