President Trump, “After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East.”
PM Netanyahu, “This is a not a peace between leaders, but a peace among peoples.”
– As Gulf states become 3rd & 4th Arab states to sign treaties with Israel, Palestinian terrorists fire rockets from Gaza injuring 2 in southern Israel.
By Itamar Eichner, Associated Press
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed treaties on Tuesday as U.S. President Donald Trump hosted the landmark signing ceremony at the White House.
The two Gulf states become the third and fourth Arab nations to sign agreements with Israel, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. Continue Reading »
The Israeli Parliament [Knesset] will only get to debate the historic treaties with both Persian Gulf states next week, with speculation heightening as PM Netanyahu hints more sheikdoms are in line to follow suit.
By Ariel Kahana
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to present the Knesset with the historic peace treaties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, the signing ceremony for which is slated to be held in Washington on Tuesday.
The two Persian Gulf states will thus become the third and fourth Arab nations to sign peace deals with the Jewish states, following Egypt and Jordan, which did so in 1979 and 1994, respectively. Continue Reading »
— Historic Agreement —
Two days after President Donald Trump is nominated for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Trump tweets Bahrain has also agreed to normalize relations with Israel.
– PM Netanyahu, ‘Agreement marks a new era of peace.’
– Palestinians: ‘Our Arab brothers have abandoned us’
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF, REUTERS
Bahrain has joined the United Arab Emirates in striking an agreement to normalize relations with Israel, President Donald Trump said on Friday, a dramatic move aimed at easing tensions in the Middle East.
Trump tweeted out the news after he spoke by phone to both Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said. Continue Reading »
The publicly scheduled meeting in Washington with Israel’s Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz and Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifaand was hosted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
By Nitsan Keidar
Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz, who is visiting Washington, held a first public meeting with Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.
The public meeting and a joint photo of the two were coordinated behind the scenes by US State Department officials as part of a conference on religious freedom in Washington hosted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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Israel’s Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz in Abu Dhabi.
With President Trump’s assistance and the Sunni Arab Gulf state leaders’ cooperation, the Middle East is changing fast, and Israel is again taking center stage.
By Yochanan Visser
This has been a historical week with events that showed the old Middle Eastern order has ended while Israel is at the center of a new order.
First, there were the visits of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to the Sunni Arab Gulf state Oman and Culture Minister Miri Regev to Abu Dhabi where she attended the International Judo Federation’s Grand Slam competition.
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Sports Minister Regev joins Gold Medal Winner Muki at the first ever medal awarding ceremony when the Israeli National Anthem, Hatikva was played in Abu Dhabi.
The New State Solution: The “ultimate deal” for peace, may be feasible: The White House with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and Israel have a plan that would see Gaza’s population, alongside millions of Palestinian refugees, in a sovereign, thriving Palestinian state of ‘Greater Gaza’, that includes increasing its size 5 fold into the Sinai.
Israel and Stuff would ordinarily not use Al Jazeera as a news source, due to
its saturation of propaganda embedded into its reports. This article however,
appears to be genuine as the theme is an accumulation of already published
material in Israel and abroad.
By Jonathan Cook
Gaza has been the focus of intense talks behind closed doors in recent weeks as disquiet has risen among Arab states at the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the coastal enclave. Continue Reading »
Op-ed: The New State Solution appears to merit serious consideration in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after decades of failed attempts at the 2-state solution, that multiple int’l institutions and leaders have subscribed to, but failed terribly.
– It’s time that other ideas be allowed to enter the public discourse.
By Benjamin Anthony/Our Soldiers Speak
When President Obama leaves office, yet another US administration will depart without resolution of the Israeli – Palestinian conflict.
As with all incoming administrations, a Trump presidency ushers in the opportunity to review, retain, or revise the terms of long-standing policies, including those relating to the Middle East. Continue Reading »
If ever there was a need for fanatical belief in a shared future for Palestinians & Israelis, that need is now. There are always 2 kinds of people in the world: Those who believe in the possibility of peace, and those who do not.
Muslims Jews relations, historical conflict and the future for peaceGrowing up as a Muslim in Pakistan, I was taught to hate Jews and Israel and to participate in anti-Israel and anti-Zionism demonstrations.
Reading into the history of my faith and the history of Islam I came to realise that the perspective adopted by many Muslims today towards Israel and the Jewish people is completely distorted and often deliberately misinformed, for political not religious reasons. Continue Reading »
Dr. Kamal al-Labwani, one of the most prominent members of the Syrian opposition movement, says Israel should accept a diplomatic role in finding a solution to the Syrian crisis.
By KAMAL AL-LABWANI
The events that are unfolding in Syria today are premeditated and organized crimes against humanity perpetrated by regimes and countries that are competing between themselves over regional control and influence.
Israel must denounce and condemn the crimes against humanity that are taking place in Syria. This is especially true in light of the fact that the Jewish people were the victims of such crimes and are well aware of the importance of international cooperation and humanitarian aid in such situations. Continue Reading »
“The moment Hamas’s survival was not under threat, it was not concerned with how many casualties it sustained, or how many it inflicted on us. Its only aim was to reach its [political] goals.” so… ‘Israel must make it clear to Hezbollah, that if war erupts, their leaders will have to flee Lebanon to stay alive.’
– Former IDF deputy Chief-of-Staff, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yair Naveh
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
Can semi-state terrorist enemies like Hamas and Hezbollah be effectively deterred? This question is at the heart of a central debate raging inside Israel’s defense establishment.
The answers that defense chiefs come up with will affect the security of every Israeli. Continue Reading »
Federica Mogherini, who took over from Catherine Ashton on Saturday as EU foreign policy chief, says reaching Israeli-Palestinian peace will be main goal of her term.
The European Union’s new foreign policy chief said on Monday that she wants to see the creation of a Palestinian state by the end of her five-year term in office.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels, November 4, 2014 – Photo: Reuters
Federica Mogherini told reporters that one of her main goals will be to work toward peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and that she intends the EU to be more intimately involved in the Middle East than in the past. Continue Reading »
In soon to be released memoir, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, (& possible 2016 presidential candidate) says White House hard line on Jewish construction did not work, and describes Obama’s fury at PM Netanyahu.
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Former U.S. Secretary of State claims in a new memoir that the American administration made a tactical error by demanding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to freeze construction in the settlements in 2009.
U.S. President Barack Obama with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the White House in Washington, September 1, 2010. – Photo: Reuters
“In retrospect, our early, hard line on settlements didn’t work,” Clinton writes in Hard Choices, to be released next week, AP reported.
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.