Fayyad: We have undercut pervasive despair:
In an article for prestigious US Foreign Policy magazine, Palestinian PM expresses far-reaching optimism over fulfilling vision for budding State. 'We want lasting peace with Israel. But you can't get to that point if everything you do is unidirectionally negative,' says Fayyad.
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is looking into the future and it looks bright... (Ynet News11.28.10).
Hamas Resumes Missile Attacks on Negev:
Terrorists in Hamas-controlled Gaza resumed rocket fire on the Western Negev Sunday morning, striking near Sderot. As usual when no one is injured and there is no serious damage, Israel media did not report the Kassam attack. The short-range rocket exploded in mid-air as thousands of children and college students returned to schools and the local Sapir College (INN, 11/28/10).
Hamas: Peace Deal Only With Referendum:
Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas’ government prime minister, said on Wednesday that the terrorist group would respect any peace deal reached between Israel and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, provided it is approved in a global Palestinian referendum, the Associated Press reported. Speaking in a rare news conference for foreign media, Haniyeh said that Hamas seeks dialogue with the West and wants to be “part of the solution, not the problem.” At the same time he criticized the peace negotiations, saying they seem pointless. “Israel wants a full surrender from us and we are not going to do this,” he emphasized.
Mashaal: Resistance must be launched in West Bank:
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said on Saturday that his group faced
"huge challenges" in the West Bank as a force against Israel... (Ynet News, 11.27.10).
From Karnei Shomron to Tel Aviv and the coastal area is 30 kilometres (18 miles). Within the narrow band from Netanya (north), Tel Aviv (center) to Ashkelon (south) lives close to 3 million people.
Can Israel afford to make the same mistake it made in Gaza?
Read more: Shuva Israel Newsletter, November 2009.
"Mashaal, who lives in exile in Syria, said only armed resistance would keep the Palestinian cause alive, despite Western aid to Abbas and his forces.
"The Palestinian people will not be bribed. "We are not talking about a business deal or making a profit. Our only capital is the land, identity and dignity,.."
Do you think that the PA "security forces" in Judea and Samaria, that were trained and armed in the past five years by US Lieutenant General Keith Dayton, one day will turn on Israel? See "Elijah the Prophet."
America’s latest bribe to Israel – Daoud Kuttab:
The secret talks between US and Israeli officials, aiming at convincing the Israelis to change their position regarding the settlement freeze, started to smell more and more like a bribe, with some media reports calling it the $3 billion bribe (Maan News, 25/11/2010 ).
US asks Israel for 90-day settlement building moratorium: Should Israel accept the 90-day settlement building moratorium, the US in turn has pledged in the next year to veto any efforts by the UN Security Council to impose on Israel a non-negotiated solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict, as the Palestinians have requested. It would further veto any resolutions that deny Israel the right to self-defense or seek to de-legitimize Israel. The US would also oppose such efforts in other UN bodies and forums (JPost, 11/14/2010).
Fear new delays for F-35 jet fighters
: It is feared that the development of the fighter bomber F-35 which the Norwegian Air Force plans to buy will be further delayed. The cost may also be NOK 29 billion higher than estimated so far.This is reported by Norwegian media, quoting the Reuters news agency, which states that the project may be delayed by several years.
The development of the F-35, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), was extended by 13 months already earlier this year, and the new delays is reportedly due to the development of the electronic software which is to be used in the advanced aircraft. The US organisation Center for Defence Information has criticised the development project, and has decribed it as a catastrophe (Norway Post, 02 November 2010).
Palestinians Waiting for U.S. Guarantees, Aid Package: After Israel received a list of promises from the U.S. in exchange for agreeing to an additional settlement construction freeze, Palestinian sources said Monday their leadership was awaiting guarantees and an aid package from Washington as well. Palestinian sources told al-Quds al-Arabi that the commitments would be given in exchange for a Palestinian agreement to renew direct peace talks with Israel (Ynet News, 11.15.10).
