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  • Full of sound and fury signifying nothing?

    06/04/2016 11:43:13 PM PDT · by tedbel · 16 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | June 5, 2016JUne 5/16 | By Ted Belman
    Peace plans are busting out all over.  First we hear that prominent “pro-Israel” American Jews are putting forward a plan for the next administration to consider.  Then we hear that 214 retired IDF Generals have put forward their plan. Both Plans essentially backed Obama’s parameters requiring: The ’67 lines to be the border subject to negotiated swaps;The division of Jerusalem; andA just settlement of the refugee claims. Meanwhile, Tony Blair and others in the international community were working behind the scenes to arrange for the Zionist Union, led by Yitzhak Herzog, to join the present government coalition in Israel.  At...
  • Poll: 59% of Israeli youth are right-wing

    04/13/2016 11:16:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 4/13/2016, 9:16 AM | Ari Yashar
    A new poll has found that youth in Israel are increasingly right-wing in their political opinions, and are overwhelmingly Zionist and loyal to their country. The survey, conducted by the New Wave Research institute for Israel Hayom and published in part on Wednesday, asked 11th and 12th graders to define their political position. A full 59% defined themselves as right-wing, while another 23% said they were centrist, and only 13% identified as leftist. Another 5% said they have no position. A whopping 82% said there is no chance of reaching a deal of some sort with the Palestinian Arabs, indicating...
  • Busted: ‘soybean oil’ shipment to Gaza was actually rocket fuel

    11/16/2015 10:41:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 11/16/2015, 4:36 PM | Kobi Finkler
    The security guards of the Defense Ministry's Transfer Authority and the Civil Administration's David division stopped a truck traveling from Hevron to Gaza at the Turkarmiya checkpoint Monday, after it noted it was shipping soybean oil. [...] The shipment was sent to a lab for testing, where it became clear the "soybean oil" was TDI - turbocharged direct injection - material, the fuel primarily used for rockets and diesel engines. ...
  • Fatah (Palestinian Leadership) on the Verge of Eruption

    10/23/2015 2:43:38 PM PDT · by jonatron · 10 replies
    YNet News ^ | 10/23/2015 | Alex Fishman
    When senior Palestinian security officials want to mock their Israeli colleagues, they remind them that just in Qalandiya - an area controlled by Israel - there are at least 400 M-16 rifles. That figure does not incluide other weapons - guns, explosives and grenades - that are in the hands of militant groups there. Some of these groups are affiliated with Fatah's Tanzim, some are affiliated with other organizations, and others belong to criminal organizations - all operating in this no man's land, where no law applies. These militants have no problem with appearing on camera, on Channel 2 for...
  • NGO Monitor Unveils EU’s Biased Role in the Peace Process (Israel)

    05/19/2015 9:38:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 5/20/2015, 12:15 AM | Elad Benari
    The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, will arrive for a visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday, and in advance of that visit, the NGO Monitor group has published an analysis of a key EU policy paper, showing the EU’s flawed assessment and understanding of Israeli society. The EU’s External Action Service 2014 Israel ENP Progress report, published in March and addressing the EU-Israel relationship as part of the “European Neighborhood Policy,” uncritically relies on the claims of political NGOs and all but ignores violence against Israelis, the organization noted. “It is astonishing to...
  • Greenfield: Liberating Our Jerusalem

    05/18/2015 7:34:09 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 7 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Sunday, May 17, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sunday, May 17, 2015 Liberating Our Jerusalem Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog When Jordan's Arab Legion seized half of Jerusalem, ethnically cleansed its Jewish population and annexed the city-- the only entity to recognize the annexation was the United Kingdom which had provided the officers and the training that made the conquest possible. Officers like Colonel Bill Newman, Major Geoffrey Lockett and Major Bob Slade, under Glubb Pasha, better known as General John Bagot Glubb, whose son later converted to Islam, invaded Jerusalem and used the Muslim forces under their command to make the partition and...
  • Palestinians desire only true Islamic peace with Jews.

