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Israeli Press Review of 24.06.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 24.06.2016

Major Headlines
  • Israel accuses Abbas of promoting lies, blood libels

Israel excoriated Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, saying he was peddling lies and promoting blood libels after he told European lawmakers in Brussels that terrorism worldwide would be eradicated if only Israel withdrew from the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the Times of Israel reports.

Abbas also pleaded with EU lawmakers to save Palestinians from Israeli “provocations,” including what he said were calls by rabbis to poison Palestinians’ water — repeating a debunked hoax story.

“Abbas showed his true colours in Brussels. Someone who refuses to meet with the [Israeli] president [Reuven Rivlin] and with Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu for direct negotiations, and someone who promotes blood libels in the European parliament, is lying when he claims his hand is outstretched in peace,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

“Israel waits for the day Abbas stops peddling lies and inciting [against Israel]. Until then, Israel will continue to defend itself against Palestinian incitement, which fuels terror,” the statement said.

Earlier Thursday, Abbas refused to meet with Rivlin, who was also in Brussels and who addressed the European Parliament a day earlier.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Netanyahu heads to Rome to oppose French initiative

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will fly to Rome on Sunday to try to fend off pressure from the United States and Europe over his policies and opposition to a French-led effort to forge peace with the Palestinians, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Beginning three days of intense diplomacy, Netanyahu will meet US Secretary of State John Kerry and the European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, in the Italian capital, followed by talks with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem.

One of Netanyahu's immediate concerns is a forthcoming report from the Middle East Quartet, a mediation group made up of the United States, EU, United Nations and Russia, that is expected to use unusually tough language in criticising Israel and blaming it for the current impasse in the peace negotiations.

Netanyahu spoke by phone to Russian President Vladimir Putin this week as part of his efforts to keep the Kremlin closely updated on developments in the region. The leaders have met face-to-face four times in the past year, with one Israeli official saying the two had developed a good understanding.

As well as a desire to defang the Quartet report, there are a series of issues Netanyahu needs to broach with Kerry, including how to conclude drawn-out negotiations with Washington on a new, 10-year defence agreement.

There is also the looming issue of a peace conference organised by the French that is supposed to convene in the autumn, although it may no longer take place in Paris. Netanyahu has already voiced his opposition to the initiative.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Security cabinet to finalise normalisation agreement with Turkey next week

Israel’s security cabinet is scheduled to meet to approve a rapprochement agreement with Turkey that is expected to be finalised on Sunday, according to senior government officials, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Approving the agreement would put an end to the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, and lead to the normalisation of ties between the two countries.

Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman, who before taking over his position last month was firmly opposed to an agreement with Turkey under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is not expected to oppose the arrangement. Neither Ankara nor Jerusalem is expected to have all its demands met.

Turkey had demanded that Israel lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip as a precondition to normalisation, something Israel refused to do. Instead, Jerusalem is expected to let Turkey transfer aid to Gaza through the port in Ashdod, and will also let Turkey build a power and desalinization plant in the Strip, as well as a hospital.

Israel had demanded that Turkey close Hamas’s command centre operating in Istanbul, something the Turks denied ever existed, and oust the terrorist organization from the country.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

 

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