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Israel and Hamas on Verge of Long-Term Truce?
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. According to the Times of Israel, Hamas and Israel have essentially agreed on a long-term cease-fire. The gist of the deal is that Israel will end the blockade and allow thousands of Palestinian day laborers to enter Israel. Gaza will import items through a Cyprus port overseen by NATO representatives (until a floating offshore port can be developed) and cease all rocket fire and tunneling for eight years. A prisoner swap may be in the works too.

The reported agreement is opposed by the PLO because it wasn’t consulted, and because it would “eventually detach Gaza completely from the West Bank and Jerusalem,” said one Fatah figure. Hamas officials have been dispatched to Egypt, Qatar, and Turkey to discuss the deal.

Hamas gunman

2. Khamenei: Nuclear deal could still be voted down by Iran.

3. There’s a “covert world of people trying to edit Wikipedia — for pay.” The Atlantic shines a spotlight.

4. Straw Men and “Hard Zionists” in UK Political Race: In an ironic twist, a UK columnist dreams up accusations of anti-Semitism against a British politician to silence his critics.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Israel indicated it would free hunger-striking prisoner Mohammed Allaan if he agrees to leave the country for four years. Haaretz writes:

According to Palestinian officials, a similar offer was made to Allaan during an earlier stage of his hunger strike, and he rejected it.
• For the third time this week, a Palestinian tried to stab an Israeli soldier. YNet reports that the terrorist was shot and killed in the incident at the Tapuach Junction, a popular hitchhiking spot in the northern West Bank.

Peter Lerner

• Israel seized two tons of fiberglass tubing it said was destined for terror groups manufacturing rockets. According to the Times of Israel:

Tax workers at the Nitzana crossing between Egypt and Israel became suspicious of the shipment, which was ordered by a Gaza-based importer and labeled as containing clothes and materials.

After opening the shipment for a closer look, tax officials discovered the rolls of fiberglass hidden inside.
• Hamas and Hezbollah denounced being blacklisted as terror organizations by Canada, claiming they’re moderate. Call it Islamic Statewashing?

The Islamic State is “not accepted” by most Muslims represented by Hamas, said its boss in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan.

A source close to Hezbollah’s top leadership said extremist movements “mushroom, but they never last and don’t find a place with moderate Sunnis and Shias.
• The Times of London introduces us to Gaza’s Blue Beach Resort. If you’re going to be a human shield for Hamas, you might as well go out in style.

On one side, the resort is flanked by a cluster of cinderblock shacks housing refugees. On the other, sand berms conceal two Hamas training facilities that have been frequent targets of Israeli F16 warplanes during periods of heightened tension.

The hotel has already drawn complaints from its neighbours. On Thursday night the hotel disco proved too much for the militants, who said that the noise was interrupting training.
• IDF troops prepare for possible incursion into Syria

Around the World
• With tweets like this, Ayatollah Khamenei isn’t helping the White House sell the Iran deal to skeptical Israelis.

Ayatollah Khamenei

• An anti-terror law adopted by Egypt targets journalists who file “false” reports on terror attacks. Journalists running afoul of the law could be fined or suspended. AFP coverage.

• The recently launched HuffPost Arabi is digging in its heels over recent revelations of its top editors’ ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

amnesty-international-300x300• This Times of London expose of a senior Amnesty International figure Yasin Hussein’s undeclared ties to Islamists would explain a lot about the organization’s animus towards Israel:

The charity was unaware that the husband of its director of faith and human rights featured in documents released after a criminal trial at which connections were revealed between British supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Arab Islamists accused of plotting to overthrow a Gulf state.

Yasmin Hussein was also linked to a Yorkshire-based aid agency that was banned by Israel for its alleged funding of Hamas terrorism; and criticised by colleagues for holding a private meeting with a Muslim Brotherhood government official during an Amnesty mission to Egypt, and staying overnight at his family’s home . . .

Ms Hussein, who is understood to receive a salary of more than £90,000, told The Times that she had “never had any association whatsoever with . . . the Muslim Brotherhood”.
• Douglas Murray weighs in on the BDS thought police getting Jewish reggae star Matisyahu dropped from a Spanish music festival for not making a statement in support of Palestine.

For a while, only Israeli Jews were made pariahs among the nations because of an unresolved border dispute involving their country. Now it is Jews born anywhere else in the world who can be targeted in the same way. They are singling out Jews — Jews and only Jews. And their singling out of Jews, wherever they are from, makes their racist motivation abundantly clear. If the Rototom Sunsplash festival wants to take part in this racist BDS fever then it is them — and not Jews — whom the world must make into global pariahs.
Herb Keinon

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Avi Issacharoff: The IDF as leader of the PA
– William Kristol: Does Israel stand alone?
– David Harris: On Iran, let’s get serious
– Robert Satloff: A better deal with Iran is possible
– Joe Lieberman: Congress should step up to block the terrible Iran agreement
– Morton Klein: No military option against Iran remains
– Robert Jacobs: Israel must defend its citizens as any country would
– Paul Pillar: The backfiring of Israeli strategy on Iran

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Hunger-Striking Prisoner in Coma
Israel Daily News Stream 6 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Mohammed Allaan was in a coma after losing consciousness on Friday. Allaan, accused of membership in Islamic Jihad, has been protesting his incarceration without trial, a controversial legal status Israel calls “administrative detention.” Islamic Jihad threatened if Allaan dies, the cease-fire is over.

Meanwhile, the former US commander of the Guantanamo Bay prison urged Israel to force-feed Allaan “immediately.” The Jerusalem Post picked up on an interview due to be aired tonight:

In an interview to be aired Sunday night on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and Philadelphia’s NewsTalk 990 AM, Colonel Michael Bumgarner, said of Israel, “Without reservation they should force feed him.” . . .

Drawing on his own experience with hunger-striking prisoners, Bumgarner argued that if Israel does not force-feed Allan and prisoners like him, “You are going to have a constant breakdown within any of your institutional settings there.”
UNRWAmoney2. Although the UNRWA has perpetuated the Palestinian refugee crisis, Israel hasn’t been forced to fund education and health care for thousands of refugees. The Times of Israel takes a closer look at what the UN agency’s money crunch means for Israel:

“When youngsters are out of school, and also suffer from economic hardship, it’s much easier to draw them to political demonstrations,” he told The Times of Israel. “A strike would endanger both the Palestinian Authority and the relative quiet that we [in Israel] have been experiencing in the West Bank. It directly harms Israel’s interests.”
3. Jerusalem Post: The Jordanian-based Arab Bank reached a settlement with US victims of Hamas attacks in Israel, but the terms were not disclosed.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Palestinian Authority faces million dollar lawsuit for torturing prisoner

• Saturday saw a pair of Palestinian stabbing attacks in the West Bank. Two Israeli security personnel were lightly wounded; both Palestinian terrorists were shot. One was killed, the other was lightly wounded and treated on the scene. YNet coverage.

Mark Regev

• You need a scorecard to keep up with the Israeli political system’s version of musical chairs, and the latest developments have the Anglo community buzzing.

First are unconfirmed reports that the Prime Minister’s spokesman, Mark Regev, will be appointed ambassador to Britain. The Melbourne native has served in various spokesman and media roles for 20 years at the Israeli embassy in Washington, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Prime Minister’s Office.

Next, Danny Danon was appointed ambassador to the UN. Replacing Danon in the Knesset is Sharren Haskel, a 31-year-old Canadian-born and Australian-educated veterinarian nurse by trade. She’s also a former debate champion.

• I did a double take when I saw this headline too. Life really is stranger than The Onion.


• The IDF’s facing new challenges as Palestinian, Iranian, and Hezbollah hackers boost the sophistication and frequency of their cyber attacks.

• Senior Hamas official arrives in Israel for medical care

• Here’s another example of thawing ties between Israel and the Gulf states:

Dubai-based company offering services in Israel

Iranian Atomic Urgency
Amb. Daniel Shapiro

• A troubling development that should make all Israelis pause: Israel boosted security for US ambassador Dan Shapiro. According to Israeli media reports, the US embassy received several letters threatening his life, and another threatening message was anonymously posted on Shapiro’s Facebook page.

All the messages denounced Washington’s push for the Iranian nuclear deal.

• Iran says the nuke deal will help it target Israel.

• This weekend, Iran gave the International Atomic Energy Agency documents associated with the Islamic Republic’s alleged nuclear weapons work. AP coverage.

• The unfortunate polarization and demagoguery surrounding the US discourse on the nuclear deal continues. An exhibition at a Manhattan art gallery includes one feature asking, “Chuck Schumer, Israeli Spy?”

• Iranian dissidents spoke up against the nuclear deal, getting a soapbox platform from The Daily Beast.

• Israeli officials continued challenging the Iranian nuclear deal in the mainstream media. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely weighed in with USA Today op-ed (republished in the Detroit Free Press). Israel’s consul general in Los Angeles, David Siegel, discussed Iranian cheating with Breitbart News.

And Ambassador Ron Dermer sat down with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. I couldn’t find the full interview on-line, but here are clips one and two. Dermer also appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Mideast Matters
• The US says there’s a strong likelihood that Islamic State used mustard gas against Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq. The Wall St. Journal (click via Google News) reports:

The attack in question took place late Wednesday, about 40 miles southwest of Erbil in northern Iraq. A German Defense Ministry spokesman said about 60 Peshmerga fighters, who help protect Kurdish areas in northern Iraq, were reported to have suffered injuries to their throats consistent with a chemical attack while fighting Islamic State.
• Egypt continues plans to expand its Sinai-Gaza buffer zone by 500 meters. Cairo completed a survey, and according to the Egypt Daily News, approximately 1,200 families will be evacuated. This is on top of the more than 3,000 families whose homes were demolished during the buffer zone’s earlier stages. Can you imagine the outrage if Israel did that?

• Bahrain arrested five men in connection to a July bombing that killed two policemen in the capital city of Manama. According to Bahraini security, the group was trained and financed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah. More at Gulf News and Reuters.

• There’s been a lot of buzz (and outrage at Islamic State) over the New York Times‘ in-depth expose on the terror group’s systematic campaign of rape and slavery specifically targeting Yazidi women. Reporter Rukmini Callimachi shared with Kaelyn Forde how she got the story and earned the trust of the Yazidi women who escaped.

Around the World
• Britain’s Labor Party is investigating an abusive anti-Semitic hate campaign aimed at one of the party’s critics of front-runner Jeremy Corbyn. MP John Mann has received a slew of ugly emails and tweets over the last six weeks. More at the Sunday Express and Jewish Chronicle.

• Music festival in Spain cancels Matisyahu gig over refusal to endorse Palestinian state

Jeffrey Goldberg

• Fake bomb discovered at Swedish Chabad House.

• Max Boot takes on Fareed Zakaria’s unconvincing case in favor of the Iran deal.

• As the Mideast melts down in sectarian violence and civil war, MEMRI flagged an interesting commentary from Kuwait’s state-run paper, Al-Watan. Columnist Abdallah Al-Hadlaq called on Arab states to sever ties with “fascist” Iran and, dare I say, strengthen political, commercial and even military ties with the Jewish state.

• While the US prepares to release frozen funds to Iran, a Wall St. Journal staff-ed (click via Google News) wonders why victims of Iranian terror who obtained legal judgments are left holding the bag:

By ignoring the $45 billion owed to Iran’s terror victims, the U.S. government mocks its own judiciary and erodes a deterrent to foreign state sponsorship of terrorism. This is one more reason for Congress to reject a deal that blesses Iran as a nuclear-threshold state.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– David Horovitz: Obama’s Iran deal: A fight to the bitter end
– James Fallows: What if Barack and Bibi are both right?
– Alan Dershowitz: Bibi not “interfering” in US foreign policy
– Amir Taheri: When Obama adopts the mullahs’ style
– Judith Bergman: Israeli-Chinese strategic ties
– Wall St. Journal: Islamic State gets mustard gas (via Google News)

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Sanctions on Iran Already Cracking
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Switzerland became the first country to lift sanctions on Iran. In India, “refiners have got the green light to prepare to pay Iran $1.4 billion in oil dues.” And the US is protesting Russia for hosting Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in late July in violation of a UN travel ban, the Wall St. Journal (via Google News) reported.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said U.S. sanctions remain in place and penalties would still apply to any country or company that violates them. He told reporters that the U.S. wasn’t informed in advance of the Swiss move to drops its sanctions before Iran has taken the promised steps to curb its nuclear program and before the U.S., European Union and United Nations have removed their penalties.
David Hazony

2. Israel has foiled 17 suicide attacks so far this year. The Shin Bet’s figures don’t include other attacks foiled by the PA security services.
In all, over the first seven months of 2015, Israel’s defense and security establishment prevented 111 attempted terror attacks, including shooting attacks and bombings along with the kidnappings and suicide attacks.
3. Will Israel lift the Gaza blockade in exchange for a long-term truce with Hamas?

Israel and the Palestinians
• The Israeli government is installing smart fences around communities near the Gaza border.

• Officials in Ankara confirmed that Hamas operative Salah Arouri is no longer in Turkey. Arouri claimed responsibility for masterminding the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers last year, which touched off Operation Protective Edge. On a related note, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with a delegation of Hamas figures, including the terror group’s top leader, Khaled Mashaal. More on that at Today’s Zaman.
• The Jerusalem Post takes a closer look at the controversy surrounding force-feeding hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners.
• Haaretz updates the latest on the UNRWA’s cash crunch.
• Today’s uh-oh tweet:
Raphael Ahren
• After some initial “snub confusion” Irish President Michael Higgins had a farewell meeting with Israel’s outgoing ambassador, Boaz Modai. According to the Irish Times:
There had been earlier media reports of regret at the Israeli embassy over the fact the normal final meeting with a departing ambassador had not been arranged.
When the matter came to light, the President decided to return to Dublin immediately to ensure protocol was observed and hints of a diplomatic snub were scotched.
• Memo to the boycotters: Globes reports that Ben Gurion Airport is seeing record traffic thanks to the EU Open Skies agreement:

Passenger traffic at Ben Gurion airport is beating all forecasts. There will be an all-time record number of people passing through Ben Gurion airport today as about 80,000 passengers fly in about 457 incoming and outgoing flights.
August is also expected to be a new record month for the Israeli airport with over two million passengers arriving and departing on international flights.
Ben Gurion Airport

• With a heavy police and media presence, Paris followed through with it’s Tel Aviv beach attraction on the banks of the Seine. I loved AFP‘s money quote.
“There are 50 visitors for 500 journalists. I feel like I’m on the red carpet at Cannes,” said one onlooker.
• BDS dilemma over Israeli scientists’ HIV breakthrough.

• A Bedouin tent near Ramallah was burnt down in another arson attack and the Hebrew words “revenge” and “administrative” were spray painted on a nearby rock. Nobody was injured, and police arrested three Jewish suspects.
Mideast Matters
• Recent polls reached the same conclusion: The Israeli public overwhelmingly opposes the Iranian nuclear deal. Haaretz rounded up the different surveys:

Still, a look at some of the public opinion polls conducted after the agreement was signed – as well as before it – shows a broad consensus against the deal that would seem to transcend the conventional political divides. Most Israelis are not convinced the agreement will prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power or that it will eliminate what is often considered the biggest threat to the country. Like their elected leaders, most Israelis, these polls show, don’t think the U.S. administration has their best interests at heart.
• Bashar Assad’s wealthy cousin in shady business with Israeli

Around the World
• Italian Jews fear dual loyalty accusations after ex-MP Fiamma Nirenstein is tapped as Israel’s envoy to Rome. According to Haaretz:

They point to the fact that within two years, Nirenstein went from being a member of the Italian parliament to becoming an Israeli citizen, then running as an Italian for the leadership of Rome’s Jewish community before being tapped as Israel’s ambassador to Italy.
“It’s problematic,” one senior figure in the community said. “If they appointed her as Israel’s envoy in the UN or in another capital it would be alright. But appointing her as ambassador to Rome could make people ask if Italy’s Jews are Israeli or Italian. It could even harm other Jews’ chance of being elected to the Italian parliament, or to senior government posts in the future.”
Rome’s Tiber River

• James Thring, a notorious conspiracy theorist who believes the ‘world is controlled by Jewish elders’ spoke at Westminster event hosted by would-be Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. According to the Daily Mail:
In his unscheduled five-minute address, Thring stated that a Palestinian militia should be armed and equipped.
He also boasted of having close connections to the Chinese authorities, whom he said he was lobbying to provide weapons to the Palestinians.
Thring once described Israel as “an illegal, criminal, psychopathic, belligerent, apartheid entity bent on desecrating the Holy Land,” and is best pals with the American neo-Nazi, David Duke. As news of Thring’s talk spread, Duke came to Corbyn’s defense.

• 30 cars and buildings spray-painted with anti-Semitic graffiti near San Antonio synagogue
amer-jewry-divided-iran-770x400• Worth reading: Iran deal driving Jews farther apart

For now the debate goes on and gets more personal, nastier, uglier. We long for it to be over, one way or another, and to begin the vital effort of healing the wounds and mending Washington-Jerusalem ties.
Let’s start closer to home, though. Even within our own community we need to recognize and address the divide that separates us, one from the other. It has become increasingly difficult to talk about collective “American Jewish attitudes” and shared “Jewish values” when there are such deep differences, not only in our outward views but also in how we define ourselves as Jews.
These issues tend to arise during moments of crisis, and then subside.
But they’re not going away. Dealing with them now may be our last chance before we reach the point where we no longer fit the definition of one Jewish people.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Jeremy Ben-Ami: Let’s keep the Iran debate civil
– Aaron David Miller: Give Bibi the Nobel Peace Prize
– Jonathan Tobin: Distorting the truth about Iran and Israel
– Israel Ziv: Israel only stands to lose from ‘defeating’ Obama
– Zalman Shoval: Challenges await Israeli diplomacy
– Alan Dershowitz: Obama, Iran deal supporters shouldn’t stifle debate
– Orde Kittrie: Congress can rewrite the Iran deal (via Google News)
– Yaakov Amidror: What next for Islamic State?
– Judith Bergman: Delusional warfare
– Christian Science Monitor: The Arab-Israeli courtship (staff-ed)

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Islamic State in Sinai Reportedly Beheads Hostage
Israel Daily News Streamabout 1 hour ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Nice to see the wire services pick up on PA corruption. AP reports Palestinians are furious over the latest revelations of graft and misuse of public money:

Outrage over the documents quickly spread on social media, where Palestinians challenged everything from their leadership’s finances to its political legitimacy in the face of repeatedly delayed elections, last held in 2005.
2. Islamic State in the Sinai reportedly beheaded Croatian hostage Tomislav Salopek.

