A VERY HEAVY ROCK FOR ALL THE NATIONS
“The message of the word of YHWH concerning Israel. YHWH who stretches
out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit
of man within him, declares: ‘Look! I am going to make Jerusalem a cup
that causes reeling to all the people around. Judah will be besieged as
well as Jerusalem. And on that day, when all the nations of the earth
are gathered against her, I will make
Jerusalem a very heavy rock for all the nations. All who
try to move it will be severely injured’.” (Zechariah 12:2-3)
Today, Jerusalem, the capital of
ancient and modern Israel, is being surrounded by enemies who are
demanding that Israel divide the city, so that the eastern sector can
become the capital of a Palestinian state.
The nations are being motivated by
rationalism, and their perceived solutions to the 4000-year-old conflict
between the Ishmaelites and the Israelites.
Long ago God provided a
territorial solution. To the descendants of Abraham, through Isaac and
Jacob (Israel), He gave the land of Canaan:
“On that day YHWH made a covenant with Abram, saying, ‘To your
descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as
the great river, the river Euphrates’.” (Genesis 15:18)
To the descendants of Abraham
through Ishmael, He gave the lands of Egypt and most of the Middle East.
“And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Watch! I will bless him, and will
make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall become
the father of twelve princes, and I will make him into a great nation.
But My covenant I will establish with Isaac.” (Genesis 17:20-21)
The Muslim world has a religious
capital - Mecca. And when Muslims in any part of the world pray, they
bow down facing Mecca.
The Jewish world has a religious
capital – Jerusalem. Jews pray towards Jerusalem. And in Jerusalem they
pray facing the Western Wall of the Temple Mount.
The word Jerusalem is found in the
Hebrew Bible some 800 times. It is not mentioned even once in the
YHWH the LORD calls Zion
(Jerusalem) His holy mountain, and He says regarding the nations:
“Why do the nations rage and the people devise a vain thing? The kings
of the earth take their stand, and the rulers take counsel together
against YHWH and against His Anointed - His Messiah: ‘Let us break Their
chains,’ they say, ‘and throw off Their fetters!’ He who is seated in
the heavens laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. Then He rebukes them in His
anger and terrifies them in His fury, saying, ‘I, yes, I have
installed My King on Zion, My holy mountain.”
The nations today, however, care
little for what God has said. They listen rather to the voice of
expediency and rationalism. Whatever their puny finite minds can
concoct, is what infuses them with rash rhetoric and reckless policies.
The drive of the
Arabic-Persian-Turkic nations is more understandable, for it is clear
from their holy book.
But Europe? Of course, Europe is
well into a post-Christian era, so that the Bible does not count for
very much there. Australia is in much the same condition.
And what about the USA? Well, the
people voted in a president who said the US is no longer a Christian
country, and that “Nobody should be concerned with a few obscure Bible
verses.” Barack Obama is proving to be the most anti-Israel US president
since the creation of the modern Zionist state in 1948.
Jerusalem was originally a small
Jebusite city in the time of Abraham some 4,000 years ago. It was
established as the capital of Israel by King David, over 3,000 years
ago. Even when the land was later occupied by other nations, Jerusalem
had a sizable Jewish population. And it has never been a capital city of
any of the nations that captured it.
In the Turkish Ottoman Empire
Jerusalem was simply an outpost. In World War 1, Jerusalem was liberated
from the Turks by the British who then administered the land under a
mandate of the League of Nations.
In 1947 the United Nations voted
and decided to partition “West Palestine,” and the resolution called for
Jerusalem to be placed under UN administration.
The Arab nations rejected the UN
resolution and launched a war against the newly declared state of Israel
in 1948. The Jordanian army drove the Jews out of eastern Jerusalem -
the Old City - the City of David. The Jews held onto the western
Although the Jordanians controlled
most of Samaria-Judea which they called “The West Bank” for 19 years,
there was no attempt to establish an Arab state in the territory, or to
set up a capital in Jerusalem.
1967 - JERUSALEM
During the Six-day War of 1967,
Jerusalem and the West Bank were liberated from the Jordanians.
Thereafter, Jews began to return to their former neighborhoods in the
east, north and south of Jerusalem, and they have remained there ever
since. All areas of Jerusalem were annexed to Israel, and the united
city remains the nation’s capital.
The Palestinian Authority claims
that the areas
controlled by Jordan for 19
years, rightfully belong to the Palestinian race and should become a
capital of a future Arab state.
The fact is that there has never
been a Palestinian nation, a Palestinian race, a Palestinian identity, a
Palestinian government or currency. In the first half of the 20th
century, anyone living in Palestrina – (Palestine), including the Jews,
was called Palestinians. In those days the Palestine Post was a Jewish
newspaper. The Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra was a totally Jewish
The people now called
“Palestinians” are a hybrid race, made up of Arabs and Bedouins from the
nations around. Yasser Arafat was, in fact, an Egyptian.
Mahmoud Abbas was born in Safed,
Galilee (Israel), but at the age of 13, he fled with his parents, and
settled in Syria. Like many of the Arabs, they were ordered by the Arab
leaders to temporarily get out of the Jewish areas. They were promised
that after the Jews were wiped out, they would return and take over the
whole land. But that never happened! And they found them-selves as
refugees in Jordan, Egyptian-Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, and the Persian Gulf.
Abbas graduated from Damascus University, then went to Egypt to study
Israel is a predominately Jewish
nation, and the majority of the first citizens were Jewish émigrés from
Soviet and European nations. After 1948, Jews “returned” to Israel from
all over the world. Today, the majority of Israelis have been born in
The total Israeli citizenship is
nearing 7 million; about 6 million are Jews, and one million are Arabs –
mostly descendants of those who remained in the land during the 1948-49
“The Palestinians” are not
Israelis. Prior to 1967 they were Arabs living under Jordan and Egypt.
Since 1967 neither Egypt nor Jordan has wanted them! So they now claim
to be an ancient ‘Palestinian’ race. (There is no evidence they
descended from the Philistines).
The Palestinians, as people, of
course, need to be settled. Several million “refugees” (which are
mostly descendants of original refugees, have long been settled in their
host countries - but they have often been a problem to their hosts.
After 1967, Israel accommodated
the Arabs within the liberated territories – Judea, Samaria, Gaza and E.
Jerusalem, and most were doing well. But when the PLO was formed, it
fomented trouble in Israel, as it did also in Jordan and Lebanon.
Gaza, in particular, became a
hotbed of terrorism. Israel finally decided to give the Gaza Strip to
the Palestinians there, to administer, and to develop as a prosperous
community in harmony with both Egypt and Israel. But the Muslim
Brotherhood of Egypt had created the Hamas movement in Gaza, and its
agenda was nothing less than the destruction of Israel. So instead of
prosperity and freedom, Gazans reaped the opposite.
In the West Bank, instead of
living in peace and prosperity, radical Palestinians encouraged
countless suicide bombings in Israeli cities, which forced Israel to
build protective barriers and a security wall around the territory.
Although the Palestinian Authority
has recognised Israel (because of the Oslo Accord in 1993), the main
party in the West Bank, Fatah, like Hamas, still maintains a charter
that calls for Israel to be wiped out.
Basically the Palestinians don’t
want to live alongside Israel; and the Arab nations, and Iran, do not
want a Jewish state in the Middle East. And of course, the Jews are not
thrilled to be surrounded by hostile Arabs.
WHY PEACE EFFORTS
Numerous Israeli leaders and
American presidents, have striven to produce a solution. George Bush Snr,
forced Palestinian and Israeli leaders to sit together after the first
Gulf War. Bill Clinton oversaw the signing of the Oslo Accord in 1993,
and the Camp David talks in 1980, with the hope of producing a
Palestinian state alongside Israel. But he also failed ... because
Yasser Arafat would not budge from his demands. Next, George Bush Jnr,
declared that he would bring peace to the Middle East; and his secretary
of state, Condoleezza Rice tried her level best to achieve it – and they
Now, the new “messiah” President
Barack Obama, along with the international “Quartet,” is determined to
solve the problem – even if it means imposing a US-EU-UN-crafted remedy
upon Israel – and even if that remedy reduces Israel to a mini-state
within the 1967’s indefensible borders. (Understandably, Israel is not
willing to accept such a suicide solution.)
But Obama’s hard line towards
Israel has encouraged the Palestinians to take an even more
uncompromising stand - which makes a reasonable solution even more
There is no “solution,”
except world war.
Even the Antichrist’s 7-year
peace treaty will not bring “peace” for more than a few months.
War is a solution that no-one
wants – no-one except Iran, and the insiders who plan to impose global
governance on the world. And that world government agenda is the
motivation for the powers of darkness to
draw all nations
up to the Valley of
Jehoshaphat – the Kidron Valley in Jerusalem, for battle.
The LORD warns of this through
Joel the prophet:
“Blow a trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all
who live in the land tremble, for the day of YHWH is coming; surely it
is near - a day of darkness and gloom; a day of clouds and gross
darkness. As the dawn is spread over the mountains, so there is a great
and mighty people coming; there has never been anything like it, nor
will there ever be in the ages to come. A fire consumes before them, and
behind them a flame burns ...
“Before them the earth quakes; the heavens tremble; the sun and the moon
grow dark, and the stars no longer shine. YHWH thunders at the head of
His army. Surely His camp is very great, and strong is the One who
carries out His word. The day of YHWH is indeed great and very awesome;
who can endure it? …
“Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for
war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the men of war draw near;
let them come up to attack! Beat your plowshares into swords, and
your pruning-hooks into spears. Let the weak say, ‘I am strong!’
“Come quickly all you surrounding nations, and gather yourselves
together! Bring down, O YHWH, Your mighty ones! Let the nations be
aroused and come up to the Valley of
Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to
judge all the nations on every side.”
(Joel 2:1-3. 3:10-12)
OBAMA’S FEUD WITH
After he was sworn in as president
in Jan 2009, Barack Obama began a courtship with the Islamic nations,
and at the same time distanced himself from Israel. In his first 14
months in office he has visited Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Djibouti,
Ghana, Germany, Afghanistan, and South America, and has even shaken the
hand of Hugo Chavez (an outspoken enemy of the US). But while Obama
visited Israel before the elections, he has since bypassed his
Evidently he wants to show the
Arab world that far from favouring the Jewish state, he intends to bring
it to its knees.
