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No annexation of Judea and Samaria before Trump peace plan unveiled, says Danon

Israel’s U.N. envoy says any pre-election pledges regarding annexation will wait until Israel studies Trump’s deal of the century.

By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News

Israeli envoy to the United Nations Danny Danon said Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unlikely to make any move towards fulfilling  his campaign promise to annex areas of Judea and Samaria before studying the upcoming American peace proposal.

Speaking to reporters at about the same time that President Reuven Rivlin was formally authorizing Netanyahu to form a new government,  Danon said, “I don’t think that we will see any major action by our government before the peace plan will be presented.”

Jason Greenblatt, President Trump’s point man on formulating the so-called “Deal of the Century,” confirmed this week that the finished plan is set to be unveiled in June. The date takes into consideration that Israeli coalition deal-making could last as long as six weeks and that the Muslim month-long fast of Ramadan ends on June 4.

The idea of applying sovereignty to at least what is known as Area C, where Israel has both military and civilian control, is not new to the Likud. In December 1917  the party’s central committee called on “Likud’s elected leaders to work to allow unhindered construction and to extend Israeli law and sovereignty in all the areas of liberated settlement in Judea and Samaria.”

Three days before the elections, Netanyahu publicly pledged to apply sovereignty over all Jewish villages and towns in Judea and Samaria. He also specified that he would not differentiate between the large settlement blocs, which the vast majority of Israelis believe should be kept by Israel in any peace agreement, and the “isolated points” that are not necessarily within the consensus.

The area, Danon told reporters, is “disputed territory according to international law, but we acknowledge that the Palestinians will stay there and will live there.” However, “We don’t hear recognition from the other side that there are Jews living there, and they should accept that.”

He unreservedly backed the prime minister’s stated promise to study the plan presented by an administration that is considered the most pro-Israel one in history.

“We will see the plan. We will engage and I don’t know where it will lead us,” Danon said, adding that he hoped the Palestinians will back down from their oft-stated rejection of the deal, whose details have been kept from both sides.

New Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh was the most recent official to do so, telling The Associated Press on Tuesday that the American plan will be “born dead.”

“We believe at the end they will have to engage with Israel,” Danon said. “They will have to recognize Israel, and they will have to live with Israelis. … So the sooner they will acknowledge that, the better it will be for the Palestinians.”

“The Palestinians try to get the outcome before entering the dialogue. It doesn’t work that way,” he added. “It’s legitimate to demand and to have expectations, but they want their expectations to be approved before the dialogue.”

AP contributed to this report.

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Australia opens mission in ‘West Jerusalem’

Australia has opened a small arms and diplomacy mission in Jerusalem, months after Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared that “West Jerusalem” is Israel’s capital and vowed to move Camberra’s embassy there.

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Palestinierna kommer definitivt att förkasta Trumps fredsplan och araberna kommer att förkasta palestinierna


Until the Palestinians change their culture of hate, “talk of land for peace is a recipe for more tragedy,” says Itamar Marcus of Palestinian Media Watch.

By Ariel Ben Solomon, JNS

The Mideast peace plan soon to be presented by the U.S. administration is likely not going to get very far upon its initial presentation, but it could provide Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump with an opportunity to alter the dynamics of the conflict.

Itamar Marcus, founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch, told JNS in an exclusive interview that the Palestinian Authority “will definitely reject” the upcoming U.S. backed peace plan, and that past Palestinian behavior does not lend support to any chance of compromise. The plan offered by former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was, according to PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, extremely generous by offering P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas 100 percent of the land area he demanded, the division of Jerusalem and the acceptance into Israel of 150,000 “refugees,” yet Abbas rejected it.

The Trump plan is bound to offer the Palestinians much less, so rejection is certain.

PMW monitors and reports on the activities and statements of the Palestinian leadership daily. It continues to warn about the P.A.’s ongoing hate and terror incitement, especially in the education of Palestinian youth, and the P.A.’s continued denial of Israel’s right to exist and anticipation of its destruction.

“The root of the conflict is not merely territorial. A poll by ADL in 2014 found that Palestinians ‘showed the highest levels of anti-Semitism in the world,’ and PMW was not at all surprised by this finding. The anti-Semitism taught through official P.A. structures promote the worst hatred imaginable, including the message that the Jews are the fundamental evil force in the world and therefore need to be eliminated for the benefit of all humanity,” said Marcus.

