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US Denies Report Kerry Prevented Abbas-Netanyahu Meeting

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry allegedly ditched a meeting initiated by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, according to Israeli and Ramallah officials quoted by Haaretz Sunday morning.

As with most reports on the “peace process,” you have to search for the kernel of truth amid the pile of lies.

Or in the language of State Dept. spokesman John Kirby, the details that were reported are not exactly accurate.

The story began last Monday, when Abbas told four retired Israeli ambassadors that he had said last month he was ready to meet with Netanyahu but, according to the Haaretz report, “a third party who is not Israeli” ditched the idea.

Netanyahu also has been stating how much we supposedly wants to meet with Abbas to revive the “peace process.” Both men must know they are playing charades, but on the other hand, both know that Abbas is standing on a thin limb on a high tree by putting all his eggs in the basket of the United Nations, whose General Assembly talk is the organization’s contribution to global warming. And both know that anarchy threatens to blow up the whole works.

According to the report, a third party from a country other than the United States set up a meeting between Netanyahu and Abbas, who then said he needed Kerry’s permission.

That already sounds a bit cockeyed since Abbas has diplomatically spit in the face of Kerry for years, peaking with the Palestinian Authority’s stating that it is putting the “peace process” in the hands of the United Nations, a move which is the last nail in the coffin of the Oslo Accords that call for negotiations with Israel.

Kerry reportedly told Abbas not to meet with Netanyahu without his illustrious presence. For the time being, Kerry has other things on his mind, particularly making sure Congress does not turn the tables and vote against the nuclear deal with Iran.

American officials’ interpretation of the story indicates they may finally be right on at least one thing in the Middle East. Their version is that Abbas simply is trying to blame Kerry for a meeting which the Palestinian Authority leader really does not want.



Analysis: Five Weeks Later, Why Are Investigators Stumped About the Lethal Arson in Duma Village?

Monday, September 7th, 2015

(JNi.media) Riham Dawabsha, 27, mother of the late infant Ali Dawabsha and wife of the late Sa’ad Dawabsha, died Sunday night. All three sustained their lethal injuries in an arson fire that consumed two homes in Duma Village, near Ramallah, on July 31. Another son Ahmad, 4, is still in the hospital. The second home was empty. Over the past five weeks, most reports on the tragic incident repeatedly attributed responsibility for the arson to “Jewish extremists,” based on the fact that the arsonists left two graffiti slogans in Hebrew on the walls of the Dawabsha home. Several Arab organizations have announced they hold the Israeli leadership fully responsible for the arson attack, and called for revenge. Hamas, to name one, said that the killing of the baby made all “Israeli soldiers and settlers legitimate targets for ‘resistance.’” The term “resistance” in this context is code for cold blooded killing.

Over the five weeks that have passed since the attack, many in Israel, on both ends of the political spectrum, have expressed frustration at the apparent failure of security forces to come up with suspects. Arab MK Zuheir Bahloul (Zionist Camp) said on Sunday, “The heart aches. 39 days, three family members were killed, and not one detainee or even a faint clue to suggest who was responsible for the barbarian outrage that destroyed an entire family. Israeli security forces, who boast their elite intelligence, advanced weapons systems and grandiose investigative organizations, are unable to bring to trial a few small time murderers. It’s enraging, but mostly, it’s shameful.”

A few weekends ago, in what appeared more like the security forces venting their frustration than actual police work, cops and soldiers raided several Jewish settlements and picked up some 16 “Jewish extremists,” one of them a celebrity—the grandson of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane. When the dust settled, not a single detainee was charged, and the police admitted failure by asking the courts to impose a variety of different administrative detentions on the suspects. This was followed by the first charges against their suspects — two of them were caught at a conference about administrative detentions, which was in violation of their own administrative detentions. As to the arson investigation, so far—nothing.

Meanwhile, a fire broke out on Sunday night, on August 23, in a house belonging to another member of the Dawabsha family in the Duma village. Early Arab reports blamed that fire, too, on Jewish extremists, but after a while the head of the Duma village council, Abdul Salam Dawabsha, announced the fire started due to a malfunctioning electric system. But local residents told NRG that they found a Molotov cocktail inside the burnt Dawabsha house, and suggested the house—located at the center of the village, just like the other two Dawabsha burnt houses had been—had been set on fire as the result of an internal conflict. The same locals noted that, contrary to the previous fire, this house was left without Hebrew graffiti smeared on the walls. Finally, Ghassan Douglas, who holds the Settlers portfolio in the Palestinian Authority, told WAFA that the house was burnt as the result of arson, and that a family member was injured from smoke inhalation.

