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  • President Sisi’s Gift: Egypt’s offer to create a Palestinian state in Sinai rejected.

    09/09/2014 9:31:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 09/09/2014 | Caroline Glick
    Originally published by the Jerusalem Post. Something extraordinary has happened.On August 31, PLO chief and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told an audience of Fatah members that Egypt had offered to give the PA some 1,600 kilometers of land in Sinai adjacent to Gaza, thus quintupling the size of the Gaza Strip. Egypt even offered to allow all the so-called “Palestinian refugees” to settle in the expanded Gaza Strip.Then Abbas told his Fatah followers that he rejected the Egyptian offer.On Monday Army Radio substantiated Abbas’s claim.According to Army Radio, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi proposed that the Palestinians establish their...
  • Al-Sisi Offered Abbas: Create Palestinian State in Sinai

    09/07/2014 10:55:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    INN ^ | 9/8/2014, 7:54 AM | Gil Ronen
    Egyptian president General Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi has offered Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas to cede 160 square kilometers of the Sinai Peninsula adjoining Gaza to the PA, thus creating a Palestinian state five times the present size of Gaza. In return, the PA would stop demanding that Israel return to the 1967 borders. The offer was revealed on IDF Radio. Al-Sisi reportedly suggested that Palestinian “refugees” be allowed to settle in the new, much enlarged Gaza, which would be demilitarized. …
  • Palestinians plan for airport, seaport and railway

    02/10/2014 12:39:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 02.10.14, 09:23 | Elior Levy
    Palestinian Transportation Minister Nabil Dmaidi announced on Sunday that the Palestinian Authority intends to build an airport, sea ports and a railway to connect the Gaza Strip to Egypt. Dmaidi said his ministry signed a cooperative agreement with Egypt’s civil aviation authority, in an attempt to utilize the professional experience of the Egyptians in the aerospace industry. …
  • Everything that is good for Obama is necessarily bad for Israel. Why that's not hyperbole

    11/06/2013 1:31:01 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 6 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11/6/2013 | Caroline B. Glick
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu apparently believes the greatest threat the country now faces is an escalated European trade war. He's wrong. The greatest threat we are now facing is a national leadership that cannot get its arms around changing strategic realities. Over the weekend, Yediot Aharonot reported that during Secretary of State John Kerry's seven-hour meeting in Rome last week with Netanyahu, Kerry warned that the price for walking away from the talks with the PLO will be European economic strangulation of Israel. According to the newspaper, "[T]he secretary of state told the prime minister that he heard from his...
  • US 'Will Force' Israel-PA Deal; Report: US will lay down its own outline for an accord in January,

    11/04/2013 12:46:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 46 replies
    inn ^ | 11/4/13 | Gil Ronen
    The United States intends to try and force a peace agreement on Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), IDF Radio reported Monday. The radio station says the US has informed Israel and the Palestinian Authority that if negotiations between them do not advance, Washington will propose its own solution, that will include a US position on every point that is in contention. In effect, according to the report, this will be an attempt to force the sides to agree on a solution formulated by the US. MK Zehava Galon (Meretz) was quoted as saying Monday that senior US officials told...
  • To Shape Young Palestinians, Hamas Creates Its Own Textbooks

    11/03/2013 7:36:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 3, 2013 | Fares Akram and Jodi Rudorem
    When a class of Palestinian ninth graders in Gaza recently discussed the deadly 1929 riots over access to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, it was guided by a new textbook, introduced this fall by the Islamist Hamas movement. … What Gaza teenagers are reading in their 50-page hardcover texts this fall includes references to the Jewish Torah and Talmud as “fabricated,” and a description of Zionism as a racist movement whose goals include driving Arabs out of all of the area between the Nile in Africa and the Euphrates in Iraq, Syria and Turkey.“Palestine,” in turn, is defined as a...
  • ‘Palestinian State’ Would Leave Israel ‘Indefensible’

