MIDDLE EAST & ASIA
- FRANCE ANNOUNCES GLOBAL SUMMIT ON ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN PEACE
- April 22, 2016 - Worthy News - World News - (Worthy News)
- France will host a meeting of ministers from 20 countries on
May 30 to try and relaunch the
- Israel-Palestinian peace process, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc
Ayrault announced on Thursday. He told the international press,
however, that Israel and the Palestinian officials would not
be invited to the meeting, which will take place in Paris.
- Ayrault said the aim was to prepare an international summit
in the second half of 2016, which would include the Israeli and
Palestinian leaders. The two sides are further apart than
ever, he admitted. But he said: There is no other
solution to the
- conflict than establishing two states, one Israeli and the
other Palestinian, living side by side in peace and
- safety with Jerusalem as a shared capital. [ ... Read More
- THE ONCE CELEBRATED ALA STANDING OVATIONS IN CONGRESS FOR
A JOB WELL DONE: EHUD OLMERT, FORMER PM OF ISRAEL, GOES TO PRISON
- Before entering Maasiyahu for 19 months, Israels
first ex-premier to go to jail proclaims his innocence
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert at the courtroom of the Magistrates
Court in Jerusalem, February 2, 2016. (Gili Yohanan/POOL)
Ahead of departure for prison, Olmert denies he took bribes.
Ehud Olmert was once described by pundits as probably the
best politician Israel had ever produced, but the debonair
ex-premier who began a prison term for corruption on Monday has
seen a humiliating fall from grace. Olmert, 70, became Israels
first ex-prime minister to serve jail time when he walked into
the Maasiyahu prison in the central city of Ramle for the
19-month term. Once known for relaunching peace efforts with
the Palestinians while prime minister between 2006-2009, Olmert
is now likely to be remembered for allegations that led one judge
to speak of corrupt and filthy practices.
- ISRAELI CABINET TO MEET AT GOLAN HEIGHTS TO UNDERLINE LAND
THAT WON'T BE RELINQUISHED
- Ministers to convene on Sunday in first ever session on the
strategic ridge, amid reports that world deal for
- Syria will demand Israel return the territory
THE POOP, LABOR ZIONISM, RADICAL ISLAM AND BARRY CHAMISH
- CLINTON EMAILS REVEAL BARAGE OF ANTI-ISRAEL COUNSEL
The 2016 race for the U.S presidency is on in earnest and one
of the key issues that candidates tend to focus on is the incessant
Mid-East crisis. Given the notable political influence of American
Jews and the general support from evangelical Christians for
Israels right to exist, presidential candidates try hard to woo
this significant voting bloc.
Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=123#64kqeukVyo7Sk4yG.99
- OBAMA OPPOSES NEW PRO-ISRAEL MEASURES
In a rare statement President Obama has announced that he will
not follow newly passed measures aimed at boosting the Israeli
economy and strengthening ties between the United States and
the Jewish state. Adam Kredo for the freebeacon.com recently
reported on this ominous sign that indicates how the U.S will
relate to Israel in the remaining days of President Obama's term
in office, and potentially beyond that in the event that Hillary
Clinton wins the 2016 U.S. Presidential race. Hillary is known
to have held similar views.
- Obama reportedly stated that although he would sign the new
trade resolution, portions of which focus on combating economic
boycotts of Israel, he would not enforce certain pro-Israel provisions
that order the United States to stop partnering with countries
that support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement,
or BDS, which aims to isolate Israel. The president's rejection
of these provisions comes two weeks after the White House issued
a separate statement expressing support for every provision of
the trade bill except for those focusing on strengthening the
U.S.-Israel relationship. Cont'd http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=260
- WHO IS BERNIE SANDERS?
- Before he achieved political office, Bernie Sanders never
had a steady paycheck in the first four decades of his life.
Now, he aspires to the highest office in the land where he could
play a decisive role in shaping the circumstances under which
the rest of us work and receive (when we can) our paychecks.
It is a sobering record, as Investors Business Daily explains
His family managed to send him to the University of Chicago.
Despite a prestigious degree, however, Sanders failed to earn
a living, even as an adult. It took him 40 years to collect his
first steady paycheck and it was a government check.
