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PA Minister: Peace Deal Temporary Arrangement Before Destroying Israel

By George Whitten


By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL (Worthy News)– In the latest attempt to liberate Palestine by any means necessary, PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash suggested that any peace deal with Israel would only be temporary, according to Palestinian Media Watch.

During Ramadan services broadcast on Palestinian television, Habbash said PA officials were working on a means to an end comparable to the Prophet's Treaty of Hudaybiyyah, a 10-year-long truce negotiated by Mohammad with the Quraish Tribe. But only two years later, Mohammad broke it by a surprise attack that conquered an unsuspecting Mecca.

Habbash described Mohammed’s deceit as a model to be followed today, but according to Palestinian Media Watch, the Hudaybiyyah treaty has already served as the template for PLO negotiations with Israel.

“Since the signing of the Oslo Accords, there have been senior PA officials who have presented the peace process with Israel as a deceptive tactic … which will weaken Israel through territorial compromise that will eventually lead to Israel's destruction.”

In 1994, Yasir Arafat compared the Olso Accords to the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah: “This agreement, I am not considering it more than the agreement which had been signed between our Prophet Mohammad and Quraish …”

Seven years later, Faisal Husseini, PA Rep for Jerusalem Affairs, said the Oslo agreement, like any other agreement, was just a temporary step towards something bigger.

“We distinguish the strategic, long-term goals from the political staged goals, which we are compelled to temporarily accept due to international pressure …,” he said. “'From the river to the sea,' Palestine in its entirety is an Arab land, the land of the Arab nation.”

However, from the Jordan to the Med also stands the nation of Israel, the ancestral homeland of the Jews whose God other peoples disregard at their own peril.

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Erakat, a veteran voice of the Palestinians

Long-time Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat was announced on Friday as the man to open dialogue with his Israeli counterpart at meetings in Washington after three years of stalled peace negotiations.

Both Erakat and Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni will meet US Secretary of State John Kerry for initial talks, the top US diplomat said at the end of four days of intense diplomacy as he consulted Palestinian and Israeli leaders from his base in Amman.

The 55-year-old Erakat, an academic whose perfect command of English is often spiced with humour, was part of every team to negotiate with Israel since 1991, with the notable exception of those who secretly hammered out the 1993 Oslo Accords.

Erakat rose to prominence as a media personality at the 1991 international peace conference in Madrid at which he wore the black-and-white chequered Palestinian headscarf.

Born in Jerusalem, he has been a key figure in the Palestinian political landscape, an indispensable briefer for foreign envoys and a suave tactician who can register indignation when necessary.

A member of the Palestinian parliament since 1996, Erakat was close to Yasser Arafat, historic leader of the Palestinian national movement, even though he did not follow Arafat into exile in Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia before his return to Gaza in 1994.

In 2009, Erakat was elected to the central committee of the Fatah wing of Mahmud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority and to the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

He was an architect of the negotiations on a final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, from the failed Camp David summit in July 2000 to the talks launched in Washington in September 2010 which were interrupted after less than a month in a row over Israel’s continued settlement building.

Appointed in 2003 to head the PLO negotiating team, Erakat briefly resigned from the post in 2011 because of “responsibility for the theft of documents from his office,” papers which he said had been “adulterated”.

He was referring to more than 1,600 documents on the talks with Israel between 1999 and 2010, released in January 2011 by Qatar-based satellite channel Al-Jazeera and dubbed “The Palestine Papers”.

Palestinian officials worked to limit the damage caused by their publication, which showed Palestinian negotiators prepared to offer significant concessions without securing Israeli guarantees on key issues such as east Jerusalem and the fate of refugees.

Although the documents did not cause major turmoil in Palestinian public opinion, Erakat’s position was weakened at the time by announcements the alleged perpetrators of the leaks worked for the PLO negotiation team he headed.

He had said an investigation into the leaks pointed towards three nationals of US, British and French extraction being responsible.

A former journalist with the independent daily Al-Quds in east Jerusalem, Erakat holds a BA and an MA in Political Science from the University of San Francisco.

He also has a doctorate in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford in England, and he taught at An-Najah University in the West Bank town of Nablus from 1979 to 1991.

Erakat has written a dozen books and lives in the …read more

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Report: Kerry to officially announce resumption of peace talks | JPost | Israel News

By Dave Robbins

US secretary of state to declare resumption of peace negotiations on Friday morning, according to London-based ‘Al-Hayat;’ Abbas to brief PLO officials on US proposals ahead of decision to resume negotiations with Israel. Read More: Report: Kerry to officially announce resumption of peace talks | JPost | Israel News.

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Palestinian leaders discussing Kerry proposal

The Palestinian leadership in the West Bank is discussing U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest efforts to relaunch peace talks with Israel.

