VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 16 August 2013: Israel’s rabbinate reflects country’s racist streak

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International Middle East Media Center

Stormy Round Of Talks Held Amidst Escalating Israeli Violations
IMEMC – Palestinian officials involved in the direct talks with Tel Aviv have reported that the latest round of direct Palestinian-Israeli talks, held late on Wednesday at night, was very stormy due to Israel’s decision to build hundreds of units in illegal West Bank settlements. …

Ma’an News

Settlers block Nablus road
8/16/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers blocked a road in Nablus on Thursday evening for an hour and a half. The settlers blocked the road linking Yitzhar settlement to Nablus city after Israeli soldiers arrested a settler, a Ma’an reporter said. Meanwhile, settlers uprooted trees in Burin village in Nablus, leading to clashes between settlers and locals, said Ghassan Daghlas, a PA offficial….

Israeli forces disperse protesters at Bethlehem settlement
8/16/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Friday dispersed demonstrators who set up a protest tent near the illegal Etzion settlement complex south of Bethlehem, activists said. The group of anti-wall and settlement activists set up the tent at around 11 a. m. Friday to show how Palestinians and settlers are treated differently in Area C of the occupied West Bank. Israeli forces suppressed the….

Dozens lightly injured in demos across West Bank
8/16/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Dozens of protesters on Friday were lightly injured in demonstrations across the occupied West Bank in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. In Bilin’s weekly march, dozens of Palestinian and international activists suffered tear-gas inhalation as they marched to protest Israeli settlements, the wall, and in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners. Protesters raised Palestinian flags and marched across the….

Israeli forces arrest 5 in Nablus
8/16/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an ) — Israeli forces on Friday arrested five young Palestinians from Beta village south of Nablus, locals said. Ammar Hamayel, 21, Mazen Dweikat, 19, Zahran Hamayel, 17, Mansour Hamayel, 22, and Azouz Hamayel, 17, were arrested from the village. Israeli forces searched several houses and fired stun grenades and tear gas canisters as they raided the village, locals added. [END]

Poll: 80% of Israeli Jews say peace impossible
8/16/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Almost 80 percent of Israeli Jews believe a peace deal with the Palestinians is impossible, an opinion poll found on Friday, two days after the resumption of negotiations in Jerusalem. Asked whether “this time, we will reach a final agreement that will put an end to the conflict,” 79. 7 percent of respondents said no, and just 6. 2 percent said yes. Another….

Activists: Israeli forces assault journalist at Bethlehem protest
8/16/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces assaulted a journalist on Friday at a protest in al-Masara, a local popular committee said. Soldiers brutally beat Abed al-Rahman Younis Ibedat, a reporter for the news site Al-Quds, and briefly detained him, committee coordinator Hassan Barjeya told Ma’an. Israeli forces fired tear gas at protesters, Berjeya added. [END]

Security forces disperse Hebron pro-Morsi demo
8/16/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Palestinian security forces on Friday dispersed a demonstration in solidarity with ousted Egyptian president Mohamad Morsi in Hebron. Security forces arrested three demonstrators and caused bruises to several people as they used batons to disperse them. Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader Abdulaleem Dana condemned the actions of the security forces, saying that everyone has the basic right to express themselves. [END]

Israel to let Arab youth teams into West Bank
8/16/2013 – AMMAN (AFP) — Israel has bowed to pressure from UEFA to allow Arab youth football teams into the Palestinian territories, having initially denied them entry, a Jordanian official said on Friday. Israel’s refusal to grant West Bank entry to players and coaching staff delayed the West Asia Football Federation’s Under-17’s Championship, which was to begin on Thursday.”WAFF President….

UN chief urges Mideast rivals to drop ‘skepticism’
8/16/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — UN chief Ban Ki-moon called on Israelis and Palestinians on Friday to overcome “deep skepticism” that he said risked thwarting efforts to reach a peace agreement.”We must overcome the deep skepticism that comes from 20 years of stalemate,” Ban said at a meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli President Shimon Peres.”I urge all parties to avoid actions that risk undermining the negotiations….

Abbas: No state without Jericho, Jordan Valley
8/16/2013 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated on Friday his position that there cannot be a Palestinian state without including Jericho and the Jordan Valley.”We are committed to that. We have said that more than once,” Abbas said while opening a mosque in Jericho. His religious affairs minister, Mahmoud Habbash, said that “we were blessed by god with the release of 26 veteran….

PA: Egypt security vital to Arab world
8/16/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority on Friday reiterated that any harm to the national security of Egypt would harm Arab and Islamic national security and threaten the Palestinian cause.”Egyptian national security is vital for Arab national security,” the PA said in a statement.”Anyone who tries to tamper with or threaten the Egyptian state or the security and stability of the Egyptian….

Girl run over, killed, near Bethlehem
8/16/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A 7-year-old girl was run over and killed on Friday in al-Ibadiyeh village east of Bethlehem, medics said. Yafa Sbeih was hit by a taxi and died instantly, medics told Ma’an. Her body was taken to a hospital in Beit Sahour. [END]

Car bomb death toll reaches 22 in Hezbollah bastion
8/16/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Lebanon was holding a day of mourning Friday after a car bombing killed at least 22 people in a Beirut stronghold of Shiite group Hezbollah which backs Syria’s embattled president. A previously unknown group, apparently a Syrian rebel cell, said it carried out Thursday’s attack in the densely populated southern suburbs of Beirut, between Bir al-Abed and Rweiss, districts…. Related: Hezbollah chief says he is ready to fight in Syria

Egypt braces for ‘Friday of anger’ after carnage
8/16/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s Islamists called for a “Friday of anger” after nearly 600 people were killed in a crackdown on their protest camps, as the UN urged “maximum restraint” from all sides. The call raised fears of fresh violence and tested the commitment of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, after officials said 578 people were killed in Wednesday clashes, Egypt’s….

