27-01-14

Geneva 2 Syria: blocked by the U.S. and its allies

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Coalition delegation of so-called "opposition" rejects a political communiqué containing principles submitted by official Syrian delegaiton

Geneva, Jan 27, 2014 (SANA delegate) – The Syrian Arab Republic's official delegation to the Geneva 2 Conference presented a "basic elements of a political communiqué" containing principles which the coalition delegation of the so-called "opposition" rejected.

The communiqué affirms respecting Syria's sovereignty, restoring its usurped lands, preserving its establishments, and abandoning all forms of extremism, fanaticism and takfiri ideas.

The communiqué rejects all forms of interference or foreign dictation, with the Syrians deciding upon their country's future using democratic methods, in addition to asserting that that it's not permissible to relinquish any part of Syria.

The communiqué stresses that the Syrian Arab Republic is a democratic country based on the basis of political pluralism, the rule of law, independence of the judiciary and citizenship, and protecting national unity and cultural diversity of the components of the Syrian society and protecting public freedom, and the Syrians are the ones who have have the right to choose their political system withoutout compromising on any subject unacceptable to the syrian people from any imposed formulae.

The communiqué asks all countries to prevent supplying weapons or training or harboring terrorists, and also stopping all kinds of media hatred incitment to perpetrate terrorist acts in accordance with international resolutions relevant to combating terrorism.

The communiqué also noted that the state establishment cost people money and hard work and therefore must be preserved, in addition to stressing the need to preserve and protect all state establishments and utilities, infrastructure, and public and private properties.

Sources close to the Syrian official delegation to Geneva asserted that the delegation was and still is open to discussing all points, but it proposed these principles which no patriotic Syrian would reject in order to find common ground, yet the coalition delegation of the so-called "opposition" rejected them.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2014/01/27/524586.htm

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14. January, 2014 - Geneva II – Washington’s Plan B for Regime Change in Syria http://www.intifada-palestine.com/2014/01/geneva-ii-washingtons-plan-b-regime-change-syria/

Jan 22, 2014 - Geneva II: Iran nixed proves US fixed - There is a good reason why Iran has been blocked from attending the Geneva II conference on Syria – because the meeting is not about finding a peaceful settlement. Rather, it is merely an American mechanism for engineering regime change in Syria.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/21/346914/geneva-ii-iran-nixed-proves-us-fixed/

Jan 20, 2014 - Geneva II conference: US and allies, not Iran, are major obstacles to peace in Syria
http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/16374000-geneva-ii-conference-us-and-its-allies-are-the-major-obstacle-to-peace-in-syria-not-iran

Photo: President Obama and his friend, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The United States is responsible for supplying arms to saudi arabia and terrorist groups in Syria.

21-12-13

Peace Talks Syria: German weapons business

It is unclear what, exactly, impresses the Arabs most about the new "Leopard 2" battle tank. Is it its reliable 120-millimeter smoothbore cannon, which remains stubbornly fixed on its target, even when the 68-ton behemoth is traveling at high speeds through the desert? Is it the "increased power-rated additional power generators for check-point missions" touted by the Munich-based manufacturer, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann? Or the "communication interface on the exterior of the vehicle for dismounted forces?"

In the first week of July 2012, Krauss-Maffei shipped one of its new miracle weapons to the Saudi desert to test the Leopard 2 under extreme heat conditions. The Defense Ministry in Berlin sent along an officer with the German Armed Forces, the Bundeswehr, to ensure safety during test firing of the tank's guns.

The successful desert test didn't go unnoticed by the region's sheikhs. The government of Qatar has already shown interest in buying up to 200 tanks, a deal that, should it come to fruition, could be worth up to €2 billion ($2.6 billion).

The Saudis, for their part, have already become loyal customers. The German government responded positively to their request to buy up to 270 of the Leopard 2 tanks. In a new request, the sheikhs have petitioned the German government for its approval of the purchase of a few hundred "Boxer" armed transport vehicles. 

German high-tech weapons are a hot commodity among Arab potentates and other autocrats. They haven't failed to notice that the coalition government of Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) has steadily relaxed Germany's otherwise restrictive arms export policy.

On December 6, 2012, Germany's cabinet authorized the stationing of German Patriot air defense missiles on the Turkish border with Syria as part of a NATO mission 'to help protect Turkey from possible cross-border attacks'. The mission involved up to 400 troops from the German military, the Bundeswehr, and also included personnel for AWACS surveillance aircraft and commando units. The mandate had a one year limit with the possibility of extension.

