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Israel Daily News Stream 12/02/2013
DECEMBER 2, 2013 16:12
BY ALEX MARGOLIN


Today’s Top Stories


1. Arab couple attacked in Jerusalem – because they looked Jewish.


In a case of mistaken identity, an Arab couple traveling on a road in Jerusalem came under a vicious attack by Palestinians – because the attackers thought the victims were Jews. The attack took place on the same road where two-year old Avigail Ben Zionwas injured by stone throwers this week.


“They tried to pull us out of the car and hit us, it seemed they were intent on lynching us. They tried opening the doors and my wife begged them to leave us alone. She spoke to them in Arabic and only then did they understand that we ourselves are Arabs, and left us alone. I hit the gas and drove away as fast as possible.”


According to him, the youth clearly mistook them for Jews: “Me and my wife look Jewish, even the police officer who arrived said ‘at first sight I was sure you were Jews.’ He told us that these types of things happen all the time.”


2. The Washington Post brandishes a soft euphemism for terrorism – “political violence.” At least they admit it’s political in nature:


This year’s attacks have claimed the lives of three Israeli soldiers and a retired colonel, each in a separate incident. During the same period, 24 Palestinians have died at the hands of Israeli soldiers in the West Bank, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. In each Palestinian death, Israeli officials say, security forces were responding to a potential threat.


By comparison, in the first 11 months of 2012, nine Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank. No Israelis died in political violence in the West Bank that year, for the first time since 1973, according to statistics compiled by Israel’s Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency.


They also adopt the phrase “Intifada of Individuals,” borrowed directly from Haaretz, to describe how the current wave of violence is different from a popular intifada.


3. Daily Beast writer Lloyd Green offers some advice to Netanyahu: leave the Iran issue alone and focus on building military technology to fight off asymmetrical attacks from the likes of Hezbollah.


4. Jihadist Terrorists Killed; Times Omits the Facts – Another case of journalists believing less-than-reliable Palestinian sources.


Rest O’ the Roundup


• With the way the New York Times has been covering Israel in recent months, this headline might count as positive these days: “Israel’s Foreign Minister Returns, but Abrasive Style Appears Absent.”


Gone, for now at least, is the abrasive, blunt gadfly who was shunned by the White House and clashed publicly with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton over Jewish settlements in the West Bank. In his place is a conciliatory diplomat urging calmer conversation with Washington over Iran’s nuclear program: Mr. Lieberman made a point of seeing the American ambassador to Israel the day he returned to his post and expects to meet with Secretary of State John Kerry next weekend.


 The Foreign Press Association accused Israel of deliberately targeting journalists covering skirmishes between the IDF and Palestinian rioters in the Qalqilya area. IDF said the journalists were close to the rioters when the army attempted to disperse the crowd with stun grenades and rubber bullets, one of which hit an Italian photographer and broke his camera.


Meanwhile, there is no Foreign Press Association operating in Palestinian territories and no one fighting for the rights of Palestinianjournalists who are attacked.


• Guardian commentary views Israel’s saber-rattling on Iran to serve as a pressure tactic that could push Iran to make a better final agreement with world powers.


Faced with possible additional sanctions and a credible military option, Iran is more likely to concede without the need for military action. In both respects, Israel has the potential to play an active role. It could encourage additional sanctions in the US Congress conditional on Iran’s behaviour, while also making clear that its own military option is on the table.


• Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to make first visit to Israel next month.


Calling Israel a “light of freedom and democracy in what is otherwise a region of darkness,” Mr. Harper made the announcement Sunday evening in Toronto, where the Jewish National Fund honoured him at its Negev Dinner.


• Radio-Canada’s ombudsman admitted its coverage of the Israel-Palestinian conflict required re-examination. “There were, this year again, very real problems in the coverage of the Israeli-Arab disagreement with regards to the Palestinian question,” he wrote.


• Hamas opts not to hold celebrations marking its anniversary because of the dire economic situation in the Gaza Strip. Last year’s rally, marking the terror group’s 25th year, was attended by half a million people and featured “leader in exile” Khaled Meshal.


For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.
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Israel Daily News Stream 12/01/2013
DECEMBER 1, 2013 16:21
BY ALEX MARGOLIN
Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook.


Today’s Top Stories


1. Israel to rejoin UN Human Rights Council?
News reports in Israel claim the Netanyahu government agreed to end its 18 month boycott of the controversial body in exchange for a place with the Western European and Others Group (WEOG). Hillel Neuer of UN Watch says the reports are premature.


2. Bedouin and Arab Israelis riot over the Prawer Plan, which seeks to provide Israeli Bedouins with permanent housing and to settle land disputes.


New York Times coverage was representative. A Times of Israel op-ed by Israeli journalist Ben-Dror Yemini offers a strong review of the issues.


3. Sky News gives Mohammed Hussein, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, space to threaten all-out war against Israel on the pretext of Israeli demands that Jews be granted the right to pray on the Temple Mount.


Imagine the outrage if an Israeli said the following:


“If the Israelis come here it will be more than an intifada,” he said.


What do you mean more than an intifada?


“The whole region will be engulfed by war,” the Grand Mufti insisted.


Such threats are not idle.


Meanwhile, a group of Muslims attacked Jews for singing Hanukah songs on the Mount on Sunday morning. Four people were arrested and the Temple Mount closed.


Iranian Atomic Urgency


• Benjamin Netanyahu ordered intelligence services to find proof Iran is violating the terms of its agreement with world powers.


• Financial Times interviews Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani. “One hundred per cent [no],” he said when asked about dismantling nuclear facilities. Meanwhile, Europeans are already jostling for opportunities to do business with the Islamic Republic.


Rest O’ the Roundup


• The Independent offers a gallery by a photographer who took pictures of the bedrooms of new recruits in the IDF. The stated message is, “guns are ‘part of youth culture’ in Israel.”


• The UK government is reportedly taking action against The Guardian for endangering national security by publishing Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks.


The Guardian’s top editor, Alan Rusbridger, is being forced to appear before a parliamentary committee Tuesday to explain the news outlet’s actions. The move comes after British officials ordered the destruction of hard drives at the Guardian’s London headquarters, even as top ministers have taken to the airwaves to denounce the newspaper. Scotland Yard has also suggested it may be investigating the paper for possible breaches of British law.


The government treatment of the Guardian is highlighting the very different way Britons tend to view free speech, a liberty that here is seen through the prism of the public good and privacy laws as much as the right to open expression.


• Egypt has downgraded relations with Turkey, further increasing Turkey’s isolation under Erdogan.


Following Israel and Syria, Egypt became the third country in the region to recently downgrade its relations with Turkey. This situation stands in stark contrast to the stated foreign policy aims of the ruling AKP government. In 2009, when Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu declared he would implement a policy of “zero problems with neighbors,” the common assumption was that he would push for thawing of relations with Cyprus and Armenia – with whom Turkey has had no diplomatic relations since 1974 and 1994, respectively.


Four years later, Turkey has not only failed to improve relations with either of its longstanding adversaries, but has had its diplomatic representation formally downgraded with more countries in the region, in addition to enjoying rockier relations with most other countries in the Middle East.


• The Globe and Mail reviews Haaretz journalist Ari Shavit’s new book about Israel and its ambivalent view of the Jewish state.


Born in 1957, Shavit, who writes for the Israeli liberal daily Haaretz, has long explored his country’s fraught condition, which he characterizes thus: “On the one hand, Israel is the only nation in the West that is occupying another people. On the other hand, Israel is the only nation in the West that is existentially threatened.” The author sees an “inner circle of the conflict in which an Israeli Goliath stands over a Palestinian David,” and an “outer circle in which an Arab-Islamic Goliath stands over an Israeli David.”


 For more, see Thursday’s Israel Daily News Stream.
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Israel Daily News Stream 11/27/2013
NOVEMBER 27, 2013 15:47
BY ALEX MARGOLIN
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Cornell BDS group caught using Israeli technology, defends itself by claiming that “BDS is a tactic, not a principle.” 


So urging others to boycott Israel while knowingly using its products is fine, not hypocritical, they claim. The episode is similar to earlier examples of BDS hypocrisy such as when Israeli academic Neve Gordon endorsed an academic boycott of Israel but refused to resign from his teaching post as Ben-Gurion University.


2. USA Today highlights Israeli Hollywood producer who helped purchase arms for Israel.


Nice story, tainted by a strange comparison between what he did and Joseph McCarthy’s 1950s Hollywood blacklist.


 More than 60 years after a congressional Committee on Un-American Activities held hearings aimed at rooting out communist spies from Hollywood, a Hollywood producer has proudly revealed his own clandestine efforts on behalf of Israel.


Arnon Milchan, the Israeli-born businessman who owns New Regency Films, has been part of an array of blockbusters, including Pretty Woman, Fight Club and the spy thriller Mr. and Mrs. Smith. In an interview Monday with Israel’s popular show Uvda, Milchan detailed his real-life, cloak-and-dagger work on numerous operations, including the purchase of technology needed to operate nuclear weapons.


“I did it for my country and I’m proud of it,” Milchan said.


 3. Anti-Semitic incidents are way up in Australia, as much as 21% over the previous year, according to a new report. The report also looks at the fallout of revelations that Prisoner X, a Mossad agent who committed suicide in Israeli custody, was Australian.


4. Daily Mail Places Netanya in the West Bank. The error was quickly corrected after a complaint from HonestReporting.
Rest O’ the Roundup


 The Independent interviews Daniel Taub, Israeli ambassador to the UK. Taub noted that the nuclear deal with Iran could bring Israel closer to Arab states that share Israel’s skepticism that Iran is about to shut down efforts to achieve nuclear weapons capabilities.


 “If you look at the region you see this very radical axis that runs from Tehran to Damascus to Beirut and actually on to Gaza, and I think that we are not alone [in being worried] about it,” he said.