Islamists: Egypt police take over mosque with protester bodies
8/16/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian police on Thursday entered a Cairo mosque containing the bodies of several dozen killed Islamist protesters after a brief standoff during which they fired tear gas, Islamist activists said.”They surrounded the mosque and fired tear gas at those outside. They have now entered and we left,” said Ibrahim, a field medic who was inside the mosque. Over 200 hundred corpses Islamists….

Security sources: Militants kill Egypt police officer in Sinai
8/16/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Suspected Islamist militants shot dead an Egyptian police officer on Friday in Sinai’s el-Arish, security sources said, Mahmoud Abed al-Rahman, 32, was shot dead as he left his home in the al-Obour neighborhood to go to work on Friday morning, Egyptian security officials told Ma’an. [END]

Morsi loyalists mourn their dead, as clean-up underway in protest camp
8/16/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Umm Abdallah sat silently praying over the body of her husband, killed in a bloody police crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, before collapsing into broken sobs. The corpse wrapped in a white shroud with his name “Mohsen Radi” handwritten in thick black marker lay on the ground of the makeshift morgue at the Iman mosque, a few kilometers from….

EU officials to meet on Egypt crisis
8/16/2013 – BRUSSELS (AFP) — The European Union has said top officials from its 28 members will meet Monday to review the crisis in Egypt, where a military crackdown has left hundreds dead. The meeting will look at the situation in Egypt ahead of a possible meeting of EU foreign ministers, Catherine Ashton’s European External Action Service said on Twitter. British, French and German leaders are….

Army mortar fire ‘kills 14 civilians near Damascus’
8/16/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Mortar fire by the Syrian army on the Mleha district southeast of Damascus killed at least 14 civilians, four of them children, a watchdog said on Friday. Thursday evening’s bombardment came as troops press a months-old offensive in the suburbs of Damascus in a bid to clear the region of rebel rear bases, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. At….

Egypt troops deploy across Cairo
8/16/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian troops backed by armor deployed across Cairo Friday with the streets almost deserted as residents braced for new Islamist protests, just two days after nearly 600 people were killed. Soldiers manned roadblocks on major thoroughfares, closing off some of them with armored personnel carriers as supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi called for a “Friday of anger”, AFP correspondents reported. The protest….

Arab leaders ‘tacitly back Egypt crackdown’
8/16/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Most Arab leaders tacitly support Egypt’s deadly crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, fearing the group’s growing regional influence since the Arab Spring threatens their own power, analysts say. Egypt’s army, directly or indirectly in power since 1952, ousted the Brotherhood’s democratically elected Mohamed Morsi as president in a July 3 coup and installed an interim….

Clashes kill 70 as Egypt Islamists protest
8/16/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Thousands of Islamists protested Friday across Egypt, sparking violence that killed at least 70 people and turned parts of Cairo into battlefields after police authorized the use of live ammunition. The clashes came two days after 578 people were killed in Egypt as police cleared two Cairo protest camps set up by loyalists of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, in the country’….

Hezbollah chief says he is ready to fight in Syria
8/16/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Friday he is ready to fight radical Muslims in Syria, a day after a deadly bombing in a Beirut stronghold of his Shiite pro-Damascus group. Nasrallah also accused Sunni extremists of responsibility for the car bombing that killed at least 22 people, in remarks after a previously unknown group, apparently a Syrian rebel cell, said it carried out…. Related: Car bomb death toll reaches 22 in Hezbollah bastion

AlJazeera

UN chief decries Israeli settlement policy
AlJazeera 16 Aug 2013 – Ongoing activity undermining peace efforts and deepening Palestinian mistrust, Ban says during West Bank visit.

Palestine News Network

Poll Indicates 53% of Israelis Believe that Oslo Agreements Negatively Impacted Israel
Palestine News Network

Egypt braces for Brotherhood’s ‘March of Anger’
Palestine News Network

Decolonizing Architecture: Using Landscape for Resistance
Palestine News Network

Rightists visit Joseph’s Tomb, soldiers storm Nablus
Palestine News Network

Palestinians Celebrate Anniversary of Return to Destroyed Village
Palestine News Network

Israel Suppresses Al-Masara Weekly Demonstration, Arrests Journalist
Palestine News Network

Abbas: First Round of Peace Talks Dealt with Final-Status Issues
Palestine News Network

Israel Destroys Bedouin Village for 54th Time
Palestine News Network

Pillay Cals for Urgent Talks to Save Egypt from Further Disastrous Violence
Palestine News Network

MADA Demands the Release of Journalists in the Israeli Prisons
Palestine News Network

Number of Employed Palestinians in Israel and Israeli settlements about 96,000, says Statistics Bureau
Palestine News Network

Japan Deplores Israel’s Plan to Construct More Settler Units in West Bank, East Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

“Boycott Israel” Activist Banned From University in Toronto
Palestine News Network

How the ‘Stop and Frisk’ Ruling Helps End One Occupation
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Sourani Sends Letter to Mr. Ismail Haniya Concerning Gaza Government’s Intention to Execute Death Sentences Publicly
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Expresses Regret for Gaza Supreme Court’s Decision to Stop Elections of the Bar Association
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

World: Situations d’urgence humanitaire – l’occasion d’un nouveau départ et de fournir des services de santé mentale durables
Relief Web 16 Aug 2013 – Source: World Health Organization Country: Afghanistan, Burundi, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, occupied Palestinian territory, Serbia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, World GENÈVE 16 AOÛT 2013 – Selon un nouveau rapport de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) « Building back better : Sustainable…

World: Building Back Better: Sustainable mental health care after emergencies
Relief Web 16 Aug 2013 – Source: World Health Organization Country: Afghanistan, Burundi, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, occupied Palestinian territory, Serbia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, World Humanitarian emergencies, an opportunity for fresh start in providing sustainable, long-term mental health services GENEVA | 16 AUGUST 2013 – Humanitarian agencies…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel Defiant on Settlements as Peace Talks Open
Relief Web 16 Aug 2013 – Source: Inter Press Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory By Mitchell Plitnick WASHINGTON, Aug 15 2013 (IPS) – Against the backdrop of two major announcements of Israeli settlement expansion, U.S.-brokered peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians resumed Thursday in…

The National

Highlighting the heroes of India’s freedom fight
The National 16 Aug 2013 – From robbers feeding the poor to revolutionaries, a tour in Pune details the prominent role in achieving independence from Britain.

