SWI NEWS: 9 Kislev 5770, Thursday, November 26, 2009
PA: Israeli Settlement Freeze Not Enough (IsraelNN.com) Palestinian Authority officials expressed dissatisfaction with Israel's unprecedented decision to stop Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria for ten months. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas released a statement through his spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudaineh, saying the freeze in Judea and Samaria was inadequate because it did not include Jerusalem. This, while Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was facing calls from within his own party to resign and from within his own government to recant the freeze. "Jerusalem is the red line for the Palestinians and Arabs," Abu Rudaineh told reporters at a news conference in Argentina, where he and Abbas are travelling. "Any return to negotiations must be on the basis of a complete settlement freeze, and in Jerusalem foremost." Hamas terrorists also expressed contempt for the Israeli cave-in, calling the freeze a "cosmetic decision without content." Sami Abu Zukhri, a spokesman for Hamas in Gaza, called on the PA not to be tempted to resume negotiations with Israel because of the decision. Chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat said that Netanyahu's latest move is not sufficient to enable a return of the PA to the negotiating table. Similarly, a top Abu Mazen aide said that the new Israeli position "is neither serious nor convincing."
Nationalists to Netanyahu: Resign IsraelNN.com) Calls for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's resignation were resounding throughout the Nationalist camp Wednesday, following a vote by Netanyahu's Security Cabinet to implement a 10-month building freeze in Judea and Samaria. In a televised speech, Netanyahu said the "painful step" to constrict Jewish growth in the Biblical heartland is being taken to "encourage resumption of peace talks with our Palestinian neighbors."
Settler leaders, Likud MKs blast PM
Ex-envoy: Obama's approach to Mideast peace process is all wrong Former US Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk on Tuesday said that President Barack Obama and his chief Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, have failed to grasp the realities of how peace is made in the region, and so have only exacerbated the conflict between Israel and the Arabs. Indyk supported Obama for president, and originally believed he would do a much better job than past presidents at hammering out a lasting peace deal between Israel and its neighbors. But at a political forum in Omaha, Nebraska, Indyk conceded that he had been wrong, and that Obama was flunking his foray into Middle East peacemaking. Obama's first mistake, said Indyk, was putting so much stock in Saudi King Abdullah supporting his peace push by moderating the Arab-backed Saudi peace proposal, which offers Israel full diplomatic relations with its neighbors in return for surrendering all lands liberated in the 1967 Six Day War and opening its borders to millions of so-called "Palestinian refugees." Obama believed that if he could just get the Arabs to drop their demand to flood what remained of the Jewish state with even more Arabs, then Israel could be compelled to accept the rest of the terms. But Abdullah was unwilling to budge. Then, lamented Indyk, Obama made his second blunder by focusing nearly his entire peace policy on strong-arming Israel into halting all Jewish construction in Judea, Samaria and even much of Jerusalem. Indyk insisted that in order to effectively broker peace in the Middle East, one must not get bogged down in details before a broad agreement has been reached. Indeed, the Palestinians have played off Obama's error by adopting a far more extreme set of demands regarding Jewish building - demands that no Israeli leader can now accept.
Iran Fears Potential Israeli Strike Video
JERUSALEM, Israel - Iran has enlisted more than 100 nations in an effort to ban potential attacks on its nuclear facilities.
Those nations recently sent a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency supporting Iran's plan to call for a resolution on the subject.
The move has set off speculation that Israel could be ready to take military action against the regime's nuclear program.
But Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told CBN News in a recent interview that Israel doesn't want to carry out a military strike against Iran.
He added that he still believes strong international sanctions could stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb.
"If there was a unity of purpose for the international community with effective sanctions the regime in Iran will not be able to sustain it nor tolerate it and this is the only way, I believe to change their conduct to put the dilemma on them," Ayalon said.
Israel also supports Washington's intent to dialogue with Tehran. But if no progress is made with sanctions or talks in the next six months, Israel will have a better idea of how to proceed.
"(Well) the clock is ticking and unfortunately it's ticking fast and so far it's in Iran's favor," Ayalon warned. "We need to stop this clock.
"I cannot tell you in terms of weeks or months when is the point of no return, but I would think that by the end of the year should be a clear view of how we move ahead," he said.
Iran is just one of the many threats that is facing the small nation.
Ayalon says that Israel has not only survived but thrived in the face of trials, tribulations and many terror attacks in the past. He calls it Israel's most important achievement.
"And the fact that we also reach to friends and we have the evangelicals in the United States and elsewhere as well, I think attests to the fact that Israel is not only a country which is based on physical and human achievements," he said. "But it's also a country with a greater purpose, with a real faith and as some say is nothing short of a miracle, a Godly miracle."