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PA’s Saeb Erekat Calls for Withdrawing Recognition of Israel [video]

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Saeb Erekat, the chief negotiator for the Palestinian Authority, has issued a length report to the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) that calls for withdrawing recognition of Israel unless Jerusalem recognizes the PA.

The Ma’an News Agency, based n Bethlehem and with close ties to the Palestinian Authority, reported Thursday:

In a report entitled ‘Determining Palestinian-Israeli relations: Changing, not merely improving, the situation’ the PLO official recommends that the Palestinian leadership consider retracting its recognition of Israel until the Israeli government issues a reciprocal recognition of a Palestinian state.

As seen in the video below, Yasser Arafat in 1988 explicitly said at a Stockholm press conference:

We accept two states, the Palestine state and the Jewish state of Israel.’

The declaration helped succeed in advancing the “peace process” by which the PLO,  which is the superior body to what now is the Palestinian Authority, wrangled hundreds of concessions from Israel without any compromise on its part.

Arafat’s declaration fell short of satisfying American demands that it recognize Israel’s right to exist under U.N. resolutions 242 and 348 that were the basis for a negotiated peace agreement that never happened.

Arafat also renounced terrorism.

Then-Foreign Minister Shimon Peres recognized Arafat’s remarks for what they were and called them a ”cunning exercise in public relations” while lacking “a commitment in reality.”

Plenty of blood has been spilled since then, as is well-known by relatives of thousands of victims of Palestinian Authority terror.

Mahmoud Abbas, who succeeded Arafat after his death, brilliantly brought the Palestinian Authority to the brink of achieving its stated aim, but he has refused to recognize Israel as a “Jewish” state because doing so would make it almost impossible to force Israel into accepting millions of foreign Arabs into the country, leaving Jews as a minority.

Erekat now has gone even further with his report that urges the PLO not to recognize Israel at all, Jewish or not, unless the same recognition is given to the Ramallah regime.

The chief negotiator went off the face of the Earth and said, according to Ma’an:

Efforts [should] be made for Hamas and Islamic Jihad to join the PLO’s Executive Committee and [he] urged the PLO and Palestinian factions to support popular resistance and the boycott of Israeli settlement products.

The PLO official also recommended that the Palestinian leadership play a better role in assisting the Palestinian diaspora in Lebanon and Syria.

At first glance, it seems that Erekat has lost his marbles.

He knows very wall that Israel will not recognize the Palestinian Authority because doing so would be an implicit agreement to turn over the country to Ramallah.

Erekat knows very well that inviting Hamas and Islamic Jihad into the PLO executive would rip the cover off the Palestinian Authority as sponsor of terror.

He probably does not understand that the Boycott Israel movement has reached its peak and is going the way of the Palestinian Authority, a moribund entity.

So what could be going in his mind?

Considering the mayhem in the Palestinian Authority government, which this week dissolve or did not dissolve depending on which official  was the last to speak, Erekat could be jockeying to replace Abbas, who is 80 years old and in the eight year of a four-year term to which he was elected.

Erekat fits the bill to take over the reins because the ambition of any Palestinian Authority leader is exactly the opposite of what the world thinks it wants.

Neither Abbas nor Erekat want to see it become a state because it would collapse like a house of cards, all of which are jokers.

Below is Arafat’s declaration in 1988.

Orange Apology Tour Arrives in Wrong ‘Occupying’ Country

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Orange telecom CEO Stephane Richard arrived in Israel Thursday night for a two-day exercise of climbing down from a tall tree where he ate rotten fruit by saying that he would like to get rid of the company’s link with Israel’ Partner Communications because of the “occupation.”

He is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and former President Shimon Peres today as part of a show “to clarify Orange group commitments to Israel,” according to the French-based company.

It all was a “misunderstanding,” Richard said after winning praise from BDS but ferocious anger from even liberal political in Israel and elsewhere.

“Hypocritical” would be a better description than “misunderstanding.”

Richard lit the match in Cairo, where he referred to Partner as operating in “occupied territory,” and France’s ambassador to the United States, Gerard Araud, tweeted:

Contributing to settlements in an occupied territory is illegal.

Despite his “anti-occupation” remarks in Cairo, Richard later explained that he wanted to pull out of Israel because it is the only country where Orange does not run a subsidiary but instead allows an independent operation to market its trademark.

It is not clear why that should bother Orange since Partner pays approximately $4 million a year for the right to market Orange.”

Richard reassured Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely last week, “Orange does not support any form of boycott, in Israel or anywhere else in the world.”

In a way, it is too bad that Orange is retreating. If it had stood its ground, Israel would have had the opportunity to expose to the entire world the clear hypocrisy of BDS and of companies like Orange that actually operate in “occupied territory” elsewhere and, under the boycotters’ definition, are guilty of being involved in a “war crime.”

