by Khaled Abu Toameh, GATESTONE INSTITUTE
The U.N. Security Council votes on the Palestinian statehood resolution, December 30, 2014.
“We are opposed to return to a path of ‘futile’ negotiations. Our people have the right to pursue resistance in all forms.” — From an appeal by six Palestinian groups to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, against the resolution he submitted to the United Nations.
The widespread opposition among Palestinians to Abbas’s statehood bid is a clear sign that many Palestinians remain opposed to any form of concessions to Israel. It is also an indication of fierce opposition among Palestinians to the resumption of peace talks with Israel.
“Hamas will not accept anything less than all the lands that were occupied in 1948.” — Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar.
Residents in an uproar as Arabs, claiming ownership without proof, allowed to plow near Esh Kodesh; Ya’alon ‘is winking at the left.’
Arab farmers in the Shiloh Bloc of Samaria, where Arab assailants have in the past caused massive damage to Jewish agriculture, prepared to arrive Wednesday to plow adjacent to the Jewish communities of Esh Kodesh and the Yeshuv Hada’at Farms, under the permission of the IDF.
The plowing was given permission by the IDF’s Civil Administration which manages Judea and Samaria given that the region has yet to be annexed, and apparently was given after the Arab farmers turned to the High Court claimingownership to the land.
However, the High Court has yet to discuss the case and there is no evidence backing up the ownership claims – that hasn’t stopped extremist leftist groups from influencing decision makers to allow the entrance to farmland adjacent to Jewish houses.
T. Belman. I asked Gov Pence at this event the question that illicited the answer in the title. I asked, “A growing number of Israelis want to abandon the negotiations for a two state solution because they do not believe they will lead to a deal acceptable to Israel. Were Israel to do so, would the US back us or resist us?” I was not happy with his answer as I really was asking what this or the next administration would probably do and not what he thought they should do.
America should not aspire to be an “honest broker” in the Middle East, but rather communicate to the world that while it wants an honest and fair solution to the conflict, “we are on the side of Israel,” Indiana Governor and possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Pence said in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
Pence, speaking at a town hall meeting sponsored by Republicans Abroad Israel, said the US can “deal honestly with people on all sides of the equation” while making clear what “side of the table” it is on.
What can one say about Europe? I imagine that if one wants to be bitterly truthful then one could easily say that Hitler has in effect triumphed. He branded the Jews as the root of all troubles and proclaimed that the “final” and only solution to the “Jewish problem” was to eradicate all Jews from the face of the earth.
And as we all know, he followed through on his genocidal program. A great deal of Europe, its leaders, intellectuals and common folk, willfully and almost gleefully cooperated in this genocide. Many did so actively while many more Europeans did so passively.
Despite being attacked because of his father’s support for IDF recruitment among Arab Christians, the son of Father Gabriel Nadaf says a month into basic training that “I’m not afraid,” Israel’s Channel 2 News reported on Tuesday.
“I did not have to enlist, I volunteered for the army because I live in this country and I want to contribute. For years I knew what I wanted to do,” he said.
And not only that. 18-year-old Jubran Nadaf, who recently completed a basic training course for radio technicians and will soon begin his duties, hopes to continue on to officer training later in his service.
Resolution fails to achieve required 9-vote majority; 8 countries vote in favor, 2 oppose, 5 abstain; no US veto needed.
Jordan’s envoy to the United Nations said Tuesday night that her country would continue to pressure the international community to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict despite the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) resolution being defeated at the Security Council.
The United States’ envoy said that the resolution was not a constructive step nor was it a replacement for negotiations.
NO SURPRISE HERE
US president says he isn’t ruling out possibility of reopening an embassy in Tehran, but cautions ties must be restored in stages
President Barack Obama said that Iran has the potential to become a “very successful regional power” if Tehran agrees to a comprehensive deal restricting its controversial nuclear program, in a year-end interview with National Public Radio.
The corruption investigation into Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party and the drama surrounding Shas Chairman Aryeh Deri could see many voters move their allegiances to Jewish Home, Deputy Education Minister Avi Wortzman (Jewish Home) stated Tuesday.
