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Implementing Nuclear Deal, Iran Begins Decommissioning Centrifuges
Israel Daily News Stream5 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Iran says it began implementing the nuclear accord: According to Reuters, the mullahs began decommissioning uranium enrichment centrifuges.

2. Jordanian sheikh stirs controversy with fatwa against killing Jews.
Sheikh Ali Halabi said in a video distributed via social media that Jews can be killed during war only, and that killing them at other times is a betrayal. When asked by a student if it is permissible to kill Jews in Palestine, the sheikh answered: “Someone who protects you, gives you electricity and water, transfers you money and you work for him and take his money – would you betray him, even if he was a Jew?”
3. Israel returned the bodies of seven Palestinian terrorists, but the PA broke a pledge not to hold celebrations. YNet reports that after meeting with clan leaders in Hebron, Israel will continue returning bodies. The Media Line delved more into the political and ethical issues.

Israel and the Intifada
• As this roundup went to press, breaking reports of three Israelis stabbed in Rishon LeTzion. This morning, two Palestinians tried to stab an IDF soldier at a checkpoint near Jenin. One assailant was shot and killed, the other arrested.

• Police thwart attempted terror attack in Hebron when they found an improvised explosive device (IED) in a car stopped at a checkpoint.
• The PA’s Health Ministry is stirring up Palestinians with a claim that Israel harvested the eyes of a dead terrorist. The ministry also announced that “71 martyrs” died in October.
• AP: Gaza family is first to return to rebuilt home after war.
• Tweet of the day, from Yair Rosenberg:
Yair Rosenberg
• As Syria crumbles, Golan Druze increasingly seek Israeli citizenship, according to Israeli media reports.
The marked increase in applications could be an indication that the community’s 45-year-long loyalty to its Syrian homeland has become fractured by the raging war across the border.
In addition to disillusioned youth, some Golan Heights Druze are embracing Israeli citizenship out of a fear of widespread persecution in Syria if Assad’s regime — a government that protected the minority group — falls, or is forced out of power.
• The Freedom Flotilla Coaltion is organizing a women’s boat to Gaza next year.

Around the World
• Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) won national elections, taking more than 49 percent of the vote, enabling single-party rule.

• Do they qualify for 72 virgins too?
Errant Russia airstrike kills Hezbollah fighters: report
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– David Horovitz: President Abbas, please tell your people to stop stabbing us
– Mohammad Al-Kassim: Time not ripe for third intifada
– Nesia Shemer: The Palestinian ‘war of history’
– Moshe Maoz: From Moscow to Tartous, with Jerusalem’s blessing
– Jonathan Tobin: Sorry Bill, it’s not up to Israel
– Yaakov Amidror: Syria’s unraveling gives way to new regional order
– Jonathan Spyer: Russian intervention in Syria isn’t a “game changer”
– Ira Rifkin: Is European-style, opinion-marbled journalism playing a bigger role in American news?

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Russian Aircraft Goes Down in the Sinai
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Claiming that the intifada is really a series of Israeli attacks on innocent Palestinians, PA President Mahmoud Abbas met with Fatou Bensouda, the head of the International Criminal Court, to urge that a preliminary investigation into so-called Israeli “war crimes” be put on a fast-track.

2. A Russian airliner crashed in the Sinai, killing all 224 people aboard. Islamic State  claimed “credit” for downing the jet, but Russian officials ruled out terrorism, attributing the downing to unspecified technical reasons. To be on the safe-side, Germany’s Lufthansa and Air France-KLM re-routed flights away from the area. More coverage in the Washington Post.

3. Reports say that the Israeli Air Force bombed Hezbollah targets in Syria. This would be the first time Israel has launched an operation in Syria since the Russian air force joined the fray. With the news that a small number of American special forces soldiers were sent to Syria, the battlefield is getting crowded . . .

4. Audio: The Violence is Not Random: I was on the Mottle Wolf podcast taking issue with media accounts calling the wave of Palestinian terrorism “random violence.”

Israel and the Intifada
• At the moment, reports are coming in over a suspected vehicle attack near Hebron. This morning, a terrorist attacked IDF soldiers with a knife in the same place and was shot dead. This is in addition to yesterday’s incident in which a terrorist attempted to stab Israeli soldiers and was also killed. Reuters mentions social media incitement, fears that Israel might change the “status-quo” on the Temple Mount, and “frustration” at the failure of peace talks as motives behind the attacks.

• The focus of the violence seems to have shifted to Hebron, where Palestinian attacks against soldiers have been occurring almost daily. Some Palestinians believe that Israel plans to divide the Temple Mount in a way similar to the way Jews and Arabs have been separated at the Tomb of the Patriarchs. Israel separated Jews and Arabs at the Hebron holy site after Baruch Goldstein massacred 29 Arab worshippers in 1994. Despite the repeated rumors, Israel has no plans to change the status quo at the Temple Mount.

Yitzhak Rabin
Yitzhak Rabin

• Israel marked the 20th anniversary of the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin with a rally in Tel Aviv where the crowd was estimated at 100,000. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton spoke, as did President Barack Obama on video.

An Israel HaYom poll showed that while most respondents respect Rabin as a leader, they do not believe the Oslo Accords were justified. The Daily Telegraph uses coverage of the commemoration to write about current Israeli extremist groups.

Iranian Atomic Urgency
• Israel’s top intelligence officer says that Israel and Iran are already at war. It is a war of technology and although Israel maintains a lead, that lead is being eroded by massive Iranian investment in science and higher education. He warns of the potential for unprecedented Israeli civilian casualties in a shooting war with Iran.

• Fox News reports that key equipment at a sensitive Iranian military site has disappeared according to international nuclear inspectors who visited the Parchin military site.

• The New York Times Sunday Magazine ran a cover story about Eritrean refugees coming to Israel. Like many other countries, Israel is dealing with a difficult problem without any clear solutions. (Those other countries don’t get the Sunday Mag cover treatment.)

• The International Olympic Committee stripped an international shooting competition of its status as an Olympic qualifier after an Israeli judge was denied entry to Kuwait as a supervisor. It is good to see the IOC standing up to the sports boycott of Israel by much of the Arab world.

• Writing for the Gatestone Institute, Bassam Tawil shows how Palestinian claims that Israel is endangering the Al-Aqsa Mosque are pure bunk. Important because he is writing as a practicing Muslim. He starts with an interesting observation: “Ironically — I am ashamed to admit it — thanks to the Israel Police, Al-Aqsa is the safest mosque in the Middle East.”

• George Will makes the case that Iranian anti-Semitism is as dangerous as the attitudes were in Nazi Germany.

• Yiftah Curiel from the Israeli Embassy in London was given op-ed space in the International Business Times to point how often in the media, Palestinian terrorists are being equated with their victims in articles covering the recent wave of terror. One prime example from today’s coverage: Haaretz headline “10 Israelis, at least 68 Palestinians killed during terror wave last month.

• Revital Malca, Israel’s Deputy Consul General in Miami was given space in the Miami Herald to write about the Palestinian incitement that is at the core of the current wave of terrorism.

•The Washington Post asks whether Facebook could be blamed for the murder of Richard Lakin because of the terrorist’s use of the social media platform.

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

— Interesting New York Times profile on an Arab-Israeli spokeswoman for the Israeli police.
— The Hidden Hand behind the Palestinian Terror Wave
— Lone Wolf Terrorism and Social Media


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IDF to Separate Jews and Arabs in Gush Etzion After More Stabbings
Israel Daily News Stream8 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. The IDF announced it will impose a physical separation of Jews and Palestinians in Gush Etzion after assessing that there will not be a let up in stabbing attacks. This morning in Hebron, a Palestinian stabbed a soldier, cutting him in the face during a violent demonstration. Later in the morning — again in Hebron — a Palestinian tried to stab a soldier. The attackers in both incidents were shot and killed by soldiers.

2. For the first time, Russian jets reportedly struck Islamic State and Nusra Front positions in the Golan this week.

3. Former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani indirectly admitted that Tehran launched a nuclear weapons program during the Iran-Iraq war to counter the possibility of Saddam Hussein acquiring atomic arms too. The Jerusalem Post picked up and elaborated on the significance of a Rafsanjani interview in the Iranian media which was flagged by Memri.

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Israel and the Intifada
• Haaretz: Prime Minister Netanyahu is considering establishing a special security court to deal with terrorism. The Justice Ministry opposes the idea.

• Pope Francis: Denying Israel’s right to exist is anti-Semitism.

• Tehran’s influence is spreading in Gaza through a new terror group armed with Iranian goodies like missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv and long-range sniper rifles. Khaled Abu Toameh introduces us to Al-Sabireen:

Iran’s presence in the Gaza Strip — this time through Al-Sabireen — is bad news not only for Israel, but also for many Palestinians and Arabs in the region. The Egyptians, who have been waging a relentless war on Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip and Sinai, are already voicing concern over Iran’s new Palestinian proxy. The last thing Abbas, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah need is another Iranian terror group similar to Hezbollah in the Middle East.
• Palestinians living in Chile are pushing the government to declare Israel’s ambassador to Santiago persona non grata. The Jewish community there accuses the Palestinians of trying to silence their hasbara with threats of physical violence. Jerusalem Post coverage.


• Rather than treating readers to the standard Palestinian funerals, the New York Times attended Richard Lakin’s funeral. Not only does Jodi Rudoren paint a portrait of the Israeli-American terror victim. She also highlighted a lot of small but interesting nuances that make you go hmmmm.

• Worth reading: Time takes a closer look at Palestinian incitement on Facebook and the social media giant’s response to Israeli complaints.

From Israel’s perspective, Facebook is allowing its enemies to radicalize potential terrorists while refusing to let the country assist in enforcing local laws. While Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence service does use Facebook postings to monitor terror threats, according to a source familiar with the intel service, the agency does not have the resources to monitor millions of feeds for offending posts, leaving the job of flagging violent incitement to civilians.
Some also argue Facebook’s dependence on user reporting allows for abuse by those who simply want to silence Israeli voices. “More content is being removed in Hebrew than in Arabic, because anti-Israeli users all over the world complain,” says Shwartz-Altshuler. Facebook says the company only removes content that violates its standards, regardless of how many times it is reported.
Mideast Matters
• Might Israel and Egypt collaborate to export gas to Europe?

• Russia’s reportedly transporting Iranian weapons into Syria in violation of UN embargo

Around the World
• Anti-Semitism among migrants a concern for German Jews.

• French consulate intern fired over anti-Semitic Facebook posts.

• Vandals spray swastikas on set of Israeli film in Poland.

• You know it’s almost Halloween when you see headlines like these:

– Walmart caves to Arab-American Pressure, removes IDF costume from racks
– Berkeley Goodwill Store removes Holocaust-themed costume

Andrea Pitzer

• A member of the European Parliament, Lars Adaktusson, argues in YNet that EU aid to the PA should be conditional on renouncing and ending violence and incitement.

While we are engaged in state-building measures, with funds and expertise, we should condition all the EU funds for the territories on an actual Palestinian renouncement to hate and incitement to violence. Building a Palestinian society who will see cutting people’s throats as abhorrent as it is for any western society is not a pro-Israeli position. It falls into the oft forgotten category: The right thing to do.
• Col. Richard Kemp: The world’s weak response to Hamas using Palestinians as human shields has encouraged Islamic State, the Taliban, and other terror groups, to do the same.

• (Satire) In Quirk, None Of Amnesty Witnesses To Violence Are Jewish

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

– Omer Dostri: A win for Israel on the Temple Mount
– Noam Amir: Why Palestinian attacks have shifted from Jerusalem to West Bank
– Clifford May: Jobless and desperate Palestinians
– David Aaronovitch: Boycotts will only hurt the peacemakers
– David Horovitz: When Obama hosts Netanyahu, it won’t be pleasant, but it might be productive
– Tsilla Hershco: The mufti’s mysterious escape
– Zvi Bar’el: Iran wades further into the Syrian swamp

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Jordan-PA Friction Over Temple Mount Surveillance
Israel Daily News Stream6 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. There’s Jordanian-Palestinian friction over the plan to install 24/7 surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount and live stream the footage on the Internet. After PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki called the proposal, “a new trap by the Israelis,” Jordanian politicians and pundits slammed the PA.

Meanwhile, NPR‘s Emily Harris sheds more light on how the plan changes the situation and why the Palestinians are unhappy:

Well, there’s cameras already everywhere throughout the Old City. What Israeli officials are saying is there’s no sharing of video information, and they may not right now be able to see into certain areas of the compound – like inside the mosques and so forth. There’s been a less enthusiastic response to this idea from Palestinian officials. There have been a couple Palestinian officials out there over the weekend saying that they worry that this would be a way for Israelis to track people – Palestinians – and then lead to their arrests.
2. In policy shift, the US invited Iran to the next round of Syria talks. Iran accepted the overture this afternoon.

David Hazony

3. Is Holland planning to build a center for Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Buitenveldert, the Amsterdam suburb where half of Dutch Jewry live?

According to Esther Voet, a former director of the community’s main watchdog on anti-Semitism, the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, 70 percent of anti-Semitic incidents recorded in the Netherlands were committed by immigrants.
4. Demand the Media Cover PA Glorification of Terror: Once again, Palestinians name a street after a terrorist murderer. Once again, no press coverage. Enough’s enough. Sign our petition.

5. Journalism Bleeding in the Streets: “Dueling Narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” is an attempt to provide journalistic “balance” on a story where none exists.

Israel and the Intifada
• Shortly before this roundup was published, there were breaking reports of a stabbing attack in a Gush Etzyon supermarket and another in Hebron. Last night, two Palestinians who stabbed a soldier in Gush Etzyon were shot and killed. The soldier was moderately wounded.

• Addressing the UN Human Rights Council, Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of carrying out extrajudicial killings,  terrorizing Palestinians, etc. and requested international protection.

• The chief rabbi of the Western Wall is urging people to return to the holy site following an “extremely dramatic drop” in visits in the past month. Besides the fact that it’s safe to visit, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich told YNet:

‘Let’s not reward terror,’ he says.
Western Wall

• We can agree to disagree on whether demolishing the homes of Palestinian terrorists is an effective deterrent. But The Economist calls the demolitions “further punishment.” If you shoot a Palestinian trying to stab you to death, that’s an act of self-defense, not punishment.

WITH the walls stripped bare and the furniture dismantled, members of the Abu Jamal family gathered last week for perhaps the final Friday lunch in a home that will soon be blown up. Alaa Abu Jamal, a married father of three, drove his car into a Jerusalem bus stop on October 13th, and then hacked a bystander to death with a meat cleaver. He was shot by a security guard and arrested. Israeli authorities decided to destroy his family’s home in Jebel al-Mukaber, a grim district in East Jerusalem, as a further punishment. The courts have imposed a one-week stay, but the demolition could still occur early in November.
• Bungled headline of the day, courtesy the Irish Times. You have to read the article to find out the Palestinians had stabbed an Israeli soldier.

Irish Times

• Palestinian terror attacks, by the numbers:

Of the 1,703 attacks in 2015, a staggering 778 attacks have been launched against Israelis since Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) last month – which killed 11 civilians and injured about 100 civilians and soldiers.
• A UN Security Council resolution to get peace talks back on track would call on the PA to halt its efforts to prosecute Israel in the International Criminal Court, while calling on Israel to freeze settlement activity and home demolitions. Haaretz obtained a copy of the draft spearheaded by New Zealand.

• Richard Lakin was laid to rest after succumbing to injuries from a terror attack on a Jerusalem bus two weeks ago. An Israeli-American stressed the importance of coexistence, his death was a local story in the Boston Globe and Hartford Courant.

• Anti-Israel academic boycotters STILL don’t like being boycotted.

• Harry Potter author JK Rowling feels compelled to reassert her left-wing credentials as she defends signing a letter denouncing cultural boycotts of Israel.

Around the World
• Rabbi’s first interview since Marseilles synagogue stabbing attack: Assailant wasn’t ‘crazy,’ bystanders did nothing

• Hezbollah supporters, commanders questioning militia’s role in Syria, according to analysts; the organization’s death toll said to be 1,263, mostly from Hezbollah’s elite forces.

2220122148_af9b6c3951_m• Loved Elliott Abrams‘s spot-on response to self-professed Zionists Professors Steven Levitsky and Glen Weyl, who want to boycott Israel “out of love.”

The final words in the professors’ commentary speak again of love: While some people boycott Israel out of hatred, they will do it out of “love for Israel and the desire to save it.” In taking this position, they reject the views of the vast majority of “progressive” Israelis they claim to support and align themselves with every enemy of the Jewish state.
They are of course free to do this, but they should be more candid with us — and with themselves. They are trying to destroy Israel to save it, from Cambridge and Chicago, while Israelis face dangers every day. One such danger is terrorism. Another, we can see, is foolish professors whose intellectual pretensions lead them to ignore history and infantilize Palestinians.
• Two wonks writing look at the complex history of the Temple Mount and draw a surprising conclusion about the conflict. Geoffrey Clarfield and Salim Mansur write in the National Post:

Though this history has been deliberately obscured by advocates of political Islam or Islamism in recent years, it is all the more necessary today to hold Palestinians accountable for shredding their own Muslim tradition that holds the promise of religious coexistence and mutual respect among Christians, Jews and Muslims . . .
The solution to the contrived “problem” of Jews praying on the Temple Mount is simple. It is to recall Umar’s precedent, and insist Palestinians abide by it.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Haviv Rettig Gur: Losing Palestine
– Jonathan Schanzer: Why Hamas has not unleashed violence from Gaza
– Tom Friedman: Telling Mideast negotiators, ‘Have a nice life’
– Ron Lauder: Israel’s chance to forge a two-state peace amid terrorism
– Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner: An academic boycott of Israel will backfire

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20,000 Israelis File Lawsuit Against Facebook Over Palestinian Incitement
Israel Daily News Stream5 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. A victim of a Palestinian terror attack aboard a Jerusalem bus two weeks ago succumbed to his injuries after being shot in the head and stabbed. Richard Lakin, a 76-year-old American-Israeli will be laid to rest tomorrow in Beit Shemesh. The former school principal from Connecticut is survived by his wife and two children, who wrote a heartfelt Facebook post today.

