By New York Daily News.. Setting aside a perplexing remark by President Trump, he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a strong and important show of unity at the White House Wednesday (February 15, 2017). Bad news first: Trump’s apparent ignorance of the two-state solution, which for very good reason has been the basis for Mideast peace negotiations for decades. “I’m looking at two states and one state. I like the one that both parties like.” (more…)
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By Times of Israel Staff.. Avigdor Liberman vows Israel will invest in seaport, airport, industry in Strip… as soon as Hamas gives up on tunnels and rockets. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Thursday (February 16, 2017) called on residents of the Gaza Strip to begin a direct dialogue with Israel as a path toward improving their lives, telling them, in Arabic, “Let’s talk.” Liberman’s comments were posted on the new Arabic, Hebrew and English website of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Defense Ministry body that acts as liaison between Israel and the Palestinian territories. (more…)
By Dr. Itay Gal.. A ‘marathon’ of cochlear implant surgeries is performed at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital on 16 deaf Palestinian children; all surgeries are declared a success. At Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, 16 deaf Palestinian children underwent cochlear implant surgery. Following these procedures, the children could hear for the first time in their lives. Six of the children were operated on last month, one after the other, in an intensive, marathon-style implant operation. (more…)
By Alan Dershowitz.. The time has come for the US to tell the Palestinians that they must negotiate with Israel if they want a Palestinian state, and must agree to end the conflict. President Donald Trump raised eyebrows when he mentioned the possibility of a one-state solution. The context was ambiguous and no one can know for sure what message he was intending to convey. One possibility is that he was telling the Palestinian leadership that if they want a two-state solution, they have to do something. [Photo top right: PM Netanyahu and President Trump. (photo credit:AVI OHAYON – GPO)] (more…)
Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).. During his visit to Australia from Wednesday Feb 22 – Saturday Feb 25, 2017 Prime Minister Natanyahu Meets with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, members of the Australian government and also with the Jewish community in Sydney. Watch the videos below. (more…)
By Itamar Marcus.. Song at European-funded youth competition: “Jihad is needed, Pull the trigger”. Like many western cultural centers, the Yafa Cultural Center in Nablus recently hosted a folk dance competition for youth. But unlike their western counterparts, children at this competition danced to calls for violence and waltzed to words of war: (more…)
69 Bomb Threats to Jewish Community Centers since January 1. Jewish cemeteries vandalized. Anti-Semitic attacks spiking. President and top leaders speak out, call for action to protect Jewish people.
By Joel C. Rosenberg.. A vicious wave of anti-Semitism is hitting the United States
- Just since the first of the year, nearly 70 Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) have received bomb threats.
- Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized around the country — in St. Louis alone in recent days, more than 100 headstones in a Jewish cemetery were destroyed.
- Anti-Semitic attacks on American college campuses have nearly doubled, according to ADL.
By Omar Dabbagh.. In the past fortnight the Israeli leader has visited London and Washington DC for talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May and “old friend” US President Donald Trump. His visit to Australia this week (Wednesday Feb 22 – Saturday Feb 25, 2017) will be the first for a serving Israeli Prime Minister. His time with Malcolm Turnbull will likely cover similar ground: the Palestinian conflict, West Bank settlements, Iran, and combatting global terror. [Photo top right: PM Malcolm Turnbull and PM Benjamin Netanyahu] (more…)
By Francine Wolfisz.. Francine Wolfisz chats to director Martin Himel about his new film, Eyeless in Gaza, which reveals how journalists are forced to tow the line. Seasoned journalist Matti Friedman had noticed all was not as it should be at the Associated Press (AP) bureau in Gaza. Hamas fighters had burst into the office and threatened staff over photographs they had published. Then they witnessed a rocket launch right beside their office, endangering the lives of staff and nearby residents – and yet AP did not report it. (more…)
By Joel Fisher.. The world still believes that the “Two State Solution” is the way to resolve the Israel-Palestine Conflict. But when the Palestinians invoke this idea, they mean something very different, which has nothing to do with peace. For some time, the slogan of the so-called “Two-State Solution” has constantly been presented in the media as a desirable goal, one that Israel and the Palestinians should implement in the interest of peace. (more…)