The monstrous charge of illegality

by David Isaac, ShmuelKatz.com “The EU position on settlements is clear: They are illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace. Recent settlement-related developments, including in east Jerusalem, contradict efforts by the international community for successful negotiations,” said Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, on Dec. 9, after Israel refused to halt building…

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Placing the blame

BY SHELLEY NEESE— Nearly nine years ago, on 10 May, a thirty-nine day terrorist-takeover of the Church of the Nativity ended.  The siege began when a gunbattle broke out in the Streets of Bethlehem between the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Palestinian terrorists.  Over two-hundred Palestinians stormed the Church compound.  Knowing many highly wanted terrorists were inside…

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Israel asks its embassies to thwart PA unilateralism

by Khaled Abu Toameh and Tovah Lazaroff, Jpost The Foreign Ministry on Monday sent a cable to its embassies abroad instructing its diplomats to thwart Palestinian moves to seek unilateral recognition of statehood particularly at the UN, according to diplomatic sources. “There is no substitute for direct negotiations,” said Foreign Ministry Hebrew spokesman Yossi Levy. Establishing…

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IDF to deploy super-armored tanks along the Gaza border

by Ha’aretz The Israel Defense Forces decided on Sunday that it will begin deploying tanks equipped with an active armor protection system known as Windbreaker to the border area along the Gaza Strip. The deployment will begin next month following intelligence assessments that the threat of anti-tank missile attacks in the area is on the…

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The Palestinians: What Is the Difference Between Direct, Indirect and Parallel Talks?

by Khaled Abu Toameh, Hudson Institute It seems that the US Administration does not believe that the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah is serious when it says that it cannot make any concessions to Israel, especially with regards to core issues such as settlements and the “right of return” for Palestinian refugees. Americans need to listen…

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'Israel Needs To Free Itself From Its Oslo State Of Mind'

An Interview With Ambassador Yoram Ettinger by Sara Lehmann, The Jewish Press Widely recognized as an expert on Mideast politics and U.S.-Israel relations, Ambassador Yoram Ettinger advocates for Israel on both sides of the Atlantic, advising members of the Israeli Cabinet and Knesset and regularly briefing American legislators. Ettinger has served as minister for congressional…

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Bringing down Bibi

by Caroline Glick, JPost Over the past week, two writers published columns in foreign newspapers. One received wall-to-wall coverage in Israel. The other was completely ignored. The contrasting fortunes of the articles are a key to understanding the central challenges to Israel’s democratic order. Last Friday, Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s chief peace negotiator with…

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US and Israel disagree on Iran

by Debkafile The Obama administration and the Netanyahu government have fallen out on issues relating to Israeli security and current estimates of where the Iranian nuclear program stands, debkafile’s military and Washington sources report. Defense Minister Ehud Barak put his foot down Wednesday, Dec. 15, when the president’s Special Adviser on the Middle East Dennis…

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The Palestinians are the real obstacle to peace

by Moshe Ya’alon, Foreign Policy The Middle East peace process is once again stalled, while Palestinian leaders sadly continue to propagate the myth that Israeli construction impedes progress. Only last Friday, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said in Washington that “the Israeli government had a choice between settlements and peace, and they chose settlements.” Unfortunately, what…

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One that calls for a response

Howard Berman, the Chairman of the House’s Foreign Affairs Committee said: “The US reaffirms its strong support for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”… “The US reaffirms strong opposition to any attempt to establish or seek recognition of a Palestinian state outside of an agreement negotiated between Israel and the Palestinians,”… that real and…

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