    10/30/2013 6:59:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 10/30/2013, 3:51 PM | Ari Yashar & Arutz Sheva Staff
    As negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority continue amid international calls for a 23rd Arab state in the Judea and Samaria (West Bank) region—which would leave Israel with the territory it held prior to the 1967 Six-Day War—familiar calls from within Israel are being heard warning of the “indefensible borders” the Jewish State would be left with in such an eventuality. It is not a new claim. Israel’s former Foreign Minister Abba Eban famously referred to the so-called “’67 borders” as “Auschwitz borders,” provocatively expressing the fears of many Israelis that a return to the 1949 Armistice lines would...
  • Bombing the Syrian Reactor: The Untold Story

    02/23/2013 8:09:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 60 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 2013 | Elliott Abrams
    As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regimeÂ’s chemical weapons and whether SyriaÂ’s Bashar al-Assad will unleash them against Syrian rebels, or whether a power vacuum after AssadÂ’s fall might make those horrific tools available to the highest bidder. The conversation centers on SyriaÂ’s chemical weaponry, not on something vastly more serious: its nuclear weaponry. It well might have. This is the inside story of why it does not. Relations between the United States and Israel had grown rocky after IsraelÂ’s incursion into Lebanon in 2006, for Secretary of State Condoleezza...
  • Libyan stalemate is bad news for Samantha Power, Obama key advisor

    04/13/2011 5:30:48 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 33 replies
    Irish Central ^ | April 13, 2011 | Niall O'Dowd
    The continued stalemate in Libya is not good news for Samantha Power widely seen as one of the architects of the Libyan intervention. Power, who works with the National Security Council, has been touted as the next secretary of State if Obama is re-elected but if Libya continues to be a stalemate it will not help her case... But the original script went wrong from there with rebels advancing, then retreating like a bad Charlie Chaplin scene before the current stalemate. Stalemate is not good in that corner of the world, and a leaderless state, like Somalia can soon become...
  • Obama to Palestinians: Delay Statehood Until Election Over

    08/26/2012 6:31:04 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 14 replies
    Bible Prophecy Blog ^ | 8/26/2012 | Aaron Klein
    The Obama administration has asked the Palestinian Authority to delay its bid to unilaterally declare a state at the United Nations until after November’s presidential election, a senior PA official told KleinOnline. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the request was passed to PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ office by the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem earlier this month. The official said the PA has not yet made a decision about the timing of its application with the U.N. General Assembly for accepting “Palestine” as a non-member state. The official, however, did indicate Abbas is inclined toward waiting until after...
  • UNESCO designates Church of the Nativity as endangered site (bad news)

    06/30/2012 12:43:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    AP via Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 29, 2012 | Dalia Nammari and Karin Laub, Associated Press
    The Palestinians on Friday persuaded the U.N. cultural agency to list the Church of the Nativity—the place where Christians believe Jesus was born—as an endangered World Heritage site despite misgivings by churches in charge of the basilica.The Palestinians hailed the nod by UNESCO as a step forward in their quest for global recognition of an independent Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, captured by Israel in 1967. The centuries-old basilica is located in a part of the Israeli-occupied West Bank where the Palestinians have self-rule. UNESCO's decision was seen by them as validation of their rights to...
  • Is the Obama Administration using the threat of Iran to blackmail Israel? (Obama doing it again)

    03/05/2012 5:34:29 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Prayer Team ^ | 3/5/12 | Mike Evans
    I am in Washington D.C. with top Israeli leaders. In a few hours, I will be in a meeting with the Prime Minister. As I write, the meeting between President Obama and my old friend Benjamin Netanyahu is still going on. Mr. Obama is desperately attempting to persuade Israel not to attack Iran before the U.S. elections this November. The threat posed to Israel by an atomic Iran is no secret. The radical Islamists have made it more than clear that they want to see Israel “wiped off the map.” Israel must take action soon, or Iran will pass into...
  • Palestinian state would expel Jews

