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Hamas Drone Engineer Killed In Malaysia
BY PESACH BENSON  APRIL 22, 2018
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1. A Hamas drone and rocket engineer was killed in Malaysia, shot and killed by gunmen on a motorcycle. Officials in Jerusalem dismissed suggestions that Israel was responsible for Albatsh’s death.

The family of Fadi Albatsh is trying to bring his body back to Gaza for burial, but Israeli officials say they won’t allow this as long as Hamas holds the bodies of IDF soldiers Lt. Hadar Goldin and Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul, who were killed during the 2014 Gaza war. The New Straits Times reports that the family may try to bring Albatsh to Gaza via Egypt; Israel has asked Cairo not to allow the transfer.

2. The Hamas “Press Office” handed down directives to journalists covering the Gaza fence clashes. Palestinian journalists will have to toe the Hamas line or face the consequences. I haven’t seen any Western papers disclose the intimidation their Palestinian stringers face or how it effects the final product. Bassam Tawil noted the Hamas directives posted online.

In a nutshell, Hamas does not want journalists to use the words “clashes” and “confrontations” when reporting about the demonstrations, or that any demonstrators killed were its own operatives. Photographers are not to take photos of Palestinians throwing rocks or firebombs, and to solely focus on the Israeli response. Journalists are not to quote or rely on Israeli media or inform Palestinians what Israelis are saying about clashes. Journalists are to instead expected to “humanize” the dead and injured Palestinians.

Since the Palestinian journalists covering the “March of Return” are unlikely to ignore Hamas’s new instructions, this will affect the reporting of the international media. Most international media outlets and correspondents employ Palestinian producers and translators and “fixers” to assist in covering Palestinian issues.

A Palestinian journalist who is afraid to defy the Hamas instructions will not tell his employers everything he sees and hears. Some of the Palestinian journalists will also be doing that of their own volition and not necessarily out of fear of Hamas or any other Palestinian group. These journalists see themselves as foot soldiers of the “revolution” and are convinced that their loyalty should be, first and foremost, to their people and cause. And the truth? Well, the truth finishes last.

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3. The Friday Palestinian clashes along the Gaza border continued. Reports put the number of Palestinians who came out this weekend at 3,000 — a significant drop-off from the 30,000 who showed up for the first “March of Return” three weeks ago. The Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter) notes that “Several Palestinians this week flew kites with oil-drenched, burning rags on their tails in an attempt to set alight Israeli fields on the other side of the fence.” Indeed, one flaming kite set an Israeli warehouse ablaze.

Four Palestinians were killed; one was a 14-year-old boy who ignored warnings from his mother and IDF leaflets. Hamas and Fatah figures got into a big fight at Ayoub’s mourning tent as both sides apparently accused each other of trying to exploit the boy’s death for political purposes.

According to Israeli media reports, an initial IDF probe concluded that Mohammed Ibrahim Ayoub was trying to damage the border fence.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• Plenty of news on the issue of embassies relocating to Jerusalem. There’s a political tussle going on in Romania over the issue. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and the ruling Social-Democrat Party approved a memorandum to begin the process, but President Klaus Iohannis says that A) the move would violate international law and that B) constitutionally, the final decision is his. The Czechs announced plans to open an honorary consulate in the Israeli capital (What’s an honorary consulate?, you ask.)

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that at least six countries are in talks to move their embassies, and that Israel would offer “preferential treatment” to the first 10.

Tnuva• Nicola Khamis, the mayor of the West Bank Christian town of Beit Jala, sparked a BDS storm by disclosing that he’s also a sales representative for the Israeli dairy cooperative, Tnuva:

Khamis said that if the Palestinian Authority government makes a decision not to work in Israel and with Israelis and not to purchase Israeli products, he will be the first to abide by it.

He pointed out that when the PA took a decision last year banning Israeli products from entering the territories under its control, he obeyed the order for the full 19 days and did not market any Israeli goods.

“I work in accordance with the Palestinian law and regulations,” the Beit Jala mayor added. “Palestinian law does not ban Palestinians from working with Israel, including purchasing and selling.”

• Israeli police found a bomb in a Palestinian truck on Independence Day.

• Ynet: “The European parliament in Brussels adopted on Wednesday legislation preventing the transfer of funds from the European Union’s PEGASE to the Palestinian Authority, if those funds are to be used for education to hatred.”

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• The US State Department is raising eyebrows for its annual report on human rights around the world, its first issued under the Trump administration. The 2017 report didn’t refer to the West Bank as “occupied.” More on the story at the Jerusalem Post. (The Washington Post notes other conspicuous changes.)

• To international skepticism, Syria and Russia claim their defense systems intercepted a lot of US missiles in last week’s US-led strike. Writing in the National Post, Professor Michael Armstrong uses the controversy to examine disputed claims about Israeli Iron Dome’s success rate.

• Israeli cyber firm says it has evidence Hamas planted spyware in Fatah phones.

• Actress Natalie Portman, who was to be honored with a prestigious Genesis Award, said she would skip the award ceremony because she doesn’t want to appear to endorse Netanyahu, who is scheduled to speak at the affair. Portman initially didn’t specify why she wasn’t attending and early reports and reactions assumed it was because of BDS. Genesis Prize organizers subsequently cancelled the ceremony. See Ynet and JTA coverage plus Portman’s Instagram post and draw your own conclusions.

The Genesis Prize Foundation canceled the prize ceremony, saying in a statement that its organizers “fear that Ms. Portman’s decision will cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicized, something we have worked hard for the past five years to avoid.”
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• German controversy, part 1: A German theater offered free tickets to the premiere of George Tabori’s production of “Mein Kampf” to anyone wearing a swastika armband, while offering Jewish stars to purchasing patrons. The play premiered on April 20, which is also Adolf Hitler’s birthday. Germany outlaws the display of swastikas. How did the evening play out?

• German controversy, part 2 (per Jerusalem Post): A German LGBT group “terminated its account with the Bank for Social Economy over the financial institution’s enabling of organizations that advocate a boycott of the Jewish state.”

Kollegah and Farid Bang
Kollegah and Farid Bang
• German controversy, part 3: Germany’s most prominent music award continues swirling in controversy. A number of Echo Award honorees are returning their prizes in protest over the award for best hip-hop/urban album. Billboard sums up what’s behind the sturm und drang:
In this case, they picked Kollegah and Farid Bang’s Jung Brutal Gutaussehend 3 [Young, brutal, and good-looking]. The lyric that caused the most controversy — “My body is more defined than those of Auschwitz inmates” — is only on a deluxe edition of the duo’s album and the song was not performed at the ECHO ceremony.

• German controversy, part 4: Adam Armoush, a 21-year Israeli Arab in Berlin who didn’t believe Germany was antisemitic, donned a kippa (skullcap) to find out for himself. Armoush was attacked by a man whipping his belt while shouting “Yehudi.” A video of the assault went viral, drawing condemnation and concern. The attacker — a 19-year-old Syrian asylum seeker turned himself in to the police. See Deutsche Welle

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• A recent UK Labour TV advertisement is drawing more attention to the party’s antisemitism problem. It features the general manager of a Leeds mosque who the Daily Mail reports has a history of antisemitic social media posts. And Guido Fawkes points out that ad’s producer, Jake Bowers, also has a history of antisemitic social media posts.

Twitter• The Sunday Times of London examined the nearly 2,500 people and organization that UK Labour Jeremy Corbyn follows on Twitter. According to the Times, he follows :more than 40 accounts that are pro-Palestine and in many cases fiercely anti-Israel. A small number of tweets on those accounts are abusive and some are anti-semitic” and violate both Labour and Twitter policies on antisemitism.

Other accounts Corbyn follows “are used to spread some of the conspiracy theories that seek to exonerate the Syrian regime for the suspected chemical attack in Douma and the Russians for any involvement in the chemical attack in Salisbury against Sergei Skripal.”

Last night Labour sources said that while Corbyn often sends his own tweets, they denied he had seen the anti-semitic ones, claiming he does not have time to read his Twitter timeline.

• A University of Winchester academic who defended Jeremy Corbyn is now being investigated for antisemitism.

• Syracuse University suspends fraternity after video of ‘extremely racist’ behavior surfaces.

• 250 French intellectuals can’t be wrong, can they?

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• Teens apologize for threatening to bomb Swedish Jews at Malmo synagogue.

Commentary/Analysis
• Quote of the day goes to Bret Stephens, addressing international critics of Israel’s response to the Gaza border clashes:

It would also be helpful if they could explain how they can insist on Israel’s retreat to the 1967 borders and then scold Israel when it defends those borders. They can’t. If the armchair corporals want to persist in demands for withdrawals that for 25 years have led to more Palestinian violence, not less, the least they can do is be ferocious in defense of Israel’s inarguable sovereignty. Somehow they almost never are.

• Heather Mann is making waves describing in a Sunday Times of London op-ed the threats and abuse she and her family have received because her father, Labour MP John Mann, fights antisemitism. We’re talking about threats of rape, a vial of suspicious liquid found in the mailbox, visits from the bomb squad, and more.

The abuse received by my dad and other MPs, including Ruth Smeeth, continues to be ignored or denied. Some Labour Party members are even questioning whether these latest threats against my family are real. It’s my, my mum’s and my sister’s safety we are talking about.

We are a strong family. But I understand what so many Jewish Labour supporters are now feeling. I demand leadership from my party.

Last week, her father gave a rousing must-watch speech against antisemitism in the House of Commons.

• Plenty of spilled ink and burnt pixels dealing with Israel, Syria and Iran.

– Ron Prosor: Time to target Hezbollah in Europe
– Alex Fishman: Israel playing on Iranian nerves
– Avi Issacharoff: Israel and Iran are headed for a collision in Syria
– Yaroslav Trofimov: Iran’s moves in Syria raise risk of conflict With Israel (click via Twitter)
– Jennifer Rubin: Another administration causes headaches for Israel in Syria
– Lawrence Freedman: Israel and Iran will joust but know all-out conflict is too risky

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Avi Issacharoff: Israel-Hamas shadow war follows Palestinian expats to Malaysia
– Yoav Limor: Hallmarks of an Israeli hit
– Liron Libman: The blurred distinction between armed conflict and civil unrest: Recent events in Gaza
– Hadley Freeman: If people don’t know about the Holocaust, it’s because they don’t really care
– David Collier: Attacking Jews, the whole antisemitism crisis, will ‘be positive for Labour’
– Melanie Phillips: In Britain and Poland, antisemitism’s ugly history repeats itself
– Yonah Jeremy Bob: Did Mark Zuckerberg make Facebook vulnerable to anti-terror lawsuits?

• For a sense of what the critics are saying, see Roger Cohen.

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Syrian Air Strike Targeted Advanced Iranian Air Defenses
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1. According to the Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter), last week’s airstrike on Syria’s T4 airbase targeted an advanced Iranian air defense system and that “Israel had begun planning the strike before a suspected Syrian chemical weapons attack on April 7.”

2. During a UK parliamentary discussion on antisemitism, angry Labour backbenchers accused Jeremy Corbyn of lacking the moral clarity and decisiveness to take action against antisemitism within the party. In a stormy meeting that lasted nearly three hours, MPs — some driven to tears — shared the burgeoning hate mail, threats and abuse they and their friends have received for speaking out against antisemitism. More at The Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Jewish Chronicle. See Anoosh Chakelian‘s take.


Durham Police Dept.3. At the behest of BDS advocates, the city council of Durham, North Carolina, voted to prohibit international police exchanges. Pro-Palestinian supporters originally sought a resolution singling out police exchanges with Israel.

A police spokesman said the department hasn’t engaged in any exchanges with Israel and doesn’t plan to. WRAL-TV reports former Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez spent a week in Israel undergoing training.

“None of the training had anything to do with militarization,” Lopez said. “It was about leadership, it was learning about terrorism and then learning about how to interact with people who are involved in mass casualty situations and how to manage mass casualty situations.”

Lopez also said while he was chief, two of his commanders went to Washington, D.C., to receive training from Israeli police, and he felt the experiences were valuable.

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4. AP’s Three-Way Independence Day Botch: Wire service marks Independence Day with a trifecta of errors.

5. HonestReporting’s mission to Israel is soaking up the Memorial Day experiences. The group visited the Heritage Center of the Givati Division in Ashdod, participated in a memorial ceremony at one of the military cemeteries and then visited the Armored Corps Memorial Site and Museum. The somber mood changes at sundown when the Independence Day celebrations kick off.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• Israeli intelligence doesn’t believe the US-led missile strikes on Syria have deterred Bashar Assad from using chemical weapons again, per Ynet.

• Gaza gunmen fired on Israeli soldiers operating along the Gaza border on Tuesday evening, prompting an IDF tank to fire shells at a Hamas border post. No Israeli casualties were reported.

• A Palestinian man arrested with knife at Qalandiya checkpoint this afternoon admitted he intended to stab an Israeli.

• Diplomat’s wife snubbed — just for being Israeli.

• An alleged Hamas agent says he met Dutch officials at event organized by Oxfam. The JTA reports that Abu Amin Rashed’s Facebook post about Monday’s meeting in The Hague is raising concerns about government money provided to Oxfam making its way to Hamas.

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President Reuven Rivlin and a Holocaust survivor at Auschwitz during the 2018 March of the Living
• Polish nationalists are calling for an investigation of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who they say violated a controversial Holocaust speech law during a recent visit to Auschwitz. AP explains:
At issue in the group’s complaint are comments in which Rivlin reportedly told Polish President Andrzej Duda that Poland allowed the implementation of Germany’s genocide, National Movement Vice President Krzysztof Bosak said.

The alleged comments during commemorations at Auschwitz last Thursday were carried in Israeli media and were not part of Rivlin’s public remarks.

Bosak said it would be unacceptable if Rivlin asserted that Poland bears any responsibility for the Holocaust. While the National Movement understands that diplomatic immunity protects the Israeli president from prosecution, it wants the nature of the president’s remarks to be clarified, he said.

• Italian soccer fans taunted a rival team’s followers with anti-Semitic chants.

• Jewish cemetery vandalized near Paris.

Commentary
• Racheli Frenkel, the mother of Naftali Frenkel, one of the three teens who were kidnapped and murdered in 2014, nails the essence of Memorial Day.

My Memorial Day has hardly changed. It has always been mine, ours, the closest thing to sanctity that can be created by a secular calendar. It has never been perceived as a gesture towards the bereaved family, as a show of respect and goodwill, a gesture towards the victim. It’s coming together around the loss we are all experiencing. One doesn’t have to lose a close relative, God forbid, to feel that this date is part of Israel’s personal and familial calendar.

But our memorial days have never been a veneration of the dead. This isn’t a culture of martyrs. We will always favor, appreciate and celebrate life over death. It is good to live for our country, it is good to live. It is good to raise the price of life.

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• A who’s who of British personalities shared their thoughts on What Israel Means to Me.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Boaz Bismuth: Giving thanks for the miracle of the ordinary
– Rabbi Warren Goldstein: Israel at 70
– Barbara Kay: A gift for Israel’s birthday: a legal summary of its clear legitimacy
– Arsen Ostrovsky: Celebrating Israel’s independence: A story of hope, courage and freedom
– Seth Frantzman: Hezbollah’s war of words telegraphs Iran’s response to Jerusalem
– Roger Boyes: Israel and Iran face a showdown in Syria
– Rick Ekstein: Israel’s search for peace may pass through the Gulf
– Times of London (staff-ed): New lows for Jeremy Corbyn

 

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Syrian Army Gears Up for Offensive on Palestinian Refugee Camp
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Flags lay on graves of fallen Israeli soldiers on Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem in this 2017 image. Israel begins a 24-hour period of honoring it's fallen soldiers and those who died in attacks when Memorial Day begins on April 17 at sundown. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
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1. The Bashar Assad regime is gearing up for an offensive against Islamic State in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp, the Jerusalem Post reports. Most of the camp’s residents fled for Lebanon as the Syrian civil war escalated, but some 18,000 Palestinians remain in Yarmouk, besieged and near starvation.

Will the Syrians drop leaflets or barrel bombs on the UNRWA-administered camp?


Qasem Soleimani, senior commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.
2. Israel’s bracing for expected retaliation from Iran. Diplomats abroad are on alert. Israel revealed more details about Iran’s deployment of forces in Syria. More on that at Ynet, i24 News and Israel HaYom.

Israeli defense officials said that the majority of Iran’s military support is delivered to Syria under the guise of humanitarian aid.

Since 2015, the Iranian Air Force has been conducting routine flights into Syria, using military cargo planes disguised as civilian Iranian airlines to transport weapons and combat personnel, including drone operators.

The Quds Force is said to be focused on establishing air defenses and drone operations in Syria, so it can use them to launch direct offensives against Israel.

Will Tehran’s threatened revenge overshadow Independence Day celebrations?

3. Haaretz and Ynet report that peacefully protesting Gazans have flown several firebomb-laden kites into Israel, sparking blazes in nearby kibbutzim. No injuries or significant damage reported but fire fighters are on alert.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• Europe to Hamas: Relinquish armed struggle for five years (!?) and we’ll rebuild Gaza.
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• The mayor of French city council who supports boycotts of Israel was blocked from entering Israel at the Allenby Bridge on Monday. Earlier this year, Gennevilliers Mayor Patrice Leclerc, of the French Communist Party, pushed a council resolution recognizing Palestinian statehood (subsequently rescinded under pressure).

Leclerc was also part of a French delegation barred from Israel after seeking to visit Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti and other security prisoners last year.

• An IDF source confirmed to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman that Israel indeed was responsible for last week’s attack on the T4 air base in Syria, where Iranian aerial drones were reportedly kept.

