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- JEWISH TEMPLE ALTAR REBUILT, READY FOR USE
- By Ahuva Balofsky - March 9, 2015 - And the altar
of burnt-offering he set at the door of the tabernacle
of the tent of meeting, and offered upon it the burnt-offering
and the meal-offering; as the LORD commanded Moses.
The Temple Institute in Jerusalem has announced that it has finished
building an altar suitable for the Temple service. The altar,
which took several years to build, can be operational at little
more than a moments notice, reported Matzav Haruach magazine.
The Temple Institute is committed to preparing all the necessary
clothing and tools for the rebuilt Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
In addition, the institute operates an educational center for
visitors and a preparatory training program for members of the
priestly family who wish to be ready to serve as soon as the
Temple is rebuilt.
- The altar is a central component to the Biblical sacrificial
service. In fact, there were separate altars for the incense
and for other sacrifices. The larger altar sat in the outer courtyard
of the Tabernacle, and later the Temple. It was approximately
five meters (16 feet) tall and 16 meters (52.5 feet) wide, with
four horns, or raised corners, and a ramp. Continued:
- PUSHING BACK, KERRY SAYS SENATORS CAN'T TOUCH IRAN NUKE DEAL
- Diplomat voices utter disbelief at Republican
senators letter to Tehran, says prospective pact wont
be legally binding.
- By Times of Israel staff, AP and AFP March 11, 2015 - The
American diplomat spoke at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, and criticized Republican lawmakers for dispatching
a letter to Iran warning against the nuclear talks hes
leading, saying it threatened global trust in America. Kerry
said that the letter undermined American foreign policy and was
legally incorrect. This risks undermining the confidence
that foreign governments in thousands of important agreements
commit to, Kerry told the committee, adding he had reacted
with utter disbelief to news of the letter, which
comes as he prepares to return for further intense negotiations
reaching the critical end-stage.
- Kerry said that the deal hes negotiating is not a legally
binding plan, but will be one that has a capacity
for enforcement. The senators letter erroneously
asserts this is a legally binding plan, he said. It
is incorrect when it says that Congress can actually modify the
terms of an agreement any time. That is flat wrong.
- Continued: http://www.timesofisrael.com/pushing-back-kerry-says-congress-wont-be-able-to-touch-iran-nuke-deal
- AFTER ELECTIONS, NETANYAHU LOYALIST SAYS ISRAEL DELIGHTED'
TO RENEW PALESTINIAN TALKS
- March 18, 2015 - Israels Deputy Minister of Foreign
Affairs Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud) said yesterday in an interview
that the new government is willing to return to the negotiation
table with the Palestinians. We would be delighted to renew
the negotiations, Hanegbi said in an interview with the
Israel Project. We believe it is in the interest of both
people the Israeli and the Palestinian to have a
dialogue; to discuss our disputes; to try and find [a] common
denominator in the issues that are so crucial to both people.
- Hanegbi, a Netanyahu loyalist, also said that the new government
will begin an intense effort to renew the trust between the United
States and Israel.
- We will make an effort, a very, very intimate and intense
effort to renew the trust between the governments, said
the deputy foreign minister. It is essential for the security
of Israel. It is essential for the survival of the state of Israel.
Hanegbis words are significant in light of Netanyahus
vocal opposition this week to the establishment of a Palestinian
state. The hostility of the Obama Administration towards Netanyahu
was also widely reported in the weeks leading up the Israeli
- Continued: http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/03/18/netanyahu-loyalist-says-israel-delighted-to-renew-palestinian-talks/
- FROM TEL AVIV TO TURTLE BAY
- The White House hoped a new Israeli prime minister would
resume peace talks with the Palestinians. With Netanyahu holding
on, the administration is weighing a turn to the U.N. to help
force a deal. Report: Obama Moving Towards Supporting UN Resolution
to Force Peace Deal
- March 19, 2015 - After years of blocking U.N. efforts to
pressure Israelis and Palestinians into accepting a lasting two-state
solution, the United States is edging closer toward supporting
a U.N. Security Council resolution that would call for the resumption
of political talks to conclude a final peace settlement, according
to Western diplomats.
