Talk:2013–14 Israeli–Palestinian peace talks

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There are several IP's who have been repeatedly inserting and deleting various items from this page, behaving almost identically in doing so. All the edits seem to possess a strong pro-Israel slant. Are they socks? One of the other editors on this page seems to think so. FiredanceThroughTheNight (talk) 22:02, 19 August 2013 (UTC)

Yes, sockpuppets and meatpuppets of blocked (on both Spanish and English Wikipedia) and banned racist ultranationalist Argentina based AndresHerutJaim. Edits can be reverted per Wikipedia:Banning_policy#Evasion_and_enforcement. See User_talk: for an example of meatpuppetry where the person left the editing instructions in the edit. AndresHerutJaim regularly uses throwaway registered accounts, Argentina based IPs, Telefonica de Espana IPs (presumably via meatpuppets), Telefonica del Peru IPs and sometimes Israel based IPs (presumably via meatpuppets). See the recent history of the Israeli West Bank barrier for examples. You can google him where you will see comments such as 'lol "palestine" does not exist, never did and never will', 'Yes, you are in this struggle and you will be defeated like all the enemies of my nation. I'm a Jew from Argentina who soon will make Aliya and join the IDF in order to kick, destroy and fight against bullshit scum like you. Fuck off you fucking marxist. Leave Israel with all your fucking Arab ape friends. We don't want people like you in Medinat Israel. AM ISRAEL CHAI VE KAIAM ISRAEL WIN', 'Don’t worry bitch, nobody wants your fucking Arab Keffiyeh. Nobody wants to look like an ugly terrorist monkey, except for Purim.' and 'Down with Islamoapes'. The editor is one of the most active editors in the WP:ARBPIA topic area by the way in terms of edit counts via their sockpuppets and meatpuppets. If the disruption continues, the article will need to be semi-protected, which helps a bit but not much. Sean.hoyland - talk 06:41, 26 August 2013 (UTC)
These guys seem to be back. Time for a rangeblock? FiredanceThroughTheNight (talk) 20:37, 5 April 2014 (UTC)


>> Kerry to push for progress on Mideast peace >> Israeli-Palestinian talks making 'progress'(Lihaas (talk) 14:40, 5 December 2013 (UTC)).

>> Israeli apologies for remarks against Kerry>> Obama wades into Palestine-Israel talks>> Kerry weighs options on Middle East talks >> Palestine’s false friends>> Israel warns Palestine of unilateral action>> Israel limits contact with Palestinians [1](Lihaas (talk) 05:45, 15 January 2014 (UTC)).


Article needs to be rewritten for prose not a mere listing of news stories by date. This is after all an encyclopaedia and not a weblog to collate news storie(Lihaas (talk) 05:47, 15 January 2014 (UTC)).s

Repetition. Attention Sepsis[edit]

The prospects for the peace talks began looking bleak after Israel backtracked on its commitment to release the last 26 prisoners in late March 2014. In response Palestinian President Mamhoud Abbas signed papers to join 15 of 63 international organizations and treaties.

This part of your section on the 'Break down' repeats the substance of the edit I made above that, making for a consecutive repetition. Secondly, it is too early to speak of breakdown, since the deadline is the end of April. In any case I wonder if you could be so kind as to reexamine the flow, and if possible iron out or rewrite to avoid reduplications of information('backtrack' is a good word for what happened if the sources say this). Nishidani (talk) 07:15, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Damn I just keep screwing up; I'll cut out the first half of my addition. Sepsis II (talk) 16:25, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
Don't worry. We all screw up. The important thing is conscientiousness, and serenity. This is a collegial thing, and I prefer to tip dedicated editors off when they, like me, slip up, rather than revert or elide.Nishidani (talk) 17:01, 10 April 2014 (UTC)


Hi. I am not sure how to add a topic. I notice the claim about Palestinians killed since the talk of the peace talks. The only source given is Maan. But, Maan has been involved in a number of biased articles. I can put together a quick list of examples if someone likes. They include flat out errors e.g., blaming Israel for Palestinian Deaths that turn out to be false and also not publishing any correction, to flat out hate articles e.g., their holocaust denial article. Their editorial staff is also partisan and are personally involved in the PA side. So, I am not sure they should be used as a source and at the very least, the allegations sourced to them should be fleshed out with research using other more reputable sources.


