Israel Political Brief April 24, 2014: Israel suspends peace talks with Palestinians



Source: Los Angeles Times, 4-24-14

Israel suspended its involvement in peace talks Thursday after a Palestinian deal that would bring the militant Islamic group Hamas into a broader Palestinian government. Israel’s decision, announced after a six-hour Cabinet meeting….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief April 24, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Statement after Security Cabinet Meeting Announcing End to Peace Talks with the Palestinians



Security Cabinet Statement

Source: PMO, 4-24-14
יום חמישי כ”ד ניסן תשע”ד

The Cabinet today, unanimously decided that Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by Hamas, a terrorist organization that calls for Israel’s destruction.

In addition, Israel will respond to unilateral Palestinian action with a series of measures.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:

“Instead of choosing peace, Abu Mazen formed an alliance with a murderous terrorist organization that calls for the destruction of Israel.

Abu Mazen has formed an alliance with an organization whose covenant calls for Muslims to fight and kill Jews. Hamas has fired more than 10,000 missiles and rockets at Israeli territory and has not halted terrorist actions against Israel even for a minute.

The agreement between Abu Mazen and Hamas was signed even as Israel is making efforts to advance the negotiations with the Palestinians. It is the direct continuation of the Palestinians’ refusal to advance the negotiations. Only last month Abu Mazen rejected the framework principles proposed by the United States. Abu Mazen has refused to even discuss recognizing Israel as the national state of the Jewish People. He violated existing agreements by unilaterally applying to accede to international treaties and then formed an alliance with Hamas.

Whoever chooses the terrorism of Hamas does not want peace.”

Israel Political Brief September 5, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Angry over Security Leak, Adjourns Security Cabinet Meeting



Netanyahu Angry over Security Leak, Cancels Meeting

Source: Israel National News, 9-5-12

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu dispersed a defense cabinet meeting this morning (Wednesday) due to a leak to the media.

Reports that Netanyahu had dismissed the cabinet altogether were denied in a conversation with Arutz Sheva by his spokesman, Mark Regev.

Nevertheless, Netanyahu from the outset  blocked the meeting from carrying out its business of the day on Wednesday, condemning “somebody” who had “severely undermined” the group’s ability to carry out its work….

PM Netanyahu Adjourns Security Cabinet Meeting

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, announced the adjournment of the continuing Security Cabinet meeting. He said at the start of the meeting:

“A short time after the conclusion of yesterday’s meeting, a very serious thing happened: A leak from within the Cabinet’s discussions. The security of the state and its citizens depends on the ability to hold confidential and in-depth discussions in the Security Cabinet. There all the facts are shown, all opinions and all implications. This is a basic work tool in managing state security.

Yesterday, somebody severely undermined the confidence that Israeli citizens give to this forum. He violated the most basic rules regarding the conduct of Security Cabinet discussions. He also hurt the good name of those present at the meeting who did not leak its contents.

I have no claim against the media; they are doing their job. I do have a claim against whoever violated the most basic trust needed to hold Security Cabinet discussions on matters having to do with Israel’s security, and undermined the ability to hold confidential discussions. I am responsible to the citizens of Israel and for the security of the state and I adjourn this meeting.”

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