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ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 29.11.2013 18:38

Sunni Arabs react to developments on Iran and Syria

By: ICEJ News

Posted on: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 (All day) +0100

Sunni Arabs react to developments on Iran and Syria

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states broke their stony silence following Saturday’s announcement of a preliminary deal between Iran and the P5+1 nuclear powers by issuing statements early Sunday which reflected guarded optimism. “If there was goodwill, this agreement could represent a preliminary step towards a comprehensive solution to the Iranian nuclear program,” Saudi Arabia’s cabinet said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA. The statement followed slightly stronger statements of support by Qatar and Kuwait earlier in the day. Similarly guarded statements emerged following an announcement that talks will be held in January aimed at ending Syria’s grinding civil war.

“There is a lot of happy talk in the West about this being a real opening, a transformative moment,” (however) for governments in the Persian Gulf this is “way over the top and plays into their fears of [US President Barack] Obama” being weak on supporting their interests, Salman Shaikh, the director of the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. He added that many of these governments are more inclined than ever before to consider pursuing their own nuclear weapons arsenals in order to counter the threat from Iran. He also said he believes the statements of support for the deal by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain come more “from hope rather than conviction, but they have no choice other than seeing how things play out.”

Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon told reporters on Monday that a “Geneva II” conference designed to end Syria’s devastating civil war has been set to convene on 22 January, 2014.

“At long last, and for the first time, the Syrian Government and opposition will meet at the negotiating table instead of the battlefield,” Ban said. “This is a mission of hope. We go with a clear understanding: The Geneva conference is the vehicle for a peaceful transition that fulfills the legitimate aspirations of all the Syrian people for freedom and dignity, and which guarantees safety and protection to all communities in Syria.”

“I expect all partners and parties to demonstrate their support for constructive negotiations,” Ban continued. “All must show vision and leadership...all parties can and must begin now to take steps to help the Geneva conference succeed, including [steps] toward the cessation of violence, humanitarian access, release of detainees and return of Syrian refugees and internally displaced people to their homes.”

Saturday’s announcement of a nuclear deal was believed to have directly paved the way for the Syria peace conference, as the presence of Iran, who along with the Lebanese Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah has been among the strongest supporters of the Assad regime, at the negotiations was fiercely objected to by the Western powers. However, in the wake of the deal, analysts believe they will drop their objections in an effort to build goodwill on the nuclear front.
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EU parliamentarian attacks colleagues for celebrating Palest

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 29.11.2013 18:41

By TOVAH LAZAROFF

11/28/2013 03:51

Fiorello Provera admitted that his support for Israel makes him a rare breed among the EU’s 766-member body.
Eight Italian winemakers visit a Samaria winery
Eight Italian winemakers visit a Samaria winery Photo: Meir Berechya

The attendance by members of the European Union’s parliamentary delegation at the Ramallah celebration in honor of the released Palestinian prisoners last month was “unacceptable” and undermined the EU’s credibility as an honest broker, Italian politician Fiorello Provera said on Wednesday before leaving Israel after a four-day visit.

“It’s disgraceful behavior,” said Provera, who added that he was ashamed for the action of those delegates.

“These people [released Palestinian prisoners] are not freedom fighters. They are no heroes. They are assassins. They killed ordinary people,” Provera said.

“Each of the 26 men has their own story of assassination to tell. Many of their victims were ordinary Israelis who were trying to make a living. Many of them were old and caught defenseless. Although these men were released as a goodwill gesture, they are still criminals,” Provera said in a statement.

“The risk is that a truly goodwill gesture meant to facilitate the peace process becomes the occasion for someone to glorify common criminals,” he said.

In an interview with The Jerusalem Post, Provera admitted that his support for Israel makes him a rare breed among the EU’s 766-member body, known for often taking a more hostile stance toward Israel and a more positive one toward the Palestinians.

Earlier this year the European Parliament passed a resolution in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails that, among others things, called for a fact-finding mission to assess the situation.

But Provera, who is the vice chairman of the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs, has taken a markedly different stand than his colleagues on this issue and others with regard to Israel.

“I am one of the few friends of Israel in the parliament,” he said and added that “this is something that has to change.”

Maintaining a good relationship with Israel is important for Europe and for Italy, said Provera, because it excels in science and technology.

