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  • Israel's Top Court Orders West Bank Settlement Demolished [Does Hamas Have A Supreme Court?]

    12/26/2014 10:55:00 AM PST · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 26, 2014 | BATSHEVA SOBELMAN
    Israel's Top Court Orders West Bank Settlement Demolished Protester By BATSHEVA SOBELMAN Amona, the largest of unauthorized outposts in the West Bank, is ordered demolished by Israel's top court Israel’s Supreme Court has ordered the government to demolish the West Bank settlement of Amona within two years and relocate its 300 Jewish residents, moving to end a years-long legal battle. In the ruling late Thursday, Supreme Court President Asher Grunis acknowledged that demolishing the community would be “difficult and painful” for its residents. However, he wrote, “this difficulty cannot enable illegal construction on private land” or justify failure to comply...
  • Obama officials mum on reports White House weighing sanctions on Israel

    12/05/2014 7:40:11 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 39 replies
    Washington Free Beacon, Fox News.com ^ | December 05, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    The Obama administration is refusing to discuss reports that emerged early Thursday claiming that the White House is considering imposing sanctions on Israel for continuing construction on Jewish homes in Jerusalem. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf dodged several questions on Thursday when confronted with reports that the administration had held secret internal meetings to discuss taking action against Israel for its ongoing building in East Jerusalem. The classified meetings were reportedly held several weeks ago and included officials from both the State Department and White House, according to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz, which first reported on the meetings. The possibility...
  • US Complains it was Not Notified of Israel Sukkah Building Frenzy

    10/14/2014 12:16:34 PM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | October 11th, 2014 | PreOccupied Territory
    [Editor's Update: We thought it was obvious, but apparently not... this blog post is SATIRE.] Washington, October 8 – Aides to US President Barack Obama expressed displeasure today over not being informed of plans to assemble tens of thousands of makeshift residential structures over the last week in Jewish communities in areas both Israel and the Palestinians claim. The huts mostly consist of wood panels, or of metal frames holding up canvas walls, with reeds or palm leaves as roofing. Satellite images and eyewitness reports alerted the Obama administration of the flurry of new construction activity, all of which appears...
  • Diplomats: EU weighs steps to curb settlements, including blacklisting convicted settlers

    10/14/2014 10:15:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters via Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/14/2014 17:29 | (Luke Baker)
    European officials are looking at new ways to press Israel to halt its building of settlements on land the Palestinians want for a state, as frustration over the construction program reaches a new high, European diplomats say. The discussions are at an early stage, but officials say the European Union may look at stopping Jewish settlers convicted of crimes from visiting the EU and could examine the fine print of a free-trade agreement, although there is no talk of sanctions. A series of steps by Israel in recent weeks, including the seizure of 1,000 acres of land near the Palestinian...
  • VA whistleblowers win settlements in retaliation cases

    09/29/2014 7:04:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Post, ^ | 9/29/14 | Josh Hicks & David A. Fahrenthold
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has reached settlements with three whistleblowers who helped expose wrongdoing at the Phoenix VA hospital, where details of a nationwide record-keeping scandal emerged this year. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, a small federal agency that investigates whistleblower complaints, announced the settlements on Monday. At least two of the agreements involve promotions, signaling that the agency wants to reward employees who report bad practices. Each of the employees said they were retaliated against for their efforts to report problems. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner said in a statement on
  • Who are those “illegal settlers”? (Israel)

    08/12/2014 1:45:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    INN ^ | 8/11/2014, 6:08 PM | Yisrael Medad
    I read a news item that claimed that “settlers” were criticizing the government? […]Israeli settlers from some of the settlements around the Gaza Strip harshly criticized the Israeli government during a meeting with the country’s internal security minister, Yitzhak Aharonovich, according to Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.The newspaper reported that Aharonovich met on Sunday with settlers from the Kfar Aza settlement, who proceeded to harshly criticize him for the continued fire of Palestinian rockets. The criticism comes after the Israeli government had promised settlers that it was “safe to return home”. […]But Kfar Aza is one of the kibbutzim and other...
  • It’s Not the "Occupation" - It’s Islam

