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  • Hamas official says Trump is an ignoramus

    01/22/2017 10:42:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 23 January 2017 02:47 | Adam Rasgon
    The US President has failed to learn from history, a senior Hamas official said regarding Donald Trump’s remarks about “radical Islamic terrorism” in his inauguration speech. “This ignoramus did not study history and does not know what the fate of those who ignited the Crusader wars. We are an Islamic nation that may lose a battle, but we will win all the wars,” Mousa Abu Marzouk, a member of the Hamas politburo, wrote on his Twitter account on Saturday. Abu Marzouk, who is considered a contender to be the next Hamas politburo chairman, made an apparent reference to the ultimate...
  • Hamas: We'll fight embassy move 'using all means'

    01/22/2017 10:01:52 PM PST · by Lera · 35 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/23/17 | John Haller
    Hamas lawmaker Mushir al-Masri on Sunday declared that his organization will use all means to fight the planned move of the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Kol Yisrael radio reported. Al-Masri stated, according to the report, that moving the embassy would be a “crime” and “crossing a red line” by the U.S. administration. He added that the proper response to such a move would be for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to disassociate itself from previous agreements with the "occupation", as he put it. PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly warned against the embassy move in recent weeks, saying the...
  • Israeli leader accepts invitation from Trump to visit US

    01/22/2017 3:22:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 22, 2017 5:09 PM EST | Josef Federman
    Israel’s prime minister on Sunday accepted an invitation to visit the White House next month in hopes of forging a “common vision” for the region with President Donald Trump that could include expanded settlement construction on occupied territories and a tougher policy toward Iran. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his plans to head to Washington in early February hours after delaying a vote on an explosive proposal to annex one of the West Bank’s largest settlements, apparently to coordinate his policy toward the Palestinians with the new administration. The move put on hold legislation that threatens to unleash fresh violence...
  • Trump speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    01/22/2017 2:09:49 PM PST · by Innovative · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 22, 2017 | Karen DeYoung
    President Trump spoke Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a brief conversation that Trump described as “very nice,” and Netanyahu called “very warm.” Netanyahu, in a statement issued by his office, said Trump had invited him to visit the White House in February, although a final date was not yet set. They discussed the Iran nuclear deal, the “peace process with the Palestinians,” and other issues,” the Israeli leader said, adding that he had “expressed his desire to work closely...with no daylight between the United States and Israel.”
  • White House confirms relocation of US Israel embassy to Jerusalem

    01/22/2017 11:40:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    Business Standard ^ | January 23, 2017 | ANI
    In a highly controversial move, President of the United States Donald Trump will on Monday announce to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The White House has confirmed that Donald Trump's team is in the "beginning stages" of a plan to relocate US Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. An Israeli news outlet earlier reported an anonymous source as saying the announcement on America's embassy moving from Tel Aviv would be made by a member of Trump administration on Monday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to speak with Trump by telephone on Sunday regarding the move....
  • White House discusses moving Israeli embassy

    01/22/2017 9:59:50 AM PST · by lancium · 55 replies
    The White House says that Donald Trump's administration is "beginning" to discuss moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
  • New US Ambassador to Live in Jerusalem, Palestinians Furious

    01/22/2017 7:47:38 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 34 replies
    Israel Today ^ | Sunday, January 22, 2017 | Israel Today Staff
    The new US Ambassador to Israel under President Donald Trump will reside and work in Jerusalem, even if the embassy is still officially in Tel Aviv. David Friedman is yet to receive Senate approval for his new posting, but has already confirmed that he’ll spend most of his time in Israel’s real capital.
  • Obama names aide Ben Rhodes to Holocaust Memorial Council

    01/19/2017 11:10:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 17, 2017, 8:32 pm | Eric Cortellessa
    Wiith three days left in his presidency, Barack Obama made his final appointments to administration positions, including adding 10 members to the Holocaust Memorial Council. Most notable on that list is Ben Rhodes, a long-time Obama aide and speechwriter who managed the White House messaging on selling the Iran deal and explaining the US decision to abstain on a United Nations Security Council resolution last month that condemned Israeli settlements as illegal. Rhodes, whose official title is deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, was a source of controversy after a New York Times Magazine profile portrayed him as bragging...
  • Islamic countries condemn planned U.S. embassy move

