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  • How...to Defeat a Knife-wielding Terrorist

    12/05/2016 8:29:23 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 43 replies
    World Israel News ^ | 4/12/16 | Kfir Itzhaki
    Kfir Itzhaki, a courageous expert in Krav Maga defense, shows exactly how he neutralized a knife-wielding Palestinian terrorist and explains why he chose to take a chance on his own life. Video
  • Israel may acquire more F-15Is: sources

    12/05/2016 8:10:05 AM PST · by Freeport · 5 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 05 December, 2016 | Arie Egozi
    Israel is contemplating the acquisition of additional Boeing F-15Is to support its future combat requirements. Although the country's air force investment is currently focused on the acquisition of 50 Lockheed Martin F-35s, Tel Aviv believes it needs more than one strike aircraft in its inventory. During briefings ahead of the 12 December arrival of Israel’s first F-35s, air force officials indicated that they were considering buying more of the legacy Boeing fighters. According to sources familiar with the matter, although the F-35’s stealth capabilities will be vital in the initial phase of a conflict, the air force will subsequently need...
  • Kerry: Bennett's ideas are 'profoundly disturbing'

    12/05/2016 5:37:47 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/12/16 | David Rosenberg
    Video (hear his brain actually farting; youtube link below) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ey6SaEZFZNs Secretary of State John Kerry made a foray into internal Israeli politics on Sunday night, slamming the Israeli cabinet and singling out Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) by name, saying that Bennett’s recent statements on the future of Judea and Samaria were “profoundly disturbing”. Kerry spoke Sunday evening at the annual Saban Forum, hosted by the left-leaning Brookings Institute, one of whose overseas branches is in Qatar. The Secretary spoke at length about his feelings towards Israel and Zionism, and his belief that Israel is headed in the wrong...
  • Keith Ellison: Perfect for the DNC

    12/04/2016 10:39:25 PM PST · by detective · 13 replies
    Frontpage ^ | December 5, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    Throughout the Obama administration, the American Left has grown increasingly hostile to Israel and unwilling to acknowledge the reality of the jihad threat; now these tendencies could become the central focus of the Democratic Party, if Rep. Keith Ellison’s (D-MN) becomes Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). That became even clearer than it already was last week with new revelations of just how anti-Israel and tied to the Muslim Brotherhood Ellison really is. The Investigative Project has released audio of Ellison speaking at a fundraiser for his 2010 Congressional reelection campaign, saying that a vote for him was a...
  • In Harsh Terms, Kerry Says Israel Is Undermining Peace Efforts

    12/04/2016 8:58:59 PM PST · by detective · 37 replies
    MSN News ^ | December 5, 2016 | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday accused right-wing Israelis of deliberately thwarting efforts to broker a peace deal with the Palestinians. In unusually stark terms, Mr. Kerry warned that the building of Israeli settlements was undermining any hope of an agreement to allow two states to live side by side.
  • Benjamin Netanyahu To discuss 'Bad' Iran Nuclear Deal With Donald Trump

    12/04/2016 4:49:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    Benjamin Netanyahu To discuss 'Bad' Iran Nuclear Deal With Donald Trump During the US election campaign, Trump called the nuclear pact a “disaster” and “the worst deal ever negotiated”. He has also said it would be hard to overturn an agreement enshrined in a United Nations resolution. Speaking to the Saban Forum on the Middle East in Washington via satellite from Jerusalem, Netanyahu said: “Israel is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons ... That has not changed and will not change. “As far as President-elect Trump, I look forward to speaking to him about what to do about...
  • Secretary Kerry: 'settlements' obstacle to peace

    12/04/2016 4:11:34 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/12/16
    Outgoing US Secretary State John Kerry expressed disappointment Sunday that his efforts over the past four years have not put an end to the construction of homes in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Speaking at the Saban Forum, Kerry said that Israel is "heading to a place of danger" and that the chances for peace are eroding "by virtue of this continued settlement process." "I don't agree with him that settlements are not an obstacle to peace," Kerry said. "Let's not kid ourselves here– you can't just wipe it away by saying it doesn't have an impact. It has...
  • Kerry’s parting conclusion on peace: It’s Netanyahu’s fault

