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  • Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to meet Sunday in attempt to revive talks

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are to convene on Sunday in the latest attempt to save teetering #peace_talks, a Palestinian official told AFP. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat would meet his Israeli opposite number, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s special envoy Yitzhak Molcho during the afternoon, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. There was no confirmation from the Israeli side. read more

    #Israel #Palestine #Top_News

  • Israel to consider war crimes case - Features - Al Jazeera English

    For the first time Israel’s Supreme Court is set to consider evidence on April 2 that senior Israeli political and military officials committed war crimes in relation to major military operations in Gaza and Lebanon.

    Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, the current justice minister, are among the high-level figures accused of breaking the laws of war when they launched attacks on Lebanon in 2006, and on Gaza in the winter of 2008-09.

    The allegations have been levelled by Marwan Dalal, the only Israeli lawyer to have served as a senior prosecutor in one of the international criminal courts at The Hague in the Netherlands.

    Dalal, who spent three years as a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, belongs to Israel’s Palestinian minority, which comprises a fifth of the country’s population.

    He said he had based his petition to the court on “strong factual and legal findings” from public sources, including the reports of Israeli official inquiries.

    His evidence includes statements from senior Israeli officials in which they appear to implicate themselves in actions - including killing, collective punishment and attacks on civilian infrastructure - not justified by military necessity. Such acts are breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention as well as Israeli law.

    Dalal will argue before the court that the Israeli police are required to investigate the evidence in preparation for possible indictments for war crimes.

    “The evidence is in the public realm and obliges Israeli prosecutors to order investigations,” he said. “The failure to do so is unreasonable conduct and the court must rectify the matter.”

  • Israel to consider war crimes case

    Al Jazeera English

    For the first time Israel’s Supreme Court is set to consider evidence on April 2 that senior Israeli political and military officials committed war crimes in relation to major military operations in Gaza and Lebanon.

    Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, the current justice minister, are among the high-level figures accused of breaking the laws of war when they launched attacks on Lebanon in 2006, and on Gaza in the winter of 2008-09.

    The allegations have been levelled by Marwan Dalal, the only Israeli lawyer to have served as a senior prosecutor in one of the international criminal courts at The Hague in the Netherlands.

    Dalal, who spent three years as a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, belongs to Israel’s Palestinian minority, which comprises a fifth of the country’s population.

    He said he had based his petition to the court on “strong factual and legal findings” from public sources, including the reports of Israeli official inquiries.

    His evidence includes statements from senior Israeli officials in which they appear to implicate themselves in actions - including killing, collective punishment and attacks on civilian infrastructure - not justified by military necessity. Such acts are breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention as well as Israeli law.

    Dalal will argue before the court that the Israeli police are required to investigate the evidence in preparation for possible indictments for war crimes.

    “The evidence is in the public realm and obliges Israeli prosecutors to order investigations,” he said. “The failure to do so is unreasonable conduct and the court must rectify the matter.”

  • The Israeli ’watergate’ scandal: The facts about Palestinian water -

    Haaretz, By Amira Hass | Feb. 16, 2014

    Rino Tzror is an interviewer who argues with rather than flatters his subjects. Yet last Thursday, he didn’t do his homework and let Justice Minister Tzipi Livni throw sand in the eyes of the public about everything regarding the flap over water with Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament.

    Livni was invited onto his Army Radio program as a sane voice who would criticize the behavior of Economy Minister Naftali Bennett and Co. toward Schulz (Bennett’s Habayit Hayehudi party stormed out of the Knesset during a speech by Schulz when he allowed himself to wonder whether indeed Israelis were allotted four times as much water as Palestinians). “I told [the EU Parliament president], ‘You are wrong, they intentionally misled you,’” she told Tzror. “‘That is not how the water is allocated. Israel gives the Palestinians more water than what we committed to in the interim agreements.’”

    The very word “gives” should have lit Tzror’s fuse. But Livni kept buttering him up in her learned tone, with her grumbles against the Palestinian position on desalinated water and the Joint Water Committee.

    So here are the facts:

    Israel doesn’t give water to the Palestinians. Rather, it sells it to them at full price.

    The Palestinians would not have been forced to buy water from Israel if it were not an occupying power which controls their natural resource, and if it were not for the Oslo II Accords, which limit the volume of water they can produce, as well as the development and maintenance of their water infrastructure.

    This 1995 interim agreement was supposed to lead to a permanent arrangement after five years. The Palestinian negotiators deluded themselves that they would gain sovereignty and thus control over their water resources.

    The Palestinians were the weak, desperate, easily tempted side and sloppy when it came to details. Therefore, in that agreement Israel imposed a scandalously uneven, humiliating and infuriating division of the water resources of the West Bank.

    The division is based on the volume of water Palestinians produced and consumed on the eve of the deal. The Palestinians were allotted 118 million cubic meters (mcm) per year from three aquifers via drilling, agricultural wells, springs and precipitation. Pay attention, Rino Tzror: the same deal allotted Israel 483 mcm annually from the same resources (and it has also exceeded this limit in some years).

