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« Reply #300 on: February 22, 2013, 10:06:46 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/israeli-forces-palestinians-clash-throughout-west-bank-135638177.html

2/22/13

Israeli forces, Palestinians clash throughout West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian protesters throughout the occupied West Bank on Friday, capping a week of violence amid a hunger strike by four Palestinians in Israeli jails.
 
Tension and anticipation is rising in the West Bank a month before U.S. President Barack Obama is due to visit Jerusalem and Ramallah, though he has announced no concrete plans to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks stalled for three years.
 
From the precincts of Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque, both one of Islam's holiest sites and revered by Jews as the site of their Biblical temple, youths threw stones at Israeli police after Friday prayers.
 
Dozens of Israeli officers briefly entered the politically sensitive compound. Witnesses said officers fired tear gas and threw percussion grenades at the demonstrators as bystanders and elderly worshippers ran for cover.
 
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« Reply #301 on: February 24, 2013, 04:56:29 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/jewish-settlers-palestinians-clash-west-bank-132532723.html

2/23/13

Jewish settlers, Palestinians clash in West Bank

JERUSALEM (AP) — Clashes erupted Saturday in the West Bank where Jewish settlers shot two Palestinian demonstrators in the northern village of Kusra, an Israeli military official and Palestinian residents said.
 
The clashes reflected mounting friction in the West Bank, where Palestinians have faced off against Israeli troops in recent weeks in a series of large demonstrations protesting Israel's control of the territory in general and in solidarity of four hunger-striking prisoners in Israeli jails.
 
Also Saturday, a Palestinian prisoner died in an Israeli jail, an event that is likely to intensify tension in the area.
 
In the West Bank skirmish, Helmi Abdul-Aziz, 24, was shot in the stomach by Jewish settlers, Palestinian demonstrators said. They said Jewish settlers also shot 14-year-old Mustafa Hilal in the foot.

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« Reply #302 on: February 26, 2013, 08:47:49 pm »

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/26/us-palestinians-israel-gaza-idUSBRE91P04420130226

2/26/13

Rocket explodes in Israel, first attack from Gaza since November truce

(Reuters) - A rocket fired from Gaza exploded in Israel on Tuesday, the first such attack since a November truce, and a militant group said it launched the strike to retaliate for the death of a Palestinian in an Israeli jail.

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a militant group in Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's West Bank-based Fatah movement, called the rocket a "first response" to inmate Arafat Jaradat's death in disputed circumstances on Saturday.

"We must resist our enemy by all available means," the group said in a statement emailed to reporters. "We stress our commitment to armed struggle against the Zionist enemy."

Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, said it was investigating the attack, which caused no casualties and followed a surge in West Bank protests since Jaradat's death and intermittent hunger strikes by four other prisoners.

The rocket hit a road near the southern city of Ashkelon, police said. Israel responded by closing the Kerem Shalom border crossing through which produce and other goods are moved into the Gaza Strip, but it took no immediate military action.

The rocket was the first to hit Israel since a November 21 truce brokered by Egypt that ended eight days of cross-border air strikes and missile attacks in which 175 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed.

In addition to the fire from Gaza, a surge of unrest in the occupied West Bank has raised fears in Israel of a new Palestinian Intifada, or uprising.

Abbas accused Israel of inciting the unrest but urged calm.

"We did not want things to go as far as they have. We do not want tension or any escalation," Abbas said in the West Bank, in his second appeal in as many days to tamp down the violence.

TORTURE ALLEGATIONS

On Monday, thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank turned out for the funeral of Jaradat, 30, who died a week after his arrest for throwing stones at Israeli vehicles.

Palestinian officials said he had died after being tortured in prison. But Israel said an autopsy carried out in the presence of a Palestinian coroner was inconclusive.

In confrontations after the emotive funeral, Israeli police shot and wounded five Palestinian youths in Bethlehem and outside a West Bank prison, leaving a 15-year-old boy with a critical head injury, Israeli and Palestinian medics said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman, commenting on the incident, said troops had opened fire at Palestinians who threw homemade hand grenades at a Jewish holy site called Rachel's Tomb.

Before the rocket attack from Gaza, media reports said Israeli officials had hoped the Palestinian protests were winding down.

Palestinian frustration has also been fuelled by Israel's expansion of Jewish settlements in territory captured in a 1967 war and deadlocked diplomacy for a peace agreement since 2010.

The U.S. State Department said American diplomats have contacted Israeli and Palestinian leaders to appeal for calm.