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June 25, 2013 – Saudi Arabia: ‘Syrian rebels must be armed’:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/25/saudi-arabia-syria-rebels-armed

November 7, 2013 – Syria: Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/07/syria-crisis...

November 25, 2013 – Iran nuclear deal: Saudi Arabia warns it will strike out on its own:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran...

December 12, 2013 – Why Is Saudi Arabia Buying 15,000 U.S. Anti-Tank Missiles for a War It Will Never Fight?
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/12/12/why_is_s...

December 18, 2013 – Ambassador: Saudi Ready to Act ‘With or Without’ West:
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/110367-ambassador-saud...

December 18, 2013 – Germany: U.S. Opens New Training Range For Global NATO Warfare
http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/germany-u-s-op...

December 21, 2013 - U.S. blocking Iranian role in Syrian peace talks next month - Thirty countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Kuwait, have been invited to participate in the opening session of the peace conference... http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.564633

18-12-13

Peace Talks Syria...

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July 17, 2012 – USA and Al Qaeda: Holy Alliance:
http://www.strategic-culture.org/pview/2012/07/17/usa-and...

June 25, 2013 – Saudi Arabia: ‘Syrian rebels must be armed’:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/25/saudi-arabia...

November 7, 2013 – Syria: Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/07/syria-crisis...

November 25, 2013 – Iran nuclear deal: Saudi Arabia warns it will strike out on its own:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran...

November 30, 2013 – Pentagon Trains NATO Allies, Partners For Post-Afghan Missions:
http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/pentagon-train...

December 4, 2012 – Germany, Netherlands To Provide NATO Missiles In Turkey:
http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/germany-nether...

December 12, 2013 – Why Is Saudi Arabia Buying 15,000 U.S. Anti-Tank Missiles for a War It Will Never Fight?
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/12/12/why_is_s...

December 17, 2013 – Pentagon Continues To Ferry Troops, Equipment To Central African Republic:
http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/pentagon-conti...

December 18, 2013 – Ambassador: Saudi Ready to Act ‘With or Without’ West:
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/110367-ambassador-saud...

December 18, 2013 – Germany: U.S. Opens New Training Range For Global NATO Warfare
http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/germany-u-s-op...

09-12-13

Peace Talks Syria: 15,000 anti-tank missiles to Saudi Arabia

Chuck Hagel announced during the weekend forum that the US has no intention of scaling back its military presence (read: arms sales) in the Persian Gulf despite the recent diplomatic detente with Iran. «Diplomacy, must be backed up with military power,» Hagel told delegates. The Pentagon chief also disclosed that the US was going ahead with the sale of 15,000 anti-tank missiles to Saudi Arabia worth $1 billion. These missiles will probably end up in the hands of Al Qaeda militants waging a war of terror against Syria for the Western-backed objective of regime change in that country. Ironically, and ludicrously, the British Foreign Secretary William Hague warned delegates that «extremists» operating in Syria (with the covert support of the US, Britain and Saudi Arabia among others) present a grave security threat to the Middle East region and Europe.”

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/12/09/from-bah...
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/polio-has-bro...

CHUCK HAGEL IS A MAN OF DEUTSCHE BANK.
chuck hagel ” serves on the board of directors of Chevron Corporation, Deutsche Bank’s Americas Advisory Board, …..”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Hagel

ALSO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS CONTROLLED BY DEUTSCHE BANK.
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/maryriddell/100033519/w...

WHO CONTROLS DEUTSCHE BANK ?
WE CAN NOTICE RELATIONS AMONG LORD JACOB ROTHSCHILD AND DEUTSCHE BANK.
https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PE...

DAVID HAYSEY ” HEAD OF PUBLIC EQUITIES AT RIT CAPITAL PARTNERS ” AND IN THE PAST ” DIRECTOR AT J ROTHSCHILD CAPITAL MANAGEMENT ” HAS BEEN ” MANAGING DIRECTOR AT DEUTSCHE BANK ”
http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/david-haysey/1b/470/bb3

THERE ARE ALSO LINKS AMONG EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD AND DEUTSCHE BANK.
https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PE...

