1,600 year-old pottery kiln discovered in Galilee, Israel

Discovery first of its kind; Kiln dated to Late Roman Period over 1,600 years old

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An ancient, Roman-era pottery kiln dated over 1,600 years was discovered in Shlomi in the western Galilee. The discovery was made during a six-month archeological excavation at the Bat el-Jabal antiquities site.

Director of the excavation, Joppe Gosker of the Israel Antiquity Authority, described the significance of the discovery as the first kiln constructed entirely of bedrock in the region. He explained that it is a “unique kiln which was hewn in bedrock and is unlike most of the kilns known to us that were built of stone, earth and mud,” describing the ancient workshop as having “included a system for storing water, storage compartments, a kiln, etc. The kiln was meticulously constructed. It consisted of two chambers: one a firebox in which branches were inserted for burning, and a second chamber where the pottery vessels were placed that were fired in the scorching heat that was generated.”

He explained that “The ceramic debris that was piled up around the kiln indicates that two types of vessels were manufactured here: storage jars that could be transported overland, and jars with large handles (amphorae) that were used to store wine or oil which were exported from Israel by sea”.

In addition, remains of a royal gate structure were found at the site dated to the same period as the kiln, as well as walls and building structures from the Byzantine period.

One of the geologists from the excavation explained that the location of the quarrying of the kiln was “because of the special geological conditions found” that of chalk bedrock “which on the one hand is soft and therefore easily quarried, and on the other is sufficiently strong to endure the intense heat.”

The Bat el-Jabal site will become an archeological park after the excavation is completed.

Nasrallah criticizes Saudi Arabia for “normalizing relations and acknowledging the existence of Israel”

Hezbollah chief warns of relations with Israel, criticizes Saudi Arabia, claims Arab states in “worst official state” in century

Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah Head Hassan Nasrallah (AP)

Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah criticized Saudi Arabia for “normalizing relations” and “acknowledging the existence of Israel” during a televised address Friday evening.

His remarks come following a meeting between Israel’s Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold with former Saudi Arabian general Anwar Eshki in Jerusalem on Sunday and following the 27th Arab League Summit in Nouakchott, where the Palestinian Authority warned “Arab states of the concept of regional cooperation and security which is aimed at creating regional security cooperation between Arab countries and Israel and normalizing relations before the end of the Israeli occupation.”

Nasrallah stated that “We [Arab states] are currently in the worst official state the Arab League has known in the last hundred years. There are in fact no nations, countries, Arab League or national Arab security,” placing blame on Saudi Arabia as it “has taken advantage of the ailing Arab situation, only to build relations with Israel. The price will be at the account of the Palestinians.”

He claimed that Saudi Arabia is “creating contact [with Israel], normalizing relations, acknowledging the existence of Israel – and then cooperating with it,” claiming that “this is free normalization with Israel and this will open the doors to other states than Saudi Arabia to follow suit.”

He added that “Based on the Arab League’s summit meetings, these days Israel is no longer officially considered the Arab League’s enemy, while Palestine has become an obligatory burden… Saudi Arabia continues its regional wars and refuses contact with Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain. Its initiatives are only made towards Israel, and for free,” calling on Saudi Arabia to “not condescend and do not let hatred blind you. Be a partner in the effort to find a regional solution.”

He warned that “We will be before a cultural disaster that allows Saudi Arabia to make peace with Israel. And this is the most dangerous thing that could happen. Everybody must now take a clear position,” stating that “The only option for the Palestinians is the way of the Shahid [Islamic martyrdom].”

 

 

Israel’s Foreign Ministry responds to Palestinian Authority’s call to sue Britain for Balfour Declaration

Gold responds to PA call on Arab League to support opening internal criminal case against Britain; Gold refers to invalidity of efforts as well as PA refusal to recognize Israel as “core obstacle to achieving genuine peace”

MFA Director General Dore Gold

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director-General Dore Gold responded to the Palestinian Authority’s call for the Arab League to support and contribute to its efforts to sue Britain for the Balfour Declaration.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) made the announcement of its intentions during the 27th Arab League Summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania earlier this week. PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, who spoke in place of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, called on Arab states to support their efforts to open a “international criminal case” for the crime which they [Britain] committed against our nation from the days of the British Mandate all the way to the massacre which was carried out against us from 1948 onwards,” referring to the Balfour Declaration as the start of “the historic massacre of our land and our peoples’ fates” and responsible for having “ caused this catastrophe against the Palestinian people.” He also warned Arab states of against “concept of regional cooperation and security which is aimed at creating regional security cooperation between Arab countries and Israel and normalizing relations before the end of the Israeli occupation.”

