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White House Corrects Obama’s Eulogy Transcript, Deletes Israel

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

The White House staff on Friday corrected what appears to have been a clerical “error”, based on its long-standing policy of not recognizing any part of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, when it released a transcript of President Barack Obama’s eulogy for Israel’s late former president, Shimon Peres.

The original location in which the eulogy was delivered, listed at the top of page one, was “Jerusalem, Israel.”

Mind you, Mount Herzl Cemetery is in the western part of the capital.

However, shortly after, the White House rushed to disseminate a corrected version with the country “Israel” crossed out with a single line through it. The correction was first noted by William Daroff, Senior Vice President for Public Policy & Director of the Washington office of The Jewish Federations of North America.

On the current version on the White House website Israel has been deleted.

Hana Levi Julian

Bolton, Shaked Inspire Packed House At Pro-Israel Event

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Love of Israel and politics came to Queens on Sunday with Israel’s minister of justice, Ayelet Shaked, and Ambassador John Bolton speaking to a packed audience at the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates.

Known for her outspokenness, Shaked is a computer engineer by trade who has been a member of Knesset for the Jewish Home party since 2013. She was appointed justice minister in 2015 and was a driving force behind Israel’s 2016 NGO transparency law, which requires NGOs that receive more than half their funding from foreign governments to publicly acknowledge that in their official reports.

In her remarks on Sunday, Shaked evoked the memory of 9/11, noting that “A direct line connects the criminals who planned and perpetrated the September 11 attacks and the accursed terrorists who this year attacked innocents in Orlando and in Jerusalem, in Paris and in Tel Aviv, in Brussels and in Kiryat Arba.”

Shaked also declared that “There is only one Jerusalem, undivided and unified…the eternal capital of the Jewish people.” She was equally supportive of the rights of Jews to live in Judea and Samaria, stating: “The ranges of Judea and Samaria are not foreign territory but the land of our forefathers, the cradle of our Jewish culture, and a prime strategic asset whose renunciation is tantamount to a renunciation of the entire state of Israel.”

Shaked’s condemnation of BDS activists as “modern anti-Semites disguised as fighters for freedom and justice” was augmented by sharp words from Bolton, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2005-2006 under President George W. Bush and who has called his role in getting the UN to rescind the infamous Zionism is Racism resolution in 1991, when he worked in the George H.W. Bush administration, “the highlight of my career.”

“The only path to peace that Israel’s enemies can see,” he said, “is to act as if two wars of [Arab] aggression really never took place. Israel has been put on the defensive in the political arena in ways that it never really was on the defensive for very long in the military arena.”

Tracing earlier efforts at delegitimization to the Zionism is Racism resolution, Bolton stated that “BDS really is part of the argument against Israel itself.”

Zionist Organization of America president Morton Klein also gave an impassioned speech against Israel’s detractors. “The success of the 1967 war,” he said, “in which Jews recaptured Judea and Samaria and unified Jerusalem, led to an Orwellian myth of occupation.” According to Klein, “the goal of Arab Muslim Jew haters is not a Palestinian state; it’s simply to destroy the Jewish state of Israel.”

Other speakers included Donald Trump’s Israel adviser David Friedman, general partner and co-founder of NGN Capital Ken Abramowitz, and owner and chairman of D.H. Blair Investment Banking Corp J. Morton Davis.

The event was sponsored by the National Council of Young Israel and organized by chairpersons Dr. Joseph and Karen Frager, co-chairpersons Dr. Paul and Drora Brody, and media coordinator Mrs. Odelya Jacobs.

Sara Lehmann

Fisherman’s House Discovered on Ashkelon Beach

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

A building used by fishermen in the Ottoman period, containing fishhooks and fishing weights, was exposed in an archaeological excavation conducted in Ashkelon, north of the Gaza Strip.

