America, Israel's New Enemy
America, Israel's New Enemy
March 19, 2010 Cal Thomas
The author uses a strong word, that doesn't seem so far fetched after this week, for the relationship between Israel and America.
"Enemy: "a person who feels hatred for, fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another; an adversary or opponent." — Dictionary.com
Despite Vice President Joe Biden's recent pledge of unswerving fidelity to Israel during his recent visit there, the rhetoric and pressure directed by the Obama administration against the only fully functioning democracy in the Middle East more accurately resembles the behavior of an enemy. Increasingly under this administration — but also present in Republican administrations — America's policy toward Israel is full of "harmful designs" and "antagonistic activities." The intentions may not be deliberate, but the outcome would lead to the same injurious end.
The latest pretext for putting more pressure on Israel to do more in the "pursuit of peace" comes from a decision by Israel's Interior Ministry to construct 1,600 new housing units in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo, which is located in "disputed territory." To the Palestinians and their Arab and Muslim neighbors, most especially Iran and Syria, all of Israel is "disputed territory." It is difficult to understand why the U.S. State Department thinks not building a few houses is going to dissuade Israel's enemies from wanting less than they want now.
The failure of this formula has been evident for decades, but U.S. policy continues to employ it, always with the same results. Whether Israel's concessions have been unilateral — most recently with its abandonment of the Gaza Strip, which predictably led to terrorist attacks from that territory — or negotiated deals which the Palestinians have never lived up to, Israel always ends up getting its pocket picked. Then, the United States, the U.N., Europe and Russia demand that it put more valuables in its pocket so the thieves can continue their thievery.
A Washington Post headline illustrates the deteriorating relationship between the two nations, "U.S. Pushes Netanyahu to Accept 3 Demands." There is no similar demand that the Palestinians and especially Hamas, which has said it will agree to nothing less than the eradication of Israel, should accept anything, not even the minimal acceptance of Israel's right to exist. Meanwhile, Hamas has called on Palestinians to launch a third "intifada."
After apologizing to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the "offense" of the housing announcement during Biden's visit, Netanyahu reminded the Israeli parliament that Israel has been building in Jerusalem for four decades. He said, "The building of those Jewish neighborhoods in no way hurt the Arabs of East Jerusalem and did not come at their expense." (Ramat Shlomo, the building site, is in Northwest Jerusalem and was no man's land before the Six Day War reunified Jerusalem, ed.)
That doesn't matter when the wrong formula is employed. In this twisted thinking, whatever Israel does is unjustified so long as the Palestinian-Arab-Muslim side is unhappy. What part of annihilation does the State Department not understand? What State is blind to is that the "Israeli-Palestinian conflict," as it is erroneously labeled, is part of a worldwide religious war against all things Jewish, Christian, secular, modern and Western.
Making demands of only one side before serious negotiations begin, especially on matters of Jerusalem, so-called "refugees" and borders, effectively pressures Israel into making concessions on all three, which would severely damage its prospects for continued existence.
How about first making these demands of the Palestinian-Arab-Muslim side:
(1) A pledge of no more war with Israel, or terrorism;
2) a declaration by a powerful Islamic cleric that their God no longer requires them to kill those who don't believe as they do; and
3) no more teaching in Palestinian textbooks and in their media that Jews created AIDS and descend from monkeys and pigs?
After those three demands are met, the State Department can start making demands of Israel.
Not before. Anything less puts America on the wrong side, along with Israel's (and America's) enemies.
Or hasn't State noticed that we share the same enemies?
Bibi and Barak met at the whitehouse March 23, 2010 - TWICE
Israel under veiled US threat of diplomatic isolation
March 24, 2010 The high-stakes conversations Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu held in Washington with President Barack Obama and secretary of state Hillary Clinton on March 23-24 only deepened the crisis marring relations between the two governments, debkafile's Washington sources report.
Netanyahu, defense minister Ehud Barak and their aides, received a strong impression that the White House's hand was behind certain European steps to drive Israeli into a corner on the points at issue. For example, even if the British government needed no encouragement to pick a fight with Israel over an unproven link with the forged passports used by the Dubai killers, Washington knew about the British plan to expel an Israeli diplomat. Its silence was taken by London as a go-ahead and a signal to the Netanyahu government that punishment could be coming from Washington too and that Israel could pay for defying the Obama administration with broad international isolation. France is also considering lining up behind this campaign.
President Obama showed his displeasure with the Israeli government's failure to cave in to his demands - especially after Netanyahu's declaration that Jerusalem is no settlement but "our capital" to the AIPAC conference Monday - by ordering all the Israeli prime minister's meetings in Washington to take place without statements, news coverage or the cameras which normally record smiles and handshakes between friendly leaders.
The warm bipartisan welcome he received on Capital Hill was followed by the cold, peremptory shower given him at the White House
At their first 90-minute encounter, the president made it clear what was expected of the Israeli prime minister on Jerusalem, West Bank settlements and Iran and where he drew the line. Every effort by Netanyahu and, behind the scenes, Barak and their advisers, to ease the pressure fell on deaf ears.
As the tension rose in the Oval Office, Netanyahu asked to consult privately with his staff and after an hour, asked to see Obama again. A second 35-minute conversation followed, after which the Israeli leader left without achieving any breakthrough on their differences.
This latest turn of events in US-Israeli relations makes naught of American leaders' constant affirmations of commitment to Israel's security. Iran, Syria, Hizballah, Hamas and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas are acutely sensitive to the slightest crack in American support for Israel and ready with tactics for widening the rift. They will now drive hard to separate the Obama administration from America's historic military backing for the Jewish state.
Israel pledges to launch talks]
PM and staff work to provide Obama with commitments he can take to Arabs.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his staff worked furiously with US officials on Wednesday to put together a document outlining Israeli commitments and obligations to launch proximity talks with the Palestinians, after two hours of meetings between Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama failed to resolve disagreements between the two countries.
The Israeli effort seemed aimed at garnering goodwill from the Americans after a White House meeting that appeared to do little to dissipate recent tensions between the two allies.
Talks with US Middle East envoy George Mitchell were added to the schedule in the afternoon, following deliberations Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Ambassador Michael Oren and top aides held at the Israeli Embassy in Washington earlier in the day.
The Israeli team was working on a document to provide to the White House before Netanyahu’s planned departure on Wednesday night, later than originally expected, according to diplomatic officials in Jerusalem.
The document was “so far-reaching” that the prime minister and Barak needed to consult with the other five members of the inner cabinet known as the “septet,” according to one official, who noted that phone consultation with the ministers was expected before the document would be finalized.
The document is believed to consist of a series of Israeli commitments to the US outlining confidence-building measures toward the Palestinians and a willingness to deal with the core issues – settlements, Jerusalem, refugees and security – during the proximity talks. The assumption is that the US will then take this document to the Palestinians, and to the Arab League, which is meeting in Tripoli, Libya, this weekend, and say that this was what Israel has agreed upon in writing.
“The prime minister is making every effort to leave Washington on a positive note and bring an immediate renewal of peace talks with Palestinians to fruition,” an Israel official stressed.
Aside from a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office describing Netanyahu’s private conversation with Obama on Tuesday night as being held “in a good atmosphere,” few positive words were offered on the meeting.
American officials only went so far as to say there was an “honest and straightforward discussion” that was “frank, candid and open.”
“The president asked the prime minister to take steps to build confidence for proximity talks so that progress can be made toward comprehensive Middle East peace,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said. “There are areas of agreement, there are areas of disagreement, and that conversation is ongoing.”
Gibbs, along with several other US and Israeli officials, declined to discuss the specific content of the meeting or what disagreements he referred to.
The only details Gibbs offered concerned the time frame of the meeting, noting that Obama and Netanyahu had met privately for an hour and a half in the Oval Office, after which the prime minister and his aides spoke on their own in the Roosevelt Room. Netanyahu then asked that Obama return, according to Gibbs, and the two men talked again for another 35 minutes, concluding right before 9 p.m.
He also said that the two leaders’ staffs continued the conversation until nearly 1 a.m. before picking up again on Wednesday.
The meeting was held amid a total media blackout, with no press conference, photos or even a joint statement issued afterward.
Such treatment is highly unusual for a head of government, especially from a close ally, and gave rise to widespread speculation that the president did not want to reward Netanyahu with a photo of the two together.
The last time they met, when Netanyahu came to Washington in November to address the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, the meeting was shrouded in similar secrecy. But on that occasion, aides on both sides were at pains to stress that it was positive encounter.
This time, not only were such characterizations lacking, but the tension surrounding the meeting and suspicions that it went badly were intensified by reports published right before the meeting that the Jerusalem Municipality gave final approval to a request to build 20 apartments for Jews in the Shepherd Hotel compound in east Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
The recent US-Israeli row was sparked when an Interior Ministry panel approved 1,600 housing units in east Jerusalem during a visit by Vice President Joe Biden, a move Washington would like to see reversed.
US officials declined to specify whether that incident came up during the conversation with the prime minister, but State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that American is “seeking clarification” on the issue.
He also said, “We’ve made our position on Jerusalem clear on many occasions. We believe this is a final-status issue and that both sides should refrain from acts that could undermine trust or prejudge the outcome of negotiations.”
In response to the waves this announcement stirred up, Netanyahu’s spokesman Nir Hefetz issued a statement saying that there were no restrictions on Jews or Arabs buying properties throughout Jerusalem.
Regarding the specific project in Sheikh Jarrah, Hefetz said that the final approvals for the project were received a number of months ago, in 2009. “Reports as if a new decision on this issue was taken close to the prime minister’s visit to Washington are incorrect,” he said.
When asked about the Israeli explanation, specifically the charts on the layers of bureaucracy involved in any zoning decision, Toner replied, “To parse out their explanations is something they need to do, not us.” But he said that in the Shepherd Hotel decision was “all part of the ongoing discussion.”
Toner said that discussion would continue over the next week as lower-level officials hold contacts in the region, including talks with Palestinians planned by the US consul-general in Jerusalem and Mitchell deputy David Hale.
He added that Mitchell was expected to return to the region after Pessah.
Robert Gibbs responds to questions on Netanyahu
Bibi's March 23 visit at whitehouse with the Obama devil
Netanyahu flies home, BIG disagreements with ObamaNetanyahu flies home, BIG disagreements with Obama
March 25, 2010 Obama kept on turning the screw on Israeli minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday, March 24, after their harsh conversation in the White House Tuesday: Netanyahu was told bluntly to issue a White House-dictated public pledge before leaving Washington for home to eschew further construction in East Jerusalem, or else face a US presidential notice condemning Israel and holding its government responsible for the failure to restart indirect Israel-Palestinian talks.
Reporting this, debkafile's Washington sources add that Netanyahu's public renunciation of Jerusalem construction was required to include also the large Jewish suburbs of the city and remain in force for the duration of negotiations. He must also pledge further concessions to the Palestinians.
