VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 26 November 2012: What did Israel gain by its Gaza war?

26 November 2012 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Israel Is Seeking A Modified Palestinian UN Draft
IMEMC – Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, decided to shift the Israeli policy and stance regarding the UN Thursday vote on the Palestinian nonmember status, and is currently tying to tone down and trim the Palestinian application instead of toppling it by a U.S. veto. … 

Israeli Report: “Palestinian Killed By Army Fire Across The Border With Gaza”
IMEMC – Israeli sources reported that the army shot and killed, on Monday, a Palestinian man who managed to cross the border fence with Gaza, and managed to reach the home of a family in Sadeh Avram settlement, located hundreds of meters away from the border with Gaza, and also close to the border with Egypt. … 

Four Injured By Army Fire In Gaza
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported that four Palestinians have been injured, on Monday evening, after Israeli soldiers opened fire at them near the eastern border of the Gaza Strip. … 

Mashal Phones Abbas, Confirms Support To UN Bid
IMEMC – Head of the Political Bureau of the Hamas movement, Khaled Mashal, phoned Monday Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, informing him that the Hamas movement approves and supports the UN bid Abbas will be presenting on November 29. …

Clashes Reported Near Jenin
IMEMC – Palestinian sources reported that clashes took place between dozens of residents and Israeli soldiers after the army placed iron barriers blocking the eastern entrance of Ya’bod village, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin. …

Mashal To CNN: “We Are Not Behind Tel Aviv Bombing, We Accept State in 1967 Border”
IMEMC – In an exclusive interview with CNN’s, Christiane Amanpour, in the Egyptian Capital, Cairo, head of the Hamas Political Bureau, Khaled Mashal, stated that his movement is not behind the Tel Aviv bombing that took place Wednesday, and confirmed that Hamas accepts a Palestinian State in the 1967 territory, and is willing to join the nonviolent resistance. … 

Jerusalem Municipality Delays Discussion Session To Change Arab Names Of Jerusalem Neighborhoods
IMEMC – Yesterday, the Jerusalem Municipality postponed a session to discuss the change of names and streets in the neighborhoods of Silwan and Swaneh, in accordance with the request of the settlers who live in the Municipality of Jerusalem. …

Aljazeera

Egypt fleshes out Hamas-Israel truce deal
AlJazeera 26 Nov 2012 – Mediators began separate talks with Hamas and Israel to discuss details of the ceasefire that ended eight days of war.

Palestine News Network

Israeli Police Arrests Three Palestinians on Suspicion They Participated in Tel Aviv Bus Bombing
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Captive Movement Announces 27 Nov. A One-Day Strike in Solidarity with Issawy and Sharawna
Palestine News Network

Position Paper: Palestine’s Enhancement of Status at the UN
Palestine News Network

PCHR Welcomes Gaza Authorities’ Decision to Grant Amnesties to Persons Accused of Criminal Charges in the 2006 Palestini…
Palestine News Network

Hamas Supports PA’s Bid to UN
Palestine News Network

Dr. Ashrawi to Host Press Briefing Regards The Palestinian UN Bid
Palestine News Network

Ehud Barak Resigns from the Government and Politics
Palestine News Network

IOF Troops Kill Man Stabbed an Israeli Woman in Eshkol
Palestine News Network

A Palestinian Died of His Injuries during the Last Israeli Aggression on Gaza
Palestine News Network

Thousands March in London for Gaza and Freedom for Palestine
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Condemns Arrests of Political Leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the West Bank
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Alternative Information Center

Education ministry to high school students: help with hasbara
Alternative Information Center – Israel’s Ministry of Education sent a special communication to high school principals throughout the country on Tuesday, calling on students to participate in Israel’s hasbara efforts concerning the attacks on Gaza. Director General of Education Ministry:…

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Two wounded by Israeli gunfire in southern Gaza
Relief Web 26 Nov 2012 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 11/26/2012 21:52 GMT GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories, Nov 26, 2012 (AFP) – Two Palestinians in their 20s were moderately wounded by Israeli gunfire on Monday as they walked near the border fence in…

occupied Palestinian territory: “Seize the opportunities of the Gaza ceasefire”: UNRWA Commissioner-General
Relief Web 26 Nov 2012 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic (the) 26 November 2012 Dead Sea, Jordan UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi called on the international community and the parties to…

occupied Palestinian territory: Syria Humanitarian Response, Issue 18
Relief Web 26 Nov 2012 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic (the) Situational overview Palestine refugees and Syrians alike continue to face grave humanitarian challenges due to the armed…

occupied Palestinian territory: Hamas, Israel resume talks on Gaza blockade
Relief Web 26 Nov 2012 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 11/26/2012 14:56 GMT by Samer al-Atrush CAIRO, Nov 26, 2012 (AFP) – An Israeli delegation was to arrive Monday in Cairo for indirect talks with Hamas on easing the Gaza blockade, the Palestinian…

occupied Palestinian territory: $53 mn needed for Palestinians in Syria: UNRWA
Relief Web 26 Nov 2012 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic (the) 11/26/2012 15:27 GMT DEAD SEA, Jordan, Nov 26, 2012 (AFP) – The United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, said Monday it needs $53 million (41 million euros)…

The National

Syria’s war exposes fault lines of sectarian divisions
The National 26 Nov 2012 – Syrian Kurds say claims Syria was once a vibrant multicultural society with various sects coexisting peacefully are an illusion.

