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‘No Opportunity’ in Obama’s Schedule for Hosting President Rivlin

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

President Barack Obama’s aides have turned down a request by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to meet him next week, when Rivlin addressed the United Nations during its commemoration of the Holocaust next Tuesday .

“Over the past few days, there has been contact between the relevant parties in Israel and the US, discussing the possibility of a meeting between President Obama and President Rivlin during his visit to New York,” President Rivlin’s spokesman Jason Pearlman said Sunday night.

He added:

At this stage, it has been agreed not to hold a meeting during his visit, due to the schedule constraints of both leaders, and that a meeting would be scheduled at a later date.

When asked if the White House’s rejection of a visit was linked to its refusal to meet with visiting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu next month because of the upcoming Knesset elections, Pearlman asked The Jewish Press, “Have you ever had to organize a presidential visit?” He noted the complexities in adjusting schedules and making time for a meeting on short notice.

A cynic could say that President Obama does not want to give Israel any attention before the elections, even though the office of the Israeli president officially is not a political position.

Rivlin was a senior Likud Knesset leader and Knesset Speaker until he was elected last year to succeed Shimon Peres, who turned the office into a platform for his political views.

Rivlin  is known to be far from a close friend of Netanyahu but he also has no taste for the increasingly leftist Labor-Livni party, the Likud’s main challenger.

A more positive view of the White House rejection would take Pearlman’s explanation as the truth, which it very well could be.

It will pay to look at Obama’s public schedule next week and see how many times he is on the golf course during Rivlin’s five-day visit.

IDF Smoke Bombs Lightly Injure Lebanese Soldiers

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Israeli soldiers reportedly threw six smoke bombs into Lebanese territory Sunday morning, lightly injuring three Lebanese soldiers during a patrol along the border, Lebanese media reported.

The IDF has not yet responded to the report.

The incident occurred at the border near an area that has been the focus of conflict for years because of contradictory territorial claims by Israel, the United Nations and Lebanon.

Voice of Lebanon said that three Lebanese soldiers suffered from suffocation after a smoke bomb was tossed over the border fence, and other reports said six smoke bombs were thrown.

The Lebanese National News Agency reported that the IDF was conducting a ground patrol while the Israeli Air Force flew several drones over the area.

Hezbollah claimed in October that Israel was responsible for an explosion at the Shebaa Farms area.

US Strongly Backs Israel over ICC Move to Probe Israel for War Crimes

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

The U.S. State Dept. has strongly attacked the International Criminal Court (ICC) for opening a probe of alleged Israeli war comes and left open the question whether the ICC even has the a right to conduct a probe of last year’s war with Hamas.

The State Dept. called the ICC announcement a “tragic irony,” a statement that was further bolstered by praise for the ICC decision by Hamas, which may find itself under the ICC microscope.

Jeff Rathke, director of the State Dept. press office, stated:

We strongly disagree with the ICC Prosecutor’s action today. As we have said repeatedly, we do not believe that Palestine is a state and therefore we do not believe that it is eligible to join the ICC. It is a tragic irony that Israel, which has withstood thousands of terrorist rockets fired at its civilians and its neighborhoods, is now being scrutinized by the ICC.

He told reporters at Friday’s daily press briefing:

We don’t think that the Palestinians have established a state, and we don’t think they’re eligible to join the International Criminal Court. I would highlight that many other countries share this view.

In answer to a question whether the ICC is conducting “an illegitimate preliminary examination,” Rathke responded, ” I’m not going to characterize it.,” and he declined to say one way or the other if the United States will appeal to the ICC to drop the preliminary examination.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke with Sec. of State John Kerry Friday and asked him to intervene against the ICC on behalf of Israel

Hamas was thrilled by the ICC decision and declared on Saturday, “We are ready to provide (the court) with thousands of reports and documents that confirm the Zionist enemy has committed horrible crimes against Gaza and against our people.”

“Tragic irony” is an excellent definition of the ICC decision, which is even more astonishing since it apparently follows a complaint by the Palestinian Authority, which will not be a member of the ICC until April 1.

Technically, the ICC is off the hook of overreaching its authority.

The “Rome Statute” concerning war crimes states that non-members cannot ask for an investigation of war crimes.

The ICC got around this restriction by stating it is “examining” whether an investigation should be conducted, and it obviously cannot make a decision until April 1.

But how can the ICC examine alleged war crimes dating back to last year, when the Palestinian Authority did not even apply for ICC membership.

PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas presented documents to the ICC giving it authority to act retroactively.

