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On Topic Links


Rationalizing Putin’s Syrian Victory: Noah Rothman, Commentary, Mar. 14, 2016

Turkey: Normalizing Hate: Uzay Bulut, Gatestone Institute, Mar. 13, 2016

The North Korean Connection: Yaakov Lappin, Jerusalem Post, Mar. 12, 2016

Frightening Figures: The Number of Terrorists and Weapons in Gaza: Elder of Ziyon, Algemeiner, Mar. 14, 2016





“The Arab world softening its views toward us will help us when the time comes to reach a real and lasting agreement with our Palestinian neighbors…If someone thought earlier that a breakthrough with the Palestinians would lead to improved relations with the Arab world for us, the opposite is happening and will continue to happen.” — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as a French envoy visited Jerusalem to solicit support for an international conference on the conflict. Netanyahu praised past peace deals, such as the one Begin made with Egypt, but said it was time for the international community to realize that the paradigm for peacemaking had changed. Israel’s relations with Arab countries have improved due to threats from Iran and I.S., he said. “More and more Arab countries are realizing that Israel is not the enemy of the Arab world, but rather their partner in a joint struggle against Islamic extremists…We are both fighting the Shiite Islamic extremists led by Iran and the Sunni extremists led by ISIS.” (Jerusalem Post, Mar. 14, 2016)


“Iran continues to disregard its obligations to UN resolutions…This latest provocation makes it clear that the ‘smile campaign’ of the current regime is nothing more than a smokescreen to disguise the real intentions of the ayatollah regime.” — Israel Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon. Danon sent an urgent letter to members of the UN Security Council calling for condemnation of Tehran’s test launch of ballistic missiles. A series of Iranian military weapons tests last week ended with Tehran crowing that it could now reach Israel with a missile capable of destroying the Jewish State. Iran even inscribed the missiles with a message in Hebrew “Must destroy Israel.” Danon added that the tests were “a gross violation” of Security Council resolution 2231, which endorsed the nuclear agreement and which restricts Iran from launching missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. (Jewish Press, Mar. 13, 2016)


"Iran should face sanctions for these activities and the international community must demonstrate that Iran's threats toward Israel will not be tolerated." — U.S. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton. Clinton, a former secretary of state under President Barack Obama, said she was "deeply concerned" by the Iranian missile launches. Her call for sanctions reflected a tougher line against Iran's recent missile activity than that taken so far by the White House. The Iranian move came despite warning from the U.S. State Department that Washington continues to "aggressively apply our unilateral tools to counter threats from Iran's missile program," according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest, a possible reference to additional U.S. sanctions. (CBC, Mar. 9, 2016)


"To my regret there are some in the West who are misled by the honeyed words of part of the Iranian leadership while the other part continues to procure equipment and weaponry, to arm terrorist groups."  — Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon. Ya’alon said the missile tests showed Iran's hostility had not changed since implementing a nuclear deal in January, despite Rouhani's overtures to the West. Iran's IRGC said the missiles tested last Wednesday were designed with Israel in mind. The nearest point in Iran is around 1,000 kilometres from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. (CBC, Mar. 9, 2016)


“Notwithstanding images of troops packing up their kit and fighter jets flying back to their bases in southern Russia, the early evidence suggests what Putin said was mostly flim-flam of a kind seen and heard before about Syria, Crimea and eastern Ukraine… More crucially, Moscow is not giving up Tartus, its small but strategically vital old naval base on the Mediterranean Sea, or Latakia, its perhaps even more strategically important new airbase… The reality is the Russian withdrawal is at least partially a trick — it is clear Putin is not abandoning Assad.” — Matthew Fisher. (National Post, Mar. 15, 2016)


“The kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not accept any interference in its jurisdiction or internal affairs by any party… The kingdom of Saudi Arabia believes that call[s] for universality of human rights does not mean imposition of principles and values that go against our Islamic values and religion.” — Statement by the Saudi embassy in Ottawa. Saudi Arabia is speaking out for the first time about the controversy surrounding a $15-billion arms deal with Canada. The Saudi embassy in Ottawa decried what it called “sensationalized and politicized” coverage of the deal brokered by the Canadian government. Ottawa is the prime contractor on a deal to supply the Saudi Arabian National Guard, which is responsible for combatting internal threats, with London, Ont.-produced fighting machines that will be equipped with machine guns or anti-tank cannons. Two former Liberal cabinet ministers, Irwin Cotler and Lloyd Axworthy, have called on the government to reconsider the deal, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it would hurt Canada’s reputation if it annulled the contract. (Globe & Mail, Mar. 11, 2016)


