Daily Alerts

  • Israeli Doctors Bring Cataract Treatment to the Developing World
    (Jerusalem Post) Noa Amouyal - MASHAV - Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation - has run eye camps across Africa to aid people with cataracts. Amb. Gil Haskel, the head of MASHAV, said: "They come in blind, and within 30 minutes of treatment they have full vision. Once they open their eyes, the first thing they see in front of them is an Israeli doctor and an Israeli flag, and that is always very heartwarming." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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  • Gaza Arson Balloons, Kites Spark 6 Fires in Israel on Saturday
    (Ynet News) Ilana Curiel - Incendiary kites and balloons launched from Gaza caused six fires in Israel on Saturday. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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  • Monitor: Four Years of Coalition Strikes on Syria Kill 3,300 Civilians
    (AFP-France 24) The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that U.S.-led coalition air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria had killed 3,331 civilians since 2014. "Among those killed are 826 children and 615 women," said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman. The coalition puts the toll at just over 1,000 civilians in both Syria and Iraq, and says it does all it can to prevent civilian deaths. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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  • Israel and Russia to Improve Coordination Mechanism
    (Ynet News) Yoav Zitun - Israel and Russia will examine how to improve the coordination mechanism between the two countries after a Russian plane was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire last week, a senior IDF official said. He confirmed that "Syria launched most of its missiles while the our planes were already in Israel's territory and the missiles fired at the Russian plane were fired after our planes had already landed at their base. The Syrians fired...anti-aircraft fire in an irresponsible manner, in all directions, and in a way that endangers anyone flying over the area....The Russian plane...was east of Latakia, dozens of kilometers from the attack zone." "Our notification of the operation was given more than a minute before the attack (contrary to the Russian claim). We left them a copy of the recording, as well as the main points of the investigation. We showed them proof regarding the site being attacked, the significance of the attack and its consequences." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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  • Significance of Attack on Military Parade in Iran
    (Reuters) Babak Dehghanpisheh - Saturday's deadly assault on an Iranian Revolutionary Guards parade dealt a stunning blow to Iran's security establishment, illustrating that Iran's elite force can be vulnerable to guerrilla-style operations. An Iranian ethnic Arab opposition movement called the Ahvaz National Resistance, which seeks a separate state in oil-rich Khuzestan province, claimed responsibility for the attack. So did Islamic State. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    11 hours ago
  • Europe’s Leading Companies Are Bowing to U.S. Sanctions
    (RealClearWorld) David Adesnik and Saeed Ghasseminejad - Corporate Europe's leading multinational firms, such as Airbus, Maersk, Peugeot, Total, and Siemens, are bowing to the pressure of Washington's unilateral sanctions on Iran. Our study of the efforts of 136 European companies to conduct business with Iran identified 52 European firms that have clearly indicated they will cut ties with Tehran. No European company in the Global 500 plans to defy sanctions. The one firm that tried, Renault, soon chose to back down rather than put itself directly in the U.S. Treasury's crosshairs. A year ago, the Iranian rial was trading at 37,500 to the dollar. Last week the dollar reached a high of 138,000 rials on the black market. David Adesnik is director of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where Saeed Ghasseminejad is a fellow. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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  • Israel Knows How to Deal with the S-300
    (Ha'aretz) Yaniv Kubovich - The Israel Air Force knows how to deal with the Russian S-300 air defense system. The S-300 system, and the more advanced S-400, have been deployed in Syria since 2016. Moreover, Israel has warned in the past that if Assad's army obtained the system, and that if missiles are directed against Israeli aircraft, it will destroy the system. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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  • Newborn Joins 300 White Rhinoceroses in Israel
    (Israel Hayom) Yehuda Shlezinger - Israel's Ramat Gan safari welcomed a 50-kg. (110-pound) baby white rhinoceros on Aug. 14. The baby rhino joins 300 white rhinoceroses at the safari, the largest such group in the European Endangered Species Program. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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  • If Spain Recognizes a Palestinian State, Israel May Recognize Catalonia