    01/19/2017 10:50:14 PM PST · by Lera · 35 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/20/17 | Elad Benar
    Organization of Islamic Cooperation rejects actions that could undermine PA's ability to claim Jerusalem for a state. Foreign ministers from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Thursday indirectly condemned plans by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to move the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, reports The Associated Press. A statement issued after a meeting in Kuala Lumpur did not specifically mention the United States or Trump by name, but said the OIC rejected any actions that could undermine the ability of Palestinian Arabs to claim part of Jerusalem in a future state. It also called on governments...
  • 'Stay tuned for announcement on US embassy'

    01/19/2017 5:40:52 PM PST · by Mr. M.J.B. · 45 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2017-01-19 | Staff
    Sean Spicer, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for White House Press Secretary, told reporters Thursday to expect an announcement soon on the incoming administration's intentions regarding the relocation of the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
  • France Warns Trump: Moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem A ‘Provocation’(uh oh!)

    01/15/2017 7:13:03 AM PST · by rktman · 64 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/15/2017 | Deborah Danan
    Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem as per President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promise is a “provocation” that would result in “serious consequences,” France warned at Sunday’s peace summit in Paris. Foreign ministers from around 70 nations gathered in Paris Sunday in an attempt to urge Israeli and Palestinian leaders to recommit to the so-called two-state solution. Representatives from the United Nations, European Union, Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation were also in attendance. However, neither Israel nor the Palestinians had any representation at the conference.
  • Concerned About Anti-Israel Bias, Republicans Introduce Another Bill Targeting U.N. Funding

    01/19/2017 2:58:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 19, 2017 | 4:18 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    Republican lawmakers on Wednesday introduced yet another bill targeting United Nations funding, this time including a special focus on the U.N. Human Rights Council’s heavily anti-Israel agenda. […] It calls specifically for U.S. funding to be withheld until the president certifies that no U.N. agency or affiliated agency grants official status or recognition to any organization promoting or condoning anti-Semitism. American taxpayers account for 22 percent of the regular budget of the U.N., plus almost 29 percent of the separate peacekeeping budget. The U.S. additionally provides billions of dollars more each year in “voluntary contributions” to a spread of U.N....
  • In video praising Trump, Jerusalem mayor says Obama ‘surrendered’ to radical Islam

    01/19/2017 12:31:19 PM PST · by John W · 21 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | January 19, 2017 | William Booth
    JERUSALEM — The mayor of the city holy to three world religions delivered a message Thursday to outgoing President Obama: good riddance. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat released a video that disparages Obama and welcomes President-elect Donald Trump. The mayor’s video launches an online campaign to encourage Israelis to sign a letter, which Barkat promises to deliver to Trump officials, urging the new president to make good on his promise to move the U.S. Embassy, from its current location in Tel Aviv, up the hill 50 miles to Jerusalem.
  • Mr. Trump, Please Don’t Speak with Mahmoud Abbas

    01/19/2017 4:59:29 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 1-17-17 | Alan Bauer
    In less than a week, Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States. Many here in Israel are hopeful for a more positive relationship with Washington and greater support for Israel in its dealings with the UN and neighboring states. While I know from the pictures of everyone coming into and out of Trump Tower that there does not seem to be a single person in America who does not want something from the incoming president, I will take the liberty of asking for one more thing: please do not talk to Mahmoud Abbas or representatives of...
  • Jews Gonna Build

    01/19/2017 4:56:51 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 1-16-17 | Varda Meyers Epstein
    {Originally posted to the Elder of Ziyon website} How’s this for a stunner? According to the latest Peace Index,* a poll of Israeli attitudes put out by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) and Tel Aviv University (TAU), the majority of Israelis (57%) think Barack Obama has had an unfriendly attitude toward Israel during his tenure. Of course, the IDI and TAU are both bastions of liberal thought, so you can probably assume the actual number of Israelis who think Barry hates us is closer to, oh, a gazillion percent. It’s no surprise that we think Barry O. hates us here...
  • UK refuses to sign Paris declaration, warns summit may harden Palestinian positions [rebuke Kerry]

