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Latest News in Israel – 2nd June

UNRWA Road to Terror: Palestinian Classroom Incitement

The Center for Near East Policy Research engaged a team of senior journalists who have produced a new short film on the incitement taking place in UNRWA facilities in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

We intend to screen this film at selected legislative bodies which fund UNRWA.

The U.S. Congress, The Canadian Parliament, The Swedish Parliament, The Danish Parliament, & The Australian Parliament.

In surprise move, Netanyahu says he’s ready to negotiate based on Saudi peace initiative

Israel is prepared to hold peace talks based on the Arab Peace Initiative, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprisingly declared Monday just moments after new Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman took the oath of office, ending a month-long saga over which party would join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.

“I remain committed to making peace with the Palestinians and with all our neighbors,” Netanyahu said in a press conference following the swearing- in ceremony. “The Arab peace initiative includes positive elements that can help revive constructive negotiations with the Palestinians.

“We are willing to negotiate with the Arab states revisions to that initiative so that it reflects the dramatic changes in the region since 2002, but maintains the agreed goal of two states for two peoples.”

The controversial Arab Peace Initiative – long rejected by Jerusalem and also known as the Saudi Initiative – calls for normalizing relations between Arab countries and Israel, in exchange for a complete withdrawal by Israel to pre-1967 lines and a solution to the Palestinian refugee problem.

The Jerusalem Post has learned that Likud MK Tzachi Hanegbi, who was sworn in as minister-without-portfolio in the Prime Minister’s Office and will deal with foreign affairs and defense issues, will be involved in new regional diplomatic initiatives Netanyahu intends to advance in coming weeks. He is the Likud’s most dovish minister.

Netanyahu also praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s offer to advance peace and security in the region. Liberman, who has been critical of Egypt in the past, said he agreed with Netanyahu’s statements, including about the Arab peace plan and reiterated Yisrael Beytenu’s long-standing support for a two-state solution.

Sources close to Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett, however, said he would have a hard time supporting such diplomatic initiatives.

They said the people of Israel elected a right-wing government and deserved to receive one. The diplomatic issue is expected to be one of many disputes within the coalition in the weeks ahead.

A dispute between Netanyahu and Bennett over the appointment of a military secretary to the security cabinet was resolved past midnight Sunday night. The National Security Council will brief security cabinet ministers until a committee appointed by Netanyahu to determine how to proceed further issues its recommendations in three weeks. If the recommendations are not to Bennett’s liking, Bennett’s associates said the dispute could start all over again.

There also expected to be disputes over the state budget; deliberations on the budget in the cabinet will start Tuesday morning.

When he agreed to join the coalition, Liberman withdrew from his party’s demands on matters of religion and state, but he opposes a controversial bill that will come to a vote in the Knesset Wednesday that requires harsh punishments for people who are not Chief Rabbinate recognized rabbis who conduct wedding ceremonies in Israel.

Yisrael Beytenu formally joined the coalition Monday night following approval by a 55-43 Knesset vote in which Likud MK Bennie Begin abstained and rebel Yisrael Beytenu MK Orly Levy-Abecassis did not participate. In addition to Liberman, Yisrael Beytenu MK Sofa Landver was sworn in as immigrant absorption minister. Along the guidelines of the so-called Norwegian Bill, which allows a minister or deputy minister from each coalition party to be replaced by the next name on the party’s Knesset list, Liberman quit the Knesset Monday night. He will be replaced by Holon city councilwoman Yulia Malinovsky, who will be the Knesset’s 33rd woman.

Ahead of the vote approving the coalition agreement, the Knesset conducted a stormy debate on the issue in which opposition MKs harshly criticized Liberman.

Zionist Union MK Erel Margalit read a speech full of insults to Netanyahu that were all uttered by Liberman over the past year.

