Obama receives the highest Israeli award

1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

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American diplomacy: ‘Peace Talks’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 10, 2013 – ‘Israeli cabinet approves Avigdor Lieberman’s return as foreign mininster’
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10439150/Israeli-cabinet-approves-Avigdor-Liebermans-return-as-foreign-mininster.html

November 12, 2013  – Israel plans ‘unprecedented’ settlement expansion, 20,000 new units in the West Bank:
http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/unprecedented-settlement-expansion.html

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‘Peace Talks’: US power centers back Israel settlements

Israel intelligence minister says settlement building in the occupied West Bank must continue in a “coordinated manner.”

Nov 13, 2013 3:3PM

On Wednesday, Yuval Steinitz said Tel Aviv should continue the construction activities in “an intelligent and coordinated way.”

Steinitz made the comments one day after Tel Aviv announced plans for the construction of some 24,000 new settler units in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The plans drew international condemnation, including from Israel’s longtime ally, the United States.

the criticism prompted Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reconsider the decision, noting that at a time when Tel Aviv is trying to persuade the West and Russia to take its interests into consideration, Israel must be coordinated in its actions.

The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine has created a major obstacle for the efforts made to establish peace in the Middle East.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in 1967.

The United Nations and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/11/13/334532/settlement-construction-must-continue/

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All centers of power in US lined up behind Israel: Norr

Nov 13, 2013 8:6AM

Press TV has conducted an interview with Henry Norr, with the Palestine Solidarity Movement, in Berkeley about the illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian lands.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/11/13/334475/all-us-centers-of-power-back-israel/

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he is cancelling plans to build thousands of new illegal settler units in the occupied West Bank.

Nov 13, 2013 1:33AM

Netanyahu made the announcement late on Tuesday, hours after acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmud Abbas threatened to end the so-called peace talks with Israel if it would go ahead with its illegal settlement expansion plans in the occupied Palestinian territories.

“If Israel does not go back on its latest construction plans for the settlements, that will spell a formal declaration of the end of the peace process,” Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat quoted Abbas as saying on Tuesday.

Erekat added that Abbas has passed on his ultimatum to the Arab League and the Middle East Quartet — the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States.

Earlier in the day, anti-settlement group Peace Now revealed that Israel’s Housing Ministry has planned to build a “record” 20,000 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/11/13/334436/israel-cancels-new-settlement-plans/

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US power centers back Israel settlements: Analyst

Nov 13, 2013 3:20PM

All influential bodies in the United States are supporting the continuation of illegal Jewish settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian lands, an analyst tells Press TV in an interview.

“All the centers of power in the United States are lined up behind Israel no matter what it does,” Henry Norr said on Wednesday.

“The power of the pro-Israel forces in this country, the so-called Israel lobby, the power of the pro-Israel American media and the US Congress,” he added.

Norr noted that it would be an “illusion” to think that the US “is somehow a disinterested broker, a neutral party to bring the two sides together.”

“It’s the American government and the Israeli government lined up together against the poor powerless Palestinians. That’s the way it’ been since before the Oslo agreement and more so today,” he stated.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/11/13/334533/us-power-centers-back-israel-settlements/

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John Kerry’s remarks on the Middle East Peace Process Talks

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Remarks on the Middle East Peace Process Talks

John Kerry, Secretary of State, July 30, 2013

‘We all appreciate – believe me – we appreciate the challenges ahead. But even as we look down the difficult road that is before us and consider the complicated choices that we face, we cannot lose sight of something that is often forgotten in the Middle East, and that is what awaits everybody with success. We need to actually change the way we think about compromise in order to get to success. Compromise doesn’t only mean giving up something or giving something away; reasonable principled compromise in the name of peace means that everybody stands to gain. Each side has a stake in the other’s success, and everyone can benefit from the dividends of peace.’

‘We can envision a day when Palestinians can finally realize their aspirations for a flourishing state of their own, and the groundbreaking economic initiative that we’ve been working on the with the Quartet and with Tony Blair and others, with the help of the private sector, can help transform the Palestinian economy and build up unprecedented markets and unblocked waves of foreign investment. And we shouldn’t forget that the new jobs, the new homes, the new industries that can grow in a new Palestinian state will also benefit Israelis next door, where a vibrant economy will find new partners.’