There are also strong historical, religious and cultural ties between them, Provera said.

“Jewish history is the basis of our civilization. The Jewish people are part of my country’s story,” he said.

As the European Union is taking steps to label West Bank settlement products, Provera this week led a mission of eight winemakers who visited wineries in Samaria as well as the Golan and the Galilee.

It is one of a number of trips he has made to Samaria in the last few years, where he has focused in particular on strengthening business ties between Italian and Israeli wineries in that region of the West Bank.

Provera said he opposed steps by the EU to issue legal guidelines against West Bank settlements because he believes such steps would be economically harmful to both Israelis and Palestinians.

“I saw with my own eyes the Barkan Industrial Park [in Samaria] where Israelis and Palestinians work side by side,” Provera said.

He added that coexistence was an important ingredient for a peaceful future.

While Provera supports a two-state solution, he is loath to issue an opinion on what those borders should be. Nor does he believe that the solution should include the demolition of West Bank settlements.

“It’s complicated,” he admitted.

“But it is not imaginable to wipe away all these people,” Provera said.

He came to Israel and to Samaria at the invitation of the Samaria Regional Council’s liaison office, with which he developed a close relationship over the past few years.

But while in Israel he also met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin (Likud). Iran was among the topics they discussed, said Provera, who added that he supports Israel’s position that sanctions should continue until Tehran stops its enrichment of uranium and dismantles its nuclear weapons program.

“I think Israel has the right to be very careful and prudent. Sanctions should not be eased until there is an absolute guarantee that the existence of Israel is not threatened,” he said.
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UNGA ignores world crisis spots to focus on Israel

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 29.11.2013 18:43

UNGA ignores world crisis spots to focus on Israel

By: ICEJ News

Posted on: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 (All day) +0100

UNGA ignores world crisis spots to focus on Israel

The UN General Assembly had a busy schedule on Monday, passing six anti-Israel resolutions including one that declared 2014 the “International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.” Another resolution passed by the GA demanded that Israel cede control of the Golan Heights to Syria’s Assad regime which is currently engaged in a brutal civil war with rebel groups. Another demanded that Israel cease imposing its jurisdiction on Jerusalem and the other three re-iterated long held positions of some of Israel’s most virulent critics at the UN. “We’re concerned about a new year that will bring escalated politicization of influential UN agencies worldwide, doing nothing to help Palestinians or Israelis on the ground, while inflicting yet further damage to the world body’s effectiveness and credibility,” said UN Watch president Hillel Neuer.

“The UN’s drumbeat of excessive, disproportionate and one-sided condemnations of Israel causes polarization, threatens to push the parties further apart and is counterproductive to the already fragile peace process.”

Meanwhile, an Israeli security force on Wednesday that the Salafi Jihadist gunman killed the day before during an arrest raid in the West Bank represented a small but growing threat to the Jewish State, as well as the Palestinian Authority.

“Salafi jihadism is an idea, not an organization,” one source said. “According to this idea, everything that is a state but not ruled according to Islamic law is an infidel entity. For them, this holds true of the Palestinian Authority and Israel. To say that it’s a phenomenon is going too far. But the idea is spreading.”

The three Salafi gunmen who were killed had five accomplices who were arrested.

“They intended to hit soldiers, but civilians might have been next on the target list, in light of the weapons in their possession,” an army source said.
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More European Jews Consider Escaping to Israel

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 29.11.2013 18:47

More European Jews Consider Escaping to Israel

Sunday, November 24, 2013 | Miriam Kuhlmann
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Anti-Semitism

Many European Jews no longer feel safe in their home countries. This is evident from a recent survey conducted by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

On average, 76 percent of Jews surveyed across the continent reported a rise in anti-Semitism in recent years, and 29 percent said they are considering emigrating to Israel as a result.

Nearly 90 percent of respondents said they had encountered people who did not consider Jews to be their fellow countrymen. The problem appeared to be most acute in Hungary, France and Belgium, where the number of Jews who had thought about emigration was much higher.



One in five respondents said that they purposely avoid wearing anything in public that would identify them as a Jew. That particular problem was more acute in Sweden, where 34 percent don't want others to know they are Jewish.

Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, emphasized the importance of this study. The fact that "Jews are no longer able to express their faith because they are afraid should be a turning point for Europe," he said, calling on European governments to take seriously the results of the survey.

Israel Today will cover the problematic rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, as well as a bold new Christian response in our January issue.
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Peace Activist Shocked by Reality of Israeli-Arab Conflict

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 02.12.2013 09:12

VIDEO: Peace Activist Shocked by Reality of Israeli-Arab Conflict

Sunday, December 01, 2013 | Israel Today Staff

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Like many people abroad, Darly Johns of Australia was taken in by propaganda that showed dead and wounded Palestinian children, purportedly the victims of heartless Israeli aggression.

But when Johns decided to do something about the situation and come volunteer in "Palestine," she was greeted by a far different reality wherein local Arab children are actually the victims of child abuse from their own society.

In the following video, Johns tearfully recounts how she came to realize that many of the children whose pictures she had been presented as evidence of Israel's cruelty had in fact died while attacking Jewish men, women and children at the behest of their elders.



And if Johns' own words are not enough, the video includes clips of local Palestinian Arab children reciting precisely what they have been taught: a bloody hatred for the Jews and a deep desire not for peace, but for war and Israel's eventual demise.

The subtitles are all in French and Hebrew, so the following is a translation of most of the statements by the Arab children:

1:38 - [Announcer] Her uncle was a shahid (martyr) and went to paradise. He's now in heaven! [To the young girl] Your uncle?

1:45 - [Girl] He's in paradise.

...

2:42 - [Boy] We should show how our fighters resist. Like the young engineers Mohammed Sawimih and Abu Gnadl.

2:50 - [Interviewer] What did they do?

2:53 - [Boy] They are young engineers who set death traps. They blew up tanks of the Jews.

...

3:03 - They threw stones on the tanks. We went to see when they buried the shahids. And a tank arrived and we threw stones at it, and the soldiers fled.

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3:22 - It's true that we are a small country, but we have young engineers who can make grenades and bombs to blow up the tanks and cause the [Israeli] soldiers to flee.

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3:37 - [Boy] We don't want peace!! We don't want peace!! We want war! We don't want peace. We want to die like all the shahids in Jenin.

3:51 - [Interviewer] What chance is there for peace, if the children are educated to die? The youth do not forget those who died as shahids?

3:54 - [Boy] How can we forget them? We do not forget them. We do not forget the blood of the shahids. It is a shahid, he is with Allah. We do not forget him. We fight until we [also] die as shahids.

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4:44 - [Boy] Allah willing we will have a future, and I will be just like Sheikh Mahmud. That is my future.

4:52 - [Interviewer] Who is this Sheikh Mahmud who you want to be like?

4:55 - [Boy] He was an engineer of planes and everything. He built bombs and sent shahids to blow up everything, buses and everything.

5:03 - [Interviewer] Do you see your future as a shahid?

5:06 - [Boy] No, that's not my future... [Interviewer] Then what is your future?

5:09 - Our future is for Israel to disappear. That is our future. That Israel will disappear, Allah willing.

Johns concludes the interview with the astute observation that the Palestinians "never had any other intention except to eliminate Israel."
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How Long Must Israel 'Give Peace a Chance'?

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 03.12.2013 18:57

How Long Must Israel 'Give Peace a Chance'?

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 | Aviel Schneider

Since US-brokered peace talks resumed at the end of July, Israeli and Palestinian delegations have held more than 15 sessions. The meetings, which took place in Jerusalem and Palestinian-ruled Jericho, focused on thorny “final status” issues: Jewish settlements, Palestinian refugees and the future borders of a Palestinian state; but the most dramatic debate was on Jerusalem.

US Secretary of State John Kerry stepped up the pressure on Israel to reach a deal within the nine-month framework (i.e., by the end of April 2014), warning that failure could spark a Third Intifada (Palestinian uprising).

“How many times does Israel have to make concessions until the world realizes that peace with the Muslim nations is almost impossible?” an official in the Prime Minister’s Office said to Israel Today. “The Arab states cannot come to terms with a Jewish state in their midst.”
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Plot to ambush Jerusalem cars born of Jew hatred, police say

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 04.12.2013 19:06

Plot to ambush Jerusalem cars born of Jew hatred, police say

Police lift gag order over last Thursday's stone-throwing attack on Jerusalem car that resulted in serious injuries to an infant girl, announcing five arrests • After seeing injuries to infant girl, suspects devise alibi.

