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Palestinian/ Israeli update 6/7/2016..a Chorus for Peace

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 17:47
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Netanyahu meets Putin in Moscow

Netanyahu’s diplomatic nightmare

The sharp U-turns being carried out these days by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his newbie Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman are overwrought, even for a cynical political system such as Israel’s. Summary ⎙ Print Is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s sudden positive statements on the Arab Peace Initiative a reflection of his fears of a Palestinian statehood resolution at the United Nations? Author Ben Caspit Posted June 6, 2016 TranslatorSandy Bloom Until only a short time ago, Netanyahu continued to cater to his electoral right-wing “base”: He exhibited diplomatic recalcitrance, disqualified the two-state solution and acted more like an inflamed right-wing talk radio person than a prime minister. Liberman did all this too, only at a much higher volume. He even outflanked Netanyahu, announcing that the Gaza Strip needs to be conquered and that senior Hamas official Ismail Haniyeh should be killed (if Hamas won’t return the bodies of missing Israeli fighters) in addition to making a series of other “recommendations” of this type.

Suddenly, almost overnight, the two of them are singing an entirely different tune. They recognize the Arab Peace Initiative as a basis for negotiations (albeit with reservations), and practice saying the word “peace” again in every possible inflection. Netanyahu broke his own record last week when he begged Tzipi Livni, the head of the Hatnua party and partner of Labor in the Zionist Camp, to quit the Zionist Camp with her four Knesset members and join his government as justice minister. Until a few weeks ago, Netanyahu had tried to convince Zionist Camp leader Isaac Herzog to enter his government without his archenemy Livni. Suddenly, Netanyahu rediscovered her.

………………….The conspiracy theory developing in Jerusalem regarding what awaits Israel in the international arena in the coming weeks is as follows: Netanyahu presumes that the French initiative is a maneuver that is meant to fail so that the Americans and Europeans can tell themselves, the public and Israel “we tried everything.” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s initiative looks like a potential lifeboat to Netanyahu, but the latter is well aware that its chances are not high. Netanyahu’s strategy, which Liberman has also adopted, is to create a diplomatic ”preventive strike” that will get US President Barack Obama and the Europeans off of Israel’s neck for the next critical five months before the US elections. Netanyahu is the master of such special effects. For months, he planned to do the strictly necessary minimum that would enable him to calm down the international front and peacefully get through Obama’s lame-duck months, when the outgoing president will be free to do whatever he wants and get his revenge……………………….. Read more:

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In Jerusalem, a Chorus for Peace

In their daily lives, Sasha Fix and Yehia Abu Nijmeh would probably never cross paths, let alone share a friendship. But the pair is bound by music. Fix, an Israeli, and Nijmeh, a Palestinian, are both members of the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus, a choral program for high school students in Jerusalem. The group brings together Israeli and Palestinian teens with the goal of creating music and promoting dialogue.


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