Friday, January 31, 2020
United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov predicted that the Middle East peace plan proposed by President Trump on January 28th will not become the basis of negotiations between Israelis and the Palestinians.
The plan “does meet every single red line that Israel has put in place for negotiations, but stops very far from addressing the concerns of the Palestinian side,” Mladenov said. A statement issued by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ spokesman on Tuesday declared that the UN “remains committed to supporting Palestinians and Israelis to resolve the conflict on the basis of United Nations resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements and realizing the vision of two States - Israel and Palestine - living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders, on the basis of the pre-1967 lines.”
Defining the highly insecure pre-1967 lines as the internationally recognized border between Israel and an independent Palestinian state would give the Palestinians what they have long demanded.
Why should the Palestinians bother negotiating with Israel if the United Nations and the so-called “international community” are completely in their corner and consider anything less than agreeing to the Palestinians’ demands as illegitimate?
No wonder Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking to address the UN Security Council shortly on the Palestinians’ rejection of the Trump Middle East peace plan. “We say 1,000 ‘no’s to this deal,” Abbas declared on the day the plan was announced.
The Palestinian UN ambassador Riyad Mansour said that the Palestinians intend to have a draft resolution submitted to the Security Council supporting their rejection of the Trump peace plan. Knowing the U.S. will certainly veto such a draft resolution, the Palestinians are once again using the UN for their propaganda purposes, hoping to isolate the U.S. and Israel diplomatically.
“Of course we would like to see a strong, large opposition to this Trump plan,” Mansour told reporters, standing alongside Tunisian Ambassador to the UN Moncef Baati, who is currently serving a two-year term on the 15-member Security Council. No doubt after the Security Council draft resolution is vetoed, the Palestinians and their friends will run to the General Assembly, where they can count on many anti-U.S., anti-Israel votes to supposedly “legitimize” the Palestinians’ rejectionism.
According to Mansour, Abbas will use his visit to the UN to “put before the entire international community the reaction of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian leadership against this onslaught against the national rights of the Palestinian people by the Trump administration.”
The UN’s apparent outright dismissal of the Trump peace plan is playing right into the Palestinians’ hands. It typifies the UN’s reckless pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel bias.
United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Mladenov, for example, completely ignored major concessions offered to the Palestinians in the plan, which is built around the principle of a two-state solution that incorporates a step by step pathway to an independent Palestinian state. These concessions include;
Even assuming, for the sake of argument, that President Trump’s peace plan is as one-sided as its critics have charged, there is still no reason to completely dismiss its relevance to direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The plan represents, at the very least, the most detailed and comprehensive description of the concessions the Israelis are willing to offer, accompanied by a map of territorial borders the Israelis believe they can live with in recognizing an independent Palestinian state. The Palestinians insist on a Palestinian state with borders based on the pre-1967 lines that Israel considers to be indefensible. Those are two negotiation positions that can serve as starting points for further discussions directly between the parties.
Red Color sirens were sounded on Friday evening, around 10:40 p.m., in the Eshkol Regional Council, located near the Gaza border.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed that one rocket was fired from Gaza towards the area.
The attack was the third rocket attack in one day on southern Israel and the eighth rocket that has been fired towards the south since Thursday.
Earlier, around 8:20 p.m., sirens were sounded in the city of Sderot and other communities near the Gaza border.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed that a rocket was fired from Gaza toward the area and was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system.
There were no physical injuries but minor damage was reported to homes in Sderot, likely as a result of the interceptors.
On Friday afternoon, three mortar shells were fired from Gaza toward the Eshkol region in southern Israel.
One of the shells was intercepted by the Iron Dome, while the other two exploded in open areas.
On Thursday evening, Gaza terrorists fired three rockets at southern Israel. Red Color sirens were heard just after 11:25 p.m. in Sderot, Sapir College, Gevim, Ibim and Nir Am in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council.
The IDF confirmed that three launches were identified, and that the Iron Dome Aerial Defense System intercepted two of them mid-air.
A three-week-old toddler was moderately injured after falling from her mother's hands in a stairwell inside a private home in Sderot while running to a protected space.
Hours later, IDF aircraft and fighter jets attacked a wide range of Hamas terrorist targets in the southern Gaza Strip, including an underground weapons productions site.
In a televised address to mark Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, French President Emmanuel Macron branded Brexit a “historic alarm signal” which should “spur” deep EU reform to build a powerful and efficient European Union.
Describing Friday as a “sad day”, Macron said the 2016 Brexit campaign was based on lies, exaggerations, and cheques that were promised but will never materialize. He said the UK leaving the bloc was a shock, but that it came about because Europe had been used as a scapegoat for difficulties “all too often”.
Macron also spoke about the historical and future relationships between Britain and France, saying that the pair’s long history is “one made of blood, freedom, courage and battles.” He said his compatriots would never forget how much they owe Britain, adding that while British people will no longer have the same rights in the EU after Brexit, UK citizens living in France will still be “at home”there.
