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05.07.2020

"Iran admits fire at Natanz nuclear site set back its centrifuge program"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-admits-fire-at-natanz-nuclear-site-caused-considerable-damage/

Ein Brand in der iranischen Atomanlage Natanz hat Berichten zufolge schweren Schaden angerichtet und das Atomprogramm Teherans zurückgeworfen. "Satellite images of the Natanz site published Sunday by the London-based Iranian news site Iran International appeared to show that the site had incurred more significant damage from a mysterious blast last week than what Tehran had initially disclosed. The photos showed most of the building flattened with debris scattered around the perimeter, indicating that it had been targeted in an explosion. (…) Experts assess that the damage from the apparent explosion has set back Iran’s nuclear program by a year, according to Israel’s Channel 13 news. The network said Sunday that the lab in Natanz where advanced centrifuges are assembled had been destroyed. (…) An Israeli TV report Friday night said that Israel was bracing for a possible Iranian retaliation if it determines Jerusalem is behind the Natanz explosion. Defense Minister Benny Gantz played down the speculation earlier Sunday, saying that not everything that happened there could be blamed on Israel."

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29.06.2020

"West Bank annexation could alienate Gulf, but won’t incur EU sanctions – experts"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/west-bank-annexation-could-alienate-gulf-wont-incur-eu-sanctions-experts/

Israel muss sich im Fall einer Annexion des Westjordanlandes nach Ansicht von Experten trotz einer aktuellen diplomatischen Kampagne europäischer Politiker keine Sorgen um mögliche Sanktionen der EU machen. "The EU, Israel’s top economic partner, has in recent weeks mounted a diplomatic campaign against annexation, highlighted by a visit to Jerusalem by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to raise concern about the prospective plans. But the bloc cannot threaten Israel with formal sanctions, as those require unanimous support among members. Austria and Hungary have already refused to condemn Israel over prospective annexation, while the leaders of Greece and Cyprus were in the Jewish state earlier this month for talks on energy cooperation. (…) a European diplomat told AFP that any response against Israel will be weighed against the possible loss of access to Israeli technology, including related to security, which is highly valued by some EU members. 'We need the Israelis, but not the Palestinians,' said the diplomat on condition of anonymity."

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28.06.2020

"Annexation’s irony: Bringing Israeli politics closer to Palestinian statehood"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/annexations-irony-bringing-israeli-politics-closer-to-palestinian-statehood
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Eine israelische Annexion des Westjordanlandes könnte der palästinensischen Staatsbildung einen möglicherweise entscheidenden Schub geben, meint Haviv Rettig Gur. In der israelischen Debatte über den US-Friedensplan sähen sich Vertreter aller Seiten plötzlich gezwungen, ihre langjährige Ambiguität in der Landfrage aufzugeben. "The plan was supposed to reshape Palestinian politics, to clarify the limits of Palestinian demands and force a shift in the Palestinian negotiating position. But the Palestinians haven’t budged. The effect, ironically, is being felt mostly on the Israeli side. In its very acceptance of Israel’s arguments about land and security, the Trump plan is forcing a moment of decision, a line in the sand. There is too much at stake, Netanyahu has argued, to cling to the old ambiguity. (…) A grudging consensus is coalescing out of the fog of generations-old ambiguity. Founding figures of the settlement movement are accepting not only that any annexation will be limited — but the principle of Palestinian statehood that those limits imply. On the center-left, the sense that some version of the long-dormant Allon Plan, Israel’s earliest unofficial articulation of its ideal solution to the territory, may be attainable is driving a new interest in taking the plunge – and in ensuring Palestinian independence in the unclaimed areas."

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24.06.2020

"Over 1,000 MPs from across Europe call for 'decisive action' against annexation"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/over-1000-mps-from-across-europe-call-for-decisive-action-against-annexatio
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Über tausend Abgeordnete europäischer Parlamente haben eine gemeinsame Stellungnahme gegen die geplante israelische Annexion des palästinensischen Westjordanlandes veröffentlicht. "'We, parliamentarians from across Europe committed to a rules-based global order, share serious concerns about [US] President [Donald] Trump’s plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the imminent prospect of Israeli annexation of West Bank territory. We are deeply worried about the precedent this would set for international relations at large,' the statement read. The US peace plan, which forms the basis for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to annex the entire Jordan Valley and all settlements across the West Bank — amounting to some 30 percent of the territory — starting July 1, 'departs from internationally agreed parameters and principles,' the statement added. Annexation would be 'fatal to the prospects of Israeli-Palestinian peace and will challenge the most basic norms guiding international relations,' it went on. The statement was signed by lawmakers belonging to parties across the political spectrum from 25 countries, including some considered to be very friendly toward Israel such as Germany and Hungary."

