Muslim anti-Semitism is only decades old, Obama claims

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Experts are scoffing at President Barack Obama’s apparent belief that widespread Muslim hatred of Jews is only decades old.

“Obama reveals that he has no idea, or doesn’t want to give the impression that he has any idea, about the reality of Islamic anti-Semitism,” said Robert Spencer, the author of many books on Islamic ideas and director of Jihad Watch.

“Anti-Semitism is hard-wired into Islam,” from its origins before 700, said Andrew Bostom, author of three books about Islam, including “The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism,” which lists centuries of anti-Semitic hatred, murders, pogroms and apartheid-like discrimination.

Intellectuals, politicians and diplomats are loath to admit the centrality of anti-Semitism in Islamic beliefs, because it fuels conflict with Israel and the West and it can’t be fixed by Westerners, Bostom said. ”You’re dealing with an intractable situation, and people hate intractable situations,” he said, adding “diplomats are the worst.”

In an interview with The New Yorker magazine, Obama described the Muslim hatred of Israel as byproduct of recent fights, not as a consequence of Islam’s doctrinal objection to any Jewish government.

“With respect to Israel, the interests of Israel in stability and security are actually very closely aligned with the interests of the Sunni states,” Obama said.

The “Sunni states” are nations populated by Arabs who believe in the mainstream Sunni version of Islam. In contrast, Iran advocates the Shia version of Islam, which is endorsed by roughly 10 percent of Muslims.

“What’s preventing them from entering into even an informal alliance [against Shia-run Iran] with at least normalized diplomatic relations is not that their interests are profoundly in conflict but the Palestinian issue, as well as a long history of anti-Semitism that’s developed over the course of decades there, and anti-Arab sentiment that’s increased inside of Israel based on seeing [Jewish] buses being blown up,” Obama said.

“If you can start unwinding some of that, that creates a new equilibrium,” he said.

“The Palestinian issue,” is the refusal by Muslims to recognize the right of Jews to have a Jewish government in the historically Jewish homeland around Jerusalem.

However, the refusal to recognize Israel is entwined with Islamic anti-Semitism, which Obama claimed “has developed over the course of decades there.”

Obama’s “course of decades” comment “ignores the numerous anti-Semitic teachings of the Quran and other Islamic texts — most notably the Quran’s designation of the Jews as the worst enemies of the believers,” Spencer said.

For example, Spencer cited the fifth chapter of the Quran, which declares that “If [Jews] believed in Allah and the Prophet and that which is revealed unto him, they would not choose them for their friends. But many of them are of evil conduct. Thou wilt find the most vehement of mankind in hostility to those who believe (to be) the Jews and the idolaters.”

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Arabs Tell Jews In Legislative Session “We Will Be Here After You”

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A MUST WATCH video during which Jamal Zahalka, an Arab-Israeli Knesset member (Balad) stands up during a legislative session and informs his fellow minister, a Jewish-Israeli in the room, that “we were here before you, and we will be here after you too!”

Zahalka was “replying” to a statement made by Moti Yogev, (Bet Yehudi) anothernetanyahu replies to arab knesset member who says arabs will be around after jews Knesset member who was speaking in favor of a new law that is currently being considered by the Israeli legislative body.

The new law would dictate that a popular vote must be taken before Israel agrees to any future “land swaps” or “land returns” with the Palestinians. If the popular vote does not favor the notion, the hands of lawmakers would be tied.

Zahalka initially stated that such a law should not even be considered since Israel is discussing “conquered and sieged land” which by international law does not even belong to Israel. Zahalka suggested that as long as international law was being considered, perhaps the return of the so-called settlements should be voted on by various countries, and not the Israeli people.

Yogev replied to Zahalka: “The land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel and you are the stranger here.”

Zahalka responded with: “We were here before you, and we will be here after you too!”

This statement led to a heated exchange of words between Zahalka and Yuval Steinitz, (Likud Beitenu) another Knesset member. Zahalka’s statement caused a general uproar in the legislative body while in session.