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich, affiliated with the Kohelet Policy Forum think tank wrote in The Washington Post this week:

Orange itself directly and openly operates in occupied territory. Orange provides cell phone service in Nagorno-Karabakh, an area of Azerbaijan that has been occupied by Armenia since seizing it in a bloody 1992-94 war. The U.N., along with the E.U. and U.S., considers the area occupied territory. Nonetheless, Armenian settlers have moved into the occupied territory in significant numbers, amid constant complaints from Baku and others.

He added that fighting broke out this year in the area, “killing dozens, and a full- scale war over the occupied territory is looming.”

The Orange website touts its Karabakh service as being in “NKR,” or the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, an unrecognized state that is controlled by Armenia, according to Kontorovich, who also wrote:

U.N. Resolutions have specifically called for the “non-recognition” of the NKR. Orange’s Armenian website also calls the area ‘Artsakh,’ the ancient name for the region favored by Armenia nationalists. It would be as if Orange, instead of complaining about, boasted of its ‘service in Judea and Samaria.’…. Orange calls NKR a ‘country,’ despite the clear admonition of its own government and UN against recognition of what is universally regarded as Azerbaijani territory. It would be as if Orange boasted of its service in the ‘Golan Heights of Israel.’

That’s not a bad idea. Perhaps Prime Minister Netanyahu should tell Richard, “You know what? Yerright. Boycott us.

“And while you are at it, boycott Azerbaijan, Morocco, Turkey and Armenia. Then, after realizing how ignorant you are, don’t apologize. Just bury BDS and get back to work.”

Peres & Associates Turning Political Cache into Millions in Cash

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

On Sunday, Globes disclosed that former president Shimon Peres, who will turn 92 this August, was hired as consultant for the multi-billion dollar Israeli-based generic drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA; TASE: TEVA). Working through the recently incorporated Peres & Associates, Shimon Peres will be providing consulting services at the rate of $10,000 per month, with options for additional, as hoc earnings.

The revelation was nothing new to followers of the career of Shimon Peres, nicknamed a “tireless schemer” by the late Yitzhak Rabin.

On the eve of his retirement from office last year, the Peres presidential palace had run an annual budget of more than $15 million—the highest since the establishment of the state—and included $1.25 million a year for an unprecedented barrage of international flights, millions more on hosting extravagant events (funded by a murky combination of state funds and private donations), and hundreds of thousands for employee expenses.

The idea behind Peres & Associates came to life two years or so before the end of President Shimon Peres’ term in office, when his team began planning the next phase in his career.

Initially, the Peres team was going to move its operations to the Peres Center for Peace, founded in 1996 to serve as the home base for Israel’s longest serving politician (or, as the official website puts it, to promote peace-building between Israel and its neighbors).

But the center has been plagued by dwindling donations and burgeoning budgets, to the point where it was deemed unfit to serve Shimon Peres’ ambitions.

That’s when the idea was born for Peres & Associates, which was incorporated last July.

According to Calcalist, the new firm developed a polished business model, using the retired president’s contacts around the world to benefit Israeli companies that are active in global markets. Peres would promote these companies’ business abroad—for a fixed retainer—based on a detailed price list.

The sole shareholder and CEO is Chemi Peres, Shimon’s son, whose day jobs include being managing general partner of the Pitango hedge fund, which he co-founded, managing more than $1.6 billion. Chemi Peres is also chairman of the board of the Peres Center for Peace.

An senior Israeli high-tech manager told Calcalist: “Peres & Associates approach high-tech companies and offer them assistance in selling to foreign governments and government agencies, places where the name Peres opens doors. In exchange for opening doors and helping in closing deals, they want retainers in the tens of thousands of dollars, as well as 8 percent of the future transaction.”

After salaries and taxes, most of Peres & Associates’ profits are eventually supposed to be funneled to the Peres Center for Peace. On its face, the plan sounds a lot like a more modest version of former president Bill Clinton’s global charity work, only the Peres venture has been hitting some unfortunate walls.

A week ago, Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s largest bank, hired Peres for $30,000 a month to promote its activities in the U.S. and other international markets. According to YNet, Peres was expected to make speaking appearances at bank events, including, this April, at a ceremony marking Bank Hapoalim’s 40 years in America. But the plan crashed under a backlash of hostile comments in the press, to the point where Peres had to go on Israel’s Channel 2 News to announce he killed the deal.

Peres denied that the money was going to him, personally—it all went to public projects, he insisted. He also denied that his role was that of a lobbyist for the bank.

Israelis, whose average hourly income stands at between $10 and $12 hated the idea of Peres turning his influence and connections into $360,000 a year plus options. So Peres finally gave up the deal.

Secretary of State Kerry’s Yom HaShoah Message

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued the following statement on Thursday, April 16, Yom HaShoah, 2016.

