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  • After UN vote, Israel to approve 3,000 new housing units in Jerusalem and West Bank

    12/01/2012 12:47:58 AM PST · by Sheapdog · 8 replies
    After UN vote, Israel to approve 3,000 new housing units in Jerusalem and West Bank Official says building is in accordance with Israel’s strategic interests map and says more construction planned in E1 area; Labor, Meretz criticize move By Ron Friedman November 30, 2012, 5:06 pm Updated: November 30, 2012, 7:47 pm 20 Email Print Share A Palestinian protester holds a placard in front of Israeli soldiers during a demonstration in the West Bank village of al-Masara near Bethlehem, marking the recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state by the United Nations. Friday Nov. 30 (photo credit: AP/Nasser Shiyoukhi) A Palestinian...
  • Arab Squatter Leaves, Police Block Jews’ Entry

    04/01/2012 2:27:22 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/4/12 | Maayana Miskin
    A Jewish home-owner finally took possession of his property in Jerusalem on Thursday after a 35-year wait. The process was almost made longer by Jerusalem police, who attempted to block access to the home even after Arab squatters had agreed to leave. The story began with the home’s purchase by a Jewish buyer 35 years ago. The buyer found that two Arabs had taken up residence in the property, which is located in the biblical Givat Shaul, adjacent to what is now the Beit Hanina neighborhood. He remained unable to evict them for decades. Eight years ago Jerusalem activist Aryeh...
  • Hoyer: E. Jerusalem not same as W. Bank

    08/11/2009 5:30:13 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies · 602+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8-11-09 | HERB KEINON
    US House Majority leader Steny Hoyer praised Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, called for the Palestinian Authority to drop any preconditions to negotiations, and said that Congress differentiated between building in east Jerusalem and in the West Bank, during an interview with The Jerusalem Post on Monday. Hoyer, currently in the country leading a delegation of 29 Democratic legislators, also said the rhetoric coming out of the Fatah General Assembly in Bethlehem was "unfortunate." The delegation, sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation, a charitable organization affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, arrived on Sunday evening and met Monday...
  • Netanyahu to U.S.: Israel will govern itself, thank you

    08/03/2009 1:02:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies · 1,550+ views
    WND ^ | 8/3/09 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – In a statement to WND, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office today objected to U.S. condemnation of the Israeli government for enforcing property law in Jerusalem by evicting Arabs from a Jewish housing complex they purportedly had been illegally occupying for almost a century.
  • Defiant Netanyahu Plays his Jerusalem Card

    07/23/2009 10:52:34 AM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 23 replies · 619+ views
    ips ^ | Jul 23, 2009 | Analysis by Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler
    JERUSALEM, Jul 23 (IPS) - Israel's newly installed ambassador in Washington says the "disagreement" with the U.S. over Israel's settlement policy will be resolved "soon". Speaking on Israel Radio, Michael Oren was giving his first interview since taking up his post. His upbeat assessment is challenged by many other Israeli officials and by most political pundits who foresee the U.S. and Israel being on collision course. With the EU and Russia following suit. Defining Israel's 'settlement policy' is the nub: Does it include also occupied East Jerusalem? A low-key U.S. demand for Israel to scrap a plan for a new...
  • Why a Jerusalem Standoff Threatens Obama's Mideast Peace Plans (Obama vs. Bibi Netanyahu)

    07/22/2009 6:54:23 PM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 44 replies · 1,169+ views
    Time ^ | Wednesday, Jul. 22, 2009 | By Tony Karon
    Last summer, in the course of a campaign speech reaching out to pro-Israel groups concerned about his commitment to the Jewish state, then presidential candidate Barack Obama declared, "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided." Those words, which he later qualified, may now be coming back to haunt the President as he seeks to restart the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process by getting Israel to freeze all construction outside its pre-1967 borders. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has drawn a line in the sand over Jerusalem, vehemently rejecting Washington's demand that he halt a construction project...
  • Netanyahu: Jerusalem is Ours, Not Up for Debate

    07/19/2009 8:36:35 AM PDT · by Tigen · 99 replies · 5,800+ views
    INN ^ | 07/19/09 | Maayana Miskin
    (IsraelNN.com) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a sharp response Sunday to United States pressure to stop Jews from building in parts of Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority. Israel's sovereignty in Jerusalem is “not up for debate,” Netanyahu said, and Jews are permitted to build in any part of the capital city, as are Arabs. Netanyahu implied that the U.S. request was racist, saying before the weekly Cabinet meeting, “Imagine what would happen if Jews were forbidden to live or to buy apartments in certain parts of London, New York, Paris or Rome. There would be an international outcry." "All...
  • 'We won't halt J'lem housing project'

