Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα settlements. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων
Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα settlements. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων

Τρίτη, Νοεμβρίου 18, 2014

Israelis demand govt resignation after Jerusalem attack

Hundreds of Israelis demonstrated in west Jerusalem on Tuesday to demand the government's resignation in the wake of a deadly attack on a Jewish synagogue in which four Israelis were killed.

About 300 Israelis chanted slogans for the government, amid chants against Palestinians and Arabs, according to Israeli Channel Two.
Earlier Tuesday, four Israelis were killed and seven others injured in an attack by two Palestinians on a Jewish synagogue in West Jerusalem. The attackers were shot dead by Israeli police in the immediate wake of the attack.
No group has thus far claimed responsibility for the incident, which is the eighth such Palestinian attack on Israelis to have occurred in Israel or the occupied territories within the last month.

Israeli wounded in fresh stabbing attack in E. Jerusalem
An Israeli settler was wounded Tuesday after being attacked by two Palestinians in East Jerusalem.
Two Palestinian youths attacked an Israeli settler with a metal rod in East Jerusalem's Old City, leaving him with minor injuries, a source in the Magen David Adom, Israel's national emergency service, was quoted as saying by Israeli Channel 7.
According to the channel, Israeli forces have launched a manhunt for the attackers, who fled the scene on a bike after the attack.
Israeli police have yet to comment on the incident.
Six Israelis, including two security personnel, have been killed – and several others injured – in a spate of attacks by Palestinians since late October.
Tension mounted further on October 30, when Israeli authorities sealed access to East Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Asqa Mosque complex for several hours after an extremist rabbi was shot and injured by a Palestinian man in West Jerusalem.

Κυριακή, Νοεμβρίου 16, 2014

Israel will ‘never’ limit Jerusalem settlements (Avigdor Lieberman)

Israel will never agree to limit its construction activity in Occupied East Jerusalem, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday. “One thing should be clear: we will never accept the definition of building in Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem as settlement activity,” he said at a news conference with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

“We won’t accept any limitation on building in Jewish areas of (east) Jerusalem,” he said.

His remarks came four days after Israel approved plans to build 200 homes in Ramot in Occupied East Jerusalem despite months of almost daily clashes and tensions there with Palestinians, triggered in part by settlement expansion.

The announcement prompted a sharply-worded rebuke from Washington which reiterated its “unequivocal” opposition to such construction in east Jerusalem, warning it could “exacerbate this difficult situation on the ground and... will not contribute to efforts to reduce the tension.”

Israel seized east Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in a move never recognized by the international community.

It refers to the entire city as its “united, undivided capital” and does not view construction there as settlement activity.

The Palestinians want the city’s eastern sector as capital of their promised state and vehemently oppose any Israeli attempt to expand construction there.

Last Update: Sunday, 16 November 2014 KSA 12:36 - GMT 09:36 
AFP- english.alarabiya.net

Πέμπτη, Φεβρουαρίου 20, 2014

Kerry, Abbas to meet for second day in Paris

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet on Thursday afternoon as part of Kerry's plan for a deal between Palestine and Israel.

The meeting comes after more than two hours of talks on Wednesday. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resumed last year after a nearly three-year break.

U.S. officials say they are trying to forge a "framework for negotiations" as a first step.

The framework may include borders, security, the rights of Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem.

Δευτέρα, Ιανουαρίου 06, 2014

Kerry leaves Middle East without achieving framework...

   JERUSALEM, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed back to the United States on Monday after failing to create a framework for the Israeli-Palestinian talks.
Kerry did however claim that progress has been made in talks with both sides and several Israeli politicians, including Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Labor chief MK Yitzhak Herzog.

Kerry operated his shuttle diplomacy, with back and forth excursions between Jerusalem and Ramallah, but it seems that both sides are looking to blame the other party for the talks' deterioration rather than trying to kick-start them.

It appears that the talks mainly revolved around the status of the Jordan valley, which is on the border between Israel and Jordan at the eastern part of the West Bank. It also brought up the highly-charged issue over the status of Jerusalem, which both people consider sacred.

  • Israel demands to deploy security forces at the Jordan Valley, claiming it is a security necessity, while the Palestinians vehemently oppose having Israeli forces on future Palestinian land which would damage the Palestinian sovereignty.

