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Israel’s Four Lone Supporters in Pro-Palestinian Authority Resolution

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Only four United Nations members, besides Israel, voted against a U.N. anti-Israel resolution Tuesday that demand Palestinian Authority sovereignty over Israel’s natural resources in Judea and Samaria, including the Jordan Valley.

Areas or Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority also were included in the non-binding resolution.

The vote was 164-5, with 10 abstentions.

Canada, the United States, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia voted with Israel.

The draft resolution carried the wordy title ” Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources.”

The measure demands that Israel cease alleged “exploitation, damage, cause of loss or depletion and endangerment” of the natural resources in the “occupied” territories.

Supposed destruction includes what the Palestinian Authority calls “diplomatic terrorism,” meaning the alleged “extensive destruction” of Arab land utility infrastructure, especially during the war against Hamas missile attacks on half of Israel in the summer  of 2014.

Israel has tried to work with the Palestinian Authority on several sewerage system projects but has been turned down.

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Ban Ki-moon Winds Down UN Post by Bashing Israel as Reason for Intifada

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who leaves his post in two weeks, blamed Israel for the Arab violence in a scathing speech in Jakarta

His speech, delivered by a U.N. official in Indonesia, was one of his most off-balanced anti-Israel addresses ever.

He was preaching to the chorus, as evidenced by the lengthy title of the conference, called “the Meeting of the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the Question of Jerusalem.”

With the title “the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People,” Ban could not be expected to preach Zionism, but his wholesale blame for Israel as the cause for Arab violence is subtle incitement for more Arab terror.

Some of his choice remarks were:

The anger we are witnessing is bred from nearly five decades of Israeli occupation.

It is the result of fear, humiliation, frustration and mistrust.

It has been fed by the wounds of decades of bloody conflict, which will take a long time to heal. Palestinian youth in particular are tired of broken promises and they see no light at the end of the tunnel.

Obviously, there was no mention of the openly-stated Palestinian Authority agenda that incites children to kill Jews and constantly displays the map of Israel as “Palestine.”

Ban also did not relate to Arab pogroms ever since the “First Aliyah” that marked the beginning of the will of Jews to re-establish the State of Israel.

Nor did he explain the “fear, humiliation, frustration and mistrust” as causes for the Arab nation’s going to war against Israel instead of accepting the U.N. Partition Plan in 1947, for the War of Attrition in the 1950s, or for seven Arab countries preparing to annihilate Israel in the Six-Day War in 1967.

He called for “a negotiated solution” for a “sustainable Palestinian State [[to] be established and Jerusalem emerge as a capital of two States, with arrangements for the holy sites acceptable to all.”

There was no indication of what compromise might be offered by the Palestinian Authority.

As for Israel, he damned “the settlement enterprise [that[….threatens to close the window of opportunity to reach the two-State goal.” He also condemned Israel’s policy of demolishing homes of terrorists, whose murder of Jews, according to him, is caused by Israel.

Ban probably will be succeeded by a leader from Eastern Europe. When Ban took his post from in 2006, it was thought no one could have been worse for Israel than his predecessor Kofi Annan.

Ban proved everyone wrong, and there is every reason to suspect his successor will be even worse.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

President Rivlin to Visit Obama on Hanukkah

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

President Barack Obama is about to see and hear first-hand the radical difference between Shimon “Peace” Peres and his predecessor President ReuvenRivlin.

President Rivlin flew out of Ben Gurion Airport early Tuesday. Besides participating in a Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony at the White House and speaking with senior administration officials, he will deliver an address at the Brookings Institute and participate in another candle lighting ceremony with Ambassadors to the United Nations.

Rivlin already is changing the image of Israel as seen by foreign dignitaries. He has visited Hebron, expressed the close links between the Jewish People and Judea and Samaria and has veered 180 degrees from Peres’ sermonizing on the “peace process” at every opportunity.

The president said before boarding the plane this morning:

The friendship between Israel and the United States is an expression of a deep bond. It is the bond between two countries, and between two peoples, and I intend to express to the President, in the name of all the people, Israel’s appreciation for the uncompromising support of the United States, in each moment, and in every situation.

