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Report: PA Pays Salaries to Terror Prisoners


The PA has issued a law which clarifies who is eligible for salaries on its behalf, but a close look into the law reveals that terrorist prisoners with blood on their hands are included in the list of recipients.

Palestinian Media Watch determined from what has been publicized in the PA-based media that the PA pays all PA and Israeli Arabs who are serving prison terms in Israeli jails for involvement in terrorist attacks, a salary which comes out of the PA's budget.

Palestinians Accuse Netanyahu of Killing Peace Process

By Luis Ramirez (VOA-Jerusalem)

Palestinian officials are accusing Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of killing the peace process and say they will move ahead with plans to go to the United Nations in September to seek full membership of a Palestinian state.

The Palestinian leadership had hoped that Netanyahu might make concessions on borders and other key issues during his trip to the United States.

That did not happen. In Washington, the Israeli leader said his government is willing to make what he said are painful compromises for peace, but he made no commitment to abide by President Barack Obama's calls for a peace deal based on pre-1967 armistice lines and land swaps.

In remarks on Israeli army radio Wednesday, Nabil Shaath, a senior Palestinian official, accused the Israeli Prime Minister of killing the peace process that has already been stalled since last year. "Mr. Netanyahu yesterday destroyed any small hope that existed that there will be a resumption of the peace talks," he said.

Public opinion polls in Israel showed Netanyahu's approval rating has jumped following his U.S. visit. Newspapers Wednesday spoke of how the Israeli leader was received with standing ovations during his trip to the United States.

"The Israelis are these days not spoiled with love stories like this in the world," said Akiva Eldar, a senior columnist with the Tel Aviv newspaper, Ha'aretz. "We're getting more and more criticism and here you go to the American Congress and you see your leader getting so much love." Analysts say the boost in popularity gives Netanyahu less of an incentive to change his policies.

For their part, the Palestinians say they are moving ahead with plans to go to the United Nations in September to apply for full membership as a Palestinian state. In the meantime, activists say they plan more nonviolent demonstrations.

Akiva Eldar believes that by sticking to the status quo, Netanyahu has started a countdown to a showdown in September. "The Israelis are worried that the day after [while] nothing will actually change on the ground, the Palestinian people will react and they will try to impose this change," he said.

"I think what the Israelis are mostly worried about is that it will be a nonviolent struggle. They know how to deal with terrorism. They know how to deal with violence. They don't have much experience in dealing with a nonviolent struggle."

Most of Israel is against Obama's `67 Border-Land Swap Idea.


More than 60% of Israelis oppose Obama's plan for a Palestinian Authority state on the 1949-1967 borders, with land swaps, according to an independent poll.

The survey by Geocartography, one of the leading polling organizations in the country, showed that only 27% support Obama's idea, with 12% stating no opinion. The idea of land swaps never has been discussed in detail, and it is unlikely that Israeli Arabs would agree to give up their freedom and economic privileges as citizens of Israel.

The poll also verified another survey reported in Israel National News Wednesday that the Likud has opened a wide lead over other parties, but it also showed that Kadima has suffered a severe drop in popularity.

If elections were held today, Kadima, headed by Tzipi Livni, would receive only 22 seats in the Knesset, six less than the number it now has. Geocartography director Prof. Avi Dagni explained, "There is no doubt that Livni does not enthuse voters" and that dissension in the party has contributed to its weakness.

Yisrael Beiteinu, headed by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, gained two seats in the poll, and the other parties would remain the same. Another unusual result of the Geocartography poll is that Defense Minister Ehud Barak's new Atzamaut (Independence) party would not win enough support to be represented in the Knesset.

Report: Egypt, Iran Discuss Resuming Diplomatic Ties After 30 Years


Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil el-Araby said he has discussed the possibility of an exchange of ambassadors with his Iranian counterpart, the Egyptians state-run news website Egynews reported on Wednesday.

"We told the Iranian minister that Egypt is opening new chapters with everyone and that it doesn't want any aggressions with anyone in the world," el-Araby said, according to the site.

The discussion between el-Araby and Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi reportedly took place during a conference of the Non-Aligned Movement in Bali, Indonesia.

El-Araby, who will soon leave his post in order to assume the role of Secretary General of the Arab League, said an exchange of ambassadors was discussed, but that "this is not the right time" for it to take place, given Egypt's transitional phase.

Diplomatic relations between Iran and Egypt have been severed since Egypt provided refuge to the exiled Iranian leader Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, following his ouster by the Iranian revolution in 1979.

The two countries have frequently exchanged sharp criticisms, with Egypt accusing Iran of interfering in the affairs of Arab countries and Iran accusing Egypt of supporting Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip.

El-Araby was appointed foreign minister following the ouster of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

Israeli Behind Gadhafi Spoof Song Lampoons Netanyahu's Congress Speech

By Ha'aretz

The Israeli who was behind the popular YouTube spoof of embattled Libya leader Muammar Gadhafi rapping one of his Tripoli speeches, has come out with a new remix featuring Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu speaking to the U.S. Congress, called "Bi Bi Pro Americano."

Music journalist and producer Noy Alooshe, 31, remixed Netanyahu's speech to the tune of the popular remix of Yolanda Be Cool's "We No Speak Americano."

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