For example, a P.A. preacher on official P.A. TV said in December that Jews pass on evil in their genes: “Humanity will never be able to live with them … count them and kill them one by one.”

Marcus sees the conflict as continuing until the Palestinians change their culture of hate. “Until that happens, talk of land for peace is a recipe for more tragedy. Israel has paid with many deaths every time we followed the ‘land for peace’ formula since the signing of the Oslo Accords.”

PA Will Change Only if ‘Forced to Change’

Marcus spends much of his time traveling and speaking to world parliaments and government officials in order to educate them about what is really going on inside Palestinian society under direction of the its leaders. He recently visited parliaments in the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Canada. “They have heard of Palestinian incitement, but until they actually meet with me, they don’t realize the full extent and danger of P.A. indoctrination to hate and terror.”

“I show them that the fundamental P.A. ideology regarding Israel is not that different from Hamas, including denying Israel’s right to exist, rewarding terrorists and naming schools and sporting events after murderers. However, the P.A. leaders’ policy of duplicity has been very successful, and much of the international community thinks they are peace-promoting,” continued Marcus.

His goal is to reach and influence international decision-makers. “The only way the P.A. will ever change is if they lose international support and are forced to change.”

Marcus cites PMW’s main objectives: First, to stop Israel’s isolation around the world and to convince governments to stop pressuring Israel to make concessions, which has proven to be detrimental. And second, which is more long-term, is to have real change in the Palestinian world. The only way this will happen is when the international community starts treating the PA like a terror-supporting entity and isolates them politically. Once the PA stops being artificially propped up by the international community, the Palestinian people may “eventually rise up against their corrupt leadership and replace them with better leaders.”

Not only the Israeli government, but many governments and legislators around the world, including Trump’s advisers, receive regular updates from PMW, and some of them tweet PMW findings to their followers.

‘Peace will be built through people-to-people contacts’

Asked if Netanyahu and Trump are likely aware of the probable Palestinian rejection of the upcoming proposal and are planning to move forward with Netanyahu’s campaign promise of extending sovereignty to Judea and Samaria, Marcus replied that if this occurred, he predicts that Palestinian opposition would not be that explosive, despite likely attempts to incite violence by Abbas.

Abbas and his official PA media tried to incite violence when the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem, but it didn’t succeed, said Marcus. The proposal to extend Israeli law to Israeli cities in Judea and Samaria “won’t change daily life on the ground, and for most Palestinians will just be a technical issue that they read about,” he argued.

On the other hand, if such a move could lead to more business cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians in Judea and Samaria, it would benefit everyone, he predicted. Such cooperation is already strong and growing, according to Marcus, who notes that these projects don’t get the publicity they deserve.

PMW’s Formula for Peace

Marcus has his own formula for peace: “Peace will be built through people-to-people contacts and not by politicians working over texts of peace agreements. In 1996, following 30 years of Israeli administration—and daily contact between Israelis and the Arab population—the most important Palestinian pollster found that Palestinians thought that Israel was the best in the world in democracy and human rights, compared to the US, France and the PA itself.”

Marcus added “that was because from 1967 to 1994, borders were open, and there was no Palestinian Authority to poison the minds of the population.”

“A peace plan that has a chance to work today must increase cooperation and contact between Palestinians and Israelis of all ages, and change all the fundamentals of PA education and public messaging.”

Marcus went on to conclude: “Once the Palestinian population is no longer taught that Jews are ‘monkeys, pigs and the enemies of Allah,’ and this is replaced with belief in the value of peace with Israel and seeks the benefits cooperation with Israel, serious talk about political arrangements can begin. Until this happens, there’s no point to politicians wasting their time drawing new lines on maps and participating in meaningless chatter about a future peace agreement that PA leaders have no plans to accept or implement.”

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Jihadister firar Notre Dame branden

April 16, 2019



Jihadis Celebrate Notre Dame Cathedral Fire, Dub It A Punishment And Good Omen

The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI’s Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here.

Jihadis celebrated the destruction of large parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in a devastating fire on April 15, 2019. Reactions by jihadis on social media refer to the cathedral as a symbol of Christianity and a major point of origin for the Crusades. Several describe the fire as punishment for various crimes attributed to France or to Christians in general, such as France’s military intervention in Muslim countries or the mosque massacres in New Zealand. Some jihadis, including leading figures, view the incident as a good omen heralding calamities for the West and the global order.

