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January 22, 2017 / 24 Tevet, 5777

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Knesset Bids Farewell to Outgoing US Ambassador Dan ‘Island of Stability’ Shapiro

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

The Knesset Lobby for US-Israel Relations on Tuesday bid farewell to outgoing US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro.

During the meeting, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) told Shapiro that “in relations between countries, and in politics, it is never black or white, and there were better times and times that were not as good. We can present an excellent picture of assistance and aircraft and military aid, and we can also talk about less successful meetings. But many of us here, regardless of which side they are from, felt that you were an anchor and an island of stability.”

Opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog (Zionist Camp) told Shapiro, “You are leaving us wanting more. There was something about your behavior which permeated the hearts, crossed groups within Israeli society and reached deep into the unique Israeli narrative.”

Lobby Co-Chairperson MK Nachman Shai said, “It is not only your fluent Hebrew, it is also your personal charm and ability to manage these relations, in times of crisis and [in times of calm]. I know this is one of the most complex and challenging positions in the American Foreign Service. There is not one moment of quiet or an iota of boredom. I`m waiting for the book.”

Lobby Co-Chairperson MK Avraham Neguise told Shapiro, “We witnessed the quality of your leadership as ambassador. You always stood by Israel`s side while we were attacked by terror. The nation of Israel thanks you.”


Israeli Envoys to Turkey Confirm They’re Safe After Terror Attack in Izmir

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Israeli envoys in Ankara and Istanbul both reported in to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday afternoon, confirming they were alive and well after a terror attack in the Turkish city of Izmir.

The third-largest city in the country, the port city on the Aegean Sea is home to more than two million people, including many Turkish Jews.

Two people were killed and five others were wounded in the attack, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Police had blocked a vehicle at a checkpoint close to the courthouse in Izmir, leading two terrorists to open fire. During the shootout the attackers, both armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and grenades, detonated a car bomb while trying to escape. Both were shot and killed by Turkish police, who detonated a second explosion while defusing a “suspicious vehicle” believed to be connected to the terrorists.

Izmir Governor Erol Ayyildiz blamed the attack on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist organization. Weapons and ammunition found by security personnel after the attack made it clear a massacre was planned.

He told reporters there was a possibility that a third terrorist might still be at large, but added, “If there is one, he will be caught.”

The attack comes less than a week after a massacre by Islamic State (ISIS / Da’esh) terrorists at the upscale Reina club in Istanbul that left 39 people dead — including one young Israeli woman — and wounded 69 others, including three Israeli women. The attacker who carried out the shooting spree on the secular New Year’s Eve is still at large.

Hana Levi Julian

Yuval Rotem Replaces Dore Gold as Foreign Ministry Director

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday that Yuval Rotem has replaced former Director-General Dore Gold as leader of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Rotem, 57, is a career diplomat who has previously served as Israel’s ambassador to Australia and to New Zealand, and as the Consul-General in Los Angeles.

He has also served as chief of staff at the Foreign Ministry as well.

Hana Levi Julian

The Left’s Going NUTS About Trump’s Ambassador To Israel & Embassy Move To Jerusalem

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s blogsite, The Lid}

President-Elect Trump is making it clear that he will be the first Pro-Israel U.S. President in eight years and the liberals are short circuiting. Not only did he appoint a Zionist activist as ambassador to Israel, but all indications from the Trump camp is that his promise to move the U.S, Embassy to Jerusalem is more than an empty campaign pledge.

Liberals of all faiths, but especially Jewish liberals are very upset at the prospect of a pro-Israel Trump administration, is it because they are afraid of losing their standing in the generally anti-Israel Democratic Party, or are they afraid that Trump’s actions might put the Jewish vote in play in future elections.

The anger about the move to Jerusalem is really crazy.  What many suspect will happen is that the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem will become the new embassy, and the present embassy will become the U.S. consulate in Tel Aviv.  Should this happen the new U.S. embassy would be within the 1949 armistice lines, not on disputed territory–in other words there should be no beef.

With the announcement of Trump’s selection of David M. Friedman, as the next US ambassador to Israel the left piled on, “he has no experience as an ambassador,” “he doesn’t support the two-state solution,” and my personal favorite, “he’s called J-Street a bunch of kapos (the Jews who aided the Nazis in the Holocaust). Actually, he said they were worse than kapos:

“Are J Street supporters really as bad as kapos? The answer, actually, is no. They are far worse than kapos – Jews who turned in their fellow Jews in the Nazi death camps. The kapos faced extraordinary cruelty and who knows what any of us would have done under those circumstances to save a loved one? But J Street? They are just smug advocates of Israel’s destruction delivered from the comfort of their secure American sofas – it’s hard to imagine anyone worse.”

