INTERNATIONAL PULSE

Period: May 2016
 
 

 ISRAEL, THE MIDDLE EAST & ASIA
 


PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS' SALARIES STILL PAID FOR BY US, EUROPE
By JNI Media April 28, 2016 - A special report by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reveals a major fraud by the Palestinian Authority, through which it is reaping more than a billion dollars in foreign aid annually. In 2014, the PA announced that in order to continue receiving more than a billion dollars in financial support annually, it was acceding to US and European donor countries’ demands that the PA stop paying salaries to terrorist prisoners. The PA claimed the money for prisoners’ salaries would no longer be paid by the PA but instead by the PLO.
Even though PMW warned at the time that this was nothing more than a ploy, the US and the EU countries accepted the PA’s assurances, and continue to pay the PA more than a billion dollars in financial aid every year. The PMW special report cites numerous official PA sources and statements by officials, showing that the PA is violating the trust of the US and the EU. According to all these sources, the PA Ministry of Finance continues to make the decisions and remains the source of the money for paying salaries to terrorist prisoners. http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/66678/palestinian-lies-watchdog-
divulges-pas-billion-dollar-fraud

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UN REJECTS ISRAELS CLAIM TO GOLAN HEIGHTS AS TOP RABBIS AWAIT THE MESSIAH
The UN Security Council has unanimously rejected Israel's claim to sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and this is likely to cause tensions in the Middle East to rise even higher. On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boldly declared "that the Golan Heights will remain under Israel's sovereignty permanently." After close to 50 years of control over the Golan Heights, this should not have been much of a shock. But the Arab world immediately went into an uproar, and the UN Security Council has taken action. In a unanimous decision, the UN Security Council has announced that Israel's claims to the Golan Heights are "null and void and without international legal effect."
So once again the United Nations and the nation of Israel are directly at odds with one another, because the truth is that Israel is never going to leave the Golan Heights as long as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in power. The following comes from CNN... Israel's Prime Minister has declared that the Golan Heights will remain permanently under the country's control, during Israel's first Cabinet meeting held in the territory. "The time has come for the international community to recognize reality, especially two basic facts," said Benjamin Netanyahu during a Cabinet meeting Sunday.
"One, whatever is beyond the border, the boundary itself will not change. Two, after 50 years, the time has come for the international community to finally recognize that the Golan Heights will remain under Israel's sovereignty permanently."
Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=303#JwCc3Ykat4QecRv8.99

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SAUDI GENERAL 'IF NETANYAHU ACCEPTS THE ARAB PEACE INITIATIVE, WE'LL OPEN AN EMBASSY IN ISRAEL'
Anwar Eshki, a retired Major General in the Saudi army said in an interview with AL-Jazeera that he opposes arming the Palestinians, "like Iran does," because it will be counterproductive. Comments by a well-connected former major-general in the Saudi military who said Tuesday that Riyadh would establish an embassy in Israel if it accepted the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative failed to elicit an official response from Jerusalem.
Anwar Eshki, who met publicly in June with Dore Gold just before the latter was appointed director-general of the Foreign Ministry, was asked during an Al Jazeera interview how long it would be before Saudi Arabia would open an embassy in Israel “You can ask Mr. Netanyahu,” Eshki replied. “If he announces that he accepts the initiative and gives all rights to Palestinians, Saudi Arabia will start to make an embassy in Tel Aviv.”
The Prime Minister’s Office had no response.
The 2002 Arab Peace Initiative called for a two-state solution based on an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 armistice lines and making east Jerusalem the Palestinian capital in return for “normal relations in the context of a comprehensive peace with Israel.”
The initiative also called for the “achievement of a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem to be agreed upon in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 194.”
In the Arab world, that resolution is viewed as enshrining a Palestinian refugee “right of return” to places in Israel they or their ancestors fled from or were driven from during the 1947-1949 War of Independence. Netanyahu articulated his position on this plan in a 2014 interview with The Jerusalem Post, saying that the initiative was drawn up at a significantly different time in the Middle East, and is no longer relevant. http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Saudi-general-If-Netanyahu-
accepts-the-Arab-Peace-initiative-well-open-an-embassy-in-Israel-452368


