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« Reply #240 on: November 27, 2012, 02:28:58 am »

Well, with Ehud Barak calling it quits from politics in January, some changes are definately coming with the coming Israeli elections, and his replacement may not be so conservative as Barak. I guess Hamas sees this as an opportunity to get what they can.

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« Reply #241 on: November 27, 2012, 11:30:25 am »

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France to back Palestinian U.N. status

11/27/12
PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Tuesday it would vote in favour of Palestinian non-member status at the United Nations, boosting Palestinian efforts to secure greater international recognition.

Frustrated that their bid for full U.N. membership last year was thwarted by U.S. opposition in the U.N. Security Council, Palestinians have launched a watered-down bid for recognition as a non-member state, similar to the status the Vatican enjoys.

The proposal, which is due to be put to the vote in the General Assembly at the end of the week, would implicitly recognize Palestinian statehood. It could also grant access to bodies such as the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where the Palestinians could file complaints against Israel.

"This Thursday or Friday, when the question is asked, France will vote yes," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced in the French National Assembly, the lower house of parliament.

Abbas' bid seems certain to win approval in any vote in the 193-nation assembly. The United States say Palestinian statehood must be achieved by negotiation and has called on Abbas to return to peace talks that collapsed in 2010 over Israeli settlement construction in the occupied West Bank.

"It is only with negotiations between the two sides that we demand immediately without any preconditions that a Palestinian state can become a reality," Fabius said.

France, a member of the U.N. Security Council, had under former President Nicolas Sarkozy promised to support Abbas if he opted for the upgrade option and broke from its closest allies last year voting in favour of giving the Palestinians full membership of the U.N.'s cultural agency UNESCO.

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U.N. poised to offer Palestinians ‘non-member observer’ status


 The U.N. General Assembly is poised to recognize Palestine as a “non-member observer state” on Thursday, a move that will strengthen the Palestinians’ legal basis for pursuing possible war-crimes prosecutions against Israeli troops and set up a showdown with the United States and Israel.

Supporters hope the vote will provide a desperately needed political boost to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whose Fatah party has been eclipsed in recent weeks by rival Hamas, the militant movement whose fortunes have risen with those of its Islamist allies in Egypt and elsewhere.

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« Reply #243 on: November 28, 2012, 11:04:19 am »

http://news.yahoo.com/palestinians-un-bid-last-ditch-peace-effort-122127535.html

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Palestinians say UN bid is last-ditch peace effort

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A bid for U.N. recognition of a state of Palestine is a last-ditch attempt to rescue troubled Mideast peace efforts, a Palestinian spokeswoman said Wednesday, rejecting Israel's charge that it is an attempt to bypass negotiations.

Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Palestinian official, urged the U.S. to drop its opposition to the bid, dismissing Washington's stance as "pathetic" and harmful to American interests in the region. The Palestinians have come under intense pressure from the U.S., Britain and others to modify the bid but "have not succumbed," she said.

On Thursday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas plans to ask the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, but still controls most access.

The Palestinians expect some two-thirds of the General Assembly's 193 members will accept Palestine as a non-member observer state. The U.S., Israel, Canada and a few others are opposed.

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« Reply #244 on: November 28, 2012, 11:45:58 am »

They are no state! And "Palistine" is the region, not Israel, and definately not just Arab-decent peoples. Technically, anybody that is born in the region is a Palistinian, no matter their blood heritage. It's like saying only people that are natural born citizens can be called Americans. It's silly, but what do you expect from a people that believe it's okay to lie if it forwards Islam. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #245 on: November 28, 2012, 02:06:18 pm »

UN To Vote Thursday On Raising Palestinian Status

The Palestinians said the U.N. General Assembly will vote Thursday afternoon on a resolution raising their status at the United Nations from an observer to a nonmember observer state, a move they believe is an important step toward a two-state solution with Israel. Unlike the Security Council, there are no vetoes in the General Assembly and the resolution is virtually certain of approval. The world body is dominated by countries sympathetic to the Palestinian cause and the resolution only requires a majority vote for approval. To date, 132 countries - over two-thirds of the U.N. member states - have recognized the state of Palestine. 

