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Israel Responds to Gaza Rocketfire
Israel Daily News Stream4 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. In response to a rocket fired into Israel from Gaza, the Israeli Air Force struck two Hamas infrastructure targets in the north and south of the Gaza Strip on Monday night, according to the IDF. Strikes were recorded in at least three locations in Gaza, Palestinian sources and eyewitnesses said, with Hamas bases struck near the southern city of Rafah and Gaza City in the north, as well as open land southeast of Gaza City. Earlier that day, a rocket hit southern Israel, in the Sha’ar Hanegev region, not causing any damage or casualties. The launch was claimed by a Salafist group linked to Islamic State, according to Hebrew media reports.

2. Just when international media has found it popular to demonize Israel for providing Palestinians access to Israeli medical treatment, claiming that the access is insufficient (see our prior critique of this Washington Post article), it turns out that the the vast majority of access is presently blocked by the Palestinian Authority. Haaretz reports that the Palestinian Authority prevents access by Palestinians from Gaza seeking urgent medical care: including patients with cancer and heart disease, and children who need treatments unavailable in Gaza. The Palestinian Authority is currently denying or suspending response on over 90% medical permit requests.

3. The Australian Labor Party has used its parliamentary majority in South Australia to call for the recognition of “the state of Palestine alongside the state of ­Israel,” making it the only Australian legislative body to formally back Palestine statehood.

4. A Huffington Post article defends Hamas and Hezbollah, indicating that they are considered terror organizations only because…Trump. Read: HonestReporting’s critique.

5. On Australian Channel 9’s 60 Minutes, Liam Bartlett produces an appallingly one-sided report on settlements using a Palestinian narrative and outright distortions. Read: HonestReporting’s critique

Israel and the Palestinians
• One of the biggest Palestinian events in Europe may be cancelled by the British government. Palestinian Expo, which includes political discussions, concerts, comedy acts, workshops, a food court and other events, is scheduled to run in London on the weekend of 8 and 9 July. But according to British Secretary of State Sajid Javid, the event also features connections to, and public support for, Hamas: a terror organization proscribed by the British government. Accordingly, Javid has expressed that he is considering forcing the organizers to cancel the event.

•  The “Western Wall issue” is on many people’s minds these days. Times of Israel explains the facts:

The cabinet on Sunday suspended a government-approved plan to establish a pluralistic prayer pavilion at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, which was to have had joint oversight by all streams of Judaism, following calls by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ultra-Orthodox coalition allies to scrap the deal.
Education and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett adds a clarification:

…there is an apparent campaign of misinformation claiming the [Western Wall] is being closed to Diaspora Jews and that the status of conversions is being changed. This is false…this is why, over the next day, we will hold a series of meetings to listen to the leaders of Diaspora Communities and reach understanding allowing us to end this crisis.
Times of Israel further explains that there are existing sites for egalitarian prayer based on previous compromises, and those sites are unaffected by the present decision. However, those sites are technically considered temporary solutions. The plan that was just suspended would have improved egalitarian access to the area is recognized as the primary Western Wall prayer site, and would also have brought oversight from Conservative and Reform movements to portions of that site.

• Many Palestinians of eastern Jerusalem have long shunned integration into Israel, typically declining citizenship and in many cases refusing to learn Hebrew. Is it possible the mood is finally changing? Isabel Kershner of the New York Times suggests that it is, pointing out increasing engagement in the bagrut, (essentially the Israeli SAT) which ultimately leads to study in Israeli universities, as well as increasingly taking mainstream jobs in various cities and neighborhoods beyond the Arab sector.

 Around the World
• A “subsidiary” march at Chicago’s LGBT Parade (commonly known as the “Gay Pride Parade”) asked three marchers to leave for flying flags with the star of David (along with the iconic LGBT color pattern) saying that the flags were “triggering,” and made them feel “unsafe.” The AJC (American Jewish Committee) issued a statement on their Facebook page calling the incident, “anti-Semitism–plain and simple.” However, the Chicago Tribune points out that within the main parade, a number of flags containing the star of David flew without incident.

• The U.S. government will seek to collaborate with Israel and other countries to develop new ways to thwart computer hacks and other cyber attacks, according to Thomas Bossert, U.S. President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser. According to Bossert:

The agility Israel has in developing solutions will innovate cyber defenses that we can test here and bring back to America. Perfect security may not be achievable but we have within our reach a safer and more secure internet.
Commentary/Analysis
• Who’s really behind suffering in Gaza over the electricity crisis? In the IBT, Julie Lenarz explains that it is actually Hamas.

• In light of international pressure for the Palestinian Authority to stop paying salaries to terrorists, an analysis by Daniel Siryoti and the Israel Hayom Staff indicates that the PA has instead resorted to funneling those funds through NGOs, in order to continue the practice.

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

– PressTV: Ayatollah Khamenei: Muslims obliged to fight against Israel
– Thomas Joscelyn: Two US cases provide unique window into Iran’s global terror network

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IDF Strikes Syrian Targets in Response to Mortar Shells on Golan Heights
Israel Daily News Stream2 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Israel retaliated on Saturday with air strikes on Syrian military targets after several errant mortar shells fell on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights. While no Israelis were injured, two Syrian soldiers were killed in the Israeli air strikes. The IDF has released video footage of strikes on two Syrian tanks and a heavy machine gun.

The spillover from the Syrian civil war has continued Sunday with more mortars landing on the Israeli Golan Heights.

2. Ugly scenes in Tehran and elsewhere as the Iranian regime commemorates Al-Quds Day. According to the LA Times, President Hassan Rouhani and other top officials attended the rallies while state television repeatedly played a song whose lyrics proclaimed that Israel “will be wiped out.”

Rouhani, in remarks carried by the official IRNA news agency, said Israel supports “terrorists in the region.” Parliament speaker Ali Larijani, in a speech to Tehran demonstrators, called Israel the “mother of terrorism” and said that in the “20th century, there was no event more ominous than establishing the Zionist regime.”

The rally also inaugurated a huge digital countdown display at Tehran’s Palestine Square, showing that Israel will allegedly cease to exist in 8,411 days from the day of the rally.

Plenty of unpleasant photos from the rally courtesy of the Daily Mail.

3. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah says the next war with Israel could see thousands of Shi’ite militia fighters join forces with Hezbollah to fight Israel.

“This could open the way for thousands, even hundreds of thousands of fighters from all over the Arab and Islamic world to participate – from Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan,” he said in a television speech.

The JPost’s Seth Frantzman sets out five reasons that Hezbollah’s latest statement has ramifications for Israel and the region.

4. Hey Newsweek: Israelis Want Their Country Back: Newsweek twists a quote by Israel’s Minister of Defense, Avigdor Lieberman, into a rejection of Israel’s very existence, written by an openly anti-Israel activist.

Israel and the Palestinians
• US President Donald Trump is reportedly weighing whether to pull out of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations following a “tense” meeting with White House senior staff and officials in Ramallah, according to London-based Arabic daily al-Hayat on Saturday.

• Speaking at the IDC Herzliya Conference on Wednesday, IDF Military Intelligence chief Maj.- Gen. Hertzi Halevi revealed Iran’s massive funding of terror organizations, bankrolling Hezbollah to the tune of $75 million a year, while paying $50m. of Hamas’s budget and approximately $70m. to Islamic Jihad.

• Weighing in on an investigation of a spokesman for the left-wing Breaking the Silence group over testimony in which he claimed to have seriously assaulted a Palestinian during his IDF service in Hebron, his commander at the time insists the incident ‘never happened. All soldiers under his command also say it didn’t.’

• Palestinians in the West Bank city of Jenin have reportedly reinstalled a monument to a terrorist who masterminded a notorious 1974 massacre of Israeli school children, despite intense pressure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Around the World
• Rock group Radiohead, due to play a concert in Tel Aviv in July, were reportedly met with shouts of “free Palestine” during their headline slot at the Glastonbury music festival. Protesters were apparently waving Palestinian flags as the band performed, while a banner read: “Israel is an apartheid state. Radiohead, don’t play there.” Radiohead had previously expressed their disgust at Roger Waters’ and BDS’s efforts to get them to cancel their Israel appearance.

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Thom Yorke of Radiohead

• The Qatar crisis rumbles on as Saudi Arabia issues a bucket list of demands including the shuttering of Al Jazeera. The Washington Post looks at why the Saudis hate the TV channel so much while The Atlantic analyzes the station’s central role in the crisis.

• The world just can’t get enough of its favorite Israeli, Gal Gadot a.k.a. Wonder Woman (apart from a few Mideast countries). So we’ve included a nice feature from the Financial Times (via Google).

Commentary/Analysis

“Kingdom of Olives and Ash,” by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman (Harper Perennial)

• A number of media outlets, including the New York Times, have recently published excerpts from a Breaking the Silence sponsored book of essays by prominent novelists, including Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon. In a book review for the Washington Post, Matti Friedman rips the book apart:

The essays vary in tone and quality, but experienced journalists covering the Israel/Palestine story will recognize the usual impressions of reporters fresh from the airport. Cute Palestinian kids touched my hair! Beautiful tea glasses! I saw a gun! I lost my luggage, and that seems symbolic! Arabs do hip-hop! The soldiers are so young and rude! The writers interview the same people who are always interviewed in the West Bank, thinking it’s all new, and believe what they’re told. Chabon, for example, waxes sarcastic that in the West Bank you can spend months in administrative detention if you forget your ID card at home. But that isn’t true.
 
Everything is described with a gravitas suggesting that the writers haven’t spent much time outside the world’s safer corners. Eggers devotes two whole pages to an incident on the Gaza border, where one Israeli guard said he couldn’t pass and then a different one came and let him through. Dave, if you’re reading this, I hope you’re okay.
• Julie Lenarz writes in the International Business Times that Hamas, not Israel, is responsible for Gaza’s suffering:
All of this is a tragedy. But it is a tragedy deliberately manufactured by Hamas that easily could have been avoided. Hamas is doing again what it has done a hundred times before: sacrificing the well-being of Gaza’s civilian population on the altar of cynical political ambitions.
 
Hamas could, if it wanted to, pay for the lack of electricity and ease the suffering immediately. According to data from the Hamas Finance Ministry, the group collects at least $15m (£11m) a month in taxation. But instead of paying for education, medical services and electricity, Hamas invests millions of dollars a year in its military infrastructure and preparations for war, including smuggling tunnels and rockets.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Conrad Black: Palestinian terror and Israel boycotts aren’t a form of ‘dissent.’ They’re just evil and stupid
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Wall St. Journal Fires Reporter For Ties With Arms Dealer
Israel Daily News Stream6 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. The Wall St. Journal fired its veteran foreign affairs reporter Jay Solomon over his “involvement in prospective commercial deals — including one involving arms sales to foreign governments — with an international businessman who was one of his key sources.”

AP laid out Solomon’s conflicts of interest, which prompted the Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter) to dismiss Solomon. Solomon’s dealings came up in the context of a larger expose of arms dealer Farhad Azima.

As part of its reporting, the AP had asked the Journal about the documents appearing to link Solomon and Azima. The relationship was uncovered in interviews and in internal documents that Azima’s lawyer said were stolen by hackers.
 
“I clearly made mistakes in my reporting and entered into a world I didn’t understand.” Solomon told the AP on Wednesday. “I never entered into any business with Farhad Azima, nor did I ever intend to. But I understand why the emails and the conversations I had with Mr. Azima may look like I was involved in some seriously troubling activities. I apologize to my bosses and colleagues at the Journal, who were nothing but great to me.”
For a deeper understanding of the seriousness of Solomon’s conflict of interest, see Defining Bias: Lack of Transparency.
Jay Solomon

2. A ‘devastating’ survey shows a huge loss of Israel support among Jewish college students.

In sum, the gap between Israel-supporters and detractors is widening. The current Israel advocacy programs are not working, and Jewish college students are the leading defectors from Israel support.
The Jerusalem Post also picked up on the Brand Israel Group’s findings. And see Gary Rosenblatt’s reaction: Are next-gen Americans pulling away from Israel?

3. Israeli police are bracing for last the Friday of Ramadan prayers in Jerusalem.

4. EXCLUSIVE: How Reporting From Israel Changed My Worldview Forever: In an exclusive article for HonestReporting, foreign journalist Hunter Stuart recounts how he was exposed to the realities of reporting from Israel and found that his pro-Palestinian views were dramatically changed as a result.

5. Our very own Simon Plosker appears regularly on South Africa’s Chai FM radio. This week, he discussed with host Howard Feldman the BBC and Al-Quds Day marches. Listen online.

6. HonestReporting’s Daniel Pomerantz was on the i24 News show, News Desk, where he discussed the BBC’s apology for a bungled headline on the murder of an Israeli Border Poicewoman by a Palestinian terrorist.

Israel and the Palestinians
• The Palestinian Authority asked UNESCO to “protect” the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Hebron’s Old City from Israel. The Jerusalem Post writes:

The Palestinian delegation to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, in a letter to the World Heritage Center, spoke of “alarming details about the Israeli violations in Al-Khalil/ Hebron, including the continuous acts of vandalism, property damage, and other attacks.”
• Trying to re-start peace efforts, Jared Kushner and David Greenblatt visited Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas for jaw-jaw time. More at the Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel and Associated Press. One incident noted by the Times of London caught my eye:

Neither side made any public comment about the meetings, which were held in unusual secrecy: cameramen were not even allowed to film Mr Kushner’s convoy arriving at the prime minister’s residence. One photographer from the Associated Press was ordered to delete the images on his memory card.
• National Public Radio discussed US peace efforts with Israeli writer Yossi Klein Halevi, who met with White House envoy Jason Greenblatt.

Commentary/Analysis
• Is Gal Gadot’s casting as Wonder Woman a ‘slap’ in the face of Palestinian women?

Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman: A ‘slap’ in the face of Palestinian women?

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

– Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror: Saudi Arabia’s young, determined heir
– John Bradley: Unlikely allies: Israel and the Saudis
– Benny Avni: Jared Kushner’s falling into a trap on Mideast peace
– Bassam Tawil: The ongoing drama of Palestinian lies
– Julie Lenarz: Hamas is behind Gaza’s suffering, not Israel
– Nadav Shragai: Jerusalem: Beware of Turks bearing gifts
– Malcolm Lowe: Israel’s new settlement policy: Evaluated and explained
– Annika Hernroth-Rothstein: Jeremy Corbyn and the road to hell

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What Does Saudi Royal Shakeup Mean for Israel?
Israel Daily News Streamabout 1 hour ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. In a royal shakeup, Saudi King Salman appointed as Crown Prince his 32 year-old son, Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Prince Mohammed now replaces his cousin, Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef, as first in line to succeed the 81-year-old king. Take your pick of CNN or BBC coverage.

Prince Mohammed currently serves as the kingdom’s defense minister, making him a key figure in the Saudi-led military coalition fighting Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen.

And what does this royal reshuffle mean for Israel? According to Haaretz:

Until now, Mohammed bin Salman has been good news for Israel and the United States, as his firm anti-Iranian positions make him an important partner – and not only in the struggle against Iran. Bin Salman agrees with America on the need to thwart Russian influence in the region; to topple President Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria; and to act firmly against ISIS and other radical organizations, from the Muslim Brotherhood to Hezbollah. During the last two years, several Arab websites have reported that bin Salman also met with top Israelis.

2. Israeli officials are furious over the UN hosting a ’50 years of Israeli occupation’ conference next week.
hidden money3. Is the PA planning to deceive the US and donor countries about its terror stipends? Palestinian Media Watch picked up on what PA movers and shakers are telling their own media.

For example, here’s what Hassan Asfour, a former PA minister and current associate of Muhammad Dahlan, political adversary of Mahmoud Abbas, told the Fatah Voice

“Abbas, despite his initial objection [to the US demand to stop prisoner salary payments], has begun to examine practical options to comply with the American demand in a way that will not lead to an explosion that might lead to his downfall and the downfall of their [Abbas’ and US’] joint plan. Among these options that are being examined with special secrecy, is the option of transferring the prisoners’ and Martyrs’ salaries to a ‘social insurance’ body so that it will look as if it is ‘humanitarian and social aid to needy families’ and not ‘monthly salaries to fighter families.'”
Israel and the Palestinians
• The Daily Telegraph raises an interesting point about a new settlement which Israel broke ground on yesterday.

Plans for the new settlement were approved in March and drew no protest from the US at the time. US officials said they accepted the settlement because Mr Netanyahu promised to build it before Mr Trump laid out his expectations for a slow down in settlement construction.
 
The new settlement will house around 300 Israelis from the settlement of Amona, which was demolished earlier this year after Israel’s supreme court ruled it had been illegally built on private Palestinian land.
Amichai
Construction workers begin work on the new settlement called Amichai, meant to resettle the evacuees of Amona, in Shilo Valley, West Bank, on June 20, 2017. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

• Memo to The Guardian: If you insist on editorializing that “settlements are illegal in international law,” at least have the decency to add that Israel disputes this and that the legal views aren’t so cut and dry. See what Eugene Kontorovich, Mitchell Bard, Eugene Rostow, Moshe Dann and Jeffrey Helmreich say on the matter.

• Israeli police arrested the mother of one of Hadas Malka’s killers on suspicion of incitement. According to Ynet:

The mother was arrested in the village of Deir Abu Mash’al on suspicion of incitement, supporting a terror group and because of recent statements in which she is said to have glorified martyrs and called for attacking Jews. During the arrest, security forces also seized inciting material, flags and posters.
• It’s myopic to assume that the Israeli Left has a monopoly on interest in peace — the majority of Israelis want peace too. But the Irish Times lost perspective on the story through the choice of people chosen to discuss “the occupation.”

Another point: The Israeli Left didn’t collapse because of the failure of peace talks but because of the Second Intifada. However, mentioning that would spoil the mood created by reporter Michael Jansen.
• IDF soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man trying to stab them near the West Bank settlement of Adam, just north of Jerusalem yesterday. Times of Israel coverage.

