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 Political Brief February 19, 2013: Australian Jewry’s council praises opening of probes into Zygier’s death

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Australian Jewry’s council praises opening of probes into Zygier’s death

Source: JTA, 2-19-13

Australian Jewry’s highest body welcomed the announcements by the Australian and Israeli governments of further inquiries into the death of Ben Zygier, the Australian-Israeli national known as Prisoner X….READ MORE

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Source: Ynetnews, 2-18-13

Sources told the Australian ABC network that Ben Zygier was arrested by the Mossad because they believed he gave a detailed account of Israel’s activities to the Australian ASIO. According to sources, Zygier met with ASIO a few times in Australia….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 14, 2013: IDF censor backs MKs who exposed ‘Prisoner X’ affair

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Source: Ynetnews, 2-14-13

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Israel Political Brief February 14, 2013: Government admits to secret talks about ‘Prisoner X’ Ben Zygier

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Source: Herald Sun, 2-14-13

BEN Zygier, the so-called Prisoner X who died in a Tel Aviv jail in 2010, had been detained by Israeli authorities on serious national security charges….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 13, 2013: More details emerge about Israel’s Prisoner X, aka Ben Zygier, an Australian Jew

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Source: JTA, 2-13-13

More information has begun to emerge about the mysterious man known as Prisoner X who hanged himself in Israel’s Ayalon Prison in 2010….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 13, 2013: Australia investigating mysterious 2010 death in Israeli prison

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Australia investigating mysterious 2010 death in Israeli prison

Source: Los Angeles Times, 2-13-13

Government officials in Australia vowed Wednesday to investigate the secret detention and mysterious death of a Jewish Australian immigrant who was found hanged to death in a high-security Israeli prison cell in 2010….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 12, 2013: Israel rattled by mysterious Australian prisoner

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Source: Reuters UK, 2-12-13

An Australian man committed suicide in a high-security Israeli jail in 2010 after being held for months in great secrecy, Australia’s ABC channel said on Tuesday, throwing new light on a case….READ MORE

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