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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Haniyeh calls on Fatah to renounce recognition of Israel - Netanyahu’s time to choose

Surprise, surprise:

Hamas prime minister says recognition of Israel impossible after "the Zionist entity" rejected the Palestinian unity deal.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh  on Friday called on Fatah to renounce their recognition of Israel. Haniyeh was addressing reporters following Friday prayers in Gaza.

His comments came on the background of Israel's denouncing the unity deal reached this week between Hamas and Fatah.

"The presence of the Zionist entity on our land is illegal and it is impossible to recognize it," Haniyeh stated. "Recognizing the Zionist entity cannot be justified after it rejected the rights of the Palestinians and the internal unity," he added.

Haniyeh said that he believedthe deal between Hamas and Fatah would hold up this time because of the changing environment in the Arab world and the lessons learned from past experience.

Also on Friday, Palestinian officials said Egypt has invited Palestinian leaders to Cairo next week for the signing of the unityagreement that would end rivalry among the ruling factions.

The Egyptian-brokered deal, announced unexpectedly on Wednesday, calls for forming a new government acceptable to both Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction, which is dominant in the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip Hamas's rulers.

Israel denounced the agreement, saying Abbas could not be a peace partner if he mends ties with Hamas, a group whose charter calls for the destruction of the Jewish state, but which has said it is open to a long-term ceasefire.

Western powers said the unity deal was an important step, but made clear they expect any new administration to accept international demands, which include the recognition of Israel and a renunciation of violence.

"We have always asked for reconciliation and peace between Gaza and the occupied territory (West Bank). But this can only work if it is done in the necessary environment," said Pierre Vimont, secretary-general of the diplomatic corps of the European Union.


The time has come for the vast majority of Israelis who aren’t interested in the Nobel Prize for Literature or a sabbatical at Berkeley or the University of Trondheim to call a spade a spade.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s response to the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority’s peace deal with Hamas would be funny if it weren’t tragic. Immediately after the news broke of the deal Netanyahu announced, “The PA must choose either peace with Israel or peace with Hamas. There is no possibility for peace with both.”

Netanyahu’s statement is funny because it is completely absurd. The PA has chosen.

The PA made the choice in 2000 when it rejected Israel’s offer of peace and Palestinian statehood and joined forces with Hamas to wage a terror war against Israel.

The PA made the choice in 2005 again when it responded to Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza with a tenfold increase in the number of rockets and missiles it fired on Israeli civilian targets in the Negev.

The Palestinians made the choice in 2006, when they elected Hamas to rule over them.

They made the choice in March 2007 when Fatah and Hamas signed their first unity deal.

The PA made the choice in 2008 when Abbas rejected then-prime minister EhudOlmert’s offer of statehood and peace.

The PA made the choice in 2010 when it refused to reinstate peace negotiations with Netanyahu; began peace negotiations with Hamas; and escalated its plan to establish an independent state without peace with Israel.

Now the PA has again made the choice by signing the newest peace deal with Hamas.

IN A real sense, Netanyahu’s call for the PA to choose is the political equivalent of a man telling his wife she must choose between him and her lover, after she has left home, shacked up and had five children with her new man.

It is a pathetic joke.

But worse than a pathetic joke, it is a national tragedy. It is a tragedy that after more than a decade of the PA choosing war with Israel and peace with Hamas, Israel’s leaders are still incapable of accepting reality and walking away. It is a tragedy that Israel’s leaders cannot find the courage to say the joke of the peace process is really a deadly serious war process whose end is Israel’s destruction, and that Israel is done with playing along.

There are many reasons that Netanyahu is incapable of stating the truth and ending the 18- year policy nightmare in which Israel is an active partner in its own demise. One of the main reasons is that like his predecessors, Netanyahu has come to believe the myth that Israel’s international standing is totally dependent on its being perceived as trying to make peace with the Palestinians.

