Israelites do not owe the Palestinians’ land.

Israelites do not owe the Palestinians’ land.

The Palestinians lost the land in a war. In fact, Israel won all of the wars; so they rightfully have ownership to the land.

  • 1956 Sinai War
  • 1967 Six Day War
  • 1973 Yom Kippur War

I dont blame the Israelis for not wanting to give land to Palestinians/Hamas; as they would be better equipped to destabilize Israel.

In order to coexist, Israel must be recognized as a Jewish state, Jerusalem must stay in the hands of Israel and the Palestinian authority must be demilitarized.

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The Palestian’s reject US’s stance with Israel, says “will override”.

On a choice of good moves, the US vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlements as “illegal”  in Palestine and would have called for an immediate halt to all settlement building.

All 14 other Security Council members voted in favour of the resolution, which was backed by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), on Friday.

Mark Lyall Grant, the British ambassador to the UN, speaking on behalf of his country, France and Germany, condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank. “They are illegal under international law,” he said.

He added that the European Union’s three biggest nations hope that an independent state of Palestine will join the UN as a new member state by September 2011.

Yet President Obama, surprisingly, felt otherwise. He VETOED the recommendation which will, certain to anger Arab countries and Palestinian supporters around the world, was a move enforcing security and just due for Israel.

The UN says it opposes settlements in principal and even further to say that the UN Security Council is not the appropriate venue for resolving the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I completely agree.

“While we agree with our fellow council members and indeed with the wider world about the folly and illegitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity, we think it unwise for this council to attempt to resolve the core issues that divide Israelis and Palestinians,” Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN declared.

Palestinians said the veto is counterproductive to the peace process and will help Israel maintain illegal buildings. Failing to note that Palestine received their land from Israel.

Palestinan’s protests state, “He’s been saying it all throughout the protests in Eqypt; he’s been saying it all through the protests that continue to sweep across the region and the Palestinian people are saying: ‘What about us?'”

Denise Haywald, CEO of Heart of America Radio, offers this suggestion, “The Palestinians are saying “what about us?” but we need to recall that Israel has already given them part of their land and the only thing that Palestine has done is maliciously fight in the attempt of getting more.”

“If Palestinan’s want more land- then they need to talk to surrounding countries and leave Israel alone. On a side note, if Israel wants to build in Palestine areas- that should not be a problem. The Palestians should show their gratefulness towards Israel by allowing this to happen, not put up roadblocks and protest within the UN council. Nobody should feel sorry for them.”

In the White House, the Obama administration had tried to exert pressure on the Palestinian Authority to drop the UN resolution in exchange for other measures, but this was rejected by the authoirty.

The decision to back the resolution was made unanimously by the PLO’s executive and the central committee of Abbas’s Fatah movement on Friday, at a meeting to discuss Obama’s appeal to Abbas by telephone a day earlier.

“The Palestinian leadership has decided to proceed to the UN Security Council, to pressure Israel to halt settlement activities. The decision was taken despite American pressure,” said Wasel Abu Yousef, a PLO executive member.

Obama, who had said Israeli settlements in territories it captured in a 1967 war are illegal and unhelpful to the peace process, has argued that the resolution could shatter hopes of reviving the stalled talks.

In a 50-minute phone call on Thursday, he asked Abbas to drop the resolution and settle for a non-binding statement condemning settlement expansion, Palestinian officials said.

Israel says this is an excuse for avoiding peace talks and a precondition never demanded before during 17 years of negotiations, which has so far produced no agreement.

The diplomatic standoff is complicated by the effects of Middle East turmoil on the Arab League, whose members backed the resolution.

Egypt, a dominant member, and Tunisia are preoccupied with their transitions from deposed autocracies, and protests are flaring in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain.

Washington is trying to revive peace talks stalled since September over Israel’s refusal to extend a moratorium on settlement building and Abbas’s refusal to negotiate further until the Israelis freeze the illegal buildings.

One PLO official said the leadership was determined not to cave in “even if our decision leads to a diplomatic crisis with the Americans”, adding: “Now we have nothing to lose.”

Since 2000, 14 Security Council resolutions have been vetoed by one or more of the five permanent members – Britain, China, France, Russia and the US. Of those, 10 were US vetoes, nine of them related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Here we go again.. Iran requests access to Egypt’s Suez Canal.

Back on February 16, 2011- I reported that Iran was requesting access to Egypt’s Suez Canal and then subsequently withdrew the request the following day based on Israel’s concern that Iran was provoking Israel.