The United Nations coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Robert Serry, called Tuesday's rocket fire "totally unacceptable" and urged an investigation into Jaradat's death.

(Additional reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza; Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Jeffrey Heller)

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« Reply #303 on: February 27, 2013, 10:53:58 am »

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/23695/Default.aspx?ref=newsletter-20130225

2/25/13

Palestinians warn Obama over Temple Mount visit

Palestinian political and religious figures over the weekend warned US President Barack Obama that he should probably avoid ascending Jerusalem's Temple Mount during his upcoming visit to Israel, but provided a list of instructions should he go ahead with a stop at the contentious holy site.

The White House has not said a word of Obama going to the Temple Mount during next month's visit, but Palestinian leaders are fairly certain the American leader will want to do so. If that is the case, Obama better follow the Muslims' rules, they said.

First of all, Palestinian Authority (PA) official in charge of Jerusalem affairs, Hatem Abdel Qader, said Obama must not coordinate any Temple Mount visit with the Israeli authorities, but must rather approach either the PA or Jordan for permission.

Further to that, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, head of the Waqf Islamic Trust that oversees the Temple Mount, insisted that Obama must enter the compound via the Lion's Gate, which has Muslim guards, rather than the Mughrabi Gate (near the Western Wall), which is guarded by Israeli police.

In this way, Sabri said the "Muslim sovereignty" over the Temple Mount will be preserved. Sabri also cautioned Obama not to bring any Israeli officials with him to what is in reality Judaism's most holy site.

At an event with Sabri, Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, said that should Obama follow all these rules, he will be welcome at the Al Aqsa Mosque that currently occupies the Temple Mount.

"The US president is likely to visit the Aqsa Mosque, but we should affirm that our position towards such situation will be in conformity with the constants of the Muslim and Arab nations, and the Palestinian people as well as with the issue of Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque," said Salah.

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« Reply #304 on: February 27, 2013, 02:55:28 pm »

Yeah, that's the ultimate sticky situation politically.

If Obama were to abide by Islamic demands and visits that mosque on the Mount, that would be a huge recognition of the "Palestinian state", and a direct insult to Israel and Judaism all in one.

I don't see how he can politically make such a visit without offending one side or the other.

With the approval of Hagel, and others, it looks like he just might make that visit anyway.
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« Reply #305 on: February 28, 2013, 12:06:00 pm »

Palestinians Advise Obama Temple Mount Visit

The Palestinian Authority and Muslim religious leaders want President Obama to coordinate any visit to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City with Palestinian or Jordanian officials and not through Israel, reports are saying. 

Though it's not clear Obama plans to visit the Temple Mount, they want Muslims and not Jews to be perceived as in charge of the site.

The Temple Mount that now hosts the Dome of the Rock and al-Aksa Mosque is the site of the First and Second Jewish Temples, destroyed in 585 BC and 70 AD, respectively.

Since Israel re-united Jerusalem under its sovereignty in 1967, the nation has maintained overall security control on the contested site while allowing the Islamic religious authorities to handle religious affairs there.

Muslim Prayer Only

Neither Jews nor Christians are allowed to pray on the Temple Mount. And many Arab and Muslim leaders deny any Jewish connection to it.

In July 2008, then-Sen. Obama visited the Western Wall as a candidate for president, where he prayed at Judaism's holiest site.

Political and religious leaders agreed it would be better for the president not to visit the Temple Mount, though they anticipate he may want to, Israel Today reported earlier this week.

But Palestinian and Muslim religious leaders are offering suggestions to President Obama during his upcoming visit to Israel.

According to the report, the P.A. minister of Jerusalem affairs, Hatem Abdel Qadar, advised Obama to confirm his visit with the Palestinian Authority or Jordan, not with Israeli officials, though Israel is responsible for security on the Temple Mount.

Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, head of the Waqf, the Islamic trust overseeing the day-to-day administration of the area, suggested the president enter through the Lion's Gate used by Muslims rather than the Mughrabi Gate, the only entrance used by non-Muslim visitors, which is staffed by Israeli security personnel. Israel Police also enter the Temple Mount via the Mughrabi Gate when it's necessary to restore calm there.

Sabri said using the Lion's Gate will help affirm Muslim control over the Temple Mount. He also advised Obama not to bring any Israelis with him.

Welcome to Enter al-Aksa Mosque

Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, said the president would be welcome to enter the al-Aksa mosque on the Temple Mount. Salah has served prison time in the past for incitement to violence against the State of Israel. 

