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Netanyahu: When Israel Shows Power, No One Cares About Alleged ‘Occupation’

At a ‘closed-door’ meeting of his Likud party, PM Netanyahu reportedly tells attendees that ‘strength’ is all that matters in foreign policy, how no one worries about any so-called ‘occupation’ when genuine regional threats actually need to be addressed.

By Israel Today Staff


When Israel projects weakness, it invites the international community to make dangerous demands regarding the so-called “occupation” of Palestinian territories. Conversely, when Israel projects strength, the Palestinian issue is all but ignored in favor of more significant matters.

That was the gist of remarks reportedly made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a closed-door meeting of his Likud party on Monday. Continue Reading »

2016: 120,000 Americans registered to vote in US elections from Israel


Media campaign to register absentee voters by Republican supporters in Israel contributed to about a 60% spike in registration of Israeli-American citizens, compared to 2012.

By Reut Hadar


The Republican campaign to register American voters in Israel has brought about a 60% rise in voter registration compared to 2012. According to party statistics, about 120,000 voters currently in Israel have registered to vote in the US presidential race, and some have already cast their ballots.

 PM Benjamin Netanyahu with Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump in New York, Sunday, September 25, 2016. - Photo: Israel's Gov't Press Office/Kobi Gideon

PM Benjamin Netanyahu with Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump in New York, Sunday, September 25, 2016. – Photo: Israel’s Gov’t Press Office/Kobi Gideon

In 2012, that number was about 75,000. Continue Reading »

Clinton running mate Kaine misrepresents IDF chief Eizenkot during TV debate


During Tuesday’s televised vice presidential debate, democratic nominee Sen. Tim Kaine fabricated comments he attributed to Israeli CoS Lt. Gen. Eizenkot, about US-Iranian nuclear deal.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Clinton’s nominee for Vice President claimed in Tuesday’s vice presidential debate that Gadi Eizenkot, the Chief of General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, said that the the Iranian nuclear deal prevented Iran from obtaining nuclear arms.

IDF Chief of Staff, Rav Aluf (Lt Gen) Gadi Eizenkot, at the IDF HQ – Photo: Wikipedia Commons

Kaine was apparently referring to remarks Eizenkot made in January when he said,“Since the end of 2005, Israel’s central threat was Iran,” he stated. Continue Reading »

Watch Interview: Trump won’t force a peace solution on Israel


view videoIn a TV10 news interview, David Friedman, Donald Trump’s adviser on Israel affairs, says a President Trump would support Israel and let Jerusalem decide how to solve its conflict with the Palestinian Authority.

Israel Channel 10 News


David Friedman, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s adviser on Israel affairs, said on Wednesday that if Trump is elected president, he will not try to force a solution on Israel with regards to its conflict with the Palestinian Authority (PA).

“He’s not for or against, per se, a two-state solution,” Friedman told Channel 10 News’s Tamar Ish Shalom in an interview.
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Trump sees in Israel’s PM Netanyahu all the things that are lacking in Obama


Top Trump advisor David Friedman says Republican White House would see settlement annexation legitimate, if Abbas’ PA continues to avoid making peace.



CLEVELAND – Israeli annexation of settlements in the West Bank could be viewed by a Trump administration as a legitimate way for Israel to move forward if the Palestinians continue to avoid a real and genuine peace deal, David Friedman, a senior advisor to Donald Trump, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

David Friedman & Donald Trump in Manhattan – Photo: Courtesy

Speaking as the Republican Party convention entered its second day in Cleveland, Friedman, who advises Trump on matters related to Israel, said that in his view, settlements in the West Bank were not illegal and were not the real impediment to peace with the Palestinians. Continue Reading »

With Abbas’ latest decree, Palestinian dictator digs in deeper


In a cynical exploitation of power, Abbas ignores much needed gov’t reform as elections are already 10 years overdue and the Palestinian parliament hasn’t sat for 9 years, Abbas created “another judicial body by presidential decree in order to, among other things, approve presidential decrees.”



Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has quietly established a constitutional court that analysts say concentrates more power in his hands and may allow him to sideline the Islamist group Hamas in the event of a succession struggle.

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Bernie Sanders claims IDF was too indiscriminate, killing ‘10,000 innocents’ in Gaza


Apart from the IDF having the lowest combatant-to-civilian casualty ratio of any conflict ever recorded, democratic presidential candidate Sanders is of the opinion “Israel’s force was more indiscriminate than it should have been,” having killed “over 10,000 innocent people,” when in fact it was around a fifth of what Sanders suggested.

By Ari Soffer


Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has accused Israel of killing over 10,000 innocent civilians during 2014’s war with Gazan terrorists – in a gross inflation of the casualty statistics enough to make even Hamas’s own propaganda chiefs blush.

