Netanyahu’s Israel perhaps understands the past, as Germany’s president said of his country, but it understands the present far less. Germany’s president admitted it, Netanyahu is far from doing the same.
Am Donnerstag ist Holocaust-Gedenktag. Zu diesem Anlass ist Bundespräsident Steinmeier nach Israel gereist.
Plans of Israel’s incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex the West Bank’s Jordan Valley have reportedly entered a “deep freeze”over concerns that it could potentially intensify confrontation with the International Crime Court.
The move was initiated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Ministers speaking on condition of anonymity were cited as saying that public discussion and media media coverage of Israel’s efforts to forestall the ICC from launching its probe could potentially compromise Israel’s national interests.
Israel has done everything to reach The Hague. That’s what happens when the prosecution is a cemetery for war crimes, the High Court whitewashes them and the media hides them and covers for them. That’s the way it is when international law is disparaged for decades. There’s probably no other country that thumbs its nose at international law this way and pays no price for it. Perhaps now the moment of truth is approaching, the moment of penalty. It will be very good for Israel. It might clean out its stables, stained with blood and stolen land. Every Israeli patriot and seeker of justice should now look to The Hague with hope.
Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas agreed to an open-ended ceasefire on August 26 after seven weeks of fighting – an uneasy deal that halted the Protective Edge operation, with more than 2,200 killed.
The IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) began their current operation against Hamas after three teens were kidnapped and killed. The military op has already claimed over 1,500 civilian lives in Gaza.
A full ICC investigation could possibly lead to charges against individuals. States cannot be charged by the ICC.
The ICC’s preliminary investigation has looked at the 2014 war which left 2,251 dead on the Palestinian side, the majority civilians, and 74 on the Israeli side, most of them soldiers.
As there has been a referral from the State of Palestine, there is no requirement to seek Pre-Trial Chamber’s authorisation before proceeding to open an investigation, and I do not seek to do so.
However, given the unique and highly contested legal and factual issues attaching to this situation, namely, the territory within which the investigation may be conducted, I deemed it necessary to rely on article 19(3) of the Statute to resolve this specific issue.
Earlier today, I therefore requested from Pre-Trial Chamber I a jurisdictional ruling on the scope of the territorial jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court („ICC“ or the „Court“) under article 12(2)(a) of the Rome Statute in Palestine.
Gripped by panic at Fatou Bensouda’s statement that there’s reasonable basis to investigate it for war crimes, Israel claimed ‘there is either the occupation and no Palestinian state, or there’s a Palestinian state and no occupation’. By using this problematic argument, Israel gave the answer
“We firmly oppose this and any other action that seeks to target Israel unfairly,” Pompeo said.
“We do not believe the Palestinians qualify as a sovereign state, and they therefore are not qualified to obtain full membership, or participate as a state in international organizations, entities, or conferences, including the ICC.”
Bensouda “completely ignored the serious legal arguments we presented to her,“ the prime minister said. „She also ignored truth and history when she said it is a war crime that Jews live in their homeland, the land of the Bible, our ancestral land. We will not be silent. We will not bow to this injustice.“
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner met Benny Gantz, the leader of the Blue and White party, for the first time on Monday in Jerusalem.
Why it matters: This was the first meeting between Kushner and Gantz, who has 23 days to form a government. It shows that the Trump administration is adapting to the new political reality in Israel.
„What is painfully happening here is the biggest and most dangerous demolition operation outside of war operations,“ Walid Asaf, the Palestinian minister in charge of monitoring Israeli settlements, said in a video from the site.
„This operation aims to cut off Jerusalem from Bethlehem (in the southern West Bank),“ he added.
Residents fear another 100 buildings in the area in a similar situation could be at risk in the near future.
Forces deploy at dawn days after top court approves order to evict Wadi Hummus residents, in a move activists are concerned sets a precedent to affect thousands
In less than 24 hours, 42-year-old Ismail Obeidiya, his wife Nida, and their six kids, could be made homeless. It’s a terrifying reality that Obeidiya is struggling to grapple with, his unease and frustration more palpable with every word.
“We fought so long and so hard, for years, to try to save our home. But in the end, the Israeli courts, the ‘High Court of Justice’ as they say, could not offer us any justice,” Obeidiya told Mondoweiss from the front yard of his home.