Facebook2. 20,000 Israelis filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook in New York for looking away from Palestinian incitement on the social media platform.

The suit alleges that Facebook has a “legal and moral obligation” to block much of this content but that it chooses not to.
The plaintiffs are seeking an injunction against Facebook requiring the social network to “immediately remove all pages, groups and posts containing incitement to murder Jews; to actively monitor its website for such incitement that all incitement is immediately removed prior to being disseminated to masses of terrorists and would-be terrorists; and to cease serving as matchmaker between terrorists, terrorist organizations, and those who incite others to commit terrorism.”
The complaint does not seek monetary damages against Facebook.
3. You have to be disturbed at the the idea of Islamic State cells operating in Palestinian refugee camps. The Lebanese army recently captured a ranking IS leader in the Ain el-Hilweh camp.

4. Israel “Lovers” Promote BDS in the Washington Post: Professors Steven Levitsky and Glen Weyl claim to love Israel and Zionism, yet promote maximalist BDS views.

5. More Temple Mount Confusion at The Independent: The holy site is of particular importance only “to Palestinians and Muslims alike?”

6. Expert Urges Israeli Government to Fight the Media War: In an exclusive interview with HonestReporting, Manfred Gerstenfeld addresses the media’s demonization of Israel and argues for a counter-propaganda agency.

Israel and the Intifada
• I suspect the reason Mahmoud Abbas told EU officials he fears a deterioration amid the wave of terror attack is because he holds little influence or legitimacy with the new generation of Palestinians or even Fatah’s Tanzim militia. In an unusual development, reporters were not allowed to ask questions to Abbas and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini after the two issued brief statements.

• There’s an upstart Palestinian news service relying on Palestinian citizen journalists to cover the unfolding intifada. The Christian Science Monitor‘s Josh Mitnick introduces us to the Quds News Network and its senior editor, 25-year-old Ahmed Yousef.

Enhancing the popularity of Quds News is its image of independence from the feud between the Islamist Hamas and secular Fatah party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. It has also filled a void in coverage left by larger Arab satellite news services who remain focused on dominant regional stories like the Syrian civil war . . .
Indeed, for Yousef, it seems the ultimate mission of Quds News is not about business or journalism but to promote the Palestinian fight against Israel. Though he doesn’t say where the wave of stabbings and rock throwing is leading the Palestinians, for Yousef “resistance” seems to be a value in itself.
• I’m not aware of any changes in the status quo of the Temple Mount made in 2000. I don’t know where AFP get this idea from:

Palestinians want the status quo to revert to what it was in 2000, when Jordan controlled access and not Israel, which often imposes restrictions.
In the years following the Oslo accords and the Israel-Jordan peace treaty, there was power struggle between Yasser Arafat, Hamas, and Jordan (among others) for influence over the Waqf and the Temple Mount. But the overall arrangement — Waqf  administration, Israeli security, Jews visiting but not praying — goes straight back to 1967. More on the status quo’s history at the JCPA.

• Islamic Movement leader Raed Salah’s appeal rejected, to serve 11 month sentence.

JK Rowling

• Harry Potter author JK Rowling elaborated on why she opposes a cultural boycott of Israel.

If any effects are felt from the proposed boycott, it will be by ordinary Israelis, many of whom did not vote for Mr Netanyahu. Those Israelis will be right to ask why cultural boycotts are not also being proposed against – to take random examples – North Korea and Zimbabwe, whose leaders are not generally considered paragons by the international community . . .
At a time when the stigmatisation of religions and ethnicities seems to be on the rise, I believe strongly that cultural dialogue and collaboration is more important than ever before and that cultural boycotts are divisive, discriminatory and counter-productive.
• 343 UK scholars pledge boycott of Israeli universities

• Muslim family hangs Israeli flag in Florida surfside store in support of terror victims.

• There was quite blowback against Professors Steven Levitsky and Glen Weyl, the two “life-long Zionists who chose to boycott Israel.” See reactions from David Bernstein, Ben-Dror Yemini, and William Jacobson.

• The recent letter published in The Guardian rejecting a cultural boycott of Israel provoked a furious reaction in the paper’s letters section today — with 12 out of the 13 letters published slamming JK Rowling and others.


• Australian columnist Rowan Dean is fed up with the Aussie ABC News’ coverage of the latest Palestinian violence. Check out his Courier Mail column (click via Google News).

Evil occurs when good men do nothing. Or when good people obfuscate the true reasons behind those evil deeds. Sickening.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Nidal al-Mughrabi: Hamas looks to leverage wave of anti-Israel violence
– Michael Rubin: Time for a Palestinian referendum?
– Zalman Shoval: Different name, same goal
– Bret Stephens: Iran’s indecent proposal (click via Google News)

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Israel to Revoke Eastern Jerusalem Residency Permits?
Israel Daily News Stream23 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. According to Israeli media reports, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is mulling to revoke the permanent residency status of some Palestinians living in eastern Jerusalem. According to Haaretz, the idea under consideration would drop that status for Palestinians living inside Jerusalem’s municipal boundary but outside the security barrier.

It’s Jerusalem’s politically gray area where Israel doesn’t necessarily have the upper hand.
2. Israeli police blocked the Islamic Waqf from installing its own surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount. The Times of Israel reports that the Waqf insists the move is part of the agreement brokered by John Kerry, but Israel says it isn’t.
It is not clear yet if all parties will be granted equal access to live feed from the cameras.
3. The Temple Mount was never home to Jewish Temple, according to Jerusalem Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Hussein. He told Israeli TV:
“This is the Al-Aqsa Mosque that Adam, peace be upon him, or during his time, the angels built,” the mufti said of the 8th-century structure commissioned by Caliph Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan.
Muhammad Ahmad Hussein
Jerusalem Mufti Muhammad Ahmad Hussein

Israel and the Intifada
• Shortly before this roundup was published,  a Palestinian trying to stab a Border Police officer at Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs was shot and killed. This morning, an Israeli teen was seriously wounded in a stabbing near Kiryat Arba, near Hebron. Yesterday evening, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli outside Ariel in the northern West Bank.

• Fatah’s Tanzim militia is “on the verge of eruption in eastern Jerusalem. Israel believes there are approximately 3,000 weapons just in the Shuafat refugee camp, including M-16s, Kalashnikovs, grenades, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). According to YNet, the Tanzim not only defy Israel, but Mahmoud Abbas too:
However, the ties between the heads of Tanzim and the Mukataa in Ramallah are growing weaker by the day. Abbas’ security forces can’t enter some of the refugee camps because the Tanzim militants kick them out . . .
After the second intifada, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, under the auspices of the Americans, signed a pardon agreement for wanted militants. The agreement dictated that the Fatah militants who fought as part of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades during the second intifada would cease their involvement in terrorism and disarm. Israel, in return, would stop pursuing them. It turns out that some of the armed Tanzim militants of today are the same wanted militants from the distant past – the same ones who committed not to carry arms. So even that agreement has fallen apart.
• The Palestinians are going to ask UN for international protection from Israel, a commission of inquiry into the latest violence, and a deadline for ending “the occupation,” Haaretz reports.

• Tweet of the day from the Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby:
Jeff Jacoby
• Washington Post: Doctors — Israeli and Palestinian — work together to heal wounds of conflict.
• The New York Times takes a closer look at Palestinian Authority security services caught between protesters and Israel. Here’s why the PA’s not dropping security coordination:
One hazard for the Palestinians is the threat that Hamas could pose in the West Bank if security cooperation ended. An expansion of Hamas’s presence from Gaza to the West Bank would risk upturning Mr. Abbas’s government. Scaling back coordination would also antagonize international donors who help fund the Palestinian Authority and risk the collapse of the security forces themselves.
• Gilad Halpern, a Ynet editor, was fired for posting on Facebook a doctored photo of Bibi in a Nazi uniform.

Around the World
• Expert: Ayatollah Khamenei’s letter to President Hassan Rouhani voids nuclear accord.

• German intel: Migrants will bring anti-Semitism
• Detroit‘s trying to decide if a controversial billboard that says, “America first, not Israel,” is anti-Semitic.
• Writing in the Wall St. Journal (via Google News) Professor Jerold Auerbach describes how one boy’s discovery rebuts Temple Mount revisionism.

If it is ironic that the Muslim excavation, undertaken to build an underground mosque, ultimately confirmed Jews’ historical claims, it is no less ironic than the fact that the Waqf came to rule the site at Israel’s instigation.
Temple Mount

• Jackson Diehl, if Palestinians in eastern Jerusalem are treated so well by Israel, why are they the ones attacking Israelis?
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Herb Keinon: Looking to Abdullah, because Abbas won’t douse the flames
– Ron Ben-Yishai: Temple Mount agreement won’t lead to immediate calm
– Shmuel Rosner: Israel’s irresponsible Arabs

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Congress Cuts $80 Million in PA Aid
Israel Daily News Stream10 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. US sends ‘message’ to Abbas with $80 million aid cut.

2. Israel and Jordan “agreed” to 24/7 surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount. I qualified that word because, according to the Washington Post, the holy site’s already monitored that way:

However, it is unclear exactly how the proposed addition of more cameras would lessen tensions or change the situation in any meaningful way. Israeli authorities already operate more than 300 security cameras in the flash-point area, offering 24-hour monitoring capability.
Everything else that YNet says was agreed upon in the Netanyahu-Kerry talks merely reaffirms the site’s status quo. Palestinian leaders from the PA and Hamas, along with Jewish activists all oppose the idea for their own reasons.

3. The Wall St. Journal (via Google News) takes an in-depth look at how US-Israel ties frayed over the Iran deal, including spying, and withholding info. Did the IAF breach Iranian air space in a dry run for a strike?

The two countries, nursing a mutual distrust, each had something to hide. U.S. officials hoped to restrain Israel long enough to advance negotiations on a nuclear deal with Iran that the U.S. had launched in secret. U.S. officials saw Israel’s strike preparations as an attempt to usurp American foreign policy.
Instead of talking to each other, the allies kept their intentions secret.
IAF F-15
An Israeli F-15 taking off in 2009.

Israel and the Intifada
• Weekend terror attacks continued: A Palestinian trying to stab policemen at Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs was shot and killed this afternoon. This morning, a Palestinian stabbed and moderately injured an Israeli man at Gush Etzyon, south of Jerusalem. Yesterday, a Palestinian trying to  stab an Israeli security guard at a checkpoint near Jenin was shot and killed in an attack caught on video.

On Friday afternoon, Palestinians firebombed an Israeli car driving near Beit El. The victims — a family of five, including a four-year-old girl — are hospitalized with various degrees of burns. Also on Friday, a Bedouin stabbed an IDF soldier at the security fence in Gush Etzyon on Friday. Turned out the soldier, who was lightly injured, is also a Bedouin (yes, it makes for a complex story).

• Israeli police have tied the Beersheva terrorist to Hamas. YNet reports:

A police investigation found photos of other Hamas operatives on al-Okbi’s phone, as well as photos of weapons, and other materials . . .
HaLevy said the many evidence collected, including the brother’s arrest, “clearly show that the terrorist punctiliously planned his actions over a long period of time.”
• The UN suspended a number of Palestinian aid workers over incitement claims after UN Watch released a report documenting UNRWA staff expressing support on social media for Palestinian stabbing attacks against Israelis. London’s Sunday Times picked up on the story too.

Benjamin Weinthal

• Thumbs up to the New York Times for this look at Palestinian incitement — through music.

Inspired by this month’s wave of Palestinian attacks against Israeli Jews and deadly clashes with Israeli security forces, musicians in the occupied West Bank and beyond have produced scores of militaristic, often violent tunes. Published and shared on YouTube and Facebook, they form something of an intifada soundtrack, illustrated by videos that include gritty clips from fresh events.
“Stab the Zionist and say God is great,” declares one, a reference to the spate of knife attacks since Oct. 1. “Let the knives stab your enemy,” says another. A third is called “Continue the Intifada” and comes with a YouTube warning — the video shows the Palestinian woman who pulled a knife at an Afula bus station surrounded by Israeli soldiers pointing guns.
“Resist and carry your guns,” the song urges. “Say hello to being a martyr.”

The Gray Lady’s report embeds and links to plenty of examples —  a far cry from AP‘s “he said she said” coverage.

• Memri recently took note of this video of a masked man in a PA security services uniform wordlessly demonstrating lethal stabbing methods. After several days, I see the video’s still on YouTube. Inciting people to kill Jews is bad enough, but by teaching people how do that is vile. In my book, YouTube’s making itself complicit in these terror attacks.

• An Israel injured in last year’s Har Nof synagogue massacre died and was laid to rest last night. Rabbi Chaim Yechiel (Howard) Rothman, a 55-year-old Canadian-Israeli, was 55.

Rothman, who had been in a coma since the attack, is survived by his wife and 11 children. Four other worshippers and a responding police officer were also killed.

• As violence strains co-existence, Jerusalem hospitals and universities try to stay above the fray, reports The Media Line.

• Worth reading: Amid the violence, Arab Israeli newscaster Lucy Aharish keeps on smiling.

• The mufti planned to build a crematorium in Dotan Valley.

• France’s high court confirmed the conviction of BDS activists, after a lower court found them guilty of engaging in incitement and discrimination. JTA coverage.

JK Rowling

• Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s made some serious buzz for signing a letter denouncing cultural boycotts of Israel. Very worth reading: Maajid Nawaz, a British activist, author, and politician, explains why he signed the letter.

Around the World
• For a window into the thinking of the (secular) Free Syrian Army, Boaz Bismuth discussed Israel and the uprising with one of the group’s “key figures,” who says “If Israel decides to abandon Assad, he is finished.” If only it was that easy . . .

“I believe Assad is still in power because Western powers are not convinced that Israel really wants to see a Syria without Assad. You are afraid of what will be the day after Assad falls. Don’t be afraid. Let him go, cut him loose. Assad’s fall will eliminate the link in the chain that ties Iran with Hezbollah in Lebanon. Not only would you be rid of an enemy, but you would also weaken two others.”
• An Israeli Arab man paraglided into Syria to join one of the rebel groups. It’s not clear which group he was planning to join up with. Prime Minister Netanyahu said he wants to revoke the man’s citizenship.

• An Israeli journalist is under fire from his European counterparts for exposing extent of French anti-Semitism. While we’re talking about France, three Jews were injured in a stabbing attack outside a Marseilles synagogue on Saturday morning, and pro-Israel vigilantes attacked AFP’s offices in Paris.

• Tweet of the day, from Gidon Shaviv:

Gidon Shaviv

• At a time when Israelis are being stabbed in the streets, progressive “lifelong Zionists” encouraging people to boycott Israel is awfully low. And yet that’s what Professors Steven Levitsky and Glen Weyl do in this Washington Post op-ed that goes beyond only boycotting settlements.

Levitsky and Weyl don’t understand that, as David Horovitz recently articulated, this intifada isn’t against occupation, it’s against Israel itself.

For supporters of Israel like us, all viable forms of pressure are painful. The only tools that could plausibly shape Israeli strategic calculations are a withdrawal of U.S. aid and diplomatic support, and boycotts of and divestitures from the Israeli economy. Boycotting only goods produced in settlements would not have sufficient impact to induce Israelis to rethink the status quo.
It is thus, reluctantly but resolutely, that we are refusing to travel to Israel, boycotting products produced there and calling on our universities to divest and our elected representatives to withdraw aid to Israel.
• Staff-eds in the New York Times and Sydney Morning Herald weighed in on Netanyahu’s comments about the Holocaust and the Mufti’s role in it. So did Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles.

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• The Irish Independent‘s John Costello describes “fear and loathing” in Tel Aviv amid the latest stabbings as he gets ready for his wedding in two weeks.

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

– Bernard-Henri Lévy: Things we need to stop hearing about the ‘Stabbing Intifada’
– Andrew Bolt: How dare Jews defend themselves?
– Avi Issacharoff: Scowl, you’re on Kerry’s camera
– Bassam Tawil: Palestinian jihad: Lies, lies and more lies
– Aaron David Miller: 5 inconvenient truths about Israeli-Palestinian violence
– Lyn Julius: Bibi’s critics must not commit ‘Mufti denial’
– Benjamin Weinthal: Iran’s hostage-taking of Americans shows it can’t be housebroken
– Guy Bechor: The pornography of terror on Israeli media
– Amir Taheri: The ayatollah dreamed of Pax Americana’s end, Obama delivers it

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PA Demands Muslim Oversight Over Jewish Visitors to Temple Mount
Israel Daily News Stream5 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. The PA demands full Muslim oversight over Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount. If not, the PA will (yawn) end security cooperation with Israel.

2. Adnan Gaith, who heads the Tanzim militia’s “organizational branch” in eastern Jerusalem told YNet that Mahmoud Abbas can’t control escalating Palestinian violence. The Tanzim militia is Fatah’s “armed wing.”
Test firing of Iran’s long -range Emad missiile this month.

