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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.
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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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Video: The Western Wall is an Illegal Settlement
United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 is worded in a way that creates some very odd results. Yes, the Western Wall is now an "illegal settlement," and any Israeli activity there is a "flagrant violation of international law."

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Did Trump Reverse Himself on Embassy Move Or Not?
Israel Daily News Stream4 hours ago
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Palestinian sources, journalists, and possibly Trump administration officials as well muddied the waters on whether the US is going to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem. Follow the bouncing ball and draw your own conclusions about what this means for the next four years of Mideast news coverage.

It all starts with the Arab paper Asharq al-Awsat (English site) reporting that the PA received US reassurances that the embassy would not be moved to Jerusalem. Israeli papers then followed up with their own PA sources. The results? Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel sources specifically denied receiving reassurances, while a Haaretz source confirmed receiving US reassurances.

There was no hard confirmation from the US, though the White House may be lowering expectations.

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The US embassy in Tel Aviv. Photo by Flash90

2. AP: The State Department is reviewing a $221 million payment to PA made in the waning hours of the Obama administration

3. Ukraine announced that it seized missile components destined for Iran last week.

Israel and the Palestinians
• The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, an inter-governmental organization, adopted a report charging Israel with “excessive and intentional force without justification against Palestinian civilians in the buffer zone, including against farmers, journalists, medical crews and peaceful protesters, [which] runs blatantly counter to human rights principles and the international law-enforcement standards.” More on the story at YNet and the Times of Israel.

• Will Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancel or reschedule his upcoming trip to Australia so he can meet with President Donald Trump in the US? Israeli journalists suggest yes, but Australia’s Amb. David Sharma says Canberra still looks forward to the visit. Netanyahu is scheduled to leave Israel for Singapore and Australia on February 18.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull



• Israel advises citizens in Egypt’s Sinai to leave, citing highest level risk of attack and describing an “immediate term” terror threat to peninsula’s tourist spots as “very high and concrete.”

• The IDF shelled a Hamas outpost on the Gaza border in retaliation for a shooting incident on Tuesday. YNet says no Israelis were injured.

Around the World
• Speaking on LBC radio, former Islamist Maajid Nawaz accused pro-Palestinians of bullying Jewish students on UK campuses “under the guise that criticism of Israel is not antisemitism.” Backstory and related links at The Algemeiner.

• Worth reading: Reuters takes a closer look at the injured Syrians getting medical care in Israel and the Israelis treating them.


Commentary/Analysis
• Staff-eds in the Los Angeles Times and Baltimore Sun, the Toronto Star‘s Mitch Potter and the Globe and Mail‘s Michael Bell criticize Israeli settlement policy and a possible embassy relocation.

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

– Alan Shatter: Accusations against Israel hide the real issues
– David Ignatius: What does Israel want from America?
– Amb. Shmuel Ben Shmuel: Terrorism and incitement remain biggest obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace
– Aaron David Miller: Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem puts America’s interests last
– Alex Fishman: IDF preparing for Trump’s embassy decision
– Smadar Perry: As Trump era begins, Arab leaders should prepare for bad days
– Benjamin Gladstone: On right and left, Jews must start challenging anti-Semitism among their political allies
– Evelyn Gordon: What aid to Israel buys America
– Yoni Ben Menachem: A Palestinian national unity government?

• For a sense of what the critics are saying, see op-eds by Hanan Ashrawi,

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Fake News About Israel Trips Up Baroness Jenny Tonge
Israel Daily News Stream9 hours ago
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Baroness Jenny Tonge is taking flak for posting on Facebook an anti-Semitic article from a fake news site.

AWD is the same fake news site which sparked a Pakistani nuclear threat against Israel over this hoax report. Other phony AWD reports include Israeli plans to colonize Russia, a Belgian arrest warrant for Queen Elizabeth and Hillary Clinton’s ties to satanic rituals.

Tonge is already under investigation by Britain’s House of Lords, apparently for hosting pro-Palestinian event in which participants blamed Israel for creating Islamic State and Jews for the Holocaust.

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2. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said he’s been in talks with the Trump administration about moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.

3. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised the security cabinet unrestricted construction in eastern Jerusalem.

The prime minister said he will remove any political obstacles from regional and local planning committees in order to ease construction in East Jerusalem, according to Hebrew media reports. He added that wide-scale building will soon be green-lighted in the settlement blocs as well.
Meanwhile, Daily Telegraph noted that Israel also approved the construction of 105 Palestinian homes in eastern Jerusalem, a factoid omitted from reports like the New York Times, BBC and Reuters, among others.

Israel and the Palestinians
• In their first phone call since the inauguration, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted an invitation to visit President Donald Trump in Washington next month.

• The Times of Israel takes a closer look at Israel’s role in calming the Gaza electricity crisis.

Therein lies the paradox that Israel is dealing with. On the one hand, Israel does not want the Gaza Strip to suffer too much. If that should happen, it is more than likely that Hamas will try to distract public opinion by starting a war with Israel. This is why Israel is trying to keep Gaza’s head above water and not let it drown.

On the other hand, the Kerem Shalom border crossing and the goods that pass through it are helping Hamas build up military strength to prepare for the next war with Israel.

There is a third side as well. For the present — and only the present — Hamas is doing everything possible to keep things quiet with Israel. It has no interest in a war, and it is demonstrating this to Israel in various ways.
A Palestinian truck carrying fuel for the Gaza Strip enters Rafah town through the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip in March, 2014. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash90
A Palestinian truck carrying fuel for the Gaza Strip enters Rafah town through the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip in March, 2014. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash90

• Times of Israel: Mahmoud Abbas visited King Abdullah to discuss the expected relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem while Hamas’s Ismail Haniyeh was scheduled to meet with Egyptian leaders in Cairo today.

• Here’s an example of the media’s conventional wisdom clouding facts. Updating the latest developments on the possible relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem, the New York Times writes:

The Israeli news media was filled with speculation on Sunday that the Trump administration would immediately announce the embassy move — as a de facto recognition of Israel’s annexation of predominantly Arab East Jerusalem, which it captured from Jordan during the 1967 war.
Relocating the embassy to the western side of Jerusalem would do no such thing. Without prejudicing US policy, former president Barack Obama’s visits to western Jerusalem included:

– staying at the King David Hotel
– addressing students in Jerusalem’s International Convention Center
– a state dinner at the President’s Residence,
– holding a joint press conference at the Prime Minister’s Residence
– viewing of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum
– laying a wreath at Yad Vashem
– participating in Shimon Peres’ funeral on Mt. Herzl

• Question for The Independent‘s clunky headline writers: What’s happening on Monday? The announcement or the move? #MakeHeadlinesGreatAgain

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• A Hamas operative was killed in the collapse of a ‘resistance tunnel’ in Gaza.

• Hamas security forces in Gaza celebrated the graduation of the latest recruits on Sunday with the de rigueur participation brainwashing of kids dressed in military fatigues.

• Replacing the controversial Hannibal protocol, the IDF issued new directives for how soldiers should deal with the abduction of an Israeli soldier.

• Spanish courts dealt a double blow to BDS, striking down boycotts of Israel adopted by municipal councils of Rivas Vaciamadrid and Sant Quirze del Valles.

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

– Zalman Shoval: Trump and Israel: Wait for the meeting
– Sima Shine: The problem with Iran isn’t its nuclear program
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians of Syria: A year of killings and torture
– Jerusalem Post (staff-ed): The shocking rise of anti-Semitism in the US

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Mideast Watches, Waits as Trump Takes Power
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. After Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the US, Israeli media reported that the new US administration requested Israel not to make any “surprise” unilateral moves.

In particular is a Knesset bill under consideration to annex Maale Adumim which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is opposes. Meanwhile, a Trump-Netanyahu meeting may be held as soon the first week of February.

And YNet reports that presumptive US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman will live and work in his personal apartment in Jerusalem, instead of the Ambassador’s Residence in Herzliya. Friedman is expected to arrive in Israel by the end of February.

2. Israeli politician Tzipi Livni was threatened with arrest if she lands in Brussels for two previously scheduled events:

On Thursday, Belgium’s Le Soir daily quoted a federal prosecutor as confirming authorities intention to detain Livni, a centrist lawmaker, as per a complaint filed against her by a local pro-Palestinian group in connection with Israel’s 2009 assault on Hamas in Gaza when Livni was foreign minister.

According to Israel Radio correspondent Simon Aran, Livni has pulled out of the event, citing “personal reasons.”
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3. An autopsy of the Bedouin driver who ran over an Israeli policeman may disprove claims that Yacoub Abu al Kiyan was a terrorist. Meanwhile, police internal affairs have launched a probe into the Umm al-Hiran deaths.

Israel and the Palestinians
bank-hapoalim• The problem of banks financing Palestinian terror and laundering their money is real. But the likelihood of the PA banking system crashing is also real. This Haaretz scoop is eye-opening:

The government reached an unprecedented decision last week when it granted Israeli banks that work with Palestinian banks in the West Bank immunity from lawsuits in Israel, as well as indemnity from suits filed overseas that accuse them of involvement in financing terrorism.

The security cabinet decision last Sunday was made in light of threats by the two Israeli banks to suspend working with the Palestinian banks. If this happened, it could lead to the collapse of Palestinian banks and possibly even the Palestinian Authority, a senior Israeli official said.
• The Palestinians and the Arab world reacts to Trump.

• Tweet of the day, from Channel 4’s Jon Snow, of all people. Substitute the word “Israel” for Trump and you get the point HonestReporting has been trying to make for years. Just saying . . .


• A new desalination plant opened in Gaza, but AP cues the ominous music:

A Hamas military training site sits on part of the land allocated for the plant’s second phase. Mazen Ghunaim, head of the Palestinian Water Authority, said Hamas promised the site will be moved away in the coming days.
• The Jewish Chronicle unravels the real story behind the UK’s vote for resolution 2334 and Theresa May’s subsequent repudiation.

• Worth reading: YNet talked to some of the intelligence officers working in Israeli prisons about recruiting informants, foiling terror attacks planned from behind bars, and shed light on how Israeli-Arab MK Basel Ghattas was caught smuggling cell phones.

• Jerusalem city hall approved 560 new homes in Ramat Shlomo, on the politically incorrect side of the Green Line.

Around the World
• Tablet: Did an anti-Zionist filmmaker from Oxford masquerade as his political opposite to get internships at lobbying outfits?

There was only one problem: Antoine Kleinfeld isn’t a Zionist. He isn’t even Antoine Kleinfeld. His name, several sources have told Tablet, is James Anthony Kleinfeld, a pro-Palestinian filmmaker who, it seems, embedded himself with the Washington pro-Israel crowd, surreptitiously filming his new associates there in the hope, presumably, of producing a movie—or at least viral clips—that would publicly embarrass them. He has now disappeared.
• Worth reading: YNet talked to some of the intelligence officers working in Israeli prisons about recruiting informants, foiling terror attacks planned from behind bars, and shed light on how Israeli-Arab MK Basel Ghattas was caught smuggling cell phones.

• Seumas Milne quit The Guardian to work full time as Jeremy Corbyn’s spin doctor. Much of the paper’s hostility to Israel can be traced directly to Milne’s Stalinist views.

Commentary/Analysis
President Donald Trump

• No shortage of reading about Trump and Israel.

– Herb Keinon: Time to reset Israel-US ties
– Amos Yadlin: Trump’s Iranian challenge is an opportunity for Israel too
– Michael Rubin: Would Jerusalem embassy spark unrest?
– Raphael Ahren: Brave new Anglosphere: Israel revels in fresh US-UK-Australia support
– Bernard-Henri Levy: Jews, be wary of Trump
– Yossi Beilin: The president’s three promises
– Dore Gold: Is Trump a turning point in Mideast policy?

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

– Ben-Dror Yemini: When brainwashing wins
– Yaakov Katz: The Gaza expert
– Dr. Mordechai Kedar: The BDS movement is in trouble
– Benjamin Weinthal: German courts favor anti-Semites while BDS takes hit
– Luba Mayekiso: South Africa cannot claim ancestral land yet deny Jewish people the same right
– Simon Wilder: The hateful whispers that make me want to move from London to Tel Aviv
– Moshe Kantor: Social media not doing enough to tackle anti-Semitism

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Arrow 3 Missile Defense Goes Into Operation
Israel Daily News Stream3 hours ago
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Today’s Top Stories
1. The Israeli Air Force received the first battery of Arrow 3 long range missile interceptors (pictured above in a 2015 test launch). Developed with the US, the system is designed to shoot down inter-continental ballistic missile outside the atmosphere. The Times of Israel notes:

With the Arrow 3 system declared operational, Israel and the United States may now be the only countries capable of shooting down ballistic missiles in space.
The first tier of Israel’s missile defense, Iron Dome, has been operational for several years, protecting Israel from short-range threats like Hamas’s Qassam rockets. Work continues on Israel’s third tier of missile defense — David’s Sling, which is being developed to counter medium-range threats like the lower altitude missiles possessed by Hezbollah.

2. Now it makes sense: The recent Al-Jazeera series purporting to expose Zionist conspiracies in the UK (debunked by Stephen Pollard and Brendan O’Neill, among others) may have been engineered by Labour Party Corbynistas. Were they trying to divert attention from their own party’s anti-Semitism woes?

Harry’s Place dug up a tweeted photo from 2015 featuring all the principals. Seamus Milne pushed The Guardian’s anti-Israel agenda for years before joining Corbyn as his right-hand man. Why apologize for anti-Semitism when you can manufacture a cheap crisis instead?

The people in the photo below are (from left) Ewen MacAskill of The Guardian, Clayton Swisher Director of Investigative Journalism at al Jazeera, Seamus Milne Labour Party’s Executive Director of Strategy and Communications, Phil Rees Investigations Manager at al Jazeera Media Network and Will Jordan Al Jazeera Investigative Producer.
3. A new wave of false bomb threats disrupted 30 Jewish schools and other institutions around the US on Wednesday. Less than two weeks ago, a number of Jewish institutions around the US received similar bomb threats. No bombs were found in any of the locations.

Goldenberg said his organization was consulting with federal authorities, including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. He said there was no information as to the perpetrator, but noted an increase in social media threats, particularly from the far right.
4. Conference Speaker Understands Terrorism, Misunderstands Anti-Semitism: Despite the academic veneer, a conference calling for the dismantling of Israel is anti-Semitic.

5. Video: Reuters and Israel: Do Ethics Matter? If Reuters employees like the Jerusalem bureau chief don’t follow their company’s own rules on ethics, is it any wonder we see so much bias?

Israel and the Palestinians
• The Israeli Arab sector held a general strike to protest yesterday’s violence in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran and the demolition of 10 buildings. An Israeli police officer, Erez Levy, was killed after being hit by a Bedouin driver. Police say they shot the driver, Yacoub Abu al Kiyan, for trying to run them over. The Bedouins say Kiyan lost control of his car after being shot for no reason.

Meanwhile, the Times of Israel gauges the mood of Umm al-Hiran’s residents.

• Israel, Jordan began building a free trade zone which, when completed, will create 13,000 jobs. Globes expands on the benefits. It’s more than a free flow of workers and goods, tax exemptions or regulatory concessions:

The two greatest benefits, however, lie elsewhere. The first is that the factories will be able to obtain Jordanian, Israel, and neutral (made in Jordan Gateway) certificates of origin. This will enable the Jordanians to conceal, if only slightly, their cooperation with the Zionist entity, and enable Israeli companies to export to countries previously uninterested in their output.