    12/04/2016 1:36:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 12/4/16 | Rebecca Shimoni Stoil
    WASHINGTON — It was an introspective US Secretary of State John Kerry who came to the closing session of the last Saban Forum of the Obama administration. For four years as secretary of state, the Massachusetts politician had made the short trek to the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in early December, updating an audience that leaned Democratic – and pro-Israel – about the hottest issues on the burner, whether they were peace talks or Iran nuclear negotiations. Introspective Kerry knew that this was his last time to explain before Washington’s think-tank elite why on his watch, the United States had once...
  • A look at Steve Bannon and his years at Harvard Business School

    11/27/2016 3:30:05 AM PST · by Fzob · 37 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/26/2016 | Matt Viser
    From the very first day, Steve Bannon made an impression. In a Harvard Business School classroom of about 90 people in 1983, he took a seat in the “skydeck” — a spot at the top giving him a view of the entire class. The marketing professor pointed up at Bannon, calling on him — without warning — and asking that he present the case study they were supposed to have read before coming to class. The case was on Fieldcrest blankets, the acrylic bedding available at most department stores. “This,” Bannon began, “is a sleepy industry.” The tense classroom cracked...
  • Arabs insist activists stop visiting Amona

    12/03/2016 3:26:10 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/12/16
    Activists from the Arab village of Silwad, with help from leftists NGO Yesh Din, sent a letter to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit requesting the government stop activists stop heading to Amona. They also asked that the temporary structures built to house activists be destroyed immediately. According to the Arabs, activists go to Amona for the express purpose of resisting the Israeli Supreme Court's orders. The Supreme Court has ordered that Amona's residents be expelled and their homes destroyed on December 25. In the letter, the Arabs "reminded" Mandelblit that he had requested to delay the expulsion and destruction of Amona,...
  • An Opportunity, Not a Crisis for Israel in French Move to Encourage Boycott

    12/02/2016 5:30:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 2, 2016 | Mike Konrad
    Israel is upset that France will be requiring goods and produce made by Israelis in the Judean and Samarian [West Bank] areas to be labeled as such, not as products of Israel. The Israeli government is furious, and considers the requirement to be a possible death knell for those goods. Paris published guidelines on enforcing European Union (EU) regulations on produce from the West Bank, including annexed east Jerusalem, which the international community considers occupied Palestinian land, and the Golan Heights, which Israel seized from Syria in 1967. -- The Independent The European Union considers the Eastern side of Jerusalem,...
  • Obama Administration Turns Palestinian-American Terrorist Into Victim

    12/02/2016 4:37:49 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 11-30-16 | Stephen M. Flatow
    After years of silence, the Obama administration has finally spoken out about an American citizen who was killed in Israel. There’s just one catch: The focus of the administration’s sudden concern is not for an American who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist. Its focus is a Palestinian-American terrorist who tried to murder Israelis. On February 26, Mahmoud Shalan, a Palestinian with US citizenship, attempted to stab Israeli soldiers to death at a security checkpoint near Ramallah. The soldiers shot back in self-defense, wounding Shalan. IDF doctors and Magen David Adom emergency personnel administered first aid to the terrorist, but...
  • Ancient Inscription Identifies Gargilius Antiques as Roman Ruler on Eve of Bar Kochva Revolt

    12/02/2016 4:30:23 AM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | December 1st, 2016
    University of Haifa researchers have made an important discovery underwater: a rare inscription from the period preceding the Bar Kochva revolt offers for the first time the definite identification of Gargilius Antiques as the Roman prefect of Judea at that time. The inscription was found in a University of Haifa underwater excavation at Tel Dor, on Israel’s Mediterranean coast, about 20 miles south of Haifa. “For the first time, we can state with certainty the name of the Roman prefect of Judea during the critical period leading up to the Bar Kochva revolt,” stated Prof. Assaf Yasur-Landau of the University...
  • SECRET SERVICE INVESTIGATED WILDERS' ISRAELI CONTACTS