3. Larry Cohler-Esses of The Forward is the first journalist from an American Jewish paper to get a visa to report from Iran. He filed this dispatch.
During the course of my conversations with several senior ayatollahs and prominent political and government officials, it became clear that there is high-placed dissent to the official line against Israel. No one had anything warm to say about the Jewish state. But pressed as to whether it was Israel’s policies or its very existence to which they objected, several were adamant: It’s Israel’s policies. Others, notwithstanding their ideological objection to a Jewish state, made it clear they would accept a two-state solution to Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians if the Palestinians were to negotiate one and approve it in a referendum . . .
Iran, though, is different from the Soviet Union in one key respect: In most countries, there is a social contract that governs relations between the government of a state and its people. But in Iran there are three players: the people, the government and, for lack of a better term, the Deep State, which in the person of the supreme leader claims to act on God’s behalf to ensure that neither of the other two parties strays beyond God’s boundaries as defined in Islam.
This makes things much more complicated.

4. Stories I’d Like to See: Where Do US Jews Stand on the Iran Deal? Like it or not, American Jews are part of the story now.


Israel and the Palestinians
• The Times of Israel picks up on the latest BDS idiocy:

A Norwegian film festival recently rejected an Israeli documentary on disabled children, telling its director that it supports the boycott on the Jewish state and will not screen Israeli movies unless they deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
• Jeremy Corbyn, who is running for leadership for Britain’s Labor Party, is going to appear at a London conference later this month, sharing a stage with some notable anti-Semitic apologists for Hamas. The Daily Mail reports:

One speaker will be Palestinian-born Dr Azzam Tamimi, who once told the BBC that ‘sacrificing myself for Palestine is a noble cause… I would do it if I had the opportunity’.
Another is Carlos Latuff, a cartoonist who compares Israel to the Nazis and came second in a Holocaust cartoon competition held by Iran in 2006.
• Irish president Michael Higgins is tangled up in another diplomatic tempest with Israel. Was his failure to hold a customary farewell meeting with Israel’s outgoing ambassador, Boaz Modai, a snub, or an unfortunate misunderstanding? Details at the Irish Independent.

• Khaled Mashaal is in Turkey to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Times of Israel coverage.
• The French telecomm giant, Orange, paid the first €15 million in compensation to Israel’s Partner Communications Ltd. The payment marks the beginning of the end of Orange’s ties to Israel after Orange CEO Stephane Richard kicked up a storm earlier this year when he said he’d rather not do business in Israel.
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• Iran debate devolves with charges of ‘dual loyalty’ and ‘dog whistles’

• John Kerry warns that that the US dollar will suffer if the Iran deal isn’t passed.
• John Kerry says no automatic return of sanctions if Iran breaks arms embargo
Mideast Matters
• Reuters: Russia, Saudis fail in talks to agree on fate of Syria’s Assad

• The Palestinians have offered to mediate a solution to the Syrian conflict, reports The Media Line.
Around the World
• The newly launched HuffPost Arabi is already under fire with its liberal readers for publishing succession of venomous posts criticizing gays, atheists, and selfies. The Independent picked up on the furor after Buzzfeed translated the offensive posts. Ariana Huffington doesn’t seem to realize that the Huffington Post Arabi’s editors have Muslim Brotherhood connections.

• Brian Williams’ six-month suspension (without pay) is over. NBC executives told CNNMoney that the disgraced anchor “will assume his new role as a breaking news anchor for MSNBC in mid-September, but no date has been set.”
The network moved against Williams amid revelations he exaggerated personal stories of his experiences covering the Israel-Lebanon war of 2006 and in Iraq. Lester Holt will continue anchoring NBC Nightly News.
Lorrie Goldstein
• Jeffrey Goldberg‘s troubled by Obama and Kerry’s difficulty grasping Iran’s desire to eliminate Israel in recent interviews. After describing the President’s take, Goldberg explains his regret for not following up with a more incisive question bringing Hitler into the conversation:

I made a decision on the spot—later partially regretted—not to deploy the H-bomb just then because I am a) very mindful of Godwin’s Law; b) I don’t believe the Iranian regime is the modern-day equivalent of the Nazi regime, in part because the Nazi regime is without peer; and c) the invocation of Hitler’s name in these matters tends to set teeth too much on edge.
In retrospect, though, I should have raised it, because Hitler is the perfect, but not singular, example of a world leader who made decisions that seemed, to his adversaries, deeply irrational except if you understood his desire to wipe out the Jews of Europe as an actual overriding policy goal, a raison d’etre of his rule. Anti-Semitism was not simply an “organizing tool” for him. And if you’re paying attention, you will see that bringing about the end of the sovereign Jewish state in the Middle East is a paramount political and theological mission of the Iranian regime.
• Spare me your pompous pontificating and specious speculations, Thomas Friedman. You’re not an Israeli, and pigs don’t fly, so spare me your What ifs.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Ron Ben-Yishai: Israel dealing with two Hamas entities
– Eitan Haber: Israelis will pay the price for Obama-Netanyahu battle
– Ari Harow: Does the Iran deal serve Israeli interests?
– Ephraim Kam: Obama’s hollow arguments

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Abbas, Iran to Campaign Against Israel’s Nuclear Program
4 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Mahmoud Abbas will visit Iran sometime in the next two months. Although the visit needs to be seen in the context of frosty Hamas-Tehran ties, the Jerusalem Post reports that one item on the PA-Iran agenda is a campaign against Israel’s nuclear program.

Majdalani said on Monday his visit to Iran resulted in an agreement to revive the idea of an international conference to rid the region of Israel’s nuclear arsenal and weapons of mass destruction.
Israel has never confirmed whether it possesses nuclear weapons.

2. A delegation of US Congressmen visiting the Temple Mount were stalked and harassed by Muslim men, including members of the Waqf staff. The Jerusalem Post‘s scoop includes a video.
3. A Hamas tunnel digger arrested by the Shin Bet last month had a lot to say to his interrogators. According to the Times of Israel, we’re talking about the routes and locations of new tunnels and their entrances and exits, and goodies from Tehran:
Iranian support came in the form of cash, advanced weapons and sophisticated electronic equipment meant to interfere with control signals for Israeli drones over the coastal enclave . . .
Shaer told investigators that material for Hamas’s war infrastructure is now being brought into Gaza under the guise of reconstruction programs aimed at repairing the damage caused during the fighting, when thousands of buildings were destroyed.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Palestinian hunger-striker Mohammed Allaan was transferred to Barzilai hospital amid fears he will be force-fed. Jerusalem Post coverage.

World Science Conference Israel• If you listen carefully, you can hear BDSniks gnashing their teeth as 15 Nobel laureates and hundreds of science students arrive in Jerusalem for next week’s World Science Conference Israel. The Times of Israel writes:
Such a gathering would be notable at any time – but it’s especially relevant, and encouraging, at a time when the BDS movement has scored some victories on college campuses, as well as in the corporate word, said Guy Kibetz of the Foreign Ministry, who is helping coordinate and organize the event.”
• The Obama administration requested lower bond for Palestinian appeal of terror case.

• Paris is moving forward with plans to dedicate a day of beach festivities (along the Seine) to Tel Aviv. While I appreciate Mayor Anne Hidalgo for standing fast against BDS criticism, I have to wonder about back-handed “compliments” like this coming from her office. Here’s what AFP wrote:
Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s deputy Bruno Julliard said Israel’s critics should distinguish between “the brutal politics of the Israeli government and Tel Aviv, a progressive city“.
Fiamma Nirenstein

• Former Italian lawmaker and journalist Fiamma Nirenstein was appointed as Israel’s next ambassador to Rome. Haaretz reports that if she’s approved, Nirenstein would begin serving next summer, and have to give up her Italian citizenship.
Nirenstein is considered one of the strongest pro-Israel voices in Europe, and would often appear on broadcasts in Italy and elsewhere to debate politicians or other personalities who criticized Israel.
• Germans use Holocaust street memorials to bash Israel?

• At the World Badminton Championships, Israeli’s Misha Zilberman blamed his first round defeat on Indonesia issuing a last-minute visa. Zilberman was stuck in Singapore and only arrived in Jakarta the day before his match. AFP reports:
“I am very disappointed that I didn’t show even 50 per cent of what I could because I didn’t practise for the last five days or hit any shuttles,” he said.
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• CNN: Obama’s Iran deal rhetoric troubles American Jews

• President Obama continued his media offensive for the Iran deal, discussing the accord with Steve Inskeep of NPR (take your pick of video or transcript). He also discussed the deal and its implications with Mic and answered questions submitted by young adults around the world.
• Russian warships dock in Iran for war training
Mideast Matters
• There’s a new Syrian Druze militia apparently armed with the financial support of the Israeli Druze. It opposes Assad, Islamic State, and the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front.

The Druze sheikh explained the funding for the new armed group, saying that they had acquired weapons “from our own free money, the fear of our people in Palestine [for our safety] and the fear of expatriates who wish to protect the mountain.”
Although the Druze leader implied private donors in Israel and elsewhere abroad had helped finance his group, he insisted that it “would not take funding from states.”
• Quite a few people are speaking out against the rising anti-Semitic tone in the public discourse over the Iran deal. Ben-Dror Yemini weighs in on the illusion of Jewish power. William Jacobson comments on the dual-loyalty flack Senator Charles Schumer is taking for opposing the accord. Lenny Ben-David recalls how George Bush Sr. responded to anti-Semitism during a 1991 battle over loan guarantees. See also Bret Stephens (Wall St. Journal via Google News), Abraham Ben-Zvi, Elliott Abrams, Shmuel Rosner, and a slightly more generous Jonathan Chait.

And thank you, James Taranto, for citing HonestReporting (and linking to yesterday’s roundup) in your Wall St. Journal column today (click via Google News).
On the other side, for example, we have Stephen Walt plugging David Bromwich’s little screed at the Huffington Post. For a sampling of tweets, see MJ Rosenberg and Judith Millstead.
Stephen Walt
• I can think of reasons for and against pulling international peacekeepers out of the Sinai, but it’s fair of this New York Times staff-ed raise the question. Is their mission obsolete, no longer justifying the danger they face from Islamic State?
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Ehud Yaari: How Iran plans to destroy Israel
– Yoel Cohen: Can Israel’s image be normalized?
– Marion Bernard: From Riyadh in the French Riviera to Tel Aviv in Paris
– Emily Landau: What 29 top US scientists don’t know
– Omer Dostri: Palestinian terror reinvents itself

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Polls Skew Jews’ Views on Iran Deal
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. According to Israeli media reports, Turkey expelled senior Hamas official Salah Arouri. He masterminded the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers last year.

2. numbersWhere do American Jews really stand on Iran deal? If you’re looking at recent polls by J Street, AIPAC, or The Israel Project, skepticism is in order. And if you’re trying to gauge who really speaks for US Jewry, don’t bother.
Here’s what Professor Leonard Saxe of Brandeis U. told The Forward after studying the surveys:
“They’re all problematic,” Saxe told the Forward after examining the polls . . . “These are not wonderful studies,” Saxe said. “They’re quick and dirty studies.”
All of the surveys Saxe’s team studied had serious flaws, he related. More importantly, Saxe’s study took issue with the conclusion the polls reached . . .
For Jewish communal leaders seeking a bottom line, the surveys are of little help. At best they provide a picture of a Jewish community skeptical of the details of the deal and split about how to translate these doubts into political action.

3. Will Mohammed Allaan become the first hunger-striking Palestinian administrative detainee to be force-fed under new regulations recently passed by the Knesset? The Times of Israel reports that doctors are refusing to force-feed Allaan, who is allegedly affiliated with Palestinian Islamic Jihad. In an impressive and sobering background piece, The Media Line looks at what’s involved and why this is happening now. See also Haaretz‘s afternoon update.
4. Why You Should Care About Iran: If you care about human rights, democracy, and freedom, you should be concerned about Iran. View and share the slide show.

Why You Should Care About Iran from HonestReporting
Israel and the Palestinians
• Last night, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli at a gas station on Route 443 near Modiin. The Palestinian man was shot and killed by nearby IDF soldiers. The Israeli was hospitalized with light to moderate stab wounds.

• Vatican seeks indictment of Jewish supremacist for supporting church burning
• Merely one day before the Badminton World Championships begin in Jakarta, Israeli player Misha Zilberman finally received a visa to enter Indonesia. According to the Jerusalem Post:
The Olympic Committee of Israel said on Sunday that it will demand to compensate Zilberman with ranking points due to the ordeal he was forced to endure in recent weeks.
Zilberman can close in on a berth at the Rio 2016 Olympics with a couple of wins in Jakarta, but would have faced a tough test against Hsu even in the best of times, not to mention in his current situation.
BDS• Globes: A network of Israeli businesses set up an anti-BDS hotline to help owners dealing with boycotts.

“BDS is not a uniform phenomenon; it is expressed differently in each country. When complaints or reports of such cases are received, we will address the situation specifically, using the tools we have, in order to provide them with a relevant and correct response.”
• Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo insists that the city’s “Tel Aviv on the Seine” event will go on this week, despite BDS pressure to cancel the event.

• Confused Hamas leader posts pro-Israel cartoon
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• A whole bunch of companies linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards will win sanctions relief. According to Reuters, Westerners looking to do business in the Islamic Republic will likely find the Revolutionary Guards serving as a gatekeeper of sorts.

The process is complex and will unfold in stages, with some firms obliged to wait eight years for sanctions relief and others who can expect no concession even then from Washington, a reflection of concerns over activities beyond Iran’s borders . . .
In all, about 90 current and former IRGC officials, entities such as the IRGC itself, and firms that conducted transactions for the Guards will be taken off nuclear sanctions lists by either the United States, EU or United Nations, according to a Reuters tally based on annexes to the text of the nuclear deal.
A handful will see EU sanctions removed once the nuclear deal is enacted on “Implementation Day” expected within the next year.
Iranian Revolutionary Guards
Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on parade in 2013.

• If you want to see CNN’s Fareed Zakaria’s full interview with President Obama, it was posted on YouTube in part 1, part 2, and part 3. Meanwhile, Jerusalem responded to the interview’s contentious charge that Israel is unduly meddling in US politics.
But a senior Israeli official told The Times of Israel that the Iranian nuclear issue is not an internal American concern, but rather “has a direct and crucially important impact on Israel’s security.”
Israel, said this official adamantly, “is not meddling in internal American affairs.”
Mideast Matters
• Two Golan Druze were indicted for the murder of wounded Syrian who had been brought to Israel for treatment. Details at YNet and Haaretz: The latter explains:

Bashira Mahmoud, 48, and Amal Abu Salah, 21, were among approximately 30 suspects arrested after a mob attacked a military ambulance carrying two wounded Syrians thought to be linked to a rebel organization that was targeting Syria’s Druze as part of the civil war raging across the border.
• Bashar Assad is desperately pushing for diplomacy, but rebels are more interested in carving up Syria.

paleyewitnessflag• Why does the mainstream media look away when Palestinians in Arab countries such as Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, face torture and ethnic cleansing? Khaled Abu Toameh answers that question:

Similarly, the international media seems to have forgotten that there are tens of thousands of Palestinians living in various Arab countries. The only Palestinians that Western journalists know and care about are those living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
International journalists do not care about the Palestinians in the Arab world because this is not a story that can be blamed on Israel. An Arab killing or torturing an Arab is not an item worth publishing in a major newspaper in the U.S., Canada or Britain. But when a Palestinian in the West Bank complains against the Israeli authorities or Jewish settlers, many Western journalists waste no time rushing to the scene to cover this “major” development.
• Israel wasn’t invited to the inauguration of the new Suez Canal. Did President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi miss an opportunity to make a statement?

• Food for thought: Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Dany Shoham assesses the state of Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Dan Margalit: Administrative detentions are legitimate
– Ray Takeyh: How likely will accord transform revolutionary Iran?
– Roy Gutman: Iran: promoter of upheaval or defender of the status quo?
– Washington Post: The risks of investing in Iran (staff-ed)

• Last but not least, Mark Dubowitz and Jonathan Schanzer tag-teamed on a New York Post op-ed laying out how the Iran deal will “unchain Ayatollah Khamenei’s slush fund.”
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CNN Smearing Iran Deal Critics With Dual Loyalty Charge?
Israel Daily News Stream3 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. The father of the Palestinian baby killed in the Duma arson attack died of his injuries. Saad Dawabsha was buried in Nablus. Afterwards, the PA announced it would pursue Israel diplomatically, while Hamas called on Palestinians to take revenge. Israel is bracing for escalation in the West Bank.

Israel arrested nine people and placed three suspected Jewish extremists, Meir Ettinger, Eviatar Slonim, and Mordechai Meyer, in “administrative detention.” None are suspected of involvement in the Duma firebombing; Meyer is suspected of involvement in an arson attack at the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes in June. According to Reuters:
Yaalon accused Ettinger and Slonim of “involvement in activity by an extremist Jewish group”. Meyer had been involved in “recent terrorist attacks as part of a Jewish terror group,” Yaalon said. No specific incidents were mentioned.
2. Are critics of the Iran deal getting unfairly smeared with charges of “dual loyalty?” The question starts with Senator Charles Schumer, who, in announcing his opposition to the accord, took the unusual step of explaining why in writing. I’ll come back to Schumer in a moment.

Interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, President Obama said he can’t recall any foreign leader interfering in a policy debate more than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has done with the Iran deal. That’s from the excerpt CNN released ahead of tonight’s airing of the full interview
Previewing tonight’s broadcast on the CNN show, New Day, Zakaria claimed Schumer was motivated by money. Zakaria doesn’t overtly brand the anti-accord deal as Jewish or Israeli. But his comments to Brooke Baldwin certainly dance on the edge:
Zakaria: If you look at somebody like Senator Schumer, if you ask yourself what does he gain by supporting the deal? Not very much. What does he gain by opposing the deal? If he were to support President Obama on this, if he were to support this deal, he knows it would create a firestorm of opposition, particularly among, perhaps, you know wealthy supporters; he wouldn’t be able to raise as much money
Baldwin: So it’s money.
Zakaria: It’s money, it’s the possibility that you lose support of a core group of supporters. There’s a very strongly organized campaign against the deal. There isn’t a particularly strong campaign organized for the deal, so there’s an asymmetry of cost. So if you vote for this deal, you don’t get a lot. But you get a huge opposition against it.
So senators like Cory Booker, like Chuck Schumer, are probably looking at it in those terms, and asking themselves, “Look, if I were to support the president on this, I’m going to — funding sources are going to dry up, a lot of the core supporters I have are going to be upset with me, because there is this well-financed campaign against it. I don’t get that much, you know, on the upside.”
You can watch Zakaria’s “money quote” if you skip to 1:36.