Obama’s envoy, George Mitchell,
has had very little success with the Middle East peace process over the
past year - that is, if we are thinking of a true solution. Mitchell, of
course, has long been pro-Palestinian, and formerly he was a director in
the Council on Foreign Relations which is pushing for world governance.
After a stalemate in year-long
talks, in 2008, Mahmoud Abbas changed tactics. He now demands
starting talks again.
After all Barack Obama’s failed
foreign initiatives, this “breakthrough” evidently encouraged him with
something positive - something that now looked possible. So he sent his
Vice-President, Joe Biden, to Israel, ostensibly to rebuild ties.
JOE BIDEN’S VISIT TO
Vice President Biden’s visit to
Israel in mid-March was supposed to promote American-mediated talks
between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel, with a view of
producing a new Palestinian state.
In the beginning, all went well.
Biden met with both Israeli President Shimon Peres and PM Benjamin
Netanyahu. During a joint press conference with Netanyahu, Biden praised
Israel for restarting the peace process, and said that America was
committed to Israel’s security.
Netanyahu in turn expressed thanks
to the US for its leadership against Iran’s nuclear weapons program. “I
very much appreciate the efforts of President Obama and the American
government to lead the international community to place tough sanctions
on Iran,” he said.
Shortly thereafter, Israel’s
Interior Ministry, which is run by the ultra-orthodox, nationalist
party, Shas, made the ill-timed announcement - that it was going
ahead with plans to build 1600 new homes in the Jewish neighborhood of
Ramat Shlomo – in the north-west of Jerusalem.
This announcement was a surprise
apparently, to both Biden and Netanyahu. The prime minister apologised
to his guest over the bad timing of the announcement.
BIDEN SIDES UP WITH
The man who came to Israel on a
charm offensive, could no longer hide the truth about where the Obama
administration’s true sympathies lie. After declaring his undying love
and fidelity to Israel just hours before, Biden switched gears and
condemned Israel for “undermining” prospects for peace.
The next day Mr Biden stood side
by side with Palestinian leaders in Ramallah, and condemned Israel for
its decision to continue building in Jerusalem. He also said that the
Palestinians deserve a “viable and contiguous” independent state that is
not broken up by Israeli settlements.
The day after Biden left his
Palestinian partners in Ramallah, the PA honored Dalal Mughrabi, the
leader of the deadliest-ever terrorist attack in Israel, by naming a
square in Ramallah after her.
On Mar 12/10, the
washingtontimes.com reported that the fallout from Biden’s 48 hours
in Israel undid a year of effort by the Israeli government to build a
foreign policy, and an understanding with Washington as the bedrock of a
coordinated proactive policy on Iran. But instead of ironing out
misunderstandings which have marred relations, the visitor struck out on
his own as America’s would-be Middle East policy overlord.
Biden came to the region with
three missions: to sweeten US-Israeli relations, celebrate the launching
of indirect Israel-Palestinian peace talks, and to underscore the
commonality of US-Israeli purpose on Iran. As it happened, he fell down
on all three counts; instead, launching an independent Middle East
posture at odds with the White House’s avowed policies.
Instead of smoothing ruffled
feathers in Jerusalem with interviews to the host media, VP Biden
snubbed them all and granted the only interview of his trip to the
Arabic Al Jazeera TV,
whose news content is sharply slanted against Israel, US military
campaigns, and the Western war on terror.
By ending his Israel visit with
the Al Jazeera interview, Joe Biden showed exactly how he felt
about Israel. And so the worst crisis between the US and Israel since
the 1970s began; and Biden’s visit ended up as a fiasco.
TALKS NOT SO SWEET
According to debkafile’s sources,
“the sweetness and light” conveyed in public statements was hardly
present in the Vice President’s
talks with Israeli leaders.
Netanyahu may have approved the
Jerusalem announcement as an indirect comeback for the way the American
visitor was laying down the law on a number of issues of Israeli
concern, chiefly the matter of Iran’s rapid progress toward a nuclear
weapon. But the announcement was certainly a forthright statement on the
Interior Ministry’s resistance to the division of Jerusalem.
The peremptory word (dictatorial
demands) was first heard at Biden’s meeting with President Shimon Peres.
There he explicitly
warned Israel against
venturing to attack Iran without prior American permission.
Even the oft-repeated American
commitment to Israel’s security was delivered with this notable
“I can promise the people of
Israel that we will confront every security challenge that we will
face,” Biden said. But this statement
ruled out any unilateral
Israel operation in its own
defence. Forget unilateral action, he was saying:
From now on, “we” will
make the decisions about
the levels of “security challenge” facing Israel and how to “confront
Jerusalem was also taken aback by
Biden’s assertion that
Iran was isolated as never
A distorted prism was held up by the Obama administration to justify its
backtracking on painful sanctions for Iran.
Sanctions had been
by the White House to Netanyahu and to Defence Minister Ehud Barak in
return for Israel’s consent to hold back from striking Iran’s nuclear
Biden’s visit to Israel,
therefore, far from meeting its avowed goal of smoothing over the
differences between the Obama administration and Israel, left Jerusalem
more distrustful than ever.
MEDIA AND POLITICAL
Binyamin Netanyahu copped the heat
for the crisis that erupted with the approval of new construction in
Ramat Shlomo - a town located in a part of Jerusalem that was restored
to Israel when Jerusalem was reunited after the Six Day War – a reunion
the US does not recognize.
Much of the media criticized the
PM for embarrassing Biden, although Netanyahu insisted he had nothing to
do with the timing of the announcement.
Much of the foreign and Israeli
media placed Israel in a bad light for upsetting American plans to
mediate between the PA and Israel for a new Arab state within Israel’s
borders. However, an “editor-at-large” for UPI, which generally reports
with less bias than other news agencies, commented that the “anaemic
Middle East ‘peace process’ is beginning to look like The Fool’s
After the initial media and
political blows were delivered to Netanyahu, Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton gave him a 43-minute telephone tongue lashing, and then followed
that up with an unprecedented and scathing public attack on him.
Clinton told CNN news on March 13:
“The announcement of the settlements on the very day that the vice
president was there was insulting.” A
State Department spokesman said that Clinton called Israel’s PM “to make
clear that the US considered the announcement to be
a deeply negative signal
about Israel’s approach to the
and counter to the spirit of the vice president’s trip.”
White House political advisor
David Axelrod then continued the attack by publicly calling Israel’s
Ramat Shlomo announcement an “affront” and an “insult,” surprising
Israeli government officials who expected calmer words. President Obama
also was reportedly deeply upset that the Israeli government would
announce plans to build homes in East Jerusalem -- especially during the
visit of his vice president.
On Mar 15, PM Netanyahu switched
from apologies to the Obama administration, and went on the offensive.
Buoyed by virtually
unanimous Cabinet support,
he told Likud Knesset Members (MKs) at a party meeting, “Building in
Jerusalem and in all other places will continue in the same way that has
been accepted in the last 42 years. The construction does not harm
In response to a question posed by
a strongly nationalistic MK concerning the 10-
month building freeze on new homes
for Jews in Judea and Samaria, Netanyahu said “the freeze was a
‘goodwill’ gesture to President Obama, to entice the PA to resume
negotiations. It is ‘binding,’ but will not be
DETERMINED TO STOP ISRAEL BUILDING
With the Obama administration
apparently not making any effort to tone down the rhetoric against
Netanyahu, American political analysts have commented that the president
may be trying to topple the Israeli government.
The Obama government insists it is
imposing terms on
Israel. But in fact, it has been paving the ground for Israel to stop
building in the restored parts of Jerusalem, at least until a final
agreement is made with the PA.
The Arab world, however, is
standing firm that there is no ground for
– not until all their
claims to the Old City and Judea-Samaria are met.
Biden, Clinton and the Obama
administration have now shown their true colors to the Israeli
Biden, standing shoulder to
shoulder with terrorists, said that
needs to play fair! Next,
Clinton’s 43-minute tongue lashing for “embarrassing” Biden; and then
Obama’s hostile White House behaviour to his “close ally.”
All three - Biden, Clinton and
Obama - have been severely criticized in the media and elsewhere for
over-reacting, and for what appeared as gross interference in Israeli
ISRAEL-US TIES IN
WORST CRISIS SINCE 1975
Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren
was quoted by the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper telling other
Israeli diplomats in a telephone briefing, “Israel’s ties with the
United States are in their worst crisis since 1975 ... a crisis of
BACKLASH AGAINST OBAMA
President Obama is behind the
public chastising of PM Netanyahu over the housing plan, according to
the New York Times. But his handling of the diplomatic crisis is
being increasingly criticized in the US.
American Jewish and non-Jewish
groups have rallied to the side of Israel, charging the Obama
administration with miscalculating widespread Israeli opposition to
American efforts to create a de facto PA claim to parts of Jerusalem.
Republican Party leaders attacked
the Obama administration with unusually harsh language, charging it with
an “irresponsible” position against an ally.
“In an effort to
ingratiate our country with the Arab world, this administration has
shown a troubling eagerness to undercut our allies and friends,”
said the only Jewish Republican Congressman, Eric Cantor of Virginia.
Cantor went so far as to say that the dispute “jeopardizes America’s
A leading Republican on the House
Foreign Affairs Committee, charged that the Obama government’s
condemnations of “an indispensable ally and friend of the United States
… undermine both our allies and the peace process, while encouraging the
enemies of America and Israel alike. She noted that President Obama has
taken “softer approaches” towards the Palestinian Authority, Syria and
Senator Sam Brownback’s office
stated, “It’s hard to see how spending a weekend condemning Israel for a
zoning decision in its capital city amounts to a positive step towards
Republican Leader John Boehner
issued a statement saying, “The Administration’s decision to escalate
its rhetoric following Joe Biden’s visit to Israel is not merely
irresponsible; it is an affront to the values and foundation of our
long-term relationship with a close friend and ally.”
