Category Archives: Israel News
A significant majority of Israelis think that President Barack Obama’s administration is biased against Israel, compared to only 16 percent who believe that the administration is more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian, a new Smith Research poll, conducted for The Jerusalem Post, showed.
The poll was taken following a report in The Atlantic in which senior administration officials close to Obama were quoted criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and calling him “chickens**t.” Read more »
(AP). Israel’s “Iron Dome” is heading to the seas, the maker of the rocket-blocking defense system says.
State-owned defense contractor Rafael wants to leverage the system’s much-vaunted success in protecting Israeli civilians in this summer’s Gaza war, hoping to draw navies as buyers for a new maritime version seen as especially useful in protecting national economic resources at sea like oil and gas platforms. Read more »
Clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli security forces following Friday prayers, after the Temple Mount reopened with a heavy police presence and tight age restrictions, Ynet reports.
At the Qalandia crossing between the West Bank and Jerusalem, clashes erupted following a march organized by Hamas. According to Palestinian reports, several youths were wounded as riot police used tear gas to disperse dozens of rock-throwing Palestinians. Read more »
(JNS). A Hezbollah operative was arrested in Peru earlier this week over suspicion that he was planning a terror attack.
According to the Peruvian Interior Ministry, Lebanese citizen Mohammed Hamden was in possession of explosives and other materials when he was arrested. Police found traces of TNT, detonators, and other explosive devices in his apartment, Haaretz reported. Read more »
The far-left Israeli news organization Haaretz published a cartoon on Thursday depicting Israel’s Prime Minister to an Al-Qaeda terrorist piloting a plane in to the World Trade Center.
The carton tried to explain the chikensh-t comment that a senior Obama administration official made towards Netanyahu. Amos Biderman, the man behind the cartoon, explained to the Times of Israel that the cartoon showed that “Netanyahu was leading to a disaster in Israel-US relations on the scale of 9/11.” Read more »
British actress and comedienne Maureen Lipman announced on Thursday that she will not be voting for Labour in the next election, as she has traditionally done. “Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse,” the star wrote, “just when the anti-Semitism in France, Denmark, Norway, Hungary is mounting savagely, just when our cemeteries and synagogues and shops are once again under threat. Just when the virulence against a country defending itself, against 4,000 rockets and 32 tunnels inside its borders, as it has every right to do under the Geneva Convention, had been swept aside by the real pestilence of IS, in steps Mr. Miliband to demand that the government recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.”
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In an unsettling new development amidst the ever-escalating tensions emanating from the Arabs of East Jerusalem, the Palestinian government has urged its “fighters” to launch a “day of rage” against Israel on Friday that would include armed attacks in Jerusalem, a move that has brought serious worries that widespread riots could wreak havoc on the holy city.
Israeli authorities barred access to the Temple Mount and the Moslem Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem late Wednesday following the attempted assassination of a Jewish activist by a Palestinian terrorist. Israel’s call to deny entry to the Temple Mount area — the first such closure since 1967 — led the Palestinian government to call for armed resistance and accuse Israel of effectively declaring war.
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A new study that was conducted by military experts has demonstrated that Israel’s military is the most powerful in the Middle East, while its air force comes out on top by worldwide comparison.
The study ranked the 15 strongest armies in the Middle East while noting the size of the countries’ respective defense budgets, along with the latest geopolitical turmoil and its impact on military strength.
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Israel’s Foreign Ministry has recalled its ambassador to Sweden, Isaac Bachman, from Stockholm for consultations in protest of Sweden’s recognition of a Palestinian state, Ha’arez reports.
According to a Foreign Ministry official, Bachman will remain in Jerusalem until further notice. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is considering permanently removing Bachman from Stockholm, downgrading Israeli diplomatic relations with Sweden after Sweden announced its support for the unilateral creation of Palestine. Read more »
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson is planning a trip to Israel next year, JP has learned.
During a fundraiser in Borough Park on Monday, Mr. Thompson announced that he’s expecting to travel to Israel some time next year, according to two attendees, who wished to remain anonymous. Read more »
The Israeli government believes that the terrorist group Hezbollah has quite likely dug a number of tunnels across the border from Lebanon in preparation for any future war, although the Jewish state has no conclusive evidence of such a development, an Israeli army general stated on Wednesday.
Israel’s vulnerability to tunnels that could be used for infiltration into its homeland came to glaring light during its war against Hamas in Gaza this past summer. Read more »
Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations defended his country’s construction of new homes in areas of Jerusalem that are technically beyond the Green Line on Wednesday, declaring to the Security Council that “the people of Israel are not occupiers and we are not settlers.” Ron Prosor asserted, “Israel is our home and Jerusalem is our eternal capital.”