Abbas: Don't Connect US Aid to Israel with Building Freeze: Palestinian Authority Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas is warning that peace negotiations with Israel should not be confused with the issue of U.S. foreign aid to the Jewish State. “The United States is an ally of Israel, and we cannot prevent that. But let their aid be carried out far removed from the… peace negotiations and not be used as a pretext for giving more weaponry to Israel,” he added. The United States has been trying to find a way to persuade Abbas to return to the negotiating table... (INN, 11/21/10).
While the Obama Administration is giving another
to the PA terrorist entity, they are rebuking Israel for building homes for their citizens in their capital, and pressuring them to divide Jerusalem, together with a settlement freeze in Judea and Samaria… The total US gifts to the PA raises aid and bribes to $600 million. Not one buck has gone to poor and needy Jews living in Israel.
While the Jews in Judea and Samaria are suffering under a forced building freeze, Arab building in the same territories goes unchallenged. Read more: Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, USAID and CHF International Inaugurate Two Community Facilities in Tulkarem.
"The Palestinian Authority [PA] is reversing a history of corruption and producing results that actually matter and improve the lives of Palestinians,"
Mrs. Clinton said
"Renewed Egyptian efforts in the last several months to narrow difference between Hamas and Fatah have failed. Recently, there were failed attempts to reconcile between the Palestinian factions..."
Senior PA official Mohammed Dahlan stressed that Fatah adamantly refuses to recognize Israel, and that even the Palestinian Authority’s recognition is only for the sake of receiving foreign aid:
"…the Fatah movement does not recognize Israel, even today... [such recognition is] required of the government but not of the Fatah, so that this government will be able to offer the necessary assistance, to carry out the necessary reconstruction, to offer assistance to the sick, to bring relief to needy families...
This can be dealt with [only] by a government that has relations with the international community, one that is acceptable to the international community,
in order that we can work together and benefit from the international community." (Fatah Official: “Our Goal is Not Peace, but Rather Palestine”, 07/13/09, INN).
Fatah: No Recognition of Israel – Ever: "Fatah controls the PA in Judea and Samaria, and is the party of Abbas. Unlike the rival breakaway PA led by Hamas in Gaza, the Fatah-led PA has agreed to recognize Israel, although it will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
The PA recognizes Israel because if it did not, it would not be able to “serve the Palestinian people,” Natsheh explained. However, Fatah does not have such constraints.
Not only will Fatah never recognize Israel, but it will never end its call for armed struggle against Israel, he said. “Let those who are deluding themselves hear: this will never happen,” he said. A second senior Fatah member, Azzam el-Ahmed, agreed that Fatah would not drop its call to wage war on Israel." (INN, 07/23/09).
Fayyad asks donors to channel Gaza aid through him: Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is asking donor countries to channel hundreds of millions in expected aid for Gaza "first and foremost" through his government (Ynet News, 02.26.09).
Israeli General Lays Out Plan for Reviving Gaza: IDF Maj.-Gen. Eitan Dangot, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, said Israel seeks to work with Hamas' rival, the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, to help revive the economy.
Fayyad would set priorities for what Gaza needs and place his people at the borders, Dangot explained.(AP, 28.10.10).
Don't be fooled. Reconciliation between Hamas and PA/Fatah is a direct threat to their strategy.
Most PA Money Goes to Hamas-run Gaza, Abbas Admits:
Well over half of the Palestinian Authority budget is spent in Hamas-run Gaza, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told the Algerian paper Al-Shuruk in an interview printed Wednesday. The PA budget is supplied mainly by the European Union and the United States, both of which refuse to fund Hamas because it is a terrorist group.
He expressed satisfaction with the Obama administration's stance on Israel, saying that the United States has come closer to supporting the PA position.The PA and the Arab world should continue to focus on de-legitimizing Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria and the Jewish nature of the state of Israel, instead of putting its efforts into terrorism, he said (INN, 12/02/10).
PA Removes Study Denying Jewish Claim to Western Wall:Various American Jewish organizations weighed in with strong statements of support for the U.S. government’s prompt response to the PA attempt to delegitimize the Jewish claim to the Western Wall.