“There are many countries that look on these issues and it’s a reminder that if we can rise above some of our immediate differences and paradigms we actually have an awful lot in common, many of our most fundamental strategic concerns are actually aligned, and of course we would be interested in trying to deepen relationships on that basis.”


 • Israel and the EU reach an agreement ending stand-off over European threats to cut funding to projects over the green line. The Wall Street Journal’s coverage alludes to the fact that public opinion in Europe is sharply opposed to an Israeli presence in the West Bank.


The deal allows Israel to participate in Horizon 2020, a €70 billion, ($95 billion) seven-year research program that will begin on Jan. 1. Israel hopes to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in grants and loans to its universities and technology companies.


Diplomats said the EU strove to strike a balance by keeping close ties to Israel and its high-tech and science communities, while recognizing European public opposition to funds benefiting Israeli settlements in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem that most in the international community consider illegal. Palestinians hope to establish a state in those territories.


• The UN General Assembly issued another six resolutions against Israel this week, including one calling on Israel to give the Golan Heights to Syria. Hillel Neuer of UN Watch noted:


The UN General Assembly’s lopsided adoption, by the end of this year, of an expected 21 resolutions on Israel, and only four on the rest of the world combined, eclipses the plight of millions of truly needy human rights victims in places like China, Russia, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia, whose critical issues are being treated with indifference, if not contempt—indeed the UN just elected each of those tyrannies to its 47-nation Human Rights Council.


• Meanwhile, the American Studies Association moves closer towards a resolution supporting academic boycott of Israel on the grounds that Israeli universities are complicit in occupying the disputed territories.


• Palestinian stone throwing becoming an increasing worry for Israelis near Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus area.


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Israel Daily News Stream 11/28/2013
NOVEMBER 28, 2013 16:06
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Today’s Top Stories


1. US and Hezbollah are reportedly holding indirect talks mediated by London.


Because the US, unlike the UK, recognizes both the political and military wings of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and refuses to distinguish between them, US officials cannot legally meet with any member of the party. But according to the sources, the US is willing to hear the views of the party and “warm up to a direct relationship in the future.”


 2. Syria named most dangerous country for journalists by Committee to Protect Journalists.


The watchdog group notes that 55 journalists were killed in Syria in the past year, 90% of whom were local reporters.


3. Guardian’s Comment is Free published piece defending Australia’s decision to change its voting policies at the UN to help restore balance on Israel.


Australia’s support for Israel at the UN is not a commentary on settlements or a denial of Palestinian national aspirations. It is a principled and judicious attempt to wrench the agenda of human rights away from propaganda and vulgarisation and return the community of nations to a sensible, measured and proportionate debate on the Arab-Israeli conflict.


4. Aussie Paper Publishes Photo, Caricatures Jews: What exactly does an uncaptioned photo of silhouetted ultra-Orthodox Jews have to do with the Israel-Iran situation?


5. Oborne back to bashing “Israel lobby”: Peter Oborne continues his fixation with pro-Israel “lobby” organizations.


Iranian Atomic Urgency


• New York Times gave op-ed space to Yaacov Amidror, who served as National Security Advisor until earlier this month, to comment on the interim agreement with Iran.


The agreement Iran reached with the so-called P5+1 — the United States, Britain, China, France and Russia, plus Germany — does not significantly roll back Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Iran made only cosmetic concessions to preserve its primary goal, which is to continue enriching uranium. The agreement represents a failure, not a triumph, of diplomacy. With North Korea, too, there were talks and ceremonies and agreements — but then there was the bomb. This is not an outcome Israel could accept with Iran.


 • LA Times reports that critics of the interim agreement with Iran are starting to tone down their objections. Meanwhile, JNS.org reports that Jewish groups, including AIPAC and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, “raised the concerns that are quite obvious to the community and the issues that have come up regarding the process of the accord [and its] implementation.”


Rest O’ the Roundup


• Statistics published by the FBI show that Jews are the top target for hate crimes in America with 62% of the 1,340 incidents of religion-based hate crimes targeting Jews. But according to Jonathan Tobin of Commentary, the numbers do not indicate a serious threat to American Jewry.


Though Jews are the most likely victims of religious crimes, no reasonable person can claim that they are under siege or that Jewish life is under attack in any manner in this country. Indeed, as the Pew Survey on American Jews that I discussed in the November issue of COMMENTARY reported, less than 20 percent of Jews have even experienced an anti-Semitic remark, let alone an attack.Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world and particularly in Europe, but in a nation where a tenth of the U.S. Senate and a third of the U.S. Supreme Court are Jews, its impossible to argue that there are any genuine obstacles to Jewish achievement, let alone a wave of Jew-hatred.


• Mexico’s richest man, Carlos Slim, said he plans to increase investment in Israel’s technology sector. “We like to have our finger on the pulse of everything regarding new technologies and I know that in this Israel is a world leader, so we are interested in Israeli developments,” he said.


• The Syrian government will attend UN-backed peace talks in Geneva in January, but Assad has no plans to give up power and the opposition remains divided over who will represent them at the talks.


• Israel sending team of five athletes to the upcoming Sochi Olympics.

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Israel Daily News Stream 11/21/2013
NOVEMBER 21, 2013 16:12
BY PESACH BENSON
Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook.


Today’s Top Stories
1. One of the suicide bombers from this week’s attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut is Palestinian, according to the Daily Star.


2. As Gaza’s energy shortage reaches crisis mode, Hamas and the Palestinians alternate their fingerpointing between Israel, Egypt and “the world.” But this NY Times snippet reveals Hamas-Fatah brinkmanship is the real reason the strip’s sole power plant is idle:


Ihab Bessisso, a spokesman for the Palestinian Authority, said it had rescinded a longstanding tax exemption on fuel for Gaza because it was unfair to West Bank residents.


Hamas has since refused the $1.62 per liter price, insisting on paying no more than 79 cents per liter, Mr. Bessisso said. Instead, it closed the plant.


3. In Geneva, Boaz Bismuth reports that Israeli and Iranian reporters are getting along nicely. But it only goes so far:


The same Iranian journalist who on Wednesday morning spoke to me knowing exactly who I was, even interviewing me for his media outlet, quickly came back to me later and asked me not to publish the picture I took with him during the interview. In the new Iran, there are still many shades of gray.


4. We’re delighted to be hosting the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies-HonestReporting mission in Israel. Writing in J-Wire, Rachel Lustigdescribed a tour of the security barrier, and exclusive briefings with IDF officials.


Israel and the Palestinians
• Over at the LA Times, Uri Resnick got a right of response to Saree Makdisi‘sscreed on Israeli-Palestinian water issues.


• With a smile or a threat: the two faces of Gaza’s Hamas.


• Haaretz: The ancient coin which cabinet minister Naftali Bennett flashed during an interview in New York with CNN‘s Christiane Amanpour was illegally taken out of Israel. Bennett used the coin to make a point about historical Jewish ties to the West Bank.
• For more commentary/analysis, see a Providence Journal staff-ed.


Iranian Atomic Urgency
• Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with Vladimir Putin.The Times of Israel andJerusalem Post assess yesterday’s Moscow meeting.


• Iranian students told YNet that Israel is correct about keeping the sanctions in place:


The Iranian student asserted that “Netanyahu was right when he said that the leaders of Iran do not consider the citizens of the country and that they must continue the pressure on the leaders. If sanctions are removed, then the extremists in Iran will be more extreme.”


• Israelis shouldn’t worry about this tweet from Ayatollah Khamenei. We can trust the Supreme Leader with nuclear toys.




• For more commentary/analysis, see Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed, Michael Oren, George Schultz (Wall St. Journal via Google News), Joe Lieberman, Jonathan Tobin, Roy Gilad, Ari Shavit, Clifford May, Tom Rogan, and Jeffrey Lewis. Last but not least, Seth Lipsky weighs in on the NY Times‘ “Israel lobby” fixation.


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Israel Daily News Stream 11/20/2013
NOVEMBER 20, 2013 16:59
BY PESACH BENSON
Today's Top Stories
• UNRWA chief blames Israel for Gaza's problems.
• Is Hezbollah tunneling under Israeli border?
• International media corps descends on Geneva.


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NOVEMBER 20, 2013 10:57
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The New York Times has responded to our criticism of the paper’s appalling choice of photo accompanying its story on the murder of an Israeli soldier.


Yet the photo remains online with the story. What happened?


Your emails to NY Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan certainly caught her attention. In her column she writes:


Hundreds of readers wrote to me in recent days to protest the prominent use of a photograph that accompanied an article in The Times last Thursday.


The photograph was an emotional and sympathetic portrait of a distraught Palestinian woman, whose son had killed an unsuspecting young Israeli soldier on a public bus. Although it was a powerful image (in fact, partly because it was such a powerful image), it was a poor choice, failing to put the focus where it belonged.
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Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook.
Today’s Top Stories


1. Israeli diplomats are already conceding failure in trying to stop a US-Iran interim nuclear deal. According to YNet:


The nuclear talks are expected to resume in Geneva on Wednesday, and Israeli officials estimate that unless an unexpected crisis takes place, an interim agreement will be signed in this round or shortly afterwards.


Meanwhile, sources in Jerusalem have also criticized the recent conflict with the United State. “It’s causing damage. (US Secretary of State) John Kerry is not Israel’s enemy,” one of the officials said.


According to Israeli media reports, the terms of the Geneva talks were already agreed upon in a secret US-Iranian backchannel. The Obama administration denies the Israeli reports, but American Jewish leaders feel misled by the White House.


