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11 mars 2014 2 11 /03 /mars /2014 17:40
France

- Dieudonné au tribunal face aux propriétaires de son théâtre (AFP) - "C'est le nerf de la guerre du "système Dieudonné", là où il se produit depuis presque 15 ans : le théâtre de la Main d'Or est au coeur d'une bataille juridique entre le polémiste et ses propriétaires, qui veulent l'en expulser".
http://fr.news.yahoo.com/dieudonn%C3%A9-au-tribunal-face-propri%C3%A9taires-th%C3%A9%C3%A2tre-055815747.html

- Négociations israélo-palestiniennes : la fin d’une logique, Laurent Zecchini (Le Monde) - Sans surprise, pour Le Monde l'impasse des négociations ne provient aucunement de l'instransigeance palestinienne mais bien plutôt de "l’intransigeance de M. Nétanyahou", "dont la priorité est de faire perdurer l’impression qu’il recherche un accord de paix" ; soutenir que ce sont les Palestiniens qui s'opposent à tout compromis et souhaitent mettre fin aux négociations serait à l'inverse une "accusation injuste", et de la pure "propagande israélienne". Bref, une perspective totalement partiale et biaisée... mais malheureusement dans le droit fil du "journal de référence" français.
http://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2014/03/11/negociations-israelo-palestiniennes-la-fin-d-une-logique_4381015_3232.html
   "Un tournant historique ? A l’aune des vingt-trois années d’échecs successifs du « processus de paix », mieux vaut se garder des formules ressassées et des soi-disant dates-butoirs, lesquelles n’ont apporté aux deux peuples que des espoirs en miettes. Mais, le 29 avril, Israéliens et Palestiniens parviendront au bout d’une logique. Celle des neuf mois de négociations qui avaient été impartis, fin juillet 2013, pour parvenir à un « accord-cadre » susceptible de favoriser la création d’un Etat palestinien et d’apporter une solution aux questions dites du « statut final » de leurs relations de coexistence : frontières, colonies, réfugiés, statut de Jérusalem, sécurité.
    Plus de sept mois se sont écoulés, et tout porte à croire que les efforts déployés par le secrétaire d’Etat américain, John Kerry, ont engendré une maigre moisson. L’ancien sénateur du Massachusetts n’est pas en cause, encore qu’il se soit illusionné en croyant que son opiniâtreté aurait raison d’une défiance réciproque enracinée par des décennies d’hostilités.
    [...] la diplomatie américaine a désormais des ambitions limitées : elle tente d’obtenir du premier ministre israélien et du président de l’Autorité palestinienne un socle minimum de points de rapprochement pour convaincre les Palestiniens d’accepter une prolongation des négociations, au moins jusqu’à la fin de l’année.
    M. Nétanyahou, dont la priorité est de faire perdurer l’impression qu’il recherche un accord de paix, n’y verrait que des avantages. Négocier, c’est gagner du temps. Sur quoi ? Dès lors que la solution à deux Etats est minée par une politique de colonisation systématique, bien malin qui peut dessiner la vision à long terme d’Israël de M. Nétanyahou. M. Abbas, qui est enclin à refuser toute prolongation de négociations apparemment stériles, est dans une position plus inconfortable. S’il persiste, il portera de facto la responsabilité d’avoir fait dérailler le processus de paix. Accusation injuste, eu égard à l’intransigeance de M. Nétanyahou ? Peu importe : la propagande israélienne est déjà à la manœuvre pour accréditer cette thèse. [...]"


