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  • Palestine—Quartet and Two-State Solution Sink into Political Oblivion

    07/07/2016 7:50:15 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/07/16 | David Singer
    The time has surely arrived for trilateral negotiations to be commenced between Israel, Jordan and Egypt to allocate sovereignty in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and Gaza between their respective sovereign States The Quartet—America, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations—has effectively consigned any negotiated two-state solution to political oblivion with its latest Report. Two statements in the Report stymie any resumption of negotiations—stalled since April 2014.
  • Palestine—France Embarks On Flight Of Fancy

    04/22/2016 4:10:50 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/22/16 | David Singer
    Pushing the 2002 Arab Initiative whilst ignoring the 2004 Bush-Congress Initiative is destined to become an exercise in futility and certain failure The announcement by French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault that France will host a meeting of ministers from 20 countries in Paris on May 30 to try and relaunch the Israel-Palestinian peace process seems to be yet another flight of fancy that is destined to end up where the Oslo Accords and the Bush Roadmap presently find themselves after decades of fruitless negotiations. Who those 20 countries are that will attend such a meeting will make fascinating reading.
  • Those Gullible Jews

    12/03/2015 4:14:56 AM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12-2-15 | DOUGLAS BLOOMFIELD
    It's all a bunch of empty rhetoric and meaningless promises. How gullible do Republicans, especially the Bush brothers, think we Jews are? Very, judging by their empty promises to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Last week Jeb Bush told a South Carolina audience that on his first day in the Oval Office his second move would be to order the embassy moved as "a show of solidarity" with the Jewish state. Sound familiar? That's just what big brother George W. promised to do on his first day and yet eight years later, on his...
  • Emails show Qadaffi son offered talks – but Clinton ordered top general to 'not take the call,'...

    10/06/2015 4:54:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 6, 2015 | Catherine Herridge & Pamela Browne
    Full title: Emails show Qadaffi son offered talks – but Clinton ordered top general to 'not take the call,' source saysVideo at link. Exclusive - New emails obtained by Fox News show that in March 2011, at the height of the Arab Spring revolution inside Libya, dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s son Saif was willing to talk peace from the ground in Libya – but a source told Fox News the offer was rejected by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In the years since Qaddafi was forced from power, Libya's government has collapsed, and extremist groups including ISIS have exploited the power...
  • EU weighs new methods to coax Israel back to peace talks

    03/27/2015 10:15:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 27, 2015 12:13 PM EDT | Lorne Cook
    The European Union is assessing new ways to push Israel back to the peace negotiating table with the Palestinians for a deal based on a two-state solution, working in tandem with the United States, EU officials say. The EU is exploring new diplomatic terrain and could consider ways to discourage Europeans from buying products from Israeli settlements it believes are illegal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election rhetoric has fueled doubts about Israel’s commitment to a two-state solution—a cornerstone of EU and U.S. policies for ending the Middle East conflict. “We will not forget or ignore what was being said...
  • Terrorism Charge Snares Prominent American Missionary

    03/24/2015 11:07:56 PM PDT · by piasa · 3 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 3/23/2015 07:38AM | Deann Alford and Timothy C. Morgan
    If Christian broadcaster Stendal goes on trial in Colombia, missions work nationwide may be at risk. Is Russ Stendal, the famed missionary to FARC terrorists in South America, actually El Gringo, a terrorist leader seeking the overthrow of Colombia’s government? That question is before a three-judge panel, based on allegations from Carlos Manuel Silva, chief sectional prosecutor for the Colombian department of Cundinamarca, which includes the capital, Bogota. Stendal denies any allegation of leadership in FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). He said in a recent Facebook video, “Somebody set a trap for me, and I walked into it. They...
  • Obama Endorses Netanyahu*

    03/23/2015 10:10:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | March 23, 2015 | John Ransom
    resident Barack Obama belatedly gave a high five to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose Likud Party won a decisive victory in last week’s elections. But like a lot of things Obama “accomplishes” this one comes with the familiar Barackian asterisk: Obama didn’t mean to give Netanyahu props; instead Obama thought he was criticizing the prime minister. “I indicated to him that given his statements prior to the election, it is going to be hard to find a path where people are seriously believing that negotiations [with the Palestinians] are possible,” said Obama according to the New York Times. His...
  • Egypt calls for Israeli, Palestinian peace talks

