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  • What Happened to Arab Support for the Palestinians?
    (BESA Center for Strategic Studies-Bar-Ilan University) Dr. George N. Tzogopoulos - Sarah J. Feuer, Research Fellow, Institute for National Security Studies With some states still reeling from the aftershocks of the "Arab Spring," a resultant prioritization of domestic security and economic concerns on the part of key countries such as Egypt, as well as intra-Arab disputes that continue to simmer or intensify, the geopolitical bandwidth of many Arab countries has narrowed at the expense of the Palestinian cause. Jonathan Schanzer, Senior Vice President, Foundation for Defense of Democracies The Obama administration's decision to embrace the Muslim Brotherhood in 2011 and then enter into the Iran nuclear deal in 2015 rattled the Sunni Arab states to their core. Washington undertook two decisions that threatened these countries directly. That's when the Sunni Arab world began to draw closer to Israel, the region's strongest military power. Michael Wilner, Washington bureau chief for the Jerusalem Post For the first time, Israelis benefit from direct communication and collaboration with Arab leaders who give them an opportunity to make their case, show their own humanity, and share their side of the story. Arab capitals gained respect for Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he so publicly confronted former President Barack Obama over the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, and have since viewed him as a reliable partner in intelligence-sharing. Hillel Frisch, Professor of Political Studies and Middle East Studies at Bar-Ilan University One of the few achievements of Yasser Arafat's otherwise destructive leadership of the Palestinian movement was his ability to achieve a measure of independence from Arab state meddling in Palestinian affairs, while at the same time demanding and receiving their support in international fora. The political, ideological, and geographical split between the PA and Hamas has completely erased Arafat's legacy in this regard. Neri Zilber, adjunct fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy While not as central as it perhaps once was in Arab capitals, the Palestinian question still resonates widely. Arab leaders - from Egypt's Sisi to Jordan's Abdullah to Saudi's Salman - consistently emphasize the need for a two-state solution based on the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, including east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. James Dorsey, Senior Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore The UAE and Saudi Arabia are working behind the scenes, so far with limited success, to reengineer Palestinian politics in their mold. With Turkey having adopted the mantle of the Islamic world's leader, and Jordan refusing to align itself with the Saudi-UAE approach, Palestine remains on the agenda even if the dynamics have changed. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, November 16, 2018
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  • Long-Term Peace with Hamas Is Impossible
    (JNS) Jonathan S. Tobin - As long as Hamas rules the terrorist state in Gaza, there will always be a dagger pointed at Israel's throat. While Hamas agrees to ceasefires, it isn't interested in peace. Its goal - made painfully obvious by the violent mass protests conducted every Friday at the border with Israel since March - is the elimination of the Jewish state. Long-term peace with it is impossible. ... read more
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  • U.S. Levels Sanctions on 17 Saudis for Alleged Involvement in Khashoggi Killing
    (New York Times) Mark Landler and Gardiner Harris - The U.S. imposed sanctions on 17 Saudis accused of involvement in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, hours after Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor announced that he would seek the death penalty for five people he said took part in Khashoggi's killing in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. A senior administration official said the U.S. was unlikely to take further steps against Saudi leaders, suggesting that both sides hope to put the episode behind them. ... read more
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  • UNRWA Narrows Funding Gap after U.S. Pulls Support
    (Reuters) The UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, has almost closed a funding gap caused by the loss of $300 million in U.S. contributions, its chief, Pierre Kraehenbuehl, said Tuesday. "We have mobilized until now $382 million of additional funding, which means we brought the shortfall down to $64 million, and we are still in contact with a number of countries," he said. ... read more
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  • Ecuador Honors Late Diplomat Who Saved Jews from the Nazis
    (JTA) Marcus M. Gilban - Ecuador posthumously restored the diplomatic career of Manuel Antonio Munoz Borrero, its World War II-era consul to Stockholm, who was removed from his position in 1942 after saving over 100 Jews from the Nazis. "His behavior was a sign of a brave, humanistic attitude, solidarity, and brotherhood with those who were persecuted for being what they were, Jews," said Foreign Minister Jose Valencia. While carrying out his diplomatic duties, Munoz Borrero saved the lives of Jews by granting them humanitarian passports. When the Ecuadorean authorities discovered his actions, he was relieved of his duties. In 2011, he was awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations from the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, November 16, 2018
