‘Moderate’ Palestinian Leaders Oppose UN Resolution Condemning Hamas Terror

The world is generally united against terrorism, but for some reason the supposedly moderate Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership is opposed to the United Nations condemning Hamas terrorism against Israel. The WAFA Palestinian news agency quoted a spokesman of the Fatah political faction that heads the PA as saying they “totally …

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 …

Israel Warns Hezbollah, ‘Sees Lebanese Government as Responsible for Everything’

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin had a stern warning to not just the Hezbollah terrorist group, but to the Lebanese government that tolerates them, against the backdrop of Hezbollah’s terror tunnels into Israel. “Hezbollah’s offensive tunnels into Israeli territory are a clear violation of Israeli sovereignty. Hezbollah, which pretends to be …

Netanyahu Thanks Austrian Leader for Pushing to Define Anti-Zionism as Anti-Semitism

Two key leadership councils of the European Union have endorsed the call for member nations to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism that includes denying the right of Jews to have their own nation, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday thanked Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz for leading this effort. …

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Marking Alliance with US, Israel Says We Want Iran to Get Out of Syria, Yemen

October 11, 2018 Peace and Conflict

PM Netanyahu aboard the USS Ross. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon (GPO)

On a day in which the Israelis welcomed a United States naval warship to dock at the Israeli port of Ashdod for the first time in 19 years, telling someone else to leave was a theme in the comments from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu marking the occasion. Saying there’s “nothing like the American-Israeli alliance,” Netanyahu said on Thursday, “We are committed to preventing Iran from expanding its empire. We want them to go back to Iran, get out of Syria, get out of Yemen, get out of Iraq and stop building war and misery, creating misery everywhere they go.”

Netanyahu said the US-Israel alliance is manifested “most especially in the sharing of military intelligence and in military cooperation against terror, against the aggressive force of Iran in this region.”

The US and Israel have both been vocal about Iran meddling in other nations’ affairs. The Israelis have taken action to prevent Iran from establishing a militaristic foothold in Syria, where the Iranians have backed the regime for years. As for Yemen, the US has highlighted the Iranian weapons that have been delivered to the Houthi rebels battling the Saudi-backed Yemeni regime and have even been turned on Saudi targets. … Continue Reading

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

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