    07/01/2014 3:33:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 36 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | July 1, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The bodies of three murdered Israeli teenagers, 16-year-old Naftali who liked to play basketball, 16-year-old Gilad who had just finished a scuba diving course and 19-year-old Eyal with his guitar, will be met by the same ghastly parade of pallbearers who accompany every victim of terrorism.
  • US envoy condemns new settlement building plans

    06/05/2014 5:07:13 PM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Dan Shapiro criticizes Israel’s decision to push ahead 1,500 units in West Bank and East Jerusalem as response to Palestinian unity government he US ambassador to Israel condemned on Thursday a plan to build 1,500 housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, announced as a retaliatory measure to the formation of a Palestinian unity government earlier this week. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign up! “We oppose settlement construction in the West Bank as well as announcements regarding such construction,” Dan Shapiro told Army Radio. “We would...
  • Israel approves 1,800 more West Bank homes (3,300 today>

    06/05/2014 5:03:55 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Announcement comes hours after government issued permits for 1,500 settlement units, in a move panned by the Palestinians he Israeli government on Thursday ordered officials to move forward with plans for another 1,800 settler homes, just hours after issuing tenders for 1,500 housing units, an official said. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign up! “The political echelon has ordered the Civil Administration to advance 1,800 new (housing) units,” the Israeli official told AFP on condition of anonymity, referring to a Defense Ministry unit responsible for all West Bank planning...
  • EU threatens to take action against Israeli settlers

    06/06/2014 12:49:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 06.06.14 @ 09:30 | Andrew Rettman
    The EU has threatened to take action against Jewish settlers after Israel backed the building of 1,466 more homes on Palestinian land. EU countries said in a joint communique on Thursday (5 June) that the move is “unhelpful to peace efforts” and called on Israel to “reverse the decision”. They added that if it does not comply, they will “act accordingly” and “fully and effectively implement existing legislation in relation to settlements”. …
  • 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...
  • US Officials Unload on Israel: ‘Jewish People Are Supposed To Be Smart’

    05/04/2014 11:25:01 AM PDT · by SJackson · 34 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5-4-14 | Jacob Kornbluh
    US Secretary of State John Kerry apologized this week for using the term ‘Apartheid’ in describing Israel’s status following the collapse of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Nonetheless, it appears that the Obama administration is convinced that Israel is by large responsible for the impasse in the peace process and therefore slated to pay the price for it in the near future. “The Jewish people are supposed to be smart. You’re supposed to know how to read the map: In the 21st century, the world will not keep tolerating the Israeli occupation,” a US official told Yediot Ahronot....
  • For Netanyahu, a bombshell battering by Obama

    03/07/2014 10:22:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 3, 2014, 4:18 am | David Horovitz
    … Until he read the breaking news of President Obama’s earth-shattering interview with Bloomberg’s Jeffrey Goldberg on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might have anticipated that Monday’s meeting was going to be one of his less confrontational and unpleasant sessions of frank, allied diplomacy with his good friend Barack. […] For one thing is certain, the president’s resort to a newspaper interview on the eve of their talks to issue near-apocalyptic warnings about the disaster Netanyahu risks bringing upon Israel is just about the last thing likely to bolster the prime minister’s confidence in their alliance, and just about the...
  • German FM calls upon Israel to make tough decisions

    02/23/2014 10:22:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2014 9:58 AM EST
    Germany’s foreign minister says his country vigorously supports U.S.-mediated peace talks and encourages Israel to take the “difficult but necessary decisions” to make them succeed. […] Germany is Israel’s closest European ally and the two governments hold a joint Cabinet session each year. But tensions have arisen of late over Israel’s West Bank settlement policies. …
  • The Naive Newsman

    02/04/2014 6:25:37 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 2 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 2/4/2014 | Dry Bones
  • Netanyahu’s aides threaten to fire Naftali Bennett