“Maintaining historical accuracy and integrity is critical, and the Western Wall’s origin as the outer wall of the Jewish Second Temple is irrefutable,” noted American Jewish Committee Executive Director David Harris. Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich, who serves as rabbi of the Western Wall, commented in a statement Wednesday that the PA’s attempt to again "rewrite the sanctities" of Israel "damaged not only the speakers’ reliability and the dignity of history, but primarily the efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.” (INN, 12/02/10).
Calls in Norway to Freeze Aid to PA (INN,07/30/08). Norway Funding PA Hate Media (INN, 10/31/08). Report presented in Norway's Parliament on Norwegian funding of PA hate TV (Oct. 2008, Palwatch.org).
Fatah Decides: No Recognition of Israel as Jewish State:
The faction that is led by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and which leads the PA has officially declared its refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish State. The Fatah Revolutionary Council voted to “affirm its rejection of the so-called Jewish state or any other formula that could achieve this goal” at its fifth convention in Ramallah over the weekend. “The Council also renews its refusal for the establishment of any racist state based on religion in accordance with international law and human rights conventions,” the council said in a statement issued at the end of the convention (INN, 11/28/10).
The PA is building a racist regime, based on antisemittism, Jewhatred and apartheid policy.
PA's Erekat: No Jews Allowed In Palestinian State - PA Need Not Hurry, Israel Keeps Offering More (ZOA, July 13, 2009).
Abbas: No Jews will be allowed in Palestine: The PA chairman revealed, as he announced clearly that if a Palestinian Authority state is created in Judea and Samaria, no Israeli citizen will be allowed to set foot inside.
The PA chairman also stated that he would block any Jewish soldiers from serving with an international force stationed on PA-controlled land. "I will never allow a single Israeli to live among us on Palestinian land,” Abbas declared. (Arab League Tries to Score Points for Abbas, 'Endorses' Talks, INN, 07/29/10).
"According to the draft constitution of the planned state, Palestine proper would be Arab and Islamic" (Shmuel Trigano: The Open Racism Of The Future State Of Palestine). See "Apartheid."
WikiLeaks cables expose Pakistan nuclear fears:
American and British diplomats fear
programme could lead to fissile material falling into the hands of terrorists or a devastating nuclear exchange with India.
The latest cache of US embassy cables released by WikiLeaks contains warnings that Pakistan is rapidly building its nuclear stockpile despite the country's growing instability and "pending economic catastrophe".
Mariot Leslie, a senior British Foreign Office official, told US diplomats in September 2009: "The
UK has deep concerns about the safety and security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons
," according to one cable classified "secret/noforn [no foreign nationals]".
Seven months earlier the US ambassador to Islamabad, Anne Patterson, cabled to Washington: "Our major concern is not having an Islamic militant steal an entire weapon but rather the chance someone working in government of Pakistan facilities could gradually
smuggle enough material out to eventually make a weapon
The leak of classified US diplomatic correspondence exposes in detail the deep tensions between Washington and Islamabad over a broad range of issues, including counter-terrorism,
and finance, as well as the nuclear question. The cables also revealed among others that:
The ambassador starkly informed Washington that
"no amount of money" from the US would stop the Pakistani army backing Islamist militants
and the Afghan
Likewise, no amount of money from the US will stop Abu Mazen alias Mahmoud Abbas & Co., Fayyad, the PA and Fatah, from backing their brothers in arms; Hamas, armed struggle,' or incitement against the Jewish people.
Group that Sings about Destruction of Israel Named National Band by Abbas
: The Alashekeen song and dance group that has recently performed hate and violence promotion songs in the PA has been honored by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. (Nov. 28, 2010, Palestinian Media Watch).
WikiLeaks Bury Linkage between Peace Process, Iran
: The WikiLeaks cache revealed that there was no need for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before getting the "moderate" Arab nations in the region - Saudi Arabia, the Persian Gulf states, Egypt and Jordan - on board regarding Iran, because those nations were already fully on board, just waiting for action against Iran. Obama was well aware of the views of these Arab leaders, yet he continued to propagate what he must have known to be a falsehood - that these countries would only sign on to sanctions and otherwise support efforts to neutralize Iran if there were progress on the Israeli-Palestinian track. (Jerusalem Post).
