Israel Political Brief September 26, 2011: Canadian PM Stephen Harper’s Rosh Hashanah Message

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Statement by PM Harper to mark Rosh Hashanah

Source: CJN, 9-26-11

“On behalf of myself and Laureen, I extend my best wishes to all those who are celebrating Rosh Hashanah.
“Rosh Hashanah – or the Jewish New Year, is the beginning of a significant period for Jewish people, known as the High Holy Days.  It is a time to reflect on another year gone by through prayer and self-examination.

“Most importantly, Rosh Hashanah is a time when teshuva is performed, an act of repentance – taking the time to apologize to those you have wronged, and seeking to better yourself.

“During Rosh Hashanah, I hope that all Canadians take the opportunity to join with friends and neighbours and reflect on the innumerable contributions of the Jewish community to our country’s rich and diverse heritage.

“I wish the Jewish community a meaningful celebration and hope that the New Year brings you health, peace and prosperity.

“L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu – May you be inscribed in the Book of Life for a good year”

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Au nom de Laureen et en mon nom personnel, je transmets mes meilleurs vœux à tous ceux qui célèbrent Roch Hachana.

Roch Hachana, ou Nouvel An juif, est le début d’une période importante pour le peuple juif, appelée Les jours redoutables. C’est l’occasion de méditer sur une autre année qui vient de s’écouler par la prière et I’auto-examen.

Roch Hachana est surtout le moment où la techouva est accomplie, un acte de pardon. La personne demande pardon à ceux à qui il a fait du mal et s’efforce de s’améliorer.

Durant Roch Hachana, j’espère que tous les Canadiens se joindront à leurs amis et voisins pour réfléchir aux innombrables contributions de la communauté juive au patrimoine riche et diversifié de notre pays.

Je souhaite à la communauté juive de belles célébrations et j’espère que la nouvelle année lui apportera la santé, la paix et la prospérité.

L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu – Soyez inscrits dans le livre de la vie pour une bonne année. »

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Israel Political Brief September 26, 2011: Knesset to Vote on Bill Annexing West Bank at End of October

 

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Knesset to Vote on Annexing West Bank

Source: JTA, Virtual Jerusalem, 9-27-11
The Knesset will vote on a bill calling for full Israeli annexation of the West Bank.knesset

Deputy Speaker Danny Danon announced Tuesday that the Knesset will take up the bill, which he authored, at the end of October.

The bill also nullifies any financial obligations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority that had been established by previous agreements, according to a statement from Danon’s office.

“If the Palestinian Authority wishes to proceed on this reckless path and bring further instability to the region, Israel cannot continue to pour funds into this sinking ship of failed leadership,” Danon said, referring to the PA’s statehood bid at the United Nations last Friday.

“The funding agreements with the PA were reached with the hope that their leaders would work to create an environment of lasting peace and security with Israel. Given that it is clear that the Palestinians have no such desire, Israel must no longer be required to stand by these arrangements.”

The bill also nullifies the Oslo Accords, since it reads that “All obligations between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority as established by international agreements … will be considered null and void.”

It was submitted in line with a similar initiative in the U.S. Congress offered by Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), which calls for supporting Israel’s rights to annex the West Bank should the Palestinian Authority move forward with its statehood bid without negotiating.

Meanwhile, a letter signed by the leaders of four ruling coalition factions — Likud Party chairman Ze’ev Elkin, Shas chairman Avraham Michaeli, Habayit Hayehudi chairman Uri Orbach, and National Union leader Yaakov Katz — asks Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex Jewish-settled areas of the West Bank and calls for increased construction in those areas.

The letter also calls for additional sanctions against the Palestinians and not allowing any country that cooperates with their statehood bid to mediate future peace talks.

Deputy Speaker Danny Danon announced Tuesday that the Knesset will take up the bill, which he authored, at the end of October.

The bill also nullifies any financial obligations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority that had been established by previous agreements, according to a statement from Danon’s office.

“If the Palestinian Authority wishes to proceed on this reckless path and bring further instability to the region, Israel cannot continue to pour funds into this sinking ship of failed leadership,” Danon said, referring to the PA’s statehood bid at the United Nations last Friday.

“The funding agreements with the PA were reached with the hope that their leaders would work to create an environment of lasting peace and security with Israel. Given that it is clear that the Palestinians have no such desire, Israel must no longer be required to stand by these arrangements.”

The bill also nullifies the Oslo Accords, since it reads that “All obligations between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority as established by international agreements … will be considered null and void.”

