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Trump, Putin Speak By Phone

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke Monday by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a statement released by the Trump transition team.

“During the call the two leaders discussed a range of issues, including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia, strategic economic issues and the historical U.S.-Russia relationship that dates back over 200 years,” the Trump team said.

Both men agreed to set up a face-to-face meeting soon, according to the Trump team, and also according to the Kremlin, which released a separate statement.

Putin congratulated Trump, the Kremlin said in its statement, adding a pledge to build “dialogue with the new administration on the principles of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of each other.”

According to the statement from the Kremlin, the two leaders “agreed to assess the current very poor state of Russian-American relations” and “agreed to continue contacts on the phone and in the future to provide for a personal meeting.”

Hana Levi Julian

BREAKING: Trump Names Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has named GOP national chairman Reince Priebus to become his chief of staff, according to a report by the New York Times.

A separate insider source says that Stephen K. Bannon, who acted as head of the presidential campaign in its final months, is to become senior counselor to the president in a position similar to that currently filled by Valerie Jarrett in the Obama White House. Bannon is the CEO of Breitbart News.

The choice of Mr. Priebus is one that enables the new president to enter a world with which he has almost no familiarity, a point he spent much of his campaign emphasizing; it also allows him to retain some distance and yet provides him with a “liaison” who is superbly familiar with those who are most at home there.

Having Mr. Bannon close at hand also affords the president-elect the advantage of a fierce intellect without having to sacrifice the hugely necessary political handshake with both houses of Congress, a working relationship that is an absolute “must” if Mr. Trump is to move his agenda forward more than an inch at a time.

Hana Levi Julian

PM Netanyahu Invited to Meet With US Pres.-elect Donald Trump ‘At First Opportunity’

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited to meet with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump “at the first opportunity.”

The two men spoke together by phone Wednesday morning, just a few hours after Trump’s landslide win. The invitation comes as the fulfillment of a campaign promise by Trump to immediately begin to heal Washington’s frayed ties with the Jewish State.

Netanyahu congratulated Trump on his victory and told him the United States has no better ally than Israel.

The two men have known each other for many years. They held a warm conversation in which they briefly discussed regional issues as well.

Netanyahu told Trump that his wife Sarah is also looking forward to meeting with the new president-elect and his wife Melania.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu and Rivlin ‘Happy Together’ for Israel

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President-elect Reuven Rivlin ‘agreed to agree’ on Wednesday, embracing with a hug and a smile for the cameras.

Formal congratulations from the prime minister to the president-elect were in order despite the fact that Netanyahu worked himself to the bone trying to find a different Likud candidate for the office – and Rivlin knew it. They’ve been at each other’s throats for years in fact; but they’re both professional enough and smart enough to know they must now set aside those differences.

Rivlin took the high road from the outset, saying, “The prime minister and I are committed to full and fruitful cooperation for the State of Israel and the People of Israel.”

The prime minister agreed. “We are both from Jerusalem, the sons of professors who were educated in the philosophy of Jabotinsky and we have much more in common – such as our football team,” Netanyahu said, almost with a straight face, to reporters. “Joint work on behalf of all Israelis is before us. We have gone through much together and I am certain that we will now know to put the less good aspects aside and work responsibly for the future of the State of Israel.”

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Mazal Tov, Mr. President: Peres Congratulates Rivlin

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

President Shimon Peres congratulated President-elect Reuven ‘Rubi’ Rivlin.

“Rubi, Your Excellency the next President of the State of Israel, you are right for this role. It is a position that brings with it responsibility, you have to consider your every word and every action, but you will do it successfully because you are, to your core, a good person. There is a handover period and I am at your disposal from this moment onwards with whatever you need. My team and I will do everything we can to ensure the handover is conducted is honorably and professionally and we do it gladly.”

President Peres continued and said, “I am at the end of my seven-year term as President and it is an incredible privilege to serve to our people. As President your role is to serve, not to rule and in my eyes there is no greater honor than to faithfully serve your nation and your people. You have all the qualities to do just that. I wish you luck and I am confident that you will succeed in your future, which is also the future of the State of Israel.”

President-elect Rivlin thanked President Peres and said, “I thank you on behalf of myself and my wife. I am stepping into big shoes, it won’t be easy to be the 10th President after your presidency in which you done a lot of good for humanity, thank you Shimon.”

Meir Halevi Siegel

So Called Moderate Rohani Wins Iranian Vote

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Hassan Rohani won outright majority of the votes and was declared President-elect of the Islamic Republic of Iran, IRNA reported.

Just under 37 million Iranians voted in Friday’s elections, out of some 50 million eligible voters—close to a 75 percent turnout—with about one million votes disqualified. Hassan Rohani won 18,613,629 votes, or just around 51 percent, which means there won’t be a runoff election.

According to a Reuters reporter stationed in Dubai, it appears the elections were surprisingly free and fair – of course, after a very large number of candidates had been shaved off the ballots by the ruling ayatollahs before the vote began.

The British Foreign Office said in a statement that it hoped President Elect Rohani would use his victory to engage with international concerns over Iran’s nuclear program.

“We note the announcement that Hassan Rouhani has won the Iranian presidential elections,” the statement said. “We call on him to use the opportunity to set Iran on a different course for the future: addressing international concerns about Iran’s nuclear programme, taking forward a constructive relationship with the international community, and improving the political and human rights situation for the people of Iran.”

Rouhani has been a member of the Assembly of Experts since 1999, member of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Expediency Council since 1991, member of the Supreme National Security Council since 1989, and head of the Center for Strategic Research since 1992.

Rouhani was secretary of the Supreme National Security Council for 16 years. His career at the Council began under President Hashemi Rafsanjani and continued under his successor, President Khatami. He served as Iran’s top nuclear negotiator from October, 2003 to August, 2005. That period began with international revelations about Iran’s nuclear energy program and adoption of a strongly-worded resolution by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Rouhani and his team based their efforts on dialogue and confidence building. They managed to prevent further accusations against Iran, by suspending some parts of Iran’s nuclear activities voluntarily. While preventing Iran’s case from being reported to the UN Security Council, Iran still succeeded in completing its nuclear fuel cycle. But Rouhani was not liked by incoming president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president, who made him resign from his post as secretary of the Supreme National Security Council after 16 years of leading it.

Just based on his public record, it is clear that the historic differences between Rouhani and his predecessor Ahmadinejad have never been over substance – they both insist on Iran’s right to a fully developed nuclear program, both for peaceful and ends as for weapons production. Rouhani is simply more patient and better at duplicity.

This could mean a change for the worse in terms of Israel’s worries about the Iranian bomb, because Rouhani could turn out to be a lot more accommodating to the European and American negotiators, which would isolate Israel in its hawkish position against Iran’s nuclear program.

Rouhani is known as a friend of Iran’s Green Movement, but he also enjoys close ties to Iran’s ruling ayatollahs.

According to Reuters, Iranian voters gave Rouhani what amounted to a landslide victory – 51 percent in a very crowded race, because they are weary of years of economic isolation and tightening political restrictions. They’ve greeted his victory with a mix of euphoria and relief that eight years under hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were finally over.

But, clearly, Israel is not about to let down its guard.

Yori Yanover

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