    07/19/2009 8:11:59 AM PDT · by dervish · 9 replies · 426+ views
    Jerusalem is the "unified capital of Israel and the capital of the Jewish people, and sovereignty over it is indisputable," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday, responding to an American demand to put an end to a housing project to be built in east Jerusalem. "Hundreds of apartments in the west of the city were purchased by Arabs and we didn't get involved. There is no prohibition against Arab residents buying apartments in the west of the city and there is no prohibition barring the city's Jewish residents from buying or building in the east of the city," Netanyahu added...
  • Netanyahu rejects US Pressure:"Israel rule over Jerusalem not up for discussion".

    07/19/2009 6:45:59 AM PDT · by jacobny · 7 replies · 404+ views
    Bibi Report ^ | jacobNY
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel's sovereignty over Jerusalem was not a matter up for discussion. The prime minister's comments came after the U.S. State Department told Israeli envoy Michael Oren that Israel must halt a construction project in East Jerusalem. Netanyahu told ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting that Jerusalem is the united capital of Israel and that all citizens are allowed to purchase property in any part of the city they choose:"Jerusalem is the unified capital of Israel and the capital of the Jewish people, and sovereignty over it is indisputable".
  • Netanyahu: Settlements debate is a waste of time (BIBI Strikes Back)

    06/23/2009 11:25:09 AM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 28 replies · 1,373+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 6/23/09 | haaretz
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that international "arguing" over Israel's stance on settlements was impeding progress on the Middle East peace progress. In an interview with Italy's RAI TV, Netanyahu insisted that settlement activity in East Jerusalem and the West Bank must be viewed as separate issues, as Jerusalem is an inseparable part of Israel. He also said that Israel has been forthcoming with its intentions to halt construction while still allowing for natural growth in existing communities, which he called "an equitable position which reflexes our willingness to enter immediately in peace negotiations and get on with...
  • US tells Israel to stop Jerusalem construction

    06/23/2009 5:23:15 AM PDT · by Yehuda123 · 275 replies · 6,969+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | TOVAH LAZAROFF AND HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
    Jewish neighborhoods in east Jerusalem are included in the US demand that Israel halt "settlement" construction, including for natural growth, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told 'The Jerusalem' Post during a press briefing on Monday.
  • PA media presents 'proof' of 'Israeli incitement'

    05/09/2016 11:11:08 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/5/16 | Dalit Halevi
    Official Palestinian Authority (PA) media incites to terrorism against Israelis on a regular basis, but that didn’t stop the PA-based Wafa news agency from publishing a report about alleged “Israeli incitement” against Palestinians in the Israeli media. The report, which covers the period from April 15 to 28, noted expressions of "incitement" in the NRG news website, the Israel Hayom newspaper, the Ma'ariv newspaper and Kikar HaShabbat news website. As proof of this alleged “incitement” and “racism” in the Israeli media, the report quoted excerpts from an article written by Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi which appeared in Kikar HaShabbat on...
  • PAT LEAHY’S ISRAEL OBSESSION-Vermont senator’s fixation with the Jewish State turns ugly

    04/01/2016 3:46:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | April 1, 2016 | Ari Lieberman
    Pat Leahy’s Israel Obsession The Vermont senator’s fixation with the Jewish State turns ugly. April 1, 2016 Ari Lieberman    Vermont, the state that gave us unrepentant socialist, Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is home to another radical liberal breed named Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Along with Sanders, Sen. Leahy represents the left flank of the Democratic Party and often finds himself at loggerheads with its more centrist members. Not unsurprising, Leahy is also a visceral critic of Israel, the Mideast’s only democracy and stalwart U.S. ally. In 2011, citing alleged human rights violations, he proposed a bill that would have cut...
  • 'Most pro-Israel administration evah' going all out to destroy Israel?

