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  • March 30, 2015

    Putin to Arab League: Palestinians have right to state with capital in east Jerusalem  

    Putin also spoke on the importance of synchronizing the efforts of the Arab League with those of the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia.


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    Girls walk past a banner with a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin along a bridge, in central Cairo. (photo credit:REUTERS)

    Moscow will support the Palestinians in their efforts to build an independent state with a capital in east Jerusalem, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday according to Israel Radio.

    Speaking at the 26th annual Arab League Summit in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik over the weekend, Putin said that “Palestinians have the right to establish an independent and habitable state with a capital in east Jerusalem.” (Read more…)

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    Exclusive: In exchange for freed tax funds, PA won’t pursue Israel over settlements at ICC  

    T. Belman. In my recent post, Bibi and Obama apparently cut a deal I saw this coming.

    Israel pledges to release frozen funds accrued, but whether it releases upcoming revenues dependent on PA actions.

    Abbas hamasThe Palestinian Authority will formally join the International Criminal Court on April 1, but – following Israel’s decision on Friday to release frozen tax revenues – is not expected at this time to take steps against Israel in the ICC regarding settlement construction.

    In addition, The Jerusalem Post has learned that while the ICC prosecutor has – at the PA’s request – opened a preliminary examination on alleged Israeli war crimes during Operation Protective Edge over the summer, the PA is not expected at this time to take additional legal steps in the ICC regarding the Gaza operation.

    As a result of Israel’s decision to free up the funds, the PA also does not intend now to stop its security cooperation with Israel, the Post also learned.

    It was the PA’s steps to join the ICC at the end of December that led Israel to freeze the monthly tax transfers in the first place.
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    Kahlon: Give Us the Tools to Make Changes – Or We Won’t be There  

    By Hezki Ezra and Elad Benari, INN

    Moshe Kahlon

    Moshe Kahlon
    Kulanu chairman Moshe Kahlon said on Sunday evening that his party’s only wish is to help out the weaker sectors of society, but warned, “If we’re not given the tools to do so, we will not be there (in the coalition -ed.).”

    “In recent days, negotiations have been underway, we presented our demands and mind you – nothing has changed. We want one thing – to succeed where others have failed,” he said at a meeting of Kulanu party activists.

    “Kulanu is the hope of hundreds of thousands of people in the country who hope that we succeed where others either did not want to succeed or failed. Solutions must be produced and Kulaunu will produce these solutions,” Kahlon continued.
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    R I V I T I N G  

    Every survivor of child sexual abuse has a story. Most are untold.

    On 3/22/15, in front of a large Los Angeles crowd, Sima Yarmush publicly told her story. For the first time.


    Why has there been such a strong reaction to Sima Yarmush’s speech? In less than 1 week, her 30 minute speech in Los Angeles has been watched over 60,000 times.
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    Dozens of Israeli Arabs Beat Yeshiva Student in Northern Israel, Call Him ‘Dirty Jew’  

    By David Daoud, ALGEMEINER

    Students from an Israeli Arab high school in Umm Al-Fahm attacked the tour guide of an 11th grade Bnei Akiva Yeshiva class visiting the area on their school’s annual field trip, Israel’s NRG reported on Sunday.

    Last Wednesday, on the day of the trip, the group of eight yeshiva students began its tour through the Banias Nature Reserve, accompanied by their guide Avraham Snir and another guide. On the narrow path, the yeshiva students crossed paths with three Israeli Arab students from “Chadash” high school.

    The Arab students then began to curse them, according to the report. Snir objected to their insults, to which the Arab students responded, “we are a thousand and one, and you are nothing. Wait, wait.”
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    The media chooses to vilify Israel and the Jewish people  

    CBC refuses to correct the record even after Amnesty International reports that Hamas is guilty of war crimes

    By Diane Weber Bederman, CFP — March 29, 2015 

    We are now hearing confirmation from many sources, including Amnesty International, that Hamas committed war crimes against Israel during Operation Protective Edge.‘Misfired Hamas rockets’ killed children in Gaza  “Rocket and mortar attacks by Palestinian militant groups during last summer’s conflict in Gaza amounted to war crimes, Amnesty International says.”