3. The US, along with several European powers asked the UN Security Council’s committee on Iranian sanctions to investigate Iran’s recent missile test. AFP writes:
British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told reporters that there was no deadline for the committee to report back to the 15-member Security Council on its findings, but that there was a “clear sense of urgency.”
The four countries maintain that the missile test violates Security Council resolution 1929, which was adopted in 2010.
That resolution prohibits Tehran from conducting launches of ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons. New York Times Hacks: The New York Times uses PLO stats for a graphic implying that Palestinians are the real victims.

5. Daily Mail: Palestinian Terrorist Shot Dead in “Retaliation” For Stabbing Soldier: What’s the distinction between self-defense and retaliation, and what difference does it make anyway?
6. HonestReporting Events in the US: Our North American executive director, Gary Kenzer, will be speaking at upcoming Limmud events in Boston and Arizona.
Israel and the Intifada
• Two Palestinian stabbers shot after attacking Israeli man in Beit Shemesh after unsuccessfully trying to board a school bus full of children. The Jerusalem Post adds that the attackers — who are now hospitalized — were wearing undershirts featuring the insignia of Hamas’s Iz a-Din al-Kassam Brigades.

• A Palestinian rammed his car into a group of soldiers near Hebron last night. Four were injured, one seriously.
Palestinian rioters at the scene of the attack threw stones and prevented emergency services from reaching the victims, according to Channel 2.
• This afternoon, a Palestinian tried to stab a soldier in Hebron.

National Public Radio• Worth reading: I’m grateful that NPR‘s Emily Harris gave a voice to two Israeli families shattered by the deaths of loved ones in recent terror attacks.
I’ve seen almost zero Western media interest in Israeli terror victims. That’s due to a combination of factors, primarily reporters fixated on Palestinian victimhood, and terror victims either opting for privacy or wary of journalists.
• In response to a Palestinian request for international protection, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon prepared a report for the UN Security Council detailing the precedents for such a deployment. See New York Times coverage.
• Israeli cops to begin wearing body cameras next month.
• In Berlin, Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Secretary of State John Kerry and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. Both are Kerry’s due to meet Mahmoud Abbas. ‘Nuff said.
• The International Business Times picked up on a video featuring a Palestinian girl wielding a knife who says she wants to stab a Jew. According to MEMRI, the video was uploaded onto Facebook by the girl’s mother, a teacher for Palestinian refugees in Jordan.

• Terror wave hits Israeli retail sales hard.
• American students visiting Israel told Time they’re not dissuaded by the unrest.
• Who knew Facebook had an armed wing operating in the West Bank?

• Israeli officials continued speaking out. Consul general Yaron Sideman got an op-ed platform in the Pittburgh Post-Gazette. And MK Yair Lapid weighs in on the “media intifada.”
Before I was a politician I worked in the media for 31 years. I covered wars, international conflicts and countless clashes. As someone who has been on both sides of the media I can say, with total responsibility, that this is an incomprehensible number of incorrect reports, misleading headlines, distortions of fact and total falsifications of the truth.
The most suspicious and angering thing is that it doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world where democratic countries fight Islamic fundamentalism.
Lapid also discussed the violence on BBC’s HARDtalk. Stephen Sackur’s a very aggressive interviewer and Lapid didn’t back down.

On the other hand, check out CNN‘s Jake Tapper’s incredulous response to the PLO’s envoy to the US. Tapper demolished Maen Rashid Areikat’s spin games of excessive Israeli force.

• Nobody’s going to debate whether the police response was excessive force or legitimate self-defense. It’s just a knife attack, right?
Masked man shot after fatal stabbing of teacher at Swedish school
• Islamic State has been boosting its rhetoric against Israel. Is it trying to hijack Palestinian jihad as its own?

• How to stop the wave of terror in Israel? A European Jewish Press Q+A picked Yossi Kuperwasser’s brains.
• Tweet of the day, by David Hazony:
David Hazony
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Yaakov Amidror: This is not the third intifada
– Emmanuel Navon: John Kerry’s foolish statements about terror and settlements
– Aziz Abu Sarah: Israelis and Palestinians — rage, fear and misunderstanding
– Eyal Zisser: A new Middle East
– Boston Globe (staff-ed): With Israel on edge, Kerry must help cool tensions

• Last but not least, Aaron David Miller points out quite a few signs that the Iranian regime isn’t moderating its behavior, but rather consolidating it. Writing in the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News), Miller concludes:
Anyone who thinks Iran is on a linear course to moderation ought to lay down until the feeling passes.

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UNESCO Declares Tomb of Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb Muslim Sites
Israel Daily News Stream8 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. UNESCO passed a resolution condemning Israeli aggression on the Temple Mount and recognizing the Tomb of the Patriarchs (in Hebron) and Rachel’s Tomb (between Bethlehem and Jerusalem) as Muslim sites.

The Palestinians were forced to back off efforts to declare the Western Wall a Muslim site when UNESCO chief, Irina Bokova, postponed a vote on that. More at the Jerusalem Post.

Tomb of the Patriarchs

2. Our dear old pal, Seamus Milne, is taking a leave of absence from running The Guardian’s Comment is Free section to become Jeremy Corbyn’s communications chief, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Many in the UK Labor Party are concerned with Milne’s appointment because of his history of apologizing for terror. Among other things, Milne gave a byline to Osama Bin Laden in 2004, praised Iraqi resistance against British troops, and insisted that Israel had no right to defend itself against Palestinian terror.

3. Prime Minister Netanyahu came under fire for asserting that Adolf Hitler didn’t plan to murder six million Jews, but that the suggestion came from the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini. The mufti’s anti-Semitism and support for the Nazi agenda is well-documented, but I’ve never heard anyone lay ownership for the Holocaust this squarely on Husseini.

The controversy comes just ahead of Netanyahu’s visit to Berlin, where German officials said responsibility for the Holocaust is “very much our own.” Bibi responded to the furor, saying:

“I didn’t mean to absolve Hitler from responsibility, but to show that the father of the Palestinian nation wanted to destroy the Jews even without territories, without occupation and without settlements,” the prime minister said.
Aside from all that, I was amused by the Holocaust-denying PLO’s reaction for simply acknowledging that it happened.

Grand Mufti and Hitler
Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini and Adolf Hitler meeting in 1941.

4. New York Times Gets Judaism’s Holiest Site Wrong: HonestReporting secures the correction.

Israel and the Intifada
• Breaking news: Stabbing attack north of Jerusalem: an Israeli woman was seriously wounded; Palestinian attacker killed and another suspect was apprehended.

• Police officer lightly injured in suspected deliberate car-ramming attack near Ofra, between Jerusalem and Nablus.

• A 15-year-old Palestinian girl wielding a knife was shot and injured this morning trying to enter the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar.

• Two knife-wielding Palestinians who stabbed a soldier and attacked another in Hebron were shot and killed last night.

• Hundreds of Palestinians rioted near Rachel’s tomb.

• IDF arrests 47 in overnight West Bank sweep

Temple Mount

• Just wanted to tweak an otherwise decent Associated Press update on the latest developments. Regarding Palestinian claims that Israel wants to change the Temple Mount’s status quo, reporter Ian Deitch writes:

Israel has adamantly denied the allegations, saying it has no plans to change the status quo at the site, where Jews are allowed to visit but not pray. Israel has accused Palestinian leaders of incitement to violence over the site.
But Jewish visits to the site have doubled since 2010 and senior members of Netanyahu’s government have called for Jewish prayer rights, fueling Palestinian concerns about the site.
To say that the number of Jewish visits doubled doesn’t tell the full story, and certainly doesn’t lend any legitimacy to a month of stabbings, car-rammings, and shootings. An AFP report last month gave a fuller picture of the numbers. Whatever your feelings about Jewish visits to the holy site, the numbers are still a drop in the bucket:

About 10,900 Jews visited the flashpoint hilltop in 2014, according to Arnon Segal, an activist for the right of Jews to pray where their biblical temples are said to have stood.
In contrast, as many as nearly three million Muslims and 200,000 Christians go there each year, according to official Israeli data.
The number of Jewish visitors last year was double the figure of 2009, says Segal.
• The Washington Post takes a stab at the question, What drives the Palestinians who attack Jews with kitchen knives?

knives• In Israeli shops, knives get harder to find, while demand for guns goes up. NPR quotes some classic Israeli logic:

But one of Israel’s major grocery chains, Rami Levy, has pulled all the knives, plus kitchen scissors and pizza cutters, from the aisles. They are now stored at the service desk. Customers now have to ask for them.
Drori Levy, who works in the family business, says the reason is simple.
“We have a security guard at the door to prevent someone from getting in and attacking someone,” he says. “So why would we keep what an attacker would use here on the shelf?“
• Years after sexual assault by Palestinians, an Israeli woman was granted status as a ‘terror victim.”

• Israeli officials continued speaking out. Ambassador Ron Dermer getting op-ed space in Politico on “10 deadly lies about Israel.” In an interview with the German daily paper, BILD (see summary in English at the European Jewish Press), Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom called on the EU to suspend aid money to the PA over Palestinian terror and incitement.

Justin Trudeau

• With Justin Trudeau’s election victory, Itamar Eichner looks at what Canada’s left-turn means for Ottawa-Jerusalem ties.

Senior diplomats predict that under Trudeau, the Canadian government might revert to a more balanced approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – the type that was in place before Harper’s time. Canada could well go back to placing responsibility on both sides of the conflict when it issues statements. It will no longer automatically vote with Israel at the UN and we are more likely to see them abstaining in key votes. We are also more likely to hear criticism of Israeli construction in the West Bank settlements . . .
Nonetheless, a source closely involved in Israel-Canada diplomacy said: “Israel has no cause for concern. We may see a change in nuance, but basically ties will remain excellent.”
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Jay Michaelson: Israeli/Palestinian peace camp looks increasingly impotent
– Ben-Dror Yemini: Must both sides exercise restraint
– Jonathan Tobin: UNESCO and the end of US honor
– Clifford May: Cutthroats of the Holy Land
– Dan Margalit: What does Abbas want?


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Israeli Run Over and Killed After Stoning Attack
Israel Daily News Stream5 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. An Israeli driver was killed near Hebron after Palestinians pelted his car with a barrage of stones. The driver, identified as 50-year-old Avraham Hasano, was run and over killed by an oncoming truck when he exited his car. Depending on whose Kool-Aid you like to drink, throwing stones is either a Palestinian”rite of passage” or a “birthright and duty.”

Later in the day, two Israelis were injured in a suspected car ramming attack — also near Hebron. The driver was shot and killed.
2. MSNBC apologized on air for airing an inaccurate map produced by Israel-bashers.
3. Israel’s working to foil an Arab push to declare that the Western Wall belongs to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Here’s what the Jerusalem Post says about a draft resolution submitted to UNESCO by Arab members:
At no point does the resolution mention the Jewish historical connection to Jerusalem, which dates back to biblical times. Nor does it reference the Temple Mount or the Western Wall, which was part of the retaining wall King Herod built for the Temple Mount more than 2,000 years ago. It also relies solely on Arabic names for the holy sites on and around the Temple Mount.
4. Bull$h!t on the Pages of the New York Times: Steer clear of Nathan Thrall’s latest droppings.

Israel and the Intifada
• An IDF soldier was injured in Hebron by a Palestinian stabber during a riot. The attacker was shot and killed.

• Compare these developments and judge for yourself:
Hamas: Palestinians should use firearms in fight against Israel
Breathing down Abbas’s neck, Fatah leaders want Israeli blood
Bedouin leaders condemn ‘despicable’ Beersheba attack
• The IDF demolished the home of a Palestinian terrorist who killed one Israeli and injured two others in a car ramming and stabbing attack last year. Details at the Jerusalem Post.

• UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is making a surprise visit to Israel today. He’s due to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu this evening.
• YNet talked to Marike Veldman, a Dutch-Christian who was injured in last week’s terror attack on a Jerusalem bus.
USA Today• Glorifying terror? You betcha. In a dispatch from Bethlehem, USA Today‘s Sheren Khalel introduces readers to Palestinian women handing out sandwiches to protesters, a man selling home-made slingshots, and other faces behind the latest clashes. Could you imagine USA Today writing a similar dispatch from, say, Ferguson or Baltimore?
Muntaser charges less than $5 for each slingshot, and the money just covers the cost. He said if he could afford the material, he would give them away.
A group of young men come into the shop and leave with three of Muntaser’s signature slingshots. He says he worries about the young men but understands why they risk their lives throwing stones.
“To end the occupation (by Israel), we must all fight any way we can,” Muntaser said. “For our young people that is stones. For the rest of us there are other ways.”
How to explain Khalel’s piece? “All my family lives in Issawiya . . .”

• Israeli officials continued speaking out. In separate interviews, NPR talked to Mustafa Barghouti and Mark Regev. The two also went head to head on Sky News, where things degenerated when an evasive Barghouti dodged Regev’s request to condemn Palestinian violence.
Sky News
• Facebook’s Israeli headquarters was vandalized by a man protesting the social media platform’s refusal to take down pages flagged as offensive or inciting. I liked The Next Web‘s take.
• Foreigners who support boycotting Israel could find themselves barred from entering Israel. A government-sponsored bill is making its way through the Knesset, Haaretz reports.
Around the World
• Ex-BBC chairman Lord Grade attacks corporation over Israel coverage

• Amidst Israel violence, French Jews worried over copycat attackers
• Scandinavian Airlines ends service to Tel Aviv, Ankara, and Moscow, citing “political instability.”
• Elliott Abrams explains the self-serving common denominator between the incitement coming from Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas:

Why the apparent contradictions? Simple: both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas are saying “NIMBY”, or “not in my backyard.” The PA wants calm where it rules, in the West Bank, and fears that a new intifada could help Hamas. But it sees violence in Israel, and especially in Jerusalem, as potentially helpful politically–and is certainly not going to condemn it. Similarly, Hamas wants more violence everywhere but Gaza, including in the West Bank and Israel, especially Jerusalem . . .
Meanwhile, Hamas and Abbas seek to maintain order where they rule, but promote violence where they do not. NIMBY works in the Middle East, too.
• Worth watching: Charlie Rose interviewed Yonit Levy, the anchorwoman of Israel’s Channel 2 News. Aired this week, the interview was filmed in September, before the Palestinian intifada broke out. Levy discussed Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Iran deal, why Israelis are news junkies, and more.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– David Horovitz: Not an uprising against occupation. An uprising against Israel
– Brendan O’Neill: According to the left, Israeli citizens deserve to be murdered
– Lenny Ben-David: International supervision in Jerusalem: A history of failure
– Jonathan Greenblatt: This intifada is in your social media feed
– Jonthan Tobin: Palestinians resent the status quo
– Danny Adeno Abebe: Killed in a war that wasn’t his
– Kanchi Gupta: Will India become a player in the Syrian civil war?

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Two Killed in Beersheba Terror Attack
Israel Daily News Stream6 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Deadly terror strikes Beersheba central bus station. An Israeli Bedouin armed with a pistol and knife killed a soldier, stole his gun, and shot at least ten other people before being killed by security. In the aftermath, police killed an Eritrean refugee, wrongly believing he was a second gunman, leading to headlines like this from the Daily Beast:

Government minister Yuval Steinitz blamed PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for the violence.
“Abu Mazen [Abbas] is the number one instigator in the world against the Jewish people and the state of Israel. In terms of the level of incitement and its intensity, the level of anti-Semitism in this incitement, he is even worse than Arafat,” Steinitz insisted.
2. Israeli boaters pulled 11 Syrian and Iraqi refugees from the water off the coast of Turkey.

“We realized they were Syrian and Iraqi. We gave them water and cellphones so they could contact their families, Asaban recounted. “Afterwards, we told them we were Jews from Israel, and they kissed us and said ‘Thank you,’” he added.
3. Daily Beast reporter looks at how a Palestinian went from upstanding citizen to brutal terrorist. It’s telling that the main explanation of Palestinian disaffection is provided by Haaretz reporter Amira Hass, who has a history of defending Palestinian stone throwers.

4. NPR’s ombudsman responds to HonestReporting readers by acknowledging an error in a broadcast by Emily Harris.
5. The Independent corrects its headline after HonestReporting points out that a Beersheba bus station attack did not take place in Jerusalem.
Israel and the Wave of Terror
• Nathan Thrall of the International Crisis Group gets a New York Times op-ed to claim that only Israeli concessions to the terrorists will end the current wave of violence. Amazingly, he credits Abbas for the relatively low level of violence since the Second Intifada.

It is a deeply regrettable fact that, during the past quarter-century, violence has been the most consistent factor in Israeli territorial withdrawal. That may partly explain why growing numbers of Palestinians support an uprising and demand the resignation of President Mahmoud Abbas, who abhors attacks on Israelis and has presided over nearly a decade of almost total quiet in the West Bank without any gains to show for it.
• CNN remains resolute in presenting both sides equally in its coverage of the violence. Trouble is, both sides aren’t equal and the result is moral equivalence.

• LA Times has provided some of the most ambiguous headlines during the wave of terror. Here’s another one that could go in any direction:
Actually, it would be more accurate to say Palestinian opens fire.
• In an article about the Beersheba shooting, the Washington Post questions Israel’s self-defense measures using casualty figures to suggest Israel is guilty of excessive force:
Since the start of October, eight Israelis have been killed by Palestinians in nearly 30 attacks. At least 18 of the assailants were shot and killed on the spot by police, soldiers or security guards, drawing harsh criticism, especially from Palestinians, that Israel is using excessive force instead of apprehending suspects.
Actually, if the Palestinians have launched 30 attacks against Israelis and given the brutal nature of the attacks themselves, aren’t they the ones using excessive force?