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« Reply #246 on: November 28, 2012, 02:12:37 pm »

You have this on Thursday, and then on Friday the USSC will decide whether to hear the CA Prop 8 case.

The end of this week is going to be really interesting...
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« Reply #247 on: November 29, 2012, 06:15:56 am »

UN To Vote Thursday On Raising Palestinian Status

The Palestinians said the U.N. General Assembly will vote Thursday afternoon on a resolution raising their status at the United Nations from an observer to a nonmember observer state, a move they believe is an important step toward a two-state solution with Israel. Unlike the Security Council, there are no vetoes in the General Assembly and the resolution is virtually certain of approval. The world body is dominated by countries sympathetic to the Palestinian cause and the resolution only requires a majority vote for approval. To date, 132 countries - over two-thirds of the U.N. member states - have recognized the state of Palestine. 

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« Reply #248 on: November 29, 2012, 06:18:29 am »

Palestinian Statehood Push May Derail Peace Efforts

Palestinian leaders are hoping the United Nations will upgrade their status this week to statehood. It's a move many say will scuttle decades of U.S.-backed peace talks. Israel, the United States, Canada and a handful of countries are opposing the move by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for non-member state at the U.N.  The PLO sent out a clip of a CNN interview saying Hamas and all Palestinians are united. "So we really have unanimous, total support for going to the U.N. General Assembly and getting the upgrade to state status," Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a PLO Executive Committee member, said. She addd that the move will determine the boundaries of a Palestinian state and its claims to Jerusalem.   

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« Reply #249 on: November 29, 2012, 07:04:46 am »

Vatican Supports Palestinian Arab Intifada For “Zionist-Free Middle East”

Hizbullah's officials, the Shiite terrorist group based in Lebanon, were hosted in Rome by the Vatican during the recent ceremony for the election of six new cardinals. Among the new cardinals is the Lebanese Patriarch, Bechara Boutros Rai. As head of Lebanon’s Catholic Church, Rai recently sent his envoy, Father Abdo Abou Kassem, to Teheran to attend a conference in support of the Palestinian Arab Intifada and of a “Zionist-free middle east”. The conference was attended also by Hizbullah ideologue, Mohammad Raad, and by the Hamas’ leader Khaled Meshaal. Cardinal Rai recently said in Paris that he supports Hizbullah's war against Israel: "Only when the international community exerts pressure on Israel to vacate the occupied Lebanese territory and Israel allows Palestinians in Lebanon to return to their homes, can Hizbullah be asked to hand over its arms because they will no longer be needed". It is not clear from the Cardinal's remarks to which...

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« Reply #250 on: November 29, 2012, 08:43:43 am »

Vatican Supports Palestinian Arab Intifada For “Zionist-Free Middle East”


"Zionist-Free"? Now where have we heard this before? From the so-called "truth" movement? Roll Eyes
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"Zionist-Free"? Now where have we heard this before? From the so-called "truth" movement? Roll Eyes

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U.N. set to implicitly recognize Palestinian state, despite U.S., Israel threats

The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government.

A resolution that would change the Palestinian Authority's U.N. observer status from "entity" to "non-member state," like the Vatican, is expected to pass easily in the 193-nation General Assembly.

Israel, the United States and a handful of other members are planning to vote against what they see as a largely symbolic and counterproductive move by the Palestinians, which takes place on the 65th anniversary of the assembly's adoption of resolution 181 on the partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states.

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« Reply #253 on: November 29, 2012, 02:26:09 pm »

As Fatah fades, UN recognition of Palestine may eventually benefit Hamas

 Thursday night, Nov. 29, the UN General Assembly grants Palestine non-member observer status within the 1967 borders by majority vote. But to which Palestinian rule does it apply?  Abbas’s Fatah is fading, whereas the extremist Hamas in the Gaza Strip is a rising force. If it qualifies for a place in the Sunni Middle East grouping Egypt, Turkey and Qatar are building with US backing and Israeli approval, Hamas may become the beneficiary of the upgraded Palestinian status won by Abbas.