    Reporting from some media outlets was patently false:

    “Posed photographs. Intentional miscategorizations. Buried corrections. One-sided sourcing. Cherry-picked quotes. And a just-plain-wrong conclusion about “most” Gaza casualties being civilians.

    Or below ethical standards.
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    Judge Pirro attacks Obama for dancing with the devil  

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    March 29, 2015

    Iranian journalist covering nuke talks defects to West  

    Amir Hossein Motaghi tells Iranian opposition TV that US is ‘mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other P5+1 members’

    By Jonathan Beck, TOI

    US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (L), US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) and US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz wait to start a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and others at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel March 29, 2015 in Lausanne, Switzerland. (photo credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP)

    Iranian journalist who was sent to cover the nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, defected over the weekend.

    Amir Hossein Motaghi, who was instrumental in the election of President Hassan Rouhani when he served as his personal aide during the Iranian election, asked authorities in Switzerland to grant him political asylum.

    Montaghi told an Iranian opposition channel broadcasting from London that he did not see any sense in his profession as a journalist since he could only write what he was told to write.
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    Forget about the Two-State-Solution  

    By Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison, AMERICAN THINKER

    It’s a phrase endlessly repeated since 1989. It’s been on the lips of Western diplomats, especially our own State Department types, for a quarter century: “Two-State Solution.” We must have a Roadmap to Peace and that destination must embrace a state for the Israelis and a state for the Arabs of Palestine. Anyone who questions that formulation is in danger of being marginalized. How can you oppose what Secretaries of State of both great American political parties have embraced? How can you say there are any people on earth who are not entitled to a state?

    Are the Druze entitled to a state? Are the Kurds entitled to a state? How about the Chaldean or Assyrian Christians? It would seem that the state of Syria, ruled by the minority Alawites, is falling apart. What else do most Arab “states” in that region do?
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    Let’s get real – what is needed is a reevaluation  

    By Ted Belman

    Obama is insisting on the creation of Palestine with a border separating it from Israel based on the ’67 lines plus swaps. In doing so he is ignoring UNSC resolution 242 which grants Israel the right to secure and recognized borders and does not demand a full retreat to the ’67 lines. He is also threatening to allow the UNSC to impose such borders on Israel thereby circumventing his oft stated insistence that all matters are to be negotiated between the parties.

    Ben-Dror Yemini, writing in YNET, which is left of center and Netanyahu’s arch enemy, makes the case, “Given the upheaval in the Arab world, Obama needs to ask himself why he thinks a Palestinian state is viable right now; meanwhile, Israel’s right needs to understand that its actions are leading to a bi-national state.”

    According to Hamas’ official television station, “Christians, Communists and Jews must be eliminated down to the very last man.” Hamas has the support of 61 percent of the Palestinians. Even if we assume that support for Hamas will fall, Hamas will take a violent stand against its opponents. Some of the Hamas leaders are talking about “the conquest of Rome and Andalusia.”

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    ”The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis must be stopped’  

    Israel fears world powers are rushing toward “very bad deal” with Iran • Minister Yuval Steinitz: Even minimal conditions for worthy framework deal are far from being realized • PM Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Russian, Indian leaders about Iran deal.

    By Shlomo Cesana, Eli Leon, Yoni Hersch, Israel Hayom Staff and Reuters, TOI

    With less than 72 hours remaining before the deadline for a framework nuclear agreement between six world powers and Iran,Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday the emerging deal “bears out all of our fears, and even more than that.”
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    Serry: Time to replace 242 with new ‘peace architecture’  

    By Herb Keinon, JPOST

    The international community should create a new “peace architecture” to replace UN Security Council Resolution 242, outgoing UN Mideast envoy Robert Serry said Thursday during his final briefing to the Security Council.

    Serry – speaking just days after the US said it will reassess its Middle East diplomacy, leading to speculation it may support a UN Security Council resolution setting parameters for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal – said that since the parties at this time do not seem ready to restart talks, “we should not rush them back to the table.”
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    Senate Majority Leader to PM: We’re by Israel’s Side  

    Read also: Boehner: Obama’s ‘Animosity’ to Israel is ‘Reprehensible’
    House Speaker, who is set to visit Israel, says US pressure on Netanyahu over 4-5 years ‘pushed him to the point where he had to speak up.’