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TROUBLE BREWING IN EGYPT
Paul Pillar - April 26, 2016 - With U.S. attention toward the Middle East being recently focused on such matters as warfare in Syria and Iraq and on the relationship with Saudi Arabia, little attention span is left over for the relationship with the most populous Arab nation. But developments in Egypt have, in multiple respects, significant capacity for creating attention-grabbing problems for Washington in addition to problems to which Egypt already is contributing in significant though less salient ways. The regime of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has become increasingly harsh, illiberal and downright brutal—much more so than the last previous Egyptian general-turned-president, Hosni Mubarak. The State Department's official human rights report on Egypt says that the most significant human rights problems there have been “excessive use of force by security forces, deficiencies in due process, and the suppression of civil liberties. Excessive use of force included unlawful killings and torture. Due process problems included the excessive use of preventative custody and pretrial detention, the use of military courts to try civilians, and trials involving hundreds of defendants in which authorities did not present evidence on an individual basis. Civil liberties problems included societal and government restrictions on freedoms of expression and the press, as well as on the freedoms of assembly and association.” Nongovernmental human rights organizations have used even stronger language to describe the situation in Egypt.
http://www.nationalinterest.org/blog/paul-pillar/trouble-brewing-egypt-15952

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MID-EAST-PROPHECY UPDATE - JUNE 5, 2016 - JD Farag
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4ZpFWCIT8k


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OBAMA'S NOVEMBER SURPRISE FOR ISRAEL?
By Shmuley Boteach - June 6, 2016 - Barack Obama Anti-Israel Policy - Word is going around diplomatic circles that the Obama administration is planning a November surprise for Israel.
Here’s what is said to be going on:
The Paris peace conference last Friday, to which Israel and the Palestinians were not even invited, will end up exerting enormous pressure on Israel to create a Palestinian state. This renewed pressure will come despite evidence that a Palestinian state in the West Bank will quickly be dominated by genocidal Hamas, which is a threat to Israel and a disaster for the Palestinians.
This will lead, in all likelihood, to a United Nations Security Council Resolution either condemning Israel for not creating that state or for not withdrawing from Judea and Samaria in the West Bank, despite the fact that it would irreversibly compromise Israel’s security.
Now, here is where it gets interesting. Israeli officials and Jewish communal leaders have told me that they expect the Obama administration will not veto the resolution at the UNSC — that Samantha Power, the US Ambassador to the UN, will not exercise the American veto. This would mean that the resolution/condemnation goes through. President Obama will not worry about how this will affect Hillary Clinton, because the UN resolution will be brought after the November election.
http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/06/06/obamas-november-surprise-for-israel/#

