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Palestinian Terrorist Killed in Shootout
BY PESACH BENSON  JANUARY 18, 2018
http://honestreporting.com/idns-01-18-2018-terrorist-manhunt/
Today’s Top Stories
1. The hunt for Rabbi Raziel Shevach’s killers ended when an arrest raid in Jenin turned into a shootout shootout on Wednesday night. According to Ynet, “One of the terrorists, Ahmed Jarrar, was killed in the fighting that broke out when Israeli troops were searching for Shevah’s killers. Another terrorist was arrested, and several additional suspects were detained for questioning.”

Violent clashes continued throughout the night. Hamas claimed Jarrar as a member and denounced Israel-PA security cooperation.

Shevach was killed in a drive-by shooting near his home in the northern West Bank earlier this month.

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2. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri overturned a decision to ban Steven Spielberg’s latest film from the country’s cinemas. “The Post” was initially censored because of director Steven Spielberg’s ties to Israel. The Washington Post reports:

Hariri, who recently returned to his role after a brief and bizarre resignation involving Saudi Arabia, asked the Interior Ministry not to implement the ban, said a government official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject. Hariri did so, the official said, “because he is opposed to the idea of banning movies.”

3. The trial of two Hezbollah operatives charged with bombing a Bulgarian tour bus is underway in Sofia. Five Israelis and their driver were killed in the 2012 attack, which took place at the Black Sea resort town of Burgas. Another 32 Israelis were injured. The suspects — a Lebanese-Australian national and a Lebanese-Canadian national — are being tried in absentia as Lebanon has refused to extradite them. Jerusalem Post coverage.

4. Stories I’d Like to See: Religious Leaders Calling Out Abbas’ Biblical Revisionism: Religion plays a major part of Israeli and Palestinian narratives, but it’s rare to see the foreign press take a deeper look at the beliefs and their impact on the conflict.

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5. Appearing on South Africa’s Chai FM, HonestReporting’s Daniel Pomerantz discussed UNRWA, President Abbas’ speech and more. Listen here.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• Belgium countered US cuts to UNRWA by chipping in $23 million.

• Worth reading: The New York Times takes a closer look at the debate over continued funding for UNRWA.

The agency, known by the acronym Unrwa, was set up in 1949 to aid those who fled or were expelled from their homes during the Arab-Israeli war of 1948. Meant to be temporary, it defined refugees loosely and expanded that definition over time. One key difference between it and the office of the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, critics say, is that the agency routinely allows refugee status to be passed down for generations. Another is that it does not remove people from its list who have acquired citizenship in a new country, so the number always increases.

Hence the Palestinian refugee population has grown from approximately 700,000 Palestinians who fled the wars in 1948 and 1967 to more than 5.2 million registered refugees, some 1.7 million of them living in Unrwa-administered camps in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria today.

• Tweet of the day goes to Lenny Ben-David:

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Lenny Ben-David
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Below is picture of #UNRWA's dense Balata refugee camp in Nablus. Almost 30K residents. IT MAKES NO SENSE.
1. It's located inside Area A under full control of the Palestinian Authority.
2. Why isn't housing built for them in nearby land?
3. Residents can't vote in Nablus elex 1/2

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• Pence visit highlights dilemma facing Egypt, Jordan over Jerusalem recognition.

• Last fallen soldier from Lebanon War laid to rest 31 years later.

• British Labour Party drops candidate who said Holocaust victims are ‘turning in their graves’ over Gaza.

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

– Eli Lake: Abbas shows the world who he really is
– Ben-Dror Yemini: Stop ‘understanding’ the Palestinians
– Bassam Tawil: Abbas’s big bluff – again
– Elliott Abrams: Trump gets UNRWA right
– Oded Revivi: If the Oslo accords are over, the real work of peace can begin (click via Twitter)
– Nadav Eyal: Israel and the Palestinians: So what now?
– Dror Eydar: Israel and India: Two nations, one goal
– Yossi Yehoshua: After neutralizing tunnels, IDF faces new threat
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US Cuts UNRWA Aid in Half
BY PESACH BENSON JANUARY 17, 2018
Today’s Top Stories
1. The US State Department confirmed it is began withholding money it originally planned to provide the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. The US transferred $60 million to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) but held back on a further $65 million “for future consideration.” More on the Beltway politics at the Washington Post.

In response, UNRWA launched a fundraising campaign and reportedly began laying off teachers and aid workers.

For comparison, the US is also the largest donor to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, which oversees assistance to all the other refugees in the world. In 2017, the UNHCR received $1.4 billion from the US, around 40 percent of its budget.

HR Video: Should America Stop Funding UNRWA? The US wants to cut support to the UN agency aiding Palestinian refugees. Is that wise? And what alternative is Israel suggesting?

2. The reason Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is ruling out US mediation for peace talks is because parts of the Trump administration’s peace proposal — yet to be issued — were leaked by the Saudis to Ramallah. According to Israeli media reports, Jerusalem isn’t the issue, it’s the excuse. The Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel explain:

According to the reports on Channel 2 and in Maariv, the Trump plan being written by his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner would create a Palestinian entity that is less than a state, and it would not be based on the pre-1967 lines. Israel would control its borders and the Jordan Valley, Jerusalem would be an issue for negotiations, settlements might not have to be removed, and the Palestinian refugee issue would not be addressed.

“We understood that Trump’s declaration did not really matter and had no impact on what is happening on the ground,” Caspit quoted senior officials close to Abbas telling Knesset members who met with him last week. “We just used the declaration as a preemptive strike to torpedo the negotiations before the Americans finished drafting their peace plan, so we wouldn’t have to reject it publicly later on.”

The Palestinians were quoted saying that the international community accepted the Jerusalem excuse for ruling out negotiations because there is a consensus in the world on the city being the capital of two states.

3. German police raided a number of homes and businesses across the country in a massive search for 10 Iranian agents believed to have been targeting Jews and Israelis — specifically the Israeli embassy in Berlin and Jewish community institutions, including kindergartens. The suspects are thought to be members of the Quds Force, a special unit within the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Was it the result of a Mossad tip?

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Israel and the Palestinians
• The PLO Central Committee recommended suspending Palestinian recognition of Israel and security cooperation. The PCC also claimed the Palestinians are no longer bound by the Oslo accords. The Jerusalem Post notes that there’s no time frame for carrying out the threat. Palestinian leaders have threatened to end security cooperation a number of times in recent years but never followed through.

• After I criticized the media for whitewashing Abbas’ revisionism and rejectionism, I’m glad to see followup analysis from the Associated Press and Washington Post.

• In case you were looking for it, there’s an English translation of Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at MEMRI.

• In Cairo, Mahmoud Abbas insisted that Palestinians are the descendants of the Canaanites, who predated the biblical patriarch Abraham. This puts the PA chief at odds with his own chief envoy to the US, Maen Rashid Areikat, who has argued that the Canaanites were occupiers too because the Palestinians predated even them. Draw your own theological conclusions.

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Abraham Journeying Into the Land of Canaan, by Gustave Dore
• Israel reportedly struck a Hezbollah arms depot near Damascus on Tuesday night.

• Security forces discovered and safely detonated a cell phone bomb planted at the entrance to Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus. It was discovered on Tuesday morning, ahead of a visit by 1,000 Jewish worshipers. The pilgrimage went on as planned, though Palestinians pelted the Jews with stones as they left the holy site.

• The Kerem Shalom border crossing with Gaza reopened for the first time since Israel destroyed a terror tunnel running directly underneath.

• Israeli authorities intercepted what was described as “the largest consignment ever” of military gear en route to the Gaza Strip. “The shipment included thousands of items of military clothing, including boots, coats and combat vests, all in camouflage colors,” and was seized at the Port of Ashdod on Monday.

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• Search and rescue personnel believe that a British tourist missing in the southern Negev desert is suffering from “Jerusalem Syndrome,” a psychotic condition that can overwhelm people visiting Israel with delusions about God or prominent religious figures. The Daily Telegraph updates the latest on the search for the 29-year-old Oliver McAfee, last seen in late November.
An Israeli police search team discovered a series of pages ripped from the Bible carefully weighed down with rocks in the area that he was last seen. Other handwritten notes quoting Bible verses were also discovered.

Some of the notes included references to the story of Jesus fasting in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights.

• The Independent introduces us to Jerusalem’s new deputy mayor, Fleur Hassan-Nahoum.

Israel and India
• Just before this roundup was published, Haaretz reported that a previously scrapped $500 million deal to sell Spike anti-tank missiles to India “is back on the table.”

• Moshe Holzberg, orphaned in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, made his first visit to the Chabad House where his parents were killed. Indian media seemed to attach great importance, judging from the heavy interest by the Mumbai Mirror, Times of India, Indian Express and NDTV.

• Can Air India win Riyadh’s assent to direct India-Israel flights passing through Saudi skies?

India has been keen to map out speedier flight routes in Saudi skies to reduce the journey duration by around two hours by enabling it to fly west without the need take roundabout routes, thereby slashing costs on fuel and significantly increasing the number of tourists flying between Israel and India.

In addition, the new route would enable the airline to dramatically reduce the price of flight tickets and simultaneously stimulate competition among other airlines.

If Saudi Arabia agrees to the move, it would likely be presented to the Indians as a gesture and not to the Israelis, since Jerusalem has no formal diplomatic ties with Riyadh.

• For a sense of what they’re saying in the Indian media, see Jael Silliman and an Indian Express staff-ed.

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Around the World
• US reality TV host’s anti-Semitic outburst sparks anger when presenter Toni Snow asked a guest whether he was going to “Jew us down.”

• Daily Telegraph: The British government is funding a special trip for student leaders from all 108 UK universities and colleges to Auschwitz in a bid to combat campus anti-Semitism.

• Jewish cemetery in Eritrea vandalized, dozens of graves destroyed.

• Racist, anti-Semitic fliers dropped in Virginia neighborhood ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Commentary
• Plenty of spilled ink and burnt pixels over Abbas’ speech.

– David Horovitz: Abbas couldn’t make peace with the Jews; he believes his own lies about us
– Elior Levy: Despite threats, Abbas won’t halt security coordination
– Ben-Dror Yemini: The moderate Palestinian leader’s lies
– Daniel Shapiro: Abbas exits with one final, outrageous performance. Now, America must contain the damage
– Mordechai Kedar: The speech in which Abbas dug his own grave
– Charles Bybelezer: Having missed the boat, the Palestinian Authority is sinking
– Yossi Beilin: Abbas the spectator
– The Australian (staff-ed): Palestinian leader’s own goal
– Rafael Medoff: Mahmoud Abbas, the world’s worst historian
– Ron Kampeas: Will Abbas’ explosive comments kill the peace process?
– Michael Goodwin: Abbas proves to be nothing more than a two-faced, anti-Semite
– Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi: With his Ramallah rant, Mahmoud Abbas declares intention to proclaim a Palestinian entity

• I’ll buy David Hazony‘s cab driver barometer:


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Based on a sampling of Jerusalem cab drivers, Abbas’ insult to Trump was far worse than “May your house be demolished” as appeared in Western media. More accurately would be rendered “may you and your descendants be destroyed.” Not very nice.

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• Judging from the Irish Times‘ Michael Jansen’s response to the speech, you’d think Israel never had any prime ministers who offered the Palestinians anything in the years since Oslo.

• Speaking of “sh**hole countries,” Tom Gross recalls the time a French ambassador described Israel as a ‘sh***y little country’ – and polite society defended him. Gross concludes:

One would hope that if the representative of a major western government today were to describe the Jewish state, rather than African states, as sh—y, there would be an equal level of outrage. But somehow I doubt it.

• UNRWA aid unspun in the op-eds:

– Abdallah Al-Hadlaq: Stop funding for racist UNRWA until it dwindles and dies
– Nonie Darwish: The terrorism jobs program: Pampering the Palestinians must end
– Daniel Pipes: 99% of ‘Palestine refugees’ are fake
– Michael Rubin: US support for UNRWA has gone on long enough

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• Why the righteous indignation from is Codepink co-founder and BDSnik Medea Benjamin about being banned from Israel, which she actively supports people to boycott anyway?

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

– Ron Finkel: Peace is coming, but it’s under the radar
– Giulio Meotti: Arab regimes terrified by Israel’s freedoms
– Shrenik Rao: Can India really play ‘best friends’ to Israel, Palestine and Iran at the same time?
– Alexander Aciman: Can a Jew love France?
– Seth Frantzman: Seven years later: The Arab Spring’s messy endings
– Jerusalem Post (staff-ed): Hawaii and Israel

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Media Whitewashes Abbas’ Revisionism and Rejectionism
BY PESACH BENSON JANUARY 16, 2018
Mahmoud Abbas’ two-hour address to the central committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization was the diplomatic equivalent of giving the finger to Israel, the US and peace prospects.

The speech was expected to articulate the Palestinian leadership’s response to Trump’s Jerusalem declaration and threatened cuts of aid for refugees.

But given how long the talk was, it must have been a challenge for reporters to focus on sorting out the “news” from the “rambling.” Indeed, the PA president rejected US mediation, blamed Israel for the “death” of the Oslo accords, and dropped tidbits such as someone offering the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Dis to become the capital of a Palestinian state. (Abbas didn’t say who made the offer.)

But there was a bigger picture that the mainstream media snoozed through. What most journalists would consider the boring, long-winded digressions were actually part of a bigger pattern of historical revisionism and rejection of any place for the Jews in the Mideast.

Sign HonestReporting’s petition to the Foreign Press Association in Israel demanding reporters and editors give a fuller picture of Palestinian rejectionism and refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist.

The Speech
The Ramallah audience of PLO cadres, VIPs and the foreign press was regaled with Abbas’ theories of how Israel was founded — not by Jews — but by European “colonialists,” with plans going as far back as Oliver Cromwell in 1653. He accused Israel of sending drugs to Palestinian kids. He ridiculed US Ambassador Nikki Haley’s high heels.

Theodor Herzl
Theodor Herzl
And Abbas fabricated a quote to claim that Theodor Herzl, the father of modern Zionism, sought to exterminate Palestinians.

“We must wipe out the Palestinians from Palestine so that Palestine will be a land without a people for a people without a land.”

Abbas also claimed among other things, that the Jews of Europe chose to remain and die at the hands of the Nazis, that Jews from Iraq and Yemen were brought to Israel against their will, and that Israel was formed as “a colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism” to safeguard European interests.

The PA chief also hurled an epithet at President Donald Trump, saying in Arabic, Yekhreb Beitak, which means “May God destroy your home.” A Palestinian media professional explained to me that home refers not just to the physical house, but the household — its people and possessions. It’s a term used when two people are in a dispute, and although Arabs may use the term somewhat casually among themselves, it’s not a line one would use in a diplomatic setting. That would explain why the Associated Press called it a “jarring” language.

It’s not the first time Abbas twisted history for his own purposes. His doctoral thesis, written as a student in Moscow, argued that the killed “only” one million Jews, that the Zionist leaders collaborated with the Nazis, and that Jewish leaders inflated the Holocaust’s death toll to six million for their own advantage.

But the overall thrust of the speech was to erase Jewish ties to the land of Israel.

The Coverage
Too many media reports whitewashed Abbas’ coverage. Perhaps editors didn’t attach enough importance to the speech to give their correspondents a longer word count, which might account for the short, sanitized reports by Reuters, BBC News, CNN and Sky News.

Other news services touched on Abbas’ rant, but didn’t delve into the significance, such as AFP, The Independent, Irish Times and the Financial Times.

Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas
While the New York Times gave a sense of the PA chairman’s verbosity, the paper unfortunately didn’t fact-check Abbas, giving a pass to the false quote.
Testing his audience’s attention, Mr. Abbas also gave a lengthy history lecture reaching back to the 17th century, saying that Oliver Cromwell had first proposed shipping European Jews to the Holy Land, before tracing the beginning of Zionism to what he called the 19th-century journalist and activist Theodor Herzl’s efforts to “wipe out Palestinians from Palestine.”

“This is a colonial enterprise that has nothing to do with Jewishness,” Mr. Abbas said. “The Jews were used as a tool under the concept of the promised land — call it whatever you want. Everything has been made up.”

Indeed, Abbas has made everything up.

Can you imagine the headlines if an Israeli head of state denied the existence of the Palestinian people? Or fabricated quotes?

While I didn’t see any news coverage of the speech in The Guardian, an Ian Black commentary fretted over how the speech would play into the hands of right-wing Israelis. And if I didn’t know any better, I’d say the Irish Independent took Associated Press reports one and two and scrubbed them.

Credit the Daily Telegraph and Washington Post for acknowledging Abbas being Abbas and getting fresh quotes from analysts to provide some meaning.

Palestinians may see Abbas as defiantly throwing down the gauntlet while Israelis see Abbas on the verge of imploding.

