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June 1, 2009
Tel Aviv strives for coexistence as it eyes nearby strife

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed U.S. demands for a settlement freeze as unreasonable. But in an apparent gesture to President Barack Obama, Netanyahu has begun dismantling small settler outposts built without formal government authorization.

On Monday, Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian workers in one town on the West Bank. The attacks were staged as a protest against the removal of several settler squatter camps by the government. Six Palestinians were injured and the settlers burned tires and set fire to olive groves.

Ron Huldai, the mayor of Tel Aviv — Israel’s second-largest city — joins Martin Savidge as his city celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding to discuss the city’s origins, the old town of Jaffa and how people in Tel Aviv view the settlement movement in the West Bank.

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#8

At the end of the day or the end result is killing Arabs. If fearness means killing, this is a new Jewish code of ethics that your Zionist masters are trying to push on the world. A killer is akiller is akiller regardless

#7

israel is fair to arabs in case you havent noticed they unlike the arabs warn when where and why they have or will attack an area

#6

On the same Q&A, advice for President Obama: About Israel and Arabs.

I am talking about strength that is based on justice. They should know that we
will keep a just attitude towards them, but a tough one. You don’t kill or hurt
people or deny their right to make a living just like that. In the villages that we
rule, we need to grant them all the rights – infrastructure, and transportation and
education… but they have to give things in return. If the teachers are inciting the
students, we should close the schools and expel the teachers… we should keep
their rights, but also ours.”

#5

This Q&A will help President Obama deal with the Middle East:

A: “The bible finds no worse image than this of the man from the desert. And why? Because he has no respect for any law. Because in the desert he can do as he pleases.
The tendency towards conflict is in the essence of the Arab. He is an enemy by essence. His personality won’t allow him any compromise or agreement. It doesn’t matter what kind of resistance he will meet, what price he will pay. His existence is one of perpetuate war.”
Q: Is there any hope of peace?
A: “Out of agreement? No. the other side might stay in peace if it understands that doing anything [else] will cause it enormous pain.
The two states solution doesn’t exist. There are no two people here. There is a Jewish people and an Arab population… there is no Palestinian people, so you don’t create a state for an imaginary nation… they only call themselves a people in order to fight the Jews.”

#4

Boris: answer my questions and do not jumb to your carazy logic. I know that your historical information are very poor, your nglish is bad and your defense of Israel is worse. Let Liberman find you a job in the under world where the two of you belong. Soon your boss will be in prison, what is next for you.

#3

To “Son” of Jerusalem (Susan Walsh or David Hoffman): First, Arab (Palestinian) are Not “the original owners and inhabitants of city” Tel-Aviv. Arab conquer territory in 11 century and according to your “logic” only Arab have right to “expel native from their land” and then control land. Like they control and rule whole N. Africa, Egypt and Middle East. Jewish have full rights to take back the Holy Land which was belonging to them!!
Second, I am reminding you, because you have bad memory, that you (Arabs) simply lost that territory to Jews in 1948, 1967 and 1972 wars. Even if you are living in US you are not in title to tell us what to build and where to live.

#2

Dear Worldfocus: I wish that Martine Savadge had asked the following questions to the mayor of Tel-Aviv (the original Palestinian Arab name of the city is Tel Al-Rabee) in case Dorn et al forgot who are the original owners and inhabitants of that Palestinian city.
How many Mosques does Tel-Aviv have?
How many Churches does Tel-Aviv have?
How many schools does Tel-Aviv have that treat Arab Christians and Muslims students equal to their Jewish counterpart.
How many hate crimes are committed against foreigners who live below under poverty line in Tel-Aviv.
How many women trafficking centers does Tel-Aviv have and how many Easter European and Asian women are forced to sell their bodies in Tel-Aviv.
Is Tel Aviv the global center for drug trafficking and women trafficking or not?
Having watched Martine for the last few months, it is not strange to see him dogging the good questions for the safe ones.

By the way Dorn; Palestinians have no problems if all Jews practice their right of return to their original country. For example you can go back to Poland and Boris and Avigdor Liberman can go back to Russia. Silvan Shalom can go back to Tunisia, Ovadia Yousef can go back to Iraq and David Levy can go back Morocco. This way we can settle the question of the so called Jewish refugees

#1

Dear World Focus,
It is curious that World Focus reported tonight (1 June) on stone throwing between some Israelis and Palestinians on the West Bank that left some wounded – BUT NOT ON THE SIX PALESTINIANS KILLED IN CLASHES BETWEEN HAMAS AND FATAH.

That said, thank you for the report on Tel Aviv. I hope that someday World Focus will also tell the story of Jewish refugees from Arab lands.

As regards “settlements”: the previous US administration gave Israel an undertaking that it could build within existing settlement boundaries where this was due to demand (e.g. a room for children). The current administration is now violating this previous undertaking. And indeed, all Israel is asking is to build for natural population growth, within existing boundaries.

Castigating Israel over “settlements”, while ignoring 60 years of Arab wars and rejectionism is not going to bring peace between Arabs and
Israelis. If there were no “settlements”, if the Dalai Lama was Israel’s Prime Minister, and Israel consisted of just Tel Aviv, the Arab League
would quickly find new pretexts for hostility. The “Saudi Peace Plan” is punted within the Arab world as a means to force Israel back to
indefensible borders, to be followed later by more warfare.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’ real agenda is apparent from his refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, and his stance on refugees. He demands resettlement of Arab refugees in pre-1967 Israel, not a future Palestinian state in the West Bank. This denies the rights of the similar number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands, and sidesteps Arab responsibility for the wars that initiated both refugee issues. Why is it OK for
Mahmoud Abbas to demand that the West Bank be Judenrein, even as Israeli Arabs
(rightfully) continue to enjoy Israeli citizenship?

If Mahmoud Abbas is so interested in peace, why did he recently name the PA’s largest computer center, funded indirectly by US money, after Dalal
Mughrabi, who in 1978 hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children, including American photographer Gail Rubin?

It is unfortunate that the current administration’s pressure on Israel, and granting of a free pass to Mahmoud Abbas is only going to encourage the Arab world to stick to its hardline. Indeed, Jackson Diehl in the Washington Post noted after interviewing Abbas, that the latter now will refuse to make any concessions on core issues (borders, Jerusalem, refugees, recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, ending funding of Al Aqsa).

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