INTERNATIONAL PULSE

Period: April 2016
 
 

 ISRAEL, THE MIDDLE EAST & ASIA
 


FRANCE ANNOUNCES GLOBAL SUMMIT ON ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN PEACE PROCESS
April 22, 2016 - Worthy News - World News - (Worthy News) - France will host a meeting of ministers from 20 countries on May 30 to try and relaunch the
Israel-Palestinian peace process, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced on Thursday. He told the international press, however, that Israel and the Palestinian officials would not be invited to the meeting, which will take place in Paris.
Ayrault said the aim was to prepare an international summit in the second half of 2016, which would include the Israeli and Palestinian leaders. “The two sides are further apart than ever,” he admitted. But he said: “There is no other solution to the
conflict than establishing two states, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, living side by side in peace and
safety with Jerusalem as a shared capital. [ ... Read More (Source) ]
http://www.worthynews.com/23220-france-announces-global-summit-israel-palestinian-peace-process

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THE ONCE CELEBRATED ALA STANDING OVATIONS IN CONGRESS FOR A JOB WELL DONE: EHUD OLMERT, FORMER PM OF ISRAEL, GOES TO PRISON
Before entering Ma’asiyahu for 19 months, Israel’s first ex-premier to go to jail proclaims his innocence
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert at the courtroom of the Magistrates Court in Jerusalem, February 2, 2016. (Gili Yohanan/POOL)
Ahead of departure for prison, Olmert denies he took bribes. Ehud Olmert was once described by pundits as “probably the best” politician Israel had ever produced, but the debonair ex-premier who began a prison term for corruption on Monday has seen a humiliating fall from grace. Olmert, 70, became Israel’s first ex-prime minister to serve jail time when he walked into the Ma’asiyahu prison in the central city of Ramle for the 19-month term. Once known for relaunching peace efforts with the Palestinians while prime minister between 2006-2009, Olmert is now likely to be remembered for allegations that led one judge to speak of “corrupt and filthy practices.”
http://www.timesofisrael.com/ehud-olmert-a-politicians-fall-from-grace/

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ISRAELI CABINET TO MEET AT GOLAN HEIGHTS TO UNDERLINE LAND THAT WON'T BE RELINQUISHED
Ministers to convene on Sunday in first ever session on the strategic ridge, amid reports that world deal for
Syria will demand Israel return the territory
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-cabinet-to-meet-at-golan-heights-to-underline-land-wont-be-relinquished/

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THE POOP, LABOR ZIONISM, RADICAL ISLAM AND BARRY CHAMISH
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGo8zwKeTf4

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CLINTON EMAILS REVEAL BARAGE OF ANTI-ISRAEL COUNSEL
The 2016 race for the U.S presidency is on in earnest and one of the key issues that candidates tend to focus on is the incessant Mid-East crisis. Given the notable political influence of American Jews and the general support from evangelical Christians for Israels right to exist, presidential candidates try hard to woo this significant voting bloc.
Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=123#64kqeukVyo7Sk4yG.99

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OBAMA OPPOSES NEW PRO-ISRAEL MEASURES
In a rare statement President Obama has announced that he will not follow newly passed measures aimed at boosting the Israeli economy and strengthening ties between the United States and the Jewish state. Adam Kredo for the freebeacon.com recently reported on this ominous sign that indicates how the U.S will relate to Israel in the remaining days of President Obama's term in office, and potentially beyond that in the event that Hillary Clinton wins the 2016 U.S. Presidential race. Hillary is known to have held similar views.
Obama reportedly stated that although he would sign the new trade resolution, portions of which focus on combating economic boycotts of Israel, he would not enforce certain pro-Israel provisions that order the United States to stop partnering with countries that support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS, which aims to isolate Israel. The president's rejection of these provisions comes two weeks after the White House issued a separate statement expressing support for every provision of the trade bill except for those focusing on strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship. Cont'd http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=260

