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  • Obama is setting up Israel to take the fall

    03/25/2014 5:45:44 AM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    In advance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent visit to the United States, President Obama gave an interview in which he viciously attacked Israel, suggesting that Israel was the cause of the peace process failure, that the United States could no longer protect Israel if the peace process failed and that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was a man of peace. This past week, Abbas came to visit Obama at the White House. In advance of his trip, Obama made no statements expressing displeasure with the Palestinian Authority’s intransigence and its continued demonization of Israel. Just before the meeting...
  • TV report: Abbas said ‘no’ to Obama on 3 core peace issues

    03/22/2014 7:29:56 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 15 replies
    On his trip to Washington this week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected US Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework document for continued peace talks with Israel, and issued “three no’s” on core issues, leaving the negotiations heading for an explosive collapse, an Israeli TV report said Friday. Abbas “went to the White House and said ‘no’ to Obama,” Channel 2 news reported, quoting unnamed American and Israeli sources. Specifically, the report said, Abbas rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand that he recognize Israel as a Jewish state. He also refused to abandon the Palestinian demand for a “right of...
  • Kerry, Obama and the Jewish (state) question

    03/17/2014 12:05:52 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 11 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 17, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Israel considers herself a "Jewish State" and is the only reasonably free and democratic nation in the Middle East. There are many "Islamic States," none of which approach the only Jewish State in freedom and democracy -- for all, not only for Jews.Here's a summary of the meanings of "The Jewish Question(s):" The Jewish question was the name given to a wide-ranging debate in European society pertaining to the appropriate status and treatment of Jews in society. The debate involved the civil, legal and national status of Jews as a minority within society, particularly in Europe. The debate started within societies, politicians and writers in western and central...
  • Arab envoys say no to Israel as a Jewish state

    03/09/2014 4:34:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 9, 2014 3:33 PM EDT
    Arab foreign ministers on Sunday rejected Israel’s demands that the Palestinians recognize it as a Jewish state, saying such a move would undermine the rights of Palestinian refugees. In a resolution released at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo, the foreign ministers called the issue of Palestinian refugees an integral part of a comprehensive and just peace. It blamed Israel for the floundering of peace negotiations. The Arab statement offers strong backing to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who said publicly last week he will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state despite facing strong international pressure. Abbas did...
  • Barack Obama’s Got A Rosy Take On Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas

    03/06/2014 3:43:24 PM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    International Business Times ^ | March 06 2014 | Lawrence J. Haas
    The U.S. focus on Ukraine has shifted attention away from this week’s remarkable set of exchanges, direct and indirect, between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that speaks additional volumes about Obama’s take on prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. That Obama has an unbalanced perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is hardly a new insight. That, from the start, he has pressured Netanyahu to make painful concessions while asking little of Palestinian leaders on the hot-button issues of anti-Israeli hatred and incitement also is well known. But, the timing, manner, tone and content of this week’s Obama-Netanyahu exchanges...
  • Obama Claims Terrorist Dictator is Israel’s Best Chance for Peace

    03/04/2014 4:48:47 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 3, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Obama Claims Terrorist Dictator is Israel’s Best Chance for PeacePosted By Daniel Greenfield On March 3, 2014 @ 12:37 pm In The Point | 11 Comments This comes from the Jeffrey Goldberg interview with Obama which hits all the same old notes.If Israel doesn’t make a deal with Abbas, it will be more isolated than ever and Obama won’t be able to “protect” it. Settlement growth is out of control, Obama claims, when it’s barely a blip on the radar.Obama criticizes Israel, but not the Palestinian Authority. Instead he praises Abbas. Obama made...
  • The President’s Prophetic Threats to Israel

    03/03/2014 3:31:34 PM PST · by mojito · 12 replies
    Commentary ^ | 3/2/2014 | John Podhoretz
    In an extraordinary—and I don’t use the word in a complimentary way—interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of Bloomberg, President Obama follows his secretary of state in warning Israel and its leader that a failure to “make peace” now with the Palestinians will have terrible consequences. Israel is “more isolated internationally,” and will become more so; there will be more Palestinians and Israeli Arabs as time goes on, not fewer, so Israel had better move now; and not to move now is to create the conditions for a “permanent Israeli occupation of the West Bank….there comes a point when you cannot manage...
  • Abbas ‘exploded with rage’ at Kerry over ‘insane’ framework proposals