VERNON JORDAN, THE BIG FRIEND OF EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD AND OF HIS WIFE LYNN DE ROTHSCHILD, HAS BEEN A DIRECTOR OF DEUTSCHE BANK.
http://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/director/8570529/vernon...

DEUTSCHE BANK IS CONNECTED ALSO WITH THE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD OWNED BY BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_de_Rothschild
AND BY HIS WIFE ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariane_de_Rothschild
http://in.linkedin.com/pub/nicolas-hindi/31/912/265
http://www.lejdd.fr/Economie/Images/Les-plus-grosses-fort...

” Benjamin de Rothschild, only son of the late Edmond de Rothschild, was a classic case of great expectations gone astray. Despite being groomed for greatness from a young age, as a teenager he skipped university and instead headed for Los Angeles with dreams of being a film producer. In LA he started taking drugs, and ended up on heroin. Meanwhile, he failed to make it into Hollywood’s charmed circle and bombed as a film-maker. ”
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/poor-litt...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waddesdon
http://www.waddesdon.org.uk/
http://www.thefullwiki.org/Waddesdon_Manor
http://www.thefullwiki.org/Ascott_House
http://www.breathingenglishair.blogspot.fr/2012/04/ascott...
http://wikimapia.org/6825620/fr/Chateau-de-Pregny
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Saudi Arabia receives just $9,000 in foreign aid from the US a year, though the US does sell it a lot of military hardware. In 2010, the US made the largest arms sale in its history, selling $60 billion’s worth of jets and attack helicopters to the Arab kingdom. Saudi Arabia is also a major exporter of oil to the US, though its highly unlikely OPEC would support a slow down or boycott over the kingdom’s political gripes with the US.
Israeli personnel in recent days were in Saudi Arabia to inspect bases that could be used as a staging ground to launch attacks against Iran, according to informed Egyptian intelligence officials...

Pentagon approves $1.1 billion Raytheon missile sale to Saudi Arabia:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/07/us-raytheon-saudi-missiles-idUSBRE9B50SF20131207

08-12-13

Latest News Syria: UN starts campaign on peace talks

‘Syrian government forces have committed war crimes’
http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/syrias-seizure-medical-a...

'UN rights body implicates Assad officials in Syria war crimes'
Deutsche Welle ‎- 6 days ago
Still, the commission of inquiry on Syria has produced a series of reports charging that government forces have systematically committed …

'Bashar al-Assad implicated in Syria war crimes, says UN'
The Guardian‎ – 6 days ago

'UN rights body implicates Assad officials in Syria war crimes' | News …
http://www.dw.de/un-rights-body-implicates…syria-war-crim...
6 days ago – Still, the commission of inquiry on Syria has produced a series of reports charging that government forces have systematically committed …

UN: 'Evidence links Assad to Syria war crimes' – Middle East – Al …
http://www.aljazeera.com/…/un-evidence-links-assad-syria…...
6 days ago
Iran has been a staunch ally of the Syrian government and there ….. President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have been hitting rebel-held …. Sounds to me like she’s trying to say Assad has committed war crimes without saying it.

UN official says 'evidence links Syrian regime to war crimes' – AllVoices
http://www.allvoices.com/…/16086596-un-official-says-evid...
5 days ago – UN official says evidence links Syrian regime to war crimes … report also revealed that rebel fighters in Syria have also committed war crimes. … by the government security forces on the protestors turned it into a civil war.

05-12-13

Syria: 'Peace Talks'

Massive EU Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia Contribute to Fuelling International Aggression and Terrorism in the Middle East:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/massive-eu-weapons-sales-to-saudi-arabia-contribute-to-fuelling-international-aggression-and-terrorism-in-the-middle-east/29881

http://fondation-princesse-de-croy.skynetblogs.be/archive/2013/04/05/syria-verhofstadt-wants-heavy-weapons-for-his-friend-selim-i.html

http://latestnewssyria.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/syria-the-weak-position-of-the-eu-makes-me-sick/

