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[size=16.363636016845703]Egypt Revoking Citizenship of Thousands of Palestinians[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]MARCH 9, 2014 14:55
BY PESACH BENSON
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[size=16.363636016845703]Today’s Top Stories[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]1. Egypt’s moving to revoke the citizenship of 13,000 Gazans who obtained the status during Morsi’s regime.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]2. The NY Times lays out the US approach to peacemaking as an  Obama/Kerry good cop-bad cop routine towards Bibi. Jonathan Tobin and Richard Baehr react.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]3. I’m pleased to see Time pick up on an important, under-reported story: the integration of Arab-Christians into Israeli society. It’s not just about the rising number of Christian-Arabs serving in the IDF — or Hanan Ashrawi’s angry fulminations:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]“Enough of the lies regarding Christian identity and the nationality of the Christians in Israel,” Naddaf tells TIME. “We want to integrate into Israeli society. We want to contribute to the society we live in. And we want to represent ourselves. No one else will.”[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]rosary[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]4. Guardian Headline Screams Bias: Only Israel warrants a sensationalized headline and a photo that bears very little relevance to the non-story at hand.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Iranian Arms Intercepted[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Israel began the process of unloading 150 containers  seized from the Klos-C. According to YNet, the M-302 rockets would have been able to evade Iron Dome.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Who is the elite Iranian force behind the weapons transfer?[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• The Times of Israel reports that the Klos-C weapons boat may have been meant to strengthen Islamic Jihad at the expense of Hamas:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]The implications are far-reaching. Had the missiles on the Panama-flagged ship reached the Gaza Strip and fallen into the hands of the Islamic Jihad, the organization would have had new game-changing weaponry, not only against Israel, but also against Hamas . . .[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Had it arrived, the terror cell could have launched rockets at Tel Aviv whenever it wish to, in effect drawing Israel and Hamas into a war on Iran’s command.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• A Wall St. Journal staff-ed (click via Google News) on what the affair says about the Rouhani government:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]The seizure of the ship is a reminder that the aims and methods of Iranian foreign policy remain unchanged despite the alleged moderation of President Hasan Rouhani.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Aaron David Miller on what this means for the international nuclear talks:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Finally, it should be obvious to the Obama administration by now that while the Iran may be sending signals that it’s ready for some kind of negotiated solution on the nuclear issue, that hardly means it has changed its spots on other issues. And that compartmentalizing the two is only going to get harder. It boggles the mind to believe that the administration would be in a position to lift comprehensive sanctions if Iran is still backing the murderous Assad and supplying Hamas with weapons that can target Israeli population centers.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• For more commentary/analysis, see Mordechai KedarAmos Harel, and Jonathan Tobin.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Israeli navy
Israeli forces returning to Eilat after intercepting Iranian weapons shipment.
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[size=16.363636016845703]Israel and the Palestinians[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703] YNet: Avigdor Lieberman took some steam out of an EU/PA plan to embarrass Israel:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament Elmar Brok turned to Israeli Ambassador to the European Union David Walzer last week, and asked for a special European Parliament delegation to examine the prison conditions of Palestinian prisoners in Israel.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Lieberman instructed the ambassador to respond to the request by saying that only if an Israeli delegation will be allowed to visit their prisoners, then the Europeans would be permitted to visit Israeli ones.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]A source within the foreign minister’s office said the request is a scheme that was pre-coordinated with Palestinian sources, who seek to lead an anti-Israel campaign on the matter of Palestinian prisoners.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• An explosion termed as a “work accident” killed a Hamas commander (aptly named Ghoul). Nine other Hamasniks learning how (not) to produce explosives were injured.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• The legal battle over the Mavi Marmara continues. Turkish media updates:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]The Humanitarian Aid Foundation (IHH) announced on Friday that it has appealed to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to be part of a lawsuit opened in 2013 into Israel’s 2010 raid on a humanitarian aid flotilla bound for Gaza.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• For more commentary/analysis, see Yoram Ettinger (Obama’s “if not now, when?”), Cal Thomas (Obama pressuring Israel), andCarol Giacomo (what the framework agreement might look like).[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Rest O’ the Roundup[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Pope Francis[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• The Vatican denied media reports that Pope Francis cancelled his Israel trip after employees of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs went on strike. And the Daily Telegraph reports that UK Prime Minister may be forced to cancel. The Telegraph adds:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut a lonesome figure as he descended from his plane in LA airport with no one from the Israeli Consulate to greet him. His large entourage of staff was left stranded on the runway for some time due to lack of transport provided by the Israeli diplomats.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Cameron is scheduled to visit Israel next week, and the Pope in May.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Emmanuel Navon slams Israel’s response to the Ukraine crisis.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Hmmmmm.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Hezbollah families: Our sons are cannon fodder for Assad[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• The Bishop of Aleppo, Antoine Audo, describes Syrian Christians living in fear.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Women lashed for breaking dress code in Syrian city run by Islamists.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• A panel of experts reviewing the BBC’s future recommended ditching the license fee and shifting to a subscription model by 2020. According to the Times of London:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]If introduced, it would be the greatest change to the BBC since its creation in 1922.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703](Image of rosary via Flickr/Brian Jeffrey Beggerly, Navy YouTube/idfnadesk, Pope via YouTube/The Telegraph)[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]For more, see Thursday’s Israel Daily News Stream.[/size]
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[size=16.363636016845703]Israel Intercepts Iranian Arms Boat[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]MARCH 5, 2014 12:11
BY PESACH BENSON
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[size=16.363636016845703]Today’s Top Stories[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]1. BREAKING NEWS: After this roundup was published, Israel announced that it has intercepted an Iranian arms shipment in the Red Sea destined for Gaza. The boat, carrying M-302 rockets, is now being towed to Eilat. YNet reports:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Elite troops from the Israel Navy’s Shayetet 13 unit boarded the ship in open waters on the maritime border of Sudan and Eritrea, some 1,500 km south of Israel. The Klos C Iranian vessel was sailing under a Panamanian flag, making its way to Sudan from Iran carrying a cargo of advanced rockets capable of reaching distances of up to 200 km.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]The ship was supposed to reach port in Sudan on Thursday, some 10 days after it left Iran. An initial inventory by Israel revealed a large supply of rockets, including the Iranian-made 302m, which hit Haifa during the 2006 Second Lebanon War.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]The rockets originated in Syria, the IDF said, where Iran is known to store large arsenals. The rockets were flown from Syria to Iran, where they were loaded on the ship that then departed for Iraq where the arms concealed in boxes of cement.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]From the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr it sailed into the Red Sea around the Port of Oman, bound for Sudan. The ship’s progress was closely tracked by the IDF as it sailed.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]“There is clear evidence from the ship that these are rockets for which Iran is responsible,” a senior IDF source said Wednesday. “The rockets were . . . intended for terror groups in Gaza.”[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]See the IDF video below and the IDF blog for more coverage.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]2. Employees of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs are going back on strike for better pay and working conditions. According to the JTA, this could impact upcoming visits by British Prime Minister David Cameron and Pope Francis.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]The strike, announced Tuesday, will suspend all services to foreign dignitaries visiting Israel, as well as all services to Israeli dignitaries planning trips or already abroad. In addition, the strike suspends all consular services to Israelis abroad. The only exceptions will be for Israelis whose lives are in danger and for bodies that must be transported back to Israel for burial.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]3. The last of four Israeli prisoner releases is around the corner and it promises to be the most controversial one. That’s because the Palestinian Authority is demanding the release of terrorists who are Israeli citizens. The Times of Israel takes a closer look at the issue, which the US is pressuring Israel on.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]The cabinet may not support a prisoner release just before the Palestinians will likely quit peace talks in April anyway, but that’s a different dance.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]4. Daily Telegraph Implies Tel Aviv Is Israel’s Capital: Editors revise article after describing Tel Aviv as Israel’s capital. How many times must British papers be reminded?[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]5. The Independent Headline That Sums Up the Bias: Palestinians are portrayed as powerless passengers on the journey with no responsibility for the bumps on the road.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Israel and the Palestinians[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Benyamin Netanyahu addressed AIPAC (transcript/video). The Jerusalem Post, YNet, and the Times of Israel assess the speech.[/size]


