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Ban Ki-moon Calls Emergency UN Session on ‘Violence’

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has requested a special closed-door emergency session with the UN Security Council at 10 pm Israel time Wednesday night to brief world leaders on the “violence between Israelis and Palestinians,” as he described it to reporters in Jerusalem.

The UN leader made his request Wednesday morning by video-conference from the Palestinian Authority capital city of Ramallah.

Ban arrived in Israel on a surprise visit to the region, warning of an escalation “into a religious conflict with potential regional implications.”

He told reporters in Jerusalem on Tuesday, “Security measures can be counterproductive if they are applied without special efforts to defuse the situation before people lose their lives.

“My visit reflects the sense of global alarm at the dangerous escalation in violence between Israelis and Palestinians,” Ban declared. “I am here to encourage and support all efforts to lower tensions and prevent the situation from spinning out of control.”

The UN chief expressed his condolences to the families and loved ones of all the victims of the hostilities and terrorist attacks. “No society should have to live in fear,” he said. “No society can afford to see its youth suffer in hopelessness.”

Ban said that ‘if action is not taken fast’ the dynamics on the ground may only get worse, “with serious repercussions in and beyond Israel and Palestine.”

“It is not too late to avoid a broader crisis,” he said. “In my meetings today and tomorrow with the Israeli and Palestinian leadership, I will be appealing to all to take concerted steps to limit new incidents on both sides. Violence only begets violence.”

He said that extremists on either side, or those who think violence is the answer, must not be allowed to further fuel the conflict.

“Beyond the immediate tensions, what is missing is the resolve to restore a political horizon for talks, and a political process that delivers real results and hope,” Ban said. “Violence only undermines the legitimate Palestinian aspirations for statehood and the longing of Israelis for security.”

Underlining that “the status quo is only making things worse,” the Secretary-General stated that ‘this conflict has gone on for far too long.’

“We must, for the future of our children, turn back from this dangerous abyss, safeguard the two-state solution and lead people back onto the road towards peace,” he urged, adding that the UN, and himself as Secretary-General, will ‘continue to support all efforts to create the conditions for a return to meaningful negotiations and a just and lasting peace.’

During his day in Israel, Ban met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin. He told the prime minister he understands the duty weighing on him to ensure that his citizens can enjoy safety and security. He also urged Israel to guard against violent incidents, and to conduct thorough investigations when necessary.

“Mr. Prime Minister, the security challenges your government is currently facing raise many complicated dilemmas and may require tightening of security measures,” the UN chief said in a news conference.

“However, security measures can be counterproductive if they are applied without special efforts to defuse situations before people lose their lives. If the use of force is not properly calibrated, it may breed the very frustrations and anxieties, from which violence tends to erupt,” he said.

Arab leaders have accused Israel of “excessive force” used in the response to the savage terror attacks carried out by suicidal young Arabs who are intent on becoming the latest movie star martyr to be featured on Arab TV.

A young teenage Arab girl who disappeared from her home in southern Israel this week happily sent SMS texts to her friends a few days ago that soon “they will see me on TV.”

Christians and Jews Urging UNESCO to Reject Muslim Western Wall Resolution

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

(JNi.media) Tzippe Barrow, writing for CBN News from Jerusalem, suggested that for Bible-believing Jews and Christians the idea that historical Jewish sites have “somehow morphed into Muslim sites is nonsense.” She refers to the Palestinian Authority’s latest proposed resolution, sponsored by UNESCO, claiming that the Western Wall is also part of the al-Aksa Mosque compound (a.k.a. the Temple Mount) and should be recognized as a bona fide Muslim holy site—two Jewish Temples and 3500 years of history notwithstanding. And while they’re at it, the PA also declared Rachel’s Tomb outside Bethlehem and the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron as part of the rich Islamic historic tapestry.

