PM Salaam Fayad seeks steps against settlements (The Palestinians won’t make any more concessions.)

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JIWON: Thanks to almost-150 comments, which answered one weird Korean article and literally meant that ‘Israel = Worse than Nazi,’ I had to search for more. This article was dealing with ‘IJC & Israeli Separation Wall,’ but contained the similar paragraph as this. I am now very confused… What really means the settlement? What means legal or illegal and WHY? What is a real identity of Noam Federman, who poured all his private money into Israeli court-or-government to protect his legal-or-illegal outpost? A true Jewish leader or a mere troublemaker? No wonder most Labor voters have no idea where the outposts are located, who lives there and whom they’re bothering…

The Holy City of Hebron
In the beginning of the 19th century the Hebron settlement was to gain some relief when in 1807 and 1811 the Jews bought and leased over 800 dunams of land. (…) THE 1929 ARAB RIOTS IN HEBRON (…) Fifty-nine Jews were massacred that day. Seven more of the many wounded who were brought to Jerusalem died of their wounds. The Jews of Hebron, who had numbered 400, were brought to Jerusalem under heavy guard. (_Maariv_, 27 Feb 94)

2. Jewishvirtuallibrary: The Hebron Massacre of 1929
3. israelinsider: Views: Hebron: Murdered Twice?
4. The Eternal Flame of Hebron | Emet News Service
Hebron: Definition from – Notable people relating to Hebron

The migraine that is Migron Nov 15, 2008 / By Haaretz
(…) Most Labor voters have no idea where the outposts are located, who lives there and whom they’re bothering. To the left, the outposts symbolize the occupation; to the right, they embody Israel’s hold on the land. (…) Predictably, the Yesha Council of settlements in Judea and Samaria does not seem too concerned about the situation. Although there is no state budget for the outposts, the army still guards their residents, regardless of their legal standing. (…)

PM Salaam Fayad seeks steps against settlements Nov 27, 2008 16:06 | Updated Nov 27, 2008 16:20 / By Jerusalem Post, ASSOCIATED PRESS / RAMALLAH

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad asked Palestinian diplomats Thursday to campaign abroad for economic steps against Israeli West Bank settlements.

Israel has ignored international appeals to halt settlement expansion and a new approach is required, Fayad told a gathering of Palestinian ambassadors.
“We want you to make the whole world aware of the problem because condemnations and press conferences are not enough anymore,” Fayad said.
Almost half a million Israelis live in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War and sought by the Palestinians for their future state, along with Gaza.

Fayad singled out Britain as a model. Britain has said it is pressing European countries for tighter controls of imports to the EU from West Bank settlements, some of which are admitted at European ports as the produce of Israel and therefore enjoy tariff benefits under an Israel-EU treaty.
“We call on other countries in the EU to follow suit with Britain on this issue,” Fayad said.

Israel has criticized Fayad’s campaign and said it would lead nowhere.

Two European companies, Swedish lock maker Assa Abloy AB and Dutch brewer Heineken, already have said they are pulling business out of an industrial park in a West Bank settlement.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, met with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem.
Abbas urged US President-elect Barack Obama to get involved quickly in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that were launched by US President George W. Bush a year ago. The talks have not produced tangible results.
The PA president said Israel and the United States should take a closer look at an Arab peace initiative that was first proposed in 2002. The plan says Israel would win full Arab recognition if it withdraws from all the lands it captured in 1967 and accepts an influx of Palestinian refugees.
“We hope that the new Israeli government and the new US administration will put the Arab peace initiative on the table and I think that the solution won’t be hard at all,” he said. “We could have a calm Middle East, a calm North Africa and Israel will live in an ocean of peace.”
“This is a rare opportunity, and the Israelis should seize it,” he added.