It seems like both sides were looking for ammunition against the other in order to blame them for the deteriorated state of the talks.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu adopted the line of " incitement" against Palestinians. He added a discussion on the " state of incitement against Israel in the Palestinian Authority" at the Israeli cabinet meeting's agenda, and said on Thursday that the Palestinians were "continuing their campaign of inciting hatred."

The Palestinians, according to reports, said that they still vehemently oppose any Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley and refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

They also denounce Israel's plans to continue to build in the settlements, causing the collapse of the previous round of talks, and a recently announced plan by Israeli ministers to annex the Jordan Valley, which awaits the approval of the Knesset ( parliament.)

Several U.S. officials had said prior to Kerry's trip that there were no expectations of a break-through and Israeli media outlets reported that he intended to return to the region, however, no official confirmation has been given.

On Sunday, Kerry said that any future peace agreement between both sides would be "fair and balanced," and added that both leaders would have to make important decisions to advance the agreement.

"This has been a productive couple of days," Kerry said on Sunday, before leaving on a short excursion to Jordan and Saudi Arabia, adding "We had very serious, very intensive conversations. "

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians resumed in July, after a three year-halt, amid the repeated attempts by Kerry, who has been to the region 10 times since he assumed his position in February. The talks were given an outline of nine months, meaning until April, to reach an interim agreement.


Σάββατο, Ιανουαρίου 04, 2014

Kerry meets with Abbas in Ramallah...

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Ramallah on Saturday and met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Palestinian and Israeli officials have publicly differed on the future status of the West Bank's border with Jordan, where Israelis want a permanent security presence but Palestinians want a full withdrawal of Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers.

Kerry has said such an accord would narrow gaps between the sides and pave the way for a final deal when the nine-month period allotted the US-backed talks expires on April 29.

An official close to Abbas dismissed Kerry's drive for a "framework agreement" as biased toward Israel.


Τρίτη, Δεκεμβρίου 31, 2013

Proche-Orient: pessimisme ambiant avant une nouvelle mission de Kerry

La libération de 26 prisonniers palestiniens par Israël avant la nouvelle mission au Proche-Orient du secrétaire d'Etat John Kerry, la 10e depuis mars, n'a pas dissipé le pessimisme ambiant sur les chances de progrès dans les négociations de paix.

Ces libérations, survenues mardi avant l'aube, sont conformes aux engagements pris auprès des Etats-Unis et des Palestiniens par le Premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahu de relâcher en quatre étapes un total de 104 détenus palestiniens afin de permettre la relance des négociations de paix qui ont repris fin juillet dernier.
Deux premiers contingents de prisonniers avaient été relâchés le 13 août et le 30 octobre. Le dernier groupe de Palestiniens doit être libéré en février.
Les festivités qui ont accompagné comme d'habitude la libération des prisonniers -considérés comme des "combattants héroïques" chez eux- ont été dénoncées en Israël.

"Alors que nous avons pris une décision très douloureuse pour tenter de parvenir à la fin du conflit, j'ai vu nos voisins et leurs plus hauts dirigeants fêter des assassins", a dit M. Netanyahu à propos de la réception accordée par le président palestinien Mahmoud Abbas aux détenus élargis au QG de l'Autorité palestinienne à Ramallah en Cisjordanie.
"Ce n'est pas comme ça que l'on fait la paix", a estimé le Premier ministre, dont les propos étaient rapportés à la radio.

Plusieurs autres contentieux risquent en outre de peser lourdement sur les discussions à partir de jeudi de John Kerry qui doit rencontrer M. Netanyahu à Jérusalem et M. Abbas à Ramallah.

Selon des sources diplomatiques et les médias, il doit présenter pour la première fois un projet d'"accord-cadre" traçant les grandes lignes d'un règlement final aux deux parties.
Une première polémique porte sur la question de savoir si des Arabes israéliens -descendants des 160.000 Palestiniens restés après la création de l'Etat d'Israël en 1948- seront remis en liberté prochainement.

Selon les Palestiniens, M. Netanyahu aurait promis à John Kerry d'inclure des Arabes israéliens dans le prochain contingent à sortir de prison.
Mais le député du Likoud (droite nationaliste) Tzahi Hanegbi, très proche du Premier ministre, a démenti. "Le gouvernement devra discuter de cette question et je ne suis pas sûr que cela puisse passer".

