tisdag 6 december 2016

Lagförslag om att legalisera tidigare olagliga bosättningar

Här följer en artikel som försöker förklara vad ett lagförslag som strävar till att legalisera bosättningar som byggts på land som ägs av palestinska araber egentligen innebär. Lagförslaget har redan fördömts av omvärlden så det kan vara nyttigt att veta lite vad det handlar om.

What’s in the Israeli legislation that aims to legalize West Bank outposts?
"...The bill — if it passes three more readings in the Knesset and is not subsequently struck down by the Supreme Court — would legalize housing units built by settlers on private Palestinian land, if the construction was carried out in good faith: If the settlers did not know that the land they were building on was privately owned by Palestinians, and received some kind of assistance from the state, they would be allowed to remain there.

The proposed legislation notes that government support may be explicit or implicit, from the start or post-facto, and that the backing of local municipalities is considered state support.

The bill, sponsored by Jewish Home MKs Betzalel Smotrich and Shuli Moalem-Refaeli and Likud MKs David Bitan and Yoav Kisch, allows the government to appropriate land for its own use if the owners are unknown. If the owners are known, they will be eligible for yearly damages amounting to 125 percent of the value of leasing the land or a larger financial package valued at 20 years’ worth of leasing the plots, or alternate plots..."

Vad som gick fel i USA:s fredssträvanden

Ledare i The Times of Israel av David Horovitz:
Wrong from the start: Why John Kerry failed to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace
"...While Kerry and President Barack Obama assured Israelis they could afford to take the risk of territorial compromise, we have watched countries all around us descend into chaos, and seen every unsavory terror group you can name, and some you can’t, gain footholds in the neighborhood — from Syria, to Jordan, the West Bank, Gaza and Egypt. We have watched Iran grow emboldened and richer, thanks to a lousy accord that did not fully dismantle its rogue nuclear program. We saw Hezbollah fill the vacuum when we left southern Lebanon. We watched Hamas take over when we left Gaza, and we have since endured rocket fire and intermittent conflict as the reward for our withdrawal, even as we have been battered internationally for fighting back. We have witnessed Mahmoud Abbas’s West Bank Palestinian hierarchy encourage hostility to Israel, lie about our plans for the Temple Mount, and rewrite the previous Muslim narrative that acknowledged the historicity of Jerusalem’s Jewish temples in favor of a revisionist creed that denies all Jewish connection to the holy city and thus delegitimates Israel’s very presence.

The lesson that Kerry refused to learn, but that his successors would be wise to, is that you cannot broker peace when the people on one side of the negotiating table do not so much as acknowledge the right of the people on the other side to be there. Or to put it more constructively, if you want to create a climate in which an accommodation might one day be possible, you have to work bottom up as well as top down, and promote education — via social media, spiritual leadership, schools and political leadership — that provides an honest narrative, encourages moderation, and marginalizes extremism. More succinctly still, when the Palestinians’ schools start teaching the Jews’ holy land history as well as their own, you might legitimately feel the beginnings of optimism about peacemaking..."

Fatah video visades elva gånger senaste vecka

Under Fatahs generalkongress senaste vecka hedrade de palestinska myndigheternas TV kanal Fatah genom att elva gånger sända följande musikvideo. (och omvärlden skyller på Israel för att det inte blir fred)

Fatah: “Slice open the enemy’s chest - slice it!” (PMW)
Song on PA TV broadcast 11 times
during Seventh Fatah Conference

The following is an excerpt from the lyrics of the song celebrating Fatah violence that was broadcast 11 times in 6 days on official PA TV, during the Seventh Fatah Conference:

“Shoot the Dashka (machine gun) and the cannon
Let the whole world hear:
The Palestinian will never bow other than to the Lord of the universe...
Eilabun [in 1965] was the first shot [at Israel] and Fatah was responsible
The oath is to free the state from the hands of the Zionists
Long live all the Fatah men
No one prevailed over us
We burst over the borders...
The Fatah man does not take things lightly...
He fires the mortar and the machine gun...
Strike, mortar, strike!
Slice open the enemy’s chest, slice it
I’m a Palestinian and I want my right
My full right...
The difficult way is our way
Bullets! Sing for us!
Bullets! Sing for us
The sound of the rifles gives us joy
Fatah taught me, thank you, Fatah
I have no love other than the love of the rifle.”
[Official PA TV, 11 times from Nov. 29 -Dec. 4 2016,
also broadcast Dec. 31, 2012, daily Jan. 1-5, 2013]

måndag 5 december 2016

Ännu ett dumt uttalande från Obamaadministrationen

USA:s Utrikesminister John Kerry inför Saban Forum i Washington:Det kommer inte att bli fred mellan Israel och arabvärlden - jag vill göra detta klart för er alla - utan den palestinska processen och palestinsk fred.
“There will be no separate peace between Israel and the Arab world – I want to make that clear to all of you,” he said, “without the Palestinian process and without Palestinian peace.”

Hur skall någon från arabvärlden kunna visa sig vara redo till fred med Israel om inte ens USA är beredd att stöda en sådan process ifall inte palestinafrågan först fått en lösning? Ett verkligt dumt uttalande av Kerry! Det vore betydligt bättre att klart uttala sitt stöd till alla som vill sluta fred.