The above bizarre UN resolution proposal is sponsored by UNESCO’s executive board members Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates, so you know it received impartial consideration and the kind of unbiased scholarly evaluation common in those stellar cultural centers. Except that, funny or not, the resolution is moving on towards real consideration at the UN, and should nothing be done about it, the Women of the Wall would have to learn to pray in Arabic on Rosh Chodesh if they want access to Buraq Plaza (the new name for the Kotel). And who knows, they might also have to change their organization name to Women of Buraq Plaza…

B’nai B’rith International was outraged at the idea, and issued a statement on Monday, saying, “In what is clearly a play to further delegitimze Israel and encourage discontent among Palestinians, the resolution condemns Israeli security forces for the response to the relentless terror waged against Israeli citizens in recent weeks, in which Palestinians have used knives, meat cleavers and cars [also: Molotov cocktails, rocks, burning tires, and AK 47 rifles] to murder Israelis. Further, the motion would curtail the Jewish state’s archeological excavations in Jerusalem’s Old City and makes the absurd allegation that the Israeli government limits Muslim worship and access to the holy site.”

B’nai B’rith also sent a personal letter to Her Excellency Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, reminding her that “since the destruction of Second Temple over 2000 years ago, Jews have looked to the Kotel with hope for the rebirth of sovereignty in our ancient homeland. We have put notes in the crevices of the wall with prayers. The connection between the Jewish people and the Kotel is strong, and eternal.” Therefore, “for UNESCO, the entity of the United Nations charged with preserving the cultural heritage of humanity, to pass a resolution that so blatantly disregards history would be an open affront to Judaism and the Jewish people.”

Incidentally, the Kotel was built in the year 30, give or take, by a grandson of Herod, as a supporting wall for the Temple compound several yards above. It did its job of supporting the upper plaza for only three or four decades, before the second Temple went ablaze. It is more likely that Jews over the generations set their prayers on the ruins above the Kotel than on the crevices of the wall below. Still, losing the Jewish legitimacy at both levels in one month is the stuff of lamentations.

Keep that in mind when reading the outraged press release from the American Jewish Committee, which is calling on the UNESCO Executive Board to “reject an Arab-sponsored resolution that denies any Jewish link to the holiest site in Judaism, the Western Wall in Jerusalem.” This is problematic, coming from a prestigious Jewish American organization, because it could be seen as validating Arab claims that Jews have not historically valued the Temple Mount.

Kerry Agrees with Israel: No Foreign Troops on Temple Mount

Monday, October 19th, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Madrid on Monday that the French proposal for foreign troops to maintain order on the Temple Mount is “not needed.”

It was a rare public statement that put Kerry and Israel on the same side and which was expressed hours before Israeli officials spoke to their French counterparts in Jerusalem that the idea is, to be polite, insane.

Kerry told reporters:

We don’t contemplate any change, but nor does Israel. Israel understands the importance of that status quo. What is important is to make sure everybody understands what that means. We are not seeking some new change. We are not seeking outsiders or others to come in….

We need to have clarity.

It is ironic that his remarks were made in Madrid, where the United States launched the “peace process” with the presence of then-Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir, Jordanian and Egypt leaders, and President George H. W. Bush.

The “clarity” that Kerry said is lacking today has been messing ever since the Madrid conference. It is speculation to ask what would have happened if there had been no “peace process,” but the facts are that since 1991, the ensuing Oslo Accords set the stage for the Oslo War, aka the Second Intifada.

Israel has erased every red line except for the Temple Mount and the “refugee” issue. Concessions have cost the lives and limbs of thousands of Israelis who have been victims of Palestinian Authority “resistance,” the Arabic code word for terror.

The Arabs in Gaza, Judea and Samaria have paid a price not only in casualties but also with a miserable political and economic life that had flourished under the “occupation” until the Egyptian-born Arafat wore his camouflage of a “Palestinian” when he blew in from Tunisia.

Here is what President Bush told Congress several months before the Madrid Conference:

Peace will only come as the result of direct negotiations, compromise, give-and-take. Peace cannot be imposed from the outside by the United States or anyone else

And now Secretary of State John Kerry, even if he had enough common sense to dismiss the absurd French proposal, announces that “clarity” is needed.”

There never has been clarity since 1991 because the Americans and the Europeans cannot understand that Israel and the Arabs world never were talking the same language. The Arab understanding of “peace” is the Jewish State of Israel becoming the Arab state of Palestine.