"The U.S. president is likely to visit the Aksa mosque, but we should affirm our position… with the constants of the Muslim and Arab nations and the Palestinian people as well as with the issue of Jerusalem and the Aksa mosque," the report quoted Salah.

A tentative itinerary for Obama's first visit to Israel as president did not include the Temple Mount, though it does include visits to Mount Herzl, Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum, the Israel Museum, and the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed.

From 1948-1967 the area was under Jordanian rule. After destroying all the synagogues in the Old City's Jewish Quarter, the Jordanians forbad Jews to pray at the Western Wall, the only remaining vestige of the First and Second Temples, which served as a retaining wall during Temple times. The area was strewn with rubble and garbage.

The 1967 Six Day War ended the Jordanian occupation of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and reunited Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty.

Israel allowed the Waqf to continue religious administrative tasks on the Temple Mount, while retaining security control over the area.

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/insideisrael/2013/February/Palestinians-Advise-Obama-Temple-Mount-Visit/
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« Reply #306 on: February 28, 2013, 02:34:32 pm »

Wait, what?...

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Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, head of the Waqf, the Islamic trust overseeing the day-to-day administration of the area, suggested the president enter through the Lion's Gate used by Muslims rather than the Mughrabi Gate, the only entrance used by non-Muslim visitors, which is staffed by Israeli security personnel. Israel Police also enter the Temple Mount via the Mughrabi Gate when it's necessary to restore calm there.

I totally missed that when I first read the article. I was focused on the political fallout of the visit, and didn't pay attention to the significance of this.

Obama CLAIMS to be a Christian, right?...

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Neither Jews nor Christians are allowed to pray on the Temple Mount. And many Arab and Muslim leaders deny any Jewish connection to it.

And he's allowed to use the gate that is for Muslims only? But he's Christian isn't he? That's what he claims.

So what's really going on here? Up front, no doubt this is as much propaganda by the "Palestinians" to get more recognition as a state, and as stated, it's politically a bad move, but what is revealing is the terms set by the head of the Waqf, who has a history of stirring up violence, and who also denies the Jews have any history on the temple mount. The going operative word apparently being used in the Arab media is "alleged" temple.

Plenty of proof what some leaders in the PA and in the Islamic leadership are saying about the temple mount, etc.
http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=489&all=1

For what it's worth, it's "Palestinian Media Watch", who reports on what the Arab world is saying about Israel and Jews.
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« Reply #307 on: March 01, 2013, 09:03:10 pm »

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4351218,00.html

03/01/13
Israel may lose $500 million in US aid

After Washington fiscal talks fail, new budget crisis begins. If parties fail to reach compromise, cuts may affect foreign aid as well, including military aid for development of anti-missile batteries


WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama emerged Friday from a unsuccessful, last-minute meeting with congressional leaders declaring there was no progress on blocking what he called "dumb and arbitrary" cuts that will begin carving $85 billion of government spending by day's end.

The cuts will likely affect American citizens, but also Washington's military aid to Israel. If the crisis is not solved in a compromise reached during the 2013 fiscal year, the Jewish state stands to lose up to $760 million in security aid.

As far as the American economy is concerned, the cuts will affect the level of services, layoffs and automatic salary cuts. But the cuts may also affect US foreign aid, and Israel could gradually lose $263.5 in the coming year out of the annual military aid which amounts to more than $3 billion.

Yet while the annual military aid will continue to flow into Israel, with a 3% cut, the American aid for the development and manufacturing of the Iron Dome, Arrow and Magic Wand anti-missile batteries will be stuck as long as the US defense budget for 2013 is not approved.

The expected budget for the Iron Dome rocket interception system, which is pending approval in the US Congress, stands at $210 million for 2013 as part of the four-year Iron Dome aid package of $680 million.

Israeli envoy: Ready to carry our share of burden

Apart from Iron Dome, the Congress has been working on a special aid package of $268 million for a joint Israeli-American development of Arrow and David's Sling missiles to defend Israel on different levels against ballistic missiles. Out of this sum, $100 million are guaranteed but $168 million are now in danger.

Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren told Ynet in response, "As the United States' closest ally in the Middle East, Israel understands the difficult budget challenges the Americans are dealing with.

"We are ready to carry our share of the burden, while trying to maintain the projects which are crucial for Israel's security, like Iron Dome."

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Is that all? That's pocket change. Tell Israel to go hit up Spielberg and his buddies for the cash if Israel is so short. Roll Eyes

We got no business giving cash to other countries, not that way. All this is contractors crying they might lose some government contracts.