Hamas backs UN statehood bid
The National 26 Nov 2012Hamas‘s support for Fatah-led Palestinian Authority’s UN push shows more flexibility since end of eight-day war with Israel.

Morsi meets judges to calm power fears
The National 26 Nov 2012 – Egyptian president has met with members of Egypt’s Supreme Judicial Council, which has condemned his declaration as an “unprecedented assault on the judiciary and it rulings”.

Hamas, now ‘in play’, could sway Saudis
The National 26 Nov 2012Hamas‘s rising profile – and the possibility that it could move away from the patronage of Riyadh’s arch rival, Tehran – may entice Saudi Arabia to cultivate stronger ties, analysts say.

UAE best place to be born in Arab world, Sheikh Mohammed proudly tweets
The National 26 Nov 2012 – The UAE is also ranked among the top 20 in the world, according to Economist Intelligence Unit, taking into account factors including life expectancy at birth, quality of family life and job security..

Syrian rebels have Aleppo surrounded
The National 26 Nov 2012 – Syrian rebels aiming to encircle Aleppo virtually cut off roads to the battleground city from neighbouring Raqa province as the army targeted rebel strongholds around Damascus yesterday.

Arvind Kejriwal launches his new political party
The National 26 Nov 2012 – India’s anti-corruption firebrand has formally launched his new national political party with a promise to promote democracy and battle nepotism.

UAE task force to find accurate consensus for violence against women
The National 26 Nov 2012 – Experts will gather in Abu Dhabi for a three-day meeting to discuss how to accurately collate statistics on violence against women in the Arabian Gulf.

Ha’aretz

Has Likud gone too far right for Netanyahu?
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2012

Israel, U.S. hold secret talks over Palestinian Authority’s UN bid
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2012

No options left for Ehud Barak
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2012

Likud party takes a right turn in primaries, sidelining moderates
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2012

On second day of voting, problems continue to plague Likud primaries
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2012

Haaretz analysts and columnists weigh in on Ehud Barak’s decision to quit politics
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2012

Barak, the great hope that turned into a bitter disappointment
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2012

Israel, Hamas teams in Cairo for more truce talks
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2012

Despite leaving politics, Barak is keeping all of his options open
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2012

After failing as a politician, Barak’s decision to quit was inevitable
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2012

Barak may return to politics before he has finished saying goodbye
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2012

Israeli study: Parkinson’s treatment improves creativity
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2012

Ehud Barak announces retirement from political life
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2012

The Burma Road of a Tel Aviv auto shop
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2012

Thousands of Afghan students protest against Israel over recent Gaza offensive
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2012

PLO: Vote against Palestine at UN will signal that only armed struggle works
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2012

Israeli doctors go back to school for refresher genetics course
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2012

Jerusalem Post

Man indicted for scamming, murdering wife
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – Shimon Cooper, 51, is believed to have killed his first and third wives and of attempting to kill his second wife. 

Court delays ruling on women on ‘dayanim’ panel
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – Move will further postpone the appointment of rabbinical judges, which are currently in short supply. 

Court dismisses lawsuit over Ulpana dispute
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – Lawsuit filed by settler-related organizations who claim ownership over lands of the Ulpana outpost near Beit El. 

Sa’ar, Erdan slated to get top spots on Likud list
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – Polls close, final votes being tallied after second day of voting in party primary; Moshe Feiglin appears set to be Likud MK while Meridor, Begin and Eitan are likely out. 

Analysis: Egypt: battle lines are drawn
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – Egyptian President Morsi completed his takeover of the country with his “constitutional declaration.” 

Planning an end-run around international law
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – Creating a Palestinian state by launching an end-run around international law in the General Assembly would be illegitimate on its face. More importantly, however, it would also be destabilizing, and potentially catastrophic, for the entire region of states. 

Jewish Agency targets Russian-speaker at confab
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – Jewish Agency seeks to ‘open Jewish horizons’ for Russian-speaking European youth at Holland confab. 

Egypt’s Morsi tells judges decree limited in scope
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – Following widespread unrest, Egyptian president says decree limiting judiciary’s authority will be limited to “sovereign” matters. 

Greenpeace slams Zara for using toxins in clothing
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – Israeli activists join international campaign against retailer for chemicals in products, including children’s jeans. 

‘Protecting environment takes care of the future’
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – KKL head Stenzler says environmental concerns will be a decisive issue in the upcoming election. 

Arafat’s exhumation
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – Where the culture of mendacity reigns, trustworthy accords cannot grow. That’s why the latest twist in the “Arafat assassination” tale matters. 

Who wants a Palestinian state?
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – Accepting Israel means ending the Palestinian revolution, a national betrayal and an Islamic heresy. In this context, for Palestinians and their supporters, the “peace process” is a metaphor for defeat. 

On My Mind: Abbas’s choice
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – Abbas still has an opportunity to save the peace process. He can lead the many Palestinians who truly aspire, for themselves and their families, to achieve peace with Israel. 

The UCU, anti-Semitism and criticism of Israel
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – Borderline Views: Only when it is clear that such latent forms of racism have been rooted out will criticism of this or that policy of an Israeli government be taken seriously. 

Obama, take a leaf from Truman’s book to spur peace process
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – An American-sponsored package that couples a US-Israel defense treaty with a Clinton two-state format addresses the deep anxiety of Israeli Jews of almost all political hues for their and Israel’s future. 