A must-read staff-ed in Tablet denounced the White House and its allies of playing the “dual loyalty card” to silence critics of the Iran deal.
What we increasingly can’t stomach—and feel obliged to speak out about right now—is the use of Jew-baiting and other blatant and retrograde forms of racial and ethnic prejudice as tools to sell a political deal, or to smear those who oppose it. Accusing Senator Schumer of loyalty to a foreign government is bigotry, pure and simple. Accusing Senators and Congressmen whose misgivings about the Iran deal are shared by a majority of the U.S. electorate of being agents of a foreign power, or of selling their votes to shadowy lobbyists, or of acting contrary to the best interests of the United States, is the kind of naked appeal to bigotry and prejudice that would be familiar in the politics of the pre-Civil Rights Era South.
This use of anti-Jewish incitement as a political tool is a sickening new development in American political discourse, and we have heard too much of it lately—some coming, ominously, from our own White House and its representatives. Let’s not mince words: Murmuring about “money” and “lobbying” and “foreign interests” who seek to drag America into war is a direct attempt to play the dual-loyalty card. It’s the kind of dark, nasty stuff we might expect to hear at a white power rally, not from the President of the United States—and it’s gotten so blatant that even many of us who are generally sympathetic to the administration, and even this deal, have been shaken by it.
Post script: Liberal advocacy organizations said they will withhold $8.3 million in potential donations from Schumer and other Democratic lawmakers opposing the Iran deal.

It’s unfortunate, but the Wall St. Journal’s Sohrab Ahmari‘s tweet of the day is an unpleasant truth.
Sohrab Ahmari
3. Israel arrested a Lebanese-Swedish man of Palestinian descent at Ben-Gurion Airport suspected of trying to gather intelligence for Hezbollah. Take your pick of Jerusalem Post or YNet coverage.
Israel and the Palestinians
• France is tweaking a draft UN resolution that reportedly demands Israel withdraw from the West Bank within 18 months. Algemeiner picked up on Arab media coverage.

• The IDF launched an air strike on unspecified Gaza terror infrastructure after a Palestinian rocket hit southern Israel. It landed in an open area causing no damage.
• Worth reading: Israel HaYom‘s Yoav Limor discussed “the battle of narratives” and Operation Protective Edge with IDF Brig.  Gen. Mickey Edelstein.
• Looks like Hamas is in Iran’s doghouse again.
Iran has canceled a scheduled visit by a Hamas delegation to the Islamic Republic in response to Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal’s visit to Tehran’s rival Saudi Arabia last month, the Huffington Post’s Arabic edition quoted informed sources as saying Saturday.
• Brazil passports will no longer list Israel as the country of birth for Brazilian nationals born in Jerusalem.

• Christians Joining Israel Defense Forces At Record Rates
• We’ve written about the silly charge of Israeli pinkwashing before. Now, thanks to the fatal attack on Jerusalem’s recent gay pride parade, we’re seeing charges of what Legal Insurrection calls reverse pinkwashing. Israel can do no right. Sheesh . . .
• Jerusalem Post: PA security arrested a Ramallah man for naming his baby after Mohammed Dahlan, who is Mahmoud Abbas’s political rival.
• An event organized by the Paris municipality honoring Tel Aviv beaches generated anti-Semitic reactions
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon made some waves in a Q+A with Der Spiegel:

SPIEGEL: So will we see further deaths of Iranian nuclear scientists through attacks or malware compromising Iranian computer networks?
Yaalon: We should be ready to defend ourselves. I’m not responsible for the lives of Iranian scientists.
• Iran reportedly gave Hezbollah strict orders not to respond to a recent (Israeli?) air strike in Syria.

• Journalist Amir Taheri reports that John Kerry actually negotiated with the other P5+1 parties (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Germany) on Iran’s behalf.
Salehi recalls that when he briefed newly elected President Rouhani on the secret talks, the latter was “astonished” at Obama’s readiness to bend backwards to appease Tehran. For Tehran, Obama and Kerry made an ideal team.
During lengthy negotiations in Geneva, Lausanne and finally Vienna, the Iranian and US teams were often on the same side, fighting to persuade other members of the P5+1 to soften their positions vis-a-vis Iran.
In an off-the-record briefing in Tehran which was nevertheless partly leaked, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi cited a number of occasions when Kerry fought hard to win others to Iran’s position.
One occasion was when the French and the British insisted that Iran formally undertake not to finance and arm the Lebanese branch of Hezbollah. “Naturally, we refused,” Araqchi said. “And it was [John] Kerry who persuaded others to drop the issue.”
• Hebrew University chemistry professor accepts academic invitation from Tehran

Around the World
• Dominic Kennedy, an editor at the Times of London, got himself in some hot water with Jews and other people over an ill-advised tweet (which quickly apologized for and deleted). Kennedy was responding to his paper’s staff editorial on revelations of child abuse leveled against former prime minister Edward Heath. Screen grab via Breitbart.

Dominic Kennedy
What the heck was Kennedy thinking when he posted that?
• The New York Times gave cabinet minister Naftali Bennett an op-ed platform to denounce Jewish terror.

The terrorists who killed Shira and Ali do not represent Israel or its people. They are a fringe group, made up of radical extremists who do not only seek to kill. Their ultimate goal is the destruction of the State of Israel. They act against and threaten the very premise of what the Zionist movement envisioned when returning to the Land of Israel after 2,000 years in exile — a Jewish and democratic state committed to equality and freedom for all its citizens. They are anarchists, a fifth column within Israel and like Hamas and Hezbollah, they must face the full force of Israel’s justice system and its defense establishment.
But they are also a tiny group. They do not represent the 400,000 residents of Jewish communities throughout the West Bank, the overwhelming majority of whom are law-abiding citizens and have condemned these acts of violence.
• Israeli officials continued speaking out on the Iran deal. Cabinet minister Silvan Shalom got an op-ed platform in The Guardian, while MK Yair Lapid was published in Die Welt (with Israel HaYom summarizing in English).

• Plenty more Iran deal commentary:
– Efraim HaLevy: It’s not American Jewry’s responsibility to save Israel from Iran deal
– Benjamin Weinthal: Does Germany’s pro-Iran deal diplomatic push endanger Israel?
– Eyal Zisser: The day after the deal
– Charles Krauthammer: Just who is helping Iran’s hard-liners?
– David Brooks: 3 U.S. Defeats: Vietnam, Iraq and Now Iran
– New York Sun (staff-ed): Obama’s version
– David Ignatius: Obama’s cry of despair on the Iran deal

Ballycarbery Castle
• Ambassador Boaz Modai is stepping down as Israel’s envoy to Ireland this month. The outgoing ambassador shared his parting thoughts in an Irish Independent op-ed.
Those who wish to demonise my country find it easy to get a platform in the media to repeat non-specific charges such as “Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians”. The more extreme ones speak of “genocide”. Has amnesia progressed so far that some people have forgotten the meaning of a word like “genocide”? One-third of the world’s Jews wiped out in the Holocaust – that was genocide. One million Tutsis eliminated in Rwanda that was genocide.
• Here’s what else I’m reading this weekend . . .

– Aaron David Miller: How Obama plans to create a virtual Palestinian state
– Avi Issacharoff: Is Abbas about to quit?
– Fred Maroun; I am a Zionist because I am an Arab

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ran Already Sanitizing Parchin Facility
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Breaking News: Shortly before this roundup was published, a Palestinian terrorist rammed his car into a group of Israelis near the West Bank community of Shiloh, injuring three. The Palestinian was shot and is in critical condition. Jerusalem Post coverage.

2. The US already has intelligence that the Iranians are already sanitizing its Parchin nuclear facility, which is suspected of being a military site. Eli Lake and Josh Rogin of Bloomberg News report:
A senior intelligence official, when asked about the satellite imagery, told us the IAEA was also familiar with what he called “sanitization efforts” since the deal was reached in Vienna, but that the U.S. government and its allies had confidence that the IAEA had the technical means to detect past nuclear work anyway . . .
Several senior lawmakers, including Democrats, are concerned that Iran will be able to collect its own soil samples at Parchin with only limited supervision, a practice several lawmakers have compared to giving suspected drug users the benefit of the doubt to submit specimens unsupervised. Iran’s sanitization of the site further complicates that verification.
3. YNet and an AFP video picked up on Gazans celebrating the graduation of 25,000 participants of Hamas summer camps.

4. Israel Accused of Genocide in Outrageous Cartoon: Does a prominent French cartoonist’s portrayal of Israelis demonize Jews as well?
Israel and the Palestinians
• 39 Palestinians released in the Gilad Shalit exchange are to be re-jailed after committee found they committed further crimes warranting their return to prison to complete their sentences.

• Israel sent a message to Mahmoud Abbas reassuring the PA leader that Jerusalem isn’t negotiating a long-term cease fire with Hamas. Ramallah officials fret that Israeli-Hamas contacts would undermine popular support of the PA. But according to the Times of Israel, the PA’s not the only player Israel’s keeping in mind:
Although Israel is aware that an agreement would harm the Palestinian Authority and boost Hamas, its refusal to discuss a truce has mostly to do with Egypt’s opposition. Cairo is wary of bolstering Hamas because the Gaza group is a close ally of the Muslim Brotherhood, the main opponent of the Egyptian regime.
• Hamas detained Gazan journalist; Mushira al-Hajj had previously criticized the Hamas-run Health Ministry and rebuffed demands that she apologize.

• Four Gazans were killed and another 29 were injured in an explosion in Rafah. According to Haaretz, the blast is believed to have been caused by unexploded Israeli ordnance left over from Operation Protective Edge.
The unexploded bomb was in the ruins of a house that used to belong to Sheikh Attia Abu-Nakira, senior member of Hamas’ military wing. He apparently wasn’t hurt in Thursday’s blast. Israeli forces struck his house last July, during the war with Gaza.
• First victim of intifada visits latest terror victims

Iranian Atomic Urgency
• President Obama gave delivered a speech (video or transcript) on the Iran deal. The President singled out Israel as the only country objecting to the accord, and insisted that the only alternative to this deal is “some sort of war.” See below for commentary and analysis.

• UN inspectors trying to learn more about Iran’s covert nuclear weapons program are already being denied access to scientists and military officials they need to interview. Under the terms of the accords, the International Atomic Energy Agency is supposed to complete a report, as a precursor to the lifting of sanctions. Details at the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News).
• Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif insists that the IDF’s interception of the Karine-A arms ship was an Israeli false flag operation. In 2002, the Israeli navy seized 50 tons of weapons being smuggled to Palestinian terror groups.
• Israeli rights group sues to block release of Iranian funds; The Shurat HaDin Law Center says releasing frozen money would deprive two dozen American victims of terror of losing leverage to collect a $1 billion judgement.
• Iran’s shopping spree begins . . .
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Around the World
• Survey: Nearly 1 in 4 Romanians want their country free of Jews.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents indicated they had heard of the Holocaust — a 12 percent increase over a similar poll conducted in 2007 — but only a third of those respondents who knew about the Holocaust believe it happened in their country. Only 19 percent of respondents who were aware of the Holocaust and said it occurred in Romania said Antonescu’s government was responsible. Some 54 percent of survey respondents called Antonescu as “a patriot.”
• The trial of ex-Argentine president Carlos Menem began today. He and other officials are accused of covering up information about the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community headquarters, and allowing suspects to get away. More at the Buenos Aires Herald.

John Kennedy meets with Nikita Khrushchev in 1961

• Absolutely no shortage of commentary assessing President Obama’s speech. Here are 5 reasons the Iran deal doesn’t follow in John Kennedy’s footsteps.
For one, JFK never forked over $100 billion in sanctions relief to the Soviets as an inducement to make an arms-control deal.
• Does this New York Times staff-ed discount Netanyahu’s concerns, in part because Bibi supported the war in Iraq? And in the face of Jackson Diehl‘s take, does that even matter?

The speech was so trenchant because Mr. Obama ably connected the opposition to the Iran agreement to recent history. “If the rhetoric in these ads and the accompanying commentary sounds familiar, it should, for many of the same people who argued for the war in Iraq are now making the case against the Iran nuclear deal,” he said.
As a presidential candidate, Mr. Obama opposed the Iraq war. Invading Iraq was a catastrophic mistake that destabilized the country and, more than anything, has enabled Iran to expand its influence in Iraq and in the region. Mr. Netanyahu, of course, was a strong supporter of the Iraq war and in September 2002 made that case in congressional testimony as a private citizen.
Jackson Diehl

• Former national security adviser Yaakov Amidror assessed what the accord means for Israel. See the full report, or the Jerusalem Post‘s synopsis.
• Here’s what else I’m reading on the Iran deal today . . .
– Boaz Bismuth: Khamenei is not Khrushchev
– James Taranto: Kerry’s perverse warning (via Google News)
– Raphael Ahren: Obama to Israel: You stand alone
– Graham Allison: Iran deal keeps our military options open
– Alan Dershowitz: Obama gets personal about the Iran deal

• What caught Benny Avni‘s attention about the president’s speech?
Benny Avni
– Jose Maria Aznar: Confrontation with Iran is inevitable (via Google News)
– George Mitchell: Agreement will cut off Iran’s path to nuclear bomb
– Jonathan Tobin: Obama’s heavy handed and misleading Iran deal advocacy isn’t working
– Kevin Liptak: Will Obama’s attacks on critics hurt his cause?
– Bassam Tawil: Nuclearizing Iran, sabotaging Arabs

• See also staff editorials in Bloomberg News, the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News), Boston Globe, and USA Today, Last but not least, the Irish Times lumped Israel together with low-brow company:
The fear today is less the likelihood of an exchange between the two giants, and more the proliferation of such weapons to “rogue” states like North Korea, the danger of them falling into terrorist hands, and the deeply destabilising effect on regional politics of the possession of weapons by states like Israel and Pakistan.
• Sandy Tolan got op-ed space in the Los Angeles Times to blame the deadly Duma firebombing on Israel’s “colonization” of the West Bank and “a Jim Crow-like system of occupation.”

The dominion settlers claim over the West Bank only becomes darker and more violent as their numbers sharply increase and Israel’s occupation grows more entrenched.
The extremists aren’t as mainstream as Tolan claims. See this related tweet by Jeffrey Goldberg:

Jeffrey Goldberg
• Avi Issacharoff worries about the end of the two-state solution.
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Israeli, US Leaders Wage Media Offensive Over Iran Deal
Israel Daily News Stream2 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and the Obama administration upped their media offensives for and against the Iran deal. Bibi made his case in a webcast to American and Canadian Jews yesterday and answered some pre-submitted questions. See Times of Israel coverage or watch the video. President Obama hosted a delegation of top American Jewish leaders in the White House. Participants told Haaretz, and YNet the same thing:

US President Barack Obama told Jewish leaders on Tuesday that if the nuclear deal signed between world powers and Iran is rejected by Congress, the United States will be forced to attack Tehran, which will lead to Hezbollah retaliating with rockets on Tel Aviv.
John Kerry defended the Iran deal in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg. The Secretary of State maintains that Congressional rejection will “screw” Ayatollah Khamenei, confirm Tehran’s suspicions that the US can’t be trusted lead to war.

As this roundup went to press, the President was due to deliver a speech at American University.

2. Following an outcry of criticism, Britain’s National Union of Teachers pulled a package of one-sided educational material designed to teach kids about “the daily struggles of Palestinian children” to UK kids as young as three or four. More at the Daily Telegraph and Jewish Chronicle.
3. According to Arab reports picked up by the Jerusalem Post, Hamas is focusing its efforts on rebuilding its ability to launch terror attacks from the West Bank in order to avoid devastating IDF reprisals in Gaza. What will be the strategic game changer?
Hamas will not return to open war with Israel until it obtains anti-aircraft missiles to prevent IAF attacks on its positions . . . .

4. HR Radio: Cecil the Lion and Saeb Erekat: Were recent the murders of Ali Dawabsha and Shira Banki the acts of a select few or the product of a “culture of hate?” Yarden Frankl discusses that and more on the Voice of Israel. Click to listen to the interview.
5. PLO Still Lying About Arafat’s Legacy: Yasser Arafat wasn’t a freedom fighter, and he certainly wasn’t born in Jerusalem. Why does it matter?
Israel and the Palestinians
• If you’re trying to get a handle on Israel’s Jewish extremism in the news, check out AP‘s background piece.

• New York Times bureau chief Jodi Rudoren visited a new dirt road Hamas bulldozed along the border with Israel and touts as a symbol of victory against Israel. The best angle, unfortunately, is buried in the last paragraph, and it was raised by Palestinian tweeter Abdelrahman Thabet.
But the celebration was not universal. “I think the houses of people and the streets that were destroyed during the war should be rebuilt first,” said another Twitter user, identified as BenThabet71, “instead of building a new street that will be bulldozed in the next war.”
Hamas border patrols began using the road in June.

atomic explosion• The US couldn’t possibly defend Israel from an Iranian nuclear attack, Ron Ben-Yishai argues.

If Iran decides to attack Israel with a nuclear weapon – or even not with a nuclear weapon – it is completely reasonable to assume that it will be a surprise attack. There is no chance that the US will be able to defend us against such an attack, especially a nuclear attack, unless the Americans deploy a significant amount of forces on Israeli territory – tens of thousands of soldiers with missile batteries, radars and other measures, who will be on constant alert and ready to intercept ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and planes arriving with a deadly cargo from Iran or from Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, Iran’s allies.
Stationing tens of thousands of American soldiers on Israeli territory will be the most efficient way to deter Iran or anyone else from attacking Israel with a mass destruction weapon – nuclear, chemical or biological.
Such a deployment of American defense forces against missiles will violate the principle reiterated by all Israeli prime ministers and defense ministers, starting from David Ben-Gurion in the 1960s, that “Israel will defend itself on its own, and I don’t want even one American soldier to shed blood for our sake.”
• Heavy world interest in Iran’s natural gas will fuel a breakdown in sanctions, even if Congress votes down the nuclear accord. According to Emmanuel Navon, the EU wants to lower its dependency on Russian gas, the Russians want to form a cartel with Iran, and China has its own interests.

Those who think that building a two-thirds majority in the US Congress would derail the deal with Iran are deluding themselves.
• Former US ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer plugs the Iran deal in a CNN op-ed.

To be sure, nothing in this agreement commits Iran to change its aggressive behavior in the region or its support for terrorism. But likewise, nothing in the agreement commits the United States and its partners to tolerate that behavior and that support.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Clifford May: Mounting a defense against economic warfare
– Daniel Gordis: The terror consuming Israel from within
– Shoshana Bryen: What society says children are murdered
– Eli Lake: Obama plays politics of fear to get Iran deal
– Tony Badran: There will be neither snapback nor pushback
– Danielle Pletka: How Congress can make a bad Iran deal better

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Israel Arrests Inciting Al-Aqsa Preacher
Israel Daily News Stream4 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Israeli police arrested an Islamic preacher known for his raging anti-Semitic sermons in the Al-Aqsa mosque. See Jerusalem Post coverage and Palestine Media Watch‘s background on Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi. Police took him into custody from his home.
During his homily, Mughrabi had asserted that “the Children of Israel… would look for a small child, kidnap and steal him, bring a barrel called the barrel of nails . . . . They would put the small child in the barrel and his body would be pierced by these nails. In the bottom of the barrel, they would put a faucet and pour the blood.”
Such actions, he said, were directly responsible for the Holocaust, adding that Jews masterminded the September 11 attacks and control Hollywood.
2. A thoroughly isolated Hamas got a lifeline: the terror group’s leader, Khaled Mashaal weedled an invitation to Moscow from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

3. Our old friend, ex-Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is making a political comeback. AP points out that, populist or not, ‘Najad’s would-be return will be a function of the ruling mullahs, not popular support.
In the absence of reliable polling, it’s impossible to gauge Ahmadinejad’s level of support. Any comeback would depend on Khamenei, who along with his hand-picked appointees vets candidates for parliamentary and presidential elections . . .
“He can’t reappear without approval from the top echelons of power,” he added. “His comeback means Khamenei wants to use him as a counterbalance to control reformists in the upcoming elections.”
4. Stop the Hate: The media should not suggest that the horrible murders of Ali Dawabsha and Shira Banki crimes are reflective of Israeli society. We want the world to know that these acts do not represent us. Please join our effort to show the world that we stand together, united against hate. Click here to add your name our statement.

