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December 29, 2014 / 7 Tevet, 5775
 
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India May Pull Rug Out From Under Abbas in UN Vote

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

India is giving serious consideration to changing its supporting vote for the Palestinian Authority proposal to expel the Israel Defense Force from all territory conquered in the 1967 Six Day war by 2017, according to The Hindu newspaper.

If India takes such a step, it will be a major change in the country’s foreign policy, which until now has supported the PA in UN votes.

But India is one of Israel’s most important customers in the market for military hardware, and the two nations have tightened ties in recent years. Nevertheless, India has continued to ignore Israel when the chips are down at the UN, and Jerusalem has started to remind its ally that friends don’t treat friends that way.

The PA resolution was submitted to the United Nations Security Council last Wednesday by Jordan. Although it requires a majority of nine votes to pass, the measure can still be vetoed by any of the five permanent members of the Council.

Speaking at a Hanukkah-lighting ceremony with IDF soldiers at a base near Latrun, Netanyahu made it clear that Israel would not allow international pressure to endanger the lives of its citizens.

“In this struggle that we are in, Israel is being attacked on two fronts simultaneously. It is being attacked by the terrorism of Hamas and the other terrorist organizations. It is also under a diplomatic attack led by the Palestinian Authority and which is designed to deny us our very right to defend ourselves and seeks to deny us the legitimacy of our very existence. We are rebuffing both of these attacks.

“Over the weekend we sent a clear message to Hamas – we are not prepared to countenance the firing of even one rocket and we are responding accordingly and in strength. We also have a clear message to those who are leading the diplomatic assault against us.

“It could be that the Palestinians will, in the very near future, submit to the UN Security Council their proposal to unilaterally force on Israel the establishment of a Palestinian state as well as other conditions that are unacceptable to us.

“We expect the responsible elements in the international community to reject this proposal; in any case, we will vigorously oppose it and will, of course, not act in accordance with any diktat.”

Netanyahu ‘Will Not Allow’ PA’s UN Resolution to Endanger Israelis

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

A draft resolution presented by Jordan on behalf of the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday at a session of the United Nations Security Council is now being considered by all 15 members of the world body – and the State of Israel.

The resolution currently calls for the total withdrawal of Israeli military forces from all territories conquered in the 1967 Six Day War by 2017. It also calls for the return of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to final status talks for a so-called “two-state solution.”

If approved in its present form, at the very least the agreement would leave half a million Jews completely without protection in the face of deadly, daily attacks by PA Arab terrorists.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also pointed out Wednesday the proposal would also leave the Palestinian Authority population vulnerable as well.

Speaking a a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony with employees at the prime minister’s office, Netanyahu said Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, or “Abu Mazen” – the terrorist name by which Abbas is known among other Arabs – “does not understand that they will result in a Hamas takeover in Judea and Samaria, just as previously occurred in Gaza,” Netanyahu said.

“We will not allow this to happen. We will never agree to unilateral diktat. We will always safeguard our security. This is our lesson both from the days of the Maccabees and in our day,” he said.

In the PA capital of Ramallah, meanwhile, Abbas told officials at the Muqata headquarters, “We submitted a draft… aiming to have a deadline to end the Israeli occupation for the lands of the State of Palestine. We discussed with our brothers and friends during all the steps of arranging that draft… [which] assures the two-state solution that should be on the 1967 borders and Jerusalem as a capital for two states with east Jerusalem as a capital for the State of Palestine,” he said.

“We welcome an international conference for negotiations but the talks should not last more than a year, with the end of the Israeli occupation in the State of Palestine before the end of 2017,” he said.

Abbas added the resolution also calls for “an agreement for the Palestinian refugees according to the Arab peace initiative and UN Resolution 194.” None of that was reported anywhere in U.S. media, and it is not clear whether or not, in fact, it is even true. Abbas also claimed the draft resolution calls for a halt to all “settlement activities” and for security preparations allowing for the presence of an international party.

Nine votes are needed to pass the resolution, and any of the five permanent members of the Council can veto it. Britain, Germany and France are also drafting their own versions of a counter proposal.

