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  • [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions against Israel] BDS Panel at CPAC: How to Defeat the Movement

    02/23/2017 7:28:54 PM PST · by markomalley
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 2/23/17 | Mary Chastain
    CPAC 2017 has shown its support for Israel in numerous ways, but the panel on the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) provided excellent points to defeat the movement.“BDS isn’t about taking Israel out of business,” said Lisa Daftari from Foreign Desk News. “It’s about taking Israel off the map.” Sander Gerber, fellow at the Jewrusalem Center of Public Affairs, and Erielle Davidson of the Hoover Institution joined Daftari on the panel moderated by Ned Ryun from American Majority.All three panelists stressed the importance of linking the Palestinian Authority to the BDS movement. Most people concentrate on Hamas, but those who do...
  • ‘$3.75 billion investment in Israel's Leviathan gas reservoir a blow to BDS’

    02/23/2017 7:15:50 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | February 23, 2017 16:09 | Sharon Udasin
    The announcement Thursday that the partners of the Leviathan gas reservoir will invest $3.75 billion in its development is a devastating blow to the BDS movement, Eli Groner, director-general of the Prime Minister's Office, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. The development of Leviathan, which is scheduled to take about three years, constitutes both the largest energy project and financial investment in Israel in the country's history.

    02/22/2017 5:36:52 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 8 replies
    jpost ^ | 2/22/17 | Anna Ahronheim
    Israeli jets allegedly struck targets near the Syrian capital overnight on Wednesday, reportedly a weapons shipment to the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, Lebanese media reported. Syrian media reported witnesses hearing "loud explosion sounds" in the early morning hours. According to Lebanese media, the targets that were hit around 3.00 a.m. were affiliated with the Assad regime and were the regime army's 3rd Division in the al-Katif suburbs of the capital. The report also claimed that the IDF struck from within Lebanon, circling the Beqaa Valley and Baalbek, so as not to be blocked by the Russian defense systems operating in...

    02/22/2017 4:38:24 PM PST · by SJackson · 41 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | EBRUARY 22, 2017
    None of the Oscar nominees used the 10-day trip, valued at $55,000, which was part of the 2016 Oscar gift bag. One of the best perks of being a celebrity -- besides the millions of dollars -- is the glitz and glamour of the Oscar gift bag. However it appears that one item in the 2016 Oscar gift bag was not so desirable: a 10-day, first-class trip to Israel. None of the 2016 Oscar nominees took up the offer to visit Israel this year. The trip, valued at $55,000, was immediately condemned by BDS activists and pro-Palestinian groups as "Zionist...
  • Israel Second (Official) | Israel Trumps Europe at being no. 2

    02/22/2017 1:58:26 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    You Tube ^ | Mahosh Trahosh
    this is a message from the Government of 0:02the trailer damage to president welcome 0:04to this introduction video about Israel 0:07the holiest place on earth where God had 0:10sex with Maria ok no consent still a 0:14virgin she has no case 0:15Israel is the birthplace of Jesus great 0:18guy 0:19total winner they say we crucified it 0:22tweeted those were fake too 0:24I swear horrible media Israel is 0:27absolutely the best our capital 0:29Jerusalem its wholly to all religions 0:32for Muslims we have the Dome of the rock 0:35you would love I mean come on it's gold 0:38and it's shaped like...
  • Will MK be investigated for forging PM resignation?

    02/21/2017 12:24:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/2/17
    MK Yoel Hasson (Zionist Union) posted on his Twitter account an alleged resignation letter from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in which he stepped down from the premiership. The resignation was a forged letter, based on the letter with Netanyahu's resignation from heading the Communication Ministry, submitted to the Cabinet on Sunday. Hasson wrote above the picture of the letter: "Why just the communications portfolio? Here @Netanyahu, I arranged it for you. All that's left is to send it." The Prime Minister's Office reacted angrily to the fake letter of resignation. The Cabinet Secretary submitted a request to the Attorney General...
  • Clinton calls on Trump to speak out against anti-Semitism

    02/21/2017 8:52:35 AM PST · by ColdOne · 67 replies
    washington ^ | 2/21/17 | Kyle Feldscher
    Hillary Clinton called on President Trump to condemn threats against Jewish community centers and the vandalism at an historic Jewish cemetery in St. Louis Tuesday morning. "JCC threats, cemetery desecration & online attacks are so troubling & they need to be stopped. Everyone must speak out, starting w/ @POTUS," Clinton tweeted Tuesday.
  • Why American campuses have fallen to the angry snowflakes

