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Discredited Journalist Arrested for US Hoax Bomb Threats
Israel Daily News Stream4 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. The FBI arrested a discredited journalist who it says is responsible for hoax bomb threats against eight Jewish Community Centers and the Anti-Defamation League. Juan Thompson, formerly of St. Louis is said to have made the bomb threats in his ex-girlfriend’s name in a bid to ruin her reputation. It’s a local story for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. If Thompson’s responsible for only eight of the calls, investigators will still be searching who is responsible for the other 114.

Thompson had been employed by The Intercept, but was fired in January, 2016 for fabricating sources and quotes, said a statement issued by the online magazine and elaborated on by Haaretz.


2. An official US delegation is visiting Jerusalem to examine the possibility of transferring the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Post writes:

The delegation’s visit is the first sign that there might be some movement on the issue

3. On the agenda for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Thursday talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow: Preventing Iran from establishing a base of operations in Syria. So far, Russia’s playing coy. Haaretz reports:

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told the Al-Hayat daily on Sunday that the withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria would play only a part in reaching a final agreement in Syria.

“The lawful authorities that will be lawfully chosen in Syria would be the ones with the right to demand the withdrawal of all foreign powers from the country,” he said.
More at the Times of Israel.

4. You Can’t Expect Children to Fact Check News: Indeed, when serving as the font of knowledge for impressionable youngsters who do not know how to question sources, ABC must strive for accuracy, in nuance as well as facts, even harder than in its reporting for adults.

5. Rubinger’s Moment: A Lesson in Time: On the passing of acclaimed Israeli photographer David Rubinger, HonestReporting CEO Joe Hyams pays a special tribute to a friend and mentor.

Israel and the Palestinians
• UN Human Rights Council targets Israel in 6 reports.

• Former British PM Tony Blair denied a report in the Mail on Sunday that he pitched himself to the Trump administration as a potential Mideast peace envoy. Or maybe this was a trial balloon. Who knows?


• Israel’s UN Ambassador, Danny Danon, discussed the two-state solution, Israel and the UN, and more in a Jerusalem Post interview.

• Palestinian man caught with knife in Hebron near Tomb of the Patriarchs on Saturday.

• Turns out there’s a street in an Israeli-Arab town named after former terrorist and PLO chief Yasser Arafat. Netanyahu has vowed to get the street name changed, but an official from the Israeli Arab town of Jatt told the Times of Israel he doesn’t see what all the fuss is about:

Muhammad Tahar Wattad, head of the Jatt regional council, told Channel 2 earlier this week that while he did not know of the street’s existence, he did not see any problem with naming it for Arafat, as numerous Israeli prime ministers had met with the former PLO leader, including Netanyahu himself during his first term as prime minister from 1996 to 1999.

Around the World
• New York police are investigating another Jewish cemetery desecration — this time in Brooklyn. Five granite and marble tombstones in Brooklyn’s Washington Cemetery were found toppled on Sunday morning, CNN added.

• Britain’s Jewish community is on a heightened state of alert following Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s warning of a “significant” threat based on online Islamic State chatter.

Alison Chabloz

• National Post: Canadian Jewish groups are wondering why Ottawa allowed a Alison Chabloz — a British blogger accused of Holocaust denial — into Canada to speak at a neo-Nazi event in Calgary.

The incident comes amid concerns over rising hate crimes, including Holocaust denial posters at the University of Calgary . . .

According to a post on the Facebook page of white nationalist Paul [Frederick] Fromm she is on an eight-city tour of Canada that began last Friday in London, Ont.
• Students at Ryerson U. welcomed firing of teaching assistant over ‘purify filth of Jews’ comment. More on Ayman Elkasrawy’s dismissal at The Ryersonian, The Eyeopener and The Algemeiner.

• Dutch anti-Semitism watchdog asks government to ban ‘Hamas front’ conference.

• Montreal police investigate second hate-filled sermon against Jews at mosque.

• The Jerusalem Post takes a closer look at the rate of French aliyah.

• BDS Austria barred from holding event in a Vienna cultural institution.

• The International Association of Democratic Lawyers, which supports BDS, maintains bank accounts with the Texas-based Comerica and the Spain-based La Caixa. As a result, Texas lawmakers are considering barring public funds from being invested in either of the banking institutions.


• Say it ain’t so! French Arab coexistence champion Mehdi Meklat found to have authored anti-Semitic tweets under a pseudonym.

• Iran’s navy to benefit from an expiring UN ban, US study says.

Commentary/Analysis
• Former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy took to the Washington Post to urge Israel to initiate direct contact with Hamas.

The international contacts of Hamas are growing. At the end of the last Gaza war, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met Mashal in Doha, Qatar, and invited him to visit Moscow. Mashal is leaving the position of head of the Hamas political bureau and is a serious candidate to succeed Mahmoud Abbas as president of the Palestinian Authority.

There remains no good case for Israel to shun Hamas. Israel rightly prides itself as one of the strongest powers in the Middle East, but it will gain nothing from yet another round of fighting. Game changers must come from those who have the upper hand.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Khaled Abu Toameh: Why a “regional peace process” will fail
– Avi Issacharoff: In Gaza, the road to escalation grows shorter
– Assaf Orion: Hezbollah and Lebanon: One and the same?
– Moshe Cohen, Yasser Okbi: The Lebanese army will fight alongside Hezbollah in war with Israel
– Steven Spiegel: Putting the US-Israel relationship to work
– Prof. Hillel Frisch: Myth: American ties to Israel harm US interests in the Mideast
– Anthony Bergin: Synergies at stake in better Israeli-Australian ties
– Fred Maroun: Anti-Semitism: Staring straight into darkness
– Robert Singer: Why is Amazon selling Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism?
– Melanie Phillips: Viewing anti-Semitism through a glass darkly
– Sever Plocker: Hate crimes: With opinions comes responsibility
– Yousef al Otaiba: Iran’s hostile behavior is growing worse

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More Ties Between Corbyn, Anti-Semites Uncovered
Israel Daily News Stream6 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. A rocket fired from Gaza exploded on an Ashkelon beach on Wednesday, causing no injuries or damage. The incident marks the fifth rocket to have been launched at Israel within the last month.”

According to Asharq al-Awsat, Gaza Salafists who identify with Islamic State are firing the rockets to pressure Hamas into releasing Salafists arrested in a recent crackdown. Asharq also reports that the crackdown is part of a Hamas-Egypt agreement to prevent the jihadists from cooperating with Islamic State insurgents battling the Egyptian military in the Sinai.

Later this afternoon, Israeli tanks and jets struck Hamas positions in retaliation for Palestinian gunfire on soldiers on routine duty along the Gaza border.
Jeremy Corbyn

2. An investigation uncovers more awkward ties between British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitic Palestinian activists, with the Daily Mail writing:

The revelations will raise fresh concerns that Mr Corbyn – who is battling rock bottom popularity ratings after a humiliating Labour defeat in Copeland last week – is unqualified to deal with claims of anti-Semitism in his party.

3. Israel has already quietly begun exporting natural gas to Jordan. Why the low profile?

The deliveries to the two companies, which operate plants on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea, began in January, but all the sides involved opted to keep a low profile because of the political sensitivities in Jordan about doing business with Israel . . .

Although many Jordanians oppose doing business with Israel, Jordan has little choice because other sources of gas are unavailable or unreliable.
Tamar gas field
A processing rig in the Tamar gas field off the coast of Israel, June 23, 2014. Photo by Moshe Shai/FLASH90.

4. If It Bleeds, It Leads — To Reuters’ Absurdity: Emphasizing death, not the actions or intent behind a terror attack, leads to a skewed headline.

5. The Independent Uses Casualty Figures as a Moral Barometer: The moral high ground does not belong to the side that loses more people when the people killed are trying to murder innocent civilians.

Israel and the Palestinians
• The Jerusalem Post updates the latest legal battles against Facebook over the platform it provides for Palestinian terrorists.

• What’s behind the recent war of words between Israel and Hezbollah? The Christian Science Monitor examines the deterrence and likelihood of conflict.

• In other news from Gaza . . .

• Worth reading: In an exclusive interview, Chagai Tzuriel, the director-general of Israel’s Intelligence Ministry discussed the strengthening Iran-Hezbollah-Syria axis with the Times of Israel.

• In a devastating essay in The American Interest, former Israeli peace negotiator Michael Herzog assails former secretary of state John Kerry for mishandling 2014 Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

• Human rights groups are urging the UN to add 11 parties to list of child rights violators — including the IDF.

• The BBC takes a closer look at an IDF program that giving jobs to people with autism.

• Whatever your views are on the the controversy surrounding MK Bezalel Smotrich’s house (apparently built on private Palestinian land) this odd map in The Guardian is overkill.

Around the World
• It appears that the wave of hoax bomb threats called to Jewish institutions across the US are coordinated; law enforcement officials are examining the possibility that hacked communications devices are being used. CBS News updated the latest on the investigation.

• Islamic State fanatics online are calling for lone wolf attacks on Jews in the West, recommending that people dress up as Jews, hide weapons under their clothing, and even listed specific Jewish communities in the UK. Details on the chilling chatter Daily Mail and The Foreign Desk.

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

– Elhanan Miller: Why Mahmoud Abbas is Israel’s best partner for peace
– Ben-Dror Yemini: Banning entry is not the way to fight anti-Israel groups
– Richard Black: British universities have a duty to Jewish students to monitor Israel Apartheid Week

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

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British University Investigating Student Leader’s Anti-Semitic Tweets
Israel Daily News Stream3 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Britain’s Exeter University launched an investigation of a Palestinian student leader who posted a series of anti-Semitic tweets. Malaka Shwaikh — also known as Malaka Mohammed — deleted her Twitter account as her controversial tweets surfaced shortly after she was elected to a position representing post-graduate students.

The tweets under scrutiny included statements saying that Zionist ideology is “no different to that of Hitler’s” and that “Hitler did his deed and the Palestinians had to pay for it”. Judge for yourself Shwaikh’s response to the probe.

Here’s another tweet documented by the Campaign Against Antisemitism and picked up by the Daily Mail.


2. Congress is once again mulling legislation to cut off US aid to the Palestinians if the PA continues paying stipends to terrorists.

3. Palestinian unity took a hit after the PA decided to hold municipal elections only in the West Bank. Voting is scheduled for May 13. West Bank municipal elections haven’t been held since 2012. More at the Jerusalem Post.

4. Hate After Death: Gerald Kaufman and “Virulent Zionists”: An obituary for a long-serving British MP ignores his anti-Israel and anti-Semitic comments, portraying him as a “civilised” Zionist smeared by “virulent Zionists.”

5. Video: Is Israel an Apartheid State? As Israel Apartheid Week organizers prepare campus events demonizing Israel, Daniel Pomerantz examines the truth of their claims.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Just before this roundup was published, Israeli media reported that a Palestinian stabbed and lightly injured an Israeli in the Hebron Hills. The terrorist was shot by responding forces.

• The Shin Bet arrested an Israeli citizen who tried to join Islamic State in Syria. Haaretz coverage.

• Palestinian unity took a big hit after the PA decided to hold municipal elections only in the West Bank. Voting is scheduled for May 13. West Bank municipal elections haven’t been held since 2012. More at the Jerusalem Post.

• Israeli police finished razing nine homes built on the West Bank settlement of Ofra. The High Court of Justice ruled that the homes were built on private Palestinian land and gave the state a March 5 deadline to complete the demolitions.

• Zambian President Edgar Lungu arrived in Israel for a five-day visit. According to the Jerusalem Post and Lusaka Times, of the main items on the agenda is Zambia’s assistance in helping Israel regain its observer status in the African Union.

• An uneasy calm settled on the Lebanon’s Ein al-Hilweh refugee camp as a cease-fire brought an apparent end to violent clashes between PLO factions and Islamists yesterday.

Details on what triggered the violence are sketchy; Maan News reported that the violence began “when a bomb detonated in front of a call center inside the camp,” while AP quoted a UNRWA statement saying “armed actors” had entered one of its schools.

Maan added that two Palestinians — ages 12 and 18 — were confirmed dead while eight others, including a pregnant woman, were injured.

Around the World
• Israel Apartheid Week kicked off at Columbia University with a forum titled, “Zionists are Racist.” The Columbia Daily Spectator described a raucous event and reported that the university’s student council turned down a request from organizers to co-sponsor a week-long series of events.

• The FBI says shots fired at the Adath B’Nai Israel Temple in Evansville, Indiana are likely a hate crime, according to local reports.

• New York Times: Threats and vandalism leave American Jews on edge in Trump era.

• According to MEMRI, Hezbollah efforts to impose religious standards in public is raising the ire of Southern Lebanon. Banning gender-mixing in public, restricting music, and shutting down liquor stores has people wondering what the religious coercion has to do with “resistance.”

Commentary/Analysis
Netanyahu and Trump
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump

• I’m seeing a lot of discussion about Samuel Freedman‘s take on the Trump-Netanyahu alliance and the “anguishing choice” it’s forcing American Jews to make:

The trade-off that Trump and Netanyahu have almost literally offered American Jews is a blunt one: If you want lockstep support of Israel, then shut your mouth about anti-Semitism here . . .

For the vast majority of American Jews, though, an anguishing reality is now clear. To support Israel when it is cross-branded with Trump’s intolerance is to avert their eyes from a threat right here at home.
• I’m also seeing a lot of discussion about a question Bari Weiss poses for Jews in the anti-Trump movement, where people like Linda Sarsour and Rasmea Odeh are rising stars. Writing in Tablet, Weiss wonders if Jews have to make common cause with people who want to kill them?

If you call for the death of Zionists but support Palestinian nationalism, is being against Donald Trump the moral tie-breaker that makes you a legitimate ally of American Jews like me—and immune from our criticism?
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Avi Issacharoff: Israel stuck in tunnels of yesteryear as Hamas digs right now
– Barak Ravid: Israel’s Gaza war failure was first and foremost a diplomatic one
– Nahum Barnea: Protective Edge report: Harsh criticism, but no threat to government
– Mitchell Bard: What American universities can learn from the UK about anti-Semitism
– Bassam Tawil: Political operatives pose as journalists, human rights groups
– Hassan Barari: Iran’s Israel card
– Zambia Daily Mail (staff-ed): Zambia has so much to learn from Israel
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Trump May Axe Envoy on Anti-Semitism as Incidents Continue
Israel Daily News Stream4 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
*** Breaking news *** The state comptroller’s report on Operation Protective Edge was released after this roundup was published. See Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post, Haaretz or Ynet coverage.

1. Facebook shut down the account of Fatah, the ruling party of the Palestinian Authority. According to AFP:

The accounts of the 12 administrators of the page, which according to Jaghub had 70,000 followers, were also suspended for 30 days.

A photo of Arafat holding a rifle that belonged to an Israeli soldier abducted in the 1980s by Palestinians in Beirut that had featured on the page was attached to the message from Facebook.

Standing next to Arafat is Mahmud al-Alul, recently elected Fatah deputy chairman.

2. US anti-Semitism rose to the forefront as 29 Jewish community centers and day schools around the US received false bomb threats yesterday.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts may include axing several “special envoy” positions — including one dedicated to combating anti-Semitism. More on that at the JTA and Bloomberg News.

Top US Jewish leader Malcolm Hoenlein told the Times of Israel that a “pandemic” of anti-Semitism is taking shape around the world. And Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog predicted a wave of American Jewish aliyah, though other government officials had lower key responses.
Operation Protective Edge
An IDF tank in Gaza on July 31, 2014

3. State Comptroller Yosef Shapira was due to release portions of his report on Operation Defensive Shield today. The long-anticipated report is expected to be critical of the Israeli government and IDF, with politicians and senior military officials prepping talking points. The report was not yet released when this roundup was published. The Times of Israel explains:

Leaked copies of the long-awaited report by State Comptroller Yosef Shapira indicate that it will criticize the army’s failures to prepare adequately for the threat of Hamas tunnels during the war, and chastise the political leadership for improperly managing the war effort . . .

As so much of it has been leaked ahead of its release, very little is likely to be shocking in the report, but its publication will allow politicians to discuss the topic more freely in public.
4. Character Assassination: Israel Is Not North Korea: So focused on searching for similarities between Israel and North Korea, a columnist neglects basic facts and glaring differences.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Police began evacuating protesting settlers barricaded in nine homes on the West Bank settlement of Ofra slated for demolition. The High Court of Justice ruled that the homes were built on private Palestinian land and set a March 5 deadline for their demolition. More at the Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel and Haaretz.

• Jibril Rajoub, who was recently appointed secretary-general of Fatah’s central committee, was denied entry to Egypt and deported directly back to Jordan. Reuters reports that Rajoub’s name was on a no-entry list, though no explanation as to why he was on such a list was offered.

• Worth reading: NBC News takes a closer look at Arab-Israelis serving in the IDF.