I never had any money my entire life, Sanders told
Vermont public TV in 1985, after settling into his first real
job as mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Sanders spent most of his
life as an angry radical and agitator who never accomplished
much of anything. And yet now he thinks he deserves the power
to run your life and your finances We will raise
taxes; he confirmed Monday, yes, we will.
One of his first jobs was registering people for food stamps,
and it was all downhill from there.
Sanders took his first bride to live in a maple sugar shack with
a dirt floor, and she soon left him. Penniless, he went on unemployment.
Then he had a child out of wedlock. Desperate, he tried carpentry
but could barely sink a nail. He was a shi**y carpenter,
a friend told Politico Magazine. His carpentry was not
going to support him, and didnt.
Then he tried his hand freelancing for leftist rags, writing
about masturbation and rape and other crudities for
$50 a story. He drove around in a rusted-out, Bondo-covered VW
bug with no working windshield wipers. Friends said he was always
poor and his electricity was turned off a lot.
They described him as a slob who kept a messy apartment
and this is what his friends had to say about him.
The only thing he was good at was talking
about socialism and how the rich were ripping everybody off.
The whole quality of life in America is based on greed,
the bitter layabout said. I believe in the redistribution
of wealth in this nation. So he tried politics, starting
his own socialist party. Four times he ran for Vermont public
office, and four times he lost badly. He never attracted
more than single-digit support even in the Peoples
Republic of Vermont. In his 1971 bid for U.S. Senate, the local
press said the 30-year-old Sanders describes himself as
a carpenter who has worked with disturbed children.
In other words, a real winner. He finally wormed his way
into the Senate in 2006, where he still ranks as one of the poorest
members of Congress. Save for a municipal pension, Sanders lists
no assets in his name.
Well, at least he hasnt pulled a Clinton and enriched himself
via influence-peddling. But it is quite clear that envy is a
deep part of his psychology. That has become the source of focus
in his life, something that obviously was lacking until he got
into politics. Now I ask you... Can a man who was unable to earn
a decent living, unable to keep himself in orderly environment,
without political office really be the chief executive of the
United States Government?
Think about it...
- AMERICAN REFORM RABBIS WARN OF ALIENATION FROM ISRAEL
In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, American and Israeli
Reform rabbis pray in the Western Wall, the holiest site where
Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city. A recent gathering of
American Reform rabbis in Jerusalem was meant to celebrate the
small gains the liberal Jewish movement has made in Israel in
recent years. But a series of comments by Israeli leaders denigrating
the group marred the event, reflecting an awkward relationship
that many fear is alienating the worlds second-largest
Jewish community from Israel. (AP Photo - Sebastian Scheiner)
By TIA GOLDENBERG - Associated Press - March 01, 2016
JERUSALEM (AP) A recent gathering of American Reform rabbis
in Jerusalem was meant to celebrate the small gains the liberal
Jewish movement has made in Israel in recent years. But a series
of comments by Israeli officials denigrating the group marred
the event, reflecting an awkward relationship that many fear
is alienating the world's second-largest Jewish community from
Israel. The Reform Movement is the largest stream of Judaism
in the United States, claiming to represent 1.5 million people,
and its members provide a key source of financial support and
political advocacy for Israel. But the movement is marginal in
Israel, where religious affairs are dominated by the Orthodox
rabbinical establishment. Israeli lawmakers, both secular and
ultra-Orthodox, have repeatedly disparaged the group, questioning
their Judaism and accusing them of promoting Jewish assimilation.
"How do you ask Jews around the world to support Israel
politically, economically, socially ... and at the same time
you have these ministers who say to our people 'you're not really
Jewish' or 'you don't have a place here in Israel?' That incongruity
is a real problem for us," said Rabbi Steven Fox, the chief
executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, which
held its septennial convention in Israel last week. The group
represents 2,000 rabbis.
- DOZENS OF ORTHODOX RABBIS CALL FOR ACCEPTING GAY CONGREGANTS
- Beit Hillel organization publishes edict declaring homosexuals
can fulfill community duties, should not be excluded. Israelis
participating in the annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem, Sept.