These are days of great regional instability, and a far from simple security situation in Israel. It is my intention to discuss these challenges with President Obama, alongside the ongoing discussion about the common values which we share – values of freedom and democracy – and I am in no doubt that the array of meetings planned during this visit will serve to further strengthen and deepen the relations between our peoples.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Israel Hunts for Abu Dhabi Office After Joining International Renewable Energy Agency

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Israel is hunting for office space in Abu Dhabi as a member of the independent international agency on renewable energy, based in the United Arab Emirates.

The headquarters of IRENA, the 144-member International Renewable Energy Agency, is based in Masdar City, just outside of Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE. But it is not yet clear where Israel will set up its office.

According to an email statement sent to JewishPress.com by IRENA, under the organization’s headquarters agreement, Israel could open an office in Abu Dhabi with the “same privileges and immunities as are accorded to diplomatic missions” in a location approved by the UAE.

“The work of member missions is confined to engagement with the agency … and bears no implication on the relation between the member of IRENA and the host country,” the agency stated.

An Israeli delegation visited Abu Dhabi had “inquired into office space” at the agency’s office in Masdar last week, though no agreement was made, said agency spokesperson Timothy Hurst.

Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold reportedly traveled to Abu Dhabi last Tuesday, a fact confirmed in remarks Sunday morning at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu personally commended him and the Foreign Ministry as a whole for their work”on the opening of an office in Abu Dhabi. This reflects the fact that Israel is appreciated in many fields including technology, and other fields, both within the Middle East and beyond.”

This is the first formal Israeli presence in the Arabian peninsula in years; Jerusalem currently has no diplomatic relations with Abu Dhabi.

 

A spokesperson for the UAE Foreign Ministry said in response to the announcement, “The move does not represent a change in the UAE’s diplomatic stance towards Israel. It (IRENA) is an independent agency.

“The mission is tasked with and limited to maintaining ties within the organization. The objectives of the mission have no bearing on the host country and its diplomatic relations,” the UAE spokesperson added.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nachshon said the new office will open “soon” under IRENA’s charter. In reality, this is not the first time in which Israelis have entered the UAE, a federation of seven emirates.

In 2010, then-National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau entered the country to participate in an IRENA conference on behalf of Israel. A number of Israeli athletes, business representatives and others are also allowed to enter the country from time to time as well. Officially, however, those who hold Israeli passports are not allowed to enter the UAE.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Discusses Collapse of Palestinian Authority

Friday, November 27th, 2015

The Security Cabinet this week discussed at length the prospect of the collapse of the Palestinian Authority, and ministers are divided over the consequences for Israel, Haaretz reported.

The discussions lasted for several hours over a period of two days and followed the visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who finally has admitted he has “run out of ideas” to achieve his dream-nightmare of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Mahmoud Abbas reportedly is going to continue with his diplomatic suicide mission of seeking help from the United Nations to censure Israel and to promote the PA becoming a country within Israel’s current borders.

Abbas apparently is not concerned that Russian presence in Syria and the panic in Western Europe over the Islamic State (ISIS) have pushed his agenda to the bottom of the list of real concerns. He also is not aware that the blatant lies and incitement by his regime have dampened Western enthusiasm for his campaign.

His increasing loss of legitimacy in the West makes him even more illegitimate among Palestinian Authority Arabs.

Abbas has thrown broad hints that the PLO might revoke its 1993 de facto recognition of Israel in 1993, and Palestinian Authority media have published several articles that he is thinking of asking the United Nations to protect Arabs from the “occupation.”

The collapse of the Palestinian Authority is in the cards, either through the resignation of Abbas or through his regime’s impotence.

However, the Security Cabinet has no need to worry because there really is an alternative to the Palestinian Authority. It is called the “eight-state solution” as suggested for several years by Bar-Ilan University lecturer Dr. Mordechai Kedar.

It is unfolding at the same rate that the Palestinian Authority is disintegrating. The collapse of the Palestinian Authority would be met by dire warnings from the Obama administration and the European Union that Israel is facing an all-out and United Nations-winnable war, but facts on the ground have shown that there is no political or social groundswell among Palestinian Authority Arabs to launch an Arab Spring-type rebellion.

Palestinian Authority terrorists are popping up left and right every day. They murder Jews and cause several physical and psychological damage, but their numbers are far out of proportion to the mainstream population.

The reasons that Abbas has not been able to incite an Arab Spring rebellion against Israel are the same ones that Kedar states for the “eight-state solution.”

