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Arab and Israel Rock Bands Launch Their Own Peace Process

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Move over John Kerry. Two Israeli rock bands, one Arab and one Jewish, are spreading a message of “metal brotherhood” with an 18-day European tour to show that co-existence is possible, CNN reported Monday.

The Arab band is named “Khalas,” Arabic for “enough.” And the Jewish band is called “Orphaned Land.” Both bands will ride the same tour bus for three weeks.

“We will snore at each other, we will do laundry together, we will make coffee for each other,”  Orphaned Land’s vocalist Kobi Farhi told the network.

Palestinian Authority Arabs have not been one-sidedly enthusiastic. The bands’ concert  scheduled last year in what predominantly Arab-populated eastern Jerusalem was cancelled because of complaints.

PA Fails to Stop Terror; IDF Arrests Islamic Jihad Leader in Jenin

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

The Palestinian Authority again has failed to reign in terror and left the “dirty work” for the IDF, which arrested an Islamic Jihad leader in a pre-dawn raid in Jenin Wednesday.

Approximately 15 local Arabs rioted and threw rocks and Molotov cocktails and rolled burning tires at the soldiers, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency.

The Obama administration continually praises  chairman Mahmoud Abbas for stopping terror, but senior IDF officers have said dozens of times the past two years that while the PA security forces work with the IDF, they are  not capable politically or militarily to reigning terror and ensure that terrorists won’t attack Israelis.

State Dept. Creating False Picture of ‘Constant’ PA-Israel Talks

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Israeli and Palestinian Authority leaders have freely denied the request of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry not to talk behind his back on direct talks, but the State Dept., has been trying to create a false conception that the two sides are talking with each other more than they really do.

Tzipi Livni, who doubles as Justice Minister and unofficial Peace Process Minister, said earlier this week that the direct talks will resume next Tuesday.

When asked yesterday about the nest discussions, State Dept. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that they will take place “soon” but, “I don’t have an announcement today, though, for you… .I’m happy to check.”

As for contacts in between direct discussions, she said, “ I can tell you that the parties have agreed – they remain engaged in sustained, continuous, and substantive negotiations.”

“How exactly are they doing that?” Associated Press journalist Matt Lee asked. Psaki answered, “The telephone is a wonderful tool.”

So are the Israeli and Palestinian Authority negotiators chatting back and forth on the phone?

“I don’t have anything specific on that,” Psaki admitted. When pressed to answer if she was “aware of any contact between the two sides since they went their separate ways from Washington last week,” she again could not answer and responded, “I’d have to check on it for you.”

Livni Says Israel to Hold ‘Round Two’ with PA in Israel Next Week

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

The next round of Israeli-Palestinian direct talks will be held in Israel next week, according to Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator.

She told Israel’s Channel 10 that the negotiations, scheduled to last about nine months, would alternate between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The next round will be held after the first group of 104 terrorists, including those who are Israeli citizens, is to be freed.

The rest will be released depending on the progress of the negotiations.

Deny Israel’s Existence and You Can Win $100 (Video)

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

The Palestinian Authority’s official television authority is broadcasting entertainment programs that offer the “Arab on the street” $100 for correctly identifying Israeli landmarks and borders as being “Palestinian,” another step in educating people that Israel does not exist.

The program, of course is broadcast in Arabic, so U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry does not watch it. He also probably does not read the Jewish Press or the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) website, which translated and published the program’s dialogue.

Unlike the chosen people who know that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is talking out of both sides of his month when he backs “two states side by side,” the Obama administration remains ignorant of the program, which shows that Yafo (Jaffa), Tzfat (Safed), the port of Ashdod and metropolitan Tel Aviv all are really cities in “Palestine.”

“On the beach of which Palestinian village did the whale spew out the prophet Jonah? Naturally, it’s a coastal city,” the “reporter on the street” asked an Arab, who immediately answered, “Ashdod.”

Give that man $100 for the “correct” answer.

Here is another question that won a lucky respondent $100: “Which city did [Palestinian writer] Mustafa Dabbagh call ‘The city that fell from Heaven?’”

The man asked if the city is “in Palestine or outside of Palestine?” When he got the big clue that, of course, it is inside Palestine, he came up with the “right” answer as “Maybe Jaffa?”

The reporter gleefully told him, “Correct answer. Jaffa. You win $100 from [the sponsor] Wataniya Mobile.”

Here is more of the transcript provided by PMW.

PA TV reporter: “A lake in Northern Palestine drained by the Israeli occupation. What is the name of the lake?”

Man: “The Sea of Galilee? Kinneret].”

PA TV reporter: “Think.”

Man: “The Hula [Lake].”

PA TV reporter: “You’ve earned $100 from the [sponsor] Bank of Palestine.”

The reporter also asked, “Name the Palestinian village in Northern Safed whose name means ‘beetle’ in the Syriac language, and whose residents are mostly Druze.”

PA TV reporter: “The correct answer is Hurfeish, the Palestinian village in Northern Safed whose name means ‘beetle’. Congratulations. You win $100.” The answer would be a big surprise to the residents of Hurfeish, who are Druze.

PA TV reporter: “What is the highest mountain in Palestine?”

Man: “Mt. Meron.” (Mt. Meron is in Northern Israel.) The reporter also asked respondents to identify which “country has the longest border with Palestine?”

The answer “Jordan” won a person $100 for identifying the country and eliminating the existence of Israel in one swipe.

The program is not the first time Palestinian Authority television has educated its viewers that Israel does not exist, but to do so at the same that the Obama administration is pushing Israel into direct talks to establish the Palestinian Authority as an independent country raises the validity of Abbas’ position that the talks should be based on the 1967 borders.

The program shows that he favors that the borders remain as they are, from the Golan Heights and the Lebanese border to the Egyptian border and from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

One small change he wants is to change the word “Israel” to “Palestine.”

Terrorist Attacks Down to ‘Only’ 12 a Week

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

The good news for residents of Judea and Samaria is that the number of terrorist attacks dropped by 20 percent in July compared with June. The bad news is that there still were 50 attacks, or approximately 12 a week.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) released the statistics, which are of little solace to victims, also showed a similar pattern in Jerusalem, where residents suffered 26 attacks in July, down from 39 in June.

Another disturbing factor if that the most of the attacks involved firebombs (Molotov cocktails), and not rocks, which also can be deadly but less so than a burning bottle that smashes through a car window.

The ISA also fudged the statistics a bit by counting a multiple-rock or firebomb attack as a single incident. For example, although there were 50 “attacks” in Judea and Samaria in June, security officials reported that there were 60 firebombs thrown.

The report does not include dozens of hundreds of rock-throwing attacks that are not reported by drivers , who are more concerned with stepping on the gas and escaping with their lives than with telephoning officials to tell them they almost got killed.

It also does not take into account dozens of attacks that were thwarted, such as the arrest of a knife-wielding Arab in Hevron and of another terrorist carrying material for a bomb in his car. Another area not covered in the statistics is vandalism. Arabs in Hevron tore off mezuzahs four times the past month at the Patriarchs Cave in Hevron.

There also were four attacks with small arms in Jerusalem as well as one stabbing, which caused serious wounds to a man walking in the Old City after visiting the Western Wall.

Terrorists from Gaza also were busy, shooting five rockets, while their colleagues in Sinai carried out one attack with two missile launches at Eilat.

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.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/obama-calls-netanyahu-abbas-to-follow-the-script-for-direct-talks/2013/08/01/

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