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  • Palestinians Want Tourists to Spend Time on the West Bank

    03/24/2017 5:12:04 AM PDT · by SJackson · 32 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | 3-23-17 | Jonathan Ferziger and Fadwa Hodali
    A bid to boost commerce, but Israeli occupation makes it tough. And now a message from the Palestinian Authority: Walk in the footsteps of Jesus, enjoy some savory hummus and stuffed grape leaves, and please, please, please spend the night. If you squint, you might not see the watchtowers, barbed wire, and rifle-toting Israeli soldiers. The Palestinian government is making a push to attract tourists to Bethlehem, Jericho, Hebron, and other historic religious sites—going so far as to call Jesus “the first Palestinian.” While tourism to Israel has steadily increased in recent years, Palestinian-controlled lands—which include many of the major...
  • ‘Where Are Your Jews?’ Watchdog Rebukes Arab States During UN Human Rights Council Meeting

    03/24/2017 5:09:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 3-23-17 | Barney Breen-Portnoy
    ‘Where Are Your Jews?’ Watchdog Rebukes Arab States Accusing Israel of Apartheid During UN Human Rights Council Meeting The head of a watchdog organization called out Arab states at a UN Human Rights Council meeting in Switzerland this week for their discrimination against Jews and the Jewish state. Addressing the council on Monday after a number of Arab representatives accused Israel of practicing “apartheid,” Hillel Neuer — executive director of Geneva-based UN Watch — issued a scathing rebuke of the charge. “Everything we just heard — from the world’s worst abusers of human rights, of women’s rights, of freedom of...
  • Reports: Israeli-American Teen Arrested for Antisemitic Hate Crime Hoax Spree

    03/23/2017 2:27:46 PM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    Israeli authorities have arrested a 19-year-old suspect in connection with dozens of hoax bomb threats to Jewish community centers in the United States and around the world. ABC News reports that the unnamed suspect is a dual U.S.-Israel citizen. Other reports indicate that the suspect is Jewish. The arrest was “part of an ongoing international investigation that has been taking place for several months with other police and security agencies in America and Europe,” Arutz Sheva reports.
  • David Friedman nomination for Ambassador to Israel advances with only 2 Democrat votes

    03/23/2017 11:26:50 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Senate.gov ^ | March 23, 2017, 01:07 PM
    Vote Summary Question: On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture re Nomination of David Friedman to be Ambassador to Israel ) Vote Number: 95 Vote Date: March 23, 2017, 01:07 PM Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Cloture Motion Agreed to Nomination Number: PN53 Nomination Description: David Friedman, of New York, to be Ambassador to Israel Vote Counts: YEAs 52 NAYs 46 Not Voting 2 YEAs ---52 Alexander (R-TN) Barrasso (R-WY) Blunt (R-MO) Boozman (R-AR) Burr (R-NC) Capito (R-WV) Cassidy (R-LA) Cochran (R-MS) Collins (R-ME) Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) Cotton (R-AR) Crapo (R-ID) Cruz (R-TX) Daines (R-MT) Enzi (R-WY)...
  • U.S. Jewish Center Bomb Threat Suspect Is Arrested in Israel

    03/23/2017 6:43:31 AM PDT · by NRx · 39 replies
    NY Times ^ | 03-23-2017 | ADAM GOLDMAN and ALAN BLINDER
    WASHINGTON — The Israeli police on Thursday arrested a man believed to be responsible for scores of bomb threats that were phoned in to Jewish community centers across the United States, American officials said. The F.B.I. confirmed in a statement that the bureau had worked with the Israeli national police to arrest the teenager, who, officials said, holds citizenship in both Israel and the United States. “Investigating hate crimes is a top priority for the F.B.I., and we will continue to work to make sure all races and religions feel safe in their communities and in their places of worship,”...
  • Israeli Officials Accuse Obama Holdover of ‘Straining the Atmosphere’ of Trump Envoy’s Recent Visit