- The move follows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus
decisive re-election Tuesday after the incumbent publicly abandoned
his commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state the basis
of more than 20 years of U.S. diplomatic efforts and promised
to continue the construction of settlements on occupied territory.
The development also reflects deepening pessimism over the prospect
of U.S.-brokered negotiations delivering peace between Israelis
- Shortly before this weeks election, the United States
informed its diplomatic partners that it would hold off any moves
in the U.N. Security Council designed to put Israel on the spot
at the United Nations in the event that Netanyahus challenger,
Isaac Herzog, won the election. But U.S. officials signaled a
willingness to consider a U.N. resolution in the event that Netanyahu
was re-elected and formed a coalition government opposed to peace
talks. The United States has not yet circulated a draft, but
diplomats say Washington has set some red lines and is unwilling
to agree to set a fixed deadline for political talks to conclude.
- U.N.: PEACE PROCESS ONLY WAY FOR ISRAEL TO STAY A DEMOCRACY
- Reuters by Michelle Nichols - 3.18.2015 - UNITED NATIONS
(Reuters) - The United Nations said on Wednesday that Israel
needs to stick with the Middle East peace process to remain a
democracy after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu abandoned
a commitment ahead of his re-election to negotiate a Palestinian
- In the final days of campaigning before Israeli voters went
to the polls on Tuesday, Netanyahu said he would not permit a
Palestinian state to be created under his watch and also promised
to go on building settlements on occupied land. U.N. Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon believes the peace process, including an end to illegal
settlement building, is "the best and only way forward for
Israel to remain a democratic state," U.N. spokesman Farhan
Haq told reporters.
- Palestinians seek a state in Gaza, the West Bank and East
Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in the 1967 War.
- UN CHIEF URGES ISRAEL PEACE DEAL WITH PALESTINIANS FOR STATE
- Associated Press - 3.18.2015 - UNITED NATIONS (AP)
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon responded to Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu's election victory with a call Wednesday for
the new government to negotiate a final peace agreement that
will create "a viable Palestinian state." U.N. spokesman
Farhan Haq made clear that the unusually pointed statement reflects
the secretary-general's expectation and response to Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign comments opposing a two-state solution.
He said Ban's call for the new government to create conditions
for a negotiated peace deal includes halting "illegal settlement
- "The secretary-general firmly believes this is also
the best and only way forward for Israel to remain a democratic
state," Haq said.
- He said Ban welcomed the election results and expressed hopes
"for the rapid establishment of a new government that reflects
the will of all Israeli voters."
- Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor denied Israel's democracy
is threatened. "The United Nations may disagree with the
policies of the Israeli government, but there is one fact that
can't be disputed - that Israel is the only democracy in the
Middle East," Prosor said in a statement, noting that voter
turnout in Tuesday's election was 72 percent
- Continued: http://news.yahoo.com/un-chief-urges-israel-peace-deal-palestinians-state-180428078.html
THAT DIDN'T TAKE LONG.. NETANYAHU CHANGED HIS MIND JUST BEFORE
AFTER NETANYAHU PROMISES NO PALESTINIAN STATE IF HE IS RE-ELECTED
- HE REVERSES ON THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION - THAT HAS BECOME A
- NETANYAHU'S LAST MINUTE REVERSAL ON THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION
- Trailing in the polls ahead of Tuesday's elections, the Israeli
premier disavowed the creation of a Palestinian state in an appeal
to the right.
- The Atlantic - By Adam Chandler - Mar 16 2015, - Back in
2009, just three months after he became Israel's prime minister
for the second time, Benjamin Netanyahu delivered what many called
"an historic address." In it, Netanyahu described his
"vision" of peace between Israelis and Palestinians:
There are two free peoples living side by side in this small
land, with good neighborly relations and mutual respect, each
with its flag, anthem and government, with neither one threatening
its neighbor's security and existence.