    In other words, some 20 percent goes to the Palestinians living in the West Bank, and about 80 percent goes to Israelis – on both sides of the Green Line – who also enjoy resources from the rest of the country.

    Why should Palestinians agree to pay for desalinated water from Israel, which constantly robs them of the water flowing under their feet?

    The agreement’s second major scandal: Gaza’s water economy/management was condemned to be self-sufficient and made reliant on the aquifer within its borders. How can we illustrate the injustice? Let’s say the Negev residents were required to survive on aquifers in the Be’er Sheva-Arad region, without the National Water Carrier and without accounting for population growth. Overpumping in Gaza, which causes seawater and sewage to penetrate into the aquifer, has made 90 percent of the potable water undrinkable.

    Can you imagine? If Israelis had peace and justice in mind, the Oslo agreement would have developed a water infrastructure linking the Strip to the rest of the country.

    According to the deal, Israel will keep selling 27.9 mcm of water per year to the Palestinians. In its colonialist generosity, Israel agreed to recognize Palestinian future needs for an additional 80 mcm per year. It’s all detailed in the agreement with the miserly punctiliousness of a capitalist tycoon. Israel will sell some, and the Palestinians will drill for the rest, but not in the western mountain aquifer. That’s forbidden.

    But today the Palestinians produce just 87 mcm in the West Bank – 21 mcm less than Oslo allotted them. The drought, Israeli limits on development and drilling new wells, and limits on movement are the main reasons. Palestinian mismanagement is secondary. So, Israel “gives” – or rather sells – about 60 mcm per year. True. That is more than the Oslo II Accords agreed for it to sell. And the devastating conclusion: Palestinian dependence on the occupier has only increased.

    Israel retained the right of the mighty to cap infrastructure development and rehabilitation initiatives. For example, Israel has imposed on the Palestinian Authority pipes that are narrower than desired, forbids connecting communities in Area C to the water infrastructure, tarries in approving drilling, and delays replacing disintegrating pipes. Hence the 30 percent loss of water from Palestinian pipes.

    113,000 Palestinians are not connected to the water network. Hundreds of thousands of others are cut off from a regular supply during the summer months. In Area C, Israel forbids even the digging of cisterns for collecting rainwater. And that’s called giving?

    * Instead of spending time calculating whether the average Israeli household’s per-capita consumption of water is four times or “only” three times that of Palestinian consumption, open your eyes: The settlements bathed in green, and across the road Palestinian urban neighborhoods and villages are subject to a policy of water rotation. The thick pipes of Mekorot (Israel’s national water provider) are heading to the Jordan Valley settlements, and a Palestinian tractor next to them transports a rusty tank of water from afar. In the summer, the faucets run dry in Hebron and never stop flowing in Kiryat Arba and Beit Hadassah.

    All of this is intentionally misleading?

    • The Forgotten Key To Israel-Palestine : Water
      February 17, 2014 by Mitchell Plitnick

      When one mentions water in conjunction with the Middle East, there is always this “oh, yeah” reaction as people remember that this is probably the single most important issue in the region. But it is too rarely considered in political analyses. It isn’t discussed often enough in the context of the roots of the Israel-Palestine conflict, but it is absolutely fundamental to Israeli policy and Palestinian dispossession.


      The conditions described above apply only in the West Bank. In #Gaza, the situation is much worse. Gaza depends almost entirely on the coastal aquifer, which is also used by Israel and Egypt. The Palestinian Water Authority pumps more than three times the aquifer’s replenishment rate per year, and even that, due to unreliable supplies of electricity, water supply is erratic on a daily basis.


      One can expect that Israel will eventually address this issue. The siege has, from the beginning, been carefully managed by Israel to ensure the deprivation of Gaza’s population while avoiding the sort of massive death and illness that might create international outrage and force Israel to act. But the water issue, as it involves both Gaza and the West Bank, threatens to turn into something much greater.


      The subject of water is therefore a touchy one for Israel on many levels. Not only is it an issue of unequal access to this most crucial of resources, but it also illustrates the difficulties of truly separating Israel and the Palestinians. Indeed, when it comes to water, it will be impossible for Israel to end the occupation and maintain its current standard of living with regard to water. It will also be impossible for any Palestinian entity to survive without significant external investment in irrigation, water treatment, desalinization, and other methods of conserving and treating water. In other words, when it comes to water, it is highly unlikely that Israel and the Palestinians can separate from each other as the Oslo formulation of a two-state solution envisions.

      #eau #Palestine

  • AG: Bill against pro-boycott Israel groups is unconstitutional
    By Revital Hovel and Jonathan Lis | Dec. 15, 2013

    A controversial bill that would penalize any non-profit organization if one of its executives calls for a boycott of Israel is to be discussed Sunday by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation. The proposed law - which Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has described as unconstitutional - would levy a tax of 45 percent on any donation from foreign political entities to NPOs, if one of the organization’s managers has expressed support for a boycott, divestment or sanctions against Israel or its citizens.

    The bill, sponsored by the Yisrael Beiteinu and Habayit Hayehudi parties, will also apply to those groups in which one of its leaders has called to put Israeli soldiers on trial in international bodies, or supports an armed struggle by an enemy country or terrorist organization against the State of Israel.