Zionist Union MK Yoel Hasson poked fun at a statement by Liberman last month that if he became defense minister, he would assassinate Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh within 48 hours. Hasson started a countdown until Haniyeh’s death.    (Jerusalem Post)

French Peace Plan Seeks Rigid Deadlines for Every Stage of Israeli-Palestinian Talks

The French government wants the foreign ministers meeting in Paris on Friday about an international Israeli-Palestinian peace conference to agree that future negotiations between the two sides will take place within a limited timeframe, according to a document disseminated by the French Foreign Ministry to the countries taking part in the meeting.

According to the document, the French propose that a goal of the discussions starting Friday will be to formulate parameters for a solution to the core issues of a permanent peace agreement. All direct negotiations in the future would be based on these parameters.

The three-page document, which Haaretz has obtained, is a “non-paper” distributed by the French Foreign Ministry to the 28 countries to take part in the meeting. Among those in attendance will be Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The document is a paper of talking points and represents the views of France only. The United States and some of the other states attending the meeting disagree with sections of the paper and would prefer to see a general joint statement at the conclusion of the meeting.

Neither Israeli nor Palestinian officials will attend the meeting, which is a preparatory gathering ahead of the international peace conference the French want to hold late this year with the two sides’ participation. It is expected that the document will be discussed Wednesday in a meeting of senior diplomats, who will determine the agenda for Friday’s meeting.

The document surveys the background of the French peace initiative and determines that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the key issue in the Middle East. The conflict “creates precariousness and insecurity. It fuels radical rhetoric and extremist violence. Moving towards its resolution is as urgent as ever,” according to the document, which adds that “the two-state solution is threatened to the point of being made almost impossible. It should be preserved, and urgently so. Fatalism is not an option. A renewed international engagement is necessary.”

The French document notes that agreement can only be reached in direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians. However, it also states that there are major gaps between the parties and there have been no talks since the failure of the American peace initiative in April 2014. Neither is there any indication, according to the document, that the parties will renew talks on their own, hence the need for an outside process that will lead them back to the negotiating table.

The French government states in the document that the international community can assist in restarting the peace process and calls on various international entities, among them countries in the region that have an interest in the process and “need to put their political weight on this issue.”

The parameters the document sets relate to the core issues of the conflict – borders, security, refugees, Jerusalem, settlements and water – around which future negotiations will revolve.

“The international community can build on the work developed by the United States in elucidating the core issues and therefore it can help devise solutions, and offer assistance and guarantees for their implementation. It can provide a framework to accompany them to their conclusion,” the document states. It adds that the international community can also “create incentives to show the parties and their populations that they can both concretely benefit from peace. It can try to create an environment in which future talks can take place,” the document states.

The document stresses that the French want all agreements reached by the ministers at Friday’s meeting to be included in a joint announcement that could be released at the end of the meeting. The statement “would reaffirm the validity of the two-state solution” and the support for it, and would present a way forward.

“With regard to limitations on a timeframe for negotiations, the document states: “Time is not a neutral factor, given the steady erosion of the two-state solution. An open-ended approach would be oblivious to the reality on the ground and the constant risks of escalation. Ministers will agree on the principle that a clear timetable will need to be established for the negotiations when they restart, and that some interim review might be necessary to gauge the seriousness of the process.”

The French document notes that in light of the international initiatives which are underway simultaneously – such as the report in preparation by the Quartet and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s regional initiative – the approach of the ministers at the meeting should be “consultative, seeking the broadest consensus … rather than a more prescriptive approach.”

The document notes the issues on which agreement is to be sought in Friday’s meeting by stating: “When they meet on June 3, ministers may want to agree (a) on a common assessment, that the two-state solution is the only option, that it is severely threatened and needs to be preserved; (b) on the reaffirmation of the concrete support that they would be ready to bring to facilitate the preservation of the two-state solution and its implementation; (c) on a common view of how to reenergize the peace process, and what a conference should aim at; (d) on a series of taskings and actions to be carried out in the run-up to the conference; (e) on a method and a timetable for the conference.”