5. Video: Offensive, Misleading New York Times Op-Ed: The “Gray Lady” gives a soapbox to claims that Israelis don’t care about the recent deaths of a Palestinian toddler and an Israeli teenager. But HonestReporting’s Yarden Frankl points out, the missive misses key information. Watch the video.
Israel and the Palestinians
• Reuters takes a closer look at the growing number of Palestinians in eastern Jerusalem breaking taboos in seeking and obtaining Israeli citizenship.

In part it reflects a loss of hope that an independent Palestinian state will ever emerge. But it also reflects a hard-headed pragmatism – an acknowledgement that having Israeli citizenship will make it easier to get or change jobs, buy or move house, travel abroad and receive access to services.
Israeli officials are reluctant to confirm figures, but data obtained by the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies indicates a jump over the past decade, rising from 114 applications in 2003 to between 800 and 1,000 a year now, around half of which are successful. On top of that, hundreds have made inquiries before the formal application process begins.
Interior Ministry figures obtained by Reuters show there were 1,434 applications in 2012-13, of which 189 were approved, 1,061 are still being processed and 169 were rejected. The remainder are in limbo.

• Three people were injured when Palestinians threw a firebomb at an Israeli car driving in eastern Jerusalem.
• A French Christian tourist visiting the Temple Mount was assaulted by Palestinians after waving an Israeli flag. AFP reports that both the tourist and the four Palestinians have been detained.
• Fatah official Jibril Rajoub: Israeli condemnations of the Duma firebombing didn’t fallen on deaf ears. PA leaders meeting to discuss a response to the terror attack were influenced by the outpouring of Israeli sentiments, he told YNet.
Rajoub told Ynet that the outrage expressed in Israel over the murder and wounding of the Dawabshe family changed the spirit of those in attendance. “We said we must reach the right conclusion from this exceptional event in Israeli society, and understand that there are rational people with whom we can build ties in order to overcome the lack of a diplomatic process. The majority of the meeting’s attendees spoke against incitement for revenge. I think that the reaction in Israel had influence (on the decision).”
• Leading House Republican, Democrat introduce anti-BDS resolution.

• What’s the Arab media saying about Ali Dawabsha? MEMRI flagged this ugly Saudi cartoon.
• Israel plugging for Egypt’s Sisi regime has gotten quiet results.
Egyptian diplomats say the support of Israel has been “crucial” and “huge” in converting the position of the White House from one of being clearly unfavorable towards the Sisi government in Cairo, to being a lot more engaging.
• Air France wipes Israel off of the map . . . literally

Iranian Atomic Urgency
• I’m not into anonymous sources, so it doesn’t reassure me that a US “promise” to defend Israel from an Iranian attack came from an unidentified “senior American defense official” briefing Israeli reporters. Anonymous US officials slinging mud at Israel have created enough headaches over the Iran deal.

Anonymity casts doubt on US reassurances.

• Haaretz: In the wake of the Iran deal, Israeli officials objected to Washington’s arms sales to the Gulf state.
“There were some key capabilities that the Israelis rather the Gulf States not have,” he said. “It is a discussion that started before the Iran deal.”
• Congress, Iran and ‘side deals': What you need to know

• Mounting Shiite casualties in Syria highlight the depth of Iran’s involvement in the civil war.
Even so, Iran is unlikely to abandon its commitment to its proxy regime in Damascus in the short term. The Islamic Republic in general, and the [Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps] in particular, have invested so much blood and treasure in the war that they no longer believe they can withdraw their support. Arguably, easier access to foreign currency in the wake of the U.S.-led nuclear deal will translate into increased funding for the IRGC’s operations in Syria.
reaction• Palestinian scholar Bassam Tawil draws a stunningly frank conclusion from Israeli condemnations of last week’s fatal firebombing in Duma:

The strong response of the Israeli public and leaders to the arson attack is, truthfully, somewhat comforting. The wall-to-wall Israeli condemnation of this crime has left me and other Palestinians not only ashamed, but also embarrassed — because this is not how we Palestinians have been reacting to terror attacks against Jews — even the despicable murder of Jewish children.
Our response has, in fact, brought feelings of disgrace and dishonor. While the Israeli prime minister, president and other officials were quick strongly to condemn the murder of Dawabsha, our leaders rarely denounce terror attacks against Jews. And when a Palestinian leader such as Mahmoud Abbas does issue a condemnation, it is often vague and equivocal . . .
We have failed to educate our people on the principles of tolerance and peace. Instead, we continue to condone and applaud terrorism, especially when it is directed against Jews. We want the whole world to condemn terrorism only when it claims the lives of Palestinians. We have reached a point where many of us are either afraid to speak out against terrorism or simply accept it when it claims the lives of Jews.
The Israeli president has good reason to be ashamed for the murder of the baby. But when will we Palestinians ever have a sense of shame over the way we are reacting to the murder of Jews?
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Ofer Israeli: The secret of Iran’s success
– Investor’s Business Daily: UN nuclear watchdog refuses to bark and can’t bite (staff-ed)
– Michael Gerson: How the nuclear deal will fund Iran’s imperialism
– Norman Bailey: What are Israel’s options on Iran?
– Christian Science Monitor: A universal answer to religious violence (staff-ed)

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Arabs Move to Monitor Israel’s Nuclear Program
srael Daily News Stream3 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Following up on the Iran deal, Jerusalem’s trying to thwart an Arab move to place Israel’s nuclear program under international supervision. Haaretz reports:

The resolution, titled “Israeli nuclear capabilities,” has been repeatedly proposed by Egypt in recent years. It condemns Israel, demands that it open its reported nuclear facilities to IAEA inspection, and calls for an international conference on making the Middle East a nuclear-weapons-free zone.
Unlike Security Council resolutions, this one wouldn’t be binding. But it could still cause Israel great diplomatic damage, focus international attention on Israel’s nuclear program and prompt further IAEA action.
NUT2. Britain’s National Union of Teachers is under fire for a teaching resource package “which asks teachers to explore themes of Palestinian “occupation, freedom and resistance.” The Daily Telegraph writes:

However, concerns have been raised that the resource pack gives a “one sided” and “divisive” view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Images in the pack’s appendix feature a Palestinian child who has been “assaulted by settlers” and the video contains a reference to “Jews” as opposed to “Israelis”
3. Palestinians filed a report with International Criminal Court over the deadly Duma firebombing.

4. Discovering Terror — When the Suspects Are Jews: The Guardian won’t call Palestinian violence “terror” any more than it’ll call the people responsible for Ali Dawabsha’s death “freedom fighters.”
Israel and the World
• The Times of Israel visited the Dawabsha family’s mourning tent in Duma.

• More congressmen are confirming that French national security adviser told US lawmakers that if the nuclear accords are voted down, Iran will eventually come back to the negotiating table and “we’ll get a better deal.”
• Is Iran accord tearing US Jewry apart?
• Quite a few Arab countries that denounced Israel’s security fence are putting up border barriers of their own, reports Bloomberg News.
• British Jewish community expresses relief as High Court orders end to invasive autopsies
• Euro Maccabi games marred by anti-Semitism in Berlin.
• Iran Deal: Did the P5+1 Perform a ‘Bait and Switch’?

• Despite the pride parade stabbing, Israel is still a beacon of gay rights, says New York Post columnist David Kaufman.
• Can Jewish refugees claim billions from Arab states?
But the Arab states’ current disintegration process is not helping the chances of actually receiving compensation. Syria no longer exists as a state, as only 25 percent of the territory is controlled by the Assad regime and the rest is divided between the Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra, the national rebels and the Kurds.
The situation is similar in Iraq, where almost one-third of the territory is already controlled by ISIS. Libya has essentially been divided between a number of large tribes, and the situation in Algeria and Tunisia isn’t promising either
Iraqi Jews
Iraqi Jews arriving at Lod airport, 1951.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Jonathan Tobin: Zero tolerance for Jewish and Arab terror
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Who is destroying the Palestinian dream?
– Jackson Diehl: Why Iran won’t give up Syria
– John Bolton: The Iran deal’s dangerous precedent
– Abdulrahman Al-Rashed: Is the Gulf’s relationship with US a mistake?

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Toddler Killed in Arson Attack, Teen Stabbed at Pride Parade Succumbs
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Jewish-Arab tensions rose faster than the mercury in a heat wave after a Palestinian toddler, Ali Dawabsha was killed in a fire likely started by Jewish extremists terrorists who threw a Molotov cocktail into the family’s home in the West Bank village of Duma, near Nablus.

Hebrew graffiti saying “revenge” and “long live the messiah” along with a Jewish star was found spray painted one wall of the charred house. According to Israeli media reports, the suspects are believed to have come from an illegal settler outpost near Shiloh.
Ali’s parents, Saad and Riham, and four year-old brother, Ahmed, were injured in the attack. They’re hospitalized in Israel and fighting for their lives.
The charred remains of Dawabsha family photo

2. Shortly before this roundup was published, Shira Banki, the 16-year-old girl stabbed at Thursday’s gay pride parade in Jerusalem succumbed to her injuries. Five other people were injured when Yishai Schlissel began stabbing marchers.
Schlissel had served 10 years in prison for stabbing people at Jerusalem’s 2005 pride parade. He was released from prison just three weeks ago. More at the Jerusalem Post.
3. Still not convinced that Iran wants to destroy Israel? Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has published a book outlining his views on Israel. Amir Taheri describes an Islamist Mein Kampf that counts on a combination of Hezbollah-style units in the West Bank and the world’s eventual “Israel fatigue.”
Edited by Saeed Solh-Mirzai, the 416-page book has received approval from Khamenei’s office and is thus the most authoritative document regarding his position on the issue.
Khamenei makes his position clear from the start: Israel has no right to exist as a state . . .
Khamenei insist that he is not recommending “classical wars” to wipe Israel off the map. Nor does he want to “massacre the Jews.” What he recommends is a long period of low-intensity warfare designed to make life unpleasant if not impossible for a majority of Israeli Jews so that they leave the country.
His calculation is based on the assumption that large numbers of Israelis have dual-nationality and would prefer emigration to the United States or Europe to daily threats of death.
Khamenei makes no reference to Iran’s nuclear program. But the subtext is that a nuclear-armed Iran would make Israel think twice before trying to counter Khamenei’s strategy by taking military action against the Islamic Republic.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: counting on the world’s “Israel fatigue”

Israel and the Palestinians
• In the aftermath of the deadly Duma arson, Palestinians clashed with the IDF. A 17-year-old Palestinian was killed at one riot near Ramallah; soldiers opened fire with rubber bullets after someone threw a firebomb at them. In Nablus, a gang of Palestinian youths sought to torch Joseph’s tomb.

• Haaretz reports that Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon will seek administrative detention against the suspects if there isn’t enough evidence for indictments.
• Bizarro headline of the day, courtesy the Sunday Times of London. Teenager Laith al-Khalidi was killed when soldiers opened fire after a demonstrator threw a Molotov cocktail near Ramallah. But the other fatality had nothing to do with the Dawabsha tragedy.
According to the Jerusalem Post, Mohammed al-Masri, 17, died in Gaza after approaching the border fence, ignoring soldiers’ warnings, and possibly throwing stones at the Israeli troops.
Sunday Times of London
• Israelis rallied on Saturday against hate and violence following the attacks on the Dawabsha family and the pride parade.
• AP took a closer look at Jewish violence, including last month’s arson attack at the Church of the Loaves of and Fishes.
Despite the recent spike, it still exists only on the fringes of society.
• A pair of rockets fired from Gaza exploded near the border fence on Saturday night. According to the Jerusalem Post, they apparently landed in Gaza.

GlobeandMail• The Globe & Mail‘s Patrick Martin suggests Israel deliberately destroyed a Gaza mosque for no good reason during last year’s war. Only the army can explain why it targeted the mosque (if in fact, it did so), and nothing in the article indicates Martin sought the IDF’s response. Instead we’re treated to speculative could’ve-should’ve talk.
It’s hard to understand why this old place was levelled. Israel didn’t need its strategic outlook – it has aerial balloons and drones with much better views of the area.
No tunnels would have emanated from this high ground, and any Hamas or other Palestinian forces there could have been defeated from the air without destroying the mosque and the large concrete water tower that also sat on the hilltop, bringing water to the community below.
Israel could have occupied the hilltop without destroying the mosque and it is not one of the religious sites claimed to be hiding Hamas rockets and other munitions.
The attack smacks more of punishment than of military necessity. And the imam and followers at Ali al-Muntar, who remember appreciatively how Israel safeguarded the place in the past, are at a loss to explain what they did to deserve this.
But if you want a better understanding of the war’s destruction, Victor Davis Hanson explains how the IDF borrowed a page from the Civil War and General William Tecumseh Sherman’s march to the sea.

• Congress held hearings on the boycott movement against Israel. Among the people testifying were SodaStream CEO Dan Birnbaum, and Professor Eugene Kontorovich.

• If Channel 4 presenter Jon Snow ever comes back to Israel, you can be sure customs officials at Ben Gurion Airport will give him extra attention.
Palestinian artist’s work to go on display in London after Channel 4’s Jon Snow smuggles it out of Gaza
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking his battle against the Iran deal to social media. On Tuesday, (August, 4, at 1:00 pm EDT) Bibi will appear in a live webcast making remarks and fielding questions. Haaretz adds:

The hashtag #JFedTalk was picked to promote and discuss the prime minister’s objection of the deal on Twitter.
The live feed will be available on computers, mobile phones and synagogues across the U.S., AFP reported.
On the day after Bibi’s webast, President Obama will give a speech at American University plugging the accord.

• France’s national security adviser told Congress the US will get a better deal if lawmakers kill this accord. A senator who was briefed by Jacques Audibert told reporter Josh Rogin:
“He basically said, if Congress votes this down, there will be some saber-rattling and some chaos for a year or two, but in the end nothing will change and Iran will come back to the table to negotiate again and that would be to our advantage,” Sanchez told me in an interview. “He thought if the Congress voted it down, that we could get a better deal.” . . .
He told them that if U.S. sanctions were kept in place, it would effectively prevent the West from doing extensive business in Iran.
IAEA• Congress is feeling in the dark: The White House is raising questions by what portions of the deal it has selected to keep classified. And as for the side agreements between the IAEA and Iran, both Iran and the IAEA object to Congress having any access to it. John Kerry claims nobody in the Obama administration even knows the terms of the side agreement.

• Despite the nuclear deal, the Interpol arrest warrant against Iran’s former Defense Minister is “still valid” despite nuclear deal, an EU spokesperson said. Ahmad Vahidi is wanted for questioning by Argentinian investigators for his role in 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community headquarters, which killed 85 people.
• Iranian authorities demolished the only Sunni mosque Tehran.
Mideast Matters
• Advances by Islamic State are pushing Egypt and Jordan into “unprecedented levels of security cooperation” with Israel.

• Egypt inaugurated its expansion of the Suez Canal.
Around the World
• AP‘s quantification of French aliyah is fascinating:

The surge, which marked the first time in Israeli history that more than 1 percent of a Western country’s Jewish population immigrated in a single year, came even before the shooting rampage that killed four Jews in a Paris kosher supermarket in January and devastated the community’s already shaky sense of security.
• Robbers leave pro-Palestine expletive at French Jewish leader’s home after stealing $10,000 worth of jewelry.

• Writing in The Atlantic, David Graham unpacks the use of the word “terror” when the suspects are Israeli Jews:

The speed with which top Israeli officials labeled the attack “terrorism” presents an interesting contrast with the U.S., where questions about whether Dylann Roof’s massacre of nine black worshippers in Charleston, South Carolina, should be labeled terrorism (or perhaps a hate crime) consumed days of public discourse. (Incidentally, the U.S. also labeled Friday’s attack terrorism.)
• Here’s what else I’m reading this weekend . . .

– Khaled Abu Toameh: Hamas’s child abuse camps
– Ruth Wisse: Obama’s blind spot: accord will fuel anti-Semtisim (via Google News)
– Aaron David Miller: The “truth” about the Iran deal
– Michael Memoli: Obama’s Iran nuclear deal enters a danger zone
– Wall St. Journal: Iran’s closed covenants (staff-ed via Google News)
– Ron Ben-Yishai: How to stop Jewish jihad
– Charles Krauthammer: Syrian Christians and the English Jew

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IDF Warns of Preemptive Strikes in Sinai
Israel Daily News Stream23 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. What’s behind the IDF’s warnings about launching preemptive strikes in the Sinai on Islamic State?

2. The Knesset gave Israeli prison officials authorization to force-feed hunger-striking inmates.
Israel has long been concerned that hunger strikes by Palestinians in its jails could end in death and trigger waves of protests in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
But Israel’s Medical Association, which considers force- feeding a form of torture and medically risky, has urged Israeli doctors not to abide by the law.
See former Soviet gulag prisoner Michael Rivkin’s perspective on force-feeding at i24 News.

HuffPostArabi3. It turns out the two people running the Huffington Post’s new Arab-language site, HuffPost Arabi, have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Anas Fouda and Wadah Khanfar bring their Islamist agenda to Ariana Huffington’s new venture:
An Egyptian national now living in Turkey, Fouda was arrested in the United Arab Emirates in 2013 on suspicion of affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) – an affiliation which he freely admitted had existed since 1988, though he claimed to have held no formal party role since 1995. A browse of his Twitter timeline shows his politics to be fairly bread-and-butter MB . . .
Khanfar, however, is the heavyweight of the pair; the man who made Al Jazeera the titan of Arabic media that it is today. He’s also, according to ex-colleagues, the man who made Al Jazeera the Muslim Brotherhood mouthpiece that it is today.

Israel and the Palestinians
• A group of Hamas delegates to the Palestinian parliament called for a revolt against the PA. The Palestinian parliament’s last official meeting was in 2007, before Hamas violently seized control of the Gaza Strip. The deputies were protesting the PA’s West Bank crackdown on Hamas.

• Yesterday, two Israelis were indicted for last month’s arson attack at the Church of the Loaves and Fishes in Tagbha, with a third indicted today.
Church of the Loaves and Fishes
Mosaic from the Church of the Loaves and Fishes.

