Despite White House objections, Congress approved the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to include an additional $705 million for joint US-Israel missile defense needs, by tapping the Overseas Contingency Operations budget for the aid increase, a fund that was meant for US wartime readiness.
WASHINGTON — Congress appears to have bucked the Trump administration this week by passing hundreds of millions of dollars in missile defense aid for Israel likely using funds historically reserved for current US wartime operations.
Arrow missile defense system. – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
The White House made clear over the summer that it was not opposed to the amount of aid proposed by Congress for Israel, but rather the vehicle for its delivery– an unprecedented use of dollars typically saved for US military readiness. Continue Reading »
Israeli leaders, along with AIPAC are maintaining their neutrality by not commenting on Congressional bill that would defund the Palestinian Authority over its monthly payments scheme to families of murderers of Israelis.
WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Washington’s largest Israel advocacy organization are withholding support for a Senate bill that would defund the Palestinian Authority over its “martyr” compensation scheme, which provides the families of convicted murderers and terrorists in Israel with monthly stipends.
WATCH as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the annual AIPAC convention via satellite, saying, “I’m confident our alliance with the U.S. will grow even stronger in the years ahead,” and that he was committed to working with U.S. President Trump to advance peace with the Palestinian.
By Yoni Hersch, Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that “Israel has no greater friend than America” and that he was committed to working with U.S. President Donald Trump to advance peace efforts with the Palestinians and with the broader Arab world.
Netanyahu made the pledge in a speech via satellite link from Jerusalem to the largest U.S. Continue Reading »
Full interview: Addressing the 2017 AIPAC conference, Amb. Nikki Haley said the December anti-Israel resolution passed at the UN Security Council was ‘not only embarrassing it was hurtful,’ vowing ‘it will never happen again.’
By AFP, Ynetnews
The US ambassador to the United Nations received a rapturous welcome Monday at Washington’s biggest pro-Israel forum, where she vowed never to allow “Israel-bashing” at the world body.
Nikki Haley was addressing the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference for the first time since President Donald Trump named her Washington’s UN envoy.
And she drew a clear line under the record of her predecessor, who in December abstained from a UN Security Council vote, thus allowing a resolution criticizing Israeli settlements to pass. Continue Reading »
Solomon, a Palestinian Arab born into a religious Muslim family, also spoke out during the IfNotNow demonstration outside the AIPAC conference Sunday, calling the claim that Israel occupies Arab land, “a lie.”
The protesters included a large contingent of far-left Jewish radicals, including IfNotNow founder Simone Zimmerman, who served as Jewish outreach coordinator for Bernie Sanders’ Democratic primary bid in 2016.
Sandra Solomon – Photo Courtesy of CIJNEWS.COM
A counter-demonstration of pro-Israel activists faced off against the IfNotNow protesters and included delegations from across the US and Canada. Continue Reading »
In broadcast to the AIPAC conference in Washington DC, PM Netanyahu states ‘terror has no grievances, even if you give up Brussels, Istanbul, or the West Bank, terror will continue.’
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu deliver a speech in a live broadcast to the AIPAC conference in Washington DC on Tuesday.
Responding to the horrific attacks in Brussels earlier in the day, Netanyahu said, “terrorists have no resolvable grievances, it’s not as if we could offer them Brussels, or Istanbul, or the West Bank. That won’t resolve their grievances.”
“Their basic demand is that we simply should disappear,” he said, emphasizing “that won’t happen.”
Elaborating on Israel’s technological breakthroughs, Netanyahu said, “the world is coming to Israel,” noting the expanding economic and technological ties worldwide. Continue Reading »
Ahead of contested Trump appearance at AIPAC conference, 300 pro-Palestinian activists gathered brandishing placards & flags, protesting the conference & calling on Washington to end all aid to Israel.
Anti-Israel protesters descended on Washington on Sunday, as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference was set to kick off.
A group of around 300 pro-Palestinian activists gathered brandishing flags and placards, protesting the conference and calling on the US to end aid to Israel.