04-12-13

Latest News Syria: Peace Talks

June 20, 2013 - 'Syrian Rebels: We've Received Heavy Weapons from Saudis': 
The first delivery of heavy weapons has arrived on Syria’s front lines following President Barack Obama’s decision to put Western military might behind the official opposition, rebels told the British Daily Telegraph. More have now arrived, confirming reports that the White House has lifted an unofficial embargo on its Gulf allies sending heavy weapons to the rebels. “We now have supplies from Saudi Arabia,” a rebel source said. “We have been told more weapons are on their way, even higher-end missiles.” European Union foreign ministers agreed at the end of May to lift an arms embargo in order to supply weapons to Syrian rebels, but British Foreign Secretary William Hague said at the time that "no immediate decision" would be made on sending arms to the rebels.  "Terrorists will return to Europe with fighting experience and extremist ideologies," President Assad told the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/169117#.Up9x2MTuK5U

November 7, 2013- Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force - Syrian, Arab and western sources say the intensifying Saudi effort is focused on Jaysh al-Islam (the Army of Islam or JAI), created in late September by a union of 43 Syrian groups. Diplomats and experts warned that there are serious doubts about its prospects as well as fears of "blowback" by extremists returning from Syria. The Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, is also pressing the US to drop its objections to supplying anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles to the JAI. Jordan is being urged to allow its territory to be used as a supply route into neighbouring Syria. (The Guardian)

November 10, 2013 - 'The CIA is Leading Massive Arms Deliveries to Rebels in Syria, Saudi Arabia is Training Terrorists':
http://www.globalresearch.ca/cia-is-leading-massive-arms-deliveries-to-rebels-in-syria-saudi-arabia-training-terrorists/5357531

November 13, 2013 - 'Saudi Arabia officially rejects U.N. Security Council seat':
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/11/13/Saudi-Arabia-officially-rejects-U-N-Security-Council-seat.html

November 26, 2013 - 'Saudi Arabia Should Withdraw from U.N. Human Rights Council': At the very moment that the U.N. General Assembly was voting to elect Saudi Arabia to the Human Rights Council earlier this month, Saudi police officers, assisted by vigilante mobs, launched an iron-fisted effort to round up and deport millions of undocumented foreign workers. The campaign reportedly entailed imprisoning, killing, and raping African and Asian migrants within its borders and provoked a violent protest by some migrants in the capital.
http://www.christianpost.com/news/saudi-arabia-should-withdraw-from-u-n-human-rights-council-109572/

November 28, 2013 - The Syrian National Coalition has previously set conditions for attending peace talks - 'Ahmad Jarba said the Syrian National Coalition saw talks as a step towards "leadership transition", meaning President Bashar al-Assad's removal.' (BBC News)

December 2, 2013 – ‘Bashar al-Assad implicated in Syria war crimes’, says UN:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/02/syrian-officials-involved-war-crimes-bashar-al-assad-un-investigators

December 3, 2013 - The Saudi Arabian and Western 'Civil War' in Syria...
Saudi officials have said they are now fighting two wars in Syria: One against the regime, and the other against the growing ranks of al Qaeda-allied fighters flocking to the battlefield. Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi prince overseeing his country's support for the rebels, vowed to kill both Mr. Assad and extremists among the rebels. For most of the past two years, Saudi Arabia concentrated its support on the more secular, nationalist force of the so called Free Syrian Army. During that time, the kingdom spent $400 million on arms and equipment funneled to the force, according to the Western diplomat briefed by Saudis.  The Saudis are now pinning much of their hopes in Syria on a strengthening 'rebel force' called Jaish al-Islam, or Army of Islam. Qatar arranged a meeting between the Saudi Arabian Islamists and envoys from the U.S., the U.K., France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other members of the London 11 on the outskirts of the Turkish capital Ankara. (Source: Wall Street Journal)

December 4, 2013 - 2 hours ago – VOICE OF AMERICA
‘NATO, Russian Foreign Ministers Support Syria Peace Talks’
http://www.voanews.com/content/nato-russian-foreign-ministers-support-syria-peace-talks/1803197.html


Latest News Palestine: Peace Talks

November 15, 2010:  U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

February 2011: More than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

February 19, 2011:  Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

October 27, 2011: Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

November 12, 2013: Israel plans ‘unprecedented’ settlement expansion, 20,000 new units in the West Bank: http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/unprecedented-settlement-expansion.html

http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/about/

03-12-13

Latest News Palestine: Peace Talks

 

 

As planned:

November 27, 2013 - Israel Approves New Settlements in West Bank
http://www.palestinechronicle.com/israel-approves-new-settlements-in-west-bank/#.Up10S8TuK5U

16-11-13

Middle East 'Peace Talks'

Reviving Palestinian Transfer

Avigdor Lieberman, the ultranationalist Israeli politician, holds the future course of politics in the Middle East in his holds...

