Overcoming political obstacles, Israel, Jordan, Palestinian Authority sign what Energy Minister Silvan Shalom called ‘historic agreement’ securing additional 100 million metric cubes of water supplies for residents of Israel, West Bank, Jordan
By Nahum Barnea, YNET
In a ceremony held in the Washington headquarters of the World Bank on Monday, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority will sign an agreement green-lighting the construction of Red Sea-Dead Sea pipeline, Yedioth Aharonoth journalist reported.
The Red Sea–Dead Sea Conduit also known as the Two Seas Canal will carry some 100 million metric cubes of water to the north annually, thus hopefully slowing down the process Dead Sea’s desiccation. As part of the cooperation, a joint water purification plant will be formed and Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians will share the water.
Israeli Energy Minister Silvan Shalom – who is also the minister for regional cooperation and infrastructure minister – will represent Israel in the signing ceremony, and will be joined by both Jordanian and Palestinian water ministers. “This is a historical agreement,” Shalom said, adding it was a “dream come true.” (Read more…)
In this speech, Netanyahu embraced both Obama and Kerry as friends and thanked them for all they do. He made his position on Iran very clear: “Preventing Iran from achieving a nuclear weapons capability“. He also made a new demand. “Iran must abandon its genocidal policy” towards Israel
As for our conflict with the Palestinians, he said: “I’ve made hard decisions to further peace negotiations. I’m willing to make even harder decisions to achieve peace.” Beyond that he said that they must recognize us a the nation state of the Jews, that we must be able to defend ourselves by ourselves and the peace agreement must be an end of conflict agreement. THE PA IS NOT ABOUT TO GIVE US OUR MINIMUM DEMANDS. Ted Belman
I am pleased to be joining you today, even if I’m doing it by remote satellite.
I remember the Willard Hotel when I came to Washington the first time in 1982, so this is – 30 years or more have passed and we know how the world has changed, but throughout that I think there’s been this strong U.S.–Israel relationship that taken on these complex issues that we face, and Haim, I want to express to you my personal appreciation for the fact that you are sponsoring the forum to address this complexity. And it is legion, because the Middle East is undergoing great turmoil, great violence, great instability. But in this turbulence, the special bond between Israel and the United States is the crucial anchor of stability. I didn’t say just a crucial anchor; I think it is the crucial anchor, and I want to thank President Obama for his commitment to our strong alliance. He has repeatedly said that Israel must have the right to defend itself, by itself against all threats. I think that’s a very important statement. It will follow us 360 degrees. And on President Obama’s watch, defense, security and intelligence cooperation between the United States and Israel – this cooperation has reached new heights.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 8, 2013,
It was commonly assumed that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Vladimir Putin discussed the forthcoming Geneva nuclear accord with Iran when they met in Moscow on Nov. 20. But according to DEBKAfile’s intelligence and counter-terror sources, they focused on two quite different topics.
One was possible Russian-Israeli military and intelligence cooperation against al Qaeda elements in Syria in which both are keenly interested. Israel is shoring up its defenses against potential cross-border terrorist attacks mounted from al Qaeda bases in Syria, while Putin has gone to great lengths to secure the high-prestige Winter Olympics taking place at the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi Feb. 7-23.
By Tabitha Korol, Renew America
The other night I watched a PBS special on Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), a series of coordinated attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on November 9-10, 1938. These were carried out by Hitler’s forces and non-Jewish civilians and resulted in the death of hundreds of Jews who were incarcerated and sent to concentration camps. A vast number of Jewish homes, hospitals and schools were destroyed and more than 7,000 Jewish businesses were devastated. Over 1,000 synagogues were burned to the ground. I was able to find a transcript to further review the two infamous Nuremberg Laws that Hitler initiated during his rise to power. From those, more than 2,000 antisemitic laws were ratified at all levels of government, thereby sealing the fate of the Jews of the Third Reich.
To my utter horror, however, I realized that these laws survived the Nazi regime and are now being implemented against Jews and Christians here and throughout the world. In the U.S., our students are coming under state control through the Common Core “standards” adopted in the 45 states that succumbed to multimillions in government Race-to-the-Top dollars. When challenged by parents, teachers and administrators who are clearly trained in the community-organizer mode are refuting, bullying, and intimidating these critics. I’ve selected a handful of the 2,000 laws to cite and compare.
The Jewish State in its true light.
In the 8th Dec 2013 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:
· Two major Israeli discoveries that could revolutionize treatments for Alzheimer’s.
· A new Israeli treatment for Attention Deficiency Disorder
· Israel won an international award in recognition of the number of women in Israel’s parliament.
· Israeli humanitarian work is expanding in both Syria and in the Philippines.
· An Israeli company is building Honduras’ first geothermal power plant.
· Apple buys Israeli gesture technology company PrimeSense for $350 million
· The world’s oldest wine cellar has been unearthed in the Galilee. (Read more…)
To date, all the Bedouins’ legal land ownership claims that reached the courts have failed.