    05/08/2016 1:32:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 5/8/16 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Now that his administration has reached its final months, and little can be done to him personally, Barack Obama is pushing a harder line against Israel in an upcoming report about the 'settlements.' The report, which is likely to be released in late May or early June, will focus heavily on Israeli construction in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem, senior diplomats told AP. The Quartet’s report will also take Israel to task for the demolition of illegal Arab buildings – many of which were built with the support of the European Union. While in the past the US worked to...
  • Trump: Israel should keep building in Judea and Samaria

    05/03/2016 11:23:57 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies
    Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has said Israel should continue building in Judea and Samaria, insisting the Jewish state should "keep moving forward" in response to Arab terrorism. Speaking to the UK's Daily Mail, Trump emphasized his support for the State of Israel, and appeared to veer away from previous comments in which he declared that he would stay "neutral" on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Trump referenced the "thousands of missiles being launched into Israel," by Arab terrorists prior to the 2014 Gaza war, asking rhetorically: "Who would put up with that? Who would stand for it?" He also said he...
  • Trump: Israel should keep building in Judea and Samaria

    05/03/2016 1:17:17 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/5/16 | Ari Soffer
    Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has said Israel should continue building in Judea and Samaria, insisting the Jewish state should "keep moving forward" in response to Arab terrorism. Speaking to the UK's Daily Mail, Trump emphasized his support for the State of Israel, and appeared to veer away from previous comments in which he declared that he would stay "neutral" on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Trump referenced the "thousands of missiles being launched into Israel," by Arab terrorists prior to the 2014 Gaza war, asking rhetorically: "Who would put up with that? Who would stand for it?" He also said he...
  • Jewish MK: Israel is ‘ethnically cleansing’ Judea and Samaria

    05/01/2016 5:01:59 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/5/16 | Shoshana Miskin
    Leftist Jewish MK Dov Khenin of the near completely Arab Joint List party spoke with the British Sky News on Sunday, and claimed that Israel is committing an "ethnic cleansing in a very sophisticated way" in Judea and Samaria. Khenin referred to the demolition of illegal Arab construction in Area C, an array of regions classified as being under full Israeli control by the 1994 Oslo Accords, and said that the Israeli government is trying to conquer the land so Israelis can settle there in the future. .....
  • Trump and Palestine (Vanity)

    03/22/2016 12:22:32 AM PDT · by Piranha · 6 replies
    Free Republic ^ | March 22, 2016 | Piranha
    There has been a lot of confusion here on Free Republic about Donald Trump's use of the word "Palestine" in his AIPAC speech. Some people are very disturbed and others don't understand why it is an issue. The issue is that the Arabs have taken the name Palestine to signify a new nation for Arabs. Some Israeli leftists talk about two nations, Israel and Palestine, existing side by side. Radicals in the US and Arab nationalists in the Middle East talk about a new country called Palestine replacing Israel. When a speaker talks about peace between Israel and Palestine, there...
  • US attacks Israel for 'land expropriation' (State Dept.)

    03/16/2016 10:23:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    INN ^ | 3/16/2016, 8:16 AM | Nitsan Keidar
    Following on the heels of condemnation by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon late Tuesday against Israel’s designation of territory in Judea and Samaria as state land, the US State Department lost no time in following suit and criticizing the Jewish state. It was reported by Army Radio on Tuesday that Israel declared 234 hectares of territory to be state land in an area near Jericho and the Dead Sea, in a process of declaring unclaimed land as property of the state. US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby slammed the designation by saying it has a negative impact on a two state...
  • Baker Hired Israeli to Collect Iraqi Debt, Evade U.S. Sanctions

    12/19/2006 4:38:15 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 20 replies · 911+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 00:24 Dec 20, '06 / 29 Kislev 5767 | by Hana Levi Julian
    Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker used an Israeli businessman to evade American sanctions in Iraq while collecting a debt from Saddam Hussein. According to a report by WorldNet Daily reporter Aaron Klein, Baker hired Nir Gouaz, president of Caesar Global Securities in Israel, to collect a debt from the Hussein regime in 1998. Baker is a senior partner at the Houston-based law firm, Baker Botts, which made some $30 million in fees from the deal which the Israeli businessman mediated. Gouaz said the Iraqi regime owed some $1.65 billion to the Korean Hyundai Engineering firm for a series...
  • Terrorist's family expelled from Jerusalem

    03/10/2016 2:13:45 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/3/16 | Ido Ben Porat
    The family members of a terrorist who wounded two Border Police officers in an attack in eastern Jerusalem earlier this week were expelled from Jerusalem on Thursday and sent to Palestinian Authority-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria. Following the attack, Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan ordered that the legal status of members of the terrorist's family, who lived in the village of Issawiya, be examined. Upon investigation, the police found out that the parents and sisters of the terrorist had applied for family reunification but their application had not yet been approved, and that therefore they did not have resident...
  • Mysterious artifact discovered at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity

    02/25/2016 3:19:37 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 24, 2016
    According to the Times of Israel, the artifact is made of brass, silver, shells and stones. It was covered in plaster and found near a window in the church that reportedly was built by Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena in the fourth century. Although officials confirmed that the artifact has been cleaned up, it is not on display, and there are no images of it as yet.Ziad al-Bandak, a Palestinian presidential adviser for Christian Affairs, said the artifact is, “of great religious and historical value.” The church itself is built over the cave where the birth of Jesus...
  • Cameron blasts 'genuinely shocking' Israeli 'occupation'

    02/24/2016 3:28:44 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 80 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/2/16 | Elad Benari
    British Prime Minister David Cameron used particularly harsh language against Israel's presence in eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria which were liberated during the 1967 Six Day War. Speaking at Parliament, Cameron branded Israel’s construction of new communities in these areas as “genuinely shocking”, The Independent reported. The Prime Minister said that though he was a strong supporter of Israel, he had been taken aback by what had seen first hands on visits to Jerusalem. “I am well-known as being a strong friend of Israel but I have to say the first time I visited Jerusalem and had a proper tour...
  • Obama to reluctantly sign trade bill that lumps together Israel and settlements

    02/11/2016 5:54:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 2/11/16 | Eric Cortellessa
    WASHINGTON — The White House announced Thursday that President Barack Obama will sign a trade bill despite it containing a provision that lumps together Israel and “Israeli-controlled territories.” Such language, meaning that the bill is applicable to Israel and the settlements, “contravenes longstanding U.S. policy towards Israel and the occupied territories, including with regard to Israeli settlement activity,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement, hours after the measure was approved in the Senate by a vote of 75-20. Nonetheless, while the president objects to that particular facet of the legislation, Earnest suggested his accepting it, and...
  • Watch: How do Europeans respond to 'settlement' chocolate?

    02/09/2016 3:29:50 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/2/16 | Eliran Aharon
    What does the average European think about the recent EU decision to label Jewish goods from Judea-Samaria? The Lev HaOlam organization set up shop in a central Amsterdam square to find out. Equipped with a tray of chocolates produced in Hevron, they group offered the chocolates to passersby and asked if they'd heard about the EU's controversial decision. Surprisingly, many of the tasters said they had not heard about the decision to label so-called "settlement" products. "If we chanced upon those who'd heard about the decision, we were embraced with a hug and passionate support," said Lev HaOlam chairman Nati...
  • EU demands Israel stop demolishing illegal Arab settlements

    02/06/2016 3:08:22 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 35 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/2/16
    The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to halt the demolition of illegal Palestinian buildings, some of which are EU-funded, and reiterated its opposition to building Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria. "In the past weeks there have been a number of developments in Area C of the West Bank, which risk undermining the viability of a future Palestinian state and driving the parties yet further apart," the EU diplomatic service said in a statement. It referred to Israel's decision on January 25 to declare 154 hectares (380 acres) of land near Jericho in Judea as state land, with...
  • College walkout after lecturer says soldiers rape Arab women

    02/01/2016 2:44:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/2/16 | Gil Ronen
    About 30 students walked out of a class Monday at Oranim College, near Haifa, after lecturer Naila Awad claimed that IDF soldiers sexually harass and rape Arab women in Judea and Samaria. According to news site NRG, after Awad showed a film on the status of Bedouin women, a student remarked that in Biblical times, Jewish men could take wives from populations they had defeated. Awad reportedly replied: "True. Today, too, many studies prove that IDF soldiers sexually abuse and rape Palestinian women in the Territories." The discussion grew very heated from that point onward, and students demanded to see...
  • After Abbas: The coming Palestinian bloodbath

    01/28/2016 4:20:57 PM PST · by SaveFerris · 24 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | January 27, 2016 | 8:36pm | By Benny Avni
    snip In other words, no one in the West Bank knows how the next leader will emerge — “and Israeli intelligence officials, whose entire job is to predict such things, have no idea either,” says Gal Berger, Israel Radio’s indispensable Palestinian affairs correspondent. When the time comes, the Fatah men who in the last few weeks started jockeying for position will duke it out for real. Such chaotic political fighting often leads to violence. Once that violence ebbs, a new strongman will emerge. But not a peaceful, democratic state of Palestine. This week, the UN’s Ban Ki-moon said Palestinian terrorism...
  • Trump: '100 percent' in favor of moving embassy to Jerusalem