As part of the ultimatum, the US president warned the Israeli prime minister that he also intended formulating in detail for the first time the settlement the US government sought for solving the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
Netanyahu flew out of Wednesday night without reaching common ground with the president on the key points at issue. He and defense minister Ehud Barak spent their last hours in the US capital working on a statement that might satisfy the White House. Barak worked out of the Israel embassy with the president's special adviser Dennis Ross at the National Security Council's office at the White House. Middle East envoy George Mitchell shuttled between them in an effort to save his mission.
A high-ranking US official categorized the current crisis in US-Israeli relations as the most acute in 54 years, ever since 1956 when President Dwight Eisenhower gave David Ben-Gurion an ultimatum to pull Israeli forces out of Sinai - certainly more serious than the impasse over the Madrid conference between the first President Bush and Yitzhak Shamir in 1992.
A US presidential notice condemning Israel and predetermining the shape of an Israeli-Palestinian settlement would be tantamount to a US diktat and put the lid on negotiations, direct or indirect, because Israel would be dragged to the table in handcuffs to face an Arab partner who would accept nothing less than the terms Washington imposed in advance on Israel.
Such a notice would put a clamp on the close dialogue which has historically characterized US-Israeli ties - to the detriment of Israel's international standing.
The Washington Post laid the blame for the crisis squarely on President Obama, whom it accused of treating Netanyahu "as if he were an unsavory Third World dictator, needed for strategic reasons but conspicuously held at arms length."
The WP went on to say: "Obama picked a fight over something that virtually all Israelis agree on, and before serious discussions have even begun.
"A new administration can be excused for making such a mistake in the treacherous and complex theater of Middle East diplomacy.
That’s why Obama was given a pass by many when he made exactly the same mistake last year.
The second time around, Obama doesnt look naive.
He appears ideological and vindictive."
Obama demands Netanyahu answersObama demands Netanyahu answers
Friday, March 26, 2010 * 11 Nisan, 5770
US hopes to get immediate Arab League approval (HUH??) for proximity talks.
DC meetings ended without progress on east Jerusalem construction freeze. PA official
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will convene his senior ministers on Friday to discuss the demands made by US President Barack Obama and his overall trip to Washington – a trip that, because of negative atmospherics and amid a paucity of hard information, has been widely characterized as among the most difficult in recent memory.
Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office continued to throw a blackout on the Netanyahu-Obama meeting, as well as give only very sketchy information about the commitments that the US is demanding of Israel as a precursor to starting the proximity talks with the Palestinians. The US, according to officials, wants these commitments by Saturday so it can take them to the Arab League meeting in Libya and receive that organization's backing for starting proximity talks.
According to a Palestinian Authority official in Ramallah, the US administration on Thursday informed the PA that the Netanyahu meetings in Washington did not produce any agreement on the issue of construction in east Jerusalem.
The official said that PA President Mahmoud Abbas met in Amman with David Hale, US deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, who briefed him on the outcome of Netanyahu’s talks with Obama.
“The American envoy said that the two sides failed to reach agreement on settlement construction in Jerusalem,” the PA official said.
Hale also told Abbas that the US administration would continue its discussions with the Israeli government in the next few days and weeks, in an attempt to solve the crisis that has erupted between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government.
Prior to leaving Washington late on Wednesday night, Netanyahu tried to put a positive spin on the meetings, saying that the two sides had made progress in finding a “middle path” between the “traditional policy of all Israeli governments [regarding building in east Jerusalem], and our will to also find a way to renew the peace process.”
US officials indicated on Thursday that Israel had bridged some of the gaps between the two countries during their marathon consultations, even though no final resolution was presented after Obama’s and Netanyahu’s staffs toiled late into the night on Wednesday for a second straight day.
“I think we’re making progress on important issues,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters on Thursday afternoon, but he declined to go into specifics.
US sources indicated that there seemed to be a good deal of movement on the contents of planned indirect negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.
Nevertheless, the administration’s treatment of Netanyahu during his meeting with Obama created the impression of a deep crisis in relations. As Jackson Diehl wrote in The Washington Post, the White House’s refusal to allow non-official photographers record the Obama-Netanyahu meeting, and the fact that no statement was issued afterward, led to the impression that “Netanyahu is being treated as if he were an unsavory Third World dictator, needed for strategic reasons but conspicuously held at arms length.”
Obama is asking for Israel to commit to some type of limitation on building in east Jerusalem; to show a willingness to deal with the so-called core issues of borders, refugee and Jerusalem already in the indirect talks; and to agree to a number of confidence building measures, including the release of hundreds of Fatah prisoners.
There were also reports, not confirmed, that the administration had asked for a commitment to extend the moratorium on housing starts in the West Bank settlements beyond the 10-months originally declared.
One source in the Prime Minister’s Office said the goal of the dialogue with the US was to find a way to start the proximity talks and “put these problems behind us.”
The key problem with the US has to do with Jerusalem, with the administration making it clear in recent days that it did not accept Netanyahu’s declaration at the AIPAC conference on Monday evening that Jerusalem was not a settlement, but rather Israel’s capital, and that building would continue there.
“On the issue of Jerusalem,” one source in Netanyahu’s office said, “the truth is that this is a city of 750,000 people, and every couple of days there is going to be some kind of building, or zoning, or buying or planning and actual building. The whole idea that every time this happens dialogue will stop is a recipe for no peace process.”
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, one of the members of Netanyahu’s “septet” inner cabinet, told Channel 2 on Thursday that while Israel was not looking for a fight with the US, it would not give up on its “basic right” to build in Jerusalem. This sentiment was repeated by Netanyahu a number of times during his visit to Washington.
Lieberman called the prime minister during his Washington talks to urge him not to bow to US pressure and not to sign off on any new commitments.
Regarding confidence building measures to the Palestinians, Netanyahu, according to senior officials, did not commit himself to a prisoner release, and said he would bring the matter to the security establishment in Israel to determine whether this was something they would recommend or not.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who accompanied Netanyahu on the trip, told the Americans – who reportedly had asked for an Israeli commitment to extend the housing start moratorium – that he was “disappointed” by the reaction to the original moratorium decision. He said he thought this would garner more positive reactions from around the world, as well as bring the Palestinians to the negotiating table. Instead, he said, the move made the Palestinians believe that if they held out, they could get even more.
Netanyahu, during his talks in the White House, asked the Obama administration why it was not placing the same kind of pressure on the Palestinians as it was placing on Israel, and asked where the “reciprocity” was. Netanyahu, according to senior officials, said that while the US held him responsible for the timing of the announcement to build 1,600 units in Ramat Shlomo, rather than holding Interior Minister Eli Yishai responsible, Abbas was not held responsible when it came to the PA – which recently presided over the naming of a square in Ramallah for the terrorist responsible for the Coastal Road massacre.
Meanwhile, the PA’s chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said that Israel was “damaging its credibility as a serious peace partner” by refusing to stop construction in east Jerusalem and West Bank settlements.
In response to the latest decision to approve the construction of 20 housing units at the site of Shepherd’s Hotel in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, Erekat said: “There is a growing sense of frustration among the international community with the measures and decisions taken by Israel.”
Erekat said that if Israel were serious about achieving peace with the Palestinians, it would stop building “illegal settlements,” as requested by the road map for peace in the Middle East and the Quartet.
“Why is Israel continuing to do what it’s doing at a time when everyone is urging it to do what is needed to achieve peace?” he asked.
The PA official said that the decision to build the new homes in Sheikh Jarrah was in the context of Israel’s policy to “end Palestinian presence in Occupied East Jerusalem” and destroy any hope of reaching agreement over the issue of the city.
Erekat said that the PA wanted to give the proposed proximity talks a chance to succeed, “because our obvious goal is to end Israeli occupation and [achieve] the establishment of a viable and independent Palestinian state within the pre-June 4, 1967, borders.”
Arab League summit to focus on JerusalemArab League summit to focus on Jerusalem
March 26, 2010
NEVER TRUST MUSLIM ARABS!
The Day after pledging $500 million to 'deal with Israel's measures in the city,' Arab countries plan to appeal to International Court of Justice, demand complete stop to settlements.
The 22nd Arab League summit which opens Saturday in the Libyan city of Sirte is expected to focus on Jerusalem, Arab media reported Friday.
The London-based Arabic-language al-Hayat newspaper reported that the Arab League's foreign ministers held a closed preparation meeting on Thursday and decided that the "Jerusalem summit" would end with an agreement on "an action plan for saving the holy city."
Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa announced Thursday that the foreign ministers had agreed to allot $500 million in aid to Jerusalem. The London-based newspaper reported Friday that the sum would be used "to counter Israel's moves in the city". The Arab countries also plan to appeal to the International Court of Justice through Saudi Arabia and demand a stop to settlement construction.
Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossam Zaki said Thursday at the end of the foreign ministers' meeting that his country would raise ideas during the summit for "concrete and defined steps which would lead to an improvement in the situation of Jerusalem's (Arab) residents and support their steadfast standing against Israel's radical moves."
The event will be attended by 14 leaders of Arab countries, although several leaders will be replaced by representatives holding lower ranks. According to al-Hayat, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is recovering from an operation, will be absent, as well as the leaders of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Oman, Djibouti, Lebanon and Iraq.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will deliver a speech during the event. Another guest will be Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Obama-Netanyahu fight, more, click here
TURKEY Greatest MidEast Threat
Obama heading for imposed Mideast settlementResolve Crisis with Israel
March 27, 2010 327 members of Congress sign letter to HELLary Clinton in which Obama is urged to resolve differences with Israel.
3 days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama met at the White House, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received a letter signed by 327 members of the House of Representatives expressing concern over the growing tensions between Israel and the US over construction in east Jerusalem.
The bipartisan letter says, "differences are best resolved quietly, in trust and confidence, as befits longstanding strategic allies."
We are writing to reaffirm our commitment to the unbreakable bond that exists between our country and the State of Israel and to express to you our deep concern over recent tension. In every important relationship, there will be occasional misunderstandings and conflicts.
The letter warns that the tensions are jeopardizing international efforts aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program, adding that in every relationship there are misunderstandings and differences.
The members of Congress further wrote that it is in the interest of the US to safeguard Israel's security while also preserving its independence.
Israel fears Obama heading for imposed Mideast settlement
March 29, 2010 - Nisan 14, 5770
U.S. 'President' Barack Obama's demands during his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu point to an intention to impose a permanent settlement on Israel and the Palestinians in less than two years, political sources in Jerusalem say.
Israeli officials view the demands that Obama made at the White House as the tip of the iceberg under which lies a dramatic change in U.S. policy toward Israel.