18, 2014. Dozens of Israeli Orthodox rabbis have signed a religious
edict urging religious communities to accept gay members without
prejudice and ruling that homosexuals can fulfill the same community
duties as their heterosexual peers. The Beit Hillel organization,
a Modern Orthodox rabbinic group comprising 200 men and women
that promotes inclusiveness in Orthodox Judaism, published the
letter on Sunday night during a seminar in Ra'anana. In the document
the rabbis stressed that there is no reason in halacha' the Jewish
code of regulations for daily life' to exclude homosexuals. "Even
though the forbidden relations cannot be permitted, there's room
to be lenient in the approach to social inclusion and to accept
them into the community," the letter said, where they can
"serve as prayer leaders in the synagogue and carry out
all public functions."
- "The matter of single sex [relationships] has resulted
in confusion among many members of our community," began
the letter, which declared that its aim was to "dispel doubts"
and lay down "an integrated path between religious law and
loving-kindness and peace." During the six months it took
to compose the edict, the authors were in consultation with representatives
of the gay community. The event was also attended by the parents
of Shira Banki, a 16-year-old girl who was stabbed to death during
the 2015 gay pride parade in Jerusalem by Yishai Schlissel, an
ultra-Orthodox man who had just been released from jail for stabbing
and injuring someone at a previous gay pride parade in the capital.
- PEACE ALLIANCE SEEKS TO MOVE BEYOND SHARING A PLATE OF HUMMUS
- With aid of umbrella
network, eclectic group of Palestinian and Israeli NGOs meets
to form a stronger union that's serious about peace-building.
- [...] Two years ago, her mixed Arab-Jewish
team, against the odds and facing a wall of pessimism, took home
the trophy for the women's Israeli under-19 basket championship.
Today, the young peace activist is facing two challenges. First,
the wave of violence has led some of her Palestinian friends
to slam her for meeting her Jewish friends. "They say we
are betraying and forgetting our people. But violence is not
getting us anywhere except for more violence and more deaths,"
- "They say we are betraying
and forgetting our people. But violence is not getting us anywhere
except for more violence and more deaths" "Violence,"
she added, "is the easy way. We are taking the long and
hard way to making things better for everyone."
- The second challenge she is facing
today is the fact that most of her Jewish friends are now in
the Israeli army. Some of her Arab friends say her Jewish comrades,
with whom she still meets with when they are out of uniform,
will turn on her in the army and start to hate Palestinians.Even
if her friends' values do shift in the army, Alma believes their
time together has permanently altered their mentality toward
Palestinians. "I would prefer someone from Peace Players
standing at a checkpoint than someone that has never met Palestinians.
They are going to treat us like people," she said.
- More than 'hummus peace-making'
- Joel Braunold, the executive director of ALLMEP, said the
conference had one overarching message: to strip the image of
these NGOs simply making 'nice.' "This stuff really matters
to people's lives," he said. To become a member of the alliance,
the NGOs have to sign an agreement saying they are committed
to changing the status quo. In return, the members are represented
by ALLMEP's lobbyists in Washington. Much of the grant money
for such NGOs in the West Bank, Gaza and Israel comes from the
US AID Conflict Management and Mitigation Program (CMM), which
is reevaluated every year by Congress, as well as from EU grants.
- This year, in a testament to ALLMEP's
work, Congress allotted $10 million for CMM grants for Israeli-Palestinian
coexistence NGOs. This is the largest chunk from the total $26
million the US government set aside for global conflicts.
- Braunold expected that around a third
of the groups coming to Jerusalem would be from the West Bank.
It seemed, though, that Arabs were in the majority. Huda Abuarquob,
an on-the-ground regional director of ALLMEP and former English
teacher from the West Bank town of Dura, described not serious
peace-making endeavors as 'hummus dialogue.' Whole story: Continued:
- THE END OF ISRAELI DEMOCRACY?
- By Haviv Rettig Gur - In the cacophony of grandstanding over
Israelis' endangered liberties, one of the most profound debates
in the country's history is being missed.
