REPORT: Palestinian-American exiled to U.S. for land sale to Jews

Palestinian autocrat Mahmoud Abbas has agreed to release 55 yr-old Issam Akel from “life in prison” and allowed him to be deported to the US after being convicted of selling home to Jews.

By i24NEWS

 

A middle-aged Palestinian-American man sentenced to life in prison and forced labor by a Palestinian Authority (PA) court in Ramallah for his alleged involvement in the sale of land to Jews, was released on Tuesday, Israel’s Kan media first reported following pressure from Israel and finally from the United States, local media reported.

55-year-old Issam Akel former hospital clerk from East Jerusalem has been detained for several months after being arrested in October at a time when the Palestinian Authority (PA) decided to crack down on land sales to Jews. Continue Reading »

USAID terminates Palestinian projects as ‘Pay to Slay’ continues by PA

Expressing deep concern over funding cuts, former USAID Mission Director Dave Harden thinks the U.S. administration “demonstrates again a lack of nuance,” relieving Palestinian leadership of all responsibility for preferring to continue policies that finance terror.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

 

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) will end all its projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on January 31 following the US administration’s decision to cut funding to the Palestinians, Dave Harden, former USAID Mission Director and Managing Director of the Georgetown Strategy Group, said on Thursday.

Critical graffiti on a USAID Advertisement by unappreciative Palestinians saying, “We don’t need your aid,” West Bank, Jan 2007 – Photo: Wikimedia,David Lisbona

Expressing deep concern over the move, Harden told The Jerusalem Post that the US administration “demonstrates again a lack of nuance, sophistication, and appreciation for the complexity of the situation.”

He added: “Who suffers when USAID leaves schools and water systems unfinished? Continue Reading »

Report: US won’t stop Israel from attacking Iranian targets in Iraq

Russia Today reports US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo telling the Iraqi PM that the US will not prevent Israel’s Air Force from attacking Iranian targets in Iraq.

By Elad Benari

 

The United States has told Iraq that it will not intervene if Israel attacks Iranian targets in the country, Russia Today’s Arabic-language news service reported on Thursday.

The network, which cited an unnamed Iraqi government official, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo conveyed the message during his meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi in Baghdad last week.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

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Mahmoud Abbas’ PA rejects US Peace Plan that was revealed on Israel 13News

Responding to the latest ‘Deal of the Century’ leak, Abbas’ spokesman said, “Any peace plan that does not include an independent Palestinian state – with all of East Jerusalem as its capital – on the 1967 borders, is destined to fail.”

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

 

The Palestinian Authority said on Wednesday that “any peace plan that does not include an independent Palestinian state – with all of East Jerusalem as its capital – on the 1967 borders, is destined to fail.”

The PA was responding to a report on Channel 13 News that claimed that US President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” will include a Palestinian state on 85% – 90% of the West Bank and some parts of east Jerusalem. Continue Reading »

Hamas arrests 3 Italian security personnel mistaken for IDF soldiers

Only after the Italian Ambassador spoke with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh were the Italian security guards released, having fled into a UNESCO building in Gaza, then held for two days of questioning by Hamas security.

By Ynet

 

Hamas on Tuesday night released three Italian security guards held for two days at the UNESCO offices in the Gaza Strip on suspicion of being part of an IDF undercover force. The three were freed following intervention by the Italian ambassador to Israel.

The men, who were armed, entered the Strip to prepare for a visit of Italian Ambassador to Israel Gianluigi Benedetti on Wednesday. Continue Reading »

Israel 13News: Trump peace plan gives 90% of W.Bank to Palestinians, divides Jerusalem

President Trump’s “Deal of the Century” has both sides making concessions for a final peace settlement, but the Israeli government will have to “pay a higher price” in return for the President’s recognition of Jerusalem and his relocation of the US embassy there.

By i24NEWS

 

The United States Middle East peace plan will let Israel keep three major settlement blocs while 90% of the West Bank will be allocated for a Palestinian state, Israel’s Channel 13 reported on Wednesday.

Citing a “senior American official”, the report revealed that the peace plan will allow Israel to annex the settlements of the Etzion Bloc, Ma’ale Adumim and Ariel, while requiring Israel to dismantle a number of illegal outposts across the West Bank. Continue Reading »

Madonna negotiating terms for 2019 Eurovision in Tel Aviv

Madonna has agreed in principle to entertain at the prestigious singing competition planned to be held in Tel Aviv, however, the singer’s representatives don’t agree over the sum offered by the event’s production team.

By Ran Boker

 

Pop diva Madonna is reportedly in negotiations to perform at the Eurovision 2019 Song Contest due to be held next May in Tel Aviv.

Sources affiliated with the event’s production say although the singer has agreed in principle to participate, there is some disagreement over the amount of money demanded by Madonna’s representatives and the sum the show’s producers are willing to offer. Continue Reading »

IDF uncovers weapons factory for terrorists in Palestinian controlled Samaria

WATCH: In a joint operation of the IDF, Shin Bet, and Israel Border Police, an illegal weapons production workshop was uncovered in the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Shechem (Nablus).