Of 10 demands posed by Obama, four deal with Jerusalem: opening a Palestinian commercial interests office in East Jerusalem, an end to the razing of structures in Palestinian neighborhoods in the capital, stopping construction in Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, and not building the neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo.
But another key demand - to discuss the dispute's core issues during the indirect talks that are planned - is perceived in Jerusalem as problematic because it implies that direct negotiations would be bypassed. This would set up a framework through which the Americans would be able to impose a final settlement.
It is not just Obama's demands that are perceived as problematic, but also the new modus operandi of American diplomacy. The fact that the White House and State Department have been in contact with Israel's European allies, first and foremost Germany, is seen as part of an effort to isolate Israel and put enormous political pressure on it.
Israeli officials say that the Obama administration's new policy contradicts commitments made by previous administrations, as well as a letter from George W. Bush in 2004 to the prime minister at the time, Ariel Sharon. According to this view, the new policy is also incongruous with the framework posed by Bill Clinton in 2000.
Senior Israeli sources say that as a result of the U.S. administration's policies, the Palestinians will toughen their stance and seriously undermine the peace process' chances of success.
Moreover, sources in Jerusalem say that the new American positions undermine the principle of credibility that has guided U.S. foreign policy since the end of World War II. Ignoring specific promises made to its Israeli ally would make other American allies lose trust in its commitments to them.
Israeli officials warn that if the United States shirks its past commitments, the willingness of the Israeli public to put its trust in future American guarantees will be undermined - as will the superpower's regional and international standing.
Bibi refuses Christian gift, so as not to upset ObamaBibi the Jew refuses Christian gift, so as not to upset Muslim Obama
April 3, 2010 Saturday - 27 Nisan 3870
Has the fight between US President Barack Obama and Israel become so fetid that it can overcome the fragrance of more than 10,000 roses?
That appeared to be the case on Thursday, when officials in the Prime Minister’s Office made clear that they cannot accept a donation of more than 800 dozen yellow roses from American Christians who were upset by reports of Obama’s treatment of Binyamin Netanyahu in the White House last week.
Florida-based radio host and author Janet Porter was so incensed by what she thought was Obama’s inappropriate behavior
that she called upon her listeners to give Netanyahu yellow roses to symbolize friendship,
with each bouquet costing a symbolic price of $19.48.
The response was overwhelming as Christian supporters of Israel went online to the Web site of Porter’s Faith2action organization and ordered the flowers, which were to be accompanied by a card with the words, “Be encouraged, Americans stand with you,” along with a quote from a psalm: “The Lord builds up Jerusalem.”
Porter contacted respected Beit Shemesh-based florist Richard Kovler, who would be ready to deliver the huge amount of flowers after Pessah ends next week. But he needs someone in the Prime Minister’s Office to receive them.
When Kovler contacted the appropriate Netanyahu adviser, he was told that the Prime Minister’s Office could not get involved, because Netanyahu must be very careful to avoid anything that smacks of disrespect for the president at such a sensitive time.
Kovler said it would be a shame if he went to Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem’s Rehavia neighborhood and was forced to leave the flowers in the street.
“I understand the politics of why the prime minister cannot publicly support this effort, but on the other hand if these flowers are rejected, it could also cause a lot of anger among the literally thousands of American Christians who are just trying to show Israel some very much needed goodwill,” Kovler said.
“It looks like [Netanyahu’s advisers] are spitting in the face of these friends, even though Obama could be out of office in less than three years while these friends will be with us for a long time.”
Kovler said he would donate a portion of the proceeds from the flowers to charity. One possible solution for where the flowers could go was Jerusalem’s two Hadassah hospitals. But hospital officials turned down the gift, because they were worried about the impact of that many flowers on patients with allergies.
Porter told The Jerusalem Post that she believes Netanyahu could still be persuaded to receive the flowers. She said that there was nothing anti-Obama on the card and that the campaign merely intended to show support for Israel.
“We are sending a message in a beautiful way that Obama needs to learn how to treat friends,” Porter said. “The prime minister needs to know that the Obama administration doesn’t speak for Americans. I want his office to be covered with flowers. All of Israel should know that the US people stand for Israel with the sweet aroma of encouragement.”
She went further in a column for the Web site WorldNetDaily, in which she expressed outrage that after US Vice President Joe Biden came an hour and a half late to a dinner in Jerusalem hosted by Netanyahu, when the prime minister came to the White House, Obama left the meeting in the middle to go have dinner with his family.
“I never heard whether Prime Minister Netanyahu was at least offered table scraps from Obama’s table,” she wrote. “No, those, I’m sure, went to the dog, who was treated far better than the leader of Israel.”
Porter is the president and founder of Faith2Action, which aims to turn people of faith into people of action to win what she calls the cultural war for life, liberty and the family. She has a nationally syndicated daily radio program, is a correspondent for Christian networks, and is the author of the book The Criminalization of Christianity.
Netanyahu’s spokesman responded by promising that the issue would be dealt with in a professional manner.
Obama to MANDATE Israel's bordersObama to MANDATE Israel's borders
April 9, 2010 New US ME plan after Netanyahu shuns nuclear summit
Replying to reporters' questions aboard Air Force One on their way back from Prague, Friday afternoon, April 9, Barak Obama's National Security Adviser James Jones said the administration was discussing how to jump-start the Middle East peace process but "doesn't have a new US plan to offer." These are ongoing discussions, he said, adding "we don't intend to surprise anybody at any time."
But he did not deny the intention to impose a future plan.
The reporters' questions were prompted by DEBKA-Net-Weekly's exclusive disclosures this week on Obama's "borders first" plan for an Israeli-Palestinian accord and by debkafile's earlier report this Friday on the reasons for the Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu's last-minute decision to cancel his attendance at the US-sponsored summit on nuclear terror, opening in Washington Monday, April 11.
The White House is furious over the withdrawal, coming as it did shortly after the US and Russian presidents signed a 30 percent warhead reduction treaty in Prague.
Intelligence-atomic energy minister Dan Meridor will represent the prime minister.
Relations have gone from bad to worse since the flare-up between US president Barack Obama and the Israeli prime minister at their White House meeting on March 23. They have since dropped another notch over a new falling-out between the two governments, focusing this time on the absence of security borders in the new US Middle East plan, our sources reported.
Washington took his withdrawal from the nuclear summit as a message that Netanyahu would no longer cooperate with the US on security matters so long as the Obama administration pursued a policy Israel regarded as detrimental to its security interests.
1. Israeli government circles were advised to read two reports leaked to US newspapers ( Washington Post: Obama weighs new peace plan for the Middle East and the New York Times: Should US design Mideast peace plan?) which appeared to herald the White House's intention to impose a peace settlement on Israel.
Our sources in Washington and Jerusalem named National Security Adviser James Jones as the source of the leaks.
One senior source said the leaked reports were serious because
Obama has his mind set on getting the borders of Israel and the future Palestinian state negotiated and settled in four months. This process leaves no room for any discussion on the security frontiers promised Israel for decades, yet the US president expects the Netanyahu government to accept Washington's borders-cum-Palestinian state package without demur. His planners have shaped a Palestinian state within borders that make no provision for Israeli security. That is something the Netanyahu government will never accept.
2. At the end of their stormy conversation in the White House, Obama handed Netanyahu a list of 11 issues on which he asked Jerusalem to respond. The prime minister continues to withhold his replies having been convinced from close study of the issues/queries that they were clever formulations designed to trick him into endorsing the new American plan for the Middle East.
Without answers to Obama's eleven puzzles, Netanyahu does not feel his trip to Washington is necessary, especially when the only promises he expects to be kept are those of Egyptian, Turkish and other Muslim rulers to slam Israel for its presumed atomic arsenal.
Equally unnecessary is the US Middle East envoy George Mitchell's umpteenth shuttle between Jerusalem and Ramallah. His next trip scheduled for April 11 was also called off.
This episode alone illustrates the depth of discord and mistrust clouding relations between the two governments, originating on Israel's side from disappointment over the Obama administration's failure to make good on his high-sounding pledges of tangible steps to abort Iran's nuclear arms program.
Friday, too, President Obama said he is working with allies to develop new sanctions on Iran, but can't yet say what they are and whether they might be effective in dissuading Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons.
In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopolous, Obama said: "Do we have a guarantee as to the sanctions we are able to institute at this stage are automatically going to change Iranian behavior? Of course we don't."
This was the first time the US president admitted that his Iran policy was at least just as likely to fail as to succeed.
Barak Hussein Obama sets Israel's Borders4 Months to Negotiate Borders
Those who voted for Obama voted for GOD to CURSE AMERICA!
April 15, 2010 The Obama Mid East plan calls for two Israeli West Bank towns to disappear.
BUT Israel has valid security concerns, Palestinians never keep their promises.
Barak Hussein Obama sets Israel's Borders
Obama Stands by new Mid East direction
The radical shift in US Middle East policies, marked by tough demands of Israel, was confirmed and highlighted by Obama April 14, in his comment that conflicts like the one in the Middle East ended up "costing significantly in terms of both blood and treasure."
Reporting this, the New York Times noted that he echoed the recent suggestion by Gen. David Petraeus, OC Central Command, that American lives in Iraq and Afghanistan were imperiled by lack of progress in the Middle East implying Israel's policies on the Palestinians were responsible. (Petraeus later phoned Israel's chief of staff to say his remarks were misunderstood and taken out of context.)
debkafile's US sources see in the US president's remark his rejoinder to the alarmed accusations coming from prominent American-Jewish leaders that the US president has turned his back on Israel's security, although he has repeatedly claimed it was the bedrock of his Middle East policy. Furthermore, AIPAC, the pro-Israeli lobbying group publicized a letter to US secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed by 76 senators and 33 House members urging the administration to defuse tensions with Israel and voicing support for its security.
The World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder was to publish an open letter to Obama in the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal which asks:
“Why does the thrust of this administration’s Middle East rhetoric seem to blame Israel for the lack of movement on peace talks when it is the Palestinians who refuse to negotiate?”
Former New York Mayor Ed Koch said he suspects the plan is
"to so weaken the resolve of the of the Jewish state and its leaders so that it will be much easier to
impose on Israel an American plan to resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict,
leaving Israel's needs for security and defensible borders in the lurch."
Israel must remove 23 outpostsIsrael must remove 23 outposts
May 01, 2010 Saturday * Iyyar 17, 5770
The US pushed back against indications Israel has abandoned its commitment to take down authorized outposts, calling on Jerusalem to live up to its obligations.
“The Israeli government has pledged to take specific actions,” US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said.
“They have responsibilities and we would expect them to fulfill those responsibilities.”
Earlier this week, The Jerusalem Post reported that Israel has no intention in the foreseeable future of dismantling any of
23 unauthorized West Bank outposts built after March 2001, despite a 2002 road map commitment and years of pledges by successive prime ministers including Binyamin Netanyahu.