As regular readers know I am not a big fan of using Nazi terminology inappropriately, and Friedman’s use of kapo is inappropriate, however his sentiments about the group is very appropriate and accurate.

J Street, founded in 2008 with money from progressive sugar daddy George Soros, markets itself as kind of left-wing AIPAC. From the very beginning the group went out of its way to emphasize its motto of“pro-Israel, pro-peace.” But as fellow progressive Alan Dershowitz said about the group, “J Street is neither pro-Israel or pro peace.” The group has little legitimacy in the Jewish Community, but was promoted by Barack Obama as an important organization.

During the 2008 Israeli action against Hamas, when the IDF was protecting the country after it suffered tens of thousands of rockets from Gaza, J Street called Israel’s “escalation in Gaza counterproductive” and was “disproportionate.” It also made a moral equivalency argument between the policies of Israel and Hamas, stating that they found difficulty in distinguishing “between who is right and who is wrong” and “picking a side.” The group has also advocated that the US negotiate with Hamas. J-Street lobbied in Congress to accept the discredited anti-Israel Goldstone Report which accused Israel of war crimes during that action against Hamas.

In 2011, J Street urged the Administration to support a UN Security Council resolution falsely condemning Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria as “illegal.” Successive US administrations have refused to describe Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria as “illegal.” In fact, even President Obama vetoed a 2011 Arab-sponsored UN Security Council resolution calling them “illegal” and has described them only as “illegitimate.”

In 2012, J Street hosted the book launch of Peter Beinart who had just published an op-ed in the New York Times calling for a “Zionist BDS” campaign that would seek to economically suffocate all Israeli Jews who live beyond the 1949 armistice lines. Also, addressing this conference was Mustafa Barghouti, a leading figure in the BDS (Boycott, Sanctions, Divestment) campaign, who claimed the Oslo peace process was a piece of Israeli “deceit,” asserted that “what we are witnessing today is a creation, or a consolidation to be precise, of a system of segregation and Bantustans,” and declared that Palestinians “actually live” under an “apartheid” regime.’

J Street fought against sanctions which were levied against Iran, and supported the disastrous Iran nuclear deal. J Street has a long history of supporting the Iran regime’s interests over those of America and Israel. For instance, J Street lobbied Congresspersons to simply “believe in Iran” – despite the Iranian regime’s responsibility for murdering hundreds of Americans, Israelis and others, and history of undeclared sites for carrying on its nuclear weapons program. Former Congressman Allen West, who noted that J-Street was a “Pro-Palestinian Jewish organization,” related that J Street told him that he should just “believe in Iran.”

More recently J Street has advocated that the U.S. negotiate with Hamas, and during a meeting with Obama at the White House on tax day last year they asked the President to go around Israel and have the UN impose a Palestinian State on Israel.

Friedman is correct, J Street is an anti-Israel group which was only given legitimacy by the most anti-Israel president in history, Barack Obama. If you need more evidence that J Street is anti-Israel just look at the post below by the Assistant Director, Middle Eastern Affairs of the “progressives come first” ADL:

#Trump‘s nominee for Israel amb #DavidFriedman should issue long-overdue apology to @jstreetdotorg for his despicable comments about them https://t.co/ViuU4MEUPb

— Shaya Lerner (@shayalerner) December 16, 2016

Per the Economist, Friedman believes that Barack Obama is not only anti-Israel but anti-Semitic, A view that any independent thinker might find reasonable. It is a view I strongly agree with.

Liberal sources contend that Friedman has questioned the need for a two-state solution, but that’s not really true, he has questioned the Arabs support of a two-state solution:

There has never been a “two-state solution” – only a “two-state narrative.” The former never existed because a “solution” to the Israel-Palestinian dispute would have required, as a threshold matter, that Palestinians accept Israel as a Jewish state, renounce terrorism, discontinue anti-Israel incitement in their schools and abandon their desire to flood Israel with so-called “refugees” from other countries who never spent a day of their lives in Israel.

Notwithstanding “agreements” reached at Camp David, Oslo, Wye Plantation and elsewhere, neither Yasser Arafat nor Mahmoud Abbas ever had any intentions to observe the minimal conditions required of a two-state solution. And not necessarily because of ideological differences, but rather because the creation of a democratic Palestinian state would have abruptly caused the end of the villainous Arafat/Abbas regime and its corrupt stranglehold on the blood money extracted for years from the US and other western nations.