According to Channel 10, the secret channel marginalized Kerry, and was overseen by the president. The idea had been for Kerry merely to fly to Geneva, as he did last Friday, to sign a deal in which he had been a bit player. In the event, factors such as the French stance, and Israel’s very public objections, derailed this plan, and the talks broke up last Saturday without an agreement.
Ismail Haniyeh


2. Ismail Haniyeh’s one-year-old granddaughter was briefly treated in an Israeli hospital, then sent back to Gaza. According to theTimes of Israel, however, doctors at the Schneider Children’s Hospital in Petah Tikva said Aamal Haniyeh’s condition — severe inflammation of the gastrointestinal system affecting her nervous system — was incurable.


The story of Aamal Haniyeh’s hospitalization in Israel first broke in the Arab media after her father, Abdul Salam, wrote on his Facebook page Monday morning that “Aamal was transferred into the Green Line (Israel) now. I pray that God cures her.” The post has since been removed from Haniyeh’s page. However, another entry on Monday afternoon by the baby’s father reported that Aamal had returned to Gaza in a state of clinical death.


A mother’s response from Sarah Tuttle-Singer struck the right chord.


3. Beirut was rocked by two suicide bombers outside the Iranian embassy. According to the Daily Star‘s early coverage, 25 people were killed, including an Iranian attache. Another 150 people were wounded. An Al-Qaida affiliate is claiming responsibility, but as usual, it’s Israel’s fault. Avi Issacharoff says Iran’s getting a taste of its own medicine.


4. Fisk Revives Uranium Charge? Robert Fisk’s stringing along an old, discredited blood libel against Israel.





Israel and the Palestinians
• AFP: Benjamin Netanyahu invited Mahmoud Abbas to address the Knesset. Speaking in the Israeli parliament plenum would be an implicit act of normalization which I don’t think Abbas has the guts to do, much less reciprocate by inviting Bibi to Ramallah.


• For the first time, a Palestinian delegate cast a vote in the UN General Assembly. More at Reuters.


• Real boycotters will boycott these BDS web sites:


Boycott Israel Websites Built Using Israeli Software Wix


• It’s not all gloom and doom on the normalization front. The Media Line reports the opening of the Jerusalem Arbitration Center, which will resolve commercial disputes between Israeli and Palestinian businesses.


. . . some are surprised to learn that the volume of trade between Israel and the Palestinian territories is $4 billion annually.


Brandeis University• Brandeis University cut ties with Al Quds University. Last week, students at the Palestinian university staged a Nazi-style demonstration complete with salutes, posters of student “martyrs,” toy guns (real ones aren’t allowed on campus). Tom Gross posted photos of the event.


Brandeis demanded that Al-Quds condemn the rally in both Arabic and English, but a disgraceful letter by Al Quds president Sari Nusseibeh wasn’t even in the ballpark.


• Australia’s former foreign minister, Bob Carr, slammed settlement activity in a Sydney Morning Herald op-ed.


• The PA may accept an interim deal after all, according to Israel HaYom:


According to the official, negotiators have agreed to delay talks on a number of core issues. He said that if progress was achieved on issues such as the borders of a future Palestinian state and security arrangements, talks on other issues might be pushed off past the nine months allotted for the negotiations.


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Al Jazeera America ratings are so low, Nielsen won’t bother reporting them.
Not one country has volunteered to host destruction of Syrian chemical weapons.
Saudis: We’re not cooperating with Israel on Iran.
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Israel Daily News Stream 11/17/2013
NOVEMBER 17, 2013 14:14
BY PESACH BENSON
Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast.Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook.


Today’s Top Stories


1. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah warned of war if Iran’s nuclear talks collapse. Ari Lieberman notes that the Party of God desperately needs the talks to succeed, and is even playing the same pipes of peace as the Obama administration. Whoda thought?


A cash infusion, the byproduct of sanctions relief, will enable Iran and Hezbollah to carry on with their pillaging.


Strangely, Nasrallah’s “anti-war,” pro-deal stance puts him in the same corner as the Obama administration. Administration officials have even adopted Nasrallah’s rhetoric, claiming that the imposition of stiffer sanctions on Iran, as contemplated by congress, would lead to war . . .


So we are now confronted with a bizarre situation where Hezbollah and the United States are advocating the same cause and using the same panicky language, while the French, the traditional authority figures on appeasement, are showing some backbone. If that isn’t strange enough, the leadership void created by the administration’s vacillation and appeasement has generated a peculiar realignment of realpolitik whereby the Saudis, Kuwaitis, Qataris and other Gulf nations are looking to their traditional enemy, the Israelis, to protect their security interests.


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2. As if Israeli-American disagreements on Iran weren’t bad enough, John Kerry’s briefing to Congress poured more gas on the fire. Buzzfeed‘s Rosie Gray quoted one senator describing the Secretary of State’s dismissive, anti-Israel views. The Israeli media picked up on this:


Sen. Mark Kirk was even more forceful in criticizing the officials’ presentation, calling it “very unconvincing.”


“It was fairly anti-Israeli,” Kirk said to reporters after the briefing. “I was supposed to disbelieve everything the Israelis had just told me, and I think the Israelis probably have a pretty good intelligence service.” He said the Israelis had told him that the “total changes proposed set back the program by 24 days.”


A Senate aide familiar with the meeting said that “every time anybody would say anything about ‘what would the Israelis say,’ they’d get cut off and Kerry would say, ‘You have to ignore what they’re telling you, stop listening to the Israelis on this.’”


3. Israel files to quash testimony in Bank of China terrorism case.


The case has forced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to choose between supporting victims of Palestinian terrorism and risking a diplomatic rift with China, and it seems that decision was made Friday even though the document noted that “the motion was not made lightly.”


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5. NY Times Continues Anti-Israel Crusade: Why the continuing vendetta on the op-ed pages?


6. NY Times Photo Outrage: While a murdered soldier is buried, the Gray Lady twists the knife in the back of the Jewish state.


7. German Cartoon Demonizes Israel — On Kristallnacht: A trifecta of cartoons in respectable German newspapers this year represents a deeper problem that can’t be ignored.


Israel and the Palestinians


• Turns out the the West Bank housing plans nixed by the Prime Minister’s office this week were more complicated than we  realized. According to the Jerusalem Post, the plans would have created new settlement blocs — the first in two decades — outside the security barrier.


• Open-mic gaffes are so revealing:


Hot mic catches UN interpreter saying anti-Israel votes are “a bit much”


• The ugly gift of Palestinian incitement:


Jerusalem Post


• The ugly gift of Palestinian incitement, part 2:


When a Palestinian teen shed the last traits of humanity


 Khaled Abu Toameh notes some heavy PA hypocrisy on the matter of Palestinian prisoners. It begins with dozens of Palestinians imprisoned in Kuwait since 1991. Kuwait is keeping the prisoners’ families in the dark about their condition:


That Palestinians are being held in prison in an Arab country is not surprising. What is not understood is the Palestinian Authority’s position.


According to the report, the Palestinian Authority has never approached the Kuwaitis concerning the fate of the prisoners . . .


For the Palestinian Authority, the plight of Palestinians in Arab prisons does not seem to be an important issue. As far as the Palestinian Authority leadership is concerned, the only “heroes” are those prisoners who are held in Israel. For the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinians who are being tortured and killed in Arab prisons are not worth even a statement.


• The Israeli Press Council reprimanded Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy. After a Beer Sheva man, Itamar Alon, went on a shooting rampage at a bank in May,Levy suggested that Alon’s military background dealing with Palestinians was a contributing factor.


The Israel Police lodged a complaint with the Press Council after the opinion piece was published. In its decision, the council rejected a claim by Haaretz and Levy that the article was an acceptable expression of opinion and should therefore be allowed.


It said that Levy had broken the code of ethics that requires a journalist to check facts, to be accurate, and to refrain from referring to the ethnic backgrounds of people unless it is relevant to the subject. Likewise, Haaretz itself should have verified the article’s content and its accuracy, the council asserted.


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Jordan’s Queen Rania speaks out against Islamic radicalism.
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Ayatollah Khamenei’s Business Empire Exposed
NOVEMBER 12, 2013 16:44
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Reuters blows the lid on Setad, Ayatollah Khamenei’s $95 billion business empire. Read an overview or part one of the fuller report.
Setad has become one of the most powerful organizations in Iran, though many Iranians, and the wider world, know very little about it. In the past six years, it has morphed into a business juggernaut that now holds stakes in nearly every sector of Iranian industry, including finance, oil, telecommunications, the production of birth-control pills and even ostrich farming . . .


Through Setad, Khamenei has at his disposal financial resources whose value rivals the holdings of the shah, the Western-backed monarch who was overthrown in 1979.
How Setad came into those assets also mirrors how the deposed monarchy obtained much of its fortune – by confiscating real estate. A six-month Reuters investigation has found that Setad built its empire on the systematic seizure of thousands of properties belonging to ordinary Iranians: members of religious minorities like Vahdat-e-Hagh, who is Baha’i, as well as Shi’ite Muslims, business people and Iranians living abroad.


prison2. Investigative journalist Edwin Black lays bare the inner workings of PA stipends to terrorists imprisoned in Israel. Bottom line:Western aid money is subsidizing terror. Israelis have known about these payments for years, but Black reveals new details.


Under a sliding scale, carefully articulated in the law of the prisoner, the more serious the act of terrorism, the longer the prison sentence, and consequently, the higher the salary. Incarceration for up to three years fetches a salary of almost $400 per month. Prisoners behind bars for between three and five years will be paid about $560 monthly – a compensation level already higher than that for many ordinary West Bank jobs. Sentences of ten to 15 years fetch salaries of about $1,690 per month. Still worse acts of terrorism against civilians, punished with sentences between 15 and 20 years, earn almost $2,000 per month.


These are the best salaries in the Palestinian territories. The Arabic word ratib, meaning “salary”, is the official term for this compensation. The law ensures the greatest financial reward for the most egregious acts of terrorism . . .
About 6% of the Palestinian budget is diverted to prisoner salaries. All this money comes from so-called “donor countries” such as the United States, Great Britain, Norway, and Denmark.


