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Post  Admin on Thu 01 May 2014, 1:31 pm

Hamas’s Very Busy Day
APRIL 30, 2014 17:13
BY PESACH BENSON

Today’s Top Stories
1. Times of Israel: Hamas is considering fielding a presidential candidate, and Maan News reports Islamic Jihad wants a role in the new unity government too. But as long as a “technocrat cabinet” fronts for Hamas and Jihad, Israel’s expected to engage the PA, right?
2. Israel busted a terror cell in Kalkiliya. According to the Jerusalem Post, the group was financed by Hamas, which was also going to provide the cell with more recruits.
3. Israel returned the bodies of four Palestinian terrorists to the PA, including the suicide bomber who killed 15 people in the Sbarro bombing of 2001. Hamas marked the return with a rally in Ramallah (yes, Ramallah) which Reuters reports was attended by 1,000 people.
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5. BDS Activist: Confront Confuesion about Anti-Semitism: BDS activist questions the movement’s response to anti-Semitism after a Hungarian neo-Nazi party adopts BDS language.
6. Media Minimizing Hamas Impact on Negotiations: Hamas-Fatah reconciliation didn’t happen overnight. Abbas dallied with Islamists even as Israel and the US sought to salvage the peace talks.
7. Reuters’ Bungled Headline: Israel demolished some illegally built structures, but Reuters suggests it was vindictive.
8. Sky News Misreads Mainstream Israelis:  underestimates the values of mainstream Israelis.
Israel and the Palestinians
• Mahmoud Zahar: The unity deal won’t lead to Hamas recognizing Israel or placing its gunmen under Abbas’ control. The Jerusalem Post writes:
Looking to reassure Western allies, Abbas said the new government would recognize Israel and honor previous treaties. Zahar dismissed this as a hollow gesture, saying the ministers would be academics with no political authority.
“Abbas is not telling them the truth. He says ‘this is my government’. But it is not his government. It is a government of national unity. He is marketing it in this way to minimize the pressure,” said Zahar, who took part in the unity negotiations.
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Ambassador Ron Dermer

• Ambassador Ron Dermer discussed with NPR (audio/transcript) why Israel won’t negotiate with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas:
Well, if you had a reformed Hamas that accepted Israel, that abandoned terrorism, then a unified Palestinian society would be good, because that would be unity for peace. But what you have is this unreformed Hamas. Hamas is a terror organization. They call openly for Israel’s destruction. And two weeks ago, on the eve of the Seder, when an Israeli citizen was gunned down on a way to a Passover Seder with his pregnant wife and children, Hamas praised the murderer. That happened two weeks ago. So, Hamas hasn’t changed at all.
• Strategic patience is the new buzzword of note for Mideast watchers. That’s how Kerry’s camp describes the Secretary of State’s months-long “pause” in Mideast peacemaking, according to YNet/Reuters. ”Strategic patience” also describes the Obama administration’s approach to North Korea’s nuclear program.d  Lt. Gen. Robert Gard calls it “tantamount to doing nothing,” but draw your own conclusions.
• To avoid the “blame game” Israel delays advancing settlement plans
It’s important to maintain the focus on the problem of negotiating< with a terrorist group and not sideline the situation with news of more building plans that would only make the international community point a finger at Israel, the official said.
On the next page:
Big Media’s post-mortems on the peace process.
Exactly what unilateral options does Israel have in the West Bank?
Syrian dissident: Israel is our last hope.

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Kerry Backtracks on Apartheid Comments
APRIL 29, 2014 13:19
BY PESACH BENSON

Today’s Top Stories
1. A John Kerry statement backtracked on his contentious comments about Israel becoming an apartheid state:
First, Israel is a vibrant democracy and I do not believe, nor have I ever stated, publicly or privately, that Israel is an apartheid state or that it intends to become one. Anyone who knows anything about me knows that without a shred of doubt.
Second, I have been around long enough to also know the power of words to create a misimpression, even when unintentional, and if I could rewind the tape, I would have chosen a different word to describe my firm belief that the only way in the long term to have a Jewish state and two nations and two peoples living side by side in peace and security is through a two state solution.
Barack Obama2. Did the White House previously let Israel off the hook from engaging a Hamas-included Palestinian government? That’s what one Israeli official told the NY Times:
An Israeli official said on Monday that Israel had in the past received “a specific commitment from the American administration” backing that position — a claim that appeared to be at odds with some more recent signals from Washington . . .
The Israeli official, who was speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the subject’s diplomatic delicacy, said that the commitment had been given to Israel during President Obama’s first term in office and that it had been restated since his re-election.
3. The Jewish mayor of Ukraine’s second largest largest city was airlifted to Israel after he was shot by an unknown assailant. Doctors at Haifa’s Elisha hospital successfully operated on Gennady Kernes, who is now in stable condition. More on the story at the Times of Israel/AP and Haaretz.
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Israel and the Palestinians
• Media reports indicate Israel is preparing to hand over the remains of suicide bombers.
• The NY Times looks at how nine months of negotiations ultimately went nowhere.
• To give you an idea of the kind of flak Kerry’s getting for his apartheid comments, check out this video of AP reporter Matt Lee sparring with State Dept. spokesperson Jen Psaki (via Israel Matzav).

 For more commentary/analysis, see Efraim Karsh (Palestinian leadership runs away from statehood again), Avi Issacharoff (why Ismail Haniyeh’s willing to relinquish power for unity), Richard Cohen (Hamas must repudiate its charter’s anti-Semitism), Prof. Christopher Fettweis (the real barrier to Mideast peace is psychological), the Christian Science Monitor (a trio of wonks cite their own study on the “Israeli checkpoint effect”), plus a Daily Telegraph staff-ed on the Kerry/apartheid uproar.
Rest O’ the Roundup
• In an interview with Charlie Rose, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed normalizing ties with Israel. Background at YNet.
(Image of Obama via Flickr/The White House)
For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.
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Video: Palestinian Christian Reveals the Reality Over the Propaganda
APRIL 27, 2014 14:32
BY SIMON PLOSKER
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In April 2012, CBS’s 60 Minutes broadcast one of the most biased pieces of reporting of that year (and a Dishonest Reporter Award finalist) on the status of Christians in the Holy Land. Bob Simon presented an unbalanced picture blaming Israel for virtually every difficulty experienced by Palestinian Christians.

The segment included an interview with Christy, a young Palestinian from Bethlehem, whose family home had been affected by Israel’s security barrier on three sides. Christy was forced to flee to the UK to escape persecution by Palestinians who disagree with her political views and sympathy for Israel’s case. At meeting in London in 2013, Christy explained to me how Bob Simon and CBS had, through selective editing, misrepresented her views on the security barrier and the situation of Christians in Bethlehem.
Christy greatly impressed me, both for her courageous stance and the intelligent manner in which she presented her side of the Palestinian issue in stark contrast to the anti-Israel propaganda that so dominates the discourse.
We were, however, unable to report Christy’s case on the HonestReporting site at the time due to the precarious situation that she and her family back in Bethlehem found themselves in.
Now, despite having experienced death threats both in Bethlehem and in the UK, Christy has very bravely put her story on YouTube in the form of a lecture given to a Swedish university and a personal appeal to Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat to hold to a promise given to her that a Palestinian state would respect fundamental human rights and democracy.
Christy gives us a view of life under the Palestinian Authority not often told, particularly from the media that all too often downplays or completely ignores the lack of freedom and internal violence within Palestinian society.
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Abbas Abuses Holocaust for Damage Control
APRIL 27, 2014 17:18
BY PESACH BENSON

Today’s Top Stories
1. Shortly before Israel observes Holocaust Remembrance Day, Mahmoud Abbas called the Holocaust, “the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era.” Of course, no Palestinian condemnation of violence against Jews can stand without persnickety prevarication. Wafa, the PA’s official news agency quoted Abbas:
“The Palestinian people, who suffer from injustice, oppression and denied freedom and peace, are the first to demand to lift the injustice and racism that befell other peoples subjected to such crimes.”
Israel’s response: It’s just damage control. See page 2 of this roundup for more on the swirling Holocaust issues.
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Remains of a crematorium at Auschwitz-Birkenau

2. The UN’s Special Tribunal for Lebanon charged two editors with obstructing justice and contempt of court for publishing the names of 167 potential witnesses last year, along with photos and other personal information.
Ibrahim al-Amin, of the pro-Hezbollah daily Al-Akhbar, and Karma al-Khayyat, of Al-Jadeed TV, face up to seven years in prison if convicted. See Daily Star coverage and the idiotic blowback.
The STL is investigating the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
3. Simon Ostrovsky, the Israeli-American journalist abducted in Ukraine, is a free man. He was found by Radio Canada correspondent Jean-Francois Belanger walking down a street in Donestsk “with his belongings in a plastic bag.” Ostrovsky described his captivity in Vice.
4. Video: Palestinian Christian Reveals the Reality Over the Propaganda: Simon Plosker shares his thoughts on meeting Christy, a Palestinian Christian forced to flee Bethlehem because of her outspoken views and irresponsible editing by a 60 Minutes crew two years ago.
5. Can BDS Change the Status Quo in Israel? NY Times columnist refutes claim that Israel’s situation is “unsustainable.”

Israel and the Palestinians

• Times of Israel: A Hamas official denied that the group could recognize Israel. Moreover, Taher Nunu, a media adviser to Ismail Haniyeh, threatened legal action against the Washington Post for quoting him saying that Hamas might.
“What I was quoted as telling the American paper is wrong, and I unequivocally deny it,” Nunu told the Palestinian Qudsnet news agency. “The issue of Hamas recognizing Israel is a complete nonstarter . . . aimed primarily at weakening the movement’s positions on Israel.”
Nunu said he would seek legal recourse against The Washington Post for its “false report.”
 Catherine Ashton backs Hamas-Fatah deal.
• Before peace talks collapsed over the Palestinian unity deal, Israel was prepared to allow wide-scale Palestinian building in key areas of the West Bank and begin border discussions.
• The White House is bringing down the curtain on American peace efforts, reports Haaretz.
• Barack Obama blames both sides for Middle East peace talks failure.
• We got a few emails about this headline in The Wire, which happened to be picked up by Yahoo News. Believe me, Hamas isn’t teaching kids how to sing HaTikva.
The Wire
• My antennae are twitching. Hmmmmm:
Behind the scenes Hamas has sustained another worrying blow to its prestige and influence. Despite Egypt’s tough new approach towards it, and the closure of the tunnels, it had still maintained a hotline to Cairo’s military intelligence, which historically had relied on Hamas to mediate with other factions such as Islamic Jihad in times of crisis.
But when Islamic Jihad fired 70 missiles into Israel last month, both Gaza officials and Gaza analysts admit, Hamas was cut out of the loop with Egypt contacting Islamic Jihad directly to ask for a cessation.
On the next page:
UN committee promotes BDS.
With tourism tanking out, Sinai Bedouins turn to opium production.
What to make of the way the Arab world regards the Holocaust?

