- La mort d'Arafat - l'opinion d'un expert (CRIF)
"Ceux qui ont lu le rapport médical d'Arafat (disponible sur Internet !...) et qui connaissent un peu la médecine ont du mal à comprendre les fantasmagories sur une intoxication radioactive, criminelle ou non. Ce texte bref rédigé par un expert, le Pr Najman, permet de revenir aux fondamentaux :
"L’hypothèse d’une contamination par un radio élément qui aurait pu être responsable de la maladie mortelle de Yasser Arafat est contredite par les rapports médicaux de l’Hôpital Percy tels qu’ils ont été rendus publics. La moelle osseuse qui a été prélevée à plusieurs reprises a toujours été riche en cellules alors qu’une irradiation importante entraine très vite un appauvrissement et un défaut de production qui porte sur toutes les cellules du sang. D’ailleurs ces rapports indiquent que le Service de Protection Radiologique des Armées n’a pas trouvé de contamination par des radio-éléments.
Professeur Albert Najman, Professeur Emérite d’Hématologie, Faculté de médecine Pierre et Marie Curie, Université Paris VI"."
- Israël/élections : Amir Peretz quitte le parti Avoda pour rejoindre Tsipi Livni (Guysen)
"Un véritable séisme politique vient de se produire ce matin en Israël. A l'issue de négociations secrètes ces derniers jours, le député Amir Peretz a décidé de quitter le parti Avoda [travailliste] pour rejoindre Tsipi Livni. Peretz, ancien ministre de la Défense et figure emblématique du parti Avoda, figurait à la 3ème place de la liste présentée par Shelly Yechimovitch."
- Jerusalem Mayor: No City in World Regulated by US President, Rachel Hirshfeld (Arutz 7) - “When the world talks about a freeze in Jerusalem, I ask, a freeze on what? On the billions we invest in east Jerusalem? Should we stop construction for Arabs, Christians or Jews? Or does someone mean that when an entrepreneur approaches me, I should, heaven forbid, ask him what religion he subscribes to so he can receive a permit to build in Jerusalem?”
"Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat expressed support on Monday for the Israeli government’s plan to build 3,000 additional housing units in the E1 section between Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim, Israel Hayom reported. Speaking in Herzliya at a conference on the subject of affordable housing, Barkat told the audience: “We need to connect the E1 area to Jerusalem without any reservations at all, even with the world pressuring us not to do so. I certainly back the prime minister’s position on this. I don’t know of any city in the world whose regulator is the U.S. president.” [...]
“When the world talks about a freeze in Jerusalem, I ask, a freeze on what? On the billions we invest in east Jerusalem? Should we stop construction for Arabs, Christians or Jews? Or does someone mean that when an entrepreneur approaches me, I should, heaven forbid, ask him what religion he subscribes to so he can receive a permit to build in Jerusalem? That would be horrendous and it negates even U.S. law,” he said. [...]"
Gaza & Hamas
- Gaza : le Hamas va créer son "ministère de la Défense" pour préparer de nouveaux conflits avec Israël (Guysen)
"Le mouvement terroriste islamiste Hamas envisage de créer un ministère de la Défense dans la bande de Gaza en vue de nouveaux conflits avec Israël, a déclaré le ministre de l'Intérieur du Hamas Fathi Hamad cité par les médias égyptiens. "Cette mesure vise à prévenir les conséquences négatives d'un nouveau conflit armé ainsi qu'à moderniser les forces armées de la bande de Gaza", a indiqué Hamad s'exprimant lors d'une cérémonie consacrée aux "exploits" des policiers et employés des forces de sécurité de la bande Gaza "face à l'agression israélienne". Selon le ministre, "de nouvelles guerres" avec Israël seront "plus acharnées", mais les Palestiniens restent déterminés à "libérer leur terre".
Dans le même temps, le Premier ministre du Hamas Ismaël Haniyeh a promis aux parlementaires égyptiens en visite à Gaza de "ne pas céder un pouce de terre palestinienne qui appartient aux musulmans". "La résistance et le jihad sont la seule voie pour la libération de la Palestine", a déclaré Haniyeh."
- Territoires disputés : Tsahal saisit des armes dans un local du Hamas près de Tulkarm (Guysen)
"Tsahal et le Shin Beth ont procédé à l'aube à une perquisition dans un local situé à Kfar Burqa dans le secteur de Tulkarm (Shkhem) soupçonné d'abriter une officine du Hamas. Des armes de poing et des fusils chargés ont été saisis, ainsi que des poignards, du matériel militaire, des documents, des drapeaux du Hamas ainsi que des photos des dirigeants du mouvement terroriste."
