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Israel to Appoint New Envoy to Jordan to Mend Fractured Ties
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1. According to Reuters, Israel will appoint a new ambassador to Jordan in a bid to heal ties. Relations between the countries dived when an Israeli security guard at the embassy in Amman killed two people in what the guard described as self-defense. But will replacing the ambassador be enough to assuage Jordan?

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2. An unhappy Iranian wrestler admitted his coach told him to throw a match to avoid facing Israeli at a tournament in Poland. More at the New York Times.
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3. According to Palestinian media reports, the PA ordered its former Gaza civil servants to return to their posts, angering Hamas and casting doubt on national reconciliation and the future of thousands of Hamas’ own civil servants.

4. CNN Sexual Harassment Map: Israel an Arab State: CNN makes a mess of a Mideast map.

Israel and the Palestinians

Israel Rwanda• In yet another upgrade of African ties, Israel will open a new embassy in Rwanda, and is considering direct commercial flights there as well. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced this in Nairobi, where he joined celebrations for the inauguration of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. According to African media reports, the embassy will likely open in June or July. The Times of Israel explains:

At the sidelines of the luncheon in Nairobi, Netanyahu also met the presidents of Gabon, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, South Sudan, Botswana and Namibia, and the prime minister of Ethiopia.

Netanyahu may also have conducted secret meetings with African nations with which Israel does not have diplomatic ties.
• The World Chess Federation is vowing to go all-out for Israeli players to be included in a Saudi-hosted tournament at the end of December. Reuters reports that seven Israelis have requested visas to compete, while Haaretz adds that another three Israeli grandmasters will join other international chess players boycotting the Saudis over the kingdom’s human rights record and dress codes for women competitors.

But even if some Israeli players end up going, other competitors might refuse to play against them. Many times over the years pairings in tournaments have been switched around to let an Arab or Muslim player skirt a match against an Israeli.
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• In recent weeks, leading Saudi wonks have been tweeting nice things about Israel. The Jerusalem Post rounds up what they’re saying.

• I can only imagine the nastygrams circulating around the Beirut news room of the Al Liwaa daily paper. A story about about Colette Vianfi — an alleged Mossad agent accused of recruiting a prominent Lebanese comedian/actor — was mistakenly illustrated with a photo of Israeli actress Gal Gadot.

Best known for her role as Wonder Woman, Gadot’s only known association with the Israeli spook agency was her role as a former Mossad agent in the Fast and Furious series. Oops.

A senior newspaper executive described the incident as “embarrassing” in a telephone interview with Arab News.
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Gal Gadot in Fast & Furious
• Israel is barring Swiss officials from visiting Gaza after a delegation of diplomats held a pair of meetings with Hamas leaders, according to Israeli media reports. Swiss envoys are still free to enter the Strip from the Sinai.

• The leader of an Iran-backed militia in Syria says his forces are now “fully prepared” to fight Israel:

Hezbollah al-Nujaba is reportedly controlled by Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) elite foreign operations unit, the Qods Force.

Ka’abi, who controls a reported 10,000 men in Syria, also said his group was prepared to defend the Lebanese terror group and fellow Iranian proxy Hezbollah from any Israeli attack.
• The IDF declared maritime Iron Dome operational.

Naval Iron Dome
Testing a ship-mounted Iron Dome
• Tensions are rising between Hamas and the Saudis. The Media Line reports that Riyadh is piqued that Hamas hasn’t really distanced itself from Iran and Hezbollah:

As attention is fixed on the Palestinian reconciliation between the Fatah and Hamas factions and the prospect of elections for a unity government are atop the agenda, the Saudis are deeply concerned about the impact the incorporation of Hamas members into the Palestinian government will have given the Hamas commitment to warming its ties to Iran.
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missile• North Korea test fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile that experts said is capable of reaching anywhere in the US or Europe. It’s a major escalation for Kim Jong-un, but the Washington Post explains why the sky isn’t necessarily falling yet:

Although it may be cold comfort, it is still unlikely that North Korea is capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the U.S. mainland — despite Wednesday’s claims. That still requires mastering reentry technology and the difficult task of fitting a nuclear warhead into a missile and have it survive the extremes of temperature and vibrations involved with leaving and coming back into the Earth’s atmosphere.

But Pyongyang has been making rapid progress toward achieving that goal . . .
News reports continue to indicate Iranian cooperation with North Korea on missile technology. I wonder what conclusions Tehran will draw from the world’s response to Pyongyang.

• Come on, tell us what you really think!
– John Kerry: Israel, Egypt pushed US before deal to ‘bomb Iran’
– Michael Oren: Kerry has an ‘acrid and obsessive’ place in his heart for Israel

cow• The JTA examines why more and more kosher butchers in Western Europe are preparing to close their shops. If current trends hold, kosher meat is going to disappear from Europe.

But like other producers of kosher meat in Western Europe, the Levys are no longer certain of the viability of their business. In recent years they have been suffering both from declining revenues due to emigration from France by Jews fearful of jihadist violence and anti-Muslim measures targeting the ritual slaughter of animals.

“I want Maurice to learn a trade because with the meat industry, who knows what tomorrow will bring,” Levy told JTA about his 17-year-old son. “All kosher delis, they will be a thing of the past within one generation either because they’re made illegal, suffocated by anti-kosher regulations or defeated by supermarkets.”
On a related note, the Belgian Jewish community filed a lawsuit to overturn a ban on the religious slaughter of animals.

• German Jews stop wearing kippot due to Muslim attacks.

• Russian bishop: Jews killed Czar Nicholas II, the last czar, in a “ritual murder.”

• A Florida man who confessed to planning to bomb a synagogue last year “will be locked up while he undergoes medical treatment and is expected to serve a maximum of 25 years in prison,” the Sun-Sentinel reports.

• I haven’t been this excited since Scarlett Johannson freed the bubbles:

Gwyneth Paltrow likes Israeli Pesek Zman chocolate spread

Commentary

• David Makovsky weighs in on settlements and land swaps in a Washington Post video.

• Today marks the 70th anniversary of the UN Partition Plan, which paved the way for Israeli independence. Here’s what they’re saying about it:
– Martin Kramer: Why the 1947 UN partition resolution must be celebrated
– Michael Goodwin: The miracle of Israel lives on 70 years later
– Liora Chartouni: 70 years after UN resolution 181: An assessment

• Best line of the day goes to Benny Avni:

At Turtle Bay, meanwhile, the General Assembly will solemnly mark the date on Wednesday, as it does every year, by conducting an “international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people” — remembering one of the only consequential decisions the UN ever took by celebrating those who rejected it.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Avi Issacharoff: With victory assured, why is Assad suddenly wary of Iran’s embrace?
– Efraim Inbar: For how long will peace treaty with Egypt be robust?
– Yossi Shain: The Israeli embrace of ‘Zionist anti-Semites’
– Peter Reitzes: Duke University Press and the demonization of Israel
– Gil Troy: Hotovely’s faux pas: Telling the truth about American Jews
– Rachel Avraham: Israel should arm the Kurds
– New York Daily News (staff-ed): Queens Museum mystery as to who tried to cancel Israel’s celebration

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Deputy FM to Be Fired Over Remarks About American Jews?
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1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly considering firing Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely over critical comments she made about American Jews.

Hotovely was discussing tensions between Israel and US Jewry over peace efforts and mixed prayer at the Western Wall on i24 News when she accused American Jews who criticize Israel of “not understanding the complexities of the region,” said that they “never send their children to fight for their country,” and “don’t feel how it feels to be attacked by rockets.”

Watch the full interview and draw your own conclusions.

2. Israeli-Saudi diplomatic flirting continued as Riyadh’s ambassador France visited the Grand Synagogue of Paris. Ambassador Khalid bin Mohammed Al Angari and the Secretary General of the Muslim World League were hosted by France’s Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia and the synagogue’s rabbi, Moshe Sebbag, the Jerusalem Post reports.

In recent days, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot gave an unprecedented interview to a Saudi newspaper, and cabinet minister Yuval Steinitz disclosed covert ties between the two countries.

There's more! #Saudi Ambassador just happened to drop into a Paris synagogue. As you do, or not, because there isn't a single synagogue in #SaudiArabia https://t.co/LcJWqbwo5B
— Ken Dodd (@KendoDodd) November 23, 2017

3. Israel deported a Turkish journalist, reportedly on the grounds that he was one of the passengers aboard the Mavi Marmara. Hurriyet didn’t seek any explanation from Israel.

“I am being deported from Tel Aviv where I came to go to Jerusalem on grounds that I was a Mavi Marmara passenger,” Gümü? said in a tweet.
 
“The tyrant captivity in Israel is finally ending. I am now returning to Istanbul on a Turkish Airlines flight after I was kept for six hours. Moreover, I witnessed that the Mavi Marmara, which led to my deportation tonight, opened a deep wound in the heart of Zionism that will never heal,” he added.
Kemal Gumus

4. Politicizing a Family Death in the New York Times: It’s incredibly cynical to turn a family death into an opportunity to bash Israel on behalf of a politicized organization such as Amnesty International.

5. Ill-Defined: Google and Oxford Dictionary’s ‘Jew’ Issues: HonestReporting prompted a correction with Google Translate, but found the problem goes deeper.

Israel and the Palestinians
• According to an Arab media report picked up by Haaretz, Mahmoud Abbas refused to take a phone call from Jared Kushner following the PA’s decision to sever ties with the US. The White House denied the report.

Meanwhile, the State Dept. said that its warning about the closure of the PLO’s Washington office was mandated by law. A few Arab American groups have offered the PLO office space if it’s shut down.

• Palestinian factions agreed to hold general election by the end of 2018. But don’t hold your breath waiting; the last time the Palestinians were set to vote, balloting was cancelled thanks to Hamas-Fatah feuding and a court ruling, providing ample opportunities for finger-pointing in all directions. The Palestinians haven’t held national elections since 2006.

• Kuwaiti writer Abdullah Al-Hadlaq called Israel a legitimate sovereign state, insisted that there’s no occupation, and even said the Jews are “a people returning to its promised land.” MEMRI (video or transcript) flagged his comments on Kuwait’s Alrai TV.
• Brussels says construction of Palestinian schools remains suspended even though a Belgian official was spotted at the inauguration of a new West Bank institution.

• US Vice President Mike Pence plans to address the Knesset during his mid-December Israel trip.

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• Vanity Fair sheds new light on the Israeli intelligence which US President Donald Trump disclosed to Russian diplomats earlier this year — and the consequences of that leak.
What further exacerbates Israel’s concerns—“keeps me up at night” was how a government spymaster put it—is that if Trump is handing over Israel’s secrets to the Russians, then he just might as well be delivering them to Iran, Russia’s current regional ally . . .
 
“Trump betrayed us,” said a senior Israeli military official bluntly, his voice stern with reproach. “And if we can’t trust him, then we’re going to have to do what is necessary on our own if our back is up against the wall with Iran.”
• Britain’s Ministry of Defense is spending £78m on Israeli technology for Falkland Islands missile defense, reports the Daily Mail reports.

• Virginia synagogue burlary/vandalism suspect turns herself in to police.

Commentary
• Tweet of the day from journalist Michele Chabin:

One of the strangest things about living in Israel: There are #BlackFriday sales everywhere but most Israelis have never heard of #Thanksgiving (though the local store is selling turkey!). Happy Thanksgiving.
— Michele Chabin (@MicheleChabin1) November 23, 2017
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Alex Fishman: Why Russia must take Israel’s interests in Syria into account
– Udi Dekel, Zvi Magen: Israel’s red lines on Iran’s foothold in Syria
– Herb Keinon: Israel’s concerns absent regarding Syria’s fate
– Ofir Haivry: A Saudi house of cards
– Prof. Victor Lieberman: Why was my voice silenced at the U. of Michigan?
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Lebanese PM Freezes Resignation: Now What?
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri returned to Beirut and suspended his resignation. What happens next isn’t clear, but nebulous feelgood words like dialogue, partnerships and discussion figured prominently in Reuters and Asharq al Awsat coverage.

Robert Mueller and Jared Kushner

2. Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the US elections has led him to start questioning Jared Kushner’s dealings with foreign officials during the presidential transition period — especially Israeli leaders.
The Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter), which broke the story, explains that Mueller’s Israeli interest stems from Jerusalem’s efforts to kill UN Security Council resolution 2334 condemning West Bank settlement activity.

Israeli officials had asked the incoming Trump administration to intervene to help block it. Mr. Trump posted a Facebook message the day before the U.N. vote—after he had been elected but before he had assumed office—saying the resolution put the Israelis in a difficult position and should be vetoed . . .
 
The motivation for the Mueller team’s questions about the U.N. is unclear. Investigators typically ask a host of questions over the course of a probe, and inquiries don’t necessarily indicate suspicion.
The story was widely picked up in the Israeli press; see more at the Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post and Haaretz.

3. The State Department denied PA claims that Ramallah froze communications with the US.

“In our view, communications are not frozen,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters in a briefing Tuesday afternoon.
 
“Conversations will be taking place,” she went on. “We are in contact with Palestinian officials about the status of that PLO office in Washington, as well as having conversations with them about our larger efforts on the part of a lasting and comprehensive peace process.”
Israel and the Palestinians
• An Israeli girl injured in a Jerusalem terror attack six years ago died Wednesday morning. Hodaya Asulin had been comatose ever since a terrorist planted a bomb at a bus stop near the International Convention Center in 2011. Asulin, of Mevo Dotan, was 14 at the time of the bombing. A British national, Mary Jean Gardner, was also killed in the bombing.
Hodaya Asulin

• For the first time, Israel is treating Syrians said to have been injured in a chemical weapons attack. According to the Jerusalem Post, the three Syrians rebels were transferred to Ziv Hospital in Safed.

• Times of Israel: Soldiers opened fire at two Gazans crossing into Israel on Wednesday, hitting one. One of the Palestinians was found with a knife.

bomb• An attempt to smuggle tons of explosive material into Gaza was thwarted thanks to a new laboratory set up at the Kerem Shalom crossing. The Jerusalem Post explains:

During the laboratory’s initial trial period, a truck transporting motor oil raised the suspicions of the border crossing’s security inspectors.
 
Chemical testing subsequently revealed that the supposed vehicle oil was actually a dangerous substance, destined to assist the production of large quantities of explosive material by terror groups in the Gaza Strip.
• An Israeli parole board denied a Palestinian security prisoner’s request for early release, tying the rejection to Hamas’s refusal to return the bodies of two Israeli soldiers killed during the 2014 Gaza war:

“It is not the job of the parole board to produce levers to pressure Hamas for their (Shaul and Goldin’s) return, but the board believes that the early release of the prisoner who is affiliated with the Hamas terror organization could and would be harmful to the public’s confidence in the judicial system.”
Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul

Around the World
• The Dutch parliament killed two motions that would have recognized Palestinian statehood and Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. According to the JTA, “Both motions were submitted in connection with annual negotiations over the foreign ministry’s budget, which in the Netherlands also features scrutiny of the kingdom’s foreign relations.”

• Outrage over German Green Party partnership with upcoming Hamas events in Gaza and Beirut. “It is unclear whether the Green Party’s funds for the event will be investigated for terror finance,” the Jerusalem Post adds.

• Police charge four students in Penn State menorah theft, vandalism.

• France’s Socialist Party expelled one of its top officials, Gerard Filoche, for tweeting an image of President Emmanuel Macron with anti-Semitic tropes.

Commentary/Analysis
Kuwait Airways• Irish columnist Lindy McDowell denounces a German court ruling allowing Kuwaiti Airlines to refuse service to Israelis simply because they’re Israelis.

To sum up then, a court in Germany, forever synonymous with the Holocaust, finds that it is perfectly acceptable in 2017 to discriminate openly against someone solely for being a citizen of Israel, the Jewish state.
 
As darkly ominous as the court finding, I think, has been how little debate this ruling has elicited in the media.
 
Had an airline refused to carry a passenger on the grounds that they were say, black or Irish or transgender or Christian or overweight you imagine this would have been way higher up the headlines.
 