    (JTA) After Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell confirmed Thursday that Spain is pushing the EU to recognize the State of Palestine, Angel Mas, the head of ACOM - one of Spain's most high-profile organizations defending Israel - said that Israel may respond by recognizing Spain's Catalonia region as a state. ACOM has won dozens of court cases against organizations promoting a boycott of Israel. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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  • Gunmen Kill Dozens at Military Parade in Iran
    (New York Times) Richard Perez-Pena - Gunmen killed at least 25 people and wounded 60 on Saturday in an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz, the capital of Iran's Khuzestan province, home to most of the country's Arab minority. The dead and injured were a mix of Revolutionary Guards and civilian onlookers. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, "Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their U.S. masters accountable." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    11 hours ago
  • U.S. Warns Russia over Advanced Missile Defense for Syria
    (AP) Matthew Lee and Jonathan Lemire - U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said Monday: "We think introducing the S-300s to the Syrian government would be a significant escalation by the Russians and something that we hope...they would reconsider....We have American forces in the area we're concerned about. The Israelis have a legitimate right to self-defense against this Iranian aggressive behavior." Bolton also said the U.S. would keep a military presence in Syria until Iran is no longer active there. "We're not going to leave as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders and that includes Iranian proxies and militias." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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  • Israeli Airstrikes in Syria Destroyed Rocket Factory, Iranian Aircraft
    (Ynet News) Yoav Zitun - Satellite images of recent Israeli airstrikes in Latakia show a military rocket factory and a 155-meter-long ammunition depot were completely wiped out. In addition, satellite footage of an attack on Damascus Airport showed the remnant of an aircraft, apparently a Boeing 747 of Fars Air Qeshm, an Iranian airline affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards. After the Latakia attack, the IDF said: "IDF aircraft attacked a facility from which the Syrian army intended to transfer systems for manufacturing high-precision-guided weapons for Iran and Hizbullah. The weapons are meant to attack Israel and constitute an intolerable threat to it." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    11 hours ago
  • The Lies of Russia’s Report on Israeli Culpability for the Downing of the Russian Spy Plane
    (Ynet News) Ron Ben-Yishai - The report by the Russian Defense Ministry about Syria's downing of the Russian spy plane in Latakia last week - which blamed Israel - ignores the findings of the investigation conducted in Israel and presented by the Israel Air Force chief in Moscow. The report was intended to fabricate excuses to the Russian public about the failures of its forces deployed in Syria. The proof that the Russian officers in the Khmeimim Air Base did not read the battle correctly is the fact that the first message they sent to the Defense Ministry in Moscow was about missile launches from a French frigate in the Mediterranean at Syrian army targets in Latakia. Another blunder was that the Russians did not provide its Syrian allies with the electronic signals which identifies their planes as Russian. Moreover, the Russian officers who jointly operate the Syrian air defenses failed to properly supervise the Syrian anti-aircraft fire. Russian officers were there and they can surely recognize Russian planes, but someone failed in their professional responsibility. The Russian claim that the Israeli F-16s approached Latakia as the Russian spy plane was about to land at Khmeimim Air Base is an outright lie and the Russians were given photographic evidence to prove it. At the time of the plane's downing, all the Israeli planes were already in Israeli airspace and the only target the Russians and the Syrians saw on their radar was the Russian plane. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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  • Putin’s Missiles for Syria
    (Wall Street Journal) Editorial - On Monday Russia announced that it plans to send its highly capable S-300 missile system to its client regime in Syria within two weeks. Optimists who think Vladimir Putin is going to work with Israel and the U.S. to push Iran out of Syria may have to think again. Israel is frequently sending planes into Syrian airspace to slow Iran's relentless efforts to establish a military presence. Iran wants permanent bases for weapons and militia fighters to extend its imperial reach and directly threaten Israel. Israel can't tolerate that buildup, especially with Hizbullah in nearby Lebanon having an arsenal of 150,000 missiles. It has no choice but to prevent a Revolutionary Guard beachhead on its border. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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  • Russia to Send Syria S-300 Antiaircraft System