- The speech was deemed remarkable because it contained Netanyahu's
first-ever call for the establishment of a Palestinian state,
a statement he had resisted throughout his long and winding political
- Nearly six years and three Gaza wars later, and with his
political legacy on the ropes, Netanyahu issued a major retraction
on Monday evening: I think that anyone who is going to
establish a Palestinian state today and evacuate lands, is giving
attack grounds to the radical Islam against the state of Israel,
he said in a radio interview.
Needing to siphon off votes from right-leaning parties, Netanyahu's
change in course is the latest moment of panic.
The reversal came as his political fortunes flounderNetanyahu's
Likud Party is trailing in Israel's (notoriously fickle) polls,
leaving many to believe he might be unseated in Tuesday's elections.
Badly needing to siphon off votes from Israel's right-leaning
parties, Netanyahu's change in course is the latest moment of
panic in a campaign he was never meant to lose. On Sunday, Netanyahu
raised the specter that his party might not emerge with enough
seats to secure the premiership. In doing so, Netanyahu sank
his long-standing air of invincibility in a country where a majority
of citizens have had trouble imagining anyone else as their prime
"One of Netanyahus greatest electoral assetsborne
out in those relentless polls showing him to be voters
preferred prime ministeris that he had created a palpable
sense of inevitability about his rule," David Horovitz argues
over at The Times of Israel. We'll find whether that is still
true on Tuesday. But given his election-eve reversal, it seems
Netanyahu may not even believe it anymore. http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/03/Benjamin-
- WHAT ISIS REALLY WANTS
- The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It
is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among
them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Heres
what that means for its strategyand for how to stop it.
By Graeme Wood - March 2015 - What is the Islamic State? Where
did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity
of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders
seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published
confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the
Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle
East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic
States appeal. We have not defeated the idea,
he said. We do not even understand the idea. In the
past year, President Obama has referred to the Islamic State,
variously, as not Islamic and as al-Qaedas
jayvee team, statements that reflected confusion
about the group, and may have contributed to significant strategic
- The group seized Mosul, Iraq, last June, and already rules
an area larger than the United Kingdom. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
has been its leader since May 2010, but until last summer, his
most recent known appearance on film was a grainy mug shot from
a stay in U.S. captivity at Camp Bucca during the occupation
of Iraq. Then, on July 5 of last year, he stepped into the pulpit
of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, to deliver a Ramadan
sermon as the first caliph in generationsupgrading his
resolution from grainy to high-definition, and his position from
hunted guerrilla to commander of all Muslims. The inflow of jihadists
that followed, from around the world, was unprecedented in its
pace and volume, and is continuing.
Our ignorance of the Islamic State is in some ways understandable:
It is a hermit kingdom; few have gone there and returned. Baghdadi
has spoken on camera only once. But his address, and the Islamic
States countless other propaganda videos and encyclicals,
are online, and the caliphates supporters have toiled mightily
to make their project knowable. We can gather that their state
rejects peace as a matter of principle; that it hungers for genocide;
that its religious views make it constitutionally incapable of
certain types of change, even if that change might ensure its
survival; and that it considers itself a harbinger ofand
headline player inthe imminent end of the world.
- The Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq
and al-Sham (ISIS), follows a distinctive variety of Islam whose
beliefs about the path to the Day of Judgment matter to its strategy,
and can help the West know its enemy and predict its behavior.
Its rise to power is less like the triumph of the Muslim Brotherhood
in Egypt (a group whose leaders the Islamic State considers apostates)
than like the realization of a dystopian alternate reality in
which David Koresh or Jim Jones survived to wield absolute power
over not just a few hundred people, but some 8 million.
