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Gaza War Diary 1 Wed-Thu. Jan. 11-17, 2017 Day 1223-1229 1 1:30am

Dear Family & Friends,

Watching a bit of the pre-inauguration festivities for incoming President Donald J. Trump on Fox & CNN back in my Old Country was very interesting. No other country has such a peaceful transition from one Administration to the next one. It is a beautiful & mighty triumph to behold.

Trump’s appointees for supporting Cabinet & Heads of Departments are a very accomplished group of Americans, with a total of at least 80plus years of higher education & experience in running businesses. The Hearings for their Congressional approval is going a bit slowly for 1 of 2 reasons: 1. Many of very wealthy & need to be vetted for possible financial conflicts-of-interests. That’s a very good thing, because they succeeded in their fields & with financial security, the ubiquitous temptation to seek financial gains in their jobs will be nil. 2. Those in the Congress who opposed Trump (& we know they did as they weren’t subtle about it) seem to be ‘slow-walking’ their Confirmation Hearings so as to slow down Trump’s beginnings. It really won’t work. They’ve been well-prepared & are learned in the ways of the world.

We viewed the most solemn & awesome ceremony that all incoming presidents attend: Laying of a wreath at the Tombs of America’s Unknown Soldiers at Arlington Cemetery. The whole very impressive families of Trump & his VP Bill Pence attended. Donald Trump has so many beautiful children & grandchildren – so many blondinis!

The anchors & reporters speaking were so many old TV friends i.e., Jennifer Griffin, now a FOX anchor person from the Pentagon. Manny & I knew her from her time here in Israel. She’s still gorgeous – even more so. Her knowledge, sensitivity & delivery is still superb – & then some!

Then there were those who were hostile to Trump during the campaign…the hostile Media! You could definitely tell who was whom. Also the same was true of the Congress people interviewing the incoming nominees for running segments of the Trump Administration. Some were outright hostile – even though that’s not appropriate during a campaign, it should be forbidden after a campaign. Where’s the so-called even-handed, sportsmanship we Americans are so famous for?!

BTW: Two personal anecdotes: Trump asked the inauguration committee to finish the main ceremonies one hour before candlelighting Friday Night for Ivanka, Jared & young family can get back to their sleeping places so they can light Shabbat candles on time. And! Mr. Trump has had one of the White House kitchens kashered so Ivanka, Jared family & friends can eat comfortably in the White House.

I don’t see the moon tonight, although I did earlier this evening & last night.

Have a great day tomorrow. Watch the inauguration & celebrate a new President’s beginning.

All the very best, Gail/Geula/Savta/Savta Raba x 2/Mom

1.Falsehoods & more falsehoods, part III by Rachel Neuwirth
2.Falsehoods & more falsehoods, part II by Rachel Neuwirth 3.Caveats of 2016 US-Israel Aid Deal Come Into Focus By: Barbara Opall-Rome

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1.Falsehoods & more falsehoods, part III

The answers to the most common of the false accusations & suicidal demands Israel has to face. By Rachel Neuwirth, 12/01/17 08:46

Rachel Neuwirth

Rachel Neuwirth is an internationally recognized political commentator & analyst. She specializes in Middle Eastern Affairs with particular emphasis on Militant Islam & Israeli foreign policy. For parts I and II, click here.

Here we will conclude our review of the potpourri of misconceptions with which lame duck Secretary of State John Kerry loaded his infamous speech in defense of the equally infamous Security Council Resolution 3442. Kerry managed to incorporate into his 71-minute speech every misconception of the “international community” that has prevented peace from breaking out for the past fifty years.

If Israel continues to permit Jews to live in Judea-Samaria and continues to maintain security control over the area, it can be either a Jewish state or a democratic state, but not both.

Democracy is not a suicide pact. Israel would not retain its Jewish and democratic character if it handed over control of strategic territory only a mile, or even a few yards, from its major centers of population, to well-armed enemies committed to destroy it. It would cease to exist at all!

As long as the Palestinian Arabs continue to wage war against Israel and to seek its utter destruction—and their own statements and action give every indication that this is the case—Israel has no obligation whatsoever to hand over territory to them. Nor is Israel obligated to allow them to vote in Israeli elections—a privilege that they have never even requested.

In any case, the research of former Israel Ambassador Yoram Ettinger & a team of American demographers has demonstrated that Jews are the overwhelming majority of the population in Israel “from the river to the sea” once Gaza, from which Israel has already withdrawn, is excluded. Further, a Jewish majority will become permanent & even grow, as long as Israel maintains its control of Judea-Samaria & permits Jews to live there.

The Palestinian Arab birth rate has been falling rapidly while the Jewish birth rate has been rising. Arab emigration from the disputed territories—some of it to the United States—has been substantial in recent years. At least one entire “West Bank” village has now been completely deserted, because all of its inhabitants have emigrated to the United States! This emigration is occurring despite the absence of any pressure from Israel on the inhabitants to leave, but because of the corruption of the PA government.

On the other hand, incorporation of these territories into Israel is likely to spur Jewish immigration to Israel, further strengthening its Jewish majority. The claims that Arabs will soon be the majority in the Land of Israel are based on false statistics published by the “State of Palestine,” as Ettinger and his team of demographic researchers have shown.

The Arabs in Judea-Samaria are segregated and discriminated against and will remain so as long as they are subject to Israeli rule.

The Arabs living within “pre-1967” Israel have full equality as citizens with Jews. They are represented in the Israeli Parliament. An Arab judge sits on the Israeli Supreme court. Israel has even instituted “affirmative action” programs to favor Arabs in college admissions & employment—including government employment. Arab communities elect their own mayors and city councils.

Despite claims that Israel is an “apartheid state,” Israeli Arabs are free to live anywhere in Israel; there are many Israeli communities, such as Haifa, Jaffa, Ramla, Lod & Beersheva, where Jews & Arabs live side by side.

If the Arabs in Judea & Samaria genuinely want to have equal rights with Jews inside Israel, they should stop waging war against Israel & accept Israel’s existence as a Jewish & democratic state. No nation can grant equal rights to people who are waging war against them—& by brutal & inhumane means forbidden by international law, at that.

The comparison with the situation of the Palestinian Arabs to African-Americans during three hundred plus years of discrimination against them is not valid, since African-Americans have always been loyal Americans & have fought for the United States in every war since 1775!

The comparison of Israel’s treatment of the Arabs of Judea-Samaria with South Africa’s former apartheid regime is also invalid, since the indigenous black peoples of South Africa were living peacefully alongside whites when the apartheid laws were imposed on them. They posed no military & security threat to their white neighbors, nor was South Africa ever threatened by well-armed & wealthy states along its borders, as Israel has been for 68 years.

“But what if the Arabs of Judea-Samaria should request the right to vote in Israeli elections?” Kerry asks.

This hasn’t happened yet, and all indications are that it is extremely unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future. Israelis should not be required to answer a hypothetical question, any more than anyone else should be.

Our guess is that if the Palestinian Arabs were ever to end their terrorist attacks on Israel, if they ever stop indoctrinating their children to hate Israel in their schools, if the Palestinian Arab media ever stops inciting their people to hate Israel & commit terrorist attacks on them, if the Ramallah regime ever stops demanding a never-ending torrent of anti-Israel resolutions at the UN & if it recognizes Israel’s legitimacy as a Jewish & democratic state, then the Israelis would seriously consider such a request from the Arabs of Judea-Samaria. Israel might then negotiate a “pathway to citizenship” for them, as Israeli journalist Carolyn Glick has suggested in her brilliant book The Israeli Solution.

What if the Ramallah regime makes good on Mahmoud Abbas’ “threat” to flee Judea-Samaria and transfer “full responsibility” for administering it to the “occupying” power? Would Israel then be willing to pay the costs of running the Palestinian Arab schools and providing for the humanitarian needs of the Arab population?