If there’s going to be peace, we need the press to step up and enlighten us on what Mahmoud Abbas really stands for.

Sign HonestReporting’s petition to the Foreign Press Association in Israel demanding reporters and editors give a fuller picture of Palestinian rejectionism and refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist.

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Abbas Speech Showcases Palestinian Rejectionism
BY PESACH BENSON JANUARY 15, 2018

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Today’s Top Stories
1. Judging from Sunday night’s address the PLO Central Council, PA President Mahmoud Abbas is either divorcing himself from the Olso accords, reality, or both. He blamed Europe for sending Jews to Israel, blamed Israel for destroying the “dead” Oslo accords, blamed the US for mishandling peace efforts and blamed Hamas for undermining Palestinian unity. He also insisted that peace talks could only resume under international mediation.

But AP took note of one particular line addressing the US president, which raised a lot of eyebrows:

To laughter from the crowd, Abbas then added the phrase “Yehreb Beitak,” literally translated as “may your house be demolished.”

In colloquial Palestinian Arabic, the phrase can have different connotations, from a harsh to a casual insult, but its use in a widely watched speech seemed jarring.

I really feel for the Israeli journalists like Barak Ravid who had to cover it.

Palestinian President Abbas's speech at the PLO conference right now is becoming more and more delusional

— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) January 14, 2018

2. According to media reports, the Trump administration will cut in half the year’s first contribution to the UN agency aiding Palestinian refugees.

President Donald Trump hasn’t made a final decision, but appears more likely to send only $60 million of the planned $125 million first installment to the UN Relief and Works Agency, said the officials, who weren’t authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Future contributions would require the agency, facing heavy Israeli criticism, to demonstrate significant changes in operations, they said, adding that one suggestion under consideration would require the Palestinians to first re-enter peace talks with Israel.

HR Video: Should America Stop Funding UNRWA? The US wants to cut support to the UN agency aiding Palestinian refugees. Is that wise? And what alternative is Israel suggesting?

3. A 26-year-old Israeli Arab from Taibeh was charged with trying to carry out an Islamic State-inspired attack. Haaretz notes:

According to the indictment, last summer Yousef tried to convince others to join him in committing terrorist assaults, including a shooting attack in Jerusalem, a car-bomb attack opposite the police station in his hometown of Taibeh, and a stabbing attack. Yousef was arrested this month, the Shin Bet said. All of the people he allegedly attempted to convince to join him in the terrorist attacks refused, the Shin Bet said, adding that his plans didn’t come to fruition because he was afraid of carrying them out on his own.

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In the News
• Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to India continues. Israel and India inked nine cooperation pacts in areas such as energy, air transportation, cybersecurity and film production. Netanyahu discussed bilateral ties, his trip’s agenda and more in an interview with India Today.

• In Delhi’s ‘mini Israel,’ visit by premier elicits collective Netanyawho?

• The BBC profiles Moshe Holtzberg, the Israeli boy who survived 2008 Mumbai attack and is returning there for the first time with Netanyahu.

• Tweet of the day goes to George Deek:


Since 2014, #Hamas spent $120 million on terror tunnels. What they could’ve done with $120m: 1,500 homes to house the poor, 3 water plants to provide clean water to #Gaza, 24k hospital beds to heal the sick. Instead of investing in the future, Hamas invests in hate and suffering. pic.twitter.com/ixfpNhUQsE

— George Deek (@GeorgeDeek) January 14, 2018

• Uruguayan hostel rejects Israeli guests over owner’s anti-Israel political view.

• Lebanon is banning Steven Spielberg’s latest movie over the director’s ties to Israel.

A source involved with The Post‘s international rollout says the movie, which stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, was presented to the Lebanese censorship board, which nixed it, citing a “boycott Israel” list that includes Spielberg due to his Oscar-winning Holocaust film Schindler’s List (the 1993 film shot some scenes in Jerusalem). . .

Unlike Gal Gadot, whose film Wonder Woman was banned in Lebanon in May, Spielberg is not an Israeli citizen, nor has he ever fought with the Israeli Army.

Also censored by Lebanese authorities was Jungle. AFP explains:

The other film that got the censorship axe was “Jungle“, a survival drama about Israeli adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg, who got lost in an uncharted part of the Bolivian Amazon in 1981.

The film, starring Daniel Radcliffe, had been screening for two weeks in Lebanon but is now being pulled, the same official told AFP, explaining that the decision followed a number of complaints.

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

– Avi Issacharoff: Did Abbas just give his valedictory speech, blaming everyone for his failures?
– Elior Levy: Abbas slams Trump and Israel, yet is careful not to burn all his bridges
– Amos Harel: Hamas approaches endgame in Gaza as Israel sharpens its tunnel-elimination prowess
– Yoav Limor: Hamas’ growing dilemma
– Prof. Shalva Weil: The Indian Jews at the heart of the Netanyahu-Modi love affair
– Saudamini Jain: India’s ‘internet Hindus’ are in love with Israel
– MEP David Campbell-Bannerman: Forget the EU-led idiocy, Iran is not our friend

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IDF Destroys Gaza Terror Tunnel Stretching Into Israel and Egypt
BY PESACH BENSON JANUARY 14, 2018
Today’s Top Stories
1. The IDF confirmed it destroyed a Gaza terror tunnel which stretched under the Israeli and Egyptian borders early Sunday morning. With an overall length of 1.5 km and extending 180 meters into Israeli territory, the tunnel passed directly under the Kerem Shalom border crossing, where Israel transfers humanitarian aid to the Strip.

The IDF said the tunnel was destroyed in Gaza by Israeli jets, marking the first official Israeli confirmation that it has indeed destroyed tunnels from the air. The IDF rejected Hamas claims that the tunnel was only for smuggling commercial goods. The Kerem Shalom crossing remained closed as this roundup was published.

The tunnel’s connection to the Egyptian Sinai puts Hamas in a difficult spot with Cairo, Avi Issacharoff and Ron Ben-Yishai point out.
2. A British woman attacked by Palestinian terrorists is demanding a probe of UK aid ‘used on prisoners,’ and a powerful MP has promised to raise the issue in Parliament. Several papers picked up on this Daily Express report.

Kay Wilson sent the letter, supported by 130 campaigners, after she discovered that the Palestinian Authority is potentially using British taxpayers’ money to pay her attackers in prison who also killed her American friend Kristine Luken.

The two murderers have received £9,000 each according to reports . . .

She also asked for a British version of the USA’s Taylor Force Act which blocks payments to Gaza and the West Bank unless the Palestinian Authority can certify it is taking steps to end acts of violence against U.S. and Israeli citizens, condemning attacks and has terminated payments to terrorists.

While hiking with US national Kristine Luken in a forest near the Israeli city of Beit Shemeish in 2010, two Palestinians attacked them with knives, killing Luken and leaving Wilson for dead. Ayad Fasafa and Kifah Ghanimat are serving life sentences.

atom3. President Donald Trump waived sanctions on Iran, keeping the nuclear deal alive for now. But the president insisted that this was the last time he would continue the waiver. The next waiver deadline is in 120 days:

If Trump had not signed the waivers, nuclear sanctions against Iran would automatically be reinstated, putting the US in contravention of the deal’s terms and likely spelling the end of the pact.

Trump laid out four conditions that must be met for him to not abrogate the deal, which included increased inspections, ensuring “Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon” and that there be no expiration dates to the nuke deal. The current one expires after a decade.

His last condition required Capitol Hill lawmakers to pass a bill unilaterally incorporating Iran’s missile program into the nuclear deal.

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In the News
• Accompanied by a delegation of 130 businessmen, Netanyahu arrived in India for a six-day trip the Jerusalem Post reports will focus mostly on economic cooperation and technological development. Haaretz fills in more details of the PM’s itinerary. For perspective, bilateral trade in 2016 was at $4.16 billion.

• Here’s a selection of items from the Indian press about the PM’s visit:

> Delhi’s Teen Murti Chowk formally renamed after Israeli city of Haifa. Here’s why.
> Nariman House, witness to 26/11 Mumbai attacks, to be turned into a memorial.
> Budding Israel-India romance tested by Modi’s balancing act
> How Israel helped India during the Kargil war
> Amb. Daniel Karmon: India and Israel are all-weather friends

• Prof. Efraim Inbar also weighs in on the Israeli-Indian ties.

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• Hamas official in Lebanon wounded in car bomb.

• The Sunday Times of London takes a closer look at Iran/Hezbollah entrenchment along the Israeli-Syrian border.

“Iran is duplicating Hezbollah from Lebanon to the Golan Heights to create a second Hezbollah on Israel’s border,” said Major-General Amos Yadlin, a retired chief of military intelligence in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF). “If one side is determined to build a force in Syria and the other side is determined not to let it happen, this is a recipe for escalation.”

• South African Zulu king invokes fight against AIDS and drought, in plea to ANC government to retain close Israel ties.

• Morocco’s largest opposition party dropped a bill to strip emigrants to Israeli settlements of their Moroccan citizenship, with the part leader admitting the effort was merely to appease a visiting Hamas delegation.

• While Hezbollah and Iran undermine Lebanon, Lebanese people flipping out are over this:

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• Lorde lost Howard Stern. (Sorry, no spoilers here.)

• British Parliament to debate full ban of Hezbollah as terrorist entity.

• New Jersey divests from Denmark’s largest bank over its support for BDS.

• A 15-year-old Parisian girl’s face slashed in an anti-Semitic assault.

The alleged victim was wearing the uniform of her private Jewish school, Merkaz-Hatorah, when the attack happened during lunch break Wednesday.

• Pro-Palestinian resolution from New Orleans City Council creates backlash.

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Washington Artillery Park in New Orleans
• South Carolina‘s governor is pushing legislation that would “ensure the state’s public colleges and universities will take the State Department’s definition of antisemitism into consideration when investigating allegations of discrimination against Jewish students.”

• The Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter) reports that the US Justice Dept. is creating a special “Narcoterrorism Team” of prosecutors to target Hezbollah drug trafficking and money laundering.

Commentary
• Worth watching: Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser and Fatah official Ahmed Ghoneim sparred over the issue of PA stipends paid to imprisoned terrorists and the families of “martyrs” on i24 News.

Someone tore down the mezuzah of UCLA’s Jewish student president. Read her powerful response.

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

– Ron Prosor: The problem is UNRWA
– Liat Collins: UNRWA’s unsettling impact
– Bassam Tawil: The Palestinian terror party: Celebrating murder
– Maj-General Gershon HaCohen (Res.): Trump’s shock to the system
– Victor Davis Hanson: The faded Palestinian issue
– Emily Shire: The left’s latest bid to delegitimize the Jewish state
– Jonathan Tobin: I despise BDS — but Israel’s new BDS ban is a big mistake
– Dan Diker, Jamie Berk: Students for Justice in Palestine unmasked
– Daniel Gordis: A dose of nuance: Israel-bashing by analogy
– Khadija Khan: Germans tackling exploding anti-Semitism?
– Alex Fishman: The Iranian wall of fire
– Norman Bailey: On Iran, follow Reagan’s example


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Will EU Replace US Aid to Palestinians?
BY PESACH BENSON JANUARY 11, 2018

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1. Later this month, Mahmoud Abbas will visit European Union officials in Brussels where he is expected to seek European backing for unilateral statehood moves and increased aid to offset threatened cuts from the US. More at the Times of Israel, which picked up on Arab media coverage.

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EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini greeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in April, 2017
2. Gaza is still roiling over a video of a Palestinian member of Islamic State in the Sinai executing another Palestinian accused of collaborating with Hamas. The New York Times reports that two Gaza families, falling in line with Hamas, have disowned their sons.

In Gaza, the video’s horror is intimate.

Mr. Zamli, the video’s main figure, grew up in the Shabora refugee camp in the Palestinian part of Rafah, which straddles the border with Egypt. The man who fired the pistol, Muhammad al-Dajani, from Gaza City, was a Hamas fighter who defected to the Islamic State from Hamas’s military wing. A Hamas official in Gaza identified the accused smuggler as Mousa Abuzmat and said he came from the Egyptian side of Rafah, just across the border.

3. Turkish Jews denounce anti-Semitic tabloid’s claim that ‘Jewish businessmen’ manipulated financial markets ahead of failed 2016 coup.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• The murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach in a drive-by shooting earlier this week “appears to have been the act of a skilled terror cell, not a random crime of opportunity,” Haaretz reports.

Most recent local terrorist shootings have homemade Carl Gustav (“Carlo”) submachine guns. Shevach was presumably shot by guns of standard manufacture — either one or two. More than 20 bullets were fired during the incident, presumably from a passing car driven by a person who was not involved in the shooting. Similar previous attacks were preceded by intelligence-gathering. The perpetrators may have used a lookout, stationed on the access road to Havat Gilad, who spied an easy mark — an Israeli, driving alone after dark.

Haaretz adds that PA security forces are cooperating with Israel to find the killers.

Around the World
• Can German officials fight anti-Semitism among new immigrants by requiring them to visit Nazi concentration camps?

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Crematoria at the Dachau concentration camp
• Support for Israel among young evangelicals is still high, but it’s slipping, says survey picked up by the JTA.

Commentary
• The Irish Times is free to disagree with Israel’s blacklist of organizations supporting Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). It’s reasonable to debate how much impact BDS has on the Israeli economy or whether the blacklist will ultimately strengthen or weaken the boycotters. But I beg to differ with this line:

By responding with a ban that dispenses with democratic norms and shows a contempt for free speech, however, the Israeli leadership does immense damage to its own case.

My colleague, Daniel Pomerantz debated this very issue on i24 News with Yariv Oppenheimer of Peace Now earlier this week.

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

– Alex Joffe, Asaf Romirowsky: The UN agency that keeps Palestinians from prospering (click via Twitter)
– Daniel Pipes: How 99 percent of ‘Palestine refugees’ are fake
– David Makovsky: Why a big wave of European countries recognizing Palestine is fast approaching
– Sever Plocker: Trump’s Mideast ‘achievement’: A growing rift with the Palestinians
– Yoni Ben Menachem: Palestinian capital in Abu Dis or Ramallah?
– Yossi Kuperwasser: When old conventions fall
– Mitchell Bard: Will Palestinians protect freedom of religion and holy places in Jerusalem?
– Udi Dekel: How to stop the shooting from the Gaza Strip
– Dennis Ross: How to get Middle East peace talks on track
– Herb Keinon: The message behind Israeli action in Syria
– Alex Ryvchin: Smiling barbarians not planning for peace
– Stephen Daisley: Israel’s revival of the death penalty would be a grave mistake
– Ramyar Hassani: Iranian regime, fragile as eggshells

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Manhunt for Terrorists Who Killed Israeli
BY PESACH BENSON JANUARY 10, 2018
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Israeli security personnel at the Havat Gilad Junction in the northern West Bank, where Israeli Rabbi Raziel Shevach was killed in a drive-by shooting on Jan. 9, 2018.
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1. Rabbi Raziel Shevach, killed in last night’s terror attack, was laid to rest today. He was murdered in a Tuesday night drive-by shooting in the northern West Bank near the settlement outpost of Havat Gilad, where he lived. The IDF is searching for his killers. Settler leaders are urging the government to legalize the unrecognized settlement outpost in response to the attack.

The 35-year-old Shevach — who worked in a West Bank yeshiva and also volunteered for both Magen David Adom and the chevra kadisha (Jewish burial society) — was remembered as a kind-hearted affable man. He is survived by his wife and six children between the ages of 10 months and 10 years.

Rabbi Raziel Shevach
2. After a Vienna demonstration against Trump’s Jerusalem declaration where protesters shouted “Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning” and “death to Israel,” Austrian police are now pursuing charges against three Israel activists who waved an Israeli flag.

The police are seeking a 100 euro fine or two days in jail for the waving of the flag at the December 8 rally near the US embassy in the capital.

The criminal notice, dated January 3, states that the activists “showed an Israeli flag at a rally in an extremely provocative way and manner that was visible for participants at the rally and thereby produced considerable offense and provocation among the Palestinian protestors.”

3. Officials warn looming Foreign Ministry budget cuts will harm Israel’s image overseas.

4. War on Want Confirms Why It Was Blacklisted: While WoW bills itself as a human rights charity, its primary motivation is political.

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• Tunisian Jewish school attacked as anti-government protests rage across 20 cities, reports Reuters.

• “Germany has summoned Iran’s ambassador in Berlin to warn Tehran against spying on individuals and groups with close ties to Israel, saying such acts violate German law.”

• Malka Azzam Awida made history.

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• UK students are crying foul over restrictions placed on an upcoming talk at University College London by Israeli activist Hen Mazzig. The UCL administration, citing security concerns, is limiting attendance to Mazzig’s talk to 100 students and faculty, and has said the event may not be publicized. More at the Jewish Chronicle and Jerusalem Post.