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WHO IS BERNIE SANDERS?
Before he achieved political office, Bernie Sanders never had a steady paycheck in the first four decades of his life. Now, he aspires to the highest office in the land where he could play a decisive role in shaping the circumstances under which the rest of us work and receive (when we can) our paychecks. It is a sobering record, as Investor’s Business Daily explains it:
His family managed to send him to the University of Chicago. Despite a prestigious degree, however, Sanders failed to earn a living, even as an adult. It took him 40 years to collect his first steady paycheck — and it was a government check.
“I never had any money my entire life,” Sanders told Vermont public TV in 1985, after settling into his first real job as mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Sanders spent most of his life as an angry radical and agitator who never accomplished much of anything. And yet now he thinks he deserves the power to run your life and your finances — “We will raise taxes;” he confirmed Monday, “yes, we will.”
One of his first jobs was registering people for food stamps, and it was all downhill from there.
Sanders took his first bride to live in a maple sugar shack with a dirt floor, and she soon left him. Penniless, he went on unemployment. Then he had a child out of wedlock. Desperate, he tried carpentry but could barely sink a nail. “He was a shi**y carpenter,” a friend told Politico Magazine. “His carpentry was not going to support him, and didn’t.”
Then he tried his hand freelancing for leftist rags, writing about “masturbation and rape” and other crudities for $50 a story. He drove around in a rusted-out, Bondo-covered VW bug with no working windshield wipers. Friends said he was “always poor” and his “electricity was turned off a lot.” They described him as a slob who kept a messy apartment — and this is what his friends had to say about him.
The only thing he was good at was talking … non-stop … about socialism and how the rich were ripping everybody off. “The whole quality of life in America is based on greed,” the bitter layabout said. “I believe in the redistribution of wealth in this nation.” So he tried politics, starting his own socialist party. Four times he ran for Vermont public office, and four times he lost — badly. He never attracted more than single-digit support — even in the People’s Republic of Vermont. In his 1971 bid for U.S. Senate, the local press said the 30-year-old “Sanders describes himself as a carpenter who has worked with ‘disturbed children.’ ” In other words, a real winner. He finally wormed his way into the Senate in 2006, where he still ranks as one of the poorest members of Congress. Save for a municipal pension, Sanders lists no assets in his name.
Well, at least he hasn’t pulled a Clinton and enriched himself via influence-peddling. But it is quite clear that envy is a deep part of his psychology. That has become the source of focus in his life, something that obviously was lacking until he got into politics. Now I ask you... Can a man who was unable to earn a decent living, unable to keep himself in orderly environment, without political office really be the chief executive of the United States Government?
Think about it...

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AMERICAN REFORM RABBIS WARN OF ALIENATION FROM ISRAEL
In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, American and Israeli Reform rabbis pray in the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city. A recent gathering of American Reform rabbis in Jerusalem was meant to celebrate the small gains the liberal Jewish movement has made in Israel in recent years. But a series of comments by Israeli leaders denigrating the group marred the event, reflecting an awkward relationship that many fear is alienating the world’s second-largest Jewish community from Israel. (AP Photo - Sebastian Scheiner)
By TIA GOLDENBERG - Associated Press - March 01, 2016
JERUSALEM (AP) — A recent gathering of American Reform rabbis in Jerusalem was meant to celebrate the small gains the liberal Jewish movement has made in Israel in recent years. But a series of comments by Israeli officials denigrating the group marred the event, reflecting an awkward relationship that many fear is alienating the world's second-largest Jewish community from Israel. The Reform Movement is the largest stream of Judaism in the United States, claiming to represent 1.5 million people, and its members provide a key source of financial support and political advocacy for Israel. But the movement is marginal in Israel, where religious affairs are dominated by the Orthodox rabbinical establishment. Israeli lawmakers, both secular and ultra-Orthodox, have repeatedly disparaged the group, questioning their Judaism and accusing them of promoting Jewish assimilation.
"How do you ask Jews around the world to support Israel politically, economically, socially ... and at the same time you have these ministers who say to our people 'you're not really Jewish' or 'you don't have a place here in Israel?' That incongruity is a real problem for us," said Rabbi Steven Fox, the chief executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, which held its septennial convention in Israel last week. The group represents 2,000 rabbis.
http://failedmessiah.typepad.com/failed_messiahcom/2010/04/reform-and-conservative-rabbis-proposed-conversion-law-endangers-israels-security-123.html