    12/02/2016 4:16:45 AM PST · by AC Beach Patrol
    NL Times ^ | 12/02/2016 | Janene Pieters
    In 2009 and 2010 intelligence service AIVD investigated PVV leader Geert Wilders' contacts in Israel, the Volkskrant reports based on its own research. The AIVD was concerned about Wilders' loyalty and that he was possibly being influenced by Israel, according to the newspaper. The AIVD investigating a serving politician is quite remarkable, according to the newspaper. The service is usually hesitant about doing so due to the risk of the government asking that the opposition be investigated. It is considered an "absolute no-go", according to the newspaper. No detection aids, like telephone tapping or surveillance, were used for this investigation.
  • Watch: UN Demands Israel Give Golan Back to Syria (truncated)!

    12/01/2016 6:03:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 51 replies
    ..... That date marked the 69th anniversary of the UN vote in to approve the Partition Plan, dividing the British-ruled Palestine Mandate into a Jewish state and an Arab state. Click below and learn about the absurd scene at the UN, where the world body issues the ludicrous demand that Israel give the strategic Golan Heights to Syria, the most unstable country in the region. Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7ApsHhA5iY
  • A Minute of Silence for Fidel Castro, Then UN Resumes Condemnation of Israel

    12/01/2016 8:31:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 30, 2016 | 4:19 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    After a minute of silence in honor of Fidel Castro, United Nations member-states on Tuesday turned to the regular General Assembly agenda item entitled “the question of Palestine,” in preparation for votes on several resolutions condemning Israel. “I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Fidel Castro,” began the president of the General Assembly, Peter Thomson of Fiji. He described the Cuban dictator as “one of the iconic leaders of the 20th century, with a great love for his homeland and the Cuban people, he dedicated his life to their welfare and development.” […] On a day when the U.N. marks...
  • Understanding the Israeli-Balkans Strategic Partnership

    12/01/2016 6:56:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 1, 2016 | C. Hart
    As U.S. president-elect Donald Trump begins to formulate his Middle East foreign policy, he will be wise to assess what areas of the world have become strategically important to America’s ally, Israel. One of those areas is the Balkans region. Israel has strong diplomatic and security cooperation with Balkan states, sharing mutual threats such as the rise of radical Islam. The Balkans route is a path for arms, drug smuggling, and human trafficking. It has also been traveled by tens of thousands of Middle East migrants hoping for a better life in Europe. Some migrants have been radicalized fighting in...
  • Jimmy Carter's Anti-Semitism

    12/01/2016 6:00:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 1, 2016 | Fay Voshell
    It appears former president Jimmy Carter, now 92 years old, has yet to meet a tyrant he doesn’t admire. His continuing embrace of terrorist regimes makes some wonder when we will see the cessation of his continual self-exhumations from political burial in order to once again resume his prophetic declamations on behalf of odious regimes, past and present. Carter’s latest declamation on the demise of the pitiless tyrant Fidel Castro reveals once again his lifelong empathy for totalitarian regimes: “Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro. We...
  • India eyes Israeli tank, APC systems

    12/01/2016 5:48:23 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Globes, Israel ^ | 30/11/2016 | Yuval Azulai
    Israeli companies involved in the Merkava tank and Namer armored personnel carrier held a seminar in India, Israel's biggest defense customer. Representatives of over 20 Israeli companies involved in the development and production program for the Merkava tank and Namer armored personnel carrier today finished the first seminar ever conducted in India. Dozens of Indian companies attended the seminar. The Ministry of Defense SIBAT - Ministry of Defense International Defense Cooperation Authority sponsored the seminar, in view of the emerging needs of Indian industry in order to prepare for the large-scale procurement of armored vehicles by the Indian army expected...
  • Election 2016: The Day the Music Died for American Jews