    03/21/2017 6:26:54 PM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 3-20-17 | Barney Breen-Portnoy
    Israeli officials are accusing US National Security Council Middle East staffer Yael Lempert — a holdover from the Obama administration — of “straining the atmosphere” of diplomatic envoy Jason Greenblatt’s visit to Israel last week, the Hebrew news site nrg reported. According to the report, Lempert tried unsuccessfully to prevent Greenblatt from meeting with Israeli settler leaders. Her effort, the report said, was thwarted by “counter-pressure” applied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office. Greenblatt, the report noted, had come to the region “to listen, but Lempert’s influence was on display, and not in a positive way.” “Among other things,”...
  • Pyongyang Military Exports Threaten Israel; Convoy Struck by IDF in Syria Contained NK Missiles

    03/21/2017 6:25:34 PM PDT · by SJackson · 31 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 3-20-17 | Ruthie Blum
    Pyongyang Military Exports Directly Threaten Israel; Latest Arms Convoy to Hezbollah Struck by IDF in Syria Contained North Korean Missiles North Korean exporting of missile and other military systems to countries and terrorist organizations around the world directly threatens the Jewish state, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Monday. According to Channel 2, Arab media outlets reported over the weekend that an arms shipment on its way to Hezbollah was attacked by the IDF in Syria late Thursday night/early Friday morning. The shipment, according to these sources, included advanced North Korean missiles. Channel 2 added that the nuclear reactor in Syria,...
  • The real face of Jordan

    03/21/2017 5:14:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | March 20, 2017 | Caroline B. Glick
    Every once in a while, the Jordanian people are given a chance to express how they really feel about Israel. It’s ugly. Jordan is the country to Israel’s east with which Israel has had a formal peace for 23 years. And its people hate Israel, and Jews, even more than the Iranians do. Every once in a while, the Jordanian people are given a chance to express how they really feel about Israel. It’s ugly. Twenty years ago, on March 13, 1997, 7th and 8th grade girls from the AMIT Fuerst junior high school for girls in Beit Shemesh packed...
  • Student Leader Who Tweeted ‘Jews Will Get What Coming to Them’ Rails Against ‘Islamophoba’

    03/20/2017 7:35:27 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 28 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 3/20 | Rachel Frommer
    A Minnesota university student leader who tweeted “yahood [Jews] will get what coming for them [sic]” railed on Facebook against exposure of his social media posts as an “Islamophobic smear campaign.” Mayzer Muhammad — president of the undergraduate student union (USG) at the University of St. Thomas — wrote last Wednesday: “I am coming under attack for being a Muslim leader of the student government at a private Catholic institution,” after his online activity, revealed by campus watchdog Canary Mission, was reported by The Algemeiner two days earlier. Muhammad called his posts — which included calling Zionists “the scum of...
  • Gallup Poll: 31% Approval Rating for Trump Among American Jews, 11 Percent Below National Average

    03/19/2017 12:54:50 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 57 replies
    Alge ^ | 3/19 | Ruthie Blum
    Thirty-one percent of American Jews approve of US President Donald Trump’s performance in office so far — 11 percentage points below his overall average of 42% — according to a Gallup poll released on Friday. remember, Gallup has Trump LOWER than Politico/Morning Consult, Suffolk, and several other pollsters
  • Israel threatens to 'destroy' Syrian air defence systems

    03/19/2017 12:32:53 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 19 replies
    AFP ^ | 19 Mar 17 | Unknown
    Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday threatened to destroy Syrian air defence systems after they fired ground-to-air missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes. "The next time the Syrians use their air defence systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation," Lieberman said on Israeli public radio. Israeli warplanes hit several targets in Syria on Friday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the strikes targeted weapons bound for Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement.
  • The Opposite of a Two-State Solution Is Not One State

