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Abbas to U.N.: Settlements a “time bomb”

On Monday, the United Nations commemorated the “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.” A message delivered from the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) was read at U.N. headquarters as part of the commemoration ceremony. In the message, Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas put the blame on Israel for the deterioration of the peace process. Abbas went on to call settlement construction a “time bomb that could destroy everything we have accomplished on the road to peace.” During the commemoration ceremony, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said that continued settlement construction constitutes “a serious blow to the credibility of the political process.”

It is amazing that the P.A. can claim in the U.N. that settlement construction is an obstacle to peace when in reality Israel has repeatedly showed its willingness to compromise on settlements. In the past two decades of peace talks, Israel has made numerous offers in which West Bank settlements would be dismantled. Israel went as far as to unilaterally dismantle Jewish settlements in Gaza. The outcome of the withdrawal turned Gaza into a launching pad for terrorist attacks against Israel. None of this seems to matter, as the world continues to buy into the Palestinian lie that settlement construction is the primary obstacle to achieving peace.

It is very clear to most Israelis that the Palestinians are not interested in peace with Israel. Every offer that Israel has made to the Palestinians has either been rejected or ignored, while the Palestinians have yet to make a counter offer of their own. If they are so miserable living under Israeli “occupation” then where is the urgency on their side to reach a deal?

It appears that Palestinian leadership prefers the status quo to a negotiated peace. Under the current situation, they receive billions of dollars in foreign aid and are at the center of media attention. If the international community seeks to find an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the first thing they need to do is place conditions on P.A. funding. Settlement construction is not preventing peace. The fact that the Palestinians are unwilling to offer any compromises to…

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 1:14 PM  | afarkas

Abbas to U.N.: Settlements a "time bomb"

On Monday, the United Nations commemorated the “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.” A message delivered from the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) was read at U.N. headquarters as part of the commemoration ceremony. In the message, Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas put the blame on Israel for the deterioration of the peace process. Abbas went on to call settlement construction a “time bomb that could destroy everything we have accomplished on the road to peace.” During the commemoration ceremony, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said that continued settlement construction constitutes “a serious blow to the credibility of the political process.”

It is amazing that the P.A. can claim in the U.N. that settlement construction is an obstacle to peace when in reality Israel has repeatedly showed its willingness to compromise on settlements. In the past two decades of peace talks, Israel has made numerous offers in which West Bank settlements would be dismantled. Israel went as far as to unilaterally dismantle Jewish settlements in Gaza. The outcome of the withdrawal turned Gaza into a launching pad for terrorist attacks against Israel. None of this seems to matter, as the world continues to buy into the Palestinian lie that settlement construction is the primary obstacle to achieving peace.

It is very clear to most Israelis that the Palestinians are not interested in peace with Israel. Every offer that Israel has made to the Palestinians has either been rejected or ignored, while the Palestinians have yet to make a counter offer of their own. If they are so miserable living under Israeli “occupation” then where is the urgency on their side to reach a deal?

It appears that Palestinian leadership prefers the status quo to a negotiated peace. Under the current situation, they receive billions of dollars in foreign aid and are at the center of media attention. If the international community seeks to find an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the first thing they need to do is place conditions on P.A. funding. Settlement construction is not preventing peace. The fact that the Palestinians are unwilling to offer any compromises to…

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 1:14 PM  | afarkas

Star of David discovered on Iranian building

Iranian officials using Google Earth, the global map computer program, recently got a shock. Satellite images of Tehran revealed a Star of David on the roof of the headquarters for Iran Air, the Islamic Republic’s national airline. The building was constructed by Israeli engineers prior to the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Israel and Iran enjoyed close ties before the Islamic revolution and there were regular flights between Tehran and Tel-Aviv. 

Iranian officials expressed anger over the revelation and demanded that the Star of David be taken down immediately.

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 10:48 AM  | afarkas

Shop for Israel today!

In response to the boycott planned against Ricky’s, a New York store that carries Israeli-made Ahava products, several pro-Israel groups have declared November 30 to be Buy Israeli Goods Day. They encourage people to shop at local stores and request Israeli-made products, particularly those targeted by boycotters.

To find stores in your area that carry products made in Israel, visit www.buyisraelgoods.org.

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 7:28 AM  | David Kuner

Analysis: Wikileaks vindicate, don’t damage, Israel

The whistleblower website Wikileaks has released over 250,000 classified U.S. diplomatic cables that expose privately held conversations between world leaders and diplomats. Fearing possible backlash from the release of these cables, the U.S. warned its allies about the Wikileaks reports before they were made public online.

The cables reveal what Arab leaders have been saying for years about the Iranian nuclear project. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, and Jordan have all expressed serious concern over Iran and its nuclear ambitions, and on more than one occasion have pleaded with the U.S. to use military force to put a stop to the project.