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3. Israel’s rapid response team arrived in the typhoon-stricken Philippines. YNet updates its progress, and talked to other Israelis on the scene. An estimated 10,000 people were killed and 5 million left homeless when Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippine islands. Four Israelis unaccounted for are believed to be stranded in areas where communications are cut down. According to theChristian Science Monitor some two million Filipinos work as caregivers and laborers in the Mideast, including 31,000 in Israel,and they’re desperate to make contact with loved ones back home:


Even for those whose families are safe, the destruction of their homes represents years of hard-earned remittances washed away in a moment.


IsraAid and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee are mobilizing too.


4. New York Times Gets Hysterical Over Netanyahu: The Gray Lady dismisses Prime Minister of “hysterical” opposition to Iranian nuclear deal.


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• Will Israel risk diplomatic friction with China over a US lawsuit brought by victims of Palestinian terror? AP reports:


Netanyahu’s government must decide whether to allow a former Israeli security official to testify as a star witness who could tip the scales in the case, filed by families of victims of suicide bombers who accuse the Bank of China of facilitating terrorist funding via accounts in the U.S.


Critics say that after initially encouraging the claims against the bank, Israel is now having second thoughts, fearing it could jeopardize valuable trade ties with China if it allows the former official, who is sworn to secrecy, to testify.


Meanwhile, the Financial Times (click via Google News) reports that the terror victims found another potential key witness from the US Treasury Dept. via Wikileaks. And the NY Times looks at Israel-China ties.


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• Gaza’s expected Tamarod protests fizzled yesterday. Why that happened depends on who you believe, reports the Times of Israel.
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What’s the best argument against boycotting Israeli academia?
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Israel Daily News Stream 11/11/2013


NOVEMBER 11, 2013 14:25
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Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast.Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook.


Today’s Top Stories
1. Israel and the US still not eye-to-eye on Iran. The State Department’s number 3 person, Wendy Sherman, was in Israel trying to reach an understanding with Jerusalem on the unfolding “first-step” deal with Iran. But the Times of Israelreports Sherman went home without one.


Meanwhile, Benjamin Netanyahu took his battle to the US airwaves, appearing on on Face the Nation (video and transcript).

And in today’s best commentary: David Aaron Miller explains Why the US and Israel are split over the Iran deal.


2. France and president Francois Hollande took up the role as the new Great Satan (or gun-slinging frog), knotting up Western diplomacy with the Iranians.Foreign Policy explains how it happened. But why? Here are seven reasons:


France takes Iran seriously.
France wants to expand its role in the Mideast.
Plainly perverted policy.
It was Meyer Habib’s doing.
Standing up to the US is good for Hollande.
Standing up for the Gulf States is good for Hollande.
Why else would the Wall St. Journal say Viva La France?


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3. The Palestinian Authority’s making gradual in-roads in eastern Jerusalem, reports The Media Line. Related reading: Razing a Racket.


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• Jackson Diehl whomps John Kerry every which way.


• For more commentary/analysis, see David Aaronovitch and Khaled Abu Toameh (both on Arafat poisoning), plus Yossi Beilin (NY Times op-ed on the peace process).


• Hamas, version 2.0?


• The international hacker group Anonymous took to Twitter to urge people to boycott Israeli-made products. But the Daily Telegraph‘s Willard Foxton ain’t buying in:


The plan – explained in excellent detail here by The Daily Dot – is to highlight the 729 barcode which identifies Israeli goods, and thus enable a boycott. Facetiously, I could suggest that therefore that Anonymous should stop using Intel processors (invented in Israel), removable hard drives (invented in Israel) and VOIP Internet calls (you guessed it, Israel). . .


The hacktivists don’t really follow the situation. They want a Star Wars-style evil empire to rail against and always like to support the underdog. But the truth is that for every tweet of nasty Israelis bulldozing houses, you could tweet one of Hamas throwing their political opponents off buildings or stringing up “collaborators” from electricity pylons.


Iranian Atomic Urgency
• NATO’s former chief, Gen. Wesley Clark, discussed the Iranian situation withHaaretz. Spoiler alert: Washington wants to avoid war with Iran.


• Ex-national security advisors Giora Eiland and Uzi Dayan discussed the Iranian nuclear diplomacy with the Times of Israel.


• For commentary/analysis, on Israel and the nuclear talks, see the Jerusalem Post, YNet, Boaz Bismuth, Benny Avni, Dennis Ross, and Jackson Diehl, plus staff-eds in The Independent, The Guardian, and Times of London. The Times writes:


The test of President Rowhani’s intentions is not in being a more plausible figure than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, his predecessor. It is not hard to be more emollient than a Holocaust denier who gleefully anticipated the extinction of the State of Israel. What matters is that Mr Rowhani acknowledge the reasonable apprehensions of Iran’s neighbours — Arab states as well as Israel — and demonstrate that their fears will not be realised. He must also be seen to have the support of Iran’s Supreme Leader in that diplomatic rapprochement.


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Israel Daily News Stream 11/04/2013
NOVEMBER 4, 2013 16:47
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Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook.


Today’s Top Stories
1. Trying to soften its image, Hamas appointed a 23 year-old woman to be its spokesperson to the Western media. Israa Al-Mudallal is a British-educated journalist who started off caught between Hamas and the Israeli media — in this case, YNet:


The new spokeswoman has many plans to change the stereotypes affiliated with Gaza, as well as plans to present the regime in Gaza to Israeli media. “I will address Western and Israeli media,” she said in an interview, “and I will work on changing the media discourse, painting a different picture of Palestine and Gaza. The West does not understand religious discourse.”


It may be that Al-Mudallal is unaware that the Hamas administration has ordered to ban all Israeli media and journalists over a year ago, but the discrepancy was apparently amended as she has now aligned with the policy and refused to speak with Ynet.


2. The Assad regime is shaking down Western aid groups and their Syrian beneficiaries — with complicity from the aid groups. NOW Lebanon reports:


Those in charge of relief operations say they are buying the good will of security services in order to allow a portion of aid to make it to those actually in need. Yet, do the international organizations offering these funds take these considerations into account? When faced with the millions of dollars spent on relief operations in Syria, are these organizations aware of how much is being cashed in by the regime and its loyalists without any form of control?


3. The very first day of Mohammed Morsi’s trial adjourned in chaos when the ousted leader declared himself president and the trial illegitimate. It’s another example of Calvinball in Cairo.


4. Razing a Racket: Imagine you’re the mayor of Jerusalem faced with a sensitive home demolition situation on an unusually large scale. What would you do?


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• Hamas introduced its own textbooks into Gaza curriculum. The NY Times compares them to the PA’s textbooks:


Among other points, the books, used by 55,000 children in the eighth, ninth and 10th grades as part of a required “national education” course of study in government schools, do not recognize modern Israel, or even mention the Oslo Peace Accords the country signed with the Palestine Liberation Organization in the 1990s.


Textbooks have long been a point of contention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in which dueling historical narratives and cultural clashes underpin a territorial fight. And they are central examples of what Israeli leaders call Palestinian “incitement” against Jews, held up as an obstacle to peace talks newly resumed under American pressure.


Beyond their take on Israel, the new texts are also a salvo in the war for influence between the rival Palestinian factions: Gaza-based Hamas and Fatah, which dominates the Palestinian Authority and the West Bank. They reflect a growing gulf between the 1.7 million Palestinians living in the densely populated Gaza Strip and the 2.5 million spread among the West Bank’s cities and villages.


• Eric Margolis levels a helluva allegation at Israel while weighing on the NSA scandal. He writes in Hurriyet:


Israel has long tapped into the US communications networks and even, it is alleged, the White House phone system – installed by an Israeli electronic firm.


Who exactly alleges Israel eavesdropping on the White House? The same sources who told Margolis the Mossad assassinated Yasser ArafatRafik Haririand Zia Ul Haq?


• Damage control: John Kerry visited the Mideast to repair ruptured relations with Egypt and Saudi Arabia.


• For a better understanding of where the field of journalism is headed, check out this exchange between former NY Times editor Bill Keller and Glenn Greenwald, who broke the NSA eavesdropping story. Greenwald’s “activist journalism” is clearly gaining ground on the more traditional journalism Keller advocates. Imagine if Israel’s foreign press corps adopted Greenwald’s activism . . .


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Today's Top Stories
• Prisoners freed; Israel fast-tracks eastern Jerusalem construction.
• Hezbollah and Al-Qaida girding for major Syrian offensive.
• Is break up of Syria in Israel's interests?
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Today's Top Stories

• Iranian nuclear breakout already underway?
• Is the NSA eavesdropping on Israel?
• Israel and the Palestinians gear up for tonight's prisoner release.
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PA Negotiating Terms Leaked


OCTOBER 28, 2013 17:19
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1. Israel agreed to end its boycott of the UN Human Rights Council and attend tomorrow’s review of its human rights record. Haaretz called it a diplomatic victory for Israel. One key demand Jerusalem got was the limitation of a specific article in the HRC’s charter “which stipulates that any conference on human rights would hold a separate discussion of human rights in Israel and the West Bank. Israel is the only nation subject to such a stipulation.” The Jerusalem Post has more background on the Israel-HRC bad blood.


2. A “disgruntled Palestinian official” broke the US-imposed silence on the progress of peace talks, leaking PA negotiating demands to Israel’s Channel 2 TV station. Besides insisting that Palestinian refugees be given an option to return to Israel, there’s this:


 . . . any land swap with Israel as part of a peace deal not exceed 1.9 percent of the West Bank . . .


That’s a heckuva monkey wrench. Jonathan Tobin explains why:


Leaving aside the refugee question for a moment, the land-swap question is no minor technical dispute. Peace process advocates have estimated that 80 percent of the Jewish communities in the West Bank including the overwhelming majority of the settler population could be incorporated into pre-June 1967 Israel with a swap of 4 percent of West Bank land. But according to this report, the Palestinians won’t budge past 2 percent.


