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I was not sure where to nip and tuck this report, so that you wouldn't get bored with it. The dots needing to be connected are buried too deep in the shmutz. So, maybe just skim the Esser Agaroth (2¢) red-colored highlights. Then cut to the commentary.
Bloomberg.Net: Israeli Ministers Cut Off Meetings With Palestinians
Calev Ben-David, April 9, 2014
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered cabinet ministers to stop meeting with their Palestinian counterparts, a government official said, hours after the U.S. blamed Israel for the breakdown of peace talks.
Israeli government officials have been told to refrain from meeting their Palestinian counterparts because the Palestinians violated commitments made under the peace talks, the official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss diplomacy for the record.
Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry charged that the announcement of 708 new Jewish homes in east Jerusalem derailed eight months of Mideast peace talks. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he said the sides were closer to resolving differences over a delayed Israeli release of Palestinian prisoners when “700 settlement units were announced in Jerusalem and, poof, that was sort of the moment.”
U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry
While Kerry said both sides took “unhelpful actions,” some Israeli officials fumed at his suggestion that Israel’s April 1 announcement of settlement construction brought the talks to collapse.
“Israel will never apologize for building in Jerusalem,” Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, whose Jewish Home party is the third-biggest faction in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling coalition, said in a Facebook post. “Construction in Jerusalem is no ‘poof,’ construction in Jerusalem is Zionism,” said Bennett, whose pro-settlement faction controls the Housing Ministry and opposes any peace deal that creates a Palestinian state.
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Shortly after Kerry spoke to lawmakers, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki issued a statement saying that he was “crystal clear that both sides have taken unhelpful steps and at no point has he engaged in a blame game.”
Nimer Hamad, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, told Voice of Palestine Radio that Israeli punitive actions against the Palestinians “are intended as a message to the Americans because of John Kerry’s statements to Congress.”
More than eight months of talks, accompanied by barrages of mutual recriminations, went off the rails last week after Israel didn’t go through with the last of four promised releases of Palestinian prisoners, then announced the settlement plans. The Palestinians, who want to establish a future capital in east Jerusalem, retaliated by resuming their statehood campaign outside negotiations, applying in the name of the state of Palestine to join 15 international accords.
“The Palestinians will not withdraw their application to join UN organizations,” Hamad said. “Israel is responsible for such moves because we had commitments and Israel didn’t honor them.”
The breakdown came as the sides approached the April 29 expiry of the nine months of negotiations they consented to, leaving Kerry’s efforts to extend his peace mission in tatters. His original aspiration when he brought Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table in July after nearly three years was to reach a final accord by the end of this month.
Kerry is due to meet today in Washington with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, who said last week that “Israel has done all that it can to reach an agreement with the Palestinians, and the ball is now in their court.” Liberman has been in New York this week for a conference.
Kerry’s efforts have received some support in Netanyahu’s government from parties who support talks to reach a two-state solution with the Palestinians.
Environment Minister Amir Peretz, speaking today on Army Radio, accused Bennett’s Jewish Home faction of “playing a double game” by trying to sabotage Kerry’s initiative from within the government.
“They don’t stop trying to do everything they can to throw cold water on the process, if possible to blow it up, in order that the people of Israel completely lose all hope,” said Peretz, whose Hatenuah party is headed by Israel’s chief negotiator, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.
Kerry told the Senate panel that leaders on both sides said they want the negotiations to continue, and U.S. mediators are talking to them.
“I’m not going to suggest anything is imminent, but one always has to remain hopeful in this very difficult, complicated process,” Kerry said.
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
It is actually not at all difficult, nor is it complicated. It quite simple.
The Almighty gave Am Yisra'el, Eretz Yisra'el (The Land of Israel).
Yishma'elim (Arabs) want to kill us and take it for themselves.
Esau (The West) wants it for itself. Remember The Crusades?? John Kerry is now one of their main captains. The Christians believe that they are entitled to our Land, and that they have usurped us.
Meanwhile, various faction leader within the Erev Rav continue their battles against the Torah, either forsaking the Land completely, or holding it and it current control by the State of Israel in higher regard than He Who granted it to us in the first place.
Enter Bennett who means well. He is trying to "explain" our position. Yet, when you present even only 90 percent of the truth, you are actually hiding 10 percent of the truth, and that hidden 10 percent might just be what could have saved the day.
Now, welcome Prime Minister Netanyahu into the picture. He says no to more releases of prisoners,...at
least for now he does. And, so for the moment he seems to have grown a backbone.
We seem to be the only people on this earth bending over backwards to please anyone and everyone, except for the Only One who matters, even up to the point of releasing murderers with our people's blood on their hands.
This is just insane.