    (Washington Post) Anton Troianovski - Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Monday that Moscow would send S-300 ground-to-air missile systems to Syria in the next two weeks in the wake of the downing by Syria last week of a Russian reconnaissance plane. Israel has long opposed such deliveries. President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call Monday that the missile delivery was meant primarily to "counter any potential threat to the lives of Russian service members." Netanyahu told Putin that the transfer of advanced military systems to "irresponsible hands" would increase the dangers in the region and that Israel would continue to defend its security and interests. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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  • The Russian Military Lost Control of the Air Defense System near Its Main Airbase in Syria
    (Jerusalem Post) Ely Karmon - On Sep. 19, Pavel Felgenhauer wrote an article in Novaya Gazeta which puts the blame for the downing of the Russian IL-20 spy plane on the Russian side, under the title, "The Jews Are to Blame for Everything!" He wrote: The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) "are practically integrated under the supremacy of the Russian military....The Russian military adviser at the Syrian command post for some reason approved the launch of a long-range S-200 missile near our Khmeimim base." "The command post knew about the scheduled flight of the IL-20 and had to prohibit the launch of the S-200. But it seems that the Russian military has completely lost control of airspace and control of the air defense system in the area of its main base of the UHF Khmeimim, and as a result, in fact, they shot down their own IL-20....The military leadership decided to [blame everything on] the Jews. It's better than being responsible for your own sloppiness." The writer is a senior research scholar at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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  • 10,000 Palestinians Riot along Gaza Border on Friday
    (Jerusalem Post) Anna Ahronheim - More than 10,000 Palestinians took part in violent demonstrations along the Gaza border fence on Friday, throwing explosive devices, grenades and stones at IDF troops, and burning tires, while there were a number of attempts to cross the border fence. One IDF soldier was wounded from shrapnel. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    11 hours ago
  • Corbyn Says Labour Government Would Recognize Palestinian State
    (Press Association-Daily Mail-UK) A Labour government would recognize an independent state of Palestine "as soon as we take office," UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn told the Labour Friends of Palestine on Monday. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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  • “Hizbullah Treasurer” Arrested in Brazil
    (BBC News) Police in Brazil have arrested Assad Ahmad Barakat, a Lebanese national, accused by the U.S. of being one of the main people who help finance Hizbullah. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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  • The Palestinian Leadership Does Not Understand the U.S. President
    (Al-Arabiya) Abdulrahman al-Rashed - The Palestinian leadership does not understand the character of President Donald Trump. Since the beginning of his presidential term, one of Trump's acquaintances warned: Try to understand how to disagree with him, otherwise he will throw you under the bus! This is what happened to Mahmoud Abbas, whose friends are now rushing to get him from under the bus. Among the mistakes committed by the Palestinian leadership is that it tried a confrontation and forgot that the American government has huge influence on Palestinian activity as it's the largest funder of the Palestinian refugees and their organization UNRWA, contributing a quarter of a billion dollars each year. When delegates dispatched by President Trump went to the Palestinian territories to explain their ideas, the Palestinian leadership refused to receive them. The leadership was angry because the American government had executed an old decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The opposite should have happened; the Palestinians should have met the American delegation. Sitting down and talking would have been the right approach. One of the major mistakes is believing that Palestine is a pivotal cause which Arabs and Muslims will not give up on. Truth is they have given up on it a long time ago, as each state is preoccupied with its causes. This is the truth, which the dreamers in the Arab world must realize. The writer is former general manager of Al Arabiya and a former editor-in-chief of Asharq al-Awsat. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • New Documentary Shows How Top Vichy Officials Were Willing