    07/22/2014 8:15:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2014 4:48 AM EDT
    Egypt's foreign minister raised the possibility Tuesday of restarting stalled peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians as part of negotiating a cease-fire in the war that has broken out on the Gaza Strip. At the start of a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said he planned to work with U.S. and other world leaders “to not only resolve this issue but also to set in motion once again the peace process that Secretary Kerry has been so actively involved in so as to end this ongoing conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis.”...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz blames Palestinians for failed peace talks

    05/26/2014 10:03:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies ^ | May 26, 2014 | Lahav Harkov
    America has no business dictating terms on issues of vital national security to Israel, US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a possible candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, said in the Knesset Monday. He placed the blame on the Palestinians for the recent failure of peace talks, saying “the principal impediment to peace is that, to date, the Palestinians have refused to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state and have refused to renounce terror. “Unless and until the Palestinians can agree on those very basic starting blocks, no lasting peace solution is likely,” he stated. Cruz...
  • Obama Sees Israel as Responsible for Peace Talks Failing

    05/17/2014 3:50:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    INN ^ | 5/16/2014, 11:05 PM | Elad Benari
    U.S. President Barack Obama sees Israel as being responsible for the failure of the recent peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA), according to a senior official in Washington who was quoted by the New York Times on Friday. The unnamed official told the newspaper that the president believes that Israel’s announcements of new construction in Judea and Samaria were to blame for the failure. “At every juncture, there was a settlement announcement,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. “It was the thing that kept throwing a wrench in the...
  • Palestinians issue list of demands for extension of peace talks

    04/21/2014 7:20:13 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 8 replies
    A senior Fatah official said Monday that the Palestinian leadership has put forward seven terms by which they would extend peace talks with Israel beyond their April 29 deadline. Amin Maqboul, a member of the Fatah revolutionary council, told the Palestinian newspaper al-Quds that the Palestinian Authority would agree to an extension of negotiations if Israel agreed to: announce the basis on which future talks will be held; draw the outline of the borders of a Palestinian state within the next three months; halt settlement construction; withdraw Israeli troops from the West Bank’s Area C to the lines held before...
  • EU Focuses Pressure on Israel to Make Concessions, Restart Talks

    04/19/2014 12:50:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 4/18/2014, 6:00 PM | Ari Soffer
    EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton called on Israel to reverse recent announcements regarding construction in Judea and Samaria in order to advance peace talks. Ashton said she viewed with “great concern” an Israeli decision to declare an area near the Gush Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem as state land and the recognition of Jewish rights to the disputed Peace House in the Judean city of Hevron, a statement from her office said Friday. Ashton also lashed out at the “demolition of Palestinian property and the confiscation of EU humanitarian aid”. …
  • At Last, the Season of Hope

    04/11/2014 9:37:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | April 11, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    The brutal winter ebbs at last, giving way to the season of hope, deliverance and renewal. The celebrations of Passover and Easter, marking the beginning of spring, overlap this year, as they often do. Jewish children practice reciting the four questions and dream of finding the hidden Passover mazoh. Christian children celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, decorating eggs and hiding them for a hunt. Nature awakens, and suddenly all things look possible again. Just not for a lasting peace in the Middle East. President Obama, with Secretary of State John F. Kerry as his messenger and chief instigator, badly misjudged...
  • The Mideast Peace Process Peters Out

    04/10/2014 8:42:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | April 10, 2014 | Cliff May
    Blessed are the peace makers. But don’t confuse peace makers with peace processors. The latter think they can persuade the lion to lie down with the lamb. The former are realistic enough to grasp how perilous that is unless the lion has just had a big dinner and a couple of stiff drinks. Sad to say, Secretary of State John Kerry has proven to be a peace processor, one loath to acknowledge that the latest round of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks have come to a very dead end. Actually, they never moved off the starting blocks. Let’s stipulate that Kerry is...
  • "There Has Never Been a Palestinian State - That's a Lie"

    04/10/2014 7:20:44 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 17 replies
    Economics Minister and Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett has continued his calls to annex parts of Judea and Samaria, in response to the repeated failure of peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. Following a letter yesterday to Prime Minister Netanyahu, in which he urged the PM implement his "Plan B" alternative to a "two-state solution" with the PA, Bennett took his message to the international media last night, in an interview with CNN. Dismissing suggestions that Israel was responsible for the collapse of peace talks by building homes in Jerusalem, Bennett pointed out that the talks had already ground...
  • Jimmy Carter: Free Jonathan Pollard for peace deal