- OBAMA SIGNALS ABANDONMENT OF ISRAEL
- March 19.2015 - Report describes 'outright hostility' against
longtime democratic ally. It was U.S. President Harry S. Truman
who jumped into action when David Ben-Gurion, head of the Jewish
Agency, declared the state of Israel on that May day in 1948,
recognizing the fledgling nation the same day and giving stature
by association, based on Americas successful defense of
freedom around the globe in World War II, to the target of Arab
- And over the years, dozens of times, perhaps hundreds, the
U.S. has protected Israel with vetoes of United Nations moves
against the Middle East democracy, an antagonism that started
to develop in the 1970s and has grown exponentially nearly every
year since. For example, the watchdog group called UNWatch reported,
The U.N.s discrimination against Israel is not a
minor infraction, nor a parochial nuisance of interest solely
to those concerned with the equal rights of the Jewish people
and the Jewish state. Instead, the world bodys obsession
with censuring Israel at every turn directly affects all citizens
of the world, for it constitutes (a) a severe violation of the
equality principles guaranteed by the U.N. Charter and underlying
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and (b) a significant
obstacle to the U.N.s ability to carry out its proper mandate.
- Now, however, a U.S. president who has been described as
pouting over conservative Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahus re-election victory (Barack Obama has declined
to call Netanyahu with congratulations), may be willing to turn
the American ship around and side with the U.N. to attack Israel.
At the Foreign Policy site it was reported on Thursday that the
U.S. is edging closer toward supporting a U.N. Security
Council resolution that would call for the resumption of political
talks to conclude a final peace settlement, according to Western
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- The conflict between Obama and Netanyahu dates to when Obama
was elected president and his opposition to a conservative political
position, like Netanyahus for Israel, became clear. The
snubs have developed repeatedly.
- Then there were reports that Obama was infuriated by Netanyahus
acceptance of an invitation to speak to the U.S. Congress
without Netanyahu first asking Obamas permission. The White
House publicly criticized the speech before it happened and afterward.
Obama said there was nothing new in it.
- Is Obama an anti-Semite? Then during a hotly contested re-election
campaign, Netanyahu abandoned the moderate positions hed
supported on several issues, and promised constituents there
would be no partition of Israel, no creation with Israels
land, of a Palestinian state while he leads. That further estranged
Obama, whose goals have included a legacy of foreign policy successes
like a peace accord in the Middle East. Foreign Policy also reported
that because of Netanyahus victory, there was a new willingness
on the part of the U.S. to consider U.N. action against Israel.
The report quoted an unnamed Western diplomat saying,
The more the new government veers to the right the more
likely you will see something in New York.
- Subsequently, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said
she could not rule out the U.S. supporting a U.N. resolution
on Israel and Palestine. That despite the fact multiple plans
for a resolution in that part of the world have been torpedoed
not by Israel, which has indicated a willingness to cooperate,
but by Palestinian interests, who have not. Ilan Goldenberg,
a former member of the Obama administrations Mideast peace
team, told FP that Washington might be inclined to support a
Security Council resolution backing a two-state solution as an
alternative to the Palestinian effort to hold Israel accountable
at the [International Criminal Court], the report said.
At the ICC, Palestinians are accusing Israel of war crimes for
the 214 conflict in Gaza, where civilians were casualties. Israel
said Hamas militants took shelter in populated areas, creating
- UNWatch pointedly noted that the U.N. has been anything but
fair to Israel in recent years. During the 61st Session
of the General Assembly, the time spent by ambassadors on enacting
the 22nd anti-Israel resolution of the year was time not spent
on passing a single resolution on Sudans genocide in Darfur.
U.N. bias against Israel is overt in bodies such as the
General Assembly, which each year passes some 19 resolutions
against Israel and none against most other member states, including
the worlds most repressive regimes. Federal archives
suggest thats a huge change from the launch of Israel,
when America supported the creation of of the state, and Israeli
forces fought off attacks from armies from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq
and Egypt. CNN openly described Obamas actions as outright
hostility and noted the impact on relations between the
nations remains to be seen.
- But Americas historic support for Israel at the
U.N., as well as any White House ambitions of brokering further
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, seem likely to be affected
sooner rather than later, the report said. However, members
of Congress said the frustration expressed by Obama, whose administration
had sent funding to groups that ended up trying to undermine
Netanyahus re-election campaign, wouldnt affect security
aid levels from the U.S. to Israel. In fact, Arizona Sen. John
McCain applauded Netanyahus victory, with, Congrats
to Bibi the comeback kid!
