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24 juin 2015 3 24 /06 /juin /2015 18:42

France


- Grosse fatigue de Laurent Fabius, Luc Rosenzweig (Causeur) - "Il semblerait que Laurent Fabius ait fini par comprendre que du côté palestinien, en tout cas pour Mahmoud Abbas et son clan au pouvoir à Ramallah, il n’y avait aucune urgence à obtenir dans un avenir proche, le retrait des forces israéliennes des territoires de Cisjordanie qu’elles contrôlent".
http://www.causeur.fr/laurent-fabius-israel-hamas-jordanie-33465.html
"Notre ministre des Affaires étrangères, Laurent Fabius, avait l’air las et désabusé, dans les salons de l’hôtel King David de Jérusalem, où il faisait, dimanche 21 juin devant quelques journalistes, le bilan de son rapide périple proche-oriental. Le Caire, Amman, Ramallah, Jérusalem, trente-six heures pour débloquer un processus de paix israélo-palestinien en état de mort cérébrale. Il venait de subir une sérieuse rebuffade de Benyamin Netanyahou, qui lui a signifié sans détour qu’Israël ne se laisserait jamais imposer « un diktat », à savoir la création et la reconnaissance, par les instances internationales, d’un Etat palestinien sans l’aval préalable des Hébreux. De manière moins brutale, mais tout aussi ferme, ses interlocuteurs égyptiens, jordaniens et palestiniens lui ont signifié que les efforts de la France étaient, certes, méritoires et généreux, mais que la situation générale (chaos en Syrie, menaces de déstabilisation de la Jordanie par Daech, état de guerre dans le Sinaï, fragilité du pouvoir à Ramallah) n’était pas favorable à une avancée rapide et décisive sur le dossier israélo-palestinien.
« La France n’a pas vocation à jouer les Don Quichotte » a constaté Laurent Fabius pour expliquer son rétropédalage concernant l’élaboration, sous direction française, d’une résolution du Conseil de sécurité enjoignant les deux parties à retourner à la table de négociation, avec obligation d’aboutir dans un délai de 18 à 24 mois. Il fallait, pour que la manœuvre ait quelque chance de succès, que la rédaction de cette résolution soit calibrée de telle sorte qu’elle permette aux Etats-Unis de ne pas y opposer leur veto. Notamment avec la mention du « caractère juif » de l’Etat d’Israël, à laquelle les Palestiniens s’opposent radicalement.
On nourrissait, au Quai d’Orsay et au sein de la délégation française aux Nations-Unies, dirigée par l’excellent François Delattre, l’espoir que Barack Obama, exaspéré par le comportement de Netanyahou, et désireux de quitter la Maison Blanche sur un succès diplomatique, favoriserait cette initiative. Mais, outre qu’il n’est jamais agréable de voir un partenaire réussir là où vous avez échoué, l’état des relations entre Paris et Washington est loin de favoriser la fraternelle complicité qu’une telle manœuvre diplomatique exige. Face au chaos moyen-oriental, la France et les Etats Unis sont sur des lignes divergentes : Barack Obama a comme priorité la réintégration de l’Iran dans le jeu régional après un accord sur le nucléaire, tandis que François Hollande a ouvertement choisi le soutien sans restriction aux puissances sunnites (Egypte, Arabie Saoudite, Qatar) dans leur affrontement avec Téhéran. On ne peut pas, en même temps, mettre des bâtons dans les roues des négociations américano-iraniennes (avec d’excellentes raisons, d’ailleurs), et solliciter de Washington un appui total pour exercer une pression maximale sur Israël…
Il semblerait, de surcroît, que Laurent Fabius ait fini par comprendre que du côté palestinien, en tout cas pour Mahmoud Abbas et son clan au pouvoir à Ramallah, il n’y avait aucune urgence à obtenir dans un avenir proche, le retrait des forces israéliennes des territoires de Cisjordanie qu’elles contrôlent. On a assez peu noté, chez nous, l’apparente contradiction entre les diatribes enflammées de l’Autorité palestinienne visant à criminaliser l’Etat juif dans toutes les enceintes où il en a la possibilité (Conseil des droits de l’homme de l’ONU, Tribunal de La Haye, Unesco) et la poursuite imperturbable de la coopération sécuritaire entre Israël et l’Autorité palestinienne. Celle-ci fonctionne sur le mode du gagnant-gagnant : Israël tarit, à la source, le terrorisme organisé – il n’y a plus eu d’opérations meurtrières complexes en Israël depuis la fin de la Seconde Intifada – et l’Autorité palestinienne bénéficie de l’expertise israélienne en matière de renseignement pour réprimer ses ennemis intérieurs : le Hamas et les jihadistes de toutes obédiences.
D’autre part, le blocus de Gaza par les Egyptiens, depuis l’accession au pouvoir du maréchal Sissi, est autrement plus rigoureux et brutal que celui appliqué par Israël : Sissi soupçonne le Hamas, branche palestinienne des Frères musulmans, d’aider les rebelles du Sinaï. On en est arrivé au point où, asphyxié, le Hamas négocie avec Israël une trêve de longue durée en échange de la construction d’un port flottant à Gaza, une offre qu’Israël considère avec intérêt : si le Hamas s’écroule, les successeurs ne pourraient être que pires, estime-t-on dans l’état-major de Tsahal. Le roi de Jordanie craint pour sa part que le statu quo à sa frontière occidentale, le Jourdain et la vallée d’Arava, fondé sur un solide accord sécuritaire avec Israël, soit mis à mal par une possible déstabilisation de la Cisjordanie, alors que la situation au nord et à l’est du royaume hachémite est explosive.
Vu des Territoires palestiniens, au niveau du petit peuple, celui qui tente de survivre tant bien que mal en dépit de la corruption des dirigeants, les sentiments sont mitigés : on n’oublie pas l’injustice historique dont on estime avoir été victime, on peste contre l’occupation, l’érection de la barrière de sécurité, les check-points, mais un rapide coup d’œil par-delà les frontières proches montre que son sort est, après tout, plus enviable que celui de ses frères syriens, irakiens et même libanais… On vit peut être moins bien que les ennemis sionistes, mais beaucoup mieux, et surtout avec moins de risque de mort violente, que les frères arabes de la région. Cette réalité du terrain est de nature à mettre à bas les plus belles constructions intellectuelles élaborées dans les chancelleries : on ne fait pas boire des ânes qui n’ont pas soif.
Finalement la chevauchée donquichottesque de Fabius n’aura peut-être qu’un usage interne. Faute d’accord, la France devrait procéder, l’an prochain à la reconnaissance de l’Etat palestinien, une initiative sans conséquence sur l’évolution du conflit, mais que l’on suppose payante pour attirer le vote des musulmans de France vers le président sortant en 2017. Tout ça pour ça ?"