According to this myth – which has been the central pillar of Israel’s foreign policy and domestic politics since Yitzhak Rabin first accepted the PLO as a legitimate actor in 1993 – it doesn’t matter how obvious it is that the Palestinians are uninterested in peaceful coexistence with Israel.

It doesn’t matter how openly they wage their war to destroy Israel. Irrespective of the nakedness of Palestinian bad faith, seven successive governments have adopted the view that the only thing that stands between Israel and international pariah status is its leaders’ ability to persuade the so-called international community that Israel is serious about appeasing the Palestinians.

For the past several months, this profoundly neurotic perception of Israel’s options has fed our leaders’ hysterical response to the Palestinians’ plan to unilaterally declare independence.

The Palestinian plan itself discredits the idea that they are interested in anything other than destroying Israel. The plan is to get the UN to recognize a Palestinian state in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and Gaza outside the framework of a peace treaty with Israel. The PA will first attempt to get the Security Council to endorse an independent “Palestine.” If the Obama administration vetoes the move, then the PA will ask the General Assembly to take action. Given the makeup of the General Assembly, it is all but certain that the Palestinians will get their resolution.

THE QUESTION is, does this matter? Everyone from Defense Minister Ehud Barak to hard-left, post-Zionist retreads like Shulamit Aloni and Avrum Burg says it does. They tell us that if this passes, Israel will face international opprobrium if its citizens or militarypersonnel so much as breathe in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem without Palestinian permission.

These prophets of doom warn that Israel has but one hope for saving itself from diplomatic death: Netanyahu must stand before the world and pledge to give Israel’s heartland and capital to the Palestinians.

And according to helpful Obama administration officials, everything revolves around Netanyahu’s ability to convince the EU-3 – British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel – that he is serious about appeasing the Palestinians. If he doesn’t offer up Israel’s crown jewels in his speech before the US Congress next month, administration officials warn that the EU powers will go with the Palestinians.

And if they go with the Palestinians, well, things could get ugly for Israel.

Happily, these warnings are completely ridiculous. UN General Assembly resolutions have no legal weight. Even if every General Assembly member except Israel votes in favor of a resolution recognizing “Palestine,” all the Palestinians will have achieved is another non-binding resolution, with no force of law, asserting the same thing that thousands of UN resolutions already assert. Namely, it will claim falsely that Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and Gaza are Palestinian territory to which Israel has no right. Israel will be free to ignore this resolution, just as it has been free to ignore its predecessors.

The threat of international isolation is also wildly exaggerated. Today, Israel is more diplomatically isolated than it has been at any time in its 63-year history. With the Obama administration treating the construction of homes for Jews in Jerusalem as a greater affront to the cause of world peace than the wholesale massacre of hundreds of Iranian and Syrian protesters by regime goons, Israel has never faced a more hostile international climate. And yet, despite its frosty reception from the White House to Whitehall, life in Israel has never been better.

According to the latest data released by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel’s economy grew 7.8 percent in the last quarter of 2010.

International trade is rising steeply. In the first quarter of 2011, exports rose 27.3%. They grew 19.9% in the final quarter of last year. Imports rose 34.7% between January and March, and 38.9% in the last quarter of 2010.

The Israel-bashing EU remains Israel’s largest trading partner. And even as Turkey embraced Hamas and Iran as allies, its trade with Israel reached an all time high last year.

These trade data expose a truth that the doom and gloomers are unwilling to notice: For the vast majority of Israelis the threat of international isolation is empty.

The same people telling us to commit suicide now lest we face the firing squad in September would also have us believe that the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is the single greatest threat to the economy. But that lie was put paid this month with the demise of the Australian town of Marrickville’s BDS-inspired boycott.

Last December, the anti-Israel coalition running the town council voted to institute a trade, sports and academic boycott against Israel. Two weeks ago the council was forced to cancel its decision after it learned that it would cost $3.4 million to institute it. Cheaper Israeli products and services would have to be replaced with more expensive non-Israeli ones.

