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Abbas Blames US for Stealing His Thunder at UN General Assembly

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas no longer plans to drop a “bombshell” in his speech scheduled for Wednesday.

And he’s blaming the United States for that.

Abbas religious affairs adviser Mahmoud Habbas told reporters in New York on Monday that his boss had “difficult talks” with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry over the weekend. The two allegedly discussed the threatened “bombshell” in the address that Abbas plans to deliver on Wednesday.

According to reports quoted by various international media, some Abbas aides claimed the PA leader had planned to announce a PA state “under Israeli occupation.” Such a unilateral move would be another violation of the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords, in addition to those he has already committed, but one the United Nations could not fail to act on.

In an interview with Palestine TV on Sunday, Abbas said he raised three points with world leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly: the ongoing tensions at the Temple Mount, Israel’s “failure” to implement agreements with the PA and revival of Israeli-PA peace talks.

It is unclear at this point exactly what Abbas will say in his speech on Wednesday. Various Palestinian officials are giving statements to media in the Arab world and abroad, including in New York. But given the current political climate and the fact that Abbas is barely tolerated in his own territory, let alone in the halls of the Arab nations with whom he must parley in order to survive, it is likely he will keep his cards close to his chest until he steps up to the podium, if only for his own survival.

Steinitz: “Israel Does Not Want to See Russian Troops on the Golan Heights”

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Israeli Minister Yuval Steinitz told Galey Tzahal on Tuesday morning, that Israel does not want to see Russian troops on the Golan Height and is concerned about the positioning of Iranian ground troops in the neighboring country, and the opening of a direct ground front with Iran.

Steinitz added, the world powers must “ensure the Iranian army stays in Iran. We should not see Iranian army divisions in Syria.”

Steinitz said Israel has no official position on the fate of Assad as it’s an internal Arab civil war, but added that “the war against Sunni terror [ISIS] can’t come together with support for Iranian Shiite terror.”

During his press interview on Monday following his UN speech, Russian President Vladmir Putin said, “We need to respect the interests of Israel, but are concerned about it’s [Israel’s] attack’s on Syria.”

Israel retaliated against Syria on Sunday night, following Syrian mortars strikes that once again hit Israel.

Netanyahu to Lash Out in UN at Palestinian Authority Incitement

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will lash out at Palestinian Authority incitement on the Temple Mount in his speech at the United Nations on Tuesday, government sources reported.

He also will tell an unreceptive Generals Assembly that Israelis are on the front line against the threat of a nuclear Iran. Sources in the office of the Prime Minister said the speech will be very “powerful,” but now that the Iran deal is just about history,

it is doubtful that his appearance will match the attention-getting event three years ago when he drew a picture of Iran’s approaching the “red line” beyond which it cannot be stopped from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also will blame the Palestinian Authority for the failure of the “peace process.” which is hardly on the back-burner while the Islamic State (ISIS) and Russia’s involvement in the Syrian civil war have become the focus of American worries..

After his speech, he is expected to meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and later with Jewish leaders.

Obama, Putin Strongly Disagree over Syria, Ukraine at UN

Monday, September 28th, 2015

(JNi.media) US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday clashed at the annual meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations over their contradictory views for the future of Syria. Obama was vehement about the need to replace Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, while Putin insisted removing him would be a wrong move. Obama suggested Putin’s engagements in both Syria and Ukraine has been damaging to global instability.

“… We see some major powers assert themselves in ways that contravene international law,” Obama said. “We see an erosion of the democratic principles and human rights that are fundamental to this institution’s mission.” He also said, referring to Syria: “We must recognize that there cannot be, after so much bloodshed, so much carnage, a return to the prewar status quo,” Obama said.

Putin advised the world body to stick with Assad, if they wish to defeat the Islamic State. “We believe it’s a huge mistake to refuse to cooperate with the Syrian authorities, with the government forces, those who are bravely fighting terror face-to-face,” Putin said.

The Russian president was very critical in the role of the US in the world, lamenting that “after the end of the Cold War, the single center of domination has emerged in the world. Those who have found themselves on top of that pyramid were tempted to think that since they are so strong and singular, they know what to do better than others and it’s unnecessary to pay any attention to the UN.”

“I cannot help asking those who have forced this situation, do you realize now what you have done?” Putin said, clearly referring to the US, “Policies based on self-conceit and belief in one’s exceptionality and impunity have never been abandoned.”

Obama was equally critical of Russian aggression in Ukraine, at a high cost to Russia’s economy. “We cannot stand by when the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a nation is flagrantly violated,” he said. He warned that “we, the nations of the world, cannot return to the old ways of conflict and coercion. We cannot look backward. … And if we cannot work together more effectively, we will all suffer the consequences.”