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  • Israel Went to Extraordinary Lengths to Avoid Hurting Gaza Civilians
    (Twitter) Raf Sanchez, the Middle East correspondent of Britain's Daily Telegraph, noted after returning from Gaza on Thursday: We've just come out of Gaza for a quick trip to see how things are after this week's fighting. Hamas are buoyant. Their leaders are going in front of bomb sites to do TV interviews. People we spoke to were a) relieved there wasn't a war, b) basically supportive of Hamas and other factions' decision to shoot rockets. Hamas are super-paranoid after the Israeli commando raid and are looking for collaborators. We went through lots of new checkpoints. We got a sense of how careful Israel was to avoid civilian casualties during the airstrikes in Gaza. The Israeli army called one guy we met and spent 45 minutes on the phone with him, getting him to evacuate his neighbors, before they blew up a Hamas media building next to his. We asked a senior Hamas leader, Ismael Radwan, about the Palestinian man from Hebron killed in Ashkelon. He went down a conspiracy rabbit hole, saying maybe the apartment building was a military site and Israel had put him there deliberately. ... read more
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  • Cutting Hamas Down to Size
    (Jerusalem Post) Caroline B. Glick - Israel does not seek to overthrow the Hamas regime in Gaza. And for good reason. The price of a war to overthrow Hamas would be exorbitant both in terms of the human and monetary cost of war. One option is that Israel pay the price of overthrowing Hamas and then hand Gaza over to the PLO. The PLO, though, is no less hostile than Hamas. Israel has no interest whatsoever in empowering the PLO by giving it Gaza. Given the absence of a better alternative to Hamas in Gaza, rather than work to overthrow the terror regime, Israel has focused its efforts on keeping Hamas as weak as possible. Its strategy can be equated to mowing the grass. The purpose of Israel's operations is to cut Hamas down to size until the next round. A terror regime capable of sending 500 projectiles into Israeli territory in less than 24 hours and destroying a bus with an anti-tank missile is one that has become too powerful. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, November 16, 2018
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  • U.S. Changes Vote on Anti-Israel UN Resolution on Golan Heights from Abstain to No
    (U.S. Mission to the UN) The annual UN resolution entitled "The Occupied Syrian Golan" is scheduled for a vote on Friday, Nov. 16. In previous years, the U.S. abstained on this resolution. However, given the resolution's anti-Israel bias, as well as the militarization of the Syrian Golan border, and a worsening humanitarian crisis, this year the U.S. has decided to vote no on the resolution. Amb. Nikki Haley said: "The United States will no longer abstain when the United Nations engages in its useless annual vote on the Golan Heights. If this resolution ever made sense, it surely does not today. The resolution is plainly biased against Israel. Further, the atrocities the Syrian regime continues to commit prove its lack of fitness to govern anyone." "The destructive influence of the Iranian regime inside Syria presents major threats to international security. ISIS and other terrorist groups remain in Syria. And this resolution does nothing to bring any parties closer to a peace agreement. The United States will vote no." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, November 16, 2018
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  • Video: The Israeli First-Responder Organization United Hatzalah
    Jewish, Muslim and Christian volunteers in Israel work together to save lives. (The Tower) ... read more
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  • Ghana’s Support Brings Israel a Step Closer to African Union Seat
    (Middle East Eye-UK) Azad Essa - On a recent visit to Israel, Ghana's Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey confirmed that her government would be assisting Israel to gain observer status at the African Union (AU). Kenya and Ethiopia have already endorsed Israel's bid to join as an observer member when the vote takes place in February. Palestine was granted observer status in 2013. Today, many African leaders are more inclined to prioritize self-interest woven with a more pragmatic approach to foreign policy. This has translated into a more public working relationship with Israel that has long existed in the shadows. The Israeli government already provides energy, technological and agricultural expertise to a range of African nations. It has also provided assistance to address the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, November 16, 2018
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  • NGOs Disappear when Palestinians in Gaza Fire Rockets at Civilians in Israel
