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June 29, 2009
Israel may be open to a freeze on settlement building

On Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is set to meet with George Mitchell, President Obama’s special envoy to the Middle East, about a freeze on settlement building.

Israel is reportedly open to the idea of a freeze on building new settlements in the West Bank for three to six months as part of a broader peace effort.

In the meantime, however, Israel has approved of 50 new housing units in the West Bank for settlers who were earlier evicted from an unauthorized outpost.

Daniel Levy, a senior fellow and the co-director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the importance of the settlement issue to the peace process.

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#23

Joshua, The same allies are telling you to divide the land now, how come you listened to them then but now. The terror Israel has used against the natives is appalling and it will pay the price for it one day at the ICJ and ICC.

#22

sam you just dont get the facts israel has the right to exist because the arab nations pledged their land and the allies could divide it as they see fit the allies used the land palestine pledged to make room for the jews the gangs you refer to are like what the british saw in hong kong the gangs wanted control of this new state which they didnt mind you

#21

Settlements are one thing, But no one here has said why Israel should have the right to exist.

Has anyone here done any research on Israel at all? well I have and it was actually Lord Rothschild that told Lord Balfour of Great Britain that he sees a Jewish state in Palestine if Allied Forces during WWI can convince the Arabs to help them defeat the Ottoman Empire…..So they did convince the Arabs by promising them their own states if Ottoman is defeated, but they never told the Arabs that they intend to splice up Palestine to have a jewish state there if they helped them defeat the Ottoman Empire. And so you had the French Mandate of Syria, and Iraq, and the British Mandate of Palestine. Where the British says that both Palestinians and Jewish will both have states on that piece of land, and so the first Aillah’s began, and it wasnt till just before the British Mandate of Palestine was to expire in 1948 that the Stern Gang tagged as the first terrorist organization by the British and other mule corps jewish legion type gangs defeated the British forces in Palestine and took Israel by force and declared they have the right to exist, incorporating all of their jewish hagana irgun and stern gangs into one force to be called the IDF, since then the Jewish have maintained they have the right to exist……why because they took the land by force? I dont get it.

#20

Death threats sent to Jerusalem mayor following parking lot riots

By Nir Hasson and Jonathan Lis, Haaretz Correspondents, and News Agencies

Tags: Haredim, Nir Barkat

Just Got Educated: This is the new prophecy about you and your people. Besides killing Arabs Christian and Muslims in the Middle East. Now you are about to kill yourselves. The Rabin killing is not new to your culture. Looks that your Prophecy is crumbing on its face

Two e-mail death threats were sent to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Sunday, a day after police clashed with ultra-Orthodox demonstrators protesting the opening of a parking lot in the capital on Shabbat. Security at Barkat’s office has been increased following the threats, and police have opened an investigation.

Barkat’s bureau issued a statement Sunday vowing that Barkat will not change his decision to open the parking lot.

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On Saturday, twenty eight ultra-Orthodox demonstrators were arrested and six people were wounded during riots in Jerusalem against the Sabbath opening of the parking lot. A 20-year-old Haredi man sustained serious head wounds during the turmoil; Magen David Adom emergency services said the man, suffering from convulsions, was taken to Hadassah Ein Karem for medical treatment. Police said they had no further details about the circumstances in which the man was wounded. Four police officers were also lightly hurt during the protests, as was a six-year-old boy, according to the Associated Press.

Near the site of the demonstration, thousands of secular Israelis held a counter-protest in support of Barkat’s decision to open the Carta parking lot. Despite the ultra-Orthodox protesters’ attempts to block the parking lot entrance in the afternoon, hundreds of cars were able to park there successfully on Saturday.

The Mayor’s bureau said later Saturday that the lot solved the problems of parking and public safety in Jerusalem’s Old City. “The mayor is obligated to maintain the public’s safety and this concern is what guides him,” said a Barkat spokesperson. “The police must now be concerned with public order.” In the wake of the protests, Barkat’s security detail has been reinforced and a security guard has been placed outside of his home.

On Friday, ultra-Orthodox Jerusalemites staged a mass rally to protest the parking lot’s opening. Droves of Haredim flooded Bar Ilan Street, a major throughway in the heart of an ultra-Orthodox district, as well as other sites in the city.