Rocket attacks and long-term goals
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – If Israel is seriously committed to its own long-term survival as a sovereign nation in this part of the world, it must try a different approach. 

‘Israeli-occupied’ Congress no more
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – Democrats also need to examine their own silent betrayal of the American-Israeli relationship. 

Anti-Islam filmmaker that stoked riots unrepentant
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – In ‘NY Times’ interview, maker of “Innocence of Muslims” says film aimed to reveal “the actual truth” about the Prophet Mohammad. 

Mixed reactions from Hamas to Abbas’s UN bid
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012Hamas spokesman says group backs any political gain Abbas can achieve at UN as long as it doesn’t include relinquishing land. 

Talks in Egypt start to flesh out cease-fire details
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012US links end to arms smuggling to easing restrictions on Gaza; DC views support of Israel’s right to self defense as key to truce. 

‘Russia supplying arms to Syria under old contracts’
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – Medvedev says Moscow is neutral on Syrian conflict; Russia also printed banknotes for Syria, dispatched via Iranian airspace. 

Norway’s police apologize for deporting Jews
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – For the first time, the Scandinavian country acknowledges deportation, murder of 772 Jews during Nazi occupation in WWII. 

Dutch TV airs fake PM speech on targeting Gazans
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – “We are trying to maximize the number of civilian casualties,” Netanyahu says in a fake satirical video edited to appear genuine. 

The Blog Down: Shock, denial and anger
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – JPost bloggers share their critiques, analyses and personal stories of the recent military operation in Gaza. 

Iran criticizes US over delayed Mideast atomic talks
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – Tehran says US wants “to support the Israelis’ nuclear weapon capability,” after Washington nixes talks to ban atomic arms in ME. 

Sites and Insights: Capernaum with a view
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – A house with an extensive history still stands and provides a fine example of construction at Chorazin in medieval times. 

IDF shoots, kills suspected terrorist in the South
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – 20-year-old Beduin man allegedly breaks into home, stabs woman; due to proximity to Gaza, IDF worried incident was terror. 

Hamas lends support to Abbas’s UN statehood bid
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – Mashaal calls PA president to back bid in unexpected change of heart; Hamas spokesman Abu Zuhri says group backs any political gain Abbas can achieve at UN “without causing harm to the national Palestinian rights.” 

Ehud Barak announces he is quitting political life
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – Defense minister will remain in position until new government is formed following elections. 

‘Compromise possible between Morsi, judiciary’
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2012 – Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky believes Egyptian president will agree to limit scope of his power following widespread unrest. 

The Guardian

Britain ready to back Palestinian statehood at UN
The Guardian 26 Nov 2012 – Mahmoud Abbas pledge not to pursue Israel for war crimes and resumption of peace talks are UK conditions Britain is prepared to back a key vote recognising Palestinian statehood at the United Nations if Mahmoud Abbas…

Binyamin Netanyahu’s fig leaf could be back
The Guardian 26 Nov 2012 – Retirement might not stop Ehud Barak playing a key role in any Israeli plans to attack Iran Ehud Barak, who on Monday announced that he is quitting politics, has been the chief author of Israel’s national…

Ehud Barak to retire from Israeli party politics
The Guardian 26 Nov 2012 – Defence minister says he will not stand in January elections as he wants to spend more time with his family Israel’s defence minister, Ehud Barak, has announced he will retire from party politics at the next…

Ehud Barak: the military mastermind Israel loves to hate
The Guardian 26 Nov 2012 – Defence minister quits after a chequered political career and over 50 years at the centre of country’s armed forces Ehud Barak‘s decision to quit politics means the departure of a man who has been at the…

Egypt: Morsi to meet judges over power grab – Monday 26 November
The Guardian 26 Nov 2012 – Follow the day’s developments as they unfolded Haroon Siddique

Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak to retire from politics
The Guardian 26 Nov 2012 – Barak makes sudden announcement despite polls showing support for his Independence party ahead of elections The Israeli defence minister, Ehud Barak, has announced he is to quit politics, shaking up the country’s political system just weeks…

Inter Press Service

Egypt’s Morsi to Meet Judges over New Powers
IPS Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is set to meet senior judges on Monday to try to ease a crisis over his new powers which has set off protests reminiscent of the revolution last year that brought him to power. Activists on Sunday were camped in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for a third…

The Secular Fret in New Tunisia
IPS A year has passed since the provisional government assumed power in Tunisia. Following in the wake of the revolutionary changes brought on by the Arab Spring, the moderate Islamic Ennahda party won the majority and formed a coalition with the two secular parties Congress for the Republic (CPR) and Ettakatol…

Uruknet

Video: Israeli attacks leave hundreds homeless in Gaza
Uruknet

Settler violence and IDF raids: For West Bank Palestinians, there is no ceasefire
Uruknet

Where’s our humanity for Gaza?
Uruknet

Military suicides ‘out of control’
Uruknet

Gazans denied day in Israeli courts
Uruknet

Accused WikiLeaker Manning says he was punished before trial
Uruknet

‘Killer robots’ should be banned, say human rights groups
Uruknet

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Uruknet

Kidnapped, detained, tortured – a victim of the west’s secret war
Uruknet

“It’s Mostly Punishment ” Testimonies by Veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces From Gaza and the Occupied Territories
Uruknet

Daily Star

Egypt’s president stands by his decrees
Daily Star 26 Nov 2012 Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi told the country’s top judges Monday that he did not infringe on their authority when he seized near absolute powers.

