• #Amichai, la nouvelle #colonie israélienne contestée
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/280617/amichai-la-nouvelle-colonie-israelienne-contestee

    Destinée à relocaliser les évacués de l’avant-poste illégal d’Amona, Amichai, dont la construction vient de débuter, s’étend en partie sur des terres palestiniennes. Un recours déposé par une association devant la Cour suprême pourrait freiner les travaux.

    #International #Amona #Cisjordanie #Israël #Palestine


  • Vivre à Gaza avec trois heures d’électricité par jour
    http://www.lemonde.fr/proche-orient/article/2017/06/19/a-gaza-avec-trois-heures-d-electricite-par-jour_5147045_3218.html
    http://img.lemde.fr/2017/06/18/250/0/3000/1500/644/322/60/0/33367cc_12396-18crv66.xyq83hm2t9.jpg

    Depuis le mois d’avril, le territoire palestinien, qui compte deux millions d’habitants, fait face à une crise énergétique sans précédent dûe aux dissensions entre le Hamas et Mahmoud Abbas.

    Honteux sous titre qui exempte complètement Israël du rationnement en question, alors que l’article sous-entend pourtant qu’il n’y est pas pour rien :

    Quant à la seule centrale électrique de Gaza, qui fournit en temps normal 23 % des besoins, elle est à l’arrêt depuis avril. Son manager général, Rafiq Maliha, est un homme massif, compétent, au rire nerveux.
    « La situation est catastrophique, dit-il. Je travaille ici depuis 1994. C’est comme une boule de neige qui roule et grossit. Depuis l’aide d’urgence du Qatar et de la Turquie en janvier, assurant du fuel pour trois mois, Ramallah et Gaza se disputent au sujet des taxes payées sur ce fuel. Israël les a fixées à 300 %. »
    La centrale a été bombardée en 2006, entraînant quatre mois de fermeture, puis en 2014, six mois de fermeture. Aujourd’hui, elle n’a aucune réserve de fuel, faute de capacité de stockage. Sa conversion au gaz naturel permettrait d’énormes économies, mais elle nécessiterait du temps et des investissements.
    Une ligne à haute tension est aussi en projet avec Israël, mais la volonté politique fait défaut. Quand rien ne presse, le gouvernement israélien gère, plutôt que de prendre des initiatives. La demande énergétique à Gaza pourrait doubler d’ici à 2030, avertit la Banque mondiale.

    voir, entre autres, et déjà ancien : Géopolitiques de l’électricité au Machrek https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00261170
    #Gaza #Israël #électricité #énergie #blocus

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  • #Jean_Stern décrypte le #marketing #gay d’Israël
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/100617/jean-stern-decrypte-le-marketing-gay-disrael

    Vidéo accessible dans le corps de l’article. Depuis une quinzaine d’années, #Tel-Aviv s’est positionnée sur le créneau du « tourisme gay ». Une manière de redorer son image, mais qui s’avère particulièrement hypocrite, selon le journaliste Jean Stern, auteur de l’ouvrage Mirage gay à Tel-Aviv.

    #International #Culture-Idées #homosexualité #Israël #livre


  • #Israël-Palestine : la guerre des mots et des récits se poursuit
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/030617/israel-palestine-la-guerre-des-mots-et-des-recits-se-poursuit

    Résistance ou terrorisme ? Implantations ou colonies ? Cinquante ans après la #guerre_des_Six_Jours, la sémantique joue toujours un rôle crucial dans la manière dont Israéliens et Palestiniens s’opposent et revendiquent la légitimité de leurs actes.

    #International


  • Trump rompt une promesse en ne déménageant pas l’ambassade à Jérusalem
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/010617/trump-rompt-une-promesse-en-ne-demenageant-pas-lambassade-jerusalem

    Contrairement à ce qu’il avait promis, le président américain a repoussé le transfert de l’ambassade des #Etats-Unis de Tel Aviv à Jérusalem, ce qui aurait signifié un alignement parfait avec la position de Netanyahou et provoqué la colère des Palestiniens et des pays arabes.