• An Iraqi parliamentarian called on his country to establish ties with Israel. Mithal al-Alusi, who is leader of the secular Ummah party, was interviewed by a Kuwaiti newspaper. The Jerusalem Post picked up:
The outspoken al-Alusi, who has previously visited Israel a number of times, referred to diplomatic relations with Israel as “our [Iraqi] interest,” and added that he does not want Baghdad’s interests to be solely to “Abu Mazen,” the name by which Mahmoud Abbas is commonly referred to in the Arab World.
• Why is Muslim harassment of Jews on the Temple Mount increasing?

• The Canadian military is purchasing Iron Dome radar technology. According to Vice News, the system will likely be deployed in the Arctic, to counter increasing Russian activity, adding that Ottawa doesn’t expect the harsh weather to pose problems for the system. Defense Minister Jason Kenney posted this enthusiastic tweet.
Jason Kenney
• Here’s a nice win-win situation: Arab companies in the Mideast are outsourcing work to Gaza. The practice is called “offshoring” because the outsourced work — such as web design, programming and translation — is specifically done out of the company’s home country. The Financial Times (via Google News) explains what this means for the Palestinians:

Offshoring, with its promises of a flat, connected world, is on the face of it a godsend for Gaza. The enclave has a captive market of young graduates with marketable skills and few other areas to deploy them. Good jobs of any kind are a prize in Gaza.
Around the World
• Israel’s consul general in Philadelphia warned Jerusalem that American Jews are too divided on the Iran deal to unite with Israel. According to Haaretz:

Many diplomats feel that the American Jewish community is caught in a vise between Israel’s fight against the agreement with Iran and the internal American political conflict over it.
• Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain rose 53 percent rise 2015. The JTA picked up on a report by UK Jewry’s watchdog organization, Community Security Trust.

• Over at the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News), Chloe Valdary takes a closer look at Palestinian hostility to ex-PA prime minister Salam Fayyad and why his nation-building agenda and reforms are unfortunately unwelcome in Ramallah.

Hezbollah2• Hezbollah’s presence in the Syrian Golan has no strategic value to Bashar Assad. The Lebanese terror group is taking advantage of the situation to expand its threat against Israel. Yoav Stern explains:
But what is the link between the protection of the Syrian regime against its enemies and the activity on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights? This is neither a major supply route towards Damascus, nor an area of strategic importance to the activity of the Syrian army and its allies. Nearly 50 kilometers separate al-Khader and the presidential palace in Damascus, and a short distance from the Syrian capital, determined opposition forces are at work.
It would make much more sense that Hezbollah fighters spill their blood in the Qalamun Mountains or the town of Zabadani, areas whose control are far more important to the survival of Assad, and not in the Golan Heights, a sparsely inhabited area that does not present a real threat to Damascus.
• Israel rejects Obama’s olive branch, for now

• Israeli officials who got op-ed soapboxes to weigh in on the Iran deal include ex-foreign minister Tzipi Livni and consul general Ido Aharoni.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Amos Yadlin: How Israel and US can manage Iran deal aftermath
– Anshel Pfeffer: Iran-deal evangelists are biggest threat to its success
– Jay Bergman: Is Obama’s foreign policy similar to Cold War diplomacy?
– Dennis Ross: How to make Iran keep its word
– David Makovsky: Why Jonathan Pollard’s release means little

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Jonathan Pollard to Be Freed in November
Israel Daily News Stream9 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. It’s official: A federal parole board decided that Jonathan Pollard will be released from prison in November. Pollard, a former intelligence analyst, has served 30 years of a life sentence for passing classified information to Israel. Reuters writes:

The U.S. Justice Department helped smooth the way for the freeing of Pollard, who was already eligible for mandatory parole in November, by declining to raise objections that could have delayed his release, Pollard’s attorneys said.
Secretary of State John Kerry denied that the unanimous decision by the U.S. Parole Commission was in any way linked to the Iran nuclear agreement, which Netanyahu fiercely opposes.
Under the parole terms, Pollard will not be allowed to leave the US for five years. The White House announced it will not alter the terms. Obama administration officials insist that Pollard’s parole is unrelated to the Iran deal. Lawyers for the 60-year-old Pollard say they have assurances of their client having a job and a home in the New York area. More at YNet.

2. According to Arab media reports, an Israeli airstrike killed five Syrians in Quneitra. The IDF has neither confirmed nor denied the reports.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, in turn, reported that three members of a Syrian militia group, which is reportedly supervised by the infamous Druze anti-Israeli figure Samir Kuntar, and two Hezbollah members were killed in an Israeli air strike in Syria’s Quneitra.

3. Israel slammed an Amnesty International report accusing the IDF of war crimes on “Black Friday,” during last year’s Gaza war. That was the day 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin was abducted and killed by Hamas.
The statement said that Amnesty also built a false narrative, claiming that four days of IDF military operations were in response to the killing and kidnapping of one IDF soldier, ignoring the fact that there was an ongoing conflict during which the IDF was trying to stop rocket fire and neutralize assault tunnels.
4. Corrosive Atmosphere on Campus Harming Young Jews: At what point will Jewish students opt out of the fight for Israel to avoid the high level of hostility they face?

5. Dr. Jonathan Spyer Makes Sense of the Middle East: At an HonestReporting event, Dr. Jonathan Spyer wove together the threads linking the Mideast’s multiple conflicts and their effects on Israeli security and diplomacy.

Israel and the Palestinians
• To jump start peace talks, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas may be invited to address European heads of state at the EU Council. Jerusalem Post coverage.

• Jordan jails 12 Hamas terrorists for planning attacks on Israel
• The US government may take its first formal role in a landmark lawsuit filed by victims of Palestinian terror against the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization. Reuters explains there’s a lot of money at stake:
The U.S. government may weigh in on whether the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority must post a multimillion-dollar bond, which they have resisted doing, while the groups appeal a jury’s finding that they supported terrorist attacks in Israel.
The U.S. Department of Justice disclosed its potential interest in the case in a letter filed Monday in Manhattan federal court, six months after 10 American families won a $655 million verdict against the PLO and Palestinian Authority.
Federal Judge George Daniels already ruled this week that the PA and PLO don’t have to pay interest on the judgment.

• “Force majeure” in Israel. Don’t count on it
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• Worth reading: What info collected by Israeli intelligence reveals about the Iran talks.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
• Adam Kredo reports that the US is going to lift sanctions on the $100 billion network of companies that make up Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s personal financial empire. The conglomerate — sometimes referred to as EIKO or Setad — controls vast holdings in Iranian finance, oil, telecommunications, real estate, and more.
An in-depth Reuters investigation in 2013 found that Setad empowers Ayatollah Khamenei because he personally controls it, giving Iran’s supreme leader financial independence beyond government purview.
• AP on the latest nuclear deal disclosures:
Iran wants its own officials to take soil samples at a site where it is alleged to have experimented with ways to detonate a nuclear weapon, and the U.N. agency probing the suspicions may agree provided it is allowed to monitor the process, two officials told The Associated Press Tuesday.
• This makes me feel better:

Barak Ravid
• When you speak up, you never know what kind of impact you’ll make. Case in point: At yesterday’s House of Representatives hearings on the Iran deal, South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson read aloud a column by the Times of Israel’s chief editor, David Horovitz.
The congressman said that as lawmakers debate the accords over the coming weeks, he will expect John Kerry to respond to the concerns raised in Horovitz’s July 14 column, 16 reasons nuke deal is an Iranian victory and a Western catastrophe. You can watch Wilson on video (starting at 1:51:10).
• New York Times: In Iran, Jason Rezaian’s reporting strengths led to suspicion, then detention
Mideast Matters
• Pass the popcorn: Fearing an Islamic State assassination attempt, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah is reportedly holed up in a tunnel somewhere below Beirut. Only six guards are said to have access to him. The Jerusalem Post picked up on Arab media reports.

• Turkey’s focus on crushing Kurdish separatists complicates the fight against Islamic State. Has the US sold out the Kurds?
Around the World
• Denmark bans kosher and halal animal slaughter

• Couple conspired to kill Canadian Jewish children
• In the last five years, 20,000 families have moved to Israel from France. Around 7,200 came in 2014 alone.
• World inspection didn’t stop Syria’s chemical weapons use – why would Iran be different? Ely Karmon wonders.

• Plenty of spilled ink and broken quills over Jonathan Pollard.
– Raphael Ahren: Pollard parole won’t improve Israel-US ties
– Lawrence Korb: Pollard headlines are misleading
– Jerusalem Post: Pollard and Iran (staff-ed)
– Ronen Bergman: Pollard’s release shows Israelis just don’t America
– Seth Lipsky; Pollard’s disproportionate punishment
– Elie Barnavi: Pollard, a tale of many betrayals
– Michael Weiss: Why is the US releasing Pollard?

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• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Elliott Abrams: Bensouda saves the ICC
– Norman Podhoretz: Israel’s choice: Conventional war now, or nuclear war later (via Google News)
– Amnon Reshef: Teaming up with Arab states for Israel’s security
– Roger Boyes: Feeble Obama is leaving the world in a spin
– David Singer: Possibility opens for UN to destroy Islamic State

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ICC Prosecutor Rejects Reopening Probe of Mavi Marmara
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. Sanity prevails in The Hague: The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court rejected an order to reopen her probe into flotilla deaths during the 2010 Israeli intercept of the Mavi Marmara. Times of Israel coverage.

2. Meet George Deek, Israel’s highest ranking Christian Arab diplomat.
3. There was an interesting backstory on Thursday’s meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators Silvan Shalom and Saeb Erekat in Amman. Does this Haaretz report represent a real shift in US and European diplomacy?
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas were aware of talks about the meeting and approved it. Senior officials in the Jordanian government and the European Union were also involved. The United States, however, was kept in the dark and Israel did not update the Americans before or after the meeting took place.
4. HR Radio: The Jewish Reporter Takes the Train: A BBC reporter touts his Jewish credentials to present a slanted documentary about the “racist” Jerusalem light rail. But as Yarden Frankl tells the Voice of Israel, the train brings people together every day. Click on the image below to hear the interview.
Israel and the Palestinians
• The UN Relief and Works Agency, which provides humanitarian assistance and education for Palestinian refugees, is facing a money crunch. Palestinians are protesting cuts in services and the likelihood of UNRWA schools postponing classes — possibly for months. One idea being floated is to place the UNRWA under Arab League auspices.

Khaled Abu Toameh
• Jerusalem Post: Twitter removes offensive images of Israeli leaders clad in Nazi uniforms and keffiyehs.
• With ambassadors stepping down from their posts and no replacements announced, Israel will soon be without permanent envoys in the UN, Britain, Russia, and several other countries, according to Israeli media reports.
The report noted that four of positions in question are political appointments which need to be filled by Israel’s foreign minister, a position which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu currently fills. While some of the ambassadors have agreed to stay on until their replacement is appointed, Jewish organizations abroad have criticized the diplomatic disorder, saying that at a time when Israeli diplomacy is so critical, Israel ought to have a more orderly changing of the guard, Channel 2 reported.
Gidon Shaviv

• The Daily Beast picked up on the story of Dr. Mohammed Dajani, who takes Palestinian university students to Nazi concentration camps to teach the Holocaust.
“Palestinians should not compare the Nakba with the Holocaust,” he says. “While the Holocaust was the Final Solution for the Jewish people, the Nakba was not the Final Solution for the Palestinian people. It wouldn’t have been possible for Jews to sit with Nazis and reach an agreement. Within the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, it is possible for Palestinians and Israelis to reach a comprehensive, just settlement that will accommodate both peoples. That’s why I think that teaching about the Holocaust is important. For Palestinians to realize that there is hope, and that in negotiation the path to peace lies.”

• Tears for jeers? The 14-year-old Palestinian girl whom Angela Merkel caused to cry wants to abolish Israel.

Iranian Atomic Urgency
• Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, told lawmakers in Tehran the nuclear deal permits Iran to violate current embargoes on the shipment of arms and construction of missiles. Zarif also boasted that the accord “puts the Zionist Regime in an irrecoverable danger.” Adam Kredo got the scoop.

• CNN/ORC poll: Majority of Americans want Congress to reject Iran deal
• Sami Yusuf, a popular Iranian-British singer, who has been called “Islam’s biggest rock star,” now faces an Iranian blacklist. The Guardian reports tht Iranian television will no longer feature his work because he recently performed in Israel:
Iranian news websites reported earlier this week that state TV had banned Yusuf’s music from all its channels after he performed in Nazareth, even though the city has a predominantly Palestinian population and most of his audience was Palestinian. The performance took place during the fasting month of Ramadan.
Yusuf posted a statement on his web site refusing to back down.

• Reporter Hannah Allam quotes State Dept. spokesman John Kirby on the latest revelations that the Syrians snookered international monitors overseeing what was supposed to be the dismantling of Assad’s chemical weapons program. (See the Wall St. Journal via Google News.) Why do I get the feeling this is prelude for what’s to come with Iran’s nukes?
Hannah Allam
• Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer discussed the rhetoric of the Iran debate with USA Today.
“Look, we have a very serious disagreement with the administration on a very serious issue,” Ambassador Ron Dermer told Capital Download. “But what I don’t doubt is the sincerity of the president or his team when they say they believe this deal not only makes America safe but makes Israel safe. Where we disagree is the judgment of actually what this deal is going to do.”
• Need a scorecard to keep track of the visiting and (non-visiting) VIPs in the news?

– John Kerry to visit Mideast, but skip Israel.
– French PM Valls to visit region, but not Israel
– Mukherjee to become first Indian president to visit Israel (in place of PM Modi)
– Buzz Aldrin, 2nd man on the moon, to visit Israel
– Amb. Arthur Lenk: South Africans should visit Israel

• Food for thought:

How to Treat Jonathan Pollard in the Age of Edward Snowden
John Kerry
Secretary of State John Kerry

• Leon Wieseltier offers a damning take on the Iran deal in The Atlantic.
But what is the alternative? This is the question that is supposed to silence all objections. It is, for a start, a demagogic question. This agreement was designed to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. If it does not prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons—and it seems uncontroversial to suggest that it does not guarantee such an outcome—then it does not solve the problem that it was designed to solve. And if it does not solve the problem that it was designed to solve, then it is itself not an alternative, is it?
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Jennifer Rubin: Blaming failure of a rotten deal on Israel?!
– Max Boot: What the Syrian weapons charade says about the Iran deal
– Bret Stephens: The Syria sham and the Iran deal (via Google News)
– Leon Hadar: Israel’s long-term interests – Saudi Arabia or Iran?
– Tony Badran: Obama’s equilibrium fantasy
– Danny Rubinstein: Abbas has come to the end of the road
– Ben-Dror Yemini: Israel’s Arabs don’t have to be Zionists to be loyal

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Palestinians Clash With Police on Temple Mount
Israel Daily News Stream1 day ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Police clashed with Palestinians on the Temple Mount yesterday, during the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av. The Jerusalem Post posted footage of Palestinians barricaded in the Al-Aqsa Mosque throwing rocks and firecrackers at police.

The rioting took place as tens of thousands of Jews fasted and made a pilgrimage to the Western Wall amid oppressive heat to mourn the destruction of the First and Second Temples that once sat atop the contested holy site.
According to Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, officers entered the compound shortly after 7:30 a.m., after receiving intelligence that a large group of masked Palestinian youths barricaded themselves overnight in al-Aksa Mosque to attack Jewish visitors on Sunday morning.
See below for more on the clashes.

2. Latest talk coming out of Washington is that the Obama administration will not object to Jonathan Pollard’s release in November — in hopes of smoothing ties rocky ties with Israel. Pollard, who has been imprisoned for 30 years for spying for Israel, is next eligible for parole this coming November.
The Wall St. Journal (click via Google News) and New York Times have more on the Pollard story. AP’s Matt Lee tweets that it’s not as dramatic as you’d think . . .
3. International monitors responsible for removing Syria’s chemical weapons told the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News) that Assad cheated and hasn’t given up everything he was supposed to. This snippet sounds like a prelude to Iran.
Because the regime was responsible for providing security, it had an effective veto over inspectors’ movements. The team decided it couldn’t afford to antagonize its hosts, explains one of the inspectors, or it “would lose all access to all sites.” And the inspectors decided they couldn’t visit some sites in contested areas, fearing rebels would attack them.
Under the terms of their deployment, the inspectors had access only to sites that the Assad regime had declared were part of its chemical-weapons program. The U.S. and other powers had the right to demand access to undeclared sites if they had evidence they were part of the chemical-weapons program. But that right was never exercised, in part, inspectors and Western officials say, because their governments didn’t want a standoff with the regime.
chemical weapons

Israel and the Palestinians
• The firecrackers from yesterday’s Temple Mount clash were obtained en masse from an eastern Jerusalem toy store that police raided. According to YNet:

Investigators said that the gunpowder found inside the fireworks was used in the past as an explosive in makeshift pipe bombs.
• In an interview on Israeli radio, Arab MK Masud Ganaim denied the Temple Mount ever held a Jewish temple:

When asked if a Jewish temple ever existed at the site, Ganaim said, “No, no.”
“As a history teacher I know this… Perhaps it is known [that there was a temple somewhere], but not there, not there. You are welcome to go look for the Temple in a different place, at a different time,” Ganaim said.
The Independent• It’s been almost 15 years since Ariel Sharon’s controversial visit to the Temple Mount, which is ancient history in blog years. It still gets my goat that papers like The Independent today still believe Sharon’s visit sparked the second intifada.

In 2000, a visit by then Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon in the midst of collapsing peace talks caused what became known as the “Second Intifada” where thousands of Palestinians died in an uprising.
It’s already been confirmed by Suha Arafat and former PA cabinet minister Imad Faluji that Yasser Arafat planned the second intifada well before Sharon’s Sept. 28, 2000 walkabout.

• A wanted Palestinian died trying to escape an IDF arrest raid in the Kalandiya refugee camp last night. Mohammed Abu Latifa, 19, fell from a rooftop while trying to jump across to another roof. Palestinians claim Latifa was simply shot dead and did not fall. More at the Jerusalem Post and Reuters.
• The Times of Israel reports that chief negotiators Silvan Shalom and Saeb Erekat held low-key talks in Amman to calm Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
• Summertime means Hamas summer camps are open. AFP reports that 25,000 people are getting two weeks of training in “military techniques,” firing a rifle, and first aid. This year, the camps are open to anyone between the ages of 15-60. AFP coverage.
• The PA has denied Israeli media reports that Mahmoud Abbas intends to resign in the next two months “due to fatigue.”
• Google removed a Hamas app from its Android store
• On the 10th anniversary of the Gaza disengagement, Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor addressed the UN Security Council on what has changed and the lessons learned. Take your pick of the transcript or video.
• Two suspects are expected to be indicted on Wednesday for the arson attack in June on the Church of Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha, by Lake Kinneret. Details at Haaretz.
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• Israeli officials are rejecting US “intimidation” after several administration officials gave a highly dubious anonymous “briefing” to Haaretz.