    02/21/2017 6:29:48 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies ^ | 2/21/2017 | Gidon BenZvi
    While young Americans are being exposed to toxic levels of illiberal education, their Israeli peers are quietly slogging through their studies without the benefits of frat parties, safe zones or such illuminating courses as 'The Art of Walking' or 'The Joy of Garbage.' Many American campuses are warping liberal arts education so as to indoctrinate today's naďve students into becoming tomorrow's social justice warriors. And while approximately 60% of all freshmen college students in Israel major in the social sciences and humanities, college life here isn't widely perceived as an ideological training ground for a cultural revolution. Rather, Israelis tend...
  • The Offer that Turns the Gaza Strip into Singapore

    02/21/2017 5:01:33 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 15 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 2/21/2017 | Bassam Tawil
    ◾Last week, Hamas received an offer that no sane entity would turn down. The offer did not come from Hamas's allies in Iran and the Islamic world. The offer, to turn the impoverished Gaza Strip into "the Singapore of the Middle East," came from Israel. ◾"The Gazans must understand that Israel, which withdrew from the Gaza Strip to the last millimeter, is not the source of their suffering -- it is the Hamas leadership, which doesn't take their needs into consideration... The moment Hamas gives up its tunnels and rockets, we'll be the first to invest." — Israeli Defense Minister...
  • UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Rips Security Council’s ‘Breathtaking’ Anti-Israel Bias

    02/20/2017 8:01:54 PM PST · by ColdOne · 29 replies ^ | 2/20/17 | Adelle Nazarian
    United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley issued a scathing criticism of the UN Security Council over their “anti-Israel” bias on Thursday after emerging from her first regular monthly meeting at the international body. “I have to admit; it was a bit strange,” Haley said of the council’s agenda. The former South Carolina governor noted that while it is the UN Security Council’s mission to discuss ways to maintain international peace and security, their meeting on the Middle East failed to address some of the region’s most pressing issues — namely, Hezbollah’s illegal buildup of rockets in Lebanon,...
  • Trump Is Right: The Palestinians Must Earn a Two-State Solution

    02/20/2017 5:53:32 AM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 2-20-2017 | Alan Dershowitz
    President Trump raised eyebrows when he mentioned the possibility of a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The context was ambiguous, and no one can know for sure what message he was intending to convey. One possibility is that he was telling Palestinian leader that if they want a two-state solution, they have to do something; they have to come to the negotiating table with the Israelis, and make the kinds of painful sacrifices that will be required from both sides for a peaceful resolution to be achieved. Put most directly, the Palestinians must earn the right to a state....
  • Jew-Hatred Dressed up As 'Justice'-A look at the hate group Students for Justice in Palestine

    02/20/2017 5:26:55 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | January 17, 2017 | John Perazzo
    Founded at UC Berkeley in October of 2000, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is a highly influential campus organization with chapters based at approximately 200 American colleges and universities, where it organizes and sponsors anti-Israel events and campaigns more actively than any other student group in the nation. SJP's declared mission is to “promote the cause of justice,” “speak out against oppression,” and “educate members of our community specifically about the plight of the Palestinian people” at the hands of alleged Israeli abuses. The benign tenor of this mission statement stands in stark contrast, however, to the countless reams of SJP propaganda that echo much of what is said by...

    02/20/2017 12:19:18 AM PST · by tedbel · 9 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Feb 20/17 | Ted Belman
    Will that be one state or two? Pres Trump told PM Netanyahu in their joint press conference on Wednesday, he that “likes the one both parties like.” He also said on another occasion that he wasn’t going to pressure Israel to make a deal. The importance of his remarks is that the object of the exercise for the US is to make a deal rather than to create a Palestinian state. The push back on this has been substantial, not only from the EU and the UN but also from some officials in the State Department. To deflect some of...
  • Did Melania Trump’s Lord’s Prayer Violate Church-State Separation? (twitter 'flips out')

