John Kerry delivering peace speech on 28 Dec 2016 Photo YouTube screenshot US Dept of State channel Netanyahu photo Israeli GPO LOGOWhile Jerusalem officials say the softened final declaration of the Paris conference is because of successful diplomacy, John Kerry has called Netanyahu telling him, in essence, don't worry.

Montage Trump and Netanyahu Photos DonaldJTrump dot com and Israeli GPO LOGOOnly days away from swearing in as the 45th president of the United States, Trump is not waiting to jump into international policy matters, including Israel and the nations in its neighborhood.

UN Security Council Photo UN.orgIn the wake of yesterday's final declaration in Paris, the United Nations Security Council is set to meet tomorrow, on Wednesday, 17 January. Its goal, says Council President Olaf Skook, is to "trigger action towards a two-state solution" between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Final Declaration of Paris conference 2017With some of its harsher statements softened, the final declaration of the Paris Middle East Peace conference, released yesterday, is substantially the same as the leaked pre-conference draft. For the record, this is the full official text of the final declaration from Paris on 15 January 2017

Montage Netanyahu Abbas shake hands Russia Pres Putin Photos Kremlin website and YT screenshot RT channel LOGOThree days ago, while Abbas was on his way to Rome and world leaders were making their way to Paris, the Secretary-General of the PA was in Russia. While there, he confirmed that Abbas is "ready" for face-to-face negotiations — in Moscow. Russia's government-owned news agency, TASS, reports.

Abbas and Pope in Rome 14 Jan 2017 Photos YouTube screenshots Ruptly TV and AFP channels LOGOThis weekend, while France attempted to rally the world to impose on Israel its solution for peace with Palestinians, the Palestinian president met with the pope in Rome. Abbas, named by the pope in 2015 as an "angel of peace," also opened a new Palestinian embassy to the Vatican. Are the events in Rome a greater threat to Israel's sovereignty than Paris?

Convoy of Israeli aid trucks line up to enter Gaza and Google map of Gaza Photo YouTube screenshot The Telegraph channel LOGOKnowing that the government in Gaza is sworn to Israel's destruction, Jerusalem has decided that recent calm justifies an increase in humanitarian aid for Palestinian civilians there. Before the war with Hamas in 2014, about 300 truckloads of materiel went into Gaza every day. Today some 1,000 truckloads make their way to Palestinians there.

Mezze military airbase in Damascus Photos Google Maps Earth Twitter postLast night Damascus was hit by two explosions. One, a suicide bombing at an officers' club, killed at least ten. The other happened at the Mezzeh airport. Damascus blames Israel. But, for disturbing reasons revealed by this Israeli intelligence report from DEBKAfile, Israel is an unlikely candidate. Who then? And why? 

Leaked pre-conference draft of 2017 Paris Middle East ResolutionThis is a word-for-word reproduction of a leaked preliminary draft of the resolution the Paris Middle East Peace Conference aims to pass. 

Google Earth map of Israel overlayed by Eiffel Tower Chamberlain Hitler Photos Wikimedia commons LOGOHistory is repeating itself. Similarities between Munich in 1938 and Paris in 2017 are uncanny. Today, as yesterday, the result of a peace conference could easily lead to another world war, this time in the Middle East. And this time centered around Israel.

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