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Today’s Top Stories
1. A senior UN official quit after her agency pulled from its web site a report labeling Israeli treatment of Palestinians as “apartheid.” Reuters explains in a nutshell:

United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary for the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Rima Khalaf, announced her resignation at a news conference in Beirut after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asked for the report to be taken off the ESCWA website.

ESCWA, which comprises 18 Arab states, published the report on Wednesday and said it was the first time a U.N. body had clearly charged that Israel “has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole.”
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric explained to reporters:

“The secretary-general cannot accept that an under-secretary general or any other senior U.N. official that reports to him would authorize the publication under the U.N. name, under the U.N. logo, without consulting the competent departments and even himself,” he said.
Palestinians slammed the UN for withdrawing the report.

2. Israeli planes returning from an air strike in Syria were fired upon by Syrian anti-aircraft missiles. One of the SAMs was intercepted by an Israeli Arrow-3 missile, which the IDF recently deployed to counter long-range missile threats — primarily high-altitude intercontinental ballistic missiles.

According to Arab media reports, Israel had attacked an arms convoy for Hezbollah near Palmyra, far deeper into Syria than previous airstrikes attributed to the Israeli Air Force. Wreckage from the missile intercept was found in neighboring Jordan. Two other SAMs landed in Israel in open areas, causing no damage.

Israel has rarely confirmed or denied specific attacks on Syria, only saying it won’t allow game-changing weapons to be transferred to Syria. But the IDF confirmed the air strike after the sound of the intercept was heard in Jerusalem and a rocket alert siren was triggered in parts of the Jordan Valley.

Israel denied Syrian claims that any aircraft were hit. One question Israelis are asking: “why did Israel choose to fire a costly ballistic missile to shoot down an antiquated surface-to-air missile?” See below for more commentary and analysis.

IAF F-15
F-15 taking off in 2009

3. Israeli-Arab MK Bael Ghattas reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in which he admitted smuggling cell phones and SIM cards to Palestinian security prisoners, agreed to give up his Knesset seat, and serve a two-year prison term. Jamaa Azbarga was due to be sworn in today to replace Ghattas

4. Toulouse, Twitter, and the Media Incitement Factor: On the fifth anniversary of the Toulouse massacre, I’m dusting off this post which is as relevant today as it was in 2012.

Toulouse massacre
Rabbi Yonatan Sandler, his sons Gabriel and Aryeh, and Miryam Monsonego

Israel and the Palestinians
• Israel blacklisted the PA-linked Palestinian National Fund as a terror group. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman accused the fund of channeling “tens of millions of shekels” every month in stipend to to Palestinian security prisoners as well as to their families.

The Palestinian National Fund is said to contain billions of dollars from wealthy Arab donors and profits from various investments. It is run by Ramzi Elias Yousef Khoury, a high-ranking member of the Palestinian Authority.

There is little transparency or oversight in the management and use of the fund, which is ultimately controlled by PA President Mahmoud Abbas — something that grants him considerable influence and power.
• Worth reading: Ynet interviewed at length, Amos Gilad, who recently retired as the head of Defense Ministry’s Political-Military Affairs Bureau and as a secret emissary to Arab countries.

• Hamas court sentences two Gaza drug dealers to death

• Netanyahu arrived in China accompanied by a delegation of 90 business executives.

Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China

Around the World
• Chancellor calls burnt mezuzah on doorpost of University of California, Hastings student’s dorm room a ‘cowardly act of anti-Semitism’

• ‘Cowardly’ graffiti on Belfast mural to Irish Zionist who fought in WWI being treated as a hate crime

• German MPs are investigating pro-Hezbollah and pro-Hamas academic Norman Finkelstein’s lectures as anti-Semitic.

• Argentinian Jews and Israeli diplomats gathered in Buenos Aires on Friday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the Israeli embassy. In an attack widely believed linked to Iran, a car bombing killed 29 civilians and injured 242 more.

Commentary/Analysis
• Plenty of commentary about the Israeli airstrike on Syria:

– Yaakov Katz: Israeli missile defense systems now protecting fighter jets
– Alex Fishman: The winds of war are blowing on Israel’s borders
– Selin Nasi: Will Putin sell Iran out?
– Avi Issacharoff: No offense to the ‘Arrow,’ but greater threats loom from the north
– Amos Harel: With missile fire, Assad trying to change rules of the game
– Anshel Pfeffer: The role Russia played in the Israel-Syria missile clash

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

– Ruthie Blum: To Falk’s discredit
– Raphael Ahren: Donald Trump stuns the Middle East by sending an honest broker
– Amb. Alan Baker: The legal veracity of the Balfour Declaration
– Douglas Feith, Sander Gerber: The department of pay-for-slay
– Annika Hernroth-Rothstein: European anti-Semitism: The devil is in the details

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Uproar Over UN Report Accusing Israel of ‘Apartheid’
Israel Daily News Stream6 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. A new UN report smearing Israel is raising a stink. This one’s from the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and authored by Professor Richard Falk, a former UN human rights official (with his own history of Israel-bashing, anti-Semitism and conspiracy theories). US Ambassador Nikki Haley demands the report be retracted.

The report, titled “Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid,” says that “available evidence establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid as legally defined in instruments of international law.”
The New York Times notes that the Beirut-based ESCWA is “composed entirely of Arab member states; most do not recognize Israel,” adding:

It appeared to be the first time in a United Nations report that the term apartheid had been used as a central description of Israeli policies toward Palestinians.
Meanwhile, AP quoted BDS leader Omar Barghouti as hoping the report will be a springboard for sanctions against Israel.

HonestReporting expanded on the report and what to watch for in your local coverage. UN Body Promotes Apartheid Libel

2. Kuwait Airways faces legal action over its discriminatory policy of refusing to fly Israeli passengers. The complaint seeks to “shut down the carrier’s layover flights that link Europe with non-Arab League countries, such as India and Thailand.”