    04/05/2014 9:33:14 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | 04-04-2014 | Patrick Gavin
    Jimmy Carter weighed in on Friday on whether Jonathan Pollard should be released from prison as part of current Middle East peace talks, saying he would support freedom for the spy if the Israelis were to fully accept the deal from Secretary of State John Kerry. Carter said in an interview that he would agree to the release of Pollard, the U.S. naval intelligence analyst currently serving a life prison sentence after a 1987 conviction for providing classified information to Israel, only if certain conditions were met. “If the Israelis would agree to accept John Kerry’s proposal, if Pollard was...
  • Obama: US won't be able to defend Israel if peace talks fail

    03/02/2014 5:47:53 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 183 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 2, 2014 | Adiv Sterman
    Ahead of meeting with Netanyahu, president says unprecedented ‘aggressive settlement construction’ detrimental to peace process 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...
  • UN Cancels Iran’s Invite to Syria Peace Talks

    01/20/2014 11:10:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 1/21/2014, 1:46 AM | Elad Benari
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday that he had canceled an offer for Iran to attend Syria peace negotiations after Tehran declared it does not support the June 2012 political transition deal that is the basis for the talks. “He (Ban) continues to urge Iran to join the global consensus behind the Geneva communiqué,” Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky said, according to the Reuters news agency. “Given that it has chosen to remain outside that basic understanding, (Ban) has decided that the one-day Montreux gathering will proceed without Iran’s participation,” added Nesirky. …
  • Putin, Iran Find Obama Really Flexible After Election

    11/26/2013 4:43:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | November 26, 2013 | John Ransom
    Not content to confine his most heinous mistakes to domestic policy alone, Barack Hussein Obama over the weekend reversed decades of foreign policy both for the United States and her allies by allowing Iran to continue work on its nuclear program. Nuclear non-proliferation has long been a principle of the world community. Today that principle is dead. And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup, which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a...
  • Israeli PM orders rethink on settlement construction plans

    11/13/2013 7:36:18 AM PST · by haffast · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 November 2013 Last updated at 07:15 ET | BBC
    Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his housing minister to reconsider construction plans for more than 20,000 homes in the West Bank. He said the plans, announced by Housing Minister Uri Ariel earlier on Tuesday, would create unnecessary friction with the international community. The US had earlier said it was "deeply concerned" over the Israeli plans. The Palestinians had said they would appeal to the UN, warning that Israel's move would kill off peace talks. In a statement, Mr Netanyahu said he had asked Housing Minister Uri Ariel "to reconsider" plans for potential construction of new homes for Jewish settlers...
  • Israel accuses Palestinians of incitement over talks

    11/06/2013 5:39:10 AM PST · by haffast · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 November 2013 Last updated at 06:50 ET | BBC
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blamed the Palestinians for the apparent stalemate in their peace talks, accusing them of creating "artificial crises" and incitement. He spoke after talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is attempting to revive the peace process. The direct negotiations launched in July have shown little sign of progress and are due to end next April. Mr Kerry will later meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The secretary of state has denied media speculation that he may propose a new interim peace deal. Kerry confident Mr Netanyahu said Israel stood by the terms...
  • Israel to free next 26 Palestinian prisoners under deal

    10/28/2013 6:39:13 AM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 October 2013 Last updated at 20:26 ET | BBC
    The Israeli government has approved the release of another 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of a US-brokered deal for the resumption of peace talks. They will be the second round of prisoners to be freed since August. A statement from the Israeli prime minister's office said the inmates had all been jailed for violence committed before the 1993 Oslo accords. Israeli and Palestinian representatives began direct talks in Jerusalem in August after a three-year hiatus. As part of the process, Israel has agreed to release 104 long-serving Palestinian prisoners. Behind bars The names of the latest group of detainees set...
  • PM headed to Rome for meetings with pope, John Kerry (Netanyahu - Israel)

