Analysis—Abbas’ UN Speech Flips Truth on Its Head

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has never been all that friendly towards Israel, but last week he unleashed an invective-filled speech at the United Nations that sounded like a hateful enemy towards the Jewish State. Along the way, Abbas accused Israel of genocide and racism. He said all of this in …

Israel Builds A Modern Highway and Finds an Ancient Village

Highway expansions can result in traffic jams, and in Israel it can turn into archaeology as well. That’s what happened to a recent project, after an Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) inspector found pottery shards during the Highway 1 project, a discovery that has since led to the uncovering of an …

Palestinian President Abbas Ready for ‘Political War’ against Israel

Turns out Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ vicious anti-Israel speech at the United Nations isn’t the worst thing he’s planning against the Jewish State. Media reports, including from Ma’an News Agency, claim he plans to eventually call for a UN-mandated timeframe on the carving out of Israel a state of Palestine, …

Russian Foreign Minister Says Sides ‘Very Close’ to Nuke Deal with Iran

The deadline for a deal in the nuclear talks between Iran and the major nuclear powers has already been extended once, and the next deadline is just over a month away with no deal yet. Despite the differences, one of the negotiating world powers—Russia—sees some progress in the nuclear dispute. …

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Russian Foreign Minister Says Sides ‘Very Close’ to Nuke Deal with Iran

October 1, 2014 News
Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

The deadline for a deal in the nuclear talks between Iran and the major nuclear powers has already been extended once, and the next deadline is just over a month away with no deal yet. Despite the differences, one of the negotiating world powers—Russia—sees some progress in the nuclear dispute.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in comments reported by RIA Novosti, said last week that he has “cautious optimism” about the talks and even said the sides are “very close” to a deal. However, he noted the “most difficult issues” have yet to be resolved. … Continue Reading

Palestinian President Abbas Ready for ‘Political War’ against Israel

September 30, 2014 Peace and Conflict
Abbas has taken on Israel at the UN. UN headquarters. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Abbas has taken on Israel at the UN. UN headquarters. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Turns out Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ vicious anti-Israel speech at the United Nations isn’t the worst thing he’s planning against the Jewish State. Media reports, including from Ma’an News Agency, claim he plans to eventually call for a UN-mandated timeframe on the carving out of Israel a state of Palestine, a threat that the United States is likely to veto.

But if that happens, a senior Palestinian official from Abbas’ Fatah party has a new threat—Abbas will wage “political war” against Israel, according to Ma’an. Media reports have postulated that response could include taking Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on trumped-up war crimes charges. In the meantime, Abbas’ approach to Israel has the backing of a terror group. … Continue Reading

Analysis—Abbas’ UN Speech Flips Truth on Its Head

September 28, 2014 In Depth, Special Feature
Abbas is choosing the wrong friends. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

Abbas is choosing the wrong friends. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has never been all that friendly towards Israel, but last week he unleashed an invective-filled speech at the United Nations that sounded like a hateful enemy towards the Jewish State. Along the way, Abbas accused Israel of genocide and racism.

He said all of this in spite of the fact that Israel is not guilty of these sins, and Abbas’ own Palestinian partners are. Let’s look more closely: … Continue Reading

Palestinian Sources Contradictory over Three-Year Plan for Palestinian State

September 28, 2014 News

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chose not to put a three-year timeframe for creating a Palestinian state into his speech last week at the United Nations’ General Assembly, and it’s unclear if the Palestinians plan to do so or not. Abbas, according to the text of his speech posted on the Palestinian WAFA news site, did call for a “specific timeframe,” but avoided naming what that timeframe should be.

The Times of Israel, citing reports from Israel Radio and The Guardian, provided a contradictory view of the Palestinian eagerness to propose the UN Security Council impose a three-year timeframe on an Israeli withdrawal from territory that would be turned into a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank], Gaza, and the eastern half of Jerusalem. … Continue Reading

US Strikes ISIS Targets in Syria

September 23, 2014 Uncategorized

After deciding not to launch airstrikes against the Syrian regime after they used chemical weapons on their own people, the United States—along with partner nations—have now launched missiles at Syrian territory. But this time the targets are not Syrian, but ISIS forces. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said on his Twitter feed that fighters, bombers, and tomahawk missiles have been used in the attacks.

The Guardian reported that five Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, were among those who participated in the mission. US President Barack Obama hinted at it in his recent speech addressing the threat of ISIS that he could strike the terror group in Syria. … Continue Reading

New Israeli Agency to Defend Civilians from Cyber Threats

September 21, 2014 Uncategorized

Israel has one of the world’s best missile defense systems—the Iron Dome—to defend its civilians from rockets. Now it is working on the “air force” of cyber defense with a new security agency designed to protect civilian systems from technological threats.

The agency was formed after internal staff work determined the need for a link between the nation’s security and civilian worlds for cyber defense, according to a press release from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office. Netanyahu said the group will be concerned with “defending not only important facilities and security agencies, but how to defend Israeli citizens against these attacks.” … Continue Reading

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