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23.06.2020

"Annexation will not end Israel’s peace with Jordan"

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/annexation-will-not-end-israels-peace-with-jordan/

Trotz der Drohungen des jordanischen Königs Abdullah bezweifelt Julio Messer, dass Jordanien im Falle einer israelischen Annexion des Westjordanlands tatsächlich das Friedensabkommen mit Israel aufkündigen wird. Die Folge dieser drastischen Maßnahme wären vermehrte Armut und politische Instabilität in Jordanien, so Messer. "King Abdullah has consistently rejected the popular and parliamentarian pressure to cancel the treaty, and for good reason. To do so would put at risk a series of important benefits that emanate directly and indirectly from it: the vital water transfers from the Yarmouk and the Jordan rivers, the supply of Israeli gas at a discount (which may generate annual savings of over $500 million), the more than $1 billion that Israel committed to help finance the Red Sea-Dead Sea canal project (which would include a desalination plant for Jordan, the production of green energy through use of water turbines and the delivery of leftover brine to replenish the fast-shrinking lake), Jordan’s trade with Turkey via the Haifa port (which used to be conducted via Syria prior to its civil war), the more than $100 million the Kingdom receives every month from the United States, the Jordan Free Trade Agreement and potentially even Jordan’s “special role” in the Muslim Holy shrines in Jerusalem (Israel and Saudi Arabia have even been reportedly engaged in secret talks regarding the Islamic Waqf). (…) while terminating the treaty might answer his short-term need of pleasing the street, it would only aggravate the medium and long-term menace of poverty."

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16.06.2020

"UN rights experts say West Bank annexation will create ’21st-century apartheid’"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/un-rights-experts-say-west-bank-annexation-will-create-21st-century-aparthe
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UN-Experten warnen, dass eine israelische Annexion des Westjordanlandes ein neues "Apartheid"-System schaffen würde. "The experts argued that annexation would be a 'serious violation' of the United Nations charter and the Geneva Conventions, and would only intensify human rights violations in the West Bank. Israeli officials rejected the warning, with a diplomatic source telling The Times of Israel it was simply more proof of 'the one-sided point of view and the anti-Israeli tendency that has been a part of the United Nations Human Rights Council since its creation.' The more than 40 independent special rapporteurs along with a range of UN working groups on various rights issues who signed the statement do not speak for the UN but report their findings to it. (…) 'What would be left of the West Bank would be a Palestinian Bantustan, islands of disconnected land completely surrounded by Israel and with no territorial connection to the outside world,' they said, referring to the territories set out for blacks by South Africa’s apartheid regime."

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15.06.2020

"Jordan king said to snub Netanyahu, refuse his calls over annexation push"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/jordan-king-said-to-snub-netanyahu-refuse-his-calls-over-annexation-push/

Die Beziehungen zwischen Israel und Jordanien bleiben angesichts der israelischen Annexionspläne für das palästinensische Westjordanland angespannt. "Jordan’s King Abdullah II has reportedly refused to take phone calls from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, amid seething anger in the Hashemite kingdom over Israeli plans to annex portions of the West Bank. The report by the Palestinian Ma’an news agency would seem to mark a new low in Israel-Jordan ties, which have been tested repeatedly in recent years and which Amman has threatened to cut off if Israel goes ahead. (…) According to the report, which cited a Jordanian official, Amman is also refusing to set a date for a meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz to discuss the annexation plans and the Trump administration’s peace plan. Gantz has sought to coordinate the move with a wider range of allies than the US, but Jordan has vociferously rejected annexation, with the king warning it could lead to a 'massive conflict.'"

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08.06.2020

"Germany won’t sanction Israel over annexation – Jerusalem official"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/germany-wont-sanction-israel-over-annexation-jerusalem-official/

Ein deutscher Diplomat in Jerusalem hat gegenüber der Times of Israel angedeutet, dass die Bundesregierung auf eine israelische Annexion des Westjordanlandes nicht mit Sanktionen reagieren würde. "While annexation would likely cause a certain degree of damage to bilateral ties, Berlin has made plain that it does not plan to enact sanctions against the Jewish state or recognize a Palestinian state, the official said. 'Germany will not go off the deep end,' he added, speaking to Israeli reporters on conditions of anonymity. 'The Germans are not in favor of sanctions, and will not recognize a Palestinian state. They are pragmatic. Their main goal is to guarantee [regional] stability. They don’t want to cause a major upset. Rather, they are going to look for ways to encourage us and the Palestinians to return to talks.'"