    Weinstein will submit his formal opinion to the Ministerial Committee, saying that if the bill is made into law and challenged in court, he will not be able to defend it. The attorney general said that the bill infringes on a number of constitutional rights enshrined in Israel’s Basic Laws, including freedom of expression and freedom of association. He said what was presented as a tax hike was in his view a de facto fine intended to create a chilling effect on donations to the non-profits in question, which would harm freedom of expression in Israel. “Limiting donations and harming non-profit organizations’ free speech, and in general harming human rights is something done by a group of countries that it is doubtful that Israel wants to join,” said Weinstein. He added that even if the purpose of the bill was proper, which he said he doubted, it exceeded any sense of proportion because of the serious ramifications it was likely to cause.

    The issue of proportionality is important because under Israeli law the state may undertake an act that harms a right in one of Israel’s Basic Laws if it is consistent with the values of the State of Israel, intended for a proper purpose and the harm done is proportionate.

    The explanatory preface to the proposed law states it “wants to reduce the involvement of foreign policy entities in Israeli democracy, which is conducted via financial support for non-profit organizations, whose goals, or activities in practice, grossly exceed the limits of the Israeli democratic discussion and are an attempt to cause real harm and are a significant and serious interference in the basic characteristics of the State of Israel and its sovereignty.”

    If the Ministerial Committee votes to give the bill government backing, it will then go to the Knesset later this week for its preliminary reading.

    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who chairs the committee, is expected to oppose the bill. She called the bill undemocratic and inappropriate yesterday. If the committee does approve the bill today, Livni is expected to appeal the vote.

    In 2011, a similar bill was proposed by MK Faina Kirschenbaum (Yisrael Beitenu), that would have levied a 45 percent tax rate on donations from foreign states to organizations not supported by the State of Israel. Weinstein warned at that time that the bill was unconstitutional, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that in principle he supported the bill with some adjustments, including distinguishing between organizations whose activities focus on human rights and those that are identified with political causes. In the end, Netanyahu froze the bill and it did not advance in the Knesse

  • Livni slams Israeli right-wing party for sabotaging #peace_talks

    Israel’s chief peace negotiator on Thursday accused a key coalition partner of deliberately seeking to sabotage talks with the Palestinians by ramping up illegal settlement construction. Speaking just hours before the arrival of US Secretary of State John Kerry on his second visit within a week, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni accused the far-right national religious Jewish Home of deliberately promoting settlement projects in a bid “to derail” the ongoing negotiations. read more

    #illegal_settlements #Israel #Palestine #Top_News

  • Tzipi Livni: No Linkage of Arab-Jewish Refugees
    The Jewish Press

    As peace talks lurch forward between Israel and the Palestinians, the burning question is whether Tzipi Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator, will address the issue of the Jewish refugees from Arab countries and link it to Palestinian refugee claims. Levana Zamir, a delegate to the World Jewish Congress executive committee meeting in Jerusalem, managed to pose the question to Livni. But the answer she got was disappointing.

    Here is Levana’s report:

    At the closing session of the World Jewish Congress Executive Committee, gathering on 23 October in Jerusalem, presided by Ronald Lauder, one of the Israeli VIP guest speakers was Tzipi Livni, Minister of Justice.

    “I cannot share with you of course, the content of the negotiations,” said Livni among other things, “but I can tell you that the proposal of ‘one country for two peoples’ is in no way an option, but two separate states, a Jewish state and a Palestinian one.

    “My main concern during negotiations is the security of Israel. I met recently with a Jew from an Arab country, who told me that ‘one state for Jews and Arabs together will take us back to the very bad situation we had to flee from.”

    So it was a great opportunity during the Q&A session, open to the audience, to present our “burning” question:

    I introduced myself as President of the Association of the Jews of Egypt  and as a member of the WJC General Assembly.

    “In September 2012,” I said, “the WJC brought the Jewish Refugees issue to the United Nations opening session, asking for recognition of the million Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries. But as we say, “Charity begins at home”, and no doubt the Jewish refugees issue is a good tool during negotiations, and as a “balance” to the Palestinian refugee problem. So my question to you is: do you remember us ?”

    “The answer is yes, ” said Livni, “but – the Palestinian refugee problem has no connection with the Arab countries.”

    This was Tzipi Livni’s answer, short and clear. “There is no connection between the Palestinian refugees and the Arab countries.”

    (“The other two guest speakers were MK Isaac Herzog and Minister Naftali Bennett, hosted by Shella Safra, WJC Treasurer. In his speech, Minister Bennett brought the Hizbollah as an example. He said: “the Hizbollah are fighting us, although they have no demands for land. Their only reason is: they do not want us here at all”.)

  • Soldiers’ benefits mustn’t come at the expense of Israel’s minorities
    discriminations contre les Palestiniens et... contre les juifs orthodoxes
    Haaretz, 29th of October 2013

    The softened version of the Contributors to the State bill, which was approved Monday by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, was supposed to eliminate the worst of the discriminatory excesses of the original version of the draft law. The constitutional flaws of the bill’s earlier version were pointed out by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, among other.