• Israel is setting up major partitions across the Arab sections of Jerusalem to keep the terrorists from harming Jews. But according to AP sources, the division may herald a shift in outlook:
“The great patriots … who don’t go to bed at night before praying for a unified, undivided, greater Jerusalem, are now proposing to dissect it, divide it and return it back 48 years in time,” commentator Nehemiah Strassler wrote in the Israeli daily Haaretz.
• Former BBC chief slams the network’s coverage of the Palestinian wave of violence. Some reports, he wrote, were “inexcusable.”

• Thousands rally for Israel in European cities.
• What’s the difference between an undercover agent and a provocateur? Some answers that seem to have eluded Reuters.

• Palestinian commentator calls for new Palestinian leadership that can see beyond the current conflict towards a better future for its people.
All kinds of weapons and means of killing, burning, shooting, stabbing and destruction have been used. But it has not occurred to us for a moment to use the tools of building and construction.
Should our leaders not apologise for our dead children, our lost youth and our bereaved mothers? Should they not say out loud: “We failed. We must examine our consciences”?
• Dore Gold, director-general of the Foreign Ministry, points to the burning of Joseph’s Tomb as the consequence of leaving holy places under the control of the Palestinians. “Only Israel can protect the sites holy for all religions in Jerusalem.”

Here’s what else I’m reading today…
• Laurence Seeff: Wake up before the libel is entrenched

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International Observers To the Temple Mount?
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. In Nablus, Palestinian rioters torched Joseph’s Tomb Thursday night, severely damaging the compound. Nobody was injured. Take your pick of Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, YNet, and Times of Israel coverage.

On Saturday night, the IDF was forced to extract a group of Jews from the compound. Some 30 Jews from the Breslov chassidic sect made an uncoordinated visit to the site and PA police started a violent confrontation. More on that at the Times of Israel.

2. France is drafting a plan to deploy international observers to the Temple Mount. Israel and the US are working against the proposal. Meanwhile, the Palestinians are pushing a proposal in UNESCO that would associate the Western Wall as part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. YNet, saw a copy of that proposal.

Temple Mount

3. On Friday, a Palestinian posing as a journalist stabbed an IDF soldier. The Palestinian, identified by AP as Eyad Awawdeh, was wearing a flak jacket that said “press” and carried a camera while was mixing with other reporters, when he charged the soldier. Other soldiers on the scene shot and killed the terrorist. The soldier was moderately wounded.

The Foreign Press Association and Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the attack. More at the Jerusalem Post.

4. Headline Abuse Continues as Israel Portrayed as Aggressor: Headlines misrepresent weekend’s Palestinian terror attacks.

5. CNN: Joseph’s Tomb ‘Catches Fire’: Seemingly all by itself.

6. NBC News Bias Exposed: You know there’s a problem when an anchor has to correct an eyewitness correspondent on live TV.

Joe Hyams
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Israel and the Intifada
• There were five Palestinian stabbing attacks on Saturday, three of which were in Hebron (including the fake journalist attack noted above). In the first, a Palestinian who was stopped by Border Police for acting suspiciously stabbed and lightly wounded one of the officers. In the second attack, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli man visiting town. Using his own personal firearm, the Israeli shot and killed his assailant. The third attack took place at an IDF checkpoint.

In Jerusalem, a Palestinian who tried to stab an Israeli in the Armon HaNetziv neighborhood was shot and killed. More on all the attacks at the Jerusalem Post.

In the fifth attack, a Palestinian stabbed a soldier at the Kalandiya checkpoint.

Sohrab Ahmari

• The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of Fatah, calls for more attacks against Israel.

• Hoping to ease tensions, Kerry to meet with Netanyahu and Abbas this week.

• Two alleged collaborators sentenced to death in Gaza.

• When the editor on duty is A) too lazy to keep track of a flurry of breaking attacks, B) unwilling to write a headline that assigns responsibility, or C) loath to challenge long-standing spoon-fed narratives, the result is meaningless drivel. Like this header from National Public Radio.


• UN officials inciting murder of Jews, call to “stab Zionist dogs.”

• The Jerusalem Post takes a closer look at the Hashtag War on Twitter.

• Why do Palestinians deny even documented terror attacks on Jews? Is it a case of dueling narratives, wishful thinking, or scapegoating? The Times of Israel looks at what Palestinians are saying about a number of stabbing attacks caught on film. Benny Avni weighs in on the same question.

• Fascinating: Police woman Maya Stolero, whose father, Alexander Levlovitz was killed in a stone-throwing attack last month, saved the life of another Palestinian stabber. Stolero told the Washington Post:

“At that moment, I put my personal pain and views aside and drew on my training as a security official and on the values I was brought up with,” she said in an interview at her home in Maale Adumim, a Jewish settlement near Jerusalem, on Thursday.
For Stolero, a mother of three, Thursday was a difficult day. It was exactly 30 days since her father was buried, a traditional Jewish mourning day for the newly deceased. It was also the first court appearance for five Palestinian youths accused by Israel of pelting her father’s car with rocks, causing him to swerve across the road, hit an electrical pole and be fatally injured.
• Israel to cut off PA payments to imprisoned terrorists.

• Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chided BBC reporter Lyse Doucet after she asked if Israel was ready to resume peace talks with the Palestinians.

Are we living on the same planet, Lyse? I’ve been calling day in, day out, in every forum, in the United Nations, in the US Congress, in Israel . . . I’ve called on President Abbas to resume unconditional negotiations immediately. Right now, as we speak, we can meet. I have no problem with that . . . The point of my statement is simple. I’m willing to meet him, he’s not willing to meet me. And you ask me about the resumption of negotiations? Come on, get with the program.

• Ambassador Ron Dermer discussed the situation with Andrea Mitchell Reports, Morning Joe, CNN, Sean Hannity and Bianna Golodryga of Yahoo News.

Other Israeli officials speaking out were Ambassador Danny Danon, who gave his first press briefing at the UN, cabinet ministers Gilad Erdan (op-ed in The Guardian), Naftali Bennett on BBC, and also Amit Heumann, an Israeli legal advisor addressing the UN on the rule of law. I’m embedding Dermer on Yahoo — it was the wide-ranging of the bunch.

Mideast Matters
• Iranian underground missile bases enable ‘surprise launches‘.

• Jerusalem and Moscow set up a hotline to avoid aerial clashes over Syria. According to Arab media reports picked up by YNet, Israeli jets flying near the Syrian-Lebanese border were forced to turn back after a confrontation with Russian aircraft two weeks ago.

• Writing in Politico, former State Dept. official Fred Hof describes coming oh-so-close to bringing Israel and Syria to peace talks. But then the civil war broke out.

According to Hof, Bashar Assad was willing to break out of Iran’s orbit in order to get back the Golan, and Bibi was receptive to the possibilities. Hof admits misreading Assad, and is critical of the Obama administration’s handling of Syria.

• The UN will deploy peacekeepers to protect UNESCO heritage sites from Islamic State.

Around the World
• Dutch lawmakers are considering extra protection for Israeli tourists. The move comes in response to a Dutch Muslim’s call on Facebook to “totally smite down Israeli tourists.”

• A London Jew leaving a synagogue had his car window smashed by an unidentified man who said, “We need to kill all Jews.”

• Argentine court requested the arrest of a Hezbollah member in 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. The attack, by a suicide bomber driving an explosive-laden pickup truck, killed 29 people and injured 242 others. Haaretz reports that the warrant was based on Israeli intelligence.

• Is this Wall St. Journal staff-ed (click via Google News) calling for drone strikes on Palestinians inciting violence in mosques, TV, and social media?

Promoting mass murder in the age of social-media jihad is more than a thought crime. Recall that President Obama ordered a strike on terrorist-inciting Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen in 2011.
• Worth reading: Judith Miller slams biased press coverage of the intifada.

• Israeli Arab journalist Lucy Aharish blasted Israel Arab leaders for fanning the intifada’s flames.

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

– Donniel Hartman: My gun and I
– Jeffrey Goldberg: The paranoid, supremacist roots of the ‘Stabbing Intifada’
– Richard Kemp: Palestinian and Western leaders: Blood on their hands
– Melanie Phillips: Jewish blood stains many hands
– Maajid Nawaz: Inside the head of Israel/Palestine
– Eitan Haber: Abbas is deceiving us all
– Daniel Gordis: Palestinians fighting long war against Israel itself

• From the poison pen of Michael Ramirez, of Investor’s Business Daily:

– Avi Issacharoff: The ‘trickle intifada’ that just won’t stop
– Jonathan Tobin: Who’s desecrating holy place?
– Ian Tuttle: The media’s shameful, shameless bias against Israel
– Nadav Shragai: Muslims wish to turn back time
– Yaron Friedman: The ‘intifada of knives’: A fire with no fuel
– Alex Ryvchhin: Understanding the language of murder (click via Google News)
– Gary Rosenblatt: The wrong way to fight BDS

• See also staff-eds in the Washington Post, New York Times, and (hold your nose) Baltimore Sun.


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Blood Libel Fail as Abbas Lie Exposed
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. In a televised speech last night, Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of carrying out “field executions,” and trying to change the status quo on the Temple Mount. And, notably, Abbas didn’t condemn the violence or make any appeals for calm.

But the Palestinian leader got egg on his face for claiming that a 13-year-old Palestinian boy, Ahmed Manasra, was “executed” by Israelis. The reality is that A) Manasra stabbed an Israeli boy riding a bicycle in Pisgat Zeev, and B) Manasra is alive and well in Hadassah En Kerem Hospital. The hospital released photos of the boy, while Dr. Asher Salmon said Manasra’s in light-to-moderate condition and should be discharged in a few days.
Although the transcript on the PLO’s English web site is billed as a “full translation,” the Jerusalem Post points out the key line was quietly amended to say Manasra and other kids are “shot at in cold blood.”
Luke Baker
2. State Department spokesman John Kirby was forced to retract a claim that the Temple Mount’s status quo was violated. Israeli officials were angered by his comments to reporters. More on the story at Haaretz.
3. Iran unveiled a massive underground missile base on state TV.
The tunnel, hundreds of metres long and about 10 metres high, was filled with missiles and hardware . . . .
Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division, said numerous such tunnels existed across the country at a depth of 500 metres.

4. AP’s Sins of Omission: The Associated Press asks why Palestinian residents of Jerusalem are involved in terror but omits some important facts and context.
5. CNN: Israel “Concerned” Enough to Carry Out “Retaliatory Attacks”: It’s a cause for concern when you can’t find your house keys. Terrorists trying to kill people in the streets is, uh, terrifying.
6. Audio: Defending Our Lives — No Apologies: HR’s Yarden Frankl discusses Big Media’s coverage of the intifada violence, particularly downplaying Palestinian incitement and Jewish ties to the Temple Mount, while accusing Israel of excessive force on the Mottle Wolf Show.
Israel and the Intifada
• Tel Aviv’s main highway was shut down amid a manhunt for two Palestinians police said were planning a terror attack. Two suspects were apprehended, but interrogators found no evidence they were planning any attacks; the two were due to be released later in the day.

• Last night, a Palestinian stabbed a woman boarding a bus near the Jerusalem Central Bus Station. Ahmed Sha’aban, who recently served a three-year prison term for terror activity, was shot and killed by responding police.
• Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was prevented from leaving Israel when officials at Ben Gurion Airport prevented him from boarding a flight to Turkey.
• My heart bleeds for the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen:
Jeremy Bowen
• Anxious Israelis are shunning public transportation.
• Street row in Nazareth exposes rift among Arab-Israelis on violence.
• Alaa Abu Jamal, the Palestinian who rammed his car into a Jerusalem bus stop and stabbed an Israeli to death, was “from Bezek” in the sense that he worked for the phone company. But for readers of the French paper, Liberation, Bezek was identified as an Arab town (!?) How did the paper determine that this mythical town is located west of Jerusalem?
Jamal is actually a resident of eastern Jerusalem. The paper corrected the map.
• Israeli government officials were speaking up in the media. In a Times of Israel blog post, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat affirmed that the city won’t succumb to terror.
Meanwhile, spokesman, Mark Regev, discussed the violence with CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer.
Around the World
• The Jerusalem Post picked up on the US State Department’s 2014 report on religious freedom. The main takeaway? Anti-Israel sentiments in Europe crossed the line of anti-Semitism.

Asked by a reporter how he determined the dividing line between anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiments, Saperstein replied that while criticism of any nation is appropriate, the difference is “right on the cusp of that line when it holds one country to different standards than it would hold any other country.”
“Where it has often crossed the line is when groups try to argue that Israel is an inherently illegal state and doesn’t have a right to exist as a Jewish state here and takes actions to delegitimize those fundamental rights,” he said.
• UK Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accepted a £5,000 donation from Ted Honderich, who once wrote in a letter to The Guardian that Palestinians have a “moral right” to terrorism.

• FYI, Danny Cohen resigned as the BBC’s director of television.
• Tweet of the day, from Eugene Kontorovich:

Eugene Kontorovich
• Palestinian scholar Bassam Tawil points out that the Palestinians carrying out stabbing attacks were financially well-off and well-educated. And because of their permanent resident status, they could freely travel in Israel and enjoy the state’s health care and other social benefits.
What does all this mean? It shows that the Palestinian terrorists are not driven by poverty and deprivation, as many have long been arguing. Palestinian terrorists are driven by hatred for Jews because of what their leaders, media and mosques are telling them: that the Jews are the enemy and that they have no right to be in this part of the world.
It also shows that this conflict is not about Islamic holy sites or Jerusalem, but about murdering Jews whenever possible. Murdering two Jews inside the Old City of Jerusalem or a Jewish couple in front of their four children has nothing to do with the Aqsa Mosque or “occupation.” It is simply about the desire to murder as many Jews as one can. The terrorists did not draw any distinction between a Jew living in east Jerusalem, the West Bank, Tel Aviv or Afula [northern Israel]. For the terrorists and their sponsors, all Jews are “settlers” and Israel is one big settlement that needs to be eliminated.
Our conflict with Israel is not about “occupation” or Jerusalem or holy sites or borders. Nor is it about poverty and poor living conditions or walls and fences and checkpoints. This conflict is really about Israel’s very existence in this part of the world. The current wave of terrorism is just another phase in our dream to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. This is not an intifada. It is just another killing-spree aimed at terrorizing the Jews and forcing them to leave this part of the world. It already succeeded in the rest of the Middle East, and is now being done to the Christians as well.
Making a similar argument, the Wall St. Journal‘s Bret Stephens weighs in on the violence in a video worth watching.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Avi Issacharoff: A toothless speech from a defanged Abbas
– Aaron David Miller: 4 things that aren’t helping the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
– Elliott Abrams: Kerry links terror to settlement expansion
– David Horovitz: What do you do when the people trying to kill you live around the block?
– Frida Ghitis: With Israel, the headlines tell a very different story
– Amos Harel: Israel still keeping most of its powder dry
– Colin Rubenstein: Retreat from peace talks yields a deadly harvest
– Tom Wilson: The nuclear accord has not made an ally of Iran. Quite the opposite

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Israel Beefs Up Security, Abbas to Address Palestinians Tonight
Israel Daily News Stream18 hours ago
*** BREAKING NEWS *** Shortly before this roundup was published, there were breaking reports of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, by the Old City’s Damascus Gate.

1. In response to the latest terror attacks, Israel security forces began setting up checkpoints to entrances of flashpoint Arab neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem, and called up Border Police reservists.Details at YNet.
Other measures the government announced: cancelling the permanent residency status of terrorists and their families living in Jerusalem, and not returning the bodies of terrorists killed in attacks.
2. Abbas to address Palestinians tonight.
3. This Sky News scoop makes my antennae twitch: Bahrain and the Gulf states are in talks to buy Iron Dome. Uncle Sam’s the middle man . . .
A deal for the whole of the GCC, which includes Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait, would be worth tens, perhaps hundreds, of billions of dollars.
It would also include longer range interceptor missiles such as David’s Sling, and the Arrow I and Arrow II which are capable of intercepting supersonic intercontinental ballistic missiles – also a joint venture between Israel and the US.
Iron Dome
Iron Dome in action in 2012

4. NPR Interviews Family of “Dead” Palestinian Who is Actually Alive: A reporter’s fact-checking lapse and inability to challenge a blatant Palestinian lie muddies the water.
5. Palestinian Terror Wave: Horrible Headlines: What were the editors who came up with these clunkers thinking?
6. HR’s Simon Plosker discussed media coverage of the intifada with the JTA.
Israel and the Intifada
• Yesterday, an alert gas station attendant foiled a Palestinian stabbing attack in the northern town of Migdal HaEmek.

• In apparent defiance of Abbas, Fatah leaders visited the home of the terrorist who murdered Aharon Bennett and Nehemia Lavi in Jerusalem’s Old City earlier this month. More at YNet.
• Perhaps the Nobel Peace Prize committee is making John Kerry work harder for that award. The Secretary of State is planning a Mideast visit to cool down boiling Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
Kerry also linked the terror attacks to Israeli settlement activity.
• The Israeli embassy in Berlin blasted the German media for its slanted terror coverage. The Jerusalem Post sums up the gist of a critical post on the embassy’s blog.
• AFP nonsense:
Jerusalem suffered its bloodiest day yet Tuesday in a wave of unrest, with at least three Israelis killed as Palestinian attackers shot at a bus and drove a car into pedestrians.
Baha Aliyan and Bilal Ranem didn’t “shoot at a bus.” As eyewitnesses described, the two terrorists boarded a bus with knives and a gun, and methodically attacked passengers, killing two.

