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Anti-Semitism and Terror Flags on Display at London Anti-Israel Demo
Israel Daily News Stream9 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Anti-Semitism and extremism were on display at a demonstration in London against Israeli PM Netanyahu’s UK visit where he met with British PM David Cameron. Despite its status as a terrorist organization, Hezbollah flags were spotted. Breitbart UK reported from the scene:

Arrieh A. Miller, executive director of The Zionist Federation, told Breitbart London: “The yellow and green flags over there are Hezbollah, there’s also a Hamas flag on the reverse of one of them.
Ostensibly, brandishing the flag of a terrorist organisation is an arrestable offence, but the police seemed as uninterested as they were in taking action against the man who flew the ISIS flag outside Big Ben.
“We’ve complained to the police about it and they have said they will deal with it. They are a proscribed organisation in the UK, a proscribed terrorist organisation, as are Hamas – by the EU,” Miller continued.
“This shows the message of the protest. That demonstration is not against Netanyahu, it is not even against Israel; it is in support of terrorism.
“What we talk about is a red-green alliance, which is the socialists aligned with the pro-Palestinians and anti-Zionists.
“The only thing they agree on is their hatred of Israel. They don’t agree on rights for women; they don’t agree on rights for gays; they don’t agree on rights for education. What brings them together is a hatred of Israel, and that is what is on display at this demonstration today.”
This call for genocide of Israelis is just one piece of footage taken from outside Downing Street by pro-Israel advocates exposing the real agenda behind the protests.

The Times of Israel also reports on one individual, later arrested, who brandished a coin, shouting at the pro-Israel demonstrators: “You only understand money.”
2. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’lon signed a decree on Tuesday banning the Murabitun and Murabatat Islamist activist groups, which gather on the Temple Mount to disturb and intimidate Jewish visitors to the holy site on a daily basis.

3. Amazon agrees to remove products with image of blood spattered Israeli flag.

A standing symbol of anti-Israel sentiment, the bloodied flag is available for purchase in the form of a cell phone cover, a shower curtain, a welcome mat, a mouse pad, an umbrella and a throw pillow. Prices range from $7.99 for the mouse pad, to just $34.99 for the “100% polyester waterproof bathroom shower curtain.”
Israel and the Palestinians
• The Times of Israel reports Arab residents of Jerusalem are significantly more conciliatory to Israel than their counterparts in the West Bank and Gaza, a recent poll has found, leading its author to conclude that interaction with Israeli society has a dramatic moderating effect.

A Washington Institute poll conducted in June this year among 1,500 Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem was widely cited in the media for its findings on the question of citizenship: 52 percent of Jerusalem’s 300,000 Arabs would opt for Israeli citizenship “with equal rights” rather than Palestinian citizenship in a future two-state scenario. In the West Bank, a mere 4 percent said they’d prefer Israeli citizenship to Palestinian, and 12 percent in Gaza.
• As the Jewish New Year approaches, some 29,500 immigrants arrived here over the Hebrew past year, with more than 14,000 hailing from the former Soviet Union, according to statistics for 5775 released by the Immigration and Absorption Ministry and the Jewish Agency. This marks a 13 percent increase over 5774.

While around 3,600 immigrants came from North American, the largest sources of aliya were France (7,350) and Ukraine (6,900), increases of 10 percent and 50%, respectively.
• Israel’s Knesset wants to be the greenest parliament in the world.
• The United Nations is expected on Thursday to allow the Palestinians to raise their flag at its headquarters in New York in a symbolic move highlighting Palestinian aspirations for statehood.
Around the World
• A Turkish civil war? Yes, according to Kurdish source.

The leader of Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish political party warned that the country was on the verge of full-blown civil war between state forces and militant Kurdish separatists. The remarks made by Selahattin Demirtas, co-chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, followed a worrying night of violence and firebombing in Turkey, with hundreds of reported attacks by nationalist mobs on offices belonging to Demirtas’s party, known by the Turkish abbreviation HDP, as well as on ordinary Kurds.

• Has the US administration been misrepresenting intelligence reports on ISIS to give the impression that the group is weaker than it actually is? The Daily Beast has the exclusive:
The accusations suggest that a large number of people tracking the inner workings of the terror groups think that their reports are being manipulated to fit a public narrative. The allegations echoed charges that political appointees and senior officials cherry-picked intelligence about Iraq’s supposed weapons program in 2002 and 2003.
• Tempest in a teacup from Robert Mackey at the NY Times over the reaction to Colbert’s ironic ad for Sabra Humus and the BDS, which boycotts it. Next up? Scarlett Johansson. (Note: Video is only available to US readers.)

• Jewish orgs are out of touch with US Jews according to the Washington Post, citing research from Pew and the failed bid to stop the Iran deal as evidence. Here’s the money ‘graph on Israel:
One of the most striking, but not surprising, results of the Pew Research Center survey is the disenchantment that many, perhaps most, American Jews feel toward Israel. No nation can control another people and occupy its land for 48 years, as the Israelis have the Palestinians, without brutalizing and coarsening themselves, eroding many of the high moral hopes that American Jews once invested in Israel. Some older Jews are still attached to the Israel of 1948, to the scrappy but long-vanished Israel of kibbutz egalitarianism — one reason, perhaps, that three Jewish members from Florida, home to so many Jewish retirees, oppose the Iran deal. Under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, Israel’s values have become less universal and more dangerously tribal — appealing to the more tribal and self-segregating sensibilities of America’s Orthodox, and less and less to the more liberal and cosmopolitan sensibilities of the American Jewish majority. Most American Jews still feel what Catholics term a preferential option for the poor, for immigrants, for minorities. They don’t see such values in today’s Israel — or in American Jewish orthodoxy, either.
• David Bernstein takes issue at the assertion that Sheldon Adelson is the reason for GOP support for Israel:

Jason Zengerle, writing in New York Magazine, argues:
On issue after issue — from military aid to settlement policy — the GOP now offers Israel unconditional and unquestioning support. … The person most responsible for this development is the multi­billionaire casino magnate and Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson.
No, putting aside the question of whether GOP support for Israel is truly “unconditional and unquestioning,” the person most responsible for making support for Israel a core Republican issue is Osama bin Laden, with a supporting role played by Yasser Arafat.
• David Horsey says that dictatorial rulers and fanatical terrorists have played the most direct role in Syria’s disintegration and, as is the case in power struggles throughout the region, the contesting sides have demonstrated an utter uninterest in moving beyond the mafia model of social organization.

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Stormy Visit Shaping Up for Bibi in London
Israel Daily News Stream14 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Prime Minister Netanyahu arrived in London, for what’s already shaping up to be a stormy two-day visit. Around 300 Palestinian supporters demonstrated outside 10 Downing Street, and a petition calling for Netanyahu’s arrest for so-called “war crimes” has garnered 107,000 signatures. More at Reuters and the Financial Times (click via Google News).

2. Israel re-opened its embassy in Cairo four years after it was trashed by an Egyptian mob. Haim Koren will serve as ambassador.
3. In a potentially precedent-setting case, Israel to sue Palestinian rock throwers for damages caused to Jerusalem light rail. It’s an expensive proposition for the stone-throwers. Replacing just one smashed window costs 40,000 NIS. According to YNet, claims will only filed against rock-throwers over the age of 18.
4. Perpetuating Palestinian Refugees: The Guardian’s “Best Bit of the UN”: Despite UNRWA’s record of perpetuating the Palestinian refugee problem, The Guardian considers it one of the “best bits of the UN.”
5. Tripping Over the Distinction Between Journalists and Activists: Videographer tripped up over the distinction between journalism and activism.
6. BDS: Lost Palestinian Jobs at SodaStream are Worth It: Boycott movement unmoved by unemployed Palestinians.
Israel and the Palestinians
• Samir Kuntar, the terrorist released in a 2008 prisoner swap with Hezbollah swap, was placed on a US terror blacklist.

“He has also played an operational role, with the assistance of Iran and Syria, in building up Hezbollah’s terrorist infrastructure in the Golan Heights,” the State Department said.
As a designated “global terrorist,” Kantar is subject to the seizure of any assets he holds in areas of US jurisdiction and Americans are forbidden from doing business with him.
The US also blacklisted three senior Hamas terror commanders, including Mohammed Deif.

• Drive-by shooting in the West Bank: Two nurses escaped injury after coming under fire near Nablus. Jerusalem Post coverage.
• Visiting the Temple Mount, the Jerusalem Post‘s Lahav Harkov describes the humiliation and harassment of Jewish tourists.
I wanted to see what all the fuss was about at the holy site and was subjected to humiliations from start to finish, included being told I’m forbidden from crying.
Lahav Harkov

• Arab taxi driver gets life sentence for 2011 murder of an Afula teenager Shelly Dadon.
Around the World
• A Pew Research Center poll found American public support for the Iran deal down to 21 percent.

• Israel approves gas pipeline to Jordan. According to Globes, it should begin transferring natural gas in a year.
• Russian military planes land in Syria as buildup continues. For the first time, Moscow confirmed personnel (“military experts”) on the ground.
• Israel won’t exist in 25 years: Just the latest Twitter musings from of the “rational” leader of a legitimate nuclear threshold state. Backstory at Haaretz.
• Israel slams German bank for hosting talk on destroying Jewish state
• A jury handed down a death sentence to F. Glenn Miller Jr. for murdering three people outside Kansas City Jewish institutions. Jurors weren’t impressed with his antics:
Earlier Tuesday morning, during closing arguments, Miller gave a lengthy screed about his anti-Jewish beliefs, repeating the same theme of his courtroom testimony during trial.
He dared jurors to sentence him to death, calling them “whores of the Jews.” He said he wanted no mercy.
He finished his presentation with a Nazi salute and a “heil Hitler.”
anti-Semitism• Why does the left care more about Islamophobia than anti-Semitism? Here’s part of Brendan O’Neill‘s answer

It’s why every bovine attack on a mosque is held up as hard evidence that Europe is descending into a cesspool of anti-Muslim hatred, whereas you have to scour the media to find mentions of attacks on synagogues. In recent days, a Manchester teen was beaten up in a suspected anti-Semitic assault; a Jewish Spanish teenager was physically attacked; and two Holocaust survivors in Amsterdam were assaulted and called ‘dirty Jews’.
Yet these incidents aren’t front page news; certainly they aren’t cited as evidence that a new plague of prejudice is stalking Europe, as is done when Muslims are assaulted. The message of this double standard, however implicit it might be, is pretty clear: attacks on Jews are less important than attacks on Muslims.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today:

– Jeff Jacoby: A hero acts, and Hebron gets a lesson in humanity
– Clifford May: Iran deal is not a done deal
– Michael Totten: Beirut chokes on its own filth

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Russia to Close Syrian Skies to Israel?
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Will Russia’s expected military presence in Syria close off Syrian skies to Israel?

2. “In a move that reflected growing internal disarray,” the PLO delayed elections for its internal leadership, which were set to be held next week, according to AP.
3. Russia reportedly bought 10 Israeli-made intelligence-gathering drones. And despite left-wing opposition, the Swiss parliament approved a $250 million Israeli drone purchase.
Campaigners had rallied against the deal with Israeli company Elbit Systems, urging Switzerland not to invest in Israel’s military complex due to its alleged “systematic human rights abuses” against Palestinians.
4. Gazan Infant Mortality Used to Attack Israel: A politically charged misdiagnosis.

Israel and the Palestinians
• William Booth of the Washington Post visited SodaStream. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement doesn’t come out looking so good:

Although hundreds of Palestinians will soon be out of jobs, BDS leaders say it is worth it.
• An Israeli man has been missing for three months after trying to visit Yemen. The family fears he was abducted by Islamic State.

• Israel unfazed by PA threat to end Oslo accords, declare Palestine occupied state.
“The Palestinians routinely negotiate through brinkmanship. If they don’t get what they demand, they threaten to jump off the cliff.”
• Israeli firefighters responding to calls in eastern Jerusalem say they’re coming under increasing Palestinian attacks. According to YNet, we’re talking about Molotov cocktails, stone-throwing barrages, spitting, and other forms of physical and verbal abuse.

Firefighters were wounded in several incidents and required medical treatment and, more often, damage was caused to fire trucks.
According to the Fire Department, the escalation started in the summer of 2014 – after the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli yeshiva students, the murder of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir and Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli firefighter
Israeli firefighter practicing in 2013.

• What a creative way to give traction to like-minded Israel-bashers, and squeeze more content out of a non-story: The Guardian considers it newsworthy when a handful of leftist politicians, academics, and union leaders condemn Israel in a letter published in — of all places — The Guardian!
• Italy’s Jewish leaders are urging President Rivlin to block Fiamma Nirenstein’s appointment as Israeli ambassador to Rome. According to Haaretz:
The sources said that the two Italian Jewish leaders explained to Rivlin that the appointment of someone who had so recently been a senior member of the Italian parliament and had also run unsuccessfully for president of Rome’s Jewish community three months ago could raise claims of dual loyalty.
The two also told Rivlin that Nirenstein was almost fully identified with the right wing in Italy, which could have a negative impact on ties between Israel’s government and the Italian government, which is controlled by the left wing.
• Dimona scientists developed a micro-copter to track nuclear activities.

Around the World
• Jews in South Africa vow not to be ‘bullied’ by calls to cut dual Israeli citizenship. The ruling African National Congress is considering banning dual citizenship to prevent South African nationals from serving in the IDF.

South Africa
• France is struggling to lure back Jews to emigrated to Israel. According to the Wall St. Journal, (click via Google News), there’s no comparison between Start Up Israel vs. Shut Off France.
In Israel, employers and investors view early failure as a valuable learning experience, émigrés say, while it can be viewed as career-ending in France.
• Spanish teen says neo-Nazis carved swastika into his arm

• The largest Jewish school in Melbourne has become the first in Victoria to employ armed guards.
It is expected that other Jewish schools in Melbourne will seriously consider employing armed guards following Mount Scopus’ move.
Jewish schools have been vigilant for some time amid concerns about a resurgence of anti-Semitism around the world.
• A Jewish teenager was beaten unconscious in Manchester. Was it an anti-Semitic attack, or was it drug-related? Or perhaps both?

• Does it really matter who the next Palestinian president is?

What the West needs to understand is that no Palestinian leader is authorized to make concessions to Israel for the sake of peace.
UN logo• Eugene Kontorovich revisits UN resolution 242 in light of a French resolution expected to be introduced in the coming weeks.

. . . Res. 242 represented a territorial compromise, with accommodations to Arab and Israel positions. The French resolution – which mandates a withdrawal to the 1949 Armistice Lines – would specifically undo the parts of that compromise that were in Israel’s favor, and essentially “reverse” 242, replacing it with the resolution demanded by the U.S.S.R and Arab states in 1967. If the U.S. allows this to happen, it would be a fundamental reversal of 50 years of Middle East diplomacy.
• Fight BDS by buying Israeli products

• Why is the Red Cross holding seminars on the law of war with Hamas?
• Will the US-Israel spat over Iran sideline the Palestinians?
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Amiel Ungar: Why the fight against the Iran deal was worth it
– Jonathan Adelman: After the Iran deal, what now for Israel?
– Alan Dershowitz: Hold Iran to the language of the deal (via Google News)
– Efraim Inbar: How dangerous is Islamic State to Israel?
– Eyal Zisser: Putin ups the ante in Syria

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PA to Void Oslo Accords?
Israel Daily News Stream1 day ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. According to Maan News, Mahmoud Abbas will declare at the UN that Palestine is a “state under occupation,” annulling the Oslo Accords. The Times of Israel reports that Saeb Erekat is masterminding this maneuver.

. . . the resignation threats were no more than a diversion ahead of a dramatic move planned by the Palestinians: declaring Palestine a state under occupation and reneging on their obligations as detailed in the Oslo Accords.
It’s not the first time we’ve heard rumors that Oslo will be voided, that the PA will be dismantled, or that Abbas will resign. It always seems to come back to Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation that keeps Fatah cadres from being chucked off Ramallah rooftops by Hamas.

2. Reham Dawabshe, who was severely burnt in the Duma arson attack, succumbed to her injuries last night. Her husband and 18-month old son died in July.
Sheba Medical Center officials said that the last survivor, her four-year-old son Ahmed, is improving. The Palestinians say they will hold a “Day of Rage” on Friday.
Remains of a Dawabshe family photo

3. Faiz Abu Hamadiah, the Palestinian who saved five American Jewish students from a Hebron lynch mob last week, is getting death threats from other Palestinians.

Israel and the Palestinians
• By the numbers: Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria, based on Jerusalem Post coverage.

500,000: Overall Palestinians who fled homes in Syrian refugee camps
200,000: Palestinian refugees still in Syria
100,000: Palestinian refugees who have fled to Europe
2,300: Palestinian refugees drowned en route to Greece
1,000: Palestinian refugees drowned en route to other places in Europe

• Insisting that Paris doesn’t support boycotts of Israel, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron told AFP that France does support labeling settlement products.
• The African National Congress is considering banning dual citizenship  to block South African Jews from serving in the IDF. News sites like iAfrica cited a paywalled Johannesburg Sunday Times report:
The Sunday Times newspaper is reporting that ANC also wants to crackdown on private sector ties with Israel.
However, this move would also affect others, who hold dual citizenship with countries besides the Jewish state.
• I got a few emails all wondering why the heck the BBC’s sports section plugged its Israel-Wales coverage with a Palestinian flag. Here’s the screengrab that lit up my inbox. (The game ended in a scoreless draw).