“It doesn’t matter if you are Muslim, Jewish or Christian,” he said. “We’re all the same with one helping the other.”
• Google will soon enable internet users to virtually explore Palestinian cities. The Google street car, which takes 360 degree photos, is currently driving around Ramallah taking photos of Ramallah, before continuing on to Jericho and Bethlehem. More at the Jerusalem Post.

Around the World
• The Sydney Jewish Museum was briefly evacuated today after — you guessed it — someone made a bomb threat. A police search found nothing.

• US Jewish leaders shared their concern and bafflement over rising anti-Semitism with Haaretz.

Security measures implemented in the United States are very different from those in Europe, where Goldenberg also consults. “Unlike Europe, in the U.S. we will not put armed guards in front of our institutions,” he said. “Our goal is to create a culture of security rather than a security wall.”
• Police are investigating after a number of Miami Beach residents found swastikas etched on their cars.

• JTA: With few safeguards, Jewish cemeteries make easy targets for vandals.

• Anti-Semitic incidents have risen 16 percent in Berlin over the previous year.


• British universities spark free speech row after halting a number of pro-Palestinian events tied to the upcoming Israel Apartheid Week.

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

– Einat Wilf and Adi Schwartz: A very big deal to solve a very big problem
– Sander Gerber: PA pensions for terrorists must be stopped
– Mitchell Bard: Why do we let anti-Semites define anti-Semitism?
– Yoni Ben Menachem: Is Dahlan planning a coup against Abbas?
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians: Why a “regional peace process” will fail
– Dow Marmur: Anti- Semitism is masquerading as anti-Zionism
– Chemi Shalev: Trump apologists diminish anti-Semitism and distort reality
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US to Quit UN Human Rights Council?
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. According to Politico, the US is considering quitting the UN Human Rights Council.

No immediate withdrawal is expected ahead of the council’s next session, which starts Monday, but discussion of abandoning the council is likely to alarm international activists already worried that the United States will take a lower profile on global human rights issues under President Donald Trump . . . .

A former State Department official briefed on the discussions said while the council’s targeting of Israel is likely part of the debate, there also are questions about its roster of members and doubts about its usefulness overall.

Countries known for human rights abuses, such as China and Saudi Arabia, have managed to snag seats on the 47-member council.

2. Hamas accused the Egyptian military of pumping poisonous gas into smuggling tunnels after three of its operatives died while repairing a tunnel under the Gaza-Egypt border on Saturday. Another five Palestinians were injured. The tunnel they were working on had been destroyed by the Egyptian military. Times of Israel coverage.

3. As branches of Students for Justice in Palestine across the US are connected to a Hamas front group operating in the US, the Stanford Review takes a closer look at SJP’s Stanford branch.

It is incontrovertible that Stanford students should not fund the acts of terrorists and war criminals. Stanford’s SJP receives ASSU standard grants, meaning that students’ tuition dollars may be funding a group with terrorist ties. That possibility is intolerable.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Jerusalem Post: Australia will press the International Criminal Court to avoid legal attacks on Israel.

• The Shin Bet reports a steep rise in the number of Arab Israelis jailed for Islamic State or Al-Qaida activity over the past year. Haaretz writes:

The number of Arabs jailed in Israel for activity inspired by radical jihadist movements soared by almost 600 percent over the last year. Eighty-three people have been detained, up from just 12 at the end of 2015.

The majority of those arrested, including all the examples above, are Israeli Arabs rather than Palestinians from the West Bank. In most cases, they were arrested either because they were in internet contact with Islamic State activists overseas, or because they were planning terror attacks.

Others were arrested when they tried to go to Iraq or Syria to fight with Islamic State and, in a few cases, people were arrested upon returning from those countries.
Donald Trump
President Donald Trump

• In an interview with Reuters, Trump reiterated that he “likes” the two-state solution, but won’t force it on Israelis and Palestinians.

“No, I like the two-state solution,” Trump said when asked whether he had backed away from the concept during his joint White House appearance with the right-wing Israeli leader. “But I ultimately like what the both parties like.”

“People have been talking about it for so many years now. It so far hasn’t worked,” he added. But he then repeated his revised position, saying: “I like this two-state solution, but I am satisfied with whatever both parties agree with.”
• Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz discussed the peace process and the two-state solution in a Washington Post Q+A.

• Memo to EuroNews: You do a disservice to readers by referring to holy sites only by their Arab names. If I didn’t know that the site known to Muslims as the Al Ibrahimi mosque was the place Jews and Christians call the Tomb of the Patriarchs, what conclusions would I draw about the horrific Baruch Goldstein massacre and resulting Israeli security measures enacted in Hebron? (I’ll go easy on your “preying” typo.)

The street was closed after a Jewish extremist killed 29 Palestinians while they were preying in the Al Ibrahimi mosque in 1994.
At least the Associated Press filled in the basic context.

• Ongoing renovations at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre reached a milestone with the removal of a 70-year-old iron cage originally set up to prevent the collapse of the Edicule, the chamber where Jesus is believed to have been entombed, Haaretz reports.

Work on the Edicule is expected to be completed in mid-April. The head of the team supervising the restoration work has presented a plan to excavate the floor around the Edicule to repair the church’s drainage system.

Edicule
The Edicule in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Around the World
• Draw your own conclusions from the juxtaposition of these two headlines from Montreal.

– ‘Punch a Zionist’ tweeter quits McGill student government
– Police investigate as anti-Semitic vandalism raises concerns at McGill University

• 3rd Spanish municipality reverses own BDS vote following legal action.

• Setback for BDS in Belgium as authorities brush off calls to cancel participation in Israeli-led EU project.

• Montana legislators advanced a bill that would instruct the Big Sky state’s investment board to sever ties with companies that support BDS. More at the Billings Gazette.

Montana
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• Jewish men attacked with hacksaw by men ‘shouting anti-Semitic abuse’ in Paris.

• French aliya climbs amid rise in anti-Semitism.

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

– Giora Eiland: Hezbollah and Lebanon’s government are now one and the same
– Elliott Abrams: The problem of the Lebanese army collaborating with Hezbollah
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Hezbollah flexes its muscles
– Hanin Ghaddar: Tensions between Hezbollah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards?
– Dr. Shaul Shay: Why Islamic State in the Sinai eyes more attacks on Israel
– Raphael Ahren: What is driving Netanyahu’s total alignment with Trump?
– Rod Liddle: Trump’s new ambassador is right: the UN is anti-Israel
– Richard Schifter and Eric Rozenman: A bold, common sense UN move for the Trump administration
– Nadiya Al-Noor: Anti-Semitism is the new social justice
– Daniella Greenbaum: Zionism is not racism
– Yoni Ben Menachem: The PA’s sucession struggle continues
– Boaz Bismuth: Anti-Semitism rises in France
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Netanyahu in Australia
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Netanyahu in Australia: Meeting with Australian PM Malcom Turnbull, the two PM’s reiterated messages of mutual support and cooperation. PM Turnball strongly criticized the United Nations over its unfair treatment of Israel and both leaders recalled the history of Australia in events leading to Israel’s formation. Responding to members of Australia’s Labor Party who had called for immediate recognition of “Palestinian statehood,” Netanyahu challenged Bob Hawke and Kevin Rudd to define what they mean by that phrase, pointing out the dangers that such a state could become a terrorist entity. The meeting is not limited to issues of security or conflict, with major deals involving cybersecurity and technology expected to be signed in the next four days. However, the visit is not without opposition: 60 prominent Australians, including former Commonwealth Solicitor-General Gavan Griffiths and former Federal Court judge Murray Willcox, have signed a letter opposing the Israeli visit.

2. Amnesty International’s annual report blasts Israel: According to an initial analysis by NGO Monitor, Amnesty alleges that “Israel’s government … failed to ensure accountability either for the extensive war crimes and other grave violations of international law…” as well as accusing Israel of “torture, unlawful killings, excessive force, [and] unfair military trials…” However, the report apparently lacks any coherent methodology, ignores numerous contradicting facts, and sometimes even expresses conclusions that lack any source whatsoever.

3. An Israeli Justice Ministry report reportedly found that a Bedouin man who was shot dead as his car struck and killed a police officer in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran was not a terrorist, as originally claimed by some Israeli officials. According to what we know of the report, Abu Al-Qia’an was shot by mistake in the chaos of protests against a court ordered demolition, as security forces were evacuating buildings in the illegally-built village.

4. An ABC (Australia) guide to the two-state solution aims to clear up any confusion on the issue for its readers. Instead it leads its readers to adopt the Palestinians’ favored and distorted version of history and the conflict, leading to only more confusion.

Mideast Matters
• Iranian chess authorities have banned a brother and sister from competing after the brother played a match against an Israeli national and the sister did not wear a hijab (traditional Muslim head covering) in a tournament. Last year saw popular protests around the world against proposed European bans of the Burka (another traditional Muslim covering) and against the the so-called “Burkini Ban” in France (the law was later repealed). I can’t help but wonder where all those protesters are now? After all, if it’s wrong to prohibit a woman from wearing a traditional Muslim head covering, isn’t it also wrong to force a woman to wear one? Not to mention that when a country hosts an international competition, should the country really be allowed to disqualify competitors for having played against an Israeli? Again, where’s the popular outcry?

• Gazans are excited over a new luxury shopping mall. At first incorrectly calling it Gaza’s “first indoor shopping mall” (another mall was built about seven years ago) the Associated Press later corrected their mistake and instead is now saying, “While Gazans refer to a handful of small shopping centers as “malls,” the Capital Mall is the first to be built according to global standards.” We didn’t know there was a “global standard” for shopping malls but in any case, this story defies the common, one-dimensional portrayal of Gaza as a bombed out land of poverty and rubble.

• IDF intercepts unmanned Hamas drone flying into Israeli territory.

• Jerusalem Post’s Gil Hoffman tweets that Christian Arab judge George Kara, who convicted Jewish Israeli president Katsav of rape, has been appointed to Israel’s Supreme Court. In addition to Salim Joubran, Kara is now the second Arab judge on the 15 member Supreme Court. As Hoffman points out, this is the exact opposite of the “apartheid” that some anti-Israel activists falsely accuse.


• Turkey called on Israel to halt “illegal settlement policies” on “Palestinian land.” It is not clear why Turkey suddenly felt the need to express the sentiment at this particular moment.

Around the World
• A former double agent for Israel and Iraq faces deportation from Canada — again. The question for Canadian authorities: if he were returned to his father’s birthplace of Tunisia, would he be likely to be tortured? According to former secret agent Hussein Ali Sumaida, Canada simply doesn’t “get” the Arab world, saying, “Throwing anyone in the street of any Arab city who is related to the Jewish state would result in nothing less than a lynching mob. How can I possibly get you to understand this from behind Canada’s safe, loving multicultural borders?”

• The Washington Post published a view of PM Netanyahu’s circuitous flight path from Israel to Australia, apparently designed to avoid entering Indonesian air space. Rumor has it that Israel and Indonesia are working on opening official relationships, but when Netanyahu called upon Indonesia to normalize diplomatic relations last year, the Indonesian government said it would do so only when the Palestinians are granted an independent state.

• Since the beginning of January, 68 Jewish community centers in 26 US states and one Canadian province have received bomb threats. The BBC takes a look at how local communities are responding to “disruption and anxiety.”

• Years after it mysteriously disappeared, the stolen Dachau concentration camp gate has returned. After the theft, the missing gate with its infamous slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei,” was replaced by a replica. The replica will remain in place while the original will be displayed inside, behind glass.

• Prime Minister Netanyahu praised President Donald Trump on Wednesday for publicly condemning anti-Semitic acts after bomb threats to U.S. Jewish centers and vandalism in a Jewish cemetery. Prior to Wednesday, Trump came under criticism for not clearly condemning the events sooner, and even Netanyahu came under some local Israeli criticism for not speaking out more forcefully on the matter. In a related story, Muslim activists helped raise money to repair damaged headstones in the vandalized cemetary. The fundraising was led in part by Linda Sarsour, who gained recent publicity for her prominent role in organizing the Women’s March on Washington following US President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January. Sarsour is already well known as a BDS activist against Israel, raising the question: was the fundraising a genuine outreach to Jewish communities, or a publicity stunt designed to bolster credibility for Sarsour’s anti-Israel advocacy?

• Ending deadlock, US energy giant to finnance Israel’s largest offshore gas field. PM hails deal that will see Noble Energy invest $3.75 billion in the Leviathan project.

Commentary/Analysis
• Public Affairs Director for the Executive Council of Australian Jewry Alex Ryvchin writes in The Australian about the hopes and expectations of the Jewish community for Israel’s official visit to Australia: including political/diplomatic cooperation and trade relations. Ryvchin touches on historic connections, such as the battle of the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade which captured Beersheba from the Ottoman Empire, as well as Israeli lessons that might touch on uniquely Australian issues: such as reintegration of returned servicemen and women into society. In this video, the two PMs meet with the Sydney Jewish community:



• In keeping with the theme of PM Netanyahu’s comments to officials of the Australian Labor Party who had called for immediate recognition of a Palestinian state, Canada’s Father Raymond J. de Souza asks: “What kind of state would Palestine be? A Jordan, or an ISIL-dominated Syria?” According to Souza, “Those questions are prompting a re-examination of whether a Palestinian state is still the consensus goal it has been for more than two decades.”

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

–Bruce Loudon: Yonatan and Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel’s brothers in arms.
–Voice of America: Iran Sends Military Students to Syrian Front
–Eli Lake: New U.S. National Security Adviser Has a Different Assessment of America’s Relationship with Islam
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Islamic State Seizes Villages Near Israel-Syria Border
Today’s Top Stories
1. Jihadis linked to Islamic State seized a several Syrian villages near the area where the Israeli, Jordanian and Syrian borders converge. The villages, which had been held by the Free Syrian Army, were captured in a surprise attack on Monday. More at the Times of Israel.

The fighters gained control of several villages and a large town — Tasil, Sahem el-Golan, Adwan, and Tel Jamoua — that lie about 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) from the Israeli border on the Golan Heights.


2. Israeli jets reportedly struck a weapons shipment to Hezbollah in Syria last night. Picking up on Arab reports, the Jerusalem Post notes:

The report also claimed that the IDF struck from within Lebanon, circling the Beqaa Valley and Baalbek, so as not to be blocked by the Russian defense systems operating in the area.
On a related note, the Jerusalem Post also reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planning another trip to Russia to discuss the Syrian situation with President Vladimir Putin.

This type of conversation is especially necessary now since talks between Russia, Iran and various Syrian factions over the future of Syria are taking place in Astana, Kazakhstan, and Israel is not sitting around the table there to spell out its redlines.

3. Netanyahu arrived in Sydney where he held talks with government officials and addressed the Jewish community at the Central Synagogue. Herb Keinon notes the difference in Singaporean and Aussie media coverage. The welcome included a glowing op-ed in The Australian penned by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull himself.


Meanwhile, former Aussie PM Kevin Rudd accused Netanyahu of “torpedoing” the two-state solution.

4: Jews Aren’t Jews, but Palestinians are Philistines: Whatever future Israelis and Palestinians build must be based upon a mutual respect and grounded in reality, not on fantasy or ignorance.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Count on Tehran to pour more fuel on the Mideast fires.

Iran Supreme Leader calls on Palestinians to pursue intifada against Israel

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was addressing the International Conference in Support of Palestinian Intifada. The New York Times provides color from the Tehran gathering.

Ayatollah Ali Khameini, 2013

• You don’t hear about it much, but Israeli Arabs are also victims of Arab terror. The Times of Israel was on hand as Israeli Druze, Circassians, Arab Christians and Arab Muslims shared their grief over children killed in terror attacks or while in service to the IDF.

• Israel to ease visas for Turkish businesspeople

Around the World
• The University of Central Lancashire cancelled an Israel Apartheid Week event that a campus spokesman said breached the UK government’s definition of anti-Semitism. According to the Jewish Chronicle, the event in question was a panel discussion on the boycott of Israel featuring anti-Israel activist Ben White and pro-Palestinian academics.

“We believe the proposed talk contravenes the new definition and furthermore breaches university protocols for such events, where we require assurances of a balanced view or a panel of speakers representing all interests.”

He added: “In this instance our procedures determined that the proposed event would not be lawful and therefore it will not proceed as planned.”
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism was adopted by Theresa May’s government in December.

UCLAN

• The Atlantic examines the wave of hoax bomb threats being made to Jewish community centers across the US and the toll they’re taking on Jewish communities:

The calls may be a novel form of intimidation, but the context around them is not. American Jews are victims of more reported hate crimes than any other group in the United States, and have been subject to the majority of religiously motivated offenses every year since 1995, when the FBI first started reporting these statistics. The phone calls may not result in violence, but they contribute to an atmosphere of anti-Semitism already well-established in the United States.
Commentary/Analysis
Lord Arthur Balfour

• In a recent NY Times letter to the editor, the current Earl of Balfour (Roderick Balfour) blamed settlements and Israeli treatment of the Palestinians for contributing to rising anti-Semitism around the world. I wonder what his illustrious forebear would make of all this. Alan Dershowitz responded with a thorough debunking.