The French president said he wants to see a close relationship with post-Brexit Britain, but the country can’t simply be in and out of the EU at the same time, and France will continue to defend the interests of both its fishing and agriculture industries – two key areas the countries have butted heads over before.
"And in this negotiation, we will remain united, all 27 of us," he said of the remaining EU member states.
Macron took a tough stance in the Brexit talks, particularly as the British government called for a number of extensions to its original March 29, 2019 exit date. The French president was also among the more vocal EU leaders in objecting to British PM Boris Johnson’s efforts to reopen Brexit negotiations after he took over from Theresa May.
Besides the increased police presence around the Temple Mount, the IDF this week deployed extra troops to the West Bank and along the Gaza border out of concerns of increased violence over the US peace plan.
In neighboring Jordan, thousands of people took to the streets after Friday prayers to protest the plan. Jordan, a close US ally and key player in previous peace efforts, has warned Israel against annexing territory in the West Bank under the plan. Jordan and Egypt are the only two Arab countries to have signed peace agreements with Israel.
Chanting “Death to Israel”, about 3,000 people took part in the demonstration, which started in front of the city’s Al-Husseini Mosque, amid a heavy security presence, an AFP photographer said.
Protesters carried Jordanian and Palestinian flags and held up signs that read “Jordan rejects the deal of the century” and “Down with the deal of the century”.
Protesters chanted, “Listen, damn Trump, Palestine is not for sale” and “The Jordanian and Palestinian people are one, not two.”
[The emerging earthquake story is being buried in the news due to the coronavirus story and the middle-east peace plan, but quakes have been steadily increasing over the last several weeks and no one seems to be noticing. Its yet another sign that we should be watching]
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It should be noted that the statement mistakenly identified the Temple Mount as “Al-Aqsa Mosque,” which is the silver domed Muslim prayer structure located on the southern edge of the Temple Mount.
The Temple Mount, referred to in Arabic as Haram esh Sharif (the holy sanctuary) which was the only Muslim worship site on the Temple Mount when it was conquered by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. Israel granted administration of the site back to the Waqf under Jordanian custodianship while maintaining Israeli security control.
In addition to the Israeli police restricting non-Muslims from praying on the entire Temple Mount, non-Muslims are restricted from entering any of the structures and entry hours are very limited. Currently, eleven gates are open to the Muslim public. Non-Muslims are only permitted to enter through the Mughrabi gate and Jews must undergo strict security checks.
In accordance with international law, the Israeli High Court ruled that all holy sites in Israel must be available equally to all religions for worship.
Palestinian violence has prevented the Israeli police from implement this law, however. The Palestinians have also illegally usurped four more areas for exclusive Muslim worship, using heavy machinery for renovations that destroyed archaeological artifacts.
Trump’s deal called to end the racist apartheid policy currently being held in place by Palestinian threats of terrorism.
True to their threats, prayers for Muslims turned into riots on Friday morning, with crowds chanting nationalist and racist slogans.
Israelis do not seem to be intimidated. Elishama Sanderman, head of the Yera’eh Temple Mount advocacy group, noted a rise in 20 percent of the Jews who ascended to the Temple Mount this week.
“There was a clear call on the Palestinian social media to prevent Jews from ascending to the Temple Mount but, to be honest, no one seemed to pay it any mind,” Sanderman told Breaking Israel News. “Many people saw Trump’s declaration as a call to sanity, a call for an end to the Dark Age attempt by Muslims to dominate modern and open society.
In a normal and healthy culture, people are permitted to worship and are not forced to bow in subservience to another religion. I feel like we are returning to normalcy.”
Former Justice Minister MK Ayelet Shaked (Yamina) on Friday morning said that applying Israeli sovereignty to Judea and Samaria will prevent the creation of a future Palestinian state.
"The choice is between Yamina and applying sovereignty, and voting for any other party and a Palestinian terror state," Shaked said. "In the 'deal of the century' if we begin by applying sovereignty, we won't reach the point of a Palestinian state."
"If we begin by negotiating a Palestinian state, we'll reach Oslo C, with eastern Jerusalem in the hands of terrorists and buses exploding," she warned.
Shaked's warning echoes her Thursday statement that Israel "must not delay" applying sovereignty.
"This is an opportunity that comes once in 52 years," she said then. "If we delay it now, who knows when there will be another opportunity? We will do everything we can to make sure the decision is brought for government approval next week."
Also on Thursday, a senior Israeli official and confidant of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu downplayed the apparent split between the US and Israel regarding the timetable for the application of Israeli sovereignty over large swaths of Judea and Samaria.
"What has been agreed upon is a huge thing, recognition by an American president of the Israeli right to sovereignty in the Jordan Valley, northern Dead Sea, and the Jewish towns" in Judea and Samaria, he said. "That's been achieved, there's no argument about it, and it's going to happen."
Once again, supporters of the “Palestinians” invoke Islam. Yet mainstream Western analysts continue to ignore Islam in examining the Israeli/ “Palestinian” conflict. This is to the severe detriment of their peace plans, as The Palestinian Delusion shows in detail.