Ever since, the United States has done the opposite and has imposed conditions on Israel, leaving a “consensus” that a future Palestinian Authority country would include all of Judea and Samaria except for large Jewish population centers such as Maaleh Adumim and Gush Etzion. Israel would have to rely on the PA to protect Jews form terrorists.

That “consensus” no longer exists because the Palestinian Authority, contrary to Bush’s statement, understands “compromise” as “you give, I take.”

It only was a matter of time until the Temple Mount became the excuse for terror and lies that Israel is trying to change the “status quo,” at the same time that the entire Arab world is trying to change it by declaring, “No Jews allowed.”

Today, Kerry’s simple words that rejected the French proposal for foreign troops are nothing short of a shock for the Arab world. The Palestinian Authority, which called for U.N. intervention to stop alleged “excessive violence” by Israel, never intended that and never would accept non-Muslims guarding the Temple Mount.

But the fact that Kerry said out loud that Israel understands the need to preserve the status quo is a clear signal to Mahmoud Abbas that he also has to do so.

The Arab arson of Joseph’s Tomb and the attacks by Palestinian Authority police on Jews who arrived at the holy site have finally forced the Obama administration to take a stand, and it clearly is not with an ISIS-like theology against non-Islamic holy sites.

Madrid is where the “peace process

Israel Says ‘Thanks But No Thanks’ on Plan to Internationalize Temple Mount

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Israel has rejected out of hand a draft proposal by France to internationalize the Temple Mount.

The plan was suggested on Friday to the Security Council by French ambassador to the United Nations Francois Delattre, supposedly intended to help cool off the violence at the site.

On Sunday (Oct. 18), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting that Israel “cannot accept” the draft resolution at the UN Security Council.

“It doesn’t mention Palestinian incitement; it doesn’t mention Palestinian terrorism; and it calls for the internationalization of the Temple Mount,” Netanyahu pointed out.

Even burka-clad Muslim women — and even children — join in with the harassment of visitors to the site, screaming “Allahu Akbar!” from just a few inches away as Jews and other non-Muslims tour the Temple Mount grounds. Even with a police escort, the vicious abuse is allowed to continue unabated until either the touring Jews are cowed into abandoning the tour or one of the verbal attackers loses enough control that they make a physical move against the visitors. This offers a legal excuse for Israeli police to block the group, thereby affording the tourists a few moments of respite.

“We’ve seen across the Middle East – in Palmyra, in Iraq, throughout Iraq and elsewhere how the militant Muslims blast each other’s mosques to the sky. We’ve just seen it in a Jewish holy site, Joseph’s Tomb,” Netanyahu said, referring to the latest torching of the tomb of the Biblical patriarch Joseph.

“Only Israel, Israel alone, is the guarantor of the holy sites on the Temple Mount,” he noted, adding that it is not Israel that has made any changes to the status quo at the Temple Mount – the most recent excuse used by Palestinian Arabs to ignite the current wave of terrorism.

“We didn’t change anything,” Netanyahu said. “The orders of prayer, the visiting rights have not changed for the last 15 years. The only thing that’s changed are Islamist hoodlums paid by the Islamist Movement in Israel and by Hamas, who are entering the mosque and try to put explosives [in the building] and from there emerge and attack Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, and Christian visitors. That’s the only change in the status quo.”

Netanyahu reiterated that Israel has not changed the status quo, nor does it intend to change the status quo. However, he said, “Israel will protect the holy sites, and will guard the status quo.

“Israel is not the problem on the Temple Mount,” he said. “Israel is the solution.”

Anti-Israel Sentiment Gathers As Temple Mount Lights the Fuse

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

The anti-Israel voices are growing louder in Europe, and now France is trying to convince the United Nations to internationalize the Temple Mount. Israel has politely told Paris to go jump in the lake.

Hundreds of anti-Israel demonstrators protested in front of the Israeli Embassy in London on Saturday, led by former British parliament member George Galloway, known for his bigoted, anti-Semitic hatred of Israel.

The protesters yelled pro-Palestinian Arab slogans and waved picket signs that said things like “Global Intifada has begun” and “Don’t Touch Al Aqsa.” Some were waving the flags of the Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist organizations.