    12/27/2011 2:46:09 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 7 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | December 26, 2011 | Steve Huntley
    Buried in news stories about the conviction on a former president of Israel on rape charges was a telling insight into the Jewish state: The three-judge panel that convicted Moshe Katsav and the three-judge tribunal that rejected his appeal each had a justice who is an Israeli Arab. Arabs make up 20 percent of the population of Israel, and, as the Katsav story indicates, they are able to play prominent roles in the country’s governmental life, including service in the Knesset. Hundreds of thousands of Jews live in communities in the disputed West Bank territories. To Israelis, the West Bank...
  • Palestinian state would expel Jews

    12/27/2011 5:34:34 AM PST · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12-26-2011 | STEVE HUNTLEY
    Buried in news stories about the conviction on a former president of Israel on rape charges was a telling insight into the Jewish state: The three-judge panel that convicted Moshe Katsav and the three-judge tribunal that rejected his appeal each had a justice who is an Israeli Arab. Arabs make up 20 percent of the population of Israel, and, as the Katsav story indicates, they are able to play prominent roles in the country’s governmental life, including service in the Knesset. Hundreds of thousands of Jews live in communities in the disputed West Bank territories. To Israelis, the West Bank...
  • Gingrich defends comments on Palestinians

    12/10/2011 8:04:40 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 60 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 10, 2011
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich says he is being factually accurate when he calls the Palestinians an "invented" people and says they are the creation of anti-Israel propaganda. Gingrich's chief rival for the presidential nomination, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, says the former House speaker has made a mistake in the description and has made it more difficult for Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate toward peace.
  • The Palestinians Deserve a State......But

    10/10/2011 4:53:59 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 15 replies
    The Jerusalem Prayer Team ^ | 10/10/11 | Mike Evans
    The reality is that the entire world is crying for the Palestinians to be given a state. I say, “Yes, let’s give them a state.” Now that we are agreed on that though, the first thing we must do is to identify who the real Palestinians are. Neither they nor Palestine are mentioned in the Koran. Why? A little lesson in history: The etymology of the word “Palestinian” in English is derived from the Old French word “Philistin,” from Late Latin it is “Philistinus,” and from Late Greek, “Philistinoi.” They were not an Arab or a Semitic people, but were...
  • Israel offers peace—again

    10/03/2011 1:21:12 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 8 replies
    Jerusalem World News ^ | 10/3/11 | Michael Oren
    The Palestinian Authority, which has already made a pact with the Hamas terrorist organization, now seeks recognition for a unilaterally declared state at the United Nations. President Barack Obama, though deeply committed to Palestinian statehood, declares his intention to block that scheme, even by exercising an American veto in the Security Council. Congress, for its part, threatens to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority if it breaches its commitment to direct talks with Israel and pursues unilateralism. American mediators, meanwhile, lobby other members of the Middle East Quartet—the U.S., the European Union, the U.N., and Russia—in an attempt to...
  • The invisible war against Israel has already begun

    10/01/2011 9:09:17 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 31 replies · 1+ views
    The Jerusalem Prayer Team ^ | 10/1/11 | Mike Evans
    The invisible economic war against Israel has already begun. Some countries are planning to impose new sanctions against Israeli products, while others will raise tariffs and make trade more difficult. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called this week for the nations of the world to “put pressure” on Israel to force them to make concessions in the name of peace. This is a deliberate attempt to destroy Israel’s economy. This is new warfare for the modern age—before the rockets fly and the tanks roll, and the boycotts and economic sanctions fall. The OPEC nations are using their vast oil wealth...
  • Clinton, in a Sharp Turnaround Warns Against Even Symbolically Recognizing Jerusalem as Capital

    09/28/2011 1:12:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    New York Sun ^ | 9/28/11 | Rick Richman
    Secretary of State Clinton, in a sharp departure from her stance when she was a senator, is warning that any American action, even symbolically, toward recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel must be avoided for the reason that it would jeopardize the peace process. Her warnings were issued in a brief she has just filed with the Supreme Court — in which she is arguing that a law she voted for when she was Senator is unconstitutional because it could require the U.S. government to give to an American citizen born at Jerusalem papers showing the birthplace as Israel.
  • The Gravest Days of Israel’s History (Message from Mike Evans)