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See that? "...with a 3% cut".  They make it sound like the whole military budget to Israel is at risk! We are talking a measly 3 percent. That's a joke not even worth talking about.

These kinds of games they play with the public's money turns my stomach.
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« Reply #309 on: March 05, 2013, 10:51:57 am »

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/165886

Netanyahu Reportedly Mulling Ceding Land to PA

Maariv: defense establishment recommends transferring territory to PA control, as pre-Obama visit gesture.


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is considering the possibility of approving a "meaningful package of gestures" toward the Palestinian Authority in advance of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Israel this month, reports Maariv.

The newspaper said that the recommendations to cede land were handed to the Prime Minister by "the defense establishment," which also explained that the "gestures" would not endanger Netanyahu politically.

The unnamed elements within the defense establishment also reportedly said that "the gestures are of a diplomatic nature, and will create an important effect for Israel on the consciousness level, at a low price, politically and coalition-wise." In the past, the "gestures" were discussed, in part, with Quartet Middle East Envoy Tony Blair – but Netanyahu rejected them then.

One of the "gestures" is the transfer of some areas that are currently under full Israeli control (Area C) to full Arab control (Area A). These territories would include access roads to the new PA city of Rawabi and another road that leads to the Tul Karm industrial area.

Yet another suggested "gesture," according to Maariv, is the approval of zoning plans for about 10 illegal Arab outposts in Area C. Yet another "gesture" is the release of "a meaningful number" of Fatah terrorist prisoners from Israeli jails, and the transfer of light ammunition to the PA forces.
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« Reply #310 on: March 06, 2013, 04:08:48 am »

Senators Press Resolution To Expedite Bible Armageddon

A joint resolution set to be introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (SC) and Robert Menendez (NJ), a Republican and Democrat, respectively, declares U.S. support for an Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear program. The resolution, which expresses the sense of the Congress, will be supported by the thousands of delegates to the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee annual conference that will stream through the Capitol this weekend. With prominent liberal Democrats already signing on, AIPAC's lobbying heft will likely propel a bill that, in Congressional sentiment at least, commits the U.S. to active support of a potential Israeli attack that experts think could have consequences as grave as further destabilization in the region, adverse global economic consequences, and even a hardening of Iranian resolve to get a weapon. According to a copy obtained by Open Zion, the resolution, while affirming increasingly harsh sanctions, also "urges that, if the Government of Israel is compelled to take military action in self-defense, the United States Government should stand with Israel and provide diplomatic, military, and economic support to the Government of Israel in its defense of its territory, people, and existence." Tempering some fears about the bill, the authors added that the resolution shouldn't "be construed as an authorization for the use of force or a declaration of war" by the U.S. Though the caveat will surely...

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Hamas: ‘Declaration Of War’ If Obama Visits Temple Mount

Hamas is warning that if President Obama visits the Temple Mount it would be a “declaration of war” against the Islamic world.

Israel National News reports the terror group made the threat during a protest march at the religious site following riots on Friday.

Mushir al-Masri, a Hamas spokesman, called for a third intifada if Obama visits the contested religious site in Jerusalem’s Old City between Israelis and Muslims.

Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovich believes the warning will lead to violence flaring up in the region ahead of the president’s visit.

“The Palestinians have not said the final word yet and we expect that there will be attempts to take advantage of the upcomingevents, like the visit by Barack Obama, in order to continue the violence,” Aharonovich told Israel National News.

White House officials have said Obama doesn’t plan on visiting the Temple Mount during his trip.

Both Israelis and Muslims have claimed sovereignty over the Temple Mount since Israel liberated the site during the 1967 Six-Day War. Israel left the Waqf in charge of the compound.

Obama met with about 10 leaders of Arab American groups on Monday, encouraging the president to deliver a message of hope to the Palestinian people.

“[T]here are opportunities for him to say things that get into the public discourse about America’s commitment to them, about America’s understanding of their situation,” Jim Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, told The Associated Press.

Following the meeting, the White House said Obama told the group that his trip was not meant to resolve a specific policy issue, but that it was an opportunity for Obama to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the Palestinian people.

Obama told them he intends to reiterate the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security and to discuss regional concerns – including Syria – with Jordan’s leadership, the White House said.