    12/01/2016 5:31:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 1, 2016 | Ron Jager
    For most American Jewish liberals, November 8 was not only a watershed election, but a day in which the music died. They have been left speechless and silent, unwilling to fathom the implications. These liberal Jews have become disoriented and unsure about what to do and what to say; they seem to be suffering from a bad case of PTSD (Post Trump Stress Disorder). For many of these liberal Jews, they are slowly waking up to a new reality of losing their political clout, being left out of the multiple loops of power and access to the White House. They...
  • Abbas: We will never recognize Israel

    12/01/2016 5:17:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    INN ^ | 12/01/16 04:12 | Dalit Halevi
    Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who is also leader of Fatah and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), on Wednesday declared that Fatah will never give up on its principles, its character and its identity in order to achieve the dream of freedom and an independent state. Abbas was speaking at the Fatah congress being held in Ramallah, a day after he was re-elected by consensus as Fatah leader. Attendees at the congress, which is being held for the first time since 2009, include representatives of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist groups, who were invited directly by Fatah, despite...
  • Report: Obama won't force a peace plan before he leaves

    12/01/2016 4:52:29 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/12/16 | Tal Polon
    US President Barack Obama will almost certainly not pressure Israel to advance a peace process with the Palestinians during his final weeks in office, a new report claims. AP reported that it had obtained information from “US officials” that Obama had no intention of shaking Israel up with a new peace plan before he steps down. According to the officials, Obama had been considering over the past year to make a final grand statement - whether in the form of a speech or through support for a UN resolution - urging a renewed peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians....
  • UN General Assembly president dons PLO flag

    12/01/2016 4:43:54 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/12/16 | Elad Benari
    Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon on Wednesday slammed UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson, who wore a scarf with the colors of the the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)’s flag. Thomson wore the scarf on Tuesday as the UN marked its annual “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People”. The special session, initiated by the Palestinian Authority’s UN delegation, is held annually on the anniversary of the UN Partition Plan of November 29, 1947, which led to the creation of the state of Israel, recognized by the UN. It is regularly used as an occasion to pass...
  • Palestinian Leader Seeks Trump Support for Independence

    11/30/2016 3:46:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Thursday, 1 December 2016
    The Palestinian president on Wednesday expressed hope that President-elect Donald Trump will support the Palestinian quest for independence, saying little is known about the incoming American leader’s policies. In a sprawling speech that lasted well over three hours to his Fatah Party, President Mahmoud Abbas said he hopes that 2017 will be the year that the Palestinians finally gain independence and that he would seek Trump’s help in achieving that goal. “We know nothing about him,” Abbas said. “His people elected him. We didn’t, and if he wants to talk with us, we are pursuing that.”
  • Revealed: In Private Fundraiser, Keith Ellison Said Israel Controls US Policy

    11/30/2016 12:21:15 AM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 19 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 11/30 | Steve Emerson
    Congressman Keith Ellison’s announcement earlier this month that he wants to be the Democratic National Committee’s next chairman drew quick support from several key lawmakers, including Jewish senators Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders. ... But a 2010 audio of Ellison speaking at a private fundraiser obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism calls such praise into question. In a fairly intimate setting, Ellison lashed out at what he sees as Israel’s disproportionate influence in American foreign policy. That will change, he promised: ".The United States’ foreign policy in the Middle East is governed by what is good or bad through...
  • Reports: Israel attacks targets in Syria

    11/29/2016 9:18:36 PM PST · by Lera · 71 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Elad Benari
    Arab media reports that Israeli aircraft targeted the Syrian army and a Hezbollah convoy near Damascus. Arab media reported on Wednesday morning that Israeli aircraft carried out two airstrikes in the Damascus area overnight Tuesday. One report said that the first airstrike hit a weapons warehouse belonging to the Syrian army near Damascus. The second attack, according to the report, targeted a convoy of cars belonging to the Hezbollah terrorist group. Other Syrian websites reported that the attack on the Hezbollah convoy was meant to thwart a delivery of missiles from Syria to Lebanon. According to these reports, the convoy...
  • Report: India Inks $1.4 Billion deal with Israel