Even if it were true that anti-Semitism is increasing as the result of Israeli policies, no Israeli policy should ever be decided based on the reaction of bigots around the world. Anti-Semitism, the oldest of bigotries, will persist as long as it is seen to be justified by apologists like Roderick Balfour. Thought Balfour does not explicitly justify anti-Semitism, the entire thrust of his letter is that Jew hatred is at least understandable in light of Israel’s policies.
• Will the light, 18-month sentence given to IDF soldier Elor Azaria hurt Israeli legitimacy at the International Criminal Court? Yonah Jeremy Bob raises a good point:

Critics will ask why Palestinian minors have received far longer sentences for attempted murder, yet an Israeli soldier got only 18 months.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Tzipi Livni: Could Donald Trump broker Israeli-Palestinian peace?
– Morton Klein: The impossible deal: Establishing a peaceful Palestinian-Arab state
– Amos Yadlin: A US embassy shift to Jerusalem would right a historic wrong (click via Google News)
– Jonathan Neumann: Jews know that a boycott is just the beginning
– Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman: Fake news and Human Rights Watch’s role

• For a sense of what the critics are saying, see Professor Stuart Rees, George Browning and Nadia Hijab.
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IDF Soldier Sentenced For Killing Injured Palestinian Attacker
Israel Daily News Stream10 mins ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. An Israeli military court sentenced IDF soldier Elor Azaria to 18 months in jail for killing an incapacitated Palestinian attacker in Hebron.

Azaria was convicted of manslaughter for shooting Abdel Fatah al-Sharif after Sharif and another Palestinian tried to stab Israeli soldiers last March. Azaria was caught on film shooting Sharif as he lay prone on the ground. The other Palestinian, Ramzi Aziz al-Qasrawi was killed immediately by the soldiers.

Prosecutors had sought a three to five year sentence.

2. I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere else, but Al-Monitor reports that the European Union will stop financing the salaries of Palestinian Authority employees in Gaza — civil servants paid to stay at home while Hamas administers the Strip.

A Palestinian finance official in Ramallah, who declined to be named, told Al-Monitor, “There are up to 175,000 civil servants to which the PA pays $170 million per month, including 55,000 civil servants in Gaza receiving $41 million per month. The PA had demanded that its civil servants in Gaza not punch the clock in the summer of 2007, after Hamas took over Gaza. Since then, they have been paid although they do not work. We still don’t know so far how this new 30 million euro deficit will be covered, despite the austerity measures, suspension of bonuses and government expenditure reduction.”
Last year, the Jerusalem Post reported that the separate Hamas-run civil service of around 43,000 people was funded by Qatar, and that Hamas demanded its employees incorporated into the PA payroll in reconciliation talks with Fatah.

3. Hoax bomb threats were called in to at least 10 JCCs around the US in fourth round of harassment in the last five weeks. Judging from the JTA, this could become a new normal for North American Jewish institutions.

A total of 48 JCCs in 26 states and one Canadian province received nearly 60 bomb threats during January. On Jan 31, some 17 JCCs across the United States were targeted with bomb threats. On Jan. 18, some 30 Jewish institutions in at least 17 states received bomb threats. On Jan. 9, such threats were called into 16 JCCs across the Northwest and South, forcing the evacuation of hundreds. All the threats were false.
A hoax bomb threat also targeted the Israeli consulate in Miami last week.

Israel and the Palestinians
• US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley lit up social media with her denunciation of the United Nations’ obsession with Israel. See the video and transcript via UN Watch along with Ynet‘s backstory.

• After visiting Singapore, what the Jerusalem Post is calling Israel’s “Asia pivot” continues next month when Netanyahu visits China and then later in the summer hosts Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

• Ahead of Netanyahu’s arrival in Australia, Greg Sheridan of The Australian visited the Golan Heights to get a better sense of the security issues to be raised when Bibi meets with his counterparts Down Under.

• What’s on the PM’s agenda Down Under? According to SBS News, Netanyahu will be signing agreements on technology and air services, and “expanding co-operation in cyber-security, innovation and science, energy and resources and the environment.”

Sydney Harbor

• The chaos of the Arab Spring and the war against Islamic State has endangered hundreds of Jewish historical sites throughout the Mideast and North Africa. Newsweek profiles a New York-based organization whose volunteers sometimes risk their lives to document them.

Guberman was relying on Solmaz, an atheist from a Muslim family, to document Jewish heritage sites—from synagogues and cemeteries to ruins of schools, houses and community centers Jews once used in the Middle East and North Africa. For years, his staff and a rotating cast of about a dozen interns and volunteers have been racing to create digital records of Jewish sites. The project’s name is Diarna, which means “our home” in Judeo-Arabic. As wars in the region destroy these sites, Guberman’s team is running out of time.
Around the World
• Iranian chess-playing siblings were dropped from the national team and banned from the country’s tournaments over Israel and modesty, Radio Free Europe reports.

The Iranian National Chess Team dismissed 18-year-old Dorsa Derakhshani for appearing at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2017, which ran from January 23 to February 2, without the Islamic head scarf that became compulsory in Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Her 15-year-old brother, Borna Derakhshani, was banned for playing against an Israeli opponent at the same event.
• St. Louis police are investigating the desecration of a 100-year-old Jewish cemetery. According to local reports, more than 100 gravestones were overturned or damaged by unknown vandals.

• Irish Times: A Trinity College Dublin event featuring Israeli Ambassador to Ireland Ze’ev Boker was cancelled after some 40 protesters from Students for Justice in Palestine managed to block the door to the venue.

• Bristol University is investigating claims of anti-Semitism after a lecturer said that Jews should stop ‘privileging’ the Holocaust.

Media Matters
• Irrespective of where you stand on Israel and Trump’s relationship with the Jewish state, the president has clear issues with truth and the media. I draw your attention to two compelling and well-articulated arguments to consider.

Dr. Deborah Lipstadt

• Esquire interviewed Dr. Deborah Lipstadt about why people believe Trump’s inaccuracies (at best) or dishonesty (at worst). Lipstadt touches on the power of denial, Trump’s mastery of it, and of course, the media’s role.
When people began denying the Holocaust in the late-’80s and early-’90s many people said to me, “Well, look, I certainly believe the Holocaust, but Irving is a reputable person. Maybe there’s something to be said about gas chambers, maybe there’s certain questions about this, that, or the other.” It ends up with people doubting established facts. I’m not saying there is orthodoxy in every system—very few people agreed with Galileo—but things have to be checked, you need to validate your sources. The upshot though is that when you claim, say, the voting system is rigged, without any evidence, without any proof, you’re suggesting to people that the democratic system is corrupted and that their votes don’t count, and that is very dangerous.

You come out with a preconceived notion that it’s all rigged. Once you believe everything is rigged, then the truth doesn’t matter.
• Delivering the Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture (transcript or video) at UCLA, Wall St. Journal columnist Bret Stephens unpacks Trump’s problems with facts and why people accept the president’s behavior.

Stephens argues, among other things, that we have normalized Trump’s flippancy with the truth and allowed it to excite and entertain us. Further, we have lulled ourselves by adopting new metrics of judging the president and rationalizing his statements. Read the whole thing.



Commentary/Analysis
• Fascinating Minneapolis Star-Tribune op-ed by Palestinian Walid Issa. He opposes anti-BDS legislation being considered by Minnesota lawmakers, but he also opposes BDS.

It is extremely troubling that some activists measure my Palestinian pride by my level of support for their BDS movement. My love of Palestine cannot be measured by how much they want me to hate Israel.

Because I grew up in a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, when BDS advocates speak of hardships and human-rights violations, none of this is a surprise to me. I’ve lived it.

What, however, is really a surprise to me is that too many of these same activists are ignorant at best and dismissive at worst of the fact that many Palestinians manage to be creative, energetic and hopeful. We do Palestinians a terrible disservice if we look at them only as perpetual victims. We help no one when we blindly inflict pain on Israelis no matter what the collateral damage is to Palestinians.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Ruthie Blum: Nikki Haley’s first hurrah
– New York Sun (staff-ed): Haley’s comet
– Avi Issacharoff: Sorry Mr. Trump, 2-states is off the table
– Ben-Dror Yemini: The horrific one-state vision
– Bassam Tawil: The offer that turns the Gaza Strip into Singapore
– David Harris: Dear Irish Foreign Minister Charles Flanagan
– Anthony Bergin: A chance for Australia to forge stronger ties with Israel
– The Australian (staff-ed): Palestinian state by negotiation
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IDF Soldier Sentenced For Killing Injured Palestinian Attacker
Israel Daily News Stream10 mins ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. An Israeli military court sentenced IDF soldier Elor Azaria to 18 months in jail for killing an incapacitated Palestinian attacker in Hebron.

Azaria was convicted of manslaughter for shooting Abdel Fatah al-Sharif after Sharif and another Palestinian tried to stab Israeli soldiers last March. Azaria was caught on film shooting Sharif as he lay prone on the ground. The other Palestinian, Ramzi Aziz al-Qasrawi was killed immediately by the soldiers.

Prosecutors had sought a three to five year sentence.

2. I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere else, but Al-Monitor reports that the European Union will stop financing the salaries of Palestinian Authority employees in Gaza — civil servants paid to stay at home while Hamas administers the Strip.

A Palestinian finance official in Ramallah, who declined to be named, told Al-Monitor, “There are up to 175,000 civil servants to which the PA pays $170 million per month, including 55,000 civil servants in Gaza receiving $41 million per month. The PA had demanded that its civil servants in Gaza not punch the clock in the summer of 2007, after Hamas took over Gaza. Since then, they have been paid although they do not work. We still don’t know so far how this new 30 million euro deficit will be covered, despite the austerity measures, suspension of bonuses and government expenditure reduction.”
Last year, the Jerusalem Post reported that the separate Hamas-run civil service of around 43,000 people was funded by Qatar, and that Hamas demanded its employees incorporated into the PA payroll in reconciliation talks with Fatah.

3. Hoax bomb threats were called in to at least 10 JCCs around the US in fourth round of harassment in the last five weeks. Judging from the JTA, this could become a new normal for North American Jewish institutions.

A total of 48 JCCs in 26 states and one Canadian province received nearly 60 bomb threats during January. On Jan 31, some 17 JCCs across the United States were targeted with bomb threats. On Jan. 18, some 30 Jewish institutions in at least 17 states received bomb threats. On Jan. 9, such threats were called into 16 JCCs across the Northwest and South, forcing the evacuation of hundreds. All the threats were false.
A hoax bomb threat also targeted the Israeli consulate in Miami last week.

Israel and the Palestinians
• US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley lit up social media with her denunciation of the United Nations’ obsession with Israel. See the video and transcript via UN Watch along with Ynet‘s backstory.

• After visiting Singapore, what the Jerusalem Post is calling Israel’s “Asia pivot” continues next month when Netanyahu visits China and then later in the summer hosts Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

• Ahead of Netanyahu’s arrival in Australia, Greg Sheridan of The Australian visited the Golan Heights to get a better sense of the security issues to be raised when Bibi meets with his counterparts Down Under.

• What’s on the PM’s agenda Down Under? According to SBS News, Netanyahu will be signing agreements on technology and air services, and “expanding co-operation in cyber-security, innovation and science, energy and resources and the environment.”

Sydney Harbor

• The chaos of the Arab Spring and the war against Islamic State has endangered hundreds of Jewish historical sites throughout the Mideast and North Africa. Newsweek profiles a New York-based organization whose volunteers sometimes risk their lives to document them.

Guberman was relying on Solmaz, an atheist from a Muslim family, to document Jewish heritage sites—from synagogues and cemeteries to ruins of schools, houses and community centers Jews once used in the Middle East and North Africa. For years, his staff and a rotating cast of about a dozen interns and volunteers have been racing to create digital records of Jewish sites. The project’s name is Diarna, which means “our home” in Judeo-Arabic. As wars in the region destroy these sites, Guberman’s team is running out of time.
Around the World
• Iranian chess-playing siblings were dropped from the national team and banned from the country’s tournaments over Israel and modesty, Radio Free Europe reports.

The Iranian National Chess Team dismissed 18-year-old Dorsa Derakhshani for appearing at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2017, which ran from January 23 to February 2, without the Islamic head scarf that became compulsory in Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Her 15-year-old brother, Borna Derakhshani, was banned for playing against an Israeli opponent at the same event.
• St. Louis police are investigating the desecration of a 100-year-old Jewish cemetery. According to local reports, more than 100 gravestones were overturned or damaged by unknown vandals.

• Irish Times: A Trinity College Dublin event featuring Israeli Ambassador to Ireland Ze’ev Boker was cancelled after some 40 protesters from Students for Justice in Palestine managed to block the door to the venue.

• Bristol University is investigating claims of anti-Semitism after a lecturer said that Jews should stop ‘privileging’ the Holocaust.

Media Matters
• Irrespective of where you stand on Israel and Trump’s relationship with the Jewish state, the president has clear issues with truth and the media. I draw your attention to two compelling and well-articulated arguments to consider.

Dr. Deborah Lipstadt

• Esquire interviewed Dr. Deborah Lipstadt about why people believe Trump’s inaccuracies (at best) or dishonesty (at worst). Lipstadt touches on the power of denial, Trump’s mastery of it, and of course, the media’s role.
When people began denying the Holocaust in the late-’80s and early-’90s many people said to me, “Well, look, I certainly believe the Holocaust, but Irving is a reputable person. Maybe there’s something to be said about gas chambers, maybe there’s certain questions about this, that, or the other.” It ends up with people doubting established facts. I’m not saying there is orthodoxy in every system—very few people agreed with Galileo—but things have to be checked, you need to validate your sources. The upshot though is that when you claim, say, the voting system is rigged, without any evidence, without any proof, you’re suggesting to people that the democratic system is corrupted and that their votes don’t count, and that is very dangerous.

You come out with a preconceived notion that it’s all rigged. Once you believe everything is rigged, then the truth doesn’t matter.
• Delivering the Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture (transcript or video) at UCLA, Wall St. Journal columnist Bret Stephens unpacks Trump’s problems with facts and why people accept the president’s behavior.

Stephens argues, among other things, that we have normalized Trump’s flippancy with the truth and allowed it to excite and entertain us. Further, we have lulled ourselves by adopting new metrics of judging the president and rationalizing his statements. Read the whole thing.



Commentary/Analysis
• Fascinating Minneapolis Star-Tribune op-ed by Palestinian Walid Issa. He opposes anti-BDS legislation being considered by Minnesota lawmakers, but he also opposes BDS.

It is extremely troubling that some activists measure my Palestinian pride by my level of support for their BDS movement. My love of Palestine cannot be measured by how much they want me to hate Israel.

Because I grew up in a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, when BDS advocates speak of hardships and human-rights violations, none of this is a surprise to me. I’ve lived it.

What, however, is really a surprise to me is that too many of these same activists are ignorant at best and dismissive at worst of the fact that many Palestinians manage to be creative, energetic and hopeful. We do Palestinians a terrible disservice if we look at them only as perpetual victims. We help no one when we blindly inflict pain on Israelis no matter what the collateral damage is to Palestinians.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Ruthie Blum: Nikki Haley’s first hurrah
– New York Sun (staff-ed): Haley’s comet
– Avi Issacharoff: Sorry Mr. Trump, 2-states is off the table
– Ben-Dror Yemini: The horrific one-state vision
– Bassam Tawil: The offer that turns the Gaza Strip into Singapore
– David Harris: Dear Irish Foreign Minister Charles Flanagan
– Anthony Bergin: A chance for Australia to forge stronger ties with Israel
– The Australian (staff-ed): Palestinian state by negotiation
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Islamic State in Sinai Fires Rockets at Israel
Israel Daily News Stream4 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Islamic State in the Sinai fired two rockets at Israel, landing in open areas and causing no damage. The rockets were fired hours after Islamic State claimed four jihadists were killed by what was claimed to be an Israeli drone strike.
An Egyptian military spokesman was quoted by the Jerusalem Post denying that Israel was responsible.
2. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Singapore for talks with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and President Tony Tan. More at the Jerusalem Post and Singapore’s Straits Times.
Singapore
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong welcomes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

3. Six Gazans accused of collaborating with Israel were sentenced to death by a Hamas court. According to the Times of Israel:

Three men were sentenced to hang by the permanent military court and death sentences for another three were upheld by the supreme military court, according to a statement on the Hamas-run Gaza Palestinian interior ministry website.

