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AFP: Palestinians will not be 'blackmailed' by Trump funding threat

AFP: Palestinians will not be 'blackmailed' by Trump funding threat

3 January 2018 | 07:28 | FOCUS News Agency
Tel Aviv. The Palestinians will not be "blackmailed" by US President Donald Trump, a senior official said Wednesday, after he threatened to cut aid to them worth more than $300 million a year, AFP reported.
"We will not be blackmailed," senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi said in a statement.
"President Trump has sabotaged our search for peace, freedom and justice. Now he dares to blame the Palestinians for the consequences of his own irresponsible actions!"
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The Jerusalem Post: LIKUD CENTRAL BODY TO PUSH FOR ANNEXATION OF ENTIRE WEST BANK

The Jerusalem Post: LIKUD CENTRAL BODY TO PUSH FOR ANNEXATION OF ENTIRE WEST BANK

30 December 2017 | 22:34 | FOCUS News Agency
Jerusalem. The Likud central committee is expected to vote to endorse annexation of Judea, Samaria, the Jordan Valley and Jerusalem in a meeting at Airport City on Sunday that is being billed as historic, The Jerusalem Post reports.
The decision would bind Likud Chairman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as all of the party’s ministers and Knesset members. The meeting was organized by the Likud’s nationalist ideological group, led by Likud activists Natan Engelsman and Shevah Stern.
“The goal is not to pressure the prime minister, because we believe he supports the initiative but cannot say so,” Engelsman said. “Our goal is to strengthen Netanyahu, who could have stopped the vote but made a point of letting it happen.”

The Likud central committee has not had a vote on a key ideological issue since it voted against a Palestinian state in 2002 at the request of Netanyahu, resulting in then-prime minister and Likud leader Ariel Sharon leaving the party.

Since then, prime ministers and Likud leaders have taken steps to prevent such votes. But Engelsman said now is the time to pass such a proposal, with President Donald Trump in the White House.

“This is a historic event that we have been waiting for,” Engelsman said. “If the president of the United States believes Jerusalem is ours, there is no reason why a right-wing party and coalition cannot. It’s important for us to show Trump what the ruling party in Israel wants, and since he loves the Jewish people, sooner or later, he will come to the same conclusion.”

Speakers at the event will include former interior and education minister Gideon Sa’ar and Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat, who both sent a video endorsement of the proposal to Likud activists.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, Communications Minister Ayoub Kara, Science and Technology Minister Ayoub Kara, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, and Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Avi Dichter also sent endorsements.

“After Trump was elected, I said the time had come to set a diplomatic goal of annexing Area C, on the way to exercising our sovereignty over all of Judea and Samaria,” Sa’ar said in the video he sent the Likud activists. “This will give a practical solution to the needs of the half-million Israelis living in Judea and Samaria.”
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The Jerusalem Post: Middle East needs two-state solution, pope says

The Jerusalem Post: Middle East needs two-state solution, pope says

25 December 2017 | 18:38 | FOCUS News Agency
Vatican. Pope Francis used his Christmas message on Monday to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after US President Donald Trump stoked regional tensions with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, The Jerusalem Post reported.
"Let us pray that the will to resume dialogue may prevail between the parties and that a negotiated solution can finally be reached, one that would allow the peaceful coexistence of two states within mutually agreed and internationally recognized borders," Francis said.
It was the second time that the pope has spoken out publicly about Jerusalem since Trump's decision on Dec. 6. On that day, Francis called for the city's "status quo" to be respected, lest new tensions in the Middle East further inflame world conflicts.
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