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Netanyahu: No Palestinian state without recognizing Israeli

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu repeated Thursday that the UN resolution [approving Palestinian nonmember status] changes nothing in practice. “No Palestinian state will come into being without recognizing Israel as the state of the Jewish people. No matter how many hands are raised [in the UN chamber] nothing in the world will make us  compromise on Israel’s security.”

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« Reply #255 on: November 29, 2012, 06:50:14 pm »

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UN upgrades Palestinian status, bolstering statehood claim

The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution on Thursday giving implicit recognition to Palestinian statehood despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding funds for the West Bank government.

The resolution, which lifts the Palestinian Authority's U.N. observer status from "entity" to "non-member state," like the Vatican possesses, easily passed the 193-nation General Assembly with 138 nations voting in favor, and nine opposed, including the United States. Forty-one countries abstained, including the United Kingdom.

Israel, the United States and the other members who opposed the resolution see it as a largely symbolic and counterproductive move by the Palestinians. The vote took place on the 65th anniversary of the assembly's adoption of resolution 181 on the partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states.

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UN General Assembly votes in favor of Palestinian statehood

The U.N. General Assembly voted Thursday in favor of Palestinian statehood, after the Palestinians asked it to recognize a non-member state of Palestine in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

The resolution upgrading the Palestinians' status to a nonmember observer state at the United Nations was approved by a more than two-thirds majority of the 193-member world body -- a vote of 138 to 9, with the U.S. and Israel among those who opposed. There were 41 abstentions.

Real independence, however, remains an elusive dream until the Palestinians negotiate a peace deal with the Israelis, who warned that the General Assembly action will only delay a lasting solution. Israel still controls the West Bank, east Jerusalem and access to Gaza, and it accused the Palestinians of bypassing negotiations with the campaign to upgrade their U.N. status.

The United States immediately criticized the historic vote. "Today's unfortunate and counterproductive resolution places further obstacles in the path peace," U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said.

And U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called the vote "unfortunate" and "counterproductive."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the speech by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the General Assembly shortly before the vote "defamatory and venomous," saying it was "full of mendacious propaganda" against Israel.

Abbas had told the General Assembly that it was "being asked today to issue the birth certificate of Palestine." Abbas said the vote is the last chance to save the two-state solution.

After the vote, Netanyahu said the UN move violated past agreements between Israel and the Palestinians and that Israel would act accordingly, without elaborating what steps it might take.

Just before the vote, Israel's U.N. ambassador, Ron Prosor, warned the General Assembly that "the Palestinians are turning their backs on peace" and that the U.N. can't break the 4,000-year-old bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel.

The vote had been certain to succeed, with most of the member states sympathetic to the Palestinians. Several key countries, including France, this week announced they would support the move to elevate the Palestinians from the status of U.N. observer to nonmember observer state.

Thursday's vote came on the same day, Nov. 29, that the U.N. General Assembly in 1947 voted to recognize a state in Palestine, with the jubilant revelers then Jews. The Palestinians rejected that partition plan, and decades of tension and violence have followed.

The vote grants Abbas an overwhelming international endorsement for his key position: establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, the territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war. With Netanyahu opposed to a pullback to the 1967 lines, this should strengthen Abbas' hand if peace talks resume.

The overwhelming vote also could help Abbas restore some of his standing, which has been eroded by years of standstill in peace efforts. His rival, Hamas, deeply entrenched in Gaza, has seen its popularity rise after an Israeli offensive on targets linked to the Islamic militant group there earlier this month.

Israel has stepped back from initial threats of harsh retaliation for the Palestinians seeking U.N. recognition, but government officials warned that Israel would respond to any Palestinian attempts to use the upgraded status to confront Israel in international bodies.

The Palestinians now can gain access to U.N. agencies and international bodies, most significantly the International Criminal Court, which could become a springboard for going after Israel for alleged war crimes or its ongoing settlement building on war-won land.

