Fraught with excuses to say ‘no’ to the 3rd American President’s peace offer, the Palestinian leadership warns of ‘serious consequences’ for the region if the “Deal of the Century” is implemented, even though they have yet to learn all it entails.
By Elior Levy
Palestinian lawmakers backed by President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party, said Sunday that the day U.S. President Donald Trump presents his Middle East peace plan would be a “Day of Rage” with riots and protests in the West Bank.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue & White party leader Benny Gantz flew to Washington earlier Sunday for the presentation of what Trump himself has dubbed the “Deal of the Century” – his administration’s outline for peace between Israel and the Palestinians – and talks with the American administration. Continue Reading »
Israeli Knesset Member Yair Lapid claims PM Netanyahu has agreed to U.S. President Trump’s peace plan suggestion of making the Abu Dis neighbor of Jerusalem, the capital of the future Palestinian state.
By LAHAV HARKOV
The Abu Dis neighborhood bordering east Jerusalem will be the capital of a Palestinian state in US President Donald Trump’s planned peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid said Monday.
Israel’s security barrier (preventing entry to terrorists & suicide-bombers) separates Abu Dis from Jerusalem, Israel’s capital. – Photo: Yann/ Wikimedia
“Over the weekend, different sources began saying that in the American paper that will be presented next month, Abu Dis will be mentioned as the capital of Palestine,” Lapid said at a Yesh Atid faction meeting. Continue Reading »
Sources in Saudi Arabia say Abbas was summoned to fly with haste to meet with Saudi King & Crown Prince on Sunday to agree to Trump’s peace deal that’s supported by the Palestinian’s greatest benefactors, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt.
By Mohammad Al-Kassim
The Trump administration’s plan to revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks involves convincing Israel to impose a new settlement-building freeze and generous financial aid from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a source with direct knowledge of a meeting between Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday. Continue Reading »
The first thing you should do is stopping the US funding of the Palestinian Authority, that finances incitement, psychotic hatred and mass murder.
AS I SEE IT: AN OPEN LETTER TO JARED KUSHNER – By MELANIE PHILLIPS
Dear Jared Kushner,
I have been reading the remarks you made to a group of congressional interns about the difficulties of finding a solution to the Middle East conflict. Among other things, you said this: “We’re thinking about what the right end-state is, and we’re trying to work with the parties very quietly to see if there’s a solution. And there may be no solution, but it’s one of the problem sets that the president asked us to focus on. Continue Reading »
More than any other issue, leaving the UNRWA problem intact for yet another generation of refugees undermines any possibility of reaching reconciliation between the parties. You cannot resolve a conflict while feeding UNRWA to perpetuate it at the same time.
COMMENT: UNTYING THE GORDIAN KNOT OF THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT – BY DORE GOLD
Last July, the Middle East Quartet was groping to find an explanation for why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict had not yet been resolved.
Ann Dismorr, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, with a map that shows all of Israel as “Palestine”.- Photo: Palestinian Media Watch.
Israel, which had gone through an escalation of knifing attacks on its citizens rightfully stressed in its briefings the twin problems of continuing Palestinian violence and the state-sponsored incitement that promoted it. Continue Reading »
In an interview with a Japanese newspaper, PA leader Abbas said that he was prepared to meet with Netanyahu, but it’s dependent on a complete settlement freeze.
By JOY BERNARD
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday made several significant statements in favor of a dialogue with Israel and a hastening of the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in an official interview with Japanese newspaper Ashai Shimbun.
“I am ready to meet the prime minister of Israel any time in Washington under the patronage of President Trump,” Abbas declared.
PA autocrat Abbas, US President Trump, Israeli PM Netanyahu
Looking ahead to his meeting with Trump in Washington, which is slated to take place on May 3, the PA president said that the purpose of the summit with the US president was “to continue our discussion on how to conclude a peace deal with the help of the US.” Continue Reading »
In response to the delegation of Saudi businessmen & academics visiting Israel, Hamas calls on Kingdom to end ‘normalizing visits’ to Jewish State since it ‘undermines rights of Palestinians.’
Hamas on Sunday called on the Saudi government to prevent “normalization” visits to Israel after a visit to the Jewish state by former Saudi General Anwar Eshki and a delegation of Saudi businessmen and academics earlier this month.
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Abd al-Mujid al-Hakim tells BBC Arabic, “In Arab societies, the picture of Israeli society is that it embraces a culture of death, wants to spill blood & does not believe in peace… The Israeli society that I encountered embraces a culture of peace… wants coexistence & wants peace.”