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3. It’s underway. The British phone hacking trial of Rebekah Brooks and Rupert Murdoch’s media lieutenants began at London’s storied Old Bailey courthouse. Chris Boffey sets the scene — and “waiting in the wings are 60 other journalists facing possible offences that came out of the hacking investigations.”


The royal baby watch mercifully ended after only a few days; this trial’s expected to last three months. Some headlines already refer to this as the trial of the century but the the self-serving hype really puffs up big media’s self-importance and newspaper sales. As far as phone hacking goes, the NSA is Murdoch on steroids.


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4. Taking a Bullet for Alaa Al-Aswany’s Freedom of Speech: “If you disagree with Aswany but you’re chivalrously willing to die for his right to self-expression, I’d much prefer that you nobly live for my self-expression.”


5. The Independent Constructs a New Settlement: Israel’s building what?


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• Israel released a list of the 26 Palestinian prisoners due to be released this week. As in August’s prisoner release, the Palestinians involved were all convicted of murder or attempted murder in attacks that took place before the Oslo accords. YNet listed the 26 while the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz described many of their dirty deeds.


• A cyber attack wreaked havoc on Haifa traffic by shutting down the Carmel Tunnels last month. AP explains how it happened:


One expert, speaking on condition of anonymity because the breach of security was a classified matter, said a Trojan horse attack targeted the security camera apparatus in the Carmel Tunnels toll road on Sept. 8. A Trojan horse is a malicious computer program that users unknowingly install that can give hackers complete control over their systems.


The attack caused an immediate 20-minute lockdown of the roadway. The next day, the expert said, it shut down the roadway again during morning rush hour. It remained shut for eight hours, causing massive congestion.


Meanwhile, the Israeli media reported a Chinese cyber attack on Israel’s security and defense industries. What would Gadi Evron do?
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Hamas Caught Between Rival Sugar Daddies
OCTOBER 27, 2013 17:32
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1. Deutsche Welle asks, What’s Hamas to do when it’s caught between the competing sugar daddies of Sunni Qatar and the rival Shiite Iran? Seems like a long time ago when the Palestinians owned their national movement.  Where have you gone, Yasser Arafat?


2. Western papers are reporting that Israel was implicated in an attempt to hack French government communications. Is the US trying to deflect criticism?


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3. Moscow’s exploiting Washington’s Mideast struggles: the Sunday Times of London reports that Vladimir Putin’s planning a state visit to Egypt with an eye towards resuming military ties (and weapons sales) and expanding Russian access to the Mediterranean.


At present, the Russian navy uses the small Syrian port of Tartus, but it is seen as inadequate and could be at risk if President Bashar al-Assad’s regime falls. “Tartus is vulnerable and not good enough and the Egyptian ports are perfect for the Russian navy,” an Israeli defence source said.


More at the Jerusalem Post.


4. New York Times Gives Column to Anti-Israel Conspiracy Theorist: Egyptian writer Alaa Al Aswany believes in anti-Israel conspiracy theories and opposes normalizing Egyptian-Israeli relations. So why is the paper of record giving him a regular platform?


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• PA officials denied to AFP there were any “understandings” with Israel regarding settlements for prisoners.


• A Hamas cell in Hebron was busted planning to launch bomb-laden drones at Israel. According to the Times of Israel, the cell had already tested some unmanned aerial vehicles.


• When the UN Human Rights Council meets to review Israel’s  human rights record on Tuesday, will Israeli representatives even be there? Haaretz reports that Israel’s coming under enormous European pressure — including a personal letter from Germany’s foreign minister warning of severe diplomatic consequences if Israel boycotts its review. More at the Times of Israel. See alsoAnne Bayefsky‘s commentary.


 Haaretz corrected its coverage of Rihanna’s concert, which inaccurately said the singer changed the lyrics of one song to support Palestine. Other papers that picked up the story — Huffington Post, and UPI, among others — did update the corrections. And how did the Arab media view this mountain of a molehill? The Amman-based Al Bawaba wrote:


So Rihanna didn’t make a statement on Palestine during her song and it was all a Haaretz rumour — but judging from the angry backlash from those commenting on articles suggesting she did, it would seem that the validity of the Israeli state is dependent on the green light from Ri Ri.




• Here’s the scoop on Sarah Netanyahu: The NY Times issued a  correction forthis article about her husband and his political isolation lone voice in the wilderness. The paper’s Jerusalem bureau chief, Jodi Rudoren, alsoapologized to the Israeli first lady.


• For more commentary/analysis, see the Jerusalem Post and i24 News.


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Demonize the US for cash prizes.
Norway unable to destroy Syrian chemical weapons. Now what?
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New York Times Gives Column to Anti-Israel Conspiracy Theorist
OCTOBER 27, 2013 14:44
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NYT-magGlass-01The New York Times has announced an expansion of its Editorial Department’s opinion offerings, to coincide with the International Herald Tribune’s reincarnation as the International New York Times. Among the opinion contributors added to the roster is Egyptian writer Alaa Al Aswany.


A look at some of Al Aswany’s opinions raise serious question marks over his suitability to be a contributing opinion writer for a media publication that regards itself as the paper of record.


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1. Conspiracy Theorist


In August 2011, Al Aswany penned a highly critical piece asking how Egypt should respond to “Israeli aggression.” With the Egyptian revolution in full swing following the ouster of President Mubarak, Al Aswany found an obvious target to blame for unrest and violence in his country. According to Al Aswany, Israel is responsible for deliberately destabilizing Egypt and, in particular, the Sinai Peninsula:


At this stage, I believe, Israel had to intervene forcefully to sabotage the revolution. It began with the sudden appearance of suspect and heavily armed groups that began to attack police stations and undermine state control in Sinai. The aim was to provide evidence of a security breakdown in Sinai, which would justify the Israeli aggression that soon followed. Israeli forces entered Egyptian territory and killed or wounded several Egyptian officers and men. The objectives of the Israeli attack are several: to test the new rulers of Egypt, to throw them off balance, to give the impression that they cannot protect the country and to thwart democratic transition. The aim could also be to draw Egypt into a reckless military confrontation that would undo the revolution completely (as Gamal Abdel Nasser was drawn into conflict in 1967).


The “act of aggression” that Al Aswany refers to was nothing of the sort. Rather, it was Israel that was the victim of a cross-border terrorist attack,during which, Egyptian soldiers were accidentally killed as the IDF pursued terrorists fleeing into Sinai. Israel apologized for this.


Despite this, Al Aswany claims the incident as an act of Israeli aggression. He goes on to ask how Egypt should respond to this, suggesting expelling the Israeli ambassador, reviewing or repealing all agreements made between Egypt and Israel, and amending the peace treaty. Most disturbingly, however, is what appears to be a call for military confrontation:


It is now our duty to support the armed forces in their confrontation with Israel.


He concludes:


The mass demonstrations, the resounding chants, the sit-ins, and the removal and burning of the Israeli flag that was on the balcony of the Israeli Embassy—all these are spontaneous and authentic actions that reflect righteous popular anger, but in my opinion they fall far short of the right response to Israeli aggression. The right response to Israeli aggression will come about by making it fail, and that will happen only through a transfer of power to an elected government, so that the armed forces can devote themselves to their combat mission and Egypt can set out towards the future it deserves.


There is only one “combat mission” in the mind of Al Aswany – to confront Israel. This, despite a peace treaty and ongoing military cooperation between Israel and Egypt that confirm his accusation of Israeli destabilization of the Sinai as the utter garbage that it is.


Writing in the New Republic, Eric Trager also examines Al Aswany’s history of conspiracy theories:


He is, in fact, among Egypt’s most prolific conspiracy theorists, and he often uses his very public platform to reinforce some of Egypt’s most popular bigotries—and he typically does this when speaking or tweeting in Arabic, which is why the Western press often misses this aspect of his public persona. Aswany said on Egyptian television, for instance, that a ”massive Zionist organization rules America,” which is why “Obama is not able to go against Israel’s desires.”


Trager also writes:


And he believes that the Western media has also come under the Zionists’ spell. “A simple experiment,” he tweeted in July, “Go to the website of any global newspaper and read its coverage of Egypt, and you’ll find that most of the writers that defended Israel are now mostly defending the Brotherhood.” Indeed, in Aswany’s twisted worldview, Washington’s displeasure with the way in which Morsi was ousted and Western reporting of the rising Brotherhood death toll must have Israel in mind first and foremost. And so being pro-Brotherhood—as Aswany defines it—must be a Zionist position.


2. Denial of Arab Anti-Semitism


Alaa Al Aswany


In a video short, Al Aswany gives his views on anti-Semitism:


 So, we [Egyptians] had our very, very great, positive experience about Jews, with Jews and the problem with us was not with Jews.  The problem was Israel, you see?  And it is very dangerous to confuse the two concepts.  I would say that some people in Israel feel very comfortable to confuse, to mix up the two concepts in the sense that if you are critical against some Israeli policies, so, accordingly, you are against Jews, and this is terribly wrong, terribly wrong, you see, because I am, I believe that I am very critical against the Saudi regime, and I believe it’s a terrible regime, but this does not mean that I’m against all Arabs or all Muslims.  So, I think that we never had, we never had really a problem or a discrimination against Jews in the whole Arab history.


There was never discrimination against Jews in the whole of Arab history?!The Jewish Virtual Library explains that well before the creation of the modern Israeli state, Jews were discriminated against where they were subordinated to Muslims under a state of Dhimmitude.


