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Israel Targets Terror Kite Leader’s Vehicle in Response to Arson Attacks

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More Palestinian Violence as Trump Gov’t Predicts Israel Would Keep Western Wall

December 17, 2017 Peace and Conflict

U.S. President Donald Trump (left) meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right). Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon (GPO)

While recent calls for a new Palestinian terror campaign—in response to United States President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital—have generally gone unheeded, violence against Israel still continued over the weekend. On Sunday, the IDF Spokesman reported via Twitter that two rockets fired from Gaza landed in Israel. Earlier, a post on Twitter on Sunday by Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld reported that a 17-year-old Palestinian was arrested carrying a pipe bomb “as he tried to enter the area of a military court.”

Those attempted attacks followed a report by CBS News that a senior Trump Administration official said they couldn’t imagine a scenario in which Israel would accept a peace deal with the Palestinians and not retain sovereignty over the Western Wall, or Kotel in Hebrew. The comments were made during a briefing for reporters by senior Administration officials on Friday, along with a reminder that any actual border lines would be addressed by negotiations.

Not surprisingly, the Palestinians weren’t happy with the Western Wall comment, even though it prejudged nothing and the site is one of the holiest places in Judaism. … Continue Reading

US Offers Proof that Iranian Missile Was Used by Yemen Rebels to Target Saudi Airport

December 17, 2017 News

US Amb. to UN Nikki Haley showing Iranian-made weapons used in Middle East conflict. Photo courtesy of UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS.

An Iranian missile was used to target an international airport in Saudi Arabia according to the United States, which offered proof last week by presenting the remains of the missile itself in a press conference. The missile, which was fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen at the Saudis, has an unusual design only used by Iran. US Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley called the design features “essentially Iranian missile fingerprints” and used that as evidence that the missile was delivered to the Yemeni rebels by Iran. It was then used in a failed attack on an international civilian airport.

“The missile’s intended target was the civilian airport in Riyadh, through which tens of thousands of passengers travel each day,” said Haley in comments published to the US Mission to the UN website. “…Just imagine if this missile had been launched at Dulles Airport or JFK, or the airports in Paris, London, or Berlin. That’s what we’re talking about here. That’s what Iran is actively supporting.” … Continue Reading

Netanyahu Promotes Jerusalem as Israeli Capital in Europe

December 11, 2017 News

PM Netanyahu and Federica Mogherini. Photo courtesy of: Avi Ohayon (GPO).

The Untied States recently made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, took a visit to Europe as an opportunity to hint to the Western allies they should do the same. Netanyahu believes they’ll get there eventually.

“I believe that all or most of the European countries will move their embassies to Jerusalem, recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and engage robustly with us for security, prosperity and peace,” said Netanyahu in comments on Monday to European Union Foreign Ministers released by his office.

Netanyahu defended the decision of US President Donald Trump and argued that the recognition of Jerusalem is in fact essential to any peace deal with the Palestinians. … Continue Reading

Israel Dismantles Another Gaza Terror Tunnel Aimed to Terrorize Civilians

December 10, 2017 News

Israel takes down another Gaza terror tunnel. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

On Sunday, and for the second time in a month-and-a-half, the Israeli military discovered and dismantled a terror tunnel stretching from Gaza towards Israel. IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, in a video posted to Twitter, said the tunnel was being dug by Palestinian terrorist organizations and was “aimed to terror Israeli civilians and probably to abduct civilians into the Gaza Strip,” although he also assuaged concerns by posting to Twitter that there was “no immediate risk for Israeli civilians.”

The IDF used “new and advanced technologies” to uncover and take down the tunnel, according to Conricus—which was highlighted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in comments about the tunnel on Sunday. “We are developing unprecedented pioneering technologies and we will continue on this path,” said the Israeli leader in comments published by his office. “The work is not yet finished but there is no doubt that we are on the right path and we will continue on it.” … Continue Reading

Palestinian Riots, Rockets and Calls for Intifada in Response to US Jerusalem Move

December 10, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Explosives can kill. Spent Palestinian rocket. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Following the historic decision by United States President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Palestinians launched multiple terror attacks against Israel and called for more. An Israeli security guard was stabbed in the chest and an Israeli kindergarten was damaged by a Palestinian rocket over the weekend, and yet the response could have been—and still could be—much worse.

In response to the American announcement, the Hamas terrorist organization issued a statement on Saturday posted to their website calling for the continuation of a “holy intifada”—a term that means uprising and has referred to some of the worst Palestinian terror campaigns in Israeli history. If that message wasn’t clear enough, Hamas effectively called for violence against Israelis—including civilians—in urging Palestinians to “engage with the Israeli occupation soldiers and settlers everywhere.”

So far, that call has been met, albeit in limited fashion. Multiple rockets have been launched at Israel from Gaza since Thursday, with the Israeli Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld posting to Twitter photos of damage caused to a kindergarten in southern Israel when a rocket landed in the area. The IDF Spokesperson tweeted that the attack was “yet another attempt to harm innocent Israeli civilians.” No injuries were reported by either spokesman. … Continue Reading

Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli Capital in Historic Move

December 6, 2017 Peace Process, Special Feature

President Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Illustrative. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

United States President Donald Trump kept a campaign promise and fulfilled 70 years of Jewish longing on Wednesday by officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announcing plans to move the American embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. “Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” said Trump in comments posted to the White House website. “This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do.”

Israelis on both sides of the political aisle were supportive of the move by Trump, while Palestinians in Gaza burned the American flag ahead of the anticipated announcement.

“From every corner of the earth, our people yearned to return to Jerusalem, to touch its golden stones, to walk its hallowed streets. So it’s rare to be able to speak of new and genuine milestones in the glorious history of this city. Yet today’s pronouncement by President Trump is such an occasion,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement released by his office. “We’re profoundly grateful for the President for his courageous and just decision.” … Continue Reading

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