“Our hydrogen bomb is much bigger than the one developed by the Soviet Union…If this H-bomb were to be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile and fall on Manhattan…all the people there would be killed immediately and the city would burn down to ashes.” — Report by North Korean state-run media. North Korea claimed that it could wipe out New York City by sending a hydrogen bomb on a ballistic missile. The report cites a nuclear scientist named Cho Hyong Il. North Korea’s newly developed hydrogen bomb “surpasses our imagination,” Cho is quoted as saying. Although there are many reasons to believe that Kim Jong Un’s regime is exaggerating its technical capabilities, the near-daily boasts and warnings from North Korea underlines its anger at efforts to thwart its ambitions. Kim in January ordered North Korea’s fourth nuclear test and claimed that it was a hydrogen bomb, not a simple atomic one. But most experts are skeptical of the claim, saying the seismic waves caused by the blast were similar to those produced by the North’s three previous tests. (National Post, Mar. 13, 2016)


“Sadly, even after multiple student surveys reporting alarming levels … of campus antisemitism, university leaders remain in denial. That will be much harder now. For the first time ever we have objective confirmation of student reports, and we know what is responsible for the frightening escalation in campus antisemitism — anti-Zionism, mainly BDS. [U]niversity leaders must now begin to acknowledge the distinction between scholarly debate and criticism of Israel’s policies — which has every place on a university campus — and anti-Zionism, which is blatant antisemitism, and is the driving force behind the frightening rise in campus antisemitism.” — AMCHA Director Tammi Rossman-Benjamin. AMCHA released its “Report on Antisemitic Activity in 2015 at US Colleges and Universities With the Largest Jewish Undergraduate Populations.” The report is the “first empirical study of its kind,” showing that “the primary agents of antisemitic activity are anti-Zionist students and faculty boycotters.” (Algemeiner, Mar. 14, 2016)


“[BDS] calls for the shunning of Jewish academics, the boycott of Jewish goods, the de-legitimization of Jewish commerce…We have seen these all before. And we know where it takes us…We have made clear that local authorities and public bodies cannot adopt BDS policies aimed at Israel; they cannot use public resources to discriminate against Jewish people, Jewish goods and a Jewish state.” — British Secretary of Justice Michael Gove, at a conference on antisemitism in Berlin. Gove underlined that the government in London has restricted the adaptation of the movement by public bodies in the UK, where BDS efforts have become popular with various student and academia groups. Gove also parlayed a message from British Prime Minister David Cameron, vowing to fight antisemitism. “Together, we will make sure Britain remains a country that Jewish people are proud to call home – today, tomorrow and for every generation to come,” Gove said quoting Cameron. (Jerusalem Post, Mar. 15, 2016)


“France is on its way to disintegration…Until recently, France was successful in integrating its immigrants — that was even its pride…Today, it is disintegrating in front of our eyes. [The French model of integration] doesn’t work anymore…Where one could have hoped for a certain harmony, it is hatred that prevails.” — Alain Finkielkraut, a former philosophy professor at France’s elite École Polytechnique, and arguably the most visible of France’s public intellectuals. “Today, when some, like me, speak of the problem of Islam, we are denounced as the successors of Maurras and Barrès,” said Finkielkraut, naming two far-right thinkers of pre-World War II France. “There is a refusal to think about this era on its own terms.” For Finkielkraut, the problem is with Muslims, not with France. “We’ve got to fix very clear rules…Secularism has got to prevail. And we can’t compromise on the status of women…Everything plays out there…People are telling us that problem comes from all sorts of oppression by the West. No. The problem comes from the oppression by Islam of women. We’ve got to help the Muslims resolve this question.”  (New York Times, Mar. 11, 2016)


“As First Couple, Ron and Nancy Reagan represented America with great distinction…They had a magnificent sense of occasion. They had style, they had grace and they had class.” — Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Mulroney paid a touching tribute to former U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan at her funeral by reading a letter her husband, former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, wrote to her during their first Christmas in the White House. Mulroney, who had a close relationship with the Reagans, read the letter dated Dec. 25, 1981, in which the president described all the different women he felt his wife embodied – “mommy,” First Lady, “fun you,” and “sentimental you.” Reagan finished off the letter by saying, in part, “There could be no life for me, without you.” Mulroney said the relationship between Ronald and Nancy Reagan was “a love story for the ages.” (CTV, Mar. 11, 2016)





TURKEY CARRIES OUT AIRSTRIKES IN IRAQ AFTER DEADLY ANKARA BOMBING (Ankara) — Turkish warplanes struck against Kurdish militant camps in northern Iraq on Monday, a day after 37 people were killed in an Ankara car bombing that security officials said involved two fighters – one female – from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Sunday's attack was the second such strike at the administrative heart of the Turkish capital in under a month. No one has claimed responsibility for the latest attack. However, security officials said a female member of the outlawed PKK was one of suspected perpetrators. Violence has spiralled in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast since a 2½-year ceasefire with the PKK collapsed in July. (CBC, Mar. 14, 2016)  


SYRIAN KURDS SAY THEY'LL DECLARE FEDERAL REGION IN SYRIA (Damascus) — A Syrian Kurdish political party is planning to declare a federal region in northern Syria, a model it hopes can be applied to the entire country. Nawaf Khalil of the Democratic Union Party told AP that his party is not lobbying for an only-Kurdish region but an all-inclusive area that would include representation for Turkmen, Arabs and Kurds in northern Syria.  It comes as the Damascus government and Saudi-backed rebels are holding peace talks with a UN envoy in Geneva on ways to resolve the country's devastating civil war, which this week entered its sixth year. Kurds are the largest ethnic minority in Syria, making up more than 10 percent of the country's prewar population of 23 million. (Ynet, Mar. 16, 2016)