Dozens die as a fresh round of clashes batters Cairo
The National 16 Aug 2013 – Before the clashes broke out, men with their names scrawled on their arms so they could identified if they were killed rallied at Al Fath mosque. Alice Fordham reports from Cairo 

Ecuador halts pioneering plan to conserve rainforest
The National 16 Aug 2013 – The country launched the initiative in 2007 to protect the Yasuni area of the Amazon basin by encouraging the international community to invest billions in the region

Saudi king calls on Arabs to back Cairo
The National 16 Aug 2013 – Saudi Arabia stands with its Egyptian brothers against terrorism, King Abdullah says, and his statement was also backed by the UAE.

Nasrallah: I will go fight in Syria myself
The National 16 Aug 2013 – In a speech broadcast on television as Lebanon held a day of mourning for the victims of the car bomb that targeted a Hizbollah area, the group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed to take the fight to Sunni rebels fighting to overthrow Bashar Al Assad’s regime.

Expats’ horror over violence
The National 16 Aug 2013 – Egyptian expatriates speak out over ongoing troubles in their home country.

Get permit to raise funds or risk fine
The National 16 Aug 2013 – Fundraisers must follow local laws before conducting charity endeavors, agency warns.

Fund raisers told of need for registration check
The National 16 Aug 2013 – Dubai residents must coordinate with local charities in order to raise funds for outside entities.

Ha’aretz

Israeli teachers who ‘impart values’ get bonuses – but what sectors benefit most?
Ha’aretz – 16 Aug 2013

Netanyahu adviser: Evacuating settlements is a fantasy
Ha’aretz – 16 Aug 2013

Zvi Hauser tells Haaretz what Israel is doing wrong
Ha’aretz – 16 Aug 2013

Lapid’s plan to scrap joint tax returns expected to cost Israel up to NIS 1 billion a year
Ha’aretz – 16 Aug 2013

Jenin man arrested on suspicion of murdering Israeli Arab woman
Ha’aretz – 16 Aug 2013

Boycott the Sochi Olympics
Ha’aretz – 16 Aug 2013

Attorney general without justice
Ha’aretz – 16 Aug 2013

Washing their dirty prayer shawls in private
Ha’aretz – 16 Aug 2013

Israel admits Shin Bet helps vet defense lawyers in security trials
Ha’aretz – 15 Aug 2013

Israeli extradited to Bosnia to stand trial for genocide
Ha’aretz – 15 Aug 2013

Three Israeli universities crack global top 100 list
Ha’aretz – 15 Aug 2013

Court frees Eritrean migrant after state misses deadline
Ha’aretz – 15 Aug 2013

U.S. immigration reform is a Jewish problem, too
Ha’aretz – 15 Aug 2013

Jerusalem Post

Defiant Hezbollah leader says ready to fight in Syria himself
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2013 – Nasrallah vows attack on Hezbollah won’t hinder Syrian involvement. 

Leaders call on EU to condemn Egypt violence, review ties
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2013 – Hollande, Letta call for end to violence, return to national dialogue and elections, Merkel urges EU to reexamine relations. 

Iran’s Arab minority drawn into Middle East unrest
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2013 – The Ahwazi Arabs are a small minority in mainly ethnic Persian Iran; Tehran dismisses any suggestion that discontent is rife among its Arab minority. 

Scores killed in ‘Day of Rage’ demonstrations in Egypt
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2013 – 95 killed in Cairo when army snipers shot at crowds from helicopters. 

Lebanese official: Beirut blast may have been suicide attack
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2013 – Nasrallah says radical Sunni Islamists likely behind attack. 

Former Mossad chief debunks claims Israel behind Beirut bombing
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2013 – Lebanon president: Blast bears fingerprints of terrorism, Israel. 

US, Iraq work together to combat Syria spillover effects
Jerusalem Post 15 Aug 2013 – United States to provide Iraq with shared intel, F-16 jets in attempt to curb Iran weapons flyovers to Syria. 

Egypt’s military leader is riding the wave of world condemnation
Jerusalem Post 15 Aug 2013 – General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi faces severe international pressure following this week’s bloody, violent crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood; US contemplates cutting financial aid. 

Netanyahu’s social media director suspended
Jerusalem Post 15 Aug 2013 – Daniel Seaman suspended for making what has been deemed inappropriate statements on his personal Facebook page. 

Jerusalem neighborhood religious battle focuses on vacant lot
Jerusalem Post 15 Aug 2013 – Warburg Lot has become ground zero for many Jerusalemites and politicians from both parties in the city’s religious tug-of- war between the non-religious and ultra-Orthodox Jews. 

Iran parliament approves big Rouhani cabinet nominees, rejects 3
Jerusalem Post 15 Aug 2013 – Rouhani’s nominee for education minister turned down after coming under attack for ties to opposition leaders under house arrest. 

Car bomb near Hezbollah stronghold in south Beirut kills 20, injures 212
Jerusalem Post 15 Aug 2013 – Sunni group claims attack, but Lebanese officials blame Israel as 60-80kg blast rocks Lebanon causing mass damage. 

20,000 Palestinians working in settlements, survey finds
Jerusalem Post 15 Aug 2013 – Survey finds comparatively high unemployment rate in the West Bank and Gaza Strip; rates higher for men than women. 

Dempsey: US mission in Jordan could last years as Syria war rages
Jerusalem Post 15 Aug 2013 – US chief of staff, King Abdullah discuss Amman’s request to send manned US surveillance aircraft to help monitor Syrian border. 

