Saudierna stöder INTE Palestiniernas krav på Jerusalem – De stöder Trumps fredsplan! Nu kommer Palestinska statens dödsryckningar som stöds av Islamisten Erdogan och Iran

Palestinian claims to Jerusalem lose Saudi as well as US support, DEBKAfile, December 16, 2017

Abbas (Abu Mazen) paid an urgent visit to Riyadh to meet Prince Muhammed. Since then, a continuous stream of tidbits is emanating from their conversation. According to one report, the Saudi prince put before the Palestinian leader an American-Saudi blueprint. It proclaims Abu Dis, a village located on the fringes of east Jerusalem, as the capital of the future Palestinian state. That state would have limited sovereignty in parts of the West Bank, while all the Jewish communities would remain in place. East Jerusalem would not be declared its capital; and the Palestinian refugees’ “right of return” was dropped, as was mention of the pre-1967 boundaries.

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The Palestinians have three major grievances with the Trump administration on Jerusalem, but are most irked by Saudi backing for the Trump peace plan.

Palestine rage over President Donald Trump Jerusalem decisions was further fueled Friday, Dec. 17 by the comment from Washington: “We cannot envision any situation under which the Western Wall would not be part of Israel. But, as the president said, the specific boundaries of sovereignty of Israel are going to be part of the final status agreement.”   It came with the announcement that Vice President Mike Pence will pay a visit to the Western Wall next Wednesday’ Dec. 20, during his Middle East tour.

Not too long ago, President Trump himself visited the Western wall on May 22. But then, American security officers excluded their Israeli counterparts from safeguarding the visit, claiming it took place outside Israeli territory. border. Eight months later, Trump has restored Israel’s sovereignty to the Western Wall, which encloses the hallowed compound of  the last Jewish Temple, in time for his vice president to pray there.

For the Palestinians, this is another Trump-administration shift in Israel’s favor and its consequent loss of credibility as an honest broker for the Palestinian-Israeli dispute. The Palestinian Authority in Ramallah reiterated this position Saturday, after announcing a boycott of the Pence visit and severing contact with Washington – a position they can’t really afford to sustain for long.

But what is really irking them even more than the Trump administration’s pro-Israeli stance on Jerusalem is its endorsement by their longstanding champion, Riyadh. The impression gaining ground in recent weeks is that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has reached an understanding with Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman (MbS) on a new plan for resolving the Israeli-Arab conflict, which departs fundamentally from the traditional core issues that scuttled all past peace processes.

The first inkling of such a plan came on the pages of the The New York Times of Nov. 11, under the title “Trump Team Begins Drafting Middle East Peace Plan.” This plan was described as pushing ahead on the fast track due to three factors:

  1. Its support by the Saudi crown prince and Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi.
  2. The uncertainty of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s future in the face of long-running police probes against him.
  3. The constant erosion of Mahmoud Abbas’ standing as Palestinian Authority Chairman, whose rapidly diminishing popularity, due to his advanced age of 82 and the corruption rife in Ramallah, is reflected in the latest Palestinian opinion poll on Dec. 7-10. (70 percent want him to retire: 84 percent on the West Bank and 26 percent in the Gaza Strip).

Washington has therefore chosen a moment of leadership weakness to push ahead with its plans to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

A week before the NYT report, Abbas (Abu Mazen) paid an urgent visit to Riyadh to meet Prince Muhammed. Since then, a continuous stream of tidbits is emanating from their conversation. According to one report, the Saudi prince put before the Palestinian leader an American-Saudi blueprint. It proclaims Abu Dis, a village located on the fringes of east Jerusalem, as the capital of the future Palestinian state. That state would have limited sovereignty in parts of the West Bank, while all the Jewish communities would remain in place. East Jerusalem would not be declared its capital; and the Palestinian refugees’ “right of return” was dropped, as was mention of the pre-1967 boundaries.

Notwithstanding flat Palestinian denials of all these reports, they continue to gain ground and credence. The picture emerging from the Saudi prince’s conversation with Abu Mazen is taking shape as underlining the following points:

  • The old Saudi-Arab League peace plan of 2003 is a dead letter;
  • Riyadh has dropped its demand that Israel accept a Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital;
  • Since the original Saudi Peace proposal which the prince called Plan A was dead, it is necessary to move forward to Plan B.
  • Plan B is essentially as follows: The State of Palestine would be established in the Gaza Strip plus large tracts of territory to be annexed from northern Sinai. Egypt has agreed to this outline. This deal would essentially render irrelevant the Palestinian demand to restore the pre-1967 boundaries for their state.
  • When Abu Mazen asked what would happen to the West Bank, MbS reportedly replied: “We can continue to negotiate about this.”
  • And when he pressed further: What about Jerusalem, the settlements, Areas B and C, the answer was: “These will be issues for negotiation between two states, and we will help you.”

These reports are furiously denied by Palestinian officials and, although no other official source, including Prince Muhammad, has verified them, they continue to abound. The Palestinians now have three major grievances against the Trump administration for which they are cutting off ties with Washington in protest:  Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the promise to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and, now, the declaration of the Western Wall as part of Israel in any political solution. This will be underlined by the Pence visit. Yet neither Washington nor Riyadh shows any sign of backtracking on their far-reaching plan which defies all former conventions.

Abu Mazen is in a jam. Even if he tries to distance himself from Washington, he cannot possibly divorce the Palestinians from the two leading Arab nations, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, which would lop off the branches of the Arab tree on which they sit. Doing so might well thrust Ramallah on the path of the anti-West Turkish-Iranian-Hizballah axis and its extremist ideology. There are early signs that his rivals in Gaza, the radical Hamas, may be adopting this path. After Friday prayers in the mosques of Gaza, on Dec. 15, some of the demonstrators at the Israel border force were seen for the first time holding aloft huge placards with depictions of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Commander of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Al Qods. If Iran can gain solid inroads into the Palestinian community at large, its dispute with Israel would assume an entirely new dimension.