- Hébron : affrontements entre policiers palestiniens et soldats de Tsahal (Guysen)
"Des affrontements ont éclaté jeudi après-midi entre des soldats de Tsahal, en visite dans la ville, et des policiers palestiniens, à la suite d'échanges verbaux qui se sont transformés en rixe. Selon les premiers éléments de l'enquête, un des policiers a frappé un soldat au visage avec son poing. En riposte, les soldats ont tiré des gaz lacrymogènes. L'enquête se poursuit."
"Processus de paix"
- Netanyahu: "The Palestinians want a state without peace" (Die Welt) - "I think that there’s a willingness to believe the worst about Israel in some quarters of Europe, and that’s something that has been part of our history in Europe for many generations. What is our great crime? What is it we’re doing? We’re building in the areas that will remain in a final peace settlement of Israel. This is not some foreign land".
"[...] - Die Welt: Before the Palestinians went to the UN, Israel threatened harsh measures in response and now you announced new settlement building between Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumin. If further settlement construction is Israel’s default option, it makes it very difficult to believe that you’re really interested in a peace agreement.
- Netanyahu: We have strategic interests and well maintain those strategic interests under all international pressure. As far as our future action is concerned, it depends on the Palestinians. If they continue to act unilaterally, then we’ll respond accordingly. If they act in a more restrained way, we’ll respond accordingly as well.
- Die Welt: With the swift and careful action in Gaza, it seemed that Israel had gained international credit and also the fact that it stopped before a ground invasion. Now it seems that you’re losing the credit that you gained in Europe with the announced settlement building. The French and British have even threatened to recall their ambassadors.
- Netanyahu: I suppose Israelis should have become used to the fact that we don’t get a fair hearing in Europe, but we expect otherwise. Because every fair minded person knows that Israel is a beleaguered country, under attack. We’re the only country threatened with genocide. We vacated territory right next to our cities, territory that has been taken over by the proxies of Iran, territory from which they’ve fired thousand of rockets on our cities and from which they openly call for our destruction.
Now we’re asked to vacate more territory right next to Jerusalem, right next to Tel Aviv, without any guarantees whatsoever from the other side that they’ll recognize the Jewish state, that the’ll end the conflict, that we’ll have the necessary security arrangements so that what happened in Gaza and in Lebanon when we vacated them, doesn't happen again for a third time.
Yet none of this appears in the UN resolution. It is completely one-sided; it is a gross violation of the Palestinian’s commitment not to go to the UN and to resolve issues through peace negotiations. This now has all been swept aside and of course we have to protect our vital interests, and so we’re doing that. But the fact that the Palestinians tore to shreds their commitments under the Oslo Accords and went to the UN unilaterally is somehow dismissed.
Our response which is measured and certainly less than proportional is blown out sky high. That’s neither fair nor judicious, because it doesn’t bring peace closer. It pushes it back. It hardens the Palestinian’s positions and it tells us something very, very disturbing. It tells us there’s no value to making agreements for peace, because when the other side violates it, nobody will hold them accountable. Only Israel, when it takes actions to protect its own interests, will be held accountable. I don’t think that encourages peace.
- Die Welt: But the very place where you announced settlement building is a place where construction will make it very difficult in the future to come to a peace agreement with the Palestinians. It’s vital for a future Palestinian state.
- Netanyahu: I disagree. They’re talking about a Palestinian state between Gaza and the West Bank and there’s no continuum there. Here, we’re talking about an area that is one mile, two miles wide, that connects Jerusalem to a suburb that in all peace plans will remain part of the State of Israel. All previous Israeli governments have had the position that this suburb of Jerusalem called Maaleh Adumim, which has about 40.000 people, will be part of Israel in a final settlement deal.
All governments talked about the possibility of building tunnels, bridges, roads there to facilitate Palestinian movement. So to say that this will jeopardize the possibility of a Palestinian state is neither true nor responsible. In any case what we’ve advanced so far is only planning, and we will have to see. We shall act further based on what the Palestinians do. If they don’t act unilaterally, then we won’t have any purpose to do so either.
- Die Welt: Were you surprised by the reaction of France and UK and Sweden?