He has written:

There is no reason to assume that a Palestinian state will not become another failing Arab state, due to the fragmented society in the West Bank and Gaza, tribalism and the lack of awareness of nationhood….

The proposed plan is the creation of eight independent and separate city-states within the West Bank, having a limited rural periphery, that will enable future expansion and the establishment of industrial zones. The towns that will receive independence are under this plan are Hebron (the Arab part), Jericho, Ramallah, Nablus, Jenin, Tulkarm and Kalkilya. Bethlehem will require further consideration….

Such a de facto division, sustained over time, will foster the development of local rule and facilitate the establishment of political entities based on each separate city-state.

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Ban Ki-moon Warns: Respect Human Rights when Fighting ISIS

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

The United Nations is once again trying to lead the world to surrender to evil, this time in the form of the Islamic State (ISIS).

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned the world on Sunday that violating human rights when fighting the barbarian army may make the radical Islamists angry and provoke them

He stated:

At this time of heightened tension, I caution against action that would only perpetuate the cycle of hatred and violence.

He has a better idea. Rather than fight the enemy, talk with the beheaders.

The secretary-general said the world has a “rare moment” to engage in diplomacy to end the violence, just like diplomacy was supposed to spread the wings of peace over the regime of Basher al-Assad when he brutally tried to snuff out peaceful protests against his autocratic regime nearly five years ago; and just like the wolves and lambs would lie down together in Israel with the creation of another Arab Muslim country within Israel’s borders.

Europe, already overrun by Islamic radical, now is trying to lock the barn door following Friday’s ISIS massacres in Paris. Locking the door keeps the wolves inside, but Ban Ki-moon is not worried.

Neither is Bernie Sanders, trying to become the Democratic party’s choice to be the first American Jewish president, following its first black president.

Sanders said in a debate Saturday that the United States should take in refugees from Syria and added that the ISIS threat to destroy the world never would have appeared if only the United States had not invaded Iraq and instead would have solved the problem of global warming.

He explained that the alleged climate change “is directly related to the growth of terrorism” because it is the reason for “limited amounts of water, limited amounts of land to…grow crops.”

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Boldly Going Where No Israeli Has Gone Before

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

“No one has territorial claims in space. It belongs to us all,” Benjamin Krasna, Bureau Head for Asian and Economic Affairs at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the U.N. Tuesday, “The Israeli Space Agency is focused on just this kind of peaceful outer space cooperation as it promotes innovative scientific projects based on international collaboration.”

Krasna described the exciting potential behind the new SpaceIL venture as it attempts to build the first Israeli spacecraft to reach the moon as a contestant in the international competition Google Lunar XPrize, which sees participants from around the world compete for a chance to land unmanned spacecraft on the moon, and emphasized Israel’s satellite capability. “Israel stands at forefront of science, human ingenuity and innovation. We are proud to be among eleven countries that have space-launch capability and the over sixty countries that own and operate approximately 1,200 active satellites”.

Earlier this month, Facebook announced that it will use the Israeli AMOS-6 communications satellite, manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries to provide Internet access to Sub­ Saharan African nations as part of its intemet.org project. The new satellite will be launched in the second half of 2016 and will help connect those in the developing world to the opportunities offered by modern communications technology.

Krasna evoked David Bowie’s Major Tom and Buzz Lightyear to the Fourth Committee of the U.N. General Assembly before describing a main objective of Israel’s National Civil Space Program: to position the State of Israel amongst the five leading space faring nations. He stressed the importance of an agreement signed just last week between Israel and NASA, where NASA Director Charles Golden said “Israel is known for its innovation and technology, and this agreement gives the opportunity to cooperate with Israel on the journey to Mars.” The agreement was signed at a historic Space event held in Jerusalem, the 66th annual International Astronautic Congress.

The Congress, attended by 85-year-old Edwin Eugene (“Buzz”) Aldrin, second man to walk on the moon and the inspiration behind Buzz Lightyear, brought the heads of nearly 40 national space agencies, researchers, policy makers, former astronauts and cosmonauts, parliamentarians, students and exhibitors from 70 countries including the Persian Gulf, Jordan and Egypt, to Jerusalem.

“Israel has made significant contributions to abilities in space, so it’s only natural that we hosted the largest scientific conference in this field”, said Krasna, “We were glad to be a place for the world space community to convene, enabling the participants to complete joint projects for the good of science and mankind.”

Stephanie Granot

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