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Palestinian Unity Deal: Now What?
APRIL 24, 2014 14:50
BY PESACH BENSON

Today’s Top Stories
1. It’s official (for now, at least). Hamas and Fatah announced their national unity agreement. Mahmoud Abbas will visit Gaza after the new government is formed. Today was the proverbial “day after.”
Israel cancelled a negotiating session, mulled sanctions, and assessed intelligence indicating that the deal is nowhere near implementation. The IDF is drilling for West Bank violence. And the United States is “disappointed” with the deal and would reassess Palestinian aid if the government is indeed formed.
Palestinian officials claim the agreement requires Hamas to work towards a two-state solution that recognizes Israel’s right to exist. Pounding the pavement in Ramallah, Time found that consensus man-on-the-street view was skepticism. As for the Hamas mindset, read the tea leaves at YNet.
Commentaries by Khaled Abu Toameh, David Horovitz, and Amos Harel point out there’s nothing historic about this agreement, that true reconciliation will require a lot more difficult work by both Fatah and Hamas, and that Abbas is only embracing Islamists. Could this still be the real deal? Danny Rubinstein says the litmus test is whether Abbas follows through on visiting to Gaza.
There’s a lot more commentary below. Last word for now goes to Jonathan Schanzer:
Jonathan Schanzer
2. US efforts to mediate an Israeli-Lebanese maritime border are deadlocked. According to Globes, the dispute hurts Beirut far more:
The dispute is delaying publication of an oil and gas exploration tender for Lebanon’s Block 9, which could have more than seven trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
3. Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine confirmed they’re holding Israeli-American journalist Simon Ostrovsky captive.Haaretz sheds more light on his fate.
However as time emerges, it seems more likely that he was deemed a valuable hostage due to his dual citizenships, American and Israeli, both of which have been emphasized by his captors in media interviews.
The self-appointed “people’s mayor” of Slavyansk, Vyacheslave Ponomarev confirmed in an interview with a Russian website that he was holding Ostrovsky and said that “We need captives. We need a bargaining chip.”
Mashable rounded up more links.
4. Fighting BDS — Tips and Strategies: You can turn the tables on the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Here’s how.
Fighting BDS – Tips and Strategies from HonestReporting
5. More A-List Support for SodaStream: SodaStream’s support from Scarlett Johansson and now Ellen DeGeneres shows that Israel may well be winning the culture war after all.
6. Government Plan on BDS Still A Work in Progress: Cabinet minister says Israel is working to address boycott threat from Europe.
Israel and the Palestinians
• Here’s something on Palestinian reconciliation that makes me go hmmmm. The Wall St. Journal (via Google News) writes:
With Fatah and Hamas split, Mr. Abbas has long been able to disavow attacks on Israel launched from Gaza as it negotiated with the Israelis. Likewise, Israel regularly targets Hamas while saying it too is pursuing peace with the Palestinian Authority. Those arguments would be difficult to make if they unify.
• Why is France withholding a $4,100 grant to an association helping French-Israeli students in Jerusalem? Because the Gilo-based Daat Menachem is located on the wrong side of the Green Line, reports Israel HaYom.
• If you’re following Shurat HaDin’s legal action against BDS-supporting Australian professor Jake Lynch, The Guardianreports that a judge in Sydney struck out part of the lawsuit.
• Memo to Roger Cohen: Conflict management doesn’t equal permanent occupation (or the desirability of it). Israel wants peace.
• For commentary/analysis on the reconciliation, see Ron Ben-Yishai, Yaakov Lappin, Elhanan Miller, Eyal Zisser, Ari Shavit, Guy Bechor, Amira Hass, Dan Margalit, AP, and the Christian Science Monitor.
• For further commentary, see Jeffrey Goldberg (passports aside, Jerusalem is in Israel), and Avi Jorisch (Richard Falk and reexamining Palestinian genocide).
Rest O’ the Roundup
• Tunisia’s divided over allowing tourists to visit using Israeli passports. Till now, Israelis could only enter using a special document issued by Tunisian embassies. More on the story at AP and Tunisia Live.
Tunisia’s image got a black eye in March when it refused to allow some 20 Israeli passengers aboard a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship to disembark. NCL responded by cancelling all ports of call at the North African country.
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Tunisia’s Djerba synagogue

• Turkey began talks to buy Israeli gas. Details at Today’s Zaman.
• Iran s.weeps coveted UN human rights posts
• The trial of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi continued. Witnesses told the court that members of Hamas and Hezbollah — including Palestinian and Lebanese nationals — attacked prisons to free inmates during the 2011 uprising.AFP coverage.
• Britain: Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be jihadis.
(Image of Ostrovsky via YouTube/IBTimes UK, Djerba via Flickr/Tab59)
For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.
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Israeli-American Journalist Disappears in Ukraine
APRIL 23, 2014 15:2
BY PESACH BENSON

Today’s Top Stories
1. Ukraine separatists said holding American-Israeli journalist: Simon Ostrovsky, of Vice News, hasn’t been seen since Monday. The “people’s mayor” of Slaviansk insists that Ostrovsky is now helping the separatists, but judging from the reporter’s last tweet from a separatist press conference, that’s a pretty dubious claim. More at The Wire.
2. The Palestinians threatened, then unthreatened to dismantle the Palestinian Authority. Avi Issacharoff and Dan Margalit argued that the chatter simply wasn’t realistic, but then Mahmoud Abbas muddied the waters himself:
“If the negotiations stop, it’s the Israeli government that will bear the responsibility for the economic situation and the paying of the salaries of (Palestinian) employees, workers and farmers, for health and for education just as it did before the establishment of the Authority,” he told the reporters visiting his presidential headquarters in Ramallah.
“Also it will bear responsibility for security, meaning Israel will bear full responsibility … We hope that we won’t come to this period but that we come to solutions,” he said.
3. AFPHaaretz and Maan News report that Hamas and Fatah reached a power-sharing agreement. A national unity coalition headed by Mahmoud Abbas will be formed within the next five weeks, new elections will be held within six months, and the PLO will be restructured to include Hamas. We’ve seen this dance before:
It is not the first time that a national unity government has been announced by the rival factions, and on several previous occasions attempts to form an administration have collapsed.
And Israel’s reaction? Abbas must choose between Israel and Hamas.

4. National Union of Journalists Rejects Israel Boycott: British journalist union makes the right decision for the wrong reason.

5. Success: The Economist Corrects “Settler-Only” Road Error: HonestReporting gets the correction.
6. Covering the Passover eve murder of Baruch Mizrahi, fact-checking failures abounded. See Passover Terror Passed Over.
7. Is BDS Actually Helping Israel? Eric Alterman draws a distinction between his criticism of Israel and the smears of those who seek Israel’s destruction.
8. HR CEO Joe Hyams Gives Media Clinic at Northeastern U.: Joe and the students thrashed out fighting BDS on campus, media issues, and how they intersect.
Israel and the Palestinians
• A PA spokesman denied (!?) that Mahmoud Abbas condemned the Hebron Passover attack in which Baruch Mizrahi was killed.
The absurdity didn’t stop there. Palestinians are demanding the resignation of a PA cabinet minister whose shallow condemnation was widely covered in the Israeli press as a denunciation of Mizrahi’s murder. Khaled Abu Toameh explains:
The angry reactions show that there are many Palestinians who see no problem with a terrorist attack against a Jewish family on its way to celebrate Passover. They also show that many Palestinians are capable of devoting huge amounts of energy to disgorging their hatred and disdain for anyone who dares to speak out against violence or express regret over the spilling of Jewish blood.
With such sentiments, it is hard to see how U.S. efforts to achieve peace and coexistence could ever bear fruit.
• Israel: Palestinians stockpiling rocks inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
• An Israeli-Arab was arrested for contact with Hezbollah in Lebanon. Turns out the PA provided Majd Kayyal with travel documents. Can they do that? YNet coverage.
• Patrick Seale — his claim to fame was writing what many people consider the authoritative biography whitewash of  Hafez Assad and being an expert on Syria in general — died of cancer. Professor Martin Kramer offers an Israeli take on Seale.
US passport• The US Supreme Court will take another look at the State Department’s refusal to mark “Jerusalem, Israel” in passports for American citizens born there.
Politico had clearest coverage; legal beagles can check out SCOTUS  Blog. A Jerusalem Post analysis says the Supreme Court is unlikely to please Israel activists.
• The JTA introduces us to Ghada Zoabi, who launched Bokra, an Israeli-Arab newspaper, that A) isn’t connected to any political party, and B) “challenges Israeli-Arabs to take more responsibility for improving their standing.”
 Mordechai Kedar brilliantly articulates the prevailing Arab mindset towards Israel. Judge for yourself his proposal that Israel dismantle the PA and deal directly with the largest clans in the Palestinian cities.
• For commentary/analysis you might have missed over Passover, see Khaled Abu Toameh (the hypocrisy of Palestinian “Prisoners’ Day”), Ron Prosor (the Mideast war on Christians), Haaretz (Abbas and Hamas need the PA), Robert Fulford (the BDS smokescreen), the Christian Science Monitor (Can Israel’s natural gas reserves pump up regional peace?), and a NY Times staff-ed (US should put Mideast peace on backburner).
On the next page:
Thailand foils Hezbollah attack on Israelis.
Why is Israel avoiding taking sides in Russian-Ukrainian tension?
Bashar Assad schedules presidential elections amid civil war.

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Success: The Economist Corrects “Settler-Only Road” Error
APRIL 23, 2014 13:31
BY SIMON PLOSKER
HRsuccesseconomistAn article in The Economist, ”The final fizzling of negotiations,” contained the following sentence in reference to the murder of Baruch Mizrahi, fired on by a Palestinian terrorist on his way to a Passover Seder:

The next day a Palestinian gunman fired on cars on a nearby road restricted to settlers, killing one of them.
HonestReporting wrote to The Economist pointing out that:
1. The road on which the attack occurred is not “restricted to settlers.” In fact, like virtually all major highways within the West Bank, Route 35 is open to Palestinian traffic.
2. Baruch Mizrahi was not a “settler” but lived in the Israeli city of Modi’in within the Green Line. In any case, where he lived should in no way legitimize or excuse an act of terrorism.
Following our email, The Economist published the following under the article:
          Correction: An earlier version of this article mistakenly said that the road in Hebron was restricted to settlers and that the victim of the attack              was a settler. This was corrected on April 22nd 2014.
Many factual errors and falsehoods have, over time, contributed to misconceptions surrounding Israel’s activities in the West Bank – the road network being one of them. It is therefore important that errors such as these are corrected.
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Palestinians Attack Professor Over Auschwitz Student Visit
APRIL 13, 2014 15:48
BY SIMON PLOSKER

