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January 20, 2017 / 22 Tevet, 5777

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Israel Tax Authority: FATCA Working Both Ways, US Accounts Belonging to Israelis Reviewed

Monday, January 16th, 2017

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, a 2010 United States federal law requiring all non-US financial institutions to turn over to Uncle Sam their records of the assets and identities of US citizens living abroad to the Department of the Treasury, appears to be a two-way mirror, at least when it comes to the Israeli Tax Authority.

An Israeli Tax Authority press release on Monday confirmed that, as part of applying FATCA in Israel, not only did the US receive information about American citizens’ Israeli bank accounts, but the opposite was achieved as well: the Israeli tax folks have received data on more than 35,000 Israeli-held accounts in US financial institutions.

According to Israeli law, an Israeli citizen is allowed to maintain a bank account abroad, but they must report to the Israeli Tax Authority their income from the account (interest, dividends, capital gains). The information that was turned over by the Americans was apparently a rich deposit of data, judging by the almost gleeful tone of the press release (usually they don’t a have a reputation for a great sense of humor).

The data exchange between Israel and the US is part of an ongoing process of collecting financial information from abroad on Israeli citizens, part of an initiative of the OECD. Last May, Tax Authority Director Moshe Asher signed a Common Reporting Standard (CRS) agreement to facilitate automatic data exchange with various countries in 2017 and 2018.

David Israel

Lopsided Israeli and Palestinian Casualties

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Since September of 2015, there have been many terrorist attacks in Israel. However, the vast majority of the casualties have been Palestinian. That’s because many times, the Palestinian attackers are basically on suicide missions. They attack soldiers and police. Many of the civilians they attack carry weapons. It is not surprising that there are so many Palestinian casualties.

Yet it would be false to draw the conclusion that the lopsided number of casualties means that Israel is using disproportionate force. Israel should not be blamed for doing an effective job defending against terrorism.

That is why context is so important. The casual reader of the news will get one impression from reading that 200 Palestinians and 40 Israelis have been killed in violence. It is quite another to understand that 200 Palestinian terrorists (or even “attackers”) have been killed.

It is not enough to say that “Israel claims most of the Palestinians were attackers.” Because when the next sentence is that this claim has been disputed,  the reader will not know whom to believe.

It may be that at the very time of an attack, the details are unclear. But in the days, weeks, and months after an attack, reporters have every means of investigating these incidents for themselves. If they find evidence that supports either side’s claims, then they should say so. If  there is eyewitness, video, and physical evidence, let the reporters say that the majority of Palestinian deaths were because Israelis defended themselves.

Because the wording of many articles leaves readers without a clear picture of what is happening. The following example is from an Associated Press article “Truck Attack Kills 4 Israeli Solders in Jerusalem.”

Since September 2015, Palestinian attackers have killed 40 Israelis and two visiting Americans in knifings, shootings and car rammings. During that time, 230 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.

Israel says most of the Palestinians killed over the past 16 months were attackers. The Palestinians and rights groups say Israel has at times used excessive force.

On the one side, we have “Israel says” supporting the claim that most of the Palestinians were attackers. On the other side we have “Palestinians and rights groups.” Who are these “rights groups?” Where is the truth?

It would be better if the AP investigated and determined whether the Israeli claim is true and then said so.  Journalism should never be left to reporting what people say and then leaving it to the reader to guess who is telling the truth.

More Context on Jerusalem Needed

The same article has a reference to Jerusalem.

Israel claims the entire city as its capital. The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, as the capital of a future state. Israel has annexed the eastern sector, home to the Old City and sensitive holy sites, and says it will never allow the city to be divided.

At least one sentence could explain to readers why Israel claims the city as its capital and why it was captured in 1967. Otherwise, the above information is biased against the Israeli perspective.

Jerusalem has been the center of the Jewish religion for thousands of years. It is the spiritual, historical, and political capital of Israel. The lack of international recognition does not alter the fact that today the Israeli government functions from the city.

It was reunified in a defensive war. This is also a fact. Israel says that the city will never be divided again because the last time it was split in two, the Jewish community was destroyed.

Both the reporting of casualties and the context of Jerusalem are elements of style that get repeated so often, readers will assume their veracity. But that is why it is so important to try and improve this “background” material that filters the way the public reads the news.

Read more at The Center for Analyzing Media Coverage of Israel.

Yarden Frankl

IDF Soldiers Arrest 25 Wanted Terror Suspects in Judea, Samaria

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

IDF soldiers arrested at least 25 Arab suspects over the past 24 hours in a major crackdown aimed at reducing the terror attacks on Israeli drivers in Judea and Samaria.

The forces captured 11 wanted terror suspects overnight in the Arab village of Tuqu’a, near the Jewish community of the same name, Tekoa, in eastern Gush Etzion. The suspects are accused of stoning Israeli drivers on the roads of Judea. They are also suspected of attacking drivers with firebombs and pipe bombs as well.

At least 14 other terror suspects were arrested in late-night operations throughout Judea and Samaria, according to a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

One of the suspects was from the Arab village of Qatane. A search of his home revealed a huge cache of stolen items that included jewelry, guns, electronics and military uniforms.

IDF soldiers from the Etzion Brigade also arrested a group of Arab teens caught stoning cars traveling near the Arab village of El Khader, a bit south of Bethlehem. The teens were caught after being spotted on security cameras, hurling rocks at the passing cars.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli or Jew?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Is there any link between the brazen decision taken by the Jerusalem Arab to plow his truck into a group of soldiers and the fact that they did not react by immediately emptying their rifles on the attacker?
Did the Arab show his disdain for us?