However, in the run-up to the U.N. vote, Abbas signaled that he wants recognition to give him leverage in future talks with Israel, and not as a tool for confronting or delegitimizing Israel, as Israeli leaders have alleged.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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« Reply #257 on: November 29, 2012, 07:55:41 pm »

I would assume, but doesn't that mean that Israel can now legally declare war on Palestine and put an end officially to this mess.
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« Reply #258 on: November 30, 2012, 04:05:51 am »

Hmm, interesting point. One cannot declare war on occupiers that are no people. Well, now they are officially according to the UN, a state, so that means the Palistinian state is now responsible for terrorst attacks on the state of Israel. Which one can make the case those attacks are not just acts of terrorism, but acts of war.

But then, according to prophecy, it's all a moot point. Israel, then everybody else, will lose.
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« Reply #259 on: November 30, 2012, 06:38:02 am »

UN Recognizes Palestinian Statehood

The U.N. General Assembly approved an implicit recognition of Palestinian statehood on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding funds for the West Bank government.  A resolution that would lift the Palestinian Authority's U.N. observer status from "entity" to "non-member state," like the Vatican, passed easily in the 193-nation General Assembly. The vote was 138 in favor, 9 against, 41 abstentions. Israel, the United States and a handful of other members voted against the effort which they... 
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Palestinians Celebrate UN Statehood Vote


Palestinians have erupted in wild cheers, hugging each other and honking car horns after the United Nations voted to grant them, at least formally, what they have long yearned for - a state of their own.
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Netanyahu: UN Can't Force Israel to Compromise on Security

With Israel facing a stinging diplomatic defeat Thursday at the UN, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that regardless of how many vote against Israel, "no force in the world will get me to compromise on Israel's security." He also said no force in the world can sever the thousands-year-old tie between the Jewish people and the land of Israel.
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Vatican hails UN Palestine vote, wants guarantees for J'lem

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VATICAN CITY - The Vatican hailed the United Nations' implicit recognition of a Palestinian state on Thursday and called for an internationally guaranteed special status for Jerusalem, something bound to irritate Israel.

The 193-nation UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's observer status at the United Nations from "entity" to "non-member state," the same status as the Vatican.

"The Holy See welcomes with favor the decision of the General Assembly by which Palestine has become a Non-member Observer State of the United Nations," a statement said.

But it also said it was a "propitious occasion" to recall a "common position" on Jerusalem expressed by the Vatican and the Palestine Liberation Organization when the two sides signed a basic agreement on their bilateral relations in 2000.
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« Reply #261 on: November 30, 2012, 11:47:59 am »

Well, we know the end results of this back and forth over Jerusalem, but it's interesting to watch take place.
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« Reply #262 on: November 30, 2012, 08:11:44 pm »

Israel Pushes Housing After U.N. Vote

Israel announced plans Friday to advance a wave of construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in what appeared to be swift retaliation against a resolution the United Nations General Assembly passed overwhelmingly the previous day giving the Palestinian territories observer status.

The government authorized the building of 3,000 new housing units, an Israeli official said. Israel also gave preliminary planning approval for thousands more units, including the highly sensitive corridor just east of Jerusalem known as the E-1 land tract. The area is watched closely by the international community amid concern that a robust Israeli presence there would virtually bisect the West Bank and render a Palestinian state unviable.

The Israeli move shows how, after getting a badly needed boost in domestic and international standing by the U.N. vote, the paths ahead for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas—such as peace talks with Israel or reconciliation with Hamas—are likely to bring challenges.

The mention of E-1 is a blunt challenge by Israel, as it highlights the gap between the Palestinians' resounding but symbolic international victory at the U.N., and the situation inside the West Bank, where Israel exercises exclusive control.

"Israel is saying, 'You are taking unilateral steps? We are taking unilateral steps, too. And whereas your unilateral steps are empty, ours are tangible,' " said Nathan Thrall, an analyst for the International Crisis Group.

