Amb. Alan Baker letter to Secretary John Kerry

To: The Hon. James Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State — From: Former Israeli Amb. to Canada, Alan Backer– November 8, 2013— After listening to you declare repeatedly over the past weeks that “Israel’s settlements are illegitimate”, I respectfully wish to state, unequivocally, that you are mistaken and ill advised, both in law and in fact.…

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Israeli protesters condemn Kerry’s remarks over 3rd intifada at US Consulate

By DANIEL K. EISENBUD, JPOST— Dozens of protesters gathered to condemn US Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday at Jerusalem’s US Consulate for remarks he made Thursday about the prospect of a third intifada due to Israeli intransigence, which they said resulted in the Friday firebombing of a car in Judea. The protest was scheduled…

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‘US capitulated’ on Iran deal, Jerusalem says

By ISRAEL HAYOM— Talks on curbing Iran’s nuclear program ended with no deal early Sunday, but Israeli-American relations appear to be headed toward stormy waters after a pair of testy public exchanges between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The deal with Iran ultimately fell through on Saturday after France…

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Kerry: US considers Israeli settlements to be ‘illegitimate’

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, JPOST— US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Israel on Wednesday to limit settlement building, an issue that is weighing on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Friction over the talks has risen this past week on the back of Israeli plans, announced in tandem with its release of 26 Palestinian prisoners, for some…

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Threats as Arab MKs Disrupt Temple Mount Session

By GIL RONEN, ARUTZ 7— A Knesset debate on the implementation of equal Jewish prayer rights at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount degenerated into a shouting match Monday, as Arab Knesset Members used threatening words and aggressive body language to disrupt the meeting. Chairwoman of the Committee of Interior, MK Miri Regev (Likud), appeared largely helpless in…

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Palestinians: We Do Not Trust The Americans

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, GATESTONE— “We want the Americans to be involved in the peace process. But the U.S. should focus its pressure on the Israelis and not on us. We want the Americans to force Israel to accept the two-state solution and dismantle all the illegal settlements.” — Senior aide to Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud…

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Behind the scenes of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

By ELIOR LEVY, YNET— US Secretary of State John Kerry is arriving in Israel on Tuesday as tensions surrounding peace talks reach boiling point. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently told Fatah officials that there has been no progress in the negotiations and warned talks could break down. He pointed a finger at Israel for linking…

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Netanyahu: PA Creating ‘Artificial Crisis’

By GIL RONEN, ARUTZ 7— Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has rejected the Palestinian Authority (PA) contention, that recent decisions on construction in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria contravene agreements reached at the outset of negotiations between Israel and the PA, three months ago. He said that the Palestinians knew full well when the talks began that…

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Mystery explosion at Iran’s Arak heavy water reactor

By DEBKAFILE— Tehran did its utmost to conceal the mystery blast which last week struck the heavy water reactor under construction at Arak in western Iran. It is revealed here for the first time by debkafile’s intelligence and Iranian sources.  The explosion, whether accidental or not, will delay for a second time the reactor’s first…

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