• Jewish and Arab and medical staff at Hadassah Hospital treating Jews and Arabs alike always gives me a glimmer of hope for coexistence. But AP finds that families of terror victims and families of terrorists crossing paths in the wards puts strains coexistence.
• I agree with the Daily Mail‘s shortened caption for this AP photo. It’s better to look good than to feel good . . .
Daily Mail
• I liked how Reuters called the situation a “smartphone intifada,” while the Times of Israel unpacks the social media component. The common denominator between these two reports is that there’s a new generation of Palestinians who not only oppose Israel but the Palestinian establishment as well.
Some of the assailants are so young they were not even born when the last uprising, or intifada, broke out in September 2000. They are a generation that has grown up on failed efforts towards Middle East peace, is angry with its own leadership and is losing faith in the prospect of a Palestinian state.
By the way, Vocativ rounded up some of the worst Palestinian cartoons encouraging attacks making the rounds on social media.

Daniel Nisman
• Is the Internet key to stopping terror attacks?
• Here’s one way the intifada’s playing out as a religious war. Amichai Magen, of the Herzliya-based Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) told the Religion News Service that religious Jews “are grossly overrepresented in the number of victims of stabbings and vehicular terrorist attacks” because of Hamas and Islamic Jihad:
“These groups define the conflict as Muslims versus Jews and use anti-Semitic imagery. In the minds of the attackers, Orthodox Jews represent the Jewish people.”
They are also easy targets because of their distinctive dress and, said Magen, because they do not serve in the Israeli military, the place where less-religious Israelis typically learn self-defense.
• At a Hebron clash, a Palestinian set himself on fire trying to throw a Molotov cocktail. According to the Jerusalem Post, he suffered light to moderate injuries which I bet will pad Big Media’s casualty count “proving” the IDF uses excessive force.

David Sim
• Strange days indeed . . .
Notable Israel boycott activist also leads pro-settler, pro-occupation group
• Intifada? No, it’s the rise of the machines, according to headline writers at The Australian:
The Australian
• The BBC apologized for a radio report about the deadly arson attack in the Palestinian village of Duma. The Beeb reported at the time that Israel only imposed administrative detention against Palestinian suspects even though three Jewish extremists were already being detained without trial.
• Visting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee addressed the Knesset.
• Yaakov Amidror calls on Israeli security forces to not worry about critics crying excessive force:

On Tuesday, a foreign journalist asked me why security forces shot the female terrorist at the Afula bus station last Friday instead of taking her down with non-lethal means. In response, I asked the journalist what she would think if her son was one of the security personnel facing the knife-wielding terrorist. She answered honestly, saying she would not want her son to be put in such a dilemma.
So, with all due respect to pencil-pushing critics sitting in their air-conditioned offices, we must let our security forces do their job unencumbered.
• Worth reading: Jay Nordlinger lays out why he’s Hung Up on Israel: An explanation for the sincere.

• Thumbs up to the Daily Telegraph for giving an op-ed soapbox to Israel’s acting ambassador to the UK, Eitan Na’eh.
Daily Telegraph
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Boaz Bismuth: 1929 vs. today
– Alex Fishman: The intifada of the young and hopeless
– Ben-Dror Yemini: Between Ankara and Jerusalem: A festival of incitement and blood

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Intifada Goes Hot, 3 Israelis Killed
Israel Daily News Stream9 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. The intifada went hot, escalating from knives to guns when two Palestinians on a bus in Jerusalem’s Armon HaNatziv neighborhood began shooting and stabbing passengers, killing two this morning.

In a simultaneous attack in Jerusalem’s Geula neighborhood, a Palestinian rammed his car into a bus stop, got out of his vehicle, and began stabbing people. Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevski, 60, was killed in that attack and was laid to rest hours later. The security camera footage isn’t pleasant to watch, but it lays bare the vileness that’s glorified by Palestinians and whitewashed by Big Media.
Details on the two attacks at the Jerusalem Post and YNet. Security officials believe the two attacks were “a planned and timed assault.” See below for more on the today’s violence.
Andreas Fagerbakke
2. Yemenite Jews were reportedly told by the government to either convert to Islam or leave the country. Israeli Druze MK Ayoub Kara is taking the threats seriously. See the Jerusalem Post and surprisingly extensive background at the Washington Post.
Around 100 Jews are believed to remain in Yemen, which is in the grip of civil war. Pro-Iranian Houthi rebels hold the capital city, Sanaa. Jews have lived in Yemen since the time of King Solomon.
3. Iran’s parliament approved the nuclear deal with world powers.
4. Media Bias Wave Continues: the latest examples of botched reporting on the wave of Palestinian terror unleashed on Israel’s citizens.
5. Wall St. Journal Alleges Terror Took Place: The Wall Street Journal produces a one-sided story that refers to Palestinian terror attacks as “allegedly” occurring.
6. The Return of Casualties as a Moral Barometer?: The numbers fail to show what’s really important – that Israel is facing a relentless wave of Palestinian terror.
7. Video: Terror in Jerusalem and the Media: Why news services making the situation worse?
Israel and the Palestinians
• Around the same time as the two Jerusalem attacks, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli in Raanana (the city’s second terror attack of the day). Earlier in the morning, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli outside Raanana’s city hall. The Israeli was lightly injured. The terrorist was subdued by passersby.

• Last night at the entrance to Jerusalem, a Palestinian on a bus tried to kill a soldier and steal his weapon. The terrorist was shot dead by police after grabbing one cop’s gun.
• In another attack, a Jewish man in Kiryat Ata, near Haifa, stabbed another Jewish man, believing the victim was an Arab.
• Some 20 Palestinians who breached the Gaza border fence were turned back by Israeli soldiers today.
• Arab merchants in Haifa and Acre told Haaretz the intifada is dragging down their businesses.
“You could throw a soccer ball from one side of the market to the other and not hit anyone,” the fisherman added. “Over one small thing, they’ve destroyed everything.”
• I’m glad the Wall Street Journal (via Google News) changed a skewed headline that upset people on Twitter last night. But this report filed by reporters Tamer El-Ghobashy and Nuha Musleh has other flaws.

Palestinian attacks are alleged, while the Israeli police reactions to the attackers are stated as fact. The report also gives an imbalanced amount of ink to pro-Palestinian voices like an adviser to Mahmoud Abbas, an Al-Quds U. professor, and Human Rights Watch’s Ken Roth.
Peter Lerner
• Reuters, the wire service that believes one man’s terrorist is a another man’s freedom fighter, serves up your daily dose of moral equivalency:
Four Israelis and 26 Palestinians, including eight alleged attackers and eight children, have died in 12 days of bloodshed, the worst spell of street violence for years, stirred in part by Muslim anger over increasing Jewish visits to the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.
• Memo to Sydney Morning Herald reporter Ruth Pollard and her talking heads (Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy and officials from Human Rights Watch and Al-Haq): Regardless of your insinuations about Israel’s so-called “excessive force,” I’m not apologizing for the fact that the majority of Palestinian attacks haven’t been fatal. How many more Israeli deaths would make you feel better?

• Arab states urge Abbas to restore calm
• For more on the latest developments, see live blogging at Haaretz, and the Times of Israel.
• After Palestinians in eastern Jerusalem pelted his car with stones, UN official Mounir Kleibo not only refused to condemn the attack, he wrote on Facebook that “Allah will forgive them.” The Times of Israel adds:
A report in the Hebrew-language NRG website noted that Kleibo’s Facebook profile was overtly pro-Palestinian, despite his being a UN official.
Kleibo’s cover picture shows the dome of the al-Aqsa Mosque on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and his profile picture is the word “Shuhada” (“Martyrdom”) on a black background.
Looks like the unexpected attention on Kleibo’s Facebook page led him to ditch the Temple Mount and martyrdom imagery for a very pretty flower assortment I’ll assume was purchased from the Hadassah En Kerem Hospital gift shop.

• Social media had its share of other breaking news of terror attacks that turned out to be false alarms. Here are 5 Tips For Sorting Through the News and Sharing Responsibly on Social Media.
Judah Ari Gross
• Bret Stephens takes on media coverage of the intifada. The Wall St. Journal editor’s critique (click via Google News) is spot on.

Left out of most of these stories is some sense of what Palestinian leaders have to say. As in these nuggets from a speech Mr. Abbas gave last month: “Al Aqsa Mosque is ours. They [Jews] have no right to defile it with their filthy feet.” And: “We bless every drop of blood spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah.” . . .
Imagine if a white minister in, say, South Carolina preached this way about African-Americans, knife and all: Would the news media be supine in reporting it? Would we get “both sides” journalism of the kind that is pro forma when it comes to Israelis and Palestinians, with lengthy pieces explaining—and implicitly justifying—the minister’s sundry grievances, his sense that his country has been stolen from him?
And would this be supplemented by the usual fake math of moral opprobrium, which is the stock-in-trade of reporters covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? In the Middle East version, a higher Palestinian death toll suggests greater Israeli culpability.
• Tweet of the day from Margie in Tel Aviv:

Margie in Tel Aviv
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– David Brinn: Intifada deja vu
– Nahum Barnea: When a wave of terror becomes a tsunami
– Avi Temkin: Stabbings aren’t economy’s worst problem – for now
– Jacob Wirtschafter: Israel’s Arab allies – No more
– Ruthie Blum: Heroism and the upside of social media
– Jonathan Tobin: Clueless about a religious war
– Cnaan Lipshiz: Can Israel benefit from sheriff Putin policing the Middle East?

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Palestinians Burned Down a Bethlehem Church: Who Knew?

Israel Daily News Stream6 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. In the last 24 hours, there were four Palestinian stabbing attacks. See below for details. In case you missed yesterday’s roundup, I have decided to call the widening violence an “intifada.” Here’s Why I’m calling it an intifada.

2. Who knew? Palestinians influenced by Islamic State burned down the St. Charbel monastery in Bethlehem on Sept. 26. Bar Ilan University’s Edy Cohen asks, “Where’s the coverage?”
The burning of the church in Bethlehem was a despicable and racist act against a marginalized community who lived peacefully in this country before the arrival of the Muslims. The blackout from the Palestinian side is understandable. That’s what Arab countries who live under dictatorship do. But the question must be asked today why there was a media blackout in Israel when Palestinian terrorists burned a church in Bethlehem while we heard condemnations from all sides when the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish in Tiberias was burned down a few months ago. One of the reporters said the matter was not interesting, another senior reporter told me that if it was a Jew was that did it I would have reported on it straight away and they would be preparing a panel on CNN about it.

3. In defiance of a UN ban, Iran tested a new precision-guided ballistic missile that could reach Israel. More at Reuters.

4. We got results as The Independent and Los Angeles Times amended problematic headlines. See this update on yesterday’s media fails.

5. The Ripple Effect of Media Bias: A botched New York Times report creates an unfortunate domino effect.
6. The Disappearing Ongoing Terror Wave: After a week of Palestinian terror, it’s nearly impossible to learn from Big Media what’s happening in Israel.
Israel and the Intifada
• This afternoon, there was a stabbing attack in Pisgat Zeev, north of Jerusalem involving two Palestinian attackers. Two Israelis were injured, at least one with life-threatening injuries. Both Palestinians were killed by responding police.

• Earlier in the afternoon, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed two people at Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill before being shot and killed by police.
• A Palestinian who tried to stab a police officer was shot and killed by the Lions Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City this morning. The security footage is pretty dramatic.

• A Palestinian in Hadera stabbed four Israelis last night. One victim, a female soldier, is fighting for her life in Tel Aviv’s Tel HaShomer Hospital. Police arrested the terrorist at the scene.

• Shortly before this roundup went to press, there were initial reports of another stabbing attack in Kiryat Gat. That attack turned out to be criminally-motivated, not terror.
• MEMRI reports that the Palestinian Bar Association gave an honorary law degree to the terrorist who killed Rabbi Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Banita in Jerusalem’s Old City on October 4. Muhannad Al-Halabi, a law student at Al-Quds University, was killed by responding police.
• The intifada has Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party split. According to the Jerusalem Post:
These leaders are reportedly unhappy with the PA’s failure to play any role in or support the current wave of attacks on Israelis, the sources told Rai Al-Youm . . .
Sources in Ramallah explained that Abbas and some senior Fatah officials were reluctant to publicly support the anti-Israel attacks because they did not want to anger the Americans and Europeans. The sources pointed out that Abbas has come under heavy pressure from US Secretary of State John Kerry and some Arab countries like Jordan and Egypt to avoid an all-out confrontation with Israel.
Meanwhile, the Times of Israel reports that Abbas is telling leaders of Fatah’s Tanzim militia to stop urging violence.

• Nazareth’s mayor denounced Arab MKs for escalating tensions, screaming at Joint List Ayman Odeh on live TV, saying violence is driving away tourists and Jewish customers and “destroying the city.” In a separate interview, Mayor Ali Salam told Globes:
“Restaurants were closed, businesses were closed. They came to me in the municipality and wept. We have to work several months in order to bring back commerce back to the city . . .”
“Most of the MKs want to come for the publicity, to be seen and photographed. I’m sick and tired of them. Let them do something for the benefit of the people who voted for them. I asked the MKs to get out of town – to leave us in peace. I told Ayman Udeh, ‘Get out of here. I don’t want you to come to Nazareth. You’ve destroyed my city.’

• How would a collapse of the Palestinian Authority impact the Israeli and Palestinian economies? YNet takes a closer look.
Economic circumstances are among the reasons stopping Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas from acting on the threat to renounce the Oslo Agreements and establish a “Palestinian state under occupation,” which means disbanding the PA. The reason is well-known: The Palestinian economy is completely dependent on the Israeli economy. Without Israel, the West Bank will soon turn into a second Gaza, with an African-style distress and one of the world’s highest unemployment rates.
• The intifada’s also hitting Jerusalem businesses. Merchants already report declining revenues to Israel HaYom.

• Metal detectors planned at Temple Mount entrance
• Here’s a brilliant headline from a sidebar on CNN‘s home page. At least the article it links to has a more sensible header.
• “Anoint your knives with poison”: What incitement looks like on social media
• For more on the day’s unrest, see live-blogs at Haaretz, and the Times of Israel.
• Latest blood libel: Shot through the heart, and guess who’s to blame . . .
Around the World
• According to Iranian state TV, a Tehran court convicted Jason Rezaian, but didn’t specify which charges the Washington Post reporters was convicted of, or what the sentence would be.

• President Obama’s former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, said that Jesus was a Palestinian, and that the Palestinians are living under Israeli “racism, militarism and capitalism.” The Hill writes:
“The same issue is being fought today and has been fought since 1948, and historians are carried back to the 19th century… when the original people, the Palestinians — and please remember, Jesus was a Palestinian — the Palestinian people had the Europeans come and take their country,” Wright said.
He said African-Americans in the United States have much in common with Palestinians in Israel. The
• The International Criminal Court’s credibility took a bit of a hit as South Africa’s ruling party decided to withdraw its membership. It has to with a fiasco earlier this year when South Africa failed to arrest Sudan’s President, Omar Bashir. The ICC has a warrant for Bashir’s arrest over alleged war crimes in Darfur. Could this have implications for Palestinian efforts to drag Israelis to the ICC for war crimes trials?

The Guardian• Marwan Barghouti go op-ed space in The Guardian to argue that “Israel will get no peace until the occupation ends.” Barghouti’s the former leader of Fatah’s Tanzim militia and was convicted in 2004 for his role in the deaths of five people during the Second Intifada.

But you wouldn’t know any of that from the op-ed or Barghouti’s bio-page; I’ll forgive you for getting the impression he’s a political prisoner:
Marwan Barghouti is an imprisoned Palestinian leader, and member of the Fatah central committee and the Palestine National Council
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– David Harris: Attacks against Israelis: World’s silence is deafening
– Avi Issacharoff: Armed with rocks and knives, the children of Oslo come of age
– Yaakov Amidror: Wave of terror: Myths, facts, and wishful thinking
– Tal Shalev: The world could be Netanyahu and Abbas’ lifesaver
– Judith Bergman: Why now?

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Is Widening Weekend Violence an Intifada?
Israel Daily News Stream2 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Editor’s note: In light of continuing Palestinian terror, I have decided to refer to the violence as an intifada. Here’s Why I’m Calling it an Intifada (and a dissent from my colleague, Yarden Frankl). See below for updates on the latest terror attacks.

See also today’s media critique, Palestinian Terror Wave Prompts Media Bias Wave.

Dennis Ross

2. Politico published an excerpt from Dennis Ross’s upcoming book describing the Obama-Netanyahu relationship as the Iranian nuclear deal unfolded.

The most explosive revelation is that National Security Advisor Susan Rice sees Israel as a burden to the US, deliberately failed to smooth out a significant misunderstanding with Netanyahu, and even played the race card against the Prime Minister.

Ross also discussed the book in a lengthy Q+A with Jeffrey Goldberg and NPR. See also Jonathan Tobin‘s take.

3. Two suicide bombers are believed responsible for a pair of explosions that ripped through an anti-government rally in Ankara yesterday. With 95 dead and around 250 injured, Turkey’s deadliest terror attack. The Erdogan government imposed restrictions on media coverage, and blocked Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.