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• Tweet of the day goes to Michelle Chabin.


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Last night's victim of Palestinian terror was a 35-year-old rabbi, a first responder who no doubt treated many Palestinians over the years. He was also a father of 6 young children. Anyone who thinks this murder will advance peace or a Palestinian state understands nothing.

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

– Anna Ahronheim: After years of alleged Israeli strikes in Syria, will luck run out?
– Yoav Limor: Strategic superiority, constant concern
– Ben Lynfield: UNRWA’s role is in the eye of the beholder
– Noah Pollak: How Trump can cut aid to a horrible UN program
– Liora Cohen: UNICEF has declared war on the IDF
– Shlomi Eldar: Abbas’ electricity deal an olive branch to Gaza
– Bassam Tawil: ISIS sets its sights on Gaza
– Liram Stenzler-Koblentz: As Islamic Jihad grows stronger, it’s time to talk to Hamas
– Michael Doran: Don’t end the Iran deal, fix it (click via Twitter)
– Gary Rosenblatt: When magical thinking on Israel meets reality
– Einat Wilf: Anti-feminism and anti-Zionism


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PA Paid $358M in Terror Stipends in 2017
BY PESACH BENSON JANUARY 9, 2018
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1. Israel’s Defense Ministry released numbers revealing how much the PA spends on stipends for terrorists imprisoned in Israel and for the families of terrorists killed while carrying out attacks. The figures reported in Ynet and Israel HaYom indicate the PA paid out NIS 1.23 billion overall (roughly $358 million).

Individual stipends depend on the length of the prison sentence, how many children the terrorist has and whether the terrorist is an Israeli national. Extra bucks for Jerusalem residents too.

In 2017, the Palestinian Authority paid prisoners and freed prisoners over NIS 550 million, while families of killed or wounded terrorists received some NIS 687 million. This constituted some seven percent of the PA’s overall budget . . .

The data was included in a memorandum attached to the Law to Prevent Payments to Terrorists and Their Families by the Palestinian Authority.

According to the memorandum, at the end of every year the defense minister would present a report concluding the annual payments made by the PA to terrorists to the Security Cabinet for approval. In accordance with that report, the sum will be deducted from the tax money Israel collects on behalf of the PA.

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2. According to a Swiss report picked up by the Jerusalem Post, Saudi Arabia sought to purchase an Iron Dome system to defend itself missiles fired by Iran-backed Houthis in neighboring Yemen. The Saudis were reportedly interested in other Israeli-made military tech as well.

Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have diplomatic relations. But the Swiss paper reported that Saudi-Israel intelligence cooperation has registered “further progress,” according to observers in Tel Aviv and Riyadh.

3. Israel struck a weapons depot on a Syrian military base near Damascus overnight, the Syrian army claims. Israeli officials haven’t commented on the reports. More at the Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel.

4. The BDS Blacklist Ban: HR Debates Peace Now on i24News: Is the law “blacklisting” BDS activists from entering Israel anti-democratic? HR’s Daniel Pomerantz debates Yariv Oppenheimer from Peace Now on The Rundown on i24 News.

5. Sanitizing the BDS Movement? The BDS movement is more than just about boycotting Israel. It’s about the delegitimization of Israel and the end of the country as a Jewish state. So which papers got it right and who sanitized BDS?

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• A senior Hamas official, Imad al-Alimi, is fighting for his life in Gaza’s Shifa Hospital after being shot in the head. There are all kinds of rumors about what happened, so this Ynet snippet will have to suffice.

The circumstances behind the injury are still unclear. It is possible he tried to take his own life after being diagnosed with cancer a year ago, or that he was hurt in an assassination attempt. A third option is that his handgun accidentally discharged, hitting him.

• Israeli trade delegation to Cuba may augur a diplomatic thaw

• After various postponements, Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit Israel, Egypt and Jordan. AP reports that Pence is “not expected” to meet with Palestinian officials, who are fuming over Trump’s Jerusalem declaration.

• Is President Donald Trump widening a rift between the evangelicals and Mideast Christians over Jerusalem?

Around the World
• Stockholm’s ambassador to Israel acknowledged that Sweden is failing to protect its Jewish community.

“This is the reality of the Jewish community and it’s a failure, it’s not something that should be allowed to happen,” Sweden’s ambassador to Israel, Magnus Hellgren said as he acknowledged that his country failed to protect the Swedish community in the wake of anti-Semitic incidents.

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Non-Violence sculpture in Gothenburg, Sweden
• Kosher market near Paris set on fire one week after it was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti.

• Berlin‘s government-funded Jewish museum is being accused of pro-Palestinian bias after it opted for Muslim, not Jewish symbols in advertising a Jerusalem exhibition.

• Security forces in Jordan thwarted a plot by Islamic State to “carry out a series of coordinated and large-scale attacks” across the country. Police arrested 17 members of the terror cell, seizing weapons and other unspecified “materials.” More at the Times of Israel.

• I wonder what this means for Israel’s qualitative military edge. Reuters reports that the White House has nearly completed a plan “to help drum up billions of dollars more in business overseas for the U.S. weapons industry.”

According to the report, guidelines on military export rules will be eased and “give greater weight to the economic benefits for American manufacturers in a decision-making process that has long focused heavily on human rights considerations.”

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US artillery soldiers in a 2016 readiness drill.
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• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Yehuda Kurtzer: How Israel’s BDS blacklist falls short of its own goals
– Ephraim Sneh: How to prevent a Gaza explosion
– Jerusalem Post (staff-ed): Shut down UNRWA
– Rowan Polovin: Downgrading Israel degrades South Africa
– David Harris: 10 ways that Israel is treated differently
– Elliott Abrams: The princes and the mullahs

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US to Transfer Palestinian Aid to Different UN Agency?
BY PESACH BENSON JANUARY 8, 2018

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1. US funds earmarked for the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency should instead be gradually transferred to a separate UN body responsible for aiding the rest of the world’s refugees, suggested Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Describing the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which has overseen health care, schooling, social services and more for Palestinian refugees since 1950, the PM said:

“This is an agency that was established 70 years ago, only for Palestinian refugees, at a time when the UNHCR [UN High Commissioner for Refugees] deals with global refugee problems. Of course this creates a situation in which there are great-grandchildren of refugees, who are not refugees but who are cared for by UNRWA, and another 70 years will pass and those great-grandchildren will have great-grandchildren and therefore, this absurdity needs to stop,” Netanyahu said.

But Netanyahu noted that “genuine” Palestinian refugees still need assistance, and proposes that UNRWA funds from the United States should be “gradually shifted” to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, which has “clear criteria for supporting genuine refugees, not fictitious refugees as happens today under UNRWA.”

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2. Israel expelled a Norwegian aid worker, and as luck would have it, it occurred while Norway’s Foreign Minister was visiting. Haaretz explains:

The activist is accused of having asked over the past several years for visas for activists in the aid group’s name under false pretenses. According to the authority, after they arrived in Israel the activists did not engage in humanitarian work but in other activities, some of them political.

The incident occurred in the midst of the first official visit to Israel of the new Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide. Haaretz has learned that the activist had been living in Israel for several years and when she tried to return to Israel Sunday morning after a short trip abroad, she was refused entry.

Norway also agreed to limit funding of non-governmental organizations promoting boycotts of Israel.

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3. Israel arrested two Bedouin teenage girls accused of being in contact with Islamic State and plotting a terror attack in Israel. According to the Times of Israel, Rahma and Tasnin al-Assad carried out surveillance of possible targets in Beersheva. A third suspect, Ahmad Abu Ramila of eastern Jerusalem, was charged on lesser counts over his involvement in the plot.

4. The Independent Labels Electronic Intifada Head an ‘Expert’: There are a lot of problems with how the paper uses Ali Abunimah as a talking head.

Israel and the Palestinians
• UNICEF, the UN agency responsible for providing assistance to children and mothers in developing countries, is spurring a campaign to label the Israeli military as ‘grave violators of children’s rights.’ Israel HaYom picked up on an NGO Monitor report.

If blacklisted, IDF would join the ranks of terrorist groups ISIS, Boko Haram, the Taliban and al-Qaida.

• Does Mohammad Fathi Janid qualify for 72 virgins? (I’m asking for a friend.)

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• Jordan’s Interior Minister Minister Ghalib Zoabi toured the Temple Mount on Sunday and nothing happened. Zoabi was the first high level Jordanian official to visit the holy site since Trump’s Jerusalem declaration in December.

• The Israeli cabinet is revisiting plans to create off-shore artificial islands for Israeli homes and infrastructure. Discussion of the Dubai-style islands has been on-and-off over the years with opposition from environmental groups. The plans are unrelated to a separate proposal for an artificial island off of Gaza for the Palestinians, which would include a port and cargo terminal. Jerusalem Post coverage.

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Wing suit flying over Dubai’s artificial Palm Islands
• Most sanitized coverage of Israel’s blacklist of BDS groups goes to the Irish Times. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement isn’t about “criticizing” Israeli policies, it’s about delegitimizing Israel.

The blacklist targets a grassroots movement known as Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS), which criticises Israel over its policies towards the Palestinians.

• Turns out UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is a patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, one of the blacklisted pro-BDS groups whose senior members will be barred from Israel.

• Tweet of the day goes to Legal Insurrection.


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• JTA: A German bill would allow the expulsion of migrants “who make anti-Semitic statements, including the refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist.”

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

– Todd Stern: Jews should not venerate Trump
– Eli Lake: What a Soviet dissident sees in Iran’s unrest
– Nick Short: For Iran’s revolution to succeed, a free press is a must


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Fatah Cadres Meet With Hezbollah Chief
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Fatah cadres met with Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah to discuss responses to US President Donald Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. A Fatah spokesman told The Media Line the delegation met with other Lebanese leaders, and that Fatah remains committed to non-violent resistance. But that’s not how Nasrallah characterized the contact in an interview with a pro-Hezbollah paper:

In the Al Mayadeen interview, Nasrallah also alleged that the Iranian regime financed the recent wave of Palestinian protests against Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. He stressed that Hizbullah is keen to work towards establishing a “point of unity” with the Palestinians and confirmed that Jerusalem was the focus of his meeting with officials.

“We will not hesitate to seize any opportunity to provide support and weapons to the resistance in Palestine,” Nasrallah declared.

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Hezbollah chief Seikh Hassan Nasrallah
2. The Ministry of Strategic Affairs released a list of organizations from North and South America, Europe and South Africa whose members will be barred from Israel because of their support for the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). Among the more well-known blacklisted groups are Code Pink, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. More at the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz.

3. All signs point to Turkey setting up an unwelcome Red Sea naval base after Ankara signed a deal with Sudan to “transfer the island of Suakin in the Red Sea to Turkey to rebuild and administer for an undefined period of time.” Israeli and Egyptian officials can’t be pleased.

4. NPR Buries the Facts: In an article about Palestinian in Jerusalem, NPR buries or even leaves out critical facts.

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• In Cairo, government officials leaned on several influential Egyptian talk show hosts not to condemn Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, the New York Times reports. Now that Israel and Egypt face common foes in Iran and the Islamic Brotherhood/Hamas, the regime of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi doth not protest too much. (Egypt denies the report.)

But strife with Israel was not in Egypt’s national interest, Captain Kholi said. He told the hosts that instead of condemning the decision, they should persuade their viewers to accept it. Palestinians, he suggested, should content themselves with the dreary West Bank town that currently houses the Palestinian Authority, Ramallah.

“How is Jerusalem different from Ramallah, really?” Captain Kholi asked repeatedly in four audio recordings of his telephone calls obtained by The New York Times.

“Exactly that,” agreed one host, Azmi Megahed, who confirmed the authenticity of the recording.

• Arab League to lobby UN to recognize Palestinian state. And Ynet reports the Palestinians will seek full statehood from the UN even though the request will never a US veto.

• If Hamas passed a contentious “Muezzin Bill” for Gaza, would the media say they’re silencing religious expression like when Israel’s Knesset mulled such legislation? Gazans are irked by early-morning calls to prayer.

• The web site of “In Between” bills Israeli-Arab Maysaloun Hamoud’s first film as a story of “three strong and independent-minded Israeli-Palestinian women who share an apartment in Tel Aviv.” But writing in Vulture (New York Magazine’s culture section), Lebanese-born writer Shirine Saad describes the movie as “a candid story about women in Palestine,” obfuscates Israeli government funding, and muddies the waters of Hamoud’s identity, describing her as a Palestinian.

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• A by the numbers look at Israel’s fight against terror 2017, based on figures from the IDF and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) picked up the by the Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel and Ynet. See those sites for comparisons to previous years.

> 99: terror attacks
> 20: Israelis killed
> 169: Israelis wounded
> 42: illegal West Bank weapons workshops shut down
> 455: illegal weapons seized in West Bank
> some 1,100: lone wolf attacks foiled
> NIS 10 million: seized money suspected of being meant to fund terror ($2.9 million)
> 35: rockets fired at Israel from Gaza
> 59: retaliatory strikes on Gaza following rocket fire
> 3,617: Palestinians arrested in 2017 according to the IDF
> 6,742: Palestinians arrested in 2017 according to NGOs
> 7: Palestinian homes demolished by Israel as punishment for a family member committing a terror attack
> 98: Palestinian homes demolished by Israel for not being built without proper permits

• It says a lot about The Guardian that it’s the paper of choice for group letters supporting BDS — in this case, more than a 100 writers, singers, musicians, etc. (mostly the usual suspects) showing solidarity with Lorde.

• Tweet of the day from Diaa Hadid, who used to cover Israel, Gaza and the West Bank for the New York Times.

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• By 2040, Muslims will outnumber Jews in the US, according to a Pew Research Center poll picked up by the Times of Israel.

Muslims in the U.S. are not as numerous as the number of Americans who identify as Jewish by religion, according to our estimate. At the same time, our projections suggest that the U.S. Muslim population will grow much faster than the country’s Jewish population. By 2040, Muslims will replace Jews as the nation’s second-largest religious group after Christians.

• Legal battle heats up over Fordham U. decision to ban ‘Students for Justice in Palestine.’

• Israeli ambassador: Sweden has failed to protect its Jewish community.

• Fans unfollow Dutch actress for vacationing in Israel. But she asked for it.

Victoria Koblenko, an award-winning movie, television and theater actress and journalist with 151,000 followers on Instagram, invited others to unfollow her as well on the social network, saying in a Jan. 3 post from the Old City of Jerusalem that she has no interest in the attention of people who “assume something about my political inclination based on my holiday destination.”

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Commentary
• With all due respect to Jerusalem’s Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III: There’s no Israeli threat to any holy places or to Christian control of their sites, and besides, it’s no crime for Jews to buy property in Jerusalem.

Christians are panicked because the church itself is selling land to God knows who, which is why protesters in Bethlehem threw eggs and shoes at Theophilis III as he arrived at the Church of the Nativity on Saturday to celebrate Christmas — which the Greek Orthodox calendar celebrates in January.
 
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• Here’s a recipe for a nasty New York Times staff-ed headline. Ingredients: half-cup of “All-Trump’s-Fault,” half-cup of “Blame the Likud Central Committee,” a pinch of lip service to Palestinian intransigence (to taste). Mix all ingredients well, add hot air and place in preheated oven at 175° C. Remove when half-baked.

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

– Orly Azoulay: How Trump embarrassed Israel with anti-Palestinian tweet
– Jonathan Tobin: Threatening to cut Palestinian aid is the right move
– Noga Tarnopolsky: The time-bomb in Trump’s threat to Palestinian funding
– Nadav Shragai: UNRWA – the great refugee charade
– Yossi Beilin: Jerusalem remains on the agenda
– Los Angeles Times (staff-ed): Trump bungles his quest for the ‘ultimate deal’ in the Middle East
– Ron Ben-Yishai: The creative score-settling that may lead to Gaza war
– Nigel Woodley: In support of the State of Israel
– Amos Harel: Even if Iran protests are modestly successful, Israel would benefit
– Bret Stephens: Finding the way forward on Iran
– Ely Karmon: Iran protests could evolve into ethnic/sectarian strife
– Amir Taheri: Behind the latest protests in Iran
– Daniella Cohen: The rise of fake news in the Mideast and beyond
– Jay Rosen: Show your work: The new terms for trust in journalism

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Israel to Resume Selling Electricity to Gaza
BY PESACH BENSON JANUARY 4, 2018
http://honestreporting.com/idns-01-04-2018-gaza-electricity/
Today’s Top Stories
1. Israel will resume selling electricity to Gaza after a six-month hiatus. The move came at the request of the PA, though it’s not yet clear what prompted it. The 120 megawatts that Israel previously sent the Strip daily will resume within days, according to Haaretz.