In a recent op-ed in the Forward, Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the
left-leaning US-based New Israel Fund, laid out his widely shared
aspiration to rehabilitate the Israeli left from afar by flooding
it with cash. The attacks on civil society and other democratic
institutions continue from year to year, he wrote, with
some right-wing victories such as passage of the boycott law
[which allows civil suits to be brought against West Bank settlement
boycotts], and some defeats at the hands of Israels underestimated
and underfunded left.
Sokatch retold the narrative now commonly accepted overseas that
sees Israeli democracy in decline, if not in full-blown collapse,
as once-victorious Israeli progressives are pushed back in the
face of a surging chauvinist right.
The evidence most often cited for this purported decline in Israeli
liberty is the raft of right-wing bills proposed in recent years
in the Knesset, including the boycott law mentioned by Sokatch.
Do the bills in question the NGO bill, the MK suspension
bill, etc. prove that there is an assault on Israeli democracy?
And is this assault, as Sokatch claims, held back by the heroic
efforts of an underestimated and underfunded left?
A similar question might be asked of the rightist versions of
the nation-state bill that drew so much opprobrium
in 2013 and 2014, the ones that contained much-criticized stipulations
demoting the de facto status of Arabic as an official language
and granting West Bank settlements constitutional protections.
Where did they go?
The answer would surprise many who have opined on these bills
in recent years. For it wasnt the left that stopped Akuniss
bill. How could it have? The bill never made it to a vote in
the Knesset where left-wing lawmakers might have had the opportunity
to take a stand. It was killed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
and fellow coalition leaders, and not in any dramatic parliamentary
showdown. It was simply excluded from the agenda because it lacked
the minimum support it would have needed to even hazard a vote.
The story is much the same with the two nation-state bills, but
this time the lefts haplessness is shown by the fact that
the bills did make it to a plenum vote where they passed.
They did not become law, to be sure. They only passed a preliminary
vote, and only after Netanyahu struck a compromise with their
authors, including three currently serving cabinet ministers
(Shaked, Zeev Elkin and Yariv Levin), that saw the bills
killed after the vote. Under this compromise, the authors were
handed the symbolic victory of a successful vote on the condition
that they then cancel their bills in favor of a more liberal
Netanyahu-proposed version, one which described Israel as equally
Jewish and democratic, left out any demotion
of Arabics status and avoided the settlement question altogether.
- PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU TRIED TO MUSTER VOTES AND FAILED
- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (flanked by ministers Miri
Regev and Yisrael Katz) in the Knesset on February 8, 2016.
- In these votes, the left had a rare opportunity to embarrass
not only the bills far-right proponents, but the prime
minister himself. It tried to muster the votes and failed.
They were formally canceled in a vote inside the Netanyahu cabinet,
on Netanyahus express instructions.
The point of this into-the-weeds journey into the fate of those
bills is simple: it is the right, not the left, that is holding
back the proverbial tide.
And these are not cherry-picked examples. The list of right-wing
bills defeated by the right is a long one. A bill proposed by
the Yisrael Beytenu party that would have instituted a death
penalty for terrorists surely an easy win in terror-afflicted
Israel was defeated 94-6 (yes, 94 to 6) in a July 2015
Knesset vote. Even in its most indelicate fantasies the underestimated
left cannot hope to summon 94 votes in the 120-seat Knesset.
Ironically, Sokatchs own example of the controversial 2011
boycott law, which made the singling out of West
Bank settlements a legally actionable act of discrimination under
Israels anti-discrimination laws, undermines the narrative
just as comprehensively. Foreign pundits often point to it to
sustain the democracy-in-decline argument, if only because there
are so few other examples of the successful passage of a distinctly
right-wing law in seven years of emphatically right-wing rule.
Yet the boycott law was so defanged by the time it actually passed,
with criminal sanctions excised from the final version and a
high bar set for proving even civil damages, that it has yet
to be enforced. It is worth dwelling on that point for a moment:
five years after its passage, the boycott law has not even been
tested in court and not for lack of Israelis who say they
wont conduct commerce with settlements.