[size=16.363636016845703]• You can cross Ayoub al-Qawasmi off Israel’s most wanted list. The Hamas commander trying to rebuild the group’s forces in the West Bank was nabbed by the IDF yesterday evening. YNet coverage.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Canada recognizes Jewish refugees expelled from Mideast and North Africa.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Tzipi Livni discussed the peace process with CNN‘s Christiane Amanpour.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Where have you gone, Daniel Patrick Moynihan? (Israel’s supporters turn their lonely eyes to you.)[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• For more commentary/analysis, see Jeff Jacoby (on Bibi bashers) and Dan Diker (the BDS movement and Hamas).[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Rest O’ the Roundup[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Looks like Hezbollah tried to place a bomb along the Israeli-Syrian border. The Jerusalem Post writes:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]The terrorist cell was operating in Syria very close to the new border fence, and according to security sources the attempted attack was orchestrated by Hezbollah.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]In response, an IDF tank fired shells at the suspects, striking them.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Venezuela• Jews are slipping out of Venezuela as anti-government protests step up. Call it a slow drip exodus.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Over the last 15 years, from the time Chavez came to power and in the year since Nicolas Maduro has ruled the country, the Venezuelan Jewish community has shrunk by more than half. It is now estimated at about 7,000, down from a high of 25,000 in the 1990s. Many of those who left were community leaders.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]It’s not just Venezuelan Jews who are leaving. Hundreds of thousands of middle- and upper-class Venezuelans have relocated in recent years, swelling the size of expat communities in places like Miami, Panama, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Colombia.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Will Syria’s chemical arsenal be eliminated?[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Efforts to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons capability are running months behind schedule because the Syrian president is playing games with international inspectors. Moreover, it is far from clear that the 1,300 tons of chemical warfare agents and precursor chemicals declared by Assad when he signed the Chemical Weapons Convention represent the full amount he possesses. Furthermore, even if Assad abides by the commitment to completely jettison his chemical weapons, Syria’s equally dangerous biological weapon stocks will remain.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Israeli drones to patrol the skies of Brazil during the World Cup.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• For commentary/analysis, see Khaled Abu Toameh (Egypt’s ban of Hamas isn’t as a big a deal as you think), The Tower (Hezbollah’s threat to Israel),  Joseph Rasksas (Hezbollah will use the new Lebanese government to threaten Israel), and Marc Tracy (what Ukraine’s crisis means for its 70,000 Jews).[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703](Image of Venezuelan flag via OpenClipArt/deiby_ybied)[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.[/size]
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[size=16.363636016845703]Israel Daily News Stream 03/03/2014[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]MARCH 3, 2014 17:20
BY PESACH BENSON
[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Today’s Top Stories[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]1. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington for talks with President Obama. AP and Reuters preview what’s in store. David Horovitz, John Podhoretz and Marc Tracy respond to Obama’s interview with Jeffrey Goldberg. Horovitz writes:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]But Netanyahu, his aides had long been indicating, was ready to accept the framework proposals — as a non-binding basis for further negotiations. So no need for confrontation there. And he must have held out little hope that he was going to shift Obama’s stance on Iran, however powerful he believes his arguments to be. So not much point in confrontation there, either.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]But then came that bombshell Bloomberg battering.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]The timing could not have been any more deliberate — an assault on the prime minister’s policies delivered precisely as Netanyahu was flying in to meet with him, and on the first day, too, of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC’s annual tour de force conference across town.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]By the way, Dan Raviv writes for CBS News that the White House will nudge Bibi to stop killing Iranian nuclear scientists. (?)[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]photography drone
Testing an American aerial photography drone in 2012.
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[size=16.363636016845703]2. The appearance of a photography drone over a Gaza sporting event raises the question: Are media photography drones a potential a potential risk for Israel?[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]The use of cilvilian drones has defense implications for Israel. Officials at “Cybermoon” see the drones’ movement in Gaza as a potential risk for a verity of attacks – cyber-attacks from the sky, dropping small booms or using it as an intelligence tool or for air-to-air fight. Flying a civilian drone is more legitimate then the old Hamas plan of building an army of drones.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Hamas has tried to have Drones in the past and we have spotted that in a video which was taken by the drone, the handlers had the support of the Hamas forces in Gaza.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]3. Hassan Rouhani confirmed for the first time that Iran was interested in acquiring a nuclear weapon — but not anymore. He told Russia Today:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Iran abandoned its military nuclear program because owning nukes is a sin, the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani revealed in an interview. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei formalized the ban with a religious decree forbidding nuclear weapons.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]For more background, see Israel HaYom.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]4. Irish Journalist Abuses Holocaust to Attack Israel: Frank McDonald compares Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto and accuses Israelis of behaving towards the Palestinians as Nazis did to the Jews.[/size]
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[size=16.363636016845703]Israel and the Palestinians[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Palestinians are mulling a successor for Mahmoud Abbas, reports the Financial Times (via Google News). According to The Media Line, Mohammed Dahlan may (or may not) be one of them.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• AP picks up on a sign of the times:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Palestinian civil servants in the Gaza Strip are calling on the Hamas government to pay them their full salaries, a rare expression of discontent in the territory.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, there was a 123 percent rise in settlement construction in 2013. There may be more to the figures than meets the eye, but for now, it’s safe to assume the Western press will make over the issue. See YNet.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Cairo warns Hamas: We’re shutting down the tunnels and holding you responsible for border trouble.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Nic Robertson of CNN examines the BDS movement and the impact it’s having on Israel. See also Voice of America.[/size]

[size=16.363636016845703]• Over the NY Times Room for Debate, Lara Friedman and Daniel Gordis square off on the issue of boycotting settlements.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Mark your calendars: British Prime Minister David Cameron will address the Knesset on March 12. Cameron was scheduled to visit Israel in February, but had to reschedule when the UK was hit by severe flooding.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]On the next page:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Why is Argentina tilting from Iran to Israel?
Israel buying info from Syrian rebels?
What happens next year when copyright on Mein Kampf expires?
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MARCH 3, 2014 17:20
BY PESACH BENSON

Today’s Top Stories

1. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington for talks with President Obama. AP and Reuters preview what’s in store. David Horovitz, John Podhoretz and Marc Tracy respond to Obama’s interview with Jeffrey Goldberg. Horovitz writes:

But Netanyahu, his aides had long been indicating, was ready to accept the framework proposals — as a non-binding basis for further negotiations. So no need for confrontation there. And he must have held out little hope that he was going to shift Obama’s stance on Iran, however powerful he believes his arguments to be. So not much point in confrontation there, either.

But then came that bombshell Bloomberg battering.

The timing could not have been any more deliberate — an assault on the prime minister’s policies delivered precisely as Netanyahu was flying in to meet with him, and on the first day, too, of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC’s annual tour de force conference across town.

By the way, Dan Raviv writes for CBS News that the White House will nudge Bibi to stop killing Iranian nuclear scientists. (?)

photography drone
Testing an American aerial photography drone in 2012.

2. The appearance of a photography drone over a Gaza sporting event raises the question: Are media photography drones a potential a potential risk for Israel?

The use of cilvilian drones has defense implications for Israel. Officials at “Cybermoon” see the drones’ movement in Gaza as a potential risk for a verity of attacks – cyber-attacks from the sky, dropping small booms or using it as an intelligence tool or for air-to-air fight. Flying a civilian drone is more legitimate then the old Hamas plan of building an army of drones.

Hamas has tried to have Drones in the past and we have spotted that in a video which was taken by the drone, the handlers had the support of the Hamas forces in Gaza.

3. Hassan Rouhani confirmed for the first time that Iran was interested in acquiring a nuclear weapon — but not anymore. He told Russia Today:

Iran abandoned its military nuclear program because owning nukes is a sin, the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani revealed in an interview. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei formalized the ban with a religious decree forbidding nuclear weapons.

For more background, see Israel HaYom.

4. Irish Journalist Abuses Holocaust to Attack Israel: Frank McDonald compares Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto and accuses Israelis of behaving towards the Palestinians as Nazis did to the Jews.


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• Palestinians are mulling a successor for Mahmoud Abbas, reports the Financial Times (via Google News). According to The Media Line, Mohammed Dahlan may (or may not) be one of them.

• AP picks up on a sign of the times:

Palestinian civil servants in the Gaza Strip are calling on the Hamas government to pay them their full salaries, a rare expression of discontent in the territory.

• According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, there was a 123 percent rise in settlement construction in 2013. There may be more to the figures than meets the eye, but for now, it’s safe to assume the Western press will make over the issue. See YNet.

• Cairo warns Hamas: We’re shutting down the tunnels and holding you responsible for border trouble.

• Nic Robertson of CNN examines the BDS movement and the impact it’s having on Israel. See also Voice of America.


• Over the NY Times Room for Debate, Lara Friedman and Daniel Gordis square off on the issue of boycotting settlements.

• Mark your calendars: British Prime Minister David Cameron will address the Knesset on March 12. Cameron was scheduled to visit Israel in February, but had to reschedule when the UK was hit by severe flooding.

On the next page:

Why is Argentina tilting from Iran to Israel?
Israel buying info from Syrian rebels?
What happens next year when copyright on Mein Kampf expires?
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Israel Daily News Stream 02/27/2014

FEBRUARY 27, 2014 16:28
BY PESACH BENSON

Today’s Top Stories

1. NY Times: President Obama is boosting his personal involvement in the Mideast peace process. With upcoming Netanyahu and Abbas visits to Washington, Obama will personally press the leaders to accept the US framework agreement:

On one level, Mr. Miller said, the president’s involvement is a promising sign, “because it shows he is more risk-ready.” On another, he said, it underscores the hurdles to even a “generalized framework,” which he said raised the question, “What is it going to take to get to a comprehensive deal if the president has to do heavy lifting?”

2. Acceding to US pressure, Israel has quietly frozen West Bank building outside the main settlement blocs, reports the Times of Israel.

IAEA3. As Iranian-Western relations thawed last year, the International Atomic Energy Agency opted to treat the Islamic republic’s nuke program with kid gloves. According to Reuters, the IAEA was going to prepare a “major” report with new information about suspected bomb research — then made a political decision not to. So what info is the IAEA sitting on?

One source said probably only Israel, which is believed to be the Middle East’s sole nuclear-armed state, would criticise the IAEA for not issuing a new report in the present circumstances. Iran and the world powers hope to reach a final settlement by July, when the interim accord expires, although they acknowledge this will be an uphill task.

A decision not to go ahead with the new document may raise questions about information that the United Nations agency has gathered in the last two years on what it calls the “possible military dimensions” (PMD) to Iran’s nuclear programme.

4. Media Shills For “Trigger Happy” Amnesty Report: An Amnesty International report ignores Palestinian violence while accusing Israel of using excessive force.

5. The Guardian Changes “Jewish Lobby” Headline: It says a lot about the paper’s thinking that The Guardian would use a term associated with anti-Semitic tropes.

6. HonestReporting Coming to Limmud Winnipeg: HR’s USA Director, Gary Kenzer, will be presenting at Limmud Winnipeg this weekend. If you’re in “The Peg,” don’t miss it!

7. Israel Apartheid Week is a major part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. See HonestReporting’s Fighting BDS on Facebook for updates and strategies on how you can fight back against the apartheid slur.

Israel and the Palestinians

• I’m really looking forward to April Fools’ Day now.

• Israeli-Palestinian talks to go beyond April: Kerry
• Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian framework deal won’t be ready by April
• Palestinians reject U.S. push for peace talks beyond April

• If you want to read more tea leaves on the peace process, see what YNet and the Times of Israel picked up from Palestinian media.

• In the aftermath of the Knesset debate over the Temple Mount, the Prime Minister’s Office said it has no intention of changing the holy site’s status quo. Jerusalem Post coverage.

• Gaza political cartoonist Majida Shaheen is facing censorship and death threats after she ridiculed Ismail Haniyeh on Facebook.

UCLA• The UCLA student government voted against a resolution that would have urged the University of California system to divest itself from companies that profit from the Israeli “occupation.” The Daily Bruin describes just how heated the debate became:

More than 500 people attended the meeting, which began Tuesday at 7 p.m. and lasted until 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. The public comment part of the meeting, where students expressed support or criticism for the resolution, lasted for nearly 9 hours, ending at about 4 a.m.

• AP put a spotlight on Palestinian honor killings, which are on the rise.