Armes iraniennes

- Arrivée en Israël du bateau chargé "d'armes iraniennes" (AFP) - "Le chef du renseignement militaire israélien, le général Aviv Kochavi, a accusé les Gardiens de la révolution, la garde prétorienne de la République islamique, et en particulier la "Force Qods", leur unité chargée des opérations extérieures, d'avoir organisé ce trafic d'armes".
http://fr.news.yahoo.com/arriv%C3%A9e-isra%C3%ABl-bateau-charg%C3%A9-darmes-iraniennes-155910445.html
   "Le navire intercepté mercredi en mer Rouge transportant, selon Israël, des armes envoyées par l'Iran vers Gaza est arrivé samedi en fin d'après-midi dans le port israélien d'Eilat, a constaté un photographe de l'AFP. Le "Klos-C", qui bat pavillon panaméen et dans lequel des dizaines de roquettes de type M-302 ont été découvertes par un commando israélien au large de Port-Soudan, a été escorté jusqu'à Eilat par deux navires de guerre israéliens. Des milliers d'Israéliens rassemblés sur une hauteur surplombant le port d'Eilat ont applaudi à tout rompre lorsque le navire est arrivé.
   "Nous allons démanteler tous les containers pour vérifier s'ils ne contiennent pas d'autres armes", a précisé une porte-parole de l'armée, ajoutant qu'une conférence de presse serait organisée à l'issue de ces opérations, lundi en fin de journée. Selon la radio publique, des ambassadeurs et attachés militaires, ainsi que "d'importantes personnalités israéliennes" seront invités à voir le matériel militaire saisi "afin de prouver au monde que l'Iran aide en armes les organisations terroristes actives dans la bande de Gaza". Le chef du renseignement militaire israélien, le général Aviv Kochavi, avait accusé les Gardiens de la révolution, la garde prétorienne de la République islamique, et en particulier la "Force Qods", leur unité chargée des opérations extérieures, d'avoir organisé ce trafic d'armes.
    La cargaison est partie d'Iran il y a une douzaine de jours sur le Klos-C, à bord duquel se trouvent 17 membres d'équipage turcs, azerbaïdjanais et géorgiens qui ont été interrogés, avaient rapporté des médias israéliens. Selon Israël, le navire, arraisonné dans les eaux internationales entre le Soudan et l'Erythrée, transportait des dizaines de roquettes M-302 de fabrication syrienne qui devaient être débarquées à Port-Soudan, puis acheminées par voie terrestre vers la bande de Gaza, via la péninsule égyptienne du Sinaï. Le Soudan a démenti jeudi toute implication, de même que le Hamas, au pouvoir à Gaza, et le Jihad islamique, auquel les armes auraient été destinées. [...]
   "L'Iran n'a pas changé d'un iota sa politique agressive et il est vital pour nous d'empêcher ce régime terroriste d'acquérir des armes de mort massive. Ce régime ne doit pas être autorisé à avoir une capacité nucléaire militaire", a déclaré M. Netanyahu mercredi. Mais la plupart des analystes israéliens, doutent que cette opération suffise à convaincre la communauté internationale de se monter plus ferme envers l'Iran du président Hassan Rohani."
- Israël : 40 roquettes d'une portée de 160 km à bord du bateau intercepté (AFP)
http://fr.news.yahoo.com/isra%C3%ABl-40-roquettes-dune-port%C3%A9e-160-km-%C3%A0-175655456.html
   "L'armée israélienne a affirmé dimanche avoir découvert 40 roquettes, d'une portée allant jusqu'à 160 kilomètres, 181 obus et 400.000 balles à bord du bateau intercepté par l'Etat hébreu qui, selon lui, transportait des armes envoyées par l'Iran vers Gaza. "L'armée a achevé ce soir le déchargement et l'inspection des conteneurs d'armes découverts à bord du Klos-C. Elle a trouvé à bord: 40 roquettes (de type M-302, d'une portée allant jusqu'à 160 kilomètres, 181 obus de mortier de 122mm, environ 400.000 balles de calibre 7.62", a précisé l'armée dans un communiqué. [...]"
- 160 kilometers, illustrated (Elder of Ziyon) - "Here is an illustration of 160 km radii, from the northern tip of Gaza and from the northern part of the Sinai, in case the weapons would have ended up in the hands of Sinai jihadists. Virtually all of Israel, except for Eilat and the far northern parts, would be in range of terror groups in Gaza. Most of Israel, including Eilat and almost all of Judea and Samaria, would be in range of terror groups in the Sinai".
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.fr/2014/03/160-kilometers-illustrated.html
- Israël exhibe l'arsenal intercepté en mer (AFP) - pour voir les photos des missiles iraniens.
http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2014/03/10/97001-20140310FILWWW00344-referendumcrimee-truque-pour-les-tatars.php

- Armes : Netanyahou fustige "l'hypocrisie" de la communauté internationale sur l'Iran (AFP)
http://www.lepoint.fr/monde/armes-netanyahou-fustige-l-hypocrisie-de-la-communaute-internationale-sur-l-iran-10-03-2014-1799360_24.php
   "Le Premier ministre israélien Benyamin Netanyahou a accusé lundi la communauté internationale "d'hypocrisie" sur l'Iran, en commentant la découverte des armes transportées par un navire intercepté, envoyé selon Israël par l'Iran vers la bande de Gaza. "Cet arraisonnement constitue une nouvelle illustration de l'ère d'hypocrisie dans laquelle nous vivons. Je n'ai entendu tout au plus que des condamnations isolées et molles envers l'Iran de la part de la communauté internationale", a déploré Benyamin Netanyahou lors d'une conférence de presse au port d'Eilat, dans le sud d'Israël, où a été déchargé le cargo arraisonné en mer Rouge par la marine israélienne."
- L'Iran berne la communauté internationale, accuse Netanyahu (Reuters)
http://fr.news.yahoo.com/liran-berne-la-communaut%C3%A9-internationale-accuse-netanyahu-172159965.html
   "[...] "Le monde doit se défaire de l'idée selon laquelle l'Iran aurait changé d'avis et renoncé à se doter d'armes nucléaires", a dit Netanyahu à Eilat. "Tout ce que j'ai entendu, ce ne sont que de molles condamnations de l'Iran de la part de la communauté internationale concernant cette cargaison meurtrière". "Nous avons bien vu les sourires et les poignées de main échangés par des représentants occidentaux avec les dirigeants du régime (chiite à Téhéran), au moment même où nous déchargions ces missiles à Eilat", a-t-il continué. "Avant qu'il ne soit trop tard, la communauté internationale doit se réveiller et dissiper l'illusion dans laquelle elle baigne, afin d'empêcher l'Iran de se doter de la technologie nucléaire militaire", a continué le chef du gouvernement israélien."

- Iran's finger on trigger to destroy Israel, warns senior Revolutionary Guards commander (Haaretz) - "A senior member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards warned Tuesday that the Islamic Republic could destroy Israel and any spot under its control. He also reiterated Iran's s assertion that it is not behind the arms shipment that the Israel Navy seized last week, allegedly en route to Gaza".
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.579162

- Iran's Two-faced Regime Exposed Again, but is Anyone Paying Attention?, Yaakov Lappin (Gatestone Institute) - "According to UN Security Council Resolution 1747, Iran is banned from trading in or sending weapons across, international borders. Yet, as the latest arms shipment intercepted by Israel shows, Iran systematically violates this resolution. Will diplomats prefer to look the other way?"
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4208/iran-arms-ship
- Thwarted, for now, Iran’s bid to target all of Israel from Gaza, David Horovitz (Times of Israel) - "The missiles displayed in Eilat port would have given Tehran the capacity to hit as far as Haifa. Future shipments could be more devastating still".
http://www.timesofisrael.com/thwarted-for-now-irans-bid-to-target-all-of-israel-from-gaza/