BBC Sport

• The Palestinians are preparing to host their first ever World Cup qualifier. According to AP, a Tuesday game against the visiting United Arab Emirates is the first of a series of high profile match ups in the West Bank.
• Notwithstanding some errors, check out YNet‘s profile of Eugene Kontorovich and his fight against the boycott movement.
• Syrian Druze stand between Islamic State and Israeli border, Druze sheikh warns.
If Islamic State gets past Sweida, it puts Jordan and the Israeli border areas at risk, Israeli Druse spiritual leader Sheikh Maufak Tarif told the Post.
The Druse in Sweida are preparing for war and will fight if they have to, he said.

• Israel began working on a fence along the Jordan border. The defense ministry advanced the time table for construction because of the Islamic State threat.
Around the World
• Hate crimes against London‘s Jewish community surge by 93%

• Controversial statue at the Palace of Versailles defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti.
• Elderly Jewish couple subjected to anti-Semitic abuse in Amsterdam robbery.
• North Korea’s reportedly helping Tehran thwart nuclear inspections in Iran.
• Reuters takes a closer look at Lebanon’s garbage crisis.
• Should Israel take in Syrian refugees? Seth Lipsky argues yes, while Dan Margalit argues no.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Amos Harel: Putin’s military build-up in Syria a game-changer for Israel?
– Judith Bergman: Who gains from BDS?
– Elliott Abrams: Was Bibi right to fight the Iran deal?

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Obama Secures Senate Approval for Iran Deal
Israel Daily News Stream22 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. The White House clinched its magic number of 34 senators supporting the Iran deal when Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland gave it her approval. Thirty four is the number needed to prevent opponents from scuttling the deal.

Politico reports that the White House is now setting its sights on  securing 41 votes, “which would stop the resolution of disapproval from ever reaching the White House” and spare the president the need to wield a veto.
Where does this leave Israel? For one, officials in Jerusalem don’t view this as a failure. At least that’s what they told the Times of Israel and YNet. The latter writes:
An associate of the prime minister said the strategy in the campaign against the agreement was to undermine its legitimacy, in which Israel succeeded with flying colors.
“When the agreement was unveiled, half of Americans supported it and half opposed it,” said the source. “Therefore, it’s wrong to present this as an Israeli failure. To the contrary, it’s a success. Obama is making an illegitimate international agreement thanks to a veto and not thanks to a majority.
But an AIPAC official told the Israel media that the Prime Minister’s speech to Congress damaged lobbying efforts by making Israel a partisan issue on Capitol Hill.

Eli Lake

2. AFP: A trio of French judges formally closed the chapter on allegations that former PLO chief Yasser Arafat was poisoned, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to warrant further investigation.
3. A new video from the Sinai affiliate of Islamic State indicates that the jihadis likely have advanced Russian weapons, which they say they hope to use against Israel. But an analyst told the Jerusalem Post:
Though the video can be seen as a threat to Israel, Horowitz believes that despite Israeli concerns of threats from the militant group, the video’s anti-Israel rhetoric is mostly aimed at delegitimizing the Egyptian military. By depicting the Egyptian military as Israel’s watchdogs, “its rhetoric is actually meant to justify the opposite, and legitimize the fact that the group is fighting the Egyptian army rather than Israel.”

4. PLO Intimidates Media Over Temple Mount Tours: The PLO issues a veiled threat to journalists to only go on Temple Mount tours organized by Palestinian propagandists.

5. The Price of Boycotting Israel: A European grocery chain teaches that a strong demand for Israeli products can effectively counter-balance the BDS movement.
6. Reuters Headline Fail: Netanyahu “Threatens to Shoot” Stone Throwers: Frontier justice or a wire service’s sensationalism — which is worse?
Israel and the Palestinians
• AP reporter Tia Goldenberg visited SodaStream’s new Negev factory. The fizzy beverage company made famous by Scarlett Johansson is in the process of transferring its operations from the Mishor Adumim industrial zone in the West Bank. That facility will be closed in two weeks.

SodaStream employed up to 600 Palestinians at the West Bank factory and sought to transfer their jobs to the Israeli plant. But Birnbaum said Israel has granted only 130 work permits so far due to security issues. Many likely will lose their jobs.
“All the people who wanted to close (SodaStream’s West Bank factory) are mistaken. … They didn’t take into consideration the families,” said Ali Jafar, a shift manager from a West Bank village who has worked for SodaStream for two years.
BDS chief Omar Barghouti today doesn’t have a credible answer for Palestinians left unemployed by the boycott’s “success” any more than the movement did a year ago when BBC’s Jeremy Paxman and SodaStream CEO David Birnbaum demolished an Oxfam official’s arguments last year in a Newsnight debate worth revisiting.

• IDF strikes Gaza after sniper fire hits Israeli homes
• Navy commandos simulated an unusual attack on offshore gas rig. No guns were allowed:
The exercise involved hostile gunmen taking civilians hostage after commandeering one of the offshore rigs. The naval commandos were instructed to reach the rig and retake it from the gunmen without use of firearms, out of concern that gunfire could set the gas alight and cause the rig to explode.
See YNet for other recent Navy drills.

• A Chinese conglomerate became the majority shareholder in Ahava, the Israeli company that makes beauty products from Dead Sea minerals. Ahava officials denied the development had anything to do with BDS pressure. More on the story at Globes.
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• Straight from the horse’s mouth: Iran will continue to enhance its military until it can overthrow Israel and defend all the oppressed people of the world, says a high level Revolutionary Guards commander.

• Your low-brow tweet of the day comes from Gwen Ifill, who co-anchors PBS NewsHour. She added her own take on a White House infographic which itself took a dig at Bibi. This isn’t reporting, it’s cheerleading.
Gwen Ifill
• John Kerry plugged the Iran deal in a speech (video or transcript) delivered in Philadelphia yesterday.
Around the World
• Foreign Policy takes a closer look at what Egypt’s offshore gas find means for Israel.

And the Zohr discovery won’t slam the door shut on Egyptian imports right away, leaving a few years of juicy prospects for other suppliers. Though Eni and Egyptian officials pledged to fast-track development of the field, it will take years to finance and build the infrastructure needed to fully tap it. Even that timeline could grow longer if Egypt’s security situation worsens, which could put a damper on foreign investment.
Luis Moreno-Ocampo
• Former International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo told Reuters the ICC should investigate Islamic State war crimes and genocide against Iraq’s Yazidis. The caveat?

The ICC lacks jurisdiction over Iraq because its government is not a signatory of the treaty that established the tribunal, but it would have the right to investigate crimes committed by nationals of one of its 123 member countries.
The court, based in The Hague, has never brought a case on such grounds before and it would mean only nationals of those countries could be tried.
• Say it ain’t so!

Hezbollah official’s son reportedly arrested for selling arms to Islamic State
• Belgian police are investigating an EU official accused of physically and verbally attacking a co-worker during an anti-Semitic diatribe.
• Belgium’s Prime Minister confirmed a commitment to provide Antwerp‘s Jewish institutions with $4.4 million to boost security.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Jonathan D. Halevi: International courtship of Hamas shows that terror pays
– Alex Fishman: Abbas’ political stunts
– Gershon Baskin: After Abbas
– Amiram Barkat: Leviathan gas can be directed to domestic use
– Emmanuel Navon: Egypt’s natural gas is destabilizing Bibi’s government
– Yaakov Amidror: Israel’s Policy Dilemmas on Syria
– Elliott Abrams: Putin in Syria
– Orly Azoulay: A new wind blowing out of Washington

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UN: Gaza Will Be Uninhabitable in 5 Years
Israel Daily News Stream9 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. AP, AFP, and UPI all picked up on a UN report claiming that Gaza could be “uninhabitable” in five years if current economic trends persist.

2. I don’t know what to make of headlines talking about Mahmoud Abbas stepping down either, but here are a few tea leaves you can sort through:
– Only 16 % of Palestinians support Abbas.
– Ramallah  doesn’t know what to make of all the speculation.
– Israeli reaction: Big yawn.
– Resignation’s largely symbolic.
– It’s too soon to say if Abbas is for real, or bluffing.

3. A Norwegian bank apologized for issuing one sick credit card. This is what happens when you allow people to personalize the look of their cards. More at YNet and the Jerusalem Post.
norwegian credit car
Israel and the Palestinians
• The problem: You’re a Gaza home-owner waiting to rebuild. You need A) a permit to purchase cement and other materials, and B) money to pay for it. After all kinds of bureaucratic hassle, you managed to obtain the permit verifying that you’re not a terrorist.

But because international donors aren’t following through on aid pledges, you don’t have the necessary cash. The Global Post‘s Laura Dean explains how Hamas is taking advantage of this problem. When Dean writes government, she’s referring to Hamas.
In desperation, some have started re-selling a portion of their materials to pay for the rest.
“The government says you have 20 kilos, so if you have no money you sell half to pay the cement seller. If you don’t take your cement now you can’t get it again,” explains Hosni Salman al-Mughani, 73, a local leader in Shejaiya, one of the neighborhoods hit hardest by the war.
Gazans who lost everything when their houses were shelled have competing cash needs. So they might also sell off building materials to be able to buy clothes, or beds, or a computer for their children.
The decision to sell those supplies for other necessities has lasting consequences. If those families subsequently get funding to rebuild, they have nothing to spend the money on: Having sold off their allotted materials, there’s no way to get orders assigned to them.
Once you sell a portion of your cement, there’s no paper trail, and Hamas has its ways of obtaining it. The Global Post also took a worth-reading in-depth look at why international donors haven’t delivered on pledges.

• Among the findings of the latest poll by the Ramallah-based Jerusalem Media and Communications Center: There’s a decline in Palestinian support for campaigns to boycott Israeli products.
LeMonde-logo• Julian Bahloul of i24 News responds to charges of Israeli “pinkwashing” in Le Monde, France’s largest newspaper.
We’re talking about a dodgy headline, over the top exclamations of Israeli homophobia, and a twisted take on the fatal Jerusalem gay pride stabbing, which occurred before Bahloul’s own eyes:
The pictures of the injured and the blood on the ground, according to some, shattered the image of an Israel tolerant of the LGBT community. An image that, as claimed by Le Monde, was actually designed for marketing purposes to avoid talking about the plight of the Palestinians.
Let us assume that this is, in fact, official Israeli strategy: “pink washing” – focusing on gays so as to avoid discussion of Palestinians. If this is the case, then all of Israel’s communications experts had better change careers because just type the word “Israel” in any search engine and you will realize that what dominates media coverage is, of course, the armed conflict with the Palestinians.
• YNet: Vandals smashed and defaced a number of Jewish tombstones and set fires in the Mount of Olives cemetery.

Mount of Olives
The Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives

Around the World
• The US is using drones to actively hunt down and kill Islamic State leaders in Syria. The Washington Post got the scoop on the secret missions being run jointly by the CIA and other special operations forces. Uncle Sam’s not the only power active in Syria. The Daily Beast reports Russia put boots on the ground.

• After going through the Hillary Clinton emails, here’s one takeaway:
How top Clinton confidants talk about Israel when no one’s listening
• Several Western countries, including the US, secretly took in around 200 African asylum-seekers from Israel. According to Haaretz, many had “severe medical problems that were not addressed in Israel due to the migrants’ lack of legal status.”
• Reuters: Kurwait charged 26 suspected Hezbollah operatives over an arms cache apparently smuggled in from Iran.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinian refugee camps turned into weapons warehouses
– Jeffrey Goldberg: 10 responses to Iran deal skeptics
– Michael Eisenstadt: Iran deal could complicate efforts to stop nuclear breakout
– Nicholas Burns: What should Obama do next on Iran?
– Clifford May: The problem with appeasement
– Yaron Friedman: Beirut’s garbage crisis stinks all the way to Tehran

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“Sisi Scenario” to Resolve Lebanese Garbage Crisis?
Israel Daily News Stream9 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Trying to fill a power vacuum and placate angry protesters, Lebanese lawmakers will reportedly appoint army chief Jean Kahwaji as president. Asharq al-Awsat‘s sources refer to this as the Sisi scenario, a reference to Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Egypt’s current president and former military chief.

2. An Islamic State affiliate in Gaza claimed responsibility for a failed rocket launch this morning. The terrorists sought to disrupt the first day of school for Israeli students. Although sirens were triggered in the Ashkelon area, classes were not disrupted. The rocket landed somewhere in Gaza. Jerusalem Post coverage.
The attempted attack was claimed by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, also known as as the Sinai Province of the Islamic State, a group that opposes Hamas rule of the Gaza Strip and that is leading a bloody insurgency against the Egyptian army and security forces in the Sinai.
ambulance3. Wow: The New York Times reports that Gazans are faking doctors’ notes to obtain medical permits to leave the strip. Physicians and hospital technicians, and health administrators are all in on the scam:

But a surgeon at Shifa, speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said buying fake or exaggerated diagnoses was “becoming a norm,” with lab technicians and hospital administrative staff members serving as “brokers.” The doctor said a colleague had gotten a medical transfer for a hemorrhoid that could have been treated in Gaza in order to go to Germany for a job, and another did similar with an anal fissure.
In fact, he admitted, he also has a scan showing disk problems in his back, in case he cannot otherwise get an exit permit for a coming medical conference.
Related reading: Medical Entry Permits: By the Numbers

Israel and the Palestinians
• An IDF officer was wounded in shootout in Jenin while trying to arrest Bassam al-Saadi, a senior Islamic Jihad figure. According to reports, the officer was likely hit by friendly fire. Details at YNet and Haaretz.

• With Israeli and Egyptian off shore gas fields in the news, it’s easy to overlook that the Palestinians also have one off the coast of Gaza. Danny Rubinstein explains in a nice background article at i24 News why the Marine reservoir was never developed and what its potential is:
The discoveries of large Israeli and Egyptian gas reserves over the past decade significantly reduce the potential of the small Palestinian one. No one needs Palestinian gas.
But if Israel would allow development of Gaza’s Marine field and pipeline transfer of gas to the West Bank and Jordan – it could well be a breakthrough for the Palestinian economy. It would provide a cheap source of energy for power stations in Gaza, the West Bank and Jordan. It would develop industries and generate annual revenues of nearly $ 3 billion in royalties and taxes for the Palestinian government. A small gas field that could supply Palestinian needs for 10-15 years could revolutionize the Palestinian economy.
Unfortunately, as long as Hamas controls Gaza and the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is at an impasse, the whole idea will remain a pipe dream.
offshore gas

• Must read: Reporter Eric Cortellessa of the Times of Israel was on hand at Friday’s Nabi Saleh clash. As he breaks down what happened, it’s clear the Palestinian goal was to stage an incident for the benefit of the media. If I didn’t know better, I’d think there were more cameras than rocks.
In this snippet, Cortellessa describes the post-clash scene at the home of Ahmed Tamimi, the now-famous boy with the broken arm:
Ten minutes later, almost all of the demonstrators were outside the boy’s home. Someone from the Palestine Red Crescent Society was making calls about two other demonstrators who had been detained. While the boy was lying down, people tried to comfort him and see if he was all right.
The Red Crescent worker then showed the boy pictures he took of the incident. “Good job,” he told the child. He then got up to talk with other activists and journalists about getting to Ramallah and disseminating the photos and video.
“We got them,” he said.
• The Media Line was on hand as Palestinians began moving into Rawabi, the first new Palestinian city in the West Bank.

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Jeremy Corbyn

• The revelations just don’t stop. Jeremy Corbyn actively lobbied for convicted terrorist Jawad Botmeh to be elected a governor of the London Metropolitan University. Adloyada writes at Harry’s Place:
Botmeh was one of the two terrorists who were convicted for attempting to blow up Balfour House, just a couple of miles north of where I live, an anti-Israel terror hit against the headquarters of a group of Israel charities and NGOs.
He was sentenced to twenty years.
• The Foreign Ministry, with help from Turkish police, retrieved a 21 year-old Israeli Jewish man planned to enter Syria and join up with Islamic State. Haaretz reports that Jerusalem isn’t treating this as a security incident, but as an undisclosed “personal issue involving the young man.”

• A Kansas City jury found Frazier Glenn Cross (also known as Frazier Glenn Miller) guilty of killing three people at a Jewish community center last year. The jury will now decide on whether Cross should get the death penalty.
• On this day in history, Andrew Exum notes, Col. Muammar Gadaffi seized power in Libya, “setting off fierce transliteration debates that rage to this day.” Indeed, there are 112 ways to spell Gadaffi’s name.
• Tweet of the day from Seth Frantzman:
Seth Frantzman

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Anat Berko: Training camps for girls in Gaza a form of Palestinian child abuse
– Norman Bailey: Comedy of gas errors

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Egypt’s Gas Find Upends Israeli Energy Plans
Israel Daily News Stream1 day ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. The “largest Mediterranean gas field” found off Egypt’s coast could meet the country’s natural gas needs for decades. The Zohr gas field‘s estimated 30 trillion cubic feet of gas is double the amount held in Israel’s Leviathan off shore field.