Sunday’s verdicts raise the number of people on death row to 10.
4. Eyeless in Gaza: HR Co-Sponsors New York Premiere Screening: It was a natural fit for HonestReporting’s New York office to partner with Eyeless in Gaza’s producer for a series of pre-release screenings in the Big Apple.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Israeli security services arrested an Israeli Arab from Taybeh accused of having links to Islamic State in Syria and planning terror attacks. Enas Haj-Yahia is said to have planned attack against soldiers on a Tel Aviv bus and distributed instructions on how to incorporate Sarin and other toxins in explosives. Details at Ynet.

• Worth reading: Ahead of Netanyahu’s arrival in Australia, Greg Sheridan of The Australian visited Beitar, Gush Etzyon and Maale Adumim and a raft of government officials to get a first-hand sense of the latest developments.

What is clear is that there is an enormous swirl of divergent Israeli opinion on how to move forward with all this. There is no consensus on the future but there is, among many, an openness to dialogue. From Wednesday, when Prime Minister Netanyahu arrives in Sydney, some of that dialogue will take place in Australia.
Maale Adumim
Maale Adumim

Around the World
• UK universities urged to tackle rising tide of campus anti-Semitism.

• This is satire. Journalists and news executives have permission to laugh too . . .


• At the University of Minnesota, a student was arrested for drawing a swastika in a residence hall. The Minnesota Daily student paper adds:

Since December, there have been seven reports — mirroring a national trend — of swastikas, neo-Nazi propaganda and other anti-Semitic graffiti at the University, according to the University’s Bias Response and Referral Network.
• The Israeli tech community is buzzing over reports that Apple bought a Tel Aviv-based startup developing facial recognition technology. Instead of typing a password into your phone, RealFace Technology’s software might let your phone simply recognize your face. Loved Michael Dickson‘s response.


Commentary/Analysis
• Tweet of the day from Professor Eugene Kontorovich on Haaretz‘s exclusive report of a secret Mideast summit that might have broken the peace logjam.


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

– Smadar Perry: Confused by Trump, silent Arab moderates must tighten ties with Israel
– David Suissa: Trump’s ‘two-state’ switch changes Israeli-Arab dynamics
– Jackson Diehl: Trump has a new idea for Middle East peace! Except it isn’t new at all.
– Elliott Abrams: A big deal?
– Moshe Arens: Two states, one state, no state
– Sima Kadmon: After his magical meeting with Trump, real life awaits Netanyahu
– Prof. Jeffrey Sachs: Contradictory promises led to a century of Mideast conflict
– Elliot Miller: Complacency towards the Far-Right will only help spread anti-Semitism on campus
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Will Israel Apartheid Week Breach UK Definition of Anti-Semitism?
Israel Daily News Stream4 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. British university chiefs were put on notice that Israel Apartheid Week activities hosted on campus run afoul of a definition of anti-Semitism that was adopted by UK Prime Minister Theresa May in December. The Jewish News quoted Michael McCann, director of Israel-Britain Alliance:

He added that, as of December, when Theresa May said Britain would adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism, any support for IAW should be seen as anti-Semitic.

“That definition gives examples of how anti-Semitism manifests itself in the context of the state of Israel,” he said. “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, for example, by claiming that the existence of a state of Israel is a racist endeavor, and applying double standards to the Jewish state by requiring of it a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation. The charge that Israel is an apartheid state breaches the definition and is anti-Semitic.”
Meanwhile, in an unusual criticism, Israel’s ambassador to Moscow blamed Russia for blocking wider international adoption of that anti-Semitism definition.

2. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump “agreed to form a team to examine the Jewish settlement enterprise in the West Bank,” reports Ynet. Indeed, in his meeting with Pence, a “mechanism for coordination on settlements” was discussed, along with recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, countering UN bias against the Jewish state, and Jonathan Pollard.

3. Is there any truth behind reports of Hezbollah’s “game-changing weapons” provided by Iran? Or is it Hezbollah disinformation? Check out MEMRI‘s latest assessment of the Lebanese media as well as related Times of Israel coverage and draw your own conclusions. Meanwhile, an Arab report picked up by Ynet indicate that the Arab world is warning Hezbollah not to go looking for a fight with Israel. Why?

According to the report, Arab states believe that the new US administration of Donald Trump could help Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recruit the countries in the region against Hezbollah.
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4. Success: Cambridge Dictionary No Longer Cites Tel Aviv as Israel’s Capital: Thank you to all of our readers who took the time to write to Cambridge University Press.

5. Time Op-Ed: “Equality” Means No Jewish State: When you resort to fabrication and twisting reality to advocate for an end to the Jewish state, maybe you’re just plain wrong.

6. A Journalist’s Blind Hatred of Israel: A chief political correspondent unleashes a hate-filled attack on Israel in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Israel and the Palestinians
• After Trump cast doubt on the future of the two-state solution, Big Media gauged the reactions of Israelis, Palestinians, Arabs and wonks.

• Netanyahu departs for state visits to Singapore and Australia today. The Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel preview the PM’s agenda.


Singapore

• Haaretz: John Kerry offered Netanyahu a regional peace plan in a secret 2016 summit with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi.

Netanyahu did not accept Kerry’s proposal and said he would have difficulty getting it approved by his governing coalition. Still, the Aqaba summit was the basis for the talks that began two weeks later between Netanyahu and opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) on establishing a unity government.

Details about the summit and the plan emerged from conversations between Haaretz and former senior officials in the Obama administration who asked to remain anonymous. The Prime Minister’s Bureau refused to comment.
Later in the day, Netanyahu confirmed to Likud party cohorts that the meeting occurred and that he initiated it.

• Palestinians Target Need for Media Reform.


Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman at the Munich Security Conference.

• Addressing the Munich Security Conference, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, called for moderate Arab states — especially Saudi Arabia — to stand together with Israel against Iran’s nuclear program.

The Times of Israel notes that a government minister representing Saudi Arabia remained in the room during Liberman’s talk, which was followed by an onstage Q+A with the BBC’s Lyse Doucet. The whole thing is on video. More at Reuters.

Somehow, Liberman and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif were originally scheduled to share a stage before conference organizers changed the schedule.

Around the World
• A hoax bomb threat against the Israeli consulate in Miami forced a brief evacuation of the New World Tower, where the mission is located. Local police said they received a call saying a bomb had been planted in the consulate itself. The Miami Herald adds:

Miami Beach’s Jewish Community Centers received bomb threats on Jan. 18 and, along with Alper Jewish Community Center and several other JCCs around the nation, on Jan. 9.
McGill• Tensions remain high at McGill University after the Student Society of McGill University (SSMU) called for the resignation of Igor Sadikov. Sadikov, a student politician raised a firestorm on the Montreal campus over his “punch a Zionist” tweet.

The statement came after the McGill administration warned the SSMU that by not demanding Sadikov’s resignation, the student society would be in violation of its own constitution, triggering serious financial consequences, the McGill Daily reported.

Sadikov, by the way, took another stab at an apology.

• After asking Trump about anti-Semitism in the US, the scolding Ami magazine’s Jake Turx certainly made him famous. Discussing the incident with Fox News, Turx defended the president. But with Turx’s question unanswered, the Washington Post took a closer look at anti-Semitism in the US.

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

– Raphael Ahren: Despite Trump’s indifference, the two-state solution isn’t dead… yet
– Ben Lynfield: Arab states unlikely to clash with Trump over two-state solution
– Dennis Ross: The road to peace
– Alan Dershowitz: Trump: Palestinians must earn a two state solution
– Jonathan Schanzer and Mark Dubowitz: Standing with Israel on the Golan Heights (click via Twitter)
– Zvi Hauser: The Golan in return for Iran
– Uri Heitner: Recognize Israeli sovereignty in Golan Heights



Mt. Hermon
Mt. Hermon, in the Golan Height
– Amb. Ron Prosor: Israel welcomes the return of the US superpower under Donald Trump
– Rep. Glenn Grothman: Trump right to block Palestine funds
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: The case of disappearing support
– Irwin Cotler: The UN, Salam Fayyad and Israel
– Daniel Gordis: Netanyahu feels at home in the White House
– Jennifer Rubin: What is Trump’s Israel policy?
– Bernard Avishai: Benjamin Netanyahu’s art of avoidance
– Gershom Gorenberg: Netanyahu doesn’t think Trump has a Jewish problem. And that’s a problem.
– Roger Cohen: One-state, two-state blues
– New York Daily News (staff-ed): Netanyahu shines a bright light on the obstacles to a lasting peace
– The Age (staff-ed): The bitter obstacles on the path to peace


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– Amos Harel: Can Israel really beat Hamas or Hezbollah?
– Dr. Mordechai Kedar: New leader, same old terror
– Giulio Meotti: Scandinavia: The West’s citadel of anti-Semitism

• For a sense of what the critics are saying, see Daoud Kuttab, Robert Fisk and James Zogby.
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Trump Casts Doubt on Two-State Solution
Israel Daily News Stream8 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. In a joint press conference (see transcript or video) with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump cast doubt on the future of the two-state solution as a cornerstone of Mideast diplomacy.

So I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. (Laughter.) I’m very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.

I thought for a while the two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two. But honestly, if Bibi and if the Palestinians — if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best.
In response, Palestinian leaders insisted they remain committed to the two-state solution.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump

2. Trump also called on Israel to “hold back on settlements.” Netanyahu later told reporters at the Blair House he would “examine” the possibility of a settlement freeze, (or perhaps a settlement slowdown), but there would be no restrictions on Jewish building in Jerusalem.

The prime minister also said Israel does not intend to annex the West Bank.

See below for more related news and commentary.

3. Court ruling forces German convent to exhibit Nazi artist.

4. Cambridge Dictionary Redefines Israel’s Capital: While Tel Aviv may be one of the Mideast’s most cosmopolitan cities, it is not Israel’s capital.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Most Israelis, plurality of Palestinians still favor two states according to a new poll.

• If you’re trying to get a better handle on the possible peace scenarios, see this AP run-down of alternatives to the two-state solution.

• Netanyahu called on Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

• Although Palestinian officials confirmed that CIA chief Mike Pompeo has already met with Mahmoud Abbas to discuss diplomatic matters, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat insisted that Palestinian leaders are still waiting to hear directly from the US.

Australian FM Julie Bishop

• One noteworthy reaction to the summit: Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop suggested that the two-state solution isn’t necessarily sacred. Echoing Trump’s remarks, she told Sky News Australia:

However Foreign Affairs minister Julie Bishop told Sky News if the Israelis and the Palestinians could come to a one-state solution the world should recognise that.

‘If they can come up with another solution that they were prepared to live with that ensured that the Israelis and the Palestinians could live side by side, live together behind internationally recognised boundaries then of course the world should support that,’ she said.

‘What we need is for the Palestinians to recognise that the state of Israel exists and will continue to exist.’
• World leaders warning not to drop the two-state solution so far include UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit.

• For more on the meeting see the Times of Israel, CNN, and the New York Times.

• The Fatah party’s Central Committee chose Abbas confidante Mahmoud Al-Aloul as deputy party leader. According to Reuters, it’s unclear whether the 67-year-old Aloul could potentially succeed Abbas as president of the Palestinian Authority.

Around the World
• The European Jewish Press reports that anti-Israel MEPs have called on the European Parliament to freeze the EU-Israel Association Agreement over settlement construction.

• Poll positions:

– Gallup: Israel Maintains Positive Image in U.S.
– Pew: Jews are best-liked religious group in America


• Following Disney, YouTube cancels PewDiePie show over anti-Semitic videos.

• The Jewish Chronicle reports that Jewish students recently fought off BDS motions at Ulster University in Northern Ireland and City University in London.

Commentary/Analysis
• Everybody’s reading the tea leaves of the White House summit:

– Herb Keinon: From Obama to Trump, a change in tone and substance
– Yair Rosenberg: Experts have been proposing alternatives to the two-state solution for years. Will Trump consider them?
– David Horovitz: Allowing Trump’s talk of a one-state solution to go unchallenged, Netanyahu fails Israel
– Nahum Barnea: Netanyahu’s unforgivable statement in White House meeting
– Tovah Lazaroff: Did Trump just nix the idea of a two-state solution?
– Jonathan Tobin: The two-solution: Does Trump’s indifference matter?
– Barak Ravid: Trump-Netanyahu meeting: Ignorance, contradictions and empty talk of a deal
– Annika Hernroth-Rothstein: New era in Israel-US relations
– Amb. Daniel Shapiro: Making sense of the strange Trump-Netanyahu meeting

Fortune teller reading tea leaves

– Shmuel Rosner: Trump killed the Two-state theology. That’s good.
– Ron Kampeas: Trump and Netanyahu: What exactly are friends for?
– Benny Avni: ‘Whatever’: Trump’s not-bad Rx for Mideast peace
– Amira Hass: Despite Trump’s statements, Abbas and Palestinians get another reprieve
– Jake Novak: Why Trump is right to back away from the ‘two-state solution’ in the Middle East
– Alan Johnson: Why Netanyahu must stand up to Israel’s right
– Peter Beaumont: Decades of Middle East diplomacy thrown away in one Trump sentence
– Allison Kaplan Sommer: Trump blew chance to denounce anti-Semitism, Netanyahu bailed him out with a kosher stamp


• Staff editorials also weighed in on the meeting:

– Washington Post: The president makes a dubious shift on Israel
– New York Times: Inching toward a one-state solution?
– Los Angeles Times: Trump just casually demolished the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

• For a sense of what the Israel-bashers are saying about the summit, see Omar Barghouti and Robert Fisk.

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

– Mitchell Bard: Why do anti-Semites get to define anti-Semitism?
– Giora Eiland: Gaza: The carrot, the stick and the narrative
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinian assault on freedoms
– Yaakov Katz: What Israel needs: Weapons dominance

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White House Official: Two-State Solution Not a Condition for Peace
Backspin3 mins ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. A White House official briefing pool reporters ahead of President Donald Trump’s meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that a two-state solution isn’t a condition for Israeli-Palestinian peace. More on that at Ynet, the Times of Israel and Associated Press. The story is based wholly on an anonymous source, so caution is advised. (Here are some practical tips for judging anonymous sources in the news.)

“A two-state solution that doesn’t bring peace is not our goal that anybody wants to achieve,” the official said in a briefing with reporters Tuesday night. “Peace is the goal. Whether it comes in the form of a two-state solution, if that’s what the parties want, or something else, if that’s what the parties want, we’re going to help them.”
2. A ransom deal to release an Israeli arrested for murder in an Arab country is falling through. Ben Hassin, a Canadian-Israeli Jew, killed a taxi driver who discovered he was Jewish and threatened to turn him over to Islamic State. According to Israel HaYom, the taxi driver’s family is no longer interested in a sulha (blood money), although Hassin’s family raised $120,000 through crowdfunding efforts.

Last week an aid group reportedly considered returning donations to secure his release, as they could not locate an official responsible for taking the money and verifying the existence of such a deal.

According to reports, Hassin entered the unidentified Arab country around two years ago to visit his grandparents, who still live there. During his visit, he volunteered to join a local militia that was fighting the Islamic State group, and was issued a personal firearm. While on family leave, Hassin took a cab and, during the ride, conversed in Hebrew on his cellphone.


3. US seeks testimony of PFLP terrorists in trial over alleged Shin Bet torture. Prosecutors want to prove that Rasmea Yousef Odeh lied to US immigration officials about her role in a 1969 Jerusalem supermarket bombing that killed two people. Odeh says she is innocent and that her confession was the result of Shin Bet torture.

Odeh served 10 years of a life term before being released in a 1980 prisoner swap. Her retrial begins on May 16.
Israel and the Palestinians
• With the US national security team in disarray after Michael Flynn’s resignation, can Trump and Netanyahu get in sync on Iran during today’s summit? The Jerusalem Post reports:

Netanyahu will be the first foreign leader to experience the National Security Council’s dysfunction firsthand. He enters Wednesday’s meetings hoping to secure assurances from Trump that he will act more aggressively than his predecessor to counter Iran’s malign activities. He also plans to discuss the longterm dangers built in to an international deal governing Iran’s nuclear program.

The Israeli premier hopes to establish redlines for what Iranian actions would trigger US counteractions, such as additional sanctions.
Flynn resigned after it was revealed he misled White House officials about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to Washington.

Come to think of it, Israel has no national security chief either.

• The New York Times takes a closer look at the Trump administration’s emerging “outside-in” approach to Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. And what exactly is the outside-in approach?

The Trump administration plans to focus on an “outside-in” approach, meaning that Israel would first pursue agreements with Arab countries to help solve the conflict with the Palestinians.

But that is a long shot, experts say, given some of the crises gripping the region: Saudi Arabia is mired in a war in Yemen; Egypt is reeling from economic and security concerns; and Jordan is focused on securing its borders with Iraq and Syria.
This may help explain why The Media Line reports Jordan is poised to raise its profile in the peace process.

