Dagsavisen 2014 02 03 p 2, 3, Roger Hercz
A balanced account on the peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians; pointing to internal dissent, both among Palestinians and Israelis, being the main factor stalling peace talks, though the present Israeli government appears more willing to compromise than before, noting end of subsidies to settlers, and even will to talk on status of Jerusalem.
Progressive Party of Norway 2014 01 31, Andre Melchior Larceny
Yesterday’s screening on Dagsrevyen on two Israeli corporations led to reactions.
“I can very well understand how Dagsrevyen’s description of this issue leads to strong reactions”, says the leader of the Progressive party, Siv Jensen.
“However, there shall be no doubts over this government being friendly to Israel”.
The government has recently intensified cooperation in several sectors, including trade and culture.
“We are about to enter an accord in several areas on technological cooperation and our embassy in Tel Aviv has strengthened its efforts”; Jensen says.
The Norwegian state’s pensions fund (SPU) has large investments in Israel- those have increased over time.. At the end of 2013 the SPU had made investments of 13 billion NOK in Israel.
6.5 Billion NOK was invested in Israeli state bonds. Investments in Israel have more than tripled since 2011.
Concerning disinvestments in Africa Israel investments and Danya Cebus:
“Disinvestments in these two corporations is based on an old decision, dated 2010. If we had not stuck to these decisions; we would have contributed to politicizing ethical guidelines even more. I do not wish for that; on the contrary”, says the party leader, underlining this not to have any practical significance. No sales have been made of stocks; as the Bank of Norway does not own any stocks in those corporations.
This issue illustrates what the progressives have claimed all the time; namely the politicizing of the SPU; particularly when it comes to management of ethical guidelines.
“By next spring this government will submit its first report to the Storting on the management of the fund. The strategy of the fund and the handling of ethical guidelines will be broadly discussed”, Jensen says.
“Questions raised on this issue is an illustration of how easily such decisions are interpreted to be political initiatives. Many questions are raised over todays systems for exclusions and observations”, Siv Jensen finalizes.
Vårt Land 2014 02 05 p 2, 3 Erling Rimehaug
Reflections over Israel as a Jewish state; in the context of an alleged love affair between a Norwegian girl and PM Netanyahu’s son; allegedly leading to negative reactions among some Israeli Jews. Mr. Rimehaug, the social affairs editor of Vårt Land, discuss aspects of Jewish particularism in Israel, as well as Arab particularism, landing on a “wouldn’t it be nice if we all could be friends” perspective. There are a number of talkbacks to this article, many of them blaming Mr. Rimehaug over being sloppy concerning historic facts.
Dagbladet 2014 02 01, NTB
Unrest in West Bank, after IDF shooting of Palestinian employed by USAID; ten people are reported to be wounded. Unrest on Gaza border, IDF wounds five Palestinians.
According to B’tselem, Israeli forces killed 27 people in the West Bank in 2013.
HAMAS INCOMES IN GAZA PLUMMETING
Dagsavisen 2014 02 03 p 14, 15
Mohammed Omer, Pay wall
Hamas is experiencing a fiscal crisis; due to both effective measures by Egypt and Israel to put an end to smuggling, and also a reduction in fiscal support by former allies, like Iran.
NRK Verden 2014 02 03, NTB
Abbas propose to John Kerry that NATO should take over responsibility of anti-terrorism operations in West Bank, having permanent presence in absence of a Palestinian army, “which the Palestinian authority does not want”.
70 YEARS SPENT DEPICTING THE AUSCHWITZ OF HIS CHILDHOOD
Aftenposten 2014 01 02, Hanne Brønnmo, Not online
On professor of literature at the University of Jerusalem, Shoah survivor Otto Dov Kulka (81); recently having released a book, “Landscapes from the metropolis of death”.
CHILDREN IN THE HOLOCAUST
Vårt Land 2014 02 4 p 26, 27, Britt Rogstad, Not online
On Professor Otto Dov Kuvka.
NOBEL AWARD WINNER AGAINST BOYCOTT
Dagen 2014 02 04, John Solsvik, Not online
Professor Dan Shechtman of the Technion University in Haifa speaks out against boycotts of Israel; pointing to similarities with anti-Semite campaigns in the 1930s.
Ship to Gaza Norway 2014 02 01, Staff
“Ship to Gaza-Norway” to hold annual conference on February 15th in Oslo.
The leadership roster of this NGO reveals an absence of actual Palestinians, and a surfeit of Red party eminences:
Jan Petter Hammervold
I am fascinated by the Ship to Gaza event, whiter than white, with a wannabe Chilean and an Italian wannabe academic (who incidentally was ripped apart in an article in the Weekly Standard about 2 years ago) as entertaining standard-bearers ; they now want to draw attention to Gaza, a topic that has slipped way under the radar following events in the ME. They really should get a proper job, or go to Egypt and ask them to stop flushing the tunnels while the Palestinians are still in them. Better yet, they should go to their pals in Hamas and ask them to stop shooting rockets at Israel and otherwise promote the peace and tolerance they so cherish to preach!
Meanwhile, they evidently prefer to stay whiter than white.