    09/22/2011 5:30:43 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 14 replies
    The Jerusalem Prayer Team ^ | 9/22/11 | Mike Evans
    Please pray for me. I am in meetings with Iranian leaders at the hotel where Ahmadinejad is staying, giving them my testimony! Bill O'Reilly has asked for my help arranging an interview for tomorrow on Fox News. I am standing for Israel as your ambassador. Almost thirty years ago when I anointed Benjamin Netanyahu with oil and prayed with him, I told him he would be prime minister of Israel twice. My prayer ended with, “the second time will be the gravest days of Israel’s history.” The following day, I shared the prophecy with then Prime Minister Menachem Begin and...
  • PA: Obama will be responsible for failure of peace

    09/22/2011 3:35:45 PM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/23/2011 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Dozens of Palestinians protest in Ramallah, heeding officials' instructions to hold anti-Obama demonstrations in West Bank. US President Barack Obama will be held responsible for the failure of the Middle East peace process, members of the Palestinian Authority delegation to the UN General Assembly meeting in New York charged on Thursday. The latest allegation came as the PA called for anti-Obama demonstrations in protest against his opposition to the Palestinian statehood bid. RELATED: 'Palestinians are still pushing for full UN membership' NY: Obama tells Abbas US will veto Palestinians at UN Relations between the PA and the US were now...
  • Christian priests and bishops come out in support of Palestinian statehood

    09/19/2011 4:25:38 PM PDT · by wmfights · 40 replies
    enerpub ^ | September 19, 2011 | Martin Barillas
    The Vatican is maintaining its neutrality on Palestine’s bid for United Nations membership, despite the move being openly backed the retired Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah of Jerusalem. “We have nothing to say on the matter, although we have to show respect for the view of the United Nations,” said papal spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi to the Catholic News Agency on September 19. Palestinian officials will soon launch their application for full United Nations membership at the U.N. headquarters in New York, asking for international recognition based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as a capital. The idea is strongly...
  • Ridding the World of the Jewish Menace

    09/19/2011 5:35:17 AM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 13 replies
    "Postcards from America - Postcards from Israel" ^ | September 14, 2011 | Ari Bussel
    Prophecy was Given for Fools By Ari Bussel Prophecy, it is said, was given to fools. Allow me then to amuse myself looking at the coming weeks. The usage of the phrase “9/11” refers in our collective minds to the September 11th, 2001, attacks on the United States. The Twin Towers reduced to shambles in an avalanche of dust particles, a section of an outer ring of the Pentagon on fire and Flight 93 disintegrated into fragments, the memory of American heroes. Recently, I referred to September, 2011, as 9/11 of the Jewish People. Two events, scheduled to coincide back-to-back...
  • U.S. laboring to avoid veto of Palestinian statehood bid at UN, sources say

    09/17/2011 1:54:50 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 09/17/11 | Natasha Mozgovaya and Haaretz
    U.S. laboring to avoid veto of Palestinian statehood bid at UN, sources say Speaking on the possible outcome of a Security Council vote, U.S. envoy to UN there may be several council members who are 'skeptical about the timeliness' of the Palestinian move. By Natasha Mozgovaya and Haaretz The United States is working to gather enough United Nations Security Council members to resist a planned Palestinian statehood bid so as to avoid having to use its veto power, Israeli and U.S. sources said on Saturday. American officials, including U.S. President Barack Obama, have been outspoken in their objection to a...
  • Abbas: Palestinians want full UN membership

    09/16/2011 11:07:18 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 20 replies ^ | 9/16/11 | Roee Nahmias
    Palestinian leader says PA to proceed with UN bid in September because President Obama endorsed Palestinian state; 'I’m going to the UN in order to demand our legitimate rights and secure full membership,' he says. Dramatic speech in Ramallah: The Palestinian Authority will be seeking full United Nations membership in its statehood bid later this month, PA leader Mahmoud Abbas said Friday. "I’m going to the UN in order to demand our legitimate rights and secure full membership for the state of Palestine," the Palestinian president said in Ramallah. "We hope to secure full membership." "We are going to the...
  • Obama's plans for the U.N.

