Category: Myths and Facts on the Arab-Israeli Conflict


Shira’s note: This is a must see video. It is approximately 20 minutes. Please share it as much as you can so as to underscore the importance of Israel’s existantialism in the Middle East. It’s scary but we must be strong for Israel and the Western world.

Obama has Israel”s back….right in front of his dagger. On the other hand, Israel does have America”s back.

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God, Jerusalem and American foreign policy.  Here’s a must read from Ms. Glick. I am trying to be neutral in this, the Obama administration’s policy towards Israel.  Everywhere I read though, it’s just not looking good.

Shira’s note:  This is a lesson in making sure you do your news homework in that always get as much info as you can so as to make yourself aware of all of the facts before you make an opinion or judgment.  This is a prime example of how news can be twisted to the bias.  Please share…

 

Today’s speech by Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, about the sanctions on his country and its determination to persist in its quest for nuclear capability was a significant news event. Khamenei served notice on the United States that he would not be bluffed into giving up his nuclear plans. Though he conceded the economic […]/p

via Iran Threatens Israel With Destruction, But the Times Doesn’t Hear It.

Shira’s note: I came across this video this morn. It is very thought provoking to some. For others, it is downright wrong. All I know for sure is, it is more factual than some might agree. For this, it brings out the very worst in people. If truth be told, it should be the other way around. Shira

Shira’s note: I am one who strives for the facts, which hopefully is truth. In our times it is hard to trust any medium, no matter which one we subscribe to.

Here in PM Netanyahu’s speech the facts are laid out for us to learn from, for us to see inside the government’s predicament they face today. The article is extensive, but must be read if we are to disseminate the circumstances Israel is under factually. We need to get the truth out and not let biased, anti- Israeli agendas dominate the news. Please read more and educate as many people as we can. There are links of which to follow here on this blog.

PM Netanyahu’s Speech at Opening of the Knesset’s Winter Session.

Shira’s note…this is a note from Mr. Baker in very plain English what we already know. Wake up people, these anti-Semites want to kill us! I actually think that’s what Mr. Baker is saying so eloquently.

Jerusalem Issue Briefs-The Gaza Flotillas to Come: Some Ground Rules before Setting Out.

This is encouraging for us….these are the facts. Read and remember and share this letter with as many people you know…S.

Attorneys from Israel and North America in a letter to UN Secretary
General – the unilateral decision to establish a Palestinian State violates
international law
Chani Lu – Tadmit   29 May 2011

Dozens of Attorneys from Israel and North America in a letter to UN
Secretary General – the unilateral decision to establish a Palestinian State
violates international law

Late last week, dozens of attorneys and experts in international law
appealed to United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon to prevent the
General Assembly resolution recognizing a Palestinian state within the 1967
borders, on the grounds that it  violates of international law and
contravenes previous United Nations resolutions.

Notable among the signatures were those of Dr. Alan Baker, former legal
advisor to the Foreign Ministry and former Ambassador to Canada; Dr. Meir
Rosenne, also former legal advisor to the Foreign Ministry, former
Ambassador to the United States and one of the principal framers of the Camp
David accords; Professor Talia Einhorn, Professor Eliav Shochetman, and
Legal Forum Attorney Yossi Fuchs who initiated the letter.

His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon,
Secretary-General of the United Nations,

1st Avenue & 44th St., New York, NY 10017

May 25, 2011

Excellency,

Re: The proposed General Assembly resolution to recognize a Palestinian
State “within 1967 borders”- an illegal action

We, the undersigned, attorneys from across the world who are involved in
general matters of international law, as well as being closely concerned
with the Israeli- Palestinian dispute, appeal to you to use your influence
and authority among the member states of the UN, with a view to preventing
the adoption of the resolution that the Palestinian delegation intends to
table at the forthcoming session of the General Assembly, to recognize a
Palestinian state “within the 1967 borders”.