- Netanyahu: I think that there’s a willingness to believe the worst about Israel in some quarters of Europe, and that’s something that has been part of our history in Europe for many generations. People believed outrageous things about the Jewish people, as some now believe about the Jewish state. What is our great crime? What is it we’re doing? We’re building in the areas that will remain in a final peace settlement of Israel. This is not some foreign land. This is the land in which the Jewish people have been for close to 4000 years.
What we’re talking about is suburbs contiguous to Jerusalem. And everybody knows that they will remain part of Israel. You don’t change the map, you don’t prejudge anything. I think there is heightened sensitivity. I didn’t see this heightened sensitivity from some of these governments when the Palestinians violated the Oslo Accords. I didn’t see them speaking out when President Abbas claimed solidarity with the Hamas terrorists who are rocketing Israel. I didn’t see it when they speak now of a union between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. I don’t hear that and I don’t think that this is conducive to peace. I think it’s counterproductive.
I think the one-sided criticism of Israel just tells the Palestinians that they can get away with violating their solemn pledges for peace, and I don’t think it advances peace. Israel is prepared to have peace with a Palestinian state. The Palestinians want a Palestinian state without peace. Many of these European governments who voted for this thinking it may advance peace but in fact this pushes peace backwards because it tells the Palestinians you can get international recognition and international legitimacy without making the necessary compromises for peace.
- Die Welt: So what you’re basically saying is that the countries that voted for the associate membership status of the Palestinian state violated the Oslo Agreement?
- Netanyahu: I think maybe that wasn’t their intention. Maybe their intention in voting for it or even abstaining was the thought that they were somehow advancing peace. In effect, the consequence was the exact opposite. What it does is it encourages the Palestinians to believe that they don’t need to make the fundamental compromise of recognizing Israel and coming to terms with it, and they’ll still get international recognition. That’s not a blueprint for peace.
- Die Welt: Your government also decided to hold back tax transfers to the PA and use them for outstanding electricity bills. Many of your security experts have frequently warned that stripping the PA of money could destabilize the situation in the West Bank and endanger the security cooperation Israel.
- Netanyahu: They do owe us that money and they haven’t paid it, and we have the right to deduct the funds they owe us. Other governments do the same every day on outstanding debts that they are owed. [...]
- Die Welt: In the latest Gaza offensive, the German government and Angela Merkel personally were very vocal in defending Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets from Gaza, but on the other hand some Israelis have been disappointed that Germany didn’t vote against the Palestinian move at the UN. Are you coming with mixed feelings to Berlin?
- Netanyahu: First of all, I appreciated the support of Chancellor Merkel and the German government during the operation in Gaza, and I think it was widely recognized that we were defending ourselves against terrorists who were rocketing our cities. At the same time, I would be disingenuous if I didn’t tell you that I was disappointed, as were many people in Israel, by the German vote in the UN. I think that people understand that there is a special relationship between Germany and Israel. I think that Chancellor Merkel believed that this vote would somehow advance peace. That was her goal.
But in fact the opposite happened because, in the aftermath of the UN resolution, we see that the Palestinian Authority under President Abbas is moving to unite with the Hamas terrorists. The resolution did not call for recognizing the Jewish state or ending the conflict with us or having security safeguards. It has encouraged the Palestinians, actually to toughen their position and not to enter negotiations. So despite the goal of the German abstention, I think that it produced the opposite outcome. It has pushed peace backwards. So I look forward to the opportunity to discuss with Chancellor Merkel how we can move on from here. [...]
- Die Welt: What is the last book that really, deeply impressed you?
- Netanyahu: Well, I read a book, "A Brief History of Man", by an Israeli professor. It was very good. It goes back a few million years. When it comes to Israel, for many, history didn’t exist before the Six Day War. Everything happened on the day we happened to walk into the territories. I mean the fact that we were attacked from these territories from 1920, for half a century before 1967 – what was that all about? The Palestinian Arabs held those territories. Arab countries held those territories. Why did they attack us from them? If those territories are the source of the conflict, why were we attacked for 47 years? Because it’s not the source of the conflict.
The source of the conflict was the opposition to the State of Israel in any borders. The constant repetition of anti-Israel propaganda has turned the results of Arab aggression into its cause. The fact is that we are in those territories as a result of an attempt to choke our country in the Six Day War, which we prevented. Now it’s become the cause, but when we walk out of territories that we took over in 1967 like Gaza, they keep firing the rockets at us, and we ask them: "Why are you doing it? I mean, if we walked out of Gaza, why are you firing on Tel Aviv?" They say: "Because we want to liberate Palestine." We say: "What do you mean, the West Bank? You mean where the other Palestinians are?" They say: "No, Tel Aviv. We want Tel Aviv; we want Haifa; we want Jerusalem; we want Ashdod; we want Beer Sheva."