    03/19/2017 8:46:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 19, 2017 | Shoshanna Bryen
    The so-called “two-state solution,” to subdivide the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea between independent Israel and independent Palestine, fails the tests of logic and history. And it ignores the Kingdom of Jordan – whose participation is required for any stable, long-term arrangement. There are presently three “states,” or at least three governments, west of the Jordan: Israel, the Palestinian Authority (PA), and Gaza. Pro-Israel “two-staters” think Gaza and the West Bank territory should become one state with Israel as the other, assuming-for-no-reason that it is Hamas that will disappear. Hamas vociferously disagrees. Assuming-for-no-reason that a single...
  • Israel threatens to 'destroy' Syrian air defence systems

    03/19/2017 8:46:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    AFP ^ | March 19, 2017 | Staff
    Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday threatened to destroy Syrian air defence systems after they fired ground-to-air missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes. "The next time the Syrians use their air defence systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation," Lieberman said on Israeli public radio.
  • Mel Gibson Has Been Quietly Working to Help Holocaust Survivors

    03/18/2017 4:35:03 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    People.com ^ | March 17, 2017 | Mike Miller
    Mel Gibson is doing a mitzvah. The Hacksaw Ridge director, who made headlines back in 2006 for going on a drunken anti-semitic rant, has been quietly working with a charity that helps Holocaust survivors. Zane Buzby, the founder of the Survivor Mitzvah Project, recently told Extra that her charity helps “bring emergency aid to Holocaust survivors in Eastern Europe who are in desperate need of food, medicine, heat and shelter and we always bring them friendship and hope... Gibson quickly responded to the mission of the Survivor Mitzvah Project after the charity approached him to see if he’d like to...
  • (3 1/2 Year Old Article From September 11, 2013) NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans' da

    03/18/2017 10:12:32 PM PDT · by Tours · 17 replies
    Guradian ^ | September 11, 2013 | Glenn Greenwald
    The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about US citizens, a top-secret document provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals. Details of the intelligence-sharing agreement are laid out in a memorandum of understanding between the NSA and its Israeli counterpart that shows the US government handed over intercepted communications likely to contain phone calls and emails of American citizens. The agreement places no legally binding limits on the use of the data by the Israelis. The disclosure that the NSA agreed to provide raw intelligence data to...
  • Hezbollah says U.N. 'weak' after critical Israel report pulled

    03/18/2017 5:21:49 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    reuters ^ | Mar 18, 2017 | Ellen Francis and Nidal al-Mughrab
    The leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement denounced the United Nations on Saturday as weak after the withdrawal of a report accusing Israel of imposing an "apartheid regime" on Palestinians.A senior U.N. official resigned on Friday after the secretary-general asked her to remove the report, published by the United Nation's Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), from the internet.U.N. Under-Secretary General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf said she was leaving after "powerful member states" had pressured the world body and its chief with "vicious attacks and threats". Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech...
  • After Israeli Attack in Syria: Russia Summons Israel's Envoy for Clarifications

    03/18/2017 2:39:18 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 15 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 3/17/2017 | Barak Ravid
    Israel's ambassador to Russia has been called in by the Russian Foreign Ministry for clarifications Friday after Israel's air force attacked in Syria overnight, a statement by Moscow said. The Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed the statement. Ambassador Gary Koren, who filled his letter of credence to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, was called in for a talk with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov on the recent developments in Syria, a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry said. It is relatively rare for Israeli ambassadors to be summoned for such a talk in the wake of air force action...
  • NETANYAHU: WE’RE NEGOTIATING WITH THE WHITE HOUSE ON SETTLEMENT BUILDING

    03/17/2017 5:34:12 PM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | MARCH 16, 2017 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    The prime minister made this statement on Thursday ahead of his second meeting with US special envoy Jason Greenblatt, further stressing his government's commitment to the settlement enterprise. Israel and the United States are working on a common understanding with regard to settlement construction, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the government on Thursday before heading to a second meeting this week with US special envoy Jason Greenblatt, appointed by President Donald Trump to oversee special international negotiations. “This afternoon I will meet again with [US] President [Donald] Trump’s Jason Greenblatt. We are in the midst of a process of dialogue...
  • Israel, Assad Regime, Engage in Most Serious Military Incident.....Syrian Civil War