Here Kerry is just repeating a bizarre “threat” that Mahmoud Abbas has made repeatedly over the past year. Of course, this is a purely hypothetical and unlikely scenario, like Kerry’s other hypothetical question that we have just addressed.

The real question should be, “Why on earth is Abbas making such a ‘threat?’” Is he convinced that his Fatah regime will soon be overthrown by his own people, and is therefore preparing to take the money and run? Obviously, if Abbas ever actually implements this strange proposal, Israel should be prepared to take the opportunity to restore its administration of Judea-Samaria, take the appropriate measures to stamp out terrorism there, ban incitement to terrorism, and break up all terrorist groups operating there; in return, it should also provide for the humanitarian needs of, and government services required by, the Arab population.

Whether Israel’s government would avail themselves of such an opportunity in the rather unlikely circumstance that it should actually arise is anyone’s guess. But the very fact that Abbas would make such a “threat” suggests either that he has no concern for the welfare of his people, only for his own wealth and safety, or that he believes (correctly) they would be better off under an Israeli administration than under his present regime.

In either case, it is proof that Israel should remove the PLO-Fatah regime and resume its “occupation” of Judea-Samaria. A government that lacks even the commitment to govern should not exist.

Israel has “systematically” encouraged the growth of the “settlements” since the Israel–PLO accords were first signed in 1993.

Actually, Israel has done everything it can to discourage “settlement” growth since 1993. It has repeatedly imposed bans on new construction in Judea, Samaria, and East Jerusalem. Some of these bans have been public, and others theoretically secret but reported in the Israeli press. But since the “settlers” have a high birth rate, the Israeli government had no humane way of preventing all “natural growth” in their communities. In other words, it could not fairly deny to young couples the right to build a home of their own when their parents’ houses became too cramped to accommodate their growing families. Nor could they deny to these communities the occasional new school building when their existing schools became hopelessly overcrowded.

There have been no new “settlements” built since 1993. The Israeli government has only permitted, from time to time, some new houses in existing ones. The increase in the population of these communities over the past 24 years has resulted almost entirely from a high birth rate among the many young families living on them.

Undoubtedly Kerry would be outraged if Israelis were to suggest that Arabs should not have so many children. Is he now demanding this of Israeli Jews?

Kerry claims that negotiations between Israel and the PLO have failed because of a lack of “political courage” on both sides.

It would take far more courage for Arab leaders now to accept even one Israeli community outside the June 4, 1967, armistice lines now that the Security Council has declared all such “settlements,” even Jewish neighborhoods in “East Jerusalem,” to be illegal. Would the Arab world tolerate it if Palestinians accepted something less than what the Security Council by a 14–0 vote, with one nominal abstention, has declared is their due? No chance.

Resolution 2334 is compatible with an agreement based on direct negotiations between the parties, and with “territorial swaps” that would permit some of the 750,000 Israelis living in Judea and Samaria to remain in their homes.

For the reasons we have just noted, this is untrue. The resolution also demands “the end of the Israeli occupation that began in June 1967.” That is incompatible with any territorial swaps. And there is no reference to such “swaps” in the resolution.

Israel’s government is the most rightwing in Israeli history, and is dominated by its most extreme elements.

This was too much even for Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, even though she is no great friend of Israel. She pointed out that such blatant interference in the internal politics of a fellow democracy is “inappropriate.”

And is the Israeli government really extreme rightwing? Its defense minister has repeatedly proposed the territorial swaps idea that Kerry seems to favor—only to have these proposals repeatedly rejected by the PLO, and even by Israel’s Arab parties, who were horrified by any suggestion that Arab Israeli citizens might have to live under a PLO government.

As far as the Israeli Arab leaders are concerned, that’s fine for other Arabs but not them.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has also proposed that Israel assist the Hamas regime in Gaza in constructing a port for the people of Gaza, without even demanding that Hamas end its armed attacks on Israelis and stop calling for the genocide of all Jews.

The Israeli government provides the Palestinian Arabs with water & electric power even while the Palestinians wage war against them & doesn’t even insist that it pay for these services. The Israeli government also allows the Palestinians to use Israel banks & Israeli currency & as we have seen, consistently favors Arabs over Jews in disputes over land ownership. Prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu has frequently offered to meet Mahmoud Abbas at any time without preconditions & has also invited him to address the Israeli Parliament. Abbas refused both offers.

The Israeli government has banned books that it considers to be extreme rightwing, and incarcerates many Jews without trial whom it regards as rightwing extremists. These repressive measures are very rarely employed against Arab anti-Jewish extremists. On the contrary, Arab anti-Jewish extremists are allowed to sit in Parliament! Surely an extreme rightwing government should be made of sterner stuff.

Israel should apologize to the Palestinian “refugees” for all the harm that it has done them, pay them generous compensation, arrange permanent homes for them, and allow them the “option” of settling in Israel.

The Palestinians became refugees only when they launched an all-out guerilla-terrorist war against the Israelis in 1948, attacking nearly every Jewish community, attacking all Jewish-operated vehicles trying to drive on the country’s roads, seizing huge amounts of food and other supplies being sent to Jewish communities, reducing them to near starvation, etc. Israel owes them no apologies.

The so-called refugees are mainly people who have never lived in Israel, and in many cases have never lived in “Palestine” as it was defined under the British Mandate. Rather they have grandparents who claimed—in some cases falsely—to have once lived in Palestine before 1948.

Back in the late 1940s and early 1950s many people falsely claimed Palestinian refugee status in order to obtain generous UN financial assistance. Their ‘refugee camps’ are towns with paved streets, businesses and permanent houses—in some cases, quite luxurious ones built with money supplied by the “international community.”

While the UN gives assistance to refugees from other ethnic groups only if they themselves are refugees, not descendant of a past generation who were once refugees, it considers all descendants of Palestinian refugees or alleged refugees as refugees to the nth generation. It spends 30 times more money on each Palestinian “refugee” than it does on each real refugee from other countries, and it employs 30 times more staff per refugee (nearly all of these UN staff members are Palestinian Arabs). The international community should stop pampering these fake refugees. Certainly Israel has no obligation to pamper them.

The alleged Palestinian Arab refugees are brainwashed from birth in UN, Hamas or PLO schools to hate all Israeli Jews and to try to kill them whenever the opportunity arises. Obviously, Israel can’t admit these people to their country without putting the life and limbs of its citizens in mortal peril, and endangering Israel’s national existence.

As for compensation, the Israelis have offered it to the alleged Palestinian refugees many times, but these offers have repeatedly been refused.

A negotiated settlement should be based on the Arab League peace proposal and the United Nations Partition Resolution of 1947.

This is the heart of what Kerry proposed, and it is by far the most sinister proposal in his speech, The Arab League Peace Initiative demands that Israel withdraw from every inch of territory that it occupied in June 1967, and that it allow the supposed Palestinian refugees to “return” to what is now Israel in unlimited numbers. It is a complete non-starter for negotiations, for all the reasons we have given. Kerry claims the Arab League has accepted the ideas of “territorial swaps” and adjustments to the pre-1067 frontiers. But this is an outright lie. Arab League spokesmen made it clear over and over again that they will never accept any revisions to their demands.

Even worse, though, is Kerry’s suggestion that the United Nations General Assembly Partition Resolution of 1947 should be one of the bases for a settlement. That Resolution called for a Jewish state only two-thirds the size of even pre-1967 Israel. It proposed that the Jewish state be composed of three noncontiguous enclaves, connected only by two checkpoints. It would render Israel militarily indefensible. Millions of Israelis would be forced from their homes if this plan were implemented today. The plan also provided for an “international” government for Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and nearby villages. Such a regime would not be possible without a large military force under permanent UN military command—something the permanent members of the UN Security Council have never agreed to anywhere in the world.