    10/16/2013 7:27:43 PM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | October 16, 2013, 9:45 pm | Raphael Ahren
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet Pope Francis and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Italy next week. Netanyahu will meet Francis in the Vatican Wednesday, ahead of the pontiff’s expected visit to Israel next year. In Rome, the prime minister will meet with Kerry to discuss the current nuclear negotiations between six world powers on Iran, and the peace process with the Palestinians, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. The first round of renewed nuclear negotiations between the so-called P5+1 powers and the Islamic Republic concluded Wednesday with cautious optimism from both sides....
  • Palestinians warn of UN move over settlements

    08/21/2013 9:57:31 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/21/2013 | KARIN LAUB
    The Palestinians might turn to U.N. bodies in response to Israeli settlement building even before their negotiations with Israel have run their course, a Palestinian spokeswoman said Wednesday, reflecting growing frustration over recent Israeli plans to promote more than 3,000 new settlement homes. If the U.S. is unable to halt Israeli construction on war-won lands, deemed illegal by most of the international community, the Palestinians may have to seek redress elsewhere, said Hanan Ashrawi, a senior official in the Palestine Liberation Organization. "We are saying very clearly that if Israel does not stop, then we have to move," Ashrawi said...
  • Jerusalem, shared ‘security blanket,’ key to Israeli-Palestinian peace

    08/14/2013 8:58:42 PM PDT · by haffast · 22 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | August 14, 2013 | Judith Sudilovsky
    JERUSALEM (CNS) — Coveted as a spiritual and political capital by both Israelis and Palestinians, the status of the city of Jerusalem has stood out as one of the pivotal topics in their ongoing peace negotiations. snip “Jerusalem is very critical to the negotiations,” said Bernard Sabella, associate professor of sociology at Bethlehem University and a member of the Palestinian parliament. “U.N. resolutions and even the United States recognize East Jerusalem as occupied territory. We are going to have to find a solution set-up which is acceptable to both parties. snip Rabbi Rosen said that although there are some fringe...
  • Op-Ed: Peace? Not a chance - (Israel)

    08/14/2013 7:11:57 AM PDT · by haffast · 3 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | August 12, 2013, 7:02 am | Corinne Berzon
    Once upon a time I was kindly asked to leave my Jewish high school. It seems that 15 year olds who wear kefiyehs on the anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre and question the legitimacy of Israel’s settlement policy pose an insurmountable obstacle to a parochial educational system based on ideological conformity. Years after my unceremonious expulsion, I attended a university whose student handbook calendar marked May 15th as “Naqba Day”. When Bibi came to speak on campus, riots erupted. My qualms about Israel’s policies towards its Abrahamic cousins were overshadowed by the desperate need to defend Israel’s right...
  • Palestinian Authority Denies Jewish Right to Western Wall

    08/12/2013 10:43:45 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/8/13 | Ari Soffer
    In what is being described as yet another example of Palestinian Authority (PA) denial of the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the very legitimacy of the State of Israel, the Presidential Guard of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has claimed the Western Wall as an Arab and Islamic site. Last week, a picture of the Western Wall was posted onto the PA Presidential Guard's official Facebook page with a PA flag superimposed on it, along with the words "The Al Buraq Wall - Public Relations and Information - The Presidential Guard - Palestinian youth know their rights." The Western Wall...
  • True believers: Bibi, Barry, Kerry and the inevitable destruction

    08/02/2013 10:05:57 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    Carolyne B. Glick
    Full title: "True believers: Bibi, Barry, Kerry, and the inevitable destruction resulting from fanaticism wound with fantasy" Standing next to US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday morning, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni gushed that through his indefatigable efforts to bring Israeli and Palestinian officials to Washington, Kerry proved that "nothing can stop true believers." As usual, the cognitively-challenged Livni told us something she hadn't intended to say. The term "true believer" was coined by Eric Hoffer in his classic work The True Believer from 1951, which Livni has obviously not read. Hoffer's epic study of the psychological roots of...
  • Is latest round of Middle East peace negotiations just a mutual mirage?