“It was the first time we attacked live Iranian targets — both facilities and people,” said the Israeli military source. And the Iranians not only openly announced their embarrassing losses through the semiofficial Fars news agency — they have played down previous indirect casualties from Israeli strikes in Syria — but then publicly vowed to take revenge.

The rest of Friedman’s column is worth reading.

• Syria blames missile malfunction and false alarm on Israeli-US ‘joint electronic attack.’

• Israel’s new ambassador to Jordan took up his post in Amman closing the chapter on a months-long diplomatic row. Israeli-Jordanian relations nose-dived in July when a security guard shot and killed two Jordanians, one of whom was said to have attacked the guard. Amb. Amir Weissbrod replaces Einat Schlein.
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• Ahead of the country’s 70th anniversary celebrations, here’s a by the numbers look at Israeli population figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

– 8,842,000: current overall population
– 6,589,000: Jewish citizens
– 1,849,000: Arab citizens
– 404,000: citizens from other ethnic groups
– 177,000: babies born in past year
– 28,000: new immigrants in past year
– 41,000: Israelis who died in past year
– 1.9 percent: Population growth in past year
– 14,500,000: estimated number of Jews in world today
– 45: percentage of world Jewry now living in Israel
– 806,000: Israeli population in 1948

• One the eve of Yom HaZikaron, the New York Times visited the new National Memorial Hall for Israel’s fallen.

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• The New York Daily News reports that a group of American victims of Palestinian terror asked a New York court to take another look at their lawsuit against Facebook in light of Mark Zuckerberg recent testimony to Congress. Last year, a federal judge dismissed a pair of lawsuits against Facebook which argued that the social media giant was liable for allowing terror groups like Hamas to further their goals.

A year after a Brooklyn federal judge concluded Facebook couldn’t be on the hook for enabling Hamas attacks in Israel, the victims are insisting Zuckerberg’s two days of testimony put a whole new spin on the legal fight . . .

“It is clear from Zuckerberg’s testimony that Facebook takes an active role in forming the content appearing on its website,” attorney Robert Tolchin told the Second Circuit.

• Student government vote on Israel boycott resolution cancelled at George Washington U. over security concerns.

• NYU: Students’ pledge to boycott pro-Israel groups ‘is at odds with our values.’

Commentary
• Over at the Washington Post, Aaron David Miller and Steven Simon worry that partisanship is compromising US-Israel relations.

But the shattering of our shared image of Israel and its transformation into a political football — a shift that a changing Israel has encouraged — will ultimately diminish ourselves. Why? Because it deprives us of a communal symbol and shared value as our social cohesion is becoming increasingly frayed.

It is also dangerous. Alliances are most vulnerable when they are perceived to be weakening. And a United States divided regarding Israel might forgo intervention on its behalf in a crisis, in a way that could create doubts about American reliability while forsaking a solemn commitment to a people that had passed through the gas chambers and crematoria.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Alex Fishman: Syria strikes: Trump made the bed, now Israel must lie in it
– Noa Landau: Despite tensions over Syria attack, Israel’s line to the Kremlin remains open
– Ron Ben-Yishai: Israel can deal with Russian supply of S-300 missiles to Syria
– Chemi Shalev: 9 takeaways from the US Syria strike briefing, and an inconvenient truth for Israel
– Prof. Eytan Gilboa: ‘Sharp power’: Hamas’ dirty war against Israel
– Peter Lerner: The Gaza border — Israel’s White Cliffs of Dover
– Liel Leibovitz: The Gaza delusion
– Jonathan Goldstein, Jonathan Arkush: Corbyn needs to defend Labour MPs fighting antisemitism
– Karol Markowicz: Why we’re forgetting the Holocaust

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IDF Destroys Cross-Border Terror Tunnel From Gaza
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1. The IDF announced it discovered and destroyed another cross-border terror tunnel from Gaza which was “ready for use.” It’s the fifth cross-border tunnel destroyed in the last five months. Haaretz reports it was found “near the site where Palestinians have been protesting along the Israel-Gaza border for the past several weeks.” The Jerusalem Post notes:

The tunnel stretched several kilometers inside Gaza and was connected to a network of other tunnels. It stretched meters inside Israel close to the community of Kfar Aza but “did not at any point pose any threat to Israeli citizens or communities,” Manelis stressed.
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2. The US, Britain and France struck Syrian targets over the weekend in retaliation for Bashar Assad’s recent chemical attacks. Satellite photos show that the regime’s chemical weapons facilities in three different locations were hit heavily. Officials in Jerusalem leaders praised the retaliation but fretted that the US will soon abandon Syria to Russia and Iran, forcing Israel to deal with their threats alone.

In further comments underlining Israel’s concerns about finding itself alone on the front line, Trump also said, “No amount of American blood or treasure can produce lasting peace and security in the Middle East. It’s a troubled place. We will try to make it better, but it is a troubled place. The United States will be a partner and a friend, but the fate of the region lies in the hands of its own people.”

Israel is also reportedly worried that Putin may utilize the US-led strike as a pretext to justify making some of its advanced air defense systems available to Assad, Israel’s Hadashot TV reported Saturday night.

3. Following some below-the-radar diplomacy, Arab sponsors of a pair of UNESCO resolutions denouncing Israel agreed to postpone a vote for at least six months. Upbeat officials in Jerusalem and the UN said they were satisfied. Does this mark the beginning of change for UNESCO?

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4. HR CEO Joe Hyams discussed news literacy, journalism and the battle against media bias with Steven Shalowitz of IsraelCast.

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• Turns out the Iranian drone shot down over northern Israel in February was loaded with explosives.

• The weekly border clashes continued on Friday with some 10,000 Palestinians demonstrating at several points along the border. Many threw firebombs at Israeli soldiers, while others sought to damage or breach the border fence. Palestinians even tried to fly a kite bomb over soldiers but the Daily Mail reports things didn’t go as planned:

The daring plot did not go as planned as the kite was instead blown into Gaza before it crashed to the ground and exploded. Another bomb was detonated near the Karni crossing, and may have caused Palestinian casualties.

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The latest from Hamas's 'peaceful' #MarchofReturn. A Molotov cocktail was attached to a kite and a 'peaceful activist' tried to fly it over Israeli territory. The devise fell into Gaza, but I'm sure Israel will be blamed for any injuries. pic.twitter.com/W7LYhcQMlA

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• Four Islamic Jihad operatives were killed in a work accident when explosives on their all-terrain vehicle blew up a few hundred meters from the Israel-Gaza border on Saturday.

• Haaretz publisher derided for ‘racist’ tweet.

Responding to commenter criticizing a Haaretz weekend supplement that crowned Israel’s national anthem the ‘most hated Israeli song,’ publisher Amos Shocken tweets, ‘My family was part of Zionism’s leadership while you were still climbing trees‘; after public outcry, Shocken backtracks and claims he meant to point out ‘ignorance.’

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An Israeli soldier salutes a fallen soldier’s grave during a 2007 ceremony in Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90
• On Tuesday night and Wednesday day, Israelis pay tribute to fallen soldiers, security personnel and terror victims on Yom HaZikaron. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Memorial Day based on Ynet and government figures.

– 23,645: Overall number of the fallen since 1860, when when Jews began moving outside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.
– 71: Overall number of people added to the list since last year
– 31: IDF veterans disabled in attacks who died of their condition in the past year
– 12: civilians killed in the past year
– 8,929: bereaved parents currently living in Israel
– 4,849: IDF and security personnel widows
– 3,134: overall number of civilians murdered in enemy activity since Israel declared its independence in 1948
– 122: foreign citizens, who were murdered in terror attacks in Israel
– 100: Israelis killed in attacks abroad

Around the World
Die Zeit• Jerusalem Post: An Israeli diplomat in Berlin, Adi Farjon, took to Twitter to chide Germany’s weekly Die Zeit for a cover story arguing that Jews from around the world “settled Arab lands” to build the state of Israel.

The article’s headline, “Israel at 70: Why is There No Quiet in This Country?” triggered outrage over the omission of historical facts. The paper asserted that “Jews from across the world settled Arab lands and simply created facts out of which the State of Israel grew.”

• 40 academics at the U. of Sydney pledge to boycott Israel.

• 51 NYU student groups pledge to boycott Israel and its pro-Israel backers.

• Columbia U. students accuse anti-Zionist groups of ‘systematically harassing, silencing’ opposing voices.

• South Carolina is set to become first state to define anti-Semitism by law. The JTA picked up on coverage from the Charleston Post and Courier.

Under the measure, universities must take the definition into account when reviewing charges of discrimination or bias.

The bill uses as its template the State Department definition of anti-Semitism, which includes as anti-Semitic calls for violence against Jews, advancing conspiracy theories about Jewish control and Holocaust denial. More controversially, it also includes “applying double standards” to Israel “by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.”

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• UK Labour shadow minister suggests party could back BDS movement.

• Jewish Chronicle: Labour Party will no longer use award-winning TV and film director Ken Loach to produce its election broadcasts following his comments on antisemitism this week.

This comes after the film-maker demanded that the Labour MPs who demonstrated against antisemitism in Parliament Square be kicked out of the party.

• A 40-year-old Jewish man found was found dead and bound in his Paris apartment.

Police believe the motive for the crime is financial, according to the report. Jeremy Dahan’s car and an expensive hand watch were missing.

In recent years, France has seen several cases of extreme violence against Jewish victims whose attackers singled them out for robbery, rape and murder because they were Jewish.

• Unable to find venues to perform, the antisemitic French comedian Dieudonne — who has been repeatedly convicted of hate speech — turned to deception to book Chateau de Vaugrenier on France’s Cote d’Azur. Now the owners of the chateau have sued Dieudonne and his agents.

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A US B-1 bomber takeoff in 2016
• The Western missile strike on Syria was welcome, but didn’t go far enough for Israel, Ron Ben-Yishai argues:

The “one time shot” announced by US Secretary of Defense James Mattis hit only Syria’s chemical weapons infrastructures and little else. It’s far less than what could have—and should have—been done, especially considering the fact the targets hit do not threaten the regime’s survivability or its ability to continue its victory tour over rebel groups.

If anything, those deterred are the Americans, French and British, who were overly cautious with their choice of targets out of fear of angering Putin. Defense Secretary Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford claimed the strike was limited to avoid harming civilians or other collateral damage.

• The Syrian situation’s on my mind this weekend:

– Ron Prosor: Mission not accomplished
– Zvi Bar’el: Putin may limit Israel’s operations in Syria in retaliation for US-led strikes
– Herb Keinon: For Israel, not much changes after US-led attack
– David Horovitz: Attack drone revelation shows grave, immediate, adjacent threat to Israel: Iran
– Noga Tarnopolsky: Trump’s hit-and-split approach to Syria has Israelis worried: The US goes, Iran stays

• Plenty of ink spills, broken quills, and burnt pixels weighing in on Gaza:

– Shimrit Meir: In Gaza, a march into the unknown
– Yossi Klein Halevi: Israelis, Palestinians and the Necessary Injustice of Partition (click via Twitter)
– Seth Frantzman: How Gaza’s mass protests are failing to make an impact
– Grisha Yakubovich: Popular resistance vs. Israeli independence
– Dr. Reuven Berko: Hamas’ failed doctrine
– Marc Lynch: Why Gaza’s ‘March of Return’ isn’t dominating Arab headlines
– Yoni Ben Menachem: Why Egypt is concerned about Gaza’s ‘Return March’
– Gary Rosenblatt: Israel-Gaza Clash About Outlook, Not Borders
– Haim Ramon: It’s time to end policy of coexistence with Hamas

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Brendan O’Neill: Why do you hate Israel?
– Julie Szego: Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head once more
– Bassam Tawil: Palestinians: License to kill Americans
– Robert Fulford: The next British PM might be an anti-Semite, like some leftist friends
– Shmuel Berkowitz: The status of Jerusalem in international and Israeli law
– Randy Hultgren and Aviv Ezra: Israeli medical humanitarian work along Syrian border deserves UN recognition

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Israel On Alert as Iran Vows Revenge for Air Strike
BY PESACH BENSON  APRIL 12, 2018

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1. The IDF’s on high alert and preparing for retaliation from Iran or Hezbollah. A top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, said “Israel’s crime” would “not remain without response.”

Iran was setting up a large air force compound at the T-4 Base in Syria, according to Haaretz.

2. At a conference in Ramallah, Dublin Mayor Micheal Eamonn Mac Donncha said Palestinians, like the Irish, were victims of imperialism, Ynet reports.
Donncha was on an Israeli government blacklist barring him from entering the country, but managed to pass through Ben Gurion because his name was misspelled on the Ministry of Strategic Affairs’ paperwork.

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3. UK Labour Party scandals have ’emboldened’ antisemitic attackers according to a report picked up by the Daily Telegraph. The JTA and Washington Post looked at the Tel Aviv U. study’s other findings.

Alongside hard-right antisemitic activity there has also been a “rise in leftist antisemitism” which “supports radical Muslim anti-Israeli attitudes expressed in antisemitic terms such as in the BDS and Antifa movements, and certainly in the UK Labour party led by Jeremy Corbyn,” it said.

“The recent strengthening of the extreme right in a number of European countries was accompanied by slogans and symbols which remind, not only the Jewish population, of the 1930s, despite the significant differences between the two periods,” the report added.

4. Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018: In Israel, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, everything stops for two minutes. Here’s a little peak from right outside our office.



5. Saeb Erekat: Leg Injury is an ‘Extrajudicial Killing’: Quoted in the Daily Telegraph, serial liar Saeb Erekat falsely claimed that a Palestinian was the victim of an “extrajudicial killing” even though he was actually shot in the leg and injured — a significant detail that HR got added to the story.

6. HR managing editor Simon Plosker discussed the latest events and media coverage from Israel with Australia’s J-Air Radio‘s David Schulberg.



Israel and the Palestinians
• Israeli jets carried out an overnight air strike on a Hamas compound in Gaza after a bomb was detonated near an IDF bulldozer doing routine work on the Israeli side of the border fence. One Palestinian — a Hamasnik — was killed in the air strike. Palestinians fired gunshots at the aircraft, instead hitting an Israeli home in Kibbutz Sha’ar Hanegev (it’s okay — the baby was in the shelter).

The Times of Israel notes:

According to the IDF, the improvised explosive device was planted in the area during one of the demonstrations held along the security fence in recent weeks.

• Hamas has been practicing breaching the Gaza security fence to abducting IDF soldiers, and is also interested in sparking wildfires in nearby Israeli agricultural fields, according to Israeli media reports.

Sources in the IDF Southern Command said that chatter on Palestinian social media indicates that, following last week’s “tire-torching campaign” – during which demonstrators used mirrors and set fire to hundreds of tires with the aim of creating a smokescreen to hinder Israeli troops’ counterterrorism efforts – this week, protesters plan a “Molotov campaign” and are likely to hurl large numbers of firebombs over the security fence.

The main concern here is that some of the firebombs could hit agricultural areas that are near the border, sparking potentially massive fires.

• What is Hamas’ end game for the Gaza border clashes?

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• IDF to discipline soldiers who filmed sniper video.

• Slovenia’s expected recognition of Palestine was indefinitely frozen amid politics, upcoming elections and even death threats.

• Guatemala to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem on May 16.

• Hamas’s chosen weapon against moderate Muslims is Holocaust denial.

Around the World
• Florida-Israel group cancels Miami-area Independence Day events over safety concerns.

• 22% of young Americans have never heard of the Holocaust.

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German Einsatzgruppen executing Jews near Ivangorod, Ukraine, in 1942.
• The Daily Beast takes a closer look at rising antisemitism in Germany.

Human rights defenders, entrepreneurs, journalists, and victims of anti-Semitism tell The Daily Beast they feel lost and shocked and under attack from many different directions—from Muslim migrants who despise Israel, and from far-right and far-left figures in German politics. Last year, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior reported more than 600 incidents of attacks on Jews and Jewish public spaces across the country.

• Anti-Semitic graffiti painted on Jewish elementary school in Paris.

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• Worth reading: Einat Wilf raises important points about the relationship between the Holocaust and Israel’s founding, and what it means for today. Read it all.
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 "On #HolocaustMemorialDay Israelis mourn a vision of a state that could have been home to so many more. Zionism sought a state for the Jews not so that 'never again'. Zionism sought a state for the Jews so that never at all." My essay on Zionism Denial: https://www.thedailybeast.com/zionism-denial 

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• Plenty of spilled ink and burnt pixels assessing Israel and Syria.

– Ron Ben-Yishai: The lessons of the Holocaust and Syria
– Ronen Bergman: The Jewish state has a special duty to defend Syrians
– Yoav Zitun: Russian response to Syria strike tests coordination with Israel
– Ben Caspit: Israel ‘alone in fight’ against Iran in Syria
– Yaroslav Trofimov: Israel caught in US-Russia rift over Syria (click via Twitter)
– Judah Ari Gross: Syria strike and its aftermath raise chances of open clashes with Iran
– Ben Sales: After its latest strike on Syria, Israel’s cozy relationship with Russia could be over
– Raphael Ahren: After airstrike in Syria, an Israeli proxy war with Iran looms
– Amos Harel: Revenge by Iran could push Israel to terminate Tehran’s presence in Syria

writing• Here’s what else I’m reading today

– Larry Haas: Hamas attacks Israel — and the world condemns Israel
– David Harris: Israel vs. Hamas: The case for moral clarity
– Amb. Alan Baker: The events along the border with Gaza
– Shlomo Toren: If you were an Israeli sniper near Gaza, you would shoot too
– New York Post (staff-ed): Israeli Labor party right to boycott Britain’s Labour bigot
– Greg Sheridan: Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party allows anti-Semitism to thrive
– MP Luciana Berger: Ken Loach’s threats to Labour MPs who oppose antisemitism is damaging our party
– Gil Troy: Israel at 70: It’s time to reclaim the Z-word, Zionism

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Islamic Jihad’s Top Leader Comatose After Massive Stroke
BY PESACH BENSON  APRIL 10, 2018

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1. “Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah has reportedly suffered a massive stroke and had to undergo surgery in an attempt to save his life, according to Hamas-affiliated media reports Tuesday,” reports Ynet. Other Arab reports picked up by the Times of Israel claim the 60-year-old terror chief has been in a coma for several weeks after being poisoned. Islamic Jihad denied an attempt was made on Shalah’s life.