US Re-Defines ‘Unilateral’ to Justify PA Burying the Oslo Accords

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The United States stated on Wednesday that not every resolution the Palestinian Authority presents to the United Nations Security Council is necessarily a ”unilateral” step, a term used in the Oslo Accords that prohibits Israel and the Palestinian Authority from taking steps that would preclude negotiations.

Article XXXI of the Oslo 2 Accords, signed by the Palestinian Authority and Israel, states:

Neither side shall initiate or take any step that will change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip pending the outcome of the permanent status negotiations.

This article prohibits unilateral measures which would alter the legal status of the areas, such as annexation or declaration of statehood.

Every time the Palestinian Authority turns to the United Nations, it is a unilateral action that violates the Oslo Accords. In truth, it doesn’t matter because there have been enough other gross violations that render it null and void.

Examples are, unilaterally halting security cooperation with Israel, exceeding the overall limit on the number of Palestinian “police,” failure to coordinate movement of Palestinian police, detention of Israeli citizens without notifying Israel, and failure to enforce restrictions on visitors’ permits

The United States has consistently winked its eye at the violations, but U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki revealed that the Obama administration has turned around former policy by specifically putting a stamp of approval on the Palestinian Authority’s proposing a resolution to the U.N. Security Council on its future status if it “does not prejudge the outcome of the negotiations.”

How can she do such a thing? It’s simple. You just re-define the word “unilateral.”

Here is what deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf had to say last May, referring to Palestinian Authority threats to approach to the United Nations when her boss’s Peace Talks Follies fell apart:

We don’t think either side should do anything to complicate efforts right now to build the trust necessary to resume negotiations. No one should take any steps that undermine trust, including unilateral.

That was six months ago.

Psaki told reporters Tuesday, “UN Security Council resolution is not, in our view, a unilateral measure by either one of the parties. There are the – obviously, the details are what matter. And so our objection here, and our objection historically has been to measures that would prejudge the outcome of the negotiations. If you had a Security Council resolution from the Palestinians, which we’ve had in the past, that sought to have them recognized as a member of the – of – as a member state, that’s a unilateral action, as you all know. But if you were to do some kind of terms of reference in the Security Council resolution, that would not be what we would consider to be a unilateral step….

“We have supported a range of actions in the past. What we haven’t supported is steps that are unilateral actions that predetermine the outcome of negotiations.”

Kerry, speaking from London, said, “This isn’t the time to detail private conversations or speculate on a U.N. Security Council resolution that hasn’t even been tabled, no matter what pronouncements are made publicly about it.”

In plain talk, the U.S. State Dept. has given the green light for a resolution that does not specifically recognize the Palestinian Authority as a country  but leaves the door open for a resolution that calls on Israel to commit itself to “negotiations” based on Israel “withdrawing” from all land that is to be part of a new Arab country.

The fancy semantic footwork is the expertise of western diplomats trying to prejudge an outcome of negotiations by leaving open no other possibility.

‘Freedom of Speech’ Under Abbas-led Palestinian Authority

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

In a society where a land owner is sentenced to death for selling his property as he chooses, it is no surprise to find other freedoms lacking as well. But when the latest poll says as many as two-thirds of the population led by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority government fear criticizing their leader, Mahmoud Abbas, one has to wonder.

The latest approval rating for Abbas was just 35 percent, according to analysts quoted by the Associated Press.

Given those numbers, do the actions taken by the PA leadership – and more to the point, Abbas himself – truly represent the sentiment of the PA population? And if not, can the international community really trust anything said by Mahmoud Abbas?

Today (Wednesday, Dec. 17) Jordan will present a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council on behalf of the PA, demanding that Israel withdraw from all territories conquered in 1967 by November 2016, and the world body recognize the PA as a new independent sovereign country.

Mind you, the PA “unity government” is comprised of a covert terror organization (Fatah) and an outright terror organization (Hamas) that is still listed as such by the United States, at least, even though the European Union wimped out this week and removed it from its own list of terror groups.

