IMRA Middle East News Updates https://www.imra.org.il Middle East News & Analysis en-US 1652599834 1652599834 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 Weekly Commentary: Truth over Lies - Implement Supreme Court Ruling Against Arab Trespassers in South Hebron Hills https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73864 <p>Weekly Commentary: Truth over Lies - Implement Supreme Court Ruling Against <br /> Arab Trespassers in South Hebron Hills <br /> Dr. Aaron Lerner 15 May 2022 <br /> <br /> First the facts: <br /> <br /> #1. In 1980 the IDF designated an UNOCCUPIED area in the South Hebron Hills <br /> as "Fire Zone 918" for the use of the IDF for training purposes. <br /> <br /> #2. The fact that this area was UNOCCUPIED was documented with, among other <br /> things, aerial photographs. <br /> <br /> #3. The only "evidence" that this is not the case is a report prepared by <br /> social anthropologist Prof. Shuli Hartman based on the CONVERSATIONS <br /> Hartman had with the trespassers who, surprise surprise, claimed that they <br /> had resided in Fire Zone 918 for many generations. <br /> <br /> #4. Even if one were to accept the narrative that the Geneva Convention <br /> applies to Judea and Samaria (that is to say, Israel "occupied" Judea and <br /> Samaria in 1967 even though at the time there was a "sovereignty void" in <br /> the area as no sovereign enjoyed international recognition of their having <br /> sovereignty over this territory before Israel took control of it in 1967), <br /> International law does NOT prohibit Israel from designating an UNOCCUPIED <br /> area in Judea and Samaria as a "fire zone" for the IDF. <br /> <br /> #5. The status of Fire Zone 918 was not legally challenged for close to 20 <br /> years. <br /> <br /> #6. When the status of Fire Zone 918 was ultimately challenged, in order to <br /> prevent the evacuation of people who trespassed Fire Zone 918, the Supreme <br /> Court issued a series of orders freezing the situation pending a final <br /> decision of the Court. <br /> <br /> #7. This series of freezes applied BOTH to the IDF and the trespassers. <br /> <br /> #8. The trespassers violated the freeze and built many homes in Fire Zone <br /> 918 over the course of the DECADES of court deliberations. <br /> <br /> #9. The Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision last week that the <br /> trespassers can be evacuated from Fire Zone 918. <br /> <br /> #10. The number of trespassers in Fire Zone 918 is now over a thousand. <br /> This because the trespassers KNOWINGLY violated the freeze orders. <br /> <br /> So these are the facts. <br /> <br /> International law has absolutely nothing to do with the evacuation of the <br /> trespassers from Fire Zone 918. <br /> <br /> And the hardship which these trespassers may now face is SELF IMPOSED as <br /> they knowingly violated the court imposed freeze over the years. <br /> <br /> So now the question is if the Government of Israel will act on this very <br /> important precedent setting ruling. <br /> <br /> For those who want to kick the can down the road there will ALWAYS be an <br /> excuse to postpone action for centuries to come. <br /> <br /> On the other hand, this unanimous decision based on facts which anyone can <br /> follow if they stop shouting and think for a few minutes, is an ideal case <br /> for Israel to choose to stand its ground. <br /> <br /> And its implementation, by a coalition government which includes radical <br /> Left Meretz and Arab Raam, would send an important message to all concerned <br /> that the sovereign State of Israel will pursue its legal national interests <br /> regardless of the noise. <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> Sun, 15 May 2022 03:30:34 -0400 https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73864 Former PA minister Ziad Ali Khalil AbuZayyad calls for forensic autopsy of journalist Shireen Abu-Aqla https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73863 <p>Former PA minister Ziad Ali Khalil AbuZayyad calls for forensic autopsy of <br /> journalist Shireen Abu-Aqla <br /> Dr. Aaron Lerner 11 May 2022 <br /> <br /> In a live interview on the noon news broadcast of Israel Radio Reshet Bet <br /> Ziad Ali Khalil AbuZayyad called for a forensic autopsy of journalist <br /> Shireen Abu-Aqla. <br /> <br /> While Arabs claim that Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu-Aqla was killed by <br /> Israeli forces who suddenly broke the silence in Jenin by shooting at her, a <br /> Palestinian video today shows Palestinian gunman boasting that they shot an <br /> Israeli soldier who they see wounded on the ground. No IDF soldiers were <br /> hit our wounded today. Shireen Abu-Aqla was wearing a helmet and flack <br /> jacket so the Palestinian gunmen apparently thought they shot an Israeli. <br /> <br /> https://youtu.be/YjWNrSwFM_I for the video <br /> <br /> <br /> Abuzayyad is the co-editor and publisher of the quarterly Palestine-Israel <br /> Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture, PIJ.ORG, and also a former <br /> member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (1996-2006), former Minister <br /> of State in the Palestinian Authority (1998-2002), and former Deputy <br /> Chairman of the Political Committee of the Euro-Med Parliament (2004-2005).