    (NGO Monitor) This week Palestinian terror groups in Gaza fired over 400 rockets into Israeli population centers. Since each such attack is a war crime, one might expect human rights NGOs to condemn these blatant violations of human rights. However, that has not happened. Instead, NGOs and NGO officials have entirely ignored the Palestinian violations against Israelis. ... read more
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  • Israel Withstands Rocket Barrage and the World Barely Noticed
    (Jerusalem Post) Liat Collins - In this week's two-day Rocket War, with the relative protection afforded by the Iron Dome, Israel withstood a barrage of close to 500 rockets and mortars within 25 hours, fired by a terrorist organization which controls Gaza with an iron fist and Sharia law. Most of the world barely noticed. Or shrugged. Or, predictably, called for restraint - though I'm not the first person to wonder what the Western powers would do were just one rocket to fall on their sovereign territory. The same people who less than a month earlier recognized that the massacre in a Pittsburgh synagogue was an atrocious act of anti-Semitism, for some reason did not perceive hundreds of rockets being launched on Israeli communities as anything to get upset about. For Israelis, the latest round of violence is more proof - as if more were needed - that providing terrorists with territory does not buy quiet. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, November 16, 2018
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  • U.S. Envoy: Iran Sanctions Help Cut Funding Streams to Hamas and Hizbullah
    (Jerusalem Post) Herb Keinon - U.S. special envoy on Iran Brian Hook said Thursday before meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, "Now that we have reimposed our sanctions [on Iran], we are in a position to really go after all the revenue streams Iran uses to fund Hamas and Hizbullah, its missile proliferation - all the threats to peace and security that Iran presents." Netanyahu welcomed Hook and congratulated the U.S. for "the powerful sanctions against Iran." ... read more
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  • In Rome, Israeli President Rivlin Tells Pope Israel Won’t “Stand By” in Face of Hamas Attacks
    (Times of Israel) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told Pope Francis in a meeting Thursday at the Vatican, "Israel does not want escalation or to hurt innocent civilians, but will not stand by while Hamas undermines stability and our civilians are harmed." Rivlin also told Francis that Hamas must return a pair of Israeli citizens it is holding, as well the bodies of two Israel Defense Forces soldiers killed during the 2014 Gaza war, before any future agreement can be sealed. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, November 16, 2018
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  • Israelis near Gaza Have Lived with Rocket Attacks for 15 Years
    (HonestReporting) Simon Plosker - In Sderot after the Hamas rocket attacks this week, Deputy Mayor Elad Kalimi explained that although Iron Dome intercepted a rocket, a piece of debris landed on a bakery, starting a fire and causing extensive damage, one of four sites that had been struck. Kalimi stressed how the people of Sderot had been living under this abnormal situation for 15 years. He said all of his six children were suffering from stress disorders. His youngest child had run in fear to the shelter the previous week when she thought that the sound of a rainstorm was incoming rockets. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, November 16, 2018
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  • Hamas Seeks to Change the Rules
    (Jerusalem Post) Dan Feferman - Since Hamas wrested control of Gaza from the Palestinian Authority in 2007, it has instigated three extended conflicts against Israel, characterized by rocket and mortar fire and the digging and utilization of terror tunnels. Having largely neutralized these threats through technological innovation, Israel retaliated each time through aerial and artillery strikes, carefully choosing targets either for their symbolic or military value. The aim in each round of fighting has been to limit Hamas' war-making ability, reestablish deterrence, and gain escalation control. In other words, Israel has aimed to set the rules of the game. Hamas sought to challenge those rules and establish rules of its own. The writer is a major (res.) in the IDF, where he served as a foreign policy adviser and intelligence analyst. ... read more
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  • The Rockets from Gaza and the Peace Process
    (New York Post) Jonathan S. Tobin - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is willing to negotiate. But the ordeal Israelis have just undergone with 460 rockets launched from Gaza this week illustrates why the majority of his people have no appetite for a withdrawal from the West Bank under the current circumstances. Most Israelis understand that if their army gives up security control of the West Bank, the terrible dilemma they are facing in Gaza will be replicated in the far larger and more strategic territory. Imagine a West Bank as armed and as dangerous as Gaza is now - and recognized by the rest of the world as a sovereign state that Israel wouldn't be free to attack - and you see what most Israelis think would be the only logical outcome. ... read more
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  • Technion Researchers Bring Engineering to Medicine