    02/27/2014 12:51:01 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 40 replies
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas left a two-day meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris last week fuming over Kerry’s proposals for a framework accord between Israel and the Palestinians, according to a Palestinian report. The top American diplomat reportedly offered for Abbas to form a Palestinian capital in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina, not all of East Jerusalem, as the Palestinians have demanded. Kerry also suggested that Israel keep 10 settlement blocs as part of any territorial exchange, according to Al Quds, the most widely read Palestinian daily, on Wednesday. The Jordan Valley would not be...
  • Abbas: Kerry’s Efforts Have Failed…So Far

    02/21/2014 11:57:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 2/21/2014, 10:49 PM | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that U.S. attempts to forge an agreement on a framework for peace talks with Israel had so far failed but that the efforts are “extremely serious,” AFP reported. Speaking in Paris after talks this week with Secretary of State John Kerry, Abbas told journalists, “So far the Americans have not been able to put these ideas into a framework, even if the efforts are extremely serious.” …
  • Peres: Abbas is Serious About Peace

    02/17/2014 10:49:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/2/14 | Elad Benari
    President Shimon Peres on Monday hailed remarks by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on the issue of the “Palestinian refugees”, AFP reported. Peres, who said Abbas’s comments showed his "seriousness about reaching peace", was referring to what Abbas said during a meeting Sunday with more than 300 Israeli university students at his Ramallah headquarters. At the meeting, the PA chief told the students said he did not want to "flood Israel" with so-called “Palestinian refugees” and that there was no need to "re-divide" Jerusalem. "I was happy to hear him," Peres's office quoted him as saying at the start of...
  • Hamas: We Will Treat NATO Forces as 'Occupiers'

    02/15/2014 8:51:26 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/2/14 | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s suggestion that NATO forces be deployed in the future Palestinian state is not well-received by his rivals, the Hamas rulers of Gaza. A spokesman for Hamas said Friday that the faction would regard any international military presence within a future Palestinian state as "occupation" forces, reported the Ma’an news agency. During a rally in southern Gaza, spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that any international forces stationed in “Palestine” as a result of a peace agreement with Israel would be treated the same as “the Israeli occupation.” Abu Zuhri called on Abbas to withdraw from...
  • Abbas Suggests NATO Presence in Palestinian State

    02/02/2014 9:06:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 2/3/2014, 4:12 AM | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has suggested that NATO would be left in charge of the future Palestinian state instead of an army. Speaking to The New York Times from Ramallah, Abbas said that he would agree to let Israeli troops remain in the Palestinian state for a transitional period of five years to work with Palestinian and Jordanian security forces and reassure the Israeli public that it is not going to get hit with thousands of rockets, as was the case after the “Disengagement” from Gaza. …
  • Iran Intends to Invite Abbas to Tehran

    01/30/2014 11:58:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 1/31/2014, 6:46 AM | Elad Benari
    Israel’s “peace partner” will be invited to visit the country whose leaders refer to Israel as “the rabid dog of the region,” the Chinese Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday, citing an Arabic language newspaper in London. According to the report, Iran intends to invite Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to visit Tehran soon. The Al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper reported that Abbas’s visit to Tehran aims at rehabilitating the Iranian-PA official ties that have been frigid for years due to Iran’s support to Hamas, longtime rival to Abbas’s Fatah movement. …
  • Abbas In Russia To Sign Energy Deal Abbas meets Russian PM and president to sign $1 billion

    01/23/2014 8:50:56 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    inn ^ | 1/23/14 | Ari Yashar
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, while in Russia on Thursday, was reported to be signing a $1 billion natural gas project in Gaza with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. While exact details of the deal or start-dates for the project remain unclear, the Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS reported that Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom intends to produce 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas off the Gaza coast. Further, Russia's Technopromexport engineering firm appears to be pursuing an oil development project near Ramallah. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who met with Abbas, said "relations between Russia and Palestine are...
  • Mahmoud Abbas’ Party Threatens to ‘Bomb Tel Aviv’

    01/23/2014 1:25:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 1/22/2014, 8:20 PM | Ari Soffer
    The Fatah party of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has posted threats to bomb Tel Aviv on its official Facebook page. The threats came in the form of a video by Fatah’s armed wing—the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade—which threatened to turn Tel Aviv “into a ball of fire”, as well as escalated rocket fire on Israeli civilians. […] The threats come despite the fact that the Palestinian Authority is engaged in “peace negotiations” with Israel, and bolster claims by Israeli leaders that the PA is not really serious about finding a peaceful political solution to the conflict. …
  • Abbas to Harper: There Will be No Israelis in 'Palestine'