- ‘Israël assassin’ scandé lors d’une manifestation à Paris pour les Chrétiens d’Orient (Times of Israel) - "Une manifestation organisée par le collectif Civitas se transforme en manifestation anti-Israël".
http://fr.timesofisrael.com/israel-assassin-scande-lors-dune-manifestation-a-paris-pour-les-chretiens-dorient/

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Gaza & Hamas

- Au moins une roquette tirée depuis Gaza sur le sud d’Israël (Times of Israel) - "Il s’agit de la cinquième attaque du genre en moins d’un mois".
http://fr.timesofisrael.com/au-moins-une-roquette-tiree-depuis-gaza-sur-le-sud-disrael/
- Bande de Gaza : frappe aérienne israélienne après un tir de roquette (AFP) - ""En réponse à cette attaque, les forces de défense israéliennes ont frappé la rampe de lancement depuis laquelle la roquette avait été tirée auparavant sur Israël", a indiqué l'armée. "Un coup au but a été confirmé", ajoute le communiqué".
https://fr.news.yahoo.com/bande-gaza-frappe-a%C3%A9rienne-isra%C3%A9lienne-apr%C3%A8s-tir-roquette-062537580.html

- Israël : Une nouvelle flottille va tenter de briser le blocus [maritime] sur Gaza (20 minutes) - "les militants comptent bien s’appuyer sur contexte actuel, défavorable à l’Etat hébreu".
http://www.20minutes.fr/monde/1637911-20150623-israel-nouvelle-flottille-va-tenter-briser-blocus-gaza
"Cinq ans après le tragique raid israélien sur le Mavi Marmara, cinq bateaux ont quitté, ce mardi, les côtes européennes pour tenter de briser le blocus maritime sur la bande de Gaza. La « Flottille de la Liberté III » doit, d’ici la fin du mois, emmener environ 70 personnes, parmi lesquels des militants pro-palestiniens et des élus (un parlementaire européen, un député arabe israélien et l’ex-président tunisien, Moncef Marzouki, NDLR) venant de plus de 20 pays vers la bande de Gaza indique la Plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine, qui soutient ce nouveau voyage. [...]
A noter que les militants comptent bien s’appuyer sur contexte actuel, défavorable à l’Etat hébreu qui en plus de faire face à des appels au boycott et des pressions internationales, vient d’être épinglé par l’ONU de possibles crimes de guerre durant le conflit qui a ravagé Gaza il y a un an. [...]"
- L’ancien président tunisien à bord de la flottille pour Gaza (Times of Israel) - "Moncef Marzouki est arrivé dimanche pour rejoindre la ‘Flottille de la Liberté’, aux côtés de politiciens européens et israéliens".
http://fr.timesofisrael.com/lancien-president-tunisien-a-bord-de-la-flottille-pour-gaza/

