US Closes Palestinian Office in Washington for Rejecting Peace Plan ‘They Haven’t Yet Seen’

The Americans increased the pressure on the Palestinians for obstructing peace again on Monday, as the United States government closed the office of the General Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington, D.C. The PLO is the official representative of the Palestinian government to the world and in …

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 Says Hamas Must Change, While Israel Notes 1000s of Animals Killed by Gaza Arson

The main United States negotiator for Middle East peace called for Hamas to change it’s ways and recognize Israel in an Op-Ed on Friday, and one day later, another attack by Gaza terrorists had Israel noting that arson and explosive attacks had killed thousands of animals in addition to property …

US, Israel Working Together to Pressure Iran; American Sanctions Target Iranian Use of Child Soldiers

The top United States financial official visited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, and in a sign of the times, their first topic named by Netanyahu to the press was not economics; it was Iran. “This is what is going to occupy a great deal of our discussions today—how …

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Israelis Allow Fuel into Gaza as Palestinian Authority Opposes Plan

October 10, 2018 News

Illustrative example of goods shipped to Gaza. Photo courtesy of the Israel Tax Authority.

Israel and an Arab state are coordinating to help Gaza, and the Palestinian Authority (PA) is not happy about it. Qatar has provided funding for multiple truckloads of fuel for the power plant in the Gaza Strip, and the first of the trucks entered the coastal enclave on Tuesday via Israel’s Kerem Shalom crossing, according to the Ma’an News Agency. The report by Ma’an, a Palestinian agency, said that because the Qatari support was not done in conjunction with the PA, the Palestinian governmental body led by PA President Mahmoud Abbas was opposed to the assistance. The Palestinian Authority is run by Fatah, the political rival of Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip.

The PA’s objecting to providing their own people in Gaza with assistance is not new. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had lamented it last week and his Arabic-language spokesman Ofir Gendelman leveled his own criticism of Abbas in an Arabic Twitter post on Tuesday, the same day the Qatari-funded fuel was delivered to Gaza.

“The end of hypocrisy and neglect: Palestinian President Abbas has instructed to send immediate humanitarian aid to the earthquake victims in indonesia, but it is forbidden to send even one bottle of water or one litre of fuel to the Gaza Strip to help the people of his people who suffer the oppression of Hamas terrorist and the stranglehold imposed on them himself!” said the post, which was translated by the Microsoft tool on Twitter. … Continue Reading

Israel Tells Germans They Will ‘Take Strong Action’ If Gaza Attacks

October 6, 2018 Peace and Conflict

PM Netanyahu and German FM Heiko Maas. Photo courtesy of Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)

Against the backdrop of months of attacks of various types from Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week issued another round of warnings to the terrorists in the Gaza Strip—this time in comments with Germany’s Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas. A recap of the meeting issued by Netanyahu’s office said the Israeli leader “made it clear that Israel would take strong action against Gaza for every action against Israel and the residents of the south.”

Germany is one of the top six most powerful nations in the world in the diplomatic arena, and should Israel need to launch military strikes in Gaza, they may need political support on the global stage. The same day as Netanyahu’s warning, thousands of Gazans rioted against Israel and worse.

“A mob of approx 20K Gazans are burning tires, throwing bombs and grenades, and attempting to break through the border fence with Israel, which 10 armed terrorists did, until we stopped them. In response, an IDF aircraft carried out two strikes in Gaza,” the IDF Spokesperson posted to Twitter last Friday. … Continue Reading

US Marks New Military Aid Package for Israel with Iranian Foe in Mind

October 2, 2018 News

PM Netanyahu and US President Trump. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Avi Ohayon (GPO)

The United States’ ten-year, $38 billion military financing package for Israel officially started yesterday, and the Americans weren’t coy about one of their main concerns for Israel: threats from Iran. “Israel is a valuable and capable ally to the United States that today faces dangerously escalating regional threats, first and foremost from the Iranian regime’s sponsorship of terrorist groups seeking to attack not only Israel but also American interests,” said a statement from US spokesperson Heather Nauert in a State Department press release.