    (Jerusalem Post) Jennifer Frey - At the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, engineers, researchers and physicians work side-by-side to create amazing medical devices and technologies that impact the lives of people everywhere. Professor Moshe Shoham developed a robotic guidance system that helps perform brain and spine surgeries with pinpoint accuracy. The company he founded, Mazor Robotics, has done more than 7,000 successful surgeries and 50,000 implants. While battling cancer, Biotechnology and Food Engineering Professor Ester Segal spent endless days hooked up to IVs. She is developing nano-silicon carriers that could be ingested, injected or implanted to deliver chemotherapy over a period of weeks or months, doing away with IV drips, allowing patients to receive treatment while going about their daily lives. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, November 16, 2018
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  • Israel Weighed Going to War in Gaza
    (Ha'aretz) Amos Harel - At the meeting of Israel's Security Cabinet and in other security discussions this week, the IDF raised three options: refraining from any response, dealing Hamas a blow the army termed "significant," or launching another version of the 2014 Gaza war. The IDF recommended the middle option, which it deemed proportionate. Some ministers asked why the army hadn't assassinated senior Hamas officials. The answer lies in the fact that as soon as the latest round of fighting began, Hamas leaders went underground, so the element of surprise was lost. Some suggested it was possible to wage a lengthy campaign from afar without sending ground forces into Gaza. But IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot believes the Palestinians would escalate by firing on the Tel Aviv area. At that point, either Israel would occupy Gaza, or it would stop the fighting after a few weeks - at which point the negotiations with Hamas would resume exactly where they left off. ... read more
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  • What Would Other Countries Do When Faced with Thousands of Violent Rioters Attempting to Breach Their Border?
    (UK Media Watch-CAMERA) Adam Levick - Hamas couldn't have asked for a Western journalist more sympathetic to their cause than Sarah Helm, writing in the Britain's Independent that Israel is "maiming a new generation" of Palestinians. Her reports of Palestinian suffering are completely context-free, ignoring the fact that the weekly riots are instigated by Hamas, who, if they were concerned about Palestinian suffering, and the burden on their fledgling healthcare system, could easily put an end to the provocations. Helm is among those who insist on denying Palestinians agency - casting them and their leaders as passive actors. Is there a Western army in the world that wouldn't use potentially lethal force when faced with thousands of violent rioters - many of whom are fighters associated with proscribed terror groups - attempting to breach their border? Why, in the face of shortages of doctors and surgical equipment, does Hamas encourage riots which will inevitably result in serious injuries? Why, in the face of poverty and a myriad of social and economic woes, does Hamas use precious resources - including millions in international aid - for rockets, attack tunnels and other military projects? ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, November 16, 2018
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  • Aid to Palestinians Used to Build Hamas’ Tunnel Network
    (Sputnik-Russia) Qanta A. Ahmed, a British-American Muslim media commentator, told Radio Sputnik she had visited the Gaza border this autumn "to see the tunnel networks that Hamas has built....[They] seemed to be high-finished concrete with ventilation, electrical wiring, [and] lightning. I went in...to see where the billions of dollars of international aid have been spent." "I also was privy with the deputy commander of the Gaza division to satellite images which were classified and I was not allowed to take pictures of them in any way. But it gave me some idea of the network of tunnels inside Gaza....It looks like a Jackson Pollock painting. It is unbelievably densely built up with a labyrinth of tunnels which would put to shame the British underground or the American subway network." ... read more
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  • Italian Deputy FM: European Attitudes toward Israel Are Improving Dramatically
    (Israel Hayom) Eldad Beck - Italy is considering opening a permanent mission in Jerusalem in light of the European Union's refusal to allow its member-states to relocate their embassies in Israel to the city, Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Guglielmo Picchi told Israel Hayom in an interview. "Italy's job is to ensure there is no bias in the union against Israel, ensure open dialogue and candor with Israel, and try and prevent the adoption of negative resolutions on Israel," he said. "The atmosphere has changed dramatically....Today there is a much more positive approach to Israel." ... read more
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  • Solving the Problem of Gaza