- GOP leaders align with Israel in their concern over Obamas
negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, and The Times
of Israel said an Obama administration official warned, Bibi
needs to understand that there are policy ramifications
- Earlier Thursday, WND reported a spokesman for Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah party told WND
his information confirms that the Obama administration is studying
the possibility of supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution
calling for the resumption of talks to create a Palestinian state.
Dmitry Diliani, who is also a member of the Fatah Revolutionary
Council, stated, Now the United States, at the same time,
yes, it has been studying its position.
- Especially at a time when Benjamin Netanyahu basically
not only slapped the face of American policy by a statement rejecting
a two-state solution, he said. He spat on the face
of the American policy. Something that I dont think any
American would allow this to happen to the greatest country in
PALESTINIANS CONFIRM U.S. 'STUDYING' ABANDONING ISRAEL AT U.N.
- Charge Netanyahu 'spat on face of American policy'
Aaron Klein - 3.19.2015 - WND - TEL AVIV, Israel A spokesman
for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah
party told WND his information confirms a report Thursday that
the Obama administration is studying the possibility of supporting
a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for the resumption
of talks to create a Palestinian state.
- Dmitry Diliani, who is also a member of the Fatah Revolutionary
Council, stated, Now the United States, at the same time,
yes, it has been studying its position. Especially at a
time when Benjamin Netanyahu basically not only slapped the face
of American policy by a statement rejecting a two-state solution,
he said. He spat on the face of the American policy. Something
that I dont think any American would allow this to happen
to the greatest country in the world.
- Diliani further confirmed reports that in light of the re-election
of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Abbas may turn to the U.N.
and other international bodies for recognition without the approval
of Israel. This is something that is a total right for an independent
state of Palestine that is recognized by the United Nations,
he said. Diliani commented on Netanyahus election promise
to reject the formation of a Palestinian state during his tenure
in office. Stated Diliani: That means he basically canceled
all the agreements. All the political planning in the region.
Everything that is considered a political map for the whole region
that was adapted by the whole world and former governments of
Israel and the Palestinian people.
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On the eve of this weeks elections, Netanyahu stated in
a video interview with Israels NRG news website: I
think that anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state
today and evacuate lands is giving attack grounds to the radical
Islam against the state of Israel. He said anyone who
ignores this is sticking his head in the sand. The
left does this time and time again, Netanyahu said. We
are realistic and understand.
- The interviewer asked Netanyahu specifically whether he meant
that a Palestinian state would not be established if he were
re-elected. Correct, he replied.
- BRITAIN MUST OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZE PALESTINE IF ISRAEL DROPS
THE 2-STATE SOLUTION SAYS CLEGG
- RT / UK Published on Mar 20, 2015 - Edited time: March 21,
2015 10:27 Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called on the
British Parliament to formally recognize a Palestinian state
following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus last-minute
election promise not to pursue a two-state solution. Speaking
during his weekly radio phone-in, Clegg described Netanyahus
election pledge as extremely worrying.
The Liberal Democrat leader said he hoped the desperate
attempt to win votes was breathless rhetoric.
However, he warned if Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing Likud
party, carried out his threats, then the British Parliament would
have no choice but to officially recognize Palestine.
The Likud Party won a surprise victory on Wednesday, claiming
30 seats in the 120-seat parliament, the Knesset.
- WHITE HOUSE PUSHES PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD IN FACE OF NETANYAHU
- The White House says that a two-state solution is still the
best way to resolve the dispute in the Middle East, Israeli Prime
Ministers Benjamin Netanyahu promise this week to prevent
further establishment of a Palestinian state notwithstanding.
- A two-state solution is the best way to address this
conflict, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told
reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday, according to USA
- Netanyahu said earlier this week on Monday that he would
fend off efforts to create a Palestinian state if hes re-elected
as prime minister of Israel. On Wednesday, the leader declared
himself victorious following a narrow win against challenger
Isaac Herzog of the center-left Zionist Union.