    11/29/2016 6:11:30 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    United With Israel ^ | 30/11/16 | Barney Breen-Portnoy
    (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90) Israeli drone Report: India Inks $1.4 Billion Deal for Acquisition of Israeli Radar Systems and Drones Print Email 4 Comments Nov 27, 2016 Related: Drones Indian Air Force Israel Aerospace Industries Israel-India relations Share Tweet Email Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the 1992 establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and India. By: Barney Breen-Portnoy/The Algemeiner India signed a $1.4 billion contract with Israel Aerospace Industries earlier this month for the acquisition of two airborne early warning and control radar systems and ten unmanned aerial vehicles, Air&Cosmos International reported this week. The deal was said...
  • Trump has no obligation to hold news conferences

    11/29/2016 1:22:44 PM PST · by rface · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/29/2016 | Rebecca Savransky
    Newt Gingrich on Tuesday said President-elect Donald Trump shouldn't feel any obligation to hold news conferences... "The news media so totally disgraced itself in this election, if I were Trump I would just say no," Gingrich, a Trump adviser, said during an interview with USA Today's Capital Download. "And if the White House Correspondents' Association doesn't like it, I'd say, 'Fine, disband.'" On Monday, Trump blasted CNN, saying the network is "so embarrassed" by "their support" of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and has gotten worse since the election. Gingrich said Trump should continue tweeting, but he should have an "editorial...
  • UN official: Palestinian recognition was historic milestone

    11/29/2016 10:38:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 29, 2016 12:53 PM EST
    A top U.N. official says the admission of Palestine to the United Nations as a non-member Observer State in 2012 was a historic milestone. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, reflecting on the state of the Israel-Palestinian conflict as part of the U.N.’s “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People,” acknowledged both the achievements and lost opportunities related to the conflict as he and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon near the end of their tenure this year. …
  • Analysis F-35 Deal: As Always - Israeli Air Force Got What It Wanted, Despite Costs and Concerns

    11/29/2016 5:05:01 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 29.11.2016 | Amos Harel
    Sunday’s cabinet decision to approve the acquisition of 17 F-35s for the Israel Air Force is a belated, necessary result to the partial decision the previous government made nearly three years ago. Then, only a partial equipping was approved in an unusual step that would have left the IAF at the end of the acquisition process with a squadron and a half. It would have been an operational hybrid, which would likely not allow long-term planning and conducting of missions on an ongoing basis. According to the decision, the IAF will have a full complement of two squadrons by 2021...
  • T.E. Lawrence wanted to see Jewish colonies – 'bright spots in a desert' – in the Holy Land

    11/29/2016 4:30:45 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/28/2016 | BENJAMIN GLATT
    The Jewish Nation would not just be returning home, they would be returning the Holy Land – a wasteland for almost 2,000 years – to its glory days. T.E. Lawrence, the British military officer whose famous liaison role in the Middle East in the First World War earned him the nickname "Lawrence of Arabia," was one of the early Gentile visionaries to realize the importance the newly reborn Nation of Israel had to play in the region. On November 28, 1918, a year after the Balfour Declaration, Lawrence wrote to the British newspaper "The Jewish Guardian," cited in Martin Gilbert's...
  • Jimmy Carter to Obama: Recognize State of Palestine

    11/28/2016 9:45:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 29, 2016, 6:01 am | Eric Cortellessa
    Former US president Jimmy Carter penned an op-ed in The New York Times Monday imploring President Barack Obama to formally recognize a Palestinian state before Donald Trump takes office in January. Carter, who helped broker the 1978 Camp David Accords that brought peace between Israel and Egypt, argued the possibility of solidifying a two-state outcome between Israelis and Palestinians was dwindling because of continued settlement activity in the West Bank. Carter’s controversial 2006 book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” designated Israel an apartheid state “with two peoples occupying the same land, but completely separated from each other, with Israelis totally dominant...
  • Former PM Barak accuses Netanyahu of inciting against Arabs [self-hatred barf]