But it’s okay when it’s the Israelis. It’s okay when it’s the Jews.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Yonah Jeremy Bob: How the ICC going after the US for war crimes impacts Israel
– Ron Kampeas: The Trump administration says it wants to shut down the PLO mission. Now what?
– Grant Rumley: Why Trump threatened to close Palestine’s D.C. headquarters
– Ben-Dror Yemini: Why Trump’s Mideast peace plan is doomed
– Lital Shemesh: Linda Sarsour, feminism and terrorism
– New York Post (staff-ed): John Kerry’s Mideast idiocy
– Jonathan Spyer: Tehran is winning the war for control of the Mideast

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Palestinians Freeze Contacts With US
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1. The Palestinian Authority froze contacts with the US over the Trump administration’s decision to “close down” the offices of the PLO mission in Washington, Palestinian sources confirmed to the Jerusalem Post and AFP. The Washington office isn’t exactly shuttered just yet.

“What is the use of holding any meetings with them when they close our office? Our meetings begin from our office, and the arrangements are there,” Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki told AFP . . .
 
US President Donald Trump now has a 90-day window to decide whether “the Palestinians have entered into direct, meaningful negotiations with Israel” — in which case he can waive the requirement to shutter the office.
2. Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah admits group smuggled advanced weapons to Gaza. Nasrallah said weapons “transferred” included Russian-made Kornet anti-tank missiles. But talk about burying the lede. Here’s Reuters‘ headline:

Reuters

3. Iran’s putting the “finishing touches” on its land bridge to the Golan, reports Jonathan Spyer:

Abu Kamal is the last link in the much-discussed Iranian “land bridge” from the Iraq-Iran border to the Mediterranean Sea and the border with Israel.
 
Control of the border crossing at al-Qaim/Abu Kamal and of the roads leading west from it will enable the Iran-led regional alliance to transport fighters and weaponry in both directions, according to choice. It will mean that in a future confrontation with Hezbollah, Israel could see its enemies reinforced by supplies and volunteers from among other Iranian clients, in precisely the way that took place with such effect in the Syrian war.
Iranian land bridge

4. HR Book Review: Beyond the Green Line: Vivid thoughts of an Israeli soldier serving his new country during the Second Intifada while seeking meaning and self-identity.

5. Israel’s Economy Grows and #BDSfail: Israel’s economic data came out and guess what? The campaign to destroy Israel through economic boycotts is not only unfair, misleading and wrong, but it’s also failing.

Israel and the Palestinians
• In an interview on Israeli radio, cabinet minister Yuval Steinitz confirmed covert Israeli-Saudi ties. Steinitz didn’t elaborate. Officials in Jerusalem and Riyadh refused to comment.

“It’s the other side that is interested in keeping the ties quiet. With us, usually, there is no problem, but we respect the other side’s wish, when ties are developing, whether it’s with Saudi Arabia or with other Arab countries or other Muslim countries, and there is much more … (but) we keep it secret.”
• An IDF patrol along the Israel-Egypt border came under fire on Monday morning, injuring one soldier.

The IDF suspects that the gunfire was “spillover” from internal fighting between Egyptian forces and a Sinai-based Islamic State affiliate, but was investigating whether it may have been a deliberate attack, the army said.
• Israeli media aired unprecedented footage of Syrian mothers crossing into Israel with their sick children seeking medical treatment. Several mothers expressed deep appreciation for Israel’s assistance and said many more Syrians want to come. The Times of Israel summed up the full footage which is in Hebrew.

Speaking to the TV reporter, one Syrian mother said that, in the past, “Israel was thought of as the enemy… Now that you are helping us, most [on the Syrian side of the Golan] are with you. They love Israel. They see the true face… the reality.”
 
So who do they think of as “the enemy now?” the reporter asked.
 
“All of them: Islamic State, Hezbollah, Bashar [Assad]. They’re all the same,” answered one of the mothers.
Hadashot
A Syrian mother and child crossing the border into Israel for medical treatment

• The army rescued three Israelis after Palestinians torched their car in Nablus on Tuesday night. It’s not clear why the three entered Nablus; it’s illegal for Israelis to enter PA-controlled Area A of the West Bank. More at the Times of Israel.

• The Saudis are facing a conundrum over possible Israeli participation in the World Chess Championship, due to be held in Riyadh next month. The Media Line explains:

If Saudi Arabia approves the visas, however, it will place itself in an awkward position regarding normalization with Israel. On the other hand, if the Saudis reject the Israeli delegation, it might lose the right to host further matches and the International Chess Federation confirmed it would not pay the tournament prizes, estimated to be millions of dollars.
 
The Israeli participation in the championship is based on an invitation received from the World Chess Federation.
chess

• Seeking international help for their son’s freedom, the parents of Avera Mengistu, an Israeli held captive by Hamas, met with officials at the the United Nations and the White House, prompting Foreign Policy to ask if the Trump administration help.

• This is satire, and you have permission to laugh.

Facts That Support Israel’s Version Of Events Should Not Be Dismissed As ‘Israel Claims,’ Israel Claims

Mideast Matters
• The Pentagon says it’s staying in Syria even though Islamic State appears defeated. According to US Defense Secretary James Mattis:

The intention, he said, is to prevent the appearance of “ISIS 2.0.”
Meanwhile, the Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter) reports that the US is looking to bolster Saudi Arabia’s missile defense to deter Iran and its proxies.

Around the World
• The New York Post reports that a kids’ book called ‘P is for Palestine’ is stirring up outrage among moms.

Her book, which features colorful illustrations of Palestinian families, associates each letter of the English alphabet with Palestinian culture: “A is for Arabic, my tongue, a language that’s the 4th biggest ever sung!”
 
But some of the phrases and illustrations are clearly anti-Israel.
 
“I is for Intifada, Arabic for rising up for what is right, if you are a kid or grownup!” It shows a child on her father’s back standing before barbed wire and flashing peace signs.

• Rutgers University president: Rash of campus anti-Semitism is protected by the First Amendment.

• France’s Socialist Party is moving to oust a lawmaker for tweeting an image of President Emmanuel Macron widely denounced as anti-Semitic.

Gérard Filoche’s account last week showed Macron wearing a Nazi-like armband with a dollar sign and three well-known European Jews – the French economist Jacques Attali, entrepreneur Patrick Drahi and the British banking magnate Jacob Rothschild — in the background, towering over the earth, while flanked by an Israeli and American flag.
• BBC radio personality Reggie Yates apologized for an anti-Semitic comment. Earlier this month, in a podcast about today’s musicians, Yates said, “They’re independent, they’re not managed by some random fat Jewish guy from north west London, they’re managed by their brethren.”

Commentary/Analysis
• Plenty of commentary on the shifting sands of Mideast politics.

– Ron Ben-Yishai: The old agreement that will keep Iran away from Israeli border
– Dr. Mordechai Kedar: The 10 commandments of Israeli negotiations with Saudi Arabia
– Amos Harel: Israel may demand Iran leave Syria, but Russia sets the rules of the game
– Yonah Jeremy Bob: It’s a new world — where Israel shares intelligence with the Saudis
– Alex Fishman: IDF chief’s Saudi interview: A gesture from Riyadh
– Prof. Hillel Frisch: The desperate Saudi bid to prepare the state for all-out war
– Benny Avni: It’s not the Saudis destroying Lebanon — it’s Iran
– Josh Rogin: Preparing for Iran’s next move in Syria
– Bassam Tawil: Palestinians: If you do not give us everything, we cannot trust you

Begin Sadat Katzir
Egyptian president Anwar Sadat (center) flanked by Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin (left) and president Ephraim Katzir (right), Nov. 19, 1977.

– Charles Bybelezer: Sadat’s visit, the peace process and the future of Israel-Arab relations
– Zev Chafets: Needed for Middle East peace: Another Anwar Sadat
– Smadar Perry: As Israel marks 40 years since Sadat’s visit, Egyptians refuse to join the party
– Yehuda Yaakov: Remembering Sadat’s legacy
– Dr. Martin Kramer: Sadat and Begin – the peacemakers
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Ben-Dror Yemini: When you get money from pro-BDS bodies, you become part of BDS
– Daniel Seaman: In the coverage of a minor scandal, British media exhibit major anti-Semitism
– Jean Patrick Grumberg: When was the “Palestinian people” created? Google has the answer.
– Simone Rodan-Benzaquen: Muslim anti-Semitism threatens France’s democracy
– New York Post (staff-ed): The New School’s fake panel ‘to combat anti-Semitism’

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Palestinian Offices in Washington to Be Closed?
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1. The Associated Press reports that the Trump administration put the Palestinians on notice that the PLO’s Washington offices may be shut down if there isn’t sufficient progress in Mideast peace talks. A State Dept. official also told Haaretz that the move didn’t mean the US was severing all ties with the Palestinians.

Angry PA officials called the move “extortion” and threatened to suspend all communication with the US.

The PLO has offices in various countries around the world, but only the missions located in countries that formally recognize Palestine have the legal status of an “embassy.” The Trump administration is currently crafting a Mideast peace plan. Elise Labott of CNN explains how this development unfolded.


2. Jerusalem court rules PA equally liable with terrorists to pay NIS 62 million ($17.6 million) for the 2001 murder of three Israelis. Sharon Ben-Shalom, her husband Yaniv, and her brother, Doron Sviri were killed when Palestinians opened fire on their car on Route 443, between Jerusalem and Modiin.

3. Germany’s Justice Ministry called for Kuwait Airways’ landing rights to be revoked after a Frankfurt court ruled Kuwait Airways is allowed to ban Israelis.

Israel and the Palestinians
• For the first time in a decade, the Gaza-Egypt border opened under PA control.

• Two injured, one seriously, in West Bank car ramming attack near Efrat on Friday morning.

• An Israeli tank fired warning shots at Syrian army forces “constructing a fortified position in the demilitarized zone that runs along the border.” No injuries were reported in the Saturday incident, which took place near the Syrian Druze village of Hader.

Last month, Israel pledged to protect the village after a suicide bomber killed nine Druze, triggering skirmishes between Islamist rebels and government forces; a number of Israeli Druze anxious for the safety of their families unsuccessfully tried to rush across the border.

• Journalist Jonathan Spyer described to the Times of Israel the risks and rewards of writing from Syria and Iraq while hiding the fact that he’s a national of Israel (and Britain).

Spyer used somewhat of a false identity to get onto the trip, and agreed that it was “gross incompetence” on the part of the Syrian authorities that his real identity was not uncovered at any point.

The closest moment came when his fellow Brit, one of a number of Assad-supporting internationals invited to Damascus by the regime, leaned in and said, “There are rumors of Zionist infiltrators on this trip.”

“Oh f***, is this guy toying with me,” Spyer said he thought at the time, and considered making a quick dash for nearby Kurdish-held territory.
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Nick Cave

• Discussing a pair of concerts in Tel Aviv this week, Australian singer Nick Cave explained how the shows came about because he wanted to take a stand against the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel.
Cave explained he truly decided on his position regarding Israel after being contacted by English musician BDS supporter, Brian Eno. “Eventually I got a letter three years ago from Brian Eno, who asked me to sign a list of people called ‘Artists againt,’ no, ‘Artists for Palestine.’ And he sent me that list, and I just didn’t—on a very intuitive level—did not want to sign that list. There was something that stunk about that list. And so I wrote back and said, ‘I don’t like lists, I don’t want to sign your list,'” he said.

“And then it occurred to me that I’m not signing the list, but I’m also not playing Israel, and that to me felt cowardly. So after a lot of thought, a lot of consideration of the whole thing, I rang up my people and said, ‘We’re doing a European tour—add Israel,’ because it suddenly became very important to me to make a stand against those people who are trying to shut down musicians, to bully musicians, to censor musicians and to silence musicians,” Cave explained.
Around the World
• German banks closed accounts for a political party with ties to Palestinian terrorists. The Marxist-Leninist Party (MLP) had campaigned with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in last September’s elections but failed to get the minimum five percent of the vote necessary to secure a seat in the Bundestag. The European Union designated the PFLP as terror organization. Jerusalem Post coverage.

• U. of Maryland student government scraps BDS bill before vote. I liked Reuven Bank’s satirical response to the whole controversy:

Breaking: Israeli-Palestinian conflict unexpectedly solved during SGA debate

• Swastika found at U. of Michigan hours after divestment vote against Israel.

• French courts punishing promoters of anti-Semitic hate speech.

• The UK Labour Party removed activist Nasreen Khan from a candidate list for making an anti-Semitic remark about Adolf Hitler on Facebook. The party separately reinstating philosopher Moshe Machover, who once wrote that Nazism and Zionism had a “basic agreement.” Details at the JTA, BBC and Jewish Chronicle,

Commentary/Analysis
• Today’s the 40th anniversary of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Israel. Jeff Abramowitz recalls Israeli optimism tinged with and wariness, along with the ad hoc preparations carried out on short notice:

The army had another problem – or at least its orchestra did. No one had the score for the Egyptian national anthem. The snag was finally solved when someone taped it off the radio. Rehearsals began using the tape until the US managed to fly a copy of the score in from Cyprus.

The streets of Jerusalem were to be decorated with Egyptian flags, but there weren’t any. Flags were snatched from the sewing machines as fast as they could be made.
#OTD 1977 Israeli PM Menachem Begin welcomed Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to #Israel: a milestone in the journey towards the 1st Arab-Israel peace treaty. ???? pic.twitter.com/wQg58fdnvs
— Mark Regev (@MarkRegev) November 19, 2017
• Plenty of commentary on the shifting sands of Mideast peace . . .

– Hussein Ibish: How a Saudi-Israeli alliance could benefit the Palestinians
– Elliott Abrams: The Saudis and Israel
– Yaroslav Trofimov: Israel sees rising threat from Iran after ISIS (click via Twitter)
– Ron Ben-Yishai: The real Iranian threat on Israel’s northern borders
– Daniel Shapiro: America’s AWOL on coordinating anti-Iran allies, so Saudis are taking over
– Lior Akerman: Can Israel maintain an alliance with moderate Sunni Arab states?
– Carl Bildt: How Donald Trump is making things worse in the Middle East

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

– Meir Deutsch: Myths and facts: Palestinian Bedouin encampments in the Jordan Valley
– Prof. Jeffrey Herf: A BDS resolution is defeated at the University of Maryland
– Robert Fulford: I watched anti-Semitism wither. Now I’m seeing it come back to life
– Bret Stephens: Steve Bannon is bad for the Jews
– Julie Burchill: Is Prince Charles so fond of Islam because he distrusts Jews?
– New York Daily News staff-ed: Ground the anti-Semites: Kuwait Airways won’t let Israelis fly; Germany must stand up to the prejudice

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Taylor Force Act Clears Key Legislative Hurdle
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1. The Taylor Force Act, which would sharply reduce US aid to the PA if it continues paying stipends to Palestinian terrorists and their families, made it through a key legislative hurdle when the House Foreign Affairs committee passed the bill without any opposition. The bill is named after Taylor Force, an American student and military veteran who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian in 2016. Reuters notes:

Force’s attacker was killed by Israeli police, but his killer’s family receives such a monthly payment.
The bill still needs to be approved by the full House of Representatives and Senate before it can go to the White House for President Trump’s signature.

The same committee also passed a bill to sanction the financial backers of Hamas, sending the measure to the full House.

2. Call it a selfie for peace. Over at the Miss Universe pageant, Miss Israel and Miss Iraq posed together on socia, gushing about their new friendship. Idan’s already catching flak back in Iraq, but the beauty queen isn’t backing down.

“I want to stress that the purpose of the picture was only to express hope and desire for peace between the two countries,” wrote Miss Iraq Sarah Idan (in Arabic) in her latest Instagram post.

She added that the photo of the two Miss Universe contestants, which she did not remove from her Instagram account, “does not signal support for the government of Israel and does not mean I agree or accept its policies in the Arab homeland.”

3. IDF chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot gave an unprecedented interview with the Saudi media.

In the interview to the Saudi newspaper Elaph, Eisenkot described Iran as the “biggest threat to the region.” He said Israel and Saudi Arabia are in full agreement about Iran’s intentions, noting that Israel and Saudi Arabia have never fought each other.

4. The IDF ‘Agent’ Who ‘Clashed’ With Protesters: There’s an appropriate word for ex-members of the IDF — soldiers.

5. An Israeli Singer From ‘Palestine?’: If an Israeli Arab singer was born and raised in the Israeli city of Nazareth, why does the Irish Times say that she is from “Palestine?”

6. You don’t want to miss the latest edition of i24 News’ The Spin Room. HonestReporting’s Daniel Pomerantz joined Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy and The Forward’s editor-at-large, J.J. Goldberg, for a spirited discussion about Israel and diaspora Jewry, US peace efforts, and the media in the Trump era

Israel and the Palestinians
• Rebuffing Palestinians still seeking sanctions on Israeli soccer, FIFA says it’s ‘not a playground’ for politics.