The promise to dismantle the outposts was made in the framework of wider understandings with the second Bush administration that
provided for continued home-building at settlements Israel is likely to retain under a permanent accord with the Palestinians.
Israeli officials told the Post that since the Obama administration replaced those wider understandings with a demand for a moratorium on all new home-building throughout the settlements –
which was accepted by Netanyahu in November – Israel no longer regards itself as having to go through with the outpost demolitions on the basis of that pledge to the US.
Crowley, though, indicated the US sees the matter differently since it believes Israel still needs to keep its commitment.
He also said that “the parties need to take affirmative steps that create an improved atmosphere for negotiations to proceed and they need to avoid actions which inhibit progress, and certainly settlements are a contentious issue.”
He added that settlements, along with borders, security, refugees and Jerusalem, were final-status issues that needed to be resolved in those negotiations.
“We’re pushing hard to get them into proximity talks as soon as possible that we hope will lead to direct negotiations,” Crowley said.
State Department officials, however, are denying a report in a Roger Cohen column in The New York Times this week that the
US administration had presented the Palestinians with a letter promising an intense effort to produce a Palestinian state in two years, accompanied by a pledge –
if Israel seriously undermines trust between the two parties – to withhold its veto from a Security Council resolution condemning Israel.
Instead, they pointed to building momentum and US Middle East envoy George Mitchell’s plans to return to the region at the beginning of next week.
U.S. wants Mideast a nuclear-free zoneU.S. wants Mideast a nuclear-free zone
This would DEMAND Israel give up her nukes too - suicide!
May 01, 2010 * Iyyar 17, 5770
The United States and Egypt are negotiating a proposal that would make the Middle East a nuclear-free zone, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, saying the effort was a meant to prevent Iran from disrupting an upcoming UN conference on nuclear nonproliferation.
U.S. officials told the Wall Street Journal that the move could be a significant step toward showing that Washington, who is often criticized of overlooking Israel's reported nuclear arsenal, could be even handed in its attempt to ensure the Middle East is free of nuclear weapons.
"We've made a proposal to them [Egypt] that goes beyond what the U.S. has been willing to do before," senior U.S. officials told the WSJ, adding that they didn't believe that would happen without first achieving major advances in Arab-Israeli peace talks.
Israel was in favor a Middle East freeze of WMD and nuclear weapons, but that "it should be the culmination of a process that begins with bilateral and individual peace agreements between all the countries in the region."
Ellen Tauscher, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security told the WSJ that Washington was "concerned that the conditions are not right unless all members of the region participate, which would be unlikely unless there is a comprehensive peace plan which is accepted,"
Tauscher added that Washington had already discussed the possibility of creating such a nuclear-free zone with the Arab League and other members of the Nonaligned Movement.
Egypt and other Arab states have been demanding that any final declaration that might come out of the month-long UN nuclear nonproliferation conference planned to open on Monday would include the call for the creation of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East.
Israel is widely believed to have a sizable nuclear arsenal although it has not acknowledged it.
Egypt is also demanding the convening of an international conference next year with Israel's participation to discuss that issue. Diplomats have said the United States and Russia are trying to find a way to satisfy Egypt's demands.
Many NPT signatories would also like the review conference to call for universality of the treaty - meaning that Israel, Pakistan and India should be pressured to sign and get rid of any warheads they have. North Korea withdrew from the NPT in 2003 and tested nuclear devices in 2006 and 2009.
Senior Obama administration officials told the WSJ Saturday that Washington would support a conference such as the one demanded by Egypt at a future date, saying that talks with Egypt on the subject would resume on the sidelines of this month's UN conference in New York
US, Egypt negotiate Mideast nuclear-free zoneUS, Egypt negotiate Mideast nuclear-free zone
May 2010 Citing unnamed US officials, Wall Street Journal reports White House seeking conference on non-binding agreement emerging from 1995 UN review of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Initiative could raise new tensions between President Obama, Prime Minister Netanyahu
US officials are in talks with Egypt over a plan to make the Middle East a nuclear-free zone, part of an effort to block the Iranian nuclear program, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.
The White House wanted to build on a non-binding agreement that emerged from a 1995 UN review of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
That agreement had designated the region as a zone free of weapons of mass destruction: The aim now was to promote a Middle East nuclear weapons-free zone, which would include Israel, the Arab states, Iran and Turkey.
The US administration was also seeking a conference on the subject.
US officials said talks with Egypt would resume in New York in the coming month during the month-long nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference, the paper said.
"We've made a proposal to them that goes beyond what the US has been willing to do before," the Journal quotes one senior US official as saying.
However, US officials stressed that they didn't believe progress in the nuclear-free zone talks would happen without first achieving major advances in Arab-Israeli peace talks, the paper noted.
The United States had also discussed the proposal with the Arab League and other members of the Non-Aligned Movement, the paper reported, quoting Ellen Tauscher, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security.
But this latest initiative could raise new tensions between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, The Journal said.
Israel has never publicly acknowledged having nuclear weapons, maintaining a policy of deliberate ambiguity since it inaugurated its Dimona nuclear reactor in 1965.
It is not a party to the NPT, which requires international inspections.
US to disclose size of nuclear stockpile?
A new nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review summit opens Monday at UN headquarters in New York. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to participate.
Obama would likely reveal the size of the US nuclear stockpile at the New York summit.
Citing unnamed officials, the newspaper said various factions in the Obama administration had debated for months whether to declassify the numbers. But now the administration is seeking a dramatic announcement that will further enhance its nuclear credentials as it tries to bolster the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the paper noted.
Arms-control groups estimate the US nuclear arsenal contains 9,000 weapons, roughly 5,000 of them active and the rest in line for disassembly.
The summit comes as the United States and its partners seek to craft a new UN resolution imposing a fresh round of sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program.
Egypt's UN Ambassador Maged Abdel Aziz said that establishing a Middle East nuclear-free zone at the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference was the key to resolving the nuclear standoff with Iran.
Iran denies the charges that its civilian nuclear program hides a covert quest for an atomic arsenal, but has refused to freeze uranium enrichment, which can be a key step towards developing a nuclear weapon.
Obama team plotting overthrow of Israel's NetanyahuObama team plotting overthrow of Israel's Netanyahu
Barack Obama has launched what officials termed a psychological warfare campaign meant to topple Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The White House and State Department have sought to destabilize Netanyahu's government by forcing him to agree to an indefinite
freeze on Jewish construction in the West Bank and most of Jerusalem as well as the establishment of a Palestinian state by 2012.
They said the campaign sought to replace Netanyahu with opposition leader and former foreign minister Tsipi Livni.
"Bibi is extremely vulnerable to pressure," a source familiar with the White House effort said. "We know this from his first term in office and believe he will collapse this time as well."
Obama's strategy aimed to de-legitimize Netanyahu in his government and right-wing constituency, Middle East Newsline reported.
They said Obama and his aides have sought to portray Netanyahu as a weak and unstable politician who will destroy relations with Washington as Israel seeks U.S. support for a military option against Iran.
"There seems to be a general belief in the circle around the president that the democratically-elected government in Israel is drunk at the wheel,"
Steven Rosen, a veteran pro-Israeli lobbyist now with the Middle East Forum, said. "They clearly will use pressure tactics to bring Israel around."
In April 2010, former U.S. ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk began a series of attacks on Netanyahu in the Israeli media.
Indyk, a former assistant secretary of state under then-President Bill Clinton, has called for the toppling of Netanyahu while his right-wing partners accept a more pliant prime minister.
"Indyk was sent by Obama and encouraged by his American Jewish supporters, particularly [former Rep.] Robert Wexler, to do this," the source said.
In January 2010, Wexler resigned from Congress to become head of the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation.
The center was founded by Obama supporter Daniel Abraham and a delegation met Netanyahu in February.
The sources said the administration's campaign has included invitations to Defense Minister Ehud Barak to the White House, where he met with Obama on April 26.
Barak has been regarded as the most pro-U.S. minister in Netanyahu's Cabinet and has been lobbying ministers to accept Obama's proposals.
"It's not going to be easy to turn this thing around," Rosen told a briefing on April 21. "Some of my friends in Jerusalem believe this crisis will go on for an extended period."
The anti-Netanyahu fervor has alarmed pro-Israeli members in Congress, particularly from the Democratic Party.
Several of the Democrats have reported a sharp drop in funds by Jewish donors for congressional elections in November.
"This [campaign against Netanyahu] is counterproductive and has to stop," Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat who has threatened to issue a condemnation of the White House, said.
Some in the pro-Israeli community detect an anti-Semitic tinge to the White House campaign, despite the involvement of Jewish aides. On April 21, National Security Advisor James Jones stunned an audience at the pro-Israel Washington Institute when he told a joke of a Jewish merchant who tricked a thirsty Taliban fighter into buying a tie.
"I wish that I had not made this off the cuff joke at the top of my remarks," Jones later said. "I apologize to anyone who was offended by it. It also distracted from the larger message I carried that day: That the United States' commitment to Israel's security is sacrosanct."
Former State Department official Aaron Miller said Obama has surrounded himself with aides who blame Netanyahu for the suspension of the Arab-Israeli peace process. Miller said many of the aides had encountered Netanyahu during his first tenure as prime minister from 1996 to 1999.
"They had seen the Benjamin Netanyahu movie before and were determined not to let their chance at Middle East peace end the same way," Miller said in the magazine Foreign Policy. "Confronted with Netanyahu again, Obama and his team needed no encouragement to talk tough on the growing Israeli settlements in the West Bank, an issue that experts inside and outside government were clamoring for Obama to raise as the first step in his renewed push for peace. Fresh from his victory on health care, he's [Obama] king of the world again and in no mood to let the king of Israel frustrate his plans.
Obama Targets Israeli NukesObama Targets Israeli Nukes
US Targets Israel as Anti-Nuke Conference Begins
May 4, 2010 - IsraelNationalNews.com
The United States is working with both Egypt and Russia to rid Israel of its nuclear weapons,
as part of a comprehensive plan to neutralize Iran’s nuclear power.
Reports of this nature are being reported in various news media.
The Guardian (London) reports that the US and Russia have drafted an initiative to ban nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East,
while the Wall Street Journal says the Obama Administration is considering support for a “nuclear-free Middle East.”
The Guardian adds that the proposal involves the appointment of a special coordinator to conduct exploratory talks with Israel, Iran and the Arab states, followed by a regional conference.
It is to be a central issue at an anti-proliferation United Nations conference beginning Monday in New York.
According to the Wall Street Journal report, the US is strongly considering opposing Israeli nuclear weapons more strongly than it ever has before.
However, the US government has, at the same time, sent Jerusalem a message designed to calm Israeli anxieties on the matter,
stating that the U.S. would not take such a drastic approach before it sees significant progress in the peace process between Israel and the Arab nations.