    03/17/2017 1:10:56 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 58 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 3/17/2017 | Amos Harel and Gili Cohen
    Syria deploys air defense system, fires missiles at Israel Air Force jets; Israeli missile defense system intercepts missile north of Jerusalem. Syria and Israel engaged in the most serious incident between the two countries since the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War six years ago overnight on Thursday, as Israeli Air Force planes struck several targets in Syria. In response, the Assad regime deployed air defense systems and fired a number of missiles towards Israeli jets. None of the missiles struck the jets, though one of the projectiles was intercepted by Israel's "Arrow" defense system north of Jerusalem.
  • Student-government leader: 'Jews will get what coming for them'

    03/16/2017 8:00:04 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 12 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 3/16 | WND
    The president of a Minnesota school’s undergraduate student government (USG) once tweeted, “yahood [Jews] will get what coming for them [sic],” a covert campus watchdog group revealed. Mayzer Muhammad of St. Paul’s University of St. Thomas has a history of antisemitic rhetoric on social media stretching back to 2014, Canary Mission found, including calling supporters of Israel “the scum of the earth,” referring to Israel as a “racist apartheid state” and claiming the country is “murdering innocent people every day.” Muhammad was previously the president of the campus chapter of the Muslim Student Association
  • US demands UN pull report accusing Israel of apartheid

    03/16/2017 7:12:42 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 15, 2017, 10:16 pm | Times of Israel staff and AFP
    Envoy Nikki Haley says Washington outraged by publication; Sec-Gen Guterres distances self from it; Israel slams it as ‘despicable’ The United States on Wednesday demanded that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres withdraw a report by a UN body accusing Israel of imposing apartheid on the Palestinians and of racially dominating them. Guterres distanced himself from the report by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) but US Ambassador Nikki Haley said it should be scrapped altogether. “The United States is outraged by the report,” said Haley in a statement. “The United Nations secretariat was right to distance itself...
  • Liberals Are So Desperate To Take Down Trump They’re Paying Thousands For Fake Docs

    03/16/2017 11:35:59 AM PDT · by kevcol · 16 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | March 16, 2017 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    A liberal activist desperate to take down President Donald Trump paid thousands of dollars for what turned out to be forged documents, revealing a willingness among Trump’s critics to believe almost anything that might hurt his presidency. The Israeli flew to Rome in January to meet with an Italian businessman who promised him a set of potentially explosive documents on Trump in exchange for $9,000 in cash, reports Buzzfeed News. The documents appeared to prove ExxonMobil had secretly bribed the president to nominate Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state, and the man eagerly passed them on to Democrat operatives...
  • ASON GREENBLATT, THE PRESIDENT’S CHIEF MIDDLE EAST NEGOTIATOR

    03/15/2017 5:30:28 PM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | MARCH 14, 2017 | SHMULEY BOTEACH
    When before has America had an envoy who, en route to one of the world’s most troubled regions, tweeted a picture of his tallit and tefillin for the morning prayers in Frankfurt? When before has America had an envoy who, en route to one of the world’s most troubled regions, tweeted a picture of his tallit and tefillin for the morning prayers in Frankfurt? In the presidential debates Hillary Clinton was asked to name a positive quality about her opponent, Donald Trump. She said he had special kids. Most of America agreed. The president’s children are impressive in their maturity,...
  • 'Netanyahu is cooking up a Palestinian state'

    03/15/2017 5:25:55 PM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3-15-17 | Hezki Baruch
    MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) on Tuesday evening warned that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is drawing up a diplomatic move that will result in the establishment of a Palestinian state. "In recent weeks, there have been too many indications that the Prime Minister is quietly cooking up a process that will lead to the establishment of Palestine," Smotrich wrote on Facebook. “All this talk about a ‘deal' and a regional peace conference, the freezing of construction outside the blocs (those who do not build outside the blocs essentially say that the State of Israel is not going to remain there),...
  • Statement from Mayzer Muhammad