    01/29/2014 8:35:02 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 8 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/29/2014t | HAVIV RETTIG GUR
    In what appears to be the worst crisis yet for the governing coalition, sources close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday threatened to fire Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett over his criticism of Netanyahu a day earlier. “Bennett was given a message that he has to apologize clearly and unequivocally or there will be a price to pay,” a source in the Prime Minister’s Office told The Times of Israel. On Tuesday, Bennett delivered a speech lambasting the prime minister in the wake of a Times of Israel report according to which Netanyahu wants Jewish settlers to be...
  • Bennett: Jews in ‘Palestine’ would be killed

    01/28/2014 10:28:56 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 34 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/28/2014 | SPENCER HO
    Palestinians would kill Jewish Israelis left under their rule, Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday, continuing a campaign against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ostensible willingness to leave Israeli settlers under Palestinian rule under a future peace agreement. Bennett also outlined his own plan for the West Bank — which he has largely been mum about since joining Netanyahu’s government — under which Israel would annex most of the territories. “Do you know why? Why Jews cannot live under Palestinian rule? Do you know why? Why Palestinians can’t rule over Jews?” Bennett said in an address at the...
  • Netanyahu Floats Idea: "Settlers" to Live under PA Rule

    01/26/2014 2:40:53 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 26 replies
    A source in the Prime Minister's Office told reporters Sunday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu believes that if a Palestinian state is established in Judea and Samaria, Jews who wish to remain in that state should be allowed to do so. The source said that Netanyahu believes that there is no reason for the Palestinian state, netanyahu says settlers may want to remain under pa rule if it is created, to be "mono-ethnic." The source explained that the idea is a continuation of Netanyahu's statement in his speech at Davos, Switzerland, on Friday, in which he made clear that he...
  • Germany: No ‘Settlements’ in Cooperation Agreements (to Israel)

    01/23/2014 9:59:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 1/24/2014, 4:16 AM | Elad Benari
    Germany is conditioning research support and cooperation with Israel on the exclusion of Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, AFP reported on Thursday, citing the Haaretz newspaper. According to the report, Berlin’s decision “represents a significant escalation in European measures against the settlements.” Haaretz noted that a 1986 treaty of the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development states that the foundation will only sponsor projects “within the geographic areas under the jurisdiction of the State of Israel” before the 1967 Six Day War. The Germans reportedly want to apply that clause to the “German-Israeli funding program (DIP)”,...
  • Abbas: Israel Using Talks to Expand ‘Settlements’

    01/17/2014 5:57:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 1/17/2014, 9:53 PM | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas warned on Friday against Israel using peace talks as a “cover” to “expand settlements” in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem, AFP reported. Abbas was speaking in Morocco at a meeting of the Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Committee. The meeting comes days after Israel announced tenders for construction of more than 1,800 new homes in regions which the PA claims for a future state. The U.S.-brokered peace talks must “not serve as a cover for the expansion of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories,” said Abbas, according to AFP. “There can be no peace without stability, nor...
  • EU punishes Israel on settlements, rewards it on UN club

    11/28/2013 12:34:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 27.11.13 @ 18:53 | Andrew Rettman
    Poor Israeli PR has seen the EU enforce new rules on science funding, but EU states compensated Israel with a UN gift. Under the funding deal, the EU and Israel will shortly sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Israel’s participation in the Union’s “Horizon 2020” research program. The grants will be governed by new EU guidelines, which say Israeli firms and institutions cannot spend a cent of EU money on activity in occupied Palestinian land. …
  • 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...
  • Merkel urges Israel to restrain settlement construction

    10/18/2013 9:18:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 10.18.13, 14:42 | (AFP)
    German Chancellor Merkel Angela Merkel met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday and called on Israel to show restraint with its settlement policy so as not to jeopardize the ongoing Middle East talks. In a joint press conference with Abbas in Berlin, Merkel said a grand-coalition government in Berlin would continue to provide aid to the Palestinian Territories. “We have always advocated a two-state solution. We have always advocated aiding and supporting the Palestinian Territories, advancing the peace process, advancing economic development and I am pretty sure we will conduct our foreign policy with this continuity,” Merkel said. …
  • Conference held in EU parliament building in support of West Bank settlements

