MIDDLE EAST & ASIA
- PRINCE OF PEACE?
UK tabloid claims William is now devoting himself to Mideast
'This is the start of something new,' 36-year-old Duke of Cambridge
said to tell aides after being 'deeply moved' by Israel-PA visit
By TOI STAFF - July 1, 2018 - Britain's Prince William stands
on Jerusalem's Mount of Olives overlooking the Old City with
the golden dome of the Dome of the Rock on June 28, 2018. (AFP
The British tabloid The Mirror claims Prince William, second
in line to the British throne, was so deeply affected by his
visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority last week that
he plans to make advocating for peace in the region my
- The visit had a profound effect on the Duke,
a royal source told The Mirror.
- The places he visited, the people he met and the stories
he heard have all moved him very deeply, the source said.
- According to a highly-placed Palace source the
36-year-old royal told his aides at the conclusion of his four-day
trip: This is the start of something new. I will forever
honor my commitments to the people I have met.
- Britains royals are expected to remain above debates
over politics and policy, so it is not clear what William, if
the report is true, intends to do to fulfill his commitment to
playing a significant role in bringing peace and
prosperity to the Middle East, as the Mirror report
put it. The Palace source told the paper: William was happy
the subject of politics was brought out into the open in
planning for the trip, as it allowed him to talk freely
about the troubles of the Middle East and the quest for peace
in the separate states. [...]
image: Prince William (c) tours the Temple Mount on June 28,
2018. (British Consulate General Jerusalem)
On Wednesday, in Ramallah, Prince William told Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas he was glad our two countries work
so closely together. Later that day, at a British Consulate
event in East Jerusalem, he assured the Palestinians that they
have not been forgotten. [...] Cont'd: https://www.timesofisrael.com/uk-tabloid-claims-william-is-now-devoting-himself-to-mideast-peace
- DON'T LET ISRAEL BECOME A PROMISED LAND OF IMPUNITY FOR CROOKS
- Israel's law enforcement bodies are not cooperating with
their foreign counterparts in tackling financial fraud. Are they
'only' spectacularly incompetent, or something even worse?
By SIMONA WEINGLASS and DAVID HOROVITZ - July 1, 2018 Cont'd:
- KUSHNER RIPS ABBAS, SAYS MIDEAST PEACE PLAN DUE 'SOON'
- President Donald Trump's White House senior adviser Jared
Kushner attends an iftar dinner, celebrating Islam's holy month
of Ramadan, in the State Dining Room of the White House Wednesday,
June 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
June 24, 2018 - Newsmax.com - President Donald Trump's son-in-law
and senior adviser said in an interview published Sunday that
the administration will soon present its Israeli-Palestinian
peace plan, with or without input from Palestinian President
In an interview published in the Arabic language Al-Quds newspaper,
Jared Kushner appealed directly to Palestinians and criticized
Abbas, who has shunned the Trump team over its alleged pro-Israel
bias, particularly on the fate of contested Jerusalem.
The interview came out after a weeklong trip around the region
by Kushner and Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt. The team met with
leaders of Israel, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to discuss
the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza and the administration's
proposals for a peace deal.
Palestinian leaders have blasted the Trump negotiating team in
recent days. Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat accused
Kushner and Greenblatt on Saturday of trying to topple the Abbas-led
West Bank autonomy government and dismantle the U.N. aid agency
for Palestinian refugees.
Any peace plan would face major obstacles, including the increasingly
dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, internal Palestinian
divisions, and recent cross-border violence between Gaza's Hamas
rulers and Israel. It remains unclear how the Trump administration
would proceed with a peace plan without Palestinian cooperation.
Kushner said the plan is "almost done," but offered
scant details aside from the promise of economic prosperity.
He made no mention of a Palestinian state arising alongside Israel.
Kushner cast doubt on Abbas' ability to make a deal, alleging
that the Palestinian leadership is "scared we will release
our peace plan and the Palestinian people will actually like
it" because it would offer them a better life.
"The global community is getting frustrated with Palestinian
leadership and not seeing many actions that are constructive
toward achieving peace," Kushner said. "There are a
lot of sharp statements and condemnations, but no ideas or efforts
with prospects of success."