    12/28/2014 10:44:03 AM PST · by DanMiller · 17 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 28, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Palestinians are Islamic and Islam is the religion of peace. Don't forget it, unless you are a hateful Islamophobe and look forward to being murdered.[youtube] Video linkA You Tube copy of a heart-warming Palestinian instructional video on how to achieve blessed Islamic peace with Jewish oppressors is embedded a few paragraphs below. The video has "gone viral" in the Palestinian social media. The 1 minute and 13 second-video, as seen below, shows the “teacher” calmly walking up to a “victim,” stabbing him, and walking away. One of the tactics appears to imitate the Islamic State method of beheading. The guide to killing Jews teaches that...
  • Obama's Peace Process for Iraq, Syria and the Islamic State begins [Caution: includes satire]

    10/02/2014 10:24:04 AM PDT · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | October 2, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Obama was heard to remark during a recent presidential golf game, "Israel is a terrorist war criminal. It won't even yield to my reasonable demands for a two state solution with my beloved Palestinians, whose children and other innocent civilians it relishes murdering. However, Iraq, Syria, ISIL, etc. are humanitarians and will recognize that I am like them, as I lead them to peace through the Light of My true wisdom and greatness." His best plan yet! Obama functions at His very best with no intelligence. Intelligence would imperil His domestic and foreign priorities and perhaps even His brilliant world view. I don’t think the problem is Obama’s inattentiveness. It’s not the...
  • Global Missionary: John Kerry’s Faltering Effort to Redefine US Foreign Policy

    08/07/2014 6:08:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 05, 2014 – 11:56 AM | Holger Stark
    John Kerry has spent months rushing from one conflict to the next, but has little show for it. His failures are symptomatic of an America that lacks a foreign policy identity—and of a country that seems uncomfortable with its role as a superpower. […] The helplessness of the world’s most important foreign minister shows just how little influence the US still has in the Middle East. And with each failure, Washington’s influence in the rest of the world erodes as well. A civil war is raging in eastern Ukraine, an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program is still a...
  • EU defends Israel’s Gaza incursion (but…)

    07/22/2014 2:11:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.07.14 @ 20:14 | Andrew Rettman
    EU countries have defended Israel’s use of force in Gaza, but blamed it for harming peace prospects in the longer term. Foreign ministers in a joint statement on Tuesday (22 July) said they are “appalled by the human cost” of some parts of “the Israeli military operation”, which has killed hundreds of Palestinian civilians. But they “recognized Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself”, while blaming Hamas, the militant group which rules Gaza, for “indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel”, in what they described as “criminal and unjustifiable acts”. They also gave credence to Israeli claims that Hamas is urging civilians...
  • John Kerry (Almost) Apologizes for Israel Apartheid Comment (Blames Politics)

    04/29/2014 7:17:32 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 8 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | April 29 2014 | Jeff Dunetz
    onday night Secretary of State John Kerry issued an almost apology for warning that if Israel did not make peace it would become an apartheid state. In the statement he issued (below) he never says he is sorry, simply that he has always loved Israel, the criticism he received for his statement was political, and if he could say it again he would change the words he used. For more than thirty years in the United States Senate, I didn’t just speak words in support of Israel, I walked the walk when it came time to vote and when it...
  • Obama: US won’t be able to defend Israel if peace talks fail

    03/02/2014 5:42:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 2, 2014, 11:51 pm | Adiv Sterman
    Israel can expect to face international isolation and possible sanctions from countries and companies across the world if Benjamin Netanyahu fails to endorse a framework agreement with the Palestinians, US President Barack Obama cautioned on Sunday ahead of a meeting with the Israeli prime minister. In an interview with Bloomberg, Obama stressed that time was running out for Israel to achieve a peace deal, and added that he believed Netanyahu had the capacity to rally Israel’s citizens behind an agreement. But if Netanyahu “does not believe that a peace deal with the Palestinians is the right thing to do for...
  • Does Israel need a Palestinian terror state more than the PLO?

