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19 juin 2013 3 19 /06 /juin /2013 09:52

Israël

- Pet Shop Boys: Israel not apartheid state (Ynet) - "British pop duo responds to calls by Pro-Palestinian activists to cancel next week's Tel Aviv concert, saying 'Israel has universal suffrage and equality of rights for all its citizens, both Jewish and Arab'."
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4393323,00.html


Gaza & Hamas

- Palestinians launch rockets toward South, shattering calm (JP)
http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Palestinians-launch-rockets-toward-Ashkelon-shattering-calm-317015
   ""Code Red" warning sirens sounded in Ashkelon and surrounding areas early Wednesday morning, an IDF spokesperson confirmed. Shortly after the sirens went off, three rockets fell in open areas, landing in Palestinian areas, Israel Radio reported. The rocket attack marks the first time Palestinian terrorists in Gaza have attempted to strike Israel for nearly two months. No damage or injuries were reported.
    The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) ordered the closure of the Kerem Shalom border crossing between Gaza and Israel. About 20 rockets have been fired by militant groups this year. Several rockets were fired during US President Barack Obama’s visit in March. [...]"

- Dans les camps d'été à Gaza, on mime la guerre, Adel Zaanoun (AFP)
http://fr.news.yahoo.com/camps-d%C3%A9t%C3%A9-%C3%A0-gaza-mime-guerre-093830758.html
   "Des adolescents vêtus aux couleurs du Jihad islamique simulent la capture d'un gamin en uniforme israélien. Les camps d'été des mouvements radicaux inculquent aux enfants de Gaza les rudiments de la "résistance", quand leurs aînés s'efforcent de préserver la trêve avec Israël. A Rafah, dans le sud de la bande de Gaza, une centaine d'enfants palestiniens de moins de 16 ans apprennent sous la conduite d'instructeurs de la branche armée du mouvement, les Brigades Al-Qods, à démonter des Kalachnikovs, progresser dans des tunnels, sauter obstacles et pneus enflammés, ou ramper sous des barbelés sur le sable brûlant, au milieu des détonations.
   "Quand je serai grand, je veux devenir un combattant des Brigades Al-Qods pour enlever des soldats israéliens", proclame Ezz, 12 ans, qui joue le soldat israélien capturé par les apprentis guérilleros, sur une colline sablonneuse, élève dans une école de l'Agence de l'ONU pour les réfugiés palestiniens, l'UNRWA. "Nous apprenons à nous battre pour être prêts le jour où nous résisterons à l'ennemi sioniste qui occupe notre terre et nous tue", explique Oussama, un de ses camarades équipés de Kalachnikovs. [...]
    Le Hamas, au pouvoir à Gaza, a pour sa part ouvert dimanche, pour un mois, ses camps d'été à quelque 100.000 élèves des deux sexes, de 10 à 21 ans. Les camps "sont consacrés à la création et au divertissement, en plus de l'aspect éducatif, religieux moral et national, en particulier en ce qui concerne Jérusalem, le droit au retour des réfugiés et les prisonniers", précise Moussa al-Samak, un organisateur. Selon Mohammad al-Chawa, moniteur dans une de ces colonies de vacances dans le camp de réfugiés de Chati, l'objectif est "le divertissement, l'éducation et l'apprentissage des arts martiaux rudimentaires".
    Un psychologue de Gaza déplore sous le couvert de l'anonymat la participation d'enfants à des exercices militaires qui "présentent un danger pour leur vie et contreviennent aux réglementations internationales protégeant l'enfance". Il reproche à "certains mouvements de vouloir, en entraînant des enfants au combat, dire qu'ils résistent toujours à l'occupation". [...]"