    By Yaakov Levi, INN

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Sunday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is on a visit to Israel. Speaking before the meeting, Netanyahu said that Israel was “very worried about our common interests in the wake of recent development in the Middle East. As we speak, Iran is acting wildly in Yemen. This is correctly seen by all the countries in the Middle East as a strategic move to dominate the region and therefore we are witnessing something quite unprecedented.”
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    ‘Dangerous accord’ with Iran worse than Israel feared: PM  

    By Dan Williams, Yahoo

    Jerusalem (AFP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denounced as “dangerous” a nuclear accord that world powers are negotiating with Iran, saying it goes beyond what his government had feared.

    “The dangerous accord which is being negotiated in Lausanne (Switzerland) confirms our concerns and even worse,” Netanyahu said in remarks at a meeting of his cabinet broadcast on public radio.

    Netanyahu denounced the “Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis which is dangerous for all of humanity and which must be stopped,” making a reference to the Swiss city where the talks are taking place.
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    March 28, 2015

    UN says Israel, not Iran, North Korea or Syria worst violator of human rights  

    By , FOX NEWS

    What country deserves more condemnation for violating human rights than any other nation on earth? According to the U.N.’s top human rights body, that would be Israel.

    Last week, Israel was the U.N.’s number one women’s rights violator. This week it is the U.N.’s all-round human rights villain.

    The U.N. Human Rights Council wrapped up its latest session in Geneva on Friday, March 27 by adopting four resolutions condemning Israel.  That’s four times more than any of the other 192 UN member states.
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    Israeli official brands emerging Iran deal as ‘incomprehensibly’ bad  

    As Tehran hails ‘massive progress’ in talks, Jerusalem protests that regime ‘is working against American-Arab-Israeli interests without paying a price’


    As Iran hailed “massive progress” toward a deal on its nuclear program, an Israeli official described the terms of the looming agreement as “incomprehensibly” bad and rejected the Obama administration’s contention that it would keep the regime a year away from accumulating enough fissile material for a bomb.

    Estimating that a framework deal would indeed be signed soon, and that a full agreement would follow in June, the official lamented the US-led negotiators’ apparent readiness to remove sanctions without Iran being required to halt its global terrorist activities, and listed a host of areas in which Tehran was working against American, Israeli and moderate Arab interests without being made to pay a price.
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    To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran  

    By John Bolton, NYT

    FOR years, experts worried that the Middle East would face an uncontrollable nuclear-arms race if Iran ever acquired weapons capability. Given the region’s political, religious and ethnic conflicts, the logic is straightforward.

    As in other nuclear proliferation cases like India, Pakistan and North Korea, America and the West were guilty of inattention when they should have been vigilant. But failing to act in the past is no excuse for making the same mistakes now. All presidents enter office facing the cumulative effects of their predecessors’ decisions. But each is responsible for what happens on his watch. President Obama’s approach on Iran has brought a bad situation to the brink of catastrophe.

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    Bibi and Obama apparently cut a deal  

    By Ted Belman

    Apparently, Obama has agreed to veto the proposed French resolution recognizing Palestine.

    “We’re not going to get ahead of any decisions about what the United States would do with regard to potential action at the UN Security Council,” a U.S. official told AFP, hours after French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced the plans.

    “We continue to engage with key stakeholders, including the French, to find a way forward that advances the interest we and others share in a two-state solution,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Israel paid a high price by cancelling the 1500 units in Har Homa and in turning over to the PA the withheld taxes.

    Of course I am speculating.

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    March 27, 2015

    Young Benjamin Netanyahu (Debate on Israeli Borders)  

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    Iran takes over Iraq  

    By Dore Gold, ISRAEL HAYOM

    General David Petraeus is the best known top American officer from the Iraq War. There are only a few in the U.S. who know more about internal developments in Iraq than he does. After all, he was commander of the successful “surge” in U.S. forces in Iraq in 2007-2008 that changed the tide of the war and crushed the Iraqi branch of al-Qaida, which was the forerunner of the Islamic State group.

    Petraeus was subsequently appointed head of the CIA by the Obama administration, a position from which he had to resign in 2012 as a result of a personal affair. Given his background, when he grants an interview to a major newspaper like the Washington Post about what is currently happening in Iraq and in the Middle East in general, his words can have enormous influence on the centers of power from Cairo to Riyadh.
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