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 …

US Not Opposed to UN Palestinian Statehood Plan

The United States played a key diplomatic role in foiling the Palestinian efforts to pursue unilateral statehood outside of negotiations several years ago, and the American veto at the powerful United Nations Security Council wasn’t even required. But Israel can’t count on America’s help this time. Al-Monitor has reported that …

Palestinian Suicide-Bombing Pregnancy Plot Prevented by Israel

Palestinian terrorists planned to disguise a suicide bomber as a pregnant Israeli woman and use fake medical problems to gain access passes into Israel—but the plots were all foiled by Israeli security forces. The IDF Blog reported that an operation arrested five terrorists in recent months who planned to carry …

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US Not Opposed to UN Palestinian Statehood Plan

December 15, 2014 Peace and Conflict
Will the world tell Israel to give up Jerusalem? US President Obama (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu (right). Israel talking to world about Iran. Illustrative. (Photo Courtesy of Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Will the world tell Israel to give up Jerusalem? US President Obama (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu (right). Illustrative. (Photo Courtesy of Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The United States played a key diplomatic role in foiling the Palestinian efforts to pursue unilateral statehood outside of negotiations several years ago, and the American veto at the powerful United Nations Security Council wasn’t even required. But Israel can’t count on America’s help this time.

Al-Monitor has reported that a US diplomatic source has said the US is not planning to stop European efforts to create a new push for UN-sponsored Palestinian statehood. The plan this time is for new peace negotiations to be put forth, but with a UN Security Council-imposed time limit of two years. Another US source told Al-Monitor that the US isn’t arguing over the general concepts put forth by the French—they just want to wait until after the Israeli elections in March. … Continue Reading

Palestinian Suicide-Bombing Pregnancy Plot Prevented by Israel

December 15, 2014 News

Palestinian terrorists planned to disguise a suicide bomber as a pregnant Israeli woman and use fake medical problems to gain access passes into Israel—but the plots were all foiled by Israeli security forces. The IDF Blog reported that an operation arrested five terrorists in recent months who planned to carry out a bus bombing and other attacks, and the Tel Aviv area was one of their targets.

The report said that the group was talking with a Gaza terrorist for assistance in building a suicide explosive belt and that the attacks were to be on behalf of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad. An M-16 assault rifle, a shotgun, and chemicals for explosives were discovered during the arrest. … Continue Reading

Diplomatic Battle Wages over UN Recognition of Palestinian Statehood

December 14, 2014 Peace and Conflict
Will the US stop the UN from forcing Israel to withdraw from Jerusalem? US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

Will the US stop the UN from forcing Israel to withdraw from Jerusalem? US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

Israel and the Palestinians are embroiled in another conflict, but this one is being fought with discussions, ink and paper. The Palestinians are working for United Nations Security Council resolution that would demand Israel withdraw from territory to create a Palestinian state within two years. They are now discussing in earnest the proposal with major European nations—including the UK, France and Germany—according to Haaretz. The UK and France are both veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council, as is the United States.

Israel, meanwhile is working on it’s own diplomatic angles, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu going to Rome on Monday to meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. In comments released by his office, Netanyahu said he would tell the leaders that a UN decision forcing Israel to withdraw to the 1967 lines claimed by the Palestinians would bring terrorists into the center of Israel. … Continue Reading

Iran Inspires ‘We Love Fighting Israel’ Social Media Campaign

December 11, 2014 Peace and Conflict
Is another war on the horizon? Israeli car hit by rocket. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of IDF Spokesperson.

Is another war on the horizon? Israeli car hit by rocket. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of IDF Spokesperson.

Inspired by a speech from Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei, a social media campaign has been launched stating that the users “love fighting Israel,” according to a report by the Mehr News Agency. Mehr said that the Instagram account has more than 3,000 followers in just a week. It has also inspired various related hashtags on social media. Yet this week, Iran claimed they are a stabilizing force in the region’s nations troubled by terror.

Mehr highlighted one image showing a hand in the shape of a gun painted in the colors of an Iranian flag blowing away a blue Star of David – the symbol for Israel. While Mehr did not state how many Iranians were participating in the campaign, it credited Iranian leader Khamenei for sparking the idea.

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Death of PA Minister Threatens Israeli Security

December 10, 2014 Peace and Conflict
Will Palestinian police work with Israel? Palestinian security forces. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Will Palestinian police work with Israel? Palestinian security forces. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The death of a Palestinian cabinet member has led to threats that the Palestinian Authority (PA) could end security cooperation with Israel. The IDF Blog reported that Israel and Jordan will launch a joint investigation into the deadly incident, and a request has been made for the Palestinians jointly investigate. The death of PA Cabinet Minister Affairs Ziad Abu Ein is linked to a Palestinian protest. The WAFA Palestinian news agency reported that Abu Ein was a participant in the protest, although the IDF Blog said they were investigating the role Abu Ein had in the day’s events.

The IDF Blog said that as the protest progressed, Israeli security forces “halted the progress of the rioters into the civilian community of Adei-Ad.” At some point, the incident involved a lethal result, and that could prove dangerous for Israel if the Palestinians end security cooperation as a result. … Continue Reading

Iran Confirms Battling ISIS in Iraq, But Not Working with US

December 7, 2014 News
US jets and Iranian jets are fighting ISIS—just not together. US F-22 jet. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth.

US jets and Iranian jets are fighting ISIS—just not together. US F-22 jet. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth.

Sometimes shared enemies create odd partnerships. And right now, the US and Iran have a shared enemy in the ISIS (ISIL) terror group. But despite their joint interest in defeating ISIS, they aren’t working together, according to them. The Guardian newspaper quoted an Iranian official who confirmed that his nation did in fact conduct air strikes on ISIS targets inside neighboring Iraq, whom he described as Iran’s “friends.”

The official—Iranian deputy foreign minister Ebrahim Rahimpour—also told The Guardian the effort was not coordinated with the US. That’s one thing the Americans and Iranians agree upon, as the US has also confirmed they’re not working with Iran against ISIS. Pentagon Spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters that they are not coordinating with Iran, not even to avoid interactions between US jets and Iranian ones. Kirby said that process of separation—known as deconflicting—was up to Iraq and “they’re competent enough” to do that. … Continue Reading

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