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Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
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September 22, 2010
Hamas Action to Catch Spies Spreads Panic in Gaza - Ibrahim Barzak and Diaa Hadid (AP)
Czech Foreign Minister Expresses Support for Israel (CTK-Czech Republic)
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Co-op in Washington State Rejects Boycott of Israeli Products - Charlie Bermant
(Peninsula Daily News [Wash.])
News Resources - North America, Europe, and Asia:
It is against Israel's interests to join a global anti-nuclear arms treaty and the UN atomic watchdog is overstepping its mandate in demanding it do so, Israel's Atomic Energy Commission chief Shaul Horev told the International Atomic Energy Agency annual conference in Vienna on Tuesday. "Israel is not the only member state...that has exercised its sovereign right not to accede to the NPT due to its national security considerations, yet Israel is the only state that has been singled out, and is called upon to take a decision which is against its best national interests," he said. "Indeed, the advancement of states' accessions to international treaties does not fall within the mandate of the (IAEA)."
Horev said a resolution tabled by the Arab states calling on Israel to foreswear nuclear weapons and sign up to the NPT was part of a "political campaign to defame the State of Israel." "Moreover, this resolution...ignores the adverse reality in the Middle East." "The serious threat to the NPT and the non-proliferation regime is posed from within by those states that pursue nuclear weapons under the cover of their NPT membership." (AFP)
See also Israel Seeking to Block Arab-Backed Anti-Israel Resolution at IAEA - Yossi Melman
Israel is seeking to block a resolution by Egypt and the Arab states at the IAEA General Assembly calling on it to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and open the Dimona nuclear complex to inspection. Dr. Shaul Horev, head of Israel's Atomic Energy Commission, told the IAEA that four countries in the Middle East have already violated their commitment to the NPT - a reference to Iran, Syria, Iraq and Libya. (Ha'aretz)
At his annual gathering with American journalists on Tuesday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran denied that dissidents languished in jail or that economic sanctions were biting, and rejected the idea that Tehran deserved anything less than a gold star for its nuclear inspection record. (New York Times)
See also Peres: Ahmadinejad "a Living Declaration Against the UN" - Jordana Horn
President Shimon Peres on Monday said Iranian President "Ahmadinejad is trying to use Israel as a tool in order to distract from Iran's problems" and called him "a living declaration against the charter of the UN." "The UN charter forbids a member state to threaten another UN member state, and the international community must condemn a state that calls to destroy another state," Peres said. (Jerusalem Post)
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressed Arab officials Tuesday to bolster their financial contributions to the Palestinian Authority and to support the nascent peace talks more visibly. The PA has received much of its budget support from the EU and the U.S., with oil-rich Arab countries lagging in supplying the amounts they had pledged, and the situation has become even more acute this year. Arab diplomats have said there is little trust that the PA will use the contributions wisely. (Washington Post)
News Resources - Israel and the Mideast:
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad angrily left a meeting in New York on Tuesday after Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon insisted the meeting summary refer to "two states for two peoples" rather than just "two states." "If the Palestinians are not willing to talk about two states for two peoples, let alone a Jewish state for Israel, then there's nothing to talk about," Ayalon said. "And also, I said if the Palestinians mean, at the end of the process, to have one Palestinian state and one bi-national state, this will not happen." "I was very surprised that there was apparently no acceptance of the idea of two states for two peoples." (Jerusalem Post)
See also Israel Is Committed to Obama's Vision of "Two States for Two Peoples"
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon on Tuesday told a meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, which coordinates financial aid for Palestinians: "Israel remains committed to a comprehensive Middle East peace based upon the principle of two states for two peoples, one Jewish, and one Palestinian. President Obama reaffirmed this vision at the White House ceremony marking the re-launching of negotiations on September 1st. In those remarks, the President reiterated his commitment to, and I quote: "The emergence of an independent, democratic and viable Palestinian state, living side by side in peace and security with a Jewish state of Israel and its other neighbors." (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Prime Minister Netanyahu said Tuesday during a visit to Sderot: "We say that the Palestinian people have a right to a national state of its own. And we also say that the Palestinians must recognize the right of the Jewish people to a national state of its own. They need to recognize the Jewish state. The fact that they do not recognize it, that they are trying to avoid such a simple statement, raises doubts."
"When the Palestinians refuse to say something so simple, the question is - why? You want to flood the State of Israel with refugees so that it will no longer have a Jewish majority? You want to tear off parts of the Galilee and the Negev into mini-states?...In a peace agreement, there will be the simplest symmetry: Israel recognizes the Palestinian state - and the Palestinians recognize the Jewish state. This is so simple. It is so just, so correct and so urgent. I say to Abu Mazen [Abbas]: Recognize the Jewish state." (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Global Commentary and Think-Tank Analysis (Best of U.S., UK, and Israel):
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is visiting the UN General Assembly in New York this week. Here are some questions that journalists should ask him: Executions have increased four-fold since you became president in 2005, and Iran now executes more people per capita than any other country in the world. And according to Reporters Without Borders, Iran is now the world's "biggest prison for journalists." Do you take pride in your record?
On June 15, 2009, nearly three million people, according to the mayor of Tehran, took to the streets to protest the election results. Given your confidence in your popular support, would you grant the opposition a permit to protest, and would you guarantee their safety? Would you agree to a UN-monitored referendum among Iranians to determine their political future? How did you react when your longtime ally Fidel Castro recently implored you to stop slandering the Jews? The writer is an associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. (Wall Street Journal)
A new book entitled MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949, by British historian Keith Jeffery, reveals the existence of Operation Embarrass, a plan to try to prevent Jews getting into Palestine in 1946-'48 using disinformation and propaganda but also explosive devices placed on ships. A team of former Special Operations Executive agents was sent to France and Italy with limpet bombs and timers. During the summer of 1947 and early 1948, five attacks were undertaken on ships in Italian ports, of which one was rendered "a total loss" and two others were damaged. Two other British-made limpet mines were discovered before they went off. Great Britain, which used explosives to try to stop truly humanitarian flotillas after the Holocaust, now condemns embattled Israel for halting entirely politically-inspired flotillas to Gaza. The writer, an historian, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts. (Daily Beast)
In a September 19, 2010, editorial, the Iranian daily Kayhan, which is close to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, stated:
Corrected Link: Just Say Yes to a Jewish State - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Prime Minister's Office)
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