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US Secy of State John Kerry Returns to Region

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is set to return to the region by the end of the week.

Kerry will participate in a conference focused on “rebuilding Gaza,” to be held in Cairo on October 12, according to State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.

Last Thursday the Palestinian Authority unity government called on world leaders to provide $4 billion to rebuild the enclave.

Many areas were battered by Israeli air strikes targeting weapons factories and hidden rocket launchers – deliberately placed by Hamas and other terror groups among Gaza civilian residential population centers.

Israel launched its counter terror Operation Protective Edge in July to stop the constant rocket fire from Gaza terrorists who aimed their missiles and other ordnance at civilians in southern Israeli towns and cities.

The United States last month said it would boost the rehabilitation effort in Gaza with an additional $71 million in emergency aid to the region, bringing its total funding since the start of the war to more than $118 million.

But although the PA unity government claims that $1.9 billion is needed for public and private infrastructure repais, and $1.2 billion is needed for “reactivating economic productivity,” these figures need to be scrutinized.

First of all, there is still a highly complex network of smuggler tunnels that lies beneath the ground level of Gaza. Much of the construction material previously allowed in to the region for the purpose of building “infrastructure” — as well as houses, hospitals and other badly needed structures — obviously was instead instantly diverted to military use. Billions of dollars gone astray there.

Ditto for other “dual use” supplies such as metal piping and other materials redirected instead towards the manufacture of missiles, rockets and mortar shells.

Endless funds have been poured into the enclave by the United States, European nations and other well-meaning, wealthy donors – only to leave Gaza residents as poor as ever, forever dependent upon the self-perpetuating United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

“Basic necessities like food, clean water and fuel remain in short supply throughout the territory,” the State Department warned in a statement last month. But legitimate desalination plants and sewage treatment plants were not built in Gaza because the materials with which to build them were always being stolen by the ruling Hamas terrorist organization for use in building up its military structure.

Fuel, food and clean water has been shipped in on a weekly basis throughout the entire summer and right up to the current day, via the overland crossings from Israel, even at times under rocket and mortar fire. Each was documented by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). So basics are not the issue. Perhaps the State Department should question Hamas.

When the shipments do not go through, it is because the ruling Hamas terror group chooses to block the transfer. When they do go through, they “sometimes” never make it to the warehouse — or when they make it to the warehouse, they are sometimes “redistributed” elsewhere rather than to their intended target families.

Hamas is known to steal supplies and keep its own fighters fed, first and foremost. It has no problem starving its citizens for the purpose of winning a pitiful international “photo op.”

That, without a single murmur from Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority unity government that partners with Hamas and whose own Fatah military wing, the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, joined in with the rocket fire aimed at Israel from Gaza during this summer’s war.

By the way, the first meeting of the PA unity government is set to be held this Thursday in Gaza.

Sweden Stuttering and Sweating over ‘Recognition of Palestine’

Monday, October 6th, 2014

The United States has slapped Sweden on its wrist for recognizing the Palestinian Authority as a state, a declaration that Stockholm already is trying to tone down without losing face, as reported here yesterday.

“We believe international recognition of a Palestinian state is premature,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

“We certainly support Palestinian statehood, but it can only come through a negotiated outcome, a resolution of final status issues and mutual recognitions by both parties.”

She then tossed out the outdated diplomatic cliché that Israel and the Palestinian Authority must “agree on the terms on how they live in the future two states, living side-by-side.”

That may have been possible – on paper- in the hey-day of the Oslo Illusions. Given the Arab and Israel red lines today, the “two-state” idea is only a solution to prevent mass unemployment the State Department.

Sweden decided the time has come to publicly announce that the “peace process” is nothing more than a scam to keep down the unemployment rate, and its newly-elected Prime Minister Stefan Löfven made his name a household world by making Sweden the first Western European country to formally recognize Palestine.

Israel was aghast, and the Swedish ambassador to Jerusalem – whoops, make that Tel Aviv – has an audience with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday.

As for the American criticism, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said, “It’s not the United States that decides our politics.”

If that is the case, why did Stockholm suddenly stutter and sweat to the point that the Swedish Foreign Ministry tweeted on Sunday that Sweden would recognize the Palestinian state “soon” and not immediately?