Shalah, 60, is reportedly now in Lebanon and will not be able to fully return to work. The FBI’s $5 million reward for information leading to the terror chief’s capture or conviction still stands.

Islamic Jihad officials said the terror group’s leadership has already begun thinking of holding elections to find a replacement for Shalah, in case he is unable to resume his duties.

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah in Tehran, 2006
2. I’m undecided on how to judge this but Yasser Murtaja, the Palestinian photojournalist killed on Friday during clashes along the Gaza border, may have been a Hamas operative too. The Jerusalem Post and i24 News picked up on Walla! news (in Hebrew) reporting that Murtaja had been an officer in the Hamas security apparatus for years. It’s based on anonymous sources and Hebrew’s not my first language.

The report noted that in 2015, Murtaja had attempted to bring a drone into Gaza to aid in Hamas’s intelligence gathering. The sources told Walla! that Murtaja was constantly in contact with senior officials in Hamas’s internal security mechanism and many of those officials attended his funeral.

3. Israel’s Labor party suspended ties with Jeremy Corbyn as antisemitism controversies continue plaguing the UK Labour party.

Meanwhile, the majority of UK voters agree that Labour has an antisemitism problem, according to a Deltapoll survey picked up by the Jewish Chronicle and The Guardian.

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4. Media Fail: Images of Syrian Chemical Attack Victims Linked to Israeli Air Strike: Thanks to witless editors and automation, you’d think Israel gassed Syrian kids.

5. The Independent Publishing Lies in its Op-Eds: The Independent is entitled to publish opinion pieces critical of Israel. It’s not entitled to include false quotes and lies.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• There’s a new controversy over a video of Israeli soldiers cheering as a sniper shot an apparently unarmed Palestinian near the Gaza border fence. The IDF said in a statement that the 1:20 long video didn’t show the wider context of a violent two-hour riot near Kissufim. The sniper was cleared but the cameraman wasn’t.

During the riot, means were taken in order to disperse it, including verbal warnings and calls to halt, using riot dispersal means and firing warning shots into the air.

After none of these were successful, a single bullet was fired towards one of the Palestinians who is suspected of organizing and leading this incident, while he was a few meters from the fence. He was hit in the leg and injured.

The army also said the soldier who did the filming was not part of the unit of soldiers who fired and that an inquiry was continuing. See Times of Israel coverage and this Jerusalem Post assessment.

 Despite publicly backing the Gaza “March of Return,” PA officials are privately opposed. Analysts told the Jerusalem Post that the clashes are A) boosting Hamas and sidelining Fatah in public opinion, B) raising fears of a spillover effect in the West Bank creating new security headaches for the PA, and C) complicating Abbas’ efforts to put new sanctions on Hamas and Gaza.

• Ynet takes a closer look at what’s known about the air field targeted by yesterday’s (Israeli?) airstrike. The Tiyas air base, also known as T-4, also served as an Iranian drone base. Of the 14 people killed in the attack were four seven were Iranian military advisers — including Mehdi Dehqan Yazdeli.

Yazdeli was reportedly a member of the Revolutionary Guards Aerospace Force, a division that operates drones, which further strengthen the assertion Iran’s drones array in Syria was the target.

• Israel to build two new desalination plants and expand water grid amid ongoing drought.

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• The Assad regime deliberately ‘assassinated’ journalist Marie Colvin, says a court claim filed by the family of the late Sunday Times correspondent. The Guardian explains:
The legal action over the 2012 killing is the first war crimes-related case against the Syrian government to reach court. It includes evidence from high-placed defectors who testify that reporters were tracked via their satellite phone signals.

Colvin, an American reporter who operated out of London, and Remi Ochlik, a French photographer, were killed “in a targeted rocket attack” on a makeshift media centre in the rebel-held city of Homs, the papers allege.

• Irish students, teachers endorse boycott campaign against Israelis.

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Israeli Air Force• Jerusalem hasn’t confirmed or denied a role in yesterday’s Syrian air strike, but all the commentary I’m seeing assumes the Israeli Air Force dunnit.

– Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror: Israel won’t tolerate Iranian presence in Syria
– Zvi Bar’el: Russia’s tough rhetoric on Syria, Palestinians is a warning sign for Israel
– Ron Ben-Yishai: Israel signals Russia and Iran: We’re not scared of military conflict
– Charles Lister: Israeli airstrike on Syria a message to Iran, Russia — and Trump
– Herb Keinon: Never waste a crisis
– Alex Fishman: With friends like Trump and Putin, Israel has no one to rely on
– Patrick Wintour: Israel has launched countless strikes in Syria. What’s new is Russia’s response
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Israel means what it says
– Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira: The implications of the Syrian T-4 air base bombing

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Alex Ryvchin: West playing its part in Hamas propaganda war
– Ronni Shaked: For now, Palestinians are winning war of public opinion
– Pinhas Inbari: Gaza ‘Return March’ splits Hamas and organizers
– Yonah Jeremy Bob: Gaza violence puts Israel back on ICC radar
– James Kirchick: The antisemitism problem Corbyn created
– Pamela Druckerman: What are the French doing to protect Jews? A lot.
– Seth Siegel: Israeli lessons on defeating drought

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Did Israel Coordinate Syrian Air Strike With US?
BY PESACH BENSON  APRIL 9, 2018
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1. Russia accused Israel of carrying out an overnight air strike on a Syrian air base which reportedly killed 14 people — including Iranian soldiers. Jerusalem officials declined to comment on what Moscow called “a dangerous development.” Meanwhile, NBC News reported that two US officials (unnamed) confirmed that Israel carried out the attack, and even gave the White House advance notification while the Jerusalem Post suggests even more:

There is some speculation among analysts that Israel carried out the attack in coordination with the US to test the latest Syrian response system in advance of such a response.

Israel has launched periodic air strikes in Syria to prevent transfers of game-changing weapons to Hezbollah and curb Iranian entrenchment. If Israel carried out last night’s strike, it could also have been a response to Bashar Assad’s recent chemical attack on Douma, a rebel-held town northeast of Damascus. At least 42 people, including women and children were killed. The NBC report assumed the strike was a response to the chemical weapons, though its sources didn’t specify that. The Tiyas air field, also known as T4, has been hit by Israel in the past, “destroying an Iranian drone control center and communications systems.”


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2. This is not satire: Syria to chair UN disarmament forum on chemical and nuclear weapons. Still don’t believe it? See the UN web site for yourself.

budget3. In defiance of Congress, the Palestinian Authority is now openly budgeting its terror stipends. The Jerusalem Post picked up on a report by The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center. The PA’s recalcitrant response to the recently passed Taylor Force Act couldn’t be clearer.

In total, the PA expects to receive NIS 2.790 billion (around USD 790 million) in aid from donor countries in 2018. Hence the allocations for assistance to prisoners, released terrorists, and shahids represent nearly 46% of the foreign aid funds that the PA expects to receive.

4. The Gaza Riots: What’s Really Happening: With so much misleading coverage it’s hard to understand what’s really happening. HonestReporting rounds-up the latest events for you.

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• The IDF brass ordered a probe of the army’s handling of the ongoing Gaza border clashes. According to Haaretz, “the probe is not criminal but rather operational, and upon its conclusion the findings are to be presented to the military advocate general, who may decide whether to open a criminal investigation.”

• Only the Palestinians could burn thousands of tires and then blame Israel for Gaza’s tire shortage.

Hamdan criticized Israel’s decision to stop tire imports to Gaza, asserting that there is a shortage of tires in the coastal enclave.

“There is no doubt stopping tire imports will have a negative effect on Palestinians in Gaza especially considering there is shortage of them there,” he said. “We are going to exert all efforts so that Israel reverses its decision.”

No doubt, the related pollution is Israel’s fault too . . .

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• IDF: Palestinians who breached fence planted explosives. Israel retaliated with a Monday morning air strike on a Hamas military compound in Gaza.

• The chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court warned that the Hague is watching the Gaza protests and that actions by both Israel and Hamas “could potentially constitute war crimes.” The Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel picked up on Fatou Bensouda’s statement.

• The Palestinian Authority’s top cleric accused Hamas of deliberately sending civilians to die for the sake of headlines. Palestinian Media Watch (video or transcript) picked up on Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash’s denunciation of the Gaza “March of Return.”

• Located near the Gaza border, the Israeli town of Nahal Oz has weathered many Palestinian rockets and mortars fired from the Strip. Props to Reuters for giving its residents a voice on the latest Gaza clashes.

• Where did the New Yorker get the idea that Trump said this?

Trump declared that the U.S. would move its Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to East Jerusalem, something that no American President had attempted since Israel occupied the West Bank, in 1967.

• How the heck did Associated Press, Times of London and Sky News come to illustrate coverage of Syrian air strike with images of Syrian kids being treated for exposure to Bashar Assad‘s chemical weapons? You might think Israel was responsible for the chemical weapons attack. (All three subsequently changed their images.)

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• Hundreds protested antisemitism outside the UK Labour party’s headquarters in London.

• In regards to The Guardian’s coverage of Labour antisemitism, readers’ editor Paul Chadwick responds to Corbynistas going nuts every time their hero, Jeremy Corbyn, is criticized.

• Jeremy Corbyn calls for review of arms sales to Israel over Gaza border protests.

• Ynet takes a closer look at Hezbollah operations in Colombia.

Commentary
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Amos Harel: Israel is now directly confronting Iran in Syria
– Yoav Limor: Israel can only rely on itself
– Avi Issacharoff: Why did Assad use chemical weapons? Because he can
– Mohammed Ruzgar: Don’t let Syria’s chemical weapons attack go unpunished

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– Yoni Ben-Menachem: The Hamas gimmick that failed
– Moshe Arens: The source of Gaza’s woes
– National Post (staff-ed) : It’s Hamas that wants to see Palestinians killed, not Israel
– Herb Keinon: As US intervenes at UN for Israel, other world bodies enter the breach
– Noa Shusterman: Gaza will get worse before it gets better
– Eugene Kontorovich: Why Israeli rule in the West Bank is legal under international law
– Tom Gross: If Labour denied slavery, there would be more protest

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BY DANIEL POMERANTZ  APRIL 9, 2018

Palestinian protestors burn tires during clashes with Israeli security forces on the Gaza Israeli border east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip on April 6, 2018. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/ Flash90
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Since March 30, there have been intermittent protests, riots, and even armed attacks at the Gaza border.

Much of the media coverage has been so poorly informed or even outright misleading, that it can be almost impossible to understand what’s really happening. Israel has, in many cases, been made out to be a violent aggressor intentionally killing peaceful protesters.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

That’s why HonestReporting will be actively monitoring, analyzing and communicating throughout these events.

Here, for your use and information, is what we’ve seen so far:

Re-cap of events
On April 1, we posted this explanation and analysis of the events up to that date. It was immediately clear that the “protests” also included molotov cocktails, burning tires, rock throwing, and in one case even live gunfire at the IDF.  There were ongoing attempts by rioters to breach the border fence and enter Israel.
Of the 30,000 Palestinians present, 16 were reportedly killed by IDF sniper fire. The figure later increased to 19.
It was well known since April 1 that at least ten of the casualties had clear affiliations to terror groups, including Hamas. An analysis of open-source information from Palestinian media brought that number up to 15, and HonestReporting was the first to publish that new information on April 5.
Another protest/riot on April 6 brought 20,000 people and new violence: including the burning of what may have been 10,000 tires, and further attempts to both attack IDF soldiers and to  infiltrate Israel under the resulting smokescreen. Meanwhile, and this is not a joke, Hamas is now blaming Israel for what it claims is a “shortage” of tires in Gaza. Seriously. You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried.
A number of Palestinians criticized Hamas for publicizing the deaths of its members, including holding military funerals and rallies. The main objection can be summarized as follows: by revealing that so many of the deaths were actually terrorists, Hamas undermines the PR illusion that this was a “peaceful protest.”
As of yesterday morning, Haaretz put the total number of Palestinian casualties at 29, while a slightly later AP story puts the number at 32. One casualty was Palestinian photojournalist Yaser Murtaja. Though the not all the facts are known yet, this story is making some strong waves in the press. The IDF says it is investigating and that it does not deliberately target journalists.  Most of the information known so far is from the Hamas controlled Gaza Ministry of Health or from Hamas itself.
International investigations?

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In the meantime, numerous international parties, including UN Secretary General António Guterres and EU chief Federica Mogherini have begun calling for an international investigation into the actions of the IDF.  Whether Israel adequately investigates itself, and whether the allegations have sufficient gravity are likely to be the key issues in determining whether the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutes a case.

If the ICC does prosecute a case, Israel is not the only party under the microscope:  Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda has noted that Hamas or other Palestinian bodies could be subject to investigations related to war crimes for their use of civilians in covering violent activities.

The UN and EU, on the other hand, are primarily political bodies and can choose to launch their own investigations merely if their members wish to: without any regard to standards of international law.

When the dust settles and the burning-tire-smoke clears, international investigations will likely be the big remaining question.

In the meantime, the IDF has already appointed Brig. Gen. Moti Baruch, head of the General Staff’s Doctrine and Training Division to lead the IDF’s own investigation.

The latest updates
Some of the critical facts and images from Friday’s flare-up have made the mainstream news, yet some of the most informative have remained conspicuously absent.

Take, for example, this image round-up by Israellycool’s Aussie Dave: including telling, often dramatic pictures of events, some of which have not been published by any international news source.

Another telling scene was captured in this photo of a swastika flying alongside Palestinian flags, with tire-smoke all around:

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A few nay-sayers on Twitter tried to claim the image was photo-shopped, until they came face to face with this video of the same:

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And speaking of tire-smoke: in this particularly shameless tweet, the Palestine diplomatic office in the US preposterously claims that Hamas’s own tire-fire is actually an Israeli nerve agent.

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Here is some additional video of tires and fires throughout the area.

Next time you hear about Palestinians throwing “stones,” keep in mind that in at least some cases, this is what they are really talking about:

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 Palestinians build large slingshot to throw objects at Israeli forces on the Israel-Gaza border today. The "rallies" today will not be peaceful, despite the many headlines which will claim so.

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Just outside Gaza, JPost’s Seth Frantzman caught up with Richard Kemp, former commander, British forces, Afghanistan. Kemp took the media to task pointing out that they don’t necessarily fully understand events even if they’re physically close up. Specifically, Kemp clarified that this is not a “peaceful demonstration” as is often portrayed by the media but rather:

…a deliberate and specific intent by a major terrorist organization, recognized around the world as terrorists, to penetrate the border of the State of Israel.

Arab world reacts
Though reactions are mixed, at least some residents of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan and other Arab countries, took to social media to lambaste Hamas for its exploitation of the inhabitants of Gaza. Meanwhile, despite a show of support at the official level, it seems Palestinians in the West Bank were largely apathetic to the events in Gaza. Notably, top Palestinian Authority cleric Mahmoud al-Habbash declared:

[Hamas is] sending Gazans to their deaths for good headlines… [is] trading in suffering and blood [and] no longer fools Palestinian people.

And though it’s not in the Arab world, as long as we’re talking reactions we should give credit where it’s due: Reuters was one of the few publications to ask Israelis living near Gaza what they think. Here’s one example:

“I’m sorry about what is happening there. I know the situation is very, very difficult,” Israeli farmer Daniel Rahamim said about economic hardship in Gaza, the Palestinian enclave ruled by Hamas, an Islamist group that advocates Israel’s destruction.

“But I don’t talk about a peace deal anymore. Maybe we can achieve a long-term ceasefire,” Rahimim, 63, said as he irrigated his crops. He said his 24-year-old daughter, still “traumatized by rockets” left the area after the demonstrations started.

Finally, if there was any doubt about the real point of these protests and riots, Hamas leader Yehya Al-Sinwar was crystal clear:



As these events unfold, HonestReporting will continue to monitor, analyze and hold the media to account.

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*** Breaking news *** Just before this roundup was published, there were breaking reports of IDF tanks firing in the Gaza Strip in response to three suspects crossing the border fence.

1. “Reports and footage pouring in after a deadly chemical attack in Syria killed dozens showed children with foam around their mouths and entire families “gassed to death” in the rebel-held town of Douma.” Most recent reports say the death toll could surpass 100.

Israeli officials are calling on the US to strike Syria, while the IDF’s former intelligence chief Amos Yadlin urged the Trump administration to ground all the regime’s helicopters used to drop the barrel bombs and chemical weapons.

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2. According to Israeli media reports, Syrian President Bashar Assad has sent soldiers and heavy artillery into the demilitarized zone along the Israeli-Syrian border ahead of an offensive against rebels in the Syrian side of the Golan.

The step violates the Agreement on Disengagement signed in 1974 between Israel and Syria, which concluded the Yom Kippur War . . .

Since most [UN monitors] have been moved out of Syria due to the bloody war and are now watching at a safe distance from Israel, it is unclear if the international body can force the Assad regime to halt its military presence in the buffer zone.

