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Republican Congressmen say US underreports terrorist attacks against Israel

Two Republican Congressmen sent a letter to Sec. Mike Pompeo asking why the US Department of State only reported 101 terror attacks of the 1,300-1,400 terror attacks reported in Israel throughout 2019.

By OMRI NAHMIAS

 

WASHINGTON – The Department of State should reexamine its human rights reports, saying they cite only a tenth of Palestinian acts of violence that official Israeli sources report for the same period, two Republican congressmen said.

Doug Lamborn and David McKinley sent a letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, indicating in their letter that according to the department’s 2019 report, Palestinians committed 101 acts of violence against Israelis in the West Bank. Continue Reading »

Survey: U.S. Democrat Support for Israel in Sharp Decline

A Pew Research report exposes a partisan divide that has widened considerably, with support for Israel by Democrats plummeting to 27% while Republican support has risen to an all time high.

By David Lazarus

 

Support for Israel among US Democrats is dropping sharply, and the party once preferred by American Jews is quickly losing their support

According to a 2018 Pew Research survey, currently, 79% of Republicans say they sympathize more with Israel than with the Palestinians, compared with just 27% of Democrats.

Since 2001, the number of Republicans siding with Israel over the Palestinians has increased 29 percentage points, from 50% to 79%. Continue Reading »

U.S. Congress to get bipartisan resolution recognizing centenary of Balfour Declaration

The resolution states that Congress “commemorates the centenary of the Balfour Declaration; affirms its commitment to maintaining the strongest of bilateral ties with the State of Israel; and recognizes the importance of the establishment of the modern State of Israel as a secure and democratic homeland for the Jewish people.”

By JTA

 

A bipartisan resolution to be introduced in the U.S. Senate will recognize the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.

Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., were to propose the resolution on Thursday. A concurrent resolution was to be proposed in the House of Representatives.

“It is entirely appropriate for the United States Congress to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a statement that ultimately led to the reestablishment of the State of Israel in 1948,” Lankford said in a statement. Continue Reading »

US to enforce ‘Taylor Force Act’ starting in 2018

The Taylor Force Act, attached to the 2018 Foreign Operations budget in the Senate, was conceived to end decades of American taxpayers’ money given as aid to the Palestinians, but used by Abbas’ Palestinian Authority to pay terrorists, and their families, a monthly pension for killing Jews.

By Elad Benari

 

The Taylor Force Act was attached to the 2018 Foreign Operations budget in the Senate on Thursday, Haaretz reports.

The move means the legislation is almost certainly assured of being enforced in the United States from next year.

The Taylor Force Act would cut U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until it ends its policy which distributes $300 million to terrorists and their families annually. Continue Reading »

Abbas tells U.S. – I’ll never stop paying stipends to families that kill Jews

Palestinian Authority autocrat Abbas tells the US that he will never stop the generous monthly payments to the families of prisoners and martyrs, “even if it means I lose my position.”

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told the United States that he will continue to pay terrorists’ families for terror attacks against Jews.

White House adviser Jared Kushner met Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. – Screenshot: Instagram/White House

“I do not intend to cease paying salaries to the families of prisoners and martyrs, even if it means I lose my position,” Abbas told Kan 11. Continue Reading »

Bipartisan anti-BDS Bill rallies free speech battle in U.S. Congress

 

In a rare moment of bipartisanship since President Trump took office, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act was jointly introduced by a House Republican and a Senate Democrat, with cosponsors from both sides of the aisle, yet free speech advocates are lining up to fight it.

By MICHAEL WILNER

 

WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, one of America’s largest civil liberties organizations announced opposition to a congressional bill that would target international efforts to boycott, divest and sanction Israel, setting up an uncomfortable fight between US-based Israel lobbies and free speech advocates.

The ACLU– a union at the forefront of several battles against the Trump administration over the rights of immigrants, refugees and minority groups facing systemic discrimination– said the bill would make worse a 1970s-era law that had already stymied the ability of individuals and companies to exercise their constitutional right to boycott. Continue Reading »

Israel was source of intel Trump transferred to Russian FM to fight ISIS

 

First orchestrated by outgoing Obama gov’t, now the US media run by Trump detractors are trying to make federal case on transfer of intel to Russia, saying US president could be ‘security risk for entire western world,’ when the exact opposite is closer to the truth.

By i24NEWS

 

Israel was apparently the source of the highly classified information that Donald Trump was accused of disclosing in a meeting with Russian officials on Monday, revealed a current and former White House official familiar with the situation to the New York Times on Tuesday.

US President Donald Trump (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in February.

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Trump’s team tells Obama: Don’t force solution on Israel between now and January 20

 

President-elect’s aids warn Obama that he “shouldn’t go seeking new adventures, or pushing through policies that clearly don’t match Trump’s positions.”

By Chana Roberts

 

President-elect Donald Trump’s aides reportedly warned President Barack Obama not to “even think about” trying to push for progress on the Israeli-Arab conflict between now and January 20.