    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he's "100 percent" on board with the remaining field of candidates in support of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem if elected president in the fall of 2016. In an interview with The Brody File, published on Tuesday, Trump said "I am for that one hundred percent. We are for that one- hundred percent" when told by host David Brody that pledging to move the embassy to Jerusalem is a "tier-A issue for Evangelicals as it relates to support for Israel." Trump is currently tied for first place with Senator Ted...
  • Canada's PM forgets Jews in statement on Holocaust

    01/28/2016 4:18:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    INN ^ | 1/28/2016, 9:14 AM | Dalit Halevi
    The statement Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued Wednesday in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day suffered from one very glaring omission. The Holocaust is defined as the genocide of six million Jews at the hands of the Nazi regime and its collaborators, but in his statement, Trudeau did not mention the words "Jew" or "anti-Semitism" once. Instead, the Liberal leader offered "tribute to the memory of the millions of victims murdered during the Holocaust," adding that Canada honors "those who survived atrocities at the hands of the Nazi regime, and welcome their courageous stories of hope and perseverance." ...
  • US requires Judea-Samaria goods to be labeled Mail from US Customs reveals products from Judea

    01/28/2016 11:38:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    inn ^ | 1/27/16 | Ari Yashar
    A mail from the Cargo Systems Messaging Service of the US Customs and Border Protection dated to this Saturday, and revealed by Channel 1's "Mabat" show on Thursday, shows the US is now required products from Judea and Samaria to be labeled differently. In new instructions on marking requirements sent out to American importers, goods from Judea and Samaria are not to be marked "Israel." Those who do not comply are to be sanctioned. "West Bank Country of Origin Marking Requirements," reads the title of the mail, which begins by clarifying that "the purpose of this message is to provide...
  • Obama Becomes First U.S. President Ever to Speak at Israeli Embassy

    01/28/2016 8:59:42 AM PST · by chajin · 18 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 01/28/2016 | unlisted
    Anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, and the United States must lead the fight against it, President Barack Obama said in remarks at the Israeli embassy. "Here, tonight, we must confront the reality that around the world, anti-Semitism is on the rise," Obama said Wednesday at a ceremony marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. "We cannot deny it," he said. "When we see some Jews leaving major European cities--where their families have lived for generations--because they no longer feel safe; when Jewish centers are targeted from Mumbai to Overland Park, Kansas; when swastikas appear on college campuses--when we see all that...
  • UN chief blasts Israel's 'stifling occupation' of Palestinians

    01/27/2016 7:04:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    inn ^ | 1/27/16 | Elad Benari
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday once again criticized what he called Israel's "stifling occupation" of Palestinians, just one day after appearing to express sympathy for Palestinian Arab terrorists. The UN chief made clear that he would not retreat from his remarks directed at Israel a day earlier, AFP reported. UN diplomats said privately that Ban had upped the pressure on Prime MInister Binyamin Netanyahu in a final bid to revive hopes for peace before he steps down as secretary-general at the end of the year. "After nearly 50 years of occupation -- after decades of waiting for the fulfilment...
  • On Holocaust Memorial Day, Ayatollah Website Posts Video Questioning Holocaust

    01/27/2016 5:52:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 27, 2016 | 6:13 PM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    As the world on Wednesday marked the Nazis' systematic killing of six million Jews during World War II an official Iranian website linked to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei posted a video quoting the supreme leader's questioning of the Holocaust. "No-one in European countries dares to speak about holocaust [sic] while it is not clear whether the core of this matter is a reality or not," read the English subtitles accompanying audio from an excerpt of a speech by Khamenei, over images of the entrance to Auschwitz and piles of Jewish corpses. "Even if it is a reality, it is not clear...
  • UN: Ban stands by every word of Israeli settlement comments

    01/27/2016 4:30:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2016 6:48 PM EST
    The United Nations says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stands by every word of his criticism of Israeli settlement-building this week and rejects Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's comment that the remarks justify terrorism. The U.N. chief on Tuesday told the Security Council that settlement activities are "an affront to the Palestinian people," and he called for Israel to freeze them. He also said "it is human nature to react to occupation." ...
  • Obama: Anti-Semitism is on the rise, we can't deny it (Watch: Obama speaks at Righteous Among the Na

