Livni says won't join Netanyahu-led governmentKadima chairwoman ends meeting with prime minister-designate after Likud leader refuses to commit to two-state solution. 'This is a matter of principle,' Livni says, vowing to act as 'a responsible opposition'
|Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni ended her meeting with Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, after the latter refused to include the "two states for two people solution" in his government's basic guidelines. "Two states (one for the Israelis and one of the Palestinians) is not an empty slogan," Livni said as she left the meeting. "Unity is not just sitting in a government together. It also means sharing a way." The two officials met at a Tel Aviv hotel for about two hours. "I came to meet with the Likud chairman for a second time in order to hear about his vision and the way he wishes to implement. Israel is facing challenges. I told him Kadima would support any right moves by the government. "In order to deal with the challenges I wanted three fundamental things which you are aware of," she said. "Two states is not an empty slogan. It's the only way Israel can remain Jewish and fight terror. It's a matter of principle. "We discussed the issues. I didn't see any commitment on Bibi's part to these issues. The meeting ended without any understandings, and we cannot be part of Netanyahu's government," Livni stated, vowing to act as "a responsible opposition". The Likud leader's associates made it clear before the meeting that he would not accept the "two states for two people" formula. Senior Kadima officials clarified that Netanyahu's commitment to a peace process was insufficient, stressing that the world now views the Annapolis process as the foundation of any negotiations. "There is no other process apart from this one, and the saying that Netanyahu supports a diplomatic process is insufficient and will not serve as a basis for Kadima's inclusion in the government instead of an explicit statement addressing the process' nature," one of the Kadima officials said. Knesset Member Tzachi Hangebi, one of Kadima's senior members, told Ynet before the meeting, "We are heading to the opposition, for certain. Something really dramatic will have to take place for this to change." Various sources who have spoken to Netanyahu this week found it difficult to determine whether he was optimistic ahead of his meeting with Livni. One of them stated, however, that "it appears that he plans to make more compromises. He really wants Kadima to join the government and to establish a wide government."|
Lieberman supports Palestinian state
IATA issues ranking warning to IsraelInternational Air Transport Association warns it may follow US Federal Aviation Administration, downgrade Israel’s aviation safety ranking. Should decision materialize, EU airport may refuse Israeli planes' landing
|The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has informed Israeli airlines that they must upgrade their safety and security measure, or risk being turned away from European Union airports. . The Transportation Ministry said that the announcement was not an official one, but rather a memorandum sent to El-Al, Arkia and Israir, as well as to the Israel Airport Authority. The IATA, added the ministry, did not threaten to bar Israeli airlines in any way, but rather simply asked them to put a new emphasis on safety, following Israel's recent FAA aviation downgrade. The US Federal Aviation Administration downgraded Israel’s aviation safety ranking in late November, following an inspection which revealed what the FAA defined as “severe security shortcomings in Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority.” The FAA report found several security defects at Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport, prompting it to categorize Israel’s aviation security in the same bracket as Third World countries. IATA is an international trade body, which represents some 230 airlines comprising 93% of the world's scheduled international air traffic. Should it decide to downgrades Israel’s aviation safety as well, the move will immediately translate into stricter inspections of any Israeli plane landing in Europe and larger insurance fees, which will inevitably mean a spike in flight rates. Another potential problem is that the safety ranking may affect Israel's code share agreement with various European airlines the likes of Austrian Airlines, Swissair and Brussels Airlines. Amos Lapidot, former Israeli Air Force Commander who heads the public committee appointed to investigate aviation safety in Israel, and had previously alerted both the Civil Aviation Authority and the Transportation Ministry to the many deficiencies he found, told Ynet that since the FAA's decision, "Israel has been investing in infrastructure, landing strips and improving air space safety, but it's going to take a few more years." International aviation safety codes are similar, he added, "and the FAA and the IATA usually synchronize their decisions to an extent. If the IATA follows through on its warning, it would have significant ramifications."|
Jewish Center attacked in Venezuela Assailants threw an explosive at a Jewish community center on Thursday, but nobody was hurt in the blast - the second assault against Venezuela's Jewish community this year. Abraham Garzon, president of the "It seems there are people in the country dedicated to sowing terrorism," Garzon said. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, which immediately reignited fears of rising anti-Semitism in Venezuela. , told the local Globovision television news channel that a small explosive resembling a pipe-bomb was lobbed at the building in Caracas before dawn on Thursday. The explosion damaged the doors to the center.
Clinton Scolds Israel on Gaza Aid
CBNNews.com February 25, 2009CBNNews.com—JERUSALEM—In advance of her first visit to Israel as US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has sent a series of messages to Israeli leaders, criticizing what she considers to be a slow pace for the transport of humanitarian aid entering the Gaza Strip. Clinton's focus on humanitarian aid for Palestinians, rather than on Israel's security needs, is the latest sign that of what many Israelis perceive as the Obama Administration distancing itself from Israel. Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the border crossings between Israel and Gaza will remain closed until Hamas, which rules Gaza, releases captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Shalit has been held in Gaza since June, 2006, when he was kidnapped in a Palestinian cross-border raid. Still, Israel is allowing essential humanitarian aid to come into Gaza. U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell arrives on Thursday, ahead of Clinton, who is scheduled to arrive Monday night. Mitchell is also expected to admonish Israeli leaders for the clampdown on the border crossings. Currently, fewer than 200 trucks per day are entering the Gaza strip. The US, in keeping with the demands of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations, wants the Gaza crossings open to allow 500 trucks per day. On Tuesday, Israel's chief of the diplomatic-security bureau at the Defense Ministry, Major General (res) Amos Gilad, denied EU reports of severe restrictions in humanitarian aid. "Contrary to EU reports, 116,400 tons of humanitarian aid was allowed into the Gaza Strip according to requests made by international organizations and private groups since the cease fire went into effect on January 18," Gilad stated. "Any claim of food shortage is false." The US committed Tuesday to $900 million to rebuild parts of the Gaza Strip destroyed in Israel's Operation Cast Lead in December and January.
Barack [yes, Hussein] Obama
... Obama is making new friends. The administration's decision last week to participate in planning meetings for Durban II was very well received by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).On February 21, 2009, the OIC "welcomed" the move as a "positive development." OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said it "would be widely perceived by the Muslim world as a credible signal of the new U.S. Administration's goodwill and desire to introduce a fresh, fair and objective approach to the . . . Middle East peace process as well as to rejuvenate the United States' positive image throughout the Muslim nations."
Bibi the hawk
Here we go again, only more so.
How long do you think it will be before they're holding hands?
The world prefers HAMAS terrorists to Jews
LONDON – The English town of Worcester is seeking with [Jew-free] Gaza City in a gesture of solidarity with Palestinians, a government official said Thursday.Councilor Alan Amos told Britain's Channel 4 News the twinning would draw attention to what he called the "dreadful occupation" and blockade that Gazans had suffered. The BBC says backed the move this week....
They deserve each other, they can have each other, but it won't be enough to satisfy.
|Published:||02.26.09, 23:18 / Israel News|
|Latest Update:||02.27.09, 13:11 / Israel News|