While a quasi-sharav continues to confound the regular rains and chills of Kislev; while Jewish families get ready for the annual Hanukkah rigmarole; while Israel, like the rest of the world, is dealing with the dreaded WikiLeaks report; the dream of peace is as far away as ever.
The Fatah Furor
The most levelheaded of Palestinian factions, the Fatah Revolutionary Council, according to an article in United Press International, said it refuses the recognition of Israel as a Jewish State and has called on Palestinians to actively resist it. A unanimous Jihad because such demands – that is calling Israel a Jewish State, per a Knesset-approved law, last month – violates “international law” and “human rights conventions.”
Summing up its fifth convention during a three-day session in Ramallah, the Fatah Revolutionary Council said:
“The council affirms its rejection of the so-called Jewish state or any other formula that could achieve this goal. The council also renews its refusal for the establishment of any racist state based on religion in accordance with international law and human rights conventions.”
Furthermore, PA President, Mahmoud Abbas, told the council he will not resume peace negotiations with Israel until there is a halt on building settlements.
Meanwhile, Hamas security forces arrested four Fatah party supporters, Sunday in the Gaza Strip. The detainees were identified as Adel An-Naji, Ra’fat Shahin, Sami Abu Samra, and Rizq Abu Al-Kas.
The German Judgment
On Sunday, Shimon Peres met with German President Christian Wulff, who arrived on an official visit to the Middle East. Wulff said that he specially chose Israel as the first country to visit outside the European Union because the countries are bound by a special relationship, and Germany remains the guarantor of the existence and security of Israel.
The two presidents called for pressing forward with the Middle East peace process. The German president added that the Israeli government should “adopt a constructive attitude” to the issue of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria.
Also on Sunday, WikiLeaks started publishing about 2.8 million secret American documents, representing for the most part, the Foreign Office correspondence with U.S. embassies, including the American Embassy in Tel Aviv.
The documents have already been released, in private, to the New York Times, Der Spiegel and the British Guardian.