- L'Egypte rouvre l'accès à Gaza (AFP) - "Rafah sera ouvert "durant trois jours dans les deux sens"."
http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2015/06/23/97001-20150623FILWWW00192-l-egypte-rouvre-l-acces-a-gaza.php

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Rapport Davis-Schabas

- Le rapport sur Gaza ne révèle rien, si ce n’est la nullité de l’ONU, Avi Issacharoff (Times of Israel) - "Le rapport, qui se veut être objectif, sonne parfois comme une mauvaise blague".
http://fr.timesofisrael.com/le-rapport-sur-gaza-ne-revele-rien-si-ce-nest-la-nullite-de-lonu/
"Le rapport de l’ONU sur l’opération Bordure protectrice est loin d’être surprenant, et offre des conclusions sans grande portée. Comme prévu, le rapport a accusé Israël et les « organisations palestiniennes » de crimes de guerre possibles. L’ONU n’a pas révélé de conclusions qui n’étaient pas déjà connues, ou exposé des découvertes surprenantes.
Des centaines d’enfants palestiniens ont en effet été tués durant la guerre de l’été dernier, et les organisations palestiniennes, dirigées par le Hamas, ont tiré des milliers de roquettes sur les villes israéliennes. Le résultat net, et le fait le plus saillant, est absent de ce rapport : Israël n’a pas initié la guerre et était principalement axé sur l’arrêt de tirs de roquettes du Hamas.
Dès pratiquement le premier jour, Israël avait accepté de cesser les combats, mais le Hamas a insisté sur la poursuite des tirs de roquettes depuis des zones résidentielles, sachant que cela engendrerait un lourd tribut. Ce prix – le nombre considérable de morts – a non seulement été prévu par le groupe terroriste, mais a été bienvenu. Les dirigeants de Gaza savaient que viendrait la condamnation internationale d’Israël, et ce rapport en est la preuve. [...]
Le rapport, qui se veut être objectif, sonne parfois comme une mauvaise blague. Les affirmations que l’utilisation de tunnels par le Hamas était légitime et que l’organisation avait émis des avertissements avant de frapper Tel-Aviv ne peuvent pas être des affirmations sérieuses, mais plutôt un exemple de la propagande du Hamas servi par des enquêteurs qui n’ont pas la moindre idée de ce qui se passe ici, ni de ce qui se passe chez les ennemis d’Israël.
Le rapport note que l’enquête « ne peut pas déterminer avec certitude l’intention des groupes armés palestiniens à l’égard de la construction et de l’utilisation de ces tunnels. Cependant, la commission observe que, pendant la période sous examen, les tunnels ont été utilisés uniquement pour mener des attaques dirigées contre des positions de l’armée israélienne en Israël dans le voisinage de la Ligne verte, qui sont des cibles militaires légitimes ».
En ce qui concerne les avertissements, le rapport de l’ONU a ridiculement interprété les menaces du Hamas qu’il allait cibler Tel-Aviv et l’aéroport Ben Gurion comme des avertissements concrets aux civils israéliens. Le Hamas a, bien sûr, salué la décision prise par l’enquête de l’ONU de condamner Israël. Pourquoi en aurait-il été autrement ?
L’enquête a également accusé des « fonctionnaires à Gaza » qui n’ont pas exprimé leur volonté d’enquêter sur les crimes de guerre, comme si les attaques violentes étaient des mesures prises par une organisation étrangère qui a visité Gaza, et non la direction du Hamas elle-même. En outre, les tirs de roquettes ont été attribués à des « groupes armés palestiniens » ou aux Brigades Izz al-Din al-Qassam, dont les liens avec le Hamas ont à peine été mentionnés.
Au bout du compte, ce rapport ne changera probablement rien. Malgré les pourparlers secrets entre le Hamas et Israël, la prochaine escalade est à venir, et la seule question est : quand ? Le Hamas tirera à nouveau des roquettes sur Israël. Israël bombardera les sites d’où les roquettes seront lancées, même si elles sont des zones résidentielles, et l’ONU condamnera Israël. Gaza sera toujours Gaza."