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu interrupted the session to reply to this statement.

Watch what he says! (Subtitles included.)

Netanyau began by saying he had no intention of speaking at the legislative meeting, however, he said, responding directly to Zahalka: “You said you were here before us, and that you would be here after us too. The first part – is wrong. The second part – will not happen.”

 

After Netanyahu’s strong reply, MK Zahalka requested to “clarify” his statement, and said that he was not referring to Steinitz as a “Jew” but rather as “a racist.” Zahalka also stated that he believes that peace can be achieved if Jews and Arabs stand together as one people, “without racists.”

MK Zahalka is known for his criticism of Israeli policy, often referring to Gaza and the West Bank as “an apartheid system.”

No Good Reason: Why Are 104 Palestinian Terrorists Being Released?

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What is truly puzzling about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposing to release more than 100 of the worst Palestinian terrorists to have ever murdered Israelis is that it is impossible to figure out any reason for him to do so. It is not just that one might oppose this plan, it is that I cannot think of a single reason for supporting it. Let’s go very carefully through the arguments, and try to find a reasonable one.

It is true, of course, that Israel has released prisoners before. Yet under different circumstances.

In one case, prisoners — sometimes in very large  numbers — were released in exchange for Israeli soldiers. This could be controversial, but also one could make a case for it. The prisoners might have been convicted on less serious charges, or they might have been near the end of their imprisonment. There was a nobility in putting the value of Israelis high, keeping the promise of doing everything possible to rescue them. And while the families of the victims could be considered, so could the families of the captives.

A second rationale for such releases is for a calculation of diplomatic gain. Perhaps the release of some prisoners will help bring a ceasefire, or get serious negotiations going — when we thought that these were possible — or get some valuable gains or material benefits from the West.

I have supported such past releases, painful and dangerous as they were.

But the curiosity here: why is Israel releasing the worst terrorists for no gain? Not even good publicity?

Surely it isn’t for domestic popularity. Because Israelis hate this decision.

Nor is it related to the previous Netanyahu strategy, which has been to humor Obama, play along, keep him happy, make minimal and low-cost concessions, and let the PA show it doesn’t want to make peace.

Nor will it get Israel any good publicity in Europe or America. On the contrary, the mass media will not tell the readers and viewers the extent of the crimes perpetrated by these terrorists, or generate sympathy for the real victims. If anything, the coverage will emphasize sympathy for the terrorists’ families, and leave the impression that the terrorists were political prisoners arrested for no good reason by the cruel occupation authorities.

Is the PA offering something? No.

Any hint that the PA will suspend the demand that all Palestinians can come live in Israel (and subvert it), or that it will recognize Israel as a Jewish state, or that the pre-1970 lines will be altered in Israel’s favor? No.

Any concession will be pocketed, and then the PA will demand more. We know that. The strategy of unilateral creation of Palestine, without any deal at all, will continue.

Perhaps some big prize will be given by the United States? Well, like what? In Egypt and Syria the United States is supporting the Muslim Brotherhood against Israel’s interests. In Turkey, Obama loves an anti-Israel Turkish government.

Is there some secret American promise? Well, what is an Obama promise worth? Obama has gone back on a pledge to support a frontier change to allow Israel to include large settlement blocs. And then there was Turkey, where President Obama personally mediated a deal in which Israel made concessions, than he did nothing when Turkey ignored all the provisions and openly broke the agreement.

Remember how Obama asked Israel for a construction freeze on settlements … and then gave it no credit when it did so? Twice?

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Senior Palestinian Official: “If We Had a Nuke, We’d Have Used It This Very Morning” (Video)

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Palestinian official Jibril Rajoub told Al-Mayadeen television channel that if the Palestinians had nukes “We’d have used it this very morning.”