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2. Singapore banned a documentary about Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi from being screened at a Palestinian film festival. Tamimi was arrested after unsuccessfully trying to provoke an Israeli soldier by slapping him in front of video cameras. Singaporean officials described the film, “The Radiance of Resistance,” as a “skewed narrative” and “inflammatory.” Reuters adds:

It was screened at a number of festivals worldwide in 2017 and won Best Documentary at the Respect Human Rights Film Festival in Belfast, but has become even more topical following Tamimi’s arrest last month.


3. Bad blood between Hamas and Islamic State in the Sinai is escalating. In a video released by Islamic State, a man accused of collaborating with Hamas was executed. The Washington Post explains:

The video cited Hamas’ crackdown on Islamist militant groups in Gaza and their failure to prevent the U.S. declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as reasons for attacking the group. It begins with a video clip of President Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem last month.

The confrontation between the two militant groups has been building for more than a year, as Hamas has cracked down on Islamic State supporters in Gaza, and tightened its border with the Sinai in an attempt to repair relations with Egypt.

4. Video Podcast: How Israel Is Perceived in South Africa: HR’s Simon Plosker discusses with South African radio personality Howard Feldman of Chai FM how Israel is viewed in South Africa, how the history of apartheid impacts those perceptions, and more.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Following up on US threats to cut financial aid to the Palestinians and a key UN agency assisting them, the Times of Israel and Associated Press examine the nature and numbers behind Washington’s donations. And the New York Times takes a closer look at the role of the UN Relief Works Agency (UNRWA).

• The IDF struck what it called “central terrorist infrastructure” (possibly a terror tunnel?) in Gaza on Wednesday night in retaliation for Palestinian rocket fire earlier in the day.

• IDF military police are launching a criminal investigation into the death of a disabled Palestinian during clashes along the Gaza border in December. Palestinians claim wheel-chair-bound Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh was shot and killed by IDF sniper fire. An initial army probe ruled out sniper fire as the cause of death, but couldn’t determine how he died.

The military said it was hindered in its investigation by the fact that Palestinian authorities did not share the details of Abu Thurayeh’s injuries from the demonstration.

• Guatemala offers to help countries move their embassies to Jerusalem.

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Iranian Situation
• Cabinet minister Yuval Steinitz discussed the Iranian threat and the country’s unrest in a Q+A with the Times of Israel.

. . . Steinitz posited that most Iranians recognize Israel as an economic powerhouse and are interested in establishing friendly ties with the Jewish state.

“Honestly, I don’t understand why Iranian taxpayers have to spend approximately one billion dollars every year on a Lebanese militia,” he said, referring to the Hezbollah terror organization, an Iranian Shiite proxy bent on Israel’s destruction, among other goals.

• How social media is being used by both sides in Iran’s turmoil.

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• Plenty of commentary/analysis of what’s going on in Iran.

– Annika Hernroth-Rothstein: Iranian Jews in a time of protest
– Anshel Pfeffer: Iran protests prove the regime’s days of excusing away its failures are over
– Yves Mamou: Is Hezbollah eating the Iranian people’s bread?
– Eli Lake: The West can help Iranians take back their country
– Eldad Beck: Europe’s deafening silence
– Ray Takeyh: The Islamic Republic of Iran is doomed
– Daniel Schwammenthal: Why are the Europeans so silent on the Iran protests?

• Must read: Former refusenik Natan Sharansky lays out why Western silence emboldens the mullahs and fails the protesters.

Revolutions take place when enough people simultaneously cross that fateful line between silent questioning and open dissent, between cowering in fear and standing up for freedom. Once they do so, the regime can no longer contain the upsurge of opposition and must either begin to liberalize or collapse.

This is why a policy of silence on the part of world leaders is so misguided. What matters to Iranians debating whether to cross this decisive threshold is how much they dislike their own government, as well as their knowledge that the free world — those who share the basic principles for which they are fighting — stands behind them in their moment of truth . . .

Our leaders must not be misled by the argument that publicly siding with Iran’s dissidents will give the regime an excuse to blame the protests on foreign meddling or crack down even harder on dissidents. The government in Tehran will do these things no matter what, since a regime as threatened as Iran’s is right now will take any steps in its power to deflect and suppress opposition.

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Around the World
• French Jews protest reprint of anti-Semitic essays from Holocaust era.

• Swastikas painted on two Paris-area kosher shops.

• Does this mean the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer web site is really just another tentacle in an international Jewish media conspiracy?

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

– Ahmed Charai: Trump’s Jerusalem move could provide a pathway to peace
– Avi Issacharoff: As economy crumbles and with ‘nothing to lose,’ war in Gaza grows likely
– Bassam Tawil: Palestinians always on the wrong side of history
– Raphael Ahren: Trump’s Mideast policy: Diplomatic Darwinism in the quest for the ultimate deal
– Grant Rumley: Mahmoud Abbas doesn’t have a Trump strategy
– Ariel Bolstein: The new front against BDS
– New York Post (staff-ed): Team Trump finally starts treating Palestinians fairly

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Syrian Cabinet Minister Ousted Over Israeli Journalist’s Visit
BY PESACH BENSON  JANUARY 2, 2018
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Today’s Top Stories
1. According to Arab media reports picked up the Times of Israel, Syria’s minister of information was ousted for failing to prevent Israeli journalist Jonathan Spyer from entering and reporting from Syria, even joining an Assad regime-sponsored trip where he interviewed some government ministers.

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Jonathan Spyer (left) with Syria’s Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar (center) and now-ousted information minister Mohammed Tourjeman (right) in April, 2017.
2. Anti-government demonstrations escalated with attacks on police stations. Iranian state-run media reported that one demonstrator shot and killed a member of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard in the central city of Najafabad. So far, 21 people, including an 11-year-old boy, have been killed in six days of unrest. More at CNN, AP, Reuters and the Washington Post.

According to Israeli media reports, an Israeli government assessment has determined that the protests have already weakened the Iranian regime:

“The escalation of the protest’s messaging attests to our understanding of a certain breach of the Iranian citizens’ fear barrier,” the document reportedly states. Since the government’s brutal crackdown on similar protests in 2009, Iranians had been careful to not allow their discontent to extend beyond social media. However, the recent demonstrations have shown that “barrier” to have been eroded, the Foreign Ministry analysts conclude.

At @nytimes today, a story about a meaningless & empty gesture by Likud party hacks is higher than the ongoing story about Iran.

— yaacov lozowick (@yaacovlozowick) January 2, 2018

3. Israel busted a Hamas terror cell in the West Bank planning an attack. Ynet reports the five-man cell received instructions from Abdullah Arar, a Hamas operative freed by Israel in the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner swap. Arar had been imprisoned for his role in the 2005 kidnap and murder of Israeli Sasson Nuriel.

4. Video: Should Israel and the US take a stand on the Iranian protests, or should they stay silent? With the PA rejecting Trump’s involvement in the peace process, what role can and should the US play? Watch The Spin Room on i24 where HR’s Daniel Pomerantz discussed these questions and more with Dennis Ross, a former ambassador and adviser to four US presidents, along with Newsweek columnist Marc Schulman.



Israel and the Palestinians
• For five days, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kept his silence about the Iranian protests. But then, he spoke out in a video wishing the Iranian people “success in their noble quest for freedom.” The Jerusalem Post explains the Prime Minister’s thinking and what changed:

Foremost in the minds of some who advocated this policy was the results of Israel’s very public support in September of independence for Iraqi Kurds. Rather than lead other countries to express similar support, or do much more than giving some moral support to the Kurds themselves, these statements were used by Iraq, by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and by Iran against the Kurds.

Seeking to avoid a replay, Netanyahu’s policy up until Monday afternoon was just to keep quiet.

But then two things happened. The first was that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani publicly blamed Israel and the US for fomenting the unrest. The second was the deafening silence of the Europeans.

• Whether or not you agree with the Jerusalem Law (passed on Monday night), which would require a special parliamentary majority to approve ceding Israeli sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem, this New York Times headline is inappropriately opinionated and over the top.

Around the World
• James Zogby is a prominent Arab-American lobbyist of Lebanese descent who supports BDS and was involved in crafting the 2016 Democratic Party platform. So as the the hoo-ha over Lorde and her dissing of Israel continues, why don’t the International Business Times and Radio New Zealand disclose who Zogby is?

There’s nothing wrong with sharing his tweet responding to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s controversial full-page ad denouncing the 21-year-old New Zealander. Just be up-front that Zogby’s not some average Twitter guy.

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James Zogby
• Florida police officer resigns during investigation over his anti-Semitic Facebook posts.

Commentary
• Plenty of spilled ink and burnt pixels weighing in on the Iranian protests.

– Anshel Pfeffer: In Iran, when does a protest become a revolution?
– Seth Frantzman: Media analysis: What Iranian protests?
– Lee Smith: Why can’t the American media cover the protests in Iran?
– Michael Segall: Protests spread across Iran
– Prof. Ze’ev Maghen: Iran’s split personality
– Melanie Phillips: The Iranian uprising
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: The unpredictability of revolution
– Jonathan Tobin: Jerusalem and now Iran: Is Donald Trump turning into a morally serious president?
– Nadav Eyal: Iranian protestors keeping with revolutionary tradition
– Washington Post (staff-ed): The West should support the protesters in Iran

wouldn't it be nice if you could move ONE of the 10,000 reporters you have ready to take every possible propaganda photo against Israel – to cover #Iran protests from close-up? But you can't. Because real oppression isn't one you can get close to. https://t.co/CSONCaGkMv

— David Collier (@mishtal) December 31, 2017

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

– Amos Harel: Three reasons Israel doesn’t want a war in Gaza right now – and, yes, Iran is one
– Alex Fishman: Trump’s gift to Abbas
– Khaled Abu Toameh: How Palestinians silence Palestinians
– Alan Dershowitz: Debating BDS with Cornel West
– Assaf Wohl: A Jew boycotting Israel? Must be a joke
– Dan Margalit: Anything but a boycott
– David Harris: 10 basic facts about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
– Dror Eydar: The Palestinian masquerade
– Nadav Shragai: Erdogan talks Hamas’ language
– Sherry Sufi: Islamic terrorism: myth and conspiracy theory build augmented reality
– Edmond Mulet: How the UN Security Council failed Syrian chemical weapons investigators and victims
– Emily Landau, Gilead Sher: Lessons from the negotiation that led to the Iran nuclear deal

 

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Syrian, Iranian-Backed Forces Advance Near Israeli Border
BY PESACH BENSON  DECEMBER 27, 2017
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Syrian and Iranian-backed forces are steadily advancing in the border area near Israel. Reuters reports:

The Syrian army said it had encircled the village of Mughr al Meer at the foothills of Mount Hermon as troops moved toward Beit Jin amid fierce clashes. On Monday, the army said they had cut off insurgent supply lines and made further advances . . .

A western intelligence source confirmed rebel reports that Iranian-backed local militias alongside commanders from the powerful Lebanese Hezbollah Shi‘ite group were playing a major role in the ongoing battles.

Tehran was pushing to establish a strategic presence along the Israeli border in the Syrian Golan Heights, the source said

2. Guatemala announced that it will move its embassy to Jerusalem. But it will only happen after the US relocates its embassy.

Ten other countries are said to be in talks about relocating their embassies too. Although Deputy Foriegn Minister Tzipi Hotovely didn’t name names, Israeli media chatter centered on Honduras, Paraguay, Togo, Romania and Slovakia. The Philippines denied reports that they are considering a transfer.

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Jerusalem’s Old City walls
3. Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are unhappy with the PA’s handling of opposition to President Donald Trump’s Jerusalem declaration and are moving to take initiative against the embassy move away from Mahmoud Abbas. If you want something done right, leave it to the Palestinian Authority do it yourself. Arab sources told Israel HaYom:
“The Palestinians’ efforts to sway public opinion have been a complete failure, and as a result, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has created a rift between us [the Arab world] and Trump. We are once again left with the demagogic, hollow and inflammatory rhetoric of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.” . . .

A senior official in Amman told Israel Hayom that the Palestinians’ colossal failure to create a unified Arab front against Trump’s Jerusalem decision also has Jordanian officials concerned that the kingdom’s status as the custodian of the Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem will be compromised.

4. The Dishonest Reporter of the Year Award, 2017: It’s finally time to announce the winner!

5. What You Were Reading: The Top 10 Posts of 2017: A look back on the year’s 10 most-read posts. What do the articles you clicked on say about 2017?

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Israel and the Palestinians
• Seeing Trump as ‘lost cause,’ Abbas said to widen boycott to US consular staff, according to Israeli media reports.

• The State Department and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman are at odds over his request that official documents stop referring to the West Bank as “occupied.”

However, due to pressure “from above” the two sides agreed that the issue will be discussed again and that US President Donald Trump will have the final say, the report said.

• Western Wall train station to be named after Donald Trump.

• Holiday cheer, Palestinian style:

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• Worth reading: The Los Angeles Times opens a window on the split between American and Mideast Christians over Trump’s Jerusalem declaration:

For many Holy Land Christians, Trump’s declaration was about as welcome as a biblical curse.

For American evangelical Christians, it has largely been welcomed as an auspicious sign from on high.

• Israeli chess players are demanding compensation after they were refused visas by host Saudi Arabia.

The Israel Chess Federation accused Saudi Arabia of misleading FIDE to qualify for hosting the tournament.

“All their previous statements were to the contrary,” spokesman Lior Aizenberg said.

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph reports that Qatari chess players are boycotting the tournament over a snub which is “been there, done that” for Israelis:

Qatar’s chess federation said its players had been granted visa but would not take part because organizers demanded that the players not display the Qatari flag during the competition.

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• The fallout from Lorde’s cancellation of a Tel Aviv concert in the face of BDS pressure continues. Her Israeli promoter and a researcher on the conflict between BDS and musicians explained to the Times of Israel why it’s naive to think that a young singer like Lorde would have been able to stand up to the bullying.

“Whenever I deal with producers, I always say to them up front, let the artist know what they’re getting into and know what to expect,” he said. “Lorde is younger and not as established as other acts that have visited Israel, that also means she’s easier to influence. And we shouldn’t place the whole burden of BDS on the fragile shoulders of a 21-year-old from New Zealand.”

Meanwhile, Israel’s ambassador to New Zealand asked to meet with Lorde. And the Washington Post examines how other musicians have handled BDS bullying.
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• The editor of “Youpi,” a popular French childrens’ magazine, apologized and removed the latest edition from news stands in France and Belgium over a sentence saying that Israel was one of several states that aren’t “real countries.”

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• The wheels of justice are turning in Argentina. A court ruled that Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor investigating the 1994 AMIA bombing case, was murdered. Earlier this month, a judge called for the arrest of former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, accusing her of treason for her role in alleged covering up Iran’s involvement in the attack. Kirchner was recently elected to the Argentine congress, so lawmakers would have to vote on stripping her parliamentary immunity.
A suicide bomber driving a van loaded with explosives blew up the Jewish community headquarters in Buenos Aires, killing 85 people and injuring more than 300.

The story has a lot of moving parts and background, so see the Times of Israel and New York Times.

• Swastika graffiti and SS symbols sprayed on Jewish Melbourne home in shocking racist Christmas Day attack.

• Greek anarchists vandalized the Israeli embassy in Athens with bottles of red paint.

Commentary
• Ponder this: A Brandeis U. study of anti-Semitism at four American universities suggests that anti-Semitism and hostility towards Israel on campuses isn’t as widespread as we thought, that BDS isn’t so entrenched, and that Israel and Jews aren’t a high concern — even among Jewish students.

• In his statement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Trump specifically stressed that he was not calling for any change in the status quo of holy sites. Which is why the poison pen of The Guardian‘s Nicola Jennings muddies the waters.

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• Lorde have mercy on us all!

– Liel Liebovitz: If Lorde is serious about her politics, she shouldn’t boycott Israel but her native New Zealand
– Einav Schiff: BDS, unfortunately, is still alive and kicking
– Amy Spiro: A major BDS win in a sea of losses
– Karl Quinn: Lorde’s Israel backdown shows doing the right thing in music is far from black and white

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

– Reuel Marc Gerecht: In the Mideast, Trump gives reality a chance (click via Twitter)
– Ben-Dror Yemini: The blue-eyed poster girl of Palestinian propaganda
– Raphael Ahren: Why a small Central American nation became a trailblazer on Jerusalem
– Ronni Shaked: Abbas left with an empty diplomatic toolbox
– Anshel Pfeffer: The Palestinians just gave Netanyahu what he always wanted for Christmas
– Seth Frantzman: Five challenges for Israel if Syria returns to the Golan
– Yoav Fromer: What happens at the UN GA stays at the UN GA
– Col. (Res.) Grisha Yacoubovich: The Palestinian war of narratives
– Itzik Reuven: BDS claims: An Ethiopian answer
– Elior Levy: 13 years after his death, Arafat’s memory remains purely symbolic
– Elliott Abrams: The Trump national security strategy
– David Ignatius: We ignore Iran at our own peril

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Israel to Quit UNESCO
BY PESACH BENSON  DECEMBER 24, 2017
Today’s Top Stories
1. Israel will formally announce its intent to leave UNESCO as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed Ambassador Carmel Shama-Hacohen to present a formal letter of withdrawal. According to UNESCO rules, Israel’s departure from the cultural organization would take effect at the end of 2018.