• CNN: John Kerry said Israel will be blamed if Capitol Hill lawmakers vote down the Iran deal. The Secretary of State was speaking at a Council on Foreign Relations event in New York. If it interests you, the CFR posted the full hour-long video of Kerry’s appearance.
• Iran vows to buy weapons anytime, anywhere
• Owen Alterman of The Hill draws attention to one overlooked point in the Iranian deal — paragraph 36. It’s an “exit ramp” that could be attractive for a future US president or the mullahs:
Iran might need to wait a little longer—an extra 30 working days—to check a box buried in Annex IV. But, after that, under Paragraph 36, Iran can claim that any of the P5+1 is “not meeting its commitments” under the agreement. That triggers a 35-day set of meetings. Once that clock runs, Iran can claim the issue “has not been resolved to [its] satisfaction” and that it “deems” that the issue “constitutes significant non-performance.” Iran can then “cease performing its commitments under this JCPOA in whole or in part.” The agreement is done.
Once Iran has received its $150 billion and locked in long-term business contracts with the West, this quick exit could be an attractive option.
• Kerry has ‘intense exchange’ with American Jewish leaders over Iran deal.

• Congressmen want a more full accounting of the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program, but the Obama administration says full disclosure isn’t critical to verify future commitments. The Wall St. Journal (click via Google News) takes a closer look at the issue.
• There was some Israeli media buzz over a silver Mercedes with Saudi license plates spotted in Jaffa near the town’s historic clock tower.
Mideast Matters
• Hezbollah 3.0: How Israel’s No. 1 enemy is preparing for the next Lebanon war

• In his first public address in about a year, Syrian President Bashar Assad admitted his army is too short on manpower to be able to control the entire country.
“Sometimes, in some circumstances, we are forced to give up areas to move those forces to the areas that we want to hold onto.”
• Just as American Jews fought against Nixon administration’s policy of detente 40 years ago, American Jews can and must stand up against the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran. Natan Sharansky makes a compelling argument.

Today, an American president has once again sought to achieve stability by removing sanctions against a brutal dictatorship without demanding that the latter change its behavior. And once again, a group of outspoken Jews — no longer a small group of dissidents in Moscow but leaders of the state of Israel, from the governing coalition and the opposition alike — are sounding an alarm.
Of course, we are reluctant to criticize our ally and to so vigorously oppose an agreement that purports to promote peace. But we know that we are again at a historic crossroads, and that the United States can either appease a criminal regime — one that supports global terror, relentlessly threatens to eliminate Israel and executes more political prisoners than any other per capita — or stand firm in demanding change in its behavior.
Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and US President Richard Nixon, in 1973.

• Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, tweeted a provocative image of President Barack Obama about to shoot himself in the head. But what’s bothering Washington Post columnist Colbert King?
• The Columbus Dispatch‘s Nate Beeler got my head space on the side deals Iran cut with the IAEA.
Nate Beeler
• Lebanese writer Hussain Abdul-Hussain describes what a better deal might have looked like. One particular item caught my eye:
As a prerequisite for Iran maintaining a nuclear program, Tehran should recognize all other member states at the UN, including Israel. This does not mean that Tehran should befriend Tel Aviv or exchange embassies, but while antagonism against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories is one thing, promising to wipe Israel out is another.
• Plenty more commentary on the Iran deal . . .

– Eyal Zisser: Europe’s misplaced morality
– James Woolsey: Deal surrenders to world’s leading terror sponsor
– Jeff Jacoby: Iran can buy a lot of terror with $100 billion
– Mordechai Kedar: How come America is still “The Great Satan” in Iran?
– Melanie Phillips: Arming all sides for nuclear war
– John Bolton: The consequences of a bad deal with Iran

• Here’s what else I’m reading this weekend . . .
– Nadav Shragai: IS and PLO flags on the Temple Mount
– Irwin Stelzer: This EU labelling is bad for Israelis and Palestinians
– Reuven Berko: The false tale of ‘apartheid’
– Vijeta Uniyal: Is India dumping the Palestinian cause?

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US Confirms Iran Side Deal With IAEA
Israel Daily News Stream5 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
Susan Rice

1. US National Security Adviser Susan Rice confirmed that Iran a cut a side deal with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Besides agreeing to discuss the past military dimensions of its nuclear program, Iran struck a deal with the IAEA on inspections at the Parchin military base, one of the most sensitive sites discussed in the U.S.-led international talks.
2. EU officials moved quickly to distance themselves from an influential European think tank report recommending sanctions against Israeli financial institutions with ties to the West Bank. More at Globes and YNet. The latter writes:

“We have no intention of imposing restrictions on Israeli banks that do business in the settlements. This entire issue is complete nonsense. This issue has never been considered,” the diplomat said . . .
The release of the report caused panic in the stock market and led to a drop in Israeli banks’ stocks.

3. Iran has executed nearly 700 people, according to an Amnesty International report picked up by the BBC.
This is equivalent to executing more than three people per day.
4. When Anonymous Washington Sources Sling Mud At Israel:US officials discredit Israeli concerns behind Haaretz’s shield of anonymity.

Israel and the Palestinians
• AFP: Palestinians laid the first brick for Gaza reconstruction that Hamas failed to divert to the tunnels.

Until now the only repairs have been to homes which were partially damaged, while 18,000 totally destroyed houses remain in ruins.
• Reporter Kevin Connolly of the BBC takes a closer look at the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Iranian Atomic Urgency
• Nuclear experts talking to the New York Times dispute White House assertions that the deal’s inspection regime is airtight.

“If it is on a small scale, they may be able to clear it out in 24 days,” Mr. Albright said in a telephone interview. “They are practiced at cheating. You can’t count on them to make a mistake.”
• When Arab leaders agree with Israel, pay attention. I’m glad the Daily Telegraph did.

Daily Telegraph
• The Washington Post filed a UN petition seeking the immediate release of its Tehran correspondent, Jason Rezaian. A dual US-Iranian citizen, Rezaian was arrested a year ago on charges of espionage. His trial is being held behind closed doors, and after a year of incarceration in the notorious Evian prison, there are fears for Rezaian’s health.
Mideast Matters
• Who’d have thought we’d see a headline like this?

• Iranian officers interrogated Yemeni government loyalists in Houthi detention, according to Asharq al-Awsat.
• In the best response to the Iran deal I’ve yet seen, Michael Oren clearly articulates A) how the agreement gives Iran two pathways to a nuclear bomb, B) what a realistic alternative deal would look like, and C) that war isn’t inevitable.

peace• According to Elliott Abrams, the EU’s new effort to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is going to fail.
Moreover, there is no reason whatsoever to think that the two parties are any closer together on basic issues such as refugees and Jerusalem. Some things have changed in the last few years, of course, but all of them will make an agreement even harder to reach. The growth of terrorist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda makes an Israeli military withdrawal from the West Bank even more dangerous to Israel and Jordan- and to the Palestinians. Abbas’s advanced age makes it ever less likely that he will take a leap and sign any agreement, and as the years pass since the last Palestinian elections (Abbas was elected to a four year term in 2005) he has less and less legitimacy to make such decisions.
So the European decision to turn its efforts to insisting on a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement are foolish and will lead nowhere. With one exception, perhaps: it seems likely that they will blame Israel for their failure, so perhaps the effort will lead to more criticism of Israel from EU governments.
• Ari Briggs and Nasser Nawaja square off over plans to demolish an illegal Palestinian encampment near the West Bank community of Susiya.

• Short of a conspiracy theory? You can always blame the Jews.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
– Ari Shavit: The Iran deal: From thriller to horror story
– Emmanuel Navon: Iran deal: Israel’s leaders have it all wrong
– Steven Rosen: Obama gave Europe control of sanctions’ ‘snap back’ mechanism
– William Galston: US needs a two-track strategy on Iran (via Google News)
– Wall St. Journal: The Iranian inspections mirage (staff-ed, via Google News)
– Stephen Bryen: The Iran deal will help Russia have a stealth air force

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EU To Target Israeli Banks Over Settlements?
Israel Daily News Stream6 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. The EU’s next steps against Israeli settlements could go beyond labeling imports. Reuters reports that the European Council of Foreign Relations, a think thank influential among EU policymakers, suggests targeting Israeli financial institutions over their activities in the West Bank:

But the new proposals would go much deeper and further, reaching into banking, loans and mortgages, qualifications earned in settlement institutions and the tax-exempt status of European charities that deal with Israeli settlements.
The most significant proposal is on banking, where large Israeli institutions have daily dealings with major European banks, while also providing loans and financing to Israeli businesses and individuals based in the settlements . . .
Under European Commission guidelines from 2013, EU- and member-state-funded lending cannot be provided to Israeli entities operating in the occupied territories.
But a Jerusalem Post followup says the council’s recommendations don’t worry Israeli officials.

2. In response to a Hamas crackdown on radical Salafists, the Salafists are threatening to fire rockets at Israel. Hamas has been in a power struggle with the Salafists parallel to the rising presence of Islamic State in the neighboring Sinai. More at AFP.
3. French prosecutors recommend closing the file on their investigation of Yasser Arafat’s death. Magistrates will make the final decision, hopefully closing the chapter on allegations that the PLO leader was poisoned. More at Reuters.
4. BBC Panorama Goes Off the Rails: A Jerusalem documentary is derailed by a skewed selection of sources and clumsy context.
5. HR Radio: Donald Trump and an Apartheid Wall: Sparked by Donald Trump, the Washington Post misrepresents the Jewish state’s security barrier. Listen to Yarden Frankl’s interview on the Voice of Israel by clicking on the image below.
6. If you’re in the New York area today, don’t miss the Stop Iran Rally in Times Square. It’s from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. There’s an impressive range of speakers lined up. Find out more and share on Facebook and Twitter.

Israel and the Palestinians
• For the first time in a year, the Israeli government is set to grant permits to build housing units in settlements. According to Haaretz, the bulk of the 906 permits to be granted will for housing in Givat Zeev, Beit El, and Maale Adumim.

• The International Criminal Court may not reopen the Mavi Marmara case. So said chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to the Times of Israel.
• Representatives of Hamas, Hezbollah, and Shiite Amal powowed in Lebanon, resolving to work together to fight Israel.
• Israel called on EU to stop funding organizations delegitimizing the Jewish state. The European Jewish Press reports:
Otherwise, the minister said, Israel may mull legislation that will directly criminalize funding of anti-Israel groups.
• The PA released Palestinian detainee Islam Hamed two years after he completed his prison term. Maan News reports that Hamed, who also has Brazilian citizenship, had launched a hunger strike in protest. Imagine the outrage if Israel did that.

He was charged in September 2010 with opposing the PA and possessing an unlicensed gun after he reportedly opened fire on a car carrying Israeli settlers.
Palestinian security services refused to release Hamed at the end of his three-year term, claiming that keeping him inside the prison was the only way to protect him from Israeli security forces.
• Visiting a Hamas terror tunnel, CNN‘s Oren Liebermann is astounded by how well it was constructed.

• Haaretz on the latest BDS shenanigans: Turns out that Britain’s National Union of Students, which supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, agreed to a sponsorship deal with Coca Cola for an upcoming NUS awards ceremony. (Coke’s Israeli subsidiary has factories in the West Bank.) The NUS censured its own president. Is SodaStream an NUS option now?
• In a debunked Hamas video, the terror group claims it dug a tunnel all the way to the Temple Mount undermining the Al-Aqsa mosque.
But according to Israel’s Channel 10, the tunnel featured in the report is fake and was a Hamas propaganda stunt to raise Palestinian morale and to mock Israel.
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• I’m sure the White House has a perfectly good explanation for Ayatollah Khamenei’s latest rant. He posted this video on his own YouTube channel, then tweeted his own fresh quote.

• The Pew Research Center found that more Americans disapprove of the Iran deal than approve of it.

• Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi visited Israel, the first head of state to do so since the Iran deal.
Around the World
• Has Islamic State already reached Russian soil?

• The US slapped sanctions on three senior Hezbollah military leaders for their coordinating and participating in Syria’s civil war. A Lebanese businessman accused of procuring and shipping weapons to Hezbollah forces in Syria was also sanctioned. More on the story at Reuters.
atom• Worth reading: Even if the Iran accord is a done deal and Israel’s protests fall on deaf ears, Bibi’s still being vocal in his opposition. Herb Keinon explains why the Prime Minister insists on “playing tuba in a string quartet.”

But it would be a mistake, diplomatic officials in Jerusalem explain, to see Netanyahu’s and Israel’s protestations as solely aimed at the unrealistic goal of bringing the accord to a full halt . . .
Jerusalem wants to stress that Israel has serious problems with certain elements of the deal, in the hope that maybe those problems can be fixed – if not through renegotiating the whole agreement, then perhaps through congressional legislation to plug specific holes, similar to legislation Congress recently enacted to battle BDS efforts.
• Iran inspections in 24 days? Not even close! (click via Google News)

Iran can easily stretch out the inspection of suspect nuclear sites for three months or more.
• I liked the straightforward Q&A format of Israeli ambassador Rafael Barak’s Toronto Star op-ed laying out the opposition to the Iran deal.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today:
– Raphael Ahren: Khamenei aims to ensure accords won’t lead to regime change
– Norman Bailey: Iran deal: The closer you look, the worse it gets

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EU Brainstorms Next Mideast Peace Moves
Israel Daily News Stream22 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Over Israeli objections, a controversial Hamas-linked organization got UN accreditation as a recognized non-governmental organization. UN Watch unpacked the incitement of the UK-based Palestine Return Center in posts one and two. And Sarah Marusek and David Miller further lay out The Case Against the PRC.

Alberto Nisman
2. The Iranian accord will bury any chance of getting justice for the 85 people killed in the AMIA bombing and Alberto Nisman’s assassination. Damian Pachter, the Israeli-Argentinian journalist who broke the story of Nisman’s assassination, argues why:
Iran’s official removal from “the axis of evil” places a question mark on the future of the moribund investigation into the bombing. The persistent demand for justice seems farther than ever, not only because the attorney charged with the AMIA case is dead, but because the international community has recognized the Ayatollahs’ regime as a partner.
Meanwhile, ex-president Carlos Menem and 13 other defendants were barred from leaving the country. Menem may have had clandestine ties with Iran, and he’s due in court in August to face charges he covered up info about the bombing.

And if you want to sink your teeth into something meatier, see The New Yorker‘s look at the death of Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman and Iran’s connections to the AMIA attack.
3. Feeling heady about the Iran deal, EU diplomats brainstormed in Brussels on push Israeli-Palestinian peace talks ahead. AFP talks about an “international support group,” while YNet described the group’s statement slamming settlements, the security barrier, home demolitions, and more before describing what else Europe has in store. Forget the toothless denunciations — this is what keep Israeli policymakers up at night:
The EU foreign ministers’ plan envisages obtaining formal approval for the so-called support group at the UN General Assembly in New York in September, then a UN Security Council resolution to set parameters for a peace deal.
4. The Iranian Deal and Doublespeak: In a special guest post, Cherryl Smith, PhD, examines the use and abuse of language surrounding the Iran deal.

5. While millions of Iranians chanted “death to Israel” a few days ago, the BBC said Iran no longer poses a threat to the Jewish state. Please sign HonestReporting’s petition demanding the BBC tell the truth about Iranian incitement against Israel.

Israel and the Palestinians
• The Knesset stiffened punishments imposed on Palestinian stone-throwers. YNet coverage.

The amendment also splits the offense of stone-throwing to two different levels of severity. On the first level, stone-throwers could receive up to 10 years in prison without the prosecution having to prove intention to cause harm. On the second level, in cases where the prosecution can prove an intention to cause harm, stone-throwers could receive up to 20 years in prison.
• Tehran’s deeply offended by the Saudi-Hamas rapprochement. The Times of Israel takes a closer look at Khaled Mashaal’s meeting with King Salman.

• Who are the ICC judges who ruled against Israel on the ‘Mavi Marmara’?
• Amid Fatah-Hamas tax dispute, Gaza power plant shuts down. The strip’s getting eight hours of electricity.
norway-01• Israel’s ambassador in Oslo, Raphael Schultz, is still tussling with the Norwegian media’s handling of the Gaza war. The ambassador recently wrote an open letter denouncing the one-sided coverage. I couldn’t find the full letter online, but the unfortunate response Ambassador Schultz got confirms his point. The Local writes:
Arne Jensen, the Secretary General of Norwegian Editors’ Association denied that the media had admitted to bias last year, saying that they had only recognised that the public should have been given more context and background.
“Israel can not expect that there be equal coverage, because the conflict is not equal,” he told ABC Nyheter. “By that I mean that one party in this conflict is superior to the other.”
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• Iran’s defense chief forbids international inspections of military sites

• US Secretary of State John Kerry told Al Arabiya he’s “disturbed” by Ayatollah Khamenei’s comments denouncing any change in relations with the “arrogant US.”
• While Indian diplomats praised the nuclear deal, the country’s defense establishment and business community are very, very concerned, reports Vijeta Uniyal.
Around the World
• A quick-thinking Israeli businessman in Colombia outwitted his would-be kidnappers. Here’s how.

• Aw shucks . . .
Saudi-based think tank ranks Hebrew U among world’s best
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Mudar Zahran: Will Israel save the world a third time?
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Iran deal empowers enemies of peace
– Yoni Ben Menachem: Saudi Arabia and Israel are in the same predicament
– George Igler: Europe’s chief negotiator sympathized with Iran
– David Rothkopf: Obama is wrong–the Iran deal is transformational
– Bret Stephens: The Iran deal’s collapsing rationale (via Google News)

• Last, but not least: Is Turkey actively supporting Egypt’s Islamist insurgency against the Sisi regime?

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Hamas Sending Fighters to Yemen?
Israel Daily News Stream9 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. Hamas is rebuilding its tunnel infrastructure and rocket stockpiles with material smuggled into Gaza from Israel.

According to the Times of Israel, Hamas is taking advantage of dual-use materials brought by trucks through the Kerem Shalom crossing and a network of West Bank and Gaza merchants. Tunnel excavators find refrigerator motors and wooden pallets useful. Electrodes needed for rockets have been found hidden in butter containers. And don’t get me started on the rocket fuel . . .
The discoveries gave rise to a debate in Israel’s defense establishment: What to do? Do we stop the transfer of goods into Gaza in order to strike at Hamas’s ability to manufacture arms for use against Israel — an act that would increase the hardship in Gaza and increase the risk of a conflict? Or do we continue allowing products to flow into Gaza, with the understanding that there will be a military price to pay?
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Hamas tunnel

2. Has Hamas agreed to send hundreds of men to Yemen to join the fight against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels? Is Iran spreading disinformation to disrupt thawing Hamas-Saudi ties? Whatever the case, the Jerusalem Post reports:
According to the Iranian news agency, the Saudi monarch, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, asked Mashaal to dispatch 700 Hamas fighters to Yemen to help in the fighting against the Houthis. The report also claimed that Mashaal asked the Saudis for $20m. in monthly aid to Hamas to enable it to continue managing the affairs of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
Gilad Shalit3. Israeli security officials have learned that the mastermind of last month’s terror attack near Shilo (25-year old Malachi Rosenfeld was killed in the drive by shooting) was a Hamas operative released from prison in the 2011 Gilad Shalit swap. According to Haaretz:

According to the Shin Bet security service, the person behind the terrorist cell that murdered Rosenfeld and wounded three other civilians, and also perpetrated two other shooting attacks in the Ramallah area, is Ahmed Najar. Najar is a Hamas operative who served eight years in an Israeli jail for involvement in the murder of six other Israelis before being freed in the Shalit deal. Under the terms of that deal, he was deported to Gaza rather than being allowed to return to the West Bank, but he later left Gaza for Jordan.
Overall, six Israelis have been killed by Palestinians freed in the 2014 Shalit swap. Meanwhile, Yoav Limor is disturbed that Najar was able to orchestrate the attack from Jordan. Is Amman turning a blind eye to Hamas activity on its soil?

