US lobbies Europe to back UN vote on condemning Hamas

 

Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon, pictured at a Security Council meeting on July 24, 2018, said US diplomats were in talks with their EU counterparts on a draft text.

The United States is leading a push at the United Nations to win crucial backing from European countries for a resolution condemning the Palestinian Hamas group, the Israeli ambassador said Tuesday.

The General Assembly is expected to vote Friday or possibly Monday on the proposed resolution condemning rocket firings into Israel and demanding that Hamas end the use of violence.

Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon told reporters that US diplomats were in talks with their EU counterparts on the draft text. European backing would significantly boost chances of approval by the 193-nation body.

“The US is negotiating the language with the EU,” Danon told a briefing. “For us it's very symbolic to have this resolution presented with the support of the EU.”

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Why the U.S.-Saudi partnership is so vital

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday Oct. 16, 2018.  (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

The Trump administration’s effort to rebuild the U.S.-Saudi Arabia partnership isn’t popular in the salons of Washington, where politicians of both parties have long used the kingdom’s human-rights record to call for the alliance’s downgrading. The October murder of Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey has heightened the Capitol Hill caterwauling and media pile-on. But degrading U.S.-Saudi ties would be a grave mistake for the national security of the U.S. and its allies.

The kingdom is a powerful force for stability in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is working to secure Iraq’s fragile democracy and keep Baghdad tethered to the West’s interests, not Tehran’s. Riyadh is helping manage the flood of refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war by working with host countries, cooperating closely with Egypt, and establishing stronger ties with Israel. Saudi Arabia has also contributed millions of dollars to the U.S.-led effort to fight Islamic State and other terrorist organizations. Saudi oil production and economic stability are keys to regional prosperity and global energy security.

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Dore Gold: Give UNIFIL a mandate to 'clean out' southern Lebanon

Dore Gold, former advisor to Prime Ministers Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu and current President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

“I hope that none of those criticizing Israel’s warfare needs to face this dilemma, but it is part of our responsibility as a country, and especially as a Jewish country,” Dr. Gold said.

President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and former foreign ministry director-general Dr. Dore Gold called on the UN Security Council to act in accordance with Resolution 1701, which dates to the Second Lebanon War in 2006, to clean out the illegal weapons held by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.

“There are about 200 Shiite villages in southern Lebanon,” Gold said during a lecture at the Hudson Institute in Washington. “Many residents have prohibited weapons in their homes. They accept payment for it or are simply too frightened to refuse the terrorists' request.”

In his remarks, Dr. Gold criticized the UN Security Council for not condemning Hezbollah, despite the fact that the organization acted in contradiction to the Council's 2006 decision, saying that he did not believe they would do so in the future.

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Netanyahu to Czech President: 'We Have No Greater Friend than the Czech Republic in the Eastern Hemisphere'

PM Netanyahu, Czech Zeman and their Wives Dedicate 'Czech House' and Marked the Czech Republic's National Day.

Prime Minister Netanyahu:

“You challenged me yesterday, correctly. You said that the Czech Republic is the greatest friend of Israel in Europe. And you said, 'Why Europe?' Okay, I’ll amend it. We have no greater friend than the Czech Republic in the eastern hemisphere. There is a close race now about the two hemispheres.

We value the enormous friendship we have with the American people, and there is something similar about the friendship we have with the Czech people and Miloš Zeman, who I think is unsurpassed in his friendship to Israel.

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10,000 Iran-trained Syrian soldiers posted on Israel border

Syrian soldiers arrive to Syria's Quneitra border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The move could explain PM Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to maintain government amid political crisis.

Two new Syrian military divisions, trained and led by officers of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard special forces, the Al-Quds Forces, have been mobilized on Syria’s borders, i24NEWS could reveal on Monday night.

Each division numbers more than 10,000 men, said i24NEWS French service’s defense correspondent Mattias Inbar. One has been sent to the border with Iraq, the second is currently at the border between Syria and Israel.

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Linda Sarsour apologizes to Jewish members of the Women's March

 

Linda Sarsour speaks at BET’s Social Awards at the Tyler Perry Studio in Atlanta, Feb. 11, 2018. (Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for BET)

(JTA) — Linda Sarsour released a statement apologizing on behalf of the Women’s March for causing harm to the movement’s Jewish members and for being too slow to show its commitment to fighting anti-Semitism.

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Shaked to Trump – Deal of the Century is a waste of time

 

 

Shaked Deal of the Century is a waste of time

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said the Trump administration's so-called “Deal of the Century” for peace in the Middle East is still unknown to her. But efforts to reach a peace deal at this time are a waste of time, she said.

“The gap between Israelis and Palestinians is too wide,” she said. “I don't see there's a way to bridge [the gap] now.”

“I want peace like everyone else,' Shaked added. “I'm just being realistic.”

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Chanukah legacy in the USA

The legacy of Chanukah – the centrality of liberty and morality, freedom of religion and defiance of immense odds – has played a major role in shaping the American ethos and state of mind from the Early Pilgrims, through the Founding Fathers’ War of Independence and their composition/ratification the US Constitution until today.

The Chanukah holiday sheds light on Judeo-Christian values, which have imbued the United States since the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620, including the unique and positive attitude, by most Americans, toward the Jewish State.

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Israel pushes back on AirBnB Boycott

 


Airbnb’s statement Monday that the company would be removing some 200 listings of rental properties in the disputed territories is getting considerable push-back from the Israeli government. HR’s Simon Plosker was at the Jerusalem Post’s Diplomatic Conference to hear Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan’s reaction.

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Facebook shuts more accounts aimed at political meddling

An illustrative picture taken on April 28, 2018 shows the logo of social network Facebook displayed on a screen and reflected on a tablet in Paris. (AFP/Lionel Bonaventure)

Social network removes users linked to Russia-based troll farm that amassed 1.25 million followers, 600,000 of them in the US.

Facebook on Tuesday said it shut down more accounts aimed at influencing the US midterm election and that it is exploring a possible link to Russia.

“As we’ve continued to investigate, we detected and removed some additional Facebook and Instagram accounts,” head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in an update posted at the social network.

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