    02/26/2014 7:23:25 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 4 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 2/26/2014 | Caroline B. Glick
    In its annual survey of American Jewry published last October, the American Jewish Committee found that 75 percent of American Jews agree with the statement, "The goal of the Arabs is not a peaceful two-state agreement with Israel, but rather the destruction of Israel." And yet, American Jews supported the establishment of a Palestinian state 50% to 47%. Next week over 10,000 predominantly Jewish American supporters of Israel will gather in Washington at AIPAC's annual policy conference. Given their high commitment to Israel, probably most of those gathered belong to the 47% of American Jews who opposed Palestinian statehood. Yet...
  • Merkel backs Kerry’s US Middle East peace bid

    02/23/2014 7:15:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies ^ | 23 Feb 2014 09:06 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will fully support efforts by US Secretary of State John Kerry to relaunch the Middle East peace process during her upcoming visit to Israel. “We need, as soon as possible, a stable two-country solution, with a Jewish state of Israel and at the same time a state for the Palestinians,” Merkel said in her weekly podcast. …
  • Kerry on Israeli Critics: I’ve Been Threatened by Real Bullets

    02/05/2014 6:07:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    INN ^ | 2/6/2014, 2:14 AM | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that he was unfazed by criticism in Israel over his peace efforts, saying that he was “threatened by real bullets” so words do not intimidate him. In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Kerry was asked to respond to the Israeli ministers who criticized him earlier in the week after he threatened Israel with boycotts if peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA) fail. […] Referring to his service in Vietnam, he added, “And, you know, words—I have to tell you, my friend, I’ve been, attacked before by people using real bullets,...
  • The Kerry - Obama "peace process," Palestinian Authority salami tactics and Jihad in Jerusalem

    01/22/2014 11:39:05 AM PST · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 22, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Based on Palestinian Authority statements, it is becoming increasingly unlikely that the Obama - Kerry "peace process" will succeed. If it does, Israel is screwed. First, an article from The Gatestone Institute The article is titled Middle East Peace Process: America's Wishful Thinkers and notes, [I]f there is one cause that Secretary Kerry is devoting even more of his time to than the matter of Iran's nuclear project, it is his attempt to be the person who solves the Israel-Palestinian dispute. Not for nothing has he been clocking up all those air-miles. No, Kerry has been managing to fly to the Middle...
  • Obama: Chances of Israel-PA Peace Less than 50%

    01/19/2014 6:08:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 1/20/2014, 3:13 AM | Elad Benari
    President Barack Obama is not as optimistic as his Secretary of State regarding the possibility of peace between Israel and the Arabs. Obama, who gave an interview to the New Yorker magazine on Sunday, said that he believed the odds of reaching a peace agreement were less than 50%. The President told the magazine’s editor David Remnick that these odds were true in all three of his main initiatives in the region—with Iran, with Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) and with Syria. “On the other hand,” he said, “in all three circumstances we may be able to push the...
  • The "peace process," Israel and official antisemitic policies.

    01/19/2014 10:11:29 AM PST · by DanMiller · 6 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 19, 2014 | Dan Miller
    With increased terrorist attacks from Gaza and elsewhere, Israel has more than enough problems without European and American policies based on antisemitism and fear of Islamist rage. Here's a link to an excellent article by Anne in Israel on Europe's hypocritical expressions of concern about Israeli settlements. She also posted one about UNESCO having caved in to Arab objections over a scheduled art exhibit depicting the historic ties of Jews with Israeli. Both are well worth reading. Why is Israel singled out for disparagement? Victor Davis Hanson wrote an article titled The Israel Double Standard, published at National Review Online on...
  • The Two-State Solution is Dead. Long Live What?