• US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has Hamas in her sights. She’s calling on the Security Council to designate Hamas as a terror organization “with consequences for anyone who continues to support it.” More at the Jerusalem Post.

Around the World
• EU justice minister to Jerusalem Post: We’re making progress against anti-Semitism on social media.

• Hmmmmmm. Forbes reports that a shipment of phosphates from Morocco-occupied Western Sahara is being held up in South Africa. The phosphates were en route to New Zealand, a country with a selective outrage at occupation.

The Polisario Front, the national liberation movement for Western Sahara, applied for a court order to prevent the ship from leaving port while it pursued its legal case for ownership of the cargo. That interim order was confirmed by the High Court in Port Elizabeth on June 15, which noted that “Morocco has no claim to sovereignty over Western Sahara” and said the case should go to trial.
Commentary/Analysis
Hadas Malka

• Unpacking media coverage of Friday’s deadly Palestinian terror attack, Ira Rifkin explains how the incident “illustrates the deepening fog in which journalists now work.”

Bottom line: When terror groups offer competing claims of responsibility and editors sacrifice nuance for speed, where does that leave news consumers?

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

– Alex Ryvchin: So it’s all about the, er, settlements then?
– Prof. Hillel Frisch: Gaza’s humanitarian crisis is fake news
– Avi Issacharoff: Turning Gaza’s lights back on, Abbas’s rival Dahlan makes dramatic return to center stage
– Alon Ben-Meir: After 50 years of occupation, what’s next: An open letter to President Mahmoud Abbas
– Amos Harel: Israel and Jordan grow closer as Iranian foothold in southern Syria grows stronger
– Amb. Mark Regev: Clarity in fighting terrorism
– Alex Fishman: A miserable failure for Iran’s military industry

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Students Sue SFSU Over Campus Anti-Semitism
Today’s Top Stories
1. San Francisco State University is facing a lawsuit filed by a group of students who say the administration is allowing a climate of anti-Semitism to fester. The suit says Jewish students are physically afraid, unable to speak up, and that the SFSU admin doesn’t take their complaints seriously. The Washington Post writes:

Mandel’s perception was that he didn’t have the same rights as any other students on campus simply because he was Jewish. He said he was often stared down, verbally harassed and confronted by people because of his religion and that the administration was dismissive of his formal complaints . . .
 
“Without this lawsuit, Jewish students will remain marginalized on San Francisco State’s campus,” he said. “Without it, nothing will be done.”
 
The suit alleges that the school has violated the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection, as well as a provision of the Civil Rights Act.
More on the story at KCBS News and the Jerusalem Post.

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2. Israel broke ground on the first new West Bank settlement in 25 years.

The new settlement, to be known as Amichai, is to accommodate residents of the illegal Amona outpost, which was evacuated in February in line with court orders because it was built on private Palestinian land . . .
 
The new settlement — which will be located near the settlements of Shiloh and Eli, north of Ramallah — will be the first of its kind to be constructed since the Israeli-Palestinian Oslo peace accords were signed in 1993.
 
Israel Radio said the works stated Tuesday involved laying the infrastructure for the settlement. However, the actual building plans still need several stages of planning approval.

3. Egypt to furnish Gaza with hundreds of tons of diesel fuel to ease the Strip’s electricity crisis.

4. Video: Israel Facilitates Palestinian Prayer on Temple Mount: Jerusalem city councilwoman Fleur Hassan-Nahoum visits the Kalandia checkpoint to see for herself how Israel provides access and transport for Palestinians wishing to pray on the Temple Mount for Ramadan, promoting freedoim of religion for all in Jerusalem.

5. “50 Years of Aggression”: ABC Abandons Objectivity: What should a network do when one of its talking heads gets the facts utterly wrong?
6. HonestReporting is excited to announce a special online screening of Eyeless in Gaza on Wednesday June 21 @ 11:30 a.m. EST. That’s tomorrow!
The documentary exposes media coverage of the 2014 Gaza war. Following the screening, HonestReporting editors Simon Plosker and Daniel Pomerantz will moderate a live Q+A on HR’s Facebook page with filmmaker Robert Magid.
To get your special FREE download, click here on Wed. June 21. To register for our special Q+A afterwards at approximately 1:20 p.m. EST, click here
Israel and the Palestinians
• Once again, over-zealous Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s over-zealous security detail strip-searched a journalist at a media event. It’s a recurring problem, and it makes no difference that Channel 2 photographer Eli Venus is an Arab or that he is from the town of Ghajar (the Israeli-Lebanese border splits the town, creating unusual circumstances for its residents). Venus is an Israeli national and has Government Press Office credentials. Full stop.

If the problem persists, reporters could boycott the prime minister’s media events — with justification.
• The UN Human Rights Council held its regular “Agenda 7” discussion of Israeli human rights issues in the West Bank. Agenda 7 is a special mandate requiring discussions of a country’s human rights record at every UNHRC session. Israel boycotted the debate as it is the only country Agenda 7 is applied to. The Jerusalem Post reports that, notably, all the European countries skipped the session.
• Prof. Eugene Kontorovich appeared at the UN Human Rights Council to blast its blacklist of companies doing business in Israeli settlements.
He was presenting his report (pdf format) on the scope of European and multi-national corporations operating in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, Nagorno-Karabakh, Northern Cyprus and Crimea.
• The UN is fretting that reported increasing ties between Israel and Syrian rebels will endanger international monitors, Haaretz reports.
• Jordan now allows cinemas to screen Wonder Woman.
Commentary/Analysis
• What they’re saying about Iran’s missile launch . . .

– Yonah Jeremy Bob: Iran missile struck ISIS but is also aimed at US, Saudis, Israel
– Judah Ari Gross: In Iranian strike on IS, the missile is the message
– Oded Granot: Tehran’s true targets

• Einat Wilf (video or transcript) debunks the usefulness of “constructive ambiguity” in the Mideast peace process, calling for negotiators to adopt “constructive specificity.”
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Amb. Alan Baker: New Palestinian attempt at UNESCO to claim Hebron and Tomb of the Patriarchs
– Efraim Inbar: Gaza in the dark is not so terrible
– Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror: Hamas: Striking the right balance
– Smadar Perry: Gaza slowly brewing up trouble
– Bassam Tawil: Palestinians praise terror attack
– Prof. Abraham Ben-Zvi: Saudis hold key to ending Israeli-Palestinian impasse
– Annette Blum: Israeli innovation and the bigger picture

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Israel Secretly Helping Syrian Rebels?
Israel Daily News Stream8 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Is Israel developing a buffer zone in Syria by secretly supplying rebels near the border with food, medical assistance and money? That’s what the Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter) reports. It’s remarkable that Syrian rebels now speak on the record about their relationship with Israel.

The Israeli army is in regular communication with rebel groups and its assistance includes undisclosed payments to commanders that help pay salaries of fighters and buy ammunition and weapons, according to interviews with about half a dozen Syrian fighters. Israel has established a military unit that oversees the support in Syria—a country that it has been in a state of war with for decades—and set aside a specific budget for the aid, said one person familiar with the Israeli operation . . 
 
“Israel stood by our side in a heroic way,” said Moatasem al-Golani, spokesman for the rebel group Fursan al-Joulan, or Knights of the Golan. “We wouldn’t have survived without Israel’s assistance.”
 
Israel’s aim is to keep Iran-backed fighters allied to the Syrian regime, such as the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, away from the 45-mile stretch of border on the divided Golan Heights, the three people said.
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Israeli soldiers training in the Golan Heights, 2014

2. Israel began reducing electricity to Gaza, in response to a request from the Palestinian Authority.

3. Escalating the Syrian civil war, Iran fired missiles at Islamic State positions in eastern Syria. The Iranians said the missile strike was retaliation for a pair of terror attacks in Tehran earlier this month, which Islamic State claimed responsibility for. It also came on the heels of the US downing a Syrian war plane “after it dropped bombs near local ground forces supported by the United States.”

See Ron Ben-Yishai and Amos Harel, who comment on the message Tehran’s missile launch sends Israel and the US.


4. Lost Between the Headlines: Honoring Hadas Malka: Why does the news industry deny Israeli victims of terror the focus of headlines?

5. Video: Media, Murder and Israel: When terrorism occurs in other parts of the world, headlines emphasize the victims. But when terror occurs in Israel, headlines instead accentuate the dead terrorist.

Israel and the Palestinians
• According to Israeli media reports, the government ordered what was described as a “de facto construction freeze” of 6,000 housing units in Jerusalem’s disputed neighborhoods of Har Homa, Gilo and Pisgat Zeev.

It may be related to US peace moves. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will reportedly join presidential envoy Jason Greenblatt, who is expected to arrive in the Mideast in the coming days. Greenblatt will be meeting Israeli and Palestinian officials to push forward peace efforts. More on the story at the Times of Israel and Reuters.

Kushner visit more evidence that Trump’s serious on Is-Pal peace. Dares both sides 2 say no to his family. He has leverage if he moves fast.
— Dan Shapiro (@DanielBShapiro) June 19, 2017
• The conflicting claims of responsibility for Friday’s terror attack got more muddled with the parents of one of the terrorists saying their son was a member of Fatah.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in which Border Policewoman Hadas Malka was killed and four other people wounded. Hamas claimed the attack was carried out jointly with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. According to Israel, the three Palestinians were all unaffiliated.

• Police arrested six Palestinians suspected of throwing firebombs at Jewish homes. According to the Jerusalem Post, five of the six are minors.

• Reuters: Weeks after the US blocked the appointment of ex-Palestinian prime minister Salaam Fayyad as the UN’s envoy to Libya, Secretary General Antonio Guterres will instead tap a former Lebanese cabinet minister for the post.

Around the World
• Worth watching: PBS News Hour takes an in-depth at look at Hezbollah.
• In London, about 1,000 marchers — some waving Hezbollah flags — demonstrated against Israel. Judging from the Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News, one especially noteworthy moment of idiocy was when demonstrators blamed “Zionists” for the Glenfell tower tragedy.

London today. Hezbollah flags. ‘Khaibar Yahud’ anti-Jew slogans. Hamas supporters. Why is this allowed? pic.twitter.com/iB5LDCUprJ
— Ed Husain (@Ed_Husain) June 18, 2017
• Tensions are rising between Chile’s Jewish and Palestinian communities. Jews fear the Mideast conflict is being imported to the South American country, reports the Jerusalem Post.

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

– Ben-Dror Yemini: Being right about Gaza power supply is not enough
– Col. Richard Kemp: How to fight Islamic terror effectively — learn from Israel
– Bjorn Brenner: Is Europe more desperate for a Palestinian state than the Palestinians?
– David Ibsen: Qatar enables Hamas’s Gaza oppression
– Tony Duheaume: Hezbollah’s Mahdi Scouts and their road to martyrdom

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Border Policewoman Killed by Palestinian Laid to Rest
Israel Daily News Stream5 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Thousands of Israelis paid their respects to Hadas Malka, a Border Police Officer killed in a Palestinian terror attack over the weekend. She was laid to rest Saturday night in Ashdod.

Malka succumbed to stab wounds while struggling with a Palestinian terrorist who attacked her in eastern Jerusalem, near Damascus Gate late Friday afternoon. In a second, near-simultaneous attack, two Palestinians using knives and a gun attacked soldiers at Zedekiah’s Cave. Four other people were injured in the two attacks. All three terrorists were killed by responding security forces.

Israel responded by revoking Ramadan entry permits. There were conflicting claims of responsibility between Islamic State and Hamas/Islamic Jihad, while Israeli officials said the three weren’t affiliated with any terror group.

The 23-year-old Malka was from Moshav Givat Ezer. See colleague Eden Panker’s farewell to her sister in arms.


2. Palestinians plan to claim Hebron’s old city and Tomb of the Patriarchs via the UN World Heritage list.

“This is a new front in the war over the holy places that the Palestinians are trying to ignite as part of their propaganda campaign against Israel and the history of the Jewish people,” Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO Carmel Shama HaCohen told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday . . .
 
If the 21-member committee approves the PA’s request, it would mark the first time that a Jewish holy site under Israeli control was registered to the “State of Palestine.”

Saudi Arabia3. Israel and Saudi Arabia are in talks to establish modest economic ties, according to the Times of London.

Arab and American sources said that the links would start small: allowing Israeli businesses to operate in the Gulf, for example, and letting El Al, the national airline, fly over Saudi airspace . . .
 
The Palestinians are privately furious about the idea, fearing that it would normalise ties with Israel while giving them only the vague promise of a future state.
4. The Gaza Energy Crisis: A Catch-22: In a special guest post exclusive to HonestReporting, Col. (Res.) Grisha Yakubovich, former Head of the Civilian Department in the IDF’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) unit, explains the Gaza electricity crisis and its implications for Israel.

5. Bias by the Numbers – April-May 2017: HR crunches the numbers to compare Israel-related media cultures in Britain and the US.

6. Video: Al Quds Day 2017: Ever since 1979, the last Friday of Ramadan is Al Quds Day, described as a day to support Palestinians and the destruction of Israel.

Israel and the Palestinians
• While this development does say something about the lack real freedom of expression in the West Bank, don’t forget that sites affiliated with Hamas or former Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan are really purveyors of “news” or “journalism.”

PA reportedly blocks news sites affiliated with Hamas, Dahlan

Palestinian journalists denounced the move.

• The PA is threatening to drag Israel to the International Criminal Court to protect its stipends to Palestinian terrorists and their families, reports Wafa News via Elder of Ziyon.

• The BBC apologized and changed a headline that sparked an uproar and protests from Jerusalem officials, Donald Trump Jr., and general social media. The opprobrium was over a headline stating “Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem” without mentioning that the three were the terrorists themselves.

The headline now says Israeli policewoman stabbed to death in Jerusalem.


• The UN Economic and Social Council released a scathing report on Israel, particularly accusing the Jewish state of

using “force that has at times been deemed excessive” against the Palestinians, “which may have amounted to extrajudicial executions.”
• Australia’s outgoing Ambassador to Israel, David Sharma, discussed relations between the two countries with Sky News Australia. The ambassador also shared some observations on media coverage:

But that said, I think people can get a distorted impression of Israel, how safe it is, how secure it is, if you only look at the media, because the media’s obviously concerned with stories about conflict or clashes. And that’s part of what goes on in Israel, but it’s a small part. On the whole, Israel looks and feels and seems like a country much like Australia.

Around the World
• Hezbollah flags will indeed be allowed at today’s Al-Quds Day demonstration hate-fest in London.

Flags of proscribed (illegal) organisations will not be allowed. For example, you can bring a Hezbollah flag to show support for the political wing of Hezbollah. This is because the political wing of Hezbollah is not a proscribed organisation.”
• Jerusalem Post: After pressure, German TV will air ‘censored’ documentary on anti-Semitism.

• Just when you thought people couldn’t get more bent out of shape over Israel and Jewish people, along comes a New Zealand interpretation of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” According to the Wellington-based news site, Stuff:

The Wellington City Council has apologised to Sir Tim Rice after the word “Israel” vanished from song sheets featuring the renowned lyricist’s work . . .
 
The president of the Jewish Council, Stephen Goodman, said the lyric change was an example of “people trying to be politically correct where it’s unnecessary to be so”.

• JTA: Ex-police boss seeks review of French cops’ inaction during Jewish woman’s killing by Muslim man.

• BDS activists in the UK are appealing to the High Court to “consider the legality of the Government’s ban on local councils boycotting foreign countries like Israel.”

• I’m impressed with TV talk show host Stephen Colbert for standing up to filmmaker Oliver Stone’s Israel-bashing. Viewers didn’t see it on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert because it wasn’t aired, but one person in the audience told Page Six it was “cringe-worthy” and “painful to watch.”

The audience member explained that as Colbert pressed Oscar winner Stone — who was promoting his new Vladimir Putin Showtime series, “The Putin Interviews” — on his apparent sympathy for the Russian president in spite of claims about Russian interference in the US election, Stone, at a disadvantage, tried to shift the talk to Israel.
 
The source said they “watched from behind [their] hands” as Stone said words to the effect of: “Israel had far more involvement in the US election than Russia.”
 
The “Platoon” director further challenged Colbert by saying, “Why don’t you ask me about that?” — but we’re told that the host shot back, “I’ll ask you about that when you make a documentary about Israel!”
 
(The source described Stone’s Israeli argument as “a classic anti-Semitic canard.”)
You can watch the interview (that aired).

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Filmmaker Oliver Stone appearing on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

• Modern Language Association members pass anti-BDS resolution (you read that right) by 2-1 margin. Background and links at Inside Higher Ed and Legal Insurrection.

• Jordan won’t ban ‘Wonder Woman’ after all.

• Romanian synagogue desecrated with anti-Semitic graffiti.

Commentary/Analysis
• Israel cabinet minister Israel Katz took to the Daily Telegraph to call for a “coalition of principles” to fight Islamic terror.

• I barely understand this, but the Harvard Law Review just debunked the settlement bashing UN Security Council resolution 2334.

• Plenty of commentary about the murder of Hadas Malka, the Gaza electricity crisis, and Trump and the peace process:

– Ron Ben-Yishai: The wave of terror surges on
– Yossi Yehoshua: Jerusalem’s false and misleading calm
– Yonah Jeremy Bob: Did the Knife Intifada ever end?
– Avi Issacharoff: True or not, Islamic State’s claim of Friday attack is a statement of intent
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Navigating the Gaza electricity crisis
– Anna Ahronheim: 5 reasons Gaza’s electricity crisis could spark a war
– Judah Ari Gross: Israel and Hamas court catastrophe in high-stakes game of chicken
– Elliott Abrams: Sacrificing Israeli security to hurt Trump
– Yaakov Katz: Why Trump should adopt a bottom-up approach to Mideast peace
– Jonathan Tobin: The PA can’t stop paying terrorists — so Trump can’t make a deal

• Here’s what else I’m reading:

– Fred Maroun: Why I support the Israeli occupation
– Zvi Bar’el: As Qatar crisis rages, Egypt gets closer to Hamas
– Maajid Nawaz: Quds Day: Flying terrorist flags in the capital is an insult to victims of the London attacks
– Liel Leibovitz: Why believing atrocity stories about Israel is stupid, even when they’re on CNN
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians’ real tragedy: Failed leadership
– Prof. Hillel Frisch: When Palestinians are hopeless, terror declines; when hopeful, terrorism increases
– Einat Wilf: No, maestro, the Holocaust did not create Israel
– David Weinberg: Why we shouldn’t divide Jerusalem
– Sir Eric Pickles: How did Corbyn’s comments on Hamas not put off voters?
– Michael Binyon: Saudi Arabia’s trade talks with Israel carry huge risks
– Dr. Jim Salinger: New Zealand’s ‘regret’ looks right from Israel
– Dani Dayan: Why this Israeli official can’t stay silent about Linda Sarsour


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Snubbing Tillerson, PA Says Terror Stipends to Continue
Israel Daily News Stream4 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. The Palestinians are clearly yanking Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s chain. Follow the bouncing ball . . .