- Shame on you, Mary McGowan Davis, David Horovitz (Times of Israel) - "you should have drawn the same conclusion that Israel has been forced by bitter experience to draw: that the UNHRC, with its twisted track record, is no place for those who strive for justice".
http://www.timesofisrael.com/shame-on-you-mary-mcgowan-davis/
"It’s not often I find myself agreeing with Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the populist leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party who wants to annex most of the West Bank and would therefore usher in Israel’s destruction as either a Jewish state, a democracy, or both. But when Bennett greeted the publication Monday of the UN Human Rights Council’s report on last summer’s Israel-Hamas war by succinctly telling its compilers, “Shame on you,” he had it exactly right.
Shame on you, Mary McGowan Davis, for accepting the mandate to sit on the commission in the first place, and then to replace the discredited William Schabas as its head, when the UNHRC that appointed you and set your terms is so demonstrably, openly, ridiculously, obsessed with delegitimizing and thus weakening Israel, in a gross distortion of its ostensible purpose. (As of last summer, the majority of the 100-plus resolutions passed by this outrageous body since its inception in 2006 had focused on Israel. That’s one country out of the world’s 200 or so, almost all of which are engaged in some kind of conflict.)
Whether it was tactically wise for Israel not to cooperate with your investigation is open to question. But that Israel would be spectacularly wary about cooperating with, and thus lending a sense of legitimacy to, a team appointed by so preposterously skewed a forum is entirely understandable.
Indeed, you should have drawn the same conclusion that Israel has been forced by bitter experience to draw: that the UNHRC, with its twisted track record, is no place for those who strive for justice. Shame on you, Justice McGowan Davis, for now having extended that dreadful track record of injustice.
Official Israel often rightly laments the absence of “context” in media reports on its conflict with the Palestinians. Official Israel would like every report from Gaza to include references to the fact that Israel dismantled all its settlements and removed all its military forces from the Strip in 2005, and withdrew to the pre-1967, purportedly undisputed lines; that Hamas seized power in Gaza from the relatively moderate Mahmoud Abbas in 2007, killing many Palestinians in the process; that Hamas is avowedly committed to the destruction of Israel (its guiding charter asserts that Israel, “by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam and the Muslims”); and that Hamas uses its control of Gaza to wage war on Israel by any and all means, including by insidiously placing Gazans in harm’s way, secure in the knowledge that too many people worldwide will blame Israel when that harm befalls them. But journalists typically only have a couple of minutes or a few hundred words to cover a news story, and even if there is the will, there’s insufficient time or space for too much context.
The UNHRC inquiry team, however, had all the time and space it needed. It produced a 284-page report. And yet, in all that verbiage, it neglected to detail precisely how it was that Hamas came to power in Gaza, and what it is that Hamas stands for. It chose not to highlight Hamas’s strategic goal of destroying Israel. It mixed up cause and effect in describing the security blockade as “strangling the economy in Gaza and [as having] imposed severe restrictions on the rights of the Palestinians,” as though it is the blockade that has radicalized Gaza, rather than having been introduced as an attempted defensive measure by Israel (and Egypt) against the import of weaponry by Hamas.
The UNHRC commission equated the IDF, committed to self-examination and self-criticism as it struggles to protect Israel against threats on numerous fronts, with an Islamic extremist organization preaching unmitigated hatred for Israel. (Israel must and does constantly investigate and re-examine its military policies and operations; it doesn’t need a prejudiced UN panel to call it to order.) Actually, the inquiry did worse than that: It wandered bizarre linguistic alleyways in a bid to somehow differentiate between the Palestinian rulers and the armed groups of Gaza, as though they were not one and the same, and wishfully referred to the State of Palestine even as it held Israel responsible for the territory of that non-existent state.
Nowhere, in all those acres of words, did it offer the simple contextual truth in which last summer’s conflict played out, and in which, grimly, future conflicts are all but certain to unfold: Israel has no presence in Gaza. Israel has no territorial quarrel with Gaza. If Hamas halted its violence against Israel, there would be no suffering on either side of that border. But so long as Hamas continues to work for Israel’s destruction, Israel, like any nation that seeks to survive, will have no choice but to defend itself.
Shame on you, furthermore, McGowan Davis, for several formulations in your text that ought to prompt the kind of urgent reconsideration and retraction that your once-esteemed colleague, Richard Goldstone, who traveled this self-same ignominious route before you, ultimately found the vestiges of decency to acknowledge. Goldstone belatedly admitted that his panel’s allegation of deliberate Israeli targeting of civilians was a lie. You steered narrowly away from quite so definitive an allegation. But you contorted ludicrously, for instance, to misrepresent gloating Hamas threats to fire rockets at Tel Aviv and other specific targets as constituting humane warnings to the Israeli citizenry. It’s worth quoting your paragraph 92 in its full ridiculousness:
“In a few instances it appears that Palestinian armed groups in Gaza attempted to warn civilians in Israel of attacks that might affect them. For example, according to information provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Palestine, on 12 July 2014 an armed group in Gaza announced in Arabic and Hebrew that it would carry out an attack on Tel Aviv and specified the time at which the attack was to take place. On another occasion, according to media reports, the Al Qassam Brigades issued a warning to airlines not to fly to Ben-Gurion airport as it considered the airport to include a military base. On 20 August 2014, the Al Qassam Brigades, through a press release issued in English, once again warned international airlines not to fly into Tel Aviv starting from the following morning, and asked residents of communities located in the vicinity of Gaza to avoid returning home, or to remain inside shelters.”
An “armed group” — heaven forbid that the report explicitly acknowledge Hamas’s centrality to the rocket onslaught — “asked residents… to avoid returning home.” Let me understand this: Were Hamas’s spokesmen to "ask" all residents of the State of Israel to "avoid returning home" because Hamas intends to fire rockets and stage attacks throughout the country in order to destroy it, would that count as an admirable warning, an act of humanity, because, after all, it would mean we would have the opportunity to flee before our homeland was destroyed? Would the UNHRC’s subsequent report on the destruction of Israel go easy on Hamas and other terror groups because they had issued warnings, and because, after all, Israel is filled with military bases, and most Israelis have served in the army?
Other critics have already highlighted the report’s similarly devastating obtuseness when it comes to Hamas’s cross-border tunnels. The commission could not “conclusively determine the intent of Palestinian armed groups with regard to the construction and use of these tunnels.” The fact that “Palestinian armed groups” carried out a series of attacks into Israel via these tunnels was, incomprehensibly, not sufficient evidence of their purpose? The panel didn’t have a fundamental problem with “Palestinian armed groups” having manifestly spent months and years carving out tunnels into sovereign Israeli territory? And it didn’t realize — as it struggled to assert that, during the conflict, the tunnels were “only used to conduct attacks directed at IDF positions in Israel… which are legitimate military targets” — that for Hamas, all Israeli Jews are legitimate military targets?
Minister Bennett further asserted that the UNHRC report “has blood on its hands.” He’s right about that too. That’s because it constitutes an encouragement for the brand of quasi-state warfare purveyed both by Hamas from Gaza and by Hezbollah from south Lebanon — semi-governmental terror groups, dedicated to the destruction of the world’s only Jewish-majority country, fighting from within civilian populations that are semi-hostage, semi-supportive, and protected by panels such as McGowan Davis’s, which fail to distinguish between aggressor and defender. As another Israeli minister, Yuval Steinitz, observed on Monday, if a Palestinian suicide bomber commandeers a bus full of Palestinians and rams it into an Israeli tank, there’ll be lots of Palestinian fatalities, but only a fool or a blind man would blame the tank driver.
A fool, a blind man, or the head of an inquiry by the United Nations Human Rights Committee. [...]"