    #International #ambassade #déménagement #Donald_Trump #Israël


  • Israel averts one crisis with end of Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike. Now Gaza looms large

    Strike leader Marwan Barghouti can chalk up achievement of putting prisoners’ plight back in Palestinian public consciousness

    Amos Harel May 28, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.792263

    The announcement heralding the end of the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike on Friday night was met with a sigh of relief by Israel’s defense establishment.
    >> Get all updates on Israel and the Palestinians: Download our free App, and Subscribe >>
    The strike’s end, on the eve of Ramadan, removed a huge risk that had been lingering for the past six weeks: the potential for deterioration following the death of one of the prisoners, or an Israeli attempt to force-feed the strikers, both of which would have agitated Palestinians across the territories.
    The gap in the conflicting commentaries from both sides regarding the details of the agreement and the question of who won are inevitable, given the circumstances. Israel doesn’t want to admit it negotiated with the strike leaders – and certainly not that it made any concessions while members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet were competing with each other in their forceful declarations against the prisoners.
    The Palestinians, meanwhile, have to present any Israeli concessions, no matter how trivial, as an achievement – otherwise questions will be raised about why the lives of prisoners were put at risk and whether the demands met actually justified everything the prisoners sacrificed.

    Despite Israel’s denials, it’s clear that talks were held with the strike leaders, at least indirectly. Two weeks ago, Palestinian sources reported meetings between senior officials in the Palestinian Authority’s security apparatus and Israel’s Shin Bet security service, with the aim of ending the strike.

    The details of any arrangement that would induce the prisoners to call off their strike were crystal clear: The key issue for them was the restoration of family visits to the previous number – twice a month. The Red Cross had halved this a year ago. An agreement on this matter was reached on Friday.
    The other demands were extras. The strike leaders knew that given the current public mood in Israel, the cabinet or prison authorities would not allow the resumption of academic studies – certainly not as long as the bodies of two Israeli soldiers are being held in Gaza and two Israeli citizens are missing there.
    An improvement in specific prison conditions – an issue that isn’t a focus of media attention – can be agreed upon later. Israel ensured this would happen at a later date and wouldn’t be seen as a direct achievement of the hunger strike.
    The strike’s leaders were already handicapped by the limited response of Fatah members to join the strike. Jailed Hamas leaders didn’t take a stand, either, failing to instruct most Hamas members to join in. Outside the prison walls, senior PA officials tried to undermine the strike, fearing it would strengthen the status of senior Fatah prisoner (and strike leader) Marwan Barghouti.
    The latter can chalk up an achievement from the strike, though: it brought the prisoners’ plight to the forefront of the Palestinian agenda, and he is once more being seriously mentioned as a possible successor to President Mahmoud Abbas.
    In Israel, the sting operation in which the Israel Prison Service planted snacks in Barghouti’s cell, and recorded him eating them, served as a rich source of satire. On the Palestinian side, though, it only strengthened his image as a leader who is feared by Israel – which resorts to ugly tricks in order to trip him up. However, Barghouti still faces an internal challenge from fellow Fatah leaders, who were likely unimpressed by the fact he fell into this trap twice.
    The strike’s end resolves one Israeli headache, but two others remain in the Palestinian arena: that the religious fervor associated with Ramadan will find an outlet in the form of “lone-wolf” stabbing or car-ramming attacks, as it did last year; and the deteriorating conditions in the Gaza Strip.
    In the monthly report submitted to the UN Security Council on Friday by Nickolay Mladenov, the UN secretary-general’s special envoy to the Middle East wrote: “In Gaza we are walking into another crisis with our eyes wide open.”
    Mladenov warned the Security Council that if urgent steps are not taken to de-escalate matters, “the crisis risks spiraling out of control with devastating consequences for Palestinians and Israelis alike.”
    Mladenov reminded the Security Council that the source of the deterioration, with a reduced power supply and cuts to PA employees’ salaries in the Strip, is the political conflict between the Fatah-run PA and Hamas. Most residents in Gaza now receive electricity for only four hours a day, and this might be reduced to two hours, with the humanitarian crisis worsening. No one is interested in a military confrontation, Mladenov told Security Council members, adding that the PA, Hamas and Israel all share responsibility to prevent one.

