Read the full statement below:
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According to the director-general of the Aliyah and Integration Ministry, Avichai Kahana, 80 million shekels (roughly $22 million) will be budgeted for this plan over the next two years.
I have to ask -- if Israel has $41 billion to spend on Settler programs - isn't it time to say they don't need US taxpayer money????
Read full article here: [link:https://archive.is/fP5Dn#selection-1065.0-1073.186|]
Subscriber link: [link:https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2024-02-15/ty-article/.premium/israeli-govt-to-reward-new-immigrants-who-settle-in-countrys-periphery-and-west-bank/0000018d-ac36-da6e-af9f-ac3fffb70000|]
* Note Haaretz has either made a mistake in amount of shekels or amount of US dollars. So its either 41 billion or 41 million. Haaretz will have to correct. For me - if they have this much to spend on spreading settlements, they do t need my money.
Netanyahu's office rejects calls for two-state solution, saying it's 'not the time' to speak about 'gifts'
From Haaretz daily updates
"Now is not the time to be speaking about gifts for the Palestinian people," Avi Hyman, a spokesperson in the Prime Minister's Office, told CNN during a press briefing, in reference to talk of a Palestinian state.
CNN had asked Hyman about a report by The Washington Post that the Biden Administration and "a small group of Middle East partners" are working to formulate a comprehensive peace plan, which "could be announced as early as the next several weeks."
Hyman responded, "Here is Israel, we're still in the aftermath of the October 7th massacre."
"Now is the time for victory total victory against Hamas. And we will continue on the path to victory. All discussions about the day after Hamas will be had the day after Hamas," said Hyman.
My heart bleeds for my Israeli family and friends, for the Palestinians suffering, for the hostages and their families, for the Gazans facing a horrific crisis. With this kind of talk I see no ending of this war, no peace for anyone and no return of hostages. Ive never felt so bleak.
Read full piece above.
Kids in Gaza are now dying from the deliberate withholding of food. In addition to the horror of that news, one other thing is true: That is a war crime. It is a textbook war crime. And that makes those who orchestrate it war criminals. Every one of them [officials at humanitarian relief organizations] has stated that their organizations have never experienced a humanitarian disaster as dire and terrible as the world is witnessing in Gaza.
Lets be clear. To take a clear moral stand against Netanyahu is not to be pro-Hamas or anti-Israeli or anti-Zionist or antisemitic.
Its to be pro-human rights.
Vivians son, Yonatan Zeigen is a social worker who after October 7 decided to devote himself to being a peace activist.
The Zionist project is an impressive enterprise that was intended to provide an answer to the genuinely existential Jewish question. At the same time, its aim has always been to turn an area inhabited by one ethnic group into the nation-state of another ethnic group.
Read his powerful words here. [link:https://archive.is/MdaM6|]
The two, Louis Norberto Har, 70, and Fernando Marman, 60, were kidnapped from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak on October 7 and were held in an apartment in Rafah. They are in good condition and have been taken for medical evaluation at Sheba Medical Center in central Israel.
Free Haaretz link [link:https://archive.is/4yg86|]
Good news for these men and their families. I saw a clip this morning on Democracy Now of a relative of one of the men begging Israel to make a deal for the hostages, saying the families need to breathe. To make the deal now.
I have been following this since the first time I heard that horrific call and her poor cries. I knew it wouldn't have a good ending but, for some reason, knowing now -- it's even harder.
"I'm so scared. Please come," the young girl said while under fire.
Hinds body was located in the Tel al-Hawa section of Gaza City on Saturday after Israeli forces retreated from the area. The bombed-out remains of an ambulance dispatched to rescue her were found close by.
Hind had stayed on the phone for around three hours with the Palestine Red Crescent Society on Jan. 29, desperately pleading for help, the agency said.
She was reportedly fleeing the city with her aunt, uncle and cousins when they were caught in gunfire. It was Layan Hamadeh, Hinds 15-year-old cousin, who initially called the Red Crescent for help until falling silent.
And I'm begging some people here . . . don't come with the "but Hamas" stuff. Can we not all agree - as human beings - that both can be horrific and by posting something about one child doesn't imply anything but complete and utter sadness? *if this gets this post banned - so be it*
HP link: [link:https://www.huffpost.com/entry/hind-rajab-gaza-6-year-old-who-spoke-of-fear-on-phone-to-rescuers-found-dead_n_65c791c6e4b093b2e783d760|]
New York Times report: U.S. intelligence officers estimate only a third of Hamas fighters have been killed
From Haaretz Updates - Free Link [link:https://archive.is/W1jKR|]
The officers refrained from providing estimates of the number of Hamas fighters killed, but said in private conversations that it looks like only a third of the members of the organization's military wing have been killed, the report said.
The New York Times report also noted that the officers emphasized the lesson that the U.S. had learned from past wars that there is no wisdom in counting the number of dead among enemy fighters.
28,000 Palestinians - so many of them children - dead. And Netanyahu is trading away hostages lives to continue his commitment to staying in power and nothing else. When will they ever learn when will they ever learn.
Opinion Netanyahu and His Squad of Cease-fire Refuseniks Have Israeli Hostages' Blood on Their Hands
Interesting opinion piece by auri Misgav in Haaretz. One I personally agree with.
At the same time, it would open the door to starting in earnest the investigation into the October 7 debacle and finding those responsible for it. That means the end of Netanyahu's rule. From this, it follows that Israel must not reach a deal and must instead sacrifice the hostages for the sake of Netanyahu's continued rule.
Hamas formulated a serious response and submitted a reasonable plan given the horrendous circumstances, certainly as a basis for negotiations.
This is a deal that a sane, responsible government should accept. Netanyahu and his supporters are expected to base the sacrificing of the hostages on the altar of "no partial deal" and "we will not stop the fighting before total victory." The blood of the hostages will forever be on their hands.
Free link [link:https://archive.is/WpXvB|]
Haaretz subscriber link [link:https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/2024-02-08/ty-article-opinion/.premium/netanyahu-and-his-squad-of-cease-fire-refuseniks-have-hostages-blood-on-their-hands/0000018d-8503-d0de-af8d-8d33ff230000|]
From Haaretz -
According to the three-phased cease-fire draft, hostages would be exchanged for 1,500 Palestinian prisoners, the remains of killed hostages would be handed over and Israeli forces would withdraw completely
There was no immediate public response from Israel, which has said it will not pull its troops out of Gaza until Hamas is wiped out.
According to a draft document seen by Reuters, the Hamas counterproposal envisages three phases of a truce, lasting 45 days each. Hamas would exchange remaining Israeli hostages they captured on October 7 for Palestinian prisoners. The reconstruction of Gaza would begin, Israeli forces would withdraw completely, and bodies and remains would be exchanged.
For subscribers [link:https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2024-02-07/ty-article/hamas-proposes-135-day-cease-fire-israeli-withdrawal-from-gaza-talks-to-end-war/0000018d-82b3-d6dc-ab9f-cfffb16f0000|]
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