In the past year, UNESCO angered Israel with resolutions denying Jewish ties to Jerusalem and Hebron:

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the decision was based on the organization’s “attempts to disconnect Jewish history from the land of Israel.”

However, the withdrawal will contain a provision noting that Israel will walk back the decision should UNESCO conduct reforms and change its attitude towards Israel before the end of next year, a senior Israeli official told Channel 10 news Friday.

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Press Encounter by Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, President of the Security Council and Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay briefing reporters in November, 2017
2. As expected, the UN General Assembly voted to denounce Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. The non-binding resolution (see full text) passed by a vote of 128-9, with 35 abstentions and 21 countries absent from the proceedings. Take your pick of coverage from the Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post, Ynet and Haaretz.

In case you missed it, see The UN Debates Jerusalem: A Primer, in which HonestReporting unpacks Thursday’s UN proceedings.


3. Hezbollah recruited a sleeper agent in the Bronx. They took advantage of the fact that Ali Kourani is a dual US-Lebanese national. How many other sleepers might Hezbollah have out in the West?

It is claimed that his Hezbollah handler ordered him to surveil facilities belonging to the FBI and Army National Guard in New York City. He took detailed notes on security protocols at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

In interviews with the FBI after being “deactivated” from the terrorist group’s external operations wing, Kourani allegedly told the feds he was recruited because of Hezbollah’s interest in obtaining dual-citizen sleeper agents who could be activated in case of an emergency.


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Israel and the Palestinians
• In Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said he won’t accept any peace proposals from the US.

• Having threatened to cut aid to countries voting against the US at the UN, AP takes a closer look at the credibility test Donald Trump now faces.

• Ynet: Chinese-backed peace push embraces two-state solution.

• Romania’s parliament weighs relocating its embassy to Jerusalem.

numbers• Thwarted terror attacks in Israel over 2017, by the numbers. Based on Shin Bet figures presented to the Knesset and reported the Jerusalem Post:

– 400: Overall number of attacks thwarted by Israel
– 13: Foiled suicide attacks
– 8: Kidnappings prevented
– 1,100: Potential lone wolf attacks thwarted
– 54: Palestinian attacks successfully carried out

• You know the Palestinians have a problem when the New York Times describes West Bank protests and clashes as meh:

The response has been more of a part-time simulation of an uprising, almost by appointment. A few thousand protesters have turned out at familiar friction points in the West Bank or along the Gaza border on the designated “Days of Rage” called for by the political factions. Other days, hardly anybody has shown up.

• Three Turkish nationals were released from custody after scuffling with Israeli police on the Temple Mount on Friday, according to Israeli and Turkish media reports.

• Denmark says it is tightening up conditions for financial aid to Palestinian non-governmental organizations and revoking its support for some of those NGOs. The Times of Israel explains:

The move came after Denmark launched a review of its practices in May following a meeting where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Samuelsen to stop Denmark’s funding for Palestinian NGOs that are involved in anti-Israel incitement or promote boycotts of the Jewish state.

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Folketinget, the Danish parliament in Copenhagen
• US Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of Hezbollah-linked drug prosecutions that the Obama administration abandoned while trying to strike a nuclear accord with Iran. The AG’s directive comes on the heels of last week’s Politico explosive report on Hezbollah drug trafficking and money laundering, a long-term federal investigation, and the Obama administration’s response reported interference.

• I’d like to believe Yahoo entertainment writer Rebekah Scanlan took a BDS press release a way to seriously. If she really thinks that Tel Aviv is “in military occupied Israel,” then A) Scanlan has a really skewed understanding of the Mideast. Does anyone copy edit her work?

By the way, subsequent New Zealand reports say Lorde, a 21-year-old NZ pop singer, is considering dropping her Tel Aviv gig in June.

Rebekah Scanlan

• A two-day old Syrian baby born with a life-threatening heart defect was airlifted to Tel Aviv for emergency surgery on Saturday.

Commentary
NYT Persia• The New York Times runs 13-day tours of Iran and Barbara Sofer has a bone to pick.

Can you morally justify a visit to Iran if you’re not a journalist, a diplomat or a spy? Do tourists really believe they’ll get a deep and true understanding of this rogue state by complying with the rules of dress and censorship? Tales of Persia, indeed.

Imagine a trip in the 1930s to see the new and fascinating regime in Nazi Germany. You could take your photo near the Brandenburg Gate and feast on authentic streuselkuchen. You might even get to see actual Nazi roundups in action. There were, in fact, such tourists, curious to see what they described as Hitler’s utopia.

The Times trip to Iran will set you back a minimum of $7,995, but the real question is how much will turning this aggressive state into another travel destination on par with Venice and southern Arizona set the world back.

• Don’t miss Peter Lerner’s Twitter thread on the case of Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, the wheelchair-bound Palestinian killed in mysterious circumstances near the Gaza border.

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Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, a wheelchair-bound paraplegic, participated in a riot meters near the Gaza border, was killed.

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• Plenty of spilled ink and burnt pixels ruminating on the UN’s Jerusalem vote.

– Ron Prosor: Israel’s efforts are paying off
– Raphael Ahren: Why Israel’s massive defeat at the UN isn’t quite as bad as it looks
– Eli Lake: Nikki Haley confronts the UN’s jackals
– Joe Dyke: Abbas breaks with US over Jerusalem — but for how long?
– Elliott Abrams: Honor and dishonor at the United Nations
– Benny Avni: Anti-Israel General Assembly should feel shamed — not the US
– Max Boot: Trump is right about Jerusalem, but that’s not the help Israel needs
– Prof. Efraim Inbar: Erdogan’s Israel obsession
– Wall St. Journal (staff-ed): Next year in Jerusalem (click via Twitter)
– New York Daily News (staff-ed): UN-acceptable madness as United Nations attacks America over Jerusalem

 
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Listening to UN and to Cuba speaking about Pal’s right to self determination and Iran references to Israeli crimes is more than slightly dizzying. Be clear. If the question were whether the Jews have a right to a state, the motion would fail.

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• For a sense of what the critics are saying, see Daniel Barenboim and Iyad el-Baghdadi.

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

– Peter Lerner: Video of a Palestinian girl hitting soldiers shows the IDF’s moral fiber
– Nachman Shai: Fighting the media wars
– Ben-Dror Yemini: ‘Innocent protestor’ killed by IDF was a terrorist, told his family ‘I Intend to be a martyr’
– Amos Harel: Syria’s Assad is taking over the border region, presenting Israel with a moral dilemma
– Aje Carlbom: Sweden’s new wave of anti-Semitism
– Sohrab Ahmari: Swedish secularism targets Jewish homeschoolers
– Alex Fishman: The new threats at the end of the tunnel
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Emergency UN Meeting Debates Jerusalem Today
BY PESACH BENSON  DECEMBER 21, 2017

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Today’s Top Stories
1. Ahead of the UN General Assembly’s discussions on Jerusalem, President Donald Trump threatened to cut aid to countries supporting a resolution denouncing the president’s Jerusalem declaration.

Although the US has no veto power in the General Assembly and the Palestinians enjoy overwhelming support, its resolutions are non-binding. On Twitter, Ambassador Nikki Haley warned other countries “the US will be taking names.”

Video: The UN Debates Jerusalem: A Primer: HonestReporting unpacks today’s UN emergency meeting over Jerusalem.

2. Bahrain distanced itself from the Palestinian campaign against Trump, calling it a “side issue” and insisting that the world keep its focus on the “theo-fascists” of Iran. And the Saudis appear to be pushing the Palestinians to curb their battle with the White House for similar reasons.

3. The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, who is putting together a blacklist of companies doing business in West Bank settlements, will not seek re-election to his post. Jordanian Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s job is up for renewal in August. AFP reports:

Earlier this week, in an interview with AFP, the Jordanian prince had rejected the idea of “wheeling and dealing” with political players to secure a second four-year term in Geneva.

And in an email to staff, seen by AFP, he wrote: “After reflection, I have decided not to seek a second four-year term” adding that “in the current geo-political context,” to stay “might involve bending a knee in supplication; muting a statement of advocacy.”

Hussein did not mention Trump by name, but he has reportedly been under pressure from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to tone down his human rights criticism of Washington.

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
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Israel and the Palestinians
• US envoy Jason Greenblatt and Ambassador David Friedman met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ynet reports that Israel was asked to hold back on large construction projects in Jerusalem, and that
Trump will give the PA a grace period to reconcile themselves to his Jerusalem declaration.

But this next point makes me wonder if the US is unwittingly giving the Palestinians an opening to avoid peace talks altogether until a new president takes over the Oval Office.

They also stressed that should the Palestinians choose not to return to being open to the US acting as peace interlocutors, the White House has no intention of advancing a peace process without them, adding that the Palestinians would be missing an opportunity.

• A Hamas terror cell plotted to kidnap a Knesset member and the IDF’s Arabic spokesman.

South Africa• South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, voted to downgrade its embassy in Ramat Gan to a liason office. The decision was made at the ANC’s biannual conference, which was attended by delegations from both the Palestinian Authority and the Hamas terror group. More at the Times of Israel and the Mail & Guardian along with South African Jewish reactions.

• Plenty of room at the inn: Israeli tourism officials are ebullient over a record-breaking year, including an expected 20 percent increase in Christian pilgrims over Christmas.

• Despite being swamped with 650,000 Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar, the government of Bangladesh rejected what Ynet describes as a “significant” humanitarian aid package. Dhaka’s putting its sensitivity to “political ramifications” ahead of the welfare of refugees it has accepted.

Bangladesh expressed gratitude to Israel for the offer, but informed it that it cannot accept aid due to the sensitivity involved and the political ramifications that could ensue.

Around the World
• Dutch Jews are up in arms over the government’s handling of a recent attack on a kosher restaurant in Amsterdam, the JTA reports.

Yet just 60 hours later the suspect — identified in the media as Saleh Ali — was free. Authorities never divulged details about his identity and origins despite the absence of a gag order, and reports that Ali was a former combatant in Syria’s civil war in the Netherlands on an asylum-seeker visa . . .

But to many Dutch Jews, perhaps the most disturbing aspect is that the draft indictment against Ali mentions only vandalism and theft.

In other words, Dutch officials don’t consider Ali’s actions a hate crime.

• If you boycotted Wonder Woman because Gal Gadot’s Israeli, you may have to boycott the royal wedding too.

Speculation grows Meghan Markle’s wedding dress could be a ‘racy’ Israeli-designed outfit

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
• Turns out a spate of hate mail received by Canadian synagogues is more widespread than previously reported. Synagogues in Ottawa, Calgary and Kingston say they received identical messages featuring a Jewish star dripping blood with a swastika in the middle along with the words, “Jewry must perish” as synagogues in Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton and Hamilton. More at CTV News.

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

– Eric Cortellessa: Trump warns over UN, but he likely can’t stop feeding the hand that bites
– Clifford May: Reimagining a more realistic ‘peace process’
– Lior Weintraub: An American paradigm shift
– Alan Dershowitz: The conflict over Jerusalem is all Obama’s fault
– Abigail Esman: In Europe, ‘Islamophobia’ gets the headlines — despite trailing anti-Semitic violence
– Howard Feldman: The ANC’s endorsement of Hamas is unnerving
– Daniel Laufer: #NoWayToTreatAChild a cynical campaign to manipulate Palestinian children
– Michael Herzog: The growing risk of an Israel-Iran confrontation in Syria

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Palestinians Take Jerusalem Fight to UN General Assembly
BY PESACH BENSON  DECEMBER 20, 2017
Today’s Top Stories
1. Still trying to reverse President Donald Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, the Palestinians are taking their fight to the UN General Assembly. While the Palestinians enjoy overwhelming support in the General Assembly, the GA’s resolutions are symbolic, carrying limited to no legal weight. The General Assembly already voted 176-7 on Tuesday “to affirm the Palestinian right to self-determination.”

More on the politicking scheduled for Thursday at the Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, Ynet and Times of Israel. To put the debate in perspective, Reuters notes:

Under a 1950 resolution, an emergency special session can be called for the General Assembly to consider a matter “with a view to making appropriate recommendations to members for collective measures” if the Security Council fails to act.

Only 10 such sessions have been convened, and the last time the General Assembly met in such a session was in 2009 on occupied East Jerusalem and Palestinian territories. Thursday’s meeting will be a resumption of that session.

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The UN headquarters in New York City.
2. In the aftermath of Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, the PA is recruiting Russia and China to “replace” the US and take leading roles in mediating Mideast peace. More at the Times of Israel and Jerusalem Post.

3. A Berkeley councilwoman fired a commissioner who wouldn’t support Israel boycott. The JTA, picking up on local coverage, explains, “Cheryl Davila, who was elected to the Berkeley City Council last year, dismissed Transportation Commissioner Ben Gerhardstein last month after he declined to state a position on whether Berkeley should divest from companies that do business with Israel.”

4. Hot Debate: Do Israeli soldiers deserve to be attacked? Are Israelis and their MKs racists? Is the Arab world finally realizing that Jerusalem is holy to Jews and that they’ve missed opportunities for peace? Angry sparks flew as HR’s Daniel Pomerantz, Haaretz’s Gideon Levy and MK Meirav Ben Ari argued on i24 News’ Spin Room.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Contrary to earlier coverage, the Jerusalem Post reports that Vice President Mike Pence has a green light to hold a press conference by the Western Wall when he visits Israel in mid-January:

The source denied earlier reports that the administrator of the Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz had completely barred Pence from conducting a press conference at the Western Wall during his upcoming visit to the country.

According to the source, Pence would be able to hold the event in the upper plaza, but not the lower one, which is considered sacred.

• To curb rocket fire, Hamas is arresting and reportedly even torturing Salafists, according to Haaretz.

• Citing freedom of information laws, Israeli BDS activists demand details on Israel’s anti-BDS policy. Israel HaYom reports:

The activists want the state to reveal the identities of the international law firms working on the project and the nature of the services they are providing the Justice Ministry.
Fatou Bensouda
• Ynet: The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, reaffirmed her previous decision not to investigate the Israeli raid on the Mavi Marmara ship in May 2010. The move effectively closes the chapter on Palestinian and Turkish lawfare against Israel. Thirteen people, all Turkish nationals, were killed in a clash with Israeli naval commandos who intercepted the flotilla trying to break the Gaza blockade:
Bensouda further determined that the judges failed to properly address the context in which the IDF soldiers committed the alleged “crimes” and the violence resistance they encountered on the ship. She said the judges’ disregard of the activists’ resistance was particularly surprising in light of the fact that they determined that the IDF soldiers had used force which wasn’t necessarily required. According to the prosecutor, even if live ammunition was used before the takeover, that doesn’t necessarily point to the existence of a policy or plan to carry out crimes.

Israel’s most significant achievement, however, is convincing the prosecutor that it had investigated all aspects of the incident properly and thoroughly— both in the army and in through the Turkel Commission—and drawn conclusions in a way that would make any additional investigation redundant.

USA Today• USA Today finds that Jerusalem Palestinians are still seeking Israeli citizenship despite Trump’s Jerusalem declaration.

Increasing numbers of East Jerusalem Palestinians are choosing to live in Jewish neighborhoods. Separately, greater numbers of local Palestinians are choosing to send their children to Arabic-language schools using Israeli curricula.

Between the 2016 and the 2017 school years, there was a 14% increase in Arab students studying for Israeli high school enrollment exams, according to municipal statistics. Parents want their children to be able to access Israeli universities.

• Germany’s foreign minister compared Israeli policy in the West Bank to apartheid.

• Deutsche Welle takes a closer look at the Hezbollah scouts program, where brainwashed kids as young as six aspire to “crush Israel” and serve as cannon fodder.

As a former child soldier, Ziad says he feels the pain of the children being politicized in Dahiya, and compares them to the Hitler Youth of World War II. “If God gave me one wish, I would ask for my childhood, my teenage years back,” Ziad said. He now gives lectures about his experiences and sense of loss, in the hope that the next generation might learn something from them.

Judging by 21st century Dahiya, it is a forlorn hope. A new generation of Zaids, Alis and Abbases are being taught that childhood is a time to prepare for the next war.

Around the World
• Canadian Jews are concerned after synagogues in Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton and Hamilton received identical anti-Semitic hate messages. The letters featured a swastika inside a Jewish star dripping with blood, along with the words “Jewry must perish.”

