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July 26, 2016 / 20 Tammuz, 5776

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Exclusive: ‘Trump Will Stay 100% True to Israel’

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

A prominent Jewish New York attorney and member of the American Jews for Trump organization says the GOP candidate for president, Donald J. Trump, will stay true to the support he has expressed for the State of Israel.

In an exclusive email interview with JewishPress.com, New York-based attorney Mark E. Langfan maintained Thursday evening that Trump will “stay 100% true to Israel even though 85% of the Jews will insanely vote for Hillary who will push Israel to national suicide.”

Langfan, a member of the American Jews for Trump, owns a commercial real estate agency in the Big Apple. But he is also well known for his topographical maps of Israel and his lectures on how the regional topography and local geopolitics impact on Israel’s security.

One of the litmus tests of an American president’s views on Israel is the issue of whether he is willing to move the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to the Israeli capital city of Jerusalem.

Most presidents have vowed during their presidential campaigns to do so — but once in office, all have invoked their right to use the six-month “deferment” included in the original language of the promise to delay that move. They renew it every six months. Repeatedly, like clockwork.

Would Trump do the same? On this score, Langfan was more cautious: “He will have a ton of other emergencies because of the catastrophe Obama has left,” he said.

However, Langfan is certain that Trump “absolutely will not put any pressure on Israel” to give away land in Judea and Samaria as part of any ‘swap deal’ in order to reach a final status arrangement with the Palestinian Authority.

That is a view that does not seem to be shared by most American Jews, a fact Langfan himself acknowledged. Many believe that once in the process of trying to ‘make a deal’ between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Trump may be inclined to force the Jewish State into even more concessions than it has yet had to give. In some cases, Israel has paid a price for those compromises in Jewish blood.

Trump will have to work hard to raise his credibility in the Jewish community if he is to win votes in that sector.

Nevertheless, Trump vowed in his acceptance speech Thursday night to maintain America’s strong bond with its “greatest ally in the region, Israel” at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

It’s not a real surprise. The man he chose as his vice presidential pick, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, is a strong pro-Israel politician, with a long track record dating back to more than a decade as a member of Congress.

Trump’s running mate signed a bill this year divesting Indiana from local businesses that participate in the anti-Israel Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Pence told the crowd Wednesday night that “if the world knows nothing else, it will know this: America stands with Israel.”

Hana Levi Julian

16 Terror Suspects Captured in Joint Military Operations

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Sixteen terror suspects were captured late Wednesday night and into the wee hours of Thursday in joint operations carried out by IDF soldiers together with agents from the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and Israel Police.

Of those taken into custody, 14 of the fugitives were wanted for terror-related activities, according to military sources.

The suspects were arrested in various locations throughout Judea and Samaria, including the towns of Al-Bireh, Bethlehem, Kfar Kalil and Tulkarem.

All of the detainees were transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

Hana Levi Julian

Finally: Congress Asking UNRWA for Real Number of Palestinian Refugees

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Both houses of Congress are at work to modify funding bills for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), as part of an effort to investigate the very legitimacy of the decades-old agency, Michael Wilner reported in the Jerusalem Post Friday. Both the House and the Senate want the State Department to, once and for all, define the term “Palestinian refugee,” and while they’re at it, reveal how many are receiving aid from UNRWA.

UNRWA was established in 1948 to assist the 750,000 Palestinians who had left Israel. Since then UNRWA has been a promoter of the Palestinian cause, funding as many as 5 million “refugees,” the majority of whom never left the homes where they were born in the Gaza Strip, the “West Bank,” eastern Jerusalem, or other Arab countries, to the tune of $1.23 billion annually, $250 million of which is donated by US taxpayers.

Many in Congress have been saying, since about 2012, that the majority of Palestinians are permanently settled, and should not be under the jurisdiction of a refugee agency.

Needless to say, Wilner points out, “such a finding would fundamentally change the narrative of the decades-old conflict.”

The first Palestinian census was completed 15 years ago, and the head of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) admitted then that the census was, in effect, “a civil intifada” rather than a scientific survey. In 2011 the Bureau attempted to correct that blatant misrepresentation, claiming that 2.6 million Palestinian Arabs inhabit Judea and Samaria.

But Israeli demographer Yoram Ettinger challenged those numbers, claiming they overstated the real number of Arabs there by as much as 66%. He explained that the PCBS’s total counts 400,000 Palestinians living overseas, and double-counts 240,000 Jerusalem Arabs. It also undercounted Palestinian emigration.

In 2014, UNRWA came up with the figure of 5 million Palestinian refugees living in Gaza, Judea and Samaria, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, and the US responded by providing hundreds of millions of dollars for UNRWA’s health, education, and social service programs.

“UNRWA is sort of becoming an entitlement program of the Middle East, and the desire is to increase transparency on who actually are refugees relevant to that conflict,” a senior Senate aide familiar with the language told Wilner, suggesting the new bill “goes to the heart of the debate over UNRWA funding.”

Republicans in both houses have launched parallel efforts to compel the State Department to go on the record with who qualifies as a “Palestinian refugee,” and the combined version of the law, once passed, will compel the secretary of state to provide “a justification of why it is in the national interest of the United States to provide funds to UNRWA.”

The bill’s language continues: “Such justification shall include an analysis of the current definition of Palestinian refugees that is used by UNRWA, how that definition corresponds with, or differs from, that used by UNHCR, other UN agencies, and the United States Government, and whether such definition furthers the prospects for lasting peace in the region.”