ARAB LEAGUE DECLARES HEZBOLLAH A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION (Cairo) — The Arab League on Friday declared Lebanon-based Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Nearly all members of the pan-Arab body supported the decision, expect for Lebanon and Iraq, which expressed “reservations,” the 22-member bloc said in a statement. The Revolutionary Guards created Hezbollah (Party of God) in the 1980s. Funded by Iran, it is the only side not to have put down weapons after Lebanon’s civil war from 1975 to 1990. The U.S., and Canada have listed Hezbollah as a “terrorist” group. The European Union has also blacklisted its military wing. The League’s declaration comes a little over a week after the predominantly Sunni Gulf states took a similar stance. (Times of Israel, Mar. 11, 2016)


GERMAN AFD PARTY SURGES TO SHOCK ELECTION VICTORY (Berlin) — Germany's new anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) surged into three state assemblies with scores that would have been unthinkable only a year ago. Formed three years ago in opposition to euro zone bailouts, the AfD has morphed into an anti-immigration party, seizing on an influx of migrants to steal disaffected members of Merkel's conservatives. On Sunday they won 24 percent of the vote in Saxony-Anhalt, to become the second-biggest party in the state parliament. While populist, anti-immigrant parties have thrived for years in other European countries, Germany has been an exception. The refugee crisis has changed all that. More than a million migrants entered Germany last year, unsettling many Germans and turning the AfD into a force on the national stage almost overnight. (Jerusalem Post, Mar. 14, 2016)


MAN LINKED TO PARIS ATTACK KILLED IN RAID (Brussels) — Police found a man dead when they stormed a house in Brussels at the end of a major anti-terror operation Tuesday, several hours after they were shot at during a raid linked to last year’s attacks in Paris, a prosecutor said. It was not clear whether the dead man was one of the suspects sought in the raid earlier Tuesday in the Forest neighborhood of Brussels, the Belgian capital where several of the Paris attackers lived. Four months on, Belgian police and magistrates are still piecing together the role Belgian nationals and others living here played in aiding the Paris attackers. The suspected ringleader of the attacks was a Brussels resident, Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Another attacker, Bilal Hadfi, was said to have lived for a time in the Forest neighborhood. (Times of Israel, Mar. 15, 2016)


ATTACKER AT MILITARY RECRUITING CENTRE SAID HIGHER POWER DROVE HIM (Toronto) — In the midst of a frenzied attack on soldiers at the Canadian Forces recruiting centre in north Toronto on Monday, the attacker declared he was driven to violence by a higher power. “Allah told me to do this. Allah told me to come here and kill people,” the attacker yelled after injuring two people. Those words now have authorities exploring potential terrorism charges. In a Toronto courtroom on Tuesday, police charged Ayanle Hassan Ali, a Canadian Muslim of Somali heritage, with a litany of offences, including three counts of attempted murder. The soldiers who were attacked –Ryan Kong, Jesus Castillo and Tracy Ann Gerhardt – have been released from hospital. (National Post, Mar. 15, 2016)


CANADIAN TO COMMAND COALITION TEAM WORKING WITH IRAQI SECURITY (Ottawa) — Canadian Brigadier-General David Anderson is to command a coalition team — including as many as 12 other Canadians — that is to work with Iraq’s security ministries in Baghdad as they prepare battle plans for the long-anticipated offensive to drive I..S. out of Mosul and northwestern Iraq. Anderson served with the infantry in Afghanistan before commanding an army brigade in western Canada. Although the Trudeau government withdrew the RCAF’s Kuwait-based CF-18s from combat operations over Iraq and Syria last month, the number of Canadians helping Iraq fight I.S. is to grow to 830 from about 600. (National Post, Mar. 14, 2016)


STABBING VICTIM PULLS KNIFE OUT OF OWN NECK, STABS ATTACKER TO DEATH (Petah Tivkah) — A 40-year-old Israeli stabbing victim turned the tables on his Palestinian attacker last Tuesday, pulling the terrorist’s knife out of his own neck and using it to stab the assailant to death. The attack, which took place in the city of Petah Tivkah, occurred when the Palestinian attacker followed his victim, Yonatan Azarihab, into a wine shop. Azarihab managed to pull the terrorist’s knife out of his neck and flee the store, at which point the shop’s proprietor tried to subdue the terrorist. Azarihab then returned to the store, took up the knife which the terrorist had used on him, and stabbed the attacker. The terrorist died within minutes. (Breaking Israel News, Mar. 9, 2016)