• Israel’s attorney general gave a legal opinion that in certain circumstances, the state can expropriate private Palestinian land in order to build an access road for settlers. Details of the A-G’s opinion and its significance at Ynet, the Times of Israel and Jerusalem Post. The latter explains:

The High Court of Justice and the state, including Mandelblit, have until recently held that private Palestinian property cannot be seized for the public good of settlers.

That interpretation has stood behind every High Court of Justice decision regarding the demolition of illegal settler homes on private Palestinian property or the construction of roads . . .

The Knesset challenged that assumption in February when it passed the Settlements Regulation Law, which retroactively legalizes illegal settler homes on private Palestinian property in exchange for monetary compensation.
• Iran and Iraq rejected Israel’s offer of humanitarian assistance after a Sunday earthquake killed at least 530 people and injured thousands more. More at the Times of Israel.

• Some 150 chess players from around the world are expected to boycott an international chess tournament next month in protest of host Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and Riyadh’s requirement that competing women wear head scarves. The Saudis don’t allow the entry of Israelis, players from Iran and Qatar aren’t likely to attend either.

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• Palestinians say the opening Gaza’s Rafah border crossing with Egypt is postponed and that talks are underway to set a new date.

• When play the game of drones with Hamas and Israel’s state comptroller, you win or you die. There is no middle ground . . .

– State comptroller: Israel not prepared to deal with drone danger
– Hamas: Israeli Mossad behind assassination of drone engineer

Around the World
• A Spanish court suspended a city council’s three-year-old boycott of Israeli products. You’d think La Roda de Andalucia had more important things to do than waste municipal man-hours on this:

The La Roda City Council announced its participation in BDS in August 2014, and has since been enforcing it by inspecting machine-readable barcodes from every item purchased in public tenders, and returning any product found to be Israeli-made.
• Columbia U. professor under fire for anti-Semitic Facebook posts.

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• Ontario prosecutors charged the editor and publisher of a fringe Toronto-based web site with “two counts of willful promotion of hatred against an identifiable group, namely Jews and women,” reports the Toronto Star.

• The new editor of UK’s Gay Times was suspended for anti-Semitic, sexist, racist tweets exposed by Buzzfeed.

• Paris school room named for Jewish boys slain in 2012 Toulouse massacre.

Commentary/Analysis
• Interesting conversation on ties between Israel and US Jewry. It’s over at Mosaic, where Hillel Halkin responds to Daniel Gordis who was responding to Elliott Abrams.

• After returning from a visit to Israel, the UK Labour party’s shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, shared her impressions in a Jewish Chronicle op-ed. See also Thornberry’s recent Q+A with the Times of Israel.

• Dear Sutherland Springs, you deserve an apology from the news media.

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

– Yaron Friedman: Iranian military force taking shape right under Israel’s nose
– Charles Bybelezer: Syria, Iran and the limits of Israeli diplomacy
– Zvi Bar’el: Saudi Arabia: Israel’s dream state
– Spengler: Trump’s unsung success in the Middle East
– Efraim Inbar: A Marshall Plan for Gaza is a bad idea
– Alex Fishman: Is Gaza’s tunnel era coming to an end?
– Ruthie Blum: Europe’s collusion in Palestinian illegal land grab
– Ben-Dror Yemini: The hypocrisy of canceling Hotovely’s Princeton talk
– Adam Dison: South Africa’s student Left defends Hitler and Hezbollah, but attacks Jews like me
– James Kirchick: The new Jew hatred
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BBC Erases Jews from Ancient Israel
An initially positive feature on the BBC Travel website focuses on the Israel city of Caesarea, specifically the discovery of 2,000 gold coins on the ocean floor, the largest stash ever found in the region.
The author of the piece covers Caesarea’s fascinating ancient history, referring to Phoenicians and Greeks and eventually the Romans:
By 6AD, Caesarea was the capital of the Roman province of Judea and was not known as “Roman Palestine” or “Palestine.” It was only later, following the suppression of the Bar-Kokhba Revolt in the year 135AD that the Romans changed the name of the province to Syria Palaestina.
And who were the “native people” who revolted against Roman rule between 66 and 70AD?
They are the one people who are not mentioned by name in the BBC Travel article – THE JEWS.
Is it really so difficult for the BBC to acknowledge who the native people of the region were and still are?
Did the journalist responsible take her information from a Palestinian Authority history textbook?
Whether deliberate or not, this is an outrageous erasure of the Jewish people from the history of ancient Israel and feeds into the false historical revisionism that seeks to undermine Jewish links to the land.
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Did Satellite Photos Uncover Iranian Base in Syria?
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Satellite images show what appears to be a permanent Iranian base in Syria being built, according to a BBC report widely picked up by the Israeli and international media.

Meanwhile, the US and Russia reportedly reached an agreement to keep Iranian-backed militias in Syria away from the Israeli border. Just don’t ask about the details:

According to similar reports in Channel 10 and Israel Radio, the official did not say how far from the border the militias would be removed or under what time frame. In addition to Iran-backed groups, affiliates of both al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group, both of which count foreign fighters among their ranks, operate in Syria near the Israeli border.

2. A student group at Montreal’s McGill U. admitted using anti-Semitic propaganda to keep a Jewish student off the student government.

3. Israel shot down an aerial drone near the Syrian border on Saturday.

Israeli security officials said the drone’s operators had deliberately attempted to fly the aircraft across the Israeli border, Channel 10 reported.

The IDF later concluded that the aircraft belonged to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime. It did not enter Israeli territory.
4. BBC Erases Jews from Ancient Israel: Why is it so difficult for the BBC to acknowledge who the “native people” of Roman-controlled Judea were?


5. How the UK Media Recently Smeared Israel: Nuance went on holiday as British journalists unpacked the controversy surrounding Priti Patel’s meetings with Israeli officials.

6. Minds No Longer Exercised in Tel Aviv: HonestReporting had to remind the International Business Times that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Israel and the Palestinians
• According to a New York Times report picked up in the Israeli media, the Trump administration is actually working on a plan “intended to go beyond previous frameworks offered by the American government in pursuit of what the president calls ‘the ultimate deal.'”

Although Mr. Trump has not committed to a Palestinian state, analysts said they anticipated that the plan will have to be built around the so-called two-state solution that has been the core of peacemaking efforts for years . . .

Mr. Trump’s team sees the convergence of factors that make the moment ripe, including an increased willingness by Arab states to finally solve the issue to refocus attention on Iran, which they consider the bigger threat. With that in mind, Egypt is brokering a reconciliation between Mahmoud Abbas, who presides in the West Bank, and Hamas, which controls Gaza, a deal that would cement the Palestinian Authority as the representative of the Palestinian people. Saudi Arabia has summoned Mr. Abbas to Riyadh to reinforce the importance of a deal.
• The Times of Israel reports good news and bad news for Israeli judoka Ori Sasson. The good news: Morocco allowed him to display his country’s name and insignia, unlike a few weeks earlier, when UAE sporting officials wouldn’t allow Sasson or his teammates to display Israel’s name or flag. The bad news: Sasson lost to Frenchman Cyrille Maret, ending his medal hopes in Marrakech.

Sultan Abdul Hamid II

• This development caught my eye because I was helping my son this weekend prepare for a history test about the Ottoman Empire and its rule over the Holy Land. According to Turkish media reports, “Descendants of Ottoman sultans will join volunteers as part of a project by a central Turkish municipality to clean and maintain buildings constructed during the Ottoman rule in Jerusalem.”
Naturally, there’s a political aspect:

Turkey is among the vocal critics of what it calls the “occupation” of east Jerusalem and the “violations” of Al-Aqsa Mosque, a sacred Islamic site, by Israeli forces. Erdogan previously expressed Turkey’s support for the Palestinian fight against the Israeli occupation and called on Turks to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque often to protect the Muslim identity of the holy site. “As a Muslim community, we need to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque often, each day that Jerusalem has it under occupation is an insult to us,” he said in a speech at a forum on Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque held recently in Turkey.
• Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz discussed a diplomatic offensive in the UN with the Associated Press.

Saad Hariri

• Worth reading: Reuters takes a closer look at why and how Saudi Arabia turned on Lebanese ex-prime minister Saad Hariri.
Sources close to Hariri say Saudi Arabia has concluded that the prime minister – a long-time Saudi ally and son of late prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, who was assassinated in 2005 – had to go because he was unwilling to confront Hezbollah.
Campus Concerns
• BDS activists covertly ‘took over’ the American Studies Association before it endorsed an Israel boycott, according to a lawsuit picked up by The Algemeiner.

The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law — which is representing four plaintiffs suing the ASA over its 2013 adoption of the boycott — revealed that newly-uncovered emails showed how activists with the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) “took over” and used the ASA to advance their political agenda.
More background at Legal Insurrection.

ASA

• Judge dismisses complaint alleging anti-Semitism at San Francisco State U., telling the plaintiffs to “pare down complaint and deliver something simple and concise.”

• Two U. of Illinois students face felony charges for vandalizing a menorah on campus.

Around the World
• Germany charges Palestinian with murder of Hamburg Christians over Temple Mount tensions.

• Berlin mayor slams BDS rally on Kristallnacht Remembrance Day.

• Calling Israeli children ‘Zionist terrorists in training’ is not incitement to hate, Dutch prosecutors rule

• Channeling her inner Ken Livingstone, I presume?

• Brussels Jewish museum opens first exhibition since 2014 massacre.

• The letter discovered by the Daily Mail was written in 1986. Let’s see if Prince Charles repudiates it. The heir to the British throne only blamed the Mideast conflict on “the influx of foreign Jews” and hopes that a US president will eventually stand up to “the Jewish lobby.”

Prince Charles

• Puerto Rico’s been without electricity for 50 days since Hurricane Maria wrecked the island’s power grid. So how’s Puerto Rico’s Jewish community doing?

Commentary/Analysis
• Memo to David Pratt: If you’re going to insinuate that Israel is deliberately and knowingly giving medical care to Syrian Islamist rebels, please at least furnish stronger proof than an unnamed Palestinian official in Ramallah. Perhaps your Herald-Scotland could arrange a visit to the IDF field hospital for a first-hand look, like Politico recently did.

• The Israeli-Saudi-Lebanese-Iranian dance is on my mind . . .

– Dr. Oded Eran: Will changes in Riyadh lead to new era in Israel-Saudi relations?
– Yoav Limor: Shaping the northern front
– Avi Issacharoff: Is war between Saudi Arabia and Hezbollah an impossible scenario?
– Yaron Friedman: Why is Saudi Arabia so determined to destroy Hezbollah?
– David Ignatius: Saudi Arabia commits the original sin of Mideast politics
– Mohamed Bazzi: Saudi Arabia comes for Hezbollah
– Dennis Ross: Iran’s ‘malign activities’ and the need to put the spotlight on its actions


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

– Brig. Gen. (res.) Michael Herzog: The Palestinian reconciliation agreement – context, consequences and open questions
– Yoav Limor: The Gaza gamble
– Cathryn Prince: Looking for an American bipartisan issue? Try the fight against BDS
– Melanie Phillips: The strategic importance of the argument from law
– Daniel Sugarman: Priti Patel had to go, but this wild speculation about Israel’s grip on UK politics has to stop
– Azriel Bermant: Priti Patel’s private diplomacy with Israel isn’t unique. But her case is the oddest
– Vladimir Sloutsker: Kristallnacht, and our modern-day approach to anti-Semitism
– Matti Friedman: My forgotten war and their forgotten graves

• For a sense of what the critics are saying, see Mary Dejevsky.


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UK Minister Resigns Over Unauthorized Meetings With Israelis
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1. UK minister Priti Patel resigned amid a row over her unauthorized meetings with Israeli officials. More at the Jewish Chronicle and Washington Post.

If you’re having trouble wrapping your head around the story (your local news was preoccupied with ex-Mossad agents at Black Cube, I get it), see explainers by Haaretz, BBC and Seth Frantzman.

See also HonestReporting’s critique: There is No Palestinian ‘Ambassador’ to the UK: British papers effectively bestowed statehood on the Palestinians.

Priti Patel
Priti Patel, who resigned as Britain’s international development secretary

2. Five-year-old Palestinian child caught trying to smuggle cell phones to his terrorist father in prison.

3. Israel’s fighting a diplomatic battle to prevent the election of Iran as UNESCO Executive Board chairman. According to the Jerusalem Post:

In advance of the November 16 election, the board has been split between choosing Iran or South Korea to head the board, but it is possible that the Asia Pacific group will push the Philippines ambassador as a compromise candidate, a diplomatic source speculated in a conversation with The Jerusalem Post.

But the overall make-up of the board with the new members is seen as more hostile to Israel than the previous one.
4. HR Book Review: The Anti-Israel Agenda: Anti-Israel activists are more predictable than they think. HonestReporting reviews Alex Ryvchin’s new book.

5. HR On the Road: It’s been a big month for HonestReporting, with trips, events and appearances.

In the News
• Jewish studies Professor Barry Trachtenberg to Congress: There’s no anti-Semitism on college campuses, and there’s nothing wrong with comparing Israel to Nazis. Really?

• Gaza received the first major delivery of medicine from the PA in eight months.

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• Times of Israel: A Palestinian nabbed outside settlement of Kochav Yaakov with a meat cleaver, knife and Koran told police he was going to carry out a terror attack.

• I think this is going to become an evergreen headline:

Palestinian police chief says Hamas must give up Gaza arms

• The Media Line takes a closer look at the significance of Israel holding the bodies of five Palestinian terrorists found in the rubble of a demolished tunnel.

• Congressional hearing amps up pressure on Trump to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. John Bolton, Dore Gold, Michael Koplow, Morton Klein and Eugene Kontorovich all testified in favor of a relocation. See Haaretz coverage or watch a video of the hearings.

• Eilat’s international airport to open in April, 2018.

The new facility is the first civilian airport to be built in the country since it was founded in 1948. The aiport is being built 19 km. north of the southern town of Eilat in the Timna Valley. It will replace Eilat’s J. Hozman Aiport located in the city itself as well as the Ouvda Airport located some 60 km. north of Eilat.
• Rutgers defends decision to employ ex-Assad regime spokesman, calling him an expert in international law.

• Holocaust memorial stones stolen from Berlin neighborhood.

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

– Ben-Dror Yemini: Anti-Israel activists have no interest in a dialogue
– Dr. Reuven Berko: Hamas’ moral collapse
– Yoaz Hendel: Let’s stop lying to ourselves about a Palestinian state
– Josh Cohen: ISIS losses have consolidated Iran’s strength in the Mideast

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Moroccan Judo Championship to Be Canceled Over Visas for Israelis?
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1. Authorities in Morocco failed to provide Israel’s judo team with visas ahead of the world championship, which begins in Marrakech on November 11.

The president of the International Judo Federation said he would cancel the entire world championship if the Israeli delegation would not receive its visas.
More at Israel HaYom.

With Israeli athletes getting snubbed in various ways by United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Malaysia, Algeria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Egypt, why the heck do world sports bodies allow these Arab countries to continue hosting or participating in sporting events that Israelis also compete in?

2. Congress is mulling legislation that would change how US universities deal with anti-Semitism — by requiring the Education Department to adopt the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism. The Times of Israel was on hand as the bill’s supporters and critics testified to the House Judiciary Committee:

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act (ASAA) would require federally funded education programs to employ the State Department’s standards in assessing whether civil rights laws have been violated when dealing with hate crimes.

The controversy over the legislation stems from its provisions regarding Israel. The ASAA would ban the Department of Education from “claiming Israel for all inter-religious or political tensions” and “applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.”

Opponents of the legislation argue the clauses on Israel would infringe free speech on campus.
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3. It’s been a week since Hamas ceded control of Gaza’s border crossings to the PA, and the two are already bickering. Haaretz explains:

Hamas expressed anger at Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s comments that the PA couldn’t guarantee the crossings’ orderly operation without assuming full security control over Gaza . . .

People in the Gaza Strip speculated Tuesday on whether the PA was referring to control not only of the crossings but to the entire issue of security in the Strip, which has also yet to be arranged. Policemen employed by Hamas are still operating in the area.

This assessment only increased the frustration and anger of Palestinians in Gaza, who recognize that any dispute between the factions only delays the opening and proper functioning of the crossings – especially Rafah, which is the Gazans’ main artery.