See related commentary by Amos Harel.

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3. Clashes between Palestinians and IDF forces continued along the Gaza border over the weekend. The Times of Israel reported that 20,000 Palestinians participated in Friday’s demonstration — down from 30,000 the previous week, with many burning tires, and throwing rocks or firebombs at soldiers.

The IDF released video footage of Gazans attempting to breach or target the fence under cover of huge plumes of black smoke caused by the burning of tires close to the border, and Israeli television showed footage of what appeared to be teenage Gazans rolling tires close to the border fence.

Meanwhile, a senior Hamas official suggested to the Times of Israel that if Israel boosted the Strip’s economy, Hamas would curtail the protests.

He said Israel could authorize large-scale exports from Gaza, increase the number of tradespeople allowed to travel from the Strip to Israel and the West Bank, and expand the maritime fishing zone.

HonestReporting’s Daniel Pomerantz debated the clashes with former Peace Now director Yariv Oppenheimer on i24 News. In this snippet, they discussed the likelihood of international investigation.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• Among the nine Palestinians killed in Friday’s clashes was photojournalist Yasser Murtaja, who the army said had operated a drone near soldiers. One photographer who was with Murtaja told Reuters that Murtaja was not operating a drone at the time while The Guardian quoted another photographer saying that Murtaja “had been standing with him about 100 metres from the border fence when he decided to go into the smoke to get a better shot.”

The army said it is investigating.

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• The Egyptians and Saudis are trying to calm the Palestinians, according to Arab reports picked up by the Jerusalem Post:

An Egyptian Foreign Ministry official was anonymously quoted as saying that, in exchange for halting the protests, Egypt would ensure that the Rafah border crossing, which Egypt controls, would be regularly opened. The source said that the agreement had come under the direction of the Saudis.

• One unarmed Palestinian who managed to cross the border was arrested by the IDF.

• Hamas was accused of jailing bus drivers refusing to take Gazans to the border clashes.

• This swastika made for one of the more telling images:
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• Israel foiled a sophisticated terror plot on the seas thanks to the navy’s arrest of an Islamic Jihad operative. The plan was to use a Palestinian fishing boat as a lure in order for Palestinians on a second ship to fire a Kornet anti-tank rocket while a third boat would kidnap Israelis surviving the attack.

The navy netted Amin Saadi Muhammad Jumaa while he was surveilling their patrols. More at the Times of Israel and Ynet.

• A Palestinian stabbing attempt thwarted near the West Bank settlement of Mishor Adumim on Sunday afternoon.

Around the World
• Israelis barred entrance to Tunisian taekwondo World Junior Championships

• A number of German diplomats hiding behind a reporter’s shield of anonymity defended Kuwait Airways’ discriminatory policy of ‘no Israelis allowed.’

Fauda• Variety: Top Hollywood executives signed a letter supporting Netflix after threats from BDS over distribution of the Israeli TV drama, “Fauda.” More at the JTA.

The show focuses on a commando unit of the Israeli Defense Forces whose members embed themselves in the Palestinian community, gathering intelligence and preventing terror attacks. Fauda is an Arabic word meaning “chaos.” The show incorporates both Arabic and Hebrew dialogue. It airs on Netflix with English subtitles. Netflix is set to release the second season of the series next month.

• BDSniks are celebrating after Russian punk group Pussy Riot cancelled a Tel Aviv concert. The band didn’t disclose the reasons why, but its Israeli publicist told the Jerusalem Post it was for technical and not political reasons.

• Latin America’s largest airline to begin direct flights between Sao Paulo and Tel Aviv by the end of 2018.

• BDS calls on Argentina’s national soccer team to cancel upcoming friendly match in Israel. This could turn into a Messi situation.


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• The UK Labour party is sharply divided over antisemitism claims, according to leaked minutes obtained by the Guardian. Meanwhile, in yet another antisemitism row, a Labour councillor could be suspended after activists ‘reveal Facebook posts claiming he voted against a new Marks and Spencer because it was funding Zionist regime,’ the Daily Mail reports.

Commentary
• Plenty of commentary on the Gaza situation:

– Khaled Abu Toameh: West Bank’s apathy amid Gaza chaos shows Palestinians becoming a divided people
– Avi Issacharoff: For Hamas, Gaza marches have scored some undeniable wins
– Vivian Bercovici: No country would tolerate what Hamas is doing at Israel’s border
– Alex Fishman: Gaza protests: When there’s smoke, there’s fire
– Eli Lake: Palestinian casualties are no accident for Hamas
– Daniel Siryoti: Hamas doesn’t know when to fold
– Hussein Ibish: The nonviolent violence of Hamas
– Yoav Limor: A slippery security slope

• For a sense of what the critics are saying, see Saree Makdisi, Diana Buttu and Yousef Munayyer.

• Here’s what else I’m reading this weekend:

– Robert Philpot: For most in Labour, anti-Semitism charges are bogus, Israel is a force for bad
– Howard Jacobson: ‘Jews know what antisemitism is and what it isn’t. To invent it would be a sacrilege’
– Daniel Hannan: Anti-Semitism on the Left is nothing new. It has a long and cruel history

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– Benny Avni: Why the new Saudi ruler should go to Jerusalem
– Shlomo Avineri: The dangerous game of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince

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 Exposed: More Palestinian ‘Victims’ Identified as Terror Org Members
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This article is translated and re-posted from work by Israeli blogger Abu Ali taken entirely from open Palestinian sources (as opposed to unattributed military intelligence) in the aftermath of confrontations at the Gaza border. The blogger’s expertise and the information below have been corroborated to HonestReporting by Colonel Grisha Yakubovich (Res.), the former Head of the Civilian Department in the IDF’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) unit and an Arabic speaker and expert in Palestinian affairs.

Who are the victims of the March of Return?
March 30, 2018 – Land Day was officially opened by the “March of Return” events in the Gaza Strip. The events were preceded by intense preparations on the Gazan side, which included calls by many organizations in the Gaza Strip, both military and civilian, for civilians to come en mass to claim “their right to return to their land that Israel stole from them.”

In preparation for March 30, tents were set up and infrastructure was prepared for receiving the civilians, in order to ensure that they would remain in areas close to the fence up until the target date of May 15 – Nakba Day.

The confrontations around the fence opened with intensity throughout the Friday of March 30, and ended with 17 dead and more than 1,000 wounded Palestinians with varying degrees of injury. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, these included about 800 wounded by gunshots from Israeli snipers.

Many claims have been voiced since then against Israel’s excessive use of force in an attempt to suppress the demonstrations on the fence. There were also allegations of Israeli snipers indiscriminately causing harm to civilians.
In the following document, I will present the data on the fatalities as they were recorded in the Palestinian media – by open and public means.
I would like to point out that in the days following March 30, two more fatalities were added to the list of fatalities, which are included in the document.
The document refers to the 19 victims of the events – and it is correct as of April 4, 2018.
Before the data is presented, and for the sake of readers’ convenience, I would like to point out that of the 19 killed there are:
7 operatives from Hamas’ Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades
1 operative of the military wing of the Islamic Jihad, Saraya al-Quds
2 activists of Katayef al-Maqawama al-Wataniya al-Filastina – the military wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
1 operative of the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the military wing of Fatah’s Shahid Nakhl al-‘Amudi faction
1 Hamas security forces operative (armed)
1 military activist of the Fatah movement
1 affiliate of Shada al-Aqsa – the Shahid unit of Nabil Mas’ud – an Iranian-oriented faction
1 Hamas-affiliated operative with an orientation to the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades
1 Fatah activist – it has not been proven that he is a military activist
3 without any significant organizational affiliation
Total of 15 persons with actual military identification. Another 4 whose connection to military activity has not been proven.

Note: Failure to find any connection publicly in the Palestinian media does not mean that they are not military activists.

Another important factor to consider when examining the identity of the dead and their affiliation is the fact that out of the 19 killed, it is possible to clearly identify 15 military activists, i.e. around 80% of those killed at a minimum.

The entire Gaza Strip has fewer than 70,000 military operatives, including from all the various organizations. Gaza has a population of 2 million today. That is, the percentage of military activists out of the total population is lower than 3.5%.

Thus, the dry facts show that although the share of military activists in the population is only 3.5%, in practice, 80% of those killed are military activists. That is 23 times the rate of their percentage in the population. This high rate among those killed is even more amazing given the fact that they were dressed in civilian clothes and could not be identified in advance as military activists.

Details can be seen in the scrolling window below or via downloadable PDF.
Exposed: More Palestinian ‘Victims’ Identified as Terror Org Members by HonestReporting on Scribd
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Myths and Facts: Gaza’s Deadly “Protests”
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During the Passover weekend, some 30,000 Palestinians in Gaza approached the border with Israel and carried out a variety of violent activities in what they call the “Land Day Protests” or the “March of Return.”

We’ve seen quite a bit of mishandled coverage, so here are the main myths and facts so you can better understand the situation and also speak up when you see inaccurate or biased media.

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Myth: This is a non-violent “protest” or a “march.”
Fact: It is none of the above.

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Despite its official name, which has been widely repeated by the media, this is not a “protest” nor a “march” by any commonsense or dictionary understanding of the words.

Picturing something like a picket parade on Capitol Hill? Think again. From the beginning we saw significant violence which would not be tolerated by any country.
According to the IDF and multiple videos, the violence began with burning tires, slinging rocks, throwing molotov cocktails and other varieties of firebombs. The correct word for this type of activity is a “riot.”


The violence quickly escalated to live gunfire on the IDF. Firing on a country’s army is typically called an “act of war.”
Under the cover of live fire and the smokescreen from burning tires, armed terror organizations were attempting to breach the border and cross into Israel with weapons. That is called an “attempted infiltration.”

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For proper context, it is tremendously important to imagine how the United States or any European state might respond to such violence on its borders, or direct gunfire on its army.

Terminology matters, and journalists should call these events what they are. The all too common headline, “Israeli forces kill 16 Palestinians in border protests,” communicates a very different understanding than the more accurate, “Palestinians killed in attempted infiltration of Israel,” or “…in confrontation with Israeli army.”
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Myth: Israel is shooting innocent civilians.
Fact: Of the estimated 30,000 people present, as of this time of writing, 17 have been confirmed dead. Of those, at least 10 are confirmed as active fighters of Hamas, Global Jihad, or the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, all designated as terror organizations by the United States, the European Union, and others. (All 17 have been confirmed as young men of military age).

The individuals so far confirmed as terrorists include the following:

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Hamas has even publicly taken credit for five of the above individuals.

Myth: Israel is shooting people in the back or while they are running away.
Fact: The information on deaths and injuries out of Gaza comes ultimately from the Gaza Ministry of Health. The Gaza Ministry of Health is, in turn, fully controlled by Hamas.

Repeating unsubstantiated claims by Hamas would be like repeating claims by Islamic State: no journalist should do so without clarifying the dubious reliability of the source.

Other sources of information include highly edited snippets from camera-phones on the scene. In most cases, the viewer has no way of knowing any relevant context, for example: what the subjects of the videos may have been doing before the video began, or what activities are occurring around them.

At least one video showed a Palestinian apparently being shot from the opposite direction of where the IDF was located, indicating that the event was most likely staged. While this is probably not the case with all the videos, it should certainly argue for caution regarding the reliability unverified videos in general. See this Twitter thread:
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Rubbish. How does the IDF shoot a guy in the right leg when the left one is facing the fence and the right one is facing his prayer buddies. This video SCREAMS Pallywood.

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Myth: “Land Day” really just advocaties peaceful co-existence.
Fact: The core demand of “Land Day” protesters is that all of Israel should be “returned” to Palestinians. Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas leader in Gaza, emphasized in a speech on Friday that:

The March of Return affirms that our people can’t give up one inch of the land of Palestine.

Historical inaccuracies aside, this is a demand for an end to the world’s only Jewish state. Journalists should be clarifying this critical point.

Myth: These events are spontaneous and grass-roots based.
Fact: Israel’s Minister of Defense says the Hamas terror organization has invested $15 million dollars to organize this violence. Though Hamas has not confirmed the figure, it is well established that Hamas generally spends huge sums on promoting violence.

Funds have been used to: bus thousands of civilians into an area that Hamas has turned into a combat zone, to attempt a variety of terror attacks, and to attempt border incursions under the cover of the riots that they, themselves, have organized.
The investment of $15m dollars in this kind of violence should be measured against Gaza’s need for basic infrastructure, electricity, medical facilities and more. Every journalist should be asking the question: how does Hamas have so much money available for violence, but so little available for the basic needs of the people living under its rule?
Myth: Injury figures cited by Gaza health officials are reliable.
Fact: Gaza health officials are employed by Hamas and lack credibility. While most news services failed to qualify the figures or make an attempt of independent verification, CNN, to its credit, acknowledged this caveat:

However, there appears to be a disparity in the number of Palestinians injured by live bullets. Manelis said only “a few scores were hit by live ammunition,” while the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza said 758 people were injured.

In addition, the high number of alleged injuries could include virtually anything from suffering shock, inhaling smoke or teargas, or even grazing one’s knee. For Hamas, the higher the number of claimed injuries, the greater the PR value and the claim of disproportionality aimed at the IDF.

Myth: This is a conflict pitting the IDF vs. Palestinian civilians.
Fact: Israel has emphasized repeatedly that it has no conflict with Palestinians in Gaza: but only with Hamas and related terror organizations that are mounting violent attacks against Israelis.

One particularly chilling example: the IDF recounts that Hamas sent a seven year old girl to breach the border into Israel, and abandoned her within the line of fire (presumably in the hope that she would be killed for PR purposes). At significant personal risk, Israeli soldiers entered the line of fire, recovered the girl and returned her to her parents without harm.

Meanwhile, rioting Palestinians in Lebanon were turned away from Israel’s borders in clashes with the Lebanese army.

As far as we have seen so far, none of these stories have received coverage in the mainstream international media.

Anyone who truly cares about Israelis or Palestinians should expect and demand accurate media coverage of these events. Hamas is harming Palestinian civilians while simultaneously using them as cover to attack Israel. By granting PR victories to Hamas, the media actually play a direct role in encouraging further violence.

Furthermore, citizens of any country should consider what dangers they may face at home when terrorists see that their violence is excused, covered up, and rewarded with PR victories. Encouraging terror anywhere endangers innocent people everywhere.

If you see biased or inaccurate media coverage of these events, take action and demand fair coverage from your media. Let us know by informing us through our Red Alert page.

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BY DANIEL POMERANTZ  MARCH 29, 2018
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1. The IDF shelled Hamas positions on Wednesday after Palestinians started a fire near the Gaza border. The army is gearing up for massive Hamas-organized protests along the border on Friday connected to “Land Day.” AP previews what’s in store. According to Arab media reports picked up by Israel HaYom, “Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian and Egyptian security officials have been secretly cooperating with the aim of preventing a Hamas-orchestrated march planned for Friday from the Gaza Strip from becoming violent.”

The PA is said to be concerned that any violence in Gaza will spark riots across the West Bank. Jordan is worried that riots in the West Bank could spill into its territory. Egypt is concerned about riots on its shared border with the Gaza Strip and about the possibility of Palestinian masses breaching the border.

2.  Military Police probe finds Palestinian double amputee Ibrahim Abu Thuraya was not killed by IDF snipers. According to Ynet, “the sniper fire had ended at least an hour before the time Abu Thuraya was hurt according to Palestinian reports.”

At the time of the original event, HR’s Daniel Pomerantz explained the background on i24 News:

3. Some Jewish groups are slamming Trump’s new U.S. National Security Advisor pick John Bolton for “bigotry” and being “anti-Muslim.” Meanwhile The Daily Beast reports that while serving as UN Ambassador under the George W. Bush administration, Bolton apparently went behind Condoleeza Rice’s back numerous times to protect Israel at the UN.
Israel and the Palestinians
• I initially thought this was satire.

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• Morocco’s foreign minister visited the Temple Mount’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday, accompanied by Palestinian Authority Jerusalem Gov. Adnan al-Husseini and PLO Ambassador to Morocco Jamal al-Shobaki along with officials from the Wakf Islamic trust which administers the holy site, the Jerusalem Post reports. “An Israel Foreign Ministry spokesman declined to comment on the Moroccan minister’s visit to the mosque.”

• Israeli Border Police caught a Palestinian from Hebron trying to smuggle himself into Jerusalem in the trunk of a car. The driver, an eastern Jerusalem resident was arrested. It’s not clear if the Palestinian was looking for work, engaged in criminal activity, or tied to a terror group.

Window into Israel
• Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was released from the hospital after being diagnosed with mild viral infection. Doctors at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital sent the 68-year-old PM home with instructions for rest and medicine. Although he was fully conscious, the Times of Israel points out “the prime minister risked mass confusion by apparently choosing not to appoint a temporary replacement.”

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office told The Times of Israel they were “not aware” if a temporary deputy prime minister had been appointed who would take over if Netanyahu were to be sedated or otherwise incapacitated. Army Radio reported that throughout the check-up he was conscious and capable of fulfilling all his responsibilities as prime minister.

Around the World
• What did a Jewish reporter learn from an afternoon with three Iranian journalists?

• Reuters: Croatia favors Israeli offer of used F16s for air force.

The Israeli offer, which according to the media reports is worth some $500 million, includes a squadron of 12 already used F-16s.

• San Francisco State U. president apologized for campus anti-Semitism, says ‘Zionists welcome on campus.’ Background at the JTA.

• There is an ongoing problem of Muslim anti-Semitism in Germany. Der Spiegel explores.