STABBER OF BORDER POLICEMAN SENTENCED TO 17 YEARS IN DEAL (Jerusalem) — Palestinian Yasser Tarua was sentenced on Wednesday by the Jerusalem District Court to 17 years in prison for stabbing Border Policeman Raz Bibi in the neck and the chest next to Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate on June 21. Bibi was badly injured and required serious medical attention for around two weeks, but survived. Tarua set out from a village near Hebron with two knives and illegally crossed into Israel with the goal of attacking a policeman or a soldier. Bibi was walking on Sultan Solomon Street on his way to his base where he served near the Damascus Gate when Tarua jumped him from behind and started stabbing him, while yelling “God is great.” (Jerusalem Post, Mar. 16, 2016)


IDF RAIDS PALESTINIAN TV STATION OVER INCITEMENT (Ramallah) — An Islamic Jihad-affiliated television station urging Palestinians to carry out terrorist attacks has been taken off the air, Israel’s Shin Bet said Friday. The order to shut down Ramallah-based Falastin al-Yom, which maintains a television station as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts, followed an Israeli cabinet decision to enforce counter terrorism measures against Palestinian media outlets that incite violence. The TV station’s offices were raided by the IDF and the Shin Bet on Friday. The troops confiscated its equipment, and its manager, Faruk Aliat, 34, was arrested and taken in for questioning. Aliat is a known member of the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad terror group. (Breaking Israel News, Mar. 13, 2016)


JERUSALEM POST TO AWARD 2016 INNOVATION PRIZE TO MOBILEYE (Tel Aviv) — The Jerusalem Post announced that it will award Israeli driver assistant technology company Mobileye with its 2016 innovation prize. Mobileye was founded in 1999, and went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2014. It became the largest ever public offering by an Israeli company in the US. The company develops visualization systems based on artificial intelligence and data analysis, and is developing tools for autonomous driving. Its technology improves driver safety, reducing the number of accidents and saving lives through the use of a “third eye,” which not only detects traffic conditions but can also read traffic lights and signs. The company is working with major car manufacturers and its technology has been integrated into 10 million vehicles worldwide. (Jerusalem Post, Mar. 10, 2016)


TEL AVIV U’S CYBORG CARDIAC PATCH COULD REPLACE TRANSPLANTS (Tel Aviv) — Electronics melded with living tissues have been used by Tel Aviv University researchers to create a self-regulating “cyborg cardiac patch” to save lives of people with diseased hearts. The new patch, invented by Prof. Tal Dvir and doctoral student Ron Feiner of TAU’s Biotechnology Department, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and its Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology may singlehandedly change the field of cardiac research, they said. The capabilities of the bionic heart patch even surpass those of human tissue alone, they said, as it contracts and expands like human heart tissue but regulates itself like a machine. (Jerusalem Post, Mar. 15, 2016)


CANADIAN SYNAGOGUE HELPS RESCUE TWO YAZIDI FAMILIES (Winnipeg) — The Shaarey Zedek Synagogue in Winnipeg, MB, has reached out to sponsor two Yazidi refugee families. The synagogue is participating in Operation Ezra, a project involving arranging sponsorships for Yazidi refugees and raising awareness about their plight. The two families that are to be sponsored by Shaarey Zedek are living – separately – at present in such a camp in Turkey. When all the paperwork is completed for their sponsorship, they will be brought to Canada. The synagogue members meanwhile are busy collecting money, furniture, clothing and school supplies for the children. (Jewish Press, Mar. 13, 2016)


HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR FROM ISRAEL IS WORLD'S OLDEST MAN (Haifa) — The oldest man in the world is Israeli Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal, age 112. Kristal, a resident of Haifa who survived Auschwitz, was handed a certificate by the Guinness World Records, according him the status as the oldest known man on the planet. Kristal was born on September 15, 1903, to a religious family in the town of Zarnov in the Lodz province of Poland, then part of the Russian Empire. In 1950, he made aliya with his wife and their infant son, Haim, and settled in Haifa, where he has remained ever since. He has remained religious throughout his life, putting on tefillin and praying every day, reciting the prayers by heart since his eyesight is poor. (Jerusalem Post, Mar. 11, 2016)


SALOMON BEN ZIMRA Z”L (Toronto) — Salomon Ben Zimra, an educator, scholar, speaker and activist for Israel, died on the plane while returning from Israel with his partner and fellow co-founder of Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights, Goldie Steiner. He and Steiner were on their way back from Israel after having a meeting with two Israeli ministers about Israel’s land rights under the San Remo Conference and its ultimate realization under international law, the Mandate for Palestine. “Salomon was the author of The Jewish Peoples’ Rights To The Land Of Israel, and was a tireless worker in raising awareness of the reality that the Jewish people are owners, not occupiers,” wrote his friend Mark Vandermaas, Director of Training, Israel Truth Week. (CIJ, Mar. 16, 2016)



On Topic Links


Rationalizing Putin’s Syrian Victory: Noah Rothman, Commentary, Mar. 14, 2016—For advocates of the diplomatic process, which is for many an end in itself, unambiguous victories are few and far between. As such, some of these process advocates are embracing a surprise announcement from the Kremlin on Monday that the bulk of the Russian forces deployed to Syria would soon be recalled back to Russia as an unqualified triumph.