Palestinian Media Watch video below:

Israel National News reported:

A senior Palestinian Authority has praised the use of violence against Israel, asserting that if the PA had the military wherewithal to rise up against the Jewish state, it would not hesitate to do so.

“I swear that if we had a nuke, we’d have used it this very morning,” vowed Jibril Rajoub during an interview with the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV channel, as reported by the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).

Jibril Rajoub is the Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and Chairman of the PA Olympic Committee.

And Obama thinks he can rationalize with peace talks with these people? It’s not happening. They want to see the destruction of Israel just like many other Islamic nations. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made quite a few statements about Israel.

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2008 On Israel’s 60th birthday he said, “Today the reason for the Zionist regime’s existence is questioned, and this regime is on its way to annihilation.”

2011 He said on television “… like a cancer cell that spreads through the body, this regime infects any region. It must be removed from the body.”

on another occasion he said, “This entity [Israel] can be compared to a kidney transplanted in a body that rejected it. “Yes it will collapse and its end will be near.”

2012 September 24, 2012, during the opening week of the United Nations General Assembly, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ignored a warning by the United Nations to cease from harsh rhetoric and in reference to the founding of Israel in 1948, stated that Israel did not have any modern roots in the Middle East and would be “eliminated”. He claimed that, historically, Israelis were “minimal disturbances that come into the picture and are then eliminated.” His comments were condemned by the United States as “disgusting, offensive, and outrageous,” and by Israel as proving that Ahmadinejad “not only threatens the future of the Jewish people, he seeks to erase our past. Three thousand years of Jewish history illustrate the clear danger of ignoring fanatics like Iran’s president, especially as he inches closer to acquiring nuclear weapons.”

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“Wiped off the map” controversy

Ahmadinejad was subjected to a controversy when one of his statements, given during “The World Without Zionism” conference in Tehran, was translated to suggest Israel should be “wiped off the map,” an English idiom which means to “cause a place to stop existing,” or “destroy completely”. The story was picked up by Western news agencies and quickly made headlines around the world.On 30 October, The New York Times published a full transcript of the speech in which Ahmadinejad was quoted:

Our dear Imam (referring to Ayatollah Khomeini) said that the occupying regime must be wiped off the map and this was a very wise statement. We cannot compromise over the issue of Palestine. Is it possible to create a new front in the heart of an old front. This would be a defeat and whoever accepts the legitimacy of this regime has in fact, signed the defeat of the Islamic world. Our dear Imam targeted the heart of the world oppressor in his struggle, meaning the occupying regime. I have no doubt that the new wave that has started in Palestine, and we witness it in the Islamic world too, will eliminate this disgraceful stain from the Islamic world.

According the Official Iranian Presidential website, Ahmadinejad’s actual phrase was, Israel should be erased from the page of history.

Hamas Dares Israel to Invade

Yesterday, the top leader of Hamas dared Israel on Monday to launch a ground invasion of Gaza while dismissing the idea of a cease-fire. Now, of course, Hamas has reversed itself, suggesting that a ceasefire has been agreed-to; their Baghdad Bob puffed-chest routine was empty all along. But it was still telling.

Speaking in Cairo, far from the battle scene, Khaled Meshal taunted that the mobilization of the Israeli Army outside Gaza was a bluff by Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu and denied that Hamas had been responsible for starting the hostilities:

If you wanted to launch it, you would have done it. The demand of the people of Gaza is meeting their legitimate demands — for Israel to be restrained from its aggression, assassinations and invasions, and for the siege over Gaza to be ended.

A Qassam leader Mosheer Al Masri blustered:

Tel Aviv, which we hit, will be hit over and over until you stop your crimes against our civilians. Your threats will not scare us, they will just make us stronger and more resistant. Your leaders are misleading you and will take you to hell. Our message to Netanyahu is that we will defeat you like we defeated your ancestors. We still have so much in our pockets and we will show you if we have to.

