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Hamas Praises Anti-Israel UN Resolution

January 2, 2017 Peace and Conflict
Hamas praised the UN's anti-Israel vote. What does that say? UN headquarters. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Hamas praised the UN’s anti-Israel vote. What does that say? UN headquarters. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Among those who support the recent United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli construction in the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria is a familiar Israeli enemy in the region: Hamas. The terrorist group that controls the Gaza Strip posted to their website an article praising the U.N. Resolution, with spokesman Fawzi Barhoum calling it a “significant transformation in international positions.”

Ironically, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, following her nation’s surprising decision to abstain rather than block it via veto, slammed Hamas’ approach to terrorism against Israelis during her explanation of her abstention vote. “Yet rather than condemn these attacks, Hamas, other radical factions, and even certain members of Fatah have held up the terrorists as heroes, and used social media to incite others to follow in their murderous footsteps,” said Power in a press release at the time. Despite the Americans’ public disdain for Hamas—which they label a terror group—their decision to allow the U.N. resolution to pass has encouraged the terror group. … Continue Reading

2016, the Year of Counterterror—Israel Foiled More than 400 Attacks

January 2, 2017 News
Israeli PM Netanyahu and ISA Director Nadav Argaman. Photo courtesy of ISA

Israeli PM Netanyahu and ISA Director Nadav Argaman. Photo courtesy of ISA

The year 2016 was a violent one for Israel as the ongoing Palestinian terror wave continued from the latter half of 2015. But thanks to the success of the Israeli security forces, last year wasn’t nearly as dangerous as it could have been. The leader of the Israel Security Agency (ISA) announced in late December that the ISA foiled more than 400 “significant terrorist attacks” in 2016.

ISA Director Nadav Argaman, in a press release from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, credited the terror prevention to “quality intelligence, advanced technologies and outstanding human capital.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in the press release that the ISA “carries out many hundreds of operations annually that constitute a protective shield against the terrorism that seeks to harm the security of Israel and its citizens.” … Continue Reading

Israeli Among Killed in New Year Turkish Terror Attack

January 1, 2017 News
Turkey targeted by terror again. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Turkey targeted by terror again. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

A terrorist shooting spree at a New Year’s Eve party in Turkey killed more than three dozen people, with an Israeli among the dozens of foreigners murdered in the attack. The Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported that the assault occurred at a Turkish night club a little over an hour into the new year. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in comments from his office, offered his condolences to the families of those murdered.

“The fight against terror is a global struggle,” said Netanyahu “Over the weekend [German] Chancellor [Angela] Merkel said what we have been saying for years, that the greatest threat to the future of the world comes from the side of radical Islam. Of course, this terror continues to strike.” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon identified the murdered Israeli as Leanne Nasser. Nahshon said on Twitter that Nasser was a “victim of blind hatred and fanaticism. May her memory be blessed.” … Continue Reading

Israel Concerned US, France May Push for Two-State Border Lines Next

December 26, 2016 Peace and Conflict
Will the U.S. tell Israel how to divide Jerusalem? Illustrative. US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

Will the U.S. tell Israel how to divide Jerusalem? Illustrative. US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

Already suffering from the American decision not to veto a United Nations Security Council accusing Israel of occupying the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem, the Israelis now fear the Obama Administration may go a step further and seal their own vision of borders between Israel and the Palestinians at the U.N. This move, Haaretz reported, could take place during an upcoming Foreign Minister meeting in Paris as part of the French peace initiative planned for January 15.

The Israeli newspaper reported that a Netanyahu government internal briefing shared an assessment based on information gathered that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wants to present his plan for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, which Israel worries could include borders and Jerusalem. This then could be adopted at the foreign minister meeting and subsequently taken to the U.N. Security Council to further cement it, rather than allow the critical element of the peace process to be negotiated. The Israeli information indicates that the U.S. and French are taking the lead on this process. … Continue Reading

Amidst Hanukkah Festival, Israel Points to History to Prove Land Rights

December 26, 2016 News
Israeli PM Netanyahu lights the Hanukkiah candelabra at the Western Wall. Photo Courtesy of Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)

Israeli PM Netanyahu lights the Hanukkiah candelabra at the Western Wall. Photo Courtesy of Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used the traditional Hanukkah festival candle lighting on Sunday to reiterate the Jewish people’s right to the historic Land of Israel in the face of the latest United Nations resolution, and he pointed to the history of Hanukkah as proof. “According to the U.N. resolution, the Maccabees [revolutionaries of Hanukkah history] did not liberate Jerusalem, they occupied Palestinian territory,” said Netanyahu in comments released by his office, also mentioning the Maccabee home village in Modi’in as another such example.

“Of course the Palestinians arrived much later. We were in these places,” he continued. “We will return to these places and I ask those same countries that wish us a Happy Hanukkah how they could vote for a U.N. resolution which says that this place, in which we are now celebrating Hanukkah, is occupied territory.” … Continue Reading

Obama ‘Demanded’ that ‘Anti-Israel’ UN Vote Pass

December 25, 2016 Peace and Conflict
US President Obama. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Mark Garten

US President Obama. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Mark Garten

In a move unprecedented in nearly four decades, the United States failed to back Israel over a United Nations Security Council resolution that effectively dictates borders in a potential deal with the Palestinians. And Israel has learned that not only did the Obama Administration fail to veto the resolution, they were the ones pushing for it. “From the information that we have, we have no doubt that the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in comments published by his office. “This is, of course, in complete contradiction of the traditional American policy that was committed to not trying to dictate terms for a permanent agreement.”

In a stern rebuke rarely seen in public diplomacy, Netanyahu called out President Barack Obama for failing to live up to his own commitment to oppose such U.N. action issued in 2011. At the time, Obama sounded very opposed to what he apparently backs now. “Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the United Nations,” said Obama in comments still posted on the White House website. “…Ultimately, it is the Israelis and the Palestinians—not us—who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them: on borders and on security, on refugees and Jerusalem.” Netanyahu still feels that way and so does incoming U.S. President Donald Trump, who takes office in less than three months. … Continue Reading

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