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CONNECTING THE DOTS: UN RESOLUTION ON ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS AND PASSOVER 2016
By Laura Densmore April 17, 2016 -
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has hatched a plan. He is going to New York City April 21-23 to be present for a high level signing ceremony on a climate change agreement. While he is there, he has another highly charged document that he plans to pull out of his pocket and bring forward to the UN Security Council for their consideration and for a vote. What is that document? http://un-report.blogspot.co.il/2016/04/palestinian-draft-resolution-calls.html
It is a UN Security Council draft resolution on Israeli settlements. The text of this draft, dated 3/30/16, is now published online and the text of the resolution has been made public. The draft resolution declares the following: "Palestinian Draft Resolution Calls Israel to Immediately Cease Settlement Acts"
Paragraph#2 “Reiterates its demand that Israel, the occupying power immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem and that it fully respect all its legal obligations in this regard.
Paragraph #5 The UN draft also states this: “calls on all parties in the interest of peace and security, to exert collective efforts to launch credible negotiations on all final status issues in the Middle East peace process according to its agreed terms of reference and within the time frame specified by the Quartet [of Mideast peacemakers] in its statement of 21 September 2010.”
What does the statement of Sept 21, 2010 say? That all final status terms for Palestinian land and boundaries would be settled within ONE year. So, if this Israel Settlements Resolution gets voted on and passed through the UN Security Council during Passover of 2016, that would set a timeline out to Passover, April 2017 for “final status” of land and defined boundaries for a Palestinian state.
I don’t think Abbas was alone in hatching his plan. I want to run a scenario or a hypothesis by you. It is quite possible that a backroom deal may have been cut between Obama and the Palestinians. There may be a premeditated plan in place, happening as a process, in stages and steps, and it is in progress now. Here is a possible scenario that could be unfolding even now.
Obama wants the Palestinians to come back to the negotiating table to discuss a two state solution. The Palestinians have refused to come back to the negotiating table. Obama wants the Palestinians to come and participate in the Peace conference this summer. How does he get them to come?
To entice them back to the table, here is what Obama might be doing….kind of like throwing a piece of fresh raw meat out on the table so that the alligator will come to the negotiating table. The draft UN resolution on Israeli settlements is the “raw meat” to get the alligator (the Palestinians) to come to the negotiating table (i.e. get the Palestinians to come to the Peace conference this summer).
Here is what the deal might be in a nutshell: Pass this Israeli settlements resolution through the UN Security Council, the Palestinians will be happy and then they will agree to come to the Peace conference this summer to talk about a two state solution.
Step 1: The Bait. To entice the Palestinians to come back to the table and participate in the Summer Peace Conference that France is hosting, Obama is enticing them to participate by getting the UN resolution on Israeli settlements passed through the UN Security Council. This is the Palestinians’ “pre-conditions” put into writing and then “legislated” through the UN.
Step 2: The Vote. Abbas brings this draft settlement resolution to the UN Security council in New York on
April 21-23 (Passover weekend). They vote on it, the US does NOT veto it, and the resolution passes.
Step 3: The Table of Negotiations. A summer peace conference hosted by France is scheduled/planned. The Palestinians participate in the summer peace conference, Israel may or may not participate/attend. No agreement comes forth. This becomes like set up or a trap set against Israel. This is Obama’s “cover” for what he will do next.
Step 4: Obama’s Cover to Blame Israel. Obama will then be able to say, “Israel is the problem, Israel won’t come to the table, or if they do come, they won’t agree to these terms/conditions. We have tried everything, we have tried direct negotiations, they have failed. It’s all Israel’s fault. We need a solution now, so now are going to bring it to the UN Security Council and just “legislate” a Palestinian state solution through that body.
Step 5: Palestinian State declared Through UN Security Council: The UN Security Council does a vote, possibly between November 2016 and January 2017, during Obama’s final months as President. The Resolution declares a full member Palestinian state. The UN-given power to “implement” the deal, by force, if necessary. Will we see UN troops coming down from the north and forcibly evicting 600,000 Jews out of biblical Judea and Samaria (the West Bank or Green zone)? Time will tell.
How does this UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements relate Passover of 2016? Let’s connect the dots. Passover is a “threshold” covenant. The Hebrews were instructed to “blot out” the names of the Egyptian gods that may have been inscribed on their door posts. Those names were blotted out and the power of those gods cancelled out with the smearing of lamb’s blood on the doorframe. The Hebrews went into their homes that night as slaves, but in the morning when they woke up and stepped through the blood smeared doorways, a free nation was born.
The God of Israel has His people coming to the table on Passover to be in covenant with Him, remembering back to when the first Passover happened (Exodus 12). Meanwhile, Satan has his counterfeit “anti-covenant” plan and strategy unfolding. The New World Order power brokers are carrying out this dark plan, with an “anti-covenant” measure being brought forward: the UN Draft Israeli Settlement Resolution. http://un-report.blogspot.co.il/2016/04/palestinian-draft-resolution-calls.html
The “anti-covenant” deal is this: Abbas is bringing the Israel Settlements Resolution to the UN Security
Council in New York.abbas_netayahu_meet.jpg
http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-un-draft-calls-to-resolve-
final-status-issues-within-a-year/
When is he going to bring it to the UN Security Council? Not just on any random day, but on Passover weekend, April 22nd: Here I quote from The Times of Israel article:
http://un-report.blogspot.co.il/2016/04/palestinian-draft-resolution-calls.html
Israeli daily Haaretz, which first reported on the resolution, said the Palestinians want the Security Council
to vote when PA President Mahmoud Abbas is in New York on April 22 for a high-level signing ceremony for the
landmark climate agreement reached in Paris in December.
Time will tell whether the scenario listed above plays out. If the US vetoes the Israeli settlements resolution, or if the UN resolution gets shelved, then the scenario was incorrect, GAME OVER.
Will the US veto the resolution? In the news we have this report that just came out: Report: US to abstain in
PA-sponsored anti-Israel UN resolution.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/210668#.V1oOZYr2YdV
The Obama administration is telling us in advance how they intend to vote on the UN Israeli Settlements resolution…they plan to abstain. What does that mean? There are 15 votes in the UN, but only 5 with veto power. The US has veto power but they are saying they will not veto the resolution, they will abstain. What will very likely happen? The Resolution, if brought to the UN Security Council on Passover weekend, will very likely PASS.
This resolution declares the following: “Reaffirming that all Israeli settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem are illegal and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of peace on the basis of the two
state solution.” It is very much looking like GAME ON!
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/65817/blogs-connecting-dots-un-resolution-israeli-settlements-passover-2016/
Comment:
Quartet = A group of four
Daniel 7 = A group of four
Paragraph #5 The UN draft also states this: “calls on all parties in the interest of peace and security, to exert collective efforts to launch credible negotiations on all final status issues in the Middle East peace process according to its agreed terms of reference and within the time frame specified by the Quartet [of Mideast peacemakers] in its statement of 21 September 2010.” UN REPORT (Documents)
http://un-report.blogspot.co.il/2016/04/palestinian-draft-resolution-calls.html
http://prophecy.cephasministry.org/prophecy_phase_1-4_daniel_7.6.html



