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Israel Arrests PA’s Jerusalem Governor

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1. Israel arrested the Palestinian Authority’s Jerusalem Governor and a second PA official.

According to Reuters, Governor Adnan Gheith and Jihad Al-Faqeeh, the PA’s head of intelligence in Jerusalem, are suspected of involvement in the abduction of a Palestinian man who the PA claims facilitated the sale of eastern Jerusalem property to Jews. That individual, whose name has not been released, is an Israeli-American national.

2. AP takes a closer look at what the Jamal Khashoggi affair means for the White House’s Mideast peace plans. President Donald Trump was counting on Saudis to help sell his “deal of the century” to the Arab world. But Riyadh’s changing explanations for the Khashoggi’s death in their Istanbul consulate make Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman increasingly radioactive.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman
3. The IDF uncovered a Hezbollah outpost masquerading as part of a fictitious environmental non-governmental organization. The Times of Israel writes:

The alleged Hezbollah observation post was located in the Lebanese town of Aadaysit Marjaayoun, less than a kilometer from the border and from the Israeli community of Misgav Am, according to the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

4. Antisemitism: Judas Slur on Jewish Voters: A columnist crosses a line by comparing a political appeal to Australian Jewish voters with the betrayal of Jesus.

In the News
• A Palestinian was shot and killed while stabbing an IDF soldier in Hebron near the Tomb of the Patriarchs this morning.

• Iran and Russia are forcing Israel into a strategic dilemma. How to deal with Tehran’s deliveries of GPS components to make Hezbollah’s rockets more accurate, while also dealing with the uncertainty of how exactly the Russians and Syrians will operate the just-delivered sophisticated S-300PM-2 missile batteries? Analysts discussed the issues with The Media Line.

• The controversy surrounding BDS activist Lara Alqasem has moved from courthouse to college. Ynet reports Hebrew U. students are divided about her presence and campus security has been boosted.

(((Barbara Mazor)))
 Now that #LaraAlqasem will attend HebrewU her classmates will create empty seats for HebrewU students  Leon Kanner and Eddie Joffe. These students won't get a chance to attend. They were murdered by the terrorist and fraudster Rasmea Odeh. Lara organized her support for Odeh.

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HAPPENING IN JERUSALEM: The students of "Standing Together" hang signs in the Hebrew University that read "Reserved for #LaraAlqasem", in Hebrew, Arabic and English. We are Jews and Arabs who denounce the attempt of the Israeli government to silence criticism towards its policies

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• A Scottish Jewish lawyer was ordered to take diversity training following a fracas with a BDS activist. Matthew Berlow, of Glasgow, told Scotland’s Herald on Sunday that he will pay the accompanying fine, but will appeal the diversity training requirement.

• President Reuven Rivlin called for ‘Reverse Birthright’ trips to improve Israel-Diaspora ties.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today:

– Yossi Yehoshua: Hezbollah sees Israel’s empty threats in Gaza
– Yaakov Lappin: New Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader ‘will seek to satisfy Iran’
– Alexander Yakobson: If Zionism were colonial, it would have ended long ago
– Herb Keinon: Jordan terminating peace treaty annexes is start of a process, not the end
– Raoul Wootliff, Adam Ragson: Dismantling ‘Isle of Peace,’ Jordan chooses hardliners over Israel ties
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: A move that spells weakness
– Avi Issacharoff: Israeli-Jordanian peace deal is strong – despite Amman’s ingratitude


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Israel Delays Plans to Evacuate Khan Al-Ahmar
Today’s Top Stories
1. Israel is delaying plans to demolish the illegally-built West Bank Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar until further notice. Israeli media reports said the government is considering an offer by the Bedouins to voluntarily move to a nearby location. Earlier this year, the High Court of Justice rejected the residents’ appeal, saying they failed to demonstrate ownership of the land, where 180 Bedouins live.

US flag2. The State Department downgraded its diplomatic mission to the Palestinians, placing its Jerusalem consulate under the auspices of the embassy. AP explains the significance of the development and why Palestinians are fuming:

The consulate had for years served as a de facto embassy to the Palestinians but will now be known as the Palestinian Affairs Unit of the embassy to Israel. It will remain in its current location, at least for now, the State Department said.

The step, which was announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, means that the Jerusalem consulate will no longer have a separate channel to Washington to report on Palestinian affairs and will no longer be run by a consul general with authorities tantamount to those of an ambassador . . . .

Typically, the head of a consulate, known as a consul general, reports to the ambassador, who has “chief of mission authority” over all U.S. posts in the country. In contrast, the consul general running the Jerusalem consulate historically had his or her own chief of mission authority. The closest comparable case to the Jerusalem situation is the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, which also has its own chief of mission who does not report to the U.S. ambassador in Beijing.

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3. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Australia to move its embassy to Jerusalem anymore. As Australian officials finish counting postal ballots cast in a byelection in the Wentworth area of Sydney, independent candidate Kerryn Phelps will hold her lead over Liberal candidate and former ambassador to Israel, David Sharma. With a significant number of Jewish voters in Wentworth, Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised to consider moving Australia’s embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The Wentworth result has bigger stakes than the embassy issue. Phelps’ victory erases the ruling Liberal Party’s one-seat parliamentary majority, pushing Australian politics into new uncertainty.

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison
4. Hyenas Publishing News Scraps Are No Laughing Matter: A Gaza rocket attack on Beersheba warrants a mere paragraph in The Times of London, yet Israeli hyenas and celebrity weddings got full attention in the following days.

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• Israel reopened its border crossings with Gaza after violence significantly decreased along the border Friday.

The IDF said a number of explosives and grenades were set off during clashes on Friday and that Palestinians broke through the fence in three locations before immediately returning to the coastal enclave, with soldiers opening fire at the suspects in one case.

However, Israeli defense officials described the demonstrations as some of the quietest since the wave of protests dubbed the “March of Return” began on March 30.

“Unlike past weeks, most of the rioters remained at a distance and did not try to reach the fence. Hamas acted for restraint on the ground,” the military said.

• Joe Truzmah wouldn’t reveal to the JNS how he tweets what he tweets about the Gaza border clashes. But in what he calls a Groundbrief, Truzmah lays out the who and how of Gaza’s Kushuk (tire) unit:

At first glance, the Kushuk Unit appears to be made up of ordinary Palestinian citizens fighting the IDF. However, a detailed look into their members revealed a structured command made up of militants and associates belonging to various factions in the Gaza Strip. There is a leader, commanders and footsoldiers who operate together as a unified group to achieve a specific goal.

• Miss Earth Lebanon was stripped of her title after posing with Miss Earth Israel. Lebanese officials withdrew their award to Salwa Akar after a photo of her and Miss Israel Earth Daza Zreik, an Israeli-Arab, spread online.

The Miss Earth web site describes itself as “channeling the beauty pageant entertainment industry as an effective tool to promote environmental awareness.”

Ofir Gendelman
 Miss Lebanon Salwa Akar who participates in the #MissEarth2018 pageant had her title revoked today in Lebanon b/c she "dared" to take this photo w/ Miss Israel.

Miss Israel Daza Zreik is an Israeli-Arab, who proudly represents her country. 

Lebanese apartheid must be condemned.

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• The Supreme Court ruled that an Israeli law barring BDS activists from entering the country didn’t apply to Palestinian American student Lara Alqasem. The 22 year-old American-Palestinian student got off to a bumpy start catching up on classes at Hebrew University after the two-week legal battle. More at the New York Times and Reuters.

• Since spy-plane downing, Russia toughens stance against Israel in Syrian skies.

• Amman announced that it will not renew annexes of the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty dealing with two parcels of land leased to Israel. Those leases are due to expire, but the Israeli government wants to negotiate an extension. Haaretz explains:

The territories in question are known in Arabic as al-Baqura and al-Ghamr, and Naharayim and Zofar in Hebrew . . .

Israel leased the land for 25 years upon the signing of the treaty. The deadline for renewing said leases of the treaty is this coming Thursday.

Naharayim is also known as the Island of Peace. More at the Times of Israel.

• New flight data suggests Iran sent Hezbollah advanced weapons to turn rockets into precision missiles.

• Invited to address the UN Security Council on Thursday, Hagai El-Ad, director of the human rights organization, B’Tselem, blasted Israeli policies towards the Palestinians. Take your pick of transcript or video (skip to 23:30). More at the Times of Israel.

El-Ad, speaking in English, drew analogies between the situation in the Palestinian territories, the American South under Jim Crow laws, and South Africa under its racist apartheid regime, noting that Palestinians have no representation in the Israeli institutions that govern their lives.
Hagai El-Ad
• Jerusalem Post: The Palestinian Authority arrested a Palestinian-US national who is accused of having a role in the sale of Arab property in eastern Jerusalem to Jews.

• Israeli security forces thwarted a terror attack in the West Bank settlement of Har Adar. A 20-year-old Palestinian was arrested with a knife inside the settlement on Saturday morning.

• An IDF military court indicted two soldiers — both in the Military Police — who are accused of stealing cash from Palestinians passing through the Qalandiya border crossing and also sexually assaulting two female tourists they were searching.

• Pressure is mounting on the New York Times to cancel its Iran “Journeys” after the paper cancelled its Saudi tours in the aftermath of the Jamal Khashoggi affair.

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Louis Farrakhan’s Antisemitic Tweet Sparks Outrage

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1. Twitter told Buzzfeed it won’t take action against antisemitic preacher Louis Farrakhan over his tweet calling Jews “termites.”

The tweet appears to violate Twitter’s proposed new policies around “dehumanizing” tweets, defined in a company blog post as “language that treats others as less than human … Examples can include comparing groups to animals and viruses (animalistic), or reducing groups to a tool for some other purpose (mechanistic).”

However, a Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News the rules have not yet taken effect, so Farrakhan’s language is not in violation of any extant policy. The spokesperson did not give a date for when the new rule would go into effect, or if it would at all. He did not address whether Farrakhan’s tweet would be in violation were the policy in effect.

 I'm not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite.

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2. Hamas and other Gaza factions had agreed to scale back border clashes before Wednesday’s rocket fire, according to Arab reports picked up by the Times of Israel:

The timeline in the report is significant, because it implies that the major Gazan factions were looking for de-escalation when an unknown faction fired two rockets at Israel early Wednesday, one of them slamming into a home in Beersheba and destroying it.

3. Twitter data shows Iranians masqueraded as foreign journalists to push political messages.

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In the News
• Following yesterday’s surge of rockets and air strikes, Israel’s security cabinet instructed the IDF to change the rules of the game moving forward. The army lifted home front restrictions on communities adjacent to the Gaza border. Hamas leaders also came out of hiding. Last but not least, Beersheva mother Miri Tamano described how she saved her children as a Palestinian rocket destroyed her house.

Hagai El-Ad
• Stoking controversy, Hagai El-Ad, executive director of the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, was due to address the UN Security Council today about the situation in the Mideast. The Times of Israel invited both Hagai El-Ad and Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, to make their cases for and against El-Ad’s address.

If this all feels like deja vu, it’s because El-Ad addressed the UNSC in 2016.

• The Australian Federal Police (AFP) were asked to investigate the leak of an intelligence document concerning the proposed relocation of Australia’s embassy to Jerusalem. The Guardian Australia obtained an Australian Security Intelligence Organisation memo warning that moving the embassy “may provoke protest, unrest and possibly some violence in Gaza and the West Bank.”

Considering that Palestinians never pass up an opportunity for a good “day of rage,” I hardly see the necessity of marking the assessment “Secret” and “AUSTEO” (Australian eyes only).

• Israeli companies to secure UN forces in Africa.

• Per the Jerusalem Post, “Police are investigating the vandalism of a cemetery belonging to the Salesian monastery Beit Jamal, located near Beit Shemesh, after its cruciform tombstones were pushed over and many of the tombs were destroyed.”

• Drip drip drip: Is the Jeremy Corbyn revolution starting to devour its own? The Jewish Chronicle reports that Jon Lansman, the founder of Momentum, which propelled to Corbyn to the top of Britain’s Labour party, said Jewish Voice for Labour’s very existence inflames tensions between the party and the Jewish community.

The JVL is made up of hard leftists who appropriated their Jewish identity to attack Israel and mainstream UK Jewry. Lansman is also Jewish.

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• Flyers promoting a talk with Israeli Druze, Arabs and Christians were defaced at the University of Houston.

• Yair Rosenberg makes the case to not kick Louis Farrakhan off of Twitter:

Because erasing hate from social media doesn’t make it go away, it just makes it easier to ignore. When Farrakhan and his supporters are out and about on Twitter, racking up retweets, getting tens of thousands of video views, and spreading bigoted calumnies, it makes it much more difficult to dismiss them as inconsequential, as so many of their apologists have attempted to do.

On a related note, Eli Lake gets tweet of the day.

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 He was only talking about the termites that support Israel. The other termites are fine and welcome to participate in the next women’s march.

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Just in from a @Twitter spokesperson: Louis Farrakhan's tweet comparing Jews to termites is not in violation of the company's policies. The policy on dehumanizing language has not yet been implemented. 

So if you want to compare Jews to rats/insects - get it in while you can!

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• Gaza’s on my mind today . . .

– Yoav Limor: A game-changing event
– Anshel Pfeffer: The rocket from Gaza that struck an Israeli home and almost caused a war
– Amos Yadlin: How to get out of the Palestinian trap
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: The storm before the storm
– Seth Frantzman: Major escalation as Gaza calculates conflict with Israel
– Daniel Siryoti: Hamas fears Egypt’s wrath
– Marc Schulman: The pressure is on Netanyahu to do something dramatic
– Yoni Ben Menachem: Hamas attack tunnels are still a serious danger

lost in thought• Here’s what else I’m reading today:

– The Australian (staff-ed): Australia stands up at the UN
– Albert Dadon: Israel’s capital in Jerusalem can be Palestinians’ great hope
– Daniel Shapiro: Why the Khashoggi murder is a disaster for Israel
– Paul Miller: No, Israel has no obligation to let in a BDS supporter
– Eytan Meir: Hebrew University crossed a redline on the Alqasem appeal
– Shoshana Bryen: UNESCO: Why the United States needs to watch out
– Yuval Rotem: Why digital diplomacy matters
– Manfred Gerstenfeld, Irene Kuruc: Antisemitic conspiracy theories proliferate in UK’s Labour party

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Tense Calm Returns to Gaza After Rockets and Air Strikes
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1. Gaza tensions sharply escalated overnight when Palestinians fired a rocket which hit a house in Beersheva. Seven people, including three children, were treated for shock. A second rocket fired at the Tel Aviv area landed in the sea. The IDF retaliated with air strikes on 20 terror targets. As this roundup was published, Egypt reportedly had brokered a ceasefire, though neither Cairo nor Jerusalem offered any corroboration.

The IDF rejected Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s joint denial of responsibility, saying only those two terror groups had the kind of Grad rocket that was fired. Beersheva schools were closed for the day and the army is examining why the Iron Dome didn’t fire an interceptor. Miri Tamano, a single mother of three whose Beersheva home was hit, appealed to the public for help.

More at the Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, Ynet and Israel HaYom.

2. Defying Washington, the UN General Assembly gave ‘Palestine’ extra rights allowing it to head a major bloc in 2019. The Times of Israel explains:

Palestine’s delegates will be able co-sponsor proposals and amendments, make statements, and raise procedural motions. They will have these extra rights for the duration of its chairmanship of the Group of 77, the largest bloc of developing nations at the UN. The Palestinians will assume the bloc’s presidency on January 1, 2019, and hold it for one year.

Palestine — which is not a member state of the UN but has observer state status — was chosen in July to head the so-called G77 plus China, a consortium now consisting of 134 nations that often speaks in one voice at the General Assembly.

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3. Let’s not hyperventilate over what are — at this point — incremental developments in Australia and Romania. (Props to Buzzfeed for best coverage of the Australian development.)

– Australia considering controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
– Australia may also recognize East Jerusalem as future Palestinian capital
– Romanian PM to consider moving embassy to Jerusalem

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• The International Criminal Court’s top prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, warned that Israeli plans to raze an illegally built Bedouin village could constitute a war crime. Last month, Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that the Bedouins failed demonstrate ownership of the land and allowed an injunction against the demolition to expire.

• According to Israeli media reports, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot met with his Saudi counterpart, Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, on the sidelines of a Washington conference.

gavel• Israel’s Supreme Court heard Lara Alqasem’s appeal against her deportation. The justices didn’t indicate when they would issue their ruling.

Alqasem, a 22-year-old American of Palestinian descent obtained a student visa from the Israeli consulate in Miami and was accepted into a graduate studies program at Hebrew University. She is free to leave Israel, but is staying in a holding facility at Ben Gurion Airport while she wages a legal battle.

• Without offering any specifics, White House envoy Jason Greenblatt told Ynet that President Donald Trump’s peace plan will “unify” the West Bank and Gaza. Greenblatt sought to debunk Palestinian claims that Trump’s yet-to-be-revealed initiative will cement the separation of the Fatah-run West Bank and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

• The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) denied reports that it banned Israel’s public broadcaster, Kan, from televising qualifying games to West Bank settlements.

• A secret Israeli-US military delegation reportedly visited Ukraine to train against Russia’s S-300 anti-aircraft system. Israeli media reports were based on Syrian and Russian reports, so take it with a heavy dose of skepticism.

• This video noted by MEMRI has me going hmmmmmm

 Fatah Revolutionary Council Member Abdel-Elah Atira: The Number of Palestinians Brought in to the West Bank and Gaza following the Oslo Accords Equals the Number of Palestinian Refugees in 1948

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• Ireland’s High Court rejected an Israeli woman’s attempt to obtain refugee status. The woman, who has not been identified, “fled Israel after being called for military service because she conscientiously objected to participating in military actions against the Palestinian people.” Irish Times coverage.

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• Attorney General: Law can distinguish between terror convicts and other prisoners as Knesset mulls legislation that would allow for the early release of certain prisoners.

Israel is expected to release 300 prisoners in line with a recent High Court ruling which said that overcrowded prison conditions infringed on prisoners’ human rights. Around 1,000 prisoners, possibly including individuals convicted of terror and other security offenses, are expected to be released when the law takes force on December 20.

