Fatah and Hamas sign reconciliation agreement in Cairo


390247PA to take control of Gaza Strip on Dec. 1; Unity government expected to form in January 2018; Netanyahu: Any reconciliation between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas must include honoring international agreements and the Quartet conditions, first and foremost among them recognizing Israel and disarming Hamas, Oct. 13, 2017.

Fatah and Hamas signed a reconciliation agreement Thursday, the Palestinian Authority to retake control of the Gaza Strip in December.

The agreement was signed in Cairo by representatives of both factions, the Palestinian Authority to resume its control of the Gaza Strip after a decade of conflict. Hamas leader Salah al-Aruri and Fatah representative Azzam al-Ahmad signed the agreement, with negotiations to form a unity government underway.

Negotiations for the final agreement took two days, negotiations monitored by Egypt.

The deal will go into effect December 1, 2017 and a reported 3,000 Palestinian Authority police will be deployed to the Gaza Strip. A joint police force it to be created as the Palestinians begin to merge and integrate government bodies.

The unity government is reportedly to be formed by January of 2018….. read more

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Israel asks US to plumb real motive behind Sisi-sponsored Palestinian talks


Israel was startled by the Egyptian president’s comment that the Palestinian reconciliation process he is brokering would lead to peace with Israel.

Abdel Fatteh El-Sisi put it this way in an interview on Sunday, Oct. 8: “The Egyptian moves aimed at helping the Palestinian brothers to start a new stage of unity of the Palestinian ranks would pave the way for a just peace between Palestine and Israel.” He defined his goal as being: “The establishment of an independent Palestinian state to meet the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for a secure, stable and prosperous life.”

El-Sisi added no further details, but he said enough to finally rattle the Netanyahu government. The Palestinian reconciliation process was clearly intruding on terrain that properly belonged to negotiations with Israel. Jerusalem’s policy of standing aside from Cairo’s efforts to broker the internal Palestinian rift between |Hamas and Fatah had left Israel without a say in the process as it advanced. It was becoming clear that Cairo was no longer briefing Israel, despite its promises to do so, on the directions to which Egyptian intelligence officials were leading the Palestinian negotiations for burying the hatchet. (On Oct. 3, DEBKAfile warned that Israel would pay a price for standing aloof from the process.)… read more

Biting Hand That Feeds Them, Arabs Set Social Security Office Ablaze in East Jerusalem


In the wake of ongoing clashes between the Israeli authorities and the Palestinians, a Bituach Leumi (national insurance, or social security) office in the Wadi Joz neighborhood in East Jerusalem was set ablaze Wednesday night. Trees in front of the office caught fire, causing extensive damage to the building but no injuries. Firefighters were called to the scene and quickly extinguished the fire.

Police are investigating and said they have not ruled out any motive, including nationalistically motivated arson. Palestinian news sources are reporting that the fire was caused by a Molotov cocktail being thrown at the building…. read more

Zechariah 12:2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.

Zechariah 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

ARAB MK SAYS THIRD INTIFADA HAS ALREADY BEGUN


Palestinian protesters hurl stones towards Israeli troops during clashes near Qalandiya checkpoint nThe government’s brutal actions at the Al-aksa Mosque, changing the status quo by placing metal detectors, will necessarily lead to a third Intifada, that already began today,” Joint List Member of Parliament Taleb Abu Arar, said Friday afternoon. The lawmaker warned of a major Palestinian uprising and accused the police of killing three Palestinians in clashes following weekly prayers in Jerusalem.

“Those who initiated the violence and killed three Palestinians were the Israeli police,” he said.

MK Ahmad Tibi, also from the Joint List party, said that the responsibility to the clashes to those who died is the government and its head, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.<!–more–>

House Committee Approves Strict Restrictions on US Funding for UN and Palestinian Authority


Tough conditions on American funding for both the UN and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have been approved by the congressional committee overseeing the US Foreign Operations Bill for 2018.

The bill — passed by the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday — places strict restrictions on how the $47.4 billion budget for overseas operations will be disbursed.

A statement from the committee confirmed that there will be “no funding for the (UN) Human Rights Council unless the Secretary of State determines that it is in the national security interest and the Council stops its anti-Israel agenda and increases transparency in the elections of its members.”<!–more–>

UNESCO passes resolution claiming ancient Hebron sites as “Palestinian World Heritage Sites”


SynagogueSecond resolution against Israel passed this week; Vote taken in secret; Israel: No resolution from this irrelevant organization can hurt our thousands of years old historical right over the Cave of the Patriarchs, or our right over Israel.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted in a secret ballot Friday passing a resolution which claims the Old City of Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as a “Palestinian World Heritage Site”.

The anti-Israel resolution passed despite Israel’s lobbying efforts, a reported twelve states voting in favor and only three opposing and six abstaining. Croatia, Jamaica and Poland requested the vote be taken by secret ballot…<!–more–>

UNESCO, Who are they?

French President condemns ‘settlement construction’


Abbas and Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday condemned Israeli “settlement construction” during a meeting in Paris with Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Expressing concern about the “deteriorating situation” unfolding in Judea and Samaria, eastern Jerusalem, and Gaza, Macron said that the continued “absence of a political horizon feeds despair and extremism,” according to comments quoted by i24news.

He reiterated France’s position that “there is no viable alternative to a two-state solution,” and said Israel’s “settlement building” has reached “unprecedented levels” since the beginning of the year.

Abbas, for his part, claimed his government is ready to sign a peace agreement and is waiting on Israel’s response.<!–more–>

Burying Obama’s legacy


It may very well be that this week was the week that Israel and the US put to rest former president Barack Obama’s policies and positions on Israel and the Palestinians.

If so, the move was made despite the best efforts of Obama’s team to convince the Trump administration to maintain them.

The details of Obama’s policies and positions have been revealed in recent weeks in a series of articles published in Haaretz regarding Obama’s secretary of state John Kerry’s failed peacemaking efforts, which ended in 2014.

The articles reported segments of two drafts of a US framework for a final peace treaty between the PLO and Israel. The drafts were created in February and March 2014.

The article series is predicated on the assumption that Kerry and his team were on the precipice of a historic breakthrough between PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. But a close reading of the documents shows that the opposite was the case.

There are two reasons that Kerry had no prospects for reaching a deal.

First, he, Obama and their advisers were too hostile to Israel and its citizens to ever convince Netanyahu that Israel’s interests would be secured…. read more