Arye Sharuz Shalicar, Jerusalem
Ich weiss, es klingt ein wenig komisch, aber mir ist heute echt zum ersten Mal aufgefallen, dass Israel im Zentrum des Weltgeschehens steht. Man geht auf die Auslandsrubrik des TAZ.de und 90% der letzten 20 Berichte handeln entweder direkt oder indirekt ueber Israel. Thomas Friedman listet in der New York Times auch wieder nette Ideen fuer eine eventuelle Loesung des Nahost-Konfliktes auf – 1-Staaten, 2-Staaten- 4-Staaten, 52-Staaten Loesung; im Fernsehen, sei´s auf RTL, BBC oder CNN macht man auch viel Laerm um (fast) nichts. UN´s Ban Ki-moon ist auch gerade in einer Live-Konferenz mit Israel´s Praesidenten Shimon Peres. Obama´s Deputy Joe Biden war gerade erst hier. Nicht zum ersten, und sicherlich nicht zum ersten Mal viel Rummel um Israels´s ach so schlimmes Verhalten gegenueber den Palaestinensern, der US-Fuehrung, den Ultralinken innerhalb der Regierung, den israelischen Arabern Jafos, und sonst allem anderen was einem gerade so passt.
Ich bin keinesfalls immer der Meinung der israelischen Fuehrung; sehr oft sogar Continue reading →
Ulrich J. Becker, Kiryat Ono, 17.04.5770
Es ist nicht angenehm, wenn einem als Deutschen in einem arabischen Land laechelnd der Hitlergruss gezeigt wird, wenn von Abu Ali (Hitler) geschwaermt wird. Es ist noch unangenehmer wenn man als Deutscher arabische anti-israelische Terrorgruppen wie Hamas und Hisb’Allah mit dem Hitlergruss als Teil ihrer offiziellen Rituale sieht. Continue reading →
Ulrich J. Becker, Kiryat Ono
Me’ir Avschalom Chai. Moege sein Angedenken zu guten Taten fuehren.
Was war passiert? Die Palaestiner ermorden einen Rabbi, Familienvater von Sieben. Torahlehrer von Kindern und dessen Frau war gerade im Schwangerschaftsurlaub. Drei Palaestinenser fahren einfach nachts an ihm vorbei und durchloechern sein Fahrzeug. Er wird durch Kopfschuss ermordet.
In den deutschen Medien wird darueber natuerlich nicht berichtet. Warum auch? Nur so ein toter Siedler. Die sind doch selber Schuld. Geschweigedenn, dass man erfaehrt wer ihn da umgebracht hat. Aber der Terror ist kein abstraktes Konstrukt, sondern hat Namen und Gesicht. Zwei der Moerder der Fatach vom GEMAESSIGTEN Machmud Abbas von Me’Ir waren diese beiden Herren Moerder: Continue reading →
Ulrich J. Becker, Kiryat Ono
Wenn sich die Hamas mit der Fatach in etwas einig sind, dann darin: Sie wollen keinen palaestinensischen Staat.
Die Israelis wissen das. Die Hamas spricht es schon lange offen aus. Die Fatach demonstriert es alle Jahre wieder, und jedesmal unverbluemter. Nur die EU, die UN und einige andere Hartgesottene haben es nicht verstanden, oder wollen es nicht verstehen. Continue reading →
Karikatur der Zeitung “Filistin” der (gemaessigten!) Palaestinensischen Autonomiebehoerde
A dirty little secret
Every time someone writes, speaks of ‘Palestinians’ a myth is reinforced
Published 30.09.09/Israel Opinion: on www.ynetnews.com
The establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the Nakba (catastrophe) for Arabs, and the aggression by five well-armed Arab countries, assisting local Arab gangs and militias that had been attacking Jews for years, placed Jews in Israel and the state in mortal danger.
Fighting back, Israel eventually negotiated an armistice in 1949 that allowed a respite from open war, albeit not terrorism, and without peace. The Egyptians occupied the Gaza Strip; the Jordanians occupied Judea, Samaria and the eastern part of Jerusalem, including the Old City and Temple Mount, Syria continued to occupy the Golan Heights, from which it constantly shelled Israeli settlements; all trained and supplied terrorists who raided Israel. The UN did nothing.
Die palästinensische Führung macht sich immer lächerlicher, nicht nur wegen interner Streitigkeiten und Spaltungen, sondern auch wegen ihren vollkommen übertriebenen “Forderungen” an Israel. Mittlerweile fordert die Palästinensische Autonomiebehörde (PA) nämlich, geleitet von Abu Mazen (=Mahmoud Abbas), nicht nur Teile Jerusalems [zurück], sondern bedroht Israel mit fortwährendem Terror, falls nicht GANZ-JERUSALEM unter palästinensische Oberhoheit kommen sollte.
Bitte liest dazu die zwei folgenden Kommentare/Berichte von: 1) Ulrich W. Sahm (auf Deutsch); 2) The Israel Project (auf Englisch).