Teresa and I join all Americans today in observing Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day. We bow our heads as we both mourn and honor the six million Jews and millions of others who perished in the most painful and horrific chapter in human history.

We lack the power to rewind the clock or to bring back those who were murdered. But we do have the power of remembrance, and we will never cease to honor the memory of those who were killed, to grieve their loss, and to cherish their names.

We remain indebted, as well, to the Holocaust survivors who, despite unspeakable trauma, continue to recount their painful experiences so that the passage of time does not lead to the forgetting of what must never be forgotten. We also draw inspiration from the reality that every child of every survivor is added testimony to the utter failure of Hitler’s evil plan.

I was profoundly moved in 2013 when I visited Yad Vashem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then-President Shimon Peres. A siren wailing through Jerusalem and then a nation standing together in silent reflection signify a profound tribute to the fallen, and a call to consciousness for us all, now and in perpetuity.

For us, then, remembrance is the beginning, not the end of our responsibility. The duty we have is an active one: to work with countries and partners around the globe to fight bigotry wherever it arises, to confront aggression, insist on truth, uphold the rule of law, and promote respect for the rights and dignity of every human being.

The ‘Most Illegitimate’ Regime; the Jihadist Middle East; and Remembering Yehuda Avner

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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The P5 +1 are convinced that Iran is a legitimate negotiating partner. But Dan Diker, host of VOI’s National Security, has the opposite idea. Dan joins Yishai in-studio to discuss the folly of the nuclear talks. He also raises historical precedents for US-Israel tensions, such as the diplomatic assault launched on the Jewish state by the administration of President Gerald Ford. He then draws parallels between the holidays of Purim and Passover, using them as parables for today’s times.

Then, Ali Jabber is a pseudonym for an Arab who sees Israel as the harbinger of peace, democracy and human rights. He joins Yishai to discuss why so many other Arabs are still mired in the jihadist mindset.

Finally, Yishai talks about Israeli diplomat Yehuda Avner, who died recently. Avner worked as an adviser to prime ministers Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, and wrote speeches for prime ministers Golda Meir and Levi Eshkol. He also served as ambassador to Australia, Ireland and the UK. Yishai reads passages from Avner’s highly acclaimed book, “The Prime Ministers,” describing Esther Cailingold, a young Jewish female fighter writing her final letter as she took part in a battle of Israel’s War of Independence.

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Richard Gere Coming to Israel

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Richard Gere will be coming to Israel on Sunday.

Gere will be meeting with former president Shimon Peres, and checking out co-existence initiatives by the Peres Center for Peace.

Gere has appeared in over 50 movies, including the well known, “Pretty Women” (an Ehud Olmert favorite) and “An Officer and a Gentleman”.

Yehuda Avner (86), Advisor, Ambassador and Author

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Yehuda Avner, former adviser to Israeli Prime Ministers Menachem Begin, Shimon Peres and Yitzchak Rabin passed away on Tuesday at his home in Jerusalem. He was 86.

Born in the Manchester, England in 1928, Avner made Aliyah in 1947. He joined Israel’s Foreign Service in 1958.

Avner served as Israel’s ambassador to Australia and the UK. He also worked as a speechwriter for Golda Meir and Levi Eshkol.

He was the author of the book, The Prime Ministers, that described his experiences with Israel’s Prime Ministers.

Toby Press is set to release, in a few months, a new novel he wrote called, The Ambassador.

His son-in-law, David Sable, released the following very touching statement:

Dear Friends,

It is with deep sadness that I share with you the passing of Ambassador Yehuda Avner, Begin’s Shakespeare…an articulate champion of the Jewish people and the State, who took his last breaths, at home, in his beloved Jerusalem.

There is so much to say and so much to share and such a rich life to celebrate. Suffice it for now that he always saw himself as a Yerushalmi – a person of Jerusalem…not just from Jerusalem…and to him Jerusalem was a crazy mosaic that encompassed all of its inhabitants.

He was a true servant of the Jewish people…in his role as advisor to the Generation of Legendary Leaders of Israel he was never political, never took personal gain, never shied from conflict…with his bag always packed.. he went; listened, advised and wrote giving voice to the Prime Ministers he served and voice to our cause and our people.

The consummate Ambassador he represented Israel during tumultuous times and was respected by friend and foe alike as he brought his skills to the corridors of power and the backrooms of deals.

He was passionate about art, music, literature and theater and loved nothing better than getting seats to see the latest Opera at the Met or a private tour of the newest exhibition at MOMA.

His legacy is Medinat Yisrael, the State of Israel, to which he dedicated his life to building. His gift to us…his words… which will live on and continue to inspire future generations around the world.

So much more to share….a lifetime in fact.

With deep respect and love for my friend, and in celebration of a life well lived…

David Sable

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