Today’s Top Stories
1. Disowned by his university and branded a traitor by his fellow Palestinians. This after a professor took 27 college students on a trip to the Auschwitz concentration camp as part of a project to teach empathy and tolerance. The Washington Post takes up the story:
[Professor] Dajani said that many Palestinians think the Holocaust is used by Jews and Israelis as propaganda to justify the seizure of lands that Palestinians say are theirs and to create sympathy for Israel. Others, he said, think the Holocaust is exaggerated or just one of many massacres that occurred during World War II. …
A university student who went on the trip but asked not to be named because of the charged atmosphere said the visit changed him. “You feel the humanity. You feel the sympathy of so many people killed in this place because of their race or religion.”
“Most people said we shouldn’t go,” the student said. “It is a strange thing for a Palestinian to go to a Nazi death camp. But I would recommend the trip.” He said it did not diminish his desire for a Palestinian state.
2. An Israeli government official announced that Israel will significantly cut the tax funds allocated to the Palestinian Authority in retaliation for the Palestinians pushing to sign up for more recognition from international agencies and treaties. The money kept by Israel will be deducted from outstanding Palestinian debts, he said. The U.S. has called the Israeli decision “unfortunate.”
Chloe3. Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, Anthony Hardy Williams has published a scathing attack on the racism of the BDS movement in response to the targeting of Chloe Valdary, an African-American undergraduate and supporter of Israel:
BDS supporters’ response to Valdary was vile. Activist Zaid Jilani tweeted, “Non-jew[Chloé Valdary] smears famous Jewish academic as ally of Hitler,” then mocked her outspoken stand against anti-Semitism. (Jilani, by the way, was ousted from a liberal think tank last year for use of what his boss called “terrible anti-Semitic language.”) …
And Richard Silverstein of Tikun Olam, a blog focused on “exposing the excesses of the Israeli national-security state,” posted on his Facebook page, with a link to her piece: “They finally did it: found a Negro Zionist: Uncle Tom is dancin’ for joy!”
The attacks from his allies are offensive enough, but Silverstein’s racial slurs are beyond the pale. And his river of hate continued to flow, as he called this young African-American woman a “house slave” and said the “Israel Lobby is her Master.” His racist intent with such loaded language could hardly be more clear.
4. More on this from HonestReporting: Racism a “Troubling Trend” in BDS. 
Israel and the Palestinians
• Exploring his Jewish background, British opposition Labor party leader Ed Miliband has paid a visit to Israel, catching up with relatives and visiting Yad Vashem. He also took a trip to Ramallah and found time to criticize Israeli settlement policies.
• Settlements are also on Patrick Martin‘s mind as he spends time in Beit El for the Globe and Mail. With references to “ardent Jewish nationalists,” “occupied suburbs of Jerusalem” and the headline “Settlers of Beit El show the obstacles to Middle East peace,” Martin is clearly not a fan.
• The IDF has taken over a yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar following clashes between soldiers and radical settlers.
• The Israeli Embassy in Dublin has responded to another hateful piece from the Irish Times’ resident Israel-basher Eamonn McCann:
It seems that when accounting for American support for Israel, Mr McCann cannot resist the temptation to resort to well-worn stereotypes of Jewish finance controlling US foreign policy. The terminology has been adjusted slightly, but the classic tropes are there: Governor Christie “kowtowed to Zionism”, servile Republican hopefuls “paraded their wares” for the all-powerful Zionist mogul’s inspection. Yet Mr McCann allows a glimpse of the truth in his last line when he tacitly admits the existence of spontaneous mass pro-Israel sentiment among the US public. Truly, in the venting of unhealthy obsessions, a “very useful issue for some,” to quote Mr McCann, “is Israel”. 
• The BBC reports on Egypt’s increasingly hostile attitude towards Hamas and Gaza. Has the BBC finally realized that it’s not all about Israel?
• Still plenty of coverage of the breakdown of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. The Daily Telegraph reports on threats by Bayit Hayehudi party leader Naftali Bennett to bolt the Israeli government coalition if any more Palestinian prisoners are released to prop up the peace talks. The Economist asks what’s next and still maintains that the two-state solution is the only one that makes sense although not likely to happen this time round. The Guardian typically holds Israel mainly responsible for the breakdown. Yoaz Hendel, however, offers his solution:
For the international community to remain relevant it must understand the restrictions and the available options. The most realistic practical option in the current circumstances is the drawing of borders along demographic lines. Most Palestinians (98%) in the West Bank live in Areas A and B, under the control of the Palestinian Authority. These areas are spread over 40% of Judea and Samaria. Most Israelis live in 12% of the West Bank in large settlement blocks.
The remaining 48% of the territory has 100,000 Israelis and an equal number of Palestinians. The Palestinians’ territories should be upgraded to the status of demilitarised state with interim borders and continuity based on A and B. The large settlement blocks can be annexed to Israel, and as result of that the disputed territory would be immediately halved.
It is not a permanent solution, but it would be progress. If the money from the various pro-peace organisations were to be invested in the Palestinian education system, encouraging support for democracy, it would be possible to restart negotiations in a generation. If the international community can let go of its attachment to the phrase “an end to the conflict” who knows – maybe we will have a glimmer of a practical peace on the ground, which would improve the chances for a comprehensive peace in the future.
• Brussels is demanding compensation following the Israeli seizure of EU-funded humanitarian aid projects in the West Bank according to The Guardian.
Rest O’ the Roundup
• Time Magazine profiles the countries that hate the U.S. the most. Whether it can be considered a “country” or not, it’s the Palestinian territories that come out on top with a huge 80% disapproval rating.
• The Washington Post takes a look at Palestinian humor.
• The LA Times profiles a Palestinian rapper. Unlike many stories of conciliation through music, Tamer Nafar supports BDS and has been accused of glorifying Palestinian terrorism.
• Mark Dubowitz argues why Washington needs to open its eyes to Iranian intentions:
Tehran senses a desire in Washington for a deal at all costs and is pushing its advantage through negotiations to retain enough of its nuclear achievements for an atomic weapon at a time of its choosing. If the president believes that no deal is better than a bad deal, and he has assured the world that he does, then he needs to begin seeing diplomacy as a mailed fist.
• According to Bulgarian media reports, the Burgas bomber was an Algerian trained in southern Lebanon. He also attended university in Beirut with two other suspects.
For more, see Thursday’s Israel Daily News Stream.
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Fallout from Breakdown of Peace Talks Continues
APRIL 10, 2014 13:51
BY SIMON PLOSKER

Today’s Top Stories

1. The fallout from the breakdown of the peace talks continues. Israel has expressed its disappointment with John Kerry’s remarks. Meanwhile the Daily Telegraph carries an interview with Israel’s Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz who says that Israel has proposed a deal to rescue the peace talks, offering to release 26 prisoners if the Palestinian leadership “cancels” its bid for greater international recognition.

Meanwhile, amid the pessimism, Steven Spiegel is upbeat, arguing in the LA Times that no deals are struck in the Middle East without major crises and urging Kerry to continue plugging away:

Arab-Israeli talks are not for the weak-hearted. Perseverance is the key. Quitting now would be like giving up when you’re down by a couple touchdowns early in the fourth quarter. The Bradys and the Mannings pull out the victories under highly adverse-looking circumstances. Whatever they say, Israelis and Palestinians thrive on these kinds of confrontations, and Kerry does too. That’s why now is not the time to give up. If he wants any chance of succeeding, Kerry should just be getting started.

Bob Carr

2. There’s trouble Down Under as the Australian Jewish leadership responds to former foreign minister Bob Carr’s claims that the “Israel lobby” has undue influence over the Australian government:

“No lobby in Australia, I understand, has that kind of influence. It’s laughable,’’ said Mr Danby, a Jewish MP and strong supporter of Israel.

Key Jewish leader Mark Leibler also rejected the former foreign minister’s assertion that the pro-Israel lobby wielded “extraordinary influence’’ on Labor’s policy under Julia Gillard.

In his new book, Mr Carr says Ms Gillard subcontracted out Middle East policymaking to the powerful Israel lobby in Melbourne, which had its own “falafel faction” in Labor’s caucus.

He says “extreme right-wing’’ lobbyists had had an “unhealthy’’ influence on Australia’s policy towards Israel and the Occupied Territories.

Mark Liebler dissects all of Bob Carr’s claims in an op-ed published in The Age.

3. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, the chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control, Michael Theurer highlights major dysfunctions in the management of EU financial support to the Palestinian Authority:

How can we ensure that EU financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority helps advance peace and stability in the region, while also promoting freedom, democracy and the rule of law? How can we guarantee no EU funds are used to reward terrorism? How can we be sure that EU money meant for public investment doesn’t wind up in private Palestinian bank accounts?

The report from the European Court of Auditors is a wake-up call on the need for stricter supervision of how EU funding to the Palestinian Authority is spent. The plenary of the European Parliament last week passed a resolution calling for greater transparency in EU aid to the Palestinian Authority.

4. Palestinian gunmen on Thursday fired mortars at IDF soldiers patrolling along the border with the Gaza Strip. The soldiers returned fire into Gaza. There were no reports of casualties in the exchange.

Israel and the Palestinians

• Israel launches a new spy satellite. Ofek 10 is expected to observe Iran and Mideast terror groups.

• Is support for Israel waning among evangelicals?

• The Independent carries a feature article looking at reactions to Israel’s ultra-orthodox draft law from both sides of the divide.

• Recommended reading: Norman Podhoretz explains why he has no pity for the Palestinians in the Wall Street Journal:

With this we come to the main reason I believe that the Palestinians do not deserve any sympathy, let alone the astonishing degree of it they do receive (and not least from many of my fellow Jews). It is that ever since the day of Israel’s birth in 1948, they have never ceased declaring that their goal is to wipe it off the map. In all other contexts, this would be called by its rightful name of genocide and condemned by all decent people. Yet—here we go topsy-turvy again—for any and every step Israel takes to defend itself against so shamelessly evil an intent, it is the Israelis who are obsessively condemned at the U.N. and by the increasingly strident propagators of what calls itself “anti-Zionism” but is also increasingly indistinguishable from anti-Semitism.

Rest O’ the Roundup

• An Iranian diplomat that America is refusing to accept as Tehran’s next ambassador to the United Nations was implicated in the death of an Iranian dissident in Rome in the 1990s, court documents obtained by The Daily Telegraph reveal.

• Meanwhile, the latest round of Iranian nuclear talks continues.

• And while all of this is going on, The Guardian has nothing better to report on than the latest ex-employee of the Netanyahu household to launch an attack on the PM’s wife.

For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.
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Israel Blamed for Breakdown in the Peace Process
http://honestreporting.com/israel-daily-news-stream-04092014/
APRIL 9, 2014 14:45
BY YARDEN FRANKL

Today’s Top Stories

1. Peace process discussed at U.S. Senate hearing.

Associated Press: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lays the blame for the peace process suspension clearly on Israel during testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. According to the article, “his words made clear that Israel’s actions have thrown the process deep into doubt.”

When asked if the Palestinians share the blame, he mentioned that “they don’t have a state yet,” as if this explains and excuses the PA’s unilateral moves.