‘The Israeli Government has recognized this, which is why it will be taking in the next days and weeks a number of steps in order to improve conditions in the West Bank and in Gaza.’

‘The parties have agreed here today that all of the final status issues, all of the core issues, and all other issues are all on the table for negotiation. And they are on the table with one simple goal: a view to ending the conflict, ending the claims. Our objective will be to achieve a final status agreement over the course of the next nine months. The parties also agreed that the two sides will keep the content of the negotiations confidential. The only announcement you will hear about meetings is the one that I just made. And I will be the only one, by agreement, authorized to comment publicly on the talks, in consultation, obviously, with the parties. That means that no one should consider any reports, articles, or other – or even rumors – reliable, unless they come directly from me, and I guarantee you they won’t.’

‘The United States will work continuously with both parties as a facilitator every step of the way. We all understand the goal that we’re working towards: two states living side by side in peace and security. Two states because two proud peoples each deserve a country to call their own. Two states because the children of both peoples deserve the opportunity to realize their legitimate aspirations in security and in freedom. And two states because the time has come for a lasting peace.’

‘The Israeli and Palestinian people understand their common interests, and that’s why they continue to take positive steps on the ground to improve relations between themselves. I also want to point out that the Arab League understands this too, which is why it has reaffirmed the Arab Peace Initiative and provided vital statements of support for this process.’

‘So many things are already happening. When somebody tells you that Israelis and Palestinians cannot find common ground or address the issues that divide them, don’t believe them. Just look at the things they are doing together and trying to do together. There are many reasons why we need to solve this conflict, but none more important than the security and dignity of the next generations of Israelis and Palestinians, Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and the generations who will follow them and benefit from these negotiations hopefully.’

http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/07/212553.htm

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April 14, 2004 – ‘Arafat Warns U.S. Could Kill Middle East Peace’
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0414-07.htm

November 15, 2010:  U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

February 2011: More than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

February 19, 2011:  Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

October 27, 2011: Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

November 2011 – ‘Israel’s Bunker Mentality -How the Occupation Is Destroying the Nation’
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/136593/ronald-r-krebs/israels-bunker-mentality

July 29, 2013 – ‘ISRAELI AND PALESTINIANS TALKS TO RESUME IN WASHINGTON’
http://brusselsdiplomatic.com/2013/07/29/israeli-and-palestinians-talks-to-resume-in-washington/

July 30, 2013 – ‘ISRAEL AND PALESTINIANS RESUME DIRECT FINAL STATUS NEGOCIATIONS’
http://brusselsdiplomatic.com/2013/07/30/israel-and-palestinians-resume-direct-final-status-negociations/

November 10, 2013 – ‘US could kill Middle East Peace’
https://kruitvat.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/us-could-kill-mi…

November 12, 2013  – Israel plans ‘unprecedented’ settlement expansion, 20,000 new units in the West Bank: http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/unprecedented-settlement-expansion.html

November 13, 2013: Abbas: ‘Cancel Building or Peace Talks Over’
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/173940#.UoLEmvk2aLc

November 13, 2013 – Middle East peace process nears collapse
http://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east-peace-process-nears-collapse-20131113-2xf86.html

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‘Peace Talks’: Israel’s Bunker Mentality

How the Occupation Is Destroying the Nation

November 2011

For the Israeli right and its allies around the world, the greatest danger to Israel’s future is the unwillingness of Palestinians to make peace. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict does threaten Israel, but not, as the right would have it, because militant and even seemingly moderate Palestinians harbor plans to drive the Jews into the sea. Rather, the conflict threatens Israel because of the havoc it wreaks on the country’s internal politics. Since 1967, when Israel occupied the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, its presence in those territories has played a central role in structuring Israeli politics, transforming a country once brimming with optimism into an increasingly cynical, despondent, and illiberal place.

