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France


- Chronique Internationale de Frédéric Encel (France Inter, 11 septembre, Audio 3mn) - une très sympathique petite chronique sur le conspirationnisme et son impact géopolitique.
http://www.franceinter.fr/emission-la-chronique-internationale-chronique-internationale-33

- L’AFPS à la Fête de l’Huma 2013 (Association France Palestine Solidarité) - les antisionistes militants ont "animé" un débat anti-israélien "avec les représentants d’organisations syndicales, [dont] la CGT".
http://www.france-palestine.org/L-AFPS-a-la-Fete-de-l-Huma-2013
   "Comme tous les ans, le stand de l’AFPS a été un lieu de contacts et de rencontres privilégié pour des amis, des militants et des personnes deman­deuses d’information sur la Palestine et une belle vitrine de l’association. Nos pétitions pour l’abrogation de la circulaire Alliot-​​Marie [contre le boycott des produits israéliens], contre le plan Prawer ou la carte postale à l’adresse de Laurent Fabius pour l’interdiction des produits des colonies ont totalisé plu­sieurs milliers de signatures. [...]
    La veille, le débat « Agir contre la colonisation » était animé par Claude Léostic, présidente de la Plate­forme des ONG pour la Palestine avec les représentants d’organisations syndicales, la CGT avec Pierre Coutaz et Solidaires avec Christian Pigeon (le représentant de la FSU n’ayant pu être présent). [...]"


Israël

- L'équipe de "Homeland" ne tournera plus en Israël, Jérôme Vermelin (Métro) - "La menace de frappes américaines avec la Syrie a bouleversé leurs plans".
http://www.metronews.fr/culture/l-equipe-de-homeland-ne-tournera-plus-en-israel/mmir!56NgKGPBmTs1A/
   "On ne badine pas avec la sécurité. Surtout sur le plateau d'une série américaine. Alors qu'ils avaient tourné une partie des deux premières saisons à Tel Aviv et à Barta'a, dans la région de Wadi Ara, en Palestine, les producteurs de Homeland ont décidé de délocaliser une partie des tournages à venir d'Israël et sa région vers le Maroc.
    Le politico-thriller de la chaine Showtime a des liens particuliers puisque ses créateurs, Howard Gordon et Alex Gansa, ont puisé leur inspiration dans Hatufim, une série locale de Gideon Raff, diffusée en France sur Arte. Il y a deux mois, les producteurs de Homeland avaient même tenu une conférence de presse sur place, afin d'annoncer une série de tournages à venir. L'actualité, avec l'hypothèse de frappes américaines sur la Syrie, a bouleversé leurs plans.
    C'est au Maroc, qui accueille de nombreux tournages, de cinéma et de télévision, que l'équipe de Homeland devrait donc poser ses valises dans les prochains mois. Un pays moins exposé et que Howard Gordon connaît bien puisqu'il a prévu d'y tourner le pilote de sa prochaine série. Intitulée Tyrant, elle racontera les tribulations d'une famille américaine au Moyen-Orient."