Gaza & Hamas

- Trois combattants du Jihad islamique tués par un raid israélien dans le sud de Gaza (AFP) - "des terroristes appartenant au Jihad islamique dans le sud de la bande de Gaza avaient tiré un obus de mortier sur les forces israéliennes".
http://fr.news.yahoo.com/trois-combattants-jihad-islamique-tu%C3%A9s-raid-isra%C3%A9lien-sud-105048320.html
   "Trois Palestiniens ont été tués mardi dans un raid israélien dans le sud de la bande de Gaza, ont annoncé des sources médicales dans le territoire gouverné par le Hamas, le Jihad islamique et l'armée israélienne précisant qu'il s'agissait de combattants de ce mouvement radical. "Une frappe sioniste a fait trois martyrs à l'est de Khan Younès", près de la frontière avec Israël, a déclaré à l'AFP un porte-parole des services d'urgences de Gaza, Achraf al-Qoudra, après avoir initialement indiqué que le raid s'était produit près de Rafah, un peu plus au sud. La branche armée du Jihad islamique, les Brigades Al-Qods, a annoncé dans un communiqué que "trois combattants des Brigades Al-Qods étaient tombés en martyrs dans un bombardement sioniste en faisant face à une incursion à l'est de Khan Younès", précisant qu'ils avaient "tiré au mortier" sur les forces israéliennes.
    L'armée israélienne a confirmé le raid dans un communiqué, affirmant que "des terroristes appartenant au Jihad islamique dans le sud de la bande de Gaza avaient tiré un obus de mortier sur les forces israéliennes". "Un avion de l'armée de l'air israélienne a immédiatement répliqué afin de prévenir de nouvelles attaques contre les civils israéliens", selon le texte."

- Hamas threatens rockets from Gaza will reach northern Israel (AFP) - "Hours before Israel showcases seized advanced rockets bound for Gaza, organization's armed wing says bloodshed will not end until 'owners of Palestine recover their rights'."
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4497280,00.html
- Hamas official: Heart of Israel will be the target in future war (JP) - "Hamas will target cities in the far north in any future confrontation with Israel, an official of the organization  was quoted by AFP as saying on Monday, on condition of anonymity".
http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Hamas-official-Heart-of-Israel-will-be-the-target-in-future-war-344906

- Hamas unveils a statue of a rocket (video) (Elder of Ziyon) - "The monument in Gaza City features a life-size model of a large M75 rocket, named in honour of Qassam Brigades founding member Ibrahim al-Maqadma -- who was assassinated by Israel in 2003 -- and alluding to its range of 75 kilometres". Amusant et triste à la fois.
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.fr/2014/03/hamas-unveils-statue-of-rocket-video.html

- Hamas fighter killed in bomb-making accident (Times of Israel) - "Ibrahem al-Ghoul dies, six members of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades wounded, in Gaza training session gone wrong".
http://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-fighter-killed-in-bomb-making-accident/

- Al-Qaeda group’s ranks in Gaza growing, leader says (AP) - "Abu Bakir al-Ansari warns movement will attack Israel if truce broken — with or without Hamas’s consent".
http://www.timesofisrael.com/al-qaeda-group-growing-ranks-in-gaza-leader-says/

- Fatah accuses Hamas of violently breaking up Gaza rally (AP) - "In additional deterioration of relations, Fatah says Hamas beat and arrested Gaza activists participating in even commemorating 'martyrs who fell during the Intifada'."
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4496719,00.html

- Israeli hummus takes over Gaza supermarkets (Ynet) - "High Palestinian demand for Israeli products stems from comfort and proximity, as well as Israeli control of movement to and from Gaza".
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4496994,00.html
   "Cookies, coffee, soap and even hummus – these are just some of the Israeli products one can find on the grocery stores' shelves in Gaza, written in Hebrew just like the ones in the nearby Israeli retail chains. Apparently, beneath the surface of the daily military tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip, there is a meaningful economic relationship. In 2012 the value import of Israeli products to Gaza stood at NIS 1.3 billion ($375 million), including not only water, gas and electricity, but also food and cleaning products from well-known Israeli companies such as Telma, Willifood, Osem and Tnuva, which brings subtantial tax profit to Israel.
    A Tnuva importer in Gaza reports that every day, 200 tons of the company's products arrive to the Strip and sent to about 1,700 different stores. The most popular products are milk and cream. However, the high demand for Israeli products doesn't only stem from comfort and proximity; in fact, Gaza is a captive market as Israel controls the formal movement from and to the strip, so it is easy for Israeli companies to control its market. [...]"

- Gaza to run out of free fuel again, expect Israel to be blamed (Elder of Ziyon) - "Nothing to do with Israel at all - it is the Hamas government being unable to pay the agreed-upon prices! If they pay, Israel can sell them all they need. There is no blockade of fuel to Gaza from Israel".
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.fr/2014/03/gaza-to-run-out-of-free-fuel-again.html


"Processus de paix"