While the Israeli Jews accepted the partition plan at the time it was adopted by the General Assembly, Arabs immediately declared their rejection of it and initiated all-out war against Israel to prevent its being put into effect. The UN Security Council declined to endorse or implement the General Assembly plan, which was only a recommendation unless the Security Council chose to endorse it. History and the Arabs passed by this plan 70 years ago. For Kerry to raise it now as a basis for a future settlement is by far the most outrageous element of a speech loaded with falsehood.

Will incoming President Donald Trump be able to pull the monkey-wrench that lame ducks Obama and Kerry have thrown into the machinery of Middle East diplomacy just a few days before they must leave office? Let us hope and pray that he will.

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2.Falsehoods & more falsehoods, part II

Countering lies the world hears & believes about Judea & Samaria. By Rachel Neuwirth, 11/01/17 00:42

Rachel Neuwirth

Rachel Neuwirth is an internationally recognized political commentator and analyst. She specializes in Middle Eastern Affairs with particular emphasis on Militant Islam and Israeli foreign policy. John Landau co-authored this article. For part I, click here.

· “The Jewish “settlements” Towns in Judea-Samaria (actually, villages, suburbs & urban neighborhoods) are illegal & must be demolished & their inhabitants (about 750,000 people) should be expelled.” [PLO]

Actually, under the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine, which still remains legally in force despite Britain’s abandonment of its responsibilities under the Mandate, Jews have every right to live in these territories, and Israel has the legal obligation of helping them to “settle” there. The Mandate document which defines the obligations of the Palestine “Administration” instructs it to facilitate the settlement of Jews on “state or waste” lands throughout Palestine—which is what Israel has done. International law requires the successor government of a territory to fulfill the legal obligations of the previous administering state when that state withdraws from the territory, as Britain did unilaterally in 1948. And that is the very most that Israel has done in Judea-Samaria since these territories came under its administration in 1967.

Israel Has built its Settlements on Palestinian land.

This too is nonsense. But unfortunately, it has been to a large extent propagated by Israel’s own “Civil Administration” in Judea and Samaria, the Israeli Attorney General’s office, and above all, by the Israeli Supreme Court. Contrary to what Kerry and the Security Council claim, Israel’s Judea-Samaria administration is extremely pro-Arab and hostile to the settlers, especially in land dispute cases.

The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that all land in “occupied” territory is assumed to be “Privately owned Palestinian Land” unless there is very specific documentation that it once belonged to the Turkish or British former governments of the region. But since the laws of these governments regarded all undeveloped land as belonging to the state and rarely made any specific reference to any particular parcel of undeveloped, uninhabited
land, this ruling means that the government has accepted without question the claims of Arab litigants (and their leftist Israeli backers) that they own land on which Jews have settled without ever demanding that the Arab claimants produce a title deed, or a shred of evidence that they own the land.

In fact no Arab has ever produced in court, or even elsewhere, a title deed to even one square foot of land on which Jewish “settlers” are living. As a result of this self-destructive Israeli behavior, Jews have been expelled by the Israeli military from homes in which they had lived for years, and entire Jewish neighborhoods and even whole villages (not Arab neighborhoods and villages) have been destroyed by Israel’s own government.

While there is no real evidence that any Jewish “settlers” are living on Arab-owned land, it is undeniable that more than 70,000 Arabs are living on Jewish-owned land in Judea-Samaria. Jewish individuals & organizations have title deeds going back well before 1948, often to the nineteenth century, for land on which Palestinian Arabs are now squatting.

The United Nations has even built a refugee camp on one large tract of land, purchased by a Jew from the Ottoman Turkish government in the nineteenth century. PLO documents published by Al-Jazeera even admit all this.

http://www.ajtransparency.com/en/projects/thepalestinepapers/201218203525218283.html

None of this bending over backward to be fair to the Arabs living in the disputed territories has in any way lessened the false allegations of Kerry & the “international community” that Israel has stolen “Palestinian” land in order to give it to Jewish “settlers.”

“Israel has prevented Arabs from building new homes & developing land in the

“West Bank.”

This is the most absurd balderdash of all. One of the authors was living in Israel shortly after the 1967 war, and saw with her own eyes that vast areas of the countryside were completely unoccupied. Since then, Arabs have built hundreds of new settlements in these previously vacant spaces since Israel first occupied (or rather liberated) them in 1967—far more than the total number of Jewish settlements that have been built there in this time. Hundreds of thousands of Arabs have built and moved into houses in these new settlements. The Israeli authorities have demolished less than 1 percent of these homes—mostly those that created serious health and safety hazards due to faulty construction, or because they were located in places that impinged on roads, rights of way needed for emergency vehicles, or water and sewer lines, streams, wells, and aquifers that their neighbors depend on for clean water.

Even so, the Israeli authorities have tolerated many of these problematic structures and have allowed Arab families to occupy them. They have not required Arab families to obtain permits to build these homes, and have certainly not required them to produce title to the land they have squatted on, even though Jews are required to obtain numerous permits before they are allowed to build.

The Israeli military has also demolished a small number of structures that impinge on roads, bases, outposts and training areas used by soldiers, since houses built in these locations can be—and have been—used by terrorists to ambush Israeli soldiers.

Israel has denied Arabs permits to build homes & businesses in Judea-Samaria.

Israel gives several hundred building permits a year to Arabs for construction in “East” Jerusalem, where some of the Arab residents accept the authority of the Israeli government. Elsewhere in Judea-Samaria, no Arab would dare request a building permit from Israel, or have any other open dealings with the Israeli authorities, especially where land is concerned, for fear of being murdered by the PLO Ramallah-Fatah regime’s “police.” The PLO government regards any dealings with the Israeli authorities that acknowledge Israel’s authority over land as treason. In fact, many Arabs have been murdered for having any dealings with Israelis connected with land. But as we have seen, Israel allows Arabs to build without permits.

The security checkpoints maintained by Israel to prevent terrorist attacks are a terrible affront to the dignity of Palestinians, prevent economic growth, reduce the Palestinian Arabs to dire poverty and prevent them from receiving medical treatment.

Americans have to endure far longer delays & have to answer far more intrusive questions every time they try to make a doctor’s appointment over the phone, or to obtain any help from “Customer Service” when their utilities or appliances aren’t working. They also must endure worse delays in “normal” commuter traffic, when lanes or bridges are closed for construction, or when American police forces establish checkpoints on roads to make routine checks for traffic violations, or to catch escaped convicts (as police frequently do).

As for inhibiting Palestinian economic growth and denying Palestinians access to medical care, in reality the Arab population has prospered enormously under Israel’s administration. Life expectancy has nearly doubled. Real incomes have tripled. When Israel first ‘occupied’ Judea-Samaria, it had only one two-year college. Now it has 24, including many that offer masters and doctorate degrees. Less than 30 percent of Arab children went to school; now over 99 percent do. Hundreds of new Palestinian businesses have been established & several new hospitals have been built along with many new clinics and medical centers. Large numbers of Arab patients receive the best treatment in the world at state-of-the-art Israeli hospitals; now 99 percent do. Less than 30% of Arab homes had running water, electricity, telephone service, television & heating in 1967; now nearly all do. Between 1967 and 1993, when Israel administered all of the ‘West Bank,’ it experienced annual economic growth rates of 10 percent a year, rivaling those of China. Growth has slowed since the Ramallah-PLO regime took over the Arab-populated areas of Judea-Samaria—because of the massive corruption of the Ramallah regime and its extortion from Arab businessmen, not because of the Israeli “occupation” or security checkpoints.

See: Connecting “State of Palestine,” as Ettinger & his team of demographic researchers show.

The Arabs in Judea-Samaria are segregated & discriminated against & will remain so as long as they are subject to Israeli rule.

Arabs living within “pre-1967” Israel have full equality as citizens with Jews. They are represented in the Israeli Parliament. An Arab judge is on the Israeli Supreme Court. Israel has even instituted “affirmative action” programs to favor Arabs in college admissions & employment—including government employment. Arab communities elect their own mayors & city councils.