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DOZENS OF ORTHODOX RABBIS CALL FOR ACCEPTING GAY CONGREGANTS
Beit Hillel organization publishes edict declaring homosexuals can fulfill community duties, should not be excluded. Israelis participating in the annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem, Sept. 18, 2014. Dozens of Israeli Orthodox rabbis have signed a religious edict urging religious communities to accept gay members without prejudice and ruling that homosexuals can fulfill the same community duties as their heterosexual peers. The Beit Hillel organization, a Modern Orthodox rabbinic group comprising 200 men and women that promotes inclusiveness in Orthodox Judaism, published the letter on Sunday night during a seminar in Ra'anana. In the document the rabbis stressed that there is no reason in halacha' the Jewish code of regulations for daily life' to exclude homosexuals. "Even though the forbidden relations cannot be permitted, there's room to be lenient in the approach to social inclusion and to accept them into the community," the letter said, where they can "serve as prayer leaders in the synagogue and carry out all public functions."
"The matter of single sex [relationships] has resulted in confusion among many members of our community," began the letter, which declared that its aim was to "dispel doubts" and lay down "an integrated path between religious law and loving-kindness and peace." During the six months it took to compose the edict, the authors were in consultation with representatives of the gay community. The event was also attended by the parents of Shira Banki, a 16-year-old girl who was stabbed to death during the 2015 gay pride parade in Jerusalem by Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox man who had just been released from jail for stabbing and injuring someone at a previous gay pride parade in the capital. Continued: http://www.timesofisrael.com/dozens-of-orthodox-rabbis-call-for-accepting-gay-congregants/

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PEACE ALLIANCE SEEKS TO MOVE BEYOND SHARING A PLATE OF HUMMUS
With aid of umbrella network, eclectic group of Palestinian and Israeli NGOs meets to form a stronger union that's serious about peace-building.
 
[...] Two years ago, her mixed Arab-Jewish team, against the odds and facing a wall of pessimism, took home the trophy for the women's Israeli under-19 basket championship. Today, the young peace activist is facing two challenges. First, the wave of violence has led some of her Palestinian friends to slam her for meeting her Jewish friends. "They say we are betraying and forgetting our people. But violence is not getting us anywhere except for more violence and more deaths," she said.
"˜They say we are betraying and forgetting our people. But violence is not getting us anywhere except for more violence and more deaths" "Violence," she added, "is the easy way. We are taking the long and hard way to making things better for everyone."
The second challenge she is facing today is the fact that most of her Jewish friends are now in the Israeli army. Some of her Arab friends say her Jewish comrades, with whom she still meets with when they are out of uniform, will turn on her in the army and start to hate Palestinians.Even if her friends' values do shift in the army, Alma believes their time together has permanently altered their mentality toward Palestinians. "I would prefer someone from Peace Players standing at a checkpoint than someone that has never met Palestinians. They are going to treat us like people," she said.
More than 'hummus peace-making'
Joel Braunold, the executive director of ALLMEP, said the conference had one overarching message: to strip the image of these NGOs simply making 'nice.' "This stuff really matters to people's lives," he said. To become a member of the alliance, the NGOs have to sign an agreement saying they are committed to changing the status quo. In return, the members are represented by ALLMEP's lobbyists in Washington. Much of the grant money for such NGOs in the West Bank, Gaza and Israel comes from the US AID Conflict Management and Mitigation Program (CMM), which is reevaluated every year by Congress, as well as from EU grants.
This year, in a testament to ALLMEP's work, Congress allotted $10 million for CMM grants for Israeli-Palestinian coexistence NGOs. This is the largest chunk from the total $26 million the US government set aside for global conflicts.
Braunold expected that around a third of the groups coming to Jerusalem would be from the West Bank. It seemed, though, that Arabs were in the majority. Huda Abuarquob, an on-the-ground regional director of ALLMEP and former English teacher from the West Bank town of Dura, described not serious peace-making endeavors as 'hummus dialogue.' Whole story: Continued:
http://www.timesofisrael.com/peace-alliance-seeks-to-move-beyond-sharing-a-plate-of-hummus/