In reality, the PA is ruled by two separate governments — those of Fatah and Hamas — in two completely separate regions — Judea & Samaria and Gaza. Each is completely different and separated from each other geographically and ideologically. It is true, however, they are similar in that each is ruled by its leader with an iron fist. But despite their “unity” each of the rulers is unable to enter each other’s territory without risk to life and limb, even with a bodyguard and a full security team. This chaotic administrative nightmare is supposed to be recognized by the world body as one single independent sovereign country.

Let’s pretend all that is not important anyway.

It is a real stretch to believe the resolution will pass and all will happen as Abbas so fervently fantasizes, but for a brief moment in time, let us imagine it does. Who will provide security to the people of the Palestinian Authority — the actual farmers, the merchants, the simple people of the street, and their children? The PA paramilitary police? Really?

Until this point, it is the Israeli army that has helped PA security personnel “keep the peace” in areas under their control. Without the IDF terrorists would have long ago overwhelmed those understaffed forces working for Abbas. Hamas would have controlled those areas of Judea and Samaria, as it does in Gaza. Let us be realistic, ladies and gentlemen, and while we are it, let us also acknowledge the truth about so-called “freedom” under Mahmoud Abbas. There is good reason so many PA Arabs are trying desperately to secure work permits for jobs in pre-1967 Israel. They also marry Negev Bedouin or Jerusalem Arabs with blue Israeli identity cards so they can stay there under “family unity” regulations.

Very few Arabs pressure Israel to move that security barrier anywhere that would place their own homes within legislative reach of the Palestinian Authority.

Last month Abbas jailed two leaders of the PA’s largest labor union for organizing strikes. His security agents monitor social media and threaten those who criticize the PA leader. Fatah continues its purge of Hamas members in Judea and Samaria in a manner reminiscent of that carried out in 2007 by Hamas in Gaza.

Abbas has ditched the electoral process – now five years overdue – in order to remain at the helm, allegedly to prevent Hamas from seizing power in Ramallah. But the 79-year-old leader has also fired every PA prime minister or security chief that showed the potential for replacing him, including Salam Fayyad and Mohammed Dahlan. Both had positive relations with the West.

Now the PA faces the ultimate test in the UN, where Abbas has climbed to the top of the highest international tree possible. If he fails to secure a winning vote Wednesday, even membership in hundreds of international agencies, treaties and organizations will not help him as he tumbles.

His own people will finish him off for his short-sighted strategy of building their expectations towards an ultimate all-or-nothing scenario.

Palestinian Authority Going to force Advance Goal of ‘State of Palestine’

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The Palestinian Authority is planning to go ahead and press its case for getting closer to statehood Wednesday at the United Nations Security Council. Jordan, a rotating member, will be the formal conduit for the presentation of the PA proposal at the session of the UNSC.

This, despite the fact that the PA itself is not united — even under its own “unity government.”

The Ramallah-based PA government is led by Mahmoud Abbas, who also heads the government’s leading Fatah faction.

But Gaza is ruled by the Hamas terrorist organization, and Abbas still is unable to even enter that region, with or without bodyguards.

Nevertheless, the draft resolution calls sets November 2016 as the deadline for Israel to withdraw to the 1949 Armistice Lines, the border is also known to Arab nations as the “1967 line” where occupying Arab nations lost their grip on Judea, Samaria, much of Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights during the 1967 Six-Day War.

The United States has always been the most reliable of the five permanent members of the Council to whom Israel could turn for protection and support – but apparently not anymore.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Tuesday that America had made “no determinations” as to how it would vote on any possible resolution presented Wednesday.

Kerry met with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday in Rome to discuss the upcoming vote, then followed that up with talks in Paris with his counterparts from Britain, Germany and France. He later met in London with PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and Arab League representatives, cautioning them, too, that the U.S. had yet to make a final decision about its stance.

Former Israeli chief negotiator Tzipi Livni, meanwhile, told Kerry in a telephone conversation Tuesday evening the proposal “is also bad for the Israeli sides who want a fair and permanent status agreement” with the PA.