- Soldier from Operation Protective Edge responds to UN report: 'We have paid for morality in blood' (JP) - "The report which was published disregards my friends who were killed in battle. The claim that the IDF acted immorally is an untrue statement, and our situation in Shejaiya is the best example of of this. Hamas operatives were waiting for us there, and we were sent into a carefully laid trap because of our considerations in harming the Palestinian population".
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Soldier-from-Operation-Protective-Edge-responds-to-UN-report-We-have-paid-for-morality-in-blood-406862
"The writer is a deputy company commander in the Golani Brigade:
"I served in the Shejaiya rescue force. Certain rules of engagement were made clear for our six days there. The night before the ground incursion, a Shin Bet officer came to us and explained that there was a large civilian population in the direction that we were headed. Because of this, we did not enter Shejaiya at that time, although that was what we had practiced and it was the correct tactical maneuver.
After consideration, we went the following day in the anticipated direction, where Hamas gunmen were awaiting our arrival. Hamas understood our strategies, and how each of our operations had humanitarian and moral considerations, and because of this they were ready to receive us. They had set up observation posts in the surrounding areas, and they anticipated our arrival because of the previous decision not to enter into a civilian population.
On the first night we went in, we were attacked. Five of our soldiers were killed and 20 others were injured. In spite of the claims made against the IDF that they have gone against international law, in this instance it is understood that our morality cost us our lives.
It is important that organizations like Breaking the Silence exist. The problem is that the organization presents its evidence from the sidelines. If their information was presented through the proper institutions and investigations would take place, then that's fine, and wrongdoings should be explored. But once they bypass this system and take this information abroad, what they are presenting to the public becomes asymmetrical and they are spoon-feeding the hatred that already exists.
They claim to represent the truth, yet they show only a small sample of cases that are not representative of the whole story.
They presented only 68 testimonies out of 40,000 soldiers who served in combat. That is a great injustice to a lot of soldiers. The UN relies on the testimonies of Breaking the Silence and other similar organizations.
The report which was published disregards my friends who were killed in battle. The claim that the IDF acted immorally is an untrue statement, and our situation in Shejaiya is the best example of of this. Hamas operatives were waiting for us there, and we were sent into a carefully laid trap because of our considerations in harming the Palestinian population. We saw the infrastructure, the trails, the tunnels, and the booby-trapped houses. The claims that this neighborhood was a civilian neighborhood? This was a Hamas military outpost in disguise. [...]""