Now 5 days later, despite Israel’s objections, Iran is requesting for 2 of their naval vessels to pass through Suez Canal with the intent of docking in Syria for a training mission.

If the ships make the passage, it would mark the first time in three decades that Iranian military ships have traveled the canal that links the Red Sea to the Mediterranean.

Canal officials say the ships are expected to pay a fee of $290,000 for the crossing.

Yet, Israel Foreign Minister has made it clear that he views the passage as a provocation.

A view that Iranian acknowledges but completely disregards.

My concern is that Iran will start instigating problems with Israel, as their hatred for Israel (and the US) is apparent. That is, Iran could attempt to capitalize off of the Middle East turmoil and sneak a few shots at Israel while everyone is preoccupied.

I pray Im wrong but something is telling me that this is just the beginning of escalating tensions between Iran and Israel.

Copyright (c) February 21, 2011. All rights reserved.

Iran naval vessels withdrew request to transit the Suez Canal after Israel expresses concern.

Two Iranian naval vessels withdrew a request Thursday to transit the Suez Canal after Israel expressed concerns over the plans, a senior canal official said.

The official said no reason was given for the decision to withdraw the application.

The Suez Canal official identified the two vessels as the Alvand, a frigate, and the Kharq, a supply ship, and said they were en route to Syria. He said they were now in an area near Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea port of Jiddah.

Spokesmen for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Foreign Ministry refused to comment.

Yesterday afternoon, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday that Iran was about to send two naval vessels through the Suez Canal for the first time in years, calling it a “provocation.”

Israel considers Iran an existential threat because of its disputed nuclear program, ballistic missile development, support for militants in the region and its threats to destroy Israel.

Glad to hear that Iran withdrew their request for if they plodded through the Suez Canal without permission, there would have been a good chance of fighting breaking out between Israel and Iran.

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Egyptian Army promises to side with Israel and a day of beautifying Tahrir Square.

The ruling military pledged Saturday to eventually hand power to an elected civilian government and reassured allies that Egypt will abide by its peace treaty with Israel after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, as it outlined the first cautious steps in a promised transition to greater democracy.

Protesters and the young organizers of the popular movement that pushed Mubarak out of power, still riding high on jubilation over their success, began to press their vision for how to bring reform. Their first question to resolve: Whether to continue their demonstrations.

A coalition of the organizers called for their massive protest camp entrenched for nearly three weeks in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square to end, as a gesture to the military. Still, they called for large-scale demonstrations every Friday to keep up pressure for change. Others in the crowds still in Tahrir, however, insisted the constant protests should continue.

At the same time, the coalition put forward their first cohesive list of demands for the next stage, focused on ensuring they — not just the military and members of Mubarak’s regime — have a voice in shaping a new democratic system.

Among their demands: creation of a presidential council, made up of a military representative and two “trusted personalities”; the dissolving of the ruling party-dominated parliament; and the forming of a broad-based unity government and a committee to either amend or rewrite completely the constitution.

Meanwhile, Egyptians started cleaning up the square, which had been trashed by 18 days of turmoil that included battles with police and regime-backed gangs. Moreover, a virtual tent town had been set up there, complete with tents, clinics and other facilities for the thousands who have camped there overnight.

“The day of beautifying Tahrir Square,” a giant banner in the black-red-and-white colors of the national flag read. Broom brigades fanned out, with young men and women sweeping up rubble from the days of fighting and garbage from the days of rallying. Piles of trash were packed into bags. Young veiled girls painted the metal railings of fences along the sidewalk.

Others tried to reassemble sidewalks and pavements that fellow protesters had torn up to chop into ammunition in the brutal street battles with pro-regime gangs. Burnt-out vehicles used a barricades were towed away. In that fighting, the two sides threw just about everything heavy they could find at each other for 48 hours — chunks of concrete, metal rails and rebar, bricks and stones, as well as firebombs.

“We are cleaning the square now because it is ours,” said Omar Mohammed, a 20-year-old student. “After living here for three weeks, it has become our home … We’re going to leave it better than before.”

A sentiment that will, hopefully, be carried over to their political and democratic aspirations.

Copyright (c) February 12, 2011. All rights reserved.

Replacing evil with desperate. A deeper threat to Israel.

A Facebook page created by anonymous people is calling on Palestinians to take part in mass protest against Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Friday.

The page, titled Honor Revolution (Thauret al-Karama in Arabic), urges Gazans to take to the street after Muslim Friday prayers to topple the de-facto government of the Islamist movement.

“The young people of the beloved Gaza Strip will carry out a grand act that will change the face of history,” a message posted on the page reads.

“We derived our inspiration from the revolutions in green Tunisia and Egypt of the pharaohs, which joined the struggle for freedom,” it says.

By Wednesday afternoon, 2,338 people had joined it by clicking “like.”

The group’s stated aim is to end the split between Gaza and the West Bank, which came about when Hamas seized sole control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007. Eighteen months prior to that Hamas won parliamentary elections, which sparked a fierce power struggle with President Mahmoud Abbas and his secular Fatah party.

The Facebook page, in Arabic only, appealed to the Hamas security forces not to use violence against the demonstrators.

“We will go out to end the split and gain back our national unity in a peaceful way. Our message to you: Don’t cover your hands with our pure blood,” the page said. “Don’t obey your masters, the owners of the villas, the apartments, the lands, the cars and the jeeps.”

The group said the protests throughout Gaza would be a “pure popular revolution” of all political affiliations.

“It is the revolution of the mosques, the churches, the factories, the universities, the schools, the unemployed and the internet cafes,” it declared, although Fatah supporters were said to be among the internet users who launched the initiative.

Observers in Gaza and the West Bank said they were unsure whether the Facebook call would be able to mobilize huge numbers of protesters.

They said Gazans were afraid of Hamas’ security apparatus, which has acted harshly against critics.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday said Hamas authorities in Gaza quashed a solidarity demonstration with Egypt last week. The international watchdog said police arbitrarily arrested six women and threatened to arrest another 20 people as soon as they arrived at the Park of the Unknown Soldier in Gaza City.

HRW said Abbas’ Palestinian Authority police also used violence against peaceful demonstrators in the central West Bank city of Ramallah last week, by punching, kicking and detaining participants, as well as at least two journalists and a HRW research assistant.

If the Palestinians take over Hamas control, it would be reasonable to think that Hamas leaders and followers would fall under rank. With this combined force and evil intensified with desperation. Israel is in grave danger and I pray that Good will prevail.

Copyright (c) February 9, 2011. All rights reserved.

Thanks to Israel’s PM and FM, Palestinians are gaining momentum in the UN.

Diplomats at the United Nations on Tuesday were harshly critical of Israel’s ongoing failure to appoint a permanent ambassador to the UN, saying it has essentially forfeited the arena to the Palestinians.

While Israel is represented by an acting ambassador, Meron Reuben, he lacks the authority of a permanent representative.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman were unable to agree on a permanent candidate for months, and the man they finally settled on, Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan, rejected the job this week.

Diplomats described this as “gross irresponsibility” on Netanyahu’s part as Netanyahu should realize the importance of establishing a concrete figure within the UN, as he was Israel’s ambassador to the UN in 1984 through1988.

Meanwhile, the Palestinians are promoting several UN initiatives opposed by Israel, including a Security Council resolution condemning the settlements and demanding an immediate halt to settlement construction.

The Palestinians are also mobilizing a General Assembly majority to back a unilateral declaration of statehood in September.

Even if Israel succeeds in preventing a vote on the settlement resolution, the prevailing view is that the Security Council will issue a statement condemning Israel’s settlement policy.

The combination of the lack of Israeli-Palestinian talks and Jerusalem’s rocky relationship with the White House have brought Israel’s standing at the UN to an almost unprecedented low, diplomats said – which may be why Erdan didn’t want the job.

“At least Erdan would have been accepted at the UN as someone who represents the prime minister, and his voice would have been heard loud and clear,” one senior UN diplomat said.

“Whereas the present ambassador is seen as an appointee of Foreign Minister [Avigdor] Lieberman – whose reputation at the UN is dubious in the extreme – and as a temporary appointee unacceptable to the prime minister. That image severely undermines his status and significantly restricts his ability to have an influence.”

While Netanyahu and Lieberman flounder for appointees, the Palestinians are getting more organized and their grip is getting tighter around Israel. Netaynyahu and Lieberman need to step up and appoint somebody NOW or their freedom and prosperity will be at stake.

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BREAKING NEWS/ACCURATE PREDICTION: Banned Muslim Brotherhood to meet with Egypt’s VP.

Egypt’s largest opposition – and banned- group, the Muslim Brotherhood, begins talks with the Egyptian government to try to end the country’s political crisis but made clear it would insist on the immediate ouster of longtime authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak.

The decision by the fundamentalist Brotherhood, which has been outlawed since 1954, comes as Egypt’s leadership seeks to defuse mass demonstrations — now in their 13th day — by proposing reforms but stopping short of the protesters’  key demand that Mubarak step down.