4. Jerusalem Through the Lens of the New York Times: Aside from the content, timing, sources, accuracy, and ramifications, the New York Times did a pretty good background article on the Temple Mount.

5. More Media Cite False Tweet as Credible Source: A false tweet by Reuters’ bureau chief Luke Baker unfortunately spreads to other papers.

Israel and the Intifada
• A mob of around 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza rushed the border fence and briefly entered Israel. The group was surrounded by soldiers and turned back, though five were arrested and taken into Israel for interrogation. Hamas forces simply stood by and watched. Jerusalem Post coverage.

• More terror attacks of Palestinians stabbing Israelis, including Jerusalem, Kiryat Arba, Afula, plus a revenge attack in which a Jew stabbed four Arabs in Dimona.

• Abbas’s party distributes pro-terrorist leaflets

• A Palestinian woman pulled over for driving suspiciously near Maale Adumim detonated an explosive device. Officer Moshe Chen told the Jerusalem Post what happened. The Palestinian was also wounded in the explosion.

• Bar Kochba-era antiquities site razed by Palestinian vandals.

• Hamas leader declares intifada in the West Bank

• Arabs also rioted in Ramle and Nazareth.

• If a knife-wielding Palestinian came after Reuters bureau chief Luke Baker, he wouldn’t tweet stupid questions like this:

Luke Baker

• The Iron Dome intercepted a Gaza rocket Saturday night. A battery covering Beersheva and Ofakim was deployed as a precaution. Afterwards, Israeli jets bombed two Hamas installations in Gaza.

• For more on the day’s violence, see live blogging at the Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, and the Times of Israel.

• On his last day at the UN, Ambassador Ron Prosor appealed to the world body to condemn Palestinian terror. Fat chance of that, unfortunately. Haaretz reports that French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is pushing for a UN Security Council resolution “on settlements.”

Despite the fact that there is no draft or proposed text of a French resolution, Netanyahu, Molho and other participants at the meeting contended that it would state that the settlements are not legal. They presented Fabius’ initial idea as a highly dangerous process that could bring about a wave of boycotts and withdrawal of investment from any Israeli entity operating directly or indirectly in the settlements;
Tomorrow, Danny Danon formally replaces Prosor at Turtle Bay.

• Israel’s attorney general will investigate Haneen Zoabi for incitement after the Arab MK called for a “popular intifada” in an interview with a Hamas newspaper.

• The Jerusalem Post and Algemeiner looks at how the Palestinians are fighting on social media. #JerusalemIntifada is a popular hashtag on Twitter. Speaking of social media, Reuters reporter Nidal al-Mughrabi notes this little piece of good news:

Nidal al Mughrabi

• How bad Palestinian popular support for Mahmoud Abbas? Don’t ask:

Recent polling by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found that two-thirds of the Palestinian public want Abbas to resign. For any politician, that is a stunning number. Palestinians haven’t held a presidential election since 2005, so Abbas’s legitimacy depends in part on such polling.
• Feminists might take comfort in seeing AFP report that more young women are participating in the clashes than ever before. But the New York Times describes a separate battle of the sexes:

One male student found the female presence frustrating, and he said half the boys had showed up only to stare at the girls. “I shouldn’t say this, but the girls are really causing tensions,” he said, because they shied away when things got intense. “That means we can’t throw rocks. We are too busy making sure the girls are O.K.”
• Four Seasons hotel chain evades questions about hosting Hamas terror leader.

EU• The Times of Israel discussed European plans to label settlement products with EU envoy Lars Faaborg-Andersen. While conceding that the labeling regime is politically motivated, Faaborg-Andersen claims the labeling will be good for Israel and work against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS).

“Because BDS is a general boycott that targets all Israeli products, from settlements and other places [within the Green Line]. Here [with our labeling scheme] we’re making a very important distinction, saying this has nothing to do with BDS. This has to do with a certain policy that Israel is pursuing when it comes to settlements that we disagree with and that we don’t want to support.”
In that sense, the EU’s introduction of a labeling regime could be construed as “actually an advantage,” Faaborg-Andersen proposed. It clearly distances the EU from the BDS movement and “might even improve the situation for goods coming from Israel proper.”
• The Ohio state legislature is expected to pass an anti-BDS bill in the coming weeks after deputy Knesset speaker Hilik Bar visited lawmakers in Columbus.

Around the World
• How Syria is becoming a test zone for electronic warfare

• France closes Louvre museum Israeli discrimination case

• The UNRWA is a “toxic organization that needlessly perpetuates the Palestinian refugee crisis. Bassam Tawil really digs into the UN agency.

• From the poison pen of Michael Ramirez, of Investor’s Business Daily:

Michael Ramirez

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

– Elhanan Miller: With terror raging, Abbas in state of denial
– Richard Baehr: Does the PA have a strategy?
– Ben-Dror Yemini: Hope won’t quell violence
– David Horovitz: A stabbing war born of hysterical intolerance
– Arsen Ostrovsky: Why is the world ignoring a wave of terror in Israel?
– Avi Issacharoff: Terror beneficiaries are Hamas and Israel’s Islamic Movement
– Daniel Gordis: In Jerusalem, Arabs are seething, Jews are afraid
– Josh Mitnick: How do you stop an intifada that has no leader?
– Nadav Pollack: Why Israel should be worried about Russia’s role in Syria
– Aaron David Miller: Betting on reform in Iran
– Guy Bechor: Europe’s refugee crisis driven by Iran deal
– Jonathan Schanzer: Can Obama counter Hezbollah after the nuclear deal?

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Palestinian Stabbing Attacks Continue
Israel Daily News Stream3 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Terror continues: Today, a 15-year-old Palestinian stabbed a yeshiva student after unsuccessfully trying to steal a security guard’s gun. The attack took place a Jerusalem light rail station across from Israel’s national police headquarters. The student was hospitalized in serious condition. A second Israeli was lightly injured in the attack.

Later in the afternoon in Tel Aviv, a Palestinian stabbed four people, including a soldier whose gun he tried to steal, before being shot and killed by police. All the victims were lightly wounded.

Shortly before this roundup was published, there was yet another stabbing, this one in Kiryat Arba, near Hebron. A 25-year-old Israeli was seriously wounded; security forces are searching for the terrorist.

Also this morning, the IDF thwarted a vehicular terror attack near Ma’ale Adumim.

And last night, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli near a Petah Tikva mall last night. The terrorist was overpowered by passersby. The victim was hospitalized with superficial wounds.

Howard Stern

2. The PLO slammed Howard Stern after the shock jock ripped Roger Waters for denouncing Bon Jovi‘s recent Israeli performance. Commenting on the PLO’s statement, the Washington Free Beacon adds:

The PLO claims that Stern “has a track-record of misusing his national radio platform to espouse vitriolic and genocidal views against Arabs and, in particular, Palestinians.”
The statement does not acknowledge the PLO’s own role in promoting and facilitating deadly terror acts against Israel.
3. Islamic State using mustard gas against Kurdish peshmerga forces in northern Iraq.

4. Reuters Bureau Chief Falsely Claims Israeli Undercover Agents Incite Palestinians to Throw Stones: Sorry Reuters, but the clash was already under way and the Palestinians didn’t need Israel’s help to whip up violence.

5. Watchdog of the Week: Who is Stabbing Israelis? Foreign Policy Doesn’t Say: Is it too much to ask that Palestinians be held responsible for attacking Israelis?

Israel and the Palestinians
• Haaretz: Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered security forces to bar Israeli cabinet ministers and Knesset members from visiting the Temple Mount. Israeli-Arab MK Jamal Zahalka tested Bibi’s ban.

Asaf Ronel

• Fatah leaders, including Mahmoud Abbas, “saluted” Palestinians for “rising to defend their al-Aksa Mosque and confronting terrorist settlers.”

• After Israel complained, YouTube pulled a Palestinian propaganda video glorifying terror and  encouraging people to attack Israelis. The Times of Israel reports:

The removed video shows a keffiyeh-clad young Palestinian man looking at footage on his phone of recent clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian rioters at the Temple Mount. The setting appears to depict Jerusalem’s Old City. Two “Jewish” characters — wearing stereotypical religious clothing — walk by, harassing and kicking young children playing football, which supposedly enrages the young man, who proceeds to stab one of the “Jewish” men in the heart and then chases the other to slash his throat.
Unfortunately, a second video, which Israeli officials also complained about, remains online, last I saw. I don’t see how YouTube justifies leaving that one up.


• Is it odd that this New York Times report from Gaza treats the strip’s smuggling-tunnel-based economy as normal? Or is it just me?

Mideast Matters
• A former Syrian military photographer who documented the deaths of prisoners described to The Guardian the Assad regime’s atrocities.

I had never seen anything like it. Before the uprising, the regime tortured prisoners to get information; now they were torturing to kill. I saw marks left by burning candles, and once the round mark of a stove – the sort you use to heat tea – that had burned someone’s face and hair. Some people had deep cuts, some had their eyes gouged out, their teeth broken, you could see traces of lashes with those cables you use to start cars. There were wounds full of pus, as if they’d been left untreated for a long time and had got infected. Sometimes the bodies were covered with blood that looked fresh. It was clear they had died very recently.
• Imagine the outrage if Israel did this?

NOW Lebanon

Around the World
• British Prime Minister David Cameron vows to close down Islamic schools teaching anti-Semitism. According to the European Jewish News:

The Prime Minister’s Office said that the new inspection regime would apply to an estimated 5,000 religious institutions offering eight or more hours of study a week to children in England, including Christian Sunday schools and Jewish yeshivas as well as up to 2,000 madrassas.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– David Horovitz: A rising tide of terror
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Abbas calls for murder, Palestinians attack
– Gil Troy: The sounds of silence- Avoiding an Obama intifada
– Ronen Bergman: Putin is part of the problem, not the solution
– Jonathan D. Halevi: Abbas’ UN speech and the unrest in Jerusalem
– Jonathan Tobin: Mistakes don’t invalidate just wars


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Israeli Woman Escapes Palestinian Lynch Mob
Israel Daily News Stream3 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. A violent holiday and day-after. This morning, an Israeli woman escaped a near-lynching after a Palestinian mob stoned her car near Tekoa. Rivi Lev Ohayon explained her escape to YNet while other eyewitnesses described what they saw to the Times of Israel.

Also this morning, a Palestinian stabbed and lightly wounded two Israelis in Jerusalem’s Old City. And in Kiryat Gat, a terrorist who stabbed a soldier and stole his gun was shot dead by police. The soldier was hospitalized with a light wound to the head.
Over the week-long holiday of Sukkot, thousands of Israelis paid their last respects to Eitam and Naama Henkin who were killed in a drive-by shooting. The couple’s four kids survived the attack. Eitam was also a US citizen. The killers — a terror cell of five Hamas members from Nablus — were caught and admitted their involvement.
A Palestinian terrorist stabbed four Israelis in Jerusalem’s Old City, killing Rabbi Nehemia Lavie and Aharon Benita. Benita’s wife and toddler son were injured in the attack. The widow, Adele Benita, told Israeli media that Arab passersby applauded the attack, laughed and spit on her. Security forces killed the terrorist who began firing a gun at tourists.
The terrorist who killed Lavie and Benita, Mohammed Halabi, was a law student at Al Quds University. Multiple university sources confirmed to Tom Gross that Halabi was a regular participant at campus Nazi-style rallies which led Boston’s Brandeis University to suspend its partnership with the Palestinian college.
In a later terror attack, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli teen. The Palestinian was shot and killed by police. The teen is recovering from his injuries.
Israeli Lives Matter: Let the BBC know that Israeli lives matter. Please sign our public letter demanding an apology for its headline that sympathizes with the terrorist over his victims.
2. Newly disclosed documents show the cash-strapped PA has been paying thousands of shekels in stipends to imprisoned terrorists, with the most of the cash going to “members of Hamas who were behind some of the worst and bloodiest terror attacks in Israeli history and especially in the past decade.” The Jerusalem Post adds:
Documents further showed that members of the Palestinian Authority security forces that carried out terror attacks during the second intifada, and are still serving sentences in Israeli jails, are currently receiving these six-figure “salaries” as well.
3. Huge oil discovery in Golan Heights.

Estimates are that the amount of oil discovered will make Israel self sufficient for very many years to come.
4. Is the PLO Dictating AP Coverage? Wire service strangely leaves flashpoint holy site nameless.

5. Exclusive: First-Hand Account How The Guardian Twisted the Story: Even a series of corrections falls short of the truth.
6. U.S., Russian Air Strikes Put Israeli Actions Into Perspective: The rate of civilian casualties to combatants caused by Russia is almost double that of Israel’s military operation in Gaza last year.
Israel and the Palestinians
• Because of the violence, Bibi cancelled a Germany-Israel summit in Berlin.

• It can’t be a good sign that Fatah-affiliated gunmen are raising their profile in the West Bank. In addition to falsely claiming responsibility for the Henkin murders, a bunch of gunmen from Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades appeared in downtown Ramallah, “opened fire into the air, chanting slogans in support of the PA president.”
It was the first time in seven years that gunmen belonging to the Aksa Martyrs Brigades had made such an appearance in Ramallah.
• Palestinians claimed settlers shot a six-year-old Palestinian boy. But it turned out Yussuf Tabib was playing with his father’s gun and shot himself in the stomach. YNet explains how the lie evolved:

According to the IDF, the family invented the story of an Israeli attacker to protect their older son and additionally to get a paycheck from the Palestinian Authority as victims of terror at the hands of Jewish settlers.
• Arabs rioted in Jaffa, throwing stones and blocking traffic with burning tires and garbage dumpsters. Six policemen were injured. Haaretz coverage.

Lahav Harkov
• The IDF demolished the Jerusalem-area homes of two Palestinian terrorists, and sealed the home of a third. Two of the terrorists were involved in last year’s Har Nof synagogue massacre. The other killed an Israeli and injured more in a bulldozer rampage also last year. The government says the demolitions serve as a deterrent.
• Haaretz: Billionaire Haim Saban quit his anti-BDS initiative with Sheldon Adelson.
• After US forces hit an Afghan hospital, AP’s Matt Lee made some waves. The diplomatic correspondent challenged the State Dept. over its condemnation of Israeli shelling in Gaza last year. YNet fills in the details, but the video‘s worth watching. As a New York Post staff-ed points out, Israel-bashing came back to haunt the State Dept.
Innocents die in all wars — but the fog of war is rarely more dense than when the other side is deliberately trying to make you kill civilians.
Israel’s known that for a long time — and now the Obama administration is painfully coming to learn it, too.

• Politico reports that President Obama brushed off a plea from Senate minority leader Harry Reid to publicly commit to veto unilateral Palestinian statehood moves in the UN.
The repeated requests by Reid and Obama’s unwillingness to make a statement on the issue — confirmed by White House officials and Senate aides — highlights how wide the gulf between the Obama administration and Israeli government has become. It unfolded in the context of a personal relationship between Obama and Netanyahu that’s become highly toxic, poisoning U.S.-Israeli relations more widely.
The issue gained new significance Wednesday as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared that his government was no longer bound by any agreements with Israel, including the Oslo peace accords and other settlements related to a possible two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
• The Toronto Star’s “heroic” Palestinian women are actually Muslim Brotherhood activists.

• Vassar College says ban on Israeli foods “a mistake.”
• India’s president, Pranab Mukherjee, is scheduled to visit Israel, the PA and Jordan later this month. It’s the first visit by an Indian head of state. The Hindu adds that plans for Prime Minister Narendra Modi are also in the works.
• Reuters takes a closer look at how the Tamar and Leviathan offshore gas fields went from a bonanza to an anti-trust headache.
• In case you missed it, see the transcript or video of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to the UN.
Mideast Matters
• An Iranian general blamed Israel for crane collapse and deadly stampede in Mecca. Among the 107 people killed was Dr. Ahmad Hatami, a top Iranian scientist.

• As moderate Syrian rebels wither, Islamic State gains ground on the Golan border.
• How an Iranian general plotted out the Syrian assault in Moscow
• France opened a probe into the Assad regime for crimes against humanity:
• MEMRI flagged Islamic State’s frantic response to the wave of refugees fleeing Syria.
The massive scale of the media output on this issue shows that ISIS sees the Syrian wave of migration to Europe as an acute challenge. ISIS leaders see this challenge is twofold: It undermines ISIS propaganda that promotes ISIS as a burgeoning state to which Muslims are flocking, and it constitutes an actual demographic problem.
• Arab coalition seized an Iranian weapons boat in the Arabian Sea.

Around the World
• After joint Jewish-Muslim effort, the Council of Europe canceled an anti-circumcision measure.

• US finds Kuwait airline discriminates against Israelis.
• A criminal complaint was filed against a German mayor for anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hate.
• I did a double-take too:
Ukrainian rebels call for Israeli media censorship
• An ugly Norwegian comic strip likened Israel to Nazis and North Korea. The Times of Israel explains the cartoon and the fallout.

• Israel named ‘Palestine’ on map given to Paris schools. Muncipality told complaining parents it was a “production error.”
• An EU agency claims that European anti-Semitism is “grossly under-reported.”
European nations lack systematic methods of collecting data on anti-Semitism, contributing to the “gross under-reporting of the nature and characteristics of antisemitic incidents that occur,” the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) asserted on Wednesday.
• Jeremy Corbyn was heckled for refusing to say ‘Israel’ at Labour Friends of Israel meeting. The Daily Telegraph has video. One Israeli Labor Party official in attendance shared his discomfort with the Jerusalem Post.