Commentary/Analysis
 

– Richard Landes: Mideast pack journalism: Everybody agrees

– Judah Ari Gross: Gaza infiltration puts IDF limitations on display at the worst possible time
– Yoav Limor: Gaza: Israel’s policy dilemma
– Elior Levy: Abbas’ sanctions on Gaza are bad news for both the Palestinians and Israel

– Raphael Ahren: In spy wars, Israel chooses Russia over UK, but Trump could play spoiler
– Norman Bailey: Israel and the presidents-for-life club
– Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman: A strategic vision for the Eastern Mediterranean
– Cnaan Liphshiz: What a Jewish reporter learned from an afternoon with 3 Iranian journalists

– Hadley Freeman: Why did I protest against Corbyn? Look at his long list of evasions
– Karol Markowicz: Liberals refuse to face the left’s growing anti-Semitism

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Armed Infiltrators from Gaza Arrested in Israel
BY DANIEL POMERANTZ  MARCH 27, 2018

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1. The IDF arrested three Gaza infiltrators armed with grenades and knives 20 km (about 12 miles) inside Israel.

2. Jews and other concerned citizens protested Labour party antisemitism, with some 2,000 demonstrating outside Parliament. The Jewish Chronicle reports the turnout “included a broad cross-section of the community and a large number of Labour MPs.” The demonstration caught UK media attention, with coverage in The Independent, Times of London, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and BBC.

Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that Labour ignored a formal complaint over the antisemitic mural at the heart of the latest controversy.

Our own Simon Plosker was at the scene
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3. Israel’s Construction Minister Yoav Gallant has said that Israel is unlikely to join the long list of countries expelling Russian diplomats following the poisoning of a Russian spy in in the UK, according to Gallant a member of the security cabinet:

First of all because we share some ideas and interests. Secondly, because there are more than a million immigrants who have come from Russia to Israel, and the Russian administration views them as citizens, or old citizens, or veterans of of Russia. And thirdly, we have to remember what are the proportions and what are the distances.

4. Unpacking Israel’s African Migrant Dilemma: In a special deep dive analysis, we explore the facts, the formalities and the fight over the fate of thousands of Africans in Israel.

Israel and the Palestinians
• The IDF’s bracing for Land Day protests along the Gaza border.

• Times of Israel: Hamas police violently suppressed a Gaza student demonstration at Al-Azhar U. The students were protesting recent administration decisions over unpaid tuition fees. Hamas claims the protest was engineered by Fatah-affiliated students.

• Worth reading: Globes visited Syrian children being treated in Israeli hospitals.

“No treaty is being signed here, but bridges are being built, one by one with the medicine, doctors’ visits, and equipment being transferred, in the hope that it will make them trust us.”

Around the World
• This is a follow up from yesterday’s IDNS: French police arrested two men charged with the brutal killing of 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Mirielle Knoll. Investigators are treating it as an antisemitic murder.

• AP: Kansas legislators are trying to salvage a law prohibiting state contractors from boycotting Israel after a federal judge blocked its enforcement, advancing a bill Monday to narrow the ban so it no longer would apply to individuals or small contracts.

Commentary/Analysis
• Worth reading: Over at Foreign Policy, Shai Feldman and Tamara Coffman Wittes point out that there’s “more to the Arab world’s newfound friendship with Israel than ganging up on Iran.” They point to Israel’s energy exports, budding economic interdependence, and the Arab world’s fading interest in the Palestinians.

The cumulative effect of these factors is a dramatic change in the attitude of many Sunni Arab governments: from almost uniform hostility to Israel to increasingly viewing themselves as better off with Israel’s presence in the region. Some Israelis, including in the current government, believe this gives the country a freer hand in managing its conflict with the Palestinians, including even unilateral steps to resolve issues in Israel’s favor.

Jeremy Corbyn
• Jeremy Corbyn and Labour party antisemitism dominated today’s opinion sections.

– Anshel Pfeffer: The crisis between Jeremy Corbyn and British Jews has reached a boiling point
– Rod Liddle: Nothing proves Jeremy Corbyn is anti-semitic — just everything he says and does
– Sajid Javid: It’s a sad day when British Jews feel they have to come to Westminster to make a stand
– Matthew d’Ancona: Corbyn’s ‘regret’ over an antisemitic mural doesn’t go remotely far enough
– Oliver Wright: Antisemitism row is battle for soul of Labour Party
– Richard Littlejohn: Anti-Semitism seeps from the political fringe to the poisoned heart of the Labour Party
– Hugo Rifkind: Jeremy Corbyn can’t pretend he has only just noticed
– The Guardian (staff-ed): Labour and antisemitism: a leader must lead

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Khaled Abu Toameh: Hamas’s ‘defensive’ drill seen as a warning to Israel, Abbas, and Trump
– Giora Eiland: It’s time for an Israeli initiative concerning Gaza
– Lt. Col. (ret.) Peter Lerner: This Friday, Israel’s tear gas and tanks will confront Palestinian marchers. But brute force can’t be Israel’s only answer
– Dr. Reuven Berko: Hamas: Aggression by any other name
– Avi Issacharoff: As Abbas blows out 83 candles, Palestinians left grasping for an heir
– Wall St. Journal (staff-ed): The UN hates Israel (click via Twitter)
– Ben-Dror Yemini: Despite anti-Israel resolutions, UNHRC undergoing a positive change
– Ron Prosor: It’s time for a change at the UN Human Rights Council
– Assaf Weiss: Where BDS goes, antisemitism follows

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Bashar Assad’s SECOND Nuclear Reactor?
BY DANIEL POMERANTZ  MARCH 26, 2018

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1.  After Israel destroyed Bashar Assad’s nuclear reactor in 2007, he is allegedly trying again: reportedly building a nuclear reactor near the Lebanese border, the Jerusalem Post has reported. In December, PM Netanyahu said:

Let me reiterate Israel’s policy: We will not allow a regime hell-bent on the annihilation of the Jewish state to acquire nuclear weapons. We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria, as it seeks to do, for the express purpose of eradicating our state.

2. In what was termed an anti-Semitic attack, the body of 85 year old holocaust survivor, Mireille K, was found burnt and stabbed in her Paris apartment on Friday night. The BNVCA  (French anti-Semitism monitoring bureau) is alleging that it was an anti-Semitic hate crime, reminiscent of Sarah Halimi, who was murdered last April by her Muslim neighbor. 

3. Facebook disabled the account of the Gaza-based news service, Safa, along with the accounts of 10 of its editors. According to the Jerusalem Post, the paper is generally viewed as close to Hamas.  Facebook has disabled several Palestinian news sites and leaders’ accounts for allegedly inciting violence against Israelis.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Iron Dome fired mistakenly in response to a Hamas drill on Sunday. The unnecessary launch of rocket interceptors apparently also triggered missile warning sirens in the areas of Hof Ashkelon and Shaar Hanegev on Sunday night.

• A Jewish shrine in West Bank was defaced with swastikas. The tomb of Caleb ben Yefuna, one of the 12 biblical spies, located in the Palestinian village of Kifl Haris, northwest of the Ariel settlement. Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council called for condemnation:

I expect a serious investigation of the matter, just like when Muslim or Christian holy sites are defaced, I expect the government and the prime minister to condemn it and find a solution to the situation that will ensure that Jewish historical holy sites that were preserved for thousands of years are not damaged.

Amona
• The IDF and Knesset members are at odds over the number of Palestinians living in the West Bank. The Jerusalem Post picks up on the “demographic debate” and why it matters.

• Fourteen months after the evacuation of Amona, a settlement in the West Bank considered to be illegal, 25 families are expected to move to the new Amichai settlement that was established for them by the government marking the first government-sanctioned settlement in 25 years. Chairman of the Binyamin Regional Council Avi Roeh said:

Just before Passover, we’re excited to see Amichai—created by the Israeli government—being populated. Amona residents will get to celebrate their Seder in their new home, God willing.

• Air India flights to Tel Aviv now have Saudi overflight rights. But El Al is irate about Saudi discrimination. If other airlines get permission to cross Saudi skies, where does that leave Israel’s national carrier? The Times of Israel discussed the situation with El Al executive Michael Strassburger.

Window into Israel
• Police investigating the “Bezeq affair” questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife Sara, and his son Yair for four hours today. Netanyahu is suspected of offering Bezeq regulatory benefits in exchange for positive coverage on a prominent news site owned by Bezeq’s majority shareholder, Shaul Elovitch. The PM denies the accusations. More at Ynet and the Jerusalem Post.

• Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat announced a Knesset bid, saying he won’t seek third term as mayor in October municipal elections. City council member Moshe Lion, who previously ran against Barkat, threw his hat in the ring as has Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman, who was arrested on corruption charges last week. Cabinet member Zeev Elkin, who serves as Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, is also reportedly mulling a run. More at the Times of Israel and Haaretz.

• Israel to unveil plan for long-delayed egalitarian mixed prayer space at the Western Wall. According to Lesley Sachs, director of the feminist Women of the Wall prayer group:

We went into negotiations with the government in good faith and were willing to give up a lot, but if what they’re going to offer us now is just crumbs, then our response will be ‘thanks, but no thanks,’ and we will continue to hold our monthly prayer service in the women’s section of the wall, as we always have.

Around the World
• Trinity College Dublin students endorse boycott of Israel.

• The antisemitism row has deepened as Jewish leaders brand Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as “hostile”. A demonstration organised by the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council will be held this evening at Parliament Square in London to raise awareness.

Commentary/Analysis
•The Untold Story: The Israel Air Force Attack on the Syrian Nuclear Reactor – Tal Giladi
•Why Assad Won’t Retaliate and the Message Sent to Iran – Ron Ben-Yishai
• The Arab World Silently Celebrates Israel’s 2007 Destruction of Syrian Nuclear Reactor – Prof. Eyal Zisser
• Report: Equal number of Jews, Muslims live from river to the sea – Ynet


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UN Passes FIVE Anti-Israel Resolutions
BY DANIEL POMERANTZ  MARCH 25, 2018
Today’s Top Stories
1.  UN Human Rights Council passed five Israel-bashing resolutions, including a call for an arms embargo on the Jewish state. This AP headline says it all:

UN rights council scorecard: 5 Israel resolutions, Syria 2
 Israeli officials denounced the council as did US Ambassador Nikki Haley in this statement:
When the Human Rights Council treats Israel worse than North Korea, Iran, and Syria, it is the Council itself that is foolish and unworthy of its name.
More at the Jerusalem Post.

2.  An Israeli-bound Air India flight crossed Saudi skies for the first time. Reuters notes that other airlines may soon get similar flyover rights:

Israel’s Tourism Minister on Thursday called the maiden Air India flight a diplomatic achievement and said he has been in negotiations to open similar flights with Singapore Airlines and a carrier from the Philippines, which he did not name.

3. Congress passed the Taylor Force Act as part of $1.3 trillion budget bill. The Act reduces aid to the PA as long as it continues providing stipends to imprisoned terrorists and the families of dead attackers, such as those who killed American veteran and West Point grad Taylor Force on his visit to Israel. The PA denounced the act’s passage. HR’s Daniel Pomerantz discussed the topic on i24 News:

Israel and the Palestinians
• Ahed Tamimi to serve eight months in prison as part of a plea deal. Tamimi’s mother and cousin also agreed to similar plea deals. Haaretz reports:

According to one source, the punishment in Ahed Tamimi’s case is not considered particularly lenient or particularly severe. The Israeli military felt the need to end the legal matter, the source said, as it damaged the army’s reputation in the media and internationally, which may be why the plea bargain was intensively promoted.
• The IDF confirmed carrying out Saturday night air strikes on Gaza after “four Palestinians attempted to cross the border fence between the Strip and Israeli territory and set fire to an engineering vehicle.”

 
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 •PA unilaterally applies for membership in eight international treaties.

 •Palestinians to press a claim on the Dead Sea scrolls through UNESCO?
 •UN demands Israel compensate it for facilities damaged during 2014 Gaza war. Israel HaYom notes:
Israel has presented ample evidence that U.N. and UNRWA facilities were used by Hamas to hide weapons and launch rockets at Israel. The Secretariat, however, has made no attempt to demand similar restitution from the terrorist group that controls Gaza.
 Around the World
•Colombian Jewish anchor told to quit after refusing to cross herself on-air.
•Austria yanks diplomat in Israel for wearing Nazi-friendly T-shirt.
•Jeremy Corbyn is at it again, with ongoing accusations of anti-Semitism and more. Take your pick of The UK
Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, JTA or The Guardian.
Commentary
– Bassam Tawil: Palestinians tortured; media silent
– Amos Harel: Israel gears up for large-scale clashes along Gaza border
– Yoni Ben-Menachem: The Hamas response to Mahmoud Abbas’ threatened sanctions
– Yaakov Katz: Imagine a world in which Syria had its nuclear reactor today
– Amos Yadlin: The Begin doctrine: The lessons of Osirak and Deir ez-Zor
– Jonathan Tobin: What Syria doesn’t teach us about Iran
– Toby Young: If Corbyn wins, emigrating to Israel is my clear escape route
– Makvan Kasheikal: Time for the West to follow Israel’s example with the Kurds
– Simon Griver: Putting BDS into perspective
– Stephen Pollard: There is only one word for Jeremy Corbyn
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Israel Confirms Destroying Syrian Nuclear Reactor
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BY PESACH BENSON  MARCH 21, 2018

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1. Israel finally confirmed that it destroyed the Syrian nuclear reactor in Deir al-Zor in 2007. Operation Orchard (also known as Operation Outside the Box) was suppressed by Israeli censors but Israel’s responsibility for the strike was an open secret for years thanks to hints and slips from Israeli politicians, an account of the attack in ex-president George Bush Jr.’s memoirs and occasional foreign reports.

Israeli censors lifted the ban, allowing the Israeli press to publish previously undisclosed details of the operation, including declassified footage, photos and documents so take your pick of Yossi Melman’s “inside story,” and coverage from the Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, Ynet, Israel HaYom and Times of Israel. The latter addresses why the censor’s ban was lifted now:

There was no one reason given for the decision to remove the censorship on the al-Kibar strike, but it most likely came from a variety of considerations, among them repeated legal appeals by media outlets to get rid of the ban.

It is easiest to see this announcement as a not-so-subtle threat to atomically ambitious Iran, especially given the fact that in the coming months US President Donald Trump may abandon the 2015 nuclear deal, unless significant alterations are made to it.

There’s another element to “Why Now?” Former prime ministers Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak (who was defense minister during the attack) offer conflicting versions of what happened in their memoirs.

Syrian reactor
The Israeli Air Force’s before and after images of the Syrian reactor in Deir al-Zor
2. Hoping to pressure Hamas, the PA is weighing a complete divorce from Gaza. In a nutshell, the PA would declare Gaza a “rebel district,” absolving Ramallah of its responsibilities to the Strip. A PA official told the Times of Israel:

“Declaring Gaza as a rebel district would mean that the Palestinian Authority will no longer be responsible for anything there,” the official said.

“In a way, it would be like a divorce between the West Bank and Gaza Strip. We hope that this will not happen and that Hamas will wake up and realize that its policies and actions are very harmful and destructive to the Palestinian people and their national project.”

The official acknowledged that such a move would result in a severe humanitarian and economic crisis in the Gaza Strip.

3. Fraying US-Palestinian ties became even more tense after PA President Mahmoud Abbas called US Ambassador David Friedman a “son of a dog” and a “settler,” in what the Associated Press called “an angry rant” at a PA leadership meeting in Ramallah. The US denounced the PA chief’s language while Friedman suggested Abbas is an antisemite.

Mentioning US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his plan to move the country’s embassy in Israel to the city, Abbas said Trump “views the settlements as legitimate.”

“More than one official has said that,” he added. “The ambassador, David Friedman, said they’re building on their own land. You son of a dog, building on their own land?! You are a settler and your family are settlers!”

Further underlining the enmity and incitement, Abbas’ Fatah party tweeted a leery image of Friedman with the caption, “settler, son of a dog.” I’m posting a screengrab in case the Palestinians remove the tweet.


Israel and the Palestinians
• Israeli security forces are gearing up for Palestinian violence over Passover. March 30 is Palestinian “Land Day,” and Palestinians are expected to storm border fences amid mass marches

• According to Israeli media reports, the biggest threat to the US embassy being moved to Jerusalem isn’t international opposition or Palestinian violence but Israeli bureaucracy(!?)

• The Jerusalem Post examines how Israel foiled Hamas plans to build a rocket base in Lebanon and drag Hezbollah into a war.

• More than 12,000 Jews visited the Temple Mount since September, a 47 percent increase, according to numbers released by Temple Mount groups. Ynet adds that the actual numbers are even higher because their report didn’t include Jews who independently visited the holy site.

Israeli Air Force• Plenty more to read about Israel’s affirmation of Operation Orchard, including:

– An Ehud Olmert Q+A with Ynet.
– Ex-Mossad chief Tamir Pardo: Now wasn’t the time to declassify the attack
– The reactor’s discovery caught the Mossad off-guard.
– An intelligence official on lessons learned.
– Pilot: “To this day, my wife doesn’t know”
– US official: Air strike was “a blessing for humanity.”
– How did an Israeli journalist reach Deir al-Zor and what did he see there?
– Current IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot shared his recollections.

• While the world’s preoccupied with the Sergei Skripal affair — the Russian double agent who was poisoned with a powerful nerve agent in the UK — Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman takes a closer look at the Mossad’s possible involvement in the mysterious 2002 death of a Russian general who was in charge of Moscow’s chemical weapons program.

• Israel began clearing thousands of landmines from around Qasr al-Yahud baptism site on the Jordan River, the Times of Israel reports.

• Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom once again reveals her ignorance — this time in an interview with Sweden’s Jewish Chronicle and picked up by the Times of Israel.

