• Hamas, Fatah sign reconciliation agreement -
    By Jack Khoury and Barak Ravid | Apr. 23, 2014 |

    Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a historic reconciliation deal on Wednesday, nearly seven years after a schism between the rival Palestinian factions.

    The reconciliation deal is based primarily on the agreements signed by the factions in Cairo and in Doha.

    Addressing reporters in Gaza, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said he was “happy to declare the end of the period of inter-Palestinian division.”

    According to Haniyeh’s statement to reporters, under the deal the two sides must uphold past agreements, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will form an interim unity government within five weeks, followed by elections in six months.

    The vote for president, the legislative council and the Palestine Liberation Organization will take place at the same time, according to the deal. The final date of elections will be set by Abbas. A special PLO committee will meet within five weeks to discuss what is expected of the organization from the initiation of the agreement.

    The head of Fatah’s delegation for unity talks Azzam Al-Ahmad said, “We agreed to implement all the articles that were agreed in the past according to agreements in Doha and Cairo.”

    Earlier Wednesday, Mounib Al-Masri, a member of Abbas’ delegation in the Gaza Strip, said that the two sides had reached an agreement on all of the issues, including holding elections within six months.

    According to Palestinian sources, Abbas will publish two presidential decrees on Wednesday evening regarding the formation of the new government and the calling of elections. Sources in Ramallah say that Abbas will head the government and that his deputies will be Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Haniyeh. The possibility of an independent figure close to Hamas being tasked with forming the government has not been dismissed.

    The two sides have still not agreed on a few issues, including the future of Hamas’ security forces, which were created after the Islamist group seized power in a bloody 2007 coup in the Gaza Strip. It is not yet clear whether Hamas will agree to dismantle the forces or to allow them to be under the supervision and command of the Palestinian Authority’s security forces.

  • #Gambie : Yahya Jammeh choisit l’arabe comme langue officielle
    La décision du président Jammeh de ne plus faire de l’anglais la langue officielle officielle intervient alors que la Gambie s’est retirée en octobre 2013 du Commonwealth, une organisation de 54 Etats, regroupant des ex-colonies britanniques pour la plupart.

  • Palestinian reconciliation: Real unity, or tactic? -
    By Amira Hass | Apr. 24, 2014 |

    There is reason to believe that the Hamas regime, which has suffered several severe political and economic blows this year, is using reconciliation as a way to soften Egypt’s policy toward it, and perhaps gain some easing of the blockade that Cairo has imposed on the group and on the Gaza Strip. Many Palestinian observers predict that the collapse of the PA – assuming Israel sticks to its policy of weakening it – would help strengthen the position of Hamas and its government. If Hamas joins the PLO, it will become a major force within it, and if it doesn’t join, it will be perceived as a true and legitimate representative of the Palestinians. These mutual suspicions about the motives of the other party could end up scuttling reconciliation once again.

    The announcements on Wednesday bypassed the security questions: The reconciliation agreement will demand far-reaching changes in the security cooperation between the PA and Israel, on the one hand, and on the other will obligate Hamas to stop using weapons in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. A halt to PA-Israel security cooperation, however, is liable to lead to an Israeli military escalation that will force Hamas into the position of having to choose between its commitment to armed resistance and its obligation to the principle of “uniformity in setting policy.”

    Beyond the political issues, and despite a trend of increasing religiosity among the Palestinian public, the PLO and Hamas have different, if not contradictory, worldviews. The nationalist PLO will continue to suspect Hamas of being more committed to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic principles than to national and social Palestinian interests. Hamas will go on being hostile toward the secular culture that has always been part and parcel of the PLO, and see it as the result of negative Western influences. The reconciliation agreement is a way for each side to bring more adherents to its ranks and grow stronger.

    The Palestinians welcomed the declaration of the agreement (or the agreement to implement an agreement) with skepticism and caution. They know, or at least sense, the obstacles to its implementation. They know that Israel may take revenge for the reconciliation efforts, and that the United States also opposes them. But if they believe that both sides are honestly taking this step as a way to strengthen the Palestinians internally, they will be willing to bear the consequences of any Israeli or American punishment.