By: Dr. Mordechai Kedar , Jewish Press
At the end of November, 2013, Israel experienced a series of demonstrations throughout the Arab areas, some of which were violent, as part of the “Day of Rage” over the government’s decision to implement the “Prawer Plan” to solve the problems relating to land in the Negev. Arab spokesmen – all of whom are Israeli citizens – threw around slogans such as “third intifada”, “Land Day II” and “Bedouin revolt”, slogans that were meant to incite the Arab public, which represents a fifth of the citizens of the state. Politicians and leaders of the Islamic movement tried to stir up emotions against the state and its decision regarding the Bedouins settling on state lands in the Negev.
Ted Crus at David Howowitz’s Restoration Weekend.
Obama is attempting, through Kerry to achieve a Framework that both parties accept but to make it more palatable to the parties there has to be a transition period, presumably for many years if ever. It would be an agreement in principle. No doubt it would define the future borders and provide for a divided Jerusalem. Bibi would like a framework agreement only if the agreed borders gives Israel more than both the PA and Obama are willing to give. What Bibi wants is an agreement that will allow Israel construction in the areas we keep. He isn’t going to get his framework and Obama isn’t going to get his.
One more issue of note. Gaza has been left out of discussions. It complicates making a deal with J & S. Ted Belman
“What we do have to test is the possibility that we can resolve this issue diplomatically.”
“Iran cannot… will not advance its (nuclear) program,”
Iran is engaging in other activities that are “detrimental to the United States.”
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon delivered a speech on the issue of Israel-PA talks, saying that “some say it is the source of instability in the Middle East. We wonder – is really this conflict the source of Mideast instability? All that is happening in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria has nothing to do with this conflict. Nor does the Iranian issue. This conflict is local, but not the biggest in the Mideast.
“As someone who supported Oslo, I’ve learned that there is no partner on the other side for two states for two peoples. There isn’t on the other side, nor was there ever since the birth of Zionism, a leadership that was willing to recognize our right to exist as the nation State of the Jewish people,”
“We will not negotiate an inch, a millimeter of land if we don’t realize that we have a partner that discusses recognition, the end of conflict and conceding the right of return.”
Obama is obviously feeling the heat from Bibi’s criticisms. He is rhetorically kissing up to the Jews. So long as his framework is centered on accepting the ’67 lines and dividing Jerusalem, it should be rejected. Ted Belman
DEBKAfile Special Report December 7, 2013,
US President Barack Obama addressed the Iranian nuclear and Palestinian issues in terms sympathetic to the Israeli case at the Saban annual forum in Washington Saturday, Dec. 7.
On the final accord with Iran, he spoke of constraints for making sure Iran was prevented from attaining a nuclear weapon.
He then called on the Palestinians to accept that the current round of talks with Israel would produce, at best, a framework accord, which could be achieved in months, without covering in full all the details of their dispute. It would also omit the Gaza Strip and a provide for a transition period before a final settlement.
When Israel Finds Itself in the American Bazaar
By Shoshana Bryen, American Thinker…
Last week, in the context of the P5+1/Iran negotiations I wrote:
We’re familiar with the rules for buying a rug in the souk. If you want the rug more than he wants the deal, you will overpay; if he wants the deal more than you want the rug, you win. But either way, money and rug will change hands. Alternatively, if you want to buy a rug and he wants to sell a camel, no matter how ardently you bargain there will be no deal. Unless you change your mind and take the camel.
The P5+1 was negotiating an end to Iran’s nuclear program; Iran was negotiating the conditions under which it would continue to enrich uranium. Then the White House changed sides, agreeing with Iran on future enrichment and undermining the now P4+1. (Read more…)
Wilders Contrasts Papal Ecumenism, With Jew/Infidel-Hatred of Current Sunni Pope Al-Tayeb
by Andrew Bostom, December 6th, 2013
In a blog yesterday (12/5/13), I analyzed recent statements and actions by the two most recent Catholic Popes, Benedict XVI, and his successor, the current Pope, Francis. I further contrasted their ecumenical words and deeds with the overt, canonical Jew-hatred espoused by their Sunni Muslim counterparts, Al Azhar University Grand Imam Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi (d. March, 2010), and his successor, the current Grand Imam of Al Azhar University, Ahmad al-Tayeb. Myconclusions are reproduced, below:
Former Pope Benedict XVI, and current Pope Francis have openly expressed their ecumenism toward Jews and Judaism, while acknowledging Christianity’s indebtedness to Jewish ethical values. This ecumenical message has been coupled to frank, mea culpa-based contrition for the tragic legacy of Christian antisemitism. The disparity between their attitudes and their two contemporary Sunni Muslim equivalents, Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi and Ahmad Al-Tayeb—the latter having emphatically and triumphantly re-asserted the modern relevance of canonical Islam’s conspiratorial Jew-hatred—could not be more striking.
By Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, Dec 6, 2013
Congressional opposition to the recently announced nuclear accord with Iran reached a critical tipping point this week as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle publicly lambasted the deal while pushing for tighter economic sanctions on Tehran.
