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Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
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July 22, 2010
PA Incitement Continues During Proximity Talks - Itamar Marcus, Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Barbara Crook (Palestinian Media Watch)
Gaza's Attack on Modernity - Lorenzo Cremonesi (Corriere della Sera-Italy, 14 July 2010)
Report: Donors Sending Expired Medicine to Gaza (Jerusalem Post)
American Charged with Trying to Join Terrorist Group - Spencer S. Hsu and Michael Alison Chandler (Washington Post)
News Resources - North America, Europe, and Asia:
State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley was asked on Wednesday:
Q: Palestinian President Abbas gave an interview. He seems to be saying that he would like the United States to specify what the boundaries of a Palestinian state would look like before he enters into direct talks....Is that something the United States would be prepared to do?
Crowley: "Our message to both parties is let's get to direct negotiations as quickly as possible, where, in fact, we can address the fundamental issues and the process, including borders. These are issues that we think can only be resolved within the context of direct negotiations.... Ultimately, in order to address the concerns that we know that both parties have - refugees, security, Jerusalem, borders - those are going to be resolved in the direct negotiations themselves." (State Department)
See also Israel: Time to Begin Direct Negotiations Without Preconditions - Tessa Unsworth and Labib Nasir
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said in an interview: "Why hasn't there been any progress? Because the Palestinians have not resigned themselves to the fact that in order to sort out all the issues between us we have to sit, we have to talk, and we have to do it directly, without preconditions." "If we arrange all the details before negotiations, what are the negotiations for?...If they want to know in advance what will be the agreement, then why should we even meet?"
Israel also has "a lot of grievances," said Ayalon. It would like to know the Palestinians are going to change school curricula to end the "culture of hate." It would like to know the security arrangements "so that terrorists will not be able to pop up again once they take over sovereignty." (Reuters)
The continued presence of an international peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon is increasingly dismaying locals, whose anger is reportedly being fueled by the Lebanese militant group Hizbullah, which has its stronghold in the area. "The hand that touches the weapons of the resistance will be cut," a poster reads in French, bearing the image of Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, in a clear warning to UNIFIL, the French daily Le Figaro reported Monday. UN Resolution 1701 calls for the area to be free of any armed personnel or weapons other than those of the Lebanese government and UN forces.
"The French roll into the streets with their tanks. They violate our privacy," local resident Ibrahim told Le Figaro. "They take pictures and one week later we see Israel circulates more photos of villages in the south. One must assume there is a connection between them and Israel." (Hurriyet-Turkey)
News Resources - Israel and the Mideast:
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gabriela Shalev told the Security Council Wednesday of "Israel's deep concern regarding new reports of yet another flotilla departing from Lebanon to the Gaza Strip," saying "the phenomenon of flotillas to Gaza is not conducive to the efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East." "We call upon the international community to exert its influence on the organizers of this provocative action," Shalev said.
Shalev decried Hizbullah's actions in Lebanon as "a blatant violation of international law and basic dictates of humanity." "In Lebanon, the terrorist organization Hizbullah continues to build and embed its military infrastructure into the civilian population," Shalev said. "Transfers of sophisticated weapons from Syria and Iran to Hizbullah systematically violate the arms embargo. At the same time, this terrorist group continues to place increasingly sophisticated and deadly weapons within villages, adjacent to schools, hospitals and civilian homes."
She concluded: "How many times in this chamber have our neighbors recognized Israel's right to exist as the homeland for the Jewish people? Or condemned Hamas terrorism and violence against Israeli civilians? Or spoke out against those who call for us to be wiped off the map? Not once. The silence is deafening." (Jerusalem Post)
In a new poll, citizens of Germany (80%), France (83%) and Sweden (90%) said that they wanted the international community to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons rather than agreeing that Iran has the right to develop nuclear weapons. Those surveyed also said they want to see the EU impose further sanctions: Germany (70%), France (66%), and Sweden (78%). (Jerusalem Post)
IDF soldiers identified a number of suspects preparing to fire a rocket at an IDF force adjacent to the security fence in northern Gaza on Wednesday. The IDF force fired at and hit the operatives. One was killed and others were injured. (Israel Defense Forces)
See also Palestinian Infiltrating West Bank Settlement Killed - Chaim Levinson
Israel Defense Forces soldiers fired at a group of Palestinians attempting to infiltrate the Barkan settlement in the northern West Bank on Wednesday night. One Palestinian suspected of being armed was killed, and another was arrested. (Ha'aretz)
Global Commentary and Think-Tank Analysis (Best of U.S., UK, and Israel):
The dual-headed Palestinian regime in Ramallah (Fatah) and in Gaza (Hamas) has totally rejected Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman's proposal to recruit the European Union to build power stations to supply electricity, desalination stations, and sewage treatment plants for Gaza. Sami Abu Zuheiri, a Hamas spokesperson, explained that "although Gaza was liberated in practice from the military and settlement presence, it is still from a legal and practical standpoint under occupation." He argued that Israel, "the occupying country," must continue to provide for Gaza's needs.
The Hamas position exemplifies one of the major absurdities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Hamas, which took pride in liberating Gaza from the Israeli occupation via Jihad, is struggling with all its might to preserve the "Israeli occupation" and obligate Israel to continue transferring supplies to an entity that avowedly declares that it will liberate all of Palestine, liquidate the State of Israel, and kill and expel its Jewish inhabitants.
Why are the Palestinians still adamant in their opposition to receiving total independence on at least part of Palestinian territory? Because the Palestinian leadership has not renounced the idea of liberating Palestine in its entirety. The objective of both the PA and the Hamas government is identical, namely, keeping the lava of the refugee problem at full boil, as this constitutes the key to the ultimate objective of the historic Palestinian odyssey - the liquidation of the State of Israel as a Jewish state. Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi is a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. (Global Law Forum)
The fact is that Iran has been at war with the U.S. since 1979, when it seized and held our diplomats for 444 days - an act of war under settled principles of international law. Later, the mullah regime sponsored the 1983 attack on our Marine Corps barracks in Lebanon and attacks on our soldiers in Iraq - more acts of war. Six presidents have chosen not to retaliate for reasons of prudence that have much to commend them. War with Iran would be a terrible thing. But one can also believe, as the UAE ambassador incautiously said, a nuclear-armed Iran would be even worse. (San Francisco Examiner)
Israel: Not Just a Strategic Asset, But a Strategic Bonanza - Robert Satloff (Washington Institute for Near East Policy)
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