Vallée du Jourdain et colonies
Deuxième pomme de discorde: le projet de loi adopté dimanche par la commission ministérielle des lois qui prévoit l'annexion de la Vallée du Jourdain, aux frontières entre la Cisjordanie et la Jordanie.
Cette initiative a été lancée par les faucons de la droite, y compris du Likoud, le parti de M. Netanyahu. Même si, selon les commentateurs israéliens, il a surtout une valeur symbolique, ce projet a été vivement dénoncé par les Palestiniens.
M. Abbas a proclamé que la Vallée du Jourdain était "une terre palestinienne" et que son éventuelle annexion constituerait "une ligne rouge que personne ne peut franchir". A titre de protestation, le conseil des ministres palestinien hebdomadaire s'est réuni mardi dans la Vallée du Jourdain, qui représente un tiers de la Cisjordanie.
Selon le ministre israélien de l'Energie Sylvan Shalom, le projet d'"accord-cadre" de John Kerry vise en fait à "prolonger les négociations, qui doivent s'achever le 29 avril, jusqu'à la fin de l'an prochain".

"Mais pour obtenir cette prolongation nous avons dû payer un prix très lourd avec la libération des prisonniers", s'est lamenté M. Shalom.
Enfin, le troisième contentieux immédiat concerne des programmes de construction dans les colonies que le gouvernement Netanyahu pourrait annoncer dans les prochains jours. Selon les médias, ils porteront sur 1.400 nouveaux logements.
Les Etats-Unis et l'Union européenne ont expressément demandé à Israël de s'abstenir de lancer des appels d'offre pour les colonies en même temps que le processus de libération de détenus, selon les médias.

A Gaza, le mouvement islamiste Hamas, qui contrôle l'enclave palestinienne, s'est réjoui de la libération des prisonniers, mais a dénoncé à nouveau les négociations de paix avec Israël.
"Nous rejetons les négociations avec l'occupant et nous n'acceptons pas que les colonies s'étendent en échange de la libération de Palestiniens", a affirmé le Premier ministre du gouvernement du Hamas Ismaïl Haniyeh lors d'une conférence de presse.
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Κυριακή, Δεκεμβρίου 29, 2013

Israel aprueba la anexión de los asentamientos del valle del Jordán

La Comisión de Asuntos Legislativos del Gobierno israelí aprobó hoy un proyecto de ley para la anexión de los asentamientos judíos en el valle del Jordán, territorio ocupado por Israel desde 1967.

La comisión, antesala a los proyectos de ley que el Gobierno presenta al parlamento, aprobó la propuesta por ocho votos a favor y tres en contra, los de los ministros Yair Lapid, Tzipi Livni y Yaacov Pery, informa la edición digital del diario 'Haaretz'.

Presentado por la diputada del Likud Miri Regev, del ala más derechista del partido Likud, que encabeza el primer ministro israelí, Benjamín Netanyahu, el proyecto busca aplicar la legislación israelí en todas las colonias israelíes y en las carreteras que conducen a ellos, lo que de facto se traduciría en la anexión del territorio.
Un estatus parecido aplicó Israel en 1981 a la meseta del Golán, ocupada a Siria en 1967, mientras que en Jerusalén Este la anexión se había hecho "de jure" por ley del Parlamento un año antes.

El valle del río Jordán, en el este de Cisjordania, forma parte del territorio ocupado por Israel en la Guerra de los Seis Días y en el que los palestinos aspiran a declarar su estado independiente.

Regev también pide en su proyecto de ley que la colonización en esos asentamientos no pueda ser limitada por orden gubernamental sino únicamente con la aprobación del Parlamento, con el fin de impedir presiones internacionales sobre el primer ministro contra la colonización.
Posiciones enfrentadas

La propuesta, que para ser efectiva debe pasar aún un largo proceso legislativo, contó con el apoyo de los ministros de los partidos Likud, Israel Beteinu y Hogar Judío, todos ellos nacionalistas.

Se opusieron la representante del partido centrista Hatenuá, Livni, y los dos de Yesh Atid, del ministro de Finanzas, Yair Lapid.