  • Israeli state water company loses #Portugal deal and faces global protests | BDSmovement.net

    Lisbon’s water company EPAL has announced that it terminated a technology exchange deal with Israeli state water company #Mekorot following protests over Mekorot’s role in Israel’s ‘water #apartheid ’ over Palestinians.

    Portuguese MPs and campaign groups had argued that the deal amounted to support for Mekorot’s role in the theft of Palestinian water.

    #Israël #vol #eau #Palestine #bds

  • Promesses de “printemps” dans les réseaux sociaux saoudiens
    | Culture et politique arabes
    Yves Gonzalez-Quijano, 14 avril 2014

    On ne prête qu’aux riches ! S’il s’agit de l’attention médiatique, la formule s’est vérifiée une fois de plus avec les très nombreux commentaires, dans le monde arabe en particulier, suscités par la mise en ligne sur YouTube de brèves vidéos saoudiennes contestataires. Depuis quelques semaines, différentes vidéos (article en arabe dans Al-Akhbar avec de larges traductions en anglais) d’un genre particulier ont été « postées » sur YouTube, lequel joue en Arabie saoudite qui en est, ainsi que de Twitter, un des plus gros utilisateurs mondiaux, un rôle très particulier, comme une sorte de chambre d’écho sociale et politique des débats qui se tiennent difficilement ailleurs.

    Sur les vidéos en question, visionnées plusieurs millions de fois pour certaines d’entre elles, on voit invariablement, en plan rapproché (souvent avec un cadrage inférieur à celui de l’image, ce qui doit correspondre à l’usage d’un smartphone ou quelque chose de ce genre) un homme qui adresse à la caméra un discours véhément, lequel s’achève, dans la plupart des cas, par la mention de son identité attestée par un document brandi devant l’objectif de la caméra.


  • Très (ou pas du tout) étonnante question : le New York Times se considère-t-il soumis aux ordres de censure émis par le Shin Beth israélien ?

    The New York Times agrees to be gagged by Israel

    Margaret Sullivan, The New York Times’ public editor, has written a thoughtful and important piece criticizing the way the newspaper complied with an Israeli-imposed gag order on the case of Majd Kayyal.

    But it leaves some important questions unanswered about the Times’ apparent eagerness to let Israeli censors set its news agenda.

  • Israeli army installs new remote-controlled weapon atop separation wall | +972 Magazine


    The new weapon, which is remote-controlled and shoots “skunk” water (putrid-smelling liquid), began operating over the last month. According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, the weapon can also fire stun grenades, tear gas among other crowd-dispersal means.

  • U.S. intelligence objects to visa waiver for Israelis


    Allowing entry to Israelis without visa would make it easier for Israeli spies, the House Judiciary Committee was warned, according to a report in Roll Call.

    Haaretz, By Barak Ravid | Apr. 19, 2014 |

    Officials in the United States intelligence community are opposing the admission of Israel to the Visa Waver program – aimed at easing the entry of foreigners to the country – for fear that it would facilitate espionage, according to Roll Call, an online news source that covers the U.S. Congress. The Visa Waver program, which already includes 38 countries, would allow Israelis to visit the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa.

    Congress members and staffers in the House Judiciary Committee expressed concerns that admitting Israel to the program would make it easier for Israeli spies to enter the U.S., according to the report in Roll Call, which was based on interviews with lawmakers and staffers who took part in a classified committee briefing several weeks ago. The context of the briefing was the attempt by several congressmen and senators to promote legislation that would admit Israel into the program.