Young residents of Ashkelon and the vicinity who were employed by the Israel Antiquities Authority in an archaeological excavation in the city, recently uncovered buildings that were once used by local inhabitants who were engaged in fishing along the Mediterranean coast. The excavation was carried out for the Ashkelon municipality, at the initiative of the Ashkelon Economic Company, in an area where a new neighborhood is slated to be built, in the northern part of the city.

As part of a project being led by the IAA and aimed at educating young people about their past, dozens of boys and girls were engaged in the challenging work of unearthing the coastal city’s past.

The finds that were discovered: metal fishhooks, dozens of lead weights, a large bronze bell.

The finds that were discovered: metal fishhooks, dozens of lead weights, a large bronze bell.

According to the excavation directors, Federico Kobrin and Haim Mamliya, “Two of the buildings that we uncovered are very curious, and it seems they were used as a fisherman’s house and a lookout tower, possibly a lighthouse, dating back to the Ottoman period (1299 to 1922 CE). The tower was situated on a lofty hilltop, and it looks out over the Mediterranean Sea. From the tower one could signal and direct ships that were sailing between the ancient ports in Ashkelon and Ashdod-Yam.”

Kobrin adds, “The fisherman’s house is divided into three rooms, and a wealth of artifacts was discovered in it that are indicative of its use: metal fishhooks, dozens of lead weights, a large bronze bell, and even a stone anchor. The building’s entrances were fixed in the north in order to prevent the high winds and sea storms from entering into it.” According to the archaeologists, “this is the first time that a building was exposed in Ashkelon that we can attribute with certainty to the fishing industry.”

Federico Kobrin, excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, near the lookout tower.

Federico Kobrin, excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, near the lookout tower.

Kobrin noted that “working with youth was both a challenge and extremely satisfying. The young people participated in uncovering part of their city’s past; they labored diligently and conscientiously, showed their interest and curiosity regarding the finds, and it was a pleasure to work with them.”

The fisherman’s house will be preserved and incorporated in the development of the neighborhood and strip of beach for the benefit of the residents and to create a connection between them and those who lived and fished there in the past.


White House: Obama to Veto Bill Empowering 9/11 Families to Sue the Saudis

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

President Obama intends to veto a bill which allows families of 9/11 victims to sue the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in US courts, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Monday.

“The president does plan to veto this legislation,” Earnest said, reiterating, “I do anticipate the president will veto the legislation when it is presented to him. It hasn’t been presented to him yet.”

According to The Hill, this could be the first time Congress would be able to override an Obama veto. Democratic lawmakers have been pressuring the Administration to leave the bill alone for the sake of the 9/11 victims’ families, and for the sake of their reelection come November. Democratic lawmakers are concerned the veto would ignite a showdown between the White House and Congress that would damage the president and make him less effective on the serious issues, namely the fight over the budget in the lame-duck session of Congress. The bill passed unanimously by a voice vote in both the House and Senate.

Earnest cautioned that “this law actually opens up the United States to the risk of being hauled into court in countries around the world,” and added that “the president will continue to explain his opposition to this legislation … up until Congress decides whether to override his veto.”

The Saudi dominated, six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), announced on Monday that the proposed law “contravenes the foundations and principles of relations between states and the principle of sovereign immunity enjoyed by states,” possibly assuming this sovereign immunity includes the right to plot an attack on major civilian centers of the host country.

GCC Secretary General Abdullatif al-Zayani also said in an unveiled threat that “such laws will negatively affect the international efforts and international cooperation to combat terrorism.”


Supreme Court Denies Appeal to Halt Rabbi Mark’s Killer’s House Demolition

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

The Israeli Supreme Court on Sunday denied an appeal against the demolition of the Dura village house belonging to one of the terrorists who carried out the drive by shooting that killed Rabbi Miki Mark and injured his wife and children.

The appeal was submitted by The wife of Mohammad Majid Amaira, 38, from Dura, a member of the Palestinian security forces. Amaira was detained for questioning three days after the murder and confessed he was the driver during the attack, while Mohammed Jabarah al-Fakih, 29, also from Dura, fired at the Mark family car.