Napolitano, meanwhile, said it was unrealistic to expect a peace deal by the end of this year, as initially envisioned by Bush. “But it is important that while the negotiations are going on, the circumstances of the Palestinian people should improve,” he said. “Better circumstances should be created.”
Earlier Thursday, Napolitano was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Fayad says he won’t be part of new PA gov’t
Aug 9, 2008 18:13 | Updated Aug 10, 2008 7:17 / By Jerusalem Post, KHALED ABU TOAMEH

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad said over the weekend that he does not intend to remain in political office after the establishment of a new Palestinian government.
Fayad’s remarks put an end to speculation that he was planning to run in the next presidential election in the PA. They also constitute a blow to the US and all those who were hoping that he would continue to play a major role in the PA in the future.
He renewed his call for the formation of a transitional government that would run the affairs of the Palestinians until new elections are held. He said the transitional government would not include members of Hamas or Fatah.

Fayad, from the Third Way Party, made it clear that he does not see himself heading such a government.
He said that his current job was the last he would hold in the PA.
“This is the last official job I carry out in the Palestinian Authority,” he said. “When we talk about the need to establish a new national government, we mean one that would be headed by a new prime minister and new cabinet ministers.”

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said that the Palestinians would not regret Fayad’s exit from the scene. “The departure of Fayad and his government would end an era of dictatorship,” he said. “Fayad and his government were part of a dangerous Israeli-American scheme aimed at protecting Israel’s security.”

Fayad, who was speaking to reporters in Ramallah shortly before leaving for Yemen, also ruled out the possibility of reaching an agreement with Israel this year. “A political solution with Israel is not near. On the contrary – the settlement construction and Israel’s security measures on the ground show that there’s no progress.”
He said that although the main “components” of a future peace agreement with Israel were known, the possibility of reaching a deal at present was nonexistent.

Fayad’s remarks reflect growing frustration among the PA leadership regarding the prospects of achieving a breakthrough in the peace talks.
The PA is particularly disappointed with the US administration for refusing to pressure Israel to display more “flexibility” in the peace talks with the Palestinians.
Ahmed Qurei, head of the PA negotiating team, and Saeb Erekat, the chief PA negotiator, had failed to convince the US administration to put pressure on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to make far-reaching concessions to the Palestinians, a senior PA official in Ramallah told The Jerusalem Post.

He said that Qurei and Erekat, who visited Washington last week, were told by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the Bush administration had also concluded that a peace agreement with Israel before the end of this year was no longer a realistic option.
“The Americans have decided to be less involved in the peace negotiations,” the PA official said. “They explained that in the wake of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s decision to quit next month, the peace process will have to be put on hold.”
The senior PA official added that Washington made it clear that it did not intend to pressure Jerusalem to make concessions to the Palestinians so as not to harm Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni’s chances of winning the Kadima primary on September 17.

Accusing Israel of failing to take steps to give credibility to the peace process, Fayad called for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. He said the international community was now required to pressure Israel to work toward a two-state solution.
The Palestinians, he stressed, won’t make any more concessions.
“The whole world must know that ending the conflict requires an end to the Israeli occupation of the lands that were occupied in 1967, including east Jerusalem,” he said. “We don’t distinguish between a settlement that was built today and one that was built 35 years ago.”

Fayad said Israel was trying to benefit from the split between the West Bank and Gaza Strip. “Israel is trying to deal with the West Bank as a separate entity,” he said. “This has been the case since the unilateral Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip [in 2005].”
He described the ongoing power struggle between Hamas and Fatah as a “catastrophe,” adding that the Gaza Strip was headed toward the abyss.

Fayad met with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh Saturday, and spoke of his wish to establish an interim Palestinian government not containing Hamas or Fatah members.
Israel Radio reported that the plan to establish such a government was intended to overcome divisions between the two factions, and that the interim government would operate until parliamentary elections scheduled for next year.
A Yemeni government statement said that Fayad briefed Saleh on “the latest developments in the Palestinian arena and the exerted efforts for realizing dialogue and achieving reconciliation among the Palestinian factions.”
The PA prime minister also spoke of the importance of the Yemeni role in “Palestinian reconciliation,” and thanked the Yemeni president.
Saleh told Fayad of “the importance of doubling efforts to unite the Palestinians and end all the conflicts between Fatah and Hamas through dialogue.”

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