Articles of the Day 4/29/14: It Takes Two To Tango

American negligence central to peace talks crisis, Israeli source says

“Conflicting American messages to Israel and the Palestinians surrounding the release of pre-Oslo Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails contributed to the crisis currently facing talks, an Israeli source knowledgeable about the negotiations said on Monday, a day before the talks were set to expire.”

Not too surprised by the incompetence by Kerry and the Obama administration but that is not the real reason for the failure of the talks. Only the Israelis really want peace. It takes two to tango.

Netanyahu Blocking New Construction, Say Judea & Samaria Mayors

“Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has instructed Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to cancel an upcoming hearing to promote plans for building in Judea and Samaria, IDF Radio reports Tuesday.”

Why do this if there are no talks taking place? It is becoming more and more difficult to defend Netanyahu.

Secret US-Hizballah talks. Washington plans to include Lebanon, Syria deals in Iran nuclear pact

“Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ initiation of a unity pact with the Hamas extremists last week did not come out of the blue. It was prompted by the direct contacts the Obama administration has secretly established with the Lebanese Hizballah. Abbas reasoned that if Washington can start a dialogue with a terrorist organization, so too can his own PLO and Fatah.”

Gaza anti-blockade protest ship hit by explosion

“The boat, dubbed Gaza’s Ark, was set to bring Palestinian produce from Gaza to Europe in an attempt to break Israel’s naval blockade on the Hamas-ruled enclave. A guard on the improvised boat, built by fishermen and international activists, was warned that the boat would be attacked. He left and then returned to hear the explosion and find the boat sinking.”

Iraqi helicopters hit convoy in Syria

“Iraqi army helicopters have attacked a self-declared jihadist convoy inside eastern Syria as it tried to approach the border, killing at least eight people, an interior ministry spokesman said.”

Bennett calls to annex 60 percent of West Bank

“With peace efforts stalled, Israel should annex over half of the West Bank and give Palestinians in the affected areas full Israeli citizenship, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said Sunday.”

Kerry: Israel could become an ‘apartheid state’

“If Israel does not make peace soon, it could become an “apartheid state” like South Africa, US Secretary of State John Kerry told a closed room meeting of world leaders recently, it was revealed early Monday morning.”

Time for Kerry to resign.

Jewish Youths Attempted to Enter Temple Mount Dressed as Muslims

“Two Jewish youths were taken in for questioning by Jerusalem police after attempting to enter the Temple Mount dressed as Muslim worshipers.”

UN gathers legal experts to plan campaign against Israel

“A UN committee on Palestinian rights today wrapped up a 2-day conference in Geneva where legal experts and a Palestinian cabinet minister exchanged plans on waging a legal campaign against Israel in international courts and organizations.”

Secret Shin Bet Unit at The Front Lines of Israel’s Cyber-War

“Now, nearly one month later, Channel 2 revealed Friday the existence of another party responsible for keeping Israel’s cyberspace safe: a secret unit of the Israeli Security Agency (ISA), or Shin Bet.”

10 Things You Need to Know About Hamas

1. Hamas Is an Internationally Recognized Terror Organization.
2. Hamas Was One of the First Two Organized Islamist Terror Groups.
3. Hamas’ Biggest State Sponsor Over the Years has Been Iran.
4. To Get Rid of Fatah in Gaza, Hamas Tossed Handcuffed Prisoners Out of Buildings.
5. Hamas Continues to Be Committed to Destroying Israel.
6. Hamas Mastered the Art of Suicide Bombers a Decade Before 9/11.
7. Hamas Strangles Palestinians Suspected of Working with Israel.
8. Hamas has Launched the Vast Majority of Rockets at Israeli Civilians in the South.
9. Hamas is Legally in Very Hot Water.
10. Hamas Kidnapped Gilad Shalit and Just Said They Want to Do It Again.

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee the Israeli government won’t try to negotiate with Hamas.

Lauder to ‘Post’: World now knows Abbas doesn’t want peace

“The international community now sees and understands that the Palestinian Authority does not want peace, World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.”

Western intelligence suggests Syria can still produce chemical arms

“(Reuters) – Syria maintains an ability to deploy chemical weapons, diplomats say, citing intelligence from Britain, France and the United States that could strengthen allegations Syria’s military recently used chlorine gas in its bloody civil war.”

IDF doctor saves life of Palestinian baby

“A Judea and Samaria Division’s Medical Officer saved the life of a one-month-old Palestinian baby who suffered from respiratory arrest on Friday night.

According to the source, the frequency to which Palestinians receive urgent medical treatment in IDF army posts stands on several times a month.”

Saudi Arabia joins the killer drone arms race

“Last week, Saudi Arabia bought its first drone fleet, according to a dispatch from Tactical Reports. Saudi Crown Prince Salman met with Chinese General Wang Guanzhong to sign a contract for a shipment of Chinese Wing Loong drones, also known as Pterodactyls. The drones that make up the shipment are designed to mimic America’s Predator drone, with surveillance capabilities and enough lift to carry two matched air-to-ground missiles.”

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