    01/27/2016 3:57:38 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/16
    President Barack Obama speaks at the Israeli embassy in Washington... Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXHzHVTURs4
  • In speech, Ban Ki-Moon exhibits contempt for Syrian agony

    01/27/2016 2:38:54 AM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/1/16 | Mark Langfan
    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu strongly condemned remarks made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, in which the UN chief expressed sympathy for Palestinian terrorist attacks. "The UN Secretary-General's words give encouragement to terror," Netanyahu fired in response. Another aspect of the speech, which was held at a Tuesday UN Security Council Session devoted to "the Situation in the Middle East," is the proportion devoted to the Israeli-Palestinian issue, as opposed to other conflicts that are ongoing – most markedly, the one in Syria. Over 55,000 people were killed in the Syrian civil war in 2015 alone, according to the Syrian...
  • NPR apologizes for map that erased Israel

    01/26/2016 9:29:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/26/16 | Eric Cortellessa
    WASHINGTON — National Public Radio’s (NPR) ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen released an explanation and apology Monday for a map published on the news organization’s website that erased Israel from the Middle East. On January 24, NPR’s blog Goats and Soda, which covers health and culture issues around the world, ran a piece titled, “What Are You Afraid Of In 2016? Globetrotters Share Their Fears.” The post focused on travelers’ anxieties for the coming year, and included an illustration of the Middle East and North Africa, the region of the world that travelers most perceive as being at risk. “The map portion...
  • Why India Is Getting Serious About Its Relationship With Israel

    01/26/2016 12:54:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 26, 2016 | Harsh V. Pant
    India’s relationship with Israel is slowly but surely changing for the better.In recent days, India has reached out to its Middle Eastern partners in a major way. Last week, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj went to Bahrain to attend the first ministerial meeting of the India-Arab League Cooperation Forum. This was an opportunity to engage with the 22 member countries of the Arab League at a time when the region is going through a major crisis and sectarian divisions are rearing their heads like never before. Further cementing the goodwill generated by the visit of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee...
  • Canada to send 'tough message' on violence to ally Israel

    01/25/2016 11:34:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 1/25/16 | AL Reeuters
    OTTAWA - Canada's new Liberal government said on Monday it was delivering a "tough message" to Israel as a good friend after expressing concern about Israeli-Palestinian violence, Israeli settlements and unilateral Palestinian moves. The statement came a day after Foreign Minister Stephane Dion was criticized for saying Palestinian initiatives toward statehood in international forums and continued Israeli settlements were unhelpful. "We're steadfast allies and good friends, and good friends can occasionally deliver tough messages, but it's by no means to suggest that we're somehow retreating from any kind of support of Israel," said Joe Pickerill, Dion's spokesman. Dion on Sunday...
  • NPR illustrative photo wipes Israel off the map [Numbers 23]

    01/25/2016 11:08:00 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 31 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/25/2016 | Staff
    In an article published on National Public Radio's (NPR) website Monday, a map of the Middle East failed to include Israel, labeling Palestine in its place. The map was an illustration accompanying the article "What Are You Afraid Of In 2016? Globetrotters Share Their Fears." The article referenced travelers' fears of Islamic radicalization and extremism in the region. Immediately following the publication, the website's comment section was flooded with criticism from readers and journalists who questioned the online publication's decision to use an illustration of this nature. As a result of the abundance of complaints, NPR removed the photo and...
  • US envoy regrets timing of Israel criticism

    01/25/2016 7:48:33 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 1/15/16 | staff
    U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro told Army Radio on Monday that he regretted the timing of remarks he made last week that were critical of Israeli policies in Judea and Samaria. Shapiro made the controversial remarks at the Institute for National Security Studies conference in Tel Aviv last Monday. Earlier the same day, Israeli terror victim Dafna Meir had been laid to rest in Jerusalem after being stabbed to death by a Palestinian assailant in Otniel the previous day and another Israeli woman, Michal Froman, was wounded in a stabbing in Tekoa. In his speech, Shapiro said, "Too many...
  • Doctors Without Borders President: Jews Wearing Kippas are Fair Game for Muslims