The French state that the meeting “might task work in particular” on “short-term recommendations on both sides and regionally to preserve the two-state solution and to prevent an escalation, economic incentives; regional security and cooperation.”                         (Haáretz)

‘Jerusalem was ours and will remain ours,’ PM says

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made clear Wednesday that he was opposed to a return to the pre-1967 division of Jerusalem in a future peace deal, and slammed a UNESCO resolution eliding Jewish ties to the Temple Mount.

“Our roots are deeper than any other nation’s, including to the Temple Mount. Jerusalem was ours and will remain ours,” he said, speaking in a special Knesset session marking Jerusalem Day.

Israel doesn’t need to “make excuses for [its] presence in Jerusalem,” he added, but he did not definitively rule out any territorial concessions in the city.

“We remember Jerusalem up until the [1967] Six Day War,” he said, when the city was split, with Israelis excluded from the Old City and its eastern neighborhoods. “We certainly do not want to return to that situation.”

“I believe the Six Day War clarified to our enemies that we are here to stay,” he added.

The prime minister also lashed out at an “absurd and outrageous” UNESCO resolution from April that omitted the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, the Western Wall and Jerusalem generally. The resolution accused Israel of “planting fake Jewish graves in Muslim cemeteries” and of “the continued conversion of many Islamic and Byzantine remains into the so-called Jewish ritual baths or into Jewish prayer places.”

“These historical distortions are reserved solely for Jews,” Netanyahu said.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog took to the podium after the prime minister, lambasted the latter’s partial endorsement of the Arab Peace Initiative on Monday and announced that “words mean nothing without action.”

In his address, Herzog said Israel must strive for an agreement to keep Jerusalem “Jewish and moral, whole and secure.”

“Your talk about regional opportunities is very impressive, but you must take care that they are not seen as flip-flopping or empty statements,” he said to Netanyahu, referring to the prime minister’s joint press conference on Monday with new Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in which the two pledged support for parts of the 2002 Arab proposal.

“Jerusalem will not remain Jewish and moral, whole and secure if there is no dramatic change and unless we reach a peace deal,” said Herzog.

Meretz leader Zehava Galon, meanwhile, accused Jewish Home’s Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel of visiting the Temple Mount earlier in the day, an allegation later denied by Knesset Speaker Yuli EdelsteinGalon said Ariel had broken a Knesset ban on lawmakers visiting the Temple Mount on Wednesday morning. Edelstein said that the information was false, and because the issue was so “volatile” it was important to emphasize that no Knesset members had visited the holy site since they were barred from the area late last year amid rising tensions in the capital.

Jerusalem Minister Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) urged the government to improve infrastructure in the city’s eastern Arab neighborhoods, but emphasized that Jerusalem would remain united under any future peace agreement.

“Unfortunately, one hears talk that in order to save Jerusalem, one must divide it. The Israeli public doesn’t want the city divided, and that’s why we will remain in power,” said Elkin. “If we place a clear red line against dividing Jerusalem, as has been for years, we will be able to reach a [peace] deal, it doesn’t matter with which initiative — French, Saudi, or any other initiative.”

Israel on Sunday will mark Jerusalem Day, a national holiday that celebrates the 1967 Israeli capture of the Western Wall and Temple Mount holy sites, along with the city’s eastern half. (the Times of Israel)

Avigdor Lieberman’s first day as defense minister

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who on Tuesday began his first day as defense minister after an inauguration ceremony in the Kirya (army headquarters) in Tel Aviv, delivered a statement the same afternoon in which he shared his views on the IDF and the country in general.

“Israel is the only country in the world with the concept of “the army is the state which is not a cliche but the reality. Even today, most of the soldiers in battle are reserves, people who from day-to-day are civilians. That is why the job of the IDF…is a lot more significant than the work of other countries.” He said.

Lieberman also said that the IDF was of paramount importance not just for its military purpose but also for its influence on society “Since the founding of the IDF, it has not only been the shield of Israel but also the melting pot of Israeli society and its civic duties are no less significant that its military duties. Therefore, I see the first task of the IDF to be the protection of national resilience.”

