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Mahmoud Abbas makes noise at UN again rather than try to negotiate peace
02-13-2020, 11:34 PM (This post was last modified: 02-13-2020 11:35 PM by pilgrim.)
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Mahmoud Abbas makes noise at UN again rather than try to negotiate peace
Mahmoud Abbas makes noise at UN again rather than try to negotiate peace

Someone in the Palestinian Authority should get President Mahmoud Abbas a map — because he seems to be lost and confused. You’d think he’d respond to President Trump’s “Peace to Prosperity” plan by traveling to Jerusalem or Washington to negotiate ­directly with Israel. Instead, he’s coming to the Big Apple.

On Tuesday, he will speak before the UN Security Council and seek a vote condemning the American plan. This isn’t the first time Abbas has taken a very wrong turn.

After receiving an Israeli peace offer in 2008, he continued down the well-trodden path of Palestinian rejectionism and never delivered a response.

Four years later, Abbas evidently lost his way to the ­Obama White House, refusing to respond to Israeli gestures and explore ways to break an impasse in ­negotiations. Instead, he ended up petitioning the UN General Assembly to grant the PA “non-state-observer” status.

Two years ago, the Trump ­administration recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel — in recognition of historical fact, present-day political reality and US law. Abbas again ran to Turtle Bay to denounce the administration’s decision instead of negotiating.

As in the past, Abbas is combining his pleas for international sympathy with incitement back home. To generate attention for his dramatics at Turtle Bay, he is inciting violence and calling for the habitual Palestinian “Day of Rage.”

This time, he said he would thwart Trump’s plan “no matter who the victims might be.” As usual, it is Israelis and Palestinians who will pay the price of such incendiary rhetoric.

Perhaps the reason Abbas so often tucks tail and runs to New York is that Palestinians can find a semblance of support only at antiquated international organizations. Like a mother shielding a child fearful of facing reality, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the United Nations and other such institutions still try to shield the Palestinians and their agenda. And they still speak with a fairly unified, anti-Israel voice.

But the diplomatic traditions and bureaucratic mechanisms of these organizations move at glacial paces compared to the rapid transformation of the world outside. Things have changed dramatically — in the Middle East and beyond.

The more accurate barometer of international patience for ­Abbas’ antics is to be found in national statements and bilateral relations. Here, it is clear that many countries have stopped buying into the lie that Abbas is interested in a peaceful resolution with Israel.

Crucially, that includes many Arab and Muslim countries, which are increasingly weary of Abbas. They are choosing to downgrade the Palestinian issue to refocus on other national priorities, such as guarding against the Iranian threat, thawing relations with Israel to access our defense and tech capabilities and so on.

Hence why Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates sent their ambassadors to the White House for President Trump’s ­unveiling of his long-awaited plan. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Morocco, meanwhile, urged both sides to entertain the plan.

While international organizations may stand with Abbas, their individual member states and other nations around the world are seeing through continued Palestinian intransigence and rejectionism. They prefer to entertain a more realistic path that could lead to a peaceful resolution, which Trump’s vision represents.

Yet Abbas and his PA remain uninterested in this path forward, choosing instead to seek refuge in the plush halls of the United Nations. Abbas’ performances may resonate with his sycophants at Turtle Bay, but they won’t help the Palestinians living in Jenin, Tulkarm or Qalqilyah. And while his news cycle will be brief, the lasting impact of direct negotiations can be just that: lasting.

Seventy-three years ago, Jewish leaders said “Yes” and never looked back. In the same time, Palestinian Arab leaders have repeatedly said “No” and never stopped looking back.

With his scheduled trip to New York, Abbas is committing the Palestinian people to living in the past. His repeated rejections throughout his decade and a half in office have held his people back from a prosperous future. As Trump, like his predecessors, explained last week, the path toward a brighter future begins with negotiations in Jerusalem.

Someone with the best interests of the Palestinian people in mind would do well to remind Abbas of this fact — and point him in the right direction.

Danny Danon is Israel’s ­ambass­ador to the United Nations.

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02-14-2020, 06:45 AM (This post was last modified: 02-14-2020 06:46 AM by pilgrim.)
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I wish the Pals would finally come to the table and work toward a real peace. I think they will be much happier in the future. Every time they fail to negotiate and come to an agreement the deal gets worse the next time.

They need to accept the fact that much of what they want is no longer available. There will be no right of return. That's over and they lost that battle. So go for realistic things and build for the future.
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02-17-2020, 03:33 AM
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Well, this was predictable...

Israel attacks Hamas in retaliation for rocket fire.

Jerusalem (AFP) - The Israeli air force attacked Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip on Saturday in retaliation to rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave into Israel, a military statement said.

The exchange of fire between both sides has escalated since last month after US President Donald Trump unveiled his Middle East peace plan, angrily rejected by the Palestinians as a capitulation to Israeli objectives.

"Fighter planes and helicopters have targeted positions of the terrorist organisation Hamas in central Gaza Strip," including a military post, said the Israeli military, which earlier reported two projectiles had been fired into the Jewish state from the Gaza Strip.

Following the rocket fire, Israel announced it would cancel a slight easing of the blockade on the Gaza Strip.