</p> Wed, 11 May 2022 05:44:04 -0400 https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73863 Statement from PM Bennett - Video shows Palestinians apparently killed journalist Shireen Abu-Aqla https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73861 <p>Statement from Prime Minister Naftali Bennett following the Sad Death of <br /> Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu-Aqla <br /> (Communicated by the Prime Minister's Foreign Media Adviser) <br /> https://youtu.be/YjWNrSwFM_I for the video <br /> <br /> Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, this morning (Wednesday, 11 May 2022): <br /> <br /> "According to the information we have gathered, it appears likely that armed <br /> Palestinians - who were firing indiscriminately at the time - were <br /> responsible for the unfortunate death of the journalist. <br /> <br /> Palestinians in Jenin were even filmed boasting "We hit a soldier; he's <br /> lying on the ground"( https://youtu.be/YjWNrSwFM_I ) However, no IDF <br /> soldier was injured, which increases the possibility that Palestinian <br /> terrorists were the ones who shot the journalist. <br /> <br /> Israel has called on the Palestinians to conduct a joint pathological <br /> analysis and investigation, which would be based on all of the existing <br /> documentation and findings, in order to get to the truth. So far, the <br /> Palestinians have refused this offer. <br /> <br /> IDF forces will continue their counterterrorism operations, in order to end <br /> the deadly wave of terror and restore security to the citizens of Israel." <br /> <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> Wed, 11 May 2022 04:24:26 -0400 https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73861 Observation: Will Mansour Abbas and Raam allow lies to dictate their destiny? https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73860 <p>Observation: Will Mansour Abbas and Raam allow lies to dictate their <br /> destiny? <br /> Dr. Aaron Lerner 11 May 2022 <br /> <br /> Mansour Abbas knows that "al Aqsa is in danger" is a lie. <br /> <br /> He knows that a group of thugs who have absolutely no respect for the <br /> sanctity of the al Aqsa mosque have been responsible for violence in al Aqsa <br /> and have left Israeli security forces with no choice but to act. <br /> <br /> After all, Mansour Abbas saw the photos and videos of these thugs playing <br /> soccer and dancing a debka - and this with their shoes on - INSIDE the al <br /> Aqsa mosque! <br /> <br /> Mansour Abbas knows that these thugs have been attacking - from inside the <br /> al Aqsa mosque - Jews praying at the Western Wall. <br /> <br /> Mansour Abbas ALSO knows that no Jew has any intention whatsoever to pray <br /> inside the al Aqsa mosque. At the absolute very extreme - and this is most <br /> certainly not the program of any Israeli authority - there are Jews who wish <br /> to pray in the courtyard area which historically did not bear the name of <br /> the al Aqsa mosque since it is OUTSIDE of the mosque! <br /> <br /> The truth is that EVERYONE knows it' a lie that "al Aqsa is in danger". <br /> <br /> Hamas, Jordan, you name it. Even President Biden knows! <br /> <br /> Mansour Abbas and his Raam party now have to decide if this lie will dictate <br /> their destiny. <br /> <br /> Today it appears that there may be another lie. <br /> <br /> It appears that Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by <br /> Palestinians this morning in Jenin. <br /> <br /> There may be a trillion "witnesses" that, out of the blue, Israeli forces <br /> operating inside Jenin suddenly decided to break the pastoral silence in <br /> Jenin by opening fire to assassinate her. But we live in a world that it is <br /> ok to lie - even for reporters to lie - in the service of the Palestinian <br /> cause. <br /> <br /> And it defies all logic to think that the IDF would take the initiative to <br /> open fire (that is open fire -not return fire). <br /> <br /> The Palestinians rushed away Shireen Abu Akleh's body and - surprise <br /> surprise - it appears that the apparently Palestinian bullets that killed <br /> her will never be recovered since they would attest to the lie that the IDF <br /> "assassinated" her. <br /> <br /> Mansour Abbas also knows that what transpired in Jenin was most certainly <br /> not an intentional Israeli attack against Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu <br /> Akleh and that most likely Palestinians are responsible for her death. <br /> <br /> But he cancelled cancelled his press conference nonetheless in response to <br /> the incident and issued a press release condemning her death. <br /> <br /> So it all comes down to this: <br /> <br /> Will Mansour Abbas allow himself to have his destiny dictated by lies? <br /> <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> Wed, 11 May 2022 03:04:39 -0400 https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73860 Weekly Commentary: Can Startup Nation Make An App That Ends Illegal Palestinian Workers? https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73858 <p>Weekly Commentary: Can Startup Nation Make An App That Ends Illegal <br /> Palestinian Workers? <br /> Dr. Aaron Lerner 7 May 2022 <br /> <br /> With few exceptions, the huge number of illegal Palestinians now working in <br /> Israel (within the "Green Line") are doing just that. <br /> <br /> Working. <br /> <br /> Our tight labor market simply cannot replace these illegal Palestinian <br /> workers. <br /> <br /> And it does not serve our national interests to bring in foreign workers to <br /> fill the gap. <br /> <br /> The challenge we face is balancing our security needs with our interest in <br /> legalizing the Palestinians now working inside Israel without work permits. <br /> <br /> As background it is important to note that under the current system, <br /> Palestinian workers typically pay considerable sums of money to middlemen <br /> for work permits. These