Sanders, who trails Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton by a significant margin, made the comments in a meeting with the New York Daily News editorial board, a transcript of which was published Tuesday. Continue Reading »

Trump: Palestinians are the reason for no peace or Palestinian state


Trump: Incessant Palestinian terror & incitement are preventing Palestinian state, “…the Palestinian Authority has to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. …[and they] have to stop the terror, stop the attacks, stop the teaching of hatred.”

By Israel Today Staff


US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the weekend made it abundantly clear that he sees the Palestinian leadership as being at fault for the lack of Middle East peace agreement.


Trump told The New York Times that while he supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is the Palestinians themselves that have prevented such an outcome. Continue Reading »

Trump: ‘I will be Israel’s true friend in the White House, if I win.’


Businessman Donald Trump says in interview, ‘I like the idea of relocating the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.’

By Boaz Bismuth


Everything has already been said about the stand-out Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump — that the Republican establishment is wary of him, that he intentionally makes provocative declarations, that in the grand scheme of the 2016 election he is nothing more than a passing fad, that he will ultimately fail. So what? In the meantime, the billionaire from New York has won three consecutive primaries and managed to draw support from almost every sector, making him the race’s hottest commodity. Continue Reading »

Trump Tweets Trip To Israel Postponed To “After I Become President”

Republican front-runner Tweets his decision to push back the planned Dec 28 visit to the Jewish State; scheduled meeting with Netanyahu to be after “I become President of the U.S.”

By Ynetnews


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Thursday that he has decided to postpone his trip to Israel, initially scheduled for December 28.

Trump at a campaign rally in southern California – Photo: AP

I have decided to postpone my trip to Israel and to schedule my meeting with (Prime Minister) Netanyahu at a later date after I become President of the US,” Trump said on Twitter.

Netanyahu, widely seen as a supporter of the Republican Party, shares much in common with Trump. Continue Reading »

Trump announces he’ll force peace talks on Israel – Obama II?


Ahead of a trip to Israel, the Republican contender places the responsibility for a lack of a peace deal on Israel, saying the Jewish State has to prove if it’s ‘willing to sacrifice.’
By Ari Yashar


Ahead of his trip to Israel this month, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump revealed in an interview Thursday that forcing peace talks on Israel will head his priorities if elected – and that the onus for the lack of peace lies on the Jewish state, not the Palestinian Authority (PA).

“I have a real question as to whether or not both sides want to make it,” Trump told The Associated Press, clarifying that he has more concerns regarding “one side in particular.”
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Poll: Despite 25% Public Support for Iran Deal, Senators Ignore Constituents


While only 25% support White House’s Iran Deal, 2 more Democratic Senators acquiesce to pressure from ‘Lame Duck President’ rather than represent their local states.

By Eli Leon, Shlomo Cesana, Yoni Hersch, Israel Hayom Staff & The Associated Press


A clear majority of Americans — 55% — oppose the nuclear deal with Iran, while only 25% support it, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll published this week.

The poll also found that 56% of Americans think the deal will make the world less safe, while only 28% think it will make the world safer.

Demonstrators at a July rally in New York City against the nuclear deal with Iran – Photo: AP

Despite the American public’s lack of support for the deal, U.S. Continue Reading »

Presidential Candidate Ben Carson: Yes, Obama’s Actions Are Anti-Semitic

‘Anything that is against the survival of Israel, who is surrounded by enemies, and then act like everything is normal there, and that these (Jewish) people are paranoid, I think that’s anti-Semitic,’ says Republican candidate.

By Gil Ronen


Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson accused President Barack Obama Sunday of being anti-Semitic, as evidenced by Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson – Photo: Reuters

Carson told Fox News Sunday, in response to a question on his criticism of the Iran deal, : “Well, all you have to do, Chris, is, like I have, go to Israel, and talk to average people, on all ends of that spectrum.
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Will American Jews Turn ‘Never Again’ Pledge Into Empty Slogan?

Op-ed: American Jews, who traditionally have been overwhelmingly Democrat, need to choose if the Jewish state’s security & survival trump the legacy of, & loyalty to, a lame duck president that Israel feels is endangering it.

By Shoula Romano Horing 


After World War II, Jews everywhere promised that never again would they be silent or sit idly by while evil tries to destroy the Jewish people. Iranian leaders have repeatedly promised to destroy the Jewish state. It appears that the nuclear deal will give them the means to do it. 

Democratic Senator Eliot Engel (L), who has come out against the Iran nuclear deal, with Secretary of State John Kerry – Photo: AP

American Jews, who are overwhelmingly Democrats, will have to choose the Jewish state’s survival and security over the legacy of and loyalty to a lame duck president from the Democratic Party. Continue Reading »

Why is the Obama White House seeking to provoke Israel?

Although Israel and the United States may have different agendas, criticizing the other’s position on their merits or demerits is expected. But public scatological ad hominems has no place in an alliance between allies.



A senior Obama administration official recently went on the record with journalist Jeffrey Goldberg in calling Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit.” A second senior official also went on the record calling Netanyahu a “coward” on the issue of Iran’s nuclear threat.

King David Hotel

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu look out a window before their lunch at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

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