This national resilience delineated by Lieberman by way of three core principles

“First, we don’t have the luxury of conducting a war out of choice. We are only able to conduct wars when there is no choice and we have to succeed in them,” he continued. “We also do not have the luxury of fighting wars of attrition. As a democracy, issues relating to war and peace must carry the will and support of the large majority of people and must not rely on a single vote in the Knesset.”

The second principle, Lieberman said, related to national unity: “When there is a conflict between the unity of the nation or unity of the land, unity of the people is of greater importance.”

Lieberman then digressed from military matters in his third principle, focusing instead on equal opportunity in Israel. “If I could translate this into something tangible, it would be by dramatically reducing the gap in the percentage of success in matriculation exams in high schools. The fact that the percentage of those passing their exams in Kiryat Malakhi stands at 49.85 per cent compared to in Ra’anana where it is 86.35 per cent is something which a healthy society cannot allow. There is a lot to be done on this issue,” he declared.

Lieberman cited his own experiences to praise the opportunity in Israel for new immigrants and Israelis alike. “The fact that I moved to Israel in 1978 without knowing the language, without having contacts here and without capital and I now sit here with the general staff as defense minister…proves that Israel is a land of opportunity without limits and that we are more American than America.”

To conclude, I want to say that I intend to work here 24/7 and that I believe in powerful politics and powerful security….I thank my predecessor Moshe Ya’alon about whom many times I have shared my opinion but who has many positives and has made outstanding contributions to Israel’s security. I intend to work with Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and I am sure that, together we will protect the security of the Israel’s citizens.”

Earlier in the day Lieberman telephoned Ya’alon requesting a meeting with him in order to assist with a smooth transition of the portfolio. Ya’alon said that he would meet with Lieberman and wished him success in his new post.

After Ya’alon announced his resignation from politics he promised that if Leiberman requests a meeting with him he would oblige in a professional manner. Bidding farewell, he caled on his listners to “Remember: The army must succeed but it must stay humane, also after battle or after operations or wa it must protect our values and stay humane. I trust you to continue to lead us to success.”

After the conversation, Lieberman convened his first meeting as defense minister with Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot. Appearing in photos distributed by the defense ministry of the meeting with Eisenkot are open documents. Among other things, documents can been seen showing the number of people hit by terror attacks since the year 2000, and a command report dealing with in-depth discussions as well as a document on which Eisenkot had ironically written that he wanted to talk with Lieberman at their first meeting on ” openness , transparency and mutual dialogue.

The Yisrael Beytenu chairman clarified after he was sworn into the government on Monday evening that he supports a two-state solution: “There was a lot of speculation about what was the policy of the government. I want to remind everyone that for many years I have spoken more than once about the same solution – two states for two peoples. I also think that I supported (Netanyahu’s) Bar Illan speech (in which he outlined his support for such a solution).”

“Egyptian President al-Sisi’s speech was extremely important and he created a real opportunity. We have an obligation to try and rise to the challenge,” Lieberman said

During a joint declaration with the prime minister, Lieberman said: “There are also positive elements in the Arab initiative which allow for a serious dialogue with all of the neighbors in the region.”

For his part, Netanyahu also promised that “the government will conduct prudent and responsible security policy and will not cease to search for the way to peace.” Netanyahu also pointed out that he was “obligated to achieve peace with our Palestinian neighbors and will all of our neighbors.”

