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State Dept. Refers to Mahmoud Abbas as the ‘President of Palestine’

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

At the U.S. State Department daily press briefing held on Thursday, Oct. 22, Deputy State Department Spokesperson referred to Mahmoud Abbas, the man elected 11 years ago to fill a four year term as head of the Palestinian Authority, as “Mahmoud Abbas, president of Palestine.”


Has the State Department just pulled a fast one and proclaimed “Palestine” a state?

Or, as happens so often in these State Department press briefings, did the spokesperson merely repeat a phrase asked by a reporter, not realizing the ground-shaking implications of the statement?

Toner was responding to a female reporter who said, “As I understand it, Secretary Kerry will be meeting with King Abdullah [of Jordan] and with Palestinian President Abbas.”

reporter asking about "Palestinian President Abbas" at State Dept. press briefing Oct. 22, 2015.

reporter asking about “Palestinian President Abbas” at State Dept. press briefing Oct. 22, 2015.

Toner responded to the reporter, but he also appeared on the video of the briefing to be checking his briefing book when he said, “so, yeah, he is going to be – I’m just checking my – yes, he is supposed to meet Saturday with King Abdullah and then, as you said, I believe separately with Mahmoud Abbas, president of Palestine.”

In terms of the proposed substance of those upcoming conversations, Toner said that just as the Secretary met with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu today, Kerry was trying to “come up with concrete ways that, as we’ve said, all sides involved in this can take affirmative steps to reduce tensions.”

If the U.S. State Department is seeking to reduce tension in the region, intentionally or even mistakenly elevating the Palestinian Authority to the status of a state in the course of a press briefing is not the way to go about it.

Biden Decides Against Run for President

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announced today, Wed., Oct. 21, that he will not run for president.

Rumors had been swirling over the past several months that Biden was considering a run in light of Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton’s numerous scandals and faltering polling numbers.

Biden’s son, Beau, who died this summer, had reportedly urged his father to run for president. That made a compelling story, the kind that could have launched a campaign on a sympathetic note. But Biden and his family were clearly deeply shaken by the death of their son, and it was not a propitious moment for kicking off such a campaign.

Word of high-level meetings Biden held with major Democratic fundraisers and advisers leaked into the media over the past several months, perhaps because those meetings actually happened or perhaps as a way to test the media and public response.

But after months of appearing to consider whether he would take the plunge, Biden announced from the White House, with his wife, Jill, and President Barack Obama at his side, that he will not run.

Biden said that it was too late in the game for him to get a campaign up to speed.

“Unfortunately I believe we’re out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination,” Biden said.

He added, “While I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent.”

This news has to make Hillary Clinton happy. Jim Webb, former senator from Virginian and another potential candidate for the Democratic nomination, withdraw from the race yesterday.


Lapid ‘Fed Up with the Palestinians’

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid said Sunday morning he is “fed up” with Palestinian Authority Arabs and “the time has come to separate from them” but with the IDF remaining able to operate to prevent attacks on Jews.

Lapid sounded on Israel radio’s Voice of Israel (Reshet Bet) like a responsible centrist opposition leader, filling the vacuum left by Opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog whose only reactions to the recent wave of terror have been to blame Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and to claim that none of this would have happened if he had been Prime Minister.

Not even the anti-Netanyahu media have swallowed Lapid’s weak and divisive stance, and Lapid took the opportunity today to say that he backs the Prime Minister’s efforts to defeat terror.

Lapid, a former journalist, reads the political tea leaves better than Herzog and even Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman, who is huffing and puffing over polls that show his is one of the most trusted political leaders to deal with terrorism.

Seven months after the elections that gave Prime Minister Netanyahu only a one-seat majority in the coalition government, it is as strong as ever. Herzog’s refusal to join a national unity government, along with his pathetic demand that Netanyahu resign, have been met with the sound of one hand clapping.

Lieberman’s rants win him some headlines, but his rise in popularity will last as long as the wave of terror, which appears to be winding down even if it does not end.

Lapid understands better than anyone else outside the coalition that Israelis are more unfired than ever in their distrust of the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas, whose blatant incitement and lies have left the left-wing camp look like a home for dwarfs.

The anti-Netanyahu media, which include the largest electronic outlets and the Yediot Acharonot newspaper, have dismissed Tzipi Livni as useless and are ignoring Herzog for the same reason.

The same media hate Lieberman even more than Netanyahu. The only one left is Lapid, and he milking it for all it’s worth in preparation for the next elections, which don’t appear on the horizon.

Israel’s Ambassador to UN Ron Prosor ‘Glad to Come Home’

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Israel’s outgoing Ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to bid farewell this week to the world body in New York. The two men spoke about the Ambassador’s four-year tenure at the UN and the situation in Israel.

The Secretary-General expressed his deep appreciation for Prosor’s contribution and for their collaboration, and Prosor invited the Secretary-General to visit Israel again. On his Facebook page, Prosor continued: “Four years ago, when I arrived at our Mission to the UN, Israel was facing a challenging reality and was fighting in the battle on public opinion. Today, upon my return to Israel, our reality remains complicated.

“Throughout my time here at the UN, I have always said that I walk the halls of the United Nations standing tall and proud, knowing who I represent and what I represent, and I’m going home with this same feeling.

“I have confidence in the resilience of the people of Israel in the face of constant challenges, and I thank the government of Israel and its citizens for the privilege of representing you at the United Nations, an important arena that knows no rest.

“I’m leaving behind here in New York a dedicated and professional team and I know that they will continue doing an incredible job. I wish the incoming Ambassador, Danny Danon, the best of luck and strength to face any future battles, and may he mark many achievements.

“Today, as I complete my tenure as Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN, I have more faith than ever in the State of Israel and the people of Israel.

“And more than anything, I’m glad to come home.”

Adelson Warming Up to Rubio as GOP Presidential Candidate

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is about to throw his weight, financial and otherwise, behind Florida Senator Marco Rubio as this favorite for the Republican party’s presidential nominee, Politico reported.

Rubio campaigned in Las Vegas last week and stopped off at Adelson’s casino office for a brief meeting, where Adelson lavishly praised the young senator.

Rubio’s campaign manager and two of Adelson’s advisers also attended the meeting.

Politico reported that sources close to the casino billionaire said that a formal endorsement for Rubio may come as soon as the end of this month,

Almost every GOP presidential hopeful wants Adelson’s financial support, although his backing does not guarantee success. He threw away approximately $70 million in 2012 when he backed Georgia politician Newt Gingrich for president.

But Rubio is not deepening only on Adelson. Investor Charles Schwab, whose estimated net worth of $6.4 is far less than Adelson’s but still more than that of Donald Trump, privately has said he is interested in backing Rubio.

Herzog Calls to Outlaw Islamic Movement

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Zionist Union leader and Opposition MK Isaac Herzog called on Monday to outlaw the extremist northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, as well as the Jewish extremist groups Lehava and La Familia.

Herzog said at the opening of the winter session of the Knesset that Israel’s parliament must “raise a moral voice.” He said that both Jews and Arabs must stand “from the whole nation” as one legal body to show responsibility, leadership and restraint.

City of Jerusalem & Parents’ Group Declare School Strike Over Inadequate Security

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

The Jerusalem municipality joined the city parents’ association to declare a school strike Thursday for students in grades 9-12 to protest inadequate government security funding.

High schools throughout Jerusalem will be on strike as both the city and the parents demand the government pay for security measures that will protect schools throughout the school day.

Elementary schools are in session as usual.

“As long as the government is shirking its responsibility for school security, we will not abandon our children,” explained Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat in a statement released Wednesday night.

According to the statement, security for Jerusalem schools is funded only until 1:30 pm.

Security coverage at school is not funded after that time, and those communities who cannot afford to pay for it may simply have no coverage until the end of the school day.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/city-of-jerusalem-parents-group-declare-school-strike-over-inadequate-security/2015/10/07/

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