Tag Archives: Palestine

Trump, Netanyahu speak as Israeli regime moves on squats

Source: NDTV [India]

"US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak on Sunday for the first time since his inauguration, with Israel already taking advantage of his support by pushing through settlement [sic] plans. Netanyahu said he was to speak with Trump later in the day, while Israeli officials also approved hundreds of new [squatter] homes that had been postponed until after he took office. Beyond that, hardline Israeli ministers were pushing a plan to unilaterally annex a large Jewish [squat] near Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, a move many say could badly damage prospects for a two-state solution." (01/22/17)


Report: Many Palestinian Arabs don't want that two-state solution

Source: Christian Science Monitor

"On Sunday, 70 countries and international organizations met in Paris in a last-ditch effort to save something Palestinian leaders have been seeking for decades: a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel. 'Today two states is possible; tomorrow … [it] might be too late, because Israel is slipping into a situation in which it will be an apartheid state by de jure and by de facto,' said Mohammad Shtayyeh, a senior adviser to Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on negotiations, at a briefing ahead of the Paris conference. But even as the conference's closing statement urged Israelis and Palestinians 'to officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution,' 2 in 3 Palestinians say that model is no longer viable, according to a recent poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR) in Ramallah." (01/16/17)


Netanyahu — running from the law

Source: OpEdNews
by Lawrence Davidson

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threw a temper tantrum (24 December 2016) after the U.S. failed to veto United Nations Security Council Resolution 2234 condemning Zionist settlements on Palestinian territory. Netanyahu called the resolution "shameful." He went so far as to tell the foreign secretary of New Zealand, one of the countries that brought the resolution forward for a vote, that this action was the equivalent of 'an act of war.' He then started recalling Israeli ambassadors from the Security Council states that backed the resolution. Finally, Netanyahu said Israel would 'not abide by it [the resolution].' All in all, it was quite a performance. In order to put the prime minister's outrage in context, let's look at what, in part, the resolution actually says. … UNSC Resolution 2234 told the Israeli government that it is obliged to follow the rule of law — in this case international law." (01/05/17)


The US abstains at a UN vote on Israel settlements

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Walter E Block

"The international news at the close of 2016 is all about the abstention of the United States regarding a United Nations condemnation of the state of Israel for its settlement policy. What has the libertarian to say about this situation? From the anarcho-capitalist point of view, matters are simple. There should not be a government of the U.S. There should not be a state of Israel. The governments of the member nations of the U.N. should all be disbanded. And, since that organization consists of the governments of many countries, it, too, should be terminated." (01/03/17)


Kerry's eureka moment on Israel and Palestine

Source: CounterPunch
by Mouin Rabbani

"It has been a bizarre week for US policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On 23 December, the Obama administration narrowly avoided becoming the first since Harry Truman's to leave office without a single United Nations Security Council resolution censuring Israel to its credit. Washington has spent the past eight years shielding what John Kerry on 28 December called 'the most right-wing [government] in Israeli history, with an agenda driven by its most extreme elements' from international scrutiny. As the United States neither supported nor vetoed Resolution 2334, the Security Council unanimously confirmed that all Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and constitute 'a flagrant violation under international law.' It was a rare victory for an international community that has been consistently thwarted by Barack Obama's indulgence of Binyamin Netanyahu's appetite for Palestinian land." (01/02/17)


Israel: Regime to bury Hamas terrorists rather than return their remains

Source: United Press International

"In an effort to push Hamas into returning two Israelis it is detaining and the remains of two soldiers, Israel announced on Sunday it would no longer return the remains of deceased militants, choosing to bury them instead. Israel's high-level security cabinet voted unanimously on Sunday to stop handing the remains of Hamas militants killed in battle back to the group, and will bury them instead, in response to Hamas continuing to hold two Israelis and the remains of two soldiers. While Israel has made several offers to Hamas since the 2014 incursion into Gaza to try to stop terror attacks to get both back, Hamas has refused all offers." (01/02/17)


Obama's Parthian shaft

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Eric Margolis

"One of my favorite literary expressions is the term 'Parthian shaft.' It refers to the favored tactic of the Parthians, a Persian people, of turning while on horseback and firing arrows while retreating. The Roman consul Crassus, who defeated Spartacus, may have died from such a Parthian shaft after his defeat at the battle of Carrhae in 53 BC. This week, outgoing President Barack Obama loosed his own Parthian shaft at Israel's leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, by refusing, for once, to veto a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel's ongoing expropriation of Arab land on the occupied West Bank." (12/31/16)


"Pro-Israel" hawks are no good for the US or Israel

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

"There are many weak arguments against the recent Security Council resolution, but the claim that it 'sets back the cause of Middle East peace' stands out for its sheer bad faith. There is a broad international consensus that settlement-building in the occupied territories is both illegal and a barrier to a negotiated resolution of the conflict. No one who is genuinely interested in securing a negotiated resolution of the conflict thinks that continued settlement construction makes a peace agreement more likely. One of the main reasons for continued construction is to establish de facto control over most of the territory that has been occupied while leaving less and less land for the Palestinians so that it becomes impossible for them to have their own state. If that continues, it sets Israel up to rule over a stateless, subject people in perpetuity, and that will be a disaster for all involved." (12/29/16)


Kerry defends UN vote on Israel

Source: Chicago Tribune

"Stepping into a raging diplomatic argument, Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday staunchly defended the Obama administration's decision to allow the U.N. Security Council to declare Israeli settlements illegal and warned that Israel's very future as a democracy is at stake. Kerry, pushing back on Israel's fury at the U.S. abstention of the United Nations vote, questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's true commitment to Palestinian statehood, which has formed the basis for all serious peace talks for years. Though Netanyahu says he believes in the two-state solution, Kerry said, under his leadership Israel's government is 'the most right-wing in Israel's history.' 'If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic, it cannot be both, and it won't ever really be at peace,' Kerry said in a farewell speech, a comprehensive airing of grievances that have built up in the Obama administration over eight years but were rarely, until this month, discussed publicly." (12/28/16)


Israel: Netanyahu blinks, postpones approval of new squats

Source: Washington Post

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the Jerusalem municipality on Wednesday to wait on approving new housing units in a bid to avoid further strain in U.S.-Israeli relations, a local official said. Jerusalem's Municipal Planning and Construction Committee had been scheduled to finalize construction plans for some 492 new homes in Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, despite a resolution approved Friday by the United Nations Security Council that views the settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as having 'no legal validity' and as a barrier to achieving peace with the [Arab] Palestinians. … The latest move is a surprising turnabout by Netanyahu after days of attacks against President Obama and his advisers, who were accused of failing to protect Israel and 'colluding' with the [Arab] Palestinians to draft the resolution and push it to a vote." (12/28/16)