• As Andy Warhol might’ve put it, one day, everybody’s going to be a Mideast peace envoy for 15 minutes. Israeli Ambassador to Stockholm Isaac Bachman confirmed it.


• The Christian Science Monitor takes the pulse of the settler movement.

Commentary/Analysis
• Plenty of commentary on today’s summit:

– Yishai Fleisher: A settler’s view of Israel’s future
– Daniel Shapiro: What does Trump want from Netanyahu?
– James Sorene: Netanyahu is a man in search of a legacy – Trump might just give it to him
– Jonah Goldberg: Don’t call the Israeli-Palestinian dispute the ‘Middle East conflict’
– Raphael Ahren: 2 states or not 2 states, that is the question when Netanyahu meets Trump
– Max Singer: A step towards Mideast peace: Tell the truth (click via Twitter)
– Jonathan Tobin: Is Trump heading down the rabbit hole of Mideast peace?
– Tom Friedman: President Trump, will you save the Jews?
– Robert Danin: President Trump: Peace processor
– Joel Fishman: The delusion of the “two-state solution”
– Ami Ayalon, Gilead Sher and Orni Petruschka: For Israel’s sake, stop settlements
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UN Warns Lebanon Not to Arm Hezbollah
Israel Daily News Stream1 second ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. The UN warned Lebanon not to arm Hezbollah after Lebanese President Michel Aoun told Egyptian media

“As long as the Lebanese army is not strong enough to battle Israel … we feel the need for its existence,” Aoun told the Egyptian TV network CBC on Sunday night. He added that Hezbollah “has a complementary role to the Lebanese army.”
UN coordinator Sigrid Kaag took to Twitter to remind Aoun that UN Security Council resolution 1701 prohibits Lebanon from arming the Iran-backed terror group.

2. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington for his meeting with President Donald Trump, which may be overshadowed by the abrupt resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

According to Haaretz, Flynn played the central role in preparing the summit and its agenda. As for the agenda itself, AP had the most thorough look at what the leaders are expected to discuss tomorrow.

Flynn resigned after it was revealed he misled White House officials about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to Washington.

3. The UCLA Daily Bruin apologized for a tawdry anti-Semitic cartoon. Although the cartoon was removed from the Daily Bruin’s web site, students and alumnus like, for example, Nathan Soleimani continued to debate it.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Thumbs up to the New York Times for the most thorough piece I’ve seen yet on Hamas’s new Gaza strongman, Yahye Sinwar.

• A Palestinian woman lit herself on fire after PA security forces confiscated her family’s vending stalls in the West Bank town of Tulkarem. According to the Jerusalem Post:

When police officers told the woman’s son and husband that they must relocate their stalls to one of the deAsignated locations, they hit the officers, Zreikat said, prompting the police to arrest them and confiscate the stalls. Shortly thereafter, the woman set herself ablaze.
• According to the Daily Telegraph, Israel quietly withdrew its Ambassador to Egypt, David Govrin, towards the end of 2016 over unspecified security concerns.

The ambassador is currently working from Jerusalem and the Israeli government hopes that he will be able to return to his post soon.
• The changing face of Israeli media:


Around the World
• German news agency ‘regrets’ reporting anti-Semitic conspiracy against Trump.

• If you want to see how badly campus discourse has sunk, check out The McGill Daily‘s coverage of a moronic student council meeting discussing a “punch a Zionist today” tweet that has the Montreal campus in an uproar.

Unfortunately, there’s a bigger picture lacking from the student paper’s report, probably because “The Daily maintains an editorial line of not publishing pieces which promote a Zionist worldview.” So better overall coverage at the National Post and JTA.

• BDS crowds disrupted Israeli UN envoy Danny Danon’s lecture at Columbia U., prompting this tweet of the day from Eli Lake.


• The British government issued new measures to prevent local councils from boycotting Israel, the Jewish Chronicle reports.

• Disney severed ties with YouTube star PewDiePie over his anti-Semitic posts. The move came after the Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter) raised questions about anti-Semitic imagery and Nazi references in his videos.





• Rabbi’s expulsion rattles Russian Jews fearful of Kremlin crackdown.

• AP offers some nice practical tips for spotting fake news. Some things are so obvious we take them for granted, forget about them, then wonder what we were thinking when we wasted time on — or shared — a fake story.

Commentary/Analysis
• Worth reading: Journalist Hunter Stuart describes how his views on the Mideast conflict changed after spending a year in Israel. He arrived shortly before the outbreak of the “Knife Intifada.” (Hat tip: Tom Gross.)


• World Press Photo awarded Turkish photographer Burhan Ozbilici of AP with the photo of the year for an undeniably gripping image: Mevlut Mert Altintas standing over the body of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov, who he assassinated at an Ankara art gallery.

If you’re concerned with how the fight against Islamic terror plays out in the media, you should consider a compelling dissent by Stuart Franklin, who chaired the 2017 World Press Photo award jury.

Placing the photograph on this high pedestal is an invitation to those contemplating such staged spectaculars: it reaffirms the compact between martyrdom and publicity.

• Plenty of commentary about today’s Trump-Netanyahu jaw-jaw time:

– Bret Stephens: Mideast rules for Jared Kushner (click via Twitter)
– Gil Hoffman: 10 tips for a successful Netanyahu-Trump summit
– David Horovitz: With Trump, on Israel (and lots of other stuff), you just don’t know
– Aluf Benn: Weak and totally dependent on Trump, Netanyahu will have to tiptoe in Washington
– David Makovsky: What will Netanyahu discuss with Trump?
– Alan Dershowitz: Trump welcomes Netanyahu
– Yaakov Katz: Which Trump will Netanyahu meet on Wednesday?
– Ruthie Blum: The art of the ‘no deal’ with the PA
– Steven Simon, Aaron David Miller: Can this ‘special relationship’ be saved?
– Senators Dianne Feinstein and Martin Heinrich: Two-state solution crucial for Mideast peace
– New York Times (staff-ed): A new beginning for Israel and the US

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

– Dr. Reuven Berko: A ‘certified’ terrorist leader
– Yoram Ettinger: Can Israel rely on foreign peacekeepers and security guarantees?
– Benny Avni: UN erupts in uproar after Trump vetoes high post for ex-premier of ‘Palestine’
– Yoram Schweitzer: The rocket attack on Eilat: Why now?
– Amb. Alan Baker: “The two-state solution”: What does it really mean?

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BDS Leaders of Matisyahu Boycott to Go on Trial
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Nine BDS leaders in Spain are going on trial “for the boycott and harassment of Jewish American singer Matisyahu in the summer of 2015.” The Jewish-American singer’s performance at a Spanish reggae festival was cancelled — then reinstated — when boycott activists sought to force him to issue a pro-Palestinian statement as a condition of performing. According to the Jerusalem Post:

If found guilty, the nine BDS leaders, who face charges of incitement to hatred and discrimination, could face jail time.
After the Rototom Sunsplash festival initially dropped him, we wrote that BDS May Regret Getting Matisyahu Banned from Festival.

Matisyahu
Matisyahu

2. The Hamas politburo reportedly elected Yahya Sinwar as the new Gaza leader. He will replace Ismail Haniyeh, who is expected to become the terror organization’s supreme leader, succeeding the retiring Khaled Mashaal.

Sinwar was one of the 1,027 Palestinian terrorists released in the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange. Israeli media reports yesterday described him as “an extremist, even in the context of his organization” who is likely behind Hamas’s growing ties with Islamic State in the Sinai. More at the Times of Israel and Ynet.

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3. Cooperation between Hezbollah and the Lebanese army is more open than it used to be. AP quoted Lebanese President Michel Aoun defending Hezbollah arms. More importantly, the Times of Israel examines what this means for the IDF:

The coordination between Hezbollah and the Lebanese army is turning into an almost strategic development that will require Israel to put a great deal of energy and thought into figuring out what to do about the Lebanese army in the next war.

The next time Israel fights the terror group, will the Lebanese army join in the battle against Israel? Will it transfer arms to Hezbollah? Or will it stand on the sidelines for fear of the enormous damage that it could suffer at the hands of the Israel Defense Forces?




4. ‘Busloads of Ukrainian Settlers’?: When an op-ed fails to disclose the background of a Palestinian “cartographer,” truth gets wiped off the map.

5. Australian Ambassador Attacked For Doing His Job: An Australian journalist attacks an ambassador and The Israel Project, falsely claiming they work to promote Israeli settlements.

6. Video: UN to Israel: Give Land to ISIS! Wait, what? Security Council resolution 2334 technically requires Israel to give land to Islamic State?





7. If you’re in the New York area, HonestReporting and The Philos Project invite you to attend the New York premiere screening of the award-winning film Eyeless in Gaza. This award-winning documentary follows journalists who covered the 2014 Gaza conflict, exposing the biased narrative told by international media through authentic footage, and interviews of journalists who reported the conflict.

Date: Monday, Feb. 13 (tonight!)
Time 7:00 p.m.
Where: The King’s College, 56 Broadway, New York, NY 10004
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Following the screening, Linda Scherzer, former Mideast correspondent for CNN, will moderate a discussion between Robert Magid, executive producer of Eyeless in Gaza, and Professor Paul Glader, who leads the journalism initiative at King’s College. The three will share their analysis and perspectives on the film. Watch the trailer.







Israel and the Palestinians
• German Chancellor Angela Merkel cancelled an upcoming summit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. While the official reason given was because Germany’s September elections, sources told Haaretz that her dissatisfaction with the Knesset’s contentious settlement regulation bill also factored into her decision. The annual German-Israeli summit was due to be held in May in Jerusalem.

• As Netanyahu flies off to Washington, the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times preview what’s in store for his meeting with Trump.

• Repairs took almost two years to complete after it was badly damaged by Jewish arsonists, but the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes re-opened with an interfaith gathering of Christian, Jewish and Islamic leaders, President Reuven Rivlin and other dignitaries. Three Jewish extremists were indicted for the attack on the Tabgha church, located on the shores of the Galilee.

Church of the Multiplication
Panorama image of the Church of the Multiplication

• A Knesset committee advanced a revised version of the “muezzin bill.” The legislation under consideration would ban the use of loudspeakers for religious purposes between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. with violators being fined NIS 10,000 ($2,600), according to the Times of Israel.

• Hamas operative killed in tunnel collapse on Monday.

• Israel’s Foreign Ministry placed permanent exhibit at the UNESCO headquarters. Ynet explains what it is and why it matters:

The exhibit features a replica of the Menorah and the scene depicted on the Arch of Titus of the spoils from the Second Temple being carried into exile to Rome; project is part of initiative to combat attempts to deny Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

• Memo to AFP: If you’re going to do a story about what it’s like to be an Israeli Arab member of the Knesset, at least acknowledge that that there are MKs beyond the Joint List. Do Eswaj Frej (Meretz), Zouheir Bahloul (Zionist Camp), Ayoob Kara (Likud) and Hamad Amar (Israel Beiteinu) count for nothing because they would ruin your spin?

• Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic books are being sold on Amazon.

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

– Aaron David Miller: Why Trump’s love affair with Netanyahu won’t last
– Amos Harel: On Iran, Netanyahu may not get what he wants from Trump
– Prof. Hillel Frisch: Dispelling the myth that Israel is the largest beneficiary of US military aid
– Michael Freund: Europe’s occupation hypocrisy
– Colin Rubinstein: Ignore Palestinians’ gripe, Jerusalem is the capital
– New York Post (staff-ed): When foreign govs meddle in Israeli politics

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ISIS Fires Rockets at Eilat, Mysterious Explosion Rocks Gaza Tunnel
Israel Daily News Stream32 mins ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Four rockets were fired at Eilat from the Sinai. Islamic State in the Sinai claimed responsibility and promised more attacks.

Three of the rockets were intercepted by Iron Dome; the fourth landed in an open area.

Footage out of #Eilat as several projectiles are fired towards #Israel's southern resort city which borders #Jordan and #Egypt's #Sinai pic.twitter.com/q8xpN0Tf14
— Anna Ahronheim (@AAhronheim) February 8, 2017
2. Possibly related to the rocket barrage, there was an explosion in a smuggling tunnel under the Gaza-Egypt on Wednesday night, reportedly killing two Palestinians and injuring five more. Hamas claimed the explosion was caused by an Israeli air strike, a claim the IDF denied. Ynet writes:

However, a Palestinian security official later told Ynet that while the tunnel that was attacked was indeed used for smuggling weapons, the explosion took place, most likely, as a result of an Egyptian attack or an internal explosion while weapons were being transferred through it.
So, asks the Times of Israel, Whodunnit?

3. Israeli Arab MK Haneen Zoabi has offered to help the International Criminal Court indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the contentious settlement law passed earlier this week. More at the Jerusalem Post.

4. Fighting BDS – Tips and Strategies: Check out our slideshare for advice on how you can combat the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.



Fighting BDS – Tips and Strategies from HonestReporting
Israel and the Palestinians
• The Palestinians fear being sidelined by the Trump administration and are mulling worst-case financial scenarios.

Senior Palestinian officials worry that Trump administration could force Ramallah representatives to negotiating table with threat of pulled funding.
• Israel uncovered a West Bank-Gaza terror cash pipeline in which couriers smuggled debit cards to Hamas and Islamic Jihad. More at the Times of Israel.

• The IDF struck an unspecified target in Syria after a tank fired a round into the Israel-controlled Golan Heights. AP coverage.

• The juxtaposition of these two headlines makes me go hmmmm:

– Russia promises to keep weapons out of Hezbollah‘s hands.
– Hezbollah launches donation campaign: ‘Arm the Jihadist’

• Israeli diplomacy by the numbers, per Ynet:

102: Israeli diplomatic missions around the world
103: Palestinian diplomatic missions around the world
78: Countries where Israel has diplomatic representation
95: Countries where Palestinians have diplomatic representation
142: Iranian diplomatic missions around the world
1,941: Arab League and Iranian diplomatic missions around the world
4: Israeli missions closed for budgetary reasons in past year

• Israel apologized after a New Israel Fund senior staffer was delayed at Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday for ‘national security’ reasons.

• CNN: Venezuela may have given passports to people with ties to terrorism, especially Hezbollah.

• Israel made NIS 3b from exporting natural gas in 2016, according to Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz. And Israel has bigger ambitions, notes the Times of Israel:

“We have agreed with the energy ministers of Greece, Cyprus, and Italy about holding a summit in Israel, sponsored by the European Union, in order to begin discussions on building the longest underwater pipeline in the world, that will lead gas from the reservoirs to Italy and from there supply gas to Germany, Austria and other countries. Our goal is to supply ten percent of the European energy market,” Steinitz said.
Commentary/Analysis
• Worth reading: What happens when two Jews, a Greek Christian, and Annika Hernroth-Rothstein watch a Swedish news report from Gaza?

We’re so used to this treatment — the lies and distortions and constant barrage of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish reporting — that we’ve gotten too desensitized to feel the outrage it deserves. Watching that report from Gaza alongside a non-Jew, seeing his shock and comparing his reality to mine, made me see how bad it has become and what anomalies I refer to as my normal.
• UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer discussed with the Wall St. Journal a recent report which found that UNRWA teachers in Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria posting anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial and jihadist incitement on Facebook. Are they poisoning the minds of the Palestinian kids they teach?
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Haviv Rettig Gur: As Trump era begins, what does Israel actually want in the West Bank?
– Anna Ahronheim: Will Abbas ever sever his ‘sacred’ security cooperation with Israel?
– Alex Fishman: Hamas is hesitating, Israel is gambling
– Amos Harel: Israel’s aggressive tone could spark unwanted Gaza war
– David Horovitz: Netanyahu beware: Cheerleading for Trump risks Israel’s vital bipartisan US ties
– Emanuel Miller: Why do peace organizations rely on ‘alternative facts’?
– Dror Eydar: The Jewish state debate
– Bassam Tawil: The Islamic jihad and peace with Jews
– Jonathan Tobin: A false theatrical peace
– Dr. Reuven Berko: Hamas’ double game
– Shmuel Rosner: Shouldn’t Israel care about anti-Semitism?
– Jagdish Singh: Trump must bury anti-Semitic UN resolution
– Olli Heinonen: Iran’s missile tests reveal weaknesses of UN Security Council resolution

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Is a New Middle East War on Israel’s Horizon?
Israel Daily News Stream4 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1.Is a new Middle East war on Israel’s horizon? The BBC’s diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus crafts an in-depth analysis of the various players on and near to Israel’s northern and north-eastern borders. Hezbollah, Iran, Islamic State, Assad forces, Russia and a variety of other groups are variously competing and cooperating, each with different agendas and goals. This entire complexity has produced a kind of short term stability for Israel’s border, but the right set of events could lead to large scale war: not only for Israel but for the entire region. Worthwhile reading for anyone who enjoys speculating about the future.