And even after the teeth were pulled from this controversial
bill, Netanyahu himself still refused to support it in the final
July 2011 Knesset vote that made it law, pointedly absenting
himself from the plenum (together with then-defense minister
- DOZENS OF ORTHODOX RABBIS CALL FOR ACCEPTING GAY CONGREGANTS
US REJECTS NETANYAHU'S PLEDGE
TO HOLD UNTO GOLAN FOREVER
After Germany, Arab League speak out, State Department says Washington
maintains Heights are not part of Israel; Cruz backs PM
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks on the phone during
a weekly cabinet meeting held on the Golan Heights, April 17,
2016. (Moav Vardi) Newsroom. The United States on Monday objected
to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's assertion that the Golan
Heights will forever remain under Israeli control, reiterating
that it does not recognize the Jewish state's claims to the strategic
US State Department spokesman John Kirby said that the Obama
administration does not consider the Golan Heights to be part
"The US position on the issue is unchanged," Kirby
said at a daily media briefing at the State Department in Washington.
"This position was maintained by both Democratic and Republican
administrations. Those territories are not part of Israel and
the status of those territories should be determined through
negotiations." Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the
1967 war and effectively annexed it in 1981. The move was unanimously
rejected the same year by the UN Security Council. http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-rejects-netanyahu's-pledge-to-hold-onto-golan-forever
- DEMOCRATIC SENATORS:
OBAMA 'MISCHARACTERIZED' TRADE BILL OVER SETTLEMENTS
- After president signs law defending Israel from BDS, but
vows not to enforce settlements clauses, six Dems urge him to
implement it 'as intended.
- By Eric Cortellessa - February 26, 2016 - WASHINGTON "Six
Democratic senators said President Barack Obama 'mischaracterized'
language in a recent trade bill that requires US non-cooperation
with and regular reporting on entities that engage in Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) efforts against Israel."
signed the wide-ranging bill Wednesday, but said in a statement
he will not apply portions of the bill that extend anti-BDS protections
to West Bank settlements, reiterating his position that 'conflating
Israel and 'Israeli-controlled territories' [is] contrary
to longstanding bipartisan United States policy." Obama
further said that 'consistent with longstanding constitutional
practice,' his administration would negotiate with other countries
under the law' in a manner that does not interfere with my constitutional
authority to conduct diplomacy," language used in signing
statements to signal that a president will not apply a part of
a law that does not comport with US foreign policy. Responding
to the president's statement, the group of Democratic senators
said that, despite the bill's language lumping together Israel
proper with the territories, it is does not make a 'US policy
statement about Israeli settlements' and they urged the administration
to 'implement these provisions as enacted and intended.'
- HYBRID IDENTITY NO CONTRADICTION FOR JEWISH MORMONS
- [Ednote: It is extremely rare that you will find a Jewish
Mormon even though Mormons believe they are two of the tribes:
Ephraim and Manessa. Mormons practice Freemasonry in the Temples
and their doctrine lines up with the Old Testament to a point
and still use the Aaronic Priesthood which God ended with Jesus
Christ who is the only Melchisedek Priest. In Mormonism every
male Temple Mormon is a Melchisedek Priest which is blasphemy.
They believe they are going to be gods when God states that there
is only one God. ]
- By: Uriel Heilman - February 28, 2016 - There is hardly a
Mormon congregation between Boston and DC without Jewish individuals
who have converted to the church, says Mormon Elder. SALT LAKE
CITY (JTA) Phyllis Miller' s experience growing up in Southern
California wasn't much different from that of many American Jews.
The product of an intermarriage ' her mother wasn't Jewish but
later converted Miller's family attended synagogue occasionally,
kept the kids home from school on the High Holidays and ate matzah
on Passover. But Miller's religious life took an unusual turn
in her high school years in San Diego, when she embraced the
Mormon church.After a year of resistance from her parents, she
was baptized at age 16 in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints. She later moved to Utah, enrolled in Brigham Young University,
married a Mormon and raised six kids as Latter-day Saints, or
- For decades afterward, Miller felt part of her identity was
missing. So about 20 years ago, she started celebrating Hanukkah
again. Later she found her way to a synagogue seder. These days
Miller, 55, often wears her Star of David necklace and every
six months she attends the semiannual gathering of B'nai Shalom,
a Jewish Mormon group that holds events in this city on the eve
of the twice-yearly LDS general conferences. Make no mistake,
however: Miller is still Mormon. She just celebrates her Jewishness,
too. "I feel like I just added on to my faith". "I
still consider myself Jewish", said Miller, whose grandfather
was Larry Fine, one of The Three Stooges. "I feel like I
just added on to my faith." Miller is among at least hundreds
of Jews across North America who have converted to Mormonism
yet still practice some Jewish traditions and identify as Jewish.