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03.06.2020

"US 'highly unlikely' to back July 1 annexation, ToI told; mapping far from done"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-highly-unlikely-to-back-july-1-annexation-toi-told-mapping-far-from-done
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Die US-Regierung würde eine israelische Annexion des Westjordanlandes im Juli wohl nicht unterstützen. Ein Grund sei die Corona-Pandemie, die die Planung der Annexion zurückgeworfen habe, berichtet Raphael Ahren. "The US administration is highly unlikely to approve an Israeli move to unilaterally annex parts of the West Bank by the July 1 date envisioned by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a well-placed source told The Times of Israel on Wednesday. In fact, it could take long weeks and possibly even several months before the joint US-Israel mapping committee concludes its work, which the White House has declared a precondition that must be met before it would give a green light for annexation, the source said. The mapping committee is tasked with delineating the exact borders of the area Israel would apply sovereignty to — a difficult mission that requires meticulous on-the-ground-work, according to the source, who spoke to The Times of Israel on condition of anonymity. However, one key member of the US side of the joint committee, the National Security Council’s Israel and Palestinian affairs director Scott Leith, has not been able to travel to the region since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic."

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01.06.2020

"French envoy: We’re not making threats, but annexation will have consequences"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/french-envoy-were-not-making-threats-but-annexation-will-have-consequences/

Der französische Botschafter in Israel, Eric Danon, erklärt im Gespräch mit der Times of Israel, warum Paris sich gegen ein Verbot der Hisbollah ausspricht und welche Folgen eine israelische Annexion des Westjordanlands haben könnte. "France does not mean to threaten Israel, but a move to unilaterally annex parts of the West Bank would be considered a 'serious' violation of international law and would inevitably have negative consequences for bilateral relations, Paris’s ambassador in Tel Aviv said in an interview. 'There are violations of international law of different degrees of severity, and an annexation of the Jordan Valley and the settlements would be considered a serious one,' Eric Danon told The Times of Israel. 'This qualification implies that there would be consequences, as it would not be considered ‘serious’ otherwise.' In an hour-and-a-half long interview conducted via Zoom, Danon also explained why Paris is not currently considering blacklisting Hezbollah, and how he surprisingly became his country’s first Jewish ambassador to Israel, defying longstanding French diplomatic dogma that said that Jews should never represent Paris in the Jewish state due to dual loyalty concerns."

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01.06.2020

"World Bank: Palestinian economy could shrink by 11% due to virus"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/world-bank-palestinian-economy-could-shrink-by-11-due-to-virus/

Die Coronakrise könnte in den palästinensischen Gebieten zu einer tiefen Wirtschaftskrise führen, so eine aktuelle Warnung der Weltbank. "The Palestinian economy could shrink by as much as 11 percent in the coming year as the coronavirus pandemic inflicts yet another blow to the Palestinian Authority’s already shaky finances, the World Bank said Monday. The economic deterioration comes as tensions with Israel grow ahead of potential Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank, a move critics say would make it virtually impossible to create a viable Palestinian state. In a separate report to the World Bank predictions, the UN’s Mideast envoy warned that unilateral actions by either side — such as Israeli annexation and Palestinian withdrawal from past agreements — would 'most likely trigger conflict and instability' in the region."

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25.05.2020

"Netanyahu said to tell Likud MKs: West Bank annexation on for July"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-said-to-tell-likud-lawmakers-west-bank-annexation-on-for-july/

Israels Premierminister Netanjahu will die Annexion von Teilen des Westjordanlandes offenbar im Juli durchführen. "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said he has set a July date for when Israel will extend its sovereignty to areas of the West Bank, and informed his Likud lawmakers he has no intention of changing it, Hebrew media reported. At the opening of his Likud faction’s weekly meeting at the Knesset, Netanyahu said there has never been a better time in the country’s history to apply sovereignty, which is tantamount to annexation, to these areas."