The Obeidiyas’ home is one of 10 buildings slated for an unprecedented mass demolition by Israeli authorities in the occupied East Jerusalem town of Sur Bahir.
While Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem are commonplace, typically under the pretext that the homes were built without Israeli-issued permits, the homes in question stand on ‘Area A’ and ‘Area B’ land under the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA), as designated by the Oslo Accords.
Kushner and Greenblatt are visiting Israel as part of a wider Middle East tour in the run-up to a planned U.S.-sponsored meeting in Bahrain meant to lure investment to the Palestinian territories.
Safadi said that the Palestinian cause was at the forefront of their discussion on regional developments, expressing appreciation for Poland’s support of a two-state solution that guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, to guarantee its people’s rights and ensure lasting and encompassing peace.
According to a district court decision from three weeks ago and a Supreme Court decision earlier this week, the municipality was granted the right to demolish all the houses in the neighborhood – amounting to some 60 buildings, home to 500 families.
Supreme Court Justice Yosef Elron rejected the residents‘ appeal of the demolition order at the beginning of this week.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gave a tacit nod in the direction of Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem – including in the Old City – when he visited the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s most holy sites, together with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Putin’s special envoy for Syria and deputy foreign minister are in Jerusalem for talks with Israeli officials as tensions over U.S. pullout grows
US Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis Fannon will travel to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Nicosia, and Cairo starting Monday, November 11 to 20, the State Department announced on Friday.
During his trip, Fannon will be meeting with government officials and private sector representatives to discuss energy security and regional cooperation on energy issues.
Brasiliens künftiger Präsident Jair Bolsonaro will die Botschaft seines Landes in Israel nach Jerusalem verlegen. Wie bereits im Wahlkampf angekündigt, plane er den Umzug der Botschaft von Tel Aviv nach Jerusalem, erklärte der Rechtsaußen-Politiker gestern auf Twitter. „Israel ist ein souveräner Staat, und wir sollten dies respektieren“.
U.S. National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for dinner at the Prime Minister’s Residence, Jerusalem, August 19, 2018.
Rund 20.000 Menschen haben in Jerusalem für die Rechte von Lesben, Schwulen, Bisexuellen und Transgender protestiert.…
King Abdullah II reiterated his stance on Jerusalem during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Amman
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah II held rare talks in Jordan on Monday (Jun 18) focused on the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process and on the Jerusalem issue.
Mogherini’s attendance at AJC conference on Monday, following Jordan visit, canceled due to ‚agenda reasons.‘ Netanyahu’s bureau says he was unable to meet her, while sources add that ‚her positions are very hostile‘
The court ruled that the village was built without the relevant building permits.
Critics say such permits are nearly impossible to obtain for Palestinians in Israeli-controlled areas of the West Bank.
Fast alle sogenannten „Militärkorrespondenten“ verhielten sich wie Armee-Propagandisten. Tag für Tag unterstützen sie die Armee damit, dass sie wie diese Lügen und Verzerrungen verbreiteten. Der Öffentlichkeit blieb nichts anderes übrig, als das alles Wort für Wort zu glauben. Niemand sagte ihr etwas anderes.
Dasselbe trifft auf fast alle anderen Kommunikationsmittel, Moderatoren, Ansager und Korrespondenten zu. Sie wurden zu bereitwilligen Lügnern im Dienste der Regierung. Vielen von ihnen wurde das wahrscheinlich von ihren Chefs befohlen. Das ist wirklich kein ruhmreiches Kapitel.
Nach dem blutigen Tag, als sich die Armee der Verurteilung durch die Welt ausgesetzt sah und das Schießen einstellen musste (”nur” zwei unbewaffnete Demonstranten wurden getötet), waren sich alle israelischen Medien darin einig, die Sache zum großen Sieg Israels zu erklären.
(13.5.2018) Gabbai noted that the UN headquarters is in a neighborhood adjacent to where the US Embassy will be inaugurated on Monday.
„We cannot leave the UN in Jerusalem,“ he said. „We are the sovereign entity here. We need to evacuate the UN from Jerusalem tomorrow morning.“
After being shut out of embassy celebrations by evangelicals and ultra-Orthodox, many mainstream Jews face crisis and anguish over Israeli response to Palestinian protests
Die Verlegung der US-Botschaft von Tel Aviv nach Jerusalem hat im Gazastreifen ein Blutbad nach sich gezogen. Der UN-Sicherheitsrat will über die Lage beraten.