Gaza & Hamas

- Israel removes last significant ban on Gaza import, Elhanan Miller (Times of Israel)
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-removes-last-significant-ban-on-gaza-import/
   "With little fanfare, Israel removed its most significant remaining restriction on the import of building materials into the Gaza Strip imposed following Hamas’s violent takeover in 2007. An Israeli source told The Times of Israel that 350 trucks will now be allowed to enter the Hamas-controlled territory every week in a bid “to increase employment and strengthen the private sector in the Gaza Strip.” The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the change in Israeli policy followed talks with the Palestinians “in cooperation with the international community,” and had “no connection” to the peace negotiations underway between the sides.
    Israel banned the entry of building materials intended for the private sector into the Gaza Strip following the violent takeover of Hamas in June 2007. The closure the Strip was eased significantly in 2010 at the behest of the International Quartet, and in late 2012 Israel began allowing in 20 trucks of gravel a day. The new decision will allow Palestinians to import 70 trucks a day of gravel, metal bars and cement for construction projects.
    Since August, Israel sharply increased the number of people and goods allowed to enter and exist the Gaza Strip, as Egypt continued its crackdown on terrorist cells in northern Sinai. A complete closure of Egypt’s Rafah border crossing with Gaza was maintained for a sixth straight day Tuesday. The Palestinian minister of civil affairs, Hussein A-Sheikh, told the Palestinian Ma’an news agency that Israel has also agreed to pump an additional five million cubic meters of drinking water into Gaza annually, and four million cubic meters into the West Bank. Israel has also increased the number of work permits issued to West Bank residents by 5,000, bringing the number of permits issued recently to 50,000.
    In a press release issued Tuesday, Quartet representative Tony Blair welcomed the Israeli decision, insisting — contrary to the Israeli comments — that it had everything to do with invigorating the peace process. “I welcome the decision, which reflects our ongoing discussions with the Israelis. This is an important step in building a more positive environment for the diplomatic negotiations and in preparing the ground for the more comprehensive and transformative economic initiative which we have been working on for the past few months,” Blair said."
- Israel to allow more building materials into Gaza (Reuters) - "350 trucks of cement, steel and concrete for private projects will be allowed into Strip for the first time since 2007".
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Israel-to-allow-more-building-materials-into-Gaza-326425

- L'Egypte rouvre provisoirement la frontière avec Gaza, Nidal al-Mughrabi (Reuters) - "pour quatre heures mercredi et jeudi, à la demande de Mahmoud Abbas".
http://fr.news.yahoo.com/legypte-rouvre-provisoirement-la-fronti%C3%A8re-avec-gaza-115012738.html
   "L'Egypte a partiellement rouvert sa frontière avec la bande de Gaza mercredi, une semaine après l'avoir fermée en réponse à une attaque contre un site militaire. Deux autocars ont embarqué une centaine de passagers vers l'Egypte via le point de passage de Rafah [...] Les autorités égyptiennes ont décidé de rouvrir la frontière pour quatre heures mercredi et jeudi, à la demande de Mahmoud Abbas, le président de l'Autorité palestinienne, pour tenir compte des besoins des patients qui doivent se faire soigner en Egypte ou des Gazaouis qui y étudient, explique-t-on au sein de l'Autorité palestinienne. [...] Quand Rafah est ouvert, les autorités égyptiennes limitent à 300 par jour le nombre de personnes autorisées à traverser, contre 1.200 avant le renversement de Mohamed Morsi."
- Egypt reopens Gaza border after week-long closure (AP) - "Hamas prevented some 200 Gazan students from crossing the re-opened border, Palestinian media reported, because they had obtained their visas from the Palestinian Authority Embassy in Cairo, not through Hamas. Reportedly, Hamas police used batons, police vehicles and crowd control methods to prevent the students, who study in Egyptian universities, from crossing".
http://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-reopens-gaza-border-after-week-long-closure/
- Report: Hamas prevented Gazan students from going to Egypt (Elder of Ziyon) - "The siege of Gaza by Hamas continues!"
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.fr/2013/09/report-hamas-prevented-gazan-students.html

- Where's the Coverage? And the Flotillas? Egypt Cracks Down on Gaza (CAMERA) - "When Israel tries to protect its citizens from thousands of rockets, missiles and terrorist attacks from Gaza, there’s a hue and cry, outrage and indignation. When Egypt responds to terrorism in the Sinai… Where are the protests? Where are the flotillas? And for heaven’s sake, where’s the coverage?"
http://blog.camera.org/archives/2013/09/wheres_the_coverage_and_the_fl.html