Both Israel’s booming foreign trade and the swift demise of the Marrickville boycott movement demonstrate that the specter of international isolation in the event that Israel extricates itself from the Palestinian peace process charade is nothing more than a bluff. The notion that Israel will be worse off it Netanyahu admits that Abbas has again chosen war against the Jews over peace with us has no credibility.

SO WHAT is preventing Netanyahu and his colleagues in the government from acknowledging this happy truth? Two factors are at play here. The first is our inability to understand power politics. Our leaders believe that the likes of Sarkozy, Cameron and Merkel are serious when they tell us that Israel needs to prove it is serious about peace in order to enable them to vote against a Palestinian statehood resolution at the UN. But they are not serious. Nothing that Israel does will have any impact on their votes.

When the Europeans forge their policies towards Israel they are moved by one thing only: the US.

Since 1967, the Europeans have consistently been more pro-Palestinian than the US. Now, with the Obama administration demonstrating unprecedented hostility towards Israel, there is no way that the Europeans will suddenly shift to Israel’s side. So when European leaders tell Israelis that we need to convince them we are serious about peace, they aren’t being serious. They are looking for an excuse to be even more hostile. If Israel offers the store to Abbas, then the likes of Cameron, Merkel and Sarkozy will not only recognize “Palestine” at the UN, (because after all, they cannot be expected to be more pro-Israel than the Israeli government that just surrendered), they will recognize Hamas. Because that’s the next step.

It would seem that Israel’s leaders should have gotten wise to this game years ago. And the fact that they haven’t can be blamed on the second factor keeping their sanity in check: the Israeli Left. The only group of Israelis directly impacted by the BDS movement is the Israeli Left. Its members – from university lecturers to anti-Zionist has-been politicians, artists, actors and hack writers – are the only members of Israeli society who have a personal stake in a decision by their leftist counterparts in the US or Europe or Australia or any other pretty vacation/sabbatical spots to boycott Israelis.

And because the movement threatens them, they have taken it upon themselves to scare the rest of us into taking this ridiculous charade seriously. So it was that last week a group of washed-up radicals gathered in Tel Aviv outside the hall where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed Israeli independence, and declared the independence of “Palestine.” They knew their followers in the media would make a big deal of their agitprop and use it as another means of demoralizing the public into believing we can do nothing but embrace our enemies’ cause against our country.

The time has come for the vast majority of Israelis who aren’t interested in the Nobel Prize for Literature or a sabbatical at Berkeley or the University of Trondheim to call a spade a spade. The BDS haters have no leverage. A degree from Bar-Ilan is more valuable than a degree from Oxford. And no matter how much these people hate Israel, they will continue to buy our technologies and contract our researchers, because Cambridge is no longer capable of producing the same quality of scholarship as the Technion.

And it is well past time for our leaders to stop playing this fool’s game. We don’t need anyone’s favors. Abbas has made his choice.

Now it is time for Netanyahu to choose.

UN's Ban cautiously welcomes Palestinian unity deal

Spokesman for UN chief says he wants more moderate Abbas, Fatah to lead unity gov't; stresses deal should not undermine peace with Israel.

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday cautiously welcomed a unity agreement aimed at ending the rivalry among ruling Palestinian factions, but stressed that it should not undermine peace with Israel.

"The Secretary-General welcomes efforts being made to promote Palestinian reconciliation and the important contribution of Egypt in this regard," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said in a statement.

"He hopes that reconciliation will now take place in a manner that promotes the cause of peace, security and non-violence," he said.

The Egyptian-brokered deal, announced on Wednesday, calls for forming a new government acceptable to both Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas'sFatah faction, which is dominant in the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip Hamas's rulers.

Egypt has invited Palestinian leaders to Cairo next week for the signing of the deal, Palestinian officials said on Friday.

Israel denounced the agreement, saying Abbas could not be a peace partner if he mends ties with Hamas, an Islamist group whose charter calls for the destruction of the Jewish state, but which has said it is open to a long-term ceasefire.

Nesirky indicated that Ban wanted Abbas' more moderate Fatah movement to lead any unity government.