 
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• Brooklyn high school student arrested for bomb threat targeting ‘Jew-loving teachers’

• A New Jersey imam was suspended over a sermon caught on film demonizing Israel and the Jewish people.

Commentary

Rabbi Eric Yoffie
• There’s a significant debate taking place within US Reform Judaism about Trump’s Jerusalem declaration and the movement’s opposition to it. Two prominent Reform rabbis came out in support of the White House’s move, with Rabbi Eric Yoffie arguing that liberal American Jews don’t get that the president’s move is good for the peace camp. Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch went even further, apologizing for the movement’s criticism:
The world’s superpower finally did the right thing, and we opposed it – not on the principle, but on the “timing.” The timing? Now is the not the right time? Two thousand years later and it is still not the right time? As if there is a peace process that the Palestinians are committed to and pursuing with conviction.

There were critics who accused the civil rights movement of moving too quickly. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s response: “The time is always ripe to do what is right.”

See also Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin‘s take.

David’s Tower, Jerusalem
• Lots of spilled ink and burnt pixels over Jerusalem:
– Lahav Harkov: The global media’s deranged ‘Jerusalem syndrome’
– Bassam Tawil: Is it really about Jerusalem?
– Raphael Ahren: Despite failing, UN Jerusalem bid paints Israel, US as alone against the world
– Michael Totten: Islamic governments cede West Jerusalem to Israel
– Colin Rubenstein: Recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a welcome, symbolic move
– Denis MacEoin: The US embassy move to Jerusalem vs. the ‘peace process’
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Why is Europe always against Israel?
– Simon Palamar: Jerusalem decision high-risk, low-reward for Trump
– Vijeta Uniyal: India’s stance on Jerusalem angers Arab regimes
– Benny Avni: Britain just betrayed America at the UN
– New York Daily News (staff-ed): Haley’s Chanukah gift in blocking nasty anti-Israel Security Council resolution

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

– Yoaz Hendel: How to deal with the Palestinian camera war
– Amos Harel: Assad regime prepares to expand its control over border area with Israel
– Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: If only peace were as easy to share as a selfie
– Nadav Eyal: Before Gaza turns into Somalia
– Prof. Abraham Ben-Zvi: Obama and Hezbollah: No moral backbone
– Roger Boyes: Muslim migrants behind rise in UK anti-Semitism
– Eli Lake: Obama’s alternative facts on the Iran nuclear deal

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IDF Denies Shooting Wheelchair-Bound Palestinian
BY DANIEL POMERANTZ  DECEMBER 19, 2017
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Today’s Top Stories
1.  IDF denies shooting wheelchair-bound Palestinian Ibrahim Abu Thraya.  The media quickly echoed the Palestinian claim that the IDF had shot the amputee in the head. Yet the IDF investigation concluded that the protest was highly violent and that IDF forces did not shoot toward Thraya at all. So far Hamas has refused to release details or autopsy reports about Thraya’s death. This reminds me of a 2014 event critiqued by HonestReporting, in which Palestinians accused Israel of killing the elderly Palestinian official Ziad Abu Ein, a claim the media widely echoed without sufficient investigation. It was later revealed that Ein had died at home  of a heart attack.

2. Vice President Mike Pence is pushing back his long-planned trip to the Middle East citing the vote on the tax overhaul legislation this week. Some news sources speculate the delay may be partly due to violence in the Middle East in the wake of President Trump’s announcement regarding Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Indeed, some Palestinians are burning placards and pictures of the Vice President.

3. The United States vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling on the US to rescind its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Prime Minister Netanyahu responded to the news saying, “You lit a candle of truth. Thank you, President Trump. Thank you, [UN Ambassador] Nikki Haley.”

4. A CNN video couldn’t sufficiently demonize Israel on the facts. So CNN’s Senior International Correspondent resorted to dramatic emotional language, twisting reality and even hiding facts. Watch our video critique:

Israel and the Palestinians
• Rocket fired from Gaza at Israel falls short, hits home of Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri’s brother, who is also a top terror operative himself. Poetic irony aside, will the media simply lump this in with its generic statistics of damage/death caused “by Israel” in Gaza? Meanwhile another rocket damaged a residential home in Israel, a sobering reminder that Israel’s missile defenses are far from perfect.

• The IDF arrested 17 year old Ahed Tamimi for hitting Israeli soldiers, apparently in an attempt to provoke a violent reaction for publicity purposes (she did not succeed).  The Tamimi family has a long history of attempting such provocations.  Watch the video here:

Around the World
• A major Politico investigative report indicates that the US may have turned a blind eye to Hezbollah drug smuggling into the United States in order to help close the JCPOA (Iran nuclear deal).

• President Trump released his security strategy for the United States. Of particular note is this portion:

Today, the threats from radical jihadist terrorist organizations and the threat from Iran are creating the realization that Israel is not the cause of the region’s problems. States have increasingly found common interests with Israel in confronting common threats.

• Iran on Sunday criticized French President Emmanuel Macron over his tough stance towards Tehran, calling him Donald Trump’s “lapdog.” Iran’s lack of tact aside, it seems that more and more countries are developing serious concerns about Iran’s pursuit of ballistic missiles which could eventually be used to carry nuclear warheads, and which experts say violates the JCPOA (the “Iran Nuclear Deal”).

• The US is still planning a Middle East effort toward peace, after what it calls a “cooling off” period in the wake of Trump’s Jerusalem embassy announcement. Mahmoud Abbas has said he will no longer work with the United States on this matter and has announced he will not meet with Vice President Pence on his upcoming visit. Time will tell if the Palestinian government backs down from this position.

• US Secretary of Defense Mattis says Iran is working to destabilize the Middle East. While this isn’t exactly surprising to anyone who follows news in the region, it is significant to hear such a clear statement from a US Secretary of Defense.

Commentary/Analysis
•  Guardian columnist Natalie Nougayrède says that “to fight European antisemitism, we must first face up to it.” At least Nougayrède is making a good start.

• Israel’s Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev says that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is good for peace and Britain should do so too.

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

– Does Israel Want Peace? – Dani Dayan
–Trump’s Statement on Jerusalem Does Not Contradict the Arab Peace Initiative – Oded Eran
–Is It Time to Cut Off U.S. Financial Support to Abbas? – Kevin D. Williamson

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Abbas: Israel is Not a Country
BY DANIEL POMERANTZ  DECEMBER 17, 2017
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Today’s Top Stories
1. In a fiery speech at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit in Istanbul, Palestinian President Abbas effectively said that Israel is not a country (specifically that Israel does not meet the international requirements for statehood and that countries around the world should cease recognizing Israel as such). Abbas further appeared to accuse Israel and/or Jews of falsifying Jewish history in the region. American Jewish groups — including, most unusually, J Street — issued highly critical responses, yet Israeli leaders were mostly subdued, with Prime Minister Netanyahu simply calling Palestinian leadership to, “recognize reality and work toward peace, not extremism…”

2. The Israeli army has said it fired selectively on chief instigators during “extremely violent riots,” including one near the Gaza border.  According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh, a wheelchair-bound amputee,  was shot and killed by Israeli forces.  The IDF says it is investigating, but in the meantime Israel is getting hit with some significantly bad publicity around the world.

3.  In reference to a future peace process, The White House said:

We cannot envision any situation under which the Western Wall would not be part of Israel.

The statement is making waves in the press as some kind of new development, though it does not materially differ from the consensus opinion that has long been held by the US, and for that matter, most of the world,

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4. Since when is the Western Wall some kind of bargaining chip that Israel might have to give up? America doesn’t think so, so why does the New York Times?

5. Success! When the Associated Press called the Western Wall the “holiest site” in Judaism (it’s actually the Temple Mount), the story was picked up by publications around the world. The distinction is significant in the face of frequent claims in the Muslim world that the Temple Mount (which Islam calls the Al-Haram Al-Sharif) is an exclusively Muslim holy site.  HonestReporting has already prompted  corrections from the AP itself, The Washington Post, ABC News, US News & World Report, USA Today, and we’re not done yet!

6. Success! According to The Independent, the EU chief said that Europe will “continue to recognize Tel Aviv as the capital of Israel.” Just one problem: she didn’t say that. HonestReporting prompted the appropriate correction.

7. HonestReporting faces off against Fatah on live television. Israel’s Supreme Court ruled last Thursday that under Israeli law, the government may not hold on to terrorists’ bodies to negotiate for the return of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers, and three live Israeli civilians, currently held in Gaza. Within hours after the court’s decision, HR’s Daniel Pomerantz debated Ahmed Ghoneim of the ruling Palestinian Fatah party on “The Rundown” on i24 News.



Israel and the Palestinians
• A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli Border Security Police officer and was subsequently shot non-fatally, before being evacuated to Israel’s Mt. Scopus Hospital for treatment. The attacker appeared to be wearing an explosive vest at the time, though it may have been fake. Police are investigating both the vest as well as whether he may have been disguised as a journalist  in order to get close to his victims without being stopped.

• A Palestinian was arrested outside the  Samaria Military Court with two suspected bombs. He was stopped and arrested by Border Police officers.

• Domestic protests abound in Israel: with one group protesting Prime Minister Netanyahu over corruption charges, and labor unions protesting the financially troubled pharmaceutical company Teva, for cutting 1,700 jobs in Israel.

Around the World
• US Vice-President Mike Pence will arrive in Israel on Wednesday after previously delaying his trip due to a major vote on the US tax reform bill. Palestinian President Abbas is refusing to meet with the VP due to President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

• One year after the deadly terror attack at the Christmas market in Berlin, Der Spiegel speaks to some of the Israeli victims, who explain that Germany simply doesn’t understand how to handle terrorism: not how to prevent it, nor how to behave in the aftermath. Ironic given how much Germany loves to lecture Israel.

• The family of Sarah Idan (Miss Iraq in the Miss Universe competition) has been forced to flee their country because Idan dared to take a photograph with her friend, Miss Israel (Adar Gandelsman). Idan explains on Twitter, “I’m not the first nor the last person to face prosecution over a matter of personal freedom. Millions of Iraqi women live in fear. ”

 
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• British Member of Parliament Tommy Sheppard hosted an “open event”  to highlight injustices faced by Palestinians. However, pro-Israel advocates were refused entry and apparently a senior Palestinian made anti-Semitic remarks in the meeting. The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has now launched an investigation into whether the arrangements for the meeting breached the MPs’ code of conduct.

• Is there any place in the world that actually supports North Korea? As it turns out, there is: Gaza. Newsweek explains that some Palestinians in Gaza hang posters of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un and one restaurant even offers a (symbolic) discount on felafel (Gaza has no North Koreans present to actually take advantage of the offer). North Korea has a history of warm relations with Palestinian authorities and terror groups, including Hamas.

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Commentary/Analysis
• Noted Israeli author Matti Friedman discusses the increasing interaction of Jews and Arabs in the Jerusalem workforce, calling it the “glue” that holds the city together: a glue that is stronger than the current protests and riots over Trump’s Jerusalem announcement. In support of his view  Friedman points  out:

If you count every single violent fatality reported here this year in this city of 860,000 – not just political violence but apolitical homicides, too – the number is 27. That’s 27 too many, obviously. But it’s worth pointing out that 27 is less than a quarter of the homicide number last year in Jacksonville, Fla., a U.S. city the same size.

Just imagine if you compared the number to a US city with a higher crime rate, like Chicago or New York.

• Haaretz’s Amira Haas is a harsh critic of Israel, arguably even anti-Israel. Yet she makes a good point in acknowledging that “To defeat Israel by force of arms is an illusion.” This reality seems to be (finally) dawning on many Palestinians in both the West Bank and Gaza.

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

– Burning the Israeli Flag Has Nothing to Do with Freedom of Speech – Ines Pohl
– Haley: We Don’t Need Other Countries Telling Us What’s Right or Wrong – Olivia Beavers
– The Times Square Intifada – Liel Leibovitz
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Putin Declares Victory, Orders Partial Troop Withdrawal From Syria
BY PESACH BENSON DECEMBER 11, 2017
Today’s Top Stories
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Vladimir Putin visiting the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria on Dec. 11, 2017.
1. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria. Putin, who was visiting Syria, essentially declaring victory over Islamic State. CNN notes that Moscow will continue operating two bases, and that Putin’s visit comes two days after Iraq’s government declared it had recaptured all of its territory from Islamic State.
2. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the foreign ministers of 28 EU countries in Brussels. In a separate meeting in Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron asked Netanyahu to make gestures to the Palestinians, such as a settlement freeze, to get peace talks back on track.

Take your pick of Haaretz, Times of Israel, Ynet or Jerusalem Post coverage.
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Netanyahu tells EU: Stop pampering Palestinians - Trump tells them the truth
Netnayahu says there is no country in the Mideast that does as much as Israel to protect Europe from the spread of ISIS

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3. While we were all distracted by Jerusalem, Gaza’s already-delayed transfer of power from Hamas to the PA has hit “obstacles,” tsk.

4. NBC News Host Tweets Support for the End of Israel: How can Ayman Mohyeldin be trusted at all to report fairly after demonstrating his anti-Israel bias on Twitter?

Israel and the Palestinians
• Whether or not you agree with West Bank settlement activity, the derogatory word colonizing states that Jews are not native to the region. This Irish Times headline and report by Lara Marlowe directly attacks indigenous Jewish status.

Irish Times colonisation

• Foreign Policy: The Trump administration blindsided Palestinian leaders by failing to mention the impending Jerusalem recognition ahead of the president’s announcement.

• The Jerusalem Post takes a closer look at what’s known about the IDF’s tunnel-busting technology.

• Either Jerusalem Post copy editors were asleep at the wheel, or another country is laying a claim on Jerusalem.

JPost

Around the World
• Meet Mateusz Morawiecki, the Christian with Jewish roots is slated to become Poland’s new prime minister.

• French PM: Anti-Semitism in France has deep roots and ‘new masks.’

• Anti-Semitism has no place in Germany, minister says after an Israeli flag was burned in Berlin. I’m glad Reuters noted this vestige of common sense in Europe. It’s very much in-line with the working definition of anti-Semitism drawn up International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, which Germany adopted in September.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Bild that while criticism of Trump’s decision was understandable, people had no right or reason to burn the Israeli flag, stir up hatred against Jews or question Israel’s right to exist.

On a related note, CTV News Vancouver reports that “Pro-Israel Jewish activists are crying foul after a likeness of an Israeli flag was lit on fire in Vancouver Saturday at a pro-Palestinian demonstration, but rally organizers say it was an expression of legitimate anger toward Israel.”

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• More anti-Semitic, white supremacist flyers found on Princeton campus.

• Anti-Israel activists at Columbia U. fail to condemn Hamas for executing gay Palestinian.

• Rutgers U. isolates but does not fire professor for anti-Semitic social media posts. If he’s not working with students or faculty, what exactly is Professor Michael Chikindas being paid to do?

In a letter sent to faculty Friday morning, University President Robert Barchi and Chancellor Debasish Dutta announced that professor Michael Chikindas, who is a tenured, will be removed from teaching required courses so that students will not have to study with him.

Chikindas will also be ousted as director of the Center for Digestive Health at the Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, to allow employees to avoid working for him, Barchi and Dutta wrote, and he will be required to go through a cultural sensitivity program.

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Jerusalem• The tsunami of Jerusalem commentary is receding . . .

– Anshel Pfeffer: Three reasons we’re not seeing a 3rd intifada
– Ron Ben-Yishai: Nothing to be happy about, nothing to get killed over
– Fiamma Nirenstein: Europe, be a fair friend
– David Sharma: Trump’s Jerusalem move could help revive peace prospects
– Conrad Black: The Palestinians should take what they can get while they can
– Moshe Arens: Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a well-known fact
– Jennifer Oriel: Trump’s support for a two-state solution is being ignored
– Ralph Peters: Why the ‘Arab street’ didn’t just explode
– Emma Green: Trump did not bring Jerusalem crashing down
– Fareed Zakaria: Trump’s Jerusalem decision isn’t diplomacy. It’s pandering.
– Christian Science Monitor (staff-ed): If not the US, then who as Mideast mediator?
– The Australian (staff-ed): Middle East landscape evolves

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

– Amos Harel: Israel’s tunnel-busting breakthrough is robbing Hamas of its strategic weapon
– Douglas Murray: Are racist chants now acceptable on the British left?
– Annika Hernroth-Rothstein: In Sweden, protesters shout anti-Semitism
– Giulio Meotti: Islamist regimes take over UNESCO

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Israel Uncovers, Destroys Another Cross-Border Terror Tunnel
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1. The IDF destroyed another cross-border terror tunnel. According to Jerusalem Post and Haaretz coverage, the tunnel stretched a few hundred meters into Israel, leading “into agriculture fields near Kibbutz Nirim,” but did not yet have an opening.

