domingo, 22 de julio de 2018



Haniyeh accepts Egypt's proposal for Fatah talks
By Khaled Abu Toameh

The Jerusalem Post, Page 2

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh told the head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Force, Abbas Kamel, on Thursday that his organization has accepted Cairo’s latest proposal for ending its dispute with the rival Fatah faction.

However, it remained unclear whether Fatah had also accepted the Egyptian initiative.

In their phone call, Haniyeh and Kamel discussed developments affecting the Palestinian cause, Hamas-Fatah reconciliation and various humanitarian projects for the residents of the Gaza Strip, according to a statement released by the Hamas leader’s office.

“Haniyeh affirmed to the Egyptian official Hamas’s agreement to the Egyptian proposal, which was presented to the Hamas delegation that visited Cairo last week,” the statement said. “This proposal was the fruit of a thorough dialogue, and Hamas’s endorsement of it came out of consideration for the exceptional circumstances in the Palestinian arena and the dangerous targeting of our cause, especially with regards to the issues of refugees and Jerusalem.”

Palestinians slam Nation-State Law as 'racism, apartheid'
By Khaled Abu Toameh

The Jerusalem Post, Page 4

The Palestinians strongly condemned the Jewish Nation- State Law that was approved by the Knesset on Thursday, dubbing it a “racist and apartheid law.”

The Palestinians also called on the UN General Assembly to reinstate the “Zionism is racism” resolution that was adopted in 1975 but repealed in 1991.

The Palestinian Authority said in a statement that the new law “paved the way for ethnic cleansing and was a declaration of war on all Palestinians.”

A statement released by the PA Information Ministry in Ramallah said the Nation-State Law was also a declaration of war on the Palestinians’ land, rights, identity, and language.”

The new law, the ministry charged, “unleashes the arm of terrorism and racism” and provides justification for harming the status of the Arab citizens of Israel.

Palestinians say newly passed Jewish state law ‘legalizes apartheid’
By Adam Rasgon

The Times of Israel

Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat panned a new Israeli Basic Law on Thursday that enshrines Israel as the national home of the Jewish people, contending that it “legalizes apartheid.”

Early Thursday morning, the Knesset passed the law, which has been dubbed “the nation-state Law,” with 62 lawmakers voting in favor, 55 opposed and two abstaining, after hours of heated debate in the Knesset chamber.

“The ‘Jewish Nation-State’ [law] officially legalizes apartheid and legally defines Israel as an apartheid system,” Erekat tweeted from the PLO Negotiation Affairs Department account. “[It is] a dangerous and racist law par excellence. It denies the Arab citizens their right to self-determination to instead be determined by the Jewish population.”

Similar to a constitution, the Basic Laws underpin Israel’s legal system and are more difficult to repeal than regular laws.

The nation-state law declares that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, sets the Hebrew calendar as the official calendar of the state, and recognizes Independence Day, days of remembrance and Jewish holidays. One clause of the law downgrades the Arabic language from official to “special” standing, but also cryptically stipulates that “this clause does not harm the status given to the Arabic language before this law came into effect.”

Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for the Hamas terror group, also blasted the law, contending that it officially legalizes “Israeli racism” and constitutes “a dangerous attack on the Palestinian [people] and its historic right to its land.”
Barhoum also asserted that the Knesset would not have passed the law, as well as others that he identified as “extremist,” without what he called “regional and international silence on the occupation’s crimes.”

Liberman, IDF assess situation in the South
By Anna Ahronheim

The Jerusalem Post, Page 4

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and top security officials met late Thursday to assess the situation in the South after a Hamas projectile struck southern Israel.

Attending were the IDF chief of staff, the head of military intelligence, the commanders of the Southern Command and Central Command, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) and members of the Shin Bet.

Four Code Red incoming rocket sirens wailed in the Eshkol Regional Council Thursday, sending thousands of Israelis to bomb shelters. One mortar shell fell next to a cowshed. No injuries or damage were reported. The sirens were activated shortly after two mortar shells were fired at IDF troops near the border fence in the southern Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported in either incident.

Hamas fired the projectiles after an Israeli air strike killed Abdul-Karim Radwan, 38, near Rafah as he was launching incendiary aerial devices. Three other Hamas operatives were wounded in the IAF strike. An IDF tank responded by shelling a Hamas observation post east of Rafah.