Specifically, Ellen Tauscher, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, said the conditions are not right
“unless all members of the region participate, which would be unlikely unless there is a comprehensive peace plan which is accepted.”
Such a message is actually not very calming, in that it does not state that there must be “peace” before the U.S. would take such a position.
Furthermore, it is widely felt in Israel that its nuclear potential is as critical for maintaining peace as it is during times of war.
This may not be Israel’s official position, however – at least according to the Wall Street Journal.
An Israeli source is quoted in the report as saying that Jerusalem’s vision is one of a Middle East without weapons of mass destruction,
but that this must occur only as the climax of a peace process with all nations of the region.
The UN conference, held every five years, is to begin with an address by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose nuclear program and soon-expected capabilities have thrown the region into turmoil.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will also address the conference on Monday.
“The last NPT conference in 2005 ended in collapse,” the Journal reported, “but U.S. officials said they have been laying the groundwork for this conference for nearly a year.”
US-Israeli relations suffer tectonic riftUS Stopped Israel from Targeting Hizballah Missile Shipment
May 28, 2010 Israel Today
Evidence revealed Hizballah-run military bases in Syria where long-range surface-to-surface missiles are received and prepared for shipment to southern Lebanon, supplied either directly by Syria or by Iran.
Israeli forces were planning to bomb one of the missile convoys as it entered Lebanon, but called off the strike at the last minute as a result of US pressure.
Disregarding Israeli security, Washington has insisted that Jerusalem continue to let failed diplomacy lead the way.
US-Israeli relations suffer tectonic rift
June 28, 2010 | 15 Tammuz, 5770
A senior Israeli diplomat has warned that the relationship with the United States has suffered a tectonic rift.
The sobering assessment comes a week before Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, meets President Barack Obama at the White House.
There had been hope the two could lay to rest a row that erupted between the two allies in March but the new comments have raised fears of long-term damage.
Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to Washington, told foreign ministry colleagues at a private briefing in Jerusalem that they were facing a long and potentially irrevocable estrangement.
Mr Oren told the meeting: "There is no crisis in Israel-US relations because in a crisis there are ups and downs. [Instead] relations are in a state of tectonic rift in which continents are drifting apart."
Mr Oren's privately-voiced pessimism stands in stark contrast to public declarations in both Jerusalem and Washington that differences between the 2 states amount to nothing more than "disagreements" between allies.
The ambassador told the Jerusalem Post newspaper last week that US-Israel ties were stronger than many observers believed.
Unlike his previous encounter with Mr Obama in March, when he was given a stern dressing-down and denied permission to hold a joint press conference,
Mr Netanyahu's visit to the White House next Tuesday is likely to be cloaked in civility.
The Israeli prime minister is being promised photo opportunities with his host in the White House Rose Garden and perhaps even an invitation to Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.
But the show of unity is being seen as a sop to members of Mr Obama's party who afraid of angering Jewish American voters ahead of November's midterm elections than as a sign of genuine rapprochement.
Israeli officials have been quoted as saying that they expect a sterner private reception for their prime minister,
who is yet to be fully forgiven for the perceived humiliation of Joe Biden, the US vice president, during a visit to Israel in March.
Biden had come to Holy Land to launch indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinian leadership.
But negotiations collapsed before they started after Mr Netanyahu's government announced plans to expand a Jewish settlement in predominantly Arab East Jerusalem.
According to Mr Oren, attempts to gain leverage over President Obama through some of his "pro-Israel" aides – believed to be a reference to Rahm Emanuel,
the White House chief-of-staff, and Dennis Ross, a senior State Department official – had failed.
Instead Obama had shown determination to take personal charge of the faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace process and is understood to hold Mr Netanyahu at least partly responsible for the lack of progress.
"It's a one man show," Mr Oren reportedly told his colleagues.
During the briefing, Mr Oren insisted that Mr Emanuel, despite some doubts in Israel, remained a friend of the Jewish state.
On a recent visit to Israel for his son's bar mitzvah, Mr Emanuel, who is Jewish, telephoned him in tears because of the warm reception he had received from ordinary Israelis during a jog in Tel Aviv, Mr Oren said.
Mr Oren denied the comments attributed to him during the briefing. It is the second time pessimistic comments made by the ambassador during private briefings have been made in the past 4 months.
Bibi expects the demon Obama to demand Israel give Palestinians a state NOW!
When Bush pushed Israel to give Gaza to Palestinians in 2005, and evicted Jews from their homes,
God sent Hurricane Katrina to evict Americans from their homes in New Orleans.
July 6, 2010 debka
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was assured of a much friendlier and correct White House welcome for his fifth encounter with President Barack Obama July 6 - compared with the unmannerly treatment meted out to him on March 23.
Still, five time bombs with short fuses are ticking under their seats on issues on which the US president's internationalist, diplomacy-first attitude is far from Israel's survivalist, security-first strategic outlook on a number of basic issues. Both will try to overcome their mutual mistrust.
Their respective approaches to Iran's drive for a nuclear weapon and the future of Israel's reputed nuclear arsenal are the most combustible of their five topics of discussion. The US and Israel clearly do not see eye on eye on how and when to take action against Iran.
On June 17, defense secretary Robert Gates said Iran was developing the capability to fire scores or hundreds of missiles at Europe. Ten days later, he reported Iran had enough low-enriched uranium to start building two atom bombs within two years. So by the time the new UN sanctions and the complementary measures Obama approved Friday, July 2 start biting and affecting Tehran's decision-making, the last moment for halting the construction of a nuclear bomb will have come and gone.
On June 28, Adm. Mullen, Chairman of the Joint US Chiefs of Staff commented that the US and Israel are "in sync" over the time needed to find out if the sanctions are working or not.
debkafile's military sources describe this assertion as a pious hope rather than established fact, because even the US president cannot be absolutely sure Israel will not launch a surprise attack on Iran's nuclear facilities before it is too late. Until now, he applied the brakes on Israeli action by two means: One by a constant flow of senior American military and intelligence figures to Israel every couple of days and frequent invitations to security minister Ehud Barak and Israeli military leaders to visit the US; second, by a personal presidential pledge to Netanyahu that if Israel holds off from striking Iran, he will continue to back Israel on matters essential to its security.
One such matter is the policy of ambiguity with regard to Israel's nuclear arsenal, i.e., never confirming its existence.
For Jerusalem, this pledge was cast in doubt by Washington's decision, against Israeli protests, to support the resolution calling for a nuclear-free Middle East tabled by Egypt for the Arab and Non-Aligned blocs at the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference that took place in Washington in May. This motion demanded that Israel join the NPT and accept international inspectors of its nuclear facilities. Israel was further angered by the fact that Iran and its nuclear weapons program were not even mentioned in the resolution.
Although US officials explained that a vote for the motion was obligatory given Obama's comprehensive quest for a world without nuclear weapons.
Although Israel's government and security leaders never said this in so many words, they felt the administration had let them down on a key pledge and freed them of the commitment to refrain from a surprise attack on Iran.
The Israeli prime minister and US president, in their talks Tuesday, must therefore forge a new "nuclear accord" governing both Iran and Israel.
Assent on this question could ease the discord on four other key issues:
1. Netanyahu says the "proximity talks," formally started two months ago, have never really taken off, and progress on the topics at issue with the Palestinians demand direct talks for which he is fully prepared at any moment and for which Mahmoud Abbas has pre-conditions.
The Israeli prime minister will discuss with the US president various formats for getting this dialogue on track, including a US-Saudi "Marshall Plan" for a Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza Strip that came up during Saudi King Abdullah's visit to the White House on June 29.
2. They will also explore ways for Israel to go back to construction in Jerusalem and the West Bank settlements, even nominally, after the 10-month freeze expires on Sept. 26 to ease the pressure on Netanyahu at home. Several Knesset factions held off until after the prime minister's White House visit a bill requiring the government to seek a parliamentary majority for any further suspension of construction. The US will demand closer monitoring of any future freeze.
3. The crisis between Turkey and Israel. So far, Washington had avoided guaranteeing to withhold its support from a UN Assembly motion calling for an international commission to probe the flotilla incident in which Israeli commandos boarded a Turkish vessel leading a convoy for breaking Israel's Gaza blockade and ended in a clash in which 9 Turkish activists were killed and 6 Israelis injured.
Israel's eased embargo on civilian goods to Gaza was widely welcomed.
The two leaders will explore a possible joint US-Israeli stand against Turkish Prime Minister Tayyep Recip Erdogan in view of his deepening bonds with the Tehran-Damascus-Hizballah-Hamas bloc.
4. They will also discuss how the US and Israel can work together against the continued flow of heavy weaponry, including ballistic missiles, from Syria to the Lebanese Shiite terrorist Hizballah.
B Hussein Obama and Israel Prime Minister NetanyahuB Hussein Obama and Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu
July 06, 2010
you could see the tensions in their body language
NY: Guns missing from PM's bodyguards
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's security detail lost four handguns in Washington, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) confirmed Wednesday morning.
I believe this was an intentional act to intimidate the Prime Minister by disarming his security detail and who knows, maybe he was threatened to go along with Obama's plan or maybe a terrorist might find a way to attack the PM.
The stolen guns were flown to LA and all finger prints were wiped off of the luggage, it sounds like an inside job.
I DOUBT THAT BIBI WAS EVER UNDER A THREAT. HIS BODYGUARDS WOULD HAVE OBTAINED WEAPONS FROM THEIR EMBASSY OR THE US GOVERNMENT.
WHAT WOULD BE OF GREATER SIGNIFICANCE WOULD BE THOSE WEAPONS USED IN SOME TERROR ACTIVITY AND THEN BLAMED ON ISRAEL.
Why would Israel be blamed if they know the weapons were stolen at the airport?
Why would the Prime Minister supposedly have an increase in security from the United States if Israeli security team assumingly got weapons from another source?
I highly doubt that the Chicago Mafia allowed that because Obama keeps Israel under their boots to intimidate constantly like the Black Panthers.
I believe the friendly image was a photo OP for the upcoming election to try to keep the Jewish vote.
The hate for Israel did not change over night and the pressure the United States been putting on Israel for decades will only get worse.
Israel will not be blamed because they immediately made the theft known "publicly". I'm sure that there were many in both governments who would have wanted to keep this quiet to avoid embarrassment.
Bye, bye, America...
Obama Promises Saudi King Israel Will Withdraw from West Bank and Jerusalem by 2012
World Tribune July 3rd www.worldtribune.com
President Barack Obama was said to have pledged to Saudi Arabia that the United States would force Israel to withdraw from eastern Jerusalem and the entire West Bank by 2012. Diplomatic sources said Obama relayed a pledge to Saudi King Abdullah that he would take any measure to ensure an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and Jerusalem over the next 18 months. They said Obama relayed the pledge to Abdullah during the president's trip to Riyadh in June 2009, about four months after he assumed office, in exchange for Abdullah's help to arrange for the end of the Taliban war in Afghanistan.