    09/17/2013 9:31:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/18/2013 06:04 | Tovah Lazaroff
    Samaria Regional Council Chairman Gershon Mesika and his deputy, Yossi Dagan, were guests at a conference on the harmful impact of the EU’s policies against West Bank settlements held Thursday in the European Parliament building in Brussels. The parliament has often been hostile on the topic of Israeli activity in the West Bank. But on Thursday, Vice Chairman of the EU Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Italian politician Fiorello Provera, held the conference to help parliamentarians better understand the issue. … “If Europe thinks Jews will return to the days where we were forced to mark our products—you can forget...
  • Israeli labor bill for settlers sparks uproar

    09/08/2013 1:52:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 8, 2013 12:36 PM EDT | Tia Goldenberg and Aron Heller
    At first glance, a proposed new bill asking Israel’s parliament to extend Israeli labor law to the West Bank and protect women against unlawful dismissal seems innocuous enough. But critics say that under the guise of woman’s rights, the bill’s true intent is to further entrench Israeli control over occupied territory the Palestinians seek for their future state. The debate sheds light on the complex and distinct legal system Israel has cultivated during its 46-year control of the West Bank. Since Israel has never annexed the territory, it technically remains under military rule, creating a bewildering legal reality. …
  • 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...
  • Netanyahu: Conflict is Not About the 'Settlements'

    08/16/2013 7:03:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    inn ^ | 8/16/13 | Elad Benari, Canada
    The Israeli-Arab conflict has nothing to do with the “settlements” and everything to do with Arab refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told United Nations head Ban Ki-moon on Friday. Netanyahu and Ban met in Jerusalem, and the Prime Minister asked Ban to look into the UNRWA summer camps in Gaza which are used to delegitimize Israel, call for its destruction and educate Palestinian Authority Arab children to carry out jihad.
  • Israeli MP: EU action shows Israel is becoming ‘pariah’

    08/15/2013 5:44:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 15.08.13 @ 11:30 | Andrew Rettman
    An MK from Israel’s second largest party has warned that settlement-building risks cutting off Israel from the West. Ofer Shelah, a Knesset deputy from the centrist Yesh Atid party, a key member of Israel’s ruling coalition, whose leader, Yair Lapid, is the country’s new finance minister, made the statement in Hebrew on his Facebook page on Wednesday (14 August). Referring to new EU guidelines which block funding for Israeli entities which operate on Palestinian land, he said: “The price of occupation that … used to be some abstract, philosophical notion, nowadays is concrete, obvious—and unbearable.” He noted that settlement-building “will...
  • Israel May Shun Key EU Project Because of Boycott

    08/15/2013 3:22:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 8/15/2013, 5:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Israel warned on Wednesday that it might shun a key EU research program unless a compromise is found over the bloc’s guidelines which boycott Israeli entities operating beyond the Green Line. Israel’s position was spelled out at a meeting with the European Union on the Jewish state’s participation in Horizon 2020, the bloc’s six-year funding plan for research and innovation, the foreign ministry said, according to AFP. … Horizon 2020 aims “to de-pollute the Mediterranean by the year 2020 by tackling the sources of pollution that account for around 80% of the overall pollution of the Mediterranean Sea: municipal waste,...
  • U.S.: 'Settlements' Are Illegitimate; United States says it disapproves of construction in Judea

    08/08/2013 9:05:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    inn ^ | 8/8/13 | Elad Benari
    The United States said on Thursday that it was against Israeli approval of new Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria. The comments were made hours after it was reported that the Civil Administration has authorized construction of 878 housing units in Judea and Samaria. The units were approved for towns in the Binyamin region, the Jordan Valley, and Gush Etzion. Speaking to reporters, State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki responded when asked about the new construction, "The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity and opposes any efforts to legitimize settlement outposts." She added that Washington had...
  • Netanyahu: No Judea and Samaria? No Contracts with Europe