- Netanyahu: Talk of peace deal premature given Palestinian inflexibility (JP)
http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Netanyahu-Talk-of-peace-deal-premature-given-Palestinian-inflexibility-344730
   "[...] He told Channel 2 that talk of a deal was premature, given that the Palestinians did not seem ready to make any concessions toward a final-status agreement. “First let’s see if they are even willing to negotiate. From what I see, they are very far from this. They think they can continue with their acts of refusal – to go with demands to the United Nations and to distance themselves from the question of what their concessions are, how will they recognize a Jewish state,” he said. In order to reach an agreement, the Palestinians would have to agree to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, he added. [...]"
- Netanyahu: Peace talks require at least another year (Times of Israel)
http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-peace-talks-require-at-least-another-year/
   "Getting to a peace agreement with the Palestinians would take at least another year of negotiations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in remarks aired Sunday, while promising that Jerusalem will not give up its “security and national needs” in any deal. [...] “It will take at least a year to see the talks through to their conclusion,” he said, adding that the Palestinians may reject the American framework plan. [...] In remarks aired Friday by Channel 2 news, Netanyahu said the Palestinians were “a very long way” from being ready for a peace deal. However, he told Israel Radio that Jerusalem was willing to reach an agreement, if certain conditions were met. [...]
    During the interview, Netanyahu refused to reject outright a new settlement construction freeze or unilateral withdrawal, though he noted these measures were unsuccessful in the past. On the freeze, he noted “we’ve already done a freeze” in 2010. “Did it deliver anything? I don’t see the point.” “I haven’t agreed or committed to pass a decision on a freeze,” he said. “I don’t think it serves a purpose.” [...]
    He also argued against – but refused to outright reject, despite prodding from interviewer Chico Menashe – a unilateral withdrawal similar to the 2005 Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip. “I prefer not to reach such possibilities, but to advance in negotiations. So far, unilateralism hasn’t proven itself. It didn’t create stability and security, but rather [brought about] Iran’s capture of every tract we left. We haven’t gotten anything good from this, only a lot of rockets”."
- Israël : Netanyahu réitère son opposition à un gel de la colonisation (AFP)
http://fr.news.yahoo.com/isra%C3%ABl-netanyahu-r%C3%A9it%C3%A8re-opposition-%C3%A0-gel-colonisation-084547581.html
   "[...] "Un gel ne changerait rien, nous avons déjà procédé à un gel dans le passé et cela n'a rien donné", a-t-il déclaré à la radio publique en allusion au gel partiel de 10 mois de la construction de logements dans les colonies de Cisjordanie en 2010. "A l'époque, certains ont pensé qu'un gel allait encourager les Palestiniens à avancer dans les négociations. Mais au bout de 10 mois de gel, ils sont venus à la table des négociations uniquement pour réclamer sa prolongation", a ajouté le Premier ministre. [...]"
- Pas d'accord de paix avec la Palestine sans la reconnaissance de «l'Etat juif», selon Netanyahou (20 minutes) - "Les Palestiniens ne donnent aucun signe qu'ils ont l'intention de conclure un accord juste et applicable".
http://www.20minutes.fr/monde/1320074-conflit-isrelo-palestinien-pas-d-accord-sans-l-etat-juif-et-selon-netanyahou
   "Le Premier ministre Benjamin Netanyahu a averti mardi qu'il n'accepterait pas d'accord de paix avec les Palestiniens sans reconnaissance de leur part d'Israël comme «Etat juif» et de renonciation «au droit au retour» des réfugiés. «Je ne présenterai pas d'accord (aux Israéliens) qui ne prévoirait pas l'abolition du droit au retour et n'inclurait pas une reconnaissance par les Palestiniens de l'Etat du peuple juif», affirme Benjamin Netanyahu dont les propos lors d'une réunion du groupe parlementaire du Likoud, son parti, ont été diffusés par la radio publique. «Ce sont des conditions de base justes et vitales du point de vue d'Israël», souligne le Premier ministre.
    Ce dernier s'est également montré pessimiste sur les chances de parvenir à un accord avec les Palestiniens dans les négociations de paix parrainées par le secrétaire d'Etat américain John Kerry. «A la lumière des dernières déclarations des Palestiniens, on s'éloigne d'un accord à cause des Palestiniens (...) Les Palestiniens ne donnent aucun signe qu'ils ont l'intention de conclure un accord juste et applicable», accuse M. Netanyahu. Le Premier ministre a fait ces déclarations au lendemain d'une réunion du Conseil révolutionnaire du Fatah, le mouvement nationaliste du président palestinien Mahmoud Abbas, qui a approuvé par acclamation lundi soir son refus de reconnaître Israël comme Etat juif."

- Le Fatah acclame le refus d'Abbas de reconnaître Israël comme Etat juif (AFP)
http://fr.news.yahoo.com/fatah-acclame-refus-dabbas-reconna%C3%AEtre-isra%C3%ABl-etat-juif-225538151.html
   "Le Conseil révolutionnaire du Fatah, mouvement du président palestinien Mahmoud Abbas, a approuvé par acclamation lundi soir le refus de reconnaître Israël comme Etat juif, ont indiqué à l'AFP des participants à la réunion. "Le président Abbas a affirmé une fois de plus son refus de reconnaître la judéité de l'Etat d'Israël et les membres du Conseil révolutionnaire se sont levés pour applaudir et saluer cette décision, qui a été approuvée à l'unanimité", a déclaré à l'AFP un membre de cette instance du Fatah sous le couvert de l'anonymat."
- Erekat: I suggested to Abbas to abandon the negotiations with Israel (JP)
http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Erekat-I-suggested-to-Abbas-to-abandon-the-negotiations-344762
   "Chief Palestinian negotia Saeb Erekat told Army Radio on Sunday that he urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to abandon the peace talks with Israel. Abbas reportedly told Erekat that he wasn't willing to quit until the fourth prisoner release takes place at the end of the month. [...] "The gaps between the two sides is still very wide," he added. Erekat claimed that the main obstacle to the talks was the issue of Israel as a Jewish state. [...]"
- Abbas Cannot Make Concessions on Any Core Issue, Khaled Abu Toameh (Gatestone Institute)
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4204/abbas-concessions
   "Even if the Palestinian Authority recognizes Israel as a Jewish state, the gap between the two parties remains as wide as ever over most of the core issues. As the Americans and Israelis continue to demand Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, a senior Palestinian Authority official revealed that this issue was no longer the main obstacle to reaching a peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israel.
    Mohamed Shtayyeh, member of the Fatah Central Committee and former member of the Palestinian negotiating team, said that gap between the two parties now remains wide over major issues such as settlements, Jerusalem, borders and refugees. Shtayyeh and other senior Palestinian officials insist that the only way to move forward with the peace process is by forcing Israel to accept the Palestinian demands regarding these major issues. "The dispute with Israel is not only over recognizing Israel as a Jewish state," Shtayyeh said. "The dispute is over Jerusalem, settlements, refugees and borders."
    The Palestinians say that the real problem facing the peace process is the refusal of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to accept the fact that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is not authorized to make any concessions on any of these core issues. "The Americans are behaving as if this is a personal dispute between President Abbas and [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu," said a senior advisor to Abbas in Ramallah. "Obama and Kerry think that once Abbas signs an agreement or accepts Israeli and American demands, all the Palestinians would take to the streets to support the peace process."
   "Abu Mazen [Abbas] remains fully committed to the Palestinian national rights and he will not succumb under any form of pressure," explained Palestinian political analyst Hani Habib. Habib said that despite their weakness, the Palestinians are determined to go to the United Nations to seek recognition of a Palestinian state once the talks fail. He also said that the Palestinian Authority has plans to file complaints against Israel with the International Criminal Court. [...]
    Today it is clear that the Palestinian Authority is preparing to hold Israel responsible for the failure of the peace talks because of its refusal to comply with all of the Palestinians' demands. The peace talks are scheduled to end in late April in accordance with Kerry's nine-month deadline. But the Palestinian Authority leadership has no plans to wait until then to declare the failure of the peace process. Palestinian officials in Ramallah say that the talks with Israel have already failed, but Obama and Kerry continue to live in denial. There are no direct talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. Rather, each side is conducting separate negotiations with Obama and Kerry. [...]"