The tunnel destroyed on Sunday was found deeper into Israeli territory than the tunnel belonging to [Palestinian Islamic Jihad], which was found on the border and was in advanced stages of construction, Manelis said, stressing that Hamas had put significant effort into it.

More at the Times of Israel and Ynet.



2. Responding to weekend rocket fire from Gaza, the IDF struck four Hamas targets in the Strip, including two weapons manufacturing sites. One rocket hit a kindergarten in Sderot. Nobody was there, but the building was damaged.

And today, an Israeli security guard is fighting for his life after being stabbed at Jerusalem’s central bus station. Security cameras caught the attack on video. The attacker was apprehended.

And this morning, 9-year-old Israeli girl was injured in a Gush Etziyon rock throwing incident.

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3. Qais al-Khazali, the commander of an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia was seen on the Lebanese-Israeli border. An analyst told the Jerusalem Post:

But, he added, “You also have to wonder, where is UNIFIL? The visit of the leader of a foreign militia funded and trained by the IRGC [Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps] is another example of the UN mission’s overall failure to create a buffer zone in southern Lebanon, where the Lebanese state is [supposed to be] the main (and only) actor,” he added.

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4. History Channel Flunks Jerusalem 101: If journalism is history’s proverbial first draft, what are we to make of the History Channel’s distorted take on Jerusalem?

5. Jerusalem Fallout: More Media Muckups: Between the West Bank clashes, Gaza rocket fire and international anger, there was no shortage of warped news and commentary.

6. The Toronto Star’s False ‘Facts’ on Jerusalem: Are Tony Burman’s views are so divorced from reality that he must change facts?

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• According to the Times of Israel, one important reason for Jerusalem’s overall calm was a decision not to place restrictions on Friday’s Temple Mount prayers:

On Thursday and Friday at the Damascus Gate, often a focal point of protest and violence, journalists outnumbered the protesters — a sign that news editors had taken Hamas’s repeated entreaties for a new intifada more seriously than the Palestinians themselves.

On Saturday in Jerusalem, the protests were smaller still.

And outside of this one congested point in the city, life has gone on as normal . . .

Without Arab Jerusalemites taking a central part in protests surrounding the fate of their city, it may be that the furious demonstrations elsewhere — in the West Bank, the region and beyond — may fade away as well.

• The IDF accused the Palestinians of using ambulances as cover for stone-throwing. Backstory at the Times of Israel.

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• Weekend’s best headline, courtesy the Times of Israel.

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• Jerusalem Post: The White House believes it can ride out temporary Arab anger because the Palestinian Authority is too reliant on the US.

• Now that the US has recognized Jerusalem’s capital status, the Associated Press notes what isn’t changing: Americans born in Jerusalem still will not be able to list “Jerusalem, Israel” as their place of birth, official State Department maps won’t be redrawn, and it’s not clear what’s in store for wording on future policy papers, transcripts, announcements, etc.

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• The Czech Republic wants to move its embassy to Jerusalem now and accused other EU leaders of “cowardice.”

• Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Paris for talks with President Emmanuel Macron, then he’s off to Brussels for meetings with European Union leaders. Jerusalem Post coverage.

• EU vows push to make Jerusalem capital for Palestinians too.

• At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday, US Ambassador Nikki Haley didn’t back down from widespread criticism, telling council members “Change is hard.”

The debate unfolded at a largely symbolic emergency meeting of the council — no vote on a resolution was planned, as the US has veto power — two days after Trump reversed two decades of US policy on the holy city . . .

Asked what he expected to come from the UN meeting, one diplomat said: “Nothing.”

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Israeli Amb. Danny Danon (right) and US Amb. Nikki Haley (left) speak prior to the Security Council meeting on Jerusalem on Dec 8, 2017.
• Palestinians to make play for Dead Sea scrolls at UNESCO

• An IDF commander was suspended after being caught on film stealing fruit from Palestinians in Hebron on Saturday.

• Although Israel doesn’t have diplomatic relations with the Gulf states, Israeli media reports a group of Bahraini religious leaders arrived over the weekend “to send a message of peace.”

Around the World
• Swedish state TV ties Trump’s Jerusalem recognition to ‘incredibly strong Jewish lobby.’

In a broadcast Wednesday immediately following Trump’s address about Jerusalem, the broadcaster SVT asserted that the “Jewish Lobby in the US is incredibly strong,” and said the lobby “has championed this issue for a long time.”

“It was an unfortunate choice of words that immediately was corrected by our senior news commentator,” Charlotta Friborg, executive editor and publisher SVT News, told JTA in an email.

• Firebombs were thrown at a Swedish synagogue following a demonstration against Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. Protesters called to kill Jews. Unfortunately, CNN‘s headline needed a little copy editing:

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• ACLU sues Arizona over law barring boycotts of Israel

Commentary/Analysis
• Come on, Stephen Daisley, tell us what you really think:

The international community is obsessively ignorant about the Jewish state, checking in occasionally to lecture an embattled liberal outpost on the proper etiquette for preventing its children from being blown up. This engenders a reflexive idiocy that treats absurd banalities as wise statecraft. Those who insisted for years that the peace process was dead now say that Trump has killed it. Those who asserted that US foreign policy was controlled by the Israel lobby now lament the surrender of America’s neutrality. Those who championed recognition of Palestine without negotiations are suddenly sceptical about unilateralism. Senator Dianne Feinstein wrote to Donald Trump to warn that implementing the Jerusalem Embassy Act would ‘spark violence and embolden extremists’. Dianne Feinstein voted for the Jerusalem Embassy Act.

The Palestinians have threatened to respond with rage and unrest. Or ‘Thursday’ as it’s otherwise known. So little is expected of them that the threat of violence is seen as a reasonable response to Trump’s proclamation.

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• Lots of spilled ink, burnt pixels, hot talk and hot air over Jerusalem, Trump and the peace process. Don’t worry, I save a few for tomorrow’s roundup.

– Mayor Nir Barkat: Israel’s eternal capital gets is long overdue recognition
– Bret Stephens: Jerusalem denial complex
– Spengler: Who’s following Trump’s lead on Jerusalem?
– Elliott Abrams: The Palestinian violence is not spontaneous
– Dennis Ross and David Makovsky: Moving US embassy to Jerusalem is not a disaster
– Avi Issacharoff: To date, Palestinian protests are a case of ‘intifada lite’
– Yoram Hazony: Trump recognizes that humiliating Israel didn’t bring peace (click via Twitter)
– Fraser Nelson: Trump’s Jerusalem move will not derail Mid-East peace – not now the Saudis are leading the charge
– Bernard Avishai: Palestinians reject Trump’s Jerusalem declaration
– Jonathan Schanzer: Jerusalem is already Israel’s capital. Trump just made it official.
– Melanie Phillips: A historic watershed shames Britain and Europe
– Kenneth Lasson: Why Trump is right on Jerusalem

• Gotta like this take from the Chicago Tribune‘s Scott Stantis.

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– Yaakov Katz: How Trump’s Jerusalem decision was a defeat for terror
– Alan Dershowitz: Violence should not determine policy
– Oded Granot: Palestinians not gung-ho for 3rd intifada
– Mordechai Kedar: 20 reasons why every foreign embassy should move to Jerusalem
– Daniel Shapiro: On Jerusalem, Trump just offered talk. Does Kushner’s peace plan offer real substance?
– Michael Totten: Jerusalem is Israel’s capital and always will be
– Mark Patinkin: The president and the passions of Jerusalem

• Staff editorials weighed in on the Trump declaration, including the Toronto Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, San Diego Union-Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Guardian, and Irish Times.

• For a sense of what the critics are saying, see Hanan Ashrawi, Diana Buttu, Ramzy Baroud, Raja Shehadeh, Mairav Zonszein and Aziz Abu Sarah, and the poison pen of Patrick Chappatte.

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Trump Recognizes Jerusalem’s Capital Status: What It Means
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1. As expected, President Donald Trump reversed US policy and recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, setting in motion the process of relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv. Here’s the speech (video or transcript) as well as the text of the official proclamation Trump signed if you want to judge the president’s words for yourself. More at the Times of Israel and New York Times.
2. White House officials acknowledged to CNN that Trump’s move could cause a “derailment — temporary” in peace efforts. Concerned for international backlash and the security of its diplomatic missions, the US asked Israel to temper its response to the Jerusalem recognition, according to State Department documents seen by Reuters. Foggy Bottom also set up an emergency task force to deal with potential fallout.

Meanwhile, clashes and scuffles broke out in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. Police were widely deployed throughout Jerusalem, but “As of Thursday morning, the army had not called up reserve units, which would have indicated an expectation of greater violence,” the Times of Israel reported.

3. Will other countries follow the US lead and move their embassies to Jerusalem too? Israeli officials believe The Philippines, Czech Republic and Hungary may be next.

4. Trump’s Embassy Move: Behind the Hysteria: Forget the media frenzy. Here are the basic facts you need to know.

5. Trump Jerusalem Declaration: Media Muck Ups: On a day the US addressed the realities of Jerusalem, journalists didn’t.

6. Trump’s Jerusalem Embassy Move: Legal? Dangerous? Or Justified? HR’s Daniel Pomerantz discussed the latest developments with i24 News.
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Trump to Recognize Jerusalem’s Capital ‘Reality’
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1. The White House confirmed that the US will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and begin the process of relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv. According to Israeli media reports, Netanyahu and his aides were ‘active partners’ with President Donald Trump’s team on making the move happen. Trump is due to discuss Jerusalem in a speech (at 1:00 PM Eastern time) after this roundup was published. Haaretz explains the timeframe:

In addition, the senior officials said that moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could “take years,” and that Trump could possible sign the presidential waiver delaying that move once again in the future, in order to allow the logistical process of moving the embassy to be carried out accordingly. Trump’s speech will not include a strict timeline for the process of moving the embassy.
The Palestinians announced they would hold three days of rage. The extended days of rage might make up for the missing rage over Russia’s and Vanuatu’s recognition of Jerusalem’s capital status months ago. Meanwhile, the Philippines has me going hmmmmm.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells Israel he's interested in moving his country's embassy to Jerusalem – @ReshetBet

— Dan Williams (@DanWilliams) December 6, 2017
2. The US House of Representatives passed the Taylor Force Act, which would cut US aid to the PA over stipends to terrorists and their families. The bill now moves to the Senate, which is expected to vote on it this month. Taylor Force, the bill’s namesake, was a US national stabbed to death by a Palestinian in March, 2016.

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3. At the request of Syrian doctors, the IDF launched a maternity field hospital on the Syrian side of the Golan border. The Jerusalem Post explains:

According to the commander, the hospital opened two weeks ago in the village of Bariqa in the Quneitra region of the Syrian-controlled portion of the Golan Heights. While it is staffed entirely by Syrian doctors, the incubators, beds and ultrasound equipment come from Israel. . .

Since it opened, more than 200 women have been treated at the hospital, more than 30 of whom gave birth. “It’s a great thing we have made with the Syrian doctors. A lot of women are very grateful,” the lieutenant-colonel said.
In the News

• Too little, too late? Abbas calls for Palestinian reconciliation, hours before Trump’s Jerusalem announcement.

• US expats in Jerusalem will be intrigued by Uri Blau.

Sources suggest @POTUS speech about Jerusalem might include a statement allowing Jerusalem-born Americans to register "Israel" as place of birth pic.twitter.com/RrrARDgTxA

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• After Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer confirmed to Politico that he was in contact with members of Donald Trump’s transition team (possibly including Michael Flynn) during last year’s fight against UN Security Council resolution 2334, the Jerusalem Post takes a closer look at whether Dermer legally entangled Trump and Jared Kushner.

But whatever his status – and whether or not he chooses to waive any immunities – his public admission of his role in the events underlying the case could give momentum to force him to testify as a fact-witness, which might not have been the case if he had said nothing.
• Good luck to Stephen Farrell, the new Reuters’ Jerusalem bureau chief.

Glad to welcome the inestimable @farrellreporter to @Reuters and as my successor in Jerusalem, his old stomping ground. Best of luck to the man affectionately known as Robohack pic.twitter.com/Uw0zPQttPA

— Luke Baker (@LukeReuters) December 5, 2017
• Iran reportedly operates Yemen-Gaza weapons smuggling ring

• A survey picked up by the Times of Israel found declining support for Israel among Evangelical millennials.

• Berlin art show sparks outrage with jihadi ‘martyrs’ display.

• Israel’s F-35 stealth fighters declared operational, a year after their arrival.



Commentary

• Pundits didn’t forget thee, O’ Jerusalem . . .

Jerusalem– Anshel Pfeffer: Trump set to recognize Jerusalem – but don’t panic just yet
– Shmuel Rosner: Of course Jerusalem is Israel’s capital
– Zvi Bar’el: Let Trump recognize Jerusalem already
– Avi Issacharoff: For Abbas, come hell or intifada, Jerusalem is the hill to die on
– Charles Bybelezer: On Jerusalem: Denying reality & the absence of ‘Palestine’
– Jeremy Ben-Ami: Trump is bringing bloodshed, not peace to Jerusalem
– Emmanuel Navon: Jerusalem is the test of US leadership in the Middle East
– Josh Rogin: Trump’s Israel-Palestine policy is at war with itself
– Chemi Shalev: President Trump, don’t do us any favors on Jerusalem
– Eliora Katz: The Zionist case against an embassy move (click via Twitter)
– Jeffrey Salkin: Don’t mess around with Jerusalem
– Yoram Ettinger: For the sake of national security
– Alex Fishman: In battle against Jerusalem recognition, Palestinians united by Al-Aqsa
– Fred Lucas: US not allowing Palestinians to control the terms of the peace process

• Staff-eds weighed in on Jerusalem too.

– New York Times: Does President Trump want to negotiate Middle East peace?
– Los Angeles Times: Trump’s Jerusalem ploy could ruin the ‘ultimate deal’
– The Australian: Trump’s candour on Israel
– New York Daily News: Jerusalem is Israel’s capital: Applaud President Trump’s recognition of the city’s rightful status

• For a sense of what the critics are saying, see Robert Fisk, Nicholas Blincoe and Patrick Cockburn.

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

– Nathan Diament: Finally in sight, an end to US taxpayer sponsorship of Palestinian terrorism
– Yonah Jeremy Bob: Four main take-aways from ICC report on Israel-Palestinians
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Trump Delays Decision on Recognizing Jerusalem
BY PESACH BENSON DECEMBER 5, 2017
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1. The Trump administration is delaying a decision on relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem, despite a Monday deadline to sign a waiver. The Times of Israel talked to experts about the significance of the missed deadline. Bottom line: Don’t expect any legal consequences, but the delay could cost the president politically.

Meanwhile, Israeli security forces are on high alert. I liked CNN‘s backgrounder on why the possible move is so controversial.

2. According to Syrian reports picked up Reuters, Israel struck another Syrian military facility on Monday night.

Jamraya contains a military research facility which was hit by what was believed to have been an Israeli attack in 2013.

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3. The latest issue the US Supreme Court is weighing: Can a group of Americans injured in a 1997 Jerusalem bombing seize Persian artifacts loaned to a Chicago museum in order to collect a $71 million judgment against Iran, which the Islamic Republic refuses to pay?
Judging from Reuters and SCOTUSblog coverage, the justices were quite skeptical.

4. HR Corrections: November 2017: With 20 significant media corrections during November, take a look at what you helped us achieve!

5. Watchdog of the Week: Fixing a CNN Map: Watchdog of the Week Michael Mendelsohn alerted HonestReporting to a CNN map error, resulting in a correction.

6. VIDEO: Is Europe Promoting the Next Mideast Massacre? Hezbollah is internationally recognized as a terror organization and a proxy for Iran. Yet in nearly every European country, it is free to openly raise funds and recruit followers.
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• So how’s the world reacting to possible US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to cut diplomatic ties with Israel if the US follows through. (One Israeli official responded to that by pointing out Jerusalem was the Jewish capital for 3,000 years.) Israeli Arab leaders threatened protests. And rattled European leaders are joining the chorus of warnings.

On the other hand, Israeli officials spoke up for the recognition, and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat filmed his own plea from outside the White House gates.

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• Plenty of buzz around this New York Times report on the latest Mideast peace efforts. Unfortunately, the crux of the article is based almost entirely on secondhand anonymous accounts of Mahmoud Abbas’ version of what happened when he was urgently summoned to Riyadh:

According to Palestinian, Arab and European officials who have heard Mr. Abbas’s version of the conversation, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presented a plan that would be more tilted toward the Israelis than any ever embraced by the American government, one that presumably no Palestinian leader could ever accept.

The Palestinians would get a state of their own but only noncontiguous parts of the West Bank and only limited sovereignty over their own territory. The vast majority of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which most of the world considers illegal, would remain. The Palestinians would not be given East Jerusalem as their capital and there would be no right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendants.

