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A7News: MKs Outraged at 3 Arab Legislators at Fatah-Hamas Ceremony

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 5:16 PM

MKs Yaakov Katz, Rotem and Eldad accused three Arab legislators who are at the Fatah-Hamas unity signing of being disloyal to the State of Israel.


by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


National Union Knesset Members Yaakov (Ketzaleh) Katz and Aryeh Eldad, and Yisrael Beiteinu MK David Rotem, accused three Arab legislators who are at the Fatah-Hamas unity signing of being disloyal to the State of Israel.

MKs Ahmed Tibi, Taleb a-Sanaa and Mohammed Barakeh accepted invitations to attend the ceremony. It is not yet known if they will simply observe or also will participate in the signing of the agreement between Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas’ de facto Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

European Union Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton also was invited but is not attending, ostensibly because she is in New York at the moment.

MK Katz called on Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin to intervene because the Knesset should “condemn the traitors, the murderers and collaborators who want to annihilate Israel.”

MK Rotem stated that the participation of the Arab MKs “is a slap in face of the State of Israel and people of Israel. Hamas is a body calls for the destruction of Israel, and not ready to release kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been in their hands for five years.”

He said they are visiting legislators who show loyalty to Hamas and are disloyal to Israel. “It’s time these Knesset members will become members of the parliament of the Hamas axis and leave the Israeli Knesset.,” he added.

MK Eldad hoped that the Arab MKs will remain in Egypt and not return to Israel. "It would best for the People of Israel to thoroughly recognize these representatives of Israeli Arabs in the Knesset and understand they support Hamas and identify with the worst of our enemies. They always participate in celebrations of happiness after the murder of Jews.”
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2. Fatah and Hamas Disagree Over Key Issues
by Elad Benari Fatah and Hamas Disagree

As Fatah and Hamas approach the signing ceremony in Cairo of their recently announced unity deal, some serious disagreements over control of security forces and other key issues have emerged in the past two days.

The unity agreement calls for new elections next year and the integration of Hamas’ army into the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority army and security forces.

However, according to a report on Tuesday in the Associated Press, Hamas’ Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, has said that Hamas would not relinquish control of its security forces and would maintain its rule over Gaza even after the unity accord takes effect. His statements ran counter to the Fatah view that there would be a single authority with control of all the weapons in both the PA-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria and in Gaza.

“The resistance weapons will not be touched, but we will manage together how to act,” Haniyeh said regarding the issue of security forces, without explaining how. He gave no indication that Hamas might give up its armed struggle against Israel or approve peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

Meanwhile, Fatah’s Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad insisted that “The most important thing here is the struggle of our people should be nonviolent. We need to finalize that policy and make it official.”

Another disagreement, said the report, involves Fayyad himself. While Fatah’s chief negotiator, Azzam al-Ahmed, told a news conference in Cairo that the next prime minister would be selected through a consensus of all factions, Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar told the Arabic Al-Hayyat newspaper that the next premier should come from Gaza. These remarks signaled that Hamas does not want Fayyad to stay in office.

Hamas’ demand was clarified by Yousef Rizka, a member of the Hamas government, who was quoted by the Chinese Xinhua news agency that having the prime minister originate in Gaza “will create sort of reasonable geographic balance” since the president and the speaker of the parliament are based in the Judea and Samaria.

Rizka also said that if the Prime Minister is from Gaza, he will be able to travel since he will not have to pass through Israeli checkpoints.

Fatah official Jamal Muhissen responded to the comments and was quoted by Xinhua as saying that the nomination of the prime minister is subjected to his “qualifications and capabilities,” and that it makes no difference if he comes from Gaza or from Judea and Samaria, since “the considerations of the general interest matter,” as he put it.

The unity agreement has come under criticism from Israeli officials, such as Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who said last week that he believes Hamas will take over Judea and Samaria in the Palestinian Authority elections planned for next year as part of the unity agreement. Lieberman called the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas “the crossing of a red line” and warned that one of its results will be that hundreds of Hamas terrorists will go free from Fatah-PA jails, and roam in Judea and Samaria.

Lieberman called upon the international community to hold on steadfastly to the conditions it has set for recognition of “Palestinian” governments: the abandoning of terror, the recognition of Israel and the honoring of previous agreements.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, on the eve of an official visit to France and Britain, also called on Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to reverse the unity course. During his visit in Europe, Netanyahu will explain to his hosts that peace cannot be made with a unity government that includes a party calling for the destruction of Israel, a formal policy of Hamas.