    01/19/2017 4:49:41 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 1-15-17 | RAPHAEL AHREN
    Breaking ranks with 70 other nations, London laments that confab held without Israelis and Palestinians, ‘just days before transition to new US president’ Dramatically breaking ranks with participants from 70 other countries, the United Kingdom criticized Sunday’s Middle East peace conference in Paris, arguing that it might harden Palestinian negotiating positions and refusing to sign a joint statement issued after the summit that called for a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A Foreign Office spokesman said London had “particular reservations” about the Paris meeting taking place without Israeli or Palestinian representatives, especially since a new US administration is...
  • In final press call, Obama says Israeli-Palestine status quo 'unsustainable'

    01/18/2017 5:13:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.18.2017 | Jane Mcintosh
    For the last time, Obama took reporters’ questions in the White House briefing room on Wednesday. It was his last official event before President-elect Donald Trump takes office on Friday. On international issues, Obama admitted he continued to be “worried about the Israeli-Palestinian issue. The status quo is unsustainable.” He said it was bad for the Palestinians, the region and for national security. In his final news briefing, he expressed concern that the “moment may be passing” for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He added, “I don’t want to predict today what could end up happening,” in an...
  • Nikki Haley Re-Affirms U.S. Commitment To Israel In Senate Hearing

    01/18/2017 10:57:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/18/2017 | Christine Rousselle
    In the opening minutes of her Senate confirmation hearing for United States Ambassador to the United Nations, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley took a stand to say that she would stand up for one of the United States' closest allies to prevent a repeat of the anti-Israel actions of the past. "Nowhere, has the U.N.'s failure been more consistent, and more outrageous, then it's bias against our close ally, Israel," said Haley, noting that Israel is subject to a disproportionate number of negative resolutions. She also pointed out that the U.N.'s Human Rights' Council has also condemned Israel a number...
  • Watch a Palestinian Road Trip

    01/18/2017 6:46:56 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    United With Israel ^ | 18/1/17 | Ami Horowitz
    Goes thru Paliland with camera
  • WATCH IT LIVE: TODAY'S UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING, "OPEN DEBATE, MIDDLE EAST" [TR]

    01/18/2017 5:13:56 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 4 replies
    The Jerusalem Journal ^ | Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | Brian Schrauger
    FULL TITLE: WATCH IT LIVE: TODAY'S UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING, "OPEN DEBATE, MIDDLE EAST" ...FEATURING ISRAELI AMBASSADOR DANNY DANON The United Nation's Security Council is meeting today in New York. The declared subject is, "Open Debate - Middle East." According to the Council's president, Olof Skoog, he hopes the meeting will "trigger action towards a two-state solution" between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Will it? Live-streamed here, see for yourself.
  • Hamas, Fatah Announce Deal to Form Palestinian Unity Government

    01/17/2017 6:34:18 PM PST · by Lera · 15 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 1/17/17 | Jack Khoury
    Paris peace summit, UN anti-settlements resolution and Trump entering the White House said to be behind agreement. 'A unity government is of strategic importance,' Palestinian official says. Hamas and Fatah have agreed to establish a Palestinian unity government, the two factions said in a statement from Moscow, where they were holding unity talks since Sunday. According to the deal reached in Moscow, the Palestinian factions - including the Islamic Jihad - will join the PLO institutions and form a new Palestinian National Council. The new council will select the PLO Executive Committee, the top political and diplomatic Palestinian body.
  • Lifelong Woodmont Country Club member resigns over Obama golf controversy

    01/17/2017 5:41:49 PM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 19 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/16/17 | Julie Zauzmer
    The mayor of a tony Maryland suburb resigned from a prominent golf club on Monday because the club might not welcome President Obama as a member. Jeffrey Slavin, the mayor of the Montgomery County town of Somerset, wrote in an email that he would not remain a member of Woodmont Country Club because of a recent fevered debate about whether Obama could join. Some members of the historically Jewish club have said they would not welcome Obama, who has played there four times during his presidency, because of his recent decision not to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution criticizing...
  • Majority of Israelis want Netanyahu to remain Prime Minister