Los tres dijeron que presentarán recurso a la resolución de la comisión, lo que, a decir del diario, bloqueará de facto su procesamiento en otras instancias gubernamentales y legislativas.

"Es un proyecto populista e irresponsable que quiere atar al gobierno y al primer ministro de pies y manos (para que no pueda negociar) (...) Esto es una provocación y la torpedearemos", dijo Livni al diario.

Netanyahu considera el valle del Jordán parte integral de la percepción de seguridad estratégica de su país, y el asunto está siendo dilucidado estas semanas en las conversaciones que el secretario de Estado de EEUU, John Kerry, mantiene con las partes de cara a un acuerdo de paz.

Pero mientras Israel aspira a una presencia física de sus fuerzas militares en el valle, Kerry ha propuesto una "presencia invisible", es decir, a través de mecanismos y dispositivos electrónicos de vigilancia, lo que tampoco es del agrado de los palestinos.

El jefe de la diplomacia estadounidense llegará el miércoles a la zona -su décimo viaje desde que comenzaron las negociaciones- para impulsar precisamente la propuesta en asuntos de seguridad que le hizo a israelíes y palestinos en sus dos visitas anteriores a principios de diciembre.

Τετάρτη, Οκτωβρίου 30, 2013

UN chief Ban slams Israeli plans to advance east J'lem, West Bank construction....

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday blasted an Israeli announcement made earlier in the day to advance settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

Ban condemned as "contrary to international law" the move announced by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in conjunction with Israel's release early Wednesday morning of 26 long-serving Palestinian prisoners.

He added that further Israeli building in areas over the Green Line constituted "an obstacle to peace".

However, Ban stated his appreciation for Israel's undertaking the "difficult step" of releasing the second batch of pre-Oslo prisoners amid "deep domestic opposition" as a gesture for continuing peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.

He added that the UN expected parties to promote conditions conducive to a successful negotiation process and refrain from actions that undermine trust. 

****UN chief deplores plans for further Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory. -(Announcement hours after freeing 26 Palestinian prisoners) 

 30 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored the announcements today of further Israeli settlement plans in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, pointing out that settlement activity is contrary to international law and constitutes an obstacle to peace.
“Any measures that prejudge final status issues will not be recognised by the international community,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added.Israel reportedly made the announcement hours after freeing 26 Palestinian prisoners.

Mr. Ban understands that Israel took “a difficult step” in continuing to release Palestinian prisoners in the face of deep domestic opposition, and appreciates this gesture, said the statement. “The Secretary-General expects the parties to take every possible step to promote conditions conducive to the success of the negotiating process and to refrain from actions that undermine trust,” it added.
Direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians stalled in September 2010, after Israel refused to extend its freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory. The two sides resumed negotiations this August following efforts by United States Secretary of State John Kerry. 

un.org,  30/10/13


Σάββατο, Οκτωβρίου 12, 2013

Thousands rally in Israel to remember slain PM Rabin.

AFP - Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday to mourn peace-seeking prime minister Yitzhak Rabin on the 18th anniversary of his assassination by a Jewish extremist.

The demonstrators were mainly young people representing a wide political spectrum but protesting against Israeli radicals opposed to peace with the Palestinians, an AFP reporter said.
The demonstrators carried portraits of Rabin -- who was assassinated after addressing a rally in the same square on November 4, 1995 -- and banners with slogans against racism and intolerance.

"Stop the price tag, defend democracy," read one banner, referring to so-called "price tag" attacks on Palestinians by Jewish extremists opposed to the dismantling of settlements in the occupied West Bank.

"My grandfather was assassinated for peace, and you owe this peace to us, to all of us," Rabin's grandson Yonatan Ben-Artzi said in a speech to the crowd, addressing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • Media said 30,000 people joined the rally in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square, where the premier was gunned down by Jewish extremist Yigal Amir, who is currently serving a life sentence.
  • Amir had hoped to derail the 1993 Oslo accords signed by Rabin and the Palestinians, a landmark agreement aimed at resolving the decades-old conflict.

Organisers of Saturday's rally had planned it to roughly coincide with the anniversary of the assassination in the Jewish Calendar, which falls next week.
An official ceremony will be held on Tuesday at the Jerusalem cemetery where Rabin is buried.

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