Mideast expert Professor Efraim Inbar, Director of Bar-Ilan University's Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies, told IsraelNationalNews last week that the Hamas-Fatah unity agreement is “a deal that makes Hamas stronger, which of course is bad for Israel.”

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3. Advisor to Abbas: Hamas Has No Need to Recognize Israel
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu PA: No Need to Recognize Israel

 An aide to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who is set to sign a unity pact with Hamas on Wednesday, says the terrorist organization does not have to recognize Israel because Jerusalem does not recognize Hamas.

Nabil Saath told Voice of Israel government radio Wednesday morning that Quartet demands that Hamas renounce violence and recognize Israel “are unfair, unworkable and do not make sense." The Quartet is comprised of the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia.

Concerning Hamas terrorist attacks, Naath reasoned that it is enough for the Quartet to know that Hamas will refrain from violence. The Gaza terrorist organization announced Tuesday at a preliminary signing of a unity agreement with Fatah that it will uphold a ceasefire with Israel. Dozens of announced ceasefires in the past have not lasted more than several weeks, if that long.

Hamas hammered home the contradiction of its joining a unity government with Abbas, who is promoted by the West as a “peace partner” with Israel, by insisting it will never recognize Israel so long as it “occupies” land claimed by the Palestinian Authority.

The definition of "Palestine" is questionable because the Palestinian Authority, while telling the West that it wants to live side by side with Israel, continues to disseminate maps in Arabic showing its proposed state to include all of Israel, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River and from the Lebanese border to Egypt in the south.

Separately, the Palestinian Authority stated Wednesday that it will stop all terrorist attacks on Israel. Officials did not explain how the PA security forces could prevent rocket and patrol road bombings originating in Gaza. Hamas staged a terrorist coup there four years ago, ousting Abbas’ Fatah-led faction from the region and in effect creating a separate Palestinian Authority besides the one based in Ramallah.

The proposed unity pact calls for the Hamas army to be integrated into the new Fatah army, trained by American generals at a US-funded military base in Jericho.

The unity agreement, despite Hamas’s hard-line stance and condemnation of the elimination of Osama Bin Laden, indicates that Abbas’s strategy is to promote unity at all costs. He apparently is banking on his drive to gain United Nations recognition of the Palestinian Authority as a new Arab country, based on all of the conditions in the 2002 plan proposed by Saudi Arabia.

The 2002 initiative would result in Israel returning to what were supposed to be temporary Armistice Lines in 1949 and are erroneously called "1967 borders" by the media, by ceding all of the land restored to the Jewish State in the Six-Day War in 1967, including the Old City in Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. These are indefensible borders, leaving Israel only several kilometers wide at Netanya. The Saudi plan also calls for Israel’s accepting the immigration of several million Arabs from foreign countries.
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4. US and Britain Furious at Hamas for Mourning Bin Laden
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu US, Britain Furious at Hamas

Hamas has managed to infuriate the United States and Britain for mourning Bin Laden – while at the same time Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas ties the knot with the terrorist organization and tries to gain Western support for declaring a PA a state.

As Hamas and Fatah leaders arrived in Cairo Monday to sign a unity agreement, Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh said, responding to Bin Laden's elimination, "We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood.

“We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior. We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and  martyrs. If these [sic] news are true, then this makes it  part of the American policy based on oppression and bloodshed in the Muslim and Arab world,” the official Hamas website stated in Haniyeh's name.

The United States swiftly and angrily responded to what U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said were ”outrageous” remarks. Bin Laden “ordered the killings of thousands of innocent men, women and children... many of whom were Muslim. He did not die a martyr. He died hiding in a mansion, or a compound, far away from the violence that was carried out in his name,” Toner stated.

In Britain, Foreign Secretary William Hague used much softer language. He said that the new Fatah-Hamas unity would help promote peace with Israel “if it was possible to show across many different divides in the world a good deal of unity about what happened on Sunday night and the removal of the author of some of the world's greatest terrorist acts from the scene.

"It would have been better for Hamas to join the welcome to that. That would have been a boost in itself to the peace process."

The Quartet, which includes the United States and Britain, has specifically said in the past that Hamas cannot be recognized as  legitimate if it does not recognize Israel and renounce violence, conditions which Haniyeh steadfastly rejects, all the while advancing the proposed unity accord with "peace-seeking" Fatah.