    01/18/2014 11:21:40 AM PST · by tedbel · 15 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Jan 18/14 | Ted Belman
    The Two-State Solution is dead. All that remains is for the US to declare it so. Palestinians leaders and Israeli leaders have made it clear. In a speech on Jan 10/14, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas made it crystal clear that he would never abandon the “right of return”, would never recognize Israel as a Jewish state and would never make a deal unless East Jerusalem was given to the Palestinians as their capital, all of which cross Israel’s red lines. When the latest “peace process was getting started, Israeli leaders kept referring to Abbas as a moderate, contrary...
  • The Middle East Clusterduck and Obama - Kerry Myopia

    01/07/2014 12:22:47 PM PST · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 7, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The myopic focus on "horrible" Israel and "sadly deprived" Palestinians in Israel is a disasterous farce -- for the entire Middle East region.Secretary Kerry has returned from Israel,"empty handed" again, but full of hope for change in which he can believe -- anything consistent with his librul ideology. History, facts and other aspects of reality are, to him, inconsequential. There have been many attempts at "peace process" frameworks, none of them acceptable to the principal actors in Palestine and few acceptable to Israel. Secretary Kerry apparently intends to present a new "framework" in a few weeks, covering all "core issues," including...
  • Erekat: New Israeli settlement building would 'destroy peace process'

    12/27/2013 9:39:42 AM PST · by honestabe010 · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/27/2013 | REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
    Israeli official says government is planning to build 1,400 housing units over Green Line; chief Palestinian negotiator warns PA would apply for membership in 63 int'l organizations, including the ICC, if Israel makes move. The Palestinian Authority said it would plan to appeal the the internationl community, including the International Criminal Court if Israel announces plans for new settlement construction next week follow the third release of Palestinian prisoner as part of an agreement for resuming negotiations. The Palestinians have said any further expansion of Israeli settlements on land they seek for a state could derail US-brokered peace talks that...
  • We know things that could undermine Northern Ireland peace process, say retired police officers

    11/19/2013 6:37:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 19 November 2013 | Liam Clarke
    Retired police officers have warned they could be forced to reveal information which would undermine the peace process during any truth commission into Northern Ireland’s past. The warning from The Northern Ireland Retired Police Officers’ Association (NIRPOA) came in a 64-page submission to the Haass Commission for dealing with the past. The submission makes it clear that the body represents officers who have been involved in what was known as the “shoot to kill” policy, a term they reject, and it is also known to represent many retired Special Branch officers. …
  • Israel's Twenty Year Nightmare

    09/13/2013 8:07:03 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 1 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 9/13/2013 | Carolyne B. Glick
    Twenty years ago today, Israel's so-called peace process with the PLO was officially ushered in at the White House Rose Garden. A year or so later, when the death toll of Israeli victims of the massive terror offensive that the PLO organized shortly afterwards reached what then seemed unbearable heights, a popular call went out to "Put the Oslo Criminals on Trial." Needless to say, with Shimon Peres, the architect and godfather of the so-called peace process now serving as the President of Israel, nothing ever came of the call. The demand for an accounting was not unprecedented. There was...
  • Beware of Washington (Kerry and the ‘peace process’)

    07/20/2013 9:28:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | Sunday, July 21, 2013 12:11 AM | David Isaac
    It seems John Kerry’s imitation of Henry Kissinger has borne fruit. His sixth trip to jump start ‘peace talks’ in as many months has triggered the desired response, with Arabs and Israelis agreeing to restart negotiations. Unfortunately, getting Israel to the negotiating table is just a first step in squeezing Israel back to the 1949 Armistice Lines. Doubly unfortunate is that trying to reduce Israel to those lines is a long State Department tradition. Which makes it all the more disturbing that Israel’s government cheers on Kerry’s endeavors. … Shmuel Katz once said presidents and secretaries of state come and...
  • Kerry Warns: Last Chance for Israel-PA Peace