- Another Outrageously Flawed Gaz
a Report, Gerald Steinberg (President of NGO Monitor) - "Schabas, McGowan Davis, and the UN staffers produced another destructive but substantively empty shell—a compilation of rumors and accusations, as in the case of Goldstone and all the preceding UNHRC reports on Israel".
http://www.thetower.org/2193-analysis-another-outrageously-flawed-gaza-report/
"The UN Human Rights Council, many of whose state members are world champions in violating the moral principles the Council is obligated to protect, issued its Commission of Inquiry (COI) report on the 2014 Gaza War today. The eighth such attempt since 2002 to single out Israel as guilty of war crimes, this was the first replay since the discredited Goldstone document in 2009. This time, some lessons were learned, but any serious analysis of the COI would find it seriously flawed. At best, it is Goldstone lite, with little lasing impact; but at worst, it will accelerate the dirty political war begun at Durban 2001, seeking the “total international isolation of Israel.”
The COI is clearly written in two voices: the harsh ideological accusations of William Schabas, interspersed with the more reasonable caution of Mary McGowan Davis. This was expected—Schabas, the anti-Israel warrior originally selected by the UNHRC’s Islamic bloc majority, neglected to mention his paid job with the PLO, and was replaced after the research was completed by Judge Davis. But instead of throwing out the draft, she added and revised the original sporadically, leaving a fundamentally flawed document, drafted by the same UN-based staffers.
As a result, the report is premised on the immoral and absurd equivalence and parallelism between a terrorist group (Hamas) and a democratic state under attack (Israel). The recommendations at the end, which call for investigations, enforcement of international legal principles, cooperation with the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, and other measures, are ostensibly addressed to Israel and to Hamas. This can be compared to placing the police and mafia on an equal moral plain.
Another major flaw that remained was the heavy reliance on highly political non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with façades of “expertise” without the substance. This NGO network is deeply entrenched in the UN structure, and visible on almost every page. Amnesty International’s versions of events are quoted 53 times; Human Rights Watch, 22; B’tselem, 69; Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), 50, and so on. In other words, as in the case of Goldstone, and, going back to the 2002 Jenin “investigations”, these political organizations, which clearly lack any systematic or professional fact-finding methodology, created the scaffolding around which the COI was constructed.
For example, Amnesty International, which has essentially no research expertise or professional methodology, is cited on a wide range of issues, from Hamas rocket production to compensation of Negev Bedouin struck by one of these rocket, to determining that the size of a crater in Gaza is ostensibly “consistent with the dropping of a large bomb”, whatever that may mean. None of these claims are in any way “evidence” that could be accepted in legal proceedings.
Similarly, the report notes that in regards to the Israeli security operation that followed the kidnapping and murder of the three teens on June 12, “the commission reviewed information suggesting that cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment was used extensively during interrogations in the period under examination.” Once again, this accusation, which strips away the context, is attributed to a group of Israeli and Palestinian NGOs with whose politicized claims cannot be verified. [...]
Similarly, the COI ignored the evidence that NGO submissions on which they rely have no fact-finding methodologies – they largely make it up as they go. (For the details on these and other issues, see the June 2014 NGO Monitor/UN Watch report Filling in the Blanks)
The bottom line is that Schabas, McGowan Davis, and the UN staffers produced another destructive but substantively empty shell—a compilation of rumors and accusations, as in the case of Goldstone and all the preceding UNHRC reports on Israel. And like Amnesty International, B’tselem, PCHR, Human Rights Watch, and many others in the NGO network that are quoted on these pages, they simply do not know what happened.
Indeed, in an example reflecting the lighter touch of the report, it acknowledges that in many cases “it was not possible to establish with certainty the factual circumstances of a given incident.” This moment of honesty is very unusual in the UN and among NGOs, as is the recognition that “the death of civilians during an armed conflict, no matter how grave and regrettable, does not in itself constitute a war crime.” The next logical step, which was not taken, is to distinguish between aggression by Palestinian terrorists and Israel’s legitimate right to self-defense. Without this distinction, all such reports are morally meaningless."

- In absurd finding, UNHRC report dubs terror tunnels 'legitimate' (Israel Hayom)
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=26401
"Much like previous U.N. inquiries into Israeli military campaigns in the Gaza Strip, the U.N. Human Rights Council report into Operation Protective Edge, which was released Monday, featured harsh accusations against Israel alongside several absurd findings.
The report concluded, for example, that Hamas' threats to fire rockets on Israel constituted sufficient warning to the residents of central Israel, as well as to authorities running Ben-Gurion International Airport. While the report stated that such "warnings" did not make the residents of Tel Aviv or foreign airlines into legitimate targets, "unlike in Gaza, Israelis could find shelter and had Iron Dome" to protect them.
Another puzzling finding concerned the grid of terror tunnels under the Gaza Strip. According to the fact-finding mission, during the "investigated period of time" the use of the tunnels meant to target "only" military forces, and not civilians. The report also suggests that Israeli forces on the ground might have used human shields, saying the mission was unable to fully determine whether such action was taken, because it did not have free access to interview Gazans. [...]
The report made a favorable mention of the various steps employed by Israel to warn civilians in the Gaza Strip ahead of military strikes, saying its alert procedures have undoubtedly spared many lives, but faulting Israel for cases when Gazans failed to understand the warnings and get to safety. [...]"