– Tillerson says the PA has changed its policy on terror stipends.
– Israel says PA has not halted payments to terrorists.
– Palestinian official says PA will continue funding terror stipends.

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

2. I knew the Palestinian Authority had cut back on medical aid to Gaza, but I didn’t realize how drastically. According to the Jaffa-based Physicians for Humans Rights Israel, the PA has slashed medical aid to the Strip by 90 percent:

The PA, according to information given to PHRI, used to pay $4 million monthly for the regular operations of 13 government hospitals and 54 primary care centers. In April it was down to $2.3 million, and in May it fell to just $500,000, the organization said.
 
In April, the Israeli daily Haaretz quoted a senior adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas who said Ramallah is slashing the health care budget for Gaza as part of the series of measures meant to coerce Hamas to relinquish some control of the Strip and give it back to the PA.
3. Israel and New Zealand agreed to restore diplomatic ties, but the reconcilation’s proving to be bumpy. Relations ruptured in December when Wellington co-sponsored UN Security Council resolution 2334 condemning Israeli settlements. However, Wellington’s letter of “regret” to Jerusalem was so carefully worded that it ultimately satisfied nobody, with some saying New Zealand caved in to Israel and others saying it wasn’t much of an apology at all.

Asked by reporters, Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee pointedly denied that the letter was an expression of apology.

See New Zealand Herald columnist Audrey Young, who called the letter a “plasticine apology.”

4. We’re excited to announce a special members-only online screening of Eyeless in Gaza on Wednesday June 21 at 11:30 a.m. EST. Following the screening, Simon Plosker, HR’s managing editor and Daniel Pomerantz, senior editor, will moderate a live Q+A on our Facebook page with filmmaker Robert Magid.

For more info and to register in advance, click here.

5. Academic Makes Up Non-Existent ‘Gaza Invasions’: Can a professor’s op-ed get away with inventing non-existent Israeli military operations?

6. Video: Al Quds Day 2017: Ever since 1979, the last Friday of Ramadan is Al Quds Day, described as a day to support Palestinians and the destruction of Israel.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Haaretz: Israel is in talks with Egypt and the European Union to resolve Gaza’s electricity crisis.

• Hamas takes stricter security measures on Gaza border with Egypt.

• A shunned documentary on European anti-Semitism finally saw the light of day — sort of. The film, “Chosen and Excluded – Jew Hatred in Europe,” was leaked to and posted on Bild Zeitung, Germany’s biggest newspaper,” for 24 hours.

The Times of Israel explains why the European media executives are skittish about the documentary:

Although it was approved by network editors, for the past five months it has been withheld from the public by the Franco-German public TV networks Arte, which owns its broadcasting rights.
 
One of the reasons given for the highly controversial decision to shun the movie, which was commissioned by the German public WDR network on behalf of its partner station Arte, was that it would include too much footage from Israel. The documentary also includes a segment on anti-Semitic Israel bashing, which, as the film strikingly shows, is often supported by tax-funded European NGOs.
You can watch the full video on YouTube in German — at least for now.

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

– Yoav Limor: Trying to keep the lights on in Gaza
– Ronni Shaked: Gaza is definitely Israel’s problem
– Dr. Col. (res.) Moshe Elad: The joint effort to end Hamas
– Shifra Horn: Palestinians spurning offers of peace
– Herb Keinon: UN chief caught in the middle of tug of war over Israel
– David Collier: Boycotting Gal Gadot. Anti-Semitic, discriminatory. BDS in action
– Smadar Perry: Iran gaining foothold in the region and nearing Israeli border
– Cnaan Liphshiz: French Jew’s killing tests new Macron administration
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Israel to Reduce Electricity to Gaza
Israel Daily News Stream3 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Acceding to PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ request, the Israeli cabinet decided to reduce electricity to Gaza by 40 percent, putting a squeeze on Hamas. A source told Haaretz:

Military commanders believe that further reductions in the electricity supply to Gaza are likely to hasten escalation in violence. However, the official said that Israeli army officials who participated in the meeting did not advise leniency toward Hamas.
2. The International Red Cross does a lot for Palestinian security prisoners, most recently facilitating an end to a recent hunger strike. Yet Hamas spit in the face of IRC by rejecting a Red Cross request for information about Israelis held in Gaza:

Hamas spokesman Abdul Latif al-Qanou said: “The case of Israeli soldier prisoners is in the hands of the movement and it alone takes decisions over this issue.”
 
“It will not comply with such demands from the Red Cross,” he added.
 
The ICRC had called on Hamas to respect it commitments to International Humanitarian Law in regards to its Israeli soldiers. It had demanded that the movement submit a report on their fate.
 
Head of the ICRC delegation in Israel Jacques de Maio said that regardless if the prisoners were civilians or soldiers, they are all protected by International Humanitarian Law.
Hamas holds two Israeli nationals — both civilians with mental health conditions who are thought to be alive. In 2014, Avera Mengistu, of Ethiopian descent, managed to cross a barbed wire fence into Gaza, while in 2015, Hisham al-Sayed, a Bedouin, somehow traversed the border.

Hamas also holds the remains of IDF soldiers Lt. Hadar Goldin and Sgt. Oron Shaul, who were killed in separate incidents during the 2014 Gaza conflict.
missing
Hisham al-Sayed, Lt. Hadar Goldin, Sgt. Oron Shaul and Avera Mengistu

3. A New York Times report on US cyberwarfare against Islamic State also sheds new light on the intelligence President Donald Trump disclosed to Russian diplomats. Haaretz summed up the Israel-angles.

Top Israeli cyberoperators penetrated a small cell of extremist bombmakers in Syria months ago, the officials said. That was how the United States learned that the terrorist group was working to make explosives that fooled airport X-ray machines and other screening by looking exactly like batteries for laptop computers.
 
The intelligence was so exquisite that it enabled the United States to understand how the weapons could be detonated, according to two American officials familiar with the operation.

4. Ignoring Israeli History Won’t Make It Go Away: Journalist botches opportunity to bring much-needed context to the issue of settlements.

5. Ignoring Israeli History Won’t Make It Go Away: An Irish commentary omits crucial — and inconvenient — historical facts explaining the truth about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Whether you agree with the idea of settlement enclaves or not, this Haaretz report is going to raise a ruckus in the Knesset, Ramallah, Washington . . .

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told senior Trump administration officials that in any future peace agreement with the Palestinians, Israel will seek to allow isolated settlements that won’t be annexed to its territory to remain in place as enclaves that would be under Israeli sovereignty . . .
 
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, who attended the meeting with Haley, told Haaretz that Netanyahu spoke about adopting a model like the one that exists along the border area of Netherlands and Belgium, in which each country has small enclaves in the other country’s territory.
• Jerusalem Post: A PA official who beat cancer thanks to the treatment he received at Haifa’s Rambam Hospital “donated tens of thousands of shekels for the building of a recovery room in its pediatric oncology department.” Unfortunately, he can only be identified as M.

• Terror attacks in Europe are driving NATO closer to Israel, reports Haaretz.
Around the World
Kansas State Capitol Building

• Kansas lawmakers gave final approval to a bill prohibiting the state from contracting businesses that boycott Israel. The legislation now passes on to Gov. Sam Brownback, who is expected to sign the measure. According to the Wichita Eagle:
In 2016, Kansas exported $56.7 million in commodities to Israel and imported $83.7 million from Israel, according to the Kansas Department of Commerce.
• Swastika painted inside Star of David on Rio Jewish club’s wall.

• Anti-Semitic graffiti discovered at Virginia Jewish summer camp.

Commentary/Analysis
• Tweet of the day goes to Yair Rosenberg. He was responding to a Mehdi Hasan piece in The Intercept claiming that Israel launched the Six-Day War because it wanted to annex new territory, not because it was under threat.

Actually, the Israeli security cabinet transcripts from the war were declassified this June & showed Israel's gov had no idea war was coming https://t.co/eIfTuFWDcC
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) June 12, 2017
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Ben-Dror Yemini: The occupation festival
– Michael Oren: Six days that helped put Palestinians on the map
– Nadav Shragai: A familiar illusion
– Douglas Murray: When did British voters start rewarding anti-Semitism?
– Wall St. Journal (staff-ed): Hezbollah in the Bronx (click via Twitter)
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Israel to Reduce Electricity to Gaza
Israel Daily News Stream3 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Acceding to PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ request, the Israeli cabinet decided to reduce electricity to Gaza by 40 percent, putting a squeeze on Hamas. A source told Haaretz:

Military commanders believe that further reductions in the electricity supply to Gaza are likely to hasten escalation in violence. However, the official said that Israeli army officials who participated in the meeting did not advise leniency toward Hamas.
2. The International Red Cross does a lot for Palestinian security prisoners, most recently facilitating an end to a recent hunger strike. Yet Hamas spit in the face of IRC by rejecting a Red Cross request for information about Israelis held in Gaza:

Hamas spokesman Abdul Latif al-Qanou said: “The case of Israeli soldier prisoners is in the hands of the movement and it alone takes decisions over this issue.”
 
“It will not comply with such demands from the Red Cross,” he added.
 
The ICRC had called on Hamas to respect it commitments to International Humanitarian Law in regards to its Israeli soldiers. It had demanded that the movement submit a report on their fate.
 
Head of the ICRC delegation in Israel Jacques de Maio said that regardless if the prisoners were civilians or soldiers, they are all protected by International Humanitarian Law.
Hamas holds two Israeli nationals — both civilians with mental health conditions who are thought to be alive. In 2014, Avera Mengistu, of Ethiopian descent, managed to cross a barbed wire fence into Gaza, while in 2015, Hisham al-Sayed, a Bedouin, somehow traversed the border.

Hamas also holds the remains of IDF soldiers Lt. Hadar Goldin and Sgt. Oron Shaul, who were killed in separate incidents during the 2014 Gaza conflict.
missing
Hisham al-Sayed, Lt. Hadar Goldin, Sgt. Oron Shaul and Avera Mengistu

3. A New York Times report on US cyberwarfare against Islamic State also sheds new light on the intelligence President Donald Trump disclosed to Russian diplomats. Haaretz summed up the Israel-angles.

Top Israeli cyberoperators penetrated a small cell of extremist bombmakers in Syria months ago, the officials said. That was how the United States learned that the terrorist group was working to make explosives that fooled airport X-ray machines and other screening by looking exactly like batteries for laptop computers.
 
The intelligence was so exquisite that it enabled the United States to understand how the weapons could be detonated, according to two American officials familiar with the operation.

4. Ignoring Israeli History Won’t Make It Go Away: Journalist botches opportunity to bring much-needed context to the issue of settlements.

5. Ignoring Israeli History Won’t Make It Go Away: An Irish commentary omits crucial — and inconvenient — historical facts explaining the truth about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Whether you agree with the idea of settlement enclaves or not, this Haaretz report is going to raise a ruckus in the Knesset, Ramallah, Washington . . .

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told senior Trump administration officials that in any future peace agreement with the Palestinians, Israel will seek to allow isolated settlements that won’t be annexed to its territory to remain in place as enclaves that would be under Israeli sovereignty . . .
 
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, who attended the meeting with Haley, told Haaretz that Netanyahu spoke about adopting a model like the one that exists along the border area of Netherlands and Belgium, in which each country has small enclaves in the other country’s territory.
• Jerusalem Post: A PA official who beat cancer thanks to the treatment he received at Haifa’s Rambam Hospital “donated tens of thousands of shekels for the building of a recovery room in its pediatric oncology department.” Unfortunately, he can only be identified as M.

• Terror attacks in Europe are driving NATO closer to Israel, reports Haaretz.
Around the World
Kansas State Capitol Building

• Kansas lawmakers gave final approval to a bill prohibiting the state from contracting businesses that boycott Israel. The legislation now passes on to Gov. Sam Brownback, who is expected to sign the measure. According to the Wichita Eagle:
In 2016, Kansas exported $56.7 million in commodities to Israel and imported $83.7 million from Israel, according to the Kansas Department of Commerce.
• Swastika painted inside Star of David on Rio Jewish club’s wall.

• Anti-Semitic graffiti discovered at Virginia Jewish summer camp.

Commentary/Analysis
• Tweet of the day goes to Yair Rosenberg. He was responding to a Mehdi Hasan piece in The Intercept claiming that Israel launched the Six-Day War because it wanted to annex new territory, not because it was under threat.

Actually, the Israeli security cabinet transcripts from the war were declassified this June & showed Israel's gov had no idea war was coming https://t.co/eIfTuFWDcC
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) June 12, 2017
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Ben-Dror Yemini: The occupation festival
– Michael Oren: Six days that helped put Palestinians on the map
– Nadav Shragai: A familiar illusion
– Douglas Murray: When did British voters start rewarding anti-Semitism?
– Wall St. Journal (staff-ed): Hezbollah in the Bronx (click via Twitter)
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Hamas Tunnel Found Under UNRWA School
Israel Daily News Stream4 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. The UN Relief and Works Agency, which provides assistance to Palestinian refugees, discovered a Hamas tunnel under two Gaza schools sharing the same premises. The Jerusalem Post writes:

In a statement, UNRWA spokesperson Christopher Gunness said that the tunnels were discovered during construction of an extension of one of the buildings during summer vacation, when the schools were empty. The tunnel had no entry or exit points within the school.
In a sign of the times, a Saudi newspaper harshly condemned Hamas, saying the terror group endangers Gaza’s civilians:

“Hamas allocates millions of Saudi and UAE dollars in order to support Iranian-orchestrated terror.”
 
The leading Saudi newspaper drew parallels between the Islamic State and those of Hamas, stating that “there is no difference between them.”
 
The newspaper called for immediate Arab intervention in order to prevent Hamas’ exploitation of Gaza’s citizens and even “to save their lives.”
Hamas denied digging the tunnel, but did announce that its new politburo chief, Ismail Haniyeh, will lead a delegation of senior Hamas leaders to Iran.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the UNRWA to be dismantled.

“Since World War II, there have been tens of millions of refugees the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has taken care of. The Palestinians have their own separate commission, UNRWA, which has a lot of incitement against Israelis among its ranks,” the prime minister said.
UNRWA

2. What do the UK election results mean for Israel and British Jewry? The Times of Israel dives into the issue. Meanwhile, UK Jewish students told The Algemeiner they’re worried the results will bring anti-Semitic views more into the mainstream.

As it was, Jewish candidates won seats around Britain.

ARTE3. ARTE, a Franco-German TV network, is refusing to air a documentary on European anti-Semitism because — get this — they considered it too “pro-Israel.”

Turning a blind eye to Arab anti-Semitism and the anti-Zionist Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign is more “politically correct.”

The European political support of anti-Semitism targeting Israel is presented in the film, including a speech by the Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas who told European lawmakers that rabbis urged Israel’s government to poison Arab water supplies. The European Parliament rewarded Abbas with a standing ovation.
 
The film also shows the growth of the anti-Israel BDS campaign in Europe.
 
Anti-Semitism is traced, among others, in Germany, France, Belgium, the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank, including that of Muslims.
 
Arte’s editors rejected the broadcast, because they argued that the film treats the central theme “only very partially” and does not correspond to the approved project.
4. Where is Judaism’s Holiest Site? No, it’s not the Western Wall — and these days, precision regarding Jerusalem’s Jewish sites matters a lot. Not, however to one newspaper. See HR managing editor Simon Plosker’s op-ed in The Times of Israel.

5. Read HR’s Six-Day War: 50th Anniversary Resource Primer: As the media continues examining the 50th anniversary of Israel’s remarkable victory in the 1967 Six-Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem, see HonestReporting’s Resource Primer marking the event. Go to News Articles, Gallery and Movie Clips to see the latest updated content.

Six Day War Primer

Israel and the Palestinians
• A Knesset committee approved a bill to cut money transfers to the PA over stipends to terrorists and their families. The Times of Israel reports that the next legislative hurdles are due to take place on Wednesday.

• A new book glorifying Palestinian terrorists is outraging Israelis as it aims to “inspire” Palestinian youth through the stories of “martyrs” from one refugee camp near Jerusalem. Israel HaYom writes:

The book, “Stories of Qalandiya’s Shahids, 1967-2017,” was published by the Qalandiya Media Center and tells the personal stories of terrorists who resided in the Jerusalem-adjacent refugee camp.
• The Economist looks at Israeli efforts to spot Palestinian lone-wolf attackers. Algorithms monitor social-media posts of Palestinians, and more, but could any of this eventually in the West?

• West Bank water theft drains Israelis and Palestinians dry as everybody points fingers at someone else.

Nir Barkat
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat

• While visiting Toronto, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat discussed dealing with terror with the National Post.
Unlike in London, for example, where last week police urged people to “Run, Hide, Tell,” in Jerusalem civilians are encouraged to “take action, to engage.” So today, fully one third of the “neutralizing” of terrorists in Jerusalem is by civilians, Barkat said.
• According to Obama administration documents seen by Haaretz, Netanyahu demanded that settlers be allowed to remain in Palestine after a future peace deal. But a trial balloon raised a bigger political storm within the prime minister’s coalition than he anticipated. As for the Palestinians, the suggestion was not rejected out of hand.