Masri may want to study his history; the Jews were defeated by the Assyrians and the Romans; the Arab Muslim world has been unsuccessful fighting against armed Jews. Their greatest successes were the slaughters of unarmed Jews, as in Hebron in 1929 or Mohammed slaughtering the village of the Banu Qurayza tribe in Medina, A.D. 627, where, (according to Sirat Rasul Allah) he beheaded 700 of them.

It’s a little different when Jews can fight back.

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Israel to End ‘Aggression’ Tuesday: Egypt’s Morsi

Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi said Israel’s “aggression” against Gaza will end on Tuesday and Cairo-mediated truce efforts will produce results within hours, the official MENA news agency reported.

“The farce of the Israeli aggression will end today, Tuesday, and the efforts to reach a ceasefire between the Palestinians and Israelis will produce positive results within a few hours,” it quoted him as saying.

A Hamas official said chief Khaled Meshaal and his negotiators were currently in a meeting with the Egyptian intelligence chief mediating the talks. “But it’s no secret we’re on the verge of an agreement,” he said.

He said Hamas was still insisting Israel lift its six-year blockade of the Palestinian enclave for a truce, although it was not clear whether the Jewish state has agreed to this.

Israel on Thursday halted a threatened Gaza ground offensive to give the truce talks a chance, after an overnight meeting of senior Israeli ministers weighed the Egyptian proposal.

Even as the Hamas official in Cairo was speaking, Israel dropped leaflets ordering Gaza City residents to evacuate immediately. Earlier, a rocket fired from Gaza struck just south of Jerusalem.

“For your own safety, you are required to immediately evacuate your homes and move toward Gaza City centre,” the Arabic-language leaflet said, specifying certain roads that should be used.

Morsi’s announcement comes amid intense diplomatic efforts that brought UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on a visit to Cairo on Monday and Israel on Tuesday to bolster efforts to end the week-long conflict.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on a Southeast Asia tour with President Barack Obama, was also travelling to the region to meet leaders including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The best way to solve this is through diplomacy, so that you have a peaceful settlement that ends that rocket fire and allows for a broader calm in the region,” senior Obama aide Ben Rhodes said.

Arab countries meanwhile ratcheted pressure on Israel by sending a delegation of foreign ministers headed by Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi to Gaza earlier on Tuesday.

An overnight lull in the fighting was broken during the morning by new Israel air strikes on Gaza City and the north that killed three people, the Hamas-run emergency services said.

At least 116 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed in the conflict as Israel carried out air strikes and naval bombardment of Gaza.

Since the violence erupted on November 14 with an Israeli targeted killing of a top Hamas military commander, militants have fired more than 1,000 rockets at the Jewish state, killing three people and injuring dozens.

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Israel: Peace by Thursday, or Ground Assault on Gaza

Israel has now set a Thursday deadline for the Egypt-brokered talks; if by that point no peace has been brokered, Israel’s ground troops are set to assault the Gaza Strip. “There is still no breakthrough and Egypt is working to find middle ground,” reported an Egyptian source. Despite the 48-hour deadline, the violence has not stopped.

Hamas continues to fire rockets into Israel, freshly resupplied by Iran. According to Israeli ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub, “over one million Israelis have been forced to live under similar conditions [to the World War II blitz in London], seeking refuge in bomb shelters as a result of thousands of Hamas rocket and mortar attacks.”

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Report: Hamas Preparing Chemical Weapons

According to Britain’s Sunday Times, Israeli special forces are already on the ground in Gaza seeking out rockets and weapons for targeting. The Times is also reporting that Hamas may place chemical weapons on its long-range missiles. “Hamas might go for a desperate attempt to launch rockets with chemical warheads if the worst came to the worst,” one unnamed source reported.

It has been reported that Hamas is hiding its rockets underground, particularly near civilian areas including mosques, hoping that Israel will not strike such targets out of concern for civilian life.

