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5 novembre 2013 2 05 /11 /novembre /2013 17:53
"Processus de paix"

- PA blames construction plans in W. Bank, east J’lem for any failure of peace talks, Khaled Abu Toameh (JP) - "The PA president said he would make it clear to Kerry that Israel would be held responsible for the failure of the talks and the Palestinians would be free to reassess their strategy".
- Israel, PA spar ahead of next round of talks (Times of Israel) - "Netanyahu said Palestinian claims that settlements were an obstacle to peace were just an attempt to create an artificial conflict. “The Palestinians knew were would build [in the settlements] during negotiations. It was made clear beforehand,” Netanyahu said at a Likud faction meeting Sunday. “There’s no reason for this crisis,” he added".
- Netanyahu: PA Creating 'Artificial Crisis', Gil Ronen (Arutz 7) - Tzipi Livni: “to say that Israel has abrogated a commitment would be an untrue statement.”
   "Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has rejected the Palestinian Authority (PA) contention, that recent decisions on construction in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria contravene agreements reached at the outset of negotiations between Israel and the PA, three months ago. He said that the Palestinians knew full well when the talks began that Israel acepts no limitations on construction beyond the “Green Line,” which demarcates Israel's 1949 armistice borders. Netanyahu spoke at the cabinet session Sunday but his statement was not reported until around midnight, following the angry PA reactions to the decisions to build about 1,700 more housing units in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. [...]
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni confirmed Netanyahu's contention on Monday, and told Voice of Israel public radio that “to say that Israel has abrogated a commitment would be an untrue statement.” “On the eve of negotiations,” she said, “each of the sides made decisions, and there are things that each side has to swallow, that are unpleasant.”
    Livni said that the government had to choose between releasing terrorist prisoners and freezing construction in the areas contested by the PA, and that this was not a simple choice because the release of terrorists “was very difficult for all of us.” She hinted that the presence of the religious Zionist Bayit Yehudi party in the Coalition made it impossible to freeze construction, and so the government opted for releasing terrorists, which is “very difficult for all of us.”
    The construction in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria “bothers the Palestinians and hurts our status in the world,” she said, “but there is no violation of our commitments in it.” Livni explained that the construction of communities in Judea and Samaria is something that the world “doesn't understand” and that it is perceived as “the colonialism of long ago”."
- Minister to French MPs: Abbas knew about settlement building, Lahav Harkov (JP) - ""Abbas knew in advance about construction in Judea and Samaria," Ariel explained. "The Americans coordinated it with him and even his protest is basically a coordinated show"."

- Fatah: Murderer of two is Palestinian “nation’s symbol” (PMW)
   "Until he was released by Israel last week, murderer Issa Abd Rabbo was serving two life sentences for murdering two Israeli university students. Ron Levi and Revital Seri were hiking south of Jerusalem on Oct. 22, 1984, when Issa Abd Rabbo attacked them, tied them up at gun point and put bags over their heads. He then shot and murdered them both. He was released in October 2013 as one of 104 prisoners to be released by Israel, which was the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations. The Fatah movement, headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas, sees this murderer as: "One of our nation's symbols and one of our greatest leaders" [...]"
- Yasukuni and Ramallah: Commemoration also requires sensitivity, Moshe Arens (Haaretz) - "Can the celebrations at the release of Palestinian murderers from prison truly be considered a sign that Abbas wants to make peace with Israel?"

- Netanyahu: I want Abbas to give his own Bar-Ilan speech (JP)
   "Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wants Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to show the seriousness of his intentions by making his own Bar-Ilan speech, calling for a two state solution. "I'd like to see Abu Mazen [Abbas] give the Birzeit [University] speech," Netanyahu said in an interview with i24News. "I'd like him to stand, as I did in front of my constituencies, and say 'two states for two peoples. A Jewish state alongside a Palestinian state.' I've yet to hear him say that."
    The prime minister stressed that such a speech is important to him because, much like his own speech at Bar-Ilan University, it is not an easy speech to make. "I have made real efforts, painful efforts, I gave the Bar-Ilan speech, which wasn't easy to do as a Likud leader in front of a religious university," he told i24News."

- Netanyahu: Refusal to Recognize Israel as Jewish State ‘at the Root of the Conflict’, Zach Pontz (Algemeiner)
   "The refusal to recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people is at the root of the country’s conflict with the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting Sunday. Marking the 96th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which recognized the right of the Jewish People to a homeland in then-British Mandate Palestine, Netanyahu reiterated the demand of his government that the Palestinian Authority recognize Israel as the Jewish state in any final status agreement between the two sides.
   “In order for there to be peace between us and our Palestinian neighbors, they must recognize the right of the Jewish People to a state of its own in its homeland. This means that in a permanent agreement they will drop their national demands, including the right of return and any other national demand on the State of Israel,” he said. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has continually stated that the PA will not recognize Israel as a Jewish State.
    Netanyahu also highlighted his position that part of any final status agreement must also include an Israeli troop presence along the Jordan River. “These security arrangements are important to us. We will insist upon them. They will certainly include many things, but first and foremost, the security border of the State of Israel will remain along the Jordan River,” he said. Ma’ariv reported last month that this particular position has become a major sticking point between the two sides, with PA negotiators demanding that only its forces be placed in the Jordan Valley."
- Abbas: Israel's claim it wants Jordan Valley for security is a lie, Khaled Abu Toameh (JP)
   "Israel’s claims that it wants to retain control over the Jordan Valley for security reasons is a lie, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday. He reiterated his refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Abbas’s statements were made during a meeting with Fatah leaders in Ramallah. The statements were published by Abbas’s office on the eve of his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Bethlehem to discuss the crisis in the peace talks with Israel.
    Abbas said that Israel wants to retain a presence in the Jordan Valley for economic and not security reasons. “They [Israel] say they want to stay in the Jordan Valley for 40 years,” Abbas said. “With 40 years in the Jordan Valley there will be no solution. They say they need the Jordan Valley to protect themselves against the Iranian threat or whoever comes from the eastern border.” [...]"