Turkey: Normalizing Hate: Uzay Bulut, Gatestone Institute, Mar. 13, 2016—According to the 2015 statistics of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), 28 lawsuits were opened by applicants against member states regarding their violations of freedom of expression. Ten of those applications (complaints) were made against Turkey's violations of freedom of expression. Turkey ranked first in that category.

The North Korean Connection: Yaakov Lappin, Jerusalem Post, Mar. 12, 2016—Hamas’s attack tunnels in Gaza, Hezbollah’s Scud D missile stockpiles in southern Lebanon, and the Fordow Iranian nuclear facility, dug into a mountain, all have one thing in common. None of them would exist in their current form without North Korea’s assistance and worldwide weapons proliferation network

Frightening Figures: The Number of Terrorists and Weapons in Gaza: Elder of Ziyon, Algemeiner, Mar. 14, 2016 Palestine Press Agency has an article listing the size of the major militias in Gaza. According to the article, there are more than a million weapons in Gaza, and more than a million land mines. That means there is more than one weapon for every man, woman and child in Gaza. But these are spread out among some 50 militias, causing fears of a massive bloodbath should a civil war break out.

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UN Condemns Hate by Marginal Individuals, But Ignores Hate by Gov’t Leaders: UN Watch , Aug. 5, 2013

American Jewish Singer Eydie Gorme Dies: Jerusalem Post, Aug.11, 2013




EGYPT DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY, SCORES CONFIRMED KILLED(Cairo) Egypt’s Health Ministry says the death toll from nationwide clashes, police raids rose to 95, with 874 wounded in push by Egyptian military to remove Islamist protestors demanding reinstatement of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. Egyptian authorities have declared a state of emergency as violent clashes between supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and the military that ousted him spread across the country Wednesday. Dozens were killed in a push to remove protesters from numerous points throughout Cairo. Egypt's Health Ministry said on Wednesday that 95 people had been killed on Wednesday in a police raid on supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi at a Cairo protest camp and in clashes nationwide. "The dead are both from police and civilians. We are waiting to get more details," said the ministry's spokesman, Hamdi Abdel Karim, adding that 874 people had been wounded. The Islamist demonstrators were demanding the reinstatement of deposed President Mohamed Morsi, his Muslim Brotherhood movement said. The new Egyptian presidency announced a one-month state of emergency across the country on Wednesday and ordered the armed forces to help the Interior Ministry enforce security. (Jerusalem Post, Aug. 14, 2013)



“We thought about the murderers who would be released to a hero’s welcome….[It is legitmate to ask] why is this being done now as a prelude to negotiations – a move I believe is unprecedented – and not later, if at all, as a result of headway in the talks? Why is such a move, which the American broker would probably not agree to at all if the terrorists had killed US citizens, let alone as a condition for starting negotiations, become a legitimate condition because Palestinians are demanding it of Israel? And yet the court must rule in accordance with the law.” — Israeli Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein – who admitted to the petitioners [families of victims of the terrorists about to be released] that he was devastated by the desperate pleading in court Monday of the mother of Lior Tubol, ruthlessly stabbed to death in 1990 at the age of 17 – made it clear that the decision was made with “a heavy heart.”  The Court ultimately rejected a petition brought by the families of the victims against the release of the cold-blooded murderers responsible for these atrocities and others. (Jerusalem Post, Aug. 14, 2013)


“All of these years we've been in pain. But when you open the newspaper or the internet in the morning and you see that among the 26 [Palestinian terrorists] there's the man who killed your father in cold blood, it's a shock. With the Gilad Schalit deal no one asked me what I thought but I thought at the time I don't want him [Schalit] to end up like [missing Israeli airman] Ron Arad. But this time? Who are they saving?…I don't think that there will ever be peace. And when you think about these killers, why won't they do it again?..The government is stabbing us in the back, that’s how it feels.” — Tzviah Dahan, 56, whose father, Moshe Beker, was beaten and stabbed to death with a knife and pruning shears by three Palestinian men in a grove outside Rishon Letzion in January 1994. One of those men was released from Israeli prison as part of Israel’s “gesture” persuading the PA to resume peace talks. (Jerusalem Post, Aug. 12, 2013)


"Incitement and peace cannot coexist. Rather than educate the next generation of Palestinians to live in peace with Israel, this hate education lays the ground for continued violence, terror and conflict." — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry following Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' assertion on July 29 that a future Palestinian state "would not see the presence of a single Israeli – civilian or soldier." (Yahoo! News, Aug. 11, 2013)


“I don't want to announce in front of cameras what we will do.  But I repeat what I've said many times when I was in power and repeat it now.  When we say that we are determined to prevent Iran from turning nuclear, we mean what we say.” — Ehud Barak, former Israeli minister of Defense, in an interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN. (CNN , Aug 12, 2013)