Gold released an official statement on Wednesday evening responding to the latest of ludicrous efforts by the Palestinian Authority to gain support for statehood through means other than direct negotiations with the State of Israel. His statement focused on the invalidity of the Authority’s efforts and claims as neither the Balfour Declaration nor the British Mandate “created the historical rights of the Jewish people to their homeland” but “together recognized pre-existing rights that the Jewish people never conceded.”

His full statement:

“In a revealing address given in the name of the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, before a meeting of the Arab League last week in Mauritania, Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki, asked for help to prepare a legal file against Britain for issuing the Balfour Declaration in 1917.

Quite apart from the obvious lack of any legal basis for Abbas’ claim, his initiative itself demonstrates yet again the continuing refusal of the Palestinian side to recognize the legitimate and indigenous connection of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland, alongside the recognition the Palestinians seek for their own rights.

The legal significance of the Balfour Declaration emanated from the fact that it was incorporated by the League of Nations into the 1922 Mandate for Palestine. That mandate recognized the historical connection of the Jewish people to that area and that it provided the grounds for them to reconstitute their national home there.

This recognition came at a time when the Ottoman Empire, was crumbling and renouncing its sovereignty in the areas south of Modern Turkey. The League of Nations Mandate had the effect of transforming the policy position expressed in the Balfour Declaration into an internationally recognized international legal obligation to give effect to the inherent right of the Jewish people to self-determination in their ancient homeland.

Rights that were recognized by the League of Nations in that period were preserved by its successor organization, the United Nations, through Article 80 of the UN Charter.

Significantly, neither the Balfour Declaration nor the Mandate created the historical rights of the Jewish people to their homeland. Rather, these documents together recognized pre-existing rights that the Jewish people never conceded. Indeed thousands of Jews poured back into their ancient homeland well before the Balfour Declaration was issued.

Israel has insisted that at the end of any negotiation with the Palestinian leadership, it should recognize the rights of the Jewish people to a nation-state, just as many have been insisting that Israel recognize the rights of the Palestinians to a state of their own.

The statement of Mahmoud Abbas that the Arab League should help sue the British government for the Balfour Declaration is yet another resounding “no” to Israel’s fair request for reciprocity through mutual recognition and compromise. It is this stand by the Palestinian leadership that serves as a core obstacle to achieving genuine peace.”

The Balfour Declaration was a letter written by then Foreign Secretary James Balfour to Walter Rothschild in 1917, where he declared support from Britain’s government for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

It read:

“I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty’s government, the following declaration of sympathy with the Jewish Zionists aspirations which has been submitted to and approved by the Cabinet.

His Majesty’s government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country…”

Iranian general visited Israel-Syria border

Reports released from Iran Wednesday confirm Iranian general visited Quneitra, Syria on border with Israel

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An Iranian general of the Basij Resistance Force visited the border of Syria and Israel recently, a report of his visit published on Wednesday by Iran’s Fars news agency. It is the first official report by Iran of an Iranian official visiting Syria near the border with Israel.

General Mohammad Reza Naghdi visited the Syrian town of Quneitra, the report not specifying when the visit occurred nor an official reason for his visit. The report featured a photo of Naghdi looking at the border with binoculars.

The Basij, known as the “people’s militia” is a volunteer-based paramilitary organization of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corp that deals with “internal security, law enforcement, special religious or political events and morals policing,” with “branches in virtually every city and town in Iran”. The organization claims over 10 million members.

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Palestinian Authority announces intention to sue Britain for Balfour Declaration

PA Foreign Minister announces intension to open “international criminal case” against Britain, claims Balfour Declaration of 1917 caused “catastrophe against the Palestinian people”; Calls on Arab League to support efforts

Abbas addresses the Arab League Tuesday (Reuters)

The Palestinian Authority announced their intentions to sue the British government for issuing the Balfour Declaration in 1917.