The second great advantage is what is referred to in politically correct language as an “attractive labor force” – in other words, Jordanian labor is cheaper than cheap. The Jordanian worker does not benefit from the labor laws that Israel has (minimum wage and so forth), and is paid something like three dinars (NIS 16) a day. Even if the Israeli enterprise multiples his wages to the huge sum of NIS 1,000 a month, it is very worthwhile for the employer, whether Israeli or foreign. It is also worthwhile for Jordan, by the way – employment there is sky high.


• According to Haaretz, a Knesset bill to annex Maale Adumim will include annexing a controversial adjoining area of land known as E1. Regardless of whether you favor or oppose annexation, E1 doesn’t cut the West Bank in two.

• Donald Trump to Israel HaYom: ‘I did not forget’ promise to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem.

• Likud MK Ayoub Kara to become Israel’s first Druze cabinet minister.

• Outgoing US ambassador Daniel Shapiro sat down for exit interviews with Haaretz and the Times of Israel, reflecting on the ups and downs of six years in Israel and his next steps.

• In a good sign for Palestinian tourism, Ramallah and Bethlehem hotels are becoming increasingly popular.

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Australian flag and Israeli flag• Bar-Ilan University study reveals manifestations of anti-Semitism in Australian public schools.

According to the researchers, many Jewish students in government primary and high schools prefer to hide the fact that they are Jewish in order to avoid bullying. Their parents minimize the significance of the verbal attacks and prefer to downplay them so as not to arouse attention. Teachers and principals deny that there is a problem. So Jewish students wind up accepting verbal bullying, which they believe they have to adjust to as normal behavior because the undercurrent of anti-Semitism on the playground is endemic and longstanding.
• Prominent white supremacist blogger outed for having a Jewish wife, forced to resign from website he created.

• Swastika drawn in snow at home of Canadian Jewish newspaper columnist Sara McCleary. See McCleary’s response.

• JTA: Two US Senators introduced a bipartisan bill “which would increase legal protection for state and local governments” that pass anti-BDS legislation.

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

– Amb. Ron Prosor: The lame ducks in Paris did nothing except reward the Palestinians for their stubbornness
– Cnaan Liphshiz: Britain again breaks ranks with Europe — this time over Israel
– Wall St. Journal (staff-ed): The Paris peace charade (click via Twitter)
– Suha Halifa: Trump cast long shadow over tepid Paris conference
– Dominic Green: BDS and the intersectionality of fools
– Dorothy Finlay: Palestinian life in occupied territories not as bad now
– Alex Fishman: Gazans are fed up with Hamas
– Giulio Meotti: Pope Francis strengthens Palestinian refusal to end hostilities with Israel
– Toby Dershowitz, Gardner Lange: Honor Alberto Nisman’s sacrifice by continuing his probe of Iran

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Israeli Cop Killed in Bedouin Violence
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Today’s Top Stories
1. An Israeli policeman was killed in a car-ramming attack as security forces were evacuating buildings in the illegally-built village of Umm al-Hiran, in the Negev. The driver, Yacoub Abu al Kiyan, was said to be a teacher affiliated with the Islamic Movement. Residents claim Kiyan lost control of his vehicle after being fired on for no reason. More at the Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel, plus security footage.

Sgt. Maj. Erez Levy, was 34 and is survived by a wife and two children.

Advanced staff Sergeant major Erez Levi age 34 was killed this morning in vehicle attack in Um Al Hiran in the Negev region in the south. pic.twitter.com/71sYmxdfIi
— Micky Rosenfeld (@MickyRosenfeld) January 18, 2017
2. Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt: Hamas, Fatah announced a deal to form a Palestinian unity government and hold elections.

3. Times of Israel: Ending a diplomatic standoff, Brazil accepted Yossi Sheli as Israel’s ambassador in Brasilia. A businessman with no diplomatic experience, Sheli is considered a confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and has some controversy in his own background.

Israel has been without an ambassador in Brazil for about a year-and-a-half when Brasilia refused to accept former settler leader Dani Dayan as ambassador.

4. UN Resolution Unleashes Wave of Anti-Israel Bias in New Zealand Media: Public debate brings out of the woodwork self-appointed ‘experts’ with a tenuous grasp of the Mideast.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• A video of soldiers evacuating an injured Palestinian shot during a clash stoked anger in the West Bank. Footage shows soldiers — apparently still being stoned — carrying a limp 18-year-old Qusai Al-Amour, his head appearing to bounce on the ground, to behind a jeep, where he was given emergency medical treatment. Amour was later declared dead. The New York Times reports:

The Israeli military said in a statement that “hundreds of violent rioters” had confronted the security forces, who fired on and wounded “a main violent instigator.” In the process of evacuating him, the military said, the forces came under a barrage of rocks, which caused them to remove him hastily. The military added that the episode was under review.
• While the Paris peace conference theme was about saving the two-state solution, the Christian Science Monitor took note of a disconnect I haven’t seen reflected in the wider Western media:

But even as the conference’s closing statement urged Israelis and Palestinians “to officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution,” 2 in 3 Palestinians say that model is no longer viable, according to a recent poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR) in Ramallah.
• Haaretz: Gaza’s electricity situation is back to normal, which, for the Strip, is eight hours a day.

• Turkish, Israeli top soldiers meet for first time since re-normalizing ties.

• Israel finished renovations on its electronic barrier along the Egypt border. AFP reports that the 242 km (250 mile) long fence was raised an extra three meters and its detection devices upgraded. The work is expected to inhibit terrorist infiltrations, illegal migration, and smuggling.

Around the World
fordham• Fordham U. denied students permission to form a Students for Justice in Palestine group. Inside Higher Ed quotes from the Dean Keith Eldredge statement explaining why:

While students are encouraged to promote diverse political points of view, and we encourage conversation and debate on all topics, I cannot support an organization whose sole purpose is advocating political goals of a specific group, and against a specific country, when these goals clearly conflict with and run contrary to the mission and values of the university,” Eldredge wrote . . .

“The purpose of the organization as stated in the proposed club constitution points toward that polarization. Specifically, the call for boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel presents a barrier to open dialogue and mutual learning and understanding.”
• Jewish groups denounced a decision to drop a probe into anti-Semitism at the Oxford Labour Club.

Commentary/Analysis
• The Obama/Kerry echo chamber continues in the New York Times op-ed section with Roger Cohen‘s take on Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects.

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

– Yonah Jeremy Bob: Bedouin clashes: Is there no rule of law in the Negev?
– Aaron David Miller: Could Jared Kushner resolve the Mideast conflict?
– Avi Dichter: Paris conference shows France doesn’t understand Mideast reality
– Hannes Jobstl: Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism on UK campuses
– Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser: Incentivizing terrorism: PA allocations to terrorists and their families

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Columnist Fired For Lauding Jerusalem Truck Terror
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Today’s Top Stories
1. A Belgian newspaper fired a columnist who took to social media to laud the Palestinian terror attack which killed four Israeli soldiers on Sunday. After his dismissal from De Standaard, Dyab Abou Jahjah doubled-down on his praise for the attack in a series of tweets.

Jahjah was banned from Britain for his extremist views, most notably for saying in 2004, “I consider every dead American, British and Dutch soldier a victory,” and he’s reported to have ties to Hezbollah. Is it any wonder that Belgium has terror problems when radicals like Jajah are given newspapers columns?


2. Qatar’s planning to build an embassy in Gaza, reports Maan News. I wonder what this means, if anything, for the sturm und drang over relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem. Qatar is a significant patron of Hamas.

Naji Sharab, a professor of political science at Gaza’s al-Azhar University, told the Dunya al-Watan news outlet that “such a step is unprecedented in diplomatic relations,” and that he saw it as a potential move by Qatar to recognize the Gaza Strip as a national entity separate from the Palestinian Authority-ruled West Bank.

paris3. The Paris peace summit is coming up on Sunday. Haaretz got a sneak peek of a draft summary statement.

The dozens of countries attending the Middle East peace conference in Paris on Sunday are expected to call on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to publicly renew their commitment to the two-state solution, and to renounce officials in their respective governments who oppose it . . .

According to the draft, participating countries will stress that they won’t recognize any changes to the June 4, 1967 borders, including in Jerusalem, except for any changes the two sides might agree during negotiations. The countries will also emphasize that they are committed to distinguishing, in all their actions, between the territories of the State of Israel and the settlements in the territories that Israel occupied in 1967.
Israel and the Palestinians
• YNet: The Interior Ministry revoked the Jerusalem residency permits of 13 members of the family of Sunday’s truck terrorist, Fadi al Qunbar.

As a result of the terror attack, in which four IDF officers were murdered, Minwa al-Qunbar, a permanent resident of Israel who is also in bigamous marriage contrary to Israeli law, will lose her permanent residency and corresponding social benefits.

Such a measure has previously never been implemented and prevents the family from appealing to the High Court of Justice, as they are not Israeli citizens.
• There’s no way to verify this, but a previously unknown group calling itself “the Martyr of Baha Alyan Collective” is claiming responsibility for Sunday’s truck-ramming terror attack, which killed four soldiers in Jerusalem. Baha Alyan was one of two Palestinians killed while shooting and stabbing passengers in an attack on a Jerusalem bus in 2015.

The name of this group sounds awfully similar to “The Leader Baha Alyan Course” a program offered by the Palestinian Scout Association, as flagged by Palestinian Media Watch. Just saying . . .

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Palestinian Scout Association website shows picture of terrorist murderer Alyan in a Palestinian Scouts uniform, in its August 25, 2016 article about the “Leader Baha Alyan Course.” Via Palwatch.org

• Soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian trying to stab them during an arrest raid near Nablus last night.

• The New York Times announced that its new Jerusalem bureau chief will be Ian Baker. He’s an assistant editor who did a previous stint in Israel during the Second Intifada. He replaces Peter Baker, who is returning to the US to cover Donald Trump’s White House.

• Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria to Beirut encounter fear and loathing in the Shatilla refugee camp.

Around the World
• Reuters: Iran to double military spending. Plan “includes developing long range missiles, armed drones and cyber-war capabilities.”

• At least 17 Jewish community centers in the US and three Jewish schools in London received hoax bomb threats. Some buildings were evacuated while others took security lock-down measures. No bombs were found in any of the threatened facilities:

The calls were prerecorded in some cases and live in others, with the caller using voice disguising technology, and likely came from a single source . . .
• Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate was lit up with the Israeli flag as “a sign of solidarity with the victims of the terror attack that took place in Jerusalem.” Why does this matter?


• South African President Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress are discouraging people from visiting Israel.

“The people of Palestine continue to suffer in their rightful quest for self-determination … We reiterate that we firmly discourage travel to Israel for causes not related to fostering peace in the region,” Zuma said in a speech to thousands of party supporters.
• Vandals smashed the stained glass window of a Philadelphia synagogue for the second time in two months.

• Heads up on an outbreak of cooties in the Mideast:

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• Two years after Islamic terrorists attacked Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket, Paris Jews expect another attack, despite various French security measures.

Commentary/Analysis
mla03• It says a lot about the BDS movement that a member of the Modern Language Association has to remain anonymous in order to write about what happened at the MLA convention. Writing in Legal Insurrection, this MLA member provides a blow by blow account of the debate, vote and aftermath, as well as some conclusions:

The threat of real legal action, the obvious prospective headaches that BDS would bring, all clearly helped. Additionally, the anti-BDS contingent seemed better mobilized and more articulate this time around. But this is not something to rely on in moving forward.

One thing that emerged, as covered in our own story before the resolution, was how many factual errors the BDS advocacy documents contain. The oft-cited Alternative Information Center document listing all the ‘sins’ of Israeli academic institutions, is rife with demonstrable falsehoods. Cary Nelson published an extensive takedown of these last week in Fathom.

While it would be naïve to assume that the other side (or the Delegates) actually read Nelson’s piece this time (as opposed to watching the video, albeit only to confirm their view of Israeli academics as privileged) it is probably quite valuable moving forward for the lies and errors in these documents to be exposed in digestible format, for all to see.

Conspicuously absent from many BDS debates are those who are intimately familiar with the facts on the ground, and with Israeli society. Where are the many professors of Hebrew literature or Israeli literature academics who can both personally attest to the facts about the conflict and to how they and their friends will be affected by BDS? While true Israel haters might not be moved by the plight of their colleagues (your suffering is a small price to pay), many others might be, and could be moved by either facts or empathy.
• Tweet of the day goes to Grant Rumley for noting this awkward anniversary.


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

– Bret Stephens: On Palestinian statehood (click via Twitter)
– Graeme Carle: Apply simple justice for all, Palestinians and Jews
– Herb Keinon: Has the penny dropped on terror in Israel?
– Lawrence Solomon: Why would anyone ever think the Palestinians would accept a two-state solution?
– The Spectator Australia (staff-ed): The evil of 23354
– John McCormick: Direct negotiation is the best way
– David Flint: Stabbing an ally in the back
– Daniel Runde: Don’t defund the UN — Find other ways to help Israel
– Bassam Tawil: Palestinians: Glorifying mass murderers
– Sally Abrams: Stop pretending this was a truck attack
– Ben-Dror Yemini: Israeli foolishness is making terror attacks possible
– Jerusalem Post (staff-ed): Why Jerusalem attack exposes Israel’s false peace partner
– Moshe Arens: Obama’s tragic Mideast legacy
– Shira Wolosky: The Modern Language Association and BDS
– Max Blankfeld: Israel and the Arab World – Here’s what could happen under Trump’s presidency
– Shahar Azani: Who’s really behind the academic boycott against Israel?

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Jerusalem Terror Victims Laid to Rest
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Israelis came out in the thousands to lay to rest the four soldiers killed in yesterday’s Palestinian truck ramming attack in Jerusalem. The four soldiers were Lt. Yael Yekutiel of Givatayim, Cadet Shir Hajaj of Maaleh Adumim, Cadet Shira Tzur from Haifa, and Cadet Erez Orbach from Alon Shvut. All four received posthumous promotions. Haaretz notes that Tzur and Orbach also held US citizenship.

Another 17 soldiers were wounded, including one in life-threatening condition.

The terrorist’s family lauded Fadi al-Qunbar for the attack and said he wasn’t a member of Hamas and had never served time in prison.


2. As Hamas and Fatah feud over responsibility for Gaza electricity, Palestinians living in the Strip are forced to make due with as little as three hours of electricity a day. The Times of Israel reports rising discontent.
Col. Yosef Alon

3. A journalist’s dogged examination of the 1973 assassination of an Israeli diplomat in Maryland has rekindled the interest of US investigators.

The FBI is re-opening its investigation of the murder of Col. Yosef Alon after reporter Adam Goldman had an unexpected correspondence with Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, the Venezuelan terrorist better known as Carlos the Jackal currently imprisoned in France. Nobody ever claimed responsibility for Alon’s murder.

Colonel Alon was a decorated pilot who had flown dozens of missions in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence and helped found the country’s formidable air force. He had been sent to Washington in 1970 for a three-year stint to help make sure that his country had the most up-to-date military weapons, such as F-4 Phantoms, that Israel needed.

Colonel Alon, 43, a father to three daughters, was killed a month before his tour was to end.
In the News
• In one of his final reports to the UN Security Council before stepping down as UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon expressed concern that Iran may have broken an arms embargo by sending missiles and other weapons to Hezbollah. Reuters got a look at the confidential report.

• Following his death on Sunday, a lot of headlines described former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as “moderate.” Tweet of the day goes to Sohrab Ahmari, who doesn’t put up with it. Between the Iranian and Western political systems, moderate has vastly different meanings.


Other tweets that made me go hmmmm: @FridaGhitis, @MeirJa, @ianbremmer, @AnshelPfeffer, @yaacovlozowick, @nikahang, @mdubowitz, @AssafMoran

• Worth reading: Stephen Pollard unpacks Al Jazeera’s manufactured scandal involving the Israeli embassy in London.