After a quick search I found this in TIME magazine[2]. The information/stats would need to be attributed to Saeb Erekat.
  • "...what the government of Israel has been doing during nine months of negotiations: killing 61 Palestinians, advancing more than 13,000 units in Israeli settlements, conducting almost 4,500 military operations on Palestinian land, demolishing 196 Palestinian homes and allowing more than 660 settler terror attacks against Palestinians" - Saeb Erekat is a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization Executive Committee and Head of the Palestinian Negotiations Team
I'm not sure about other stats but B'Tselem will have reliable stats about how many people have been killed.
  • There's also this, which can certainly be used as a source with attribution, just like an Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs document. It's an official document "Special Report: Israeli Violations During the Nine Months Negotiation Process - State of Palestine, Palestine Liberation Organization, Negotiations Affairs Department".
  • Haaretz[3] article about the PLO NAD document
  • Times of Israel[4]
  • Deccan Herald article[5]
There are probably more sources out there discussing this.
Sean.hoyland - talk 19:31, 29 May 2014 (UTC)


This is, in my personal view, a good source of information. However, I believe there has never been a consensus that it qualifies as RS, and therefore it should be removed (on Erekat's slamming Abbas's refusal to go to the ICC n.73). I would have removed it, but can't because of the 1 R rule. A second point, the al-Jazeera piece makes Netanyahu the first PM to make recognition of a Jewish state a precondition. This is technically true, but this was raised I think at Taba in 2001 and by Tzipi Livni in 2007in peace talks. Perhaps therefore the sentence should be tweaked with some source to clarify that. I think however that, as it stands, i.e., as a PM's formal sine qua non requirement, it's okay.Nishidani (talk) 20:40, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

Can you point to examples where Mondoweiss has posted incorrect information? Sepsis II (talk) 21:05, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
Nope. But it has often been discussed at RS and got, unless I am mistaken, the thumbsdown as a 'blog'. I don't agree, but I go by whatever decision, stupid or not, wiki convention establishes.It would make my work easier if this were not the case, but this is no place for wishful thinking.Nishidani (talk) 21:34, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
I know some editors dislike it but they seem to me to be exclusively the same type which would also call Al Jazeera non RS. I listen to them as much I would if we had pro-Palestinian editors on here calling JPost non RS. Sepsis II (talk) 22:12, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
Hi. As I explained in my edit summaries, the Jewish state is proclaimed in the Israeli independence declaration. Read the lead of this article. In fact, the democratic character of the state was officially added after the Jewish character. An opinion piece by Gregg Carlstrom in Al Jazeera can't be used as information and it should be avoided in such a controversial topic like this one, just like Mondoweiss (or HonestReporting for example). There are more neutral sources that can be used, including newspapers which are usually critical of Israel but serious at the same time.--AmirSurfLera (talk) 21:07, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
If Israel defined itself as a 'Jewish State' a distinct concept from 'state of the Jewish people', please note, then why are Dichter and Netanyahu developing a Basic Law to assert what has, in your iew, already been declared? Wiki is not a source, so don't link to it. Thirdly, Bernard Avishai (‘The Jewish State in Question, The New Yorker 2 Janury 2014) wri9tes that:'Netanyahu wants Israel recognized as a Jewish state. Strangely, Israel is perhaps the only country in the world that doesn’t recognize itself.' That last ironic sentence implicitly underlines what the al-Jazeera piece said.(Of course the whole massive stupidity of this proposition is that 'Jewish' means 'ethnicity' and 'religion'. Define the state as a Jewish state, without clarifying that this means it is an ethnocracy (bad enough), implies that it is also a religious state, where, as in fact de facto is the the case, Judaism inflects secular law. To require this and on the other hand promote rhetoric from New York to Tel Aviv for decades decrying islamic theocracies is, to say the least, absolutely bizarre.) Nishidani (talk) 21:34, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
Of course I won't cite Wikipedia as a source, I was simply suggesting you to read the article's lead to understand Israel's definition as Jewish and democratic (independence declaration + Basic Laws... it's very simple actually). I quote The Guardian:
The proposed law would be in addition to Israel's declaration of independence of May 1948 – the anniversary of which is celebrated on Tuesday – which defines Israel as a Jewish state.
Israel's definition as a Jewish state exists even before its establishment: Balfour Declaration ("Jewish National Home"), UN Partition Plan (it says "Jewish state" plenty of times).
Israel is a Jewish-nation state the same way than Syria is an Arab republic, despite having a significant non-Arab Kurdish minority (which is not the same than Iran as an Islamic Republic... Israel is not ruled by the Halakha, although some ultra-Orthodox Jews would love that). Israel defines itself as a Jewish state since 1948. I honestly don't know why Netanyahu is obsessed with changing the Basic Laws and I don't care. I know that Wikipedia should state facts, not lies. Israel defines itself as a Jewish state since 1948, and that's a fact.
BTW, I don't mind if you use reliable newspapers as sources, whether they are critical or supportive of Israel. But I don't think Al Jaazera should be considered reliable at all (it's full of lies), let alone an opinion piece published there by Carlstrom (which is not even news). There are a lot of newspapers in English covering this conflict.--AmirSurfLera (talk) 22:03, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
Both Ma'an and al Jazeera are mainstream papers accepted as RS. Most of our sources are from Haaretz and Ynet, with some input from Jerusalem Post. Ma'an has an enormous quantity of detail you do not find in all three Israeli mainstream newspapers. The intelligent thing to do is, when controversy exists, to give input from both. Ynet and JPost do not give significant reportage on the Palestinian side, unlike Haaretz.