Despite claims that Israel is an “apartheid state,” Israeli Arabs are free to live anywhere in Israel; there are many Israeli communities, such as Haifa, Jaffa, Ramla, Lod, and Beersheva, where Jews and Arabs live side by side.

f the Arabs in Judea & Samaria genuinely want to have equal rights with Jews inside Israel, they should stop waging war against & accept Israel’s existence as a Jewish and democratic state. No nation can grant equal rights to people who are waging war against them—and by brutal and inhumane means forbidden by international law, at that.

The comparison with the situation of the Palestinian Arabs of African-Americans during three hundred plus years of discrimination against them is not valid, since African-Americans have always been loyal Americans, and have fought for the United States in every war since 1775!

The comparison of Israel’s treatment of the Arabs of Judea-Samaria with South Africa’s former apartheid regime is also invalid, since the indigenous black peoples of South Africa were living peacefully alongside whites when the apartheid laws were imposed on them. They posed no military and security threat to their white neighbors, nor was South Africa ever threatened by well-armed and wealthy states along its borders, as Israel has been for 68 years.

“What if the Arabs of Judea-Samaria request the right to vote in Israeli elections?” Kerry asks.

This hasn’t happened yet, and all indications are that it is extremely unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future. Israelis should not be required to answer a hypothetical question, any more than anyone else should be.

Our guess is that if the Palestinian Arabs were ever to end their terrorist attacks on Israel, if they ever stop indoctrinating their children to hate Israel in their schools, if the Palestinian Arab media ever stops inciting their people to hate Israel and commit terrorist attacks on them, if the Ramallah regime ever stops demanding a never-ending torrent of anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations, and if it recognizes Israel’s legitimacy as a Jewish and democratic state, then the Israelis would seriously consider such a request from the Arabs of Judea-Samaria. Israel might then negotiate a “pathway to citizenship” for them, as Israeli journalist Carolyn Glick has suggested in her brilliant book The Israeli Solution.

What if the Ramallah regime makes good on Mahmoud Abbas’ “threat” to flee Judea-Samaria and transfer “full responsibility” for administering it to the “occupying” power? Would Israel then be willing to pay the costs of running the Palestinian Arab schools and providing for the humanitarian needs of the Arab population?

Here Kerry is just repeating a bizarre “threat” that Mahmoud Abbas has made repeatedly over the past year. Of course, this is a purely hypothetical and unlikely scenario, like Kerry’s other hypothetical question that we have just addressed.

The real question should be, “Why on earth is Abbas making such a ‘threat?’” Is he convinced that his Fatah regime will soon be overthrown by his own people, and is therefore preparing to take the money and run? Obviously, if Abbas ever actually implements this strange proposal, Israel should be prepared to take the opportunity to restore its administration of Judea-Samaria, take the appropriate measures to stamp out terrorism there, ban incitement to terrorism, and break up all terrorist groups operating there; in return, it should also provide for the humanitarian needs of, and government services required by, the Arab population.

Whether Israel’s government would avail themselves of such an opportunity in the rather unlikely circumstance that it should actually arise is anyone’s guess. But the very fact that Abbas would make such a “threat” suggests either that he has no concern for the welfare of his people, only for his own wealth and safety, or that he believes (correctly) they would be better off under an Israeli administration than under his present regime.

In either case, it is proof that Israel should remove the PLO-Fatah regime and resume its “occupation” of Judea-Samaria. A government that lacks even the commitment to govern should not exist.

Israel has “systematically” encouraged the growth of the “settlements” since the Israel–PLO accords were first signed in 1993.

Actually, Israel has done everything it can to discourage “settlement” growth since 1993. It has repeatedly imposed bans on new construction in Judea, Samaria, and East Jerusalem. Some of these bans have been public, and others theoretically secret but reported in the Israeli press. But since the “settlers” have a high birth rate, the Israeli government had no humane way of preventing all “natural growth” in their communities. In other words, it could not fairly deny to young couples the right to build a home of their own when their parents’ houses became too cramped to accommodate their growing families. Nor could they deny to these communities the occasional new school building when their existing schools became hopelessly overcrowded.

There have been no new “settlements” built since 1993. The Israeli government has only permitted, from time to time, some new houses in existing ones. The increase in the population of these communities over the past 24 years has resulted almost entirely from a high birth rate among the many young families living on them.

Undoubtedly Kerry would be outraged if Israelis were to suggest that Arabs should not have so many children. Is he now demanding this of Israeli Jews?

Kerry claims that negotiations between Israel & the PLO have failed because of a lack of “political courage” on both sides.

It would take far more courage for Arab leaders now to accept even one Israeli community outside the June 4, 1967, armistice lines now that the Security Council has declared all such “settlements,” even Jewish neighborhoods in “East Jerusalem,” to be illegal. Would the Arab world tolerate it if Palestinians accepted something less than what the Security Council by a 14–0 vote, with one nominal abstention, has declared is their due? No chance.

Resolution 2334 is compatible with an agreement based on direct negotiations between the parties & with “territorial swaps” that would permit some of the 750,000 Israelis living in Judea and Samaria to remain in their homes.

For the reasons we have just noted, this is untrue. The resolution also demands “the end of the Israeli occupation that began in June 1967.” That is incompatible with any territorial swaps. And there is no reference to such “swaps” in the resolution.

Israel’s government is the most rightwing in Israeli history & is dominated by its most extreme elements.

This was too much even for Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, even though she is no great friend of Israel. She pointed out that such blatant interference in the internal politics of a fellow democracy is “inappropriate.”

Is the Israeli government really extreme rightwing? Its defense minister has repeatedly proposed the territorial swaps idea that Kerry seems to favor—only to have these proposals repeatedly rejected by the PLO & even by Israel’s Arab parties, who were horrified by any suggestion that Arab Israeli citizens might have to live under a PLO government.

As far as the Israeli Arab leaders are concerned, that’s fine for other Arabs but not them.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has also proposed that Israel assist the Hamas regime in Gaza in constructing a port for the people of Gaza, without even demanding that Hamas end its armed attacks on Israelis and stop calling for the genocide of all Jews.

The Israeli government provides the Palestinian Arabs with water & electric power even while the Palestinians wage war against them & doesn’t even insist that it pay for these services. The Israeli government also allows the Palestinians to use Israel banks & Israeli currency & as we have seen, consistently favors Arabs over Jews in disputes over land ownership. Prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu has frequently offered to meet Mahmoud Abbas at any time without preconditions & has also invited him to address the Israeli Parliament. Abbas refused both offers.

The Israeli government has banned books that it considers to be extreme rightwing, and incarcerates many Jews without trial whom it regards as rightwing extremists. These repressive measures are very rarely employed against Arab anti-Jewish extremists. On the contrary, Arab anti-Jewish extremists are allowed to sit in Parliament! Surely an extreme rightwing government should be made of sterner stuff.

Israel should apologize to the Palestinian “refugees” for all the harm that it has done them, pay them generous compensation, arrange permanent homes for them & allow them the “option” of settling in Israel.

The Palestinians became refugees only when they launched an all-out guerilla-terrorist war against the Israelis in 1948, attacking nearly every Jewish community, attacking all Jewish-operated vehicles trying to drive on the country’s roads, seizing huge amounts of food & other supplies being sent to Jewish communities, reducing them to near starvation. Israel owes them no apologies.

The so-called refugees are mainly people who have never lived in Israel, and in many cases have never lived in “Palestine” as it was defined under the British Mandate. Rather they have grandparents who claimed—in some cases falsely—to have once lived in Palestine before 1948.

Back in the late 1940s and early 1950s many people falsely claimed Palestinian refugee status in order to obtain generous UN financial assistance. Their ‘refugee camps’ are towns with paved streets, businesses and permanent houses—in some cases, quite luxurious ones built with money supplied by the “international community.”