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Israel Daily News Stream 10/20/2013
OCTOBER 20, 2013 15:10
BY PESACH BENSON
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Today’s Top Stories


1. The US is considering slowly unfreezing billions of dollars in Iranian assets if the mullahs take specific steps to ease up their nuclear program. The NY Times, which broke the story, explains the Obama administration’s thinking:


Such a plan, under which the United States could free up Iran’s frozen overseas assets in installments, would avoid the political and diplomatic risks of repealing the sanctions, which had been agreed to by a diverse coalition of countries, the official said. It would also give President Obama the flexibility to respond to Iranian offers that emerge from the negotiations without unraveling the global sanctions regime the administration has spent years cobbling together.


The official likened the plan, which is still being debated inside the White House and the State Department, to opening and closing a financial spigot.


Abdallah Yahya A. Al-Mouallimi
Saudi ambassador Abdallah Yahya A. Al-Mouallimi addressing the media after his country won a Security Council seat. Hours later, his country rejected it.


2. Saudi Arabia rejected a UN Security Council seat., saying it was fed up with the UN’s handling of Syria, Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. ButMordechai Kedar and Erik Voeten point out that sitting on the council would have


A) forced the Saudis to take public positions on very sensitive issues, and


B) drawn unwanted scrutiny to the kingdom’s woeful human rights record and support for Sunni terror.




3. Max Fisher nails Israel-Turkey ties, and Bibi’s refusal to apologize for the Mavi Marmara makes sense. There’s a lesson for Big Media too:


There’s a larger lesson here: many developments in international relations happen in secret, with incidents like this that we never hear about. In following it as it happens, we’re only seeing part of the picture. We’re all working with incomplete information — that includes heads of state as well as regular people and professional journalists and analysts — and it can be easy to draw imperfect or outright false conclusions. Things aren’t always quite what they seem.


For years, Netanyahu’s failure to apologize looked rash, impudent, irresponsible — a tantrum and a problem that the Americans had to solve for him. Now it looks significantly more rational. With time, and more revelations, it could look different again.


History is only clear, if it’s ever clear, in hindsight. Without complete information, events can be difficult to understand as they’re happening. So we usually fill in with personality: We say that Netanyahu got angry, or prideful. It turns out there was more to it.


Meanwhile, Turkey’s foreign minister dug in his heels over the revelations.


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• Must read: Aaron David Miller writes in Foreign Policy why the Mideast is less and less important to the US. Miller also touches on what this means for Israel:


Iran’s nuclear pretentions remain an acute challenge, and an unresolved Palestinian problem holds longer-term worries, too. But the notion that the Jewish state is a hapless victim, the Middle East’s sitting duck, has been an illusion for some time now. Indeed, that image infantilizes the Israelis and creates a sense that they don’t have freedom of action vis-a-vis their friends and enemies — which they do . . .


Israel was never America’s client. On the contrary, we helped enable and empower its independence of action. If Israel acts militarily against Iran because diplomacy can’t address its concerns on the nuclear issue, it will be another indication that, as much as we would like to shape what goes on in the Middle East, we really can’t. We don’t live there, and we are clearly unable or unwilling to dictate to those who do.


 From NOW Lebanon: Lebanese security forces are gearing up to raid a Palestinian refugee camp to demolish 20 illegally built structures. It’s only an outrage when Israel does this.


• Meanwhile, on Al Jazeera America . . .


While the network’s foreign news coverage is acceptable, the viewer gets the feeling that AJA is “up to something” whenever the news involves Israel, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, or the Mideast in general.


• Don’t the Europeans care that the PA’s stealing their aid money? asksJonathan Tobin.


• For more commentary/analysis see Elliott Abrams, Farid Ghadry, and (hold your nose) Roger Cohen.


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The NY Times’ smear campaign against Benjamin Netanyahu continues.
Hezbollah seeks 15,000 recruits.
Family of the first Arab recognized by Yad Vashem rejects award.
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Iranian Nuclear Talks Underway
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1. Iranian nuclear talks kicked off as today’s roundup went to press. A lot of papers are picking up on a Wall St. Journal scoop (click via Google News) that the US is considering a deal allowing Iran to keep its uranium enrichment facilities. This would put the Obama administration at odds with Israel and the Saudis.

2. A document posted on the Iranian foreign ministry’s web site outlined Hassan Rouhani’s approach to nuclear diplomacy. In a nutshell, Rouhani wants to drive a wedge between the US and the rest of the P5+1 countries to break the sanctions. The Times of Israel writes:

The document describes the “short-medium-term operational strategy” for nuclear talks and says that as part of the strategy, Iran will “change the global security environment” by “breaking the coordination of major powers and neutralizing the Zionist-American efforts to build an international consensus against Iran.” The strategy specifically hopes to “neutralize the leverage of America and the Zionist regime with countries and multilateral institutions vis-a-vis Iran.”

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3. In reaction to American-Iranian diplomacy, France take on the tough guy role.

4. The Gray Lady’s Grouchiness is Hard to Miss: A pattern of snotty criticism by the NY Times directed at Benjamin Netanyahu caught the attention of several Israeli columnists.

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• AFP: The IDF is testing reformed procedures for children under arrest.

• Former Israeli Navy chief briefly detained in London airport

• Yuval Steinitz got op-ed in the NY Times to tackle Palestinian hate and incitement:

Palestinian leaders must now reciprocate by immediately and fully halting their encouragement and sponsorship of hatred.

If they do not, attempts at renewed diplomacy are doomed to fail, Israelis will become more skeptical about the peace process, and we in the Israeli government will have greater difficulty taking the additional confidence-building steps that we have been considering.

• A Tunisian tennis star lobbed an unusual shot at his country’s sports ministry. This from AFP:

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• For commentary/analysis, see Reuven Berko and Jonathan Tobin.

Rest O’ the Roundup

• Rami Khouri reacts to Robin Wright’s “Remapped Middle East” (see article and interactive map). Neither Wright’s work nor Khouri’s lament about the Arab world’s lack individual rights include any mention of Israel. That demonstrates yet again that the Mideast doesn’t really revolve around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

• The Syrian civil war is “devastating Palestinian lives and homes,” but nobody cares because Israel clearly ain’t the goon here. Concerned Palestinians will have to make do with AFP‘s easily overlooked rehash of UNRWA concerns.

• Lebanese security dismantled another car bomb in a Hezbollah neighborhood of Beirut. The Jerusalem Post reports that the bomb was discovered on Monday night, coinciding with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

• Regarding the video of Hezbollah personnel executing injured Syrians, Diana Moukalled says the Hezbollah’s silence is deafening. No denials, disavowals, or doubts — just dead quiet:

The party is now part of a machine that oppresses the Syrian people, its members are now classified as war criminals who should be prosecuted.

atom• For more commentary/analysis of the Iranian situation, see , Ray Takeyh, CNN, and The Daily Beast. Last but not least, a Washington Times op-ed argues that Israeli nuclear ambiguity may soon come to an end to counter Iran:

Israel must continue to develop, test and implement an active defense interception capability to best match the growing threat dictated by Iranian nuclearization. It must also take appropriate steps to assure relevant decision-makers in Tehran that Israel’s nuclear weapons are usable, survivable and penetration-capable. For this to work properly, Jerusalem will have to consider, among other measures, taking its bomb out of the “basement.”

Soon, Israel will need to shift away from its long-standing policy of deliberate nuclear ambiguity, and toward a discernibly new policy of selective and partial nuclear disclosure. While this shift would not be greeted with approval in Washington, or in any other national capital, it would still support Israel’s core security interests.

• Here’s a fascinating Israeli response to EU legislation that might ban circumcision:

“If necessary, we will instruct embassies to hold circumcision ceremonies on their territory, which is Israeli sovereign territory.”

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Israel Daily News Stream 10/13/2013
OCTOBER 13, 2013 15:49
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1. The IDF discovered a tunnel running under the Gaza-Israel border. YNet reports that this tunnel led to Kibbutz Ein HaShlosha — near a kindergarten, no less — and was intended to be used for a terror attack or a kidnapping. AFP reports that Israel responded by suspending the delivery of building materials to Gaza.

Kibbutz Ein HaShlosha

2. Auditors say £1.95 billion EU aid lost in Palestine. The Sunday Times reports:

Brussels transferred more than £1.95bn to the occupied territories between 2008 and 2012 but had little control over how it was spent, the auditors say in an unpublished report seen by The Sunday Times.

EU investigators who visited sites in Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank noted “significant shortcomings” in the management of funds sent to Gaza and the West Bank.

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3. Israel and the PA reportedly reached an agreement to exploit a gas field 20 miles off the coast of Gaza. According to the Washington Institute, the primary obstacles now is Hamas resistance, and popular rejection of cooperating with Israel.

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• A Palestinian killed an Israeli in a Friday morning terror attack. IDF reserve colonel Seraya Ofer was attacked outside his Jordan Valley home. Five Palestinians were arrested later in the day.

• Palestinians living in West Bank refugee camps are fed up with the PA, its security services, and are ready to move out. PA officials told The Economist the feeling’s mutual.

Almost 70% of West Bank refugees already live outside camps. The refugee department of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, an umbrella group, is hoping Western countries will pay for decent new housing elsewhere. “We should settle the hills above Nablus with [Palestinian] refugees, not [Jewish] settlers,” says Said Salameh, the department’s head.

• Former settler advocate Dani Dayan weighs in on Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects in a LA Times op-ed. For more commentary, see Jonathan Kay.

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Mullahs reportedly move nuclear weaponization research center to avoid detection.
Big Media responds to Bibi’s media offensive against Iran.
Is Hezbollah trying to create offshore drilling crisis to open new front with Israel?
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Israel Daily News Stream 10/09/2013
OCTOBER 9, 2013 14:46
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1. Such irony from the Nobel prize committee: The prestigious Nobel prize for physics will be shared by Dr. Francois Englert (a Belgian Holocaust survivor with close research ties to Tel Aviv University) and Dr. Peter Higgs, whosupports the academic boycott of Israel. The two physicists,who worked independently of each other, were honored for their subatomic theories on what’s popularly known as the God particle.