When his nomination was announced, Friedman said in a statement frightening to the left, that he would work “tirelessly to strengthen the unbreakable bond between our two countries . . . and look forward to doing this from the U.S. embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.”

Understand, the liberals are having a mass freak-out not simply because Friedman/Trump’s positions on Israel go against the positions of a Democratic Party that has been trying to put distance between itself and Israel for a decade. But also, because it might attract more Jews to vote for Republicans.

In 2008 the Democrats knowingly elected an anti-Israel (and IMHO anti-Semitic) president.  In 2012 they not only re-elected Obama but removed 4 pro-Israel planks from its platform; Israel’s capital is Jerusalem, no negotiations with Hamas until it renounces terror and recognizes Israel, no return to the 1949 armistice lines, and Palestinian refugees will be resettled in a future Palestinian state.  The only plank put back was the one about Jerusalem.

During his second term Obama continued to ostracize Israel, pushed through a dangerous Iran deal and spent U.S. taxpayer dollars to try to unseat Israel’s prime minister.  Despite his anti-Israel policies and anti-Semitic tendencies, and similar positions held by Ms. Clinton when It came to election time, Donald Trump received only about quarter of the Jewish vote. Trump’s attraction to Jews in America was diminished by the Mainstream Media & liberal pundit’s false claims that Trump was anti-Semitic. For Trump to be anti-Semitic he would have to hate his daughter Ivanka who is a Shabbos- observant Jew, his son-in-law Jared Kushner (both of whom are counted amongst his closest advisors), their three children, and his son Eric’s wife Lara Yunaskav, all of them are Jewish.

With the move of the Embassy to Jerusalem, and the appointment of a Pro-Israel ambassador to Israel, Donald Trump may very well put the 2020 Election Jewish vote in play. Especially if the Democrats make the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel Keith Ellison as their party chairman.

Trump’s latest Israel moves really frighten liberal Americans. Not because of the policies themselves, but because they are afraid of losing the Jewish vote.  Jews tend to have a very high turnout in elections and tend to live in important battleground states such as Ohio, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

If the Trump’s economic program is successful, and he continues his outreach to minorities, Trump’s pro-Israel policies may very well move much of the Jewish vote from the “D” Column to the “R” column, that’s something that hasn’t happened since Ronald Reagan ran against Jimmy Carter.


Jeff Dunetz

Defending The ‘Fourth Front’: An Interview with Israel’s UN Ambassador, Danny Danon

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

A year and a half ago his appointment as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations made headlines around the world. This week Danny Danon sat down with The Jewish Press to talk about his experiences on the job.

The Jewish Press: What does a UN ambassador do all day?

Danon: Coming from Israeli politics, I thought it would be more relaxed here in the UN but actually that’s not the case. There are so many initiatives and resolutions regarding Israel we are constantly busy blocking, but at the same time we must promote our agenda.

Almost every week we have a positive event about Israel – like last night’s Chanukah party, or taking delegations of ambassadors to Israel, or the innovation event the prime minister attended. I call it soft diplomacy.

What’s it like carrying the responsibility of representing your country in what is often a hostile environment?

Well, it’s not easy. I came back from Israel last week. We visited the borders of Syria and Lebanon. Every morning the commander there has to wake up and make sure everything is OK, the fence is fine, etc. Same here; you wake up and you have the responsibility to make sure everything is OK.

People in Israel know about the fronts in Lebanon, Syria, Gaza. But there is another front – a “fourth front” – right here, in New York, at the UN.

You had several diplomats accompany you to Israel last week, as you did last summer. What do these visits accomplish?

We took a helicopter trip. In the morning we flew to the Gaza border. Then we flew to the Golan Heights. I told them “That’s Netanya on the left, and here’s the ‘green line’ on the right, and that’s my house here in the middle.” They look down at the narrow waist of Israel and can’t believe it. That’s something you can’t explain from a podium at the UN.

I wish I could take every ambassador and every UN official to Israel because it’s so effective. It doesn’t mean they’d all vote with us, but at least they would know the issues.

I’ll give you an example. At the Security Council, I bring up Hizbullah at almost every meeting and the fact that they are ignoring resolution 1701 by building bases and bringing missiles to the border. Now, the next time one of those ambassadors who went on our trip and actually saw Hizbullah across the border hears me speak in the Security Council, he’ll know what I’m talking about.

In your 2012 book Israel: The Will to Prevail, you describe how your father, who sustained life-changing injuries during the Yom Kippur War, instilled in you two qualities: a deep connection to the Land of Israel and a willingness to speak out.

I was never exposed to another reality so for me it was normal to live with a father who was wounded and deaf. He taught me to speak up and not to be afraid to make bold decisions.