Judée-Samarie

- Reprise de la coopération économique entre Israël et l'Autorité palestinienne (AFP)
http://www.lemonde.fr/proche-orient/article/2013/06/16/reprise-de-la-cooperation-economique-entre-israel-et-l-autorite-palestinienne_3430997_3218.html
   "Les ministres des finances israélien et palestinien ont décidé, dimanche 16 juin, de "reprendre leur coopération économique" à l'issue d'une rencontre marquant la reprise des contacts après plusieurs mois d'interruption, a indiqué le ministère israélien des finances dans un communiqué. Yaïr Lapid et Shoukri Bishara, qui ont été nommés depuis peu, "ont discuté de la mise en œuvre de mesures de confiance entre les deux parties", précise le texte, ajoutant qu'"un calendrier concernant cette coopération économique a été défini". Le but de cette prise de contact est de rétablir les réunions régulières sur des questions techniques comme les points de passage entre les territoires israélien et palestinien, la fourniture de carburant, d'électricité et d'eau aux Palestiniens et le financement des soins des Palestiniens dans les hôpitaux israéliens, selon un communiqué palestinien. [...]"
- Israel, PA agree to restart economic cooperation, Niv Elis (JP) - "Lapid intends to advance economic issues with Ramallah; successfully meets with PA finance minister Shukri Bishari".
http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Israel-PA-agree-to-restart-economic-cooperation-316715

- 3 Molotov cocktails thrown at Israeli bus near Bethlehem (JP)
http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/3-Molotov-cocktails-thrown-at-Israeli-bus-near-Bethlehem-316904


"Processus de paix"

- Killer of 84 year-old man praised as a "heroic giant" on PA TV (PMW, Vidéo 1mn05)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-ma34A3TzA

- The Palestinians are blocking Kerry, Zalman Shoval (Israeli ambassador to the United States in the years 1990–1993 and 1998–2000) - "The Palestinians are doing everything to avoid the possibility of becoming involved in a process that will require compromises and concessions on their part (for example, the refugee issue, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and an end-of-conflict declaration)".
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=4677
   "U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has delayed his upcoming trip to Israel indefinitely. Officially, the trip was postponed due to Kerry's preoccupation with the situation in Syria, but an equally important reason was probably the refusal of the Palestinians to accept Kerry's demand that they drop their preconditions for the renewal of peace negotiations with Israel.
    Kerry had apparently hoped to bypass this roadblock with at least a partial curbing of Israeli settlement construction over the Green Line and a statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in support of the principle of two states for two peoples. But his hopes were for naught, due to the unsurprising ongoing Palestinian recalcitrance.
    A sober view of the situation should lead any observer to the conclusion that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership have no intention of changing their strategic decision to avoid any real negotiations with Israel. Their insistence on preconditions -- for example, advance Israeli consent to the 1967 lines as the future borders of a Palestinian state, the complete halt of Israeli construction over the Green Line (including in Jerusalem), and the release by Israel of imprisoned Palestinian terrorists -- is consistent with the tactics they have been using, including the U.N. statehood bid. The Palestinians are doing everything to avoid the possibility of becoming involved in a process that will require compromises and concessions on their part (for example, the refugee issue, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and an end-of-conflict declaration).
    In this context, it should be noted that Kerry's June 3 speech to American Jewish Community Global Forum -- which among a plethora of remarks friendly toward Israel and the Jewish people also included statements that could be interpreted as rebukes to Israel regarding the peace issue -- encouraged the Palestinians to maintain their obstinacy. Kerry is still enthusiastic about the cosmetic change Arab League representatives made to their peace initiative several weeks ago (the acceptance of the concept of land swaps). Kerry seemingly doesn't understand that, in its current form, the Arab League's proposal is not a peace initiative at all, but rather a dictate that, unlike President Barack Obama's statements in Ramallah in March, puts the cart (Israeli concessions) before the horse (vague promises of peace).
    The policy of Netanyahu and his government is clear. As Netanyahu said during his trip to Poland last week, the goal is to put an end to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians on the basis of a "demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state, with iron clad security arrangements for Israel." This formula is nothing new and the framework it provides for the establishment of Palestinian state likely won't be accepted by the Palestinians and their supporters (by the way, there are many options within this framework). But it clearly doesn't rule out the two-state outline.
    Meanwhile, Kerry will certainly continue his Sisyphean efforts to find any possible way to renew the peace process and Israel welcomes this. But Kerry's chances for success don't appear particularly rosy at the moment. Kerry may not be a member of Obama's inner circle of advisers (which include new National Security Adviser Susan Rice, new U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power and especially the powerful and influential White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough), but Kerry's efforts do currently enjoy the president's full support.
    As written in a critical book (that was perhaps too critical) recently published by a former U.S. government official, the guiding principle of Obama's foreign policy is the level of public support for it. It can therefore be assumed that Obama will be happy to be a full partner in a successful venture. But in the case of a failure, Obama will definitely prefer to leave it to Kerry."