The PA does not even try to hide their anti-Semitic attitudes as the following report shows. Apparently this and other anti-Semitic messages from our Palestinian ”partner for peace” have not yet reached the ears of US President Barack Hussein Obama and several other western leaders.
Palestinian Media Watch, Bulletin August 10, by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
While Israel demands that the PA recognize Israel as a Jewish state, the official Palestinian Authority news agency has responded with a vicious anti-Semitic article stating that a Jewish state (literally “Jewishness of a state”) is by definition inherently racist and endangers all humanity.
The PA is accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing of Arabs and Palestinians, and says this policy of the “Jewish state” endangers global security.
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Am 31 Juli fragte ich euch in meinem post “Who are the Palestinians?”
(http://aro1.com/wordpress/arye/frieden-im-nahen-osten/who-are-the-palestinians/) nach der Herkunft der Palästinenser. Um dieser Frage weiter auf den Grund zu gehen, bat ich meinen Freund, den Journalisten und Nahost-Experten Ulrich W. Sahm, mir seinen Bericht vom 3. Juni 2007 weiterzuleiten, um ihn auf meine Seite stellen zu können.
Ulrich W. Sahm – Der Sechs Tage Krieg im Juni 1967 war auch die Geburtsstunde der Palästinenser als Nation. Die bekannte palästinensische Politikerin Chanan Aschrawi sagte einst: Continue reading →
Yesterday I wrote about the Palestinian Authority, i.e. the Fatah movement, which gathered in the West Bank city of Bethlehem to discuss their past/present/future relations and policies, not only with Israel, but also with their Palestinian competitor movement, the terrorist Hamas organizaton. Hamas has taken over the Gaza Strip more than two years ago and since then maltreats any Palestinian they identify with the Fatah movement. Both organizations, the Fatah and the Hamas, hate one another; both organizations claim to represent the Palestinian people.
The world is pressuring Israel to accept and proceed with the 2-State-solution. Which two states is the world actually referring to by saying: two states? I assume Israel and Palestine. But obviously the Palestinian side does not have a sole representative. Continue reading →
The 2-State formula resounds throughout the land. No other solution has yet been seriously scrutinized to knock the seemingly everlasting conflict between the Jews and the Arabs, i.e. Palestinians in the Middle East on the head. Yesterday a very good friend of mine even passed a petition around on facebook to support American Jews to stand behind US President Barack Hussein Obama and encourage him that the 2-State solution has to be implemented, since this is the only logical answer to the conflict.
Personally, I am totally in favor of a 2-State solution BUT Continue reading →
It is not new to me that the new US administration does not take a firm stand behind its No. 1 Mideast-friend and partner Israel. But times seem to even get worse. If you take a look on the US Consulate in Jerusalem website (http://jerusalem.usconsulate.gov) for example, you will right away notice that Continue reading →
The Palestinian Authority is just smarter on the international stage, compared to their rivals, the terrorists from the Hamas movevemt; THEIR GOAL IS IDENTICAL.
out of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) Bulletin July 12, 2009:
The PA will resume violence and terror against Israel when Fatah is “capable” and “according to what seems right”, Fatah activist Kifah Radaydeh says in a PA TV interview. She states openly that peace is not a goal for Fatah.
“It has been said that we are negotiating for peace, but our goal has never been peace. Peace is a means, the goal is Palestine.” Continue reading →
Sometimes a simple taxi ride helps understand certain situations much better then listening to hundreds of distinguished politicians and journalists.
Yesterday in my post: Jerusalem ist EINE Stadt! (English: Jerusalem is ONE city), I wrote about the ridiculous demand by US president Barack H. Obama to make Israel freeze its “activities” in East-Jerusalem, which is an integral part of ONE city, the capital of Israel, Jerusalem. Furthermore I mentioned East-Jerusalem Arab residents working and moving to the Western part of Jerusalem en masse, and asked Obama to stop this (first), too, if he really wants to divide the city and forbid Jews to settle down on the Eastside of the capital. While I was writing I said to myself: Actually nobody really gives a damn about what the residents of Jerusalem want and believe is best for them. There is no question about what Israel’s (and most of the Jews’) official opinion is regarding the status of Jerusalem; apparently there is no question what Obama’s attitude is, and there is no doubt what Abu Mazen’s, i.e. the Palestinian Authority’s line is; but has anybody ever made an effort to ask the Arab residents of East-Jerusalem? I did. Several times. But yesterday night I could reconfirm my view of the situation. Continue reading →
Recently I have changed my attitude towards the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its president Abu Mazen. I used to believe that the PA is a relatively good partner, at least compared to the terrorist Hamas organization, but when Abu Mazen held a map of the Middle East in the air in May 2009 and publicly said that there is nothing like a Jewish State in this region, I started to reconsider my feelings towards our so-called “partner for peace”; a partner not acknowledging the Jewish State; a partner not agreeing to become a demilitarized state, as demanded by Israel; a partner apparently paying lip service, i.e. talking about peace, while desiring war. Continue reading →
People in the world, and particularly in the Gaza Strip will soon or later understand that Hamas is doing absolutely nothing to make Palestinian life better. In contrast you have the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank which seems to develop and progress significantly with the help and cooperation of Israel.