  • La France contre les défenseurs du droit international ? -
    pour le droit de boycotter l’achat de produits israéliens

    Libération, 17 AVRIL 2014 À 18:06


    Depuis 2009, en France, des militants associatifs se mobilisent dans les commerces, les entreprises, les universités, les médias pour que les consommateurs boycottent l’achat de produits israéliens et que les citoyens exigent de leurs responsables politiques des actions concrètes contre la politique illégale et injuste de l’Etat d’Israël. Ils sont de plus en plus nombreux à rejoindre la campagne internationale BDS pour « Boycott, Désinvestissement, Sanctions » qui appelle à agir pour le respect du droit international en Palestine. Il s’agit d’une campagne internationale, citoyenne et non-violente, qui a lieu dans plus de 40 Etats dans le monde.
    La campagne BDS trouve son origine dans l’appel lancé, le 9 juillet 2005, par 172 partis, organisations et syndicats palestiniens : « Nous, représentants de la société civile palestinienne, invitons les organisations des sociétés civiles internationales et les gens de conscience du monde entier à imposer de larges boycotts et à mettre en application des initiatives de retrait d’investissement contre Israël tels que ceux appliqués à l’Afrique du Sud à l’époque de l’apartheid ».

    Elle a pour but d’exercer une pression sur l’Etat d’Israël, notamment, pour qu’il renonce à la colonisation de la Cisjordanie et de Jérusalem-Est, ainsi qu’à la construction du mur de séparation. Rappelons que, si la colonisation et le « mur » ont été déclarés illégaux par l’avis de la Cour internationale de justice de La Haye du 9 juillet 2004, les Etats n’ont rien fait ou presque pour pousser Israël à se conformer à cette décision, alors qu’il leur revient de « faire respecter » le droit international. La campagne BDS ne fait finalement que rappeler aux gouvernements leurs obligations légales.

  • Special Report : “800,000 Palestinians Imprisoned By Israel Since 1967” - International Middle East Media Center

    As the Palestinian people mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day on April 17, more than 800,000 Palestinians, including children, have been kidnapped and imprisoned by Israel since 1967, while at least 5,000 Palestinians are currently held by Israel, a report by the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees has revealed.

  • Le tombeau de saint Jean Chrysostome à Damas
    Par Françoise Feugas

    « Il est vivant, nous sommes morts ! » Cette légende ornait un poster représentant un martyr de la révolution syrienne. Ce thème de la mort, toujours présent dans l’oeuvre de Youssef Abdelké a pris une dimension nouvelle avec la guerre qui ravage son pays. Retour sur le parcours d’un grand artiste syrien engagé dont quelques unes des dernières œuvres sont exposées à la galerie Claude Lemand à Paris jusqu’au 3 mai.
    Vous poussez la porte d’une petite galerie d’art du 6e arrondissement de Paris, et vous êtes cloué sur place. À votre gauche, un grand oiseau mort dont l’ombre s’étend sur une surface absente ; à droite, le regard fixe d’un homme couché sur ce qui ressemble à une boîte, avec cette inscription énigmatique : « Le tombeau de saint Jean Chrysostome est dans la mosquée d’Al-Hassan ». Les tableaux sont des fusains sur papier de grande taille, très sombres, mais laissant filtrer une lumière diffuse et nuancée dont les rares éclats blancs semblent tomber d’une source hors champ. Le dessin est précis, aigu, finement hachuré ; de grands traits le parcourent par endroits, comme des griffures ou les veines d’une matière ancienne. Vous restez là, saisi par l’au-delà de la douleur exprimée. Vous êtes entré dans l’univers des dernières œuvres de Youssef Abdelké, grand artiste syrien, graveur et dessinateur au talent exceptionnel.

  • Oman extends curbs on expat workers


    Khaleej Times - 16 April, 2014

    Hiring of expatriates by private companies in those two sectors will be banned for six months from May 4, the official Oman News Agency quoted minister.

    Oman said it would extend curbs on the hiring of foreign workers in construction and housekeeping as part of efforts to save more jobs for local citizens and limit outflows of money from the economy.

  • Abbas insiste sur le fait que « les Palestiniens » ont choisi de signer spécifiquement ces 15 Conventions internationales parce qu’elles ne nuisent en rien à Israël :

    During the meeting Abbas stressed that the 15 international conventions that the Palestinians sought to join were chosen specifically because they did not harm Israel in any way. “We joined the conventions on the rights of the child and the fight against discrimination against women,” he said. “We deliberately did not approach the International Court at the Hague or United Nations agencies.”