    01/17/2017 10:03:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 01/16/17 12:57 | David Rosenberg
    Despite a host of investigations and allegations against the Prime Minister and his wife, Sara, a majority of Israelis believe Binyamin Netanyahu should not resign. A police investigation probing gifts allegedly given by media mogul Nuni Mozes to the Prime Minister, as well as claims of a conflict of interest in a purchase by Netanyahu’s government of ballistic missile submarines and allegations that public funds were diverted to Netanyahu family’s private residence have all fueled speculation Netanyahu could be forced to resign, making new elections all but inevitable. Earlier this week a veteran Shas MK warned that Netanyahu’s resignation was...
  • Kerry: Israel marching towards being a 'unitary state'

    01/17/2017 9:50:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 01/17/17 02:04 | Elad Benari
    Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said that it was the fault of Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) that a peace deal was not agreed upon during the Obama administration. Speaking to Christiane Amanpour on CNN, Kerry rejected Amanpour’s assertion that the administration failed to broker a peace deal. “The leaders of the two countries involved — one country and one entity, the Palestinian Authority — have failed to come to the table and reach agreement. You know the old saying — you can lead a horse to water, you can’t make it drink. Now, we...
  • 'My father was killed for supporting Israel'

    01/17/2017 2:40:06 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/1/17 | David Rosenberg
    Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m66k4WBCqA4 On June 5th, 1968, New York Senator Robert Francis Kennedy was shot and killed by Sirhan Sirhan, an Arab terrorist angered by Kennedy’s support for an arms deal to Israel. The assassination, which took place in the midst of the tumultuous 1968 Democratic primary season, came just two months after the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. and less than five years after the killing of Kennedy’s older brother, President John F. Kennedy. Often lost in the larger story of RFK’s assassination, however, is his pro-Israel legacy and the centrality of his pro-Israel views in Sirhan’s motive. On...
  • For the first time, Democrats are about as pro-Palestinian as pro-Israel

    01/16/2017 6:09:47 PM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/12 | Aaron Blake
    ...Pew's new data also show unprecedented polarization when it comes to another top foreign policy issue: Israel. Similar numbers of Republicans and Democrats have sympathized more with Israel than with the Palestinians dating back to the late 1970s. Today, though, 74 percent of Republicans sympathize more with Israel, while just 33 percent of Democrats do the same. And perhaps most notably, for the first time this century — if not ever — Democrats are now about equally split between sympathizing more with Israel (33 percent) and with the Palestinians (31 percent).The change across the political spectrum is clear when you...
  • EU opposes shift of US Embassy site in Israel

    01/16/2017 10:15:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2017 11:33 AM EST
    European Union foreign ministers on Monday opposed any plan by President-elect Donald Trump to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and warned that it could ratchet up tensions with the Arab world. “It is very important for us all to refrain from unilateral actions, especially those that can have serious consequences in large sectors of public opinion in large parts of the world,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters after chairing their talks in Brussels. “We hope that there can be reflection on consequences of any move that is taken,” she said. …
  • EXCLUSIVE – Palestinian Official: Paris Summit Participants Tempered Attitude Fearing Trump

    01/16/2017 9:53:04 AM PST · by ColdOne · 11 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1/16/17 | Ali Waked
    President-elect Donald Trump’s pro-Israel views likely influenced the outcome of Sunday’s Paris Mideast summit, a Fatah official told Breitbart Jerusalem, leading to what the official termed a modestly worded resolution at the confab’s conclusion. “Indeed, the outcome of the summit was overall positive but we expected it to lay out concrete parameters that would translate our resolutions into operative steps, but because the participating governments didn’t want to confront Trump they didn’t go that far,” said Tayseer Nasrallah, a member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council.
  • Could Western Civilization Be Saved If Most Europeans Converted to Judaism?

    01/16/2017 6:57:13 AM PST · by pinochet · 80 replies
    Israel is the only country in the Western world, where birth rates are above the replacement level of 2 children per woman. Of all Western nations, Israel shows the greatest resistance to cultural suicide. If Europeans do not increase their birth rates, the future of Europe will be Muslim. Judaism is one of the founding cultures of Western civilization, alongside the Ancient Greek and the Ancient Roman cultures. Jews have lived in Europe since 300 BC. The Ancient Greek and Roman cultures died out, but Judaism still survives. Judaism is the longest-lasting culture of Western civilization, having been around for...
  • Palestinian official: ‘Gates of hell will open’ if Trump moves embassy