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10.05.2020

"Dozens die in attack on Syrian troops at edge of rebel stronghold"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/dozens-die-in-attack-on-syrian-troops-at-edge-of-rebel-stronghold/

In der syrischen Hama-Provinz ist es Berichten zufolge zu Kämpfen zwischen Regierungstruppen und der Al-Qaida-nahen Gruppe Horas al-Din gekommen. "Al-Qaeda-linked fighters attacked Syrian government positions Sunday on the edge of the country’s last rebel stronghold, triggering intense clashes that killed nearly three dozen combatants across both sides, opposition activists said. The fighting was among the worst since early March, when an agreement between Turkey and Russia halted the Syrian government’s three-month air and ground campaign into rebel-held northwestern Idlib province. Sunday’s clashes took place in neighboring Hama province, parts of which are still under rebel control."

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05.05.2020

"Defense officials: Iran pulling out of Syria as Israel pummels its forces there"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/defense-officials-iran-pulling-out-of-syria-as-israel-pummels-its-forces-th
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Anonymen Stellungnahmen israelischer Regierungsmitarbeiter zufolge zeigen die Luftangriffe des israelischen Militärs auf iranische Stellungen in Syrien Wirkung: "Iranian forces are pulling out of Syria and closing military bases there, Israeli defense officials said Tuesday, amid increasing reports of Israeli airstrikes on Iran-linked militias in the country in recent months, including two such incidents late Monday night in which 14 Iran-linked fighters were reported killed. The Israeli officials refused to comment on these reported attacks, maintaining Israel’s policy of ambiguity, under which it generally acknowledges taking action against Iran in Syria without specifically confirming individual strikes, under the assumption that public confirmation increases the likelihood of retaliation. (…) The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that this effort appears to be bearing fruit as Iranian forces have begun leaving the country, evacuating a small number of military bases previously under their control in the process. Independently, there has also been a drop in the number of Shiite militias operating in Syria, though this decrease is because of the natural progression of the civil war and not because of Israel’s actions."

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03.05.2020

"Pompeo says 'enormous evidence' virus came from Chinese lab"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/pompeo-says-enormous-evidence-virus-came-from-chinese-lab/

US-Außenminister Pompeo zufolge gibt es deutliche Hinweise dafür, dass die Corona-Pandemie ihren Ursprung in einem chinesischen Labor habe. "News reports say Trump has tasked US spies to find out more about the origins of the virus, at first blamed on a Wuhan market selling exotic animals like bats, but now thought possibly to be from a virus research laboratory nearby. Pompeo, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, told ABC that he agreed with a statement Thursday from the US intelligence community in which it concurred 'with the wide scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus was not man-made or genetically modified.' But he went further than Trump, in citing 'significant' and 'enormous' evidence that the virus originated in a Wuhan laboratory. 'I think the whole world can see now, remember, China has a history of infecting the world and running substandard laboratories,' Pompeo said."

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28.04.2020

"US says 'prepared to recognize' Israeli annexation of parts of West Bank"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-says-it-would-recognize-israeli-annexation-of-parts-of-the-west-bank/

Ein Mitarbeiter des US-Außenministeriums hat gegenüber der Times of Israel bekräftigt, dass die US-Regierung eine israelische Annexion von Teilen des Westjordanlands anerkennen würde. "The United States said Monday it was ready to recognize Israel’s annexation of parts of the West Bank but asked Israel’s government to also negotiate with the Palestinians. 'As we have made consistently clear, we are prepared to recognize Israeli actions to extend Israeli sovereignty and the application of Israeli law to areas of the West Bank that the vision foresees as being part of the State of Israel,' a US State Department spokesperson said when asked if the US would allow Israel’s new government to move forward with the process. The step would be 'in the context of the Government of Israel agreeing to negotiate with the Palestinians along the lines set forth in President Trump’s Vision,' the spokesperson told The Times of Israel."

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12.04.2020

"Xi Jinping’s China did this"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/criminality-and-corruption-reign-in-xi-pings-china/

Irwin Cotler und Judith Abitan vom Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights in Montreal werfen China vor, das Ausmaß der Coronakrise 40 Tage lang mit allen Mitteln verschleiert zu haben und deshalb für die globale Pandemie verantwortlich zu sein. "There is authoritative and compelling evidence — including a study from the University of Southampton — that if interventions in China had been conducted three weeks earlier, transmission of COVID-19 could have been reduced by 95 percent. For 40 days, President Xi Jinping’s CPC concealed, destroyed, falsified, and fabricated information about the rampant spread of COVID-19 through its state-sanctioned massive surveillance and suppression of data; its misrepresentation of information; its silencing and criminalizing of its dissent; and its disappearance of its whistleblowers. (…) In a word, President Xi’s government has exacerbated the world’s COVID-19 health and systemic crises, which has paved the way for one of the greatest humanitarian crises in history."