    (AFP) Collaborators in the Rounding Up and Deportation of Tens of Thousands of Jews - Laurence Thomann and Fiachra Gibbons A new book by historian Laurent Joly and documentary by filmmaker David Korn-Brzoza have revealed the lengths to which the French wartime Vichy regime went to please the Nazis. Previously unseen documents show how the French police and top officials were willing collaborators in the rounding up of tens of thousands of Jews. During World War II some 75,000 Jews were deported from France to Nazi death camps, where almost all were murdered. "The Germans were not asking for the Jews who lived in the Vichy-controlled part of France to be handed to them," Joly said. "Vichy was always trying to demonstrate its goodwill towards the Germans....The policy of collaboration was a deliberate choice." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • Jordan to Import 85 Percent of Its Natural Gas from Israel
    (Jordan Times) Mohammad Ghazal - Jordan will import 8.5 million cubic meters of natural gas from Israel every day, Amani Azzam, secretary general of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, said Tuesday. ordan's daily needs of natural gas stand at 9.9 million cubic meters. The gas will be distributed to the country's power plants for electricity generation. The deal is expected to save around 700 million Jordanian dinars (nearly $1 billion) annually from the country's energy bill. Egyptian gas supply to the kingdom halted in 2013 following terrorist attacks that destroyed the pipeline that brought cheap gas to Jordan. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • UN Mideast Envoy Condemns Palestinian Glorification of Terror Attacks
    (Jerusalem Post) Tovah Lazaroff - The UN envoy for the Middle East peace process Nickolay Mladenov condemned Palestinian glorification of terror attacks against Israelis during a Security Council briefing in New York on Thursday. Referring to this week's terror attack that claimed the life of Israeli-American Ari Fuld, Mladenov said, "It is reprehensible that Hamas and other Palestinian factions chose to glorify this attack." "Hamas leaders continued to incite violence, with one senior official speaking of 'cleansing Palestine of the filth of Jews,' and threatening to decapitate Israeli leaders." "Fatah's official social media pages continued to glorify perpetrators of previous attacks against Israelis and failed to condemn terror attacks against civilians. Some religious leaders and officials made inflammatory statements, accusing Israel of plotting to destroy the al-Aqsa Mosque and denying Jewish historic and religious connection to Jerusalem." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • EU Using Bedouin Encampment Evacuation “to Poke Israel in the Eye Politically”
    (BBC News) Jeremy Bowen - After ten years of legal battles, Israel's Supreme Court has authorized the evacuation of the residents of the Bedouin encampment of Khan al-Ahmar to an alternative site. Responding to EU criticism of the decision, Israeli cabinet minister Naftali Bennett said in an interview, "I think it's pretty remarkable that these countries are intervening in Israeli domestic policy regarding illegal building. Imagine someone building something illegally in Paris or in London. It's none of Israel's business to tell the UK where to build houses and likewise here....In fact, these Bedouin folks are being held hostage by the Palestinian Authority and by the EU. It's all about poking Israel in the eye politically." "The Israelis aren't going anywhere. The Palestinians aren't going anywhere. We're not two nations in love, but we have to figure out how to live side by side....The last time we pulled out of a piece of land in Gaza, we got tens of thousands of rockets shot at us, so we're not going to do that again." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
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  • Corbyn Demanded Boycott of British Soccer Club over Israeli Tourism Sponsorship
    (Daily Mail-UK) Jake Wallis Simons - British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn demanded a boycott of the Arsenal soccer club after Israeli holiday destinations were advertised at the stadium. "We must campaign against and boycott Arsenal football club for their arrangement with the Israeli tourist board," Corbyn told the Palestine Solidarity Campaign Trade Union Conference in 2006. "It is wrong to treat both parties [Israel and the Palestinians] as equals." Listed as a speaker alongside Corbyn at the 2006 conference was preacher Daud Abdullah, who called for attacks on the Royal Navy if it tried to prevent arms smuggling into Gaza, and led a boycott of Holocaust Memorial Day. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • The Palestinian Victimhood Narrative No Longer Sells
    (Algemeiner) Mitchell Bard - After decades of accepting the idea that Palestinians deserve American financial assistance without offering anything in return, President Trump has decided the Palestinians are not entitled to U.S. taxpayer dollars to pay terrorists, support phony refugees, and line the pockets of corrupt leaders who enrich themselves, their families, and their cronies. UNRWA has invented five million refugees and created a welfare system to guarantee their perpetual misery. The refugee problem could have been solved decades ago, as UNRWA originally envisioned, if the leaders in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria gave the Palestinians citizenship, took them out of camps, and allowed them to assimilate into their societies, where they already shared a common language, religion, and culture. The writer is executive director of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) and the Jewish Virtual Library. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • University of Michigan Professor Refuses Reference for Student to Study in Israel