Zohr certainly shakes up Israeli plans. Haaretz notes that Egyptian purchases of Leviathan gas were supposed to fund the Israeli gas field’s development. And Israeli  energy stocks plummeted.
2. An official Turkish delegation will visit Israel for the first time since the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident. According to Maan News, the Turks will discuss with Israeli officials the creation of a new Palestinian industrial zone in the West Bank, near Jenin.
3. Hezbollah is reportedly trying to recruit West Bank youth to carry out terror attacks against Israel. Judging from the Jerusalem Post, this is a bigger headache for the Palestinian Authority than for Israel — at least for now.
4. Activists Score Victory Against Radio New Zealand Bias: New Zealand’s Broadcasting Standards Authority rules against national radio station over inflammatory anti-Israel bias and charges of apartheid.
5. Lessons From a False-Photo Tweet: A Russian columnist misrepresents an Israeli photo. What lessons can we learn from this?
Israel and the Palestinians
• Turns out that Bassem Tamimi’s daughter bit that Israeli soldier for the cameras this weekend on the eve of his US speaking tour. According to William Jacobson:

As recently as a week ago Gold was still trying to drum up additional speaking locations and attendence for Tamimi. Those locations and larger audiences won’t be hard to find now.
Cactus• YNet: The largest supermarket chain in Luxembourg has stopped selling Israeli produce until its supplier verifies that the products don’t come from settlements. While caving in to BDS bullying, the officials at the Cactus chain showed where its true principles lie:

The chain’s management said income from Israeli produce is minimal and is not worth the annoyance to customers caused by protests.
However, the chain announced that it would continue to sell other Israeli products like SodaStream devices and equipment, which provide more significant profits.
• Transdev, a French public transport operator, sold its five percent stake in City Pass, the company that runs Jerusalem’s light rail. According to the Financial Times (click via Google News), the BDS movement is claiming victory, but Transdev officials ” insisted that its decision to sell its interest in the railway was purely strategic.”
• I like the intent of this Los Angeles Times headline. Unfortunately, it requires a little explaining. Rashomon is a 1950 film by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa:

The film is known for a plot device that involves various characters providing alternative, self-serving and contradictory versions of the same incident.
LA Times

• Arab local councils set to strike beginning of school year
• Police discovered a tunnel in an elderly eastern Jerusalem woman’s yard. According to Reuters:
The 30 metre-deep hole had been dug in recent months by men posing as municipal workers sent to repair a water leak, Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.
The woman’s yard abuts the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, home to antiquities including a 9,000-year-old statue from Jericho and Bronze Age gold jewellery, as well as a bank that was scheduled to open soon.
Mideast Matters
• President Obama discussed Israel, Iran and the Mideast with Jane Eisner of The Forward. Take your pick of Eisner’s article, or just the Q+A transcript.

• Egypt started a new digging project along its border to Gaza, apparently intending to flood smuggling tunnels. AP reports that the cost of smuggled goods has risen sharply and some tunnel operators are installing water pumps.
• Iran sentenced two people to a decade in prison for allegedly spying for Israel and the US. As for the separate trial of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, Iran announced that a verdict was reached, without disclosing what the verdict is.
• Tehran is reportedly removing “death to America” graffiti from public places.
• Take it with a grain of salt, but Iranian media claims several Israeli and Jordanian army officers were killed in the Syrian village of Daraa. More at the Jerusalem Post.
• VICE News crew faces terror accusations in Turkey
Around the World
Steven Sotloff

• For the approaching anniversary of Steven Sotloff’s murder by Islamic State, the American Jewish reporter’s parents opened up to the Miami Herald.
But that, he says, was Steven Sotloff, a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, who often had to hide his Jewish identity as he traveled through some of the world’s harshest places.
“Whenever he went into a place … he was looking for the story of the people who were suffering there. He wasn’t reporting about anything else; he was reporting about the bread lines,” Arthur says from a small dining room table, tucked off the kitchen, and once the site of many conversations between father and son.
“A lot of correspondents couldn’t connect to people and he would sit with them, one on one, and they’d open up to him. He was very good at that,” Arthur says.
• Football match in Berlin ends in brawl amid anti-Semitic insults

• Holland‘s chief rabbi warned to avoid train travel
• An expert’s forecast — Canada will have few if any print newspapers by 2025
• Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser and Amb. Alan Baker assess the Iran deal’s major flaws and positive elements.

• Quite a bit of commentary on “Shirley Temper” and the Nabi Saleh incident you’ve probably seen photos of.
– Seth Frantzman: Nabi Saleh and Israel’s professional army problem
– Anshel Pfeffer: A picture of a headlock worth a thousand words
– Karni Eldad: A picture worth a thousand words

• Here’s what else I’m reading today:
– Bassem Eid: BDS movement only harms the Palestinians
– Stephen Hoffman: Is the money we are giving Palestinian leaders helping?
– Melanie Phillips: Iran deal makes a terrible war inevitable
– Los Angeles Times: Weighing the Iran deal (staff-editorial)

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Swiss Government ‘Regrets’ Ambassador’s Tasteless Bibi Cartoon
Israel Daily News Stream1 day ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Did the Arab Spring hit Gaza this weekend?

Gaza beach corn vendor attempts suicide after Hamas ‘harassment’
2. Switzerland “expressed regret” after its ambassador to Iran displayed a tasteless cartoon of peace doves defecating on Prime Minister Netanyahu. Ambassador Giulio Haas was addressing businessmen in Zurich, encouraging them to invest in Iran at the time. More on the story at YNet.
3. According to Arab media reports, Iran is trying to drastically alter the demographic makeup of Damascus by expelling 200,000 Sunnis from the city. Could you imagine the headlines if Israel did this?
According to the report, the overwhelmingly Shiite Iran is helping the regime to raze homes in the relatively plush Mezzeh neighborhood of Damascus, pushing out the Sunni residents in an effort to cement local support for the regime.
Hundreds of families living in the area were given just a few hours to evacuate their homes, the report said.
4. The New York Times’ Social Media Activist For Islamic Jihad: The New York Times turns an Islamic Jihad terrorist into a social media activist.

5. Israellycool Exposes Pallywood Incident: Images of an IDF soldier being assaulted by Palestinian women and children exposed as Pallywood by the Israellycool blog.
Israel and the Palestinians
• UN to decide September 15 on whether to raise the Palestinian flag at headquarters

• An Israeli was lightly wounded in apparent drive-by shooting in the northern West Bank near the Kedumim settlement today. Times of Israel coverage.
• What to make of the juxtaposition of these two weekend headline?
Hamas posts video appearing to show tunnel from Gaza into Israel
Hamas member killed after Gaza tunnel suffers malfunction
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• Over at Bloomberg News, Eli Lake and Josh Rogin report that the Congressional fight over the Iran deal is all but over. Meanwhile, Politico reports that the White House is pushing hinting for a Congressional filibuster to see the Iran deal through Capitol Hill. Why not rely on a veto instead?

A Democratic filibuster in the Senate would be a clear victory for the president, allowing Obama to say that for all the political noise there wasn’t enough actual opposition to the nuclear agreement with the Islamic republic to even get to a final vote . . .
Obama faces a huge pile-up of trouble if he has to veto the bill, and they know it in the West Wing. Already facing major public skepticism about the deal, this could brew more doubt. The other governments involved have expressed their own wariness, concerned that a deal preserved only by a sustained veto might represent a lack of long-term American commitment.
• Meet Adam Szubin, Obama’s point man to sell the Iran deal to Israel.

• According to BBC Persian Service correspondent Hadi Nili, Iran nixed a Tehran concert by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra over conductor Daniel Barenboim’s Israeli citizenship. A native of Buenos Aires, Barenboim also has Argentine and Palestinian citizenship. More at the New York Times.
Hadi Nili
• Iran official: We will never end fight against Israel
• President Obama pitched the Iran deal to American Jews in a webcast you can watch on YouTube. See AP coverage and the Times of Israel‘s take on how it went.
Mideast Matters
• Vice News visited the Israeli-Syrian border to learn more about the Israel’s humanitarian assistance to injured Syrians. Sara Elizabeth Williams’ dispatch has a real edge. She reports that IDF soldiers dismantled a tented settlement for Syrian refugees in the demilitarized zone in July.

The presence of sprawling, unregulated settlements so close to a hot border is dangerous for parties on both sides: the displaced Syrians are exposed to heightened war risk, and the camp could offer shelter and cover to elements hostile to Israel.
According to internal humanitarian documents made available to VICE News, Israel had known about this settlement and four others like it for at least two years and had “actively facilitated the establishment of some of them.” For this reason, the documents call the camp’s destruction, 500 meters beyond the Alpha line into the demilitarized UN Zone, “a significant change of policy on the part of the Israeli Army.”
• Worth reading: A Syrian writer returning to Aleppo for the first time in several years shares his impressions in Vanity Fair.

• Egypt’s Al Jazeera retrial: Journalists Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed sentenced to at least three years’ jail.
Greste will avoid imprisonment as he was deported to Australia in February and was being tried in absentia, but Fahmy and Mohamed were immediately taken back into police custody after the verdict was given.
Around the World
• Monaco apologized for deporting Jews to their deaths during World War II.

• Months after devastating earthquake, Israeli organizations in Nepal continue to providing support.
• Netanyahu, Shanghai, and the Communist party’s forbidden history: The good news is that the video posted by the Israeli embassy in China was successful . . .
twitter• Commenting on media transparency and newspaper corrections that few people ever read, Anthony De Rosa notes this fascinating little factoid:
Anyone who doesn’t check back may blithely share false information on social media, where it may circulate freely. Indeed, a recent study by the American Press Institute found that “false information on Twitter overpowers efforts to correct it by a ratio of about 3 to 1.” (That is, there are three times as many incorrect tweets as corrective tweets on the same subject.)
• Going back to school? Here’s how to fight the Israel haters.

• It’s time for Israel and the US to craft their own “side deal,” argues Amos Yadlin.
• Looks like Matisyahu’s BDS experience is sparking some interesting conversation. An Israeli-born hip hop artist who goes by the name, Kosha Dillz got op-ed space in Billboard magazine to share his observations of anti-Semitism in the music scene.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Judith Bergman: Slandering Israel in Nabi Saleh
– Jeffrey Goldberg: 10 questions for President Obama about Iran
– Stephen Flatow: Capture of Joseph’s Tomb terrorists exposes truth about PA
– Ted Lapkin: Palestinian national identity and the roadblock to peace
– Jon Utley: American Jews reject the Israel lobby—and support the Iran deal
– Tal Shalev: Obama-Netanyahu, just sibling rivalry?
– Amir Taheri: Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan, and Obama’s illusions
– Douglas Murrary: Talking to men with guns isn’t always peace work, Jeremy
– Avi Issacharoff: One country’s trash could be Hezbollah’s treasure

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EU Warns of More Steps Against Settlements
Israel Daily News Stream2 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. EU envoy warns of more steps against Israeli settlements.

2. The Palestinian National Congress, which represents Palestinians both in the PA and the diaspora, is scheduled to meet for the first time in 20 years. The development further fuels speculation that Mahmoud Abbas is grooming Saeb Erekat as a successor.
3. The IDF struck a Hamas munitions factory in Gaza after a rocket landed in Israel. The rocket landed in an open area causing no casualties or damage. Jerusalem Post coverage.
4. Newsweek’s Housing Crisis: Mahmoud Abbas builds a multi-million dollar palace while the Palestinian economy crumbles.
Israel and the Palestinians
• A Palestinian stabbed Border Police officer in Jerusalem’s Old City yesterday evening. The officer was lightly wounded and the terrorist was detained. Haaretz adds:

Israel Police said the alleged assailant, a 56-year-old Hebron resident, has served a prison sentence in Israel for the murder of an Israeli in Jerusalem. He was released in 2013 as part of the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Israel• Israeli Foreign Ministry labor dispute trips up new ambassadors.

The union announced the labor dispute 10 days ago and instructed employees not to print documents for the diplomats’ families, including passports; not to sign their children up for schools in the target countries; and not to transfer their paperwork to officials in their intended countries, who cannot then approve the appointments.
In addition, the union also instructed workers not to provide the new envoys with training courses and background reviews, and not to have any work meetings with them, the Hebrew-language news site Ynet reported.
• Egypt strips three of citizenship for becoming Israeli.

• The Jewish Chronicle‘s in a war of words with The Guardian.

• On a lighter note, check out The Concerned Reader’s Guide to Middle East Reporting Clichés. What would you add to the list?
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Brendan O’Neill: Anti-Zionists are not as different from anti-Semities as they’d like to think
– Cnaan Liphshiz: The Matisyahu affair: In Europe, conflating Jew and Israel
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Egypt and the Hamas “cockroaches”
– Jonathan Tobin: Why isn’t Gaza being rebuilt?
– Clifford May: The Parchin precedent

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IAEA Needs Money to Inspect Iranian Sites
Israel Daily News Stream8 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency says it needs more money to inspect Iran sites.

2. Lebanon’s garbage crisis continues. The Jerusalem Post reports fears that Hezbollah is trying to hijack the You Stink protest movement. And AFP’s Sara Hussein reports how dismal the situation is:
Sara Hussein
3. A Hamas military court in Gaza sentenced a 28-year-old Palestinian to death for allegedly collaborating with Israel. AFP notes this background:
According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, 157 people have been sentenced to death in the occupied territories since the creation of the Palestinian Authority in 1994.
Thirty-two have been executed, including 30 in the Gaza Strip . . .
In Gaza, beyond death sentences handed out by courts, Hamas has also carried out summary executions for collaborating with Israel, sometimes in public places.

4. Matisyahu Faces Down BDS: The reggae star isn’t Israeli. So why did the BDS movement target him?
Israel and the Palestinians
• Israel busted a Palestinian terror cell planning to attack Jewish worshipers at Joseph’s Tomb with explosives and guns. Jerusalem Post coverage.

• Polish reporter Wojciech Cegielski describes in a Haaretz op-ed how Hamas used journalists as human shields during Operation Protective Edge. It’s worth reading, but I wonder why he waited so long to write this.
The second story happened in the middle of the day. I was sitting with other journalists in a cafe outside one of the hotels near the beach. During wartime, these hotels are occupied by foreign press and some NGOs. Every hotel is full and in its cafes many journalists spend their time discussing, writing, editing stories or just recharging the phones. Suddenly I saw a man firing a rocket from between the hotels. It was obvious that we journalists became a target. If the IDF would strike back, we all would be dead. What would Hamas do? It would not be surprising to hear about the “cruel Zionist regime killing innocent and free press.”
• US judge: Palestinians to pay $10M to secure terror verdict

• Following up on yesterday’s life-among-Gaza-rubble, the New York Times looks at how Israeli villages near the border are bouncing back.
• Gaza parents are refusing to send their kids to school in sympathy with striking UNRWA teachers. Teachers want the agency to address overcrowded classrooms of 50 students. Maan News adds:
The UN agency was only able to announce on Wednesday that the year would go ahead as scheduled, after a last minute scramble for funding secured just short of $80 million in contributions against its deficit.
Kenneth Meshoe

• Responding to the BDS black eye over blacklisting Matisyahu from a Spanish music festival, a South African parliamentarian harsh words for the boycotters and the malicious “Israel apartheid” slur.
Here’s what Kenneth Meshoe, President of the African Christian Democratic Party, told Israeli TV:
“Those who know what real apartheid is, as I know, know that there is nothing in Israel that looks like apartheid,” Meshoe said, adding that those who voice support for Israel are usually faced with threats and “intimidation.” . . .
“The BDS movement is a real pain… to us in South Africa who love the truth, (the) BDS movement is not a democratic movement; they are a movement of intimidation, a movement that performs hatred,” the parliamentarian said. “People who don’t believe in hatred should not allow the BDS movement to stop them from doing the right thing.”
• A number of Gaza hospitals face an imminent shutdown over a lack of fuel. That’s what Hamas-run health ministry officials told Maan News.

Iranian Atomic Urgency
• Author says he leaked Ehud Barak’s Iran tapes “in a dispute over the rights to the English version of his biography.” The Times of Israel elaborates:

Kfir and Dor released the interviews to promote their book on Barak, “Wars of My Life,” after they found out that the former prime minister had concurrently signed with an American publisher to produce an entirely different book for sale overseas.
• Europe doesn’t share US concerns on the Iran deal. The New York Times looks at why.

Around the World
• Brazilian aliyah is on record pace this year as the South American country’s high cost of living and crime rates spark immigration.

But as Michel Abadi, the executive director of Beit Brasil noted, it is a very different demographic of Brazilians relocating to Israel in recent years.
“In the 1960s and 1970s, the aliyah was very idealistically motivated,” he says. “Most of those who came back then were graduates of Zionist youth movements. In the past 10 years or so, we’re seeing many more interfaith couples and individuals who may have one Jewish grandparent and are therefore eligible for aliyah – in other words, people who don’t have as close a connection to Judaism or Israel as they did in the past.”
Rio de Janeiro

• Stephen Daisley weighs in on how the political left ignores anti-Semitism. This is about more than Jeremy Corbyn.