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He was born in 1958 in Moldovia, one of the poorest and most obscure of the old Soviet republics. On leaving school, Mr Lieberman worked as a nightclub bouncer and a radio broadcaster in Baku. 

In 1978, he was lucky enough to leave the former Soviet Union and emigrate to Israel, where he served in the IDF, and then studied for a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Lieberman was among  the founders of the Zionist Forum for Soviet Jewry, and a member of the Board of the Jerusalem Economic Corporation and the Secretary of the Jerusalem branch of the Histadrut Ovdim Le'umit. He joined the Likud party and served as Director-General of the Likud Movement from 1993-1996. Lieberman was then Director-General of the Prime Minister Mr Netanyahu's Office (1996-1997). Lieberman also served as the editor of the Yoman Yisraeli newspaper. For a time, Lieberman was a member of the National Union Party (Ichud Leumi) party.

But the arrival of one million Russian-speaking immigrants after the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991 created an immense opportunity for Mr Lieberman. This huge constituency was waiting for a party to represent their interests and, spotting his chance, he left Likud to found Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) in 1999. Yisrael Beytenu advocates “the complete cutting of ties with Gaza and its separation from the West Bank”.

Avigdor Lieberman was elected to the Knesset in 1999, he served as a member of the Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee and State Control Committees, and as Chairman of the Israel-Moldova Parliamentary Friendship League.

In March 2001, Avigdor Lieberman was appointed Minister of National Infrastructures in the government of  Ariel Sharon. He resigned his post in March 2002.

He served as Minister of Transportation from February 2003 until June 2004.

In the government of Ehud Olmert, Avigdor Lieberman served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs from October 2006 until his resignation on January 16, 2008, where he was supposed to focus on the threat posed by Iranian nuclear weapons.

Lieberman's party forced him to leave the government when Olmert began peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.

Lieberman rose to international prominence because of outspoken and often offensive and aggressive statements about Arabs and Palestinians. For example, in March of 2002, during the second Intifadah, Lieberman said ""if it were up to me I would notify the Palestinian Authority that tomorrow at ten in the morning we would bomb all their places of business in Ramallah, for example." This caused some outrage, but at the end of March, Israel launched 'Operation Defensive Shield'.

Lieberman advanced a peace plan under which Arab areas of Israel including Umm El Fahm would become part of a Palestinian state. Though many Israeli Arabs identify themselves as "Palestinians," they nonetheless objected to this plan as racist. Only about 15% would be willing to live under Palestinian rule according to various surveys.

Lieberman questioned the loyalty of Israeli Arab politicians, some of whom openly sided with the Hezbollah in the Second Lebanon War in 2006 and with the Hamas during Operation Cast Lead in 2008/9. He called for denial of citizenship for those where are unwilling to take a loyalty oath.

In the elections of 2009, Lieberman's aggressive approach and attacks on supposed disloyalty of Israeli Arabs won him support from Israelis. His support was especially strong in southern towns like Ashdod.  His great success was to mobilise Israelis who believe that concessions to the Palestinians lead nowhere – and events in Gaza have helped him. Yisrael Beiteinu received 15 mandates.

Since 2001 Lieberman proposes also to establish four townships in the occupied West Bank, hermetically sealed, which would be grouped the Palestinians. He sees it as a solution for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, who are more than one million, to move the vast majority of the group in tightly closed, self-administered areas.

Thus would arise a State ethnically homogeneous from the Mediterranean Sea until the Jordan, sheltering in its midst Palestinian “Bantustans”.

Avigdor Lieberman has been the subject of several police investigations, several of which are currently ongoing, for money laundering and allegations of bribery. According to Israeli journalists he spends a good deal of his time in the former USSR on business that is unaccounted for, and may involve illegal activities.

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November 10, 2013 - 'Israeli cabinet approves Avigdor Lieberman's return as foreign mininster'
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10439150/Israeli-cabinet-approves-Avigdor-Liebermans-return-as-foreign-mininster.html

November 12, 2013  - Israel plans ‘unprecedented’ settlement expansion, 20,000 new units in the West Bank:
http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/unprecedented-settlement-expansion.html

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http://www.zionism-israel.com/dic/YisraelB.htm

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In 1998, Lieberman called for the flooding of Egypt by bombing the Aswan Dam in retaliation for Egyptian support for Yasser Arafat.