    02/19/2017 1:25:53 PM PST · by drewh · 90 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Feb 19, 2017 10:19 PM | Alexander Griffing
    On the 30th day of Donald Trump’s presidency, the president and his team seemingly launched his 2020 reelection campaign. Trump, 70, took to the stage to whip up support, denounce the media and present his version of how is administration is running so far. But the rare appearance by Melania Trump, 46, at the event proved just as controversial, and not just for her brief call for unity and subsequent swipe at critics, hers and his. Twitter immediately lit up with praise and shock at the First Lady leading the crowd in prayer. Trump supporters relished the “Libs flipping out”...
  • How a pro-Palestinian American reporter changed his views on Israel and the conflict

    02/19/2017 10:46:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | February 15, 2017 12:17 | Hunter Stuart
    … Before I moved to Jerusalem, I was very pro-Palestinian. Almost everyone I knew was. I grew up Protestant in a quaint, politically correct New England town; almost everyone around me was liberal. And being liberal in America comes with a pantheon of beliefs: You support pluralism, tolerance and diversity. You support gay rights, access to abortion and gun control. The belief that Israel is unjustly bullying the Palestinians is an inextricable part of this pantheon. Most progressives in the US view Israel as an aggressor, oppressing the poor noble Arabs who are being so brutally denied their freedom. […]...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu set to make historic visit to Singapore [IDF pose as Mexicans]

    02/19/2017 8:06:28 AM PST · by SJackson · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2-17-17 | Leslie Shaffer
    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to visit Singapore this weekend, marking an Israeli head of state's first official visit to the city-state since the mid-1980s. Singapore's ties with Israel run long and deep. Shortly after Singapore was declared independent of Malaysia in the mid-1960s, it sought Israel's assistance in establishing its military, after being turned away by several other countries, including its one-time colonial master, the U.K. To keep the presence of Israeli soldiers in the city-state a secret, Singapore called them Mexicans. There's also a long history of business ties, not just in the defense industries, but...

    02/19/2017 7:54:04 AM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | FEBRUARY 16, 2017 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    The United States and the international community have never recognized Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights. Israel asked the United States to recognize its sovereignty over the Golan Heights during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s three-day visit to Washington, in which the Trump administration affirmed the unbreakable bond between the two countries. The prime minister brought up the issue of the Golan both at his meeting with Trump at the White House on Wednesday as well as with Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday. After the meetings, Netanyahu told reporters that the US leaders’ response was “not Earth shattering.” According to...

    02/19/2017 7:51:54 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | FEBRUARY 17, 2017 | CAROLINE B. GLICK
    he two-state model is widely viewed as the formula for Middle East peace. But the fact of the matter is that it makes peace impossible to achieve, by holding normal relations between Israel and its Arab neighbors hostage to grandiose peace deals. When they met on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin were both walking wounded. Netanyahu arrived in Washington the center of a criminal investigation the chief characteristic of which is that selected details of the probe are regularly leaked to the media by anonymous sources who cannot be challenged or held to account. Be the...
  • The Palestinians Don’t Deserve a State

    02/19/2017 5:07:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February, 19, 2017 | Dan Calic
    For decades the two-state solution has been repeatedly floated as the preferred goal of peace between Israel and the Arabs (‘Palestinians’). Yet it has never been realized. Accusations have been tossed around by various voices laying blame on both sides for the failure of the two-state solution to be implemented. In light of the recent summit between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Trump, it would appear the longstanding positon of the U.S. supporting the two-state solution is fizzling out. In my opinion, this is long overdue. Simply put, the so-called ‘Palestinians’ don’t deserve a state. The concept of a two-state...
  • Israel's defense minister says Iran wants to undermine Saudi Arabia

    02/19/2017 4:46:47 AM PST · by csvset · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 19 Feb 2017 | John Irish
    Israel's defense minister said on Sunday Iran had an ultimate objective of undermining Saudi Arabia in the Middle East and called for a dialogue with Sunni Arab states to defeat "radical" elements in the region. Iran aimed to "undermine stability in every country in Middle East ... their main destination at the end of the day is Saudi Arabia," Avigdor Lieberman told delegates at the Munich Security Conference, saying he was looking forward to hearing comments from Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. "The real division is not Jews, Muslims ... but moderate people versus radical people," he said.
  • Over 100,000 Palestinians send Trump letters for Palestine