    01/20/2014 7:15:52 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/1/14 | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Monday that there will be no official Israeli presence in the future Palestinian state, reported the Ma’an news agency. "We want an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital that includes all the lands that were occupied in 1967 and that lives side by side with Israel in security and stability," Abbas said in a joint press conference with Harper in Ramallah. "Anything else said or interpreted on our behalf matters only to those who interpret it," he added, according to Ma’an, dismissing rumors that he...
  • Abbas: Israel Using Talks to Expand ‘Settlements’

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

    01/13/2014 9:55:03 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/1/14 | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told visiting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday that recent comments by Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas were proof that he does not want peace. According to Kol Yisrael radio, Netanyahu made the comments during his dinner meeting with Biden at the Prime Minister’s Residence on Monday night. Netanyahu reportedly complained to Biden about Abbas’s comments on Saturday, in which he said that there will be no peace with Israel unless all his preconditions are met. These comments, Netanyahu told Biden, were proof that Abbas is not prepared to make the necessary decisions that...
  • Netanyahu to Biden: Abbas Doesn’t Want Peace

    01/13/2014 6:03:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 1/14/2014, 3:40 AM | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told visiting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday that recent comments by Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas were proof that he does not want peace. According to Kol Yisrael radio, Netanyahu made the comments during his dinner meeting with Biden at the Prime Minister’s Residence on Monday night. …
  • Abbas vs Facts: Jews 'Weren't Attacked' In Kusra

    01/12/2014 11:14:22 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/1/14 | Dalit Halevy and Ari Yashar
    Documented evidence doesn't stand in the way of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's claims regarding the attempted lynching of 25 Jewish residents of Samaria by an Arab mob from Kusra last Tuesday. In talks with Arab residents of eastern Jerusalem on Saturday, Abbas declared "the residents (of Kusra) caught settlers and besieged them, and they did it without tanks, rockets and planes. They gathered around them and told them: you won't leave here until the Palestinian liaison (officers) arrive." "They (the Arabs) didn't hit them," claimed the PA head, "for we have rights and culture, and aren't like them...
  • Abbas says he won’t make concessions on Jerusalem

    01/11/2014 11:18:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 11, 2013 12:51 PM EST | Dalia Nammari
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent a defiant message to Israel’s leadership and U.S. mediators Saturday, telling cheering supporters that the Palestinians “won’t kneel” and won’t drop demands for a capital in east Jerusalem. Abbas’ unusually fiery speech highlighted the wide gaps between him and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the outlines of a peace deal. It also raised new doubts about the chances of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to bridge those gaps in coming weeks and come up with a framework for an agreement. Abbas adopted tough positions in the wide-ranging speech, saying that “there will be...
  • Tibi: Abbas Will Never Concede

    01/04/2014 10:06:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/1/14 | Elad Benari
    MK Ahmed Tibi (Ra’am-Ta’al), who was an adviser to former Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Yasser Arafat and keeps in close contact with his successor Mahmoud Abbas, is accusing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of doing “everything he can” to prevent a peace agreement with the PA. “Netanyahu is not saying anything new. He is doing everything, absolutely everything, so that an agreement won’t happen. So why should anyone wonder why the Palestinian leadership is skeptical? It is closer to appealing to the UN institutions than to signing an agreement,”.... Tibi, who boasted that he speaks to Abbas “a lot”, also told...
  • Israel to Abbas: No, Jesus was not a Palestinian

    12/23/2013 10:12:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 131 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 23, 2013, 7:07 pm | Raphael Ahren
    Israeli officials reacted with bitter scorn to a Christmas message from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in which he called Jesus a Palestinian and suggested Israel was to blame for the exodus of Christians from the Holy Land. “He should have read the Gospel before uttering such offensive nonsense, but we will forgive him because he doesn’t know what he’s doing,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told The Times of Israel on Monday. Abbas’s statement is an “outrageous rewriting of Christian history,” according to Palmor. Earlier on Monday, Abbas published a lengthy Christmas greeting, calling Jesus “a Palestinian messenger who...
  • Israeli PM orders rethink on settlement construction plans