    08/08/2013 8:51:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 8/9/2013, 5:12 AM | Elad Benari
    In response to the European Union’s guidelines which forbid any contact with Israeli companies operating beyond the 1949 Armistice Line, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has clarified that Israel will not sign any contracts with Europe so long as the boycott of these regions continues. Netanyahu met on Thursday to discuss the issue with Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, Finance Minister Yair Lapid, Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir and Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Perry. Following the meeting, Netanyahu said, “Israel will not sign agreements with the EU, so long as the directive on the [pre-]1967 borders remains in...
  • Israel expands subsidies to settlements

    08/04/2013 2:02:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 4, 2013 11:27 AM EDT | Aron Heller
    The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday expanded its list of West Bank settlements eligible for government subsidies, a decision that came just days after the resumption of long-frozen peace talks and drew quick Palestinian condemnation. The Cabinet approved a range of housing subsidies and loans for more than 600 Israeli communities deemed “national priority areas,” expanding an earlier list. The list includes poor towns in Israel’s outlying areas, but also dozens of settlements. The Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem—lands Israel captured in 1967—and renewed talks are to draw Israel’s borders with such...
  • PM cuts secret deal with Jewish Home on settlements

    07/31/2013 4:23:26 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 8 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 7/31/2013 | STUART WINER and HAVIV RETTIG GUR
    In a deal to temper Jewish Home’s resistance to the release of over a hundred long-time Palestinian prisoners, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to advance construction of thousands of housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the Hebrew daily Maariv reported Wednesday morning. The Prime Minister’s office declined to comment on the report. According to the report, members of the religious-nationalist Jewish Home party were convinced to swallow what they saw as the bitter pill of the prisoner release — and not threaten to walk out of the government — for the sake of furthering their cause...
  • Peres Politely Asks Europe to Step Out of Mideast Affairs

    07/29/2013 11:36:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 7/29/2013, 3:53 PM | Chana Ya’ar
    President Peres has politely suggested that the European Union to step out of Middle Eastern affairs while delicate negotiations are in process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. … The Israeli president, who is also visiting Lithuania, thanked Latvia for helping to convince the European Union to list the military wing of the Hizbullah terror organization as a terrorist entity. But Peres also criticized the EU for blocking financial aid to Israeli institutions located in Judea, Samaria and areas of Jerusalem restored to the capital following the 1967 Six Day War. …
  • (Israel Defense Minister) Yaalon: Don’t Cooperate with EU

    07/26/2013 10:26:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 7/26/2013, 3:42 AM | Elad Benari
    Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon has ordered the Coordinator of Government Activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot, to turn down any request by the European Union which relates to these regions, Channel 2 News reported on Thursday evening. Yaalon’s directive is a direct response to the EU’s new guidelines which forbid any contact with Israeli companies operating beyond the 1949 Armistice Lines, said the report. … According to Channel 2 News, Yaalon instructed Dangot to make it difficult for the Europeans to operate in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. In the past week, Israel has denied several European...
  • Lapid: EU Ban Will Promote Terrorism, Not Peace (Israel ‘settlements’)

    07/19/2013 2:47:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 7/20/2013, 12:10 AM | Elad Benari
    The European Union’s new ban on areas located beyond the 1949 Armistice Lines will do nothing to advance peace talks, Finance Minister Yair Lapid wrote on Friday. In fact, said Lapid in an op-ed which appeared in the New York Times, the ban will simply encourage terrorist groups. “As the American secretary of state, John Kerry, leads new efforts to reinvigorate peace talks among Israelis and Palestinians, one of the obstacles—if not the main one—is the presence of extremist Palestinians and their supporters,” he wrote. … According to Lapid, “The world shouldn’t make things easier for extremists. It’s challenging enough...
  • EU takes tougher stance on Israeli settlements

    07/16/2013 1:21:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Tuesday 16 July 2013 08.50 EDT | Harriet Sherwood
    Future agreements between the European Union and Israel must include the explicit exclusion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank or East Jerusalem, according to a new EU directive described by an Israeli official as an “earthquake”. The EU guidelines, adopted on 30 June, will prohibit the issuing of grants, funding, prizes or scholarships unless a settlement exclusion clause is included. Israeli institutions and bodies situated across the pre-1967 Green Line will be automatically ineligible. The Israeli government will be required to state in any future agreements with the EU that settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are...
  • Abbas: Arabs Must Save Jerusalem From 'Settlement Monster'