    02/17/2017 5:27:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 02.17.17, 22:42
    More than 100,000 Palestinians have sent US President Donald Trump letters, imploring him not to withhold US support from the idea of founding a Palestinian state. Arab media website Al-Monitor reported that the wide scale campaign was organized by Youth Center for Development and Innovation Arab in the West Bank city of Nablus, and that the center had gathered the letters for 11 days, starting on January 20—the day of Trump’s inauguration. The initiative had collected the letters of young Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as from Syrian refugees and Lebanese nationals. “All of the...
  • Germany says settlement construction could lead to war [for Israel]

    02/17/2017 5:22:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 16, 2017, 11:22 pm | Alexander Fulbright
    German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned Thursday that continued Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank endangers the possibility of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians and could lead to war in the Middle East, Reuters reported. “We are concerned that unlimited construction of settlements will … make a two-state solution impossible and could increase the risks of conflicts in the Middle East, including possible war,” Sigmar Gabriel said during a news conference at a meeting of G20 foreign ministers in Bonn, Germany. Despite being one of Israel’s strongest allies, Germany has taken a more critical stance against...
  • Martin Sherman vs Caroline Glick – on Sovereignty (Israel)

    02/16/2017 6:32:48 PM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | February 12th, 2017 | Dr. Martin Sherman
    As reluctant recognition of the futility of further pursuit of the “two-states-for-two-people” principle begins to dawn on growing circles of its erstwhile proponents, numerous alternative policy proposals are emerging in the public discourse. No less perilous or pernicious Sadly, many of these proffered alternatives are poorly thought through and, in the final analysis, no less perilous or pernicious than the very two-state formula they are intended to replace. These putative alternatives range from calls to withdraw unilaterally from virtually all territory beyond the current security barrier from the so-called “Left”; to calls for annexing all the territory together with the...
  • A Palestinian State Is Not in America’s Interest

    02/16/2017 6:30:28 PM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 2-15-17 | Yoram Ettinger
    In 1948, the conventional “wisdom” at the US State Department was that the reestablishment of a Jewish state would damage US interests because the Jewish state would be aligned with the USSR, undermine US-Arab relations, intensify regional instability and be militarily devastated by its Arab neighbors, thus causing a second Holocaust. That “wisdom,” of course, was wrong. The State Department’s views were also wrong when: the US appeased Egyptian President Nasser (1950s); facilitated the toppling of the Shah of Iran (1977-78); embraced Saddam Hussein, and inadvertently encouraged his August 1989 invasion of Kuwait; proclaimed Yasser Arafat to be a messenger...
  • Bomb threat reported at Israeli consulate in Miami

    02/16/2017 9:57:59 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    WPLG ^ | 2/16/17 | Amanda Batchelor
    A bomb threat was reported Thursday at the Israeli consulate in Miami, authorities said. Several police cars were spotted outside the New World Tower building
  • Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel unqualified, say 5 former envoys

    02/16/2017 8:23:58 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 57 replies
    Five former US ambassadors to Israel claimed Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s choice for the position is unqualified, and they are urging senators to carefully consider the nomination. In a letter sent to members of the Foreign Relations Committee, the former diplomats said David Friedman has staked out “extreme, radical positions” and has derided the two-state solution as an “illusory” fix for a non-existent problem. “We believe the committee should satisfy itself that Mr. Friedman has the balance and the temperament required to represent the United States as ambassador to Israel,” they wrote. The committee is scheduled to meet Thursday...
  • Qatar Criticizes the Palestinian Authority, Which Responds in Kind

    02/16/2017 5:39:55 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | FEBRUARY 16, 2017 | Elder of Ziyon
    According to the Times of Israel on Sunday: Qatar’s special envoy to Gaza, Muhammad al-Amadi, said that he maintains “excellent” ties with various Israeli officials, and that in some case it is Palestinian officials who are holding up efforts to better the lives of residents of the Strip. Al-Amadi said he planned to meet with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Sunday regarding an agreement that would help solve the Gaza energy crisis. A Palestinian State Is Not in America’s Interest In 1948, the conventional "wisdom" at the US State Department was that the reestablishment of a Jewish state...
  • PLO Warns Trump, ‘Don’t Walk Away From 2-State Solution’

    02/16/2017 5:36:34 AM PST · by SJackson · 50 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | February 15th, 2017 | Hana Levi Julian
    A White House official said the US won't impose any "solution" on Israel or the PA: it will support a deal reached together. Officials in the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority warned U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday not to walk away from the so-called “two-state solution” to their seemingly endless conflict with Israel. The president meets with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday. The warning came in response to remarks by a senior White House official who said the United States will no longer impose any “solution” to peace on either party, but rather would support whatever...
  • Only five of 11 NFL players show up for Israel-sponsored trip