Israel Defense Minister Barak quits politics
Daily Star 26 Nov 2012 Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday he was quitting politics, a surprise decision that deepens uncertainty over how Israel will confront Iran’s nuclear programme.

Iran warships returning to Sudan: military
Daily Star 26 Nov 2012 Iranian warships will return to Sudan on Friday, the armed forces said, one month after a similar port call followed Khartoum’s accusation that Israel bombed a military factory.

Bahrain police tear gas Shiite protesters
Daily Star 26 Nov 2012 Bahraini police fired tear gas at Shiite protesters on Tuesday, as they tried to reach the site of month-long anti-regime demonstrations that were brutally suppressed by the government last year.

Lebanon braces for two-day public sector strike
Daily Star 26 Nov 2012 Lebanon braces for a large-scale public sector strike Tuesday organized by the Union Coordination Committee in protest of the government’s delay in finalizing the pay hike.

$53 mn needed for Palestinians in Syria: UNRWA
Daily Star 26 Nov 2012 The United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, said Monday it needs $53 million in donations to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in war-torn Syria.

US top court revives challenge to Obama health law
Daily Star 26 Nov 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court revived a challenge to Obama’s healthcare reforms, allowing a Christian college to pursue litigation raising First Amendment objections to the law.

Army steers clear of Egypt’s latest political crisis
Daily Star 26 Nov 2012 Protesters are back in Tahrir Square but the military that until earlier this year was at the center of Egypt’s turbulent politics is staying out.

Syria rebels close Aleppo ring, army bombs near Damascus
Daily Star 26 Nov 2012 Syrian rebels aiming to encircle Aleppo virtually cut off roads to the battleground city from neighbouring Raqa province as the army targeted rebel strongholds around Damascus.

YNet News

PM to Meridor, Begin: I want you with me in the next government
YNet News, 26 Nov 2012 – ….

PM: Today we proved that Likud is the people’s party
YNet News, 26 Nov 2012 – ….

Livnat: The quality of the list was compromised
YNet News, 26 Nov 2012 – ….

Sa’ar wins Likud primaries: Good list
YNet News, 26 Nov 2012 – ….

Zahava Gal-On: Liberal Likud passed away today
YNet News, 26 Nov 2012 – ….

Don’t run alone
YNet News, 26 Nov 2012 – Op-ed: Neither Livni nor Yachimovich can beat Netanyahu alone; they must join forces in upcoming elections ….

Different standard applied
YNet News, 26 Nov 2012 – Op-ed: Where was international community when thousands of rockets were fired at south before Gaza operation? ….

Palestinian Information Center

Two Palestinians wounded in IOF shooting at buffer zone
PIC – Two Palestinian citizens were wounded on Monday evening while inspecting areas near the separation fence to the east of Rafah, south of Gaza Strip, at the hands of Israeli occupation forces.

Mishaal calls Abbas, expresses support for UN membership bid
PIC – Khalid Mishaal, the head of Hamas‘s political bureau, on Monday morning called PA President, Mahmoud Abbas, and expressed Hamas‘s support the Palestinian bid for UN observer membership.

Haneyya: Palestinian people scored military, political, media victories
PIC – Ismail Haneyya, the Gaza premier, has said that the Palestinian people had scored military, political, and media victories over the Israeli occupation.

Palestinian prisoner society appeals for closing Hawara jail
PIC – The Palestinian prisoner society said the Palestinian prisoners in Hawara jail is suffering from inhumane incarceration conditions as more detainees keep pouring in.

IOA bars family visits to Gaza prisoners for third consecutive time
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) barred visits of families to their detained relatives in Israeli jails for the third consecutive week.

Report: “Shale stones” caused extensive damage to the Israeli tourism
PIC – An Israeli financial magazine, published in the “Tel Aviv”, reported that Israel’s tourism has been significantly affected by the recent military aggression on the Gaza Strip.

Iraqi parliament speaker in Gaza
PIC – Osama Al-Nujaifi, the Iraqi parliament speaker, arrived in Gaza Strip on Monday leading a big delegation on a few hours visit to the beleaguered enclave.

Bahar meets a delegation of the Egyptian Bar Association in Gaza
PIC – Ahmed Bahar called on the Egyptian Bar Association to contribute in documenting the crimes of the occupation in Gaza in preparation for filing lawsuits against its leaders in International courts.

Mass hunger strike tomorrow in solidarity with Sharawna and Issawi
PIC – Palestinian prisoners from all political factions in Israeli prisons will launch on Tuesday a mass hunger strike for one day in solidarity with the hunger strikers Sharawna and Issawi.