    06/26/2013 2:40:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/6/13 | Rina Tzvi
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas continues to promote the PA libel that Israel is scheming and acting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Palestinian Media Watch reported. In an interview to the Saudi paper Al-Watan, Abbas said that the Arab and Islamic world should become more pro-active in responding to the Israeli “plot”. "All these [Israeli] actions indicate an evil and dangerous plot to destroy Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and build the alleged Temple,” Abbas said, according to PMW. “Unfortunately, these dangers, which are clear for everyone to see, have yet to receive proper Arab, Islamic and international responses," Abbas said....
  • Ban: 'Settlements' Undermine Hopes for Peace

    06/14/2013 3:05:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    inn ^ | 6/14/13 | Elad Benari, Canada
    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday slammed Israel's plans to increase construction in Judea and Samaria, saying they were undermining hopes of ending the Middle East conflict by setting up a Palestinian state. "The secretary general is deeply concerned by the continuing expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank in violation of international law," said UN spokesman Martin Nesirky, according to the AFP news agency. Ban was "particularly troubled" at Israel moving forward with plans for more than 1,000 new homes in two communities Judea and Samaria, the spokesman said. He was referring to plans to build...
  • German Government Brands Goods Made in Factories That Are Owned by Jews

    06/10/2013 3:46:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 87 replies
    NY Sun ^ | 6/10/13 | Michael Freund
    In a throwback to its darkest past, the German government recently decided to back an initiative which singles out Jewish-owned businesses and targets them for detrimental treatment. Joining 13 other European Union members, Berlin has reportedly agreed to support efforts aimed at applying special labels of origin to products manufactured by Jewish owned factories in Judea and Samaria. The goal is to harm the livelihood of Jewish businessmen and entrepreneurs as a way of undermining the settlement enterprise. Needless to say, goods made by Palestinian-run plants in the territories will not similarly be branded.
  • Germany backs labels for goods from settlements

    06/08/2013 5:33:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/02/2013 22:43 | Herb Keinon, Tovah Lazarof, Benjamin Weinthal
    German government document gives backing to EU efforts to put “Made in Israel” label only on products from within pre-1967 lines. … Foreign Ministry officials downplayed as “nothing new” an answer the German government gave to a parliamentary question last month supporting EU efforts to specially label goods originating in Israeli-controlled territory beyond the Green Line. Berlin, the officials said, was merely falling into line with other EU countries which were pushing this issue. …
  • Report: Arabs, Not Jews, Worst-Hit by EU Labeling Scheme (against “settlements”)

    06/05/2013 10:30:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    INN ^ | 6/5/2013, 1:15 PM | David Lev
    The labeling of products made by Jews in Judea and Samaria would damage Israel, a report by the Foreign Ministry said—but it would damage PA Arabs even more. According to the report, some 22,500 PA Arabs are employed inside Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria. These Arabs are among the highest paid laborers in the PA. … In addition, they have social rights, including health benefits and pension rights, that are usually unavailable to PA Arabs. … If the aim of the European Union is to assist PA Arabs, the report said, then the labeling of goods from Jewish-owned businesses...
  • 'Netanyahu will not freeze West Bank settlements'

    05/26/2013 12:00:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Jpost..com ^ | 5/25/13 | Yuval Bagno
    s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu nearing his second declaration in four years on a building freeze in the West Bank in order to facilitate the renewal of peace talks with the Palestinians? The answer is probably no. An official source in Jerusalem told The Israel Post that "Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] received this opportunity once. This will not happen again." "If the Palestinians want to talk they know we are waiting for them at the table," the source said. After four years rounds of talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah in the last two months in an effort...
  • Hague: Israel losing support in UK over settlements