Wortzman, in a special interview with Arutz Sheva, stated that his party has already begun to benefit from an exodus from Yisrael Beytenu – not due to the political storm, but due to Liberman’s move leftward.
“The transition of voters [to Jewish Home] has started before this, when Liberman began saying things in political situations that gave a nod and a wink to the Center, such as seeing Route 6 as the border of a Palestinian state – things the nationalist camp would never agree to,” Wortzman stated. “Most Yisrael Beytenu voters would not subscribe to this and as a result may move to vote for us instead.”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 29, 2014, 5:50 PM (IDT)
The highly-personalized campaigns for Israel’s March 17 general election are by and large lackluster while exhausting the electorate’s patience with patently drummed up scandals. On the traditional issues, no party leader can promise to alter the Obama administration’s views on Jerusalem, or break down Palestinian Authority resistance to a negotiated peace.
Opposition efforts to prioritize social disparities, in place of the familiar security concerns or the Palestinian issue, fall flat, whereas chronic faultfinding over the soured relations with Washington has faded from op-ed pages and interviews since President Obama hitched his Middle East policy to the Iranian cart.
For United Synagogue Youth’s leaders, being more inclusive does not equal being less religiously observant.
Unfortunately, this headline, which was widely circulated among Jewish news outlets, failed to capture the real issue that emerged from the confab. A more apt headline would have been “Jewish teens in 21st century Diaspora cast vote in favor of Shabbat observance.”
T. Belman. I would point out that the US finds nothing wrong with the resolution which asks for ’67 borders and the division of Jerusalem
State Department spokesman says PA’s unilateral resolution does not advance peace or addresses Israel’s security needs.
The United States reiterated on Monday that it does not support the unilateral draft resolution that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is promoting at the United Nations Security Council.
State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said Washington believes the resolution, which demands an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria by 2017, would not advance the goal of peace or address Israel’s security needs.
By Ted Belman
I recently drew to the attention of a fellow journalist my 25 page essay on The Historical Jesus.
She circulated it and sent me some of the responses she received.
From an American Christian writer and editor:
This comports with what I decided – after doing extensive study on my own over 40 years ago………….and considering that it took nearly twice as long as the USA has been in existence, for the early leaders of the new Christian religion to compile the New Testament……….added to the fact that throughout that entire period, there was a myriad of competing Christian sects – e.g. the Gnostics – it is irrefutable that 90% of the NT is fabrication.Ted Belman does a fine job with his analysis.
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By Ted Belman
In response to the previous post, Sovereign States Don’t Do Hasbara, I received this Army Report from a senior intelligence officer, prepared during the last Bush administration. He said “this analysis was prepared with the help of Muslim correspondents for a major news gathering organization which is run by 2 former students of mine.”
The Palestinians (and Hezbollah) have already defeated Israel in the international public relations war.
a) The Palestinians have gained control of the reporting of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in the world media by gaining control of the words, phrases and definitions that the world media currently utilizes in describing underlying political, military and social conditions and in explaining their causation; in describing events on-the-ground; in presenting alternative negotiating positions; in evaluating proposed solutions; etc. Some examples include:
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Israeli hasbara fails for one simple reason: People who obsessively try to justify themselves sound like someone who really does need to apologize • Sovereign states do not jump through hoops, explain or ask permission – they act, do what needs getting done and nonchalantly brush off the criticism • The best hasbara is none at all.
When the Israeli Prime Minister got up in the United Nations and asked “In what moral universe does genocide include warning the enemy’s civilian population to get out of harm’s way?“, he made a number of embarrassing rhetorical mistakes, especially when one recalls that Binyamin Netanyahu is considered a virtuoso in the field. He repeated the absurd accusation of genocide to an audience which included those who may not have heard it, and by even referring to it, gave it validity.
Ted Belman. I have always made the same point when it comes to “selling” Christianity or Judaism. The Christian message is “Jesus loves you” where as the Jewish message is.. ah… what is it? In the Israel/Arab conflict, they say its their land and we are stealing it and we say we support the TSS. We should be saying its ours.