    09/16/2011 8:46:41 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 5 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 09/16/11 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    POLITICO's Josh Gerstein reports on President Obama's schedule for his trip to the United Nations, as detailed by the adviser Ben Rhodes to reporters: Tuesday: Meeting the chairman of Libya's governing council, and a high-level meeting on Libya; then, a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, one with Brazil's president, and a session with Turkey's prime minister to talk about Syria and Israel Wednesday: Obama's speech to the General Assembly to "address dramatic change" since last year's meeting, like in South Sudan; then a meeting with Japan's premier, a luncheon with the U.N. secretary general, a speech to the Clinton...
  • Netanyahu set for UN diplomatic showdown

    09/15/2011 4:50:22 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 6 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 9/15/11 | Tobias Buck
    Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, will address the UN General Assembly on Friday next week, setting the stage for a potentially dramatic diplomatic showdown with the Palestinians. He will speak on the same day that Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, is due to deliver a landmark speech calling on the global body to support Palestinian statehood. “The General Assembly is not a place where Israel usually receives a fair hearing,” Mr Netanyahu said on Thursday. “But I still decided to tell the truth before anyone who would like to hear it.” The Israeli government, which opposes the Palestinian UN...
  • Obama 'star' of Palestinian ad (supports terrorist over Israel)

    09/07/2011 2:20:59 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/7/11 | MACKENZIE WEINGER
    President Barack Obama is the unlikely star of a new Palestinian media campaign. Part of a speech Obama gave in 2010 to the United Nations General Assembly is featured in an ad aimed to rally support for the Palestinians upcoming bid for statehood at the United Nations on Sept. 20, Reuters reported on Wednesday. “When we come back here next year, we can have an agreement that can lead to a new member of the United Nations, an independent, sovereign state of Palestine living in peace with Israel,” Obama said in the 2010 speech in the clip that is played...
  • Bibi: UN Statehood for PA is Like Declaring the World is Flat

    09/02/2011 6:59:24 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/9/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    If the UN declares the PA to be a state, it might as well decide the world is flat, Netanyahu says. Regardless, US can block the move with veto. .....
  • DC Earthquake interrupts News interview

    08/25/2011 12:00:57 PM PDT · by BigFinn · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug. 26, 2011
    This is too priceless not to share. This is a video of an interview with U.N. lobbyist, Phyliis Bennis, who is a Palestinian state/ anti Israel advocate. She is ranting about Israel when.... the DC earthquake hit. Look at the fear on her face and how she runs for the hills. God cut her off midsentence. I hope she takes that as a warning. Somehow... I don't think so.
  • The Left's Faustian Bargain

    08/16/2011 1:30:37 PM PDT · by TrueKnightGalahad · 4 replies ^ | 16 August 2011 | Caroline Glick
    The Palestinians' decision to place the issue of the establishment of a Palestinian state before the United Nations for a vote next month repudiates the principles of the 1993 Oslo peace framework, through which the Palestinian Authority was formed out of the PLO. The Oslo framework dictated that the final status of Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Jerusalem would be determined through direct negotiations between the PLO and Israel. While brazen, the Palestinians' UN gambit is not the first time that Israel has been confronted with unequivocal proof that the Palestinians have been operating in bad faith. ........ Recently, several leading...
  • The Enemy Within: Negotiating with Hamas