    06/03/2013 9:58:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    INN ^ | 6/4/13 | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday issued a stark warning to Israel to resume long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, saying that if efforts fail now they may never get another chance. "We are running out of time. We're running out of possibilities... If we do not succeed now, we may not get another chance," Kerry told a forum held by the American Jewish Community, according to the AFP news agency. Kerry’s warning came amid reports that he is planning to return to the Middle East region within days, for his fifth trip to Israel since he...
  • Team McCain Conference Call: Rudy on Obama Aide’s Syrian Adventure

    08/20/2008 12:52:38 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies · 177+ views ^ | August 20, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    Rudy Giuliani headed today’s Team McCain conference call, discussing the trip taken by Barack Obama adviser David Kurtzer to Syria in July. Giuliani, the recent selection for the GOP convention’s keynote speaker, took the opportunity to reassert himself on national security and foreign policy. Michael Goldfarb and Randy Scheuneman also took part in the call. Mayor Giuliani told the conference that the fact that the trip was not disclosed at the time shows Obama’s inexperience and irresponsibility on foreign policy. Giuliani pointed out that Obama included Assad on his list of world leaders he would meet without preconditions. He says...
  • Carter Calls on EU to Label Products from 'Illegal Settlements'

    05/12/2013 10:42:34 AM PDT · by TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed · 12 replies
    Israel National News Arutz Sheva ^ | 05-12-2013 | Arutz Sheva staff
    Former US President Jimmy Carter has once again expressed his blatantly anti-Israel allegiances by calling on the European Union to “introduce proper labeling of goods produced on illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.” Carter was in Dublin together with former Irish president Mary Robinson and former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso for talks with Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore and diplomats from some 20 European countries on revitalizing the peace process in the Middle East. “With the Middle East peace process making no significant progress, we call on Europe to play a stronger and more independent role in...
  • "Political, not military" solutions needed in Mideast: US (Hagel)

    05/09/2013 7:24:48 PM PDT · by haffast · 17 replies
    AFP ^ | 10 May 2013 | AFP/ac
    WASHINGTON: The problems that plague the Middle East, including Iran's nuclear ambitions and Syria's civil war, require "political, not military" solutions, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Saying the "old order" was vanishing in the region, Hagel stressed in a speech that the United States would work to promote democratic reform while bearing in mind the "limitations" of American power. Although the Pentagon chief made clear that Washington had not ruled out potential military action against Iran or Syria, his remarks highlighted President Barack Obama's cautious stance on resorting to armed force in the volatile region. He said that...
  • PM Netanyahu's right hand: Peace is a historic process, not a timetable

    05/03/2013 4:34:00 AM PDT · by se99tp · 2 replies
    ChristianConceptsDaily ^ | May 2nd, 2013 | Zalman Shoval
    At first, Palestinians have to recognize Jewish state... "Dramatic." "Historic." These are the words used by some jubilant left-wing politicians (including one cabinet minister) upon hearing the Qatari prime minister announce the Arab League's decision to support Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations on the basis of the 1967 borders with the addition of a land-swap. Not only was this declaration neither dramatic nor historic, it heralded absolutely no change in the Arab attitude toward the conflict with Israel.
  • How The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Became The World's Greatest Bore

    04/16/2013 2:07:58 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 16/4/13 | Bernard Avishai
    Israel turns 65 today, old enough to know better; and if life begins at conception, the state and I are exactly the same age. So forgive me for going all meta. I can imagine pretty much what I'll be, if at all, in 20 years. But Israel? I ask because the conflict with the Palestinians seems headed to something bad, yet the peace process has become a great bore. Presumably, everybody knows the arguments and grievances and indignations. They know that two states have been preempted by Tel Aviv's complacency, or settler momentum, or Ramallah's nostalgia, or Gaza's missiles; that...
  • Obama still can’t be trusted