“The Arab peace initiative includes positive elements which can help restore constructive negotiations with the Palestinians. We are ready to begin negotiations with Arab countries about the development of the initiative in a way that will reflect the dramatic changes that have occurred in the region since 2002 but will safeguard the goal of two states for two peoples. To this end we welcome the latest speech by Egyptian President al-Sisi and his suggestion to advance peace and security in the region.”               (Ynet News)

Israel hosts largest ever anti-BDS summit at UN Headquarters

Some 1,500 pro-Israel activists, students, and representatives of Jewish organizations among others attended the largest gathering to date against the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement, hosted by the Permanent Israeli mission to the United Nations at the UN Headquarters. The event, entitled “Building Bridges, Not Boycotts” begun with an opening session held in the General Assembly hall of the United Nations, a place often described as hostile to Israel. “Look around you,” Israel’s ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told attendees. “This is a historic moment in the UN.”

“Never before have so many people, from so many places, gathered here in the General Assembly to declare unanimous support for the State of Israel,” he said to the cheering audience. “One day, you will tell your children: ‘I was there when we stopped BDS’.”

In his speech, Danon also said that BDS is “the true face of modern anti-semitism” and that it has “infected” the United Nations.

“You will never win,” Danon said, addressing “those who want to see an end to the Jewish State.”

“Our people have overcome every threat and every enemy. We stand strong we stand together and we will defeat you once and for all,” he added. Pro-Israel and Jewish students were largely present at the event. Among them was recent New York University Graduate Yaniv Hoffman, who came as a representative of the organization “Realize Israel”, founded at NYU two years ago and aiming to educate about Israel on campus. Hoffman told the Post that although he doesn’t feel the tension with BDS advocates on campus on a daily basis. The movement’s presence at NYU has caught much attention after the Graduate Student Union passed a controversial pro-BDS resolution last month. “I think it’s great just to bring everyone together to talk about this issue,” he said. “It’s exciting to have all these people in one room fighting for something important especially in this room.”

Board members of the American Jewish Committee’s New York Branch Emily Benedek and Elissa Bernstein were also in the room on Tuesday. “Frankly I’m amazed that the UN is allowing this conference to take place here,” Bernstein told the Post.

“BDS represents the mindset of future world leaders and future opinion makers and so we are very concerned about what is being taught in academia, what is being taught in universities in Europe, in the US and what the next generations are going to think about Israel,” she explained.

Benedek too said she views BDS as “an atrocity” that is “growing like a fungus”.

“It’s long lived, it’s growing and it’s hard to get a handle on so it’s gonna require the best minds and a sustained activity against it,” she explained. But representatives of Jewish groups and organizations were not the only ones in attendance.

Chriss Portella, who is originally from the Congo, and runs a consulting firm representing African organizations in the US, said he wanted to show his support for Israel by attending the conference. “I do a lot of work with nonprofit organizations and as part of a nonprofit you have to fight against inequality, unnecessary boycotting, gender inequality etc,” he told the Jerusalem Post. “So anywhere i can attend an event where I can learn more about anything that is against Israel, because I do support Israel, obviously I have to be there.”

“I want to know what the solutions are going to be,” he added. “All these organizations that are boycotting Israel, should the rest of the world boycott them at the same time in order to stop it? I want to learn how we can solve this problem.” Tuesday’s summit was organized in partnership with over a dozen Jewish organizations including the World Jewish Congress, Keren HaYesod, the American Center for Law and Justice, the Anti-Defamation League, the Zionist Organization of America, Israel Bonds and many others.        (Jerusalem Post)

Fighting for Israel on another front Reservists on Duty group counters BDS

A group of IDF reservists is preparing for a fight on another front – countering the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement sweeping its way across US college campuses.

“We must create a shock wave [to fight BDS] because, otherwise, the efforts are just not working at the moment,” Amnon Goldstof, co-founder of Reservists on Duty, told The Jerusalem Post recently.

The organization was established in January to counter the Breaking the Silence group, an NGO that provides anonymous testimonies of alleged IDF transgressions.

Since its establishment, the group has expanded its activities to target the growing BDS movement, attracting the support of hundreds of IDF reservists, as well as military brass and MKs from across the political spectrum.

“Today, the main goal of our organization is to fight against the new anti-Semitism and the groups that lead it, primarily BDS,” Goldstof said.