    (Michigan Daily-University of Michigan) Katherina Sourine - University of Michigan professor John Cheney-Lippold rescinded his offer to write a recommendation letter for junior Abigail Ingber, who requested it for an application for a study abroad program in Israel, citing an academic boycott against Israel. The university's public affairs department released a statement reaffirming its consistent opposition to boycotting Israeli institutions of higher education, adding, "It is disappointing that a faculty member would allow their personal political beliefs to limit the support they are willing to otherwise provide for our students." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • 10 Jerusalem Arabs Arrested for Leading Violent Clashes on the Temple Mount
    (Jerusalem Post) Tamara Zieve - Israeli security authorities detained 10 members of a gang of eastern Jerusalem residents who led violent clashes on the Temple Mount on July 27 which left four police officers wounded, the Israel Security Agency said Thursday. The gang had purchased fireworks which they smuggled to the Temple Mount compound in order to attack security forces at the end of Friday prayers. The group's leaders include Hamas operatives Ahmed Abu Sbeih and Rashid Rashak. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
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  • Why Jordan’s Economy Is Struggling
    (National Interest) Daniel Levin - Despite billions of dollars in foreign aid, Jordan still struggles with an economic crisis fueled by a national debt of nearly $40 billion, an 18.5% unemployment rate, a debt-to-GDP ratio of 95%, and an average per capita income of $5,213. Jordan's financial woes are coupled with its absorption of millions of refugees from neighboring war-torn countries, which have cost the kingdom $6.6 billion from 2011 to 2016. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • Prince William Unveils Statue of British Spy Frank Foley, Who Saved 10,000 Jews
    (Jewish News-UK) Prince William on Tuesday unveiled a statue to honor MI6 hero Frank Foley in Stourbridge, where the veteran intelligence officer chose to retire. Foley saved 10,000 Jews by issuing them passports while working undercover in Berlin. William met members of Foley's family, as well as people who were saved by Foley and descendants of others that Foley rescued. "I hope it will help people learn how Frank Foley refused to stand by when people were being persecuted because of their race or religion," said local MP Ian Austin. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • Irish Prime Minister to Raise Human Rights Issues in PA when Palestinian President Visits
    (Independent-Ireland) John Downing - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said he will raise concerns about democracy and human rights in the PA, including the need to decriminalize homosexuality, when President Mahmoud Abbas visits this coming weekend. He said it was important to show Ireland was not afraid to raise serious issues of human rights in territories controlled by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • U.S. Officials: PA Continues to Pay Terrorists
    (Jerusalem Post) Michael Wilner - On Thursday, U.S. Ambassador David Friedman posted on Twitter, "The Palestinian Prisoner Affairs Commission has confirmed that the family of the terrorist who murdered Ari Fuld is 'eligible to receive a monthly salary' as compensation for his incarceration," which Friedman characterized as "unconscionable." U.S. Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt tweeted, "Some people are complaining about U.S. cutting funds to the Palestinian Authority. But the PA continues to pay terrorists." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • Israel and the Arab States Make Eyes at Each Other
    (Financial Times-UK) Roula Khalaf - 25 years after the Oslo peace accords, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been relegated to an after-thought. Instead, Israeli officials highlight their burgeoning ties with Arab states, a rapprochement achieved despite the failure of the peace process. Israeli-Arab ties are still for the most part in an official state of war. Jordan and Egypt may have signed peace agreements with the Jewish state, but they are still stuck in a state of cold peace. But Israeli officials are right to point to a shift in the mood music and to a quiet expansion of covert co-operation with Arab states, including Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia and Israel share the view that the Iran nuclear agreement emboldened Tehran instead of curbing its regional ambitions. The whispers are that, under the radar, intelligence and technological co-operation is taking place. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • State Department: The PA Should Pay Its Hospital Bills Instead of Paying Terrorists