Around the World
• US authorities busted a Hezbollah plot to attack Israelis in New York and Panama.

• Bomb threats shut down three Los Angeles synagogue locations on Shabbat.

• Meanwhile, over in The Hague . . .

Abdoe Khoulani, a Muslim city council member in The Hague, slammed a group of Israeli high school students visiting the Dutch parliament, calling them “future Zionist terrorists, occupiers and those who murder children.”
• For a sense of what’s in store for next month’s historic visit to Israel by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, NDTV previews what’s on the agenda. There’s plenty to discuss: India is Israel’s largest customer of military equipment, while bilateral trade last year was “about USD 4.5 billion.”

Modi arrives in Israel on July 4.

Narendra Modi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

• A Belgian court upheld a jail term for anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne. A two-month sentence and a fine of 9,000 Euros was handed down over anti-Semitic and racist remarks made during his 2012 show in the Belgian city of Liege.

It is unlikely Dieudonne will serve any jail time because the Belgian authorities usually do not enforce short sentences to avoid overcrowding in prison.
• Spanish police arrested a Hamas supporter accused of inciting violence against Jews.

• The European Jewish Press talked to various wonks for a sense of how new French President Emmanuel Macron will treat Israel.

• Amazon still sells ‘Free Palestine’ clothes, after Sears and Walmart stopped.

• Pass the popcorn: Ankara’s catching flak for not disbursing $20 million paid by Israel for the families of 10 Turkish nationals killed during the IDF intercept of the Mavi Marmara flotilla to Gaza. Hurriyet coverage.

• If you’re afraid of fake news, be even more wary of deadly fake reporters.

Six-Day War Anniversary
• Kufr Aqab is a Palestinian village that became part of the Jerusalem after the Six-Day War. But 50 years and two intifadas later, the area is outside the Israeli security barrier, in what the Los Angeles Times calls “a twilight-zone existence all its own.”

Related reading: Razing a Racket.

• The Six-Day War marks a somber anniversary for international peacekeepers. Commandant Tommy Wickham of Ireland was deployed as an unarmed military observer in the Golan Heights when he was shot and killed by a Syrian soldier. According to the Irish Independent, Comdt Wickham “was the only member of the Defence Forces to die on active service in Syria.”

• NPR discussed the war with writers A.B. Yehoshua and Raja Shehadeh. NPR also interviewed an Israeli settler and a Palestinian about how the war changed their lives.

• Arab writer Nael Eltoukhy offers some fascinating insights into the divergent Egyptian and Palestinian narratives of the Six-Day War.

• New York Times columnist Bret Stephens and author Yossi Klein Halevi discussed their personal connections to Israel and how the American Jewish community’s views on the state have been evolving since 1967.

• Here’s more Six-Day War reading:

– Yossi Klein Halevi: The astonishing Israeli concession of 1967
– Clifford May: The Six-Day War and the 50-year occupation
– Paul Bonicelli: 50 years ago, Israel saved Western civilization in the Mideast
– Ron Jontof-Hutter: ‘Never again’ forgotten within 22 years
– Lucette Lagnado: Arab countries treated their Jews horribly after the war
– Annika Hernroth-Rothstein: Jerusalem: From destination to destiny

• Memo to Yousef Munayyer: Had Israel lost the war, there wouldn’t be any Jews left to photograph in the Mideast, and Islamic State would’ve demolished the Western Wall by now.

I don’t presume to speak for the late photographer, David Rubinger, or for the three soldiers (Haim Oshri, Dr. Yitzhak Yifat and Zion Karasenti), but considering Jordan refused to grant Jews access to the holy site for 19 years, the emotional looks on their faces certainly spoke for Israelis and Jews everywhere.

Western Wall
Paratroopers at the Western Wall

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

– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Palestinians afraid to tangle with Trump
– Ruthie Blum: Cutting Abbas down to size
– Amos Harel: Qatar crisis took US by surprise. Israel is concerned
– David Horovitz: Humiliation of May, rise of Corbyn, make gloomy news for Jerusalem
– Jerusalem Post (staff-ed): Gaza marks unhappy anniversary — 10 years under Hamas rule
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Britons Cast Their Votes in Snap Election
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Today’s Top Stories
1. After weeks of politics, polls and pundits, Britons are casting their votes in today’s general election. Final surveys indicated an edge for incumbent Theresa May and her Conservative Party over Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party. However, the race tightened after terror attacks in London and Manchester. Other issues included Brexit, security and government spending.

Live-blogging the election day updates are the BBC, The Independent, The Guardian, and Daily Telegraph. Polls close at 10 p.m.

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Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn

2. German mayor cancels BDS events due to anti-Semitism.
The events were canceled because of concerns that “a large number of the supporters of BDS [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions] hold antisemitic positions,” the municipality said in a statement sent to The Jerusalem Post.
 
“So long as it cannot be clarified that the BDS movement officially and publicly does not question Israel’s right to exist, such events cannot take place in city facilities,” Krogmann stressed.

3. Might the UN Security Council pass a resolution calling for a withdrawal of Hezbollah forces in Southern Lebanon? Could the mandate of UNIFIL peace monitors there be strengthened in advance of a possible Israel-Lebanon conflict? That’s what US Ambassador Nikki Haley and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed, according to the Jerusalem Post.

The unanimously passed Security Council resolution 1701 which ended the 2006 war in Lebanon specifically declared that Southern Lebanon (specifically, between the Litani River and Israeli border) be an “area free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the Government of Lebanon.”

“If there is another conflict and we will have to hit missile launchers that are placed in private homes, it will be difficult for the Security Council to condemn us if the matter is brought to the Security Council now,” the official said. “We want to bring to the world’s attention, now, that Hezbollah is arming and using schools and hospitals to place launchers so that if there are victims in the future the world does not come to us with complaints.”
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Hezbollah’s arsenal includes Iranian-made Fajr-5 rockets with a range of 75 km

Israel and the Palestinians
• Fascinating scoop by Haaretz, which obtained documents detailing how the Obama administration sought to bridge Israeli-Palestinian gaps to advance peace efforts, the eyebrow-raising language on borders that Netanyahu was willing to accept, and how everything fell apart. It certainly pokes holes in the idea that Israel and its leaders aren’t interested in peace:

But Abbas didn’t accept Obama’s framework document. He didn’t reject it, though – he simply didn’t respond . . .
 
Other American officials, as well as Israeli ones, see this episode as proof of Abbas’ inability to deliver a final peace agreement, mostly as a result of his internal political troubles.
• Both AP and Reuters look at the impact of the Qatari crisis on Hamas. A lot of people argue, with validity, that when Hamas is cornered, it launches rockets at Israel to draw it into war. But one analyst’s observation to Reuters is worth pondering:

Equally, he said, Hamas is unlikely openly to kick up a fuss so as not to compound the pressure Qatar is under.
 
“Hamas feels it owes Qatar gratitude because of its political and financial support all these years,” he said.
• Arab Israeli brothers charged in Hamas plot to murder Israeli military officer.

• PA President Mahmoud Abbas will put aside settlement halt for peace talks, aide says. Let’s wait and see.

• Palestinian Media Watch: Jibril Rajoub lies to Palestinians: “I did not mention the word sovereignty” re. the Western Wall

• Proof that activists need their morning coffee too. Don’t you hate it when this happens?

Ynet

• Hamas bomb expert who survived three Israeli assassination attempts killed in Gaza blast.

• Israel is stepping up its efforts with Egypt against Islamic State in the Sinai as the jihadis wage ‘war’ for control of the Egyptian border. Here’s a by the numbers look based on IDF figures shared with the Washington Free Beacon:

1,000-2,000: “active members of ISIS” operating in the Sinai region
5-7: terror attacks per week
10: weekly casualties from ISIS attacks

ISIS Sinai
Islamic State gunmen in the Sinai

Commentary/Analysis
• Veteran journalist Matti Friedman weighs in on what the AP’s collaboration with Nazi Germany should teach us about reporting the news. It all boils down to a galling lack of media transparency and more recent examples of editorial compromises made for the sake of access in places like Gaza and North Korea.

Western news organizations that maintain a presence in countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia, for example, make compromises in return for access and almost never tell readers what those compromises are. The result, in many cases, is something worse than no coverage—it’s something that looks like coverage, but is actually misinformation, giving people the illusion that they know what’s going on instead of telling them outright that they’re getting information shaped by regimes trying to mislead them.
Friedman’s observations bring to mind CNN executive Eason Jordan’s extraordinary mea culpa about the dangerous trade-offs the network made in Iraq with Sadddam Hussein — written only after dictator’s downfall, of course.

• The Six-Day War commentaries continue . . .

– Ronen Bergman: How the KGB started the war that changed the Mideast
– Stephen Daisley: When will the Six-Day War finally end?

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

– Avi Issacharoff: Will the Saudi-Qatar clash push Hamas into a dangerous corner?
– MK Ksenia Svetlova: Looking for a new equation in Gaza
– Prof. William Jacobson: Justice for Rasmea
– Prof. Alex Mintz: Why is Nasrallah threatening Israel again?
– David Pollock: Palestinians not as hostile to Trump’s posture as Americans assume
– Bassam Tawil: Palestinian crocodile tears and terrorism

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Islamic State Claims Twin Terror Attacks in Tehran
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Islamic State claimed credit for twin terror attacks in Tehran as gunmen and suicide bombers stormed Iran’s parliament building, taking hostages, and also the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the spiritual leader of the Iranian Revolution.

According to Iranian reports cited by the Western media, at least 12 people were killed and 39 people injured in the two attacks. Parliament was in session at the time; the siege there lasted about three hours. Iranian officials said a third attack was thwarted without elaborating.

So far, news services like CNN, BBC and wire services stress that the casualty figures haven’t been independently verified or if the number of dead included any of the terrorists.

If confirmed, this would be Islamic State’s first attack in Iran. It’ll be interesting to see if Tel Aviv city hall lights up in solidarity with Tehran like it has for Manchester, Orlando, Egypt, Russia, etc.


2. As the Qatari crisis escalated, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir demanded Qatar end its support of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Jubeir added that Qatar was undermining the Palestinian Authority and Egypt in its support of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.
 
“We don’t think this is good. Qatar has to stop these policies so that it can contribute to stability in the Middle East,” he said.
The crisis widened as Jordan, Mauritius, Mauritania, Yemen the Maldives and one of Libya’s three rival governments cut or scaled down relations with Qatar.

3. Will Qatar sacrifice Al Jazeera? CNN, BBC and UAE-based columnist Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi have me going hmmmmm.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Israel may deduct ‘martyr’ payments from funds it transfers to the PA each month, the Times of Israel reports:

The bill, which is on the agenda for Sunday’s meeting of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, would see Israel cut around NIS 1 billion ($285 million) from the tax revenues it collects for the Palestinians and hands over to them — equivalent to the amount that Ramallah pays to terrorists and their families.
• Jordan is considering banning Wonder Woman, with critics emphasizing lead actress Gal Gadot’s previous service in the IDF. Unlike Lebanon, however, Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994. Ynet coverage.

• If these jokers had murdered Israelis, they’d be set for life.

• US Ambassador Nikki Haley arrived in Israel for a three visit. Today, she met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, and called the UN a “bully.”

• Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is visiting Israel. Africa News reports that one particular agenda item in Desalegn’s talks with Israeli leaders was his role in helping Israel obtain observer status in the African Union.

Desalegn also met with Israel’s Ethiopian community, and toured Jerusalem’s Old City — including the Western Wall, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.


• Palestinians passed up chance to debate Israelis at International Criminal Court’s moot court competition in The Hague, reports the Times of Israel. A team from Birzeit University withdrew rather than debate a team from Hebrew University. The Hebrew U. team eventually finished the competition in ninth place.

“This was in line with the university’s commitment toward the Boycott and Divestment Sanctions Campaign (BDS),” Birzeit said in the press release, which was posted on the university’s website but later made unavailable.
• The Media Line takes a closer look at anti-Israel rhetoric coming out of Jordan.

• Ethiopian immigrants arrived in Israel after an eight-month break in airlifts. The Times of Israel was on hand for some emotional family reunions at Ben Gurion Airport. Airlifts have been stymied by politics, bureaucracy and budget constraints

There are approximately 9,000 Jews in Ethiopia with family in Israel who are waiting to emigrate.

• Amnesty International‘s marking the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War with a call to Britain to ban imports of goods produced in Israeli settlements. The Independent led the cheerleading.

• Restaurants in the Jordanian city of Aqaba are refusing to serve Israeli vacationers.

Around the World
• Sears department store to pull ‘Free Palestine’ clothing from site amid complaints:

“These items were being sold by a third-party seller via the Sears Marketplace,” said the statement, which was sent to JTA Tuesday afternoon. “Given the feedback we’ve received, they are being removed.”
 
The statement added that Sears felt it had been “unfairly singled out on this issue,” as similar items are available for purchase from other companies, such as Amazon and Walmart.
• Accusations of anti-Semitism fly as election poster gives Theresa May shiny Star of David earrings.

• Jewish Chronicle: A 16-year-old Jewish girl beaten up by a gang of youths shouting anti-Semitic epithets was then left bleeding in an Edgware park for hours when police failed to respond.

• British police are treating arson attacks on two kosher restaurants in Manchester as ‘antisemitic hate crimes’

Commentary/Analysis
• In a pair of meaty interviews, the Fathom Journal discussed the Six Day War with Michael Oren and Nidal Foqaha.

• Plenty of commentary examining the Six Day War from various angles . . .

– Yossi Klein Halevi: Still stuck between May and June of 1967
– Tamara Coffman Wittes: How the Six-Day War led to the Arab Spring
– Yohanan Plesner: How Israeli society has changed since the Six Day War
– Michael Oren: How the was safeguarded Israel as Mideast’s democratic anchor
– Lela Gilbert: Remembering a time of miracles
– Sara Yael Hirschhorn: Before the war, these American Jews were leftists — now, they’re Israeli settlers
– Yedidia Stern: How the Six-Day War built a messianic strain still in Israeli politics
– Shibley Telhami: The 1967 war’s effects on Palestinians still reverberate


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– Father Raymond de Souza: The Six Days War shaped 50 years of history
– Michael Mandelbaum: 1967’s gift to America
– Hisham Melhem: The Arab world has never recovered from the loss of 1967
– Ghassan Charbel: Ambassadors of the dark
– Dr. Gabriel Glickman: Rewriting the Six-Day War
– Greg Myre: 50 years on, US presidents still seek elusive peace to 6-Day War
– Seth Mandel: The literary left’s anti-celebration of Jerusalem’s liberation
– Jeff Jacoby: Israel’s victory in Six-Day War astonished the world

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

– Amos Harel: As Qatar crisis backs Hamas into a corner, Israel fears another round of violence in Gaza
– Ron Kampeas: Arab countries are turning on Qatar. What does it mean for Israel?
– Gil Troy: Ambassador Haley, the modern Moynihan
– Alan Dershowitz: A new tolerance for anti-Semitism
– Avi Benlolo: Canada must follow Europe’s example and do more to combat anti-Semitism

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Qatar Crisis: The Implications for Israel
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Today’s Top Stories
1. With the Mideast shaken up by Egypt and the Gulf states severing ties with Qatar over its sponsorship of terror groups, Israeli officials see opportunities, assess that Qatar’s dalliance with pro-Iran groups made the crisis overdue, and said the developments are very very bad for Hamas.

With Qatar’s only land border with Saudi Arabia now shut, Qataris rushed supermarkets, emptying shelves of food. The crisis is already squeezing Qatar’s economy, air travel, and even the 2022 World Cup.

Experts say a prolonged crisis will push Qatar closer to Turkey and Iran. Turkey and Kuwait have offered to mediate.

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Doha, Qatar


2. A riot broke out in the Israeli Arab town of Kafr Kasim on Monday night when a 27-year-old man, Mohammed Taha, resisted arrest. As the violence escalated, Taha was shot by a private security guard who feared for his life. The Jerusalem Post writes:

According to a police statement, the riot began when police attempted to detain a driver from the city when it was discovered during a routine permit check that he was wanted for interrogation by security forces. The statement said that as police attempted to take the driver in for questioning, about fifty residents, some of them masked, arrived on the scene and began pelting the police car with rocks and then proceeded to attack the station, setting fire to three police vehicles . . .
 
The police is on high alert ahead of the funeral for Taha, which is scheduled to take place Tuesday afternoon, fearing further breakout of violence.
More on the incident and its fallout at the Times of Israel.

Amb. Nikki Haley
Amb. Nikki Haley addressing the UN Human Rights Council on June 6, 2017.

3. Addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, US Ambassador Nikki Haley denounced its overwhelming focus on Israel to the detriment of abuses elsewhere in the world. See the video.

Criticizing the UNHRC for failing to issue resolutions against Venezuela for its many violations of human rights, saying that the South American country “should step down from its seat on the human rights council until it can get its own house in order.”
 
She then reprimanded the international body for instead issuing 5 resolutions against Israel since March. “It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it wants to maintain its credibility,” she said.

4. Journalist Shills For Palestinians; Slams Israel, Omits Basic Facts: Presenting one agenda-driven side to a complex story isn’t journalism.

Israel and the Palestinians
• While everyone was preoccupied with the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, the Associated Press takes note of a different anniversary: It’s been a decade since Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip.

This isn’t about deriving pleasure from the misfortune of Gaza but AP’s grim picture of what the Strip has come to in the last decade. We’re talking about 60 percent youth unemployment, unprecedented daily shortages of water and electricity, clampdowns on freedom of expression and financial pressures.

• Forty-seven Hamas lawmakers in the West Bank say they got their salaries after fearing a cutoff from PA President Mahmoud Abbas. The PA said the delay in payment was due to a technical error. This followed reports that Abbas suspended stipends to Hamas terrorists released in the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner swap.
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• Jerusalem Post: Israel and New Zealand are likely to restore full diplomatic relations. Israel recalled its ambassador to Wellington after New Zealand co-sponsored the contentious UN Security Council resolution 2334, which denounced settlements.

