Full Text Israel Political Brief June 8, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting on Palestinian Unity Deal Allows Hamas into West Bank & Australia’s Recognition of East Jerusalem as Part of Israel

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

Source: PMO, 6-8-14
יום ראשון י’ סיון תשע”ד

“Over the weekend, the leaders of Hamas reiterated their intention to destroy the State of Israel. Whoever hoped that the Palestinian unity between Fatah and Hamas would moderate Hamas is mistaken. Instead of the Palestinian authority taking over Gaza, the signs are being more and more seen that the complete opposite is taking place, i.e. that Hamas is increasing its control in the Palestinian Authority areas in Judea and Samaria. Therefore, international pressure must be applied on Abu Mazen to dissolve the partnership with Hamas. This touches on the roots of the conflict and the roots of a solution in which peace is achieved between us and the Palestinians. In any case, Abu Mazen promised to uphold all of his previous commitments, and the first of these is honoring the commitment to demilitarize the areas under the control of the Palestinian government, including – of course – the Gaza Strip.

Over the weekend we also heard an interesting declaration from the Australian government of a kind that we do not always hear. It simply said that eastern Jerusalem is not occupied territory; the minimum is that is an area in dispute. To say this sharply and with such clarity and, I would say, courage, is refreshing given the chorus of hypocrisy and ignorance, ignorance not only of ancient history, but of recent and current history. What has really happened here? Who invaded who? Who occupied what? What is subject to negotiation? What is the area in dispute? These are new things. I certainly appreciate this stand by the Australian government and I am certain that all those who want to see an agreement here based on peace, justice and truth – and it is impossible to build peace based on historic lies – would agree. There is truth and it must be embraced. It requires many, many conclusions and steps, but it certainly does not require the sanctification of lies.”

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Israel Musings August 13, 2013: Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with PM Benjamin Netanyahu about settlement building announcement

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Kerry speaks with Netanyahu about settlement building announcement

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Kerry speaks with Netanyahu about settlement building announcement

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United States Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Aug. 13, 2013 about Israel’s new construction plans in East Jerusalem and the West Bank settlements. Kerry announced this peace talks development during…READ MORE

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Israel Musings August 9, 2013: Israel decides to refuse any EU agreements with settlement guidelines

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Israel decided on August 8, 2013 that it will boycott any agreement with the European Union (EU) unless they drop major stipulations of the guidelines they published last month which cuts off funding and projects to any area beyond Israel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 26, 2013: New eastern Jerusalem housing approved on eve of US Secretary John Kerry’s visit

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Source: JTA, 6-26-13

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Source: JTA, 12-25-12

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Source: JTA, 12-17-12

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Source: JTA, 12-10-12

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Israel Political Brief December 10, 2012: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas seeks talks if Israel halts West Bank construction

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Source: JTA, 12-10-12

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Source: JTA, 12-6-12

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