    (JNS) Israel Kasnett - Jonathan Schanzer, senior vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said, "everything that typically works doesn't necessarily work in the Gaza Strip....There are always two competing forces when we look at these flare-ups. There is Israel's desire to maintain calm, thinking of the well-being of its own people, and then there is the military interest in preventing this buildup." At a recent Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies (JISS) conference, former national security adviser Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror said, "a war in Gaza will only benefit [PA leader] Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] and Iran. And we don't want to give Iran any gifts." Prof. Efraim Inbar, president of JISS, wrote in Israel Hayom: "We cannot trust Hamas to keep the calm. Only when Hamas is afraid of IDF retaliation, which has yet to come, will calm prevail. Israelis tend to overlook the fact that in the Middle East, it is fear, above everything else, that governs how people act. Unfortunately, from time to time, we must give our enemies a violent reminder, lest they continue terrorizing us." "The assumption that boosting the quality of life for Gazans will reduce Hamas violence and hatred is fundamentally flawed. There is no place on this planet where there is a direct correlation between quality of life and terrorism. This holds true in the Palestinian case as well." Schanzer, referring to Israel's government, said, "They've tried everything. Overwhelming force, negotiations, working with Egypt, exploring non-conventional means of delivering aid. None of these things are working." ... read more
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  • Jewish State Appoints Christian Envoy to Muslim Country
    (Jerusalem Post) Herb Keinon - Israel's Foreign Ministry announced the appointment of George Deek as Israel's next Ambassador to Azerbaijan, a Muslim-majority country, on Thursday, making him Israel's first ever Christian Arab ambassador. Deek joined the ministry in 2008 and served in Norway and Nigeria. He is currently a senior adviser to Director-General Yuval Rotem. "We are proud of his appointment, which perfectly symbolizes the integration of Israelis from different backgrounds in the representation of the state," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon. ... read more
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  • UN Committee Criticizes Human Rights Violations in Iran
    (AP-Washington Post) Edith M. Lederer - The UN General Assembly's Human Rights Committee approved a resolution Thursday urging Iran to stop its widespread use of arbitrary detention and expressing serious concern at its "alarmingly high" use of the death penalty. The resolution, sponsored by Canada, was adopted by a vote of 85-30, with 68 abstentions, and is certain to be approved by the General Assembly next month. The resolution expresses "serious concern about ongoing severe limitations and restrictions on the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief." It singles out harassment, intimidation and persecution against religious minorities including Christians, Gonabadi Dervishes, Jews, Sufi Muslims, Sunni Muslims, Yarsanis, Zoroastrians and members of the Baha'i faith. ... read more
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  • A Ceasefire in Gaza
    (Weekly Standard) Editorial - For Israel to rely solely on its Iron Dome to intercept rockets is to normalize the terror coming from Gaza. The missile defense system has an 86% rate of efficacy, but rockets still make it through and kill and wound civilians. In Israeli towns like Nahal Oz, Sderot, Beersheba, and Ashkelon, civilians live a fair proportion of their lives in bomb shelters. The young are raised in constant fear of rockets. Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire, but it will not last. Palestinian militants do not believe in Israel's right to exist. For them, ceasefires are strategic, not substantive, and could be broken any time. This one will be broken, too. Was not the clandestine Israeli operation inside Gaza a provocation that led to the hostilities? In reality, no. Gaza is run by militants who dream of the destruction of the Zionist entity, as they call Israel. It is worth noting the lightning-fast speed with which rockets filled the skies once Hamas gave the word. Gaza is perpetually ready to shed the blood of its neighbor's civilians. That Israel runs furtive operations inside Gaza will only shock those who think it an easy thing to protect civilian lives against the imminent threat of carnage. What the Palestinians need most is to acclimate to the reality of the neighboring Israeli state. That won't happen until the Palestinians find a leader willing to renounce the honor-cult of Jew-hatred and to seek peace and prosperity in earnest. Neither Hamas in Gaza nor Fatah in the West Bank is likely to produce such a leader. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Thursday, November 15, 2018
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  • Israel to Invest $60 Million in Solar Energy and Agriculture in Angola
    (Angola Press Agency) Israel is to invest $60 million in various sectors in Angola, including the construction of a solar power plant in Benguela province, Israeli ambassador Oren Rosenblat said Wednesday. He added that Israel has invested $300 million in the agricultural sector in Angola since 2014. ... read more
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  • Imagine If One Rocket Hit an American City?