    01/16/2017 1:01:23 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 54 replies
    A member of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party warned on Saturday night that a major conflagration would break out all over the world if US President-elect Donald Trump follows through with his plan to move the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “All chances for peace and stability will be lost,” said Fatah Revolutionary Council member Osama Qawasmeh. “The gates of hell will be opened in the region and the world.” He also contended that “the free people of the world will not permit the passage of such a step.” .....
  • France warns Trump not to recognize Jerusalem as capital

    01/15/2017 9:55:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 15 January 2017 21:06 CET+01:00 | AFP
    France warned on Sunday of “serious consequences” if Donald Trump moves to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as representatives from 70 countries met in Paris to try to revive stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Neither Israel nor the Palestinians were represented at the conference, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed as “futile”. Opening the meeting, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the international community wanted to “forcefully reiterate that the two-state solution is the only solution possible” to the seven-decade-old conflict. …
  • Israel is the legal occupant of the West Bank, says the Court of Appeal of Versailles

    01/15/2017 2:46:17 PM PST · by SJackson · 22 replies
    PamGeller.com ^ | 1-12-17 | Pamela Geller
    Much thanks to Jean-Patrick for reporting on this monumental but ignored court ruling. Also see San Remo mandate: Israel’s Magna Carta (and here). Israel is the legal occupant of the West Bank, says the Court of Appeal of Versailles, France Publie par Jean-Patrick Grumberg, Le 12 Janvier 2017 In a historical trial carefully « forgotten » by the media, the 3rd Chamber of the Court of Appeal of Versailles declares that Israel is the legal occupier of the West Bank*. When I first learned that the Court of Appeal of Versailles ruled that West bank settlements and occupation of Judea Samaria by...
  • France urges Trump not to move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

    01/15/2017 10:51:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/15/2017 | By Carol Morello and William Booth
    PARIS — Diplomats from more than 70 countries called Sunday for the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state and urged Israel and Palestinians to restart direct negotiations. In their joint declaration at the conclusion of a Mideast conference here, the envoys urged Israel and the Palestinians to restate their commitment to the goal of two states living side by side in peace and security. The representatives, including Secretary of State John F. Kerry, also warned that continued acts of violence and the building of Jewish settlements in the West Bank needed to stop. The two-page closing statement was meant to...
  • Kerry calls [Israel's] PM from Paris, vows no further UN action (HUGE victory for Trump and Bibi

    01/15/2017 10:03:37 AM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 30 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | January 15, 2017 | Raphael Ahren and Times of Israel staff
    US Secretary of State John Kerry called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday from the Paris peace conference, promising to prevent any followup action to a resolution set to be drawn up on Sunday, either at the confab itself or at the United Nations Security Council. After a month of chilly ties between Washington and Jerusalem, Kerry updated Netanyahu about the steps he was taking to “soften” the text of the final communique, which is expected to be issued by the conference participants later Sunday.
  • Kerry Attending Mideast Peace Conference, But Won’t ‘Box In the Incoming Administration’

    01/15/2017 8:49:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 13, 2017 | 4:28 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    Secretary of State John Kerry is participating in a French-hosted conference on Mideast peace less than a week before the end of the administration to ensure U.S. views are heard, but with no “intent to in any way box in the incoming administration,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Thursday. At the same time, however, Toner declined to say whether Kerry would act to ensure that a communique coming out of Sunday’s conference does not call on the Trump administration to reconsider a campaign pledge to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. French officials have suggested that the...
  • Pope meets Palestinian leader; Vatican calls Jerusalem holy

    01/14/2017 2:24:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 14, 2017 2:03 PM EST | Nicole Winfield
    The Vatican stressed the sacred nature of Jerusalem on Saturday as the Palestinian leader warned that prospects for peace could suffer if the incoming Trump administration goes ahead with plans to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The developments came as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Pope Francis and inaugurated the Palestinian embassy to the Holy See. Abbas said he had only heard through news reports of the proposal by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to move the embassy to Jerusalem. […] The Vatican has long sought an internationally guaranteed status for Jerusalem that safeguards...
  • Trump's Jews and Obama's Jews

