Thanks to Nurit.
To get back to the previous day, Wednesday....
....Of course he went to the United Nations, meeting with Ban Ki-Moon ( 2 days AFTER the queen's visit). What do you think: WAS there , or WASN'T there , a message for Bibi from the queen, with other words from Benedikt?
Netanyahu at CFR: Israel won't extend construction freeze; We've done enough,Let's get on with the talks"
At the forum, Netanyahu repeated a call to the Palestinians to move from indirect talks that began in May under US mediation to face-to-face negotiations on statehood.
"I think we should seize the moment. And it is a challenging moment and an important moment. We have the ability to negotiate a peace," Netanyahu said at the international affairs think tank in New York.
"And I'm prepared to take risks," Netanyahu added, while stressing that would not entail any move that could jeopardize Israel's security.
"But we have to get on with it. We should just stop all the delays and start now, next week, in two weeks - get the talks going. Because only if we start them, we can complete them."
Netanyahu said he intended "to confound the skeptics and critics." But he added: "I need a partner."
"I'd like President Abbas to make, if not his Bar-Ilan speech, I'd like to hear the Bir Zeit speech in which he says these things very clearly. And I'd like to meet him and make peace"
The future of settlements, he said, would be addressed in the so-called final status talks with the Palestinians.
On the subject of Iran and its uranium enrichment program, which Israel regards as a grave threat, Netanyahu was supportive of recent Obama administration moves. "The statement that the president has made that all options are on the table is probably the most effective pressure that you could direct at Iran," Netanyahu said, addressing the possibility of using military force to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. "They have in the past backed off when they thought the U.S. would act in a more forceful way."
Addressing recent strains in U.S.-Israel relations, Netanyahu emphasized Israel's strategic value to the United States. "In the heart of the Middle East, Israel is the source of the greatest stability," he said, "the service that Israel does in the Middle East is below the swirl of public debate, is real and much appreciated by the governments that are actually acting to stabilize the Middle East, chief among them the United States."
Photo by: Associated Press
Goodwill moves likely upon PM’s returnBy YAAKOV KATZ , Jerusalem Post
It has not been decided if the measures will be taken only following an announcement on the opening of direct negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, which Netanyahu has said will likely begin in the coming weeks, or will be initiated sooner, as part of an Israeli and American effort to get the PA to sit down at the negotiating table.
Gestures may include releasing prisoners, lifting roadblocks, security transfer to PA
The gestures under consideration include the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, the lifting of IDF roadblocks in the West Bank and the transfer of security authority over Palestinian towns in the West Bank to PA security forces.
On Monday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak met with PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Jerusalem, in the first high-level meeting between top officials from the sides in about a year.
A senior defense official said that Fayyad urged Barak to move forward with the confidence-building measures and to include an Israeli commitment not to deport Hamas legislators from Jerusalem.
Four Hamas-affiliated Palestinian Legislative Council members currently face expulsion from Jerusalem. One of them, Muhammad Abu Tir, is in police custody for refusing to leave the city in late June, shortly after he was released from jail after serving close to four years.
And did you see this? Clearly foul play, happening AFTER HIS VISIT TO THE UNITED NATIONS, AND AFTER THE PRESIDENTS' CONFERENCE. WHAT COULD BE A CLEARER MESSAGE? Please use translater in the sidebar for translation.
BIBI CAUGHT IN THE ELEVATOR WITH HIS WHOLE CREW AND HIS WIFE FOR HALF AN HOUR. He was sent through the service elevator. Remember, the ambient temperature was 105 degrees Fahrenheit the day before, and still very hot.
מתח בניו יורק: נתניהו ושרה נתקעו במעלית
המעלית ב"פלאזה" נתקעה כשבני הזוג נתניהו שהו בה. שרה: "ביבי נחלץ ממקומות מסובכים יותר". רה"מ: לחסוך במילים, צריך את החמצן"
המאבטחים נלחצו שמא מדובר באיזושהי מזימה, אולם התאמצו לשמור על קור רוח. בשלב מסוים אמרה שרה בבדיחות דעת: "ביבי יודע להיחלץ ממקומות מסובכים יותר".
גורם שנתקע באותה מעלית סיפר כי נתניהו לא צחק, אלא שמר על ארשת פנים רצינית והאיץ במאבטחים לנסות ולפתור את הבעיה. המאבטחים השיבו: "אנחנו מחפשים דרך לצאת מפה".
רק לאחר כחצי שעה הצליחו המאבטחים, בסיוע קציני הביטחון של המלון, לשחרר את המעלית ולפתוח את דלת המתכת.
גורם דיפלומטי בכיר בניו יורק אישר את פרטי האירוע
וציין: "ראש הממשלה שמר על קור רוח", אולם לפי הגרסה הנפוצה יותר, דווקא שרה נתניהו שמרה על קור רוח וחוש הומור, בעוד שבעלה, יוצא סיירת מטכ"ל, דווקא נלחץ.
נתן אשל, ראש הסגל במשרד ראש הממשלה, ששהה גם הוא במעלית התקועה, אמר: "אילו היו בידי נתניהו כלי פריצה, הוא בוודאי היה מצליח לצאת מזה".
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400 Rabbis to Bibi: they are saying exactly what I just said: BIBI, YOU HAVE TO STAY FIRM!
- Rabbis Show Letter from Sharon Promising Disengagement Gains
However, Bibi , with his D.M. EHUD BARAK, is not listening to the rabbis, obviously; so now, compliments of Israel, thank you very much...
- Russia Supplying PA With 50 Armored Vehicles
( according to SHmuel)
......And now this: