|Israel Resource Review
||3rd Febuary, 2007
The following letter was presented by Avi Farhan to Mayor Bloomberg when he visited Sderot yesterday
February 2nd, 2007
The Honorable Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg
Guest of the City of Sderot
Dear Mr. Bloomberg
It is an honor to welcome you here today to the city of Sderot.
I am a resident of Sderot, having been expelled from my home in Elai Sinai,
which had been a thriving Jewish community on the northern border of Gaza.
Today, Arab terrorists from the Al Aksa Brigades, commanded by Machmud
Abbas, AKA Abu Mazen, fire missiles at my home in Sderot from the ruins of
my home in Elai Sinai.
There is no sign that they will stop shooting their missiles, with one
purpose in mind: to kill Jews and to take over the next piece of what they
call Palestine - the Negev region of Israel.
Mr. Bloomberg, two years ago we pleaded with our friends in the United
States of America - DO NOT SUPPORT THE PLAN TO SURRENDER OUR JEWISH
COMMUNITIES TO TERRORISTS.
Tragically, we were proven to be correct.
Please bring our concerns to the President of the United States and to all
of the people of the United States - not to aid and abet Palestinian
terrorists, not to ever again support plans to surrender Jewish communities
to the hands of terrorists and not to restrain Israel from fighting back.
After all, if New York faced a torrent of missiles from Canada, it would be
hard to imagine any resident of New York who would show restraint.
Wishing you and your family a pleasant visit to Israel
Temporary Address: 10 HaRakefet, Sderot, tel. 057 5767816
Permanent Address: 12 Aleish Sinai, Gaza Coastal Region
TRANSLATION: NOAM BEDEIN, SDEROT INFORMATION CENTER FOR THE WESTERN NEGEV
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Quartet Statement: "goal of ending the occupation that began in 1967 . . . "
[The fact that the Israel Minister of Foreign Affairs accepts such a statement means that she rejects Israel's legit. right to any area acquired by Israel in 1967. - db ]
THE WASHINGTON FILE
EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES
February 3, 2007
1. Quartet Statement
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February 2, 2007
Following is the text of a statement issued by the Quartet (United
Nations, Russian Federation, The United States and European Union).
The Quartet Principals - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, United Nations Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon, High Representative for European Foreign and Security
Policy Javier Solana, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier,
and European Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner
- met today in Washington to discuss the situation in the Middle East.
The Quartet welcomed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the
representative of the EU Presidency, German Foreign Minister
Recognizing the critical need to end the Palestinian/Israeli conflict,
which would contribute to security and stability in the region, the
Quartet pledged to support efforts to put in place a process with the
goal of ending the occupation that began in 1967 and creating an
independent, democratic and viable Palestinian state, living
side-by-side in peace and security with Israel, and reaffirmed its
commitment to a just, lasting, and comprehensive peace based on UNSCRs
242 and 338.
The Quartet expressed the hope that the result-oriented dialogue
initiated between Israeli and Palestinian leaders will continue in the
framework of a renewed political process with the aim of launching
The Quartet undertook to give active follow-up to these meetings and to
remain closely engaged at this moment of increased activity and
dialogue. The Quartet reaffirmed its commitment to meet regularly at
both the principals and envoys level according to an agreed calendar,
including with the parties and other regional partners, to monitor
developments and actions taken by the parties and to discuss the way
The Quartet noted its support for renewed dialogue between Israeli and
Palestinian leaders and welcomed the December 23 meeting between Israeli
PM Olmert and PA President Abbas, and the subsequent implementation of
some steps discussed at that meeting. The Quartet urged the parties to
implement fully steps discussed at the December 23 meeting, to refrain
from taking any measures that could predetermine the number of issues
that will be resolved in negotiations, to meet their respective
obligations under phase one of the Roadmap and under the Agreement on
Movement and Access, and to seek to fulfill their obligations under the
Sharm el-Sheikh Understandings of 2005.
The Quartet discussed U.S. efforts to facilitate discussions between the
parties. The Quartet welcomed the upcoming meeting between Prime
Minister Olmert, President Abbas, and Secretary of State Rice, that
could begin to define more clearly the political horizon for the
Palestinian people, and help engender a sense of partnership. The
Quartet affirmed the primacy of the Roadmap, and welcomed U.S. efforts
to accelerate progress on the Roadmap.
The Quartet noted the continuing importance of the Arab Peace
Initiative, particularly its reflection of a shared commitment to a
The Quartet reiterated its call for an immediate and unconditional end
to all acts of violence and terror. It condemned the suicide bombing in
Eilat on 29 January and called once again for an immediate end to all
rocket attacks against Israel.
The Quartet expressed its deep concern at the violence among
Palestinians and called for respect for law and order.
The Quartet called for continued international assistance to the
Palestinian people, and encouraged donors to focus on preserving and
building the capacity of institutions of Palestinian governance as well
as the development of the Palestinian economy. The Quartet welcomed
international efforts to reform the Palestinian security sector and thus
to help improve law and order for the Palestinian people. It called for
the Temporary International Mechanism to be further developed to support
the political process, to identify suitable projects for international
support in the areas of governance, institution building and economic
development, and urged other members of the international community to
consider practical support to the parties.
The Quartet called for Palestinian unity in support of a government
committed to nonviolence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of
previous agreements and obligations, including the Roadmap. The Quartet
reaffirmed that these principles endure. The Quartet reiterated its
call for the PA government to commit to these principles.
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