    07/31/2013 8:25:02 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 10 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7/31/2013 | Ben Lynfield
    Israelis and Palestinians are sparring over the very premise for their peace negotiations as envoys from each side head into talks in Washington that have been trumpeted as the revival of diplomacy after three years of stalemate. While the US remains mum on the negotiating terms, the two parties are sparring over the central question of whether the talks are based on Israel's 1967 borders or not. The argument comes amid widespread skepticism on both sides that the US-brokered diplomacy will lead to a breakthrough to end more than a century of conflict. "They have zero chances of reaching an...
  • Kerry Announces Resumption of Peace Talks

    07/19/2013 2:45:19 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/7/13 | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday the resumption of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. "I'm pleased to announce that we've reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis," Kerry told reporters in Amman, Jordan, according to AFP. "This is a significant and welcome step forward,” he added. “The agreement is still in the process of being finalized so we are absolutely not going to talk about any of the elements now." The top U.S. diplomat added that PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and Israeli...
  • Humbled US makes concessions to Taliban to start talks

    06/18/2013 3:23:44 PM PDT · by ketelone · 68 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 19 Jun 2013 | Chidanand Rajghatta
    WASHINGTON: The United States will begin formal talks with the Taliban, including the Haqqani network, in Doha, Qatar, in a couple of days, Obama administration officials said in a major announcement on Tuesday. The engagement, the first of its kind since the post 9/11 conflict, follows key concessions made by Washington, including dropping the pre-condition that Taliban immediately break ties with al-Qaida, in return for much broader, generic, self-serving commitments by the unyielding terrorist group. In a conference call from Northern Ireland where President Obama is attending the G8 summit, US officials said they expected Taliban to issue a statement...
  • More Americans Sympathize With Israel, Don't Want U.S. to Lead Peace Talks

    03/18/2013 6:39:40 AM PDT · by lbryce · 1 replies
    Yahoo News Via ABC ^ | March 18, 2013 | 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. See PDF with...
  • U.S. attempts to restart peace talks with Taliban

    02/04/2013 7:55:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/04/2013 | Karen DeYoung
    When President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced Jan. 11 that a negotiating office for the Taliban was about to open in the Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar, optimism soared within the administration that peace talks would soon be back on track. But January’s optimism has become February’s reality check: There is still no agreement to open the office, and Karzai, back in Kabul after his Washington visit, says there will be no deal until Qatar meets his conditions in writing. As the Obama administration nears a decision on the pace of U.S. combat troop withdrawals from Afghanistan between...
  • Question John Kerry Long and Hard!

    12/22/2012 11:54:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | December 23, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    This column was co-authored by Bob MorrisonSen. John Kerry has a long and dubious record in foreign policy. In the 1970's, he testified against his fellow Vietnam War veterans before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He charged that they were violating the Geneva Conventions every day in Vietnam. Some POWs were outraged at Kerry's disloyal statements. They said they had been tortured by their Communist captors trying to force them to make such untrue statements. Worse, Kerry went to Paris in 1971. There, he met with North Vietnamese Communists. We need to see all his notes from those meetings....
  • Gaza truce agreed, Hamas says, to take effect in hours

    11/20/2012 9:08:09 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    Gaza truce agreed, Hamas says, to take effect in hours By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller | Reuters – 30 mins ago GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire in the Gaza conflict will go into effect later on Tuesday, a Hamas official said. There was no immediate Israeli comment. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier he was open to a long-term deal to halt Palestinian rocket attacks on his country. "An agreement for calm has been reached. It will be declared at 9 o'clock (1900 GMT) and go into effect at midnight (2200 GMT)," Hamas official Ayman Taha told Reuters...
  • US confirms possible release of Taliban from Gitmo

    01/31/2012 11:40:43 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2012, 9:31 PM EST | ANNE GEARAN and KIMBERLY DOZIER
    U.S. intelligence officials acknowledged Tuesday that the United States may release several Afghan Taliban prisoners from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an incentive to bring the Taliban to peace talks. Meanwhile, Afghan officials told The Associated Press that a plan to give Afghanistan a form of legal custody over the men if they are released satisfied their earlier objection to sending the prisoners to a third country. Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper told Congress Tuesday that no decision had been made on whether to trade the five Taliban prisoners, now held at Guantanamo Bay as part...
  • Exclusive: Secret U.S., Taliban talks reach turning point (relentless appeasement)