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THE END OF ISRAELI DEMOCRACY?
By Haviv Rettig Gur - In the cacophony of grandstanding over Israelis' endangered liberties, one of the most profound debates in the country's history is being missed.
In a recent op-ed in the Forward, Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the left-leaning US-based New Israel Fund, laid out his widely shared aspiration to rehabilitate the Israeli left from afar by flooding it with cash. “The attacks on civil society and other democratic institutions continue from year to year,” he wrote, “with some right-wing victories such as passage of the boycott law [which allows civil suits to be brought against West Bank settlement boycotts], and some defeats at the hands of Israel’s underestimated and underfunded left.”
Sokatch retold the narrative now commonly accepted overseas that sees Israeli democracy in decline, if not in full-blown collapse, as once-victorious Israeli progressives are pushed back in the face of a surging chauvinist right.
The evidence most often cited for this purported decline in Israeli liberty is the raft of right-wing bills proposed in recent years in the Knesset, including the boycott law mentioned by Sokatch. Do the bills in question – the NGO bill, the MK suspension bill, etc. – prove that there is an assault on Israeli democracy?
And is this assault, as Sokatch claims, held back by the heroic efforts of an “underestimated and underfunded left?”
A similar question might be asked of the rightist versions of the “nation-state bill” that drew so much opprobrium in 2013 and 2014, the ones that contained much-criticized stipulations demoting the de facto status of Arabic as an official language and granting West Bank settlements constitutional protections.
Where did they go?
The answer would surprise many who have opined on these bills in recent years. For it wasn’t the left that stopped Akunis’s bill. How could it have? The bill never made it to a vote in the Knesset where left-wing lawmakers might have had the opportunity to take a stand. It was killed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and fellow coalition leaders, and not in any dramatic parliamentary showdown. It was simply excluded from the agenda because it lacked the minimum support it would have needed to even hazard a vote.
The story is much the same with the two nation-state bills, but this time the left’s haplessness is shown by the fact that the bills did make it to a plenum vote – where they passed.
They did not become law, to be sure. They only passed a preliminary vote, and only after Netanyahu struck a compromise with their authors, including three currently serving cabinet ministers (Shaked, Ze’ev Elkin and Yariv Levin), that saw the bills killed after the vote. Under this compromise, the authors were handed the symbolic victory of a successful vote on the condition that they then cancel their bills in favor of a more liberal Netanyahu-proposed version, one which described Israel as equally “Jewish” and “democratic,” left out any demotion of Arabic’s status and avoided the settlement question altogether. http://www.timesofisrael.com/the-end-of-israeli-democracy


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PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU TRIED TO MUSTER VOTES AND FAILED
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (flanked by ministers Miri Regev and Yisrael Katz) in the Knesset on February 8, 2016.
In these votes, the left had a rare opportunity to embarrass not only the bills’ far-right proponents, but the prime minister himself. It tried to muster the votes — and failed. They were formally canceled in a vote inside the Netanyahu cabinet, on Netanyahu’s express instructions.
The point of this into-the-weeds journey into the fate of those bills is simple: it is the right, not the left, that is holding back the proverbial tide.
And these are not cherry-picked examples. The list of right-wing bills defeated by the right is a long one. A bill proposed by the Yisrael Beytenu party that would have instituted a death penalty for terrorists – surely an easy win in terror-afflicted Israel – was defeated 94-6 (yes, 94 to 6) in a July 2015 Knesset vote. Even in its most indelicate fantasies the “underestimated” left cannot hope to summon 94 votes in the 120-seat Knesset. Ironically, Sokatch’s own example of the controversial 2011 “boycott law,” which made the singling out of West Bank settlements a legally actionable act of discrimination under Israel’s anti-discrimination laws, undermines the narrative just as comprehensively. Foreign pundits often point to it to sustain the democracy-in-decline argument, if only because there are so few other examples of the successful passage of a distinctly right-wing law in seven years of emphatically right-wing rule.
Yet the boycott law was so defanged by the time it actually passed, with criminal sanctions excised from the final version and a high bar set for proving even civil damages, that it has yet to be enforced. It is worth dwelling on that point for a moment: five years after its passage, the boycott law has not even been tested in court – and not for lack of Israelis who say they won’t conduct commerce with settlements.
And even after the teeth were pulled from this controversial bill, Netanyahu himself still refused to support it in the final July 2011 Knesset vote that made it law, pointedly absenting himself from the plenum (together with then-defense minister Ehud Barak).
http://www.timesofisrael.com