    07/11/2011 4:37:58 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 6 replies
    Jerusalem World News ^ | 7/08/11 | Mike Evans
    A terrorist organization is at the center of gravity in a newly proposed Middle East peace plan fashioned by the European Union. It is no surprise that the Liberal Left in America is in full agreement. President Obama has scheduled a July 11 summit in Washington instead of just “saying no” to Mahmoud Abbas and his plan for unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations in September. Each time Israel is summoned to a farsical meeting such as this, she loses land, people, and bargaining power. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being dragged to Washington once again...
  • 'Spain will recognize Palestinian state on 1967 lines'

    05/30/2011 11:16:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 73 replies
    jpost ^ | 5/30/11 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Shaath says Spain wants Palestine recognized in UN; announcement comes as Abbas meets with Islamic Jihad officials, Gen. Tantawi in Cairo to discuss Hamas-Fatah reconciliation, Mideast peace process. Talkbacks (13) The Palestinian Authority announced on Thursday that Spain has decided to recognize a Palestinian state along the 1967 lines before September. A spanish diplomat told Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath that Spain would support making the state of Palestine a UN member. The announcement came as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met in Cairo on Monday, under the auspices of Egyptian authorities, with Ramadan Shallah, Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad organization,...
  • The Audacity of Reality

    05/29/2011 9:04:45 AM PDT · by JOHN ADAMS · 1 replies · 1+ views
    America Thinker ^ | May 29, 2011 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    Despite the avalanche of articles analyzing U.S. President Barack Obama's May 19, 2011 Middle East speech, one irony has not been mentioned. The president laid out a magnificent blueprint for the countries in the region to follow in order to ensure dignity, freedom, and hope for their citizens. But all the president had to do was look reality in the face, and find his vision reflected in Israel. Yet Israel was the only country which the president wants both to shrink, and away from which he told Arabs to turn. Obama's refusal to credit Israel's freedom as a value for...
  • Middle East Intelligence Report from Dr. Mike Evans

    05/25/2011 6:13:09 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 20 replies
    Jerusalem Prayer Team ^ | 5/25/11 | Mike Evans
    I've been in Washington D.C. for the past few days to give you an inside "behind the scenes" look at what's going on and to tell you the truth no one else will. What the media is telling you is incomplete and often completely misleading. A declaration of Palestinian statehood would not be merely a symbolic act at the UN. Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak warned his compatriots that a pro-Palestinian, diplomatic tsunami was about to crest. Presently the Palestinians have observer status at the UN, as do the Vatican and the EU. The desire to be a sovereign member...
  • Palestinians to proceed with UN recognition bid

    05/21/2011 10:14:08 AM PDT · by Qbert · 21 replies · 1+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | 5/21/2011 | KARIN LAUB
    RAMALLAH, West Bank — Senior Palestinian officials say that negotiations with Israel have become pointless after Israel's prime minister rejected President Barack Obama's call to base Mideast border talks on the pre-1967 war lines. [Snip] ...A bid to become a U.N. member requires approval not just from the General Assembly, where the Palestinians might win the needed majority, but also from the U.N. Security Council, where the U.S. might veto such a step. [Snip] Shaath noted that Obama didn't threaten a veto.
  • The Whole Idea is Insane, Again

    12/09/2010 6:07:55 AM PST · by bsaunders
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | December 9, 2010 | B Saunders
    If the result of the current attempts to birth another Palestinian country in addition to Jordan was not a Middle East war, the whole situation might be considered comical. All one needs to recognize are the results of each stage of the path that has led to the current positions and then extrapolate on to the actual forming of this new state and you will quickly recognize the complete absurdity of the whole endeavor. What has been accomplished thus far? Before the great minds of the world cooked up this wondrous idea to bring back Yasser Arafat to lead the...
  • Recognition of a Palestinian State? Premature and Legally Invalid..