Meanwhile, the Nobel prize for chemistry will be shared by a trio of Jewish academics (two of whom are Israeli). More on that threesome at the Times of Israel.


Iran2. Iran’s preparing what Western diplomats are calling a serious package of proposals to ease up nuclear activity in exchange for scaling back sanctions. A widely quoted Wall St. Journal report (click via Google News) says the Iranian proposal will create a new set of headaches for the West:


By falling short of a complete shutdown of enrichment, the anticipated Iranian offer could divide the U.S. from its closest Middle East allies,particularly Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who have cautioned the White House against moving too quickly to improve ties with Tehran, according to American and Mideast officials.


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3. Prime Minister Netanyahu rebuffed requests by the PA and US to move up the second scheduled prisoner release in time for an upcoming Muslim holiday. There’s additional friction surrounding the release, according toHaaretz:


In order to win the support of some of his ministers for this move, Netanyahu added a clause to the cabinet resolution stipulating that the prisoner releases would depend on the progress of the talks. But Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has claimed that under the understandings reached with the Americans, the prisoners are to be freed independent of the talks’ progress, in exchange for a Palestinian commitment to eschew unilateral moves at the United Nations as long as the talks are taking place.


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• Will Palestinians be a no-show when millions of Muslim pilgrims will converge on Mecca next week for the annual hajj? The LA Times and Maan Newsreport that the PA and Hamas are bickering over who gets to go Mecca this year. Meanwhile, Elder of Ziyon drew attention to the Saudis hiring G4S — a security conglomerate long-targeted by the anti-Israel boycott-divestment-sanctions movement — to help manage pilgrimage security. Riazat Buttrecently argued that BDS is barking up the wrong tree:


This week, the Guardian highlighted the abuse and exploitation of migrantworkers who are preparing Qatar for the World Cup in 2022. Similar scrutiny should also be applied to the projects under way in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, although these have traditionally tended to excite more indignation over the demolition of buildings with historic and religious significance than the erosion of rights of the workers razing mountains.


The logical conclusion is to boycott the hajj, right?


 Mecca


• Globe & Mail columnist Margaret Wente nails the story of the two Canadians released from Egyptian prison:


John Greyson and Tarek Loubani have been portrayed as innocents abroad, humanitarian do-gooders who were caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. This picture is inaccurate and incomplete. The two are hard-core anti-Israel activists who’ve been mixed up in Middle East politics for years. They should have known what they were getting into.


• The role of women and children in Islamic suicide bombings, particularly how abuse leads them to seek “martyrdom,” is a largely overlooked issue of both the Palestinian intifada and terror around the world. Anat Berko, who interviewed many would-be martyrs, discussed the issue at Binghamton U.Pipe Dream, the student paper, was on hand.


“There are instances of recruiters waiting for children right out of school. They would just go after students like drug dealers,” she said. “I spoke with a 15-year-old boy in prison, and you could tell he had been beaten and abused.”


Yet when asked if terrorist leaders were often willing to sacrifice their own children, Berko answered bluntly.


“No. What do you think?” she said. “They like to abuse the children of others, not their own.”


• Western churches demonizing Israel do so to the detriment of Mideast Christians. Michael Curtis explains why in The Commentator.


Rest O’ the Roundup


• Britain reopened limited diplomatic ties with Iran with the appointment of a charge d’affaires. UK-Iran ties were severed in 2011 after protesters attacked the British embassy in Tehran. BBC coverage.


• Max Boot weighs in on the Egyptian situation.


• Nice to see continually growing India-Israel ties.


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Deadly Clashes Erupt in Egypt
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*** Breaking news **** As today’s news roundup went to press, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef — Israel’s former Sefardi chief rabbi, a prominent spiritual leader and political power broker — passed away. See obituaries in the Times of Israel and YNet.
1. Egypt’s annual Armed Forces Day (held on the anniversary of the Yom Kippur War) turned violent as Mohammed Morsi’s supporters and opponents clashed in the strees. AP reports that 51 people were killed and 241 more were injured. See Avi Issacharoff‘s analysis.


2. International monitors in Syria began destroying chemical weapons equipment. The Washington Post explains that this is the easy stuff:


Work to dismantle delivery and production equipment is relatively straightforward, according to experts, involving the use of simple tools, or even vehicles to run over and crush items. It is the later phases — disposing of highly corrosive precursor chemicals and filled warheads — that will pose the biggest challenge. Some precursors are expected to be transported out of the country to be destroyed.


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3. Bashar Assad’s using starvation as a tactic against rebellious civilians, reports Time.


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• Saeb Erekat had conniptions after Czech President Milos Zeman suggested moving his country’s embassy to Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Postwrites:


According to the Czech news agency CTK, Erekat has asked the Arab League and other Arab organizations to call extraordinary meetings at the ministerial level to support the Palestinian stance.


The Czech Republic is going to early elections later this month, and Zeman said that he will try to persuade the new prime minister and foreign minister to consider moving the embassy to Jerusalem.


• How’s this for Palestinian incitement?


Times of Israel


• Prime Minister Netanyahu gave a speech at Bar Ilan University last night, which most notably reiterated Bibi’s call for the Arabs to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Assessing the address,  Mordechai Kedar lists four reasons the Arabs will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state:


This is a legitimate demand, important, honest, and truthful, but the Arabs will never agree to it for several reasons.


1. Muslims believe that the religion of Judaism was cancelled out when Christianity arose, and the same happened to Christianity when Islam arrived. And if Judaism is null and void, then how can the Jews come and say that they have a holy land all for themselves?


2. For the Arabs, the Jews are not a nation but a religious community assembled from various ethnicities and countries where Jews have lived for hundreds of years. So if they are not a nation why do they need Israel?


3. According to the Quran, the land of Israel is an Islamic holy land, therefore no Muslim authority will recognize a Jewish state in Israel.


4. Jerusalem is the eye of the storm: According to Islam, there cannot be Jewish sovereignty in Jerusalem, because such an event would signify that Judaism has risen from the grave after Islam had abolished it.


• For more commentary/analysis, see Haviv Rettig Gur, Raphael Ahren, and the Jerusalem Post.


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• The NY Times and Daily Telegraph — among others — picked up on Iranian people poking Benjamin Netanyahu on Twitter. The prime minister incorrectly told BBC Persian that Iranians aren’t allowed to wear jeans.


• Massive explosion rocks Egypt’s Sinai security headquarters. Early wire reports say two dead and 48 injured, with casualties expected to rise as rescue workers search the rubble.


• Politics trumps all as Lebanon delayed issuing offshore gas and oil exploration licenses. Reuters explains that politicians were unable to form a caretaker government able to make the decrees necessary to kick off the bidding process. Some of the tenders encroach on Israeli territorial waters.


 Yaakov Lappin weighs in on Israel and Iran.


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OCTOBER 6, 2013 14:55
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1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s media counteroffensive against Iran may be running into what I’ll call “red line fatigue.” How long can Israel talk about nuclear red lines before the world becomes tone deaf to the real threat?
According to Reuters, diplomats say the Israeli prime minister’s “out of step” with international optimism, while even normally sympathetic Washington insiders are preoccupied with the government shutdown. NY Times columnist Roger Cohen trashed the PM’s p.r. efforts. But it was this CNN interview by Iran’s foreign minister that really had me thinking about the fatigue factor.


“Israel has been pushing the line, since 1992 – perhaps you can find even an earlier version, I haven’t. Of what I’ve seen [it] is since 1992, Israel has been saying – and most of it has been Netanyahu himself – that Iran is six months away from a nuclear bomb. Now, what is it . . . 21 years from 1992? We still don’t have a bomb. We won’t have a bomb because we don’t see it in our interests.”
Meanwhile Bibi talked to NPRCNN‘s Piers Morgan, and the BBC‘s Persian service.


2. Weekend terror: A nine-year old Israeli girl was injured by a Palestinian who infiltrated the settlement of Psagot. YNet coverage.


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3. While you were preoccupied with Syria, the US shutdown, and Miley Cyrus, the Egyptian revolution came to an end. The army’s entrenched, individual freedom is back to where it was during the Mubarak days, and the Muslim Brotherhood’s once again underground. McClatchy News correspondent Nancy Youssef explains:


Nearly three years and many protests, elections and governments later, it seems only the electorate has changed. The public, desperate for stability at any cost, has embraced the iron hand that rules and rejected the revolutionary and Islamist groups who pushed for change .. .
The attention to such working-class concerns as pay raises and better working conditions marks a shift for the so-called revolutionaries, who mostly hail from Egypt’s elite classes. It’s a recognition that most Egyptians have thrown in with the military-imposed government and will remain loyal to it unless living conditions don’t improve.


4. Demonizing Israel? Who, Us? Try as it might, The Independent can’t get rid of the anti-Israel demons in its own closet.


5. Israel Hate at the Irish Times: A Trotskyite writer attacks Israel.


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• President Obama to AP: Iran’s a year or more away from a nuclear bomb.Haaretz‘s Amos Harel explains that the difference between Israeli and American time frames is the interpretation of the intelligence, not the intelligence itself:


Pace’s question referred to the earliest date that Iran could possibly produce an operational nuclear bomb that could be carried by a surface-to-surface missile, not just a nuclear device for the purposes of demonstration. Obama was not specific in his response, but it can be assumed from Pace’s question that he was referring to an actual nuclear warhead . . .


The fear in Israel, which Netanyahu noted in his speech last week, is that with the aid of these faster centrifuges Iran could cover the home stretch to bomb-making capability within weeks or months without being detected, due to incomplete international monitoring, and could then present the international community with a fait accompli.


• The US government shutdown cripples sanctions on Iran.


• The Jerusalem Post assesses what’s known about Iran’s increasingly sophisticated espionage efforts in Israel.