    #Gaza #Palestine #Israël

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  • Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike in Israeli jails ends - Palestinians - Haaretz
    http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-1.792174

    The hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails ended after 40 days on Friday night, according to the Israel Prison Service and Palestinian officials.
    The hunger strike ended after Israel reached an agreement with the Palestinian Authority and the Red Cross over prisoners’ visitation rights, according to the prison service. The sides agreed that the prisoners would be eligible for two visits a month, as was in the past before being reduced to one visit a month.
    The strike ended in time for the month-long Muslim fast of Ramadan, which begins on Saturday.
    Despite Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan’s remarks according to which there will be no negotiations and that the prisoners’ demands won’t be met, the strike ended following days of talks that peaked on Friday night. This, while the prison service attempted to reach some understandings over the strike prior to U.S. President Donald Trump’s arrival in Israel earlier this week. The prison service stressed that there were no negotiations with the prisoners, but rather that “understandings” had been reached.

    #Palestine #grèvedelafaim #Israël

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  • Au Moyen-Orient, Trump se focalise sur le #terrorisme
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/240517/au-moyen-orient-trump-se-focalise-sur-le-terrorisme

    À l’issue de quatre jours passés en #Arabie_Saoudite, en #Israël et à Bethléem, le président américain a renoué l’alliance avec la monarchie saoudienne au prix de nombreuses contradictions, mais il a aussi surpris en ne s’alignant pas complètement sur les positions de la droite israélienne et américaine.

    #International #Attentats_de_Manchester #Benjamin_Netanyahou #Donald_Trump #Etats-Unis #Iran


  • Derrière la vitrine culturelle israélienne, une intolérable occupation
    http://orientxxi.info/lu-vu-entendu/derriere-la-vitrine-culturelle-israelienne-une-intolerable-occupation,18

    Avec Un boycott légitime, le cinéaste israélien Eyal Sivan et la productrice Armelle Laborie ont jeté l’automne dernier un pavé dans la vitrine culturelle et intellectuelle d’Israël. Ils démontent méthodiquement les mécanismes de la #Propagande qui sert à présenter une image démocratique, libérale, dynamique — et fausse — d’un État d’exception permanent, hors-la-loi pour le droit international. Pour eux, le mode de résistance pacifique qu’est le boycott culturel et académique n’est pas une atteinte à la liberté (...)

    #Lu,_vu,_entendu

    / #Israël, #Palestine, Propagande, #Culture, Université, Boycott Désinvestissement Sanctions (...)

    #Université #Boycott_Désinvestissement_Sanctions_BDS_
    « http://www.haaretz.com/leftist-views-don-t-keep-professors-from-teaching-at-ariel-1.458869 »
    « https://bdsmovement.net/pacbi »
    « http://www.aurdip.fr/les-directives-pacbi-pour-le.html »
    « http://www.institutfrancais.com/fr/saisons/france-israel-2018 »
    « http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/nation-branding-some-lessons-from-israel »


  • The Jerusalem obsession - Opinion -

    Of all of Israel’s whims, this is the craziest of all. A country trying look secular, Western and modern is going nuts over a wall