- UNHRC Gaza report didn't mention how Hamas used Shifa Hospital as headquarters (Elder of Ziyon) - "The report does not mention, even once, that Hamas - and Hamas' Al Qassam Brigades - used Shifa Hospital as a military headquarters, thereby endangering patients"; "the Schabas/Davis report purposefully ignored a major violation of international law by Hamas that they were clearly aware of. Commandeering a hospital for military purposes is certainly more serious than using ambulances. Both of them are war crimes".
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.fr/2015/06/unhrc-gaza-report-didnt-mention-how.html

- UNHRC report didn't mention Hamas threatening Israeli civilians - a war crime (Elder of Ziyon) - "During last summer's Gaza war, Hamas explicitly threatened Israelis. [...] But the UNHRC Davis report doesn't mention any of this. The only messages that they mention from Hamas to Israel are those that they interpret as possible "warnings" to Israeli civilians to seek shelter. [...] Of course, these warnings were threats. When Hamas said they would shoot rockets at the airport, their intent was to shut down Ben Gurion and isolate Israel from the world, not to save lives. Other "warnings" of theirs never materialized, so the purpose was to terrorize, not to save lives. In other words, Hamas' threats that are violations of international law were, when noted, regarded as possible mitigation to violations of international law by the David commission!"
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.fr/2015/06/unhrc-report-didnt-mention-hamas.html

- Washington demande à l’ONU d’ignorer le rapport « partial » de la guerre de Gaza (Times of Israel)
http://fr.timesofisrael.com/washington-demande-a-lonu-dignorer-le-rapport-partial-de-la-guerre-de-gaza/
"[...] Le porte-parole du département d’Etat, John Kirby, a déclaré que Washington considérait le CDH comme ayant un « parti pris évident » contre Israël, ce qui ternis le rapport publié lundi, qui a accusé Israël et les membres des groupes armés palestiniens de possibles crimes de guerre lors du conflit de 50 jours l’été dernier. « [N]ous contestons le fondement même sur lequel ce rapport a été rédigé, et nous ne croyons pas qu’il y ait un appel ou une nécessité pour tout autre travail du Conseil de sécurité sur cette [question] », a déclaré Kirby lors d’une conférence de presse. « [N]ous rejetons le fondement en vertu duquel cette commission particulière d’enquête a été établie en raison de sa partialité très nette contre Israël ». [...]"

- Chairman of Joint Chiefs: "Israel went to extraordinary lengths to limit civilian casualties" (Vidéo 2mn13) - "Israel dropped leaflets and did "roof-knocking, to have something knock on the roof" to warn civilians to move out of the area, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said during a forum at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York. "They did some extraordinary things to try to limit civilian casualties, to include calling out, making it known that they were going to destroy a particular structure," Dempsey said".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvFNvQSwZf8

- U.S. General Charles Wald praises Israel's unique roof-knocking warnings (Vidéo 1mn13) - "I've led a lot of combat for 35 years, but I've never seen this before. That is almost to the extreme..."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6apOPryIcsc
- US General Denounces UN Human Rights Council Report on Gaza War (Washington Free Beacon)
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/us-general-denounces-un-human-rights-council-report-on-gaza-war/
"U.S. Gen. Charles Wald, the leader of a task force of retired senior U.S. military officers who studied and reported on the 2014 Gaza War, issued a statement Monday denouncing the U.N. Human Rights Council’s report on that conflict. He claims that the report is unbalanced and uneducated, referring to other, similar reports, which have been shown to be faulty in the past. “The UNHRC report on the Gaza conflict is unbalanced and fails to accurately assess which parties violated the Law of Armed Conflict,” Wald said.
He continued, saying that the report represents faulted research, led by researchers who are not experts in military law, saying, “This report follows the same pattern of the UNHRC’s Goldstone Report, which assessed the previous Gaza conflict, but which was later repudiated by Mr. Goldstone himself, as well as being widely discredited by experts in laws applicable to war. That is, this new report fails to account for the primacy of LOAC in regulating the conduct of combatants, and fails to accurately assess the gross violations of LOAC by Hamas, while inaccurately portraying the actions of the IDF as violations of international law.” [...]"