"The extension of the fishing zone, the restoration of 500 commercial permits and the delivery of cement have been cancelled," because of the rocket fire, COGAT, the Israel defence ministry unit that oversees civilian activities in the Palestinian territories, said in a statement.

Hamas and Israel have fought three wars since 2008 but over the past year, the Islamists had gradually shaped an informal truce with Israel, under which the Jewish state has eased its crippling blockade of Gaza.

Israel justifies the blockade by the need to contain the Islamist movement Hamas -- designated a terrorist organisation by much of the West -- which has controlled the enclave since 2007.

Critics say it is collective punishment of two million people and feeds extremism.

Palestinians in Gaza have launched rockets, mortar shells and balloons rigged with explosives at southern Israel on a near-daily basis since Trump's plan was unveiled.

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02-25-2020, 12:59 AM
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it continues...

Israel hit with Palestinian rocket barrage after Gaza border confrontation with militants

Palestinian militants fired approximately 30 rockets into Israel on Sunday evening, Israeli military officials said, near the end of a tense weekend that also saw Palestinian militants apparently trying to plant a bomb at the Gaza border, along with Israeli strikes hitting targets in Gaza and Syria.

A Palestinian Islamic Jihad group claimed responsibility for the rocket attack on Israel.

Earlier, two Palestinian militants approached the fence on the northern side of the Gaza border, appearing to plant a bomb. Israeli defense forces opened fire, killing one of the militants -- who was said to have belonged to the Islamic Jihad group.

Israeli military officials then sent a tank and front loader into the Gaza strip and scooped up the body using a shovel attached to the vehicle, an image that quickly circulated on social media and caused Hamas to cry foul and accuse Israel of abusing the body.

Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett rejected the criticism, noting that Hamas has been holding the bodies of two Israeli soldiers since they were killed in the 2014 Gaza war.

“I back the military, which killed the terrorists and collected the body,” he said. “That's what should be done and that is what was done.”

The rocket launch seemed to be retaliatory in nature.

Israeli defense forces said at least 10 of the rockets had been intercepted using their Iron Dome defense system while the others fell without causing major damage.

The Israeli military struck back on Islamic Jihad operatives with aircrafts, firing at an empty Palestinian training camp in the Gaza strip, and on two Palestinian rocket teams resulting in injuries among the Palestinians.

The Gaza health ministry reported that four Palestinians were treated at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City for wounds resulting from the strikes.

Meanwhile, some Palestinians said Hamas rulers failed to respond forcefully enough to Israel. Hamas has been working with Egyptian mediators to arrange a cease-fire along the Gaza strip and have been holding back on attacking Israel. Despite this, Islamic Jihad has continued to try carrying out attacks in the region.

Israel and the Islamic Jihad group engaged in a heavy round of fighting last November after the Israeli military killed a top Islamic Jihad commander, but the region has remained relatively quiet in recent months leading up to Sunday's attack.

In a rare acknowledgment of operations in neighboring Syria, Israeli officials also said their warplanes attacked targets of the Islamic Jihad group south of Damascus in addition to Gaza. They said the sites had been used for "research and development of armaments" manufactured in Syria and the Gaza Strip, and also produced dozens of kilograms of rocket fuel each month.

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02-27-2020, 04:31 AM
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Netanyahu Threatens All-Out War After 90 Rockets Fired From Gaza

Monday witnessed significant escalation over Gaza as Palestinian Islamic Jihad sought to avenge the deaths of three commanders killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza and Damascus the day before.

Israeli media counted some 90 total rockets fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip throughout the day since the attacks began Sunday night, with the IDF claiming its Iron Dome defense system had intercepted the vast majority which came near populated areas.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had earlier threatened to initiate broader war if the rocket fire didn't cease. Despite an Islamic Jihad spokesman announcing a unilateral cease-fire by the early evening, the rocket fire was reported as continuing later into the night Monday.

“We are now hitting with planes, tanks, and helicopters,” Netanyahu said while inspecting an Iron Dome unit in the south. “I’m talking about a war,” Netanyahu, who is entering a final week of campaigning before Israeli national elections, had further told Israel’s Army Radio station. “I only go to war as a last option, but we have prepared something you can’t even imagine.”

He also appeared to threaten to kill the heads of Hamas and Islamic Jihad if the rockets continued, saying:

“We will continue to strike until the calm returns. If there isn’t quiet, you’ll be next.”

Some 30 rockets were initially fired out of the Gaza Strip on Sunday night, and it continued to escalate through Monday.

In a developing stand-off, Islamic Jihad appeared to threaten its own continuation and step up of attacks, blaming Israel for not stopping its aggression.

“The enemy did not commit itself into stopping its aggression we we resumed based on the fire-for-fire principle,” Islamic Jihad spokesman Abu Hamza, said.

Pundits were quick to point the finger at Iran for allegedly supplying increasingly sophisticated rockets to militant groups in the strip, which are reaching deeper into Israel.

Meanwhile, Israel is reportedly sending tanks, armored vehicles and troops to its southern border in what could become the next round of major fighting at a politically sensitive moment ahead of next week's election.

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