As Israel’s UN ambassador you constantly deal with conflict. Does it ever get you down on a personal level?

It can get exhausting sometimes when you sit in the Security Council for eight hours and one after another the other representatives get up and speak against us. But it’s like army service: you just have to keep blocking attempts to hurt Israel.

What are the chances Israel will get elected to a seat on the Security Council?

The prime minister’s recent declaration that we are running for a seat on the Council is a game-changer for Israel at the UN. It will obviously be a difficult campaign, but we proved when I ran for the chair of the Legal Committee that when it comes to a secret ballot at the UN, quiet diplomacy can lead to surprising results.

Your election to chair the Sixth Committee – the primary forum for the consideration of legal questions in the General Assembly – in the face of a strong opposition campaign mounted by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was viewed as near miraculous. What factors do you think contributed to your victory?

We had a lot of opposition but we also had friends. For example, Iran, which is chair of the Non-Alliance Movement [NAM], circulated a letter saying that all member states should oppose my nomination. If no one opposes within 24 hours, it becomes the official position of NAM. Usually people are afraid to go against the chairman but we saw friends of Israel standing up. I think Singapore was first. Then India, Rwanda, Panama. For me it was amazing, because they sent a letter saying, Listen, you should not circulate that letter because it does not represent us; we support Danny Danon…

It was a remarkable experience, real proof of the relations we have been building with countries like India. The vote at the General Assembly was a secret ballot. Some 109 member states wrote my name on the ballot, while 44 countries opposed my nomination. But since there are 56 voting members of the OIC, it shows that maybe some of the Muslim countries are not really against us, and maybe some of that private diplomacy is paying off.

How are the Islamic Coalition states behaving? Do they accept your authority?

The first day they made a lot of comments against me. But I said, So what? I’ve heard worse in my life. I did not respond. And the next day, they came. They participated. They were part of the process, and that was it.

How does chairing a major UN committee compare to chairing a Knesset committee?

I was chairman of two committees in the Knesset and it’s different because here you have 193 members on the committee. There are long meetings; each one has a statement to make. It’s challenging but for me it’s a great experience, the fact that I’m sitting at the head of the table with a gavel in my hand. At the Chanukah party last night one of the members came up and told me, “I wanted to say thank you, the way you run the committee is so professional.”

Does the UN ever remind you of the Knesset?

Well, really it’s quite different. In the Knesset you have more energy, people don’t read their statements. Here in the UN, people come to the meeting and read a prepared speech. In the Knesset you have more of a dialogue, you can argue, you can try to convince.

You’ve spoken of a “private UN” that exists alongside the public one – backroom meetings where appreciation for Israel is expressed by representatives of countries formally recognized as opponents. Do you find this to be a source of frustration or of hope?

It depends. When I deal with the Arab countries it’s a different ballgame because the leadership understands the importance of Israel, that Israel is a solution and not the problem, but they have a problem with their constituencies. So you have this phenomenon where publicly they speak against Israel but privately they will tell me what they really think.

I don’t like it, but I can understand it. One of them told me, “If we will be seen together I will have a problem flying to my capital tomorrow.” And that’s true.

Stephanie Granot

The Tamar Yonah Show – War and Christmas [audio]

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov was shot by an Islamic Turkish security officer in the Turkey’s capital on Monday, shouting “Allahu akbar (God is great)and “Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria!” Will the assassination of Russia’s Ambassador be a catalyst for WAR between these two nations who already suffer from diplomatic and military friction? Guest, Alexander Boot joins Tamar and gives his take on the attack.

Also, what’s the history of the *Christmas holiday and should anyone be celebrating a pagan holiday that the Bible clearly says they should not do? Check out the dark ritual origins here.

*Note: This program topic is not meant to hurt anyone’s feelings. This is merely to enable people who have always celebrated Christmas, to make an educated decision as to what they want to teach their children and bring into their home. Your comments are welcome.

Tamar Yonah 20Dec 2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Shooting Outside US Embassy in Turkey [video]

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

A man with a shotgun fired in the air 5 times outside the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, late Monday night/Tuesday morning. He may have been trying to enter the Embassy building.

Police arrested the man and took him into custody, according to Daily Sabah reporter Ragip Soylu.

While being arrested, the man yelled, “Don’t play with us.”

The Turkish state news agency said the shooter’s name is “Şahin S.”

The US Embassy states the incident is over but advises US citizens to avoid the area until the morning.

This is the second shooting incident in Turkey against foreign diplomats in a day.

This shooting happened just a few hours after the Russian Ambassador to Turkey was assassinated in a nearby art gallery.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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