    The original bill, which was sponsored by coalition chairman MK Yariv Levin, was also approved by the ministerial committee, over the opposition of Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Health and Minister Yael German. Its provisions included preferential treatment for military or civilian national service veterans in admission to higher education, in government hiring (and wages and benefits), and in residential building rights. Weinstein ruled that the bill would cause injury to population groups that already suffer from severe discrimination and would violate the Basic Law on Human Dignity and Freedom.

    The new version, which was drafted in consultation with Knesset legal advisor Eyal Yinon, provides for “softer” benefits, such as letting soldiers in uniform jump the queue at entertainment venues, giving preference to military or nonmilitary veterans in allocating university housing and limited preference in real estate tenders. Nevertheless, it seems as if Levin and many cabinet ministers still haven’t grasped the ethical failure such a law’s very existence entails.

    The Contributors to the State bill in effect constitutes systematic discrimination, in every walk of life, against entire population groups that are by law exempt from compulsory military or civilian national service. No democracy can accept such discrimination, especially when it affects already disadvantaged communities, namely Israeli Arabs and ultra-Orthodox Jews. The fact that military service is compulsory for a large part of the population does not justify a law that would have far-reaching consequences on civilian life, far beyond the military realm.

    Many cabinet ministers have declared a fervent wish for more Arabs and Haredim in the workforce, even calling this goal a “national project” that could have a dramatic impact on the national economy.

    Blind, a priori discrimination is not the way to achieve this integration. It will only create alienation and anger in these communities, sending the message that the state is lending a hand to their discrimination.

    It is indeed worthy to reward those who contribute to the state through military or civilian service, but the way to do so is not by discriminating against other groups. The cabinet and Levin must draft a new bill that would recognize the contribution of veterans, such as paying higher salaries to soldiers during service. That is the only way the benefits offered in this bill will outweigh its costs.

  • Netanyahou n’aime pas la chanson, ni les oiseaux palestiniens…

    « Et je m’en irai.
    –Où l’ami ?
    - Où les colombes se sont envolées, où les blés les ont acclamées
    Pour étayer cet espace avec un épi qui attend.
    En mon nom, poursuis ton chant
    Et ne pleure pas, l’ami, un air perdu dans les souterrains.
    C’est une chanson,
    Une chanson ! »
    Mahmoud Darwich, « La terre nous est étroite et autres poèmes »

    Le « négociateur palestinien en chef », Saeb Erekat, a adressé une lettre au Secrétaire d’État américain John Kerry, dénonçant la « mauvaise foi d’Israël » et son « manque de sérieux » dans les négociations, après la construction de 1000 logements supplémentaires en Palestine. Le pauvre Saeb Erekat n’a même pas eu le temps de jouir de sa lune de miel avec son « amie » Tzipi Livni, qui n’arrêtait pas de l’appeler par son prénom « Saeb », lors du « premier cycle de négociations » tenu à Washington le 31 juillet. « Saeb » a donc découvert pour la première fois après plus de 60 ans de fourberies sionistes , que les Israéliens sont de « mauvaise foi ». Hibernation de conscience et d’esprit oblige.

    Mais « Saeb », le négociateur palestinien en chef sur la sécurité d’Israël et rien d’autre, ne m’intéresse pas aujourd’hui. Ce qui m’intéresse à vrai dire c’est la réponse de Benyamin Netanyahou, Premier ministre colonisateur. Dans sa lettre au Secrétaire d’État américain John Kerry, Netanyahou charge la chanson palestinienne, responsable selon lui de cette impasse et de la poursuite des constructions.

    Netanyahou charge plus précisément le jeune chanteur palestinien Mohammed Assaf, dernier vainqueur de la seconde saison de Arab Idol , une version saoudienne et émiratie du célèbre show américain, organisée et diffusée par le groupe MBC , un réseau saoudien wahha-bite de chaînes satellitaires basées à Londres et à Dubaï. C’est une autre histoire. Vous devinez à quoi je pense !

    « Incitement and peace cannot coexist » (l’incitation et la paix ne peuvent pas coexister), nous apprend Netanyahou. Les Palestiniens privés de la vie, de la terre, de l’eau et de l’air, ne devraient pas chanter et conter leur souffrance et mémoire. Le « spectacle » du drame palestinien doit être mis sur « Mute » (muet) selon Netanyahou.

    Le Jerusalem Post rapporte comment Netanyahou « also included a link to a YouTube video that depicts the popular winner of Arab Idol Muhammad Assaf singing a song at the Barcelona soccer game in Hebron that spoke longingly of Israeli cities within the pre- 1967 lines as belonging to Palestine. ». Netanyahou a donc envoyé le lien d’une vidéo sur le site YouTube, montrant le jeune chanteur gazaoui en train de reprendre une célèbre chanson palestinienne devant les joueurs et les responsables du club espagnol FC Barcelone, venus rendre « visite » aux fans palestiniens à Hébron.