As the details of an interim nuclear deal reached last month in Geneva become clear, Congressional opposition has grown, leaving the White House to sell a deal that even its allies have dubbed as worrisome.
The White House held a classified briefing with members of Congress on Wednesday to push them against passing new sanctions in 2014, giving Iran at least another year of economic reprieve, according to Rep. Brad Sherman (D., Calif.).
By Ilan Ben Zion, TOI
There’s zero trust between Israel and the Palestinians, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said Friday night, voicing scant hope for a peace agreement by the end of the nine month period allotted for the American-brokered peace talks.
Speaking in Washington at the Brookings Institute’s Saban Forum on ”US-Israel Relations in a Dynamic Middle East,” Liberman said negotiations with the Palestinians must start “not from security and not from refugees, but from some simple thing I call trust, confidence, credibility.”
“Without trust and credibility — mission impossible,” he said. The foreign minister said past treaties were made between Israeli and Palestinian rulers, not the respective peoples.
“I think we must reach a real comprehensive solution with the Palestinians and not with the rulers,” he said.
“I do not want to be spared of the troubles which Israeli musicians encounter…”
By Tom Gross, Mideast Dispatch, December 05, 2013
While some other leading artists are calling for a boycott of Israel, I can now reveal that Evgeny Kissin, generally regarded as one of the world’s greatest living pianists, will on Saturday take Israeli citizenship.
Unlike some Israeli musicians, Evgeny Kissin, who was born in Russia and has in recent years resided in London and Paris, is fiercely proud of being Jewish and of the Jewish state. On Saturday evening at the Mishkenot Sha’ananim arts center in Jerusalem, he will receive his Israeli passport from another prominent Soviet-born Jew, Natan Sharansky (who, of course, spent years in solitary confinement in the gulag for saying he wanted to live in freedom).
Evgeny will give a recital next Monday at Binyanei Ha’Uma, Jerusalem’s largest indoor venue. Evgeny is long-standing subscriber to this email list, as well as being a personal friend of mine. He has asked for his original statement, made when he started the process of applying for Israeli citizenship two years ago, to now be made public, so journalists and others subscribing to this list can read it.
By David Solway, PJM
Back in July of 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama visited Sderot, the southern Israeli city battered by rocket fire from Gaza, and delivered a speech emphasizing Israel’s right to defend itself and stressing that “peace should not undermine its security.” He vowed that he would not, as president, force Israel to make dangerous concessions and warned that “the world must prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” The Israeli leadership — not least the irresponsible and spineless Ehud Olmert — and many of the country’s citizens, including the leftist, anti-Zionist newspaper Haaretz, could scarcely restrain their enthusiasm for the fine words and noble sentiments expressed by the president-in-waiting.
By Ted Belman
During the UN World Conference in Durban in 2001, large numbers of NGOs organized a parallel NGO Forum which produced what is known as “The NGO Declaration.”
NGO Monitor reported,
“[It] was written in highly politicized language and reflected a concerted effort to undermine Israel. Article 164 states targeted victims of Israel’s brand of apartheid and ethnic cleansing methods have been in particular children, women and refugees. Article 425 announces a policy of complete and total isolation of Israel as an apartheid state…the imposition of mandatory and comprehensive sanctions and embargoes, the full cessation of all links (diplomatic, economic, social, aid, military cooperation and training) between all states and Israel. Furthermore, Article 426 talks of condemnation of those states who are supporting, aiding and abetting the Israeli apartheid state and its perpetration of racist crimes against humanity including ethnic cleansing, acts of genocide.”
FORD…………Well worth 7 minutes to watch. History
This was BEFORE Pearl Harbor !!!
Ford’s B-24 Bomber Plant at Willow Run, MI.
Henry Ford was determined that he could mass produce bombers just as he had
done with cars.
He built the Willow Run assembly plant and proved it. It was the world’s
largest building under one roof.
This film will absolutely blow you away – one B-24 every 55 minutes.
Has Israel lost the Negev?
Among the Bedouin community, Israeli laws barring polygamy amount to no more than rumors, and no one has ever even heard of the building code • The Bedouin have all but taken over the Negev and turned it into a neighboring country.
David M. Weinberg | In support of the Prawer-Begin plan
Many of the protesters have anything but Bedouin interests in mind.
By CAROLINE GLICK, JPOST
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Israel on Wednesday to put additional pressure on Israel to make more concessions in land and political rights to the PLO in Judea and Samaria. To advance his current effort, Kerry brought along retired US Marine Gen. John Allen.
According to media reports, Allen presented a proposal to address Israel’s security concerns and so enabled the talks about Israeli land giveaways to proceed apace. The proposal involved, among other things, American security guarantees, a pledge to deploy US forces along the Jordan River and additional US military assistance to the IDF.
These Obama administration proposals are supposed to allay Israeli concerns that withdrawing Israeli forces from the Jordan Valley and the international border crossings with Jordan will invite foreign invasion and aggression, and increased Palestinian terrorism.