by Itamar Eichner
(It is easier to deal with enemies than a patronizing friend!)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it was an Israeli decision whether to annex parts of the West Bank and that the United States will offer its views on this to the new Israeli government in private. (Isn't it still political, economic and military co-operation blackmail? Although, not so bad, but not perfect, from current US government.)
Pompeo also said he was happy Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and centrist rival Benny Gantz signed a deal on Monday to form a national emergency government, saying he did not think a fourth consecutive election was in Israel's interest. (Wasn't this deal made under "private" US pressure?)
The coalition agreement states that while the new government will strive for peace and regional stability, plans to extend Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements in the West Bank could be promoted.
The move would mean a de-facto annexation of territory that Israel seized in the Six-Day War in 1967 and that is presently under Israeli military control. It would have to be greenlighted by the United States... (Why? Isn't Israel an independent country?)
The Palestinians and many countries consider settlements to be illegal under the Geneva Conventions that bar settling on land captured in war. Israel disputes this, citing security needs and biblical, historical, and political connections to the land. (The enemies of Israel never wanted peace with Jews, but destruction of Israel! International anti-Semitic bigots do not care about true violators of the International law: China - Tibet, Turkey - northern Cyprus, Russia - Crimea…)
Last January, US President Donald Trump presented a peace plan proposal, cited as "The Deal of the Century", at the White House in the presence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue & White Chairman Benny Gantz. (The plan is another delusion, as all previous peace initiatives between Israel and fake Palestinians!)
Netanyahu's surroundings claimed annexation was closer than ever. However, such a move is yet to be approved by the government since, and U.S. officials have made it clear that they will oppose its execution before a new Israeli government is formed... (Oh yes, no public pressure at all!)
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
International archeology is an intricate part of international anti-Semitic bigotry! A Jewish ancient presence on G-d given Jewish land is under-reported, at best, or completely omitted from a few documentaries, which have accidently appeared on TV. Jewishness of Nabatean kingdom is hidden and is unknown by public (there are no images of idols in Petra - uncharacteristic for the pagan Arab tribes of the time, who were not stonemasons; and graves have Hebrew writings on stones). No archeological reports have been coming out of and often diggings are not allowed by law in South Lebanon, Sinai and Northern Saudi Arabia to hide Jewish presence on the Jewish land!
PA chairman says agreements with Israel and the US will be "absolutely null" if Israel annexes any part of Judea and Samaria. "We informed all the concerned international parties, including both Israel and the US, that we will not stay handcuffed if Israel annexes any part of our territory" Abbas said. (The PA has Never Respected agreements with Israel! He meant all Arab and Muslim states, as well as other international anti-Semites, including the ‘Ugly Nazi', to support their terror attack on Jews in Israel! They have been doing it anyway!)
Riyad al-Maliki, the Palestinian Authority (PA) “foreign minister”, on Thursday praised EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell who had warned Israel against applying sovereignty over portions of Judea and Samaria. He also expressed satisfaction with the EU's statement that Israeli annexation of territories in Judea and Samaria is a dangerous violation of international law. (The enemies of Israel are pleased with anti-Israel posturing of European anti-Semites! They never state what international law Israel would specifically violate. For the record: PLO and Arab states rejected Resolution 242, which did not even mention non-existing Palestinians.)
Knesset Speaker Benny Gantz allowed the tabling of legislation meant to block Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from forming a government in future elections because of his indictment last year on charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. (Why was he negotiating with Netanyahu to form the government? It was always negotiation with the threat of legal blackmail!)
The suspension of law enforcement in guarding Israel’s national treasures in Judea and Samaria due to the coronavirus outbreak is giving Arab robbers of antiquities an opportunity to pursue illegal excavations undeterred. Bennett could divert some of the 600 Border Patrol and Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories officers he’s been sending to evict the Jewish settlers.
During an online memorial in honour of the Holocaust Remembrance Day in Berlin, BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) activists interrupted a Zoom chat with survivors by posting pornography, Nazi images and shouting anti-Semitic slogans.
The Jerusalem District Court ruled on Friday that the Palestinian Authority must pay NIS 500 million ($142 million) to the families of those killed in Palestinian terrorist attacks, mostly during the Second Intifada (2000-2005). While some of the attacks also involved Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the court is holding the P.A. liable based on its statements taking credit for all Second Intifada terrorist attacks and its support for the groups carrying out the attacks. (Good news! Why did it take so long? Will it be implemented or dragged on for 20 more years by Israel's political and legal bureaucracy is another question. Hopefully, many more decisions like this are coming to bankrupt the PA!)
Quote of the Week:
“All the shady characters of the world are at work against us. Rich, servile Jews, dark, fanatic Jewish obscurantists, in combination with the Vatican, with Arab assassins, English imperialist antisemitic reactionaries - in short, all the dogs are howling” - Weizmann - Anti-Semitic bigots, of any shade, and self-hating Jews just love hating Israel. There is nothing new under the sun!
by Peter Baum, member of the Board of Deputies for British Jews.
Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories (the West bank and the Gaza Strip) since 1967 is the subject of frequent debate in your newspaper, but much of that input is driven by emotion rather than detailed, factual knowledge.
Israel’s borders are defined in a number of international treaties, the most relevant of which are the League of Nations Treaty of July 24, 1922 (includes the San Remo Resolution April 25th, 1920), and the Treaty of Sevres, Section VI1, Article 95, which was inserted into the Mandate for Palestine and further ratified and endorsed by the Treaty of Lausanne, on July 24, 1923.
The United Nations, in its Charter (specifically Article 80), was legally obligated to continue where the League of Nations finished and, indeed, the international, legally binding principles of estoppel and acquired rights further endorse these obligations. Acquired rights cannot take away from a nation what has been given and estoppel cannot allow any giving nation to take away what has been given, under international law.
According to the League of Nations resolution for the establishment of the Mandate for Palestine, the areas of Judea and Shomron - that is, the West Bank - were recognised as “cestui sue trust” for the Jewish homeland (The boundaries of the allocated Jewish homeland also included trans-Jordan - that is the Eretz-Israel!)
The defined legal borders of the state of Israel include the geographical areas currently called the West Bank (Judea and Samaria, and also Gaza). These territories were illegally conquered, and occupied, by Jordan from 1948 to 1967 (during this time no offer to establish an independent state of Palestine was made to the residents). The territory had been unlawfully annexed and the former Jewish residents had been ethnically cleansed.
Article 42 of the fourth Hague Convention of October 18, 1907, respecting the laws and customs of war on land annexed, states that “..territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army and the occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised”.
The paradox is that the current Israeli settlers are the legal occupants and the Palestinians the illegal settlers, as a direct consequence of Trans Jordan’s occupation. Breaking the Geneva Convention does not apply to the government of Israel, but to Trans Jordan and also the other five Arab countries that, simultaneously, ethnically cleansed their Jewish civilians.