Violent riots also erupted three weeks ago, after the municipality passed a resolution to open the Safra parking lot in the city center on the Sabbath. Hoping to appease the protesters, Barkat decided to open the nearby Carta lot instead, but the controversy has not subsided. Numerous Haredi leaders from various factions, including Shas spiritual leader Ovadia Yosef and Rabbi Shalom Elyashiv, a leader of the Lithuanian Haredi community, joined the call to hold the mass prayer session after the protest was initially led by Eda Haredit, an extremist ultra-Orthodox group. Protesters attacked journalists who were covering the events, including Channel 2 reporter Dafna Liel who had to cut short a live report

#19

To New Prophecy? Your words tell the truth of the situation. Excellent presentation.

#18

I was recently in the Middle-East. I find it appauling, that the only thing the Muslim population can agree upon is hatred of Israel. It is only a reason and method to direct violence towards a group of people, if tomorrow, hatred toward Israel would dissipate, I have no doubt in my mind that the Muslims in the area will fight and kill each other. (oh wait thats happening now on a moderate scale to). Although there are many who are moderate and seek peace, they are continually subjugated by the the extremist mullah’s and leaders of the community to hate, and if they dont hate and wish for the death of others, then they will face death themselves. I ask you, how is it possible to make peace with a group of people who really dont want peace, because a peace with Israel will only mean a beginning of war and destruction among the Arabs themselves. How could you not understand, that it is in the best interest of all the surrounding Muslim countries to provocate hatred towards the Jews and Israel, because its the only way they are able to maintain any sense of stability in there own countries… case in point:

Saudi Arabia- Conflict in Israel means 2 things, first any instability is a direct correlator towards oil prices, and second, the week Saudi government can only remain in power, if the economy is somewhat stable, they cant even protect themselves from themselves, let alone any other neighbors.

Iran- once again case in point, hatred of Israel is the cornerstone of Ahmadinijad’s poise for power. the populace is fed up with him and his lies, but they continually use the instability in the region to develop weaponry, cause instability, and distract there people from their internal strife.

And the list for Syria and Lebanon is very similar. If the surrounding Arab population is so worried about the Palestinians then why not have a three state solution, where the Gaza strip will be given back to Egypt and the West bank will go back to Jordan (the two neighboring countries who have formal peace with Israel.) Well its because neither want the land! the last time Palestinians went to Jordan, they tried to overthrow the leader and create chaos and havoc. None of the Arab neighbors, have any respect or care for the Palestinians (otherwise they would’ve accepted them a long time ago in there countries) they just use the Palestinians as pawns in a large regional game of chess.
For there sake, if the Palestinians want peace, they should stop teaching there kids hatred, and educate them in tolerance and accepting of others. They should not think of ways to kill the Israelis but ways to build there own futures. Not use there tunnels to transport rockets, but use those tunnels to transport there message of love. the religion of islam, teaches of tolerance and acceptance, but your Mullah’s have corrupted it into being a religion of hate. To the true muslims, i urge you to reclaim your religion and begin building a foundation of peace and love, not hate and intolerance.

#17

Just Got Educated: JGE, Now you proved beyond reasonable doubt that you are delusional and no worthy of any response.

#16

More wise words:

“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.”

#15

Just Got Educated, JGE every time you open your mouth you tell people that you are a despicable racist individual. You have not studies enough with Bernard Lewis, Thomas Friedman, Steven Emerson, Judith Miller of the NYtimes, William Krystoal, Rush Limbou, Sean Hanaty, and Richard Pearl. Every time you say the Arabs the Arabs the Arabs. If you have a problem with the Arabs why do not you move to where you belong Russia or Germany. Remember once the Russians the Germans, and most of Europe used to say the same thing about you, the Jews, the Jews, the Jews. That led to Gas Champers being allowed and accepted. People like you will justify Gassing the Arabs the Way the Germans allowed Jews to be Gazed. But you have not learned the lessons of hatred and racism. You keep talking about the dead and you keep spreading your cheap Zionist lies about the Arabs. Jews lived among Arabs and Muslims for more than 1500 years with dignity and respect, it was not until your kind came from Europe with their racist mentality the that holly land began seeing problems and hate. What Joey was saying is 100% correct and today’s reports by the United Nations about war crimes in Gaza are the biggest proof

#14

JOEY: Ask Iran, Syria, Hezbollah to send relief instead of arms and rockets through the tunnels to Hamas in Gaza.