    01/14/2017 2:19:49 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/1/17 | Daniel Greenfield
    Seen from above, the 2016 electoral map of New York City is blue with dots of red. Trump’s home district is blue, but across the water a red wedge slices into Brooklyn. Around that red wedge are districts where Hillary won 90 percent of the vote and Trump was lucky to get 5 percent. Inside it, he beat her in district after district. The voters who handed him that victory are the Chassidic Jews of Williamsburg who dress in fur hats and black caftans. Their districts, crammed in by hipsters and minorities, are a world away from the progressive activist...
  • The UN and Obama's Act of Aggression

    01/14/2017 12:37:02 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 3 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 1/14/2017 | Maria Polizoidou
    If US President Barack Obama were uneducated, if his staff consisted of people who had never been taught history at school, if the government consisted of savages who have just emerged from the Amazon jungle, we could somehow "justify" their ignorance about the history of the Mediterranean and the Middle Eastern people. But that is not what is going on. This ambush against Israel in UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which considers the Jewish people "occupiers" in their own ancient capital and the holiest part of it, is an act of jihad and an act of political violence – perpetrated...
  • Palestinians: A Strategy of Lies and Deception

    01/14/2017 11:47:00 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 3 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | January 13, 2017 | by Bassam Tawil
    Abbas here lied twice. First, it is a lie that he is prepared to return to the negotiating table with Israel. In the past few years, Abbas has repeatedly rejected Israeli offers to resume the stalled peace negotiations. Abbas's chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, claimed this week that his boss was ready to resume the peace talks with Israel in Moscow....... This means that Abbas has not abandoned his preconditions for resuming the peace talks with Israel. The timing of Erekat's announcement in Moscow is clearly linked to the Paris peace conference. It is part of the Palestinian strategy to depict...
  • Jerusalem Truck Attack Raises Some Interesting Questions

    01/14/2017 4:57:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 14, 2017 | Jonathan F. Keiler
    The brutal Palestinian-Arab truck attack on a group of largely female Israeli officer cadets earlier this week raises a number of interesting questions. These may impact the way Americans approach gender issues and rules of engagement in the military and also how we respond as a society to this increasingly common form of Islamist terror. Video of the attack shows the truck plowing into a group of cadets at high speed, then backing up and attempting to run over some of the stricken soldiers again. It also shows most of the cadets fleeing the scene, both from the group that...
  • John Kerry, 72 Countries Set to Gang Up On Israel At Paris ‘Peace’ Summit on Sunday

    01/13/2017 9:20:25 AM PST · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1/13/17 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – In a shameful display of rogue diplomacy, 72 countries – minus Israel – are set to attend a Middle East “peace” conference in Paris on Sunday widely expected to set the parameters for a future Palestinian state. Fresh from his 70-minute speech two weeks ago largely singling out Israel for condemnation, lame-duck Secretary of State John Kerry will represent the U.S. at the Mideast confab. There, Kerry is slated to represent the Obama administration in crafting a “consensus” document on an Israeli-Palestinian deal. This after a U.S. abstention last month allowed the passage of a United Nations...
  • Secretary of State nominee: Israel is our most important ally

    01/12/2017 11:07:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    INN ^ | 01/12/17 00:05 | Elad Benari
    Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, on Wednesday stressed the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship, and condemned the outgoing Obama administration’s decision not to veto UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which criticized Israeli construction in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Speaking at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tillerson said the resolution was “not helpful” and “undermines” the conditions for peace talks to continue, reported The Washington Post. The former ExxonMobil chief also described Secretary of State John Kerry’s subsequent speech criticizing Israel as “quite troubling.” …
  • US government agency to investigate UNRWA terror ties [GAO]

    01/12/2017 11:02:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 01/12/17 16:24 | Gary Willig
    The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced that it would begin its official investigation by the into the ties between UNRWA and terrorist organizations and incitement in official Palestinian Authority textbooks after President-elect Donald Trump takes office on January 20. The GAO is the supreme audit institution of the US government and provides auditing, evaluation, and investigative services for Congress. The investigation was requested by Senator James Risch (R-Idaho), the Chairman of the Senate Near East Subcommittee, following briefings on UNRWA’s indiscretions to Congress by the Center for Near East Policy Research over the past few years. Sen. Risch requested...
  • Canada looking at UN agency over Palestinian connection