A fourth house belonging to the Dawabsha clan in Duma was set on fire in February of this year, and a Dawabshe family car was burnt in June. There were no Hebrew writings next to any of those other four arsons, and so the media, Arab and Israeli, have largely ignored them.

Why wasn’t the most recent fire investigated with the same zeal as the one that caused the death of three Dawabshas?

French Investigators Rule ‘No Evidence’ Yasser Arafat Murdered

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

A French court has ruled that former Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chairman Yasser Arafat was not assassinated, as his wife Suha and many Palestinian Arab officials claim.

Arafat died in November 20014 at Percy Military Hospital near Paris at age 75, after he developed stomach pains while barricaded at his Muqata headquarters in the Palestinian Authority capital city of Ramallah, in Samaria.

Suha Arafat has insisted that he was poisoned by highly radioactive polonium, and accused Israeli intelligence agent of murdering him, filing murder case in 2012 at Nanterre Court.

Three teams of French, Swiss and Russian investigators arrived in Ramallah shortly thereafter, where Arafat’s tomb was opened for a few hours to allow the scientists to collect approximately 60 samples for analysis.

In Lausanne, Switzerland, a center tested biological samples taken from the PLO chairman’s belongings given to his wife after his death and allegedly found “abnormal levels of polonium.” However, the center did not say the departed Arafat had been poisoned.

French experts who found isotopes polonium-210 and lead-210 in Arafat’s grave and in the samples determined they were of an “environmental nature,” according to a statement by Nanterre prosecutor Catherine Denis in April 2015.

The panel of three French judges also concluded their investigations in April as well, and sent their findings to the Nanterre prosecutor, who recommended in July that the case be closed.

This week, the panel of judges issued a ruling to close the case without bringing charges, according to the prosecutor quoted by AFP.

“At the conclusion of the investigation… it has not be demonstrated that Mr. Yasser Arafat was murdered by polonium-210 poisoning,” the judges ruled, according to the statement released by the prosecutor from the court in Nanterre, near Paris.

Suha Arafat’s attorney, Francis Szpiner, announced the decision of the judges on Twitter. Her legal counsel accused the judges of closing the investigation “too quickly” and called for more experts to be questioned.

Palestinian Authority leaders in Ramallah likewise were disgruntled by the decision. PA inquiry committee head Tawfiq Tirawi told AFP, “We’ll continue our investigation until we reach the killer of Arafat; until we know how Arafat was killed.”

Abbas Planning ‘Self-Financed’ $13 Million Palace with 2 Helipads

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority is planning to build a $13 million “Presidential Guest Palace in Ramallah with “self-financing” although the project committee states that one of its missions is make sure money flows into its coffer from foreign countries.

The European Union and the United States are two of the biggest philanthropists for the Palestinian Authority, which has pocketed billions of dollars.

PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas uses the money to pay for a bloated civil service and police force, which numbers far beyond the limit set in the once-upon-a-time Oslo Accords. The PA budget also pays terrorists who land up in Israeli jails for killing or trying to kill Jews.

The Palestinian Authority uses EU funding to pay Arabs to move the remote outposts in Judea and Samaria where they build props of tents and buildings to claim they have been living there for centuries.

It is not clear exactly where the U.S. aid goes. For example, the U.S. State Dept. has refused to comment on whether its aid will be used to guarantee the $10 million bond, along with another million bucks a month, that the Palestinian Authority must post during its appeal against a mammoth lawsuit victory by victims of terror and by their relatives.

Now comes the new palace, which is to be built in two years. The website of PECDAR, the acronym for the Palestinian Council for Development and Reconstruction, states:

The goal of this project is to establish the Presidential Guest Palace in Surda, Ramallah within an area of 4,700 square meters [1.16 acres] along with a building for the Presidential Administration and Guards with an area of 4,000 square meters.

The construction process includes also preparing the surrounding area and two helipads, the project will be constructed over a land area of 27,000 square meters [6.67 acres].

Then comes the kicker:

Source of Funding: Self Financing- Ministry of Finance

The Palestinian Authority is begging every month or so for donors to help it pay salaries, but the $13 million for the Presidential Place and Guest House is self-financed?

PECDAR might have a new definition for the term “self-financing.” Its mission, according to its site, includes:

Coordinating the flow of international assistance for the benefit of the Palestinian people.

Identifying investment projects and other activities to be financed by the donor countries.



US Clams Up on Whether Foreign Aid Helps PA Post Bond in Terror Suit [video]

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

The U.S. State Dept. clammed up Monday when asked bothersome questions concerning a federal court decision Monday to drastically lower the bond the Palestinian Authority has to put up in a $665 million lawsuit against the Ramallah-based regime.