    Gideon Levy May 18, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.789919

    The sky has fallen. America is stuttering about the Western Wall. Where is it located? Whom does it belong to? It’s the end of the world, the Zionist enterprise is finished. It’s a good thing we have a Habayit Hayehudi representative in the United Nations (in the guise of the American ambassador), Nikki Haley. She hastened on Tuesday to prevent another emotional holocaust by stating that in her personal opinion, the Kotel is ours. What a relief! The Temple Mount is (again) in our hands.
    Of all of Israel’s whims, this is the craziest of all. A country trying look secular, Western and modern is going nuts over a wall. It’s a fetish. You can live with it, of course, but like any obsession it can drive you insane.
    But the obsession with the Kotel is part of a wider syndrome, the Jerusalem obsession. There’s no more divided city than united Jerusalem, and we’ve devised no greater self-deception than thinking there can be a solution without justice in Jerusalem. You can of course love Jerusalem, which was a lovely city until its last occupation, with an amazing history and holy places. You can pray toward it a dozen times a day, to a city that Jews lived in for generations and also longed for. It is truly an exciting and recommended tourist destination, just check out TripAdvisor.
    But a country that wakes up in terror because some American official avoided saying that the Kotel is part of Israel, proves not only that its discourse is delusional, but that it isn’t at all sure that the Kotel really belongs to it, and how uncertain it is about its borders, sovereignty and justness. When it comes to talking about Jerusalem, it loses its moorings; when it comes to the Kotel, it loses consciousness. In both instances we’re talking about detachment from reality.

    #Israël #Jérusalem

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  • Tillerson: Trump considering impact of U.S. embassy move on peace process -

    In first, the U.S. secretary of state publicly admits that the embassy move is being weighed as part of the larger effort to reach an Israeli-Palestinian agreement

    Amir Tibon and Barak Ravid May 14, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.789140

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday that while President Donald Trump still hasn’t made a decision on whether or not he will move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an important part of his deliberations is how such a move would impact the Trump administration’s efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
    Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Tillerson explained that “the president, I think rightly, has taken a very deliberative approach to understanding the issue itself, listening to input from all interested parties in the region, and understanding, in the context of a peace initiative, what impact would such a move have.”
    This is the first time that a senior figure in the Trump administration has admitted publicly that the embassy move, a promise Trump made during the election campaign, is being weighed as part of the larger effort to reach a peace agreement. Tillerson added further that Trump was “being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process.” In recent weeks, press reports in Israel indicated that the Trump administration was not planning to move the embassy.
    Tillerson also said that the president wants to understand “whether Israel views it as being helpful to a peace initiative or perhaps as a distraction,” hinting at possible disagreements on the issue within the Israeli government. The Israeli security establishment and the army have warned in the past that moving the embassy could lead to increased violence on the ground in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

    #Israël #Jérusalem #Etats-Unis

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  • Let FIFA bring peace
    The powerful and impartial world soccer association might be just the right body to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Too bad its president balked

    Assaf Gavron May 14, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.788937

    It’s a pity FIFA backtracked on its intent to vote on the suspension of Israel for violating a clause in the constitution of the world soccer association. The succumbing of FIFA president Gianni Infantino to pressure exerted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a half-hour phone conversation last Friday, as reported by Netanyahu’s bureau, was both cowardly and embarrassing.
    Israel is violating a clear-cut clause, which is simple and logical. Article 72.2 in FIFA’s statutes prohibits a member state from establishing a soccer team in the territory of another state which is a FIFA member. It cannot include such a team in its soccer leagues without the consent of the other state. The lower Israeli leagues have six teams from settlements in the West Bank. The West Bank is not recognized as part of Israel, not even by Israel itself. However, Palestine has been a FIFA member since 1998.
    According to some reports, Netanyahu told Infantino that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been around for a long time and that FIFA would not be the one to resolve it. But, actually, why not? Or at least, why can’t it try to? If Netanyahu and his predecessors haven’t managed to do so in all their attempts over the years – Netanyahu still claims that he’s trying — why can’t someone else be given the chance to try something different?
    FIFA is an international organization with immense power. Its power stems from soccer’s great popularity, which is translated into big moneyand widespread influence. Understandably, an organization such as FIFA can get mired in internal power struggles and corruption, which has set in over the years. But in the Israeli-Palestinian context the advantage of FIFA is that it is impartial with regard to inter-state politics. Israel cannot accuse it of political bias or anti-Semitism. This is an organization that deals with soccer tournaments.