- US President Barack Obama had yet to congratulate Netanyahu
on his win as of Wednesday afternoon, and Earnest, the White
House spokesman, said he anticipated that a phone call between
the two would occur in the coming days. In 2013, Obama waited
nearly a week to call Netanyahu after he narrowly won that years
- David Simas, a political director for the White House, told
CNN on Wednesday that the administration wanted to give
space to the formation of that coalition government before
extending its congratulations.
- Now, the hard work of coalition building begins. Sometimes
that takes a couple of weeks, he said. And we're
not going to weigh in one way or another except to say that the
United States and Israel have a historic and close relationship
and that will continue going forward.
- The relationship between Obama and Israel has been rocky
in recent weeks, especially after the president declined to attend
an event in Washington in which Netanyahu spoke before Congress
upon invitation of Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the House speaker.
Netanyahu used the address to urge American lawmakers to reject
the administrations efforts to ink an agreement with Iran
concerning the nations nuclear ambitions, and the rift
between the executive and legislative branches was driven fwider
when 47 of the 54 Republican senators wrote to Iran urging the
country to abandon any talks with the White House. Continued:
- WATCHDOG: REPORTED NUCLEAR DEAL LEAVES IRAN WITH CAPACITY
FOR BOMB, NOT NUCLEAR POWER PLANT
- March 20, 2015 - If Iran is permitted to keep 6,000 nuclear
centrifuges, it will not be able to create enough fuel for a
peaceful nuclear program, but it will be able to build a nuclear
weapon, David Ibsen, Executive Director of the watchdog group
United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) told The Algemeiner on Thursday.
Iran has long claimed that its nuclear program is for peaceful
- The consensus is 6,000 centrifuges is short of the
capacity necessary to generate fuel to power nuclear power plants,
Ibsen said in a written statement. Ibsen was responding to an
exclusive AP story reporting that the US and Iran had reached
a draft nuclear accord that permits Iran to continue its nuclear
- Under the tentative agreement, the US will lift sanctions
against Iran, and cap Irans nuclear enrichment capability
to 6,000 centrifuges. Iran presently has 19,000 centrifuges capable
of enriching the uranium needed for a nuclear weapon. The US
had previously attempted to cap Tehrans enrichment program
at 500 1,500 centrifuges. The AP also reported that under
the draft accord, the UN might roll back an arms
embargo against Iran. UANI believes that Iran can still build
a bomb under such a draft agreement.
- 6,000 centrifuges is not insignificant, because you
can still use that to make a bomb, Ibsen told The Algemeiner.
- UANI called the draft agreement a concession by the p5+1,
referring to the world powers presently negotiating alongside
the US to limit Irans nuclear capabilities. Continued:
- OBAMA MAY CUT DIRECT TIES WITH NETANYAHU AND MAKE KERRY LIAISON
- March 20, 2015 - President Obama is considering cutting all
ties with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israels
YNet News reported on Friday. According to a source cited by
the paper, the White House is contemplating lowering its
ties with Israel and putting Kerry as the sole liaison between
the two states, as opposed to the open line Netanyahu now enjoys
with Obama. The president is pragmatic, if he were
to think there was some gain to be made from talking directly
with Netanyahu he would do so, but he just prefers not to waste
his time, the White House source said
- The report culminates weeks of mounting anger by the White
House towards Netanyahu. Administration officials were very critical
of Netanyahus historic speech earlier this month before
a joint session of Congress on the Iranian nuclear threat, and
there was even speculation that the White House was attempting
to unseat the Israeli Prime Minister.
- Following Netanyahus landslide electoral victory this
week, it appeared as though the tension with the White House
might dissipate. The White House took a conciliatory tone on
the day of the win, and a Netanyahu loyalist made it clear that
the new government would seek to renew trust with the United
- The peace was short-lived.
- The White House quickly resumed hostilities towards Netanyahu
in the days following the election. A White House official avoided
congratulating the Israeli Prime Minister the day after the win.
The White House also directly criticized Netanyahus Election
Day comments about Arab voter turnout, calling them cynical.