After six months of secret filming, this is all Al Jazeera could come up with – the stupid bragging of two junior aides with close to zero influence.
Commentary/Analysis
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Molly Livingstone: 4 dead and my Arab friend says ‘He’s not a hero, he’s a zero’
– Yoav Limor: Copycat terrorism
– Ron Ben-Yishai: Truck ramming attack inspired by Ramallah, imitated Berlin
– Avi Issacharoff: The tensions fueling terror attacks haven’t gone away
– Reuel Marc Gerecht: Israel protects PA from Islamist wave
– Jennifer Oriel: Let’s say goodbye to a UN that hates the free world
– Times of London (staff-ed): Soldier in the dock
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Terrorist Rams Truck Into Jerusalem Crowd, Killing 4
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Today’s Top Stories
1. A Palestinian rammed a flatbed truck into a group of soldiers in Jerusalem at a popular promenade in the Armon HaNatziv neighborhood. As this roundup went to press, four soldiers were confirmed dead and 13 injured.

Reports identified the driver as Fadi Alkanbar, of eastern Jerusalem, who after hitting the soldiers, reversed and rammed into the group again. Palestinians celebrated in Gaza. Security cameras caught the attack on video.

On a related note, see Total Failure: IBT Screws Up Coverage of Jerusalem Terror Attack: How many things can go wrong with one story?

2. Israeli satellite uncovers Russian surface-to-surface ballistic missiles stationed in Syria. A lot of papers picked up on YNet‘s scoop. The Iksander missiles, with a range of 500 km, are stationed on Russia’s Latakia air base on the Syrian coast.

The Assad regime and the Iranians have both asked the Russians to sell them the missile systems, but have thus far refused their requests at Israel’s insistence. However, this request hasn’t kept the Russians from using the missiles themselves against ISIS and Fatah Jabhat al-Sham (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra).

Israel is worried that some of the missiles might be stolen from the Russians in Syria and given to Hezbollah. Meanwhile, the West is worried about the missiles’ presence in Syria in general, mainly due to the heavy warhead they carry.

New satellite imagery reveals #Russia has deployed 9K720 Iskander ballistic missiles to #Latakia, #Syria: https://t.co/tmB7yh3UfE pic.twitter.com/4nrwcaRzEk
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) January 6, 2017
3. In an embarrassing defeat for the anti-Israel Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign, members of the Modern Language Association 1) shot down a resolution endorsing BDS and 2) adopted another resolution calling on the academic organization to refrain from boycotts. Details at the New York Times.
Total Failure: IBT Screws Up Coverage of Jerusalem Terror Attack: How many things can go wrong with one story?

Israel and the Palestinians
• Despite BDS pressure and European Union labeling guidelines, West Bank industrial zones are booming as companies market their products India, China and Africa. According to YNet:

At the Shahak industrial park being built in the northern West Bank, over 100 dunams have been sold to developers. The Barkan industrial park outside of Ariel – which already has 160 factories and companies – has registered a further 60 companies who want to relocate to the area.

Due to this huge increase in demand, another industrial park is set to open. Called the Nahal Rabah – Gates of Shomron Industrial Park, it will be located next to Sha’ar Tikvah and Oranit, putting it within a 20 minute drive of Petah Tikvah.
• Israel cuts $6 million in UN funding over anti-settlement vote.

• Gaza fisherman who collided with Israeli ship declared dead.

Facebook blood• Hamas slams Facebook over blocking “more than 90 pages supporting Hamas, in addition to 30 personal accounts affiliated with the movement.”

According to Maan News, many of the accounts had supported a campaign commemorating Hamas’ first bomb maker, Yahya “The Engineer” Ayyash, who Israel killed in 1996 with a booby-trapped cell phone. The campaign was called “Be Like Ayyash.”

Around the World
• Jerusalem Post: Islamic State calls on recruits to copy arson terror method used in Israel.

Through arson, operatives can “impose terror on an entire country,” the terror organization stressed.
• I think Al Jazeera‘s overplaying this “scoop,” but the network nonetheless caused the Israeli embassy in London to go into damage control. It secretly filmed a junior employee discussing how to “take down” the UK’s Deputy Foreign Secretary Sir Alan Duncan. The embassy apologized for Shai Masot’s comments, calling them “unacceptable” and he will be “ending his term of employment with the embassy shortly.”

Al Jazeera bills this part of a four-part series on Israel’s “covert influence” in Britain. See BBC coverage and Jonathan Hoffman‘s take.

• French supermarket apologizes for ‘made in Israeli settlement’ labels.

• The Spanish province of Valencia appears to have adopted a boycott of Israel as an official policy near the end of December. BDSniks are celebrating but I’m wondering why province leaders haven’t made an official announcement and are avoiding the press. According to the JTA:

Attempts to obtain a copy of the resolution, which was not found on the council’s website, did not immediately succeed. Calls and emails to the council were not answered nor returned.
Valencia

• Turns out 2016 was the deadliest year ever for suicide bombers around the world. The Times of Israel picked up on stats compiled by Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies. The INSS says Islamic State was responsible (directly or indirectly) for 70 percent of the year’s suicide bombings.

This past year, 469 suicide bombings were carried out by 800 perpetrators in 28 countries, causing the deaths of about 5,650 people . . . In view of the Islamic State’s territorial losses and the increasing international efforts to drive it out of the areas it controls, it appears that suicide terrorism will be a key tool for the Islamic State in consolidating its image as invincible, creating deterrence against its enemies, and taking revenge for the international activity against it.
• Police in Palo Alto and Stanford University are investigating a spate of swastika graffiti on campus and around town. In some locations, the graffiti was accompanied with the words, “No Jews allowed.” More at the Stanford Daily and San Jose Mercury News.

Commentary/Analysis
• Repeat, repeat, repeat: Israeli settlements are news even when there’s no news to report.

• Jonathan Tobin to New York Times bureau chief Peter Baker: Palestinians hate ‘blue state’ Israelis too.

• Former NATO supreme commander Admiral James Stavridis calls on the US to form a closer military alliance with Israel. Specific areas he’d like to see enhanced include cybersecurity, intelligence cooperation, joint forces training, and technology and innovation.

Admiral James Stavridis
Admiral James Stavridis

• Memo to Tom Rogan: Israel probably turns a blind eye to direct US snooping more than you or I realize because, well, everybody does it. If Israel really got a (allegedly indirect) intelligence scoop on the US, get over it.

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

– Victor Davis Hanson: Why the anti-Israeli sentiment?
– Elliott Abrams: What happens when UN Security Council resolutions are ignored?
– David Pollock: Israeli coordination with Arab states isn’t new. Talking about it is
– Dr. Reuven Berko: Why is Kerry ‘worried’?
– Melanie Phillips: Real liberals must shun Palestinian colonialism
– Amir Taheri: Obama and the Palestinian fig leaf
– Eitan Haber: Two reconciliations for two people
– Bridget Johnson: It’s not about the settlements, it’s about the terrorism
– Tom Tugendhat: Britain was wrong to back the UN’s anti-Israel resolution
– Juliet Moses: Israel vote was an affront to all New Zealanders
– Denis MacEoin: UnCorked: Ireland’s pseudo-academic anti-Israel hate-fest
– Richmond Times-Dispatch (staff-ed): US must restore relations with Israel

For a sense of what Israel’s critics are saying, see Yousef Munayyer.
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Israel Sentences UN Worker Who Aided Hamas
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Wahid Burash

1. Israel sentenced Palestinian UN worker Wahid Burash to seven months in prison for aiding Hamas. He was charged with urging higher-ups in the UN Development Program (UNDP) to prioritize neighborhoods where Hamas operatives lived for reconstruction funds, and for diverting 300 tons of rubble to build Hamas naval jetty. More at the Times of Israel and Jerusalem Post, which adds:

Under the terms of his plea deal, the court has taken into account the period Al-Bursh spent in custody awaiting the verdict, and he will therefore be released next week, on January 12.
2. According to Foreign Policy, Israel’s diplomatic response to UN Security Council resolution 2334 is risking its bid for a seat on the Security Council. But this anonymous French diplomat’s take reinforces notions that the UN will never treat Israel like the other members.

A European ambassador said Israel has been “pretty serious about their candidature” over the past year, but its diplomatic charm offensive has hit a brick wall with the settlements resolution.

“I think that it’s over,” the European diplomat told FP. “I never thought they could win anyways.”
Countries serve two-year terms on the Security Council. To join the Security Council for 2019-20, Israel must get support from two-thirds of the UN General Assembly — that would be 129 countries. Israel is the only Mideast country that hasn’t yet been a member of council.

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UN Security Council meeting in 2014

3. Israeli Arab MK Basel Ghattas indicted for smuggling cellphones terrorists in prison.

4. Headline Fails as Israeli Soldier Convicted of Manslaughter: Headlines strip away context to imply Israeli soldiers shoot incapacitated Palestinians as a matter of course.

5. The Independent Deceives Readers to Attack Israel: Memo to the editors: The spike in Palestinian deaths corresponded with a spike in Palestinian attacks.

Israel and the Palestinians
unrwa• They can do that? UN-run schools in the West Bank and Gaza are using textbooks that utterly eradicate Israel and Jewish ties to the land. YNet picked up on an Israeli investigation’s startling findings.

These textbooks—written by the Palestinian Ministry of Education—are used in schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in both Gaza and the West Bank.

However, the most shocking discovery is that the UN schools don’t teach Palestinian children to recognize Israel as a country—not within the 1947 borders, nor any borders at all.
• Police believe that two shootings in Haifa are terror, after previously treating them as separate criminal incidents. Guy Kafri, a 47-year-old van driver was killed and Rabbi Yehiel Illuz was injured in the Tuesday attacks. As this roundup went to press, a manhunt for a suspect continued, but due to a gag order, there isn’t a lot of information available:

On Wednesday, police launched a manhunt for a suspect, raiding an abandoned home in the predominantly Arab neighborhood of Halissa in Haifa and searching it for over three hours, according to Hebrew media reports.

The suspect lives in the neighborhood, according to reports.
• Times of Israel: Gaza fisherman lost at sea after collision with Israeli navy ship.

• Israeli president opposes contacts with Europe’s far-right:

• Israel is harnessing sunshine with world’s tallest solar tower. Experts tell the Associated Press, Israel has the potential to be a “sunshine superpower.”

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Commentary/Analysis
• Delving into the Azaria verdict’s possible “far-reaching global implications for Israel,” Yonah Jeremy Bob notes the International Criminal Court angle:

At the ICC, Hebron shooter Elor Azaria’s manslaughter conviction may affirm the credibility of Israel’s apparatus for prosecuting its own soldiers . . .

But will it be enough? The Jerusalem Post has reported in the past that the ICC team probing Israel has closely followed the case. But the case is only one, and the ICC could view it as a sideshow compared to the hundreds of incidents it is probing from the 2014 Gaza war.
• The Israel Daily News Stream generally doesn’t address domestic Israeli issues, but if you want a window into the Israeli debate over Sgt. Elor Azaria’s conviction, see David Horovitz, Allison Kaplan Sommer, Boaz Bismuth, Judah Ari Gross, Anna Ahronheim, Marc Schulman, Yifat Erlich, and Dror Eydar.

nz-flag• Over in New Zealand’s Taranaki Daily News, columnist Pattrick Smellie seriously ponders how Israel might wage war on New Zealand. After thankfully dismissing the likelihood of an IDF invasion, Smellie raises the specter of an Israeli cyberattack.

An editor’s note at the bottom of the Smellie column ironically insists, “This article has been edited for clarity since it was first published.”

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

– Jonathan Tobin: Elor Azaria: Not a simple case of murder
– Martin Indyk: Could an embassy in Jerusalem bring us closer to peace?
– Robert Satloff: Can Trump overcome Obama’s Israel failure
– Greg Sheridan: Obama compounds Middle East mess
– David Collier: Why is there no state of Palestine?
– Prof. Hillel Frisch: Kerry’s attack on Israel
– Mario Loyola: For peace in Palestine, start from scratch
– Brigitte Dwyer: Kerry makes Israel a scapegoat for his failed peace effort
– Ariel Bolstein: Fighting BDS in the courts
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Israeli Soldier Convicted of Manslaughter
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Today’s Top Stories
1. A military court convicted an IDF soldier of manslaughter in an incident that continues to polarize Israeli society. Sgt. Elor Azaria shot and killed an already injured and disarmed Palestinian who had attacked Israeli soldiers in Hebron. A second Palestinian assailant was killed in the fight.

Rejecting inconsistencies in Azaria’s account, the judges ruled that Azaria violated rules of engagement and needlessly shot Abdel Fattah al-Sharif. Sentencing is expected to take place several weeks from now. Azaria’s family says it will appeal the verdict.

The shooting, which was caught on video, has touched a nerve with Israelis on many levels: namely the political fallout, the perception Israelis have of the IDF and its soldiers, and the implications vis a vis the Palestinians and the wider court of international public opinion.

Take your pick of Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, YNet or Haaretz coverage.


2. Reuters: With Arab states scaling back aid to the Palestinian Authority, the PA “is expected to run a budget deficit of 4.12 billion shekels in 2017 ($1.06 billion), approaching 15 percent of gross domestic product.”

3. A former PA minister of prisoner affairs voiced praise for Israel’s independent police and judiciary for investigating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on suspicion of graft. The Jerusalem Post took note of Dr. Sufian Abu Zaida wistfully wishing the Palestinian Authority had the same accountability:

Abu Zaida’s column citing the differences between Israel and the PA comes amid signs that Abbas is deploying the judiciary against political opponents and has veered towards one-man rule.
Netanyahu faces another round of police questioning over valuable gifts he may have improperly received from two businessmen.

In the News
• The Temple Mount situation is still nuts:

Islamic authorities managing the Temple Mount attempted to have a veteran Israeli archaeologist ejected from the Jerusalem flashpoint holy site on Sunday for using the term “Temple Mount” in a lecture to American students. Waqf guards brought him to Israeli police at the site to complain, and the police, while saying there were no legal grounds to eject him, advised him to refrain from using the phrase “Temple Mount” for the rest of the group’s visit.
• Elite IDF officer succumbed to wounds from Gaza war. Maj. Hagai Ben Ari, who was in a coma for two and half years, is survived by a wife and three children.


• Vandals deface Cincinnati rabbinical school with swastika graffiti.

Commentary/Analysis
• Zvi Bar’el nails the conundrum of free media in the Arab world — or at least in Lebanon, where one paper has closed and others face an uncertain financial future:

While censorship rules in Lebanon are among the most flexible in the Middle East, and officially freedom of expression is part of the country’s liberal tradition, the dependence on sponsors and political parties imposes a heavy level of self-censorship. This neutralizes the ability of the media to be truly free.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Don Futterman: The Israeli left should endorse moving the US embassy to Jerusalem
– Aaron David Miller: Is two-state solution dead? (click via Google News)
– Barbara Kay: It should’ve been obvious that Obama favoured Arabs over Israel
– The Australian (staff-ed): Showing our support for Israel
– Michael Makovsky: Five ways for Trump to put Tehran on notice (click via Google News)
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Police Question Netanyahu In Graft Probe
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Police investigators questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on suspicion of improperly accepting valuable gifts from businessmen. The PM insists he’s done nothing wrong. Take your pick of Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, YNet or Times of Israel coverage.