- Palestinian leaders have refused to meet with the Trump team
since the president recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital
in December. Jerusalem is an emotional issue at the epicenter
of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel captured the city's
eastern half, home to holy sites for Jews, Christians, and Muslims,
in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it. Palestinians seek east
Jerusalem as capital of a future state.
A PALESTINIAN PROTEST HOLDS UP A SIGN THAT READS GAZA UNITES
US, DURING A DEMONSTRATION IN RAMALLAH CALLING ON PALESTINIAN
AUTHORITY PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS TO LIFT SANCTIONS ON THE GAZA
STRIP (Photo by: REUTERS)
- PALESTINIANS PLANNING MASS PROTESTS AGAINST TRUMP'S PEACE
- By KHALED ABU TOAMEH - July 1, 2018
The protest in Ramallah will be followed by similar demonstrations
in other Palestinian communities in the coming days and weeks.
Palestinian activists in the West Bank said over the weekend
they have received a green light from the Palestinian Authority
to organize protests against US President Donald Trumps
yet-to-be-unveiled plan for peace in the Middle East.
- The decision to launch the protests came following the recent
visit to the region by US envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt.
The Palestinians believe the two emissaries, who did not meet
with any representative of the Palestinian Authority during their
visit, came to the region to lay the final touches on the Trump
plan before presenting it to Israel and the Arab countries. Trump
has referred to his upcoming plan as the deal of the century,
while PA President Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinians have
denounced it as the slap of the century.
- The new campaign is seen as the PA leaderships response
to the Hamas-sponsored March of Return demonstrations
along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The PA leadership
is hoping to show that it too is capable of sending Palestinians
to the streets to stage protests. We believe that the countdown
for publicly announcing the Trump plan has begun, a senior
PA official in Ramallah told The Jerusalem Post. This is
why we have decided to act quickly in order to thwart this evil
plan, which is aimed at liquidating our national rights and the
entire Palestinian cause.
- The first protest is expected to take place in Ramallah on
Monday. A group called The National and Islamic Forces on Saturday
called on Palestinians to gather in the center of the city to
voice their opposition to the Trump plan. The group also urged
Palestinians to use the protest to express their support for
the PA leadership. The protest in Ramallah will be followed by
similar demonstrations in other Palestinian communities in the
coming days and weeks. Last week, Palestinian activists launched
an online campaign with the sole goal of thwarting
Trumps plan. The campaign is being waged under the title,
The National Campaign to Down the Deal of the Century.Cont'd:
- ABBAS SAID SEEKING UNITY GOVERNMENT WITH HAMAS TO COUNTER
US PEACE MANEUVERS
- Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper says PA president has asked former
PM Salam Fayyad to lead new coalition with aim of later calling
By STUART WINER - July 2, 2018 - Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, June 27, 2018.
(Alaa Badarneh/Pool Photo via AP)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is making renewed
efforts to form a national unity government with the Hamas terrorist
group with the aim of calling long-overdue Palestinian national
elections, the Arabic-language Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported
Monday. Sources told the London-based daily the maneuver is intended
to prevent the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip from being isolated from
the West Bank as part of the Trump administrations peace
plan, details of which have not yet been published.
According to the report, the Abbas government is convinced the
US plan envisions creating a separate state in the Gaza Strip
while expanding Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank.
Abbas intends to appoint former Palestinian prime minister Salam
Fayyad to lead the new unity government. The PA leader recently
met with Fayyad and they discussed the matter for over two hours,
the sources said. Fayyad, who resigned in 2013 amid a power struggle
with Abbas, is said to have agreed to the proposal on condition
that he is a partner and decision-maker in the government.
