Coming close to election for the Presidency of the United States in Israel there is anxiety about the future of the peace making progress which President Trump began. U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman showed his anxiety about the future in his last statement, “We are in a position to change things in the Middle East for the next 100 years. The friends and potential friends get to join the circle of peace and get the peace dividends that come with it. Those that are hostile and want to remain on the outside fine. Iran gets maximum pressure and Palestinian donors are drying up.” It is questionable if Biden will continue in the same direction as President Trump or go back to restore relations with Iran.
Following an agreement with UAE, a peace treaty with another Arab country Bahrain is a new step in a cherished dream of Israel and America to win recognition of the Jewish State of Israel without having to complete negotiations for the two state solution which has been most difficult considering the objection of the Palestinians to any type of compromise.
The Palestinian Authority announced it will attempt to sue American technology companies Google and Apple “over the removal of Palestine from the world map.” The Palestinians also accused the two companies of bias towards Israel after missing any reference to their country in the products of the two companies.
The increase in new cases of the Coronavirus in the West Bank has forced the Palestinian Authority to impose more regulations and restrictions. AFP reports that Ramallah has banned traffic in parts of the West Bank. In addition, from Thursday evening to Sunday morning, any travel throughout the area is prohibited.
Israel made an attempt to return to normalcy, but due to a great increase in daily infections, Health Minister Yudi Edelstein has called for partial lockdown. After initially crushing the outbreak, Israel, a country with approximately 9 million people, has seen a huge spike of over 1,000 news cases each day.
In a new development on the Palestinian scene, and as Israel prepares to annex parts of the West Bank, the Secretary of the Central Committee of the Fatah movement, Gabriel Rajoub, met with the deputy head of the political bureau of Hamas, Saleh Al-Aarawi, via video conference.
Israel’s July 1 deadline for annexation of the Jordan Valley has been postponed for various reasons. Israel now suffering from a second spike of the coronavirus could be the reason for suspending the annexation. In the last few days there have been over 800 infections discovered throughout the country.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked the Palestinians to prepare to engage in negotiations on the West Bank annexation. He has asked the state not to miss out on a historic deliberation that will bring peace to both Palestinians and Israelis in the region.
The State of Israel was established in 1948. The United Nations recognized its independence, but its borders were never secure. The Arab states surrounding Israel— Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria– also gained independence prior to this, after the expiration of British and French mandates, each one with its allocated borders.
Thousands demonstrated in Jericho on Monday in the largest demonstration in the West Bank since the announcement of the American plan for the Middle East in late January. Protesters chanted slogans, “Palestine is not for sale,” and “No Palestinian state without the Jordan Valley,” as witnessed by journalists.
Israel has finally formed a unified coalition government, combining both sides— Likud and Blue and White, Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz. U.S. President Donald Trump, represented by Jared Kushner, urged Israel to make a government before planned annexation of the Jordan Valley.
Ramadan Shalah, who led the Iran-backed Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ) for over 20 years, was buried in Syria a day after succumbing to heart and kidney disease on Saturday. He was 62. The former Palestinian militant group leader had been in a coma for about two years, and died in neighboring Lebanon.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has clarified that Palestinians residing in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley won’t get Israeli citizenship after annexation. Speaking to the Makor Rishon newspaper on Thursday, the prime minister said that the whole area will be under the control of the Israeli military forces, and there will be no special privileges for Palestinians residing there.
The Palestinian Authority says it has suspended security cooperation with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after protesting the Israeli government’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank. On Thursday, Saeb Alikat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and a senior Palestinian Authority official, confirmed the news.
In conjunction with the announcement of five European countries on the UN Security Council, rejecting Israel’s intention to annex lands in the West Bank, the French Foreign Minister announced a “European move” in response to the move that Israeli government intends to take.
Israel has been warned by both the European Union and the United Nations against annexing sections of the occupied West Bank. UN Middle East representative Nickolay Mladenov has said that such a move would undermine efforts to forge an internationally-recognized two-state solution that is designed to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a video conference with the UN Security Council, Mladenov has underlined that the annexation is a growing threat.
