Netanyahu At 2018 Davos Forum

“The righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord... In the end they will look in triumph on their foes.” Ps. 112: 6-8

NETANYAHU AT 2018 DAVOS FORUM: The World Economic Forum is best known for its annual meeting at the end of January in Davos, a mountain resort in Graubünden, in the eastern Alps region of Switzerland. Israel’s PM Netanyahu was interviewed by news sources on the main Davos stage last Thurs. 25 Jan. 2018. Along with several issues, upon which he was asked to comment, was the permanent status of Jerusalem: "Under any peace agreement the capital of Israel will continue to be in Jerusalem," he said. Netanyahu reiterated that the seat of Israeli government is in Jerusalem, and that Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3000 years. Donald Trump did "a great service for peace, because peace can only be based on truth. You can't build peace on fantasy," the PM said. When asked whether there wasn't anything to be said for the Arabs' historical connection to Jerusalem, Netanyahu stated that "Israel's position is that Jerusalem should remain united under Israeli sovereignty with complete freedom for everyone to practice their faiths as they choose." He further claimed that if that were to change, "you could see Israel descend into the sectarian violence that categorizes other places in the Middle East.

The Palestinians should have all the power to govern themselves but none of the power to threaten us," Netanyahu said. "In any political arrangement the Jews must retain security control in the area, because otherwise you'll have ISIS. We have a mosaic of failed states in the Middle East, and we don't want another one." Netanyahu called Jared Kushner and Trump's peace team "very able," and remarked that "these people have made their marks in the market in real estate. This is fundamentally not a real estate deal, but it also has its real estate elements. They're very creative." He said the Palestinians – who have been “pampered” by the international community – “have to stop kvetching and return to negotiations. But it is a fact” he continued, “that Abbas simply does not want to negotiate, he runs away.” To sum up the subject of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Netanyahu said, "I think we want to end this conflict. I know what it could do for the neighborhood, for the Palestinians, for us." (J.Post)

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NO CONTACT BETWEEN USA AND PALESTINIANS SINCE TRUMP'S JERUSALEM ANNOUNCEMENT: Egypt and Jordan both disagreed with the USA decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but have moved on, and now it is time for the Palestinian Authority to do the same and return to negotiations, USA Vice President Mike Pence said last week at the end of his two-day visit in Israel. Prior to coming to Israel, Pence spent a day in Cairo and Amman, meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah II. He said Abdullah informed him that the USA and Jordan will “just agree to disagree” on the issue of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Pence noted that it was the Palestinians who walked away from the negotiations in 2014 and that “it’s time” for them to come back to the table.

Pence’s comments came as a senior White House official revealed that there has been no contact between the PA and the White House’s top Mideast negotiators, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt since Trump’s announcement on 6 December 2017. Despite this, and that the Palestinians have said the USA can no longer play the role of mediator in the diplomatic process, the official said the Trump administration remains “hard at work” on its peace plan, though there is currently no date for its release. The official dismissed the idea, which the Palestinians are pursuing, that Europe could take over the lead role in the diplomatic process from the USA. “There isn’t a single European country or other country we’ve spoken to since the 6 December 2018 announcement that in any way, shape or form believes that a USA-led process could be replaced,” he said. “They all want to work with the USA, despite the Palestinian reaction. I don’t think anybody believes the USA can be replaced in this process. Frankly, I don’t believe the Palestinians believe the USA can be replaced in this process.” (Fox)

TRUMP’S NEXT SANCTION: SHUTTING DOWN PLO’S WASHINGTON OFFICE: The United States is considering more sanctions against the Palestinian Authority as it continues to refuse to sit down for talks with Israel, officials in Washington said on Thurs. 25 Jan. 2018. According to those sources, if PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas does not come to his senses soon and return to the negotiating table, USA President Donald Trump will not stop cutting aid to the PA, and the next sanction will be the closure of the Palestine Liberation (PLO) offices in Washington and the sending of the PLO envoy back to Ramallah. The report came hours after Trump, during a meeting with Israel’s PM Netanyahu in Davos, threatened to cut off all monetary aid to the PA unless they agreed to resume negotiating with Israel and harshly criticized the PA for boycotting Vice President Mike Pence when he visited Israel earlier last week. "They disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them, and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support - tremendous numbers, numbers that nobody understands," charged the president, who added, “That money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace.” (Arutz-7)