WAFA

Jewish Settlers Raze Land in Jordan Valley
WAFA – 26 Nov 2012

UNRWA Calls To “Seize Opportunity” after Gaza Ceasefire
WAFA – 26 Nov 2012

Shaath Confirms No Retraction from UN Bid
WAFA – 26 Nov 2012

Construction Cost Index Down in October, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 26 Nov 2012

Hamas’ Meshaal Supports UN Bid
WAFA – 26 Nov 2012

Europe Welcomes Gaza Ceasefire
WAFA – 22 Nov 2012

Misc

Egypt stock exchange falls, protesters converge on Tahrir Square
LA Times 25 Nov 2012 – Unrest grows over Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s decree that his office is above judicial oversight. The main stock index plunges nearly 10%. CAIRO — Security forces built a wall to contain stone-throwing protesters and Egypt’s stock exchange tumbled Sunday amid growing unrest over President Mohamed…

Hamas official predicts a swift rebuilding in Gaza Strip
LA Times 25 Nov 2012Hamas‘ clash with Israel was ‘a game-changer,’ says Ghazi Hamad, a senior Hamas official. He believes international aid will help Palestinians in Gaza rebuild. GAZA CITY — In the wake of its eight-day clash with Israel, Hamas will seek $1 billion in reconstruction aid from…

Egypt’s President Said to Limit Scope of Judicial Decree
New York Times 26 Nov 2012 – President Mohamed Morsi appeared to backtrack from a sweeping decree that raised his edicts above any judicial review. It was not clear whether the opposition would accept his position. 

Rebels Claim They Seized Air Bases and a Dam in Syria
New York Times 26 Nov 2012 – Fresh from declaring they seized an airport and an air defense base, Syrian rebels on Monday said they overran a hydroelectric dam in the country’s north, adding to a string of tactical successes.

Egypt and Israel Begin Talks on Steps After Gaza Cease-Fire
New York Times 26 Nov 2012 – Egyptian and Israeli officials began talks in Cairo on Monday on the cease-fire understandings with Hamas, but the process remained opaque.

Ehud Barak, Israeli Defense Minister, to Quit Politics
New York Times 26 Nov 2012Ehud Barak, a former prime minister, announced that he would soon “leave political life,” furthering the disarray in Israel’s center-left bloc just weeks before elections there.

As Bombs Fell in Gaza, a Rich Cactus Lover Could Cultivate Only Patience
New York Times 26 Nov 2012 – During eight days of bombardment, a builder named Jawdat N. Khoudary could only lie awake at night and cling to his patience, subsisting mostly on cigarettes and clementines.

Mohamed Morsi of Egypt Faces Backlash Against Decree
New York Times 26 Nov 2012 – President Mohamed Morsi defended his decree, but his justice minister urged a retreat following a plunge in the country’s stock market and the threat of more street protests.

Gov’t launches jobs training for gas industry 
Globes Energy & Water – Courses will include training as systems operators, installation operators, and supervisors at various levels.

Israel Corp. signs $4b gas deal with Tamar partners 
Globes Energy & Water – Israel Corp., which will need $10 billion worth of gas for subsidiaries, is Israel’s second largest customer of natural gas after IEC.

Ehud Barak: From kibbutz to “Forbes” list
Globes Main News – A former IDF chief of staff and prime minister, the Defense Minister, set to retire, made most of his fortune as a private citizen in 2001-07.

BoI keeps December interest rate unchanged
Globes Main News – The Bank of Israel said that keeping the rate at 2% will support growth while maintaining financial stability.

David’s Sling successfully intercepts ballistic missile
Globes Main News – In the test, David’s Sling (also known as Magic Wand) intercepted a ballistic missile for the first time.

Mon: Tamar gas contracts fuel TASE rise
Globes Main News – Delek Group and its units Avner Oil and Delek Drilling, as well as their Tamar partner Isramco, rose on news of their huge Israel Corp. gas deal.

Patrick Drahi set to delist HOT
Globes Main News – Drahi, who owns 69.2% of HOT through Cool Holdings, will now buy the remaining shares in HOT at NIS 42 per share.

Histadrut declares labor dispute at Pelephone
Globes Main News – This is the first-ever labor dispute declared at a mobile carrier.

Merrill Lynch: Israel is in good shape 
Globes Macro Economics – Merrill Lynch Wealth Management ‘s Bill O’Neill: Israel will grow by 3% in 2013. He recommended investing in Israeli stocks over bonds.

125 Attend “Crisis in Gaza” Public Meeting
Tikun Olam – Tonight we hosted the Crisis in Gaza event I’ve been promoting here over the past week.  It went extremely well.  There were 125 guests and we raised $650, which will go toward Gaza charities (after expenses are covered).  Two videographers filmed the event and their work…

Sydney Levy on The Burt Cohen Show: This Year’s Gaza War
Jewish Voice for Peace – Burt Cohen interviews JVP’s Sydney Levy on the topic of “This Year’s Gaza War” for The Burt Cohen Show podcast, November 20, 2012. Listen to the interview here .

Iyad Burnat to speak on nonviolent protest in Palestine in Columbus Wednesday night
Mondoweiss – Iyad Burnat–whose travails trying to get into the U.S. we reported her e and later here — will discuss “Nonviolent Resistance in Palestine” this Wednesday night, November 28, in Columbus, Ohio (details below).  Susannah “Jill” Baker says of Burnat’s US speaking tour, “Iyad Burnat is head…

Not a single condemnation from the West when Israel violates ceasefire
Mondoweiss – link to www.imemc.org ‘–> Three Injured By Israeli Fire In Khan Younis Palestinian medical sources reported that three Palestinians have been injured, on Sunday evening, after Israeli soldiers, stationed across the border, opened fire at them in Al-Faraheen area, east of Khan Younis, in the southern…