New Saudi-supplied missiles boost rebels in south Syria
Jerusalem Post 15 Aug 2013 – Russian-designed Konkurs anti-tank weapons were used in rebel attack on army position in Deraa, fired around Laja. 

Obama tells Egypt ‘traditional cooperation cannot continue’
Jerusalem Post 15 Aug 2013 – US president cancels Sinai military exercise amid violence; State Department issues travel warning, urges citizens to leave Egypt. 

Hebrew U ranked top in Israel, 59th in the world
Jerusalem Post 15 Aug 2013 – The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology is ranked 77th this year and the Weizmann Institute of Science is 92nd worldwide. 

Charred bodies lie in Cairo mosque, unrecognized by Egyptian state
Jerusalem Post 15 Aug 2013 – Over 200 bodies of protesters set ablaze by Egyptian security forces lie in Al-Iman mosque alone, uncounted in official death toll. 

Muslim Brotherhood protesters storm Cairo building after bloodbath that kills 623
Jerusalem Post 15 Aug 2013 – Brotherhood supporters torch government building; Interior Ministry says security forces will use live ammunition to counter attacks. 

Muslim Brotherhood calls Cairo protest march as Egypt death toll reaches 525
Jerusalem Post 15 Aug 2013 – Islamist group intends to bring down Egypt’s “coup” peacefully. 

Inter Press Service

Egyptian Media Silences Protests
IPS A street fight in Cairo over ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi. Credit: Hisham Allam/IPS. As Egypt’s political crisis escalates, supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi accuse the local media – both state-run and private – of ignoring pro-Morsi demonstrations and covering up massive rights abuses. “Egyptian television is desperately trying…

Obama Cancels Joint Exercises with Egypt
IPS One day after the killing by the Egyptian army and security forces of hundreds of civilian protestors, U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday announced the cancellation of joint U.S.-Egyptian military exercises scheduled for September. Cancellation of the biannual Operation Bright Star marked the first concrete step taken by Obama to distance…

Israel Defiant on Settlements as Peace Talks Open
IPS A new neighbourhood under construction in the West Bank’s Ariel settlement. Credit: Pierre Klochendler/IPS Against the backdrop of two major announcements of Israeli settlement expansion, U.S.-brokered peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians resumed Thursday in Jerusalem. The talks are the result of an intense effort by U.S. Secretary…

OP-ED: Egyptian Military Scuttles the Revolution
IPS The revolutionary aspirations for justice, dignity and hope that Egypt’s young people brought to the world in January 2011 were crushed Wednesday by the military’s bloody crackdown. Declaring a State of Emergency and putting the army on the streets is a sure sign that the January 2011 revolution, which toppled…

The Angry Young Will Now Shape Egypt
IPS The Muslim Brotherhood has its own army of the young that will not easily be defeated. Credit: Hisham Allam/IPS The youth within the Muslim Brotherhood may become very difficult to restrain following the bloody killings in Cairo, senior party members say. Former youth leader in the Muslim Brotherhood, Haytham Abu…

Uruknet

Iran-Iraq pushing for Syria’s balkanization
Uruknet

Michael Hayden, Bob Schieffer and the media’s reverence of national security officials
Uruknet

PHOTO: Israel proudly displays separation fence to arriving tourists
Uruknet

Bradley Manning, the Nuremberg Charter and Refusing to Collaborate with War Crimes
Uruknet

Because of Bradley Manning
Uruknet

Baghdad Nightlife Cloaked in Fear
Uruknet

Morsi Is Not Arab World’s Mandela
Uruknet

Libya must protect rights of journalists says freedom of press: NGO
Uruknet

Guantánamo Bay: the US was dead wrong, but no one can admit it
Uruknet

Who Dies in Yemen Drone Strikes?
Uruknet

Daily Star

Gunfire as Egypt security forces ‘surround protesters in mosque’
Daily Star 16 Aug 2013 Egypt security forces on Friday surrounded a Cairo mosque where Islamist supporters were holed up, with each side accusing the other of opening fire, officials and Islamists said.

Lebanon Water Festival makes a splash
Daily Star 16 Aug 2013 The countrywide water sports event, Lebanon Water Festival, will get local and international enthusiasts diving, surfing, skiing and sailing starting Sept. 3.

YNet News

Venezuela recalls ambassador to Egypt 
YNet News, 16 Aug 2013 – ….

Dozens killed in Egypt’s ‘Day of Rage’ 
YNet News, 16 Aug 2013 – Muslim Brotherhood protests plunge into violence across country, with around 50 killed in Cairo alone – or 95 according to al-Jazeera, as Islamist followers of ousted President Morsi clash with security forces. Saudi king stands with Egypt against ‘terrorism’ ….

Hollande, Cameron call for ‘strong European message’ on Egypt
YNet News, 16 Aug 2013 – ….

Companies halt operations amid violence in Egypt 
YNet News, 16 Aug 2013 – ….

UN chemical weapons team to visit Syria on Sunday 
YNet News, 16 Aug 2013 – ….

Getting high beyond Green Line 
YNet News, 16 Aug 2013 – Shortage of soft drugs across country leads young Israelis to settlements, where residents fearlessly grow marijuana ….

Beit Shean man suspected of stabbing, injuring 22-year-old son 
YNet News, 16 Aug 2013 – ….

UN chief admits bias against Israel 
YNet News, 16 Aug 2013 – Speaking during meeting with students in Jerusalem, Ban Ki-moon says Jewish state sometimes discriminated against due to Mideast conflict ….

Nasrallah: Ready to fight in Syria myself 
YNet News, 16 Aug 2013 – Hezbollah leader addresses Thursday’s Beirut bombing for first time, pointing finger at al-Qaeda-affiliated ‘godless organizations’ operating against Assad. ‘These murderers want to bring about a war between brothers and destroy Lebanon,’ he says ….

