Newspaper Archive of
Heritage Florida Jewish News
Fern Park , Florida
January 27, 2017     Heritage Florida Jewish News
PAGE 2     (2 of 52 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
PAGE 2     (2 of 52 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
January 27, 2017

Newspaper Archive of Heritage Florida Jewish News produced by SmallTownPapers, Inc.
Website © 2021. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal.

PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 27, 2017 ( Sunday's Mideast conference in Paris, attended by officials from some 70 countries, concluded that the "two- state solution" is the only way forward to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and warned against unilateral steps by either side. In their final communi- que, conference participants said they "call on each side... to refrain from unilateral steps that prejudge the out- come of negotiations on final-status issues, includ- ing, inter alia, on Jerusalem, borders, security, refugees and which they will not recognize." While the statement did not explicitly criticize President-elect Donald Trump's plans to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a French diplomat said the communique's final paragraph was intended to send a message to Trump. "It's a tortuous and complicated paragraph to pass a subliminal message to the Trump administration," the diplomat said, Reuters reported. Ahead of the meeting, Trump's advisers told French officials he strongly objected to holding the conference just days before his inauguration, Haaretz reported. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the conference "moved the ball forward" on the peace process. "It underscores this is not just one administration's point of view, this is shared by the international community broadly," Kerry said. This is expected to be the last international forum Kerry participates in before the end of his term Jan. 20. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose government did not attend the conference, called the gathering "useless" as well as an attempt by France and the Palestinians to "force terms on Israel that conflict with our national needs." Netanyahu said he looks forward to a new era under Trump, who has harshly criticized international efforts to impose solutions on Israel. "This conference is among the last twitches of yesterday's world. Tomorrow's world will be different--and it is very near," said Netanyahu. Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon, echoing the prime minister, said that "in the next few weeks we will enter a new era and work with the incoming U.S. administration to undo the damage caused by the [recent U.N.] Security Council resolution [against Israeli settlements[ and these other one-sided initiatives." Some Western allies of Israel also criticized the conference. The United Kingdom did not sign onto the communique and only U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and French President Francois Hollande, pictured in center, shake hands at the Jan. 15 conference on Mideast peace in Paris. sent junior diplomats to Paris, with a spokesman from the U.K. Foreign Office explaining that the gathering came "just days before the transition to a new American president, when the U.S. will be the ultimate guarantor of any agreement." "There are risks, therefore, that this conference hardens positions at a time when we need to be encouraging the conditions for peace," said the U.K. spokesman. By Rafael Medoff JNS .org WASHINGTON--American victims of Palestinian terrorism are applauding Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson's criticism of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and are urging him to press the PA to take specific anti-terror steps. During his Senate confirmation hearing Jan. 11, Tillerson said that while the PA has renounced terrorism, "it's one thing to renounce it and another thing to take serious actions to prevent it." He also said Palestinian leaders have to do "something to at least interrupt or prevent [terrorism]" before there can be "any productive discussion around [Israeli] settlements." Sarri Singer, who was seriously wounded in a June 2003 Jerusalem bus bombing, told JNS. org she is "encouraged" by Tillerson's focus on the need for concrete Palestinian actions. She urged Tillerson to press the PA to honor the 36 requests Israel has submitted for the extradition of Palestinian terrorists. "And those terrorists who were involved in attacks that harmedAmericans should be handed over to the United States for prosecution," she added. Singer, who is the daughter of New Jersey State Senator Robert W. Singer, is the founder of "Strength to Strength," an organization that brings together terror victims from around the world to deal with the trauma they suffered. Stephen Flatow, whose daughter Alisa was one of eight bus passengers killed in a 1995 terror attack carried out by Palestinian Islamic Jihad, called Tillerson's remarks about Palestinian compliance "a welcome change from previous secretaries of state, who never held the PA accountable for its failure to fight terrorism." Flatow, who is vice president of the Religious Zionists of America, told JNS. org that "an important first step" would be for Tillerson to put financial pressure on the PA to stop paying salaries to imprisoned terrorists and the families of dead terrorists. "The amount that the PA gives to these killers should be deducted from the aid that the United States gives to the PA each year," Flatow said. "Paying terrorists is not only a moral outrage, but also a financial incentive to other potential terrorists to follow in their footsteps." Palestinian Media Watch, an organization that monitors Palestinian incitement, pointed out this week that according to current PA policy, the family of the terrorist who carried out the recent Jerusalem truck- ramming attack will receive a one-time grant of $1,580 as well as a monthly stipend of $760, since the attacker was declared a shahid (martyr) by the PA. Arnold Roth,whose teenage daughter Malka was killed in the 2001 Sbarro pizzeria bombing in Jerusalem, said that "as a parent of a child who was murdered by Palestinian terrorists," he is "particularly appalled" by the PA's incitement of Palestinian children to commit violence. Roth said that in PA schools and children's television programs, terrorists "are lionized for killing Jews." Roth said he hopes the incoming Donald Trump administration will "actively pressure" the PA to reform its educational system. Batya Medad, who was injured in what is considered the first-ever Palestinian car-ramming attack, carried out in Jerusalem in 1996, cautioned that changing Palestinian education cannot be achieved overnight. While praising Tillerson's remarks, she urged him to keep in mind that since an entire generation of Palestinians has been raised to support violence, "it will take much more than a generation" to achieve genuine peace, "because there can't be peace when Arabs are educated and encouraged to murder and terrorize." Sherri Mandell, whose son Koby was murdered by Palestinian terrorists near Tekoah in 2001, told JNS. org that Trump's secretary of state appointee "should insist that the PA change the names of the streets, public squares and sports tournaments that are named after terrorists." There are a number of public sites in PA territory, including in the capital of Ramallah, that are named after terrorists such as former Hamas chief bomb- maker Yahye Ayyash and Dalai Mughrabi, leader of the 1978 Coastal Road massacre, an attack that killed 38 Israeli civilians. Outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry mentioned the street-naming issue in his Dec. 28 address about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Kerry said that the Fatah party, which is headed by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Secretary of State- designate Rex Tillerson "glorifies the murderers of innocents" on its website, and that Abbas has been "naming public squares, streets and schools after terrorists." "For Kerry, it was just a throwaway line in a speech," Stephen Flatow said. "Hopefully Tillerson will actually do something about it." UN ( U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced a bill that seeks to cut off funding for the United Nations until U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, which condemned Israel's settlement policy, is repealed. The bill--titled "The Safeguard Israel Act"--will cut off funding to the U.N. until the president certifies to Congress that Resolution 2334 has been repealed. "Twenty-two percent of the money to fund the U.N. comes from the American taxpayer," Graham said. "I don't think it's a good investment for the American taxpayer to give money to an organization that condemns the only democracy in the Mideast, and takes the settlement issue and says that's the most important and only issue in terms of an impediment to peace." According to the senators, Resolution 2334 attempts to dictate terms and conditions for negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, which is "an abandonment of longstanding policy of the United States and previous commitments made to Israel." Additionally, Graham and Cruz said the resolution "falsely claims" that Israel's sovereignty over the eastern part of Jerusalem and Jewish communities in the West Bank is illegal under international law, and that the Old City of Jerusalem-- along with the Western Wall and Temple Mount, the holiest sites for the Jewish people--are "occupied Palestinian territory." "President [Barack] Obama betrayed decades of robust bipartisan American support for Israel at the United Nations by permitting the passage of a biased resolution that condemns our close friend and ally," Cruz said.