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January 25, 2017 / 27 Tevet, 5777

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Giuliani Visits Israel, Netanyahu; Coy About Bearing A Message

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani arrived Tuesday for the first official visit to Israel by a member of the Trump administration.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in the afternoon with Giuliani, an old friend; the two also appeared together at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center for an event.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a tour in Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem on Feb. 2, 2015.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The former mayor has a law practice which maintains an office in Israel, so he travels back and forth fairly often. He was also appointed by President Donald Trump as the new head of the U.S. cyber security program and serves as the cyber security adviser to the White House.

His response to questions prior to boarding the plane about whether he was bringing a message to the prime minister from President Trump was, “If I am, then it is from him, and in any case it probably is something along the lines of, ‘I like you very much.'”

Ahead of his arrival, the prime minister also cautioned his Likud faction and other government ministers at a news briefing:

“This is the time for responsible diplomacy and education with our friends, the time for diplomacy which will strengthen our cooperation, and increase our trust between the State of Israel and the new government in Washington.”

The prime minister also warned coalition members, “This is not the time for ‘knee-jerk’ reactions, impositions or surprises.”

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli, Croatian Leaders Sign Cooperation Deal in Jerusalem

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Tuesday morning (Jan. 24) in Jerusalem with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who on his first visit to Israel as Prime Minister.

The Croatian leader invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to visit his country, which is among the friendliest to Israel in Europe; relations between the two have become significantly closer in the past year.

The two men signed a “declaration of intent” on cooperation in the field of prevention of disasters and emergency response. The signing comes in the wake of assistance that Israel received from Croatia during the recent fires that raged through the nation, and in light of Croatia’s rapid response in providing that assistance. The incident provided a basis for cooperation.

An excerpt from the declaration provides some insight into the agreement:

“[The two sides] hereby declare their intention to explore possibilities of joint avenues of cooperation in the field of prevention of disasters and emergency response. Such cooperation may include the following forms and methods: Exchange of experts and study visits; Assistance upon request at times of occurrence of disasters; Sharing of information on training programs in the field of preventing and emergency response; Exchange of lessons learned from previous experience; Any other form or method agreed by the Parties.”

“It’s your first visit to Israel. Certainly I hope it’s not the last because we want to make sure that we have ongoing visits,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu with a smile. “I thank you for your invitation to me to visit Croatia. You have a beautiful country and many Israelis go there, and of course we would like to go there too at the appropriate time.

“We’ve seen a great improvement in our relations in recent years and I want to thank you especially for your strong support in international forums, in European forums, in the UN and elsewhere you stood very clearly and very firmly for the truth — which means standing for Israel.

“We cooperate in many fields and we spoke just now about the need to cooperate even further in the fields of economy, of technology, in every field of economic endeavor but also in the field that we’re already advancing, which is emergency disaster cooperation.

“The best example is firefighting,” PM Netanyahu pointed out. “We are making progress in a joint international force that we’d like to make from countries in the Mediterranean region. We’re having an exercise, I think a joint exercise in May, that is a practical application of what we’re doing, and we’re going to sign a declaration for cooperation in emergency situations.

“Beyond that, I think that we are living in a world of great challenge and opportunities. The challenge is clear, there are destabilizing forces throughout our region, some of them are sending firmaments into your region, to the entire world and we have to fight this militant Islamic terrorism together but we also want to achieve an international order of some balance and stability to allow security and prosperity for our peoples.

“This is a very much a goal shared by the two of us and I look forward to continuing that discussion this morning with you and your delegation and to welcome you once again to Jerusalem.”

Hana Levi Julian

3,300-Year Detour Ends in Aliyah for 65th Wedding Anniversary in Israel

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

It was a 3,300-year-long detour, according to Victor Rousso, but the trip was worth the wait. (The 3,300 year marker is a reference to the approximate time from which the Jews existed in the Land of Israel.)

Victor and Nelda Rousso visit the Western Wall on their 65th wedding anniversary.

Victor and Nelda Rousso visit the Western Wall on their 65th wedding anniversary.

Rousso, a lifelong businessman and his wife Nelda celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last week by making aliyah to Jerusalem from the United States. They spent their first night at home in their new apartment in the capital last Thursday.

Nelda and Victor Rousso: 'Our 3,300 year detour ends!'

Nelda and Victor Rousso: ‘Our 3,300 year detour ends!’

The couple, who spent most of their adult years living in Atlanta, Georgia, traveled for their final few weeks to be with their children in Baltimore while Victor wrapped up arrangements for his company — RoussoUSA.com, LLC — to be managed by his granddaughter while he explores the possibility of opening a startup in Israel.

Victor and Nelda Rousso, pre-aliyah.

Victor and Nelda Rousso, pre-aliyah.

The two nonagenarians have children and grandchildren on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and when the time came to make the decision, they both say they agreed it was “the right thing to do.”

In an exclusive set of interviews with JewishPress.com, the couple shared their thoughts on their journey in a series of emails before and right after their arrival.

Victor and Nelda Rousso say the El Al staff were "very helpful" in getting them through customs at JFK.

Victor and Nelda Rousso say the El Al staff were “very helpful” in getting them through customs at JFK.

“Aliyah went very smooth with us,” wrote Victor,” as long as we did not rush the process. There are a lot of hoops that we went through; they were all very competent and considerate.” But he readily points out that for him, it was much easier. His wife, a hospital RN until her retirement in 1993, “gave up much more than I did to make this move. She had the perfect home in the perfect community, in the wrong country,” he wrote. “She has always been active in every community we have lived in.”