The plaintiff in the latest case booked a ticket on Kuwait Airways to fly from Frankfurt to Bangkok, with a layover at Kuwait International Airport. Just before the first flight, according to the Lawfare Project, the airline — Kuwait’s flag carrier — cancelled the ticket after learning the plaintiff held Israeli citizenship.

3. Jordan rejected a US demand to extradite Ahlam Aref Ahmad Al-Tamimi, who was convicted of masterminding a deadly 2001 suicide bombing in Jerusalem. Fifteen people, including two Americans citizens were killed in the attack.

After being released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap, Tamimi, a journalist by training, returned to Jordan. Over the years, Tamimi has proudly boasted about her involvement in what Israelis refer to as the Sbarro massacre.


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Israel and the Palestinians
• Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel and US working towards an “agreed-upon policy regarding settlement construction.” More on the story at Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post.

• If you want a sense of how much the Arab world ranks the Israeli-Palestinian conflict among the Mideast’s other problems, look no further to the White House, where President Donald Trump hosted Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman. While the US is trying to draw the Saudis into a greater involvement in the peace process, the Times of Israel writes:

A statement by a senior adviser to Salman on the meeting carried by Bloomberg News made no mention of Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, beyond accusing Iran of “obstructing of any deal to settle the Palestinian issue.”

The adviser also said the two had discussed problems with the Iran nuclear deal.
More at Haaretz.

• A Palestinian rammed her car into a group of Israelis at a bus stop in Gush Etziyon yesterday. This is what a car-ramming looks like. The Jerusalem Post reports that, incredibly, no Israelis were actually injured.


• In response to Wednesday night rocket fire, the Israeli Air Force hit two Gaza targets on Thursday morning. Ynet reports one of the targets was a Hamas training facility. The Palestinian rockets landed in an open area, causing no damage.

• Visiting Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano reaffirmed a commitment to stand up against UNESCO resolutions denying Israeli ties to the Temple Mount.

• During a visit to Israel, Canadian YouTube personality Gavin McInnes — one of the original founders of Vice News and Rebel Media — had one hell of a social media meltdown. More on the story at the Times of Israel and Haaretz and National Observer.

“In one video posted Saturday, McInnes, sitting in what appears to be his hotel room, says he thinks his trip was funded by the Israeli government and private Israeli donors “that assume we’re going to listen to all this shit we get fed.” But, he added, “That’s having the reverse effect on me: I’m becoming anti-Semitic.”
In a separate video titled 10 Things I Hate About Israel (originally titled 10 Things I Hate About Jews) features an apparently drunk McInnes ranting on a Tel Aviv street clad in an undershirt.

On returning to Canada, McInnes posted this video explaining that his trip was funded by contributors to Rebel Media and not the Israeli government, that his comments were taken out of context, and that he doesn’t like Nazis. Draw your own conclusions.

Gavin McInnes
Gavin McInnes in Tel Aviv

Around the World
• You know BDS has a problem when a German mayor compares its language to Nazi propaganda.

• Police in Detroit are investigating after Walk for Israel website hacked and anti-Semitic messages were posted. According to local reports, the FBI may join the investigation.

• A London artist apologized for a “beware of Jews” sign near a synagogue in London’s Stamford Hill. Franck Allais said it was part of an art project involving other signs and didn’t intend to cause any offense.


• Administrators at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology said they’re investigating a Facebook post calling Jews “rodents” ahead of an anti-Israel event on campus. It’s related to an incident in which protesters at a diversity festival covered an Israeli flag with an Algerian one. More at the Toronto Sun and The Algemeiner.

• Britain’s Sussex U. investigating ‘Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Jews’ graffiti found on campus.

Commentary/Analysis
• Worth reading: Writing in the Fathom Journal, Einat Wilf argues that as long as the Arab world views Israel as a temporary aberration to be conquered, Israel will stand fast

A simple counting of 50 years of military occupation might lead reasonable people to believe that it can no longer be considered temporary. But that fails to take account of an alternative time frame: the Arab and Muslim countdown until the end of Zionism and the State of Israel. That countdown reflects the prevailing Muslim, Arab and Palestinian view that Zionism is a historical aberration that will not – and must not – last . . .

It is necessary to demonstrate to the Muslim-Arab world that their view of history is wrong, and that rather than constituting a second crusader state, Israel is the sovereign state of an indigenous people who have come home. This can only be achieved through Jewish power and persistence over time. And given the vast numerical imbalance between Jews and Arabs, it can only be achieved if those who truly seek peace support the Jewish people in sending the message to the Arab world that the Jewish people are here to stay.
• Tweet of the day goes to Emily Shire. She was plugging Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik‘s take on the tensions between Zionism and feminism.


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

– Ben Lynfield: Like Israel, Saudis pinning hopes on Trump
– Aaron David Miller: The wildest Middle East peace process yet
– Alan Dershowitz: Why must women choose between feminism and Zionism, but not other “Isms”?
– Dennis Ross: US should warn Russia to keep Iran and Hezbollah away from Syria-Israel border
– Gil Troy: ‘Team Jew’ World Baseball success celebrates Jewish nationhood and power


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US Seeks Extradition of Hamas Terrorist From Jordan
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
*** Breaking news *** Just after this roundup was published, reports broke of a possible car-ramming attack in Gush Etziyon.

1. For the first time, the US seeks the extradition of a terrorist who killed Americans in Israel. Ahlam Aref Ahmad Al-Tamimi, who was a Jordanian student journalist working in the West Bank, began working for Hamas and masterminded a 2001 suicide bombing in a downtown Jerusalem pizzaria.

Fifteen people — including seven children — were killed and around 130 people injured in what was known as the Sbarro massacre. Two of the fatalities, Judy Greenbaum and Malka Roth had US citizenship. In 2011, as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap, Al-Tamimi was freed and sent back to Jordan.

She is currently a television host in Jordan, has hosted Hamas member Saleh Arouri (who ordered the kidnapping of three Jewish teenagers in June 2014), bragged of her involvement in other murders of Israelis and is considered as a symbol of the Palestinians fight.