According to the Republican
leader, “The Administration has demonstrated a repeated pattern since it
took office: while it makes concessions to countries acting contrary to
US national interests, it
ignores or snubs the
commitments, shared values and sacrifices of many of our country’s best
“If the Administration wants to
work toward resolving the conflict in the Middle East, it should focus
its efforts on Iran’s behavior, including its pursuit of nuclear
weapons, its state-sponsorship of terrorism, its crushing of domestic
democratic forces, and the impact its behavior is having, not just on
Israel, but also on the calculations of other countries in the region as
well as on the credibility of international non-proliferation efforts,”
The American-Jewish criticism of
Obama was led by the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman, who issued
“We are shocked and stunned at the
Administration’s tone and public dressing down of Israel on the issue of
future building in Jerusalem,” he said. “One can only wonder how far the
US is prepared to go in distancing itself from Israel in order to
placate the Palestinians.”
EVEN MANY DEMOCRATS
Many Democrats were uneasy over
the crisis but for a different reason – they are worried about what
impact it would have on the
near the end of the year.
And polls have shown that Obama’s political stature is sinking.
Some circles in the US, and many
in Israel, say the Obama administration is blowing the crisis up with
STILL NO OBAMA VISIT
Over a year has passed since
Barack Obama took office as President of the US, and during the past
fourteen months, the President has not yet made a trip to Israel – the
United States’ “greatest ally in the Middle East.”
He has visited a wide variety of
countries, including Ghana, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Djibouti, and
has even shaken the hand of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez (an outspoken enemy
of the US). Yet, while Obama visited Israel in 2008 before the
elections, he has not stopped off in Jerusalem since.
Commentator Arnaud de Borchgrave
explained that what neither President Obama nor his vice president
seemed to realize is that Netanyahu and his supporters “were deeply
aggrieved when the US president went to Cairo last June 4 for an address
to the Muslim world without stopping in Israel on the way home.
AS ISRAEL IS BLAMED,
ITS ENEMIES ARE
Ever since March 12 when Hillary
Clinton lambasted the Israeli PM, the Obama administration has been
livid. The timing of this crisis couldn’t be worse - as Obama should
fully understand in the light of recent events.
In a speech of March 3, Iran’s
President Ahmadinejad vowed that
Israel’s annihilation was
at hand, and said that
Israel is “losing
the support of the West and would soon disappear.”
In the aftermath of this hideous
threat of genocide against the children of Israel, we see the Obama
administration doing nothing but adding credibility to Ahmadinejad’s
words, and emboldening all of Israel’s enemies.
The Palestinians don’t need a lot
of excuses to riot against Israel. The fact is that the US is openly
expressing its “anger” toward Israel for not giving the Palestinians
what they want? And this is fueling the fires of hatred in the region
ARABS RIOT IN
The Palestinians have been swift
to capitalize on the Obama administration’s recent harsh denouncements
of Israel, organizing riots in Jerusalem as well as in at least one Arab
town in Samaria.
Thousands of Israeli police were
posted in and around the Old City as clashes broke out that saw 60 Arabs
and a number of Israeli officers wounded.
Arabs hurled rocks from behind
smokescreens created by burning tires and trash cans, and police
responded with rubber bullets and teargas. Dozens of Arabs were
arrested, some by undercover Israeli police, who moved in to nab primary
Hundreds of Arabs, including
busloads of Bedouin from the Negev responding to inciting calls from
their leadership, came to the capital to “rescue” the Al-Aqsa Mosque and
Temple Mount from the Jews.
Israeli Arab Knesset Members - who
are openly loyal to the “Palestinian Cause” rather than to their own
state - were condemned by Jewish lawmakers for encouraging the riots.
According to some analysts, the
renewed violence might be just what Washington’s land-for-peace-gang had
hoped would happen - as it upped the already intense pressure on Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to agree to make yet more territorial
concessions in favor of the “Palestinians.”
- By Stan Goodenough /Jerusalem
After cooling down a bit, Hilary
Clinton pledged an …
Mar 16/10. In an effort to quell
the diplomatic spat that rocked ties between Washington and its closest
Middle East ally, Clinton hailed the “unshakeable bond” between the US
“We have an absolute commitment to
Israel’s security. We have a close, unshakeable bond between the United
States and Israel,” Clinton told a news briefing. Her comments seemed to
mark a turn around after days of tough American talk.
Mr Obama also sought to soften the
ferocity of the rhetoric his administration has used against Israel in
recent days by stressing America’s “special bond” with the Israeli
“Israel is one of our closest
allies and we and the Israeli people have a
that’s not going to go
away,” said President Barack Obama to Fox News after denying any
crisis in the relationship.
Debkafile’s Washington sources
note that denial makes a lot of sense for the president because
it lets him off the hook
for dealing with it. But the continued US demands, make us wonder if
“special bond” means “bond-servant”!
THE U.S. IRON-HANDED
Mar 18/10. “Clinton’s demands on
Netanyahu might be impossible for him to fulfill,” according to Foreign
Policy’s “The Cable.” It quoted an unnamed aide of Netanyahu as
saying that “there is no faith within the Israeli government that final
status issues such as borders can be negotiated through a third party,
even the Americans.”
Obama has increased pressure on Mr
Netanyahu by blaming the crisis on Eli Yishai, Israel’s minister of
Internal Affairs who is also the leader of a hardline party in the PM’s
right wing coalition. Some observers say the president was sending Mr
Netanyahu a coded message to sack Mr Yishai who is known as a radical,
in exchange for returning relations to normal.
Mr Netanyahu called his inner
cabinet into session on the crisis and the seven ministers were asked to
review the situation after President Obama and Hilary Clinton turned
down their initial proposals for easing the upset, and laid down
three pre-conditions for
restoring normal relations with Jerusalem:
1. The Netanyahu government must
extend the 10-month freeze on West Bank settlement construction to
include East Jerusalem;
2. When the moratorium runs out in
September, it must be renewed for the duration of peace negotiations
with the Palestinians;
3. Israeli must make more
concessions to the Palestinian Authority and its chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Netanyahu tried offering the Obama
administration a number of compromise proposals, such as the suspension
of construction in East Jerusalem and the city’s outlying Jewish suburbs
until September, but they were rejected, as was an offer to prohibit
further Jewish purchases of land and buildings in Jerusalem’s Arab
districts during peace negotiations.
Obama and Clinton made it clear
they would not accept any departures from their three demands, which
Israel is required to treat as
BLAMING ISRAEL FOR
Neither the US nor Israel has
broadcast the US administration’s
for resuming normal
Israeli commitment to refrain from attacking Iran’s nuclear program
without prior US consent.
Because that commitment has not
been given, administration officials are continuing to hammer Israel in
every possible arena. Indeed, the gloves are now off in earnest for
Israel’s settlement policy is the root-cause of Iran’s drive for a
nuclear bomb and of the conflicts endangering American lives in combat
in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Joe Biden launched this drive,
when he attacked Netanyahu in Jerusalem by saying: “What you are doing
here undermines the security of our troops who are fighting in Iraq,
Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
A much-admired American military
figure CENTCOM chief,
Gen. David Petraeus, was the next
US official to put this linkage into words.
THE U.S. INTERESTS
IN THE MIDDLE EAST”
Mar 18/10. US Gen. David Petraeus
said the Arab-Israeli conflict hurts America’s ability to advance its
interests in the Middle East, fomenting anti-American sentiment and
limiting America’s strategic partnerships with Arab governments.
Petraeus called the conflict one
of the “root causes of instability” and “obstacles to security” in the
region – which aids al-Qaida – and he argued that serious progress in
the peace process could weaken Iran’s reach, as it uses the conflict to
fuel support for its terror group proxies.
Petraeus, commander of the US
military’s Central Command (CENTCOM), a zone that ranges from Egypt to
Pakistan, but excludes Israel and the Palestinian Authority, offered the
assessment in a prepared testimony for the Senate Armed Services
“The enduring hostilities between
Israel and some of its neighbors present distinct challenges to our
ability to advance our interests,” he said in the written testimony.
“Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth
of US partnerships with governments and peoples in the Middle East and
weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world.”
There is a possibility that the
Palestinian territories might be added to CENTCOM’s turf. Debkafile’s
military sources explain that such a step would be tantamount to
providing the Palestinians
with an American military umbrella against Israel.
WHY ARE RELATIONS
WITH THE U.S. STEEPED IN CRISIS?
News analyst, Caroline Glick,
answers this question:
The reason relations are so bad is
because Obama has opted to attack Israel. In the space of the past ten
days alone, Israel has been subject to three malicious blows courtesy of
Obama and his advisors.
First, during his visit to the
White House, Obama treated Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu like a
two-bit potentate. Rather than respectfully disagree with the elected
leader of a key US ally, Obama walked out in the middle of their meeting
to dine with his family and left Netanyahu to meditate on
his grave offense of not
agreeing to give up Israel’s capital city as a precondition for
indirect, US-orchestrated negotiations with an unelected, unpopular,
Palestinian leadership that supports terrorism and denies Israel’s right
Although unsettling, this dismal
state of affairs has a bright side. It provides Israel with a rare
opportunity to stop
acceding to US policies
that are bad for Israel and the US alike.
After all, if the US is willing to
instigate a crisis in its relations with Israel over plans to zone for
housing units in Jerusalem neighborhoods like Ramat Shlomo and French
Hill, then clearly Israel can do no right. And if Israel can do no right
in the eyes of the administration, then there is no point in bending to
its will. Instead, Israel must simply do what it must, to secure
WHY IS OBAMA AGAINST
A Wall Street Journal op-ed
wrote that the Obama administration “has
‘healthy relations’ between
Iran and Syria,
President Bashar Assad for accusing the US of ‘colonialism,’ and
publicly apologized to Muammar Gadhafi for treating him with less than
appropriate deference after the Libyan called for ‘a jihad’ against
However, when it comes to Israel,
“the administration has no trouble rising to a high pitch of
says the article entitled “Obama’s Turn Against Israel.”
Not even “repeated apologies from
the Israeli PM prevented Hilary Clinton - at what White House sources
ostentatiously said was the personal direction of President Obama – from
calling the announcement ‘an insult to the US’,” stated the opinion
“Since nobody is defending the
Israeli announcement, least of all an obviously embarrassed Israeli
government, it’s difficult to see why the Administration has chosen this
occasion to spark a full-blown diplomatic crisis with its most reliable
Middle Eastern ally … If Israel senses that the Administration is
looking for any pretext to blow up relations, it will care much less how
the US might react to a military strike on Iran.’
