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Pew: Republicans Love Israel, Democrats Only So-So

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

74% of Republicans say they sympathize more with Israel than the PA and Gaza Arabs, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. Only 33% of Democrats sympathize more with Israel, 31% more with the Arabs in the conflict, and 35% sympathize with neither, with both, or don’t have an opinion. Only 11% of Republicans sympathize more with the Arabs, and 15% say they sympathize with neither side, with both sides or don’t have an opinion.

The percentage of Democrats who sympathize more with Israel has fallen 10 points since April 2016, when 43% said they sympathized more with Israel.

Regarding the two-state solution, the gap is also widening between the two parties. 60% of Democrats say Israel and an independent Palestinian state can co-exist peacefully. Only 44% of Republicans share this view, and 49% do not.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is popular with Republicans, unpopular with Democrats. About 50% of Republicans and Republican leaners have a favorable view of the Israeli PM, compared with 22% with an unfavorable view, and 28% don’t care either way. Only 21% of Democrats and Democratic leaners like the man, while 45% do not and 34% do not wish to share their view.

The Pew survey finds that the American public has a positive opinion of the United Nations, although there, too, the gap is wide between the two parties. 62% view the UN favorably, 31% unfavorably. 81% of Democrats like the UN, only 44% of Republicans do.

The Republican Jewish Coalition sent out a statement saying, “According to a new study by Pew Research, pro-Israel Americans have abandoned the Democrat Party and have found a home with Republicans.” That presumes that pro-Israel Americans, specifically American Jews, vote strictly based on a candidate’s views on Israel.

It also presumes that by switching the name “Democratic Party” to “Democrat Party” they would get folks to associate the party of Andrew Jackson with rats. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first attempt to pull this off was made in 1890 and the results are still dubious.

JNi.Media

Tweet to Paris: ‘Push Abbas to Negotiate Peace Directly With Israel’

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the only way forward to a true peace is between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

In a graphic posted to the ministry’s Twitter feed, the MFA wrote that international delegates heading to the so-called Paris “peace summit” set to begin on Sunday should instead be pushing Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to negotiate directly with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Last week Mr. Netanyahu discussed the upcoming conference with visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, who said he is attending the summit and looks forward to further discussions with Israel on peace.

“It’s a rigged conference, rigged by the Palestinians with French auspices to adopt additional anti-Israel stances,” the prime minister said at his meeting with the minister.

“This pushes peace backwards. It’s not going to obligate us. It’s a relic of the past. It’s a last gasp of the past before the future sets in.”

Minister Borge also met with Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely during his visit. The two discussed bilateral relations as well as their individual perspectives on peace – and kosher sushi.

Hana Levi Julian

Jamaica Wants Economic Cooperation With Israel

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Prime Minister Netanyahu welcomed Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness to Jerusalem on Thursday for his first-ever visit personally to the country, and the first-ever visit to Israel by a Jamaican prime minister.

Mr. Holness said in a joint news conference that his people live in a zone of peace, and offered his condolences for the truck-ramming attack that killed four Israeli soldiers earlier this week.

The Jamaican leader also said that his country wants to pursue economic cooperation with Israel, adding that he believes one can build a peaceful world by building strong economies.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu to Norwegian FM: Paris Conference Pushes Peace Backwards

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Thursday in Jerusalem with Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, and took the opportunity to share his views about the upcoming Paris “peace conference” that is set for this Sunday.

Norway is one of the countries whose delegates will attend the conference.

“We’re all faced here with a great challenge against the forces of terrorism that not only seek to destroy Israel but seek of course to render any possibility of peace totally hopeless,” Netanyahu said.

“There are other such efforts that render peace hopeless and one of them is the Paris conference. It’s a rigged conference, rigged by the Palestinians with French auspices to adopt additional anti-Israel stances.

“This pushes peace backwards. It’s not going to obligate us. It’s a relic of the past. It’s a last gasp of the past before the future sets in.”