 
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• Jerusalem Post: As widely expected Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is going to announce that he won’t run for a third term, but seek a Knesset seat.

• “A Spanish judge granted an anti-Israel group’s motion to initiate a trial for alleged incitement to hatred and intimidation against the leader of a group that fights boycotts of the Jewish state,” the JTA reports. Angel Mas heads ACOM, which has scored a number of legal victories against BDS in various Spanish municipalities. Earlier this week, Mas shared his story in a recent guest post: BDS: The Bane in Spain.

Commentary
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Khaled Abu Toameh: Burning all bridges, Abbas sets himself up for continued isolation
– Amos Harel: Forget ‘son of a dog’ – Abbas’ speech was disconcerting for an entirely different reason
– Smadar Perry: The Americans, the Saudis and the irrelevant Palestinian leader
– Zvi Bar’el: With ‘son of a dog’ remark, Abbas showed he’s finished with America. And Jerusalem rejoiced
– Jerusalem Post (staff-ed): Abbas’s end game
– Dr. George Tzogopoulos: Should US aid to the Palestinians be suspended?

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– Atef Abu Saif: Why I stay in Gaza
– Alex Fishman: Decade of relative calm is behind us
– Elior Levy: An escalation waiting to happen
– Yoav Zitun: As IDF keeps destroying tunnels, Hamas rebuilds old ones

– Benjamin Weinthal, Asaf Romirowsky: Iran’s role in the boycott Israel campaign
– Jared Samilow: Academic boycotts are bad for the academy
– Justine Murray: Mindless antisemitism at Syracuse U.
– Gil Troy: Are the Jews today’s wicked witches of the West?

– Benny Avni: Germany’s shameless power play against Israel
– Josh Rogin: What happens the day after Trump pulls out of the Iran deal

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Israel Confirms Destroying Syrian Nuclear Reactor
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1. Israel finally confirmed that it destroyed the Syrian nuclear reactor in Deir al-Zor in 2007. Operation Orchard (also known as Operation Outside the Box) was suppressed by Israeli censors but Israel’s responsibility for the strike was an open secret for years thanks to hints and slips from Israeli politicians, an account of the attack in ex-president George Bush Jr.’s memoirs and occasional foreign reports.

Israeli censors lifted the ban, allowing the Israeli press to publish previously undisclosed details of the operation, including declassified footage, photos and documents so take your pick of Yossi Melman’s “inside story,” and coverage from the Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, Ynet, Israel HaYom and Times of Israel. The latter addresses why the censor’s ban was lifted now:

There was no one reason given for the decision to remove the censorship on the al-Kibar strike, but it most likely came from a variety of considerations, among them repeated legal appeals by media outlets to get rid of the ban.

It is easiest to see this announcement as a not-so-subtle threat to atomically ambitious Iran, especially given the fact that in the coming months US President Donald Trump may abandon the 2015 nuclear deal, unless significant alterations are made to it.

There’s another element to “Why Now?” Former prime ministers Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak (who was defense minister during the attack) offer conflicting versions of what happened in their memoirs.

Syrian reactor
The Israeli Air Force’s before and after images of the Syrian reactor in Deir al-Zor
2. Hoping to pressure Hamas, the PA is weighing a complete divorce from Gaza. In a nutshell, the PA would declare Gaza a “rebel district,” absolving Ramallah of its responsibilities to the Strip. A PA official told the Times of Israel:

“Declaring Gaza as a rebel district would mean that the Palestinian Authority will no longer be responsible for anything there,” the official said.

“In a way, it would be like a divorce between the West Bank and Gaza Strip. We hope that this will not happen and that Hamas will wake up and realize that its policies and actions are very harmful and destructive to the Palestinian people and their national project.”

The official acknowledged that such a move would result in a severe humanitarian and economic crisis in the Gaza Strip.

3. Fraying US-Palestinian ties became even more tense after PA President Mahmoud Abbas called US Ambassador David Friedman a “son of a dog” and a “settler,” in what the Associated Press called “an angry rant” at a PA leadership meeting in Ramallah. The US denounced the PA chief’s language while Friedman suggested Abbas is an antisemite.

Mentioning US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his plan to move the country’s embassy in Israel to the city, Abbas said Trump “views the settlements as legitimate.”

“More than one official has said that,” he added. “The ambassador, David Friedman, said they’re building on their own land. You son of a dog, building on their own land?! You are a settler and your family are settlers!”

Further underlining the enmity and incitement, Abbas’ Fatah party tweeted a leery image of Friedman with the caption, “settler, son of a dog.” I’m posting a screengrab in case the Palestinians remove the tweet.


Israel and the Palestinians
• Israeli security forces are gearing up for Palestinian violence over Passover. March 30 is Palestinian “Land Day,” and Palestinians are expected to storm border fences amid mass marches

• According to Israeli media reports, the biggest threat to the US embassy being moved to Jerusalem isn’t international opposition or Palestinian violence but Israeli bureaucracy(!?)

• The Jerusalem Post examines how Israel foiled Hamas plans to build a rocket base in Lebanon and drag Hezbollah into a war.

• More than 12,000 Jews visited the Temple Mount since September, a 47 percent increase, according to numbers released by Temple Mount groups. Ynet adds that the actual numbers are even higher because their report didn’t include Jews who independently visited the holy site.

Israeli Air Force• Plenty more to read about Israel’s affirmation of Operation Orchard, including:

– An Ehud Olmert Q+A with Ynet.
– Ex-Mossad chief Tamir Pardo: Now wasn’t the time to declassify the attack
– The reactor’s discovery caught the Mossad off-guard.
– An intelligence official on lessons learned.
– Pilot: “To this day, my wife doesn’t know”
– US official: Air strike was “a blessing for humanity.”
– How did an Israeli journalist reach Deir al-Zor and what did he see there?
– Current IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot shared his recollections.

• While the world’s preoccupied with the Sergei Skripal affair — the Russian double agent who was poisoned with a powerful nerve agent in the UK — Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman takes a closer look at the Mossad’s possible involvement in the mysterious 2002 death of a Russian general who was in charge of Moscow’s chemical weapons program.

• Israel began clearing thousands of landmines from around Qasr al-Yahud baptism site on the Jordan River, the Times of Israel reports.

• Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom once again reveals her ignorance — this time in an interview with Sweden’s Jewish Chronicle and picked up by the Times of Israel.

 
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• Jerusalem Post: As widely expected Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is going to announce that he won’t run for a third term, but seek a Knesset seat.

• “A Spanish judge granted an anti-Israel group’s motion to initiate a trial for alleged incitement to hatred and intimidation against the leader of a group that fights boycotts of the Jewish state,” the JTA reports. Angel Mas heads ACOM, which has scored a number of legal victories against BDS in various Spanish municipalities. Earlier this week, Mas shared his story in a recent guest post: BDS: The Bane in Spain.

Commentary
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Khaled Abu Toameh: Burning all bridges, Abbas sets himself up for continued isolation
– Amos Harel: Forget ‘son of a dog’ – Abbas’ speech was disconcerting for an entirely different reason
– Smadar Perry: The Americans, the Saudis and the irrelevant Palestinian leader
– Zvi Bar’el: With ‘son of a dog’ remark, Abbas showed he’s finished with America. And Jerusalem rejoiced
– Jerusalem Post (staff-ed): Abbas’s end game
– Dr. George Tzogopoulos: Should US aid to the Palestinians be suspended?

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– Atef Abu Saif: Why I stay in Gaza
– Alex Fishman: Decade of relative calm is behind us
– Elior Levy: An escalation waiting to happen
– Yoav Zitun: As IDF keeps destroying tunnels, Hamas rebuilds old ones

– Benjamin Weinthal, Asaf Romirowsky: Iran’s role in the boycott Israel campaign
– Jared Samilow: Academic boycotts are bad for the academy
– Justine Murray: Mindless antisemitism at Syracuse U.
– Gil Troy: Are the Jews today’s wicked witches of the West?

– Benny Avni: Germany’s shameless power play against Israel
– Josh Rogin: What happens the day after Trump pulls out of the Iran deal

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French Embassy Employee Admits Smuggling Weapons
BY PESACH BENSON  MARCH 19, 2018

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1. Israel arrested two French embassy employees suspected of smuggling weapons from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank. According to the Shin Bet, the guns were hidden in a consular vehicle and driven through the Erez crossing on several occasions. Because of the car’s diplomatic status, security checks were less rigorous. The driver, Romain Frank, is a French national while the security guard was identified as a Palestinian from eastern Jerusalem. Several other Gazans living illegally in the West Bank and part of the arms network were also arrested. More at the Jerusalem Post and Ynet.

According to the Shin Bet investigation, Frank received the weapons from a Palestinian resident of the Gaza Strip employed at the French Cultural Center in the Gaza Strip and he transferred the weapons to a cell in the West Bank who sold them to arms dealers.

The Shin Bet investigation clearly showed that Frank was acting in return for financial gain, of his own volition, and without the knowledge of his superiors. The investigation also found that several Palestinians arrested in relation to the case were also involved in the smuggling of money from Gaza to the West Bank.

As the investigation developed, Israeli officials kept French authorities apprised, per Haaretz. The investigation was all over the French media, but the Israeli press was under a gag order which was lifted only today.



2. Adiel Kolman, the Israeli stabbed to death in Jerusalem’s Old City yesterday was laid to rest today. The 32-year-old father of four was attacked after leaving work at the nearby City of David excavations. Initial Israeli media reports incorrectly identified Kolman as a security guard.

The terrorist, Abd al-Rahman Bani Fadel, was from the from a West Bank village near Nablus and had a work permit allowing him entry into Jerusalem for five days. Fadel was shot and killed by responding police. Some early Israeli media reports incorrectly identified Fadel as a Turkish national.

US Ambassador David Friedman criticized the Palestinian Authority for failing to denounce the attack.

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3. A Lebanese Shiite cleric is calling on Beirut to revoke Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah’s citizenship over his “clear collaboration” and allegiance to Iran. More on the interview at MEMRI and the Times of Israel.

4. BDS: The Bane in Spain: A special guest post from the battlelines against BDS bigotry and bullying.

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In the News
• The Trump administration recently filed a brief against legal action currently underway by victims of Palestinian terror. The New York Times takes a closer look at how that surprising brief unfolded.

• Mahmoud Abbas rolled out a warm welcome for a terrorist released from Israeli prison. Rajaei Haddad spent 20 years behind bars for his role in the 1997 murder of yeshiva student Gabriel Hirschberg in Jerusalem’s Old City.

• Anti-Israel students at UC-Santa Barbara condoned ‘armed resistance’ and shared images with an AK-47 and pistol on Facebook. Students for Justice in Palestine at UCSB subsequently removed the posts.

The Facebook post included a photo of a Palestinian woman holding a pistol, as well as a cartoon — drawn in an outline of Israel and the Palestinian territories — depicting a woman with an AK-47 assault rifle.

Another photo featured an armed Leila Khaled, who helped hijack two planes in Europe on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

• Row over pro-Israeli groups blocked from Glasgow anti-racism procession.

• Washington DC city council member Trayon White apologized for posting a video on his Facebook accusing a conspiracy of wealthy Jews of controlling the weather(!?)

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Bezeq• Ynet: One of Netanyahu’s former advisers who turned states witness in the Bezeq affair told police that he ordered Bezeq’s majority shareholder, Shaul Elovitch and his wife to destroy evidence — damaging SMS messages messages from Sara Netanyahu — and to also destroy the phones. Meanwhile, Bezeq CEO Stella Handler, who was recently released from house arrest, announced she is stepping down from her position

Netanyahu is suspected of offering Bezeq regulatory benefits in exchange for positive coverage on a prominent news site owned by Bezeq’s majority shareholder, Shaul Elovitch. The PM denies the accusations.

• A military parole board approved the early release of the Hebron shooter, Elor Azaria. He’s due to be released on May 10 after serving two-thirds of his 18-month sentence.

Azaria was convicted of manslaughter for shooting a Palestinian, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif as he lay prone on the ground minutes after he had been neutralized by soldiers Sharif had attacked with a knife. Azaria’s trial polarized the country for weeks.

• Senior officials from the Education Ministry were among 18 detained on fraud suspicions.

• On a cloudless day, Israel broke its solar power production record.

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Commentary
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Palestinians wary of new wave of terror
– Ron Ben-Yishai: IDF vs. Hamas: A new type of war between wars
– Nadav Shragai: Bring the Jews back to Hagai St.
– Seth Frantzman: Al Jazeera, ‘free speech,’ and the future of journalism
– Ronni Shaked: The Palestinian fuse is getting shorter
– Ronald Lauder: Israel’s self-inflicted wounds
– Sally Abrams: A ‘victory’ for BDS? Looks like defeat to me

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Soldiers Killed in Terror Attack Laid to Rest
BY PESACH BENSON  MARCH 18, 2018

Israeli soldiers mourn over the fresh grave of Cpt. Ziv Daos during his funeral in Holon Cemetery on March 18, 2018. Daos was killed on Friday in a Palestinian car-ramming attack near Mevo Dotan, in the West Bank. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90
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*** Breaking News *** Shortly after this roundup was published, a security guard in Jerusalem’s Old City was seriously wounded in what appears to be a stabbing attack.

1. Israel today laid to rest two soldiers killed in a Friday Palestinian car-ramming attack at the entrance to the northern West Bank settlement of Mevo Dotan. The two soldiers were identified as Captain Ziv Daus, 21, and Sergeant Netanel Kahalani, 20. Two other soldiers were injured. The terrorist, caught shortly after the attack, was identified as 26-year-old Alaa Kabha, a former security prisoner from the nearby village of Barta’a.

In footage released this afternoon, Palestinians were seen trying to help the injured soldiers and responding personnel.

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Cpt. Ziv Daus and Sgt. Netanel Kahalani
2. The IDF destroyed two Gaza tunnels. One, an old tunnel reaching into Israeli territory, was being “rehabilitated” but was not yet operational, Israeli officials said. The second tunnel did not cross into Israel.

Tensions are rising between Israel and Gaza. On Saturday night, Israel launched retaliatory airstrikes on Hamas positions after an improvised explosive device blew up along the border fence. No soldiers were injured.
3. Israel “Apartheid” Week is underway with antisemitic incidents and controversy at campuses in South Africa and the UK. See below for details. And see HonestReporting’s video, Is Israel an Apartheid State?.

4. HR Book Review: Yoni’s Last Battle: With the new film “7 Days in Entebbe” apparently working to humanize Palestinian terrorists, this seemed the right time for a book review of “Yoni’s Last Battle.”

Israel and the Palestinians
• PA officials were living large at the 5-star Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore, racking up a $14,250 bill, including champagne

• Facebook expands advertising map to include Israelis living beyond Green Line.

• Is the White House delaying the release of its peace plan, hoping for the emergence of a more receptive post-Abbas leadership?

• Jerusalem Post: Israel advanced plans to build a light-rail link connecting Petah Tikva and Rosh Ha’ayin with the West Bank settlement of Ariel.

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• Israel’s state comptroller, Yosef Shapira, who also serves as the government ombudsman, released his annual report examining the efficiency and ethical conduct of public institutions.  His roundup of the “warts and all” found lapses in various areas, such as:

– The IDF‘s implementation of international law.
– A police failure to take necessary steps after the 2014 abduction of Israeli teens.
– The IDF’s “Hannibal directive” during the 2014 Gaza war.
– The Defense Ministry‘s spokesmanship.
– The IDF‘s Orthodox conscription goals.
– The police department‘s response to crime against Palestinians.
– The Treasury for hiding billions of shekels in budget reserves.
–  The government’s treatment of lone soldiers.

• The Knesset approved the 2019 state budget. Ynet summarizes where the money’s going while the Jerusalem Post fills in background on the politicking. More at the Times of Israel.

• Church real estate sale rocks Jerusalem housing market.

• New Israeli bill seeks punishment for Jewish foreigners with ‘chained’ wives, reports the JTA.

• Worth watching: Vice News takes an in-depth look at how Israel has become a world leader in cybersecurity.

• The New York Times delves into  the support Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu draws on in poorer periphery towns despite the ongoing corruption probes.

• For commentary on the domestic scene, see Lahav Harkov, Moran Azulay, Sima Kadmon and Amnon Abramovich.

Around the World
• Israel “Apartheid” Week is underway. The Jerusalem Post reports a large Israeli flag with the words “Apartheid State, blood is on your hands” written in red was found outside the University of Cape Town’s main building and anti-Semitic and anti-Israel graffiti was spray painted in various areas of the Wits University campus in Johannesburg. Also at Wits U., pro-Palestinian activists put up provocative posters of Anne Frank dressed in a keffiyeh.
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Meanwhile, London’s King’s College postponed a pro-Israel event due to “high-risk factors.”

• PayPal shut down a BDS account, blocking Collectif 69 Palestine’s ability to collect donations through the online payment system. Already this year, Paypal closed the accounts of two other French BDS organizations, Jewish French Union for Peace (UJFP) and the France-Palestine Solidarity Association. According to the Jerusalem Post:

French banks and online payment services are largely cognizant of France’s Lellouche Law, which outlaws discrimination based on national origin and has been applied to BDS organizations and activists.

UK Labour Party• Labour-rattling (part one): The front runner for the UK party’s powerful position of general secretary, Jenny Formby, “was involved in giving work to someone who had previously been suspended by the party for antisemitism,” The Independent reports.

The controversy surrounds Vicky Kirby, who in 2016 was appointed to a senior position in Unite, Britain’s largest union, despite a raft of antisemitic tweets that should have disqualified her from even being considered. See also Jewish Chronicle followup.