Thousands of pro-Morsi protesters stage Cairo march
YNet News, 16 Aug 2013 – Morsi supporters march in Cairo chanting ‘down with military rule’ as country braces for mass protests. Military bolsters presence in capital. UN’s Security Council urges all parties to exercise maximum restraint, says ‘It’s important to end violence’ ….

Bibi to Ban: Settlement is not the main issue
YNet News, 16 Aug 2013 – Prime minister says root of Israeli-Palestinian conflict is refusal to recognize Israel as Jewish state ….

Transportation minister unveils bus rapid transit in Haifa
YNet News, 16 Aug 2013 – Metronit attracts thousands of passengers on first ride; Minister Yisrael Katz says Tel Aviv metropolitan area far behind ….

Iran appoints pragmatist Salehi to head nuclear program
YNet News, 16 Aug 2013 – Outgoing Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi to head Atomic Energy Organization which is responsible for nuclear facilities ….

Will Norway help Palestinian NGO destroy ICC? 
YNet News, 16 Aug 2013 – Op-ed: ‘Human rights group’ using Oslo funds in pressing Int’l Criminal Court to target Israel ….

Watch: Officers armed with stun gun arrest settler 
YNet News, 16 Aug 2013 – Settlers distribute video showing Yitzhar settler being arrested at his home for breaking restraining order. Suspect claims he was tasered despite not resisting arrest. Police: Officers followed procedure ….

Sweden’s king and queen unknowingly pose with anti-Israeli accessory
YNet News, 16 Aug 2013 – Royal couple receive keffiyeh with anti-Israeli inscription from Iraqi refugee during tour of Sweden ….

Peres says ‘surprised’ Lebanon blamed Israel for blast 
YNet News, 16 Aug 2013 – Day after bombing in Beirut’s Dahiyeh quarter, president rejects Michel Suleiman’s accusation that Israel was involved during press conference with UN’s Ban Ki-moon ….

Death toll from Egypt violence rises to 638
YNet News, 15 Aug 2013 – Egypt’s interim government panned internationally after hundreds shot down by army, police. Anger is ‘beyond control,’ says Brotherhood spokesman. But many still support crackdown. ‘They are terrorists, what happened was the only logical way to end their sit-ins,’ says citizen ….

Palestinian Information Center

Egypt’s criminal rulers
PIC – Future Egyptian generations will learn that the Murderous Sisi regime couldn’t have committed these colossal crimes against his own people had it not been for tacit Western encouragement.

A demonstration at al-Aqsa to protest massacres in Egypt
PIC – Thousands of worshipers demonstrated after the Friday prayers at the Aqsa mosque to protest the massacres committed by the Egyptian army against peaceful protesters in Cairo.

Deterioration in health of a Palestinian captive
PIC – The Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) reported that the health of Palestinian captive Husam Matar, who enters his 76th day of open-ended hunger strike, has seriously deteriorated.

IOF arrests 3 Palestinian women
PIC – Israeli authorities arrested three Palestinian women while they were visiting liberated captive Wourud al-Qassem in the town of Kafr Kassem in the 1948 occupied territories on Thursday evening.

Palestinians from 1948 territories protest in front of Egyptian embassy
PIC – The Islamic movement in 1948 territories organized on Thursday afternoon a vigil in front of Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv in condemnation of the crimes committed by the Egyptian military.

Occupation destroys Bedouin village for 54th time
PIC – Israeli authorities on Thursday demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib, in the Negev in the southern 1948 occupied territories, for the 54th time. 

Jewish group secretly flies 17 Yemeni Jews to “Israel”
PIC – An Israeli organization said on Thursday that it has secretly flown 17 Yemeni Jews to “Israel”.

35 settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday
PIC – About 35 settlers and 6 Israeli intelligence elements stormed on Thursday morning the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate under the protection of the occupation police.

Media Forum condemns the killing of 7 journalists in Egypt
PIC – The Palestinian Media Forum has condemned the killing of seven journalists during the suppression of peaceful sit-ins in support of the Egyptian elected President Mohamed Morsi.

Hamas condemns the explosion in Beirut
PIC – Hamas Movement strongly condemned the explosion which targeted southern Beirut neighborhood on Thursday.

WAFA

Abbas Meets Ban, Reflects on Peace Talks
WAFA – 15 Aug 2013

UN, Palestine Sign Development Assistance Framework
WAFA – 15 Aug 2013

Political Committee Discusses Negotiations
WAFA – 15 Aug 2013

Fatah says Hamas Not Ready for Reconciliation
WAFA – 15 Aug 2013

Unemployment Rate Exceeds 20% in Q2, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 15 Aug 2013

Misc

Egypt crisis not likely to damage U.S. security interests in region
LA Times 15 Aug 2013 – President Obama cancels a joint military exercise that was already in doubt because of Egypt’s preoccupation with the domestic crisis. WASHINGTON — The brutal military crackdown on civilian protesters in Egypt has damaged President Obama’s already battered prestige and credibility in the Middle East, analysts…

The Lede: Latest Updates on Protests in Egypt
New York Times 16 Aug 2013 – The Lede is following events in Egypt on Friday, where Islamist protesters have taken to the streets to demonstrate against the military-backed government. 

Israel Keeps a Wary Eye on Turmoil in Egypt
New York Times 16 Aug 2013 – Israeli officials have remained quiet in public about the bloodshed, but see the Egyptian military and a secular government as Israel’s best interests. 

New Bloodshed in Egypt as Islamists Defy Threat of Force
New York Times 16 Aug 2013 – Dozens of Egyptians were reportedly killed in street battles between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, responding to a call for a “Friday of rage,” and a police force authorized to use lethal force if endangered. 

At War Blog: The Marine’s Secret Weapon: Coffee
New York Times 16 Aug 2013 – America’s taste for coffee is inextricably linked to the history of its military. 

Islamists Debate Their Next Move in Tense Cairo
New York Times 16 Aug 2013 – A quiet settled over Egypt’s capital the day after a crackdown that killed over 600, as the city braced for new protests by the supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi. 

