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Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
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October 26, 2010
WikiLeaks and the Gaza War - Evelyn Gordon (Commentary)
Report Reveals Alleged Hizbullah Arms Supply Route (NOW Lebanon)
PA Security Forces Flourish with U.S.-Supplied Vehicles - Jonathan Ferziger (Bloomberg)
Tony Blair's Sister-in-Law Converts to Islam - Helen Carter (Guardian-UK)
News Resources - North America, Europe, and Asia:
Special Assistant to the President Dennis Ross told the AIPAC National Summit on Monday: "Iran's own behavior over the past two years, however, has demonstrated that it prefers defiance and secrecy to transparency and peace....The Iranian government's continued repression and intimidation of its own people following the presidential election last year demonstrated the lack of respect it shows even to its own citizens. And in the Middle East, Iran continues to rely on tactics of intimidation and coercion to gain influence, a pattern clearly on display during President Ahmadinejad's provocative recent visit to Lebanon and through Iran's ongoing support for Hizbullah."
"Should Iran continue its defiance, despite its growing isolation and the damage to its economy, its leaders should listen carefully to President Obama who has said many times, 'we are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.'" (Politico)
Iran began loading fuel into the core of its first nuclear power plant at Bushehr on Tuesday. (AP-New York Times)
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday that he has received millions of dollars in cash from Iran. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that Iran has supplied assistance for reconstruction. (AP-Washington Post)
News Resources - Israel and the Mideast:
Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni testified Monday before a commission probing Israel's raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla in May, telling the panel that Turkey had exploited the event as a provocation against Israel. (Ha'aretz)
See also Turkish "Peace Activists" Visit Islamic Jihad Gunmen - Ali Waked
The Viva Palestina 5 ship which recently docked at the Egyptian port of al-Arish brought along Turkish "peace activists" who visited Islamic Jihad members in Gaza. Pictures show the Turks holding weapons and rocket launchers, while two are seen wearing the uniform of the al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad's military wing. (Ynet News)
The Palestinian Authority cabinet has condemned Israel's decision to approve a draft law classifying Jerusalem as a national priority area. The PA would "resist this decision with all political and diplomatic means in accordance with international law, and take the necessary actions to defend the Arab character of the Holy City," a statement issued in Ramallah said. (Maan News-PA)
Generations of experience in fighting terrorism in a violent Middle Eastern neighborhood is the inspiration for the first Homeland Security International Conference next week in Tel Aviv, organized by the Israel Export Institute. Defense News ranked Israel in third place last year for arms exports, after the U.S. and Russia. In homeland security-related exports, Israel is among the 10 leading countries, and the annual sales of Israeli defense companies are estimated at $1.5 billion.
About 40 Israeli companies engaged in developing and manufacturing components related to homeland security areas will attend the conference. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is adapting one of its flagship products, the Heron drone aircraft, for border patrol and surveillance and for protection of sensitive installations. (Globes)
Global Commentary and Think-Tank Analysis (Best of U.S., UK, and Israel):
One way of enabling all sides to climb down from their respective trees would be to determine an agreed-upon "Code of Conduct" for the negotiating process that would bind all concerned, satisfy their requirements in general terms and hence obviate the need to impose individual and partisan preconditions. The principles of such a Code of Conduct should include: acknowledging the continued validity of previous agreements; refraining from dictating preconditions for entry into, continuation, or completion of negotiations; and refraining from derogatory statements regarding other parties to the negotiation. The writer served as the legal adviser to the Foreign Ministry and as ambassador to Canada. (Jerusalem Post)
For nearly two decades, the Palestinian Authority conducted peace talks with Israel while construction in the Jewish settlements was continuing. Until two years ago, Abbas was negotiating with former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, while the settlements were being expanded. Some Palestinians say that the settlements became a major issue only when the U.S. and other Western governments started demanding a freeze of settlement construction. Palestinian leaders can't afford a situation where Presidents Obama and Sarkozy appear to be more Palestinian than the Palestinians.
If the settlements were really the major obstacle to peace, how come peace did not prevail when Israel destroyed all the settlements in Gaza and evicted more than 8,000 Jews from there? The major obstacle to peace is Iran and radical Muslims who want to destroy Israel, and not make peace with it. They are also threatening to kill any moderate Arab or Muslim who seeks to make peace with Israel. (Hudson Institute New York)
Until recently, the 250,000 Palestinians living in Lebanon have been legally barred from working in all but the most menial of jobs. In August, after years of heated debate, the Lebanese parliament finally passed new laws formally lifting the work restrictions on Palestinians, but Leila El-Ali, executive director of Najdeh, a Palestinian advocacy group, says the new laws will have no impact on the ground. ''All of the professions - doctors, lawyers, engineers, pharmacists, academia - will remain closed to Palestinians,'' she says.
In addition, she noted, "We see political parties such as Hizbullah use the plight of Palestinians as a way to attract supporters. But when the law granting us working rights came before the parliament, Hizbullah could not bring themselves to vote in favor of the bill.'' (Sydney Morning Herald-Australia)
How the Changing Nature of Threats to Israel Affects Vital Security Arrangements - Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland (Institute for Contemporary Affairs-Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
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