You are not kidding anybody when Hamas fires thousands of rockets to Israel, when Hamas kills their own people, and then you turn clinically blaming Israel because it defends itself.

Go and complain to: Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas, do not deceive yourself or anybody else. Use your tunnels and used for relief.

#13

More wise comments:

” “The history 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.”

And so you have to be prepared to defend yourself, as Israel does.

#12

LOOK AT WHAT IS NOT REPORTED ON THE NEWS! Israeli warships have surrounded and threatened to fire on the Spirit of Humanity, a ship delivering humanitarian supplies, medical and building materials to the people of Gaza. Thousands of Gazans were KILLED, injured, and left homeless after Israel bombed Gaza for three weeks in January. Israel has prevented several ships from bringing humanitarian relief to Gaza. Today, Israel’s navy has jammed the ship’s radar and navigation system, leaving it unable to navigate in international waters. This violates international and humanitarian law. Former U.S Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is onboard and has emailed an appeal to Americans to contact their congressmen and President Obama to stop this crisis now! See the attached email sent from passengers on the ship, asking for help.
http://freegaza.org/
This is the website of the Free Gaza Movement, a human rights group that in August 2008 sent the first international boats to land in the port of Gaza in 41 years. We want to break the siege of Gaza. We want to raise international awareness about the prison-like closure of the Gaza Strip and pressure the international community to review its sanctions policy and end its support for continued Israeli occupation.

Update on the Spirit
Tuesday, 30 June 2009 03:03 Written by Free Gaza Movement

Dear Friends,

We just spoke again with our people aboard the Spirit of Humanity. The Israeli Navy is continuing to try and intimidate the ship, and is actively jamming its radar, GPS, and navigation systems in direct violation of international maritime law. This jamming is extremely dangerous and directly threatens the welfare and safety of everyone aboard our civilian ship.

Because their instrumentation is being jammed, they are using compass & paper to attempt to navigate. They are in international waters & they believe their location is approximately 110km off of the town of Hadera. Everyone is tired but determined. They are not being deterred by the Israeli aggression & are continuing toward Gaza. Please help them.

Please CALL or FAX Major Liebovitz from the Israeli Navy at:
Tel + 972 5 781 86248 or +972 3737 7777 or +972 3737 6242
Fax +972 3737 6123 or +972 3737 7175

CALL Mark Regev in the Prime Minister’s office at:
Tel +972 2670 5354 or +972 5 0620 3264
mark.regev@it.pmo.gov.il This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You needjava_script enabled to view it

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Call off your attack dogs – Cynthia McKinney

HOPE FLEET

Tuesday, 30 June 2009 01:15 Written by Free Gaza Team

We just spoke to the passengers. Everyone is OK, but the situation is still very tense. They continue to be surrounded by Israeli warships which are threatening to open fire. The Israeli Navy is actively jamming all navigation systems in violation of international maritime law, endangering the people on board.

Former U.S. Congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney, speaking from on board the SPIRIT, stated, “I am extremely angry. We demand that the Israeli government call off their attack dogs. We are unarmed civilians aboard an unarmed boat delivering medical and reconstruction aid to other human beings in Gaza. Why in God’s name would Israel want to attack us and threaten our safety and welfare. I call on President Obama and the international community to intervene now to prevent this situation from escalating with potentially drastic results to the civilians on board.”

Since the boat’s navigation equipment is being jammed, it has turned westward in order to stay in international waters.The Captain and crew are working from the most ancient of navigation equipment…the compass to stay clear of Israeli waters.

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URGENT ALERT – Israeli Navy surrounding SPIRIT and threatening to open fire

Monday, 29 June 2009 23:57 Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2009 00:07 Written by Free Gaza Team
At 1:40 am, the Israeli Navy surrounded the SPIRIT while in international waters off the coast of Israel as it is on its way to the Gaza Strip. We got a call from the boat saying that they were being threatened, told to turn back or they would be fired on.

Huwaida Arraf, one of the delegation leaders, was on the phone with the Israeli gunboats, and we could hear her saying, “You Cannot Open Fire on Unarmed Civilians” several times. At this writing, they are surrounded by several ships shining bright lights into the SPIRIT.