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« Reply #312 on: March 16, 2013, 10:34:43 am »

http://www.debka.com/article/22827/
Netanyahu signs deal for new coalition government
DEBKAfile Special Report March 15, 2013, 6:50 PM (GMT+02:00)

After weeks of tough haggling, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s third government was in the bag Friday, March 15, having finally signed deals with two political newcomers, Yair Lapid (centrist Yesh Atid – Future) and Naftali Bennett (pro-settlement Habayit Hayehudi – Jewish Home). Both insisted on the new lineup excluding the ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties from the government for the first time in a decade, stipulating an end to the draft exemptions and welfare subsidies traditionally extended to them.

Shas and Torah Judaism now join Labor on the opposition benches. The new government will be presented to President Shimon Peres Saturday night and sworn in Monday, March 18, two days before President Barack Obama arrives for a visit.

Although Netanyahu’s Likud-Israeli Beitenu came out of the Jan. 22 election as the largest faction, it only garnered a disappointing 31 seats (in the 120-member Knesset). For a 61 majority, the prime minister was forced to part with a larger slice of government than his own party liked in the lengthy negotiations with Lapid and Bennett.

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3/18/13
Israeli government sends mixed signals on peace



JERUSALEM (AP) — Ahead of the arrival of President Barack Obama on a high-profile Mideast mission, Israel's new government on Monday sent mixed messages about pursuing peace with the Palestinians.
 
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech to parliament that his hand is outstretched in peace and that he is ready for a "historic compromise," but one of his closest allies called hopes for peace "delusional."
 
The conflicting signals gave a glimpse of the infighting that is likely to hinder the government if Netanyahu, who has historically been reluctant to make serious concessions to the Palestinians, decides to launch any new diplomatic initiatives.
 
"The rhetoric about peace is one thing and doing peace is something else. Doing peace requires deeds," Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said of the new Israeli government.
 
Well aware of the large gaps between the sides, Obama has been careful to lower expectations for the 48-hour visit, which begins Wednesday. The White House has already said he will not bring any bold new initiatives. He will leave the details of diplomacy to his secretary of state, John Kerry, who is expected in the region in the coming weeks.
 
Instead, Obama plans to meet separately with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in hopes of finding some common ground. Toward that goal, the White House confirmed Monday that the president has added a third, previously unscheduled meeting with Netanyahu on Thursday, immediately after returning from talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank. There are no plans for the three to meet together.
 
Upon taking office in 2009, Obama vowed to make Mideast peace a top priority. But talks never got off the ground, and ultimately Obama turned his attention elsewhere.
 
The Palestinians have refused to negotiate while Israel continues to build in settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, territories where they hope to establish a state. Israel captured both areas in the 1967 Mideast war.
 
The Palestinians say construction in the areas, now inhabited by more than 500,000 Israelis, is a sign of bad faith. The Palestinians say the pre-1967 lines should be the basis for a future border.
 
Early in his term, Obama persuaded Israel to impose a partial freeze on settlement construction, allowing talks to resume briefly in late 2010, toward the end of the Israeli moratorium. Netanyahu refused to extend the freeze, and negotiations collapsed weeks later. A frustrated Obama later backed off his calls for a halt in settlement building, leaving the Palestinians disillusioned.
 
Netanyahu says negotiations should resume without preconditions.
 
Since winning re-election in January, Netanyahu has pledged to make a new push for peace.
 
"We extend our hand in peace to the Palestinians," Netanyahu said in Monday's speech, delivered shortly before his new Cabinet was sworn into office. "With a Palestinian partner that is willing to hold negotiations in good will, Israel will be ready for a historic compromise that will end the conflict with the Palestinians once and for all."
 
Netanyahu gave no details. The Palestinians have suggested he again halt settlement construction or release the longest-held Palestinian prisoners Israel is holding as a goodwill gesture.
 
Making any significant concession would be a struggle for Netanyahu. The coalition, stitched together during nearly six weeks of negotiations following a Jan. 22 parliamentary election, is focused more on domestic issues than peacemaking. And on the Palestinian issue, his partners include moderates and hard-liners who share little common ground.
 
On one hand, Netanyahu has appointed Tzipi Livni, a dovish former foreign minister who has good ties with the Palestinians, to be his chief negotiator. His largest coalition partner, Yair Lapid of the centrist Yesh Atid Party, has called for an aggressive attempt to reach peace.
 
In contrast, the pro-settler Jewish Home Party rejects any concessions to the Palestinians, and Netanyahu's Likud-Yisrael Beitenu bloc itself is dominated by hard-liners. His new defense minister and housing minister, who each wield great influence over Israel's policies in the West Bank, are both sympathetic to the settlers.
 