Kerry has not publicized his plan to restart the talks, but a decision by the Arab League to support his proposals has raised speculation that the Palestinians will agree.

An announcement was expected later Thursday.

Kerry has been shuttling for months in search of a formula to allow resumption of talks after a nearly five-year break. Kerry, who is in neighboring Jordan, had a lengthy meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas this week.

Abbas was briefing top officials from the Palestine Liberation Organization Thursday on the latest proposals, the PLO said.

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Palestinian leaders discuss Kerry's proposal to relaunch peace talks with Israel

The Palestinian leadership in the West Bank is discussing U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest efforts to relaunch peace talks with Israel.

Kerry has not publicized his plan to restart the talks, but a decision by the Arab League to support his proposals has raised speculation that the Palestinians will agree.

An announcement was expected later Thursday.

Kerry has been shuttling for months in search of a formula to allow resumption of talks after a nearly five-year break. Kerry, who is in neighboring Jordan, had a lengthy meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas this week.

Abbas was briefing top officials from the Palestine Liberation Organization Thursday on the latest proposals, the PLO said.

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Analysis: Hamas wants bigger regional role

Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal has set an ambitious agenda for his new term, seeking to transform his Islamic militant movement that rules Gaza into a widely recognized political force, but without making concessions toward Israel needed for international acceptance.

Re-elected last week, Mashaal will try to deepen ties with regional powers Qatar, Turkey and Egypt, which have already given money or political support to Hamas-run Gaza and could be conduits to the U.S. and Europe, several leading Hamas figures said. Mashaal will also push for a power-sharing deal with his Western-backed Palestinian rival, President Mahmoud Abbas.

Hamas ideology, rejecting existence of a Jewish state in an Islamic Middle East, stands in the way. The international community insists it will deal with Hamas only if the Islamic militants recognize Israel, renounce violence and accept previous interim peace deals — conditions Mashaal has repeatedly rejected, though Abbas and his Fatah movement accepted them two decades ago.

Mashaal “wants Hamas to be a recognized and legitimate player,” said Jordan-based analyst Mouin Rabbani, who frequently meets with Palestinian politicians, including Hamas members.

“The challenge and conflict is that he has to demonstrate he can do so without going down the same path as Fatah,” he said. Fatah, for years the dominant force in Palestinian politics, has been severely weakened by years of failed talks with Israel on terms of a Palestinian state.

Key to Mashaal’s plans is a political deal with Abbas, as a possible springboard for joining and eventually taking control of the Palestine Liberation Organization, the umbrella group widely recognized as representing some 11.6 million Palestinians world-wide, according to official Palestinian figures. The Fatah-dominated PLO is largely inactive now, but it remains attractive to Hamas as a way of gaining international status.

A Hamas deal with Abbas would have to wait until the latest U.S. push to revive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations plays itself out.

Setting up a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem through negotiations with Israel remains Abbas’ goal.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in the region this week to try to restart talks between Israel and Abbas. Chances of that in coming months appear slim because gaps remain wide between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Abbas won’t complicate Kerry’s mission further by renewing talks now

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Obama Spending Our Money Like A Drunken King

By Emma Karlin

We’ve heard about the government spending $1.5 million to determine why most lesbians are fat and almost twice that much to discover why they are drunks, but a peek under the White House rug shows much more willful waste of our money.

Barack Obama is arming Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood so they’ll be able to defeat our ally Israel in the next Middle East war. He gives the PLO hundreds of thousands of our dollars each year as well.

King Barack has eaten through $1.4 BILLION in happy lifestyle spending on him, Mooch, and their royal highnesses.

$505,000 of our tax dollars went to “to promote specialty hair and beauty products for cats and dogs” – yes cats and dogs!

The feds are lining someone’s pockets with $1 million a year to develop a menu for space travel with no such trips even scheduled.

They have stood over a latrine and peed away $27 million of our money to teach Moroccans how to make clay pots.

What could you do with $350,000? The feds gave it to Perdue University to fund a study to help golfers putt better.  How about $10,000? Do you think you could have spent 10k better than funding “talking urinal cakes” in Michigan?

The Department of Agriculture used $300,000 in tax money to get us to eat more caviar.   Can you buy caviar with food stamps?

We don’t have to wonder how the feds came to order a $30,000 study to determine that “Gaydar” (the ability to look at a person and correctly surmise he/she is gay) really works. The answer is yes, but of course the same people would say only homosexuals and not heterosexuals have this sense – bet on that.

They spend “millions of dollars” each week training “Asian call center workers.”

Obama’s government spends million more of our dollars to develop a Pakistani version of Sesame Street – presumably, Big Bird will show young jihadists how to cleanly chop off infidel heads.

