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New UN Middle East Envoy Comes Up with ‘New’ Idea – Freeze Settlements

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

The new United Nations Middle East envoy has swung into action like a robotic parrot by demanding that Israel freeze all building in “settlements” which by U.N. definition includes parts of Jerusalem where approximately one-third of its residents live.

Nikolay Mladenov, in his first briefing to the U.N. Security Council, also said he is working with U.N. Secretary General Ban-Ki moon to come up with a “realistic options “to resume the peace process” that is buried so deep in the ground that no one can even find its ashes anymore.

And how does Mladenov, who presumably is pumping new blood into the over-aged and crippled international organization, plan to reach his goals?

Freezing settlement building is only the first step. He always wants a “reasonable timetable” for Israel

He also turned on the tape recorder and said:

The coming period will be critical to the future of the peace process.

If that statement rings a bell, try going back around 20 years. No senior official in the American government, the European Union and the United Nations has let a month go by without parroting the same words.

Mladenov also has some other brilliant ideas, such as rehabilitating Gaza.

First of all, he described the situation there.

Gaza Arabs are angry at Israel for the “continuing blockade” that hardly exists, but it makes the Arabs feel good to say that it does.

He admitted “some progress” has been made in allowing more material and goods into Gaza, but it is not enough, and never mind that Hamas still uses construction materials to build homes for missiles and tunnels for terrorists instead of people.

Mladenov said Gaza Arabs not only are angry at Israel.

They are angry at Egypt for the closure of the Rafah crossing.

They also are angry at the whole world for not living up ties commitments to donate $3.5 billion to rehabilitate Gaza, i.e. Hamas.

During his briefing, he said that no one in Israel should have “illusions towards the significance of unilateral actions” such as building homes for Jews in Ramot, French Hill, Talpiot, Gilo and other areas in Jerusalem as well as new homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria.

When Arabs build homes they are not “unilateral actions” because, according to the U.N.-EU-Obama agenda, a “unilateral action” is one that helps Israel.


Because the United Nations, agenda, which President Barack Obama has adopted, states that “negotiations” with the Palestinian Authority mean discussing what color ink to use to sign on the dotted line. Invisible ink is not allowed unless it is in Mahmoud Abbas’ poison pen, the one the pope gave to him two years ago.

Speaking of illusions, Mladenov’s appeal to pour money into Gaza has a nasty smell and a hollow ring.

He said only 27 percent of the money pledged at a “donors’ conference” in Cairo last year has been forked over to Hamas. The United States did its bit to the tune of $212 million, as announced by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who said at the time:

Out of this conference must come not just money but a renewed commitment from everybody to work for peace that meets the aspirations of all, for Israelis, for Palestinians for all people of this region.

Freezing settlement construction and setting timetables have failed for two decades to produce anything but terror and the Palestinian Authority’s emasculation of the Oslo Accords.

If Mladenov wants to go hunting for old solutions, he can take look at the only one that has helped Arabs in Gaza enjoy a decent economy, social life and self-government of local affairs.

PA Negotiator Erekat Says New Coalition Wants to ‘Kill’

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority fired the first of what will be dozens of shots against the coalition government, asserting that it will “set its sights on killing and reinforcing settlement activities.”

Erekat also told the AFP news agency that the government” will be one of war which will be against peace and stability in our region.

His statement is cause for worry. The statement that the government wants to “kill” is incitement for Palestinian Authority Arabs to prove his point by rioting so that Israeli soldiers have to shoot or be killed.

The Palestinian Authority, frustrated by its failure to manipulate world powers to force Israel to fork over to Mahmoud Abbas all of Judea and Samaria and most of Jerusalem, including the Old City, has resorted to calling the building of every home for Jews in Judea and Samaria a “war crime.”

Once he can convince Western governments, who are scared to death – literally- by the radical Islamist movement in their countries, of the new definition of a war crime, it follows that Israel is at “war” every time a Jew builds a home in Judea and Samaria.

The Obama administration publicly will congratulate the new government and bite its lips, but the United Nations can be expected to complain that the new right-wing government does not suit its agenda, which is the Palestinian Authority agenda.

An important factor is Britain, which is voting today in what pollsters say is a dead-heat between the relative pro-Israel Conservative party and the Labor party, headed by leftist Jew Ed Miliband,

An opinion poll conducted on behalf of the Jewish Chronicle last month revealed that 68.9 percent of British Jews intend to vote Conservative, and only 22.2 percent plan to vote for Labor.

Like Israel, neither party will win a majority and will have to put together a coalition.

UNRWA Chutzpa

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015


In yesterday’s report by the UN Board of Inquiry, UN Secretery General Ban Ki Moon admitted that Hamas terrorists were storing weapons in 3 UN schools, and fired from at least two of them, confirming IDF claims and photos that Gazan (Hamas) terrorists were attacking Israel from within the schools.