The ICC stated it will open its examination on alleged Israeli war crimes in last summers’ war with “full independence and impartiality.”

If so, it will have a hard time ignoring Hamas war crimes, which Israel documented day by day in the war, having learned to do so after the United Nations’ scathing Goldstone Report that barely mentioned Hamas’ war crimes in the three-week Operation Cast Lead counter-terrorist campaign in late December 2008 and early January 2009.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said that the ICC announcement of a preliminary examination as based on an “outrageous request” by the Palestinian Authority.

UN Says PA to Join ICC on April 1

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said that the Palestinian Authority will be joining the International Criminal Court (ICC) on April 1, 2015.

Ki-Moon says he is holding all the application papers.

The PA wants to use the ICC to attack Israel on yet another front.

In response, The Israel Law Center / Shurat HaDin organization has already filed several terrorism charges against the PA/PLO, in anticipation of their becoming a member.

Abbas May Re-Submit Resolution to UN while Erekat Says PA May Disband

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that Jordan may re-submit to the U.N. Security Council a resolution calling for creating the Palestinian Authority as a country, but the same day his so-called chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said the Palestinian Authority may dissolve.

Remember the joke in the Six-Day War?

Questions: How many gears does an Arab tank have?

Answer: Seven – one forward  and six for reverse.

Abbas’ behavior is nothing less than insane.

After leading a brilliant 9-year diplomatic battle to win international support for his terms for creating a Palestinian Authority country within Israel’s borders, he is ramming his bulldozer into the same wall he has mined with explosives. The wall was supposed to fall on Israel, but it is going to collapse on him.

The Security Council, as of January 1, has more pro-Arab countries who have taken their rotating places, supplanting others who now are off the Council.

So why was Abbas in such a hurry last week to submit the resolution, only to see it fall by one vote? Jordan presented the resolution to call on Israel to agree to Abbas’ terms for a PA country within one-year and carry out the conditions within three years and expel 600,000 Jews from Judea and Samaria and half of Jerusalem.

And does Jordan realty want a dangerous Palestinian Authority state on its borders. Or perhaps Jordan gladly presented the resolution, knowing it would fail or be vetoed?

It is insane even to think about such a nightmare that would leave Israel exposed to Palestinian Authority terrorists and would leave Palestinian Authority civilians at the suffering of another corrupt and autocratic regime.

If the solution goes back to the United Nations and wins the required two-thirds majority, it now is almost a given that President Barack Obama will order a veto, not because he loves Israel but because the United States needs Israel for intelligence and military cooperation.

Regardless of needs, Obama has no reason not to order a veto as a return slap in the face to Abbas for knifing the president and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the back by dismissing Washington as a power-broker in the Middle East.

So why is Abbas even thinking about re-submitting a resolution? If he is trying to expose or portray Obama as pro-Israel, he will pay a heavy price.

The United States is not the power it once was, but it still is not to be treated like the neighborhood weakling. Americans quickly get their back up when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu scolds President Obama and even more so when the Palestinian Authority tells him to get lost.

Congress, which is far more pro-Zionist than Obama, would very likely make Abbas pay a fine of $500 million by suspending annual aid to Ramallah.

That comes on top of $128 million in December tax revenues for the Palestinian Authority that Israel is spending in retaliation for the Abbas’ asking to join the International Criminal Court, where he can sue Israel for war crimes – and where he can be sued just as well.

If that is not enough of another reverse in the Arab diplomatic tank, Erekat has pulled another gear backwards.

He told Yediot Acharonot that Palestinian Authority leaders soon will meet to discuss to tell Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to take over Gaza, Judea and Samaria.

“Netanyahu is destroying the Palestinian Authority. What authority did he leave? The Israeli people don’t see us anymore and that’s the problem,” according to Erekat.

The Palestinian Authority never has taken responsibility for anything, not even for terrorist attacks it promotes.

Like the old Arab generals at war with Israel and who used to declare they were victorious at the same time their armies were retreating, Abbas said Sunday that the Palestinian Authority did not fail at the United Nations.

Then who failed?

The United Nations, of course, to wit: ”We didn’t fail. The U.N. Security Council failed us. We’ll go again to the Security Council. Why not?”

Indeed, why not?

The United States will veto a resolution calling for a Palestinian Authority state while Erekat says the Palestinian Authority may be dissolved.

And then what? Does Israel get saddled with ruling a population that does want Jordan, Israel or the Palestinian Authority to rule it?

Not at all.