By ADAM RASGON
Abd al-Mujid al-Hakim, a member of the Saudi Arabian delegation that recently visited Israel and the Palestinian territories, told BBC Arabic on Friday that he believes Israeli society wants peace.
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Former Saudi general Dr. Anwar Eshki and a group of Saudi businessmen and academics in Jerusalem, July 22, 2016.
Retired Saudi general Anwar Eshki visits Israel with businessmen & academics to promote the 2002 ‘Arab Peace Initiative’, including a meeting with the IDF’s head of the unit that coordinates Israeli activities in the West Bank & Gaza.
The head of a rare Saudi delegation to Israel and the West Bank met a senior Israeli government official during his trip, the Foreign Ministry told AFP on Sunday.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the meeting between retired Saudi general Anwar Eshki and ministry Director General Dore Gold took place at the prestigious King David hotel in west Jerusalem but did not give further details. Continue Reading »
Former Jordanian military general calls on PM Netanyahu to accept Saudi plan, saying 40 Muslim states “will establish diplomatic relations with Israel, including commercial cooperation and cultural ties.”
By Smadar Perry
The Saudi peace initiative first saw light some 13 years ago, and apparently there are still many key figures in the Arab world who would like to see it revived.
Saudi King Salman at an Arab League Conference this year – Photo: EPA
“Now that Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu has formed his new government, I call on him to say yes to the Saudi peace initiative. It’s alive and well and didn’t disappear with the regime change in Saudi Arabia,” says Dr. Continue Reading »
Palestinian Authority transportation minister announces plans for second airport in West Bank, modern Mediterranean seaport in Gaza, and a railway line linking Gaza and Cairo.
By Elior Levy
Palestinian Transportation Minister Nabil Dmaidi announced on Sunday that the Palestinian Authority intends to build an airport, sea ports and a railway to connect the Gaza Strip to Egypt.
Plans for new Palestinian airport
Dmaidi said his ministry signed a cooperative agreement with Egypt’s civil aviation authority, in an attempt to utilize the professional experience of the Egyptians in the aerospace industry.
According to the agreement, Egyptian experts will travel to the West Bank to identify an appropriate location for a second airport in Area C. Continue Reading »
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni is the right person to lead Israel’s negotiating team, Saudi Prince Turki bin Faisal said at the Munich Security Conference Friday.
Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud is seen here in Bahrain – Photo: REUTERS
Livni’s office confirmed Sunday that during a question and answer session at the end of a panel on the peace process, featuring Livni, Chief PLO Negotiator Saeb Erekat and American Envoy Martin Indyk, the Saudi prince asked Livni about the Arab Peace Initiative. Continue Reading »
Kerry’s current peace plan was reportedly proposed by Jordan’s King Abdullah II to President Obama last year in order to keep Jordan from becoming recognized as Palestine.
By MUDAR ZAHRAN
Since January 8, 2014, the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper has published three reports on the alleged details of the Kerry peace plan. Al-Quds Al-Arabi is one of the most prominent Arab newspapers and considered a major source of inside information on most Arab regimes. According to Al-Quds Al-Arabi, US Secretary of State John Kerry’s plan revolves around Jordan’s king settling Palestinian refugees living in Arab countries in his kingdom and in exchange he would receive $55 billion for “Jordan’s role in hosting refugees for over five decades”. Continue Reading »
Senior NYT analyst Thomas Friedman, lays out expected points of John Kerry’s framework deal, which he believes will include phased withdrawal from West Bank according to 1967 lines but will not allow Palestinian refugees to return to Israel.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s draft framework agreement for Middle East peace talks will include support for establishing a Palestinian capital in Arab areas of East Jerusalem, senior New York Times analyst Thomas Friedman wrote in his column published Wednesday.
Kerry and Netanyahu at a press conference in Jerusalem, January 2, 2014. – Photo: Reuters
Friedman, who is currently visiting Israel, said that Kerry’s framework document would present the core concessions that Washington considers Israelis and Palestinians need to make for a fair, lasting deal. Continue Reading »
Arabic-language media reports content of US security suggestions for Israel-PA. (PA leak?)
American proposal includes radar posts in mountains, IDF in Jordan Valley, joint patrols at border crossings.
By Elior Levy
The US security outline for any proposed peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will include a 15-year interim agreement, Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley, and radar posts on West Bank mountains, the pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat reported Tuesday.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, June 30, 2013.- Photo: Reuters
The report noted the US administration shared its security proposals with PA President Mahmoud Abbas. Continue Reading »