Löfven told Israeli Labor party chairman Yitzchak Herzog, who has stayed in touch with Löfven for several years, that Sweden “wasn’t going to recognize a Palestinian state tomorrow morning,” Haaretz reported.

Herzog added that Sweden “wants to speak first with all the relevant parties, including Israel, the Palestinians, the United States and other EU states.”

In other words, yes Mr. America, the announcement was premature, but let us climb down the tree without breaking our neck.”

Hertzog also spoke with Swedish Foreign Minister Wallström, who will get an earful from Lieberman at high noon today, and she further backtracked by saying, “We don’t want to surprise any of the relevant parties.”

The Labor party, left-wing as it is, still is not ready to urge national suicide. Herzog told Wallström, according to the Haaretz report, “Your policy challenges the principle of mutuality. I’m not sure that’s the right thing to do. Negotiations are preferable to unilateral moves that are liable to lead to undesirable consequences.”

Negotiations have not taken place for four years. They ended with the last concession that Israel could stomach without sacrificing more land and lives.

It is questionable whether even the Obama administration really believes its own words and is not simply babbling to keep its hat in the ring, but the Palestinian Authority certainly knows the “peace process” is lost somewhere between Mars and Pluto.

Mahmoud Abbas believes that he can unlock the door to a Palestinian state in the United Nations, where at least 112 countries have already recognized the State of Palestine.

If it comes into existence, it will be the first country in history that has no borders.

That may be exactly what Abbas wants so the Arab world can still fight to determine the borders as those of Israel, from the Jordan to the Mediterranean and from Lebanon to Egypt.

Sweden ‘Clarifies’ Stand on Palestinian Authority State

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

The Swedish Embassy in Israel has released an updated statement effectively “clarifying” an earlier announcement by newly-elected Prime Minister Stefan Lofven that raised a firestorm in Israel and even some disapproval by the U.S.

On Friday the Swedish prime minister announced to his cabinet that his country would be the first to officially recognize the “state of Palestine.” The news prompted words of caution from political leaders who warned the prime minister to reconsider his actions.

Even Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cautioned Sweden on Sunday that it was damaging any chance for peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, rather than helping the process.

After consultations in Jerusalem, the statement by the Swedish Embassy in Israel late Sunday read as follows:

“The prime minister said that the conflict between Israel and Palestine can be solved through the two-state solution, by negotiations in accordance with the principles of international law.”

The solution, said the embassy, “must guarantee the legitimate demands of both Palestinians and Israelis, to self-determination and security. The two-state solution requires mutual recognition and the will to live together in peace. The prime minister concluded with the words that as a result, Sweden would recognize the Palestinian state.”

Foreign Ministry Summons Swedish Ambassador to Jerusalem

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned Sweden’s ambassador to Israel to Jerusalem in the wake of the statement by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven this weekend that his government will recognize the Palestinian Authority as a sovereign country.

In a statement issued Sunday, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said that he “regrets that the new prime minister was quick to issue statements regarding the position of Sweden on recognition of a Palestinian state. He apparently has not yet had sufficient time to study the matter and to understand that it is the Palestinians who have for the past 20 years been an obstacle to reaching an agreement with Israel.”

Liberman added that “Prime Minister Stefan Löfven must understand that no declaration and no measure by an external party can serve as a substitute for direct negotiations between the parties and a solution that will be part of an overall arrangement between Israel and the entire Arab world.

“If what concerns the Prime Minister of Sweden in his inaugural address is the situation in the Middle East, he would better focus on the more urgent problems in the region, such as the daily mass murder taking place in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the region.”

Sweden’s prime minister told lawmakers Friday that formal recognition of the entity as a sovereign nation is a statement to present the “two state” solution as fact.

Muslims account for nearly 10 percent of Sweden’s population and the country has accepted nearly 100,000 refugees this year alone from Iraq and Syria. It is no coincidence that in Sweden, as in other European nations, the overwhelming Muslim demographic in leftist parties tends to tilt government policies in favor of the Palestinian Authority.

Turkish-born Mehmet Kaplan was recently appointed to be Sweden’s new Minister of Urbanization, according to Iran’s semi-official FARS news agency.

Kaplan was among those arrested for attempting to breach Israel’s maritime blockade of Gaza in a “humanitarian aid” flotilla of six ships in May 2010. He was present on the Turkish IHH-sponsored Mavi Marmara vessel, which when searched was found to be carrying no aid items whatsoever and instead bore armed terror activists primed and ready for battle.