The New York Times coverage of the hearing reports that Kerry had specifically focused on the Israeli announcement of more construction of Jewish apartments in Jerusalem. Interestingly, rather than picking up the “They don’t have a state yet” comment, the NY Times says:

The State Department insisted that Mr. Kerry did not place the blame for the crisis with either the Israelis or the Palestinians. He also criticized the Palestinian Authority for applying to join 15 international treaties and conventions, a move toward recognition of Palestinian statehood outside the peace process, which the United States staunchly opposes.

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John Kerry having a tough day?

See also in the The Australian, focusing on the settlement issue as the cause for the breakdown of the peace process rather than Palestinian unilateralism. Also covered by the LA Times.

2. Israel responds to PA’s UN moves by limiting contact between official Israeli and PA agencies according to Reuters. Other fallout includes a blocked shipment to Gaza according to Financial Times.


3. A number of Palestinian runners from the Gaza Strip have been denied permission to cross into Israel to participate in the Bethlehem Marathon. A number of media reports note that one of the runners rejected was a 2008 Olympic participant. According to Israel, the applications did not meet the criteria for transit through Israel. See stories from IBT, The Scotsman (which noted that the Olympic runner’s entourage included some 30 additional Gazans,) and the Times.

See HonestReporting’s Palestinian Marathon: Media Runs the Errors.

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4. Recommended Reading: A Former Terrorist Reflects: As Palestinian prisoner releases are debated, a former inmate turned Hebrew teacher reflects on his actions. “I don’t feel like a hero because of what I did. Honestly, anyone can kill a person; that is easy. But I do see myself as a hero because I came out of this experience still strong,” he said. “I wrote, studied and managed to deal with the harsh conditions in prison, I left and I still have my sanity.”

5. Anti-Israel Agitprop in The Australian: A former Bishop bashes Israel.

6. AFP’s Settlement Error: The wire service can’t tell the difference between new buildings and entire new settlements

Israel and the Palestinians

• Settlers and soldiers clash in the LA Times.

• Lots of pictures of secret tunnels in this story of a child working beneath the Egypt/Gaza border.

Rest O’ the Roundup

• Jennifer Rubin examines whether the U.S. should give Israel bunker busting bombs in the Washington Post:

We are quickly running out of options to halt Iran’s attainment of a nuclear weapons capability. In wasting years trying to “engage” Iran, then attempting to stall sanctions and recently rolling them back for virtually no tangible gain — all the while continually talking down the military threat — the president and his secretaries of state have systematically foiled our best options for peacefully dismantling Iran’s nuclear weapons threat. Supplying Israel with bunker busters may be one of the few moves left to get the Iranians’ attention. And if that still fails and the president refuses to assume the responsibility as leader of the Free World, it will be up to Israel to act on behalf of the West.

For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.
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[size=16.363636016845703]Assad Using Chemical Weapons Again?[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]APRIL 8, 2014 15:55
BY PESACH BENSON
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[size=16.363636016845703]Today’s Top Stories[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]1. Haaretz: Worried that Israel will withhold tax transfers to the PA, Mahmoud Abbas is seeking a $100 million a month safety net from the Arab League — specifically the Gulf states.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]2. Bashar Assad resumed using chemical weapons, according to Israeli intelligence officials. The Times of Israel writes that they were used in a March 27 attack on rebels in Damascus:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]According to the official, the compound used in the attacks was not listed among the chemicals that Syria committed to dispose of when it signed an agreement in September 2013 to give up its chemical weapons.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Navi Pillay[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]3. The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, blames Israel for Palestinian wife-beating in a report (pdf format) she sent to the UN’s Human Rights Council and obtained by UN Watch. Here’s Pillay in her own words:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Women in the Occupied Palestinian Territory face multiple layers of violence and discrimination. The analysis made by the Special Rapporteur on violence against women in 2005 remains valid. She found that the combination of decades of Israeli occupation, the use of force against Palestinians by Israel, the different forms of resistance used by Palestinians against such use of force and the patriarchy prevailing in Palestinian society expose women to a continuum of violence in all spheres of life.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]The mainstream media has shown similar skewed views. See Israel Made Me Beat Wife — Part 1 and Part 2.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]4. Recommended Reading: The IDF’s Combat Cameramen: A behind the scenes look at the cameramen documenting army actions and disproving Palestinian propaganda.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Israel and the Palestinians[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• PA sources told the Times of Israel they won’t backtrack on the international conventions they already applied for. And — buckle your seatbelts — the Palestinians are seeking greater Russian and EU involvement.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• This NY Times piece on Marwan Barghouti needed to flush out more detail on his terror activity. He was convicted by a civilian court for the murders of [url=http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ForeignPolicy/Terrorism/Victims/Pages/Father Georgios Tsibouktzakis.aspx]Father Georgios Tsibouktzakis[/url], [url=http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ForeignPolicy/Terrorism/Victims/Pages/Yoela Chen.aspx]Yoela Cohen[/url], [url=http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ForeignPolicy/Terrorism/Victims/Pages/FSM Salim Barakat.aspx]Salim Barakat,[/url] [url=http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ForeignPolicy/Terrorism/Victims/Pages/Yosef Habi.aspx]Yosef Habi,[/url] and [url=http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ForeignPolicy/Terrorism/Victims/Pages/Eli Dahan.aspx]Eli Dahan[/url], and for his role in a failed suicide bombing  attempt.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• The Palestinian envoy in Prague was likely killed by decades-old Semtex hidden inside a booby-trapped book, according to a Czech report.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]It did not explain why such a book might have been left at the embassy in Prague.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Yasser Arafat’s former bodyguard told BBC Arabic that the leader lied through his teeth whenever he “condemned” terror attacks against civilians. See Memri (transcript/video). I’m not surprised. But when will Arafat’s admirers wake up and realize that Israelis weren’t the only people he remorselessly lied to?[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Arab neighborhoods that are inside Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries but outside the security barrier are an increasingly (and unfortunately) ungovernable no-man’s land. Keep that in mind as you read an AP dispatch headlined Thousands of Jerusalem Arabs without water.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• The Israeli diamond industry is too hard for BDS to cut into.  The Jerusalem Post explains why.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• For commentary/analysis, see Ben-Dror Yemini (John Kerry ruined what John Kerry built), Khaled Abu Toameh (what’s behind the latest Abbas-Hamas courtship?), David Weinberg (it’s time to roll back Palestinian maximalism), Jonathan Tobin (what peace looks like — and requires) and the Wall St. Journal (strive for conflict management rather than a final status deal — click via Google News).[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Rest O’ the Roundup[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Journalism or conspiracy theorizing? Seymour Hersh reports that an August 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria was carried out by rebels acting at Turkey’s bidding as Ankara sought to compel the US intervention. It’s based on anonymous sources, so take Hersh with a dose of skepticism. Ankara and Washington both dismissed the story.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• The Israeli slang word that best sums up this Israeli media controversy, I think, is fashla.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Haaretz[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Imagine the outrage if Israel did something like this:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Putin orders crackdown on NGOs after Ukraine[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703](Image of Pillay via UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre)[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.[/size]
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White House Reining In John Kerry?
APRIL 6, 2014 15:27
BY PESACH BENSON
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1. What’s the state of the peace process? Martin Indyk’s taking another shot of salvaging the peace process by meeting (again) with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. Take your pick of Jerusalem Post or Haaretz coverage.
2. Israel officially pulled the plug on the fourth prisoner release after Abbas stepped up moves for international recognition. More at the Jerusalem Post.

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4. Two-Faced Tutu and the Fight for Free Speech: When it comes to an academic boycott of Israel, archbishop says free speech is for me, not for thee.
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Israel and the Palestinians
• Israel strikes targets in Gaza after rocket attack
• Someone’s got some ‘splaining to do. The PA disavowed an outrageous list of preconditions for peace talks to resume leaked to the media.
• The Israeli government’s mulling sanctions against the PA, including withholding tax revenue.
• Get ready for Palestinian prisoners to launch another hunger strike.
• MEMRI: When it comes to the “right” of return and recognizing Israel, Abbas has different messages for Palestinians and Israelis.
• No surprise here: Amnesty International gave a thumbs up to Palestinian unilateralism, and is even encouraging the PA to join the International Criminal Court.
• Hamas to launch new satellite TV channel
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• Here’s an example of the NY Times being too pro-Israel for some readers. Public editor Margaret Sullivan weighs in on an article blaming the Palestinians for the peace impasse.
•  Engage reacts to a Harriet Sherwood commentary on BDS.
• For more commentary/analysis, see the Jerusalem Report (PA doesn’t have a realistic Plan B), Raphael Ahren (how the blame game might play out), The Tower (the PA’s already in violation of 11 treaties Abbas just signed), Jodi Rudoren (peace outweighed by “process”), and Palestinian tycoon Munib al-Masri (Israel as a Jewish state).
See also Khaled Abu Toameh, Charles Krauthammer, Barak Ravid, Yoram Ettinger, Boaz Bismuth, Peter Beaumont, AFP, and the Financial Times (click via Google News). Last but not least, cartoonist Jimmy Margulies weighs in.
Rest O’ the Roundup
• Iran’s reformers include more than one former hostage-taker. The Lede rounds up the links.
• Israeli Air Force adapts tactics to deal with increased UAV threat.
• Former MK convicted of contacting foreign agents. While serving in the Knesset with the Balad party, Said Nafa met in Syria with the secretary general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC). YNet coverage.
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Are PA Moves Wrecking the Peace Process?
APRIL 2, 2014 17:20
BY PESACH BENSON

Today’s Top Stories

1. Palestinian unilateralism ruled the day as Mahmoud Abbas signed papers putting in motion PA requests to join 15 world treaties. AP writes:

A Palestine Liberation Organization statement quoted Abbas as saying Tuesday that the 15 letters he signed were for conventions and treaties that can be joined immediately.

But the Times of Israel reports differently:

Contrary to an assertion by US Secretary of State John Kerry, the 15 international treaties and conventions to which Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas applied for membership on Tuesday do include groups affiliated to the United Nations.

Shortly before this roundup went to press, Khaled Abu Toameh published a list of what Abbas applied to join, while Raphael Ahren explains what the memberships mean for Israel. Joining official UN bodies — say, the International Maritime Organization — is more politically charged. The US would cut off funding to any UN agency accepting Palestine as a member. As we learned with UNESCO, things get messy.

See page 2 of this round up for a collection of must-read commentary/analysis.

Mahmoud Abbas signing the documents applying for Palestinian membership in 15 international treaties and conventions.

2. Does Jonathan Pollard support being released? According to AP, he waived a previously scheduled parole hearing yesterday in protest. But the Jerusalem Post reports that Pollard would not object, and that his parole no-show wasn’t related to the politics:

Sources knowledgeable about the legal initiatives to secure Pollard’s release said his lawyers had merely asked to postpone the hearing due to pending litigation. Pollard’s attorneys have been fighting for access to classified information in his sentencing file that the US government intends to use against him in the hearing.

McClatchy News3. Numbers are called “numbers” because they sometimes make you numb. McClatchy News picked up on the latest report on the Syrian civil war’s death toll from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (The UN stopped counting in January.)