“The National Unit of the Israel Police investigated the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, under caution this evening on suspicion that he received benefits from businessmen,” the police spokesperson’s unit said in a statement shortly after. “Naturally, no further details beyond these can be provided at this stage.”
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a 2011 interview

2. Might Israel face another hostile resolution from the UN Security Council? That’s what Prime Minister Netanyahu’s warning. The council is scheduled to meet on January 17, just three days before President Barack Obama steps down. According to Israeli media reports:

Although it was not specified what kind of additional action Netanyahu believes could be taken against Israel at the Security Council, Channel 10 reported last week that the prime minister thinks the Middle East Quartet — the US, UN, Russia and EU — will coordinate positions at the Paris summit, and then return to the Security Council in the very last days of Obama’s presidency to cement these new parameters on Mideast peacemaking.
3. Palestinians flew a drone over the West Bank settlement of Havat Ma’on, near Hebron, gathering footage of possibly sensitive areas before crashing into a wooded area, according to Israeli media reports. There’s a European Union angle to the story:

The Palestinian group accused of flying the drone was identified by Channel 2 as the Ramallah-based Union of Agricultural Work Committees, which works with Palestinian farmers and agricultural professionals on a host of programs and activities in the West Bank. The group receives some funding from the European Union, Regavim alleged . . .

An unnamed source with the European Union told Channel 2 that the operator of the drone was a freelancer and that he was filming Palestinian agricultural fields when the device was allegedly overtaken by settlers then crashed.
It’s not the first time Regavim and the EU have butted heads over drones in the West Bank. In 2015, Regavim made waves for flying a drone to document EU-support for illegally built Palestinian structures.

4. CNN: Istanbul Terror Victim “Palestinian Citizen of Israel”: Leanne Nasser was a citizen of Israel. Period.

5. NPR Covers Up the Ethnic Cleansing of Jews: The reason the population of the West Bank was entirely Palestinian by 1967 was because Jordan expelled the indigenous Jews in 1948.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Hoping to put pressure on Hamas to return the bodies of two Israeli soldiers and release two Israeli citizens held in Gaza, officials in Jerusalem announced they will no longer return the bodies of Hamas terrorists. Instead, bodies will be buried — and exhumed for future swaps.

Hamas holds the remains of Lt. Hadar Goldin and Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul, who were killed in the 2014 Gaza War. Hamas holds two Israeli nationals, Avraham Mengistu and Juma Ibrahim Abu Anima. Both wandered into Gaza in separate incidents and are said to be mentally unbalanced.

• Hamas leader floats, uh, withdraws idea of West Bank-Gaza Strip federation.
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• Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters there are no plans to relocate the Aussie embassy to Jerusalem. She was responding to a commentary by former prime minister Tony Abbott urging the embassy move as well as a cut in foreign aid to the Palestinians.

More background at the Jerusalem Post.

• According to the Jerusalem Post, moderate Arabs are watering down their responses to John Kerry’s speech because they want to make a good impression with President-elect Donald Trump.

• Education Minister Naftali Bennett discussed in a Washington Post Q+A why he’s pushing to annex West Bank settlement blocs.

• A by-the-numbers look at Israel’s population at the end of 2016 — based on Central Bureau of Statistics figures:

8.63 million: overall population
167,000: population growth
74.8%: Jewish population
20.8%: Arab population
4.4%: Druze and other minorities
181,000: babies born
36,000: new immigrants

• Props to The Australian for scrutinizing World Vision’s aid to Gaza, following up on the arrest of the Christian charity’s Gaza director. Mohammad El Halabi is accused of diverting aid money to Hamas and goes on trial next month.

The issue is particularly relevant locally because World ­Vision Australia has been the biggest funder to the World Vision’s operations in the Palestinian territories since Mr Halabi became the charity’s Gaza head in 2010 . . .

According to internal documents provided to The Australian by World Vision, the charity spent $US37.37m in Gaza ­between 2007 and June 2016 — and $US2.62m on “shared” ­expenses between Gaza and the West Bank — supporting Mr Costello’s claims Mr Halabi could not have siphoned $US43m.

The documents further shed light on World Vision’s disbursements in the region. However, the detail remains very limited.
• Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, who in the 1970s was imprisoned by Israel for smuggling weapons to Palestinian terrorists — died in Rome on Sunday. Archbishop Capucci’s activities against Israel didn’t end when he left prison. More recently, he was one of the passengers aboard the Mavi Marmara when it was intercepted by Israeli commandos in 2010. The New York Times had the most complete obit.

• There goes the neighborhood: Jordan army chief warns ISIS fighters on Golan border have anti-aircraft missiles.

Around the World
CBP patch• BDS, American style, per Haaretz:

The United States Department of the Treasury is reporting an increase in allegations that merchandise produced in West Bank Jewish settlements is being imported into the U.S. without the proper country of origin markings, in contradiction to U.S customs regulations.

Each year the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency receives between 800 and 1,000 complaints regarding the import of items from around the world into the country. Recently, the CBP confirmed, there has been a growing number of complaints about products ostensibly manufactured in the settlements but exported under a different label. The CBP declined to say whether it has contacted the Israeli exporters or begun any proceedings against them.
• Props to ACOM, the organization of Spanish Jews fighting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in Spain. It scored another legal victory when a court over-ruled a pro-BDS resolution by the city of Santiago de Compostela. The Jerusalem Post explains:

Taking into account that a local council cannot make claims that would affect the foreign policy of Spain, the court further stressed that it could not understand how the resolution would improve or have an impact on the local community, and as such annulled the boycott decision.

This legal win is one of a string of recent successes by ACOM in combating the BDS movement in Spain, including reversing discriminatory decisions in Sant Adriá (Barcelona), Santa Eulalia (Ibiza) and now Santiago.

However, ACOM stressed that the battle is far from over, as this week alone the provincial government of Valencia, which represents some 2.5 million people, unanimously voted for a motion to discriminate against Israel.
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• Venezuelan Jews are increasingly moving to Israel to escape their country’s economic crisis, food shortages and crime. But because the two countries have no diplomatic relations, the aliyah process is tricky. The Washington Post takes a closer look.

• Nazi imagery from Taiwan stems from ignorance, not hate, analysts say.

Commentary/Analysis
• Talking heads continue discussing John Kerry, Resolution 2334, and the peace process.

– Prof. Eugene Kontorovich: 5 ways Trump can negate Resolution 2334
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Hamas’s Fatah and the no-state solution
– Raphael Ahren: Could the ‘Jewish State of Israel’ crack one of the conflict’s hardest nuts?
– Tim Montgomerie: Israeli settlements are not the real barrier to peace
– Nahum Barnea: Kerry’s failure, Netanyahu’s liberation
– Dr. Reuven Berko: Take, and demand more
– Omri Ceren: Kerry on Israel: An alternate universe

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

– Dr. Edy Cohen: Assad’s Palestinian mercenaries
– Julie Nathan: Anti-Semitism in Australia: Why does the malignancy persist?

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Israeli Among 39 Dead In Turkish New Year’s Terror Attack
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Today’s Top Stories
1. A gunman killed 39 people in a terror attack on a crowded New Years party in a popular Istanbul nightclub. Among the dead was an 18-year-old Israeli woman identified as Leann Zaher Nasser from the Arab town of Tira. A second Israeli woman, also from Tira, was reported to be hospitalized with moderate injuries. As this roundup went to press, Turkish police were still searching for the suspect.

2. Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull condemned Resolution 2334 as ‘one-sided.’ The UK wenth further, issuing an unprecedented rebuke of John Kerry’s speech. (Unanswered, however, is why the UK voted for the resolution.)

Intervening in the increasingly hostile international dispute today, a spokesman for the British Prime Minister said: ‘We do not… believe that the way to negotiate peace is by focusing on only one issue, in this case the construction of settlements, when clearly the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is so deeply complex.

‘And we do not believe that it is appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically-elected government of an ally.’

3. Spanish town votes to reverse BDS resolution it passed this year.

4. NPR Covers Up Ethnic Cleansing of Jews: An “explainer” story about settlements only muddies the waters.

Israel and the Palestinians
• I hope these figures tweeted by Khaled Abu Toameh give pause to the diplomats jetting into France for the upcoming Paris peace conference.

• After sounding out Arab reactions to Kerry’s speech, the New York Times summed them up as “praise and shrugs.”

• A Palestinian woman was shot while trying to stab Israeli security personnel at the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem on Friday.

israel• The Wall St. Journal (click via Google News) examines the rightward shift of the Israeli mainstream. Despite fears that Jerusalem’s response to resolution 2334 will isolate Israel,

Most of the Israeli electorate is with Mr. Netanyahu. Although roughly half of the Jewish Israeli population still supports a two-state solution, less people—39%—are willing to give up East Jerusalem and large settlement blocs in the West Bank or make compromises with Palestinians that the international community seeks, according to a recent poll by the Jerusalem-based Israel Democracy Institute . . .

More than half of Israelis define themselves as part of the conservative or right-wing camp headed by Mr. Netanyahu, Ms. Hermann’s research shows.

Yet even centrist parties in Israel don’t oppose some settlements. The Yesh Atid party, which is aimed at secular Israelis and currently polling neck and neck against Mr. Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, gave a major policy speech in 2012 in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel. It was a symbol of Israelis’ steady drift to the right in recent years.
• YNet: Hamas instructed its operatives around the world to take more precautions following the recent murder of Tunisian drone engineer Mohammad al-Zawahri.

• A Palestinian woman was shot while trying to stab Israeli security personnel at the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem on Friday.

• The Los Angeles Times looks at what people are saying about the one-state solution.

• Palestinian editors take note: Encouraging readers to martyrdom doesn’t boost your paper’s circulation.

• Worth reading: Ex-CIA chief Gen. Michael Hayden discussed with Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman the behind the scenes events leading up to Israel’s 2007 air strike on a Syrian nuclear facility, shedding light on his relationship with Mossad chief Meir Dagan, the lengths Damascus took to keep the project secret, and why Washington ultimately demurred on attacking Deir ez-Zor itself.

Around the World
• Vandals turn Arizona family’s outdoor menorah into a swastika.

• Greek game firm closes Auschwitz ‘escape room’ following complaints

Commentary/Analysis
• The imbalance of the New York Times op-ed section continues with Philip Gordon essentially arguing that Netanyahu isn’t interested in peace and Rashid Khalidi insisting that Resolution 2334 and Kerry’s speech are “too little, too late.

As for letters to the editor, the train already left the station in December 29’s letters. Readers and editors have moved on to other issues. Right, Yair Rosenberg?

• For a sense of what the critics are saying, see ex-ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, Diana Buttu, Brent Scowcroft and Thomas Pickering, Gwynne Dyer and Richard Gross (who doesn’t think anything of consequence to Mideast peace happened between Sadat’s assassination in 1981 and the Gaza disengagement of 2005).

• Still lots of spilled ink and burnt pixels over John Kerry, settlements, and the peace process.

– Einat Wilf: Yes to the occupation, no to the settlements
– Maajid Nawaz: Why did Obama pander to the UN’s stunning anti-Israel bias?
– Ben-Dror Yemini: Blocking peace
– Eli Lake: Kerry yearns for peace in a vanished Middle East
– Steven Cook: The misplaced optimism of the two-state solution
opinions– Anshel Pfeffer: What Kerry’s speech says about Obama’s Israel strategy
– Charles Krauthammer: Obama’s final, most shameful, legacy moment
– Alan Dershowitz: Britain and Australia more supportive of Israel than Obama and Kerry
– Eugene Robinson: If there’s no two-state solution, what will Israel become?
– Douglas Murray: Britain’s little lies
– Fran O’Sullivan: Netanyahu has bigger fish to fry than NZ
– Trudy Rubin: The reality behind the UN vote
– Selin Nasi: Will the UN decision force Israel to act?

• Staff-eds weighed in:

– Washington Post (staff-ed): On Israel, we’re right back where Obama started
– National Review (staff-ed): John Kerry’s indefensible swipe at Israel
– National Post: Eight years of Obama’s foreign policy disasters recapped in only two horrific weeks
– San Francisco Chronicle: The Obama team is right to criticize Israel

• Tweet of the weekend goes to Orli Sagi. You see, Palestinian activists dressing up as Santa so they can be photographed confronting the IDF are one of my season’s gratings.
• Here’s what else I’m reading this weekend:

– Prof. Miriam Elman: Trump’s plan to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem could help the peace process
– Bernard Avishai: Is Donald Trump the friend Israel needs?
– Ruth Wisse: Free speech and anti-Semitism (click via Google News)
– Gil Troy: The man whose dream became Israel
– Uzay Bulut: Football is never just football
– Gary Rosenblatt: Five lessons I learned in ’16
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Did US, New Zealand Collude on UN Vote?
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Today’s Top Stories
1. While the White House’s Ben Rhodes insisted the US merely abstained from UNSC resolution 2334, Israeli officials said they had firm evidence that the US actively pushed the resolution. Cabinet minister Zev Elkin told the Jerusalem Post that Ukraine originally intended to abstain, but that changed after Vice President Joe Biden called Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Biden’s office denied the story.

Ambassador Ron Dermer told CNN and MSNBC that Israel would also present its evidence to the incoming Trump administration after the inauguration “through the appropriate channels.”

Strengthening the claims that the US was more hands-on than is letting on, Wall St. Journal editor Bret Stephens (click via Google News) links to a November report in the New Zealand Herald describing a conversation between ecretary of State John Kerry and his NZ counterpart, Murray McCully. Indeed, New Zealand was one of the resolution 2334’s sponsors.

One of the closed-door discussions between United States Secretary of State John Kerry and the New Zealand Government today was a potential resolution by the United Nations Security Council on a two-state solution for the Israel – Palestinian conflict.

After the talks, Foreign Minister Murray McCully even raised the possibility of the US or New Zealand sponsoring a resolution.

“It is a conversation we are engaged in deeply and we’ve spent some time talking to Secretary Kerry about where the US might go on this.
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US Secretary of State John Kerry and NZ Foreign Minister Murray McCully on November 10, 2016

2. Other Israeli responses to the UN vote include construction of a new West Bank bypass road and Jerusalem city hall’s expected approval hundreds of residential units.

Israel is also expected to cancel aid to Angola, which voted for the resolution.

3. According to Israeli Hebrew-language media reports, the Hamas drone engineer murdered in Tunisia was working on underwater drones to attack Israeli offshore gas rigs. Legal Insurrection rounded up the related links.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• Haaretz picked up HonestReporting’s efforts to have Australian BDS activist Antony Loewenstein’s Israeli press credentials revoked. Decent article, though I wonder why any organization professing to be pro-Israel is branded by Haaretz as “right-wing.” See our expose and followup.

• New ‘Facebook Law’ approved by Israeli ministers empowers court to force web platforms to remove incitement from pages. The Algemeiner explains that the law

aims to empower the Administrative Court, at the state’s request, to issue injunctions to Internet content providers, such as Facebook and Google, to remove incitement from their pages.

Such injunctions will be issued, according to the bill, when posts are deemed to be criminal or to imperil the safety of an individual Israeli, sector of society or the country as a whole.
• Bungled headlines of the day, courtesy the New York Times and Associated Press. You have to read the articles to find out Israel is expanding housing units in eastern Jerusalem, which is not the same thing as creating new settlements. (Later in the day, AP changed its header.)

The headline writers are definitely validating their 2016 Dishonest Reporting Award, which we announced just yesterday . . .

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• Israeli security forces say they foiled 180 shooting attacks in the West Bank in 2016.

Around the World
• Anti-Israel activists at the U. of Maryland are demand the administration protect them against anti-Semitism allegations, and allow them to promote BDS ‘without fear of consequence.’ Sounds to me that what they really want is a free pass for anti-Semitic bigotry.

• Taiwanese high school principal resigns over Nazi-themed parade (?!)