    #Israël #FIFA @Football

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  • Le conflit israélo-palestinien dilemme pour république en marche
    https://www.argotheme.com/organecyberpresse/spip.php?article3087

    Rarement abordé pendant la campagne électorale de la dernière présidentielle en France, pour des raisons qui restent à cerner, le conflit israélo-palestinien est, sujet de taille diplomatique, d’actualité incontournable. Cependant aussi quand on ne plaide pas uniformité de sionisme, Israël et judaïsme, l’accusation facile d’antisémitisme qui a frappé bien des profils de militants français pour la paix équitable et juste, frappe le 1er qui cite ces termes sans se plier à la doctrine de la doxa... Pour (...)

    #associations,_mouvement,_vie_associative,_initiatives_citoyennes,_intérêt_commun,_communauté,_Etat,_institution

    / Netanyahou, François Hollande, Toulouse, Canard Enchaîné, Israël, élections , censure, presse, journaux, dictature, expressions, liberté, Israël, Proche-Orient, EPU, droits de l’homme, (...)

    #Netanyahou,François_Hollande,_Toulouse,_Canard_Enchaîné,_Israël,_élections #censure,_presse,_journaux,_dictature,_expressions,_liberté #Israël,_Proche-Orient,_EPU,_droits_de_l’homme,_ONU #économie,_politique,_arts,_corruption,_opposition,_démocratie #France_Sarkozy_justice_politique_scandale_UMP_PS_PCF


  • Le conflit israélo-palestinien dilemme pour république en marche
    http://www.argotheme.com/organecyberpresse/spip.php?article3087

    Rarement abordé pendant la campagne électorale de la dernière présidentielle en France, pour des raisons qui restent à cerner, le conflit israélo-palestinien est, sujet de taille diplomatique et d’actualité incontournable. Cependant aussi quand on ne plaide pas uniformité de sionisme, Israël et judaïsme, l’accusation facile d’antisémitisme a frappé bien des profils de militants français pour la paix équitable et juste. Pour déterminer l’orientation générale, du nouveau parti présidentiel apparu depuis moins (...)

    #associations,_mouvement,_vie_associative,_initiatives_citoyennes,_intérêt_commun,_communauté,_Etat,_institution

    / Netanyahou, François Hollande, Toulouse, Canard Enchaîné, Israël, élections , censure, presse, journaux, dictature, expressions, liberté, Israël, Proche-Orient, EPU, droits de (...)

    #Netanyahou,François_Hollande,_Toulouse,_Canard_Enchaîné,_Israël,_élections #censure,_presse,_journaux,_dictature,_expressions,_liberté #Israël,_Proche-Orient,_EPU,_droits_de_l’homme,_ONU #économie,_politique,_arts,_corruption,_opposition,_démocratie #France_Sarkozy_justice_politique_scandale_UMP_PS_PCF


  • The People vs. Haaretz - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/opinion/the-people-vs-haaretz.html?_r=0

    Un violent article contre Haaretz, qui s’inscrit dans la campagne du gouvernement israélien de museler les médias, comme il le fait avec la première chaîne de télévision

    TEL AVIV — Haaretz is an Israeli newspaper. Admired by many foreigners and few Israelis, loathed by many, mostly Israelis. Read by few, denounced by many, it is a highly ideological, high-quality paper. It has a history of excellence. It has a history of independence. It has a history of counting Israel’s mistakes and misbehavior. It has a history of getting on Israel’s nerves.

    Still, it is just a newspaper. The story of the people vs. Haaretz — that is, of a great number of Israelis’ growing dislike for the paper — is worth telling only because it tells us something about Israel itself: that the country’s far left is evolving from a political position into a mental state and that the right-wing majority has not yet evolved into being a mature, self-confident public.