    05/24/2013 12:22:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth News ^ | 05.24.13, 10:16 | (Ynet)
    British Foreign Secretary William Hague, who is currently visiting Israel, said in an interview with Sky News that Israel has lost some support in Britain and in other European countries due to its settlement construction policy. He warned that the window of opportunity for Israel and the Palestinians to agree to form a two-state solution was closing fast. …
  • In Dublin, former US President Carter calls on EU to start labelling products from ‘illegal’

    05/11/2013 10:45:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    European Jewish Press ^ | 5/11/13 | Yossi Lempkowicz
    DUBLIN -Former US President Jimmy Carter said in Dublin “the EU should move to introduce proper labelling of goods produced on illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.” (snip)It could therefore introduce a clear labelling of products made in Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law,” he added. Ireland currently holds the rotating EU presidency until end of June. Mary Robinson said this was not “an anti-Israel move,” but rather “a concrete step, supported by many of our Israeli friends, to revive the hope of a future state of Palestine
  • Former AG [of Israel]: Settlements worse than Darfur

    04/22/2013 5:18:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 04.22.13, 13:21 | Tova Zimuki
    Former Attorney General Michael Ben-Yair severely criticized Israel’s conduct in the West Bank in a debate on his Facebook page over the last few days, Yedioth Ahronoth reported. “The settlements are the most evil and foolish acts since World War II,” Ben-Yair said in a post. … One of Ben-Yair’s Facebook friends, journalist Yaoz Sever, responded: “Do you claim that the settlements are worse than Pol Pot’s regime in Cambodia? Than Stalin’s crimes against his people? Than Darfur?” “Definitely,” answered Ben-Yair. “The settlement movement is a political act by a state against another people and as such is the most...
  • Obama Itinerary Will Highlight Israel’s Historic Claims to Disputed Land

    03/19/2013 2:07:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 19, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    Ten days after President Obama’s June 2009 address “to the Muslim world” in Cairo, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in a speech of his own, gently chided him for linking Jewish aspirations for a homeland with persecution and the Holocaust rather than a 3,000-year connection to the land. Judging from his itinerary, when Obama arrives Wednesday for his first presidential visit to Israel, he hopes to correct the impression that he failed to grasp what drove the Jewish dream to re-establish a state 65 years ago in the biblical land of Israel. … An argument often cited by Israeli critics...
  • EU To Crack Down on Israeli Settlement Products

    02/11/2013 11:35:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | February 11, 2013 – 02:43 PM | Christoph Schult
    Israeli settlers living in the Palestinian territories often deceptively give their products a “Made in Israel” label. The European Union wants to move soon to end the practice and appears to be set on a collision course with the country. … The international community has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over these areas, and the Geneva Convention outlaws the establishment of settlements within occupied territories. Nevertheless, successive Israeli governments have allowed colonies to be built up within them and, today, some 650,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. …
  • Four EU nations to condemn latest Israel settlements

    12/18/2012 10:19:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2012 11:13 AM EST | Jamey Keaten
    Germany and three other European members of the U.N. Security Council are preparing a statement condemning Israel’s latest settlement plans in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, a European diplomatic official said Tuesday. The so-called E4 grouping—permanent council members Britain and France, plus Germany and Portugal—is concerned that such settlements could threaten the possible two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, the official said. Details of the European statement are being finalized in New York, the diplomat said on condition of anonymity because the work was not yet completed. … The European Union—Israel’s biggest trading partner—has been increasingly vocal in...
  • Israeli PM “disappointed” with Angela Merkel

    12/06/2012 7:53:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/06/2012 @ 09:29 | Valentina Pop
    A joint German-Israeli government meeting in Berlin on Thursday (6 December) is likely to be the scene of more disagreements between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the two traditional allies are having increased difficulty finding common ground. The scene was set already on the eve of the meeting. Netanyahu told Die Welt about his “disappointment” at Germany’s decision last week to abstain instead of saying “No” to Palestine's status upgrade within the United Nations. “I think Chancellor Merkel thought this vote would somehow promote peace. But the opposite has happened: Ever since the UN vote, the...