    (JNS) Arsen Ostrovsky - In Israel this week, thousands of families had to spend the night in bomb shelters after Hamas in Gaza rained down more than 450 rockets in the space of four to five hours. That is more than one rocket every minute - the most rockets fired at Israel in one day, ever. Imagine if just one rocket was to hit an American city? How would the United States react? The only reason there have not been more casualties is because Israel invests money in bomb shelters and the Red Alert warning system. Yet there has been a striking lack of outrage from the international community as Israel has been bombarded with rockets. All those who condemned the Pittsburgh shooting must now also condemn Hamas. Hamas and the Pittsburgh shooter are united in their bloodthirsty, unrestrained hatred of the Jewish people and the Jewish state. How can it be that there is a supposed "humanitarian crisis" in Gaza when clearly Hamas has enough money to fire off hundreds of rockets at Israeli civilians in one day? Unless the international community and the true champions of human rights start to hold Hamas to account, they will only further embolden and empower this terror group, becoming complicit in every rocket and mortar fired at the Jewish state and Israeli citizens. The writer is an international human-rights lawyer. ... read more
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  • Israeli Researchers Invent Process to Prevent Organ Transplant Rejection
    (Times of Israel) Shoshanna Solomon - Researchers at Tel Aviv University have invented personalized tissue implants, using a patient's own cells, making the risk of rejection of an organ implant "virtually disappear." Researchers took tissue from patients' stomachs and transformed them into stem cells - that can develop into any kind of cells, from neurons to cardiac cells to spinal cord cells. These patient-specific biomaterials do not induce an immune response in humans. ... read more
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  • Saudi Arabia Charges 11 People over Murder of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi
    (Wall Street Journal) Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor on Thursday charged 11 people over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, seeking the death penalty for five of the accused. ... read more
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  • As Palestinian Rockets Multiplied, Israeli First Responders Struggled to Keep Up
    (Times of Israel) Melanie Lidman - Shimon Lugasi, head of United Hatzalah's Ashkelon regional branch, helped respond or send volunteers to almost 70 events during the rocket barrage from Gaza at the beginning of the week. Attacks on the city of Ashkelon left one dead and 13 injured. Magen David Adom spokesman Zaki Heller said dozens of MDA paramedics from across the country volunteered to come to the region to relieve local staff and volunteers. Heller explained how, after a rocket hit an apartment building in Ashkelon, paramedics responded to five incidents in the same neighborhood outside of the building that was hit, including people injured by shrapnel or glass, people who fell and hurt themselves while running to the bomb shelter, and a pregnant woman who went into early labor from the stress of the nearby explosion. Magen David Adom treated 65 people during the rocket barrage this week, including three people who were critically injured, and 30 people with minor injuries ranging from shrapnel to smoke inhalation, said Heller. Paramedics also treated 31 people for shock. "With physical injuries, they heal after a month or a few months," Heller added. "But dealing with shock, this sometimes stays with them for their entire life." Lugasi said that for most people, the sound of the siren means they run for cover. But "when I hear a siren, I go outside to take care of people." ... read more
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  • EU Plan to Enable Non-Dollar Iran Trade, Oil Sales Unraveling
    (Reuters) John Irish - A special EU initiative to protect trade with Iran against newly reimposed U.S. sanctions faces possible collapse with no EU country willing to host the operation for fear of provoking U.S. punishment. Austria has declined a request to play host for the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). Belgium and Luxembourg are two other possibilities, but both have expressed strong reservations, diplomats said. Their reluctance arises from fears that SPV reliance on local banks to smooth trade with Iran may incur U.S. penalties, severing the lenders' access to U.S. markets. The Trump administration reaffirmed on Tuesday it would not hesitate to target Europeans for sanctions-breaking. "I like to compare the attitudes that are changing in Europe to a book written years ago in the U.S. called The Six Stages of Grief, National Security Adviser John Bolton said. "It starts off with denial. Then it ends up at acceptance." ... read more
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  • Palestinian Police Chief Suspended for Helping Israelis Fix Flat Tire
    (AP-New York Post) Hebron district police chief Col. Ahmad Abu al-Rub has been suspended for helping Israeli soldiers fix a flat tire on their jeep in the West Bank. Pictures of the incident on social media sparked anger among Palestinians who considered it collaboration. The Israeli vehicle was apparently blocking a road when Abu al-Rub offered to help. ... read more
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  • Next Flare-Up in Gaza Is Only a Matter of Time