Amaira’s wife, his daughters and HaMoked, an Israeli NGO assisting PA Arabs in their troubles with the Shabak, filed the appeal jointly.

According to NGO Monitor, Hamoked’s annual budget as of 2014 was $2,617,980, provided by Norway, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Human Rights and International Law Secretariat (jointly fundded by Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands), UNDP (one of whose officials has just been indicted for being a Hamas agent), Finland, CCFD (France), Misereor (Germany), Trocaire (Ireland), Oxfam-Novib (Netherlands), and AECID (Spain).

Rightwing movement Im Tirtzu praised the Supreme Court’s decision to authorize the home demolition, and condemned the “torrent of judicial appeals” submitted by HaMoked on behalf of terrorists.

Im Tirtzu CEO, Matan Peleg, said in an email statement: “Im Tirtzu welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision to authorize the home demolition of the terrorist who murdered Rabbi Miki Mark. This decision sends a clear message to European governments, which fund radical Israeli NGOs to submit appeals to Israel’s Supreme Court aimed at damaging the IDF’s deterrence capabilities.”

Peleg added: “Im Tirtzu will continue leading the fight against this phenomenon. The Israeli public has a right to know who’s defending terrorists.”

David Israel

Maj. Gen. Mordechai to World Vision: ‘Assume Responsibility and Set your House in Order’

Friday, August 5th, 2016

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Mordechai, expressed sharp criticism in his meeting Thursday evening with senior staff of World Vision, who are currently in Israel. The Coordinator conveyed the need for the organization to publicly condemn the incident and assume responsibility immediately.

The Coordinator presented to the organization the findings and confession from Mohammed El Halbi’s interrogation regarding his exploitation of the organization’s donations for Hamas’s military wing. The WV representatives emphasized that it renounces any support, direct or indirect, for Hamas, and intends to operate transparently and in coordination with COGAT, as required.

But World Vision Australia chief executive Tim Costello told the Guardian Thursday that his charity was “mystified” by the charges, because independent audits had found the charity’s programs in Palestine were “clean.”

Costello told Guardian Australia: “I want to reassure Australians that World Vision’s money in Gaza is being spent on reducing poverty for Palestinian people, not terrorism.”

David Israel

US House Reps to Knesset: We’ll Continue Aiding Israeli Security

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Knesset Speaker MK Yuli Edelstein on Monday hosted six current and former US Congressmen. “We thank you for your contribution and efforts for the sake of Israel’s security,” Edelstein told his guests, Joe Wilson (R-SC), Steven Palazzo (R- MS), Randy Neugebauer (R- TX), Billy Long (R- MO), John Larson (D-CT) and former Michigan Republican Congressman Mike Rogers. They are all known for supporting Israel and many are members of important congressional committees such as the Appropriations Committee, the Committee on Armed Services and the Ways and Means Committee.

The head of the American delegation, former Congressman Mike Rogers, told his hosts: “The need for security in Israel is clear and there are no disputes. We shall continue assisting you on the matter.” His statement were echoed by the Congressmen at the meeting. “Sadly, the United States is also experiencing terror, and we are all together fighting against it with all the means at our disposal,” Edelstein told his guests. He also addressed the Iranian threat and stated that “all there is to do now is to try to get as much as possible from the agreement that was signed with Iran. But also, if only one percent of the money that Iran acquires will reach Hezbollah, we are speaking of huge amounts of money and must prevent it as much as possible.”

MK Michael Oren (Kulanu), chairman of the Subcommittee for Foreign Policy, participated in the meeting and added that “we thank you more than can be described for your efforts for the benefit of Israel, also for [Congress’] approval of the funding for the Iron Dome [missile interception system]. But in the next war, if it occurs, we will need from you a diplomatic ‘Iron Dome’ as well.”


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