The main Arab message is clear and simple and everyone can quickly understand it:
We Palestinians are the indigenous people of Palestine who have enjoyed a peaceful life in our country for millennia. We worked hard and promoted freedom and equality for all. Our country was invaded by the evil Jewish colonizers who were supported by the British imperialists. They killed many of our people and stole our beloved land of Palestine. Now they exploit us and occupy our land. We are fighting for freedom from the evil Zionists Jews. The Jews kill our mothers and our brothers and practice apartheid and holocaust upon us. The world must help us since Jews are so strong!
Ted Belman. US, with its $18 Trillion in debt is no match for China with its $40 Trillion in reserves. While the US and the EU are obsessing over Palestine, China is extending its influence where it really counts. The US must do a reset with Israel.
In the past I have noted that democracy houses the seeds of its own destruction. China’s model isn’t plagued by democracy and need to bribe the voters or the need to uphold human rights. We can never say again that socialism doesn’t work. We must give the Chinese model more respect.
Furthermore we must recognize that US policy is responsible for this turn of events. The US misspent it’s wealth on nation building abroad and entitlements at home and shipped its jobs overseas. Not only did the US weaken itself, it built up China.
TOKYO – Thanks to China, Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund, Jim Yong Kim of the World Bank and Takehiko Nakao of the Asian Development Bank may no longer have much meaningful work to do.
Beijing’s move to bail out Russia, on top of its recent aid for Venezuela and Argentina, signals the death of the post-war Bretton Woods world. It’s also marks the beginning of the end for America’s linchpin role in the global economy and Japan’s influence in Asia.
What is China’s new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank if not an ADB killer? If Japan, ADB’s main benefactor, won’t share the presidency with Asian peers, Beijing will just use its deep pockets to overpower it. Lagarde’s and Kim’s shops also are looking at a future in which crisis-wracked governments call Beijing before Washington.
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MELANIE PHILLIPS RADIO SHOW
With guests Dr. Harold Rhode and Michel Gurfinkiel.
Just how bad is the situation for Jews in France? And what to make of remarks about Israel and antiSemitism by a liberal academic icon and a BBC executive?
Dec. 29 (Washington Post) — A DOZEN years after its creation, the International Criminal Court is foundering. So far it has brought just 21 cases in eight countries, all of them in Africa. Only two have resulted in convictions — of relatively obscure Congolese rebel leaders. Though 139 countries signed the founding treaty, the United States, Russia, China, India, Israel and every Arab nation but Jordan have declined to join. The most horrific crimes against humanity perpetrated in the world in the past decade — in North Korea, Syria and Sri Lanka, among other places — remain outside the ICC’s reach.
Worse, in two big cases the court bet that it could bring current heads of national governments to trial — and lost. This month the court’s chief prosecutor was forced to abandon a case against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who had been charged with orchestrating a 2007 campaign of ethnic violence. Though Kenya is a member of the court, the government refused to cooperate with the prosecution, making it impossible to gather sufficient evidence.
White House and State Department officials contend that, irrespective of Congress, President Barack Obama can apply effective diplomatic, commercial and national security pressure and coerce Israel to partition Jerusalem and retreat from Judea and Samaria to the 9-15 mile-wide pre-1967 sliver, surrounded by the violently turbulent and unpredictable Arab street.
U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro recently voiced this inaccurate underestimation of the power of Congress — which has traditionally opposed pressure on Israel, echoing the sentiments of most constituents — saying, “What is unmistakable about our foreign policy system is that the Constitution provides the president with the largest share of power.”
The assertion that U.S. foreign policy and national security are shaped by presidential omnipotence can be refuted by the U.S. Constitution as well as recent precedents. The Constitution was created by the Founding Fathers, who were determined to limit the power of government and preclude the possibility of executive dictatorship. They were apprehensive of potential presidential excesses and encroachment, and therefore assigned the formulation of foreign policy and national security to both Congress and the president. Obviously, the coalescing of policy between 535 legislators constitutes a severe disadvantage for the legislature.