While the UN gives assistance to refugees from other ethnic groups only if they themselves are refugees, not descendant of a past generation who were once refugees, it considers all descendants of Palestinian refugees or alleged refugees as refugees to the nth generation. It spends 30 times more money on each Palestinian “refugee” than it does on each real refugee from other countries & it employs 30 times more staff per refugee (nearly all of these UN staff members are Palestinian Arabs). The international community should stop pampering these fake refugees. Certainly Israel has no obligation to pamper them.

The alleged Palestinian Arab refugees are brainwashed from birth in UN, Hamas or PLO schools to hate all Israeli Jews and to try to kill them whenever the opportunity arises. Obviously, Israel can’t admit these people to their country without putting the life and limbs of its citizens in mortal peril, and endangering Israel’s national existence.

As for compensation, the Israelis have offered it to the alleged Palestinian refugees many times, but these offers have repeatedly been refused.

A negotiated settlement should be based on the Arab League peace proposal & the UN Partition Resolution of 1947.

This is the heart of what Kerry proposed & it is by far the most sinister proposal in his speech. The Arab League Peace Initiative demands that Israel withdraw from every inch of territory that it occupied in June 1967 & that it allow the supposed Palestinian refugees to “return” to what is now Israel in unlimited numbers. It is a complete non-starter for negotiations, for all the reasons we have given. Kerry claims the Arab League has accepted the “territorial swaps” ideas & adjustments to the pre-1067 frontiers. But this is an outright lie. Arab League spokesmen made it clear over and over again that they will never accept any revisions to their demands.

Even worse, though, is Kerry’s suggestion that the United Nations General Assembly Partition Resolution of 1947 should be one of the bases for a settlement. That Resolution called for a Jewish State only 2/3rd the size of even pre-1967 Israel. It proposed that the Jewish state be composed of three noncontiguous enclaves, connected only by two checkpoints. It would render Israel militarily indefensible. Millions of Israelis would be forced from their homes if this plan were implemented today. The plan also provided for an “international” government for Jerusalem, Bethlehem & nearby villages. Such a regime would not be possible without a large military force under permanent UN military command—something the permanent members of the UN Security Council have never agreed to anywhere in the world.

While the Israeli Jews accepted the partition plan at the time it was adopted by the General Assembly, Arabs immediately declared their rejection of it & initiated all-out war against Israel to prevent its being put into effect. The UN Security Council declined to endorse or implement the General Assembly plan, which was only a recommendation unless the Security Council chose to endorse it. History & the Arabs passed by this plan 70 years ago. For Kerry to raise it now as a basis for a future settlement is by far the most outrageous element of a speech loaded with falsehood.

Will incoming President Donald Trump be able to pull the monkey-wrench that lame ducks Obama and Kerry have thrown into the machinery of Middle East diplomacy just a few days before they must leave office? Let us hope and pray that he will.

Falsehoods & more falsehoods, part II

Countering lies the world hears & believes about Judea & Samaria. By Rachel Neuwirth, 11/01/17 00:42

 

Rachel Neuwirth is an internationally recognized political commentator & analyst. She specializes in Middle Eastern Affairs with particular emphasis on Militant Islam & Israeli foreign policy. John Landau co-authored this article. For Part I, click here

Documentation:

Dr. Moshe Dann, “Is Amona built on private Palestinian land?” Israelnationalnews (Arutz Sheva web site Nov. 11, 2016.

Hillel Fendel, “The Myth of Private Palestinian Land in Judea and Samaria,” INN, 9/20/16

JNi Media,“Eight Crucial facts You Need to Know About the Amona Case,” The Jewish Press, http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/eight-crucial-things-you-must-know-about-the-amona-case/2016/11/20/

Falsehoods & more falsehoods, part II

IsraPundit by Ted Belman January 11, 2017

3.Caveats of 2016 US-Israel Aid Deal Come Into Focus By: Barbara Opall-Rome, DEFENSE NEWS January 10, 2017

TEL AVIV – More specifics about congressional restrictions on US military aid for Israel have emerged with the State Department release of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) governing the bilateral pact signed nearly four months ago.

Details of the $38 billion deal, which covers fiscal years 2019 to 2028, provide context to a fact sheet released by the White House when the agreement was inked on Sept. 14, 2016.

As previously announced, it commits to providing Israel with $3.3 billion each year in grant Foreign Military Financing (FMF) aid, along with $500 million per year for missile defense.
What was not included in the White House fact sheet are the specific terms and conditions under which the US aid will be made available to its top Mideast ally:

No Congressional Plus-ups

Under the agreement, both countries “jointly commit to respect the FMF levels specified in this MOU, and not to seek changes to the FMF levels for the duration of this understanding.”

With regard to the 2017 and 2018 budget years that precede the new agreement, the State Department posted a letter from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Secretary of State John Kerry in which the Israeli leader pledged to refund any congressionally-appropriated FMF funds that exceed the $3.1 billion earmarked for Israel under the existing MOU.

As for the $500 million in annual missile defense funding, the MOU stipulates that both sides commit “not to seek additional missile defense funding from the United States for the duration of this understanding, except in exceptional circumstances as may be jointly agreed by the US administration and Israel, such as in the event of a major armed conflict involving Israel.”

‘Buy American’ Provisions

Under the new MOU, the administration underscored “the importance of making FMF resources available to finance the purchase of US military goods & services in the United States.” As such, Washington will gradually reduce so-called Off Shore Procurement (OSP), the amount of FMF funding that Israel has been allowed to convert into Israeli shekels for local defense research, development & procurement.

For decades, Israel had the unique privilege of being able to convert 26.3 percent of its FMF funds for OSP; an amount in the last years of the current agreement has totaled $815.3 million. But in consideration of Israel’s claims that removal of the OSP privilege would harm its defense industrial base, the agreement will phase it out gradually.

The new MOU allows Israel to retain its current level of $815.3 million OSP in the first year (FY2019), which represents some 24.7 percent of the $3.3 billion earmarked in annual FMF over the life of the agreement. Over the next four years (FY2020-2023), OSP falls by a mere $10 million. But by fiscal year 2024 – year number five of the accord – Israel’s OSP allowance drops $50 million to $725.3 million.

The following year (FY2025), OSP falls by $275 million, leaving Israel $450.3 million to spend locally. It drops by another $200 million in the two years after that (FY2026-FY2027) until finally, by fiscal year 2028, the tenth & final year of the agreement, Israel will no longer be able to spend US aid in country.

Missile Defense Matching Funds

The MOU imposes no conditions on how Israel can spend the $5 billion in missile defense funds allotted over the ten-year period, as long as such funds are used “primarily for the purposes of developing and procuring articles and services necessary to missile, rocket and projectile defense systems for the defense of Israel.”

The last five words of that caveat – “for the defense of Israel” – means that Israel cannot use US missile defense funding for spinoff programs destined for export; something Israeli experts say will be exceedingly difficult to enforce.

As for matching funds, the MOU states that “both sides jointly understand” that US missile defense funding “should be made available on the basis of best efforts at matching financial and non-financial contributions by Israel for such systems.”

Furthermore, the MOU highlights the importance of US-based co-production of missile defense-related parts and components “at a level equal to or greater than 50 percent of US-appropriated” production funds.

The MOU allows for leeway in Israel’s prescribed use of US missile defense funding for Iron Dome, David’s Sling & Arrow-3-related system elements, provided that departures from the text are codified in separate bilateral agreements governing bilateral cooperative missile defense programs.

Transparency & Accountability

The MOU clearly states that FMF funding aims “to help enable Israel to defend itself by itself and develop long-term capacity, primarily through the acquisition of advanced capabilities that are available from the United States.” As such, it calls on Israel not to use FMF for purchase of fuel or other consumables, as it has done in recent years to the tune of $1.2 billion annually.

