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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 12, 2013 peace process with By Ozgur Ogret negotiations, despite setbacks years and left some 40,000 The Media Line on both sides, dead on both sides. The Kurds have been de-The Gezi Park protests in ISTANBUL---The decades-manding separation fromIstanbul (whichspreadacross long conflict between the Turkey to create an inde- the nation in June)and the Turkish government and the pendent Kurdistan, or, at a incident in the town of Lice, outlawed Kurdistan Workers' minimum, more politicalin the Turkish province of Party (PKK) is closer toanend and cultural rights for Kurds Diyarbakir, in which local than it ever has been before within Turkey. The strife has residents were fired upon in thanks to the ongoing peace continued for more than 30 late June resulting in one dead and nine woundedwhile time publicly and both sides justtheKurdsanymore.There protesting the construction voicethewillforpeace, despite is a strong demand for peace of a military post affected the some reservations, within the Turkish public." talksbuttheprocesssurvived Sebahat Tuncel, Istanbul "Ibelievethatalthoughthe them, politicians here say. Deputy for the pro-Kurdish current administration is not The ruling Justice and Peace and Democracy Party so willing it sees there is no Development Party (AKP) is (BDP), said optimistically, "I other option but peace," she continuing to negotiate with truly believe this process will added. The Kurds' advances in the PKK's convicted leader be successful. I am not pessi- Abdullah Ocalan for the first mistic; I am hopeful it is not Problems on page 14A By Gideon Allon, reverberate across the Middle est for Egypt tobe stable andin Shlomo Cesana and East, and would be of huge full control over its territory." Israel Hayom strategic importance to Israel. A Salafi terror group took Pointing to increasing in- responsibility for rocket fire stability in the Sinai, Israeli on Eilat last Thursday. The Israel should do all it can Foreign Affairs and Defense SunniextremistgmupJamaat to help the new secular gov- Committee Chairman MK AnsarBaytAI-Maqdisstatedin ernment in Egypt beat the Avigdor Lieberman (Likud- a message from its Sinai base Muslim Brotherhood, even Beytenu) warned over the thatthegroupwouldcontinue if that means amending the weekend that jihadists in the to target Israel. Military Annex of the Camp Sinai Peninsula are taking "Jews, enemies of Allah, are David peace accords to allow advantage of the current tur- those who are responsible for more Egyptian military as- moil in Egypt to stage attacks what is happening in Egypt sets into the Sinai Peninsula, on Israel. and their long arm is to blame the former director of Israel's "What is transpiring infor the current situation," the Counter-Terrorism Bureau in Egypt should in no doubt be statement said. "We bombed the Prime Minister's Office worrying us," he said. "This them to scare them and let Brig.Gen.(Res.)NitzanNuriel is our largest neighboring them know that Allah is with said Sunday. country, thefirstonewesigned us." Speaking to Army Radio, a peace agreement with, and In addition, a new Islamist Nuriel said a defeat for the clearly instability over there terrorist group in the Sinai Muslim Brotherhood and its carries implications for the callingitselfAnsaral-Shariah supporters in the Sinai would entire region. It is in our inter- announced its formation eye on amid the chaos. The group, against Islamist elements and attacks early Sunday on two in a statement posted on an make a determined effort to points on the pipeline dis- online forum for terrorists, restore order." rupted the flow of natural gas, said it would gather arms and Last week, Egypt sealedsaid the officials, who spoke start training its members, numerous tunnels to prevent on conditionofanonymitybe- Reuters reported. The group arms smuggling from Sinai causetheywerenotauthorized blamed the turmoil in Egypt intoEgyptthatmaydestabilize to speak to the media. on secularists, Egyptian Cop- the mainland. The Israeli de- InJanuary, suspectedIslam- tic Christians, state security fense official told Israel Radio ic terrorists attacked a police forcesandarmycommanders, that while events in Egypt patrol along a Sinai pipeline, Ansaral-Shariahdenounced were a blow to Hamas, the wounding seven policemen. democracy and said it would terror group would continue Though it had come under at- instead champion Islamic law to maintain its cease-fire with tack more than a dozen times (sharia), acquire weapons, and Israel because it is in Hamas's in the previous two years, train Muslims to "deter the at- own interests to do so.Sunday was the first attack on tackers, preserve the religion Meanwhile, Egyptian se-Egypt's natural gas pipelines and empower the sharia." curity officials say suspected in Sinai in more than a year. An Israeli defense official Islamicterroristshavebombed It was not immediately told Israel Radio on Saturday a naturalgaspipelinetoJordan clear who was responsible for that the global jihad call to south of the city of el-Arish in the pipeline and checkpoint fight the Egyptian army over the Sinai Peninsula. attacks, or if they were in re- the weekend will "lead the In addition to starting fires action to the Egyptian army's army to take further action that were quickly put out, the overthrow of Morsi on July 3. Heedi House Republican Conference From left Reps. Ed Royce, lleana Ros-Lehtinen and Pete Roskam at a meeting June 27 in Washington with