Another issue under dispute is the model for operating the Rafah crossing, which the PA supports and would see European observers placed at the crossing, which was the practice until 2007, when Hamas assumed control of the Strip.
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Israel and the Palestinians
• Israel instructed its envoys to diplomatically campaign for the world to curb the activities of Iran and Hezbollah. According to Israeli media reports:

“The events in Lebanon, and the ballistic missile launched by [Yemen’s rebel] Houthis toward the Riyadh international airport, should cause [the world] to increase the pressure on Iran and Hezbollah on a range of issues, from ballistic missile production to its efforts at regional subversion,” the foreign ministry memo read.
• PA police chief: Security cooperation with Israel back on track.

• The Palestinians — who are already busy targeting the Giro d’Italia for a boycott — are still trying to put Israel on the back foot at FIFA. PA soccer officials got a court date for their FIFA case against Israel.

• Palestinian teen caught smuggling knife into Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs.

Around the World
• The plot thickens: Downing St. reportedly knew about Priti Patel’s meetings with Israeli officials after all, according to the Jewish Chronicle.

But the JC understands, from two different sources, that Ms Patel did disclose the meeting with Mr Rotem but was told by Number 10 not to include it as it would embarrass the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
• Following up on the dust up over Tzipi Hotovely’s speaking appearance at Princeton, MK Michael Oren, a Princeton alumnus, urged Israeli officials to boycott the campus Hillel and called for the firing of its director, Rabbi Julie Roth.

Meanwhile Hillel International CEO Eric Fingerhut and Roth took to the Jerusalem Post’s op-ed section to apologize for cancelling the Deputy Foreign Minister’s speech. Hotovely’s speech went on as scheduled under the auspices of the campus Chabad.

• I think this is an important wake up call from prominent pro-Israel activist Hen Mazzig.



• Quote of the day:

“Tracking a missile is much easier than tracking a ball,” he said. “A missile is more predictable.”
Gal Oz, of SportVU, a startup whose system of high resolution tracking cameras and player tracking technology revolutionized the NBA. Interviewed by the Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter).

• Conductor Zubin Mehta discusses Wagner in Israel, Palestinian musicians and more with the Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter). Mehta is due to step down the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra in 2019, ending what will be 50 years with the ensemble.

Zubin Mehta
Zubin Mehta

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

– Evelyn Gordon: Why Israel threatened military action to save an enemy
– Joel Finkelstein: On Hotovely and the dangers of Princeton’s moral panic
– Jeff Jacoby: Spain clamors for a ‘two-state solution’ — but not in Catalonia
– Zvi Bar’el: Israel’s swapping bodies for bodies isn’t enough
– Khaled Abu Toameh: The Iran-Hamas-Hezbollah connection
– Dov Zakheim: Jared Kushner, Mohammed bin Salman, and Benjamin Netanyahu are up to something
– Shoula Romano Horing: Why Israelis are successful fighting terror
– Shmuel Rosner: How did ‘peace’ become a dirty word in Israel?
– Col. Richard Kemp: Israel as a strategic asset of the West
– Alan Dershowitz: The Daily Californian refuses to publish my response to an anti-Semitic op-ed
– Ron Kampeas: What Saudi and Lebanese political turmoil means for Israel
– Thomas Donnelly: Israel’s coming war with Hezbollah
– Giora Eiland: Lebanon’s last chance to save itself
– Michael Totten: Hezbollah consolidates its stranglehold over Lebanon
– Roger Boyes: Stop Iran’s march through the Middle East

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Syrian Envoy Who Accused Israel of Organ Trafficking Now a Rutgers Professor
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1. A Syrian diplomat who accused Israelis of trafficking children’s organs is now a professor at Rutgers. Mazen Adi served in a number of roles for the Syrian Foreign Ministry, most recently as a diplomat and adviser for Syria’s UN mission. UN Watch called for the US to deport Adi, calling him “a liar and an apologist for mass murder.”

Mohammed Sawalha
2. Turns out a prominent leader of London’s Finsbury Park Mosque was appointed to Hamas’s ruling politburo. The Times of London got the scoop on mosque trustee Mohammed Sawalha:

His role was revealed when it was announced that he was part of a Hamas delegation to Moscow in September which held a meeting with Mikhail Bogdanov, President Putin’s Middle East envoy, and a deputy foreign minister.

Hamas has been designated an outlawed terrorist organisation by the US and the EU, meaning that its assets can be seized and its members jailed. The UK has banned only its military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, meaning that Mr Sawalha has committed no offence . . .

The Sunday Times reported in 2008 [or was it 2005?] that he had been named in US court documents as having previously been “in charge of Hamas terrorist operations in the West Bank” and had met two men accused of laundering millions of dollars to finance the group.

3. Israel arrested seven Druze who tried to breach the border fence with Syria. The Israeli Druze community is agitated after a suicide bomber struck the Syrian Druze village of Hader just across the border last week. At least nine people were killed in the attack, which was carried out by a rebel militia affiliated with Al-Qaida.

Israel vowed to protect Hader’s residents, though officials haven’t disclosed how. The Media Line examines the risks of that pledge.

4. A Not So Priti Headline Fail: Guardian editors bungled a headline so we rewrote it for them.

In the News
• Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely’s scheduled talk at Princeton U. was cancelled by the campus Hillel “after a group called Alliance of Jewish Progressives (AIP) protested her scheduled appearance on campus.” Hotovely will instead speak at the campus Chabad. More at The Princetonian and Times of Israel.

• The U. of Ottawa‘s student government shoots down BDS resolution.

• Worth reading: Now that Argentine investigators have concluded that prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death was a homicide, Haaretz nicely lays out where matters stand for the principle figures, including ex-president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, ex-foreign minister Hector Timerman, and the Iranians.

If Fernandez is charged with treason, this will be a negative turn of events for Zarif and a stain on Iran’s international standing, just as it finds itself in a major public relations campaign following U.S. President Donald Trump’s refusal to recertify Iranian compliance with the Iran nuclear deal.
Qatar• Something’s cooking with Qatar’s charm offensive with American Jewish leaders. The Jerusalem Post reports that the head of the Orthodox Union’s kashrut department is visiting Qatar along with a small group of other unspecified Jewish leaders.

The trip was organized by Nick Muzin, a prominent Jewish Republican operative who is on retainer by the Persian Gulf nation to establish ties with the American Jewish community. The group is scheduled to meet with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Allen Fagin, the OU’s Executive Vice President, said that Genack’s visit was private and was not connected to his work with the Jewish organization.
• AFP looks at Israeli medical treatment for injured Syrians. Read the report or watch the video.

• Jewish author wins prominent French literary prize. Olivier Guez was awarded the Renaudot award, one of France’s top literary prizes, for his book “The Disappearance of Josef Mengele.” Details at the European Jewish Press.

• Israel sends emergency aid to plague-hit Madagascar.

Commentary/Analysis
• Worth reading: CNN’s Doug Criss explains why the law enforcement officials labeled the New York truck rampage as terror but not this week’s Texas church shooting.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Daniel Shapiro: Is Saudi Arabia pushing Israel into war with Hezbollah and Iran?
– Ben-Dror Yemini: Each nation has its own ‘Nakba’
– Martin Kramer: Who saved Israel in 1947?
– Moshe Arens: Israeli Arabs, too, benefited from the Balfour Declaration
– Daniel Gordis: As Trump goes, so does Netanyahu
– David Collier: British unions supporting anti-Semitism and radical Islamic hate

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Israel Says It Has Bodies of 5 Gaza Terrorists
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1. The IDF says it has the bodies of five terrorists buried in last week’s terror tunnel demolition, adding that all were found on the Israeli side of the border. Officials in Jerusalem said they won’t release the bodies until three Israeli civilians (Avera Mengistu, Hisham al-Sayed and Juma Abu Anima) and the bodies of two soldiers (Lt. Hadar Goldin and Sgt. Oron Shaul) all held by Hamas are returned.

More at the Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel.

2. Associated Press: A new Argentine probe concludes that Alberto Nisman was indeed murdered. The prosecutor was found dead days after he accused then-president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA building, the Buenos Aires headquarters of the Jewish community.

The new report, which was obtained by The Associated Press, bases its conclusions on controversial new evidence and sharply contradicts earlier official findings that Alberto Nisman likely killed himself . . .

The investigation listed key evidence that wasn’t mentioned in previous reports: Nisman’s nasal septum was broken. He had suffered blows to his hip and other areas. Ketamine, a substance with strong anesthetic power, was in his body.

The new report concludes the attackers tried to stage a suicide, but it notes that other experts throughout the series of probes never found any traces of gunpowder on Nisman’s hands.
Alberto Nisman

3. After hosting the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and cracking down on the royal family, the Saudi rulership summoned Mahmoud Abbas to Riyadh for an unscheduled meeting with King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Salman. Hmmmmm.

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Jeremy Corbyn

• Three of Britain’s top writers, accused Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party of straying into anti-Semitism. The letter to the editor, published in the Times of London, was signed by award-winning author Howard Jacobson and historians Simon Schama and Simon Sebag Montefiore.

We are alarmed that during the past few years, constructive criticism of Israeli governments has morphed into something closer to antisemitism under the cloak of so-called anti-Zionism. We do not object to fair criticism of Israel governments, but this has grown to be indistinguishable from a demonisation of Zionism itself — the right of the Jewish people to a homeland, and the very existence of a Jewish state. Although anti-Zionists claim innocence of any antisemitic intent, anti-Zionism frequently borrows the libels of classical Jew-hating. Accusations of international Jewish conspiracy and control of the media have resurfaced to support false equations of Zionism with colonialism and imperialism, and the promotion of vicious, fictitious parallels with genocide and Nazism. How, in such instances, is anti-Zionism distinguishable from antisemitism?

Such themes and language have become widespread in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. So far the Labour leadership’s reaction has been derisory. It is not enough to denounce all racisms in general when this specific strain rages unchecked.
Background on the letter here.

• There must be another Anne Frank who coincidentally kept a diary too, right?

• According to Israeli media reports, “Israel has been making covert efforts to bring the remains of the venerated late Rabbi Nachman from Uman, Ukraine, to Israel,” but officials in Kiev turned down the request.

Rebbe Nachman, spiritual leader of the Breslov Hasidim, was born in the city of Medzhybizh in 1772 and died in Uman in 1810. Since then, Uman has become a mecca for Bratslavers, the name by which his followers are known. About 150,000 people visit Rabbi Nachman’s grave every year, making it an important site of tourism for Ukraine.
• Anti-Semitic posters left at Sacramento synagogue.

• Dog saves Paris-area Jewish family from ‘anti-Semitic’ suspected arson in their home.

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

– Yaakov Amidror: Don’t return bodies for nothing
– Alex Fishman: In protection of Druze, Israel gave up security interests in Golan
– Yaakov Lappin: Latest terror tunnel discovery spotlights the ‘real proxy of Iran’ in Gaza
– Evelyn Gordon: Will Palestinian reconciliation reduce Hamas’ cash flow?
– Smadar Perry: Hariri ‘assassination plot’ is just an excuse
– Norman Bailey: The Kurdish tragedy

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Lebanese PM’s Shock Resignation and Its Implications for Israel
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Stunning the Mideast, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation from Saudi Arabia, saying Iran and Hezbollah were plotting his assassination and extending their influence over the government. The Washington Post explains:

The resignation signaled an end to the shaky alliance that had underpinned Lebanon’s government between Hariri, a Sunni Muslim who is a longtime ally of Saudi Arabia, and the Shiite Hezbollah movement, which is backed by Iran. The arrangement helped Lebanon keep a distance from the violence convulsing neighboring Syria and the wider region but stirred deepening concerns among Iran’s foes about growing Iranian influence in the country.
In response, Lebanese President Michel Aoun said he won’t accept Hariri’s resignation until he returns to Lebanon. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the development a “wake-up call to the international community to take action against the Iranian aggression,” while Iran said the resignation was part of a US-Saudi plot to stir more tension.

More at the New York Times and Daily Telegraph.

According to Al-Arabiya, an attempt on Hariri’s life “had been thwarted in Beirut a few days ago,” though Lebanese security officials said they had no knowledge of any such attempt. Hariri’s father, Rafik, was assassinated in a massive car bombing in 2005, which killed 21 other people for which. Hezbollah was implicated.

Israeli columnists weighed in:

– Avi Issacharoff: Hariri resignation: Lebanon now a full on Iranian proxy for all to see
– Amos Harel: Hariri’s exit increases instability on Israel’s Lebanese border
– Yossi Yehoshua: Hariri’s speech: An accurate description of Israel’s northern challenge
– Anna Ahronheim: With Hariri resignation, Israel has more leeway in next Lebanon war
Saad Hariri

2. Israel took the unusual step of announcing it will protect the residents of the Syrian Druze village of Hader. Nine people were killed in a suicide car bombing attack said to have been carried out by Al-Qaida affiliated rebels.

In the aftermath of the attack, a number of Israeli Druze tried to breach the border to fight alongside relatives. One Israeli Druze lawmaker, MK Akram Hasson, said four of the Hader victims were members of his extended family. Israeli Druze spiritual leader Shaykh Muwaffak Tar?f discussed the issues with Ynet.

See reactions from Prof. Eyal Zisser, Amos Harel, and Yoav Limor.

3. Islamic Jihad said five more of its operatives were killed last week when the IDF destroyed a cross-border tunnel from Gaza, raising the death toll to 12. The five were initially unaccounted for, raising fears they were inside Israel.

Also, Israel refused a Hamas request to search the Israel-Gaza buffer zone for the missing men, insisting first on progress on the issue of returning three Israeli civilians who wandered into Gaza and the bodies of two IDF soldiers killed in the 2014 Gaza conflict.

Meanwhile, senior Palestinian officials told Israel HaYom that the PA has neither the ability nor the will to prevent Gaza terror groups from digging more cross-border tunnels.

“What you in Israel and the United States do not understand is that we want to give this reconciliation a chance to succeed, even if not everything goes smoothly,” he said. “Therefore we are not interested in a confrontation with Hamas, certainly not because of the tunnel issue. We will be able to restrain Hamas in Gaza just as it is restrained in the West Bank, but it is a lengthy process that will take time [to implement], and for the time being it is not in our interest or desire to prevent Hamas from continuing its security-related activity in the Gaza Strip.”

In the News
• While in the UK, Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed the peace process, the Iranian threat, and Israeli-British in an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr. If you’re unable to hear the full interview, see the Times of Israel‘s summary.

• Kyle Mizokami delves into how Israel is modifying its new made-in-the-USA F-35 fighters.

Israeli F-35 Adir delivery flight, Dec. 5, 2016

• A Balfour Declaration event at a Florida Jewish museum was cancelled due to a bomb threat

• Daily Mail: Dossier unveiled by Jewish Labour members reveals scale of anti-Semitism claims inside the party amid drive to stamp out online abuse from activists.

• If you’re trying to prove a point about anti-Semitism, don’t do it by telling a joke about the Holocaust. Labour MP Harriet Harman is no anti-Semite, she was just seriously lacking in political judgment during an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Neil. The row described by the Daily Telegraph is no laughing matter.

• Israeli businessman claims anti-Semitic ‘hounding’ in Scotland.

• A Jewish student at Montreal’s McGill U. embroiled in anti-Semitism row will maintain his leadership position — for now.

McGill U.

Commentary/Analysis
• Shout out to all my Balfour junkies:

– Itamar Marcus: Had there been no Balfour Declaration, the PA would have had to invent it
– Efraim Karsh: Turks, Arabs welcomed Balfour Declaration
– Bernard Avishai: The Balfour Declaration century

dog at laptop• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Bassam Tawil: Meet Abbas’ new partners
– Washington Post (staff-ed) Can Hamas and the PA reconcile in Gaza? Be skeptical
– Yoni Ben Menachem: The operational coordination between Hezbollah and Hamas
– Daniel Schwammenthal: Why is the West financing Palestinian terrorism?
– Amb. Alan Baker: What goes for UNESCO goes also for the UN
– Hussein Ibish: Why Bahrain is leading Gulf Arab outreach to Israel
– Shimon Koffler Fogel: You can’t analyze Israel without understanding the experiences of its people
– Rosemary McLeod: Deniers incite hatred

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Are 5 Missing Islamic Jihad Operatives in Israel?
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1. Five Islamic Jihad goons are still missing after Israel destroyed a cross-border tunnel from Gaza on Monday. Ynet reports that they may be in Israel and the IDF’s looking for them.

2. Neutrality is Swiss cheesy:

Switzerland’s Defense Ministry has admitted sending staff to test reconnaissance drones in contested land held by Israel – an embarrassing blow for the neutral European country’s status as an honest broker in the Middle East.

