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Israel says PA stymying Gaza fishing zone extension

Agencia AJN.-Palestinian official rejects COGAT’s ‘unrealistic’ demand for a monitoring ship off the coast of the Hamas-ruled territory

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Israel accused the Palestinian Authority of holding up the planned temporary expansion of the permitted fishing area surrounding the Gaza Strip, as the plan got postponed for the third time on Sunday.

The Defense Ministry’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) had announced that beginning November 1 it would increase the distance Palestinian fisherman were allowed to travel from the shore, from 11 kilometers (six miles) to 17 kilometers (nine miles), for up to two months.

Sunday’s announcement marks the third time Israel has postponed the expansion. The first delay, on October 30, was chalked up to inclement weather, while the postponements on November 3 and on Sunday were due to the Palestinians’ “lack of compliance,” COGAT said.

Though initially reticent to comment on which requirements the Palestinian Authority had failed to uphold, COGAT said an agreement had been reached whereby the Palestinians “would have a boat on the side of Gaza to ensure that there are no infractions in the enlarged fishing zone, and to maintain order between the fishermen.”

But the Palestinians have yet to provide this monitoring ship, and thus, “the enlargement is currently postponed,” COGAT said.

Such a demand apparently did not exist in previous agreements on extending the fishing zone.

Israel similarly expanded the zone in April — the other high point of the fishing season — and again in June, without a hitch.

In a statement, Muhammad al-Maqadma, a spokesperson for the Palestinian civil affairs administration, called the request an “unrealistic precondition,” saying the Palestinian Authority could not furnish such a ship.

It’s not entirely clear how COGAT expects the PA to monitor the waters off the coast of Gaza, as its rival, the Hamas terrorist group, has been ruling the coastal enclave since 2007.

“Israel is prepared to expand the fishing zone when the necessary parts of the agreement are held by the Palestinian side,” COGAT said in an email.

The extension was not meant to apply to fisherman in Gaza’s north, only in the southern half of the Strip.

The temporary expansion was expected to bring in hundreds of thousands of shekels in revenue for Palestinian fishermen, according to Israeli figures.

The Strip of 1.8 million people has one of the world’s highest unemployment rates — approximately 40 percent — and poverty is widespread.

Some half of the roughly 4,000 fishermen working in Gaza live below the poverty line.

Israel and Egypt maintain a security blockade on the territory, in order to prevent Hamas, which has fired thousands of rockets into Israel, dug attack tunnels into Israel and waged three wars against it, from importing more weaponry.

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Jewish communities congratulates the President elect of Argentina Alberto Fernandez

AJN Agency.- The principal jewish communities congratulated Fernandez after his victory in the national elections as he got elected President.

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AJN Agency.- The Delegation of Argentinian Israelis Asociations (DAIA) congratulates the President elect Alberto Fernández for the winning in the national elections of the last sunday.

DAIA’s President wish to work together in the fight against antisemitism, every time of discrimination and xenophobie in defense of human rights.

“We congratulate the President elect, Dr. Alberto Fernández. Is our wish to work together in the fight against antisemitism, every time of discrimination and xenophobie in defense of human rights”, said Jorge Knoblovits in representation of the jewish community of Argentina.

Knoblovits talk with the AJN News Agency and insist on his greets to Fernández and said he hope to: «have success in his work for Argentina».

The President of AMIA (Mutual Association Israeli Argentina), Ariel Eichbaum, felicitate this tuesday the elected President Alberto Fernández for the success in the national elections while he transmited his with of «every sector» accompany the transition process.

Talking with AJN News Agency, Eichbaum transmited the predisposition of AMIA for ‘cooperating’ with programs that facilitate a «bigest social inclusion».

“From AMIA we want to congratulate the President elect Alberto Fernández for the results in the election of the last sunday, in which argentian society could, in peace, expres their will and compromise with democracy and respect for the institutions”, said Eichbaum.

The Israeli Embassy in Argentina congratulate the President elect Alberto Fernández por the winning in the national elections that took place on sunday.

The Embassy published on Twitter: “We congratulate the President elect @alferdez and all the argentinian people for this new celebration of democracy”.

Also the Embassy added: “We will keep working together honoring the friendship between the people of Israel and Argentina”.

The ambassador Galit Ronen also greets the candidate of «Frente de Todos», Alberto Fernández, who win the elections in the first round with over the 48 per cent of the vots, beating the still President Mauricio Macri, who seeked reelection.

“It’s always important to celebrate the democracy. ¡Congratulation to @alferdez and all the Argentinian people!”, said Ronen on Twitter.

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Argentinian President Macri visited the historical synagogue of Basavilbaso

AJN Agency.- Only a few days away of Rosh Hashana and with Iom Kipur coming soon, Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina participate of the meeting at the synagogue Tefila L’Moisés at Basavilbaso, Province of Entre Ríos.

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AJN Agency.- The argentinian President, Mauricio Macri, assisted to the Synagogue Tefila L’ Moisés de Basavilbaso, one of the olders of Argentina, making himself the first argentinian president in visit that synagogue.

Macri send his best wishes for the jewish new year celebration and added: «I want to thank you for reciving me here, in your home. For us it has been very important this years working with the community».

Claudio Avruj, secretary of Human Rights of Argentina discribed that the visit of Macri «Represents with out dudes a huge tribute to the jewish inmigration in the historic colonies of Entre Ríos and a deep recognition to the permanent support to the development of the local communities».

At meeting were present the Rabbi Sergio Bergman, secretary of goverment in Environment and Sustainable Development, and the Minister of Interior, Public Works and Housing of Argentina, Rogelio Frigerio, among others.

In a letter written by Avruj, he assured his pride for the president and remarked the pluralism and respect of Macri.

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