The problem goes deeper than asymmetry. For too many on the Left, Jewish suffering does not touch them the way Muslim suffering or gay suffering or black suffering touches them. Scrutiny of Corbyn’s associations elicits cries of “smear” or just a collective shrug of the shoulders. It was always going to. We lack a language to talk about anti-Semitism because too many on the Left don’t consider it a serious problem and couldn’t recognise it as readily as racism, misogyny or homophobia anyway.
• As Palestinians in eastern Jerusalem seek increasingly Israeli citizenship, here’s Elliott Abrams‘ takeaway:

So what do we learn from this? First, that American and Western–and Israeli– refusal to demand that the Palestinian Authority respect civil and political rights, and build democratic structures, is well recognized by Jerusalem Arabs. They want the creation of a Palestinian state, but they are well aware of its likely nature and prefer to live in a Western-style democracy. Second, that the typical Arab and European denunciations of Israel as a racist society where Arabs are treated so badly is plain false. Those who live under Israeli law–with all its imperfections and failures–know better.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Ben-Dror Yemini: A double-edged boycott
– Ed West: The short road from anti-Westernism to anti-Semitism
– Norman Bailey: How should Israel form an alliance with Saudi Arabia?
– Smadar Perry: Abbas flexes his muscles with Iran
– John Vinocur: French buyer’s remorse on the Iran deal (via Google News)
– Ephraim Asculai: The unbelievable side agreements with Iran
– Richard Cohen: From Nazi Germany to Iran, lessons on twisted leadership

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Lebanon on the Brink Over Garbage Protests
Israel Daily News Stream8 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Lebanon’s teetering on the brink of chaos. The government’s too paralyzed to respond to a national garbage crisis, and foreign leaders are calling on Prime Minister Tammam Salam not to resign, which he has hinted to do in recent days.

What started as a protest against uncollected garbage and a shortage of landfill space has evolved into demonstrations against government dysfunction and corruption. One person was killed and dozens were injured in clashes over the last two days.
2. Purported Abbas resignation from PLO Executive Committee ridiculed as ‘silly show’.
Aaron David Miller
3. UNRWA schools in Gaza weren’t open for the first day of classes, but it wasn’t because of the agency’s money crunch. The union of UNRWA employees went on strike to protest overcrowded classrooms. According to Maan News, close to a quarter-million students were sent back home:
At present, there are over 50 children in each classroom, with employees urging the agency to reduce the maximum capacity to 38.
4. Two Tales of One City: Big Media discovered that Gaza has a middle class. Why does this matter?

Israel and the Palestinians
• The PA is nudging European diplomats to ban settlers from entering EU member states.

“If the EU argues that settlement products should be ‘discriminated against,’ settlers are among those products and should be viewed the same way,” Maliki said during the interview with Asharq al-Awsat.
• Hillel Neuer‘s taking action against some anti-Semitic, inciting images posted on the Facebook page of a UNRWA school located in the Jaramaneh refugee camp outside Damascus. Why is the UN school disseminating images like this?

UNRWA Rameh School
• The Washington Post takes a closer look at middle class life in Gaza. The strip still has a long way to go towards rehabilitation, but William Booth’s report describing a middle class pursuing fancy cars, upscale dining, saunas, and more certainly debunks the notion of Gaza as “the world’s largest concentration camp.”
Media images beamed from the Gaza Strip rightly focus on the territory’s abundant miseries. But rising from the rubble of last summer’s devastating war with Israel are a handful of new ­luxury-car dealerships, boutiques selling designer jeans and, coming soon to a hip downtown restaurant, “Sushi Nights.” . . .
Gaza has had a lone five-star hotel, the Mashtal, since 2011. It was mothballed for some years but is open again. Across the street is the newest sensation, the Blue Beach Resort, which has an Olympic-size swimming pool, cabana boys and a private beach.
After an Israeli TV news station did a snarky piece on the resort — wondering aloud how tourists would arrive, if not by smuggling tunnel? — the management decided to lower its profile. An employee at the hotel said Hamas security complained that journalists were giving the world the wrong impression about Gaza.
See also the Post’s photo gallery and contrast that with today’s New York Times‘ more conventional “life in the rubble” dispatch.

• An official from the Israeli embassy in Madrid told the Jerusalem Post that while the Matisyahu was a big victory over the BDS movement, there’ a note of caution:
On the negative side of the ledger, however, she said that if very few people in Spain knew about BDS until last week, this has changed because of the front page headlines this story created. Rogel also expressed concern that the attention paid this story may scare off organizers of other music and film festivals who may not have anything against Israel, or want to boycott it, but will simply weigh whether or not it is worth the headache of inviting Israeli artists or films.
Around the World
• Papers are picking up on a Financial Times report (via Google News) that in recent months, Israel has imported three-quarters of its oil from Iraqi Kurdistan. According to the FT, the sales reflect more on the unraveling relationship between the Iraqi government in Baghdad and the Kurdish regional government in Erbil.

Traders and industry analysts have suggested that Israel may be acquiring the Kurdish oil at a discounted price, though officials in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) deny this. Others have suggested it may be a way for Israel to funnel financial support to the Kurds.
• Gallup: Only one in three Americans support President Obama’s handling of Iran.

• Larry Cohler-Esses, who was the first Jewish American journalist allowed to visit Iran, shared his observations with CNN‘s Fareed Zakaria. I was intrigued by this out-take regarding Iran’s “genocidal intentions.”

• Signs point to Islamic State using mustard gas in a battle around the Syrian city of Aleppo. The Daily Telegraph reports that it’s not clear whether the chemical weapons were pillaged from stockpiles belonging to Bashar Assad or Saddam Hussein.
• Amsterdam man offers money on Facebook to kill “devilish” Jewish neighbor
• Ehud Barak’s Iran bombshell sounds like a case of premature detonation, argues David Horovitz.

Are we really to believe that an inept chief of staff, some wobbly ministers and an ill-timed US drill combined to prevent an obsessed PM from dealing with the ayatollahs’ nukes?
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Mudar Zahran: If Abbas leaves, who will the void?
– Danny Rubinstein: Winners and losers of (alleged) Israel-Hamas talks
– Yossi Beilin: The US must not abandon the Sinai
– Amir Taheri: A might-have-been interview with Obama
– Benjamin Weinthal: Europe unlikely to enforce Iran deal
– Con Coughlin: Ayatollahs will never be friends of the UK
– David Sanger: Future risks of an Iran nuclear deal
– Jonathan Sacerdoti: The skeletons in Jeremy Corbyn’s closet
– New York Post: Stars stand up to BDS bullying (staff-ed)

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Egypt Nabs Hamas Commandos In Sinai
Israel Daily News Stream6 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Gazans nabbed by gunmen Egyptian intelligence in the Sinai were Hamas naval commandos en route to Iran for training. Avi Issacharoff explains that Hamas has simply pushed Egypt too far.

2. If you’re following the saga of Mahmoud Abbas’s purported resignation, AFP reports that Assad’s tender will only take effect when the Palestinian National Council meets to elect a new executive committee. What difference does that make?
The PNC, or Palestinian parliament, has 740 members who live in the Palestinian territories and in the diaspora. It has not met in nearly 20 years.
3. After all the BDS sturm und drang, American Jewish reggae star Matisyahu performed Saturday night at the Sunsplash music festival. BDS activists showed up too, and at least one of them waved the flag of Morocco-occupied Western Sahara (hat tip Israel Matzav).

As Eugene Kontorovich has pointed out, if the EU is right about not sanctioning Morocco for occupying Western Sahara, it’s wrong about Israel. Below the tweet is the Western Saharan flag.
Judean Peoples Front
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Israel and the Palestinians
• Nine Palestinians from eastern Jerusalem (five adults and four minors), were indicted for firebombing an Israeli car two weeks ago and for several other incidents. YNet coverage.

• Australian activist Alex Ryvchin took to The Spectator to respond to a pair of skewed Aussie ABC News radio shows (listen to show one and two) aired at the end of July.
• Hamas apologizes for Jew-rapes-West Bank cartoon
• Was anti-Semitism behind the mass food poisoning of Israeli youth soccer team in Bulgaria?
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• AP published the full text of the draft agreement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Meanwhile, Israel demands publication of all secret agreements with Iran.

• Israeli arms control expert Emily Landau discussed the state of the Iran deal in a Times of Israel Q+A.
• Jerusalem Post: Iran’s trying to transfer state of the art weaponry to Hezbollah, including Pantsir S1 surface to air missiles, and Yakhont anti-ship cruise missiles.
Ehud Barak
Ehud Barak

• Israel’s leaders ‘furious’ over Ehud Barak tapes describing aborted plans to strike Iran on three occasions between 2010-2012.
But why did the military censor allow Israel’s Channel 2 to air the recordings? Defense officials say they’ll investigate
• Iran unveils new missile with 500 km range, calls for “peace through strength.”
Mideast Matters
• The Israeli Air Force struck targets in Syria after several rockets struck the Golan late Thursday afternoon. Israel said the rockets were fired by Islamic Jihad on orders from Iran. Hezbollah raised its alert level along the border.

• Whoda thought?
Middle East conflicts drastically ‘improves air quality’
Gideon Levy
Gideon Levy

• Heh: Isaac Herzog responded to Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy. The opposition leader didn’t like Levy’s take on Herzog’s recent visit with Mahmoud Abbas. Coming from Herzog, this is a pretty harsh statement:
Levy used to be a Zionist. I’m no longer sure that he is one.
• Iran the instigator and beneficiary of new Israel-Syria escalation

• Veteran Iranian-American foreign correspondent Farnaz Fassihi recounts how she now finds herself targeted as a spy by mouthpieces for Tehran’s regime.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Dan Margalit: Iran’s fingerprints in the north
– Ron Ben-Yishai: Rocket strikes an Iranian retaliation
– Eyal Zisser: Golan cannot become an active front
– Yoav Limor: Avoid being drawn into Syrian war
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians flock to Islamic State
– Fred Maroun: Israel’s so-called pinkwashing conspiracy
– Soeren Kern: Is Spain fueling the BDS war on Israel?
– Robert Reilly: Exterminating Christians in the Mideast (via Google News)
– James Woolsey: A sharia-approved nuclear attack

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Iran to Self-Inspect Parchin Facility
Israel Daily News Stream5 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. The credibility of the Iranian nuclear deal is taking another hit. AP reports that in the side deal cut between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, inspections of the disputed Parchin military site will be carried out by Iranians.

The Parchin agreement was worked out between the IAEA and Iran. The United States and the five other world powers were not party to it but were briefed by the IAEA and endorsed it as part of the larger package . . .
Olli Heinonen, who was in charge of the Iran probe as deputy IAEA director general from 2005 to 2010, said he could think of no similar concession with any other country.
Following up, the IAEA said the access it will receive to Parchin is satisfactory, and the White House said it’s “comfortable” with Iranian self-inspections.

Herb Keinon
2. Israel’s High Court suspended the administrative detention of hunger-striking prisoner Mohammed Allaan. The ruling said that if brain damage suffered from the strike proves to be irreversible, Allaan should be immediately released. As a precaution, the IDF deployed an Iron Dome battery in Ashdod, in case Islamic Jihad uses a deterioration in Allaan’s health as a pretext to fire rockets.
3. Israel accuses a UN official of “modern day anti-Semitism” and has asked the world body to investigate Rima Khalaf, the head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. AP coverage.
Prosor gave a series of examples including her support for the June 29 “illegal and provocative attempt” to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, a July 7 reference which he said equated “terrorism with a fight for ‘justice’,” and what he called “a hate fueled report” on Arab integration in March 2014 “that once again promotes anti-Israel incitement by blaming Israel for shortcomings in the Arab world.”
4. BDS Valencia Doubles Down on Matisyahu Hypocrisy: Instead of backing down in a dignified manner, the BDS Pais Valencia group dug in its heels with a perplexing statement full of finger-pointing and facile justifications.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Poll finds half of Jerusalem Arabs want Israeli citizenship.

• Iran’s considering appointing an ambassador to the state of Palestine. See Jerusalem Post and Maan News coverage.
• An Israeli soldier was injured when an explosive device was thrown at him outside Jerusalem. The Times of Israel notes a number of other rock-throwing attacks yesterday.
• Hunger striking Palestinians just can’t get the media’s attention when they’re in a Palestinian Authority prison.
Khaled Abu Toameh
• Palestinian “paint bomb” attacks seek to blind Israeli drivers, cause crashes.
• YNet: The IDF believes Hamas naval commandos will pose a major threat in a future conflict.
• Egypt and Hamas confirmed that four Palestinians were abducted in the Sinai. The Jerusalem Post reports that unidentified gunmen stopped a bus traveling from Rafah to the Cairo International Airport.
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• The Daily Telegraph updates the latest on the controversial anti-Semites who Labor Party front-runner Jeremy Corbyn forgot he knew until photos appeared online.

• McClatchy News wonders if Israel’s alleged nuclear weapons stockpile would be sufficient to deter Iran’s alleged atomic arms ambitions.
• As if Spain and Jews already had enough headaches from the Matisyahu-BDS affair, a Spanish public broadcaster accuses Jews of promoting Satanism. According to the JTA:
The assertion was the focus of a radio program titled “From the Inferno — The Jewish People: Propagator of the Satan Cult” aired last month by the state-owned RTVE broadcaster as part of its weekend “A la Carta” program . . .
The broadcast about Jewish Satanism – an ancient trope and element of Christian anti-Semitic blood libels – is part of a series on Satanism in general. On Thursday, “A La Carta” aired another broadcast about Satanism by Vatican societies.
inspector-160143_1280• A staff-ed in the Wall-St. Journal (click via Google News) blasts Iran’s self-inspections at Parchin.

Why not cut out the IAEA middle man and simply let Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force, sign a personal affidavit? . . .
The news raises further doubts about a nuclear pact that is already leaking credibility. Unfettered access to Parchin is crucial to understanding Iran’s past nuclear work, which is essential to understanding how close Iran has come to getting the bomb. Without that knowledge it’s impossible to know if Iran really is a year or more away from having the bomb, which is the time period that Mr. Kerry says is built into the accord and makes it so worth doing.
• The IDF dismissed New York Times columnist Tom Friedman‘s comparison drawn between the Israeli and Syrian army tactics.

• To fight Islamic State, US risks empowering Hezbollah
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Armin Rosen: Why the Iran secret side deal is so important
– Jonathan Tobin: Matisyahu and the BDS anti-Semitism connection
– El Pais: Unacceptable discrimination (staff-ed)
– Benny Avni: A Spanish inquisition exposes BDS bigotry

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Spanish Music Festival Re-invites Matisyahu
Israel Daily News Stream6 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. In the face of condemnation from the Spanish government, the US embassy in Madrid, and the Spanish media, organizers of the Rototom Sunsplash music festival re-invited Matisyahu, the American Jewish reggae star dropped due to BDS pressure. Sunsplash officials wrote on the festival’s Facebook page:

Rototom Sunplash admits that it made a mistake, due to the boycott and the campaign of pressure, coercion and threats employed by the BDS País Valencià because it was perceived that the normal functioning of the festival could be threatened. All of which prevented the organization from reasoning clearly as to how to deal with the situation properly.
Related reading from HonestReporting: BDS May Regret Getting Matisyahu Banned From Festival.

Matthew Kalman
2. It’s looking less likely that France will present a Mideast peace resolution to the UN Security Council; rather, according to the Jerusalem Post, Paris is weighing recognizing Palestine.
One senior Western diplomatic official told The Jerusalem Post recently that the French backtracked from their UN proposal after facing objections from both Israel, who objected to the idea of imposing a solution form the outside, and the Palestinians, because they were unhappy that the resolution did not give them everything they wanted.
Instead, he said, the French would likely offer a trade off: recognition now instead of the resolution.
Yukiya Amano

3. Is the UN’s top nuclear watchdog, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano, succumbing to what I’ll call “battered inspector syndrome?” Adam Kredo picked up on a report in Iran’s English-language Fars News Agency:
Amano was in Washington recently to brief members of Congress and others about the recently inked nuclear accord. However, he did not discuss the nature of side deals with Iran that the United States is not permitted to know about.
Iran apparently threatened Amano in a letter meant to ensure he did not reveal specific information about the nature of nuclear inspections going forward, according to Iranian AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi.
This disclosure has only boosted suspicions among some that the Iranians are willing and able to intimidate the top nuclear watchdog and potentially undermine the verification regime that Obama administration officials have dubbed a key component of the nuclear accord.
Israel and the Palestinians
• Reuters sums up the latest on the hunger-striking prisoner, Mohammed Allaan.

Maayan Lubell
• Labor grievances at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs have put on ice, for now, the ambassadorial appointments of Mark Regev, Fiamma Nirenstein, Danny Danon and Dani Dayan.
• So much for recent reports that Mahmoud Abbas is going to visit Iran.
Abbas not welcome in Tehran, Iranian official says
• Israel’s military intelligence is monitoring dozens of BDS groups around the world, Haaretz reports.
• Credit the Jerusalem Post with the lead of the day:
Hamas announced on Wednesday that underwater “frogmen” commandos operating just off the coast of the Gaza Strip managed to stop a dolphin that it claims was spying for Israel.
• In spat with former deputy, Mahmoud Abbas orders closure of a Palestinian NGO. Yasser Abed Rabbo, who was dismissed as PLO secretary general, also chairs the Palestine Peace Coalition. Details at Reuters.

• Tablet took notice of a very heart-warming valedictorian speech at Tel Aviv University’s graduation ceremony for international master’s students.  Haisam Hassanein described how the reality of Israel didn’t match up with the stereotypes he grew up with in Egypt. Watch the video.
Mideast Matters
• Iran widened its media charm offensive by allowing the BBC to report from the country for the first time in several years. Tensions between Tehran and the Beeb were especially tense in 2009 when Iranians demonstrated against 2009 presidential election results. Iran jammed BBC broadcasts and eventually expelled correspondent Jon Leyne. This time around, the mullahs kept Kim Ghattas on a tight leash. The Guardian explains:

But arrangements for Ghattas’s trip reflected continuing Iranian sensitivities: she was apparently selected for the assignment because she is Dutch and not a UK national. It was also agreed that none of the material would be broadcast on the BBC Persian TV channel, which is extremely popular with ordinary Iranians but strongly disliked by the government.
• Moscow and Tehran reached an agreement on the purchase of S-300 long range surface-to-air missile systems. Delivery to take place later this year.

