NEWS FROM ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
U.S. plan gives Jerusalem holy sites to Vatican
WND.com reports: “Secretary of State John Kerry quietly presented a U.S. plan for eastern Jerusalem that calls for an international administrative mandate to control holy sites in the area, according to informed Palestinian and Israeli diplomatic sources.
The exact composition of the international mandate is up for discussion, the sources said, but Kerry’s plan recommended a coalition that includes the Vatican, together with a group of Muslim countries such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
The international arrangement is being proposed as a temporary solution for about two to three years while security arrangements in Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians are finalized, said the sources.
Israel, the sources said, was not receptive to the particulars of Kerry’s plan, especially the concept of Turkish participation in Jerusalem. Kerry told the Israelis he would hold talks with the Kingdom of Jordan about its playing a leading role in the proposal in the place of Turkey, the sources added…” (Our President, according to The Wall Street Journal is the most anti-Semitic, anti-Jew president ever. He has promised Jerusalem to the Palestinians. Mr. President, God’s Holy Word, the Bible promises Jerusalem to the Jews 120 times. Dividing Jerusalem will bring World War III into existence – Joel 3:2.
The next five reports show the futility of a peace pact for Israel and the Muslims. The deck is stacked against the Jews, and Christ will soon return and make things right as He rules the world from David’s Throne in Jerusalem – Psalms 22:6; Isaiah 59:20; and Luke 1:32 and 33.)
EU Dangles ‘Unprecedented’ Aid Package for Israel-PA Deal
Israel National News reports: “The European Union on Monday pledged ‘unprecedented’ levels of support to both Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the event that the two parties reach a final status agreement which would include the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state in Judea and Samaria, along with the ethnic-cleansing of at least 100,000 Jews in communities throughout the region.
Commending US Secretary of State John Kerry for his efforts in launching direct talks between the two, EU foreign ministers said the 28-nation bloc would ‘contribute substantially’ to post-conflict arrangements to ensure the sustainability of a peace deal.
‘The EU will provide an unprecedented package of European political, economic and security support to both parties in the context of a final status agreement,’ the ministers said in a statement.
‘In the event of a final peace agreement the European Union will offer Israel and the future state of Palestine a Special Privileged Partnership [the highest level of recognition the union can confer on non-member states – ed.] including increased access to the European markets, closer cultural and scientific links, facilitation of trade and investments as well as promotion of business to business relations.
‘Enhanced political dialogue and security cooperation will also be offered to both states,’ the statement added…”
Bill in Jordan: Violence Against Israel Isn’t Terrorism
Israel National News reports: “Jordan’s parliament has adopted a bill which stipulates that violent action against Israel will not be considered a terrorist act, NRG/Maariv reported on Wednesday [12/11/13].
The Jordanian parliament, which was elected following the various ‘Arab Spring’ revolutions in the Middle East and following pressure by the opposition on King Abdullah, is comprised mainly of representatives from Islamist parties who hold extreme positions against Israel.
Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty in 1994. Jordan thus became the second Arab country after Egypt to sign a peace treaty with Israel…”
Muslim Bloc Calls for Palestinian State, Slams ‘Occupation’
Israel National News reports: “The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Monday [12/9/13] called on the international community to support an independent Palestinian state, as it opened a conference also focusing on the crises in Syria and Mali, reported AFP.
Outgoing chairman Mahmoud Ali Youssouf described the issue of the Palestinian state as the ‘central question’ for the world’s largest grouping of Muslim nations as he launched its three-day Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in the Guinean capital Conakry.
As expected, he also slammed Israeli ‘settlements’ in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.
‘It is incumbent upon us to continue our advocacy for the creation of a Palestinian state recognized by the United Nations,’ he said, according to AFP.
‘To this end it is for the international community to take measures to put an end to the Israeli occupation, the continuation of settlements on Palestinian land and abuses committed against the Palestinian people,’ he charged…”
PLO: No ‘Deals’ With Israel, Unless We Get Everything We Want
Israel National News reports: “John Kerry has been proposing ideas and programs aimed at encouraging Israel and the Palestinian Authority to enter into a final-status agreements, and Israeli politicians on the left and right debate whether Israel can trust PA chief Mahmoud Abbas – not to mention Hamas – in a ‘land for peace deal.’
But the PLO, the political body led by Abbas, remains adamantly opposed to anything less than the effective destruction of the State of Israel as its price for a ‘peace’ agreement. At recent celebrations commemorating the 26th anniversary of the start of the second Intidfada, the PLO issued a statement in which it said that it would not compromise on any of its basic requirements to make a deal with Israel: A full Israeli withdrawal from all lands liberated in 1967, establishment of Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, and a full return to their original homes the families that fled Israel when it was established in 1948.
Such a ‘refugee return’ would inundate what is left of Israel with millions of Arabs who would essentially destroy the Jewish character of the state, turning it into a ‘secular, democratic’ state that, like other such states in the Middle East (like Lebanon) would likely be eventually wracked by civil war and strife.
The PLO added that it would also object to any temporary deal, which would ‘legitimize the occupation,’ and allow continued Jewish residence in Judea and Samaria…”
Iranian Supreme Leader: Israel ‘Doomed to Collapse’
Israel National News reports: “Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday [11/20/13] that Israel is a ‘regime doomed to collapse.’ His threats come as the latest round of talks over Iran’s nuclear weapons program is being held in Geneva.
AFP reports that Khamenei told commanders of the Islamist Basij militia force in Tehran: ‘the Zionist regime (Israel) is a regime whose pillars are extremely shaky and is doomed to collapse.’
Responding to Israeli concerns over Iran’s nuclear weapons program, Khamenei called Israel ‘the rabid dog of the region’ and claimed Israel poses a threat to the world, not Iran. The Basij crowd responded with cries of ‘Death to Israel’ and ‘Death to America.’
Khamenei had insults for Israeli officials as well.
Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) on Tuesday [11/19/13] backed previous statements that Israel could militarily act alone to defend itself from the Iranian nuclear threat.
Perhaps in response, Khamenei said ‘the title of human is not worthy of the leaders of the Zionist regime,’ adding that the Iranian response to a military action would be ‘a slap in the face they will never forget.’
Khamenei further said in a live state television broadcast that ‘any phenomenon that is created by force cannot endure,’ referring to Israel’s numerous defensive wars fought to ensure the country’s existence. ..”