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Israeli security forces operating in Samaria on Tuesday discovered a weapons factory in the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Shechem (Nablus).

In a joint operation of the IDF, Shin Bet internal security agency, and Israeli police, Israeli security personnel raided the factory, confiscating equipment and materials used to produce weapons, an IDF spokesperson reported Wednesday morning.

“Yesterday, IDF troops along with the Israeli Police and the [Shin Bet] ISA agents uncovered a weapons manufacturing warehouse in the city of Nablus. Continue Reading »

🇧🇷 Brazil’s President likely to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital during visit 🇮🇱

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly said he plans to move Brazil’s embassy to Jerusalem, is scheduled to visit Israel for 4 days one week before Israel’s elections and is likely to use the opportunity to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

By Ariel Kahana

 

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will arrive in Israel on March 31 for a four-day visit, Israel Hayom has learned, just one week ahead of Israel’s general elections on April 9.

In closed talks with Bolsonaro during a historic visit to the South American country in late December, the Brazilian leader reiterated to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu his intentions of relocating the Brazilian Embassy to Jerusalem. Continue Reading »

‘State of Palestine’ appointed to chair United Nations largest voting block

At the ‘Theater of the Absurd’ in NYC, Mahmoud Abbas called for the end of terrorism, the end of colonialism, as new chairman of the UN’s Group of 77, “We also suffer under the yolk of foreign occupation.”
– HAMAS: Abbas is not authorized to represent the Palestinians, “He is continuing to assume the office of the president 10 years after his term in office expired, in violation of the Palestinian Basic Law.”

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, TOVAH LAZAROFF

 

The global community must band together to combat terrorism, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday as he took over the chairmanship of the United Nations Group of 77 and China, the organization’s largest bloc of member states. Continue Reading »

Israeli satellite photos reveal destroyed missile storehouse after IDF strike in Syria

Following the Israeli Air Force strike at the Damascus Airport on Friday night, Israeli satellite firm, ImageSat International released images clearly showing 3 craters that were formed where an enormous arms warehouse had been standing.

By Yoav Zitun and Daniel Salami

 

Israeli satellite company ImageSat International released Monday images of the extensive damage caused to the ammunition warehouse at the Damascus international Airport following an Israeli airstrike on Friday night.

ImageSat estimates that the arms depot contained Iranian Fajr-5 missiles, among others. The satellite images show the complete destruction of the warehouse, with three craters formed where the military compound once stood. Continue Reading »

Waqf guards arrested on Temple Mount after assault on religious Jewish cop

Official for Abbas’ PA says Israel to blame for a skirmish on the Temple Mount in which violent Waqf guards attempted to remove the kippah from a religious Jewish police officer’s head by force.

By Dalit Halevi

 

Najah Bakirat, who heads the Al-Aqsa Academy for Waqf and Islamic heritage, on Monday blamed Israel for an incident of violence by Waqf guards that led to the closing of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount.

The incident took place when an Israeli officer wearing a kippah entered the Dome of the Rock mosque and was ordered to remove his kippah. Continue Reading »

Flower power: IDF moving defense unit to protect Iris, mariae Barbey

Just as the rare flower starts blooming, residents from Gaza border communities turn to IDF generals to save the Iris Mariae, endemic to the Negev, from IDF soldiers’ boots and batteries of the defense units stationed in open desert areas.

By Matan Tzuri

 

Residents of Israeli communities close to the Gaza border have united to save a rare flower that was in danger of being crushed by the anti-missile Iron Dome system and the IDF troops that operate it. The Iron Dome plays a central role in protecting the local residents from frequent rocket strikes from the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Iran sanctions Poland

A Turkish news agency reports that the Islamic Republic canceled a scheduled Polish film week two days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Fox News that Poland was hosting a U.S. sponsored summit, aimed at discussing Iran’s regional, disruptive influence.

By Elad Benari

 

Iran on Sunday cancelled a week dedicated to display Polish films, which was scheduled to take place in February, in protest over Poland’s hosting of an anti-Islamic Republic summit.

Hossein Entezami, the director of the Cinema Organization, said that the activity has been suspended, reported the Turkish Anadolu news agency.

Polish films had been scheduled to be shown in February in the cities of Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Mashahd. Continue Reading »

Hezbollah leader reported to be hospitalized after heart attack, stroke

Lebanese outlets report that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah was hospitalized Saturday in serious condition after suffering a heart attack while he has also been fighting cancer.
• Hezbollah official calls report,  “Zionist lies.”

By Daniel Siryoti, Neta Bar and Israel Hayom Staff

 

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has been hospitalized in serious condition in Beirut after apparently suffering a heart attack, Lebanese media outlets reported on Saturday. Another report said he also suffered a stroke, and that he has been fighting cancer.

The reports were not confirmed by any official sources. The Lebanese media reports also noted that Nasrallah had not been seen or heard publicly for several weeks, ever since the IDF launched Operation Northern Shield to eradicate the terrorist organization’s cross-border underground tunnels. Continue Reading »