• South Africa won’t push a controversial ‘anti-Semitic’ dual citizenship ban after all.
• Aaron David Miller wonder What if Israel had given up the Golan Heights?. Miller, who worked at the State Dept. for 24 years, channeled his inner Sharansky:

What we failed to realize was that of all of Israel’s peace efforts, with the possible exception of the Palestinian accords, any deal to return the Golan Heights occupied by the Israelis in 1967 was likely to be the most fraught precisely because Mr. Assad was so cruel in his policies and that his regime consisted of an Alawite minority governing a Sunni majority. Without real reform–something neither Hafez Assad nor his son and successor, Bashar, was ever really serious about–perhaps it would have been only a matter of time before Syria experienced real instability.
There is no way to know whether an Israeli-Syrian peace treaty would have changed the regime’s policies and created more openness and international investment, possibly preempting today’s devastation and tragedy. But let’s not kid ourselves: Authoritarian regimes, particularly family enterprises, rarely give up control easily, if at all.

• Here’s what else I’ve been reading the last few days:
The violence
– Judith Bergman: Israel needs a new media strategy
– Avi Issacharoff: A ‘personal intifada,’ not a mass uprising
– Yaakov Lappin: PA instability adding to unrest
– Emmanuel Navon: Why the targets of Palestinian terrorism are civilians
– Eugene Kontorovich: Grandnephew of ‘father of human rights law’ killed for being Jewish
– Bassam Tawil: Palestinian rioters desecrate Islamic holy sites

The UN speeches
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Abbas’s empty bombshell
– Ron Ben-Yishai: Abbas’ goal: A Palestinian state imposed from abroad
– Luke Baker: Abbas’s U.N. speech: not a bang but a whimper
– David Horovitz: Netanyahu silently indicts the world.
– Elliott Abrams: The Obama vendetta against Netanyahu
– NY Times: Abbas gives up on peace (staff-ed)

Israel and the Palestinians
– Ben-Dror Yemini: BDS: The lies and the truth
– David Bernstein: The one-state solution and the brutal honesty of Edward Said
– Mzoxolo Mpolase: South African BDS misdirected attacks on Israel, Woolworths
– Gilad Halpern: Why the BBC is biased against Israel

Russia, Syria, and Iran
– Norman Bailey: Israel can live with Russia in Syria
– Boaz Bismuth: Iran, Syria and Russia: Israel’s biggest fears are materializing
– Abdulrahman Al-Rashed: The Russians are saving Assad from Iran
– Col. Richard Kemp: Russia advances its interests in Syria

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Guardian Confuses Victim with Terrorist
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Confusion as The Guardian writes that the wife of a terror victim rather than the Palestinian terrorist, grabs a gun and shoots at police.

Jerusalem Terror Attack: BBC Headline Shocker
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Two Israelis are fatally stabbed in Jerusalem's Old City. The BBC publishes a shocking initial headline.

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U.S., Russian Air Strikes Put Israeli Actions Into Perspective
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Recent days have seen both U.S. and Russian air strikes carried out in Afghanistan and Syria respectively. Can we draw any comparisons between these and Israeli actions in Gaza in 2014 and before?

One of the most serious allegations leveled against Israel appeared in the Goldstone Report that accused Israel of deliberately targeting Gazan civilians during Operation Cast Lead in 2008-09. Judge Richard Goldstone later recanted but the false accusation continues to be thrown at Israel to account for any civilian casualties in military operations.

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Israel does not intentionally target civilians. But what about Russia? The commencement of air strikes against targets in Syria have led to accusations that President Putin\u2019s air force is bombing indiscriminately.

A Washington Post analysis of Russian video footage says:

that the first two frames appear to only partially capture the actual strikes. The white puffs on the ground are fragmentation impacts from the bombs exploding off-screen.
While the third strike appears to have hit its target, the other two seem to be missing their intended targets, suggesting that the Russians are using \u201Cdumb\u201D ordnance, not precision guided munitions.
And according to the UK\u2019s minister of defense, Michael Fallon:

Our evidence indicates they are dropping unguided munitions in civilian areas, killing civilians, and they are dropping them against the Free Syrian forces fighting Assad.
Indeed, Reuters reports:

At least 39 civilians, including eight children and eight women, have been killed in Russian air strikes in Syria in the past four days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.
It said 14 fighters had been killed \u2013 12 from the Islamic State militant group around the eastern city of Raqqa, and two from the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front. Observatory director Rami Abdulrahman said the figures only included those which had been verified.
Out of the 53 confirmed dead, it appears that almost 74%, nearly three quarters of those, are civilians and only some 26% were actual combatants.

Compare this with Israel\u2019s figures from Operation Protective Edge. The IDF\u2019s own investigations, which differed from the UN\u2019s figures, found that 44% of Palestinian casualties were terrorists. In other words, the rate of civilian casualties to combatants caused by Russia is currently running at nearly 1.7 times, almost double that of Israel\u2019s military operation.

Admittedly, it is difficult to compare statistics in a like for like manner given that the Russian figures are only from four days of air strikes. Yet, if one considers that Russia is evidently making little effort to avoid civilian casualties, it is safe to assume that these figures will only increase.

Unlike Russia, it is expected that the armed forces of the United States adhere to far higher standards when it comes to avoiding civilian casualties.

Yet the U.S. finds itself accused of a potential \u201Cwar crime\u201D following an air strike on a hospital in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan.

Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres denied that Taliban fighters were firing from its hospital or using the facility as a form of \u201Chuman shield.\u201D

Under international law, a hospital is an illegitimate target unless it is being used for military purposes. And even then the issue of proportionality arises. If Taliban terrorists were indeed firing from within the hospital, would bombing the building with the inherent risk of causing multiple civilian casualties be proportional?

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court says:

Under international humanitarian law and the Rome Statute, the death of civilians during an armed conflict, no matter how grave and regrettable does not constitute a war crime\u2026. even when it is known that some civilian deaths or injuries will occur. A crime occurs if there is an intentional attack directed against civilians (principle of distinction) or an attack is launched on a military objective in the knowledge that the incidental civilian injuries would be clearly excessive in relation to the anticipated military advantage (principle of proportionality).
Clearly, it is too early to assess exactly how the U.S. managed to make what appears to be a tragic error either of judgment or on the battlefield. Nonetheless, we can still use this incident to put Israeli actions into context.

The use of human shields in Gaza by Hamas, which operates within densely populated civilian areas is an issue that Israel is forced to confront. That Hamas considers human shields to be an effective policy is testament to the fact that the terror organization knows full well that the IDF values Palestinian civilian lives even if Hamas doesn\u2019t.

Hence we see aborted air strikes if civilians are in the immediate vicinity. We also see Israel leafleting or sending SMS messages giving Palestinian civilians advanced warning to evacuate areas that are to be targeted. There is also the \u201Cknock on the roof\u201D in which IDF forces fire a small mortar at the target to indicate the imminent attack and signal those inside to flee before hitting it with full force.

It may turn out that the Afghan hospital was not the intended target and was hit simply due to an error. It is worth reminding ourselves that Israel may well have been justified under the laws of proportionality in attacking Gaza\u2019s Shifa Hospital, which was Hamas\u2019s de facto military headquarters during the 2014 war.

Yet Israel did not target Shifa precisely because it was not prepared to countenance the significant civilian casualties that such an attack would inevitably result in.

It will certainly be interesting to compare the media coverage of Russian and U.S. air strikes to the reports that Israel had to contend with. All too often, the media attributes a level of malevolence when it comes to Israeli military actions.

So, while, for example, the New York Times\u2019s headline from July 2014 actively attributes responsibility to Israel for the alleged shelling of a UN school, its headline covering the Afghan hospital incident passively attributes the air strike rather than those who carried it out.

Ultimately, both Israel and the U.S. have shared values when it comes to the ethics of war. It is hard to believe that the U.S. has intentionally targeted civilians in a hospital. It does, however, comparatively demonstrate the lengths that Israel goes to in order to avoid just such a scenario as the Afghan hospital.

It is a tragic inevitability that civilians will die in war. Russia does not appear to be influenced by morals or ethics. Meanwhile the U.S. may be realizing that it has something to learn from Israel when it comes to ethics on the battlefield.
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Netanyahu Visits Moscow to Discuss Syria With Putin
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Accompanied by a high-level delegation of IDF staff, PM Netanyahu is in Moscow today to discuss with President Putin, Russia’s increasing military engagement in the Syrian civil war. The Times of Israel reports:

According to early assessments, the two leaders will likely discuss three key topics: keeping advanced weapons out of the hands of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia, preventing attacks on the Israeli Golan Heights, and coordinating Israeli operations in Syrian airspace.
“It could come down to Israel and Russia agreeing to limit themselves to defined areas of operation in Syria, or even that they fly at daytime and we fly at night,” a former adviser to Netanyahu told Reuters.
More commentary below.

2. Iranian nuclear experts have taken environmental samples from the military base at Parchin without UN inspectors being present. This following a ‘ceremonial’ visit by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency to the site.

3. A senior EU official says that labeling of products manufactured in Israeli settlements in the West Bank will begin effective October 1.


Israel and the Palestinians
• Palestinian rock throwing attacks continue. If you still can’t imagine how potentially dangerous these are, read this account of one family’s miraculous escape from a hail of stones on their car.

At least 23 rock-throwing and Molotov cocktail attacks against Israelis had been perpetrated by Palestinians in different parts of the country as of 2 p.m. Sunday, the Israeli news site 0404 reported.

• A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip early Monday landed in open terrain in southern Israel causing no casualties or damage to property.

• Palestinians face uncertainty over the succession of President Mahmoud Abbas, expected to begin scaling back his workload.

• Abbas said in conversation with a number of European diplomats last week that he does not intend to announce the dismantling of the Palestinian Authority or the cancellation of the Oslo Accords during his upcoming speech at the United Nations General Assembly. Haaretz reports:

However, people around Abbas continue to convey the opposite message. The senior Israeli official said that a close associate of Abbas, Saeb Erekat, said recently in conversations with European diplomats that Abbas was going to announce the dismantling of the PA and was going to “return the keys to Israel.”
Erekat leads the extreme line in the Palestinian leadership on the diplomatic conflict with Israel. His remarks were interpreted by many of those with whom he met as an attempt to pressure the international community.

Mideast Matters
• Iran’s Supreme Leader has announced a new publication, the Line of Hezbollah, which it said would “allow the revolutionary community to benefit directly from the ideas and declarations of the supreme leader on…current political, social, and economic events.” Included in one edition:

A column headlined “Israel will disappear” refutes [UK Defense Minister] Philip Hammond’s remark that Iran’s position on Israel had “changed a little”. It quotes extensively from Khamenei’s speeches since 1990: “They have brought evil people from all around the world and fabricated a nation called Israel…the Zionist regime is an imposed regime, brought about by force…the struggle against Zionism and its supporters is one of the bases of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s political strategy.”

Around the World
• The foxes have once again taken over the UN hen house as the organization has appointed a Saudi Arabian representative as head of a key human rights panel that is tasked with naming experts that determine global human rights standards. UN Watch director Hillel Neuer is among those protesting:

“Petro-dollars and politics have trumped human rights,” he said. “Saudi Arabia has arguably the worst record in the world when it comes to religious freedom and women’s rights, and continues to imprison the innocent blogger Raif Badawi.
“This UN appointment is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief, and underscores the credibility deficit of a human rights council that already counts Russia, Cuba, China, Qatar and Venezuela among its elected members.”

• Former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy asks where is Putin leading the Middle East?

Putin is keeping his cards, beyond the goal of saving Assad the person, close to his chest. He will definitely want to understand Israel’s expectations, which he cannot ignore.
Washington will also be following the meeting and its results, in order to understand where the prime minister is headed. Will he only engage in the immediate – the upgrade of the Russian weapons given to the Syrians, Iranians and Hezbollah and maintaining Israel’s qualitative advantage in every situation? Will he position Israel as an active and strong player whose strategic needs must be taken into account, especially in regards to Iran?
In any event, the expanding dialogue between the US and Russia requires Israel not to be portrayed as a neutral player between the battling world powers in the Middle East. The Israeli-American alliance goes two ways, and when the upgrade of the qualitative advantage Israel requires in terms of weapons and strategic needs is discussed in the White House during the Obama-Netanyahu meeting in November, there must be no doubt regarding Israel’s commitment to its ally. When it comes to Syria, it will be important that the US takes care of Israel, just like Russia is taking care of Iran.
• Ron Ben-Yishai also analyzes the issues surrounding the Netanyahu-Putin meeting including the potential risks for Israel:

– Leakage of high-quality surface-to-air missiles from Syria to Hezbollah. In the past Iran tried to transport SA22 batteries from Syria to Hezbollah.
– A Russian base would make it difficult for Israel to hit the P-800 Oniks cruise missiles the Russians sold to the Syrians. These missiles, with a range of up to 300 kilometers, pose a threat to Israeli Navy ships in the event of war.
– The Iranian-Russian cooperation and the Russian base in the Alawite enclave give the Iranians an important foothold in the region.
However, if there is coordination and even limited cooperation between Israel and Russia, the Russian presence in “Little Syria” may stabilize the situation or even prevent war. In addition, Israel has a clear interest in preventing any of the warring parties from gaining the upper hand. The increased Russian presence will certainly perpetuate the situation where none of the parties can prevail. A successful meeting at the Kremlin between Putin and Netanyahu is thus in Israel’s best interests.
• Avi Issacharoff contends that Iran has already increased its funding to Hezbollah and Hamas:

As regards the Palestinians, in the past two months, Iran has sent suitcases of cash – literally – to Hamas’s military wing in Gaza. Not everyone is happy about this, including some Hamas officials. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, who was always the man who controlled the money, has found himself outside the circle of Iranian funding over the summer. Tehran, which was none too pleased by his visit to Saudi Arabia and meeting with King Salman, decided to take revenge on him in an original way. It bypassed Mashaal and has handed over the suitcases, by way of couriers, directly to the leaders of the group’s military wing in the Gaza Strip.
The Hamas military leaders, for their part, are happy about two things: First, the money they are receiving during a difficult economic period in Gaza; second, the opportunity to weaken Mashaal and his cronies, who have been living in luxury in Qatar and dictating to Hamas in Gaza what to do and what not to do, who to get closer to (Saudi Arabia) and who to stay away from (Iran).
The IDNS will be on hiatus until Thursday. HonestReporting wishes all of our Jewish readers well over Yom Kippur. 

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Red Cross to Expel Magen David Adom?
Israel Daily News Stream5 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. The Palestinians are trying to expel Magen David Adom from the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. The reason? Ambulances operating in the West Bank using a Jewish star emblem — rather than a neutral diamond shape — supposedly violate Geneva convention protocols.

2. The BBC apologized for using an anti-Semitic caricature to illustrate a program for the BBC Proms, a series concerts and other events. The caricature was of Leopold Auer (1845-1930), a Hungarian Jewish violinist, conductor, and composer.
David Jones
3. Violence in eastern Jerusalem continued over the weekend. YNet rounded up the incidents. The Temple Mount facet to the clashes is straining Israel-Jordan ties. Meanwhile, Israeli officials accuse Turkey of complicity in the latest round of Jerusalem and Temple Mount unrest. The Jerusalem Post explains:
Channel 2 cited Israeli officials as blaming Turkey for housing senior Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri, and allowing him to continue to operate under the auspices of the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
According to the officials, Arouri is responsible for remotely organizing terrorist attacks, and funding Hamas’s part in inciting Palestinian youth to take to the streets and throw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israelis.
The report cited the unnamed Israeli officials as placing the onus on the government in Ankara for permitting the Hamas operative to funnel copious amounts of funds from Turkey to the Palestinian territories and Hamas dealings, such as their armed wing the Izz a-din al-Kassam.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Whoda thought? Syrian refugees are fleeing to Gaza. Many have difficulties, especially since they don’t qualify for UNRWA assistance. But if Syrians are making their way to the “world’s largest open air prison,” what does that say about Syria, or the Turkish refugee camps? The International Business Times reports:

Other Syrians have quickly got established in Gaza, setting up businesses and starting families. Wafeef, 35, had a horrific ordeal in Turkish refugee camps before getting to Gaza, where he has now set up his own fast-food restaurant – the Syriana – and married a local woman, Maha.
“I went to Egypt running from the disaster of life in Turkish refugee camps. I spent 44 hours on a death march, the first seven months was fine then the situation for Syrians became hard by the way we were treated, as part of the policy from the Turkish government,” he said.
“A friend told me that he could find a better life in Gaza.”
• Worth reading: YNet‘s Nahum Barnea visits the Temple Mount, where he has enlightening conversations with a sheikh and a police commander.

• I’m glad to see AFP provide some figures on the number of Jews who visited the Temple Mount, giving the controversy a little more perspective.
About 10,900 Jews visited the flashpoint hilltop in 2014, according to Arnon Segal, an activist for the right of Jews to pray where their biblical temples are said to have stood.
In contrast, as many as nearly three million Muslims and 200,000 Christians go there each year, according to official Israeli data.
The number of Jewish visitors last year was double the figure of 2009, says Segal.
• Palestinian police were caught on film beating a Palestinian kid near Rachel’s tomb near Bethlehem. Adding to the controversy: 17-year-old Mohammed Hamamra’s father is an officer in the Palestinian police. More at YNet.