Efrat Forsher


The suspects in last Thursday's rock-throwing attack leave the court after their remands are extended | Photo credit: Yonatan Zindel


Five Arab teenagers from the village of Sur Baher, on the southeastern outskirts of Jerusalem, have been arrested over the stone-throwing attack on a car last Thursday in which an 11-month-old girl, Avigail Ben-Zion, was seriously injured, Jerusalem police say. The suspects, aged 14 to 17, were motivated by hatred of Jews, police said, lifting a gag order on the case.


Immediately after the incident last Thursday, Jerusalem District police chief Maj. Gen. Yossi Pariente ordered the formation of a special investigative task force in the district's Central Unit. The team, in conjunction with police from the Moriah subdistrict and officers in the Israel Police Special Patrol Unit, quickly detained four minors fAfter intense interrogations, police were able to get the four detained teenagers to give a list of five suspects, whom they then arrested. Police said the five had confessed to the crime and had reconstructed it for investigators.

"The incident was premeditated and timed. They met beforehand and planned to arrive at dusk along that highway to throw rocks," Superintendent Yigal Almaliach of the Central Unit said. "The motive was hatred of Jews."


The suspects told police that two of their friends had planned to meet at 4 p.m. to throw stones at passing vehicles. The seven teenagers met and split up between two locations behind the fence lining the road between the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Ramat Rahel and Talpiyot. One of the teenagers was tasked with scouting for cars carrying Jewish passengers.


As Shirin Ben-Zion drove around a curve in the road, the teenagers in the first group began throwing stones. Shirin's three children were in the back of the car. A stone smashed the window next to baby Avigail, hitting her in the head. When suspects in the first group saw the damage they had inflicted on the vehicle, they fled the scene.


The suspects also told interrogators that the second group of teenagers stayed behind, continuing to throw rocks. They hit a taxi carrying four Arab passengers. The taxi driver pulled the vehicle over and the passengers got out and began chasing after the teenagers, who fled toward their homes.


Later, as the media began reporting the incident, the seven huddled to devise an alibi. They decided to tell anyone who asked that they had been at the dentist at the time of the incident.


The Jerusalem Magistrates' Court decided to extend the remand of the five suspects. Police said the investigation was ongoing, adding that more arrests could be expected in the coming days.


Despite the arrests, several residents in Jerusalem neighborhoods Armon Hanatziv, Arnona and French Hill have complained recently about an increase in stone-throwing incidents. The Jerusalem municipality and police agreed to launch a neighborhood patrol, which has started operating in French Hill.
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Father rushes into Palestinian village to rescue carjacked b

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 04.12.2013 19:10

Father rushes into Palestinian village to rescue carjacked baby

Palestinians force Israeli woman out of her car and take off, oblivious to the toddler in the back seat • The child's father rushes after them, finds the vehicle, abandoned near the Palestinian village of Dir Abzia, with the baby unharmed inside it.

Efrat Forsher and Emily Amrousi


Three Palestinians carjacked an Israeli woman on a highway near Ramallah Tuesday, taking off in her vehicle with her 1-year-old daughter in the back seat. The baby's father rushed to the area and later found the vehicle abandoned near the Palestinian village of Dir Abzia, with the child unharmed inside it.


The incident took place around 3:30 p.m., as the woman, a resident of the Dolev settlement in the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council, was on her way home.


"I was heading home and my daughter was in the back seat. I was at an intersection near our community and a car with an Israeli license plate rammed into me," the woman said.


"I got out of the car to see the damage and saw a car with three men in it. One of them came out to ask if everything was okay, and as we were talking he just got in my car and drove off. I tried to hang on to the back door but I just couldn't. I realized they had my daughter. I don't wish that kind of panic on anyone.


"I was screaming, I tried to get one of the cars driving by to stop. Once someone did I used their phone to call the police and my husband."