The main take-away is that civilians make up one-third of the casualties. Here’s a by-the-numbers look.

150,344 (at least): total people killed after four years of fighting.
51,212: civilians killed since March, 2011.
57,511: members of Syrian Army or National Defense Forces killed.
364: Hezbollah members killed.
605: members of Iranian or Iraqi militias killed.
37,781: total rebels killed.
26,561: rebels of Syrian nationality killed
11,220: foreigners killed fighting with rebels, including members of jihadist groups.

4. Christian Science Monitor: Murder As an Afterthought: Why is a convicted murderer described as a “political prisoner”?

5. Jerusalem Neighborhood a Victim of Lazy Journalism: When Gilo’s in the news, historical and geographic context are consistently absent.

6. Unintended Consequences of Israel Boycotts: The backlash triggered by the ASA academic boycott of Israel may have long-term legislative effects it never imagined or desired.

Israel and the Palestinians

• Reuters points out the significance of signing up for the Geneva Convention:

Precise details of what he had signed were not given, but a senior Palestinian official, Mohammed Shtayyeh, told Reuters that one of the documents was the Geneva Convention, which lays down the standards of international law for war and occupation.

Signing the convention would give Palestinians a stronger basis to accede to the International Criminal Court and eventually lodge formal complaints against Israel for its continued occupation of lands seized in the 1967 war.

• How are US officials reacting to this? Well, anonymous Washington insiders donned their rose-colored glasses for the NY Times:

American officials, while rattled, said the Palestinians appeared to be using leverage against Israel rather than trying to scuttle the negotiations. Mr. Abbas, they noted, did not move toward joining the International Criminal Court, a step Israel fears most because the Palestinians could use the court to contest Israel’s presence in the West Bank.

• The PA and Hamas already know how to point fingers at each other. Welcome to the UN, Palestine.

• The Daily Beast picks up on Congressional opposition to a Pollard deal, while AFP looks at the costs and benefits to the White House.

On the next page:

Israel concerned about getting kicked out of FIFA.
Terror suit against Jordanian bank tests US diplomacy and secrecy laws.
Must-see commentary on the precarious peace talks.
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[size=16.363636016845703] Ehud Olmert Convicted of Taking Bribes[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]MARCH 31, 2014 16:13
BY PESACH BENSON
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[size=16.363636016845703]Today’s Top Stories[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]1. Guilty as charged: Ehud Olmert was convicted of accepting hundreds of thousands of shekels in bribes connected to the Holyland real estate scandal. Former Jerusalem mayor Uri Lupolianski and several other defendants were also convicted. A sentencing hearing was scheduled for April 28. Take your pick of Jerusalem PostHaaretz, YNet, Times of IsraelIsrael HaYom, and i24 coverage.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Cue up the Israel-warts-and-all commentaries, and, perhaps, an Arab columnist out there lamenting the Arab world’s lack of accountability.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Ehud Olmert
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[size=16.363636016845703]2. Hostage-Taking Past of Iran’s UN Envoy Pick a Dilemma for Obama[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]A decision to grant a visa to Aboutalebi could spark opposition in the U.S. Congress and beyond because memories of the 1979-1980 hostage ordeal remain raw, according to Maloney. “This is not buried history,” she said.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Michael Metrinko, a former diplomat and hostage who endured beatings and interrogations during his 444 days of captivity, said it was “really stupid” and ironic for Iran to pick someone associated with taking diplomats hostage to become its top diplomat at the UN.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]3. What’s the Palestinian plan for the day after peace talks collapse? The Washington Post assesses a few scenarios: the PA trying to drag Israel to the International Criminal Court, the dissolution or collapse of the Palestinian Authority, boycott efforts, another intifada, and pushing for a one-state solution. How much of this reflects reality and how much are Palestinian scare tactics? Judge for yourself:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]“If we are blamed, if there are external actions against us, and the Palestinian Authority collapses, it could lead to either Hamas taking over or to warlordism,” the PLO official said. “The people here do have weapons.”[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]4. Different Standards for Different Rocket Attacks: Israel couldn’t possibly be judged by different standards to other democracies under fire. Could it?[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]5. Comments and the Roar of the Crowd – 7: The latest from my inbox. Are readers left out by our comments system? And the perils of poor punctuation.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]6. Boycott Threats as a Tool of Diplomacy: The threat of boycotts against Israel is becoming an indelible part of the peace process.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Israel and the Palestinians[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Peace talks? We’re reduced to headlines describing John Kerry’s efforts as rescue and salvage. If those are today’s buzzwords, I’m more hopeful for MH370. The Secretary of State’s returning to Mideast tonight. ‘Nuff said.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• This Irish Times headline sure gives a pass to Palestinian obstructionism. It’s all Israel’s fault.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Irish Times[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Following up on the UN Human Rights Council follies, the Daily Telegraph picked up on Israel’s aversion with the organization.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Study shows Palestinian textbooks rife with incitement.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Prague police told AFP that Jamal al-Jamal, the PA ambassador to the Czech Republic, was holding the explosive in his hand when it blew up on New Year’s Day. Palestinian officials scrambled to explain the presence of unregistered weapons in the embassy safe Jamal was opening at the time of the blast.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]“The explosive was not placed on the door or inside the safe and was not there to protect the safe,” Zoulova said, adding that the investigation was ongoing.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Jackson Diehl channels his inner Moshe Yaalon: John Kerry’s departure from reality.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Kerry offered an answer to my first critique of him in an interview with Susan Glasser of Politico: “I would ask” anyone “who was critical of our engagement: What is the alternative?” Well, the alternative is to address the Middle East as it really is. Recognize that Egypt’s generals are reinstalling a dictatorship and that U.S. aid therefore cannot be resumed; refocus on resuscitating and defending Egypt’s real democrats. Admit that the Assad regime won’t quit unless it is defeated on the battlefield and adopt a strategy to bring about that defeat. Concede that a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace isn’t possible now and look for more modest ways to build the groundwork for a future Palestinian state.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]In short, drop the delusions.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• For more commentary/analysis, see Alan Baker (Kerry’s peace efforts), Khaled Abu Toameh (Palestinians condemned for visiting Auschwitz), A.B. Yehoshua (the peace process is an obstacle to peace), and Jonathan Tobin (thank you, NY Times, for profiling a Palestinian murderer).[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Rest O’ the Roundup[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Egypt schedules presidential elections for end of May.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Haaretz: French Jewish immigration reaches new high.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703](Image of Olmert via YouTube/WoodrowWilsonCenter)[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.[/size]
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[size=16.363636016845703]PA Wants 1,000 Prisoners Freed to Continue Talks[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]MARCH 30, 2014 17:35
BY PESACH BENSON
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[size=16.363636016845703]Today’s Top Stories[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]1. The UN Human Rights Council had a busy weekend of Israel-bashing. Not only did the council pass five resolutions slamming Israel, it also nominated a Christine Chinkin — a professor with her own ignoble history — for a key human rights monitoring position. See below for more on this train wreck.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]2. So what’s doing with the on-again, off-again prisoner release? According to the Times of Israel:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Israel has offered to release a new group of 400 Palestinian security prisoners, in addition to the fourth and final group of longtime terrorism convicts who were set to go free this weekend, if the Palestinian Authority agrees to extend peace talks for another six months, The Times of Israel learned from Palestinian sources on Saturday night. The US, anxious to arrange for the continuation of the talks, backed the offer.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Later today, the Palestinians responded that it wanted 1,000 prisoner released, a settlement freeze, and portions of the West Bank’s area C transferred to PA jurisdiction. Talks would then continue till the end of 2014.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Koran3. Hamas is introducing a new Islamist legal code to Gaza that’s sure to set back national unity efforts. The Gulf News writes:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]The law stipulates a minimum of 20 lashes for a minor offense, with the number of lashes increasing with the seriousness of the offense. A minimum of 80 lashes is to be imposed in criminal cases. The law also widens the use of the death penalty as per Sharia. Articles No 289, and 290 of the proposed law stipulate the cutting off of the hand of a thief and a minimum of seven years in jail in case the criminal repeats his crime.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]4. Liberal Zionists Emerging as Toughest BDS Fighters: Supporters of the two-state solution are best poised to see that BDS does not aim for two states living side by side.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]UN Human Frights Council vs. Israel[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Israel endured a storm of smears and censure at the UN Human Rights Council on Friday. The Geneva-based body passed five resolutions slamming Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. Details at UN Watch and the Jerusalem Post.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]One of the four resolutions encouraged the boycott of West Bank settlements and the Jewish neighborhoods of eastern Jerusalem.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Those five resolutions weren’t the only reasons the UNHRC was in the news. It also nominated Christine Chinkin to replace Richard Falk as a special rapporteur on Palestinian human rights. Chinkin’s best known for co-authoring the Goldstone Report, an investigation into the 2009 Gaza war that was so flawed against Israel, the inquiry’s chairman, Judge Richard Goldstone, eventually wrote a mea culpa.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]The UNHRC will vote to confirm Chinkin and other human rights monitors next month. Hillel Neuer weighs in on the Chinkin choice.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Christine Chinkin
Christine Chinkin reporting to the UNHRC in 2007.
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[size=16.363636016845703]• I wish this were true:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]UN’s human rights monitor is a Mossad spy, Iran alleges[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]On the next page:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]For one freed Palestinian prisoner, murder proved very lucrative.
Al Jazeera: IDF treats civilians better than Hezbollah or Syria.
Why are Iranians taunting Rouhani that Israel knows how to look after its soldiers?
Continued on page 2
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[size=16.363636016845703]Abbas’s “Three No’s” in Obama Meeting
MARCH 23, 2014 16:13
BY SIMON PLOSKER
Today’s Top Stories
[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]1. According to an Israeli Channel Two TV report, PA President Mahmoud Abbas issued “three no’s” in his meeting with U.S. President Obama:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Specifically, the report said, Abbas rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand that he recognize Israel as a Jewish state. He also refused to abandon the Palestinian demand for a “right of return” for millions of Palestinians and their descendants — a demand that, if implemented, would drastically alter Israel’s demographic balance and which no conceivable Israeli government would accept. And finally, he refused to commit to an “end of conflict,” under which a peace deal would represent the termination of any further Palestinian demands of Israel.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]More in The Times of Israel and comment and opinion below.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]2. Three Palestinians were killed during an Israeli raid on the Jenin refugee camp to arrest Hamas terrorist Hamza Abu el-Heija. El-Heija was described by the IDF as a “ticking bomb,” was wanted for months and was allegedly in the final stages of planning a major shooting attack against Israelis. El-Heija opened fire on IDF forces after refusing to surrender and was subsequently killed in the ensuing gunfight.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]What does this mean in the wider scheme of things? Avi Issacharoff writes:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]The fact that the Arab media isn’t too interested, that the PA security forces are staying away, and that Israeli troops are entering the camps — all these factors are likely to exacerbate the anger in the camps. Economic conditions are bad, too, and residents feel neglected by the PA. This is creating an entire generation ready to fight against both the PA and Israel — ready, that is, to embark on a third intifada. To kill and be killed, like Hamza Abu al-Hija.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]There are dozens more “Hamzas” in Jenin, in the Balata and Askar refugee camps (near Nablus), even in Kalandiya outside Jerusalem. The first intifada began in these places, and it began among youths of this age group.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]3. The IDF uncovers the longest ever Gaza terror tunnel. ”This advanced tunnel was intended to post a direct link and threat to Israeli territory, and enable Hamas terrorists to reach and harm Israeli civilians,” said Lt Colonel Peter Lerner, spokesman for the Israeli army. “Tunnels such as this are built to assist terrorists in the execution of terror attacks. In the past Gaza terrorists have utilized such tunnels to Israel for infiltration, detonation and abduction of Israeli citizens. “[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]4. A Polemic to Palestinian Victim-hood - Karma Nabulsi makes Israel out to be a worse abuser of Palestinian refugees than Syria.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]5. Fighting BDS – BDS is a Media War - One of the biggest misconceptions about the BDS, is that it is designed to put economic and political pressure on Israel.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Israel and the Palestinians[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Commentary on Mahmoud Abbas’s meeting with Barack Obama:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Khaled Abu Toameh looks at Abbas’s precarious domestic position:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Abbas is now hoping to turn himself into a hero by telling his people that he had the guts to say no to Obama and Kerry during his visit to Washington.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Abbas is badly in need of public support, especially in light of increased tensions inside his ruling Fatah faction. In the past few days, these tensions have erupted into an all-out confrontation between Abbas and ousted Fatah Central Committee member Mohamed Dahlan. …[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Abbas’s rejection of the U.S. proposals is also attributed to the severe crisis within Fatah.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]If in the past Abbas was afraid of Hamas’s response to the signing of a peace agreement with Israel, it is now clear that he also has good reason to fear the reaction of top Fatah officials to any move he makes concerning the peace process.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]All Abbas can do for now is continue to ask his public servants and schoolchildren to take to the streets and chant slogans in his support. These rallies are intended to send a message not only to Obama and Kerry, but also to Abbas’s rivals in Fatah.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Dan Diker writes that Obama has unmasked Abbas:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]The US has unmasked the real Palestinian positions. US efforts to pin down a framework have also exposed the deep fissures within Fatah and among Palestinians at large. In this context, the Palestinian strategy will likely lead them back to the unilateralism they pursued at the United Nations in 2011.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]That program enabled the PA to lead international efforts to demonize, incite against and delegitimize Israel at the UN, the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]However, it failed to bring the Palestinians closer to a viable sovereign independent nation state. The implications are severe. Recently the European donor states have expressed impatience with Palestinian refusals and have threatened to curtail financial assistance to the PA .[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Palestinian rejection of the current US framework paper may signal the end of the Palestinian statehood project in parts of Judea and Samaria/ West Bank and Gaza for the foreseeable future.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• The Israeli Foreign Ministry has now declared a full-blown strike. Among the casualties is Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to Latin America while no Israeli diplomats will be present at the  UN Human Rights Council, which is planning to launch a massive attack on the Jewish state next week in a series of five resolutions that — expressly citing controversial UN official Richard Falk — include new accusations of racism, along with calls to impose “international criminal liability” on businesses with indirect links amounting to “corporate complicity in breaches of international law related to illegal settlements.”[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703] The Wall St. Journal criticizes John Kerry for not making demands on the Palestinians in the same way he is doing to Israel and addresses the Jewish state issue:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]As to why Mr. Abbas won’t accept a Jewish state, it’s because doing so means relinquishing what Palestinians call the “right of return.” This is the claim that millions of descendants of Arab refugees from Israel’s war of independence are entitled to return to their ancestral homes in Israel proper. Such a right is recognized for no other refugee group in the world, least of all the roughly 800,000 Jews evicted from Arab lands. For Israel to accept it would risk a demographic time bomb that could turn the country into another Lebanon, sectarian and bloody.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Anyone paying attention to Palestinian politics understands that the right of return, with its implicit promise to eliminate Israel, is the centerpiece of the conflict. The idea that Israel’s settlements are the problem should have been discredited for good after Israel dismantled its settlements in Gaza in 2005 only to get more war, not less.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Mr. Kerry would perform a public service by pointing out these simple truths, while also gaining credibility with a skeptical Israeli public. That he hasn’t done so helps explain why his diplomacy is failing.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]More in this WSJ video featuring Brett Stephens:[/size]