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump denies that his outspoken remarks have created a climate of violence. Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP
The AIPAC policy conference, the largest pro-Israel talk shop in America, is set to open later on Sunday, and will address a range of issues including US-Israel relations, the Iranian nuclear deal, the Syrian civil war and peace talks, the threat of the Islamic State, and the latest developments athroughout the Middle East. Continue Reading »
National security adviser Rice at AIPAC says US-Israel ties transcend relations between ‘individual leaders & political parties’ but goes on to say, ‘bad deal better than no deal.’
By Itzhak Benhorin
(WASHINGTON) – President Barack Obama’s national security adviser said a bad nuclear deal with Iran is worse than no deal at all and seemed to level criticism at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying “sound bites won’t stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, strong diplomacy backed by pressure can.”
National Security Adviser Susan Rice – Photo: AFP
Her remarks came ahead of a speech to Congress on Tuesday by Netanyahu, who is expected to argue against US President Barack Obama’s Iran strategy in a joint session of the US Congress which has brought tensions between the two leaders to record high.Continue Reading »
PM Netanyahu calls on Abbas to tell his people that also Jewish people have a right to a state of their own.
The PM also attacks boycott movement, calls on the world not to fall for “the BS in BDS.”
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the AIPAC policy conference in Washington on Tuesday, saying that peace with the Palestinians has the potential to better the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the Middle East.
Netanyahu speaking at AIPAC 2014 – Photo: Amos Ben Gershom, GPO
Netanyahu stated that a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians would open up the possibility of establishing ties with leading countries in the Arab world. Continue Reading »
When it comes to the deal between Iran and major powers, Israel and the pro-Israel community are retreating from a strategy of confrontation and working instead to influence the contours of a final agreement.
U.S. President Obama speaking at the 2011 AIPAC convention. – Photo: AP
In a conference call last week, Howard Kohr, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s executive director, advised pro-Israel activists and leaders not to confront the Obama administration directly over the “difference of strategy” between the United States and Israel on Iran. Continue Reading »
The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee adopts a resolution which commits the U.S.to assist Israel in case of an attack on Iran.
By Elad Benari
The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee adopted on Tuesday a resolution which stipulates that the U.S. will assist Israel if it is forced to take action against Iran.
The resolution, Senate Resolution 65, was introduced last month by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and was co-sponsored by 15 Senators, including Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chuck Schumer (D-New York).
It states that the United States has a vital national interest in and unbreakable commitment to, ensuring the existence, survival, and security of the State of Israel; reaffirms the United States support for Israel’s right to self-defense; and urges that if Israel is compelled to take military action in self-defense, the United States will stand with Israel and provide diplomatic, military, and economic support in its defense of its territory, people, and existence. Continue Reading »
The American legislative effort that would allow visa-free entry for Israelis may be for naught because the Israeli gov’t is unable/unwilling to reciprocate, insisting on its right to refuse entry to certain U.S. citizens based on security concerns.
Strategy analyst Mark Langfan: “Without Israel, oil would be $1,000 a barrel. Without Israel, the US would have to fund an extra $200 billion yearly defense budget to defend southern NATO countries from a Muslim caliphate’s northward tsunami.”
By Gil Ronen
The U.S. is not doing Israel any favors by granting it special status as a strategic ally, according to New York based strategy expert Mark Langfan. He predicts a domino effect in which other U.S. allies in the region would collapse, if, G-d forbid, Israel does..
“Without Israel, Cyprus and Saudi Arabia are toast,” Langfan told Arutz Sheva, “and they know it.”
Israeli officials said they’re worried about the cuts, but added that they don’t expect to be exempt from them.
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The sequester is expected to cost Israel $155 million in defense assistance.
US Vice President addresses AIPAC – Photo: AP
A senior staffer on the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee told JTA that defense assistance to Israel would likely be cut by 5 percent, or between $150 million and $160 million of the $3.1 billion Israel was to have been allocated this year, under the sequester, the across-the-board cuts mandated by 2011 legislation.
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