Ahead of Netanyahu's speech, Avigdor Lieberman, a powerful ally of the prime minister and himself a West Bank settler, said anyone who thinks peace can be reached with the Palestinians is "delusional."
 
"This conflict cannot be solved. This conflict needs to be managed," he told his Yisrael Beitenu Party, an ultranationalist faction that has formed a joint parliamentary bloc with Netanyahu's Likud Party. Lieberman said he would fight any attempt to halt settlement construction.
 
Considering this recipe for deadlock, the Palestinians have shown no optimism over the new Israeli government.
 
"This is a government of political paralysis. It's also the government that has given the settlers enormous powers," said Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Palestinian official.
 
The Israeli election focused heavily on domestic issues, such as the high cost of living and calls to end a contentious system that has allowed ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students to be exempt from compulsory military service.
 
Addressing his party Monday, Lapid made no mention of the Palestinians, appealing to the ultra-Orthodox to work with him on draft reform.
 
Netanyahu said that while there is a "golden moment" to deal with domestic issues, his first concern was to protect Israel. He listed a number of security threats to Israel, including Iran's suspect nuclear program, instability in neighboring Egypt, the civil war to Israel's north in Syria and the threat of sophisticated weapons reaching the hands of violent anti-Israel groups.
 
Zahava Gal-On, leader of the dovish opposition party Meretz, said Jewish settlers were the "big winners" of the election.
 
"The next government will not make peace, will not narrow social gaps, will not concern itself with equality for all citizens of the state. The next government will continue to do much for the settlers and little for the rest of the Israeli public," she said.
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Obama to travel Jerusalem in 'The Beast'

US president to ride around capital in moving fortress; 5,000 policemen to secure his every move
Yitzhak Benhorin

WASHINGTON - United States President Barack Obama 's security team is taking no chances: During the presidential visit in Israel which begins next Wednesday, the president will ride around Jerusalem in The Beast, the aptly named tank-turned-car, a rolling fortress.

Obama's motorcade will include two such vehicles – each costing $300,000 – driving around between a huge entourage of uniformed and undercover security men.

Though the American people have a historical affinity to seeing their presidents out in the open waving from horse drawn carriages and convertible limousines, these preferences were sadly laid aside following John Kennedy's assassination in 1963.   

The Beast, the latest and the most significant change in presidential security procedures, was revealed at Obama's first inauguration in 2008, when upon seeing it, the president remarked on its similarity to a Boeing airplane.
 
The car is sealed and protected from chemical and biological weapons. The windows are bullet-proof, and its doors are an alloy of steel, aluminum, titanium and porcelain – proof against roadside-charges and rocket fire.

In addition, the gas tank is armored; the bumpers are equipped with night-vision sensors, cameras and devices to launch tear-gas.

The tires can still function if punctured, and, better safe than sorry, the trunk is filled with oxygen tanks, emergency blood units and fire-fighting equipment.

But this only covers the president's car.

On his visit to Israel, Obama will be secured by 5,000 police officers wherever he goes, and joint scenarios with the American Secret Service have been exercised simulating threats varying from an attempted assassination to general disruptions of order.

“This is a 48 hour visit but the preparations have been going on for more than a month," Police Head of Operations Brigadier General Nissim Mor told Ynet.

"There's no room for error," he added.

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« Reply #315 on: March 19, 2013, 03:47:10 am »

The most significant place on earth, a place that is suppose to be our friends, and he's only spending 48 hours on the ground in 2 terms, 8 years, in office? I realize presidents are busy and all, but come on, 2 days? What could be accomplished by such an expensive, and short, visit?
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Barack Obama Israel itinerary
March 19, 2013

Wednesday, March 20
12:15 p.m.: Obama lands at Israel’s international airport and is received with an honor guard. President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lead the welcoming committee. Obama speaks briefly. He also visits an Iron Dome battery, specially deployed nearby. The president then helicopters to Jerusalem.
4:00 p.m.: President Shimon Peres hosts Obama — a ceremonial welcome, plenty of singing, and then a working session.
5:20 p.m.: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosts Obama for the trip’s most substantive talks, through the late afternoon into the evening.
8:10 p.m.: Netanyahu and Obama hold a joint press conference, then move to a working dinner and more talks, before Obama retires to his suite at the nearby King David Hotel.