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29.03.2020

"Netanyahu, Gantz make 'significant progress' in all-night coalition talks"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-gantz-make-significant-progress-in-all-night-coalition-talks/

Unter dem Eindruck der Coronakrise hat sich der Hauptkonkurrent von Premierminister Netanjahu, Benny Gantz, überraschend entschlossen, nun doch als Juniorpartner in eine von Netanjahu geführte Einheitsregierung einzutreten. "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Resilience party chief Benny Gantz wrapped up an all-night meeting early Sunday on the terms of a unity government, which they were hoping to finalize later in the day. A joint statement from the two said they reached 'understandings and significant progress' during the talks at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem, without elaborating. (…) The unity talks came after Gantz in a shock move was elected Knesset speaker Thursday, leading to the dissolution of the Blue and White alliance, which had campaigned during the three elections over the past year on not joining a government led by Netanyahu due to his indictment on graft charges. Members of Israel Resilience have said the only alternative to joining a Netanyahu-led coalition was a fourth round of elections and that a government is needed to deal with the coronavirus outbreak."

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01.03.2020

"Turkey launches military operation against Syrian regime"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/turkey-launches-military-operation-against-syrian-regime/

Die Türkei will mit der neuen Militäroperation "Spring Shield" noch intensiver gegen die syrischen Regierungstruppen in Nordsyrien vorgehen. "Turkey said Sunday it was pursuing a military operation dubbed 'Spring Shield' in northwest Syria after regime airstrikes on Thursday killed 34 Turkish soldiers. The Syrian military threatened to down any aircraft over northwest Syria after Turkish drone strikes killed dozens of pro-regime forces in the embattled region. (…) The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Turkish drone strikes killed 26 soldiers in northwest Syria on Saturday. That brought the number of soldiers killed in Turkish drone strikes and bombardment since Friday to 74, said the Britain-based monitor, which relies on sources inside Syria."

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22.02.2020

"Ryanair CEO sparks outrage after calling to profile Muslim men at airports"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ryanair-ceo-sparks-outrage-after-calling-to-profile-muslim-men-at-airports/

Ryanair-Chef Michael O'Leary wird nach seinen Äußerungen über strengere Flughafenkontrollen für muslimische Männer Rassismus und Islamfeindlichkeit vorgeworfen. "Michael O’Leary told The London Times that terrorists are 'generally… of a Muslim persuasion.' 'Who are the bombers? They are going to be single males travelling on their own… If you are travelling with a family of kids, on you go; the chances you are going to blow them all up is zero,' he said. 'You can’t say stuff, because it’s racism, but it will generally be males of a Muslim persuasion. Thirty years ago it was the Irish,' the firebrand CEO added. (…) Following the criticism, Ryanair released a statement saying that 'no call for extra checks on any group or persons was made' in the interview and that The Times had not accurately reported what the CEO had said. 'Michael was only calling for more effective airport security checks which would do away with much of the unnecessary queues at airport security today for all passengers,' a Ryanair spokesperson told BBC."

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04.02.2020

"So, you think the Trump plan is pro-Israel? Think again"

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/so-you-think-the-trump-plan-is-pro-israel-think-again/

Susie Gelman meint, dass der neue Nahost-Friedensplan der USA Israel keineswegs zugutekommt. Sie fürchtet, dass mögliche demokratische Amtsnachfolger Donald Trumps ebenso unilateral zugunsten der Palästinenser vorgehen könnten. "The radical reshifting of the US position by this White House sets a precedent that future administrations of both parties need not adhere to the norms their predecessors respected. One day, a Democratic administration could unilaterally recognize Palestine, call for conditioning military assistance to Israel, or even demand that Israel confer citizenship on Palestinians living under de facto Israeli sovereignty, compromising Israel’s security and the Zionist vision of a Jewish state. And such positions could become increasingly appealing for Democrats if Israel moves ahead with adopting the U.S. plan and begins annexing parts of the West Bank. (…) With no Palestinian involvement and its unanimous rejection by the Arab League on Saturday, the plan is dead on arrival. But even if the Trump plan is never actually enacted, it still risks resetting the goalposts in both directions, laying the groundwork for an American conversation on Israel that is increasingly dominated by voices from the political extremes."