    Les paroles de la chanson Ya Tir Ya Tayer ! (Ô oiseau qui vole !), invoquent un oiseau de voler sur les villes palestiniennes et d’augurer et de promettre le retour des réfugiés palestiniens. On comprend bien que Benyamin Netanyahou, Mahmoud Abbas, Tzipi Livni et Saeb Erekat préfèrent danser et « négocier » sur l’air « Sugar baby love » !

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  • Négociations : « des années de marasme diplomatiques approchent de leur fin » dit Livni

    La ministre de la Justice et chef des négociateurs israéliens, Tzipi Livni, a salué vendredi soir l’annonce par le secrétaire d’État américain John Kerry d’un accord pour une reprise des négociations entre Palestiniens et Israéliens.


  • pour le boycott économique d’Israël

    The Israeli patriot’s final refuge : boycott
    by Gideon Levy

    Anyone who really fears for the future of the country needs to be in favor at this point of boycotting it economically.

    A contradiction in terms? We have considered the alternatives. A boycott is the least of all evils, and it could produce historic benefits. It is the least violent of the options and the one least likely to result in bloodshed. It would be painful like the others, but the others would be worse.

    On the assumption that the current status quo cannot continue forever, it is the most reasonable option to convince Israel to change. Its effectiveness has already been proven. More and more Israelis have become concerned recently about the threat of the boycott. When Justice Minister Tzipi Livni warns about it spreading and calls as a result for the diplomatic deadlock to be broken, she provides proof of the need for a boycott. She and others are therefore joining the boycott, divestment and sanction movement. Welcome to the club.


    • traduction en français :
      Le message fort de Gideon Levy : Le refuge ultime du patriote israélien, c’est le le boycott

      Haaretz – 14 Juillet 2013

      Quiconque s’inquiète réellement de l’avenir du pays doit maintenant être en faveur du boycott économique.

      Une contradiction dans les termes ? On a examiné les alternatives. Le boycott est le moindre mal et il pourrait avoir des effets bénéfiques de portée historique. C’est l’option la moins violente et celle qui a le moins de chances d’aboutir à un bain de sang. Elle serait douloureuse, comme les autres, mais les autres seraient pires.

      Si l’on convient que le statu quo actuel ne peut durer toujours, c’est l’option la plus raisonnable pour convaincre Israël de changer. Son efficacité a déjà été prouvée. De plus en plus d’Israéliens ont pris conscience récemment de la menace que représente le boycott. Lorsque la ministre de la justice, Tzipi Livni alerte sur son développement et appelle, en conséquence, à sortir de l’impasse diplomatique, elle apporte une preuve de la nécessité du boycott. Elle et d’autres rejoignent ainsi le mouvement boycott, désinvestissement, sanctions. Bienvenue au club !

      Le changement ne viendra pas de l’intérieur. C’est clair depuis longtemps. Tant que les Israéliens ne paient pas le prix de l’occupation, ou tout du moins ne font pas le lien entre la cause et l’effet, ils n’ont aucune raison d’y mettre fin. Et pourquoi le résidant lambda de Tel Aviv devrait-il se soucier de ce qui arrive dans la ville de Jénine en Cisjordanie ou dans la bande de Gaza ? Ces endroits sont très éloignés et pas particulièrement intéressants. Tant que l’arrogance et l’auto-victimisation continuent au sein du Peuple Elu, le plus élu du monde, toujours la seule victime, la situation réelle du monde n’y changera rien.

      Nous disons que c’est de l’antisémitisme. Le monde entier est contre nous, sans que nous ne soyons responsables de son attitude à notre égard. Et par dessus le marché, en dépit de tout, le chanteur anglais Cliff Richard est venu se produire ici. L’opinion publique israélienne est pour l’essentiel coupée de la réalité – la réalité dans les territoires et à l’étranger. Et il y a ceux qui veillent à ce que cette déconnection dangereuse se maintienne. Parallèlement à la déshumanisation et à la diabolisation des Palestiniens et des Arabes, les gens ici sont trop soumis à un lavage de cerveau nationaliste pour retrouver leurs esprits.

  • Netanyahu blocks bid for transparency in legislation process of Israeli government - National Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

    The chances of the public ever learning how cabinet ministers voted in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation have dropped considerably, after a legal opinion was issued stating that revealing this information will require the approval of the cabinet.

    The initiative to publicize how the ministers vote on the legislative proposals the committee debates came from Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who views this as an important step toward transparency.

    The Ministerial Committee on Legislation determines which bills go to the Knesset plenum with government backing − which makes it almost certain they will pass into law − and which bills go nowhere. The panel’s debates are confidential; they are not transcribed and how the ministers vote is not documented. The lack of transparency makes it easier for interested parties to exert pressure, make deals, and stymie legislative initiatives without the public being able to monitor the process.

    Livni, who is chairman of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, announced two months ago, at the current panel’s first meeting, “It would be proper for there to be transparency in the committee, and I plan to examine this.”

    Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit, however, delayed the move in order to check its legality, apparently with the backing of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is not very excited about Livni’s idea.