The financial newspaper took an
opposite stance on West Bank settlements than that adopted by the Obama
administration: “As for the West Bank settlements, it is increasingly
difficult to argue that their existence is the key obstacle to a peace
deal with the Palestinians.
all of its settlements from Gaza in 2005,
only to see the Strip transform itself into a Hamas statelet and a base
for continuous rocket fire against Israeli civilians.
“This episode does fit Mr. Obama’s
foreign policy pattern to date:
Our enemies get courted;
our friends get the squeeze.
It has happened to Poland,
the Czech Republic, Honduras and Colombia. Now it’s Israel’s turn,” said
the Wall Street Journal. – reported by www.ynetnews.com
WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS
Barry Rubin, in The Jerusalem
Post, asks “What’s all the fuss about?” He says it was simply a
stupid mess-up, and that it would have been better for the country’s
international position if the announcement had not been made, because it
allows the Obama administration (which needs excuses for its own failure
to succeed at peacemaking) and the PA and Arab states (which need some
rationale for their own policies) to
At most, what this announcement
shows is that Israel doesn’t want or intend to give up all of east
Jerusalem as part of a peace agreement. That’s not exactly news!
But does it really change the
course of a peace
process going nowhere due
to Palestinian intransigence on the real issues? Or does it make the PA
and Arab states, which are supposedly salivating for a peace deal,
change their minds and not make peace? In both cases, No!
Let’s consider the actual
background of these recent events. Israel has announced since 1993, when
the Oslo Agreement was signed, that it would continue building on
existing settlements. The PLO accepted this framework and during the
next 16 years the issue of construction on settlements never had any
effect on the negotiations.
In January 2009, the PA stopped
negotiations because Hamas attacked Israel from the Gaza Strip and
Israel defended itself. Of course, Hamas is also the PA’s enemy and the
PA would be delighted if Israel destroyed that group. But for public
relations purposes, the PA had to pretend inter-Palestinian solidarity.
A few weeks later, the new
president, Barack Obama, demanded that all construction on settlements
stop. Israel eventually agreed but announced it would keep building in
east Jerusalem. The US accepted that, and even praised Israel’s policy
as a major concession.
But the PA still refused to return
to negotiations. Was it because the construction offended it so deeply?
No, it’s because Fatah’s radical leaders don’t want to make a peace deal
since they believe they can win total victory and destroy Israel. At the
same time, the more moderate ones are too weak to make a deal because of
Hamas and their own radicals.
Abbas has seized the opportunity
of the apartment-building announcement to declare he wouldn’t talk. Is
he indignant? Is he upset? Does he feel betrayed? No, he’s delighted to
have an excuse to do what he wants – not negotiate with Israel.
And so Abbas gets to close down
talks, keep his winnings and blames it on Israel. While Abbas and the PA
don’t agree with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on much, they do
agree on one point: they (wrongly) think the West is abandoning Israel.
So why shouldn’t they reject peace and try to destroy weakened Israel
(in Ahmadinejad’s case) or merely wait until the West gives the
Palestinians a state on a silver platter with no concessions on their
part (Abbas’ case)?
As Obama himself has indicated,
there is no real hope for a comprehensive deal. The talks are mainly a
Public Relations gesture for everyone involved. Still, as long as much
of the West keeps sending the wrong signals – it’s all Israel’s fault,
no real pressure will be put on the PA – their policy will delay any
progress toward peace despite their best intentions to promote it.
The Palestinian Authority has made
a strategic decision to coordinate continued “resistance” in the eastern
parts of Jerusalem. Sources close to both Hamas and the Fatah party,
said Palestinian protest activities will focus on Jerusalem instead of
the West Bank, to increase pressure on Israel to discuss final-status
issues in proximity talks brokered by the Obama administration.
CONSTRUCTION OR NO TALKS
March 11/10. The Palestinians have
welcomed Biden’s condemnation of Israel, but urged the Americans to go
further by pressing Israel to cancel the Jerusalem settlement plan.
The Palestinian Authority
president, Mahmoud Abbas said, “Unless Israel clearly commits to a total
construction freeze, indirect peace talks won’t resume.”
ASHTON SLAMS ISRAELI
March 15/10. The European Union’s
new high representative for foreign affairs and security policy,
Catherine Ashton, began her first official trip to the Middle East with
strong words against Israel.
Addressing members of the Arab
League in Cairo, Ashton voiced her disapproval of Israel’s decision to
approve the construction of new homes in Jerusalem.
Israel’s announcements was just
two days after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had reluctantly
agreed to begin indirect peace talks. Those talks have since been put on
Ashton said Israel’s move
“endangered and undermined the tentative agreement to begin proximity
talks. The EU position on settlements is clear,” she said. “Settlements
are illegal, constitute an obstacle to peace, and threaten to make a
two-state solution impossible.”
PM Netanyahu rebuffed criticism
from Ashton and from the US. “Construction will continue in Jerusalem as
this has been the case over the past 42 years.”
From the Knesset, Bibi told Obama
(and Ashton) to “leave us alone. Israel will continue to build in all of
Jerusalem’s neighborhoods.” He also said that we would resume building
in Judea and Samaria in six months.
Let’s trust Netanyahu sticks to
NETANYAHU AT AIPAC,
“JERUSALEM NOT A
SETTLEMENT; IT’S OUR CAPITAL”
March 22/10. Mr Netanyahu
addressed a conference hosted by the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee (AIPAC), the most powerful pro-Israel lobby group in the
In his speech, the prime minister
challenged Hillary Clinton’s strong anti-united Jerusalem stand and told
a cheering AIPAC crowd; “The Jewish people were building Jerusalem 3,000
years ago and the Jewish people are building Jerusalem today.
Jerusalem is not a
The PM received scores of standing
ovations. The longest and most sustained came when he directly
challenged the policy of President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton
who seek to divide Jerusalem and stop Israel from building “settlements”
in East Jerusalem.
Netanyahu spoke several hours
after Clinton charged that Israel’s building in the parts of Jerusalem
that Washington does not recognize as being under Israeli sovereignty,
“undermines” US policy. She told AIPAC members that the continued
expansion of Jewish settlements undermined “mutual trust and endangers
the proximity talks that are the first step toward the full negotiations
that both sides want and need.”
More than half of the American
Congressmen were among the more than 7,000 people listening to the
speech at the annual conference of the pro-Israel lobby group.
SURVIVAL AT STAKE”
Mar 22/10. Hillary Clinton warned
Israel that its survival could be in jeopardy unless it reached a peace
deal with the Palestinians. Her warning came in an address to the
conference of AIPAC in Washington.
“The conflict with the
Palestinians and with Israel’s Arab neighbors ... threatens Israel’s
long-term future as a secure and democratic Jewish state,” she said.
Clinton’s stand inherently backs
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ claim that Jerusalem must be the capital of a
future PA state, leaving little room for “negotiations” in the talks.
Netanyahu pointed out that Israel
has made constant concessions to the US and Palestinian Authority, but
it drew the red line at Jerusalem, reasoning that building houses for
Jews in all of united Jerusalem “in no way precludes the possibility of
a two-state solution.”
THE BINYAMIN -
March 23/10. Binyamin and
Barack met in the White House for 90 minutes, against the backdrop of an
ongoing diplomatic crisis over east Jerusalem. Later they had another
30 minutes meeting.
Netanyahu entered his meeting with
Obama unaware of reports that revealed another controversial
construction project had been approved in the eastern part of Jerusalem,
this time in Sheikh Jarah.
No press release was issued after
the meetings which reportedly were quite cold. But the Prime Minister’s
Office announced diplomatically that the talks were “conducted in a good
The BBC said that a few details of
the talks suggest that the US and Israeli leaders are clearly down to
and the stage is set for a historic test of wills. The BBC correspondent
“On the Israeli side, there is a
neurosis about the important relationship with the US. But the US will
also be concerned that when there is daylight (division) between
the two countries, it points to trouble in the region. The last thing
the US wants is for this to turn into some sort of problem that would
encourage Israel’s enemies there.”
A State Department spokesman told
Associated Press that the US and Israel were currently engaged in
“give and take.” And at present, top officials in Washington are
seeking to work out an agreement that will bring the core issues up for
discussion in the upcoming proximity talk between Israel and the
WHAT IF THE WORLD
DOES NOT STOP IRAN?
The desire of Radical Islam to
annihilate Israel was the first issue Netanyahu raised, and rightly so.
“Iran’s rulers say,
‘Israel is a one bomb
country’,” the Prime
Minister noted. “The head of Hizb’ollah says, ‘If all the Jews gather in
Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.’”
“Today, an unprecedented threat to
humanity looms large,” Netanyahu continued. “A radical Iranian regime
armed with nuclear weapons could bring an end to the era of nuclear
peace the world has enjoyed for the last 65 years. Such a regime could
provide nuclear weapons to terrorists and might even be tempted to use
them. Our world would never be the same. Iran’s brazen bid to develop
nuclear weapons is first and foremost a threat to Israel, but it is also
a grave threat to the region and to the world.”
Netanyahu called on the world to
“act swiftly and decisively to thwart this danger,” but he made it clear
that if the world does not stop Iran, Israel will!
“The greatest threat to any living
organism or nation is not to recognize danger in time,” the Prime
Minister said in his speech’s most sobering moment. “75 years ago, many
leaders around the world put their heads in the sand. Untold millions
died in the war that followed. Ultimately, two of history’s greatest
leaders helped turn the tide. Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston
Churchill helped save the world. But they were too late to save six
million of my own people. The future of the Jewish state can never
depend on the goodwill of even the greatest of men. Israel must always
reserve the right to defend itself.”
That said, Israel’s deep and
substantive commitment to making peace — and the Prime Minister’s
respectful but clear disagreement with the US over the Jerusalem issue
and the conduct of the peace process with Palestinians — was his central
The Obama administration shifted
this week from red hot anger at Benjamin Netanyahu to an icier suspicion
The clearest sign of Netanyahu’s
rift with the White House, however, may have been his intense focus on
Congress, which has blunted the attempts of many of Obama’s predecessors
to pressure the Jewish state.