4. Trumping Israel’s Security Barrier: The Washington Post dragged Israel into a debate sparked by Donald Trump. What could go wrong?
Israel and the Palestinians
• The Financial Times (click via Google News) updates the latest incremental news from the EU’s  efforts to label settlement products.

• Two main Israeli power grids providing 25 percent of Gaza’s electricity broke down because of a technical error. On a related note, Egypt recently raised the price of electricity to Gaza as part of Cairo’s effort to reduce subsidies.
• Truly bizarre: In a report about David Cameron’s plans to fight Islamic extremism in the UK, Sky News turned to Asghar Bukhari. He’s best known for an epic social media meltdown when he ranted on YouTube about the Mossad stealing his shoe last month. (The shoe turned up, prompting a second rant.)
Bukhari’s entitled to his opinions, but what does it say about Sky News that they treat someone like this as a credible talking head? Bukhari appears at the 1:52 point — presumably in a nice pair of Clarks. I found this video on the Voice of America’s YouTube channel.
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• The UN Security Council  unanimously endorsed the Iran deal today. Israel’s alleged “mistreatment of Palestinians” was also on the UNSC’s agenda. The European Union gave the deal its official endorsement today — as expected.

• Nuclear deal will see US and West actually help Iran protect its nuclear facilities from
Article 10 of the deal, included in a section titled “Reactors, Fuels, Facilities, and Processes,” stipulates that world powers and Iran will foster “cooperation through training and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to protect against, and respond to, nuclear security threats, including sabotage, as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems.” . . .
The U.S. has to protect Iran as it pursues nuclear weapons because its program is allegedly civilian?” the official wondered.
• Reuters: Visting Tehran, Germany’s vice chancellor urged the mullahs to improve Iran’s ties with Israel, and offered Germany’s services to mediate.

“Questioning this state’s (Israel’s) right to existence is something that we Germans cannot accept,” he said, adding that now Berlin and Tehran can re-establish closer ties it was necessary to talk about human rights.
• Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed the Iran deal and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s visit with ABC News.

I guess the question is, if this deal is supposed to make Israel and our Arab neighbors safer, why should we be compensated with anything?
ABC US News | World News
• Former IAEA official Olli Heinonen discussed the nuclear accord’s verification issues with Deutsche Welle.
Mideast Matters
• The Washington Post has bad news for Bashar Assad. He’s begun to lose the Druze.

Recently, however, the Druze have been defying Assad’s government. Many are refusing compulsory military service. Increasingly, Druze spiritual leaders are criticizing the embattled president and urging their community to adopt a neutral stance in the conflict . . .
But analysts say the Druze population’s changing attitude is significant because religious minorities have formed an important part of Assad’s base, with many of their members serving in the military and government-run paramilitary groups.
• Despite being blacklisted by the EU, Hezbollah continues to operate in Europe. The Daily Beast takes a closer look.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Shelley Berkley: Surrender on Iran nuclear deal makes U.S. less secure
– Jackson Diehl: Obama, Iran, and the limits of engagement
– Abdulrahman Al-Rashed: Thwarting Iran’s regional influence
– Ray Takeyh: On Iran, Congress should just say no
– Mary Anastasia O’Grady: A richer Iran will double-down in South America (click via Google News)

– Austin Long: If you really want to bomb Iran, take the deal
– Abraham Ben-Zvi: Obama’s rationale implodes
– Smadar Perry: Iran deal will save Assad
– Chuck Freilich: A good deal for Israel

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Israel and ICC on Collision Course Over Mavi Marmara Affair
Israel Daily News Stream8 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. The International Criminal Court ordered chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to consider opening a full investigation of alleged IDF war crimes during the Mavi Marmara affair. According to the Jerusalem Post:

The decision puts the ICC the closest it has ever been to intervening directly in the Israeli-Arab conflict and places the court in the position of potentially being harsher on Israel than Bensouda, who herself has been criticized by Israel for recognizing a State of Palestine . . .
Bensouda very well may close the file again, but the court’s order means there is a very serious chance Israelis will face a full criminal investigation – something that has not yet occurred even regarding the 2014 Gaza war, Operation Protective Edge.
According to law professor Avi Bell, the ICC has “declared war” on Israel, while Elliott Abrams says the court “has degraded itself to the condition of the UN Human Rights Council and other UN bodies.”

2. Gaza was rocked by a series of car bombs this morning targeting Hamas and Islamic Jihad figures. Islamic State graffiti was found at the scene of one of the attacks. Jerusalem Post coverage.
Nervana Mahmoud
3. They didn’t necessarily bury any hatchets, but a meeting between Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and Saudi King Salman certainly suggests a thaw in years of hostility and mistrust. Are the Saudis trying to pull Hamas out of Iran’s orbit? According to the Daily Telegraph:
It is thought to be highest level get-together between the two sides since the outbreak of the Arab Spring in early 2011, which plunged the Middle East into extended upheaval, and appeared to be motivated on the Saudi side by a desire to weaken Iran by luring Hamas away from its influence.
Jonathan Spyer
Dr. Jonathan Spyer

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5. Daily Telegraph Places Al-Aqsa Mosque in “Jerusalem, Palestine”: But geography isn’t the only thing that the Telegraph is confused about.
6. HR Radio: What Part of “Death to Israel” Is Confusing? In his latest Voice of Israel interview, Yarden Frankl takes on the BBC’s assertion that Iran no longer threatens Israel and asks why the New York Times is acting like a cheerleader for the nuclear deal. Click on the image below to listen.
Israel and the Palestinians
• I wonder how much Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez was influenced by media coverage of the Gaza war.

Tennessee shooter was upset over Gaza war
• The UK ended a partial arms embargo on Israel, placed amid concerns that British-made components in radar systems and tanks — among other things — might be used against Gaza civilians. The license exports could be suspended again in the event of another war. Jerusalem Post coverage.
• Hamas plot to attack Israel, PA in West Bank foiled by mass arrests
• A recent ruling by the Dutch Supreme Court concerning Israeli-controlled territories adds a new and surprising twist. Holland can extradite Rabbi Eliezer Berland to Israel, even though his crimes occurred in eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank. In fighting extradition, Rabbi Berland argued that international law didn’t recognize Israeli jurisdiction over those areas. Eugene Kontorovich‘s reaction is worth reading.
• After the Knesset shot down a bill proposing the death penalty for terrorists, Jerusalem Post reporter Lahav Harkov called out The Indepedent‘s Lizzie Dearden.
Lahav Harkov
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• At a celebration marking the end of Ramadan, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made his first public remarks on the nuclear accords. Here’s how the Times of Israel best summarized it:

Nine things Khamenei hates about you
• US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is due to visit Israel today to assuage Israeli concerns about the Iran deal. Some media reports indicate that Carter won’t necessarily be offering military equipment but rather “military exercises, arms stockpiles and regional troop presence.”
• Iran bans US inspectors from nuclear sites: Only inspectors from countries which have normal relations with Iran will be allowed in.
The revelation of this caveat has attracted concern from some analysts who maintain that only American experts can be trusted to verify that Iran is not cheating on the deal and operating clandestine nuclear facilities.
• Reporter Jon Karl of ABC News sparred with White House spokesman Josh Earnest over the president’s claim that “99 percent of the world” supports the accord.

Mideast Matters
• According to The Algemeiner, US is “seriously” considering Jonathan Pollard this year. But Pollard’s lawyers told the Times of Israel they have received no indication of this.

• Mideast news reports indicate Hezbollah arrested 175 of its own men for refusing to fight in Syria. Pass the popcorn: the fighting in Zabadani isn’t going well.
. . . the hesitation began after 120 Hezbollah fighters were killed in confrontations with opposition groups and another 200 were wounded.
• South African official threatens to probe students for visiting Israel

• Prominent Russian Jewish activist shot in Moscow; Sergey Ustinov, a 62-year-old businessman and Russian Jewish Congress board member is in critical but stable condition. Community leaders believe the attack was anti-Semitic.
• Hitler salutes and anti-Semitic slogans at football match in Belgium
Isaac Herzog
Isaac Herzog

• Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog is very much against the Iran deal. Jeffrey Goldberg weighs in on the Herzog factor. “Buji” is now a militant. Militant?
Herzog’s militancy on the subject of the deal places the Obama administration in an uneasy position. While the administration can—and has—dismissed Netanyahu as a hysteric, the eminently reasonable Herzog, who is Secretary of State John Kerry’s dream of an Israeli peace-process partner, will find receptive ears among Democrats for his criticism. Herzog’s critique of the deal also places American Jewish organizations in a curious dilemma. It will be fraught for liberal Jewish organizations to endorse the Vienna agreement if both the right-wing government in Jerusalem, and its center-left opposition, are so vehemently opposed to it . . .
Herzog would not tell me when he’s arriving in Washington to launch his non-lobbying lobbying campaign, but I expect he will arrive soon, and I expect that he will find himself the target of a great deal of lobbying as well; from the administration’s perspective, Netanyahu is a permanent adversary, but Herzog is a respected friend—one who could do damage to the administration’s cause on Capitol Hill, if he so chooses.
nyt thumb• Here’s another New York Times staff-ed cheerleading for the Iran deal:

While Iran supports Shiite allies and other militants in the region, the threat it poses to Sunni Arabs and Israel militarily, especially if the deal deprives it of a nuclear weapon, is exaggerated. The Sunni countries together spend about $130 billion a year on defense while Iran’s military budget is about $15 billion. Israel, the region’s most capable military power, spends about $16 billion plus $3 billion from America, and has a nuclear weapon.
Meanwhile,  NYT columnist Roger Cohen misrepresents Israel’s desire to avoid war. Cohen also claims the agreement’s critics have offered no alternatives, but David Horovitz noted three. Here’s Cohen:

So what do the critics, from Republican presidential hopefuls to the Israeli government, seek in place of the deal with Iran that verifiably blocks Tehran’s path to a nuclear weapon for at least the next 10 to 15 years? Presumably, they want what would have happened if negotiations had collapsed. That would be renewed war talk as an unconstrained Iran installs sophisticated centrifuges, its stockpile of enriched uranium grows, Russia and China abandon the sanctions regime, moderates in Iran like Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are sidelined, and a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic draws closer.
• Here’s what else I’m reading this weekend:

– Paul Berman: The Iran deal and a Cold War flashback
– Danielle Pletka: 8 unplanned results of the Iran deal
– Emily Landau: A deal with gaping failures
– Jeff Jacoby: Iran deal not worthy of Nobel recognition
– Prince Bandar Bin Sultan: Why the Iran accord is worse than the North Korea deal
– Charles Krauthammer: A deal worse than we could’ve imagined
– Robert Satloff: If the Iran deal fails . . .
– Trudy Rubin: Will deal allow Iran to cause more Mideast trouble?
– James Rubin: When the Iran deal tastes this good we can live with the smell

Michael Ramirez
– National Post: Netanyahu’s warnings apt on Iran (staff-ed)
– Dror Eydar: History’s sense of humor
– Nahum Barnea: Bibi bets against Obama in Congress battle against accord
– Emanuele Ottolenghi: Obama’s one aim: making friends with the mullahs
– Norman Bailey: The West held all the aces – and lost
– Amir Taheri: Is Iran now under the tutelage of the six world powers?
– Jonathan Schanzer: It just got easier for Iran to fund terror
– Alan Dershowitz: US gave away better options on Iran
– Alan Kuperman: The Iran deal is built on a lie

• Last but not least:
Hamas is set to win a seat at the UN table
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Iran Accords: The Aftermath
Israel Daily News Stream7 hours ago
Today’s Top Stories
1. The scrutiny and spin games continue as White House sells Iran deal. See below for all the news and commentary.

Edward Snowden
2. According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, Israeli special forces were responsible for the 2008 assassination of Brigadier General Mohammed Suleiman.
“We’ve had access to Israeli military communications for some time,” said one of the former U.S. intelligence officers . . .
Brig. Gen. Suleiman was a top military and intelligence adviser to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, and was suspected of being behind the Syrian government’s efforts to facilitate Iran’s provision of arms and military training to Hezbollah in neighboring Lebanon. Suleiman was also reported to have been in charge of the security and construction of Syria’s Al Kibar nuclear facility, which Israel destroyed in a 2007 air attack. The NSA document described part of Suleiman’s responsibilities as “sensitive military issues.”

3. Israel and Hamas discussing deal for Gaza captives
The sources confirmed Hamas’s recent statement to the effect that Mengistu, who crossed the border in September, is in Hamas captivity but is nevertheless safe and sound. The organization’s new stance on Mengistu contrasts with its previous version, according to which the Israeli man had crossed into Egypt via a tunnel. Hamas officials, however, refused to comment on the matter during a conversation with The Times of Israel.
4. The Real Crisis of Zionism: Must Zionism – the ideology that asserts the Jewish right to a state in Israel – be avoided when speaking to people about Israel?

Israel and the Palestinians
• An Israeli air strike hit “terrorist infrastructure” in Gaza after Palestinians fired a rocket last night. The rocket landed in an open area near Ashkelon causing no damage.

• If you want to understand where this development is coming from, I suggest you see coverage of Tzipi Hotovely’s inaugural speech to Foreign Ministry employees (and Jeff Jacoby‘s take). The Western Wall’s going to become a de rigeuer visit for visiting world leaders.
Gregg Carlstrom
• Jerusalem Post: Diplomats from the Quartet (US, Russia, EU and UN) met in Amman to discuss “how to create conditions that will enable the parties to return to meaningful negotiations.”
• Qalandiya refugee camp: A ‘chaotic base for terror’
• Why are Palestinians quitting their medical studies in Venezuela? AP did some digging:
But the students who dropped out complain that their first year consisted only of Spanish language lessons and indoctrination about Venezuela’s 16-year-old socialist revolution. They say they were surprised when their teachers presented a curriculum centered on community health and worried when doctors from other institutions warned that their education wouldn’t meet international standards.
• At the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza, Holland’s Foreign Minister inaugurated a new security scanner expected to boost the number of trucks bringing materials to the strip. Dutch and Israeli officials told the Associated Press that 1,000 trucks will be able to cross daily, up from the current 600.

• Though Gaza needs to reconstruct homes, Turkey’s to build a 20,000 seat stadium named after President Erdogan.
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• Likud and Labor leaders are quietly “discussing” a national unity government. At the moment, according to Haaretz, President Reuven Rivlin has been acting as a go-between for several weeks. All the rest is rumors and politics . . .

• According to the New York Times, the White House wants to boost military aid packages to Israel as a consolation. But Bibi’s not biting,
. . . one aide suggested in a phone call to Jewish and pro-Israel groups that Mr. Netanyahu had rebuffed their overtures because he believes accepting them now would be tantamount to blessing the nuclear deal, say people involved in the call who did not want to be quoted by name in describing it.
Meanwhile, the Jerusalem Post elaborates on the defense benefits likely to be discussed when US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter visits Israel next week.

• White House adviser Ben Rhodes told CNN the US never sought “anytime, anywhere access” to Iranian sites. More at the Times of Israel.

• The US is already circulating a draft Security Council resolution endorsing the Iran deal. Getting UN approval for the accord before Congress finishes debating it is a heckuva way to engineer a fait accompli, as Foreign Policy points out.
Under the terms of a U.S. law passed this year, lawmakers can prevent the president from lifting congressional sanctions on Iran, which would blow up the landmark nuclear deal.
However, if a resolution is approved by the Security Council early next week, any president, Democrat or Republican, would be legally bound to enforce its terms.
• Netanyahu and Hammond spar over Iran nuclear deal at joint press conference

• Turns out the nuclear accord contains no reference to the Parchin facility and places no restrictions on the Bushehr facility.
• President Obama held a press conference to answer questions about the deal. Here’s the full video and transcript.
• Israeli officials continued speaking out against the accord. Prime Minister Netanyahu appeared on NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, and National Public Radio. Cabinet minister Naftali Bennett appeared on BBC. And Bibi’s point man on Iran, Yuval Steinitz briefed reporters.

• It’s bad enough the US bungled the nuclear negotiations. Now, President Obama and British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond and London are “are now compounding their failure by peddling a false narrative about Israel.” But, as David Horovitz lays out, it’s all based on the false assumption that A) Israel wanted war, and B) there was no better agreement to be had.

To see ourselves being misrepresented and unjustly criticized by disingenuous leaders as this tragedy plays out, as we in Israel brace to battle against the repercussions of their insistent incompetence, is a contemptible case of adding insult to looming injury.
• According to Eli Lake, the accords amount to a US exit strategy from the Mideast.

Maybe the real benefit, at least from Obama’s perspective, is that the nuclear deal will pave the way for America’s full exit from the Middle East. After more than a decade of war and nation-building, the region is less stable and more dangerous than it was on 9/11. The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart, who supports the deal, says what its critics are really doing is “blaming Obama for the fact that the United States is not omnipotent.” Perhaps we have reached the limits of what American leadership can do in that part of the world.
But if that’s true, Obama should have the decency to level with us about it. This deal is not an affirmation of American leadership. It’s a recognition of American exhaustion.
• Unleashed economic forces will make Iran deal unenforceable:

Iran provides Western Europe and China with an alternative to Russian natural gas.
Boeing, French oil company Total and German industry group BDI see vast opportunities in the Iran market, and the surge of European, Chinese and American investment into Iran will be reminiscent of the Gold Rush that created modern California.
Once those euros, yuan and dollars are in, political pressures will make it tough to re-impose western economic sanctions.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Ari Shavit: Five reasons to worry about the Iran deal
– Efraim Inbar: Six strikes against the nuclear deal
– Mordechai Kedar: The end of an era
– Toby Greene: What does Iran want with all that enriched uranium?
– Max Boot: The dawn of Iranian empire
– William Tobey: The nuclear inspection charade (via Google News)
– Con Coughlin: Accord grants amnesty to world’s leading terrorist mastermind
– Aaron David Miller: Is Obama building a case for the Iran deal, or undermining it?

– Matthew Kroenig: Obama abandons 70 Years of nonproliferation policy
– Ariel Ben Solomon: Iran deal to see Middle East conflicts go on steroids
– Zvi Barel: Time for US to pamper the Saudis
– Gershon Baskin: A bad agreement is better than no agreement
– Elliott Abrams: Iran got a better deal than it had a right to expect
– Peter Beinart: Face it, US and Israel don’t have same interests
– Uzi Even: Relax, Israel can live with Iran deal
– Doyle McManus: Don’t like the Iran deal? What’s the alternative?
– Leslie Gelb: The real reason Obama did the Iran deal

• Staff-eds include the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News), The Spectator, New Statesman,and Sydney Morning Herald.