Swiss officials visited an airfield in the Golan Heights region on three occasions in 2012, 2013 and 2015 to monitor tests of the Israeli-built Hermes 900 aircraft that they are buying for $265 million . . .

The officials’ visits, which lasted several days, took place in an area that Switzerland does not recognize as being part of Israel, as it was seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.
Hermes
An Israeli Hermes drone

3. Ahead of Benjamin Netanyahu’s arrival in London for celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, UK media reports say that British Prime Minister Theresa May will use the occasion to denounce anti-Semitism masked as Israel criticism:

Mrs May will tell the dinner: “There is today a new and pernicious form of anti-Semitism which uses criticism of the actions of the Israeli government as a despicable justification for questioning the very right of Israel to exist . . .

Highlighting the UK’s role in pressing for a new international definition of anti-Semitism, she will add: “Criticising the actions of Israel is never – and can never be – an excuse for questioning Israel’s right to exist, any more than criticising the actions of Britain could be an excuse for questioning our right to exist.

“And criticising the government of Israel is never – and can never be – an excuse for hatred against the Jewish people – any more than criticising the British government would be an excuse for hatred against the British people.

4. Balfour Declaration: State or Homeland? If The Independent is going to opine about the Balfour Declaration’s alleged evils, the least it can do is get the facts right. HonestReporting gets a correction.

5. Spotting Fake News on Israel: HR’s CEO, Joe Hyams, discussed fake news and how to spot it in a podcast with Israel360’s Daniel Seligson.

Israel and the Palestinians
• According to Arab reports picked up by the Israeli media, Israeli jets struck targets in Syria, near the Lebanese border, including an alleged weapons depot. Israeli officials declined to comment. See Ynet for more on the nature of the target.

• The IDF raided a pair of Palestinian workshops in Hebron which manufactured guns.

• If you thought that PA control over the Gaza border crossings would lead Egypt to reopen the Rafah crossing to the free movement of Palestinians and goods, don’t hold your breath. CNN notes:

An Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs official told CNN that Cairo does not yet have a schedule to resume operations at the Rafah crossing, citing security issues. The official added that the situation will be assessed and a timetable released in due course.
• Does Australian ABC News reporter Sophie McNeill really believe the Palestinians would’ve accepted an Israeli invitation to commemorate the Battle of Beersheva? Participating would’ve been too “normalizing” for Ramallah’s tastes.

Around the World
• Israel’s embassy in Australia protested a Canberra Times cartoon critical of the Battle of Beersheba memorials.

Canberra Times

• Student petition to suspend anti-Semitic Rutgers professor gains momentum, as swastika appears on campus

• 4 Jewish things you need to know about Catalonia.

• Rocker Nick Cave faces BDS heat ahead of Tel Aviv concerts

• US Jews have disproportionate influence over politics, says ex-British politician with close Trump ties.

• A trove of declassified Osama Bin Laden documents reveal Iran’s secret dealings with al-Qaeda. The Daily Telegraph writes:

A never-before-seen 19-page document purportedly written by a senior member of al-Qaeda details an arrangement between Iran and members of the group to strike American interests in “Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.”

In exchange, Shia Iran offered Sunni militants “money, arms” and “training in Hizbollah camps in Lebanon.”

Iranian intelligence facilitated the travel of some operatives with visas, while sheltering others.
Commentary/Analysis
• In the last two days, The Guardian’s op-ed section has attacked the Balfour Declaration with a staff editorial, commentaries by Mahmoud Abbas, Hanan Ashrawi and Yasmeen el Khoudary, plus this cartoon from the poison pen of Steve Bell.

But before you accuse The Guardian of unfairly giving a disproportionate soapbox to the Balfour bashers, Ambassador Mark Regev had a letter to the editor published, so everything’s fair and square, right?

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph published a letter in support of Balfour signed by more than 100 MPs. And Newsweek reprinted President Reuven Rivlin’s speech marking the anniversary.

• Worth reading on the occasion of Balfour 100 . . .

– Henry Kissinger: Balfour gave hope not just to Jews but to mankind
– Ron Prosor: A century of missed opportunities
– Clifford May: The 100-year-old promise
– Martin Kramer: The forgotten truth of the Balfour Declaration
– Alan Abbey, Benjamin Emmerich: Balfour Declaration: A century old and as disputed as ever
– Zev Chafets: The UK stands up for Israel’s right to exist
– Dan Margalit: The barren efforts to revoke the Balfour declaration
– Seth Lipsky: A crucial step in recognizing Jews’ ancient right to their homeland
– Ruth Wisse: When Britain renewed the promise to the Jews (click via Twitter)
– Aviva Klompas: In a year of anniversaries, it’s time to look forward
– Yuval Rotem: Balfour Declaration centennial honors Jewish peoples’ rights in their ancient homeland
– Daily Telegraph (staff-ed): Jeremy Corbyn shows little sign of accepting Israel’s right to exist
– Times of London (staff-ed) Sixty-seven words

Tom Gross discussed the Balfour Declaration with i24 news.

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

– Liel Leibovitz: Ramming attacks were pioneered by Palestinian terrorists
– Avi Issacharoff: Hamas pragmatism in Gaza handover hints at a new future for the Strip
– Amos Harel: Israel has to Egypt to thank for Hamas not retaliating over Gaza tunnel attack
– Oded Granot: Palestinian unity: Hamas’ Halloween costume
– Alex Benjamin: Palestinian leaders need to have ‘that’ Santa conversation with their people
– Bassam Tawil: Gaza Strip: Breeding ground for radical terror groups
– Bernard Avishai: Why Israeli nuclear experts disagree with Netanyahu about the Iran deal
– David Watson: I’m a student at McGill. Our problems with anti-Semitism are far from over

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8 Killed in New York Terror Attack
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1. Eight people were killed and 11 injured when a terrorist driving a pickup truck plowed for a mile along a busy Manhattan bike path, hitting bikers and pedestrians. Sayfullo Saipov was eventually shot by police while running, waving what turned out to be a paintball gun and a pellet gun and yelling “Allahu akbar.”

A 29-year-old Uzbek national, Saipov is hospitalized and expected to recover. He left behind a note claiming allegiance to Islamic State.

New York officials called it the city’s deadliest attack since 9/11. More at the New York Times, whose headline calls it terror.

Among the fatalities were five Argentinians, one of whom was Jewish businessman, Ariel Erlij.

An Associated Press backgrounder on vehicular attacks around the world included a deadly Palestinian truck attack on soldiers in Jerusalem in January.

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The scene of Tuesday’s car-ramming attack in New York City

2. The Palestinian Authority began taking control of Gaza-Egypt border crossings from Hamas. More on the story at Haaretz and the Times of Israel. And the Daily Telegraph adds:

The Rafah crossing is almost always closed but PA officials said a deal had been reached with Egypt to permanently open it in mid-November. If Rafah is opened permanently, it could potentially ease the humanitarian suffering of Gaza’s two million residents and allow them to travel more freely through Egypt to the outside world.

3. Times of Israel: A UN plan calls for $18m to aid Palestinian legal efforts against Israel.

In a recently released plan that outlines the world body’s support for the Palestinian Authority from 2018-2022, the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) includes a budgetary framework that would allocate millions of dollars to specifically help Palestinians pursue international legal avenues against Israel.
4. HR In a Minute: How to Be a Media Watchdog: How can you know what’s really happening in the Mideast? Here are some tips you can use at home.

4. ‘Attack’ on a ‘Militant Tunnel’: Parroting Terrorist Propaganda: The Independent plumbs new depths with false claims of an Israeli air strike based on terrorist propaganda.

5. HR Prompts Telegraph Correction to ‘Tel Aviv Government’ Error: Editors needed reminding that Tel Aviv isn’t Israel’s capital.

Israel and the Palestinians
Temple Mount• Israel is setting up special police unit to safeguard law and order on the Temple Mount. More at the Jerusalem Post:

The Temple Mount Unit will be equipped with advanced technology and will gather intelligence in order to protect visitors to the holy site, the ministry said.

The unit will include approximately 200 policemen, in which 100 will be specially recruited to the police in the course of the next year.
• Islamic Jihad confirmed that the cross-border terror tunnel destroyed by the IDF earlier this week was intended to be used to abduct Israeli soldiers.

• The IDF ruled out terror in yesterday’s incident near Halamish. Soldiers opened fire on a Palestinian car that failed to comply with orders to stop. The driver was killed and his sister was injured.

• With Kurdish independence rallies in mind, the Iraqi parliament criminalized the display of ‘Zionist symbols’ across the country. Kurds demonstrating for independence often unfurled Israeli flags; Israel is the only government that openly declared support for Kurdish independence.

• Duke University Press is under fire over book claiming Israel has policy of maiming Palestinians to dominate them.

Commentary/Analysis
• David Pope, the staff cartoonist at the Canberra Times, had this take on the Battle of Beersheva. The imagery of Benjamin Netanyahu riding on top of the donkey with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s face has a whiff of fatuous claims that Zionist neocons control the government of (fill in the blank here). Israel is protesting the cartoon.

Canberra Times

• Hold your nose: Mahmoud Abbas (or his ghost writer) got op-ed space in The Guardian to elaborate on why “Britain must atone for the Balfour declaration – and 100 years of suffering.”

Plenty more Balfour 100 commentary.

– Dore Gold: The historical significance of the Balfour declaration
– Ben Cohen: Year zero: The Palestinians and the Balfour Declaration
– David Parsons: No apologies for Balfour
– Gil Troy: We don’t need no Balfour declarations . . . or celebrations

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

– Avi Issacharoff: Islamic Jihad doesn’t want to rain on the reconciliation parade
– Elior Levy: Islamic Jihad’s unpredictable response
– Alex Fishman: Tunnel explosion puts Palestinian reconciliation to the test
– Hanin Ghaddar: Shiite unrest in Hezbollah’s Beirut stronghold
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Terror Tunnel: The Media’s Selective Omission
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A view of a tunnel reportedly dug by Palestinians beneath the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel and uncovered by Israeli troops, on October 13, 2013. Photo by David Buimovitch/Flash90
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Following our complaint, the BBC has added a correction to its story, which now includes the sentence: “The army said the destruction took place on the Israeli side of the border with Gaza.” The story also includes the following footnote:


On Monday, a terror tunnel leading from Gaza under the border into Israel was destroyed by the IDF. As a result seven Palestinians – Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists – were killed and another twelve wounded. The Times of Israel reports:

The tunnel, which the IDF described as a “grave and unacceptable violation of Israeli sovereignty,” started in the Gazan city of Khan Younis, crossing under the border and approaching the Israeli community of Kibbutz Kissufim, the army said.

“The tunnel was detonated from within Israel, adjacent to the security fence,” the military said in a statement.
TOI also reports:

“The explosion took place inside Israeli territory. The majority of the dead were activists that entered the tunnel after it was exploded and died in the Gaza Strip, and not as a result of the explosion,” said an IDF spokesperson Avichay Adraee.
Reuters also reports:

Israel was at pains to point out that its action against the tunnel was carried out on its own side of the border.
Why is this information concerning the exact location of the detonation important?

Israel is regularly and falsely portrayed as an aggressor, particularly when responding to Gazan terrorist threats. In this case, Israel did not mount any actions within Gazan territory.
Palestinian terrorist organizations may feel compelled to respond militarily and will portray such action as a legitimate response to IDF “aggression” even though this is a false narrative.

Source: IDF

Yet, some media failed to include the relevant information.

The Washington Post, BBC and The Guardian all fail to mention that the tunnel had been destroyed from the Israeli side of the border. Instead, references to the 2014 Gaza conflict, which took place, in the main, within the Gaza Strip itself, do nothing to dispel the impression that that the IDF has once again taken action against Palestinian territory.

The BBC’s headline (note the use of the word “militants”), with the stress on Gaza, also implies that this incident took place there rather than on Israeli territory.
Ultimately, this incident clearly shows that Palestinian terrorists are still working towards carrying out acts of violence and terror against Israelis. It is clear who the aggressors are. The media should also make it clear.

We’ve contacted the media outlets above asking for clarifications.
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IDF Destroys New Terror Tunnel In Israeli Territory
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1. The IDF destroyed a Palestinian tunnel that had crossed the border into Israel. Israeli media reports said the tunnel, near Kibbutz Kissufim, was still under construction. Notably, it was located in area where the IDF has not yet begun work on an underground barrier intended to block such tunnels.

“The tunnel was detonated from within Israel, adjacent to the security fence,” the military said in a statement . . .

It was the third such tunnel that the military has said it’s destroyed since the 2014 Gaza war, known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge. However, the first two tunnels, which were demolished last year, were believed to be leftovers from the 2014 conflict, whereas the tunnel that was detonated on Monday was “in progress,” according to Conricus.


2. New Zealand’s Jewish community is up in arms over an Iranian diplomat’s provocative speech in Auckland. According to New Zealand media reports:

Jewish community leaders want Hormoz Ghahremani, first secretary of the Iranian Embassy, to be expelled after he appeared alongside speakers who denied the Holocaust and called for the “surgical removal” of Israel.

In his speech, Ghahremani said Israel was trying to “deceive the world” by pretending to be an advocate of peace when in fact it was fuelling terrorism and extremism in the Middle East to divert attention from the Palestine issue.
Kiwi blogger Whale Oil posted a video of the speakers.


3. This is rich: The Arab-dominated UN Human Rights Council plans to discuss the the status of women in Israeli society. Ynet reports that UNHRC countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will be weighing in on issues such as

women’s exclusion in public transportation, the issue of “decency” on billboards, attitudes of the religious establishment and Haredi parties towards women and the situation in cemeteries, clinics, hospitals, public libraries, public functions, the Western Wall, the media and academia.
Since the UNHRC is interested in women’s rights in the Mideast, here are some other recent developments I assume are also on their radar:

– Saudi Arabia to allow women at three sports stadiums
– Cairo named world’s ‘most dangerous’ city for women
– 14-year-old Palestinian girl sold into marriage by abusive father flees to safety


4. From the Scene: Treating Syrians at Ziv Hospital: To learn more about Israeli humanitarian efforts, HonestReporting brought a group of people to visit Israeli doctors and the Syrian patients they’re treating. This special guest post was written by one of the participants.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Despite Jerusalem’s opposition to the Hamas-Fatah unity deal, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon visited Ramallah for talks with PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Sunday. More at the Times of Israel and Ynet.

• Twenty Palestinians were indicted for their involvement in the biggest agricultural theft in recent history. Overall, 67 people were arrested, including 40 minors, after breaking into Moshav Shekef and stealing an estimated 25-31 tons of grapes and tomatoes. The Palestinians entered Israel through a water passage under the security barrier.

They also caused around NIS 300,000 in damages to the greenhouses and other property. Some of the stolen produce was taken to the nearby West Bank village of Beit Awwa and sold.

Gaza tunnel• Ambassador Danny Danon ripped Hamas after a tunnel was discovered underneath one of Gaza’s UNRWA schools.

Since the discovery some two weeks ago, UNRWA closed the school and sealed off the opening to the tunnel. The school resumed operations last Wednesday, the UN organization said.

The [UNRWA] statement Saturday did not say where the tunnel led, where it was found, or who was believed to have constructed it.
• Abbas: No government role for Hamas officials who refuse to publicly recognize Israel.

Around the World
• A swastika-laden letter with white powder in the envelope sent to Israel’s New York consulate. The New York Daily News reports the powder was non-toxic. An accompanying hate letter written in Hebrew featured swastikas.

• Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker bars Israel boycotters from doing business with his state

Tariq Ramadan

• After three women accused anti-Israel Professor Tariq Ramadan of sexual assault, supporters of the Oxford professor claim the allegations are a “Zionist plot.” More at the JTA.
Ramadan, who in 2009 was fired from Rotterdam’s Erasmus University for taking money from the Iranian regime and who has been refused entry to France and the United States over his ties to Hamas and other terrorist groups, has often aired conspiracy theories about Israel and Jews. Ramadan has denied any wrongdoing with regards to the sex crimes accusations.
Commentary/Analysis
• British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson took to the Daily Telegraph to praise the Balfour declaration and lay out his own vision for Mideast peace.

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

– Giora Eiland: Israel needs ‘package deal’ with Putin against Iranian expansion
– Ben-Dror Yemini: When new and old anti-Semitism come together
– Melanie Phillips: The malevolent guest at London’s Balfour dinner
– Seth Frantzman: Israel’s strategy in Kurdistan

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UNRWA Finds Tunnel Under Gaza School
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*** Breaking news *** Just before this round up was published, the UNRWA said it “discovered the existence of what appeared to be a tunnel underneath one of its schools in Gaza.”