They see no contradiction between the two.
- "Being Jewish is my heritage," Miller said. "It's
not like you can just get rid of it." The numbers of Jewish
Mormons are difficult to estimate. The B'nai Shalom LDS &
Jewish Facebook group has about 450 members. Some 200-400 people
usually show up to the group's March and September gatherings,
which typically include a potluck dinner with traditional Jewish
foods, a lecture, Jewish music and dancing and plenty of schmoozing.Victor
Ludlow, a longtime religion professor at BYU who helped launch
the Mormon university's Near Eastern and Jewish studies programs
in the 1970s, and has served two five-year terms as an LDS bishop,
says the Mormon church smiles upon hybrid Jewish-Mormon identities.
Jewish rituals such as Hanukkah lightings and Passover seders
are seen as positive cultural rather than religious traditions'
as long as the practitioners still believe in Jesus and the Book
WE MUST TELL THE WORLD OF THE TRUE MOTIVES OF THE BDS MOVEMENT
- By Jonathan A. Greenblatt - March 9, 2016 - Political movements
often depend on spoken or unspoken hatred to perpetuate themselves.
- Often, however, they can use ambiguity to mask these motives
and appeal to a broader audience. Yet sometimes, when haters
show their true colors, onlookers and fellow travelers can see
through ambiguities to the unsavory aims of the causes that theyve
lent their support to.
- The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against
the State of Israel is undoubtedly spreading on US campuses,
in mainstream Protestant circles, and in universities and unions
in Europe. One element explaining the growth of BDS is the frustration
with the stalemate that has taken hold between the Israelis and
Palestinians. It is understandable that in the face of diplomatic
deadlock, movements that promise easy solutions and simplistic
narratives gain steam. Indeed, the belief that Israel, as the
occupier and stronger party, needs to act, combined with the
appeal of an ostensibly non-violent movement like BD 'one
that worked so well to bring an end to the apartheid regime in
South Africa' makes for a compelling case for action.
Yet, any serious observer would admit that the apartheid analogy
is flawed to its core. The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians
is not an issue purely demarcated along racial lines. It is a
national conflict between two peoples, a conflict for which each
side bears responsibilities. http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/03/09/we-must-tell-the-world-of-the-true-motives-of-the-bds-movement/
- NETANYAHU SAID WORRIED OBAMA MAY GO AGAINST ISRAEL AS TERM
- etanyahu said worried Obama may go against Israel as term
Top minister dismisses Army Radio report, which comes hours after
similar claims by Channel 2 were denied by the State Department
By Times of Israel staff - February 7, 2016 - Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu is worried that the Obama administration will
use its final weeks in office to back UN Security Council decisions
and other measures detrimental to Israel, Army Radio reported
Netanyahu has therefore been trying to persuade his ministerial
colleagues to approve a series of measures to boost the West
Bank economy and show Israels commitment to improving the
Palestinians lives, but has been stymied by opposition
in the security cabinet by ministers including Naftali Bennett,
Ayelet Shaked and Zeev Elkin, the report said.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan of the prime ministers
Likud party told the radio station Sunday morning, however, that
he did not believe the Obama administration would back or fail
to veto UN resolutions supporting Palestinian statehood or similar
measures to impose terms. Its inconceivable that
President Obama has any such intention, said Erdan, given
that he and his administration emphasize that the solution to
the conflict requires direct negotiations and compromise between
the two sides themselves.
Erdan also said he would personally back measures to improve
the quality of life for the Palestinians in the territories,
and that he believed Netanyahu would be able to secure majority
support in the security cabinet, of which he is a member, for
such measures if and when needed.