    12/09/2010 2:16:48 AM PST · by jerusalemjudy · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | December 8, 2010 | Alan Baker
    The acts of recognition of a Palestinian state in 1967 borders by Brazil, Argentina, and possibly other Latin American states have no significance other than as a political expression of opinion. These acts of recognition run counter to statements by Brazil and Argentina in the United Nations Security Council in 1967 in favor of freely negotiated borders between the parties and an internationally sponsored peace negotiation process as set out in Resolution 242. The unceasing efforts among states by the leadership of the Palestinian Authority to attain recognition of unilateral statehood within the 1967 borders and thereby bypass the accepted...
  • South American countries recognize Palestinian state

    12/06/2010 4:56:27 PM PST · by mojito · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/6/2010 | JORDANA HORN, HILARY LEILA KRIEGER AND HERB KEI
    Following in Brazil’s footsteps from last Friday, Argentina announced on Monday it recognized a “free and independent” Palestinian state, sparking an immediate condemnation from Israel. Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in a letter that her country recognized a Palestine defined by 1967 borders, Argentine officials said. The Argentine Foreign Ministry said in an e-mailed statement that the move was designed to help “definitively advance the negotiation process that will lead to the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East.” Uruguay announced soon afterward that it would recognize a Palestinian state next...
  • Brazilian President Lula acknowledges “Palestinian” State

    12/06/2010 11:12:22 AM PST · by juliosevero · 1 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Brazilian President Lula acknowledges “Palestinian” State Without imposing on them any condition on gay “rights” By Julio Severo Lula announced that he decided officially to acknowledge a “Palestinian State. That acknowledgment happened on November 3, 2010. The Brazilian megalomaniac likes to be in the center of the attentions. And if the whole world is looking to the Middle East, because of the afflictions of Israel, then Lula wants a piece of the spotlight. He is determined to spend his last days in the Brazilian presidency drawing the attention from everybody, even if it means that he needs to make a...
  • At home in Indonesia, Obama reaches out to Muslims

    11/09/2010 1:14:28 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 51 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 11/9/2010 | By BEN FELLER, AP White House Correspondent Ben Feller, Ap White House Correspondent – 6 mins ago
    JAKARTA, Indonesia – From the most Muslim nation on earth, President Barack Obama is reaching out to the Islamic world, declaring that efforts to build trust and peace are showing promise but are still clearly "incomplete." Obama on Wednesday will deliver one of the most personal and potentially consequential speeches of his presidency, reflecting on his own years of upbringing in Indonesia and giving an update on America's "new beginning" with Muslims that he promised last year in Cairo. At the same time, the path to lasting peace in the Middle East was hardly looking smoother. A reminder of that...
  • Arabs may ask UN to recognize Palestinian state

    10/15/2010 3:06:42 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 3 replies ^ | 10/15/2010 | AP
    BRUSSELS — Arab nations may seek UN recognition of a Palestinian state if Israel continues to build settlements in the West Bank, Egypt's foreign minister said Friday.
  • Israel's Audacity of Being

    10/04/2010 12:09:57 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 2 replies
    Israel’s Audacity of Being by Ari Bussel My heart is aching. I am hurting. It feels like an elephant is standing on my chest, a belt tightening or two hands gripping my neck forcefully. My lungs constrict, air is unable to pass through to the millions of nodes and from there to the brain. I am suffocating. “Relax. Control yourself,” I tell my brain, but the feeling remains, chocking me. Inside my body, circulating in the blood, are trillions of tiny bubbles, all threatening to explode. The pressure has been building for some time, and there is no escape. In...
  • Uneasy Feelings on this 37th Anniversary of the Yom Kippur War

    09/17/2010 12:00:00 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 5 replies
    JINSA ^ | September 17, 2010 | JINSA Reports
    On the anniversary of the Yom Kippur War and the yartzeit this month of more than 2,500 Israel soldiers who gave their lives in a war for the very survival of the State and the protection of their homes and families, the United States has nearly completed the turn of its policy. The objective of American diplomacy used to be to ensure that Israel received the recognition of the Arab States that it was due as a member of the United Nations. That recognition was to have resulted in the "secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of...
  • Will Palestinian Statehood Bring Peace?

