Israel Need Not Fear US or EU Threats of Isolation

 

Since the beginning of the year, there has been a flow of many distinguished present & former heads of state and leading politicians demonstrating that Israel is definitely not alone.

By Yossi Aloni

 

Israel is fearful that a collapse of peace talks with the Palestinians could result in an international boycott and isolation. In fact, even the Americans have been warning of such an outcome.

Former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar, Friends of Israel. - Photo: Screenshot / HJS.

Former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar, Friends of Israel.
Photo: Screenshot / HJS.

But, it is important to remember that Israel has no shortage of loyal friends. Some of those friends recently came to Israel under the banner of the “Friends of Israel Initiative” to hold their annual meeting. Continue Reading »

Israel Electric Company Wants to ‘Cut Off PA Tomorrow’

IEC chief Yiftah Ron-Tal discusses the energy ‘revolution’ of Israel’s Tamar natural gas fields and the damage the ‘Arab Spring’ caused to Israel’s electricity.

By Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar

 

Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yiftah Ron-Tal, Director of the Israel Electric Company (IEC), spoke Thursday at the Ramle Conference on financial policy, where he addressed the Palestinian Authority (PA) electricity debts of 1.4 billion shekels (nearly half a billion dollars).

Yiftah Ron-Tal – Photo: Flash 90

“If it were up to me, I would cut off their electricity tomorrow,” commented Ron-Tal. “Any private company would have cut off their electricity a long time ago. Continue Reading »

Abbas: Borders outline, Jewish homes freeze & release prisoners or talks ended

 

‘If Israel believes in the 2-state solution, then let’s talk borders,’ PA head says in 1st public comments regarding possibility of extending peace talks.

By Elior Levy

 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the first time spoke about the Palestinian demands for extending peace talks: A three months freeze in settlement construction during which time talks would focus on delineating the border of the future Palestinian state.

Abbas: We want talks to continue (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

Abbas: We want talks to continue – Photo: Gil Yohanan

“If Israel believes in the two state solution… let us define the borders – where Israel will be and where Palestine will be,” he said in a special press conference to Israel journalists covering peace talks Tuesday. Continue Reading »

Lieberman: Bennett’s threat to leave coalition is a bluff

 

Foreign Minister Lieberman says threats by Habayit Hayehudi leader to quit the gov’t if incarcerated Israeli Arab murderers are freed, should ‘not be taken seriously.’

On the stalled peace talks, Lieberman says the ‘ball is in Palestinian court.’

 

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that he does not believe Habayit Hayehudi party will leave the coalition if Israel releases Israeli Arab prisoners as part of a deal to extend peace talks with the Palestinians.

Foreign Minister Lieberman at press conference in Knesset, March 25, 2014.

Foreign Minister Lieberman at press conference in Knesset, March 25, 2014. Photo: Olivier Fitoussi

Speaking at a press conference with his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz, Lieberman was referring to recent threats made by Habayit Hayeudi leader and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett.

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Israel’s Director of Homefront Ministry Resigns

Having once written ‘Home Front Defense Ministry is ‘unnecessary’,now the director says his ministry ‘does not have a leg to stand on,’ Major General (res.) Dan Ronen writes in his letter of resignation.

By Gil Ronen

 

The Director of the Home Front Ministry, Major General (res.) Dan Ronen, tendered his resignation Tuesday.

top 3Ronen explained that the ministry does not have the necessary tools to successfully discharge its responsibilities. “The ministry was founded unprofessionally in 2011 without a leg to stand on,” he fumed in his letter of resignation.

There has been extensive bickering between the Defense Ministry and the Home Front Ministry over the responsibility and authority to be granted to the latter. Continue Reading »

PLO Leaders to Meet Exiled Hamas Official in ‘Unity Talks’

 

Palestinians making another attempt at reconciling Gaza’s militant Islamist movement with its PLO rivals, hoping to form a united ‘consensus government’.

By i24news

 

A senior Cairo-based Hamas official crossed Monday from Egypt into the Gaza Strip ahead of a new attempt to reconcile the militant Islamist movement and its Palestine Liberation Organization rivals.

Mousa Abu Marzouk from Hamas ( AFP )

Mousa Abu Marzouk o Hamas – Photo: AFP

Mussa Abu Marzuq, head of external affairs in the movement’s political office, was seen entering the Hamas-ruled coastal strip through the Rafah frontier crossing.

A delegation of the PLO is to go to Gaza from the West Bank on Tuesday for talks with Hamas, members said.

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Arab MK: Israel trying to divide Arabs by drafting Christians into IDF

 

Pro-Palestinian Christian MK protests the new IDF policy, now sending an initial voluntary conscription notice to young Israeli-Christians, since IDF service is still not mandatory.

By JPOST.COM STAFF

 

MK Basel Ghattas (Balad) told Army Radio on Tuesday that the recent defense establishment decision to start sending preliminary conscription notices to all Christian Arabs of enlistment age was an attempt to divide Israeli Arabs in Israel.

Elinor Joseph, was born 1991 into a Christian family from the Arab village of Jish, is the first Arab woman ever to serve in a combat role in the I.D.F.

Elinor Joseph, was born 1991 into a Christian family from the Arab village of Jish, is the first Arab woman ever to serve in a combat role in the I.D.F. – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

His comments came after Army Radio reported Tuesday a change in IDF policy which includes sending preliminary conscription orders to all Christian Arabs at the age of 16-and-a-half.