2. Thousands hanged in Bashar Assad’s “torture prison” in Syria. An Amnesty International report says that the Saydnaya prison, also known as “The Slaughterhouse,” is the final destination for many of Syria’s political prisoners: a place of torture, rape, and an estimated 13,000 hangings in four years, carried out at a typical rate of 20 to 50 people per week. Many of the executions were carried out spontaneously in the middle of the night, sometimes after impromptu hearings or often with no judicial process at all, leading Amnesty International to label them as “extrajudicial killings.” Syria rejected the report as being untrue and the result of media being “misleading and inciting.”

3. Israel’s Bat-Sheva dance company is met with protests whenever it appears in the U.S. This time, however, the protesters are attempting to equate their anti-Bat-Sheva protests to anti-Trump protests. For an hour and a half before the show at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, NY, members of the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement could be heard shouting and cheering in protest against the modern dance troop. BDS logic holds that Israel is an “apartheid state,” that all things related to Israel must be banned everywhere in the world (except that they conveniently ignore medicine, technology, clean water, renewable energy and hundreds of other essentials), and now (apparently) that a dance troop and the American President are the same thing.

Israel and the Palestinians
•The Israeli based global brand SodaStream has announced that it will begin labeling its products with a prominently displayed Israeli flag and the message, “Made in Israel…by Arabs and Jews working side-by-side in peace and harmony.” HonestReporting readers may remember that SodaStream’s factory used to be located in the West Bank, giving easy access to hundreds of Palestinian workers, but moved to the Israeli Negev in the wake of pressure from anti-Israel BDS (Boycott Divestment & Sanctions) groups. The move cost hundreds of Palestinian jobs, an outcome that BDS spokespeople described as “worth it.” Nonetheless, the company has made a point of continuing to work with Arabs and Jews in its new facility, and now sees fit to let the world know in an especially prominent way. Asked if the company was concerned that the move might hurt its sales, CEO Daniel Birnbaum replied with my personal favorite quote, “We are not motivated by fear.”


The new Soda Stream label

• It is not recent news that Hamas has been coordinating with Islamic State on smuggling and other matters of mutual interest, but you may not have known that a number of elite Hamas commanders from its Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades have been defecting to instead become members of Islamic State as part of its operations in Egypt’s Sinai.

• In a dramatic statement to France’s Senate, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that Israeli settlements could result in an end to security cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. This is not the first time Palestinians have made such a threat, but actually carrying it out would make the Palestinian Authority government especially vulnerable to a takeover by Hamas and cause a general breakdown in the relative stability of the security situation in the West Bank.

Mideast Matters
• White House weighs designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group. This is significant because while other Iran linked groups have been declared terror organizations in the past, the IRGC is by far Iran’s most powerful security entity, which also has control over large stakes in Iran’s economy and huge influence in its political system.

• Even in the face of setbacks in strongholds like Mosul, ISIS continues its expansion: making major gains north Damascus where it captured three army bases from Syrian forces, as well as taking the strategically important town of al-Baza’ah from Turkish forces in northern Syria.

• Iran pulls missile from launchpad after apparent prep for launch, according to US officials. Coincidence? Or a result of some of the recent anti-missile pressure on Iran from the US and other world actors?

Commentary/Analysis
• Are Amona teenagers shifting Israel’s political climate to the right? The Atlantic’s Naomi Zeveloff thinks so. Hundreds of young people, many not even old enough to vote, showed up to protest last week’s evacuation of the outpost: in some cases fighting off Israeli police with tear gas, pepper spray, iron bars, and rocks. It’s unlikely that any truly expected to stop the evacuation or reverse the court decision, but they did intend to send a message to Israeli society. The question is: how will that message be received and what effect will it have in the weeks and months ahead?

• This week’s statement from the White House said both, “we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace,” and also that, “the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful.” So the question on some people’s minds: is President Trump in favor of settlements or against them? In his Boston Globe op-ed, Jeff Jacoby contends that unlike Obama, Trump simply isn’t obsessed with where Israel’s Jews live. Is his analysis correct? And if so, is that a good thing? In the meantime, Newsweek’s Marc Schulman points out that Israelis hold a variety of opinions on the question. Both analyses are worth a read, and a bit of thought.

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

–Charles Glass: How Assad is Winning
–Con Coughlin: Donald Trump must act to end Iran’s malign plan to seize control of the Middle East
–Tim Collard: China and the Middle East – a rapidly changing picture

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Knesset Legalizes Settlements
Israel Daily News Stream5 hours ago
Today\u2019s Top Stories
1. Israel\u2019s Knesset approves legislation retroactively legalizing certain settlements, but the issue isn\u2019t as simple as some headlines imply. Certain West Bank \u201Csettlements\u201D (which are typically called \u201Coutposts\u201D by Israelis) are actually illegal under Israeli law, if they are not properly approved and permitted by the Israeli government. One example is the recently evacuated Amona outpost. This new law would legalize such outposts provided they were built with a good-faith belief that the land does not already belong to a private Palestinian owner. This requirement is not as simple as it might seem: land records in the area are sometimes chaotic and frequently date back to the Ottoman era, with the use of fictitious names and absentee ownership a common and confusing factor.

Yet even more significantly, the law is widely expected to be struck down by Israel\u2019s Supreme Court, raising the possibility that this is more of a political maneuver than a serious change to Israeli law and policy. Some Palestinian leaders have called for international sanctions against Israel over this issue, calling it \u201Ctheft of the Palestinian lands\u201D and \u201Cagainst all international laws.\u201D


The Israeli Knesset

2. Israel targets Hamas sites in Gaza after attacks on Israel. In response to a rocket launched into southern Israel and gunfire toward Israeli troops patrolling in the area, Israel destroyed three Hamas training sites and a number of other unidentified targets. There were no casualties on either side. It is not clear whether the initial attack was by Hamas or some other armed group within Gaza. In general, Israel holds Hamas (as the ruling organization in Gaza) responsible for all attacks on Israel initiating from the strip.

IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said:

[the IDF] will not tolerate rocket fire toward civilians and will continue to ensure security and stability in the region.
3. EU to discuss Mideast peace with Trump officials. This is an event worth watching, because it will be the first direct and official engagement between the Trump administration and the international community on the issue of the Israeli/Palestinian peace process, as EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini heads to White House for a week of meetings.

4. UK resident and former HonestReporting Mission participant Stephen Franklin followed up on our complaint to the BBC and kept pushing until he got the appropriate correction: no, the Pope did not call Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas an \u201Cangel of peace.\u201D Good work Stephen, and congratulations: you\u2019re our Media Watchdog of the Week!

Mideast Matters
\u2022 Turkey detains more than 800 people in operation against Islamic State. A result of raids carried out in 29 cities, it is thought to be the largest operation by the Turkish authorities against the terror group. Islamic State has been implicated in a number of deadly attacks in Turkey in recent months.

\u2022 Prime Minister Netanyahu has welcomed new sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on Iran, saying its continued nuclear weapons program posed to a threat to the world and that Iran seeks to \u201Cconquer the Middle East.\u201D The timing of the statement is of particular importance due to Netanyahu\u2019s upcoming visit to Washington, his first meeting with Donald Trump since he became President. During the campaign, Trump had made seemingly contradictory statements indicating he would dismantle the JPCOA (commonly known as the \u201CIran Nuclear Deal\u201D) and also that he would that he would rigorously enforce the deal. Lately, President Trump\u2019s statements and actions have seemed to lean more toward enforcement. Will Netanyahu\u2019s visit result in further clarity?

\u2022 The former head of the global Christian charity World Vision in the Gaza Strip, Mohammad El-Halabi, pleaded not guilty in an Israeli court Thursday on charges that he funneled millions of dollars in charity money to the Palestinian terror group Hamas. When El-Halabi was first accused of wrongdoing by Israeli security forces last August, the matter shined an international spotlight on the sometimes destructive role that charities often play in supplying terror groups in the Gaza Strip. Former Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold estimated that El-Halabi \u201Cmanaged to transfer in the decade of his work at World Vision\u2026tens of millions of dollars,\u201D while Conny Lenneberg, World Vision\u2019s regional leader in the Middle East, says, \u201Cwe have seen no credible evidence to support those charges.\u201D

Around the World
\u2022 Ruthie Blum reports that a newly elected official in a local chapter of the UK Labour Party has accused the \u201CIsrael lobby\u201D of controlling the British government. Rebecca Massey, the Interim Chair of Central Hove, Brunswick and Adelaide, had also been using Twitter to call Israel \u201Cpathological\u201D and \u201Cbarbaric.\u201D As of the writing of this IDNS, Massey\u2019s Twitter account has been disabled, and her prior tweets no longer accessible. Britain\u2019s Labor Party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn has lately been the source of an ongoing series of anti-Semitic occurrences, statements and actions.

\u2022 Marine Le Pen, leader of France\u2019s National Front party, has announced a presidential bid. The Israeli Foreign Ministry and the French Jewish community have said that many of the party\u2019s activists, including some in senior positions, hold anti-Semitic views. The party\u2019s secretary general Nicolas Bay, on his visit to Israel, said the party was extending its hand to Israel and voiced hope that the Israeli government would end its policy of boycotting the National Front, explaining that his party merely wants to ensure the country\u2019s security and preserve its identity, \u201Cjust like Israel or the Trump administration.\u201D

\u2022 Thanks to HonestReporting reader Roger Radford (and journalist/author at www.rogerradford.com) for raising the question: does Amazon\u2019s Echo/Alexa system think that Hebrew is not an official Israeli language? Radford provided us with this video of the system in action.

Commentary/Analysis
\u2022 With the present and upcoming meetings between Israel\u2019s Netanyahu, the UK\u2019s May and the US\u2019s Trump, Jonathan Freedland examines some of the fine points of these various relationships. Even while pointing out that all three leaders share certain common interests, especially vis-à-vis the threat posed by Iran (more on this from the opinion section of The Telegraph), Freedland also expresses his opinion that Trump\u2019s volatile and unpredictable nature could cause him to be a less reliable ally than one might hope.

\u2022 It is apparently common in the UK that any association with Israel can create significant social tension, up to and including a sort of social vilification. Joshua Zitser, a British citizen who happens to have an Israeli father, explores this phenomenon through his personal experience.

\u2022 Here\u2019s what else I\u2019m reading today . . .

\u2013 AFP and Times of Israel: Khamenei tells Trump Iranian response to threats coming soon
\u2013 Greer Fay Cashman: Women and the Jihad: The motivation of female suicide bombers.
\u2013Emanuele Ottolenghi: How to handle Hezbollah in Latin America
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Iran Has 60 Percent More Uranium than Before the Nuclear Deal
Iran is building its nuclear stockpile and capabilities under the auspices of Obama’s nuclear deal.

Iran will have 60-percent more stockpiled uranium than it did prior to the controversial 2015 nuclear deal after a shipment of 149 tons of yellow cake arrives later this week.

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), announced that the import will be completed on Tuesday.

“The first of the four cargos of yellow cake was imported to Iran on January 26 and God willing, the fourth cargo will arrive in the country on Tuesday, February 7, and totally, 149 tons of yellow cake will be added to the country’s reserves,” Salehi told Iran’s Fars News on Monday.

Salehi claimed that Iran’s importing of 210 tons of yellow cake in the past year is concurrent with the implementation of the nuclear deal. “This 149 tons added to the 210 tons which had been imported before will make 359 tons, a part of which was received for the 3.5 percent enriched uranium that we had exported,” he said.

Under the nuclear accord, Iran’s import of uranium is supervised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“Our yellow cake reserves have increased nearly 60%,” Salehi added.

Low-enriched uranium can be used for civilian applications, including power generation and medical research. Highly enriched uranium can be used for nuclear weapons.

Iran and the world powers reached a nuclear deal in July 2015, which lifted sanctions against Tehran and set certain limitations on Tehran’s nuclear technology. Iran has the technology to enrich uranium.

Based on the deal, the Islamic Republic exported enriched UF6 and imported yellow cake from abroad.

By: United with Israel Staff



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http://honestreporting.com/idns-02072017-knesset-legalizes-settlements/
Knesset Legalizes Settlements
Israel Daily News Stream5 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Israel’s Knesset approves legislation retroactively legalizing certain settlements, but the issue isn’t as simple as some headlines imply. Certain West Bank “settlements” (which are typically called “outposts” by Israelis) are actually illegal under Israeli law, if they are not properly approved and permitted by the Israeli government. One example is the recently evacuated Amona outpost. This new law would legalize such outposts provided they were built with a good-faith belief that the land does not already belong to a private Palestinian owner. This requirement is not as simple as it might seem: land records in the area are sometimes chaotic and frequently date back to the Ottoman era, with the use of fictitious names and absentee ownership a common and confusing factor.

Yet even more significantly, the law is widely expected to be struck down by Israel’s Supreme Court, raising the possibility that this is more of a political maneuver than a serious change to Israeli law and policy. Some Palestinian leaders have called for international sanctions against Israel over this issue, calling it “theft of the Palestinian lands” and “against all international laws.”


The Israeli Knesset

2. Israel targets Hamas sites in Gaza after attacks on Israel. In response to a rocket launched into southern Israel and gunfire toward Israeli troops patrolling in the area, Israel destroyed three Hamas training sites and a number of other unidentified targets. There were no casualties on either side. It is not clear whether the initial attack was by Hamas or some other armed group within Gaza. In general, Israel holds Hamas (as the ruling organization in Gaza) responsible for all attacks on Israel initiating from the strip.

IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said:

[the IDF] will not tolerate rocket fire toward civilians and will continue to ensure security and stability in the region.
3. EU to discuss Mideast peace with Trump officials. This is an event worth watching, because it will be the first direct and official engagement between the Trump administration and the international community on the issue of the Israeli/Palestinian peace process, as EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini heads to White House for a week of meetings.

4. UK resident and former HonestReporting Mission participant Stephen Franklin followed up on our complaint to the BBC and kept pushing until he got the appropriate correction: no, the Pope did not call Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas an “angel of peace.” Good work Stephen, and congratulations: you’re our Media Watchdog of the Week!

Mideast Matters
• Turkey detains more than 800 people in operation against Islamic State. A result of raids carried out in 29 cities, it is thought to be the largest operation by the Turkish authorities against the terror group. Islamic State has been implicated in a number of deadly attacks in Turkey in recent months.

• Prime Minister Netanyahu has welcomed new sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on Iran, saying its continued nuclear weapons program posed to a threat to the world and that Iran seeks to “conquer the Middle East.” The timing of the statement is of particular importance due to Netanyahu’s upcoming visit to Washington, his first meeting with Donald Trump since he became President. During the campaign, Trump had made seemingly contradictory statements indicating he would dismantle the JPCOA (commonly known as the “Iran Nuclear Deal”) and also that he would that he would rigorously enforce the deal. Lately, President Trump’s statements and actions have seemed to lean more toward enforcement. Will Netanyahu’s visit result in further clarity?

• The former head of the global Christian charity World Vision in the Gaza Strip, Mohammad El-Halabi, pleaded not guilty in an Israeli court Thursday on charges that he funneled millions of dollars in charity money to the Palestinian terror group Hamas. When El-Halabi was first accused of wrongdoing by Israeli security forces last August, the matter shined an international spotlight on the sometimes destructive role that charities often play in supplying terror groups in the Gaza Strip. Former Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold estimated that El-Halabi “managed to transfer in the decade of his work at World Vision…tens of millions of dollars,” while Conny Lenneberg, World Vision’s regional leader in the Middle East, says, “we have seen no credible evidence to support those charges.”

Around the World
• Ruthie Blum reports that a newly elected official in a local chapter of the UK Labour Party has accused the “Israel lobby” of controlling the British government. Rebecca Massey, the Interim Chair of Central Hove, Brunswick and Adelaide, had also been using Twitter to call Israel “pathological” and “barbaric.” As of the writing of this IDNS, Massey’s Twitter account has been disabled, and her prior tweets no longer accessible. Britain’s Labor Party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn has lately been the source of an ongoing series of anti-Semitic occurrences, statements and actions.

• Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s National Front party, has announced a presidential bid. The Israeli Foreign Ministry and the French Jewish community have said that many of the party’s activists, including some in senior positions, hold anti-Semitic views. The party’s secretary general Nicolas Bay, on his visit to Israel, said the party was extending its hand to Israel and voiced hope that the Israeli government would end its policy of boycotting the National Front, explaining that his party merely wants to ensure the country’s security and preserve its identity, “just like Israel or the Trump administration.”

• Thanks to HonestReporting reader Roger Radford (and journalist/author at www.rogerradford.com) for raising the question: does Amazon’s Echo/Alexa system think that Hebrew is not an official Israeli language? Radford provided us with this video of the system in action.