In 2001, as Minister of National Infrastructure, Lieberman proposed that the West Bank be divided into four cantons, with no central Palestinian government and no possibility for Palestinians to travel between the cantons.

In 2002, the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth quoted Lieberman in a Cabinet meeting saying that the Palestinians should be given an ultimatum that “At 8am we’ll bomb all the commercial centers … at noon we’ll bomb their gas stations … at two we’ll bomb their banks …”

http://www.juancole.com/2013/11/liebermans-minister-palestinians.html

13-11-13

Middle East peace talks

 

Israel plans ‘unprecedented’ settlement expansion, 20,000 new units in the West Bank

Adam Horowitz on November 12, 2013

Haaretz reports on a massive expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank which reporters Chaim Levinson and Barak Ravid describe as “unprecedented” in recent years. Peace Now Director Yair Oppenheimer says the new tenders reveal Israel’s intention in the occupied territories, regardless of whatever negotiations are taking place.

Oppenheimer:

The [peace] talks are only for show. Behind the scenes, the government plans to destroy all chance of the two-state solution and flood the area with new settlements. The issue of the tenders is unequivocal evidence of Netanyahu’s intention of sabotaging the chances for an agreement.

The new tenders originally included over a thousand units in the E1 area which would connect Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem to the large settlement Ma’ale Adumim, effectively cutting the West Bank in half. President Obama has said that Israeli expansion in E1 “would be very difficult to square with a two-state solution,” and Netanyahu ordered a freeze on the E1 tenders after they were issued, apparently wanting to avoid even more confrontation with the U.S.

More from Haaretz:

The Housing Ministry has issued a tender to hire an architect to plan the construction of 1,200 housing units in the E1 area, which links Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim in the West Bank, as part of a larger wave of tenders to construct some 20,000 housing units in the West Bank at a cost of NIS 45 million.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was updated on the plan earlier Tuesday and shortly afterward ordered to freeze all construction plans in the E1 area. Officials in Netanyahu’s office told Housing Minister Uri Ariel that he must immediately halt the tender for selecting an architect to plan the project in E1.

The broader plan of some 20,000 housing units encompasses several urban areas, as well as the Binyamin Regional Council and Gush Etzion. This is an unusually large and unprecedented planning tender in the last decade. The tenders are for planning only – some are skeleton plans, some are in a general urban building scheme and others in a detailed urban building scheme.

http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/unprecedented-settlement-expansion.html

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April 14, 2004 - 'Arafat Warns U.S. Could Kill Middle East Peace'
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0414-07.htm

'US could kill Middle East Peace'
http://kruitvat.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/us-could-kill-mi...

3 hours ago - Abbas: 'Cancel Building or Peace Talks Over'
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/173940#.UoLEmvk2aLc

November 13, 2013 - 1 hour ago - Middle East peace process nears collapse
http://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east-peace-process-nears-collapse-20131113-2xf86.html

http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/africa/8287-call-to-suspend-peace-talks-after-lieberman-is-reinstated

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/13/world/middleeast/netany...

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12-11-13

'Peace talks': Kerry in Jerusalem to keep peace talks alive

1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

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Mar 20, 2013 - 'How Obama Became Netanyahu'
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/20/how-obama-became-netanyahu0.html

August 4, 2013 - 'Kerry makes new, ambitious Mideast peace push'
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22977410/kerry-meets-israeli-leaders-push-mideast-peace

November 2, 2013 - 'US Must Sell Peace Talks to Israeli, Palestinian Public'
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/iw/contents/articles/opinion/2013/08/palestinian-media-rights-peace-talks.html

November 12, 2013  - Israel plans ‘unprecedented’ settlement expansion, 20,000 new units in the West Bank
http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/unprecedented-settlement-expansion.html

10-11-13

Middle East Peace talks

John Kerry, the US secretary of state, is trying to get peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians back on track as both sides blame each other for a lack of progress

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem

Israel Approves Construction of 1,700 New Settlement Homes

On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

Chomsky: 'Middle East peace talks a complete farce'
http://www.salon.com/2013/09/05/chomsky_middle_east_peace_talks_a_complete_farce_partner/

The 'Washington Institute Middle East Peace Experts’
http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/experts