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The Walter Bingham File – The World Is Stunned And The US Diplomats Show Their Real Colours [audio]

Monday, November 14th, 2016

This extended programme was recorded at the INSS, the Institute for National Security in Tel Aviv, in the very final hours before the result of the US presidential election was announced.

You hear the candid views of these six American and Israeli diplomats, which shows their preference for Hilary Clinton and their disappointment of the (at that time) probable result.

A programme for all who are interested in US-Israel relations.

Walter Bingham File 13Nov – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Netanyahu: US Election Won’t Impact Ties With Israel

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

By Andrew Friedman/TPS

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel-US ties would remain strong regardless of the outcome of the American election on Tuesday, but added that Israel has also broadened its foreign policy horizons in recent years.

Despite frequent tension with the Obama administration over the past eight years, Netanyahu told cabinet ministers that relations with Washington are “solid” and would continue to be strong with either Hillary Clinton or Donald J. Trump in the White House. He also stressed that Israel considers ties with the United States as it’s most important relationship.

“We expect the United States to remain faithful to the idea that it has established for many years – namely, that the Israel-Palestinian conflict can be solved only via direct negotiations without preconditions, and certainly not via resolutions at the United Nations or other international bodies,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

Netanyahu also noted that Israel has opened several new diplomatic channels in recent years, notably with a slew of countries in Africa, Southeast Asia and South America, and also with world powers Russia and China. Last week, Wang Xiaotao, the deputy chief of China’s National Development and Reform Commission visited Israel for talks about increasing trade between Israel and Beijing, which currently stands at about US$11 billion, including $3.5 billion in Israeli exports.

In addition, Israel and Russia will trade state visits this week to mark the 25th anniversary of their diplomatic ties. Starting Sunday, MK Avi Dichter (Likud) will lead a delegation to Moscow, and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is scheduled to visit Israel beginning Thursday. Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin is also scheduled to visit India.

“[Our diplomatic and economic activities] reflect Israel’s improved, and still improving standing in the world,” Netanyahu said. “Our standing is getting stronger thanks to our unique defense, economic and technological abilities.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Trump: ‘What Obama Has Done to Israel Is a Disgrace’ [video]

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Speaking to Sean Hannity on Fox News Thursday night, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said,

Hannitty said, “[Israel is] our number one ally in the region, and that alliance has been, well, fractured.”

Trump responded, “Israel is so important. What Obama has done to Israel is a disgrace. How they even talk to us is hard to believe. How do they talk to Obama? You know, I have friends who support Obama, I said, How do you do it? It’s almost like they do it out of habit. They agree he’s been terrible…

“You look at what he’s done to Israel, with just this Iran deal, which is such a terrible deal. He’s been the worst thing that’s ever happened to Israel.

“Now, a lot of my friends that are Jewish do not support him any longer. But I still have some that do. I say, How can you do it?”

Hannity commented, “He’s been horrible to Israel.”

Trump said, “You know what? I think it’s habit. They do it out of habit.”

The data confirm Trump’s notion: In 2008, US Jews voted in droves for Barack Obama, 78-22 over Republican John McCain. That trend has shifted somewhat in 2012, when the vote was 69-30 for Obama over Mitt Romney. The only time in recent history Jews split their vote almost evenly was in 1980, when they gave incumbent Jimmy Carter only 45% of their vote, vs. 39% to Ronald Reagan.

David Israel

Bennett: Obama Plans to Throw Israel Under the Bus

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Responding to Jeffrey Goldberg’s recent article “The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here” which can practically be summed up as an insider’s guide to the Obama administration’s upcoming strategic plan to harm Israel, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said,

“If what is written is true, then the current administration intends to throw Israel under the bus.”

Bennett elaborated,

“Israel is stronger than any disparager. The Prime Minister is not some private individual. He is the leader of the Jewish State and the Jewish world as a whole. Vulgar remarks directed against an Israeli Prime Minister are hurtful to the millions of citizens of Israel and Jews worldwide.

It isn’t the leader of Syria, who has slaughtered 150,000 of his citizens, nor the leader of Saudi Arabia, who stones women and homosexuals, who are being called a “chickenshit”.

If what is written is true, then the current [US] administration intends to throw Israel under the bus.

Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, and we have struggled throughout our 66 years for our existence.

Israel is the vanguard of the free world against the Islamic terrorism of ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran.

Instead of attacking Israel and forcing suicidal conditions on her, strengthen her.

I call upon the United States government to renounce and reject this vulgar remark.”

Shalom Bear

Exclusive Interview with New Israeli Ambassador to US

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

My exclusive interview with Ron Dermer (new Israeli Ambassador to US). Ambassador Dermer describes his views on the relationship between Israel and the United States and how it functions as a friendship and a partnership. Support for Israel among the American people is at record highs, bi-partisan and deep. Hear Ambassador Dermer’s thoughts on what is ahead in the coming years between Israel and the USA.

Second, an excellent speech from Minister of Tourism, Dr. Uzi Landau at the National Religious Broadcasters Conference plus commentary.

Third, interviews with two young Christian Zionist activists: Andrew Summey http://andrewsummey.com/ and Caleb Waller — hear how they are making a difference!

Thank you to the Yishai Fleisher Show Sponsors: Heart to Heart, The Jewish Press, United With Israel, IsraelPhones, and Janglo.net

Yishai Fleisher

Report: Kerry Won Five-Week Unofficial Building Freeze from Bibi

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been quietly enforcing a de facto building freeze on all construction for Jews in Judea and Samaria and areas in Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority, Israeli media reported Tuesday.

The Prime Minister promised U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to curtail construction for Jews until mid-June to give PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas time to fulfill his condition for a return to face-to-face negotiations with Israel.

Army Radio reported that Prime Minister Netanyahu told Housing Minister Uri Ariel, who lives in  the Judea and is a senior member of the Jewish Home party, to suspend publishing tenders for 3,000 residential housing units, including those to advance plans and construction of homes in the E-1 area of Maaleh Adumim.

Ariel insisted there has been no building freeze but added that the Prime Minister has delayed progress for new building, and he referred reporters to the Prime Minister, who arrived in China Sunday for a six-day visit.

Netanyahu’s reported agreement to a five-week freeze, much shorter than the 10-month freeze announced in September 2010, might be a gamble that Kerry will not be able to convince Abbas to resume direct talks with Israel.

There have been no real discussions since the 2010 building freeze, which Abbas demanded before resuming negotiations and then refused because it did not include a freeze in eastern, southern and northern Jerusalem, and did not cover public building in Judea and Samaria.

The E-1 area has become red line for both Abbas and Netanyahu. Any building activity there would infuriate Abbas and win him more support to continue to place the Palestinian Authority on various United Agencies.

If Israel were to even offer a hint to surrender the area, the Jewish Home party would probably pull out of the coalition, and it is doubtful if Likud-Beiteinu would agree to continue to rule with a new coalition that would include the Labor party.

However, Israel desperately needs an approved government budget for this year, and any party that forces new elections without a budget is liable to be severely punished at the polls.

Someone is going to have to climb down from the limb.

If Abbas misses another opportunity to miss an opportunity and starts demanding more conditions, Kerry and Netanyahu can walk away from the tree and leave him hanging there.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Netanyahu Meets with US House Foreign Affairs Committee Delegates

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Wednesday with a delegation of senior members of the U.S.  House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, led by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA.)

“The last time I was here, we had a situation during the Second Lebanon War,” said Rep. Royce.

“I was in Haifa and I saw what things looked like, how bad things were at that moment. The Iron Dome, since then, has been a very remarkable development, one more example of the resilience and the creativity of the people of Israel.

“At the same time we have shared values between the United States and Israel, we are all here because we feel the importance of the depth of the relationship, but we also have shared threats. So, Mr. Prime Minister, we look forward to working with you.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu said: “We’re engaged right now in an effort that we appreciate led by President Obama and Secretary Kerry to restart the peace negotiations between us and the Palestinians. We’re eager to do it; we have no preconditions and we think there shouldn’t be any preconditions to restart negotiations.

“We do think that to finish the negotiations, we need two basic pillars: one is that the Palestinians recognize the Jewish state and second that Israel has solid security arrangements. We’re prepared to discuss many things, but I will never compromise on Israel’s security.”

Jewish Press News Briefs

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