The lack of successful terror attacks from the West Bank in recent years should never be confused with a lack of motivation or desire on the part of Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, or the dozens of other organizations that work tirelessly in order to reestablish themselves in the region.  While many have grown accustomed to the current situation, the relative calm and security stability that exists in the West Bank today, we mustn't kid ourselves – the violent currents are strong and they are just beneath the surface. The hard-won security stability is the product of over a decade of effective counterterrorism and routine security operations; and it can all vanish in an instant.” — Capt. Barak Raz, a spokesperson for the Judea and Samaria Division of the Israel Defense Forces, who has just completed two years of IDF service. (Times of Israel, Aug. 10, 2013)


"Prime Minister Netanyahu was completely upfront with me and with President Abbas that he would be announcing some additional building that would take place in places that will not affect the peace map, that will not have any impact on the capacity to have a peace agreement. That means that it is building within the so-called blocs in areas that many people make a presumption – obviously not some Palestinians or others – will be part of Israel in the future," Kerry added. "He has specifically agreed not to disturb what might be the potential for peace….There are realities within life in Israel that also have to be taken into account here going forward. President Abbas understood that coming into these talks." — US Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking during a press conference with the foreign minister of Brazil. Kerry made clear, however, that settlements at any time, and not just during the peace process, were considered illegitimate by the United States.


 “In Judea and Samaria, and across the state of Israel, thousands of housing units will be built in the coming year. We will strive to build more in every part of the country. There is no area we won’t build in. It is unimaginable that there would be an area in which they dictate to us whether or not to build….There is no difference between Judea and Samaria and the rest of the country,” he said, using the Israeli term for the West Bank. “We will build everywhere.” — Uri Ariel, Israel’s Minister of Housing and Construction, from the right-wing Jewish Home party, promising more construction on both sides of the “Green Line” while touring Ariel, a settlement north of Jerusalem. (Times of Israel, Aug. 13, 2013)

"They [Israelis] know for certain that our [Palestinian] roots are deeper than their false history. We, from the balcony of our home, look out over [Islamic] holiness (visual: Western Wall from a distance) and on sin and filth (visual: close up of Western Wall showing Jews praying) in an area that used to have [Arab] people and homes. We are drawing our new maps. When they [Israelis] disappear from the picture, like a forgotten chapter in the pages of our city's history, we will build it anew (residential area). The Mughrabi Quarter will be built here (on the Western Wall Plaza).” — official Palestinian Authority TV broadcast Sept. 10, 2010, uncovered and documented by Palestinian Media Watch. (Palestinian Media Watch, Aug. 12, 2013)


“This is a nation [Israel] that is asking for nothing more than the ability to be recognized and for people to acknowledge their right to exist. That is not too much to ask,” — United States Congressman Joseph Kennedy (D-MA), son of slain U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy, in an interview with The Jerusalem Post, during his five-day visit as part of a 36-member U.S. Congressional delegation to Israel, affirming how important security is for a small country like Israel with hostile neighbors. (Jerusalem Post, Aug. 12, 2013)


“We are living in a state of constant terror, but we see nothing from the police or army. Everything has stopped for us. There is no work, all the churches have closed, the priests have fled.” — Mitri Shawqui Mitri, a 53-year-old Egyptian Christian shopkeeper whose son, Mina, was kidnapped by gunmen early this month. (New York Times, Aug. 11, 2013)


“The intervening events that indicate that the U.S. administration is deliberately diminishing American influence in all the theatres of the world are the imbroglio over Edward Snowden in Russia, and the ludicrous fiasco of the visit of Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham to Egypt on the conceit that they have some standing to announce and enact American foreign policy.” — Conrad Black, in an op-ed in the National Post. (National Post, Aug. 10, 2013)


“He [Obama] desperately wants to end the whole struggle. This is no secret wish. In a major address to the National Defense University just three months ago he declared: ‘this war, like all wars, must end.’ The plaintive cry of a man hoping that saying so makes it so. The result is visible ambivalence that leads to vacillating policy reeking of incoherence. Obama defends the vast NSA data dragnet because of the terrible continuing threat of terrorism. Yet at the same time, he calls for not just amending but actually repealing the legal basis for the entire war on terror, the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force. Well, which is it? If the tide of war is receding, why the giant NSA snooping programs? If al-Qaeda is on the run, as he incessantly assured the nation throughout 2012, why is America cowering in 19 closed-down embassies and consulates?” — Charles Krauthammer, in an op-ed article in National Post (National Post, Aug. 10, 2013)


“It’s not enough for me as President, to have confidence in these programs. The American people need to have confidence in them as well.”  — President Barak Obama, in the East Room of the White House, commenting on his plan to amend the legislation governing the secret National Security Agency surveillance program.(National Post, Aug. 10, 2013)


You [Obama] left the Egyptians, you turned your back on the Egyptians, and they won’t forget that.” — Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, head of the Egyptian Armed Forces and current military leader of Egypt. (National Post, Aug. 9, 2013)


“You have to leave Jerusalem. You have to leave Palestine. We say get out or you’re dead! We give them two minutes and then we start shooting. And that’s the only way that they will understand.” — Elias Hazineh, former president of Palestine House in suburban Toronto, addressing an Al-Quds Day there to cheers from a crowd of approximately 400. The Toronto Police has launched a hate crimes investigation into the incident after receiving a complaint. (Jewish Press, Aug. 14, 2013)