HALEY SUGGEST IT’S TIME THE PALESTINIANS FIND NEW LEADERSHIP: USA Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Thurs. 25 Jan. 2018 told the Palestinians to find new leadership if they expect to achieve a peace settlement that leads to a better future for them and Israelis alike. While the USA remains committed to helping Israel and the Palestinian achieve a peace agreement, she told the UN Security Council, “We will not chase after a Palestinian leadership that lacks what is needed to achieve peace.” Haley compared Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas unfavorably with other Arab leaders who, she said, had taken courageous steps to reach peace agreements with Israel in decades past. “He has rejected any American role in peace talks. He has insulted the American president. He called for suspending recognition of Israel,” Haley said of Abbas. “He invoked an ugly and fictional past, reaching back to the 17th century to paint Israel as a colonialist project engineered by European powers.” In contrast, she recalled that Sadat traveled to Jerusalem to address the Knesset in 1977. “Sadat did not go to Jerusalem on bended knee. He spoke in no uncertain terms about the hard concessions he expected from the Israelis,” she said. “And then he said the words that both he and the world knew marked a turning point. He said to the Israeli legislators, ‘You want to live with us in this part of the world. In all sincerity, I tell you, we welcome you among us, with full security and safety.’” (Worthy News) Continue to pray for new leadership in the Palestinian Authority - those with a vision for true peace and co-operation with Israel.

ABBAS FAILS TO RECRUIT EU AS NEW PEACE BROKER: PA President Abbas was recently in Brussels trying to woo the EU, in the hope it would volunteer to replace Washington as the main sponsor of the peace process. Standing next to the union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, Abbas tried to convince the EU to recognize Palestinian statehood. Mogherini responded that the Europeans are interested in playing a "central role" in a renewed peace process, but she also acknowledged, "No effort will ever bring the two sides together if the international multilateral framework does not include the United States." Additionally, on 25 Jan. 2018 for the first time in its history, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe called for the Palestinian Authority to halt its payments to incarcerated terrorists and their families. Israel swayed the council to include a denunciation of terrorist payments as part of its passage of an overall resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Times of Israel)

THE PALESTINIANS AREN’T READY TO MAKE PEACE: No rational person could hear Abbas' 14 January 2018 diatribe, in which he engaged in a wild anti-Semitic rant, and still believe he has any interest in two states or coexistence. His complaints were not so much about the USA recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital as they were about the entire Zionist project. He made it clear his real problem was with Arthur James Balfour and the origins of Jewish statehood as well as in denying the historical ties between the Jewish people and their ancient homeland. He vowed to go on supporting terrorism and his violent words confirmed a commitment to incitement. Abbas demonstrated why he didn't take advantage of the eight years when Obama was hammering Israel to make concessions: he isn't interested in a deal that will end the conflict on any terms. To understand that peace isn't possible in the foreseeable future doesn't mean it can't happen eventually, when the political culture that makes Abbas' stand popular is rejected in favor of one rooted in an admission that their failed century-old war on Zionism is over. (Jewish News Syndicate) “Though his hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness will be revealed before the assembly” Prov. 26:26. Pray that world leaders will increasingly see Abbas’ sheep clothing disguise for what it is – mere covering for a ravenous wolf that seeks to devour Israel.

TRUMP BURST THE PALESTINIAN BUBBLE: President Trump “burst the Palestinian Arabs' bubble”, Middle East expert Dr. Mordechai Kedar said on 25 Jan. 2018. “The Palestinians are very disappointed because they built an entire house of cards by claiming they will get a Palestinian state. Who will give them such a thing? Nobody. They dream about the ‘return' of the 'Palestinian refugees' not to 'Palestine' but to the same villages in which they lived in Tel Aviv, in Netanya. These are all pipe dreams, and now Trump came and took out the Jerusalem card from the building, as well as the card with the issue of the refugees which they kept alive for 70 years, and now the whole thing is shattered to pieces,” said Kedar. “They've lost all direction, they have no idea what to do now, because they have no agenda. Everything in which they believed turned out to be nothing. This frustration,” he said, “will bring about the end of the Palestinian Authority.” Asked if the current situation could cause Palestinian Arabs to carry out more terrorist attacks, Kedar said, “Terrorists never need another reason to carry out attacks. The mere fact that we Jews have a state made us a target. I support the move of not only the American embassy but of all embassies to Jerusalem because this will contribute to peace. When our enemies understand that they've lost the fight against us, peace will come,” Kedar declared. (Arutz-7) “The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.” Ps. 112:10

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