In addition, the former prime minister demanded the revival of
the defunct Palestinian Legislative Council, of which he is a
member, and expansion of membership in the Palestine Liberation
Organization. The Palestinian Legislative Council last held elections
in 2006 and has not met fully since 2007 due to the Hamas takeover
of the Gaza Strip which created an acrimonious divide with the
West Bank-based PA. Although the PA is tasked with governing
the Palestinian territories, the PLO is the official representative
of the Palestinian people as a whole. Fayyad reportedly told
Abbas he is not interested in being in a government that does
not have full power. Among the ideas that Fayyad is said to have
proposed is a Palestinian referendum on how to move forward,
including setting a specific date for ending the Israeli occupation,
and a non-aggression pact among Palestinian factions. Cont'd:
- AUSTRALIA ENDS DIRECT AID TO PA OVER PAYMENTS TO TERRORISTS
- Foreign minister says Canberra concerned money will be distributed
to Palestinian prisoners in an 'affront to Australian values,'
redirects funding to UN
By Michael Bachner and AP - July 2, 2018 - Australian Foreign
Minister Julie Bishop at United Nations headquarters, March 6,
2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Australia has ended direct aid to the Palestinian Authority over
fears its donations will be used to pay Palestinians convicted
of terrorism and their families.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Monday that funding
to a World Bank trust fund was cut after she wrote to the Palestinian
Authority in late May seeking assurance that Australian funding
was not being misspent. Cont'd:
- US GIVES PALESTINIANS CRITERIA TO RECEIVE AID AGAIN
- ISRAELI NEWS LIVE - STREAMED LIVE ON JUNE 28, 2018
Iran coming into the cross hairs of Israel and the US as generals
meeting in the US for an emergency meeting. Seems Trump and Putin
have agreed to let Assad get Southern Syria in exchange for war
on Iran. Yet Assad will be next after false flag chemical attack
as the New World Order steems over everyone in its path
TOLERANCE SUMMIT TO BE HELD IN DUBAI
- Around 1,000 leaders and delegates to forge partnerships
against extremism during two-day event in November
Clint Egbert/Gulf NewsKhalifa Mohammed Al Suwaidi, General Coordinator
World Tolerance Summit, (left) and Hamad Al Shaikh Ahmad Al Shaibani,
MD of the International Institute for Tolerance and Chairman
of the Higher Committee of World Tolerance Summit, at a press
conference in Armani Hotel, Dubai on 25th June, 2018. Photo -
June 25, 2018 Gulf News Faisal Masudi, Staff Reporter
- Dubai: Around 1,000 leaders and delegates from the fields
of politics, religion, and culture, among others, will convene
in Dubai in November for the first-ever World Tolerance Summit
(WTS) to forge alliances against extremism and sectarianism,
officials announced on Monday. The summit, an initiative of Dubai-based
International Institute of Tolerance (IIT), will be held on November
15 and 16, coinciding with the International Day of Tolerance
- IIT, part of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives,
acts as a think tank providing solutions to the challenges of
extremism and sectarianism through promotion of a culture of
tolerance. On Monday, officials of WTS and IIT said during a
press conference that a number of countries in the Middle East
and elsewhere are strife-torn, not least because of a prevalence
of intolerance in sections of society. The press conference was
held to announce WTS another press conference will be
held later to reveal the WTS speakers and main delegates. An
official at the event said key figures have been invited from
all over the world and could include ministers, among
other leaders in various sectors.
The theme of the first WTS is Prospering From Pluralism:
Embracing Diversity through Innovation and Collaboration.
- Day one of the summit will be attended by Shaikh Nahyan Bin
Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and chairman of the
board of trustees of IIT. In a statement conveying a message
from the UAE to the world, Shaikh Nahyan said: Tolerance
is not simply enduring the existence of opinions, ideas, behaviours
or practices that do not concur with your own. It is about recognising,
respecting and embracing diversity. It is about being secure
in your own culture and beliefs, so that you respond to what
is different with curiosity and compassion rather than with fear
and intolerance. To be tolerant one needs to be concerned genuinely
for the welfare of ones fellow human beings, and to take
action based on those concerns. The first day of the summit
will feature several forums to promote a global culture of tolerance,
including the role of governments, schools, artists and social
media influencers, with a strong focus on youth and women. Day
one will conclude with the Tolerance Awards that will give recognition
to political and business leaders, change-makers, cultural figures,
artists, and influencers for their contribution in the advancement
of a culture of tolerance. Cont'd:
- EU: WE'RE REVIEWING OUR ENGAGEMENT IN SUPPORT OF A TWO-STATE
- Haaretz News - EU stresses 'there is no intention to reduce
the current level of EU funding, nor to review EU policies on
the Middle East Peace Process,' but rather to 'hear the views'
- Noa Landau - July 02, 2018 - Image: Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu and EU's Federica Mogherini in Brussels, 2017.Credit:
Bloomberg The European Union announced Monday that it would consult
with Israel and the Palestinian Authority on its engagement in
support of the two-state solution in the region. A first report
on the issue will be submitted to the forum of EU foreign ministers
toward the end of August.
