The Palestinian leadership, which has criticised the peace proposal, was not consulted about the upcoming conference in Manama, which is not expected to address the core political issues of the conflict: final borders, the status of Jerusalem, or the fate of Palestinian refugees.
The PLO, meanwhile, has dismissed the Kushner effort as an attempt to bribe Palestinians into accepting Israeli occupation of the West Bank, a prelude to Israel annexing about half their territory and leaving them with scattered cantons.
PLO official Hanan Ashrawi wrote that the Kushner plan and the Bahrain conference in late June were just "a handout to make our captivity palatable". (They can leave Jewish land at any time!)
Hamas, which administers the besieged Gaza Strip, has also rejected the US peace plan.
Palestinian businesspeople have opposed the Bahrain gathering despite a plea by Washington to attend, saying their political demands must be addressed in any peace plan.
Qatar said economic prosperity cannot be achieved without political solutions acceptable to Palestinians, while Oman said anything that precludes the establishment of a Palestinian state would not be acceptable... (Any peace plan, which does not include end of occupation of Jewish land by enemy population, is destined to failure! This plan can be implemented and executed by Israel only – political will and courage is required!)
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
When will it be enough for Netanyahu and his government to understand that only by removing enemy population from Jewish land will the end of terror come? For this, Israeli politicians must regain self respect!
Israeli intelligence has identified a huge acceleration in Iran's preparations for the resumption of uranium enrichment. At the same time as Iran is sending messages that it is ready to renew negotiations on the nuclear agreement.
Hebrew University Einstein Institute of Mathematics’ Professor Emmanuel Dror Farjoun signed an open letter calling to boycott the International Physics Olympiad, for high school student competitors from some 80 countries, set to be held in Israel in July.
A runaway monkey who fled from a convent in Lebanon has been captured, some 25 kilometers away in the community of Majd al-Kroum in northern Israel. The monkey was checked over by an Israeli veterinarian to make sure he is healthy.
Five Democratic senators, including the party’s deputy leader in the chamber and two leading presidential candidates, introduced a resolution decrying any Israeli plan to annex West Bank territory, an apparent shot across the bow at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has recently spoken in support of extending Israeli sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria.
Most Likud ministers are vehemently opposed to a move to allow Ayelet Shaked into the party. They said that they agreed to the merger with the Kulanu party, but feel that bringing Shaked into the party would push them down the party's list of Knesset candidates.
1. An investigation into the recent wave of fires in Israel suggests that hundreds of blazes were sparked intentionally, the work of Arab arsonists operating in the greater Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh areas.
(Fake Palestinians have no affiliation and respect for Jewish land they falsely claim as their own.)
A large group of Palestinians set fire to the compound containing Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus. “The burning and desecration of Joseph’s Tomb last night is a blatant violation and contradiction of the basic value of freedom of worship..." said IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner. (Islam claims its roots in Judaism, but has no respects for Torah/Jewish religious heritage - What a HYPOCRISY!)
The Gazan terror groups have restocked their arsenal of rockets to where they had been before the last war with Israel. Through smuggling via their tunnels that lead into Egyptian territory, as well as local manufacturing, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad have brought their stock back up to an estimated 10,000 rockets, out of which hundreds are capable of reaching major Israeli population centers. (It all has happened while BIBI was watching and did nothing, and still does NOTHING!)
The European Union (EU) Delegation to Israel awarded 423 Israeli companies and researchers that won Horizon 2020 grants in 2018. Grants totaling over 742 Million Euro have been awarded to 1,062 Israeli projects since the beginning of the program through the end of 2018. (BDS this!)
Despite a prior announcement by Prime Minister Netanyahu that he had instructed the authorities to prevent the opening of a new mosque at the Temple Mount’s Mercy Gate (Sha’ar HaRahamim), the Jordanian Islamic Waqf on the Temple Mount has continued construction work at a feverish pace, causing irreparable damage to the ancient structure. (Government of Israel does nothing to stop destruction of Jewish history by enemies on the Temple Mount, but quite pro-active in preventing Jews from visiting and performing Jewish prayers there!)
Two police officers were injured, and one had her firearm stolen on Friday during a clash with residents of the southern Bedouin town of Hura. The incident started when a police force arrived in the town to carry out an arrest. Residents began throwing stones at the officers and fought with them. (It is dangerous for a Jew to walk or drive through of many towns and places, inhabited by Arabs and others, in Israel. When will this stupidity end? Israel is the only Jewish state!)
The head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza, Ziad Nakhaleh, warned that terror groups in the Strip have the ability to fire 1,000 rockets a day into Israel for a month and have some missiles that can carry a half-ton explosive warhead. (Why is Israel is waiting for more Jewish casualties? ‘Proportional’ response has not worked - our enemies do not respect ‘liberalism’!)
Quote of the Week:
“Netanyahu is talented, intellectual, charismatic, and eloquent. With these qualities Netanyahu manages to fool everyone, including the innocent leaders of Yesha. Their meeting last week with him, their crawling into his arms reminds us of the return of a battered wife to her husband, when everyone knows that there was never a prime minister of Israel who abused the residents of Judea and Samaria like him... There is an alternative to Netanyahu within the nationalist camp. Katz, Erdan, Levin, Elkin - could replace Netanyahu.” - by Yaakov Katz - (Most of them have faded out or left Likud since it was written on 16/06/2017!)
by Prof. Hillel Frisch
It is a widespread belief that Palestinian hopelessness feeds terrorism and the prospects for peace decrease it. This has always been false. In fact, the opposite is true: when Palestinians feel hopeless, Palestinian terrorism declines; when they are hopeful of gaining the upper hand, Palestinian terrorism increases. An Israeli iron fist is necessary to save both Israeli and Palestinian lives...
The more Israel made concessions to the Palestinians – the creation of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the granting to PLO leadership and major Palestinian terrorists entrance into the West Bank and Gaza and even Israel – the higher the terrorist toll climbed. In 1992, when the Palestinians realized Israel was going to withdraw from Gaza to make way for some kind of Palestinian autonomy, the number of Israelis killed jumped from 11 the previous year to 34. After the signing of the Declaration of Principles and the establishment of the PA in the summer of 1994, that figure nearly doubled (61). When the PA was expanded in 1995 to include the major Arab towns in the West Bank, they killed 65 people, mostly as a result of three suicide bombings. The towns had become terrorist sanctuaries into which the IDF could not enter for fear of international condemnation.
The left-of-center Israeli government and leading left-wing intellectuals called the victims of these terrorist acts korbanot hashalom, or sacrifices killed on the altar of peace. Needless to say, many relatives of the victims, as well as other Israelis, found this appellation offensive.
Palestinian hopelessness set in after Netanyahu’s electoral victory in 1996. According to the mantra, terrorism should then have increased. The opposite took place. Terrorism declined dramatically: it more than halved to 32 deaths in 1997, dropped to 13 in 1998, and dropped further to four in 1999, Netanyahu’s third and final year in office at the time...
Since the second intifada, the same trend has prevailed. Israel’s conquest of the Arab towns in the West Bank in 2002 brought about a radical reduction of terrorism, from a high of 452 deaths in 2002 to 13 in 2007. And once again, a renewal of peace talks in 2008 coincided with an increase in terrorism, this time to 36 deaths. In the year following the failure of the talks, that figure abated to 15...
The moral is that there must be a significant majority on both sides ready to make necessary concessions well before any “peace” process is attempted. Until that time, it is hardly concessions that are needed but an Israeli iron fist to save Israeli and Palestinian lives. (There is no will among enemies of Israel for peace or any concessions. Only Israel can end terror by reclaiming Jewish land and removing enemies from it!)