Commentary/Analysis
• With the present and upcoming meetings between Israel’s Netanyahu, the UK’s May and the US’s Trump, Jonathan Freedland examines some of the fine points of these various relationships. Even while pointing out that all three leaders share certain common interests, especially vis-à-vis the threat posed by Iran (more on this from the opinion section of The Telegraph), Freedland also expresses his opinion that Trump’s volatile and unpredictable nature could cause him to be a less reliable ally than one might hope.

• It is apparently common in the UK that any association with Israel can create significant social tension, up to and including a sort of social vilification. Joshua Zitser, a British citizen who happens to have an Israeli father, explores this phenomenon through his personal experience.

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

– AFP and Times of Israel: Khamenei tells Trump Iranian response to threats coming soon
– Greer Fay Cashman: Women and the Jihad: The motivation of female suicide bombers.
–Emanuele Ottolenghi: How to handle Hezbollah in Latin America
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http://pulpitandpen.org/2016/02/05/beth-moore-predicts-god-will-unite-all-sectors-of-christendom/
Beth Moore Predicts God Will Unite All Sectors of Christendom
BY JEFF MAPLES · FEBRUARY 5, 2016

Pulpit & Pen has been covering evangelical darling, Beth Moore, for quite some time. While taking a lot of heat last year for claiming that God gave her a vision that Christians and Roman Catholics would be united, she has kept her head low and gone under the radar. Moore has been criticized for embracing Word of Fath pastrix, Joyce Meyer, and partnering with her for speaking engagements. She regularly preaches to crowds that include men, having no regard for the biblical role of women in the church.

Yet, Beth Moore, a Southern Baptist, has taken on a new show on the heresy television network known as TBN. She has doubled down on her ecumenical “vision from God.” Claiming that God is going to unite all “sectors of Christendom” in a new movement that’s going to change the way Christians do things, she says that “the old ways of doing things aren’t working anymore.”

In an interesting twist of scripture, she says that “we must come to God barren in order to miraculously conceive.” She then sets the stage for her revelation, proclaiming,

Do we want something that can only be conceived by the Holy Spirit? I believe if we stay apart…we will not see this downpouring. We’re so spread out that a drop is falling there and a drop is falling here. Until the body of Christ unites, there will be scattered showers on planet earth. But once we unite in common purpose to see salvation to the ends of the earth…now we’re talking.

She then asks the congregation to pray with her that,

God would begin to start working in such a way, in all sorts of streams and traditions throughout Christianity, that he would pick out key people, and he would cause them to have such a hunger, they cannot stand but to cry out to God to do it for them…What would happen if we began praying ‘God go throughout Christendom, into every denomination, every single sector, every single part all over the world, go in.

And then she gives her prophecy, that she “believes with all of her heart,”

I believe, that out of his great mercy, God is about to push this envelope with us…Listen, test the spirits and pray about this to see if it is so, but as clearly as I know how to discern what he has laid upon my heart I feel like I am bringing it to you as I understand it. But I think what we will see, if not now, very very soon, is him pushing this point with us, over and over and over, because I think it is very possible that what has satisfied you before will no longer satisfy you now.

Clearly, she doesn’t know how to discern, because while she is giving lip-service to measuring her words against Scripture, there is nowhere in Scripture that teaches that God is going to unite every branch or sector throughout Christendom. In fact, she mentions no Scripture at all to substantiate her revelation, in actuality, Scripture teaches the opposite (Romans 16:17). We can be clear that God has not laid this upon her heart. She is clearly teaching a false prophecy. While stirring up the audience’s emotions, you can see people shaking their heads, and almost in tears, while sucking up this garbage she’s spewing from her mouth. It’s very sad that so many people are being deceived by this liar, masquerading as an angel of light. God is not going to use false gospels in false “sectors of Christianity” like Roman Catholicism, to take salvation to the ends of the earth. God is not going to save people through a false Jesus.

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. – 2 Tim 4:3-4

Beth Moore is a false teacher.

See video:
Beth Moore Predicts God Is Going To Raise Up And Unite People From Every Sector In Christendom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqzxl4tKGd0

Israel/UK PMs Meet
Israel Daily News Stream2 mins ago

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Today’s Top Stories
1. Israel’s PM Netanyahu meets with UK PM Theresa May. In advance of his visit, the Israeli PM called for international unity in the face of the Iran threat, as Netanyahu seeks closer ties with the British government.

2. Iran holds military exercises in response to US sanctions.

3. Documents show Hezbollah targeted Israeli diplomats in Brazil in ’89.

Israel and the Palestinians
•Israel Takes Step Toward Allowing Export of Medical Marijuana. An Israeli government committee gave an initial nod on Sunday for the export of medical marijuana in what could be a windfall for companies in Israel, widely regarded as a leader in research in the field.

• It appears that the new US administration is not seeking ties with the Palestinian Authority government, at least not in a hurry.

• 3 Palestinians accused of arson in November West Bank fire. A the time of the fire there was much speculation as to perpetrators and motives, but we are now beginning to see formal charges, as investigations unfold.

Around the World
•UC Riverside student government votes to remove Sabra hummus from dining service. The removal was requested because the Sabra company’s joint owner is the Israel-based Strauss Group, which allegedly supports the Israeli military. The resolution was supported by the campus organization Students for Justice in Palestine, but it is not enforceable, and the UC Riverside administration says it has no plans to remove the hummus.

•The Israeli company that built a wall around Gaza wants to build Donald Trump’s wall on the Mexican border. Magal Security Systems presented its hi-tech Fiber Patrol product at a conference on border security, attended by officials from the US Department of Homeland Security. Bad press, good press or just business?

Commentary/Analysis
•Trump wants to push back against Iran, but Iran is now more powerful than ever.

• Outgoing chief West Bank prosecutor Maurice Hirsch says that intelligence data predicts a Hamas takeover in the West Bank.

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

–Jay Solomon: Trump Administration Looks at Driving Wedge Between Russia and Iran
–Associated Press: Iran’s nuclear chief says it will have 60 percent more stockpiled uranium than it did prior to the landmark 2015 agreement with world powers
–The Economist: Despite the urging of allies, the kingdom is curbing its regional ambitions
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White House: Israeli Settlements Not an Impediment to Peace
Israel Daily News Stream5 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. The White House released a statement on settlement construction: essentially supporting building within existing settlements while gently criticizing the construction of new settlements, or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders, saying that such construction “may not be helpful.” (Despite construction within settlements and “natural growth” of existing settlements, Israel has not actually built a new settlement in 25 years).

The Washington Post calls the announcement “surprising” because it seems to contradict the expectation that President Trump would lend blanket support to all settlement construction. Alon Pinkas, a former senior Israeli diplomat and top government aide called the statement a “slight departure” from prior US policy and Israel’s UN ambassador Danny Danon called the shift “not…a U-turn.”

Many headlines portrayed the statement as an American “warning” to Israel against settlements (take this AP story for example). However, Northwestern University professor and international law expert Eugene Kontorovich disagreed, calling the statement:

…a huge change of policy, in which the U.S. broadly accepts all building within settlements, including those settlements outside of “blocs.” This is huge.

Especially noteworthy is that the policy statement includes the phrase “we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace,” which does indeed seem to be a significant change from prior US policy which has referred to settlements as “illegitimate” and “obstacles to peace,” as well as a departure from the international consensus opinion which is that settlements are outright illegal. It will be interesting to see whether other countries follow the White House lead on this, or remain consistent to their prior opinions.

Here is the full White House statement:

The American desire for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians has remained unchanged for 50 years. While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal. As the President has expressed many times, he hopes to achieve peace throughout the Middle East region. The Trump administration has not taken an official position on settlement activity and looks forward to continuing discussions, including with Prime Minister Netanyahu when he visits with President Trump later this month.
2. Before a joint subcommittee hearing today of the US Congress concerning the UN, Israel, and the Palestinians, the director of the independent monitoring group UN Watch will testify and present a new report showing 40 alarming new cases of UNRWA school teachers in Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria whose Facebook pages incite to Jihadist terrorism and anti-Semitism, including by posting Holocaust-denying videos and pictures celebrating Hitler. Read the complete report HERE.

3. MKs prepare to vote on a bill that would decrease funding to academic institutions in Israel that employ professors who support academic boycotts of Israel abroad. The bill was proposed by Yisrael Beytenu MK Oded Forer who says:

Israeli professors have unfortunately become the voices for BDS campaigns…they take advantage of their stature to call for boycotts of the State of Israel, while they are receiving salaries from the state. These professors have been spitting into the well they drink from for too long, and now is the time to stop it.

4. Success! HonestReporting prompts correction in the Sydney Morning Herald. It’s (sadly) not so unusual for a newspaper to refer to Tel Aviv as if it were the capital of Israel. But when faced with the facts, the Sydney Morning Herald actually refused to back down, seeming to imply that newspaper editors (and not countries) get to decide capitals. An HonestReporting petition and official complaint to the Australian Press Council finally produced the appropriate result. One person alone might not make a difference, but thousands together can!

Israel and the Palestinians
•Hamas refuses to swap Israeli civilian for imprisoned operative: the Palestinian Hamas terror group reportedly rejected an Israeli offer for a prisoner exchange, under which Israel would release a mentally ill Hamas member it is holding in return for an Israeli civilian imprisoned in the Gaza Strip who is also said to have psychological issues. A Hamas official responded to the an Israeli offer to by saying the organization is not interested in small-scale deals and will only negotiate for a single, all-encompassing prisoner exchange.

•Some 5,000 Jews and Arabs (some waving Palestinian flags) held a protest in Tel Aviv against racism in general and against home demolitions in the Arab Israeli town of Kalansua and in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in the Negev.

Around the World
• The US plans additional sanctions on Iran following its missile test last week, including targeting a list of 25 Iranian entities that are in some manner involved with the missile program, meanwhile a bi-partisan group of 22 Senators expressed their support for the measure.

Commentary/Analysis
• Last week after a ballistic missile test, the White House put Iran “on notice” without explaining what the phrase actually means as a practical matter. (See last Thursday’s IDNS) The AP’s Adam Schreck analyzes why the White House made the statement, and how it may actually translate into practical action in the months and years ahead.

• In a Wall Street Journal analysis piece, Yossi Klein Halevi takes an in-depth look at how Israelis see settlements. It’s more complex than you might think, and worth a read for anyone who finds the topic to be important.

• Five myths about anti-Semitism: In the Washington Post Yair Rosenberg writes a thoughtful analysis on the nature of anti-Semitism today. Of particular note is that criticism of Israel is not necessarily anti-Semitic but sometimes genuine anti-Semitism is disguised as criticism of Israel in order to give it the appearance of legitimacy. One example Rosenberg provides is the claim that Israel is committing a “Palestinian genocide,” even though (according to the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics) the Palestinian population has actually grown significantly since 1948.

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

–Daniel Estrin: In Israel, teaching kids cyber skills is a national mission
–Shoshana Solomon: Israeli spooks step out of the shadows in battle for cyber edge
–Avi Bar-Eli: Israel hit a record amount of natural gas production of electricity: 69% of the country’s power

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US Puts Iran “On Notice” After Missile Test
Israel Daily News Stream9 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. US puts Iran “on notice” after missile test. Iran has long boasted of having missiles that can travel 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles), putting much of the Middle East, including Israel, in range. Such capability would also put U.S. bases in the region in danger. In the wake of Iran’s ballistic missile test earlier this week, national security advisor Michael Flynn said:

As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice.
However, it is not clear exactly what being “on notice” actually means.

2. Palestinians demand UN take action over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval to build 6,000 new homes in the West Bank. (Whether the approved homes will actually be built any time soon (or at all) remains to be seen). Palestinian UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour accuses the PM of:

…destroying the two-state solution by the continuation of this illegal behavior.
Last month the UN Security Council passed Resolution #2334 unanimously (with the US abstaining) which called Israeli “settlement activity” a “flagrant violation of international law.” Mansour met with Volodymyr Yelchenko of the Ukraine, who is the rotating head of the Security Council this month, indicating that Palestinians would like to see the Security Council take further actions against Israel on this issue.

3. Nikki Haley, the newly appointed U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, phoned her Israeli counterpart on Monday to reinforce America’s “ironclad support” for the Jewish state, including a pledge to block anti-Israel actions by the international body. Haley previously said:

I will not go to New York and abstain when the U.N. seeks to create an international environment that encourages boycotts of Israel…I will never abstain when the United Nations takes any action that comes in direct conflict with the interests and values of the United States.

Israel and the Palestinians
• PM Netanyahu announces intent to establish the first new West Bank settlement since the 1990s. With constant media chatter about new settlement “growth,” “new homes,” and “new units,” it’s easy to forget that there hasn’t been an actual new Israeli settlement in the West Bank in quite some time. The PM’s announcement comes in the wake of Israel’s evacuation of the Amona outpost yesterday (see yesterday’s IDNS). However, it is common for Israeli politicians and government bodies to announce plans and even issue permits for West Bank projects that do not actually get built for years, and sometimes not at all. So is this an actual building plan or just political dialogue? Time will tell.

• Israel has allowed nine Venezuelan converts to Judaism to immigrate to Israel. The issue of aliya (Jewish immigration to Israel) is problematic when it comes to those who have converted, as the Israeli authorities do not necessarily recognize all conversions as being valid, particularly if evidence suggests an applicant converted to Judaism merely to take advantage of Israeli social benefits. (If a conversion is not considered valid, then the person in question is not considered officially Jewish under Israeli law, and would therefore not be eligible to make aliya). Advocates for the Venezuelan applicants accuse the head of Israel’s Ministry of the Interior of discriminating against the applicants because they had been converted within the Conservative, rather than Orthodox, movement. Ultimately, the Ministry reached a compromise solution, allowing the immigration, provided the applicants underwent a repeat Conservative conversion and joined an “established religious community” once in Israel.

Around the World
• Number of anti-Semitic acts in France declined last year but Crif (the umbrella representative group of Jewish institutions in France) warns against new forms of anti-Semitism such as hatred of Israel. Crif praised the French government’s “Operation Sentinel” as helping to decrease anti-Semitic acts, but warned of, “anti-Zionist acts which in many cases conceal an anti-Semitic statement.”

• A British Member of Parliament points out that even as some are protesting President Trump’s so-called “Muslim Ban” (which temporarily freezes entry to the United States by citizens from seven, out of 57, majority Muslim countries) equally deserving of protest are the 16 Arab countries who deny entry to citizens of Israel. In this video, British MP Theresa Villiers asks, “shouldn’t the protesters also be calling for that ban to be lifted as well?”

• In the UK, the charity group known as The Community Security Trust (CST) warned that anti-Semitism increased to “unprecedented” levels between 2014 and 2016, and specifically pointed to anti-Semitic incidents within Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party as having contributed to a record rise in attacks on Jews in the UK last year.

Commentary/Analysis
• Reuters explores a rare moment shortly after Israel declared independence in 1948, when enemies Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt sat down for an informal lunch at Kibbutz Gat, and discussed the possibility of peace. Though only young officers at the time, the two later became leaders of their respective countries, and the two countries eventually did sign a peace treaty which remains in effect to this day.

• Can the Palestinians Mobilize the Arab World on the U.S. Embassy Issue? The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs points out that so far, reaction from the Arab world has been relatively muted on the embassy question. Will it remain so? Will Palestinians succeed in persuading Arab states to advocate on their behalf? And if they do, will that impact the US decision? The answers depend on a variety of complex factors. Worth a read, and a moment or two of reflection.

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

– Gavin Rabinowitz: Hamas has restored military capabilities destroyed in 2014 war
– Simon Henderson and Cmdr. Jeremy Vaughan, USN: The Saudi-Houthi War at Sea
– Barney Breen-Portnoy: As Trump Era Dawns, Top Congressmen Call for Stricter Enforcement of Iran Nuclear Deal
–Jack Khoury: Palestinian Officials Say U.S. Threatens ‘Severe Steps’ if Leaders Sue Israel in World Court
–Yonah Jeremy Bob: Threat to Israel from International Criminal Court Is Exaggerated
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Settlers Clash With Police Evacuating Amona Outpost
Israel Daily News Stream3 hours ago

Protesters burn tires at the entrance to the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona, on February 1, 2017. Residents had been given 48 hours to leave the hilltop community ahead of its court-ordered demolition. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Settlers clashed with Israeli police who came to evacuate the Amona settlement outpost today. The settlement — home to some 40 families — was built without state permission on privately owned Palestinian land and faced a court-imposed February 8 deadline for evacuation.

A compromise in which some of the settlers would have peacefully moved to an adjacent hillside collapsed when a court ruled the second hill was also privately-owned Palestinian land.

Haaretz, the Times of Israel and i24 News are live-blogging.

