Tension Again as Netanyahu Tells Obama Get Your Facts Right on Jerusalem Construction

 

PM Benjamin Netanyahu rejects White House censure of Israel’s plan to construct 2,500 new residential units within its capital, in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat Hamatos
• PM Netanyahu: These are not settlements, these are neighborhoods of Jerusalem, Israel’s capital!

Israel Hayom Staff

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rejected U.S. government criticism of an Israeli construction plan in an east Jerusalem neighborhood.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House, Wednesday – Photo: AP

“I think [the Obama administration] should be acquainted with the facts first,” Netanyahu said in a NBC News interview with Andrea Mitchell in New York, after returning there from Washington, where he had met with U.S.

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Anti-Semitism Officially Promoted at Iranian State-Sponsored Hatefest

Iran resumes its New Horizon Conference in Tehran, devoted to promoting anti-Israel activists, anti-Semitic propaganda, and speeches from Holocaust deniers.

By Cynthia Blank

 

The New Horizon Conference – whose cancellation last year was attributed to the “more moderate” new government of President Hassan Rouhani – has gone on as planned this year.

Anti-Israeli activity in Iran

Anti-Israeli activity in Iran – Reuters

The conference, currently taking place in Tehran, is part of its 13th International Resistance Film Festival. According to conference materials, the meetings are devoted to focusing on a range of topics, including “Similarities [between] Nazism and Zionism, America and the Zionist crimes in the world, Hollywood and the Israel lobby, etc.”

Mohsen Ghomi, official advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, opened the conference with this statement: “Our source of power is just our words which are the biggest threat to Zionists,” and that, “American officials are puppets of the Zionist lobby who are taking advantage of American ignorance.”

The conference drew some high-profile American anti-Israel activists, as well as international anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers, revealing a disturbing collaboration between such individuals and Iranian purveyors of anti-Semitic propaganda, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Continue Reading »

Iranian couple sentenced by Kenyan court for possessing forged Israeli passports

Kenyan court sentenced a man & woman to either 2 years in jail or payment of $45,000 total, after pleading guilty to using fake Israeli passports to enter Kenya.

Reuters

 

 

A Kenyan court on Wednesday ordered two Iranians held under anti-terrorism laws to serve two years in jail or pay a hefty fine after they pleaded guilty to using fake Israeli passports to enter the East African country last month.

The man's fake passport
The man’s fake passport

Kenyan anti-terrorism police arrested the two on suspicion of plotting an attack in Kenya as they prepared to board a flight at Nairobi airport on Sept. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu tells Obama: Let’s Bring Arab states into Israel-Palestinian peace process

Obama meets Netanyahu for 1st time in 7 months, telling the PM: The Gaza status quo must change.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. President Barack Obama during their White House meeting Wednesday that he wants to integrate Arab states in the peace process with the Palestinians. Obama told Netanyahu that the status quo between the two sides, in Gaza and the West Bank, must change in order to advance peace.

White House, Washington, DC, October 1, 2014.

US President Barack Obama (R) speaks with Isreali Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) during a bilateral meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, October 1, 2014. – Photo: AFP

The meeting opened calmly, with both leaders apparently trying to convey positive messages.

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Interview: French Jews Say Adieu to France Taking Their Assets With Them

As French Jews flee the country due to rising anti-Semitism & a failing economy, 2 dozen families leave with $1.4 billion of their assets with them.

By Rochel Sylvetsky

 

French Jews are facing shocking anti-Semitism, and many feel insecure remaining in France, as the sharp rise in French aliyah figures for the past year show. Tens of thousands of Jews still remain in France, however, but an indication of their future plans can be gleaned from the transfer of Jewish assets out of Europe.

French olim receive their Israeli I.D. cards

French olim (new immigrants) receive their Israeli I.D. cards – Flash 90

Arutz Sheva interviewed Marlen Kruzhkov, a partner at the New York based Gusrae Kaplan Nusbaum PLLC, who has acted as consultant for a sizable group of French Jewish families. Continue Reading »

Israel’s plans to build 2,610 homes in East Jerusalem are underway

The PA believe the area should be part of its future state, but Netanyahu insists that Israel has a right to build in its capital.

By TOVAH LAZAROFF

 

Plans are underway to build 2,610 new homes in a diplomatically sensitive area of east Jerusalem known as Givat Hamatos, which Palestinians believe should be part of their future state.

East Jerusalem

A general view of the Givat Hamatos neighborhood is seen in east Jerusalem – Photo: REUTERS

The municipality issued its final approval for the project in December 2012 but waited almost two years, until Friday, September 24 when it placed news of the approval in a local paper, according to the Israeli non-governmental group Peace Now. Continue Reading »

India’s Ministry of Defense to acquire Israel produced anti-missile defense system

The Indian Navy is replenishing its inventory by purchasing an additional 260 Barak-1 missiles for from the Israeli firm, Rafael, for  $143 million.

By Globes

 

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. will provide the Indian Navy with hundreds of Barak-1 missiles over the next 18 months in a deal worth $143 million. India’s Ministry of Defense approved the procurement in recent days in part because naval commanders have warned of a grave shortage of such missiles in the Indian Navy’s inventory. The Barak-1 is an anti-missile defense system, and the Indian Navy is reportedly down to its last 150 such missiles. Continue Reading »

Jordan Discovers Espionage Devices & Explosives Planted 45 years ago by Israel

Hashemite Kingdom spent past 18 months removing espionage equipment buried during Israel’s War of Attrition and asks Jerusalem to help locate & remove explosives hidden in populated area.