    Consider an incident from mid-April. Haaretz published an op-ed by one of its columnists. It made a less-than-convincing argument that religious Zionist Israelis are more dangerous to Israel than Hezbollah terrorists. And yet, the response was overwhelming. The prime minister, defense minister, education minister and justice minister all denounced the article and the newspaper. The president condemned the article, too. The leader of the centrist party Yesh Atid called the op-ed “anti-Semitic.” Leaders of the left-of-center Labor Party called it hateful. The country was almost unified in condemnation.

    Of course, not completely unified. On the far left, a few voices supported the article and the newspaper. Some argued that the article was substantively valid. Others argued that whether the article was substantive or not, the onslaught on Haaretz is a cynical ploy to shake another pillar of the left — maybe its most visible remaining pillar.

    If there is such ploy, it doesn’t seem to be working. Last week, on the eve of Israel’s Memorial Day, a day of somber reflection, Haaretz was at it again. One article by a leading columnist explained that he could no longer fly the Israeli flag. Another seemed to be calling for a civil war. These are not exceptions; they are the rule for a newspaper that in recent years has come to rely on provocation.

    #Israël #libertés #médias

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  • Les crises internationales qui attendent le nouveau pouvoir (2/2)
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/120517/les-crises-internationales-qui-attendent-le-nouveau-pouvoir-22

    Des opposants au président Kabila ont défilé dans les rues de Kinshasa, au mois de septembre 2016, quand il a été annoncé que les élections seraient repoussées. © Reuters Mediapart poursuit sa revue des douze situations de crise que le nouveau pouvoir devra affronter en priorité. Après les six crises liées à la présence des groupes djihadistes et du terrorisme, nous avons sélectionné six autres pays ou zones qui peuvent constituer un risque majeur pour la sécurité internationale.

    #International #Algérie #Birmanie #Chine #Corée_du_Nord #Israël-Palestine #les_12_crises_internationales #RDC_Congo #Ukraine


  • La #grève_de_la_faim de plus de 2000 prisonniers politiques palestiniens entre dans sa troisième semaine.
    http://www.initiative-communiste.fr/articles/international/greve-de-faim-de-plus-de-2000-prisonniers-politiques-palestini

    Dimanche 7 mai 2017 a marqué la troisième semaine de grève de la faim des 2000 prisonniers politiques palestiniens dans les geôles d’Israël. Cette mobilisation a été nommée « le combat pour la Liberté et la Dignité » par les #prisonniers_palestiniens qui franchissent ainsi « une nouvelle étape dans leur longue lutte pour la liberté » déclare Marwan […]

    #3-INTERNATIONAL #articles #apartheid #international #Israël #Moyen-Orient #Palestine


  • Le #Hamas annonce faire peau neuve
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/020517/le-hamas-annonce-faire-peau-neuve

    Le mouvement islamique qui dirige #Gaza a publié un document politique infléchissant sa position sur les frontières de la #Palestine et sa relation à l’Égypte. Au même moment, le président palestinien #Mahmoud_Abbas s’apprête à rencontrer Donald Trump. Véritable changement ou adaptation stratégique ?

    #International #charte #Israël


  • The attack in Syria: Israel’s policy of ambiguity is nearing an end

    Strike in Damascus international airport attributed to Israel ■ Why isn’t Russia taking action? ■ defense chief draws a new red line: No Iranian and Hezbollah military presence on the Syrian border

    Amos Harel Apr 28, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/syria/1.786074

    What has been done up to now with a degree of ambiguity, not to say discretion, is now being done for all to see. Syria confirmed on Thursday, in a report from its official news agency, that the Israeli airforce struck a military compound next to the Damascus airport before dawn.

    Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz implicitly acknowledged Israeli responsibility for the strike when he explained in a somewhat sleepy radio interview from the United States on Army Radio that “the incident totally fits with our policy for preventing weapons transfers to Hezbollah.” And all of this happened while Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman was away on a visit to Russia, the chief sponsor of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
    Katz’s comments followed an earlier, first acknowledgement of its kind by Israel, after numerous reports in the Arab media of an Israeli airstrike in Syria in late March. And this past Tuesday, a senior Israel Defense Forces officer told journalists that about a hundred missiles, some intended for Hezbollah, were destroyed in that March airstrike. But it is still not certain that a deliberate decision has been made to abandon the policy of ambiguity that Israel has adhered to for the past five years, neither denying nor confirming its responsibility for such air strikes.
    This policy of ambiguity seems to be based on the idea that Israel’s refusal to comment on these strikes makes them less of an embarrassment for the regime and thus does not whet the Syrians’ appetite for revenge as much. The recent deviations from this policy were likely random occurrences and not the product of long-range strategic thinking.

    The initial reports from Damascus did not specify what types of weaponry was hit. Arab intelligence sources (quoted by an Amman-based reporter for Reuters) claimed that the targets this time were arms shipments from Iran being smuggled on civilian commercial flights via the international airport in Damascus.

    #Syrie #Israël #Hezbollah

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  • Abbas believes ’historic opportunity’ for peace under Trump, says Palestinian envoy

    ’President Trump has the political capital, the relationships with all the parties involved and the will to actually achieve this goal,’ Husam Zomlot says ahead of Abbas visit to Washington

    Amir Tibon (Washington) Apr 28, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-1.786177

    WASHINGTON - Five days before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives in Washington for his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, one of his closest advisers told Haaretz that Abbas believes there is a “historic opportunity” to reach a peace agreement under Trump’s leadership, and that he is looking forward to forging a “strategic partnership” with the new American president.
    Dr. Husam Zomlot, the recently appointed chief representative of the PLO in Washington, said that Abbas is coming to Washington with one clear objective: creating a political horizon for peace together with Trump. He added that Trump and Abbas had a “very positive conversation” when they spoke on the phone last month, and that Abbas is ready to “employ his vision for peace with full force.”
    Asked about the meeting’s agenda, Zomlot clarified that “there is one thing on the agenda – and that thing is the historic opportunity for peace presented by President Trump.”
    In an interview with Reuters overnight, Trump said, “I want to see peace with Israel and the Palestinians. There is no reason there’s not peace between Israel and the Palestinians - none whatsoever.”
    In contrast to some in Israel who declared that Trump’s election was the end of the peace process, Zomlot sounded positive about working with the U.S. administration.

    #Palestine #OLP #Etats-Unis #Israël

    https://seenthis.net/messages/593976 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Ce que dit Emmanuel Macron
    http://orientxxi.info/magazine/ce-que-dit-emmanuel-macron,1824

    Quels sont selon vous les principaux intérêts que la #France doit défendre en Afrique du nord et au #Proche-Orient ? Selon Emmanuel Macron, les intérêts que la France doit défendre sont de trois ordres. « Nos intérêts sécuritaires, d’abord, c’est avant tout lutter contre le terrorisme. Protéger les Français en France et dans le monde doit être notre préoccupation constante. Puis nos intérêts climatiques (…), et enfin nos intérêts économiques ». Pour garantir la sécurité des Français, la France doit tout autant (...)

    #Magazine

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    #Arabie_saoudite


  • Anti-settlements resolution in Mass could be ’last straw’ for many Dems, warns party boss in AIPAC’s pocket

    http://mondoweiss.net/2017/04/settlements-resolution-massachusetts

    This is good news. The Massachusetts Democratic Party is getting involved in the Israel/Palestine issue, with rival resolutions that are already dividing the state committee.

    Writes Shira Schoenberg at Mass Live:

    Democratic State Committeewoman Carol Coakley, of Millis, introduced a resolution, which will be voted on by the State Committee later this month, condemning Israeli settlements as “obstacles to peace” and urging Massachusetts’ members of Congress to oppose the settlements.

    James Segel, a former aide to Congressman Barney Frank, at a public hearing on Wednesday introduced an alternative resolution urging support for a two-state solution and acknowledging that there are many impediments to peace — including both Israeli settlement expansion and Palestinian incitement and terrorism.