    • Why Israeli Officials are Chuckling

      These days, said Elkin with a chuckle, the West Bank is “the most stable part of the Middle East”.

      The bewilderment would stem from the fact that the West Bank is an occupied Palestinian territory. Its population is held at gunpoint; they have no freedom, and enjoy no rights. Their land is seized by force to make room for more settlements and illegal Jewish settlers, now numbering well passed the half million mark.

      Needless to say, the West Bank should not be stable.

      Instead, Palestinians should be leading their own revolution until they achieve their full rights and freedom. This is not a call for violence, but a natural human course. However, Palestinians are not rebelling. Many factors are holding them back, one of which is the very Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. Its troops are in constant ‘security coordinations’ with Israel. Its ‘elite forces’ are trained by US generals and Arab armies. The PA mission is not to liberate Palestine, but to ensure the subservience of the Palestinians while Israel carries on with a colonial project that has extended for decades.

  • Israel’s blockade of Gaza the “longest in history,” says new UNRWA head

    Israel’s seven-year blockade of the Gaza Strip is the “longest in history,” according to the newly-appointed United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl, as quoted by the Anadolu news agency.

    Speaking at a conference in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis on Wednesday, Krahenbuhl said that the blockade was being used to collectively punish the Palestinian people – an issue that would be the focal point of his future discussions in the region.

    During his first visit to Gaza, Krahenbuhl urged world leaders to help the Palestinians end the Israeli blockade, which was imposed on Gaza soon after the Hamas Islamic Movement seized control of the enclave by force in 2007.

    “It is clear that this amounts to a very extreme form and illegal collective punishment that will be also at the heart of all of the advocacy work that UNRWA carries out,” Krahenbuhl said.

    He added that the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Palestinian enclave were clearly apparent.

    UNRWA currently provides aid to some 800,000 refugees in the territory, as compared to some 80,000 in 2000, Krahenbuhl said. He promised that UNRWA, despite its limited budget, would do its best to reach more poor people in Gaza.

    Krahenbuhl added that he would brief Israeli officials on conditions in Gaza, noting that the UNRWA was determined to find a solution to the crisis.

  • Le régime syrien vient d’arrêter Safwan Akash, membre du bureau exécutif du Comité national de coordination (l’opposition intérieure dont nous connaissons ici Haytham Manna) :

    أفادت «هيئة التنسيق» عن اعتقال عضو مكتبها التنفيذي صفوان عكاش، صباح أمس، «من قبل عناصر للأمن العسكري، وذلك على حاجز خربة الشياب بينما كان في طريقه إلى السويداء». وأضاف البيان الصادر عن الهيئة أنّه جرى نقل عكاش «إلى مفرزة الأمن العسكري في الكسوة». وأدانت «الهيئة» هذا «الاعتقال التعسفي»، مطالبة «بإخلاء سبيله فوراً».

  • Israël prisonniers palestiniens
    ""Le prix de notre liberté c’est leur emprisonnement. Nous sommes devenus une nation de gardiens de prison"

    Pouring out our wrath
    By Yitzhak Laor | Apr. 14, 2014

    he Israelis are not bad people, no worse than others, but for 46 years they have sat down to the holiday table after hearing the news, “With the onset of the holiday, a total closure has been imposed on the territories,” whose logic is: “Our freedom = their oppression.” Language, an effective collaborator, helps normalize the ongoing scandal: a “temporary” military regime that is expanding and settling in.

    Let’s put aside the question of how the legal status of the territories is defined, or how Israel’s control over them is justified. The mechanism of control is what creates the oppressor, with the help of constant infusion of colonialist logic into our consciousness.

    For example, what is the meaning of the government’s sanctions against the Palestinian Authority? You are turning to the United Nations regarding your freedom, that’s why we are suffocating you more, because we are the ones who decide what you are allowed and not allowed to do about your freedom. We are strong, and we are allowed to break into your homes, to spread out over your land and your water. And all that is part of the normal situation, of “negotiations.” And it will go on and on. Our television commentators, dressed in their blazers and omniscience, were born into this, and even when they retire in their old age it will go on. That’s the normalization process. Everything is “temporary” and everything is permanent.