• For commentary/analysis, see Shira Herzog (recognizing Israel as a Jewish state), Khaled Abu Toameh (Hamas’s war on UNRWA school curriculum), David Pollock (Palestinian hate speech comes from official sources), and Bettina Marx (Israeli-German ties).

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• Yesterday, the UNRWA tweeted this apocalyptic photo of Palestinians waiting for food in the Yarmouk refugee camp. The camp has been besieged by the Syrian army for months.

This powerful image is rightly making people uncomfortable at far-flung papers like The Guardian, Washington Post, Sydney Morning Herald, and Johannesburg Times, to name a few. See also BBC correspondent Lyse Doucet’s haunting dispatch from Yarmouk — before the photo was released.
UNRWA @UNRWA
#Yarmouk residents gathered to await a food distribution from #UNRWA in January 2014. © UNRWA Archives
3:46 PM - 26 Feb 2014
• AP, Zvi Barel, and the Jerusalem Post weigh in on the Hezbollah airstrike.

• Israeli-Turkish reconciliation is in a deep freeze, and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames it all on — surprise! — Israel. Haaretz notes plenty of reason to point fingers at Turkey too. So where do things stand?

. . . Israel’s assessment is that no further progress will be made until after Turkey’s local elections on March 30.

• Ukrainian envoy to UN downplays country’s anti-Semitism.

Despite reports of attacks on Jewish estates and synagogues in Ukraine, Sergeyev told reporters the phenomenon probably was not widespread.

• For more commentary, see Diana Moukalled (Rouhani’s not-so-sweet tweets) and Abraham Sofaer (hurt Iran’s hawks, not its people).

For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.
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[size=16.363636016845703]Israel Daily News Stream 02/25/2014
FEBRUARY 25, 2014 17:00
BY PESACH BENSON
[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Today’s Top Stories[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]1. Looks like the Israeli Air Force attacked a Hezbollah target in eastern Lebanon, or possibly in Syrian territory. Though it’s hard to judge the credibility of cited Al Arabiya and Daily Star reports, Reuters quoted an anonymous Israeli security source who confirmed ”unusually intense air force activity in the north.” And NOW Lebanon identifies one of the dead as Hajji Hassan Mansour, a Hezbollah field trainer.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]While Jerusalem never comments on these things, Avi Issacharoff notes that Hezbollah’s denials of any attack are based on necessity rather than honesty:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Hezbollah, which has always boasted about being the defender of Lebanon, is trying to downplay the attack in a bid to avoid an ill-timed confrontation with Israel.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]2. At a press conference, Angela Merkel and Benjamin Netanyahu discussed peace efforts (mostly eye to eye), settlements (less so), and BDS (Merkel’s against, but is compelled to follow EU guidelines on matters like labeling settlement products). Times of Israel coverage.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]The press conference will be better remembered for one photo sparking all kinds of buzz.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]3. Jerusalem Post: US envoy Samantha Powers caused a Twitter storm over Daniel Pearl’s legacy. The Wall St. Journal reporter wasn’t beheaded by an amorphous cycle of violence, but by Muslims who abducted him specifically because Pearl was Jewish. And whose accountability are we talking about anyway?[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Samantha Power[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]4. German Paper Apologizes for Yet Another Anti-Semitic Cartoon: Caricaturing Mark Zuckerberg as a hook-nosed octopus controlling the world crossed a line.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Israel and the Palestinians[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Israel busted a Hamas cell planning a bomb attack along Route 443, one of the two Jerusalem-Tel Aviv traffic arteries. See Times of Israel coverage.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Pew Survey: Palestinian Arabs Dislike America More Than Any Other Group[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Professor Haim Gvirtzman lays out the truth behind Palestinian water libels.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Qatar• Snippet of the day, by Reuven Berko:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]On the one hand, Qatar is funding the Hamas terrorist organization, whose mission is to eradicate Israel, while on the other hand it is promoting the Arab League’s Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative — all while Al-Jazeera “documentaries” incite the Palestinians against the Zionist enemy and warn them against compromising on “the right of return.”[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• For more commentary/analysis, see Congressman Doug Lamborn (US should pressure its enemies, not its friends), Daniel Greenfield (Saudi Arabia is the Mideast’s real apartheid state), Yossi Shain (apartheid is not just a word), and Yaakov Lappin (why Gaza Islamists are sub-contracting terror to Sinai Islamists).[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Rest O’ the Roundup[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Breaking a UN embargo on weapons sales by Tehran, Iraq inked a $195 million deal with Iran. According to documents seen by Reuters, will supply the Iraqi army with “light and medium arms, mortar launchers, ammunition for tanks as well as artillery and mortars.”[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• The head of the European Jewish Association asked Israel to send security personnel to help protect the Ukrainian Jewish community.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Ukrainian Jewish communities throughout the country are seriously concerned and ,” [size=16.363636016845703]feel helpless in the face of a “growing wave of anti-Semitic attacks[/size][size=16.363636016845703]. . .[/size][/size]
[size=16.363636016845703](Image of Qatar via Flickr/Madame Tussauds)[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.[/size]
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[size=16.363636016845703]Israel Daily News Stream 02/24/2014[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]FEBRUARY 24, 2014 15:07
BY PESACH BENSON
[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Today’s Top Stories[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]1. With Angela Merkel arriving in Israel this evening, YNet gave op-ed space to Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talked peace on German TV. The Jerusalem PostHaaretzDeutsche Welle, and Dan Margalit all assess Israeli-German relations.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]2. Egypt’s interim government resigned, which, Reuters explains, will “pave the way for army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president.”[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]3. Israel Apartheid Week, which begins today in the US and UK, is a major component of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. See HonestReporting’s Fighting BDS on Facebook for updates and strategies on how you can fight back against the apartheid slur.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]4. The Apartheid Smear Debunked: A new pamphlet shows how Israel is not an apartheid state, explains how the smear works against peace, and more.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]5. HonestReporting at Houston Yom Limmud: HR’s USA director, Gary Kenzer, was in H-town, discussing Israel’s media battle. Next up: Winnipeg.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Rest O’ the Roundup[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Boycott shmoycott. Reuters reports that Israeli exports to Europe rose six percent in 2013. And that’s not all:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]According to the latest Bank of Israel data, direct investment was $10.51 billion in the first nine months of 2013, up from $9.5 billion for the whole of 2012.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Thumbs up to Chloe Valdary for calling out Richard Silverstein’s shockingly bigoted tweet, which went beyond the pale of respectful dialogue. Nor has Silverstein’s tedious missive addressed Valdary’s original points about Judith Butler.) Judge for yourself.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Richard Silverstein[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]•. Pass the popcorn:[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]Top Al-Qaeda operative killed in Syria suicide blast[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• According to the NY Times, Syria wants a new delay in the disarmament of its chemical weapons stockpile. Surprise, surprise.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]• Might the US actually use force against Iran? Jeffrey Goldberg weighs in.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703] Volunteers brave war zone to aid elderly Jews in Kiev.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.[/size]
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Israel Daily News Stream
FEBRUARY 23, 2014 14:44

BY PESACH BENSON
Today’s Top Stories
1. Ouch: A Fatah official in Lebanon admitted that the PLO and Fatah have lost control of Lebanese refugee camps. Maan News explains why it matters:
The Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon are technically under the control of PLO since a 1969 agreement, and as a result the Lebanese army largely refrains from entering or policing them.
Indeed,  one of the two suicide bombers outside the Iranian cultural center in Beirut last week was identified as a Palestinian. According to AFP, Nidal Mughayer was a 29-year-old follower of the radical Sunni cleric Ahmed al-Assir. The candor also calls into question Mahmoud Abbas’s ability to “deliver” a peace deal — especially if he makes any politically incorrect compromises on the “right” of return.
2. As the Gaza unemployment soars to 38 percent, Hamas suggests placing the strip’s border crossings under the control of Palestinian private entrepreneurs. Different Hamasniks raised the same trial balloons through Reuters and Xinhua.
3. With unrest in the Ukraine following the Jewish Agency is sending emergency aid to the Jewish community. And Ukraine’s chief rabbi is urging Jews to get out of Kiev.
“I told my community to get out of the city and if possible out of the state . . . there are many warnings about planned attacks against Jewish institutions,” Asman said, adding, “We have been told by the Israeli Embassy to not go outside.”
Ukraine
Anti-government protesters took over the Ukrainian parliament.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Germany will offer consular assistance to Israelis in countries where the Jewish state isn’t officially represented. That’s one agreement Angela Merkel will sign during her visit to Israel this week, reports Reuters.
• Deutsche Welle discussed  the state of Israeli-German relations with former Israeli diplomat Avi Primor.
“I think German public opinion is actually worse than what’s shown in the polls because Germans don’t publicly state their opinion, they play it down,” said Israel’s former ambassador to Germany and the European Union, Avi Primor.
• Australian activists are still dealing with lingering issues related to recent reports accusing the IDF of mistreating Palestinian minors in custody. Julie Nathan takes ABC News to task for allowing rabidly anti-Semitic comments to remain online:
Four Corners created six posts related to the program. These posts elicited more than 470 comments. About 100 of these comments were overtly anti-Jewish in one way or another. Several comments referred to Jews as a cancer and called for Hitler to return.
Some of the comments were deleted or edited by ABC moderators. However, many anti-Semitic comments have remained online for more than a week, spewing forth the gamut of traditional anti-Semitic themes.
By the way, the army and human rights groups disagree on how to interpret new IDF statistics on the number of arrests and complaints. Lastly, Yehuda Shaul, one of the founders of Breaking the Silence, felt compelled to address something with an op-ed in The Australian (via Google News).
• Imagine the outrage if Israel did this:
Bulldozers poised to target Mecca birthplace of Muhammad
New Zealand Herald