It was submitted in line with a similar initiative in the U.S. Congress offered by Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), which calls for supporting Israel’s rights to annex the West Bank should the Palestinian Authority move forward with its statehood bid without negotiating.

Meanwhile, a letter signed by the leaders of four ruling coalition factions — Likud Party chairman Ze’ev Elkin, Shas chairman Avraham Michaeli, Habayit Hayehudi chairman Uri Orbach, and National Union leader Yaakov Katz — asks Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex Jewish-settled areas of the West Bank and calls for increased construction in those areas.

The letter also calls for additional sanctions against the Palestinians and not allowing any country that cooperates with their statehood bid to mediate future peace talks.

via jta.org

Israel Political Brief September 26, 2011: Spain Recognizes Israel as Jewish Homeland

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Spain Recognizes Israel as Jewish Homeland

Source: JTA, Virtual Jerusalem, 9-26-11

Spain recognized Israel as the Jewish homeland for the first time and called for a peace deal that does not affect its Jewish majority.spain recognizes israel

Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez declared Israel the homeland for the Jews during her speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday.

Spain is one of Europe’s leading proponents of the Palestinians’ right to a homeland.

Jimenez called Israel “the embodiment of the project to create a homeland for the Jewish people.” She also said Israel’s security is a top issue.

She called on the United Nations to help create a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with land swaps and Jerusalem as the capital of both Israel and a Palestinian state. She also said that the issue of the right of return for Palestinian refugees should be solved in a way that keeps a Jewish majority in Israel.

via jta.org

Israel Political Brief September 26, 2011: UN Security Council Debates Palestinian Authority Statehood Bid

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U.N. Security Council Debates PA Statehood Bid

Source: JTA, Virtual Jerusalem, 9-26-11

The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to discuss the Palestinians’ bid for statehood.security council un

The council will take up the issue, likely informally, on Monday. All 15 members of the council already have received the letter of application presented to the council on Sept. 22 by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Only the Security Council has the authority to admit new member states to the United Nations. There are currently 193 member states.

The five permanent members of the council have veto power; the United States has said it will veto the request.

Due to the veto threat, it is unlikely that a formal vote will be taken in the near future.

via jta.org

Israel Political Brief September 26, 2011: PA President Mahmoud Abbas Launches “Palestinian Spring”

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Abbas Launches “Palestinian Spring”

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 9-26-11

“This is the popular Palestinian Spring,” he declared, calling for the official start of a non-violent intifada against Israel.ramallah abbas speech “Raise your heads with pride; you are Palestinians!” he told the crowd that greeted him in Ramallah. The speech followed his application to the U.N. Security Council on Friday for recognition of the PA as a sovereign state, and its “full membership” in the international body.

“The entire free world has accepted your history, your aspirations and your hopes with the utmost respect,” he told the gathering. “We told the world that today there is an Arab Spring – but also a Palestinian Spring. A non-violent Fighting Spring that will reach its goal.”

“Facing this determination – which I conveyed from you to the world – everyone stood up and appreciated your expectations and aspirations,” he told the cheering crowd. “Our diplomatic move, which has already begun, still has a long way to go,” he warned. “We must know that there will be those who will place obstacles in our path. They will block us and our existence here.”

But, he added, “We have emphasized that we wish to obtain our rights via negotiations. The entire world was witness to the civility of this nation, which only demands its rights. We will remain on this land.”

The U.N. speech, carefully geared to excite the PA street without inflaming it, was nevertheless seen by many in Israel as an exercise in official, institutional incitement “from the top.” Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said over the weekend that the PA leader’s speech from the podium at the U.N. General Assembly was the “worst example of anti-israel incitement and vitriol” he had ever heard.

Throughout his address, Abbas referred to Israel as a “colonial occupying power” and accused the Jewish State of deliberately targeting civilians, arbitrarily destroying crops, and demolishing schools, mosques and hospitals. He demanded that the U.N. recognize Judea, Samaria and major portions of Israel’s capital city, Jerusalem, as the PA’s hoped-for state and that Israel end all construction in Jewish communities in those areas as a precondition for any talks.

Abbas also accused Israel of destroying Islamic holy sites and claimed the IDF sent “attack dogs” against Palestinian Authority Arabs. In addition, he also called for the release of all jailed PA terrorists, including murderers with blood on their hands, whom he referred to as “political prisoners.”

During his trip back to Ramallah, Abbas told the London-based Arab daily newspaper a-Sharq al-Awsat that Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was the “last” leader with whom he could reach a final status agreement, “since he holds tough and almost ideological positions.”

Via israelnn.com

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