A number of sources report that
the Israeli Prime Minister’s talks with President Obama in Washington,
Israeli media reported that Mr
Obama humiliated Mr Netanyahu by leaving their meeting early.
“I’m going to the residential wing to have dinner with Michelle and the
girls,” Mr Obama reportedly said, adding that Mr Netanyahu should
consult his aides about the goodwill gestures Israel was prepared to
make towards the Palestinians before renewed peace talks. “I’m still
around,” he said. “Let me know if there is anything new.’’
The talks were shrouded in a news
blackout, with no statement issued after the meeting and no official
US officials said the two met
alone for about 90 minutes. Netanyahu then huddled with staff separately
for 90 minutes before requesting a second meeting with Obama. When the
President returned, Netanyahu is said to have made a counter-offer which
Mr Obama did not accept.
Although Netanyahu said, “I
think we made progress today,” a congressman who met him after the White
House meeting said: “It was awful. Netanyahu looked
excessively concerned and upset.”
In the Israeli Ma’ariv,
columnist Ben Caspit wrote, “There was no humiliation exercise that the
Americans did not try on Mr Netanyahu. Bibi received in the White
House the treatment reserved for the president of Equatorial
said the White House ambushed Mr Netanyahu. “Everything was scrupulously
planned, most likely, and the Israeli Premier, perhaps the most
sought-after personage in the Oval Office in the past two decades,
was received like the last of the Wazirs from Lower Senegal.”
“The US is abandoning us and
effectively turning into Europe,” Caspit wrote.
“From now on, we
are completely alone.
The entire world,
from one end to another, talks about a Palestinian state inside
territory similar to 1967.’’
President Obama said he intended
formulating in detail, for the first time, the shape of the settlement
the US government sought for solving the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
Now US and Israeli officials are
working on a “blueprint,”
which Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to sell to his cabinet, while the
US Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, will take it to Arab and
Palestinian officials for approval.
This would be tantamount to a US
diktat and put the lid on negotiations, direct or indirect, because
Israel would be dragged to the table in handcuffs to face an Arab
partner who would accept nothing less than the terms Washington imposed
in advance on Israel.
Such a notice would put a clamp on
the close dialogue which has historically characterized US-Israeli ties,
to the detriment of Israel’s international standing.
NO CHANGE ON
Mar 21/10. PM Netanyahu informed
Washington in writing that Israel would
stop Jewish settlement in and around Jerusalem.
Mar 26/10. Netanyahu’s office
said that Israel will not change its policy vis-à-vis Jerusalem despite
US pressure to restrict the construction of housing for Jews in parts of
the capital city.
Right wing MKs (Members of the
Knesset - the Israeli parliament) and groups are demonstrating that
mainstream Israel is with Netanyahu on the Jerusalem issue. Much of
Israeli mainstream media, however, described the US meetings as a
Obama pushed Netanyahu to agree to
extend the construction freeze in Judea and Samaria, to release hundreds
of terrorists affiliated with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah
organization, and to deny Jews the right to build in parts of Jerusalem
that were under Jordanian control between the years 1948 and 1967.
Netanyahu refused to concede to
these demands, and said he would discuss the matter with his
mini-Cabinet of seven senior ministers.
WHO WILL BACK DOWN?
A comment from Israel: The US
administration has managed to create a unique situation out of the
construction issue. If Bibi backs down, his political position ... and
our security situation will be seriously damaged.
If Obama backs down, his
international standing ... and America’s diplomatic reputation will be
seriously damaged. What we have now is a “lose-lose” situation.
In a bid to end the crisis with
the US, Netanyahu agreed to include core issues in talks with the
The US is pressing Israel to start
question of borders as the
first core issue. The argument put forth by the US was that the moment
borders are agreed upon, there would be no construction freeze problem
and each side would be able to build in its own territory.
Mar 21/10. David Ignatius of the
Washington Post wrote, “The east Jerusalem move wasn’t an
accident but an emphatic public statement of the Israeli right’s
rejection of concessions on Jerusalem.
“PM Netanyahu had been trying to
play along with US requests to fuzz the issue by avoiding provocative
actions on Jerusalem. But the right-wing Shas party, which
controls the Interior Ministry, basically called his bluff. The Israeli
Right put the Jerusalem issue on the agenda.”
“Jerusalem is the hardest issue of
all in the negotiations, and for that reason, would-be peacemakers have
wanted to save it for last. But this month’s crisis shows the
step-by-step approach was a mistake, and that strategic waffling is
impossible. Thanks to the Israeli right, the Jerusalem issue is joined.”
Ignatius suggested that “what’s
needed now is for Obama to announce that when negotiations begin, the US
will state its views about Jerusalem and other key issues – sketching
the outlines of the deal that most Israelis and Palestinians want. If
Netanyahu refuses to play, then we have a real crisis in US-Israeli
CONGRESS STANDS WITH
Mar 23/10. “We in Congress stand
by Israel,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, standing beside Netanyahu.
“In Congress, we speak with one voice on the subject of Israel.” But
while Congress was speaking publicly with one voice, behind the scenes
Netanyahu seemed to be trying to drive a wedge between it and the White
House Republican Conference
Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana was more critical. He called the White
House stance on the Jewish state “absurd,” saying President Barack Obama
needs to stop trying to “micro-manage” Israel on settlement issues. “I
never thought I’d live to see the day that an American administration
would denounce the Jewish state of Israel for rebuilding Jerusalem,”
Netanyahu “is too smart not to
understand that Washington has changed,” veteran Middle East peace
negotiator Aaron David Miller said. “And that a potentially
transformative president who is now “king of the world for a day” is
facing off against Benjamin Netanyahu, “king of Israel.” And the fight
between the two is not today. What we see now is
THE MIDDLE EAST”
PEACE” QUARTET DEMANDS FREEZE
The Quartet of Middle East peace
mediators - the US, Russia, the EU and the UN - condemned the Israeli
housing announcement concerning Ramat Shlomo.
At its ministerial meeting in
Moscow on 19 March, the Quartet called on Israel to freeze all building
for Jews in areas that the Palestinian Authority wants as part of a new
During the Bush era, the Quartet
avoided the issue of housing for Jews in areas of reunited Jerusalem,
but now the Quartet has pointed out that the international community
does not recognize Israeli sovereignty in East Jerusalem, which is home
to 300,000 Jews.
Close to 500,000 Jews live in more
than 100 settlements built since Israel’s 1967 capture of the West Bank
and East Jerusalem. The Quartet says they are illegal.
Mar 30/10. French President
Nicolas Sarkozy said his country stands with the US in condemning
Israeli settlement activity in East Jerusalem. Shame!!
Mar 24/10. Any hopes of a
compromise on Jerusalem with the Obama administration were dashed when
Nir Barkat, the Mayor of Jerusalem, insisted that Jewish settlements
would go ahead in spite of US objections.
Mr Barkat said, “I do not think
anybody intended to insult the US, but let us not get mixed up. Planning
in the city of Jerusalem has to, should, and will continue.
Mr Barkat said that Jerusalem
would remain the capital of the Jewish state. It is believed that Israel
may be prepared to hold off for a matter of weeks to enable talks to
resume with the Palestinians, but has ruled out a permanent freeze.
He was strongly backed by Mr
Netanyahu, who offered an uncompromising defense of Israeli construction
plans in east Jerusalem, and told the AIPAC conference:
“The connection between the Jewish
people and Jerusalem cannot be denied. Nearly half of Jerusalem’s Jewish
population lives beyond the 1949 armistice line in what is considered
east Jerusalem. Everybody knows that these neighborhoods will be part of
Israel in any settlement,” he said. “Therefore building in them in no
way precludes a two-state solution.”
The Hal Lindsey
Mar 26/10. Since it took power in
2009, the Obama Administration has been stonewalling Israel over its
requests for critical advanced weapons systems and munitions. These
requests were approved in 2008 by the Bush Administration, but President
Obama has forbidden their delivery to Israel. In fact, he recently
diverted a shipment of bunker-buster bombs. They’re now sitting in a
warehouse on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.
No one is admitting it, but the
shipment was diverted right around the time that Israel outrageously
“insulted” VP Joe Biden and, (according to S of S Hillary Clinton),
insulted also President Obama and the entire US.
You remember, Israel “insulted our
(US) national pride” by announcing the approval of step four in a seven
step process toward building a 1,600 unit apartment complex in a
longtime Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem. That’s the sort of
insult that could make a great nation like ours collapse in a tearful
heap of broken hearts !!! (haha)
But I smell a rat; the whole
incident seems ‘manufactured.’ Looking at the treatment the Israeli
Prime Minister received at the hands of the President during his visit
to Washington, it’s obvious to me that the Administration is once again
engaged in its trademark Chicago-style politics and arm-twisting. But
who knows what they’re after?
One thing I know for sure, though,
this Administration has absolutely no concern for our ally’s best
interests. In fact, I think President Obama is getting ready to throw
Israel under the bus. And there’s no way that can end well for the
PUNISHMENT FOR ISRAEL!
DELIVERY OF BUNKER-BUSTERS TO ISRAEL
The US has diverted a shipment of
bunker-busters designated for Israel.
Officials said the US military was
ordered to divert a shipment of smart bunker-buster bombs from Israel to
a military base in Diego Garcia. They said the shipment of 387 smart
munitions had been slated to join pre-positioned US military equipment
in Israel Air Force bases. “This was a political decision,” an official
In 2008, the United States
approved an Israeli request for bunker-busters capable of destroying
underground facilities, including Iranian nuclear weapons sites.
Officials said delivery of the weapons was held up by the Obama
Since taking office,
Obama has refused to
approve any major Israeli requests for U.S. weapons platforms or
Officials said this included
proposed Israeli procurement of AH-64D Apache attack helicopters,
refueling systems, advanced munitions and data on a stealth variant of
“All signs indicate that this will
continue in 2010,” a congressional source familiar with the Israeli
military requests said. “This is really an embargo, but nobody talks
about it publicly.”
