At a ‘closed-door’ meeting of his Likud party, PM Netanyahu reportedly tells attendees that ‘strength’ is all that matters in foreign policy, how no one worries about any so-called ‘occupation’ when genuine regional threats actually need to be addressed.
By Israel Today Staff
When Israel projects weakness, it invites the international community to make dangerous demands regarding the so-called “occupation” of Palestinian territories. Conversely, when Israel projects strength, the Palestinian issue is all but ignored in favor of more significant matters.
That was the gist of remarks reportedly made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a closed-door meeting of his Likud party on Monday. Continue Reading »
A family member sought the help of the U.S. State Department when his Palestinian-American relative was arrested by Mahmoud Abbas’ PA for suspicion of receiving $25,000 in the sale of a house in east Jerusalem to Jews.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Palestinian Authority security forces have arrested a Palestinian-American citizen on suspicion of involvement in a real estate transaction with Jews in east Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
The man’s family has notified the US State Department of his arrest.
Palestinian sources said that the man, a resident of Bethlehem, had worked for the PA Ministry for Local Government. Continue Reading »
PA Arabs who are found guilty of selling or facilitating the transfer of lands or structures to Jewish Israelis can be sentenced to death. In the past, Palestinians suspected of doing so have been kidnapped and later found dead in east Jerusalem or the West Bank.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
For the second time this year, the Palestinian Islamic religious authorities in Jerusalem reaffirmed a ban on selling property to Israelis, and warned that any Palestinian involved in such transactions would be accused of “high treason.”
The latest decision on Thursday followed news that Jews had purchased a house in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. Continue Reading »
Attempts by the United Nations and their surrogate NGO’s to politicly present Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria (a.k.a. the West Bank) as illegal, and “colonial” in nature, completely ignores the complexity of the history of the land and disregards the legal precedents of this case.
By IDF News
Land registries from Ottoman and British Mandate times show that local Arabs in Palestine owned approximately 8% of the land area west of the Jordan River. The vast majority of the land was state land, which was not owned by any individual. The remaining 16% was split more or less evenly between Jewish landowners and groups and absentee Arab landlords who lived outside of Palestine (mostly in Cairo, Beirut, Damascus and Constantinople). Continue Reading »
The historical verdict carefully ignored (forgotten?) by mainstream media, France’s 3rd Chamber of the Court of Appeal of Versailles decreed that Israel is the legal occupant of the West Bank.
Israel is the legal occupant of the West Bank, says the Court of Appeal of Versailles, France. By JEAN-PATRICK GRUMBERG
When I first learned that the Court of Appeal of Versailles ruled that West bank settlements and occupation of Judea Samaria by Israel is unequivocally legal under international law, in a suit brought by the Palestinian Authority against Jerusalem’s light rail built by French companies Alstom and Veolia, that received no media coverage, I decided to put to work my years of Law Studies in France, and I meticulously analyzed the Court ruling. Continue Reading »
Palestinian Authority envoy to Canberra is now ‘satisfied’ after organized threat of sanctions by Arab & Islamic states prompted ‘clarification’ of policy.
By AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
Australia’s foreign minister met Arab and Islamic ambassadors Thursday to try to soothe concerns over Canberra’s stance on eastern Jerusalem, insisting there was no policy change despite moves to stop referring to it as “occupied”.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard – Reuters
The meeting followed fury after Attorney-General George Brandis said the term would not be used as it carried pejorative implications and was neither appropriate nor useful.
The Palestinian Authority’s representative in Australia reacted furiously to the statement, and threatened to organize international trade sanctions over the move. Continue Reading »
Australia’s attorney general says, ‘The world’s description of E. Jerusalem as ‘occupied’ is a term freighted with pejorative implications which is neither appropriate nor useful.’
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s government has decided to drop the word “occupied” when describing Israel’s settlements in East Jerusalem, Australian Associated Press reported Thursday.
Australia’s Attorney General George Brandis – Photo: Ray Strange / Source-TheAustralian
According to the report, the government said it was “unhelpful” at a time when the peace process was still viable.
The move was announced following a fire debate in the Australian legislator regarding the legality of Israel’s settlements, the press agency reported. Continue Reading »
Op-ed: Even in purely legal terms, Israel did not occupy a single inch of Judea and Samaria
By Hagai Segal
The era of occupation in the territories ended this week. Finally. A committee headed by Judge Edmund Levy and comprising senior jurists went out on a limb by asserting that Israelis not an occupying power in Judea and Samaria; rather, it is the rightful owner.
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In diplomatic terms, this is a problematic assertion. The gentiles won’t understand how the Levy Committee’s findings fit with all the Israeli rhetoric of the past decade, ranging from former PM Sharon’s Latrun speech to current PM Netanyahu’s Bar-Ilan speech. Continue Reading »