- Arab League rejects Israel's demand for recognition as a Jewish state (Reuters) - "Council ministers endorse PA President Abbas's rejection of Netanyahu's requirement for peace".
http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Arab-League-rejects-Israels-demand-for-recognition-as-a-Jewish-state-344791
- Why Abbas Will (Again) Say No, Khaled Abu Toameh (Gatestone Institute) - "By requesting the backing of the Arab countries, Abbas is seeking to show Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that there is no point in exerting pressure on him because the Arab countries will not accept any concessions to Israel. Abbas has actually tied his own hands before the meeting as a way of avoiding pressure".
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4210/abbas-refusal
   "On the eve of his meeting with President Barack Obama, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has won the backing of the Arab League for his positions and demands. The Arab League support is exceedingly important for Abbas: it gives him the power and energy to resist any pressure from Obama to soften or change his position. [...] By requesting the backing of the Arab countries, Abbas is seeking to show Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that there is no point in exerting pressure on him because the Arab countries will not accept any concessions to Israel. Abbas has actually tied his own hands before the meeting as a way of avoiding pressure.
    Abbas's predecessor, Yasser Arafat, resorted to the same tactic during the miscalculated Camp David summit in the summer of 2000. Then, Arafat too claimed that he did not have a mandate from the Arab and Islamic countries to make concessions to Israel and that was why he would not be able to strike a deal. The Arab League announcement also allows Abbas to tell Obama that he is speaking not only on behalf of Palestinians, but the entire Arab world as well. However, many Palestinians would argue that Abbas does not even have a mandate from his people to negotiate, let alone sign, any peace agreement with Israel. [...]
    As Abbas's foreign minister, Riad Malki, explained following the Cairo gathering, "When President Abbas arrives in Washington, he will be talking not only on behalf of Palestine, but on behalf of all the Arab countries." In other words, Abbas is going to pretend that the entire Arab world has authorized him to speak on its behalf during his meeting with Obama. Never mind that the Arab League, which issued the statement backing Abbas, is considered extremely inefficient and incompetent and no one in the Arab world takes it seriously. [...]"

- Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki: We Have Not Ruled Out the Military Options (Al-Manar TV, 26 février, Vidéo 1mn38) - "None of us, especially in Fatah, has ruled out the military options. We have not forgotten our principles and our goals".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shLl58ZUVLI
- PA minister: Shahid's "sins are forgiven with the first gush of his blood" (Vidéo 3mn40)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB4dpzIoz3U

- "Destroy the hopes of 'Palestinian return'" (Elder of Ziyon) - "Therein lies the immense importance of the demand for recognition. As long as the Palestinians continue to dream of the "return of refugees" to "their land," there can be no peace and there nothing resembling peace".
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.fr/2014/03/destroy-hopes-of-palestinian-return.html
   "From Ben Dror Yemini in Maariv, quoting Mati Golan in Globes:
   "I used to think that Binyamin Netanyahu's requirement to recognize Israel as a Jewish state is unnecessary, but lately I have heard things that made ​​me see things differently and I've changed my mind. Mostly from Palestinian leaders in response to this demand. Now it seems to me that not only is this demand not unnecessary, but it's actually the essence of the negotiations. This is not some quirk or Bibi trick, but the substance. Recognition of the Jewishness of the state defines recognition in all areas - Israel's existence, borders, [everything.]
    The more Palestinians oppose recognition, the more necessary it becomes. What does it say when they do not want it? It means that for them there in another country, where there are a majority of Jews today, tomorrow it can (and should) be Palestinian or anything, just not Jewish. That is, the refusal to recognize Jewish state is not just a semantic issue, it means that for them Israel exists for them conditionally. Once the majority is Arab Palestinian, she will not be the state of Israel. That is, the Arab position is not ethnic, not just religious - is simply a strategy, how to destroy a state without firing a shot, with only patience and forbearance.
    Palestinians know and believe that if they are only given time they will become the majority. Not just by birth, but also through the "right of return of refugees." Nabil Shaath said so explicitly yesterday: "Netanyahu is not interested in solving the refugee problem and requires that we recognize the state of Israel as a Jewish state." Here is the Palestinian equation: non-recognition of the Jewish state = return of refugees.
    Therein lies the immense importance of the demand for recognition. As long as the Palestinians continue to dream of the "return of refugees" to "their land," there can be no peace and there nothing resembling peace. We in Israel must be assured that they intend real peace, and not giving them time to take over the country. If they were really aiming for peace, there should not be a problem for them to recognize the Jewish state. But they hope ... and the existence of this hope is basically a declaration of war on us... Therefore, this hope should be eliminated before giving up land or anything else. We need to know the dream of return is no longer available. Only then can we be "two states for two peoples", and not two countries for the Palestinian people"."