This latest terror attack comes on the heels of the indictment on man slaughter charges of sergeant Elor , the soldier who killed the wounded terrorist in Hevron.
That was immediately followed with a raucous debate embracing the typical right/left partisan positions.
Was Elor immoral for shooting an immobilized terrorist who had just wounded Jews or was he doing the most natural and desired thing in finishing of the terrorist who came to kill Jews?
What is (Jewish/Israeli) morality?

Did the fleeing soldiers act under the influence of the relentless attack on Elor by the powers that be (the Left) ; the media,celebs, judicial, military brass etc.. and his eventual indictment?
Were the soldiers wary of facing a military court for reasons they could not imagine at the moment, but played it safe..?

Many believe that is the case. Others do not. Again the Right/Left divide.

I recall viewing a clip of soldiers in Hevron cringing; clinging to a low wall as they were being bombarded by rocks and boulders.
They were not allowed to use their weapons. No one in the chain of command wanted to be caught holding the hot potato that the masters of morality baked for them.
Arabs celebrated our helplessness. And have not stopped celebrating.

Israelis (I should say Jews, because most Israeli Arabs never feel there is moral justification to kill an Arab terrorist – it is after all, his natural right of “resistance”) are drifting wider apart on where the moral boundaries are to be drawn. This debate is rapidly escalating where it has long been pushed under the carpet.

Indeed, the debate about what is this Jewish state at all is coming out from under the carpet.
In 1996, when Shimon Peres lost a very close election to Netanyahu, he was asked, “who won the election’? He said, “the Jews” “And who lost then”? “The Israelis”

It was a “what is your first association” test .
It revealed much.

The number of Jews who see themselves as Jews first are increasing due to demographics and post Oslo awakenings, while the “Israeli” who cling to the reigns of power and “culture” are a dwindling minority.

I think I actually met one of those Israelis today at he gym.

He was an older man who has been here “longer than I have” as he reminded me.
The discussion quickly turned to the horrible recent truck murder.
I asked him does he remember, as I do, a time when it was much safer to walk the streets of Israeli cities;a time when vehicles did not run down Jews at any given moment and when Arabs of all ages and sex would no dare stab their Jewish neighbor?
Did he remember as I, a time when suicide bombers were unheard of?

He scoffed at me.
He said there has always been Arab attacks even before the state was established. Didn’t I know that?
I pointed out that before the state was established, there was no Israel to respond to or prevent the attacks. That is exactly why we established our state.
I also pointed out that if you look at the graph of Arab attacks on Jews, they increased with every concession, and jumped especially with the water shed event of Oslo in 1993. That is when we opened our doors to Arafat and his thousands of terrorists (peace partners), armed them and created safe sanctuaries fro them.
My veteran friend began to raise his voice.
He was getting annoyed. “No, no, it was not Oslo. That changed nothing!”
He knows. He is in Israel longer than I.

After all, the Israeli knows better than the Jew.

Shalom Pollack

Al Jazeera Celebrates Fall of Israeli Embassy Official Who Shot Off his Mouth on Hidden Camera [video]

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Israel’s embassy in London apologized for the actions of its senior political officer Shai Masot, who had been taped describing his plan to “take down” British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson’s deputy, Alan Duncan, for opposing Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria. Masot was speaking to a senior aide to Conservative Minister of State for Education Robert Halfon. Their conversation was filmed covertly in a London restaurant and obtained by The Mail from Al Jazeera on Sunday.

Al Jazeera has been preparing a four-part series based on a six-month undercover investigation, titled “The Lobby,” exposing the Israeli government as being in “the midst of a brazen, covert influence campaign in Britain.” by will reveal. Each episode will be broadcast daily on Al Jazeera starting January 15 at 22:30 GMT.

For half a year, an undercover reporter with the pseudonym Robin met with “members of Britain’s lobby network that enjoys strong support from the Israeli government by way of the Israeli embassy in London.” Posing as a graduate activist who supports Israel and hates the BDS movement, Robin discovered, among other things, how “an Israeli diplomat plotted to destroy the careers of senior politicians.”

Robin secretly filmed Shai Masot at a London brasserie asking Maria Strizzolo, then chief of staff to MP Robert Halfon, the deputy chairman of the ruling Conservative Party: “Can I give you some MPs that I would suggest you take down?”

Strizzolo responded: “Well you know, if you look hard enough I’m sure that there is something that they’re trying to hide.”

“Yeah. I have some MPs,” Masot told her, suggesting she knows “which MPs I want to take down … The Deputy Foreign Minister.”

Strizzolo told Masot that “a little scandal” might cause Duncan to lose his job.

Duncan called the settlements back in 2014 an “ever-deepening stain on the face of the globe,” and said the city of Hebron was under apartheid rule.

During the same dinner, Masot described British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson as an “idiot … without any kind of responsibilities,” but who was also “basically good.”

Israel’s embassy said in a statement that the comments were “completely unacceptable,” and that ambassador Mark Regev had apologized to Duncan. It also announced that Masot would be terminated “shortly.”

David Israel

How The Israeli Court Just Stabbed The IDF [audio]

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Is the Israeli court system on a self destructive course? An IDF soldier was just thrown under the bus by the Israeli court system. He has been charged and found guilty of manslaughter for taking out a terrorist at the scene of the attack. Jews arrested for praying on the Temple mount, calls for violence against Jews ignored, limited freedom of movement for Jews is fine but for Arabs is racist. This must stop and I will discuss how.


Israel News Talk Radio

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

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israeli-envoys-to-turkey-confirm-theyre-safe-after-terror-attack-in-izmir/2017/01/05/

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