The cables, however, reveal nothing new about Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Israel has nothing to hide, and that what Israeli leaders and diplomats say privately reflects what they say publicly.

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Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 3:20 PM  | afarkas

Iranian state TV: Israelis killed nuclear scientist

Two Iranian nuclear scientists were attacked Monday morning while driving in their cars. In both incidents, assailants on motorcycles attached bombs to their cars as they were on their way to work. Iranian news agencies have pointed a finger at Israel, claiming that the “Zionist regime” was behind the attack.

Scientist Majid Shahriari, a member of the nuclear engineering faculty in Tehran, was killed in the Monday morning attack. Fereidoun Abbasi, a nuclear physicist and longstanding member of the Revolutionary Guard, is in stable condition, according to reports by the Iranian media.

This attack is likely linked to other similar operations targeting Iranian scientists involved in Iran’s nuclear proliferation program. In January, Tehran University professor Masoud Ali Mohammadi was killed in a similar attack when a motorcycle rigged with explosives was set off next to the professor’s vehicle as he was entering his car to go to work.

Israel has stressed the need for covert operations in dealing with the Iranian nuclear standoff. Recently, a computer virus labeled “stuxnet” has caused significant damage to Iran’s nuclear facilities. No one knows for sure who is behind these operations — however the Iranians keep insisting that Israel is responsible.

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Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 2:08 PM  | afarkas

A visit to an Israeli “settlement”

Recently The Fellowship’s Yael Eckstein wrote an article about the West Bank Jewish “settlement” of Ariel. We just posted video of her visit to the region on that web page as well. Check it out!

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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 at 11:06 AM  | David Kuner

A visit to an Israeli "settlement"

Recently The Fellowship’s Yael Eckstein wrote an article about the West Bank Jewish “settlement” of Ariel. We just posted video of her visit to the region on that web page as well. Check it out!

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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 at 11:06 AM  | David Kuner

Israel “destroyed” Gaza hospital that never existed

World opinion of Israel dropped to a disastrous low during 2009′s Operation Cast Lead, when the IDF retaliated against Hamas after years of rocket fire into Israeli towns. Prior to the operation, Israel tried all means to calm the situation with Gaza, including diplomacy and short-term targeted operations, yet the rocket barrages continued.

When left with the last resort of war, Israel entered Gaza in full force to pinpoint terrorists and destroy their infrastructure. The terrorists proved to be ruthless, and took children and families hostage, using them as human shields.

Although Israel documented this travesty extensively and broadcast it for all to see, the world still accused the Jewish State of using disproportionate force. Rage was directed towards Israel, and sorrow toward the Palestinian people. Accusations hurled at Israel were baseless and absurd, yet the world accepted them without question.

Finally, now, just one example of this anti-Israel bias has come to light.

Following international outrage at Israel for allegedly destroying a hospital in Gaza, a fundraiser was held in Greece to collect money to rebuild the hospital – and they raised millions of dollars. However, no one checked the facts, and it has now come to light that Israel never destroyed the hospital – even the Palestinians say so.

The world is so quick to judge and convict Israel without even searching out the truth. They accuse the Jewish State of the most atrocious crimes, which often prove to be baseless. I am looking for outrage by the international community that millions of dollars were raised for a false cause, yet I cannot find it. I am searching for uproar against the creator of this myth that Israel bombs hospitals, yet it is nowhere to be found. Sadly, the world is quick to legitimize mythical accusations against Israel, yet very slow to apologize when they are disproven.

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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 at 10:24 AM  | afarkas

Rewriting history … again

The Palestinian Authority (P.A.), which is considered the “moderate” Palestinian governing body, has been continuing their mission of attempting to disprove the Jewish people’s inherent right to Israel, despite the ongoing peace talks.

Recently the P.A. released a “study” stating that Israel does not have a historic right to the Holy Land, and that the sites the Jews deem holy – in particular, the Western Wall – are simply being used to conquer more Palestinian land.

The Western Wall is the Jewish people’s most sacred holy site in the world, providing tangible proof that both the first and second Temples stood in that very spot. Yet the P.A. is disputing that fact. Despite their moderate words to the Western world, the P.A. has been conducting a smear campaign against Israel as a Jewish State.

The truth is that the Western Wall was a central holy site for the Jewish people long before Islam was even established. And while Israel gives the Arabs permission to pray and worship at their holy sites, even if they are technically in Jewish jurisdiction, many Jewish holy sites that lay in P.A. territory are off limits completely for Jewish worshipers.

The danger in this P.A.-conducted “study” is that it reinforces the Palestinian denial of the Jewish people’s right to Israel. And — since many will accept the spurious report as truth – it moves the P.A. one step closer toward its goal of convincing the world that the Palestinian people are the rightful owners of the land of Israel.

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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 at 3:26 PM  | afarkas

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