Judée-Samarie

- Un Palestinien tué par des militaires israéliens en Cisjordanie (AFP) - "le terroriste recherché a été identifié alors qu'il cherchait à s'enfuir. Les forces de sécurité ont réussi à arrêter le suspect en ayant recours à des tirs à balles réelles".
http://fr.news.yahoo.com/palestinien-tu%C3%A9-militaires-isra%C3%A9liens-cisjordanie-081118521.html
   "Un Palestinien a été tué mardi par des militaires israéliens lors d'une opération à Jénine, dans le nord de la Cisjordanie. Islam al-Toubassi, 21 ans, a succombé à ses blessures subies lors de son arrestation par les militaires israéliens, ont affirmé l'armée israélienne et des sources de sécurité palestiniennes.
    Des soldats israéliens "ont été la cible de tirs au cours d'une violente émeute qui a éclaté tôt ce matin, durant une opération militaire visant à arrêter un terroriste recherché à Jénine", a indiqué l'armée israélienne dans un communiqué, ajoutant qu'un autre Palestinien avait été légèrement blessé. "Au cours des incidents, le terroriste recherché a été identifié alors qu'il cherchait à s'enfuir. Les forces de sécurité ont réussi à arrêter le suspect en ayant recours à des tirs à balles réelles", selon le texte, précisant que celui-ci, "blessé puis évacué par les forces militaires vers un hôpital israélien a par la suite succombé à ses blessures".
    Des sources de sécurité palestiniennes ont précisé que l'opération avait eu lieu dans le camp de réfugiés de Jénine au domicile du suspect, dont le frère, un chef local du mouvement radical Jihad islamique, a été tué en 2006 par l'armée israélienne. L'armée israélienne a ajouté qu'elle allait "examiner les circonstances des tirs qui ont provoqué la mort du terroriste recherché". [...]"
- IDF kills wanted Palestinian after firefight during Jenin arrest mission, Yaakov Lappin (JP) - "Security forces encountered a riot in which gunmen opened fire on troops, and Molotov cocktails and homemade grenades were hurled by Palestinians".
http://www.jpost.com/Defense/IDF-troops-kill-wanted-man-in-Jenin-after-arrest-mission-is-met-with-armed-resistance-326342
   "A Palestinian terror suspect was shot dead during clashes that erupted when the IDF embarked on a security raid in Jenin overnight Tuesday. Security forces entered Jenin to arrest a wanted security suspect, and encountered a riot in which gunmen opened fire on troops, and Molotov cocktails and homemade grenades were hurled by Palestinians. Soldiers responded by opening fire at one of the lead rioters, who was lightly injured and evacuated an Israeli hospital.
    During the disturbances, security forces identified the security suspect they had come to originally arrest. The suspect fled, and was shot and seriously wounded, the IDF said. He was seriously injured and evacuated to an Israeli hospital, where he died of his injuries. A Palestinian security source later identified the victim as 20-year-old Islam al-Tubasi. The militant group Islamic Jihad issued a statement mourning Tubasi as one of its members."

- Maj.-Gen. Alon: Refugee camps mustn't become terror havens, Ron Ben-Yishai (Ynet) - "the Tanzim and Islamic Jihad gunmen behind the attacks on Israeli soldiers are residents of refugee camps who have declared they do not accept the authority of the regime in Ramallah".
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4431115,00.html
   "For the third time over the past few weeks, IDF forces encountered early Tuesday morning armed and organized resistance during a nighttime operation to arrest terror suspects, this time in Jenin. Until recently, the Palestinian resistance to the arrests was spontaneous and unarmed. In an interview with Ynet, GOC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Nitzan Alon warned that more and more areas in refugee camps in Jenin, Qalandiya and near Nablus were becoming havens for Palestinian terrorists. "They want to limit our operational freedom," Nitzan said of the armed Tanzim members and Islamic Jihad gunmen, who challenge the Palestinian Authority's rule and are responsible for the latest clashes with Israeli forces.
    According to the IDF Central Command chief, the Tanzim and Islamic Jihad gunmen behind the attacks on Israeli soldiers are residents of refugee camps who have declared they do not accept the authority of the regime in Ramallah or the "one law, one weapon" principle which Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's security forces are trying to enforce. The gunmen claim they are being denied jobs and benefits which the PA offers to cronies and are therefore challenging the regime and its security arrangements with Israel.
    This phenomenon is potentially explosive as far as Israel is concerned, as the entry of IDF forces into the refugee camps may ignite a broader confrontation on the ground. Alon is aware of this danger, but stresses that his forces' main goal is to foil terror-related activity in the refugee camps. "The principle according to which we reach terrorists everywhere is crucial," he told Ynet. "They want to limit our operational freedom, and we want to prevent this. we cannot allow a situation whereby the Palestinian terrorists have safe places where they can get organized and use as bases from which they leave to carry out terror attacks."
    According to Maj.-Gen. Alon, "this is already happening to some extent and this phenomenon must not be allowed to continue. I do not believe our entry into the camps in order to arrest will ignite the entire territory." Addressing Palestinian complaints that many of the casualties in these clashes are not related to the arrests, Alon said: "We will make an effort to operate in a way that will reduce the number of casualties among the Palestinians, and of course among our forces. The fight against terror is important because it prevents a broad flare-up; it does not cause it." [...]"