Toner left the door open for Hamas. “If Hamas wants to play a role in the political process, then it needs to abide by the Quartet principles …renouncing violence and terrorism, recognizing Israel’s right to exist, and abiding by previous diplomatic agreements."

Neither the United States nor Britain has stated that the unity pact is not acceptable under present circumstances. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu flew to Britain Wednesday morning to make his case against the pact and against Abbas’ diplomatic campaign to convince the United Nations to declare the PA as a state based on the 1949 Armistice Lines.

Abbas still demands that Israel expel nearly 600,000 thousand Jews living in united Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, cede  all of the land and building to the PA, and accept the immigration of several million foreign Arabs into Israel.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to conclude his European diplomatic campaign with a visit to France. Later this month, he will address the U.S. Congress, where he is expected to make an historic speech.. There is much speculation about how its content has been affected by Hamas-Fatah unity.

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5. Yesha Leaders Write UN, ‘Bible Records Israel as Jewish Land’
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu Yesha Explains Bible to UN

A letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from Yesha Leaders explains that the Bible, the Quran, and international agreements document Israel as being the Land of the Jewish People.

The signatories threatened to sue Ban if he continues “to ignore the historical and legal facts enclosed in this letter and continues with the present unjust and illegal policies of the United Nations.”

Citing the Bible as “recording for all time the awarding of the Land of Israel to the forefathers of the Jewish People by the Creator of the world,” the letter tell Ban it gives him the “opportunity to correct the deviation of the nations from international law in accordance with the responsibilities of your position and thus obviate the measures undoubtedly to be inflicted on those who act contrary to the Covenant of the Almighty with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

It was signed by Shomron (Samaria) Regional Council chairman Gershon Mesika, Beit El mayor Moshe Rosenbaum, Ariel Mayor Ron Nachman and other leaders.

They also wrote Ban, “The entire Land of Israel was promised and granted to the Jewish People…as recorded time and again in the opening Five Books of the Hebrew Bible (e.g., Genesis 15:21; Deuteronomy 1:8 et al.), accepted by the adherents of the Christian faith whose Bible encompasses the aforementioned Books, and confirmed in various places in the holy book of Islam, the Quran (e.g., Sura 2 et al.).”

The document states, “The letter attached herewith also expresses the expectation of its signatories that you, as Secretary-General of the United Nations, lead your organization to reaffirm the already recognized and eternally valid rights of the Jewish People as the sovereign over all parts of the Land of Israel presently under the control of the State of Israel – especially those sections of the Land – Judea and Samaria, mistakenly known also as the ‘West Bank – liberated in June 1967 from the illegal occupation of the Kingdom of Jordan from 1948.”

Documents presented to Ban include the Balfour Declaration of 1917, that stated British policy of establishing a “National Home for the Jewish People” in Israel, then known as Palestine;

The San Remo Resolution of April 25, 1920, by which the Principal Allied Powers of World War I recognized the sovereignty of the Jewish People over Palestine, just as they recognized the sovereignty of the Arab peoples over the territories of present-day Syria, Lebanon and Iraq; and

The Anglo-French Boundary Convention of December 1920, demarcating the border between French-mandated Syria-Lebanon and British-mandated Palestine.

The letter states that “repeated references by the U.N. to the territories liberated by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War – territories until then illegally occupied by the Kingdom of Jordan – as “occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)” conceals from the public the true legal status of the lands to which you refer and causes the Jewish people unwarranted anguish.”

Detailing the proof that all of Israel belongs to Jews, the latter points out that the United Nations General Assembly ignored Article 80 that guarantees Jewish legal rights in Israel, and instead recommended the Partition Plan of 1947, which the Arab League rejected by going to war against the fledgling State of Israel.

The letter asserts that the Partition “was never legal, was never of an obligatory nature, has been dead for over 63 years and cannot be resurrected.”

The signatories added, “The very opposite is what is required of the U.N. at this time: to recognize the continuity of Jewish legal rights to the entire Land of Israel under Article 80 of the UN Charter.

“The time has undoubtedly come – in fact, it is long overdue, Mr. Secretary-General – for the international community as represented by the U.N. to recognize the fact that the Arabs of the Land of Israel do not want their own state, nor do they want to conclude a peace agreement with the State of Israel; all they desire is the destruction of Israel; the time has indeed come to reaffirm international recognition of the immutable rights of the Jewish People to all of their historical homeland.”