    02/16/2017 5:34:36 AM PST · by SJackson · 35 replies
    ESPN ^ | 2-14-17
    JERUSALEM -- Only five of 11 NFL players have arrived on a sponsored trip to Israel, tarnishing a program aimed at improving the country's image. The ministry for strategic affairs and public diplomacy issued a news release after the Super Bowl boasting that the visit would bring "influencers" who would serve as "goodwill ambassadors" when they returned home. The announcement led Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett to pull out. He accused the government of trying to use him for PR purposes and cited sympathy for the Palestinians: everal other players followed suit, including Bennett's brother, New England Patriots tight...
  • Arab MK: If there's one state, I will be PM

    02/16/2017 12:40:41 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/2/16 | Shimon Cohen
    MK Ahmed Tibi (Arab Joint List) said that if the idea of a two-state solution is shelved, he himself will be Prime Minister of the resulting one state. In an interview with CNN, Tibi addressed the declarations of Netanyahu and Trump at their joint press briefing and said that, should a “one-state solution” be decided upon, he intends to run for Prime Minister against Netanyahu. Tibi said that he had no doubt that he would win against Netanyahu, since all Palestinians would vote for him - as would some Israelis. The significance of such a vote, he said, would be...
  • PA: We're committed to the 'two-state solution'

    02/15/2017 9:17:51 PM PST · by Lera · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/16/17 | Elad Benari
    The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Wednesday evening reacted to the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. A statement from PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s office said that the PA remains committed to the two-state solution and is willing to work with Trump’s administration to achieve a peace agreement. At the same time, the statement criticized Netanyahu and claimed that “Israel’s insistence on destroying the two-state solution will lead to more extremism and more instability.” “We are ready to work positively with the Trump administration in order to bring peace,” the statement continued, “but the Israeli Prime...
  • Angry ABC in ‘Open Hostility’ at Trump for ‘Shutting Down’ Free Speech

    02/15/2017 6:51:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 82 replies ^ | February 15, 2017 | Scott Whitlock
    The journalists at ABC on Wednesday erupted in “open hostility” to Donald Trump, accusing the President of “shutting down part of the First Amendment” by not calling on network reporters at a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Jon Karl, Cecilia Vega and Matt Dowd repeatedly whined about the “conservative” questioners who were chosen, lamenting that the preferred narrative of the liberal media wasn’t highlighted. In the post-press conference coverage, Vega ranted, “I want to tell you about the open hostility right here in this room. You know, I'm sitting right here kind of in the middle of...
  • Melania goes to Washington: First Lady wears a stunning skirt suit to welcome Israeli Prime....

    02/15/2017 5:10:29 PM PST · by blueyon · 69 replies
    dailymail ^ | 2/15/17 | By Chris Spargo
    ""Melania goes to Washington: First Lady wears a stunning skirt suit to welcome Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in her first official appearance since Trump was sworn in """ First Lady Melania Trump headed down to the nation's capital on Wednesday, where she joined her husband in welcoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara to the White House. It marked the first official appearance Melania has made since her husband was sworn into office almost one month ago on January 20, with the 46-year-old mother choosing to stay in New York City with...
  • NBC’s Welker Passive Aggressively Attacks Brody, Pavlich for Not Asking Trump ‘Tough Questions’

    02/15/2017 4:53:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | February 15, 2017 | Curtis Houck
    Following President Trump’s Wednesday press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker passive aggressively savaged Christian Broadcast Network’s David Brody and Townhall editor Katie Pavlich for questions to Trump that Welker deemed not to be “tough questions” concerning Mike Flynn. Welker told NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt that it was “striking” to witness the President inform the media that he believe Flynn “was treated unfairly” thanks to “leaks in the media — leaks by the intelligence community to the media.” Welker Passive Aggressively Attacks Brody, Pavlich for Not Asking Trump ‘Tough Questions’ However,...
  • Germany emphasizes importance of two-state solution