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ISRAELI REJECTIONISM AS POLICY
What Israel seeks is not peace but pacification.
French President Francois Hollande greets Mahmoud Abbas as he arrives for a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France [EPA]
By Sharif Nashashibi - May 6, 2016 - Have Palestinian leaders failed? An Interview reveals what the hangup really is and by the end of the questioning it was revealed that the Palestinians will get to vote on the two state resolution.
   
I don't want my grandchildren to be suicide bombers. See the video interview on the link below.
Israel's rejection of a new peace initiative by France was unsurprising, and its excuse flimsy.
"Israel adheres to its position that the best way to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians
is direct, bilateral negotiations," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. However, the French initiative
does not preclude direct, bilateral negotiations.
ABBAS ARRIVES IN FRANCE
Opinion Politics 6 May 2016 Israeli rejectionism as policy. What Israel seeks is not peace but pacification.
French President Francois Hollande greets Mahmoud Abbas as he arrives for a meeting at the Elysee Palace in
Paris, France [EPA]
By Sharif Nashashibi - Israel's rejection of a new peace initiative by France was unsurprising, and its excuse flimsy.
"Israel adheres to its position that the best way to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is direct, bilateral negotiations," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. However, the French initiative does not preclude direct, bilateral negotiations. What it does do is propose an initial peace conference on May 30, which is reportedly expected to include some 30 countries and international organisations. That is the problem: Israel does not like outside mediation from
any party except the US, because it knows that Washington - its closest and strongest ally - will never be a
truly honest, even-handed broker.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/05/israeli-rejectionism-policy-160503114232636.html

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OPINION WAR & CONFLICT: WHY ISRAEL REJECTS THE FRENCH AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL PEACE INITIATIVES
By Marwan Bishara - June 2, 2016

Marwan Bishara is the senior political analyst at Al Jazeera. His question in another interview is "should Israel negotiate with Hamas? See video at the link below.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told France and the 20-plus countries attending the peace conference in Paris this week to butt out of the peace process and mind their own business.
He also made it clear to the world powers, including Israel's Western allies, that they can say what they may, but Israel will do what it wants.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/06/netanyahu-peace-west-160602082256862.html