    11/28/2016 9:42:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 29, 2016, 5:37 am | Times of Israel Staff
    Former prime minister Ehud Barak sharply criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, saying he was “possessed” by a “nationalist spirit” that posed a threat to Israel’s future. Speaking at a publicity event for a new book by former military intelligence chief Shlomo Gazit, Barak said that Netanyahu’s right-wing ideology endangered Israel’s existence. “The nationalist spirit of the leaders of the right, chief among them Netanyahu, is the central threat today to Israel’s future, its identity, its cohesiveness, and its strength,” Barak said. […] Barak also accused Netanyahu and members of his government of exploiting the recent wave of fires,...
  • Israel to expand fleet of next-generation F-35 fighter jets

    11/28/2016 12:42:17 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    ynetnews.com ^ | November 27, 2016 | Associated Press
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office announces that the Security Cabinet has approved the purchase of 17 additional F-35 fighter jets; in total, the acquisition will reportedly bring the number of planes in the Israeli Air Force to 50.
  • IDF attacks ISIS target in Syria

    11/27/2016 9:38:36 PM PST · by Lera · 40 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/28/16 | Uzi Baruch
    Israeli aircraft attack a facility in the Syrian part of the Golan Heights in retaliation for Sunday's attack on IDF soldiers. Israeli aircraft attacked early Monday morning a facility belonging to the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization in the Syrian part of the Golan Heights. The attack was in retaliation to Sunday's attack on IDF forces who were engaged in operations along the Syrian border. The patrol returned fire, first with small arms and then with mortars. The Israel Air Force then located the armored vehicle that had been the source of the fire and destroyed the vehicle, killing all...
  • Fires continue raging for fourth straight day; Nearby countries rush to Israel’s aid to quench fire

    11/26/2016 10:08:51 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 26 replies
    Kehila News Israel ^ | 11-25-16 | Kehila News Israel Staff
    Wildfires are continuing to rage around the country for the fourth consecutive day as Israelis start to prepare and pray for a peaceful Shabbat. More homes are being evacuated as new fires spread throughout the North and around the Jerusalem hills. On a positive note, most of the 65,000 Haifa residents who evacuated yesterday were cleared to return to their homes on Friday afternoon. A Greek pilot who arrived to help rescue crews extinguish the blaze, spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a news conference and noted that this was the second time Greece has come to Israel’s aid in extinguishing a wildfire. “We are your...
  • Haifa residents evacuated as fires spread across Israel

    11/26/2016 10:01:50 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 10 replies
    Kehila News Israel ^ | 11-24-16 | Kehila News Israel Staff
    In what some are dubbing an “arson intifada”, residential Israeli neighborhoods continue to burn or are under threat as wildfires have spread across the nation for the third straight day on Thursday fueled by unseasonably dry weather and exacerbated by strong winds. Fire department spokesman Yoram Levi said the cause of some of the fires is arson. Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan and Israel Police Chief Roni Alsheikh are treating the situation as a national emergency for central and northern Israel. “Every fire caused by arson or by incitement to arson is terrorism in all respects,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “Anyone attempting...
  • The ADL’s New Bedfellows

    11/26/2016 7:06:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com> ^ | November 26, 2016 | Caroline Glick
    In an interview this week with the Australian media, Jordan’s King Abdullah became the latest Arab leader to express hope that President-elect Donald Trump and his team will lead the world’s to date failed fight against jihadist Islam. Like his counterparts in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Abdullah effectively ruled out the possibility that President Barack Obama will take any constructive steps to defeat the forces of global jihad in his last months in power. Speaking of the humanitarian disaster in Aleppo for instance, Abdullah said, “I don’t think there’s much we can do until the new administration is in place...
  • Two Israeli Druze plead guilty in killing of wounded Syrian [jihadi] fighter