"The United Nations has long underscored the need for progress towards Palestinian unity within the framework of the Palestinian Authority led by President Abbas and the commitments of the Palestine Liberation Organization," he said.

"The United Nations will study carefully the agreement as soon as the details are available," Nesirky added.

Fatah: Netanyahu’s Preferred Peace Partner

Prof. Paul Eidelberg

First: Ponder nine of the Fatah Constitution’s 27 paragraphs (which I published eleven years ago in my book Jewish Statesmanship). 

The following is well known to Israel’s political echelon: 

A.  Principles

1.  Palestine is part of the Arab world, the Palestinians are part of the Arab nation and their struggle is part of the struggle of the Arab nation.

2. The Palestinian struggle is an integral part of the worldwide struggle against Zionism, colonialism and international imperialism.

3. The liberation of Palestine is a national duty demanding physical and spiritual assistance from the whole Arab nation.

4. The Zionist movement is racist, colonialist and aggressive in its ideology, its goals, is organization and its methods.

5. The foundation of Israel’s existence in Palestine is the Zionist occupation, based on colonialism.

B.  Goals
6. The complete liberation of Palestine and the economic, political, military and cultural elimination of Zionism.

7. Establishment of an independent, democratic state in all of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital.

C. Method
8.  A revolutionary military struggle as the sole method of liberating Palestine.

9. A military struggle is not a tactic but a strategy, and the military revolution of the Arab Palestinian nation is a decisive component in the struggle for the liberation and the removal of the Zionist entity; the struggle will not be complete until the Zionist state is destroyed and Palestine, in its entirety will be liberated.

Second: Now ask yourself: Is Israel today better off strategically and diplomatically than it was when Netanyahu first became this country’s Prime Minister 15 years ago?

Five Wise Men: How Israel Should Deal with PA's Intention to Declare a State

My sentiments exactly! - Michelle

How should Israel deal with the Palestinian Authority’s intention to declare, with United Nations General Assembly support, a state in all of Judea, Samaria and Gaza this coming September?

Three well-known figures – Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, ex-Ambassador to Egypt Tzvi Maz’el, and Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan - answered this question for the weekly B’Sheva magazine. Hevron Jewish Community David Wilder and the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel also issued their opinions.

Their answers:

Ex-Ambassador to Egypt, Sweden and Romania Tzvi Maz’el: 
We must deal with this on the diplomatic and informational levels… It appears that the Prime Minister is traveling to France and Great Britain to discuss this topic. In my opinion, he must make it clear to the Americans, Europeans, and others that convening the UN General Assembly [for this purpose] will strike a blow at all the agreements we have signed with the [PA], which determined that all problems and issues that arise between us and them… must be solved in direct talks between the sides.

When a foreign body such as the UN decides on the establishment of a Palestinian state, it essentially voids the Oslo Agreements of their content. In such a case, Israel will have to act unilaterally to protect its interests, without coordinating with the PA as we do today…

In addition, all the negotiations between Israel and the PA are based on UN resolutions 242 and 338… and on which were based the Oslo Agreements. The moment that the UN recognizes a Palestinian state, it means that 242 and 338 and all agreements based on them are void. This must be stated, in legal and political terms, as clearly as possible.

In addition, the General Assembly can only recommend, but cannot make binding decisions…

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon:

Let us not frighten ourselves with ungrounded theories. The Palestinian move for unilateral recognition is a threat with nothing behind it, and will not serve the Palestinians. A decision by the General Assembly will not change anything on the ground, and certainly not without Israeli cooperation…

We are working on many fronts to present the Israeli position, and many countries are realizing that this unilateral move is not relevant. The PA’s actions and intentions prove again that they are not interested in real peace with Israel– for if they were, they would come to the negotiating table and talk with us…

Those in our country who say that September will be very fateful for Israel, are often the same ones who systematically call on Israel to retreat from its position. Israel has dealt successfully in the past with even bigger challenges than this one, and has flowered and blossomed afterwards. We are in the midst of a ‘political intifada’ on the part of the PA, and we must continue to watch out for our security and interests…

At a time when we see many changes in regional regimes, it is important for the world’s democracies not to allow the establishment of another terrorist state in the Middle East.