Thursday, March 21

9:00 a.m.: Obama visits the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls, tour an exhibit showcasing Israeli innovations, and meet local high-tech entrepreneurs.
11:00 a.m.: Obama travels to Ramallah, holds meetings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad, delivers an address to young Palestinians.
4:40 p.m.: Obama delivers the key public address of his visit, to a mainly young audience at Jerusalem’s International Convention Center.
5:40 p.m.: The president meets with US diplomatic staff at the American Consulate in Jerusalem. Obama then returns to the President’s Residence, where Netanyahu joins him and Peres.
8:00 p.m.: Peres hosts Obama for a state dinner, attended by politicians, military brass, judges, Nobel laureates, authors, Miss Israel, high-tech trailblazers and other notables, featuring more speeches and Peres’s awarding of Obama with the Presidential Medal of Distinction.

Friday, March 22

8:40 a.m.: Obama visits Mount Herzl and lays wreaths on the graves of Theodor Herzl and Yitzhak Rabin.
9:30 a.m.: Obama tours the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum.
12:00 p.m.: Obama visits the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
3 p.m: Obama says goodbye at an official sendoff at the airport, with Peres leading the farewells.
During Obama’s visit the main highway from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv (Route 1) will be closed for lengthy periods of time. Also, the streets around the King David Hotel, where the president will be staying, will be closed for the duration of the visit.

The Israeli smartphone WAZE navigation app will be synchronized with Israel police, aiming to update drivers in real-time about blocked roads and to redirect traffic to alternative routes.
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Jerusalem Post Editor: 'We Can't Figure Out What He's Doing Here'
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3/20/13

Caroline Glick, Senior Contributing Editor of the Jerusalem Post said the Israeli people consider President Obama "a hostile president overall," on "Mornings on the Mall" on WMAL-FM in Washington DC. 
 
Appearing with Brian Wilson and myself Wednesday morning, Glick said the Israeli people "can't figure out what he's doing here," when asked about the mood in Jerusalem as the President's plane touched down for the first time in his presidency. 
 
"Essentially his goal is to empower the un-electable, incredibly radical left in Israel to put pressure on the Israeli government for whatever concessions he wants it to make to the PLO," said Glick in evaluating the reasons why Obama will be meeting with university students and members of the Palestinian Government during his visit. 
 
When asked about how the installment of Chuck Hagel as the Secretary of Defense was received by the Israeli people, Glick said, "It's a hostile act." 

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US President Obama visits Ramallah, March 2013

Obama: 'We do not consider continued settlement activity to be appropriate or constructive' for peace - @pdanahar

President Obama at press conference with Abbas: Palestinians deserve sovereign state, end to occupation and to daily indignities - @AP

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« Reply #319 on: March 21, 2013, 08:30:25 am »

ROCKETS RAIN ON ISRAEL



http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4359306,00.html


ISRAELIS: We're 'Victims of Obama'...
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/166448#.UUsCwBzqmxU

PREZ: 'Palestinians Deserve State Of Own'....
http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/03/21/obama-says-palestinians-deserve-independent-state/

'Don't Want to Put Cart Before Horse'...
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-i-dont-want-put-cart-horse_708750.html

Abbas: Palestine, US 'partners'...
http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Abbas-Palestine-US-partners-in-pursuit-of-just-peace-307279

Protest: 'We want RPGs!'
http://www.haaretz.com/news/obama-visits-israel/palestinians-protest-obama-visit-we-want-rpgs-not-cia-collaboration-1.511027

REUTERS: 'Occupied'...
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-israel-palestinians-obama-settlements-idUSBRE92K0H820130321
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« Reply #320 on: March 21, 2013, 08:48:07 am »

White House Map 'Erases' Jerusalem, Biblical Territories

The White House has released what it says is a map of Israel. The only problem is that Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights are missing. An Obama administration video highlighting the president’s plans for his Mideast trip depicts Jerusalem, the Golan and the West Bank – also known as Judea and Samaria – as non-Israeli territory.

http://www.onenewsnow.com/latest-headlines-from-the-web/2013/03/20/white-house-map-erases-jerusalem

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Pic says it all!!!



In a stark contrast to his smooth-running public appearances with Israeli leaders, the US president found himself on the back foot when forced to address the issue after a 90-minute meeting with Mr Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Mr Obama said he had told Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, that settlement expansion in east Jerusalem and the West Bank on land the Palestinians want for a future state was not "constructive" or "appropriate".

But he did not repeat his previous call, issued in 2009, that building must cease, pleading instead for resumed talks on the "core issues" of establishing a sovereign Palestinian state and providing security for Israel.