The announcement was made by the Palestinian Authority’s Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki who gave a speech in lieu of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during the 27th Arab League Summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Al-Maliki called on the Arab League to support the effort and warned Arab states against cooperation with the State of Israel.

The announcement is part of the Palestinian Authority’s’ ongoing efforts to seek statehood through international lobbying efforts, the Authority refusing to agree to direct talks with Israel without preconditions.

Al-Maliki announced that the Palestinian Authority “are working to open up an international criminal case for the crime which they [Britain] committed against our nation from the days of the British Mandate all the way to the massacre which was carried out against us from 1948 onwards.”

He stated “With the coming of this painful anniversary, the passing of approximately 100 years since the historic massacre of our land and our peoples’ fates, and with the continuation of this catastrophe without a resolution, we call on the secretariat general of the Arab League to support us in preparing a legal file to raise against the British government for issuing the Balfour Declaration and thereafter implementing it as a mandatory authority,” claiming the Declaration “caused this catastrophe against the Palestinian people.”

He stated that the Palestinian people “will not forget the good countries and peoples, especially our Arab brothers and many other friendly countries, who extended and still extend their hands in supporting, standing beside, and embracing our people in its trials and tribulations… We warn Arab states of the concept of regional cooperation and security which is aimed at creating regional security cooperation between Arab countries and Israel and normalizing relations before the end of the Israeli occupation.”

The Balfour Declaration was a letter written by then Foreign Secretary James Balfour to Walter Rothschild in 1917, where he declared support from Britain’s government for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

The letter read:

“I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty’s government, the following declaration of sympathy with the Jewish Zionists aspirations which has been submitted to and approved by the Cabinet.

His Majesty’s government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country…”

 

 

Netanyahu meets with Cyprus President Anastasiades in Jerusalem

In fifth meeting since Trilateral Committee in January, Netanyahu and Anastasiades meet on increasing cooperation in gas, combatting terrorism, Turkey and emergency response

PM Netanyahu with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades in Nicosia, Cyprus

Prime Minister Netanyahu met with President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades Sunday evening in Jerusalem, their meeting centered on increasing cooperation in the fields of energy, emergency response, combatting terrorism and Turkey.

Relations between Israel and Cyprus have flourished since the Trilateral Committee between Cyprus, Greece and Israel created in January of this year. The Committee continues to advance in development and cooperation in the fields of energy, technology, research, tourism, combatting terrorism, most importantly the development of a natural gas pipeline in the region.

In a joint statement released on their meeting, “both leaders emphasized their shared interests in regional stability and expressed their agreement to continue countering sources of extremism and terrorism. The two sides continued their talks about emergency response cooperation…The two sides discussed the unitization issue regarding the Aphrodite and Yishai gas fields, and concluded that by September 2016 the two Energy Ministers will seek to finalize these discussions.”

On current events in Turkey in relation to development of projects, specifically gas, “both leaders concluded that there is no question that resolving the outstanding issues between Cyprus and Turkey would greatly facilitate the pace of the development of future projects, which will proceed according to international law, as well as greatly enhance stability in the region.  Therefore, Israel has a strong interest in the resolution of this issue.”

In January, Netanyahu emphasized that the “Our cooperation with Greece and Cyprus stands on its own [and]… does not depend on our efforts to normalize our relations with Turkey.”

Both leaders addressed the press ahead of their meeting, Netanyahu beginning by stating “Cyprus and Israel are two small democracies in the eastern Mediterranean. We also share common challenges, and also common opportunities in security cooperation, in gas, in emergency cooperation, commerce, tourism [and] many, many fields.”

Netanyahu referred to the Carmel Forest fire in 2010 when Israel “faced a ferocious forest fire… the first country I called was Cyprus. It offered to send a plane… and I was privileged to reciprocate last month when you faced a ferocious forest fire, and we sent our planes to extinguish your flames,” referring to Israel’s assistance as a first responder during wildfires in the Paphos region, sending firefighting aircraft and rescue teams to assist Cyprus. He added “Back in April, our two nations, along with Greece, conducted a joint fire-fighting exercise to enhance our regional cooperation in emergency situations.”