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01.02.2020

"Savaging Trump plan, Abbas says Palestinians cutting all ties with Israel, US"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/arab-fms-meet-in-cairo-as-palestinians-seek-support-against-trump-plan/

Palästinenserpräsident Abbas hat in Reaktion auf den Nahost-Friedensplan der US-Regierung bei einem Auftritt vor der Arabischen Liga die Einstellung jeglicher Kooperation mit Israel in Aussicht gestellt. "Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he was cutting all ties, including security coordination, with both Israel and the US on Saturday, in a lengthy speech delivered at an Arab League meeting in Egypt’s capital denouncing the new White House plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 'We’ve informed the Israeli side…that there will be no relations at all with them and the United States, including security ties,' Abbas declared. (…) Abbas has threatened to cut security ties in the past on several occasions though he has not followed through with action on the ground. (…) Abbas insisted Palestinians were not rejectionists and were not simply refusing without any counter offer. 'We’re not nihilists,' he said. The Palestinian leader said he was willing to present an alternative proposal before the UN Security Council."

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29.01.2020

"Arab states in perilous balancing act on US peace plan"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/arab-states-in-perilous-balancing-act-on-us-peace-plan/

Die arabischen Verbündeten der Palästinenser hätten mit "sorgfältig formulierten" Stellungnahmen auf den Nahost-Friedensplan der USA reagiert, berichten Mohamed Hasni und Haitham el-Tabei. "Arab states have cautiously welcomed the US peace plan for the Middle East, but the balancing act aimed at appeasing their powerful ally risks provoking domestic public opinion and Palestinian ire. (…) The only Arab ambassadors present were from Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates — three of Washington’s closest allies in a region where many nations host US forces. Other Arab states released carefully worded statements, in what experts said showed that the Palestinian cause has gone out of fashion and that security ties with Washington outweigh any appetite to oppose the plan."

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27.01.2020

"Bibi and Benny agree: the Jordan Valley is just a matter of time"

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/bibi-and-benny-agree-the-jordan-valley-is-just-a-matter-of-time/

Eine israelische Annexion des Jordantals sei nur noch eine Frage der Zeit, ist Meir Buchnick überzeugt. Die Maßnahme werde von einer Mehrheit der israelischen Öffentlichkeit und auch von Netanjahu-Herausforderer Benny Gantz unterstützt. "The vast majority of Israelis understand the security significance of the Jordan Valley for Israel, the strong biblical and historic ties, and the unique opportunity of having an American president who will not only not oppose the move, but may even support it. Bibi and Gantz recognize this, of course. They did not quarrel on whether Israel should annex the Valley, but rather who will set the move in motion sooner. A groundbreaking consensus, but for the usual naysayers, who put forth two main arguments — foreign policy and questions of legal authority."

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27.01.2020

"The unnoticed speech in which US envoy revealed contours of peace deal"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/the-unnoticed-speech-in-which-us-envoy-revealed-contours-of-peace-deal/

Der US-Botschafter in Israel, David Friedman, habe in einer Rede die Umrisse des immer noch unveröffentlichten Nahost-Friedensplans der US-Regierung dargestellt, berichtet Raphael Ahren. "Addressing the pro-settlement Kohelet Policy Forum’s celebration of US Secretary of State’s November 18 declaration about the legality of Israel’s settlements, he hinted at the likely contours of the proposal, which, according various reports, will recognize Israel’s sovereign rights over all of Jerusalem and large parts of the West Bank, but also includes the call for Palestinian statehood, if several conditions are met. More specifically, the proposal is said to give Israel a green light to annex the Jordan Valley and possibly many, if not all, settlements. In his speech, Friedman not only acknowledged that more than two million Palestinians live in the area, which he consistently refers to by its biblical name, Judea and Samaria. Perhaps surprisingly, he referred to these Palestinians as 'indigenous,' thus refusing to endorse the talking point of many Israelis on the right who consider the Palestinian presence illegitimate and want to encourage their emigration. Indeed, by calling Palestinians 'indigenous' to this land, Friedman was implying that they, too, have rights to it. In another hint at the deal’s parameters, the US top diplomat expressed his wish for Palestinians to 'live in dignity, in peace, and with independence, pride and opportunity.' Independence, not autonomy."

