24 May 2017

Israel

Trump, in Israel, says he has new reasons to hope for Middle East peace

KONFRONTASI-U.S. President Donald Trump said in Israel on Monday he came away from a weekend visit to Saudi Arabia with new reasons for hope that peace and stability could be achieved in the Middle East.

On the second leg of his first overseas trip since entering office, Trump is to hold talks separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a stopover lasting 28 hours.

Later on Monday, the U.S. leader will pray at Judaism's Western Wall and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and on Tuesday he will travel to Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

Netanyahu and his wife Sara, as well as President Reuven Rivlin and members of the Israeli cabinet, were at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion airport to greet Trump and first lady Melania in a red carpet ceremony after what is believed to have been the first direct flight from Riyadh to Israel.

"During my travels in recent days, I have found new reasons for hope," Trump said in a brief speech on arrival.

"We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and its people, defeating terrorism and creating a future of harmony, prosperity and peace, but we can only get there working together. There is no other way," he said.

Trump's tour comes in the shadow of difficulties at home, where he is struggling to contain a scandal after firing James Comey as FBI director nearly two weeks ago. The trip ends on Saturday after visits to the Vatican, Brussels and Sicily.

During his two days in Riyadh, Trump received a warm welcome from Arab leaders, who focused on his desire to restrain Iran's influence in the region, a commitment they found wanting in the Republican president's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.

"What's happened with Iran has brought many of the parts of the Middle East toward Israel," Trump said in public remarks at a meeting in Jerusalem with Rivlin.

"And you could say that's one of the - if there's a benefit, that would be the benefit. Because I've seen such a different feeling toward Israel from countries that as you know were not feeling so well about Israel not so long ago. And it's brought a lot of folks together," Trump said.

Israel Ternyata Risau Saat Saudi Borong Senjata AS Senilai Rp4.666 Triliun

KONFRONTASI   -   Beberapa menteri Israel menyatakan keprihatinannya atas kesepakatan jual beli senjata yang ditandatangani oleh Amerika Serikat (AS) dan Arab Saudi selama kunjungan Presiden Donald Trump ke Riyadh. Israel menganggap Saudi musuh yang akan menyusahkan.

Kesepakatan “pemborongan” senjata Washington oleh Riyadh itu mencapai USD350 miliar atau lebih dari Rp4.661 triliun selama sepuluh tahun. Dari total nilai itu, kesepakatan penjualan senjata gelombang awal senilai USD110 miliar atau lebih dari Rp1.464 triliun segera diberlakukan.

Tikam Polisi Israel, Warga Yordania Ditembak Mati

KONFRONTASI-Polisi Israel menembak mati seorang pria Yordania di Yerusalem Timur, setelah dia menikam leher seorang petugas kepolisian, Sabtu (13/5). Saksi mata mengatakan kepada Aljazirah, insiden tersebut terjadi pada pukul 13.30 waktu setempat di dekat Gerbang Rantai yang mengarah ke masjid Al Aqsa.

Pelaku diidentifikasi bernama Muhammad Abdellah Salim al-Qasaji (57 tahun). Pria yang memasuki Israel dengan visa turis sepekan lalu itu, terlihat mendekati seorang petugas polisi sebelum menikamnnya.

Pegang Pisau, Wanita Palestina Ditembak Polisi Israel

KONFRONTASI-Polisi paramiliter Israel menembak seorang wanita muda Palestina hingga mati, yang memegang pisau dan mencoba menyerang, di pintu masuk kota tua Jerusalem, Minggu (7/5), kata seorang juru bicara kepolisian.

Insiden itu merupakan peristiwa terbaru dalam serangkaian serangan jalanan sporadis selama 19 bulan terakhir yang dilakukan oleh warga Palestina terhadap warga Israel, demikian laporan Reuters.

Juru bicara pihak kepolisian Luba Samri mengatakan sebilah pisau ditemukan dari tempat kejadian perkara bersama dengan surat perpisahan dari remaja itu kepada keluarganya mengutip sebuah ayat dari Al Quran yang diakhiri dengan kata shahida, yakni bahasa Arab untuk martir.

Kementerian Kesehatan Palestina mengatakan bahwa gadis yang meninggal itu bernama Fatima Hjeiji berusia 16 tahun berasal dari sebuah kota di dekat Ramallah, Tepi Barat.

Sedikit-dikitnya 243 warga Palestina telah tewas dalam gelombang kekerasan sporadis di Jerusalem dan Tepi Barat, Israel, sejak Oktober 2015.

Israel menuduh aksi kekerasan itu merupakan hasutan dari para petinggi Palestina dan mengatakan bahwa setidaknya 164 warga Palestina terbunuh atas dugaan tindak penikaman, penembakan atau serangan dengan menabrakkan mobil.

Warga palestina lainnya tewas dalam bentrokan dan demonstrasi.

Trump vows to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace, offers no new policies

KONFRONTASI-President Donald Trump vowed on Wednesday to do "whatever is necessary" to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians as he hosted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House, but gave no sign of how he could revive long-stalled negotiations.