- Do Palestinians Really Want a State of Their Own?, Oren Kessler (Foreign Policy) - "if the Palestinians are desperately seeking a negotiated settlement that grants them a state of their own, they're certainly hiding it well". Une très bonne synthèse de la situation, avec un recul appréciable sur le processus depuis plusieurs années.
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/03/06/do_palestinians_really_want_a_state_of_their_own
   "The Palestinians have all the leverage, a former top State Department specialist on the Mideast peace process recently told me over red wine in Tel Aviv. "I'm not sure they'll ever sign on the dotted line." In that moment of candor -- lubricated no doubt by the Golan Heights cabernet -- the ex-bureaucrat admitted something U.S. President Barack Obama's administration would never concede publicly: The Palestinians are under little to no pressure to sign a final peace agreement with Israel.
    The consensus among right-thinking people, of course, is that self-determination is the incentive par excellence for Palestinian leaders to strike a deal. That was the view Obama articulated on Feb. 27, four days before he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, when he told journalist Jeffrey Goldberg that more than anything else, the Palestinians seek "the dignity of a state." Secretary of State John Kerry repeated the "dignity" talking point on March 3 at the pro-Israel policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
    But if the Palestinians are desperately seeking a negotiated settlement that grants them a state of their own, they're certainly hiding it well. In July, Kerry announced an ill-advised nine-month deadline for delivering Middle East peace. That gestation period is nearly complete, but there doesn't seem to be a bun in Washington's oven. Undeterred, the administration is making a final push: Netanyahu visited the Oval Office on March 3, with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas set to follow on March 17. If, however, Kerry and Obama are to succeed where their predecessors have all failed, they will have to fundamentally reassess their policy toward the Palestinians.
    It's actually the Israelis, not the Palestinians, who are under pressure from all corners to reach a peace deal. Obama often reminds the Israelis that time is working against them, as high Palestinian birthrates could mean that the land between the Mediterranean Sea and Jordan River will have an Arab majority before long. For his part, Kerry warns Israel that the threat of boycotts and delegitimization is growing. The European Union, meanwhile, has set new guidelines against its funds going to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and it is considering labeling goods that originate there. The United Nations has declared 2014 the "International Year of Solidarity With the Palestinian People."
    The Palestinians, meanwhile, are watching from the sidelines with glee. As one Palestinian negotiator told an Israeli official during a spate of terrorist attacks a decade ago, "Victory for us is to see you suffer." Viewers of the Palestinian Authority's official television station are unceasingly reminded that the Arab-Israeli conflict is an existential, zero-sum dispute. The channel assures its audience that cities in Israel will ultimately return to Arab rule, that the murder of Israeli civilians is a heroic deed, and that Jews are "barbaric monkeys, wretched pigs" -- or in the words of putatively peace-minded Palestinian Authority official Jibril Rajoub, "Satans" and "Zionist sons of bitches." And that's not to speak of the fire-eyed theocrats of Hamas, who run the show in the Gaza Strip.
    It's inconceivable that Palestinian leaders, watching Israel squirm under unprecedented international pressure, would allow the Jewish state to rehabilitate its image as peace-seeker. Instead, they recognize that after the peace talks' inevitable failure, the Jewish state will be faced with only bad options. If Israel maintains the status quo, international pressure upon it can only grow. If it unilaterally withdraws from all or part of the West Bank, it will almost certainly face the same rocket attacks that followed its last two withdrawals -- from Gaza in 2005 and from south Lebanon in 2000. This time, however, the rockets will be aimed at Tel Aviv and its international airport. The Palestinian Authority will then argue that it can't be blamed for the security breakdown, because it was not consulted in carrying out the withdrawal.
    The Obama administration seems determined not to contemplate the idea that the Palestinians habitually choose Israeli occupation over independence. But we've seen this show before: In 2000, Israel offered to dismantle more than 60 settlements, withdraw from 92 percent of the West Bank and all of Gaza, share the prickliest areas of Jerusalem's Old City, and grant the Palestinians a capital in the city's eastern areas. Some 100,000 Palestinian refugees and their descendants would be allowed to move within Israel's borders. Yasser Arafat, then the Palestinians' leader, turned down the offer without making one of his own and then gave tacit or explicit sanction to the Second Intifada, an outburst of bombings and shootings that killed more than 1,000 Israelis over several years.
    Between 2006 and 2008, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with Abbas 36 times, giving even more concessions -- offering some 95 percent of the West Bank, with swaps of land in Israel to bring the exchange to 100 percent, and a fund for Palestinian refugees and their descendants. Abbas walked away. As Olmert lamented in 2013, "I am still waiting for a phone call."
    Is Abbas as toxic as Arafat, the unreformed terrorist? No. Is he Palestine's version of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, ready to turn his sword into a ploughshare and lock hands on the White House lawn? Not a chance.
    Abbas may have realized that Israel, to use Obama's words, "is not going anywhere." Sadly, he has obdurately refused to pass on the memo to his people -- in Arabic, he continues to feed them the fantasy of a wholesale "right of return" of millions of Arabs to Israel that no Israeli leader will ever allow. In 2012, he conceded to an Israeli journalist that he would return to his Galilee hometown of Safed only as a tourist -- but quickly walked back his comments after the resulting uproar. Having thus primed his people, Abbas predictably finds that there is virtually no Palestinian constituency for a realistic peace deal.
    That's why Shlomo Avineri, an octogenarian Israeli peacenik and former director-general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, can write in the dovish daily Haaretz: "Don't expect Abbas to sign anything." That's why, this week, Abbas's underlings reacted to Netanyahu's AIPAC speech -- a veritable olive branch, by his standards -- with canned outrage. Netanyahu's demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state, thundered Fatah Central Committee member Nabil Shaath, is "totally rejected" and "contravene[s] all the rules of the peace negotiations."
    None of this is to suggest that Israel is blameless. Israel could have avoided many, though not all, of its current predicaments by not having embarked on the West Bank settlement enterprise in the first place -- at least not in areas distant from Israel proper and heavily inhabited by Palestinians. The enterprise has been damaging to Israel because it obscures the fact that Palestinians still overwhelmingly reject the Jewish state to begin with and because it gives the Palestinians a plausible pretext for endlessly deferring difficult decisions. In other words, it gives them nearly limitless leverage.
    So what is to be done? The good news is that the United States does have ways to influence the Palestinians to negotiate seriously -- if only it is willing to use them. Washington is the single biggest donor to the Palestinian Authority, and thus Congress could condition U.S. aid on stopping all that monkeys-and-devils incitement (two such initiatives are currently in the first stages of legislation). The United States could also offer significant aid boosts to the Palestinians if they make tangible steps toward peace, and threaten corresponding cutbacks if they fail to do so.
    Such a policy will ultimately benefit the Palestinians more than anyone. Washington, as well as the world, does them no favors in forever excusing their failure to better their lot and in painting them as a people always acted upon but never acting. The Palestinian leadership currently has no incentive to make a deal -- but in the interest of peace, that can and must change."