Commentary/Analysis
• Over at today’s New York Times Room for Debate, talking heads are slugging it out over the question of moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. Robert Stearns and Amiad Cohen weigh in for the move, while Aaron David Mmiller and Gregory Khalil oppose.

• No shortage of commentary on UNSC resolution 2334.

– Benny Avni: Obama’s betrayal of Israel is an act of diplomatic war
– Mark Goldfeder: Supporting UN resolution was wrong as a matter of law
– Alan Dershowitz: Obama pulls a bait-and-switch on Security Council vote
– Boaz Bismuth: Taking the gloves off
– David Horovitz: Netanyahu goes to war with the world
– Michael Wilner: US consistent against settlements — and against UN as appropriate venue

– Amb. Alan Baker: A scandalous UN resolution

– Raphael Ahren: Why Netanyahu refuses to ‘turn the other cheek’
– David Harris: Do the Palestinians really want a state?
– Tania Hary: Security Council resolution leaves out Gaza
– John Bolton: Obama’s parting betrayal of Israel (click via Google News)
– Gidon Ben-Zvi: Short-circuiting Oslo
– Times of London (staff-ed): A vote against peace
– New York Daily News (staff-ed): UN resolution leads Palestine to think it can bypass talks with Israel

• For a sense of what Israel’s critics, see Gideon Levy, Rachel Shabi and Simon Tisdall.

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UN Vote: Ramifications and Fallout
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Today’s Top Stories
1. A day after Egypt withdrew its anti-settlement resolution, the US allowed the UN Security Council to pass a similar resolution. Here’s the full text of resolution 2334.

Israel rejected the resolution, calling it “shameful” and saying Jerusalem would not abide by it. The White House said Netanyahu brought the US abstention on himself. And Palestinians called the vote “a big blow” to Israel. Indeed, the potential ramifications noted by YNet are gloomy:

The resolution makes Israeli citizens that are involved in the settlement enterprise in the West Bank vulnerable to lawsuits in courts all over the world.

Jerusalem is also worried that the resolution opens the door for lawsuits against Israeli officials at the ICC: government ministers and senior IDF officers who make decisions about construction in the settlements, the demolition of Palestinian homes, or the expropriation of lands could be accused of war crimes under the Geneva Convention.

The resolution can also lead to the creation of mechanisms to monitor and report Israeli actions, which could lead to sanctions being imposed against it.

The resolution’s wording can also be seen as a victory to the BDS Movement, as it opens the door for boycotts of goods produced in the Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
More on the fallout below.

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The Security Council members voting for resolution 2334 on December 23.

2. In response to the vote, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would stop funding UN institutions, recalled Israel’s ambassadors to Senegal and New Zealand (Jewish Kiwis are worried Israel will close the embassy in Wellington), cancelled a visit by Ukraine’s Prime Minister, and nixed foreign aid to Senegal. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman ordered the IDF to scale back civilian contacts with the PA. And YNet notes another possible countermeasure:

Israel is also considering stopping work visas to employees of these UN agencies and expelling UNRWA spokesman in Israel, Chris Gunness, who Jerusalem is accusing of inciting against the State of Israel.
3. If you think fake news is innocuous, think again. It started when a fake news site called AWD News “reported” that ex-Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon threatened to destroy Pakistan with a nuclear attack if the Pakistanis sent Sunni ground forces to Syr

Believing the report was real, Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif tweeted back to Israel a veiled nuclear threat of his own. More on the story at the New York Times.


Other AWD “scoops” include Israeli plans to colonize Russia, the existence of an Islamic State office in Israel that sells slaves, and direct Tel-Aviv-Riyadh commercial flights.

(By the way, fake news also led to baseless accusations of anti-Semitism in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. More on that at Haaretz.)

4. The Metro Rewrites History: Historical revisionism contributes to a false narrative of the Mideast conflict that so favors the Palestinians today.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• Haaretz: At a cabinet meeting following the vote, Prime Minister Netanyahu warned that the world might try to take additional measures against Israel before the end of the Obama presidency.

• Discussing the UN vote, an analyst suggested to Radio New Zealand that Wellington’s eagerness to sponsor the vote may have been motivated by financial considerations.

Israel has instructed its ambassador in New Zealand to return home for consultation, but Steve Hoadley said the country need not be worried.

“New Zealand also trades with the Arab states, is about to sign a free trade agreement with the Gulf Co-operation Council.

“There’s huge profits being made to export lamb and other dairy products, other food products to the Arab states.

“If there was to be a big trade payoff, the calculations would be in favour of going with the Arab and the Muslim countries.”
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New Zealand’s Beehive and Parliament House,

• In defiance of the UN, Israeli lawmakers told the Times of Israel that contentious legislation legalizing West Bank outposts will be back on the agenda.

• Haaretz looks at how the Palestinians navigated their agenda through the UN.

• The IDF’s looking for Palestinians who opened fire on the entrance to the Beit El settlement in a drive-by shooting this morning. No injuries reported. On Saturday, police thwarted a Palestinian stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City. And on Friday night, an Israeli man was stabbed in the West Bank settlement of Efrat. Soldiers searching for the terrorist surrounded a nearby Palestinian village.

• Firefighters successfully battled a blaze at a Haifa petrochemical facility, preventing the fire from spreading from one fuel storage tank to other nearby tanks. No indications of terror. More at the Jerusalem Post.

• Fatah celebrates its murdering 116 Israelis.

• Number of items censored by Facebook in Israel has quadrupled this year.

Around the World
• Stephen Pollard‘s furious at the BBC for erasing the Israel origins of an important breakthrough in cancer treatment.

• The Daily Telegraph takes a closer look at anti-Semitism on UK campuses, interviewing Baroness Ruth Deech of the House of Lords, Sir Eric Pickles, and publishing an op-ed response by Josh Nagli of the Union of Jewish Students.

• In Ireland, an upcoming conference at University College Cork is raising concerns among Jewish students. Israel advocates say the program, “International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism and Responsibility” will just be an Israel-bashing hatefest providing “activists the opportunity to hide their antisemitism behind a cloak of academic legitimacy,” according to The Algemeiner.

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• A Barcelona court nixed a suburb’s illegally-passed BDS resolution as unconstitutional.

Commentary/Analysis
• This snippet from a Washington Post staff-ed pretty much sums up the problem with resolution 2334. I didn’t see much acknowledgement of a 10-month settlement freeze in 2010.

Nevertheless, settlements do not explain the administration’s repeated failures to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace. The Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas proved unwilling to negotiate seriously even during the settlement freeze, and it refused to accept a framework for negotiations painstakingly drawn up by Secretary of State John F. Kerry in 2014. In past negotiations, both sides have acknowledged that any deal will involve the annexation by Israel of settlements near its borders, where most of the current construction takes place — something the U.N. resolution, which was pressed by the Palestinians, did not acknowledge or take into account.
crystal-ball-2• Plenty of commentary and crystal ball-gazing over the UN vote.

– Elliott Abrams and Michael Singh: The US just made Middle East peace harder
– Avi Issacharoff: In doleful West Bank, UN vote brings little cheer to Palestinians
– Spengler: The “settlements” are not an obstacle to peace but a precondition for peace
– Orly Azoulay: Trump won’t be able to change the UNSC resolution
– Herb Keinon: Differentiation clause will boost BDS
– Raphael Ahren: UN punctures Netanyahu’s theory that settlements are a non-issue
– Alan Dershowitz: Trump was right to try to stop Obama from tying his hands on Israel
– Dennis Ross: Obama has been against Israel settlements since taking office
– Jonathan Tobin: Obama’s betrayal
– Peter Baker: For Obama and Netanyahu, a final clash after years of conflict
– Moshe Arens: Obama broke it, Trump will fix it
– Wall St. Journal (staff-ed): Obama’s anti-Israel tantrum (click via Google News)
– New York Daily News (staff-ed): Obama shafts Israel

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

– Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians: The nightmare of Christians
– Manfred Gerstenfeld: Anti-Semitism definition greatly helps exposing anti-Semites

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UN Vote: Ramifications and Fallout
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Today’s Top Stories
1. A day after Egypt withdrew its anti-settlement resolution, the US allowed the UN Security Council to pass a similar resolution. Here’s the full text of resolution 2334.

Israel rejected the resolution, calling it “shameful” and saying Jerusalem would not abide by it. The White House said Netanyahu brought the US abstention on himself. And Palestinians called the vote “a big blow” to Israel. Indeed, the potential ramifications noted by YNet are gloomy:

The resolution makes Israeli citizens that are involved in the settlement enterprise in the West Bank vulnerable to lawsuits in courts all over the world.

Jerusalem is also worried that the resolution opens the door for lawsuits against Israeli officials at the ICC: government ministers and senior IDF officers who make decisions about construction in the settlements, the demolition of Palestinian homes, or the expropriation of lands could be accused of war crimes under the Geneva Convention.

The resolution can also lead to the creation of mechanisms to monitor and report Israeli actions, which could lead to sanctions being imposed against it.

The resolution’s wording can also be seen as a victory to the BDS Movement, as it opens the door for boycotts of goods produced in the Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
More on the fallout below.

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The Security Council members voting for resolution 2334 on December 23.

2. In response to the vote, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would stop funding UN institutions, recalled Israel’s ambassadors to Senegal and New Zealand (Jewish Kiwis are worried Israel will close the embassy in Wellington), cancelled a visit by Ukraine’s Prime Minister, and nixed foreign aid to Senegal. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman ordered the IDF to scale back civilian contacts with the PA. And YNet notes another possible countermeasure:

Israel is also considering stopping work visas to employees of these UN agencies and expelling UNRWA spokesman in Israel, Chris Gunness, who Jerusalem is accusing of inciting against the State of Israel.
3. If you think fake news is innocuous, think again. It started when a fake news site called AWD News “reported” that ex-Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon threatened to destroy Pakistan with a nuclear attack if the Pakistanis sent Sunni ground forces to Syria.

Believing the report was real, Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif tweeted back to Israel a veiled nuclear threat of his own. More on the story at the New York Times.


Other AWD “scoops” include Israeli plans to colonize Russia, the existence of an Islamic State office in Israel that sells slaves, and direct Tel-Aviv-Riyadh commercial flights.

(By the way, fake news also led to baseless accusations of anti-Semitism in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. More on that at Haaretz.)

4. The Metro Rewrites History: Historical revisionism contributes to a false narrative of the Mideast conflict that so favors the Palestinians today.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• Haaretz: At a cabinet meeting following the vote, Prime Minister Netanyahu warned that the world might try to take additional measures against Israel before the end of the Obama presidency.

• Discussing the UN vote, an analyst suggested to Radio New Zealand that Wellington’s eagerness to sponsor the vote may have been motivated by financial considerations.

Israel has instructed its ambassador in New Zealand to return home for consultation, but Steve Hoadley said the country need not be worried.

“New Zealand also trades with the Arab states, is about to sign a free trade agreement with the Gulf Co-operation Council.

“There’s huge profits being made to export lamb and other dairy products, other food products to the Arab states.

“If there was to be a big trade payoff, the calculations would be in favour of going with the Arab and the Muslim countries.”
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New Zealand’s Beehive and Parliament House,

• In defiance of the UN, Israeli lawmakers told the Times of Israel that contentious legislation legalizing West Bank outposts will be back on the agenda.

• Haaretz looks at how the Palestinians navigated their agenda through the UN.

• The IDF’s looking for Palestinians who opened fire on the entrance to the Beit El settlement in a drive-by shooting this morning. No injuries reported. On Saturday, police thwarted a Palestinian stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City. And on Friday night, an Israeli man was stabbed in the West Bank settlement of Efrat. Soldiers searching for the terrorist surrounded a nearby Palestinian village.

• Firefighters successfully battled a blaze at a Haifa petrochemical facility, preventing the fire from spreading from one fuel storage tank to other nearby tanks. No indications of terror. More at the Jerusalem Post.

• Fatah celebrates its murdering 116 Israelis.

• Number of items censored by Facebook in Israel has quadrupled this year.

Around the World
• Stephen Pollard‘s furious at the BBC for erasing the Israel origins of an important breakthrough in cancer treatment.

• The Daily Telegraph takes a closer look at anti-Semitism on UK campuses, interviewing Baroness Ruth Deech of the House of Lords, Sir Eric Pickles, and publishing an op-ed response by Josh Nagli of the Union of Jewish Students.

• In Ireland, an upcoming conference at University College Cork is raising concerns among Jewish students. Israel advocates say the program, “International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism and Responsibility” will just be an Israel-bashing hatefest providing “activists the opportunity to hide their antisemitism behind a cloak of academic legitimacy,” according to The Algemeiner.

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• A Barcelona court nixed a suburb’s illegally-passed BDS resolution as unconstitutional.

Commentary/Analysis
• This snippet from a Washington Post staff-ed pretty much sums up the problem with resolution 2334. I didn’t see much acknowledgement of a 10-month settlement freeze in 2010.

Nevertheless, settlements do not explain the administration’s repeated failures to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace. The Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas proved unwilling to negotiate seriously even during the settlement freeze, and it refused to accept a framework for negotiations painstakingly drawn up by Secretary of State John F. Kerry in 2014. In past negotiations, both sides have acknowledged that any deal will involve the annexation by Israel of settlements near its borders, where most of the current construction takes place — something the U.N. resolution, which was pressed by the Palestinians, did not acknowledge or take into account.
crystal-ball-2• Plenty of commentary and crystal ball-gazing over the UN vote.

– Elliott Abrams and Michael Singh: The US just made Middle East peace harder
– Avi Issacharoff: In doleful West Bank, UN vote brings little cheer to Palestinians
– Spengler: The “settlements” are not an obstacle to peace but a precondition for peace
– Orly Azoulay: Trump won’t be able to change the UNSC resolution
– Herb Keinon: Differentiation clause will boost BDS
– Raphael Ahren: UN punctures Netanyahu’s theory that settlements are a non-issue
– Alan Dershowitz: Trump was right to try to stop Obama from tying his hands on Israel
– Dennis Ross: Obama has been against Israel settlements since taking office
– Jonathan Tobin: Obama’s betrayal
– Peter Baker: For Obama and Netanyahu, a final clash after years of conflict
– Moshe Arens: Obama broke it, Trump will fix it
– Wall St. Journal (staff-ed): Obama’s anti-Israel tantrum (click via Google News)
– New York Daily News (staff-ed): Obama shafts Israel

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

– Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians: The nightmare of Christians
– Manfred Gerstenfeld: Anti-Semitism definition greatly helps exposing anti-Semites

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Egypt Postpones UN Security Council Vote on Resolution Against Settlements
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*** UPDATE *** After this roundup was published, Egypt decided to postpone today’s Security Council vote. The Jerusalem Post and Haaretz reported this was due to heavy Israeli pressure on Cairo.

1. The UN Security Council is was due to vote on a resolution declaring that settlements “have no legal validity” and are a “flagrant violation” of international law. Haaretz reports that Israel and other countries were surprised by Egypt’s decision to rush the vote, while the Associated Press says the hurry may work against the draft. When this roundup was published the vote was due to be held at 3:00 PM New York time.

But Egypt’s call for a speedy vote leaves almost no time for negotiations among the 15 council members, and some language in the draft is highly likely to be unacceptable to the United States, Israel’s closest ally and a veto-wielding council member.
The Times of Israel obtained a copy of the draft. Israel’s urging the US to veto the resolution, but I haven’t seen any signs indicating how US Ambassador Samantha Power will vote.

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US Ambassador Samantha Power, December 2015

2. Might Donald Trump recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan? Michael Oren, an MK who serves as Prime Minister Netanyahu’s adviser told journalists it wouldn’t hurt to ask. More at Bloomberg News.