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24.01.2020

"The difference between a plan and a deal…of the century"

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-difference-between-a-plan-and-a-deal-of-the-century/

Nach Ansicht von Gideon Remez wird US-Präsident Trump in dieser Woche keinen "Jahrhundert-Deal", sondern lediglich einen Plan zur Nahost-Konfliktlösung präsentieren, der bei näherer Betrachtung keine plausible Chance auf Realisierung habe. "Simply put, a deal is a plan that works, at least as far as a handshake between two sides. Anyone can dream up a plan to resolve any dispute on his or her preferred terms. Getting the other side — or, for an honest broker, both sides — on board is the tricky part. Nobel peace prizes have justly been awarded to the few in the Arab-Israeli arena who have swung such deals. Some — the Israeli-Egyptian (and Israeli-Jordanian) peace treaties — have lasted. Another — the Oslo Accords — was reached with high hopes, but was scuttled by extremists on both sides of the even more intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Trump is sure he deserves to join those Nobel laureates, but he has thrown one of the two essential parties to his supposed deal overboard even before it was proposed, let alone consummated. But is it so much as a plan? Even to qualify as a plan, an idea must have a plausible claim to feasibility."

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24.01.2020

"Under Trump deal, Israel said to retain security control over Palestinian state"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/under-trump-deal-israel-said-to-retain-security-control-over-palestinian-st
ate/

Die Times of Israel berichtet über weitere Details des erwarteten Friedensplans der US-Regierung zur Beilegung des israelisch-palästinensischen Konflikts. "Under the terms of the soon-to-be released Trump administration peace plan, Israel would retain overall security control of the entire West Bank even if a Palestinian state is established in parts of it, Israeli TV reports said Friday night. Adding fresh ostensible details regarding the content of the plan, Channel 13 said it ultimately provides for a demilitarized Palestinian state in some 80 percent of the West Bank, under overall Israeli control. That state would not be empowered to maintain an army and sign military treaties, and Israel would control its borders, further reports on Friday said. The Channel 13 report said the US expects the Palestinians to reject the plan, but would encourage them to think again, and would say that the 80% of West Bank territory intended for their state would be kept for them for several years. The various Israeli reports on the plan to date have made no mention of the intended fate of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip."

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20.01.2020

"Norway populist party quits government over return of jihadist’s spouse"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/norway-populist-party-quits-government-over-return-of-jihadists-spouse/

In Norwegen hat der Streit um den Umgang mit IS-Rückkehrern zum Zerfall der Regierungskoalition geführt. "Norway’s populist Progress Party said Monday it was leaving the right-wing coalition government over the repatriation of a suspected Islamic State member and her two children last week. 'We don’t compromise with people who have voluntarily joined terror organizations. That was the last straw,' party leader Siv Jensen told reporters in Oslo. Without the Progress Party, the coalition, headed by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, loses its majority in parliament, but she will still remain in charge. (…) The 29-year-old Norwegian woman, who is of Pakistani origin, was married to two different Islamic State fighters. She was brought back to Norway with her two children on humanitarian grounds, as her 5-year-old son was allegedly very ill. The Progress Party had been in favor of bringing back the children but opposed her return."

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14.01.2020

"Time for Germany to outlaw all of Hezbollah"

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/time-for-germany-to-outlaw-all-of-hezbollah/

Die Bundesregierung unterscheidet in ihrem Umgang mit der Hisbollah seit langem zwischen dem militärischen Flügel, der als Terrororganisation betrachtet wird, und dem politischen Flügel, dessen Aktivitäten in Deutschland erlaubt sind. Josh Lipowsky hält diese Differenzierung für überholt. "Hezbollah’s secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah, has promised revenge for Soleimani’s death. This should raise concern everywhere Hezbollah operates. (…) Germany’s parliament last month called on the government to declare Hezbollah in its entirety a terrorist organization, but the government has thus far rebuffed lawmakers. (…) Hezbollah’s leaders are themselves on record disputing this artificial division of Hezbollah. According to Hezbollah deputy leader Naim Qassem: 'We don’t have a military wing and a political one; we don’t have Hezbollah on one hand and the resistance party on the other… Every element of Hezbollah, from commanders to members as well as our various capabilities, are in the service of the resistance, and we have nothing but the resistance as a priority.' Qassem’s message is clear: Hezbollah’s politicians and its fighters share the same jihadist ideology and goals. Support for one side is support for the other."

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