- Abbas: Peace talks stalled, may terminate early (Times of Israel) - "Ahead of Kerry’s arrival, PA president dismisses American demand that Palestinians refrain from seeking international recognition".
- Israelis, Palestinians pessimistic on peace as sides await Kerry (Reuters) - ""The Palestinians are not conducting the talks in good faith," Gideon Saar, the Israeli interior minister who is close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told Army Radio. "(The Palestinians) are locked in their positions and are showing no flexibility on their starting positions"."

- Poll: 54% of Palestinians support two-state solution, Khaled Abu Toameh (JP) - "while a majority of 60% believe a third intifada is possible in the near future, only 29% said they would support such a development".
   "More than half of Palestinians support a two-state solution, according to a public opinion poll published on Monday. The poll, conducted by the Arab World For Research & Development, covered 1,200 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It was conducted between October 20 and 22 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points. AWRAD describes itself as an independent research center that specializes in political and economic research and development through rigorous policy and applied research.
    The poll showed that while a majority of Palestinians supports the present round of negotiations with Israel, a similar number of respondents (54 percent) believe the process will not yield positive results. Furthermore, 57% of respondents said they were less hopeful for the peace process than the previous year, while an additional 57% believe that the Palestinians are further away from achieving a state. Nevertheless, a majority of 54% of respondents continue to support the two-state solution, the survey found. Support for the two-state solution is greater in the West Bank (56%) compared to 50% in the Gaza Strip, according to the poll.
    The poll also showed that 58% of Palestinians support non-violent means “to end the occupation” as opposed to 47% of Gaza respondents who believe that armed resistance is the best method to achieve independence. But while a majority of 60% believe a third intifada is possible in the near future, only 29% said they would support such a development, the poll showed."

Gaza & Hamas

- Le Hamas introduit un enseignement de la «résistance» au lycée (AFP) - "«Toute la Palestine, de la mer (Méditerranée) au fleuve (Jourdain) et du nord au sud, nous appartient, à nous les musulmans», peut-on y lire, conformément au programme du mouvement islamiste, qui ne reconnaît pas Israël".
- To Shape Young Palestinians, Hamas Creates Its Own Textbooks (The New York Times) - "For the first time since taking control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, the Hamas movement is deviating from the approved Palestinian Authority curriculum, using the new texts as part of a broader push to infuse the next generation with its militant ideology".
- Hamas issues own textbooks for Gaza children, shaping ethos (Ynet) - "New curriculum omits Oslo Accords, claims Jews, Zionists unrelated to 'extinct nation of Israel,' boasts Hamas 'drove Zionists into shelters' during Pillar of Defense Operation".

- Rafah opens - but not for most Gazans (Elder of Ziyon) - "Only holders of foreign and Egyptian passports, as well as medical patients, would be allowed access [...] So students and other ordinary Gazans are still imprisoned by Egypt For some reason, there are no special UN sessions dedicated to condemning Egypt, though".

- Report: Egypt arrests another Hamas member (Elder of Ziyon) - "Hamas has strenuously denied having anything to do with the militants in the Sinai, but this is not the first report of a Hamas member being arrested by Egypt".
- Three Palestinian Arabs killed planting explosive devices. In Egypt (Elder of Ziyon) - "three Palestinians were killed shot dead by the Egyptian army on the road to Rafah, in Sheikh Zuaid. The source said troops spotted three Palestinians planting explosive devices and tried to arrest them but they fled, Egyptian security fired at them and killed them".

- As predicted: Hamas blames Israel for Gaza electricity shortage (Elder of Ziyon) - "Even Gazans no longer buy Hamas' lies, as this Gaza-based reporter writes for AllVoices".


- Chief security adviser: If talks fail, Israel risks isolation (Times of Israel) - “it [is] clear to everyone that handling international pressure depends on the progress of the negotiations, and if the talks fail, it will give everyone interested in boycotting us every reason to do so.”

- Anti-Israel (BDS) campaigner admits his boycott is specifically against Jews (Vidéo 4mn11) - "An anti-Israel (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaigner outside Ecostream in Brighton admits that his boycott is against Jews, not against Israel".


- Khamenei : Israël "illégitime et bâtard" (Le Figaro.fr)
   "Le guide suprême iranien, l'ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a qualifié dimanche Israël de régime "illégitime et bâtard", lors d'un discours devant des écoliers et des étudiants à quelques jours du 34e anniversaire de la prise de l'ambassade américaine à Téhéran. "Les Américains doivent tenir compte des sionistes (dans les négociations nucléaires avec l'Iran, ndlr) mais nous avons dit dès le premier jour que le régime sioniste est illégitime et bâtard", a déclaré M. Khamenei, selon son site officiel khamenei.ir."

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