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DOZENS OF ORTHODOX RABBIS CALL FOR ACCEPTING GAY CONGREGANTS
http://www.timesofisrael.com/dozens-of-orthodox-rabbis-call-for-accepting-gay-congregants


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US REJECTS NETANYAHU'S PLEDGE TO HOLD UNTO GOLAN FOREVER
After Germany, Arab League speak out, State Department says Washington maintains Heights are not part of Israel; Cruz backs PM
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks on the phone during a weekly cabinet meeting held on the Golan Heights, April 17, 2016. (Moav Vardi) Newsroom. The United States on Monday objected to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's assertion that the Golan Heights will forever remain under Israeli control, reiterating that it does not recognize the Jewish state's claims to the strategic plateau.
US State Department spokesman John Kirby said that the Obama administration does not consider the Golan Heights to be part of Israel.
"The US position on the issue is unchanged," Kirby said at a daily media briefing at the State Department in Washington. "This position was maintained by both Democratic and Republican administrations. Those territories are not part of Israel and the status of those territories should be determined through negotiations." Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the 1967 war and effectively annexed it in 1981. The move was unanimously rejected the same year by the UN Security Council. http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-rejects-netanyahu's-pledge-to-hold-onto-golan-forever

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DEMOCRATIC SENATORS: OBAMA 'MISCHARACTERIZED' TRADE BILL OVER SETTLEMENTS
After president signs law defending Israel from BDS, but vows not to enforce settlements clauses, six Dems urge him to implement it 'as intended.
By Eric Cortellessa - February 26, 2016 - WASHINGTON "Six Democratic senators said President Barack Obama 'mischaracterized' language in a recent trade bill that requires US non-cooperation with and regular reporting on entities that engage in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) efforts against Israel." Obama signed the wide-ranging bill Wednesday, but said in a statement he will not apply portions of the bill that extend anti-BDS protections to West Bank settlements, reiterating his position that 'conflating Israel and '˜Israeli-controlled territories' [is] contrary to longstanding bipartisan United States policy." Obama further said that 'consistent with longstanding constitutional practice,' his administration would negotiate with other countries under the law' in a manner that does not interfere with my constitutional authority to conduct diplomacy," language used in signing statements to signal that a president will not apply a part of a law that does not comport with US foreign policy. Responding to the president's statement, the group of Democratic senators said that, despite the bill's language lumping together Israel proper with the territories, it is does not make a 'US policy statement about Israeli settlements' and they urged the administration to 'implement these provisions as enacted and intended.'
http://www.timesofisrael.com/topic/israeli-settlements/