Unite sources said Ms Formby would have had to approve Ms Kirby’s appointment, and would almost certainly have directly recruited her for the job . . .

• Labour-rattling (part two): Two UK Labour-affiliated municipal politicians are speaking out against their party’s antisemitism. The two shared their stories with the Times of London:

Joe Goldberg and Natan Doron said they had been repeatedly abused to their faces by pro-Corbyn Labour members — including fellow councillors — with crude allusions to their race or insulting references to the Holocaust . . .

Goldberg said he had made at least five formal complaints to local officials but got nowhere. “I complained to the Labour whip, Lorna Reith, but she told me anti-semitism was a ‘debatable term’,” he said. Yesterday Reith said: “It doesn’t sound like anything I would say.” She said she took complaints of anti-semitism “extremely seriously” and that Goldberg had not responded to her invitations to meet.

On Holocaust Memorial Day in January 2015, Reith retweeted a picture equating Israel’s military attacks on Gaza to the Holocaust.

• It’s a pity entertainment columnist Roger Friedman didn’t take advantage of an opportunity to directly ask Lorde if the New Zealand singer’s flopping US concert tour is related to her decision to boycott Israel last year. Would’ve been a nice scoop for an overly speculative column.

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• Macedonia adopts definition of antisemitism that includes Israel-hatred.

Commentary
• Here’s what else I’m reading this weekend . . .

– Amos Harel: Destroyed tunnels and border bombs: Hamas and Israel dangerously close to another Gaza war
– Ron Ben-Yishai: Terror attack the direct result of incitement from Gaza
– Jonathan Marks: How partisan is the issue of Israel?
– Yonah Jeremy Bob: What will the ICC do with Israel’s new report on Gaza war crimes?
– Bassam Tawil: The new Palestinian jihad to obliterate Israel
– Avi Issacharoff: Something is rotten in the terrorist kingdom of Hamas
– Dr. Raz Zimmt: A Persian riddle: When Israelis misread Iran
– Mohammed Ruzgar: The fall of Ghouta threatens Israel, US interests and the West
– Colin Rubinstein: As relations with North Korea thaw, Iran poses a bigger threat
– Vivian Bercovici: Canada joins in on some one-sided Israel bashing for no apparent reason
– Qanta Ahmed: Parkland and antisemitism
– Sammy Stein: Put hatred aside and march together against racism
– The Economist: Labour’s problem with anti-Semitism

• Last but not least, Fisk’s being Fisk again.

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US to Push Gaza Projects Without PA Cooperation?
BY PESACH BENSON  MARCH 14, 2018

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1. The White House hosted a brainstorming session on ways to ease Gaza’s dire humanitarian situation yesterday. Representatives from Israel, various Arab states and several European countries discussed ways to improve the Strip’s basic infrastructure in areas such as health care, food and electricity among others. A US official noting a Palestinian boycott of the gathering told the Times of Israel that Washington is prepared to pursue projects in Gaza without PA cooperation.

“Our goal is to get the PA in control of Gaza, if that’s possible,” the official said in a media briefing. “If the PA is unwilling to, or unable to, implement the projects, then we would have to proceed without them.”

More on the confab below.

2. Israeli political leaders resolved the coalition crisis over Orthodox army conscription and the state budget. I can’t succinctly explain the agreement, but Ynet lays out the details in all their technical glory. Further coverage at the Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post and Haaretz plus a helpful timeline to help make sense of it all.


3. The Knesset’s Ethics Committee barred an Israeli lawmaker from an overseas trip sponsored by pro-boycott organization. Arab Joint List MK Yousef Jabareen was denied permission to fly abroad to give a series of lectures funded by Jewish Voice for Peace. JVP is on a government blacklist of BDS groups whose leaders are barred from entering Israel.

4. Washington Post Defends PA ‘Martyrs Fund’: One man’s terrorist is another man’s social welfare recipient.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• While Palestinians boycotted the White House gathering for assisting Gaza, Israeli officials found themselves directly discussing the situation with their counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, the Jerusalem Post explains the significance:

The summit on Gaza, called by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser on Middle East peace, and Jason Greenblatt, his special representative for international negotiations, marks an unprecedented moment for Israeli diplomacy, as their dialogue with officials from Arab states is publicly recognized for the first time.

Representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Canada and several European states also attended. The Jerusalem Post adds in a separate report that US officials “could not vouch for whether the Israelis and any particular Arab delegations held talks separate from the formal session on the sidelines.”

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• What does Mike Pompeo’s appointment mean for Israel and the peace process? That’s the question parsed at the Jerusalem Post and the JTA and Times of Israel.

• Israel seized IDF uniforms being smuggled into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing.

• On the sidelines of the joint Israeli-US Juniper Cobra military exercises, a lot of ideas were shared on the “lost art” of tunnel warfare.

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US Marines conduct a live-fire exercise as part of Juniper Cobra exercises in Israel, March 11, 2018.
• Special comptroller report pokes holes in IDF’s Gaza war probe. Joseph Shapira’s report finds that “the IDF’s targeting and its probes of its attacks followed international law,” but criticized “a variety of aspects of the IDF’s targeting and its investigations of war crimes claims.” More on the story at the Jerusalem Post and Ynet.

Supporters of Israel will look to the report’s main headline of compliance with international law, while the UN Human Rights Council and various detractors will likely focus on the many shortcomings the report points out.

Window into Israel
• Who is Orly Levy-Abekasis and why is she emerging as “Israel’s newest political wildcard.”

• Plenty of spilled ink and burnt pixels assessing the agreement, including Raoul Wootliff, who argues that the deal merely delays the standoff to later in the year. Other commentaries that caught my eye include Gil Hoffman, David Horovitz and Yoaz Hendel. See also Shmuel Rosner.
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• Military prosecutors said they will not oppose a parole request by Hebron shooter Elor Azaria to be released from prison in May. Azaria was convicted of manslaughter for shooting a Palestinian, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif as he lay prone on the ground minutes after he had been neutralized by soldiers Sharif had attacked with a knife. Azaria’s trial polarized the country for weeks.
If a parole board accepts Azaria’s request, he would be released in May after serving 10 months of his 14-month sentence.

Around the World
• South African opposition politician Mmusi Maimane takes to the Wall St. Journal to clear the air about drought-stricken Cape Town rejecting Israeli water assistance.

Cape Town is governed by South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), which I lead. It may well be that South Africa’s national government, led by the African National Congress (ANC), rejected Israel’s offers of assistance with building desalination plants on ideological grounds.

But it is certainly not true that the DA-run city of Cape Town refused to meet with Israeli water professionals. On the contrary, the city has engaged a wide range of experts from a number of countries, including Australia, Spain, Saudi Arabia and Israel. As a party, we would not allow a geopolitical dispute far removed from our context to define our response to a very local crisis. We are interested in finding the best solutions for the residents we serve, no matter where they come from.

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• Latest Gallup poll finds Americans strongly support Israel.

• US court allows expanded lawsuit against American Studies Association and lead faculty activists over BDS.

• The Miami-Dade County Chiefs of Police Association unanimously adopted the State Department’s official definition of anti-Semitism. Police forces in 34 cities located in Miami-Dade County will now use the definition “as a guide to investigating and prosecuting anti-Jewish hate crimes.” The State Dept. adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of anti-Semitism.

Commentary
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Khaled Abu Toameh: Blast targeting Hamdallah blows Palestinian rift wide open
– Amos Harel: Assassination attempt on Palestinian PM failed, but dealt mortal blow to reconciliation
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Hamas can’t even protect its guests
– Seth Frantzman: Who tried to kill the Palestinian Prime Minister?
– Raphael Ahren: With anti-Iran, pro-Israel stances, Pompeo may become Jerusalem’s new darling
– Bassam Tawil: The Palestinian peace plan
– Sandra Parker: Fundamentalist terrorists benefit from ‘fundamental fairness’


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Palestinian PM Survives Assassination Attempt in Gaza
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1. PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah survived an assassination attempt this morning. His convoy was rocked by a roadside bomb shortly after entering Gaza through the Erez checkpoint. Hamdallah was accompanied by PA General Intelligence chief Majed Faraj. Neither were harmed, but several security guards and bystanders were lightly injured. Details at Haaretz, Ynet and the Times of Israel.

There were no claims of responsibility for the attack; Fatah holds Hamas responsible while Hamas blamed Israel.

Hamdallah’s visit — arranged months ago — included the opening of a waste water treatment plant and meetings with Hamas leaders on reconciliation, which went on as scheduled.

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2. President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replacing him with CIA director Mike Pompeo. Take your pick of coverage from the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN and Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter).

It’s not yet clear what the shift means for the White House’s Mideast peace efforts, but Pompeo has a hawkish history on Israel and Iran. Trump also nominated CIA deputy director Gina Haspel for the top job at Spook Central.

3. According to Turkish media reports, the PA plans to file a complaint at the International Criminal Court in the Hague against Trump and Netanyahu over the president’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• The Times of Israel takes a closer look at who was responsible for triggering the violence aboard the Mavi Marmara in 2010. This is in light of Facebook comments by Free Gaza spokesperson Greta Berlin that recently surfaced blaming one of the pro-Palestinian activists, Ken O’Keefe, for sparking the melee by seizing an Israeli commando’s gun. Berlin’s comments were posted to a closed Facebook group called “Palestine Live,” which British activist David Collier unearthed.

The Mavi Marmara was part of a flotilla of ships trying to break the Israeli maritime blockade of Gaza. Ten Turks were killed clashing with Israeli naval commandos aboard the Mavi Marmara, leading to a rupture in Israeli-Turkish relations.

• Israel will broadcast the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Arabic for free, “breaking a Qatari monopoly on World Cup coverage in Arabic that has proved unaffordable for many in the Middle East.” The Jerusalem Post explains:

With Qatar’s BeIN Sports demanding that fans pay $45 per household to watch the World Cup in Arabic, a subscription proving unaffordable for many in the region, millions of Middle East soccer fans are likely to turn to Israeli coverage as a free alternative.

The tournament begins on June 14.

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• If you’re wondering about the slow pace of restoring bilateral Israeli-Jordanian ties, it’s because King Abdullah is caught between his government, his people, and regional realities, reports The Media Line.

• Worth reading: The Religion News Service takes a deeper look at the still-festering tax spat between Jerusalem’s city hall and church officials.

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• The Israeli coalition crisis is coming to a head, with the possibility of a Knesset vote tonight on the first draft of a compromise bill on Orthodox army conscription. The legislation is opposed by the Israel Beitenu party and its leader, Avigdor Liberman. Also in the pipeline for tonight is an opposition bill to dissolve the Knesset and go straight to new elections. More at the Times of Israel and a JTA ‘splainer.

Meanwhile, opposition leaders claim Netanyahu is “coordinating” with Liberman in order to go to early elections.

• Jerusalem’s deputy mayor arrested in a new corruption affair. Meir Turgeman, who announced plans to run for mayor in municipal elections in October, was arrested along with five other people on Monday.

Turgeman is suspected of receiving illicit benefits in exchange for promoting other people’s interests.

• For commentary on the domestic scene, see Amnon Straschnov, David Horovitz, Gil Hoffman, Zehava Galon, Herb Keinon and Moran Azulay.

Commentary
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Sen. Lindsey Graham: The most unnerving visit to the Middle East in a long time (click via Twitter)
– David Rothkopf: Trump’s abrupt new romance with Kim leaves Netanyahu hurting, and stranded
– Elliott Abrams: US “National Security Leaders” adopt the Palestinian narrative
– Yossi Melman: Will Israeli Arab youth be tempted to join ISIS in the Sinai?
– New York Daily News (staff-ed): No more pay-to-slay: Pass the Taylor Force Act to curb terror
– Melanie Phillips: Labour can’t see its cesspool of antisemitism

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Will Trump Peace Plan Be Dead on Arrival?
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1. With the Trump peace plan nearly finished, White House officials are now worried about how to roll out the initiative without it being declared dead on arrival, reports the New York Times. The Palestinians insist they won’t accept the US as a mediator and the increasing likelihood of early Israeli elections further complicates US peace efforts.
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2. JTA: Trump administration is backing the PLO in a terror lawsuit. Solicitor-General Noel Francisco’s argument has both baffled and angered Jewish groups:

The PLO is entitled to due process, the solicitor general argues, because it qualifies as a “person” under U.S. law. The filing also argues that the presence of two PLO offices in the United States does not meet the test of establishing the PLO as a legitimate U.S. target for litigation. It also argues that the terrorists would not have necessarily known that some of the casualties were American, which mitigates another application of U.S. law, that allows lawsuits against entities that deliberately target U.S. interests.

3. Hezbollah forces participating in Ghouta massacre.

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah has been hiding the fighters’ participation in the Ghouta massacre from their families to avoid strong opposition and criticism over the decision to send Hezbollah fighters on a dangerous mission beyond Lebanon’s borders.

4. HR CEO’s Week With the Jewish National Fund: HonestReporting’s work increasingly finds partnership in communities around the world.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• According to Israeli media reports, Honduras, Paraguay and the Czech Republic are the countries now viewed as most likely to move their embassies to Jerusalem. The US is scheduled to open its embassy in Jerusalem in May to coincide with Israel’s 70 anniversary. Guatemala plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem two days afterwards.

• An Islamic Jihad terrorist accidentally blew himself up in Gaza on Saturday night while “manufacturing weapons and ammunitions.” Does the 27-year-old Ibrahim Frahat qualify for 72 virgins?

• UN Palestinian refugee aid agency called out for hypocrisy of women’s rights tweet.

Iran• The Times of London takes a closer look at what’s known about Iranian military bases operating in Syria.

Israeli military intelligence and satellite technology have identified at least ten Iranian military bases in Syria as the threat of war between the two rises.

The bases are home to tens of thousands of troops from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which conducts overseas operations, as well as missiles and transfer facilities for supporting Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based Shia militia . . .

Analysts say that at present many of the bases are little more than barracks. Israeli intelligence assesses that the Revolutionary Guard wants to build an air base, a military dock on Syria’s Mediterranean shore and sites to make missiles for the Syrian Army and Hezbollah.

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• Early elections are looking increasingly likely as efforts to resolve a coalition crisis over Orthodox army conscription still haven’t turned a corner. A Knesset committee approved a draft bill supported by Orthodox lawmakers and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but not by the secular Israel Beiteinu party.

The United Torah Judaism party refuses to support the 2019 state budget if revisions to enlistment laws aren’t made. The secular Kulanu and the Israel Home parties oppose the draft deferments sought by UTJ; Kulanu leader Moshe Kahlon has threatened to withdraw Kulanu from the coalition if a budget isn’t passed before the Knesset’s Passover recess. Should the Israel Beiteinu party, led by Avigdor Liberman, quit the the government, Netanyahu would be left with a razor-thin 61-seat coalition, a situation the PM wants to avoid.

More on the latest developments at the Jerusalem Post, Haaretz and Times of Israel.

• Kulanu’s exit from the coalition would trigger new elections. So would the failure of a budget to pass the Knesset, though the budget can be voted on anytime this year. So why the fuss now?

• Some politicians suspect the Prime Minister seeks new elections in order to survive several ongoing corruption probes.

• “Only the evidence can decide.” State prosecutor says early elections won’t affect decision on whether or not to indict Netanyahu.

• For commentary on the domestic scene, see Ben-Dror Yemini, Lahav Harkov and Gideon Allon.

Around the World
• An Argentinian TV quiz show confused about Israel’s capital. “La Tribuna de Guido” was forced to take an unscheduled break from live broadcast while it ruled on which city is Israel’s capital after asking contestants “Which country has Tel Aviv as its capital?”

One contestant, Rocío, didn’t know the answer, suggesting it was perhaps Iran. The other contestant, Lucas, wrote down “Israel” as his answer, but questioned whether it was in fact correct, given that there has been much discussion about whether Jerusalem is in fact the capital of Israel.

The host was forced to take an unscheduled break while staff considered the issue. Eventually it was decided to invalidate the question . . .

Eventually the host said that the correct answer to the Tel Aviv question should have been “none,” as Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

The Spanish-language clip was uploaded to YouTube.

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A contestant on La Tribuna de Guido answering that Israel is the country whose capital is Tel Aviv.
• US court allows expanded lawsuit against American Studies Association and lead faculty activists over Israel boycott.

Commentary
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– James Glassman: Why did this administration back the Palestine Liberation Organization in terrorism case?
– Elliott Abrams: At long last, “the crown” will visit Israel
– Ben Sales: Jews agree that Farrakhan is anti-Semitic. After that, it gets complicated.
– Ruadhan Mac Cormaic: Anti-Semitism is on the march across Europe
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UN Report Labels Settlement Activity a War Crime
BY PESACH BENSON  MARCH 11, 2018

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1. In a report to the UN Human Rights Council, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein claimed Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank is a “war crime.” The Jerusalem Post couldn’t ignore the UN’s disproportionate fixation on Israel:
It is one of six reports on Israel that will be presented to the council on March 19.

Five charge Israel with human rights abuses in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and the sixth focuses on Israeli actions on the Golan Heights.

One of the reports also dedicates a third of its content to charges of human rights abuses by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and by the PA and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Israel remains the only country with so many reports issued against it. The Human Rights Council, for example, has issued only a single report each on human rights issues in countries such as Syria and Iran.

The reports are expected to result in at least five resolutions condemning Israel, again more condemnations than against any other country.

2. Arab diplomats are quietly nudging Mahmoud Abbas to accept whatever peace plan offered by Donald Trump, rather than risk future regret. The Times of Israel, picking up on Egyptian media reports, writes:

Abbas, according to the Egyptian paper, told some of the Arab leaders he had met or contacted lately that he fears that he would be accused of treason if he accepted what Israel was offering the Palestinians.