- The PLO admits it hasn't made any concessions since 1988 and doesn't plan any (Elder of Ziyon) - "It is beyond me how Western diplomats can read this position paper, written in plain English, and still claim that Israel is the intransigent party".
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.fr/2013/06/the-plo-admits-it-hasnt-made-any.html
   "I found this in a paper at the PLO Negotiations Affairs Department site, in a paper where they try to spin their reasons for avoiding negotiating with Israel:
   "- What are the Palestinians offering from their side?
    The Palestinians have made numerous concessions and good will gestures. Although the two-state solution is common discourse today, it must be remembered that this solution is based on the Palestinian historic compromise of 1988, whereby the PLO accepted a state on a mere 22% of historical Palestine, for the sake of peace. During the past twenty-plus years of peace process, the Palestinians have entered all negotiations in good faith and have acted in accordance with agreements made. Palestine has also joined other countries in the region in establishing the Arab Peace Initiative, which extends the offer of normalized relations for Israel with 57 Arab and Islamic countries following Israel’s full withdrawal from all the territories occupied since 1967, and a just solution to the Palestinian refugee issue in accordance with UNGA Resolution 194."

    Which means that they are offering - nothing. And they are trying to pretend that this intransigence of the past 25 years is somehow proof of their flexibility and willingness to work for peace!
    Keep in mind that their continuous mention of UNGA 194 means that they never have, and never will, accept the concept of a Jewish state, and they insist even today that Israel must be flooded with millions of Arabs - turning it into an Arab state - as a prerequisite to "peace".
    Which means that they are offering - nothing. And they are trying to pretend that this intransigence of the past 25 years is somehow proof of their flexibility and willingness to work for peace!
    It is beyond me how Western diplomats can read this position paper, written in plain English, and still claim that Israel is the intransigent party."


Jordanie

- Jordanian newspaper: "Let's kill the Jews everywhere" (Elder of Ziyon) - "This article, by Dr. Muhammad Qasem Batayena writing in Jordanian newspaper Assawsana. is the worst one I have ever read. And that's saying something. [...] While this level of vitriol is unusual in even for the Arab media, it is clear that his point of view is not anomalous or even unusual."
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.fr/2013/06/jordanian-newspaper-lets-kill-jews.html


Egypte

- Antisemitism in Al-Azhar University's Friday Sermon: The Jews Are The Muslims' Worst Enemies (Channel 1, 10 mai, Vidéo 2mn12) - "The confrontation [with the Jews] is inevitable. Our Prophet does not lie. He told us that there would be a confrontation between the Muslims and the Jews before the Day of Judgment, and that the Muslims would vanquish them".
http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/3871.htm

- Egyptian politician smiles as he says Jews slaughter Christians for matzoh (Elder of Ziyon) - "As Ramadan approaches and the antisemitic Khaybar film is closer to airing on Egyptian TV, it seems that pure antisemitism is on the rise in Egyptian media". Assez hallucinant, à voir ici.
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.fr/2013/06/egyptian-politician-smiles-as-he-says.html


Iran

- L'Iran continuera d'enrichir de l'uranium (Reuters)
http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2013/06/17/97001-20130617FILWWW00606-l-iran-continuera-d-enrichir-de-l-uranium.php
   "Le nouveau président-élu iranien, Hassan Rohani, a annoncé aujourd'hui que l'Iran était prêt à faire preuve d'une plus grande transparence sur ses activités nucléaires mais qu'il n'était pas disposé à suspendre ses programmes d'enrichissement de l'uranium. [...]"

- Rowhani’s past actions speak louder than today’s soft words, experts say, Elhanan Miller (Times of Israel) - "As nuclear chief in the early 2000s Rowhani suspended enrichment only to resume it; said the world would learn to live with a nuclear Iran".
http://www.timesofisrael.com/rowhanis-past-actions-speak-louder-than-todays-soft-words-experts-say/

- IAEA chief: Iran nuclear program advances despite sanctions (Reuters) - "Iran is making "steady progress" in expanding its nuclear program despite international sanctions that do not seem to be slowing it down, the UN nuclear agency chief told Reuters on Monday".
http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/IAEA-chief-Iran-nuclear-program-advances-despite-sanctions-316837

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