Under the plan, the US military
was to have stored 195 BLU-110 and 192 BLU-117 munitions in unspecified
air force bases in Israel. The US military uses four Israeli bases for
the storage of about $400 million worth of pre-positioned equipment
meant for use by either Washington or Jerusalem in any regional war.
In January 2010, the
administration agreed to an Israeli request to double the amount of US
military stockpiles to $800 million. Officials said the bunker-busters
as well as Patriot missile interceptors were included in the agreement.
The decision to divert the BLU
munitions was taken amid the crisis between Israel and the United States
over planned construction of Jewish homes in Jerusalem. The
administration, including Hillary Clinton, has warned that Washington
could reduce military aid to Israel because of its construction policy.
OBAMA’S WAR ON
By Caroline Glick – www.jpost.com
March 19/10. Why has President
Barack Obama decided to foment a crisis in US relations with Israel? He
himself claims that he has launched a political war against Israel in
the interest of promoting peace.
Obama ordered Hillary Clinton to
present Netanyahu with a four-part ultimatum.
Israel must cancel the approval of the housing units in Ramat Shlomo.
Israel must prohibit all construction for Jews in Jerusalem
neighborhoods built since 1967.
Israel must make a gesture to the Palestinians to show them we want
peace. The US suggests releasing hundreds of Palestinian terrorists from
Israel must agree (1) to negotiate all substantive issues, including the
partition of Jerusalem (including the Jewish neighborhoods constructed
since 1967 that are now home to more than a half million Israelis) and
(2) the immigration of millions of hostile foreign Arabs to Israel under
the rubric of the so-called “right of return”- all in the course of
Obama administration-mediated negotiations with the Palestinians.
To date, Israel has maintained
that substantive discussions can only be conducted in
Israeli and Palestinian officials.
Obama’s ultimatum makes clear that
mediating peace between Israel and the Palestinians is
not a goal he is interested in
Obama’s new demands follow the
months of American pressure that eventually coerced Netanyahu into
announcing both his support for a Palestinian state and a 10-month ban
on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria. No previous Israeli
government had ever been asked to make the latter concession.
Netanyahu was led to believe that
in return for these concessions, Obama would begin behaving like the
credible mediator his predecessors were. But instead of acting like his
predecessors, Obama has behaved like the Palestinians. Rather than
reward Netanyahu for taking a risk for peace, Obama has, in the model of
Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, pocketed Netanyahu’s concessions and
escalated his demands. This is not the behavior of a mediator. This is
the behaviour of an adversary.
With the US president treating
Israel like an enemy, the Palestinians have no reason to agree to sit
down and negotiate. Indeed, they have no choice but to declare war.
There are five explanations for
Obama’s behaviour. And they are not mutually exclusive. …
1. Obama’s assault on Israel is
likely related to the failure of his Iran policy.
2. To divert the public’s
attention away from the failure of his Iran policy. He may be attacking
Israel in a bid to coerce Netanyahu into agreeing to give him (Obama)
veto power over any Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear installations.
3. By making demands Netanyahu and
his coalition partners cannot accept, Obama hopes to either bring down
the government and replace Netanyahu and Likud with the far-leftist
Tzipi Livni and Kadima.
4. Obama’s behavior could indicate
that he seeks to realign US foreign policy away from Israel.
5. To use his manufactured crisis
to justify adopting an overtly anti-Israel position vis-à-vis the
Obama has made clear that he is
not Israel’s ally. And for the remainder of his term, he will do
everything he can to downgrade US relations with Israel while
maintaining his constant genuflection to the likes of Iran, Syria, the
Palestinians and Turkey. FULL ARTICLE>
Mar 26/10. The Washington Post
published an editorial this week terming the deadlock between Israel and
the PA as “a US-engineered deadlock.”
Author Jackson Diehl noted that
each of Obama’s demands on Israel led to
declaring that “the PA
will not begin negotiating with Israel if the demand is not met.” “How
could he do otherwise?” Diehl asked. “The Palestinian leader cannot be
less pro-Palestinian than the White House.”
In addition to
reducing the PA
leadership’s willingness to hold talks,
Obama “has added more poison to a US-Israeli relationship that already
was at its lowest point in two decades,” Diehl said.
“Netanyahu is being treated as if
he were an unsavory Third World dictator, needed for strategic reasons
but conspicuously held at arms length. That is something the rest of the
world will be quick to notice and respond to,” he said. “Just like the
Palestinians, European governments cannot be more friendly to an Israeli
leader than the United States. Would Britain have expelled a senior
Israeli diplomat last week because of a flap over forged passports if
there were no daylight (division) between Obama and Netanyahu?”
WANTS A SUCCESS
President Obama wants an
accomplishment with which he’ll be able to come to the Arab League, to
the international community, and to the Palestinians - an achievement to
offset all the difficulties in his foreign policy – from Afghanistan,
through Iraq, to the sanctions against Iran. The Americans are basically
saying: “Let us reach this achievement, so that it will serve you too.
This way we can also strengthen the trust between Washington and
reports that Netanyahu was told bluntly to issue a White House-dictated
public pledge to eschew further construction in East Jerusalem, or face
a presidential notice condemning Israel and holding its
government responsible for
to restart indirect
OBAMA IS GOING AFTER
REGIME CHANGE IN ... ISRAEL
Mar 25/10: President Barack Obama
made it brutally clear that the Netanyahu government is an obstacle to
his goals in the Middle East and he will not tolerate disobedience.
He therefore has no qualms about seeking regime change, not in
Tehran, but in Jerusalem.
HOUSE MAJORITY TO
“CALM DOWN ON
More than 75 percent of
Congressmen in the US House of Representatives have signed a letter to
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing support for Israel and
demanding an end to the highly-publicized state of tensions with Israel.
Signed by 327 Representatives, out
of 435, the letter calls on Clinton and the Obama Administration to
settle its disputes with Israel in a non-public and friendly fashion.
The current tensions “will not advance the interests the US and Israel
share,” the letter states, as “above all, we must remain focused on the
threat posed by the Iranian nuclear weapons program to Middle East peace
“A strong Israel is an asset to
the national security of the US and brings stability to the Middle
“We are writing to reaffirm our
commitment to the unbreakable bond that exists between our country and
the State of Israel, and to express to you our deep concern over recent
tension,” the letter said. “In every important relationship, there will
be occasional misunderstandings and conflicts … Differences are best
resolved quietly, in trust and confidence, as befits longstanding
“We are reassured that Mr
Netanyahu’s commitment to put in place new procedures will ensure that
such surprises [as a municipal Jerusalem announcement on approval of
another step towards the construction of 1,600 apartments in a post-1967
Jerusalem neighbor-hood during Vice President Biden’s recent visit to
Israel], however unintended, will not recur.
“The US and Israel are close
allies whose people[s] share a deep and abiding friendship based on a
shared commitment to core values including democracy, human rights and
freedom of the press and religion. Our two countries are partners in the
fight against terrorism, and share an important strategic
relation-ship.” - Arutz Sheva / 28 March 10
“CLINTON OWES NEW
YORKERS AN APOLOGY”
March 28/10. The Zionist
Organization of America (ZOA) has written to Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton asking her “to apologize to your former New York constituents
(when you were their Senator) for having misled them by falsely claiming
to support an undivided Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”
The letter was signed by Morton A.
Klein, President of ZOA; Dr. Michael Goldblatt, Chairman, National
Board; Dr. Alan Mazurek, Chair, Executive Committee and Steven Goldberg,
Esq., Vice-Chairman, National Board.
The letter went on to say, “when
you were New York’s Senator from 2001 to 2009, you repeatedly stated in
speeches and in a September 2007 position paper that you believed
‘Israel’s right to exist in safety as a Jewish state, with defensible
borders and an undivided Jerusalem as its capital, must never be
questioned.’ Your spokesperson, Jim Chon, even said, ‘this paper is a
reflection of her consistent policy. That hasn’t changed.’
“Madame Secretary, you also signed
the June 2004 Senate Resolution endorsing President Bush’s letter to
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that supported Israel ‘retaining
major Israeli population centers’ in Judea and Samaria in any final
“We make this demand following
your passionate and heartfelt condemnation of Israel for announcing the
construction of Jewish homes in a Jewish neighborhood in eastern
Jerusalem by stating that Jews building and moving there ‘is an insult
to America.’ The only reasonable interpretation of this policy is that
it is a first step toward dividing Jerusalem.”
The ZOA letter went on to say,
“Your shocking words about Israel building in east Jerusalem is
especially perplexing in light of the fact that you have ignored
Congress passing the ‘Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995’ by a margin of 93
to 5 in the U.S. Senate and 347 to 37 in the U.S. House of
“The Act which is U.S. Law stated:
(1) Jerusalem should remain an
(2) Jerusalem should be
recognized as the capital of the state of Israel.’
ZOA National President Morton A.
Klein said, “It took only a few months to confirm that Secretary of
State Clinton bears little resemblance to Senator Clinton on Israel
issues and was apparently misrepresenting her true views and beliefs on
Israel to her New York constituents.
From having once loudly proclaimed
support for an undivided Jerusalem, upon becoming Secretary of State,
suddenly, parts of an “undivided Jerusalem” became places where Jews may
not move or build, even though Jews were a majority in eastern Jerusalem
from the mid-1800s until 1948, when Jordan forced Jewish residents to
flee, and are now a majority once again.
words of condemnation -
a term used in diplomacy normally only to describe the most heinous
acts committed by a non-democratic regime, confirms that Secretary
Clinton did not believe what she said about Jerusalem when she was
“Preventing Jews, because they are
Jews, from moving into or developing their communities in Jerusalem is a
racist and even apartheid American and Palestinian Arab policy which
aims to weaken Israel’s claim to Jerusalem and is a first step towards
dividing the city.
This is a policy one would never
have expected Secretary Clinton to support in view of her previous
unequivocal statements, as Senator from New York, of support for a
united Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty.
“Secretary Clinton owes her New
York Jewish and pro-Israel constituents a public apology,” the ZOA said.
PEACE FOR JERUSALEM?
A crisis between Israel and the US
that was widely predicted when Benjamin Netanyahu took office as prime
minister last year, finally erupted in mid March.