He went on to express “that’s exactly the kind of thing that friends do. They come to each other’s help in times of need, but also cooperate in good times or cooperate to make times better. And that’s why I’m particularly proud to have this opportunity to continue the dialogue we began on a tripartite basis in the Nicosia summit. We’re continuing those discussions, both bilaterally but also multilaterally, and we continue to send our people.”

In his address, President Anastasiades thanked Israel for its assistance in Pathos, stating “I want to express to you and to the people and Government of the State of Israel personally my gratitude and the gratitude of all Cypriots for the indispensable assistance which you offered recently during the terrible forest fires in Cyprus. I also want to especially thank the professional men and women who came to our aid – the pilots, the ground crew, the support staff and their officers, who so quickly went on alert, flew to Cyprus and helped us in our time of need. In the sadness of natural disasters, I have to point out something that gave me hope for the future: The fact that the level of mutual cooperation between Cyprus and Israel has reached the point where reaction is so swift and smooth. We know that we can rely on each other, and this is the result of a lot of work that we have been doing together during the past few years in bringing our countries closer.”

Anastasiades stated that Cyprus and Israel are “reliable partners that see eye to eye on a wide agenda of issues, reaching from energy to security to a very sincere, open and frank political dialogue. We have been tightening our areas of cooperation, from tourism to education and business, sharpening our joint training, and through continuous coordination have been forming a common language. This common language enables us to stand by each other in these very challenging times, as we are faced with so many attacks against our common rights. This is true in our immediate region, but also in many parts of the world,” the President highlighting the five visits between officials since the creation of the Trilateral Committee in January.

He stated that their meeting would “discuss how to enhance more our bilateral relations in the fields of energy, security, economy and trade, to exchange views on the regional developments, to brief you on the negotiations about the Cyprus problem, and of course to prepare for the next trilateral meeting later this year,” referring to the scheduled Trilateral Committee meeting scheduled as agreed by all parties in January.

VIDEO: Netanyahu speaks at formation Trilateral Committee in January 2016

 

 

Saudi official meets with foreign ministry director in rare visit to Israel

Former Saudi general meets with Gold in Jerusalem; In interview following meeting, Eshki addresses Iran, peace process and Arab states relations with Israel

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Israel’s Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold met with former Saudi Arabian general Anwar Eshki in Jerusalem Sunday. The meeting comes just days after reports confirmed that Gold met with President of Chad Idriss Déby last week in the first visit by an Israeli official to Chad in over 40 years since the country severed ties with Israel in 1972.
 
Details of their meeting were not released to the press, but Eshki gave a short telephone interview to Israel’s Army Radio where he reported that his visit was centered on lobbying for the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative for resuming the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, stating that diplomatic relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia would normalize after peace is made between Israel and the Palestinians.
 
On Arab states relations with Israel, Eshki stated that “There will not be any kind of peace with Arab states first,” stating that there “First must be peace with the Palestinian brothers. If the Arab peace initiative is implemented, the Saudi Kingdom and other Arab nations would normalize relations with Israel… The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not the source of terrorism, but it does create fertile ground for acts of terrorism in the region.”
 
Addressing Iran, he stated “If the conflict is resolved, the countries that exploit the Palestinian issue, namely Iran, will no longer be able to capitalize on it. The Iranian government has greedy aspirations [and] wants to dominate the Middle East all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. That is why Iran instigates terrorism, and it has to stop. We are not enemies of Iran, but of the Iranian regime, which seeks to intervene in the affairs of the peoples of the region.”
 
On relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia, specifically on reports of cooperation in combatting terrorism in the region, Eshki stated “As far as I know there is no cooperation between the Saudi kingdom and Israel on the topic of combating terrorism,” stating that both states however “share a common viewpoint, but differ on the solution.”
 
He added “It is true that Israel is fighting terrorism, but we want it to put an end to the reasons that gave rise to this terrorism: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We have had enough of bloodshed and war…” He added “The Saudi people want peace. If certain rights are restored, I am sure that the Saudis and other Arab nations will be satisfied, and peace and normalization will become a reality.”