And, naturally, “the committee directs that such report be posted on the publicly available website of the Department of State.”

Finally, it should be noted that there are two distinct definitions of the term “refugee” in international law.

A refugee, according to the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, is a person who is outside their country of citizenship because they have well-founded grounds for fear of persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, and is unable to obtain sanctuary from their home country or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail themselves of the protection of that country; or in the case of not having a nationality and being outside their country of former habitual residence as a result of such event, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to their country of former habitual residence.

It is rare for a refugee status to extend beyond the lifetime of the original refugee, because normally it is expected that their offspring will have settled someplace else.

Not so regarding Palestinian refugees, according to UNRWA’s definition of the term, which includes the patrilineal descendants of the original “Palestinian refugees,” limited to persons residing in UNRWA’s areas of operation in the Palestinian territories, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.

JNi.Media

Everyday Violence in Judea and Samaria

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

This is what it looks like every day, several times a day, in many areas of Jewish Judea and Samaria. Often the Arab hooligans take advantage of the fact that their side of the fence is in Area A or B, while their targets are in Area C, and Israeli security forces cannot maintain control over their part of the shooting gallery.

David Israel

Yehuda Glick: It is Clear Israeli Law Will be Applied in All of Judea and Samaria

Friday, July 8th, 2016

MK Yehuda Glick responded forcibly to a Ynet article which discussed the number of people from Otniel who have been murdered by Arab terrorists, where “nearly every second family” has been touched by terror.

Glick wrote back that “Otniel, like all the settlements in Judea and Samria is strong. We will get over this, and we will grow and flourish. In the end, it is clear to everyone that Israeli law will be applied to all of Judea and Samaria. Why wait!”

Jewish Press News Briefs

3 IDF Soldiers Hurt in Vehicle Terror Attack Near Neve Daniel on Hwy 60

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

An Arab terrorist is believed to have carried out a vehicle ramming attack against IDF soldiers early Wednesday evening as they were traveling in a military vehicle on Highway 60 in Judea, near the Jewish community of Neve Daniel.

The site is about eight minutes’ drive south of Jerusalem. The Arab driver crashed his vehicle head-on into the IDF vehicle.

The terrorist sustained a serious head injury, according to military sources quoted by international media.

Three IDF soldiers, all age 20, were wounded in the attack. One suffered chest and limb wounds and is in serious condition; two others sustained broken bones and other injuries to their limbs. The latter two are in fair condition. All were evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Security personnel and IDF soldiers closed down the highway and set up road blocks and launched a search of the area for any accomplices.

This was the second travel attack perpetrated by Arabs on Wednesday.

Rocks were thrown by Arab terrorists at the Jerusalem Light Rail as it made its way through the capital. It’s not the first time the railway has been targeted by terrorists.

The first car on the train was damaged but no one was physically injured. Police are searching for the terrorists.

Hana Levi Julian

US State Dept Questions Israel’s Desire to Reach ‘2-State Solution’

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

The U.S. State Department is questioning whether Israel really wants to make peace with the Palestinian Authority, and whether the Netanyahu government really supports the “two-state solution.”

State Department spokesperson John Kirby told reporters at a briefing Tuesday that Washington is “deeply concerned” over Israel’s decision to approve a tender for 42 housing units in Kiryat Arba and construction of 800 new housing units in Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim.

“If it’s true, this report would be the latest step in what seems to be the systematic process of land seizures, settlement expansions and legalization of outposts that is fundamentally undermining the prospects for a two-state solution,” Kirby told reporters.

“This action risks entrenching a one-state reality and raises serious questions about Israel’s intentions.”

The approvals came in response to two deadly terrorist attacks perpetrated against Israelis within a 24-hour period last week. A 13-year-old girl was stabbed to death by a Palestinian Authority Arab who climbed in her bedroom window last Thursday morning. The killer stabbed young Halle Yaffa Ariel, hy’d dozens of times, her blood spraying all over her room, after he scaled the security fence around Kiryat Arba.

The next day Arab terrorists opened fire at Rabbi Miki Mark, the administrator of the Otniel yeshiva as he drove near the community on Route 60 with his wife and children just a few hours before the Sabbath. The rabbi died instantly as he lost control of the vehicle and the car flipped over; his wife Chava was critically injured. Two of his ten children were also wounded.

Hallel Ariel, hy’d, was an American citizen. So is Chava Mark. But although the State Department issued the standard condemnation of violence perpetrated against U.S. citizens, there was complete silence from the White House.

Israel’s security cabinet met Saturday night to determine a response to the escalation in deadly attacks. By Sunday morning the government ministers were presented with a list of measures that were gauged to signal Israel’s determination not to buckle under the violence, including more boots on the ground in the Hebron area.

The Quartet for Mideast Peace issued a report on Friday (July 1) blaming Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria — even routine building connected with the natural growth in any community, within the municipal boundaries of existing towns — for the violence.

On Tuesday, it seemed the U.S. was joining that bandwagon and adding more fuel to the fire, blaming the approval of badly-needed housing units in existing communities for the Palestinian Authority’s unwillingness to join direct final status talks — and the unprovoked bloodbaths by Arab terrorists against innocent Israeli civilians.

Kirby added the U.S. would continue to “look for leaders in the region to do what they need to do … to demonstrate leadership to take down the violence, reduce tensions.”

Hana Levi Julian

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