Israel Brief September 15, 2011: Israel evacuates Jordanian embassy ahead of “Million Man March” protest



Israel evacuates Jordanian embassy ahead of protest

Source: JTA, 9-15-11

Israel evacuated its embassy in Jordan amid fears that a planned anti-Israel protest could turn violent.

The ambassador and staff of the embassy, located in the capital city of Amman, returned to Israel on Wednesday night. Jordanian activists have called for a “million man march” against the embassy for Thursday in a protest organized on Facebook. A similar demonstration in Egypt led to the evacuation a week ago of Israel’s embassy in Cairo and the emergency rescue of several members of its security staff.

Staff members of Israel’s Jordanian embassy regularly return to their homes in Israel on Thursday for the weekend, as their families reside in Israel. The evacuation order sent them home one day earlier, with plans to return on Sunday, according to reports.

Security near the embassy reportedly has been increased.

Israel Political Brief September 15, 2011: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Addressing UN Same Day as Palestinian Statehood Bid — September 23, 2011



Netanyahu U.N. address, Palestinian statehood bid on same day

Source: JTA, 9-15-11

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the U.N. General Assembly on the same day that the Palestinian Authority presents its statehood bid to the Security Council.

The Palestinians will submit a bid for full membership in the Security Council of the United Nations on Sept. 23, PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki announced Thursday. Netanyahu told a news conference Thursday with Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas that he will address the issue of the statehood bid and the quest for peace in the region in his address Sept. 23.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas will make the Palestinians’ bid following his address to the General Assembly. Al-Malki said, however, that the Palestinians were still open to other offers.

The United States has said it will use its veto in the Security Council, after which the Palestinians are expected to seek an enhanced status short of statehood through the General Assembly, where the United States does not have a veto.

For weeks it has been unclear whether Netanyahu would travel to the opening meeting of the new U.N. session, during which the Palestinian statehood bid will likely take center stage.

“We have to speak the truth,” Netanyahu said at the news conference. “The first truth is that to have peace, we must have mutual respect for other peoples. This is what we seek with our Palestinian neighbors. This is what we seek with all our neighbors.

“We also believe that the way to achieve this peace is through direct negotiations. There is no way to impose peace by dictat. ”

Netanyahu said that while Israel does not get a fair hearing in the General Assembly, “I’ve decided to go there anyway — not to win applause, but to speak the truth to every nation that wants to hear the truth.”

Israel Brief September 15, 2011: Hillel & JAFI Introducing Advocacy Program ‘Talk Israel’ to US College Campuses



‘Talk Israel’ tents coming to U.S. college campuses

Source: JTA, 9-15-11

The Jewish Agency for Israel and Hillel are erecting white tents on 20 campuses throughout North America to serve as forums to discuss Israel and the Middle East.

The “Talk Israel” program will take place Sept. 20 and 21 at universities including the University of California-Berkeley, Columbia, Cornell, George Washington and the University of Maryland.

The tents will serve as campus venues for students to engage in respectful dialogue and raise questions and issues relating to the peace process and the Palestinian Authority’s statehood initiative at the United Nations.

“This is our answer to the war against Israel’s legitimacy that is being waged around the world; to bring Jewish students to Israel and to foster in them a sense of belonging, identity and pride,” Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said in a statement.

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