- PRESIDENT NOW SAID TO BELIEVE THAT THE MIDDLE EAST CANNOT
'BE FIXED - NOT ON HIS WATCH, AND NOT FOR A GENERATION TO COME'
- Obama sees Netanyahu as most disappointing of all Mideast
leaders - report: The Atlantic: Israeli PM is in his own
category when it comes to those who frustrate US president;
article cites condescending lecture by PM, asserts
that Obama sees Netanyahu as too fearful and politically
paralyzed to secure two-state solution.
By Times of Israel staff March 10, 2016 - Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu is in his own category when it comes to
the Middle East leaders who have most deeply disappointed President
Barack Obama, according to a major overview of the Obama presidency,
featuring numerous interviews with the president, published online
Thursday by The Atlantic. In the piece, headlined The Obama
Doctrine, writer Jeffrey Goldberg goes to great lengths
to trace the presidents growing disillusionment, over the
course of his presidency, with the possibility of changing the
region for the better. Some of his deepest disappointments
concern Middle Eastern leaders themselves, Goldberg writes.
Of these, Benjamin Netanyahu is in his own category.
According to Goldberg, Obama has long believed that Netanyahu
could bring about a two-state solution that would protect Israels
status as a Jewish-majority democracy, but is too fearful and
politically paralyzed to do so. To illustrate Obamas
impatience with Netanyahu, one of several Middle Eastern leaders
said to have questioned the presidents understanding of
the region, Goldberg relates an incident during an undated Obama-Netanyahu
meeting, at which the Israeli prime minister launched into
something of a lecture about the dangers of the brutal region
in which he lives. http://www.timesofisrael.com/obama-sees-netanyahu-as-most-disappointing-of-all-mideast-leaders-report/
ABBAS REPORTEDLY TURNS DOWN VISITING BIDEN'S PEACE PLAN
By Times of Israel staff March 10, 2016 - Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly turned down a peace initiative
put forward by US Vice President Joe Biden in Ramallah on Wednesday.
The deal offered a settlement construction freeze and a Palestinian
capital in East Jerusalem in exchange for recognition of Israel
as a Jewish state and the relinquishment of Palestinian rights
to return to live in Israel, Palestinian newspaper Al Quds reported.
The idea was floated on Tuesday by White House officials who
told The Wall Street Journal that President Barack Obama, who
leaves office in less than year, wanted to bequeath more promising
ground to his successor by announcing an initiative of some kind
to push the moribund peace process forward. One of the ideas
on the table was the one Biden reportedly proposed to Abbas.
The last US-backed effort to kick-start the peace process broke
down in 2014.
Bidens push came as the French Foreign Ministrys
special envoy Pierre Vimont was making preparations to visit
Jerusalem and Ramallah on March 13. The French are pushing an
international peace conference aimed at bringing the two sides
together this summer.
- SAUDI NUCLEAR WEAPONS DELIVERED FROM PAKISTAN
Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects,
and international watchdogs believe it has already obtained atomic
Dan Eden for viewzone.
[ON THE WEBSITE]: The Saudi Arabian ballistic missile site where
nuclear warheads from Pakistan will sooon be positioned.]
The state of Israel, which has a healthy stockpile of its own
nuclear weapons (over 200), is constantly instigating accusations
that Iran's nuclear energy program is actually an effort to build
nuclear weapons which they will use to destroy Israel. The Israelis
often mis-quote a speech given by ex-president Ahmadinejad in
which he foresaw the demise of the current Zionist regime, claiming
it proves Iran's intent to destroy Israel as a country. Even
today, Israeli president Netanyahu clamors for everything from
more sanctions to outright invasion and war with Iran because
of their suspected nuclear intentions. http://www.viewzone.com/bandarnukes.html
- OBAMA ADMINISTRATION: U.N. RESOLUTION TO DIVIDE ISRAEL IS
BACK IN PLAY
According to the Wall Street Journal, the White House is considering
drastic measures to reboot the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Among those measures is a UN Security Council resolution that
would set the parameters for a two state solution and that would
recognize East Jerusalem as the official capital of a Palestinian
state. If Barack Obama makes this move, it will almost certainly
be before the election in November. http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=181
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