    Longtime Democratic Party boss/treasurer Steve Grossman, who also headed the Israel lobby group AIPAC, is upset that anyone would take a stance against settlements:

    “I think passage of the Coakley resolution would be deeply divisive at a time when Democrats should be working on common shared principles and values, and I think it would harm the Democratic Party,” warned Steve Grossman, a former state Democratic Party chairman and a lifetime member of the Democratic State Committee who previously led the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a national pro-Israel lobby.

    Here’s the Globe’s panicky report, which gives Grossman paragraph after paragraph to sound off:

    State Democratic Party heavyweights are sounding a red alert against a provocative proposal for their state committee to declare opposition to Israeli settlements in the West Bank without specifically mentioning Palestinian violence, a step some top leaders fear would lead to an exodus of Democratic voters…

    Grossman… said it feeds a “one-sided blame game,” which is playing out across college campuses and in pockets of the “progressive wing of the Democratic Party,” and would send a disturbing message to many Democratic activists.

    “A lot of people would read about it and would read the language and say: ‘Frankly, that’s the last straw. This is not a place I feel comfortable any longer,’ ” Grossman said.

    “Many would see it as an attempt to drive a rhetorical stake through Israel’s heart and lay the blame — not part of the blame, but virtually the exclusive blame — for the failure of the peace process at Israel’s door, to the exclusion of any responsibility by Palestinians,” he said.

    Here’s that resolution. Very mild! We affirm our support for longstanding US policy, from Johnson to Obama, that settlements “are an obstacle to peace.”

    #Israël #colonies #Etats-Unis

    https://seenthis.net/messages/592492 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Le commerce des armes selon la géopolitique post-guerre froide
    https://www.argotheme.com/organecyberpresse/spip.php?article3068

    L’Institut international de recherche sur la paix de de Stockholm, plus connu sous son acronyme « SIPRI », vient de publier une base de données, des grandes nations exportatrices d’armes ainsi que de leurs meilleurs clients. Les chiffres de cette ONG suédoise concernent toutes les périodes depuis 1988, nous vous proposons ce sujet sur celle de 2011 à 2015. Depuis les révoltes des populations arabes pour déloger les despotes qui passent des décennies à la tête des Etats, le désordre fomenté par les (...)

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    #Internet_et_entreprises_qui_soumettent_des_articles_pour_des_liens_retours. #censure,presse,_journaux,_dictature,_expressions,_liberté #Terrorisme_,_islamisme,Al-Qaeda,politique, #économie,_politique,_arts,_corruption,_opposition,_démocratie #Obama,_USA,_Israël,_Proche-Orient,_Palestine #fait_divers,société,_fléau,_délinquance,_religion,_perdition #Afrique,_Monde_Arabe,_islam,_Maghreb,_Proche-Orient, #Russie,_Poutine,_Europe_de_l’Est,


  • Le commerce des armes selon la géopolitique post-guerre froide
    http://www.argotheme.com/organecyberpresse/spip.php?article3068

    L’Institut international de recherche sur la paix de de Stockholm, plus connu sous son acronyme « SIPRI », vient de publier une base de données, des grandes nations exportatrices d’armes ainsi que de leurs meilleurs clients. Les chiffres de cette ONG suédoise concernent toutes les périodes depuis 1988, nous vous proposons ce sujet sur celle de 2011 à 2015. Depuis les révoltes des populations arabes pour déloger les despotes qui passent des décennies à la tête des Etats, le désordre fomenté par les (...)

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  • #Israël-Palestine : l’heure de #Marwan_Barghouti ?
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/200417/israel-palestine-l-heure-de-marwan-barghouti

    En prenant la tête d’une grève de la faim qui touche déjà près d’un détenu palestinien sur quatre, le dirigeant le plus populaire de #Palestine lance depuis sa prison un double défi. Au gouvernement israélien, tenté par un refus de négocier lourd de menaces. Et à Mahmoud Abbas, dont l’immobilisme est de plus en plus critiqué.

    #International