    03/15/2017 12:00:20 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 9 replies
    Facebook ^ | 3/15 | Mayzer Muhammad
    Not too long ago, I posted this article but tried in vain to shorten the title, and it didn't work. basically, the Muslim student body President of St Thomas University in MN (a state where Muslim "refugees" have poured into since Hussein Obama) exposed his anti-Zionism as a front for anti-Semitism. Now, he's trying to "apologize," and has done so on Facebook. Here's some of his tripe: I am writing this message in acknowledgement that we are in a climate that’s seeing a great rise in anti-Semitism, islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia, hate crimes, and other various forms of oppression. This stuff...
  • Palestinian Terrorists Have Killed at Least 64 Americans Since 1993; Finally, US Indicts a…[tr]

    03/15/2017 7:25:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 15, 2017 | 4:46 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    At least 64 Americans have been killed in Palestinian terror attacks since 1993, but U.S. authorities up until now have never prosecuted any of the perpetrators in U.S. courts. On Tuesday, the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment and warrant of arrest for an Arab terrorist involved in a 2001 suicide bombing in a Jerusalem pizza restaurant in which two Americans were among 15 people killed. The indictment against Ahlam Aref Ahmad al-Tamimi, who has been living freely in Jordan since her 2011 release in an Israeli-Hamas prisoner exchange, has been under seal since July 15, 2013. …
  • Trump Embraces The PLO Fantasy

    03/15/2017 5:17:59 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | March 15, 2017 | Caroline Glick
    The new president is gearing up to make the same mistake as his predecessor. US President Donald Trump is losing his focus. If he doesn’t get it back soon, he will fail to make America great again or safe again in the Middle East. After holding out for a month, last week Trump indicated he is adopting his predecessors’ obsession with empowering the PLO. . This is a strategic error. There are many actors and conflicts in the Middle East that challenge and threaten US national interests and US national security. Iran’s rise as a nuclear power and regional hegemon;...
  • Russia moving special forces into Libya

    03/14/2017 5:29:03 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 71 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 3/14/17 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    U.S., Egyptian and diplomatic sources say that Russia has apparently been moving special forces to an airbase in western Egypt near the border with Libya in recent days, according to a report by Reuters. The U.S. is concerned that such a Russian deployment may signify Russian support for Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, who suffered a setback on March 3 when the Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB) attacked oil ports controlled by his forces. U.S. officials claimed that their surveillance units had observed Russian special operations forces and unmanned aircraft at Sidi Barrani, which is about 100 km from the Egypt-Libya...
  • Anti-Israel Activist Linda Sarsour Says Zionists Can’t Be Feminists

    03/14/2017 3:19:16 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 38 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 14, 2017 | Madeleine Weast
    Prominent Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour, a leader in the feminist movement, said in an interview published Monday that Zionists cannot be feminists. Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, spoke with Collier Meyerson of the Nation about the relationship between feminism and Zionism, the movement to reestablish and maintain a Jewish nation in Israel, the Jewish people's ancient homeland. Sarsour was dubbed a "champion of change" by the Obama administration and has been active in the feminist movement, serving as co-chair of the Women's March on Washington the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration and helping...
  • US makes 1st extradition request for Hamas terrorist who killed Americans

    03/14/2017 12:46:58 PM PDT · by JOHN ADAMS · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | March 14, 2017 | Yonah Jeremey Bob
    Late Tuesday, the US Department of Justice was in the process of announcing its first ever extradition request to try a Hamas terrorist who murdered Americans during the Second Intifada in its own courts. Prior to US President Donald Trump taking office, the only legal proceedings against such terrorists have been criminal proceedings in Israeli courts or civil wrongful death proceedings brought by the families of victim, not by the US government, in US courts.
  • Was Obama Simply a Hoax? (allies putting it together)

    03/14/2017 12:06:12 PM PDT · by drewh · 53 replies
    Israel National News ^ | Jack Englehard | 12/03/17 20:14
    For eight years Israel was betrayed and America was duped by a charmer. To the rest of America, and the world, the damage bitterly lives on. He armed Iran to the teeth. The mullahs grow bolder and now Obama’s generosity is President Trump’s problem. Where did Obama get the money to enrich all those terrorists? Came from our pockets – the Constitution be damned, according to Obama and the news media that babied him every single day for eight years. All by himself Obama proclaimed that he did not even need Congress. He said, “I’ve got a pen and I’ve...
  • Palestinian protesters demand Abbas resign over security coordination with Israel