Working-Class Cairo Neighborhood Tries to Make Sense of a Brutal Day
New York Times 16 Aug 2013 – Many Egyptians say that the military had to crack down on pro-Morsi supporters and that the protesters were holding back the country with endless sit-ins. 

No surprises in July inflation reading
Globes Main News – The Consumer Prices Index rose by 0.3% last month, in line with the market consensus. A tax hike sent alcoholic drinks prices up 10%.

New taxes on luxury goods
Globes Main News – Among the items to be taxed: prestige cars, big television screens – and Jacuzzis.

Teva’s Levin: We’re looking to expand to Brazil and China
Globes Main News – “I am not looking to do large acquisitions to penetrate these marketplaces. What I’m looking for is to find the right partners.”

Moody’s affirms Israel ratings
Globes Macro Economics – Moody’s Investors Service today affirmed Israel’s A1/(P)A1 government debt ratings and stable outlook.

Consumer Confidence Index shows deepening pessimism 
Globes Macro Economics – The Globes-pwc Consumer Confidence Index fell by 1.2 points in July to 70.3 points.

Israeli Attorney Exposes “Parallel” Legal System for Embarrassing Security Cases
Tikun Olam – An interesting drama is unfolding in Israel as I write this. On July 9th, Amir Oren published a blockbuster story. In the findings of a judicial inquiry into the death of failed Mossad spy, Ben Zygier, the judge had referred to the case of another secret…

Protest Egyptian Bloodbath, End U.S. Aid, Sever Relations With Military Junta
Tikun Olam – Protesters murdered by Egyptian security forces. These are corpses in one room of a three room morgue. Yesterday’s bloodbath in Cairo in which hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood protesters were mown down in cold blood by security forces in service of the ruling military junta was predicted…

Lange Lies, Again
Tikun Olam – (L. to R.): Avi Mayer, Brian Thomas and Barak Raz, the three hasbarateers. David Lange and his Israellycool partner in crime, Brian Thomas, have been cooking with gas lately. Not content merely to shill for Israel, they’ve outdone themselves in a few recent heroic acts of…

Buyer Beware
Muzzlewatch – by Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark In the unusual category of GOOD news for discourse around Israel and Palestine, Patrick B. Pexton, ombuds for the Washington Post until last March, gave new owner Jeff Bezos some excellent advice in an open letter he published in the Washington City…

BBC to censor violinist Nigel Kennedy’s statement about Israeli apartheid from TV broadcast
Mondoweiss – Nigel Kennedy (photo: Chris Christodoulou/BBC) The BBC has confirmed that it will censor a statement made by violinist Nigel Kennedy from its television broadcast of his performance with the Palestine Strings at a prestigious music
festival last week . The BBC made the censorship move because he…

Egypt over the brink
Mondoweiss – This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page . Everyone knew it was going to happen. Why, then, were negotiations and diplomacy so secretive and so duplicitous? According to conservative estimates, the…

Pro-Israel efforts on US campuses have failed, Jewish Agency fundraiser says
Mondoweiss – This is an important measure of the desperation of Israel supporters in the face of the next generation’s attitudes. Josh Nathan-Kazis has a report in the Forward that with the blessing of Netanyahu the Jewish Agency for Israel plans to spend up to $300 million a…

Media sensation Sam Horowitz loves Israel
Mondoweiss – Turns out that Sam Horowitz, Dallas boy whose bar mitzvah has become an excruciating ecsdyiastic internet sensation, is also a Zionist. He’s donating his $36,000 haul from the event to an Israeli village sponsored by the Jewish Agency (which performs the magic trick of turning Palestinian…

US aid to Egypt is not for Egypt but Israel, JJ Goldberg explains
Mondoweiss – At the Forward, JJ Goldberg gets to the bottom of US policy: he says US aid to Egypt cannot be withheld because it’s “bad for the Jews.” the course of action that seems self-evidently proper to right-minded Americans — punishing the Egyptian military, ending military…

Jonathan Pollard Slams Palestinian Prisoner Release 
The Foward Breaking News 16 Aug 2013 – Jonathan Pollard expressed strong opposition to Israel’s freeing of terrorists in a critical letter sent to The Jerusalem Post. Click here for the rest of the article…

Amid Mideast Chaos, Peace Talks Could Open Door to Historic Israel Push for Allies 
The Foward Breaking News 16 Aug 2013 – Israel’s top peace negotiator said on Friday newly resumed talks with the Palestinians also held a wider opportunity for Israel to seek alliances with Arab world moderates against militants in the Middle East. Click here for the rest of the article…

8 Years Later, Recalling Gaza Jewish Settlement Evacuation 
The Foward Breaking News 16 Aug 2013 – Eight years ago today, Israel forcibly began evicting Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip as part of the unilateral operation that was known as the Disengagement. Click here for the rest of the article…

Great-Grandmother Is No. 16 To Accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner 
The Foward Breaking News 16 Aug 2013 – A 67-year-old great-grandmother became the latest of 16 women to publicly accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment, as city officials calling for him to resign sought to turn up the pressure on the embattled politician. Click here for the rest of the article……

Nigeria: Those Mossad Interrogators 
allAfrica.com 16 Aug 2013 – [Daily Trust]The news that agents of Mossad, the Israeli secret service, are now the operatives responsible for interrogating some of the detainees of the State Security Service came as a rude shock to all patriots in the country. According to Mustapha Fawaz and Abdullah Tahini, the…

Dozens dead in Egypt ‘day of anger’ 
BBC 16 Aug 2013 – At least 60 people die in fresh violence in Egypt, officials say, as protesters loyal to ousted President Morsi clash with security forces.

Hezbollah blames Sunnis for bomb 
BBC 16 Aug 2013 – The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group, Hassan Nasrallah, says radical Sunni Muslim militants bombed a Beirut suburb, killing 22 people.

Libya warns oil port protesters 
BBC 16 Aug 2013 – Libyan PM Ali Zeidan threatens to use force to prevent guards striking at the country’s main ports from selling oil outside official channels.

