Ban Ki-moon’s visit to coincide with Netanyahu-Kerry meet as bids to jump-start talks gain steam By Times of Israel staff June 21, 2016, 2:19 pm 3 United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon, left, speaks during a joint press conference with President Reuven Rivlin at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem on October 20, 2015 . (AFP Photo/Gali …View full post
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To Israel’s dismay, EU ministers expected to back French peace push European states ‘ignoring’ Jerusalem’s objections despite preferring direct talks, official says ahead of meeting By Times of Israel staff and AFP June 19, 2016, 8:46 am The European Union’s foreign ministers are to meet Monday to vote in support of the French peace …View full post
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To Israel’s dismay, EU ministers expected to back French peace push
European states ‘ignoring’ Jerusalem’s objections despite preferring direct talks, official says ahead of meeting
By Times of Israel staff and AFP June 19, 2016, 8:46 am
The European Union’s foreign ministers are to meet Monday to vote in support of the French peace initiative, a proclamation expected to bolster Paris’s efforts to kick start Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Earlier this month, representatives from 28 Arab and Western countries, the Arab League, European Union and the United Nations met in Paris to discuss ways in which the international community could help advance the Palestinian-Israel peace process.
Neither Israeli nor Palestinian representatives were invited to attend the meeting, which aimed to lay the ground for a full-fledged peace conference to be held by the end of the year.
The Palestinians have welcomed the French bid but Israel has said the initiative would go down in history as having “pushed peace further away.”
Iraeli officials told the Haaretz daily that the Foreign Ministry failed to prevent the EU foreign ministers’ motion from being passed, and that it’s now focusing efforts on getting them to soften the announcement’s language.
France has reportedly pressed EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the other 27 foreign ministers of the EU states to throw their weight behind Paris’s initiative. An Israeli Foreign Ministry official said the French managed to garner the support of their EU allies to push for an international peace conference by year’s end.
Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have been at a standstill since a US-led initiative collapsed in April 2014 amid mutual recriminations.
“Everyone agrees with us in principle that direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians are preferable,” an unnamed senior official in Jerusalem told Haaretz. “But in practice, they’re ignoring our objections to the French initiative. Most states don’t understand our position.”
The official said that the overwhelming support for Paris’s proposal stems mostly from the fact that “there’s no other initiative on the table that tries to break the freeze in the peace process.”
The summit of EU foreign ministers will be the latest in France’s efforts to bring the international community together for a peace conference. Senior French envoy Pierre Vimont, tasked with shepherding the peace effort, met Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry Friday for talks on future steps he will take to prepare for a conference to revive the moribund peace process.
The Arab League said its secretary general Nabil Elaraby held similar talks with Vimont.
On Thursday, Egyptian ambassador Hazem Khairat said Cairo was willing to help create an “appropriate Palestinian environment” to facilitate an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.
During a speech at the Herzliya Conference, Khairat hailed the current French peace initiative “as contributing to the framework of international action to this end.”
The ministerial meeting in Paris earlier this month, he said, “has certainly made a new step toward peace.”
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High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, right, talks to Belgian Foreign minister Didier Reynders, left and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond during a monthly Foreign Affairs meeting in Luxembourg on June 20, 2016. (AFP/ JOHN THYS)
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(Worthy News) – Russia is not ruling out using its veto power at the United Nations Security Council to thwart anti-Israel resolutions, an unnamed Israeli diplomatic official involved in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to Moscow last week told the Israeli news site nrg.
However, the official did qualify his statement, saying that the chances of Russia wielding its veto power in such a manner were very low.
The official noted that the high level of respect Russian President Vladmir Putin demonstrated toward Netanyahu and his traveling entourage last week was unprecedented and indicated Russia’s deep desire to bolster its relationship with Israel. [ Source ]
[Ednote: It will all depend on Obama in the long run whether he votes yes or no or abstains}
If Esau’s words could be heard today then one only need to listen to the Pope of Rome. Pope Francis has been echoing The Word’s of Esau since Tony Palmer delivered the message of the Pope to the Kenneth Copeland Ministers meeting in 2014.
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On Sunday for the first time ever the readings from Quran will be heard at the Vatican. This move was initiated by the Pope Francis in order to bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
During his visit last week to Jordan Israel, and the Palestinian Authority, Pope Francis invited Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Peres’s spokesperson has announced in Times of Israel that Abbas, Peres, and Pope Francis will be joined by Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious leaders.
According to the officials, these evening prayers would be a “pause in politics” and have no political aim behind it other than the desire to bring peace and respect to the Israeli-Palestinian relations, states the Associated Press.
The Vatican will broadcast the event worldwide through the official website.
However, Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the custodian of Catholic Church property in the Holy Land has announced that people should keep their expectations low when it comes to this event.
[No-one should think] “peace will suddenly break out on Monday, or that peace is any closer,” he said to AP.
The Vatican has also announced that on Friday, the Pope also held a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and both leaders discussed possible ways of promoting peace and stability in Asia.
Read more: http://sputniknews.com/voiceofrussia/news/2014_06_07/Vatican-to-hold-Islamic-prayers-for-the-first-time-in-history-9001/
By Raphael Ahren June 16, 2016,
Cairo is willing to help create an “appropriate Palestinian environment” to facilitate an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, Egypt’s envoy to Israel said Thursday, appearing to answer the Israeli demand for Arab states to exert more pressure on Ramallah.
But in his first public appearance since becoming ambassador in February, Hazem Khairat also appeared to blame Israel for the stalemate in the peace process and reiterated Cairo’s desire to rid Israel of its reported nuclear arsenal.
“As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is facing a dangerous deadlock, Egypt still believes that reaching a peace agreement is achievable,” Khairat said during a speech at the Herzliya Conference.
“For a just peace that brings security back to the region, Egypt will continue to work with all parties, including preparing an appropriate Palestinian environment and activating the Arab Peace Initiative. But only Israelis and Palestinians can make a courageous choice to achieve it.”
In recent weeks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has argued repeatedly that an Israeli detente with the Arab world should take place before an agreement with the Palestinian can be signed, and expressed the hope that Arab leaders could exert pressure on Ramallah to make the concessions necessary for a peace deal.
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The head of the IDF’s military intelligence branch, Maj. Gen. Hertzi Halevi, and Mossad chief Yossi Cohen also participated in the meeting.
Our sources report that Putin and Netanyahu decided that a joint exercise by the Israeli and Russian naval and air forces will be held this summer as part of the first stage of expanded ties.
It will mark the first time in modern Middle East military history that Russian military planes take off from an Arab country, Syria’s Hmeymim airbase, and Russian warships sail out of their bases in Tartus and Latakia, for joint maneuvers with the Israeli air force and navy.
debkafile’s military sources add that, ahead of the exercise, the joint mechanism that coordinates Russian and Israeli air flights in Syrian airspace will be expanded.