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Israel disputes U.S. account of Kerry's ceasefire effort
JERUSALEM (Times of Israel July 28, 2014 - While US says document conveyed to cabinet on Friday was just a draft, didn't require a vote, and didn't help Hamas, sources tell TOI that ministers were asked to vote and did so 8-0 to reject a proposal that gave Hamas specific gains.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R), Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (C), and IDF Chief of Staff, Benny Gantz seen during a meeting at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv on July 26, 2014. (Photo credit: Ariel Hermoni/Ministry of Defense/Flash90)
Amid strains between Israel and the US over diplomatic moves to resolve the conflict with Hamas, Israeli official sources on Monday flatly rejected a series of American assertions Sunday about Secretary of State John Kerry's ceasefire efforts.
In a briefing late Sunday, a senior American official told Israeli journalists that the document conveyed by Kerry to the Israeli leadership on Friday was not a ceasefire proposal but rather "a draft... that emerged from discussions between a number of parties."
The official also castigated parts of the Israeli media for misreporting Kerry's work, mischaracterizing his strategy and motivations, and launching gratuitous attacks on him, including accusations of betrayal.
Sources thoroughly familiar with what went on at Friday's security cabinet meeting told The Times of Israel on Monday, however, that the document conveyed by Kerry was presented to the ministers as a ceasefire proposal, and that they were asked to vote on whether to accept or reject it. The vote was by a formal show of hands, and the result was a unanimous rejection of the proposal.
Live Updates: Five IDF soldiers killed in Gaza and on border (Haaretz)
12:23 P.M. Knesset members from Likud and Habayit Hayehudi issued a warning against U.S. President Barack Obama's demand for an immediate cease-fire. (Jonathan Lis)
Israel Crosses 'Red-Line' with Criticism of Obama and Kerry | Posted by Oui @BooMan - 28 July 2014 |
Israel was undertaking an "appropriate and legitimate effort" to defend itself but the consequences were of deep concern, Kerry said. President Obama made it clear: "Israel has a right to defend itself."
U.S. fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry | AP News |
The Obama administration pushed back strongly at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a "misinformation campaign" against the top American diplomat.
"It's simply not the way partners and allies treat each other," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
Her comments were echoed by the White House, where National Security Adviser Susan Rice said the U.S. was "dismayed" by mischaracterizations of Kerry's efforts. Israeli media reports have cast Kerry as seeking a cease-fire that is more favorable to Hamas and being dismissive of key Israeli concerns.
The coordinated pushback in Washington came amid growing U.S. frustration with Israel as Palestinian civilian casualties mount amid a sustained Israeli air and ground war in the Gaza Strip.
Ynet News: Obama demands an immediate, unconditional ceasefire in Gaza
Just so we keep the facts straight, the Israeli cabinet broke off peace talks with Fatah president Abbas last April and the Israel population loves Bibi Netanyahu for it ...
Israeli right-wing MKs slam Obama's call for immediate truce | JPost - 28 July 2014 |
Knesset members from across the political spectrum competed with each other over who could insult US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to pressure Israel into a Gaza Strip cease-fire.
The MKs reacted to Obama calling Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and insisting on an immediate cease-fire without preconditions. They slammed Kerry for presenting a plan to halt hostilities that they said advanced the interests of Turkey, Qatar and Hamas at the expense of the US's friends in the region.
"America harmed its allies in Israel, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority by ignoring their demands and coming to the table with a plan that was not approved or even semi-approved by any of them," said Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir (Yisrael Beytenu).
Israel suspends peace talks with Palestinians after Fatah-Hamas deal
Left-wing MKs call peace talks suspension 'cowardly' | TOI - The Guardian |
The cabinet's unanimous decision to halt peace talks with the Palestinians drew support from hawkish politicians, while left-wing MKs denounced the move for being "hypocritical" and "cowardly."
Israel announced the suspension of peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority in the wake of the announcement of a unity agreement between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas.
Following Thursday's ministerial meeting, Economics and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett called the decision "balanced and correct".
"I back the prime minister who took care to protect the correct interests of Israeli national honor and security for the citizens of Israel," he said. "There is no negotiating with murderers."
Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud) echoed Bennett's remarks, saying that just as every Western country with "national honor" boycotted terrorists, so too Israel maintained that terror must be fought, not negotiated with.
In January Bennett drew the ire of Netanyahu and Likud ...
Livni: Israel had to suspend talks after Abbas-Hamas deal | TOI - 24 April 2014 |
Chief negotiator slams PA leader for series of 'bad decisions,' but says door not closed on eventual resumption of negotiations
Bad Blood Between Kerry and Yaalon | April 1, 2014 |
Additional reading ...
Developing an Israeli Grand Strategy toward a Peaceful Two-State Solution | F.E.S. - October 2016 |