"I'm paraplegic and could be in jail for the rest of my life. However, if I died by lethal injection, I would still be a martyr." — Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Islamist U.S Army psychiatrist on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, where 13 dies, to a panel of mental health experts shortly after the attack. (Yahoo News, Aug.13, 2013)






ISRAEL FREES 26 TERRORISTS FOR PEACE TALKS (Ramle) Two convoys left the Ayalon prison Tuesday night at around 9 pm, carrying 26 terrorists who were released as the first part of an Israeli gesture to the Palestinian Authority. One convoy, carrying 15 terrorists traveled to the Erez junction, near Gaza, where those terrorists were released. The second convoy, carrying 11 terrorists, went to Ofer prison, and then on to the Beitunia checkpoint. Over 1000 Arabs have gathered at the Muqata in Ramallah to greet the freed terrorists, and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas will be leading a welcoming ceremony. Correcting a mistake made in the many previous terrorist releases, Israel decided to use windowless vans to transport the terrorists, so at least within Israel controlled areas, they couldn’t make their victory displays to the media. Israel also released the prisoners late at night, in order to minimize attendance at the Palestinian Authority celebration parties. (Jewish Press, Aug. 14, 2013)


PA SPEAKS OF "TEMPORARY" PEACE DEAL (Ramallah) Senior PA spokesmen Nabil Abu Rudeineh and Yasir Abed Rabbo declared separately on July 21 that any deal reached with Israel would only bind the Palestinians temporarily. The government of Mahmoud Abbas will not sign a final, all-encompassing peace treaty. The very most they might agree to is a hudna – a truce, a tactical device to allow them to regroup and rearm. Moreover, a genuine peace would include an end to the campaign of unrelenting, unabashed racism, spewed out every day by Arab media and every Friday by imams throughout the Muslim world. (Jewish Chronicle-UK, Aug. 9, 2013)


PROTESTERS CALL FOR 'EQUALITY,' SAYING ISRAEL SHOULD RELEASE JEWISH PRISONERS(Ramle) Hours before 26 Palestinian security prisoners were slated to exit Ayalon Prison in Ramle for the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, around 20 people protested outside the prison, calling for Israel to release Jewish prisoners held for nationalist attacks on Arabs. The protesters included relatives of Ami Popper, who on May 20, 1990, gunned down seven unarmed Palestinian men from the Gaza Strip, and wounded 11 others waiting at a bus stop in Rishon Lezion. Popper’s brother Tzvi said his family is calling for “equality, an end to discrimination. They are talking about releasing 104 terrorists for peace but what about the 10 Jewish prisoners? The only difference is we know that we [Jewish prisoners] won’t return to terror, they [Palestinian prisoners] will.” (Jerusalem Post, Aug. 13, 2013)


SHHHH, OBAMA RELEASED TALIBAN PRISONERS TO ENCOURAGE ‘PEACE’ TALKS (Guantanamo Bay)  “If the U.S. president thinks it’s such a good idea for Israel to release convicted murderers, why doesn’t he release some of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay?” is the response we’ve been hearing to news stories about the United States pressuring Israel to release convicted murderers merely as a door prize for the Arab Palestinians for coming to the table to talk. It is unlikely to make the people who were asking the question feel better, but the answer is: He already did. That’s right, somehow, in a story that seems to have flown below the radar, five members of the Taliban who had been detained at the U.S.’s Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba have been freed by the U.S. It happened at the end of July. But don’t worry, those five prisoners were released under a very strict condition: they had to agree that they would not engage in any violent activity. And the reason for the release? To show the Taliban that the United States is serious about engaging in peace talks. Sound familiar? (Jewish Press, Aug. 12, 2013)


PALESTINIAN KIDS TAUGHT TO HATE ISRAEL IN UN-FUNDED CAMPS, CLIP SHOWS (Balata Refugee Camp, West Bank) New video footage appears to show Palestinian children in summer camps run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) being taught that “Jews are the wolf,” and that they will one day conquer Israeli cities by force. In one scene, Amina Hinawi, director of the Gaza camp, explains her educational approach: “We teach the children about the villages they came from…,” she says, “this way, every child will be motivated to return to their original village.” “UNRWA finances this summer camp,” she continues. “I’m very, very, very appreciative of UNRWA.” The United States was the largest single donor to UNRWA in 2011, according to the organization’s website, with a total contribution of over $239 million, followed by the European Commission’s $175 million. These two sources accounted for about 42 per cent UNRWA’s income for its core program budget. (Times of Israel, Aug. 14, 2013)


REPORT: 400 US SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILES WENT MISSING IN BENGHAZI (Washington) Lawyer, Joe diGenova, representing one of the whistleblowers with knowledge of the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi last September, says 400 surface-to-air missiles were "diverted to Libya" during the attack and fell into "the hands of some very ugly people." Saying his information "comes from a former intelligence official who stayed in constant contact with people in the special ops and intelligence community," diGenova said the U.S. intelligence community is terrified the missiles might be used to shoot down airliners — and that fear, in part, fueled the closing of embassies in the Middle East last week. "They were afraid that there was going to be a missile attack on one of the embassies," he said, The Daily Mail reported. "Remember, you can take a shoulder-held missile and shoot it into an embassy. Not just into the sky.” (Newsmax, Aug 12, 2013)