3. The US denied significant Israeli claims that Lebanese army APCs were given to Hezbollah.

Israel and the Palestinians
• YNet: Israeli security busted a Hamas cell planning suicide bombings in Jerusalem and Haifa.

• The Jerusalem Post‘s man-on-the-street interviews found that A) Palestinians don’t really care if the US relocates its embassy to Jerusalem, and B) many weren’t aware that it’s currently in Tel Aviv or C) that there was even a debate on the matter.

Asked his reaction to the possible relocation, Hasan, a Palestinian man in his 60s, who requested his last name not be published, responded: “It does not matter to me. Why should I care about where the US Embassy is located? It does not change my life one bit.”
• Not your daddy’s global village:

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• Turkey-Israel: A peace pipeline on the way?

• The body of one of the Berlin terror victims was positively identified as Israeli woman Daliya Elyakim of Herzliya. Her husband, Rami, remains hospitalized. German police are searching for a Tunisian national they believe responsible for plowing a truck into an outdoor Christmas market, killing 12 and injuring 48.

• Since this cartoon produced in Gaza is in Arabic, I have to assume it aims to brainwash Palestinian kids and not scare Israelis. MEMRI has more background.

Animated Music Video from Gaza Glorifies Palestinian Terrorist Attacks: I'm Coming for You with a Gun, an Axe, or a Knife pic.twitter.com/ZxnjRr3isZ
— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) December 21, 2016
Around the World
• Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s largest daily, reports that the country’s Jews are becoming radicalized. Annika Hernroth-Rothstein fires back.

In these Trumpian times, people like to talk about dog whistles, and the author of this expose, Bjorn Af Kleen, seems to have mastered the dog-whistle on an Olympic level . . .

As I’m reading all this, I wonder if the same type of article could have been written about the Muslims of Sweden? Would it be possible to write three pages on their division between men and women, about hijabs, Muslim laws on homosexuality or radicalization in their midst? There are several hundred thousand Muslims in Sweden and only 15,000 Jews, a handful of them identifying as religious. What is so fascinating about us? Why are we worthy of 6,000 words and all that muddled suspicion?
mla• A Jewish civil rights organization is threatening legal action against the Modern Language Association should it adopt a pro-BDS motion at the academic body’s 2017 convention. According to the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB),

the motion “seeks unprecedented action from the MLA that is far beyond the capacity and powers set forth in the MLA’s corporate charter” and is “also inconsistent with the mission and programs that the MLA reports to the IRS.”
• The synagogue at the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov was desecrated when several people broke into the building, splattered red paint on the walls and left behind a severed pig’s head on which a swastika was carved. The Hasidic master’s grave in the Ukranian town of Uman is a popular pilgrimage spot.

• These 4 factors trigger anti-Semitic hate crimes in the US.

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

– Raphael Ahren: Will Palestinians get a Security Council motion passed – and will it matter?
– Ron Kampeas: Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem: the good, the bad and the unpredictable
– James Robbins: US embassy: Next year in Jerusalem
– Jack Saltzberg: How to fight the anti-Israel BDS movement
– Dore Gold: How did Israeli settlements become a legally contentious UN issue?
– Prof. Eugene Kontorovich: Israel’s settlement regulations bill and international law
– Yair Rosenberg: Why did the NY Times publish fake news about Trump, Zionism and Alan Dershowitz?

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Is Hezbollah Using US Arms Taken From Lebanese Army?
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Hezbollah’s now using US weapons supplied to the Lebanese Armed Forces, according to an IDF officer quoted by Haaretz. And how did Hezbollah get its hands on the “Made in the USA” arms and vehicles?

The senior officer added that while it is not clear under which circumstances Hezbollah obtained the American APC’s from the Lebanese Armed Forces, he believed that it was part of “a deal” and that Hezbollah has recently “strengthened its grip on the main national institutions in Lebanon,” including its army.

Lebanon is currently the fifth-highest recipient of U.S. military aid in the form of light and medium weapons and armored vehicles, supplied by the Obama administration in order to help the Lebanese fight Islamist terror organizations. This includes M-113 APC’s and M-60 tanks. The latest shipment in August was worth an estimated $50 million and included 50 new APCs and 40 artillery pieces.
2. The Knesset removed parliamentary immunity from Israeli-Arab MK Basel Ghattas, who is accused of smuggling cell phones and information to Palestinian security prisoners. The Knesset also approved a ban on lawmakers visiting security prisoners.

3. In the wake of Berlin’s terror attack, Israel concluded security preparations in Jerusalem and Bethlehem as Christian tourists arrive for Christmas. Reuters reports hotel bookings in Bethlehem are up from last year while the Associated Press reports that the biggest threat to Palestinian businesses in Bethlehem isn’t Israeli checkpoints but cheap souvenirs imported from China.

A small number of souvenir shops are now trying to fight the trend, stocking their shelves almost exclusively with locally made products. Shopkeepers say that while their wares may be more expensive, the quality is much better and they give an important boost to the struggling economy.

4. UPDATE: Will BDS “Journalist” Antony Loewenstein Be Forced to Leave Israel? HonestReporting’s expose of BDS activist Antony Loewenstein creates a storm as Israel’s Government Press Office considers making him leave the country.

5. The 2016 Dishonest Reporting Awards: Our annual review of the year’s worst cases of media bias.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• A Trump transition official boycotted Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely over her refusal to meet with a far-right Member of European Parliament.

Becky Norton Dunlop, deputy to the senior adviser on Trump’s transition team for policy and personnel, is in Israel as part of the three-day Jerusalem Leaders Summit, a gathering of conservative parliamentarians from the US and Europe . . .

Just hours before the briefing, the group was informed that Kristina Winberg, a member of the European Parliament for the Sweden Democrats, would not be allowed to join . . .

A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said the decision to exclude Winberg was made due to her party’s far-right and ultra-nationalist positions.
• Worth reading: The National Catholic Reporter takes a closer look at Bethlehem’s declining Christian community. The town has a higher unemployment rate than the Gaza Strip, and Muslims are more likely than Christians to get opportunities:

“Officially, the laws are the same for Christians and Muslims but there is still some racism,” said Qumsieh, who noted that most of the prejudice is connected to land ownership, and that people generally try to sell land to others from the same religion.
• Not everyone in the HonestReporting office liked The Economist‘s double entendre, but I think the caption’s pretty funny. You have permission to laugh.

Commentary/Analysis
• A day after publishing one, two and three commentaries against Donald Trump’s appointment for ambassador to Israel, the Washington Post published another denunciation by Israeli peace activist Gershom Gorenberg. But weighing in for Friedman’s defense is Jeff Jacoby.

• A Wall St. Journal staff-ed (click via Google News) had an interesting take on relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem:

If the location of an embassy is enough to block peace talks, then there must not be much of an underlying basis for peace. Mr. Trump says he still wants to revive talks, and if moving the U.S. Embassy reassures Israelis of U.S. support, so much the better.
Also commenting on the possible embassy move:

– David Horovitz: There’s more than one way to move a US embassy
– Eli Lake: Israel needs its Arab friends more than US embassy move
– Jonathan Tobin: Two states and the embassy

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

– Amb. Danny Danon: Israel is ready for a reset at the UN
– Ruthie Blum: Ban Ki-moon’s last hypocritical hurrah
– Fred Maroun: Rachel Avraham exposes Hamas’ willing collaborators
– Isi Leibler: European meltdown threatens Jews
– Ronen Bergman: If it wanted to, Israel could have stopped the massacre in Syria

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Saeb Erekat ‘Threatens’ Violence Over US Embassy Move
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat threatened (or predicted?) Arab violence if the US relocates its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Here’s Erekat dog whistling after saying he’d resign and the PLO would revoke its recognition of Israel. Draw your own conclusion:

Furthermore, said Erekat, all American embassies in the Arab world would be forced to close — not necessarily because Arab leaderships would want to close them, but because the infuriated public in the Arab world would not “allow” for the embassies to continue to operate.
Reaction from Eugene Kontorovich:

2. Israeli-Arab MK Basel Ghattas is suspected of transferring intelligence to a Palestinian security prisoner and smuggled mobile phones to him and another during a visit to the Ketziot Prison near Beersheva on Sunday.

Channel 2 said that Walid Daka — who is serving a 37-year sentence for the 1984 kidnap and murder of 19-year-old IDF soldier Moshe Tamam — was searched after a visit by MK Basel Ghattas of the Joint (Arab) List following a tip-off to officials, and was found to have “significant” information hidden in his underwear.
3. Baroness Jenny Tonge’s under investigation by the House of Lords — widely presumed for chairing a controversial meeting in the Parliament building calling for Britain to apologize for the Balfour declaration. At that meeting in October, a participant blamed Israel for Islamic State and suggested that Jews were also responsible for the Holocaust.

The Commissioner for Standards in the House of Lords hasn’t confirmed the reason for his inquiry.
Israel and the Palestinians
• According to the Times of Israel, Hamas continues to allow the smuggling of weapons from Gaza to Islamic State in Sinai. Now we’re talking about anti-tank missiles and improvised explosive devices used in roadside bombings. Injured jihadis are still treated in Gaza hospitals too.

These roadside bombs are a major challenge to the Egyptian Army; every week they inflict heavy casualties. The Egyptians are using various advanced technological means in an effort to solve the problem but have not yet succeeded in completely overcoming it. Some of these roadside bombs come from Gaza; others are assembled in the Sinai. Explosives experts from Hamas’s military wing have arrived in the Sinai to assist with the assembly of the devices.
• The IDF busted a large underground Palestinian home-made weapons factory in Hebron on Sunday night.

Forces discovered more than 100 Carl Gustav m/45 barrels, Russian 7.62 sniper rifles and for the first time, M16 rifle parts with assembly instructions.

During the raid, IDF forces also discovered a large cache of ammunition hidden in one of the walls of the house.

• Gunshots were fired at an Israeli bus in the West Bank, north of Jerusalem, on Monday night. No injuries were reported. And on Sunday night, an Israeli was lightly injured in a drive-by shooting attack near Ramallah.

• UK announces new structure for Palestinian Authority funding

• In a Times of Israel Q+A, Jibril Rajoub, now the Palestinian Authority’s de facto number two man discussed dodged questions about his background in terror and succeeding Mahmoud Abbas.

• Nazareth school holds children’s event honoring killer of three Israelis.

• Reuters updates the latest on Mahmoud Abbas’s crackdown on political opponents.

Around the World
ArgentinaFlag• Argentine prosecutors found new evidence related to the 1994 bombing of the AMIA building. Eighty six people were killed in a massive blast which destroyed the headquarters of the Argentine Jewish community in Buenos Aires:

National prosecutors ordered that DNA tests be performed on the evidence.

If the results don’t match with the already identified victims, they could correspond either to an unknown victim or to a suicide terrorist.
• Rectors of universities from 14 Latin American countries want to collaborate with Hebrew U. If you listen carefully, you’ll hear the sound of BDSniks gnashing their teeth.

“There are rectors from three countries that we don’t have [diplomatic] ties with, and not only did they come to Israel but we also signed academic collaborations with them,” she said.
• Website targets Jewish community in white supremacist’s home town

• Journalists and unions accuse EU-backed Euronews of pandering to oppressive regimes.

Commentary/Analysis
washington-post• The Washington Post op-ed section dog-piled on Donald Trump’s choice of ambassador to Israel, David Friedman with denunciations coming from J Street chief Jeremy Ben-Ami, columnist Richard Cohen, and a staff editorial.

Last but not least, in the paper’s “Post Everything” section, Nathan Hersh of Partners for Progressive Israel urges a boycott of settlement products since the Trump administration won’t be pressuring Israel.

Meanwhile, Elliott Abrams and former Canadian ambassador to Israel Vivian Bercovici (click via Google News) argue that the sky’s not falling with the Friedman appointment.

• Israel-Diaspora ties are on my mind:

– Omri Boehm: Liberal Zionism in the age of Trump
– Shalom Lipner: Divergence grows in the America-Israel relationship

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

– Ronen Bergman: Tunisia assassination: Yossi Cohen’s baptism of fire
– Alex Fishman: The message behind the Tunisia assassination
– Moshe Arens: Deter Hezbollah — or preempt it?
– Zvi Hauser: Golan Heights: From annexation to recognition
– Baria Alamuddin: Is Iran 100 times worse than Israel?
– Amos Harel: After Aleppo victory, Assad could try to retake Israel border area
– Bassam Tawil: Palestinians: Welcome to the world of Western-funded terrorism

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Saeb Erekat ‘Threatens’ Violence Over US Embassy Move
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat threatened (or predicted?) Arab violence if the US relocates its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Here’s Erekat dog whistling after saying he’d resign and the PLO would revoke its recognition of Israel. Draw your own conclusion:

Furthermore, said Erekat, all American embassies in the Arab world would be forced to close — not necessarily because Arab leaderships would want to close them, but because the infuriated public in the Arab world would not “allow” for the embassies to continue to operate.
Reaction from Eugene Kontorovich:

2. Israeli-Arab MK Basel Ghattas is suspected of transferring intelligence to a Palestinian security prisoner and smuggled mobile phones to him and another during a visit to the Ketziot Prison near Beersheva on Sunday.

Channel 2 said that Walid Daka — who is serving a 37-year sentence for the 1984 kidnap and murder of 19-year-old IDF soldier Moshe Tamam — was searched after a visit by MK Basel Ghattas of the Joint (Arab) List following a tip-off to officials, and was found to have “significant” information hidden in his underwear.
3. Baroness Jenny Tonge’s under investigation by the House of Lords — widely presumed for chairing a controversial meeting in the Parliament building calling for Britain to apologize for the Balfour declaration. At that meeting in October, a participant blamed Israel for Islamic State and suggested that Jews were also responsible for the Holocaust.

The Commissioner for Standards in the House of Lords hasn’t confirmed the reason for his inquiry.
Israel and the Palestinians
• According to the Times of Israel, Hamas continues to allow the smuggling of weapons from Gaza to Islamic State in Sinai. Now we’re talking about anti-tank missiles and improvised explosive devices used in roadside bombings. Injured jihadis are still treated in Gaza hospitals too.

These roadside bombs are a major challenge to the Egyptian Army; every week they inflict heavy casualties. The Egyptians are using various advanced technological means in an effort to solve the problem but have not yet succeeded in completely overcoming it. Some of these roadside bombs come from Gaza; others are assembled in the Sinai. Explosives experts from Hamas’s military wing have arrived in the Sinai to assist with the assembly of the devices.
• The IDF busted a large underground Palestinian home-made weapons factory in Hebron on Sunday night.

Forces discovered more than 100 Carl Gustav m/45 barrels, Russian 7.62 sniper rifles and for the first time, M16 rifle parts with assembly instructions.

During the raid, IDF forces also discovered a large cache of ammunition hidden in one of the walls of the house.

• Gunshots were fired at an Israeli bus in the West Bank, north of Jerusalem, on Monday night. No injuries were reported. And on Sunday night, an Israeli was lightly injured in a drive-by shooting attack near Ramallah.

• UK announces new structure for Palestinian Authority funding

• In a Times of Israel Q+A, Jibril Rajoub, now the Palestinian Authority’s de facto number two man discussed dodged questions about his background in terror and succeeding Mahmoud Abbas.

• Nazareth school holds children’s event honoring killer of three Israelis.

• Reuters updates the latest on Mahmoud Abbas’s crackdown on political opponents.

Around the World
ArgentinaFlag• Argentine prosecutors found new evidence related to the 1994 bombing of the AMIA building. Eighty six people were killed in a massive blast which destroyed the headquarters of the Argentine Jewish community in Buenos Aires:

National prosecutors ordered that DNA tests be performed on the evidence.