The child's father said that he immediately tried to get help: "I went outside and found one of my neighbors who was armed, and we got in his car and raced to the intersection. I knew that the first few moments after a kidnapping are crucial. We were driving in the direction of the nearby [Palestinian] villages and on the side of the road between Dir Abzia and Dir Ariq I saw our car on the side of the road."


According to the father, "The Palestinian police arrived and tried to take me in for questioning in Ramallah, but I refused. There are a lot of carjackings around here, but most of them go unreported by the media because there are no babies involved."
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Norwegian Christian Zionists in Israel to 'apologize' for Os

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 04.12.2013 19:12

Norwegian Christian Zionists in Israel to 'apologize' for Oslo

Delegation will meet with Knesset's Christian lobby and MKs to declare their support for Israel and dissent from the Oslo Accords signed in their country's capital, which they say "tears apart the land of Israel."

Israel Hayom Staff

A delegation of some 40 Christian leaders from Norway was expected to visit the Knesset on Wednesday to apologize for Norway's policies toward Israel.


The delegation members will meet with the Knesset's Christian lobby and with MKs Gila Gamliel (Likud-Beytenu) and Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid) to declare their support for Israel, dissent from the Oslo Accords signed in their country's capital, which they say "tears apart the land of Israel."


The trip was organized by the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem.


According to the ICEJ, "We, Christian leaders in Norway, want to apologize and ask for your forgiveness for the Norway's conduct toward you."
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'I Grabbed a Knife and Ran to Rescue my Daughter'

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 04.12.2013 19:16

'I Grabbed a Knife and Ran to Rescue my Daughter'
by Gil Ronen 'I Grabbed a Knife and Ran to Rescue my Daughter'

When the wife of a resident of Dolev, north of Jerusalem, called frantically to report Arabs had carjacked their car with their one-year-old daughter inside, the Jewish father quickly picked up a knife and drove to the abduction spot, saving his baby.

"I was driving home toward Dolev with the small daughter in the back seat,” the mother recalled Tuesday, in an interview with Yediot Aharonot. “Suddenly, a car began tailgating me, so I accelerated. Then heard something hit the car from the back so I went out to see what happened. There were three Palestinians in the car. One of them got out and asked if something had happened. Before I could answer, he was already inside my car. The two cars drove off, speeding away. I was helpless. The cellphone was inside the car. I ran to the middle of the road, screaming that my girl had been abducted. An Arab man let me call my husband.”

The husband, who is a former officer in an elite IDF unit, was at the family's home in Dolev when he received the call. “She shouted on the phone that the girl had been kidnapped with the vehicle,” he recounted. “I put on my shoes, took a knife and ran outside to save my daughter. I looked for a car I could take and saw that a jeep belonging to a friend who has a handgun was parked outside. We drove off at high speed to the abduction spot.”

The neighbor added: “We knew that every minute was critical, so we drove very fast in order to chase after them, at the same time that we reported to the army.”

The two met the distraught mother at the spot where the abduction occurred. “My wife pointed to the direction they had driven to. I understood that they were en route to Ramallah. We got in the jeep and entered the village at high speed, to rescue her. I was not afraid. I had one thing on my mind – that my daughter's life is at risk here. In the middle of the village, an Arab man stopped and told us, in Hebrew, 'Come with me, things will work out OK.' We drove on and found the car abandoned at the side of the road, with some Palestinians already milling about next to it. I immediately went over to the back door to see that my daughter is OK. She had just woken up. She did not know what was happening around her and was surprised to see me.”

According to the newspaper, some Palestinian Authority police also arrived on the scene and demanded to take the father to questioning, in Ramallah. The father refused. The couple drove off with their baby to the Modiin Illit police station, where police showed the mother photos of known car thieves. They did not reach home until evening.

"I don't want to think what could have happened,” the father said. “If they had decided that they have a bargaining chip in their hands, they could easily have taken her to a basement in Ramallah, and my daughter would be a hostage for bargaining with. Luckily for us, the police acted in a determined way and entered the village without waiting for rockproofed cars.

"We live in a crazy state of defense,” he added, “between fances and patrol cars. It makes no sense that we should feel so exposed nd vulnerable and that any Palestinian who gets a crazy idea into his head, whether criminal or nationalistic, can do what he wants with us. We hope this event will be the last. We live in fear and there is a quiet intifada here.”
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