By all standards and criteria, such a resolution, if adopted, would be in
stark violation of all the agreements between Israel and the Palestinians,
as well as contravening UN Security Council resolutions 242(1967) and
338(1973) and those other resolutions based thereon. Our reasoning is as
follows:

1.  The legal basis for the establishment of the State of Israel was the
resolution unanimously adopted by the League of Nations in 1922, affirming
the establishment of a national home for the Jewish People in the historical
area of the Land of Israel. This included the areas of Judea and Samaria and
Jerusalem, and close Jewish settlement throughout. This was subsequently
affirmed by both houses of the US Congress.

2.   Article 80 of the UN Charter determines the continued validity of the
rights granted to all states or peoples, or already existing international
instruments (including those adopted by the League of Nations). Accordingly
the above-noted League resolution remains valid, and the 650,000  Jews
presently  resident  in  the  areas  of  Judea,  Samaria  and eastern
Jerusalem, reside there legitimately.

3.   “The  1967  borders”  do  not  exist,  and  have  never  existed.  The
1949 Armistice  Agreements  entered  into  by  Israel  and  its  Arab
neighbors, establishing the Armistice Demarcation Lines, clearly stated that
these
lines “are without prejudice to future territorial settlements or boundary
lines  or  to  claims  of  either  Party  relating  thereto”.  Accordingly
they cannot be accepted or declared to be the international boundaries of a
Palestinian state.

4.   UN Security Council Resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973)called upon
the parties to achieve a just and lasting peace in the Middle East and
specifically stressed the need to negotiate in order to achieve “secure and
recognized boundaries”.

5.   The Palestinian proposal, in attempting to unilaterally change the
status of the territory and determine the “1967 borders” as its recognized
borders, in addition to running squarely against resolutions 242 and 338,
would be a fundamental breach of the 1995 Israeli-Palestinian agreement on
the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in which the parties undertook to
negotiate the issue of borders and not act to change the status of the
territories pending outcome of the permanent status negotiations.

6.   The Palestinians entered into the various agreements constituting what
is known   as   the   “Oslo   Accords”   in   the   full   knowledge   that
Israel’s settlements existed in the areas, and that settlements would be one
of the issues to be negotiated in the permanent status negotiations.
Furthermore,   the   Oslo   Accords   impose   no   limitation   on
Israel’s settlement activity in those areas that the Palestinians agreed
would continue  to  be  under  Israel’s  jurisdiction  and  control  pending
the outcome of the Permanent Status negotiations.

7.   While the Interim Agreement was signed by Israel and the PLO, it was
witnessed by the UN together with the EU, the Russian Federation , the US,
Egypt and Norway. It is thus inconceivable that such witnesses, including
first and foremost the UN, would now give license to a measure in the UN
aimed at violating this agreement and undermining major resolutions of the
Security Council.

8.   While the UN has maintained a persistent policy of non-recognition of
Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem pending a negotiated solution, despite
Israel’s historic rights to the city, it is inconceivable that the UN would
now recognize a unilaterally declared Palestinian state, the borders of
which  would  include  eastern  Jerusalem.  This  would  represent  the
ultimate in hypocrisy, double standards and discrimination, as well as an
utter disregard of the rights of Israel and the Jewish People.

9.   Such unilateral action by the Palestinians could give rise to
reciprocal initiatives   in   the   Israeli   Parliament   (Knesset)   which
could   include proposed legislation to  declare Israel’s sovereignty over
extensive parts of Judea and Samaria, if and when the Palestinians carry out
their unilateral action.

Excellency,

It appears to be patently clear to all that the Palestinian exercise, aimed
at advancing their political claims, represents a cynical abuse of the UN
Organization and of the members of the General Assembly. Its aim is to by-
pass the negotiation process called-for by the Security Council.

Regrettably this abuse of the UN and its integrity, in addition to
undermining international law, has the potential to derail the Middle-East
peace process.

We trust that you will use your authority to protect the UN and its
integrity from this abuse, and act to prevent any affirmation or recognition
of this dangerous Palestinian initiative.

