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Israel Approves Security Fence on Jordan Border - Security Cabinet backs Netanyahu's proposal to build 30 km barrier from Eilat to planned Timna airport, as Jordan ties continue to flag - 29 June 2015

The Security Cabinet on Sunday adopted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to build a 30-kilometer (over 18-mile) long security barrier on the eastern border with Jordan in the very south of Israel.
The fence, which is to stretch from the southern port city of Eilat to the site designated for the Timna airport, comes after Israel completed work on the border fence with Sinai and improved the security barrier with Syria on the Golan Heights.
In addition the Security Cabinet approved the allocation of resources for building the fence.
Tensions have been high between Israel and Jordan, after the latter has threatened to revoke the 1994 peace treaty on several occasions recently to pressure Israel to allow the Jordanian Waqf to continue denying Jews their rights to pray at the Temple Mount.
Perhaps responding to those tensions, the Israeli government clarified in a statement that it has been in contact with the Jordanian government about the security fence, noting it won’t infringe on Jordan’s national interests.
At the start of a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday, Netanyahu referred to the Cabinet decision.
“Yesterday in the Security Cabinet, we made a very important decision to continue a section of fence along our southern border, this time from Eilat, 30 kilometers north to past the Timna airport that is under construction,” explained the prime minister. “This is important. It is part of our national security.”
“It joins the fence that we built along the length of our border with Sinai, which blocked the entry of illegal migrants into Israel and – of course – the various terrorist movements. This step also joins the fence that we built on our border on the Golan Heights.”
Speaking about possible complications with Jordan, Netanyahu said, “I would like to make it clear that this fence will be entirely within the territory of the State of Israel. It will not, in any way, infringe on the sovereignty of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and its national interests.”

Peaceful neighbors?

Tensions have been openly sour between Israel and Jordan of late; Jordanian Ambassador to Israel Walid Obeidat was recalled to Jordan last November until February in an act of protest over talk in Israel of allowing Jews to pray on the Mount, which is the holiest site in Judaism but remains under the discriminatory de facto control of the Waqf.
Last November the Jordanian parliament held a special prayer session for the two Arab terrorists who committed a brutal attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, murdering four Jews at prayer and beheading two of them, as well as murdering a police officer.
Jordan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur also sent a letter of condolence to the families of the two murderous terrorists. Aside from its threats regarding the Temple Mount, Jordan also has been leading the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) “diplomatic war” against Israel at the UN.
Jordan itself is made up of a majority of Palestinian Arabs, and nearly all Arab residents of Judea and Samaria hold Jordanian citizenship, leading many to suggest creating a “Palestine” in Jordan.
That suggestion has been given further backing by none other than PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who said earlier this month that Jordanian and Palestinian Arabs are “one people living in two states.”

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“These images are from Israel, these are civilian Zionists, including women in bars in Israel carrying loaded semi-automatic weapons. Netanyahu has made it legal for all Israeli citizens to carry such weapons where as the Palestinians are totally unarmed.”

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If anyone doubted where Benjamin Netanyahu stood on the question of peace, the Israeli prime minister made himself clear just before Tuesday’s election, proclaiming that there would never be a Palestinian state on his watch. Then he decided to engage in a bit of fear-mongering against Palestinian citizens of Israel in hopes of driving his supporters to the polls. “The right-wing government is in danger,” Mr. Netanyahu announced on Election Day. “Arab voters are heading to the polling stations in droves.”

But Mr. Netanyahu’s victory is actually the best plausible outcome for those seeking to end Israel’s occupation. Indeed, I, as a Palestinian, breathed a sigh of relief when it became clear that his Likud Party had won the largest number of seats in the Knesset.

This might seem counterintuitive, but the political dynamics in Israel and internationally mean that another term with Mr. Netanyahu at the helm could actually hasten the end of Israel’s apartheid policies. The biggest losers in this election were those who made the argument that change could come from within Israel. It can’t and it won’t.

Israelis have grown very comfortable with the status quo. In a country that oversees a military occupation that affects millions of people, the biggest scandals aren’t about settlements, civilian deaths or hate crimes but rather mundane things like the price of cottage cheese and whether the prime minister’s wife embezzled bottle refunds.

For Israelis, there’s currently little cost to maintaining the occupation and re-electing leaders like Mr. Netanyahu. Raising the price of occupation is therefore the only hope of changing Israeli decision making. Economic sanctions against South Africa in the 1980s increased its international isolation and put pressure on the apartheid regime to negotiate. Once Israelis are forced to decide between perpetual occupation and being accepted in the international community, they may choose a more moderate leader who dismantles settlements and pursues peace, or they may choose to annex rather than relinquish land — provoking a confrontation with America and Europe. Either way, change will have to come from the outside.

The boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign (B.D.S.) has thrived while Mr. Netanyahu has led Israel. He has become the internationally recognized face of Israeli intransigence, settlement building and brazen disregard for Palestinian human rights. But while Mr. Netanyahu has become synonymous with the occupation, he is in many ways a product of it. There are also entrenched political and economic interests that benefit from maintaining the status quo.

By monopolizing West Bank land and natural resources, Israel reaps the benefits of occupation with few costs. Settlements are a major state investment, and add both a geographic and political obstacle to peace since settlers play a key role in shaping Israeli politics and their interests cannot be ignored.

Mr. Netanyahu’s style has certainly heightened tensions and harmed relations with Israel’s allies. He has clashed with President Obama and thumbed his nose at the Democratic Party by helping to make Israel a partisan political issue in America. His most recent speech before a joint session of Congress, which 60 members of Congress boycotted, was merely the latest incident.

Replacing Mr. Netanyahu with his challenger, Isaac Herzog, would have slowed down the B.D.S. movement and halted pressure on Israel by creating the perception of change. A new prime minister would have kick-started a new “peace process” based on previous failed models that would inevitably fail again because of a lack of real pressure on Israel to change its deplorable behavior.

The re-election of Mr. Netanyahu provides clarity. Two years ago Secretary of State John Kerry declared that the maximum time left for a two-state solution was two years. Mr. Netanyahu officially declared it dead this week in order to drive right-wing voters to the polls. The two-state solution, which has seen more funerals than a reverend, exists today only as a talking point for self-interested, craven politicians to hide behind — not as a realistic basis for peace.

The old land-for-peace model must now be replaced with a rights-for-peace model. Palestinians must demand the right to live on their land, but also free movement, equal treatment under the law, due process, voting rights and freedom from discrimination.

Mr. Netanyahu’s re-election has convincingly proved that trusting Israeli voters with the fate of Palestinian rights is disastrous and immoral. His government will oppose any constructive change, placing Israel on a collision course with the rest of the world. And this collision has never been more necessary.

The election results will further galvanize the movement seeking to isolate Israel internationally. B.D.S. campaigns will grow, and more countries will move toward imposing sanctions to change Israeli behavior. In the past few years, a major Dutch pension fund divested large sums from Israeli banks active in the West Bank, and hundreds of millions of dollars have been divested from companies, like G4S and SodaStream, that operate in occupied territory.

There won’t be real change on the ground or at the polls without further pressure on Israel. And now, that pressure will increase. For this, we have Mr. Netanyahu to thank.

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Yousef Munayyer, “Netanyahu’s Win Is Good for Palestine

The New York Times op-ed. March 18, 2015.

Top ten excerpts from Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign speech to Congressional Republicans:
  1. “Iran is bad.”
  2. “Iran is bad.”
  3. “Iran is bad.”
  4. “Iran is bad.”
  5. “Iran is bad.”
  6. “I mean no disrespect to President Obama.  But I know the Republicans do, so please allow me to serve as a tool towards that end.”
  7. “Iran is bad.”
  8. “Iran is bad.”
  9. “Oh, did I undermine ongoing talks to disrupt Iran’s nuclear capabilities?  I am so, so sorry.  Carry on, John Kerry.”
  10. “Iran is bad.”

“We never had the bomb. We will never have a bomb. We’re not looking to have a bomb,” he said. “We do not believe a bomb is in our interest. Whereas [Netanyahu] does have a bomb. He has 200 nuclear weapons.


“He has stood against a Middle East free from weapons of mass destruction. … He continues to make allegations against Iran. He’s in no place to do that. He doesn’t have the authority, the moral authority, to do that.


“In 1992, he said Iran was three years away from the bomb or four years away from the bomb. In 1996, he repeated that. He said, in 2012, before the entire world, before the General Assembly of the United Nations, with that cartoon of a bomb, that Iran was a year away from making a bomb.


“Now we are in 2015 … and he’s still repeating the same lie.”
-Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

US Congress Gives Netanyahu 25 Standing Ovations For Insulting Holocaust Victims And President Obama (IMAGES/VIDEO)

US Congress Gives Netanyahu 25 Standing Ovations For Insulting Holocaust Victims And President Obama (IMAGES/VIDEO)

Today, the Prime Minister of Israel was gifted the opportunity to launch a scathing attack on the foreign policy of the United States, in the US Congress, against the wishes of the American President – and won 25 near-hysterical standing ovations for doing so.

After Republican Speaker John Boehner invited the Israeli PM to speak (just two weeks before Israeli elections) without consulting the…

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