    (Israel Hayom) Prof. Eyal Zisser - The truly troubling issue underscored by Monday's violence instigated by Hamas is the ease with which it repeatedly pulls the trigger. The terrorist group acts as though it does not fear Israel at all and it seems to feel confident enough to instigate rounds of violence from which it hopes to emerge as the winner. Hamas wants to be portrayed as the entity that took the initiative, dictated the rules and the duration of the game, and emerged with a deal that has not only made it stronger, but has given it a new position of power against Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The writer is a lecturer in the Middle East History Department at Tel Aviv University. ... read more
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  • Hamas Slams U.S. Bounty on Its Second-in-Command
    (Anadolu-Turkey) Nour Abu Aisha - Hamas has slammed Washington's recent decision to offer a $5-million reward for information leading to the capture of the group's deputy leader, Saleh al-Arouri. ... read more
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  • Palestinian Terrorist Stabs Policemen in Jerusalem
    (Jerusalem Post) Uri Bollag - A Palestinian terrorist in his 20s climbed over a fence of the police station in Jerusalem's Armon HaNatziv neighborhood on Wednesday night and stabbed a border policeman at the entrance, lightly injuring him. A border policewoman at the scene reacted immediately and shot the terrorist. A policeman at the scene was also hurt by the gunfire. Several other officers sustained minor injuries during the struggle with the terrorist. ... read more
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  • Hamas Brings Gaza Terrorist Groups Together to Build a New PLO
    (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Pinhas Inbari - Israel this week experienced the worst round of military confrontation with Hamas since the 2014 Gaza war. Hamas has established a "joint operations room" with the other Gaza terror groups as a step to establishing a new Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which is currently under Fatah leadership. Organizations including the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) already boycott Ramallah's PLO. Additionally, the Iranian-supported Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) was never part of the PLO. ... read more
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  • Israeli Expert: Gaza Ceasefire Was No Hamas Victory
    (Sputnik-Russia) Responding to recent events in Gaza, Prof. (emeritus) Abraham Diskin, an Israeli political scientist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, told Radio Sputnik: "As far as I evaluate the situation, Hamas really begged for a ceasefire." "Israel was really cautious not to cause too many casualties in general and civilian casualties in particular, but I think that the blows that Hamas had to observe were very, very severe and...it is very, very far from being a Hamas victory. Although Hamas presented it as such, I think the opposite is correct." ... read more
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  • Commanders Who Lead from the Front
    (Israel Hayom) Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Uzi Dayan - IDF special forces Lt. Col. M. was killed during an operation in Gaza this week. As someone who has participated in operations and has been wounded, I can say that the commanders see themselves first and foremost as soldiers in the lead. In their eyes, the best place for them to be is at the front of their troops. There is risk involved, but the blood of a lieutenant colonel is not more valuable than the blood of a sergeant. They are both just as valuable. This style of command produces the best mission performance and imbues the fighters with optimal confidence. Special unit members train hard and delve into the tiniest of details. Every operational eventuality has a contingency plan, which the soldiers drill. They know the unforeseen can happen, and they train to overcome unanticipated obstacles. As soon as possible after every operation, the soldiers debrief to identify their mistakes, so that the next team will be better prepared to execute the next mission. During the debriefings, the soldiers speak honestly, knowing the truth will not be used against them; rather, lessons will be learned to save lives in the future. The motto of the commanders in the field is always "follow me." This is how security is provided for Israel's citizens. The writer is a former Israeli national security adviser and IDF deputy chief of staff. ... read more
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  • Iran Was Closer to a Nuclear Bomb than Intelligence Agencies Thought
    (Foreign Policy) Michael Hirsh - A secret Iranian archive seized by Israeli agents earlier this year indicates that Tehran's nuclear program was more advanced than Western intelligence agencies and the International Atomic Energy Agency had thought, according to David Albright, a former UN weapons inspector who runs the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington. If Iran restarts its centrifuges, it could produce weapons-grade uranium in 7 to 12 months, said Albright, who is preparing reports on the archive. "The archive is littered with new stuff about the Iranian nuclear weapons program," Albright told Foreign Policy. "It's unbelievable how much is in there." The Iranians "were further along than Western intelligence agencies realized." The trove of documents demonstrates that Washington and the IAEA were constantly underestimating how close Tehran was to a bomb. ... read more
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  • Hamas Celebrates “Victory” in Gaza