• Turns out NBC is going to film “Dig” in Jerusalem anyway — despite PLO ire. Haaretz coverage.
• Israel Apartheid Week is still a week away, but YNet‘s already reporting opening salvos on campuses.
• Tunisian poet Amal Mousa hits the nail on the head:
Has the Arab Spring silenced the Palestinian issue?
Rest O’ the Roundup
• Wendy Sherman, the State Department’s number three person, was in Jerusalem briefing Israeli leaders on last week’s international nuclear talks in Vienna. Haaretz reports what she had to say.
• Syrian opposition leader Muhammad Badie publicly thanked Israel for setting up a field hospital to treat wounded Syrians. And Aboud Dandachi a Syrian refugee blogging from Turkey (via Elder of Ziyon), sheds light on Syrian attitudes towards Israeli medical care.
• The Financial Times (via Google News) introduces readers to Avi Hasson, one of the key figures in Israel’s Start-Up Nation success. Reuters adds that Finland’s taking note.
Reuters
• Will Obama turn on Turkey? According to the The Daily Beast:
More than 80 top foreign policy figures from across the political spectrum wrote President Obama Thursday and asked him to end the U.S. government’s tacit approval of what they describe as the anti-democratic actions of Turkish Prime Minister Racep Tayyip Erdogan and his government.
• For more commentary/analysis, see Doyle McManus (US leading from behind in Syria)
(Image of Ukraine via YouTube/Bredear Tonly)
For more, see Thursday’s Israel Daily News Stream.
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Israel Daily News Stream 02/20/2014
FEBRUARY 20, 2014 16:25
BY PESACH BENSON

Today’s Top Stories
1. Did Bashar Assad use chemical weapons again? Survivors of a January 13 attack on Daraya insist yes, but US officials voiced skepticism. More on the story at The Daily Beast.
2. Iran and the P5+1 negotiators agreed on an agenda and framework for the next round of talks. Negotiations are adjourned till the next round kicks off on March 17 in Vienna.
3. Whose heart wasn’t tugged by the image of Marwan, the four-year old Syrian boy appearing to arrive in a Jordanian refugee all alone? The photo went viral with the help of news services attaching an erroneous narrative.
The UN’s Andrew Harper certainly didn’t intend to mislead anyone, but the “story” took on a life of his own and there was a two-day lag time until he posted a followup tweet putting the story in a more accurate context.
Thanks to Jared 4 this shot showing Marwan at the back of this group of @refugees. He is separated - he is not alone.


Israel and the Palestinians

• Israel inked a $500 million deal to sell gas to Jordan.
• Palestinians are giving a thumbs up to the removal of religious affiliation from PA identity cards, reports The Media Line.
• Will the BDS movement will take on Lady Gaga’s Tel Aviv concert this September? Might the pop queen be counting on a BDS controversy to boost her own media notoriety? I don’t know, but it would be an interesting fight. To learn more about the fight against Israel’s de-legitimization and the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, see Fighting BDS.
• Channel 4 reporter Jonathan Miller responds to criticism of his recent Gaza dispatch. The tone of this tweet suggests to me that Miller sees his report as advocacy journalism.
Jonathan Miller
• Shout it from the rooftops: The Independent‘s Tom Doran reached this conclusion about settlements and boycotts after visiting the SodaStream factory:
The people who live in places like this aren’t criminals or fanatics, but Israeli citizens. As our visit demonstrated, they are quietly, and independently of the politicians, learning to co-exist with their Palestinian neighbours. This process will take a very long time and may yet fail, but it is palpably happening. The BDSers’ studied ignorance of all this is why so many of us suspect – more than suspect – that the movement isn’t about helping the Palestinians at all. Some of its advocates may sincerely believe it is, I can’t see into their hearts. But the inescapable implication of boycotting Israel is that the state itself is illegitimate.
A boycott isn’t a tool brought to bear on friends we wish to persuade, but enemies we wish to break and buckle. When the target was South Africa’s apartheid regime, this was indeed a laudable goal. Israel is not an apartheid state, not even close, and those who insist otherwise in defiance of the facts shouldn’t be surprised when their motives are questioned.
• Prince Charles’s sword dance in Saudi Arabia reminds Elliott Abrams of the British royal family’s “allergy” to visiting Israel.
The continuing failure or refusal of any royal to make an official or state visit to Israel is an anomaly that suggests bias, and undermines potential British influence in the region.
• Must read before the sniveling event known in North America as Israel Apartheid Week.
10 Reasons BDS is Immoral and Hinders Peace
• For more commentary/analysis, see Timon Dias (Arab discrimination against Israeli athletes and Europe’s complicity) and  Zalman Shoval (Israeli-German ties).
Rest O’ the Roundup
• Nic Robertson of CNN visited the Israeli field hospital on the border treating injured Syrians.

• McClatchy News updates the latest from the desperate Yarmouk refugee camp.
• Bulgaria says it has identified a third suspect in the 2012 Burgas bombing, reports Reuters.
• Iranian President Rouhani Calls for the Liberation of Jerusalem
• For more commentary/analysis, see Avi Issacharoff (Hezbollah flinches in face of Sunni terror).
For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.
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Israel Daily News Stream 02/19/2014
FEBRUARY 19, 2014 17:01

BY PESACH BENSON
Today’s Top Stories
1. According to Israeli media reports, John Kerry’s framework agreement will call for an “unofficial” freeze on construction “outside of the large blocs of communities that Israel intends to keep in any final-status deal with the Palestinians.” Presumably, areas like Gush Etziyon and Maale Adumim, for example, will get a green light to build. The Jerusalem Post writes:
An unofficial freeze would enable government officials to deny its existence while in practice halting all construction, according to Army Radio.
2. As German chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Israel approaches, Der Spiegel reports that the two countries’ ties are at an all-time low. Conditions placed on scientific agreements, Martin Schultz’s Knesset address, Berlin’s abstention from a UN vote on Palestinian statehood, disagreements on settlements, even shouting matches between top officials, may have everyone walking on eggshells when Merkel arrives on Monday.
Given the absence of trust, small disputes are turning into bigger ones.
Robert Malley
Robert Malley

3. Your daily dose of angst: The White House tapped former Arafat apologist Robert Malley to mend frazzled friendships with the Persian Gulf states. Malley was a former adviser to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama forced out of Washington’s power games in 2008 over his meetings with Hamas. The NY Times explains:
In 2008, Mr. Malley was forced to sever his ties as an informal adviser to the campaign of Barack Obama when it was reported that he had met with members of Hamas, the militant Palestinian group, which the State Department classifies as a terrorist organization.
The meeting, Mr. Malley said in a letter to The New York Times, was hardly a secret and came in the course of his work with the I.C.G., a nonprofit group focused on preventing conflict. Still, he felt obliged to distance himself from Mr. Obama to avoid misperceptions of the “candidate’s position regarding the Islamist movement.”
Mr. Malley also came under fire for writing an article, with Hussein Agha, that argued that some of the blame for the failure of the Camp David talks lay with the Israeli leader at the time, Ehud Barak, and not just with the uncompromising position of the Palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat, which was the conventional wisdom then.
For more background on his apologisms, see Malley Mollycoddles Arafat.
4. Channel 4 “Cleanses” Context From Gaza Story: A sick Palestinian child is used to blame Israel.
Channel 4
Israel and the Palestinians
• According to the Jerusalem Post, around 1,000 Palestinian minors were arrested in 2013, and 82 percent of the arrests were for violent acts, ”such as the November murder of 16-year-old Eden Atias, numerous cases of attempted murder, shootings, possessing illegal weapons, membership in terror organizations, throwing Molotov cocktails and the range of stone throwing offenses.” Of those 1,000 minors, only 30 abuse complaints were filed.
I’m glad the IDF got these figures out, but it’s a shame it wasn’t in time to balance out recent Australian media reports. Was John Lyons sloppy for not getting the facts, or did Israeli officials blow the opportunity to have their say?
• UN Watch: For his last hurrah, Richard Falk, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, will present a report (pdf format) that
demands that the world court examine whether Israel is guilty of the international crimes of “apartheid” and “ethnic cleansing,” and urges the UN to investigate corporations that profit from “unlawful Israeli activities.”
I can hardly wait for Big Media to cluck at Israel when Falk and his halo effect officially present the report.
• Worth reading: The Ugly History of the Apartheid Smear
Prof. Hossam Haick
• Thumbs up to  Tom Friedman. Boycott Israeli academics will have a bad impact on Prof. Hossam Haick. He’s an Arab-Israeli who “will teach the first ever massive open online course, or MOOC, on nanotechnology in Arabic” from the Technion.
I know what some readers are thinking: nice bit of Israeli propaganda, now could you please go back to writing about Israel’s ugly West Bank occupation. No. This story is a useful reminder that Israel is a country, not just a conflict, and, as a country, it’s still a work in progress. It has its lows, like the occupation and economic discrimination against Israeli Arabs, and its highs, like the collaboration between Haick and the Technion, which is providing a tool for those in the Arabic-speaking world eager to grasp the new technologies reshaping the global economy. Those, like members of the B.D.S. — boycott, divestiture, sanctions — movement who treat Israel as if it is only the sum of how it deals with the West Bank and therefore deserves to be delegitimized as a state, would do well to reflect on some of these complexities.
• Ambassador Ron Prosor became the first Israeli nominated to supervise UN elections — in this case, elections to the UN Human Rights Committee. YNet adds:
Israel has been making inroads at the international organization after a few years in the diplomatic dark. A few months ago, Israel rejoined the Human Rights Council in Geneva and a few days ago it was admitted into JUSCANZ, a key UN group which advises the Human Rights Council as well as other UN bodies.
• There’s been a rise in stone-throwing and firebombing incidents along Israel’s Route 443. The Times of Israel got an inside look at the IDF’s efforts to secure this road connecting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
• Deutsche Bank denies boycotting Bank HaPoalim — or any other Israeli company.
• For more commentary/analysis, see Yossi Ben-Aharon (dangers of Palestinian statehood).
On the next page:
US seeking cap on Iranian ballistic missiles.
Suicide bombers hit Iranian interests in Beirut.
Jihadis give tourists two days to leave Sinai.

