The Florida Republican Senator reintroduces legislation that would protect the 2016 ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ aid package and “The Combating BDS Act of 2019,” that did not get passed in the previous Congress.
By Elad Benari
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has reintroduced pro-Israel legislation that did not get passed in the last Congress, JTA reported on Friday.
Rubio, together with Sen. James Risch (R-ID), on Thursday, the first day of the new Congress, combined a number of Middle East-related bills into a single bill, jump-starting the process.
Meeting in February 2013 with Israeli President Shimon Peres during trip to Jordan and Israel.
U.S. congressmen seek to penalize U.N. agency that was specifically tailored to maintain & support refugees for generations by intentionally inflating the number of actual Palestinian refugees from a modest 20,000 to a whooping 5.2 million. • Trump administration likely to release classified Obama report on UNRWA within a few weeks. • WATCH: U.S. Amb. to UN Nikki Haley lambasts Arab member states of the United Nations.
By Ariel Kahana
U.S. lawmakers have introduced a new piece of legislation that would drastically reduce U.S. funding for the United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees, known as UNRWA. Continue Reading »
Still fuming over President Trump’s Jerusalem recognition, the PA autocrat refused to meet with a U.S. delegation of 11 Democratic representatives, despite their lack of allegiance to, and continued criticism of, the US president.
By Arutz Sheva North America Staff,
Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas refused to meet with a delegation of Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives that visited Israel two months ago, in protest of the Trump administration’s policies toward Israel, Haaretz revealed.
According to the newspaper, Abbas’ refusal to meet the delegation caught its members by surprise, because many of them are constant critics of the Trump administration and were hoping to hear Abbas’ point of view about Trump’s policies while visiting the region. Continue Reading »
Hamas condemns the new American bill, the Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act, that sanctions the group for exploiting civilians as human shields, saying the Trump White House sides with the “Israeli narrative.”
By Elad Benari
Hamas on Thursday condemned a U.S. bill that sanctions the group for using civilians in Gaza as human shields, reported The Associated Press.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the bill sides with “the Israeli narrative”, according to the report.
The House of Representatives unanimously passed the Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act on Wednesday.
Testifying before the US congress, Israel’s former U.N. ambassador details the historic failures of the UN & Palestinians in protecting religious sites in Jerusalem, and pointed out “arrangements for the holy city that plainly have not worked in the past, will undoubtedly fail in the future… Only a free and democratic Israel will protect Jerusalem for all the great faiths.”
By Shlomo Cesana and Israel Hayom Staff
Dr. Dore Gold, president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and former Israeli ambassador the United Nations, addressed the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Security on Wednesday under the title of “Moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem: Challenges and Opportunities.”
The bill, named after an American Army veteran murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv last year, expected to pass having bipartisan congressional support, is aimed at slashing financial support that goes directly to convicted murderers’ monthly pensions, or monthly stipends to the families of killed terrorists.
– WATCH Ambassador Danny Ayalon’s informative video of what this bill entails.
WASHINGTON — A congressional bill that would compel the Palestinian Authority to end its compensation program for the families of convicted terrorists in Israel with the threat of an aid cut will reach a critical vote in the House Foreign Affairs Committee next Wednesday. Continue Reading »
“The [PLO] Executive Committee condemned the legislators of the American Congress and their positions towards the Palestinian people” saying the ending of monthly payments to terrorists and their families is ‘unacceptable’ and that the Senators are engaging in ‘extortion,’ in order ‘to extract political concessions.’
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) criticized the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee over the weekend for advancing legislation that would penalize the Palestinian Authority for its continued policy of financially rewarding terrorists and their family members, according to a report this week by Palestinian Media Watch.
The bill, referred to as the “Taylor Force Act,” is named after a US military veteran who was killed in a terror attack in Israel last year. Continue Reading »
With bad press exposing extrajudicial killings in Gaza and Abbas’ ‘Pay for Slay’ to reward those who murder Israelis, Trump and congress are debating funding cuts, but the Arabs have a found a way to do an end-run around Congress and get even more than the $380,593,116 it got in 2015 – by having the UN decide how much. – BTW, next in line, the EU gave less than half of that to the Palestinians, with a ‘mere’ $136,751,943.
Being hosted by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the reunification of Jerusalem celebration was organized by Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, with all the Members of Knesset, Congress, Senate invited.
The Knesset and the Congress will jointly mark 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem in an event scheduled to be broadcast on live video link between the two legislatures next Tuesday. The move could be viewed as tacit recognition by the White House of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and spark controversy.
VP Pence with President Trump. – Screen Shot: White House/YouTube
Sources told The Jerusalem Post that either President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence will participate in the event on Capitol Hill, alongside Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, its host. 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.
Previous threats of violence from Palestinian and Jordanian leaders have not stopped moving the embassy, but could spark violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories, as a way the Palestinian leadership maintains the status quo.
An official United States delegation led by Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is briefly visiting Israel on Saturday and Sunday to study the possibility of relocating the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“The delegation is in Jerusalem to learn first hand what it will mean to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” said Ruth Lieberman, a friend of DeSantis and a political advisor in Israel. Continue Reading »
The resolution conditions funding only after acceptance of Jewish state, and condemns the way Obama has used executive authority to continue sending funds to the PA in spite of their incitement to attack Jews.
By Ari Yashar
There is a push in the US Congress to cut over $5 billion in US aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA), so as to punish it for its open incitement that has fueled the current wave of Arab terror in Israel that has seen at least eight Israelis murdered.
Mahmoud Abbas, Barack Obama – Reuters
Representative Martha McSally (R-AZ), who is a retired Air Force colonel, submitted the proposal which seeks to block US taxpayer funds from being transferred to the PA in light of its calls for terror. Continue Reading »
In major #BDSFail, 2 Republican congressmen, Congressman Doug Lamborn and Congressman Ron DeSantis, introduced legislation to stymie boycotts of Israel.
By Congressmen Lamborn’s press-release
Today, Congressmen Doug Lamborn and Ron DeSantis released the following statement after their introduction of H.R. 1572, the Boycott Our Enemies, Not Israel Act:
Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) and Congressman Ron DeSantis (FL-06) – Photos: Twitter profile photos
“Today, we introduced H.R. 1572 to thwart efforts by Palestinian organizations to pressure different corporations, companies and educational institutions to boycott, divest, and sanction Israel. Recently the Palestinian Authority declared a boycott against Israeli goods, depriving their own population of most basically needed products. Continue Reading »
Father Gabriel Naddaf of Nazareth continues in his efforts to educate the world that only in Israel, Christians of the Middle East can find peace.
By Israel Today Staff
Father Gabriel Naddaf, a Nazareth-based Greek Orthodox Christian priest of Aramean background, has become a symbol and vocal witness of the situation for Christians in Israel, and how that differs from the way Christians are treated everywhere else in the Middle East.
Speaking before US congressional leaders in Washington, DC this week, Father Naddaf explained:
“In the Middle East today, there is one country where Christians are affectionately granted freedom of expression, freedom of worship and security.
Rep. Nita Lowey said she is ready to launch steps to stop the $400 million the Palestinians receive annually.
It would be illegal to fund Hamas, a designated terrorist group.
WASHINGTON — Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), a top congressional appropriator, said she is ready to launch steps to defund the Palestinian Authority in the wake of its unity agreement with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) – Photo: NY Daily News
“I’ll be working with the State Department on the logistics of suspending assistance,” Lowey told JTA on Thursday, after the Israeli government said it was formally suspending peace talks because of the agreement.
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