    01/24/2016 11:56:30 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 66 replies
    Frontpage ^ | January 23, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Can we start calling the Hate Israel crowd anti-Semitic yet? Because between the boycotts of Jewish businesses, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and overt justification for anti-Jewish violence, whatever distinction may have existed in the past is gone. Case in point, Rony Brauman, the former president of Doctors Without Borders suggesting that Jews wearing Kippahs, a Jewish religious garment, are bringing violence on themselves by pledging allegiance to Israel.
  • How many Arab refugees were there in 1948? Maybe 300,000 - or less

    01/21/2016 2:19:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | Wednesday, January 20, 2016 5:33 AM | Richard Mather
    It is a common misconception that around 650,000 Palestinian refugees were created because of fighting that took place in 1948. But a closer look at both the population data and statements made by UN officials at the time suggest that the true figure is much lower, possibly as low as 270,000. The conventional figure of 650,000 cannot be true for more than one reason. Firstly, there were fewer than 660,000 Arabs living in the part of Palestine that eventually became Israel; and secondly, UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency), either through incompetence or deliberate manipulation, handed out multiple...
  • Senior PA official: Palestinian state in West Bank just a phase [Zephaniah 2]

    01/21/2016 11:33:04 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 2 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/21/2016 | Ari Soffer
    A senior member of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas's inner circle has insisted that any "two-state solution" with Israel would merely be a "phase" in the ultimate dismantlement of the State of Israel. Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi made the comments in a recent interview with Ma'an TV - the same interview in which he made widely-publicized comments defending Nazi leader Adolf Hitler as "not corrupt" and calling him "daring." Tirawi began by expressing satisfaction with the ongoing "intifada" - referring to the wave of terrorist attacks against Israelis - which he said had succeeded in "uniting the Palestinian...
  • 'US doesn't view EU product labeling as boycott against Israel'

    01/19/2016 3:26:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    ynet ^ | 1/19/16 | Itamar Eichner
    The US does not oppose the European Union's decision to label products as coming from Jewish West Bank settlements, the State Department said Tuesday. "We do not view labeling the origin of products as being from the settlements a boycott of Israel. We also do not believe that labeling the origin of products is equivalent to a boycott," State Department Spokesman John Kirby said at a press briefing. Kirby was also asked about the timing of US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro's harsh criticism against Israel on Monday.
  • US requires Judea-Samaria goods to be labeled

    01/28/2016 1:12:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 45 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/16 | Ariel Soffer
    A mail from the Cargo Systems Messaging Service of the US Customs and Border Protection dated to this Saturday, and revealed by Channel 1's "Mabat" show on Thursday, shows the US is now required products from Judea and Samaria to be labeled differently. In new instructions on marking requirements sent out to American importers, goods from Judea and Samaria are not to be marked "Israel." Those who do not comply are to be sanctioned. "West Bank Country of Origin Marking Requirements," reads the title of the mail, which begins by clarifying that "the purpose of this message is to provide...
  • ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER: I PREFER ISIS TO IRAN ON OUR BORDERS

    01/20/2016 9:54:40 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 10 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 20 Jan 2016 | Jack More
    Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Tuesday that if he had to choose between the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and Iran on the country’s borders, he would “choose ISIS” every time. In comments made at the Institute for National Security Studies’ (INSS) conference in Tel Aviv, Yaalon said that if the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were to fall ...
  • The End of Saudi Arabia?

    01/20/2016 9:43:01 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 19 replies
    A more detestable regime than Saudi Arabia could not be found. Arguably the most repressive regime on earth. An absolute monarchy. A Wahhabist theocratic nightmare that arms ISIS. Only North Korea may be worse, and North Korea does not put women in burqas or have any areas where female genital mutilation (FGM) is practiced. It is a close call. At least North Korea does not ban alcohol. Make no mistake about it: Shi'a Iran, as bad as it is, is nowhere near as oppressive as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). There are churches in Iran, albeit persecuted. There are...
  • US criticism of Israel reaches boiling point

    01/18/2016 9:01:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    inn ^ | 1/18/16 | Cynthia Blank
    US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro voiced a particularly sharp attack against Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria on Monday, accusing Israeli authorities of holding them to different standards of law. He expressed the unusually harsh criticism during a speech at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) conference in Tel Aviv. Shapiro condemned two brutal stabbing attacks on Sunday and Monday as "barbaric acts of terrorism," before launching into a critique of Israel's policies concerning the communities in Judea-Samaria. "We are concerned and perplexed by Israel's strategy on settlements," Shapiro stated. "This government and previous Israeli governments have repeatedly...