    10/04/2004 4:23:30 AM PDT · by ruready4eternity · 26 replies · 278+ views
    CBC News ^ | OCt 4/2004 | Written by CBC News Online staff
    Israel said Sunday that the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) supports Hamas and demanded the UN investigate the agency and its head, Peter Hansen.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Cruz, Graham 'Safeguard Israel Act' aims to slay Obama's abandonment of Israel

    01/12/2017 7:50:57 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 18 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 1/12/17 | Jordan Schachtel
    Senators Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are set to introduce legislation Thursday to cut off U.S. funding to the United Nations until the anti-American organization rescinds its recently passed, vehemently anti-Israel resolution. U.S. contributions to the body’s regular and peacekeeping budgets stand at roughly $3 billion a year — about a quarter of the respective budgets. The senators’ Safeguard Israel Act of 2017 seeks to “prohibit voluntary or assessed contributions to the United Nations until the President certifies to Congress that United Nations Security Resolution 2334 has been repealed,” an advance copy of the draft bill obtained by...
  • Report: Obama Intel Officials Used ‘Russia Blackmail’ Claims to Warn Israel About Trusting Trump

    01/12/2017 7:25:48 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 37 replies
    Breitbart Jerusalem ^ | 01/12/2016 | byAaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – U.S. intelligence officials warned their Israeli counterparts not to trust President-elect Donald Trump with intelligence secrets, citing alleged fears that Russia held blackmail information over Trump, according to a report today in Israel’s respected Yediot Ahronot daily newspaper. The alleged blackmail information that U.S. officials reportedly warned Israel about seems to be in part referencing details contained in a debunked document of mysterious origin purporting to be an intelligence report alleging that Russia collected compromising videos and information on Trump. In the report, investigative journalist Ronen Bergman writes of a meeting that took place “recently between Israeli...
  • Hamas sets 'honey traps' to hack Israeli soldiers' phones: army

    01/12/2017 7:05:56 PM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/11/16 | Maayan Lubell
    Using photos of young women and Hebrew slang, the Palestinian militant group Hamas chatted up dozens of Israeli soldiers online, gaining control of their phone cameras and microphones, the military said on Wednesday. An officer, who briefed reporters on the alleged scam, said the Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip uncovered no major military secrets in the intelligence-gathering operation. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum declined to comment. Mainly using Facebook, Hamas used fake online identities and photos of young women, apparently found on the Internet, to lure soldiers in, the officer said. "Just a second, I'll send you a photo,...
  • Trump's Sec'y of State falls into J-Street trap over PA state

    01/12/2017 1:01:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 65 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/1/17 | Suzy Dim
    ..... Here is the exchange between Virgina Senator Tim Kaine (D) and Tillerson: KAINE: Mr. Tillerson, thank you. I encourage people to fly north to south not just east and west, and other parts of the world have a claim in our attention, but there are some real opportunities. I assume you support the U.S. position that's been in place since the 1940s to do what we can to provide a two-state solution with Israel and Palestine with a living peacefully side by side, that is the dream we hope for that region and I assume that you support that?...
  • Trump's Defense Secretary nominee: Tel Aviv is Israel's capital

    01/12/2017 12:51:08 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 65 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/1/17 | David Rosenberg
    Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jLNiUzJfsQ President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Defense Department, General (ret.) James Mattis told a congressional confirmation committee on Thursday that he believes that Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem, should be considered the capital of Israel. Mattis, who in the past criticized the Jewish state over “settlements” in Judea and Samaria and warned the country was at risk of turning into an “Apartheid” state, appeared to deviate from the stated policy of the incoming Trump administration, which has indicated it plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. When asked Thursday by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham what...
  • Netanyahu Lashes Out: 'Paris Peace Conference' Is Nothing More Than 'a Palestinian Fraud'

    01/12/2017 7:47:34 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Michael van der Galien
    Today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once again shows why he's a hero of mine : Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the French government Thursday and the Palestinians in connection with the peace conference set to meet in Paris on Sunday with the participation of foreign ministers and senior diplomats from 70 countries and international organizations. "This conference is a fraud, a Palestinian scam under French auspices, whose goal is to lead to the adoption of additional anti-Israeli positions," said Netanyahu at the beginning of a meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister Borg Brende. Lord knows how many different Palestinian terrorist...