Jordan will have to decide between honoring its strong alliance to the US, and trying to avoid offending its majority Palestinian population and an anti-extradition trend in its court system, according to Shurat Hadin which is representing the family of the victim Chana Nachenberg who was grievously wounded in the bombing and remains in Israel to this day in a coma.
Indeed, Al-Tamimi’s proud of killing Jews — Palestine Media Watch documented several of her boastful interviews, including this one.

2. British MPs denounced Google and for not removing an anti-Semitic YouTube video by Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke titled, “Jewish People Admit Organising White Genocide.” But Google executive Peter Barron told astonished lawmakers the video didn’t meet guidelines for removal.

The 15-minute YouTube clip accuses “Zionists” of having “ethnically cleansed the Palestinians” and planning to do “the same thing to Europeans and Americans”. . .

[Barron] admitted the Duke video was “anti-Semitic, deeply offensive and shocking”, but insisted: “It doesn’t meet the test for removing under our guidelines. We are in favour of free speech and access to information.”
Judge Duke’s video for yourself.

3. Intel’s $15 billion deal for Mobileye is raising hopes that Israel can become an automotive tech hub. The Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter) explains why:

From cybersecurity to artificial intelligence, Israeli entrepreneurs have turned this Mediterranean country into a global innovation hub. Now they are disrupting almost every element of the car manufacturing chain, using local expertise to create cutting-edge technologies in everything from combustion engines to quick-charge batteries.

The country has come to occupy a prominent position in the global automotive supply chain despite not having much of an auto industry at home.
Meanwhile, Globes profiles other rising Israeli auto-tech start ups you may be hearing about in the near future.

4. If you’re in the Boca Raton area tonight, don’t miss HonestReporting CEO Joe Hyams as he discusses defending Israel from media bias. Admission is free but advance registration is required.

Where: 17590 Military Trail, Boca Raton, 33496.
When: Wed. March 15 (tonight!!!), at 7:00 PM
Registration: Click here or call 561-994-6257.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Following US envoy Jason Greenblatt’s meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Haaretz reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expects to reach a deal with the US for “restrained settlement construction.” Will a little creative ambiguity between the prime minister, his coalition partners give a nudge to peace talks?

Another formula discussed in the Prime Minister’s Bureau was unlimited construction in the large settlement blocs such as Ma’aleh Adumim, Gush Etzion and Ariel, together with a quiet, unofficial freeze on construction in isolated settlements. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman is in favor of that idea and believes it serves long-term Israeli interests. However, Netanyahu is concerned that moving ahead on it will lead Habayit Hayehudi to bolt the coalition and cause the government to fall.
Around the World
• March 17 marks the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, and for the first time, an Argentinian president, Mauricio Macri, will meet with a delegation of Israeli survivors and relatives of victims, the JTA reports.

In 1992, 29 people were killed and 242 were injured when a suicide bomber rammed a pick up truck laden with explosives into the embassy. Hezbollah and Iran have been linked to the attack, along with a separate 1994 bombing of the headquarters of the Buenos Aires Jewish community, which killed 85 people.

Buenos Aires
Israeli president Shimon Peres laying flowers at the site of destroyed Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires 16/11/2009 (Photo Moshe Milner GPO/FLASH90)

• ‘Punch a Zionist’ tweeter quits last McGill student government post.

• An ex-Israeli army vet who spoke out against Islamic extremists in Melbourne gets death threats – but won’t be silenced.

• A British Columbia man convicted of hate crimes for posting anti-Semitic conspiracies online was banned from using the internet. Arthur Topham, 70, managed to avoid a potential two-year sentence according. More at the Prince George Citizen and CBC.

Topham appeared unrepentant, telling the court before sentencing that it was ‘his duty … to alert the … public to the imminent threat …. [of] the Jewish lobby.”
• You can add Vienna hotels to the list of venues cancelling BDS events.

• JTA: Is the Turkey-Netherlands row a foreboding sign for Jews?

• Team Israel ran out of magic, losing 8-3 to Japan just before this roundup was published. The blue and white was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic, but it was fun ride. USA Today’s baseball columnist Bob Nightengale gets the last word.


Commentary/Analysis
• Over at Ynet, Professor Edy Kaufman and Gal Hacohen examine whether Costa Rica, which has no army, could be a model for a demilitarized Palestinian state.

In Costa Rica, the disbandment of the army was not a dictate or demand by an enemy neighbor. The Patio de Agua declaration was self-proclaimed and popular. In interviews conducted with political, civil society and activist leaders in the West Bank, we found that there is overwhelming support for this idea. The main reason they support a Palestine without a military is simple: they want to be a democracy. They do not want to be another Arab a kingdom or a military dictatorship. Many hope to be much more like Israel than other Arab countries.
Costa Rica
Costa Rican children celebrate Independence Day, 2006

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

– David Horovitz: Advice for Trump’s would-be peacemaker
– Herb Keinon: Trump’s envoy, bareheaded, walks into the lion’s den
– Ron Kampeas: Trump the change agent looks positively traditional on Mideast peace
– Nadav Shragai: Understanding Israeli interests in the E1 area
– Andrew Silow-Carroll: The false choice between Zionism and feminism
– Marc Schulman: Warily welcoming a high-tech deal
– Michael Rubin: Does Iran really respect Jews?
– Suzanne Nossel: Beware the Ides of leaving the UN Human Rights Council
– Bassam Tawil: The real Hamas: Sorry, folks!



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Iranian Rocket Factories in Lebanon?
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago
Today\u2019s Top Stories
1. According to Arab media reports picked up by the Times of Israel, Iran has set up underground rocket factories in Lebanon, and they\u2019re under the full control of Hezbollah.

Hundreds have reportedly been trained by the university in rocket manufacturing techniques.

The manufacturing sites are located some 50 meters (160 feet) underground, according to the report, and are protected by multiple layers of defenses from potential Israeli aerial bombardment. No facility produces rockets in their entirety; rather, each site produces separate parts that are then collected and assembled into complete rockets.