Spokesman John Kirby also refused to say whether the judge had lowered the bond enough to satisfy the United States, which intervened in the case by arguing that a higher bond could bankrupt the Palestinian Authority and might damage the non-existent “peace process.”

TheJewishPress.com reported here yesterday :

The judge in a New York terrorism case that ended in a victory for the plaintiffs…imposed a $10 million bond on the defendants, the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority. The defendants must also make $1 million monthly payments during the duration of any appeals of the $655 million award to the plaintiffs at the end of the jury trial back in February…

Attorneys for the plaintiffs, which included the Israeli law firm Shurat HaDin, had requested a $30 million monthly bond be paid into an account until the case is resolved.

State Dept. spokesman John Kirby, who is supposed to provide information while making every effort to avoid embarrassing the government, made the Obama administration look a bit stupid Monday by turning on the tape recorder to repeat “no comment” over and over instead of directly answering questions.

Associated Press journalist Matt Lee asked:

Is that [$10 million bond]– in the Administration’s view, is that too much to be asking? Does this place an undue – does the Administration believe it places an undue burden on the Palestinians?

Kirby reiterated the facts of the U.S. intervention and concluded:

And I’m not going to be able to comment further.

Lee then asked:

Well, is the United States concerned at all that some or any of this money will be actual money that you might have provided to the Palestinians in the past?

Guess what Kirby answered?

I’m just not going to be able to comment further, Matt.

And when Lee asked why not answer, Kirby reiterated:

I’m not going to be able to comment further on this particular case.

Well, maybe Kirby could comment on Lee; question if “the judge in making his determination today, took your statement of interest on board, or is this onerous to the Palestinians or unhelpful to U.S. foreign policy?”

And Kirby turned on the tape recorder again to say:

I mean, I understand the question, Matt. I’m just not going to be able to comment further today.

Al Quds reporter Sayeed Erekat chimed in to ask:

You being their largest contributor, giving the Palestinians close to $500 million a year, will you guarantee those, like a loan guarantee for $10 million and 1 million more a month?

And Kirby answered, of course:

I don’t have anything further to add on this today.

The no-answer session begins at 48:32 in the video below.


Abbas Insists He Will Visit His ‘Sister’ Iran

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Mahmoud Abbas has an insatiable appetite.

The Palestinian Authority chairman insisted this week that he will visit Iran, which he referred to as a “sister and neighbor state” in comments made to Polish journalists

He declared his intentions the same day of his reported resignation from the PLO Executive Committee, an announcement that has been denounced as false and reiterated as true a dozen times.

Iran has not been particularly in love with Abbas because he removed, at least for English media, the adjective “armed” from noun “resistance,” the Arab code word for terror.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, when he was president of Iran in 2012, invited Abbas to visit but was rejected.

Since then, a lot has happened. Iran and Hamas have had an off-an-on relationship reflecting Middle East instability, particularly in Syria where Iranian Revolutionary Guards are trying to keep Basher al-Assad’s regime from falling.

Abbas, a modern Jules Verne who has circled the world several times since taking over the Palestinian Authority after Yasser Arafat’s death, has built up universal diplomatic for the Arab dream of annihilating Israel, if not by force then by simply shrinking its borders and setting off the demographic weapon called “refugees” to finish off of what would be left of the country.

Now that Iran is holding on to its uranium cake and eating it at the same time, Abbas sees political opportunity. Bringing in Iran under his international umbrella would go down well with the folks in Ramallah while showing up Hamas.

Whether or not the Iranian regime really will welcome him is a question.

Abbas sent envoys to Tehran two weeks ago to discuss “the Palestinian situation” with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Ahmad Majdalani, a member of the PLO’s executive committee, told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency:

Our relationship with Iran is an urgent necessity concerning international and regional developments.

The “developments” are nothing more and nothing less than the deal with Iran, which virtually every world leader with the exception of President Barack Obama acknowledges, implicitly or tacitly, as an exponential increase in Iran’s prestige and influence.

Abbas is not likely to get much out of any revival of relations with the paranoid Iranian regime except for more headlines, but that is the oxygen that has kept him alive politically.

Gas Station Arab Stabber Was a Freed Prisoner

Monday, August 10th, 2015

The Palestinian Arab stabber who was subsequently shot and killed by IDF soldiers Sunday night at a gas station on Highway 443 near Modi’in has been identified.

Anes Ta’ah, 26, was a former prisoner living in a Palestinian Authority Arab village east of Ramallah after he was freed from Israeli prison.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/gas-station-arab-stabber-was-a-freed-prisoner/2015/08/10/

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