[size=16.363636016845703]• Meanwhile, J Street has endorsed the Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• The New York Times finally discovers that Palestinian sources may be unreliable:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]In the two weeks since Mr. Abbas’s opening salvo against Mr. Dahlan, who is living abroad, the Arabic media has been filled with unproved accusations by Mr. Abbas about the long-ago killings of prominent Palestinians, and by both men about collaboration with Israel and financial corruption. Mr. Abbas even implied that Mr. Dahlan might have had a hand in the mysterious death of Yasir Arafat, the father of the Palestinian cause, in 2004. For the most part, the two camps have not offered detailed responses to all the accusations.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Iranian Atomic Urgency[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Is the Iranian PR offensive coming to an end? Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khameini has publicly reiterated his doubts over the Holocaust. In Europe, “no one dares to speak of the Holocaust, the crux of which is not clear if it is true, or if it were, how it was,” he said. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman responds.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]•  Iran is building a nonworking mock-up of an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier like this below that United States officials say may be intended to be blown up for propaganda value.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]USS Nimitz (CVN-68), a US Navy aircraft carrier. (Photo: Wikipedia)[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]For more, see Thursday’s Israel Daily News Stream.[/size]
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Did Hezbollah Assure Israel of a Quiet Border?
MARCH 20, 2014 15:50
BY PESACH BENSON

Today’s Top Stories

1. Is the BDS movement gearing up for prime time? According to Nabil Shaath, the Palestinians will consider “going the South African way” and push for a full boycott of Israel if peace talks fail. The Financial Times (click via Google News) writes:

Mr Abbas’ official stance now is to support a boycott of Jewish settlements, rather than a blanket boycott of Israel, a move that could invite Israelis to retaliate by withholding tax revenues or work permits from the Palestinians.

“If everything falls apart, it’s the only logical thing to do,” he said of the boycott. “I know it’s going to cost us, but we are not going back to armed struggle, so the only thing to do would be a boycott and an international campaign.”

See HonestReporting’s response to this development: Fighting BDS – Is BDS About to Go Mainstream?

By the way, Gulf News republished this, substituting the word “settlements” for “colonies.” The Dubai-based paper properly credited the FT and reporters John Reed and John Thornhill, so I wonder how they all feel about Gulf News putting words in their mouths.

Hassan Nasrallah

2. Bogged down in Syria, Hezbollah sent reassurances to Israel that it had no plans to heat up the Israeli-Lebanese border last year. That’s according to the transcripts of a leaked Syrian document obtained by Asharq Al-Awsat.

According to Bogdanov, Nasrallah told him: “You can tell the Israelis that Lebanon’s southern borders are the safest place in the world because all of our attention is focused on what is happening in Syria,” confirming that Hezbollah “does not harbor any intention of taking any action against Israel.”

3. According to Reuters, the PA seeks US mediation for Israel to release imprisoned terror leader Marwan Barghouti. Mandela he ain’t.

4.AP Questions Barghouti’s Terror Conviction: Wire service questions the credibility of Israeli justice.

Israel and the Palestinians

money• Congressman Ted Poe slams PA stipends to terrorists. The Texas representative writes in a Jerusalem Post op-ed.

When a Palestinian Arab terrorist murders an Israeli or an American in Israel, they can wind up receiving a generous salary, in excess of $40,000 a year, for their crime. And if you are a US taxpayer, you are footing part of the tab . . .

Even more galling, some of these salaried PA terrorists have killed and maimed US citizens! What is to be done? First and foremost, we need to stop subsidizing Palestinian Arab terrorists. We can start by halting all funding to the PA until they abolish the Law of the Prisoner.

• Today’s lead screed goes to The Herald of Scotland, where editor David Pratt manages to bash Israel by tying together the Crimean crisis, Scottish independence, and George Galloway with all the talking points presumably fed to him by Ali Abunimah.

• For more commentary/analysis, see Jeffrey Goldberg (Obama treats Bibi worse than Putin), Melanie Phillips (why Israelis are wary of the US and UK roles in the peace process), Jonathan Tobin (Obama’s setting up Israel to take the blame), Michael Curtis (are all boycotters of Israel anti-Semitic?), and Amos Harel (Israel’s message to Assad over border blast).

Rest O’ the Roundup

• According to Haaretz, Israel allocated $2.9 billion to the army to prepare a possible strike on Iran this year.

• Moscow suggested it might throw its support behind Iran in the nuclear talks if the West follows through with sanctions against Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

• I’m trying to decide what — if anything — this means for Big Media datelines from other disputed territories in the news like, say, the West Bank.

Associated Press style change: Crimea no longer in Ukraine

There’s a similar battle raging at Wikipedia, where editors tend to compromise by labeling Western Sahara, Tibet, Taiwan as “disputed territories.” More on that at the Washington Post.

(Image of Nasrallah via YouTube/MTVLebanonNews, money via OpenClipArt/johnny_automatic)

For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.
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Israel Strikes Syria After Border Blast

MARCH 19, 2014 17:19
BY PESACH BENSON
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Today’s Top Stories

1. The Israeli air force launched air strikes against Syrian military targets after a bomb blast  injured four IDF soldiers patrolling the border. Yaakov Lappin and Ron Ben-Yishai see Hezbollah as the prime suspect while Amos Harel focuses on Bashar Assad’s culpability.

Later today, Syria confirmed that one soldier was killed and seven more were injured in the Israeli retaliation. Damascus also played the “regional stability” card. YNet writes:

“Repeating such hostile acts (airstrikes) would endanger the security and stability of the region and make it open to all possibilities,” said the Syrian military statement.

2. Over at CNN, Michael Oren discussed Israel’s heightened state of alert after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370. Meanwhile, Nic Robertson visited the Ministry of Transportation’s aviation security operation center to see how staffers track incoming aircraft.

Yossi Melman points out that Malaysia might have benefited from Israeli expertise and avoided the tragedy if not for its stubborn antagonism to the Jewish state, while David Wagner reminds us what Israeli aviation security expertise could teach the world.


3. LA Times: The White House expelled Syria’s diplomats from the US and ordered the closure of its embassy in Washington. But ties aren’t completely severed (yet). Earlier this week, Daniel Rubinstein, the former consul general in Jerusalem, was appointed as Washington’s top envoy to Syria.

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4. New York Times: No Context Behind the One-State Solution: The Gray Lady fails to explain what a single-state solution really means.

5. Guardian Headline Fail Over Golan Heights Attack: You’d think Israel attacked Syrian civilians.

6. Comments and the Roar of the Crowd – 6: The latest from my inbox.

7. Fighting BDS – Countering BDS Bullying: What’s the real reason the BDS movement targets international musicians who perform in Israel?

musicians

Israel and the Palestinians

• Your daily dose of denial: Nabil Shaath denied media reports that the Palestinians would recognize Israel as a Jewish state after the peace talks.