Iran MPs snub three cabinet nominees 
BBC 15 Aug 2013 – Iran’s parliament – dominated by Islamic hardliners – rejects three of new President Hassan Rouhani’s 18 nominees for his cabinet.

Nasrallah: “You are striking in the wrong place” 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Aug 2013 – An image grab from Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, giving a televised address from an undisclosed location on 16 August 2013 in Lebanon. (Photo: AFP / Al-Manar) Lebanon must unite to prevent attacks like Thursday’s deadly blast in Beirut’s suburbs from…

Tragedy At Roueiss 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Aug 2013 – An explosion rocked the southern suburbs of Beirut Thursday, killing at least 21 people and injuring 336, the blast occurred at a busy intersection between the heavily populated neighborhoods of Roueiss and Bir al-Abed at around 6:20pm….

From the Rubble, Palestinian Village of Kafr Birim Declares its Return 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Aug 2013 – A Palestinian from the Israeli occupied West Bank prays as he waits close to the Israeli military prison of Ofer, in the village of Betunia, for the release of Palestinian prisoners on 13 August 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad Gharabli) A Palestinian from the Israeli occupied…

Tel Aviv: “Axis of Evil” Cannot Be Allowed to Win in Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Aug 2013 – Israeli soldiers from the Golani Brigade take part in a military training in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights near the border with Syria on 17 July 2013. (Photo: AFP – Jack Guez) Israeli soldiers from the Golani Brigade take part in a military training in the Israeli-annexed…

Bahraini forces repress prisoner protest, injure 40 
Al-Akhba
r News 16 Aug 2013 – At least 40 Bahraini prisoners were hurt on Friday when security forces used batons, tear gas, pepper spray and stun grenades against inmates protesting over their conditions, an activist said. The Interior Ministry said security forces had restored order after a number of detainees rioted. “They…

Deadly clashes erupt in Egypt during pro-Mursi “Friday of Anger” protests 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Aug 2013 – Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi supporters raise up posters of him during a march on 16 August 2013 in Alexandria to protest against the killing of hundreds of fellow loyalists following a security crackdown two days before. (Photo: AFP) Updated at 8:05pm: More than 60 people were…

Nasrallah: How to Face Israeli Threats 
Al-Akhbar Politics 15 Aug 2013 – The secretary general also underscored the fact that the Resistance protected Beirut during the July war, not Lebanon’s political leadership. (Photo: Archive) The secretary general also underscored the fact that the Resistance protected Beirut during the July war, not Lebanon’s political leadership. (Photo: Archive) Hezbollah Secretary…

Lebanon Dreams of Sectarian Airports 
Al-Akhbar Politics 15 Aug 2013 – Why do Qabbani and the faction he represents need several new airports? Perhaps the answer can be found in the Klayaat military airbase, and the clamoring to convert it into a civilian airport. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Why do Qabbani and the faction he represents need several…

Dozens dead in Egypt ‘day of anger’ 
BBC 16 Aug 2013 – At least 60 people die in fresh violence in Egypt, officials say, as protesters loyal to ousted President Morsi clash with security forces.

Hezbollah blames Sunnis for bomb 
BBC 16 Aug 2013 – The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group, Hassan Nasrallah, says radical Sunni Muslim militants bombed a Beirut suburb, killing 22 people.

Libya warns oil port protesters 
BBC 16 Aug 2013 – Libyan PM Ali Zeidan threatens to use force to prevent guards striking at the country’s main ports from selling oil outside official channels.

Iran MPs snub three cabinet nominees 
BBC 15 Aug 2013 – Iran’s parliament – dominated by Islamic hardliners – rejects three of new President Hassan Rouhani’s 18 nominees for his cabinet.

Articles


Israel’s rabbinate reflects country’s racist streak 
Ahmadiel Ben Yehuda, +972 Magazine 8/15/2013
The people of Israel have received what they deserve: a rabbinate that is a true reflection of the current racist streak enlarging itself across the entire spectrum of Israeli society, from the streets of south Tel Aviv to the chambers of the Knesset.
Israel’s new Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau wasted no time in putting his foot in his mouth: he allegedly used the Hebraic equivalent of the “N-word” (Hebrew) in chastising a group of Orthodox boys watching a televised basketball game. The new Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef preempted his counterpart, reportedly using the same invective prior to his election (also in relation to basketball, which seems to have drawn an unfair share of criticism from the rabbinate recently).
There can be no patching up of the matter, for whether the chief rabbis continue to hurl their racist slurs or temper their public personas with a more careful “choice of words,” it’s clear where they stand. No pretense of civility will convince us of a miraculous change of sentiment. Their comments reflect the heart of the problem facing Eurocentric Judaism: the stubborn denial of its African roots. I argued that “the assumption that the children of Israel’s ancestors were white is fundamentally flawed” and warned of “misguided policies and worse” in Haaretz last year. Since that time, it’s surely been the “worse”.
For me, there’s no regret that hopes of a “kindler, gentler” rabbinate in the personage of Rabbi David Stav didn’t materialize. In a Haaretz interview, Stav affirmed his “[r]espect for every person, even if he is an Arab.” “Even if”?! In the same interview, he advocated “preserving some sort of common fabric of Israeli society. Not at the cultural level, but at the ethnic level.” Is Israel’s “chosen-ness” a platform to exemplify and exhibit a superior ethnicity, or a superior culture and way of life? The rabbinate’s election slate epitomizes what “democratic” has become: an irrelevant choice between two sides of the same irrelevant coin. more.. e-mail