Mr. Abbas argued at the U.N. that the statehood resolution will enable him to push for a resumption of peace talks with Israel. That is because the international recognition of the West Bank and Gaza as part of a future Palestinian state ostensibly gives Mr. Abbas support in negotiating territorial claims with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who refuses to declare the Green Line border of the West Bank as the basis for negotiations.

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« Reply #263 on: December 02, 2012, 11:09:17 am »

Abbas 'Victory Speech': Jerusalem 'Eternal Capital of Palestine'

PA Chairman promises that someday the PA flag will fly over “Jerusalem, eternal capital of the state of Palestine.”


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Sunday promised someday the PA flag would fly over “Jerusalem, eternal capital of the state of Palestine.”

Thousands of people greeted Abbas rapturously upon his return from the United Nations, where the General Assembly granted the PLO, representing the PA, upgraded status as a nonmember observer state.

"Raise your heads high, because you are Palestinians!” Abbas told the joyous crowd, waving PA flags in the PA capital of Ramallah, located in Samaria.

"You have proof that you are stronger than the occupation, because you are Palestinians... stronger than the settlements, because you are Palestinians.

"We were threatened with punishment and sanctions from various sides,” Abbas continued, in a reference to attempts by the United States and Israel to dissuade him from proceeding with the application.

"And if we had listened to those threats we wouldn't have gone to the U.N.

"One day, a young Palestinian will raise the Palestinian flag over Jerusalem,” he vowed, “the eternal capital of the state of Palestine!"

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« Reply #264 on: December 02, 2012, 11:16:54 am »

Abbas in Ramallah: We now have a state

PA president vows to pursue efforts to end the split between Gaza, West Bank, dedicates UN "victory" to late PA president Arafat.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday vowed to pursue efforts to end the split between the West Bank and Gaza and thanked Hamas and all Palestinian groups for supporting his statehood bid at the UN.

Abbas, who was speaking to thousands of supporters in Ramallah during a rally organized by the PA to celebrate the UN General Assembly's vote in favor of upgrading the status of the Palestinians to non-member observer state, said he would focus his efforts now on "restoring unity of the Palestinians and their lands and institutions."

The crowd, which consisted mostly of PA civil servants and Fatah activists, responded by chanting, "We want national unity!" and "With blood and soul, we redeem Abu Mazen [Abbas]."

In the coming days, Abbas said, "We will study accelerating moves to achieve reconciliation [with Hamas]."

Abbas hailed the outcome of the UN vote as an "historic achievement," adding that November 29 has become a "decisive turning point in our national struggle."

Noting that more than 75% of the UN members had voted in favor of the statehood bid, Abbas said that most of the countries that had abstained congratulated the Palestinians on their achievement.

"The message to us is very clear," he said. "We are not alone. History is with us. The future belongs to us and God is with us."

Abbas said he decided to go to the UN despite pressure and warnings from several parties. "They told us that if we go the world would explode," he added. "They asked us to postpone the move. Finally, they told us to change our policy and project. But we remained steadfast and triumphed because the world heard the voices of our people."

Abbas said he was presenting the UN "victory" as a gift to the the "soul of the late leader Yasser Arafat." He said that the Palestinians would continue to march in the footsteps of Arafat.

Abbas said the Palestinians would continue their struggle until the Palestinian flag is raised over the walls of Jerusalem's Old City and churches. He said that Jerusalem was the "eternal capital of the State of Palestine."

Abbas said he was also presenting the UN "victory" to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails for their "legendary sacrifices and steadfastness."

Abbas boasted that the UN vote has both provoked and isolated Israel in the international arena."

Abbas concluded his speech by telling Palestinians to "raise your heads high because you are Palestinians and you have proven that you are stronger than occupation and settlements."

Hamas responded to Abbas's call for unity by calling for "urgent meetings" between the two sides to solve their differences.

Hamas representative Salah Bardaweel pointed out that Abbas did not set pre-conditions for ending the dispute during his speech in Ramallah.

Bardaweel noted that Palestinians who greeted Abbas had chanted slogans in favor of ending the Hamas-Fatah rivalry.