As Dr. Mordechai Kedar has written  years ago, the Palestinian Authority will disintegrate into several nation-states based more on tribal affiliations – Hebron, Jenin, Jericho, Tulkarm, Kalkilya, Gaza and Ramallah.

It is a win-win solution, and Abbas can live out his days talking to Kerry about resuming the peace process.

 

Israel Freezes $127 Million in Taxes for PA in Retaliation for ICC Ploy

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Israel has frozen half a billion shekels – $127 million –  in tax revenues for the Palestinian Authority in retaliation for Mahmoud Abbas’ seeking membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC), where he plans to sue Israel for war crimes.

The United Nations confirmed it has received the documents for joining, but it will take at least 60 days before membership can be approved. In the meantime, Ramallah, already cash-strapped because it pours its welfare payments from the European Union into private pockets, is going to have scramble elsewhere for the money.

The Israeli government decided on Thursday to freeze the funds collected in December but kept silent until the Palestinian Authority actually went through with its threat to try to join the ICC.

Israel previously has frozen transfers of tax revenues it collects for the Palestinian Authority, the last time being last April when Abbas threatened to join the ICC

The U.S. was unhappy with the Israeli move, and U.S. State Dept. Jen Psaki said that the move was “unfortunate” and that “the regular transfer of the Palestinian Authority’s tax revenues and economic cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has been beneficial and is important to the well-being of the Palestinian economy.”

This time around, she may button her lip since Abbas has diplomatically spit in the face of her boss by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry by bursting his illusion of the “peace process.”

Kerry has naively bought the hocus-pocus that the Palestinian Authority is interested in a peace treaty with Israel except on Abbas’ terms, or more accurately, the terms of the Arab world.

After the Security Council rejected the resolution, which the United States voted against, the Palestinian Authority moved in rapid-fire pace on the diplomatic front since its failed attempt to have the United Nations Security Council pass a resolution that would require Israel to agree to hand over the fort – half of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria – and then actually do so within three years.

Within two days of the Council’s negative decision, Abbas rushed to the United Nations with documents to join the ICC and more than a dozen other international treaties.

It was a step that Abbas has been planning for a long time during the ‘peace talks” charades ballyhooed by Kerry.

It is unlikely that Israel will surrender this time around and turnover the tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority, which can start begging from the nearly bankrupt European Union or from oil-rich Arab states. Qatar used to give money to Hamas in Gaza but not Ramallah.

Gulf States businessmen have invested in private projects in the Palestinian Authority but not in the government.

There is no way Congress will allow more aid to the Palestinian Authority, and it may even place sanctions on it.

Russia’s economy is in a tailspin.

Who’s left?

Assistance from Tehran would expose even more the farce of the entity known, for the time being, as the Palestinian Authority.

Palestinian Authority Snubs Obama, Joins Intl Criminal Court at The Hague

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is playing ‘chicken’ with U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli leaders.

The Arab leader, known to locals by his terrorist name, ‘Abu Mazen,’ signed papers Wednesday for the PA to officially join the International Criminal Court at The Hague. In doing so, Abbas called the bluff issued by Washington and by Israel’s government, a warning that such a step would lead to dire consequences.

The move came one day after a vote at the United Nations Security Council nixed a PA resolution sponsored by Jordan, demanding Israel withdraw its forces from all areas conquered in the 1967 Six Day War. These include much of Jerusalem, areas restored to the capital that were lost when Jordan seized parts of the city during the 1948 War of Independence.

More than half a million Israelis now live and work in the areas of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria demanded by the PA. Sites holy to the three monotheist faiths that were cleaned of the filth and garbage that accumulated during the years of Jordanian occupation are also situated therein.

“There is aggression practiced against our land and our country, and the Security Council has let us down; where shall we go?” Abbas said dramatically in a speech delivered from his headquarters, the Muqata, after signing the Rome Statute – the founding charter of the ICC – and 21 other international treaties and conventions.

“We want to complain to this organization. As long as there is no peace and the world does not prioritize peace in this region, this region will live in constant conflict. The Palestinian cause is the key issue to be settled.”

The fly in the ointment here is the fact that the Rome Statute stipulates once a nation has joined the Court, it then also becomes culpable for the crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide committed by its own government as well. Abbas may well have signed the death warrant for the Palestinian Authority all on his own, without the United States or Israel ever having had to do a single thing.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/palestinian-authority-snubs-obama-joins-intl-criminal-court-at-the-hague/2014/12/31/

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