Foreign Minister Brende responded first of all with condolences for the horrific terror attack that left four IDF soldiers dead last Sunday.

He then acknowledged, “So we will be there [at the Paris conference] but we will make sure that there is a nuanced outcome,” he promised, “and I’m looking forward also to discuss future peace processes with you.”

The two men also signed a joint bilateral declaration of intent on research and development.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu: Security Forces Busted 43 Weapons Factories in 2016

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

by Andrew Friedman

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that security forces shut down 43 weapons factories around Judea and Samaria during 2016, as opposed to virtually none in 2015. He added that a major focus for security forces at the moment is preventing weapons from reaching the Palestinian Authority street.

Speaking after an inspection tour of IDF forces in Judea and Samaria with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, the prime minister said the price of weapons on the PA street has been driven up six-fold due to carefully planned operations and coordination between IDF, police and intelligence agents since the November, 2015 attack at the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv.

“Our forces have confiscated equipment, arrested those responsible and closed factories, ” Netanyahu said.

Both Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, who also participated in the inspection tour, and said that Israel “knows how to exact a heavy price from the other side for incitement. Both men blamed the Palestinian Authority, and especially PA leader Abu Mazen, for promoting violence with wild incitement and glorification of terrorists.

Liberman and Netanyahu also used the occasion to relate to foreign policy issues, saying Israel will not allow itself to be bullied by the international community on matters of domestic policy.

Netanyahu fired a shot at outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama, saying the international stage is currently undergoing “dramatic changes… some of which will be very, very good for Israel.” The defense minister added criticism of an international “peace” conference, set to meet this Friday in Paris against Israel’s wishes and without representation from Jerusalem.

“Instead of talking to us, there are people out there that are trying to pressure us, to incite against us. But anyone who thinks that trying to frighten us or pressure us with international conferences will change the situation here is sorely mistaken,” Liberman said.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Netanyahu to AIPAC Leaders: We Have Solid Evidence Obama Orchestrated UNSC Resolution

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday afternoon met with a delegation of AIPAC leaders from across the US in Jerusalem and reiterated that Israel possesses “solid evidence” that the Obama Administration had collaborated in the framing of the UN Security Council anti-Israel resolution 2334 condemning the Jewish settlements enterprise and pressured UNSC members to vote in favor.

The PM repeated his charge that the president’s decision, taken in his last month in office, constitutes a breach with a long term tradition of administrations from both major parties.

Netanyahu also noted that, in the past, administrations that joined in a resolution condemning a feature of Israeli policy with which they disagreed, did not permit a wholesale condemnation of the Jewish State. He cited the example of a UNSC 1994 vote to condemn the killing of Arab worshippers in Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs by Dr. Baruch Goldstein when then US envoy to the UN Madeleine Albright insisted on a paragraph-by-paragraph vote, to edit out language saying Jerusalem was occupied territory.

Albright told the press at the time that the US opposes “the specific reference to Jerusalem in this resolution and will continue to oppose its insertion in future resolutions.”

Now Obama broke her promise by calling eastern Jerusalem “occupied,” a statement that included the Western Wall, where, incidentally, presidential candidate Barack Obama dropped a kvitel (request note).

JNi.Media

PM Netanyahu’s Statement at the Scene of the Jerusalem Terrorist Attack [video]

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Sunday evening visited the site of the terrorist attack in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv and were briefed by Jerusalem District Police Commander Yoram Halevy.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said in his statement:

“We in Jerusalem have just experience an unprovoked terrorist attack, a murderous attack that claimed the lives of four young Israelis and wounded others. This is part of the same pattern inspired by Islamic State, by ISIS, that we saw first in France, then in Germany and now in Jerusalem. This is part of the same ongoing battle against this global scourge of the new terrorism. We can only fight it together, but we have to fight it, and we will.”

David Israel

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/pm-netanyahus-statement-at-the-scene-of-the-jerusalem-terrorist-attack/2017/01/08/

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