In response, Shaath told Ma’an that his quotes were misinterpreted.

• Daily Telegraph: Mahmoud Abbas implies that Mohammed Dahlan was involved in the death of Yasser Arafat. Silly me: all this time, I thought it was masterminded by Rachel Corrie’s parents.

• You may be surprised at what happened to a group of Israeli Arab, Druze and Bedouin students who visited some Toronto area universities.

Israeli Arabs help debunk apartheid myths

• I’m glad Jodi Rudoren, the NY Times‘ Jerusalem bureau chief, appreciates how the terminology of Israel news coverage is so important.

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“Bomb-maker brags about El Al blast, posts Lockerbie photos
Why has nobody ever seen Ayatollah Khamenei’s anti-nuclear fatwa?
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[size=16.363636016845703]What Does Unearthed Arafat Video Mean for Peace Talks?
MARCH 18, 2014 15:04
BY PESACH BENSON
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[size=16.363636016845703]Today’s Top Stories[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]1. Mahmoud Abbas visited the White House to discuss the future of the peace talks. According to Israel HaYom, Abbas sought another settlement freeze in exchange for extending the talks beyond April 29. Otherwise, this NY Times really sums up what you need to know:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]With so much in dispute, analysts said, the focus on both sides has shifted from bridging gaps to avoiding blame should the talks fail.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]2. Discussion on the Palestinians recognizing Israel as a Jewish state is focusing on a recently unearthed and undated video of Yasser Arafat. Did Arafat’s remarks really make such a recognition? Was he just describing realities on the ground? Does this voice from the grave even matter? See Tablet‘s backstory and judge for yourself.[/size]

[size=16.363636016845703]3. International nuclear talks with Iran are resuming in Vienna. To Israel’s dismay, the Ukrainian crisis is straining the talks  (as reported by the Wall St. Journal via Google News). As you might expect, Iran’s exploiting US-Russian tension.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]4. Only Israel is “Hard-Line” According to AP: Why does the Associated Press use such lazy and inaccurate terminology?[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]5. Fighting BDS – Salon Sides With Roger Waters: Magazine’s recent content on Israel is decidedly pro-BDS.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Israel and the Palestinians[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• My antennae are twitching over this BBC report questioning Abbas’s mandate to negotiate peace. It’s not just about Hamas griping about the White House visit. I added the link to the Palestinian prisoners’ document:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]As on previous occasions, Mr Abbas has said he has a mandate to conduct the negotiations on behalf of all the Palestinian factions, including Hamas.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]He traces this back to a national agreement document that was reached by all Palestinian factions, with the exception of Islamic Jihad, signed in June 2006.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]This states that “administration of the negotiations falls within the jurisdiction of the PLO and the President of the PNA (Palestinian National Authority)” and sets the condition that any final agreement must be ratified by the Palestine National Council – the highest decision making body in the PLO – or a general referendum.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]However, there are questions over whether this document is still relevant. The rift between Hamas and Fatah means general elections have been delayed and Mr Abbas’s presidential term technically ended in 2009 . . .[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Analysts point out that other aspects of the 2006 agreement have not been implemented.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Obama and Abbas
Barack Obama and Mahmoud Abbas at the White House this week.
[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• For more commentary/analysis, see David Hazony (Obama misjudged Abbas), Dror Eydar and the Christian Science Monitor (Palestinians recognizing Israel as a Jewish state), Jonathan Spyer (shifting sands in the Mideast reveal new alliances), and Jeffrey Goldberg (Obama must be blunt with Abbas).[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Iranian Atomic Urgency[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon shifts stance, supports military action against Iran. Haaretz writes:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]“We had thought the ones who should lead the campaign against Iran is the United States,” said Ya’alon, speaking during an event at Tel Aviv University. “But at some stage the United States entered into negotiations with them, and unhappily, when it comes to negotiating at a Persian bazaar, the Iranians were better.” . . .[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]His words attest to a sea-change in his attitude regarding how Israel should contend with the Iranian nuclear program. Under the previous government, Ya’alon had led the opposition in the security cabinet to a solo Israeli attack on Iran, even exchanging sharp words on the issue with the defense minister at the time, Ehud Barak.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703] Israel’s taking notice as cyber warfare’s heats up in the Ukraine, China, and Iran. The Christian Science Monitor took a closer look at Iran’s cyber warfare capabilities. And The Independent reports that an Iranian hacker uploaded a photo of a dead Palestinian baby onto the computer servers of the University of Bournemouth.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]The shocking image was of an unborn baby, allegedly after it had been removed from its mother, who had been shot with “dirty Israeli bullets”, and had come from a file sharing website using Iran’s .ir domain.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• If the US is determined enough to confront Iran, wonders Emily Landau.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Rest O’ the Roundup[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Worth reading:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Why the press can’t help but speculate about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Heh: Dutch media fell for a Purim hoax, reports the JTA.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• On the third anniversary of the Syrian rebellion, Assad is steadily winning the war. According to the Washington Post, rebels are mostly isolated and in disarray, while Assad’s eyeing an election this summer.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703](Image of Obama and Abbas via  the White House)[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.[/size]
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Defense Minister: No Peace Agreement in His Lifetime
MARCH 17, 2014 14:23
BY SIMON PLOSKER
Today’s Top Stories
1. Pessimism is the order of the day as Mahmoud Abbas prepares to meet with U.S. President Obama. Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has predicted there will be no peace agreement in his lifetime while stating that Abbas is not a peace partner:
He’s a partner for receiving, not a partner for giving … He isn’t a partner for a permanent agreement, at the end of which there is recognition of the right of the State of Israel to exist as the nation-state of the Jewish people, which is the end of the conflict and an end of demands. … I’m sorry to come to this conclusion, but this (peace agreement) will not happen in my time.
As for Abbas’ meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry:
“The secretary thanked President Abbas for his steadfast leadership and partnership over the past few months and encouraged him to make the tough decisions that will be necessary in the weeks ahead,” a senior State Department official said of their three-hour meeting on Sunday.
“He also reiterated that we are at a pivotal time in the negotiations and while these issues have decades of history behind them, neither party should let tough political decisions at this stage stand in the way of a lasting peace,” the official added, describing Sunday’s talks as “frank and productive.”
Meanwhile, Al-Hayat claims that Abbas will reportedly demand that Israel halt all construction in West Bank settlements as well as release high-profile Palestinian leaders who were convicted of terrorist atrocities, among them Tanzim chief Marwan Barghouti and Ahmed Sa’adat, the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, all as a condition for Ramallah’s agreement to continue peace talks.
Writing in the Washington Post, Jackson Diehl asks:
Why does Abbas dare to publicly campaign against the U.S. and Israeli position even before arriving in Washington? Simple: “Abbas believes he can say no to Obama because the U.S. administration will not take any retaliatory measures against the Palestinian Authority,” writes the veteran Israeli-Palestinian journalist Khaled Abu Toameh. Instead, Abbas expects to sit back if the talks fail, submit petitions to the United Nations and watch the anti-Israel boycotts mushroom, while paying no price of his own.
Perhaps Obama will disabuse him of that notion at their meeting Monday. If not, another “peace process” breakdown is surely coming.
2. Is there a shift underway in relations between Israel and the Diaspora? The New York Times reports:
Over the past two weeks, Jewish leaders outside Israel quietly gathered in seminar groups to grapple with a thorny question: how to ensure that Israel is both a Jewish and a democratic state.
While the debate is not new, the discussions — 40 of them, including some in New York, London, Atlanta, Paris and Sydney, Australia — were significant and unprecedented. First, they come at a crucial time in Middle East peace talks with Israel demanding, quite unsuccessfully, Palestinian recognition of its Jewish identity. Second, they followed the introduction of a right-wing bill in the Israeli Parliament (set aside for now) aimed at making sure that in conflicts between Jewish and democratic identities, Jewish would win. And third, they were the result of a request for help from Israel, signaling a little-noticed shift in the relationship between the Jewish state and the Jewish world. In the past, signed checks were welcome, advice not so much.
3. Could Iran be behind the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? According to a former El Al security chief:
“What happened to this aircraft, nobody knows. My guess is based upon the stolen passports, and I believe Iran was involved,” he said. “They hijacked the aircraft and they landed it in a place that nobody can see or find it.”
More theories from Israeli experts in The Times of Israel.
4. Complaint Against BBC News Israel Story Upheld

Israel and the Palestinians
• The internal Palestinian split rears its head as Hamas prevents a Fatah rally from taking place in Gaza.
• Recent weeks have seen a story circulating claiming that Israeli border police fired into the feet of two Palestinian “footballers,” prompting calls for Israel to be booted out of international football’s governing body and its competitions. Elder of Ziyon has published a comprehensive debunking of the story proving beyond doubt that the story is a libel.
• Scarlett Johansson shows that she can think for herself, backing up her support for SodaStream in an interview in The Observer:
“No, I stand behind that decision,” she said. “I was aware of that particular factory before I signed. And it still doesn’t seem like a problem – at least not until someone comes up with a solution to the closing of that factory and leaving all those people destitute.” …
The fact that the UN, the Red Cross and the International Court of Justice also agree that the SodaStream factory is in contravention of international law did not sway her, she added. “Sure, I think that’s the way you can look at it. But I also think for a non-governmental organisation to be supporting something that’s supporting a political cause … something feels not right about that to me. There’s plenty of evidence that Oxfam does support and has funded a BDS [boycott, divest, sanctions] movement in the past. It’s something that can’t really be denied.” Speaking to the Observer, Oxfam denied this allegation.
• Nice to see a positive story for a change as the Christian Science Monitor profiles how an Israeli Druze village school has transformed itself from one of the worst performing schools in Israel to one of the best in the country.
Rest O’ the Roundup
• Iran is still pursuing banned items for its nuclear and missile programs according to a U.S. official:
Asked if he had seen a change in Iranian procurement behavior in the past six to 12 months, a period that has seen a cautious thaw in U.S.-Iranian relations after decades of hostility, Van Diepen replied: “The short answer is no.
“They still continue very actively trying to procure items for their nuclear program and missile program and other programs,” he told Reuters in an interview.
“We continue to see them very actively setting up and operating through front companies, falsifying documentation, engaging in multiple levels of trans-shipment … to put more apparent distance between where the item originally came from and where it is ultimately going.”
Asked for reaction to the allegation, a senior Iranian official replied: “No comment”.
• Not a huge surprise considering her neighbors but Israel is ranked the best Middle Eastern country to live in for a woman.
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Today's Top Stories
• Abbas to discuss future of peace talks with Obama.
• Egyptian army flounders in the Sinai.
• Beirut: All Lebanese can resist Israel now.


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A Day of Rockets and Retaliation

MARCH 13, 2014 16:10
BY PESACH BENSON

Today’s Top Stories

1. Israel-Gaza tensions heated up with multiple IDF operations against Palestinian rocket fire which continued throughout the day. Shortly before this roundup was published, there were reports that Egypt successfully mediated a cease fire.