Danny Dayan, Chairman of the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria:

The first and primary thing that the government of Israel must do, even without taking the Palestinians’ intentions into account, is to declare clearly our claim to ownership and sovereignty over all of Judea and Samaria. While the Palestinians claim this area with lies and distortions, we must present the People of Israel’s unshakeable claim to its homeland and its intention to actualize this right. But if the Arabs talks about national rights and Israel demands only security, the game is lost from the beginning.

Of late, the government of Israel has been broadcasting signs of panic in light of the PA’s intentions. Expressions such as a ‘diplomatic tsunami’ that await us [as Defense Minister Ehud Barak said – ed.], simply increase our enemies’ motivation… causing self-fulfilling prophecies. This vicious cycle must be stopped immediately.

How? By making a 180-degree turn in policy: No more promises for concessions and gestures if they drop their unilateral approach, but rather a clear and direct threat that their unilateral steps will be met by some unilateral steps of our own. But not merely declaratory unilateral steps, like the one they are planning, but some very practical ones – such as our annexation, with all that that entails, of all or parts of Judea and Samaria… We have many tools at our disposal… and we must be less restrained in using them.”

David Wilder, Spokesman for the Hevron Jewish Community (written after the announcement of the Hamas-Fatah agreement):
…I believe the agreement is a reason to break out the wine, set up a band, and celebrate. [Because] this time [Shimon Peres] has hit the nail on the head [when he said on Thursday], ‘The agreement will prevent creation of a Palestinian state.’ …

[Netanyahu’s] Bar Ilan 2 speech, to be recited before a full house of Senators and Congressmen in Washington in a few weeks, [had been] just about finished, [including] concession after concession, abandonment of more land to our enemies, relinquishment of additional security precautions, a 'Palestinian state' in temporary borders, perhaps even with a taste of Jerusalem for dessert. It was all set. And now - what bombshell can he initiate? Not a one. At least, certainly not in the direction he planned…

The conflict between Hamas and Fatah [never had] anything to do with ideology. Both agree that the state of Israel is an insufferable thorn in the collective throats of the Arabs that must be plucked out of existence at the first opportunity. Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] certainly hasn't changed his life's philosophy, which he expressed while planning the 1974 Ma'alot massacre and funding the 1972 Olympic terror killings in Germany…

Bibi already announced his acceptance of a Palestinian state. But what can he do now? Every rocket now shot into Israel, at Sderot, Ashkelon or Tel Aviv, has not one signature on it, but rather two: Ismail Haniyeh [Hamas] and Abu Mazen [Fatah]. Gilad Shalit is now a captive of Hamas-Fatah. Every attempted terror attack initiated from Gaza is rubber-stamped: Fatah-Hamas…

Just as G-d hardened Pharaoh's heart, so too, today, He is throwing dust into the eyes of our enemies, blinding them, dulling their senses, and leading them down a dead-end road - leading, not to Israel's destruction, rather to their own obliteration. This does not mean, under any circumstances, that we will have an easy time of it. Far from it. Dead end roads aren't necessarily short, and they can be quite bumpy. But the chances of another Arab state on our eastern border, created with Israel's blessings, have hit the lowest level they've been at in years.
It won't be easy, but we will prevent creation of a Palestinian state. G-d is watching over us. G-d is protecting us, even from ourselves. Thank G-d!
Nachi Eyal, Head of the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel: 

The murder of an innocent person praying at Joseph's Tomb proves that the world cannot allow a Palestinian state. A people whose policemen are murderers cannot join the family of nations. The Forum expects the government of Israel to have its UN ambassador issue a formal complaint to the United Nations, as the murder of a person at prayer is considred a war crime .

