Iran Regime Claims Unrest Defeated, But Unjustified Imprisonment May Continue Protests

The most powerful security force in Iran and a close ally of the regime has claimed that the Iranian uprising has been crushed, but media reports and Twitter are implying that hasn’t happened yet. A reason for the latest outcry in Iran is due to the hundreds of people imprisoned …

Israel—An Ancient King of Making Glass

Centuries before the Land of Israel was a hub for the high-tech industry, the region was among the world leaders in another profession involving science, skill, and specialized knowledge: glass making. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced in a press release on Monday that they have discovered 1,600-year-old kilns used …

US to UN: Drone Incursion to Israel ‘Wake-up Call’ that Iran Plans to Stay in Syria

The Iranian drone that violated Israeli airspace last week was more than just an escalation—it’s a sign that peace in Syria is a ways away according to the United States and regional conflict may be here to stay. Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, warned the powerful …

Investigation: Turkey Turns ‘Blind Eye’—Sometimes Encourages—Hamas Illicit Activity

A Turkish citizen arrested in Israel for working with Hamas has helped unleash an investigation that led to accusations on Monday that Turkey has been ignoring—and at times enabling—Hamas fundraising and militaristic activity and has even indirectly allowed the terror group opportunity to research weapons for fighting Israel. The delve …

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Netanyahu: Disband UN Refugee Agency that ‘Perpetuates’ Palestinian Problem

June 12, 2017 Peace and Conflict

United Nations vehicle. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was founded almost 70 years ago to specifically support Palestinian refugees, while millions of other refugees of the world are supported by the U.N. High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). This despite the reality that so-called Palestinian refugees have spent decades away from the land inside Israel that they claim and have effectively settled in numerous locations and countries. That disparity in U.N. treatment was cited by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a reason to incorporate Palestinian refugees into the UNHCR and get rid of UNWRA altogether.

“I regret that UNRWA, to a large degree, by its very existence, perpetuates—and does not solve—the Palestinian refugee problem. Therefore, the time has come to disband UNRWA and integrate it into the UNHCR,” said Netanyahu on Sunday in comments released by his office. And perpetuating a refugee crisis for decades isn’t the only thing going wrong with UNRWA. … Continue Reading

US Envoy to UN Says Jerusalem Embassy Move Could Be ‘Part of Peace Process’

June 4, 2017 Peace and Conflict

U.S. Ambassador the U.N. Nikki Haley. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Mission to the UN

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, a strong supporter of Israel at the international body, implied that the plans to move the U.S. embassy to Israel to Jerusalem could be some type of negotiating point or inducement in a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Asked by CNN’s Jack Tapper if the embassy move—delayed by Trump last week—could be “leverage” for a peace deal, Haley did not directly confirm or deny that it could be. Instead, she acknowledged it could play a role.

Haley, according to a transcript of her interview with CNN’s State of the Union posted to the CNN website, said that President Donald Trump “knows that it could be very much a part of the peace process… He hasn’t changed his position on moving the embassy. It’s all about time. So I think that he wants to see how the peace process plays out and then handle it accordingly.” Israel has expressed their disappointment at the delay, following promises by Trump to move the embassy to Israel’s capital, a common practice with embassies in other nations. The peace process, a priority for Trump, was named in a White House statement as a reason for not moving the embassy now. … Continue Reading

Netanyahu in Africa: Include Us in African Union, Support Us at United Nations

June 4, 2017 News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) conference.
Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon / Israeli GPO

Israel wants to partner with African nations to build a better future for Africa. They also hope to build a better future for Israel, too—specifically, in international organizations such as the United Nations and the African Union. “Our growing bilateral relations should also be reflected, I believe, in international forums,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday in comments released by his office during a visit to Liberia.

Netanyahu went on to ask for African nations’ “support in rejecting anti-Israel bias at the United Nations,” as well as calling for Israel to again be an observer state of the African Union (AU). Regarding the AU status, Netanyahu said, “Now, it’s clearly—and I say this openly, especially with my great sympathy and affinity for Africa. It’s definitely in our interest. But, ladies and gentlemen, I fervently believe that it’s in your interest too, in the interest of Africa.” … Continue Reading

Israel Supports London: ‘Terrorists Worship Death’ But ‘We Will Defeat Them’

June 4, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Israel stands with the British in the face of terror. UK, Israeli flags. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

For the second time in three months, terrorists drove a vehicle into a group of civilians in London and launched a stabbing spree—two types of attacks that are all too familiar to Israel. But despite the common grief they share with the British, the Israeli condolence message was not just one of sympathy. It was one of resolute and united defiance in the face of terror.

“These terrorists worship death. They murder indiscriminately, but they will not frighten us,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday in comments released by his office during a visit to Africa.

“They will not terrorize us. They will only harden our resolve to defeat them. And together, together here in Africa, in the Middle East, in Europe, everywhere—together, we will defeat them faster.” The Israeli message in response to terrorism has long been to take a hard line against extremism, a sentiment that was also coming from British Prime Minister Theresa May after the last attack. … Continue Reading

Trump Stops US Embassy Move to Jerusalem, For Now

June 1, 2017 Peace and Conflict

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

Like the three American Presidents before him, Donald Trump formally signed off on a stay that will prevent the United States Embassy to Israel from moving to Jerusalem, in contradiction to repeated promises from President Trump. However, a statement posted on Thursday to the White House website noted that the promise still lingers. “As he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if that move happens, but only when,” said the Presidential statement.

As provided for under the U.S. law governing the embassy location, national security interests were cited by President Trump as a reason for the decision, although he also went into some additional detail. “President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America’s national security interests,” said the White House statement, which gave no timetable or circumstance for when the embassy move might happen. Regardless of whether it’s a permanent no or just a delay, Israel was disappointed by the decision. … Continue Reading

Palestinians Apoplectic over Israeli Plans for Cable Car to Western Wall

May 29, 2017 News

The Western Wall in Jerusalem. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The Western Wall is central to Judaism today as the holiest site for regular religious observance, but when Israel announced plans to build a cable car there and add elevators and tunnels to link it to the Jewish Quarter in the Old City, the Palestinian response was outrage.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry issued a statement that “condemned” the plans and—according to a report by the WAFA Palestinian news agency—didn’t even refer to it as the Western Wall, but as the Al-Buraq wall, the Islamic name for the location that discounts any Jewish connection to the site. And last but not least, the Palestinians called upon the powerful United Nations Security Council to stop Israel from carrying out a collection plans for Jerusalem, including the cable car. … Continue Reading

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