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HYBRID IDENTITY NO CONTRADICTION FOR JEWISH MORMONS
[Ednote: It is extremely rare that you will find a Jewish Mormon even though Mormons believe they are two of the tribes: Ephraim and Manessa. Mormons practice Freemasonry in the Temples and their doctrine lines up with the Old Testament to a point and still use the Aaronic Priesthood which God ended with Jesus Christ who is the only Melchisedek Priest. In Mormonism every male Temple Mormon is a Melchisedek Priest which is blasphemy. They believe they are going to be gods when God states that there is only one God. ]
By: Uriel Heilman - February 28, 2016 - There is hardly a Mormon congregation between Boston and DC without Jewish individuals who have converted to the church, says Mormon Elder. SALT LAKE CITY (JTA) Phyllis Miller' s experience growing up in Southern California wasn't much different from that of many American Jews. The product of an intermarriage ' her mother wasn't Jewish but later converted Miller's family attended synagogue occasionally, kept the kids home from school on the High Holidays and ate matzah on Passover. But Miller's religious life took an unusual turn in her high school years in San Diego, when she embraced the Mormon church.After a year of resistance from her parents, she was baptized at age 16 in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She later moved to Utah, enrolled in Brigham Young University, married a Mormon and raised six kids as Latter-day Saints, or LDS.
For decades afterward, Miller felt part of her identity was missing. So about 20 years ago, she started celebrating Hanukkah again. Later she found her way to a synagogue seder. These days Miller, 55, often wears her Star of David necklace and every six months she attends the semiannual gathering of B'nai Shalom, a Jewish Mormon group that holds events in this city on the eve of the twice-yearly LDS general conferences. Make no mistake, however: Miller is still Mormon. She just celebrates her Jewishness, too. "I feel like I just added on to my faith". "I still consider myself Jewish", said Miller, whose grandfather was Larry Fine, one of The Three Stooges. "I feel like I just added on to my faith." Miller is among at least hundreds of Jews across North America who have converted to Mormonism yet still practice some Jewish traditions and identify as Jewish. They see no contradiction between the two.
"Being Jewish is my heritage," Miller said. "It's not like you can just get rid of it." The numbers of Jewish Mormons are difficult to estimate. The B'nai Shalom LDS & Jewish Facebook group has about 450 members. Some 200-400 people usually show up to the group's March and September gatherings, which typically include a potluck dinner with traditional Jewish foods, a lecture, Jewish music and dancing and plenty of schmoozing.Victor Ludlow, a longtime religion professor at BYU who helped launch the Mormon university's Near Eastern and Jewish studies programs in the 1970s, and has served two five-year terms as an LDS bishop, says the Mormon church smiles upon hybrid Jewish-Mormon identities. Jewish rituals such as Hanukkah lightings and Passover seders are seen as positive cultural rather than religious traditions' as long as the practitioners still believe in Jesus and the Book of Mormon.
http://www.timesofisrael.com/hybrid-identity-no-contradiction-for-jewish-mormons

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WE MUST TELL THE WORLD OF THE TRUE MOTIVES OF THE BDS MOVEMENT
By Jonathan A. Greenblatt - March 9, 2016 - Political movements often depend on spoken or unspoken hatred to perpetuate themselves.
Often, however, they can use ambiguity to mask these motives and appeal to a broader audience. Yet sometimes, when haters show their true colors, onlookers and fellow travelers can see through ambiguities to the unsavory aims of the causes that they’ve lent their support to.
The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against the State of Israel is undoubtedly spreading on US campuses, in mainstream Protestant circles, and in universities and unions in Europe. One element explaining the growth of BDS is the frustration with the stalemate that has taken hold between the Israelis and Palestinians. It is understandable that in the face of diplomatic deadlock, movements that promise easy solutions and simplistic narratives gain steam. Indeed, the belief that Israel, as the occupier and stronger party, needs to act, combined with the appeal of an ostensibly non-violent movement like BD — 'one that worked so well to bring an end to the apartheid regime in South Africa' — makes for a compelling case for action. Yet, any serious observer would admit that the apartheid analogy is flawed to its core. The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is not an issue purely demarcated along racial lines. It is a national conflict between two peoples, a conflict for which each side bears responsibilities. http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/03/09/we-must-tell-the-world-of-the-true-motives-of-the-bds-movement/

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NETANYAHU SAID WORRIED OBAMA MAY GO AGAINST ISRAEL AS TERM EXPIRES
etanyahu said worried Obama may go against Israel as term expires
Top minister dismisses Army Radio report, which comes hours after similar claims by Channel 2 were denied by the State Department
By Times of Israel staff - February 7, 2016 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is worried that the Obama administration will use its final weeks in office to back UN Security Council decisions and other measures detrimental to Israel, Army Radio reported on Sunday.
Netanyahu has therefore been trying to persuade his ministerial colleagues to approve a series of measures to boost the West Bank economy and show Israel’s commitment to improving the Palestinians’ lives, but has been stymied by opposition in the security cabinet by ministers including Naftali Bennett, Ayelet Shaked and Ze’ev Elkin, the report said.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan of the prime minister’s Likud party told the radio station Sunday morning, however, that he did not believe the Obama administration would back or fail to veto UN resolutions supporting Palestinian statehood or similar measures to impose terms. “It’s inconceivable that President Obama has any such intention,” said Erdan, “given that he and his administration emphasize that the solution to the conflict requires direct negotiations and compromise between the two sides themselves.”
Erdan also said he would personally back measures to improve the quality of life for the Palestinians in the territories, and that he believed Netanyahu would be able to secure majority support in the security cabinet, of which he is a member, for such measures if and when needed.
http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-said-worried-obama-may-go-against-israel-as-term-expires/