    (State Department) In response to a question about ending U.S. funding for Palestinian hospitals in east Jerusalem, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said Thursday: "The United States Government does not believe that it is responsible for paying for the hospital bills. Now, that may shock some people to hear that. The Palestinian Authority is the one that actually incurs these bills on behalf of Palestinian citizens and others who seek treatment at that hospital. The Palestinian Authority is solely responsible for paying for the treatment of Palestinians in those hospitals." "Historically, they have neglected to pay the bills at their hospital of those individuals....The Palestinian Authority...has failed to prioritize paying its debts and has instead put money into funding things like payment to families of terrorists and payment to...families of those who have been imprisoned. We think that that is a wrong decision, that the Palestinians should be funding the care of their own people in the hospitals." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • Israel to Improve Coordination with Moscow after Russian Plane Downed by Syria
    (Reuters) Dan Williams - Israel said on Thursday it would not halt strikes on Syria but would do more to "deconflict" them with Russian forces, after Syrian ground fire mistakenly downed a Russian surveillance plane on Monday. Ron Ben-Yishai, a veteran Israeli military commentator, told Ynet TV, "It is possible that, next time, they will say, 'Okay let's wait until the (Russian) plane goes back to its base, and then we will carry out the attack.'" ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • Syria Fired Missiles for 40 Minutes after Israeli Strike, Hitting Russian Plane
    (Times of Israel) Syrian anti-aircraft batteries fired dozens of barrages without aiming for 40 minutes after the initial Israeli attack in Syria on Monday, downing a Russian plane, the IDF reported. The IDF's findings were presented in recent days by the head of the air force, Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin, to his Russian counterparts in Moscow. The IDF found that the "deconfliction mechanism" with Russian forces followed the usual procedure before the strike. After the Syrians succeeded in downing an Israeli F-16 fighter in February, they have become more energetic in their efforts and every Israeli attack is met with dozens of anti-aircraft missiles. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • Paypal Shuts German NGO Account with Links to Palestinian Terrorists
    (Jerusalem Post) Benjamin Weinthal - The U.S. online payment service PayPal has closed the account of the Germany-based NGO International Alliance - an organization that sympathizes with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and supports boycotting Israel. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • For Some Arabs, Ahed Tamimi Is No Longer an “Icon”
    (Jerusalem Post) Khaled Abu Toameh - Two months after she was released from Israeli prison for assaulting an IDF soldier, Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi is rapidly losing her status as an "icon" of the Palestinian "resistance" against Israel. During a visit to France last weekend, Tamimi appeared in a photo with Salah Eddin Medan, a member of Polisario, the rebel movement fighting to end Morocco's presence in the Western Sahara. The photo enraged many Moroccans, who are now saying they regret having backed the campaign to support her. Last month, Tamimi drew sharp criticism from Syrian opposition groups as well as Gulf commentators after she heaped praise on Hizbullah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah. Moreover, a PA official in Ramallah said she "obviously made a big mistake by voicing public support for Hizbullah, which has been attacking us for many years and accusing us of being traitors." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • How Peace Keeps Receding in the Middle East
    (Washington Post) David Ignatius - This month of peace anniversaries forces us to reckon with the reality that the efforts of a generation of Americans, Israelis and Arabs to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have largely come to naught. The Palestinians are yesterday's problem. Even the Arabs are tired of their fractious demands. You can argue that the Palestinians kept balking at the peace deal that Israel would accept in hopes that if they waited and kept agitating, they could get more. The four-year-plus "intifada" that followed the Oslo agreement was a self-destructive waste for the Palestinians, poisoning good feeling in Israel. The same is true of Gaza, which greeted Israeli evacuation with continuing, self-defeating attempts to kill Israelis. PLO leader Yasser Arafat allowed his chief intelligence officer to maintain secret contact with the CIA, even as he kept trying to kill Israelis. He wanted a peace deal, so long as he could hold out for a better one. The Palestinians deserved better. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • Reinventing the U.S. Approach to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