Israel’s first Bedouin diplomat will speak next Thursday in the Five Towns Area

DO NOT FORGET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday May 5 at 7:30 PM at Neve Michael

Please join us to hear Ishmael Khaldi, Israel's first Bedouin diplomat. Ishmael was born in Khawalid in the Western Galilee and educated at the University of Haifa and Tel Aviv University. He has served in the IDF, Defense Ministry and the Israeli Police before joining the Foreign Ministry in 2004. He has recently published his biography, A SHEPHERD'S JOURNEY which tells the story of Ishmael's journey from a shepherd to his becoming the first Bedouin diplomat representing Israel and a voice of reason in the Middle East. His book will be available for purchase. The lecture will be in English.

Entrance 20 shekels
Light refreshments.

From Binyamina, on road 652, pass three circles (roundabouts) in Pardess Chana. After the third circle at the Pardes Chana Agricultural School, continue to the next intersection and turn right. Pass one other circle and continue for two blocks to Rechov Hadarim. Neve Michael will be gated in on your left opposite a large field. Turn left and park in the field.

From Hadera, Travel on Road 65 to the Alon Intersection ( the first traffic light after the Gan Shmuel shopping complex ) and turn left into Pardes Chana. At the first traffic circle in Pardes Chana turn right – you will arrive at the main gate of Neve Michael -continue left and at Rechov Hadarim (approximately 20-30 meters) turn right and park in the field that will be to your left.

Leah Pinkas
Five Towns

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No Return to the 1967 Borders - The "Mandate for Palestine" is the Best Reply to "Occupation"

Myths and Facts
In an interview with the German news paper Der Spiegel, the late Israeli diplomat Abba Eban, described Israel's pre-Six-Day War borders as "Auschwitz" lines. 

Eban, a lifetime dove, vowed:
"With Syrians on the mountain and we in the valley, with the Jordanian army in sight of the sea, with the Egyptians ... hold[ing] our throat in their hands in Gaza. This is a situation which will never be repeated in history." [emphasis added]
In the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War, after three Arab armies converged on Israel's nightmarish borders, even the United Nations was forced to recognize that Israel's pre-1967 Six-Day War borders invited repeated aggression. Thus, UN Resolution 242 - which formed the conceptual foundation for a peace settlement - declares that all states in the region should be guaranteed "safe and secure borders."
President Lyndon B. Johnson, in an address on September 10, 1968, declared: "We [The United States] are not the ones to say where other nations should draw the lines between them that will assure each the greatest security." "It is clear, however, that a return to the situation of June 4, 1967, will not bring peace. There must be secure and there must be recognized borders." [emphasis added]

The following document was presented by Eli Hertz at the meeting of the Board of Governors of the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists on December 3, 2009 in Washington D.C.

Dear friend,

Have you ever asked yourself why during the period between 1917 and 1947 hundreds of thousands of Jews throughout the world woke up one morning and decided to leave their homes and go to Palestine? The majority did this because they heard that a future National Home for the Jewish people was being established in Palestine, on the basis of the League of Nations' obligation under the "Mandate for Palestine." This historical document laid down the Jewish legal right to settle anywhere in western Palestine, the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, an entitlement unaltered in international law.

The "Mandate for Palestine" was not a naïve vision briefly embraced by the international community. Fifty-one member countries - the entire League of Nations - unanimously declared on July 24, 1922:

"Whereas recognition has been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country."

American Support for a Jewish National Home:

On June 30, 1922, a joint resolution (the Lodge Fish Resolution) of both Houses of Congress of the United States unanimously endorsed the "establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people," confirming the irrevocable right of Jews to settle in the area of Palestine – anywhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea:

"Favoring the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.

"Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled. That the United States of America favors the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which should prejudice the civil and religious rights of Christian and all other non-Jewish communities in Palestine, and that the holy places and religious buildings and sites in Palestine shall be adequately protected." [italics in the original]

On September 21, 1922, President Warren G. Harding signed the Lodge-Fish Resolution, endorsing the Balfour Declaration and the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

The U.S. Government (not a member of the League of Nations) maintained that her participation in WWI and her contribution to the defeat of Germany and the defeat of her Allies, entitled the United States to be consulted as to the terms of the "Mandate for Palestine."