It also calls on both parties to “maximize understanding and transparency regarding how US funding is used” through active dialogue and regular consultations. At the same time, the MOU calls for Israel to be transparent in how it uses its own national funds to safeguard its security.

To that end, it obliges Israel to provide “detailed programmatic information related to the use of all US funding, including funds used for OSP.” It also calls for Israel to provide annual updates on all cooperative defense programs – “to include progress reports and spending plans” – along with topline figures from the budget of Israel’s Missile Defense Organization.

Wild Card?

The last line of the agreement, signed by Thomas Shannon, US undersecretary of state for political affairs, and Jacob Nagel, acting Israel National Security Advisor, has been interpreted in Israel as a possible escape route should Washington encounter unanticipated budgetary constraints.

It reads: “Both sides acknowledge that the funding levels in this understanding assume continuation of adequate funding levels for US foreign assistance and missile defense overall, and are subject to the appropriation and availability of funds for these purposes.”

Caveats of 2016 US-Israel Aid Deal Come Into Focus By: Barbara Opall-Rome

4.After day of 16 bomb threats, FBI to coordinate with JCCs

FBI & Dep’t of Homeland Security to assist US JCCs after 16 centers receive bomb threats in 1 day . JTA, 10/01/17 21:31

FBI (Illustration) – Flash 90

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security will be assisting local Jewish community centers in bolstering security after 16 JCCs received bomb threats on the same day.

On Wednesday, officials from the FBI and Homeland Security will conduct a conference call with US Jewish communal leaders to discuss Monday’s incidents, what they stem from and how to craft protocols to handle such incidents in the future. Some communities already receive federal grants to provide for security.

The bomb threats, none of which appear credible, hit JCCs up and down the East Coast, in addition to two in the United Kingdom, prompting evacuations of buildings & campuses. According to Jewish communal security officials, the bomb threats came both from robocalls & from live telephone calls. It remains unclear whether one person or group was behind all the threats.

The U.S. JCCs affected ranged from one in northern New Jersey to several in the Southeast — including in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. In addition, JCCs in Maryland, Delaware, Tennessee & Pennsylvania received threats. Several Jewish institutions also received bomb threats last week.

The simultaneous threats were unprecedented, according to Paul Goldenberg, the director of the Secure Community Network, a group affiliated with the Jewish Federations of North America that coordinates security for the Jewish community.

“We’re in a completely different world now than we were a couple years ago,” Goldenberg told JTA. “What is unprecedented is in the shortest period of time we received a substantial number of bomb threats. These offenders are leveraging technology to intimidate &/or terrorize communities.” The FBI is investigating the bomb scares, according to Goldenberg.

One of the threatened communities, in Wilmington, Delaware, received a bomb threat at 11:45 a.m. Monday & evacuated some 200 people from a complex housing 4 Jewish organizations. Everyone from preschoolers at a Jewish day school to senior citizens eating lunch left the building within a few minutes. They returned about 90 minutes later.

Seth Katzen, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Delaware, said communal officials were in touch with local FBI & police, who responded immediately & that the evacuation was completed without panic.

“There was a scare, but a manageable uneasiness,” he told JTA. “Everyone moved extremely well. It was to create panic & inconvenience, which it did. That is our new reality.”

Neither Goldenberg nor the Anti-Defamation League explicitly tied the bomb threats to the rise of anti-Semitic attacks during & after the 2016 presidential campaign. Goldenberg said making such a link may be tempting, but would be premature as the offender has not been identified.

The New York Police Department, as well as the Southern Poverty Law Center, have released reports of a rise in hate crimes following the election. Goldenberg expects more attacks on religious institutions to take place in 2017.

“In the last 16 months we’ve seen an increase in harassment, intimidation & as a direct result of some of the rhetoric & usage by extremists of social media,” Goldenberg said. “It’s easy to tie this into the election. I think the current situation in the US & abroad has allowed for some extremists to have a methodology.”

Over the past two years, Jewish federations in major urban areas have hired coordinators — mostly former federal law enforcement officials — to ensure that all local Jewish institutions are secure & prepared to face threats. More than 20 such security coordinators have been hired.

Brenda Moxley, director of community security for the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, was hired last year after serving as assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s criminal branch in Miami. She ensures that more than 120 area Jewish institutions are prepared for incidents such as Monday’s, in addition to being in touch with law enforcement officials.

Moxley said the need for such procedure first arose following the 9/11 attacks in 2001 & Jewish institutions are beginning to be proactive in responding to threats.

“Every day, it’s important to be vigilant,” she told JTA. “It’s not about being paranoid; it’s just about being prepared.”

Others point out that Jewish institutions began “hardening” their security after the 1999 attack on the North Valley Jewish Community Center near Los Angeles, when a white supremacist opened fire in the JCC lobby and wounded five people.

In April 2014, a 73-year-old neo-Nazi opened fire at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, Kansas & Village Shalom, a nearby Jewish retirement community, killing three people.

FBI & Dep’t of Homeland Security to assist US JCCs after 16 centers receive bomb threats in 1 day

5.Stained-glass windows of Philly synagogue smashed 2nd time in 2 months. JTA, 09/01/17 20:43 Synagogue (Illustration) – Public domain

The stained-glass windows of a Philadelphia synagogue were shattered by rocks for the second time in two months. Rocks the size of a baseball were thrown through three windows at Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai, a nearly century-old Conservative synagogue in the city’s historic Tacony neighborhood, shortly before 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

On Dec. 2, a rock was thrown through one of the same windows in the second-floor sanctuary just before the start of Friday night Sabbath services, according to the report.

No one was injured in either attack.

The building is clearly marked as a synagogue.

Synagogue president Malcolm Adler told the Inquirer that members of the congregation are “very hot, very upset.

Stained-glass windows of Philly synagogue smashed 2nd time in 2 months.

6.Jewish Group Screens ‘Jerusalem Eternal Capital of Israel’ on UNESCO’s Paris HQ e By: JNi.Media JewishPress.com Published: January 11th, 2017 Eternal Capital Headquarters


Jerusalem message superimposed on UNESCO building Photo: Israel Is Forever France Facebook

The French branch of the organization “Israel Is Forever” on Tuesday announced it had decided to take strong action “on behalf of many French Jews & Israeli Francophones” to show their dissatisfaction with the upcoming international conference on the Middle East to be held in Paris January 15, whose only goal is to harm Israel.

According to IIF France, its members proposed on Tuesday evening to project the image of the Western Wall with the text “Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the State of Israel” on many facades of the UNESCO building in Paris, as well as on the building fronts of the “disinformation” news agency AFP & on the Arc de Triomphe.

IIF France argued that France’s voted at Unesco and the UN, along with its initiative for an international conference Sunday, January 15, can only promote terrorism against Israel. They suggested that last Sunday’s terrorist truck ramming attack in Jerusalem was further proof for the notion that the more the PA Arabs sense that the international community is anti-Israel, the more inclined they are to resort to terrorism.

They also issued “An open letter to the President of the French Republic,” which “draws attention to France’s harmful role vis-à-vis the island of stability and democracy in the Middle East.” The letter condemned a policy that undermines prospects for peace and expresses its solidarity with the State and people of Israel.

An Open Letter to Monsieur François Hollande, Elysee Palace, Paris.

Mister President,

You took the initiative to convene an international conference in Paris to impose on the State of Israel a solution of dismemberment.

It was under your mandate that the vote was taken by the National Assembly recognizing “Palestine,” the vote at UNESCO denying any connection between Jerusalem and the Jewish people, the vote at the World Health Organization on Israeli health policy, the marking of Israeli products, and the iniquitous vote at the UN to try to make “Judenrein” the Biblical Lands of Judea and Samaria.

All that was missing was an international conference in Paris in the absence and against the will of the State of Israel.