    Sometimes a little scandal that has yet to be normalized erupts. Settlers set military equipment on fire. The soldiers were helpless, they didn’t fire their weapons, the public is told, and good that they didn’t. The Shin Bet, they hint to us, does not torture settlers to get them to sign a confession, to convict and imprison them, and good that they don’t. And the settlers were also careful not to beat the soldiers.

    Such are the rules of grammar: A Jew cannot be arrested without trial, the law of habeus corpus is valid here, beating is forbidden, torture is forbidden. On the Arab corpus, it’s permitted. They are imprisoned, without a problem, for years in nonsensical procedures, on confessions extorted by force, they are closed behind walls — let them push their way to the fences to make a living, to be healed, to live, to be dependent on us. Here in these rules the consensus is engraved, broader and deeper and more hidden than we like to think, occasionally, in times of scandal such as Yitzhar. At all other times, the entire nation, the one that is celebrating its freedom this evening, lives untroubled with the hidden wall of apartheid: Jewish freedom is engraved on the Arab body.

  • Soudan : les réunions de partis politiques interdites sans autorisation - LExpress.fr


    Khartoum - Le président soudanais Omar el-Béchir a interdit aux partis politiques d’organiser des réunions y compris dans leurs locaux sans autorisation préalable des autorités, dans un décret régulant les activités des partis, a rapporté l’agence de presse officielle SUNA.❞

  • Libye : Des craintes concernant l’équité des procès intentés à d’anciens hauts responsables | Human Rights Watch


    Le procèsde 37 personnes, pour l’essentiel d’anciens responsables du régime Kadhafi accusés de crimes graves commis au cours du soulèvement de la Libye en 2011, soulève de sérieuses inquiétudes quant à l’équité des procédures judiciaires, a déclaré aujourd’hui Human Rights Watch. Le procès, qui s’est ouvert le 24 mars 2014, devait reprendre le 14 avril dans une salle d’audience spécialement désignée à cet effet au centre correctionnel d’Al-Hadba, à Tripoli.

  • Israel’s UN ambassador is going overboard with the ’anti-Semitism’ charge - Haaretz
    By Amira Hass | Apr. 14, 2014

    Israel’s UN ambassador, Ron Prosor, has found his new anti-Semite of the hour: Dr. Rima Khalaf, UN undersecretary general and executive secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. In two letters sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon over the past month, Prosor calls for Khalaf’s suspension until an investigation, which he demands be conducted, is completed.

    The first letter was sent on March 5, the second on April 7. In the first, Prosor refers to a February 25 speech by Khalaf in Tunisia; Prosor says Khalaf falsely accused Israel of violating minority rights and reviving the idea of “state ethnic and religious purity, which caused egregious human suffering during the twentieth century.” Prosor adds: “As you are well aware, Israel is the only nation in the Middle East that safeguards and empowers its minorities.”

    In the first letter, Prosor does not mention the occasion on which Khalaf gave her speech: the presentation of the report “Arab Integration – A 21st-Century Development Imperative,” initiated by the commission she heads. The 300-page report (including appendices) was two years in the making. The research and analysis were conducted by a wide spectrum of academics, intellectuals, writers and artists from Arab countries — both establishment and opposition figures, right-wingers and left-wingers, neoliberals and socialists, secular and religious people.

    Inspired by the uprisings in the Arab world, the report proposes a vision: the establishment of a united political, cultural and economic entity based on reforms that aim for equality. Integration is seen as an objective and a means to extricate the Arabs from chronic “oppression, foreign intervention and stifled development.” In the document’s preface, Khalaf replies to skeptics with something along the lines of “If you will it, it is no dream.”

    Was Prosor aware of the report? I posed this question to the Foreign Ministry three weeks ago, but the strike at the time by the ministry staff left me without an answer. The UN secretary general’s office said two weeks ago it plans to respond to Prosor, a response that obviously has not yet been sent because the ambassador wrote a second letter, which refers to the report.