2. There\u2019s no room for Zionism in the feminist movement. So declared feminist leader Linda Sarsour to The Nation. She was responding to Emily Shire\u2019s commentary about being forced to sacrifice her Zionism to be a feminist.

It just doesn\u2019t make any sense for someone to say, \u201CIs there room for people who support the state of Israel and do not criticize it in the movement?\u201D There can\u2019t be in feminism. You either stand up for the rights of all women, including Palestinians, or none. There\u2019s just no way around it.
More background at the JTA.

3. Ynet: Israel shut down the eastern Jerusalem offices of a PA agency that was secretly carrying out surveillance on Arabs who sold property to Jews.

The Jerusalem Police Department has recently discovered the bureau had renewed its activities under the guise of a \u201Cgeographic consulting firm.\u201D It is funded by the PA and is in regular contact with PA security forces.

Police investigation also learned that the names of Arabs wishing to sell homes and land to Jews were given to security services in Ramallah.
4. The South African Who Doesn\u2019t Know What Apartheid Is: An ignorant Al Jazeera journalist slurs Israel.

Israel and the Palestinians
\u2022 Hamas is going all-out trying to soften its international image through conferences and by leveraging hierarchies in the Muslim Brotherhood. So far, the terror group is winning hearts and minds in Europe.

Their shared goal is to promote international legitimacy for Hamas \u2014 in Europe, Africa, the Middle East (of course) and even in Latin America \u2014 in a bid to challenge the PLO\u2019s international standing as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.

Hamas, in this way, is slowly but surely establishing a global infrastructure of supporters who are providing not only encouragement and legitimacy, but also quite a bit of financial assistance.

Tracing the outlines of this infrastructure lends some surprising insights. For example, Britain turns out to be hosting more of this semi-official activity by Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood than any other country in Europe.
\u2022 Trump\u2019s Mideast envoy, Jason Greenblatt is visiting Jerusalem and Ramallah in a bid to get peace talks back on track. Greenblatt \u2014 a novice to international diplomacy \u2014 is due to meet with Abbas today, and according to Asharq al-Awsat, he\u2019ll hear straight from the horse\u2019s mouth the usual preconditions:

Well-informed Palestinian sources told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the Palestinian Authority was ready to engage in a fresh round of negotiations with Israel based on four conditions, which include halting illegal settlements, releasing a number of old prisoners, discussing the demarcation of the 1967 borders while guaranteeing the establishment of a Palestinian state within those borders, and determining a timeframe for the end of negotiations.
\u2022 This makes my antennae twitch . . .

\u2022 If you\u2019re stuck in a Tehran traffic jam, blame the mullahs.

Iran blocks Waze app for being Israeli-made

Around the World
\u2022 Russia\u2019s expanding its military footprint in the Mideast \u2014 Special forces were reportedly deployed to an Egyptian air base at Sidi Barrani, near the Libyan border. According to Reuters:

The U.S. and diplomatic officials said any such Russian deployment might be part of a bid to support Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, who suffered a setback with an attack on March 3 by the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) on oil ports controlled by his forces . . .

Egyptian security sources offered more detail, describing a 22-member Russian special forces unit, but declined to discuss its mission. They added that Russia also used another Egyptian base farther east in Marsa Matrouh in early February.

\u2022 Chilean Palestinians threaten to boycott Christians over anti-BDS meeting.

\u2022 European rabbis: EU court ruling on religious garb means Jews, Muslims unwelcome.

Commentary/Analysis
Nasser Abu Baker

\u2022 Worth reading: Bassam Tawil fires a broadside at AFP correspondent Nasser Abu Baker \u2014 who also serves in the politically charged position as head of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate.

Abu Baker, who recently ran in the election for the Fatah Revolutionary Council, is the architect of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate\u2019s campaign to boycott Israeli journalists and media outlets. His political activism constitutes a flagrant violation of the regulations and principles of AFP and a conflict of interests. However, this does not seem to bother his employers at the French news agency, who do not see a problem with one of their employees running in the election for Fatah\u2019s Revolutionary Council . . .

By accusing the Israeli journalists of serving as a \u201Cmouthpiece\u201D for the Israeli authorities and working \u201Cunder the protection\u201D of the Israel Defense Forces, Abu Baker and his syndicate are actually endangering the lives of the Israeli journalists and turning them into supposedly legitimate targets. This is the case: a journalist working for a respected international news organization perpetrates incitement against Israeli reporters, and the AFP takes it in stride.

Abu Baker is not the only journalist working for an international media outlet who is involved in political activism. Several other Palestinian journalists who participated in the protest against Al-Quds and who openly advocate boycotts of Israel have long been serving as producers and reporters for Western media outlets.
Related reading: When Palestinian Journalists Protest Normalization

Nasser Abu Baker

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

\u2013 Gil Troy: When feminists were Zionists
\u2013 Yossi Beilin: Time to hold serious, but quiet talks between Abbas and Netanyahu
\u2013 Josh Rogin: Trump\u2019s Mideast diplomacy is complicated by Palestinian terror incitement
\u2013 Ben Lynfield: Palestinian issue puts Israeli-Jordanian peace on ice
\u2013 Smadar Perry: Trump kicks the ball to Abbas\u2019s court
\u2013 Daniel Shapiro: Advice to Trump\u2019s Mideast envoy: Don\u2019t stop with Netanyahu and Abbas
\u2013 Abdulrahman al-Rashed: Iran and Israel\u2019s struggle in Syria
\u2013 Emily Landau: Obama\u2019s Legacy, a nuclear Iran?
\u2013 Seth Frantzman: Russia digs its tentacles further into the Mideast

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German Newspapers: Netanyahu is “Führer”; “Insane Dictator”
Israel Daily News Stream9 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. German tabloids: Netanyahu one of world’s seven most “insane dictators.” The Hamburger Morgenpost and Berliner Kurier, part of the same publishing house, published a litany of misleading or outright untrue accusations against the Israeli PM, while repeatedly referring to him as “Führer.” The Israeli Foreign Ministry slammed the articles as “anti-Semitic,” pointing out that Netanyahu is the elected leader of a democratic country that is constantly under attack.