Analyzing the escalation’s Islamic Jihad/Iran angles are Avi Issacharoff, Dan Margalit, and Ron Ben-Yishai. By the way, Hamas and Iran admit they’re increasing cooperation.

2. A Palestinian refusal to extend peace talks beyond the April deadline will imperil future prisoner releases. Yaakov Peri explained why to Israel HaYom.

3. For a roundup of what they’re saying about David Cameron’s visit, see Herb Keinon and Raphael Ahren (how Cameron’s speech broke the mold), plus a positive reaction to the Knesset speech in a Daily Telegraph staff-ed. This tweet by Col. Richard Kemp, the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, caught my eye.

Col. Richard Kemp

4. It’s Just “Tit-For-Tat” For the Financial Times: “Tit-for-tat” expresses a false moral equivalence between Palestinian terrorists and Israel’s defensive measures.

5. If Palestinian refugees were placed under the jurisdiction of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, you wouldn’t see the UN Relief and Works Agency’s Margot Ellis taking to the The Guardian to whine about aid money “following the cameras” and the “news fatigued” West Bank. When one UN aid official distastefully competes with another agency for donors, you know something’s wrong.

Besides, the Arab “Spring” busted the myth that the Mideast revolves around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But Ellis thinks the UNRWA will raise money by bashing Israel.

The only way of dealing with these man-made emergencies is to get rid of the underlying causes: the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory and the closure of Gaza which is stifling the economy, increasing poverty and unemployment, and forcing even greater dependency on aid provided by the international community.

See my colleague Simon Plosker’s take: Only Israel to Blame in UNRWA’s Eyes.

Israel and the Palestinians

• Did the Daily Mail go out on a limb and declare the West Bank part of Israel? How do you read this snippet?

The finds are part of at least two dozen phylactery scrolls were discovered in the 1940s and 50 along with the rest of the Dead Sea Scrolls in a limestone cave in the West Bank’s Qumran in Israel.

• Must have been airdropped by some of those nasty Zionist vultures:

Israeli fruit seized from Saudi market

• For more commentary/analysis, see Ephraim Sneh (trade-offs for peace) Seth Lipsky (is the US really an honest broker on the peace process?), Emmanuel Navon (recognizing Israel as a Jewish state), and the JTA (Beating back the assault on Israel’s legitimacy), and Boaz Bismuth (Jordanian rage at Israel).

• The Christian Science Monitor and Voice of America visited Syrians being treated in Israel’s Western Galilee Hospital. While we’re making the rounds, Haaretz visited Ukrainians being treated in Israel.

(Image of money via Flickr/Argenberg)

For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.
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[size=16.363636016845703]David Cameron Addresses Knesset[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]MARCH 12, 2014 19:26
BY PESACH BENSON
[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Today’s Top Stories[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]1. British Prime Minister David Cameron addressed the Knesset. Take your pick of Jerusalem Post coverage, Haaretz liveblogging, or the Jewish Chronicle‘s full transcript.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]More on Cameron’s visit below.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]David Cameron
Benjamin Netanyahu greeting David Cameron at the Knesset.
[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]2. Why the heck is the National Summit to Reassess the U.S. – Israel “Special Relationship” being re-broadcast on C-Span? Sessions include “Does the ‘special relationship’ transcend rule of law?” “Has the lobby captured political parties and news media?”, and “Is Israel really a U.S. ally?”  You get the picture. (Via Joshua Levitt.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]3. In case your wondering why the UN has been silent over the shipment of Iranian weapons, it’s because Ministry of Foreign Affairs employees are on strike, not because it’s business as usual at 760 United Nations Plaza. Haaretz explains:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]. . . all public diplomacy activities have been halted. Thus, for example, Israeli missions abroad did not disseminate any of Israel’s messages regarding the Iranian arms shipment it intercepted last week, nor were politicians or journalists in foreign countries briefed on the matter.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Diplomats were also instructed to cut off all communication with the UN agencies in New York, Geneva and Vienna; not to attend debates in the Security Council, and not to participate in any votes or take any diplomatic action. As a result, the Israeli delegation to the United Nations did not approach the UN’s sanctions committee to report the seizure of the Iranian arms shipment, without which no international investigation will be opened.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]See Matthew Kalman‘s take.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]4. To Fight Anti-Semitism, We Must Define It: There’s no constructive discussion taking place about anti-Semitism.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]David Cameron Visits Israel[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Matthew Gould
Ambassador Matthew Gould
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[size=16.363636016845703]• Matthew Gould, Britain’s ambassador to Israel, is under fire — from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs employees union. Today’s Daily Telegraph reports that the union’s unhappy the ambassador didn’t cancel the prime minister’s trip.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Aside from Gould and the MFA strike, the Telegraph seems to imply that Israel’s capital is Tel Aviv. (Yes, the British embassy is in Tel Aviv, but this is the second time in recent days the Telegraph has played fast and loose on the nuance.) What do you think?[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]In its letter, the employees’ union charges Mr Gould, UK’s ambassador to Tel Aviv since 2010, with a lack of solidarity for fellow diplomats by failing to advise the Prime Minister to postpone the visit.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]By the way, the Palestinians are grumbling over Cameron’s visit, and it’s not in solidarity with their Israeli diplomatic counterparts.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• For more commentary/analysis, see Stephen Pollard (why Cameron doesn’t give a hoot about BDS).[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]On the next page[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Norwegian Cruise Lines drops Tunisia over discrimination against Israeli passengers.
What’s China’s shadowy connection to the Iranian weapons ship?
Have Syrian Islamists seized chemical weapons?
Continued on page 2
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Joint Missile Defence for Israel, Jordan and EgyptJoint Missile Defense for Israel, Jordan and Egypt?

MARCH 11, 2014 15:56
BY PESACH BENSON

Today’s Top Stories

1. Might Israel enter into a joint missile defense with Jordan and Egypt? Reuters has me intrigued.

2. Tunisia wouldn’t let some 20 Israeli tourists disembark from the Norwegian Jade, a cruise ship that docked in La Goulette. A government official told AFP explained it away as a “procedural problem” because the Israelis didn’t have visas. (Non-Israeli Jews were able to leave the ship.)

Maritime lawyer Jim Walker slammed Tunisia as well as Norwegian Cruise Line’s weak apology:

NCL’s statement is pathetic. NCL should not be down-playing the incident like this. The Tunisian government’s action should be immediately and unequivocally denounced in the strongest language possible.

This is not about returning nominal port taxes to inconvenienced guests. It is about much deeper and important issues. No citizens of any nation should be subjected to such discrimination. The fact that an Arab nation would exhibit such contempt and hostility against Israel is particularly despicable . . .

Tunisia’s actions sent a clear message to Israeli citizens. NCL’s response should be equally clear. The only reasonable action is for NCL and the cruise industry to boycott Tunis as a port.

Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Jade entering Turkey in 2012

3. The IDF foresees drone threats from Hezbollah and Hamas, reports Reuters:

Israel is separately developing Iron Beam, a laser system for vaporizing short-range mortar bombs and says it also will be able to destroy small drones.

Shohat said the guerrillas’ drones would range from radio-controlled model airplanes weighing a few kilos to large drones with payloads of hundreds of kilos.

Another air force officer said Shohat was referring to drones carrying explosives and designed to crash into targets.

4. Context-Free Headlines: A death at a border crossing whips up a firestorm in Jordan against Israel, but sensationalized headlines only inflame even more.

Israel and the Palestinians

• An Israeli airstrike killed three Islamic Jihadniks firing mortars at Israel. Meanwhile, Hamas captured an Israeli Skylark drone that malfunctioned and crashed in Gaza. YNet reports that the two developments were not related.

• Israel displayed to the press the weapons seized from the Klos-C. Take your pick of coverage in the Daily Telegraph, Washington Post and Christian Science Monitor.

• British Prime Minister David Cameron to arrive in Israel tomorrow. Benedict Brogan comments:

If Mr Cameron were to say that he recognises Israel as the natural home of the Jewish people, it would give him some capital in the peace process.

• US allocates $429 million to help Israel with Iron Dome production.

• Poll finds nearly two-thirds of Israelis don’t trust US mediation in peace talks.

parachuting• Worth reading: Parachute journalism leads to poor Mideast reporting

Kalman’s speech culminated in an explanation of the clash between journalist’s need to report accurate information and the need to maintain reader and viewership, and unfortunately, the latter is winning, resulting in less accurate journalism in the Middle East. This is because of both the need for sensational news stories but also because journalists aren’t taking the time to learn about the various Middle Eastern cultures.

(Related reading on parachute journalism: End of an Era)

• For more commentary/analysis, see Oren Kessler (do Palestinians really want a state?) Khaled Abu Toameh (Abbas can’t concede on core issues), Dumisani Washington (7 reasons why the Palestinian and Black movements aren’t alike), Andrew Bolt (And they wonder why there’s so few of us left to defend Israel), Dore Gold (Iran’s other Mideast weapons smuggling), and David Horovitz and Yaakov Lappin (Iranian fingerprints on the arms shipment).

On the next page:

Israel watches warily as Hezbollah gets battlefield experience in Syria.
New testimony points to Iranian responsibility for Lockerbie bombing.
How’s the Venezuelan Jewish community faring amid anti-government protests?
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[size=16.363636016845703]Syrian Rebels Bleed Hezbollah
MARCH 10, 2014 14:40
BY PESACH BENSON
Today’s Top Stories
[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]1. Here’s the IDF’s final inventory of weapons found aboard the Klos-C.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]After detailed analysis carried out by the Engineering Corps, the IDF found 40 M-302 rockets, with a range of between 90 to 160 kilometers, hidden in crates.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]The Klos C also carried 180 120mm. mortar shells and some 400,000 7.62mm. bullets.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]2. Hezbollah’s bleeding: 120 Hezbollahniks were reportedly killed in and around the rebel-held town of Yabroud in recent days. Times of Israel coverage.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]3. According to Amnesty International, 128 Palestinians have died of hunger in the Yarmouk refugee camp. Take your pick of Daily Star or Daily Telegraph coverage.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]
Rest O’ the Roundup
[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Times of Israel: A 30-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed at the Allenby border crossing after trying to snatch an Israeli soldier’s gun.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Gaza’s Salafi leader — inspired by Al-Qaeda, no less — discussed the state of his growing movement with AP.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Arab League foreign ministers reject recognizing Israel as a a Jewish state and — surprise, surprise — blamed Israel for the impasse. AP coverage.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Bulgarian police find DNA samples of Hezbollah terrorist[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• The JTA reports that injured Ukrainian protesters are being brought to Israel for medical treatment.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• For more commentary/analysis, see Eitan Haber (a military operation is not a P.R. campaign), Jerusalem Post (will Klos-C sink Rouhani like Karine-A sank Arafat?), and Zohar Reuveni (thumbs up to the IDF spokesperson’s unit),[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.[/size]
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