    03/14/2017 12:01:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Several hundred Palestinians marched in an anti-government protest Monday, calling for the resignation of Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas and criticizing his security coordination with Israel. Abbas administers parts of Judea and Samaria and his policy of cooperation between Israeli troops and PA forces against Islamic militants is unpopular among Palestinians. Despite the tense relationship between Israel and the PA, the two benefit from limited coordination on security issues. .....
  • Gaza Tailor Makes Prayer Caps for Jewish Worshippers

    03/13/2017 4:53:18 PM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    US News ^ | 3-13-17 | Nidal al-Mughrabi
    GAZA (Reuters) - It's not easy doing business from Gaza but tailor Mohammad Abu Shanab has found a demand he can supply -- his sewing factory is churning out religious skull caps, for devout Jewish men. Since Israel resumed importing clothing from Gaza in 2015, Abu Shanab has renewed commercial contacts to sell merchandise to neighboring Israel. With salaries in Gaza much lower, Abu Shanab's costs are very competitive. "We make all kinds of clothes and recently began making the skull caps that are worn by Israeli rabbis and Christian priests," said Abu Shanab, adding that as far as Gazans...
  • Infantry colonel says IDF is ignoring its own research (Trunc)

    03/13/2017 11:46:19 AM PDT · by Twotone · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | March 12, 2017 | Gil Ronen
    "The continued attempts to integrate women into combat units has completely failed," Colonel Raz Sagi told "Haboker Shel Keshet" on Sunday morning television. Sagi said the IDF has conducted decades of extremely extensive research which proves the attempts to integrate women into combat units has failed every time and caused failed mission and combat deaths, but it continues to ignore the obvious conclusions and continues the integration attempts "as if previous attempts had succeeded." "They're not giving us the real statistics," Sagi said. "That's very problematic. The real test is in the field, and it's not about pushing the absolute...
  • Trump tells Abbas ‘time has come’ for peace deal with Israel

    03/12/2017 12:05:27 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 23 replies
    washingtontimes..com ^ | 3/10/17 | Dave Boyer
    President Trump told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Friday that it’s time for a comprehensive agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “The president emphasized his personal belief that peace is possible and that the time has come to make a deal,” the White House said in a readout of the phone conversation between the two leaders. “The president noted that such a deal would not only give Israelis and Palestinians the peace and security they deserve, but that it would reverberate positively throughout the region and the world.” Mr. Trump invited Mr. Abbas to a meeting at the White House...
  • The 100-year betrayal of Israel by the West

    03/12/2017 8:34:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 12, 2017 | Ted Melman
    One hundred years ago the British government published the Balfour Declaration which stipulated: “His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.” In 1920, the victorious allies of World War I met in San Remo for the purpose of drawing up boundaries...
  • UI students reject divestment referendum

    03/11/2017 7:11:19 AM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 3 replies
    Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette ^ | 3/11 | Ben Zigterman
    A student advisory referendum calling on the University of Illinois to divest from companies linked to human-rights violations failed, 56.8 to 43.2 percent. The ballot question referenced human-rights violations of the Palestinian people along with those of "all peoples," though campaign organizers say they weren't singling out Israel. UI senior Muhammad Yousuf of UIUC Divest, which sponsored the campaign, said Friday he was pleased the referendum got as many votes as it did.
  • British Royal Family to end decades-long boycott of Israel

    03/10/2017 7:12:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    JTA via INN ^ | 03/10/17 12:14
    The British Royal House will “likely” send a member of the family to Israel on an official visit, senior diplomats said, indicating a decision to end a decades-long silent boycott of the Jewish state. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told Israeli President Reuven Rivlin he would ask the Royal House to arrange a visit this year during Johnson’s visit to Israel this week, The Times of London reported Thursday. Senior diplomats then told the Daily Express such a visit was “likely” to occur this year, the centennial anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. …
  • Hamas blasts 'Muezzin Law' [silences Islamic call to prayer in Israel]