2. According to the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights: on Sunday, Palestinian riot police beat demonstrators and journalists in the West Bank city of Ramallah during a rally against Abbas’ continued security coordination with Israel. Assuming that the NGO’s accusation are true, it’s hard to determine which is more disturbing: that the “moderate” Palestinian government responds quite so harshly to demonstrations and journalists, or that the demonstrations themselves are in opposition to security cooperation with Israel.

3. Students at a Palestinian school funded by British foreign aid performed a mock execution of an Israeli soldier, according to an investigation in the Daily Mail, UK. The Al-Sura school, as well as the 23 others covered by the investigation, are all named after terrorists, and are all funded by UK foreign aid.

4. Are you going to be near Boca Raton, FL this week? You may want to catch HonestReporting CEO Joe Hyams as he addresses JNF and Chabad on the latest developments in combating media bias against Israel. The event will take place this Wednesday March 15: free admission with RSVP or $180 for VIP tickets.

Israel and the Palestinians
• According to Revital Yakin-Karkovsky, a senior Israeli ministry official, prominent British activist Hugh Lanning of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign was prohibited from entering Israel on Monday. Yakin-Karkovsky says Lanning’s organization had close ties to the Hamas terror group and was one of the leading forces seeking to delegitimize Israel. The Israeli Knesset is considering a law denying BDS activists entry to Israel, however, this particular action was taken under other, already existing, laws.

• The official Palestinian news agency, WAFA, reports that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and American President Donald Trump held a phone call on Sunday. According to Abbas, Trump is committed to Mideast peace, thus allaying Palestinian concerns over Trump’s apparent suggestion last month that the two-state solution was optional. Abbas expects to be invited to the White House in the near future.

• In anticipation of a visit by Trump’s envoy, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman suggested that any peace deal should include population transfers: specifically, transferring certain Arab-Israeli towns to be a part of the Palestinian state, and its residents to become Palestinian, rather than Israeli, citizens. Says Liberman:

It can’t be that there will be a Palestinian state without any Jews — 100 percent Palestinian — and alongside that Israel will be a binational state with 22% Palestinians.
Around the World
• American envoy Jason Greenblatt is headed to the Middle East this week. On Greenblatt’s agenda will be whether the U.S. and Israeli governments should raise the pressure on the Palestinian Authority to stop paying the families of Palestinians imprisoned or killed after attacking Israeli or American civilians, a practice both governments believe incentivizes violence. The Washington Post’s Josh Rogin asks whether Trump can successfully pursue a peace process and also pressure Palestinians on terror and incitement at the same time.

• Will the British Royal family finally visit Israel for the first time in 70 years? Several days ago a spokesperson for the royal family told The Independent that they could not confirm whether the prince would be visiting Israel, but unnamed sources indicated that the visit is likely. The reported announcement came shortly after Israeli President Reuven Rivlin extended an invitation to the British royal family through UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson earlier in the week. Today, former Israeli Ambassador to the UK Ron Prossor weighed in on the topic, saying the time has come to end the “unspoken ban” on Israel by the Royal family, particularly in light of the upcoming anniversary of the historic British Balfour Declaration, which was instrumental in helping to bring about the modern State of Israel.

• The unlikely success of the Israeli national baseball team continues at the World Baseball Classic. Unlike basketball and soccer, which are already highly popular in Israel, baseball is less well known to Israelis: making Israel’s success especially surprising and exciting for baseball fans around the world. Israel has already upset teams considered more talented: such as Cuba and South Korea, and is positioned to make its way into the semifinals if the winning streak continues.

Commentary/Analysis
• To anyone who follows the topic, it is no surprise that much anti-Semitism is couched as being “anti-Israel,” in order to provide a veneer of legitimacy. However, a new study of thousands of letters and emails sent from European countries to Israeli embassies, conducted by authors Monika Schwarz-Friesel and Jehuda Reinharz, has finally given a statistical basis to the phenomenon, and a sense of just how widespread it really is.

• The diplomacy between Netanyahu and Putin is a frequent subject of current headlines. Yet less well known is the unique and historic relationship between Israel and Russia: stemming from a number of complex phenomena. One is Israel’s significant population of Russian immigrants (both recent and also from the days of Israel’s founding). Another is Israel’s roots in the philosophies of socialism, which impacts Israeli thought to this day, notwithstanding Israel’s more recent metamorphosis into a primarily capitalist society.

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

– YNet: Photos of Purim in Israel.
– Eyal Zisser: Could Iran take control of Syria?
– Jonathan Spyer: Who Will Dominate the Post-Islamic State Landscape in Iraq and Syria?

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Trump Mulling Mideast Peace Conference
Israel Daily News Stream6 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. On the heels of President Donald Trump’s first phone call with PA chief Mahmoud Abbas, the White House is mulling a Mideast peace conference.

According to White House sources, Trump told his advisors that if preparations are made and the conference’s purpose is made clear to not just be for show, then he is willing to participate in it. The White House is checking the possibility of holding the conference in Jordan or Egypt and is trying to even incorporate Saudi Arabia in it, which the president sees as an important ally.
2. In an effort to soften its image, and also a little pressure from Egypt, Hamas is revising its founding charter. The main takeaways, according to the New York Times, is that the new charter will reportedly A) describe its struggle against “occupiers” instead of “Jews,” and B) distance itself from the Muslim Brotherhood. Even so, Hamas won’t give up terrorism or truly accept Israel’s existence:

The new document would accept borders of the territory captured by Israel in the 1967 war as the basis for a Palestinian state. It would not recognize Israel, however, nor would it give up future claims to all of what Hamas considers Palestinian lands.
Hamas
Members of Hamas’s Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, at a rally marking the 29th anniversary of the founding of the movement on December 16, 2016, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on December 16, 2016. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90

3. A previously cancelled academic conference debating the legal legitimacy of Israel’s existence is back on. According to RTE, the confab’s first day will take place at University College Cork, with Cork city hall being the venue for the next two days. The Irish media noted some of Roseanne Barr‘s acerbic tweets in response.