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A handcuffed prisoner poses for the camera through the hole of a door cell in Israel’s Ayalon Prison complex. Photo by Nati Shohat /Flash90
• “Facebook’s Israel office has removed thousands of fake accounts ahead of the October 30 municipal election at the request of the National Cyber Directorate in the Prime Minister’s Office,” the Jerusalem Post reports.

• The Christian Science Monitor takes a closer look at a wave of Arab women running in local elections.

• Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu’s legal defense against several corruption investigations became more complicated with death of their chief lawyer, Jacob Weinroth. He was known for representing other Israeli politicians in high-profile cases. The 71-year-old Weinroth battled cancer for several months, but there were no signs of an imminent demise.

Around the World
• Drip drip drip: Police are probing attack on two Jewish protesters outside ‘pro-Corbyn’ meeting in London that left a woman hospitalized “after being repeatedly kicked in the head.”

• Drip drip drip: “A new Antisemitism Monitoring Centre set up to record and process complaints relating to Jew-hate within Jeremy Corbyn’s party has received nearly 500 submissions just a week after it was launched.”

Jeremy Corbyn
UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
• Religious hate crimes in England and Wales jumped 40 percent in the past year, according to a government report picked up by the Evening Standard and Jewish Chronicle. The stats found that 64% of all hate crimes targeted Jews and Muslims.

• Drip drip drip: ‘Free Palestine scrawled on Holocaust educational advertisement in London.

• Second Orthodox Jewish man attacked in Brooklyn in two days.

• A Berlin rally against racism featured speakers calling for Israel’s destruction and urging support for BDS. An estimated 200,000 came to the Saturday gathering, some of whom held signs with the logo of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror group.

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 They're calling it an anti-Racism March? HOW? March with turnout of over 200k people held in #Berlin to protest right-wing extremism, it featured speakers who urged the obliteration of the #Jewish state #Israel and support for the BDS Movement http://ow.ly/xuqz30mg7me 

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• Antisemitic fliers blaming Jews for assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh were found posted outside a Reno synagogue.

• Antisemitic, racist Fliers supporting the Ku Klux Klan left on On residents’ lawns in Philadelphia suburb.

Jamal Khashoggi
• Does the human rights community have the guts to launch a BDS campaign against Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi? Naaaah. Jonathan Tobin articulates why:

Nor is the human rights community – that expends so much energy trying to smear Israel as an apartheid state – likely to call for a BDS campaign against the nation that is the guardian of Islam’s holy places.

Saudi Arabia is both a cruel theocracy and a corrupt family business that is deserving of the harshest criticisms for its conduct. But the double standard by which the one Jewish state on the planet is judged differently than the rest of the world is what has inspired the BDS movement, not an abstract devotion to the principles of human rights.

• Tweet of the day goes to @ignis_fatum:

كَوْن مُوازٍ
 It seems that Hamas and the PIJ want to have it both ways. Pressure #Israel by firing rockets into Gush Dan and Be’er Sheva and then make innocent statements like nothing happened .#Gaza

كَوْن مُوازٍ
Surprising statement from the Gaza factions : “We salute the Egyptian attempts to bring calm and condemn the attempts to escalate the tensions including the rocket fire overnight” #Israel #Gaza https://twitter.com/SafaPs/status/1052438628637511682

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• Here’s what else I’m reading today:

– Ron Ben Yishai: Hamas’s dangerous games demand different kind of reaction
– Dr. Hanan Shai: Israel, Hamas fighting war of attrition
– Khaled Abu Toameh: The Palestinian battle against a plan that does not exist
– Stephen Flatow: America wouldn’t let her in, so why should Israel?
– Carly Pildis: Anti-Zionism has no place in the Progressive movement
– Gil Troy: Beware of BDS derangement syndrome
– David Shayne: Sorry, but BDS is anti-Israel – really!
– Benny Avni: Punish the Saudis — but not by rewarding Iran

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Supreme Court Justice Evades Palestinian Attack
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Justice David Mintz
1. Palestinians tried to attack Israeli Supreme Court Justice David Mintz near his home in the West Bank settlement of Dolev. According to Haaretz:

Mintz told police that the assailants blocked his car with their vehicle, and came toward him carrying hammers. He then fled the scene. The justice was not injured, and no damage was done.

It’s not clear if the Palestinians knew who Mintz was.

2. A Palestinian was killed trying to stab a soldier at a West Bank this afternoon. No Israelis were injured. The incident, which took place at a bus stop between the Ariel settlement and the Barkan Industrial Park, is the third Palestinian terror attack in eight days.

Last week, two Israelis were killed when a Palestinian employee killed workers in that industrial park; two days later, two Israelis were wounded in a stabbing attack outside a northern West Bank army base.

3. Israel completed a 12 km stretch of a security barrier along the Lebanese border.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• IDF aircraft struck a Gaza cell launching incendiary balloons on Sunday. More at Ynet.

• As expected, the High Court of Justice froze the deportation BDS activist Lara Alqasem consider her appeal after a lower court ruled against her. The 22-year-old obtained a student visa from the Israeli consulate in Miami and was accepted into a graduate studies program at Hebrew University. She is free to leave Israel, but is staying in a holding facility at Ben Gurion Airport while she wages a legal battle.

Lara Alqasem
Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-old American graduate student, arrives to the courtroom at the Tel Aviv District court on October 11, 2018. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90
• UNRWA, the cash-strapped UN agency for Palestinian refugees, has a cushy job opening. It’s looking for a director of external relations and is offering a $100,000 salary along with various nice benefits. Per the Jerusalem Post:

The position that UNRWA is advertising pays over 14 times average annual income for a Palestinian in 2017, $6960.

• Drip drip drip: Tamar Zandberg, leader of Israel’s left-wing Meretz party, denied meeting UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Zandberg’s original tweet is in Hebrew.

Raf Sanchez
 Jeremy Corbyn is so disliked in Israel that even the leader of the Left-wing Meretz party rushes to say she has never met with him: https://twitter.com/EylonALevy/status/1051453095778103297

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Leader of Israel's left-wing Meretz party vigorously rejects allegations she has met @jeremycorbyn. #vilesmear https://twitter.com/tamarzandberg/status/1051409828936060929

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• The Quneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria opened for first time in four years. It’s only used by UN observers, but it’s hoped that Druze citizens in Israel will eventually be able to use it to visit relatives on the Syrian side.

International peacekeepers were forced to evacuate their posts in 2014 when Islamist rebels captured the Syrian side of the border. A number of monitors got out in a dramatic IDF rescue.

• Israel HaYom: Israel will open an embassy in the Rwandan in 2019.

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Rwanda’s Mt. Bisoke
• New York police charged Farrukh Afzal with assault as a hate crime after he was caught on video beating up an elderly Orthodox Jewish man. The victim, 62-year-old Lipa Schwartz, said that Afzal spoke another language and that the only words he understood were “Israel” and “Allah.”

• Michele Chabin pretty much summed up my thoughts on Jackson Diehl‘s latest column.

Michele Chabin
 To say that Israel and Saudi Arabia have been destabilizing the Middle East while not even mentioning the role Iran, Iraq, Syria, Russia and the Palestinians are playing is the height of tunnel vision and bias.

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I disagree with the content, but for Diehl to write such article is interesting in and of itself  https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/trumps-middle-east-ambitions-have-been-exposed-as-misguided-fantasies/2018/10/14/5e007bc8-cd69-11e8-920f-dd52e1ae4570_story.html

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• Here’s what else I’m reading today:

– Yossi Yehoshua: An escalation at the Gaza border
– Yoni Ben Menachem: Hamas probes Israel’s defenses
– David Makovsky: Why Mahmoud Abbas thinks he’s beating Trump — and Israel
– Ariel Ben Solomon: Israel ties warming with Central Asian countries
– Zalman Shoval: If not UNRWA, there would be no Palestinian refugee problem
– Norman Bailey: The US elections and Israel


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Gaza Riots Intensify
Today’s Top Stories
1. Palestinian riots along the Gaza border intensified on Friday. “In the most serious incident, in the south of the Strip, the Israel Defense Forces said several Gazans planted a bomb by the fence. After it exploded and blew a hole in the fence, some 20 Palestinians rushed through and ran toward Israeli soldiers stationed in a snipers’ nest.” One of the seven Palestinians rioters killed was shot while attacking soldiers with a knife. More at the Times of Israel and Haaretz.

The army said some 15,000 protesters hurled grenades, bombs, firebombs and rocks at Israeli forces at various locations along the border. Hadashot reported that for the first time soldiers were also being shot at with crossbows.

If you’re wondering how we got here, be sure to watch our latest video, Gaza Truce Talks: The Breakdown.

2. A Tel Aviv court upheld an entry ban on Lara Alqasem, the US student accused of supporting BDS. But she will be allowed to remain in the country if she opts to appeal to the Supreme Court.

The judge, Erez Yekuel, found that there was “no disputing” that Alqasem from 2014-17 was a member of an organization that called to boycott Israel, and for two years was the president of its Florida campus chapter, and that the organization allegedly urged the “boycott of Israeli society” and expressed support for those who carried out activities to harm Israel.

He cited contradictions in her testimony, noted that she had wiped her social media history, and found that the state had the right to bar someone who sought to harm the country’s economy and image.

Our strength is grass roots.

3. The Jerusalem Post and Seth Frantzman examine what the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi means for Israel. Did Khashoggi’s criticism of growing Israeli-Saudi ties play a factor in his disappearance? Will Iran seize on the incident to drive a wedge between the Saudis and the West?

Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Saudi officials say the 60-year-old writer left the consulate through a rear door but Turkish authorities say there’s no surveillance footage to support that claim.

Jamal Khashoggi
Jamal Khashoggi
Israel and the Palestinians
• Settlers are suspected of killing a 47-year-old Palestinian woman in a stoning attack. Aisha Muhammad Talal Rabi, a mother of eight, succumbed to injuries when her car was pelted by stones near the Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank. More at the Times of Israel.

• The government approved a $6 million 31-unit housing complex in Hebron, the first Jewish building there in 16 years. The Jerusalem Post unpacks the complicated history of Hebron’s Hezkiyahu neighborhood, where many Jews lived before the 1929 Arab riots wiped out the city’s Jewish community.

• A Gaza terror group unveiled its incendiary ‘blimp’ bound for Israel. I think they got the idea from the famous terror blimp scene from Black Sunday . . .

Gaza group unveils first-ever incendiary blimp bound for Israel https://t.co/BAwC2oCefw

— The Times of Israel (@TimesofIsrael) October 13, 2018

• Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov to i24 News: It is “irrational” not to recognize West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “But he explained that Russia would not move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem until it could also move its mission in Ramallah to the eastern part of the contested city.”

• Critics denounced the UN Human Rights Council’s election of ‘unqualified’ new members. We’re talking about human rights luminaries like Somalia, Eritrea, Bahrain and the Philippines.

• Worth reading: Vanity Fair got exclusive access to YAMAM, Israel’s elite counterterror unit.

YAMAM’s technology, including robots and Throwbots (cameras housed in round casings that upright themselves upon landing), is dazzling to the uninitiated. But so are the stats: YAMAM averages some 300 missions a year. According to N, his commandos have stopped at least 50 “ticking time bombs” (suicide bombers en route to their targets) and hundreds of attacks at earlier stages.

Members of the YAMAM counter-terror unit in a training exercise
• Worth reading: Ynet went behind the scenes with the IDF’s tunnel hunters.

• Coexistence took a big hit when a Palestinian terrorist shot two Israelis to death at a West Bank industrial park last week. The New York Times takes a closer look at where Jewish and Palestinian employees of the Barkan Industrial Park go from here.

• Municipal elections are two weeks away. Haviv Rettig Gur takes the pulse of Jerusalem politics.

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• Drip drip drip: Dozens of Jewish journalists and anti-racism activists were barred from a UK Labour Party event in London in yet another antisemitism controversy, per The Independent.

Multiple Jewish people who had tickets to the event on Thursday evening, but who had previously spoken out about the antisemitism row that engulfed Labour over the summer, were told at the last minute that their tickets had been cancelled.

Organisers told The Independent that people had been banned because they had “previously misrepresented events, people or facts”.

• Drip drip drip: The British government is due to release statistics on antisemitic incidents in the past year. The figures are expected to rise with a probable link to Labour Party antisemitism. The Daily Mail explains:

Jewish safety group the Community Security Trust recorded 727 anti-Semitic incidents in the first half of 2018, including 34 that made specific reference to Labour.

However, the figures to be published this week are expected to provide more detail on the scale of the problem.

• Man suspected of drawing devil, setting fire at Modesto, Calif. synagogue.

• Antisemitic fans of the Chelsea soccer team will have to choose between a trip to Auschwitz or being banned from the Stamford Bridge stadium, The Sun reports.

• Jewish teens assaulted, robbed in anti-Semitic attack in France.

• Three colleges in one New York town banned a person suspected of hanging antisemitic fliers blaming Jews for allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

• The new government of Quebec plans to ban the province’s public servants from wearing kippahs and other religious symbols.

The proposed ban by the Coalition Avenir Québec government is ostensibly to make Quebec public institutions more secular and “neutral” religiously. It would bar police, prison guards, public school teachers and some others from wearing visible kippahs, turbans, hijabs and crucifixes under the possible penalty of dismissal for noncompliance.

Quebec City
Quebec City
• Tweet of the day goes to @barbyonabike, who was reacting to our own tweet about AP coverage.

Surely if armed attacks were merely a protest, then all the IDF did was stage a counterprotest.

— barbyonabike (@barbyonabike) October 14, 2018

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

– Yoav Limor: Gaza: Back to the beginning
– Elior Levy: From Gaza to Ramallah: crucial days for Israeli-Palestinian relations
– Amanda Borschel-Dan: Lara Alqasem: A pawn in the PR battle for and against BDS
– Dan Diker: Will PA-supported terrorism kill economic peace?
– Jonathan Tobin: BDS threatens the diaspora, not Israel
– Lahav Harkov: When the BDS battle lost pro-Israel US Jewry
– Talia Katz: Antisemitism run amok at the University of Michigan
– Ido Aharoni: News media bias and the information revolution
– Asaf Romirowsky: Antisemitism spreads in the United States

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IDF Destroys Cross-Border Gaza Terror Tunnel
Today’s Top Stories
1. The IDF demolished a cross-border terror tunnel that stretched 200 meters into Israeli territory. It’s the 15th such tunnel neutralized by Israel in the past year.
“This specific tunnel, in the way it was built, indicates that Hamas is trying to challenge our counter-tunnel efforts. They are changing the way they excavate in order to make it more difficult for us to detect them,” Conricus said.
The move against the tunnel wasn’t related to an accidental Iron Dome launch earlier in the day, which triggered alarms and had Israelis living in the vicinity on edge. No Palestinian rockets were fired.

Speaking of Gaza, Egypt’s efforts to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas are breaking down and could lead to war. The reasons might surprise you.
2. Judges in Tel Aviv today heard an appeal from Lara Alqasem, who has been barred from entering Israel. It’s not clear when the judges will announce their ruling. Alqasem, an American student of Palestinian descent, was prevented from entering the country because her name was on a list of people who support the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. The 22-year-old obtained a student visa from the Israeli consulate in Miami and was accepted into a graduate studies program at Hebrew University. She is free to leave Israel, but is staying in a holding facility at Ben Gurion Airport while she wages a legal battle. More on the hearing at the Jerusalem Post.

Meanwhile, 300 academics signed a letter published in The Guardian calling on Israel to lift its ban on Alqasem. Among the signatories were some heavyweight figures in the academic boycott circles. See HonestReporting’s response: Academics’ Letter Exposes BDS Hypocrisy.

Was Israel right to bar a student from entering the country over her previous support for BDS? HR’s Daniel Pomerantz discussed the issue on i24 News with former Peace Now director Yariv Oppenheimer.

3. “The University of Michigan apologized to two students who were refused letters of recommendations for study in Israel by lecturers citing their support for boycotting the Jewish state.” President Mark Schlossel and provost Martin Philbert’s letter “also addressed a university lecture that featured a speaker who compared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Adolf Hitler.”

In the News
• Two people were hurt in a stabbing attack outside an army base in the northern West Bank. Israeli security was still searching for the terrorist when this roundup was published.

• Incendiary balloons were found in Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam today.

• Two New Zealand BDS activists were ordered to pay damages over Lorde’s Israel boycott.

• For some Americans, Jerusalem’s newest pilgrimage site is the US embassy(!?)

Our strength is grass roots.
• Awfully nice of Associated Press to lump Israel together with human rights luminaries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Rodrigo Duterte.

In the United States, the Trump administration avoids strenuous criticism of human rights abuses by allies, like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel and the Philippines, or leaders it seeks to cultivate ties with, like Russia, China and North Korea.

• A French consulate employee confessed to making $12,000 by smuggling Weapons to Palestinians in the West Bank in official diplomatic vehicles.

Bezeq• Ynet reports the Israeli government is due to vote on Sunday to strip Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of his authority over the Bezeq telecom giant as police continue to investigate “the Bezeq affair.”

Netanyahu is suspected of having an understanding with Shaul Elovitch, Bezeq’s majority shareholder, in which the PM gave the telecom regulatory benefits in exchange for favorable coverage on the Elovitch-owned Walla! News.

At the time of the alleged arrangement, Netanyahu also served as Communications Minister (he resigned from that position in February, 2017). Ayoub Kara currently serves as Communications Minister, but Ynet reports that Netanyahu “holds a monopoly in the field of communications.”

• Drip drip drip: Mohammed Pappu, one of UK Labour’s rising stars, shared antisemitic posts on Facebook.

• Swedish Jewish politician’s house burnt in suspected hate crime.

• JTA: 10 American Jewish baseball players to become dual Israeli citizens to boost nation’s Olympics bid.


