U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on together on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday in what is likely the last official meeting between the two leaders before Obama leaves office early next year. “I don’t think people at large understand the breadth and depth of …View full post
New Iranian Threat to Israel: ‘We Will Turn Tel Aviv and Haifa Into Dust’ by Barney Breen-Portnoy Iran demonstrated once again on Wednesday that its animus toward Israel has not abated in the wake of the nuclear agreement it reached last year with six world powers. Reuters reported that a banner on the side of …View full post
Washington, Jerusalem confirm confab; leaders will probably meet at US president’s hotel, in what is likely to be their last face-to-face session By Raoul Wootliff and AFP September 18, 2016, 6:06 pm 3 Writers Raoul Wootliff Raoul Wootliff is a breaking news editor and reporter at The Times of Israel.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US …View full post
U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on together on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday in what is likely the last official meeting between the two leaders before Obama leaves office early next year.
“I don’t think people at large understand the breadth and depth of the cooperation, but I know and I want to thank you on behalf of all of the people of Israel,” Netanyahu told Obama at the beginning of their meeting at New York’s Palace Hotel, alluding to the historic 10-year $38 billion military aid package that was signed last week.
“Israel has no bigger friend than America, and America has no bigger friend than Israel,” Netanyahu reiterated during the meeting.
“It is a very difficult and dangerous time in the Middle East, and we want to make sure that Israel has the full capabilities it needs in order to keep the Israeli people safe,” he said.
Obama also began his remarks by touting the special bond between the two countries.
“It is based on common values, family ties, a recognition that the Jewish state of Israel is one of our most important allies,” he said. “It is important for America’s national security to ensure we have a safe and secure Israel, one that can defend itself.”
While the two leaders, who have had a very tumultuous relationship over the past several years, appeared to have put past disputes, such as the Iran nuclear deal, behind them for their likely final meeting. Obama intended to use their meeting as an opportunity to push Netanyahu on peace with the Palestinians.
“We do have concerns about settlement activity as well, and we hope that we can continue to be an effective partner with Israel on finding a path to peace,” Obama said in remarks prior to the meeting.
During his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Obama reiterated the same message, saying that the Palestinians need to “reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel” while the Israelis “cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land.”
However, the White House has played down rumors that Obama may use his final months in office to push for a new Middle East peace initiative.
“I think he’d want to make a determination about how can he be most constructive in supporting a vision that he cares about, which is an Israel that has security and peace with the Palestinian people and a Palestine that is sovereign and independent,” Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said on Tuesday.
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New Iranian Threat to Israel: ‘We Will Turn Tel Aviv and Haifa Into Dust’
by Barney Breen-Portnoy
Iran demonstrated once again on Wednesday that its animus toward Israel has not abated in the wake of the nuclear agreement it reached last year with six world powers.
Reuters reported that a banner on the side of a truck carrying a new long-range Iranian ballistic missile — the Zolfaqar — in a military parade in Tehran issued a direct threat to the Jewish state. “If the leaders of the Zionist regime make a mistake then the Islamic Republic will turn Tel Aviv and Haifa into dust,” it said.
The parade — held to mark the 36th anniversary of the September 1980 Iraqi invasion of the Islamic Republic — also featured displays of other weapons systems — including the advanced Russian-made S-300 aerial defense system.
As reported by The Algemeiner, Iran recently deployed the S-300 at the Fordo nuclear facility south of Tehran.
At Wednesday’s parade, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, called on the US to withdraw its military forces from the Persian Gulf region.
“We tell the Americans that it’s better that the capital and wealth of the American people should not be wasted on their inappropriate and detrimental presence in the Persian Gulf,” he was quoted as saying.
Furthermore, the Iranian regime-aligned news agency Tasnim reported that Jafari mocked America, saying, “If they want to extend their reach and engage in adventurism they should go to the Bay of Pigs.” This was a nod to a failed US-sponsored invasion of Cuba in April 1961 that was intended to topple Fidel Castro’s communist regime.