At a time when the Middle East is on fire and mired in blood, Syria is in ruins, Iraq is resonating with permanent explosions, Libya is in the hands of Muslim terrorists, Iran is preparing its nuclear future thanks to the agreements you have signed, Turkey lives under a dictatorial regime, the Kurds still have no recognized independent territory, refugees number by the millions, civilian and military victims are in the hundreds of thousands – your crucial problem remains support for an unlikely terrorist Arab state.

Indeed, in this context, it is urgent to weaken the only island of stability and the only democracy in this region –the Jewish state – in Europe and in this European Union, no problem! Britain slammed the door of Europe; Greece crumbles under the weight of financial constraints; Italy is in danger for its banking institutions; millions of “migrants” sweep over the old continent; Crimea is annexed by Russia and the fighting takes place in Ukraine.

But the urgency lies in the action against the State of Israel! Your only problem and your ambition remain the push to share the capital of Israel and the Jewish people, to force them to withdraw from their historical lands of Judea and Samaria. Yours is a tenacity that touches on obsession!

Not wishing to make more trouble, but this policy smacks of Dreyfus and the yellow star.

You should know, Mr. President, that when you leave the Elysee, the Jewish people will be jubilant. Indeed, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the victory of the IDF which brought about the liberation of Judea and Samaria and the reunification of Israel’s eternal and indivisible capital: Jerusalem.

Jacques KUPFER, President, Israel Is Forever

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Jewish Group Screens ‘Jerusalem Eternal Capital of Israel’ on UNESCO’s Paris HQ’

7.French Ambassadors Declare War on Israel by Yves Mamou

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9754/france-ambassadors-israel January 12, 2017 at 5:00 am For our ambassadors, terrorism does not exist in “Palestine”. They just whisper Quixotically about “the need for security” for Israel.

The obvious conclusion is that they are just trying to hide their own detestation of Israel behind the Arab one.

The problem is not Jewish “settlers” in “Palestine”. Before 1967, there were no settlements, then what was the Palestine Liberation Organization “liberating” when it was created in Cairo in 1964? The answer, as the PLO was the first to admit, was “Palestine” — meaning the entire state of Israel, regarded by many Arabs as just one big settlement. Just look any Palestinian map.

The problem is that these ambassadors are not as dangerous to Israel as they are to Europe & the free world, as they keep on succumbing to the demands of Islam.

Do not forget these names: Yves Aubin de La Messuzière; Denis Bauchard; Philippe Coste; Bertrand Dufourcq; Christian Graeff; Pierre Hunt; Patrick Leclercq; Stanislas de Laboulaye; Jean-Louis Lucet; Gabriel Robin; Jacques-Alain de Sédouy & Alfred Siefer-Gaillardin.

These men are retired French ambassadors. They are apparently well educated, very polite & aristocratic people and they regularly publish op-eds in Le Monde. However, they publish in Le Monde only to threaten Israel.

Their most recent op-ed in Le Monde on January 9, 2017, was to explain how an international conference on the Middle East, the one which scheduled for January 15 in Paris, would be beneficial for the “security” of Israel. Their text is a discouraging enumeration of traditional clichés of France’s hypocritical diplomacy.

Example: “For the Palestinians, nothing is worse than the absence of a state”. In which way is it the worst? As Bret Stephens wrote this week in the Wall Street Journal: “Have they experienced greater violations to their culture than Tibetans? No: Beijing has conducted a systematic policy of repression for 67 years, whereas Palestinians are nothing if not vocal in mosques, universities and the media. Have they been persecuted more harshly than the Rohingya? Not even close.”

Stephens also noted that: “a telling figure came in a June 2015 poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, which found that a majority of Arab residents in East Jerusalem would rather live as citizens with equal rights in Israel than in a Palestinian state. “

The French ambassadors, however, do not explain. They just add: “The Proclamation of a Palestinian state will certainly not change anything on the ground,” but they say that they hope this symbolic move will create “a new dynamic imposing new realities”. Hmm. Now what could these “new realities” be in a Palestinian state in the middle of a war-torn Middle East?

“Today,” reflects Diana B. Greenwald of the Washington Post, “with Fatah in charge in the West Bank, the main threat comes from Islamist groups, such as Hamas & even militant groups associated with Fatah that have chafed under Abbas’s heavy-handed rule.”

This evaluation was backed up by the landslide vote for Hamas, not in Gaza, but at Birzeit University in the West Bank.

For these French ambassadors, all Israeli governments & especially Netanyahu’s, are seemingly driven by a “religious nationalism” which supposedly makes Israel’s prime minister deaf to the national aspirations of Palestinian people — the same Palestinian people who pursue a state by killing Jews with knifes, bus-bombs or vehicular ramming attacks, at the same time shouting, “Allahu Akbar” [“Allah is Greatest”]. For our ambassadors, terrorism does not exist in “Palestine”. They just whisper Quixotically about “the need for security” for Israel.

Unhappy France-Israel diplomacy. Pictured: French President François Hollande (R) greets Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris on Jan. 11, 2015. (Image source: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

Their article is a long & boring lament about the oh-so-difficult conditions of the Palestinian people. But after this complaint, our ambassadors finally get to their real intent: they threaten to banish Israel. If Israel does not comply with its condemnation; if Israel refuses to go back to the “Auschwitz borders” of 1949 as UN Security Council Resolution 2334 dictates; if Israel does not renounce Jerusalem, the soul of its civilization for more than 3,000 years, to make room for a Palestinian state — they also conveniently leave out that it would most likely soon be an Islamic terrorist state — then the process of international sanctions will be launched.

“It is unfortunate, however,” the ambassadors wrote, “that Mr. Netanyahu from the outset announced that he did not want to meet Mr. Abbas in Paris. But this refusal shows the need for international pressure to reframe an impossible dialogue.”

“Otherwise, how would Israel escape the danger of sanctions? By calling for the labeling of products from the Israeli settlements, the European Union, was being consistent with its condemnation of the settlements & paved the way. It is a perilous process for Israel, open to the outside world & therefore vulnerable. We recall the role of sanctions in the end of apartheid in South Africa”.

They are not precise about what “sanctions” would be. But in an earlier op-ed, published on Feb. 3, 2016, the same group of retired French ambassadors gave some examples of their wishes.

1. Immediate recognition of the State of Palestine by France & all countries of the European Union.

2. A suspension of the association agreement between the European Union & Israel.

3. The end of economic & scientific cooperation between the European Union & Israel.

These pedantic diatribes against the Jewish state are a pathetic illustration of the traditional blindness of European diplomacy, and especially France’s. These ambassadors make the statement that “the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is eclipsed in world opinion by the misfortunes of Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and by the perilous presence of the Islamic state”, but they continue to think that “the resentment of Arab public opinion against the Western world” exists because this same Western world is “accused of complicity with Israel”.

The obvious conclusion is that they are just trying to hide their own detestation of Israel behind the Arab one. The problem is not Jewish “settlers” in “Palestine”. Before 1967, there were no settlements. So what was the Palestine Liberation Organization “liberating” when it was created in Cairo in 1964? The answer, of course, as the PLO was the first to admit, was “Palestine” — meaning the entire state of Israel, regarded by many Arabs as just one big settlement. Just look at any Palestinian map.

Middle East expert Gregg Roman straightens out the factual history distorted by the UN and Europe: “[W]hen taking into account 3,000 years of history and context, Palestinian Arabs, not indigenous Israeli Jews, become the offending party…. Around 1,300 years ago, descendants & followers of the Prophet Mohammad from Arabia poured out of the (Arabian) Peninsular in an orgy of conquest, expansionism & colonization. They first annihilated ancient Jewish tribes in places like Yathrib (known today as Medina) & Khaybar before sweeping north, east & west, conquering what is today known as the Middle East, North Africa & even southern Europe…. Wherever Arab & Islamic rulers conquered, they imposed their culture, language & — most significantly — their religion…. At first, Arab settlers & conquerors did not want to intermingle with their indigenous vassals. They often lived in segregated quarters or created garrison towns from which they imposed their authority on native populations…. while slavery became rampant & unfettered…. Slowly, but surely, the ‘Arab world’ that we know today was artificially & aggressively imposed.”