Just earlier this week, Israel and Senegal — another co-sponsor of that resolution — announced they were also restoring full diplomatic relations.

• A Palestinian terrorist who returned to Israel after 34 years was immediately jailed, tsk.

• UN human rights chief decries Israeli occupation and Holocaust in same speech.

• A California judge ruled that the 2014 Gaza conflict also known as Operation Protective Edge can be legally classified as a “war.” The Jerusalem Post notes 6.9 million reasons why the designation matters to everyone involved in the production of Dig, a TV series set in Israel.

The TV series, which was canceled after one season, was shot, at least partly, in Israel in June 2014. As tensions began to heighten in what would eventually become a deadly, 50-day ground operation, the production crew decided to leave Israel and finish filming in Croatia and New Mexico.
 
NBCUniversal, USA’s parent company, filed a $6.9 million insurance claim with its Atlantic Insurance Company to cover the unexpected costs. The show’s policy offered full coverage in case of terrorism, but not in the case of war. NBC argued that the crew was forced to relocate due to Hamas terrorism, while Atlantic said it was a war, though the Israeli government never declared it as such.
• The Jerusalem Post calls out the Sears department store for peddling a variety of ‘Free Palestine’ t-shirts. This one depicts Palestine from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. If that ever happens, will the store’s Israel t-shirts become collector’s items

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

– Haviv Rettig Gur: Why peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians keep failing
– Uri Dromi: 50 years after the Six-Day War, Israel should pull out of most of the West Bank
– Peter Wertheim: Arabs always rejected idea of a home for Jews, and still do
– Pinhas Inbari: Did Jibril Rajoub say that the Kotel should be under Jewish control?
– Jonathan Tobin: The Left’s Abbas problem
– Martin Kramer: The forgotten truth about the Balfour Declaration
– Herb Keinon: 5 reasons Israelis should care about improving ties with Africa
– Tony Badran: Distinction between Hezbollah and the “Lebanese State” now meaningless
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Holding Qatar accountable

• For a sense of what the critics are saying, see Hanan Ashawi.

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Gulf States Sever Ties With Qatar Over Terror Support
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed ties with Qatar over the Gulf state’s continued support for terror groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State and Al Qaida.

Transport ties were cut, Qatar was expelled from the Saudi-led coalition of forces fighting in Yemen, while Qatari nationals were given two weeks to leave the Gulf states. And soccer fans take note:

Kristian Ulrichsen, a Gulf expert at the U.S-based Baker Institute, said if Qatar’s land borders and air space were closed for any length of time “it would wreak havoc on the timeline and delivery” of the World Cup.
Meanwhile, Seth Frantzman lists 5 reasons Israel should care about the Qatar crisis.


2. Here are a few takeaways from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Liberia, where he met with leaders of 10 West African nations at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) summit, where he also delivered the keynote speech.

– Israel to open two trading hubs in West and East Africa
– Israel and Senegal mended fences after last year’s UN resolution spat
– Nigeria, other ECOWAS countries to benefit from Israel’s $1 billion solar project
– Energiya Global of Israel to invest $20M in Liberia’s energy sector

And what’s Israel after? Netanyahu summed it up in his keynote address:

“Israel should once again be an observer state of the African Union … I fervently believe that it’s in your interest too, in the interest of Africa. And I hope all of you will support that goal,” Netanyahu told West African leaders at the 51st ECOWAS Summit of Heads of State in Liberia’s capital Monrovia on Sunday.
 
“I ask for your support in rejecting anti-Israel bias at the United Nations, and in bodies such as the General Assembly, UNESCO and the Human Rights Council,” he appealed.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) conference in Liberia.

3. This is as good a start as we can hope for — for now. I wonder if Fatah-aligned terrorists will get the same treatment. According to the Associated Press:

Abdelrahman Shadid, who runs a Hamas-linked prisoner advocacy group in Gaza, said dozens of ex-prisoners from Hamas had not received their salaries as scheduled.
 
“The prisoners went to the banks today and found no salaries in their accounts,” he said. “We are waiting to hear from the bank officially tomorrow to see if this is a salary stop.”
 
Shadid said those affected had been released in 2011 when Hamas traded an Israeli soldier for more than 1,000 prisoners held by Israel. Among those who didn’t receive their stipends was only one from Fatah, and the rest were from Hamas, said Shadid.
4. It Only Sounds Absurd When It’s Not About Israel: Imagine the outrage if headlines about the Manchester terror attack followed the pattern of headlines about Palestinian terror

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Israel and the Palestinians
• Palestinian sources confirmed to Haaretz that a number of top Hamas officials left Qatar, “splitting up and moving to a number of countries, including Lebanon, Malaysia and Turkey.”

• Five Palestinian members of a Hamas-linked terror group were arrested in eastern Jerusalem on suspicion of planning attacks at the Temple Mount on visitors and security personnel.

• The UNRWA, which provides for Palestinian refugees, apologized for using a photo of a Syrian girl to raise money. The fauxtography was first spotted by UN Watch.

• It’s not clear how many Palestinian refugees are in Greece, but Haaretz finds the Europeans don’t treat them as well as the Syrians. Some fled from Syrian refugee camps, others from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Germany’s the preferred destination because, among other reasons, its thought that there are more possibilities of steady work. But here’s the rub:

“The Germans are willing to grant this kind of residency to Syrian refugees because they have a homeland they’ll return to when the war in Syria is over. We Palestinians don’t have a homeland and the Germans are afraid we’ll stay in Germany forever.”
• The Times of Israel reports good news and bad news from Gaza. The good news? Hamas isn’t interested in war with Israel and is clamping down hard on jihadists planning rocket and terror attacks, while Israel hasn’t reduced electricity to the Strip.The bad news is that Hamas terror commander Muhammad Deif has built up an army of 27,000 people and invested a lot of money in Gaza’s tunnel infrastructure.

• Gaza dating site matches widows to men seeking 2nd (or 3rd) wife

• As the Syrian civil war raises tensions for Israelis living in the Golan, The New Statesman visits the heights to measure the mood.
UN Human Rights Council• With the US poised to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council over the role of human rights abusers and the council’s disproportionate scrutiny of Israel, NGOs are trying to convince the Trump administration to remain engaged. Their logic in a letter seen by Reuters:

Eight groups, including Freedom House and the Jacob Blaustein Institute, wrote to Haley in May saying a withdrawal would be counterproductive since it could lead to the Council “unfairly targeting Israel to an even greater degree.”
Commentary/Analysis
• In an eye-opening Wall St. Journal op-ed (click via Twitter), Asher Orkaby explains how 1967 Israeli fears of an Egyptian chemical attack played a part in the decision to launch a pre-emptive strike on the Egyptian Air Force — which was dropping chemical weapons in Yemen. Today, Israel has to take into account Syrian chemical weapons.

There is a clear parallel to the current conflict in Syria. What made the 1960s crisis in Yemen so dangerous was that the international community did not respond to Egypt’s use of chemical weapons. The Yemeni civil war was waved off as merely an intra-Arab conflict. Without visible international assurances that chemical warfare would not be tolerated, Israel in 1967 felt compelled to eliminate the threat before it arrived.
 
In the barrage of Tomahawk missiles President Trump launched against Syria in April, the U.S. provided some response to the latest chemical attack. Failure to follow up this show of force with collective international action—making clear to Israel that further chemical warfare is off the table—may push the Middle East toward another destructive regional war.

• Plenty of reading material looking back on the Six Day War to sink your teeth into.

– Michael Oren: Israel’s 1967 victory is something to celebrate
– Stephen Pollard: The Six-Day War turned Middle-East politics upside down – and it still dominates today
– Zalman Shoval: Our war of defense
– Aviva Klompas: 50 years on, settlements are not the problem
– Fred Maroun: As an Arab, I am embarrassed by the Six-Day War
– Bernard Avishai: How the Six-Day War changed Israel’s mind
– Gershom Gorenberg: How occupation has damaged Israel’s democracy
– Hirsh Goodman: I fought for a better Israel than this
– Ben-Dror Yemini: The truth about the occupation

An Israeli gunboat passing through the Straits of Tiran during the Six-Day War
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Herb Keinon: Israel will need to fulfill expectations it is sowing in Africa
– Alex Fishman: Gaza sewage penetrates Israel
– Amb. Ron Prosor: There’s still time to avert war in Lebanon (click via Twitter)
– Matthew Kalman: The Israeli schoolkids who talk their way into enemy countries
– Ron Jontof-Hutter: BDS, back to front
– Manfred Gerstenfeld: The structural uneasiness of French Jews
– Emily Bell: Facebook’s moderation is of public interest and should be public knowledge
– Dr. Edy Cohen: The Farhoud remembered
– Daniel Pipes: The paradoxical peril of easy US-Israel relations (click via Twitter)

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Did Qatar Expel Leading Hamas Figures?
Israel Daily News Stream6 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
*** Breaking news *** Just before this roundup was published, the Jerusalem Post reported that Israeli and Togolese guards exchanged blows during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s diplomatic visit to the West African country of Liberia. More below on the prime minister’s visit.

1. Qatar has reportedly expelled a number of Hamas leaders, presumably due to US leaning on the Gulf state, according to Israeli media which picked up on Arab reports.

It [Qatar] gave no details on where the outside pressure came from, but it comes just two weeks after US President Donald Trump met with Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia, calling on them to form a coalition against Islamist terrorism.
 
Israel’s Channel 10 TV on Saturday night quoted Palestinian officials saying the pressure on Qatar to expel Hamas operatives came from Saudi Arabia and the United States. The sources added that the list of names was “only the beginning” and that further expulsions would follow.

While Hamas denies the reports, this is no doubt related to Iran renewing financial support for Hamas. The Palestinians will eventually find their agenda co-opted by Tehran because sugar daddies come with strings attached:

The deal to restore Hamas’s financial support came after marathon meetings in Lebanon between officials from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Hamas, and the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror group, the report said . . .
 
The Palestinian sources added that Iran views the new agreement with Hamas as an opportunity to build a strong Sunni alliance as it continues its fight against the Gulf states, the Palestinian Authority, and other regional foes.

2. The Iranian land-bridge to the Mediterranean Sea is becoming a reality. The Jerusalem Post notes the significance for Israel of recent developments along the Syria-Iraq border:

Iraqi militias which are close to the Iranian regime have been able to reach a strategically situated village on the Syria-Iraq border. For Israel, it means forces that are close to Tehran pose a risk of linking up through Syria. The Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), reached the village of Um Jaris on the border in northwestern Iraq on Monday. The PMU’s Badr Brigade militia, which spearheaded the dash over 40km. to the border, is close to the Iranian regime . . .
 
Kurdistan24, a Kurdish news channel, reports that the PMU “has previously said it is ready to move inside Syrian territories to continue the fight against [ISIS].”
 
That would be a security concern for Israel, because Hezbollah is present in Syria and uses Syria as a corridor for weapons transfers. Linking up with Shi’ite militias in Iraq that have been compared to Hezbollah and openly show posters of Ayatollah Khamenei, poses a challenge to Jerusalem and the region.
See also Amos Harel and Abdulrahman Al-Rashed on the significance of this land bridge
 

3. Our friends the Turks: The Turkish embassy in Israel hosted banned Islamic Movement chief Sheikh Raed Salah at an iftar dinner, a traditional meal breaking the Ramadan fast. You’ll love Ambassador Kemal Okem’s explanation to the Jerusalem Post:

Okem said that he did not send out individual invitations, and that Salah came as part of a general invitation he sent to various Muslim communities in the country.
 
“It’s an Iftar dinner, like the Shabbat dinners you have, just a private, casual dinner with all different kinds of people, who come, eat their dinner and go – to mark Ramadan,” he said. “That was the whole message, Ramadan Kareem. Peace and well-being for the people, that was the message.”
Salah has previously been convicted of providing funds for Hamas, was aboard the Mavi Marmara flotilla to Gaza, was convicted of incitement, and created a legal mess in the UK, when — despite being banned from entering Britain for fostering hatred — he managed to pass through immigration at London’s Heathrow Airport.

4. Sign our petition demanding fairness and accountability from the Washington Post, which slammed Israel in a one-sided series of articles about the Six Day War’s anniversary.

5. BDS vs. Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman is a natural target for BDS, which cannot allow any Israeli success.

6. Jewish Conspiracy Behind US-Saudi Arms Deal? Columnists are entitled to their opinions. They’re not entitled to use true facts to proffer false conclusions.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Ahead of her upcoming visit to Israel, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley sparked buzz with a Washington Post op-ed denouncing the UN Human Rights Council. Haley is scheduled to address the UNHRC in Geneva before arriving in Israel. Backstory at the Daily Telegraph.

Amb. Nikki Haley
US Amb. Nikki Haley briefing journalists, April 3, 2017

• A Gaza reporter who captured a Hamas execution on camera ‘is now hiding.’ According to the International Business Times, the video, which was partially streamed live on Facebook, was filmed not by Hamas but by the Gaza Now News Agency.

Mustafa Ayach, General Manager of Gaza Now news agency, confirmed to IBTimes UK that one of the agency reporters took the video and uploaded it to Facebook. He added the footage was then taken down and cannot be shown due to security concerns.
 
“The reporter who took the video is now hiding in Gaza as he fears he could be arrested by Hamas security forces,” claimed Ayach, who has been living in Austria since 2015.
 
“Correspondents in Gaza are under threat,” he continued. “We call on the international community to help us.”
 
Ayach has applied for asylum in Austria after fleeing Gaza due to alleged persecution by Hamas security forces, due to his reports.
• Make what you will of the tea leaves from PA official Jibril Rajoub’s latest comments he now denies making to Israeli media:

“We understand that the wall he [U.S. President Donald Trump] visited is sacred to the Jews and ultimately it has to remain under Jewish sovereignty,” Rajoub said on Channel 2’s “Meet the Press.”
 
“There is no argument over this. Obviously, it’s a holy place for Jews,” he added.
Rajoub went on to assert that Temple Mount, however, is Palestinian. More background at the Times of Israel.

• Netanyahu left for Western Africa, where he will address the Economic Community of West African States summit in Liberia. More at the Jerusalem Post.


• New York Times: Israel’s doomsday plan for the 1967 war was to detonate an atomic bomb atop a mountain in the Egyptian Sinai “intimidate Egypt and surrounding Arab states — Syria, Iraq and Jordan — into backing off.” But Deputy Minister and historian Michael Oren, who wrote his own notable book on the Six Day War, rejected the Times report saying the claim “doesn’t hold hold water” and is based on one single source.

• Despite emphatic campaign promises, Trump signed a presidential waiver delaying the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Take your pick of Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel or Haaretz coverage.

• The Trump administration is considering drawing up a “principles paper” to serve as a basis for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, reported Haaretz.

• The Palestinians have paid terrorists $1 billion in past 4 years, according to a Knesset briefing:
Kuperwasser also told the committee that PA claims that the payments to terrorists’ families are social welfare benefits to the needy are false. The Palestinians’ own budgetary documents, he said, “clearly state that these are salaries and not welfare payments.”
• Resisting boycott calls in order to have ‘voice heard,’ Ai Weiwei unveils Jerusalem exhibit

• Denmark’s foreign ministry is halting aid to Palestinian non-governmental organizations while it reviews the recipients’ activities in BDS and glorifying terrorists. Meanwhile, the Palestinian town of Burqa refuses to rename the women’s center at the heart of the controversy. The Dalal al-Mughrabi Women’s Community Center honors one of the terrorists involved in the 1978 Coastal Road massacre.

• Israel HaYom: Pacific island nation Vanuatu recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

• Hours before the film was due to debut, Lebanon banned “Wonder Woman,” though a sneak preview managed to go on as scheduled before the restriction kicked in.

• UN chief: Denial of Israel’s right to exist is anti-Semitism.

• Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon was elected as one of 21 vice presidents of the UN General Assembly. Times of Israel coverage.

Around the World
• Good news: The European Parliament endorsed the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism.

• In an interview with Rolling Stone, Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke unloaded on Roger Waters and the anti-Israel Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS). Radiohead, a British alternative rock band, has been under steady pressure from BDS over a July concert in July.

The kind of dialogue that they want to engage in is one that’s black or white. I have a problem with that. It’s deeply distressing that they choose to, rather than engage with us personally, throw shit at us in public. It’s deeply disrespectful to assume that we’re either being misinformed or that we’re so retarded we can’t make these decisions ourselves. I thought it was patronizing in the extreme. It’s offensive and I just can’t understand why going to play a rock show or going to lecture at a university [is a problem to them].
 
Thom Yorke
• Tough few days for Jeremy Corbyn. In a newly resurfaced radio interview from 2010, the now UK Labour leader described described Hamas as ‘serious and hardworking’ and called for trade deal with Israel to be suspended. And per Guido Fawkes, on two occasions, Corbyn shared a platform with convicted PFLP terrorist Lela Khaled, who participated in two airline hijackings.

Last but not least, Corbynistas trolled a Jewish journalist, Emma Barnett with anti-Semitic tweets after she demolished Corbyn during an interview about the cost of a Labour plan to extend free childcare.

All that would explain what seems like an evergreen headline in the BBC this weekend:

Election 2017: Corbyn ‘failing to grasp anti-Semitism’

• Al Jazeera tweeted — then deleted — an anti-Semitic cartoon about climate change. Story and screengrab via the Washington Free Beacon.