Israel is a Jewish-nation state the same way than Syria is an Arab republic,

Nope, and don't speak of 'lies' (I recently corrected a list in the Jewish Virtual Library, and often have checked the official Israeli government site for data, and found both full of errors. Not for this does one speak of 'lies') As I said, the word 'Jewish' can indicate confessional or ethnic or both implications. 'Arab' does not have that double meaning, nor does 'Islamic' for that matter, since it refers purely to confessional values, not to ethnicity. Most of the confusion here stems from the simple fact that there is no clarity in what 'Jewish' means, the term is invariably ambiguous, and this does not apply to other terms. Your analogy is wrong.
As to the Declaration of the State of Independence, it is a profoundly ambiguous document, a piece of overblown romantic rhetoric full of mystification and errors ('Here they wrote and gave the Bible to the world' is not true':large parts of the Bible were written in Babylon, the Wisdom of Solomon in Egypt), and while it is eminently a primary historial source, it is not, unless construed by secondary sources with a knowledge of the way its ideas are translated into legal implications, itself reliable.
The Declaration throughout says the Jewish State established in Eretz Israel is to be known as 'the state of Israel' not 'the Jewish state of Israel'. The use of Eretz Israel for Palestine also implies the state of the Jews can extend to all of historic Palestine and beyond, according to how rabbinical scholars determine the boundaries of Eretz Israel. The legal consequences that flow from these ambiguities are enormous, whichever way the terms are construed (the Arab inhabitants of Eretz Israel are called on to built the Jewish state). The point is, Palestinians take recognition of Israel to be the state declared of 14 of May, not the Jewish state proclaimed to be somewhere, perhaps everywhere, all over historic Palestine on that same date.
Nonetheless the Carlstrom addition is, on its own, problematical. I will look into it, and review my edit when, later today, I have time.Nishidani (talk) 10:13, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
Hi. I'm sorry for the delay in my response. If controversy exists, we shouldn't consider neither Arab nor Israeli news sites, but foreign newspapers in English. Therefore I'm changing the Al Jazeera opinion piece (which both of us consider at least 'problematic') for The Guardian.
Judaism is a religion, the Jewish people is an ethnic group. Even a atheist who is born from a Jewish mother is considered to be Jewish by the Halakha, as well as both religious and secular Jews. In the case of religions like Christianity or Islam, they expanded to many peoples around world, unlike Judaism which is practiced by a single nation, although there is a close relation between Arab identity and Islam (which it doesn't mean they are the same, and there are Arab Christians too). Regarding your personal opinion that the Israeli independence declaration is "a piece of overblown romantic rhetoric full of mystification and errors"... well, I've read many independence declarations of different countries, they all have "romantic" or even "mystical" rhetoric to shape new national identities. I don't think Israel's declaration is the case (it has more historical facts than "romanticism"), but this debate is irrelevant for our purpose: the independence declaration is considered in Israel as a legal document. Israel hasn't a formal constitution, that's why the vague ideas contained in such a declaration (the Jewish state; citizenship without distinction of race, gender or religion; free Jewish immigration, etc... borders aren't mentioned as you said) is considered, together with the Basic Laws, some kind of informal constitution or legal guidance for the state. But regardless of what you think about this declaration, there's one thing that it says without ambiguity: "... by virtue of our national and historic right and the strength of the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in the Land of Israel, to be known as the State of Israel.". That's why The Guardian and many other reliable sources acknowledge this. Israel was established as a Jewish state, that's very clear.
In any case, despite this might be an interesting discussion that could take us months, I'm writing what reliable sources say. Nothing more, nothing less.--AmirSurfLera (talk) 06:45, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

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