UN Report on Mortar


Weapons discovered in UN schools in Gaza

Weapons discovered in UN schools in Gaza


UNRWA had the gall to tweet the following:

UNRWA ‏@UNRWA SG #GazaInquiry found no evidence that any rockets had been found in our schools. Weaponry was discovered, not rockets.

As NGO Monitor points out:

So @UNRWA is crowing that “rockets” were not found in one of its schools but that mortars and launchers were?

In July, UNRWA claimed, 3 times, that rockets were found in UNRWA schools — on their own website!

Example #1

Yesterday, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations.

Example #2

Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises, and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets.

So… as long as “only” mortars and not rockets were involved, it’s all good.

Go ahead, leave your comments below…

UN Talks with Israel to Ratify Treaty against Nuclear Testing

Monday, April 13th, 2015

A U.N. delegation is in Israel this week to meeti with Israeli officials in an effort to convince it to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, Israeli journalist Yossi Melman wrote in The Jerusalem Post Monday.

Israel has signed the treaty, which is not enforced because it has not been ratified by several signatories, including the United States, Iran and Egypt. North Korea is one of three countries that have not even signed it.

Israel’s having signed the treaty not to test nuclear weapons does not imply admission that it possesses them. Ratifying it also would not be an admission. On the other hand, any cooperation with the United Nations on nuclear weapons could be interpreted by officials a sign that they can pressure the country to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which would be an admission of the possession of nuclear weapons and would force opening nuclear facilities for international inspections.

Israel has maintained “nuclear ambiguity,” a policy that does not admit or deny the presence of nuclear weapons, which is widely assumed to be part of the country’s defense weaponry.

Lassina Zerbo, the executive secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) told Melman, “I believe that eventually Israel will ratify the treaty.” He is meeting with the director-general of Israel Atomic Energy Commission and with outgoing Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz.

The CTBT treaty will not have legal significance until Israel, the United States and six other countries ratify the treaty that concerns countries with nuclear technology.

However, the other countries include not only North Korea but also Pakistan and India, all of which have not signed it.

Israel has two stations for monitoring nuclear tests. Monitors around the world were able to detect North Korea’s nuclear tests several years ago.

Despite Dr. Zerbo’s optimism, Melman wrote, “It appears unlikely that Israel will ratify the CTBT anytime soon.” He quoted an Israel Atomic Energy Commission comment to the Post that Israel is concerned by the use of chemical weapons in Syria and “the refusal of key states in the region – Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran – to operate on their soil monitoring stations as it was decided by the CTBTO.”

Israel has repeatedly that it would not be the first country to “introduce” nuclear weapons to the Middle East. Its assumed nuclear stockpile estimated at between 75 and 400 nuclear warheads.

It is also is wide assumed that the Nixon administration made a secret agreement with Prime Minister Golda Meir that the United States would turn a blind eye towards Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons and not press it to sign the NPT on condition that the country does not carry out any nuclear tests.

US Absence at UN Human Rights Council Debate – Planned With Israel

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

The Reuters news agency reported the absence of the United States at a scheduled United Nations Human Rights Council debate came as part of President Barack Obama’s “reassessment” of Israel at the international forum. The report, which flashed around the world on the news agency’s international wire network, made headlines in Middle Eastern and other nations whose time zones are six or more hours ahead of the U.S.

However, according to Israel’s Foreign Ministry, the report is patently false.

In fact, the absence of the United States from the forum was indeed a deliberate act indeed, but one coordinated in advance with Israel to protest Agenda Item 7. Israel had asked its friends in the Council not to appear during debate of the Agenda Item, in order to boycott the issue.

A U.S. spokesperson in Geneva confirmed the reason for the delegate’s absence to Israeli officials, who reassured inquiring media.

Both the U.S. and Israel were boycotting the debate, which focusedon ‘Israeli violations of human rights in the Palestinian territories.’

The UNHRC has passed a mandate to use Agenda Item 7 at every session to debate this specific topic.

For hours, Middle Eastern Arab and African nations ranted on the Israeli violations of human rights in the Palestinian territories. Algeria even accused Israel of genocide.

Although the members of the European Union attended the session, the EU delegates did take the floor to defend Israel during the Agenda Item 7 debate, insisting it should be treated as other nations, and its violations discussed under Agenda Item 4.

Not one other country is deliberately singled out for mandated censure at each and every session of the UN Human Rights Council – including Saudi Arabia, which still allows slavery and beheads criminals, nor Iran, which indulges in public whippings and hangings, nor Sudan, where torture is commonplace, and the list goes on.

In a speech to the Council in Geneva at the start of this month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused the UNHRC of obsessions with claims of Israeli violations.

“We will oppose any effort by any group or participant in the UN system to arbitrarily and regularly delegitimize or isolate Israel, not just at the UN Human Rights Council, but wherever it occurs,” Kerry vowed.

“It must be said that the UNHRC’s obsession with Israel actually risks undermining the credibility of the entire organization. It has the potential to limit the good that we have to do,” he added.

