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US Senators Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham Join Forces to Defund UN Over Anti-Israel Resolution 2334 [video]

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Republican Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Thursday announced they will introduce legislation to cut off funding to the United Nations until UN Security Council Resolution 2334(2016) is repealed.

The two senators were uncompromising in their support for Israel, and in their disgust over the hostile behavior towards America’s ally by the Obama administration, as demonstrated by the abstention that allowed the anti-Israel resolution to pass unanimously last month at the UN Security Council.

“The UN resolution was [Secretary of State John] Kerry and [President Barack] Obama taking a slap at Israel,” tweeted Senator Graham on Thursday. “We’re going to push back.”

The Twittersphere was filled with headlines and tweets about what the plans announced by the two Republican senators.

Their interview with the American MSNBC cable news network came as delegates from 72 countries prepare to travel to Paris for a so-called “peace summit” to come up with more “concrete ideas” on how to force Israel into a final status arrangement with the Palestinian Authority – with or without direct negotiations.

Neither Israel nor the Palestinian Authority has been invited to the conference, although PA leader Mahmoud Abbas has been consulted repeatedly by several of the participants over recent months.

But Republican Senators Cruz and Graham say they have Israel’s back. “Last month what we’ve seen President Barack Obama do to Israel I think has been shameful,” Senator Cruz told MSNBC.

“He has struck out repeatedly at Israel, and done real damage. At the United Nations the resolution that the Obama administration should have abstained from, and there are reports they actively orchestrated, was a profoundly anti-Israel resolution. It declares much of Israel illegal and illegitimate.

“Much of Jerusalem it declares is not legitimately part of Israel. It declares the Jewish quarter is not part of Israel. It says the Temple Mount – the holiest site for the Jewish People in Jerusalem – is not legitimately part of Israel.”

Senator Graham added, “The Western Wall.”

Agreeing, Senator Cruz exclaimed, “And the Western Wall! I mean, we all remember the image of Barack Obama wearing a yarmulka, standing in front of the Western Wall. He’s now signed on to the proposition that it is illegal occupied territory.

“That is shameful,” Cruz emphasized, “and in my view, we need to defend not only our friend and ally, the nation of Israel, but also U.S. interests, and so Lindsey and I today are joining and filing legislation that would end all U.S. taxpayer funding for the UN unless and until they reverse this resolution.

“It’s very simple.

“The only way to get their attention – we can give speeches, we can pass resolutions – and the UN is going to ignore what we have to say. But if you cut off their money, that gets their attention. And I think we’ve got real prospects of seeing this thing move through Congress and actually turning this thing around.”

Given the fact that Mr. Kerry leaves for Paris this weekend and there is barely a week to go before Mr. Obama leaves the White House, one wonders about the reaction in the West Wing to Thursday’s announcement on Capitol Hill.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu to AIPAC Leaders: We Have Solid Evidence Obama Orchestrated UNSC Resolution

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday afternoon met with a delegation of AIPAC leaders from across the US in Jerusalem and reiterated that Israel possesses “solid evidence” that the Obama Administration had collaborated in the framing of the UN Security Council anti-Israel resolution 2334 condemning the Jewish settlements enterprise and pressured UNSC members to vote in favor.

The PM repeated his charge that the president’s decision, taken in his last month in office, constitutes a breach with a long term tradition of administrations from both major parties.

Netanyahu also noted that, in the past, administrations that joined in a resolution condemning a feature of Israeli policy with which they disagreed, did not permit a wholesale condemnation of the Jewish State. He cited the example of a UNSC 1994 vote to condemn the killing of Arab worshippers in Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs by Dr. Baruch Goldstein when then US envoy to the UN Madeleine Albright insisted on a paragraph-by-paragraph vote, to edit out language saying Jerusalem was occupied territory.

Albright told the press at the time that the US opposes “the specific reference to Jerusalem in this resolution and will continue to oppose its insertion in future resolutions.”

Now Obama broke her promise by calling eastern Jerusalem “occupied,” a statement that included the Western Wall, where, incidentally, presidential candidate Barack Obama dropped a kvitel (request note).

JNi.Media

PM Netanyahu Thanks Congress for Its Vote Against UN’s Anti-Israel Resolution [video]

Friday, January 6th, 2017

PM Netanyahu thanked the US House of Representatives for its vote for Israel and against the Anti-Israel Resolution that was passed in the UN Security Council.

“After the outrageous anti-Israel resolution at the UN, the US House of Representatives voted yesterday resoundingly to support Israel and reject this one-sided resolution.

Democrats and Republicans alike know that the Western Wall isn’t occupied territory.

They voted to either repeal the resolution at the UN or change it—and that’s exactly what we intend to do.

I want to thank the US House of Representatives which reflects the tremendous support Israel enjoys among the American people.

Thank you, America.

Thank you, Congress.”

Jewish Press News Briefs

House Condemns UN Anti-Settlements Resolution

Friday, January 6th, 2017

The House on Thursday voted 342-to-80 in favor of a resolution calling to the repeal of the UN Security Council Dc. 23, 2016 resolution against Jews living in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, which the US allowed to pass last month by abstaining, rather than voting against it.

Most of the Nay votes came from Democrats, including Keith Ellison (D-Mn), who is in the running to head the Democratic National Committee. It can be safely assumed that, should Ellison, in his role as DNC leader, introduce agenda items in the spirit of UN resolution 2334, this could cause a serious rift within the party.

Illinois Democrat Jan Schakowsky said she voted against the condemnation of the UN anti-Israel resolution “as a proud Jew,” and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), one of the lone Republicans who crossed the aisle on the measure argued that “this Congress has allowed our chamber to be used as an Israeli campaign rally.”