Politico quoted a “national security adviser” of Trump’s as saying Obama “shouldn’t go seeking new adventures or pushing through policies that clearly don’t match Trump’s positions.” This includes “efforts to bring peace to the Israelis and the Palestinians – even if those initiatives are symbolic at best…[Trump] has made it very clear he will support Israel and its preferences.” Continue Reading »

WSJ reports: Obama orders NSA to spy on Netanyahu

 

WSJ reports that under Obama’s direction NSA’s “targeting of Israeli leaders & officials also swept up the contents of some of their private conversations with US lawmakers & American-Jewish groups.”

By i24news

 

Fearing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is working to derail the nuclear deal with Iran, the White House has authorized the National Security Agency to monitor the leader’s communications, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Obama & Netanyahu – Photo : REUTERS

The report detailing the minutiae of NSA’s snooping and once more propelling into the spotlight Washington’s mistrust of the hawkish Israeli premier could usher in a new crisis in the already tense relations between Netanyahu and President Barack Obama’s administration. Continue Reading »

New Washington Report Lists Terror Proxies Funded by Iran That Targets Israel

New State Department report calls Israel a “committed counter-terrorism partner” throughout 2014, detailing operations taken by the Israeli Navy and IDF.

By MICHAEL WILNER

 

WASHINGTON — Despite facing costly obstacles from the Syrian civil war, Iran continued its arming and funding of terror proxies targeting Israel throughout 2014 largely unabated, the US government found in a report released on Friday.

Iranian navy ship. – Photo: REUTERS

The State Department report— an annual accounting of organized terrorism worldwide— asserts that Iran has continued, if not expanded, its operations beyond its historical focus on Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, to a limited number of operations in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as to “various groups throughout the Middle East.” Continue Reading »

Netanyahu Praises Dempsey in Jerusalem as the ‘Grand Champion’ of US-Israel Relations

WATCH: Israel’s PM Binyamin Netanyahu thanks U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey in a meeting in Jerusalem, for America’s men & women that are fighting for freedom around the world.

By Cynthia Blank

 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Thursday morning in Jerusalem with US of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Jerusalem with US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey on 11, June, 2015 – Photo: Amos Ben Gershom, GPO

“You’ve been a wonderful friend and a grand champion of America and of America-Israel relations,” Netanyahu greeted Dempsey warmly. Continue Reading »

UK-based newspaper: Kerry Threatened Abbas by Imposing Sanctions Over UN Bid

Palestinian sources tell London Arabic based daily that Kerry threatened PA president with financial & political sanctions should he turn to UNSC.

By Elad Benari

 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry threatened to impose sanctions on the Palestinian Authority (PA) if it goes ahead with unilateral moves, such as asking the United Nations Security Council to set a deadline for Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria, the London-based al-Araby al-Jadeed newspaper reported on Monday.

Kerry and Abbas meet at the latter’s home in Amman, Jordan – Reuters

Speaking on condition of anonymity, official sources confirmed to the newspaper that Kerry called PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and warned him against taking any unilateral measures, threatening to impose financial and political sanctions on the PA. Continue Reading »

Pew Survey Poll: American support for Israel at near record highs

Survey demonstrates massive American support for Israel.

U.S. Hispanics & Blacks sympathize with Israel more than twice as much as with Palestinians.

 

The US public’s support for Israel is at near-record levels, according to a Pew Research Center poll, despite the current violence and images of the destruction in the Gaza Strip playing out nightly on television screens across America.
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Samuel L. Jackson’s selfie at the Celebrate Israel Parade in NY, June1, 2014 – Photo: @SamuelLJackson / Twitter

Furthermore, the poll – carried out from July 8 to July 14 – indicates that support for Israel among blacks and Hispanics – demographic groups to which Israeli advocacy groups are increasingly reaching out – is more than double what it is for the Palestinians.

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Bipartisan Congressmen urge Obama to relocate embassy to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem

Marking 46 years since Israel’s reunification of Jerusalem, heads of the bipartisan Israel Allies Caucus in Washington say moving US Embassy to Israel’s capital a ‘no brainer’

By Ynet news

 

The heads of the bipartisan Congressional Israel Allies Caucus on Tuesday urged the Obama administration to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Israel - Facebook profile Photo

U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Israel – Facebook profile Photo

“We strongly believe that Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of Israel with no waivers and no caveats,” said Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05), in an event on Capitol Hill Tuesday marking 46 years since the reunification of Jerusalem. Continue Reading »

Senate vote unanimously passed calls US to back Israel in case of Iranian strike

Senate Vote passes 99-0 on resolution favoring US support to Israel if it were forced to defend itself from an Iranian nuclear threat.

By REUTERS

 

 

WASHINGTON – The Democratic-led Senate voted 99-0 – with one senator not present – on Wednesday night, on a resolution that the United States should support Israel if it were forced to defend itself from an Iranian nuclear threat. The measure also urged Obama to strengthen enforcement of existing sanctions on Iran.

US Senate

Earlier Wednesday, a US House of Representatives committee approved legislation seeking to impose tighter sanctions on Iran, the latest congressional effort to slow development of the Islamic Republic’s disputed nuclear program.

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