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

    11/06/2013 5:39:10 AM PST · by haffast · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 November 2013 Last updated at 06:50 ET | BBC
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blamed the Palestinians for the apparent stalemate in their peace talks, accusing them of creating "artificial crises" and incitement. He spoke after talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is attempting to revive the peace process. The direct negotiations launched in July have shown little sign of progress and are due to end next April. Mr Kerry will later meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The secretary of state has denied media speculation that he may propose a new interim peace deal. Kerry confident Mr Netanyahu said Israel stood by the terms...
  • Abbas welcomes 21 murderers released from prison

    10/31/2013 1:06:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    youtube ^ | 10/31/13 | palwatch.org
    In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The following is the PA celebrating the release of 21 of them, all of whom were convicted murderers. [Abbas is shown embracing murderer Issa Abd Rabbo and all 21 murderers] PA TV announcer: "Here they are embracing President Mahmoud Abbas after long years behind the bars of the occupation, in which they were transferred between different prisons and cells simply because they are Palestinians who fought the occupation... They are the ones who were, and are still standing firm against the...
  • Washington’s Will Is Done: Bloody Terrorists Freed

    10/31/2013 7:51:31 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 31, 2013 | P. David Hornik
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - WashingtonÂ’s Will Is Done: Bloody Terrorists FreedPosted By P. David Hornik On October 31, 2013 @ 12:49 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 11 Comments Just after midnight on Wednesday, Israel Hayom reports, 26 Palestinian security prisoners were set free by Israel. Twenty-one were sent to the West Bank, five to Gaza.All of these prisoners were convicted either of murder or attempted murder. They constitute the second of four groups of 26 prisoners who are being released periodically during the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. For Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, freeing them was an iron-clad...
  • Abbas: No Peace Until All Prisoners Are Released

    10/29/2013 10:41:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/10/13 | Elad Benari
    Peace is not possible so long as there is even one terrorist prisoner still in an Israeli prison, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas declared on Tuesday night. According to Kol Yisrael radio, Abbas made the comments in a welcoming ceremony for 21 Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists who had been released from Israeli jails as a gesture to Abbas. Abbas added, the report said, that the PA would continue its efforts to ensure that all terrorists serving time in Israeli jails are freed. "All 104 prisoners [that Israel has agreed to release] will be released, but the real joy will only...
  • Abbas: The Peace Talks Are Not Dead

    10/20/2013 11:05:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/10/13 | Elad Benari
    Reports of the death of the peace process with Israel have been greatly exaggerated, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday. In an interview with German television network Deutsche Welle, Abbas said that peace negotiations with Israel have not reached a deadlock, as reported by the Maariv newspaper recently. Abbas would not give details about the negotiations, but said that each side had discussed proposals offered by the other. "The fact is that we're still at the beginning. We still have time to negotiate the issues," Abbas told the German network. .....
  • Obama Meets Abbas: Peace Won't be Easy: Hours after calling on Israel to "end the occupation

    09/24/2013 9:16:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    inn ^ | 9/24/13 | Elad Benari
    Hours after he called on Israel to “end the occupation of the West Bank”, U.S. President Barack Obama met Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday. During the meeting, reported the Associated Press, Obama said that no one is under the illusion that peace between Israelis and Arabs will be easy, but claimed PA Arabs realize that negotiations are the best and only way to achieve a two-state solution. Obama also praised Abbas for consistently rejecting violence and being open to negotiations, according to the report. Abbas said he remained fully committed to the peace process and thanked the...
  • Murder ‘Raises Tough Questions’

    09/21/2013 11:45:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/9/13 | Maayana Miskin
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has sent his condolences to the Hazan family of Bat Yam, whose son Tomer Hazan, 20, an IDF soldier, was kidnapped and murdered by a terrorist on Friday. The slaying was part of the “ceaseless” terror war that Israel faces, he said. Israel will continue to fight terrorists with all the means at its disposal, he wrote. Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon blamed the Palestinian Authority for the slaying. “This cruel murder is the result of the ongoing incitement by the Palestinian leadership,” he accused. “Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] lends support to these horrific acts when,...
  • Abbas Rakes Obama over the Coals for Plan to Attack Syria

    09/02/2013 8:21:01 AM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 23 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | Sept. 2, 2013 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The closer the Palestinian Authority gets to become a country, the more it spits in the face of those who feed it. Abbas says Obama should stay out of Syria; PA media blame Obama for the civil war and 9/11.
  • Palestinian Authority Denies Jewish Right to Western Wall