Sincerely,

Ambassador (Ret) Attorney Baker Alan, Ambassador (Ret) Dr. Rosenne Meir, Dr.
Arnon Harel. Adv.
Prof. Einhorn Talia, Prof. Shochetman Eliav, Abu Lior, Adv., Asraf Shlomo,
Adv. (LL.B, LL.M)
Baba-Nahary Merav, Adv., Benjamin Aryeh N., Adv. LL.M Ben-Shahar Meir, Adv.
LL.B, LL.M
Bulshtein Ariel, Adv., Burstyn Yitzhak .adv LL.M, Carmi Anat, Adv.
Cohen Hila, Adv. Daniely Mirit, Adv., David Liat, Adv. (LL.B, LL.M)
Dermer Yossi, Adv., Eagle Shira, Adv. Eisenberg M., Adv Elad Cohen, Adv.
Elkalay Shimrit, Adv., Friedman Shlomo, Adv., Fuchs Yossi ,Adv.
Ganan Yuval. Adv. Goelman Avinoam, Adv. Goldman Ezra Adv.,
Guggenheim Chanania U., Adv Hacohen Itay, Adv. Harshoshanim Ariel, Adv.
Hershkovitz David, Adv. LL.M Jarden Elon ,Adv., Kavatz Gad, Adv.
Koslowe Avital Adv. (LL.B, LL.M) Lapidot Harel, Adv.
Lapidot Ohad Ziv, Adv., Levy Yechezkel, Adv. LL.M. Magen Alon, Adv. LL.B
Meiri Eddy, Esq. Morginstin Philip B.,Adv Nadel Gill, Adv.
Naor Avi, Adv., Nimni Eliyahu, Adv. Nir-Tzvi Doron, Adv. Orbach Nir, Adv.
Peretz Yitzhak, (LLB, Hons.) Adv. Rotenberg Zvi E. ,Adv., Shaya Dotan, Adv.
Shimon Yehuda Arye, Adv. Shmuelyan Eli, Adv., Tamari Amir, Adv.
Tamari Ilana, Adv., Teplow Michael I., J.D adv. Vaknin Emanuel, Adv.
Weistuch Elad, Adv. Wiseman Gabriel, Adv. Yamin Uri, Adv.

There’s major shifting in and about Israel’s politics/existence/polemics/justice and the oh…I wish I didn’t have to say it…ignorance. There is so much I have read, seen and continue to hear and to be quite honest, am angry about it. Of course, all of the above is the reason why I started this blog, for my love for who we are, gentile and Jew alike, supersedes any ongoing newsworthy issues. I’m not apathetic towards issues, just a prioritization between my spirit and Israel.

With that, I am not going to post the verbose and superfluous talking heads’ opinions at this time and just present to you, the reader, to request a certain question that you might have and share it here for us to ruminate between fact and fiction. There are many resources to choose from and in this way, we are taking root, whether it be learning, sharing or speaking about principles, we are changing the world, whether you believe it or not; something tells me you do.

All the best, Shira

What’s legal in Palestine? Please read and share as much as you can. It comes down to truth.

The legal borders of Israel under international law.

Shira’s note:  I’m always relieved when the politicians of Israel offer some sparks of hope in this chaotic place.  I become stronger, I pray harder, I feel a veil has been lifted so we can see clearer through the screen.  I know wherever one stands in their views of the Arab/Israeli conflict, nobody wants death or another, G-d forbid, holocaust.   If we stay silent, there will be many lives lost.  It’s time to get the facts straight, time for reading, researching, time to shed the mask of ignorance and change the way things are, not only for  this area, but within ourselves. Speak up, challenge, let our voices prevail.  May Israel live forever.. May we find peace on both sides…

Independence Day address by FM Liberman to the diplomatic corps Liberman: Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, now it becomes clear that we are also an island of stability in a chaotic region.

10 May 2011  MFA Website

His Excellency the President of the State of Israel Mr. Shimon Peres, Heads of Missions and International Organizations, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Ladies and gentlemen: Excellencies, welcome and thank you for being here on this, Israel’s 63rd Independence Day.