Commentary/Analysis
• After the New York Times eliminated the public editor position — among other employee buyouts — outgoing public editor Liz Spayd filed her last column:

Having the role was a sign of institutional integrity, and losing it sends an ambiguous signal: Is the leadership growing weary of such advice or simply searching for a new model? We’ll find out soon enough.
Worth reading was Kelly McBride, while Andrew Seaman‘s tweet summed up my headspace:

Paratroopers at the Western Wall, 1967

• Plenty of spilled ink and burnt pixels about the the Six Day War anniversary . . .
– Dr. Max Singer: The over-dramatization of Israel’s “dilemma”
– Bret Stephens: Six Days and 50 years of war
– Ben-Dror Yemini: Arab leaders did plan to eliminate Israel in Six-Day War
– Aaron David Miller: The myths about 1967 that just won’t die
– Daniel Pipes: 6 days and 50 years
– Asaf Romirowsky: Nakba: The source of Arab-Israeli conflict
– Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror: The 50-year unanswered question
– Yaakov Katz: How Charles de Gaulle fathered Israel’s tech revolution 50 years ago
– Sever Plocker: The prolonged birth pangs of a Palestinian state
– David Harris: 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War: Why history matters
– New York Daily News (staff-ed): 50 years and six days: How the Mideast has and has not changed

• Here’s what else I’m reading . . .

– Wall St. Journal (staff-ed): The Trump Jerusalem waiver (click via Twitter)
– Eli Lake: Trump left the door open for a Jerusalem embassy
– Prof. Eugene Kontorovich: What Trump not signing a Jerusalem embassy waiver would really mean
– Shlomo Avineri: ‘New dawn’ Trump is not the little ray of sunshine Israel needs
– Bassam Tawil: Palestinians: Israel’s goodwill gestures send wrong messages
– Amb. Daniel Shapiro: Trump’s international debacles spell trouble for Israel
– New York Post (staff-ed): Trump’s postponed promise on Israel
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Defying BDS, Lebanese Cinemas To Screen Wonder Woman
Israel Daily News Stream3 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Despite BDS efforts, cinemas throughout Lebanon will be screening Wonder Woman, which stars Israeli actress Gal Gadot. Ynet writes:

The campaign against Wonder Woman began in April, when the movement sent a letter to the Bureau for the Boycott of Israel within Lebanon’s Ministry of Economy and Trade. The letter noted that Gadot is the former beauty queen of Israel, who served in the IDF and publicly supported Operation Protective Edge in 2014. Since then, however, Lebanese filmmakers have promoted the film and called on the public to buy tickets in advance.
Gal Gadot
Israeli actress Gal Gadot

2. The Israeli cabinet held a special meeting in the Western Wall tunnels to mark the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification. Ministers approved plans to make the Western Wall more accessible with A) an NIS 200 million cable car and B) an NIS 50 million handicap-friendly elevator and underground passageway between the Old City’s Jewish Quarter and the holy site.

Also approved was an NIS 177 million plan to better join eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods to the municipal sewage and garbage collection systems. Ynet notes:

. . . 33 kilometers of sewage infrastructure will be built, the existing sewage system will be upgraded, garbage cans and garbage trucks will be purchased and set up to collect waste . . .
 
The plan references the needs of all Arab neighborhoods, inside and outside the security fence, but at this stage, it will be only be implemented in the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem inside the security fence. The Arab neighborhoods outside the fence, which belong to the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem, will be dealt with in a separate program.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat called the meeting in the tunnels a provocation.

3. Iran is going to bankroll pro-Assad militias in Syria. Voice of America explains that this is another step in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards raising its influence in Syria.

Iran has long expressed a desire to command a unified army in the region, particularly in Syria, and its growing power in Syria and Iraq is causing unease in Western capitals. In an interview with the Mashregh news agency last August, Mohammad Ali Falaki, an IRGC leader, announced formation of a unified army in Syria which appears to have come to loose fruition.
4. HonestReporting’s week-long mission to Israel wrapped up today with a visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for briefings by Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, Director of Digital Diplomacy DJ Schneeweiss and spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon.

Later in the day, they heard from Deputy Minister for Diplomacy Michael Oren and Professor Eugene Kontorovich, among others, before this evening’s closing dinner.

Visit our mission web site to find out more about next year’s special mission honoring Israel’s 70th birthday.

In the News
• Looks like the Mahmoud Abbas and the PA made more concessions to hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners than any of the parties involved, including Israel. Emerging details reported by Ynet indicate that Abbas wanted the hunger strike resolved before Muslim holy month of Ramadan “out of fear of significant provocations and demonstrations.”

Ynet has learned that Abbas was pressured by various Palestinian officials to bring about a change in the situation, finally agreeing for the PA to finance the cost of one of the two visits per month prisoners are entitled to with their families.
 
The cost is estimated to be between $6-7 million per year and was previously financed by the Red Cross, which cut the program following budgetary constraints.
• Sinai Bedouin accuse Hamas of collaborating with Islamic State.

• Israel tested a rocket propulsion system but offered few details about its nature. Haaretz reports that the test was planned in advance.

• A 14-year-old Jewish boy who goes to school in Germany described to London’s Sunday Times the bullying he deals with after letting slip to Muslim classmates that he’s Jewish. According to the Times, about three-quarters of the kids enrolled in Berlin’s Friedenau Gemeinschaftsschule are from immigrant families.

Ferdinand, 14, who was born in London to a British mother and a German father, told The Sunday Times he feared for his life after being repeatedly kicked and punched by students of Middle Eastern and Turkish origin. One of them even threatened to shoot him with a mock gun he believed was real.
 
The case is under investigation by prosecutors and has added to soul-searching in Germany over the rise of anti-semitism in immigrant communities. It was cited in a damning report by a government advisory body that recommended the creation of an ombudsman to tackle the issue.
The parents have since transferred their son to another school. The European Jewish Press and New York Post also picked up on the Times’ story.
Atef Bseiso

• UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing fresh condemnation from within his own party amid revelations that he attended a wreath-laying ceremony for a Palestinian terror chief in 2014. The Daily Telegraph explains:
Less than a year before becoming Labour leader, Mr Corbyn visited the cemetery in Tunisia where members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation are buried, including Atef Bseiso, who was directly involved in the Munich attack, prompting outrage from Jewish groups.
Bseiso was assassinated in Paris in 1992. The PLO blamed the Mossad, though others have suggested Bseiso was killed by the Abu Nidal Group.

• North Miami Beach Jewish school evacuated after bomb threat.

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

– Michael Oren: The war that made the Mideast
– Thane Rosenbaum: The Six Day War that lasted 50 years
– Bassam Tawil: Abbas immediately breaks promises to Trump
– Ronen Bergman: If Russia recognizes Jerusalem, why can’t other countries do so?
– Moshe Arens: What makes Arab leaders pragmatic?
– Annika Hernroth-Rothstein: Better safe ?
– Jonathan Spyer: Why eastern Syria is essential for containing Iran

• For a sense of what the critics are saying, see Tony Walker.

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Palestinian Prisoners End Hunger Strike — For What?
Israel Daily News Stream8 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Palestinian prisoners ended their hunger strike. This came after the International Red Cross agreed to resume facilitating an extra family visit each month which had been called off for budgetary reasons. Although Israel itself made no concessions, the Palestinians claimed a victory. The hunger strike, which reached 40 days, ended just before the start of the Islamic month of Ramadan. The Times of Israel explains:

The prisons service said the prisoners would now get an extra family visit per month, one of the prisoner demands that is administered solely by the Red Cross.
 
The Red Cross had reduced the visits from two to one per month about a year ago because they said they lacked the funds to pay for them and most times no relatives were showing up. The Palestinian Authority has agreed to pay for the new visits.
 
Israel said none of the other Palestinian demands had been met.
All that explains why the Times of London gets special recognition for this bungled headline:

2. Norway demanded the PA return money it provided for a women’s center after learning it was named after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi. She’s a Palestinian poster girl for terror, for her participation in the 1978 Coastal Road massacre, in which 38 Israeli civilians — including 13 children — were killed.

“The glorification of terrorist attacks is completely unacceptable, and I deplore this decision in the strongest possible terms. Norway will not allow itself to be associated with institutions that take the names of terrorists in this way. We will not accept the use of Norwegian aid funding for such purposes,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende said in a statement.
 
Brende said that Norway had been unaware of the decision to name the center after Mughrabi. He demanded that the country’s name be removed from the center and that the funds it gave for construction be returned.

3. Late Thursday afternoon, Hamas executed three Palestinian “collaborators” it accused of assassinating one of the terror group’s commanders. The execution was partially streamed live on Facebook, which caught The Guardian‘s attention.

The broadcast on the page of Gaza Now, a local news outlet, raises further questions over Facebook’s ability to moderate violent content at a time when its moderation procedures are under scrutiny following leaks of files on how the company deals with controversial and offensive material . . .
 
In the footage, only distant people, moving vehicles and what appears to be a gallows covered in black cloth are visible. The video appeared to show the same screened gallows structure seen in still photographs taken during its construction.
 
A recording of the live broadcast, which lasted about 30 minutes, was later taken down.
4. Washington Post Slams Israel, Ignores Ethics: The Washington Post throws professional balance out the window.

5. Today, HonestReporting’s mission to Israel spent the day in southern Israel. The itinerary included a VIP tour of an Air Force base and an exclusive look at a new cyber-park showcasing Israeli high-tech and entrepreneurship.

Visit our mission web site to find out more about next year’s special mission honoring Israel’s 70th birthday.

Israel and the Palestinians
• The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs took the most in-depth look at PA salaries for terrorists. Thorough and well-researched, the JCPA examines the legal issues, the ideological context, the attitudes of international donors, and what can be done.

The PA pays directly and, as of 2014, partly through the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), about 1.1 billion shekels (around $300 million) every year as salaries to Palestinian terrorists in Israeli jails, continuing after they are released, and to the families of dead terrorists and other Palestinians who died fighting against Zionism.
 
These “incentives to terror” salaries appear clearly in the PA budget. They amount to seven percent of the Palestinian budget and more than 20 percent of the annual foreign aid to the PA.
• Why is the UN’s World Health Organization hiding a positive report on Israel while adopting a Syrian-backed censure of the Jewish state? According to UN Watch, here’s what the country that drops barrel bombs on its own civilians pulled off:

The resolution, which will cost $10 million to implement, renews the annual naming and shaming of Israel by renewing a special agenda item on the country at next year’s session, as well as mandating a report by WHO’s director-general, measures of scrutiny applied to no other country.

• Are the Gulf states coming out of the closet regarding thawing ties with Israel? At the swearing in of Ecuador’s new president, Druze cabinet minister Ayoub Kara (formerly minister without portfolio, now communications minister) tweeted photos of himself “with representatives from the Palestinian Authority along with delegates from Oman, Qatar and Yemen and other Arab nations as well as the prime minister of the Sahrawi Republic of southern Morocco, Abdelkader Taleb Omar.”

Tweets one, two, three, four and five and are all in Hebrew.

Around the World
• Copy editors at the Daily Telegraph were asleep at the wheel this weekend. A slideshow of the world’s 20 oldest cities rightly included Damascus, but wrongly illustrated it with a photo of Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate. The Telegraph’s list also included Jerusalem and Jericho.

• Tablet takes a closer look at how one of the most acclaimed philanthropic institutions, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, provided both money and legitimacy to groups pushing for boycotts of Israel.

• The Nevada state legislature passed an anti-BDS law.

• Since hunger strikes are in the news:

French photojournalist detained in Turkey ends hunger strike

• This PayPal account under investigation sure checked a lot boxes in terms of hostility towards Israel and the Jewish people. According to the Jerusalem Post:

The US-based online payment company PayPal launched an investigation last week into its account with the German neo-Nazi organization Der Dritte Weg (The Third Way), a pro-Hezbollah and pro-Assad regime entity that also supports the convicted Holocaust denier Horst Mahler.
Commentary/Analysis
• Hey Fadwa Barghouti, care to be more specific about why your husband, Marwan, is in prison? In case you forgot, he was convicted of murder.

We’re talking about an attack on a Tel Aviv seafood restaurant which killed Salim Barakat, Yosef Haybi and Eli Dahan, a drive by shooting at a Givat Zeev gas station which killed Yoela Chen, and another drive by shooting in Maale Adumim which killed a Greek Orthodox monk Fr. Georgios Tsibouktzakis.

Diana Buttu

• I’m all for reforming the corrupt kleptocracy known as the Palestinian Authority, but former PLO negotiator Diana Buttu’s ire is off the charts in this New York Times op-ed:
As time went on, it became clear that the authority’s budget and its priorities were primarily geared toward ensuring that Palestinians remained one of the most surveilled and controlled people on earth. In effect, the Palestinian Authority served as a subcontractor for the occupying Israeli military . . .
 
The raison d’être of the Palestinian Authority today is not to liberate Palestine; it is to keep Palestinians silent and quash dissent while Israel steals land, demolishes Palestinian homes, and builds and expands settlements. Instead of becoming a sovereign state, the Palestinian Authority has become a proto-police state, a virtual dictatorship, endorsed and funded by the international community.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Avi Issacharoff: Ending strike after 40 days, Barghouti is now Abbas’s undisputed heir
– Dr. Reuven Berko: No honor among prisoners
– Amos Harel: After averting hunger strike, Gaza crisis looms large
– Rabbi Jonathan Miller: 50 years after the Six Day War, we shouldn’t lament Israel’s power to protect itself
– Yonah Jeremy Bob: What is the West Bank’s legal status?
– Ruthie Blum: Manchester, Abbas and evil losers
– Dr. Mordechai Kedar: Trump, terror — and Jerusalem
– Charles Krauthammer: Why Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia
– David Suissa: UCLA professor: What’s wrong with Jews being a minority in Israel?
– Selin Nasi: Building Israeli-Turkish peace and partnership through joint investments
– Christopher Booker: If you think a ‘moderate’ has won in Iran, think again


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US Pushing Israel to Transfer Parts of West Bank to PA Rule?
Israel Daily News Stream4 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Is the US pushing Israel to transfer parts of West Bank to PA administrative rule? Here’s what Israeli media is reporting:

Despite a series of economic incentives approved on Sunday by the Israeli cabinet, the US wants to see greater concessions to the Palestinian Authority and views the recent measures as insufficient, Channel 10 reported Wednesday.
 
Specifically they have asked for areas in the northern West Bank to be transferred from Area C to Area B, according to the report.
 
Under the Oslo Accords, Area C of the West Bank (60%, where most of the settlements are located, and some 150,000 Palestinians live) is under full Israeli administrative and military control, while in Area B (22%), administrative control is the responsibility of the PA while the IDF is in charge of security. Area A (18%, encompassing the major Palestinian cities) is under the full administrative and military control of the Palestinian Authority.

2. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is said to be considering a plan to separate eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods from Israel, according to the Jerusalem Post:

Most of these neighborhoods, it is worthwhile noting, were never in the city’s jurisdiction area throughout the city’s history.
 
As far as it is understood, according to Berko’s plan, Palestinians would eventually receive municipal responsibility over those east Jerusalem neighborhoods. That responsibility would include municipal services, education, health, welfare, etc. The next step after that would be for the state to revoke Israeli citizenship from the residents of those neighborhoods, and thus save the country hundreds of millions of shekels.

3. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman confirmed Israel is revising the way it shares intelligence with the US but insisted the cooperation between the two countries will continue at a high level. This comes in response to reports that Trump inappropriately shared sensitive Israeli intelligence with Russian diplomats.

4. HonestReporting’s mission continued today with a visit to the Herzl Museum, a briefing at city hall with Jerusalem council member Fleur Hassan-Nahum, a walking tour of the Old City and Western Wall tunnels, and a buffet lunch at HonestReporting’s International Headquarters.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• Israel to reduce electricity supply to Gaza over NIS 2 billion ($530 million) in unpaid bills.

• Israel and the Vatican are in talks over a papal visit to the Holy Land.

• Terror victim’s mother to UN: My son’s murderer gets payments from the PA.

• The Associated Press shows its possible for boilerplate background to fairly touch all the bases of nuance about the significance of the Temple Mount to both Jews and Muslims.

The Old City is home to the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, and the adjacent hilltop compound revered by Jews as the Temple Mount, the spot where the biblical Temples once stood. The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Jerusalem.
 
But for Palestinians, there is little to celebrate. They claim east Jerusalem as their capital, and revere the same hilltop compound as the “Noble Sanctuary.” This compound, home to the Al Aqsa Mosque and gold-topped Dome of the Rock, is Islam’s third-holiest site.
Temple Mount
Photo by Yossi Zamir/Flash 90 with additions by HonestReporting

• Estonia’s foreign minister denounced BDS, calls Israel ‘a friend and partner.’

• Construction of a contentious security wall around a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon is nearing completion. Work carried out by the Lebanese army was briefly halted in the face of opposition from residents of the Ain al-Hilweh camp, located next to the coastal city of Sidon.

The move was to maintain security in the camp, which has been rocked by clashes, most recently in April. The nearly six days of continuous clashes left at least 10 dead and over 50 wounded.
You can imagine the outrage if Israel built a wall around a refugee camp . . .

• A fake Israel story exposes real tensions between Qatar and Gulf.

Commentary/Analysis
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Israeli security personnel evacuating a victim of the 2001 bombing of Tel Aviv’s Dolphinarium night club .

• Worth reading: Tanya Weiz, a teenage victim of a 2001 Palestinian suicide bombing, shares her thoughts on this week’s deadly Manchester attack in a New York Times op-ed.
It’s like I have two lives. One before the bombing and one after. I really do feel that I was reborn that day. Every time there’s a “tekes” (a memorial ceremony) on June 1, we survivors, many of us good friends, wish one another happy birthday.
 
The terrorists try to paralyze us with fear and make us weaker, but it made me the opposite. I became kinder, more grateful, more attentive to the smallest details of life, and, yes, more resilient.
 
I try my best not to focus on the horror of the attack, but not a day goes by that I don’t think about it, and every time I see an incident on the news it feels surreal: I can’t believe that I went through it. And that now I’m one of the people sitting on the couch watching the news of children murdered, this time by the Islamic State.
• Ira Rifkin wonders why foreign reporters “quote Haaretz big time when the left-leaning Israeli newspaper reflects a small minority’s views.” He’s expanding on a recent Shmuel Rosner column.

As with everything else in life, it’s best when reading the news to consider the source.
 
