Archive for March 18th, 2015

Israeli PM vows more Jewish settlements if re-elected

17 March 2015 Tuesday

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Monday to build thousands of new Jewish-only settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem if re-elected to the premiership.

“Despite international pressure, we will build this neighborhood,” he was quoted as saying by Israel’s Public Radio.

He lashed out at the electoral list of the Zionist Union coalition – his main electoral rival – saying it would bring Palestinian faction Hamas to East Jerusalem.

“If [former Justice Minister Tzipi] Livni [co-leader of the center-left Zionist Union coalition] and [Labor Party Chairman Isaac] Herzog formed the next government, Hamastan would be established here,” Netanyahu said.

Israel is slated to hold fresh Knesset elections on Tuesday. Elections are held every four years, but the assembly can dissolve itself before the expiration of its term through a simple majority vote.

Competition between Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party and the Zionist Union alliance is expected to be fierce, according to recent opinion polls.

International law considers the West Bank and East Jerusalem occupied territories captured by Israel in 1967, deeming any construction of Jewish settlements on the land to be illegal.

Since its establishment 66 years ago, Israel has continued to misappropriate Palestinian land in the West Bank – on which it continues to build Jewish-only settlements – in breach of international law.

Palestinians, for their part, demand the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, with East Jerusalem.

Source: World Bulletin.


Next Israel govt should destroy Hamas: Lieberman

16 March 2015 Monday

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday that toppling Palestinian faction Hamas – which rules the Gaza Strip – should be the top priority of the next Israeli government.

“Hamas continues to dig tunnels and upgrade rockets because the Israeli leadership is weak,” Lieberman said during a tour of Netiv HaAsara, an Israeli village on the border with the Gaza Strip.

“This is why Israel has to change its way of dealing with this terrorist movement [Hamas],” he added, according to Israel Public Radio.

Lieberman said Israel could only sign an agreement with Hamas to prevent any future military confrontations only when the group’s leaders were eliminated.

Israel last attacked the Gaza Strip in July and August of 2014 for 51 days during which 2,160 Palestinians were killed and 11,000 others injured.

The offensive was launched with the ostensible aim of halting rocket fire from Gaza, which has been suffering an all-out Israeli blockade since 2007.

Source: World Bulletin.