• Here’s what else I’m reading today:

– Yonah Jeremy Bob: Do China’s actions leave Interpol open to abuse by Palestinians?
– Michal Aharoni: On BDS, we are our own worst enemy
– Marc Schulman: Israel is damaging its image more than the entire BDS movement
– Yoni Ben Menachem: Tensions grows between the Palestinian Authority and Egypt
– Ariel Bolstein: With Russia, there’s no such thing as a free lunch
– Bassam Tawil: How Palestinians lie to Europeans
– Howard Jacobson: Corbyn’s complaint

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Defying Abbas, Israel Transfers Fuel to Gaza
Today’s Top Stories
1. Mahmoud Abbas’ intransigence is making the Palestinian Authority chief irrelevant to efforts to calm Gaza. Israel began transferring Qatari-funded fuel to the Strip without Ramallah’s consent or coordination. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Abbas of “suffocating Gaza.” More on that at Haaretz and Israel HaYom.

Meanwhile, Egypt is pressuring Abbas to get on board with Gaza talks. Cairo threatening to quit its mediation efforts if the PA chief doesn’t play ball.

2. Netanyahu tapped an American-Israeli to be the next Bank of Israel Governor. Meet Amir Yaron, a professor of banking and finance at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Yaron replaces Karnit Flug, whose five-year term ends in November.

.@Wharton professor Dr. Amir Yaron has been named the next Governor of the Bank of Israel; the @Penn economist—who holds a doctorate from @UChicago—will replace Dr. Karnit Flug, the first female head of Israel's central bank. pic.twitter.com/fWyoInIauc

— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) October 9, 2018

3. The search for the Palestinian who shot and killed two Israelis in a West Bank industrial park continued. PA security forces joined the manhunt.

The Palestinian security official said the PA has been helping Israel search for Na’alowa because it “does not support violent acts and wants to maintain security and stability” in the West Bank.

Our strength is grass roots.

In the News
• Mayor Nir Barkat’s plan to oust UNRWA from Jerusalem could face legal hurdles.

• Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit thew a monkey wrench into plans to bring 1,000 Falash Mura from Ethiopia to reunite them with family in Israel. Mandelblit told the cabinet that the Ethiopian reunification plan would make it difficult for the state to justify restrictions on Arab family reunifications.

The legal and bureaucratic complications begin with the Interior Ministry, which does not recognize the Falash Mura as Jewish, meaning the government won’t apply the Law of Return. Rather, the some 8,000 Falash Mura currently in Ethiopia need special permission to immigrate. Family reunification policies for Palestinians are more stringent amid concerns that terrorists would use it to enter Israel.

• Worth reading: Globes takes readers inside Iron Dome’s secret manufacturing plant.

Iron Dome
An Iron Dome launch in 2012
• Guides for the perplexed? The Knesset is mulling legislation to allow unlicensed tour guides for pilgrims and certain foreign groups. Critics say the bill would skew tourists’ impressions of Israel, dramatically lower industry standards and threaten the livelihoods of Israel’s estimated 5,000 active guides.

• “German politicians on Monday accused Bremen’s Senator of the Interior Ulrich Mäurer of antisemitism and urged him to resign after he said Israel executes Palestinians on the Gaza-Israel border.”

• Tweet of the day from journalist Michele Chabin:

Spotted this today in a Palestinian refugee camp. While many of the products being sold were from the West Bank & beyond, many were made in Israel. #BDS is a political tool. In reality Palestinians love – and eat – Israeli junk food. #bdsfail pic.twitter.com/DFBWGYrp8z

— Michele Chabin (@MicheleChabin1) October 9, 2018

• Here’s what else I’m reading today:

– Vivian Bercovici: The next war in the Middle East
– Yossi Yehoshua: A powder keg in the West Bank
– Dr. Reuven Berko: The same old Sinwar
– Yaakov Lappin: ‘The war between wars’: Israel vs Iran in Syria
– Moshe Koppel, Eugene Kontorovich: Why all the outrage over Israel’s nation-state law?
– Yaakov Ahimeir: Tbe travesty of Palestinian education
– Dow Marmur: Jeremy Corbyn and the insidiousness of anti-Semitism
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Manhunt Continues for Palestinian Terrorist
Today’s Top Stories
1. The manhunt continues for the Palestinian who shot to death two Israelis in yesterday’s terror attack at the Barkan Industrial Park in the West Bank. Israel identified the suspect as Ashraf Naalwa, who worked at the park. Kim Levengrond Yehezkel 28, was buried in Rosh Ha’Ayin. Ziv Hajbi’s funeral was underway in Nir Yisrael, near Ashkelon as this roundup was published.HonestReporting
 Where's the coverage? Two Israelis brutally murdered yesterday in a horrific terror attack by a Palestinian at the Barkan industrial zone. Yet there's nothing in @Independent @Telegraph @thetimes @BBCWorld. Don't Israeli victims of terror count for the UK media?

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2. Israel’s national broadcaster, Kan, is on the brink of losing its rights to broadcast the the next Union of European of Football Associations (UEFA) championship and the 2022 World Cup. According to Israeli media reports:

The reason: UEFA’s demand that Kan will not broadcast the games to Israeli citizens living beyond Israel’s 1967 lines, namely the West Bank. Kan won a bid for the rights to broadcast the games in both Hebrew and Arabic in late 2017.

Citing people within Kan, Yedioth reported UEFA’s demands are a result of a Qatari company acquiring the rights to broadcast the games in the Middle East and North Africa, including the Palestinian territories. This includes any Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

3. Examining the failure of talks trying to calm the Gaza situation, analysts told The Media Line that PA chief Mahmoud Abbas has no intention to ease up on Hamas. According to Israeli media reports, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the cabinet yesterday that Israel is preparing for a military offensive for the likelihood that humanitarian conditions and border clashes will spiral out of control. Props to Australia’s ABC News for a thorough and balanced look at the situation.

4. New York Times: ‘Israel Says’ a Terror Attack Happened: Why did a headline cast doubt on a terror attack when the report itself asserted all the facts?

Our strength is grass roots.

In the News
• A third victim recuperating from the deadly terror at the Barkan industrial park, 54-year-old Sarah Vettori, shared her story for the first time:

Vettori said she never though such a thing could happen but admits that it most likely will not be the last incident of this nature.

“I’ve worked with Arabs for many years, and I’m not afraid. Unfortunately this is not the first and not the last time something like this happens. If he would have found me, I would not have been here. To my relief, he was in shock and did not even look under the table,” she added.

Facebook blood• Shedding light on Naalwa’s motives, the New York Times adds:

The Israeli military and the Israeli security agency known as Shin Bet said they had determined the assault was a terrorist attack, while allowing that the assailant may also have had personal motives.

The Israeli authorities pointed to a message on Facebook that the suspect had apparently posted before the attack as one indication that he was not out only for personal vengeance. According to the Israeli news media, he suggested in the post that he had been called by Allah.

• Since opening in 1982, the West Bank’s Barkan Industrial Park has been a symbol of Israeli-Palestinian coexistence, where roughly 7,200 Israelis and Palestinians work side by side. What does yesterday’s terror attack there mean for coexistence there and in the West Bank’s other 19 industrial parks? The Times of Israel visited Barkan.

Amjad Mughar, who has been working at Barkan for the past three years, expressed concern over what he expected to be an increase in daily security checks of Palestinian workers, as well as the possibility that he might lose his work permit altogether.

“I don’t know how I will be able to support my six kids without this job. I really don’t know why someone would do something like this,” Mughar added.

According to Moshe Levran, who works as an export manager at Twitto Plus, one of the Barkan factories, “The Palestinian employees are more distraught over the incident than the Israelis ones are.”

• Outgoing Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat discussed with the Associated Press his plans to remove UNRWA — the UN agency supporting Palestinian refugees — from the city.

• White House envoy for Jason Greenblatt told the Times of Israel that the US won’t propose an Israel-Jordan-Palestinian confederation.

• Sappers neutralized an incendiary balloon found in a settlement north of Jerusalem on Monday.

• A new wave of Democrats tests the party’s blanket support for Israel.

• Sara Netanyahu’s trial kicked off yesterday with 45 minutes of pre-trial arguments over procedural matters. Judge Avital Chen scheduled the next pre-trial hearing for November 13. I’m not clear if the month between hearings reflects A) the judge’s hope that the PM’s wife and prosecutors can still settle their issues without a trial, B) delay tactics by one side or the other, C) an overworked legal system, or D) all of the above.

Mrs. Netanyahu and an employee of the Prime Minister’s Office are accused of fraudulently spending $100,000 in state funds to pay for catered meals. The Prime Minister’s wife maintains her innocence. The Jerusalem Post takes a closer look at what happened in the courtroom, what didn’t, and what’s next.

Sara Netanyahu
• Former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz has become the wild card of Israeli politics. A poll concluded that if he founded a party — presumably centrist — it would take 12 parliamentary seats, mostly at the expense of Yesh Atid and Zionist Union. In either scenario, Likud would take the most overall Knesset seats.

• The cabinet approved a plan to reunite 1,000 Ethiopian Falash Mura with their relatives in Israel. But for Ethiopians already in Israel, the government’s move won’t go far enough. The JTA adds, “There are some 8,000 Falash Mura in Ethiopia awaiting permission to immigrate to Israel, most of whom have some family members in Israel.”

Ethiopian Jews
Israelis who immigrated from Ethiopia hold up family photos of loved ones who remain in Ethiopia during a protest to bring the rest of the Falashmura in Jerusalem, on March 12, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
• Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman got op-ed space in the Jerusalem Post to weigh in on Khan al-Ahmar. I think it’s a signal that Israel will soon move to evacuate the illegally-built Bedouin village near Jerusalem.

• The Balata refugee camp and the new Palestinian city of Rawabi are 24 km apart. Joelle Fiss wonders how the camp’s gritty poverty and the city’s shining opulence of coexist.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today:

– Moshe Arens: The real issue behind the downing of the Russian plane
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Israel and Russia – back to the future
– Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror: Israel and Russia: Common objectives, separate interests
– Amos Yadlin: The critical security challenges Israel has to face
– Uri Heitner: Don’t fight Abbas’ battles
– Elior Levy: Hamas testing the limits, Abbas intransigent
– David Aaronovitch: Has British Jewry’s stand against antisemitism increased it?

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Israel Cabinet Minister to Visit Abu Dhabi?
Today’s Top Stories
1. Despite the absence of diplomatic ties with the United Arab Emirates, Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev may accompany Israeli judokas at an upcoming tournament in Abu Dhabi. According to Israeli media reports, “Regev’s attendance at the event is contingent upon the necessary security arrangements being made by the Shin Bet security agency and the UAE.”

The competition kicks off on October 27.

2. Hamas’ Gaza strongman, Yahya Sinwar granted his first interview to an Israeli paper, Yedioth Ahronot. Ynet and La Republicca published excerpts of the Q+A with Italian journalist Francesca Borri. Both papers will publish the full interview tomorrow. Coincidentally or not, Sinwar was also extensively profiled by the the Daily Telegraph in a 3,200-word piece worth reading. Here’s the key snippet drawing the most buzz. Draw your own conclusions.
Why did you decide to give this interview now, to an Israeli newspaper no less?
Because now I see a true opportunity for change . . . .
A new war is in no one’s interest, certainly not our interest. Who really wants to confront a nuclear superpower with four slingshots? War doesn’t achieve anything.

Meanwhile, the IDF sent reinforcements to the Gaza border as Palestinian clashes have intensified in recent weeks.
Yahya Sinwar
Hamas’ Gaza strongman Yahya Sinwar
3. Per the JTA, “French authorities reportedly have suspended their insistence on special labeling for West Bank products following a lawsuit alleging that the practice is discriminatory.”
Our strength is grass roots.
Our strength is you.

In the News
• Qatar agreed to finance fuel for Gaza’s sole power plant:

Gaza now gets around four hours of electricity a day. The Qatari aid, estimated to be tens of millions of dollars, aims to raise the average to eight hours a day.

• Ynet reports that the pollution from burning tires during Palestinian border clashes is creating health risks that Israel can’t ignore:

Residents of Kerem Shalom, and particularly young children, have been suffering from breathing difficulties and vomiting caused by the burning tires smoke.

Representatives of the Environmental Protective Ministry arrived at the community several days ago to carry out several air quality monitoring tests, finding unusually high levels of air pollution both outside homes and inside them . . .

Some of the air pollution is also caused by the crowd dispersal measures the IDF uses against the Palestinian rioters.

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Palestinians burning tires along the Gaza-Israel border in April, 2018.
• German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visited continued with talks with Israeli leaders, a wreath-laying at Yad Vashem, and an honorary doctorate at Haifa University. More at the Jerusalem Post. On a related note, Minister of Finance and Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz discussed sanctions on Iran and Israeli-German relations with Globes.

• Israel is likely to extend the secrecy of some Independence War documents for 20 more years. Haaretz explains why:

The extension is intended to prevent the exposure of intelligence sources and methods that are still in use today by security forces. The archives also include information that was received from foreign sources under the condition that it would not be released . . .

• Worth reading: The Christian Science Monitor takes a closer look at Palestinian participation in Jerusalem’s upcoming municipal elections. Voters in cities and regional councils across the country go to the polls on October 30.

• “Political leaders in Britain’s Labour Party have been informed by legal counsel that their party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, could be hit with U.S. sanctions for his multiple dealings with the terror group Hamas, according to a copy of a U.K. legal review obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.”

• NASA signed a deal with Israel Space Agency for the Jewish state’s first lunar mission.


• The number of women in senior IDF roles continues to climb.

• By royal order, Morocco will introduce Holocaust studies into the country’s education system.

• Bottom story of the day: Thai sex hotel sparks Jewish outrage with bizarre Nazi-themed room decorated with swastikas and huge murals of Adolf Hitler overlooking the bed.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today:

– Ron Prosor: Why didn’t we stop funding UNRWA years ago?
– Sean Durns: Once again, the media whitewashes antisemitism around the world
– Ron Ben-Yishai: Iran’s strike in Syria is a warning to the West and Gulf states
– Richard Landes: Revisiting Netzarim Junction and the birth of fake news
– Dave Rich: Jeremy Corbyn has lit a fire of Jew-hate that is now beyond his control

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UNRWA Evacuates Staffers From Gaza
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1. UNRWA, the UN agency supporting Palestinian refugees, evacuated most of its international staff from Gaza to Israel. The personnel from overseas were threatened and harassed by the UNRWA’s Palestinian employees, disgruntled by budget cuts and layoffs. One of UNRWA’s foreign workers still in Gaza described to the Times of Israel the incident that prompted their hasty exit from Gaza, and how the agency is operating for now. See Hillel Neuer‘s take:

If even the most ardent advocates in the world of the Palestinian narrative had to flee Gaza due to death threats from their Palestinian employees, how can those same figures deny to Israelis the right to defend themselves from Gaza's Hamas-led terrorists attacking their border? https://t.co/zUrcZTjfkU

— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) October 2, 2018

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2. German chancellor Angela Merkel is due to arrive in Israel today. According to Israeli media reports which the German embassy in Israel subsequently denied, Merkel threatened to cancel her visit if Israel makes any move to evacuate the illegally built West Bank Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar before her arrival. Last month, the High Court of Justice ruled that the Bedouins failed demonstrate ownership of the land and allowed an injunction against the demolition to expire.

The Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel and Haaretz preview what’s in store for Merkel’s meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel
3. Doubling down on previous antisemitic tropes, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad insisted that Jews are indeed “hook-nosed,” asserted that six million Jews weren’t killed in the Holocaust, and blamed Israel for everything wrong in the Mideast. Backstory at the Times of Israel. Here’s the full BBC Hardtalk interview.

4. An Irish Teacher’s Harsh Unreality: Daire Louise O’Dowd is entitled to her opinions, however misguided and hateful they may be. She is not, however, entitled to spread lies and half-truths.

5. Video: Why is the US cutting aid to Palestinian refugees? Here’s what you need to know.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Associated Press: “The Palestinian Authority filed a case Friday with the United Nations’ highest court asking its judges to order Washington to remove the recently relocated U.S. embassy from Jerusalem.”

• Palestinian Islamic Jihad elected a new leader, and in the process, strengthening Iran’s influence over the Gaza-based terror group. Ziad al-Nakhalah replaces Ramadan Shalah, who is said to be comatose.

• Israel arrested two West Bank Palestinians suspected of planning terror attacks for Hamas.

• If you haven’t already seen Netanyahu’s address to the opening session of the United Nations (see video or transcript), he disclosed for the first time the existence of a secret atomic storehouse in Tehran for storing what he called “massive amounts of equipment and materiel from Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program.” and called for inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency. (IAEA chief Yukiya Amano dismissed the PM’s call.)

Netanyahu reportedly sought to reveal an additional site, but the Israeli security establishment recommended against it.

• Emboldened by civil war gains, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem told the UN that Damascus will recapture the Golan too. Just how seriously should Israel take the threat?

• UN Secretary-General to UNESCO: Denying Israel’s right to exist is antisemitism.

• South Africa quietly returned its ambassador to Israel. Ambassador Sisa Ngombane was recalled to Pretoria four months ago in protest against IDF activities in response to violent Palestinian protests along the Gaza border. Times of Israel coverage.

• Here’s a Muslim majority country actually fishing for Israeli recognition: Kosovo says it would move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem — if it had one.

Israel’s decision to not recognize Kosovo was based in part upon its own fears that Palestinians would use Kosovo to justify their own independence, the Jerusalem Post reported at the time. However, politicians in both countries have spoken warmly of their ties and hopes for a new relationship in the future.

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Rugova Canyon in western Kosovo
• Do Arabs view Ahed Tamimi as an icon of Palestinian “resistance,” a ditzy teenager, or an “agent” of Israel? It depends on which Arabs you ask. (See Dr. Eitan Orkibi, who describes Tamimi’s “victory lap around Europe” as blonde-washing terrorism.)

Mideast Matters
• Iran fired six ballistic missiles into an Islamic State-held area of Syria in retaliation for a deadly attack on a military parade in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) made sure to paint “death to America,” “Death to Israel,” and “Death to al-Saud” on the missiles. The missiles flew 570 km, crossing over northern Iraqi airspace.

