Dispatches & Alerts
Agreements in Geneve
After the widespread and internationally welcomed meeting between the Foreign Ministers of the P5+1 (U.S., Russia, China, France, U.K., and Germany) and the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif at the General Assembly of the United Nations last September, several talks have been held in Geneva between both parties to reach an agreement with the aim of curbing Iran’s nuclear programme for military purposes. Reached the current stage in the Iranian nuclear threat, a bad deal complicates an actual diplomatic solution and, what is more worrying, gets closer the possibility of a warfare.
"European Commission guidelines on funding of Israeli entities in the Occupied Territories"
We have shown our disappointment with the "European Commission guidelines on funding of Israeli entities in the Occupied Territories" and we have echoed the E.U. High Representative statement following the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in July, which called for intensifying EU’s relations with both sides and hoped that the peace may be achieved through negotiated solutions.
October 30th 2012
Dispatch n. 9
We are convinced that the EU designation of Hezbollah as a terrorist group is necessary and timely as it is its inclusion in the list of organizations linked to terror – with all the consequences this step may entail. As a contribution of understanding our position, we have just published an Emanuele Ottolenghi’s research article "Hezbollah, the Party of Terror" and a working paper "Hezbollah. Profile of a Terrorist Organization" by Jacques Neriah and Shimon Shapira. The sooner the European Union acts following the steps of other countries such as the United States did many years ago, the more we will make strides in the fight against terror in Europe, the Middle East, and the world.
July 26th 2011
Dispatch n 8
It is commonly accepted that there are two types of Palestinians, the moderates and the radicals. The former would like to build a Palestinian State extending beyond what they now control, but would accept the presence as a neighbour of the State of Israel, possible within the 1947 borders.
June 22d, 2011
Dispatch n 7
The true sense of having a State of Israel is having a Jewish State: a State where the Jewish people have the necessary and sufficient means to defend themselves from their enemies should the occasion arise. That is the prime significance of Israel’s creation in 1948 and that is what the Arab world and the Palestinians should understand, accept and come to terms with at every level.
18 May 2011
Dispatch n 6
A country that fails to defend its borders very quickly ceases to be an independent state. For that reason, the government of Israel had no other choice but to stop the aggression against its territory organised by Palestinians from Syrian and Lebanese territory and from Gaza. The Moroccan ‘Green March’ ended Spanish rule in the Western Sahara in 1975, and this new ‘Green March’ could put an end to the State of Israel –if allowed to proceed–.
April 14th 2011
Dispatch n 5
Israel has never had the freedom to choose between peace and war. It is its neighbours who decide for it, and that has been the case ever since its establishment as an independent nation.
March 11th 2011
Dispatch n 4
At the times of uncertainty it is imperative to ask ourselves the right questions if we want to find the right answers to the problems that might lie ahead. For instance, if prompted to choose between stability and instability, most people would opt for stability, but that is simply not the right question to ask in the face of the changes, unrest and revolts that are currently underway in North Africa and parts of the Middle East.
February 11th 2011
Dispatch n 3
The wave of protests in the Arab world that began in Tunisia, and that has spread to Egypto, Jordan and Yemen, has underscored the need to develop a unified Western policy towards these movements.
January 12th, 2011
Dispatch n 2
The main threat to the Jewish people today is no longer physical, as it was in the past. Raher, it is directed at the legitimacy and survival of the State of Israel itself, the Jewish State. It is no longer a case of the Palestinians attempting to create a State, but of the shift in the mindset of a significant number of them from a nationalist to an islamist cause.
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Alert nº 5
The Friends of Israel Initiative has just published a new working paper addressing the coming round of negotiations with Iran "Delineating Western Goals during Nuclear Negotiations with Iran". We encourage you to have a look a it and disseminate before it is really too late.
Alert n 1
Things are moving, and fast, on the Palestinian side. While the Palestinian Authority (PA) rejects a return to the negotiating table, it is launching a renewed international offensive to garner support for the unilateral declaration of independence of a ’Palestinian State’.
Alert n 3
The EU’s foreign policy has a prime strategic goal: to avoid dissension and present a single common front before the rest of the world, ‘a European voice’ with no distracting cacophony. In the case of the recognition of a Palestinian State following the unilateral declaration by the Palestinian Authority, the aim has been no different.
A meeting on ‘Palestinian Statehood and the September UN Gambit: A Recipe for Conflict or Consensus?’ was held last September 5th at the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, in the House of Commons in London. At the event, opening the current academic year, FOII’s Chairman José María Aznar spoke on the ‘Implications of the Unilateral Declaration of a Palestinian State’, stressing his conviction that although the discussions at the UN on the recognition of a Palestinian state would have some important consequences, they would not be as dramatic as some think.
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