    03/31/2013 5:50:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 03.30.13, 15:13 | Shoula Romano Horing
    After his trip to Israel, it is clear that President Obama’s strategy in regard to Israel has changed but his goal remains the same. He is still trying to convince the Israelis to take suicidal risks and agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state in the pre-1967 borders, which includes dividing Jerusalem.It is true that we are a nation that feels isolated, unaccepted, and hated in our neighborhood and are condemned and boycotted almost daily by the world. But are we so psychologically damaged and insecure as a people that after one speech and two days of flattery, adoration...
  • Huckabee to Obama: Palestinians Have “Zero Interest” in Mideast Peace

    03/20/2013 5:57:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 05:41 PM | Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tells Newsmax that President Obama won’t succeed in restarting peace talks in the Middle East because the Palestinians have “zero interest” in negotiations. The 2008 Republican presidential candidate also says the administration’s dealings with Mohammed Morsi and Egypt are “foreign policy gone wild,” and warns that the United States will be viewed as a “toothless tiger” if Obama doesn’t respond as promised to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. … “You’ve got a Palestinian government that refuses Israel’s right to exist. It’s really hard to negotiate with someone when they don’t even believe you...
  • More Americans Sympathize with Israel, Don’t Want U.S. to Lead Peace Talks

    03/17/2013 10:03:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 18, 2013 12:01 a.m. | Greg Holyk
    Many more Americans continue to side with Israel rather than the Palestinian Authority, but—with President Obama’s first visit there days away—most also prefer to leave peace negotiations to the two protagonists, rather than having the United States take the lead. Fifty-five percent in this ABC News/Washington Post poll sympathize more with Israel, vs. 9 percent who side more with the Palestinian Authority, with the rest favoring neither, or undecided. It’s been a similar gap for many years, including polling back to the 1980s testing Israel vs. the Arab nations of the Middle East. … In another expression of support for...
  • Olmert: ‘Right-Wing Americans’ to Blame for Peace Failure

    05/05/2012 1:19:03 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/5/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has accused right-wing Americans of being responsible for the lack of peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Wealthy Americans ousted him from power and derailed negotiations, he told CNN. Olmert said he was committed to reaching peace, “But I had to fight against superior powers, including millions and millions of dollars that were transferred from this country [the United States] by figures which were from the extreme right wing that were aimed to topple me as prime minister of Israel.” Olmert left office amidst accusations of corruption involving several different affairs. His bureau chief...
  • Hamas and the Washington establishment

    01/31/2012 7:03:59 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 1 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 1/31/2012 | Caroline B. Glick
    To date, the Republican presidential primary race has been the only place to have generated any useful contributions to America's collective understanding of current events in the Middle East. Last month, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich became the first major political figure in more than a generation to pour cold water over the Palestinian myth of indigenous peoplehood by stating the truth, that the Palestinians are an "invented people." As Gingrich explained, their invention came in response to Zionism, the Jewish national liberation movement. Since they were created somewhere around 1920, the Palestinians' main purpose has not been...
  • Palestine, Back to the Future

    01/29/2012 2:13:07 AM PST · by tedbel · 3 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | January 29/12 | Ted Belman
    There was a time when the lands now known as Israel, (including Judea and Samaria and Gaza), and most of Jordan were called “Palestine”. In fact, the Balfour Declaration of 1917 declared “His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people”. There followed considerable cooperation between the Jews, represented by Chaim Weizmann and the Arabs living in Mesopotamia, now Iraq, and Jordan, represented by Emir Feisal. As a result, the Feisal-Weizmann Agreement was signed in January 1919, in which it was agreed that the Jews would get the lands lying west...
  • Muslim Brotherhood vows not to recognize Israel

    01/02/2012 6:20:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/01/2012 11:42 | By JPOST.COM STAFF AND REUTERS
    Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood will not recognize Israel “under any circumstance,” the party’s deputy leader Dr. Rashad Bayoumi told Arabic daily al-Hayat in an interview published on Sunday. … When asked whether it is a requirement for the government in Egypt to recognize Israel, Bayoumi responded by saying: “This is not an option, whatever the circumstances, we do not recognize Israel at all. It’s an occupying criminal enemy.” The deputy leader stressed during the interview that no Muslim Brotherhood members would ever meet with Israelis for negotiations.“I will not allow myself to sit down with criminals.” Bayoumi went on to say...

    01/01/2012 9:32:01 AM PST · by tedbel · 2 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Jan 1/12 | TED BELMAN
    Daniel Seidemann, the author of “The Myth of Undivided Jerusalem,” published by The Atlantic, is the founder of Terrestrial Jerusalem, an “Israeli” non-governmental organization that works to prevent developments, even if good for the city’s residents, from taking place if said developments leave the city indivisible. The top three donors of this NGO are The Norwegian Foreign Ministry, The Swiss Foreign Ministry, and The British Foreign Ministry -- all of whom want Jerusalem divided -- according to the organization’s own website. The article is part of the effort of The S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace to “help...
  • Op-Ed: WESTERN FRONT: The End of the Peace Process

    11/24/2011 1:35:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/11/11 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Peace Process, that horrible masochistic program of terrorist empowerment, is a fading mirage that no one believes in anymore. The "peace process" which created two terrorist states inside Israel may have begun in Oslo, but it ended in Cairo. Normalizing relations with the rest of the Middle East was one of the carrots that got the Jewish state hopping down the appeasement trial-- and that carrot is now officially off the table. ..... As the West follows the Islam appeasement track domestically and internationally, its relationship with Israel will continue to degrade. The Peace Process was an expression of...
  • Is the US a friend or enemy of Israel?

    11/04/2011 12:14:49 PM PDT · by tedbel · 11 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Nov 4/11 | TED BELMAN
    This question always elicits different opinions. Obviously, in part, the answers depend on one's definition of "friend" or of "enemy." The most famous articulation of U.S. policy vis-à-vis Israel was made by Henry Kissinger in 1975 when talking to an Iraqi diplomat. To wit: We don't need Israel for influence in the Arab world. On the contrary, Israel does us more harm than good in the Arab world[.] ... We can't negotiate about the existence of Israel but we can reduce its size to historical proportions[.] Before the '67 War, U.S. policy was mostly hostile in that the U.S. imposed...
  • The "Peace Process" Will Be the Death of Israel

    10/04/2011 5:28:34 AM PDT · by tedbel · 12 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Oct 4/11 | Ted Belman
    US Secretary of defense, Leon Panetta, just came to town and warned that Israel is becoming “increasingly isolated” and must restart negotiations with the Palestinian Authority and work to restore relations with Egypt and Turkey. Why? According to Fox News, he said the ongoing upheaval in the Middle East makes it critical for the Israelis to find ways to communicate with other nations in the region in order to have stability. His remarks come on the heels of Bill Clinton's attack on Netanyahu for the failure of the peace process and Gates’ parting shot according to Elliot Abrams “Gates argued...
  • 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 Audacity of Reality

    05/29/2011 2:38:19 PM PDT · by JOHN ADAMS · 3 replies
    American 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...
  • Papers reveal how Palestinian leaders gave up fight over refugees

    01/24/2011 1:24:58 PM PST · by La Lydia · 6 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | January 24, 2010
    Palestinian negotiators privately agreed that only 10, 000 refugees and their families – out of a total refugee population exceeding 5 million – could return to Israel as part of a peace settlement, leaked confidential documents reveal. PLO leaders also accepted Israel's demand to define itself as an explicitly Jewish state, in sharp contrast to their public position. The latest disclosures from thousands of pages of secret Palestinian records of more than a decade of failed peace talks, obtained by al-Jazeera TV... The latest documents to be released reveal: • The-then Israeli foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, repeatedly pressed in 2007-08...
  • Peace Process stuck in 1949