The AP reported that Obama and Putin “briefly shook hands” at the lunch following their speeches. However, they did not speak to one another, seated as they were on either side of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

AP cited US officials who said the crises in Syria and Ukraine call for an Obama-Putin meeting. Obama must discuss with his Russian counterpart his increasingly aggressive maneuvers in Syria, those officials said, as well as push Putin toward a peace deal with Ukraine, which should include not interfering with local elections next month.

Obama’s UN Speech Ignores Israel but Hits Hard at Putin and Assad

Monday, September 28th, 2015

President Barack Obama’s address to the United Nations General Assembly Monday was extraordinary in its total exclusion of Israel and the Palestinian Authority and its hard-hitting attack on the Assad regime in Syria and its ally Russia.

A strong indication that President Obama has finally realized what he and numerous predecessors did not understand was this statement:

There are no simple answers to the changes that are taking place in much of the Middle East and North Africa.

It is not the first time he has said that, but unlike previous speeches, it was not followed up by the usual pie-in-the-sky statements that “Peace is made with enemies.” or “Solving the Israel-Palestinian Authority struggle is the key to bringing peace to the Middle East.

Saeb Erekat, who chief negotiator for the Palestinian Authority and is secretary-general of the parent PLO, was extremely disappointed with Obama’s speech. He said:

Does President Obama believe that he is able to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) and terror or bring stability and security to the Middle East by ignoring the continuing Israeli occupation, settlements and the ongoing Israeli attacks on Al Aqsa [the mosque on the Temple Mount]?

Obama’s speech was a resounding “yes” to Erekat.

The “occupation” never was a threat to the Middle East, but the United States foreign policy gurus couldn’t figure that out, even when the Arab Spring rebellions upended stability and brought anarchy, termed by the United States as democracy, to Egypt, Libya, Iraq and other boiling pots in Arab Muslim countries.

Years after the United States ignored ISIS, it has become Public Enemy No. 1 and is being used brilliantly by Russian President Vladimir Putin to justify direct Russian military force in Syria.

When Putin told the United Nations he is fighting the Islamic State, he could have been more accurate, Russia may be the only country fighting ISIS.

The American-led strike force has proven to be pitiful, as the JewishPress.com reported here last week on the American-trained Syrian rebels who betrayed the United States and delivered American weapons to Al Qaeda.

The President verbally attacked ISIS but he was extremely careful to be polite to Islam, stating:

Part of that effort [against ISIS] must be a continued rejection by Muslims of those who distort Islam to preach intolerance and promote violence, and it must also a rejection by non-Muslims of the ignorance that equates Islam with terror.

President Obama mentioned “Israel” zero times in his speech. Ditto for the terms “Palestinian Authority” and Palestine.”

The only time he mentioned “Middle East” was in the context quoted above, that there are no simple solutions.

But he mentioned Syria eight times and Russia 15 times with harsh comments that were nothing short of cold war speech.

For example:

The history of the last two decades proves that in today’s world, dictatorships are unstable.

Consider Russia’s annexation of Crimea and further aggression in eastern Ukraine. America has few economic interests in Ukraine. We recognize the deep and complex history between Russia and Ukraine. But we cannot stand by when the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a nation is flagrantly violated. If that happens without consequence in Ukraine, it could happen to any nation gathered here today. That’s the basis of the sanctions that the United States and our partners impose on Russia. It’s not a desire to return to a Cold War.

But his speech was remarkably chilly towards Moscow. He flatly stated:

Russia’s state-controlled media may describe these events as an example of a resurgent Russia… And yet, look at the results. The Ukrainian people are more interested than ever in aligning with Europe instead of Russia. Sanctions have led to capital flight, a contracting economy, a fallen ruble, and the emigration of more educated Russians

Imagine if, instead, Russia had engaged in true diplomacy, and worked with Ukraine and the international community to ensure its interests were protected. That would be better for Ukraine, but also better for Russia, and better for the world.

President Obama claimed he does not mind a strong Russia so long as it works with the United States “to strengthen the international system as a whole.”.

That gave him a platform to plow into the Assad regime Putin and Russia’s presence in Syria and ISIS, which he still refers to as ISIL and which he called ” an apocalyptic cult.

President Obama stated:

When a dictator slaughters tens of thousands of his own people, that is not just a matter of one nation’s internal affairs… Likewise, when a terrorist group beheads captives, slaughters the innocent and enslaves women, that’s not a single nation’s national security problem — that is an assault on all humanity.