1. The United Arab Emirates “apologized” after its judokas refused customary post-match handshakes with their Israeli competitors in Abu Dhabi. But the real outrage?

However, Israel and the UAE do not have diplomatic relations and the athletes were forced to compete as representatives of the International Judo Federation and without any Israeli symbols, citing security concerns. In addition, both the Israeli flag and national anthem were notably absent from medal ceremonies. Instead, organizers raised the flag of the International Judo Federation and played the anthem of the organization.
More at the Times of Israel. The Associated Press, Washington Post, Independent, CNN also picked up on the story.

Israeli judoka Tal Flicker won a gold medal at #JudoAbuDhabi2017! No Israeli anthem or flag. A disgrace to the spirit of sports. pic.twitter.com/XiP1YrwBms
— Embassy of Israel (@IsraelinUSA) October 26, 2017
2. FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, decided against taking any punitive steps against Israel over teams located in the West Bank. Palestinian sports officials sought kick Israel out of FIFA over six teams located in the West Bank. More at the Times of Israel and FIFA itself.

3. Montreal’s McGill U. student council is again in turmoil after a Jewish student removed over BDS issue. The university launched an investigation.

See also Richard Cravatts‘ take.

4. HonestReporting is proud to co-sponsor a special free event — a panel discussion on Anti-Semitism in the European Left-Wing. Speakers include David Gurevich, David Hirsh, Einat Wilf, Avi Mayer and Michal Hatuel-Radoshitzky.

When: Sunday, Nov. 5 (7:00 PM)
Where: Jerusalem’s Menachem Begin Heritage Center

Click for more info.
Israel and the Palestinians
• A Knesset committee vote on the controversial “Greater Jerusalem” bill scheduled for today was delayed. The legislation proposes to absorb the settlements of Ma’ale Adumim, Beitar Illit and Efrat, along with the Etzion bloc into the Jerusalem municipality without annexing them to Israel. The delay, an Israeli lawmaker confirmed, was due to US pressure.

• The IDF sealed off 10 tunnels under West Bank security fence in the Hebron area.

Last week, at least 100 Palestinians who crossed into Israeli territory via the massive drainage pipes carried out a series of agricultural thefts near Moshav Shekaf, in the Lachish region, stealing dozens of tons of tomatoes and grapes, according to the radio report.
• According to Israeli media reports, Hamas believes Islamic State was responsible for a car bomb near a Gaza refugee camp on Friday. The target, Hamas security chief Tawfiq Abu Naim, was moderately injured.

Abu Naim, who was released in the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner swap, “has been leading the recent Hamas efforts against IS.”

• BBC: For the first time, Israel honored an Arab for saving Jews during the Holocaust. “Egyptian doctor Mohamed Helmy hid a young Jewish woman and helped her family in Berlin, where he lived and had worked before World War Two.”

Today, Israel posthumously awarded the title, Righteous Among the Nations, to the first Arab, Egyptian doctor, Mohamed Helmy, who saved a young Jewish woman during the Holocaust. Egypt's own Oskar Schindler. https://t.co/fyu2ji712s Whoever saves one life saves the world entire. pic.twitter.com/WloX3QrR1k
— Alan Flynn (@Ballykeith) October 27, 2017
• Must read: Israeli journalist Neri Zilber became the first reporter to visit Camp Mazor Ladach, the Israeli medical clinic treating Syrians on the “other side” of the border. His in-depth dispatch in Politico lays out undisclosed details about Israeli humanitarian efforts:

On any given night, the IDF is active on multiple points on the Syrian frontier, interacting with locals on the other side. More recently, this has also come to include the establishment of a medical clinic beyond the heavily fortified border fence, in territory that while still legally (de facto) Israel, is for all practical purposes inside Syria. The IDF, however, doesn’t operate the clinic; it only guarantees its security from afar. Rather, a little-known U.S. humanitarian NGO sent in volunteers to build and staff the place. U.S. citizens and devout Christians all, they believe they are doing God’s work – helping Israel by helping Syrians (and vice versa) – on the very edge of the closest thing to a modern-day hell.
Remarkable piece by @NeriZilber on Israel's humanitarian op in south Syria.The first journalist to visit the clinic https://t.co/PtxiEb4GK4
— Nadav Pollak (@NadavPollak) October 29, 2017
• The ancient tomb of the Biblical prophet Nahum is in danger as Kurdish-Iraqi tensions rise, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Shelling in a Christian town near the Jewish tomb is the latest in years of turmoil that have affected the site.

The tomb is in the ancient Christian town of Al-Qosh, inside a complex that also served as a synagogue and has partly collapsed over the years. The Jewish community of this area of northern Iraq and Kurdistan left in the 1940s and 1950s.
Around the World
• A defiant ex-Argentine president Cristina Kirchner defended a secret pact with Iran at an inquiry into the AMIA bombing cover-up.

• Israel and Australia will mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheva. ABC News caught up with descendants of the Light Horse Brigade visiting the battlefield. So if you’re in Beersheva on October 31, don’t miss the re-enactment of the Light Horse Brigade’s charge.

Commentary/Analysis
• Descendants of some of the principle figures behind the Balfour declaration shared their thoughts on the statement itself, upcoming celebrations, and more with the Wall St. Journal. Read the essay or watch the video.





Plenty more Balfour commentary:

– Lord Roderick Balfour: ‘Balfour Declaration was one of history’s greatest ever acts’
– Dror Eydar: The ideal that moves me
– Stephen Pollard: Is it possible that the nation which helped create Israel now admires a Marxist-Islamist alliance which hates the West?
– Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks: Reflections on Balfour 100

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

– David Horovitz: World judo must honor its own ethics code, stop UAE’s anti-Israel discrimination
– Raphael Ahren: When it comes to Israel, the Arab world isn’t a good sport
– Alan Dershowitz: Anti-Semitic caricature of me generates no criticism from Berkeley hard-Left
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Militias vs. Palestinian ‘reconciliation’
– Vivian Bercovici: Palestinians fool us again into believing they want peace with Israel
– Evelyn Gordon: What Raqqa says about Gaza’s death toll
– Paul Miller: The warped bias of anti-Israel boycotts
– Jake Wallis Simons: The left’s sinister disdain for Israel betrays their movement’s pro-Zionist origins
– Michael Mostyn: BDS is a dismal failure


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Anti-Semitism and Anne Frank Roil Italian Soccer
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Italian soccer is roiled by anti-Semitism and Anne Frank. And all this is without anyone kneeling during the national anthem . . .

– Lazio fans probed over anti-Semitic Anne Frank stickers
– Anne Frank diary to be read at Italian soccer matches
– Soccer team to wear image of Anne Frank on shirts after fans’ anti-Semitic slogans
– Lazio football fans to visit Auschwitz in response to antisemitism row
– Lazio fans ‘make Nazi salutes and fascists chants‘ moments after players’ Anne Frank tribute


2. The Washington Free Beacon obtained an audio recording of Palestinian Authority Vice President Mahmoud al-Aloul confirming that PA ties to the BDS movement are deeper than realized:

“We have relations with BDS, our people work there and we have delegates there. We cooperate with BDS on all levels, and not only with the BDS, but every group whose aim is to boycott Israel, we are with. Every group working to lay siege on Israel and isolate it from the world, we are with it.” . . .

Al-Aloul stopped short of acknowledging financial support for BDS initiatives, but said the PA is “very pleased with their activity and endorse it.”
Al-Aloul’s comments diverge with a Mahmoud Abbas interview in 2012 when he told reporters that Palestinians support boycotts of settlement products, but not of Israel itself.

3. According to Arab reports picked up by Israel HaYom, “Hezbollah is planning to withdraw its forces from Syria in 2018 in order to bolster its presence along the border with Israel.” Moreover, Israel publicly revealed that Munir Shaito is Hezbollah’s commander for southern Syria, “believed to be responsible for establishing the Shiite terrorist organization’s military infrastructure on the Syrian Golan Heights.”

More at Ynet. And what’s the significance of Shaito being outed? Yoav Limor explains:

Until now, Munir Shaito has lived in the shadows: Other than his commanders, no one knew he was Hezbollah’s commander in southern Syria. Revealing his identity means that his activities are transparent to Israel and that he is firmly in the IDF’s crosshairs.

This transition – from obscurity to visibility, from shadowy figure to celebrity – will obligate Shaito to alter his habits. Not to escape the adulation of his supporters, but the ire of his enemies. He is more than simply recognizable now; the fact that Israel has exposed his face and name, knows where he lives and the names of his wife and children – is nothing less than terrifying for a man of his ilk.
Munir Shaito
Hezbollah commander Munir Shaito (circled, at right), wearing a Syrian army uniform, in southern Syria with other Syrian military officials.
4. Neil McDonald: Israel is an Apartheid State: Veteran CBC journalist bends and breaks the truth to misrepresent Israel.

5. Corrected: Facebook Errs, But Israeli Police Take the Blame: Technology went awry, but one paper reported Israeli targeted innocent Palestinians.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Israeli police headed off a Palestinian Authority-sponsored event in eastern Jerusalem, raiding the hotel where it was due to take place. Israeli-Palestinian peace agreements bar the PA from political activity in eastern Jerusalem. The Times of Israel reports that the conference was reportedly to address the sale of eastern Jerusalem land from Arabs to Jews.

• Hezbollah may brush off advancing Congressional sanctions on the terror group and its sources of funding, but Lebanon’s banking industry won’t.

The bill’s passage reportedly set off alarms in Beirut, where officials feared major damage might be done to the country’s banking sector if the bill is signed into law.
• Haaretz: A Knesset committee is due to vote on the “Greater Jerusalem Bill” on Sunday.

According to the bill, the settlements of Ma’aleh Adumim, Gush Etzion, Efrat, Beitar Illit and Givat Ze’ev will be included under Jerusalem’s municipal jurisdiction, but not officially annexed to Israel.

The move is expected to spark strong opposition from the Palestinian Authority, which will see it as part of the de-facto creeping annexation of West Bank territory.




• Cue the Jerusalem traffic jams. US Vice President Mike Pence is visiting Israel and Egypt sometime in December.

• Judo federation to Abu Dhabi: Treat Israeli athletes equally — no discriminatory bans on the Israeli flag or anthem.

• The Lebanese army’s chief of staff boycotted a major conference of military chiefs of staff over the participation of his Israeli counterpart, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot. The annual event, hosted by the US, includes military brass from NATO members, countries fighting Islamic State, and other US allies. Haaretz notes that Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia did participate.

Around the World
• A new study exposes how faculty support of Israel boycotts intensifies campus anti-Semitism. Moreover, BDS supporters are ‘disproportionately’ affiliated with gender, ethnic, and Middle East Studies.

See the AMCHA Initiative’s full report.

• The latest ivory tower outrages:

– UC Berkeley chancellor issues heated response to Daily Cal’s Dershowitz cartoon.
– Rutgers reviewing posts of professor who called Judaism ‘the most racist religion in the world’
– Blatant anti-Semitism at McGill U.

• 16 million Communist Indian farmers can’t be wrong.

16 million Communist Indian farmers join boycott Israel movement

• Does the Kuwaiti Airlines policy of refusing to fly Israeli passengers violate international aviation law? Germany just launched a probe “stemming from a suit brought earlier this year by an Israeli citizen whose ticket to fly from Germany to Thailand via Kuwait was cancelled by the airline due to his nationality.”

• Design for London’s new Holocaust memorial unveiled; mayor admits it could be targeted by anti-Semites.


• UN urges Iran to stop harassing BBC Persian staff.

Commentary/Analysis
• How long till Hamas manages to procure advanced Iranian missiles? Iran’s already building or planning missile factories for its proxies in Lebanon, Syria and Yemen. Roi Kais notes:

Against this background, Israel is watching the Gaza Strip with a great amount of concern: As part of the warming relations with Hamas, Iran will likely seek to produce precision-guided missiles in Gaza too. Only recently, during a visit by senior organization members to Tehran, the Iranian foreign minister’s advisor, Hussein Sheikh al-Islam, promised that “Iran will give Hamas whatever Hamas asks for and Iran can comply with.”
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Avi Issacharoff: Hamas sees internal stirrings of dissent over reconciliation deal
– Barbara Kay: Honouring Lord Balfour, who made Israel possible
– Daniel Shapiro: Move the embassy to Jerusalem and promote peace (click via Twitter)
– Gilad Segal: The way to build a relationship with the Israeli people
– Jennifer Rubin: If Trump wants to contain Iran, then he should start containing Iran


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PA Begins Recruiting Gaza Security Forces
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1. Uncle Mahmoud wants you!

PA president begins recruiting Gaza security forces

2. Palestinian festival in Ramallah drops film over French-Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri’s trips to Israel:

Doueiri could not be reached for comment, but Kamel Elbasha, a Palestinian actor who stars in the film, criticized the decision.

“Ziad was punished for that movie which was banned in all Arab countries,” he said, adding that the activists were “mixing things up, lying and distorting facts,” and questioning their motives. Elbasha won the best actor award for his role in the film at the Venice Film Festival in September.
Ziad Doueiri
Director Ziad Doueiri at the Beirut premiere of “The Insult”


3. Gaza activists are battling a Hamas plan to turn a rare Bronze Age city into — of all things — a military base.

Palestinian archaeologist Moain Sadeq said the mound at Tell es-Sakan near Gaza City is a “unique” site that could offer an invaluable glimpse into the region’s ancient heritage.

It is “maybe the only fortified Canaanite city in southern Palestine” occupied continuously from 3200 to 2000 BCE, he says.


4. HonestReporting Wins the Battle of Beersheba: Historic Australian bugle isn’t heading back to ‘Palestine.’

5. Success! Fairfax Corrects Story With Fabricated Anti-Israel Quote: HR and IsraellyCool working together holds New Zealand paper accountable.

6. HR on Israel Now News: HR’s managing editor, Simon Plosker, appeared on Ask the Source, aired on the Christian network, Israel Now News. Plosker discussed media bias in general, fake news and more.


Israel and the Palestinians
• Israel reportedly struck Islamic State targets in Syria overnight. No comment from the IDF.

• Israel thwarts smuggling attempt at Gaza border crossing.

• UNESCO-affiliated scholars slam agency’s anti-Israel bias, plead for rethink.

• While Jordan’s King Abdullah endorsed the Palestinian unity deal, Qatar is sending an envoy to Gaza to clarify its views on the reconciliation.

• Reuters: Netanyahu lobbies world powers to stem Iraqi Kurd setbacks

• Former Israeli Mossad chief Efraim Halevy and his Saudi counterpart, Prince Turki al-Faisal, appeared together in a New York panel discussion touching on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran, and the Syrian civil war. The Times of Israel and Ynet were on hand.

• Glad to see the Associated Press picked up on the memorial to Saddam Hussein that Palestinians put up in Qalqiliya.

• Israel’s water worries return after four years of drought.

Around the World
Lord Arthur Balfour

• The Daily Telegraph caught up with Lord Roderick Balfour, who shared his thoughts on his illustrious great-grandfather and the declaration that bears his name.
Despite that teenage meeting with the taxi driver, the Balfour Declaration played little part in young Roderick Balfour’s life. “It was never mentioned by anybody at school, or very much as I grew up,” he says. “At school, everyone said: ‘Are you related to that loser Balfour?’, because he lost the 1906 election. They didn’t know about the Declaration.

“But you go to Canada, Argentina, France or anywhere in the [Jewish] diaspora, and they all know about it. This country has less knowledge than anywhere else.”
• Maryland governor’s executive order denies contracts to firms that boycott Israel

• Anti-Semitic flyers featuring swastikas were found posted on several buildings at New York’s Cornell University.