    (Atlantic) Robert Malley and Aaron David Miller - The objective of the Trump administration is to fundamentally reframe the U.S. understanding of, and policy toward, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, shifting the focus toward Palestinians' material, economic concerns while downplaying their political and national ones. The Palestinian state the U.S. has been ready to contemplate always came with caveats galore, so that its attributes were significantly less than those habitually associated with statehood. Limitations on its sovereignty tended to include lack of control over its airspace, demilitarization, restrictions on the parties with which it could enter into alliances, and acceptance of Israel's right to intervene when it deemed it necessary. As for the return of refugees, the U.S. viewed it more as a matter of paying lip service than of implementing a right. The Trump team believes that past U.S. administrations inflicted grievous harm by humoring Palestinian mythologies, refraining from calling out the Palestinian leadership, and displaying boundless (albeit fruitless) creativity in seeking to accommodate their political demands, and that those illusory ideological constructs have stood in the way of a realistic, practical resolution to the conflict. Yet the administration's view is predicated on illusory notions - that the Palestinian people are more moderate than their leaders, and that their true preoccupations are bread, butter, and normalcy, as opposed to statehood, Jerusalem, or the fate of the refugees. The current Palestinian leadership focuses on historical grievances not in spite of popular opinion, but because of it. Abbas lost legitimacy with his people largely because he is viewed as overly compliant, not excessively militant. Robert Malley is President of the International Crisis Group. Aaron David Miller, Vice-President of the Woodrow Wilson Center, served as a State Department analyst, adviser and negotiator in Republican and Democratic administrations. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • Netanyahu: Yom Kippur War Shows Importance of Preemptive Strike
    (Ynet News) Inbar Tvizer - Speaking at a memorial ceremony for fallen soldiers of the 1973 Yom Kippur War on Thursday at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had a responsibility to undertake all efforts to avoid war. Before the Yom Kippur War, "The required decision to launch a preventative strike was the harder decision for the whole government because it could never have proven what would have happened if it had not acted. Israel should have delivered a preemptive strike." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
    4 days ago
  • The Desire of Eastern Jerusalem Arabs to Integrate in Israeli Society
    (Israel Hayom-Hebrew-28July2018-Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies) Nadav Shragai - Dr. David Koren, Advisor to the Mayor of Jerusalem for Arab and eastern Jerusalem affairs, says nationalism among the 400,000 Jerusalem Arabs "is in full retreat. It is giving way to two main contradictory alternative allegiances that are gaining strength in eastern Jerusalem and competing with each other: Israelization, on the one hand, and Islamization, on the other." Koren, 41, a former head of the Middle East branch in the National Security Council, bases his assessments on thousands of hours of talks with the residents and their leadership. "Go to Damascus Gate and see the ocean of signs there inviting the Arab public to learn Hebrew. These aren't the municipality's signs; they belong to private institutes....See what's happening in the education system: only a few years ago, only hundreds were studying for an Israeli matriculation exam, and now - 7,000....Besides this, we're also seeing thousands of requests from residents who want to become Israeli citizens....15,000 Arabs from northern Israel have moved to eastern Jerusalem. In effect, they are agents of change." At the same time, in the upcoming municipal elections in October, Koren believes that "More Arabs from eastern Jerusalem will vote than in the past, but not many." He says there will be islands of voting in Wadi Al-Joz, Beit Safafa, and Sur Baher, but "I don't think it will be enough to put someone on the city council. They are still threatened and intimidated by terrorism and ultra-nationalism. The PA's ability to label them as Zionist agents and collaborators still exists." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
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  • U.S to Demand International Action Against Iran
    (Asharq Al-Awsat-UK) Ali Barada - At the UN Security Council in New York next week, President Donald Trump plans to chair a session on Iran aimed at discussing the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, according to a "concept paper" distributed by the U.S. The U.S. aims to supply all international treaties and agreements with "claws" to face countries using and spreading WMD, particularly states such as Iran. "The Security Council must identify ways to ensure its resolutions on WMD threats are respected," the paper says. "States that violate these resolutions must be held accountable. In addition, all breaches of non-proliferation treaties and agreements must be treated seriously with consequences....The Security Council has regularly adopted resolutions to counter WMD threats. But those resolutions are often flouted without penalty." Earlier this month, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Trump was chairing the meeting "to address Iran's violations of international law and the general instability Iran sows throughout the entire Middle East region." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018