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JERUSALEM WAS OURS AND WILL REMAIN OURS PM NETANYAHU SAYS
In Jerusalem Day Knesset session, Netanyahu rules out a return to pre-1967 divided city, slams absurd UNESCO resolution.
By Marissa Newman - June 1, 2016 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made clear Wednesday that he was opposed to a return to the pre-1967 division of Jerusalem in a future peace deal, and slammed a UNESCO resolution eliding Jewish ties to the Temple Mount. "Our roots are deeper than any other nation's, including to the Temple Mount. Jerusalem was ours and will remain ours," he said, speaking in a special Knesset session marking Jerusalem Day. Israel doesn't need to "make excuses for [its] presence in Jerusalem," he added, but he did not definitively rule out any territorial concessions in the city. "We remember Jerusalem up until the [1967] Six Day War," he said, when the city was split, with Israelis excluded from the Old City and its eastern neighborhoods. "We certainly do not want to return to that situation."
"I believe the Six Day War clarified to our enemies that we are here to stay," he added.
The prime minister also lashed out at an "absurd and outrageous" UNESCO resolution from April that omitted the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, the Western Wall and Jerusalem generally. The resolution accused Israel of "planting fake Jewish graves in Muslim cemeteries" and of "the continued conversion of many Islamic and Byzantine remains into the so-called Jewish ritual baths or into Jewish prayer places."
"These historical distortions are reserved solely for Jews," Netanyahu said.
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog took to the podium after the prime minister, lambasted the latter's partial endorsement of the Arab Peace Initiative on Monday and announced that "words mean nothing without action."
http://www.timesofisrael.com/pm-arab-peace-plan-could-revive-talks-with-palestinians
The Temple Mount and Western Wall in Jerusalem, as seen from the Israeli Air Force's annual flyby on Independence Day, May 12, 2016. (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel) In his address, Herzog said Israel must strive for an agreement to keep Jerusalem 'Jewish and moral, whole and secure"
"Your talk about regional opportunities is very impressive, but you must take care that they are not seen as flip-flopping or empty statements," he said to Netanyahu, referring to the prime minister's joint press conference on Monday with new Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in which the two pledged support for parts of the 2002 Arab proposal.
"Jerusalem will not remain Jewish and moral, whole and secure if there is no dramatic change and unless we reach a peace deal," said Herzog.
Meretz leader Zehava Galon, meanwhile, accused Jewish Home's Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel of visiting the Temple Mount earlier in the day, an allegation later denied by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein.
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein looks on as Meretz leader Zehava Galon addresses the Knesset during a special session to mark Jerusalem Day, on June 1, 2016.
Galon said Ariel had broken a Knesset ban on lawmakers visiting the Temple Mount on Wednesday morning. Edelstein said that the information was false, and because the issue was so 'volatile' it was important to emphasize that no Knesset members had visited the holy site since they were barred from the area late last year amid rising tensions in the capital.
Jerusalem Minister Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) urged the government to improve infrastructure in the city's eastern Arab neighborhoods, but emphasized that Jerusalem would remain united under any future peace agreement.
"Unfortunately, one hears talk that in order to save Jerusalem, one must divide it. The Israeli public doesn't want the city divided, and that's why we will remain in power," said Elkin. "If we place a clear red line against dividing Jerusalem, as has been for years, we will be able to reach a [peace] deal, it doesn't matter with which initiative "French, Saudi, or any other initiative."
Israel on Sunday will mark Jerusalem Day, a national holiday that celebrates the 1967 Israeli capture of the Western Wall and Temple Mount holy sites, along with the city's eastern half. Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.
http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog-june-1-2016/
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KING OF JORDAN DISSOLVES PARLIAMENT, APPOINTS NEW PM
Abdullah charges Hani Mulki, who once headed committee for negotiations with Israel, with leading kingdom into next elections.
By Dov Lieber - May 29, 2016 - Jordan's King Abdullah II issued a decree on Sunday dissolving the parliament, and appointed a new prime minister to ready the country for new elections. The announcement came at the end of the parliament's four-year term. The decision ended the term of prime minister Abdullah Ensour, who resigned Sunday, as is traditional before a new premier can be chosen to oversee elections. The man tapped by King Abdullah as the new prime minister is Hani Mulki, a long-time civil servant who served as the chief commissioner of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority.
Mukli served as chairmen of the Jordanian Committee for Peace Negotiations with Israel between 1994-1996 and was the ambassador to Egypt from 2002-2004 and again from 2008-2011, according to official website of the Jordanian Senate.
The final act of the former parliament before it was dissolved was a controversial vote to allow Israel to invest in Jordan, which came as part of a larger bill to allow foreign countries to invest in the Hashemite Kingdom. The lawmakers first voted to not allow Israel to invest in their country, but a re-vote saw the body reverse its decision, according to the Jordanian news site Al Bawaba.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Jordanian King Abdullah II in Jordan in January 2014 (photo credit: Kobi Gideon / GPO/FLASH90) While Jordan and Israel enjoy close but quiet cooperation on security matters and maintain large-scale economic deals, Amman has repeatedly criticized Israel for its policies toward the Palestinians, particularly on the Temple Mount, leading to some strain in diplomatic ties. Jordanian democracy is considered weak, as the king still wields broad executive powers and appoints and dismisses the prime minister and cabinet at his discretion. Additionally, the entire senate, which debates every law after it goes through the elected House of Representatives, is appointed by the king. A 2015 Freedom House report gave Jordan a 2/12 score for electoral process and 3/12 for functioning of government. http://www.timesofisrael.com/topic/king-abduallah/

