“We will oppose any group within the UN system (attempting) to regularly and arbitrarily de-legitimize Israel,” the top US diplomat warns the council in Geneva.
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday slammed the for what he called its “unbalanced focus” on Israel and said he would defend the latter against allegations of abuses.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prays at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, on February 28, 2015 – Photo: Marc Sellem/Pool/AFP
Speaking to the Council in Geneva, Kerry also enjoined the group to probe human rights abuses in eastern portions of Ukraine by pro-Russian rebels as well as in North Korea. Continue Reading »
Mahmoud Abbas’ actions over the last few months, & definitely over the last few days, clearly shows that he’s interested in keeping Netanyahu well-ensconced as Israel’s premier.
Long-time State Department Middle East hand Aaron David Miller wrote a piece on Foreign Policy’s website this week under the entertaining headline “All John Kerry Wants for Christmas Is an Israel Without Bibi.”
Netanyahu and Abbas. – Photo: REUTERS
In this piece, Miller – for the third time this month – warned the US against intervening in the upcoming Israeli elections, saying such intervention could lead to the opposite of what Washington really wanted. Continue Reading »
Palestinian sources tell London Arabic based daily that Kerry threatened PA president with financial & political sanctions should he turn to UNSC.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry threatened to impose sanctions on the Palestinian Authority (PA) if it goes ahead with unilateral moves, such as asking the United Nations Security Council to set a deadline for Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria, the London-based al-Araby al-Jadeed newspaper reported on Monday.
Kerry and Abbas meet at the latter’s home in Amman, Jordan – Reuters
Speaking on condition of anonymity, official sources confirmed to the newspaper that Kerry called PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and warned him against taking any unilateral measures, threatening to impose financial and political sanctions on the PA. Continue Reading »
US Sec of state will meet separately with Abbas to discuss ways to end incitement to Jerusalem violence.
Abbas spokesman: ‘The Israeli violations are a red line & cannot be tolerated.’
By AFP & Reuters
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Jordan’s King Abdullah II will meet Thursday to discuss rising tensions in Jerusalem, particularly at the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the US State Department said.
Clashes in East Jerusalem – Photo: Mohammed Shinawi
Kerry was also set to meet separately with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday in an attempt to ease a surge of violence across Israel and Palestinian territories. Continue Reading »
Sources in Ramallah told the London-based daily that the Palestinian Authority is prepared to return to the negotiation-table with Israel, but not according to “old mechanisms.”
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
The London-based pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on Thursday that the Palestinian Authority has agreed to delay by two months its plan to seek a Security Council resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines within three years.
Palestinians in Gaza celebrate cease-fire. – Photo: REUTERS
The paper quoted Palestinian sources in Ramallah as saying that the PA leadership will give US Secretary of State John Kerry a two-month window to present his own plan for peace. Continue Reading »
88 U.S.Senators urge the White House to enact measure that take Gaza away from the Hamas terrorists and hand it over to the Palestinian Authority.
By Ben Ariel, Canada
88 senators are urging the Obama administration to act to take Gaza away from its Hamas terrorist rulers and hand it over to the Palestinian Authority (PA), The Daily Beast reports.
John Kerry – Reuters
In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry obtained by the website, the 88 senators write, “We must support efforts to enable the Palestinian Authority to exercise real power in Gaza. Hamas has demonstrated conclusively both that it has no interest in peace with Israel and that it has no concern for the well-being of Gaza residents.” Continue Reading »
US embassy announces Tourist visa process for Israelis cancelled until further notice.
Is it a matter of security, or punishment for not accepting US demand to stop Operation Protective Edge?
By Tova Dvorin
The US embassy in Tel Aviv has cancelled tourist visa applications for Israelis, according to a statement on its official website, in a move it claims is a matter of staffing and security.
US Entry Visa
“Due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv remains open but is operating at reduced staffing until further notice, and has canceled routine visa application processing and American Citizen services,” the statement says. Continue Reading »
Secretary Kerry, totally frustrated says, “I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a ceasefire.”
VIENNA — US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Hamas for powering through a ceasefire with Israel, brokered by the Egyptian government and accepted by Israel’s cabinet Tuesday morning.
John Kerry – Photo: REUTERS
At least 35 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip since the ceasefire was set to begin, mere hours ago.
“I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in multiple numbers in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a ceasefire, in which Egypt and Israel worked together, that the international community strongly supports,” Kerry told reporters in Vienna on Tuesday morning. Continue Reading »
Jordanian newspaper reports the U.S. promised to convince Israel to allow unity government elections in Jerusalem.
Netanyahu ‘deeply troubled’ by the new White House policy.
By Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar
According to new reports, the American administration has promised the new Fatah-Hamas unity government, which was sworn in this Monday, that it will convince Israel to allow that new government’s elections to be held in the eastern part of Jerusalem.
“A source that knows things,” apparently from within the Palestinian Authority (PA) or Hamas, was quoted in the Jordanian paper Al-Arab Al-Youm, reporting the American promise to work for parliamentary and presidential elections for the new unity government to be held in the Israeli capital. Continue Reading »
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Israel’s wait-and-see approach to Fatah-Hamas unity talks was “appropriate.”
John Kerry – Photo: REUTERS
He made the remarks in an interview Thursday night on PBS, adding that he was “disappointed that the [peace] process, what is in place, that that didn’t produce the next step.”
Asked about the negotiations on unity between Hamas and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement, Kerry said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “and Israel are waiting to see what happens with the Hamas reconciliation, with the announcement of a new government, with the question of what that new government may or may not choose to do. Continue Reading »
Special U.S. envoy for peace talks Martin Indyk said to blame Israel for breakup of peace negotiations.
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Kerry and Indyk at the State Department in Washington. – Photo: Reuters
The officials said Indyk had already informed the Brookings Institute – where he is vice president and director for foreign policy – that he might soon be returning to his post, from which he took a leave of absence nine months ago.
Kerry: ‘I’ll publicize peace talks’ progress at appropriate time’ while echoing Obama in calling for ‘pause’ in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that he will make public the “progress” made during the nine months of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. At the same time, Kerry, echoing the recent statement by President Barack Obama, said that in view of the breakdown in the negotiations, the time had come to for a “pause” in the talks.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. – Photo: AP
At a news conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Kerry referred to the discussions he conducted in recent months with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators toward a so-called framework agreement on the core issues they would be negotiating: borders, Jerusalem, refugees, security, water and settlements.