Obama has made $147,138 tax dollars disappear by funding the American Museum of Magic in that great center of culture: Marshall, Michigan.

Everyone’s favorite “head exploder” has to be Obama’s spending $ 2.6 million to get hookers in China to drink less.

There are many more of these disgusting wastes of our money, but keeping this list in mind puts the slimy stunts Obama is blaming on the sequester in perspective.

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UN panel finds Israeli settlements violate rights

The United Nations’ first report on Israel‘s overall settlement policy describes it as a “creeping annexation” of territory that clearly violates the human rights of Palestinians, and calls for Israel to immediately stop further such construction.

The report’s conclusions, revealed Thursday, are not legally binding, but they further inflame tensions between the U.N. Human Rights Council and Israel, and between Israel and the Palestinians. Israeli officials immediately denounced the report, while Palestinians pointed to it as “proof of Israel‘s policy of ethnic cleansing” and its desire to undermine the possibility of a Palestinian state.

The Palestinians also hinted that they could use the report as a basis for legal action toward a war crimes prosecution.

In its report to the 47-nation council, a panel of investigators said Israel is violating international humanitarian law under the Fourth Geneva Convention, one of the treaties that establish the ground rules for what is considered humane during wartime.

This was the first thematic report on Israel‘s settlements with an historical look at the government‘s policy since 1967, U.N. officials said. Previous U.N. reports have taken a look at Israeli settlement policy only through the lens of a specific event, such as the 2009 war in the Gaza Strip, when Israel launched an offensive in response to months of rocket fire by the ruling Hamas militant group.

The Israeli government persists in building settlements in occupied territories claimed by Palestinians for a future state, including east Jerusalem and the West Bank, “despite all the pertinent United Nations resolutions declaring that the existence of the settlements is illegal and calling for their cessation,” the report said.

The settlements are “a mesh of construction and infrastructure leading to a creeping annexation that prevents the establishment of a contiguous and viable Palestinian State and undermines the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination,” the report concludes.

More than 500,000 Israelis already live in settlements that dot the West Bank and ring east Jerusalem, the Palestinians’ hoped-for capital. Israel annexed east Jerusalem, with its Palestinian population, immediately after capturing the territory from Jordan in 1967 and has built housing developments for Jews there, but the annexation has not been recognized internationally.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry accused the council of taking a systematically one-sided and biased approach towards Israel, with the report being merely “another unfortunate reminder” of that bias.

“The only way to resolve all pending issues between Israel and the Palestinians, including the settlements issue, is through direct negotiations without pre-conditions,” the ministry said. “Counterproductive measures — such as the report before us — will only hamper efforts to find a sustainable solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.”

French judge Christine Chanet, who led the panel, said Israel never cooperated with the probe, which the council ordered last March.

Because it was not authorized to investigate within Israel, Chanet said, the panel had to travel to Jordan to interview more than 50 people who spoke of the impact of the settlements, such as violence by Jewish settlers, confiscation of land and damage to olive trees that help support Palestinian families. The report also references legal opinions, other reports and a number of articles in the Israeli press.

Another panel member, Pakistani lawyer Asma Jahangir, said the settlements “seriously impinge on the self-determination of the Palestinian people,” an offense under international humanitarian law.

At a news conference, Chanet called the report “a kind of weapon for the Palestinians” if they want to take their grievances before The Hague-based International Criminal Court.

The Palestine Liberation Organization appeared to suggest it might seek such action, in a statement that called the report’s legal framework a clear indictment of Israeli policy and practice.

“All the Israeli settlement activities are illegal and considered to be war crimes according to the International Criminal Court‘s Rome Statute as well as the Fourth Geneva Convention. This means that Israel is liable to prosecution,” said PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi. The settlements, she added, are “clearly a form of forced transfer and a proof of Israel‘s policy of ethnic cleansing.”

In November, the U.N. General Assembly recognized a state of Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem in a vote that was largely symbolic but infuriated Israel. In December, the Palestinians accused Israel of planning more “war crimes” by expanding settlements.

The Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council was set up in 2006 to replace a 60-year-old commission that was widely discredited as a forum dominated by nations with poor rights records. The United States finally joined the council in 2009, and U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said earlier this month that while all countries should appear for their review “we also consistently registered our opposition to the council’s consistent anti-Israel bias.”

Earlier this week, Israel became the first nation to skip a review of its human rights record by the council without giving a reason. Diplomats agreed to postpone their review until later this year based on Israel‘s request for a deferral.

The council, which could have proceeded with the review or canceled it, said its agreement to defer would set precedent for how to deal with any future cases of “non-cooperation.”

All 193 U.N.-member nations are required to submit to such a review every four years, and council diplomats said they worried that if a nation were let off the hook that could undermine the process.

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