    02/15/2017 1:25:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.15.2017 | mz/sms (AFP, dpa, AP)
    Following comments from the White House that — contrary to America’s long-standing policy — a two-state solution may not be necessary for peace in the Middle East, Germany has insisted that the approach cannot be abandoned. German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said a two-state solution was the foundation of Germany’s Middle East policy. The head of a German parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, Norbert Röttgen, was quoted by “Die Welt” newspaper as saying “the two-state solution is the only way Israel can remain a democratic and a Jewish state at the same time.” Niels Annen, foreign policy spokesperson for the...
  • Sweden to name special envoy to Israel-Palestine peace process

    02/15/2017 1:07:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies ^ | 15 February 2017 07:46 CET+01:00
    Sweden is to appoint a special envoy to the Israel-Palestine peace process, Foreign Minister Margot Wallström announced during the presentation of her foreign policy vision in parliament. Wallström presented the ruling center-left Social Democrat-Green coalition government’s foreign policy declaration for the year in the Riksdag on Wednesday morning, continuing an annual tradition. […] Sweden’s relationship with Israel has been increasingly frosty in the past few years. In 2014 it recognized Palestine as a state, and Israeli officials have routinely refused to meet Wallström after she called for investigations into “extrajudicial” killings of Palestinian assailants by Israeli forces. […] Without mentioning...
  • Rush Analyzes the Trump-Bibi Presser

    02/15/2017 1:01:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Rush ^ | February 15, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: They’ve gone to Q&A at the press conference and Trump is calling on Katie Pavlich of Townhall. He’s not calling on the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and they’re getting ticked. They’re getting angrier and angrier, and this is one of the ways Trump is fighting back. Let me review for you what’s happened so far in the press conference, because it has elements here that relate to what’s going on with this foreign policy shadow government attempted coup against Trump. He starts out calling Netanyahu his friend. That’s big. Netanyahu has not been a friend of...
  • Trump Promises Israel That Iran Will Never Get Bomb

    02/15/2017 12:23:44 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    President Donald Trump hailed the United States' "unbreakable" bond with Israel on Wednesday and promised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Iran would never be permitted to build a nuclear weapon. Trump's vow was designed to address Israeli concerns over the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, which Netanyahu has warned expires too soon to permanently remove the threat. "With this visit the United States, again, reaffirms our unbreakable bond with our cherished ally, Israel," Trump said. "The security challenges faced by Israel are enormous, including the threat of Iran's nuclear ambitions, which I've talked a lot about," he...
  • Trump to Netanyahu ‘I’d Like to See You Hold Back on Settlements a Little Bit’

    02/15/2017 11:27:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | 02/15/2017 | ANDREW RAFFERTY
    President Donald Trump said he would support the peace agreement Israel and Palestinians "like the best" in a joint press conference during which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu railed against Palestinian efforts to reach a deal. "I'm looking at two state and one state. And I like the one that both parties like," Trump said when asked about a peace agreement. Trump's meeting with Netanyahu on Wednesday was an initial test of Trump's campaign pledge to go further than President Obama in strengthening the relationship with Israel. By the end of Obama's tenure in office, his relationship with Netanyahu was...
  • Trump: Netanyahu should 'hold back' on settlements

    02/15/2017 9:55:17 AM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/15/17 | Jeremy Diamond
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday that the US is going to push for a peace deal with the Palestinians and asked Israel "to hold back" on settlement construction. "I'd like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit," he said, a stronger opposition to the controversial building in the West Bank than he's previously articulated. Trump made the statements at a news conference welcoming the Israeli leader to the White House for their first face-to-face meeting since the inauguration.
  • President Trump Participates in a Joint Press Conference with Prime Minister Netanyahu (12pm ET)

    02/15/2017 6:36:31 AM PST · by Dave346 · 60 replies ^ | Live at 12pm ET
    President Trump Participates in a Joint Press Conference with Prime Minister Netanyahu The White House Start time 12:00 PM EST
  • TIME FOR A RESET-Radical Islam, the dominant political force in much of the Middle East

    02/15/2017 5:01:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2-13-17 | GIDEON SAAR, OFIR HAIVRY
    Radical Islam, of both the Sunni and Shi’ite flavors, has become the dominant political force in much of the Middle East. The past six years have wrought upon the Middle East its greatest upheavals in a century. These upheavals, at first hopefully described in the West as the “Arab Spring,” have now turned into an endless autumn of instability and atrocities. Against this background, today’s meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump will be a historic one. For this meeting may replace the stagnation and fatigue that have characterized policy decisions in recent years, with a...
  • How UNRWA incites Palestinian children to violence and antisemitism