- Terror attack thwarted in West Bank, Lazar Berman (Times of Israel) - "A terror attack was prevented Wednesday when Israeli security forces in the West Bank caught a Palestinian youth carrying a pistol and knife".
http://www.timesofisrael.com/terror-attack-thwarted-in-west-bank/


"Processus de paix"

- PA says Israel agreed to release another 250 prisoners, Roi Kais (Ynet) - "Palestinian sources say Israel close to approving release of 250 prisoners in addition to 104 it has already agreed to free".
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4431128,00.html

- PA President Abbas: Israel won't be present between us and Jordan, Khaled Abu Toameh (JP)
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/PA-President-Abbas-Israel-wont-be-present-between-us-and-Jordan-326306
   "The future border between a Palestinian state and Jordan will extend from the Dead Sea through the Jordan Valley and all the way up to Beit She’an, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Sunday. “This is a Palestinian-Jordanian border, and that’s how it will remain,” he said. “Frankly Israel won’t be present between us and Jordan.” Addressing a graduation ceremony of Al-Istiklal (Independence) University in Jericho, Abbas said the Palestinians would be responsible for security on the borders of their state. However, he did not rule out the possibility that international troops would be deployed to supervise any agreement with Israel in a final deal. [...]
    One government official, who refused to go into the content of the negotiations, responded to Abbas’s comments about the Jordan Valley by saying that “if there is going to be a peace agreement, the Palestinians will have to engage seriously on Israel’s security concerns.” According to the official, “the whole idea that Israel will pull out and hope for the best is not a serious option. If the Palestinians want to see an independent state, they have to be able to deal seriously with Israel’s security concerns. If they run away from this issue, they will be pushing away the chance of the deal and the creation of an independent Palestinian state.” [...]"

- Livni 'Willing to Cede Control of Jordan Valley', Gil Ronen (Arutz 7)
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/171963
   "Sources close to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu are once again expressing concern that Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who heads the Israeli negotiating team with the Palestinian Authority (PA), is undermining the prime minister's positions in the talks. Daily newspaper Maariv quoted sources close to Netanyahu who said that Livni's positions differ from those of Netanyahu on the key issues of Jerusalem, eviction of Jewish communities and Israel's security arrangements in the Jordan Valley.
    According to the report, Livni - who heads the left-wing Hatnua political party - is willing to pull out the IDF from the Jordan Valley which guards Israel's long eastern border, and let an international force take its place. Netanyahu vigorously opposes this, citing the region's crucial strategic importance. In addition, Livni has agreed to divide Jerusalem between Israel and a future state of Palestine in Judea and Samaria, as well as a large scale eviction of Jews from communities in Judea and Samaria – whereas Netanyahu believes that communities need to remain under Palestinian sovereignty, with proper security arrangements.
    Maariv reported three weeks ago that Livni has been making various generous offers in contacts with the PA and US representatives, while Netanyahu thinks that Israel should not give up its best cards in the early stages of negotiations, as it is not clear what the PA is willing to cede in terms of security arrangements. [...]"