    The legal opinion was provided by the Prime Minister’s Office legal adviser, Shlomit Barnea-Fargo, and is being revealed here for the first time. The adviser determined that Livni does not have the authority to make the change she wants on her own, nor is the ministerial committee empowered to change the cabinet work regulations.

    Barnea-Fargo said that the authority to do so rests with the full cabinet. Livni has already asked the prime minister and cabinet secretary to bring the issue up for debate by the cabinet as soon as possible.

  • Israël/ Palestine
    Un Etat binational ? Deux Etats : Israël et Palestine ? (à suivre)
    Jerusalem Post

    6 06 2013
    Livni : la solution des deux Etats est la seule manière de préserver le sionisme.

    « Si j’avais un choix à faire entre le grand Israël ou un Etat juif et démocratique, je choisirais un Etat juif et démocratique », a indiqué la Ministre de la Justice Tzipi Livni au Forum de l’American Jewish Committee, cette semaine, à Washington. « Le temps est compté pour ceux qui croient que la solution des deux Etats est le seul moyen sioniste pour préserver notre identité », a-t-elle ajouté. »

    (traduction libre)
    NB : Tzipi Livni est chargé dans le gouvernement Netanyahou des négociations avec les Palestiniens.
    #Livni, #sionisme, #Etat_juif, #Etat_démocratique, #solution_des_deux_Etats, #identité_juive, #Grand_Israël

  • Israël s’est félicité mardi de l’évolution de la Ligue arabe sur les frontières d’un futur Etat palestinien, qui valide le principe des échanges de territoires entre Israël et les Palestiniens.

    « Il s’agit certainement d’une étape importante et je m’en réjouis », a déclaré la ministre israélienne de la Justice Tzipi Livni, chargée du dossier des négociations avec les Palestiniens, après que la Ligue arabe a accepté le principe d’un « échange mineur » de territoires entre les deux parties, sur lequel se sont fondés les précédents pourparlers de paix.

    « L’initiative prise par la Ligue arabe renforce réellement la chance » de parvenir à un accord de paix, a estimé Mme Livni dans un entretien à la radio militaire.

    « Nous sommes prêts à des changements, quelque chose qui permettra aux Palestiniens, je l’espère, de revenir à la table (des négociations) et de faire les compromis nécessaires », a-t-elle ajouté.

    (...) Hamad ben Jassem al-Thani, dont le pays préside le comité de suivi de l’initiative de paix arabe, s’est dit favorable à une un « échange mineur de terre comparable et mutuellement accepté » qui permettrait à Israël de conserver les blocs de colonies les plus peuplés.

    • Tzipi Livni est dans son rôle. Elle est en charge des négociations. Revenons cinq ans en arrière. La réunion porte sur les questions de sécurité. Nous sommes le 27 mai 2008 à Jérusalem à l’hôtel King David. Autour de la table se trouvent négociateurs israéliens et palestiniens. Tzipi Livni conduit la délégation israélienne. Elle rappelle aux négociateurs palestiniens que leur futur Etat devra être démilitarisé (c’est-à-dire qu’il n’y aura pas d’armée palestinienne mais seulement des services de sécurité pour combattre le terrorisme et faire respecter l’ordre et la loi). Ceux-ci font valoir qu’ils préfèrent l’expression « armement limité » sans exclure la possibilité de se doter d’une armée même si elle doit être « limitée » (Bill Clinton parlait de « non-militarisation »). Ils évoquent la nécessité de protéger les frontières palestiniennes, par exemple du côté de la Jordanie. T. Livni indique que cela relève de la responsabilité d’Israël. Saëb Ereqat, l’un des négociateurs palestiniens, s’insurge. Extraits de la réunion :

      – Saëb Ereqat : « est-ce que j’ai le choix de mettre qui je veux sur mon territoire ? »
      – Tzipi Livni : « Non ».
      – Saëb Ereqat : (…) Est-ce que je peux choisir où je peux sécuriser ma défense extérieure ?
      – Tzipi Livni : « Non. Pour créer votre Etat vous devez au préalable être d’accord avec Israël. Vous choisissez de ne pas avoir le droit de choisir après coup. Tels sont les piliers de base (s.e : de notre négociation) (…)

      Source : Wikileaks.

  • Jérusalem-Est : l’Autorité palestinienne convoque la représentante du Canada ?

    RAMALLAH (Territoires palestiniens) - L’Autorité palestinienne a convoqué dimanche la représentante du Canada pour lui faire part de son vif mécontentement après la visite controversée du chef de la diplomatie canadienne John Baird à Jérusalem-Est occupée et annexée par Israël.

    Le ministère des Affaires étrangères a convoqué dimanche la représentante du Canada auprès de l’Etat de Palestine, Katherine Verrier-Fréchette, pour lui faire part de son vif mécontentement à la suite de la rencontre entre le ministre canadien des Affaires étrangères John Baird et la ministre israélienne de la Justice Tzipi Livni à Jérusalem-Est, selon un communiqué.

    La polémique, qui empoisonne les relations entre l’Autorité palestinienne et le Canada, a éclaté après que M. Baird eut dérogé à la politique de la plupart de ses homologues en rencontrant cette semaine un haut responsable israélien dans le secteur arabe de la ville annexée par Israël.