HAMAS TO CELEBRATE END OF RAMADAN WITH MASS PUBLIC EXECUTIONS(Gaza City) There’s no better way to celebrate the end Ramadan than with mass executions, or at least that’s what Hamas believes. Timed to coincide with the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, Hamas plans to publicly execute anywhere up up to 40 people they claim are criminals, who “confessed” to their crimes after being severely tortured, according to a report in YNet. The stated goal of the executions is to help maintain public security. The last executions in Gaza took place in June 2013, when Hamas executed two people it claimed were collaborating with Israel. Israel on the other hand, does not execute Gazan terrorists, and instead frees them in exchange for talks with the Palestinian Authority. (Jewish Press, Aug. 8, 2013)


EGYPT APPOINTS NEW GOVERNORS (Cairo) Egyptian revolutionary and Islamist groups voiced concern on Tuesday that the appointment of new governors by the interim president includes too many army and police officers, raising fears among critics that the old regime of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak is making a comeback. The appointments saw a total of 12 military and police officials secure posts in Egypt's 27 provinces. Many of these officials and others served in key posts during Mubarak's three decades in power. Ten governors hail from the military, and two from the police. Two deputy governors are police generals. Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour swore in the new governors, removing all 10 of ousted President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood appointees, though many had already left their posts to join protests in Cairo against the new military-backed government. (Yahoo! News, Aug. 13, 2013),


EGYPTIAN ANTI-OBAMA VIDEO GOES VIRAL, BLAMES HIM FOR SIDING WITH MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD — US President Barack Obama appears to have angered supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, as well as supporters of the army coup that toppled him on July 3. Leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is at the vanguard of the street protests against Morsi’s ouster, claim the US supported the coup. Those opposed to the Brotherhood claim Washington has been and still is supporting the Islamists (YouTube Video). (Jerusalem Post, Aug. 4, 2013)


CHRISTIAN ENLISTMENT IN IDF TRIPLES IN 2013; 500 CHRISTIANS SIGN UP FOR NATIONAL SERVICE PROGRAMS (Nazareth) The number of Christians enlisted in the Israeli Defense Force rose sharply in 2013, tripling to 100 from 35 a year earlier, while 500 young Christians have volunteered for Israeli National Service programs, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said on Monday. At a meeting with Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth and spiritual leader of a forum for the enlistment of Christian youth in the IDF, Netanyahu said a joint government-community forum would be established within two weeks to promote the enlistment of Christian community youth in the IDF and national service and their integration into the life of the state. (Algemeiner, Aug. 7, 2013)


TEN-YEAR-OLD CHRISTIAN GIRL SHOT DEAD AS VIOLENCE RETURNS TO EGYPT'S STREETS (Cairo) Egypt's Christian community gathered in a church in Cairo last night to mourn Jessi Boulus, who was shot as she walked home from Bible class at the Ahmed Esmat Street Evangelical Church where her uncle serves as the pastor. The shooting happened last week, but came to light only yesterday as her family expressed anger over the failure of the police to identify the culprit. The death of the schoolgirl from a single shot to the chest is the latest blow for Egypt's Christian community as it is engulfed in a post-Arab Spring political crisis that has seen the collapse of authority and rise of Islamist militants. (The Telegraph, Aug 14 2013)


ISRAEL INTERCEPTS ROCKET FROM EGYPTIAN TERRITORY TARGETED AT COASTAL RESORT OF EILAT(Eilat) Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system intercepted a rocket launched at the Red Sea resort town of Eilat near the border with Egypt today, the army said. Islamist militants operating in the Sinai desert peninsula said they fired the rocket at the city, which was packed with tourists, in retaliation for the killing of four guerrillas in Sinai on Friday. It was the first time the defence system has successfully intercepted a rocket attack on the resort, the military said. The incident followed days of heightened tension along the Egypt-Israel border.  The army said the rocket was intercepted early today and that there were no injuries. (The Independent, Aug. 13, 2013)


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Israeli Study Highlights Cellphone Cancer Risk: Anouk Lorie,NoCamels, Aug. 4, 2013—A study by Tel Aviv University has shown, for the first time, a clear connection between cellphone use and higher risk of cancer.


UN Condemns Hate by Marginal Individuals, But Ignores Hate by Government Leaders: UN Watch , Aug. 5, 2013—UN Watch is urging UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and human rights chief Navi Pillay to condemn the latest call to eliminate Israel by the leaders of Iran and Hezbollah, who invoked God and religion in their sermons of hate.


American Jewish Singer Eydie Gorme Dies: Jerusalem Post, Aug.11, 2013 —Eydie Gorme, a pop vocalist who entertained nightclub audiences and TV viewers as a solo artist and with her husband, Steve Lawrence, died Saturday. She was 84.



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