Hamas’s military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, said that the IDF strike was “a shameful and stupid crime, the enemy bears all responsibility. He will pay the price for his blood. Eye for an eye. A tooth under a tooth.”

Russia concerned about Israel-Iran confrontation
By Anna Ahronheim

The Jerusalem Post, Page 3

Moscow seeks to prevent a military escalation between Iran and Israel, the Kremlin’s ambassador to Iran Levan Dzhagaryan said in an interview with the Russian daily Kommersant on Wednesday.

“Sometimes conflicts do arise, and we are naturally concerned about the possibility of military confrontation between the Iranian and Israeli forces in Syria. We do everything possible to prevent it. To prevent the escalation of the conflict,” he said.

Iran is a “friendly country” and “one of our key partners” which cooperates with Russia in “various spheres” including ending the seven-year-old civil war in Syria, Dzhagaryan said. Iran’s presence in the war-torn country is legitimate because it was invited by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, he added.

“Iran is not a country that you can put pressure on. This is a big state, pursuing an independent foreign policy. Work with Iranians can only be a method of persuasion,” Dzhagaryan noted.

Tensions between the two foes has risen in recent months and Jerusalem has repeatedly said it would not allow Iran to set up a permanent presence in Syria.

US to attempt rescue of trapped Syrian White Helmets at Golan border

The Times of Israel website

WASHINGTON – US officials say the United States is finalizing plans to evacuate several hundred Syrian civil defense workers and their families from southwest Syria as Russian-backed government forces close in on the area.

Two officials familiar with the plans said Thursday that the US, Britain and Canada are spearheading the evacuation that would transport members of the White Helmets group to transit camps in neighboring countries.

From there, they will be sent to third countries, including Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and possibly Canada, according to the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

It was not immediately clear if Israel had any role in the operation. The IDF maintains its side of the Quneitra crossing, and has used it to transfer supplies to refugees as well as to evacuate wounded Syrians for medical care.

The officials, and a member of the White Helmets who is due to be evacuated from Quneitra province, said the operation appears to be imminent as the Syrian army continues to gain ground in its latest offensive.

The White Helmets, who have enjoyed backing from the US and other Western nations for years, are likely to be targeted by Syrian forces as they retake control of the southwest, according to the officials.

The officials said planning for the evacuation has been taking place for some time but accelerated after last week’s NATO summit in Brussels.

“These are hard hours and minutes,” the White Helmets volunteer in Quneitra said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear for his life. “This is the worst day of my life. I hope they rescue us before it is too late.”

The evacuation is expected to take place from Quneitra, which straddles the frontier with the Golan Heights and where the civil defense team is trapped. It is the last sliver of land still outside government control in the region.

Since the government offensive began in June, the area along the frontier with the Golan Heights has been the safest in the southwestern region, attracting hundreds of displaced people because is along the disengagement line with Israel demarcated in 1974 after the Yom Kippur War. The Syrian government is unlikely to fire there or carry out airstrikes.

On Tuesday, approximately 200 Syrians who were displaced by the recent onslaught approached the Israeli border, some of them waving white flags, in an apparent effort to get assistance from the Jewish state. Israel has refused to accept any refugees, including those seeking transfer to a third country.Soldiers used bullhorns to tell them to back away from the fence.

Rivlin thanks Orban for his stand against anti-Semitism in Hungary
By Greer Fay Cashman

The Jerusalem Post, Page 7

As a Jewish and democratic state, Israel is responsible not only for her own citizens but for all the Jews in the world, President Reuven Rivlin told Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday.

In an effusive greeting to Orban and his entourage during which he twice welcomed them to Israel’s capital Jerusalem, Rivlin said that because Israel is far away from many Jewish communities it appreciates the positive attitudes of foreign governments. In this context he was particularly appreciative of the attitude of the Hungarian government and Orban as its leader.

He congratulated Orban on his recent reelection, hailing him as a great leader of his people both in the government and the opposition.

Quoting Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Rivlin said that politics is like a wheel: sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down, but the important thing is to stay on the wheel.

Rivlin expressed concern over rising anti-Semitism, saying neo-fascism is a danger not only to the Jewish people but to the whole world.

Rivlin noted the expansion of bilateral relations in the fields of security, cyber technology and innovation coupled with government to government meetings on different levels.