Last week Livni announced a merger with Labor party leader Isaac Herzog for Israel’s upcoming national elections.

UN Security Council May Jilt Palestinian Authority

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The Palestinian Authority has not yet secured the nine votes needed to approve a United Nations Security Council resolution setting a deadline for Israel to expel 10 percent of its population from parts of Jerusalem and all of Judea and Samaria.

Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat told a Nazareth-based radio station Monday that Palestinians have yet to secure a two-thirds majority of the council.

The proposal, which calls for Israel to shrink to less than half its current size is supposed to come before the Security Council Wednesday, where majority approval could force the United States into the uncomfortable decision of deciding whether or not to veto the resolution.

Several European nations are formulating an alternate proposal calling for the establishment of the Palestinian Authority as a country through negotiations within two years.

On the other hand, PA delegate to the United Nations Riad Monsor said negotiations  are “history.”

The Palestinian Authority may have outsmarted itself.

It cannot save face by backing down from going to the United Nations unless  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry comes up some fancy semantics that can take PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas off from a weak and long limb on a tall tree.

Mansour insisted Tuesday, “Tomorrow, it is almost certain that a draft will be put into blue ink ,meaning a resolution will be put on the table of the Security Council.

That will get the Palestinian Authority off the hook with the Arab world that wants to see if it can finally go all the way and in effect tell the United States to take a long walk on a short pier.

But the Security Council is not going to vote on any resolution right away, and, in fact, it does not have to vote on it at all.

If Abbas does not come up with  enough support on the Council when the chips are down, he might be very happy to let Kerry save him for embarrassment and agree to some sort of cockeyed double-talk that makes as much sense as the entire “peace process.”

The Palestinian Authority may will have  a better chance of securing the needed two-thirds majority on January 1, when Venezuela and Malaysia will be new rotating members of the U.N. Security Council. On the other hand Jordan and Chile will leave the Council.

Netanyahu Says Israel Can Withstand PA’s UN Diplomatic Attack

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says the Jewish State will withstand the diplomatic ambush being prepared by the Palestinian Authority and Arab Nations in the halls of the United Nations.

Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday’s weekly government cabinet meeting this week that any resolution to force Israel to withdraw to the 1949 Armistice Lines by November 2016 – as is called for in a draft resolution circulated by Jordan – will be rejected by the UN Security Council.

“This will bring the radical Islamic elements to the suburbs of Tel Aviv and to the heart of Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said. “We will not allow this. We will rebuff this forcefully and responsibly. Let there be no doubt; this will be rejected.”

Washington appeared to waffle on whether or not to commit to a concrete veto of any resolution that would force an Israeli withdrawal to the “1967 lines,” as the 1949 Armistice lines are sometimes referred to.

Nevertheless, a senior U.S. official told the Reuters news agency the Palestinian Authority proposal as currently phrased was not acceptable.

“The Palestinian draft through the Jordanians contains a hard deadline for the withdrawal from the West Bank of two years, so that is not the way we would look at handling a very complicated security negotiation, by simply mandating a flat deadline of two years,” the official explained.

Netanyahu has made it clear that the most recent spate of rocket fire from Gaza during last summer’s 50-day Operation Protective Edge underscored the risks Israelis have faced daily since the last time a major piece of territory was handed back to PA Arabs. More than 12,000 rockets, missiles and mortars have peppered southern and central Israel since that time, killing and mutilating thousands of Israeli civilians. That was the price for having uprooted nearly two dozen Jewish towns and expelled nearly 9,000 families from their homes and businesses – and in Judea and Samaria alone, nearly half a million Jews call the region “home.”

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to meet with Netanyahu in Rome to discuss the various alternative proposals circulating around the UN.

Kerry then travels to Paris for talks with his European counterparts before leaving for London, where he will meet with Arab envoys.

PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat will join a delegation of foreign ministers from the Arab League in meeting with Kerry in hopes of persuading the U.S. not to use its veto in the UN Security Council against the PA proposal.

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