President Trump himself, in a video message, pledged his commitment to a “lasting peace agreement.”
His son-in-law, Jared Kushner, said “peace is within reach.”
And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared it “a great day for peace.”
Because nothing says “peace” like 58 Palestinians killed, 2,700 wounded, renewed hostilities between Iran and Israel, the entire region aflame and U.S. allies reeling.
Horrendous Gaza casualty count mars Netanyahu and Trump’s historic day of glory
The event was grotesque. It was a consummation of the cynical alliance between hawkish Jews and Zionist evangelicals who believe that the return of Jews to Israel will usher in the apocalypse and the return of Christ, after which Jews who don’t convert will burn forever. Religions like “Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism” lead people “to an eternity of separation from God in Hell,” Robert Jeffress, a Dallas megachurch pastor, once said. He was chosen to give the opening prayer at the embassy ceremony.
Foreign ministries in the UK, France and Egypt expressed concern about the the violence. UK prime minister Theresa May’s spokesperson said: “We urge calm and restraint to avoid actions destructive to peace efforts.”
Israelis and Palestinians protest in Jerusalem on Monday, May 14, as the US Embassy in Israel is being moved to Jerusalem.
At least 52 Palestinians were killed on Monday in Gaza and more than 2400 others wounded as the Israeli army fired live ammunition, tear gas and firebombs at protesters assembled along several points near the fence with Israel.
“In a long overdue move, we have moved our embassy to Jerusalem. Every nation should have the right to choose its capital,” Schumer said in a statement. “I sponsored legislation to do this two decades ago, and I applaud President Trump for doing it.”
At least 37 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and close to 1700 others wounded as the Israeli army fired live ammunition and teargas and firebombs at protesters assembled along several points near the fence with Israel.
Of the 1693 wounded, the ministry of health said at least 74 were below the age of 18, 23 were women and eight were journalists.
Pastor Robert Jeffress, who has made several controversial remarks about religion, told Fox News he will lead the opening prayer at the dedication of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.
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Israeli soldiers on Monday killed 18 Palestinians demonstrating along the border fence and wounded 918 in the bloodiest day of protests since they began six weeks ago, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.
Thousands of Palestinians gathered on the edges of Gaza as the U.S. embassy opened in Jerusalem, fanning out along the fence in what appeared to be some of the largest demonstrations yet.
The Israel Police is preparing for the U.S. embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem with thousands of policemen deployed through the city. At 4:00 P.M. (Israel Time), the official ceremony will take place at the U.S. Consulate in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem, which will officially become the U.S. embassy this week
Palestinians throughout the West Bank and Jerusalem were urged to turn out en masse to protest the embassy move and take part in Tuesday’s 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” as Palestinians term Israel’s creation.
In einem höchst umstrittenen Schritt eröffnen die USA am heutigen Montag ihre Botschaft in Jerusalem. US-Präsident Donald Trump hatte die sowohl Juden als auch Muslimen heilige Stadt im Dezember im Alleingang als Hauptstadt Israels anerkannt. Dies löste schwere Unruhen in den Palästinensergebieten aus. Israel feiert den Schritt dagegen als grossen politischen Triumph.
Arab vendors leave shops open despite police warning they cannot protect them. Previous marches saw participants shouting racist slogans
(26.3.2018) Bolton has proposed a “three-state solution”: Israel, giving Gaza to Egypt, and giving the West Bank to Jordan.
He contended in a 2014 Washington Times op-ed that under his plan, “The contentious issue of Jerusalem’s status as the purported capital of ‘Palestine’ would disappear, since Amman would obviously be the seat of government for an enlarged Jordan.”
That was magical thinking.
Anyone possible successor will be a slave to the same mindset that prevented Abbas from ever embracing peace. As long as Palestinians are more worried about suing Britain for the Balfour Declaration than building up their own institutions, and regard Tel Aviv as much an illegal settlement as the most remote West Bank hilltop caravan, Israelis know that the 100-year-old war on Zionism won’t be over.
So far, only the United States and Guatemala have announced clear intentions to actually move their embassies to Jerusalem.