"That's not to say settlements aren't important. That's to say if we solve those two problems, the settlement issue will be resolved," Mr Obama told a press conference in a rambling answer in which his normal fluency seemed to desert him.

Referring to Palestinian demands for a building freeze before re-starting talks, he admitted that settlements were "frustrating".

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/9946213/Flustered-Barack-Obama-on-the-back-foot-over-Israeli-settlements.html
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'It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of their own,' Obama says - live video

Obama in Hebrew while speaking in Israel: 'As long as there is a US, you are not alone' - @haaretzcom

Obama: I believe you have a "true partner" in President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. #Israel
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Wow...when Obama initially came to Israel, didn't he act like a friend to Israel and Netenyahu?

Talk about doublespeak...
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More: In Israel speech, Obama says there should be '2 states for 2 people' - @NBCNews

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/21/17396987-obama-appeals-to-israelis-give-justice-to-the-palestinians?lite

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« Reply #325 on: March 21, 2013, 02:14:55 pm »

Obama urges Israelis to compromise for peace...

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_OBAMA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-03-21-11-08-44

compromise on what? they compromised when they made TRANSJORDAN and gave part of their land to EGYPT. What do they need to compromise on?
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« Reply #326 on: March 21, 2013, 03:18:58 pm »

That whole debate won't be settled till Jesus returns. What the "Palestinians" really want is for Israel to the leave the region. Ain't going to happen either, no more than Islam will back down from their claim to the Temple Mount and Jerusalem. Jordan COULD play a big role in this though, as they are the state in charge of the Temple Mount area.

Whatever the details, we know from prophecy it will get ugly and not better.
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Obama to Israelis: 'Put yourself' in Palestinians' shoes
President Obama took a fatherly approach in his speech to Israelis Thursday, both assuring them of America's commitment to their country and urging them to make the hard choices for peace.


President Obama’s speech in Jerusalem Thursday was appropriately delivered to a largely youthful audience, because in many ways the president’s tone and message were those of a father expressing unconditional support – even as he prods with lessons of tradition, compassion, and justice.

Mr. Obama went further than he ever had, perhaps further than any US president, in asserting America’s bonds with Israel. But having once established those unshakable links, he went on to admonish his listeners, as any father has his children: He urged them to have the strength and an ancestral sense of right to be even better human beings and correct the wrongs around them.

Obama’s admonitions in large part focused on Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and the limitations that occupation would, in the long run, place on Israel’s fulfillment as a democratic Jewish state. “Put yourself in their shoes – look at the world through their eyes,” Obama told his Israeli audience – again, with a line any father has used. He went on to list the ways that Israel’s occupation “is not right” and is as damaging to Israelis as it is to Palestinians.

The speech set a tone that was appropriate, some analysts say, given Obama’s audience and his objectives. “It is a speech in a fatherly mode, but the Israelis, and I would say the Palestinians, do need to put themselves in the other’s shoes,” says Doron Ben-Atar, a history professor at Fordham University in New York. “So what he did was absolutely necessary.”


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Obama’s admonitions in large part focused on Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and the limitations that occupation would, in the long run, place on Israel’s fulfillment as a democratic Jewish state. “Put yourself in their shoes – look at the world through their eyes,” Obama told his Israeli audience – again, with a line any father has used. He went on to list the ways that Israel’s occupation “is not right” and is as damaging to Israelis as it is to Palestinians.

He actually said that, to an Israeli audience, in a "fatherly" tone? Wow. He might as well just slapped Israelis across the face and told them they don't know how to manage their own country. Roll Eyes
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3/22/13
Obama arrives in Jordan, last stop in Mideast

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — President Barack Obama arrived in Jordan on Friday for the final stop on his four-day visit to the Middle East and a day of meetings with King Abdullah II that are expected to focus on the influx of refugees from the civil war in neighboring Syria.

More than 400,000 Syrians have crossed the border into Jordan to escape the violence, crowding refugee camps and overwhelming aid agencies run by this important U.S. ally in the Middle East. Abdullah has voiced fears that extremists and terrorists could create a regional base in his country.

Obama will also seek to bolster Jordan's efforts to reform its government as it seeks to stave off an Arab Spring-style revolution.

Before arriving in the Jordanian capital of Amman, Obama closed a three-day visit to Israel, another important U.S. ally in the region, by paying respects to the nation's heroes and to victims of the Holocaust. He also solemnly reaffirmed the Jewish state's right to exist.

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