However, one of the Arab leaders rejected Abbas’s argument, saying the time has come to “prepare Arab public opinion for the new phase, away from charges of treason,” the Arab diplomat added.

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3. Vladimir Putin angered a lot of Jews (and US lawmakers) when he suggested to Megyn Kelly of NBC News that meddling in US elections might have been done by Jews.

“Maybe they’re not even Russians,” he said. “Maybe they’re Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, just with Russian citizenship. Even that needs to be checked. Maybe they have dual citizenship. Or maybe a green card. Maybe it was the Americans who paid them for this work. How do you know? I don’t know.”

4. Is US foreign aid funding terror? HR’s Daniel Pomerantz debated terror stipends on i24 News with Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti.

Israel and the Palestinians
• The IDF arrested a pair of Palestinians who crossed the Gaza border fence on Sunday morning. One was caught with a gun and knife and is suspected of planning a terror attack. The other Palestinian was caught in a different location unarmed. The two are not believed to be associated with each other.

• For the latest on efforts to resolve Israel’s coalition crisis, see Ynet, Times of Israel reports one and two, the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz.

And for commentary on the domestic scene, see Gil Hoffman and Yaakov Katz.

Around the World
• In the fallout from the Louis Farrakhan scandal dividing Jews and feminists, one of the Women’s March leaders apologized to ‘hurt and betrayed’ members.

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• “Security guards who were assigned to protect the world’s largest tourism trade fair in Berlin, harassed an Israeli booth on Thursday, screaming pro-Palestinian slogans.”

• Anti-Semitic vandalism in Holland rises 40% to highest level since 2007.

• CNN: Israeli trauma experts are in Parkland, Florida, meeting with “teachers, counselors, first responders, clergy and others to offer practical lessons learned from Israel’s vast experience with terrorism and war.”

• First Jewish university to open in Russia next month, the JTA reports.

• Study finds fake news spreads faster than some real news on Twitter.

Commentary
• White House peace envoy Jason Greenblatt got op-ed space in the Washington Post to call out Hamas’ misrule of and rejectionism of peace.

• Plenty of spilled ink and burnt pixels over the issues between Jews, feminists and Louis Farrakhan.

– Jesse Singal: Why won’t Women’s March leaders denounce Louis Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism?
– Emma Teitel: Jews are unwelcome on the feminist left
– Jonathan Tobin: Women’s rights and intersectionalism don’t go hand in hand

editing• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– MK Michael Oren: Getting out of the Iranian check
– Maria Polizoidou: Is Greece about to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital?
– Michael Wilner: Seoul searching: Israel’s unexplored alliance with South Korea
– Alan Dershowitz: What Is a ‘refugee’? The Jews from Morocco vs. the Palestinians from Israel
– Nadav Shragai: ISIS takes aim at the Temple Mount
– Dan Hodges: Jeremy Corbyn and his anti-Semitic pals smashed the moral compass
– Marcus Dysch: Anti-Semitism fatigue is now a normal part of British politics
– Mark Sokolow: Trump, siding with terrorists by letting PLO off the hook
– Hadley Freeman: There’s one hero of Entebbe who deserves his own film. I remember him well

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Does Hezbollah Possess Chemical Weapons?
BY PESACH BENSON  MARCH 8, 2018
Today’s Top Stories

chemical weapons1. Does Hezbollah possess chemical weapons?

Iran is building and testing short- to medium-range missiles armed with chemical warheads in Syria, former Syrian general Zuhair al-Saqit told [The Jerusalem Post’s sister publication] Maariv. Al-Saqit, who heads the Center for the Detection and Monitoring of the Use of Chemical Weapons in Belgium, also said that Iran’s Lebanon-based proxy Hezbollah is in possession of chemical weapons, mostly handed to it by the Assad regime in order to hide their existence from international monitors.

In an interview in Paris, al-Saqit said that a large part of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles, which were hidden from international inspection bodies, were transferred to Hezbollah.

2. Turns out there’s a private Facebook group featuring anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying posts, plus plenty of conspiracy theories about Israel. But the group, “Palestine Live” is in the news because quite a few of its members are high profile people. The Daily Telegraph picked up on research by blogger David Collier, who infiltrated the group, called “Palestine Live.” It included members like UK Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn, other Labour personalities, BBC reporter Yolanda Knell, Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin, Tikun Olam’s Richard Silverstein, Jewish Voice for Peace’s Rebecca Vilkomerson and Baroness Jenny Tonge, among others.

One of Collier’s major findings regards the Mavi Marmara affair of 2010. Greta Berlin, a co-founder of the Free Gaza Movement, told the private Facebook group that she blamed another pro-Palestinian activist, Ken O’Keefe, for starting the violence aboard the Mavi Marmara by attacking and disarming an Israeli soldier. It contradicts Free Gaza’s claims that the Israelis fired first.

There’s no evidence (so far) that Corbyn or Knell personally posted anything that would be deemed anti-Semitic. Labour party officials launched a probe.

3. Two Palestinian parties are breaking with long-standing taboos and running in Jerusalem’s municipal elections this October.

Palestinians have historically boycotted municipal elections, claiming that participation recognizes Israeli rule over the city. Whether Ramadan Dabash’s “Jerusalem for Jerusalemites” party or Iyad Bibuah’s “East Jerusalem” party can convince Palestinians to cast ballots remains to be seen.

Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents make up an estimated 37 per cent of the city’s population. If a large proportion of them were to vote, the political makeup of the city council – currently controlled by a rightist-Haredi coalition – could change. However, as the main Palestinian political organizations are unlikely to change their policy against voting, turnout is expected to remain low.

4. To Understand Zionism, Read Herzl Not Mahmoud Abbas: Palestinian historical revisionism of Israel’s founding doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• It’s finally confirmed: In historic first, Air India was cleared for Israel flights over Saudi Arabia. Tickets for the direct, seven-hour flights between Tel Aviv and Delhi are already on sale. The line’s first flight is on March 22. Israel’s national airline, El Al is demanding approval for the same line. Without permission to cross Saudi skies, El Al’s Tel Aviv-Mumbai takes a circuitous path that is costlier and two hours longer.

• On the occasion of International Women’s Day, The Media Line takes a closer look at women’s rights in the PA.

• In the middle of a piece about UN peacekeepers along the Israeli-Lebanese border, Newsweek botched some basic historical information. The original 1948 borders were set by the United Nations with neither state having real territorial contiguity. Israel’s founding fathers nevertheless accepted the plan but the Arabs chose war. Israel never threatened Arab contiguity, but the Arabs threatened Israel’s existence.

When Israel declared independence in 1948, Lebanon joined fellow Arab states in declaring war to support an independent Palestinian state, whose territorial integrity would have been threatened by the creation of a majority-Jewish country.

1947 UN Partition Plan

• The Knesset passed a law allowing the state to revoke the permanent resident status of eastern Jerusalem Palestinians who engage in terror. Haaretz coverage.

Under the law, the state can deport anyone whose residency status is withdrawn.

The government-sponsored law specifies three situations in which the interior minister can revoke permanent residency: If the status was granted under false pretenses, if the resident endangered public safety or security, or if he betrays the State of Israel.

• Palestinians in Gaza are planning a “tent city protest” along the Israeli border. The six-week-long protest, starting March 30, is to draw attention to demands that Palestinian refugees be allowed to return to what is now Israel.

Such a demonstration, envisaging families camped out in the sensitive border area, could present a dilemma for the Israeli military that enforces a “no go” zone for Palestinians on land adjacent to Israel’s frontier fence.

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• Ynet updates the latest efforts to resolve the government’s coalition crisis over Orthodox army conscription.

• According to Israeli media reports, “police are looking into suspicions that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara tried to get billionaires Arnon Milchen, James Packer and Rupert Murdoch to invest $25 million each in a new Israeli right-wing commercial TV channel.”

• Talk about a misleading Newsweek headline. The Israeli “alt-right” isn’t mainstream and the government’s doing everything it can to deal with Lahav leader Bentzi Gopstein and keep him from becoming part of the establishment. While Gopstein calls for expelling Arabs from Israel, no party in the Knesset advocates that. (And here’s Why Headlines Matter.)

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• For commentary on the domestic scene, see Moran Azulay and Jeremy Sharon.

Around the World
• Outrage over use of yellow badges to protest use of Jewish buses in Montreal area.

• The Jewish community of Russia’s Tatarstan region is accusing an ice cream company of racism over the newest addition to its lineup. “Poor Jew,” whose wrapper features an Israeli flag. Radio Liberty reports that a prosecutor has already launched a preliminary investigation. In case you’re wondering, it’s a cone filled with chocolate- and prune-flavored ice cream and topped with peanuts, per the JTA.

This isn’t the first time the Slavista company milked controversy over its marketing. In 2016, it offered a chocolate ice cream called “The Obamka” with a wrapper featuring an African boy.
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• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Khaled Abu Toameh: Arab countries appear to be fed up with the Palestinians
– Pinhas Inbari: The ‘After Abbas’ issue intensifies tensions among Fatah top brass
– Carole Basri: Do not give holy Jewish artifacts to a country that expelled its Jews
– Molly Roberts: Louis Farrakhan: The anti-Semite who’s haunting the left

• For a sense of what the critics are saying, see Daoud Kuttab,

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BY PESACH BENSON  MARCH 7, 2018
Today’s Top Stories
1. According to the IDF, the Egyptian army’s electronic warfare against Sinai jihadists is having a spillover effect, causing cellular blackouts in southern Israel.

While the disruptions, which have ensued for two weeks, will likely continue, the defense establishment “is dealing with the issue with their Egyptian counterparts,” according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. “We have a dialogue with them on the issue.”

2. The Palestinian Authority’s 2018 budget boosts the amount of money for terrorists and their families by $56 million. This was disclosed in the Knesset during a debate on reducing tax transfers to the Palestinians which Israel collects on behalf of the PA. The Jerusalem Post explains:

Dichter pointed out that PA President Mahmoud Abbas authorized the 2018 PA budget on Sunday, and that there is a PA law that says 7% of each budget must go to paying terrorists, or to their families, if they’re killed in the act . . .

The PA paid terrorists and their families more than $347m. in 2017. Terrorists who have been sentenced to three to five years in Israeli prisons receive the average income of a Palestinian, about $580 per month. The families of those who committed more severe crimes and were involved in killing Israelis receive five times that each month for the rest of their lives.

Terrorists receive more from the PA if they are married, for each child they have, if they live in Jerusalem or if they’re an Israeli citizen.

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3. A lawsuit against Arizona State U. will test the legality of the state’s anti-BDS legislation and potentially set a precedent for challenges in other states with similar laws. The legal action comes after ASU said a Muslim student group wasn’t allowed to sponsor a guest speaker who promotes boycotting Israel. Details at the Arizona Daily Star and JTA.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly met with Israeli officials in Egypt to discuss normalizing relations and feel out Israeli interest in a major Saudi project:

Within that framework, Israel would take part in the unprecedented real estate venture being sponsored by the Saudis in the Gulf of Aqaba. Crown Prince Mohammed first announced plans for the 26,500-square-kilometer (10,230-square-mile) zone at an international investment conference in Riyadh last October. Officials say public and private investment in the area is expected to reach $500 billion. The mega-city would be built on Saudi territory on the eastern shore of the Red Sea near the border with Jordan , and connect to Egypt across the gulf via a bridge running through the island of Tiran . . .

The source who leaked the information about the prince’s meeting with the Israelis said that in light of the shared sea border between Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and Israel, it is necessary to establish an international framework to include Israel in the Saudi project.
 
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• Is Israeli agriculture near Gaza imperiled due to the Strip’s inoperative sewage treatment facilities?

• The Palestinian Authority became a full-fledged member of Interpol after completing all the necessary technical procedures. Now that the PA has access to Interpol information and the ability to request the arrest and extradition of wanted individuals, Mahmoud Abbas’ political rivals — most notably Mohammed Dahlan and former PLO moneyman Mohammed Rashid — fear the PA will use Interpol against them.

• The Times of Israel takes a closer look at Mahmoud Al-Aloul, the new would-be successor to Mahmoud Abbas.

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• Lawmakers are trying to resolve a coalition crisis threatening to topple the government. United Torah Judaism, an Orthodox party, is threatening to vote against the 2019 budget unless certain amendments are made to a law governing military draft exemptions for yeshiva students.

As the standoff continues, Finance Minister and Kulanu party chief Moshe Kahlon threatened to quit the governing coalition if the budget isn’t approved by Passover, with the Times of Israel adding:

The 2019 state budget can technically be passed until the end of the year, but Kahlon, backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been adamant that it be passed earlier, before a six-week Knesset recess beginning March 18.

New elections could be triggered by Kulanu quitting the coalition, or if the Knesset votes down a proposed budget.

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• NBC News examines the battle over Sabbath laws and Orthodox draft exemptions and the pressures those issues put on Israeli politics.

• A survey picked up by the Times of Israel and Ynet finds support for coexistence plunging among Jewish and Arab Israelis.

• High Court freezes compensation to owners of razed West Bank homes.

• Ynet examines what new information was disclosed by two ex-officials who turned state’s witness against the Prime Minister this week.

• For commentary on the domestic scene, see Raoul Wootliff, Moran Azulay and Mati Tuchfeld.

Around the World
• Former Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to go on trial for allegedly covering up Iranian involvement in Jewish center bombing. No date has been set, and 11 other former government officials will also be tried.

Eighty five people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a truckload of explosives at the headquarters of the Argentine Jewish community in Buenos Aires in 1994. Iran has been tied to attack. In 2015, prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead in his apartment one day before he was due to present his findings to Argentine lawmakers.

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Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
• Around 400 Turkish Jews moved to Israel in 2017, “more than double the 164 who moved there the year before.” What’s behind the rising aliyah from Turkey?

This number keeps rising each year, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, a trend that contradicts the figures for diaspora Jews from all other countries except Russia. The agency cites what it says are Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anti-Semitic policies as the cause of this rise.

With the number of Jews in Turkey estimated to be around 12,000, the 400 emigrants amounts to more than 2 percent leaving the country – a significant amount.

Commentary/Analysis
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Jennifer Rubin: Syria is the inherent weakness in Trump’s Israel pitch
– Orly Azoulay: Trump-Netanyahu meeting: That’s what friends are for
– Alan Mendoza: Netanyahu reaps benefits of treating Trump with respect, rather than contempt
– Benny Avni: Iran is pushing Israel into war
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Syria carnage proves international community cannot be trusted to protect anyone’s security
– John Robson: Moral clarity on Israel means admitting that Jerusalem is its capital
– Amos Harel: As Mahmoud Abbas’ health deteriorates, Israel prepares for bloody succession fight
– Yoni Ben Menachem: Fatah prepares to replace Mahmoud Abbas
– Brig.-Gen. Amir Avivi (Res.): Time for Oslo to exit the stage
– Shmuel Rosner: Are US universities hiding the truth of Deir Yassin?
– Susan Shapiro: Liberal feminists for Farrakhan? Tamika Mallory is on the wrong side of a bright moral line

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Trump Potential Second Visit for Embassy Opening
BY DANIEL POMERANTZ  MARCH 6, 2018
Today’s Top Stories
1. President Trump made headlines by announcing he ‘may’ visit Jerusalem for the opening of the new US embassy planned later this year.

2. As the AIPAC policy conference continues, Democratic Senator Schumer states that “It’s sure not the settlements that are the blockage to peace,” rather, the Palestinian refusal to accept the Jewish state.

3.  The head of the IDF’s Southern Command says that conditions in Gaza will improve only if captive Israelis held in Gaza are released.

HR’s Daniel Pomerantz debated this topic on I24news with Fatah member Ahmed Ghoneim

4.  The Independent  and Business Insider seems to think that the Old City of Jerusalem is “endangered” due to Israeli control and won’t be around long, but that’s only due to its questionable sourcing  and unprofessional journalism.

5. The Times forgot that The Western Wall is not the holiest site in Judaism, Temple Mount is, and we prompted the appropriate correction.

Mideast Matters
• Shell has pulled out of the development of a gas field off the shore of Gaza, saying the delays were due to “internal Palestinian rivalry and conflict with Israel, as well as economic reasons.”

• The corruption scandal continues to develop, as  Nir Hefetz,  former aid to Prime Minister Netanyahu, has agreed to hand over recordings of the Prime Minister and his wife.


Around the World
• A leading Polish educator launched an anti-Semitic tirade on Facebook, blaming Jews for Soviet communism in Poland.

• The England Football Association Chief Executive is in hot water after likening the Star of David to a Swastika symbol, has apologized for offence caused, in a public statement:

I would like to apologize for any offence caused by the examples I gave when referring to political and religious symbols in football, specifically in reference to the Star of David, which is a hugely important symbol to Jewish people all over the world.

• Former Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez will face trial over accusations regarding her involvement with the 1994 terrorist bombing of a Jewish center in the capital. Fernandez denies any wrongdoing.

• The Jewish News’  Justin Cohen  writing for The Telegraph, points out that after years of the Royal family visiting some of the “world’s most authoritarian and regimes”,  they are finally heading to Israel for a tour of the region, and, he adds, its “about time.”

Commentary/Analysis 
• Israel Seeks Stricter Sanctions on Iranian Missiles – Barak Ravid
• The Threat to Israel of Iranian Entrenchment in Syria – Ron Ben Yishai

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– AIPAC Doubles Down on Two-State Solution – Steven Frank
– Cut Off Qatar – Yigal Carmon
– Do Western “Goodists” Really Care about Helping Syrians, Palestinians? – Giulio Meotti

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