CMEP Bulletin: Tensions Soaring in The Holy Land

CMEP Bulletin: Tensions Soaring in The Holy Land

MKs Call to Build in Jerusalem, West Bank in Response [Jerusalem Post]
Israel should build massively in Jerusalem as part of its answer to the type of terrorism that struck the capital again on Sunday morning, Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel said before Sunday’s cabinet meeting. Ariel’s comments to reporters before the weekly cabinet session came within an hour of news of the Jerusalem shooting attacks. “Part of the answer to these attacks”, he said, “beyond the security component, is massive building and removing from our enemies the idea that we will ever move from a united Jerusalem, that will minimize the potential for attacks in Jerusalem.”


Jerusalem Attack: Two Killed, Six Wounded in Drive-by Shooting at Light Rail Stop [Ha’aretz]
An East Jerusalem resident shot and killed a 60-year-old woman and a 30-year-old police officer on Sunday near the National Headquarters of the Israel Police in Jerusalem on Sunday. The drive-by shootings spanned three sites. In addition, three victims were moderately wounded, while a further three were lightly wounded by shrapnel or suffered from shock.

Editorial The Cities of Israel Are Not Safe [Haaretz]
Instead of understanding that only bold moves to end the occupation are likely to reduce the violence, Netanyahu is turning Israel into a hopeless place that endangers the lives of its people.

20-Year-Old Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Forces During Clashes in Silwan [Maan]
A 20-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Tuesday night during clashes that erupted in the town of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem just south of the Old City, amid ongoing police raids in the Jerusalem area. Ali Atef Shuyukhi was shot and critically injured by live fire during clashes at around 11 p.m., with Israeli forces also firing rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas at Palestinian youth who responded with fireworks and Molotov cocktails, reportedly causing a military jeep to catch fire.

Netanyahu to Kerry: I Expect U.S. Won’t Advance UN Resolution on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Before Obama Leaves Office [Ha’aretz]
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel would expect that the administration of President Barack Obama will not carry out a shift in policy and will not promote or support a United Nations Security Council resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian issue during the period following the U.S. presidential election until Obama leaves office.

Special Security Council Session; Settlements the Obstacle to Peace [Ynet]
The UN Security Council is set to meet next Friday to discuss the issue of Israeli settlements under the official banner of “The settlements as the obstacle to peace and a two-state solution.” The initiative is expected to constitute an opening diplomatic Palestinian salvo designed to solicit a practical Security Council resolution regarding the settlements.

Wikileaks Reveals Israeli Concerns Over Future Clinton Camp [Jerusalem Post]
Israel is concerned that Hillary Clinton will fill her administration if elected president with former staffers of Barack Obama who allegedly played a role in the deteriorating ties between the countries over the last seven years, according to email correspondence released by Wikileaks over the weekend.

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