More border clashes have broken out in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). The group fired over eighty rockets on Israel in two days, Sunday and Monday. The Iron Dome defense system successfully intercepted 90% of these missiles. In response, the IDF struck Islamic Jihad terror targets near Damascus, Syria, and the group’s headquarters in Khan Younis.
Israel elections are scheduled for March 2, and each citizen has already received notice of wherein this election he will vote. The presentation of the Deal of the Century is a big factor in the new elections. Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu have both received the proposal with favor, but the other parties, who will be important to complete the required coalition, have different opinions about the Trump Plan.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced President Trump’s peace plan Tuesday before the United Nations Security Council. He described it as offering a “Swiss cheese” state, with many holes in it, removing sections of Judea and Samaria from a Palestinian State. These were instead giving to Israeli settlements for annexation.
Condemnation of the US peace plan for the Middle East was deleted from the text of a Palestinian draft resolution to be voted on in the UN Security Council on Tuesday, and it refrains from mentioning the United States, contrary to its first language. The text, presented to the 15 member states of the Security Council on Saturday and seen by the French news agency AFP, states that the initiative “departs from the internationally-endorsed terms of reference and parameters for the achievement of a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to this conflict, as enshrined in the relevant United Nations resolutions.”
Israel continues to attempt to try to postpone an all-out war in the hope that a peaceful solution will come. U.S. President Donald Trump has entered into the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as a referee. Referees can sometimes be blamed for making mistakes. Since introducing the Deal of the Century, tensions in Israel and Palestine are growing. Referees have an important place in sports. People want sometimes to put the blame on the referee, others accept that being a referee is difficult and necessary.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced a break in any relationship between Palestine and Israel, as well as the Americans. Abbas made the announcement before the start of an Arab League summit in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. “We’ve informed the Israeli side . . . that there will be no relations at all with them and the United States, including security ties,” Abbas declared.
While attending a flower festival in Southern Israel, Benny Gantz, the leader of Blue and White in March’s elections was forced to complete his speech in a bomb shelter as sirens forced them to evacuate the hall. This was the fourth consecutive day that rockets were shot into Israel from Gaza. Israel retaliated for each of these incidents.
President Trump on Sunday met with the two leaders of the State of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz. They came to Washington to hear U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech about the Deal of the Century for Middle East peace. Netanyahu leads the Likud, the center-right political party in Israel, and Gantz represents Blue and White, the center-left alliance.
Trump on Tuesday revealed his peace plan called the Plan of the Century. It is good for the world and good for the Modern Nation of Israel which is a democracy. It is against the fundamentalist religious of Islam and Judaism. Both fundamentalists want the whole world, a Universal State of Islam without borders, and a strictly Jewish State in the borders of the biblical land of Israel without freedom of religion. These two ideologies clash. In the center of this conflict are those human beings who want life and health and are not strictly religious. Trump the leader of the Western World is offering Jews and Arabs the middle way where peace, and health come before religion.
Following meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz, U.S. President Donald Trump has finally made public the first details of the U.S. peace deal meant to address the Israel-Palestine conflict. Trump announced that the plan stipulates that Jerusalem will be the Israeli capital, and that the U.S. would recognize Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Secretary of State Pompeo announced on Monday that the US is softening its position on West Bank Settlements in the occupied West Bank. Pompeo said the US repudiates a 1978 State Department legal opinion that civilian settlements in the occupied territories are inconsistent with international law. This move by America has already angered Jordan and will anger other nations in the Middle East and Europe. Already the declaration of President Trump giving recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and supporting Israel annexation of the Golan has had an effect on relations between Israel and its neighbors.
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Israel has completed its elections and is on the way to making a new government. The elections were a standoff like in the previous elections. The attempt of President Rivlin to bring the two parties together has temporarily failed. Likud and the Israel right parties received more mandates than Blue-White. President Rivlin has called upon Benjamin Netanyahu to make an attempt to reach the majority of 61 mandates.