The group said they would form a committee to oversee progress on all constitutional amendments, according to a cabinet statement distributed to reporters in Cairo today.

They also agreed to defend freedom of the press after many foreign and local journalists were harassed and attacked last week while covering the protests in Cairo.

The groups agreed to reject foreign intervention in domestic politics, and to ease the long-standing emergency law if the domestic situation permits, according to the statement.

The talks would be the first known discussions between the government and the Brotherhood in years, suggesting the group could gain an open political role in the post-Mubarak era along with other opposition political parties.

Note: The Brotherhood is known for their Islamic extremist, Anti-Israel and Anti-US beliefs.

The Brotherhood said in a statement that its representatives would meet with Vice President Omar Suleiman to press its “legitimate and just demands.”.  Just, as in, who’s definition of the word?

Suleiman has accused the Brotherhood, businessmen and foreigners he did not identify as being behind a wave of looting and arson that swept much of the country last weekend after security forces inexplicably pulled out from the streets.

The government, meanwhile, tried to restore a sense of normalcy in the besieged capital of some 18 million people, opening a limited number of banks for the first time in a week, although just for three hours. Traffic also was back to regular levels — signals many hoped would ease economic losses suffered during the crisis.

Negotiations with the opposition reflect the regime’s apparent determination to end the crisis by placating protesters with reforms but keeping Mubarak in office until elections can be held as scheduled in September.

The United States shifted signals and gave key backing to the regime’s gradual changes on Saturday, warning of the dangers if Mubarak goes too quickly.

Mubarak has promised not to run again but has insisted he will serve out the remainder of his current term to supervise a peaceful transfer of power. He also vowed to introduce far reaching political reform and to fight corruption.

Leaders of Mubarak’s ruling National Democratic Party, including his son Gamal and longtime aides, resigned on Saturday.

Suleiman, a former chief of intelligence and army general, said Gamal, a 46-year-old banker-turned-politician, would not run for president, addressing longtime fears that he was being groomed for the post.

Yet, the concessions so far have failed to satisfy the protesters. Approximately 2,000 protesters remained camped out at the central Tahrir Square early Sunday. The number usually swells to tens of thousands by early afternoon.

Mubarak, Egypt’s iron-fisted ruler of nearly 30 years, is known to have little or no tolerance for Islamic groups and the decision to open talks with the Brotherhood is a tacit recognition by his regime of their key role in the ongoing protests as well as their wide popular base.

Suleiman and Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq have rejected calls for Mubarak’s immediate ouster, arguing that demanding his departure was a betrayal of the services he offered the country both as a career air force officer and president.

But senior Brotherhood leader Mohammed Mursi told The Associated Press the group was sticking to the protesters’ main condition that Mubarak step down. He also rejected proposals that Suleiman take over from Mubarak on an interim basis to oversee reforms.

The Brotherhood aims to create an Islamic state in Egypt, but insists that it would not force women to cover up in public in line with Islam’s teachings and would not rescind Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel. During the recent crisis, the group also has called for “a democratic and civic state.” Yet, it is important to note that talk is cheap.

The group, which fields candidates as independents, made a surprisingly strong showing in elections in 2005, winning 20 percent of parliament’s seats.

However, thousands of its members were arrested in crackdowns over the past decade and it failed to win a single seat in elections held late last year. The vote was heavily marred by fraud that allowed the National Democratic Party to win all but a small number of the chamber’s 518 seats.

Some opposition leaders met with Suleiman on Saturday but said there was no breakthrough.

One can only hope. We do not need the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrating the ranks of Egytian government as they do not have the best interest of Israel and the United States at hand. They state that they have the best of intentions but I dont believe that for one minute.

Do you? Feel free to comment below!

Copyright (c) February 6, 2011. All rights reserved.

Egypt deploys troops along Gaza border

Egyptian security forces beefed up their presence along the border with the Gaza Strip on Sunday in a bid to stop Hamas operatives from crossing between the two countries amid concerns that terror groups will take advantage of the anarchy in Egypt to launch attacks against that country and Israel.

Israeli defense officials said the troop increase was undertaken in coordination with the Defense Ministry because, under the peace treaty between the countries, Egypt is not allowed to deploy large numbers of soldiers along its border with Israel.

The deployment came amid reports that Egypt had also ordered Hamas to cease all its tunnel activities along the Philadelphi Corridor.