The Israelis also had Iran on the mind when thanking the US for the sizable Memorandum of Understating (MOU) agreement, which was signed in 2016. “Israel and the world face complex security challenges, especially Iranian aggression,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in comments released by his office on Tuesday. “The unreserved US support for Israel’s right to defend itself is among the pillars of the strong bond between the two countries.” … Continue Reading

Iranians Write ‘Death to Israel’ on Missiles Striking Suspected Terrorists in Syria

October 1, 2018 Peace and Conflict

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

Iran retaliated on Monday against a group of terrorists in Syria for what the Iranians believe was their role in perpetrating the recent terror attack in Iran that killed more than two dozen, but even in that the Iranians still had reassert their hatred of Israel and the United States. According to the Fars News Agency, at least one of the six missiles fired by Iran into Syria had written on them the statements “Death to America,” and “Death to Israel”. Neither Israel nor the US are thought to be behind the attack and Monday’s Iranian reports in the Fars and PressTV media outlets do not directly blame Israel—claiming Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were at fault instead.

Israel made clear that they were not involved and responded to the Iranian missile slogan in comments from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Iran’s attempt to tie Israel to the terrorist attack in southern Iran is ridiculous. The fact that ‘Death to Israel’ was written on the missiles launched at Syria proves everything,” said Netanyahu on Monday, in comments published by his office. His spokesman Ofir Gendelman added on Twitter that Netanyahu believes the “Death to Israel” slogan demonstrates “Iran’s intentions towards Israel.” … Continue Reading

Palestinians Take US to Int’l Court over Jerusalem Embassy

September 30, 2018 News

PM Netanyahu addresses ceremony marking opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem. Illustrative.
Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon / GPO

The Palestinians’ political battle with the United States has officially gone past rhetoric to legal action: Last week, the Palestinians brought charges to the International Criminal Court of Justice (ICC) that the US Embassy in Jerusalem is a violation of the Vienna Convention, the primary treaty between world nations. A press release from the ICC on their website summarizing the Palestinian claim argued that the Vienna Convention only allows for a diplomatic mission to be “established on the territory of the receiving State” and is therefore “a breach” of the treaty due to Jerusalem’s “special status.”

The Palestinians ask that the Court order the US to move the embassy from Israel’s capital city, despite the fact that neither Israel nor the US have accepted the Court’s jurisdiction.  Not mentioned in the Palestinian claim is that multiple diplomatic missions are located in territory claimed by the Palestinians, despite that territory still being under dispute and no official state of Palestine being established by international law. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly argued that the embassy in Jerusalem recognizes the “obvious” reality that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. … Continue Reading

Trump Tells UN ‘Iran’s Leaders Sow Chaos, Death, and Destruction’, while Iran Ironically Calls Israel ‘Most Daunting Threat’

September 25, 2018 Peace and Conflict

US President Donald Trump. Illustrative. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

United States President Donald Trump has a message for the world: Iran is a threat and so their regime should be isolated by the other nations to curb their aggression. The same day, that same government singled out by Trump for sowing “chaos, death, and destruction”—Iran—pointed the finger at Israel as the planet’s greatest danger, while also slamming the US and rejecting all bilateral talks with the Americans.

Trump, in his speech on Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly, unleashed a torrent of negatives about the Iranian regime, especially on how they used the supply of funds released to them in the nuclear deal with the major world powers. “The dictatorship used the funds to build nuclear-capable missiles, increase internal repression, finance terrorism, and fund havoc and slaughter in Syria and Yemen,” said Trump in a transcript of his speech posted to the White House website.

Yet the president of the perpetrator of all those crimes, Iran’s Hassan Rouhani, told the same United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that Israel is “the most daunting threat to regional and global peace and stability,” according a transcript of his remarks published by the Fars News Agency. For their part, Israel highlighted the tragic irony of Rouhani’s remarks. … Continue Reading

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