By Roi Kais

 

 

Rumors ran rampant in Jordan over the past few weeks on the nature of the mysterious archeological dig in the city of Ajloun. Many believed the authorities found gold or other treasures, but Jordanian Army Chief of Staff Mashal Mohammad Al-Zaben dropped a bombshell on Tuesday when he revealed what was really found there – hidden Israeli spying devices and explosives.

According to the Jordanians, the dig was a part of an ongoing activity for the past year and a half to remove and neutralize espionage equipment and explosives planted by Israel decades ago in different parts of the Hashemite Kingdom. Continue Reading »

Poll: 24% of Israeli Jews boycott Arab businesses

Globes reported that latest survey finds 51% of respondents would boycott businesses that employ people who criticize the IDF.

 

Nearly a quarter of Israeli Jewish consumers are boycotting Arab businesses, a poll released on Tuesday found.

The market in Nazareth.

The market in Nazareth, July 9, 2014. – Photo: Eyal Toueg

Some 24 percent of respondents said they refuse to patron Arab shops, down from 47 percent during a similar Geocartography poll conducted during the Gaza war, Globes reported.

However, the figures should be taken with a grain of salt: According to the poll, only 29 percent of respondents said they did in fact boycott Arab businesses during the war, meaning that 18 percent out of the 47 percent polled during the hostilities between Israel and the Palestinian factions in Gaza did not abide by their professed convictions.

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PA Places Prefab Structures in Illegal Attempt to Block Roadworks North of Jerusalem

Just hours after Civil Administration allowed the road widened, Palestinian Authority sets up illegal structures on work site to extend its control in ‘Area C’.

By Shlomo Pyotrkovsky, Ari Yashar

 

The IDF Civil Administration ordered the expropriation on Tuesday of land between the Samaria communities of Hizmeh and Adam, both of which are located just north of Jerusalem, so as to widen the local road there to have two lanes and ease traffic congestion.

PA constructing buildings in Area C

PA constructing buildings in Area C – Photo: Regavim

However, Arutz Sheva has learned that just hours after the order was given, the Palestinian Authority (PA) sent representatives to the area and started illegally building corrugated iron structures to establish facts on the ground and prevent the usage of the previously empty land. Continue Reading »

RIP Rabbi Hyman Krustofski: The Simpsons make shiva call for Krusty’s father

For the show’s 26th season premiere, Rabbi Hyman Krustofski, the blue-haired Krusty the Clown’s father, passed away on Sunday’s episode.

By and Raffi Wineburg

 

JTA- For diehard Jewish fans of “The Simpsons,” a Mourner’s Kaddish will be in order at this weekend’s Yom Kippur services. Rabbi Hyman Krustofski, the father of the blue-haired Krusty the Clown (voiced by Jackie Mason, who won an Emmy in 1992 for the role), passed away on this Sunday’s episode, the show’s 26th season premiere.

Rabbi Krustofski

Rabbi Hyman Krustofski – From The Simpsons to the synagogue. Janet Leahy has helped her rabbi spruce up his speeches.

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Analysis: 49% of Gazans Killed in Operation Protective Edge Were Terrorists

An updated and detailed study on the reported Palestinian Health Ministry’s phony death tally reveals a more accurate and unprecedented terrorist to civilian ratio.

By Tova Dvorin

 

The terrorist to civilian ratio of Palestinian deaths in Operation Protective Edge is an unprecedented 1:1, a news study released last week reveals – supporting earlier findings regarding the so-called “civilian casualties” Hamas touts to international media.

Hamas terrorists in Gaza

Hamas terrorists in Gaza – Flash 90

According to the highly respected Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC), 49% of the “martyrs” listed on the Hamas-run Palestinian Health Ministry (PHM) list were found to have been linked to terrorist organizations; just 51% were confirmed civilian casualties. Continue Reading »

Israel dispatched medical teams to Sierra Leone & Cameroon to deal with Ebola

 

Jerusalem dispatches highly trained medical teams to African counties, and an Israeli drug company offers to mass produce experimental medication.

By Israel Today Staff

 

Israel over the past month has been playing an increasingly central role in the global battle against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa that the UN Security Council recently deemed a “threat to international peace and security.”

Over 6,000 cases of Ebola have been reported and over 3,000 people have died of the disease in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia since the start of the year. The actual numbers are estimated to be much higher, though most cases are concealed for fear of forced quarantine.

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Vatican pledges $125,000 for Auschwitz preservation & upkeep

 

The Vatican’s Secretary of State says, “Given our limited resources, the amount is small, but it is an expression of our full support.”
• More than 100 million euros from 31 countries was pledged to Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation for the preservation & upkeep of former Nazi death camp.

By News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff

 

The Vatican has pledged a 100,000 euro ($125,000) donation to the preservation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum, located at the former Nazi death camp in southern Poland.

This undated file image shows the main gate of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz I, near Oswiecim, Poland – Photo: AP

“Given our limited resources, the amount is small,” Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said.

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Fatah official: Palestinians who sold East Jerusalem homes to Jews should be put to death

Arabs angered when Jews moved into 7 homes in Silwan neighborhood of Israel’s capital.

By REUTERS

 

JERUSALEM – Israeli police guarded Jewish settlers as they moved into seven homes in a Palestinian neighborhood of east Jerusalem on Tuesday.

East Jerusalem's Silwan neighborhood

East Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood. – Photo: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST

The homes in Silwan, which sits in the shadow of Jerusalem’s Old City, were purchased by Elad, a pro-settlement group that uses funds from Jewish supporters in the United States and elsewhere to buy properties in Palestinian districts.

Tuesday’s move was the largest purchase of homes in Silwan since the process began in the neighborhood in 1986, taking to 26 the number of Jewish-owned properties, local officials said. Continue Reading »