Putin has taken the military offensive in Syria, giving him a military and political base across from Israel’s northern border. Putin knows that the Muslim Middle East understands only one word – “force” – but Obama dealt with the issue from weakness because without a military presence, the United States has little ammunition except Obama’s oratory.

He told the United Nations:

But while military power is necessary, it is not sufficient to resolve the situation in Syria. Lasting stability can only take hold when the people of Syria forge an agreement to live together peacefully. The United States is prepared to work with any nation, including Russia and Iran, to resolve the conflict. But we must recognize that there cannot be, after so much bloodshed, so much carnage, a return to the pre-war status quo.

He could have used that as an excuse to throw in something about the “Israel-occupied Golan Heights,” but he did not.

His speech was remarkable in that it exposed how weak his administration has become in international affairs following the debacles in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan, which now is under growing ISIS influence.

American influence had been on the decline for years but accelerated with the inevitable failure of the “peace process.” which was focused on the wrong country and the wrong issue at the wrong time.

Egyptian President: Time to Include More Arab Countries in Egypt’s Peace with Israel

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

(JNi.media) Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in an interview with the Associated Press Saturday night that Egypt’s 40-year-peace with Israel should be expanded to include more Arab countries—while resolving the Palestinian issue. El-Sissi believes that solving the Palestinian question is the key to changing “the face of the region,” with “enormous improvement to the situation. … I’m optimistic by nature and I say that there is a great opportunity.”

El-Sissi, 60, was in New York to address a UN summit development and the annual ministerial meeting of the UN General Assembly starting Monday.

As to Egypt’s own relationship with the Palestinians, particularly in Hamas-ruled Gaza, El-Sisi reportedly told Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas when they met in New York that the security measures taken by his country along the border with Gaza were not aimed at “harming” Palestinians.

“The measures taken by Egypt to secure its eastern borders are in full coordination with the Palestinian Authority and cannot have the aim of harming our Palestinian brothers in the Gaza Strip,” Sisi’s office said in a statement. “The measures seek to protect the Egyptian borders and maintain Egyptian and Palestinian national security,” the statement added.

The Egyptian leader told the AP his country’s relationship with the US is “improving,” and the two countries’ ties are “strategic and stable.” He added: “The last two years were a real test of the endurance and strength” of the ties with the US.

As to his crackdown hard on the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists, with hundreds killed and thousands arrested, including deposed President Morsi, El-Sissi said: “The problem with the Muslim Brotherhood is not a problem between the government of Egypt and these people. The real problem is between the Egyptian people and the Muslim Brotherhood,” which has left “a very bad impression” which Egyptians “are not able to forgive and forget.”

El-Sissi warned that if Syria were to collapse, all its weapons and equipment would fall into terrorists’ hands, which would “pose a serious threat to the rest of the region, and this is what we fear.”

US Denies Report Kerry Prevented Abbas-Netanyahu Meeting

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry allegedly ditched a meeting initiated by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, according to Israeli and Ramallah officials quoted by Haaretz Sunday morning.

As with most reports on the “peace process,” you have to search for the kernel of truth amid the pile of lies.

Or in the language of State Dept. spokesman John Kirby, the details that were reported are not exactly accurate.

The story began last Monday, when Abbas told four retired Israeli ambassadors that he had said last month he was ready to meet with Netanyahu but, according to the Haaretz report, “a third party who is not Israeli” ditched the idea.

Netanyahu also has been stating how much we supposedly wants to meet with Abbas to revive the “peace process.” Both men must know they are playing charades, but on the other hand, both know that Abbas is standing on a thin limb on a high tree by putting all his eggs in the basket of the United Nations, whose General Assembly talk is the organization’s contribution to global warming. And both know that anarchy threatens to blow up the whole works.

According to the report, a third party from a country other than the United States set up a meeting between Netanyahu and Abbas, who then said he needed Kerry’s permission.

That already sounds a bit cockeyed since Abbas has diplomatically spit in the face of Kerry for years, peaking with the Palestinian Authority’s stating that it is putting the “peace process” in the hands of the United Nations, a move which is the last nail in the coffin of the Oslo Accords that call for negotiations with Israel.

Kerry reportedly told Abbas not to meet with Netanyahu without his illustrious presence. For the time being, Kerry has other things on his mind, particularly making sure Congress does not turn the tables and vote against the nuclear deal with Iran.

American officials’ interpretation of the story indicates they may finally be right on at least one thing in the Middle East. Their version is that Abbas simply is trying to blame Kerry for a meeting which the Palestinian Authority leader really does not want.



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