Dani Dayan, a leader of Israel's settlers movement. By Ron Kampeas Netanyahu's government, for saying that the two-state solu- WASHINGTON (JTA)--It's tion is a "dead end." Bennett almost boilerplate: The Ameri- also called on the government can Jewish community asks a to annex the West Bank. foreign leader with whom it "Minister Naftali's remarks, has cultivated a close relation- rejecting outright the vision ship to kindly tell firebrands of two states for two peoples, in the leader's government to are stunningly shortsighted," pipe down and fall in with an David Harris, the American establishedpolicythathappens Jewish Committee's executive to be embraced by the U.S. director, saidinaJune 17state- government, ment. "Since he is a member Greece? Romania? Hungary? of the current Israeli coalition Russia? government, it is important 1Yy Israel. that his view be repudiated by In a rare rebuke of a sitting the country's top leaders." Israeli minister, three major Also repudiating Bennett, centristJewishgroupsinrecent who heads the right-of-center weeks have criticized Naftali Jewish Home party, were the Bennett, the economics chief Anti-Defamation League and in Prime Minister Benjamin the Jewish Council for Public ....... o ..... Silver. Coins. Gold;Diamonds ,,~ , , ~,, Daniel Montes House Republican Conference Dani Dayan, a leader of Israel's Yesha settlers council, makes a point June 27 at a meet- ing with Republican congressional leaders in Washington. Affairs, the umbrella body for of Jewish leaders and Demo- Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chair- Palestinians say the expansion public policy groups, although cratic U.S. senators said that woman of the committee's ofsettlements and the security the JCPA statement did not Michael Kassen, the president Middle East subcommittee; measures that protect settlers name him personally, of the American Israel Public and Rep. Pete Roskam (R-Ill.), have seriously impeded and Typically loath to publicly Affairs Committee, "heartily" the party's chief deputy whip. frustrated daily life in the West criticize the Israeli govern- embraced Kerry's initiative, Instead, the Zionist Orga- Bank. ment, centristgroupsinrecent albeit with a caveat: The main nization of America and the "The discussion focused on years have been the targets of obstacle to peace, he reportedly Republican Jewish Coalition the historic and strategic sig- liberal critics who charge that said, is Palestinian Authority led the Jewish contingent at nificanceofJudeaandSamaria, theyare, atbest, lukewarmsup- PresidentMahmoudAbbas. the meeting. The ZOA has and on the current obstacles porters of Israeli-Palestinian Asimilar pointwas made by counter-rebuked the Jewish to peace between the Israelis peace. But comingin thewake ADL National Director Abra- groups that criticized Bennett and the Palestinians, such as of an appeal to Jewish groups hamFoxmaninarecentOp-Edand Danon. Foxman, the ZOA Holocaust denial, heroworship byU.S. SecretaryofStateJohn calling on Netanyahu to rein in said in a June 24 release, was of terrorists and incitement to Kerrytopress"leaders"toback Bennett and Deputy Defense "suppressing opposition to a violence by the highest levels the peace process, the latest Minister Danny Danon, who Palestinian state." of the Palestinian Authority," statements suggest otherwise, also has declared the two-state Ros-Lehtinen declined to said an email from the House Each of the groups that option dead. comment, and Royce and Ros- Republican Conference to repudiated Bennett framed "It would be good for Mr. kam did not return requests Jewish groups in the capital. their statements in the context Netanyahu to find as many oc- to do so. But an official in the "We also discussed the positive of Kerry's bid to restart the casions as possible to reinstate office of the House Republican ways in which Arabs and Jews peace process and come as hiscommitmenttoatwo-state Conference, which organized currently coexist in Judea and Israelisettlerleadersopposedto solution, and make clear once the meeting, said the meeting Samaria, includingthetremen- atwo-statesolutionaremaking again that it is he thatwants to did not constitute an endorse- dous economic and jobs boost theircaseinWashington.Dani move forward through nego- mentofDayan'scalltoburythe that Jewish settlements have Dayan, a leader of the Yesha tiations, while it is Mahmoud two-state solution. The official broughttotheareasince 1967." Council, the West Bank settle- Abbas who is injecting rejec- said there was sympathy with Dayan in an interview in the ment umbrella body, met two tions and is the true obstacle Dayan's view that Kerry's mis- House Republican Conference weeksagowithtop Republican to peace," Foxman wrote, sion was counterproductive office immediately after the lawmakers in Congress. AIPAC, notably, declined an andpotentiaUyharmfultoU.S, briefing said he was pleased TheinitialreactiontoKerry's invitationtoattendthemeeting interests, with the reception. appeal was hesitant, but in June27betweenDayanandtop There was interest as well "I was I must say even over- recentweeksanumberofmain- Republicans, includingRep.Ed in a proposal by Dayan that whelmed by the chairman of stream groups have warmly Royce (R-Calif.), the chairman Congress hold a hearing on the Foreign Affairs Commit- embraced it. Participants in a of the House Foreign Affairs howJewishsettlementhasim- tee'--Royce--"sayinghereads closed-door meeting June 26 Committee; Rep. Ileana Ros- provedthelivesofPalestinians; all my articles," Dayan said.