"Obama believes the Saudis are the most important element in his strategy to withdraw from Afghanistan," a diplomatic source familiar with the Obama-Abdullah talks, said. "Abdullah said he was ready to talk to Taliban, but asked for a clear and definitive promise to deliver Israel." On June 29, Abdullah met Obama in the White House, the third session over the last 18 months. Officials said the two leaders focused on Gulf security and the Middle East peace process. "This is a very important visit [by Abdullah]," U.S. ambassador to Riyad, James Smith, said.
The sources said Abdullah has demanded U.S. guarantees that Israel would withdraw from the West Bank and most of Jerusalem by 2012. They said the Saudi king also expressed opposition to U.S. arms sales to Israel and Washington's boycott of the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip. Obama's approach to the Saudis was formulated soon after he entered the White House in late January 2009. In May 2009, Obama sent an envoy, Richard Holbrooke, to Riyadh to urge the kingdom to support efforts to facilitate a NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan. "Holbrooke agreed with everything Abdullah asked," a source who monitored the meeting recalled. "He [Holbrook] kept saying ' No problem,' even to the most outrageous demands. At that point, the king said, ' I want to hear this from your boss.'" About two weeks later, on June 3, Obama arrived in Riyadh and was greeted lavishly by Abdullah, who also presented him with a thick gold chain that represented the kingdom's highest honour. The sources said the president, reaffirming what Holbrooke said, pledged to adopt the Saudi plan for an Arab-Israeli settlement, which called for full Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 borders, a Palestinian state and the return of Palestinian refugees to their homes in what was now Israel.
Netanyahu: Mideast deal possible in year if direct peace talks start
PM tells Council on Foreign Relations he did not resume post of premier in order to do nothing, says he is willing to make unprecedented concessions.
NEW YORK - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Thursday that if direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority begin, it would be possible to reach a peace deal within a year.
In his speech to the prestigious foreign-policy think tank, Netanyahu stressed that he did not return to the post of prime minister in order to do nothing and said he was willing to make unprecedented concessions.
One participant asked him whether direct talks with PA President Mahmoud Abbas, with U.S. President Barack Obama serving as mediator, would lead to an agreement within a year. "Yes, I think so," Netanyahu said.
When asked whether the freeze on settlement construction was likely to be extended, he avoided a clear answer. As in previous cases where he has been asked about this issue in recent weeks, his response could be interpreted as an intention either to build or to freeze.
"I did the temporary freeze as an incentive for the Palestinians to enter direct talks," Netanyahu said. "Now, seven months into the freeze, the Palestinians have not entered direct talks, and they already want to extend it. The right thing to do is to enter talks. We have shown good will ... I think we have done enough, let us move onto direct talks."
Netanyahu said security and legitimacy are the two essential components of real peace in the Middle East. He said there should be "two states for two peoples," but Israel's security must be guaranteed, and a "demilitarized Palestinian state must recognize the State of Israel."
During a separate interview with Larry King, Netanyahu was asked about his meeting with Obama.
"I think there's an underlying relationship there that people don't appreciate," he replied. "We have our ups and downs. People focus on the downs and the downs are exaggerated and sometimes distorted. But there [are] ups and there's a basic bedrock of identification, common values between Israel and the United States. I think there is a solidity of ties between Israel and the United States that the president of the United States and the prime minister of Israel reflect in their meeting."
Netanyahu used the interview to again urge Abbas to "meet me and let's talk peace."
"I use this forum today to say, President Abbas, meet me, and let's talk peace. We all have our grievances. We all have our, you know, our questions and things that we want answered. But the most important thing is to get together, sit down in a room and begin to negotiate peace. You cannot resolve a conflict, you cannot successfully complete a peace negotiation if you don't start it. And I say let's start it right now, today, tomorrow, in Jerusalem, in Ramallah or anywhere else. I'm prepared to go to a warm city like New York or a cool city anywhere. Let's get on with the business of talking peace and concluding the peace agreement."
Asked whether he would be willing to talk with Hamas, Netanyahu said he was willing to "sit down with anyone who will recognize my existence. Somebody who calls for our destruction, my destruction, is unfortunately not a partner for peace."
On the crisis with Turkey, Netanyahu said that "the relationship began to deteriorate with the Turkish policy, a new policy, that basically veers away from the West and I think Israel - what has happened with Israel [is] a result of that policy and not its cause.
"But nevertheless, I look for every opportunity to see if we can stop this deterioration and somehow get things back to normal or relatively normal. Last week, I authorized a meeting with one of my senior ministers and the Turkish foreign minister. They met in Zurich, in the airport. I can't tell you that something positive came out of it."
OBAMA TALKING OUT BOTH SIDES of HIS NECK - AGAINOBAMA TALKING OUT BOTH SIDES of HIS NECK - AGAIN
July 23, 2010 Obama to Abbas: I will make every effort to ensure Palestinian statehood,
calls Abbas days after meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu to voice support for Palestinian leadership.
Obama and PA President Abbas meeting in Washington in September 2009.
Barack Hussein Obama phoned Mahmoud Abbas on Friday to brief the Palestinian president on the American leader's recent meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
and voice his strong support for Abbas' leadership and commitment to peace.
Obama promised Abbas that he would exert every effort to ensure the establishment of an independent Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel.
Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh told the Palestinian news agency WAFA that Abbas expressed his commitment to a serious peace process that would
"end the occupation" and result in an independent Palestinian state.
During the conversation, Obama noted the positive momentum generated by recent improvements on the ground in Gaza and in the West Bank,
the restraint shown by both Israel and the Palestinians over recent months, and progress in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks.
Obama also noted that George Mitchell would be traveling to the region soon, and will meet with Abbas to build on this momentum to advance the common goals of the Americans and the Palestinians.
Obama and Netanyahu held what the U.S. president described as an "excellent" meeting at the White House.
Both leaders came out of the meeting convinced that direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians were imminent.
Dont Boycott Israel!!
July 2010 If you follow the news closely enough, you might have caught a small item recently noting that Meg Ryan had canceled a scheduled appearance at a film festival in Jerusalem to protest Israeli policy. This was significant not because anyone should care what the nose-crinkling movie star thinks about the Mideast but precisely because no one does. Ryan, a conventional Hollywood Democrat, is a barometer of celebrity politics. Her sort of sheeplike, liberal opinion once reflexively favored Israel. Now it’s dabbling in the repellent idea of shunning the entire country.
Support for the Israeli cultural boycott has been growing in surprising places lately. After the Gaza flotilla incident in June, rock bands including the Pixies canceled performances at a music festival in Tel Aviv. Elvis Costello announced in May that he was canceling two upcoming performances to protest the treatment of Palestinians. Unlike Ryan, Costello is a thoughtful person whose views are worthy of respect. So why, exactly, do I think he’s wrong, too? Why is a private embargo—which includes an academic boycott and the push for divestment on the anti-apartheid model—an unacceptable way for outsiders to protest Israeli treatment of Palestinians?
One argument is that academic boycotts are intrinsically unacceptable because they violate the principles of free expression and the universality of science and learning. A parallel objection applies to cultural boycotts, which directly target the most forward-thinking members of a society. In the case of Israel, shunning writers like Amos Oz and David Grossman, who serve as national consciences, seems not only intrinsically vile but actively counterproductive. On the other hand, it would be hard to justify a blanket rule that cultural and academic sectors are always off-limits. In authoritarian societies, cultural institutions do tend to become ideological proxies—think of the National Ballet in Cuba, or the East German gymnastics team.
An even weaker case against the cultural boycott is that it’s unlikely to work. While it’s certainly true that cultural sanctions on their own are more inconvenience than lethal weapon, they can have a real impact. In South Africa, cultural and, in particular, sports sanctions—banning the country from the Olympics and from international cricket and rugby competitions—were an effective form of pressure. When it comes to Israel, it’s hard to predict what effect cultural and academic isolation might have. Some Israelis take international rejection as an affirmation, concluding that amid a sea of hostility their only recourse is self-sufficiency. On the other hand, opponents of the Netanyahu government cite global opprobrium as an argument for a different political course.
Perhaps boycotts should be off-limits as a tactic against democratic societies, where other means of peaceful protest exist. But here, too, it’s hard to come up with a blanket rule. The immediate resort to sanctions when an elected government—say, Arizona’s—does something objectionable seems extreme and disproportionate. Yet an elected democracy like the Milosevic regime in Serbia can oppress ethnic minorities or commit genocide as well as an unelected one. And, indeed, one could argue that only in a democracy are the people truly responsible for the actions of their government.
The stronger case against a cultural boycott of Israel is based on consistency, proportionality, and history. That supporters of this boycott seldom focus on China or Syria or Zimbabwe—or other genuinely illegitimate regimes that systematically violate human rights—underscores their bad faith. Boycotters are not trying to send the specific message, “We object to your settlement policy in the West Bank.” What they’re saying is, “We consider your country so intrinsically reprehensible that we are going to treat all of your citizens as pariahs.” Like the older Arab economic boycott of Israel, which dates back to the 1940s, the cultural boycott is a weapon designed not to bring peace but to undermine the country.
Because Israel is a refuge for Jews persecuted everywhere else, this kind of existential challenge is hard to disassociate from anti-Semitism—even if Ryan and Costello intend nothing of the kind. When people are trying to murder you because of your religion, it is difficult to credit the bona fides of those who merely want to shun you because of your government.
Barack Obama to visit Jerusalem and Ramallah to press for 'peace'
The US president's peace plan calls for Israel and the Palestinian Authority to hold a series of regular meetings over the coming year.
Obama, who set Middle East peace as one of his top foreign policy goals when he assumed office in 2009, will make his first visit as president to Israel and the West Bank to persuade both sides to agree to concessions for the sake of peace.
Obama will oversee the relaunch of direct talks between the two sides next week in Washington.
Although Washington is pushing for a comprehensive peace deal within 12 months, implementation will be spread out over a 10-year period, according to a report in Yediot Aharonot, the Israeli newspaper.
Washington wants the intensive talks to cover core issues, including borders, refugees and the future status of Jerusalem, according to the leaked White House protocols of a conference call held this week between senior administration officials and American Jewish leaders.
If the sides fail to reach an agreement on a particular issue, US officials will intervene and offer a compromise, the report said.
At the same time, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, and Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, will meet regularly, the paper reported, citing the leaked report.
Such a strategy should appeal to Mr Netanyahu, who has proposed face-to-face talks with Mr Abbas every fortnight.
"Real negotiations in the Middle East are only direct, quiet and continuous talks between the leaders on the fundamental issues. This is why I offered to hold the talks in this format", he said.
Washington will introduce its own bridging proposals if the sides reach a deadlock in the talks.