Then there were several reports that the White House was reconsidering
its pro-Israel stance at the United Nations because of Netanyahus
rescinding of support for Palestinian statehood at this time.
Netanyahu, seemingly in response to the mounting White House
hostility, abandoned his pre-election opposition to a two-state
solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, seeking again to
renew the US-Israel relationship. The White House rejected this
overture, and said that it was re-evaluating its
thinking about relations with Israel. Continued:
- OBAMA ADMIN 'WON'T BE AROUND FOREVER' - ISRAELI MINISTER
ON WEST BANK SETTLEMENT STALL
- Published time: December 10, 2014 14:31
The Obama administration has led the charge against Jewish settlement
construction in the contested West Bank, Israels defense
minister has said, adding that he hopes the slowdown will be
- Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Israel wants
to construct more settlements in the West Bank, but an outpouring
of global condemnation - spearheaded by the United States - has
sidelined those aspirations.
- "I really want to approve plans and build more
right now this issue provokes a reaction first and foremost from
the Americans, and then threats from various sources," Yaalon
said, as quoted by Haaretz, on Tuesday addressing high school
students in a Jewish West Bank settlement.
- According to Yaalon, the United States has led
the charge and Israel has been very, very careful
not to push the envelope too much. Continued: http://rt.com/news/213095-israel-obama-us-settlements/
- HEZBOLLAH WARNS ISRAEL AGAINST LEBANON WAR, AS FRANCE LINKS
$3BILLION BEIRUT ARMS DEAL
Published time: November 05, 2014 12:15 - Hezbollah leader Hassan
Nasrallah has rejected Israels threats of war on
Lebanon, saying it is fully prepared to defend the country,
while an Israeli MP said in the event of war the IDF would return
Lebanon to the Stone Age. Addressing a mass gathering
of Lebanese Shiites celebrating the Islamic holy day of Asura
in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Nasrallah warned Israel of
the consequences of a war with Lebanon. Israels threats
of another war on Lebanon do not stem from its power because
it has lost hope and is concerned
The resistance is a real
threat to Israel, Nasrallah said, Lebanon's Daily Star
- Israelis are saying in the media that they would have
to close down the Ben Gurion Airport and the Haifa port and yes,
thats true." Nasrallah confirmed the Israeli reports,
saying there is no place extending on the land of occupied
Palestine that the resistances rockets cannot reach.
- Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, a member of
the hawkish Likud Party, blasted Nasrallahs speech in an
angry response. In order to avoid any doubt on the matter,
Nasrallah the cowardly braggart should know this: that option
does not exist for us, Katz wrote on his Facebook page.
If such a scenario does materialize, we will raze Lebanon
to the ground! We will return it to the Stone Age and bury [Nasrallah]
under the rocks." Continued: http://rt.com/news/202423-lebanon-israel-arms-france/
- 'US AN ENEMY': PALESTINIAN OFFICIAL BLASTS WASHINGTON OVER
UNSC STATEHOOD VETO December 31, 2014 - Palestine will start
an international campaign showcasing the US as an enemy,
pushing Israeli extremists to carry on with their actions and
supporting Israel in everything, Fatah central committee member
Abbas Zaki said. Zaki, also the former representative of the
Palestine Liberation Organization in Lebanon, told RT Arabic
that the latest developments in the UNSC were not a failure for
- Its just the persistent unwillingness of the
US administration to give the Palestinian people its lawful right
of self-determination. Its a very dangerous precedent,
- The US administration realizes very well that 138 states
support Palestine as having UN observer status. The US knows
that there are many decisions and resolutions of international
organizations condemning the Israeli crimes and injustice towards
the Palestinian people, Zaki said. He added: Regardless
of all that, the current US administration still uses its right
to veto. In such a way, the US wants to tell Palestine not to
address the UN, neither today nor in the future. Continued:
- 'NO MORE WAITING': PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT SIGNS ROME STATUTE
TO JOIN ICC
- December 31, 2014 - Edited time: December 31, 2014
- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has signed the Rome Statute,
the founding treaty to join the International Criminal Court,
a day after the UNSC failed to adopt the Arab coalitions
bid for the creation of a Palestinian state.The Palestinian Authority
could also schedule a date for applying to join the International
Criminal Court and other international agencies, negotiator Saeb
Erekat said, adding that officials would hold a "very serious
meeting" on Wednesday.