• The Israeli Air Force struck two Hamas training camps in Gaza in response to a pair of rockets fired at southern Israel. One rocket landed in Sderot, damaging a house and a bus parked nearby but caused no injuries. The second rocket was intercepted by Iron Dome. More at Reuters.
• Islamic Jihad personality Mohammed Allaan suspended his hunger strike two days after resuming it. Details on this development are sketchy, but Allaan’s lawyer did confirm it to AFP.
• The Israel Electric Corporation is once again threatening to cut off power to the PA over unpaid bills. According to Globes, we’re talking about a debt of NIS 1.7 billion.
Dilma Rousseff
President Dilma Rousseff

• Brazil‘s President Dilma Rousseff opposes former Israeli settlement leader Dani Dayan as ambassador.
If Netanyahu withdraws Dayan’s nomination, it could be seen as a slap in the face to the settler movement. However, if Israel stands by the appointment, it could lead to a crisis in relations between the two countries. Ynet reports that Netanyahu’s advisers hope that Rousseff can be persuaded to withdraw her objections.
• This snippet from Al-Monitor tells me three things. A) Hamas is doing a lousy job of leading the Gaza Strip, but B) The Palestinians are suckers for military showmanship. And C) the “distinction” some people make between the group’s “political” and “armed” wings is a joke.

A well-informed source in the Hamas leadership confirmed to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that al-Qassam Brigades decided to take over communication with the public from Hamas’ political wing, using various field activities — including military parades and training camps — to show off their capabilities.
The source told Al-Monitor, “Hamas made a decision to put its military wing at the forefront and to entrust it with communication with the public instead of its political wing in order to promote the movement’s politics and popularity in the Palestinian street. Al-Qassam Brigades are Hamas’ most prominent organization and are not criticized by the public, like Hamas’ political wing.”
• The Reykjavik city council backtracked somewhat on it’s decision to boycott Israeli products. City hall announced that its boycott only applies to West Bank products. But Israelis living in Iceland tell YNet there are no blue and white goods sold in Iceland.

“Don’t get wound up about Reykjavik’s decision to boycott Israel products, because it is meaningless,” said Nimrod Ron, an Israeli musician living in Iceland, regarding the capital’s recent decision to boycott Israeli goods. “I have lived in Iceland for three years, and have yet to see even one Israeli product.”
On a related note, the European Jewish Congress is considering the possibilities of unspecified “legal redress.”

• Egypt flooding seawater into Gaza smuggling tunnels.
Mideast Matters
• US Secretary of State John Kerry responded to 10 questions which Times of Israel David Horovitz raised about the Iran deal in July. Horovitz’s column came up on Capitol Hill when Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina read it aloud during Congressional hearings. Here’s the full text of Kerry’s response to Horovitz’s questions.

• Imagine the outrage if Israel did this:
Egypt bans news coverage of killings of Mexican tourists
• Headline of the day, ahead of the 60 Minutes interview airing tonight. I can’t wait to hear what Rouhani has to say about Ayatollah Khamenei’s death to Israel rhetoric.
• Hezbollah has taken to recruiting Sunni Moslems in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. It’s creating divisions among the Sunnis, and not a lot of people are angry, reports Now Lebanon.
Around the World
• The body of an Israeli who disappeared in Ukraine was found in a lake near the town of Uman. It’s believed Amir Ohana, a 28-year-old father of three from Holon, fell into the water after suffering an epileptic seizure. Ohana had joined thousands of other pilgrims to spend the Jewish new year in Uman, at the burial site of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.

• UK Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn took a hit from within his own party. Labour’s candidate for London mayor, Sadiq Khan, who is Muslim, said Corbyn’s associations with Palestinian terror groups could fuel anti-Semitism in the UK. The Daily Mail writes:
Asked to comment on Corbyn’s Hamas and Hezbollah connections, he said Labour had to ditch its ‘anti-Jewish’ image, which was not acceptable’ in Britain.
Khan said there was a direct link between Middle East tension and anti-Semitic attacks in London, saying synagogues and Jewish schools in London needed 24-hour guards as a result.
UK• This highlights the fact that reader complaint procedures at both The Guardian and the Independent Press Standards Organisation aren’t fit for purpose. The Guardian topped IPSO’s list of complaints received about unregulated newspapers.

The Guardian and Observer, Financial Times, Evening Standard and Independent titles have so far not signed up to IPSO, which replaced the Press Complaints Commission in September 2014, or to alternative press regulator Impress.
Instead these titles have opted to regulate themselves.
• Raphael Ahren takes a closer at the EU’s imminent plan for labeling imports from Israeli settlements:

It is noteworthy, however, that the labeling regime will be announced in the form of “an interpretative note,” according to EU sources. It won’t be legally binding and it will not determine what exactly the labels are going to say. That means that each EU member state can decide for itself whether to write, say, “Made by Israeli settlers in Occupied Palestinian Territory” on the labels, or simply “Made in the West Bank.”
And that’s the key difference between the EU’s labeling scheme and the Iran deal. Turning a fanatical regime into a legitimate nuclear threshold power and propping it up with billions of dollars in sanctions relief poses a formidable threat to Israel. Placing labels on less than one percent of the country’s exports to the EU might further encourage the anti-Israel boycott movement, but it is a problem of an entirely different magnitude.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Yaakov Amidror: Israeli strategic challenges and opportunities in the new year
– Udi Segal: Israel must prepare for Palestinian Authority’s collapse
– Avi Issacharoff: Are we on the brink of war with Hamas?
– Khaled Abu Toameh: UN gives Palestinians a flag, but not democracy
– Amos Harel: Who benefits from Jerusalem violence?
– Reuven Berko: The cynical use of Al-Aqsa
– Dan Margalit: Avoid straining Israel-Russia ties
– Gabriella Berzin: US Jews, the deal and the dilemma
– Emmnuel Navon: Why Putin is coming to Assad’s rescue
– Burak Bekdil: Why do Muslims flock to the “evil west”?

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Ann Coulter Posts “F—ing Jews” Tweets
Israel Daily News Stream1 day ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. After U.S.-Israeli ties feature in the Republican leadership debate, prominent commentator Ann Coulter takes to Twitter accusing the candidates of pandering to ‘f—ing Jews.’

2. President Obama will host Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Nov. 9 in their first face-to-face meeting since their rupture over the international nuclear agreement with Iran.
According to White House press secretary Josh Earnest:
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit is a demonstration of the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel as well as the unprecedented security cooperation, including our close consultations to further enhance Israel’s security.
3. The New York Times’s abysmal coverage of a fatal Palestinian rock throwing attack has put the paper and its correspondent under the spotlight.

Writing in the National Review, Kevin Williamson serves up a satirical copy edit of the New York Times article:
HEAD: Jewish Man Dies as Rocks Pelt His Car in East Jerusalem [ED: “As rocks pelt his car”? How exactly did the rocks go about doing this? Are these special angry Palestinian rocks that get up off the ground and hurl themselves at Jews? Unless we’re talking about The Rock, in which case he’s going by “Dwayne Johnson” these days, I don’t think a rock is capable of committing an act of violence on its own.] …
COPY:  A Jewish man died [ED: “was killed.”] early Monday morning after attackers pelted the road [ED: “pelted the road”? They were aiming at the pavement? Please clarify.] he was driving on with rocks as he was returning home from a dinner celebrating Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, the Israeli authorities said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency meeting to discuss rock-throwing, mostly [ED: “mostly”? Which other rock-throwers were discussed at the emergency meeting?] by Palestinian youths.
Correspondent Diaa Hadid’s background and previous writing for anti-Israel hate site Electronic Intifada is featured by Israellycool.

Meanwhile, HonestReporting’s own critique of the New York Times is featured in The Algemeiner:
In an interview with The Algemeiner, HonestReporting’s Managing Editor Simon Plosker said, “The New York Times continues to act as an apologist for Palestinian stone-throwing. This latest incident is tragic proof that attacking vehicles with rocks can be deadly. Alexander Levlovitz didn’t simply ‘die,’ as The New York Times’s headline suggests. He was killed by Palestinians who deliberately targeted his car with rocks… That The New York Times prefers to attribute responsibility to the rocks rather than those who threw them is a damning indictment on the moral compass of the newspaper.”
Israel and the Palestinians
• Hundreds attend the funeral of 64-year-old Alexander Levlovitz, the victim of the Palestinian rock throwing attack.

• Iceland’s capital Reykjavik passed a resolution Tuesday stating the municipality will boycott all products made in Israel, a move blasted in Israel as a “volcano of hate.”
• Despite Orange’s recent messy breakup with its Israeli franchisee, the French communications giant has made a major investment in the Israeli video distribution network Hola.
• Palestinians won’t allow Israelis to “desecrate” Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday, referring to the tensions surrounding visits by Jews to the Temple Mount.
Al-Aqsa is ours and so is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. They have no right to desecrate them with their filthy feet. We won’t allow them to do so and we will do whatever we can to defend Jerusalem.
• Palestinian children in Gaza recently participated in a kids’ TV show and expressed their desire to join the military wing of the Hamas organization in order to wage jihad and “blow up the Jews.” MEMRI has the video. More in The Times of Israel.

• Released hunger striker Mohammed Allaan has been re-arrested on a new administrative detention warrant.
• An Iron Dome anti-missile battery has been deployed in the southern coast city of Ashdod Thursday after a situation assessment in the southern command.
Around the World
• PM Netanyahu plans to travel to Russia next week for talks with President Putin about Russian forces stationed in Syria. A statement said: “Prime Minister Netanyahu will present the threats posed to Israel as a result of the increased flow of advanced war matériel to the Syrian arena.”

Alon Ben-David examines the reasons behind PM Netanyahu’s forthcoming visit to Russia:
It is important for Israel that Russia avoid deploying systems in the area that are liable to disturb the IAF’s freedom of flight, such as the S-400 or the S-300. Nor does Israel want to see Russia deploy advanced jets with stealth capabilities in Syria. As for the fear that advanced weapons systems could fall into the hands of Hezbollah, Netanyahu has already spoken to Putin about this in the past, but it did not stop him from selling such systems to Syria, with the clear knowledge that some of them were intended for Hezbollah.
Russia is a for-profit country. It does not pretend to have moral policy and it has no intention of taking into consideration a foreign interest which does not serve it. Moscow’s support for Assad actually serves Israel’s interests – it could potentially bring stability, which is currently the best scenario for Israel. Assad, bloodied and weak, will continue to control Damascus and the seaports, ISIS will remain in the east and Hezbollah will continue to be tied up in Syria.
• Turns out that Kremlin propaganda channel Russia Today is less popular than the TV station would have you believe.

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Calm Returns to Temple Mount
Israel Daily News Stream4 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Palestinians clashed with Israeli police on the Temple Mount for three days. Shortly before Rosh HaShanah, the new year’s day on the Jewish calendar, police received intelligence that Palestinians were preparing piles of stones and barricades in the Al-Aqsa Mosque to cause violence over the holiday. CNN writes:

Israeli officers said that “rioters” hurled rocks and fireworks at them in an attempt to keep them at bay, but the confrontation spilled from inside out onto the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem, where it went on for hours.
Israeli police denied entering the mosque itself. Palestinians lighting fireworks inside the mosque caused damage to rugs and furniture. Relative calm was restored this afternoon.

Meanwhile, a 64-year-old Israeli, Alexander Levlovitz, was killed in a stone-throwing attack Sunday night in Jerusalem.
Levlovitz died of his injuries in the early hours of Monday morning after he lost control of his car when it came under attack by assailants hurling stones; he drove into a ditch and hit a pole, initially sustaining serious wounds. Police were investigating whether Levlovitz suffered cardiac arrest when his car crashed.
See related HonestReporting critiques:

– Media Muck Ups Over the Temple Mount
– LA Times Deceives Over Temple Mount Troubles
– NY Times Headline Fail Over “West Bank” Attack in Jerusalem

2. As the UNRWA faces financial difficulties, Jordan worries it will be forced to resettle millions of Palestinian refugees.
According to UNRWA figures, more than two million registered Palestinian refugees live in Jordan. Most of the refugees, but not all, have full (Jordanian) citizenship, the figures show. The refugees live in 10 UNRWA-recognized camps in Jordan.
3. A former Palestinian hunger-striker who agreed to end his two-month long fast after the High Court of Justice suspended his administrative detention was re-arrested on Wednesday. Police re-arrested Mohammed Allaan as he was leaving the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, where he was recuperating from a 65-day hunger strike. The key word in this Times of Israel report is suspended, as opposed to released.

The High Court of Justice in August suspended Allaan’s administrative detention after tests showed that he had sustained brain damage as a result of his two-month fast. There were conflicting reports as to whether the damage was reversible.
The temporary suspension of his status as prisoner was enough to allow Allaan to end his hunger strike, family members said at the time.
Allaan’s family told reporters he resumed his hunger strike.

Israel and the Palestinians
• This gives new meaning to power struggle. Thanks to Hamas-Fatah feuding, Gaza’s without electricity, and Palestinians have been protesting for three days. Hamas says the demonstrations are against Mahmoud Abbas, while Fatah says they’re against Hamas. The truth, according to al-Araby:

Although the protests are seemingly being used by both Hamas and Fatah for their own political ends, many Gazans expressed their disillusion with both.
By the way, Israel’s evaluating the possibility of transferring natural gas to Gaza as part of a Qatari proposal. And Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin was sharply critical of Hamas’s handling of the strip’s energy shortage.

• AP reports the Palestinians plan a ceremony to raise their flag at the UN’s New York headquarters on September 30, when Mahmoud Abbas addresses the body. Aaron David Miller explains what the Palestinian flag at the UN does — and doesn’t — symbolize.
• Is it me, or is this the same method Abbas used to get out of holding presidential elections in 2009? Don’t cancel anything — just find new reasons to delay until everybody forgets.
Abbas’s plan to convene PLO’s parliament-in-exile delayed at least 3 months
• According to an NGO report picked up by the Times of Israel, in Israel, more Jewish holy sites desecrated than Christian, Muslim ones combined. But the perpetrators aren’t necessarily Arabs:
“I was surprised to discover the number of esoteric attacks against Jewish sites across the country, which people hardly hear of,” Tzidkiyahu said. “Many synagogues are broken into for reasons which are assumed to be criminal, and there’s lots of violence against Conservative and Reform [synagogues], which we presume are carried out by Orthodox or ultra-Orthodox elements. In some cases synagogues are vandalized for nationalistic reasons, especially in border areas.”
• Rocket fired from Gaza falls inside Gaza

• Turkey’s flirtation with terrorists is falling apart.
• Soldiers foiled a Palestinian stabbing attack near Nablus.
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• The New York Times’s public editor, Margaret Sullivan says the paper was right to correct an insensitive graphic about Jewish US senators and senators with heavily Jewish constituencies and whether they support the Iran deal. Sullivan faulted editors for not including an explanatory note after revisions were made. The graphic accompanied this article.

• When the mullahs stop their “death to Israel” trash talk, stop exporting terror, stop treating women and minorities as second class citizens, stop executing gays, I’ll be more open to mushy Rosh HaShanah tweets about “shared Abrahamic roots” from people like Hassan Rouhani. This tweet makes my skin crawl.
Hassan Rouhani
• Tehran claims it found new uranium reserves.
• Iran freed five senior Al-Qaida operatives. It’s believed they will travel to Syria and plan new attacks against the West. According to Sky News, the five were released in exchange for an Iranian diplomat abducted in Yemen.
Intelligence sources said that while the Shi’a theocracy of Iran and the Sunni extremist group al Qaeda were theoretical enemies, there has been an “understanding” that the two would avoid attacks on one another and focus on battling the “shared threat” of the West.
Coincidentally, a Wall St. Journal staff-ed (click via Google News) calls on the US to release Al-Qadia documents seized during the US raid on Osama Bin Laden’s Abbottabad hideout.

Around the World
• Prime Minister Netanyahu will visit Moscow next week to discuss Russia’s growing military presence in Syria.

• A student who photographed Jeremy Corbyn standing by a Hezbollah flag insisted to The Independent that he won’t let Corbyn’s critics take it out of context. And exactly was the context?
Samuel Hardy, 21, was freelancing at the Al-Quds Day rally in London in 2012 when he spotted the Islington North MP in the crowds.
His photo shows Mr Corbyn appearing relaxed and smiling, as a man walks past behind him carrying Hezbollah’s distinctive yellow and green flag.
The background you need to know is that Al-Quds Day was initiated by Iran and is held on the last Friday of Ramadan to whip up the masses against Israel. The poster behind Corbyn quotes the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei, which makes the context accurate enough, even without the chance splash of yellow from the Hezbollah flag.

You can see more photos of the 2012 London rally, including one of Corbyn addressing the crowd.
• Poll: 70% of European Jews conceal their religion
• Egypt massacred 1,000 people in 1 day, now seeks seat on UN Security Council
• Imagine the outrage if Israel did this:
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Avi Issacharoff: On the Temple Mount, a morass a month in the making
– Danny Rubinstein: The last chairman of the Palestinian Authority?
– David Brinn: Biting the BDS bullet
– Ben-Dror Yemini: Oslo quitters
– Dan Margalit: UK Jews have reason for concern
– Norman Bailey: Europe’s refugee crisis a warning to Israel

• In light of the wave of refugees flooding Europe, the world must absolutely not regard Bashar Assad as “part of the solution” to the Syrian civil war. Yakub Halabi bluntly explains why:
The flux of refugees from Syria is systematically planned by this regime.
Assad’s main goal is to dwindle the population size of religious communities in Syria that oppose the regime and may constitute a menace to its survival and disperse them in Europe or elsewhere.

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