Early this week in the vicinity of the entrance to the temple mount two terrorists attacked and stabbed a policeman on duty. The two terrorists were detected by the police patrolling nearby who shot one dead and the other was wounded. The entrance to the Temple Mount was closed to all Muslims Arabs under the age of 50.
On Thursday Israel announced that it would not allow entry to US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minesota) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) because of their vocabulary and their vocal BDS advocacy. The House Democrats were considering issuing a no confidence statement regarding Israel Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer.
The Greek Orthodox Church filed a new law suit against the Ateret Cohanim settler organization who claim ownership of three properties in the Arab Old City. The purchased two Palestinian run hotels located near the Jaffa Gate and another building near the Herod gate. The Patriarchate claims that these places are part of the church heritage and only they can authorize their sale.
The controversy over anti-semitism and anti-Zionism is connected to the opposition of Americans today to President Trump and the claims that President Trump is a racist. President Trump has accepted Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. President Trump supports the annexation of the Golan Heights by Israel. People of America are claiming that President Trump and his rhetoric causes violence like the two recent incidents in Dayton Ohio and El Paso Texas. During the Obama administration there were also incidents of domestic terrorism.
The American negotiator for peace in Middle East, Jared Kushner, continues to insist that an economic pathway is vital for Middle East peace. The Palestinians boycotted the conference but even Trump’s Arab allies saw the necessity of the two-state solution. Kushner was overwhelmed by the response he got. Every country that he invited showed up, and he had a very big crowd. There were a lot of senior business leaders from throughout the world.
The economic portion of the Middle East peace plan has been unveiled by Jared Kushner the assistant to President Trump. It calls for an investment of $50 billion to lift up the economy of the Palestinian and neighboring countries. It also entails $5 billion dollars transportation corridor between Gaza and the West Bank. It is called the Peace to Prosperity plan. The plan faces opposition on both sides by religious fundamentalists.
The Toronto Raptors have officially become champions in the NBA after defeating the Golden State Warriors in a very close game. Kevin Lowry scored 26 points leading their team to a victory. Kevin Lowry was singled out for his opposition to the Toronto Raptors fans cheering the injury to Kevin Durant. The injury to Klay Thompson in the fourth quarter was the final clincher in the defeat of Golden State. Clay Thompson we see was the difference between the two squads. Golden State without Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson already gave Toronto the edge eventually the championship. The injury to Klay Thompson when he went up for the layup was for sure not intentional. It was just an attempt to block his shot. The ballplayers showed proper sportsmanship during the game and afterwards.
On Sunday June 2, 2019 will be celebrated Jerusalem Day commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in the aftermath of the six day war in 1967.
In 1947 in the United Nations was proposed the establishment of two states in the British Mandate of Palestine, a Jewish State and an Arab State. Jerusalem was to be an International city neither Jewish nor Arab for a period of ten years when referendum would be made for the residents of Jerusalem to decide on which country to join. The Jewish leadership accepted the plan and the Arabs rejected the proposal.
Most of the problems of the world can be solved through compromise. Compromise is not simple.
Compromise begins with two sides in conflict. National compromise requires the guarantee of two nations which are in conflict to insure their security. In the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians each side must first be required to guarantee the other side’s security. To accomplish this task of peace in Israel requires two sides which are strongly united to become two nations separate and united. To make peace between two nations you first need national unity.
Another flare up between Israel and Hamas began unexpectedly over the weekend. While Jews in the south were praying in the Synagogue on Saturday morning (the day of the Sabbath) suddenly there were sirens. The people interrupted their prayers and ran into bomb shelters. Officially another battle began between Israel and Gaza. The war continued until 4:30 on Monday morning.
Nearly 700 rockets were fired from Gaza and four Israelis were killed. Most of the missiles aimed at Israel population centers were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. Very few made clean hits into Israeli populated areas in the south including Beer Sheva, Kiryat Gat, Ashkelon, Sederot, Nitivot, Ofakim and Israel settlements in the south.