MENA Mashup: Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, and Tunisia
Kerry hadn’t even cleared Israeli airspace when Bibi announced those new ‘settlements’…!
One of Kerry’s (misguided) demands on Abbas was to concede on Likud’s Jewish State stance, Juan Cole served up an excellent diatribe…
Recognizing Israel as a Jewish State is like saying the US is a White State
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is adding a fifth demand to his negotiations with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas: That the Palestinians recognize Israel as a ‘Jewish state.‘
For Netanyahu’s demand to make any sense, he first has to define ‘Jewish.’ ‘Jewish’ has a number of possible meanings. It can mean ‘those recognized by Talmudic law as members of the Jewish “race” via maternal descent.’ The latter is the legal definition of Jewishness in Israeli law itself, and for this reason we must presume that it is what Netanyahu has in mind. It can also mean ‘adherents of the Judaic religion,’ and we can explore those implications, as well.
Needless to say no real ‘Framework’ was realized, except to agree to talk some more…
Kerry on Sunday wrapped up a three-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Before leaving for Jordan, Kerry was quoted by Israel Radio as saying that the United States and President Barack Obama are committed to presenting a ‘fair and balanced’ peace plan for the Middle East and improving security for all nations in the region.
During the press conference after his meeting with Abbas on Saturday, Kerry also said some progress were made in the peace talks, without mentioning any details.
However, the Palestinian source said on condition of anonymity that Kerry hasn’t officially presented to the Palestinian side any written document or a plan for a framework agreement, except for discussing issues such as recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.
Nabil Abu Rdineh, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a press statement that ‘President Abbas rejects all transitional, partial and temporary solutions.’
He added that Abbas and Kerry agreed to continue their meetings in the coming weeks.
Stay tuned… Snowden has more US-Israel secrets to expose…!
From the Grey Lady, recently… Saudis’ Grant to Lebanon Is Seen as Message to U.S.
Interestingly, it’s not just the Saudis’ fault… Lebanon complains to UN on Israel border espionage
So with all the Saudi perfidy in Anbar province and Syria, et al… Jordan on “alert” as tension rises on borders with Iraq, Syria
Meanwhile, Abbas met with King Playstation today… Abbas discusses peace process with Jordanian king While they both categorically rejected Israel’s demands on the Jordan Valley, they did craft a unified response to Kerry Israel, flatly, repudiated Kerry’s pathetic proposals… Israel rejects US proposals on Jordan Valley
Looking at our Libyan Fiasco…
So while the entire MENA is in flames, Big Oil, rakes it in…! *gah*
Anyways, I shall close with a glimmer of hope, from Tunisia… Tunisia Rejects Sharia Law…!