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White House Never Had A Partner for Peace

by Oui Wed Jan 3rd, 2024 at 12:32:21 AM EST

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 ...

    "Bennett was given a message that he has to apologize clearly and unequivocally or there will be a price to pay," a source in the Prime Minister's Office told The Times of Israel.

    Bennett had delivered a speech lambasting the prime minister in the wake of a Times of Israel report according to which Netanyahu wants Jewish settlers to be given the choice of living under future Palestinian rule in the West Bank if a peace treaty is sealed.

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 |

Hezbollah says killing of Arouri in Dahieh 'will not go unanswered' | Naharnet |

Hezbollah has warned that Israel's killing Tuesday of the deputy Hamas leader in a Beirut southern suburb "will not go unanswered or unpunished."

Hezbollah called it "a serious assault on Lebanon."

"We, Hezbollah, affirm that this crime will not go unanswered or unpunished," the movement said in a statement that called it "a serious assault on Lebanon... and a dangerous development in the course of the war," the statement added.

An Israeli strike killed Saleh al-Arouri, deputy head of the Hamas movement, in a southern Beirut stronghold of Hezbollah, two security officials told AFP.

Hamas, at war with Israel in the Gaza Strip for almost three months, later confirmed Arouri's death which Lebanese state media said came in an Israeli drone strike that killed a total of six people.

Hezbollah has engaged in near-daily cross-border clashes with Israel since Israel's war with Hamas began in October.

Last month, Iranian state media said an Israeli missile strike killed Razi Moussavi, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' foreign operations arm, the Quds Force, near the Syrian capital Damascus.

Moussavi was the most senior Quds Force commander to be killed outside Iran in four years.

Hezbollah said the strike that killed Arouri was "in continuation with... the assassination of commander Razi Moussavi."

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Ilan Pappe's book 'Ten Myths About Israel' counters PMO's hasbara narrative | Informed Comment |

There is an urgent need to counter the Israeli propaganda that is "repeated endlessly in the media, enforced by the military, accepted without question by the world's governments." Israeli historian Professor Ilan Pappe's 2017 book Ten Myths About Israel (Verso) does the job admirably. The late John Pilger described Pappe as "Israel's bravest, most principled, most incisive historian." How right he was.

  • 1. Palestine was an empty land
  • 2. The Jews were a people without a land
  • 3. Zionism is Judaism

    Since its inception in the mid-to-late 19th century, Zionism has been only one inessential expression of Jewish cultural life. According to Pappe, "It was born out of two impulses among Jewish communities in Central and Eastern Europe.

  • 4. Zionism is not colonialism

    Western settler-colonialism, which colonised the Americas, Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand, was motivated by the desire to seize territory, marketed by religious right, and carried out by wiping out the indigenous population.

  • 5. The Palestinians left their homeland voluntarily in 1948

    The idea that the Palestinians left their homeland voluntarily is another myth that Pappe challenges. "The Zionist leadership and ideologues could not envision a successful implementation of their project without getting rid of the native population, either through agreement or by force.

  • 6. The June 1967 War was a war of "No Choice"

    The narrative accepted by Israel is that the 1967 war forced Israel to occupy the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and keep it in custody until the Arab world, or the Palestinians, were willing to make peace with the self-styled Jewish state. Many believe that the 1967 war was one in which Israel resisted attack and occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza in self-defence.

  • 7. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East

    Until 1967, the Palestinians who were able to hold on to their homes and land in 1948 and became Israeli citizens represented 20 per cent of the population but were subjected to "military rule based on draconian British Mandatory emergency regulations that denied the Palestinians any basic human or civil rights. Local military governors were the absolute rulers of the lives of these citizens: they could devise special laws for them, destroy their houses and livelihoods, and send them to jail whenever they felt like it."

  • 8. The Oslo mythologies

    On September 13, 1993, Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation signed a declaration of principles, known as the Oslo Accords. "We should acknowledge that the Oslo process was not a fair and equal pursuit of peace, but a compromise agreed to by a defeated, colonised people," notes Pappe. "As a result, the Palestinians were forced to seek solutions that went against their interests and endangered their very existence. The same argument can be made about the debates concerning the `two-states solution' that was offered in Oslo.

  • 9. Gaza mythologies

    The Gaza Strip embodies the issue of Palestine in general, as there are now more than 2.3 million Palestinians living there in the most miserable conditions, and one of the most densely populated areas in the world. They have been subjected by Israel to repeated bombings and military incursions since 2006.

  • 10. The two-state solution is the only way forward

    In the 2000 Camp David talks, Israel proposed the establishment of a small Palestinian state with Abu Dis as its capital, but without significant dismantling of its own illegal settlements and no right of return for the refugees. Not surprisingly, the negotiations collapsed.

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