CALL or FAX Major Liebovitz from the Israeli Navy at:
Tel + 972 5 781 86248 or +972 3737 7777 or +972 3737 6242
Fax +972 3737 6123 or +972 3737 7175

CALL Mark Regev in the Prime Minister’s office at:
Tel +972 2670 5354 or +972 5 0620 3264
mark.regev@it.pmo.gov.il

CALL Shlomo Dror in the Ministry of Defence at:
Tel +972 3697 5339 or +972 50629 8148
mediasar@mod.gov.il

Free Gaza Movement
357 99 081 767
http://www.freegaza.org
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29205195@N02/
I WANT TO SEE IF WORLDFOCUS WILL REPORT ON THIS CRISIS, OR IGNOR IT, ON AMERICAN TELEVISION.

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#11

Boris, mine is not a lie yours however is. Where are the natives of the Arab countries who would like to come back? let them come and claim their own land, then we will see. But, in the USA native Americans arfe there, In Australia, Newzeland and Canda ,natives are there. They have a history and a heritage. The same thing in Palestine. Palestinians are all over the place. They have 5 million refugees ready to come when you and Liberman and peres and Shamir decide to go. There is a huge difference when you have evidence and when you work om myths and fiction. You have mastered fictions better than all. The Zioniast lie is the biggest of all lies

#10

To “Son” of Jerusalem: I’ll repeat every time when you Lie about Israeli occupation. Even if Arab conquest was about 10 centuries ago it still occupation, because Arab took territory by force and exterminate local population. In Israel are living Jews not only from Russia, there are many Jews expelled from Arab countries. Jews are living here for more than 3000 years. According to your false “history” Israel never exists. I’ll try to stop your Lie every time.

#9

Boris, go get some education beofore you post your comments. You have been repeating your stupid comments of Arab occupation, but you have great difficulty in seeing Jewish occupation. It is very ironic of you. You come from Russia as an occupier and then all the suden you talk about others occupaying. You are out of touch

#8

To “Son” of Jerusalem: You jump to defend person who posted openly racist statements: “sucking a fortune out of america” and “no people in history has ever been able to live in peace with jews”. This is really racist statements.
Arab occupied N. Africa, Egypt and Middle East: total 14 700 000 sqr.km., Jews took back belonging to them only 20 000 sqr.km. Who is the Biggest Thieves!!

#7

Boris, None is living in a stolen land except you. You are the biggest thieves on earth. Your analogy of Latinos in America is very racist. People come to America to live in peace and dignity, people pay for what they take. Not like in Israel, the government sizes land and then settlers begin building as if it is the wild west. Settlers are thieves and you are defending theft and aggression.

#6

Just Got Educated: JGE, so you want to use force against the Arabs and the Palestinians. The killing of over two million Palestinians Afghanis and Iraqis by the US and Israel is not enough????? You are the most despicable and appalling individual I have ever encountered in my life. You are racist and delusional. Those in Europe who killed Jews can say the same thing about you. You are a shameless thug

#5

To ed johnson: Have you been in settlement, they are working harder than Latinos on American farms. The Holy Land is belonging to Jews, but you are living king stile in stolen land. I am sure there are no people who respect you.

#4

Forget the bread analogy Nilla K. A One state solution is the only way to real peace. Real peace means dumping religion in favor of peace and caring for each other simply as human beings. Religion that gets in the way is non-sense.

#3

For a Two-State solution there must be two loaves so bread. Settlements keep eating away at the other loaf until a Two-State solution is impossible.

#2

ed johnson never heard of the moslems dealing with the moslems. Let us try:

“There is valuable experience [on this matter] we don’t pay notice to. I mean the Ottoman rule over the Arabs. The Turks ruled over the Arabs for 400 years, and there was peace and quiet everywhere. The Arabs hated the Ottomans, but every little thing they did brought mass killings and hanging in towns squares. They were hanging people in Damascus, and Izmir… every town had hanging posts in its center…the Arabs were so badly beaten, they didn’t dare revolt. Naturally, I don’t recommend the use of hangings as a show of force like the Turks did, I just want to show that the only thing that might move the Arabs from the rejectionist position is force.”

#1

the regular retirement exit from u.s. to waiting settlements in israel is an abomination from the standpoint of sucking a fortune out of america ,then living king style in a stolen land ,in the beleif that gods choosen people are entitled by way of american / jewish influence/ which is counterproductive to world peace,no people in history has ever been able to live in peace with jews

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