Posts Tagged ‘Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’

Peace between Israelis and Palestinians requires “the fundamental acceptance of the Jewish State” — Must stop “rewarding those who engage in terrorism”

April 21, 2017

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Palestinian Authority leader Abbas and Israel’s Netanyahu in 2010. AP photo by Charles Dharapak

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The spokesman for Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Fox News’ “Hannity” Thursday that peace between the Israelis and Palestinians requires “the fundamental acceptance of the Jewish State.”

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Sean Hannity at the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv, where Palestinian terrorists shot and killed four Israelis and murdered 16 others last year.

CATCH SEAN HANNITY’S INTERVIEW WITH ISRAEL PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU FRIDAY AT 10 P.M. ON FOX NEWS CHANNEL

“They ordered brownies. They were dressed in suits. They tried to blend in,” Keyes said of the attackers, “and they stood up and they murdered four people in cold blood.”

Keyes noted that “every time we’ve had a real partner for peace, Israel has actually worked out peace deals which have lasted decades, [as] in the case of Egypt and Jordan.”

“Look, everyone in this region deserves to live in peace,” Keyes added, “and there’s nobody who would want peace more than the Israeli people and the Israeli Prime Minister.”

Hannity also toured the market with Dore Gold of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, who decried Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for “rewarding those who engage in terrorism.”

“The real stumbling block for making peace,” Gold said, “is the culture of hatred that the Palestinian Authority has built.”

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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/21/netanyahu-spokesman-mideast-peace-requires-acceptance-israel.html

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Israel Summons U.S. Ambassador in Protest at U.N. Resolution

December 25, 2016

Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to Daniel Shapiro about the U.S. abstention that resulted in a censure of Israeli settlements

A Jewish settler walks to his house in Amona, an unauthorized Israeli outpost in the West Bank, east of the Palestinian town of Ramallah. Israel was swift to condemn a United Nations Security Council resolution that on Friday declared such settlements illegal and a threat to peace. On Sunday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned U.S. ambassador Daniel Shapiro to lodge a formal protest against the U.S. abstention that allowed the resolution to pass.
A Jewish settler walks to his house in Amona, an unauthorized Israeli outpost in the West Bank, east of the Palestinian town of Ramallah. Israel was swift to condemn a United Nations Security Council resolution that on Friday declared such settlements illegal and a threat to peace. On Sunday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned U.S. ambassador Daniel Shapiro to lodge a formal protest against the U.S. abstention that allowed the resolution to pass. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Updated Dec. 25, 2016 12:53 p.m. ET

TEL AVIV—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned the U.S. ambassador on Sunday to lodge a protest over the Obama administration’s failure to block a United Nations resolution that condemned Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Israeli officials said.

The Israeli foreign ministry also summoned top diplomats from 10 of the 14 countries who voted in favor of the resolution that deemed the settlements illegal and an obstacle to peace, the officials said. Israel doesn’t have diplomatic relations with some countries that voted for the U.N. Security Council  resolution on Friday, such as Malaysia, while other countries don’t have permanent representatives in the country.

It was the first time in 36 years the Security Council was able to adopt a resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. It was approved with 14 members in favor and the U.S. abstaining, while in the past the U.S. had used its veto power to block such resolutions.

Israel expressed its consternation to U.S. ambassador Daniel Shapiro at a meeting in the prime minister’s office, insisting the resolution wouldn’t help to bring Israelis and Palestinians together for talks, according to an Israeli official. The State Department had no immediate comment.

“Acts such as these hinder peace and [do] not promote it. That was the message,” said another Israeli official, adding that representatives of the U.K., China, Russia, France and other states had individual meetings with Israeli officials.

The reprimand of diplomats follows two days of Israeli condemnations of the White House administration for allowing the U.N. resolution to pass. It underscored the deep disagreements between President Barack Obama and the Israeli leader over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A spokesman for the prime minister’s office declined to comment further on the content of the discussion between Messrs. Netanyahu and Shapiro.

Earlier on Sunday, Mr. Netanyahu again accused the U.S. of concocting the resolution with the Palestinian leadership to undermine Israel.

“We have no doubt that the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed,” Mr. Netanyahu told the weekly cabinet meeting, according to a statement from his office.

The White House denies that it colluded with the Palestinians to put forward the resolution and argues that its abstention was in line with decades of Democratic and Republican policy.

U.S. officials have said the administration repeatedly warned Israel against settlement building in the West Bank and has been alarmed at the growth in construction this year.

About 430,000 Jewish Israelis live in the West Bank, according to the Yesha Council, an NGO representing settlers. Another roughly 200,000 live in East Jerusalem, according to Peace Now, another NGO. About 3.9 million Palestinian live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Authority’s bureau of statistics. Mr. Netanyahu’s official policy is to pursue a separate Palestinian state. But he has also overseen an increase of more than 100,000 settlers since winning power for the second time in 2009.

