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Terrorists trying to excercise “murderous veto power” over peace negotiations

 

The Simon Wiesenthal Center issues a forceful statment about the murder today of four Israelis by terrorists:

“Far from being ‘senseless’, these cold blooded execution-style Hamas murders underscore the reality that PA President Abbas does not fully control Palestinian territories,” said Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, who are respectively the Founder and Dean and Associate Dean of the international Jewish human rights NGO. “Hamas is exercising its murderous veto power over any proposed peaceful solution two-state solution, and as long the Palestinian people back them, they will never have peace,” they added.

Hamas, meanwhile has taken responsibility for the cowardly attacks:

Hamas claimed responsibility and heralded Tuesday’s shooting, the first fatal attack on an Israeli in the West Bank since a police officer was killed in June. “Hamas praises the attack and regards it as a natural response to the crimes of the occupation,” Sami Abu-Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, was quoted by Reuters as saying. He added that the attack was proof “of a failure of security coordination” between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 at 3:23 PM  | David Kuner

Terrorists trying to excercise "murderous veto power" over peace negotiations

 

The Simon Wiesenthal Center issues a forceful statment about the murder today of four Israelis by terrorists:

“Far from being ‘senseless’, these cold blooded execution-style Hamas murders underscore the reality that PA President Abbas does not fully control Palestinian territories,” said Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, who are respectively the Founder and Dean and Associate Dean of the international Jewish human rights NGO. “Hamas is exercising its murderous veto power over any proposed peaceful solution two-state solution, and as long the Palestinian people back them, they will never have peace,” they added.

Hamas, meanwhile has taken responsibility for the cowardly attacks:

Hamas claimed responsibility and heralded Tuesday’s shooting, the first fatal attack on an Israeli in the West Bank since a police officer was killed in June. “Hamas praises the attack and regards it as a natural response to the crimes of the occupation,” Sami Abu-Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, was quoted by Reuters as saying. He added that the attack was proof “of a failure of security coordination” between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 at 3:23 PM  | David Kuner

Barak: ‘Israel will exact a price from the murderers’

The Defense Minister responds to the attack:

In response to Tuesday night’s shooting attack which killed four Israelis near Kiryat Arba, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said, “This is very grave incident. The IDF and Israeli security forces will do everything they can to capture the murderers. Israel will not allow terrorists to lift their heads and will exact a price from the murderers and those who sent them.”

Barak added that the attack “is likely an attempt by the low-life terrorists to prevent the diplomatic process and to hurt the chances of the talks opening in Washington.”

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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 at 1:05 PM  | David Kuner

Barak: 'Israel will exact a price from the murderers'

The Defense Minister responds to the attack:

In response to Tuesday night’s shooting attack which killed four Israelis near Kiryat Arba, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said, “This is very grave incident. The IDF and Israeli security forces will do everything they can to capture the murderers. Israel will not allow terrorists to lift their heads and will exact a price from the murderers and those who sent them.”

Barak added that the attack “is likely an attempt by the low-life terrorists to prevent the diplomatic process and to hurt the chances of the talks opening in Washington.”

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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 at 1:05 PM  | David Kuner

Terror attack near Kiryat Arba; four dead

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Four Israelis were killed Tuesday night in a devastating shooting attack in the West Bank believed to have been aimed at torpedoing the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks set to kick off on Wednesday in Washington DC.

The four, from the settlement of Beit Hagai, were driving near the entrance of Kiryat Arba when they came under heavy gunfire. The IDF was investigating two possibilities – that Palestinian terrorists had laid an ambush alongside the road or that the shots were fired from a passing car.

IDF troops immediately launched searches for the perpetrators and the Central Command decided to raise the level of alert out of fear that Palestinian terrorists will increase efforts to perpetrate attacks in the coming days with the goal of torpedoing the peace summit in Washington.

Please pray for the loved ones of the victims of this attack, and that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.

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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 at 12:15 PM  | David Kuner

P.A. still educates for martyrs

A journalist reveals ways the P.A. is inciting anti-Israel sentiment in schoolchildren

As direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are set to resume in Washington on Thursday, Arutz 7 spoke on Sunday with investigative journalist David Bedein about his film “For the Sake of Nakba.” The film, which details the connection between the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and PA incitement, will be shown on Monday on Capitol Hill to members of Congress and other senior American officials.

The film presents interviews with senior PA officials, school principals, as well as students and teachers who say that their goal is the lands of Israeli cities such as Be’er Sheva, Ashkelon and Ashdod.

Bedein directs the bulk of his criticism towards UNRWA, who is responsible, among other things, for PA schools both in Gaza and in Judea and Samaria. “UNRWA commemorates the Nakba [catastrophe, the term used by Arabs to describe the creation of Israel, held on May 15, the day after the declaration of the State, ed.] in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority,” he said, and added: “It is a central topic in the PA curriculum.”

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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 at 6:19 AM  | David Kuner

Immigrating out of fear

Rising anti-Semitism in Turkey filling Jews with fear

There are currently 17,000 Jews living in Turkey. Most of them live in Istanbul and Ankara, with smaller concentrations in Izmir, Adana, Bursa, and a number other smaller cities.

The Marmara raid, which prompted many Turks to take to the streets, did not leave the Jews many options. “The situation has not calmed down, but has only gotten worse. The Jews feel isolated,” one participant expressed a sentiment shared by many Jews in the community.

The Jewish Agency and the Israeli government have tried for decades to convince the Jews of Turkey to move to Israel. However, they felt safe in Turkey and few immigrated. Ever since the flotilla incident and the anti-Israeli statements made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, however, the situation has changed.

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Monday, August 30th, 2010 at 3:01 PM  | David Kuner

How are Palestinian refugees treated in Arab countries?

As Israeli and Palestinian leaders prepare to head to the U.S. for peace talks, a succinct editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal makes a point well worth making:

The dirty little secret of the Arab world is that it has consistently treated Palestinians living in its midst with contempt and often violence … For six decades, Palestinians have been forced by Arab governments to live in often squalid conditions so that they could serve as propaganda tools against Israel, even as millions of refugees elsewhere have been repatriated and absorbed by their host countries.

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Monday, August 30th, 2010 at 6:29 AM  | David Kuner

Paris synagogue receives death threats

Another incident of anti-Semitism in Europe:

A letter containing bullets and death threats to Jews was sent to a synagogue in a northern Paris suburb, where an infamous transit camp for Jews was set up during World War II, sources said.

The letter to the synagogue in Drancy also bore a swastika, said Sammy Ghozlan, head of a national body monitoring anti-semitism.

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Friday, August 27th, 2010 at 3:11 PM  | David Kuner

Netanyahu proposes bi-weekly meetings with Abbas during direct peace talks

The P.M. has also begun assembling Israel’s negotiating team:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed to the U.S. administration On Thursday that he hold a face-to-face meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas every two weeks to try to forge covert understandings and set principles to solve every issue.

After the principles are determined, small negotiation teams would hammer out the details and put the understandings into writing. Netanyahu said in a meeting to prepare for the Washington summit that “serious negotiations in the Middle East mean only direct, quiet and consecutive talks between the two leaders on the key issues.”

Also, read Fellowship founder and president Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein’s insights about the upcoming peace talks.

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Friday, August 27th, 2010 at 1:31 PM  | David Kuner

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