    12/18/2011 8:26:29 PM PST · by STARWISE · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12-18-11 | Missy Ryan, Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball
    *snip* As part of the accelerating, high-stakes diplomacy, Reuters has learned, the United States is considering the transfer of an unspecified number of Taliban prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay military prison into Afghan government custody. It has asked representatives of the Taliban to match that confidence-building measure with some of their own. Those could include a denunciation of international terrorism and a public willingness to enter formal political talks with the government headed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The officials acknowledged that the Afghanistan diplomacy, which has reached a delicate stage in recent weeks, remains a long shot. Among the...
  • Abbas Gaming US: US Subverting Bibi

    12/13/2010 6:42:53 AM PST · by bsaunders · 2 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | December 13, 2010 | B. Saunders
    The Middle East is usually full of deception, duplicity, and backstabbing in its political both intra-country and inter-country. There is often a huge gap between actions and words. At times, it appears that nobody says what they mean and nobody means what they say. So, it comes as little surprise that the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations should go through an intermediary, the United States, and that there is deceit galore, at levels beyond anything I can remember. The Palestinian Authority in their dealings with the United States perpetrates the first deceit, and then there is the deceit in the approach and manipulation...
  • Abbas and the PA Throw a Fit

    12/11/2010 5:48:58 AM PST · by bsaunders · 2 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | December 11 ,2010 | B. Saunders
    Between President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, and Head Negotiators Yasser Abed Rabbo and Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian spokespeople have threatened every conceivable position regarding the moribund talks with Israel over the past couple of weeks. These threats include but are not limited to, unilaterally declaring an independent Palestinian State along the border of the Green Line, taking the entire negotiations to the United Nations for a final dispensation, dissolving the Palestinian Authority and throwing the whole of the West Bank back on Israel to maintain, and cutting all relations and cooperation with Israel declaring the Roadmap and Oslo...
  • Netanyahu's concessions for talks go far beyond a building freeze

    11/13/2010 9:58:39 PM PST · by papabrody · 7 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | November 14, 2010 | DEBKAfile
    The package Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has accepted for US-sponsored talks with the Palestinians contains more substantial concessions than merely a freeze on settlement construction and goes far beyond the one-year deal put before the security cabinet Saturday night, Nov. 13, debkafile reports from Jerusalem and Washington. The deal unveiled in Jerusalem early Sunday is only stage one of a larger secret package to which only Netanyahu and his close adviser Yithzak Molho are privy - not even Defense Minister Ehud Barak or the Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi.
  • Now They Find Their Voice

    11/11/2010 7:48:06 AM PST · by bsaunders · 4 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | November 11, 2010 | B. Saunders
    Over the past year and a half, Hezballah has been restocking their inventory of rockets storing many in the Bekaa Valley. Hezballah has also been in violation of the United Nations resolution that ended the conflict between them and Israel back in 2006 by rebuilding military positions and bunkers and storing rockets and other war supplies south of the Litany River. Further acts in violation of the so-called rules of law have been manifest by Hezballah having placed their weapon caches within hospitals, schools, mosques, and residential homes. Through all of this, Europe, the United States, the United Nations, Russia,...
  • Palestinians reveal their real agenda

    10/12/2010 10:55:33 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/13/10 | Jerry Philipson
    Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel has offered to renew the moratorium on building settlements in the West Bank in order for peace talks with the Palestinians to continue. Palestinians have said that that they will not continue with the talks if the moratorium was lifted. Netanyahu has acceded to their wishes, asking in return that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state. The Palestinians have categorically replied that they are unwilling to do so, which means that the peace talks are dead and that they have killed them. Anyone who doesn't recognize that Israel is a Jewish state and...
  • The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Conundrum

    10/11/2010 10:23:58 AM PDT · by bsaunders · 4 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | October 11, 2010 | B. Saunders
    Ever since Israel’s miraculous victories in the Six Day War (1967) and the Yom Kippur War (1973), the world has pressured Israel to return the land gained in defense against her neighbors’ belligerence. Egypt was the first country to break with the “Three No’s” (no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with Israel) position defined by the Muslim world during the Khartoum Conference. This led to the return of the entire Sinai Peninsula, an area of land significantly larger than all of Israel, to Egypt in exchange for what has become a chilly peace. A member of...
  • Taliban set preconditions for formal peace talks