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Why is Iran Supporting Al-Qaida in Syria?
FEBRUARY 18, 2014 16:57
BY PESACH BENSON

Today’s Top Stories
1. Christians should take note of a brewing controversy in the PA. Mahmoud Abbas wants to remove religious affiliation from Palestinian identity cards, but he’s getting resistance from Hamas and others. Khaled Abu Toameh explains why it matters:
The row that erupted shows that among Palestinians, opposition to recognition of Israel as a Jewish state remains widespread. It also shows what awaits non-Muslims in a future Palestinian state controlled by Sharia Law.
Regardless of Abbas’s motives, it is clear that Hamas and other Palestinians continue to seek and Islamic state where non-Muslims would be subjected to Sharia and enjoy fewer rights. Those who think that any Christian or Jew would be welcomed under an Islamic regime are living in a delusion.
2. In Vienna, Iranian negotiators kicking off final status talks to resolve the nuclear issue. Iran’s negotiating with United States, France, Britain, China, Russia, and Germany, who are collectively known as the P5+1. Today’s face time only lasted 45 minutes and Iranian officials said dismantling nuclear facilities is not an option.
I saw some confusing search results referring to the same six countries as the E3+3. Confused? Josh Keating explained it all back in 2009. In any event, Iran’s talks with the Fab 5+France are expected to take a year, and reports like the NY TimesTimes of Israel, and BBC showed little optimism.
Geneva talks
Top diplomats from the P5+1 and Iran meeting in Geneva last November.

3. US Treasury documents clearly say the Iranian ayatollahs are backing Assad and Al-Qaida. (I did a double take too.) The Washington Post picked up on the story, but Majid Rafizadeh explains more clearly:
Several reports indicated that Assad, in fact, released many Al-Qaeda members from prisonwith Iran assisting their network, in order to buttress the argument that the Assad regime was being attacked by Al-Qaeda. Reportedly, the Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS have even been selling oil to the Assad regime in exchange for money and recruits with the assistance of Tehran.
In addition, the Islamic Republic can use Al-Qaeda’s Iran-based network to thwart US foreign policy objectives in the region and tip the regional balance of power in favor of Iran and against other regional powers such as Israel.
Iran is also looking for alternatives in case Assad’s apparatuses collapse in Syria. In other words, the Islamic Republic will support its ally as long as Assad can retain his power.
4. Joe Hyams to Students: BDS is Most Pressing Media Challenge Today: “Unlike traditional forms of media bias from the mainstream press, which stands to lose credibility when it is shown to be violating principles of journalism, BDS thrives on media exposure.”
5. Simon Plosker discussed his visit to the SodaStream factory with Tamar Yonah of Arutz Sheva. Take your pick of listening to Simon’s segment or the full show. (Simon’s article, which Tamar refers to during the interview, was published in the Times of Israel.)

Israel and the Palestinians
• Check out The Apartheid Smear, an excellent booklet (pdf format) produced by Professor Alan Johnson and BICOM debunking the Israel apartheid allegation and explaining how it hurts the peace process. More articles and videos at HonestReporting’s resource page, The Apartheid State Libel.
• Germany’s largest bank has decided that investing in Bank HaPoalim is “morally questionable.” Haaretz writes:
Estimates in Israel, the report adds, are that Hapoalim was targeted because of its activity in the settlements.
Haifa port
• Two European companies withdrew lucrative bids to build seaports in Haifa and Ashdod. Haaretz suggests that the winds of BDS are increasingly making business with Israel politically incorrect:
Sources in the transportation sector said that Israel traditionally had trouble luring global infrastructure companies to participate in major infrastructure projects because so many have major contracts with Saudi Arabia or the Gulf states.
However, they said that some of the companies dropping out for the ports tender have no business interests in the Arab world and acted at a relatively late stage in the bidding process, well after top management had given the go-ahead to compete.
Those developments suggest that political pressure from their home countries were at work in the decision, the sources said.
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Hamas sent message to Bibi asking for restraint.
Who are the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis?
Moderate rebels fire commander, leaving US without point man.
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Israel Daily News Stream 02/17/2014
FEBRUARY 17, 2014 14:50
BY PESACH BENSON

Today’s Top Stories
1. An imprisoned Palestinian terrorist admitted to Israeli authorities that he faked plans for a second attack in order to obtain a nicer pension from the PA. Palestinian Media Watch obtained a copy of Husni Najjar’s confession to Israeli authorities. There’s a lot of US and UK aid subsidizing terror pensions.
2. A Jordanian Palestinian who writes for the Jerusalem Post was sentenced by Jordan to life with hard labor. Mudar Zahran was tried in absentia after obtaining British asylum.
Mahmoud Abbas
3. Several   Israeli   news   services were on hand as Mahmoud Abbas hosted a group of visiting Israeli students and shared his thoughts on the peace process.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas vowed on Sunday not to return to violence if the US-brokered talks with Israel broke down, but he would not rule out an international campaign to delegitimize Israel in that event.
4. To Err is Human, But Algorithms Can Be Screwy Too: A mad mix of keywords and computers makes for an LA Times photo flub.
Israel and the Palestinians
• Palestinians are worried that Israel will unilaterally assert sovereignty over the Temple Mount as a Knesset discussion on the matter is on the agenda this week. Jerusalem Post coverage.
• Maan News: West Bank gas stations no longer provide fuel to PA vehicles. The PA hasn’t paid its gas bill for six months, accumulating a debt of $15.7 million. Two months ago, the PA also asked Israel to forgive half of its 1.1 billion shekel debt for electricity with a repayment plan for the rest spread out over 20 years.
• For more commentary/analysis, see the Times of Israel and Jerusalem Post on yesterday’s Taba bus bombing, Spengler (European attitudes towards Israel), Seth Siegel (water issues), Uri Dromi (Kerry’s diplomacy),
Rest O’ the Roundup
• Will Israel bomb Iran? Bret Stephens of the Wall St. Journal discusses the possibility.
• Love, jihad style:
Jihadist groupies flocking to Syria with marriage in mind
ISIS forcing Syrian women to wed its fighters, say activists
• Do “Syria,” “Lebanon,” and “Iraq” Still Exist? asks Jonathan Speyer.

• With Arizona Governor Jan Brewer due to visit Israel, a staff-ed in the Arizona Republic gives the governor’s trip a thumbs up.
(Image of Abbas via Jerusalem Post video)
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Israel Daily News Stream 02/16/2014
FEBRUARY 16, 2014 16:00
BY PESACH BENSON

Today’s Top Stories
*** Breaking news *** Shortly before this roundup was published, there were reports of a bus explosion in Taba, just inside the Egyptian side of the border. Early reports say a number of Korean tourists and the Egyptian driver were killed and at least another dozen people were injured. Israeli officials say no Israelis were among the injured. More on the unfolding story at the Times of Israel and YNet.
1. Israelis should be buoyed to know that Western aid to Syrian rebels may indeed be bearing modest fruit in areas closest to the border. Now Lebanon‘s Michael Weiss explains:
An ongoing military operation, known evocatively as the Battle of Geneva Houran, has yielded a series of tactical rebel victories in the last fortnight as U.S.-financed and Saudi-purchased weapons have begun pouring across the Jordanian-Syrian border. Based on sources involved in the battle, the most that can be expected from it is a secure buffer zone that stretches from Deraa to Quneitra to parts of the southern Damascus countryside – a zone in which not only the regime’s military presence is minimized, but jihadist and Al-Qaeda elements are deterred.
DAESH2. An Al Qaida affiliate announced that it’s officially open for business in Gaza. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (referred to by its Arabic acronym, DAESH) posted a video. According to Khaled Abu Toameh, Palestinians are panicked, but Hamas is skeptical.
Now that Al-Qaeda has begun operating in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas needs to consider the possibility that Palestinian unity would pave the way for the DAESH terrorists to move into the West Bank – an outcome U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his team need to take into consideration when they talk about the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem on the pre-1967 lines.
3. Egypt’s reportedly launching a new offensive against Gaza’s smuggling tunnels. According to Maan News, the Egyptian army has already destroyed 10 tunnels and seven Rafah homes with the aim of creating a buffer zone.
The zone would potentially threaten dozens of homes in the city, which has been divided by the international border since the 1982 Camp David peace accord. Thousands were displaced in the early 2000s when Israel demolished homes to build a buffer zone on the Palestinian side.
More on the story at the Times of Israel. And the Christian Science Monitor looked at the impact of the tunnel closures on the Gaza economy, with a lot of numbers on the strip’s rising prices and unemployment rates.
4. Mideast Narratives Done In By Camels: I’m still wiping Andrew Brown’s oozing condescension off my computer.
5. Orthodox Jew? Hate Israel? The New York Times Wants To Interview You.
Israel and the Palestinians
• Fashion photographer John Rankin Waddell (better known as simply Rankin), apologized for anti-Semitic statements made in a recent interview about Scarlett Johansson and the Oxfam controversy.
•  UNESCO’s considering a Palestinian request to designate Battir’s ancient agricultural terraces as a World Heritage Site. The PA request came despite a commitment not to take unilateral moves in the UN during John Kerry’s peace push. The Jerusalem Post writes:
It is one of 41 worldwide sites the World Heritage Committee is expected to review and vote on when it meets in Doha, Qatar, from June 15 to 25 . . .
Separately, the World Heritage Committee is also expected to vote in June on an Israeli application to register the Beit Guvrin caves, located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, as a World Heritage Site.
Battir
Battir

• The Economist looks at the issue of compensating Jewish refugees from Arab countries. See also Ben Barber‘s take.
• I’m glad BBC discovered terror. You can almost imagine a trembling editor casting anxious glances around the newsroom as he typed out this misspelled headline:
BBC
• I liked Colin Rubenstein’s measured response to John Lyons’ report of Palestinian kids in Israeli custody. See The Australian (via Google News).
• Palestinian insiders told The Media Line that national reconcilation efforts are going nowhere, and that last week’s meeting between Hamas and Fatah personalities didn’t even address rapprochement.
• Hamas objects to human rights instruction in UN classrooms.
• Sounds like Jedis for Israel:
Washington Times
• It says a lot about the Arab mindset that even an influential Saudi prince like Turki Bin Faisal has to explain his “contact” with Israelis at a recent international conference.
• For more commentary/analysis, see Robert Fulford (Israeli views on war and peace), Reuven Berko (European calls for Israeli “proportionality”), the Washington Post (Jordanian views of the peace process), Lisa Main and a Toronto Star staff-ed (both on Kerry’s framework agreement).
Arab Spring Winter
• Revealed: how Syrian rebels seek medical help from an unlikely source in Israel
Tammam Salam
• Lebanon’s 10-month political gridlock came to a merciful end with the formation of a new cabinet headed by Prime Minister Tammam Salam. Reuters explains:
A caretaker government has run the country since former Prime Minister Najib Mikati resigned in March as parties aligned with the Shi’ite Hezbollah movement and a Sunni-led rival bloc pursued a power struggle exacerbated by their support for opposing sides in Syria’s almost three-year-old civil war . . .
[Salam] said he hoped the new government would allow Lebanon to hold presidential elections before President Michel Suleiman’s mandate expires in May and finally conduct parliamentary polls that were postponed last year due to the political impasse.
More at the Daily Star and NY Times.
• This time, Al Qaida, not Israel, is the Grinch who stole Hezbollah’s martyrs’ day:
Hezbollah will not hold a rally to mark commander’s assassination
Rest O’ the Roundup
 Cool photo of a massive flock of starlings flying over Israel.