New Yorkers to march on GE over its role in Gaza bombardments
Mondoweiss – Normal 0 false false false ENUS X-NONE X-NONE We got the following press release from Donna Nevel and Dorothy Zellner of Jews Say No! NEW YORK PROTEST TARGETS GE’S WAR-PROFITEERING FROM GAZA ASSAULT  Tomorrow morning, Tuesday, November 27th, at 8:30 a.m., at the corner of 49th St…

Kristol’s declaration should force media to acknowledge, Israel is at core of neoconservatism
Mondoweiss – Here are two superb pieces on neoconservatism, its ascension and its central concern, Israel. First, Jim Lobe at lobelog : For those, particularly in the timid or intimidated U.S. foreign-policy elite, who still pretend or somehow make themselves believe that Israel is not absolutely central to the…

Gill Named To Lead Joint Distribution Committee 
The Foward Breaking News 26 Nov 2012 – The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee named Alan Gill, its longtime executive director of international relations and a resident of Israel, as the organization’s new CEO. Click here for the rest of the article…

Gaza Truce Talks Start in Cairo 
The Foward Breaking News 26 Nov 2012 – Egyptian mediators began separate talks on Monday with Hamas and with Israel to flesh out details of a ceasefire agreed last week that ended eight days of fighting in the Gaza Strip. Click here for the rest of the article…

Facing Election Defeat, Barak Quit Before Vote 
The Foward Breaking News 26 Nov 2012 – Instead of conducting a campaign that would end in public humiliation and debts, he decided to cut his losses and forgo contending. Click here for the rest of the article…

Hamas Backs Palestinian U.N. Statehood Bid 
The Foward Breaking News 26 Nov 2012 – The Islamist group Hamas said on Monday it was backing President Mahmoud Abbas’s attempt to win more clout for Palestinians at the United Nations, the latest sign of a rapprochement between the political rivals. Click here for the rest of the article…

American Students Run for Cover as Rockets Rain 
The Forward New 26 Nov 2012 – Thousands of young Americans come to Israel each year to study. They found themselves instead scurrying for cover as Hamas rained rockets. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Learned the Lessons of Last Gaza War 
The Forward New 26 Nov 2012 – Even Israel’s critics say that the recent conflict was conducted more humanely than the last military campaign in Gaza. Were the controversial Goldstone Report’s criticisms heeded? Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Nation Rejects Excuses for Holding Nuclear Conference 
allAfrica.com 26 Nov 2012 – [Egypt Online]Egypt rejects excuses for not holding a conference on establishing a Middle East zone free of weapons of mass destruction as scheduled, said Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr.

Mursi tries to ease Egypt crisis 
BBC 26 Nov 2012 – Egypt’s president meets judges to try to defuse a crisis over a decree that extends his powers, as a day of opposition protests looms.

Syrian attack ‘kills 10 children’ 
BBC 26 Nov 2012 – Activists in Syria say a government MiG fighter jet has dropped a cluster bomb on a playground east of Damascus, leaving 10 children dead.

Ehud Barak quits Israeli politics 
BBC 26 Nov 2012 – The Israeli Defence Minister, Ehud Barak, announces that he is quitting politics and will not be contesting January’s general election.

One State: The Palestinians’ Only Option 
Sabbah report 26 Nov 2012 – With the two-state solution not only dead but formally buried, they could then campaign, with growing global support, for equal rights and security for all in one state (all of pre-1967 Israel plus all of the West Bank plus the Gaza Strip). One State: The Palestinians’…

Andrew Levine: Netanyahu Gives Obama His Comeuppance 
Sabbah report 26 Nov 2012 – Were Obama to withdraw or credibly threaten to withdraw just a fraction of the support the United States provides, Israel would have no choice but to comply. But, of course, he will not. American political class enables Israel’s depredations. It is an in-grained habit. Andrew Levine:…

Stephen Lendman: Netanyahu Plans More War 
Sabbah report 26 Nov 2012 – Netanyahu will ignore memorandum of understanding ceasefire terms, maintain Gaza’s siege, manufacture pretexts to eliminate Israeli enemies, and kill Palestinian civilians he calls threats. Stephen Lendman: Netanyahu Plans More War was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through Sabbah Store or…

Stephen Lendman: Gaza Still Boils 
Sabbah report 26 Nov 2012 – Gaza boils daily. Life reflects brutalizing occupation harshness. Isolation is suffocating. West Bank Palestinians understand. No one’s safe anywhere in Palestine. State terror makes everyone vulnerable. No one knows from one day to the next who’ll live, die, be arrested, beaten, tortured, or dehumanized for not…

Education ministry to high school students: help with hasbara 
AIC: Israeli Society 26 Nov 2012 – Israel’s Ministry of Education sent a special communication to high school principals throughout the country on Tuesday, calling on students to participate in Israel’s hasbara efforts concerning the attacks on Gaza. Director General of Education Ministry: we can conquer world public opinion with charming humour, visual…

What are Western Diplomats Telling March 14? 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 26 Nov 2012 – The West always talks about its support for national agreements and stability, and does not act as if it is concerned about whether this government stays or goes. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) The West always talks about its support for national agreements and stability, and does not act…

Mafia Dons Rule Lebanese University Café 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Nov 2012 – Opposite the main Science Faculty building cafeteria, you encounter a sight not normally associated with academic institutions. (Photo: Marwan tahtah) Opposite the main Science Faculty building cafeteria, you encounter a sight not normally associated with academic institutions. (Photo: Marwan tahtah) A Lebanese University cafeteria run by…