By inducing a bunker mentality among Israelis, the occupation has bred an aggressive ethnic nationalism that privileges the interests of Israel’s Jewish citizens over those of its Arab citizens, who have come to feel that they will never be treated fairly in an Israel defined as a Jewish state. At the same time, by paralyzing the Israeli political system, it has strengthened ultra-Orthodox political parties, which have exploited divisions between the right and the left to become kingmakers. In exchange for their parliamentary support, they have demanded economic subsidies for their constituents, who often devote their lives to studying Jewish texts rather than participating in the work force. Educated, largely secular elites, frustrated by low pay and high taxes, have, until recently, been emigrating in substantial numbers, and the long-term prospects for reversing this brain drain are poor as long as the occupation continues. These are the real threats to Israel’s founders’ vision of a democratic, Jewish, and prosperous state.

Read more at: http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/136593/ronald-r-krebs/israels-bunker-mentality

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Middle East peace talks

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Israel plans ‘unprecedented’ settlement expansion, 20,000 new units in the West Bank

Adam Horowitz on November 12, 2013

Haaretz reports on a massive expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank which reporters Chaim Levinson and Barak Ravid describe as “unprecedented” in recent years. Peace Now Director Yair Oppenheimer says the new tenders reveal Israel’s intention in the occupied territories, regardless of whatever negotiations are taking place.

Oppenheimer:

The [peace] talks are only for show. Behind the scenes, the government plans to destroy all chance of the two-state solution and flood the area with new settlements. The issue of the tenders is unequivocal evidence of Netanyahu’s intention of sabotaging the chances for an agreement.

The new tenders originally included over a thousand units in the E1 area which would connect Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem to the large settlement Ma’ale Adumim, effectively cutting the West Bank in half. President Obama has said that Israeli expansion in E1 “would be very difficult to square with a two-state solution,” and Netanyahu ordered a freeze on the E1 tenders after they were issued, apparently wanting to avoid even more confrontation with the U.S.

More from Haaretz:

The Housing Ministry has issued a tender to hire an architect to plan the construction of 1,200 housing units in the E1 area, which links Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim in the West Bank, as part of a larger wave of tenders to construct some 20,000 housing units in the West Bank at a cost of NIS 45 million.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was updated on the plan earlier Tuesday and shortly afterward ordered to freeze all construction plans in the E1 area. Officials in Netanyahu’s office told Housing Minister Uri Ariel that he must immediately halt the tender for selecting an architect to plan the project in E1.

The broader plan of some 20,000 housing units encompasses several urban areas, as well as the Binyamin Regional Council and Gush Etzion. This is an unusually large and unprecedented planning tender in the last decade. The tenders are for planning only – some are skeleton plans, some are in a general urban building scheme and others in a detailed urban building scheme.

http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/unprecedented-settlement-expansion.html

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April 14, 2004 – ‘Arafat Warns U.S. Could Kill Middle East Peace’
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0414-07.htm

‘US could kill Middle East Peace’
https://kruitvat.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/us-could-kill-middle-east-peace/

3 hours ago – Abbas: ‘Cancel Building or Peace Talks Over’
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/173940#.UoLEmvk2aLc

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US could kill Middle East Peace

As a reminder:

April 14, 2004

Arafat Warns U.S. Could Kill Middle East Peace

RAMALLAH, West Bank – Palestinian President Yasser Arafat told the United States Wednesday it would kill all hope of peace in the Middle East if it gave assurances to Israel on keeping West Bank settlements.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is in Washington to seek support for a plan to withdraw from Gaza, but keep Jewish enclaves in the West Bank where Palestinians also want a state.

Palestinians fear President Bush will make landmark promises to Sharon that imply backing for Israel’s occupation of land seized in the 1967 Middle East war and reject the eventual right of Palestinian refugees to return.

A statement from Arafat’s office said such an agreement would “lead to the destruction of the chances for the peace process and security and stability in the region. It will also restart the vicious cycle of violence in the region and end all the agreements and commitments that have been signed.”

Arafat urged rejection for any such deal from Arab states, Islamic countries and the world in general, saying it would violate international laws and cancel the “road map” peace plan that Bush has backed.

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0414-07.htm

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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

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