On Sunday, a number of Hamas operatives, including the group’s commander for Khan Younis, escaped from a jail in Egypt and were believed to be making their way back to the Gaza Strip.

“The Egyptians are cracking down on Hamas,” a senior Israeli defense official said on Sunday.

Throughout the day, the IDF and Defense Ministry held consultations regarding the continued unrest in Egypt. Senior Israeli politicians and officials were in touch with Egyptian government officials, and contact was established directly between Israel and Egypt’s new vice president, Omar Suleiman.

Israel’s concern is that the Muslim Brotherhood will use the ongoing demonstrations to garner public support and eventually take over Egypt.

Israeli officials who were in touch with Egyptians on Sunday expressed confidence in Suleiman’s ability to take control of the military and prevent a regime change. I remain doubtful as he was seen as to close to President Mubarak and the Egyptian people want a total change of control.

If the Gaza border is infiltrated, be prepared for an increase in gas prices.

Copyright (c) January 30, 2011. All rights reserved.

As Egyptian Unrest Builds, Obama’s left with indecision.

As Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak clings to power and protesters continue to storm the streets of Cairo for a sixth (6) straight day, the Obama administration is increasingly looking at a choice between two bad options.

On one side is Mubarak, who has presided over a corrupt government and meager economy without holding free elections for over 30 years and is now paying the price.

Unfortunately for President Obama, he’s a key U.S. ally and recipient of billions in U.S. military aid.

On the other side is the big unknown. Though many protesters are not taking to the streets armed with religious slogans, analysts warn that the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood — an outlawed, but significant, opposition group — could be jockeying to take power if Mubarak falls.

If they do, Egypt’s peace with Israel, friendliness toward the West and key role in the Israeli-Palestinian talks could be in jeopardy.

No wonder the White House keeps insisting it’s not taking sides.

“We have backed the wrong horse for 50 years,” said former CIA officer Michael Scheuer. “To think that the Egyptian people are going to forget that we backed dictators for 50 years, I think is a pipe dream.”

President Obama Friday night tried to dial back the tension, announcing that he had spoken personally with Mubarak and told him to take “concrete steps” toward improving the rights and addressing the grievances of the Egyptian people.

His remarks reflected a desire for Mubarak to, without using violence, learn from the crisis and parlay the unrest into a reformed political system. Under that scenario, the United States keeps its ally and some semblance of stability, while still siding with the ideals of the protesters.

Mubarak’s decision Friday to dissolve and recreate his Cabinet failed to mollify the protesters Saturday. Elliott Abrams, a former Middle East Adviser to George W. Bush and a current fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, questioned the effectiveness of that move, noting that the people on the streets are objecting specifically to Mubarak.

“Changing the puppets in that puppet show is not going to have an effect,” Abrams stated.

He said Obama should be calling publicly for free and fair elections, suggesting that would be a way for the United States to keep a “moderate, centrist type of government” in place.

Yet, some doubt free elections would follow. Observers count the Muslim Brotherhood — along with the Egyptian military and former International Atomic Energy Agency head Mohamed ElBaradei, who has returned to Egypt and called on Mubarak to leave — as viable possibilities for filling the void should Mubarak fall.

At this point, the general consensus of US officials following the Egyptian turmoil is that if Mubarak goes down, the Islamists in Egypt are the only ones with the institutions to replace the existing ones.

Why The Brotherhood is not listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department is beyond me. Terror groups like Hamas spawned from the decades-old organization and Usama bin Laden’s deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri used to be a member.

It advocates for Islamic law to be applied by the government.

In a move of boldness, the White House stated that if Mubarak stays in power without making critical reforms made clear Friday that the country’s $1.5 billion in military and economic aid would be in jeopardy. That aid has been expanding ever since Egypt made peace with Israel in 1979.

According to the State Department, the United States helps support education and other programs, but most importantly the Egyptian military. U.S. assistance has over the years provided Egypt with F-16 fighter jets, Apache helicopters, tanks and other vital equipment.

The US must tread very carefully on this issue as if we back the current President and he falls- we will fall with him.

Yet, if we back the Egypt extremist movement and they somehow fail (which I dont think they will)- we will have made an enemy out of Egypt.

The best thing that the US can do is to encourage free elections and to repeatedly say that they are “with the People” while working to encourage diplomatic actions on behalf of the current Egyptian government.

Also, it would be wise to stay strict with the threat that we will reduce Egyptian’s aid if they fail to adhere to a diplomatic election.

Lord knows, we could use that money directed to the problems at home.

Copyright (c) January 30, 2011. All rights reserved.