(Image of Battir via YouTube/Pal Experiment, Salam via YouTube/euronews)

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Israel Daily News Stream 02/13/2014
FEBRUARY 13, 2014 14:53
BY PESACH BENSON

Today’s Top Stories
1. The PA has detained some 40 Palestinians accused of having fought with radical Islamic groups in Syria. The PA fears that the returning radicals will target both Israel and the PA for terror attacks. The Times of Israel writes:
Israel’s Shin Bet security service has warned that the civil war in Syria, a magnet for aspiring jihadists throughout the Middle East, has deepened the roots of al-Qaeda and like-minded organizations in the region. Those groups, it said, were increasingly striving to link up with willing Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in order to strike Israel and Western targets.
2. If you’re into reading Iranian tea leaves, Haaretz picked up on an intriguiging spot by Meir Javedanfar:
Haaretz
3. A special thank you from Scarlett Johansson. The actress thanks everyone for supportng her through the SodaStream controversy.
Really Blacklist Celeb Photographer? An interview in The Independent promotes the trope of Jewish power in the American entertainment industry.

4. Will US “Jewish Zealots” Really Blacklist Celeb Photographer? An interview in The Independent promotes the trope of Jewish power in the American entertainment industry.


5. Israel Provides Cancer Treatment to Palestinian Children From Gaza: A tussle over stationery or principles?
6. If you haven’t already done so, visit and “Like” our new Facebook page, Fighting BDS, for everything you need to know about fighting the assault on Israel’s legitimacy.
Fighting BDS
Israel and the Palestinians
 Deutsche Welle picked up on the fracas over Martin Schulz’s address to the Knesset. Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, criticized Israel’s West Bank water policies — based on flawed numbers — but he insisted that his speech was pro-Israel. Last year, a study emerged documenting exactly how Palestinians use water as a weapon against Israel.
David Cameron
• British Prime Minister David Cameron cancelled his Mideast trip because of his country’s flood crisis. eThe Jewish Chronicle adds:
The trip is likely to be rescheduled but could now take months to come to fruition.
• Settlement products face boycotts from Israeli businesses, reports AP.
Along with other West Bank wineries, Berg recently went public with news that dozens of Tel Aviv restaurants were boycotting their wines in hopes of shaming them into reversing course.
The Associated Press contacted more than a dozen Tel Aviv restaurants, including some named by settlers. All refused to discuss the subject.
It wasn’t just the fear of alienating clients that likely deterred them from speaking but also a 2011 law in Israel that could expose them to lawsuits if a boycott became official. The law did not make a boycott call a criminal offense, but rather a civil issue that could trigger financial compensation. There is no actual precedent of this happening yet.
• The PA is going to ask FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) to expel Israel.
• Where in the world is Hamas’s spokesman?
gavel• Worth reading: It’s not illegal for Israeli companies to operate beyond the Green Line. Emmanuel Navon explains why, and then makes a conclusion that should make Europe sweat.
The actions brought against Israeli companies that operate beyond the 1949 Armistice Line are therefore legally groundless, even according to the disputable opinion that Israel’s presence beyond that line is illegal. However, were other European courts to vindicate anti-Israeli boycotters in the future, then hundreds of European companies would be exposed to lawsuits because of their activities and investments in countries that occupy territories or that control disputed ones. The list includes, among others, China (over Tibet), Russia (over Abkhazia), Turkey (over Cyprus), and Morocco (over Western Sahara).
Although BDS activists do not have a case, they are potentially exposing hundreds of European companies operating in the above countries to liability. I say bring it on and give Europe a taste of its own medicine.
• About that 10,000-year history in Jericho, Mr. Erekat
Rest O’ the Roundup
• Yes, it’s a depressing app. Now let’s see Lebanon develop an app that lets terrorists take credit for bombings they had nothing to do with.
Time
• Egypt’s battle against the Muslim Brotherhood is getting hotter. The latest arrest was an Egyptian national who works for the US embassy in Cairo. Details at the LA Times:
The jailed staffer was identified as Ahmed Eleiba. Associates said his work involved monitoring developments concerning political Islam in Egypt — a sensitive subject in the wake of the popularly supported military coup that deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.
The incident reflected an increasingly aggressive stance by the Egyptian police and judiciary toward anyone suspected of even a tangential connection with the Muslim Brotherhood or any other Islamist group.
• Israeli skaters end Cinderella run in Sochi
(Image of Cameron via YouTube/The Telegraph, gavel via Wikimedia Commons/Jonathunder)
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Telegraph Multiplies Palestinian Refugees
FEBRUARY 12, 2014 11:28
BY SIMON PLOSKER

TelegraphA Daily Telegraph story on John Kerry’s peace plan contains the following:

Mr Kerry’s acceptance of Israel’s demand to be recognised as a Jewish state is a blow to Mr Abbas, who argues that it would compromise the position of the country’s 1.5 million Arab citizens. The Palestinians say it would also mean surrendering on the demand of a “right of return” for five million refugees and their descendants who fled their homes at the time of Israel’s 1948 war of independence.
It appears that journalist Robert Tait has got his figures mixed up. The sentence above implies that 5 million Palestinian refugees were created around 1948. As the Jewish Virtual Library notes:
Many Arabs claim that 800,000 to 1,000,000 Palestinians became refugees in 1947–49. The last census taken by the British in 1945 found approximately 1.2 million permanent Arab residents in all of Palestine. A 1949 census conducted by the government of Israel counted 160,000 Arabs living in the new state after the war. In 1947, a total of 809,100 Arabs lived in the same area. This meant no more than 650,000 Palestinian Arabs could have become refugees. A report by the UN Mediator on Palestine arrived at an even lower refugee figure—472,000.
A request for a correction has been sent to the Daily Telegraph. Watch this space.
UPDATE
The Telegraph story has also been republished in the Irish Independent. We are now also seeking a correction from this media outlet.
UPDATE 2
successThe Telegraph has amended its story, which now reads:
The Palestinians say it would also mean surrendering on the demand of a “right of return” for five million refugees who include those who fled their homes at the time of Israel’s 1948 war of independence as well as their descendants.
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Will US “Jewish Zealots” Really Blacklist Celeb Photographer?

FEBRUARY 13, 2014 12:04
BY SIMON PLOSKER

hollywoodThe Independent interviews English portrait and fashion photographer Rankin (also known as John Rankin Waddell) who gives his views on why Scarlett Johansson put SodaStream ahead of Oxfam:

“I think the reason that she has not backed down is because in America, the Jewish zealots are so powerful. Especially in the entertainment industry… What they could do to her career,” he added, admitting he had “negative views” on SodaStream’s West Bank operation.
“The main problem for me in all this is that kind of extreme Judaism. That extreme belief that this is their homeland and those people are worthless to them. That’s very powerful in America. They will blacklist you. It’s worse than McCarthyism. Are you pro-Palestinian? Forget it.
 So according to Rankin, powerful Jewish “zealots” dominate Hollywood while the belief in a Jewish homeland is “extreme Judaism.”
Why don’t you tell us what you really think, Rankin?
While acknowledging that Rankin’s comments could “stoke controversy,” The Independent’s article then virtually gives Rankin’s comments an endorsement by talking about the “hugely powerful” AIPAC and the attendance of prominent Hollywood executives at pro-Israel functions.
This from the newspaper that denied demonizing Israel and in doing so, demonizing the broader Jewish community.
It doesn’t need an all-powerful Jewish lobby to point out how appalling Rankin’s comments are. There shouldn’t be any need for an organized “blacklisting” of Rankin as he claims he is at risk of. Hollywood stars and other celebrities can read this interview and should come to their own conclusions before posing in front of Rankin’s camera.
Rankin and The Independent would do well to read the EUMC Working Definition of Anti-Semitism, which includes the following:
Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
In response, HR’s CEO Joe Hyams said:
Were Rankin to focus his camera lens on himself rather than the “Jewish zealots” in his imagination, he’d see a very ugly and prejudiced image. That The Independent appears to see no problem with these outrageous comments is further evidence of that newspaper’s warped sensibilities when it comes to Israel and the Jews. 
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How Well Do PA Forces Control West Bank?

FEBRUARY 12, 2014 17:49
BY PESACH BENSON

Today’s Top Stories
1.  According to the Times of Israel, Hamas has significantly boosted its stockpile of rockets capable of reaching Jerusalem:
This means that the next round of conflict with Gaza will be focused on central Israel, with the Israeli military braced to defend the heart of the country against unprecedented salvos of M-75s directed at Tel Aviv, the rest of central Israel, and Jerusalem.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
2. Just when it seemed that Israeli-Turkey ties appeared back on track, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan linked the rapprochement to Gaza. The Jerusalem Post writes:
“The compensation talks on behalf of the victims of the Mavi Marmara, which are taking place between Ankara and Jerusalem, have not concluded,” Erdogan said. “In the final stages, there will be a need to include a clause in the protocol that calls for the lifting of the siege on Gaza.”
The premier’s statements were all the more surprising given that just two days ago his foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, was quoted as saying that Turkey and Israel are as close as they have been yet to ending the long-running saga over the Mavi Marmara incident.
Israeli officials said the demand is out of the question.
3. PA forces are struggling to maintain security in the West Bank, especially in the refugee camps, according to the Washington Times.
4. Daily Telegraph Multiplies Palestinian Refugees: Accuracy prevailed in the end after the Daily Telegraph initially flubbed some figures.
Israel and the Palestinians
• Israel ranks at 96 in Reporters Without Borders’ annual Press Freedom Index. It’s actually an improvement because last year’s index threw the book at Israel for killing Palestinian “journalists” associated with Hamas.
• Israel improved its standing in the UN Human Rights Council, and also got observer status in Latin America’s Pacific Alliance. Details at the Jerusalem Post. The Wall St. Journal adds that the Latin American push is to  reduce Israel’s dependence on European trade and “avoid the political baggage over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and concerns about economic boycotts against Jewish settlements.”
• I hope this puts Cruella de Vil on notice:
Disney drops Arabic Donald Duck over anti-Israel tweet
Donald Duck
• NY Times bureau chief Jodi Rudoren takes a nice big-picture look at the BDS issue.
• Quiet stories of Israeli-Palestinian co-existence tend to fly under Big Media radar, so the BBC‘s Israeli-Palestinian cancer support group knocks down walls is a welcome reminder of normalcy in the Mideast.
• For more commentary/analysis, see Al-Quds U. Professor Muhammad Al-Dajani Al-Daoudi (Palestinians need to moderate negotiating positions), Abdel Bioud (why an Algerian Muslim supports Israel), Forbes (Jordanian anxieties over the two-state solution), and Tom Friedman (the peace process).
Rest O’ the Roundup
 Syrian crisis overshadows aid to the Palestinians
• Imagine the outrage if Israel did this:
Wall St. Journal
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Israel Daily News Stream 02/11/2014
FEBRUARY 11, 2014 15:05
BY PESACH BENSON