The outcome of this request was a "Convention [Treaty] between the United States of America and the United Kingdom with respect to the rights of the two governments and their nationals in Palestine," a relationship governed by international law. The Convention contains the entire text of the "Mandate for Palestine" including the preamble and was concluded and signed by their respective plenipotentiaries in London on December 3, 1924; Ratification advised by the Senate, February 20, 1925; Ratified by President Calvin Coolidge, March 2, 1925; Ratified by Great Britain, March 18, 1925; Ratifications exchanged at London, December 3, 1925; Proclaimed, December 5, 1925.

In ratifying the Convention, the United States of America formally recognized the terms of the "Mandate for Palestine" and the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.

Any attempt to negate the Jewish people's right to Palestine - Eretz-Israel - and to deny them access and control in the area designated for the Jewish people by the League of Nations is an actionable infringement of both international law and the Supremacy Clause (Article VI, paragraph 2 of the United States Constitution), which dictates that Treaties "shall be the supreme Law of the Land".

We collectively and individually must do all we can to support the Jewish people and the state of Israel. There is no more crucial time than today, and I believe that this body has the capacity to help defeat the "Occupation" mantra by insisting that the land of Israel has been given to the Jewish people as of right, and in accordance with existing international law.

Eli E. Hertz

Egypt to Permanently Open Rafah

The Rafah crossing will be permanently opened in 7-10 days Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Elarby told Al Jazeera on Thursday.

The move comes as relations between post-Mubarak Egypt and Israel appear to be taking a dangerous turn.

The Egyptian pipeline carrying gas to Israel wasblown up early Wednesday by terrorists leaving Israel, who gets 40% of its natural gas from Egypt, is scrambling to replace shortfalls even as Egyptian interior officials seek to retroactively hike the price the Jewish state pays for its gas.
Gas exports to Israel have long been controversial among Egyptians who overwhelming view Israelis negatively. A recent poll conducted by a research center in the US indicates 54 percent of Egyptians want to cancel the treaty with Israel.

Protests to that effect were staged in Egypt on Wednesday.

And now Egypt plans to open the Rafah crossing immediately after having knowingly brokered a deal between Hamas and Fatahits new leaders knew would be unacceptable to Israel.

The Rafah crossing was closed by Egypt under Mubarak following the 2007 Hamas takeover of Gaza as a means of isolating the terrorist organization.

Smuggling munitions from Sinai to Gaza via smuggling tunnels, and the smuggling of prospective terrorists to Iran and Hizbullah for paramilitary training, has been a pervasive problem since the 2007 Hamas takeover of Gaza.
Nabil did not address how (or if) Egypt's ruling junta planned to address these concerns once the crossing is reopened.

The Rafah border was temporarily opened during riots that erupted throughout Egypt in February, which led to the ousting of Hosni Mubarak.

"Egypt has decided to reopen the border and it will allow up to 300 people from the Gaza Strip to exit each day," Hamas official Ghazi Hamad said at the time.

A significant portion of those allowed into Egypt were Hamas terrorists going to stoke the fires of violence in Egypt's revolution.

Israel has not yet responded to Egypt's announcement.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Sign Petition to Obama Against Palestinian State in Israel - Jordan is Palestine


Petition to the White House
Reject Any Unilateral Declaration
of a Palestinian State in Israel


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To the Honorable Barak Obama,
President of the United States of America

In recent weeks, Palestinian Authority leaders have made numerous statements indicating that they plan to ask the United Nations to unilaterally declare a new Palestinian State within Israel's borders by the summer of 2011.

We, the undersigned, urge you to immediately reject and condemn all discussions in the international community related to the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state in the Land of Israel. No foreign nation should be established within Israel's borders that is not in conjunction with a sustainable peace agreement and with the complete support and agreement of the Government and People of Israel.