Israel and the Palestinians
• A Fatah splinter group in Gaza said it fired two rockets at Israel on Thursday night. According to the Jerusalem Post, it’s the first time in almost three years that the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade claimed responsibility for rocket fire.

• The Naharayim massacre killer was released from a Jordanian prison to a hero’s welcome in his home village.

• The Times of Israel picked up on a government report examining how domestic, mental and social problems are responsible for some of the stabbing and car-ramming attacks over the last 18 months.

Since October 2015, more and more attackers are choosing to commit terror attacks and suicide missions for various reasons. Among these reasons include but are not limited to various levels of domestic violence within the household (with family members such as siblings, spouses, fiance, etc.); social criticism for an immoral act, such as adultery, lack of respect for the family, matriculation failure and more; and serious psychological issues stemming from depression, despair, and mental illness.
• The British government is hinting that a senior member of the royal family will indeed visit Israel this year to mark the centennial of the Balfour declaration after President Reuven Rivlin extended the invitation to visiting Foreign Minister Boris Johnson. According to The Independent, Prince Charles would likely make the trip as Queen Elizabeth has cut back on overseas travel for health reasons.

A spokesperson for Clarence House, the official residence of the Prince of Wales, told The Independent that the Prince of Wales’ overseas visits are only made at the request of the government.

They could not confirm whether the Prince would be visiting Israel.
Prince and President
President Reuven Rivlin welcoming Prince Charles after the 2016 funeral of Shimon Peres.

• State Department: Israel’s anti-BDS law is a ‘sovereign decision.’ Meanwhile, the British media reported that the legislation would theoretically prohibit UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn too. However, the Daily Telegraph noted:

Israeli government officials said privately that it was unlikely the law would be used against Mr Corbyn or any other member of a foreign parliament. The legislation gives Israel’s interior minister discretion over where and when to bar foreigners on the grounds that they support boycotts.
• The Mail on Sunday puts the spotlight on British taxpayer money going to Palestinian schools that glorify terrorists.

Head teachers openly admit flouting attempts by British and European donors to control the curriculum at schools. They print overtly political study aids for pupils, some even denying the existence of Israel, and teachers boast of encouraging pupils to emulate teenage attackers killed in the most recent wave of terrorist attacks in the region.

One senior teacher from a prominent West Bank school, asked what he would say to a pupil threatening to attack Israelis, told this newspaper: ‘I would tell them go in the name of God.’ . . .

But they brazenly said they ignored the bans, claiming their leaders agree controls just to get through the vetting process and obtain aid cash in full knowledge any restrictions will be brushed aside in classrooms.
Around the World
• Two German tabloids included Netanyahu in a list of the world’s seven looniest dictators. The Hamburger Morgenpost and Berliner Kurier, which the Jerusalem Post notes are part of the same publishing house lumped Benjamin Netanyahu together with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Syria’s Bashar Assad, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte, and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe.

The Morgenpost later tweeted an apology.


• Israel calls on banks in Spain and South Africa to shut down BDS accounts.

• French presidential candidate Francois Fillon rebuked his own party’s use of an anti-Semitic election cartoon.

• AP updates the latest on the investigation into the wave of hoax bomb threats made to North American JCCs and other Jewish institutions:

New York City’s head of police intelligence said Thursday that investigators believe one man using a voice changer and phone spoofing device is behind a large number of the scores of threats made against U.S. Jewish institutions this year.
Meanwhile, Reuters reports that evidence suggests that some of the calls are linked to similar threats received by British Jewish institutions.

• Miami police arrest homeless man for scratching swastikas onto cars and slashing tires.

• Hate-graffiti describing Holocaust as ‘fake history’ found at Seattle synagogue

• Head of French umbrella group complains to U. of Pau over professor’s ‘latest acist frenzy’ against Jews.

• Professor Robert Kelly’s routine Skype interview with the BBC took a funny and viral turn when his kids crashed the office. Its a very human moments that any parent will relate to.



• Israel senses a chance to boost trade with UK after Brexit. When the EU’s protectionist policies no longer apply to Britain, the US won’t be the only country lining up to ink new trade agreements. More on the business possibilities at The Guardian.

• Team Israel pulled off another upset at the World Baseball Classic, defeating heavily favored Cuba 4-1. Watch the game highlights. Before the game, team vice president Jordy Alter read Megillat Esther in the dugout. The magic carpet ride continues on Monday against the Netherlands.


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

– Avi Issacharoff: Ever unpredictable, Trump throws Mahmoud Abbas a lifeline
– Michael Oren: Why Trump should withdraw the US from the UN Human Rights Council
– Robert Fulford: Supporters of official Palestine are either naive or accepting of indiscriminate murder
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Iranians at the gate
– Yonah Jeremy Bob: How North Korea endangers Israel
– Col. Richard Kemp: Mistaken criticism
– Elior Levy: As Fatah hardens, Hamas becomes more receptive
– Aaron David Miller: Trump’s hard-line Israel ambassador pick will have to bend
– Moshe Klein: BDS is not the way to achieve peace in Israel
– Ruthie Blum: The witches’ cauldron of intersectionality
– Bassam Tawil: Palestinians: Fake news and “alternative facts”
– Dr. Howard Patten: Brexit and Israel
– Mitchel Malkus: What happened after an anti-Semitic bomb threat at my school
– Jeff Jacoby: In the land where Jews feel welcome, anti-Semitism is on the rise

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Swiss Lawmakers Lump BDS With Racism, Anti-Semitism
Israel Daily News Stream20 hours ago

Today\u2019s Top Stories
1. The Swiss National Council passed legislation to stop funding organizations promoting boycotts of Israel. The bill now moves to the legislature\u2019s upper house. Ynet explains the vote\u2019s significance:

The BDS, for the first time in any European parliament, was lumped in by the Swiss parliamentarians next to racism and anti-Semitism.
Swiss parliament approves a Motion to end funding of NGOs who work for terror, hate, racism or antisemitism. #BDSFAIL pic.twitter.com/ydYSST3lPZ
\u2014 Dominik Feusi (@feusl) March 8, 2017
2. As relations between Hamas and Egypt increasingly warm, Israel \u2014 and Ramallah \u2014 watch warily. Ynet explains:

Over the past few weeks, since relations began to show a more cordial side, the Rafah crossing was frequently opened not only for the transit of people but also goods, including construction materials and cement with the approval of the Egyptian authorities.