    Hitler’s role

    The following are the diplomat’s words in his April 7 letter. “Ms. Khalaf may have a PhD in Systems Science, but she deserves a PhD in science fiction …. Ms. Khalaf also preposterously claims that Hitler, who was responsible for the murder of six million Jews, sought to create a safe haven for the Jewish people in the Middle East.” (I have not found any such statement in the report. If Khalaf said this elsewhere, Prosor provides no citation, and I was unable to find any such reference on Google.)

    Hitler is mentioned as having held a negative view similar to Britain’s on the subject of Arab unity. “Arab unity was incompatible with the Transfer Agreement [Hitler] had concluded with the Zionist movement to facilitate the emigration of German Jews to Palestine,” the report says. Prosor charges that the report “goes so far as to accuse Israel of fostering discord and instigating regional conflicts.” Such accusations “represent the epitome of modern-day anti-Semitism,” he writes.

    Yes, several pages of the report are devoted to Israel in terms of Western-colonialist control of the region, the dispossession of the Palestinians in 1948, the occupation in 1967 and the wars since then. Yes, the description is not flattering. The report’s references to Nazi Germany evade that regime’s systematic murderous nature.

    The essence of the report

    But the lion’s share of the report is inward-looking, at the Arab world, as the following statements from the document illustrate:

    “The Arab popular uprisings were triggered by young Arabs who finally took a stand against long-running tyranny and oppression.”

    International and regional conflicts infiltrated the Syrian uprising, transforming the conflict from one between the regime and pro-democracy opponents, to a geopolitical struggle over Syria in which the Syrian people are perhaps the greatest losers.”

    “In the absence of democratic governance and equal citizenship rights in most Arab countries, poor integration has stoked ethnic, religious and sectarian identity conflicts.”

    “A fifth of the population of the Arab region is poor, and it is the only region that has not achieved any significant progress in poverty reduction in the past two decades.”

    “Arab countries spend more on defense or consumer goods than on scientific research and technological development.”

    “The crisis of the Arab Islamic culture has produced groups with extreme and exclusionary doctrines that limit public rights and freedoms – especially those of women and non-Muslims. These groups seek to impose a rigid version of sharia on society.”

    The report does not explain how the united Arab nation will overcome a problem that has plagued long-standing democracies: the concentration of resources and the accumulation of capital in the hands of the few — resources and capital that are the product of the majority.

    But that’s not what worries Prosor. His aggressive demand for Khalaf’s dismissal reflects Israel’s deep disdain for the countries of the region in which we live and for the issues that concern them. The excessive use by him and his ilk of the “anti-Semitism” charge is bringing us closer to the day when “anti-Semite” is a compliment.

  • منّاع يترك قيادة فرع المهجر بهيئة التنسيق المعارضة ويؤكد : لا خلفية سياسية لهذا القرار

    منّاع يترك قيادة فرع المهجر بهيئة التنسيق المعارضة ويؤكد: لا خلفية سياسية لهذا القرار

    Un entretien de Haytham Manna pour UPI. Voici l’essentiel :

    Haytham Manna annonce qu’il quitte ses fonction en tant que porte- parole à l’étranger du Comité national pour le changement démocratique en Syrie. Il ne s’agit pas d’un différend politique, mais de la volonté de la part de l’intéressé de ne pas se représenter, ne serait-ce que pour faire de la place à la nouvelle génération. Le nouveau comité, élu à Paris, voit sa moyenne d’âge baisser de 15 ans.
    Manna confirme également que les discussions avec la Coalition natinale sont plus qu’au moint mort dans la mesure où cette Coalition, en réalité, n’a pas la voix au chapitre [en raison des pressions de ses parrains étrangers]. Pour aller de l’avant par rapport aux discussions de Genève, il faudrait que « le train soit à nouveau sur de bons rails », en d’autres termes que Russes et Etasuniens s’entendent, ce qui n’est pas le cas aujourd’hui. Le dossier syrien n’étant plus sur le devant de la scène, les acteurs locaux ont plus de marge de manœuvre. Dans la mesure où Erdogan traverse une situation difficile, l’opposition nationale syrienne devrait tenter d’en profiter pour oeuvrer à un rapprochement irano-saoudien, gage d’une détente régionale qui profiterait à la Syrie. Sur la question d’éventuelles livraisons d’armes à l’opposition, Manna rappelle une fois de plus qu’il faut cesser de se bercer d’illusions à propos d’une modification du rapport de force militaire et d’essayer de remettre à flot l’Armée syrienne libre.
    « Quand je parle de se bercer d’illusions, je pense à la fois aux actuels dirigeants syriens et aux exploitants de la misère au sein de l’opposition. Notre histoire dure et tant qu’il y aura, au sein des centres de décision du régime, des gens pour croire à un règlement militaire, cette sale guerre se poursuivra en mettant à feu et à sang le pays. »