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Palestinian lead negotiator says Abbas has no intention of dismantling PA

 

Palestinian head negotiator Erekat, says that while Palestinians aren’t interested in dissolving the Palestinian Authority, Israel’s actions ‘have annulled all political, legal, economic, security & operational aspects of the PA.’

By AFP

 

RAMALLAH – The Palestinians have no intention to dismantle the Palestinian Authority, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Tuesday.

Saeb Erekat – Flash 90

“No Palestinian is speaking of an initiative to dismantle the Palestinian Authority,” Erekat told AFP.

“But Israel’s actions have annulled all the legal, political, security, economic and operational aspects of the prerogatives of the Palestinian Authority,” said Erekat.

The Palestinian negotiating team reportedly warned US mediator Martin Indyk last week that they may decide to dismantle the Authority headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, in order to shift responsibility of governing the Palestinian territory and its 2.5 million residents to Israel, should peace talks fail. Continue Reading »

IDF will Send Voluntarily ‘Draft Notices’ to Stimulate Christian Arab Recruitment

Reaching out to possible Christian recruits, Israel will be sending optional draft notices for IDF induction – a move with a significant political & social potential for better integration into Israeli society.

By Tova Dvorin

 

The push to increase the growing number of Christian Arab IDF recruits advanced Tuesday, after the IDF made a landmark decision to send out “voluntary draft notices” to Christian Arabs of recruitment age.

IDF soldiers – IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

Jewish Israeli teens receive their draft orders at the age of sixteen and a half, and are required by law to report to a local draft office to make arrangements for their IDF or National Service within a set time period after receiving the notice. Continue Reading »

Asia beats US as Israel’s #1 export destination for 2014

Exports to Asia in 2013, nearly equaled those to the United States for the 1st time, coming within 0.6% points as a share of Israel’s total exports.

 

 
The Asian region will overtake the US as Israel’s second biggest export destination this year, the Economy Ministry said.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi , December 18, 2013. – Photo: Amos Ben Gershom, GPO

The region is expected to come in as Israel’s second-largest trade partner for 2014 behind the European Union, shifting the United States into third place, according to the ministry’s Foreign Trade Authority.

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US to Abbas: Dissolving the PA may end financial assistance

 

State Department spokeswoman Psaki warns Abbas that ‘dissolving the PA is not in interest of Palestinians’ and his proposal would have implications for US relations & US aid.

By Yitzhak Benhorin

 

WASHINGTON – The US administration warned the Palestinian leadership Monday night not to proceed with a proposal to dismantle the Palestinian Authority – or risk damaging their ties to Washington.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki (Photo: AFP)

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki – Photo: AFP

“Those kinds of extreme measures would have grave implications,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. The harsh American threat to the PA followed Yedioth Ahronoth’s report that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was considering shuttering the PA’s government if the peace process did not yield results. Continue Reading »

U.S. Supreme Court reviews president’s refusal to abide by Jerusalem birthplace law

 

The U.S. Supreme Court will review the State Department’s refusal to enforce a 2002 law that allows U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to have Israel listed as their birthplace.

By Reuters

 

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to weigh the constitutionality of a law that was designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem – the historic holy city claimed by Israelis and Palestinians – to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports.

Jerusalem

American passports do not recognize Jerusalem as being in Israel. – Photo; AFP

The case concerns a long-standing U.S. foreign policy that the president – and not Congress – has sole authority to state who controls Jerusalem.

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Jordan Condemns Israel Over Temple Mount Restrictions

Jordanian officials summoned Israel’s Ambassador to the country to protest ‘Israeli provocations’ on the Temple Mount.

By Moshe Cohen

 

Jordan’s government-controlled Petra news agency said Monday that government officials had called in the Israeli Ambassador to the country to protest the “Israeli provocations” on the Temple Mount Sunday. Israel closed the Mount to members of the Waqf after Arab youths rioted again Sunday, throwing rocks and stones at Israeli police.

Hamas flags, Muslim Brotherhood symbols on Temple Mount – Photo: Yehuda Glick

The riots were a continuation of unrest that has been going on for several days at Judaism’s holiest site. Continue Reading »

Israel Strikes Gaza after being hit by 7 Gaza rockets

 

IDF retaliates to Gaza’s firing salvo of seven rockets into southern Israel.

No injuries reported on the Israeli side.

 

Six rockets fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in southern Israel on Monday morning. One of the missiles hit a street in the city of Sderot, causing damage but no injuries.

IAF air strike in Gaza - Flash 90

IAF air strike in Gaza – Flash 90

The Israel Air Force  responded by attacking two targets in the southern Gaza Strip and other targets in the center. Direct strikes on the targets were reported and all aircraft returned safely to base, according to the Israel Defense Forces spokesman.

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The Racism and Open Hatred of the Israel-Bashers

Chloe Simone Valdary, an African-American undergraduate student who supports Israel has become the latest precipitant of vile, hateful & racist slurs from the BDS advocates.

By Anthony Hardy Williams/The New York Post

 

The Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement against Israel is often seen as progressive — so it’s astounding to see its supporters turn to racism.

Chloe Simone Valdary and friends advocation for Israel - Facebook photo

Chloe Simone Valdary (2nd from left) and friends advocating for Israel – Facebook photo

The latest target: Chloe Simone Valdary, an African-American undergraduate at the University of New Orleans and founder of the Allies of Israel Association.

Valdary recently wrote an article criticizing the Jewish Museum’s decision to invite Judith Butler, a University of California, Berkeley professor and outspoken BDS supporter to speak — an invitation Butler at first accepted, then declined. Continue Reading »