The same report gave a timeline of the killing of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari:

On a giant television screen at air force headquarters in Tel Aviv, Amir Eshel, its commander, supervised the operation. He gave the order: ‘Kill the bastard.’ At 3.55pm the drone operators hit the kill button. The Kia burst into flames as two missiles hit the car. Jabari and a son who was with him died on the spot.

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Around the world, protests held for and against Israel’s Gaza operation

Usain Bolt wouldn’t always make it to safety in time, pro-Israel protesters told at rallies in Australia; in South Africa, Tutu slams ‘fanatics on both sides’

TA – Rallies in support of and against Israel’s ramped-up military operation in the Gaza Strip were held throughout the world at the weekend.

In Australia, about 4,000 Jews in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra joined in solidarity with Israel on Sunday in what rallies that were dubbed as “Code Red” by the Zionist Federation of Australia. The participants, many dressed in red, heard the 15-second “code red” siren that has echoed across Israel this week as Hamas continued to fire rockets across the Gaza border.

A message from Israeli Ambassador Yuval Rotem was read at the rallies.

“The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, runs 200 meters in under 20 seconds,” the message said. “If Usain is that far from a shelter when a rocket alarm sounds in southern Israel, he won’t make it to safety in time. Enough is enough. Israel exercises its most fundamental duty as a nation to defend its people, and we are not going to apologize for that because this is what every other government and every other nation would do for its own citizens.”

In Sydney, Gabrielle Upton, the chair of the New South Wales Parliamentary Friends of Israel Group, drew widespread applause from the crowd crammed inside the Mizrachi Synagogue in Bondi when she said she would be presenting a motion in state parliament this week condemning Hamas.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Friday condemned Hamas and supported Israel’s right to defend itself against “indiscriminate attacks” by Hamas on Israeli civilians, which she said were “utterly unacceptable.” Tony Abbott, the leader of the Opposition Liberal Party, also issued a statement condemning the missile attacks from Gaza, which have claimed three Israeli lives.

“We of course regret the escalation of conflict, but Israel has every right to defend herself against the threat while continuing to take every effort to avoid civilian casualties,” Abbott said.

Dr. Ron Weiser, a past president of the Zionist Federation of Australia, praised both major political parties for their “very strong and unambiguous statements of support for an Israel under enormous barbaric and violent attack.”

In Germany, some 500 people demonstrated support for Israel on Sunday in Berlin’s commercial center at a rally organized by the Mideast Freedom Forum, an interfaith pro-Israel organization. On the same day, a pro-Palestinian march in the city attracted some 700 people.

Stephan Kramer, general secretary of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, was among the speakers at the pro-Israel rally.

“If there is someone who does not care about the Palestinian people, it is certainly not Israel … but rather Hamas, which uses civilians as a protective shield,” he said. “Solidarity with Israel is not just an expression of friendship but of conscience.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle have underscored their support for Israel and pointed to Hamas’ rocket attacks as the trigger for the current escalation.

In Belgium, some participants at an anti-Israel demonstration on Sunday in Antwerp reportedly called for Jews to be gassed. Approximately 150 demonstrators — extreme rightists and extreme leftists — convened outside the Provinciehuis concert hall in the Flemish capital to protest the IDF orchestra’s performance there, according to the online edition of the Flemish-Jewish magazine Joods Actueel.

Several demonstrators can be heard chanting “Hamas, Hamas, all Jews to the gas” in recordings from the gathering posted on the Joods Actueel site.

The audio will be filed to police along with an official complaint over hate speech, the paper reported.

Of the extreme left and right coming together for the demonstration, Michael Freilich, Joods Actueel’s editor in chief, wrote, “We are not surprised by this. When it comes to anti-Jewish and anti-Israel sentiments, we find these groups together.”

Several European cities, including The Hague and Brussels, have seen protests against the Israeli offensive .

In Poland, about 20 Israel supporters came out Saturday in front of the Israeli Embassy in Warsaw.

“Our demonstration was a spontaneous citizens’ initiative,” Marcin Kozlinski, who came to support Israel, told JTA. “We brought Polish and Israeli flags and sang Israeli songs.”