Arabs, who have been trying to kill Jews there for nearly a hundred years, long before 1967, represent a problem — there are 1.5 million Arab people in Israel, but no one considers them “settlers”. The problem is that these ambassadors are not as dangerous to Israel as they are to Europe & the free world, as they keep on succumbing to the demands of Islam.

Yves Mamou is a journalist and author based in France. He worked for two decades for the daily, Le Monde, before his retirement.

French Ambassadors Declare War on Israel by Yves Mamou

Secretary of State nominee: Israel is our most important ally

Rex Tillerson blasts the Obama administration’s attitude towards Israel,

says PA must demonstrate it is serious about peace talks. By Elad Benari, 12/01/17 00:05

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Rex Tillerson – Reuters

Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, on Wednesday stressed the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship & condemned the outgoing Obama administration’s decision not to veto UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which criticized Israeli construction in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

Speaking at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tillerson said the resolution was “not helpful” & “undermines” the conditions for peace talks to continue, reported The Washington Post.

The former ExxonMobil chief also described Secretary of State John Kerry’s subsequent speech criticizing Israel as “quite troubling.”

He added that the Palestinian Authority must show that it is serious about negotiating with Israel before any progress can be made.

“Until there is a serious demonstration on their part, it’s going to be very difficult to create conditions at the table for parties to have any productive conversation about settlements,” said Tillerson, according to The Washington Post.

He stressed the importance of the United States recommitting to its alliance with Israel, which he said “is, was & always has been our most important ally” in the Mid East.

Tillerson also stressed that a 2-state solution as an outcome to the conflict would be “the dream that everyone is in pursuit of”, but added, “Whether it could ever be a reality remains to be seen.”

Secretary of State nominee: Israel is our most important ally

 

IDF commander advises Azariya’s father not to appeal verdict

Major-Gen. Gai Hazut, Kfir brigade commander, advised Elor Azariya’s father not to appeal verdict in return for reduced jail time. By Yoel Domb, 11/01/17 22:35

Elor Azaria – Flash 90

The commander of the Kfir Brigade, Major-General Gai Hazut, attempted to persuade Elor Azariya’s father this week not to appeal the military court’s verdict against his son, according to a Channel 2 report,

According to the report, in a conversation between Hazut & Charlie Azariya, the officer advised the father to maintain a low profile & not submit an appeal & in return his son would receive defense from the army & would be sentenced to a short jail period.

During the conversation Hazut said “I can tell you, with friends who are lawyers & from what I read & from the verdict, it is so clear cut, the chances of a successful appeal are minimal.”

The father stressed that he intended to appeal. “I am not willing to have my 21-year-old son charged with manslaughter when he served the country & didn’t do anything. I have no problem with all of this if there wasn’t a manslaughter charge. I don’t want to cause damage to the army. When I hear soldiers calling me & saying ‘listen, I don’t know when to shoot & when not to shoot’, I don’t want that kind of damage.”

In response the father was offered a deal which involved exchanging his defense team for a military defense team & even allowing Elor in the future to carry a pistol around in self-defense despite the conviction for manslaughter.

The father stressed that he was not willing to have his son sit in a military jail & the officer replied that the affair could not end without jail time.

In the past the IDF claimed that it had not been involved in the legal procedure but the new report belies that claim.

IDF commander advises Azariya’s father not to appeal verdict

French Ambassadors Declare War on Israel by Yves Mamou

For French ambassadors, all Israeli governments & especially Netanyahu’s, are seemingly driven by a “religious nationalism” which supposedly makes Israel’s prime minister deaf to the national aspirations of Palestinian people — the same Palestinian people who pursue a state by killing Jews with knifes, bus-bombs or vehicular ramming attacks, at the same time shouting, “Allahu Akbar” [“Allah is Greatest”]. For our ambassadors, terrorism does not exist in “Palestine”. They just whisper Quixotically about “the need for security” for Israel.

Unhappy France-Israel diplomacy. Pictured: French President François Hollande (R) greets Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris on Jan. 11, 2015. (Image source: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

Their article is a long & boring lament about the oh-so-difficult conditions of the Palestinian people. But after this complaint, our ambassadors finally get to their real intent: they threaten to banish Israel. If Israel does not comply with its condemnation; if Israel refuses to go back to the “Auschwitz borders” of 1949 as UN Security Council Resolution 2334 dictates; if Israel does not renounce Jerusalem, the soul of its civilization for more than 3,000 years, to make room for a Palestinian state — they also conveniently leave out that it would most likely soon be an Islamic terrorist state — then the process of international sanctions will be launched.

“It is unfortunate, however,” the ambassadors wrote, “that Mr. Netanyahu from the outset announced that he did not want to meet Mr. Abbas in Paris. But this refusal shows the need for international pressure to reframe an impossible dialogue.”

“Otherwise, how would Israel escape the danger of sanctions? By calling for the labeling of products from the Israeli settlements, the European Union, was being consistent with its condemnation of the settlements & paved the way. It is a perilous process for Israel, open to the outside world & therefore vulnerable. We recall the role of sanctions in the end of apartheid in South Africa”.

They are not precise about what “sanctions” would be. But in an earlier op-ed, published on Feb. 3, 2016, the same group of retired French ambassadors gave some examples of their wishes.

1. Immediate recognition of the State of Palestine by France & all countries of the European Union.

2. A suspension of the association agreement between the European Union & Israel.

3. The end of economic & scientific cooperation between the European Union & Israel.

These pedantic diatribes against the Jewish state are a pathetic illustration of the traditional blindness of European diplomacy, and especially France’s. These ambassadors make the statement that “the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is eclipsed in world opinion by the misfortunes of Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and by the perilous presence of the Islamic state”, but they continue to think that “the resentment of Arab public opinion against the Western world” exists because this same Western world is “accused of complicity with Israel”.

The obvious conclusion is that they are just trying to hide their own detestation of Israel behind the Arab one. The problem is not Jewish “settlers” in “Palestine”. Before 1967, there were no settlements. So what was the Palestine Liberation Organization “liberating” when it was created in Cairo in 1964? The answer, of course, as the PLO was the first to admit, was “Palestine” — meaning the entire state of Israel, regarded by many Arabs as just one big settlement. Just look at any Palestinian map.

Middle East expert Gregg Roman straightens out the factual history distorted by the UN and Europe: “[W]hen taking into account 3,000 years of history and context, Palestinian Arabs, not indigenous Israeli Jews, become the offending party…. Around 1,300 years ago, descendants & followers of the Prophet Mohammad from Arabia poured out of the (Arabian) Peninsular in an orgy of conquest, expansionism & colonization. They first annihilated ancient Jewish tribes in places like Yathrib (known today as Medina) & Khaybar before sweeping north, east & west, conquering what is today known as the Middle East, North Africa & even southern Europe…. Wherever Arab & Islamic rulers conquered, they imposed their culture, language & — most significantly — their religion…. At first, Arab settlers & conquerors did not want to intermingle with their indigenous vassals. They often lived in segregated quarters or created garrison towns from which they imposed their authority on native populations…. while slavery became rampant & unfettered…. Slowly, but surely, the ‘Arab world’ that we know today was artificially & aggressively imposed.”

Arabs, who have been trying to kill Jews there for nearly a hundred years, long before 1967, represent a problem — there are 1.5 million Arab people in Israel, but no one considers them “settlers”. The problem is that these ambassadors are not as dangerous to Israel as they are to Europe & the free world, as they keep on succumbing to the demands of Islam.

Yves Mamou is a journalist and author based in France. He worked for two decades for the daily, Le Monde, before his retirement.

French Ambassadors Declare War on Israel by Yves Mamou

 

 


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Gail Winston is co-founder of the Winston International Institute for the Study of Prejudice.



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