Slogans written on the missiles launched by #Iran today according to Iran State TV :

“Down with USA”
“Down with Israel”
“Down with the house of Saud”


— Nafiseh Kohnavard (@nafisehkBBC) October 1, 2018

• France froze assets of Iran’s intelligence service linked to a foiled bombing attack in a Paris suburb. The attack on a gathering of Iranian opposition figures in June was thwarted thanks to the Mossad tipping off French, German and Belgian officials.

• “German special police forces arrested a Syrian man last week in a central street in Berlin on suspicion of planning to carry out a chemical attack on Israel, according to local media.”

WhatsApp• Per Ynet, picking up on Arab reports: “Thousands of residents of the Dahieh suburb south of Beirut, an area controlled by Hezbollah, received anonymous mobile phone notifications warning them they live in close proximity to a Hezbollah weapons storage compound that has the potential of exploding at any moment, the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported on Wednesday, implying Israel is responsible for incident.”

• Hezbollah’s growing partnership with the Lebanon’s army provides operational cover.

• Iranian authorities, detained three people after photoshopped images of Israeli soldiers were mistakenly put up on an Iranian billboard commemorating “Defense Week.” According to the Jerusalem Post:

The billboard depicted three Israeli soldiers, photoshopped from a photo by Timon Studler that had been uploaded onto the Unsplash.com website. The image was cropped to remove a female IDF soldier. However, the person who made the poster neglected to notice that the soldiers had M-16s – rifles the Iranian army is not equipped with.

The billboard in #Iran's #Shiraz caused an uproar among #Iran social media users,citizens&the poster was taken down.
Billboard in Shiraz meant to commemorate the country’s 8-year-long war with Iraq featured images of soldiers from the #Israel Defense Forces. 
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— Mete Sohtao?lu (@metesohtaoglu) September 28, 2018

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• A Spanish journalist working in Jerusalem was arrested for the hit-and-run death of Chaim Tukachinsky, a pianist, composer and conductor. What initially seemed to be a tragic story of drunk driving became way more complicated, according to Israeli media reports.

The journalist, Julio de la Guardia, worked as a foreign correspondent for a series of Spanish outlets. He was kicked out of Israel in 2011 after he hit his wife in a domestic dispute, seriously injuring her, the television report said, citing Foreign Ministry officials.

It was not immediately clear why de la Guardia, 51,was reissued a new work visa and allowed to return to Israel.

The report said that during the investigation into the accident it had been discovered that the reporter had also been working for a Spanish-language Iranian TV company under an assumed name.

Here’s a glimpse of Tukachinsky’s talent.

• Seeking to narrow the gender gap in Tel Aviv city hall, a first-ever all-female list is running to balance out the city council. Shelly Harel, leader of Halo, told the Jerusalem Post, “Only eight of the 31 city council members are female and none of them lead a party.”

Meanwhile, Rachel Azaria and Zippi Brand Frank “dropped out of the upcoming Jerusalem and Tel Aviv races respectively” which means no women are left in either city’s mayoral campaign. More on that at The Media Line. Municipal elections across Israel will be held on October 30.

• The IDF comptroller was ordered to investigate the military’s readiness for war. The move comes after a disagreement within the military brass about the IDF’s preparedness for conflict went public earlier this year. See Jerusalem Post coverage and Zev Chafets‘ commentary.

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• Police to question Netanyahu on Friday in graft probes.

• Israel to invest NIS 4 billion in garbage treatment.

• Two people were died at an outdoor rave in the Upper Galilee. Police suspect at least one of the deaths was due to a drug overdose, Haaretz reported.

Around the World
• Drip drip drip: Plenty of controversy at the UK Labour party’s national conference. Jewish delegates arrived with bodyguards. Marxists openly distributed material explaining “Why Israel is a racist state.” Plenty of Palestinian flags were waved. A Jewish event on the sidelines of the conference was cancelled after someone called in what turned out to be a phony bomb threat. See Anshel Pfeffer‘s account of the proceedings.

Meanwhile, party leader Jeremy Corbyn stoked more anger by praising antisemitic poet Ernest Jones and being photographed with an activist who wants Holocaust denial to be treated as free speech. And in a Channel 4 interview, Corbyn repeatedly refused to say whether he regretted working for Iran’s Press TV. Corbyn received “up to £20,000 for five appearances between 2009 and 2012.” Backstory at the Times of Israel.

Jeremy Corbyn is asked four times if he regrets working for Press TV – Iran's state funded broadcaster. pic.twitter.com/732Z2GlTtX

— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) September 25, 2018

• Drip drip drip: A poll picked up by the Times of London suggests Labour’s antisemitism problem will cost the party one million votes in Britain’s next elections.

• Drip drip drip: Corbyn says his Labour government “will recognise an independent state of Palestine as soon as we take office.”

• Jewish Chronicle: UK to ban Hezbollah political wing.

• Ireland’s public broadcaster, RTE, won’t punish staff refuse to attend — on “conscientious grounds” — the upcoming Eurovision song competition in Tel Aviv. According to the Jerusalem Post:

RTE said it did not believe any member of its staff had ever protested a Eurovision in the past. In 2012, the contest was held in Azerbaijan, and in 2009 it was held in Russia – both countries with questionable records on human rights.

• Per the JTA, “A letter from 55 U.S. House of Representatives Republicans to President Donald Trump asks him to direct the State Department to allow U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their birth country on their passport.”


• If Spain recognizes Palestine as a state, would Israel recognize an independent Catalonia?

• German court powerless to stop Kuwait Airways anti-Israel policy.

• An Israeli student at Columbia U. says she’s being bullied by a Palestinian group, and the administration is failing to protect her.

• A Manhattan sukkah was vandalized with the words “Free Gaza.” Police are investigating it as a hate crime.

They continue to tell me that Israel hatred and Jew hatred are not the same thing.. They are wrong!

A sukkah was vandalized overnight in New York City. Disgraceful! pic.twitter.com/iAixoAI56K

— Leibel Mangel (@LeibelMangel) September 30, 2018

• A secret recording from 2013 surfaced in the Polish media of current Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki slamming ‘greedy’ Jewish, American hedge fun owners.

• Guess what hit the fan: Angered by a hair salon’s swastika logo, Taiwanese protesters urinated and defecated in front of the store.

• Hmmmmm. Per The Guardian, “The British newspaper industry’s trade body has said the government should force social media sites such as Facebook and Google to pay an annual financial levy to fund journalism, and set up a regulator that would force them to take legal responsibility for all the content on their platforms.”

Israeli Air Force• If you’re trying to make sense of Israeli and Russian head space over Syrian air space, here are a few questions: Does Putin have any reason to give up his leverage on Israel? Has Moscow ever had a crisis it didn’t try to exploit? Is the S-300 threat due to it’s power, or because it’ll be manned by Russians?

Is ugly antisemitism a factor in Russia’s reaction, the lies in its defense ministry report, or fears of the pro-Israel lobby penetrating “all the administrative structures of the Russian Federation, plus the mass media, plus the oligarchs, etc.”?

Further, can the US make Russia back off in the Middle East? And would Trump save Israel in the next war?

• A column in Germany’s most widely read newspaper, called for an end to trade with Iran in order to protect Israel. The Jerusalem Post picked up on a blunt commentary by Julian Ropcke, the foreign policy editor of Bild (German).

• In the name of peace, it is time to accept Israel’s possession of the Golan Heights, argue Spain’s former national security advisor Rafael Bardaji and Col. Richard Kemp, who commanded British forces in Afghanistan.

• UK Labour pains made for plenty of spilled ink and burnt pixels. For a a sense of what they’re saying, see Eve Garrard, Ronald Lauder, Robert Philpot, Margaret Hodge, Colin Shindler, Daniel Finkelstein, Gisela Stuart and Tom Gross.

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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas
• Peace processing:
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Dealing with Iran must come first
– Ron Prosor: Forcing Iran’s allies to face the truth
– Avi Issacharoff: Cornered by US and Israel, Abbas could pull plug on Gaza — and start a war
– Benny Avni: Abbas says no to peace
– Vivian Bercovici: No hope for Mideast peace if the Palestinians won’t renounce terrorism
– Abdulrahman al-Rashed: Closing down Palestinian embassy in Washington: End of the cause?
– Orly Azoulay: Trump’s UN speech was the worst thing for Israel
– Marc Schulman: Why Donald Trump is dangerous for Israel
– Oren Liebermann: Trump’s new position on two-state solution won’t budge Israelis or Palestinians
– Colin Rubenstein: Trump should encourage a more conciliatory Palestinian leadership
– Bassam Tawil: Israel’s ‘nationality’ law and Palestinian lies

• Credit to Netanyahu for raising the alarm on Iran. But as Einat Wilf points out, the last few days have been lousy for anyone trying to make a splash with American public opinion.

I Must admit that at this very moment, I am much more gripped by terror watching the testimony of #ChristineBlaseyFord knowing that what she describes remains a clear and present danger faced by every girl, than learning of yet another nuclear facility somewhere in Iran.

— Dr. Einat Wilf (@EWilf) September 27, 2018

• Here’s what else I’m reading:

– Asaf Romirowsky: Normalizing antisemitism
– Yoram Ettinger: American aid to Israel is a sound investment
– Michael Makovsky, Charles Ward: Beating back Iran’s aggression by supporting Israel
– Emily Schrader: Qatar’s cynical PR strategy: AJ+
– Mohammed Samhouri: The Gaza disengagement: Personal reflections on a missed opportunity

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Russian Jet Downed in Syria: Was Israel to Blame?
Today’s Top Stories
1. Syria accidentally shot down a Russian aircraft during an air strike attributed to Israel and France. Despite some initial harsh words against Israel from Russia’s Defense Ministry, Russian President Putin overruled that position, stating that he does not blame Israel.  Meanwhile, the head of Israel’s Air-Force is heading to Moscow to present findings. 
Part of what makes the situation so complex is that both Russia and Iran are supporting the Assad regime. This occasionally puts Israel in the position of needing to attack Iranian weapons or infrastructure located in areas that Russia may be defending. So far, close coordination between Israel and Russia have helped to prevent mishaps and confrontations.
2. Initial reports indicated that the family of Khalil Yusef Ali Jabarin, the terrorist who murdered  Ari Fuld last week, had already received an initial cash reward from the Palestinian Martyrs Fund. A subsequent story by Times of Israel indicated that this was not the case, however a spokesman for the Palestinian Prisoner Affairs’ Commission clarified:
The [Jabarin] family would be eligible to receive a monthly salary of NIS 1,400 ($390), if their son is not freed by Israel and it completes all the necessary documents…We are not bashful or secretive about our support for our prisoners.
The Palestinian Martyrs Fund is particularly relevant in light of recent US decisions to cut funding to Palestinian aid. HR’s Senior Editor Daniel Pomerantz addressed the topic in The Federalist.
Meanwhile, The editors of The Weekly Standard wrote this damning critique of “the Palestinian Death Cult.”
3. A Yom Kippur terror attempt: according to Israeli police, a Palestinian man ran at a Jewish pedestrian near Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday evening and knocked him to the ground. The would-be attacker then ran at nearby Israeli police officers waiving a sharp object. The officers opened fire,  killing the attacker.
4. A  virtual reality exhibit of a Palestinian living room at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem is intended to help build understanding. Yet even in a story meant to convey something positive, The Guardian still manages to twist the reality.
5. Ahed Tamimi on France 24 accuses Israelis of being brainwashed and taught to hate. Yet it is Tamimi herself who has been abused, victimized, fed with hatred and brainwashed.
Israel and the Palestinians
• A widely published story that Israel killed an  11 year old Palestinian boy on the Gaza border appears to be untrue. It seems the boy may have actually died when Palestinian rioters threw a rock which struck him. This calls to mind a event last May in which Hamas’s Ministry of Health accused Israel of killing an eight month old baby girl, only to later find that the story was untrue.
• After a failure of Egyptian mediated cease-fire talks Hamas is now intensifying its violent campaign  on the Gaza border resulting in numerous Palestinian deaths.
The media seem committed to describing the violence with the misleading word, “protests.” I can’t help but wonder, is there any other place in the world where media would refer to throwing grenades and other explosives  as a “protest?”
• After ten years of legal battles, Israel’s Supreme Court has authorized the destruction of Khan al-Ahmar, home to Bedouins of the Jahalin tribe, near the settlement Kfar Adumim, in Area C of the West Bank (Judea/Samaria). The town was built without permits, and Israel has made several attempts to relocate the community to an alternate site. Nonetheless, the impending demolition has caused debate in Israel and criticism abroad.
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Around the World
•Citing BDS as the reason, University of Michigan Professor John Cheney-Lippold rescinded his offer to write a letter of recommendation after he realized the student wished to spend a semester in Israel.  The Anti-Defamation League denounced Cheney-Lippold on Monday evening, with the organization’s CEO calling on the University of Michigan to make clear that it does not support his actions. Credit to high school oriented Zionist organization Club Z for picking up the story, which has since gone viral.
•  British PM Theresa May warns Jeremy Corbyn:
You’re not tackling racism if you’re not tackling anti-Semitism,
• This Daily Mail headline needs no further explanation:
Corbyn scores an own goal! Labour leader demands boycott on [soccer team] Arsenal FC – who he supports – over club’s Israeli tourism sponsorship deal
• Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar has said he will raise concerns about human rights, including the need to decriminalise homosexuality in Palestine, when President Mahmoud Abbas visits this coming weekend. (“Palestine” is the phrasing used by the Irish government.)
• Regarding criticism of the demolition of Bedouin town Khan al-Ahma, Naftali Bennett says, “It’s all about poking Israel in the eye politically.”
•Ben-Dror Yemini: The double standard of the ICC
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
–If You Can’t Mourn Ari Fuld, You Are An Accomplice in His Murder – Lt.-Col. (res.) Peter Lerner
–Mahmoud Abbas Has Fresh American Blood on His Hands – Bassam Tawil
–How Feasible Is a Long-Term Truce with Hamas? – Yaakov Lappin
–How Not to Make Palestine Great Again – Shalom Lipner

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Did Mahmoud Abbas Incite Murder of Ari Fuld?

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1. Is there a connection between Mahmoud Abbas’ incitement and Sunday’s murder of Ari Fuld? Bassam Tawil and Mark Halawa call out the PA chief for accusing Israel of (once again) plotting to move on the Temple Mount. Tawil, a Palestinian scholar, goes so far as to argue that Abbas has “fresh American blood on his hands.”

In a speech before the PLO Executive Committee in Ramallah on September 15, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas repeated the old libel that Israel was planning to establish special Jewish prayer zones inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Abbas claimed that Israel was seeking to copy the example of the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, where Jews and Muslims pray in different sections.

Abbas did not say what his lie was based on. He also did [not] provide any evidence of Israel’s ostensible plot against the Al-Aqsa Mosque . . .

Hours after reports were published of Abbas’s allegation, a 17-year-old Palestinian from the town of Yatta in the southern West Bank fatally stabbed Ari Fuld, a 45-year-old Israeli-American citizen and father of four, in a shopping center in Gush Etzion, south of Bethlehem.

According to Palestinian terrorist groups, the terrorist, Khalil Jabarin, decided to murder a Jew in response to Israeli “crimes” against the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular and Islamic holy sites in general.

In other words, the terrorist was influenced by Abbas’s incitement, and this is why he decided to set out on his deadly mission. There is no doubt that the terrorist saw the reports quoting Abbas’s claim that Israel was planning to allow Jews to pray inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas repeated an old libel, on Saturday, saying:

“Israel plans to establish Jewish prayer inside the Aqsa mosque, in the same fashion done in Hebron”

- All pro-Hamas twitter accounts are calling for violence citing Abbas’ remarks.

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2. Israel and Turkey have been holding backchannel talks to restore ties that were all but severed in May during violent Gaza clashes, according to Israeli media reports.

According to a report Monday in the daily Yedioth Ahronoth, if the latest talks bear fruit, both governments expect to return their respective ambassadors after the Jewish holiday season, or roughly in early October, some five months after the spat — the latest in a series of diplomatic crisis spanning years.

3. After closing the Palestinian mission office in Washington, the US revoked the visa of Palestinian envoy Husam Zomlot and his family, and reportedly froze all PLO bank accounts in the US.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• Thousands of Israelis gathered in Gush Etziyon to lay Ari Fuld to rest in a late night funeral. Fuld, a 45-year-old Israeli-American, was murdered by a Palestinian stabber yesterday. See Times of Israel and Ynet coverage of the funeral.

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 All terror attacks are tragic, but some hit closer to home than others. Ari Fuld, who was murdered this morning, was a pillar in the Anglo (English-speaking) community in Israel. Just about everyone I know is in shock.

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Here is Ari with his wife and four children. 
Baruch Dayan HaEmet. May his family receive the comfort that only the God of Israel can provide. And may their (and our) memories of Ari always be for a blessing.

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• The IDF raided the Hebron-area home of Khalil Jabarin, who murdered Fuld. As for reports that Jabarin’s parents alerted police, the Times of Israel reports that before the attack, the PA may not have treated the matter more seriously because the mother and father gave conflicting warnings to Palestinian and Israeli security personnel.

When asked if the PA security forces informed their Israeli counterparts that Jabarin had gone missing, the official said that the father had only informed them that his son had disappeared and not that he was planning to carry out an attack.

“All we knew was that the boy had run away. So we did not inform the Israeli side,” the Palestinian official said. “We did not know he was planning to carry out a stabbing.”

Jabarin’s mother, however, went to the nearby Meitar checkpoint in the southern West Bank and told soldiers, at approximately the same time the stabbing took place, that her son planned to commit an attack, according to the Israeli army.

She did not provide specific details about where or when she believed Jabarin would carry out an attack, the army said.

• Sadly, Fuld’s murder wasn’t news in the UK . . .

 How much coverage in the online UK press of the horrific terrorist murder of Ari Fuld? None in @BBCNews @Independent @guardian @Telegraph @thetimes. Apparently the slaughter of an Israeli "settler" doesn't count for UK editors.

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• Clashes broke out after an IDF bus accidentally entered the Qalandiya refugee camp on Sunday evening. The bus was quickly surrounded by Palestinians who pelted it with stones. Three soldiers and a border guard were injured. The military is investigating why the bus entered the camp, which is located north of Jerusalem.

• Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will miss a number of UN meetings over Sukkot scheduling clash. The PM is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

• Trump administration officials are reportedly angry at US Jews for not cheering the Jerusalem embassy move.

• Israel marked the 30th anniversary of its first orbital launch by releasing threatening spy satellite photos of Bashar Assad’s Damascus palace and other sites in Syria.

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Bashar Assad’s presidential palace in Damascus, photographed by Israel’s Ofek 11 spy satellite.
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• The high-speed Jerusalem-Tel Aviv rail link is a week away from its planned opening, but Globes reports it still hasn’t received the required safety approval:

[Independent Safety Assessor] is an international standard that is essential for commercial operation of a passenger train service. Approval could still come at the last minute in the coming week. If it is not given in time, however, it is not clear what will happen and whether it will be decided to again postpone the opening of the line.

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View of the train and railway during a test drive of the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv express train in central Israel on January 16, 2018. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90
• Inquiring minds want to know: Which top Israeli official was a foreign agent in the Paul Manafort case?

Around the World
• A Spanish court annulled a municipality’s resolution “banning any association or economic agreement with Israeli companies and organizations.” ACOM, an organization fighting the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in Spain, took legal action after the municipal council of Ayamonte, in southwestern Spain, passed the resolution in May.

The Huelva Court Number 1 wrote in its decision that the content of Ayamonte’s resolution “violates Article 14 of the Spanish Constitution,” since it incites and discriminates against Spanish citizens for reasons of birth, race, sex, religion, opinion or other conditions or circumstance, personal or social, ACOM said.

Related reading: BDS: The Bane in Spain.

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• Tweet of the day goes to Lahav Harkov in reaction to this Los Angeles Times staff-ed.

Lahav Harkov
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 .@latimes stands up for...antisemitism?
Here's a reminder of when the US government adopted @TheIHRA definition of antisemitism. Hint: It was before Trump was even elected.http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-trump-antisemitism-20180915-story.html …https://www.state.gov/s/rga/resources/267538.htm … pic.twitter.com/5oOnS9o7a3

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Hi, @latimes editorial board. These are nowhere near the same thing, and no one is seriously trying to deny anyone's right to do the latter. You can do better than this. You are empowering the bigots who do the former. pic.twitter.com/xAAGhChGOw

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• Here’s what else I’m reading today:

– Aussie Dave: Murder of a hero of Israel: Ari Fuld z”l
– Avi Issacharoff: In world turned upside down, Israel angry at Abbas for taking hard line on Hamas
– Noah Klieger: What need does Abbas have for a state?
– Yoav Limor: Between Gaza and Iran
– Yaacov Amidror: The logic of Israel’s actions to contain Iran in Syria and Lebanon
– Tony Badran: Hezbollah ritually humiliates the UN
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Yom Kippur War: The forgotten victory
– Abraham Rabinovich: What were Israeli Arabs doing during the Yom Kippur War? They were helping their country

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Israeli-American Killed in Palestinian Stabbing Attack
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1. A Palestinian terrorist stabbed and killed a US-Israeli man at a shopping center near the Gush Etzyon junction, near Jerusalem today. Ari Fuld, a 40-year-old US immigrant living in Efrat, was a prominent social media personality and Israel activist. He served in an elite IDF paratroop unit before going on to become assistant director of Standing Together, an organization that supports IDF soldiers. Despite being stabbed, Fuld managed to chase after and fire at his attacker before collapsing.

He is survived by his wife and four children. As this roundup was published, the funeral was due to be held at 11:00 PM at the Kfar Etzion settlement.

The attack was filmed by security cameras. The Palestinian, identified as 17-year-old Khalil Jabarin, was subdued by quick-thinking passersby. According to Haaretz:
A source close to the Jabarin family that he informed his parents that he planned on carrying out an attack at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. The family subsequently informed security forces though, they could not locate him in the tomb’s vicinity.

See Romi Sussman‘s moving tribute.
 He lived as a hero and died as a hero. My big bro is gone. 

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Man murdered in Gush Etzion attack: Ari Fuld
Man murdered in stabbing at Gush Etzion Junction identified as Ari Fuld, a resident of Efrat and a known pro-Israel activist.

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2. An alleged Israeli air strike on Damascus International Airport is said to have targeted an Iranian weapons delivery for Hezbollah and other Tehran-backed militias. Per Israeli media reports:

The strike attributed to Israel also reportedly targeted several weapons storage rooms at the airport. Efforts were made to disguise the true purpose of the buildings, the report said, with some of the warehouses labeled “United Nations” or “DHL,” the international mail company, in an apparent effort to evade Israeli intelligence-gathering efforts.

3. JTA: “Belgium has broken its relations with the Palestinian Education Ministry over its honoring of terrorists and will no longer fund the construction of its schools, a government spokesperson said.”

The Hebron-area school in question had been named after Dalal Mughrabi, who was part of the 1978 Coastal Road massacre, in which 38 civilians, including 13 children, were killed.
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Israel and the Palestinians
• The PLO mission in Washington, which served as the Palestinian quasi-embassy, closed it offices on Thursday.

• Will the US Navy abandon Israel over a Chinese company winning a tender to operate the new port of Haifa? In 2015, Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) won a bid to take over the port, which is expected to be operational in 2021. Haaretz raises some questions:

The Americans who were at the conference think Israel lost its mind when it gave the Chinese the keys to Haifa Port. Once China is in the picture, they said, the Israel Navy will not be able to count on maintaining the close relations it has had with the Sixth Fleet . . .

The Chinese company SIPG won the bid to expand the Haifa Port three and a half years ago. The project is slated to be inaugurated in 2021 and calls for the Chinese company, which also operates the Port of Shanghai, to run the Haifa Port for 25 years. Another Chinese firm won the bid to build a new port at Ashdod.
Those decisions were made by the Transportation Ministry and the Ports Authority, with zero involvement of the National Security Council, and without the navy being in the picture at all. The problem lies not only in the implications that ties with the Chinese have for Israel’s relations with the United States, which under the Trump administration is ramping up its rhetoric on China because of the trade wars and tensions in the China Sea.

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The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham during a port visit in Haifa on June 19, 2018.
• According to Mideast reports picked up by the Times of Israel, a top trade official from the United Arab Emirates secretly visited Israel in August to discuss trade ties.
• Prague to open “Czech House” in Jerusalem as possible prelude to an embassy move. The center, which is expected to house a cultural center, as well as offices of the Czech Republic’s trade and tourism offices, is scheduled to open in November, reports the Jerusalem Post.

• A balloon attached to what appeared to be an incendiary device, was found near the West Bank settlement of Beit Horon, near the Israeli city of Modiin. According to the Jerusalem Post, “incidents of this kind are rare in the West Bank and the balloon in Beit Horon is unlikely to have come from Gaza, given the settlement’s distance from the Strip.”
• Australia’s federal government halted $21 million in funding to Union Aid Abroad after discovering taxpayer money found its way to a Palestinian organization that employed a member of a listed terror group.

The Daily Telegraph can reveal the MA’AN Development Centre is employing as a field and media co-ordinator, Hamza Zbiedat, who is a supporter and affiliate of terrorist organisation, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) . . .

Zbiedat, who was arrested by Palestinian Authority security forces on October 14, 2017, is the second PFLP affiliate employed the MA’AN Development Centre . . .

The government requires NGOs, like Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA, ensure that their partners, like the MA’AN ­Development Centre, do not provide direct or indirect support or resources to individuals associated with terrorism.
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 EXCLUSIVE: The Morrison Govt has suspended funding to a union group and its Palestinian partner organisation after we reveal they have in their employ a second terror affiliate bit.ly 2N7jX9I 

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Terror links halt funding to Union Aid charity
THE federal government has suspended taxpayer funding to a union charity after it was ­revealed a Palestinian organisation receiving aid employed a second member of a listed terrorist group.
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• Pass the tissues: Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, who recruits children for martyrdom operations burst into tears during speech urging people not to cut the faces of kids during the Ashura mourning period. Shia Muslims mark Ashura as the day Hussein Ibn Ali, a grandson of Mohammed, died in battle.
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• The police investigation into the “Bezeq affair” took a new twist. According to Israeli media reports, police suspect Sara Netanyahu “dictated coverage and content” to the Walla! News site.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is suspected of having an understanding with Shaul Elovitch, Bezeq’s majority shareholder, in which the PM gave the telecom giant regulatory benefits in exchange for favorable coverage on the Elovitch-owned Walla! News.
Mrs. Netanyahu was indicted in June on separate charges of misusing state funds. Her trial begins on October 7.

• The IDF formed an advisory committee to clarify working procedures between the between the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit and correspondents covering military affairs. The Jerusalem Post explains that membership in the Military Correspondents Association — or even mere recognition as a military correspondent — gives reporters clearance for briefings with senior officers and information on breaking news ahead of the foreign press.

• Firebombs were hurled at a concert venue hosting a mixed-gender Israeli Arab band Siraj in Umm al-Fahm on Saturday. Haaretz reports that local imams opposed the event “not only because of men and women were performing together, but because men and women concertgoers would not be seated separately.”
• For a sense of the domestic discourse, see Yonah Jeremy Bob‘s take on tensions between Netanyahu and outgoing police chief Roni Alsheich.

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• Drip drip drip: A trade union leader and ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing calls to resign for saying Israel could have triggered the party’s antisemitism crisis to distract from “atrocities” it committed.
Here’s just part of what Mark Serwotka said at a Palestine Solidarity Campaign event, as reported by The Independent. (Labour stands by Serwotka.)

He added: “I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I’ll tell you what – one of the best forms of trying to hide from the atrocities that you are committing is to go on the offensive and actually create a story that does not exist for people on this platform, the trade union movement or, I have to say, for the leader of the Labour Party.”
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 PCS boss Mark Serwortka: “I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but one of the best forms of trying to hide from the atrocities you are committing is to go on the offensive and create a story that does not exist for ... the leader of the Labour Party.”https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-antisemitism-israel-corbyn-mark-serwotka-tuc-trade-union-pcs-a8535986.html …
Labour antisemitism row was created by Israel to distract from 'atrocities', trade union boss...
The leader of one of Britain’s main trade unions has suggested that Israel created the antisemitism row that has engulfed Labour over the summer.

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 PM’s Spokesman Steps Down Over Misconduct Charges
Today’s Top Stories
1. Just before this roundup was published, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman, David Keyes, announced that he is taking “time off” to clear his name after more women accused him of sexual misconduct.

Keyes’ status worsened after the Times of Israel reported that 10 more women accused him of inappropriate behavior and Knesset lawmakers called for his suspension. See yesterday’s roundup for more background on the allegations leveled by New York state Senate candidate Julia Salazar and Wall St. Journal reporter Shayndi Raice — the only two accusers so far who agreed to identify themselves.

The Right to Maim2. A book accusing the IDF of deliberately sparing the lives of Palestinians in order to debilitate them was awarded the 2018 Alison Piepmeier Book Prize by the National Women’s Studies Association. The Algemeiner explains:

Jasbir Puar, an associate professor of women’s and gender studies, co-won the NWSA’s 2018 Alison Piepmeier Book Prize for her work The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability.

Published by in November 2017 by Duke University Press — which has come under scrutiny for its editorial advisors’ ties to the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel — the book posits that the “Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have shown a demonstrable pattern over decades of sparing life, of shooting to maim rather than to kill.”

Yet it contends that this “purportedly humanitarian practice of sparing death by shooting to maim” is not rooted in a desire to minimize fatalities, but rather seeks to maintain “Palestinian populations as perpetually debilitated, and yet alive, in order to control them.”

3. It’s official: Tel Aviv, will be the host city for next year’s Eurovision competition, so mark your calendar. “The European Broadcasting Union announced on Thursday that next year’s competition will be hosted in the coastal city, at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds complex, with the grand finale event to be held on May 18. The two semifinals will be held on May 14 and May 16.”

Heads up to all the foreign correspondents, copy editors and talking heads: Tel Aviv is not Israel’s capital.

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Israel and the Palestinians
• Israel dismantled five protest shacks outside the illegally built West Bank Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar this morning. Palestinians had set up the trailers after the Israeli High Court of Justice ruled last week that the 180 Bedouins living in Khan al-Ahmar failed to prove ownership of the land. Israeli authorities so far have not made any moves against other structures, but may evacuate the Bedouins at any time. More at the Times of Israel and Jerusalem Post.

Meanwhile, the European Parliament stated that the razing and transfer of the Bedouins “would constitute a grave breach of international humanitarian law,” and declared that Israel must compensate Europe an estimated 315,000 euros for the cost of the humanitarian projects it has sponsored. That’s a rich accusation, considering European Union funding for illegal buildings in the West Bank violates international law.
 This morning, enforcement was carried out against 5 movable structures that were illegally transported & installed in the vicinity of Kfar Adumim. The erection of these structures was advanced by representatives of the PA in opposition to the enforcement of Israeli law in Area C.

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• The IDF destroyed a large bomb found placed along the Gaza border fence during Monday’s clashes.
• Palestinian youths disrupted a joint Israeli-Palestinian conference in eastern Jerusalem marking the 25th anniversary of the Oslo accords.
• Noting the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo accords, the New York Times and Washington Post take deep dive looks at the unfulfilled hopes.
Oslo accords
Yitzhak Rabin, Bill Clinton and Yasser Arafat signing the Declaration of Principles on Sept. 13, 1993.
• National Public Radio takes a closer look at the Palestinian “right” of return and redefining refugees.

• Israel denied an Arab report picked up by the Israeli media that it sold an Iron Dome system to Saudi Arabia. The deal was said to have been mediated by the US and laid the groundwork for further military cooperation. The Saudis face missile attacks from Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

• Col. Richard Kemp, a retired British army officer who formerly commanded UK forces in Afghanistan, discussed the recent Gaza border clashes and an upcoming UN report with the Hamilton Jewish News.

When the effort is part of a publicity campaign Kemp describes as “the greatest slur campaign the world has ever seen,” the narrative it creates becomes one the world’s media swallows whole.

“It almost doesn’t matter what Israel does in PR terms,” he added. “What media wants on the whole is a bad news story, they don’t want to hear that Israel does its best to avoid civilian casualties, what they want to see is death, destruction, horror and outrage.”

• Palestinian arson terror, by the numbers, based on a Nature and Parks Authority figures picked up by Israel HaYom:
– 78: Percentage of plant life decimated in reserves near Gaza border.
– 7,900: overall acres of land lost to fire.
– 2,987: acres of national parks and reserves land lost to fire.
– 2,440: acres of JNF-owned land lost to fire.
– 1,047: acres of agricultural fields lost to fire.
– 1,504: acres of open land lost to fire.
– 14: Percentage of all nature reserves adjacent to Gaza lost to fire.
– 78: Percentage of Be’eri Crater Nature Reserve lost to fire.
– 77: Percentage of Kurkar Niram Nature Reserve lost to fire.
– 50: Percentage of Karmiya Nature Reserve lost to fire.
– 15 million: Damage in shekels to the nature reserves alone ($4 million)
Related viewing: The Environmental Impact of War.
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• Two members of an advisory committee tasked with appointing officials for senior government positions resigned amid concerns that their close relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu posed a conflict of interest. The High Court of Justice had froze the proceedings of the “Goldberg committee,” which is currently examining candidates for the next Bank of Israel governor, IDF chief of staff and police commissioner.

Petitions against [Brig.-Gen. (Res.) Yaakov] Nagel and [Iris] Stark were filed due to their possible conflicts of interests and closeness to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu which was feared could influence the nominations, especially the next police chief who would be responsible for leading criminal investigations against the PM.

• How adequate is the IDF’s readiness for war? Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot recently reported a high level of preparedness, but the IDF ombudsman, Maj. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Brick, wrote his own harshly critical report and went public with his dissent in June. Now, Haaretz reports of a new dossier of information and an unheard of call for an external inquiry.

The call to establish an external investigative commission is unprecedented. Brick is scheduled to complete his 10-year tenure as ombudsman at the beginning of January. His demand for an inquiry reflects two main problems: deep concern over the state of the ground forces and a growing lack of trust in the IDF’s ability to investigate itself and correct what needs to be rectified. In addition, from the moment that the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee was brought into the picture, it was clear that Brick’s claims would have political implications.

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• For commentary on the domestic scene, David Pannick QC weighs in on the Israeli Supreme Court’s oversight of the nation-state law.
Around the World
• In the San Francisco/Oakland area, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is allowing advertisements from a group that promotes Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic rhetoric.
Unfortunately, The Independent‘s featured image suggests a bugaboo in their caption system and/or a copyeditor asleep at the wheel. Either that or Ken Livingstone’s guest writing the Indy’s photo captions. (The caption was revised after HonestReporting contacted the editors.)
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• The BBC takes examines the growing tech trade ties between Israel and the UK.

• Ewa Jasiewicz reportedly withdrew from from a panel event run by the Jeremy Corbyn-supporting organization, Momentum. The British-Polish pro-Palestinian activist was due to speak at a festival in Liverpool in parallel with the Labour party’s annual conference.
Jasiewicz’s participation in the festival sparked controversy amid revelations that she A) suggested in 2002 that terror groups target Israeli parliamentarians instead of civilians, and B) vandalized one of the Warsaw ghetto’s remaining walls with the words “Free Gaza and Palestine” and “liberate all ghettos.”
Even without Jasiewicz, sparks will fly. Concerned for attacks by Corbynistas, the conference’s Jewish delegates will have bodyguards. The party powwow begins September 23.