- "There will be no more waiting, no more hesitation,
no more slowdown," Erekat said. "We are going to meet
and make decisions." A batch of newly signed treaties will
be delivered to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's office by the
end of the week, a diplomat at the Palestinian UN observer mission
- Continued: http://rt.com/news/218911-palestine-next-steps-bid/
- PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD BID FAILS AT UN SECURITY COUNCIL AS
US, AUSTRALIA VOTE AGAINST
January 01, 2015 - The UN Security Council has failed
to adopt the Arab coalitions bid calling for the creation
of a Palestinian state and an end to Israeli occupation.
The veto power US and Australia voted against the move with 5
abstentions. The draft resolution gathered only 8 votes in favour,
so it was automatically defeated. The US however still used its
veto power and voted against the resolution. Another veto power
state, the UK, along with Lithuania, Nigeria, Korea and Rwanda
have abstained from the vote. "This resolution sets the
stage for more division, not for compromise," said US Ambassador
Samantha Power, calling the draft a staged confrontation.
- The United kingdom supports much of the content of
the draft resolution. It is therefore with deep regret that we
abstained from it, said UK ambassador to the UN, Mark Lyall
Grant. We are disappointed that the normal and necessary
negotiation did not take place on this occasion.
- However, Russias UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said that
Moscow cannot share the objections of those who believe
that the draft resolution was undermining the prospects of the
negotiating process. Continued:
- HERZOG CONGRATULATES NETANYAHU, REFUSES TO SAY WHETHER HE'LL
- Final results: Netanyahu's Likud scores decisive victory
in Israeli election, set to win 30 Knesset seats, Zionist Union
gets 24 Netanyahu calls for 'strong' government to safeguard
security, welfare Meretz leader Zehava Galon resigns in
wake of election results.
- By Haaretz - Mar. 18, 2015 - With nearly all votes counted,
Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party is set to emerge as the election's
big winner with 30 seats. The Zionist Union trails behind with
24 seats. The Joint List of Arab parties is the third-largest
party at this point, followed by Yesh Atid, Kulanu, Habayit Hayehudi,
Shas, Yisrael Beiteinu, United Torah Judaism, Meretz and Yahad.
- President Reuven Rivlin said he would work for a national
- Ballots were cast at 10,372 polling stations throughout Israel.
There are 5,881,696 Israelis (citizens over the age of 18) who
were eligible to vote today for the 20th Knesset.
CENTRIST RUNNER-UP SAYS HE WON'T JOIN NEW ISRAELI COALITION
- Zionist Union party co-leaders Isaac Herzog listens to Tzipi
Livni as she delivers a statement in the party's election headquarters
in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, a day after Israel
held legislative election. Netanyahu's right-wing Likud Party
scored a resounding victory in Israel's election, final results
showed Wednesday, a stunning turnaround after a tight race that
had put his lengthy rule in jeopardy. (AP Photo - Ariel Schalit)
From Associated Press March 19, 2015 - Israel's parliamentary
election this week says his party will not join the next government,
and accused Benjamin Netanyahu of racism. Isaac Herzog says his
Zionist Union, which finished second in the vote, would sit in
the opposition and "challenge a narrow right-wing government."
- Herzog spoke Thursday to Army Radio. The latest tally from
Tuesday's vote shows the Zionist Union got 24 seats, compared
to Likud's 30. Herzog criticized Netanyahu's campaign, saying
it "touched on racism" and was based on "lies,
hostility and fear-mongering." In a last-ditch attempt to
spur supporters to the polls, Netanyahu said Arab citizens were
voting "in droves" and were endangering years of rule
by his Likud Party.
- The comments drew accusations of racism from Israeli Arabs
and a White House rebuke.
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