Israel started construction of 1,195 housing units in the West Bank during the first six months of the year, up 40% compared with the second half of 2015, according to monitoring group Peace Now.

The U.N. vote followed days of international diplomatic drama as Israel directly lobbied President-elect Donald Trump to intervene against the adoption of the resolution.

Mr. Trump lobbied against the resolution and called Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi to press the Arab leader to oppose the resolution.

Egypt initially drafted the resolution for a vote on Thursday last week. But after the conversation between Messrs. Trump and Sisi, it pulled the resolution. The final resolution was instead co-sponsored by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal.

Israeli government ministers and opposition lawmakers opposed the U.S. decision as did U.S. congressmen from both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Mr. Trump on Saturday reiterated his support for Israel, saying the U.N. resolution would make it much harder to negotiate peace.

“Too bad, but we will get it done anyway!” the president-elect tweeted.

The last round of U.S.-brokered peace talks collapsed in 2014 over disputes about land and settlements.

Mr. Netanyahu has repeatedly called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to return to talks without preconditions. The Palestinians have instead sought to put pressure on Israel in international bodies to make concessions on key issues such as settlements and the status of Jerusalem.

Mr. Netanyahu has indicated that he could shift his positions once he meets with Mr. Trump, telling reporters earlier this month the new administration was “an opportunity to pursue some new ideas.”

Write to Rory Jones at rory.jones@wsj.com

http://www.wsj.com/articles/israel-summons-u-s-ambassador-in-protest-at-u-n-resolution-1482687117

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President Obama has been against Israel settlements since taking office

December 24, 2016

By Dennis Ross

SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, December 23, 2016, 9:13 PM

The Obama Administration’s abstention on the UN Security Council resolution probably should not come as a surprise.

If there is one issue on which the President has been consistent vis-à-vis Israel, it has been settlement construction in the territories that Israel occupied after the 1967 war. From the outset of his administration, he called for a freeze on the building of Israeli settlements to include natural growth. Even when he vetoed a settlements resolution in 2011, he had his then UN ambassador, Susan Rice, make a tough statement about our opposition to settlements even as she explained that the one-sided nature of the resolution left us little choice but to veto.

Perhaps, President Obama felt this resolution was more balanced. Truth be told, resolutions in international forum about Israel are rarely, if ever, balanced.

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This one creates the veneer of balance by referring to the need to stop terror and incitement, but of course it never names the Palestinians so this effectively refers to stopping all such actions by both sides. Moreover, the resolution is criticizing only Israel and calling on it to cease all its activity beyond the June 4, 1967, lines — which is defined as a violation of international law. Nothing is asked of the Palestinians.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas before a bilateral meeting on Sept. 19. Both men were in New York for the U.N. General Assembly meeting.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas before a bilateral meeting on Sept. 19. Both men were in New York for the U.N. General Assembly meeting. PHOTO: STATE DEPARTMENT/ZUMA PRESS

UN resolution lets Palestine think it can bypass Israel talks

While the Israelis clearly opposed the resolution and hoped it would be vetoed by the U.S., one can ask: Does this resolution create a precedent? It is hard to see how. President-elect Trump was clear about his opposition to it and has already tweeted in response to the resolution that things will be different in his administration.

Fourteen members of the U.N. Security Council raise their hands in affirmation of a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements. The U.S., which had veto power, abstained from the vote, thereby allowing it to pass.
Fourteen members of the U.N. Security Council raise their hands in affirmation of a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements. The U.S., which had veto power, abstained from the vote, thereby allowing it to pass.PHOTO: ALBIN LOHR-JONES/ZUMA PRESS

Even in UN terms, the fact that the resolution was considered under Title 6 and not Title 7 means it cannot serve as a predicate for imposing sanctions later on — clearly a path the Palestinians would like to go down.

If there is one area in the resolution that may be potentially problematic for the future, it is the reference to the settlements being illegal. That could create problems for the one possible formula for resolving the border at some point: settlement blocs and territorial swaps. One way to absorb a significant number of settlers is to permit settlement blocs which are on a small part of the West Bank to become part of Israel; in return the Israelis would swap territory as compensation to the Palestinians. Will that not be more difficult if all settlements are deemed illegal?

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Israeli settlements being built

Making the concept of blocs and swaps harder to implement is probably not the legacy President Obama wants, and yet it may be one he has just made more likely.

U.S. steps aside as UN condemns Israel’s West Bank settlements

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Dennis Ross is counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and author of “Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship From Truman to Obama.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-israel-settlements-office-article-1.2921989

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‘One president at a time’: Obama White House defends UN-Israel vote

December 24, 2016