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

    08/05/2013 11:34:16 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 32 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/8/13 | David Singer
    US Secretary of State John Kerry has fallen on his sword in attempting to seek a renewal of negotiations designed to culminate in the creation of a new Arab State between Jordan and Israel for the first time ever in recorded history. He has apparently learned nothing from the failed attempts of his predecessors - James Baker, Lawrence Eagleburger, Warren Christopher, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Each was confident in his or her ability to persuade and cajole Israel and the PLO to do a deal - but all failed for one simple reason - both...
  • Palestinians Dismiss Prisoner Release as a "Bribe"

    08/05/2013 3:44:09 AM PDT · by OddLane · 5 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | August 5, 2013 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    They regard the prisoner release as something Israel was supposed to have done anyway, many years ago. Many will continue to see it as as part of an Israeli-American scheme to extract concessions, and will continue to attack Abbas for "succumbing" to US pressure. The argument that the release of Palestinian prisoners boosts the standing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and "moderate" Palestinians and facilitates the resumption of peace talks with Israel is not necessarily true. Many Palestinians do not see Israel's decision to release more than 100 Palestinians who were imprisoned before the signing of the Oslo Accords...
  • True believers: Bibi, Barry, Kerry and the inevitable destruction

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

    08/01/2013 9:23:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/8/13 | Elad Benari
    United States President Barack Obama spoke to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, several days after peace talks between the sides officially restarted. The White House said Obama made separate calls to both men in an effort to keep up the momentum. The PA-based WAFA news agency reported that Obama urged Abbas to make use of the current momentum to reach a deal with Israel and stressed his support of the efforts that led to launching the peace process. An Abbas aide told WAFA he hoped a deal could be reached in six to...
  • Abbas: Palestine will be Judenrein

    07/30/2013 6:36:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 7/30/2013, 8:56 AM | Gil Ronen
    Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas presented a racist and hateful vision of a future Palestinian state when he spoke to reporters in Cairo Monday. “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli—civilian or soldier—on our lands,” he told a group of reporters, most of them Egyptians, on Monday. … Even now, Jews are not permitted to live inside the PA-controlled territory, and the sale of land to Jews is punishable by death. …
  • Abbas Wants 'Not A Single Israeli' In Palestine

    07/30/2013 6:52:31 AM PDT · by edpc · 33 replies
    YNet ^ | 30 July 2013 | Reuters
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas laid out his vision on Monday for the final status of Israeli-Palestinian relations ahead of peace talks that have resumed in Washington for the first time in nearly three years. Abbas said that no Israeli settlers or border forces could remain in a future Palestinian state and that Palestinians deem illegal all Jewish settlement building within the land occupied in the 1967 Middle East war.
  • Tony Blair urges Israeli leader to 'take a chance' on peace as 100 prisoners freed (7-21-13)

    07/28/2013 7:26:09 PM PDT · by haffast · 18 replies
    Mirror News ^ | 21 Jul 2013 00:01 | Nigel Nelson
    Tony Blair was in Jerusalem ­yesterday to urge Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu: “Give peace a chance.” The ex-Labour Prime Minister, now a go-between in new Middle East peace talks, told Israel’s leader to get a move on with ­concessions to the Palestinians. Mr Netanyahu agreed to free at least 100 Palestinians who have been held in Israeli jails for more than 20 years. In return it is expected that the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will relax his demand that a future Palestinian state must be based on the border from before the 1967 Six-Day War. Hopes of lasting peace in...
  • Bibi's Begging, and We Don't Know Why (Netanyahu)

    07/28/2013 6:58:27 PM PDT · by haffast · 20 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | July 28th, 2013 | JoeSettler
    I think we are all in a bit of shock over Bibi’s plan to release 104 Arab terrorists. While Bibi is surprised at the push-back he’s getting. After all, this isn’t the first time that Israel has released terrorists, nor the first time that Israel has released terrorists in a lop-sided deal. So while Bibi expected lip-service attacks, he wasn’t expecting this all-out full-frontal revolt, including from his most closest associates. But this is the first time that Israel has released terrorists in exchange for nothing. Literally nothing. Not Gilad Shalit, not dead soldier’s bodies, not even a signature. Simply...
  • Israeli, Palestinian leaders to resume long-stalled peace talks Monday in Washington