  • Israel to U.S.: Opposing Russia would endanger our security - Haaretz
    By Barak Ravid | Apr. 14, 2014


    Israel has told the United States over the past two weeks of its concerns that taking a public stance against Russia over the invasion of Ukraine could cause real damage to its security interests, an Israeli official involved in the talks with Washington told Haaretz on Sunday.

    Haaretz reported on Sunday that Washington is incensed that Jerusalem has not come out openly against Russia’s takeover of the Crimean peninsula. A senior U.S. official said one of the reasons for the White House’s anger was Israel’s absence two weeks ago at a UN General Assembly vote to condemn the Russian invasion and support Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

    The talks over the past two weeks, in which Israel explained its position on Ukraine and why it was absent from the vote, have been taking place both at the working diplomatic level on both sides, but also at a more senior rank. The Israeli official said that while both the U.S. State Department and Congress have shown understanding for Israel’s position, the White House remained unconvinced by the explanations.

    American dissatisfaction with Israel’s policy came up in a meeting last week in Washington between Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Leiberman explained that Israel had not attended the UN vote because of the Foreign Ministry employees’ strike. He said that during the last strike, three years ago, then-president of Russia Dmitry Medvedev had to call off a planned visit to Israel at the last minute, and the Russians had understood and not been angry. Rice listened to Lieberman, but stressed that the administration was disappointed in Israel’s conduct.

  • Contribution à l’édition future des œuvres complètes d’Alain Finkielkraut - regards.fr
    Par Alain Ruscio| 12 avril 2014


    Texte repris en partie de Alain Ruscio, Y a bon les Colonies ? La France sarkozyste face à l’histoire coloniale, à l’identité nationale et à l’immigration, Éd. Le Temps des Cerises, 2011.

    Je ne croyais pas que cela fût possible (toujours commencer par un imparfait du subjonctif, quand il s’agit de l’Académie française). J’étais naïf : cette France rance, ce pays qui marine dans l’affront national, est désormais capable de tout. Alain Finkielkraut va donc venir s’asseoir dans un des fauteuils qui recueillit les postérieurs du monarchiste Charles Maurras, condamné à la libération à la dégradation nationale, de Philippe Pétain, de Louis Bertrand, qui naguère voulait « former un seul bloc » des Européens d’Algérie et « les lancer contre l’ennemi commun, le musulman qu’on a eu la sottise de laisser vivre, alors qu’il fallait l’exterminer sans pitié » [1], du maréchal Juin, ennemi intransigeant de l’indépendance du Maroc, de Michel Debré, qui resta "Algérie française" au-delà du raisonnable (gaulliste)… Tiens, en lisant la liste des "ex", on apprend que Finkielkraut va occuper le fauteuil 21, détenu naguère par le duc d’Aumale, qui s’illustra par la prise de la smala d’Abd el Kader, où il y avait d’ailleurs plus de femmes et d’enfants que de farouches guerriers. La boucle (coloniale) est bouclée.

    Alain Finkielkraut est philosophe, nous disent les notices biographiques. Pourtant, force est de constater que ses œuvres de recherche pointue n’ont guère marqué, sauf erreur de ma part, le monde intellectuel de notre temps. « Misère de la philosophie », comme l’écrivait jadis un grand auteur qui, lui, ne siégea dans aucune Académie, mais qui marqua la pensée humaine.