    11/25/2016 12:10:04 PM PST · by SolidWood · 5 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | July 17, 2016 | Cliff Churgin
    Golan Heights residents attacked ambulance bringing injured fighters into Israel for medical care Two residents of the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights pleaded guilty Sunday to manslaughter and aggravated assault for their roles in a deadly attack last year on wounded Syrian fighters being treated in Israel. (snip) Munzir Halil was killed and the wounds of another Syrian fighter were exacerbated, in an incident that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu termed a “lynching” at the time.
  • Canadian imam asks Allah to burn all of Israel

    11/25/2016 6:09:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    INN ^ | 11/25/16 04:44 | Dalit Halevi
    A Canadian imam expressed joy over the fires that have broken out throughout Israel over the last few days and prayed that Allah would burn all of Israel. Mazin AbdulAdhim, a prominent imam of Iraqi descent in London, Ontario who is affiliated with the radical Hizb ut-Tahrir group, wrote on Facebook, “Aside from the interesting coincidence that all these fires spread wildly due to ‘unusually strong winds’ just as they are trying to ban the Athan [call to prayer] across the lands they occupy, what’s even more interesting is how this event further exposes their severe weakness and near-total dependency...
  • Turkey warns EU of 'flood' of migrants

    11/24/2016 5:41:23 PM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    REUTERS; THE JERUSALEM POST ^ | November 24, 2016 | By REUTERS
    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has warned Europe that without Ankara's help it could be "flooded" by waves of migrants and cutting off talks with the bloc would be far more damaging to Europe than Turkey. "We are one of the factors protecting Europe. If refugees go through, they will flood into Europe and take it over, and Turkey prevents this," Yildirim said in comments broadcast live on television. "I accept that cutting off ties with Europe would harm Turkey, but it would damage Europe 5-to-6 times more."
  • Trump Names Anti-BDS Governor 'Nikki' Haley as US Envoy to UN (BDS = Racism)

    11/24/2016 7:40:29 AM PST · by FreedomUS · 11 replies
    JPress ^ | Nov-23-2016
    Haley, 44, is known in Israel for her opposition to the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and her pro-Israel positions. Last year, she signed into law the first state-wide bill in the United States to block BDS activity in South Carolina.
  • France urges labelling goods from Israeli settlements

    11/24/2016 2:48:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 24, 2016 5:42 PM EST | Philippe Sotto
    France published an official notification Thursday urging businesses to use labels to identify goods produced in the Israeli settlements, prompting a swift condemnation from Israel. It was not immediately clear whether the notice published in the French Official Journal is binding for retailers or a recommendation. A press official with the trade ministry said late Thursday she was not aware of the notification and couldn’t immediately say whether it was mandatory or advisory. In Nov. 2015, the European Union recommended that its member states put special labels on exports from the West Bank, but said the technical guidelines on the...
  • Mr. Trump, take down this affront

    11/24/2016 12:34:45 PM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11-23-16 | MILTON ELBOGEN
    The US Consulate in Jerusalem is an affront to the State of Israel. It is expected that when a country sets up a consulate in a foreign land it is within diplomatic protocol and parameters. This is especially true when that foreign land is an important ally and alone in the area in upholding their shared values and principles. The US Consulate in Jerusalem presents itself as being somewhere other than the capital of Israel. It is an affront to the State of Israel. Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page. It is also an affront to...
  • Netanyahu, lawyer in deep over alleged ‘pay for play’ submarine deal

    11/24/2016 5:13:55 AM PST · by SolidWood · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 17, 2016 | Raoul Wootliff
    Attorney general urged to investigate prime minister’s personal involvement in multi-billion shekel purchase, reportedly opposed by defense establishment A long-time personal lawyer to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is alleged to be at the center of a multi-billion shekel controversy involving Israel’s possible purchase of German submarines with state funds earmarked for security needs. David Shimron, who has spent years defending Netanyahu against dozens of reports claiming malpractice and misuse of office for personal gain, is being accused of a serious conflict of interest due to his links to the German shipbuilder attempting to sell Israel the vessels.
  • OP-ED Bannon and Breitbart: Friends of Israel, not anti-Semites