• In pictures: Hezbollah’s child soldiers
Evidence of Hezbollah sending children – defined by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as all people under 18 – to the frontlines of the war in Syria has mounted steadily.
• The US is reviewing the future of its Sinai peacekeeping contingent. According to AP, “Options range from beefing up their protection or even pulling them out altogether.”

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French police storming the Paris kosher market where hostages were held.

• A worker who hid from the Charlie Hebdo terrorists last January filed a lawsuit against several French TV stations, saying their live coverage of the police standoff with Cherif and Saïd Kouachi at a printing plant outside Paris endangered the lives of the workers. AFP adds that Lilian Lepere isn’t the only victim of the Paris terror taking legal action against the media:
Six shoppers at a Jewish supermarket that was targeted three days after the Charlie Hebdo killings by gunman Amedy Coulibaly, who killed four people, complained in March that the media’s live coverage of the event had put their lives at risk.
The six, who were hidden in the supermarket’s walk-in freezer, are suing BFM TV for broadcasting the position of police around the supermarket, while also revealing that there may have been people hiding in the building that the gunman wasn’t aware of.
• Amnesty International defends senior official’s anti-Israel tweets.

• The situation of hunger-striking prisoner Mohammed Allaan is getting disproportionate media coverage. Reuven Berko wonders why:

The Arabic expression for “Tom, Dick or Harry” is “fallan.” Mohammad Allan, the hunger-striking Palestinian detainee, is one of those “fallan,” yet he has dominated Israeli news outlets. The coverage has turned him into a role model for every aspiring Islamist.
Why would anyone, anywhere, care about the wellbeing of some Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist who recruited suicide bombers that were to detonate themselves in Israel? Why should his fate be the world’s concern when there are Islamic terrorists all over, while Bangkok is rocked by explosions, while Iran is acquiring nuclear weapons, and while thousands of African migrants are flooding into a bankrupt Europe overrun by Islam? . . .
Allan is not just some random detainee. The Shin Bet security agency had every right to seek his incarceration. His rap sheet at the agency was long and his desire to die, it seems, has been just part and parcel of his terrorist life.
• Do Britain’s Jews fear Jeremy Corbyn’s possible Labour leadership election victory?

• Lot of commentary on Matisyahu, mon:

– Jonathan Tobin: Matisyahu and the BDS anti-Semitism connection
– Wall St. Journal: That Anti-Israel Reggae Beat (staff-ed via Google News)
– Eli Hazan: The best defense is a good performance

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Khaled Abu Toameh: What are Palestinians doing with US money?
– Michael Freund: Why is the Red Cross holding seminars for Hamas?
– Yossi Beilin: Prepare for September 18
– Norman Bailey: Western collaborators are financing Islamic State

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US Declassifies Israeli Nuke Documents
Israel Daily News Stream4 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. The US declassified a number of documents from 1969-1972 dealing with Israel’s nuclear program. The Jerusalem Post wonders about the timing.

The publication of the documents comes as part of a routine release of historical information by the US State Department, however the timing of the revelations, on the background of the disagreement between Israel and the US over the nuclear agreement with Iran, lends them an extra meaning.
There are those who would claim that the timing of the release is not a coincidence, and is in fact intended to embarrass Israel, which staunchly opposes the deal with Iran, and embarrass Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who continues in his efforts to challenge the Obama administration and influence Congress to reject the deal.
2. Israel denies holding truce talks with Hamas.

3. Matisyahu, the American Jewish reggae star, denounced the organizers of a Spanish music festival who bowed to BDS pressure and cancelled his appearance. Music sites like Rolling Stone and Billboard Meanwhile, the Jerusalem Post talked to one of the Spanish boycott activists involved in getting Matisyahu bounced.

Ramos repeated the timeworn BDS refrain that the movement is staunchly opposed to “all types of racism…” which he said includes anti-Semitism, homophobia and Islamophobia.” When asked if artists from other parts of the world should have to sign a document opposing global humanitarian crises around the world, such as the war in Syria or in Sudan, Ramos avoided the question, saying simply that his cause is Israel and the Palestinians, though he supports other human rights initiatives around the world.
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4. Palestinian Stabbing Attack Prompts Media Headline Fails: An unarguably vital piece of context went missing from some headlines.

5. Watchdog of the Week: New York Times Letter Defends Israeli Morality: Gavin Gross is our watchdog of the week for getting a letter published in the New York Times.

6. A Reminder About Commenting Etiquette: Let’s make our comments section a place that we can all feel comfortable posting on.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Two Palestinian detainees launched hunger strikes in solidarity with Mohammed Allaan. Samir Issawi and his sister, Shireen, are also being detained without trial in a controversial Israeli measure known as administrative detention. Both are accused of membership in terror organizations. Meanwhile, Haaretz reported Allaan regained consciousness:

Allaan declared after awakening that he will continue his hunger strike, now in its 64th day, and rejects the state’s offer to release him if he leaves the country for four years.
• West Bank cleric Issam Amira fell for a satirical post on The Mideast Beast about a Donald Trump proposal to relocate Palestinians to Puerto Rico. The Times of Israel has the backstory on this video flagged by MEMRI.
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• Malachi Rosenfeld’s murderers used PA money (inadvertently) to fund the attack, YNet reports.

• The Media Line: For the first time, a woman was appointed head of an official Palestinian news agency. Mahmoud Abbas tapped the 48-year-old Khoulud Asaf to head the Wafa News Agency.

Around the World
• CNN posted Ambassador Ron Dermer’s full interview with Fareed Zakaria about the Iran deal.

• According to an Iranian official, Tehran will next week sign a deal with Russia to buy an advanced S-300 air-defense missile system. More at the Jerusalem Post.

• Jeremy Corbyn, a front runner for leadership of Britain’s Labor Party, admitted he might have given cash to Holocaust denier Paul Eisen and confirmed attending ‘two or three’ of  his events. But Corbyn maintains he was unaware of Eisen’s views at the time. The Daily Mail dished out the details, but this Times of Israel headline packed a punch.

Times of Israel

• After four years, a quarter-million fatalities, and 12 million homeless, the UN Security Council for the first time agreed on a Syrian plan.

• Second Jewish congregation hit by anti-Semitic graffiti in San Antonio.

• Ofcom, Britain’s media regulatory body, rapped BBC, CNN, and other broadcasters for not disclosing that certain programs were funded by foreign governments, charities, and NGOs. The Independent picked up on the report

The media regulator discovered a series of contraventions of its impartiality guidelines and found hundreds of nominal-fee programmes had been paid for by bodies ranging from United Nations departments to the Indonesian ministry of trade and a Cambodian casino firm.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Dan Margalit: Exploiting the hunger striker
– Emmanuel Navon: An Israel-Turkey-Hamas rapprochement?
– Eyal Zisser: The problems of a truce
– Alan Dershowitz: Stop questioning the motivations of opponents of the Iran deal
– Roger Cohen: Iran and American Jews
– Eli Lake: Add to Obama’s to-do list: regime change in Iran
– Saeed Ghasseminejad: A raw deal for Iran’s dissidents

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Israel and Hamas on Verge of Long-Term Truce?
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. According to the Times of Israel, Hamas and Israel have essentially agreed on a long-term cease-fire. The gist of the deal is that Israel will end the blockade and allow thousands of Palestinian day laborers to enter Israel. Gaza will import items through a Cyprus port overseen by NATO representatives (until a floating offshore port can be developed) and cease all rocket fire and tunneling for eight years. A prisoner swap may be in the works too.

The reported agreement is opposed by the PLO because it wasn’t consulted, and because it would “eventually detach Gaza completely from the West Bank and Jerusalem,” said one Fatah figure. Hamas officials have been dispatched to Egypt, Qatar, and Turkey to discuss the deal.

Hamas gunman

2. Khamenei: Nuclear deal could still be voted down by Iran.

3. There’s a “covert world of people trying to edit Wikipedia — for pay.” The Atlantic shines a spotlight.

4. Straw Men and “Hard Zionists” in UK Political Race: In an ironic twist, a UK columnist dreams up accusations of anti-Semitism against a British politician to silence his critics.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Israel indicated it would free hunger-striking prisoner Mohammed Allaan if he agrees to leave the country for four years. Haaretz writes:

According to Palestinian officials, a similar offer was made to Allaan during an earlier stage of his hunger strike, and he rejected it.
• For the third time this week, a Palestinian tried to stab an Israeli soldier. YNet reports that the terrorist was shot and killed in the incident at the Tapuach Junction, a popular hitchhiking spot in the northern West Bank.

Peter Lerner

• Israel seized two tons of fiberglass tubing it said was destined for terror groups manufacturing rockets. According to the Times of Israel:

Tax workers at the Nitzana crossing between Egypt and Israel became suspicious of the shipment, which was ordered by a Gaza-based importer and labeled as containing clothes and materials.

After opening the shipment for a closer look, tax officials discovered the rolls of fiberglass hidden inside.
• Hamas and Hezbollah denounced being blacklisted as terror organizations by Canada, claiming they’re moderate. Call it Islamic Statewashing?

The Islamic State is “not accepted” by most Muslims represented by Hamas, said its boss in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan.

A source close to Hezbollah’s top leadership said extremist movements “mushroom, but they never last and don’t find a place with moderate Sunnis and Shias.
• The Times of London introduces us to Gaza’s Blue Beach Resort. If you’re going to be a human shield for Hamas, you might as well go out in style.

On one side, the resort is flanked by a cluster of cinderblock shacks housing refugees. On the other, sand berms conceal two Hamas training facilities that have been frequent targets of Israeli F16 warplanes during periods of heightened tension.

The hotel has already drawn complaints from its neighbours. On Thursday night the hotel disco proved too much for the militants, who said that the noise was interrupting training.
• IDF troops prepare for possible incursion into Syria

Around the World
• With tweets like this, Ayatollah Khamenei isn’t helping the White House sell the Iran deal to skeptical Israelis.

Ayatollah Khamenei

• An anti-terror law adopted by Egypt targets journalists who file “false” reports on terror attacks. Journalists running afoul of the law could be fined or suspended. AFP coverage.

• The recently launched HuffPost Arabi is digging in its heels over recent revelations of its top editors’ ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

amnesty-international-300x300• This Times of London expose of a senior Amnesty International figure Yasin Hussein’s undeclared ties to Islamists would explain a lot about the organization’s animus towards Israel:

The charity was unaware that the husband of its director of faith and human rights featured in documents released after a criminal trial at which connections were revealed between British supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Arab Islamists accused of plotting to overthrow a Gulf state.

Yasmin Hussein was also linked to a Yorkshire-based aid agency that was banned by Israel for its alleged funding of Hamas terrorism; and criticised by colleagues for holding a private meeting with a Muslim Brotherhood government official during an Amnesty mission to Egypt, and staying overnight at his family’s home . . .

Ms Hussein, who is understood to receive a salary of more than £90,000, told The Times that she had “never had any association whatsoever with . . . the Muslim Brotherhood”.
• Douglas Murray weighs in on the BDS thought police getting Jewish reggae star Matisyahu dropped from a Spanish music festival for not making a statement in support of Palestine.

For a while, only Israeli Jews were made pariahs among the nations because of an unresolved border dispute involving their country. Now it is Jews born anywhere else in the world who can be targeted in the same way. They are singling out Jews — Jews and only Jews. And their singling out of Jews, wherever they are from, makes their racist motivation abundantly clear. If the Rototom Sunsplash festival wants to take part in this racist BDS fever then it is them — and not Jews — whom the world must make into global pariahs.
Herb Keinon

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

– Avi Issacharoff: The IDF as leader of the PA
– William Kristol: Does Israel stand alone?
– David Harris: On Iran, let’s get serious
– Robert Satloff: A better deal with Iran is possible
– Joe Lieberman: Congress should step up to block the terrible Iran agreement
– Morton Klein: No military option against Iran remains
– Robert Jacobs: Israel must defend its citizens as any country would
– Paul Pillar: The backfiring of Israeli strategy on Iran

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Hunger-Striking Prisoner in Coma
Israel Daily News Stream 6 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Mohammed Allaan was in a coma after losing consciousness on Friday. Allaan, accused of membership in Islamic Jihad, has been protesting his incarceration without trial, a controversial legal status Israel calls “administrative detention.” Islamic Jihad threatened if Allaan dies, the cease-fire is over.

Meanwhile, the former US commander of the Guantanamo Bay prison urged Israel to force-feed Allaan “immediately.” The Jerusalem Post picked up on an interview due to be aired tonight:

In an interview to be aired Sunday night on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and Philadelphia’s NewsTalk 990 AM, Colonel Michael Bumgarner, said of Israel, “Without reservation they should force feed him.” . . .

Drawing on his own experience with hunger-striking prisoners, Bumgarner argued that if Israel does not force-feed Allan and prisoners like him, “You are going to have a constant breakdown within any of your institutional settings there.”
UNRWAmoney2. Although the UNRWA has perpetuated the Palestinian refugee crisis, Israel hasn’t been forced to fund education and health care for thousands of refugees. The Times of Israel takes a closer look at what the UN agency’s money crunch means for Israel:

“When youngsters are out of school, and also suffer from economic hardship, it’s much easier to draw them to political demonstrations,” he told The Times of Israel. “A strike would endanger both the Palestinian Authority and the relative quiet that we [in Israel] have been experiencing in the West Bank. It directly harms Israel’s interests.”
3. Jerusalem Post: The Jordanian-based Arab Bank reached a settlement with US victims of Hamas attacks in Israel, but the terms were not disclosed.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Palestinian Authority faces million dollar lawsuit for torturing prisoner

• Saturday saw a pair of Palestinian stabbing attacks in the West Bank. Two Israeli security personnel were lightly wounded; both Palestinian terrorists were shot. One was killed, the other was lightly wounded and treated on the scene. YNet coverage.

Mark Regev

• You need a scorecard to keep up with the Israeli political system’s version of musical chairs, and the latest developments have the Anglo community buzzing.

First are unconfirmed reports that the Prime Minister’s spokesman, Mark Regev, will be appointed ambassador to Britain. The Melbourne native has served in various spokesman and media roles for 20 years at the Israeli embassy in Washington, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Prime Minister’s Office.

Next, Danny Danon was appointed ambassador to the UN. Replacing Danon in the Knesset is Sharren Haskel, a 31-year-old Canadian-born and Australian-educated veterinarian nurse by trade. She’s also a former debate champion.

• I did a double take when I saw this headline too. Life really is stranger than The Onion.


• The IDF’s facing new challenges as Palestinian, Iranian, and Hezbollah hackers boost the sophistication and frequency of their cyber attacks.

• Senior Hamas official arrives in Israel for medical care

• Here’s another example of thawing ties between Israel and the Gulf states:

Dubai-based company offering services in Israel

Iranian Atomic Urgency
Amb. Daniel Shapiro

• A troubling development that should make all Israelis pause: Israel boosted security for US ambassador Dan Shapiro. According to Israeli media reports, the US embassy received several letters threatening his life, and another threatening message was anonymously posted on Shapiro’s Facebook page.

All the messages denounced Washington’s push for the Iranian nuclear deal.

• Iran says the nuke deal will help it target Israel.

• This weekend, Iran gave the International Atomic Energy Agency documents associated with the Islamic Republic’s alleged nuclear weapons work. AP coverage.

• The unfortunate polarization and demagoguery surrounding the US discourse on the nuclear deal continues. An exhibition at a Manhattan art gallery includes one feature asking, “Chuck Schumer, Israeli Spy?”

• Iranian dissidents spoke up against the nuclear deal, getting a soapbox platform from The Daily Beast.

• Israeli officials continued challenging the Iranian nuclear deal in the mainstream media. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely weighed in with USA Today op-ed (republished in the Detroit Free Press). Israel’s consul general in Los Angeles, David Siegel, discussed Iranian cheating with Breitbart News.

And Ambassador Ron Dermer sat down with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. I couldn’t find the full interview on-line, but here are clips one and two. Dermer also appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Mideast Matters
• The US says there’s a strong likelihood that Islamic State used mustard gas against Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq. The Wall St. Journal (click via Google News) reports:

The attack in question took place late Wednesday, about 40 miles southwest of Erbil in northern Iraq. A German Defense Ministry spokesman said about 60 Peshmerga fighters, who help protect Kurdish areas in northern Iraq, were reported to have suffered injuries to their throats consistent with a chemical attack while fighting Islamic State.
• Egypt continues plans to expand its Sinai-Gaza buffer zone by 500 meters. Cairo completed a survey, and according to the Egypt Daily News, approximately 1,200 families will be evacuated. This is on top of the more than 3,000 families whose homes were demolished during the buffer zone’s earlier stages. Can you imagine the outrage if Israel did that?

• Bahrain arrested five men in connection to a July bombing that killed two policemen in the capital city of Manama. According to Bahraini security, the group was trained and financed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah. More at Gulf News and Reuters.

• There’s been a lot of buzz (and outrage at Islamic State) over the New York Times‘ in-depth expose on the terror group’s systematic campaign of rape and slavery specifically targeting Yazidi women. Reporter Rukmini Callimachi shared with Kaelyn Forde how she got the story and earned the trust of the Yazidi women who escaped.