That’s even more the case in this age of down-and-dirty online – not to mention often lightly edited, if edited at all – news. And no, I’m not saying this is particularly Haaretz’ problem.
 
What I am saying is that it’s misleading reporting when foreign journalists present Haaretz as an influential player in contemporary Israeli politics.

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

– Einat Wilf: Why Jerusalem would be better off divided
– Shireen Qudosi: The world needs to drive out destructive fantasies about Jerusalem
– Yaron Friedman: Can the Saudi weapons pose a threat to Israel?
– Alan Dershowitz: Terrorism persists because it works
– Amb. Daniel Shapiro: Don’t be the one who says ‘no’ to Trump
– David Horovitz: For now, Trump’s peacemaking approach is all unfounded optimism
– Neri Zilber: Trump’s flying circus and peacemaking medicine show leaves Israel wanting more

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Documents Reveal How Facebook Flouts Holocaust-Denial Laws
Israel Daily News Stream5 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Turns out Facebook has been instructing its moderators to flout Holocaust-denial laws in a number of countries. The Guardian obtained internal internal documents from the social media giant that raise a lot of questions:

One 16-page training manual explains Facebook will only hide or remove Holocaust denial content in four countries – France, Germany, Israel and Austria. The document says this is not on grounds of taste, but because the company fears it might get sued.
 
“We believe our geo-blocking policy balances our belief in free expression with the practical need to respect local laws in certain sovereign nations in order to remain unblocked and avoid legal liability. We will only use geo-blocking when a country has taken sufficient steps to demonstrate that the local legislation permits censorship in that specific case,” it says.
 
“Some 14 countries have legislation on their books prohibiting the expression of claims that the volume of death and severity of the Holocaust is overestimated. Less than half the countries with these laws actually pursue it. We block on report only in those countries that actively pursue the issue with us.”
Other Facebook documents obtained by The Guardian zero in on moderators struggling to deal with online extremism, bullied children, “sextortion,” and more.

2. Dartmouth Professor N. Bruce Dutu withdrew from consideration for a senior faculty position amid the furor over his support for BDS and an academic boycott of Israel in particular. Details and background at The Dartmouth and Legal Insurrection.

See also the campus Students for Israel group’s open letter to administrators, written before Duthu pulled his hat from the ring.

Duthu
Professor N. Bruce Duthu withdrew from a senior faculty position over his BDS ties.

3. Following up on President Donald Trump’s Mideast visit, envoy Jason Greenblatt is due to arrive in Israel on Thursday to follow up on efforts to restart peace talks. Meanwhile, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is due to separately visit Israel in early June.

4. HonestReporting’s mission continued today as participants learned about the evolution of Mideast warfare from experts like military analyst IDF Major (Res.) Elliot Chodoff and Maj. Simcha Shore, newly retired head of Israel’s drone program.

The day included a tour the Armored Corps Memorial Site and Museum at Latrun, and a visit to Tel Faher, site of a heavy infantry battle in the Six-Day War.

Visit our mission web site to find out more about next year’s special mission honoring Israel’s 70th birthday.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Czech parliament called for sanctions against UNESCO over anti-Israel bias and urged Prague to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Times of Israel reports. The non-binding resolution was passed on the occasion of Jerusalem Day.

• Three Palestinian suspects were arrested over last week’s near-lynching of an Israeli near the West Bank village of Huwara. Israeli security forces had previously arrested a Palestinian who is believed to have used his ambulance to block the Israeli’s car to prevent him from escaping a mob of around 200 people. Ynet coverage.

Qatar News Agency• Don’t you hate it when this happens to you?

Qatar said Wednesday its official state news agency had been hacked by an ‘unknown entity’, and subsequently carried false remarks attributed to the country’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, including a statement that his country’s relations with Israel were “good.” . . .
 
According to translations in the Hebrew-language press, the emir was quoted telling the Saudi-based al-Arabiya that Qatar’s ties to Israel were “good” and that he hoped to play a part in brokering a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians. He also made positive statements about Hamas, considered a terror group by Israel and the US, calling it the “official representative of Palestinians.”
• Why can’t Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cut off the stipends to terrorists and their families now? According to the Jerusalem Post, his popularity is too low and the hunger-striking prisoners enjoy too much acclaim.

• Palestinians were underwhelmed with the presidential visit to Bethlehem, pointing out to the Los Angeles Times that Trump only spent about an hour in Bethlehem, didn’t visit the Church of the Nativity or make any reference to the two-state solution.

In Bethlehem, some Palestinians joked that the visit’s main achievement was that the municipality had cleaned the streets beforehand . . .
• It’s only an outrage when Israel does this: Egypt debates its own “muezzin bill” drafted to fight noise pollution during the upcoming month of Ramadan.

• French photographer Mathias Depardon and Reporters Without Borders are going to learn that hunger strikes only get international solidarity when the prisoners are Palestinian terrorists held in Israel.

Turkish authorities said they arrested Depardon for working without a valid press card, but have kept in detention rather than expel him despite a deportation order that was ordered earlier in May, AFP reports.

I hope Depardon and press freedom groups don’t hold their breath waiting for salt water challenges or other expressions of solidarity from people like South African anti-apartheid figures, UK students or 1,500 Moroccans.


• Jerusalem, by the numbers, based on the Jerusalem Post.

– 266,000: overallpopulation in 1967
– 865,700: overall population in 2015
– 197,700: Jewish population in 1967
– 542,000: Jewish population in 2015
– 174%: growth of Jewish population
– 68,000: Arab population in 1967
– 323,700: Arab population in 2015
– 372%: growth of Arab population
– 38.1 sq. km: area of municipal Jerusalem on June 5, 1967
– 125.1 sq. km: area of municipal Jerusalem today

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• Israel advocates are relieved after a labor union at a Canadian university failed to pass pro-BDS referendum.

Commentary/Analysis
• MEMRI spotted a notable column by Saudi journalist Mash’al Al-Sudairi telling Palestinian leaders they have missed too many opportunities to resolve the conflict with Israel, urging them to unify and make peace.

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

– David Horovitz: Simply by saying he loves it and stands with it, Trump wins over endlessly criticized Israel
– Barak Ravid: Trump’s Israel love offensive might carry a hefty price tag
– Gil Troy: Trump celebrated Jerusalem. Will you?
– Rosie Gray: Trump leaves Israel pushing peace, but staying vague
– Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror: Turkey’s rants, raves, and ramifications
– Yoram Ettinger: The 1967 war’s impact

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Trump Wraps Up Whirlwind Israel Visit
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Today’s Top Stories
1. President Donald Trump’s concluded his visit to the Holy Land, meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust remembrance center, and giving a keynote address (see video or transcript) at the Israel Museum before a red carpet send-off at Ben Gurion Airport.

Shortly before this roundup was published, Air Force One departed for Rome, for the the European leg of the first foreign trip of Trump’s presidency.

The Times of Israel and Haaretz live-blogged it all. Details below.


2. Former CIA Director Michael Hayden suggested that information Trump divulged to Russian diplomats may have come from both Israeli and Jordanian intelligence.

Such a theory could explain why there are reports of anger about the leak emanating from both Israel and Jordan.
By the way, Trump raised eyebrows at the end of his joint press conference with Netanyahu, when — apparently unprompted — he blurted out to reporters, “I never mentioned the word ‘Israel’” to the Russians.


3. Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last night. Most recent updates reported 22 killed 22 and 59 injured with many of the victims being children making this Britain’s deadliest terror attack since the 7/7 London bombings of 2005.

British police say they know the identity of the bomber and have also made an arrest. Many of the victims were children. The Guardian, Daily Telegraph and CNN update what’s known so far.

4. HonestReporting’s 2017 mission kicked off yesterday. Find out more about next year’s HR mission honoring Israel’s 70th birthday.


Israel and the Palestinians
• Iran was a big part of the president’s talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. More at the Daily Telegraph and Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter).

Meanwhile, the Associated Press examines just what the Trump administration’s policy on the Islamic Republic is.

• During a joint press conference in Bethlehem, Trump told Abbas that “peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded.” Later at the Israel Museum, Netanyahu said:

“Abbas condemned the horrific attack in Manchester, but if the attacker had been Palestinian, the bomber’s family would have received a stipend from the Palestinian Authority – that’s law and that must change.”
• The White House put ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ on its website, but the reference disappeared later in the day. Avi Mayer tweeted this.


• The Washington Post expands on the significance of Trump’s direct flight from Riyadh to Tel Aviv. It’s not exactly the first:

Other high-level U.S. political flights have also been made from Saudi Arabia to Israel. In 1998, Vice President Al Gore flew from Israel to a Saudi air base near Jiddah during a trip to the region, while Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flew from Saudi Arabia to Israel in 2007. In neither case was the route taken noted widely by officials or reporters.
 
This time, Trump’s route has been loudly promoted. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was among those who praised Trump’s journey. “I hope one day an Israeli prime minister will be able to fly from Tel Aviv to Riyadh,” he wrote on Twitter.
Air Force One
Air Force One arriving at Ben Gurion Airport on May 22, 2017

• A Palestinian stabbed a Border Police officer in Netanya this morning. And yesterday, Israeli Border Police officers shot and killed a Palestinian trying to stab them in eastern Jerusalem yesterday afternoon.

• Details are scarce, but a rocket fired from the Sinai this morning landed in an undisclosed open area in southern Israel.

• The IDF confirmed that one of its aerial drones, a Skylark UAV, crashed in Southern Lebanon yesterday and is investigating:

There did not appear to be a risk that classified information could be retrieved from the device, the army said.
 
It was the fourth time this year that an Israel Defense Forces Skylark drone crashed. Earlier this month, a senior IDF official told The Times of Israel that the incidents were not the result of a shared problem, but were caused by a mix of human and technical error.
Commentary/Analysis
• Plenty of spilled ink and burnt pixels on the Trump Mideast Tour 2017 . . .

– Spengler: The Manchester Arena and the Western Wall
– Barak Ravid: In Israel, Trump makes the word ‘peace’ great again
– David Horovitz: Trump at the Western Wall, a carefully calibrated act of respect
– Yaakov Katz: Making history is a good start but not enough to make peace
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Abbas’ moment of truth
– Moshe Dann: The two-state tango is over
– Raphael Ahren: Bereft of meat, Trump declarations leave Israel with much to chew on
– David Brinn: All pomp and no substance in Trump’s Israel visit
– Benny Avni: Trump & the promise (and pitfalls) of Mideast peace

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President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

– Rosie Gray: Trump goes after ‘the ultimate deal’
– Dr. Gabi Avital: Charting a new course
– Gregg Carlstrom: Stage one of Trump’s visit: Get Israeli and Palestinian leaders talking
– Dov Lipman: From one American to another: Tell it like it is, Mr. President
– Dr. Col. (res.) Moshe Elad: Bracing for the Trump years
– Daily Telegraph (staff-ed) Donald Trump is right to be sceptical of Iran’s capacity for reform
– Christian Science Monitor (staff-ed) Trump’s fresh approach to the Middle East
– New York Post (staff-ed): Trump’s inspiring Middle East firsts

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

– Eli Lake: Iranians re-elect a fake reformer in a fake election
– Meron Medzini: The international media and the Six-Day War

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

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Trump Visits Jerusalem Holy Sites
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Today’s Top Stories
1. US President Donald Trump arrived in Israel for a whirlwind 28 hours in the Holy Land. The Times of Israel, Haaretz and i24 News are all live-blogging.

After a welcoming ceremony at Ben Gurion Airport, Trump was whisked off to Jerusalem where he met with President Reuven Rivlin and visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Western Wall. The president was also scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the evening.

The Old City was in lockdown as Trump visited the holy sites.

2. In Riyadh, Trump gave a speech (video or transcript) urging the Arab world to drive out Islamic extremism. Unfortunately, Trump had little to say about Israel or Jewish-Arab rapprochement. The Times of Israel asks: Did Trump miss an opportunity?

The true toll of ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. It must also be counted in generations of vanished dreams.
Hamas objected to being described as a terror group.


3. A number of Israeli officials said they’re not concerned about Trump’s massive arms deal with Saudi Arabia, telling the Times of Israel it might even be good for the Jewish state.

Amidror said that beefing up Saudi Arabia’s military against Iran, a common enemy with Israel, might increase the Saudis’ “self confidence” and their readiness to expand their engagement with the Jewish state in an anti-Iran alliance.
 
“Who knows? Maybe it will lead to a different relationship in the Middle East.”
US Air Force
A formation of F-15C Eagles in 2016.

4. Comments and the Roar of the Crowd: HR Complicit in Trump’s Intel Leak? If HonestReporting’s Israel Daily News Stream is to be relevant to its readers, we have to be frank about what’s happening and why.

5. Repeat Offender: The Guardian and “Judaism’s Holiest Site”: Not only is it a factual error to call the Western Wall Judaism’s holiest site, in the week where we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem after the Six-Day War, the media and the world must understand Jewish ties to Jerusalem and its holy sites.

Israel and the Palestinians
• The Israeli cabinet approved a package of economic measures benefiting Palestinians yesterday in a goodwill gesture at Trump’s request. Among the measures approved were
permits for thousands of Palestinian homes, building two West Bank industrial zones, easing passage for Palestinian laborers at crossing point near Tulkarem, and keeping the Allenby Bridge border crossing open 24 hours.

• Jerusalem Post: By visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Trump enters a sensitive tug-of-war between the different Christian factions responsible for the site and enters uncharted waters of protocol.

Trump may just want a tour of the holiest church in the Christian world, but these groups take seriously every step and handshake and who is represented so that each church’s rights and privileges are maintained and they are properly represented.
• Jonathan Pollard to Netanyahu: Don’t forget me in your talks with Trump.

• Say what, Mr. Secretary of State?

• The White House may skip a prayer service at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity “because of the presence of an exhibit placed outside the church, expressing solidarity with Palestinian prisoners serving sentences in Israeli jails.” Or Trump may skip it because the event was only tentatively booked on the president’s itinerary. More at the Jerusalem Post.

Don’t be surprised if more last-minute changes and cancellations pop up. Reuters reports Trump showed signs of fatigue in Riyadh.

Speaking of prisoners, Haaretz updates the latest on the hunger-strike:

The Israel Prison Service on Sunday evacuated some 60 hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners to hospitals because their medical condition had deteriorated, while 592 other hunger strikers have recently been moved for observation to infirmaries set up in the prisons.
• Trump wasn’t the only US VIP in Israel right now. Ynet reports Mike Huckabee paid a visit to Joseph’s Tomb, in Nablus, accompanied by settler leaders.

The former Arkansas governor and close associate of Trump decries fact Jews have to visit the tomb, under PA control, ‘in the dead of night, under armed guard, with the smell of tear gas in the air, burning tires along the route.’
• According to Lebanese media reports picked up by MEMRI, Hezbollah has stationed an elite unit in southern Lebanon in the area of Shebaa Farms.

Around the World
• The Daily Telegraph reports that UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has had a 10-year association with “a cabal of Holocaust deniers.”

An investigation by The Telegraph shows Mr Corbyn was considered to be a “stalwart” supporter of an anti-Israel campaign group Deir Yassin Remembered (DYR) for several years after its organisers were exposed publicly for their extreme anti-Semitic views.
 
While there is no suggestion Mr Corbyn shares their views, his association raises serious questions about his judgement.
• Berlin’s Social Democratic Party declared BDS anti-Semitic.

• More anti-Semitic fliers found in Bozeman in second incident this month.

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

– Orly Azoulay: A weakened president on an impossible mission
– Barak Ravid: Trump plans to shower Israel with love, but it might be a honey trap for Netanyahu
– Raphael Ahren: Donald Trump brings God into the negotiation room
– Moshe Arens: No solution in sight
– Eitan Haber: Welcome to Israel, Mr. President
– Tovah Lazaroff: Why a photo-op of PM and Trump at the Western Wall matters
– Sallai Meridor: Say ‘yes’ to deal
– Oded Revivi: Israelis and Palestinians as co-workers (click via Twitter)

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Israel Wary of $110 Billion US-Saudi Arms Deal
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Today’s Top Stories
1. On his first day in Riyadh, President Donald Trump signed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The sale is being made with an eye towards the creation of an ‘Arab NATO,’ a military alliance of Sunni Arab states to counter-balance threats from Iran and Islamic State.

However, officials in Jerusalem telling Israeli media that they’re concerned for Israel’s qualitative military edge and that Israel wasn’t consulted. More on that at Ynet and the Times of Israel.

The deal includes tanks and helicopters for border security, ships for coastal security, intelligence-gathering aircraft, a missile-defense radar system and cybersecurity tools, according to the State Department.
For comparison, the memorandum of understanding governing the next decade of US military assistance to Israel — which was signed last year — is worth $38 billion.

helicopter
US Army soldiers attach a howitzer to a Chinook helicopter during a 2016 readiness test.

2. Saudi Arabia denied a visa to an Israeli journalist in the White House press corps. Orly Azoulay, Yediot Aharonot’s Washington bureau chief won’t be able to cover the Riyadh portion of Trump’s first trip abroad as President. Azoulay tweeted and told The Algemeiner that the Saudis didn’t just snub her but the White House as well:

“It is a snub for the president,” Azoulay said. “I was part of the formal travel press, and that means that the Saudis could select who is coming with the president of the United States. In the past I traveled to Saudi Arabia three times…They were ready to issue me a visa then. But now, maybe they want to send some signal to the White House and the president.” . . .
 
Azoulay was not the only Israeli member of the press denied a visa by Saudi Arabia, where Trump will arrive on Saturday. Gil Tamary of Israel’s Channel 10, and Dan Raviv, an American-born reporter in Washington for the Israel-based i24 News TV channel, were similarly barred.

3. The Jerusalem Post and Ynet have all the details of Trump’s itinerary for the 28-hour period the President’s in Israel and the West Bank.

See previews of different angles of Trump’s Israel visit at the Washington Post, Haaretz, Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter), the Los Angeles Times and the Religion News Service.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Ahead of Trump’s visit, the Israeli cabinet was due today to vote on Palestinian economic benefits. Details at the Times of Israel.