According to Goldstof, the boycott movement is a manifestation of classic anti-Semitism “pure and simple” and he sees it as his civic duty to fight the phenomenon.

“Old anti-Semitism wanted to see a world without Jews, and the new anti-Semitism wants to see a world without a Jewish country,” he said.

There are many groups trying to counter the BDS movement, he added, though most are trying to use hasbara, public diplomacy, to depict a positive picture of Israel rather than to confront the phenomenon head-on.

“Everyone wants people to see how good Israel is, how much we have to offer, but this isn’t working [against BDS],” he said.

“We decided to change strategies, stop being on the defensive and to go on the offensive and stop apologizing and to, instead, expose BDS for what it really is,” he explained.

The group is working on a campaign set to launch in the coming months that aims to provide a direct and “shocking” response to the boycott efforts.

“Everyone will know what BDS is, what new anti-Semitism is, and what the dangers are – we have been there in the past,” he said.

Goldstof, along with other members of the organization, is currently touring college campuses and meeting with Jewish students and parents in the United States to learn firsthand about BDS and form partnerships with organizations fighting it.

“Every week we are visiting more campuses and hearing lots of stories and learning more about BDS,” he said.

For example, he said the group has learned that many of the leaders of BDS are Jewish and Israeli students in the US.

“It is a lot about the identity of Jewish youth that is looking for the victim to identify with. We need to bring back the pride for Israel,” he said.

The worry is more among the parents’ generation than among the younger generation, he explained.

“The parents grew up with Israel not being something that can be taken for granted as opposed to the youth who grew up with the State of Israel and the IDF as something that has been there and that can be taken for granted.”

Goldstof reiterated a number of anecdotes he has heard from students and parents regarding bullying and aggressive actions targeting Jewish students by BDS activists on a number of campuses.

“In Israel, we are comfortable because we live with a certain security, but when you go on campus [in the US] you see Jews being attacked, whether they are Zionist or non-Zionist,” he said. “Simply because they are Jewish.”

He called it “unbelievable” that in 2016, Jews are afraid to walk around on the streets of many countries in the world and that every Jewish institution must hide behind a security barrier.

“It is as if the world didn’t wake up – 70 years later [after the Holocaust] and the world doesn’t realize the direction it is heading in,” he said.

Still, Goldstof asserted, while he is overly pessimistic about this new anti-Semitism, he is ready for the fight, with the collaboration of many new Jewish organizations he has met on his US visit.

“Like in war, there are a lot of battles, you win some and you lose some,” he said. “We see this as our civic duty to fight for the Jewish people and for Israel.”              (Jerusalem Post)

US army may use soon Israeli-designed ‘suicide drones’

Will the United States start using Israeli suicide drones?

It might, after Israeli defense company UVision teamed up with US defense giant Raytheon, to adapt the Israeli-designed Hero-30 remotely-operated loitering munition to US military requirements.

Now, both companies are jointly offering it to American infantry forces for use on future battlefields.

Yair Dubester, Director of UVision, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that the Hero 30, if acquired by the US, would appear in potential future combat zones around the globe.

Unlike larger suicide drones, the Hero 30 is designed for individual soldier use. Each soldier can carry up to three.

The Hero 30 is the lightest member of its loitering munition family, and weighs just three kilograms. It carries a half kilogram warhead.

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Suicide Drone

Launched from a canister using air pressure alone, it can fly on its electrical engine and wings for up to 30 minutes, before attacking a target like a missile.

During its launch, the munition does not leave behind a thermal or acoustic signature, Dubester said, adding that it sounds “like a champagne bottle being opened.”

The US realized the need for such weapons in Afghanistan and Iraq, Dubester said. “They concluded that without this, they don’t go to war,” he said.

Past products looked more like planes, and attacked at relatively shallow angles. They served American special forces.

Now, the US army is about to open a tender for Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile Systems (LMAMS), Dubester said, as part of a plan to make such weapons, small, extremely accurate to avoid friendly fire, and accessible to all infantry soldiers.

