The President: Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine and the key to peace; we reject attempts to delete our history and memory
President Mahmoud Abbas said that "Jerusalem is the beginning and the end, the key to peace, and the heartbeat of the State of Palestine and its eternal historical, and should be the central base address in Arab and Muslim States relations with the various countries of the world."President Abbas warned in his speechat the meeting of the twentieth session of the Jerusalem Committee, yesterday evening, of the threats to Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa today, emphasizing the responsibility incumbent upon all to defend the Holy City.The President said in his speech: “danger was never as today in Jerusalem, and Al-Aqsa was never threatened as today, the Israeli occupation acceleratesin an unprecedented way, implementation of what it sees as the last battle in the war to erase and remove the Muslim and Christian Arab character of east Jerusalem.” (Al-Ayyam)
Netanyahu: Palestinians denial for settlers to stay in their state is "ethnic cleansing"!
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly criticized the Palestinian position which opposes settlers remaining in the framework of a future Palestinian State, and claimed that this is "ethnic cleansing," Noting that many Arab citizens are living in Israel.Netanyahu told Canadian television that "Israel supports the establishment of an independent Palestinian State to be demilitarized and that recognize the Jewish character of the State of Israel, Israel is prepared to take difficult decisions in order to achieve peace."Maariv newspaper quoted yesterday, sources close to Netanyahu as saying that the idea of the exchange of land presented by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman recently (including transfer of Arab towns in Israel to the Palestinian Authority for keeping the settlement blocs) is acceptedby representatives of the US Administration to support negotiations, and accepted by Netanyahu and Minister Tzipi Livni.(Al-Quds)
Israeli warplanes attack resistance targets
Israeli war planes raided twice yesterday on targets of resistance of the Central and southern Gaza Strip without resulting injuries. Eyewitnesses said that the first raid targeted a site of the Palestinian resistance in the town of Bani Suhaila village, east of Khan Yunis, and fired at least two missiles resulting in material damage to a number of neighboring houses.Israeli war planes also fired three missiles at a site of Al-Qassam Brigades north of Nusseirat refugee camp after less than ten minutes.(http://maannews.net/arb/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=666230)
Ha'aretz: Countdown to war on Gaza already started
Ha’aretz reported a news story quoting sources in the Israeli army confirming that the countdown for the next aggression on the Gaza Strip had already started.Israeli political and security sources recently expressed their fears of the erosion of ceasefire agreement, which was sponsored by Egypt in the wake of the recent operation against Gaza. These sources claimed that "Hamas has considerably reducedimplementing understandings on the ground; moreover, Cairo’s impact on Hamas today cannot be compared to its impact under Morsi, where Egypt lost its effect on the movement controlling the Gaza Strip."(http://www.qudsn.ps/article/36736)
US State Department: Netanyahu’s meeting with Jordanian King is a "fruitful development"
The US State Department welcomed the Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman, describing it as "fruitful”. State Department spokeswoman Jane Bosacki said Washington had been informed about the meeting between Netanyahu and King Abdullah," adding that " the Jordanians are playing an important role in the peace process as important members of the Arab League.” Bosacki said that Foreign Minister Kerry briefed the King Abdullah and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on what happens on the ground several times, describing Netanyahu's meeting with the King of Jordan a "fruitful development." (Al-Ayyam)
A dispute between Israel and the EU regarding settlement
Israel responded publicly Friday on European Union condemnation of settlement and started a diplomatic confrontation with Europe, three days after the dispute between Europe and Israel’s strategic ally the US.Ambassadors of Britain, France Italy and Spain were summoned tothe Foreign Ministry tomorrow, after Israeli ambassadors were summoned to the Foreign Ministries in these countries in response to the announcement last week of plans to build 1,800 new houses in the settlements.(Al-Quds)
Lapid threatens to withdraw Israeli Government!
Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapidthreatened yesterday evening, to withdraw from the Government if negotiations with the Palestinians stops, saying that its failure would lead to a breakup of the currently Government coalition in Israel. Lapid stressed in an interview with channel 10 that his party will not remain in Government if the political negotiations leading to the agreement with the Palestinians will not continue, saying: "I'm sitting in the Government to push the Peace process forward and we have no reason to stay in any Government that does not negotiate and exercise the political process."(http://www.alquds.com/news/article/view/id/484079)
UNESCO cancels an exhibition on "the relationship between Jews and the land of Israel"
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decoded to cancel a Photo exhibition on "the relationship between Jews and the land of Israel", organized bythe Simon Wiesenthal Center (to combat Nazism), because the show affects the peace process.Secretary General of the Irina Bokova organization sent a letter to the “Vizel Tel center” confirming that the exhibition "people, the book and land, 3,500 years the relationship between Jews and the land of Israel," will be postponed to a date yet to be determined because the UNESCO supports negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis,” adding that "we are committed not to undermine the negotiations."(Al-Hayat Al-Jadida)
Occupation suppressed a demonstration against the annexation of the Jordan Valley
Young Palestinian Mohamed Ahmed Al-Jemzawy by a bullet in his groin, during clashes with Israeli forces in the town of Anata, east of occupied Jerusalem.Sources confirmed that the young man suffered from a critical injury, and suffered from bleeding in the groin, and practical measures are being taken to transfer him to Hadasa hospital in Jerusalem for his difficult health condition.Israeli forces attacked a peaceful demonstration in Jiftlik at Street 90 yesterday, rejectingannexation of the Valley and arrestedsome activists.(Al-Hayat Al-Jadida)
Al-Hamdallah: the time has come for the international community to prevail for Palestine and end the occupation
Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah said: "the time has come for the international community to prevail for the national rights of our people just and end Israeli occupation, and be freed from walls and settlements," Al-Hamdallah stressed that the Palestinian people will hold on to itswillto build and achieve despite all obstacles.” (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida)
The United Nations warns: the siege of Yarmouk… a war crime
UN human rights Official Navi Pillay, warned yesterday and said that obstacles of Syrian troops preventing the arrival of aid to Palestinian refugees in the Yarmouk camp could constitute a war crime.UN High Commissioner for human rights said in a statement that "the size of the malnutrition and the number who deaths because of it, directly or indirectly, are unknown.” (Al-Ayyam)
Danon reveals a meeting between Abbas and Netanyahu in the presence of Kerry and Jordanian auspices
Israeli vice Defense Minister Danny Danon said that US Secretary of State John Kerry will present an understandings document he prepared for Israeli and Palestinian sides at the end of the month.According to Israeli radio which quoted Danon,he also said that Kerry visit the region again on Monday, referring to preparations for holding a joint meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sponsored by King Abdullah II of Jordan.(http://www.amad.ps/ar/?Action=Details&ID=11853)