"This shows that there is a real desire for achieving reconciliation," the Hamas official said.

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« Reply #265 on: December 02, 2012, 02:45:57 pm »

Pushback: Israel withholds Palestinian revenue, approves new settlements

The Israeli moves came in response to the Palestinians’ successful bid to be recognized at the United Nations as a state.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government struck a $120 million blow to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority today and further undermined its territorial claims, announcing plans to move forward with a controversial settlement that would effectively divide the West Bank in two.

The moves came in response to the Palestinians’ successful bid last week to be recognized at the United Nations as a state. After Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas received a standing ovation for a speech in which he repeatedly referred to Israel’s “racist, colonial occupation,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today characterized the Nov. 29 UN vote as an attack on Zionism and the state of Israel.

The Israeli moves caught many off-guard, including some dismayed government officials, and caused some to sound a funeral toll for the peace process.

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« Reply #266 on: December 03, 2012, 04:21:36 am »

One thing about their little statehood status upgrade, Israel now has every right to treat them as a state, and that includes protecting it's borders from a rogue state, but they must clearly define those borders. Sorry, but that would mean the areas of "Palistine", wherever they are, must be fenced off from it's neighboring state, Israel.

It means also protecting it's borders from foreign residents that might want to do harm to Israel, so that means borders and passports just like any other border between nation states.

Now, the UN has made it so that "Palistinians" are now in Israel illegally, being foreigners without passports or visas. "Papers please!"
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« Reply #267 on: December 05, 2012, 07:10:16 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/israel-palestinians-harden-positions-settlement-showdown-shows-no-213017587.html

12/5/12

Israel, Palestinians harden positions as settlement showdown shows no sign of easing

JERUSALEM - Palestinians and Israelis hardened their positions Wednesday over a contentious new settlement push around Jerusalem, with Israel going full throttle on plans to develop the area and the Palestinians trying to block it through an appeal to the U.N. Security Council.

The settlement push — Israel's retaliation for the Palestinians' success in winning U.N. recognition of a de facto state — has touched off an escalating international showdown. Palestinians claim the construction would deal a death blow to Mideast peace hopes. Even Israel's staunchest allies have been outraged by the move, feeding speculation they might squeeze Israel more than usual to back down on its construction plans.

The U.N. move came last week, with the General Assembly recognizing a Palestinian state in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip — territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war. Israel, which rejects a return to its 1967 lines, says borders with a future Palestine should be resolved through negotiations.

Although the Israelis say construction could be years away, the settlement plans have sent a message that within these U.N.-recognized borders, Israel remains in firm control. The plans include 3,000 new settler homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and intentions to press ahead with two other projects that would drive a wedge between east Jerusalem, the Palestinians' desired capital, and its West Bank hinterland.

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« Reply #268 on: December 06, 2012, 10:30:13 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/emboldened-hamas-leader-visit-gaza-first-time-45-000600776.html

12/6/12

Emboldened Hamas leader to visit Gaza for first time in 45 years

GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas's exiled leader will step onto Palestinian land for the first time in 45 years on Friday for a "victory rally" in the Gaza Strip, displaying his newfound confidence after last month's conflict with Israel.

The Islamist group's leader, Khaled Meshaal, who has not visited the Palestinian Territories since leaving the West Bank at age 11, emerged emboldened from the eight day conflict which ended in a truce he negotiated under Egypt's auspices. He has since spoken of reaching out to other Palestinian factions.

"There is a new mood that allows us to achieve reconciliation," Meshaal told Reuters in an interview last Friday from Qatar, where he has set up home since leaving Syria earlier this year.

He will stay for a little more than 48 hours in the coastal enclave, which Hamas has ruled since a 2007 war with Fatah that rules the West Bank.

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« Reply #269 on: December 11, 2012, 01:46:13 am »

Cool story, just the kind of news i need to read each day to tickle my ears. I'm surprised they didn't accuse it of eating dead Sudanese pigeons which was most likely its real mission Cheesy
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