The White House on Sunday denied that was its plan, saying it was still months away from finalizing a blueprint for peace, and the Saudi government denied that it supports those positions.

That left many in Washington and the Middle East wondering whether the Saudi crown prince was quietly doing the bidding of Mr. Trump, trying to curry favor with the Americans, or freelancing in order to put pressure on the Palestinians or to make any eventual offer sound generous by comparison. Or perhaps Mr. Abbas, weakened politically at home, was sending out signals for his own purposes that he was under pressure from Riyadh.
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• Jared Kushner: Israel needs peace with the Palestinians before it can form an alliance with the Arab states. Oh yeah, the president, says Kushner, still hasn’t made a decision on moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. The Washington Post writes:

President Trump’s push for a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians stems from a belief that his broader goals of stopping Iranian aggression and Islamist extremism will not be possible without it, presidential adviser Jared Kushner said in a rare public appearance Sunday.
• Two Bedouin arrested over murder of IDF soldier in Arad.

• Golan ISIS threat looms large over Israel and Syrian rebels.

• Zambia is set to host the first ever Africa-Israel Summit slated for 2018 (or maybe not).

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• An alliance of dozens of European centrist political parties called for cracking down on Hezbollah activity in Europe, cutting off its finances and more.

taxes• With Congress slashing corporate taxes, will Israeli businesses relocate to the US?

In Israel, the corporate tax rate is at 24%, with plans to go down to 23% next month. The new American rate closes the gap and supersedes Israel in offering a competitive rate, granting more incentives to reincorporate and expand operations in the United States.
• Teen facing charges in theft of Holocaust memorial sculpture in Milton, Mass.

• Court documents show Missouri man made bomb threats against local Jewish organizations

• Holocaust memorial vandalized in Athens, not the first time

• Jewish leaders are criticizing a Boston Globe cartoon of Sheldon Adelson they say used anti-Semitic images.

• Israelis told to remove Western Wall photo at Bulgaria charity event.

• Iranian hackers have set up a news outlet to court possible targets, security firm says.

A significant mainstay of the group’s activity was the establishment of a media outlet called The British News Agency. Much effort went into creating a seemingly legitimate website, including details about the agency and a contact list of the management team. The purpose of the site was to attract the targets and infect them with malware.
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Commentary

• Brig.-Gen. Shachar Shohat (Res.) details the strategic threat of Iranian bases in Syria. Among the issues he raises is the opening of a western front against Israel.

From a geographical, military perspective, Iranian airbases in next door Syria would be a game changer. Presently, the Iranian enemy is located mostly to the east, and can, to a limited extent, attempt to attack from Israel’s north and south. But it cannot come from the West.

If Syria becomes home to Iranian aerial platforms, Iran could head west to the Mediterranean Sea, and then fly toward any Israeli coastal city; be it Haifa, Tel Aviv, or Ashkelon. The same holds true for Iranian drones.

This would mean opening a new western front against Israel that requires an entirely new line of defense—a front that does not exist today. Such a development would represent significant danger to Israel.
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• In a lengthy interview, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer discussed with Politico’s Susan Glasser why relocating the US embassy won’t undermine peace prospects. Dermer also discussed Syria, the Iranian nuclear deal and his dealings with the Trump transition team (possibly including Michael Flynn) and more. The full Q+A is worth listening to, or read Politico‘s summary.

• Trump and Jerusalem make for lots of spilled ink and burnt pixels . . .

– Raphael Ahren: The president’s guide to recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
– Amb. Alan Baker: 10 reasons for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
– Ben Lynfield: Arab states will likely cave if US declares Jerusalem Israel’s capital
– Aaron David Miller: Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a dangerous gambit
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Jerusalem is a non-issue
– Shimon Shiffer: Trump’s Jerusalem declaration could ignite a major fire
– New York Post (staff-ed) Recognizing the obvious: Jerusalem is Israel’s capital
– Moshe Arens: Israel must not divide Jerusalem
– Dan Schnur: The best thing Trump could do for Israel is grow up
– Arsen Ostrovsky: Enough is enough: Jerusalem must be recognized as Israel’s capital
– Ron Kampeas: Jared Kushner talks about his peace plan, and leaves everyone guessing
– Jennifer Rubin: Kushner has no idea what he is saying about the Middle East

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

thinking– Zvi Bar’el: Alleged Israeli strike in Syria: Why Iran’s silence speaks volumes
– Seth Frantzman: Can suffering be sexy? Pitfalls in monetizing the Palestinian struggle
– Jesse Fried and Eugene Kontorovich: Anti-Israel activists subvert a scholarly group (click via Twitter)
– Nitsana Darshan-Leitner: To stop North Korea, act like Israel
– Bassam Tawil: Palestinians: More missed opportunities
– Moshe Dann: Living with the Palestinian ‘no!’
– Robin Sears: Saudis break 70 years of solidarity
– Ron Traub: South Africa and Israel: Time to set the record straight
– Orit Efraim: From Ethiopia to Israel, living the dream
– Richard Cohen: American Jews vs. Israel

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Trump to Recognize Jerusalem as Israeli Capital?
BY PESACH BENSON DECEMBER 3, 2017
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Today’s Top Stories

1. Media reports continue buzzing that Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and possibly move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv. He’s expected to lay out his plans in a speech on Wednesday. The Washington Post shed the most light on the administration’s decision-making process. Trump faces a Friday deadline on whether to sign a waiver that would leave the embassy in Tel Aviv. More at the New York Times.

Reactions were swift: The Palestinian Authority said the peace process will end and sought an emergency meeting of the Arab League. launched its own diplomatic campaign, while Hamas threatened a renewed intifada, and Jordan said it would strengthen terror groups. And the UN General Assembly’s response? Well, 151 states disavowed Israeli ties to the Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, CNN reports that the State Department is preparing for the possibility of violent protests outside American embassies and consulates.

2. Arabic media reports say Israel carried out an airstrike on an Iranian base in Syria, killing 12 Iranians.

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Israeli Air Force jet taking off in November 5, 2017 Blue Flag exercise.

3. Hundreds of Israelis paid their respects as Sgt. Ron Yitzak Kokia was laid to rest in Tel Aviv. The 19-year-old was stabbed to death at a bus stop in Arad on Thursday night in what police suspect was a terror attack. Security forces are still searching for the attacker.

Sgt. Ron Yitzhak Kokia
4. Messing Up History at the Daily Mail: It’s hard to decide whether the errors are the result of sheer ignorance, poor copy editing or a mixture of both.

5. Success! Oxford Dictionary Removes Offensive Examples: Editors revise Oxford Dictionary after conceding examples were rude.

Israel and the Palestinians

• Israel pulled out of a Dead Sea scrolls exhibit in Frankfurt after German officials said they couldn’t guarantee the artifacts would be returned if Palestinians or Jordanians made a claim on them. Jerusalem Post coverage.

“If Germany is unwilling to clearly express the legal status of the fragments of Qumran as Israeli world-cultural-heritage goods, it would dramatically change the coordinates in our German-Israeli relations. And it would mean the construction of a wall toward the places of the birth of Christianity in the holy country, because it would be the same for Bethlehem, Jericho, east Jerusalem and many other places of Jesus’s work,” [Deputy Mayor Uwe] Becker said.
Dead Sea Scroll
The Commentary on Habakkuk Scroll written in Hebrew
• Is Trump eyeing a plan to expand a Palestinian state into Sinai?

• International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda closed the chapter on a Mavi Marmara war crimes probe. The Jerusalem Post explains that her decision effectively ends years of Palestinian and Turkish attempts to prosecute Israeli military and political officials over the affair. Ten Turkish nationals were killed when the IDF intercepted the Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010.

Crucial to her decision was her finding that “there was no reasonable basis to believe that the identified crimes were committed on a large-scale or as part of a plan or policy.”
New Zealand• A group of 24 international law experts have concluded that last year’s UN Security Council 2334, which condemned Israeli settlements, was flawed, and is a “blemish” on New Zealand’s diplomatic reputation. The New Zealand Herald picked up on their report:

A report from 24 international law experts has now said the resolution “fell short of an open, balanced, and thorough consideration of all the relevant factual and legal issues [which] resulted in legal findings that did not adequately take into account the legal, historical, political and military complexities of these territories and peoples”.

The experts met at a forum at The Peace Palace at The Hague in June this year at the invitation of The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation (Thinc) and the International Conference for Truth, Justice, and Peace (ICTIP). Its report was released at the end of October.
• A delegation of African parliament speakers is due to visit the Knesset on Tuesday. According to Ynet, “The parliamentarians will be arriving from such countries as Uganda, Benin, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania, Seychelles and South Sudan. The Israeli parliament is also still waiting to hear back from parliament speakers of several additional countries.”

• Globes: A memorandum of understanding for an Israel-Europe gas pipeline will be signed on Tuesday in Cyprus. Connecting Israel and Italy through the territorial waters of Cyprus and Greece, the 2,000 km pipeline would be the world’s longest underwater pipeline. It’s due to be completed in 2025.

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An aeriel view of the Israeli ‘Tamar’ gas processing rig 24 km off the Israeli southern coast of Ashkelon. Noble Energy and Delek are the main partners in the Tamar gas field, estimated to contain 10 trillion cubic feet of gas. June 23, 2014. Photo by Moshe Shai/FLASH90
Around the World

• Labour suspends ANOTHER activist over anti-Semitism allegations after claims she runs a Twitter account that said Jews ‘wring shekels’ out of the ‘holocaust industry’

• Argentine TV celebrity fired over anti-Semitic tweets. “Ursula Vargues was fired recently from ‘Us In The Morning’ a day after tweeting that Jews control the media.”

• Dutch Jews say former prime minister peddles anti-Semitism.

Commentary

• The possible US embassy move to Jerusalem was on my mind this weekend . . .

– Scott Anderson, Yishai Schwartz: On waiving the Jerusalem Embassy Act (or not)
– William Jacobson: Next week in Jerusalem?
– Wilson Shirley: Move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
– Carolina Landsmann: Toward Israeli-Palestinian peace: The two-embassy solution
– Uri Friedman: Foreign policy by symbolic half-measures
– Prof. Abraham Ben-Zvi: A mistaken notion

• Plenty of spilled ink and burnt pixels on the latest airstrike in Syria . . .

– Ron Ben-Yishai: Strike on Iranian base in Syria: Dealing with problem while it’s still small
– Seth Frantzman: Airstrike on Iranian base in Syria raises questions
– Avi Issacharoff: With reported airstrike, Israel puts Syria, and Iran, on notice
– Amos Harel: Alleged Israeli strike in Syria is a signal to Iran and Russia
– Yoav Limor: A line in the sand
– Amb. Ron Prosor: Christmas has come early for Hezbollah chief Nasrallah

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

– Elliott Abrams: Israel’s mythical “isolation”
– Pinhas Inbari: Is reconciliation between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority possible?
– Bassam Tawil: Saudis fed up: ‘Palestinians milking us for decades’
– Peter Berkowitz: A plan to start disentangling Israel and the Palestinians (click via Twitter)
– Gil Troy: The UN didn’t create Israel. We did.
– Raphael Ahren: Jerusalem ignores the UN’s forgotten partition plan of 2012 at its peril
– David Hirsh: This new definition of anti-Semitism is only a threat to anti-Semites
– Shira Ruderman: Israelis know nothing about American Jews
– New York Post (staff-ed): The perversity of the Israel-boycott blacklist

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Giro d’Italia Backs Down on Jerusalem After Angering Israel
BY PESACH BENSON NOVEMBER 30, 2017
Today’s Top Stories

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Map of Giro d’Italia’s Israeli stages that was removed.
1. After angering Israeli government ministers, organizers of the Giro d’Italia cycling race issued a clarification after their web site and promotional material said the first leg of the race would take place in West Jerusalem. They also removed at least one tweet featuring this map of the route.

Sports Minister Miri Regev and Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said they threatened to back away from their partnership in the race, if the wording did not change.

“In Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, there is no east or west. There is one unified Jerusalem,” a joint statement read, calling the use of the term “a breach of the agreements with the Israeli government.”
The upcoming race will be the first time a stage of the Giro will take place outside of Europe. Palestinian groups denounced race organizers for bringing the Giro to Israel. Racing begins on May 4.

2. Mired in a dispute over civil servants and looming Friday deadline for the transfer of government ministries to the PA, Hamas and Fatah opted to delay the handover 10 days. It’s a perfect storm of conflicting patronage, payroll and politics:

After the 2007 power shift, the Palestinian Authority continued to pay around 60,000 staff in Gaza, despite the vast majority not working.

Hamas has hired around 50,000 civil servants to replace them in the past decade, and the future of those staff is a key sticking point.

US embassy in Tel Aviv
3. The White House dismissed as “premature” Israeli media reports that the US will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital next week and instruct staffers at the embassy in Tel Aviv to begin preparing for a relocation. This doesn’t sound like an all-out denial, so draw your own conclusions.

“This is a premature report. We have nothing to announce,” said press secretary Sarah Sanders.
At an event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the UN Partition Plan paving the way for Israel’s statehood on Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence said President Donald Trump is actively considering “when and how” relocate the embassy.

4. Success: CNN Fixes Sexual Harassment Map: Editors got their bearings, acknowledging that Israel is not an Arab state.

5: Corrected: The Palestinian ‘Ambassador’ to the US: The Independent corrects the record with a little help from HR.

6. On the i24 News program The Spin Room, HonestReporting’s Daniel Pomerantz — along with The Israel Project’s managing director Omri Ceren and journalist Marc Schulman — discussed the rift between American Jews and Israel, the possible US embassy move, and whether Linda Sarsour is anti-Semitic.

Israel and the Palestinians

• Israeli tanks and aircraft fired on four Hamas positions in retaliation for a number of mortars fired from the Gaza Strip. Train service between Ashkelon and Sderot was briefly halted as a precaution. More at Ynet and the Times of Israel.

• The Interior Ministry is recommending a plan to unite four settlements in the northern West Bank into a single municipality with a combined population of 20,000. The area includes the settlements of Elkana, Oranit, Shaarei Tikva and Etz Ephraim. The settlement city would be the fifth, joining Ariel, Ma’aleh Adumim, Betar Illit and Modi’in Illit as having municipal status. Jerusalem Post coverage.

• Leila Khalid, the poster child of Palestinian terrorism, was blocked from entering Italy at Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci Airport. She was due to give talks in Rome and Naples marking the 50th anniversary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Italy’s Department of Public Security issued a statement insisting that the stopping of Khaled was a purely administrative act, not a political decision. “The Jordanian citizen arrived to Rome from Amman without a valid Schengen visa [allowing passage through European borders], and was sent back in compliance with national and international Schengen regulations,” the statement read.
One of the PFLP hijackings she participated was TWA 840 in 1969, from Rome to Tel Aviv.

• AP: Israel eases restrictions on US-bound Gazan travelers.

• To all the grammar Nazis out there, is Ynet‘s use of the word “attacked” in the active or passive voice, and what difference does it make?

Ynet

Around the World

• Russian military working on deal to use Egyptian air bases.

• Jews are minority most targeted by hate crimes in Canada according to data picked up by the JTA.

• As Jewish activists protested outside, Linda Sarsour participated in a panel discussion on anti-Semitism at the New School. The JTA was on hand.

Tuesday’s panelists offered plenty of attacks on Israel while insisting that such views are being labeled anti-Semitic in order to silence criticism of the country and its policies.

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Pro-tip: If you want to reject accusations you are antisemitic by speaking about the “Jewish” media, and minimizing the antisemitism of vile Jew haters like Louis Farrakhan (of whom you are clearly a fan), then you are doing it all wrong. http://www.israellycool.com/2017/11/30/watch-linda-sarsour-showing-how-not-to-reject-antisemitism/
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• Holocaust survivors are demanding to know how artists received permission to film a group of naked people playing tag in a gas chamber — of all places — in the former Nazi death camp of Stutthof, in Poland. Artistic expression, you know . . .

Commentary

• Israel’s controversial columnist, Haaretz’s Gideon Levy, was interviewed on Australia’s Lateline. As Levy tries to avoid and evade any mention of Palestinian terrorism or responsibility, host Emma Alberici admirably dogged “Israel’s most hated man” on the hard questions.

oped word cloud• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Smadar Perry: The new peace partners in the next war
– Elliott Abrams: Mr. Kerry should apologize
– Seth Frantzman: Israel zigzags on Iranian bases in Syria to give Russia room
– Avraham Neguise: An open letter to Mandla Mandela
– Elie Podeh: Palestinians’ biggest missed opportunity
– Evelyn Gordon: Gaza’s latest lesson in self-inflicted misery
– Dr. Reuven Berko: Extremism, from Sinai to Al-Aqsa
– Yoram Schweitzer, Ofir Winter: The war on terrorism in Sinai: A watershed?

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