    (Times of Israel) Adam Rasgon - As Hamas sought to depict the cessation of hostilities as a dramatic victory for its side after two days of rocket fire on Israeli towns, demonstrations by Hamas supporters were held on Tuesday evening throughout Gaza, with marches in Khan Yunis, Gaza City, Jabalya, and Rafah, Palestinian media reported. In a speech in front of the rubble of the Al-Aqsa TV headquarters in Gaza City, senior Hamas official Ismail Radwan said, "We come out today, celebrating the victory of the... Palestinian resistance here on the mighty land of Gaza.... We salute the joint command center [of Palestinian factions in Gaza]." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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  • Despite Rocket Attacks, Israel Continues Delivering Supplies to Gaza
    (Jerusalem Post) Anna Ahronheim - Despite incessant Hamas rocket attacks against Israel on Tuesday, the Kerem Shalom border crossing was functioning normally. Five gas tankers, 30 fuel tankers, and hundreds of other trucks with humanitarian goods delivered their goods to Gaza. ... read more
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  • Israel Avoided Killing Palestinian Civilians to Try to Prevent All-Out War
    (Ha'aretz) Yaniv Kubovich - After an anti-tank missile was fired from Gaza across the border at a bus near Kibbutz Kfar Aza on Monday, followed by a broad Hamas offensive against Israel involving rockets and mortars, both the Israeli government and the army understood a substantial response was necessary. Unlike recent bouts of fighting, the army decided to start with significant Hamas targets in city centers - high-rise buildings of operational importance - rather than military targets in outlying areas. Thus, the Israeli airstrikes were "completely different from anything we've known in the past," said a senior Air Force officer on Tuesday. "We've learned how to attack these targets at the heart of residential neighborhoods and obliterate them without killing anyone in the strike." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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  • Israel’s Defense Minister Resigns
    (Jerusalem Post) Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on Wednesday due to differences of opinion regarding Israel's response to Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza. ... read more
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  • Hamas Trying to Challenge Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense System
    (Ynet News) Yoav Zitun - Hamas and Islamic Jihad have tried in this round of fighting to overpower Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system by firing heavy barrages of dozens of rockets on a relatively small area. Out of 400 rockets, Iron Dome batteries intercepted 120 rockets that would've otherwise fallen in populated areas. IDF officials stressed that Iron Dome cannot provide 100% protection, and the public must follow safety instructions by the Home Front Command to prevent casualties. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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  • Gaza Cease-Fire Reached after Worst Fighting since 2014 War
    (Washington Post) Ruth Eglash - Palestinian factions in Gaza said they had agreed to an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire with Israel on Tuesday. Israel said 460 rockets were launched from Gaza toward Israel. Israeli jets responded with more than 160 airstrikes. ... read more
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  • FBI: Jews Subject to 60 Percent of Religiously-Motivated Hate Crimes in 2017
    (Tablet) Yair Rosenberg - On Tuesday, the FBI published its annual report cataloging hate crimes for the previous calendar year. As in every year since the bureau began collecting these statistics in 1992, Jews topped the list. And it wasn't close. Of 1,564 anti-religious hate crimes in 2017, 938 targeted Jews. In other words, Jews were subject to 60% of these hate crimes, despite constituting less than 2% of the American population. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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  • Israel UN Envoy Danon: There Are Not Two Sides to Hamas Missile Attacks on Israeli Civilians
    (Times of Israel) Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said on Tuesday that those who want to blame Israel for the latest fighting with Hamas in Gaza are "morally bankrupt," and he rejected those who call for restraint by both sides. "There is no such thing as both sides. There is Hamas that attacks and fires over 460 missiles at civilians and there is Israel that protects its people." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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  • Over 100 People Wounded in Israel by Gaza Rocket Fire
    (Times of Israel) Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon said Tuesday it treated 93 people who were hurt by Palestinian rocket fire, including 2 who were moderately wounded, 46 who were lightly wounded, and 44 who were treated for shock. Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba treated 15 people, 9 with physical wounds and 6 with shock. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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  • Netanyahu: Our Enemies Begged for Gaza Cease-Fire
    (Ha'aretz) Almog Ben Zikri - Hamas "begged for a cease-fire, and they know very well why," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a memorial ceremony for Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, in Sde Boker on Wednesday. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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