Sunday, May 04, 2014

Negotiations were rigged from the start – UPDATED

By Ted Belman
The mask is off. The US officials sympathize with Abbas and blame
Israel’s settlement construction as the cause of the failure of the
talks. They warn that Palestine will rise ‘whether through violence
or via int’l organizations’ which is another way of saying that
the US won’t veto the recognition of Palestine in the SC and will
recognize them as a state contrary to the requirements of the
Montevideo Conventions.
We knew the game was rigged the moment Obama agreed with the Arab
position that the borders were to be based on the ’67 lines plus
swaps. Although Netanyahu made his position very clear on security,
the Obama administration gave it only lip service and wanted Israel to
have a time frame not exceeding 5 years on Israel’s remaining
presence in “Palestine”. This wasn’t remotely what Israel wanted
or needed and Yaalon made that amply clear.
(Read more…)
US officials: Even if Israel doesn’t like it, Palestinians will get
state <>
Had Obama not supported ’67 lines plus swaps, Israel would not now
be painted as the bad guy. Ted Belman
In anonymous briefing to top columnist, members of Kerry’s team slam
Netanyahu, empathize with Abbas, warn Palestine will rise ‘whether
through violence or via int’l organizations’
American officials directly involved in the failed Israeli-Palestinian
peace process over the last nine months gave a leading Israeli
columnist a withering assessment of Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu’s handling of the negotiations, indicated that Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has completely given up on the
prospect of a negotiated solution, and warned Israel that the
Palestinians will achieve statehood come what may — either via
international organizations or through violence.
Speaking on condition of anonymity to Nahum Barnea, a prominent
columnist from Israel’s best-selling daily Yedioth Aharonoth, the
officials highlighted Netanyahu’s ongoing settlement construction as
the issue “largely to blame” for the failure of Secretary of State
John Kerry’s July 2013-April 2014 effort to broker a permanent peace
accord.(Read more…)
Rand Paul Not Entirely Wrong on Aid to the Palestinians
By Jonathan Tobin, COMMENTARY
After explaining Israel’s position:
Quoting the insightful Elliot Abrams
, Jennifer Rubin explains that pulling the plug on all U.S. aid to the
Palestinians is not something the Netanyahu government wants. Some of
the money goes to help fund the PA security forces that cooperate
extensively with the Israelis. Without these funds the PA could
collapse and leave the Israelis with the messy job of having to
administer the territories as well as depriving them of the assistance
that the Palestinians provide in keeping a lid on terror in the West
Thus, while the Israelis have been denouncing the PA in the last week
since Abbas announced the deal with Hamas that put a formal end to the
peace talks sponsored by Secretary of State John Kerry, they actually
don’t want anyone in Washington to act on those complaints, at least
with regard to the money that the U.S. funnels to the PA.
(Read more…)
UNRWA: Blurring the Lines between Humanitarianism and Politics
By *Dr. Rephael Ben-Ari, JCPA*
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in
the Near East (UNRWA) has become one of the largest UN programs, with
over 30,000 personnel operating in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West
Bank, and the Gaza Strip. It remains the only UN agency whose area of
operation is not global but regional,and which deals with a single
group of people; it is also unique in that it directly provides
government-like public services to its beneficiaries.
Undoubtedly, since its inception nearly sixty-five years ago, UNRWA
has accomplished significant major achievements, providing relief and
humanitarian aid in one of the most complex geopolitical arenas, under
the challenging conditions of political uncertainty and physical
insecurity. Nevertheless, within the last few decades, the vast,
quasi-state machinery into which the Agency has evolved has attracted
considerable criticism. Some of UNRWA’s long-standing policies have
made it susceptible to political manipulation, in particular by
extremist groups. It is evident that the Agency has become deeply
involved in Middle-Eastern politics, in a way that might overshadow
its significant accomplishments.
(Read more…)
In Defense of “Racist” Bundy (I omitted a major part of the
article til now) <>
By Alex Markovsky 
The following is an excerpt of a New York Times report of Nevada
rancher Cliven Bundy’s views on the state of the black community and
other social issues.
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” Mr.
Bundy said. He recalled driving past a public-housing project in North
Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was
usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always
at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t
have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do.
They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.”
 “And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what
do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children; they put
their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick
cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves,
picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they
better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more
freedom. They got less freedom.”(Read more…)
With demise of talks, attention turns to shaky coalition
By Yossi Verter, HAARETZ
The reality, though, is apparently more complex. Very important
officials in Jerusalem this week received authoritative reports from
the United States about anger being aimed at Netanyahu. He pushed
Abbas into a corner, senior figures in Washington were saying. He did
not agree to present a plan and insisted on starting from zero. He
demanded that the Palestinian president commit himself to recognizing
Israel as a Jewish state, a demand that has not been made of any other
Arab leader with whom Israel has held talks. The premier displayed no
flexibility on the core issues of Jerusalem and refugees. He wanted a
process for its own sake.
(Read more…)
Learning the lessons of the past
Prime Minister’s memorable Holocaust Remembrance Day speech.
The last time I visited Yad Vashem I accompanied the Prime Minister of
Canada Stephen Harper, a great friend of Israel and the Jewish people.
We went through the exhibition rooms which present heartbreaking
documentation of the destruction of European Jewry.
Today in my office, I met Fela, an 82 year old Holocaust survivor. It
was important for her to tell me on this day of her memories as a
child of seven who was forced to leave her two year old sister. Those
memories are always with her.
She told me, “I don’t remember what happened yesterday or the day
before that, but as is the way of memories at my age, I remember the
sad, tearful eyes of my two year old sister whom I left behind to
(Read more…)
The pernicious effect of Soviet propaganda.
By Ted Belman
The Goldberg File is written by Jonah Golberg and published by the
NRO. I have extracted a certain segment of this week’s issue dealing
with the pernicious effect of Soviet propaganda. Arafat and Abbas were
schooled in Soviet methodology which they put to good use in their
efforts to establish a new reality in their war against Israel. To
Israel’s chagrin, they have been successful beyond their wildest
 Lots of people have noted that Vladimir Putin is using the KGB
playbook in his effort to carve up Ukraine. That involves not only
lying, but manipulating events in such a way so as to make it easier
for others to believe the lies. Anne Applebaum describes the
techniques very well
. Lots of people have discussed how Russia Today
 is a pigpen for Russian propagandists providing a useful slop trough
for modern-day useful idiots.
But what hasn’t been discussed is what all of this talk about “KGB
tactics” suggests about the past, and our understanding of it.
Anyone roughly my age or older (“Ah yes, you are the measure of
man!” — The Couch) probably remembers how the Soviets and their
defenders used to bend and manipulate logic, facts, and truth to make
it seem like there was a plausible case that the Soviet Union had the
better economic and social model. But what is less well-remembered
among older folks and completely unknown to most younger folks is the
damage done by the Soviets to our understanding of the world.
(Read more…)

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