American pressure will also be exerted on friendly Arab states to make moves towards normalisation of relations with Israel.
However, 0bama will have a difficult task ahead of him, as Israeli and American officials are still debating how to breach the first major hurdle expected in the talks: the end of Israel's 10-month West Bank settlement freeze on September 26th.
Bibi boarded a plane for USA
August 31, 2010 'Peace' talks to begin in DC Sept. 2
Remember - all that is wanted is the death of Israel. The only way to describe Bibi's position is -
damned if he does and damned if he doesnt. I wish he would obey GOD ALONE but I doubt he will.
ISRAELI Prime Minister Benjamin 'Bibi' Netanyahu is flying to Washington DC as settlement building casts a shadow over
'peace' talks with recalcitrant Abbas. Palestinians dont want Jews to build homes on their own land, they want it for themselves.
Hellary Clinton, George Mitchell claim Israel and the Palestinians can resolve all final status issues in one year. (insert epithet here)
Netanyahu and Palestinian terror chief Mahmoud Abbas begin 'direct peace talks' on Sept. 2.
All core issues, including construction freeze in settlements, to be discussed during Washington summit.
George Mitchell is scheduled to update Oblahma on meetings he held with both sides.
Oblahma will kick off the summit Wednesday and Hellary Clinton will CONTROL the actual talks.
Hmmmm .. controlled by HELL .. that figures.
Mubarak signals Egypt succession by taking son to Washington
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's son, Gamal Mubarak, will meet Israeli delegates to peace summit and maybe even Netanyahu himself.
Gamal will accompany his father to summit in what may be the clearest sign yet that he is being groomed to follow old Hosni.
Op-ed - Obama, we are not suckers!
Obama may mortgage America’s future, but we won’t let him do the same to Israel.
This past week, the cat was out of the bag and the American president’s infinite arrogance came bursting forth. Unlike his European colleagues, whose statements made sure to minimize their involvement to “ending the occupation of 1967,” President Obama (via a State Department spokesman) revealed his intention to bring an “end to the conflict.”
Does Obama really know how to “end the conflict?” We got the answer two days later, when a document published in the media revealed the US Administration’s intention to secure a final-status agreement within a year, while implementing it within 10 years. In other words, Obama wishes to win all the glory while mortgaging the future (our future, not his.)
Israel ready to cede parts of Jerusalem
September 1, 2010 Ahead of start of direct peace talks in Washington, Defense Minister Ehud Barak says Jerusalem's Arab neighborhoods will be part of a Palestinian state; a 'special regime' to govern holy sites.
Ehud Barak has always vacillated between peace and security, dovishness and hawkishness, left wing and right wing. Even when he left south Lebanon, offered the Golan Heights to Hafez Assad and the Temple Mount to Yasser Arafat, he didn't do this as a bleeding heart. He always spoke forcefully, talked about the importance of sobriety. He always spoke about how Israel must survive in a jungle. It must do so even now, on the eve of the peace summit in Washington.
Obama wants signed agreement, not peace
September 01, 2010 Ryan Jones
Diplomatic sources revealed to Israel's Yediot Ahronot that when direct Israeli-Palestinians peace talks resume in Washington on Thursday,
US President Barack Hussein Obama intends to strongly press both sides to sign a peace deal, even if it can't be fully implemented.
According to the leaked transcript of a conference call between Obama Administration officials and US Jewish leaders, Obama will pressure Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to sign a framework deal now that will lead to the signing of a final status peace deal within one year.
However, the implementation of that final status deal is expected to take at least 10 years.
During the first year, Obama wants to see Netanyahu, Abbas and their respective teams holding meetings at a hectic pace in order to iron out differences in the run up to signing the peace deal. When the two sides hit roadblocks, US officials will intervene.
The signing of such an agreement will give Obama the diplomatic achievement he needs to bolster his increasingly unpopular presidency.
But that will do little to change the situation on the ground in Israel, as evidenced by the fact that even Obama acknowledges it can't be implemented in the short term.
In fact, it is likely to exacerbate the conflict by further restraining the Israelis from combatting violence against their own, a development that has traditionally encouraged the Palestinians to escalate their campaign of terror.
In other words, as some observers put it, Israelis are likely to pay with their lives so that Obama and his party can remain in power.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Hussein Obama
Palestinian President terror chief Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan King Abdullah
The handshake of BLOOD
September 2, 2010 Phony 'peace' talks set for Sept 2 between Oblahma, Bibi and Abbas
Mubarak calls for int'l security force in West Bank.
When I read that, I laughed! There is NO army on earth who has Israel's best in mind. Only Israel's!
Obama and the mideast dudes are talking about dividing up Jerusalem - in the whitehouse.
I have a very bad feeling about the New Madrid fault if the US forces Israel to divide Jerusalem.
And I don't think there will be a lot of mercy concerning this and future storms if Jerusalem is carved up.
GOD sent Hurricane Katrina to punish the USA for forcing Israel to evict Jews from Gaza to give to Palestinian terrorists.
Then there are those Christians denied entry into the USA - why? - to protect them from calamity here?
Israel concedes Jerusalem!
They signed their DEATH WARRANT!!
September 01, 2010 By Aaron Klein
Sign in Kfar Akeb boasting of 'American gift' to Palestinian Authority
Ahead of the start of today's Mideast summit in Washington, the Israeli government publicly conceded sections of Jerusalem will become part of a Palestinian state while holy sites would be governed by a "special regime."
Defense Minister Ehud Barak outlined a deal with the Palestinians:
"West Jerusalem and 12 Jewish neighborhoods that are home to 200,000 residents will be ours. The Arab neighborhoods in which close to a quarter million Palestinians live will be theirs."
"There will be a special regime in place along with agreed upon arrangements in the Old City, the Mount of Olives and the City of David," added Barak.
Barak told the newspaper what is needed "is courage to make historic, painful decisions. I'm not saying that there is certainty for success, but there is a chance. This chance must be exploited to the fullest."
Israel annexed northern and eastern Jerusalem, including the Old City and the Temple Mount, during the 1967 Six-Day War. The Palestinians, however, have claimed eastern Jerusalem as a future capital.
About 244,000 Arabs live in Jerusalem, mostly in eastern neighborhoods, out of a total population of 724,000, the majority Jewish. Many of Jerusalem's Arabs live illegally on Jewish-owned property
The U.S. has been aiding the Palestinians in developing infrastructure in eastern Jerusalem, including on property owned by Jews.
The situation has been unfolding in the northern Jerusalem neighborhoods of Kfar Akeb, Qalandiya and Samir Amis, which are close to the Jewish neighborhoods of Neve Yaacov and Pisgat Zeev in Israel's capital. Kfar Akeb, Qalandiya and Samir Amis are located entirely within the Jerusalem municipality. Over 100,000 Arabs live in those neighborhoods.
Jews lived in Kfar Akeb, Qalandiya and Samir Amis years before the establishment of Israel in 1948, but they were violently expelled during deadly Arab riots in 1929.
Jordan, together with other Arab countries, attacked Israel after its founding in 1948 and administered the three Jerusalem neighborhoods as well as all of eastern Jerusalem following an armistice agreement. In 1967, Jordan attacked again, and Israel liberated the entire city of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War. During the period of Jordanian control, some new construction took place, including in areas previously purchased by Jews.
A tour of the 3 Jerusalem neighborhoods found some surprising developments. Official PA logos and placards abound, including one glaring red street sign at the entrance to the neighborhoods warning Israelis to keep out.
Another official sign, in Kfar Akeb in Jerusalem, reads in English, "Ramallah-Jerusalem Road. This project is a gift form (sic) the American people to the Palestinian people in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority and PECDAR. 2007." The sign bears the emblems of the American and PA governments and of the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID. The displays were not present during a previous WND tour of the neighborhoods in 2006.
Some local schools in the Jerusalem neighborhoods are officially run by the PA – some in conjunction with the U.N. – with many teachers drawing PA salaries. Civil disputes are usually settled not in Israeli courts but by the PA judicial system, although at times Israeli courts are used, depending on the matter.
Councils governed by PA President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah organization oversee some municipal matters. USAID provides the PA funds for road and infrastructure projects.
Israeli security officials said the local Jerusalem police rarely operate in Kfar Akeb, Qalandiya and Samir Amis; instead security has been turned over to the Israel Defense Forces and Border Police, who work almost daily with PA security forces. The PA police operate in the Jerusalem neighborhoods in coordination with Israel.
Shmulik Ben Ruby, spokesman for the Jerusalem police, confirmed the arrangement.
"If there are fights between some local families, sometimes we involve the PA police to make peace between the families. Yes, the PA police can operate in these neighborhoods in coordination with the IDF and Border Police."
U.S. Jewish group to blame for 'division'?
Key land in Qalandiya and Kfar Akeb is owned by the Jewish National Fund, which over the years has allowed tens of thousands of Arabs to illegally squat on its land, resulting in the current Arab majority.
More info, photos here
Eye to Eye
Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel
Excellent book - very worth reading!
Israeli-Palestinian summit in Washington DC
September 1, 2010 Ahead of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians on Thursday, President Barack Obama said Wednesday night that he was "hopeful -- cautiously hopeful" that the talks could achieve a two-state solution to the long running Mideast conflict.
"Though each of us holds a title of honor --- president, prime minister, king - we are bound by the one title we share,"
Obama said on a stage with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the leaders of Egypt and Jordan.
"We are fathers, blessed with sons and daughters," Obama said. "So we must ask ourselves what kind of world do we want to bequeath to our children and our grandchildren."
He was speaking at the start of a working White House dinner with Netanyahu, Abbas, Jordan's King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Each made remarks before the dinner.
Also attending the dinner were Secretary of State Hillary Clintonand Middle East Quartet Representative Tony Blair. The Quartet consists of the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union.
"We don't seek a brief interlude between two wars, we don't seek a temporary respite between outbursts of terror," Netanyahu said. "We seek a peace that will end the conflict between us once and for all... for our generation, our children's generation and the next."
Netanyahu and Abbas condemned attacks against the Israelis in recent days.
"We do not want any blood to be shed -- one drop of blood from the Israelis or the Palestinians," said Abbas.
"We want peace between the two countries... let us sign a formal agreement for peace and put an end to this long period of suffering forever."
In earlier remarks from the White House Rose Garden, Obama said that "this moment of opportunity may not soon come again."
With the U.S. war in Iraq drawing to a close, the Middle East moved front and center for administration officials Wednesday as Obama held a series of high-stakes meetings with Israeli and Arab leaders.
Obama huddled behind closed doors at the White House with the Israeli and Arab leaders.