European Jewish Congress: Sweden’s Recognition of PA ‘Favors Terror’

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) charges Sunday that Sweden’s recognition of the Palestinian Authority as a formal nation “favors extremism and Islamist terror during a period when the Middle East and indeed, European citizens, are directly faced with these threats.”

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven told legislators on Friday that formal recognition of the PA is a statement to present the “two-state” solution as fact, as reported here.

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor described the decision as “reckless, irresponsible and dangerous.”

“Sweden has placed itself outside the consensus of the European Union and has chosen to reward terror instead of embracing peace through a negotiated settlement,” Kantor said. “What exactly Sweden thinks it is recognizing, the Hamas-Fatah terror coalition that supports unprovoked rocket attacks on civilians in Israel? Or is it two Palestinian states, one in Ramallah and one in Gaza?

“Perhaps Sweden isn’t aware of how close Hamas came to taking over the whole of the Palestinian Authority only two months ago. If it really intends to actualize this statement, it may well end up with full diplomatic relations with a terror state, run by a group recognized throughout the EU as a terror organization.”

It is not coincidental that Sweden, like other European countries, is being overwhelmed by Muslim immigrants, whose immediate presence in leftist parties tilts government policies in favor of the Palestinian Authority.

Muslims account for nearly 10 percent of Sweden’s population, and the country has accepted nearly 100,000 refugees this year from Iraq and Syria.

Sweden to Officially Recognize the State of ‘Palestine’

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Sweden’s incoming prime minister Stefan Löfven announced to his cabinet on Friday, Oct. 3, that the Scandinavian country is about to become the first nation to officially recognize the state of ‘Palestine.’

In his inaugural speech to the Swedish parliament, Löfven insisted that the only way to end the conflict is for there to be a two-state solution. Bizarrely, he insisted that the solution had to be “negotiated in accordance with international law,” and “requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence.” And with that, he announced, “Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine.”

Huh?

Not sure what magic wand he was waving (or magic mushrooms he was chewing) when Löfven concluded that Sweden’s recognition of a ‘Palestinian State’ was the equivalent of international law or would result in the necessary “mutual recognition and will to peaceful co-existence.”

The United Nations General Assembly voted to approve the recognition of ‘Palestine’ as a sovereign state in 2012, but the European Union and most EU countries have not yet given their official recognition.

Nael Touqan, Chairman of Palestinian Association of Stockholm told  Sweden’s  English-language paper The Local:

“We like this news so much. This is what we have been fighting for. Our religious festival Eid starts tomorrow and we consider this as a present for all Palestinians.”

“Sweden has great respect in Europe so we hope this means that other nations will follow its lead,” he added. “This is the only way to pressure Israel.”

Phil Carmel from the European Jewish Congress which represents Jews in 40 countries including Sweden told The Local:”This is a token move by Sweden’s new government and it is ironic that Sweden recognizes a Palestinian state at a time when even Palestinians can’t agree on what its borders will be.”

He added: “A key principle of the European Union is to recognize future states based on negotiations and it is very sad that Sweden appears to have cast these negotiations aside and wants to label Palestine as a state before any formal agreement on its borders.”

Tundra Tabloids, a pro-Israel media site based in Finland, described Sweden’s decision as one made by “the Marxist-led Swedish government.”  It vowed to refer to the Swedish government from here on as “the radical Marxist regime.”

This past July in Malmo, a city in Sweden, a man was badly beaten by a Swedish mob for flying an Israeli flag outside his window. The man was assaulted with metal bars after a stone was smashed through the window of his home.

In August of this past summer, a Jewish woman in the Swedish town of Upsalla was badly beaten for wearing a Star of David necklace.

Update: Three Israelis Killed in Train-Bus Crash in Switzerland

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Three Israelis were killed and five others were injured Monday when their mini-bus collided with a train, Swiss media reported.

The Swiss daily The Local reported that the accident occurred at a train crossing where there was no barrier.

The Israel’s tourist van was on its way to Engleberg when it passed through the crossing just as a train headed its way. No one on the train was injured.

Two helicopters, five ambulances and 10 fire trucks rushed to the scene, according to the Bolick newspaper.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/three-israelis-killed-in-train-bus-crash-in-sweden/2014/08/11/

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