- Will Obama Blame Israel for Abbas’ ‘No?’, Jonathan S. Tobin (Commentary) - "the statements from Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, who received fulsome praise from the president for his commitment to peace, that he will never agree to a key element of Kerry’s framework is being ignored by the White House".
http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/03/07/will-obama-blame-israel-for-abbas-no-peace-process-jewish-state/

- Netanyahu looks to Belgium-Holland border for settlement solution (Times of Israel) - "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly asked his cabinet secretary to investigate a highly complicated Dutch-Belgian border arrangement, under which citizens of one country live in enclaves within the other, as a possible precedent to enable Jewish settlers in the West Bank to remain under Israeli rule inside a future Palestinian state".
http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-looks-to-belgium-holland-border-for-settlement-solution/

- Palestinian Antisemitism: Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the Jews' plan to subjugate the world (PMW)
http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=10900
   "Ma'an, an independent Palestinian news agency, has published a viciously Antisemitic article depicting Jews as the force of evil in the world, fulfilling their goals of world subjugation, according to the plan in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The article contends that Jews "are planning means to take over the reins of world politics, by spreading organized destruction throughout the countries." It blames the Jews for the French and Russian revolutions and well as other civil wars, initiated by Jews in order to weaken countries of the world, in order to rule over them. [...]"


Jordanie

- Israelis shoot, kill Jordanian judge at border, Yoav Zitun & Elior Levy (Ynet)
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4497371,00.html
   "The man shot to death by Israeli guards earlier Monday after he tried to attack an IDF soldier and snatch his rifle at the Allenby border crossing was identified to be a Jordanian judge by the name of Raed Zueter. The shooting took place at the Allenby crossing as the man was going from Jordan into the West Bank, the Israeli army said. The man was initially identified as a Palestinian but a Jordanian judicial official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, later confirmed that he was a judge working in Amman since 2009.
   "The terrorist ran toward soldiers yelling 'Allahu akbar' attempting to seize their weapons," the Israeli military said. "The soldiers felt an immediate threat to their lives and fired toward his lower extremities. The suspect then began to strangle a soldier and the force resorted to firing again." Engineering corps soldiers at the border crossing started an arrest procedure according to the rules of engagement that included shooting at Za'eiter's legs to try to stop him, at which point he attempted to choke a soldier, and was shot to death. [...]
    In the West Bank, the Palestinian self-rule government condemned the killing of the judge. It called for an independent investigation, saying: "this killing is one of a series violation of human rights in Palestine." At a protest that took place later Monday outside the Israeli Embassy in Amman, Jordanian demonstrators shouted slogans such as "No embassy and no ambassador", and "No Zionist embassy on Jordanian soil". The protest organizers demand that authorities release Ahmad Dakamseh, who shot to death seven Israeli schoolgirls in 1997. [...]"
- Israël "regrette" la mort d'un juge palestino-jordanien tué par des soldats (AFP)
http://fr.news.yahoo.com/isra%C3%ABl-regrette-mort-dun-juge-palestino-jordanien-tu%C3%A9-140149567.html
   "[...] "Israël regrette la mort du juge Raed Zeiter et exprime sa sympathie au peuple et au gouvernement de Jordanie", a affirmé M. Netanyahu, selon un communiqué de son bureau. Il a annoncé qu'Israël avait accepté une requête jordanienne de constituer une "équipe conjointe" pour conclure l'enquête sur cet incident qui a provoqué une vive tension entre les deux pays voisins. "L'équipe conjointe va commencer rapidement son travail".
    Selon les premières conclusions de l'enquête militaire israélienne, le juge Zeiter, âgé de 38 ans, avait tenté d'"étrangler" un des soldats israéliens avant d'être tué par balles. "Un Palestinien a tenté de voler l'arme d'un soldat israélien, forçant les autres soldats présents à riposter en tirant vers ses jambes. Le suspect a ensuite commencé à étrangler un soldat obligeant les soldats à ouvrir le feu une nouvelle fois", a précisé l'armée dans un communiqué.
    D'origine palestinienne, M. Zeiter avait la nationalité jordanienne et exerçait les fonctions de juge dans un tribunal d'Amman. Lundi, le ministre jordanien des Affaires étrangères Nasser Judeh a convoqué le chargé d'affaires israélien en Jordanie pour lui faire part de la "vive condamnation" de son pays. "Le gouvernement jordanien attend un rapport complet sur l'incident de la part des autorités israéliennes. La Jordanie veut une enquête sans retard", avait ajouté M. Judeh. Environ 200 personnes ont manifesté lundi devant l'ambassade d'Israël en Jordanie, en réclamant l'expulsion de l'ambassadeur, et dénonçant le traité de paix conclu en 1994 entre le royaume hachémite et l'Etat hébreu."