That is the root cause of the conflict: the unwillingness to make peace with Israel in any borders, and the minute you have Arab leaders willing to make a genuine compromise, recognize the State of Israel and make peace with it – as in the case of Anwar Sadat of Egypt or the late King Hussein of Jordan – Israel made peace. I would make peace in a heartbeat with Abu Mazen if he wanted peace, but he went to the UN. His speech in the UN was not the speech of a man who wants peace. It was terrible incitement, full of venom. It wasn"t the way that a leader speaks to his people preparing them for peace. And when that changes, he’ll see Israel respond very rapidly. [...]"
- Another Map Disproving E-1 Contiguity Claims (CAMERA) - "The map represents Clinton's peace proposal, which was rejected by Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat. The map clearly shows the E-1 area under Israeli control and a contiguous Palestinian state in the West Bank."
- Elliott Abrams interview on ABC Australia (Audio 5mn20) - un salutaire retour sur terre à propos de l'affaire de la zone E1.
"- ELLIOT ABRAMS: You know I think it's been greatly exaggerated. Again, it's not some kind of right-wing plot. Rabin and Barak both planned to build in E1. The Clinton parameter, the Olmert plan, all assumed that E1 would be part of Israel in its final settlement. The thing is you've got a town, Ma'ale Adumim, of 40,000 people that's like a balloon tethered to Israel by one road and that's just never going to stand. I don't understand really the argument that it destroys the possibility for Palestinian states.
- EMILY BOURKE: But is it not the case that it virtually bisects the West Bank and renders a Palestinian state unviable?
- ELLIOT ABRAMS: No, I think that's wrong. There are two ways to solve the problem. Build a road that is east of Ma'ale Adumim where there's about 15 miles as I recall it between Ma'ale Adumim and the Jordan River. Or there's a road that goes between Jerusalem and Ma'ale Adumim. So build an overpass or build an underpass. But the notion that it makes a Palestinian state impossible, I mean it's ironic that this argument comes the week after the UN has declared there is a Palestinian state. I mean they admitted the Palestinian state as a non-member state of the United Nations. They raised the status from into each a state. So I just don't think it makes it unviable. You just build an overpass or an underpass. It is not a decision to construct. There will not be one shovel hitting the earth. It's just another stage in this endless planning stage that has been going on for about 30 to 40 years. It is not a decision to construct anything in E1."
- Palestinians: What The UN Brought, Khaled Abu Toameh (Gatestone Institute) - "There has been no mention of peace process or coexistence with Israel. The belligerent and defiant tone of Fatah officials sent the message that the Palestinians are now headed toward confrontation with Israel -- not peace."
- Tunisian Cleric Ahmad Al-Suhayli Calls the Jews Prophet Slayers and Apes, Prays for Allah to Annihilate Them (Hannibal TV, 30 novembre, Vidéo 4mn31) - extrait : "Ever since the days of the prophets, the Jews have been obstinate. They rebelled against the decrees and laws of Allah. […] The Jews continued with their deviations and transgressions. Those accursed Zionist Jews even had the audacity to slay the prophets of Allah. [...] In the days of Allah’s prophet David, a group of Jews was transformed into apes, because they violated the laws of Allah. […] The Koran exposed the evil psyche of the Jews."
- Pakistan : un drone tue trois insurgés (AFP) - comme toujours, l'AFP titre en présupposant qu'il ne s'agit pas de civils ("trois insurgés" et non "trois Pakistanais"), alors que l'agence titre systématiquement "un raid tue trois Palestiniens" lorsque la frappe est israélienne. Cette différence injustifiée de traitement trahit un biais très profond, si profond qu'il en devient sans doute inconscient.
"Au moins trois insurgés islamistes ont été tués aujourd'hui par un drone américain dans une zone tribale du nord-ouest du Pakistan, principal sanctuaire d'Al-Qaïda dans le monde et repaire des talibans pakistanais et afghans, ont annoncé des responsables de la sécurité. L'avion sans pilote a tiré deux missiles sur une maison du district de Mir Ali, à une vingtaine de km à l'est de Miranshah, capitale du Waziristan du Nord. [...]"
- Manifestation anti-israélienne au Forum Social Mondial de Porto Alegre (Vidéo 4mn51)