For live-tweets from Amona, see Anna Ahronheim, Judah Ari Gross, Tovah Lazaroff, Josh Mitnick, Joe Dyke, and Michael Shuval, among others.


2. Hamas rejected the PA’s announcement of long-overdue municipal elections to be held on May 13. Previous voting attempts collapsed under the weight of Hamas-Fatah bickering. The last time the Palestinians held municipal elections was in 2012 and was only held in the West Bank because of a Hamas boycott.

Since nothing’s changed between the two camps, the scheduled balloting will either be delayed or only take place in the West Bank.

3. Canadian school backtracks, rescinds ban on Israeli students.

4. New York Times: Israel ‘Expanding Into Palestinian Land’: The area of land for settlements is not expanding even if the number of houses and Jews living in them is increasing.

5. The Independent, Fake News and Alternate Facts: Something’s very wrong when an op-ed is based on skewed facts.

6. With your help, we caught a lot of errors and corrected the record an awful lot of times in January.

In the News
• Israeli media reported that Hamas has restored its rocket arsenal and tunnel infrastructure to pre-2014 strength.

According to the report on Tuesday, much of Hamas’s arsenal was restored using makeshift materials already found in the Strip, but Israeli officials fear detente between Hamas and Egypt could lead to the opening of the Rafah border crossing and the possible import of materials that can build up its capabilities further.
• Without specifying any details, an Iranian general confirmed the military carried out a recent missile test.

• At least 17 bomb threats were called in to Jewish community centers around the US in a third wave of harassment in January.

• Dutch public broadcaster apologizes for poor coverage of soccer anti-Semitism.

• Georgetown U. brushed off a request by a coalition of students to release a list of companies the college’s endowment fund invests in. Administrators told The Hoya the university’s standard policy is not disclose its investments.

GU FREE is trying to get the Washington D.C. university to divest its holdings in companies contributing to “the occupation of Palestine” and says it seeks a more transparent endowment.

Commentary/Analysis
• Worth listening to: Over at the Federalist Society, Professors Eugene Kontovorich, Orde Kittrie and Bernard Avishai discuss UN Security Council resolution 2334 against Israel and what it means for Israeli and US diplomatic efforts moving forward.

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

– Einat Wilf: A how-to guide for moving the US embassy to Jerusalem
– Amb. Daniel Shapiro: So you want to move the US embassy to Jerusalem? Here’s how.
– Pinhas Inbari: Can the Palestinians mobilize the Arab world on the US embassy issue?
– Jason Reiskind: It’s time Canada ended its double standard that considers Israeli settlements ‘illegal’
– Allison Kaplan Sommer: Israel can’t afford to be Donald Trump’s fig leaf
– Dr. Shaul Shai: Iran’s missile diplomacy
– Gil Troy: A letter to my son as he enlists in the Israeli army

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Security Council to Discuss Provocative Iranian Missile Test
Israel Daily News Stream8 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Iran provocatively test-fired a ballistic missile believed to be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead on Sunday. The UN Security Council was due to meet today for urgent talks on the test and whether the launch violates Security Council resolution 2231. According to the New York Times:

The Iranian missile traveled about 600 miles, but its re-entry vehicle reportedly exploded before the flight was complete. It is unclear whether that was accidental or a deliberate detonation.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is due to meet President Donald Trump on February 15, denounced the test and called for a strengthening of sanctions. But don’t hold your breath: Russia already says the launch is not a violation.

2. Mexico’s leading rabbi is blaming Netanyahu’s support for Trump’s border barrier for a spike in online anti-Semitism. Rabbi Shlomo Tawil told Israeli radio:

The moment the prime minister tweeted, he said, comments against Jews and Israel began to appear, with statements such as “out Jews” targeting the community. Tweets included calls to “burn the Jews,” while others called Jews “disgusting” or used more vulgar language to describe them.


3. The IDF warned residents to evacuate Amona by midnight, Wednesday, the illegally built settlement outpost not far from Ramallah and Beit El.

The announcement came ahead of the final February 8 deadline to demolish the outpost, home to some 40 families, which the High Court of Justice in 2014 ruled was illegally constructed on privately owned Palestinian land in 1996.
4. ‘Puff Piece’ Praises Extremist, Anti-Israel MK: The Guardian doesn’t tell you Haneen Zoabi built her political identity around open support for terror, violence and anti-Semitism.



Israel and the Palestinians
• The Knesset once again pushed off voting on the controversial “Regulation Bill” to next week. The legislation would retroactively legalize 4,000 housing units built on privately owned Palestinian land. More at YNet.

• Mahmoud Abbas is in Africa trying to counter Israel’s diplomatic efforts there. In Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, the Palestinian chief addressed the summit of the African Union. Times of Israel coverage.

• The Jerusalem Post takes a closer look at the IDF Home Front’s preparation for a heavy barrage of rockets in a war with Hezbollah. We’re talking about apps warning specific neighborhoods of incoming rockets, new and upgraded bomb shelters, the evacuation of 150,000 northern residents, and more.

The IDF considers Hezbollah the most substantial threat, with at least 120,000 rockets aimed at Israel, many of them able to strike anywhere in the country. While most have a range of just 45 kilometers, the army has said that it expects a bombardment of over 1,000 rockets in the course of just one day.
• Worth reading: The New York Times visited Maale Adumim.

Around the World
• Canadian authorities report a spike in Palestinian asylum seekers.

The number of refugee claims from the West Bank and Gaza has more than quadrupled from 50 in 2010, to 242 during the first nine months of 2016, according to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, the court that determines if a person is eligible to be admitted as a refugee. In 2016, almost 80% of these refugee claims were accepted.
• No one tells black students not be offended by racist language just as no one tells women not to be offended by sexist language. Why shouldn’t Jewish students have the same right to self-define what constitutes hatred against their group like all other minority groups? But that is what we’ve come to at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

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

– Yonah Jeremy Bob: Finally an end to the settlement tightrope walk?
– Max Singer: A truth-telling strategy to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace
– Jonathan Tobin: The embassy and the realists
– Thomas Pickering: Could the US have two embassies in Jerusalem?
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians’ fort of torture
– Ben-Dror Yemini: Rights groups provide jihad with free services
– David Horovitz: Netanyahu must not be Donald Trump’s yes-man
– Boaz Bismuth: A tweet blown out of proportion
– Amos Harel: World waits to see if Trump will go ballistic after Iranian missile test

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Lebanon to Auction Energy Rights in Waters Disputed By Israel
Israel Daily News Stream8 hours ago
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Lebanon’s muddying the waters of energy exploration in the Mediterranean Sea. Bloomberg News explains:

Lebanon wants to auction energy rights to areas in the Mediterranean Sea contested by neighboring Israel and will invite more companies to qualify for bidding next month.

The new bidders can apply Feb. 2 to March 31, Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil told reporters at his office in Beirut. The ministry will select license winners by Nov. 15, he said. Lebanon’s cabinet approved two decrees earlier this month allowing the Middle Eastern nation to move ahead with development of its energy assets, ending three years of delays.

Five blocks will be available for exploration and development, including areas that lie in waters disputed by Israel. “This is our natural and sovereign right,” Khalil said Thursday.
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2. Just before this roundup was published, Israeli media reported that the Knesset is reviving contentious legislation known as the Regulation Bill to legalize settlement homes built on privately owned Palestinian land. We’re talking about 4,000 housing units and clause that would block the court-ordered evacuation of the illegally built Amona outpost.

3. Haaretz reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the cabinet last week that the two-state solution is dead and that he now supports giving the Palestinians a “state-minus.” I don’t know what “state minus” means either, but credit the Washington Post for taking a stab at the question.

4. New York Times Ignores its Own Public Editor on Disclosure? Shouldn’t the New York Times disclose that the authors of an opinion piece are also pro-Palestinian activists working with Breaking the Silence?


5. Media Mess Up Over Israeli Bus Crash: The Mail Online and Daily Telegraph bungle a fatal West Bank bus crash.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Jerusalem Post: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will visit France in two weeks to meet with President Francois Hollande about following up on the results of the Paris peace conference.

• In a wide-ranging interview picked up by Israeli media, US President Donald Trump told Fox News that it was “too early” to discuss moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, that the US-Israel relationship “was repaired the minute I spoke to Netanyahu.”

• If the latest charges are true, I hope Netanyahu learned from the experience how to handle typesetting machines, troubleshoot HTML coding, crop photos, juggle breaking news, rewrite leads, manage writers . . .

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• Two Palestinians armed with knives were arrested trying to infiltrate the settlement of Karnei Shomron today. And on Friday, shots were fired at Israeli car driving near the settlement of Nili, near Modiin. No injuries were reported in either incident.

• After spending five months in Qatar — possibly being groomed to succeed Khaled Mashaal as the top leader of Hamas — Ismail Haniyeh returned to the Gaza Strip on Friday. The Jerusalem Post answers the question you’re probably wondering:

Haniyeh and another senior Hamas official, Rouhi Mushtaha, passed through the Rafah crossing, which Egyptian authorities opened in an exceptional circumstance to allow for the two men’s passage.
Around the World
• Baroness Jenny Tonge was invited onto London’s JTV to discuss her controversial statements on Israel. She didn’t respond well to Dr. Alan Mendoza challenging questions. See the full interview or a condensed version.

• Citing ‘foreign policy interests,’ Switzerland withholds data on funding for BDS groups.

The ministry’s refusal to hand over the documents is pending appeals. Several European governments have displayed reluctance to release detailed information of their funding for Palestinian activism. However, a refusal citing foreign policy interests is unusual for European governments with a commitment to transparency.
• Mexico chided Israel for Netanyahu’s tweet in support of Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the US-Mexico border. Israeli Ambassador to Mexico Jonathan Peled was tasked with smoothing out ruffled feathers. Meanwhile, the New York Times used the opportunity to take a closer look at Israel’s security barriers in the West Bank and along the Egyptian and Gaza borders.

• Hmmmmmm.

‘Israel no longer in top five issues influencing American Jewish voters’

• German Muslim students protest Holocaust Remembrance Day event, attack Israel. Even worse, their school administrators expressed sympathy for their opposition.

The Weiterbildungskolleg Emscher-Lippe school, where the protest unfolded, has 500 students, 40% of whom have a migrant background. School director Günter Jahn told Der Westen it was good that there was student opposition to the remembrance event. “It is important that there is criticism. That is the basis for a discussion.” He added that in certain communities, criticism of Israel is demanded.
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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel

• Germany’s new Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, accused Israel of running an “apartheid regime” back in 2012.

Gabriel, who till now has served as Economics Minister, replaces Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who will assume the ceremonial post of German president.

• Canada’s Rogers TV drops Arabic-language show following complaint of anti-Semitism.

Commentary/Analysis
• Plenty of commentaries about Jerusalem and the possible US embassy move:

– Dr. Mordechai Kedar: Putting Jerusalem first
– Robert Abrams: A Jerusalem embassy? Liberals shouldn’t worry; the western part of the city is part of Israel, anyway you cut it
– Yoaz Hendel: How can Israelis oppose US embassy move to Jerusalem?
– Yaakov Katz: How Israeli politicians delayed the embassy moving to Jerusalem

• Be afraid. Be very afraid. Fake news is about to get scarier than you ever dreamed.

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

– Dror Eydar: Palestinian autonomy: Call it what you will
– David Aufhauser, Sander Gerber: Stop American aid to the PA until the terror ceases (click via Twitter)
– Gary Rosenblatt: Uncomfortable choices in a new world order
– Shannon Gilreath: Freedom of speech and the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act on college campuses
– Ari Briggs: A Jewish town or an Arab town?
– Muhammad Aal Al-Sheikh: The Palestinians have no choice but peace

• For a sense of what the critics are saying, see Rebecca Vilkomerson.

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Trump Eyes Cutting UN Funds Over PA Membership
Israel Daily News Stream32 mins ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. According to the New York Times, the Trump administration is moving to cut US funding to various UN organizations. Palestinian membership is one of the red lines:

Those criteria include organizations that give full membership to the Palestinian Authority or Palestine Liberation Organization, or support programs that fund abortion or any activity that circumvents sanctions against Iran or North Korea. The draft order also calls for terminating funding for any organization that “is controlled or substantially influenced by any state that sponsors terrorism” or is blamed for the persecution of marginalized groups or any other systematic violation of human rights.

2. The Washington Post picked up on the story of a Canadian-Israeli Jew who traveled to an undisclosed Arab country and ended up fighting against Islamic State. Ben Hassin’s charged with murdering a taxi driver who threatened to hand him over to Islamic State after discovering the 21-year-old was an Israeli national.

Hassin, who is also a Canadian citizen, initially went to the country to visit his grandparents who live there. While there, he decided to join local fighters in their battle against the Islamic State, said his father, Ilan . . .

Hassin has been jailed in the country since June 2015.

Ilan Hassin decided this week to go public with his son’s story after reaching a “sulha” deal with the dead man’s family. Under the agreement, which is a common practice in Arab countries, the family must pay $120,000 to release him before a verdict is brought Saturday.
Haaretz updates that the $120,000 has already been raised. Strangely, I haven’t yet seen the Canadian press pick up on any of this.
Ben Hassin

3. Israel is moving forward with a plan to take in 100 Syrian war orphans. AP picked up on Israeli media reports:

If carried out, it would be the first time Israel absorbs refugees from the ongoing war.

According to the plan, first reported by Israel’s Channel 10, Israel would initially house the orphans in boarding schools, and would seek Arab families in Israel to adopt them. The orphans would eventually receive permanent citizenship, and first-degree relatives would be allowed to join them in Israel.
4. SMH Digs in Heels Over Israeli Capital (UPDATE): The Sydney Morning Herald refuses to correct an article that implies Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital. We’ve now submitted a complaint to the Australian Press Council. Back our efforts and sign our petition.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• Fatah is already planning a terror campaign to prevent US embassy move to Jerusalem, judging from Palestinian Media Watch.

• Palestinian officials confirmed that Obama’s last-minute $221 million aid transfer was frozen by the Trump administration. The Washington Post notes that the State Department is reviewing “dozens, if not hundreds, of foreign aid allocations” made during the 75 days between the November elections and January inauguration.

• The UN Security Council discussed Israel’s latest settlement moves but took no action.

• It’s been 25 years since Israel and China established diplomatic relations. The Media Line takes a closer look at the quarter-century of ties.

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• A Palestinian gunman who opened fire on IDF troops in a drive-by shooting was shot and injured when they returned fire near Ramallah on Wednesday evening. In a separate incident last night, a Palestinian rammed his car into a bus stop near the settlement of Kochav Yaakov, located between Jerusalem and Ramallah. Soldiers found the driver holding a knife in his hand. No Israelis were injured in either incident.

• The IDF raided Palestinian weapons workshops around the West Bank.

Security forces believe that most of shooting attacks which have occurred in the West Bank and inside Israel were carried out with weapons locally produced in the West Bank.
• An Israeli woman who was sexually assaulted by Palestinians in 2008 was recognized by the government as a terror victim. The woman, identified only by the letter A., was a 25-year-old student when she was attacked by four Palestinian teenagers near Jerusalem’s Old City. As a recognized terror victim, A. will be eligible for certain state benefits. In 2015, a woman raped in Tel Aviv was also declared a terror victim.

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Alberto Nisman in 2010

• In a highly unusual move, a Saudi magazine printed an Israeli journalist’s account of Iran’s role in two Buenos Aires bombings. The article, “Holding Iran Responsible” (English website) by Ronen Bergman, was published in the November-December edition of Majalla magazine. Backstory at the Times of Israel.

It focuses heavily on the evidence accumulated by Argentinian investigator Alberto Nisman proving Iran’s direct responsibility for the two bombings — the 1994 AMIA bombing was commissioned by top Iranian leaders in a meeting they held in Mashad in 1993 — and Nisman’s allegations that the previous Argentinian government of president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner attempted to cover up Iran’s role.
• The Algemeiner takes a closer look at a bill put to Virginia House of Delegates that would recognize anti-Semitism as an unlawful form of discrimination. It’s especially relevant for Jews on campus:

The bill, Marcus said – which also demands that Virginia schools adopt the State Department definition of antisemitism, including certain forms of anti-Zionism – “would not outlaw the phenomenon; it would merely provide tools for the state’s public universities to use when applying their existing codes of conduct.”
• German police cracked down on members of the so-called “Reichsburger movement,” a far-right terror group that police said had procured arms for attacks on Jews and other minorities. Six people were arrested in raids across the country. More at Deutsche Welle.

Commentary/Analysis
crystal-ball-2• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Robert Satloff: What Trump would gain from moving the US embassy to Jerusalem
– Jennifer Rubin: Settlments: Understanding what Israel did and didn’t do
– Yasser Okbi: Hezbollah’s road to regaining legitimacy goes through Israel
– David Harris: On International Holocaust Remembrance Day
– Arsen Ostrovsky: Never again

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