    M. Baird a établi délibérément un précédent, selon la presse israélienne.

    Au Caire, le porte-parole du secrétaire général de la Ligue arabe Nabil el-Arabi s’est déclaré de son côté extrêmement indigné par cette rencontre à Jérusalem-Est. Cette prise de position constitue une violation des décisions de l’ONU et tente de légitimer l’occupation par Israël de Jérusalem-Est, a-t-il dit.

    La communauté internationale ne reconnaît pas l’annexion de Jérusalem-Est, qu’elle considère comme un territoire occupé et où les Palestiniens veulent établir la capitale de l’Etat auquel ils aspirent.

    Les dirigeants palestiniens avaient déjà fustigé vendredi une violation flagrante du droit international, parlant de provocation et de gifle à la face du peuple palestinien.

    Votre récente rencontre avec des responsables israéliens à Jérusalem-Est a pour conséquence de tenter de légitimer la situation illégale sur le terrain, avait déploré le négociateur Saëb Erakat, membre de la direction de l’Organisation de libération de la Palestine (OLP), dans une lettre au ministre canadien.

    Lors de sa récente visite de près d’une semaine, au cours de laquelle il a rencontré les dirigeants israéliens et des représentants des milieux d’affaires, M. Baird a réaffirmé l’alliance étroite et spéciale de son pays avec Israël.

  • John Kerry au Proche-Orient pour relancer le processus de paix - Etats-Unis / Israël - RFI

    L’administration américaine s’est donnée deux mois pour tenter de remettre le processus de paix sur les rails.


    « Cela prendra du temps », a dit Tzipi Livni, la ministre de la Justice chargée du dossier palestinien au sein du gouvernement de l’Etat hébreu.

  • INTOX OU PAS ? Info largement relayée côté arabe, mais aucune source israélienne pour le moment. Cet article date du 28 janvier.

    Tzipi Livni : Qatar Funded Netanyahu Campaign

    The Zionist former Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni admitted last week that the Arab Emirate of Qatar has funded the electoral campaign of Zionist Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and that of the ‘Yisrael Beiteinu’ party.

    During an interview with the Zionist television Channel-1, Livni said that her rival Netanyahu has received from Qatar $3 million and the ‘Yisrael Beiteinu’ party $1.5 million for their campaigns.

    However, Netanyahu promised the Qatari emir in exchange that he will meet Hamas after the elections and that the right-wing coalition will promote the creation of a Jordanian-Palestinian governed federation, she added, noting that Hamas and the Zionist officials had already secret meetings in Doha.

    Livni also stated that she is a close friend of Mrs. Mozah, wife of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar.

    • C’est article qui proviendrait d’un site baptisé :

      Si c’est vrai, ça m’étonne tout de même de pas trouver des sources plus, disons, classiques, si c’est une déclaration de Tzipi Livni sur une chaîne israélienne, qui aurait été citée par le Jerusalem Post (rien de très secret donc) :

      Sur les boues des lèvres, l’ancienne ministre des Affaires étrangères et chef du parti Kadima, Tzipi Livni, a déclaré sur une chaîne de télévision israélienne que son rival Benyamin Netanyahou a reçu du Qatar 3 millions de dollars pour sa campagne électorale. A l’exception de deux quotidiens israéliens, notamment le The Jerusalem Post, qui l’ont reprise, cette révélation n’a pas eu une grande résonance médiatique, ni en Israël, ni évidemment dans la presse occidentale.

      Je ne trouve pas non plus d’article correspondant sur le site du Jerusalem Post en cherchant « Tzipi Livni Qatar »…

    • D’accord avec toi, mais je n’ai pas le temps maintenant de faire une recherche. Dès que j’ai cinq minutes, je m’y attelle. On veut une source israélienne, n’est-ce pas ?

    • Rien à voir avec l’importance du sujet, mais, notez que l’expression correcte (merci @sabah) est « Du bout des lèvres » et évidemment pas « Sur les boues des lèvres » digne d’un imaginaire encore inconnu sur l’anatomie humaine !

  • 15 morts palestiniens, 0 mort israélien, la Clinton condamne cette intolérable disproportion :,7340,L-4200978,00.html

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has condemned the barrage of rockets fired towards Israel from the Gaza Strip.
    Clinton said in a meeting with Opposition leader Tzipi Livni in New York that Israel has the right to defend itself. Livni in turn urged the international community to speak out against terrorism directed at Israel’s southern communities.

    • Le département d’État condamne ces lâches qui tuent à distance sans prendre le moindre risque :

      We are deeply concerned by the renewal of violence in Southern Israel.  We condemn in the strongest terms the rocket fire from Gaza by terrorists into southern Israel in recent days, which has dramatically and dangerously escalated in the past day.  We call on those responsible to take immediate action to stop these cowardly acts.

  • Gender segregation on rise in Israel - CBS News

    This is the new reality in parts of 21st-century Israel, where ultra-Orthodox rabbis are trying to contain the encroachment of secular values on their cloistered society through a fierce backlash against the mixing of the sexes in public.