Around the World
• Britain’s Labor Party is investigating an abusive anti-Semitic hate campaign aimed at one of the party’s critics of front-runner Jeremy Corbyn. MP John Mann has received a slew of ugly emails and tweets over the last six weeks. More at the Sunday Express and Jewish Chronicle.

• Music festival in Spain cancels Matisyahu gig over refusal to endorse Palestinian state

Jeffrey Goldberg

• Fake bomb discovered at Swedish Chabad House.

• Max Boot takes on Fareed Zakaria’s unconvincing case in favor of the Iran deal.

• As the Mideast melts down in sectarian violence and civil war, MEMRI flagged an interesting commentary from Kuwait’s state-run paper, Al-Watan. Columnist Abdallah Al-Hadlaq called on Arab states to sever ties with “fascist” Iran and, dare I say, strengthen political, commercial and even military ties with the Jewish state.

• While the US prepares to release frozen funds to Iran, a Wall St. Journal staff-ed (click via Google News) wonders why victims of Iranian terror who obtained legal judgments are left holding the bag:

By ignoring the $45 billion owed to Iran’s terror victims, the U.S. government mocks its own judiciary and erodes a deterrent to foreign state sponsorship of terrorism. This is one more reason for Congress to reject a deal that blesses Iran as a nuclear-threshold state.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– David Horovitz: Obama’s Iran deal: A fight to the bitter end
– James Fallows: What if Barack and Bibi are both right?
– Alan Dershowitz: Bibi not “interfering” in US foreign policy
– Amir Taheri: When Obama adopts the mullahs’ style
– Judith Bergman: Israeli-Chinese strategic ties
– Wall St. Journal: Islamic State gets mustard gas (via Google News)

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Sanctions on Iran Already Cracking
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Switzerland became the first country to lift sanctions on Iran. In India, “refiners have got the green light to prepare to pay Iran $1.4 billion in oil dues.” And the US is protesting Russia for hosting Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in late July in violation of a UN travel ban, the Wall St. Journal (via Google News) reported.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said U.S. sanctions remain in place and penalties would still apply to any country or company that violates them. He told reporters that the U.S. wasn’t informed in advance of the Swiss move to drops its sanctions before Iran has taken the promised steps to curb its nuclear program and before the U.S., European Union and United Nations have removed their penalties.
David Hazony

2. Israel has foiled 17 suicide attacks so far this year. The Shin Bet’s figures don’t include other attacks foiled by the PA security services.
In all, over the first seven months of 2015, Israel’s defense and security establishment prevented 111 attempted terror attacks, including shooting attacks and bombings along with the kidnappings and suicide attacks.
3. Will Israel lift the Gaza blockade in exchange for a long-term truce with Hamas?

Israel and the Palestinians
• The Israeli government is installing smart fences around communities near the Gaza border.

• Officials in Ankara confirmed that Hamas operative Salah Arouri is no longer in Turkey. Arouri claimed responsibility for masterminding the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers last year, which touched off Operation Protective Edge. On a related note, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with a delegation of Hamas figures, including the terror group’s top leader, Khaled Mashaal. More on that at Today’s Zaman.
• The Jerusalem Post takes a closer look at the controversy surrounding force-feeding hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners.
• Haaretz updates the latest on the UNRWA’s cash crunch.
• Today’s uh-oh tweet:
Raphael Ahren
• After some initial “snub confusion” Irish President Michael Higgins had a farewell meeting with Israel’s outgoing ambassador, Boaz Modai. According to the Irish Times:
There had been earlier media reports of regret at the Israeli embassy over the fact the normal final meeting with a departing ambassador had not been arranged.
When the matter came to light, the President decided to return to Dublin immediately to ensure protocol was observed and hints of a diplomatic snub were scotched.
• Memo to the boycotters: Globes reports that Ben Gurion Airport is seeing record traffic thanks to the EU Open Skies agreement:

Passenger traffic at Ben Gurion airport is beating all forecasts. There will be an all-time record number of people passing through Ben Gurion airport today as about 80,000 passengers fly in about 457 incoming and outgoing flights.
August is also expected to be a new record month for the Israeli airport with over two million passengers arriving and departing on international flights.
Ben Gurion Airport

• With a heavy police and media presence, Paris followed through with it’s Tel Aviv beach attraction on the banks of the Seine. I loved AFP‘s money quote.
“There are 50 visitors for 500 journalists. I feel like I’m on the red carpet at Cannes,” said one onlooker.
• BDS dilemma over Israeli scientists’ HIV breakthrough.

• A Bedouin tent near Ramallah was burnt down in another arson attack and the Hebrew words “revenge” and “administrative” were spray painted on a nearby rock. Nobody was injured, and police arrested three Jewish suspects.
Mideast Matters
• Recent polls reached the same conclusion: The Israeli public overwhelmingly opposes the Iranian nuclear deal. Haaretz rounded up the different surveys:

Still, a look at some of the public opinion polls conducted after the agreement was signed – as well as before it – shows a broad consensus against the deal that would seem to transcend the conventional political divides. Most Israelis are not convinced the agreement will prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power or that it will eliminate what is often considered the biggest threat to the country. Like their elected leaders, most Israelis, these polls show, don’t think the U.S. administration has their best interests at heart.
• Bashar Assad’s wealthy cousin in shady business with Israeli

Around the World
• Italian Jews fear dual loyalty accusations after ex-MP Fiamma Nirenstein is tapped as Israel’s envoy to Rome. According to Haaretz:

They point to the fact that within two years, Nirenstein went from being a member of the Italian parliament to becoming an Israeli citizen, then running as an Italian for the leadership of Rome’s Jewish community before being tapped as Israel’s ambassador to Italy.
“It’s problematic,” one senior figure in the community said. “If they appointed her as Israel’s envoy in the UN or in another capital it would be alright. But appointing her as ambassador to Rome could make people ask if Italy’s Jews are Israeli or Italian. It could even harm other Jews’ chance of being elected to the Italian parliament, or to senior government posts in the future.”
Rome’s Tiber River

• James Thring, a notorious conspiracy theorist who believes the ‘world is controlled by Jewish elders’ spoke at Westminster event hosted by would-be Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. According to the Daily Mail:
In his unscheduled five-minute address, Thring stated that a Palestinian militia should be armed and equipped.
He also boasted of having close connections to the Chinese authorities, whom he said he was lobbying to provide weapons to the Palestinians.
Thring once described Israel as “an illegal, criminal, psychopathic, belligerent, apartheid entity bent on desecrating the Holy Land,” and is best pals with the American neo-Nazi, David Duke. As news of Thring’s talk spread, Duke came to Corbyn’s defense.

• 30 cars and buildings spray-painted with anti-Semitic graffiti near San Antonio synagogue
amer-jewry-divided-iran-770x400• Worth reading: Iran deal driving Jews farther apart

For now the debate goes on and gets more personal, nastier, uglier. We long for it to be over, one way or another, and to begin the vital effort of healing the wounds and mending Washington-Jerusalem ties.
Let’s start closer to home, though. Even within our own community we need to recognize and address the divide that separates us, one from the other. It has become increasingly difficult to talk about collective “American Jewish attitudes” and shared “Jewish values” when there are such deep differences, not only in our outward views but also in how we define ourselves as Jews.
These issues tend to arise during moments of crisis, and then subside.
But they’re not going away. Dealing with them now may be our last chance before we reach the point where we no longer fit the definition of one Jewish people.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Jeremy Ben-Ami: Let’s keep the Iran debate civil
– Aaron David Miller: Give Bibi the Nobel Peace Prize
– Jonathan Tobin: Distorting the truth about Iran and Israel
– Israel Ziv: Israel only stands to lose from ‘defeating’ Obama
– Zalman Shoval: Challenges await Israeli diplomacy
– Alan Dershowitz: Obama, Iran deal supporters shouldn’t stifle debate
– Orde Kittrie: Congress can rewrite the Iran deal (via Google News)
– Yaakov Amidror: What next for Islamic State?
– Judith Bergman: Delusional warfare
– Christian Science Monitor: The Arab-Israeli courtship (staff-ed)

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Islamic State in Sinai Reportedly Beheads Hostage
Israel Daily News Streamabout 1 hour ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Nice to see the wire services pick up on PA corruption. AP reports Palestinians are furious over the latest revelations of graft and misuse of public money:

Outrage over the documents quickly spread on social media, where Palestinians challenged everything from their leadership’s finances to its political legitimacy in the face of repeatedly delayed elections, last held in 2005.
2. Islamic State in the Sinai reportedly beheaded Croatian hostage Tomislav Salopek.

3. Larry Cohler-Esses of The Forward is the first journalist from an American Jewish paper to get a visa to report from Iran. He filed this dispatch.
During the course of my conversations with several senior ayatollahs and prominent political and government officials, it became clear that there is high-placed dissent to the official line against Israel. No one had anything warm to say about the Jewish state. But pressed as to whether it was Israel’s policies or its very existence to which they objected, several were adamant: It’s Israel’s policies. Others, notwithstanding their ideological objection to a Jewish state, made it clear they would accept a two-state solution to Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians if the Palestinians were to negotiate one and approve it in a referendum . . .
Iran, though, is different from the Soviet Union in one key respect: In most countries, there is a social contract that governs relations between the government of a state and its people. But in Iran there are three players: the people, the government and, for lack of a better term, the Deep State, which in the person of the supreme leader claims to act on God’s behalf to ensure that neither of the other two parties strays beyond God’s boundaries as defined in Islam.
This makes things much more complicated.

4. Stories I’d Like to See: Where Do US Jews Stand on the Iran Deal? Like it or not, American Jews are part of the story now.


Israel and the Palestinians
• The Times of Israel picks up on the latest BDS idiocy:

A Norwegian film festival recently rejected an Israeli documentary on disabled children, telling its director that it supports the boycott on the Jewish state and will not screen Israeli movies unless they deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
• Jeremy Corbyn, who is running for leadership for Britain’s Labor Party, is going to appear at a London conference later this month, sharing a stage with some notable anti-Semitic apologists for Hamas. The Daily Mail reports:

One speaker will be Palestinian-born Dr Azzam Tamimi, who once told the BBC that ‘sacrificing myself for Palestine is a noble cause… I would do it if I had the opportunity’.
Another is Carlos Latuff, a cartoonist who compares Israel to the Nazis and came second in a Holocaust cartoon competition held by Iran in 2006.
• Irish president Michael Higgins is tangled up in another diplomatic tempest with Israel. Was his failure to hold a customary farewell meeting with Israel’s outgoing ambassador, Boaz Modai, a snub, or an unfortunate misunderstanding? Details at the Irish Independent.

• Khaled Mashaal is in Turkey to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Times of Israel coverage.
• The French telecomm giant, Orange, paid the first €15 million in compensation to Israel’s Partner Communications Ltd. The payment marks the beginning of the end of Orange’s ties to Israel after Orange CEO Stephane Richard kicked up a storm earlier this year when he said he’d rather not do business in Israel.
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• Iran debate devolves with charges of ‘dual loyalty’ and ‘dog whistles’

• John Kerry warns that that the US dollar will suffer if the Iran deal isn’t passed.
• John Kerry says no automatic return of sanctions if Iran breaks arms embargo
Mideast Matters
• Reuters: Russia, Saudis fail in talks to agree on fate of Syria’s Assad

• The Palestinians have offered to mediate a solution to the Syrian conflict, reports The Media Line.
Around the World
• The newly launched HuffPost Arabi is already under fire with its liberal readers for publishing succession of venomous posts criticizing gays, atheists, and selfies. The Independent picked up on the furor after Buzzfeed translated the offensive posts. Ariana Huffington doesn’t seem to realize that the Huffington Post Arabi’s editors have Muslim Brotherhood connections.

• Brian Williams’ six-month suspension (without pay) is over. NBC executives told CNNMoney that the disgraced anchor “will assume his new role as a breaking news anchor for MSNBC in mid-September, but no date has been set.”
The network moved against Williams amid revelations he exaggerated personal stories of his experiences covering the Israel-Lebanon war of 2006 and in Iraq. Lester Holt will continue anchoring NBC Nightly News.
Lorrie Goldstein
• Jeffrey Goldberg‘s troubled by Obama and Kerry’s difficulty grasping Iran’s desire to eliminate Israel in recent interviews. After describing the President’s take, Goldberg explains his regret for not following up with a more incisive question bringing Hitler into the conversation:

I made a decision on the spot—later partially regretted—not to deploy the H-bomb just then because I am a) very mindful of Godwin’s Law; b) I don’t believe the Iranian regime is the modern-day equivalent of the Nazi regime, in part because the Nazi regime is without peer; and c) the invocation of Hitler’s name in these matters tends to set teeth too much on edge.
In retrospect, though, I should have raised it, because Hitler is the perfect, but not singular, example of a world leader who made decisions that seemed, to his adversaries, deeply irrational except if you understood his desire to wipe out the Jews of Europe as an actual overriding policy goal, a raison d’etre of his rule. Anti-Semitism was not simply an “organizing tool” for him. And if you’re paying attention, you will see that bringing about the end of the sovereign Jewish state in the Middle East is a paramount political and theological mission of the Iranian regime.
• Spare me your pompous pontificating and specious speculations, Thomas Friedman. You’re not an Israeli, and pigs don’t fly, so spare me your What ifs.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Ron Ben-Yishai: Israel dealing with two Hamas entities
– Eitan Haber: Israelis will pay the price for Obama-Netanyahu battle
– Ari Harow: Does the Iran deal serve Israeli interests?
– Ephraim Kam: Obama’s hollow arguments

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Abbas, Iran to Campaign Against Israel’s Nuclear Program
4 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Mahmoud Abbas will visit Iran sometime in the next two months. Although the visit needs to be seen in the context of frosty Hamas-Tehran ties, the Jerusalem Post reports that one item on the PA-Iran agenda is a campaign against Israel’s nuclear program.

Majdalani said on Monday his visit to Iran resulted in an agreement to revive the idea of an international conference to rid the region of Israel’s nuclear arsenal and weapons of mass destruction.
Israel has never confirmed whether it possesses nuclear weapons.

2. A delegation of US Congressmen visiting the Temple Mount were stalked and harassed by Muslim men, including members of the Waqf staff. The Jerusalem Post‘s scoop includes a video.
3. A Hamas tunnel digger arrested by the Shin Bet last month had a lot to say to his interrogators. According to the Times of Israel, we’re talking about the routes and locations of new tunnels and their entrances and exits, and goodies from Tehran:
Iranian support came in the form of cash, advanced weapons and sophisticated electronic equipment meant to interfere with control signals for Israeli drones over the coastal enclave . . .
Shaer told investigators that material for Hamas’s war infrastructure is now being brought into Gaza under the guise of reconstruction programs aimed at repairing the damage caused during the fighting, when thousands of buildings were destroyed.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Palestinian hunger-striker Mohammed Allaan was transferred to Barzilai hospital amid fears he will be force-fed. Jerusalem Post coverage.

World Science Conference Israel• If you listen carefully, you can hear BDSniks gnashing their teeth as 15 Nobel laureates and hundreds of science students arrive in Jerusalem for next week’s World Science Conference Israel. The Times of Israel writes:
Such a gathering would be notable at any time – but it’s especially relevant, and encouraging, at a time when the BDS movement has scored some victories on college campuses, as well as in the corporate word, said Guy Kibetz of the Foreign Ministry, who is helping coordinate and organize the event.”
• The Obama administration requested lower bond for Palestinian appeal of terror case.

• Paris is moving forward with plans to dedicate a day of beach festivities (along the Seine) to Tel Aviv. While I appreciate Mayor Anne Hidalgo for standing fast against BDS criticism, I have to wonder about back-handed “compliments” like this coming from her office. Here’s what AFP wrote:
Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s deputy Bruno Julliard said Israel’s critics should distinguish between “the brutal politics of the Israeli government and Tel Aviv, a progressive city“.
Fiamma Nirenstein

• Former Italian lawmaker and journalist Fiamma Nirenstein was appointed as Israel’s next ambassador to Rome. Haaretz reports that if she’s approved, Nirenstein would begin serving next summer, and have to give up her Italian citizenship.
Nirenstein is considered one of the strongest pro-Israel voices in Europe, and would often appear on broadcasts in Italy and elsewhere to debate politicians or other personalities who criticized Israel.
• Germans use Holocaust street memorials to bash Israel?

• At the World Badminton Championships, Israeli’s Misha Zilberman blamed his first round defeat on Indonesia issuing a last-minute visa. Zilberman was stuck in Singapore and only arrived in Jakarta the day before his match. AFP reports:
“I am very disappointed that I didn’t show even 50 per cent of what I could because I didn’t practise for the last five days or hit any shuttles,” he said.
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• CNN: Obama’s Iran deal rhetoric troubles American Jews

• President Obama continued his media offensive for the Iran deal, discussing the accord with Steve Inskeep of NPR (take your pick of video or transcript). He also discussed the deal and its implications with Mic and answered questions submitted by young adults around the world.
• Russian warships dock in Iran for war training
Mideast Matters
• There’s a new Syrian Druze militia apparently armed with the financial support of the Israeli Druze. It opposes Assad, Islamic State, and the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front.