Now the American president,
international community of leaders, and the world news media combine to
force Israel into their own mould for world peace, which they obviously
believe must begin at Jerusalem.
They aren’t far wrong in that
belief. The peace of Jerusalem is something for which God’s people are
told to pray: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that
love thee.” (Ps. 122:6)
However, the “peace” that will eventuate from
the humanistic efforts will be a “peace” that will destroy many
(Dan. 8:25). It will be peace “made with death
and hell.” (Isaiah 28:15, 18)
There is no one, in terms of
national entities, to stand with Israel against the threat from Iran,
other than the United States. America alone supplies fuel and spare
parts for Israel’s air force, as well as the warning signals for any
missiles that might be headed Israel’s way.
Israel does not stand to benefit
from antagonizing its most important ally, but Netanyahu has
historically taken a hard line against territorial concessions to the
Palestinians, and a curb on east Jerusalem construction would threaten
to fracture his hawkish coalition.
“For thus says YHWH of Hosts - (after His glory sent me against
the nations which plunder you - for he who
touches you, touches the apple of His eye): ‘Look, I will wave My
hand over them so that they will be plunder for their servants.” Then
you will know that YHWH of Hosts has sent Me’.” (Zechariah 2:8-9)
PRAY BIBI WILL
RESIST THE PRESSURE
While the Quartet tries to divide
Jerusalem and Israel, God is warning of judgment coming on these
“For behold, in those days and at that time…I will gather all the
nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will
enter in judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My
inheritance Israel [because] they have divided
up My land.” (Joel 3:1-2)
Pray that the Lord would give the
PM the courage to resist the intense international pressure to divide
Jerusalem and further divide the Holy Land.
RESIGNED TO NUCLEAR IRAN”
Mar 28/10. Former US ambassador to
the UN John Bolton has expressed concern that Washington was coming to
terms with a nuclear Iran. “I very much worry the Obama administration
is willing to accept a nuclear Iran, that’s why there’s this
extraordinary pressure on Israel not to attack Iran,” Bolton said.
The former envoy told Army Radio
that this pressure was the focus of the meetings in Washington between
Netanyahu and Obama, and US officials.
Bolton said that the Obama
administration had embraced the view prevalent in Europe, that
conflict was the key to the resolution of all other conflicts throughout
the Middle East, including the Iranian conflict.
He added that the rift in
US-Israel relations stemmed from a fundamental difference in the
understanding of the Middle East and Israel’s role in the Middle East,
and is not really about east Jerusalem at all.
Bolton said that the treatment
Netanyahu received during his visit “should tell the people of Israel
how difficult it’s going to be dealing with Washington for the next
couple of years.” – www.jpost.com
OBAMA: “IRAN AIMS TO
Apr 2/10. President Obama has
admitted on CBS television that all evidence indicates Tehran
attempting to develop nuclear weapons. “They might decide that, once
they have the capacity that they’d hold off right at the edge - in order
incur - more sanctions. We’re
going to ratchet up the pressure and examine how they respond but we’re
going to do so with a unified international community,” Obama said.
“HATED ISRAEL WILL
Mar 12/10. Ahmadinejad warns
aggression won’t save the “most criminal regime in the world.”
“The Palestinians and the nations
of the Middle East will be rid of a ‘bad omen’ once Israel is
annihilated,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech
communicated by Press TV.
Speaking to supporters in southern
Iran, Ahmadinejad charged that Israel, a foreign presence and a “Western
prodigy” in the region, had “reached the end of its road.” –
Defence sources in Washington
reported the view that the Obama administration, which has never
cultivated warm relations with the Netanyahu government, has seized on
the Jerusalem housing spat as a device for restraining Israel from
attacking Iran’s nuclear sites - a step which the White House
IRAN URGES WEST TO
Mar 25/10. The Islamic Republic’s
foreign ministry urges Western nations to ‘put a stop to the Zionist
regime’s state terrorism.’ Iran urged the West to take action against
Israel over the Jewish state’s decision to build more houses in east
“WEST PRESSURE WILL
NOT AFFECT IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM”
The Iranian president says
efforts by the West to halt Iran’s nuclear program will not bear fruit.
Addressing the West, Ahmadinejad said: “Rest assured that your efforts
will be fruitless.” He also urged the West to stop supporting Israel.
ARAB LEAGUE FOCUSED
Mar 28/10. The Arab League
concluded its 22nd summit in Libya without any changes from its
* no to recognizing Israel
under any conditions,
* yes to armed resistance
* no condemnation of
genocide in Darfur,
* yes to Arab Jerusalem, and
Arab League Secretary-General Amr
Moussa said that the Arab world should prepare for the possibility of
“complete failure” of the American-led diplomatic process on behalf of
the Palestinian Authority.
gave support for Palestinian
demands, and again “condemned” Israel for building for Jews in the areas
of Jerusalem where the US does not recognize Israeli sovereignty.
Ban urged Arab leaders to
facilitate Israeli-Palestinian talks, saying
“our common goal should
be to resolve all final-status issues within 24 months.” He
also reiterated that Israel’s settlement activity in Arab areas of
“illegal” and stressed
capital of two states.”
REJECTS OBAMA’S PEACE TALKS
At the Arab League summit,
Palestinian Leader, Mahmoud Abbas declared that Jerusalem is a “jewel”
that cannot be compromised. “We cannot resume indirect negotiations as
long as Israel maintains its settlement policy and the status quo,” he
“Negotiations on borders would be
absurd if Israel decided the borders (of a new PA state by building) on
the ground. We have always said that Jerusalem is the jewel in the crown
and the gate to peace.”
Emboldened by President Obama’s
tough talk on Israel, Abbas has rejected American-mediated talks with
Israel unless Israel agrees to demands to stop building for Jews in most
newer parts of Jerusalem.
OBAMA HEADING TO
Obama’s demands during his meeting
with Netanyahu seemed to point to an intention of imposing a permanent
settlement on Israel and the Palestinians in less than two years.
www.haaretz.com says, “Israeli
officials view the demands that Obama made at the White House as the tip
of the iceberg under which lies a dramatic change in US policy toward
Israel. Of 10 demands posed by Obama,
four deal with Jerusalem:
1. opening a Palestinian
commercial interests office in East Jerusalem,
2. an end to the razing of
structures in Palestinian neighborhoods in the capital, 3. stopping
construction in Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem,
4. no building in the neighborhood
of Ramat Shlomo.
But another key demand -
to discuss the dispute’s
core issues during the
indirect talks that are planned - is perceived in Jerusalem as a problem
because it implies that direct negotiations would be bypassed. This
would set up a framework through which the Americans would be able to
a final settlement.
It is not just Obama’s demands,
however, that are problematic; the White House and State Department have
been contacting Israel’s European allies on which is perceived to be an
effort to isolate Israel and to put enormous political pressure on it.
OBAMA NOT “IMPOSING”
President Obama has insisted that
he is not imposing an agreement on Israel, but Abbas has taken the
president’s condemnation of Israel’s building for Jews in all of
Jerusalem as a signal that Israel can be pushed into a diplomatic
FROM BAD TO WORSE
Apr 7/10. Two top administration
officials told Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, that
Obama was “seriously considering” proposing an American peace plan to
resolve the Palestinian conflict.
Ignatius reports that Obama came
to the conclusion that he should
a “peace plan” after
meeting with six former national security advisors.
A senior PA negotiator, speaking
on condition of anonymity, said rather than act as an intermediary, the
US has been
negotiating with Israel on behalf of the PA,
assuming all Palestinian positions and bargaining with Israel from the
“NO TALKS UNTIL
2,000 TERRORISTS FREED”
Mar 23/10: The Palestinian leader
Mahmoud Abbas laid down a fresh condition for indirect peace talks to
begin: Israel must first open its prison doors to free 2,000
That is twice the number demanded
by Hamas for handing over kidnapped soldier Gilead Shalit. Abbas knows
quite well that even for the soldier, Israel had refused to hand over to
Hamas 323 hard-core prisoners on the Palestinian list, because letting
them go free would set Israel’s counter-terror gains back by decades.
www.haaretz.com article asks the
IS A CRISIS WITH THE
EU IN THE WORKS?
Mar 25/10. Israeli government
sources say it is likely that after the current diplomatic crisis and
pressure by the US, Israel will soon face an
even more serious row with
the European Union.
This concern was voiced at a
conference called between Foreign Ministry Director-General Yossi Gal,
and seven of Israel’s ambassadors - the envoys to the US, EU, London,
Rome, the UN, Moscow and Paris.
The envoys all said that if US
pressure continued, the EU would go even further in condemning Israel
and promoting diplomatic initiatives.
OBAMA’S WAR ON
Obama’s goal is to get Israel to
openly declare that it will accept a Palestinian State based on the
indefensible 1967 lines. He wants Israel to approve a document that
calls for a cessation of all building in Jerusalem and address other
“core” issues like the right of return.
Obama is forcing a crisis in
American/Israeli relations. His motives can be speculated about but
there is no doubt that he is determined to placate the Arabs at the
expense of the security of the State of Israel.
Meanwhile Israel has watched Obama
allow Iran to move closer and closer toward attaining nuclear weapons.
America’s half-hearted attempt to stop the nuclear program has failed.
Obama is still trying to persuade the radical leaders in Iran to enter
negotiations. Meanwhile Obama refuses to provide any comfort to
the Iranians who are
victims of the brutal
Obama’s reckless policies are
placing Israel, America and the free world at serious risk.
US MILITARY ANALYST:
“OBAMA IS THE FIRST
Apr 1/10. Lt.-Col. (ret.) Ralph
Peters, military analyst and author of a book on Middle East politics,
says Obama apparently has a chip on his shoulder against Israel – and
it’s not “helpful to our civilization.”
Peters, who wrote “Endless War:
Middle Eastern Islam vs. Western Civilization,” was asked to explain
why he felt American-Israeli friendship appears to have been derailed so
dramatically. “The answer is two words,” he said. “President Obama.”
“Obama’s treatment of [Prime
Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu [during their recent meeting in Washington]
was disgraceful and shameful,” Peters told FoxNews. “We treat our
enemies with greater courtesy!