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Judée-Samarie

- Amazing how no one ever has a cell phone when "settlers chop down trees" (Elder of Ziyon) - "Yet again, there is not a single photograph of these trees. 70 trees chopped down with chainsaws would take an enormous amount of effort - and leave lots of evidence. [...] But, in an unbelievable coincidence, no one who witnesses this devastation which is reported weekly ever has a cell phone with them to snap some photos!"
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.fr/2015/06/amazing-how-no-one-ever-has-cell-phone.html


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"Processus de paix"

- Les Palestiniens décidés à activer la Cour pénale internationale, Piotr Smolar (Le Monde.fr) - "les autorités palestiniennes ont « constamment échoué » à traduire en justice les auteurs de crimes contre les Israéliens. Mais l’Autorité palestinienne, consciente du risque de poursuites contre ses dirigeants en adhérant à la CPI, préfère retenir l’impact dévastateur qu’aurait une enquête contre Israël".
http://www.lemonde.fr/proche-orient/article/2015/06/23/les-palestiniens-decides-a-activer-la-cour-penale-internationale_4659799_3218.html
"Pour la première fois, l’Autorité palestinienne va transmettre des informations à la Cour pénale internationale (CPI), jeudi 25 juin. Membre de plein droit de cette instance depuis le 1er avril, l’Autorité palestinienne, par l’intermédiaire de son ministre des affaires étrangères, Riyad Al-Malki, veut nourrir la réflexion de la procureure Fatou Bensouda. [...]
Le rapport de la commission spéciale de l’ONU, publié lundi, est donc perçu comme un encouragement par les Palestiniens. Le bureau du procureur de la CPI en « prend connaissance », explique-t-on à La Haye. La magistrate pourrait demander l’accès aux témoignages recueillis auprès du Haut-Commissariat des Nations unies aux droits de l’homme. Le bureau du procureur « envisage une visite dans la région », explique-t-on à la Cour. Mais aucune date n’a encore été fixée. [...]
La commission souligne aussi que les autorités palestiniennes ont « constamment échoué » à traduire en justice les auteurs de crimes contre les Israéliens. Mais l’Autorité palestinienne, consciente du risque de poursuites contre ses dirigeants en adhérant à la CPI, préfère retenir l’impact dévastateur qu’aurait une enquête contre Israël."
- UN’s Gaza report will make the rounds, but won’t put Israelis in the dock, Raphael Ahren (Times of Israel) - "Palestinians will exploit document to the fullest, but since it lacks specific evidence, it won’t provide ammunition against IDF at International Criminal Court".
http://www.timesofisrael.com/uns-gaza-report-will-make-the-rounds-but-wont-get-israelis-into-the-dock/

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Iran

- Les députés iraniens veulent limiter les inspections de l'AIEA (Reuters) - "Le parlement iranien a adopté mardi un projet de loi interdisant l'accès des sites militaires et scientifiques aux inspecteurs de l'Agence internationale de l'énergie atomique (AIEA), ce qui pourrait nuire aux négociations internationales sur le programme nucléaire de Téhéran censées aboutir à la fin du mois".
https://fr.news.yahoo.com/les-d%C3%A9put%C3%A9s-iraniens-veulent-limiter-les-inspections-laiea-140418813.html
- Iran : adoption définitive d'une loi controversée sur le nucléaire (AFP) - "La question des inspections des sites nucléaires iraniens, notamment militaires, est l'un des points les plus délicats des négociations".
https://fr.news.yahoo.com/iran-adoption-d%C3%A9finitive-dune-loi-controvers%C3%A9e-nucl%C3%A9aire-134915799.html

- Khamenei réitères les "lignes rouges" de l'Iran (AFP) - "Le guide suprême d'Iran Ali Khamenei a réitéré aujourd'hui les "lignes rouges" de son pays dans les négociations nucléaires avec les grandes puissances, exigeant la levée "immédiate" des sanctions en cas d'accord et réitérant son refus de toute inspection des "sites militaires"."
http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2015/06/23/97001-20150623FILWWW00378-nucleaire-khamenei-reiteres-les-lignes-rouges-de-l-iran.php
- Iran issues new list of nuclear "red lines" (Elder of Ziyon)
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.fr/2015/06/iran-issues-new-list-of-nuclear-red.html
"Iran's Supreme Leader has published a convenient list of his "red lines" for a nuclear deal. They include:
- No long-term restrictions
- Continuation of R&D and construction during limits
- Immediate removal of economic, financial and banking sanctions with signing of deal and other sanctions gradually by a reasonable timetable
- Not stipulating for implementation of Iran commitments in lifting sanctions
- IAEA verification for any step is not accepted
- No unconventional inspection, interrogation or military site inspections
- Time frames of 15 or 25 years for some topics not accepted [...]"

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