The Druze sheikh explained the funding for the new armed group, saying that they had acquired weapons “from our own free money, the fear of our people in Palestine [for our safety] and the fear of expatriates who wish to protect the mountain.”
Although the Druze leader implied private donors in Israel and elsewhere abroad had helped finance his group, he insisted that it “would not take funding from states.”
• Quite a few people are speaking out against the rising anti-Semitic tone in the public discourse over the Iran deal. Ben-Dror Yemini weighs in on the illusion of Jewish power. William Jacobson comments on the dual-loyalty flack Senator Charles Schumer is taking for opposing the accord. Lenny Ben-David recalls how George Bush Sr. responded to anti-Semitism during a 1991 battle over loan guarantees. See also Bret Stephens (Wall St. Journal via Google News), Abraham Ben-Zvi, Elliott Abrams, Shmuel Rosner, and a slightly more generous Jonathan Chait.

And thank you, James Taranto, for citing HonestReporting (and linking to yesterday’s roundup) in your Wall St. Journal column today (click via Google News).
On the other side, for example, we have Stephen Walt plugging David Bromwich’s little screed at the Huffington Post. For a sampling of tweets, see MJ Rosenberg and Judith Millstead.
Stephen Walt
• I can think of reasons for and against pulling international peacekeepers out of the Sinai, but it’s fair of this New York Times staff-ed raise the question. Is their mission obsolete, no longer justifying the danger they face from Islamic State?
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Ehud Yaari: How Iran plans to destroy Israel
– Yoel Cohen: Can Israel’s image be normalized?
– Marion Bernard: From Riyadh in the French Riviera to Tel Aviv in Paris
– Emily Landau: What 29 top US scientists don’t know
– Omer Dostri: Palestinian terror reinvents itself

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Polls Skew Jews’ Views on Iran Deal
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. According to Israeli media reports, Turkey expelled senior Hamas official Salah Arouri. He masterminded the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers last year.

2. numbersWhere do American Jews really stand on Iran deal? If you’re looking at recent polls by J Street, AIPAC, or The Israel Project, skepticism is in order. And if you’re trying to gauge who really speaks for US Jewry, don’t bother.
Here’s what Professor Leonard Saxe of Brandeis U. told The Forward after studying the surveys:
“They’re all problematic,” Saxe told the Forward after examining the polls . . . “These are not wonderful studies,” Saxe said. “They’re quick and dirty studies.”
All of the surveys Saxe’s team studied had serious flaws, he related. More importantly, Saxe’s study took issue with the conclusion the polls reached . . .
For Jewish communal leaders seeking a bottom line, the surveys are of little help. At best they provide a picture of a Jewish community skeptical of the details of the deal and split about how to translate these doubts into political action.

3. Will Mohammed Allaan become the first hunger-striking Palestinian administrative detainee to be force-fed under new regulations recently passed by the Knesset? The Times of Israel reports that doctors are refusing to force-feed Allaan, who is allegedly affiliated with Palestinian Islamic Jihad. In an impressive and sobering background piece, The Media Line looks at what’s involved and why this is happening now. See also Haaretz‘s afternoon update.
4. Why You Should Care About Iran: If you care about human rights, democracy, and freedom, you should be concerned about Iran. View and share the slide show.

Why You Should Care About Iran from HonestReporting
Israel and the Palestinians
• Last night, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli at a gas station on Route 443 near Modiin. The Palestinian man was shot and killed by nearby IDF soldiers. The Israeli was hospitalized with light to moderate stab wounds.

• Vatican seeks indictment of Jewish supremacist for supporting church burning
• Merely one day before the Badminton World Championships begin in Jakarta, Israeli player Misha Zilberman finally received a visa to enter Indonesia. According to the Jerusalem Post:
The Olympic Committee of Israel said on Sunday that it will demand to compensate Zilberman with ranking points due to the ordeal he was forced to endure in recent weeks.
Zilberman can close in on a berth at the Rio 2016 Olympics with a couple of wins in Jakarta, but would have faced a tough test against Hsu even in the best of times, not to mention in his current situation.
BDS• Globes: A network of Israeli businesses set up an anti-BDS hotline to help owners dealing with boycotts.

“BDS is not a uniform phenomenon; it is expressed differently in each country. When complaints or reports of such cases are received, we will address the situation specifically, using the tools we have, in order to provide them with a relevant and correct response.”
• Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo insists that the city’s “Tel Aviv on the Seine” event will go on this week, despite BDS pressure to cancel the event.

• Confused Hamas leader posts pro-Israel cartoon
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• A whole bunch of companies linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards will win sanctions relief. According to Reuters, Westerners looking to do business in the Islamic Republic will likely find the Revolutionary Guards serving as a gatekeeper of sorts.

The process is complex and will unfold in stages, with some firms obliged to wait eight years for sanctions relief and others who can expect no concession even then from Washington, a reflection of concerns over activities beyond Iran’s borders . . .
In all, about 90 current and former IRGC officials, entities such as the IRGC itself, and firms that conducted transactions for the Guards will be taken off nuclear sanctions lists by either the United States, EU or United Nations, according to a Reuters tally based on annexes to the text of the nuclear deal.
A handful will see EU sanctions removed once the nuclear deal is enacted on “Implementation Day” expected within the next year.
Iranian Revolutionary Guards
Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on parade in 2013.

• If you want to see CNN’s Fareed Zakaria’s full interview with President Obama, it was posted on YouTube in part 1, part 2, and part 3. Meanwhile, Jerusalem responded to the interview’s contentious charge that Israel is unduly meddling in US politics.
But a senior Israeli official told The Times of Israel that the Iranian nuclear issue is not an internal American concern, but rather “has a direct and crucially important impact on Israel’s security.”
Israel, said this official adamantly, “is not meddling in internal American affairs.”
Mideast Matters
• Two Golan Druze were indicted for the murder of wounded Syrian who had been brought to Israel for treatment. Details at YNet and Haaretz: The latter explains:

Bashira Mahmoud, 48, and Amal Abu Salah, 21, were among approximately 30 suspects arrested after a mob attacked a military ambulance carrying two wounded Syrians thought to be linked to a rebel organization that was targeting Syria’s Druze as part of the civil war raging across the border.
• Bashar Assad is desperately pushing for diplomacy, but rebels are more interested in carving up Syria.

paleyewitnessflag• Why does the mainstream media look away when Palestinians in Arab countries such as Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, face torture and ethnic cleansing? Khaled Abu Toameh answers that question:

Similarly, the international media seems to have forgotten that there are tens of thousands of Palestinians living in various Arab countries. The only Palestinians that Western journalists know and care about are those living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
International journalists do not care about the Palestinians in the Arab world because this is not a story that can be blamed on Israel. An Arab killing or torturing an Arab is not an item worth publishing in a major newspaper in the U.S., Canada or Britain. But when a Palestinian in the West Bank complains against the Israeli authorities or Jewish settlers, many Western journalists waste no time rushing to the scene to cover this “major” development.
• Israel wasn’t invited to the inauguration of the new Suez Canal. Did President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi miss an opportunity to make a statement?

• Food for thought: Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Dany Shoham assesses the state of Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Dan Margalit: Administrative detentions are legitimate
– Ray Takeyh: How likely will accord transform revolutionary Iran?
– Roy Gutman: Iran: promoter of upheaval or defender of the status quo?
– Washington Post: The risks of investing in Iran (staff-ed)

• Last but not least, Mark Dubowitz and Jonathan Schanzer tag-teamed on a New York Post op-ed laying out how the Iran deal will “unchain Ayatollah Khamenei’s slush fund.”
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CNN Smearing Iran Deal Critics With Dual Loyalty Charge?
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Today’s Top Stories
1. The father of the Palestinian baby killed in the Duma arson attack died of his injuries. Saad Dawabsha was buried in Nablus. Afterwards, the PA announced it would pursue Israel diplomatically, while Hamas called on Palestinians to take revenge. Israel is bracing for escalation in the West Bank.

Israel arrested nine people and placed three suspected Jewish extremists, Meir Ettinger, Eviatar Slonim, and Mordechai Meyer, in “administrative detention.” None are suspected of involvement in the Duma firebombing; Meyer is suspected of involvement in an arson attack at the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes in June. According to Reuters:
Yaalon accused Ettinger and Slonim of “involvement in activity by an extremist Jewish group”. Meyer had been involved in “recent terrorist attacks as part of a Jewish terror group,” Yaalon said. No specific incidents were mentioned.
2. Are critics of the Iran deal getting unfairly smeared with charges of “dual loyalty?” The question starts with Senator Charles Schumer, who, in announcing his opposition to the accord, took the unusual step of explaining why in writing. I’ll come back to Schumer in a moment.

Interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, President Obama said he can’t recall any foreign leader interfering in a policy debate more than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has done with the Iran deal. That’s from the excerpt CNN released ahead of tonight’s airing of the full interview
Previewing tonight’s broadcast on the CNN show, New Day, Zakaria claimed Schumer was motivated by money. Zakaria doesn’t overtly brand the anti-accord deal as Jewish or Israeli. But his comments to Brooke Baldwin certainly dance on the edge:
Zakaria: If you look at somebody like Senator Schumer, if you ask yourself what does he gain by supporting the deal? Not very much. What does he gain by opposing the deal? If he were to support President Obama on this, if he were to support this deal, he knows it would create a firestorm of opposition, particularly among, perhaps, you know wealthy supporters; he wouldn’t be able to raise as much money
Baldwin: So it’s money.
Zakaria: It’s money, it’s the possibility that you lose support of a core group of supporters. There’s a very strongly organized campaign against the deal. There isn’t a particularly strong campaign organized for the deal, so there’s an asymmetry of cost. So if you vote for this deal, you don’t get a lot. But you get a huge opposition against it.
So senators like Cory Booker, like Chuck Schumer, are probably looking at it in those terms, and asking themselves, “Look, if I were to support the president on this, I’m going to — funding sources are going to dry up, a lot of the core supporters I have are going to be upset with me, because there is this well-financed campaign against it. I don’t get that much, you know, on the upside.”
You can watch Zakaria’s “money quote” if you skip to 1:36.

A must-read staff-ed in Tablet denounced the White House and its allies of playing the “dual loyalty card” to silence critics of the Iran deal.
What we increasingly can’t stomach—and feel obliged to speak out about right now—is the use of Jew-baiting and other blatant and retrograde forms of racial and ethnic prejudice as tools to sell a political deal, or to smear those who oppose it. Accusing Senator Schumer of loyalty to a foreign government is bigotry, pure and simple. Accusing Senators and Congressmen whose misgivings about the Iran deal are shared by a majority of the U.S. electorate of being agents of a foreign power, or of selling their votes to shadowy lobbyists, or of acting contrary to the best interests of the United States, is the kind of naked appeal to bigotry and prejudice that would be familiar in the politics of the pre-Civil Rights Era South.
This use of anti-Jewish incitement as a political tool is a sickening new development in American political discourse, and we have heard too much of it lately—some coming, ominously, from our own White House and its representatives. Let’s not mince words: Murmuring about “money” and “lobbying” and “foreign interests” who seek to drag America into war is a direct attempt to play the dual-loyalty card. It’s the kind of dark, nasty stuff we might expect to hear at a white power rally, not from the President of the United States—and it’s gotten so blatant that even many of us who are generally sympathetic to the administration, and even this deal, have been shaken by it.
Post script: Liberal advocacy organizations said they will withhold $8.3 million in potential donations from Schumer and other Democratic lawmakers opposing the Iran deal.

It’s unfortunate, but the Wall St. Journal’s Sohrab Ahmari‘s tweet of the day is an unpleasant truth.
Sohrab Ahmari
3. Israel arrested a Lebanese-Swedish man of Palestinian descent at Ben-Gurion Airport suspected of trying to gather intelligence for Hezbollah. Take your pick of Jerusalem Post or YNet coverage.
Israel and the Palestinians
• France is tweaking a draft UN resolution that reportedly demands Israel withdraw from the West Bank within 18 months. Algemeiner picked up on Arab media coverage.

• The IDF launched an air strike on unspecified Gaza terror infrastructure after a Palestinian rocket hit southern Israel. It landed in an open area causing no damage.
• Worth reading: Israel HaYom‘s Yoav Limor discussed “the battle of narratives” and Operation Protective Edge with IDF Brig.  Gen. Mickey Edelstein.
• Looks like Hamas is in Iran’s doghouse again.
Iran has canceled a scheduled visit by a Hamas delegation to the Islamic Republic in response to Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal’s visit to Tehran’s rival Saudi Arabia last month, the Huffington Post’s Arabic edition quoted informed sources as saying Saturday.
• Brazil passports will no longer list Israel as the country of birth for Brazilian nationals born in Jerusalem.

• Christians Joining Israel Defense Forces At Record Rates
• We’ve written about the silly charge of Israeli pinkwashing before. Now, thanks to the fatal attack on Jerusalem’s recent gay pride parade, we’re seeing charges of what Legal Insurrection calls reverse pinkwashing. Israel can do no right. Sheesh . . .
• Jerusalem Post: PA security arrested a Ramallah man for naming his baby after Mohammed Dahlan, who is Mahmoud Abbas’s political rival.
• An event organized by the Paris municipality honoring Tel Aviv beaches generated anti-Semitic reactions
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon made some waves in a Q+A with Der Spiegel:

SPIEGEL: So will we see further deaths of Iranian nuclear scientists through attacks or malware compromising Iranian computer networks?
Yaalon: We should be ready to defend ourselves. I’m not responsible for the lives of Iranian scientists.
• Iran reportedly gave Hezbollah strict orders not to respond to a recent (Israeli?) air strike in Syria.

• Journalist Amir Taheri reports that John Kerry actually negotiated with the other P5+1 parties (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Germany) on Iran’s behalf.
Salehi recalls that when he briefed newly elected President Rouhani on the secret talks, the latter was “astonished” at Obama’s readiness to bend backwards to appease Tehran. For Tehran, Obama and Kerry made an ideal team.
During lengthy negotiations in Geneva, Lausanne and finally Vienna, the Iranian and US teams were often on the same side, fighting to persuade other members of the P5+1 to soften their positions vis-a-vis Iran.
In an off-the-record briefing in Tehran which was nevertheless partly leaked, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi cited a number of occasions when Kerry fought hard to win others to Iran’s position.
One occasion was when the French and the British insisted that Iran formally undertake not to finance and arm the Lebanese branch of Hezbollah. “Naturally, we refused,” Araqchi said. “And it was [John] Kerry who persuaded others to drop the issue.”
• Hebrew University chemistry professor accepts academic invitation from Tehran

Around the World
• Dominic Kennedy, an editor at the Times of London, got himself in some hot water with Jews and other people over an ill-advised tweet (which quickly apologized for and deleted). Kennedy was responding to his paper’s staff editorial on revelations of child abuse leveled against former prime minister Edward Heath. Screen grab via Breitbart.

Dominic Kennedy
What the heck was Kennedy thinking when he posted that?
• The New York Times gave cabinet minister Naftali Bennett an op-ed platform to denounce Jewish terror.

The terrorists who killed Shira and Ali do not represent Israel or its people. They are a fringe group, made up of radical extremists who do not only seek to kill. Their ultimate goal is the destruction of the State of Israel. They act against and threaten the very premise of what the Zionist movement envisioned when returning to the Land of Israel after 2,000 years in exile — a Jewish and democratic state committed to equality and freedom for all its citizens. They are anarchists, a fifth column within Israel and like Hamas and Hezbollah, they must face the full force of Israel’s justice system and its defense establishment.
But they are also a tiny group. They do not represent the 400,000 residents of Jewish communities throughout the West Bank, the overwhelming majority of whom are law-abiding citizens and have condemned these acts of violence.
• Israeli officials continued speaking out on the Iran deal. Cabinet minister Silvan Shalom got an op-ed platform in The Guardian, while MK Yair Lapid was published in Die Welt (with Israel HaYom summarizing in English).

• Plenty more Iran deal commentary:
– Efraim HaLevy: It’s not American Jewry’s responsibility to save Israel from Iran deal
– Benjamin Weinthal: Does Germany’s pro-Iran deal diplomatic push endanger Israel?
– Eyal Zisser: The day after the deal
– Charles Krauthammer: Just who is helping Iran’s hard-liners?
– David Brooks: 3 U.S. Defeats: Vietnam, Iraq and Now Iran
– New York Sun (staff-ed): Obama’s version
– David Ignatius: Obama’s cry of despair on the Iran deal

Ballycarbery Castle
• Ambassador Boaz Modai is stepping down as Israel’s envoy to Ireland this month. The outgoing ambassador shared his parting thoughts in an Irish Independent op-ed.
Those who wish to demonise my country find it easy to get a platform in the media to repeat non-specific charges such as “Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians”. The more extreme ones speak of “genocide”. Has amnesia progressed so far that some people have forgotten the meaning of a word like “genocide”? One-third of the world’s Jews wiped out in the Holocaust – that was genocide. One million Tutsis eliminated in Rwanda that was genocide.
• Here’s what else I’m reading this weekend . . .

– Aaron David Miller: How Obama plans to create a virtual Palestinian state
– Avi Issacharoff: Is Abbas about to quit?
– Fred Maroun; I am a Zionist because I am an Arab

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ran Already Sanitizing Parchin Facility
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Breaking News: Shortly before this roundup was published, a Palestinian terrorist rammed his car into a group of Israelis near the West Bank community of Shiloh, injuring three. The Palestinian was shot and is in critical condition. Jerusalem Post coverage.

