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  • Netanyahu confidante: 'Status quo' in Jerusalem must remain in two-state deal

    If Jerusalem is not divided, then East Jerusalem cannot be the capital of a Palestinian state, a central Palestinian demand. Israeli Minister Yuval Steinitz reveals two-state stance to the 'Telegraph.' Likud minister and close confidante of Prime Minister Netanyahu, Yuval Steinitz said that Israel is prepared to make "considerable and difficult" territorial concessions as part of a peace agreement with the Palestinians, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph (and reported on in Haaretz). Steinitz stressed that the two-state solution was the only way to end the conflict. This is apparently news because he, Netanyahu and the Likud Party once opposed a two-state…

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  • Children in the crosshairs: Lessons from the al-Dura affair

    The continued discussion of the almost 13-year-old Al-Dura affair reflects the current Israeli government's inability to conduct serious and impartial investigations into violations of Palestinian rights. By Brad Parker On Wednesday, Philippe Karsenty, a French media analyst, was convicted of defamation for accusing a French television network of orchestrating video footage of the famous shooting of 12-year-old Mohammad al-Dura in Gaza during September 2000. Over the past 13 years, the shooting has been at the center of Israeli nationalist sentiments of victimization, whether by the media, the international community or anyone else that criticizes Israeli policies toward Palestinians. While the verdict may do…

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  • 'Bill Clinton tried to dismantle Israeli natural gas revenue committee'

    Former Israeli finance minister reveals how the former American president tried to influence Knesset legislation and committee hearings on behalf of U.S. energy corporations. Former Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz revealed that former U.S. President Bill Clinton tried to have the Sheshinski Committee for natural gas revenues dismantled. According to Steinitz, Clinton, along with several members of congress whose names weren’t revealed, tried to stop the Israeli government’s attempt to increase the tax burden on American corporations. Yair Lapid replaced Mr. Steinitz at the Finance Ministry when the new Netanyahu government was formed. Several years ago, the unexpected discovery of huge…

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  • Shas spiritual leader may have paved way for attack on Iran

    Last week, Benjamin Netanyahu sent National Security Council head Yaakov Amidror to the spiritual leader of Shas, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Apparently, this was done to convince the rabbi of the need to attack Iran. According to Haaretz political analyst Yossi Verter, Shas ministers Eli Yishai and Ariel Attias, “both members of the security cabinet, are thought to be opposed to an Iran attack.” Verter continues: There are 14 ministers in the security cabinet; eight of them in the above-mentioned octet (the forum of eight - A.K.). At the moment, two are definitely in favor of an Iran attack: Netanyahu and…

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  • PA-Israel trade agreements only stabilize occupation

    The trade agreements signed earlier this week between Israel and the Palestinian Authority serve as a reminder of the convenient status quo of occupation. They also illustrate just how irrelevant the PA has become in the struggle against the foreign military regime, and raise the question: When and how will it pay the price? On the face of it, one might have expected that a new treaty signed between the ultra right-wing government in Jerusalem and the less and less influential one in Ramallah after a series of secret meetings would have made it to front pages everywhere. However, once…

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  • Oops: Unemployment in Israel 'leaps' by 20% overnight

    The Central Bureau of Statistics announced it is changing its criteria for calculating unemployment. On the new list: Arab communities. Off the list: IDF conscripts who are now considered "employed" . The result: A quantum leap of 20 percent.  This isn't even an April Fools joke. I wish it was. Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) sheepishly announced  that the criteria it's been using to calculate the unemployment ratio in Israel don't match the ones used by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which Israel insisted upon joining two years back. Now that the CBS intends to switch over…

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  • Women's exclusion comes from the top

    Behind the rhetorical condemnations of women's exclusion, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz are at least partially responsible for women's exclusion.  Discrimination and marginalization of women in the public sphere has been fermenting for years as a direct result of Israeli policies - or lack thereof. By Gil Gan Mor Israel's political leaders are concerned – and justifiably so – with the  recent incidents of exclusion and humiliation of women in the name of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. For example the incident of a women who refused to move after Haredi passengers demanded that she sit at the back…

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  • Binyamin Netanyahu is as anarchist as they come

    Just how disconnected Binyamin Netanyahu and his Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz really are is unbelievable At the weekly Sunday government meeting, Netanyahu had the audacity to say the following about Israel’s striking doctors, who are protesting the agreement their “representatives” reached with the Treasury (my bold): "I understand your desire to improve the terms of the contract, but no one in Israel is above the law. We all must abide by court rulings, otherwise we will have anarchy," he told the medical residents. No one in Israel is above the law? Really? I could think of few, mainly across the…

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  • Circle of absurdity: Hard-working Israelis can barely make ends meet

    The housing fiasco is part of a much bigger problem. It’s about the amount Israelis give, and what they get in return. This protest should be about a fundamental change in the way we set our priorities By Shaul Amsterdamski 1. I’m a parasite. My parents taught me to be independent, and yet - I’ve turned out to be a parasite. I’m a parasite because I have no other way to survive. In two weeks I’ll turn 31; I’m married with a kid who’s one year and five months old, and yet I’m still a parasite. It’s been seven years…

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  • The Palestinians have abandoned Oslo

    The Palestinian leadership realized the sham of the Oslo Accords, and is moving on If any proof was necessary to understand Palestinians must leave the old paths and strike their own way, the response of Finance Minister Steinitz to the reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah provided it. Steinitz announced (Hebrew) he is withholding transferring of tax funds to the Palestinian Authority – taxes which are collected by Israel for the Palestinians, which it is beholden to provide – as a protest. This isn’t the first time Israel uses this schtick, of stealing Palestinian funds and then holding to ransom; it…

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  • Ariel settlement in 2007: We are NOT part of Israel

    Not long ago, the large settlement which is now at the heart of the controversy over the refusal of Israeli theater actors to perform in its new auditorium, tried to prove in court that officially, it lies outside Israel, and therefore should be exempted from paying VAT Culture Minister Limor Livnat (Likud) was present this week at the opening of the new theater hall at the settlement of Ariel. A couple of months ago, several Israeli theater artist declared their refusal to perform in Ariel, which sits deep in the Palestinian territories, some 15 miles east of the Green Line.…

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  • Reservoir Dogs: The most heated debate in Israel you probably never heard of

    One of the most heated debates you’ve probably never heard of going on in Israel these days is over natural gas. Ever since reports began to surface on the huge reservoirs of gas off the coast of Israel, the discussion over who the it belongs to and how much money everybody is going to make from it seems to get uglier by the day. In fact, this is probably one of the most intense debates you’ll find today between tycoons and regulators around the world. But now, what until recently was solely an economic discussion has suddenly turned political. Left…

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