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PRESIDENT NOW SAID TO BELIEVE THAT THE MIDDLE EAST CANNOT 'BE FIXED - NOT ON HIS WATCH, AND NOT FOR A GENERATION TO COME'
Obama sees Netanyahu as most disappointing of all Mideast leaders - report: The Atlantic: Israeli PM is ‘in his own category’ when it comes to those who frustrate US president; article cites ‘condescending’ lecture by PM, asserts that Obama sees Netanyahu as ‘too fearful and politically paralyzed’ to secure two-state solution.
By Times of Israel staff March 10, 2016 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is in his own category” when it comes to the Middle East leaders who have most deeply disappointed President Barack Obama, according to a major overview of the Obama presidency, featuring numerous interviews with the president, published online Thursday by The Atlantic. In the piece, headlined “The Obama Doctrine,” writer Jeffrey Goldberg goes to great lengths to trace the president’s growing disillusionment, over the course of his presidency, with the possibility of changing the region for the better. “Some of his deepest disappointments concern Middle Eastern leaders themselves,” Goldberg writes. Of these, “Benjamin Netanyahu is in his own category.”
According to Goldberg, “Obama has long believed that Netanyahu could bring about a two-state solution that would protect Israel’s status as a Jewish-majority democracy, but is too fearful and politically paralyzed to do so.” To illustrate Obama’s impatience with Netanyahu, one of several Middle Eastern leaders said to have questioned the president’s understanding of the region, Goldberg relates an incident during an undated Obama-Netanyahu meeting, at which the Israeli prime minister “launched into something of a lecture about the dangers of the brutal region in which he lives.” http://www.timesofisrael.com/obama-sees-netanyahu-as-most-disappointing-of-all-mideast-leaders-report/


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ABBAS REPORTEDLY TURNS DOWN VISITING BIDEN'S PEACE PLAN
By Times of Israel staff March 10, 2016 - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly turned down a peace initiative put forward by US Vice President Joe Biden in Ramallah on Wednesday. The deal offered a settlement construction freeze and a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem in exchange for recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and the relinquishment of Palestinian rights to return to live in Israel, Palestinian newspaper Al Quds reported. The idea was floated on Tuesday by White House officials who told The Wall Street Journal that President Barack Obama, who leaves office in less than year, wanted to bequeath more promising ground to his successor by announcing an initiative of some kind to push the moribund peace process forward. One of the ideas on the table was the one Biden reportedly proposed to Abbas. The last US-backed effort to kick-start the peace process broke down in 2014.
Biden’s push came as the French Foreign Ministry’s special envoy Pierre Vimont was making preparations to visit Jerusalem and Ramallah on March 13. The French are pushing an international peace conference aimed at bringing the two sides together this summer.
http://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-said-to-reject-visiting-bidens-peace-idea/

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SAUDI NUCLEAR WEAPONS DELIVERED FROM PAKISTAN
Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and international watchdogs believe it has already obtained atomic bombs.
Dan Eden for viewzone.
[ON THE WEBSITE]: The Saudi Arabian ballistic missile site where nuclear warheads from Pakistan will sooon be positioned.]
The state of Israel, which has a healthy stockpile of its own nuclear weapons (over 200), is constantly instigating accusations that Iran's nuclear energy program is actually an effort to build nuclear weapons which they will use to destroy Israel. The Israelis often mis-quote a speech given by ex-president Ahmadinejad in which he foresaw the demise of the current Zionist regime, claiming it proves Iran's intent to destroy Israel as a country. Even today, Israeli president Netanyahu clamors for everything from more sanctions to outright invasion and war with Iran because of their suspected nuclear intentions. http://www.viewzone.com/bandarnukes.html

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OBAMA ADMINISTRATION: U.N. RESOLUTION TO DIVIDE ISRAEL IS BACK IN PLAY
According to the Wall Street Journal, the White House is considering drastic measures to reboot the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Among those measures is a UN Security Council resolution that would set the parameters for a two state solution and that would recognize East Jerusalem as the official capital of a Palestinian state. If Barack Obama makes this move, it will almost certainly be before the election in November. http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=181


 

 

 

 

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