WikiLeaks Cables Tell Us: Linkage Was Nonsense:
The Obama team over and over again has made the argument that progress on the Palestinian conflict was essential to obtaining the help of the Arab states in confronting Iran's nuclear threat. We know that this is simply and completely false. The documents show that the Arab states were hounding the administration to take action against Iran (Commentary).
White House links Iran nukes to Palestinian state:
Israel now faces a moment of truth - it can either acquiesce to international demands and in return have its most serious threats dealt with, or maintain the status quo and have those threats persist. (Israel Today, May 04, 2009).
Report: Obama leverages Iran to extract Israeli concessions
(August 2, 2009, Israel Today).
See 'High Places.'
WikiLeaks Reveal Deadly
What the WikiLeaks documents reveal is a growing gap between the private assessments of American diplomats and allies in the Middle East and public statements made by U.S. government officials. While the Israelis are deeply concerned about Iran's march toward a nuclear program, it is in fact the Arabs who are begging the U.S. to "take out" Iranian installations through military force.
Furthermore, America's Arab allies do not believe that the Obama administration can separate Syria from Iran through any foreseeable combination of carrots and sticks.
What comes through most strongly from the WikiLeaks documents is that U.S. Middle East policy is premised on a web of self-justifying fictions that are flatly contradicted by the assessments of American diplomats and allies in the region.
Perhaps the most disturbing revelation in the documents is the extent to which both the Bush and Obama administrations have concealed Iran's war against the U.S. and its allies in Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, and the Arab Gulf states (Tablet).
Even many Arab nations support a strike on Iran - why not the USA?
WikiLeaks shows US did not stop Iran using Iraq to spread its power: While condemned for placing US troops in Iraq in danger, the 400,000 classified documents WikiLeaks exposed Saturday, Oct. 23 on the 2004-2009 years of the Iraq War bared a catalogue of extreme abuse by Iraqi forces against fellow Iraqis and Iran’s deep involvement in terrorist operations against Americans and Iraqis alike – to both of which the US turned a blind eye. The United States is shown to have opened the door for Iran's rise as the dominant Middle East power. (DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 23, 2010).
US accuses Iran and Syria of arming Hizbollah with new rockets and missiles: Robert Gates, the US Defence Secretary, has accused Iran and Syria of arming Hizbollah with increasingly sophisticated rockets and missiles, saying the militia's arsenal undermined stability in the region. "Syria and Iran are providing Hezbollah with rockets and missiles of ever-increasing capability," he said at a joint news conference with his Israeli counterpart, Ehud Barak. "And we're at a point now, where Hizbollah has far more rockets and missiles than most governments in the world, and this is obviously destabilizing for the whole region and we're watching it very carefully." (Telegraph, 28 Apr 2010).
The US has also stood by as
Iran used Red Crescent ambulances
to smuggle weapons
among others into Lebanon during the Second Lebanon War in 2006.
Report: Iran-Iraq-Syria Missile Route Revealed
The USA is treating Israel more like an enemy than like an ally.
In fact, the Obama Administration is cutting Israel to pieces by holding her as a hostage and a bargaining chip to protect their interests in the Middle East.
US About-Face on Syria; 'Golan not Worth Lebanon’:
The Obama administration is holding the Golan Heights, which Syria occupied until the Six-Day War in 1967, as a bargaining card, to protect its interests in Lebanon.
Obama Bows to Saudi King, Supports Saudi Initiative:
In January of 2009, Saudi officials warned that the U.S. would need to “drastically revise” its Middle East policy, particularly towards Israel, if it wanted to maintain influence in the region.
"If the U.S. wants to continue playing a leadership role in the Middle East and keep its strategic alliances intact – especially its 'special relationship' with Saudi Arabia – it will have to drastically revise its policies vis-a-vis Israel and Palestine,” former Saudi ambassador Prince Turki al-Faisal said at the time (INN).