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) told the House that the resolution “was about one thing and one thing only: Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish democratic state.”

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said the resolution puts Congress on the record as “objecting to the recent UN Security Council resolution that hurt our ally.”

House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) called 2334 the “shameful Security Council resolution.”

The Senate is expected to vote on a similar anti-2334 resolution soon, especially since the new minority leader is the fervently pro-Israel Senator from NY Chuck Schumer – who led the Democrats who opposed the Obama administration’s Iran deal.

A few senators would like to punish the Security Council for its relentless attacks against Israel by both defunding the United Nations and withholding foreign aid from countries that supported the 2334. Earlier this week, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) proposed the US start punishing the UN by defunding its Human Rights Commission, which features among its members some of the world’s greatest human rights offenders.

The Republican Jewish Coalition released the following statement after the House vote:
 
“Today’s vote was an important first step to reversing the damage caused by President Obama’s actions toward Israel, most recently by not defending Israel at the United Nations. Now, President-elect Trump and the GOP majorities in Congress mark a new direction, one of rebuilding the important bonds between the two countries.
 
“The overwhelming support for this resolution shows that there is a strong commitment to fighting back against the UN’s persistent targeting of Israel. As President-elect Trump has signaled, the time has come to reevaluate U.S. funding of the U.N. and let them know we will not stand by their anti-Israel policies.”

JNi.Media

Pres. Rivlin to France: Without Negotiations, No ‘Solution’ Can Be Reached

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

President Reuven Rivlin met Tuesday morning with Gerard Larcher, the President of the French Senate, who is visiting Israel this week.

President Rivlin told the French official that Israel appreciates French concern over the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but said, “There are no shortcuts in the Middle East.”

The Israeli president said the solution to the conflict requires building trust and direct negotiations between the two sides.

“Without trust,” he said, “no solution will work. Without negotiations, no solution can be reached.”

President Rivlin also told Monsieur Larcher that the recent UN Security Council resolution 2334 condemning Jewish communities in post 67 territories was not helpful in building trust. Instead, he said, that vote had pushed the two sides further away from peace.

Hana Levi Julian

Mike Huckabee: State for Palestinian Authority a ‘fantasy’

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

by Andrew Friedman

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee planted an olive tree overlooking the Judean Desert on the southeastern edge of Ma’ale Adumim Tuesday, saying the tree would come to provide shade for a park in a planned neighborhood, and slamming last month’s UN Security Resolution condemning Israeli communities as “embarrassing.”

Huckabee added hopes that incoming U.S. President-elect Donald J. Trump moves the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Backed by a red banner reading ‘Build Israel Great Again’ just one day after the Jewish Home Knesset faction held its weekly meeting in Ma’ale Adumim order to launch a campaign to annex the city, Huckabee took a selfie with Ma’ale Adumim mayor Benny Kasriel to show that Israeli “settlements” are not a group of tents on isolated hilltops, but rather established cities.

“Ma’ale Adumim is a remarkable place,” Huckabee said. “It is five times bigger than the town I grew up in, with 41,000 people.

Although Huckabee does not have an official role in the Trump transition team – he turned down a position in the new administration – the former governor’s visit to Israel just two weeks before Inauguration Day is seen as a sign of both the incoming administration’s support for expanding Israeli control in Judea and Samaria, and as a statement of intention that the new president seeks to forge a new relationship after eight rocky years between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and outgoing President Barack Obama.

“I don’t speak for the incoming administration, but I pray that his policies will be radically different than those of President Obama, which have been – to put it mildly – anti-Israel,” Huckabee said.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Bennett Promising Ma’ale Adumim Sovereignty Bill By Month’s End

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett Tweeted Sunday morning: “By the end of January we, along with all the coalition factions, will submit to the government a bill calling for applying Israeli law in Ma’aleh Adumim. I expect all the members of government to support it.”

The Knesset Constitution Committee is scheduled to debate a plan to apply Israeli sovereignty in Ma’aleh Adumim on Monday. The debate, initiate by the Land of Israel Lobby in the Knesset, will review the legal aspects of applying Israeli law in Ma’aleh Adumim, an urban Israeli in Judea, 4.3 miles from Jerusalem. Ma’ale Adumim achieved city status in 1991, and in 2015 its population stood at 37,525. Located along Highway 1, which connects it to Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area, Ma’ale Adumim is one of the most prominent well established Jewish cities in the 1967 liberated territories.

MKs Yoav Kisch (Likud) and Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi) are expected to participate in the committee debate, as well as Ma’aleh Adumim Mayor Benny Kashriel and his deputies. The committee will hear from the city’s residents who will share the daily difficulties they run into because they live, in effect, under martial law and not under Israeli civil law.

Kisch and Smotrich last August submitted a bill to bring Ma’aleh Adumim into Israel proper, which has received the endorsement of the majority of the coalition members, other than the Haredi United Torah Judaism. The bill reads, simply: The state’s judicial and administrative rule will take effect in the territory of Ma’aleh Adumim.” The bill notes that this de facto annexation will not essentially change Israel’s demographic balance – meaning that, since the added city does not have a significant number of non-Jews, there should be no concern for the “ticking demographic time bomb” that is a major concern of Israeli politicians who oppose annexation.

According to Walla, some in the Land of Israel Lobby wanted to submit the bill officially now, in response to the UN Security Council anti-settlement resolution, but MK Kisch objected, preferring instead to wait until after President Trump’s January 20 inauguration.

David Israel

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