• If this Beatles classic hasn’t stuck the right chord with you, let it be.
Paul McCartney: ‘Hey Jude’ isn’t about the Jews
• Here’s what else I’m reading today:

– Zev Chafets: How Trump’s Mideast moves are a game changer
– Yonah Jeremy Bob: Did John Bolton shield Israel from the ICC?
– Noah Klieger: Shutting Palestinian offices in Washington long overdue
– Alex Brummer: UNRWA perpetuates the refugee problem
– Charles Bybelezer: Beyond Oslo: Charting a new course to Israeli-Palestinian peace
– Curtis Ryan: The Trump administration’s new idea for Israeli-Palestinian peace is actually an old, failed idea
– David Rosenberg: The Oslo accords didn’t achieve peace. But they did birth Startup Nation
– Ziva Dahl: 25 years after Oslo, the US pressures Palestinians to give up a lost war
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 To those conveniently telling a story of how Rabin assassination (1995) and Netanyahu election (1996) were causes of failure of Oslo Accords (1993), a friendly reminder that LATER, in 2000 and 2008, Palestinians WALKED AWAY from clear, concrete opportunities to have their state.
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– Jonathan Tobin: US takes a stand against antisemitism that Obama didn’t
– Akiva Bigman: Zionism is still the answer to anti-Semitism
– Noah Rothman: Do Zionists have civil rights?
– Point of No Return: Why Rachel Shabi’s ‘alliance of colour’ will go nowhere
– Abigail Shrier: The new Jewish-Christian amity (click via Twitter)
– Robert Hamilton: God said, ‘Be fruitful and multiply’ (click via Twitter)
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Nancy Pelosi has no intention of stepping aside: ‘As long as Trump’s here, I’m here’
September 11, 2018
Nancy Pelosi has no intention of stepping aside: ‘As long as Trump’s here, I’m here’
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi plans to stick around for as long as President Donald Trump is in office.

The Democrat leader told CNN in a Monday night interview that “as long as Trump’s here, I’m here,” even as she admitted that it’s time for some “new blood” in the party.

Pelosi: I won’t leave till Trump does
Pelosi sat down with CNN’s Christian Amanpour to talk about the midterms, the Democratic party, and her own political future. Amanpour asked Pelosi about the challenges to her leadership from a younger generation of Democrats who say it’s time for a change.

“I do agree that it’s time for new blood and we should move on, and if Hillary Clinton had won and the Affordable Care Act was protected — I feel very proprietary about that — I was happy to go my way,” she said.

Pelosi said that since Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election, it was important for her to stay where she is to make sure women are at the table. She also mentioned the vulnerability of the Affordable Care Act under the Trump administration.

“They give me the honor of serving and it’s up to them to choose who comes next. But to have no woman at the table and to have the Affordable Care Act at risk, I said, ‘As long as [Trump’s] here, I’m here,’” she said.

“45,” she clarified, referring to Trump by number rather than by name.

Impeachment if “facts are there”
Pelosi said that it’s “up to the caucus to decide” but that she’s confident that she “will be” Speaker of the House. But more than 50 Democrats running in the midterms, including nine incumbents, have said they will not back her while dozens more have evaded the question.

Amanpour broached a topic that highlighted a split between Pelosi and the younger, more progressive wing of the party advocating new leadership: impeachment. While the party’s radicals have called for impeachment vocally and often, Pelosi has mostly demurred.

Pelosi told Amanpour that seeking impeachment is “divisive” but proceedings could be on the table if the “facts are there.”
“Well, I don’t think that impeachment should be engaged in for political reason but I don’t think it should be avoided for a political reason. In other words, if the facts are there, then it takes us to a place. But that is not our priority. Our priority, again, unifying.”

For impeachment to become more than a progressive fantasy, Democrats must take back the House. Pelosi said her party would win handily if the midterms were held today, with women leading the way.
Do you suspect Nancy Pelosi will hold on to whatever power she can for as long as she can?
“If the election were held today, we would win overwhelmingly and women would lead the way,” she said. “We have so many excellent women candidates from women across the country. Women marched and then they ran, and now they’re running and now they’re going to be members of Congress.”

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UK Labour Adopts Antisemitism Definition, But . . .
Today’s Top Stories
1. Good news and bad news from the UK Labour party. The good news is that the party adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s full working definition of antisemitism. The bad news is that the party leaders also attached a statement that the definition will not “in any way undermine freedom of expression on Israel or the rights of the Palestinians.” Jewish activist Richard Angell’s response quoted by the Jewish Chronicle sums up the exasperation:

“A ‘right to be racist’ protection when debating the Middle East is not just wrong, it harms the cause of peace but it will also continue a culture where Jewish people cannot feel at home in Labour.”

As for the party leader himself, Jeremy Corbyn maintained that it is not anti-Semitic to describe the creation of Israel as racist. (He was overruled by Labour’s National Executive Committee.)
Jeremy Corbyn
2. Israel’s High Court of Justice gave the state permission to evacuate the illegally built West Bank Bedouin Village of Khan al-Ahmar. The justices said “the main issue in the case was not whether the eviction could be carried out, but where the residents would be relocated.” Haaretz coverage.

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3. An Abu Dhabi judo event was reinstated after United Arab Emirates organizers promised to treat the Israeli team equally. Israeli sporting officials hailed the move. The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam begins on Oct. 25.
Last year, the UAE snubbed Israel by refusing to play the Israeli anthem or fly the Israeli flag when Tal Flicker won a gold medal.

4. Video: Cutting Funds to UNRWA: Will it Stop the Violence? Washington defunding the UNRWA, which supports Palestinian refugees, is more complicated than you think. HR’s Daniel Pomerantz discussed the issue with former Palestinian negotiator Gaith Al-Omari on i24 News.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Hamas’ Gaza leader Yahya Sinwar admitted the weekly March of Return clashes were staged to avert internal crisis. Ynet coverage.

Gaza’s Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar openly admitted on Tuesday that the weekly “March of Return” protests staged on the Gaza border in recent months were intended to avert an internal crisis and divert pressure onto the Israelis.

“After the reconciliation efforts (between Hamas and Fatah) reached an impasse, a number of factions planned to cause an internal explosion in the Gaza Strip, but the Marches of Return thwarted the plan,” Sinwar said during a Hamas conference in the coastal enclave.

• Israel shut down the Erez border crossing with Gaza following violent clashes and heavy damage to infrastructure.

• Explaining Washington’s rationale for defunding the UN agency overseeing Palestinian refugees, US Ambassador David Friedman said that $10 billion in aid to the Palestinians since 1994 “were bringing the region no closer to peace or stability, not even by a millimeter.”

• The IDF acknowledged carrying out airstrikes on 202 Iranian targets in Syria since 2017. The hits “were mostly shipments of advanced weaponry, as well as military bases and infrastructure, which the IDF officials said drove Iranian forces to abandon some posts.” More on the story at Reuters.

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An Israeli Air Force jet in 2017.
• After Jerusalem suggested it could strike Iranian targets in Iraq, The Media Line takes a closer look at what Tehran’s designs for Iraq mean for Israel.

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• Eurovision organizers demand preparation work on Shabbat and free expression for participants . . .

• Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office was in lockdown this afternoon as dozens of protesters tried to break in. Per the Jerusalem Post, “The demonstrators are retired policemen protesting that their pensions are not equal that of retired career IDF soldiers and officers.”

• Here’s a by the numbers look at Israel’s population, based on figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. More details at the Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post and Haaretz.

Israelis– 8.9 million: Overall population
– 162,000: population increase (a 1.9% rise) from last year
– 6.6 million: Jews (74.4% of the population)
– 1.8 million: Arabs (20.9% of the population)
– 418,000: Other minorities (4.7% of the population)
– 166,000: foreigners in Israel not included in the stats
– 175,000: babies born in past year
– 43,000: deaths in past year
– 25,000: new immigrants in past year
– 52,809: marriages in past year
– 14,819: couples separated in past year
– 4.2: percentage of unemployment in past year
– 313,000: students in higher education

• For commentary on the domestic scene, the funeral of Sen. John McCain had columnist Nahum Barnea wondering about Israel’s own political polarization.

Around the World
• London’s Metropolitan Police are investigating Labour party members who may have violated hate crimes laws when making a series of offensive comments about Jews. LBC Radio received a dossier of 45 antisemitism cases brought to Labour’s disputes panel, then showed them to Mak Chisty, who previously headed the police’s efforts against hate crimes:

He has reviewed all 45 anti-Semitism cases within this dossier and found 17 should have been reported to the police as a race-hate incident for investigation.

And he told LBC a further four – including the ones detailed above – warrant a criminal investigation as hate crimes.

• Why is Germany silent on Jeremy Corbyn’s praise of Munich Olympic terrorist?

• Anti-Semitic flyers appear outside Detroit church.

• The president New York’s Vassar College condemned a “disorientation guide” that urged students to “slap a Zionist.” More details at Legal Insurrection.
Vassar College
• Worth reading: Ninety-three year-old Stanislaw Aronson survived the Warsaw ghetto uprising, fought in the Polish underground and then in Israel’s War of Independence. He sees antisemitism spreading in Europe and worries people will repeat the mistakes that led to the Holocaust. Here are the lessons he wants to pass on.

Confronting lies sometimes means confronting difficult truths about one’s self and one’s own country. It is much easier to forgive yourself and condemn another, than the other way round; but this is something that everyone must do.

• Plenty of spilled ink and burnt pixels commenting on UK Labour’s antisemitism problem . . .

– Danny Stone: Why the way we spell antisemitism is as important as how we define it
– Anshel Pfeffer: Labour’s decision on antisemitism will not solve the party’s existential crisis
– Jon Craig: Labour’s antisemitism announcement not what it seems
– Lyn Julius: Corbyn’s worldview turns the truth on its head
– Eldad Beck: Corbyn will play the victim
– Keith Kahn-Harris: After Labour’s antisemitism U-turn, Jewish people should stick with the party
– Times of London (staff-ed): Labour takes a first step towards rebuilding trust with Jews

• Tweet of the day goes to Paul Gross . . .
Paul Gross
 Wait... so, the full definition of antisemitism is accepted... but with an amendment ensuring “free speech to criticize Israel”? Given that the definition does not prevent criticism of Israel, the assumption must be that the amendment is there to allow something beyond criticism.
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And this article... I’m still catching up .. https://www.timesofisrael.com/labour-adopts-full-anti-semitism-definition-but-adds-free-speech-caveat/
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• Here’s what else I’m reading today:
– Amos Harel: Israel signals lull in Syria strikes is over, resuming military action against Iran
– Yoav Limor: In this war, everything goes
– New York Post (staff-ed): Trump is pushing the Middle East to face reality in Palestine
– Yossi Beilin: UNRWA: Right decision, wrong time
– Ben-Dror Yemini: A Jordan-Palestinian confederation—why not?
– Yoni Ben-Menachem: Jordan doesn’t want a confederation
– Meir Indor: The danger of confederation
– Prof. Efraim Inbar: The Oslo process is a proven failure
– Abdulrahman Al-Rashed: Israel’s threat and the birth of Baghdad’s government
– New York Daily News (staff-ed): Lana’s off key: A musician folds to anti-Israel BDS
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Explosions in Syria

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Today’s Top Stories
1. At least two military personnel were killed and 11 wounded in overnight explosions  on a military airport on the edge of the Syrian capital. Israel rarely confirms or denies its operations in Syria. This attack  was, apparently, especially destructive and rumoured to have a connection to Israel. A Syria-based Iranian military claimed the explosion was caused by an electrical short circuit.

2. In an ongoing chess game of threats and counter-threats, Israel has threatened to attack any Iranian military assets in Iraq as it has done in Syria, following reports Tehran has moved ballistic missiles closer to the Jewish state.

3.  A report from Western intelligence officials reveals that Iran is using civilian flights to smuggle arms to Hezbollah.

4. HR’s Senior Editor Daniel Pomerantz writes in The Federalist that a myopic focus on Trump is merely a distraction from one of the primary reasons behind America’s funding cuts to Palestinians: the Palestinian Martyrs Fund and the murder of Americans abroad.

5. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is a controversial figure. Yet it is still important that journalism regarding his visit to Israel be based on facts. HonestReporting succeeds in getting an important correction from The Independent.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Controversy continues over state visit by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to Israel.

• Will Roseanne Barr move to Israel? After her personal scandal involving a Tweet accused of being racist (which resulted in the cancellation of her television program) what will be the public effect?

• Minister of Education Naftali Bennett called for the censure of the Arab-Israeli Joint List MKs in response to their open support of UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, The call was echoed by Deputy Minister for Diplomacy Michael Oren .

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• Canada’s Quebec solidaire party is becoming increasingly active in local politics. Billing itself as “the most environmentalist, left-leaning and socially conscious of the four major political parties,” Quebec solidaire’s 2017 convention was interrupted by a mini scandal after it was revealed the food table contained … Israeli hummus. The offending food was promptly removed when the organizers realized that it came from a country that “persecutes Palestinians,.

• The Ukrainian city of Lviv, once a major center of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, commemorated on Sunday the 75th anniversary of the annihilation of the city’s Jewish population by Nazi Germany and honored those working today to preserve what they can of that vanished world.

• The European Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said today that the world is going through a period of chaos, and the EU should work more closely with international partners as the multilateral system is under threat. Mogherini has frequently taken anti-Israel positions in the past. Will she really become more active in world affairs, and if so, what will be the impact on Israel?

• Former government heads Stephen Harper (Canada) and  David Trimble (First Minister, Ireland) write in The Telegraph, “Corbyn’s Anti-semitism is a threat to all of us.”  Though this is behind a paywall, we felt it too important to not include.  Here is one relevant paragraph:

The rise in anti-Semitism across Europe should be alarming to all of us, and not just for moral reasons. History shows that the mindset which embraces anti-Semitism rarely restricts its hatred to the Jewish minority.

• The Wall Street Journal weighed in on Corbyn with a full page spread.

• Former UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks warned of an existential threat to British Jews..

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

–Israel Welcomes U.S. Defunding of UNRWA as Step for Peace – Tovah Lazaroff and Michael Wilner (Jerusalem Post)
–Moving Iranian Ballistic Missiles into Iraq Is Extremely Destabilizing – J.E. Dyer
–The Welcome Disruption in Palestinian Aid – Jonathan Greenberg

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US Cancels Funding to UNRWA
Today’s Top Stories
1. United States cut all funding to UNRWA, the UN agency responsible for Palestinian refugees. Even if one supports international aid to Palestinians, UNRWA, as an agency, is problematic in a number of ways. Numerous articles discuss the US position and international reactions, including the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, and UNRWA itself.
Last January HR’s Daniel Pomerantz discussed the topic on i24 News and responded to claims by UNRWA head Christopher Gunness:
2. Is an Israel-Lebanon war looming? The U.N. Security Council warned Thursday that violations of the cease-fire agreement between Lebanon and Israel could lead to a new conflict and urged international support for Lebanon’s armed forces and their stepped up deployment in the south and at sea. Though Lebanon nominally has a government and an army, the Hezbollah terror group is generally the primary source of influence and military power in the country.
3. The Associated Press explores the dangers faced by Palestinian medical workers aiding the (sometimes violent) protesters on the Gaza border.  Credit to the AP for including a reference to the Israeli position on this matter:

Israel says it does not intentionally target medics and even tries to protect them but accuses militants of mixing in with the crowds. Last month, Israel said a Palestinian nurse from the group Doctors Without Borders tried to carry out a late-night cross-border shooting attack on Israeli troops.

4. Amidst the continuing issue of UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s antisemitism and support for extremists, The Sun focused on his paying tribute to disgraced former UN official Richard Falk.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar says: We’ll fire hundreds of rockets at central Israel if talks fail, saying they can make alarm sirens wail in the Tel Aviv region for six months straight. I particularly liked this Tweet from parody account TheMossadIl, putting Hamas’s priorities into the larger perspective:
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 A threat from the idiots who can't even give their own people six hours of electricity. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/hamas-leader-threatens-israel-with-six-months-of-rockets-on-tel-aviv-1.6431486

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• Pop singer Lana Del Rey cancelled her show in Israel under pressure from BDS. According to the singer:

It’s important to me to perform in both Palestine and Israel and treat all my fans equally.

I can’t help but wonder about the double standard: do singers visiting China always perform in Tibet? When visiting Russia do they make it a policy to stop in the Ukraine? When in Turkey is it imperative that one also performs in Cyprus? In fact, is this standard applied anywhere else in the world at all? (No, no, no and no.)

•Soldiers nab 3 Palestinians with pipe bombs in northern West Bank.
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•In the UK, Labor party whip Frank Field resigned, saying Jeremy Corbyn has become a “force for antisemitism in British politics.” Meanwhile, a second Labour MP, Mike Gapes, (Ilford South), has warned he could quit as well.

•Russia masses huge force off Syrian coast for final assault on rebels in Idlib. Moscow officials vow to ‘liquidate’ militants and rebels in northern Syria, after witnesses report ‘largest’ Russian naval deployment in Mediterranean since start of seven-year conflict.

• Iran has given ballistic missiles to Shi’ite proxies in Iraq that are capable of hitting Tel Aviv.

•Op-ed from the Boston Globe raises the question: Will anti-Semite Jeremy Corbyn be the next British PM?

• The UK Labor party’s national executive committee must call an end to its damaging and hurtful battle with the Jewish community.

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

–Redefining “Palestinian Refugee” Is Long Overdue – David Harris
–Does the U.S. Owe Money to the Palestinians? – Bassam Tawil
–The PA at the End of Abbas’ Reign – Lior Akerman

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Nikki Haley: Palestinian “right of return” off the table.
Today’s Top Stories
1. Nikki Haley: Haley said at the UN that the Palestinian ‘right of return’ should be “off the table.” as the Trump administration prepares to roll out its peace plan. Though the thinking in Washington isn’t new, this is the first time it has been stated publicly as ab official policy shift.

As we discussed in a previous IDNS, the “right” of return is not actually a legal right but a claim by Palestinians to allow all refugees and all their descendants to settle in Israel. This is out of line with the the international laws regarding all other refugee groups in the world as set forth in the 1951 Refugee Convention, yet the UN applies its own unique set of rules to Palestinians.

2. Iran is attempting to fight US sanctions in the International Court of Justice at the Hauge. Their argument is that US sanctions breach a 1955 bilateral agreement on US-Iran trade known as the Treaty of Amity. The US will likely argue that the Hague does not have jurisdiction over US treaties and trade policy. If that fails, the US may argue that Iran is not truly the same country it was in 1955, as the government was overthrown by the Islamic Revolution of 1979 (thus making the treaty inapplicable to the current Iranian government). It is not clear at this stage how any of the arguments will play out, but it does seem to indicate that the sanctions are creating real pressure on Iran.