Out of reach? 
George S. Hishmeh, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 8/15/2013
It is high time for the US administrations to adjust to the fact that there are more Middle Eastern states that merit as much attention as Israel, which The Washington Post, still controlled by its old proprietor, described as “the United States’ strongest ally in the region”. When the first elected Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, was overthrown on July 3, the Obama administration’s first public comment expressed its concern about whether this would affect Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel, signed in 1979. Egypt was the first Arab country to do so. This limited US focus avoided any reprimand of Israel for its continued occupation of Palestinian territories and its illegal building of more than 500 settlements there, and of a high wall that bars some Palestinians from reaching significant parts of their homeland. There was no mention of the effects of the Egyptian upheaval elsewhere in the region. Washington seemed to be walking a thin line right from the start. It refused to denounce Morsi’s overthrow as a “coup”, so as not to curtail its significant financial aid — to the tune of $1.5 million a year to the Egyptian military — since US congressional legislation bans aid to coup leaders. Similarly, the Obama administration refrained from castigating Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood for monopolising power as part of the new regime. This chagrined some senior Egyptian officers who had failed to convince Morsi to backtrack from his shortsighted approach, already the focus of millions of Egyptians who were seeking the president’s resignation because of his ill-considered actions. more.. e-mail

Why Israel Is Obsessed With an Iranian Bomb 
Maysam Behravesh, Antiwar.com 8/16/2013
Israeli leaders constantly imagine themselves in the shoes of their Iranian counterparts and invariably conclude that it is only rational for the Islamic Republic to acquire the bomb.
Perhaps more than any other state in the Middle East, Israel has historically shown a special sensitivity to its nemeses’ efforts to acquire strategic capabilities that might change the regional balance of power. It has also demonstrated a unique willingness to take military action to curb such endeavors from coming to fruition.
Israeli air strikes against Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981 and Syria’s Al-Kibar atomic facility in 2007 are but two stark instances of this pattern of behavior. There are even strong speculations that Tel Aviv seriously considered attacking Pakistan’s Kahuta nuclear installation in the mid-1980s to thwart the South Asian nation’s dash for the first “Islamic bomb.” The plan was opposed by India, which feared grave consequences, and then eventually abandoned.
By the same token, since the public disclosure of Iran’s nuclear program in August 2002, Israel has repeatedly threatened the use of force to curtail what it sees as a surreptitious attempt by a regional arch foe to build atomic weapons. (U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies concu
r that there is no hard evidence Iran is actively pursuing a weapon, but both governments have pressed for greater transparency from Tehran about its present nuclear activities.

The war rhetoric was on full display on July 14, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Tehran was “edging up to the red line.” He emphasized that Tel Aviv might not wait for the United States, but rather might take unilateral action to halt Iran’s purported actions. “Our clocks are ticking at a different pace. We’re closer than the United States. We’re more vulnerable. And therefore, we’ll have to address this question of how to stop Iran, perhaps before the United States does,” he told a predominantly American audience on CBS News’ Face the Nation.more.. e-mail

Palestinian-Israeli Negotiations 
Khalid Al Mubarak, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 8/15/2013
The late Palestinian writer, Emile Habibi has coined the Arabic word “AlMutashail” out of the two halves of the Arabic words (mutafail /optimist and mutashaim /pessimist) to describe someone who is both an optimist and pessimist-an “op-pessimist”. His word should be remembered upon hearing the restart of peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis.
The reason for optimism is that the two sides are at last talking, negotiating and have agreed to do so for nine months with everything on the table. That might breathe life in the dormant two-State solution and, hopefully, save the remaining 22% of mandate Palestine from being swallowed up by the settlers. A two-State solution would also make it possible for Israel not to live as an isolated transplanted body (the way the Middle Ages crusaders or the French settlers in Algeria did). The Palestinians will be spared the spectre of “transfer” or a repetition of the 1948 Nakba to “cleanse” Israel of all remaining Palestinians. This is a declared intention of several Israeli parties. Peaceful co-existence is the best alternative. The Arab countries and Israel will all reap the dividends of peaceful cooperation.
Where does the danger to the negotiations lie?
First: The US resolve has to be consistently and robustly firm. The Financial Times (31 July 13) writer David Gardner has reminded us of what happened about the settlements: “When Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, refused to freeze settlement building, which Mr. Obama had called illegitimate, the president not only capitulated. In February 2011, he vetoed a Security Council resolution condemning resumed colonisation”.
Assured of such uncritical and unquestioning support, why should the Israeli far-right make any concessions for peace? In an attempt to scupper the present talks, Israel has already approved further settlement enlargement in both the West Bank and Jerusalem; this time with tacit US agreement and apparently as a price for freeing prisoners….more.. e-mail

Shedding Light on The Great Darkening
Dissident Voice: 16 Aug 2013 – Tom Swanky is the author of The Great Darkening: The True Story of Canada’s “War” of Extermination on the Pacific plus The Tsilhquot’in and Other First Nations Resistance 1 an investigative account that includes the First Nations narrative. The First Nations narrative is one that includes knowledge passed on by oral tradition, knowledge that had long been dismissed by the western narrative bound more so to the written record. However, the oral culture has its own disciplines that help to preserve the validity of the narrative, 2 and in 1997, Delgamuukw vs. British Columbia recognized oral history as admissible in court. Yet there never was a good reason that historians should ignore or marginalize knowledge from an oral culture since this violates the essence of historiography. Swanky grew up in Quesnel, British Columbia where the Tsilhqot’in Chiefs are buried, and it is there that he first learned about the Chilcotin…more

A New Guinness Record
Dissident Voice: 16 Aug 2013 – I don’t know if the Guinness Book of World Records has a special section for “Chutzpah.” If it does not, it should. That’s the one competition where we might take home a few gold medals. The first one would surely go to Binyamin Netanyahu. This week, on the eve of the first round of serious negotiations between the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority, Netanyahu did two interesting things: he announced plans for several large new settlement projects and he accused the Palestinians of grievous incitement against Israel. Let’s take the settlements first. As explained by Israeli diplomats to their American colleagues, and repeated by all the Israeli media, poor Netanyahu had no choice. John Kerry compelled him to release 104 Palestinian prisoners as a “confidence building measure”. After such a momentous concession, he had to pacify his extremist colleagues in the Likud and in the cabinet. A thousand new…more


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