    On the surface, Israel’s gender equality bona fides seem strong, with the late Golda Meir as a former prime minister, Tzipi Livni as the current opposition leader, and its women soldiers famed around the world.

    Reality is not so shiny. The World Economic Forum recently released an unfavorable image of women’s earning power in Israel, and in 2009, the last year for which data are available, Israeli women earned two-thirds what men did.

  • Très intéressant article : la nouvelle loi britannique destinée à protéger les criminels de guerre israéliens n’a pas été suffisante pour bloquer l’arrestation de Tzipi Livni à son arrivée sur le territoire anglais. Il a donc fallu un artifice du gouvernement, lui attribuant artificiellement l’immunité parlementaire, pour éviter son arrestation.

    Changes to UK law didn’t protect Tzipi Livni - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

    In December 2009, a judge in London issued a warrant for the arrest of former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. The judge received significant evidence indicating her individual criminal responsibility for war crimes committed during Israel’s December 27, 2008 to January 18, 2009 offensive on the Gaza Strip. The Court’s straightforward application of the rule of law prompted a diplomatic offensive on the part of Israel, which on September 15, 2011 resulted in procedural changes to universal jurisdiction legislation in England and Wales. These changes were intended to prevent the arrest of suspected war criminals from “friendly” states.

    On October 6, 2011, Ms Livni returned to the United Kingdom. A stated purpose of her visit was to celebrate this change in the law. In advance of her visit, and acting on behalf of civilian victims of war crimes in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights and Hickman & Rose requested that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) authorise the arrest of Ms Livni or consent to the victims applying to court for a second judicial arrest warrant. This application was made in full conformity with the recent legislative changes.

    Extensive evidence indicating Ms Livni’s individual criminal responsibility was presented to the DPP, and an effective dialogue was established with senior crown prosecutors that enabled relevant, admissible additional evidence to be supplied at their request. However, following the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s last-minute (apparently) retroactive attribution of diplomatic immunity to Ms Livni, on the basis of her visit constituting a “special mission”, the DPP issued a statement that he had been blocked from making any decision as to her arrest.

  • Qu’est-ce qu’on pourrait bien faire pour fêter le nouvel an de manière originale ? Tiens, et si on invitait une criminelle de guerre ! (Ah mais quelle bonne idée dis donc !)

    Livni to travel to London - Israel News, Ynetnews,7340,L-4130070,00.html

    Opposition Chairwoman Tzipi Livni announced that she will travel to London next week, her first trip to the United Kingdom since it issued a warrant for her arrest in the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead.
    British Foreign Secretary William Hague called Livni last week, on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, and invited her to visit the UK. On Sunday, she said that she has accepted the invitation.
    The news came two weeks after British legislators amended the law that allowed arrest warrants to be issued against Israeli officials, making Livni’s trip possible.

  • Britain changes law that enabled war crime charges against Israelis - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

    Britain has amended a law that allowed for issuing arrest warrants against Israeli politicians who visit the country, British Ambassador Matthew Gould announced Thursday. Gould called opposition leader Tzipi Livni, against whom an arrest warrant was issued in 2009, and told her the Queen has signed the amendment “to ensure that the UK’s justice system can no longer be abused for political reasons.”

    Fuck la crise économique : ce dont ont réellement besoin les britanniques, c’est d’éviter que les criminels de guerre israéliens puissent être arrêtés en Grande Bretagne.

    • UK amends law that allows arrest of Israeli officials - Israel News, Ynetnews,7340,L-4122939,00.html

      “The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act, which has now received Royal Assent, includes an important amendment to ensure that the UK’s justice system can no longer be abused for political reasons," Gould said, adding that "the change will ensure that people cannot be detained when there is no realistic chance of prosecution, while ensuring that we continue to honour our international obligations.

      The British ambassador emphasized that “the UK remains committed to ensuring that those guilty of war crimes are brought to justice. This amendment requires the Director of Public Prosecutions to consent to the issuing of an arrest warrant for crimes of universal jurisdiction and will put an end to requests for warrants where there is no realistic chance of prosecution.”

      Et le plus beau:

      Gould called Opposition Chairwoman Tzipi Livni, who had an arrest warrant issued against her on December 2009, and announced the news. “Mrs. Livni, London is waiting,” he reportedly told her.


  • The Knesset Unveils Its Hidden Treasures - Israel National News

    No one can estimate the true value of the Knesset treasures. The diamond pendant necklace, for example, was given to Opposition Leader MK Tzipi Livni (Kadima) by the wife of the king of Morocco during a secret visit to the capital, Rabat, when she was Foreign Minister.

  • Livni : Europeans starting to talk... JPost - Diplomacy & Politics

    The fact that Europeans are starting to talk about a one-state solution shows that Israel’s standing in the world is sliding, opposition leader Tzipi Livni told Army Radio on Monday.

    J’aimerais bien savoir qui, mais alors qui, en Europe, est autorisé à parler de la « solution à un État ». On n’a pas le droit d’écrire Nakba dans un manuel d’histoire, mais on causerait de la solution à un État ? Fume, c’est du bon.