If the results don’t match with the already identified victims, they could correspond either to an unknown victim or to a suicide terrorist.
• Rectors of universities from 14 Latin American countries want to collaborate with Hebrew U. If you listen carefully, you’ll hear the sound of BDSniks gnashing their teeth.

“There are rectors from three countries that we don’t have [diplomatic] ties with, and not only did they come to Israel but we also signed academic collaborations with them,” she said.
• Website targets Jewish community in white supremacist’s home town

• Journalists and unions accuse EU-backed Euronews of pandering to oppressive regimes.

Commentary/Analysis
washington-post• The Washington Post op-ed section dog-piled on Donald Trump’s choice of ambassador to Israel, David Friedman with denunciations coming from J Street chief Jeremy Ben-Ami, columnist Richard Cohen, and a staff editorial.

Last but not least, in the paper’s “Post Everything” section, Nathan Hersh of Partners for Progressive Israel urges a boycott of settlement products since the Trump administration won’t be pressuring Israel.

Meanwhile, Elliott Abrams and former Canadian ambassador to Israel Vivian Bercovici (click via Google News) argue that the sky’s not falling with the Friedman appointment.

• Israel-Diaspora ties are on my mind:

– Omri Boehm: Liberal Zionism in the age of Trump
– Shalom Lipner: Divergence grows in the America-Israel relationship

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

– Ronen Bergman: Tunisia assassination: Yossi Cohen’s baptism of fire
– Alex Fishman: The message behind the Tunisia assassination
– Moshe Arens: Deter Hezbollah — or preempt it?
– Zvi Hauser: Golan Heights: From annexation to recognition
– Baria Alamuddin: Is Iran 100 times worse than Israel?
– Amos Harel: After Aleppo victory, Assad could try to retake Israel border area
– Bassam Tawil: Palestinians: Welcome to the world of Western-funded terrorism

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Trump’s Pick for Ambassador to Israel Stirs Controversy
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Today’s Top Stories
*** Breaking news *** Just before this roundup was published, residents of Amona agreed to leave the unauthorized outpost for a nearby location. The High Court of Justice had ruled that Amona was built on private Palestinian-owned land and ordered the outpost demolished by December 25. The agreement heads off fears of violence had police and soldiers forcefully evacuated residents. Take your pick of Jerusalem Post, YNet, Haaretz and Times of Israel coverage.

1. Raising new controversy, Donald Trump nominated adviser David Friedman — a real estate and bankruptcy lawyer — as ambassador to Israel. Creating a lot of buzz, a statement issued by the President-elect’s transition team quoted Friedman saying:

“I intend to work tirelessly to strengthen the unbreakable bond between our two countries and advance the cause of peace within the region, and look forward to doing this from the U.S. embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.”
The New York Times had a surprising amount of detail about Trump and Friedman’s personal relationship. The move has split the Israeli right and left and was denounced by the Palestinians. See below for all the commentary.

A number of emails from HR readers judged the media’s scrutiny of Friedman disproportionate (especially the New York Times for articles 1, 2, 3, 4, plus AP and Reuters), but as NY Times Jerusalem bureau chief Peter Baker’s recall to the US suggests, the news industry is going into full court press coverage with Trump. Going forward, the question is whether Trump’s future ambassadorial nominees will get the same scrutiny.

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David Friedman

2. Tunisian media is blaming the Mossad for the death of an aviation scientist and engineer who had been helping Hamas develop aerial drones. Mohammed Al-Zoari was shot multiple times at point blank range by unknown assailants near his home in the Tunisian city of Sfax. Times of Israel coverage. According to YNet, Zoari was reportedly working on a remote control submarine, and that a security camera outside his home was allegedly hacked as well.

Acknowledging Zoari’s ties, Hamas vowed vengeance on Israel, which hasn’t confirmed or denied anything, but Yossi Melman doesn’t think the hit was professional enough to attribute to the Mossad.

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money3. PA Prime Minister accused the US of “imposing an economic siege” on the Palestinians by transferring absolutely no financial aid to the Palestinians in 2016. But the State Dept. debunked the claim to the Times of Israel with a pretty specific breakdown.

The US does not deliver aid money directly into the PA’s coffers. Instead, to avoid possible misuse of funds, particularly to pay the salaries of convicted terrorists, the US channels aid into specific projects.

For example, the US can directly pay PA contractors who work on water or electricity infrastructure, and pay bills for schools and hospitals . . .

The Palestinian Authority’s leaders are open about their policy of providing salaries and other benefits to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including those convicted by Israeli civil courts of murder and terrorism, as well as to their families if they are killed while carrying out their attacks.

But the PA argues that since 2014, these funds have been paid through the Palestine Liberation Organization, not the PA’s own budget, and so are not drawn from foreign donor governments’ development grants. Critics note that the heads of the PA and PLO are the same individuals, and say the PLO uses PA funds for the payments.
Contrast all that with Haaretz, which reports that the UK is restricting aid to the Palestinians. London isn’t buying into Ramallah’s soporific distinctions between the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization.

4. EXCLUSIVE: HR Exposes Accredited Journalist as BDS Activist: Antony Loewenstein’s press credentials raise questions about The Guardian, Foreign Press Association and the Government Press Office.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• Sweden ‘to seek anti-settlement resolution’ during Security Council presidency in January.

The Security Council presidency rotates between member states on a monthly basis. Even if it gathers enough votes, a resolution against Israel is likely to be shot down by Washington, which holds veto power at the council, though Israel’s leaders have said they have some concern that the outgoing Obama administration might be less inclined to use its veto on a milder anti-Israel resolution in its final days in office.
• YNet: Hamas is using kites attached with GoPro cameras to surveil IDF movements and Israeli communities along the Gaza border.

Associated Press• Memo to the Associated Press: If you’re going to report on European Union complaints against Israel’s demolition of Palestinian structures (many of which you acknowledge are funded by the EU), the least you can do is balance out your coverage to acknowledge Israel’s point that EU funding for Palestinian structures violates international law.

• New 5.5 km Kinneret-Beit Shean pipeline will double Israel’s supply of water to Jordan in exchange for future desalinated water from Aqaba:

The laying of the new pipeline is of critical importance for Jordan. Due to the ongoing civil war in Syria, millions of refugees have flocked to Jordan, resulting in a real water crisis which has made the need to increase water supply more vital than ever.
• Israel returned the bodies of seven Palestinians killed in security incidents, but still holds three corpses of attackers affiliated with Hamas.

Mideast Matters
Avigdor Liberman
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman

• I may be wrong, but I think this is the first time a senior Israeli official openly voiced this view about the Syrian civil war:

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday that Israel’s interest lay in “having both Assad and the Iranians out of Syria.”
• Outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon acknowledged Turtle Bay’s “disproportionate volume of resolutions, reports and conferences criticizing Israel.” He made these comments while urging the Knesset not pass legislation legalizing unauthorized settlement outposts.

• Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid discussed the peace process in a Washington Post Q+A.

Around the World
• The US expanded its immigration fraud indictment of convicted terrorist Rasmieh Odeh, as new factual allegations may make it easier for prosecutors to obtain a conviction. Prof. William Jacobson explains why and what it means.

• Australian man charged over terror offences allegedly made videos of ‘how to kill Jews.’

• A prominent Turkish Jewish author Beki Ikala Erikli was shot and killed outside her Istanbul apartment building. The Jewish community is concerned it was anti-Semitic attack, according to YNet. Police have detained a 31-year-old female suspect who reportedly confessed to the murder. More at Hurriyet and the Times of Israel.

Commentary/Analysis
• Channel 2 newscaster Lucy Ahrish switched from Hebrew to English to blast Western inaction over Aleppo — singling out France, Germany, Britain, the US and UN

“I am ashamed as a human being that we chose leaders who are incapable of being articulate in their condemnation and powerful in their action. I am ashamed that the Arab world is being taken hostage by terrorists and murderers and that we are not doing anything. I am ashamed that the peaceful majority of humanity is irrelevant once again.”


• More commentary on the anguish of Aleppo:

– Hanin Ghaddar: Stop calling the Syrian conflict a ‘civil war.’ It’s not.
– Marc Schulman: Aleppo: What have we done?
– Zvi Bar’el: Aleppo Massacre: Assad is only getting started
– Seth Frantzman: How the Syrian regime won the tragic, symbolic battle
– Elliott Abrams: How to support democracy in the Arab world (click via Google News)

• Plenty of spilled ink and burnt pixels weighing in on Trump, Friedman, the embassy, and the fallout for Israel-Diaspora ties:

– Gary Rosenblatt: Israelis are for Trump; US Jews are from Venus
– Herb Keinon: Trump’s ambassador pick is cause for Netanyahu to celebrate
– Daniel Kurtzer: Donald Trump’s Israel ambassador pick is hazardous to peace
– Aaron David Miller: Trump’s new ambassador to Israel heralds radical change in policy
– Jonathan Tobin: Can Trump really move the embassy?
– Chemi Shalev: For Trump, moving embassy to Jerusalem is tempting but risky
– Cal Thomas: U.S.-Israel relations set to improve
– New Daily News (staff-ed): Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel is not a diplomat

• Tweet of the day goes to Kamel Amin Thaabet, responding to this New York Times staff-ed:

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

– Moshe Yaalon: How to build Middle East peace
– Shmuel Rosner: No, settlers don’t control Israeli politics
– Emily Landau: What Trump should do with the Iran deal
– Michael Gove: Left’s hatred of Israel is racism in disguise
– Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman: A bill to police campus speech (click via Google News)

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Israel to Boycott Visiting Swedish Foreign Minister
Israel Daily News Stream4 hours ago
1. Israeli officials will boycott visiting Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom over her government’s Mideast policies and her own history of comments. She has linked Islamist terror in Paris to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and demanded a probe into what she called Israel’s “extrajudicial executions.” In 2014, one of the first acts of the Swedish government was to recognize Palestinian statehood.

Wallstrom, who arrives on Thursday, sought meetings with various Israeli officials before visiting Palestinian leaders. Explaining the cold shoulder, a Foreign Ministry official told Haaretz:

“We reached the conclusion that there’s nobody to talk to and nothing to talk about,” he said.
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom

2. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu departed today for Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan with the goal of advancing diplomatic, security and economic ties with the Muslim countries. More at the Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel.

Israel purchases more than half of its oil from Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. In addition, Azerbaijan is strategically very important because it borders Iran, and Kazakhstan’s diplomatic importance will increase beginning in January, when it assumes a rotating seat on the UN Security Council for the next two years.

In addition, both countries are members of Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev disclosed that Baku has signed $5 billion in arms purchasing contracts with Israel over the last several years.

3. Hamas TV funded an Arab-Israeli MK’s Jordan trip, according to a report by the Knesset Ethics Committee. More at the Jerusalem Post:

The document revealed that [Haneen] Zoabi’s trip to Jordan between June 16 to 17 of 2016 was funded by the Palestinian terrorist group’s Al-Quds TV.
4. News services covered a car ramming attack at Ohio State University as terror, with clear attackers and victims. But 42 similar attacks in Israel were not as the media sympathized with the attackers instead. Sign our petition demanding that the wire services — Associated Press, Reuters and AFP — be consistent in their coverage of terror attacks. Click to watch our video add your name.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Police stopped a Palestinian woman’s attempted car-ramming and stabbing attack at the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem this afternoon. YNet coverage.

• Due credit to France’s new Ambassador to Israel, Helene le Gal for being candid. She bluntly admitted that the upcoming Paris peace conference won’t offer any new ideas for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:

“What we propose is nothing new but [we are] trying to keep the subject on the agenda and not letting it down because there are other crises in the world,” Ambassador Helene Le Gal said.
• The New York Times announced that Jerusalem bureau chief Peter Baker will be returning to the US to cover the White House beat.

I don’t see this as a knock on Baker’s short stint in Israel. Although he only arrived in Jerusalem in August, I think it reflects the paper’s decision to deepen its coverage of the Trump White House, which Baker has covered for years. (Erik Wemple elaborates on that.) No word yet on who might take over the Jerusalem bureau.

• Israel received the first two F-35 stealth fighter jets last night, becoming the first country to have the next-generation aircraft. Israel ordered 50 at a cost of more than $100 million apiece. I liked CNN‘s piece before the arrival.

Around the World
• In Germany, the Bank für Sozialwirtschaft (Bank for Social Economy) formally shut down the account of “Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East.” The Jerusalem Post explains the significance:

The Bank for Social Economy is the first global financial institution to explicitly state it closed an account because of BDS and connect BDS’s activities to modern antisemitism and a breach of ethics.

“The positions of the BDS campaign, in content and style, go way beyond the framework of ordinary democratic discourse,” the bank said.
• Replacing Ban Ki-moon, former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres was sworn in as UN Secretary General.

Antonio Guterres being sworn in as UN Secretary-General

• As BDS resolutions stall on campus, pro-Palestinian students shift tactics.

It’s official: President-elect Donald Trump named Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State. As ExxonMobil’s CEO, he has deep ties with the Arab world. Shmuel Rosner and the Times of Israel take a stab at what Tillerson means for Israel.

• Theresa May urges closer UK ties with Israel post-Brexit.

• Britain’s Union Of Jewish Students voted not to suspend ties with the National Union of Students. But the Jewish students said they’re not prepared to work with NUS president Malia Bouattia until she apologizes for using anti-Semitic language and not taking Jewish concerns seriously, among other things.

Commentary/Analysis
• How can universities legally protect Jewish students from BDS hate without infringing on free speech? Kenneth Stern weighs in.

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

– Aviva Klompas: It’s time to move the US embassy to Jerusalem
– Ben-Dror Yemini: Israel losing public opinion support in US
– Amb. Zalman Shoval: The demon of anti-Semitism
– Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser: Trump’s big decision on Iran
– Abdulrahman al-Rashed: Iran’s dilemma after Aleppo

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Prime Minister Netanyahu on 60 Minutes: Unwinding Iran Nuclear Deal?
Israel Daily News Stream48 mins ago
1. Prime Minister Netanyahu appeared on CBS’s 60 Minutes. The in-depth interview focused on Netanyahu’s optimism for the future, expectations for US/Israel relations in the age of President Trump, and the possibility of unwinding the JCPOA, commonly known as the “Iran Nuclear Deal.”

netanyahu-on-60-minutes

2. World leaders have been condemning the terror attack in Istanbul, Turkey that killed 38 people and wounded scores of others on Saturday. A Kurdish militant group called the Kurdish Freedom Falcons has claimed responsibility for the twin bombings. The group is listed as a terror organization by the EU though not by the United States. The US defense secretary Ash Carter as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were among the world leaders to express condolences to the victims and to condemn the violence. Both the United States and Israel specifically referred to the attack as “terrorism.” Ever since a reconciliation agreement last October, Turkey and Israel have been returning to a state of normal diplomatic relations.

3. A Congressional bill intended to clarify the American definition of “anti-Semitism” was passed unanimously by the Senate, but did not make it through the House of Representatives before the Congressional session ended for the Christmas recess, according to the Times of Israel. The bill’s sponsors likely will reintroduce a version of the bill in 2017. Tracking language from the international definition of anti-Semitism which has already been agreed to by most Western countries (including the United States), the bill outlines when criticism of Israel crosses into anti-Semitism, citing the “three D’s” first advanced by Natan Sharansky: demonization, double standards and delegitimization. Critics of the bill have complained that it limits free speech in a manner that violates the First Amendment, however HonestReporting debunked that misrepresentation of the American Constitution last week, in response to two opinion pieces published in the LA Times.

4. The online publication New Matilda criticizes Israel for the incarceration of Palestinian minors, but avoids the uncomfortable truth: that minors are carrying out dangerous and sometimes deadly terror attacks against innocent Israelis.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Jeruslam Mayor Nir Barkat hopes that Donald Trump will follow through on his promise to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The New York Times explores Barkat’s thinking on the topic.