Nelda Rousso wrote that from the start she was “looking forward for the future of the move.” Her main concern, she said, was “the many friends that I am leaving in the USA.” That having been said, she described with flowing eloquence her long, deep relationship with the State and the Land.

Nelda and Victor Rousso, on the start of their journey through life.

Nelda and Victor Rousso, on the start of their journey through life.

“My attachment to Israel started when there was excitement that Israel would become a nation,” she wrote. “There was no television or internet, but excitement was in the air.

“Theaters with larger-than-life screens had lengthy news [reports] about current events. Newspapers and radios kept us up to date.

“Soon after we were married, I became an active member of Hadassah. My husband and I supported the United Jewish Fund. During this period, our love for Israel grew and grew. We rejoiced with the good news and cried with the sad.

“I collected books and read everything I could about Israel.

“We often thought the day would come when we would move,” she wrote. “Finally we realized it was time to pack, while we are healthy and active and could truly enjoy being in Our Beloved Country.

“The USA has been wonderful and for the most part hospitable towards the Jews,” she added, “but at the end of the day this is not our country.”

Hana Levi Julian

Trump Invites Netanyahu For White House Meeting in February

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for an official visit to the White House next month, with the exact dates to be set in the coming days.

Prime Minister Netanyahu told reporters Sunday night that his phone conversation with the new American president was “very warm.”

About a half hour later, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a more complete statement:

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to U.S. President Donald Trump this evening, in what was a very warm conversation. The PM expressed his desire to work closely with President Trump to forge a common vision to advance peace and security in the region.

“The two leaders discussed the nuclear deal with Iran, the peace process with the Palestinians and other issues. President Trump invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to come to Washington to meet him in February. A final date for the visit will be set in the days ahead.”

U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House, meanwhile, that his phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “very nice,” but made no other comment on the conversation.

During opening remarks to the weekly government cabinet meeting earlier in the day, PM Netanyahu referred to the phone call that was scheduled between the two men:

“We congratulate President Trump on the start of his term. I very much appreciate his deep friendship for Israel, as well as his declared willingness to fight radical Islamic terrorism with full force…

“There are many issues between us including the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the situation in Syria and the Iranian threat. I would like to make it clear, contrary to reports that I have read, that stopping the Iranian threat, and first and foremost the threat reflected in the bad nuclear agreement that was signed with Iran, continues to be a supreme goal of the State of Israel.

“On the issue of settlement, none are more concerned about it than the Likud government and I, and we will continue to look out for it wisely and responsibly, for the benefit of the settlement enterprise and the State of Israel.”

Hana Levi Julian

US Embassy Planners Arrive, Scouting Sites in Jerusalem

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Three “wise men” arrived Sunday in Jerusalem to begin scouting the “lay of the land” for possible locations in which to build a new U.S. Embassy.

But according to a report posted by Israel’s Hebrew-language Channel 10 television news site, Trump administration officials at the White House were quick to dampen enthusiasm in Israel, pointing out that construction of a new embassy building can take approximately five years, at this point the discussion is focusing on a symbolic statement.

The Trump administration intends the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel to work from Jerusalem: at this point in time, it does not look like the Trump administration will backpedal on that. With regard to the search for a site for an embassy building in Jerusalem, thus far, three options are being considered.

The first is to use the two buildings in use by the U.S. Consulate and the Diplomat Hotel, both in the Arnona neighborhood of the capital.

The second option under consideration is a building on Derech Shechem, in which the Consulate runs classes and activities.

The third option being examined is the set of offices used by the U.S. Consulate on Agron Street.

According to sources quoted by Channel 10, a fourth possibility may instead have designated U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, stay and work from the Consular Residence on Agron Street in Jerusalem, with the U.S. Embassy continuing to function in Tel Aviv.

Ambassador-designate Friedman owns an apartment in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Talbieh.

Hana Levi Julian

Ma’ale Adumim Annexation Vote Postponed in Security Cabinet

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

The Security Cabinet of Israel has delayed its vote on the possibility of annexing the Jerusalem suburb of Ma’ale Adumim until after a meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump. Ma’ale Adumim is a 10-minute drive from Jerusalem.

If passed, the measure would extend Israeli sovereignty — and Israeli civil law over the city, located east of Jerusalem, in the first such move since 1967, when Israel restored the lost areas of its capital to the holy city of Jerusalem upon its victory in the Six Day War.

According to a report posted by the Hebrew-language Yediot Aharonot newspaper, sources say the prime minister may try to move up a scheduled meeting for late March to an earlier date, perhaps as early as next month.

PM Netanyahu and President Trump were scheduled to speak on the phone Sunday evening at 8:30 pm Israel time.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu Will Talk with Trump Today

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

PM Netanyahu told reporters that he plans to speak with President Trump this evening.

He plans to discuss Iran, Syria, and the Arabs of Judea and Samaria.

There was supposed to be a ministerial vote today on applying Israeli sovereignty over the city of Ma’ale Adumim, but Netanyahu said the Trump administration asked him postpone the vote.

Israel’s Galei Tzahal reported this morning that a source in the Trump administration said they told Netanyahu no such thing, and have no intention of getting involved in Israel’s sovereignty legislation.

Hopefully, sovereignty will be on the discussion list too, and Netanyahu will get the permission he still thinks he needs.

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