UN: $53 million needed for Palestinians in Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Nov 2012 – The United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, said Monday it needs $53 million in donations to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in war-torn Syria. “We have around 300,000 to 500,000 (Palestinian) people who have been impacted by the conflict, and they…

Israel, Hamas begin talks in Cairo 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Nov 2012 – Egyptian mediators began separate talks on Monday with Hamas and with Israel to flesh out details of a ceasefire agreed last week that ended the Jewish state’s relentless eight-day bombardment of the Gaza Strip. An Egyptian official told Reuters the talks would discuss Palestinian demands for…

Lebanese Syriacs in Citizenship Limbo 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Nov 2012 – We felt lost for a while, our trust in everything around us was gone. (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) We felt lost for a while, our trust in everything around us was gone. (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) A bill passed earlier this year revoking the citizenship of 25 families…

Syrian rebels take over northern dam 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Nov 2012 – Syrian rebels transport a bomb in the trunk of a car on 26 November 2012 in the village of Atme, near the Turkish border, in Syria’s Idlib province. (Photo: AFP – Francisco Leong) Syrian rebels on Monday captured a hydroelectric dam on the Euphrates River in…

Egypt prepares for mass rallies 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Nov 2012 – A protester waves an Egyptian flag amidst clashes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on 25 November 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Mohamed Abd El Ghany) Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to rally in Egypt’s Tahrir Square Tuesday against President Mohammed Mursi’s recent decree granting him broad…

Salafi Cleric’s Militia Ambitions Curtailed 
Al-Akhbar Politics 25 Nov 2012 – But 33 days later, he agreed to end his sit-in without achieving this goal. (Photo: Hasan Bahsoun) But 33 days later, he agreed to end his sit-in without achieving this goal. (Photo: Hasan Bahsoun) Lebanese Salafi cleric Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir has become a lightning rod for…

A Real Land Steal in Coastal Damour 
Al-Akhbar Politics 25 Nov 2012 – The mayor thus acts as an agent for contractors on whose behalf he alters zoning regulations. (Photo: Bilal Jawich) The mayor thus acts as an agent for contractors on whose behalf he alters zoning regulations. (Photo: Bilal Jawich) Damour is the latest Lebanese town to be…

Mursi tries to ease Egypt crisis 
BBC 26 Nov 2012 – Egypt’s president meets judges to try to defuse a crisis over a decree that extends his powers, as a day of opposition protests looms.

Syrian attack ‘kills 10 children’ 
BBC 26 Nov 2012 – Activists in Syria say a government MiG fighter jet has dropped a cluster bomb on a playground east of Damascus, leaving 10 children dead.

Ehud Barak quits Israeli politics 
BBC 26 Nov 2012 – The Israeli Defence Minister, Ehud Barak, announces that he is quitting politics and will not be contesting January’s general election.

Doha talks ‘golden opportunity’ 
BBC 26 Nov 2012 – The President of the climate talks in Doha hails a “golden opportunity” to make progress as the meeting opens in the Qatari capital.

Mauritania country profile 
BBC 25 Nov 2012 – Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this oil-producing, mainly desert country in west Africa

Articles


’People Are Resisting by Existing’: Gaza After the Bombing 
Sharif Abdel Kouddous, The Nation 11/22/2012
      Gaza City—Gaza erupted in celebration Wednesday night, as thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in the wake of a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
     Minutes after the agreement was implemented at 9 pm, the crackle of gunfire, ululations and cries of Allah Akbar began to ring out from the city’s mosques, drowning out the hum of drones still circling overhead. Dark, deserted and under bombardment for the past eight days, Gaza’s streets sprang back to life, with cars whizzing by honking their horns, fireworks exploding in the sky and thousands of residents pouring into the streets waving flags, and chanting victory over Israel.
     “There is an unprecedented mood among the people,” says Raji Sourani, the director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) in Gaza. “We lost a lot, we are bleeding, but there is this feeling that we made it, that this was a victory.”
     The final twenty-four hours were particularly brutal. Israel unleashed an escalated assault on the strip, continuing the attacks even as the cease-fire was being announced in Cairo by Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr, alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. At least one Palestinian was killed in the final minutes before the 9 pm deadline—a macabre countdown before the assault finally ended.
     Gaza had endured eight days of bombardment by air, land and sea. Israel deployed F-16s, attack helicopters and warships to fire on the densely populated territory of more than 1.7 million people. Over 160 Palestinians were killed, eighty-nine of them civilians. Among them were thirty-one children, according to PHCR. Five Israelis were killed in Palestinian rocket attacks.
     “It was a horrible nightmare,” says Dr. Mona El-Farra, director of Gaza Projects for the Middle East Children’s Alliance. “Everywhere we were surrounded with death and horror.” more.. e-mail