• A 7-man Hamas terror cell operating out of Tzurif and Hebron that was planning to carry out a shooting and kidnapping attack in Israel, has been arrested in a joint operation between the Shin Bet, the IDF and the Israel Border Police.

Mideast Matters
• American made F35 fighter jets are due to arrive in Israel as shown in this CNN video, which also gives a brief history of Israeli air power. Israel is the first country outside of the United States to take delivery of the one hundred million dollar jet. Air superiority plays an important role in maintaining Israel’s safety in the face of threats from Hezbollah, the various players in Syria and other regional forces, and the F35 is a manifestation of America’s commitment to that air superiority.
F-35, photographed in 2011

• The Independent published a video about an Israeli man Moti Kahana, who founded a charity called Amaliah, to help Syrian children access to Israeli hospitals. The civil war in Syria has created oppressive medical conditions, and even though Syria considers Israel to be an “enemy state,” Israel has nonetheless allowed thousands of individuals to cross the border in order to access medical care in Israeli hospitals.

Around the World
• There seems to be quite a lot of work on defining anti-Semitism these days: Britain will be adopting an international definition of anti-Semitism in efforts to fight hate crimes and incitement targeting Jews which have been on the rise this past year, in countries throughout Europe and the UK. British Prime Minister Theresa May said “it means there will be one definition of anti-Semitism – in essence, language or behavior that displays hatred towards Jews because they are Jews – and anyone guilty of that will be called out on it.” Lack of a clear and legally binding definition of anti-Semitism makes it difficult to prosecute such offenses when they occur. Meanwhile, a Jewish education project has launched a provocatively named, “Rent-a-Jew” project in Germany, to educate and ultimately to combat, anti-Semitism.

• Concerned about being too reliant on Russian gas supply, Europe is looking to Israel, by way of Greece and Cyprus. Ministers of the three countries met in Jerusalem today, and agreed to push for a pipeline to Europe. Meanwhile, the Greek energy company Energean plans to invest $1b in Israeli gas fields and expects to produce gas from the Tanin and Karish offshore fields by 2020. Does this mean European BDS supporters will turn off their heat and stop cooking their food? Probably not.

Commentary/Analysis
• The battles raging against and around Islamic State are often more complex than they seem. Some of the groups fighting against Islamic State are Shiite militia groups, which has caused some consternation in the United States and other Western defense establishments. At the same time, not all of those groups are dedicated to a violent Shiite expansionist agenda, and many are in fact local to the areas in which they are fighting. To make matters even more complex, there is no shortage of human rights abuses, both by Islamic State, as well as by local militia groups fighting against Islamic State. Commentary Magazine takes a detailed look at the situation…

• Despite 25 years of diplomatic relations, when he visits Israel in January, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the first Indian head of state to do so. In the past, India has frequently introduced anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations, and has misrepresented Israeli self-defense as “genocide,” among a host of other criticisms. This despite the fact that India is subject to a great deal of cross-border Islamic terrorism, and has long cooperated with Israel in many areas of business, agriculture and defense. Yet the Indian government has toned down its reactions in recent years, and relations have become steadily stronger. In a thoughtful analysis piece in the electronic political magazine “OPolitics,” Harsh V. Pant writes that this reevaluation has been based on a realization that India’s largely pro-Arab stance in West Asia has not been adequately rewarded by the Arab world, particularly with respect to the thorny issues India faces vis-à-vis Pakistan and the Kashmire.

He will become the first prime minister of India to visit the country.

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

– Yaakov Katz: Why is the Middle East so disappointed with Obama?
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: The new sheriff in Syria
– Cal Thomas: U.S.-Israel relations on the mend
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Deadly Bombings Rock Mideast, Africa
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Today’s Top Stories

1. Four bombings rocked the Mideast and Africa this weekend. Today, at least 25 people were killed in a bombing inside Cairo’s main Coptic cathedral. Also today in Somalia, a suicide truck bombing which killed 29 people at the Mogadishu Port. The Islamist al Shabaab claimed responsibility.

On Saturday, in Istanbul, a pair of suicide bombers killed 38 people (29 of whom were police officers) outside a stadium following a heavily attended soccer match. Another 136 were injured.

And on Friday, 57 were killed in a double suicide bombing in a Nigerian market. Reports said 120 of the 177 injured were children. No claims of responsibility for the attack in the northern Nigerian town of Madagali but officials blame Boko Haram.


2. Hamas is cracking down big time on Gaza’s Salafists. According to Asharq al-Awsat, at least 350 members of “extremist movements” have been arrested in recent weeks amid reported Hamas fears that Salafists were planning attacks on Hamas positions and over their ties to Sinai jihadists.

Mohammed Abdul Malik Bajabu

3. According to the Miami Herald, the US wants to deport one of its Guantanamo Bay detainees to Israel. Why are officials in Jerusalem reportedly interested? And what’s the snag keeping Mohammed Abdul Malik Bajabu at Gitmo?

A leaked May 2007 prison profile describes Abdul Malik as having “admitted that he participated in the planning and execution” of two terrorist attacks that targeted Israelis on the same day, Nov. 28, 2002 in Mombasa. A car-bombing of the Israeli-owned Paradise Hotel killed 13 people, mostly Kenyans, around the same time an unsuccessful surface-to-air missile attack targeted an Israeli Arkia airliner carrying 271 passengers near Mombasa airport . . .

According to three government officials who were aware of the trip, the State Department’s Special Envoy for the closure of Guantánamo, Ambassador Lee Wolosky, traveled to Israel in April and met with senior officials who “expressed interest” in the case. Prime Minster Binyamin Netanyahu was not among those he met.

But the deal has hit a snag, according to three sources, because the FBI has failed to furnish the Israelis with information from its interrogations.

4. UPDATE: New York Times Public Editor Responds to Breaking the Silence Complaint: Public editor Liz Spayd responds to HonestReporting readers about the lack of disclosure in a major Sunday magazine feature of a eastern Jerusalem refugee camp

Israel and the Palestinians
• Congress authorized $600 million for procurements for Israel’s three levels of missile defense — Iron Dome, David’s Sling (medium range) and Arrow-3 (long-range) — as well as joint US-Israel R&D. JTA coverage.

Missile defense funding is separate from the approximately $3 billion Israel receives annually from the United States, according to a 10-year agreement the U.S. and Israel signed in 2007. The agreement reached over the summer by the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government rolls missile defense funding into the next 10-year package, which will average $3.8 billion a year.
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David’s Sling test, 2015

• 3 Israelis take wrong turn in West Bank, rescued by PA police.

• Hezbollah denies it promised Russia no attacks on Israel.

• A planned United Nations blacklist of companies operating in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights is advancing.

• Tonight, 60 Minutes airs an interview with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In a teaser released by the show, the Prime Minister touched on his relationships with President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump.

• The IDF confirmed that an allegedly “declassified” map of Hezbollah positions in civilian areas of Southern Lebanon was a fabrication.

• Bloomberg News: As competing drafts of anti-settlement resolutions circulate the UN, President Obama is pressed to wade into Israel-Palestinian fight again.

Around the World
• The US House of Representatives puts off action on anti-Semitism bill.

• Jewish students at Britain’s University of Manchester are left ‘angry, fearful’ in wake of successful BDS campaign that ‘sprang out of nowhere.’

• Students at ten Italian high schools list Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ among favorite books.

Commentary/Analysis
Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

• Veteran Saudi journalist says Israeli ties with Saudi Arabia could improve if Israeli Arabs were simply allowed to work in Saudi Arabia. In an interview with the Hudson Institute, Abdulrahman Al-Rashed said:

But if the question is specifically what can be done now — before the conflict is resolved — to increase connectivity, perhaps a new step would be for Saudi Arabia to formally lift its ban on work visas for Israel’s Arab citizens, and for Israel to welcome and foster Arab Israelis’ professional deployment to any Arab country.

From a Saudi perspective, the case for doing so can be made openly in terms of the virtue of empowering all Palestinians, on either side of the Green Line. In seeking out the most qualified Arabs in Israel to work anywhere in the Gulf, moreover, we will inevitably find those who have achieved success in the mainstream of Israel’s economy and society — the tech sector, manufacturing, medicine, and so on. When they travel to the GCC states, their human networks and professional partnerships will effectively travel with them. Thus, they can serve as a human bridge, as Israel moves toward a political solution, gradually enabling partnerships between the broader populations of both sides.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Jeffrey Salkin: Richard Spencer misunderstands Zionism — and white people
– Yonah Jeremy Bob: Do chemical weapons in Syria threaten Israel?
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Israel and the new sheriff in Syria
– Dr. Reuven Berko: Abbas is up to his old tricks
– Yaakov Katz: Why is the Middle East so disappointed with Obama?
– Jacob Diamond: The silence about campus anti-Semitism
– Toronto Sun (staff-ed): BDS movement only divides us
– Ariel Bolstein: Merkel and the fight against BDS
– Tom Rollins: Why Khan Eshieh Palestinian camp could be the next Yarmouk

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German Firm Making Israeli Submarines Hacked
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Today’s Top Stories
*** Breaking News *** Just before this roundup was published, Israeli media reported that Israel busted a Hamas cell plotting a terror attack with the goal of ultimately kidnapping Israelis to obtain the release of prisoners. See more at the Jerusalem Post and YNet.

1. Secrets were stolen in a massive cyber attack on ThyssenKrupp, a German firm making Israeli submarines.

This comes days after revelations that 1) Prime Minister Netanyahu’s attorney, David Shimron, may have had a conflict of interest for representing ThyssenKrupp in a $1.5 billion submarine deal, and 2) that Iran holds a 4.5 percent stake in the German firm.

The cyber attacks were reportedly detected in April and traces of the breaches were traced back to February of this year.

The company stated that it has not identified hacks into its marine systems unit, which manufactures the likes of military submarines and warships sold to Israel.

The German company did not specify which documents had been stolen, nor the exact extent of their losses.
Israeli submarine, 2014

2. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman publicly acknowledged that Israel has carried out air strikes in Syria to prevent Hezbollah from getting advanced weapons systems or weapons of mass destruction. Liberman first disclosed this to a group of European ambassadors, then reiterated his points to the Knesset, implying that Hezbollah’s trying to acquire chemical weapons:

The defense minister again insisted that Israel has “absolutely no interest” in getting involved in the Syrian civil war, but will work to defend itself.

“Our policies and our positions are very clear and are based on three red lines: We won’t allow any harm to the citizens of the State of Israel, we won’t allow any harm to the sovereignty of the State of Israel and we will not allow the smuggling of high-quality advanced weapons and chemical weapons from Syria to Lebanon for Hezbollah,” Liberman said.
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Israeli pilot practicing take-offs and landings, 2012

3. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he’s willing to meet Mahmoud Abbas in Paris if France drops its accompanying international peace conference. The Prime Minister’s spokesman, David Keyes explained to the Times of Israel:

“Peace will be achieved through direct negotiations with our Palestinian neighbors, not through international conferences. Our position has not changed. Israel will not attend the French conference because it will push peace further away. Prime Minister Netanyahu is ready to begin direct peace talks anytime, anywhere without preconditions,” he told The Times of Israel.
4. Why the LA Times Defends Threats, Intimidation and Anti-Semitism: The LA Times is entitled to its opinions, but the US Constitution, Supreme Court and almost the entirety of Western civilization disagree.

Israel and the Palestinians
• An 18-year-old Palestinian trying to stab Border Policemen was shot and killed at the Tapuach Junction this morning. Without criticizing Reuters, it struck me that wire service’s boilerplate background info (200 words) was almost twice as long as the news itself (107 words). Just saying . . .

facebook-bullet• Worth reading: The New York Times takes a closer look at Facebook’s struggle to balance out Israel’s battle against online incitement vs. Palestinian gripes about being censored.

In this part of the world, the debate is not just theoretical. Terrorism is an everyday reality, and the role that Facebook and other social media sites may play in inspiring it generates deep emotion. Israel has pushed to combat online provocation that it links to bloodshed. Palestinians consider a crackdown on Facebook posts just another tool of repression by an occupying power.

“We have similar conversations around the world about the problem of online hate speech,” said Simon Milner, Facebook’s policy director for Britain, the Middle East and Africa. “But we do absolutely see in Israel and the Palestinian territory that this is one of the central issues in society even more in this region than elsewhere.”
• The Associated Press takes a jaundiced look at the Fatah party congress, bluntly stating “it is unlikely that fresh ideas on winning statehood will emerge from this group of veteran loyalists.” But if the sidelined younger generation is even more radical, do the problems posed by the geriatocracy even make a difference?

“When we see our leaders speaking for hours about the rights of youth, we start laughing [because] youth in Palestine starts from age 66,” Abu Helal said sarcastically. “These people don’t accept a new generation. They don’t accept change because they have power, they have money and they have corruption.”

Abu Helal is active in various grassroots opposition groups, which he said number hundreds of members who reject “normalization” of relations with Israel . . .
• Two Hamas operatives were killed in a Gaza tunnel collapse on Wednesday. Maan News adds that Hamas was looking other “missing fighters.”

• According to leaked documents from NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden, US and UK intelligence snooped on Israeli diplomats, the IDF, government bodies, defense firms, university research centers, and the Palestinian Authority. See Boaz Bismuth‘s take.

spying

Around the World
• A US federal judge ordered a new trial for Rasmieh Odeh, a Palestinian activist charged with immigration fraud. In 2014, Odeh was found guilty of lying to immigration authorities by not disclosing she had been convicted and served prison time in Israel for her role in a 1969 bombing of a Jerusalem supermarket. Two people were killed in that attack. More at the Jerusalem Post and Detroit Free Press.

Most significantly, the decision means that Rasmea Yousef Odeh will get to argue that her confession and conviction in Israel came as the result of torture by Israeli security forces – potentially putting the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) itself “on trial” in a US court.
• Germany’s ruling party, the Christian Democratic Union party, passed a resolution directly calling BDS anti-Semitic.

“Who today under the flag of the BDS movement calls to boycott Israeli goods and services speaks the same language in which people were called to not buy from Jews. That is nothing other than coarse antisemitism,” the CDU said.

The CDU likened BDS to the National Socialists who boycotted Jews in the 1930s. BDS dresses up antisemitism in the “new clothes of the 21st century” as anti-Zionism, the party said.

“The German CDU declares with this motion its disapproval and rejection of every form of BDS activity and condemns these activities as antisemitic. The CDU will decisively oppose every hostile action that Israel faces.
I’m glad Angela Merkel’s party is taking a principled stand. About a month ago, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called BDS protected free speech.


• Meanwhile in Canada, the Green Party rejects BDS but still supports economic pressure on Israel.

• Several Dutch firms blacklisted by the state of New York for allegedly supporting BDS deny they boycotted Israel, according to Dutch media reports.

• Today’s satire:

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Commentary/Analysis
• The Syrian airstrike’s on my mind . . .

– Ron Ben-Yishai: Is Syrian retaliation against Israel in the works?
– Avi Issacharoff: In Syrian skies, Israel flies a tricky path
– Yoav Limor: Disturbing signs in the north
– Amos Harel: Strike in Syria: Is Israel playing Russian roulette?

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

– Yair Rosenberg: American-Israeli academic collaboration soars despite BDS efforts
– Cary Nelson, David Greenberg: Students are shouting down pro-Israel speakers — and silencing free speech
– Amb. Vivian Bercovici: Will the Obama administration attempt an eleventh-hour peace push?
– Frederic Filloux: Facebook’s walled wonderland is inherently incompatible with news

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