2. The US already has intelligence that the Iranians are already sanitizing its Parchin nuclear facility, which is suspected of being a military site. Eli Lake and Josh Rogin of Bloomberg News report:
A senior intelligence official, when asked about the satellite imagery, told us the IAEA was also familiar with what he called “sanitization efforts” since the deal was reached in Vienna, but that the U.S. government and its allies had confidence that the IAEA had the technical means to detect past nuclear work anyway . . .
Several senior lawmakers, including Democrats, are concerned that Iran will be able to collect its own soil samples at Parchin with only limited supervision, a practice several lawmakers have compared to giving suspected drug users the benefit of the doubt to submit specimens unsupervised. Iran’s sanitization of the site further complicates that verification.
3. YNet and an AFP video picked up on Gazans celebrating the graduation of 25,000 participants of Hamas summer camps.

4. Israel Accused of Genocide in Outrageous Cartoon: Does a prominent French cartoonist’s portrayal of Israelis demonize Jews as well?
Israel and the Palestinians
• 39 Palestinians released in the Gilad Shalit exchange are to be re-jailed after committee found they committed further crimes warranting their return to prison to complete their sentences.

• Israel sent a message to Mahmoud Abbas reassuring the PA leader that Jerusalem isn’t negotiating a long-term cease fire with Hamas. Ramallah officials fret that Israeli-Hamas contacts would undermine popular support of the PA. But according to the Times of Israel, the PA’s not the only player Israel’s keeping in mind:
Although Israel is aware that an agreement would harm the Palestinian Authority and boost Hamas, its refusal to discuss a truce has mostly to do with Egypt’s opposition. Cairo is wary of bolstering Hamas because the Gaza group is a close ally of the Muslim Brotherhood, the main opponent of the Egyptian regime.
• Hamas detained Gazan journalist; Mushira al-Hajj had previously criticized the Hamas-run Health Ministry and rebuffed demands that she apologize.

• Four Gazans were killed and another 29 were injured in an explosion in Rafah. According to Haaretz, the blast is believed to have been caused by unexploded Israeli ordnance left over from Operation Protective Edge.
The unexploded bomb was in the ruins of a house that used to belong to Sheikh Attia Abu-Nakira, senior member of Hamas’ military wing. He apparently wasn’t hurt in Thursday’s blast. Israeli forces struck his house last July, during the war with Gaza.
• First victim of intifada visits latest terror victims

Iranian Atomic Urgency
• President Obama gave delivered a speech (video or transcript) on the Iran deal. The President singled out Israel as the only country objecting to the accord, and insisted that the only alternative to this deal is “some sort of war.” See below for commentary and analysis.

• UN inspectors trying to learn more about Iran’s covert nuclear weapons program are already being denied access to scientists and military officials they need to interview. Under the terms of the accords, the International Atomic Energy Agency is supposed to complete a report, as a precursor to the lifting of sanctions. Details at the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News).
• Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif insists that the IDF’s interception of the Karine-A arms ship was an Israeli false flag operation. In 2002, the Israeli navy seized 50 tons of weapons being smuggled to Palestinian terror groups.
• Israeli rights group sues to block release of Iranian funds; The Shurat HaDin Law Center says releasing frozen money would deprive two dozen American victims of terror of losing leverage to collect a $1 billion judgement.
• Iran’s shopping spree begins . . .
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Around the World
• Survey: Nearly 1 in 4 Romanians want their country free of Jews.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents indicated they had heard of the Holocaust — a 12 percent increase over a similar poll conducted in 2007 — but only a third of those respondents who knew about the Holocaust believe it happened in their country. Only 19 percent of respondents who were aware of the Holocaust and said it occurred in Romania said Antonescu’s government was responsible. Some 54 percent of survey respondents called Antonescu as “a patriot.”
• The trial of ex-Argentine president Carlos Menem began today. He and other officials are accused of covering up information about the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community headquarters, and allowing suspects to get away. More at the Buenos Aires Herald.

John Kennedy meets with Nikita Khrushchev in 1961

• Absolutely no shortage of commentary assessing President Obama’s speech. Here are 5 reasons the Iran deal doesn’t follow in John Kennedy’s footsteps.
For one, JFK never forked over $100 billion in sanctions relief to the Soviets as an inducement to make an arms-control deal.
• Does this New York Times staff-ed discount Netanyahu’s concerns, in part because Bibi supported the war in Iraq? And in the face of Jackson Diehl‘s take, does that even matter?

The speech was so trenchant because Mr. Obama ably connected the opposition to the Iran agreement to recent history. “If the rhetoric in these ads and the accompanying commentary sounds familiar, it should, for many of the same people who argued for the war in Iraq are now making the case against the Iran nuclear deal,” he said.
As a presidential candidate, Mr. Obama opposed the Iraq war. Invading Iraq was a catastrophic mistake that destabilized the country and, more than anything, has enabled Iran to expand its influence in Iraq and in the region. Mr. Netanyahu, of course, was a strong supporter of the Iraq war and in September 2002 made that case in congressional testimony as a private citizen.
Jackson Diehl

• Former national security adviser Yaakov Amidror assessed what the accord means for Israel. See the full report, or the Jerusalem Post‘s synopsis.
• Here’s what else I’m reading on the Iran deal today . . .
– Boaz Bismuth: Khamenei is not Khrushchev
– James Taranto: Kerry’s perverse warning (via Google News)
– Raphael Ahren: Obama to Israel: You stand alone
– Graham Allison: Iran deal keeps our military options open
– Alan Dershowitz: Obama gets personal about the Iran deal

• What caught Benny Avni‘s attention about the president’s speech?
Benny Avni
– Jose Maria Aznar: Confrontation with Iran is inevitable (via Google News)
– George Mitchell: Agreement will cut off Iran’s path to nuclear bomb
– Jonathan Tobin: Obama’s heavy handed and misleading Iran deal advocacy isn’t working
– Kevin Liptak: Will Obama’s attacks on critics hurt his cause?
– Bassam Tawil: Nuclearizing Iran, sabotaging Arabs

• See also staff editorials in Bloomberg News, the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News), Boston Globe, and USA Today, Last but not least, the Irish Times lumped Israel together with low-brow company:
The fear today is less the likelihood of an exchange between the two giants, and more the proliferation of such weapons to “rogue” states like North Korea, the danger of them falling into terrorist hands, and the deeply destabilising effect on regional politics of the possession of weapons by states like Israel and Pakistan.
• Sandy Tolan got op-ed space in the Los Angeles Times to blame the deadly Duma firebombing on Israel’s “colonization” of the West Bank and “a Jim Crow-like system of occupation.”

The dominion settlers claim over the West Bank only becomes darker and more violent as their numbers sharply increase and Israel’s occupation grows more entrenched.
The extremists aren’t as mainstream as Tolan claims. See this related tweet by Jeffrey Goldberg:

Jeffrey Goldberg
• Avi Issacharoff worries about the end of the two-state solution.
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Israeli, US Leaders Wage Media Offensive Over Iran Deal
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and the Obama administration upped their media offensives for and against the Iran deal. Bibi made his case in a webcast to American and Canadian Jews yesterday and answered some pre-submitted questions. See Times of Israel coverage or watch the video. President Obama hosted a delegation of top American Jewish leaders in the White House. Participants told Haaretz, and YNet the same thing:

US President Barack Obama told Jewish leaders on Tuesday that if the nuclear deal signed between world powers and Iran is rejected by Congress, the United States will be forced to attack Tehran, which will lead to Hezbollah retaliating with rockets on Tel Aviv.
John Kerry defended the Iran deal in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg. The Secretary of State maintains that Congressional rejection will “screw” Ayatollah Khamenei, confirm Tehran’s suspicions that the US can’t be trusted lead to war.

As this roundup went to press, the President was due to deliver a speech at American University.

2. Following an outcry of criticism, Britain’s National Union of Teachers pulled a package of one-sided educational material designed to teach kids about “the daily struggles of Palestinian children” to UK kids as young as three or four. More at the Daily Telegraph and Jewish Chronicle.
3. According to Arab reports picked up by the Jerusalem Post, Hamas is focusing its efforts on rebuilding its ability to launch terror attacks from the West Bank in order to avoid devastating IDF reprisals in Gaza. What will be the strategic game changer?
Hamas will not return to open war with Israel until it obtains anti-aircraft missiles to prevent IAF attacks on its positions . . . .

4. HR Radio: Cecil the Lion and Saeb Erekat: Were recent the murders of Ali Dawabsha and Shira Banki the acts of a select few or the product of a “culture of hate?” Yarden Frankl discusses that and more on the Voice of Israel. Click to listen to the interview.
5. PLO Still Lying About Arafat’s Legacy: Yasser Arafat wasn’t a freedom fighter, and he certainly wasn’t born in Jerusalem. Why does it matter?
Israel and the Palestinians
• If you’re trying to get a handle on Israel’s Jewish extremism in the news, check out AP‘s background piece.

• New York Times bureau chief Jodi Rudoren visited a new dirt road Hamas bulldozed along the border with Israel and touts as a symbol of victory against Israel. The best angle, unfortunately, is buried in the last paragraph, and it was raised by Palestinian tweeter Abdelrahman Thabet.
But the celebration was not universal. “I think the houses of people and the streets that were destroyed during the war should be rebuilt first,” said another Twitter user, identified as BenThabet71, “instead of building a new street that will be bulldozed in the next war.”
Hamas border patrols began using the road in June.

atomic explosion• The US couldn’t possibly defend Israel from an Iranian nuclear attack, Ron Ben-Yishai argues.

If Iran decides to attack Israel with a nuclear weapon – or even not with a nuclear weapon – it is completely reasonable to assume that it will be a surprise attack. There is no chance that the US will be able to defend us against such an attack, especially a nuclear attack, unless the Americans deploy a significant amount of forces on Israeli territory – tens of thousands of soldiers with missile batteries, radars and other measures, who will be on constant alert and ready to intercept ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and planes arriving with a deadly cargo from Iran or from Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, Iran’s allies.
Stationing tens of thousands of American soldiers on Israeli territory will be the most efficient way to deter Iran or anyone else from attacking Israel with a mass destruction weapon – nuclear, chemical or biological.
Such a deployment of American defense forces against missiles will violate the principle reiterated by all Israeli prime ministers and defense ministers, starting from David Ben-Gurion in the 1960s, that “Israel will defend itself on its own, and I don’t want even one American soldier to shed blood for our sake.”
• Heavy world interest in Iran’s natural gas will fuel a breakdown in sanctions, even if Congress votes down the nuclear accord. According to Emmanuel Navon, the EU wants to lower its dependency on Russian gas, the Russians want to form a cartel with Iran, and China has its own interests.

Those who think that building a two-thirds majority in the US Congress would derail the deal with Iran are deluding themselves.
• Former US ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer plugs the Iran deal in a CNN op-ed.

To be sure, nothing in this agreement commits Iran to change its aggressive behavior in the region or its support for terrorism. But likewise, nothing in the agreement commits the United States and its partners to tolerate that behavior and that support.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Clifford May: Mounting a defense against economic warfare
– Daniel Gordis: The terror consuming Israel from within
– Shoshana Bryen: What society says children are murdered
– Eli Lake: Obama plays politics of fear to get Iran deal
– Tony Badran: There will be neither snapback nor pushback
– Danielle Pletka: How Congress can make a bad Iran deal better

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Israel Arrests Inciting Al-Aqsa Preacher
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Israeli police arrested an Islamic preacher known for his raging anti-Semitic sermons in the Al-Aqsa mosque. See Jerusalem Post coverage and Palestine Media Watch‘s background on Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi. Police took him into custody from his home.
During his homily, Mughrabi had asserted that “the Children of Israel… would look for a small child, kidnap and steal him, bring a barrel called the barrel of nails . . . . They would put the small child in the barrel and his body would be pierced by these nails. In the bottom of the barrel, they would put a faucet and pour the blood.”
Such actions, he said, were directly responsible for the Holocaust, adding that Jews masterminded the September 11 attacks and control Hollywood.
2. A thoroughly isolated Hamas got a lifeline: the terror group’s leader, Khaled Mashaal weedled an invitation to Moscow from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

3. Our old friend, ex-Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is making a political comeback. AP points out that, populist or not, ‘Najad’s would-be return will be a function of the ruling mullahs, not popular support.
In the absence of reliable polling, it’s impossible to gauge Ahmadinejad’s level of support. Any comeback would depend on Khamenei, who along with his hand-picked appointees vets candidates for parliamentary and presidential elections . . .
“He can’t reappear without approval from the top echelons of power,” he added. “His comeback means Khamenei wants to use him as a counterbalance to control reformists in the upcoming elections.”
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5. Video: Offensive, Misleading New York Times Op-Ed: The “Gray Lady” gives a soapbox to claims that Israelis don’t care about the recent deaths of a Palestinian toddler and an Israeli teenager. But HonestReporting’s Yarden Frankl points out, the missive misses key information. Watch the video.
Israel and the Palestinians
• Reuters takes a closer look at the growing number of Palestinians in eastern Jerusalem breaking taboos in seeking and obtaining Israeli citizenship.

In part it reflects a loss of hope that an independent Palestinian state will ever emerge. But it also reflects a hard-headed pragmatism – an acknowledgement that having Israeli citizenship will make it easier to get or change jobs, buy or move house, travel abroad and receive access to services.
Israeli officials are reluctant to confirm figures, but data obtained by the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies indicates a jump over the past decade, rising from 114 applications in 2003 to between 800 and 1,000 a year now, around half of which are successful. On top of that, hundreds have made inquiries before the formal application process begins.
Interior Ministry figures obtained by Reuters show there were 1,434 applications in 2012-13, of which 189 were approved, 1,061 are still being processed and 169 were rejected. The remainder are in limbo.

• Three people were injured when Palestinians threw a firebomb at an Israeli car driving in eastern Jerusalem.
• A French Christian tourist visiting the Temple Mount was assaulted by Palestinians after waving an Israeli flag. AFP reports that both the tourist and the four Palestinians have been detained.
• Fatah official Jibril Rajoub: Israeli condemnations of the Duma firebombing didn’t fallen on deaf ears. PA leaders meeting to discuss a response to the terror attack were influenced by the outpouring of Israeli sentiments, he told YNet.
Rajoub told Ynet that the outrage expressed in Israel over the murder and wounding of the Dawabshe family changed the spirit of those in attendance. “We said we must reach the right conclusion from this exceptional event in Israeli society, and understand that there are rational people with whom we can build ties in order to overcome the lack of a diplomatic process. The majority of the meeting’s attendees spoke against incitement for revenge. I think that the reaction in Israel had influence (on the decision).”
• Leading House Republican, Democrat introduce anti-BDS resolution.

• What’s the Arab media saying about Ali Dawabsha? MEMRI flagged this ugly Saudi cartoon.
• Israel plugging for Egypt’s Sisi regime has gotten quiet results.
Egyptian diplomats say the support of Israel has been “crucial” and “huge” in converting the position of the White House from one of being clearly unfavorable towards the Sisi government in Cairo, to being a lot more engaging.
• Air France wipes Israel off of the map . . . literally

Iranian Atomic Urgency
• I’m not into anonymous sources, so it doesn’t reassure me that a US “promise” to defend Israel from an Iranian attack came from an unidentified “senior American defense official” briefing Israeli reporters. Anonymous US officials slinging mud at Israel have created enough headaches over the Iran deal.

Anonymity casts doubt on US reassurances.

• Haaretz: In the wake of the Iran deal, Israeli officials objected to Washington’s arms sales to the Gulf state.
“There were some key capabilities that the Israelis rather the Gulf States not have,” he said. “It is a discussion that started before the Iran deal.”
• Congress, Iran and ‘side deals': What you need to know

• Mounting Shiite casualties in Syria highlight the depth of Iran’s involvement in the civil war.
Even so, Iran is unlikely to abandon its commitment to its proxy regime in Damascus in the short term. The Islamic Republic in general, and the [Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps] in particular, have invested so much blood and treasure in the war that they no longer believe they can withdraw their support. Arguably, easier access to foreign currency in the wake of the U.S.-led nuclear deal will translate into increased funding for the IRGC’s operations in Syria.
reaction• Palestinian scholar Bassam Tawil draws a stunningly frank conclusion from Israeli condemnations of last week’s fatal firebombing in Duma:

The strong response of the Israeli public and leaders to the arson attack is, truthfully, somewhat comforting. The wall-to-wall Israeli condemnation of this crime has left me and other Palestinians not only ashamed, but also embarrassed — because this is not how we Palestinians have been reacting to terror attacks against Jews — even the despicable murder of Jewish children.
Our response has, in fact, brought feelings of disgrace and dishonor. While the Israeli prime minister, president and other officials were quick strongly to condemn the murder of Dawabsha, our leaders rarely denounce terror attacks against Jews. And when a Palestinian leader such as Mahmoud Abbas does issue a condemnation, it is often vague and equivocal . . .
We have failed to educate our people on the principles of tolerance and peace. Instead, we continue to condone and applaud terrorism, especially when it is directed against Jews. We want the whole world to condemn terrorism only when it claims the lives of Palestinians. We have reached a point where many of us are either afraid to speak out against terrorism or simply accept it when it claims the lives of Jews.
The Israeli president has good reason to be ashamed for the murder of the baby. But when will we Palestinians ever have a sense of shame over the way we are reacting to the murder of Jews?
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Ofer Israeli: The secret of Iran’s success
– Investor’s Business Daily: UN nuclear watchdog refuses to bark and can’t bite (staff-ed)
– Michael Gerson: How the nuclear deal will fund Iran’s imperialism
– Norman Bailey: What are Israel’s options on Iran?
– Christian Science Monitor: A universal answer to religious violence (staff-ed)

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