Please read the below report from The Israel Project (an international non-profit organization devoted to educating the press and the public about Israel while promoting security, freedom and peace)
Since the beginning of 2008, the new Israeli government has made significant efforts to create jobs and hope for West Bank Palestinians. In fact, Israel has assisted the Palestinian Authority (PA) with a number of infrastructure and industrial projects aimed at increasing trade and employment.
“Economic development does not solve problems, it mitigates them and makes them more accessible for solution, and creates a stronger political base,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in 2008.
The creation of a Palestinian homeland depends in part on a viable Palestinian economy. Independently stable Palestinian and Israeli economies can help facilitate the possibility of peaceful coexistence and reduce the counterproductive influence of Iran’s terrorist proxies among the Palestinians.
While Palestinian officials have said they want Israel to freeze settlement construction in the West Bank, some Palestinians have complained that a settlement freeze would severely damage their economic livelihoods. According to PA officials, more than 12,000 Palestinians are employed as workers constructing homes in the settlements.
Said one Palestinian construction worker, “We come here [to the settlements] because our Palestinian and Arab governments haven’t done anything to provide us with better jobs.” According to another, Palestinians employed by Israeli companies earn almost three times what they would earn working for Palestinian companies.
• Despite the global recession., unemployment among Palestinians in the West Bank decreased by 3 percent in 2008;
• Trade between Israel and the Palestinian Authority increased by 35 percent in 2008;
• The average daily wage in the West Bank increased by 24 percent during 2008, compared to 2007;
• There was a 953 percent increase in trucks importing produce to the PA;
• Tourism to Bethlehem increased by 94 percent in 2008;
• The total income for the Palestinian olive harvest increased in 2008 by 158 percent, from USD $51 million (200 million shekels) in 2007 to USD $132 million (517 million shekels) in 2008;
• There was a 206 percent increase in agricultural exports from the PA to Israel, from 30,000 tons in 2007 to 92,000 tons in 2008;
• The number of Palestinians given Israeli work permits increased by 10 percent, from 21,000 in 2007 to 23,000 in 2008. In 2008, these permits were valid for six months, instead of three months as was the case in 2007.
• A 2008 Israeli government study reports that economic cooperation and interaction between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority resulted in significant economic progress in the West Bank. Improvements in the Palestinian economy were not happenstance. Israel took specific steps in 2008 to ensure Palestinian economic growth: The West Bank’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 2.3 percent in 2008;
In 2008, Israel also supported a number of long-term development projects, including the development of industrial parks in the West Bank towns of Jenin and Tarkumiya.
New Infrastructure Construction in West Bank Facilitates Jobs, Education
Israel also is in the process of building new roads and sewage systems in Ramallah and Nablus and new schools in Jilabun and Jenin. These projects will help develop the West Bank and the overall Palestinian economy as well as generate many new jobs.
A number of economic conferences are being held to find ways to bolster the Palestinian economy, strengthen infrastructure, industry, agriculture and domestic tourism. In November 2008, the Palestine Investment Conference in Nablus announced seven new West Bank investment projects valued at $510 million. In addition, the Palestinian Investment Fund and the Nablus municipality agreed to build an industrial zone on 30 acres in Nablus. The project was initially projected to cost $25 million but is expected to increase to $85 million.
Israel works together with Palestinian customs offices and has established an Israeli-Palestinian Chamber of Commerce and the Palestinian Israeli Business Forum. A joint economic committee between Israel’s Ministry of Finance and its Palestinian counterpart meets regularly to discuss issues such as Palestinian workers in Israel and the transfer of funds to Gaza.
Other joint committees were created under the Oslo Accords and continue to foster cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians in different fields such as tourism, transportation, water, health, welfare and telecommunications, which have all met at least once in 2008.
The 2007 Palestine International Business Forum study projected that economic cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians could yield $25 billion in exports and income profits, as well as the creation of a million jobs for both Israelis and Palestinians. The study also stated that with economic interdependence, Israelis and Palestinians could not afford to wage war on each other.
Israel also has worked to develop understanding, networking and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians through organizations such as MASHAV and People to People. MASHAV, Israel’s Center for International Cooperation, promotes sustainable development in the developing world by sharing technology, and has trained nearly 200,000 international participants; the People to People program works to bring about dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian civil societies – people, not just leaders – through activities such as meetings, seminars and sports competitions.
Israel’s economic investment in the Palestinian economy is especially critical at this time because many countries have failed to pay their pledges to the Palestinians. This has worsened the Palestinian Authority’s financial crisis.