This year I stand before you with mixed emotions. There are those who have always felt that Israel was the ‘black sheep’ of the Middle East and international politics. They suggested that Israel was the source for all the wars and challenges in the Middle East. Recent events have certainly ended this fantasy once and for all. We were always proud to state that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, now it becomes clear that we are also an island of stability in a chaotic region. In fact, Israel’s stable democracy can serve as a model for the region. Some suggest that democracy can not flourish in the Middle East, Israel has proven that as a fallacy. Our country and its institutions, 63 years young, created by people from over 130 different countries, few with any experience of democracy and freedom, created one of the most successful and free democracies anywhere. Our institutions have stood the test of time, especially in this dangerous neighborhood. The bloody reaction to those who seek change in our region has not surprised us. The repression that has met the demonstrations in Syria, Yemen, Libya and elsewhere in the region can not possibly be justified. However, it remains confusing why the international community intervenes in Libya, but not in Syria or Iran. What conclusions are we to draw from this seeming inconsistency? These inconsistencies send a damaging message to the people of the Middle East and further erode the path to peace, security and democracy for our region. The recent reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas brings up many questions.

First of all, it is clear who are the leaders of Hamas and what are their goals. Also, we heard in the last few days that they are not willing to change the Hamas Charter and to accept the conditions of the Quartet. That an organization with a charter that calls for the destruction of the State of Israel through violent Jihad and aspires to a world without Jews, not just Zionists and Israelis, but Jews, should be thought of as partners to Fatah tells us more about Fatah than it does about Hamas. The fact that Hamas mourned Bin Laden’s death, as much as they celebrated 9/11, condemned America and called him “a Muslim and Arabic warrior” and prays that bin Laden’s “soul rests in peace” further demonstrates the kind of people Fatah is now calling its partners and equals in government. In addition, in recent years over 12,000 rockets were fired at Sderot and southern Israel. Ask yourselves how would your countries have reacted to such attacks? Fatah itself continues to glorify terrorists, including the naming of the Palestinian presidential offices in Ramallah after arch-terrorist Yahya Ayyash, a square in the government compound after Dalal Mughrabi, who participated in the Coastal Road massacre and rewarded the family of the mastermind of the terrorist attack which resulted in the death of dozens of Israelis enjoying a Passover Seder in Netanya.

The day before yesterday we heard Mahmoud Abbas say during a meeting that if Israel will freeze construction in the settlements for two or three months then the Palestinians will be ready to resume talks. This is very interesting and very strange. When the Israeli government decided on a moratorium as a unilateral gesture a year ago Abbas and the Palestinians rejected it completely. However, now they are exerting pressure for a moratorium that they previously rejected. The Palestinians wasted nine months and only during the final month entered into negotiations, not with a genuine intention to reach an agreement but rather because the U.S. imposed the process on them. At least for me, it is clear that they are only looking for excuses to avoid meaningful talks that will lead to a comprehensive solution. The Palestinians are overly confident and are assuming that they have the complete support of the international community. This allows them to think that they will gain more directly from the international community than through negotiations with Israel. As a result, we have the right to wonder about the real intentions of Fatah. We are ready for immediate talks without preconditions. However, there will be no new moratorium in Jerusalem or Judea and Samaria. Not for three months, not for three days and not even for three hours. The international community needs to understand that there is only one country in our region that respects international norms while standing against waves of unceasing daily terror attacks and incitement.

The recent killing of Osama Bin Laden should send a message to our enemies, that regardless of time, there is no statute of limitations to bringing justice for those massacred by terror. Our enemies on our northern and southern border who have shed innocent blood should pay attention to this message very clearly. The State of Israel has always said and I repeat, we are willing to come to the negotiating table immediately to start direct talks with all of our neighbors. We are willing to make a great effort to achieve peace but we will not compromise our vital security interests. I call on all of our neighbors to look at Israel’s achievements in finance, hi-tech, science and industry. We are willing to share this knowledge with you. You have more to gain from cooperating with us than engaging in conflicts. The ball is in your hands.