Commentary/Analysis
• When it comes to criterion for self-determination, how do Kurds, Catalans and Palestinians stack up? Zalman Shoval weighs in (responding to Richard Haass)

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

– Ron Ben-Yishai: Intentional Syrian fire aimed at deterring Israel without waging war
– Amos Harel: Buoyed by Iran and Russia, Assad gains confidence to test Israel
– Khaled Abu Toameh: The Iran-Hamas plan to destroy Israel
– Yoni Ben Menachem: Hamas sees reconciliation as step towards destroying Israel
– Ben Lynfield: Hamas visit to Tehran defines limits of Palestinian reconciliation
– James Sorene: A century after Balfour declaration, legacy of bungled implementation remains
– Ron Kampeas: State anti-BDS laws are hitting unintended targets and nobody’s happy

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Did Assad Deliberately Launch Rockets at Israel?
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1. Israel believes rocket fire from Syria may have been deliberate. Five rockets were launched at 5 a.m. on Saturday, with four landing relatively deep inside the Israeli Golan Heights. All landed in open areas causing no damage. According to Israeli media reports, here’s the IDF’s thinking:

There was no fighting going on in Syria at the time of the fire, the TV report said. It added that the area from which the rockets were fired is under the control of the Syrian army. And it noted that the projectiles fell deep inside Israeli territory on the Golan Heights, one after the other, rather than close to the border.

Tensions have been particularly high on the Israeli-Syrian front of late.

Concluding a visit to Syria on Saturday, the commander of Iran’s armed forces signed a memorandum of understanding with Syrian officials in which the two allies announced plans for tighter military cooperation and coordination — notably against Israel. The sides agreed to expand cooperation on intelligence, training, technology and against what they called “Zionist-American schemes,” the Ynet news website reported.

2. British UN diplomat under fire over Balfour Declaration comments to UN Security Council.

In a speech to a UN Security Council debate on the Middle East on Tuesday, Deputy Ambassador Jonathan Allen underlined that the “UK is proud to have played a role in helping to make a Jewish homeland a reality” when it issued the declaration in November 1917. But Allen drew the ire of British Jewish leaders when he added, “let us remember, there are two halves of Balfour, the second half of which has not been fulfilled.”

“There is therefore unfinished business,” Allen said, a remark he repeated in a later tweet.

3. “Hurricane Israel” struck Dickinson, Texas, where municipal leaders made relief grants to local businesses devastated by Hurricane Harvey conditional on a promise not to boycott Israel. The Washington Post explains:

The city attorney for Dickinson told a local television station he was only following a state law forbidding state agencies from doing business with Israel boycotters.
However, the JTA quoted a Dickinson city official saying “that the city will not be verifying compliance with the clause and said he doesn’t expect any applications to be rejected because of it.” And the author of the Texas legislation told Haaretz that Dickinson officials appear to have misinterpreted the law and explained why it shouldn’t apply to relief efforts.

See Yossi Beilin‘s take. See also HonestReporting’s critique of related coverage.

Dickinson
Flooding in Dickinson, Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

4. BBC’s Imbalanced Reporting on BDS: In a blatant example of imbalanced reporting, the BBC includes a video interview with a prominent pro-BDS activist in a story failing to include a counterpoint.

5. AP: Netanyahu Loves Personal Interest, Not Human Rights: Wire service claims Netanyahu “loves” Trump because both disdain human rights.

6. Daily Mail Australia Unilaterally Bestows Palestinian Statehood: Despite Australia not recognizing Palestinian statehood, editors unilaterally upgrade the Palestinian diplomatic representation to that of an embassy with an ambassador.

7. What Do North Korean Nukes Have to Do With Israel? North Korea exports nuclear technology to Syria and is working with Iran on deadly weapons systems. Both target Israel for destruction.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Egypt’s scrambling to downplay controversy over ‘secret’ clauses in the Hamas-Fatah unity deal. Israel HaYom reports that Fatah cadres are furious over the possibility of Hamas being integrated into the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and usurping their leading status.

• US demands Hamas renounce violence and disarm before unity deal. Details on envoy Jason Greenblatt’s comments at Haaretz and the Times of Israel.

EU flag• For the first time, eight European states are demanding that Israel reimburse them for the cost of solar panels that were confiscated when Israel demolished illegally built Palestinian structures in the West Bank. Belgium, France, Spain, Sweden, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland and Denmark are demanding 31,000 Euros each for their share in the solar panels, which were sponsored by the European Union.

Israel hasn’t responded to the letter, but has previously argued that EU funding of illegal building violates international law and the Oslo accords.

• Palestinian nabbed with stolen truck, planned ramming attack on soldiers

• $50,000 payments are helping grieving Gaza families end blood feuds related to a decade of Hamas-Fatah conflict. According to the Associated Press, the payments are coming from a $50 million pool of money sponsored by former Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan’s sponsors in the United Arab Emirates, “enough for roughly 725 families who lost loved ones, as well as people badly wounded or disabled in the fighting.”

• A Palestinian knocked a 12-year-old Israeli boy unconscious by throwing a stone at him directly from above before running away. The IDF is searching for the man and posted security footage online.


• The West Bank city of Qalqiliya erected a memorial to Saddam Hussein, the late dictator of Iraq who tortured thousands of people, used mustard gas to reassert his control over his country’s Kurdish regions, fired Scud missiles at Israel and sparked the Gulf War with his invasion of Kuwait.

The municipality apparently removed the photos from its Facebook page, but Memri saved the images.


• A scheduled summit in which Netanyahu was to meet in Togo with some 20 African heads of state might take place instead in Israel. The Jerusalem Post explains:

The landmark summit that was some two years in the making and that was to begin next Tuesday was canceled last month, with the Foreign Ministry citing political instability in the host country. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in the days before the announcement, to protest against Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé and demand term limits. Massive demonstrations are expected this week in Lomé as well.
Speaking of Africa, Israel launched a cultural week in Ghana.

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Ghanian hands

• Bloomberg News takes a closer look at Israeli efforts to help the US “fix or nix” the Iranian nuclear deal.

• The Palestinian mission in Colombia called for Israel’s destruction in a tweet that — after catching the attention of Israeli media — was quickly deleted. Israeli journalist Eran Cicurel managed to save the original tweet.

The tweet read, “Our goal is the end of Israel, and there can be no compromises or mediations…. We don’t want peace. We want WAR and victory — Yasser Arafat,” according to a spokesperson for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Following a report on Israel’s Channel 1 television, the Spanish-language tweet was removed. No explanation or apology was offered.
• Forbes: Raytheon and Iron Dome may have a quick fix for Seoul’s vulnerability to a North Korean attack.

• You can bet there’ll be some nastygrams at The Australian over this bungled headline. You have to read the article to find out thousands of Orthodox Jews were blocking traffic and that 120 were arrested.

• The Daily Telegraph looks at Jews and Arabs trying to save a Jerusalem hilltop property into luxury flats. It’s all part of a bigger story about controversial sales of land owned by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. The money quote:

“We did not wake up one morning and say: Hill of Evil Counsel, lets develop that area.”
• The Jerusalem Post previews what’s on the Knesset agenda as lawmakers return for the upcoming winter session.

Around the World
Sigrid Kaag
Sigrid Kaag

• Sigrid Kaag, Holland’s nominated deputy minister for foreign aid, is A) a pro-Palestinian activist, B) married to a senior PLO official, C) once referred to settlers as “illegal colonists on confiscated land,” D) will oversee “implementing aid projects in the West Bank — including ones considered illegal by Israel,” or E) all of the above. But the JTA adds:
The Netherlands’ next foreign minister will be the ruling party’s Halbe Zijlstra, whom pro-Palestinian activists in the Netherlands described as “very pro-Israel.”
• Bulgarian government adopts international definition of anti-Semitism.

• Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn turned down an invitation to attend a dinner marking the Balfour Declaration’s 100th anniversary.

• Dutch soccer fans ridicule child Holocaust victims on Twitter.

• Teens arrested in vandalism at Jewish cemetery in Romania.

• A suspected network of 13,000 Twitter bots pumped out pro-Brexit messages in the run-up to the EU vote. Hmmmmm.

Commentary/Analysis
• Memo to Abigail Hauslohner and Susan Svrluga: You just don’t get that what Jewish students are dealing with on campus goes beyond free speech, and there’s no equivalence with what pro-Palestinian students experience. Unlike Jewish students, pro-Palestinian students aren’t intimidated by anything, and aren’t becoming campus pariahs.

• Plenty of commentary about the latest Syrian rocket barrage on Israel.

– Avi Issacharoff: In Syrian barrage, a confident message signed by Iran and Russia
– Yoav Limor: Syrian fire exceeded acceptable limits
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Moscow’s game

• Worth reading: Daniel Hannan weighs in on the Balfour Declaration and why Britain should take pride in Israel “like any parent.”


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

– Norman Bailey: Has Israel been Trumped?
– Hillel Frisch: Hamas security has beards, Fatah doesn’t: Why real PA unity won’t happen
– Bassam Tawil: The big new Palestinian lie
– David Weinberg: Mind-blowing EU chutzpah
– Amb. Ron Prosor: Israel bashing is UNESCO’s drug of choice
– The Australian (staff-ed): UN human rights reform vital
– Jared Genser: Trump is right: The U.S. should leave UNESCO
– Benjamin Leventhal: BDS can actually be sued for damages
– Ben Lynfield: The danger of Iran on a collision course with Israel over Syria
– Alan Dershowitz: Why are so many claiming that Iran is complying with the deal, when evidence shows it isn’t?
– Colin Rubenstein: On Iran, Donald Trump has actually got something right
– Joseph Samuels: The history of Iraqi Jewry is in jeopardy


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Did Israeli Drone Strike Palestinian ISIS Fighter in Sinai?
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1. An Israeli drone strike is said to have killed a Palestinian Islamic State fighter in Sinai. The reported attack occurred after Islamic State in the Sinai took credit for firing two rockets at Israel earlier this week. Both landed in open areas, causing no damage. Arab media reports picked up by the Times of Israel identified the Palestinian man as Zaher Abu Sitta of Gaza.

It’s not the first time Islamic State in the Sinai claimed without proof that it was attacked by Israel. Allegations of Israeli intervention in the Sinai are intended to embarrass the Egyptian military, which is fighting jihadist insurgents in the Sinai peninsula. Israel hasn’t responded to the reports.

Sergey Shoygu
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu

2. Russia agreed to keep Iranian and Hezbollah and forces away from the Israeli-Syrian border.

The Jerusalem Post picked up on Arab reports that visiting Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu told Israeli officials that Moscow was willing to extend a 10-15 km (6-9 miles) off-limits zone, but not to the full 40 km (about 25 miles) which Israel seeks.

3. The IDF raided eight Palestinian TV stations and production companies around the West Bank suspected of “distributing incitement materials.” One station was directly affiliated with Hamas, another with Palestinian Islamic Jihad. More at Haaretz and Ynet.

4. Balfour Declaration: Haters Declare War: Israel-bashers in the media associate the Balfour declaration with historical wrongs, slavery, apartheid, colonialism and more.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• Israel expanded Gaza’s authorized fishing area from six to nine nautical miles.

• A Palestinian artists union is threatening to expel members if they engage in “normalization” with Israel — specifically by participating in a Jerusalem cultural festival.

• Overcoming opposition, Israel elected to UN space committee.

• Soldiers shot and wounded a Palestinian who charged them with a knife near the Gush Etziyon Junction today. Ynet coverage.

• Spanish newspaper regrets discussion of British soccer club’s ‘Jewish origin.’

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

– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Hamas sets sights on PLO
– Ron Ben-Yishai: Land of terror: ISIS alive and kicking in Sinai
– Shmuel Rosner: UNESCO Shmunesco
– Raphael Ahren: Israel’s planned withdrawal from UNESCO unlikely to improve anything
– Crystal Nix-Hines: Trump’s withdrawal from UNESCO a huge gift to the Palestinians
– Julie Nathan: Zionism, explained to a Muslim friend.
– Pinhas Inbari: How Palestinian “unity” talks put Iran in the mix
– Spengler: Why Europe’s new nationalists love Israel
– Jacob Rothschild: Britain can be proud of helping to create Israel

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Does Unity Deal Pave Way for Hamas to Take Over PA?
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1. Does Palestinian unity deal pave the way for ex-Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal to become president of the Palestinian Authority? Israel HaYom reports that the reconciliation agreement allows in principle for the possibility of Hamas joining the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the umbrella organization of Palestinian factions of which Fatah is the currently the leading member.

The paper adds that A) Mashaal’s presidential ambitions are well known within both Hamas and Fatah, B) he could exploit Mahmoud Abbas’ refusal to appoint a successor, and C) neither Israel nor Jordan would tolerate Hamas taking over the PA.

Khaled Mashaal
Former Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal

2. The UN Human Rights Council was accused of “blackmailing” Bezeq, Israel’s largest telecomm company, to cut services to West Bank settlements “or face a potential designation as a human rights abuser.” Around 30 businesses around the world have reportedly received similar letters, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Bezeq CEO Stella Handler posted on Facebook the UN letter along with a withering response, then removed it at the request of Israeli government officials. The Tazpit News Agency fills in the details of what both said.

Last year, the UNHRC voted to create a database blacklist “of all business enterprises [both Israeli and international] involved in the activities in the settlements, that would be updated once a year.”

3. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived in Israel yesterday for discussions with Israeli officials on Syria and the expanding profile of Iran and its proxies there. More at the Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel.

Shoigu arrived hours after Israeli jets destroyed a Syrian anti-aircraft battery (Russian-made) near Damascus which had fired on them during a reconnaissance mission over Lebanese airspace.

4. I’m seeing a spike in emails asking why I sometimes link to paywalled articles. That means it’s time to answer The 6 Questions About Paywalls You Were Afraid to Ask.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Israelis judokas are barred from competing under their flag at the Judo Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi.

The blue-and-white delegation to the final Grand Slam competition of the year is set to include 12 athletes, but Israel Judo Association chairman Moshe Ponte was informed by the organizers that they won’t be able to have the Israel flag on their judo uniform, as they do in every other event across the world. Instead of having ISR (Israel) by their names on the scoreboard and on their backs, they will have to take part in the contest as representatives of the IJF (International Judo Federation). The national anthem will also not be played, should an Israeli win a gold medal.
• Lebanon awarded gas and oil exploration licenses bordering Israeli waters, Globes reports.

Israel has not yet decided how to respond to this development, against the background of the border dispute between the two countries that has continued since Israel withdrew from its security zone in Lebanon in 2000.
More at Reuters.

• For first time in 15 years, Israel okays new homes for Hebron settlers. The 31 building permits issued are widely seen as a dig at UNESCO, which in July declared Hebron’s Old City to be an endangered Palestinian world heritage site.
• Intelligence Minister Israel Katz discussed the Trump administration’s new approach to the Iranian nuclear deal in a Washington Post Q+A.

• Worth reading: Daily Telegraph correspondent Raf Sanchez visits Syrians getting medical treatment in Israel.

Other Syrian women in the bright waiting room at Ziv hospital marveled that they were in Israel, a country they had always been told was an enemy of the Syrian people. “I never thought I would come here,” said one woman, whose daughter was in danger of losing her sight in one eye to an infection. “I was surprised that Israel wanted to help the Syrians. I never expected this in my life.”
• How many Palestinians die of embarrassment when this happens?

• Although Jerusalem and Havana don’t have diplomatic ties, an Israeli business delegation got tacit approval to visit Cuba to drum up trade:

Hayon also dismissed concerns over promoting business with a country whose leaders routinely and viciously attack Israel at every possible forum.

“Cuba is not listed as an enemy of Israel,” he said. “Business is the best bridge to diplomacy. Israeli firms can provide the Cuban people with many cost-effective solutions to improve the quality of life.”
Around the World
The Underground• Transport for London, the government body responsible for overseeing transportation in the London metropolitan area, is banning ads pushing Palestinian objections to the Balfour declaration. The Guardian reports:

TfL rejected the adverts because they “did not comply fully with our guidelines,” a spokesman said. Clause 2.3(h) refers to “images or messages which relate to matters of public controversy or sensitivity”. TfL also bans causes that are “party political” . . .

Organisers had hoped to see the adverts displayed at key underground stations and on buses in the run-up to the centenary of the first world war pledge on 2 November.
• After winning Austria’s elections, presumptive chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Israel HaYom that the far right Freedom Party would have to abide by a zero-tolerance policy on anti-Semitism before it can join his governing coalition.

• Germany’s Left Party withdraws anti-Israel initiative calling ‘to end occupation.’

• Halloween costume company removes Anne Frank outfit.

• Israelis are keeping an eye on two significant battles. US-backed forces ‘fully control’ Raqqa after liberating the capital city of Islamic State’s would-be caliphate.

Meanwhile, Iraqi government forces unexpectedly captured Kirkuk and major oil fields in a single day from Kurdish forces, who put up little resistance. Three weeks ago, the Iraqi Kurds voted to seek independence in a referendum opposed by Baghdad. Was Iran behind the Kurdish withdrawal?

