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 …

Same Day Sweden Recognizes ‘Palestine’, Palestinians Plan ‘Day of Rage’

The Swedish government has poor timing—and it raises questions about their Middle East policy. The same day they announced they had recognized the “State of Palestine” to—in the words of Foreign Minister Margot Wallström—“give our support to the moderate forces and the lead of President Abbas,” the party of Abbas …

Palestinian Incitement: Israel Basically Declared ‘War’

Israel has warned that Palestinian incitement is brewing violence, and one day after another terror attack, the Palestinian comments still haven’t changed. Following the attempted assassination of Jewish religious rights activist Yehuda Glick, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lamented the lack of condemnation of Palestinian incitement. “A few days ago, …

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Same Day Sweden Recognizes ‘Palestine’, Palestinians Plan ‘Day of Rage’

October 30, 2014 Peace and Conflict
Things heating up in the Middle East.. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Things heating up in the Middle East. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The Swedish government has poor timing—and it raises questions about their Middle East policy. The same day they announced they had recognized the “State of Palestine” to—in the words of Foreign Minister Margot Wallström—“give our support to the moderate forces and the lead of President Abbas,” the party of Abbas called for a “day of rage” in Israel and abroad.

Palestinian Media Watch translated a report from the WAFA Palestinian news agency in which the Fatah political party called for its “fighters” and the “masses of the Palestinian people to aid the Al-Aqsa Mosque” and Jerusalem. The statement urged a “day of rage” on Friday in opposition to “any attack on the holy places,” a common libel against Israel. And that’s not the worst comment the Palestinians gave this week. … Continue Reading

Palestinian Incitement: Israel Basically Declared ‘War’

October 30, 2014 News
Abbas is choosing the wrong friends. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ angry statements continue. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

Israel has warned that Palestinian incitement is brewing violence, and one day after another terror attack, the Palestinian comments still haven’t changed. Following the attempted assassination of Jewish religious rights activist Yehuda Glick, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lamented the lack of condemnation of Palestinian incitement.

“A few days ago, I said that we were facing a wave of incitement by radical Islamic elements and by Palestinian Authority Chairman [Mahmoud Abbas] who said that Jews must be prevented from going up to the Temple Mount by any means possible,” said Netanyahu in comments released by his office. “I still have not heard from the international community so much as one word of condemnation for these inflammatory remarks.”

It took less than a day for more Palestinian comments. The Palestinian WAFA news agency paraphrased Palestinian Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh as saying on Thursday that Israel’s decision to close the Temple Mount and the mosques located there to all visitors for security reasons was “tantamount to a declaration of war on the Palestinian people and their sacred places and on the Arab and Islamic nations.” … Continue Reading

New Stage in Terror: Shooter Acts Brazenly with Jerusalem Assassination Attempt

October 29, 2014 Peace and Conflict
Is it really peace they want?Palestinian banner. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Is it really peace they want?Palestinian banner. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The assassination attempt on a well-known Jewish rights activist in Jerusalem was more than the second terror attack in just a week in Israel’s capital—it was a brazen and aggressive strike at the Jewish people. According to Israeli Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld’s Twitter account, the shooting is being labeled an attempted assassination, and that sets it apart from past terror.

Jerusalem has been the scene of far too many attacks in its history, but they generally target random groups of people. Sometimes a specific type of Israeli is targeted—such as Yeshiva students or soldiers—but Haaretz reported that the apparent target of this hit job was Yehuda Glick, the leader a group that promotes Jewish rights to pray on the Temple Mount. … Continue Reading

Israel Sending Field Hospitals to Help Fight Ebola

October 21, 2014 News
Israeli medics at work. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Israel GPO. By Kobi Gideon / GPO.

Israeli medics at work. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Israel GPO. By Kobi Gideon / GPO.

Israel is on the front lines of a lot of challenges, and now they’re joining another—the battle with Ebola. According to a press release on the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, Israel’s government is sending mobile field hospitals to the African nations most affected by the virus. In addition, the Israelis are setting up a forum for organizations interested in helping fight Ebola that will meet later this month. The field hospitals will be sent to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, according to the press release. Protection gear and isolation units will be the focus of the mission, in light of the dangers of infection.

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Iran Praises Palestinian Terrorists for Gaza War, Says to Plan More

October 21, 2014 Peace and Conflict

A high-ranking Iranian official openly congratulated a Palestinian terror group for being able to hit all of Israel with missiles during the last war with Gaza, according to the Fars News Agency. Those Palestinian missiles were launched indiscriminately at civilian areas in Israel, including the major cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

But that seems to be a triumph and not a war crime according to Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council (EC) Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. The former president of Iran was quoted as telling a visiting Palestinian terror leader that “if you want to bring the Israeli army to its knees through you resistance, you should plan for new phases to surprise everyone again.” … Continue Reading

Turkey Sees ISIS Threat Close Up

October 20, 2014 News
US shipping weapons to Kurds to fight terror. Illustrative photo of US cargo plane. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John E. Lasky

US shipping weapons to Kurds to fight terror. Illustrative photo of US cargo plane. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John E. Lasky

The Kobani region in the Turkish-Syrian border has been a combat zone between Kurdish rebels and the terror group ISIS for a while, but the ISIS threat has now managed to cross the border into Turkey. The Telegraph reported that a rebel leader from the Kobani rebels was shot and temporarily kidnapped by ISIS forces inside Turkey before smugglers helping the terrorists abandoned the plot due to an increased Turkish military presence.

This comes as the US air dropped weapons to the rebels in Kobani, a region which is sensitive for Turkey because the Turks have a history of conflict with both sides fighting there now. … Continue Reading

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