As reported by The Algemeiner, a slew of top Iranian officials have recently spoken out against the US military presence in the Persian Gulf. Last week, Ali Shamkhani — the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council — called the US military presence in the region “unwelcome and illegal.” Continued:
Washington, Jerusalem confirm confab; leaders will probably meet at US president’s hotel, in what is likely to be their last face-to-face session
Obama and Israel’s prime minister will have a bilateral meeting Wednesday, with discussion topics likely to include the need for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “in the face of deeply troubling trends on the ground,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.
Earnest said the meeting would afford Obama and Netanyahu an opportunity to discuss “the strong ties between the United States and Israel.”
Citing US diplomatic sources, Channel 2 said earlier Sunday that the two leaders would meet, likely at Obama’s hotel.
Netanyahu will arrive in New York for the General Assembly on Wednesday, September 20. High-level meetings of this type are usually announced more than a week in advance.
Netanyahu’s trip will likely be the last chance for a face-to-face meeting between the prime minister and Obama before the US president leaves office in mid-January.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stares silently at the crowd while addressing the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN in New York on October 1, 2015 (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stares silently at the crowd while addressing the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN in New York on October 1, 2015 (AFP/Jewel Samad)
In March, Netanyahu spurned an offer by Obama to meet in the White House, nearly a year after the US president turned down a request from the Prime Minister’s Office for a sit-down in the Oval Office in what was seen as a major snub. Continued:
Daniel Saw it All – Ecumenical Meeting in Jerusalem
Did the ancient prophet Daniel for see the ecumenical event happening in Israel, did he see the Jewish congress make a league with the Pope of Rome, and did Daniel know that the King of North would instigate a war with Israel using Syria.
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By Herb Keinon, JPost—
The Middle East diplomatic process may be moving north.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have agreed “in principle” to meet in Moscow.
The announcement by Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova at a weekly news conference culminates a week of mixed signals from Jerusalem and Ramallah, regarding a meeting under the auspices of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
Both Netanyahu and Abbas have said throughout the week that they were interested, but that the other side was putting up obstacles.
Zakharova said that the “main thing now” is to choose “the right moment” for the meeting. “Intensive contacts on this matter are continuing,” she said.
Although Netanyahu said earlier in the week in The Hague that he would be willing to meet in Moscow if the Palestinians did not put any preconditions on the talks, there was no word from his office following the Russian Foreign Ministry statement regarding the matter.
Palestinian officials said early in the week as well that Abbas was willing to hold talks without conditions.
Putin’s special Mideast envoy, Mikhail Bogdanov, was in the region this week and held talks with both Netanyahu and senior PA officials in Jerusalem and Ramallah about the idea.
Noting that US mediation efforts of 2013-2014 failed, Zakharova said that Moscow is convinced “of the need to resume the negotiation process” in order to normalize the situation, and “find a compromise solution on the basis of international law.” She said that the continuing deadlock is a cause of “great concern,” and leads to a “steady deterioration of the situation on the ground.”
Avi Dichter, chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, welcomed a Netanyahu-Abbas meeting, saying that – if nothing else – it can bring with it a degree of understanding.
He repeated Israel’s position that previous Palestinian demands that the meeting be preceded by an Israeli settlement freeze and the release of prisoners is “not serious.”
“These are completely unacceptable conditions for Israel,” he said.
Dichter, a former head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) also related to documents revealed this week indicating that Abbas was a KGB agent in Damascus in 1983.
“In the 1980s, there was a price for anyone who wanted to study at a university in Moscow,” Dichter said, adding that this was certainly true for Palestinians studying there. At the same time, Dichter said that even if Abbas provided the Soviets with some him into an agent.
Abbas earned a PhD in history from Oriental College in Moscow in 1982.
Dichter dismissed Palestinian claims the whole story was fabricated by Israel to discredit Abbas, saying the information was gleaned by academics who were conducting research. http://thejerusalemconnection.us/blog/2016/09/09/netanyahu-abbas-hold-first-official-talks-6-years-moscow/