“It was obvious to all that we must appear in front of the embassy and protest against the lies and manipulations of Solidarity with Palestine and mark the right of Israel to defend itself,” Pawel Czyszek told JTA.

Czyszek was referring to a pro-Palestinian demonstration across the street being held at the same time by about the same number of members of Solidarity with Palestine. The rally was led by Omar Faris of the Palestinian Social and Cultural Association in Poland.

On Friday, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said that Israel, like every country, has the right to defend itself.

In South Africa, demonstrations against the Israeli operation were held Friday in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Duran. Pro-Palestinian coalitions in South Africa say they are planning more events for the coming days.

The Palestinian Solidarity Alliance in South Africa and Cosatu, South Africa’s main workers union, were among the groups and individuals that called on the nation to expel the Israeli ambassador.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel laureate, appealed for a stop to what he called the recent cycle of violence in the Middle East.

“Once again, the innocent people of Israel and Palestine are paying with their blood to advance the divisive and exclusive agendas of the intolerant few,” Tutu said in a statement. “Once again, fanatics on both sides blame each other and claim to be acting with the approval of God.”

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EU countries urge Israel not to invade Gaza

BRUSSELS – Two leading EU countries have urged Israel not to launch ground operations in Gaza.

Speaking ahead of a foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Monday (19 November), the UK’s Wiliam Hague told Sky news on Sunday that “a ground invasion of Gaza would lose Israel a lot of the international support and sympathy that they have in this situation.”

France’s Laurent Fabius while on a visit to Tel Aviv also on Sunday told press: “War is not an option. It’s never the solution.”

The EU in a joint statement last week blamed Hamas, the militant group which controls Gaza, for starting the fighting.

“The rocket attacks by Hamas and other factions in Gaza which began this current crisis are totally unacceptable,” its communique said.

But Hague and Fabius took different lines in their public remarks.

“It is Hamas that bears … the principle responsibility for starting all of this,” Hague said. “Responsibility is shared. There are rockets fired from Gaza and there are extremely deadly attacks against the people of Gaza,” Fabius noted.

For its part, the UN’s office in East Jerusalem says the escalation began when Israel assassinated a senior Hamas commander on 14 November.

The US-based NGO Human Rights Watch says it began when Israeli fire killed a 13-year-old Palestinian boy on 8 November.

With 95 Palestinian and three Israeli deaths so far, the crisis is to dominate the EU ministers’ talks, pushing other Middle East issues into the background.

Ministers had planned to discuss Palestine’s plan to call a UN vote on 29 November on upgrading its status to “observer state.”

But Hague said the UN bid is a bad idea in the current context. “I think it would be a mistake for the Palestinians to try at this moment … because it would be so divisive among all the people whose help they need to get the peace process going,” he told Sky.

Palestine’s draft UN resolution has some sympathy in Brussels, however.

One senior EU contact told EUobserver the text is “mild” because it does not call for countries which do not recognize Palestinian sovereignty to do so and does not call on Israel to take back the millions of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. At the same time, it gives a nod to UN resolution 181, which describes Israel as a “Jewish state.”

Ministers had also planned to take note of an EU report on Jewish settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank.

Giving a broader context to the decades-old enmity between the two sides, the report says the Israeli army does little to protect Palestinian victims.

It urges individual EU countries to consider travel bans on settler extremists, an EU source noted.

Foreign ministers will also look at developments in Mali, Syria and Ukraine. But decisions on the three dossiers are to be left for later.

There is no EU consensus on recognizing the newly-formed National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces as the legitimate government of Syria despite the fact France took the step last week.

Detailed plans on how many troops and what kind of financial or intelligence support to give to Mali to reconquer its northern provinces from Toureg and Islamist warlords are due in December.

Ministers will also wait until next month to decide what to do with an EU-Ukraine political and trade agreement following flawed elections in the EU neighbor.

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