Kerry’s well-intended promise may have been forgotten, at least in the White House, however: President Barack Obama is doing everything possible to yank the rug out from under Jerusalem, using rhetoric by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during his election campaign as the excuse to claim a lack of commitment to peace by Israel.

“We take him at his word when he said [creation of a Palestinian state] wouldn’t happen during his prime ministership, and so that’s why we’ve got to evaluate what other options are available to make sure that we don’t see a chaotic situation in the region,” Obama told The Huffington Post last Friday.

Gone were the assurances Obama himself made in a speech to AIPAC during his own political campaign for president in 2008. That was when he vowed to commit, as president of the United States, to “help committed (peace) partners avoid stalemate and the kind of vacuums that are filled by violence.” Any agreement with the Palestinian people, he said, “must preserve Israel’s identity as a Jewish state, with secure, recognized and defensible borders. Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided,” he promised.

Report: Tony Blair to Resign as Quartet Mideast Envoy

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair is reportedly set to announce plans to resign as Quartet envoy to the Middle East.

It was under Blair’s leadership that the Quartet demanded that Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization fulfill three conditions in order to receive any funding from Europe: recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce violence and terrorism, and agree to uphold agreements signed by prior Palestinian Authority governments.

Nevertheless, according to a report Sunday by the Financial Times, Blair’s role as representative to the region — recommended by then-U.S. President George W. Bush — as envoy for the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations, was always controversial.

There was no specific term limit, nor was there a clear review requirement, and caused some “consternation in Europe and the UN.”

Eight years later, various parties are still complaining although Blair’s role was limited due to restrictions on his authority. It was never clear how much control the envoy actually had in affecting events in the region he served.

“People close to Mr. Blair argue that he cannot be blamed for the failure of the peace process,” wrote the Financial Times. “They say he has invested political capital and time on an unpaid mission because he is passionate about promoting peace.”

Palestinian Authority officials in the entity’s capital in the Samaria city of Ramallah don’t agree: officials there told FT they “hope so” when asked how they’d feel about Blair resigning. Blair’s office has had no comment.

Ban Ki-moon Greets 1,500 Jewish Teens at Chabad CTeen Convention

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The snow fell wet and thick on to the stairs and sidewalk on Eastern Parkway — and all around the New York area, in fact — but no one heard inside the Oholei Menachem boys’ school in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn on Sunday.

As hundreds of airlines delayed and canceled scheduled flights, more than a thousand carousing teens were joyously dancing on their chairs and romping around the banquet tables as Chabad emissaries chuckled and moved around them, conversing placidly with counselors, teens and each other. “COUNTDOWN!” Total rave on the floor.

“3. 2. 1. PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS SO WE CAN KEEP THE ENERGY FLOWING!!!” Miraculously, 1,500 squiggling, wiggling, laughing and singing teens sat down in two halls to listen as a slender young girl with shining long hair, and then a healthy boy on video hookup from the matching hall each addressed the crowd. Roars of applause for each.

Mark Seddon, speechwriter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, sat amongst the bedlam appearing slightly bemused by it all. Ban himself had sent a personal, videotaped greeting to the teens, delivered with a warm smile and a cordial tone, and kicked off with a bit of Hebrew just for fun.

“Shalom, Bruchim Ha-baim (Welcome) to Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky and to all the delegates of CTeen. A special welcome also to the 100 young people from Paris. The thoughts of us all are with those who have lost family and friends in the recent horrific terrorist attacks in that city. Chabad institutions such as CTeen have a strong reputation for working in the community. This year you will honour young people who have made a significant difference in people’s lives through CTeen’s social service projects. To them we say, thank you – and keep up the good work! I encourage all of you to continue to reach out to anyone in need with no distinction. This spirit of compassion and equality drives the United Nations. Empowering youth is one of my top priorities. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the UN World Programme of Action for Youth. We have a campaign called #YouthNow [“hashtag youth now”] that I hope you will all join. When you speak up about the issues that matter we all benefit. The United Nations stands ready to work with you. Thank you.”

Speaking exclusively with JewishPress.com amid the bedlam, Seddon added, “I like the international aspect of this group especially, and that it gives the teens something to believe in.

“The Secretary-General sent warm greetings to these teens, he has a very strong concern about the events that are taking place. This is a such a special program in that it emphasizes that nothing is too big too tackle, and that anything can be overcome. That is so important.”

No less important to the crowd, however, was a video of a young man that it seemed every one there knew. Suddenly, the halls were silent as the young man related how his year had gone, how he had struggled to survive and had seen a miracle because of his friends sitting in that room.

“Every time I strapped up, the straps of the tefillin were connecting me to God and to all of you. I had that fat stack of mitzvah cards to look at, each one with a different name, when things got tough, said the young man on the video. The teens watched avidly, and then exploded in applause as the young man in the video materialized before their eager eyes, striding up to the podium with spotlights playing around the darkened room and video screens beaming the scene to the second hall.

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