3. The IDF demolished the home of Muhammad Tarek Ibrahim Dar Yusuf: a Palestinian who killed an Israeli in a terror attack last month.   Palestinians hurled rocks and firebombs at troops. Despite the attack on IDF soldiers, there are no reports of Palestinians being killed or injured. The Associated Press followed a common media trend of referring to these actions as a “protest.” I can’t help but wonder: is there any place else in the world where a journalist would call hurling rocks and explosives at soldiers a “protest?”

Israel and the Palestinians
• Possibly due to the anticipated announcement of a US peace plan, Palestinian Abbas has announced that he backs a demilitarized Palestinian state. According to Abbas:

I support a state along the 1967 borders without an army. I want unarmed police forces with batons, not guns. Instead of warplanes and tanks, I prefer to build schools and hospitals and allocate funds and resources to social institutions.

This contrasts with Abbas’s ongoing insistence that he won’t stop payments to the Martyrs Fund, which rewards terror attackers and takes up a significant portion of the Palestinian national budget.

• The purchase of accurate surface-to-surface rockets from the defense company Israel Military Industries (IMI) will create new, rapid-firepower response capabilities for the IDF’s ground forces. This will increase the power and precision of ground forces, making them less reliant on artillery brigades and the Israeli Air Force.

• Suffering from one of the highest unemployment rates in the world, Gaza-based software firms have launched coding academies across the Palestinian Territories to help create jobs.

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• Two Spanish cities reverse Israel boycott motions following legal actionSagunto, Villarrobledo scrap earlier pro-BDS decisions after intervention by the pro-Israel group ACOM. Tribunals in Spain, including the nation’s Supreme Court in two of its rulings, have voided more than a dozen motions passed by municipalities while other municipalities voluntarily scrapped their boycott motions under threat of legal action. However, dozens of Spanish municipalities still support boycott, more than in any other EU nation.

• Even as the US cuts aid to Palestinians (see our previous IDNS), America is encouraging other nations to step up and fill the gap. America’s UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said the U.S. cannot be faulted for cutting funding when countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait aren’t doing their part.

• Egypt is not an oil rich nation as many of the Gulf states, yet is developing plans of becoming energy independent and even a net exporter by the end of 2018.  Egyptian plans include potentially importing from Israel and Cyprus and then re-exporting to Europe and elsewhere.  As the global energy economy changes, look for this to have an impact on Mideast politics and power balances.

• Rubicon, a Greek anarchist group, has staged a protest at the Foreign Ministry building in central Athens to oppose Greek-Israeli energy and military cooperation as well as the decision by the United States to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. As this is a reaction to increasing Greek-Israeli cooperation in a variety of areas, it can actually be seen as a positive sign for Greece-Israel relations.

• In a bizarre speech, UK’s Labor party leader Jeremy Corbyn claims that Israel controls speeches made by British MPs in Parliament.

• BBC’s bias against Israel shows it is not fit for purpose.

• British Jews who have traditionally supported the Labor party struggle with Jeremy Corbyn’s antisemitism, and what this means for their vote. Meanwhile, analysis and opinions abound, including a statement by former chief rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks that Corbyn an  “anti-Semite” who “defiles our politics,” as well as this analysis of Corbyn’s long and disturbing history.

• Israel’s recent Nation State Law encourages Jewish “settlement.” While the term in its original Hebrew refers to settlement throughout Israel, it does not exclude the West Bank. Will this cause new problems for Israel in the future? Will it change the democratic nature of Israeli society? Former editor of the New Republic Martin Peretz gives his take.

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

– UNRWA Is Not the Solution – Amb. Ron Prosor
– Israel wants to help Pacific with potable water – Radio New Zealand
– Carter’s Plan to Reengage with Assad Regime Is Unrealistic – Frederic C. Hof

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US Cuts Palestinian Aid
Today’s Top Stories
1. The US has announced that it will cut $200M in foreign aid to Palestinians. While the AP did mention that the Palestinian government spends money on its “Martyr’s Fund” to encourage terrorism, the AP (and much of the media) failed to mention that the amount is $403M annually, more than enough to make up for the $200M withdrawn by the US.

The AP also neglected some critical context: that this move is partly in response to the Palestinian government paying rewards to the killers of Americans, such as Taylor Force, and that the funding cut enjoys wide bi-partisan support from Congress via the Taylor Force Act.

HR’s Daniel Pomerantz debated the topic with PLO executive committee member Mustafa Barghouti on i24 News last March. Here are a few highlights:

2. Senator John McCain has passed. He is remembered as defender of Israel, and a principled hero.
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3. FIFA has banned the head of Palestinian soccer from attending matches for a year for inciting hatred and violence toward Lionel Messi as part of a campaign to stop Argentina’s national team playing in Israel.

Israel and the Palestinians
• Despite pressure from BDS groups, singer Lana Del Rey will not cancel her performance in Israel.

• PM Netanyahu presented the defense cabinet with a budget proposal for the IDF, which entails a significant increase in spending.

• US set to announce it rejects Palestinian “right of return.“ The “right” of return is not actually a legal right but a claim by Palestinians to allow all refugees and all their descendants to settle in Israel.

The administration is also preparing to cap the number of recognized Palestinian refugees at half a million – about a tenth of the UN’s number. Both of these moves are in line with the international standards applied by the UN to all refugee groups in the world other than Palestinians.

For further explanation of the topic see this video we produced:
• It seems the aid group Doctors Without Borders has employed a terrorist. Israel has identified a nurse for the organization Hani al-Majdalawi as the terrorist who opened fire at soldiers and threw a bomb this week.
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• The U.N. political chief called on Israel Wednesday to ensure that urgently needed humanitarian supplies for the Gaza Strip are not “held hostage to political and security developments.”

• After US strikes in Syria result in civilian casualties, the world seems to be taking the concept of human shields a little more seriously. The Wall Street Journal points out that Israel has been dealing with this problem all along.

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• Despite some talk that President Trump was looking to make Israel “pay a price” for the embassy move (in negotiations with Palestinians) national security advisor Bolton says this is not the case.

• Amidst a torrent of claims of antisemitism, British Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn defends saying ‘Zionists’ don’t understand English culture. And speaking of antisemitism, you may notice we are no longer writing it as “anti-Semitism” (with a hyphen). Why? This article from Times of Israel explains.

• Corbyn’s antisemitism just keeps popping up: a Jewish woman asked police to intervene after she was called ‘a piece of s***’ at a meeting hosted by Jeremy Corbyn in Parliament that has been described as “antisemitic.” Among other highlights, one speaker said “Israel go to hell.”

• Jewish delegates at next month’s Labour Party conference will be given bodyguards as fears grow for their safety amid the raging antisemitism that has come to characterize the party.

In addition to the news, there is also a plethora of analysis on Corbyn’s antisemitism this week, here are just a couple options among many: 1 and 2.

• While many Palestinians support terrorist attacks against Israel, mental health issues or personal distress are the main motivators prompting lone wolf attackers to act and seek a martyr’s death, a study by Israel’s Public Security Ministry has found.

• From Aleppo to Ben-Gurion: a Syrian refugee’s journey to Israel.

• As the Syrian war draws to a close, the real question is what Israel and Iran do now.

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

–Nasrallah Presents Hizbullah’s Perception of Confrontation with Israel – Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira
–Facing Reality about the Palestinian Refugees – Alon Ben-Meir
–Hamas Activities in Turkey Against Israel – Omer Dostri

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Two Iranians Indicted For Spying on US Jewish Sites
Today’s Top Stories
1. The US indicted two Iranians accused of spying and surveillance of Israeli and Jewish sites in the Chicago area. More at the Chicago Sun Times.
The indictment states that on or about July 21, 2017, Doostdar carried out surveillance and took photos at several Jewish centers in Chicago, including the Hillel Center and the Rohr Chabad House. Doostdar is accused of taking detailed pictures of the security measures at the ultra-orthodox Chabad center.
The indictment does not name the Israeli targets.

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2. The IDF opened a criminal probe into the deaths of two Gaza teens during recent riots. Haaretz explains:
Military Advocate General Brig. Gen. Sharon Afek made the decision to examine the two cases: the killing of 18-year-old Abed Nabi next to the border fence in March, and the killing of 15-year-old Othman Hellis next to the Karni crossing in July.
A military statement said initial probes suggested that troops involved in the incidents did not adhere to open-fire regulations.
3. According to Arab reports picked up by Israel HaYom, US President Donald Trump will roll out his Mideast peace plan during his Sept. 25 address before the UN General Assembly.
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US President Donald Trump addressing the UN General Assembly in 2017 as photographers below the screen capture the moment.
4. Lessons Learned on South African Limmud Tour: Managing editor Simon Plosker shares his thoughts on two intense weeks of presentations, briefings and interviews in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.
Israel and the Palestinians
• Mahmoud Abbas and the PA have been effectively sidelined as Israel, Egypt and the US try to arrange a Gaza ceasefire with Hamas. The Media Line examines what this means and what options Abbas still has.
• Police are launching an investigation into the funeral of a terrorist after the family violated an agreement to keep the burial in Umm al-Fahm low key. Ahmad Muhammad Mahamid was shot and killed while trying to stab a police officer in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday. The incident was caught on video.
Fireworks were lit in the town to mark the return of the body, and hundreds attended the funeral. During the procession participants chanted “in spirit and blood we will redeem you martyr.”
According to police the funeral was limited to just 150 family members but “many hundreds were seen participating contrary to the order which defined the time of the funeral, the route, the number of participants.”

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• Bloomberg News takes a closer look at Israeli efforts to shore up the Palestinian economy.
• The Jerusalem Post got special access to the IDF’s internal file on the “Gaza beach incident” during the 2014 war. (And here’s The Intercept report the JPost referred to.)
• Staring down calls for a boycott, American singer Lana Del Rey defended her decision to perform in Israel. Del Rey is due to perform at the Meteor Festival at Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan in September.
But in a statement posted to Twitter on Sunday, the singer said “music is universal and should be used to bring us together.”
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• Israel is easing gun control restrictions for IDF veterans, making an estimated 500,000 Israelis newly eligible for a permit. Take your pick of Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post, Haaretz and Ynet coverage.

There are approximately 145,000 gun-license holders in Israel at present. This number does not include people who have firearms because their job requires it, and does not include soldiers and police. Gun licenses must be renewed every three years.

The plan now being completed by the Public Security Ministry would allow almost anyone who has done combat service in the Israeli army to apply for a permit. The ministry believes that among the hundreds of thousands of people who meet this requirement, about 35,000 to 40,000 people will actually apply, boosting the number of permit holders to about 200,000.

(Before you tie this into the American gun control debate, you must see how Haviv Rettig Gur compares and contrasts the Israeli and US gun cultures.)

• Tourism in the Galilee is taking a hit over the outbreak of leptospirosis.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 42 Israelis have contracted leptospirosis from bathing in a contaminated spring in the Golan Heights and the waters that it feeds. In most cases the symptoms were mild. The contamination was probably caused from the feces of cattle herds and contaminate waters have been closed. The Ministry of Health stresses that it is safe to travel to the north and the disease cannot be caught from the air or pool water.
Israelis beating the heat at a Golan water stream on August 10, 2018. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90
• Are Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin subverting Israeli democracy? Ilya Zaslavskiy, an expert on Russia thinks so.

Q: What is the Russian ruling class’s goal in Israel?
But they’re also interested in subverting democracy. A strategic goal for the next few years is to subvert democracy in the West. In some ways they have already succeeded, and the appetite comes with food, as they say. So once they subvert democracy, the goal is to advance more corruption, more vested interests and then just turn the whole West into a corrupt world.
Q: Why do they want to turn the West into a corrupt world?
A: Because then you can engage in what Russians love, which is realpolitik. Whoever is strong gets his own zone of influence and no one else can interfere. Russia would like to divide the world into zones of interest.
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• Drip drip drip: “Jeremy Corbyn visited Israel and the West Bank in November 2010 with an Islamist lobby group to meet senior Hamas officials, and failed to declare the funding for the trip in violation of parliamentary rules, i24 News can reveal.”

• Drip drip drip: A key ally of Jeremy Corbyn is under media scrutiny. Largely overlooked photos of Tony Lloyd, currently shadow secretary for Northern Ireland, pictured along with Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh. A 2011 post at Harry’s Place with more photos, notes Lloyd’s scarf, “which depicts, as Palestine, a map which shows not just Gaza and the West Bank, but Israel itself.”
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 Labour is an anti-racist party and I utterly condemn antisemitism, which is why as leader of the Labour Party I want to be clear that I will not tolerate any form of antisemitism that exists in and around our movement.https://www.facebook.com/JeremyCorbynMP/posts/10156313288538872 …
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• Drip drip drip: Corbyn’s personal secretary, Nicolette Petersen, was dragged into Labour’s anti-Semitism row after it was revealed she once urged supporters to read Jewish newspapers to “show you who not to vote for.” The Daily Mail explains the disclosure of a damaging pamphlet:

Last night, a pamphlet emerged in which she told voters how to get rid of MPs who support Israel in the lead up to the 2010 General Election.

The article was published in the Palestinian News magazine published by the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign. Mr Corbyn was a patron of the group at the time.
• Drip drip drip: Daniel Sugarman‘s referring to Kevin Maguire‘s latest 
 So, the Mirror published a piece by Kevin Maguire, downplaying Corbyn's connection to Jew-killing terrorists & Labour antisemitism. 

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• For commentary on the domestic scene, Ben-Dror Yemini weighs in on the Shin Bet’s grilling of Peter Beinart; Moshe Arens notes the differences between Druze and Arab protests against the nation state law.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today:

– Peter Lerner: The UN’s insanity on Gaza
– Bassam Tawil: Abbas’s responsibility for Gaza crisis
– Adam Milstein: The grave danger of media bias
– Smadar Bat Adam: What apartheid?
– New York Daily News (staff-ed): A Rey of light: Lana Del Rey refuses to buckle to BDS pressure
– Tammi Rossman-Benjamin: Anti-Zionist attacks at universities have increased — yet schools aren’t doing anything
– Clifford May: Imagining the Islamic Republic

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UN Chief Suggests Armed Force to Protect Gazans From Israel
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1. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres suggested military force to protect Palestinians from Israel. It was one of four proposals he offered for resolving the Gaza situation. In any event, none of the following will fly without US support and Israeli cooperation:

– Providing a “more robust UN presence on the ground” with rights monitors and political officers to report on the situation.

– Pouring in more UN humanitarian and development aid to “ensure the well-being of the population.”

– Creating a civilian observer mission that would be present in sensitive areas such as checkpoints and near Israeli settlements, with a mandate to report on protection issues.
– Deploying an armed military or police force, under a UN mandate, to provide physical protection to Palestinian civilians.

Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon’s response: “The only protection the Palestinian people need is from their own leadership.”
 How does the UN Sec. Gen. propose preventing such a force from becoming a shield for Hamas, which continues rocket attacks against Israeli civilians and population centers, thereby denying Israel its right of self-defense under Article 51 of UNCharter?  https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-un-chief-proposes-armed-military-force-to-protect-palestinians-1.6388110

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UN chief report proposes armed peacekeeping force to protect Palestinians in Gaza
2. Palestinian riots continued along the Gaza border on Friday. Israel responded by closing the pedestrian crossing at the Erez Crossing except for humanitarian cases. Jerusalem called it a warning to Hamas.

The closure is a symbolic move by Jerusalem since the Erez Crossing is used by few Palestinians. Those who do use the crossing do so with official authorization on humanitarian grounds, mainly belonging to aid organizations.

On Saturday night, Palestinian media outlets also reported on the partial closure against a background of stalled talks in the ceasefire arrangements.
As for ceasefire talks, Mahmoud Abbas openly said he’s trying to sabotage the Egyptian-mediated peace efforts. Talks will pause on Tuesday for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

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3. A video surfaced of UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn endorsing a boycott of Israel back in 2015. It contradicts Corbyn’s previous claims that he doesn’t support “a comprehensive or blanket boycott.” Backstory at the JTA.
In the footage filmed in Belfast, he is asked: “Can the panel give hope to the people of Palestine by supporting the movement for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions against Israel?”
He replies: “I think the boycott campaign, divestment campaign, is part and parcel of a legal process that has to be adopted.” He later adds: “I believe that sanctions against Israel, because of its breach of the trade agreement, are the appropriate way of promoting [the] peace process.”

4. Google Maps ‘Crosses Country Borders’ in Jerusalem: According to Google Maps, a walk from HonestReporting’s new offices in downtown Jerusalem to the Old City may “cross country borders.” A political statement or a technical glitch?
5. HR Prompts The Guardian to Downgrade Palestinian ‘Ambassador’: According to diplomatic protocol, and the UK’s list of diplomatic representatives, Manuel Hassassian’s official title is “Head of Mission,” not “Ambassador.”

Israel and the Palestinians
• According to Arab media reports picked up by the Times of Israel, “a Syrian military intelligence officer in charge of the army’s ‘Palestine Department’ was assassinated Saturday.”
According to Israel’s Army Radio, quoting Syrian opposition sources, Habib was the point man in President Bashar Assad’s regime “responsible for the struggle against Israel.”