Ayatollah Khamenei


 Lee Smith on Ayatollah Khamenei’s atomic fatwa — which nobody has ever seen:


Sure, it’s confusing, because if there’s really a fatwa then it’s not obvious why the president of the United States is making such a big deal out of negotiations over a nuclear program that Khamenei’s fatwa supposedly says Iran can’t have in the first place. If there’s a fatwa, then that solves everything.


• For more commentary/analysis, see Mordechai Kedar, Times of Israel, LA Times, and Tom Friedman.


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In one day, UNESCO passed six resolutions condemning Israel.
Israel to run for UN Security Council seat.
Hezbollah reportedly cutting back its forces in Syria.
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Israel Daily News Stream 10/03/2013
OCTOBER 3, 2013 15:19
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1. Did Israel give Egypt’s military a green light to take action in Gaza? I can’t otherwise imagine Egyptian officials talking to openly like this to Maan News:


The Egyptian army has established a precautionary plan for military intervention in the Gaza Strip if attacks on Egyptian troops in the Sinai Peninsula intensify, Egyptian security officials said Wednesday.


Officials told Ma’an that Egyptian reconnaissance planes had entered the Gaza Strip’s airspace and examined a number of locations in Rafah and Khan Younis to be targeted if military attacks against Egyptian troops intensify in Sinai.


2. The US government shutdown could threaten military financing to Israel and other countries. The Jerusalem Post/Reuters quoted State Dept. official Marie Harf:


“Security assistance funding for Israel is typically provided in early- to mid-November, and an extended shutdown has the potential to disrupt this critical military assistance program,” she stated.


“Without a continuing resolution or a full-year appropriation,” Harf added, “fiscal year 2014 security assistance funding for Israel will be delayed.”


By the way, Frida Ghitis and Jeffrey Goldberg point out that America’s allies and enemies around the world see the shutdown as another sign of US weakness.


Capitol Hill from Washington Monument


3. Iran’s top cyber warfare commander was found dead. Two bullets in the heart fired at close range sounds like an assassination. Shashank Joshi assesses whodunnit while Israeli officials suggest that Mojtaba Ahmadi was killed in an “internal dispute.” According to the Daily Telegraphreport breaking the story, the Revolutionary Guards recommends against online condolences because the cloak and dagger’s not virtual:


The Facebook page of the officers of the Cyber War Headquarters confirmed that Ahmadi had been one of their commander and posted messages of condolence. But Alborz users warned that the openly accessible book of condolence could harm Iran’s national security.


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4. Washington Post: Forget Iran, Israeli Nukes are the Issue: A key factual mistake plus false moral equivalence adds up to an apologia for Iranian, Syrian and Russian agendas in the Mideast.


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• Worth reading: Michael Oren stepped down as Israel’s ambassador to the US. In a very thoughtful Washington Post exit interview, Oren discussed the peace process, Iran, the Arab Spring, and Israel-US ties.


• Hamas hanged Hani Mohamed Alayan for murdering two people. The case gained notoriety because Alayan was a minor when he committed the first murder. Jerusalem Post coverage. Reuters and AFP picked up on the story.


• The Wall St. Journal (click via Google News) looks at the lawsuit Mahmoud Abbas’s son filed against Jonathan Schanzer. Last year, Schanzer raised questions of corruption surrounding The Brothers Abbas.


• Israel froze controversial plans for a national park on the slopes of Mt. Scopus. Critics charged that the park would’ve blocked the growth of two Palestinian neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem. According to Haaretz, Environmental Minister Amir Peretz pulled the plug because the area was “devoid of particularly sensitive natural value or unique archaeological remains that justify turning it into a natural park.”
Ian Lustick


• Over at Open Zion, Professor Ian Lustick responds to critics of his recent NY Times commentary plugging the one-state solution.


Unfortunately, Lustick’s followup is no more readable than his original piece.


• Hmmmmm. Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah lays out a bleak situation for Hamas, concluding:


It would be fair to assess that Gaza’s isolation is Egypt’s ultimate goal, since such an objective would meet Egypt’s interests: to consign Gaza to oblivion and reduce Hamas to its real size.


• The Palestinian Authority moved its clocks back one hour while Israel falls back later this month. The Financial Times (click via Google News) reports that the PA’s move is creating a lot of confusion for Palestinians who prefer keeping Israeli time.


Two years ago, Gaza was one hour behind the West Bank because of Hamas/Fatah squabbling. And in 1999, three terrorists were killed whentheir bomb exploded one hour early — having failed to account for Israel’s Daylight Savings Time.


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Israel and Gulf states discuss alliance to counter Iran.
Are reports of a women’s “sex jihad” campaign more Syrian disinformation?
UN elects Iran to key disarmament and security position.
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Israel Daily News Stream 10/01/2013
OCTOBER 1, 2013 13:48
BY PESACH BENSON
Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and theMideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook.


Today’s Top Stories


1. After one year, the Palestinians have little to show for their upgraded UN observer status. The Globe & Mail looks at why (in order to give John Kerry’s peace talks a chance) and how the Palestinians feel about it.


A recent survey by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Researchfound that 60 per cent of Palestinians surveyed in the West Bank and Gaza believe it was the right decision to suspend, for nine months, Palestinian applications to join more international organizations in return for the prisoner release.


However, when it came to one international organization, the International Criminal Court, a big majority agreed with Dr. Barghouti. Fully 67 per cent said they support the idea of submitting a complaint against Israeli settlements to the ICC . . .


Obama and Netanyahu2. While President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu met (CBS News nailed the nuance), Bret Stephens (Wall St. Journal via Google News) argues that Israel needs to strategically distance itself from Uncle Sam and not rely on American diplomacy or promises of military action to deal with Iran:


That isn’t to say that Israel doesn’t benefit from good relations with the U.S. But the U.S., like Britain after World War II, is in retreat from the world, andIsraelis need to adapt to a global reality in which the Americans are willing to do less, and consequently count for less. What Mr. Netanyahu has been doing instead is granting Mr. Obama a degree of leverage and a presumption of authority over the Jewish state to which he is not entitled and has done little to deserve. That needs to stop.


3. Four months after John Kerry unveiled a $4 billion plan to boost the Palestinian economy in both the West Bank and Gaza, Tony Blair released the details (pdf format). The Media Line reports that the Quartet (US, EU, UN and Russia) won’t deal directly with Hamas — but it’s hard to see how that will be pulled off.


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Iranian Atomic Urgency


• Iranian Spy Was a Quds Force Professional


• Your daily dose of snark, courtesy Sky News reporter Sam Kiley, who blogged this:


Mr Netanyahu faces an awkward task. To try to say to Barack Obama, the man who might, just might, be able to bring Iran in from the cold, not to be a sucker.


The implication is that the Most-Powerful-Man-In-The-World could be naive.


Not a welcome message from the prime minister of a country entirely dependent on American military aid for its survival, with a population of about only seven million that also happens to be in military occupation over 2.5 million Palestinians living on the West Bank and to running a siege on 1.5 million others in Gaza.


• CNN visited the Jewish community of Tehran. I have to wonder if the people reporter Reza Sayah talked to were holding back their real feelings. After all, Iranian authorities aren’t known for tolerating dissent. Contrast that with theDaily Telegraph, which talked to Iranian ex-pats in Israel who openly shared their mixed-feelings.


• According to the NY Times, international sanctions are crippling the Iranian economy more than we realize:


Mr. Rouhani and Mr. Zarif did not publicly specify the severity of the cash squeeze. But Western economists believe the crisis point may be much closer than previously thought, perhaps a matter of months. Iran news outlets have reported that the government owes billions of dollars to private contractors, banks and municipalities.


Because of the sanctions, oil sales, which account for 80 percent of the government’s revenue, have been cut in half. While Mr. Ahmadinejad had asserted that Iran had $100 billion in foreign exchange reserves, the total had shrunk to $80 billion by mid-2013


• Hmmmm.


Rouhani unwittingly told an Israeli agent how to deal with Iran


• For more commentary/analysis, see the Times of LondonDavid Frum, and Gideon Rachman (Financial Times via Google News).


Israel and the Palestinians


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• Ben Gurion U. Professor Neve Gordon calls out J. Street to support the one-state solution. This LA Times op-ed ties in the Irish peace model and two political science concepts that no ordinary person has ever heard of: consociationalism and parity of esteem.


Sounds great in theory, but sectarian tensions in multi-ethnic states like Syria, Lebanon and Iraq lay bare the difficulties of power sharing, broad consent, and respect in the Mideast. Besides, Hamas and Fatah are moving towards a3-state solution.


• The Hamas gives new meaning to media outreach:


Hamas offers to hire Ma’an staff after Gaza office closure


• Israeli journalist Ben-Dror Yemini weighs in on the EU’s double standards towards Israel.


Rest O’ the Roundup


• Syrian shelling of the Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus killed a Palestinian man. According to Maan News, “The Syrian army has imposed a blockade on the camp for 77 days in a row, and there has been no electricity or fuel in the camp for months.”


• Israeli-Turkish economic ties may overcome the poor political relationship, reports the Financial Times (click via Google News).


According to the Manufacturers’ Association of Israel, Israeli exports to Turkey grew from $1bn in 2009 – the year before the flotilla incident – to $1.5bn now. Turkey’s exports to Israel rose over the same period, from $1.4bn to nearly $2bn. . .


The war in Syria, by disrupting the passage of Turkish goods trucks to Jordan and the Gulf, opened a new trade route through Israel. The trucks, which are brought by sea to Haifa with Turkish drivers on board, roll off the ships and head to the Jordanian border, then further afield. Israel’s government is torn between keeping a low profile around the new trade route, because of lingering political sensitivities, and championing it. More than 2,000 trucks have made the journey since November 2012.


(Image of Obama and Netanyahu via Flickr/Prime Minister of Israel)


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