In their first meeting, Trump pressed Abbas to do more to stop "incitement to violence" against Israelis and, according to the White House, urged him in private to halt payments to families of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, a demand long pressed by Israel.

Even as Trump boldly predicted he would achieve peace where other presidents had failed, he stopped short of explicitly recommitting his administration to a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, a long-standing foundation of U.S. policy. Some Palestinians said they were disappointed by the omission.

Despite what many experts see as a long-shot bid, Trump told Abbas: "I will do whatever is necessary. ... I would love to be a mediator or an arbitrator or a facilitator, and we will get this done."

Abbas reasserted the goal of a Palestinian state, saying it must have East Jerusalem as its capital with the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war. Most Israelis want all of Jerusalem as their capital and reject a full return to 1967 borderlines as a threat to their security.

Trump has faced deep skepticism at home and abroad over the chances for him to achieve any quick breakthrough, not least because his administration has yet to articulate a cohesive strategy for restarting the moribund peace process.

Abbas’ White House talks followed a February visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who moved to reset ties after a combative relationship with the Republican president's predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama.

Trump sparked international criticism at the time, when he appeared to back away from a two-state solution, saying he would leave it up to the parties to decide. Palestinian statehood has been the objective of successive U.S. administrations and the international community.

The meeting with Abbas, the Western-backed head of the Palestinian Authority, was another test of whether Trump, in office a little more than 100 days, is serious about pursuing the kind of comprehensive peace deal that eluded his predecessors.

Trump insisted he was ready to try to reach the "toughest deal." But when he later sat down to lunch with the Palestinian leader, he said it was "maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years."

Trump, who said he decided to "start a process" but offered no new policy prescriptions or timetable, may be underestimating the challenge when trust between the two sides is low, analysts said.

"You can’t just pretend you only have to handle a few key issues and that’s it," said David Makovsky, a member of Obama’s negotiating team during the last talks, which collapsed in 2014.

Still, plans are being firmed up for Trump to visit Netanyahu in Jerusalem and possibly Abbas in the West Bank on May 22 and 23, say people familiar with the matter. That has sparked speculation about a meeting of the three. U.S. and Israeli officials have declined to confirm the visit.

Ledakan Besar Guncang Kawasan Bandara Damaskus, Diduga Ulah Israel

KONFRONTASI-Ledakan besar terjadi di kawasan Bandara Internasional Damaskus yang kemudian diikuti jilatan api di tempat yang sama Kamis pagi buta waktu setempat, kata Observatorium HAM Suriah seperti dikutip Reuters.

Observatorium ini mengatakan penyebab ledakan belum diketahui pasti.

Namun saluran televisi Al-Manar yang pro-Hisbullah di Lebanon menyebutkan bahwa ledakan di tangki-tangki bahan bakar dan kompleks gudang dekat bandara Damaskus itu kemungkinan adalah ulah dari serangan udara Israel.

Menlu Jerman Tak Sudi Diultimatum, PM Israel Batalkan Pertemuan

KONFRONTASI-Perdana Menteri Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, Selasa, membatalkan pertemuannya dengan Menteri Luar Negeri Jerman Sigmar Gabriel karena Menlu Gabriel berencana bertemu dengan kelompok-kelompok HAM yang kritis terhadap pemerintah Israel, menurut laporan media setempat.

Pertemuan itu sebelumnya telah dijadwalkan berlangsung pada pukul 17.00 waktu setempat.

Seorang juru bicara Kantor Perdana Menteri membenarkan bahwa pertemuan tidak jadi diselenggarakan.

Israel says Assad's forces still have several tonnes of chemical weapons

KONFRONTASI-Israel's military said on Wednesday it believes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces still possess several tonnes of chemical weapons, issuing the assessment two weeks after a chemical attack that killed nearly 90 people in Syria.

Israel, along with many countries, blames the strike on Assad's military. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said French intelligence services would provide proof of that in the coming days.

Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails begin hunger strike

KONFRONTASI-Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails began a hunger strike on Monday in response to a call by prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, widely seen as a possible future Palestinian president.

Palestinians termed the open-ended strike a protest against poor conditions and an Israeli policy of detention without trial that has been applied against thousands since the 1980s.

Israel said the move by the prisoners, many of whom were convicted of attacks or planning attacks against Israel, was politically motivated.

Israel Perintahkan Penghancuran Masjid di Yerusalem

KONFRONTASI-Israel mengeluarkan perintah untuk menghancurkan sebuah masjid di wilayah pendudukan di Yerusalem Timur al-Quds. Perintah itu dikeluarkan karena Israel menilai bahwa bangunan itu belum memperoleh izin konstruksi.

Masjid yang akan dihancurkan itu adalah Masjid Abdullah di lingkungan Silwan.

Menurut Fakhri Abu Diab, anggota Komite untuk Pertahanan Silwan, masjid tersebut dibangun beberapa tahun yang lalu di atas tanah wakaf untuk menjadi tempat ibadah bagi sekitar empat ribu penduduk di daerah tersebut.

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