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Pushing Israel's International Rights to the Forefront

MK vows to 'raise awareness of Israel's rights'

26/04/2010 08:49

As MK Danny Danon (Likud) participates in 90th anniversary of the San Remo Conference.


To mark the 90th anniversary of the San Remo Conference, at which the Allied powers incorporated the Balfour Declaration into international law by pledging to give the Jews a national home in Palestine, several events were held over the weekend held in the Italian resort town.

All of the events were organized by the European Coalition for Israel in conjunction with Canadian Supporters for Israel's Rights, who wrote in an introductory note for the weekend's proceedings:

"We do not believe that diplomacy should be divorced from international law," the note read. "None of the recent peace plans issued to date mentions the legal rights of Israel enshrined in international law. This seminar will take a closer look at the historical and legal realities of the Middle East, based on the proceedings of the San Remo Peace Conference in April 1920."

Under the auspices of San Remo Mayor Maurizio Zoccarato, a panel held inside the town on Saturday concerning "the legal significance of the San Remo Resolution as it relates to the status of Israel and Jerusalem under international law," included the participation of Deputy Speaker of the Knesset MK Danny Danon (Likud), Italian MP Fiamma Nirenstein and international legal expert Dr. Jacques Gauthier of Toronto.


The Hourglass Campaign is Gaining Momentum

hourglass_campaign ISRAEL: New campaign counts down to end of settlement construction freeze

 April 23, 2010 | 10:57 am 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in December declared a 10-month construction freeze in the West Bank settlements. He said he hoped the move would "help launch meaningful negotiations to reach an historic peace agreement that would finally end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians."

It could have, maybe, but the freeze -- gradually renamed "suspension" -- was partial, didn't include East Jerusalem and was rejected by the Palestinians. Things floundered around until last month when ill-timed reports of construction planned in Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem dragged down peace matters -- along with Israeli-U.S. relations -- during Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Israel.

Netanyahu has since been under heavy pressure to apply a full freeze in Jerusalem and come up with a positive policy on other issues. After weeks of consultations among the ministerial "forum of seven," Netanyahu answered U.S. demands, reportedly a list of 11 points. On Jerusalem, the answer was no. At least publicly. Haaretz columnist Akiva Eldar writes that President Obama has offered Netanyahu a gentleman's agreement on Jerusalem, understanding that Netanyahu cannot afford to hint that Jerusalem is being treated like West Bank settlements -- a Middle East version of "don't ask, don't tell."

The freeze is already halfway through, ending in September, right around the corner.


MK Danny Danon Initiates the Virtual Hourglass Campaign

hourglass Danon slams Indyk for 'intervening'

22/04/2010 08:14

Likud members respond to Indyk's criticism of the party.

Hours after former US ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu must choose between satisfying American demands or the members of his party, Likud MK Danny Danon launched a campaign to emphasize opposition to Netanyahu's West Bank building moratorium.

In an interview with Army Radio, Indyk reiterated many of the sentiments that he expressed in an opinion piece published in The New York Times, but added that Netanyahu's "problem is not [Foreign Minister Avigdor] Lieberman or [Interior Minister Eli] Yishai but within the Likud Party itself." Lieberman and Yishai are chairmen of Israel Beiteinu and Shas, respectively.

"If I am the problem, then I am very proud to be part of the problem," responded Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein (Likud) in an interview with The Jerusalem Post. "As far as I remember, regarding predictions that I made about the outcomes of [diplomatic] processes in which Indyk participated in, I and not he turned out to be right.

"I would ask our friends – and I do mean friends, without any implied sarcasm – to deal more with international affairs and less on analysis of Israeli domestic politics," continued Edelstein. "It would certainly add to our mutual esteem. Just as I would not imagine going on American television and analyzing the relations between the White House and the Congress, I would hope that Israel's friends would deal more with an active pursuit of a return to negotiations, and I think that they should take more seriously the Israeli point that one needs to come to the negotiation table without preconditions or intermediaries."

Shortly after Indyk's interview, however, Danon opened a campaign that seemed to emphasize Indyk's statements. The freshman MK and head of World Likud set up a virtual hour glass to count down the weeks, days, hours and minutes until September 26, 2010 – the day the 10-month settlement housing-start freeze put in place by the cabinet is set to end, at www.dannydanon.com/he/. The clock can be downloaded to computer desktops and mobile phones to serve as a screen saver and will soon appear on popular online news sites.


MK Danny Danon Fights for the Families of Our Fallen Heroes

eliraz_peretzHigh Court Deadline for Razing Heroes' Homes Draws Near

by Gil Ronen

In a session immediately after the Passover holiday, the cabinet is expected to discuss the demolition order against a neighborhood that includes the homes of fallen war heroes Major Roi Klein and Major Eliraz Peretz.

In a decision handed down February 16, High Court President Dorit Beinisch and Judges Elyakim Rubinstein and Yoram Danziger gave the state 60 days to complete the hearings it is conducting regarding the demolition and present a timetable for its execution. This means a timetable is due mid April.

Danon vows to fight
MK Danny Danon (Likud) visited Thursday the home of the Peretz family at Givat HaYovel in the community of Eli, north of Jerusalem. He told the mother of Major Peretz, who was killed in Gaza Friday, that he will "do everything" to prevent the demolition of homes in the neighborhood, and added: "If need be I will use my immunity in order to stop the razing of the homes."


MK Danny Dannon: "Better to wait out an unpleasant conflict than rush into a flawed peace."

No-State Solution

By Rob Eshman

If you want to know what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thinks about the peace process, don't watch what he does, listen to what Danny Danon says.

Danon is a whippersnapper member of Knesset from the Likud party. In 2006, he opposed then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement from Gaza. For the past year, he's been attacking Netanyahu for suspending new settlement construction per the United States' demands. When the Obama administration chastised Netanyahu last March for announcing new building in East Jerusalem, it was Danon who snapped back, saying U.S. pressure on Israel hurts Israel and hurts peace. If you saw the movie "Youth in Revolt" with Michael Cera (and you should, it's a very good movie with a very bad trailer), Danon is like Cera's belligerent alter ego, egging him on, toughening him up. In other words, Danny Danon is Bibi Netanyahu, 20 years ago.

I met Danon in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in late March, after he'd spent a few days speaking around Southern California. He is a native Israeli of North African heritage, dark-featured, and was decked out in a well-cut suit and power tie — not your father's shirt-sleeve Israeli pol. At 39, he is chairman of the World Likud and Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. People said that if I wanted to meet the future of Israel, I had to meet Danny Danon.

Danon believes with every fiber of his being that the two-state solution is dead, the one-state solution is a "liberal scare tactic," and Israel must never give up the territories it captured in the Six-Day War.

This was a founding principle of Likud and its Revisionist ideological forbears: that Israel has a right to the entire biblical land of Israel. It's a point of view that runs counter to every international peace-making effort in the Middle East since 1967, all dedicated to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


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