    12/19/2010 2:09:04 AM PST · by tedbel · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Israpundit ^ | Dec 19/10 | Ted Belman
    American policy regarding the Arab/Israel conflict has not changed since the Armistice Agreement in 1949. American policy sought to to achieve a holy balance in the Israeli-Arab conflict. ”This policy had its origins in the tripartite U.S.-British-French declaration in 1950, against arms sales to either side. The Soviets exploited this policy to sell arms to the Arabs, and the French looked after their own interests when they supplied weapons to Israel, but the Americans preserved an outward appearance of egalitarianism.” So reported Haaretz in 2007 based on then recently released documents. “Washington's support for the existence, independence and territorial integrity...
  • More Bad News... (The Road To Hell)

    12/18/2010 6:46:05 PM PST · by Hardraade · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Jihad undisclosed sites ^ | 2010-18-12 | Me
    For anyone interested in the "Peace Process" in the Middle East, laughingly called the "Road Map" by the deluded or simply antisemitic, it may come as no surprise at all that there are Palestinian claims of responsibility for the Carmel forest fire, and that there are graphics-heavy threads on jihadist sites gloating hysterically over the nice recollections of the ovens of Auschwitz.
  • End the "Peace Process" and Move On

    12/14/2010 6:41:43 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 7 replies
    JINSA ^ | December 10, 2010 | JINSA Report #1,045
    The Palestinian Authority (PA) is moving away from the principle of a negotiated settlement with Israel under the auspices of the United States because it seems to have concluded that the United States is unable to force or bribe Israel into abandoning its fundamental principles, that: a) The State of Israel is a legitimate, permanent expression of the sovereignty of the Jewish people in its historic homeland.b) The 1949 Armistice Lines are not borders. Borders have to be established through negotiation and the permanent borders of Israel may include land to the east of the line.c) Jerusalem is the capital...
  • 'PA to cancel all security commitments to Israel'

    12/10/2010 7:09:57 AM PST · by HearMe · 24 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/9/2010 | Staff
    Al Quds al-Arabi reports that PLO, Fatah plan to push for a unilateral abrogation of all Oslo and Road Map commitments, including fighting terror, in response to failed peace talks. The Palestinian Authority will stop coordinating its security with Israel, in response to the US's official announcement that peace talks have failed, Al Quds al-Arabi reported on Friday. Khana Amira, a PLO official, told the UK newspaper that the PA is also considering canceling its other commitments to Israel, including the Oslo Accords and the Road Map, which demand that terror organizations will stop. Yasser Abed Rabbo, a senior PLO...
  • Would President Palin End the Futile 'Peace Process'?

    11/07/2010 12:57:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 7, 2010 | Ted Belman
    Come hell or high water, President Obama is determined to create a Palestinian state during his watch. He has been doing his utmost to attack and pressure Prime Minister Netanyahu to support the two-state solution, which Netanyahu did in part in his Bar Ilan speech, and to freeze construction, which he did for ten months ending September 26/10. To no avail. Because of the backlash Obama experienced last summer from Jewish leaders, he was forced to start a charm offensive in the lead up to the Nov 2nd mid-terms. Now, all bets are off. His determination to create a Palestinian...
  • Will Pres Palin end the futile "peace process"?

    11/07/2010 1:49:01 AM PDT · by tedbel · 3 replies
    Israpundit ^ | Nov 7/10 | Ted Belman
    Come hell or high water, President Obama is determined to create a Palestinian state during his watch. He has been doing his utmost to attack and pressure Prime Minister Netanyahu to support the two-state solution which Netanyahu did in part in his Bar Ilan speech and to freeze construction which he did for ten months ending September 26/10. To no avail. Because of the backlash Obama experienced last summer from Jewish leaders, he was forced to start a charm offensive in the lead up to the Nov 2nd mid-terms. Now, all bets are off. His determination to create a Palestinian...