In addition, it was
counter-productive – because this vendetta on the part of the White
House against Israel - all it does is encourage the Palestinians and
their Arab backers to make ever wilder demands that Israel cannot
possibly fulfill. This is not a peace process; this is something about a
chip on the President’s shoulder.”
Peters says that Obama’s approach
is “absolutely” a departure from past American policy. “It all started
with Obama’s Cairo speech,” he said, “where Obama attempted to appease
radical Muslims in the Middle East, cold-shouldered Israel, and raised
Palestinian expectations that he’d take care of Israel and that the
Palestinians would get their revenge.
“Secondly, in the past, under
Presidents Clinton and Bush, there were face-to-face negotiations; the
Palestinians were offered one deal after another, and it was always -
always! - the Palestinians who walked away.”
The American animosity towards
Israel “is not about housing in Jerusalem or anything else,” Ralph
Peters emphasized. “We need to back up and get a little wide-angle
picture and recognize the fundamental issue in play here:
Israel wants to live in
peace with its neighbors,
its neighbors want Israel
The President refuses to
To turn away from Israel as we are
doing is not going to help our diplomacy; it is going to hurt our
civilization.” - http://www.israelnationalnews.com/
“OBAMA WILLING TO
THROW ISRAEL UNDER THE BUS”
President Barack Obama is
anti-Israel and “is willing to throw Israel under the bus in order to
please Muslim nations,”
former New York City Mayor
Koch, a Jewish Democrat, has been
gradually “falling out of love” with President Obama, a term he used in
a commentary he published last August. The recent snub by the president
of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, highlighted by a meeting without a
press conference or even an official photograph, broke the proverbial
camel’s back for Koch.
After having opposed President
Obama’s health care reform plan and expressing disappointment over his
failure to convince Russia and China to back harsh sanctions against
Iran, the former mayor recently wrote, “President Obama’s abysmal
attitude toward the State of Israel and his humiliating treatment of
Prime Minister Netanyahu is shocking.”
He then went one step further with
unprecedented public criticism of President Obama by a leading Democrat,
telling Fox News that the country’s leader is
more interested in
pacifying Muslim nations than helping Israel.
“What they did is, they wanted to
make Israel into a pariah,” he said. “It’s outrageous in my judgment,”
Koch commented. “I have been a supporter of President Obama and went to
Florida for him, urged Jews all over the country to vote for him, saying
that he would be just as good as John McCain on the security of Israel.
I don’t think it’s true anymore.” - Arutz Sheva
BOTH OBAMA AND
NETANYAHU UNDER POLITICAL PRESSURE
Not only has there been strong
criticism of Obama in the US itself, but the president has to keep his
eye on midterm congressional elections in November. Because of this US
political calendar, Obama has limited time to press Israel before it
becomes a major domestic political issue affecting the elections.
And Netanyahu, who has been
conferring with his closest allies, has limited political space in which
to operate, if he wants to stay in power. His coalition is made up by
six medium-size parties whose politicians mostly support Jewish
settlements in the West Bank, oppose any concessions on Jerusalem, and
are sceptical of an independent Palestinian state next door.
Mar 30/10. While Jerusalem and
Washington hope to resume the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks as soon as
possible, senior Fatah officials have called to intensify the “popular
struggle” against the Jewish state. “All options are on the table,”
senior Palestinian Authority official Jibril Rajoub said.
A couple of days later, a senior
Fatah official declared:
“WE WANT A
Apr 2/10. The new “popular
intifada” that Fatah is planning in the West Bank won’t be an armed one,
said Nabil Shaath. The option of an armed intifada under the current
circumstances, where Israel “fully occupies the West Bank and is
besieging the Gaza Strip, is impossible.”
Shaath said, “In light of the
heavy losses the Palestinians suffered as a result of the use of weapons
and suicide bombings during the second intifada, as well as the ongoing
power struggle between Fatah and Hamas, it is impossible for
Palestinians living in the West Bank to launch another armed uprising.”
Shaath revealed that Fatah was now
carrying out a strategy that consists of four elements in response to
the current political stalemate: pursuing and escalating the “popular
resistance,” confronting Israel politically, economically and legally in
the international arena, achieving national
unity with Hamas
and building institutions of the future Palestinian state.
FAYYAD “WE WILL HAVE
A STATE NEXT YEAR”
Apr 2/10. Next year, “the birth
of a Palestinian state will be celebrated as a day of joy by the entire
community of nations,” says Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad.
Relaying Passover greetings to the
Jewish community, Fayyad said he hopes Israelis will also participate in
the celebrations for the birth of a new state. “The time for this baby
to be born will come, and we estimate it will come around 2011. That is
our vision, and a reflection of our will to exercise our right to live
in freedom and dignity in the country [where] we are born, alongside the
State of Israel in complete harmony.”
He also welcomed the recent
Quartet’s announcement in Moscow, which supports the PA’s August 2009
plan to establish a state within 24 months.
Fayyad says the Palestinians want
an independent and sovereign state, emphasizing they are “not looking
for a state of leftovers - a Mickey Mouse state.”
“If for one reason or another, by
August 2011 [the plan] will have failed... I believe we will have
amassed such credit, in form of positive facts on the ground, that the
reality is bound to force itself on the political process to produce the
Fayyad was asked: Would you agree
to leave the issue of Jerusalem to a later stage of the process?
“Not at all,” he replied. “It
should be handled at the very beginning. The negotiations should not be
about principles, they should be about arrangements, accommodations, and
access. Politically, we feel a right to have a state of Palestine on
the land that was occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem.” -
Apr 5/10. Israel’s Foreign
Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, warned the PA against plans to declare
next year, saying such
a move could prompt Israel to annex parts of the West Bank and annul
past peace agreements.
Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad, whose
Western-backed government has a limited governing role in the
Israeli-controlled West Bank, has announced plans to unilaterally
declare a Palestinian state, possibly as early as the summer of 2011 -
even without a peace deal.
Toward that aim, Fayyad has begun
ambitious reforms of the government and security forces, building up
Palestinian institutions and developing the economy in preparation for
The international community has
welcomed Fayyad’s reform efforts, raising fears in Israel that a
unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood could win international
Lieberman warned that Israel would
not tolerate such a step, and could revoke a series of agreements made
under the so-called Oslo interim peace accords of the 1990s and even
annex parts of the West Bank.
“Any unilateral decision will
release us from all of our commitments and will allow us also to make
unilateral decisions. For example, imposing Israeli sovereignty on
certain areas, cutting off all kinds of ties and transfers of money and
a string of benefits and agreements put into place since the Oslo
accords,” Lieberman said.
OBAMA & HU WEIGH
SANCTIONS TRADEOFF AGAINST IRAN AND ISRAEL
www.debka.com reports that Chinese
president Hu Jintao indicated a willingness to consider abstaining on a
UN Security Council vote imposing sanctions against Iran -
the United States
reciprocated by withholding its vote on sanctions against Israel over
its construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Withholding
support from an anti-Israel resolution in the Security Council would be
a first time for a US president.
White House officials dealing with
Arab governments were quick to pass the word around of the evolving
Obama approach. They tied it in with the US envoy George Mitchell’s new
plan to push for a negotiated Israel-Palestinian deal on the
of a Palestinian state
to be struck within
‘US & ISRAEL SEE EYE
TO EYE ON IRAN’
Apr 2/10. The US and Israel are
fully in sync when it comes to Iran, a senior member of the US National
Security Council told Jewish leaders in Washington.
The official, Dan Shapiro,
Director for Near East Affairs at the National Security Council, assured
the leaders that Iran is the National Security Council’s top priority
and that the US is adamant to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear
But debkafile’s Washington sources
report that the American-Jewish leaders addressed by Shapiro received
his message with
The US president’s openness to
Beijing’s proposed sanctions trade, belies the assurance Shapiro sought
to achieve by denying relations were in crisis after Netanyahu’s chilly
welcome at the White House, and by insisting that there had been more
agreement than disagreement between the two leaders.
WITH MUSLIM WORLD”
Apr 5/10. The Israel Foreign
Ministry said the Turkish PM is attempting to integrate with the Muslim
world at the expense of his country’s ties with Israel.
A few hours earlier, Turkey’s PM
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, criticized Israel’s policy in Hamas-ruled Gaza.
And addressing heightened tensions
in Jerusalem, Erdogan said, “Arabs
and Turks are brothers and
we share the same values. Turkey will always be on the side of Muslims
wherever they are. We cannot be indifferent to the problems of the
Islamic world of Jerusalem. Our task is the integration with the western
world but we did not turn our back to the East.”
“JORDAN WAS BETTER
OFF WITHOUT PEACE WITH ISRAEL”
King Abdullah of Jordan has joined
the Arab world’s saber-rattling against Israel and warned that the
status of Jerusalem could blow up into another war.
In an interview with the Wall
Street Journal, he also stated that Jordan was better off
economically before it made peace with Israel in 1994.
“Our relationship with Israel is
at an all-time low. It hasn’t been as bad as it is today and as tense as
it is today. The political trust is gone,” he said. “There is no real
economic relationship between Jordan and Israel. So economically we were
better off in trade and in movement before my father signed the peace
The king also maintained that
“Jerusalem specifically engages Jordan because we are the custodians of
the Muslim and Christian holy places and this is a flashpoint that goes
beyond Jordanian-Israeli relations.”
“I think the future of Israel is
in jeopardy unless we solve our problems. 57 countries in the world, a
third of the United Nations, do not recognize Israel.”
SAUDI CLERIC PLANS
TO VISIT JERUSALEM
Ap 4/10. A Saudi Arabian cleric
announced on television he will make an unprecedented visit to Jerusalem
next week as part of an intensive Arab world effort to claim Muslim ties
to the city.
The Arabs believe that Israel is
now well out of favour with the US. It’s damned as a war criminal by the
Goldstone Report, and increasingly treated as a pariah by the EU.
Russia and China are solidly on board with the Arabs and Iran, and
Turkey is daily distancing itself ever further from Israel which until
recently was called an ally; and now the king in Amman may well be
gearing up to jump over to the other side.
The times are extremely critical.
The climax of the age is drawing near. The coming of the Lord is near.
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