Egypte

- Now Egyptians are saying the Muslim Brotherhood are part of the Elders of Zion. Really (Elder of Ziyon) - "This is hardly the first time that the Muslim Brotherhood has been accused by Egyptian secularists of being secret Zionists or Jews, as we've seen before. The Jew is the gold standard as a hate object in the Arab world. All others who are despised must be compared to Jews".
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.fr/2014/03/now-egyptians-are-saying-muslim.html


Syrie

- Syria is starving Palestinian refugees in Damascus’s Yarmouk, says Amnesty Int’l report (JP) - "Syrian forces are committing war crimes by using the starvation of civilians as a weapon of war, according to a new report by Amnesty International on crimes committed against Palestinian and Syrian civilians in the Damascus suburb of Yarmouk".
http://www.jpost.com/Syria-Crisis/Syria-is-starving-Palestinian-refugees-in-Damascuss-Yarmouk-says-Amnesty-Intl-report-344822
- Comparison of Amnesty coverage of Syria and Israel (Elder of Ziyon) - "Amnesty just released a report about the Palestinian Arabs who have died since last July in the Yarmouk camp in Syria. A comparison between that report and its most recent report slamming Israel shows in stark terms how biased Amnesty is against Israel". Un comparatif effectivement assez édifiant.
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.fr/2014/03/comparison-of-amnesty-coverage-of-syria.html


Monde

- Boycott d’Israël : Plus de 150 intellectuels condamnent la censure et l’intimidation (Europalestine) - parmi les soutiens au boycott de l'Etat juif, on trouve naturellement Judith Butler, Etienne Balibar, et Naomi Klein.
http://www.europalestine.com/spip.php?article9161

- Desmond Tutu: Israel guilty of apartheid in treatment of Palestinians (JP) - "Tutu, the Nobel Peace laureate, criticized Israeli policies toward the Palestinians in the territories as "humiliating"."
http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Desmond-Tutu-Israel-guilty-of-apartheid-in-treatment-of-Palestinians-344874


Point de vue

- Irrational ire invoked at Israel, Dan Calic (Ynet) - "From a purely practical perspective, it’s difficult to fathom why this tiny country is the center of so much attention"; "No other nation or people have engendered such a plethora of movements, organizations and views, covering political, economic, cultural and theological spectrums, obsessed with boycotting it, dividing it up or destroying it altogether".
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4496607,00.html
   "With the "peace process" as an ever present backdrop, I pose the following questions: Why are so many people telling Israel what it should and shouldn’t do? What business is it of theirs? Why can’t Jews have a homeland absent of international criticism? There is a fundamental misappropriation of justice at work here. From a purely practical perspective, it’s difficult to fathom why this tiny country is the center of so much attention. Sadly however, when it comes to the Jews and Israel, history confirms the untypical becomes typical, which contributes to making them unique among the people and nations of the world. A uniqueness which can be a blessing… and in many cases a curse.
    For example, they are history’s only people and nation to reappear in their original home after almost two thousand years of disbursement. They are central to the most read book in history – the Bible. A Jew named Jesus who lived and taught there became the messiah to over two billion people. Another 1.5 billion followers of Muḥammad believe he ascended to heaven from there. Indeed some, if not the most significant event(s) in history have taken place in Israel, with potentially more to come. Thus, this tiny piece of land and its people have become embroiled in controversy which touches one of our most flashpoint issues- what we believe, and said manifestations. Such issues are core to how millions of people define themselves and the purpose of their lives. They invoke passions which cause people to act in ways from the benign to the most bizarre, including murder "in the name of…"
    Consequently, Jews have often been history’s unwelcome scapegoat. Some say they're responsible for the death of Jesus. This helped spawn supersessionism, or replacement theology, which suggests the Jews have been abandoned by God and replaced by the "Church" for rejecting Jesus. This is essentially a theological form of anti-Semitism, and is embraced by a sizeable percentage of Christians. Couple this with the goal of fundamental Islam which is to destroy the Jews, and you have two huge components of why they and Israel have become targets of hateful movements worldwide.
    Some say anti-Semitism is passé. I suggest such people are either naïve, lack a fundamental understanding of it, or might be anti-Semitic themselves. Today it’s simply cloaked behind a variety of masks. For example, how often have you heard it said "Jews are okay, the problem is Zionists." In other words, as long as Jews are scattered, or a minority, they’re acceptable. However, having a state where they are the majority invokes accusations of "racism," or "apartheid." Are similar accusations made against any Muslim nations? Heaven forbid. No other nation or people have engendered such a plethora of movements, organizations and views, covering political, economic, cultural and theological spectrums, obsessed with boycotting it, dividing it up or destroying it altogether. [...]
    Add the aforementioned replacement theology and is it any wonder the ti

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