    03/10/2017 7:06:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 03/10/17 22:31 | Elad Benari
    Hamas on Friday denounced the “Muezzin Law”, which passed a preliminary reading in the Knesset this week, warning the law would face “stiff resistance”. “This decision will not pass,” deputy Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said after Friday prayers in Gaza. “Our people and nation will raise the Azan all over the world,” he said, using the Arabic word for the Muslim call to prayer, according to AFP. The “Muezzin Law” was originally to have been applied during all hours of the day, but haredi parties objected to its original wording, fearing that it could be used to silence the Shabbat...
  • Hamas said set to recognize Palestine on 1967 borders, but not Israel

    03/10/2017 6:59:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 8, 2017, 8:40 pm | Dov Lieber
    Hamas is reportedly planning to endorse a state of Palestine along the 1967 borders — a move that would be a monumental shift from the group’s long-held policy of reclaiming all of historic Palestine — though it won’t recognize Israel’s legitimacy. […] Talk of “the 1967 borders” generally refers to the pre-1967 lines between Israel and the territory it captured in that year’s Six-Day War from Jordan (in Jerusalem and the West Bank), Egypt (Gaza and the Sinai) and Syria (the Golan Heights). The amendments to the charter were reportedly worked out during a meeting in Doha, Qatar, which was...
  • Hezbollah's Missiles Aimed at Israel's Nuclear Reactor

    03/10/2017 6:04:57 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/9/17 | Adam Kredo
    The Iranian-backed terror group Hezbollah currently has advanced missiles capable of hitting Israel's nuclear reactor, according to Hassan Nasrallah, the terror group's leader, who boasted in a recent interview that the terror group is prepared to strike the reactor and cause nuclear havoc across the Middle East. Nasrallah, speaking to an Iranian interviewer, disclosed that the Islamic Republic has smuggled a variety of new missiles to Hezbollah operatives and that the group is prepared to strike the Israeli nuclear reactor, which is located near the southeastern city of Dimona."We are ready to carry it out and we have the courage to...
  • Did J Street Just Win Big By Losing David Friedman Confirmation Vote? (9 of 10 Dems vote against)

    03/10/2017 11:46:18 AM PST · by Dave346 · 16 replies
    Forward ^ | 3/9/17 | Nathan Guttman
    For liberal Jewish groups, David Friedman represents more than just a hawkish candidate for America’s top diplomatic position in Israel. The combination of his longstanding rejection of a two-state solution and his nasty attacks on the American Jewish left, have made Friedman the embodiment of all liberal Jewish fears over the election of Donald Trump. And guess what? Friedman, a former Trump bankruptcy lawyer with no diplomatic experience, just won a 12-9 vote in the Senate foreign relations committee and is sailing to likely approval by the full Republican-controlled Senate in coming days. So why does the liberal J Street...
  • Trump Invites Palestinian President to White House in First Phone Call, Abbas Spokesman Says

    03/10/2017 11:31:27 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 33 replies
    Haaretz.com ^ | Friday, March 10, 2017 | Jack Khoury and Amir Tibon
    U.S. president stresses his commitment to bring about real peace between Israel and Palestinians, Palestinian spokesman says. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the phone in the Oval Office. Alex Brandon/AP U.S. State Department confirms Obama's last-minute aid to the Palestinians Defense Minister Lieberman tells Pence: I expect to see U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem soon President Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the first time on Friday, and invited him to the White House, a Palestinian spokesman said. The call was the first contact between the two leaders, coming after complaints by Palestinian officials...
  • Senate Committee approves Friedman, Trump’s ambassador to Israel