    02/15/2017 4:56:49 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 2-13-17 | William A. Jacobson
    The U.S. is the largest donor (pdf.) to The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), contributing $380 million in 2015.We previously have reported how UNRWA indoctrinates Palestinian children to hate Jews and incites violence, VIDEO – How UN Refugee agency teaches children to hate and attack Jews: We recently showed a video about how Palestinian incitement to violence is generated both top-down from the Palestinian Authority, and bottom-up through social media, VIDEO: No truly “Lone Wolves” in the Palestinian Knife IntifadaA newly released video expands on the problem of incitement.The United...
  • Don’t call the Israeli-Palestinian dispute the ‘Middle East conflict’

    02/15/2017 4:53:57 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2-14-17 | Jonah Goldberg
    I heard a TV news anchor say over the weekend that when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comes to Washington this week he will discuss a path to resolving the “Middle East Conflict” with the new American president. The term has always been a misnomer, making it sound like were it not for the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, the Middle East would be all peace and harmony. The Economist once ran “A Chronology of the Middle East Conflict” that was all about Israel and Palestine. It began in 1917 with the Balfour Declaration and ended with the election — apparently for life...
  • Official: Trump won't insist on 'two-state solution'

    02/14/2017 6:40:26 PM PST · by Mr. M.J.B. · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2017-2-17 | Elad Benari
    A senior White House official declared on Tuesday night that the United States would no longer insist on a “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian Authority (PA) conflict. . . They are in line with a report on Channel 10 News on Monday, which said that Trump will not use the term “two states” during his meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu this Wednesday.
  • White House Puts Palestinians, United Nations in Crosshairs

    02/13/2017 6:01:56 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 22 replies ^ | Adam Kredo
    The Trump administration sent shockwaves through the U.N. late last week when it took a stance against the appointment of a senior Palestinian official to serve in a top post overseeing Libya. Senior officials at Turtle Bay expressed outrage over the Trump administration's move to block the appointment of former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as a special U.N. representative for Libya. The move was widely supported by U.N. members, and, for a time, the Trump administration. Sources inside the White House told the Free Beacon that the move was meant to send a signal to the Palestinians that they...
  • Seahawks' Michael Bennett pulls out of NFL players Israel trip

    02/12/2017 7:03:34 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 32 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 11, 2017 | STEPHEN COHEN
    Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett won't make a planned trip to Israel out of concerns the visit will be used for political purposes. Bennett, 31, was scheduled to go to to Israel along with several other NFL players later this month, but decided against it after an open letter to the players from The Nation on Thursday
  • Chicago ‘Jewish Voice for Peace’ Speaker: Palestinian terrorist

    02/12/2017 7:47:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 02/12/17 14:46 | Hillel Fendel
    A female Palestinian-Arab terrorist who murdered two Israeli students is to be a featured speaker at a Jewish Voice for Peace conference in Chicago. […] More than half of the featured speakers listed on the Jewish Voice for Peace event’s website are Muslim or Arab. But perhaps the most significant speaker will be Rasmea Odeh, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) who was convicted of murdering two Hebrew University students in Jerusalem in 1969. […] Odeh was released from prison in a prisoner swap after serving ten years of her (life) sentence. …

    02/12/2017 3:50:20 PM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 4 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | FEBRUARY 12, 2017 18:39 | LIDAR GRAVÉ-LAZI
    Matisyahu was asked to publicly denounce Israel and declare his support for a Palestinian state. Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions activists in Spain will be tried in court for the boycott and harassment of Jewish American singer Matisyahu in the summer of 2015, a Spanish court ruled.
  • Israel endorses bill to mute mosques: justice ministry

    02/12/2017 12:58:11 PM PST · by ColdOne · 12 replies ^ | 2/12/17 | afp
    Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli ministers on Sunday endorsed a contentious draft bill which Muslims say is meant to silence the traditional call to prayer, information released by the justice ministry showed. A list of draft legislation put to the vote in the powerful ministerial committee on legislation marked the "bill for prevention of noise from public address systems in houses of prayer" as having "passed". It gave no further details. Approval by the committee, chaired by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of the far-right Jewish Home party, means that the draft will now go before parliament as a government bill.