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Åtta orsaker till att denna Hannkkah är den bästa på lång tid för det judiska folket

POLLAK: Eight Reasons This Year’s Hanukkah Is the Best in a Long Time, BreitbartJoel B. Pollak, December 12, 2017

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This year’s Jewish holiday of Hanukkah — which starts at sundown on Tuesday, Dec. 12 and continues for eight days and nights through sundown on Wednesday, Dec. 20 — may be the best in recent memory.

The holiday commemorates the successful revolt by the Jews of ancient Israel against the Seleucid Greeks in the second century B.C., and the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, where holy oil that should have lasted for one day miraculously burned for eight.

Jews observe the holiday by lighting an eight-branch candelabra, often called a menorah, adding one candle each night. (In recent years, the Chabad organization has popularized public menorah-lightings.) In addition, people exchange gifts; play with a top called a dreidel; and eat fried delicacies, such as potato pancakes (latkes) or jelly doughnuts (sufganiot). Here is why this year’s Hanukkah (or Chanukah) is among the best ever.

1. Jerusalem. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital made clear that Israeli sovereignty in the city, the center of the Jewish faith, is permanent. Of course, Israel had made Jerusalem its capital through hard work and military sacrifice. But like the original Hanukkah, the symbolic part of the victory is just as important. It was a decision that took great courage, and will ultimately make peace easier, not harder, to achieve.

2. Obama is out of office. Last year, just before Hanukkah, a lame-duck President Barack Obama stabbed Israel in the back at the United Nations Security Council by abstaining from, rather than vetoing, a resolution that declared Israel’s presence in the Old City of Jerusalem — where Jews have lived for millennia — a “a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to … a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.” Good riddance.

3. John Kerry is gone, too. After Obama’s “parting shot” at Israel, outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry added insult to injury by delivering an address at the State Department in which he attacked the Israeli government and blamed Israel for the impasse in negotiations with Palestinians. The speech was staged in the middle of Hanukkah. It was largely ignored by Israelis but showed the depth of anti-Israel feeling at the top of the Obama administration.

4. New ties with the Arab world. In the past year, with President Trump in office, parts of the Arab world have been reaching out to Israel to build relations as the threat of a potentially nuclear-armed Iran looms over the region. In May, Air Force One completed the first-known flight directly from Saudi Arabia to Israel, a hopeful sign that the Muslim world might finally be reconciling itself to the existence of a small Jewish democracy in the Middle East.

5. Cool Jews. Jews continue to do interesting and important things in the world. There has never been a more Jewish First Family, with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump proudly observing their faith and raising their children in a Jewish home. There is Alex Bregman, the Houston Astros player who became the first Jew to hit a walk-off hit in the World Series. We have our bad apples, like every group, but there is more to be proud of than ever.

6. Best White House Hanukkah party. Invitations to the party were notoriously difficult to find — but you can watch the proceedings on C-SPAN. What was particularly special was the fact that the ceremony stuck to the religious rules. Rabbi Meir Soloveitchik did not allow the recitations of the actual Hanukkah blessings, which would have been premature. Instead, he found a dignified substitute: the blessing upon meeting a head of state.

7. Introspection. Josh Block, a thoughtful liberal Democrat, has just published one of the most important essays on Jewish communal life in the last several years. He warns that the recent preoccupation with “social justice” by many Jewish institutions is undermining the community’s foundations by ignoring the continuity of Jewish life. It is a conservative critique that has finally entered the Jewish mainstream, meaning there is hope to turn things around.

8. Optimism. You might not know it, from the way the media tie themselves in knots over everything Trump does (or tweets), but the world is doing rather well. The U.S. economy is booming, and the global economy is looking good. The so-called “Islamic State” has been smashed. Technology is racing ahead, from blockchain to electric trucks. There are still big challenges — and new will to tackle them. That’s “good for the Jews,” and for everyone.

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250 rabbiner till Trump: Du uppfyller bibliska profetior

Invoking Biblical blessings, leading Israeli rabbis thanked Trump for acting to fulfill  prophecies about Israel’s redemption.

Some 250 Israeli rabbis, including Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, sent a letter to President Donald Trump thanking him and praising him for his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The letter, initiated by the Safed’s Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu and delivered by Yossi Dagan, the head of the Samaria Regional Council, told the American president, “You have the rare privilege to be the first president to recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the State of Israel,” Ynet news reported.

“We are confident that you will be remembered in the history of the Jewish people forever as one who stood at the fore and was not afraid. May God’s promise to Joshua be fulfilled upon you: ‘Did I not command you, be strong and have courage, do not fear and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’”

Ynet reported that the letter was signed by rabbis of a wide range of communities, including rabbinical judges and yeshiva heads. Among the prominent signatories are: Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, national religious leader Rabbi Haim Drukman, the Rabbi of Safed Shmuel Eliyahu and Rabbi Elyakim Levanon of the Samaria region.

“We merit living in a generation in which prophecies are being fulfilled, one after the other,” the letter continued, emphasizing that Trump is playing his role in that process.

“The presidents of America merited standing by Israel in actualizing the prophecy of the return to Zion and the building of the State of Israel. “

“With this recognition, we see the fulfillment of another step in the completion of the prophecy of Isaiah that the nations of the world will recognize the centrality of Jerusalem,” said Rabbi Eliyahu. “‘For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. The nations will see your vindication’ (Isaiah 62:1). We hope that other enlightened and believing nations will follow in the footsteps of the United States.”

By: United with Israel Staff

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