Consequently, Israeli defense officials are increasingly worried about the new development between Hamas and Egypt, for fear that Egypt would loosen its military campaign against the smuggling tunnels in Rafah\u2014which served as the main conduit through which Hamas received its weapons arsenal before Egypt flooded them.

At the same time, there is a growing tension between Ramallah and Cairo, both in the context of Egypt\u2019s warming relations with Hamas, and in light of Egypt\u2019s support of Muhammad Abbas\u2019s great rival, Mohammed Dahlan . . .

3. Israel is expediting construction of its underground wall along the Gaza border. The project, which will block cross-border tunnels, is expected to be completed in two years at a cost of $1 billion.

4. Is AJ+ Fake News?: What do you really know about AJ+ news?

5. The New York Times Misrepresents BDS: Why can\u2019t the New York Times acknowledge that actively supporting BDS is akin to hatred of Israel?

6. The Times Presents Israeli History For Dummies: How many mistakes can the Times of London cram into a 1:14 video?

Israel and the Palestinians
\u2022 The Shin Bet arrested a Palestinian from the West Bank town of Qalqiliya suspected of being a Hezbollah operative. According to Israeli media reports, Yusef Yasser Suylam allegedly planned to carry out a terror attack and kidnap Israeli civilians, staked out potential targets, and recruited other Palestinians through social media.

\u2022 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu\u2019s in Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The primary agenda item: Preventing Iran from setting up a base of operations in Syria. Indeed, Iranian media reports that an Iraqi Shiite group is establishing a brigade to liberate the Golan Heights.

al-Hussein
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra\u2019ad Zeid al-Hussein

\u2022 A report due to be published by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra\u2019ad Zeid al-Hussein, will \u201Curge international businesses urge companies to end trade and business agreements with Judea and Samaria, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.\u201D Ynet got a look at the draft:

Ynet discovers that a draft of a report due to be published by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights describes Israeli activity in Judea and Samaria as a unilateal move that annexes land and necessitates humanitarian aid for Palestinians; the report also calls for companies to sever ties with West Bank settlements.
Hussein, a Jordanian prince, also made news for saying the US isn\u2019t doing enough to fight anti-Semitism and racism. Those remarks were made at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, which the US is considering quitting.

\u2022 Haaretz spent a day with an Israel Navy patrol around the offshore gas rigs.

\u2022 If you have ever worried about the declining status of Israel\u2019s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a document outlining the government\u2019s goals and picked up by the Times of Israel will reinforce those concerns.

In the last few years, morale at the MFA has eroded because of budget disputes, wages, work conditions, low morale, shuttered missions, and, of course, political turf battles

The Israeli government published a vast 760-page work plan for 2017-18. Only 8 (!) pages are dedicated to @IsraelMFA https://t.co/4oQ4SLbANM
\u2014 Raphael Ahren (@RaphaelAhren) March 9, 2017
Around the World
\u2022 Looking back on Netanyahu\u2019s trip to Australia, Shmuel Levin examines in depth the results of the visit: specifically mutually beneficial agreements in the areas of aviation, agriculture and technology.

\u2022 Students at a South African university used dancing and Hebrew songs to thwart an attack on a visiting Arab-Israeli Zionist by BDS activists.

\u2022 Michigan media reports that a Grand Rapids man accused of anti-Semitic threats was the subject of 2016 Discovery Channel documentary on rising white nationalism. David Lenio was arrested for tweeting threats of mass shootings and shooting Jews.

\u2022 The Economist picked up on academic study examining airlines that remove Israel from their online route maps.

Many of the carriers in question are majority-owned by the state, and many of those states, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar, do not recognise Israel. Some, though, may also be pandering to the preferences of their customers . . .

What is more, removing the country does not seem to be putting off international partners. Air France, for example, codeshares with Saudia. Meanwhile Delta, the world\u2019s largest carrier, lists Saudia as one of its codeshare partners on its \u201Cprofessional\u201D site, though not on its customer-facing one. (Delta did not answer a request for clarification.) And despite criticism from Jewish groups, in 2012 Saudia and Middle East Airlines of Lebanon, another Israel-remover, joined Sky Team, the alliance led by Delta.
\u2022 A welcome development: Spain\u2019s ruling party rejects BDS.

\u2022 Over at the World Baseball Classic, Israel defeated the Netherlands, sweeping through its pool and advancing to the quarterfinals. Watch the game highlights. On Sunday, Israel is expected to play Cuba or Japan. Jeff Passan is the latest sports columnist catching the fever . . .

Lox to advance: How Israel's WBC team engineered the greatest Jewish miracle since oil lasted eight days. Column: https://t.co/whn54H175i
\u2014 Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 8, 2017
Commentary/Analysis
\u2022 If relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is too politically charged, then the US should move it\u2019s \u201Cembassy to Ramallah\u201D currently located in Jerusalem. David Bernstein explains:

The consulate\u2019s own website notes that \u201Csince the signing of the Oslo Accords, the Consulate General has served as the de facto representative of the United States government to the Palestinian Authority.\u201D

This raises an obvious question: If the U.S. government refuses to place its Israel embassy in West Jerusalem, what possible rationale could there be for its de facto Palestinian embassy to be in East Jerusalem?
\u2022 Here\u2019s what else I\u2019m reading today . . .

