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Threats And Warnings From Israel And Iran

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni warned that although no final decision has been taken by her nation’s leaders about the threat from iran, their eventually will be a final resolution of how to deal with that country. “Iran needs to understand that the threat of military action exists and has not been taken off the table. As long as that’s made clear, the need to use (military action) will be reduced.” She was insistent the “time for a decision is now” and any form of weakness willl be interpreted by Iran as a form of willing to go along with the present situation and allow it to fester and grow. Livni also warned other nations that sitting by and not joining in dealing with the Iranian threat would also impact them.

President Ahmadinejad, who is attending a food conference in Rome, bluntly said yesterday that the world will soon witness the disappearance of Israel from the world map and he told Europeans they have been damaged by allowing the nation of Israel to exist.

Perhaps, Foreign Minister Livni forgets in 2003, President Bush also insisted the time was now for action against Iraq even though the UN urged time be allowed to continue their investigation about the so-called WMD. Patience is not always a virtue, but it can be an excellent policy that avoids mistakes.

Israel Foreign Minister Unaware Silence Is Golden!

The conduct of foreign policy is best achieved by quiet diplomacy and avoidance of making public comments concerning those with whom one must negotiate. Israel Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will be meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abdul Ghit this week to patch up their relationship which has been impacted by comments that were best never spoken. In Decmember, 2007, Livni refused to show the US Congress videofootage of Egyptian soldiers assisting Hamas smugglers bring weapons into Gaza. In response to the criticism, she said: “Some things are done on stage, some are done in Congress and some other things are done behind the scenes. every move needs to be calculated. To take an extreme scenario would you sever relations with Egypt over weapons?”

Up to this point her comments were those of a cool headed foreign policy leader, but, she went on in public, “Egypt played a positive role in Annapolis. But this does not negate the fact that their performance on the Gaza border is awful and problematic.”

Her comments infuriated Gheit: “It would be better if the Israeli minister did not run on about matters that she does not know enough about.” It would help of Livni followed her own advice and spoke with Egyptian officials in private about matters dealing with weapons in Gaza.

Into Gaza –Out Of Peace Negotiations For Israel

Israel Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told foreign diplomats that Israel would reoccupy the Hamas ruled Gaza Strip if that was the only way to halt Kassam rocket attacks on neighboring cities. Secretary of State Condi Rice is attempting new efforts to restart the apparently stalled peace negotiations with President Abbas which have broken down due to the Gaza rocket situation. Livni made clear “we cannot afford this kind of exreme Islamic state controlled by Hamas” and unless rocket attacks cease, “we might find outselves in a situation where we have no other choice” but to send troops back into Gaza. She also blamed President Abbas for weakness by deciding to halt further discussions with the Israel government on resolving issues between Israel and Palestinian leaders.

Hamas in Gaza has been able to control the situation and decide whether Abbas can continue to pursue peace with Israel. They are undertaking a dangerous gamble, but so far it is working by allowing it to decide the course of Israel and Abbas actions. Israel still doesn’t grasp the importance of engaging in peace discussions with all groups including Hamas. Israel actually believed President Bush had an idea on how to achieve peace by the fiasco of the Annapolis Conference which excluded Hamas. The Hamas leadership has placed on the table an offer of a hudna, a cease fire in which neither side is allowed to continue military operations. Israel should accept this offer and insist Hamas must participate in peace talks along with Abbas.

Palestinians Say Israel Not Serious About Peace

A senior official in the Palestinian Authority told the Arab newspaper, Al Quds, that “final status talks between the Israel and Palestinian negotiating teams have reached a standstill due to Israel stubborness.” He feared Israel was not demonstrating sufficient flexibility and blamed it partially on the weak bargaining position of Israel Foreign Minister Livni. He noted: “Livni appears like someone who is incapable of taking any stance since she is worried about facing a backlash from government ministers who oppose the negotiations.” The Palestinian Authority Minister for Prisoner Affairs chimed in with complaints about blockades, checkpoints, and continuing settlements on the West Bank as factors hindering reaching any type of peace settlement.

Ironically, in Gaza, Hamas is now issuing warnings to Egypt and threatening to kidnap Egyptian soldiers unless their prisoners are relased by Egyptian authorities. Kassam rockets continue landing in Israel and it is merely a matter of time before the IDf invades Gaza. It is time for an international Muslim army to be sent into Gaza in order to restore peace. That, together with an Israel end of blockades, would allow Gaza to attempt an economic recovery. A Turkish-Moroccan armed force would be able to deal with Hamas in ways far different than faced by the IDF.

A second need is for someone of status to become part of the discussions between Israel and the PA. We suggest someone like Nelson Mandela who has experience in dealing with complex issues in which both parties harbor emotional anger.

Prime Minister OLmert Blasts Racism Against Ethiopian Jews

A week after reports of the segregation of four Ethiopian girls in a Petah Tikva school caused an outrage, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he intended to pursue an extensive plan to deal with the growing racism in Israel against dark skinned people. “There is a problem and there is trouble. The feeling of injustice for the Ethiopian Jew is not detached from reality and it is our responsibility to change it.” Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni also noted that discrimination ‘forces Ethiopians to be concentrated into their own neighborhoods, without integration, and this situation harms the absorption process in general.”

If there is on nation in the world which must ensure the disappearance of prejudice and segregation, it is Israel. Jews have been denied equal rights and forced to live in segregated housing in most nations so it is imperative that such actions not be tolerated in Israel. My mother went to school in Poland at the beginning of the 20th century at a time when Jewish children sat in segregated areas of the classroom. It is shocking that any child in the year 2007 would be segregated in a Jewish school. Prime Minister Olmert and Foreign Minister Livni deserve praise for their immediate actions to deal with this horrible situation. Hopefully, their concern will also spread to protecting the right of Darfur refugees to remain in Israel and avoid being deported.