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Big Media Responds to the Iran Nuke Deal
Israel Daily News Stream4 hours ago

.Today’s Top Stories
1. Big Media responds to the Iran deal. See below for all the news and commentary.

2. Are secret Israel-PA contacts and calming measures cooling down the West Bank? According to the Times of Israel:
Palestinian measures have included halting, for the time being, applications to join UN agencies and other international bodies as part of the Palestinian statehood drive.
Israeli authorities have slowed down construction in West Bank settlements and have increased permits for West Bank Palestinians to pray at the Temple Mount over the Ramadan holy month in a bid to show real will to improve ties.
3. After years of disenfranchisement, Sinai Bedouins are more actively help the Egyptian army fight Islamic State. According to Reuters, the jihadis brutally crossed tribal red lines.

4. Jerusalem’s Old City is not “endangered.” Please add your name to HonestReporting’s letter demanding CNN report accurately about the holy city.
The Iran Deal: Just The News
• What do you need to know about the deal? Take your pick of summaries of the fine print by AP, CNN, the Jerusalem Post and Daily Telegraph (one and two). If you have the stamina, read the full 159-page agreement.

• The Daily Telegraph notably summarizes what the agreement doesn’t cover — human rights, Western prisoners, Syria, funding for Hezbollah or Hamas, or personal freedoms.
Olli Heinonen

• Hmmmm. According to AP, opposition leader Isaac Herzog is flying to Washington to discuss Israel’s objections. More at the Times of Israel.
• President Obama asserted that inspectors will get access any suspicious location anytime, anywhere. Is that what the accord says? Not exactly, found CBS News.
And former IAEA official Olli Heinonen discussed monitoring with Foreign Policy. Iran buying time to cover up problematic sites is one part of the issue.
While Heinonen said it might seem reasonable to have to justify the need for an inspection, foreign intelligence agencies supplying the atomic energy agency with evidence of a breach in the agreement might not be willing to disclose that intelligence to the Iranians.
• The UN Security Council is expected to vote next week on endorsing the agreement.

• International reactions: The New York Times picked up on Benyamin Netanayhu’s criticisms.
• Notably, Canada to keep sanctions against Iran in place despite nuclear deal.
• If you like playing envoyspotting in Israel, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is flying in today. And US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter will visit next week.
Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius accepted an invitation to visit Iran. And Britain’s talking about reopening its embassy in Tehran by the end of the year.
• AP, the Washington Post and New York Times rounded up Arab reactions.
• Worth reading: The Wall St. Journal (click via Google News) examines the Arab world’s options. Which states will play along with Washington, and at what point might a Sunni nuclear deterrent emerge?
• Reuters wonders if a a Nobel Peace Prize for Iran is in the offing . . .
• There’s no breakthrough in the deal for Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter on trial in Tehran on espionage charges.
The Iran Deal: The Scrutiny and Spin
• President Obama wasted no time selling the agreement in an interview with his favorite New York Times columnist, Tom Friedman. Read Friedman’s write up or watch the full interview.
47 min VIDEO What Obama says the Nuclear Deal Means.

• Former Iranian negotiator Hossein Mousavian got Daily Telegraph op-ed soapbox to plug the agreement.
• It’s hard to see Israel preventing the agreement from getting ratified. Too many players want this agreement, and Israel activists will have an uphill fight in Congress. That’s the general assessment of AP, Dan Ephron, and Ron Kampeas.
• Israeli officials continued speaking out in press. Ambassador Ron Dermer got op-ed space in the Washington Post and appeared on CNN. Michael Herzog (a retired IDF officer and brother of opposition leader Isaac Herzog) weighed in at The Guardian. And Mark Regev appeared on CNN. Here’s Dermer:
3.55 min VIDEO 
• Once sanctions are lifted, it’ll be harder for Israel to legally justify a preemptive strike on Iran. Yonah Bob explains why:

As long as UN sanctions are in place, the legal record of Iran’s history at violating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, of UN resolutions and actions framing Iran as a violator and of the failure of those actions to stop Iran’s push for the bomb are still the narrative.
• Mitch Ginsburg and Ron Ben-Yishai remind everyone that Israel’s military option still exists.

• Here’s what else I’m reading about the Iran deal . . .
– David Horovitz: 16 reasons Iranian nuke deal is a Western catastrophe
– Dennis Ross: Iran deal leaves US with tough questions
– Nicholas Burns: US must now act to contain Iran (click via Google News)
– David Ignatius: Will Iran behave?
– Raphael Ahren: Weak inspections regime is nuclear deal’s Achilles’ heel
– Con Coughlin: Peace in our time? Not with this shoddy deal
– Yaakov Amidror: Deal makes Iran stronger
Jodi Rudoren
– Haviv Rettig Gur: Deal gives Iran bomb and bombast
– Ilene Prusher: Obama’s changing lexicon of Iran inspections
– Zalman Shoval: Post-agreement politics
– Avi Issacharoff: The day Obama awarded Iran hegemony in the Mideast
– Tal Shalev: For Bibi, the deal is just the beginning
– Benjamin Weinthal: Iran will cheat and get away with it
– Clifford May: The deal of the century
– Alan Dershowitz: Does this deal prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon?
– Michael Gerson: Obama’s Iran deal is a reckless bet
– Bret Stephens discussed the deal and what happens next in this WSJ video.

– Elie Barnavi: The best imperfect accord
– Peter Baker: Obama a peacemaker or appeaser?
– Orly Azoulay: The agreement of the brave
– Marc Lynch: Can the Iran deal be a new Camp David?
– David Sanger: Obama’s leap of faith on Iran
– Roger Boyes: This cheater’s charter has saved Iran’s skin
– Robert Satloff: Dangerous gaps after major concessions
– Morton Klein: The Iranian nuclear deal is surrender.

• Former US officials James Woolsey, Dennis Ross, Sandy Berger and retired Gen. Michael Hayden discussed the deal with PBS NewsHour.
13min VIDEO WILL THE IRAN nuclear agreement WORK? 

• Staff-eds weighed in on the agreement as well. The New York Times gave it a thumbs up, while the Washington Post and Daily Telegraph were more sober. The Times of London called it a weak deal and reckless gamble. And the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News) was surprisingly thorough and authoritatively detailed in its criticisms.
See more staff-eds in The Independent, New York Daily News, Financial Times (click via Google News), New York Post, Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Globe & Mail, Boston Globe, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Toronto Star, Philadelphia Inquirer,
Israel and the Palestinians
• An Israeli soldier was stabbed by a 15-year-old Palestinian in the West Bank community of Nahliel. The soldier’s injuries were light-to-moderate, and the girl was immediately apprehended.

Avi Mayer
• A Palestinian engineer got a 21-year jail sentence for helping Hamas boost the range of its Qassam rockets.
• Israel arrested a Palestinian suspect in last month’s murder of Danny Gonen.
• Israel’s natural gas sparks Russia’s interest
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BBC Shocker: ‘Iran Not a Threat to Israel’
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With the announcement of the Iranian nuclear deal, there’s plenty of media coverage including Israel’s reaction. BBC Newshour on BBC World Service radio interviewed Israel’s Minister of Science, Technology and Space, Danny Danon.

Danon stated that Israel was “keeping all options on the table.” The presenter asked Danon to explain. Her reaction is both shocking and disturbing (click on the image below to listen):
But you’re not under threat by Iran. Nobody in Iran has threatened you for a very long time. You’re harking back to a time when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatened Israel directly.

Just what reality is the BBC presenter living in? Only a few days ago, on July 10, Iran observed “Al-Quds Day” as reported in The Times of Israel:

Millions of Iranians took part in anti-Israel and anti-US rallies across Iran on Friday, chanting “Down with America” and “Death to Israel” on Al-Quds Day, internationally observed annually on the last Friday of the month of Ramadan.
The controversial holiday was proclaimed in 1979 by Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as a religious duty for all Muslims to rally in solidarity against Israel and for the “liberation” of Jerusalem. Tehran says the occasion is meant to express support for Palestinians and emphasize the importance of Jerusalem for Muslims….
Some protesters in Tehran burned Israeli and American flags. Posters showed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi King Salman and US President Barack Obama in flames.
And only a few days before Al-Quds Day a prominent Iranian leader threatened Israel with destruction:

“The presence of the Israeli regime is temporary,” Iranian Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani told the Hezbollah-linked Al Ahd news website. “Eventually one day this alien forged existence that has been forced into the body of an ancient nation and an historical region will be wiped off the map.”
In November last year, Ayatollah Khameini tweeted why and how Israel should be eliminated:

And what about Iran’s support for terrorist proxies that threaten Israel such as Hezbollah and Hamas, which is only likely to increase now that billions of dollars will be available to the Iranian regime as a result of sanctions relief from the nuclear deal.
The BBC’s interview with Danny Danon demonstrates a breathtaking ignorance concerning Iranian intentions towards Israel.
If this is a sign of how the BBC intends to cover the Iranian nuclear deal, then we can expect Israel’s legitimate concerns to be met with the usual BBC hostility towards Israel.
You can register your complaint with the BBC through its online complaints form, selecting World Service Radio in reference to Newshour on July 14.

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Israel Condemns Iran Deal
Israel Daily News Stream5 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. International diplomats reached a nuclear agreement with Iran which Israel opposes. See below for a roundup of what’s been disclosed and dissected. The spin games kicked off too. See HonestReporting’s critique: BBC Shocker: “Iran Not a Threat to Israel”.

Gregg Carlstrom
2. According to Egyptian media reports, several Turkish intelligence operatives in the Sinai were caught while actively helping Islamic State jihadists. The JCPA’s Jacques Neriah assesses the significance.
3. The Whitewash Continues: BBC Trust Refuses to Review Tim Willcox Appeal: Is a “senior editorial adviser” preventing the 12 members of the trust from examining Tim Willcox’s inappropriate reporting?
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• What’s known about the nuclear deal? See key provisions at the New York Times. The biggest stink may regard monitoring Iranian military sites. YNet writes:

According to diplomatic sources, the deal includes a compromise between Washington and Tehran that would allow UN inspectors to press for visits to Iranian military sites as part of their monitoring duties.
But access at will to any site would not necessarily be granted and even if so, could be delayed, a condition that critics of the deal are sure to seize on as possibly giving Tehran time to cover any sign of non-compliance with its commitments.
Anshel  Pfeffer

• Haaretz explains the agreement’s mechanism for snapping back sanctions, should Iran be suspected of cheating.
The 65-day sanction restoration process will work as follows: If a state suspects that Iran has violated the agreement, it will be able to file its complaint with an arbitration board comprising members of the six world powers, the European Union and Iran itself. The committee will have 30 days to decide whether to bring the complaint to the UN Security Council. In that case, the Security Council will have 30 days to vote on whether to restore sanctions, and has the option of extending the deliberations by five days. The Security Council decision will have to be approved by a regular majority, and no countries will have veto right on the matter.
David Rothkopf

• The White House web site posted its selling points.
• What’s on Russian minds? Out with it, Sergei Lavrov:
Russia says arms deliveries to Iran possible if approved by UN
• Bashar Assad and Hezbollah are happy campers . . .
• Israeli officials speaking out against the deal included Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, cabinet minister Naftali Bennett (on CNN), MKs Michael Oren (Time) and Yair Lapid (Huffington Post), and ambassadors Ron Dermer and Ron Prosor.
• Prime Minister Netanyahu launched a new Twitter feed in Farsi to reach out to the Iranian public. According to YNet:
Netanyahu’s office said it has not decided whether to interact with politicians on the new Twitter feed.
• For early commentary/analysis on the deal see:

– Aaron David Miller: 5 things to watch for in wake of Iran nuclear deal
– Raphael Ahren: With Iran deal in the bag, what’s Israel to do now?
– Bret Stephens: The best arguments for an Iran deal (via Google News)
– Amos Yadlin: Nuclear-hungry Iran is pulling the wool over our eyes
– Herb Keinon: Israeli military option hasn’t vanished

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– Jeffrey Goldberg: The single most important question to ask about the Iran deal
– Tom Wilson: Deal risks a nuclear domino effect across Mideast
– Dennis Ross: Outlining concerns with the nuclear deal
– Leon Hadar: Obama chose US interests over Israel ones
– Boaz Bismuth: Zarif laughs as deceit wins
– Stephen Kinzer: A step towards reimagining the Mideast

Israel and the Palestinians
• Just days after he was released, Israeli police briefly detained Palestinian hunger-striker Khader Adnan.

Adnan was detained in the Old City of Jerusalem, where he sought to attend Ramadan prayers, because Israeli restrictions barred Palestinians under 50 from attending, police said.
• Jeremy Corbyn, who is vying for the UK Labor Party leadership, was called onto the carpet over his support for Hamas and Hezbollah. Check out the feisty exchange with Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

• Memo to the International Business Times and reporter Ludovica Iaccino: Hebron’s Jewish history didn’t start in 1967.
• As Saeb Erekat assumes role of PLO’s Number 2 man, Palestinian officials deny wagging tongues that he is now the favorite to succeed Mahmoud Abbas. More at Maan News.
• India and Israel: A growing romance.
• Vanity Fair takes a closer look at French anti-Semitism through the eyes of a retired French Jewish police commissioner and one of the hostages from in the Hyper Cacher terror attack (who discloses some fascinating details about Amedy Coulibaly).
• Food for thought: The world’s not interested in the West Bank and Gaza because it’s the safest place in the world for Arabs. Amir Taheri explains:

But there are other reasons the Palestine issue has lost much of its luster for many Arabs. One reason was cited the other evening by a Jordanian businessman, Abu Furas, at a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner in London. “Today, no Arab feels safe in his country,” he said. “Ironically, the sole exceptions are Palestinians in the West Bank because they know Israel will defend them if ISIS attacks. Even in Gaza, most people secretly believe that Israel is their ultimate protection against ISIS fighters trying to strike roots in the Sinai.”
Though the idea of Arabs being saved by Israel from massacre by their own brethren sounds fantastic, events on the ground lend it some weight.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Eitan Haber: No death penalty for terrorists
– Bassam Eid: Gaza one year later: from bad to worse

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Clock Ticks Down on Nuke Talks Deadline
Israel Daily News Stream22 hours ago

Today’s Top Stories
1. I don’t know what’s happening in Vienna, but an announcement that a nuclear agreement has been reached probably won’t be in the offing by the time you read this roundup.

The talks will continue even as an agreement remains elusive. According to AP, diplomats are still snagged on A) attempts to probe Iran’s weaponization efforts, B) the lifting of a UN arms embargo, and C) Tehran’s “insistence that any U.N. Security Council resolution approving the nuclear deal be written in a way that stops describing Iran’s nuclear activities as illegal.”
Will there be an agreement, an extension, or a blowup? Every little development is being scrutinized for meaning. Stay tuned . . .
Joyce Karam

2. Haaretz: Israel agreed to discuss the West Bank situation with EU diplomats, but the agenda itself is up for discussion.
A senior official in Jerusalem said that while the EU wanted to discuss construction of settlements and steps that could threaten the two-state solution, Israel made clear it was prepared only for the talks to deal with improving the economic situation for Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip . . .
Israel’s second condition is that negotiations not deal with issues involving a permanent agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
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3. Following Islamic State’s Sinai offensive, Israel began outfitting commercial planes servicing Eilat with missile defense pods. The SkyShield system being installed on Arkia and Israir planes uses lasers and a thermal camera to deflect rockets away from aircraft.
4. Jerusalem’s Old City is not “endangered.” Please add your name to our letter demanding CNN report accurately about the holy city.
Israel and the Palestinians
• IDF military police are probing at least five senior officers over Gaza war. According to the Times of Israel:

Because the probes center around judgement calls, a fierce debate has erupted within the IDF between those who believe the incidents warrant full Military Police investigations, which can lead to criminal prosecution, and those who want the inquiries limited to operational debriefings, which are usually dealt with internally.
A senior source told Army Radio that it is unlikely that any of the officers will be indicted.
• AP: UNESCO backs Jordan as Jesus’ baptism site as debate goes on.

• Britain’s new ambassador to Israel, David Quarrey, took up his post today. Quarrey replaces Matthew Gould, the first Jew to hold the position.
Around the World
• In his first interview as director general of Israel’s foreign ministry, Dore Gold discussed Israel’s efforts to foil Iran’s nuclear agenda in a Times of Israel Q&A.

Imagine you could stop the Soviet Union in 1945 from getting nuclear weapons. Imagine you had no Cold War. That would have been a much safer and better world. You would have never had a Cuban missile crisis. You would have never had a Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. All that would never have occurred. Eastern Europe would have been free. It’s understandable how it happened, how the Cold War emerged from World War II. But here, with Iran, you have the chance to prevent it. And if you don’t prevent it, you’re setting the stage for the next global struggle.
• Tweet of the day: Eli Lake

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• Times of Israel: Hackers — likely working for the Syrian government or Hezbollah — managed to breach the computers of Israeli activists, exposing Israeli and American contacts with the Syrian opposition. Were agents working for Israel exposed?
• Iran made illegal purchases of nuclear weapons technology last month.
• An Iranian Revolutionary Guards colonel killed in Zabadani fighting.
• In Tehran, the closed door trial of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian continued. Rezaian, a dual US-Iranian national, was arrested nearly a year ago on charges of espionage.
Jon Williams
• An Israeli-Canadian woman returned to Israel after fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq against Islamic State. Gill Rosenberg described her eight months on the frontlines to YNet.
• Greece and Europe reached an agreement on a debt bailout, averting fears of a “Grexit.” This meant some good ripples for Israel, strengthening the shekel and boosting the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
sun• Worth reading: Israel’s outgoing ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, got op-ed space in The Guardian to explain why international pressure on Israel doesn’t help peace.

One troubling and recurrent theme has been that the main thing Britain can do to promote peace in the Middle East is to exert pressure on Israel.
On hearing this, I am reminded of the fable of the north wind and the sun. In their competition, the north wind fails to blow the cloak off a passing traveller no matter how hard it blows; yet the sun succeeds, by warming the traveller’s surroundings, and encouraging him to take off the cloak himself.
Recent years have yielded no shortage of wind . . .
But in fact, the Israeli people’s boldest steps towards peace have taken place when the international community has been most receptive to their concerns.
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .

– Emily Landau: Taking stock of a failed negotiation
– Reuven Berko: Nuclear negotiators addicted to self-deception
– Yonah Bob: The IDF vs. ICC in phase 2
– Khaled Abu Toameh: Why Palestinians cannot make peace with Israel
– Ben-Dror Yemini: BDS’ useful idiots at Haaretz
– Eugene Kontorovich: Can states fund BDS?
– Hussain Abdul-Hussain: Lebanon’s confused shiites

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