Israel, Palestinians agree to 2nd round of talks
Sep 2010 WASHINGTON – Israeli and Palestinian leaders agreed Thursday to keep talking and produce a framework for a permanent peace deal, modest achievements reached amid deep skepticism about success at their first such session in two years.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet again on Sept. 14 and 15 in the Middle East, likely at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik, with an eye toward forging the outline of a pact. They will also meet roughly every two weeks after that.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who hosted the talks at the State Department, will attend the next round. In a public plea for both sides to compromise in the name of peace, Clinton said the Obama administration has no illusions about reaching a quick breakthrough.
"We've been here before and we know how difficult the road ahead will be," she said. "There undoubtedly will be obstacles and setbacks. Those who oppose the cause of peace will try in every way possible to sabotage this process, as we have already seen this week." She was referring to Palestinian attacks on Israelis in the disputed West Bank on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The United States' special Mideast envoy George Mitchell announced the developments after several hours of talks between Netanyahu and Abbas at which the two leaders pledged to work through the region's deeply ingrained mutual hostility and suspicion to resolve the long-running conflict in a year's time.
Mitchell refused to discuss specifics of what the framework agreement would entail but said it would lay out the "fundamental compromises" needed for a final settlement. He was unclear about whether the one-year deadline applied to the framework agreement or a final peace treaty, only saying the goal was to "resolve all of the core issues within one year."
Though "less than a full-fledged treaty," Mitchell said the framework would "establish the fundamental compromises necessary to enable the parties to then flesh out and complete a comprehensive agreement that will end the conflict and establish a lasting peace."
The compromises will involve the thorniest issues that have dogged the parties for decades: the borders of an eventual Palestinian state, the political status of Jerusalem, the fate of Palestinian refugees and security.
Clinton opened the talks with an appeal for the two leaders to overcome a long history of failed attempts to resolve the conflict and make the difficult compromises needed for peace.
"I know the decision to sit at this table was not easy," said Clinton, who with Mitchell has been working to relaunch talks stalled for 20 months. "We understand the suspicion and skepticism that so many feel borne out of years of conflict and frustrated hopes."
"But, by being here today, you each have taken an important step toward freeing your peoples from the shackles of a history we cannot change and moving toward a future of peace and dignity that only you can create," she said.
Flanked by Abbas and Netanyahu at the head of a U-shaped table in the State Department's ornate Benjamin Franklin room, Clinton said the Obama administration was committed to a settlement. She stressed, though, that the heavy lifting must be done by Netanyahu and Abbas with support from the international community, particularly the Arab and Israeli publics.
Netanyahu and Abbas vowed to work together but each outlined concessions required from the other.
"I see in you a partner for peace," Netanyahu told Abbas. "Together we can lead our people to a historic future that can put an end to claims and to conflict. Now this will not be easy. A true peace, a lasting peace would be achieved only with mutual and painful concessions from both sides."
Abbas called on Israel to end Jewish settlements in the West Bank and other areas that the Palestinians want to be part off their own state. Netanyahu insisted that any agreement must assure Israel's security as a Jewish state.
"We do know how hard are the hurdles and obstacles we face during these negotiations — negotiations that within a year should result in an agreement that will bring peace," Abbas said.
Thursday's negotiations were the first since the last effort broke down in December 2008. A spate of violence this week in the West Bank and concerns about Israeli settlement activity have cast low expectations.
Gunmen from the militant Palestinian Hamas movement killed four Israeli residents of a West Bank settlement on Tuesday. And, on Wednesday, hours before the leaders ate dinner at the White House, Hamas gunmen wounded two Israelis as they drove in their car in another part of the West Bank.
Hamas rejected the talks and stepped up its rhetoric as the ceremony in Washington began.
"These talks are not legitimate because the Palestinian people did not give any mandate to Mahmoud Abbas and his team to negotiate on behalf of our people," said Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman. "Therefore, any result and outcome of these talks does not commit us and does not commit our people, it only commits Abbas himself."
Further complicating the situation is the fact that the talks will face their first test within weeks, at the end of September, when the Israeli government's declared slowdown in settlement construction is slated to end.
Palestinians have said that a renewal of settlement construction will torpedo the talks. The Israeli government is divided over the future of the slowdown, and a decision to extend it could split Netanyahu's hawkish coalition. Netanyahu has given no indication so far that it will continue beyond the deadline.
U.S. agrees to rebuke Israel in U.N. Security Council
February 16, 2011 The U.S. informed Arab governments Tuesday that it will support a U.N. Security Council statement reaffirming that the 15-nation body "does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity,"
a move aimed at avoiding the prospect of having to veto a stronger Palestinian resolution calling the settlements illegal.
But the Palestinians rejected the American offer following a meeting late Wednesday of Arab representatives and said it is planning to press for a vote on its resolution on Friday, according to officials familar with the issue.
The decision to reject the American offer raised the prospect that the Obama adminstration will cast its first ever veto in the U.N. Security Council.
Still, the U.S. offer signaled a renewed willingness to seek a way out of the current impasse, even if it requires breaking with Israel and joining others in the council in sending a strong message to its key ally to stop its construction of new settlements. The Palestinian delegation, along with Lebanon, the Security Council's only Arab member state, have asked the council's president this evening to schedule a meeting for Friday. But it remained unclear whether the Palestinian move today to reject the U.S. offer is simply a negotiating tactic aimed at extracting a better deal from Washington.
Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, outlined the new U.S. offer in a closed door meeting on Tuesday with the Arab Group, a bloc of Arab countries from North Africa and the Middle East. In exchange for scuttling the Palestinian resolution, the United States would support the council statement, consider supporting a U.N. Security Council visit to the Middle East, the first since 1979, and commit to supporting strong language criticizing Israel's settlement policies in a future statement by the Middle East Quartet.
The U.S.-backed draft statement -- which was first reported by Al Hurra -- was obtained by Turtle Bay. In it, the Security Council "expresses its strong opposition to any unilateral actions by any party, which cannot prejudge the outcome of negotiations and will not be recognized by the international community, and reaffirms, that it does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity, which is a serious obstacle to the peace process." The statement also condemns "all forms of violence, including rocket fire from Gaza, and stresses the need for calm and security for both peoples."
U.S. officials were not available for comment, but two Security Council diplomats confirmed the proposal. The Arab Group was scheduled to meet this afternoon to formulate a formal response to the American offer. Council diplomats said that the discussions were fluid and that there was still the possibility that the U.S. draft would be subject to further negotiations. They said it was also not yet certain that the U.S. offer would satisfy the Arab Group, and that the U.S. may be forced to veto the Palestinian resolution.
U.S. officials argue that the only way to resolve the Middle East conflict is through direct negotiations involving Israel and the Palestinians. For weeks, the Obama administration has refused to negotiate with the Palestinians on a resolution condemning the settlements as illegal, signaling that they would likely veto it if it were put to a vote. The Palestinians were planning to put the resolution to a vote later this week. But Security Council statements of the sort currently under consideration are voted on the bases of consensus in the 15-nation council.
The United States has, however, been isolated in the 15-nation council. Virtually all 14 other member states are prepared to support the Palestinian resolution, according to council diplomats. A U.N. Security Council resolution generally carries greater political and legal force than a statement from the council's president.
The U.S. concession comes as the Middle East is facing a massive wave of popular demonstrations that have brought down the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt and are posing a challenge to governments in Algeria, Bahrain, and Iran.
Barry wont meet Bibi
September 12, 2012
Evil Barack Hussein 'Barry Soetero' Obama refused to meet Israeli PM Benjamin 'Bibi' Netanyahu later this month.
Barry believes Bibi should obey him and just die.
They literally hate each other.
Is Israel trying to oust Obama or Ahmadinejad? Whats the difference?!?
Barack Hussein Barry Soetero Obama needs to cancel his interview with David Letterman and instead meet with
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
He needs to get his priorities straight.
USA / Obama CONTROLLED by EGYPT?!
Mideast shakeup began in 2011
But when you see the ABOMINATION of DESOLATION standing where it should not be, then those who are in Judea (westbank) must flee to the mountains.
Mark 13:14 NOTE the verse calls the abomination 'it' - not 'he.'
Obama faked assassination
BORG Media know after the Sandy Hook hoax that most sheepl can be totally Kontrolled, made to believe anything their television tells them.
Palestinians warn Obama to avoid ascending Temple Mount (Mt Zion) in Jerusalem ISRAEL during his visit unless he follows the Muslim way.
Damned Obama thinks he is god, he wont obey.
Palestinian leaders demanded Obama coordinate any Temple Mount visit with Jordan, not Israel.
They want him to enter via the Lions Gate.
Obama probly wants to enter via the eastern gate!
Temple Mount is Judaisms most holy site.
Will Obama declare himself to be God? He almost has been doing that for 5 years!
The stage is set for the Abomination of Desolation, the fake death and the fake resurrection of the Antichrist, the rising to power of the 2nd Beast, the False Prophet.
Palm Sunday falls on March 24, 2013.
Easter falls on March 31, 2013.
Passover March 25-April 2
Obama to arrive in Jerusalem Israel on March 20th, 2013, 6 days before Passover
Yeshua, Jesus Christ came to Bethany, 2 miles from Jerusalem, 6 days before Passover. John 12:1
New Pope is also coming!
Barak Obama is going to Israel during Passover which christians wrongly call easter.
If that wicked Obama rides a donkey into Jerusalem, I will SCREAM!
Obama is head of the demoncrat party which has a donkey as its symbol, therefore Obama will enter Jerusalem riding a donkey just like Jesus.
If obama enters Jerusalem a week before Passover when Christ died, and rides on a donkey, and is fake assassinated . . . . .
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week. Daniel 9:27
The Illuminati is real, and it's everywhere
EVIL Obama will push Palestinian State
March 6, 2013
Obama visit to Israel has already secured Israeli and Palestinian pledges to restart so-called land-for-peace talks.
This is SIN!
Obama demands a Palestinian state along the suicidal for Israel 1967 borders.
Israel would have to give up her land in Samaria and Jerusalem.
This is EVIL!
Obama plans to give Palestinian terrorists $200 million.
This is EVIL!
Netanyahu agreed to freeze all Jewish construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem with the exception of Maale Adumin, Ariel and Gush Etzion.
Obama demands Israel talk with Palestinian terror chief Abbas begin regardless of Hamas, who control Gaza.
Obama considers Jerusalem to be a key impediment in reaching a deal.
Palestinians are building illegally in Jewish-owned areas of Jerusalem, changing facts on the ground that result in Arab majorities on certain neighborhoods.
Obama to ride The Beast in Jerusalem
March 18, 2013 Barak Obama to ride around capital of Israel in a moving fortress called The Beast.
Barack Hussein Obama visits Israel Wednesday, and will ride around Jerusalem in The Beast, the tank-turned-car, a rolling fortress.
Obama motorcade includes 2 such vehicles costing $300,000 each.
The car is sealed from WMD, windows are bullet-proof, gas tank is armored and it can launch tear-gas.