    07/28/2013 5:56:43 PM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 28, 2013 | Fox News
    Israeli and Palestinian leaders will resume face-to-face peace talks on Monday in Washington, the State Department said Sunday. The restart of the long-stalled talks is being attributed to Secretary of State John Kerry's six months of frenetic shuttle diplomacy. Agency spokeswoman Jen Psaki said both sides had accepted invitations from Kerry to come to Washington "to formally resume direct final status negotiations" that are scheduled to begin Monday evening and continue Tuesday. Psaki said in a statement that Kerry on Sunday called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and that the leaders agreed the talks would...
  • While Abbas Talks ‘Peace,’ Palestinian Authority TV Continues Hate Broadcasts

    07/28/2013 11:10:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 7/28/2013, 8:21 PM | David Lev
    As Israel and the Palestinian Authority prepare to sit down yet again for another round of talks, PA television has been broadcasting the latest in its long string of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic programs and songs. In a “music video” first released in 2011 and re-released over the past several days, and monitored by Palestinian Media Watch, Israel is called “the snake's head” which needs to be crushed by Arab rifles. It comes only days after another PA program honored arch-terrorist Abdallah Barghouti for his role in the murder of 61 Israelis in a string of atrocities. …
  • Palestinian President Calls Terrorist Who Murdered American Woman a “Pure Soul”

    07/25/2013 5:12:01 PM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 25, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Palestinian President Calls Terrorist Who Murdered American Woman a “Pure Soul”Posted By Daniel Greenfield On July 25, 2013 @ 11:23 am In The Point | 4 Comments During his visit to Israel, Obama declared that “I genuinely believe that you do have a true partner in President Abbas… I believe that. And they have a track record to prove it.”The track record is certainly there. Palestinian Media Watch has reported that the Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmoud Abbas, has honored Palestinian terrorist Ahmad Abu Sukkar, who murdered 15 Israelis and Americans, and wounded...
  • PA Former Negotiator Suing Abbas In The Hague

    07/24/2013 5:15:19 AM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | July 24th, 2013 | : Jewish Press Staff
    Former senior PLO official Mohammed Dahlan is suing Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for malicious persecution. Dahlan, a personal nemesis of the chairman, was removed from all his positions in the organization two years ago. Now he claims that Abbas is after him for publicly exposing the corruption of the chairman and of his offspring. Dahlan is pushing an assortment of lawsuits in various European courts, according to Kol Israel, revolving around his charge that some $700 million are missing from the PA treasury. Dahlan, who used to be head of the PLO Gaza Preventive Security Force, and participated in...
  • PA Chairman Mirrors Israeli PM for Referendum on Peace Deal

    07/22/2013 5:22:38 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/7/13 | Chana Yaar
    PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas says he will hold a general referendum among his population over any final status agreement that might be reached with Israel before signing the dotted line. According to a report broadcast on the Hebrew-language Voice of Israel radio, Abbas said Monday that any agreement reached with Israel would be put to a vote before the Ramallah government would make any final deal with Israel. The announcement came after a similar one on Sunday by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in which he said he will propose a law requiring a referendum on any agreement before he...
  • Kerry Announces Resumption of Peace Talks

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

    06/29/2013 7:32:26 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 12 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 6/29/2013 | YIFA YAAKOV
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday told US Secretary of State John Kerry, currently visiting the Middle East, that Israel’s goodwill gestures were too insufficient for the resumption of peace talks, the Chinese news agency reported early Saturday. Kerry, currently on his fifth Middle East visit in three months, is shuttling between Amman and Jerusalem, meeting Abbas and Netanyahu in his latest effort to restart negotiations. No concrete progress has been reported from his efforts. >>SNIP<< The official reportedly said Israel would have to freeze settlement building and accept a two-state solution with pre-1967 borders for talks between the...
  • Abbas: Arabs Must Save Jerusalem From 'Settlement Monster'

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

    06/17/2013 2:19:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 6/17/2013, 5:44 AM | Elad Benari
    The Palestinian Authority’s prime minister Rami Hamdallah on Sunday became the first PA premier to visit the Al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem, AFP reports. “Jerusalem is a symbol of the Palestinian question,” Hamdallah was quoted as having told the official WAFA news agency. “Our visit today shows how important Jerusalem is to the Palestinian government.” … The Al-Aqsa mosque is located on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Jerusalem which was left in the hands of the Waqf following Jerusalem’s reunification in 1967. Arabs continuously make false accusations that Israel is “Judaizing” the Temple Mount, sometimes...