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6. Almost-IDF Chief of Staff Galant Shares His Defense Philosophy
by David Lev Galant Speaks Out on Defense

In his first public comments since he was removed as a candidate for IDF Chief of Staff at the last minute, Yoav Galant on Tuesday said that the revolutions in the Arab world were not positive developments for Israel. “In the best case, these countries will emerge with the same kinds of leaders that were deposed, but in the less positive cases, Islamic elements will join the governments in these countries.

“There is no liberal Arab leader waiting in the wings in the U.S., Canada or Iran to institute Western reforms for these countries. For Israel, I do not foresee a better future with these new rulers than we had with the old ones,” he said.

Galant was speaking at Bar-Ilan University's Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies on the occasion of the publishing of his new book, “Israel versus Iran.” Galant dedicated a good portion of his speech to Iran, saying that “Iran is constantly attacking us in various ways. They recruit agents and attempt to incite division and strife between us and the Arab nations. Part of this strategy has to do with the struggle between Iran and Iraq – better that the Arabs fight us than they fight Iran, Tehran says.”

Galant said that Israel needed to develop a defense strategy that would appropriate for the various fronts it faces – and not all fronts are the same. For example, he said, “Hamas is our most aggressive enemy, but also our weakest enemy. This is a good place for the IDF to conduct exercises and drills so we can apply the lessons learned there to other fronts.” He added that Hamas' weapons and rockets were improving, but that Israel was ready for them.

The speech was a sampling of what Israel could have expected from its IDF Chief of Staff if things had gone differently. Galant was the leading candidate for the post and actually was appointed Chief of Staff - until two weeks before he was to take the job, when he was essentially fired by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over allegations that he had taken over state property at his home in Amikam.

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7. US Supreme Court to Hear Case If Jerusalem Birth Can be Recorded
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu US Court to Discuss Jerusalem

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal by an American couple that their eight-year old son Menachem’s birthplace be recorded as Jerusalem, Israel. The court only accepts approximately 100 cases a year.

Unlike the judicial system in Israel, the American Supreme Court does not act as a court of appeal except n cases that involve a question of whether the law has been interpreted properly.

The State Department has refused a request by Ari and Naomi Sideman Zivotofsky, whose appeal was rejected by a federal court on the grounds that their complaint involved a “political question" that is not to be decided judicially.  

Congress passed a law in 2002, one month before Menachem was born, ordering the State Department to record Jerusalem, Israel on birth certificates if such a request is made. The State Department has stood by its claim that the issue is a matter of policy as such, is under the jurisdiction of  the Executive Branch.

The federal court ruled, "That the United States expresses no official view on the thorny issue of whether Jerusalem is part of Israel has been a central and calibrated feature of every president's foreign policy since Harry S. Truman.

"Because the judiciary has no authority to order the Executive Branch to change the nation's foreign policy in this matter, this case is unquestionably under the political question doctrine."

The Supreme Court judges told the Zivotofskys and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to reply whether the Foreign Relations Authorization Act “impermissibly infringes upon the President's power to recognize foreign sovereigns."

The United States has maintained a policy of listing only the country “Israel” and not the city, no matter which one, as a birthplace for Americans. The case of Jerusalem is particularly sensitive. After the Six-Day War in 1967, the United States and all other countries pulled their embassies out of the city in order not to indicate to Arabs a recognition of Israeli sovereignty.

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8. Toldot Yisrael: Recording Israel's Founders
by Chana Ya'ar Toldot Yisrael: Founding History

The founders of the rebuilt State of Israel are retelling their stories in a project that will preserve them for posterity in much the same way that Holocaust survivors have done.

The Jerusalem-based Toldot Yisrael non-profit organization, was established in 2007 by its director, Aryeh HaLivni (Eric Weisberg). Like Steven Spielberg, he too says he feels he is racing the clock.

“It's now or never,” he told the Jewish Journal in a recent interview. HaLivni, who said his work was inspired by Spielberg's Holocaust testimonies project, said most of the pioneers he interviews have already reached the age of 80. The organization recently completed its 500th interview, in fact.

“I'd been thinking about the idea for years and years, but I'd assumed someone else had already done this,” HaLivni said. However, he found that his assumption was wrong. None of the archives he visited contained any comprehensive collection of historical testimony.

The project is run from his Jerusalem home in order to save money. Some of those he interviews were born in pre-State Israel. Others arrived from Arab countries, and some came after the Holocaust. Some were volunteers who came from free nations.

The testimonies are archived unedited; some have been produced as short documentaries and educational films – including a series produced last year by the History Channel in honor of Israel's 2010 Independence Day.

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