The following is a selection of such reactions to the fire:

Muntasir Media, a pro-ISIS media outlet, published a poster showing the burning cathedral, with the caption: ”A good day! Notre Dame cathedral. Its construction began in 1163 and finished in 1345. It’s time to say goodbye to your pulpit of polytheism. ‘A fitting reward’ [Quran 78:26].”

A French-speaking jihad supporter on Facebook writes: ”800 years of history of pedophilia, worship of Satan and other diabolical rituals, all up in smoke in a few minutes…it’s thrilling […] not mentioning the Crusades and the various wars led by the Church against the Muslims.”[1]

Another jihadi supporter on Facebook describes the fire as punishment for the recent expulsion of the Islamic State from its stronghold of Baghouz: ”Paris is burning in flames. Woe to it from the fire of tomorrow [hellfire], for that is the [divine] promise. Oh Paris, the air of your ashes is like snow falling on cheeks strained by exhaustion. Oh Paris, how long will you wander in the sea of haughtiness, do you not long for the army of monotheism in order to pay it the jizyah which is long overdue and provide it with full breasted female slaves? Oh Paris, why the disobedience? You are a sinner, and what is the fire if not an army that came from Baghouz[2] to take a right which was plundered.”[3]

A Facebook post by Muhammad Nasr Abu Bakr which appears to express wishful thinking about ISIS involvement reads: ”The burning of the Notre Dame church in Paris is an answer to the mosque incident in New Zealand. Allah bless your virtue, oh ISIS, oh pride of terrorists! Who wants to bemoan it [the fire] so we can stick our shoe in his mouth?”[4]

On Twitter, an ISIS supporter writes: ”They bombed the Muslims in the cities of the Islamic State and eradicated them with the ugliest types of weapons, and they thought that they have won and defeated the jihad. They didn’t know that they brought death upon themselves. They didn’t know that they opened the gates of hell, which will close only on their burnt corpses.”[5]

Writing on Telegram, a prominent Al-Qaeda supporter who calls himself Shibl Al-‘Aqidah [the cub of the faith] celebrates the devastation at Notre Dame Cathedral: ”I rejoice and praise Allah as I witness the fall of the oldest cross as a result of the fire in the church in France. This joy is mixed with sorrow, as I remember the massacres of Muslims and the burning of mosques by these infidels. Praise Allah who burned their churches and destroyed their crosses. And let there be no comfort to the hypocrites who expressed sorrow for this gladdening event.”[6]

In a lengthy post on his Telegram channel in response to the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Jordan-based jihadi ideologue Abu Qatadah Al-Falastini notes that while most educated people associate the cathedral with the classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo, few are aware of the church’s Crusader past, alleging that it was from the Cathedral of Notre Dame that Patriarch Heraclius of Jerusalem declared the Third Crusade after Saladin vanquished Crusader-held Jerusalem. Abu Qatadah writes that ”today we see” the cathedral, from which the Crusade against Muslim-controlled Jerusalem began, ”burning and turning into heaps of ruins.” The jihadi ideologue concludes: ”Perhaps it is a good omen.”[7]

Abu Qatadah Al-Falastini

An Islamist rebel commander in Syria writes that the Notre Dame fire might be a good omen heralding the collapse of the international order: ”Far from foolish optimism, rather I sense it is an omen for great good. This year there have been many dreams revolving around the glad tidings of victory. Likewise, the events that are happening, if we look at them in a comprehensive perspective, we will find them to be arrangements of Divine predestination laying the foundations for the collapse of the international order and beforehand, or at the same time, the agents of the American domain. All these are part of a recurring story in the annals of history, praise Allah. Today the oldest cross fell because of a fire in a church in Paris. By Allah, from the land of the den of lions [Syria] I read it as a great message, and see it as glad tidings…”[8]

[1], April 15, 2019.

[2] Baghouz, a village in Syria, was ISIS’s last territorial stronghold in that country until the organization was recently pushed out.

[3], April 15, 2019.

[4], April 15, 2019.

[5], April 15, 2019.

[6], April 16, 2019.

[7] Source:, April 16, 2019.

[8], April 15, 2019.

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