    11/23/2016 10:18:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Arizona Jewish Post ^ | November 23, 2016 | Morton A. Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America
    In his inspiring book “Words That Hurt, Words that Heal,” Rabbi Joseph Telushkin wrote: “Because words can be used to inflict devastating and irrevocable suffering, Jewish teachings go so far as to compare cruel words to murder.” Thus it is painful to see the malicious character assassination and false accusations of “anti-Semitism” being hurled against President-elect Trump’s appointee Stephen Bannon and Bannon’s company, Breitbart Media. In fact, as pro-Israel writer and Breitbart senior editor Joel B. Pollak wrote, Bannon is “an American patriot who defends Israel & has deep empathy for the Jewish people.” Pollak is an Orthodox Jew; would...
  • Fires rage out of control across Israel

    11/23/2016 6:38:30 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 2 replies
    Kehila News Israel ^ | 11/23/16 | Kehila News Israel Staff
    Dry weather and strong winds caused wildfires to spread out of control across the country after a single blaze erupted on Monday night in Neve Shalom near Latrun, followed by separate outbreaks in Zichron Yaakov in the North, Gush Etzion and finally the Jerusalem foothills this morning. No one has been reported injured but several homes and property have been destroyed. Some neighborhoods have been evacuated while residents in other communities have been warned to prepare to leave if needed. Fire and Rescue crews are working to get the fire under control, but the unseasonably dry weather, winds and various...
  • Palestinian cleric ‘Al-Salam Abu Al-‘Izz at Al-Aqsa Mosque: Use Pakistani nukes to eliminate Israel

    11/23/2016 7:05:46 AM PST · by zlando · 17 replies
    Europe-Israel News ^ | Europe Israel News
    In a video posted online last week, a Palestinian Muslim cleric urges the overthrow of Muslim states and the use of Pakistani nuclear weapons to “eliminate the state of the Jews in one or two strikes.” In a translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute, Sheikh Abd Al-Salam Abu Al-Izz warns Muslims not to expect President-elect Donald Trump to bring about hoped-for nuclear wars. “The Muslims’ reaction to Trump’s victory was: ‘Hopefully, he will destroy (the US) and sit on its ruins. May he engage in nuclear wars, from which (the Muslims) will emerge intact.’ This is...
  • Extremely rare and ancient 'thinking man' jug discovered in Israel

    11/23/2016 7:00:16 AM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.ibtimes.co.uk ^ | November 23, 2016 13:54 GMT | By Hannah Osborne
    Excavators unearth the ancient 'thinking man' jug at at an archaeological site in Yehud, Israel (Israel Antiquities Authority) ================================================================================================================================== An ancient jug bearing the image of a "reflective" person has been discovered in Israel. The vessel dates back to the Middle Bronze Age and is believed to be approximately 3,800 years old. Archaeologists at the site in Yehud said similar pottery jugs have never before been found in the country. The jug is believed to have been a funeral offering to a "respected member of the ancient settlement," a statement from Israel Antiquities Authority said. It was found alongside daggers,...
  • Keith Ellison’s ascent signals the Democrats’ willingness to redefine ‘pro-Israel’

    11/22/2016 6:02:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | November 22, 2016 5:38pm | Ron Kampeas
    The most shocking thing about talk of Keith Ellison’s Israel record as he rises within the Democratic Party is how few think it’s shocking. Rep. Ellison, D-Minn., is a leading contender for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, despite a record of tough criticism of Israel that pro-Israel insiders say would easily have disqualified him a decade ago. A supporter of the two-state solution and a frequent visitor to Israel, he also voted against additional funding for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system in 2014. In 2009, Ellison spear-headed a letter from 54 Democrats to Presdient Obama urging him to...