Commentary/Analysis
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F-15 takes off from Hatzerim Base in December, 2009.

• Plenty of commentary on yesterday’s Israel-Syria flare up:

– Anshel Pfeffer: Putin turning blind eye to Israeli attacks as long as Assad survives
– Ron Ben-Yishai: Neutralizing Syrian battery draws a new Israeli red line
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Assad flexes his muscles
– Gili Cohen: Israel’s message to Russia sent in Syria, received in Tel Aviv
– Alex Fishman: Israel is done threatening Syria

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

– Charles Bybelezer: Will Israel hold Abbas responsible for Hamas attacks?
– Dov Lieber: Veneer of positivity fades in Palestinian unity talks as tough issues surface
– Seth Frantzman: Israel and US should work with new UNESCO head, end opposition
– Colin Clarke: Taking stock of Hezbollah’s losses in Syria
– Ron Kampeas: What happens now with the Iran deal
– Dore Gold (video): There is a precedent for renegotiating flawed agreements

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Israel, Syria Clash Ahead of Russian Defense Minister Visit
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1. Israeli jets destroyed a Syrian anti-aircraft battery near Damascus after it fired on them while they were flying a reconnaissance mission in Lebanese air space. No Israeli jets were hit. The incident occurred this morning, hours before Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was due to arrive in Israel.

2. As expected, Austrian voters elected 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz as prime minister. But the bigger story is that far-right Freedom Party came in second place. Austrian Jews are calling on Kurz not to include the Freedom Party in his new coalition. More at the JTA.

Sebastian Kurz


3. The election of Audrey Azoulay, a French Jew of Moroccan descent, as director general of UNESCO isn’t enough to persuade Israel and the US to remain in the cultural organization. Israeli officials told Ynet they’re taking a wait and see approach.

4. When a New York Times Correction Needs a Correction: An editor’s note strikes the wrong note cheerleading for BDS.

5. Israeli Hospital, Syrian Victims: HR FieldTrip October 2017: An HonestReporting field trip visits Israel’s Ziv hospital where Syrian victims receive treatment, and goes on to explore the Druze of Israel’s north.

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Tour guide Ihab Zaidan dicussing the relationship between Israeli Druze and the state at a memorial to the IDF’s fallen Druze soldiers in Daliyat al-Karmel during HonestReporting’s field trip to northern Israel. on October 15, 2017. Photo by Daniel Pomerantz


In the News
• AP: Israel to probe foreign funding of human rights groups.

• Islamic State in the Sinai claimed responsibility for two rockets fired at southern Israel yesterday. The rockets landed in open areas causing no damage.

• Members of an anti-BDS ‘dream team’ of Israeli minorities are gritting their teeth in the face of an intense incitement campaign. Ynet writes:

Reservists on Duty planned to send this team—comprised of two Muslim Israeli-Arabs, a Palestinian, a Druze, a Bedouin and a Christian Israeli-Arab—to elite American and European universities to speak, in fluent Arabic and English, against BDS, denouncing it and the delegitimization campaign it wages against Israel.

However, immediately after the unique delegation was made public, several of its members began suffering a spate of humiliations, threats and insults online.
• So the Saudi view of Trump’s new Iran approach matches Israel’s.

• Uruguayan Holocaust memorial vandalized with anti-Semitic slurs.

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

– Amb. Alan Baker: Palestinian unification must honor Palestinian commitments
– Frida Ghitis: Proposed deal proves Hamas rule was a disaster for Palestinians
– Alan Dershowitz: President Trump did the right thing by walking away from UNESCO — for now
– Alex Fishman: Trump’s Iran deal speech: A recipe for a regional explosion
– Sarit Zehavi, Christina Hen: UNIFIL has become a fig leaf for Hezbollah’s military deployment in Southern Lebanon
– Asaf Romirowsky: How Palestine ‘occupies’ itself
– Adnan Oktar: Boycotts are not the answer
– Haisam Hassanein, Wesam Hassanein: How Obama nudged Arab leaders toward Israel (click via Twitter)
– Dr. Mordechai Kedar: What next, once ISIS falls?

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Trump Decertifies Iran Nuke Deal — Now What?
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1. US President Donald Trump decertified the Iran nuclear deal, kicking the issue to Congress to decide on sanctions or perhaps withdrawing from the accord. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the move. Iran’s clearly angered, but the Associated Press assesses that Tehran still needs the deal. See more commentary below.

Meanwhile, the US Treasury Dept. slapped sanctions on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) “for providing support to a number of terrorist groups, including Hizballah and Hamas, as well as to the Taliban.” However, the Treasury statement stopped short of specifically labeling the IRGC as a terror group.

You ask, What is Iran’s Revolutionary Guard?


2. Hamas and Fatah officials signed a national unity deal in Cairo due to take effect December 1. Several clauses were leaked on social media. Notably, Arab reports picked up by Ynet indicate that Hamas agreed to cease terror attacks in the West Bank, and that any decisions about war or signing a peace agreement with Israel be made jointly.

Israel set a series of additional conditions that must be met before it would recognize the agreement, including a halt in the digging of tunnels and manufacturing of missiles, an end to terror attacks against Israel, the immediate release of Israeli citizens Avera Mengistu and Hisham a-Said and the return of the remains of fallen IDF soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin.
Signing for Hamas was the organization’s new Number 2 man, Saleh Arouri. A terrorist commander who was recently bounced out of Turkey and Qatar, Arouri is widely regarded as the mastermind of the 2014 kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens, which sparked a war in Gaza.

3. Big changes at UNESCO. Shortly after the US and Israel withdrew from the the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the organization unexpectedly elected Audrey Azoulay, a French Jewish woman as its new director general.

Curiously, the Trump administration’s decision to leave UNESCO was not coordinated with Jerusalem, according to Haaretz, taking Israeli officials by surprise. Per the Wall St. Journal, “The withdrawal will take effect at the end of next year,” and that the US will “maintain its connection with the organization as a nonmember, observer state.”

The Jerusalem Post takes a closer look at how Azoulay, a former minister of culture during the Francois Hollande presidency, became the unlikely new chief.

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New UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay

Israel and the Palestinians
• Belgium suspended PA construction projects after a Palestinian school was renamed for notorious terrorist.

• Hamas is using lasers to blind Israeli soldiers along the Gaza border. Can you imagine the outrage if Israel did that to Palestinians?

• Islamic State set up a training camp in the Syrian Golan near the Israeli border, Israeli media reports say.

• Worth reading: How the Balfour Declaration laid the roots of Israel.

Around the World
• CNN: Victims of Palestinian terror seek Supreme Court blessing to sue multinational corporations. The 6,000 victims are targeting the Jordanian-based Arab Bank arguing it “‘knowingly and willingly’ used its New York branch to transfer millions of US dollars that were used to finance terrorist attacks.”

The attacks occurred between 1995 and 2005 in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

The victims do not claim the bank was involved in the planning of the attacks, only the processing of financial transactions.
• BBC to air kibbutz volunteer reality show.

• Brazilian newspaper’s five-letter response to pro-Palestinian crossword clue: ‘Sorry’

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• ACLU sues over Kansas law banning contracts with Israel boycotters

• Wisconsin is latest state to introduce anti-BDS legislation.

• Iran plans to re-block Waze due to its Israeli background. But Tehran traffic jams will still be Israel’s fault, right?

• Vandals destroy sukkah at Kansas State U.

• Jerusalem Post: One of Denmark’s largest pension funds, Sampension, is barring investment in four companies that operate in West Bank settlements. Its blacklist specifically mentions Bank Leumi, Bank HaPoalim, the Israeli telecomm company Bezeq, and the German- based Heidelberg Cement.

“In addition to these four companies, Sampension said that it was talking with six other multinational corporations about how their economic activity in settlements may violate “international principles.”
• A discomfiting number of Hezbollah goons entered Germany disguised as refugees.

It is unclear how many Hezbollah terrorists disguised themselves as asylum-seekers to enter Germany. But according to Germany’s federal intelligence agency, there are 950 active Hezbollah operatives in the Federal Republic.
Commentary/Analysis
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MP Michael Danby

• Australian columnist Greg Sheridan (or click via Twitter) fires a broadside at Australia’s ABC News for it’s dismissive response to lawmaker Michael Danby’s criticism of the network’s coverage of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

To humanise an innocent Jewish Israeli grandfather or child brutally murdered in their home by a terrorist seems somehow or other to be supportive of Israel, so it is rarely done.

Danby in his ads was responding to this profound emotional truth. The ABC’s response to Danby’s criticisms is dismaying. It exhibits bullying, hubris and unchecked power.
• Over at the New York Times, MK Michael Oren got a soapbox to call on the US to “fix or nix” the Iran deal. The Gray Lady also gave a platform to Iranian Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo and weighed in with its own staff-ed.

And at The Atlantic, Israeli lawmaker Yair Lapid squared off against Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

Iranian flagPlenty more commentary about the Iran nuke deal:

– Raphael Ahren: With new Iran strategy, Trump rips page out of Netanyahu’s playbook
– Nahum Barnea: Trump’s Iran strategy presents new kind of challenge for Israel
– Amos Yadlin, Avner Golov: Preparing an alternative strategy before withdrawing from the nuclear agreement with Iran
– Jonathan Schanzer: Ending America’s paralyzed Iran policy
– David Harris: Revisiting the Iran deal
– Amb. Daniel Shapiro: No one’s got a clue what’s next on Iran
– Ben Lynfield: Iran to take wait-and-see approach
– Elliott Abrams: The coming confrontation between Israel and Iran
– Tzvi Kahn: (Mis)Reading the IAEA reports on Iran’s nuclear program

• I can’t decide whether to list this Daily Telegraph staff-ed with the nuclear deal or UNESCO commentaries below.


• Plenty of commentary on UNESCO . . .

– Sohrab Ahmari: Trump made the right move on UNESCO
– New York Post (staff-ed): Exiting UNESCO was the right thing to do
– Prof. Abraham Ben-Zvi: UNESCO: A Reagan redux
– A.J. Caschetta: Trump dumps UNESCO, aka the ‘UN Erasure, Slander, and Cover-up Organization’
– Wall St. Journal: America out of UNESCO (click via Twitter)
– Los Angeles Times (staff-ed) Withdrawing from UNESCO further isolates the U.S. and risks undercutting international influence

Palestinian puzzle• Plenty of commentary about the Palestinian unity puzzle:

– Avi Issacharoff: Fatah-Hamas unity: Rub your eyes in disbelief
– Ben-Dror Yemini: Israel should accept the Palestinian reconciliation deal
– Eli Lake: US sees opportunity in Palestinian reconciliation
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Hamas’ step-by-step plan
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Hamas creates state within a state
– Herb Keinon: The Lebanonization of Gaza
– Yaakov Amidror: The real test for the Palestinian reconciliation is disarming Hamas
– Alex Fishman: A hopeless reconciliation agreement
– Bassam Tawil: What is really uniting the Palestinians?

• Memo to Donald Macintyre: The Balfour Declaration didn’t leave the Palestinians stateless, Palestinian and Arab rejection of peace in 1947 and 1967 did. But acknowledging that reality would spoil the mood you create in the book you plug in your commentary in The Guardian.


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1. One Israeli trauma expert predicted a Las Vegas attack three years ago. Dr. Avi Rivkind warned a local TV channel the city should be prepared for a big attack after he witnessed the ease of crowd flow between casinos, shops and streets, and noting how public spaces felt “exposed.”

Stephen Paddock opened fire on a music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on Sunday night. Last I saw, the casualty count was 59 killed and 525 injured.

All Israelis in Vegas were accounted for and safe. Two Israelis in Vegas, Hagar Trippiedi and Revital Yakin Krakovsky described the horror, fear and uncertainty.


2. The Palestinian Authority cabinet convened in Gaza for the first time in three years. It’s a significant symbolic gesture but before straining your thumb posting warm, fuzzy emojis, the deal to cede control of Gaza sets up a collision over guns.

By leaving security issues for later, the two sides managed to agree last month on reviving a joint government that crumbled 10 years ago. But they also paved the way for a bitter showdown over international demands that Hamas surrender its weapons and recognize Israel’s right to exist as part of any peace agreement.

“Unless it’s real disarmament it’s not viable, it’s not sustainable and it won’t be acceptable to Israelis or Americans,” said Daniel Shapiro, the former U.S. ambassador to Israel.
Mahmoud Abbas rejected any reunification scenario in which Hamas remains armed. More on that at the Times of Israel and Jerusalem Post. And Ynet notes that the PA still hasn’t lifted its economic sanctions on the Strip.

3. Former UK prime minister Tony Blair spanked Roger Waters after the rock star and BDSnik compared Israel’s government to Nazi Germany.

‘I think the criticism [of Israel by Waters] is so ludicrous that it indicates a basic hostility to the notion of a homeland for the Jewish people… you’ve got to overcome the legacy of that ideological poison which has dripped into the system over many decades,’ he said.
4. Abbas Condemns a $203,000 Massacre: Headlines say that Mahmoud Abbas “condemned” the murder of Israelis at Har Adar. They left out that he’s also paying for it.



Israel and the Palestinians
• Ynet picked up on White House envoy Jason Greenblatt’s tweet calling on Palestinians to ‘recognize Israel.’

• CNN takes a closer look at why Israel supports Kurdish independence.

• Israeli Arab Facebook personality Nussier Yassin struck back at Kuwait Airlines for barring him from traveling on a New York-India flight. More at the Jerusalem Post.

• Cabinet minister Miri Regev departed for Cuba on Sunday for a “private family trip with no professional or official meetings” despite the fact that Israel has no diplomatic relations with the country. Haaretz coverage.

• Mavi Marmara postscript: One of the Turks injured aboard the Mavi Marmara in 2010 is suing Turkey for not disbursing Israeli compensation money. Hurriyet notes the irony of the deal that re-normalized ties between the two countries:

With the deal, Turkey became the only country that hundreds of victims, excluding the families of those killed, can file complaints against. Turkey thus became the legal adversary in the cases filed against Israel. . .

Karar reported that victims’ lawyers indicated that Turkey faces the paying of compensation worth more than Israel was due to pay as a result of the agreement making Turkey the addressee for hundreds of victims.

There are currently 36 cases demanding compensation, worth a total of 16 million liras, the lawyers stated.
Israel sent Turkey $20 million in 2016. Ynet reported earlier this year that the delay was due to a dispute between the Turkish Finance Ministry and the families of the Turkish nationals killed when Israel intercepted the flotilla.

• The BDS movement is uh, shaken by this:

Around the World
• Misleading descriptions of Israeli gun control laws find their way into US discourse after tragic massacres such as Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School and Orlando’s Pulse night club. Wherever you are on the gun control debate, I’m dusting off Ben Hartman and Charles Waraday, who clear the misconceptions and lay out some points America might learn from Israel.

• The Pentagon gave a green light to install Israeli defense system on US tanks.

• Israeli reporter-turned-lawmaker Ksenia Svetlova, who served as an election observer dodged bullets during Catalonia’s chaotic independence referendum. 893 people were injured in clashes with Spanish police. Can you imagine the outrage if Israel had fired rubber bullets at people lined up to vote outside a school?

• Swiss lawmaker resigns after comparing pigs to Auschwitz victims.

• FIFA fines Germany for Nazi chants at World Cup qualifier.

Commentary/Analysis
• Over at The Forward, Professor Stephen Walt marks the 10th anniversary of the controversial book he co-authored, “The Israel Lobby.” What’s objectionable about Walt is that despite claiming not to be anti-Israel or anti-Semitic, he happily collaborated with some of the worst examples of both in order to promote himself and his book. See responses from Robert Satloff and Elder of Ziyon.
• Yaakov Lozowick responds to Dr. Devorah Baum on being “Jew-ish,” which was thoughtfully published in the New York Times on Yom Kippur when Jews couldn’t react.

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

– Amos Harel: Palestinian reconciliation talks a sign of Hamas’ distress
– Ben Lynfield: Despite fanfare, Hamas and Fatah will be hard to reconcile
– Muhammad Shehada: Will Hamas really give up its armed ‘resistance’?
– Ruth Wisse: The functions of anti-Semitism
– Liel Liebovitz: Is it time to boycott and divest from Spain?
– Adam Milstein: Understanding the unlikely radical alliances spreading anti-Semitism today
– Zvi Hauser: Strengthen the Kurds in Syria
– Henry Meyer, Donna Abu-Nasr: Putin is filling the Mideast power vacuum
– Rick Richman: The 80th anniversary of the two-state solution

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