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  • Volkswagen Pulls Out of Iran
    (Bloomberg) Nick Wadhams - The U.S. has persuaded Volkswagen to comply with sanctions on Iran and end almost all of its business in the country, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell said Tuesday. "We are pleased with this decision because Iran diverts its economic resources away from its people to spread violence and instability across the globe," he said. A senior State Department official said there was now no business left for the EU to protect in Iran and that the U.S. had essentially won in its battle to persuade companies to leave. He said that European nations and businesses are far more closely aligned with the U.S. than they are with the EU on that issue. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Thursday, September 20, 2018
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  • Palestinian Human Rights Activist: EU Should Cut Funding for BDS Movement
    (MEMRI) Speaking at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Eid said: "BDS is a movement which is trying to use the Palestinians in order to gain power and money....lf Europe tomorrow will cut the funding on BDS, like Trump cut the funding on UNRWA, no BDS will exist in the coming six months." "The majority of the Palestinians these days are people who are seeking dignity rather than identity....Dignity can be achieved only via economic prosperity....So Europe should...help the Palestinians to put an end to the so-called BDS....BDS is just using us. BDS will never ever help us. BDS will never ever want to achieve any kind of peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. BDS wants to destroy Israel, and, as a Palestinian, I don't have time for that." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Thursday, September 20, 2018
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  • State Department: Iran Allows al-Qaeda to Operate Key Network Inside Iran
    (Long War Journal) Thomas Joscelyn - The State Department, in its annual Country Reports on Terrorism released Wednesday, says, "Iran remained unwilling to bring to justice senior al-Qaeda (AQ) members residing in Iran." Moreover, "Iran has allowed AQ facilitators to operate a core facilitation pipeline through Iran since at least 2009, enabling AQ to move funds and fighters to South Asia and Syria." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Thursday, September 20, 2018
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  • Arson Balloons from Gaza Cause Four Fires in Israel
    (Ynet News) Four fires broke out in Gaza border communities on Wednesday due to incendiary balloons launched into Israel by Palestinians in Gaza. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Thursday, September 20, 2018
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  • IDF: F-16s Were Already in Israeli Airspace when Syria Hit Russian Aircraft
    (Sputnik-Russia) The Israel Defense Forces expressed regret on Tuesday over the deaths of Russian troops on Monday but put the blame on Damascus. "When the Syrian Army launched the missiles that hit the Russian plane, IAF jets were already within Israeli airspace....During the strike against the target in Latakia, the Russian plane that was then hit was not within the area of the operation," the IDF said. "The Syrian anti-air batteries fired indiscriminately and, from what we understand, did not bother to ensure that no Russian planes were in the air." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Thursday, September 20, 2018
    5 days ago
  • Palestinians Riot near Gaza Security Fence during Yom Kippur
    (Jerusalem Post) Hundreds of Palestinians rioted near the Gaza security fence during Yom Kippur on Wednesday, throwing firebombs, a hand grenade and an explosive device at IDF soldiers. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Thursday, September 20, 2018
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  • Palestinian Journalist: Arafat Told Me He Went Along with Oslo Accords “to Bring the PLO Back to Palestine”
    (MEMRI) To mark the 25th anniversary of the Oslo Accords, Palestinian journalist Abd Al-Bari Atwan revealed in Rai Al-Yawm on Sep. 13 that PLO leader Yasser Arafat told him he did not believe in the Oslo path, but that he was going along with it because it was an opportunity "to bring the PLO and the resistance back to Palestine" and to drive out the Jews. Atwan also noted that Arafat had cooperated with, funded, and armed members of Hamas, and had coordinated with Hizbullah to dispatch ships bringing weapons to the Gaza coast. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Thursday, September 20, 2018
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