Among the measures to be presented by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the opening of the Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan 24 hours a day, progress in developing West Bank industrial zones near Jenin and Tarkumiya (west of Hebron), and increased building permits for Palestinians living in Area C of the West Bank.
• While US and Israeli leaders put a happy face on relations between the two countries, furious Israeli intelligence officials reportedly shouted at their US counterparts over Trump’s intelligence leak to Russian diplomats. Ynet picked up on a Foreign Policy report shedding more light on the Israeli ire. FP writes:

The details Trump spilled likely came from a source that was also useful on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its Hezbollah proxies in Syria and Lebanon, which are much higher priorities for Israel, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.
 
“To the Israelis, ISIS is not that big of a concern,” the defense official said, using an alternate acronym for the Islamic State. “We have a partner that has done us a favor. They went out of their way to support us in a campaign against ISIS, that they have no real skin in.” . . .
 
If the source was lost, it also could affect a U.S.-led military operation to take back Raqqa from the Islamic State with American-backed Syrian Kurdish and Arab forces, he said.
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• A White House map of Israel nixes the post-1967 borders, omitting Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The map appears in a video promoting Trump’s Mideast visit.

• Death sentence in Gaza for Palestinian charged with killing senior Hamas figure. Ashraf Abu Laila will be hanged for allegedly gunning down Hamas military commander Mazen Fuqaha on orders from Israel. Hamas will execute two other Palestinians allegedly involved in the murder.

• The Red Cross closed its Ramallah office over ‘threats’ from Palestinians unhappy with the organization’s ‘shortcomings’ responding to hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners.

• The Israel-PA Joint Water Committee met for the first time in years, reports Israel HaYom. (Related reading: Palestinians Use Water as Weapon Against Israel.)

• The army nabbed a Palestinian ambulance driver who allegedly blocked Israeli’s escape from a riot.

• Worth reading: The Washington Post takes a closer look at the PA terror stipends.

• Israeli security forces arrested a 14-year-old Palestinian girl carrying a knife at Qalandiya checkpoint, between Jerusalem and Ramallah on Saturday.

• A US court dismissed Israeli victims’ tactic of suing Facebook for Palestinian terrorism. More at AP and the Jerusalem Post:

The 20,000 plaintiffs’ case was combined with a $1 billion damages case on behalf of the families of five victims, including US Army veteran Taylor Force, killed in a terrorist attack in March 2016 in Jaffa, against the terrorist group Hamas . . .
 
Shurat Hadin Director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner responded stating that she was disappointed, but looked forward to a strong appeal. She said, “The district court simply ignored the claim that Facebook is liable for providing material support to designated terrorist groups when it allows Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS and the PLO to utilize its social media pages.”
 
“There is no difference between providing banking services to terrorists and providing a Facebook or Twitter account,” she added.
• Lebanon claims it arrested an Iraqi national it accuses of gathering information about the Lebanese army and various individuals, as well as trying to recruit others for a “sabotage network.” AP coverage.

• Wait, what? Hamas bans dog-walking in Gaza.

dog

• New IDF Spokesperson takes office: Brig. Gen. Ronen Manlis replaces Maj. Gen. Moti Almoz. Ynet coverage. And on a related note, the IDF’s social media maven Lt. Col. Peter Lerner says goodbye to the army after 25 years of service.

• Worth reading: Australia’s ABC News visited the Ziv Hospital in Safed, where more than 3,000 wounded Syrians have received medical treatment over the last four years.

The majority of Syrian children Dr Harari treats have lost limbs through shelling and barrel bombs.
 
“I lived in the third world for many years. I lived in Papua New Guinea for three years. I thought I’d seen it all and felt it all, but no,” he said quietly.
 
“There’s something obviously shocking about it. Appalling. I don’t really have a rich enough vocabulary to tell you what my true feelings are.”
Around the World
• Delegates at the Church of Scotland’s general assembly in Edinburgh are due to vote on economic sanctions against Israel. “Should the latest policy be approved when they convene on Monday, the church will lobby the UK government to begin a boycott of Israeli goods,” the Times of London reports.

Church of Scotland

• Members of the Modern Language Association are now voting on an anti-BDS resolution. Legal Insurrection updates the battle within the academic organization. Last January, MLA delegates at its annual convention rejected a pro-BDS resolution calling for an academic boycott of Israel.

• French President Emmanuel Macron’s party withdrew a second candidate who supported BDS.

• There’s a sharp rise in Mexican anti-Semitic attitudes; a survey found 56% of population says Jews have ‘too much power’ in finance.

Commentary/Analysis
• Plenty of spilled ink and burnt pixels weighing in on all things Trump-Israel . . .

Trump
President Donald Trump

– David Horovitz: Warmth and scale of Trump-Saudi embrace could spell trouble for Netanyahu
– Yaakov Katz: What has changed that Israel went from ecstasy over Trump to near-mourning?
– Zvi Bar’el: Saudi proposal to Israel could be the stuff of Trump’s Mideast dream deal
– Jonathan Tobin: The meaning of self-determination
– Bernard Avishai: Can Trump’s visit prompt new Mideast talks?
– Haviv Rettig Gur: Damning with deafening praise: Why Netanyahu is unimpressed by Trump
– Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky: Why Trump won’t find salvation in the Mideast
– Ben-Dror Yemini: An American president in the service of BDS
– Alex Fishman: Israel cannot ignore damage caused by Trump’s Russia leak
– Amb. Daniel Shapiro: Israelis cheered for Trump. But they may miss Obama more than they expected.
– Amb. Alan Baker: Four comments on the Trump visit
– Wall St. Journal (staff-ed): Trump wavers on Jerusalem (click via Twitter)
– National Post: Trump is right to pursue a pan-Arab NATO in the Mideast
• If you’re looking for a good whitewash of Hamas, its intentions and its charter, get a load of Sarah Helm in The Guardian. ‘Nuff said.

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

– Emily Landau and Shimon Stein: The Gulf’s last best offer to Israel
– Eugene Volokh: Facebook is not liable for not policing Palestinian terrorist accounts
– Dr. Mordechai Kedar: The sun shone, the trees blossomed, and the butchers slaughtered
– Jonathan Spyer: Syria has effectively ceased to exist
– Sohrab Ahmari: An Iranian voter’s guide: Don’t vote. (click via Twitter)
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Another win for the system in Iran
– Daily Telegraph (staff-ed) : Iran is still a rogue state

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US, Israel to Jointly Probe Trump Intel Leak
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Israel and the US want to clear up the intelligence leak affair before President Donald Trump arrives in Israel next week. That’s why the two countries are fast-tracking a joint inquiry into what exactly Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about Islamic State.

Meanwhile, Israeli media reported that the info came from IDF Military Intelligence, whose source was in Raqqa, Syria. And the Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter) described Israel’s man in Raqqa as “the most valuable source of information on external plotting by Islamic State.”

President Donald Trump

2. A settler whose car was stoned by a mob of Palestinians shot and killed one of the rioters this afternoon near the West Bank town of Hawara, near Nablus. Media reports described the Palestinian ambush as an attempted lynching. More on the story at the Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post, Haaretz and Ynet.

Two other Palestinians were injured, including a photojournalist identified as Majdi Ashtiyeh of the Associated Press.

3. Ahead of Trump’s visit, the PA is putting together a request for an economic stimulus package. The Times of Israel describes Ramallah’s wish list:

Among the requests presented by PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s entourage during a visit to Washington earlier this month were an airport in the West Bank, hotels on the the coast of the Dead Sea, a power station in the northern West Bank and a cement factory in Bethlehem.
4. The Independent Embeds Tweet Calling for Israel’s Destruction: “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!” is a call for Israel’s destruction as it refers to all of the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Israeli police targeting Hamas’ West Bank terror infrastructure confiscated cars, computers and thousands of shekels given to the families of Palestinian terrorists in the Hebron area. The IDF said Hamas used these gifts to boost its recruiting and encourage more attacks. More at the Jerusalem Post.

• As so-called ‘honor killers’ get away with murder, Palestinians say PA law and judges are outdated. The Times of Israel takes a closer look at the phenomena of Palestinian honor killing and efforts to change PA law to swing justice back towards women.

• Trump’s Mideast trip might include the first direct Saudi-Israeli flight.

• The European Union announced its new ambassador to Israel will be Emanuele Giaufret. The Italian diplomat will succeed Danish Lars Faaborg-Andersen, whose four-year term ends this summer.

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Northwestern U.• Northwestern U. president Morty Schapiro joined a vigil for victims outside convicted terrorist Rasmea Odeh’s campus speech. Odeh is due to be deported from the US for lying to immigration officials about her involvement in two Jerusalem terror attacks in 1969 — one of which killed two Israeli university students.

“He attended the vigil to show his support for the students who were slain,” said Northwestern spokesman Bob Rowley in an email. “He held a candle in silence with the others, some 120 people, gathered outside. One of the signs at the vigil read, ‘May their memories be for a blessing.’”
• Administrators at University California-Irvine are reviewing a pro-Palestinian student group’s protest during Israeli veterans panel. The Los Angeles Times notes that “It was the second time in a year that Students for Justice in Palestine interrupted an event presented by Students Supporting Israel.”

• JTA: All 50 US governors signed a statement rejecting BDS.

• Denmark is set to announce $8 million in grants to radical pro-BDS Palestinian NGOs.

• Ban on ritual slaughter passes without opposition in Belgium’s largest region.

• Judge dismisses lawsuit aimed at stopping slaughter of chickens in Jewish ritual

• Tombstones toppled at Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia.

Commentary/Analysis
• Worth reading: Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman weighs in on Trump’s leak and what it means for the bigger picture of Israeli-US intelligence cooperation.

In this relationship, Israel has always had an advantage in the recruitment and handling of agents in Arab countries, and the Americans have the edge when it comes to the technology for intercepting transmissions. In practical terms, Israel has become the eyes and ears of the United States in the Middle East. This arrangement has freed the United States from a heavy intelligence-gathering burden. But it has also forced the Americans to depend upon the Israelis . . .
 
In recent months, Israel has passed on to the United States a great deal of highly sensitive and detailed information about the close coordination between the armed forces of Syria, Iran, Hezbollah and Russia, under Russian command. The problem, according to a former senior Mossad official, lies not in the information but in the most highly sensitive sources, some of whom were cultivated for years: “The Russians are not dumb. They’ll realize where it comes from and they or their allies, all Israel’s enemies, will take appropriate steps.”
See also Yossi Alpher‘s take on what Israel makes of Trump’s gaffe.

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

– Jonathan Tobin: On Israel, Trump has moved from outsider to wimp
– Ido Aharoni: Trump in Israel: What’s the plan?
– Tovah Lazaroff: Six reasons Trump’s visit appears jinxed
– Yoav Limor: Trump leak: Just a snag, nothing more
– Avi Issacharoff: Barghouti is forcing Israel to decide between bad and worse
– Deborah Lipstadt: The meaning of Assad’s alleged crematorium

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Today’s Top Stories
1. After the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified intelligence about Islamic State to Russian diplomats, speculation abounded whether the information shared perhaps came from Israeli or Jordanian intelligence services.

The White House denied the report, but here are two tea leaves to consider: Trump’s top agenda item for today was calling Jordan’s King Abdullah. And in January, Ronen Bergman reported that US intelligence officials warned their Israeli counterparts to “be careful” about sharing information with the White House because of Trump’s “Russia thing.”

Former Mossad chief Danny Yatom elaborated to the Jerusalem Post why Trump’s alleged slip would be a “grave violation” of the norms of intelligence sharing.

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A Russian Foreign Ministry photo showing Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (left), President Donald Trump (center) and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak meeting in the White House on May 10.

2. Syrian crematory hides mass killings of prisoners, US says.

Mr. Assad’s forces and their allies have been widely accused by human rights groups and others of killing thousands of prisoners and burying their bodies in mass graves during the course of the war, now in its seventh year.
 
But the Trump administration went further on Monday, contending that the government was systematically incinerating the corpses of executed inmates at the Sednaya prison complex north of Damascus to destroy evidence that could be used to prosecute war crimes

3. Ahead of Trump’s visit, the Gulf states have offered to improve their relationship with Israel if Israel makes a “significant overture” to the Palestinians. The Wall St. Journal (click via Twitter) picked up on an “unreleased discussion paper shared among several Gulf countries.”

The Arab carrots include “establishing direct telecommunications links with Israel, allowing overflight rights to Israeli aircraft, and lifting restrictions on some trade,” as well as “the issuance of visas for Israeli sports teams or trade delegations to take part in events in Arab countries,” and “Israeli integration into regional trade and business bodies.”

The Gulf countries, in turn, would require Mr. Netanyahu to make what they would consider to be a peace overture to the Palestinians. Such steps could include stopping construction of settlements in certain areas of the West Bank and allowing freer trade into the Gaza Strip . . .
 
The confidence-building steps being considered by Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E. and other Gulf states would be phased in if Israel were to take reciprocal steps to improve relations with the Palestinians.
Israel and the Palestinians
• The easiest way to follow the soap opera of Jerusalem and the Trump administration is to simply list the headlines from one paper in chronological order. Sheesh.

– Tillerson: Trump weighing whether embassy move will help or hurt peace
– Trump set to become first sitting US president to visit Western Wall
– Israel won’t commit suicide over US Embassy move, top lawmaker says
– Liberman: No need to pick a fight over moving US embassy
– New US ambassador arrives in Israel, prays for Trump at Western Wall
– Senior member of Trump team said to tell Israelis: Western Wall is not your territory
– Netanyahu denies privately urging Trump not to move embassy to Jerusalem
– Adelson reportedly ‘furious’ with Tillerson for tying embassy move to peace deal
– US officials said to be pressuring Trump not to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
– White House: Western Wall comments ‘unauthorized,’ do not represent Trump’s stance
– Amb. David Friedman meets Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler at Western Wall

Ambassador Friedman presented his credentials to President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem today, as did new ambassadors from Spain and Thailand. Aerosmith performs in Tel Aviv tomorrow night.

Look who Ambassador to #Israel David Friedman ran into at the #WesternWall #Aerosmith .@IamStevenT pic.twitter.com/e4ZwQdqjq1
— USEmbassyTelAviv (@usembassyta) May 16, 2017
• There may be an end to the Palestinian hunger-strike impasse. Haaretz reports that both Israel and the PA want the issue resolved ahead of Trump’s visit and the International Committee of the Red Cross may provide a face-saving compromise allowing both sides to claim victory:

The striking prisoners were very upset when their family visits were cut from twice a month to just once a month. But that reduction had nothing to do with Israel; it was announced by the ICRC, which organizes the visits, about a year ago, for reasons of its own.
 
The defense establishment is therefore talking with the ICRC about reinstating the twice-monthly visits. That would be a significant improvement for the prisoners, and they might consider it enough of an achievement to justify ending the strike.
However, Ynet reports that the prisoners are threatening to escalate their hunger strike by refusing to drink water. And Israel HaYom reports that Israeli officials are laying the groundwork to transfer a group of hunger-striking prisoners to a geriatric care facility in Rishon Lezion, should it become necessary.

• Days before Trump visit, Palestinian mayor dedicates square to terrorist. The West Bank town of Tulkarem dedicated the square to Maher Younis, who is imprisoned for the 1980 murder of IDF soldier Avraham Bromberg. Details at the Jerusalem Post.

• Palestinian lawmaker Jamal Hawil of Fatah was photographed participating in a clash with soldiers near Beit El according to Israeli media reports.

Asked by Channel 2 to comment on the images, Hawil tried to downplay the significance of a PA official throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers.
 
“It doesn’t matter if I threw rocks or not, the entire Palestinian nation throws rocks,” he said.
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• Israel and Ukraine mended fences as Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman visited Israel. Ties between the two countries took a hit when Ukraine voted for UN Security Council resolution 2334 which denounced Israeli settlements. The Jerusalem Post reports that more recently, Ukraine tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to block a UNESCO resolution rejecting Israeli sovereignty over both eastern and western areas of Jerusalem.

Groysman, who is Jewish, wants to “finalize cooperation deals with regard to counterterrorism, health and statistical data exchanges” that were put on the backburner in the fallout over the Security Council vote.

• Israeli cabinet minister cancels Jordan visit after stabbing.

• Ynet: Israeli family rescued after accidentally entering Palestinian village.

• Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein to address Russian parliament 30 years after gulag release. Jerusalem Post coverage.

“This is a special trip and there is great excitement about it,” Edelstein said Monday. “We can’t ignore the symbolism of something that could have been considered a mirage not that many years ago, that someone who was a prisoner in the Soviet Union will stand on the stage of the parliament in Moscow and give a speech as the speaker of the Knesset of Israel.”
Yuli Edelstein
Knesset chairman Yuli Edelstein attends a conference on the topic of strengthening the relationship between the Jewish people and the Temple Mount, held at the Israeli parliament on November 07, 2016. Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90

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• Jewish Chronicle: UK Labour changes manifesto to condemn Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel.

• I would never have the patience to attend Israel-bashing academic conferences. Which is why I’m glad someone like David Collier shines a light on the dishonesty and chicanery he found at a University of Sussex gathering discussing 50 years of Israeli occupation.

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

– Amos Harel: The triple blow of Trump’s intelligence leak to Russia
– Bassam Tawil: The Palestinian threats Trump needs to hear
– Aaron David Miller: Why Trump’s love affair with Netanyahu won’t last
– Jeff Jacoby: Great timing, Mr. Ambassador
– Colbert King: Trump wants to treat Middle East peace like a real estate deal. That’s arrogant thinking.
– Moshe Elad: The ‘impending humanitarian disaster’ syndrome
– Jonathan Schanzer: There’s no such thing as ‘the Arab street’ (click via Twitter)
– Saeed Rahnema: Iranians set to choose the lesser of two evils (click via Twitter)
– Benny Avni: Iran’s set to choose another angry prez

• For a sense of what the critics are saying, see Nathan Thrall.
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