- The two elephants in the negotiating room, Alexander Yakobson (Haaretz) - "The Palestinian leadership often repeats that the right of return for Palestinian refugees is sacred, so why does everyone ignore this major challenge to the peace process?"
http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.545833

- Learning from Oslo (Jerusalem Post editorial) - "Kerry seems to be devoting too much of his effort to talks and not enough to changing realities on the ground".
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Editorials/Learning-from-Oslo-326290
   "The clinching of a deal, together with Russia, that forces Syria to dismantle and destroy its chemical weapons provided US Secretary of State John Kerry with a much-needed hiatus. Kerry was finally free to redirect his energies. On Sunday, he paid a lightning visit to Israel and made it clear that he had not lost sight of the Israeli-Palestinian talks. “The road ahead is not easy,” he said as part of a 10- minute statement he delivered after a three-hour meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that including a briefing on Syria. “If it were easy, peace would have been achieved a long time ago. What is clearer than ever today is that this is a road worth traveling.”
    But just days after marking the 20th anniversary of the Oslo Accords, it is impossible to escape the impression that Kerry might be repeating some of the mistakes of Oslo and other peace initiatives that have followed since. Perhaps the most central mistake has been the insistence among American diplomats – representing both Republican and Democratic US governments – on focusing principally on the “peace process” instead of concentrating on real progress on the ground. This was a lesson Elliott Abrams – one of the most incisive observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – learned, as he notes in his latest book, Tested By Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
    Abrams, who supervised US policy in the Middle East under president George W. Bush, admits that one of the errors the Bush administration made was to direct all its influence “toward the Annapolis process rather than to helping [former Palestinian Authority prime minister] Salam Fayyad make progress in the West Bank.” Abrams relates how everyone in Washington thought Fayyad’s state-building efforts were “terrific,” but unfortunately these efforts never became the focus of policy. “They were marginal, supplemental and never central.” In contrast, there was an emphasis on negotiations, and the success accorded to them was very often exaggerated. “The peace process can in this sense become the enemy of progress or even of peace,” warns Abrams.
    Similarly, Kerry seems to be devoting too much of his effort to talks and not enough to changing realities on the ground. And this is unfortunate, since the simple truth is that PA President Mahmoud Abbas and other PA leaders lack the will and/or the ability to negotiate a final-status peace agreement with Israel. Instead, much more American energy must be invested in the more modest goal of building a viable Palestinian state that is capable of living in peace alongside Israel. That means insisting that PA-sponsored media and schools put an end to incitement against Israel. It also means improving Palestinians’ day-to-day living conditions. The building of Rawabi, the first new Palestinian city, should be seen as a positive development. The very raison d’etre of the city is to improve Palestinians’ lives by providing them with comfortable middleclass housing and quality municipal services.
    Yet the PA, despite being one of the world’s top recipients of international aid per capita, has done precious little during the 19 years of its existence to make Palestinians’ lives more pleasant. Even the smallest steps toward normalization of relations between Israel and the Palestinians should be seen as positive. For instance, The Jerusalem Post’s Sharon Udasin reported in Monday’s paper that the Israeli and Palestinian agriculture ministries agreed to revive some of the joint committees that were formed in the 1990s under the Oslo Accords but frozen 13 years ago with the onset of the second intifada. Another focus of attention should be the PA’s use of brutality to stifle critics, whether they be journalists, writers, political opponents or university students.
    The very existence of a negotiation track can help reduce Arab and European attacks on Israel and provide useful cover for the more substantive work of helping the PA build the basic institutions and infrastructure for a viable state. But it would be unrealistic and potentially dangerous to raise expectations regarding the prospects for solving major issues such as borders, the refugee problem and Jerusalem any time in the near future. Unfortunately that is precisely what Kerry seems to be doing."