- European Commission Director General Christian Danielsson,
and Fernando Gentilini, who is managing director for the Middle
East and North Africa and former Special Representative for the
Middle East, will hold consultations this week with representatives
of Israel and the PA, according to a statement published by Maja
Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU foreign policy chief Federica
Mogherini. This decision was made at the EU foreign ministers
meeting back in September 2017.
- The objective of the review, according to the statement,
is to ensure "EU's engagement activities and instruments,
the EU's diplomatic engagement, financial assistance and EU
civilian missions are as efficient and as effective as
possible" in order to advance the two-state solution. According
to the announcement, including in Gaza which, together
with the West Bank, is an integral part of a future Palestinian
- ALL THE KINGS MEN
Israeli News Live - July 8, 2018
Is Pope Francis really against moving the Embassy to Jerusalem?
- TURKEY SAID TO BE TAKING A MORE PROMINENT ROLE IN EAST JERUSALEM
- By TOI staff - Ankara's new support for Temple Mount activism
causing alarm in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the PA, which are calling
on Israel to act Turkey is trying to extend its sphere of influence
to East Jerusalem, according to a report Thursday, causing alarm
in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority.
- Amman, Riyadh and Ramallah are concerned that the move is
an attempt by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to claim
he is the custodian of the Muslim sites in the city, weakening
Jordanian and Saudi claims and positioning him to better challenge
Israel, the Haaretz daily reports.
- For over a year, Turkish Islamic associations have sponsored
activities and trips for thousands of people in East Jerusalem,
the paper reports, and has been able to influence protests over
the Temple Mount in the capital. Israeli security officials tell
Haaretz that they are aware of Turkish involvement, and are following
the situation closely. Jordan reportedly began expressing its
concern over a year ago and accused the Israeli government of
being asleep at the wheel. The Jordanians claim that
after Israel signed a reconciliation deal with Turkey in 2016
it was afraid of confrontation with Erdogan. https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog-june-28-2018
- BIGGEST EARTHQUAKE CENTERED IN ISRAEL IN 14 YEARS...
- By: FrancisDrake - July 4, 2018 - An unusual swarm of earthquakes
began in Israel, north of Nazareth and in the Sea of Galilee
(near Capernaum) the first quake in the series was at 8:50 p.m.
CDT, magnitude 4.0 or 4.2--
"Bar Ben-Shabat from Tiberias said she could feel the earthquake
in her room. "The earthquake was really strong. The bed
was shaking. Everything it the room was shaking. It was really
scary. By the time I realized this was an earthquake and that
I had to get up and leave the room, it calmed down. Later there
was another smaller one. The entire neighborhood is up. Some
actually came out of their homes in panic."
"It was just scary," said Milna from Tiberias. "I
was just in the living room, turning on the air conditioning,
when all of a sudden I felt I was moving. It was simply one of
the more frightening things to have happened to me. My heart
just dropped. I just froze in my spot, I couldn't do anything
out of fear."
- "Some people reported feeling the earthquake in central
Israel as well. Shelly from Petah Tikvah said she felt her bed
move, "and my birds woke up and started flying screeching
in panic in their cage."
"...local residents complained of a rude awakening. A smaller
aftershock was felt at 6:50 a.m. said the Geophysical Institute.
- Soli Bar-Hen, a resident of Tiberias, told Army Radio that
she was woken up by her entire apartment block shaking.
- "I thought initially that a rocket had fallen here,
there's such a mess in the north," Bar-Hen said, referring
to growing tension on Israel's northern front. "When I woke
up, I saw that the whole house was shaking, so I just ran outside."
- Breaking news report: https://m.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Breaking-Light-tremors-felt-in-Israels-norther-region-561679
- BIG NAME EVANGELICALS FULFILL PROPHECY
DeNoon Institute - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f86mNza0LXU
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