There was no word on the identity of the shooters or a possible motive.
• An Israeli Arab was shot and killed by police while trying to stab a policeman in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday.
• Israeli security forces investigating the death of an Israeli woman killed by a Palestinian motorist believe the fatal hit-and-run was an accident and not a terror attack. Hava Roizen, a 42-year-old Russian immigrant was struck by a car in the northern West Bank on Thursday evening. The driver turned himself in to PA police the same night and will remain in their custody.
“I was afraid that if I stopped they would kill me, so I fled,” the driver told Palestinian police, according to Hebrew media reports.
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• The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center takes a closer look at the how Palestinians use vests labeled as “press” to carry out attacks against Israelis.
• The US consulate in Haifa is closing down on September 1 with public services to be divided between the embassy in Jerusalem and its Tel Aviv branch. An embassy official told Ynet it was “part of internal planning of the embassy and of administrative reasons.”
• Israeli Arabs want to set July 19 — the anniversary of the nation state law’s passage — as Israel Apartheid Day, the Jerusalem Post reports. There’s room to debate the law, but it’s not an apartheid law. It’s telling that Israeli Arabs never jumped on the Israel Apartheid Week bandwagon in that event’s 14 years. (Here’s why.)
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• Per The Independent: “Antisemitism training at this year’s Labour conference is at risk of being scrapped after Jewish members accused party leaders of trying to ‘censor’ the sessions.”
• The Labour party suspended former MP Jim Sheridan over comments he made about the Jewish community on Facebook.
• Fatah cast doubt on Corbyn’s claim that no terrorists were buried in the Tunisian cemetery. The Independent explains:
Fatah’s official Facebook page carries a tribute to Atef Bseiso, who is buried at the cemetery in Tunisia, stating that he was involved in planning the “Munich operation”.
• The Labour party filed a formal complaint with Britain’s Independent Press Standards Organization, the UK press regulatory organization, over media coverage of Jeremy Corbyn’s wreath-laying imbroglio, The Guardian reports. A damaging photo from 2014 of Corbyn holding a wreath by the graves of Palestinian terrorists connected with the 1972 Olympic massacre in Munich made front page news last week:
In its complaint, the party said the Sun, the Times, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Express and Metro had misrepresented the event, which the Labour leader attended in 2014.
The press regulator has acknowledged the complaint and said it will consider taking the case further, raising the prospect that it could attempt to rule on the definitive chain of events surrounding Corbyn’s visit to the cemetery.
It is highly unusual for a senior politician to turn to the press regulator over negative media coverage.
I doubt Corbynistas will get much satisfaction from IPSO. HonestReporting has been left empty-handed after filing far more credible complaints with the regulator.
• UK Jewish leader calls Corbyn premiership an ‘existential threat’ to community.
• Munich massacre survivor brands Jeremy Corbyn an ‘anti-Semite who admires terrorists.’
• As pro-Palestinian politicians win US primaries, American Jews ask if it’s ‘a wave or a ripple.’
The answer depends on who you ask. Pro-Israel operatives who focus on maintaining bipartisan support for the Jewish State insist it means very little. Presuming they go to Capitol Hill, they will be just three of 535 members of Congress . . .
But there are others who think what’s beginning to unfold is the inevitable outcome when an Israeli prime minister aligns himself, or is perceived to align himself, with one political party, and who advances policies that are known to ostracize America’s progressive movement — with which most US Jews happen to associate.
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• BDS activists shut down Berlin music festival event due to Israeli sponsorship.
• 20-year-old and co-conspirator charged in Indianapolis-area synagogue vandalism.
• Romanian police nab suspect in anti-Semitic vandalism of Elie Wiesel’s home.
• Germany investigates website selling “Heil Hitler Beer,” “Fuhrer Wine” and “Zyklon B Peanuts.”
• Canadian Jews decry fashion shoot at Ottawa‘s Holocaust Monument as desecration. Last word on the issue goes to Jane Daly.

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Replying to @20YS
people need to calm down!!!!
Jane Daly
Who needs to calm down? The Jewish people? Like there isn’t one other place for a fashion shoot in Ottawa than a memorial for the millions killed in the Holocaust? Who wants to look at clothes with that as a backdrop?

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• Canadian lawmaker rescinds award to activist who participated in pro-Palestinian ‘hate rally.’
• A Canadian newspaper praises Palestinian mothers who sent their sons on jihad missions.
• Plenty of spilled ink and burnt pixels on the Gaza situation . . .

– Amb. Danny Danon: The UN enables Palestinian rejectionism
– Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser: Does Israel have a strategy for Gaza?
– Avi Issacharoff: Why a true long-term deal for the Gaza Strip is still a long way off
– Zvi Bar’el: The Qatar dilemma: When even a supporter of terrorism can be an Israeli ally
– Yoav Limor: Hamas’ moment of truth
– Hillel Frisch: Why Hamas escalated and why it is winning the current round
– Alex Fishman: The art of playing for time
– Herb Keinon: Syria in Gaza, without the Russians

• For commentary on the domestic scene, Lahav Harkov and Col (Res.) Dr. Raphael Bouchnik-Chen weigh in on the nation state law. Tweet of the day goes to Seth Frantzman.
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 There are people who comment in western media about changes in Israel and its society who have never set foot in a barber shop in Israel, never taken public transport or been to most of Israel, yet despite shallow, surface cliched knowledge they are quoted and listened to #think
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• Here’s what else I’m reading this weekend . . .

– Prof. Eyal Zisser: On the 25th anniversary of the Oslo Accords
– Amos Harel, Amir Tibon: Why Iran thinks it has an ‘insurance policy’ against an Israeli or US strike
– Maysam Behravesh: US’s ‘Arab NATO’ plan will not curb Iran
– Michael Freeman: BDS has nothing useful to contribute to the Mideast peace process
– Jay Sekulow: UNRWA has changed the definition of refugee
– Dr. Yitzhak Degani: The Assad regime returns to the Golan
– Jonathan Tobin: The Corbyn challenge for progressives
– Brendan O’Neill: The shameful double standards of the Corbyn crew
– Fiamma Nirenstein: Corbyn unmasked: He brought flowers to terrorists
– John Lloyd: Can UK’s Labour rid itself of anti-Semitism?
– Daily Telegraph (staff-ed): Labour needs to confront the moral outrage surrounding Corbyn
– Christopher Booker: The BBC still thinks we should appease Iran’s dictators, but Iranians themselves are protesting
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Did Jeremy Corbyn Try to Free Israeli Nuclear Whistleblower?
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Did embattled UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn once visit the Knesset to free Mordechai Vanunu, who leaked Israeli nuclear secrets?
2. Another damaging photo of Corbyn and a Palestinian terrorist surfaced. At the Tunisian wreath-laying ceremony, Corbyn “shared a platform” with the exiled leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror group, Maher al-Taher, the Times of London and Daily Mail report.
A month after the photo was taken, the PFLP claimed responsibility for Jerusalem’s Har Nof synagogue attack. Four rabbis, including a British national, and Druze police officer were killed when two Palestinians armed with axes, knives and a gun stormed the synagogue during morning prayers.
 Corbyn shared Tunis platform with MAHER al-TAHER of PFLP = Palestinian terror gang which murdered UK Rabbi in a Synagogue  https://dailym.ai/2vKYGry  via @MailOnline
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Corbyn shared platform with Palestinian group which murdered UK rabbi
Although the incident occurred a year before Mr Corbyn became leader of the Labour party, the PFLP had been noted as a terrorist organisation by the EU for two years previously.
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3. The latest Mideast reports picked up by Times of Israel, Haaretz, Ynet and Israel HaYom on a possibly emerging ceasefire deal say it will last for one year and establish a Cyprus-Gaza shipping connection which Israel would have security control of.
The deal would also include “Qatari funding for Gaza’s electricity bills in cooperation with Israel, and Qatari payment of civil service employees’ salaries in Gaza in cooperation with Egypt.”
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• According to Israeli media reports Egypt’s intelligence chief, Major General Abbas Kamel, recently visited Tel Aviv to discuss a long-term Gaza ceasefire with his Israeli counterparts.
• The parents of Lt. Hadar Goldin, who was killed in Gaza in 2014, are seeking a temporary injunction against Israel’s efforts for a Gaza ceasefire. The High Court of Justice agreed to hear their request.
• Was the IDF’s re-opening of the Kerem Shalom crossing to Gaza a premature move?
• Palestinian leader tightening screws on Gaza to serve his own interests accuses the US of promoting Gaza aid to serve its own interests.
• The US warned that neither Israelis nor Palestinians would be fully pleased with President Donald Trump’s peace initiative, and that both sides would have to make painful compromises. To emphasize the point, White House envoy Jason Greenblatt tweeted his joint statement with Ambassadors Nikki Haley and David Friedman and Trump’s advisor/son-in-law Jared Kushner in English, Hebrew and Arabic. More on the story at the Times of Israel.
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• Israel arrested a Belgian national suspected of terror activity last month. A gag order was lifted on Palestinian-Belgian Mustafa Khaled Awad, who is accused of being part of a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror cell. He was detained trying to enter Israel at the Allenby Bridge crossing from Jordan.
• The IDF’s Military Advocate General closed the file on “Black Friday,” the bloodiest day of the 2014 Gaza war, saying there were no grounds to open a criminal investigation.
On August 1, 2014, one hour after a humanitarian ceasefire began on August 1, Hamas fighters attacked an IDF unit, killing two soldiers and abducting Lt. Hadar Goldin, who was dragged into a tunnel. The IDF initiated the so-called Hannibal Protocol (which is no longer in use) to prevent the Hamas personnel from escaping with Goldin. In the course of IDF shelling and air strikes that day, 42 armed Palestinians and 72 likely civilians were killed. The MAG concluded that the civilians were not deliberately targeted and that officers worked to prevent collateral damage.
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• UN agency says schools for Palestinian refugees will open on time despite US aid cut. The UN Relief and Works Agency is responsible for more than 700 schools and 22,000 teachers for around 500,000 children in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.
• Israel’s Government Press Office scored a correction with Sky News. The web site referred to Black September “activists” involved in the Munich massacre, then changed the wording to “terrorists.”

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 Hey @Skynews, "Black September activists" are no less than terrorists. Why are you continuing to mislead your readers?@EmmanuelNahshon https://news.sky.com/story/jeremy-corbyn-tries-to-draw-line-under-palestine-wreath-row-with-fresh-denial-11473448

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• While Jeremy Corbyn denies Labour’s antisemitism problem, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad wears his on his sleeve.
• Fearing a pro-Palestinian backlash, an Israel-themed Brazilian Carnival parade was nixed for this (!?)
The consulate recently learned that the Aguila de Oro Samba School had decided to focus on Brazil’s rising corruption as a theme for this year’s parade.
• A European debating tournament banned national-origin discrimination after a Qatari team refused to debate Israeli counterparts.
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• Defying ‘intimidation’ by BDS advocates protesting Israeli sponsorship, Berlin music festival gets underway.
• Michigan congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib endorses one-state solution, pledges to slash Israeli military aid

• Ilhan Omar, who once called Israel an ‘apartheid regime,’ wins congressional primary in Minnesota
• Israel’s Health Ministry urged calm as more Golan waterways said to be contaminated.
A health official said authorities were considering closing off more rivers and streams in the Golan Heights — including the Jordan River — possibly for months, as more people were hospitalized with symptoms feared to be leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that can be fatal and is transmitted via animal urine.”
Waterways currently closed to bathers are Zavitan, Zaki, Yehudia and Meshushim streams, the Jordan River in the area of Jordan Park, Betekha and Bethsaida in the Majrasa, the Daliot River estuary and the Jilbon River.
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• Will the National Defense Authorization Act force Al Jazeera to register as a foreign agent in the US? It’s all about transparency:

The NDAA is the major defense-spending bill signed annually by the president. This year’s bill included a small section relating to foreign-owned media. Concerns about such media transmitting in the US have increased since the 2016 election. The Russia Today TV network registered as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act under pressure in 2017 . . .

Now Congress has sought another way to potentially force Al Jazeera’s connections to Qatar out into the open. Section 722 of the NDAA is titled “Disclosure requirements for the United States-based foreign media outlets.” It calls on the Federal Communications Commission to transmit to Congress every six months details about content, and a description of the relationship of the media outlet to the foreign government, as well as the legal structure of the media entity.
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• Cabinet minister Naftali Bennett talked up the controversial nation state law in a New York Times op-ed.

• On the domestic scene, Zev Chafets examines the meaning of Israel’s upgraded Standard & Poors credit rating.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today:
– Col. (res.) Ronen Itsik: Calm, but at what price?
– Elior Levy: The scale of arrangement between Israel and Hamas
– Max Boot: I’ve been visiting Israel since 1998. The path to peace is shrinking.
– Mitchell Bard: Hamas anniversary is reminder of terror group’s agenda
– A. Z. Mohamed: In Islam, Jerusalem is not Mecca
– Jonathan Freedland: For Corbyn, precision and honesty are the way out of this wreath mess
– Robert Philpot: Shrugging off critics Trump-style, Corbyn withstands outrage, rises in polls
– Dennis Ross: Iran is throwing a tantrum but wants a deal
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Israel Re-Opens Kerem Shalom Crossing to Gaza
Today’s Top Stories
1. Following recent days of calm along the Gaza border, Israel reopened the Kerem Shalom border crossing to full operations and extended the Strip’s fishing zone

2. Interpol made its first PA-requested arrest since the Palestinians joined the international police organization. A male fugitive wanted on rape charges was arrested at an undisclosed international airport and the PA is now in the legal process of having him extradited.

The Palestinians became members of Interpol in 2017 over Israeli objections. Israel opposes Palestinian membership fearing the Palestinians will leak sensitive information to terrorists and use Interpol warrants to arbitrarily arrest Israeli officials, among other concerns.


3. Washington officials told Haaretz that the Trump administration wants to see a long-term Gaza ceasefire “with or without the Palestinian Authority.”

4. Owen Jones Adds Fuel to Corbyn’s Antisemitism Problem: Corbynistas wish Labour’s dumpster fire of antisemitism would disappear, but Owen Jones and The Guardian add fuel to the fire.

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• Israel reportedly filed a formal protest against the International Criminal Court over an unusual appeal to ‘Palestinian victims.’ The Times of Israel explains:

Israel has lodged a formal protest with the International Criminal Court (ICC) for launching a campaign last month to reach out to “victims of the situation in Palestine,” an unusual step which Jerusalem officials charge casts doubt on the court’s ability to treat the Jewish state fairly . . .

This despite the fact that ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has not yet decided whether the court has any jurisdiction over matters related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, since it has no jurisdiction over Israel (which is not a member state) and because Palestine is not a state and therefore cannot exercise jurisdiction over the West Bank.

• Russia to help restore UN patrols near Syria-Israel frontier. CNN and the Daily Telegraph visited the Syrian Golan with Russian forces.

• Palestinians are scrambling to deliver 10 tons of mail blocked by Israel for years. Letters and parcels barred from entering the West Bank, either for security or administrative reasons, had piled up in Jordan.

COGAT, the Israeli Defense Ministry body responsible for civilian coordination in the Palestinian territories, said the release was part of confidence building measures after the two sides agreed on a postal entry deal “about a year ago.”

It said while the deal had not yet gone into force for future deliveries, it had “allowed a one-time transfer of approximately ten and a half tons of mail that had been held in Jordan.”

• Reuters: UN-run schools for Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon may not be able to open due to US aid cuts. The UN Relief and Works Agency is responsible for more than 700 schools and 22,000 teachers for around 500,000 children.

• BDS claims victory in Tunisia, forcing an “Israel-linked” ship from port. However, “a spokesman for the Israeli container company Zim told The Jerusalem Post that the ship did not belong to the company, was not rented by the company, and did not contain any cargo belonging to the company.”

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• Haaretz: Israel’s attorney general to examine Shin Bet detentions of Left-wing activists entering the country.

• Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be grilled in the “Bezeq affair” on Friday for the last time. Police are investigating whether the PM had an understanding with Shaul Elovitch, Bezeq’s majority shareholder, in which Netanyahu gave the telecom giant regulatory benefits in exchange for favorable coverage on the Elovitch-owned Walla! News site.

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• “Jewish Labour members will boycott talks on tackling antisemitism after accusing party leaders of trying to deliberately “antagonise tensions” in the row over the issue, The Independent has learned.”

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• Jeremy Corbyn condemned after a photo surfaces of him making a Muslim Brotherhood salute.
• Former ambassador slams Jeremy Corbyn’s support for pair convicted over bombing of Jewish targets in UK. The Jewish Chronicle explains:

Mr Corbyn was part of a campaign to free Samar Alami and Jawad Botmeh, who were convicted of conspiracy to cause explosions after two car bomb attacks in London on July 26, 1994.

The first bomb exploded at the Israeli embassy, injuring 14 people. Thirteen hours later, a second bomb exploded, injuring six more people, outside Balfour House in North Finchley, the headquarters of a number of Jewish charities, including the Joint Israel Appeal, the forerunner of the UJIA.

• Australian students condemned for dressing up as Jewish caricatures with money bags, hooked noses and striped concentration camp uniforms with yellow Jewish stars — repeatedly.

• Worth reading: I liked this Twitter thread from Peter Lerner.

LTC (R) Peter Lerner
People keep asking me why is #Israel negotiating with #Hamas. While Israel refuses to confirm its negotiating with the terrorist organization the reality on the ground suggests otherwise. Here are my thoughts on the subject.

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• Plenty of spilled ink and burnt pixels weighing on Jeremy Corbyn and Labour’s antisemitism problem:

– Anshel Pfeffer: Netanyahu picks the perfect time to lay a trap for Corbyn – and he fell for it
– Sohrab Ahmari: Never Corbyn
– David Patrikarakos: Jeremy Corbyn will lay a wreath for PLO Munich murderers but not for dead Jews at Yad Vashem
– Michael Foster: I’m a Jewish Labour donor and stood to be an MP. But if Corbyn becomes Prime Minister, I’ll have to leave Britain
– Julie Lenarz: Jeremy Corbyn, anti-Semite
– Matthew Norman: Netanyahu is a brutal bully – but only blind Corbyn cultists could say he was wrong about the wreath-laying

thinking• For commentary on the domestic scene, David Horovitz weighs in on Israeli democracy while Avi Berkowitz and Alexander Apfel comment on the nation state law.

• Here’s what else I’m reading today:

– Amos Harel: In nearing deal with Israel on Gaza, Hamas wins achievements through military resistance
– Cliff Smith: Trump should release secret report on the true number of Palestinian refugees
– Lt. Gen. (ret.) John Toolan: Laws of armed conflict in Gaza
– Raphael Ahren: A Palestinian attempt to oust Israel from the UN would be quixotic — and fail
– Daniel Arbess: Advice for a Palestinian ‘icon’ (click via Twitter)
– Amb. Alan Baker: Is the International Criminal Court Becoming a Palestinian Propaganda Engine?
– Amnon Lord: Lawfare in the service of terrorism
– Fern Sidman: Israel is the #1 victim of ‘fake news’
– David Ignatius: The unintended consequences of US disengagement in the Middle East


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