The US is sending its president and two former presidents to anti-apartheid hero and former South African president Nelson Mandela’s funeral Tuesday. The UK and France sent its prime ministers, as did another 88 countries. Israel, however, came close to sending no one, in an awkward diplomatic situation that developed throughout Monday, Jpost reports.
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Yasser Abed Rabbo, senior Palestinian official accused Secretary of State John Kerry of asking Palestinians to make security concessions in peace talks with Israel in order to silence Netanyahu’s criticism of the Geneva deal with Iran, Reuters reports.
Abed Rabbo told Voice of Palestine radio that Kerry had plunged the process into crisis by seeking to “appease Israel through agreeing to its expansion demands in the (Jordan) Valley under the pretext of security.”
Yahoo News via AFP: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided not to attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela this week because it is too expensive to travel to South Africa, Israeli media reported Sunday.
Netanyahu had notified the South African authorities that he would fly in but cancelled his plans at the last minute due to the costs involved — around 7.0 million shekels ($2 million) for his transport and security alone, pubic radio and the Haaretz daily reported.
The Iranian Fars news agency claimed in a report on Sunday that the head of the Saudi intelligence service recently met with several senior Israeli security officials, including the head of the Israeli Mossad, Arutz Sheva reported.
Notice the age of those throwing the deadly rocks on innocent by-passers:
Finance Minister Yair Lapid said Sunday that a negotiated two state solution was essential for Israel’s continued existence and vowed that he would “not let anyone derail the peace process.”
At Globes conference in Tel Aviv, Lapid said that “every week that passes by without solid progress in the negotiations risks the stability of the government. This is a government of practice, and it is the right government for the State of Israel at this time and in the next few years.”
At the opening session of the 10th annual Saban Forum, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman criticized the interim nuclear deal with Iran but appealed for discretion in managing the bilateral frictions between the United States and Israel that have become apparent over the diplomacy.
Lieberman described the Iranian interim nuclear deal as “unacceptable to me and the Israelis.” However, he repeatedly underscored that while “it’s impossible to conceal the disagreements between us and the Americans on this deal…it’s unnecessary to discuss those disagreements publicly.”
U.S. President Barack Obama says that the international community should allow Iran a ‘dignified’ path to resolve the ongoing dispute over its nuclear program and that it would allow Iran to keep nuclear enrichment capabilities. See Video Here
First Bibi Netanyahu speaks. Then John Kerry addresses “Mr. Prime Minister my friend Bibi.”
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The Palestinian Authority rejected ideas raised by visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday for security arrangements under a possible future peace accord with Israel, a Palestinian official said, Haaretz reports.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity and declined to elaborate on the proposals, said Kerry presented them to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after discussing them separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In a special interview to Ynet’s Attila Somfalvi, President Obama’s former top Iranian nuclear adviser, Dr. Gary Seymour, revealed that the U.S. talked Netanyahu out of attacking Iran, back in 2012.
Israel is placed among one of the top countries of long-standing U.S. allies, the American public continues to express favorable opinions of, according to a PEW Research poll conducted early November and published Tuesday. 81% have a favorable view of Canada, 79% have a favorable impression of Great Britain. 61% have a favorable view of Israel.
Avigdor Lieberman, the newly reinstated Israeli Foreign Minister, arrived Tuesday to the United States to meet with Secretary of State John Kerry.
Mr. Lieberman’s first stop was at the Ohel of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe in Queens, according to Crown Heights Info. Mr. Lieberman was last month acquitted of all charges in his latest trial, after an ongoing 16-year period of police investigations.
Since Obama’s latest so-called Foreign policy achievements, a majority of 70% of Americans say the United States is less respected than in the past, which nearly matches the level reached late in former President George W. Bush’s second term (71% in May 2008), according to the latest PEW Research poll, conducted prior the announced deal reached between the P5+1 with Iran, and published Tuesday.
By a 56% to 34% margin, US voters disapprove President Obama’s handling of foreign policy. The public also disapproves of his handling of Iran by a 53-37 margin (Editor note: results are from Oct. 28-Nov. 6, 2013 – prior Geneva deal), and his handling of the Syrian crisis by a 27 point margin (57-30).
The United States has developed a plan for security arrangements in the West Bank following the establishment of a Palestinian state, Haaretz reports. Retired U.S. Gen. John Allen, who developed the security concept, will present it during a meeting in Jerusalem on Thursday between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, according to informed sources.
The Jewish Week: As he prepares to step down after 12 years as New York’s mayor, billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg says he wants to play a role in the Mideast peace process by fostering economic ties between “the people in Palestine and the the people in Israel.”
Almost half of Israel’s public (49%) think Israel should find other allies and reduce its dependence on the United States in the international arena, according to the monthly Peace Index poll published Monday by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) and Tel Aviv University.
When asked whether Israel should seek new allies, 49 percent of Israeli Jews said yes, 45% said no, and the remainder had no opinion. Asked whether Israel would succeed in finding new allies, only 27% of Israelis believe Israel will find any, while 69% believe Israel will not find any.
Israeli diplomatic and defense officials now believe Israel has totally lost her chance to influence the Americans on the Iranian issue in the next 6-months negotiation framework between the P5+1 and Iran, veteran Israeli defense analyst Ron Ben Yishai writes in Ynet.
“The possibility to influence the president with regard to the Iranian nuclear program is almost negligible,” top Israeli officials are quoted.