Today’s Top Stories
1. An Israeli Arab from Taibeh was sentenced to 18 months in prison for trying to join up with radical Islamists in Syria. According to Haaretz:
Altogether, about 15 Israeli Arabs are thought to be fighting in Syria against the regime, with a few more having joined Assad’s side. Their parents say some would like to return, but that once someone is accepted into a militia, he isn’t allowed to leave.
2. Palestinian Authority Human Rights Violations Ignored by Media, West
The report, which has been ignored by mainstream media and human rights organizations in the West, reveals that 10 Palestinians died in January 2014 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a result of anarchy, lawlessness and misuse of weapons.
The report also lists cases of torture and mistreatment in PA and Hamas prisons. ICHR pointed to an increase in the number of torture cases in prisons belonging to the PA’s much-feared Preventive Security Service in the West Bank . . . .
As far as the PA is concerned, Israel alone is responsible for human rights violations and assaults on freedom of expression and the media.
Evidently, most Western journalists, governments and human rights groups have chosen to endorse the Palestinian Authority’s stance that the only evil-doers are the Israelis. And that is precisely why the ICHR report about the anarchy, lawlessness and human rights violations by the PA and Hamas will be completely ignored in the West.
human rights
3. Big Media (in this case, Reuters) finally discovered the story of the ancient Greek statue found by a Gaza fisherman. The bronze Apollo — actually discovered last year — is estimated to be at least 2,000 years old. Hamas has an art wing too, which might explain why they seized the statue.
4. Hate Your Job? Really??? Can you believe quotes that appear in newspapers, or is there more to the story?

Israel and the Palestinians

• Expanding on the SodaStream issue, the NY Times looks at Palestinians working for Israelis in the West Bank.
Diana Buttu, a lawyer who has been studying West Bank work conditions, and other boycott supporters acknowledged that the settlement industry provided important economic opportunities for Palestinians even as it challenged their national aspirations. The deeper problem, she said, was that the Palestinian minimum wage was $410 a month, compared with Israel’s $1,217, and most Palestinian workers lacked pensions, vacation days and disability insurance — factors she and others say are the fault of the Palestinian Authority as well as Israel.
• Aussie reactions to Stone Cold Justice range from a staff-ed in The Australian to the Zionist Federation of Australia, to foreign minister Julie Bishop.
• British MP Yasmin Qureshi apologized for comparing the situation in Gaza to the Holocaust.
• For more commentary/analysis, see Bret Stephens (Wall St. Journal via Google News — why Scarlett Johansson has more backbone than John Kerry), Yaakov Ahimeir (compensating Jewish refugees), Robert Satloff (assessing US peace efforts), and Lawrence Grossman (boycotting Israeli products), and Binghamton U. sophomore Justin Hayet (ASA boycott).
Rest O’ the Roundup
• Elliott Abrams debunks Cold War analogies applied to today’s Iranian situation.
• Tweet of the day:

• Marwan Bishara (of Al Jazeera) deplores Egypt’s war on journalism Al Jazeera, but Michael Rubin points out that Al Jazeera’s hands aren’t so clean either.

• Elliott Abrams debunks Cold War analogies applied to today’s Iranian situation.
• I wonder if his last words were “I’m only going to demonstrate this once.”
Iraqi terror instructor accidentally blows up 21 recruits
• The Global Post visited the Hula Valley Nature Reserve, where half a billion birds find peace in the Mideast.
Pacific Alliance• Nice to see Israel and Latin America reaching out to each other. The Jerusalem Post reports that:
Israel is hosting Peru’s visiting president, Ollanta Moises Humala next week.
Benyamin Netanyahu is organizing an April trip to Mexico and Colombia.
Israel is expected to be offered observer status in the Pacific Alliance free-trade bloc.
The Post adds that it’s not all about free trade either:

The Pacific Alliance countries are also important as a wedge in Latin America against Iranian influence. In December, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said during a meeting with visiting Guatemalan President Otto Fernando Perez Molina that Iran had terrorist bases in Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia.
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Rock Solid Reporting Down Under?
FEBRUARY 9, 2014 16:28
BY SIMON PLOSKER
stonethrowingIn advance of an Australian Broadcasting Corporation program to be aired on February 10, The Australian’s John Lyons has produced two articles and an accompanying video interview on the subject of Israel’s treatment of Palestinian children in the West Bank.

The Australian articles most likely offer a preview as to what will be seen on the television.
To our Australian readers – please tune in on February 10, 8.30pm to Four Corners on ABC1 and see whether this topic is handled fairly and appropriately.
Central to Lyons’ report is the following:
At the heart of the issue is that Israel enforces two legal systems in the West Bank, one for Jews and one for Palestinians. About 2.5 million Palestinians live under Israeli occupation in the West Bank – also known as the Palestinian Territories – which Israel has occupied since 1967.
Palestinian children appear before the military court, while Jewish children face a civil court with full legal protections.
Contrary to Lyons’ statement, the two legal systems in operation are divided between Israeli citizens (which, of course, includes both Jews and Arabs) and non-citizens. This is not a division based on race, ethnicity or religion but on the legal status of the disputed territories. The reason why Palestinians, both children and adults, are not subject to Israeli civil law is that Israel has never annexed the West Bank and therefore, Israeli law does not apply to the area. Instead, military law is applied.
It’s safe to say that Lyons would not advocate Israel’s annexation of the West Bank and it’s also safe to assume that were Israeli law to be administered in the disputed territories, there would be an international outcry and accusations of breaching so-called international law.
So it’s hardly surprising that Jewish children face a civil court. After all, how many Jewish children would find themselves in front of a military court charged with throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli cars or IDF soldiers?
In addition, contrary to Lyons’ statement that “2.5 million Palestinians live under Israeli occupation,” needs clarification, especially when discussing the legal rights of the Palestinians. Some 2.4 million Palestinians live under Palestinian Authority rule and are subject to the PA’s domestic laws.
To Lyons’ credit, he interviews Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor who refutes the charge that Israeli policy is designed to make life intolerable for the Palestinians:
Let me say this very clearly. There is no such policy. A policy to create fear? There is no such thing. The only policy is to maintain law and order, that’s all. If there’s no violence, there’s no law enforcement.
But who exactly are the Palestinian “children” that Lyons refers to? These aren’t 8 year olds but Palestinian youths, perhaps 17 years old who are engaged in the same terror activities as Palestinians who are legally considered to be adults. Israel does not arbitrarily arrest minors for the sake of it. It isn’t “only” stone throwing that Palestinian minors are involved in.
In response to a Guardian article on the same subject, the spokesperson for the Israeli Embassy in London wrote in January 2012:
But you omit the horrific nature of the atrocities that minors, some as young as 12, can be arrested for.
Hakim Awad, 17, is a minor. Last March [2011] he and his 18-year-old cousin, Amjad, brutally murdered the Fogel family while they slept. No mercy was shown to three-month-old Hadas, her two brothers (aged four and 11) and their parents. The scene of the crime, including the severed head of a toddler, left even the most experienced of police officers devastated. The duo proudly confessed to their killings, and they have shown no subsequent remorse.
Between 2000-04, 292 minors took part in terrorist activities. Shocking images of Palestinian infants dressed in explosive vests are only the tip of the hate industry that Palestinian children are exposed to. Ismail Tsabaj, 12, Azi Mostafa, 13, and Yousuf Basam, 14, were sent by Hamas on a mission chillingly similar to the one involving the Fogels, aiming to penetrate a Jewish home at night and slaughter a family in their beds. In this case, the IDF fortunately stopped them in time. …
In the face of ever younger minors committing ever greater numbers of crimes, its efforts to maintain and even increase legal protections are impressive. When a minor involved in terrorist activity is arrested, the law is clear: no torture or humiliation is permitted, nor is solitary confinement in order to induce a confession. …
Furthermore, a special juvenile court has been established to guarantee professional care for minors in detention. The above and other measures have succeeded in making legal proceedings easier for minors, and have almost halved their duration. …
It would be our wish that no minor would ever find themselves in Israeli custody. Unfortunately, we have to deal with the reality, not our dreams.
Much criticism is made of Israeli arrest operations of children in the middle of the night. Lyons may wish to consider the probable outcome of an arrest operation carried out during daylight hours. This would most likely result in violence as Palestinians in the immediate vicinity engage IDF soldiers leading to injuries or worse on both sides. Is the arrest of children during nighttime hours unpleasant? Certainly. But it still preferable to the alternative.
Lyons also states in his video interview that the Israeli authorities have been very receptive to the criticisms of the treatment of Palestinian children. Israel recognizes that improvements need to be made to the system and are continuously striving for this.
The discussion is undoubtedly a sensitive and emotive one. Nonetheless, it should be carried out in an accurate manner that avoids demonizing Israel.
To our Australian readers – please tune in on February 10, 8.30pm to Four Corners on ABC1 and see whether this topic is handled fairly and appropriately.
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FEBRUARY 9, 2014 15:39
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. Rockets hit the Negev, and then Israel struck back. Don’t be surprised if we see reports along the lines that It All Started When Israel Fired Back.
2. Confidence building measures, Tehran style: Iran state TV airs simulated attacks on Israeli and US targets. Backstory at the Jerusalem Post. Oh yeah, Iranian warships now heading towards the Atlantic Ocean will sail to the US maritime border as part of of a mission to make illicit deliveries with Cuba and/or Venezuela “send a message.”