A demonstrator interviewed by Channel 2 News about recent Palestinian Arab terror attacks appeared to having no criticism of the terrorists; rather, the protester declared it was “the Zionists” who should not have “taken over” the “Palestinian land.”

Meanwhile French ambassador to the United Nations Francois Delattre said Friday he would circulate a draft of a French proposal to place international observers at the Temple Mount.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday at the start of the government cabinet meeting that Israel rejected the initiative, which calls for internationalization of the site while making no mention of Palestinian incitement or terror.

Palestinian Authority leaders and terrorists have deliberately made the site – the holiest place worldwide for Jews, and the third holiest place in Islam – a flashpoint for violence. The Arab leadership has lied to Muslim worshipers, saying Israel intends to “change the status quo” at the site, which it never has and does not intend to do.

The ruse has been successful in whipping up Muslim worshipers into a frenzy of fear and rage that is easily redirected into spontaneous attacks against Israeli men, women and children. This has led to the start of a wave of terror that Arab leaders clearly hope will be the match to ignite a third intifada.

Ban Ki-Moon Condemns ‘Reprehensible’ Arson of Joseph’s Tomb

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a rare condemnation of Arab violence against Jews but managed to moderate it with a call to “both sides” to respect holy sites.

Reacting to the arson of Joseph’s Tomb (Kever Yosef) last week by Palestinian Authority Arabs, he stated through his spokesman:

This reprehensible act is yet another example of the escalating violence in the region, threatening to further inflame sensitivities owing to the religious significance of Joseph’s Tomb.

And then came the “balance,” lest Israel escape from libel:

The secretary-general calls on all sides to respect the sanctity of all holy sites, refrain from any inflammatory actions or statements and reject the extremist elements that are pursuing a political agenda seeking to transform the current situation into a religious conflict.

After dozens of Palestinian Authority and Jerusalem Arab terror attacks that have resulted in the murders of nearly a dozen Jews, the shock of the arson of the holy site finally prompted PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas to break his silence and condemn the rioters.

His criticism was in stark contrast to his campaign that charges Jews with preventing Muslims from praying at the Temple Mount, even when “praying” means shooting at police at throwing rocks and firebombs at security officers and non-Muslim visitors.

Israeli Cabinet Minister Uri Ariel commented on Facebook:

Torching one of the places holy to the Jewish people is a new low, and a result of Palestinian incitement.

While the Palestinians brazenly lie about us harming the status quo on the Temple Mount, they go out and burn and desecrate the sacred places of Israel, and that won’t be forgiven.

The Foreign Ministry stated:

Israel condemns in no uncertain terms the harm to Joseph’s Tomb committed for the sole reason that it is a place where Jews pray. The torching of Joseph’s Tomb clearly demonstrates what would happen to the holy places in Jerusalem if they were placed in the hands of the Palestinian leadership.

Only Israel can protect the holy places of all religions in Jerusalem.

Israel’s Ambassador to UN Ron Prosor ‘Glad to Come Home’

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Israel’s outgoing Ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to bid farewell this week to the world body in New York. The two men spoke about the Ambassador’s four-year tenure at the UN and the situation in Israel.

The Secretary-General expressed his deep appreciation for Prosor’s contribution and for their collaboration, and Prosor invited the Secretary-General to visit Israel again. On his Facebook page, Prosor continued: “Four years ago, when I arrived at our Mission to the UN, Israel was facing a challenging reality and was fighting in the battle on public opinion. Today, upon my return to Israel, our reality remains complicated.

“Throughout my time here at the UN, I have always said that I walk the halls of the United Nations standing tall and proud, knowing who I represent and what I represent, and I’m going home with this same feeling.

“I have confidence in the resilience of the people of Israel in the face of constant challenges, and I thank the government of Israel and its citizens for the privilege of representing you at the United Nations, an important arena that knows no rest.

“I’m leaving behind here in New York a dedicated and professional team and I know that they will continue doing an incredible job. I wish the incoming Ambassador, Danny Danon, the best of luck and strength to face any future battles, and may he mark many achievements.

“Today, as I complete my tenure as Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN, I have more faith than ever in the State of Israel and the people of Israel.

“And more than anything, I’m glad to come home.”

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