Egypte

- Egyptian forces kill two Palestinian Arabs on boat fleeing to Sweden (Elder of Ziyon) - "As of this writing, some 15 hours later, still no reports about this murder of Palestinian Arab civilians in English. But the IDF killing a terrorist during a firefight has already been featured in wire service and major news media articles. Double standards, anyone?"
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.fr/2013/09/egyptian-forces-kill-two-palestinian.html


Syrie

- Israël dit pour la première fois souhaiter la chute d'Assad, Dan Williams (Reuters) - "Nous avons toujours préféré les méchants qui ne sont pas soutenus par l'Iran aux méchants qui sont soutenus par l'Iran".
http://fr.news.yahoo.com/isra%C3%ABl-dit-pour-la-premi%C3%A8re-fois-souhaiter-la-104144575.html
   "Israël souhaite depuis longtemps la chute du président Bachar al Assad, déclare son ambassadeur à Washington dans une interview au Jerusalem Post qui marque une rupture avec la position officielle de l'Etat juif depuis le début du conflit en Syrie. Selon Michael Oren, Israël juge préférable une victoire des rebelles, même si certains d'entre eux sont liés à Al Qaïda, à l'alliance actuelle entre le régime de Damas et Téhéran. "Nous avons toujours préféré les méchants qui ne sont pas soutenus par l'Iran aux méchants qui sont soutenus par l'Iran", résume le diplomate israélien, précisant qu'il s'agissait de la position du gouvernement avant le début du soulèvement en Syrie, en mars 2011, et qu'elle n'a pas changé depuis.
    La chute de Bachar al Assad présenterait pour Israël l'avantage d'affaiblir le lien entre Téhéran et le Hezbollah libanais, ajoute Michael Oren. "Le plus grand danger pour Israël, c'est l'arc stratégique qui s'étend de Téhéran à Damas et Beyrouth. Et nous pensons qu'Assad est la pièce centrale de cet arc", dit-il. Dans l'interview, qui sera publiée intégralement vendredi, le diplomate reconnaît que les combattants liés à Al Qaïda représentent une menace, mais il précise qu'Israël pense qu'ils ne représentent qu'environ un rebelle syrien sur dix."

- 50% de rebelles syriens islamistes : "crédible" (AFP) - Carla del Ponte : "C'est absolument crédible. Moi, je dirai même un petit peu plus".
http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2013/09/16/97001-20130916FILWWW00364-syriela-moitie-des-rebelles-sont-des-islamistes.php
   "Carla del Ponte, membre de la commission d'enquête de l'ONU sur les violations des droits de l'homme en Syrie, a jugé crédible le chiffre selon lequel la moitié des rebelles seraient des islamistes durs, dans un entretien diffusé lundi soir sur la radio-télévision suisse romande. Selon une étude publiée mené par l'institut de défense IHS Jane's, dont des extraits ont été publiés dans le quotidien britannique The Daily Telegraph, les jihadistes et islamistes membres de groupes extrémistes forment près de la moitié des forces rebelles.
   "C'est absolument crédible. Moi, je dirai même un petit peu plus", a déclaré Carla del Ponte lors d'un entretien avec la RTS, tout en précisant que son équipe n'avait pas encore fait ses propres calculs. "Plus le côté des opposants démocratiques et pour la paix diminue, plus augmentent les extrémistes et naturellement plus augmentent les crimes commis par les opposants", a-t-elle ajouté. Carla del Ponte a rappelé qu'outre les crimes commis par les forces loyales au président Bachar al-Assad, des "crimes atroces" avaient également été perpétrés du côté des rebelles.
    L'étude de l'institut IHS Jane's doit être publiée cette semaine. Elle évalue à 100.000 le nombre des rebelles engagés dans le combat contre le régime du président Assad.  Mais ces combattants se sont divisés en près de 1.000 groupes différents depuis que la guerre civile a éclaté il y a deux ans et demi en Syrie, selon cette étude."
- Nearly half of Syrian rebels are hardcore Islamists, study says, Ariel Ben Solomon (JP) - “this latest report confirms the picture of an insurgency essentially divided into three parts: al-Qaida-linked groups, Salafi groups not linked to al-Qaida, and Muslim Brotherhood or more ‘moderate’ Islamist forces” ; “What is important is understanding who is the most effective and best on the battlefield. In that case, it is true that the best fighters on the battlefield are Islamists, Salafis, and al-Qaida-linked jihadis.”
http://www.jpost.com/Syria-Crisis/Nearly-half-of-Syrian-rebels-are-hardcore-Islamists-study-says-326331
   "[...] Eyal Zisser, an expert on Syria from the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University, told The Jerusalem Post that the IHS Janes report confirmed previous opinions that the jihadists were a small minority even though they had a significant impact in some areas of the war. Zisser said he believed that a total number of 65,000 Islamist fighters focusing on Syria seemed a bit high, but he admitted he did not have any hard numbers to counter the report’s findings. “In any case, when we are talking about Syrians, we have to remember that things are fluid – one day a person could be part of a certain group, and the next day, another,” he said, calling the report “interesting and indicative of radicalization as time goes by.”
    Aaron Y. Zelin, the Richard Borow fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, who closely follows jihadist groups, told the Post that it was “difficult to truly know how many fighters there are among the different groups and ideologies.” He added that the numbers were not necessarily the most relevant factor. “What is important is understanding who is the most effective and best on the battlefield,” he said. “In that case, it is true that the best fighters on the battlefield are Islamists, Salafis, and al-Qaida-linked jihadis.”
    Jonathan Spyer, a Middle East analyst and senior research fellow at the GLORIA Center who has traveled widely in Syria, described Charles Lister, the author of the study, as “one of the most serious analysts working in this area,” and said the report “offers the latest confirmation that the armed Syrian rebels consist of a clear majority of Sunni Islamists.” Despite the difficulty of obtaining precise figures, he told the Post, “this latest report confirms the picture of an insurgency essentially divided into three parts: al-Qaida-linked groups, Salafi groups not linked to al-Qaida, and Muslim Brotherhood or more ‘moderate’ Islamist forces.” [...]"


