Let's see, we had the first President of the EU elected in November, stating that his new election was the beginning of global governance in 2009! The European Union has chosen its first full-time president - Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy. Leaders of the 27-member bloc also chose a woman for the second top job - British commissioner Catherine Ashton, who will be the EU's new foreign policy chief. He becomes the new EU president January 1.
We have the spiral light in Norway yesterday which could be the announcement of Project Blue
Beam and on the day before President Obama visits to receive his Nobel Peace Prize!
President Vows to Ban Torture Closing Gitmo
President Obama Talks War & Peace in Peace Prize Speech.
The Vatican is in Israel negotiating land deals for the holy sites right now!
Vatican defends Pope Benedict XVI as ardent anti-Nazi during pontiff's Israel visit.
JERUSALEM - The Vatican defended Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday as a man of strong anti-Nazi credentials and a peacemaker in the face of mounting Israeli criticism and Arab anger over the Israeli occupation.
Critics faulted the German-born pope for failing to apologize in a speech at Israel's Holocaust memorial for what they see as Catholic indifference during the Nazi genocide — a controversy that threatened to overshadow his high-profile pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
Benedict delivered messages of peace Tuesday while visiting the holiest Muslim and Jewish sites in Jerusalem, the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall.
US on EU: J'lem to be negotiated in final-status agreementNoses are wrinkled in Washington to European foreign minister's communiqué calling on Jerusalem to be divided between Israel and Palestinian state. Assistant Secretary of State PJ Crowley: Our position on Jerusalem is clear, and we believe it's final-status issue. (article Here)
EU Makes Jerusalem The Capital of Two States
"The document also called for the establishment of a Palestinian state comprising the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem. "If there is to be (peace) a way has to be found to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the capital of two states," it said." (article here)
The EU is taking over peace negotiations between Israel & Palestine!
US on EU: J'lem to be negotiated in final-status agreement
Noses are wrinkled in Washington to European foreign minister's communiqué calling on Jerusalem to be divided between Israel and Palestinian state. Assistant Secretary of State PJ Crowley: Our position on Jerusalem is clear, and we believe it's final-status issue
Published: 12.08.09, 23:01 / Israel News
WASHINGTON – Jerusalem sounded pleased after the European Union decided to tone down its statement on Jerusalem as the capital of two states, but there were a number of wrinkled noses in Washington.
Assistant Secretary of State PJ Crowley said Tuesday in response: "We are aware of the EU statement, but our position on Jerusalem is clear. We believe that is a final-status issue. This is best addressed inside a formal negotiation among the parties directly."
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The United States, the EU, and others certainly recognize the importance of getting back to negotiation. And we all have our differing views on the emotional and complex issues that are at the heart of this challenge," said Crowley, reiterating the Obama administration's stance.
Crowley noted that the US' current focus is "to see what we can do to try to encourage the parties, all of them, to move beyond kind of the cul-de-sac that we find ourselves in and to continue to refocus on the future and see what we can do to get the process moving forward again."
The EU minister's resolution, which was significantly softened from the original Swedish proposal, said that Europe is concerned by the situation in east Jerusalem and called upon all sides to avoid provocations in light of recent developments.
The document also noted that the European Commission never recognized Israel's annexation of east Jerusalem.
"If there is to be a genuine peace, a way must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of two states," EU foreign ministers agreed in the statement released on Tuesday, diplomats said.
The statement continued on to call Israel to halt its discriminatory practices against Palestinian residents of east Jerusalem as well as to re-open Palestinian institutions there.
Goldstone Report hampered talks
There mood in Israel following the publication of the EU statement was actually more moderated than the one in the US. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was also pleased by the decision: "I'm pleased that the foreign ministers didn’t make any rash, one-sided decisions.
"The decision stating the some of the core issues between Israel and the Palestinians must be settled by negotiations is even an improvement to Europe's previous stand."
A senior Foreign Ministry source told Ynet that "ensuring such a decision was made was not an easy task."
The State Department emphasized that it was taking steps to renew direct talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians, especially on the backdrop of Israel's decision to impose a 10-month moratorium on West Bank settlement building. Such moves include encouraging Israel's Arab neighbors to support Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
"For other countries in the region, we continue to encourage them to provide support to President Abbas and to be prepared to take meaningful steps if and when we get to a point where we think that the parties are prepared to consider negotiations," said Crowley.
To this end, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Wednesday with Mideast Quartet envoy Tony Blair. In addition, special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell is continuing his diplomatic talks with the Arabs. However, Mitchell is not expected to return to the region before the end of the year.
"It's not a failure, because the process isn't over. The process is ongoing. But clearly, in the aftermath of the Goldstone Report, we've seen this fairly substantial gap, emerge, and we're seeing what we can do to move both sides closer to a decision to enter into negotiations," asserted Crowley.