Prosor stated these comments at an emergency Security Council session that had been called to address the escalating tensions between Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem. Read more »
(AP). Sweden’s new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state — a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel’s plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.
The EU member became the third Western European nation, after Malta and Cyprus, to do so, reflecting growing international impatience with Israel’s nearly half-century control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Read more »
The White House on Wednesday engaged in attempted “damage control” after an unsettling controversy broke out regarding a magazine article that outlined deep tensions between the United States and Israel – and quoted an unnamed senior Obama administration official as calling the Israeli Prime Minister the derisive epithet “chickens–t.”
Officials of the Obama administration, including White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, did not issue any denial of the offensive quote, nor did they convey in any fashion that they would seek to discover which official said it.
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(AP). Israeli police have shot and killed a Palestinian man suspected of a brazen assassination attempt of a hard-line Jewish activist in Jerusalem.
Thursday’s shooting comes just hours after a gunman on a motorcycle shot and wounded Yehuda Glick late Wednesday. Glick is still hospitalized in serious condition.
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The Israeli-based company, SodaStream, that has been boycotted by anti-Israel activists due to the company having a factory in the West Bank, said it will move the facility to Lehavim in Israel’s southern Negev region, but not due to the pressure, rather for “purely commercial” reasons.
Anti-Israel activists participating in the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement (BDS) target businesses that operate in the West Bank, saying they benefit from Israel’s occupation of the territory, which was captured in 1967 and is claimed by the Palestinians. Read more »
Speaker Boehner added his name to the list of officials calling on the president to apologize for the profane statement that a senior administration official made in regards to Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Boehner said that “The president sets the tone for his administration. He either condones the profanity and disrespect used by the most senior members of his administration, or he does not.” Read more »
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo got Wednesday a resounding endorsement by the three Statewide elected officials that represent the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn – Councilman David Greenfield, State Senator Simcha Felder and Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
Just six days before Election Day, Governor Cuomo held a roundtable with some 60 Orthodox Jewish leaders at the Beth Yaakov of Boro Park school in the Borough Park section of Borough Park. His speech was often interrupted by thundering applause and standing ovations, especially when he promised to push for passage of the Education Investment Tax Credit Bill “as a matter of justice.” Read more »
A Jewish activist is in serious condition after being shot in Jerusalem in an apparent assassination attempt outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center.
MK Moshe Feiglin who witnessed the shooting, said the suspect appeared to be an Arab and deliberately targeted 50-year-old activist Yehuda Glick. “The attempted murderer turned to him and confirmed in Hebrew, in a heavy Arabic accent, that it was Yehuda,” Feiglin told reporters. Read more »
Racheli Fraenkel, the mother of one of the three teenage yeshiva students murdered by Hamas terrorists in Israel this past summer, lauded the response of world Jewry to her son’s abduction and murder Tuesday, addressing members of the Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors in Ashkelon. In the wake of the deaths of her son Naftali and his two friends, tensions between Arabs and Jews escalated violently, culminating in this summer’s prolonged military conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
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In response to the profane and disrespectful language used by a senior Obama administration official when describing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the National Jewish Democratic Council said it is “surprised and disappointed” for the use of “inappropriate” language.
In an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, a senior Obama administration official called Israel’s Prime Minister “Chickensh*t.” Read more »
An astonishing $2.8 million-plus – to be parceled out to some 30 Israeli and Jewish charities – was raised on Sunday night by the John Hagee Ministries during its “Night to Honor Israel.” The 33rd annual event was hosted by the organization’s namesake, Pastor John Hagee, who is also the founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel, (CUFI). A more than impressive total of $80 million has been raised by Hagee’s ministry to date.
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The level of a candidate’s support for Israel has become a central factor in Long Island’s 4th Congressional District race that has a Republican Jewish candidate attempting to win a rare open seat. Although the district he is running in includes the heavily Jewish Five Towns, former County legislator and Republican Bruce Blakeman is struggling to gain traction against Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, a Democrat, to fill a congressional seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Carolyn McCarthy. The polls have Blakeman trailing Rice by a double-digit margin.
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CNN’s chief Washington correspondent and news show host Jake Tapper – who is Jewish – openly discussed Tuesday the Obama administration’s derisive comments and negative attitude toward Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Tapper’s remarks came during an interview with nationally syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt. Read more »
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President Reuven Rivlin sought to halt the escalating crisis in relations between the US and Israel on Wednesday, saying that relationship with the United States administration is paramount in Israel’s foreign policy.
“Israel’s foreign policy is based on three principles – the first is relations with the US; the second – relations with the US; and the third, and no less important – relations with the US.” he told Army Radio from Warsaw, Ynet reported. Read more »