    04/28/2010 3:12:15 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 10 replies · 213+ views ^ | 04/28/2010 | Dan Wooding
    It is 'highly unlikely, if not impossible', says Mosab Hassan Yousef - 'Son of Hamas -- as he weighs in on this controversial topic Born in Ramallah, in the Palestinian West Bank in 1978, Mosab Hassan Yousef, author of the best-selling book, "Son of Hamas" (published by Tyndale House and written with Ron Brackin, a veteran Special Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service), has weighed in on the thorny question, "Will Palestinian statehood bring peace?" Yousef says, "This is a big question and not an easy one to answer. I long for an independent state as much as any Palestinian....
  • Paradox of Peacemaking: Fayyad's Unilateral Statehood Plan

    11/17/2009 12:34:39 AM PST · by jerusalemjudy · 3 replies · 293+ views
    Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | November 15, 2009 | Alan Baker
    Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad published a plan in August 2009 to unilaterally declare statehood after a two-year state-building process. The Fayyad plan involves numerous governance components that already exist within the various frameworks composing the Oslo Accords, which already enable the Palestinians to develop their state-building capabilities within the peace process, and not necessarily as a unilateral initiative outside the process. The only valid legal framework between the Israelis and the Palestinians remains the 1995 Interim Agreement, which represents the source of authority for the existence of the Palestinian governance and its component institutions. The Interim Agreement established that:...
  • At the J Street meeting

    11/05/2009 10:24:08 AM PST · by Zionista Feminista · 3 replies · 214+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 5, 2009 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    November 05, 2009 At the J Street meeting By Lori Lowenthal Marcus The Washington conference of the new organization "J Street" took place on October 25-28. It was a fascinating but scary cultural experience. For three days I watched hundreds of intensely pious people sitting under an awning that reads "pro-Israel, pro-peace." But by far the dearest hopes of the folks on J Street were for the well-being, and especially the sovereignty, of a people whose leadership has stated repeatedly that its goal is to destroy Israel and murder Jews. I saw two overarching themes defining this conference: one, Iran...
  • Preconditions: Why is Obama Placing Them On Israel But Not Iran?

    05/24/2009 5:05:55 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 15 replies · 715+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | 5/22/2009 | Aaron Goldstein
    What makes Obama think that a Palestinian state will make Iran hate Israel any less than it does now? You would think the President of the United States would give pause before engaging Iran. You would think the President of the United States would be wary of a country that has aided insurgents to kill American soldiers in Iraq. You would think the President of the United States would proceed cautiously towards a country that created Hezbollah, a terrorist organization responsible for killing 241 U.S. Marines in Beirut. You would think the President of the United States would be mindful...
  • Netanyahu 'won't back Palestinian state' in US (Bibi KOs Obambi)

    05/16/2009 10:23:34 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 76 replies · 1,870+ views ^ | 5/16/09
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will refuse on his trip to Washington to back the formation of a Palestinian state, an MP close to the premier said on Saturday, according to national radio. Netanyahu "will not make a commitment to Washington on the creation of a Palestinian state which would undoubtedly become a 'Hamastan'," Ophir Akunis from Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party was quoted as saying, referring to the Islamic movement Hamas which controls the Gaza Strip and favours armed struggle against Israel. The hawkish prime minister is scheduled to arrive in Washington on Sunday ahead of his maiden meeting with...
  • Does the Two State Solution Have a Future?

    02/19/2009 2:59:10 AM PST · by jerusalemjudy · 13 replies · 404+ views
    Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | February 18,2009 | Giora Eiland
    While the outlines of a two-state solution are generally known, the maximum that any government of Israel will be ready to offer the Palestinians and still survive politically is much less than the minimum that any Palestinian leader can accept. The real gap between both sides is much greater than what is perceived, and that gap is growing. The level of trust between both sides has changed. There are fewer Israelis who believe that the real intention of the Palestinians is to have only a small Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. Furthermore, there is less trust in...