3. With no clear line of political succession, who are the Palestinians jockeying to take over the PLO “after Abbas?” The Times of Israel looks at the behind-the-scenes contenders.
4. Rock Solid Reporting Down Under? Australian media investigates Israeli treatment of Palestinian children. But is the subject being treated fairly?
Israel and the Palestinians
• A Washington Post interview with John Kerry is getting some media attention because the Secretary of State said Israelis and Palestinians will be able to express their reservations about US-drafted parameters. Ooooh.
• President Obama’s approval ratings are plummeting among Israelis. Time looks at why.
• Britain’s high court rules against Ahava boycotters
• The PA cracked down on the radical pan-Islamic group, Hizb ut-Tahir after it issued a leaflet slamming Mahmoud Abbas for proposing a NATO involvement in security arrangements. More at the Jerusalem Post.
On the next page:
Inside the Israeli-made security system at Sochi.
Why is Spain granting Jews a “right of return?”
Ex-CIA chief: Anti-Semitism a factor in Jonathan Pollard’s continued imprisonment.

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• Is Israel squandering Jewish refugees' chances for restitution?
• John Kerry to retire in 2016. What does it mean for peace efforts?
• Is Gen. Al-Sisi teasing Egyptians with his ambition?
Today’s Top Stories

1. Compensation for Jewish refugees who fled Arab countries is one of the most-overlooked issues of peace talks. Now Israel’s state comptroller says the government is squandering the opportunity to obtain billions of dollars in restitution.  Haaretz explains why:
In 2010, a law was passed stating that compensation for the lost property would be included in any future Arab-Israeli peace agreement. But the report shows that even if peace were to break out tomorrow morning, Israel would be hard-pressed to present a solid claim because the state does not know what property is at issue. The possible reasons for this are many and absurd . . .
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John Kerry flying to Davos.

2.  John Kerry will retire from politics at the end of Barack Obama’s presidential term. Not sure what this means for his Mideast and Iranian diplomacy, but here’s what he told CNN‘s Jake Tapper towards the end of a wide-ranging Q&A:
KERRY:  One of – one of the joys of this job is I’m out of politics.
TAPPER:  Forever?
KERRY:  I’m out of politics.  I have no plans whatsoever.  This is my last stop.  I’m going to serve the country in the extraordinarily privileged position the president has given me, the great challenges that I have and move on.
3.  The Egyptian army denies Arab media reports trickling back to the West that military chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has decided to bow to the people’s wishes and run for president. Is al-Sisi teasing Egyptians with his ambition?
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Israel-Bashers Eyeing UN Job
FEBRUARY 5, 2014 17:08
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. This week’s withdrawal and confused redeployment of Hamas squads along the Gaza border to prevent rocket fire was the result of a rift within Hamas, according to documents obtained by YNet.
2. The UN’s resident Israel-basher and 9/11 truther, Richard Falk, is nearing the end of his term as the Human Rights Council’s special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories. Hillel Neuer previews “the rogues gallery of anti-Israel activists and academics” clamoring for the job.
The UNHRC’s rules are clear: only Israel gets investigated, only Israel gets condemned.
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Richard Falk briefing journalists in 2012.

3. Mohammed Javad Zarif’s having a rough day. Just follow the bouncing ball:
Iranian Foreign Minister Lays Out Condition for Iranian Recognition of Israel.
Iranian FM in hot water for taking softer tone on Israel
Iranian FM denies reports hinting at recognition of Israel if conflict with Palestinians settled

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4. Comments and the Roar of the Crowd: How to thank Scarlett Johansson? And what the heck does BDS stand for anyway?
5. NY Times’ Tom Friedman Calls BDS the Third Intifada: Is a peaceful two-state solution really the endgame of the boycott movement’s activities?
6. What’s Behind the Recent Success of the Dutch BDS Movement? A guest post by Yochanan Visser explaining Dutch divestment decisions.
7. HR Reader Gets NY Times Letter Published: Jason Levinson is on a roll.
Israel and the Palestinians
• SodaStream CEO David Birnbaum went toe to toe with Oxfam’s Ben Phillips on BBC Newsnight. Oxfam did not look good because when Jeremy Paxman pressed him on the issue, Phillips wouldn’t straight up say that it would be better for the factory to be gone and the plant’s Palestinians unemployed.
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• PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah presented a draft budget of $4.2 billion, with a deficit of $1.3 billion. If the PA wants to cut its deficit, it could stop paying civil servants to do nothing in Gaza, end stipends for terrorists, and tackle corruption.

• Israel busted a Palestinian terror cell planning to open fire on guests in a Jerusalem wedding hall.

• Gotta like PassNotes‘ funny take on Roger Waters and Scarlett Johansson.
• For more commentary/analysis, see Khaled Abu Toameh (why Jordan’s resisting Kerry’s peace proposals), Jonathan Schanzer (Israel’s qualitative military edge ain’t what you think), Investor’s Business Daily (Kerry’s diplomacy), Jake Wallis Simons (Oxfam funding BDS), Joe Klein (American Studies Association boycott) and a NY Post staff-ed’s withering take on US peacemaking efforts.
On the next page:
Just how deeply has Erdogan’s anti-Semitism penetrated Turkey?
When Europe speed-dates Iran, sanctions are just an afterthought.
Foreign press in Egypt is running scared.

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Seeing SodaStream For Myself
FEBRUARY 4, 2014 12:56
BY SIMON PLOSKER

This opinion piece by HR’s Managing Editor Simon Plosker is republished from The Times of Israel
SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum (r) with Simon Plosker
I’d given up all carbonated drinks over a decade ago (sorry Coke and Pepsi… and SodaStream) so I have no brand loyalty when it comes to SodaStream or any other sparkling beverage. But thanks to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and Oxfam, SodaStream has become the latest flash-point in the demonization campaign against Israel.
So, despite the fact that Scarlett Johansson was not going to be there, I jumped at the opportunity to visit SodaStream’s factory in Mishor Adumim, some ten minutes outside Jerusalem.
I joined a group of some 40 journalists representing media outlets from across the globe, all of them drawn to a story that has received a remarkable amount of attention in recent days.
It has it all – the glamorous movie star, a dispute with a major “human rights” organization, controversy over Israeli “settlements,” an international boycott campaign, a Super Bowl ad. What more could you want from a story involving Israelis and Palestinians?
Here is a company that was not only promoting less sugary beverages and environmentalism, but also promotes peace between peoples by creating workplace coexistence.

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 Kerry: Obama’s Syria Policy is Collapsing
FEBRUARY 4, 2014 17:43
BY PESACH BENSON

Today’s Top Stories
1. US officials to the Jerusalem Post: Mideast peace talks will need more time than we thought.
Kerry and his team have suggested publishing a framework for negotiations going forward that the parties would collectively roll out before the April 29 deadline. But the Americans now view the hard date they originally set to be “artificial” and suggest that even the framework might need more time, given some important gaps that still remain.
2. Kerry Tells Senators That Obama’s Syria Policy is Collapsing
3. The same Danish bank, Danske Bank, which won’t do business with Israel’s Bank HaPoalim for “legal and ethical grounds,”  didn’t have qualms when it helped finance a North Korean company that sold ballistic missiles to Iran. So much Danske Bank’s self-righteousness. Spengler connects the dots from Wikileaks.
Danske Bank
4. The Case Against “Generic” News Images: Is photo bias having a cumulative effect on the world’s perception of the Palestinians?
5. A Correction Obscuring Real BDS Goals: Why is The Guardian correcting information that was reported correctly in the original text?
6. HonestReporting Coming to Limmud Winnipeg: Don’t miss Gary Kenzer in “The Peg.”
Israel and the Palestinians
• Jordan’s foreign minister says Amman won’t recognize Israel as a Jewish state because the Hashemite kingdom fears becoming defined as a Palestinian state. The Times of Israel writes:
Now, official Jordan is concerned that defining Israel as a Jewish state may eventually lead to the forced deportation of Palestinians eastward across the Jordan river.
• BDS Movement Not Illegal, Says Israeli Official
• New Zealand’s foreign minister confirmed to Haaretz that the Batsheva Dance Company will receive visas to perform at a Wellington arts festival, despite BDS opposition.
• USA Today discussed the peace process with Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer.
• For more commentary/analysis on the peace process, see David Weinberg (Kerry’s not an equal opportunity threatener), Ron Ben-Yishai (what Abbas didn’t tell the NY Times), Max Boot (the PLO’s NATO gambit’s a non-starter), Uri Dromi (Israel as the UN’s punching bag), and Dan Margalit (recognizing Israel as a Jewish state). Weighing in on Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions issues are Matthew Kalman, Bernard Avishai, Oliver Kamm, the Albuquerque Journal, plus staff-eds in the Globe & Mail and NY Daily News.
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• Hassan Rouhani’s still moderate, right? Amir Taheri reports that Hashem Shaabani and Hadi Rashedi were hanged in an Iranian prison after Rouhani green-lighted their execution. Another 12 people convicted with Shaabani and Rashedi await their executions. What did they do to earn the regime’s wrath?
There, last July, an Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal with a single judge, Ayatollah Muhammad-Baqer Mussavi, sentenced the 14 to death on charges of “waging war on God” and “spreading corruption on earth” and “questioning the principle ofvelayat-e faqih” (the guardianship of the jurist).
• Al Jazeera’s Arabic channel is trying to get a foothold in Canada, and Jewish activists are concerned, reports the National Post:
“The primary concern of the Jewish community is that Al Jazeera Arabic is fairly notorious for broadcasting anti-Semitic comments,” he said. “Al Jazeera English is a much different channel — the content is different, the tone is different.”
“We would have no problem with Al Jazeera Arabic, provided that there would be some guarantee that anti-Semitic content would not be broadcast and I don’t think they can make that guarantee,” Mr. Sampson added.
• Another suicide bombing in Beirut. This Christian Science Monitor headline sums it all up:
 Christian Science Monitor
• Bret Stephens (Wall St. Journal via Google News) and Gabriel Schoenfeld don’t believe the West will ever detect an Iranian break-out.
For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.
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