Unfortunately, since the State of Israel was established by the United Nations in 1948, the Arab world has refused to recognize its right to exist as a Jewish State. This continues to be true of all the current Palestinian leadership. By rejecting Israel as a Jewish State, they continue to deny its right to exist in peace and security as the national homeland of the Jewish People.

As signers to this letter, it is our firm belief that any unilateral declaration of a Palestinian State will only serve to breed conflict in the region. Furthermore, the only way that there can ever be lasting peace is through a diplomatic process that ensures the following conditions: 1) Israel's borders are defensible according to the opinion of the Israeli military; 2) any autonomous Palestinian entity must be demilitarized; 3) The Arab world must immediately drop any demand or expectation of a right of return for any people who left their homes during Israel's War of Independence.


Please sign this petition from Knesset Minister Dr. Aryeh Eldad, and forward it to all your friends, urging Jordanian King Abdullah to declare Jordan as the new Palestinian State and Homeland.
The New 'Road Map' for Peace starts Now!

Larry Kosberg
As you well know, we are encouraging people to sign this petition so we can declare Jordan the new Palestinian State.  

Please read the petition below. If you agree with this petition, please sign and pass it on. Please let people know about this petition.

Israel is constantly being pressured to allow a Palestinian State to exist.  In response, we are now pressuring Jordan's King Abdullah to declare Jordan the Palestinian homeland.  
80% of Jordanians are so-called "Palestinians". We propose that the rest may join them. Remember, Jordan was part of the British Mandate for Palestine and also part of the Ottoman State of Palestine. That being a fact, why pressure Israel?  Why not pressure Jordan? 

Who are the real racists? As a democratic state, Muslims and Christians live in Israel and have every democratic right. In contrast, Jordan is predominantly Muslim and Jews are not allowed to live there. Therefore, let the Jordanian-Palestine State be for Muslims, and let Israel be for Jews and Israeli-Arabs.  Please watch the video below to find out about the history of this region and why Jordan is Palestine.

Now is the time to stand in support of the state of Israel and to create peace in this region. Let us join in this effort to create a Jordanian-Palestinian State for all regional Arabs. They will never again be able to say that they do not have a state of their own.

Most importantly, after you have signed, please be sure to forward this message to your list and keep this trend going so we may have a significant number of signatures.

Thank you very much,
Michelle Cohen

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The Government of Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu are under  pressure to accept and implement "the  two states solution"  which means a creation of  Palestinian State in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.It was the late Prime Minister Rabin who wrote :"A Palestinian State can be created only on the ruins of the State of Israel". We are concerned that the only political plan to deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - is the plan that endangers the very existence of Israel.Prof. Aryeh Eldad, M.D.(For a detailed biography on Prof. Eldad, please click here.)

The declaration is as follows:

Jordan is Palestine
To His Majesty
The King of Jordan
King Abdullah the Second
The Government and Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Presented this Date, the 25th of May 2011
The 65th Independence Day of the Kingdom of Jordan

As the cries for democracy reach us from Tunis, Egypt, and all around the Arab world, we call upon the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to declare itself the democratic nation state of the Palestinian people.

80% of the population of Jordan are disenfranchised Palestinians. This declarative step would correct that injustice and provide the foundation for a just, comprehensive and lasting peace between the Jewish and Arab peoples.

The late Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin wrote: "A Palestinian State can be created only on the ruins of the State of Israel".

That needn’t be the case. That shouldn’t be the case.

Let Jordan be democratic and free, and let the Palestinian people accept upon themselves the full mantle and responsibility of democratic statehood in Jordan - without the destruction or diminishment of the state of Israel and without the physical transfer of any population, neither Jew nor Arab.

We the undersigned, citizens of the world, representatives of hundreds of thousands around the world, ask the Government of Jordan and King Abdullah the Second, to proclaim the Hashemite Kingdom the democratic nation state of the Palestinians, and with this symbolic and declarative step, make a decisive contribution to Middle East and world peace.

We remind you of the brave words of your father:
“I wish democracy and peace to be my legacy to my people and the shield of generations to come.” - King Hussein I of Jordan