    03/10/2017 6:30:30 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted in favor of recommending the nomination of President Donald Trump’s choice for US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, by a tally of 12-9. The vote was almost completely divided along party lines. The only Democrat who broke ranks to join all Republican members of the committee to vote yes, was New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez. Chairman of the committee, Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee explained his decision and that of his Republican colleagues in the committee to recommend Trump’s nominee. “Mr. Friedman is an impassioned advocate for America and for strengthening the mutually beneficial...
  • Palestinians receive $221m Obama secretly gave them

    03/09/2017 3:51:30 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 32 replies
    The US transferred $221 million to the Palestinian Authority (PA), funds former US President Barack Obama quietly released in his waning hours. The Trump administration initially announced a freeze on the move. During Wednesday’s press briefing, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said it was his “understanding” the funds had been released, after initially saying there was an ongoing review. The funds are meant for Palestinian programs, including “water, infrastructure, education, renewable energy, civil society, municipal governance, and the rule of law, as well as Gaza recovery,” he said. A small amount was transferred directly to Israeli PA creditors, as well...
  • Israel moves to mute mosques' call to prayer over loudspeakers

    03/09/2017 7:17:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 9, 2017 | 9:54am EST | Jeffrey Heller
    A law to muffle mosques’ amplified calls to prayer in Israel and occupied East Jerusalem won preliminary approval on Wednesday in a charged parliamentary session where Arab legislators denounced the measure as racist. Supporters of the bill say it is aimed at improving the quality of life of people living near mosques who have been losing sleep. The calls usually begin sounding a little before 5 A.M. through loudspeakers mounted on minarets Opponents say the legislation, sponsored by right-wing parties, impinges on the religious freedom of Israel’s Muslim minority. Arabs make up almost 20 percent of the population and have...
  • US warns Israel that annexing West Bank would trigger ‘crisis’

    03/09/2017 5:08:33 AM PST · by SJackson · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3-6-17
    JERUSALEM — Israel’s defense minister said Monday the US has notified Israel that imposing Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank would lead to an “immediate crisis” with the Trump administration. “We received a direct message — not an indirect message and not a hint — from the United States. Imposing Israeli sovereignty on Judea and Samaria would mean an immediate crisis with the new administration,” Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said at the start of parliament’s foreign affairs and defense committee meeting. “Judea and Samaria” is the biblical term for the West Bank, land Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war...
  • HOW TO END THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY’S ‘PAY-FOR-SLAY’ LAWS

    03/09/2017 4:57:47 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | MARCH 5, 2017 | BYNATHAN J. DIAMENT
    Even more mind-boggling is that not only do Americans unwittingly pay these stipends with their taxes, they are codified in Palestinian law. to Israel last week (February 28) when a Palestinian terrorist, Saad Muhammad Ali Qaisiya, entered the West Bank home of an Israeli man and tried to stab him to death. Instead, the Israeli – whose wife and infant were also at home – successfully fended off Qaisya, grabbed a gun and killed him. Back in the Qaisya’s village of Dhahiriya, it’s likely that Qaisiya’s family held a traditional martyr’s celebration for him – and awaited the life-long reward...
  • Negotiator: US Peace Talks Failed Due to Palestinian Demands, Kerry’s Approach

    03/09/2017 4:36:36 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 3-6-17 | Rafael Medoff
    The 2013-2014 round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations failed because the Palestinian Authority (PA) responded to each Israeli concession with new demands and the Obama administration kept taking the Palestinians’ side, according to a veteran Israeli negotiator. Brigadier-General (ret.) Michael Herzog, a member of various Israeli negotiating teams since 1993, disclosed previously unknown details about the peace talks in an essay for the American Interest on February 27. Herzog disputed claims by former State Department envoy Martin Indyk that Israeli housing construction was the main reason the talks failed. “I doubt that even a full settlement freeze would have salvaged these...
  • Unite behind human rights and vote yes to divest

    03/08/2017 8:37:52 PM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 10 replies
    Daily Illini ^ | 3/8 | Muhammad Yousuf
    Alleging divestment is anti-Semitic depends on the conflation of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. Our critiques of Israel’s practices are not attacking people of the Jewish faith or heritage.