    10/07/2010 1:44:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/7/10 | Kathy Gannon - ap
    KABUL, Afghanistan – Taliban officials have engaged in periodic, discreet contacts with Afghan and U.S. officials for months but are unwilling to move to formal peace negotiations until the U.S. agrees to a timetable for the withdrawal of all foreign troops, according to a Pakistani intelligence official and members of a newly formed Afghan peace council. The White House said Wednesday that President Barack Obama supports attempts by the Afghan government to open peace talks with Taliban leaders, but still wants the insurgents to renounce violence and their support of al-Qaida. However, press secretary Robert Gibbs said the United States...
  • Fading hopes for peace--Radicalization of Palestinians takes its toll on Israeli expectations

    09/20/2010 6:45:36 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, September 17, 2010 | Joel Mowbray
    In Israel, politics is the national pastime. Israelis follow politics the same way certain New Yorkers absorb every statistic, past and present, about the Yankees. Last week, which was sandwiched between the Jewish new year and the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, Israelis were still following the news - just not the latest round of Middle East peace talks. News outlets gave what felt like obligatory coverage, but the talks typically ranked as the second or third item. This is a pronounced shift from past go-rounds, in which the primarily left-of-center news industry breathlessly provided wall-to-wall coverage. This...
  • Another Letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu

    09/15/2010 4:54:28 AM PDT · by bsaunders · 2 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | August 15, 2010 | B. Saunders
    Mr. Prime Minister; Many Jews both from Israel and in the Diaspora have reacted with horror and revulsion to the latest Time Magazine Cover Story, “Why Jews Don’t Care About Peace.” Time’s base use of the Shylock blood libel is beyond false, it is disgusting. But perhaps there is a lesson beyond the obvious hatred against Jews in general, Israel specially, and you, Mr. Prime Minister, can take from this journalistic episode. Time has unwittingly pulled back the veil and shown exactly how the world media will, for the most part, depict the breakup of the current peace talks should...
  • Obama Calls for Extending the Building Freeze Finally

    09/11/2010 4:35:37 PM PDT · by bsaunders · 14 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | September 11, 2010 | B. Saunders
    I would like to say I’m shocked but the only surprise is it took this long for President Obama to call for the continuation of the building freeze on Jewish areas in Judea and Samaria while making no comment on Arab and Muslim building of illegal structures throughout the same area and especially in and around Jerusalem. President Obama has still not made mention of the illegal buildings erected by Arabs, Muslims, and Druze illegal building within the Green Line in uncontested Israel, especially in the Negev where the problem has become endemic lately. The one positive consequence of this...
  • What Does Israel Do About the Coming Palestinian Demands?

    09/07/2010 7:46:08 AM PDT · by bsaunders · 9 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | September 7, 2010 | B. Saunders
    First, we need to identify what the Palestinian demands will consist. The extension of the building freeze is probably the most obvious. Many of the other demands are a rehash of long standing demands including Right of Return, total control of Jerusalem’s Old City, return to the Green Line (pre 1967 borders), release of all Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, free passage between the West Bank and Gaza, end of the blockade of Gaza, removal of all IDF troops, checkpoints, travel restrictions, and other prohibitions imposed to prevent terror attacks. The truth is that even should Israel concede and meet...
  • Senseless Response to Senseless Murders

    09/04/2010 1:18:53 PM PDT · by bsaunders · 3 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | September 4, 2010 | B. Saunders
    Yitzchak and Talia Emes, 47 and 45 years old, along with 24-year-old Avishai Shindler, married just a year, and 37-year-old Kochava Even Haim were recently murdered while returning to their homes after a day in Jerusalem by Hamas terrorists in a drive by shooting. Over three-dozen bullets had been fired at their vehicle, including a number from point blank range to assure that the attack had killed and not merely wounded its targets. The response in Israel was one of shock and abhorrence while in the Palestinian areas of the West Bank and Gaza there was much celebratory dancing and...
  • What Have You Done For Us Lately, Bibi?

    08/29/2010 6:56:31 AM PDT · by bsaunders · 1 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | August 29, 2010 | B. Saunders
    Rumors in the news speak of Prime Minister Netanyahu trying to find an unhappy medium whereby we have a freeze on building but do not really have a freeze in building beyond the Green Line. The claim is his government is looking for a magic combination that will allow enough building to keep the coalition together while restricting the building sufficiently to keep Mahmoud Abbas happy and sitting at the negotiating table. Despite the obvious problem that any building will cause Abbas to throw a fit which will require some unwise concession to placate him free of any return of...