\u2013 Ariel Bolstein: Recruit Russia in the fight against Iran
\u2013 Clifford May: No rushing the peace process
\u2013 Grant Rumley: New blood for Fatah and Hamas
\u2013 Shmuel Rosner: How Israel got its supreme court right
\u2013 Zvi Bar\u2019el: Jordan claims it\u2019s business as usual, but growing threats may undermine kingdom
\u2013 Gideon Falter: Anti-Semites are becoming bolder in Britain

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Questions Raised About Jordanian Stability
Israel Daily News Stream6 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Jordanian stability is on the media’s mind today:

– Israeli envoy to Jordan worried about kingdom’s increasing instability
– Unraveling Jordan‘s hangings
– Jordanian who killed 7 Israeli schoolgirls in 1997 set for release
– Israel-Jordan gas trade portends brighter future in Middle East
– Jordan at the precipice

Jordanian Air Force
Jordanian Air Force jet

2. Jewish community centers and other institutions in the US and Canada were hit with another wave of hoax bomb threats yesterday. All 100 US Senators signed an open letter to the Trump administration demanding quick action.

Last, but not least, CNN rounds up what’s known about the threatening calls.

3. British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is visiting Israel and the PA. President Reuven Rivlin used the occasion to invite the royal family to visit Israel for the centennial of the Balfour Declaration. Meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, Johnson reiterated UK support for the two solution.

When this roundup was published, Johnson was due to return to Jerusalem for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The royal cold shoulder is well-known, but in recent months, UK Jewish leaders have been pushing the British Foreign Office. Last November, Israeli media reports suggested that a visit could be billed as a commemoration of the 1917 Battle of Jerusalem, when Gen. Edmund Allenby captured the city from the Ottomans.

Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth in 2013

Israel and the Palestinians
• The Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s Twitter account was disabled after posting some tweets that were way too cozy with Hamas, tsk.

• A Palestinian hitchhiker stabbed an Israeli man who picked him up near Jerusalem on Tuesday. Police haven’t determined if the attack was motivated by terror or crime.

• Israeli forces uncovered a weapons manufacturing cell in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus.

• The Jerusalem Post takes a closer look at the Knesset’s new law banning boycott supporters from entering Israel and how it will work.

• Is there a “budding symbiotic relationship” between Netanyahu and Trump?

• For International Women’s Day, the Indian Express discovered girl power at the Israeli embassy in New Delhi.

Commentary/Analysis
• I’m impressed that on International Women’s Day, the New York Times gave an op-ed soapbox to Emily Shire, who asks if the feminist movement has room for Zionists.

After taking issue with certain points in the International Women’s Strike platform that calls for a “decolonization of Palestine” as part of “the beating heart of this new feminist movement,” Shire writes:

But my prime concern is not that people hold this view of Israel. Rather, I find it troubling that embracing such a view is considered an essential part of an event that is supposed to unite feminists. I am happy to debate Middle East politics or listen to critiques of Israeli policies. But why should criticism of Israel be key to feminism in 2017? . . .

More and more frequently, my identity as a Zionist places me in conflict with the feminist movement of 2017. I will remain a proud feminist, but I see no reason I should have to sacrifice my Zionism for the sake of my feminism.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Yossi Melman: The Wikileaks CIA disclosure a warning for Israeli intelligence
– Ely Karmon: Hamas’s grip on Gaza is the real strategic threat
– Brig. Gen. (res.) Dr. Meir Elran: Tunnels are not a strategic threat
– Zvi Bar’el: Palestinian President Abbas is not Israel’s partner – or Cairo’s
– Melanie Phillips: Activists are out to destroy Israel
– Vivian Bercovici: Humor on McGill University campus: ‘Punch a Zionist’
– Andrew Silow-Carroll: JCC bomb threats are weapons of fear
– David Futrelle: What a bomb threat suspect’s story reveals
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Discredited Journalist Arrested for US Hoax Bomb Threats
Israel Daily News Stream4 hours ago

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Alison Chabloz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Later this afternoon, Israeli tanks and jets struck Hamas positions in retaliation for Palestinian gunfire on soldiers on routine duty along the Gaza border.
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2. An investigation uncovers more awkward ties between British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitic Palestinian activists, with the Daily Mail writing:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• In other news from Gaza . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edicule
The Edicule in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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

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

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

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

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

Montana
Saint Mary Lake, Montana

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

• French aliya climbs amid rise in anti-Semitism.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• IDF intercepts unmanned Hamas drone flying into Israeli territory.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Iran Supreme Leader calls on Palestinians to pursue intifada against Israel

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

Ayatollah Ali Khameini, 2013

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

• Israel to ease visas for Turkish businesspeople

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prosecutors had sought a three to five year sentence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sydney Harbor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Deborah Lipstadt

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prosecutors had sought a three to five year sentence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sydney Harbor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Deborah Lipstadt

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Singapore

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

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

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

• Palestinians Target Need for Media Reform.


Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman at the Munich Security Conference.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

Netanyahu and Trump
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump

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

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

See below for more related news and commentary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Australian FM Julie Bishop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Poll positions:

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


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

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

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

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

Fortune teller reading tea leaves

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


• Staff editorials also weighed in on the meeting:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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





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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Matisyahu
Matisyahu

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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





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

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







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

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

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

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

• Hamas operative killed in tunnel collapse on Monday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ISIS Fires Rockets at Eilat, Mysterious Explosion Rocks Gaza Tunnel
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Four rockets were fired at Eilat from the Sinai. Islamic State in the Sinai claimed responsibility and promised more attacks.

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

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

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

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

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Israel and the Palestinians
• The Palestinians fear being sidelined by the Trump administration and are mulling worst-case financial scenarios.

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

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

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

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

• Israeli diplomacy by the numbers, per Ynet:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The new Soda Stream label

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Israeli Knesset

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

IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

\u2013 AFP and Times of Israel: Khamenei tells Trump Iranian response to threats coming soon
\u2013 Greer Fay Cashman: Women and the Jihad: The motivation of female suicide bombers.
\u2013Emanuele Ottolenghi: How to handle Hezbollah in Latin America
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