“Through past sales, which I can’t detail, we recognized their awareness to these products. Raytheon then linked up with us,” Dubester said. The Hero 30 “take off like a missile and flies like a drone. It can carry out day and night surveillance like a drone. When it finds a target, it can attack from above, or behind,” Dubester said. “The hard part was teaching a missile to fly like a plane,” he added, referring to the system’s wings, which enable it to loiter and search for targets.

Should the US buy the munition, it would represent the closing of a long circle, which began when the US purchased Israel Aerospace Industry’s Pioneer and Hunter drones in the 1980s and 1990s, before producing American-made platforms.

“The systems they use today still have Israeli DNA,” Dubester said, adding that IAI was linked to the development of the infamous predator drone.

In a statement released in recent days, Raytheon said that “the adapted system will meet the U.S. Army’s requirement for Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile Systems.” (Jerusalem Post)

The Peace Charade – Jonathan S. Tobin (Commentary)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday: “I remain committed to making peace with the Palestinians and with all our neighbors. The Arab peace initiative includes positive elements that can help revive constructive negotiations with the Palestinians. We are willing to negotiate with the Arab states revisions to that initiative so that it reflects the dramatic changes in the region since 2002, but maintains the agreed goal of two states for two peoples.”

There were good reasons why Israel did not rush to embrace the Saudi proposal, which included recognition of Israel and an end to the conflict. The Saudis presented it as a take-it-or-leave-it proposal. Its terms required Israel to give up every inch of land it won in 1967, including Jerusalem.

It also said that peace must also include a “just” solution to the question of Palestinian refugees, a poison pill that is equivalent to calling for an end to Israel as a Jewish state because the only “just” solution in the eyes of the Muslim world is a “right of return” that means the elimination of Israel.

The international community is heading to Paris later this week to hold a conference at which they’ll discuss ways to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The Palestinians are happy about that because their sole object is avoiding direct negotiations with the Israelis. They far prefer diplomatic exercises such as the one promoted by the French because it diverts attention from their intransigence.

At no point has the international community come to grips with the grim fact that Palestinian national identity is inextricably tied to the war they have been waging on Zionism for a century.

If the U.S. or the French are serious about peace rather than merely bashing Israel, they’ll act on Netanyahu’s suggestion. But don’t hold your breath.

The goal – UNRWA Reform

Hate education for Palestinian children partly financed by Australia

The latest in a series of videos exposing hate education in United Nations Relief and Works Agency schools has been released.

Produced by the Center for Near East Policy Research this short documentary shows how schools in Palestinian Arab refugee camps continue to inculcate incitement against Jews and Israel. Spanning elementary, intermediate and high schools these children are being indoctrinated to become future jihadists, martyrs and murderers. This has been going on for quite some time and yet donor nations prefer to avert their eyes and pretend that nothing untoward is happening.

They prefer to accept the assurances provided by UNRWA and its army of apologists.

One has to wonder how in the face of incontrovertible evidence provided by the students themselves and the text books which have been translated by experts from Arabic, it is business as usual. Millions of dollars continue to pour into the coffers of an organization which is dedicated to the perpetuation of refugee misery and whose schools are breeding grounds for the next generation of terrorists.

There are many well-meaning individuals in Israel who have established sporting groups which bring together Israelis and Arabs in order to prove that sport can overcome the toxic effects of a poisoned education and upbringing. In their own limited sphere of influence they are helping to spread an ethos of tolerance to the participants of these programmes. However when faced with the mass indoctrination taking place in schools in particular and amongst Arab society in general the prognosis seems anything but positive.

This scandalous situation will only change when donor nations demand accountability and refuse to fund the sort of education exposed in this documentary.

UNRWA’s website lists Australia as its 13th largest donor, contributing just under US$ 16 million  [A$22.34 million].

Watch this latest video above and judge for yourselves.   (Jwire)