What Palestinians really want (A Western-Israeli obsession) 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 11/25/2012
      If you follow Israeli and American mainstream logic, all it takes for the occupation to end are a few nice words from Palestinian leaders. 
     We have been asking the wrong questions: A popular debate in the days following the military escalation between Israel and Hamas had to do with the prospect of negotiations with Hamas, and whether the organization “has moderated.” In this conversation, evidence is tossed around from both sides in the forms of quotes from political figures, militants, supporters and spiritual leaders, followed by heated arguments over their meaning, context, quality of translation, status of the person in question, and so on.
     Examples: The Times of Israel reported on a Gaza cleric who calls a violation of truce with Israel “sinful“ and the Jerusalem Post reporting that Khaled Mashaal says he accepts a Palestinian state on ’67 borders; there is Jeffrey Goldberg in the New York Times, explaining why Hamas cannot be reasoned with, and a New York Times editorial reminding us that Hamas is “consumed with hatred for Israel.” These are just a few random links from recent days; such pieces – both reports and analysis – are everywhere, all the time.
     I don’t claim to possess more knowledge than any of the above on the inner struggle within Hamas and the power balance between “moderates” and “hawks.” On a side note, the mere question betrays the real bias of the media: Even when criticizing Israeli policies, most journalists examine reality from the Israeli perspective, or more precisely, from the perspective of the Israeli elite. After all, nobody asks whether one should talk to Israel, or to certain parties who take part in the Israeli government, however extreme their opinions might be. more.. e-mail

What did Israel gain by its Gaza war? 
Ziad Khalil Abu Zayyad, Ma’an News Agency 11/25/2012
      On Nov. 14, the Israeli government, led by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his minister of defense Ehud Barak, declared the beginning of its “Pillar of Cloud” operation in Gaza.
     At the time, several goals were declared; bringing back Israel’s deterrence power, destroying the Palestinian movements’ fighting capabilities in Gaza and assuring security in southern Israeli cities for a long time.
     Reaching a ceasefire after eight days of continuous airstrikes on Gaza and the launching of hundreds of rockets into Israel was not easy.
     The US had to be involved, Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi made a lot of effort, the Qataris were also involved, as well as Turkey and many other actors who all joined in Cairo to try to stop the war.
     At the last moments before reaching the ceasefire, the Israeli leadership was completely lost. Finishing the airstrikes against the so-called “bank of targets,” resulting in killing dozens of Palestinian children and women, put the Israeli leadership in a new reality that they had denied before.
     Even though Gaza was shaking continuously for eight days, until the last moments before the ceasefire came into play, the Palestinian movements continued to strike targets within Israel.
     The human losses on the Israeli side were nothing when compared to the number of the Palestinians that lost their lives in Gaza. But the Israeli street was surprised after Prime Minister Netanyahu declared the end of the operation, named “Pillar of Defense” in English. more.. e-mail

Gaza, Petraeus, Benghazi: US’ foreign policy fantasy continues unbroken 
Paul Rosenberg, Al Jazeera.com 11/22/2012
      Regarding the Israeli/Palestinian situation, Americans are repeatedly told that “the Palestinians don’t want peace”.
     In the waning days of the election campaign, the suppressed topic of climate change was dramatically thrust front-and-centre by Hurricane Sandy. Since the election, 
     the under-discussed subject of US foreign policy has had its turn. Not surprisingly, it has done so in the style of a fun-house mirror, hiding what is essential, 
     while magnifying the superficial, even the imaginary, as overlapping wild-eyed distortions produce pure phantom imagery in the place of substance. 
     We can summarise the topics involved as Gaza, Petraeus and Benghazi. In Gaza, Israel is engaged in an eerily familiar echoing of its attacks four years ago just before Obama took office. As with that earlier attack, virtually nothing of the actual substance gets through to the American public – the Palestinians remain a faceless un-people, while only right-wing talking points are deemed acceptable. 
     As for General David Petraeus, he has been forced to resign as CIA chief because of a sex scandal, while the real scandal – the neo-con’s “long war” strategy that he has helped Obama embrace in a more technocratic style – remains quietly ignored, despite bipartisan majorities who now oppose even the current US presence in Afghanistan.
     ….Despite all the distortions involved, this fun-house mirror can bring some things into very sharp focus – most notably, the profound continuity of American foreign policy, its profound insularity and its profound disconnect from the real world. more.. e-mail

Will the siege on Gaza finally be lifted?
Electronic Intifada: 26 Nov 2012 – Jillian Kestler-D’Amours Jerusalem 26 November 2012 Hamas and Israel are supposed to negotiate the opening of crossings under the terms of their ceasefire accord.more

Bedouins treated as “invisible citizens” vow to remain in Galilee 
Electronic Intifada: 26 Nov 2012 – Jillian Kestler-D’Amours the Galilee 26 November 2012 Palestinian Bedouin residents of Ramiya are being pressured by the Israeli government to leave their ancestral lands and relocate.more

After the Zionist bombing stopped (again)
In Gaza: 26 Nov 2012 – Life as normal resumes, as normal as it can be in Gaza under increasingly choking Israeli closures for years (back to the nineties even), bombed relentlessly over the yeas—with major Zionist assaults in 2006, early 2008, 2008/2009, 2012—and “minor” attacks sporadically, continuously. With the cessation of Israeli bombings come small graces, like schools re-opening, shops re-opening, being able to walk and drive on the streets with far less fear of being bombed (though the lethally real possibility still exists), stocking up on market goods, getting a new supply of drinking water brought in. The last two days of the November 2012 Israeli attacks, we like many were without drinking water . The trucks which deliver the drinking water (because Gaza’s tap water is 95% undrinkable, according to WHO standards , thanks to years of Israeli attacks on the water lines, Israeli-prevention of repairing and expanding water and sewage infrastructures, the up to…more

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