permits are for employment by a specific employer. <br /> <br /> We also have other Palestinians permitted to enter Israel for a variety of <br /> reasons. <br /> <br /> Our win-win goal should be to maximize Palestinian access to Israel without <br /> compromising on security. <br /> <br /> Nowadays literally every Palestinian who wants to come into Israel has a <br /> smartphone and an app could go a long way towards meeting this goal.. <br /> <br /> Such an app would provide for a biometric id along with a photo id which <br /> security forces, employers and others could readily check and verify. <br /> <br /> The app would also continuously report the phone’s location. <br /> <br /> The security forces running the app could set restrictions on each <br /> individual in the system (areas, timeframe, etc.) on a dynamic basis. <br /> <br /> At the same time, artificial intelligence analyzing the data generated by <br /> the system could pick up suspicious activity which requires intervention on <br /> a real-time basis. <br /> <br /> Palestinians would be able to look for work, register as working for a <br /> particular Israeli etc. all through the app. <br /> <br /> Israeli employers would also use the app to verify the status of potential <br /> Palestinian employees and confirm their employment. <br /> <br /> And since the restrictions applying to an individual in the system would be <br /> dynamic, they provide the security forces with the maximum latitude in <br /> applying a "carrot and stick" approach regarding the parameters of their <br /> access to Israel. <br /> <br /> We have the smarts to be able to design such an app and the Palestinians <br /> have the phones to run it. <br /> <br /> It's a win-win. <br /> <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 May 2022 17:28:28 -0400 https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73858 Only Israeli version of Bennett Putin Conversation has Putin apologize for Lavrov https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73857 <p>Only Israeli version of Bennett Putin Conversation has Putin apologize for <br /> Lavrov <br /> Dr. Aaron Lerner 5 May 2022 <br /> <br /> #1. Official Israeli Version <br /> <br /> Prime Minister Naftali Bennett Speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin <br /> (Communicated by the Prime Minister's Foreign Media Adviser) <br /> <br /> Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin, <br /> today (Thursday, 5 May 2022). <br /> <br /> The Prime Minister presented the President with a humanitarian request to <br /> examine various options for evacuation from Azovstal in Mariupol. The <br /> request came as a result of Prime Minister Bennett's conversation yesterday <br /> with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. <br /> <br /> President Putin promised to allow the evacuation of civilians, including <br /> wounded civilians, through a UN and Red Cross humanitarian corridor. <br /> <br /> In addition, the two discussed Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov's remarks. <br /> The Prime Minister accepted President Putin's apology for Lavrov's remarks <br /> and thanked him for clarifying his attitude towards the Jewish people and <br /> the memory of the Holocaust. <br /> <br /> Prime Minister Bennett thanked President Putin for his wishes on the <br /> occasion of the 74th Independence Day of the State of Israel. <br /> <br /> #2 Official Russian Version <br /> <br /> Telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett <br /> Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Israel <br /> Naftali Bennett. <br /> <br /> May 5, 2022 18:10 <br /> http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/68356 <br /> <br /> The President of Russia extended warm wishes to Naftali Bennett and the <br /> people of Israel on today's national holiday - Independence Day. Vladimir <br /> Putin and Naftali Bennett expressed mutual interest in further developing <br /> friendly Russia-Israel relations and maintaining beneficial contacts between <br /> the leaders of the two countries. <br /> <br /> The leaders continued their detailed exchange of views on the situation in <br /> Ukraine. They paid special attention to humanitarian issues, including the <br /> evacuation of civilians held by militants of nationalist battalions from the <br /> Azovstal steel plant, in cooperation with representatives of the UN and the <br /> International Committee of the Red Cross. As before, the Russian military is <br /> ready to ensure the safe exit of civilians. As for the remaining militants <br /> at the Azovstal plant, the Kiev authorities should order them to lay down <br /> arms. <br /> <br /> On the eve of Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War, which Russia and <br /> Israel celebrate on 9 May, Vladimir Putin and Naftali Bennett emphasised the <br /> special importance of this date for the people of both countries, who <br /> carefully preserve the historical truth about the events of those years and <br /> honour the memory of all the fallen, including the victims of the Holocaust. <br /> The President of Russia recalled that of the six million Jews tortured in <br /> ghettoes and death camps and killed by the Nazis during punitive operations, <br /> 40 percent were Soviet citizens, and asked Naftali Bennett to convey wishes <br /> of good health and wellbeing to the war veterans in Israel. In turn, Naftali <br /> Bennett highlighted the Red Army's decisive contribution to the Victory over <br /> Nazism. <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, 05 May 2022 16:08:24 -0400 https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73857