Med ett liknande uttalande förstörde Obama fredsförhandlingarna mellan Israel och palestinierna. Obama krävde redan 2009 att Israels skulle upphöra med byggandet i bosättningarna och efter det kunde Abbas naturligtvis inte gå med på något mindre. Innan det var byggandet inget hinder för fredsförhandlingar.

Kerry: 'Israel heading to a place of danger' over settlements

Arabvärlden en enorm utmaning

En FN rapport (Arab Human Development Report 2016) visar på vilka utmaningar och möjligheter arabvärlden står inför.
En tredjedel av arabvärldens befolkning består av ungdomar (15-29 år) detta medför stora möjligheter för arabvärlden att utvecklas, men samtidigt är det en enorm utmaning inte bara för arabvärlden utan också för Europa. Omkring 30 % av de unga är arbetslösa (medeltal för övriga världen 14%) det betyder att många löper stor risk att marginaliseras och i värsta fall lockas med i extrema och våldsamma grupper.
De arabiska ledarna verkar inte ha förmåga  att skapa nya jobb för den unga generationen, om det inte blir en förändring kan den nuvarande flyktingströmmen till Europa bara vara en liten förvarning om vad som är på kommande.
Av rapporten framgår också att krig och våldsamheter är ett stort problem bland den arabiska befolkningen.
Araberna utgör endast 5 % av världens befolkning men 45 % av terrorattackerna i världen utfördes bland dem.
Arabvärlden stod för 68 % av dödsfall i krig, 47 % av dem som är internt fördrivna (internally displaced) och 58 % av världens flyktingar.
Man behöver inte vara någon profet för att inse att om inte verkligt stora saker förändras inom arabvärlden kommer situationen där att bli ännu mer kaotisk än vad den är idag med stora följdverkningar för bland annat Europa.
Att påverka situationen i en positiv riktning har visat sig vara en mycket svår sak.

Kort artikel i The Economist:
Another Arab awakening is looming, warns a UN report
IN DECEMBER 2010 Egypt’s cabinet discussed the findings of their National Youth Survey. Only 16% of 18-29-year-olds voted in elections, it showed; just 2% registered for volunteer work. An apathetic generation, concluded the ministers, who returned to twiddling their thumbs. Weeks later, Egypt’s youth spilled onto the streets and toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

The UN’s latest Arab Development Report, published on November 29th, shows that few lessons have been learnt. Five years on from the revolts that toppled four Arab leaders, regimes are ruthlessly tough on dissent, but much less attentive to its causes.

As states fail, youth identify more with their religion, sect or tribe than their country. In 2002, five Arab states were mired in conflict. Today 11 are. By 2020, predicts the report, almost three out of four Arabs could be “living in countries vulnerable to conflict”....

UNDP rapport i sin helhet:
Arab Human Development Report 2016: Youth and the prospects for human development in changing reality
The point of departure of the report is the demographic fact that the current youth generation is the largest youth cohort this region has had over the past 50 years, making up 30% of its population of 370 million. The report argues that Arab countries can achieve a great leap forward in development, reinforce stability and secure such gains in a sustainable manner, if they adopt policies that give youth a stake in shaping their societies and put them at the centre—politically, socially and economically...

...First, that while young people between the
ages of fifteen and 29 make up nearly a third
of the region›s population, another third are
below the age of fifteen. This “demographic
momentum” will last for at least the next two
decades, and offers an historic opportunity
which Arab countries must seize...

...The report explores the many challenges
which youth in the Arab region continue to
face. Many continue to receive an education
which does not reflect the needs of labour
markets. High numbers of young people,
particularly young women, are unemployed
and excluded from the formal economy.
Young people without livelihoods find it
difficult to establish an independent home
and form their own family units. The risk
for these young people is that instead of
exploring opportunities and discovering
future prospects, they experience
frustration, helplessness, alienation, and

...Youth empowerment requires enhancing
the capabilities of young people. Delivery
systems for basic services, particularly in
education and health, must be improved.
The opportunities available to youth must
be expanded – through economies which
generate decent work and encourage
entrepreneurship, political environments
which encourage freedom of expression
and active participation, and social systems
which promote equality and act against all
forms of discrimination.

...Religion is a strong factor in fuelling the
current political conflicts in the Arab
countries. To varying degrees that range
from moderation to extremism, religious
arguments are frequently used to garner
support, gain advantages and attack
adversaries. Religion is a reference point 

fredag 2 december 2016

FN och Israel

Hillel Neuer listed the top 10 acts of U.N. anti-Israel bias in 2016 in his opening remarks at last week's University College London debate with Prof. Sir Nigel Rodley, member & former Chair of the UN Human Rights Committee, and Prof. Eric Heinze. Full 90-minute debate is here: https://youtu.be/ZJcNtRzJbCk

Se video här:

Regn och åska i Israel

Natten till fredag regnade det rejält i Israel. Jerusalem fick 24 mm regn, Tel-Aviv och kustregionen omkring 50 mm, Golanhöjderna och Hermon fick upp till 150 mm.
Sådana mängder på en kort tid skapade naturligtvis problem med översvämningar.

Flooding in Iksal. Credit: Israel Police

Flooding, road closures as heavy rain pounds Israel

In Pictures: Stormy weather pours over Israel