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TV REPORT: NETANYAHU "SAID YES" TO REGIONAL PEACE EFFORTS IN CALL WITH KERRY
Channel 2: PM spoke to secretary on eve of Friday's Paris summit; conversation helped yield a mild concluding statement in French capital
By Times of Israel staff - June 3, 2016 - In a telephone conversation with Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "said yes" to new efforts led by Egypt and Saudi Arabia for regional progress toward peace, an Israeli television report said. The call was made on the eve of Friday's Paris peace summit, and was a factor in the summit's vague concluding communique, which Kerry helped negotiate, and which did not set a firm date for the international peace conference Paris wants to host by the year's end, the Channel 2 report said.
Netanyahu also spoke by telephone with France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault hours after the summit ended, and told him that France and its allies would best advance peace prospects if, rather than pushing their own initiative, they pressed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas into resuming direct talks with Israel, a source close to the prime minister said. Netanyahu also told Ayrault that France's bid to host an international conference could wind up complicating regional efforts that might actually have a chance of making progress, the source said.
Ayrault reportedly initiated the call in order to update Netanyahu on the session. The prime minister also told the French foreign minister that he opposed Paris's idea of setting up working groups to discuss core issues such as security arrangements for a peace accord. "Israel will deal with its own essential security needs," Netanyahu said, according to a senior Israeli source.
Dore Gold, the director general of the Foreign Ministry, told The Times of Israel earlier this week that Israel was hopeful that improved ties with Arab states would ultimately yield Arab pressure on the Palestinians for substantive progress. "The conventional wisdom for the last few decades has been that a solution to the Palestinian issues will result in improved ties between Israel and the Arab world," Gold told The Times of Israel on Wednesday. "But there is a serious basis for thinking that, actually, the sequence is exactly the opposite that by improving ties with the Arab states, we set the stage for a future breakthrough with the Palestinians."
Gold has recently met with several officials from Arab countries, including those with which Israel has no formal ties. In the days leading up to Friday’s summit, Netanyahu and other Israeli officials held behind-the-scenes contacts with various international figures, to try and ensure that the summit did not end with an effort to impose terms discomfiting for Israel, the Channel 2 report said. The final statement was indeed relatively vague. Furthermore, Britain, Russia and Germany did not send their foreign ministers to the meeting, and were represented instead by lower-level officials. Kerry did attend, but did not make any dramatic comments to reporters at the event, merely speaking before the ministers met of the "need to know where it's going." Continued: http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-and-the-region/
 
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