IMRA Middle East News Updates https://www.imra.org.il Middle East News & Analysis en-US 1575842978 1575842978 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Capalon Internet 2.0 imra@netvision.net.il (Aaron Lerner) News & Analysis IMRA Middle East News Updates https://www.imra.org.il https://www.imra.org.il/imra_sm.png 144 97 PM Netanyahu: It is not wise just to annex https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73608 <p>PM Netanyahu: It is not wise just to annex<br /> [Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: PM Netanyahu cites American recognition of Israeli<br /> sovereignty over the Golan Heights. It should be noted that American<br /> recognition came 38 YEARS after Israel wisely applied Israeli sovereignty<br /> over the Golan WITHOUT waiting for American recognition of the move.]</p> <p>"The second opportunity is to finally determine our eastern border, to apply<br /> Israeli law on the Jordan Valley and to do so with international<br /> recognition, i.e. American recognition. It is not wise just to annex, even<br /> though this is an important step which, to my regret, is impossible for a<br /> transitional government. For a future government, of whatever kind, it is<br /> possible. This is a legal restriction. However, it is not enough.</p> <p>Just as I wanted American recognition for our sovereignty over the Golan<br /> Heights, I want American recognition for our sovereignty over the Jordan<br /> Valley. This is important. It has been said that we did not formally discuss<br /> the plan; true, it has not yet come up. But the subject has been discussed.<br /> I have raised it with Secretary of State Pompeo and I intend to raise it<br /> before the Trump administration. The time has come to apply Israeli<br /> sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and to also arrange the status of all<br /> Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, those within the blocs and those<br /> not within the blocs. They will be part of the State of Israel."</p> <p>Excerpts from PM Netanyahu's Remarks to the Makor Rishon Economic, Society<br /> and Innovation Conference in Jerusalem 8 December, 2019</p> <p>________________________________________<br /> IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis</p> <p>Since 1992 providing news and analysis on the Middle East with a focus on <br /> Arab-Israeli relations</p> <p>Website: www.imra.org.il</p> Sun, 08 Dec 2019 22:09:38 +0000 https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73608 Comparison of press releases: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73607 Sat, 07 Dec 2019 18:27:47 +0000 https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73607 Assistant State Dept. Secretary Schenker: PM Netanyahu did not present any annexation plan to Pompeo when met https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73606 <p>Assistant State Dept. Secretary Schenker: PM Netanyahu did not present any <br /> annexation plan to Pompeo when met <br /> <br /> Special Briefing - David Schenker, Assistant Secretary Bureau of Near <br /> Eastern Affairs <br /> Press Briefing Room Washington, D.C. December 6, 2019 <br /> https://www.state.gov/assistant-secretary-for-near-eastern-affairs-david-schenker-on-iraqi-global-magnitsky-designations/ <br /> ... <br /> QUESTION: Can - you probably won't have an answer to this, but the House - <br /> can you take this question if you don't have an answer? The House just <br /> passed a legislation opposing settlements, Israeli settlements, and also - <br /> <br /> MS ORTAGUS: That's a big surprise. No, we can't take the question. <br /> <br /> QUESTION: Why not? And also saying that Israel should not be allowed to <br /> annex the Jordan Valley. So since the Secretary just met with Prime <br /> Minister Netanyahu and you were there, presumably, right? Both of you. <br /> <br /> ASSISTANT SECRETARY SCHENKER: Well, it was actually - it was a four eyes <br /> meeting, but I did talk to the Secretary - <br /> <br /> MS ORTAGUS: Meaning it was the two of them. It was a one-on-one. <br /> <br /> ASSISTANT SECRETARY SCHENKER: Yeah, sorry. I can tell you that - <br /> <br /> MS ORTAGUS: Four eyes - <br /> <br /> QUESTION: Oh, oh, oh, oh. Sorry. I thought you were being - <br /> <br /> ASSISTANT SECRETARY SCHENKER: So I can tell you that there's - <br /> <br /> QUESTION: I thought we were going back to the schoolyard insult. <br /> (Laughter.) <br /> <br /> ASSISTANT SECRETARY SCHENKER: Sorry. Yeah, no, no, no. So it was a <br /> one-on-one, but I can tell you I spoke with the Secretary. I can tell you <br /> that there was no annexation plan, full or partial, for any part of the West <br /> Bank was presented to - by Israel to the United States during the meeting, <br /> and that has long been the U.S. Government position, that the ultimate <br /> disposition of territory is to be determined between the parties. <br /> ________________________________________ <br /> IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis <br /> <br /> Since 1992 providing news and analysis on the Middle East with a focus on <br /> Arab-Israeli relations <br /> <br /> Website: www.imra.org.il</p> Sat, 07 Dec 2019 18:27:30 +0000 https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73606 Weekly Commentary: Israel Democracy Institute Fails To Advocate https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73605 <p>Weekly Commentary: Israel Democracy Institute Fails To Advocate Democracy<br /> Dr. Aaron Lerner 5 December, 2019</p> <p>One might think from its name that the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI)<br /> seeks to promote democracy in the Jewish State.</p> <p>Instead they have been recently focusing their efforts to promote a<br /> profoundly anti-democratic change in the election process.</p> <p>They have been spending a fortune on huge advertisements calling for the<br /> election law to be changed so that the leader of the largest party<br /> automatically becomes prime minister.</p> <p>Why would such an arrangement necessarily reflect the will of the people?</p> <p>Consider an example of 3 large parties - two from one camp while the other<br /> camp has only one large party.</p> <p>Each of the two large parties from one camp have 25 seats for a total of 50<br /> seats in the Knesset while the large party from the rival camp has 26 seats.</p> <p>The IDI program would have the leader of the camp with 26 seats become prime<br /> minister.</p> <p>That's promoting democracy?</p> <p>This week Yisrael Beiteinu called for changing the rules so that under<br /> certain circumstances the president of Israel (who is not elected by the<br /> public) would pick someone to be prime minister who would head a government<br /> of "experts" that would rule the country for a year with the Knesset<br /> effectively neutralized.</p> <p>I have reached out repeatedly to the IDI to comment. Stone silence.</p> <p>This isn't the first time IDI failed.</p> <p>When Ariel Sharon was elected on a platform NOT to leave the Gaza Strip and<br /> pulled out, the head of the IDI maintained that this was a democratic move<br /> since leaving the Gaza Strip was good for democracy.</p> <p>Its unfortunate that IDI appears to favor a "the ends justify the means"<br /> approach.</p> <p>________________________________________<br /> IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis</p> <p>Since 1992 providing news and analysis on the Middle East with a focus on <br /> Arab-Israeli relations</p> <p>Website: www.imra.org.il</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2019 23:08:59 +0000 https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73605 Weekly Commentary: Would Enemy "Target Banks" Include Chinese Owned Israeli Infrastructure? https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73604 <p>Weekly Commentary: Would Enemy "Target Banks" Include Chinese Owned Israeli <br /> Infrastructure? <br /> Dr. Aaron Lerner 28 November 2019 <br /> <br /> The ongoing debate over the ramifications of Chinese investment in Israeli <br /> infrastructure typically focuses on how it might be exploited in ways that <br /> serve to compromise Israel's security or have a negative impact on relations <br /> between the Jewish State and the United States. <br /> <br /> There is though another factor which deserves serious consideration: the <br /> extent to which our enemies might seek to avoid damaging Chinese owned <br /> Israeli infrastructure. <br /> <br /> There is no doubt that Israeli infrastructure takes a prominent place in the <br /> "target banks" Hizbullah and Iran have prepared for the day that they <br /> unleash their guided missiles against Israel. <br /> <br /> The question is if Chinese ownership would cause a target to be removed from <br /> the list. Would Hizbullah or Iran intentionally strike a Chinese owned (or <br /> for that matter operated) Israeli port? How about a Chinese owned rail <br /> line? desalination plant? you-name-it? <br /> <br /> If the answer is in the affirmative this consideration could very well <br /> trounce all others for much of Israel's infrastructure. <br /> <br /> One would hope and expect that the leading Israeli national policy think <br /> tanks address this matter. <br /> ________________________________________ <br /> IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis <br /> <br /> Since 1992 providing news and analysis on the Middle East with a focus on <br /> Arab-Israeli relations <br /> <br /> Website: www.imra.org.il</p> Thu, 28 Nov 2019 22:20:08 +0000 https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73604 MEMRI: Jordanian Army Conducts Maneuvers Simulating Military Battle With Israel https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73602 Tue, 26 Nov 2019 22:11:11 +0000 https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73602