Europe

- Israel dismisses letter in favor of EU settlement guidelines (JP) - "This reflects their own biased positions and does not surprise us".
http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Israel-dismisses-letter-in-favor-of-EU-settlement-guidelines-326310
   "Israel dismissed on Monday a letter by former European leaders [dont notamment Hubert Védrine] calling on the EU to stick by its settlement guidelines. As far as Jerusalem is concerned, the words of biased former officials are no longer significant. “The people who signed the letter are no longer relevant and do not have control or say in the EU decision-making process,” a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said. “This reflects their own biased positions and does not surprise us. Secretary of State John Kerry has made it clear that these guidelines are not productive for the peace process or the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian discussions which have been held recently.” [...]"

- Merkel : L’antisionisme n’est pas légitime (Tribune Juive) - "les Juifs en tant qu’Etat ont le droit à l’auto-détermination, le sionisme en tant que mouvement national du peuple juif est l’incarnation suprême de ce droit que ses opposant désirent nier".
http://www.tribunejuive.info/international/merkel-lantisionisme-nest-pas-legitime
   "La chancelière allemande, Angela Merkel, a annoncé au cours de la semaine précédant les élections fédérales que la sécurité de l’état d’Israël faisait partie de l’ethos national de l’Allemagne.
    Au cours d’une interview qu’elle a accordée, Merkel – a laquelle on a demandé de parler de la menace des armes nucléaires l’Iran envers Israël, a dit : « Cela signifie que nous ne serons jamais neutres et qu’Israël peut être certaine de notre soutien quand il s’agit d’assurer sa sécurité.  C’est la raison pour laquelle j’ai également dit que le soutien de l’Allemagne dans la sécurité de l’état d’Israël faisait partie de notre ethos national, notre raison d’exister ».
    Elle a catégoriquement rejeté l’antisémitisme comme une attitude légitime en disant : « ceux qui partagent mon avis selon lequel les Juifs en tant qu’Etat ont le droit à l’auto-détermination, le sionisme en tant que mouvement national du peuple juif est l’incarnation suprême de ce droit que ses opposant désirent nier »."


Monde

- Roger Waters to present award at Amnesty International event (Elder of Ziyon) - "Yes, when Amnesty wanted to choose someone to present its highest honor, they chose someone who demonizes Jews and Israel".
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.fr/2013/09/roger-waters-to-present-award-at.html

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