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Bennett: Israel Should Stop Blaming Themselves And Fight Terror

Naftali Bennett - Jewish PressIt is time for Israel to stop blaming itself for terrorist attacks and start fighting terror, said Israeli cabinet minister Naftali Bennet on Saturday.

“Zionism has been under a terrorist threat for 120 years,” Bennett said during an appearance on Channel 2’s “Meet the Press” program, Saturday night “It did not start in 1967 and in 1948. Jews were massacred in Hevron back in 1929.” Read more »

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Germany’s Merkel Opposes Unilateral Recognition Of Palestinian State

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(JNS). German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed opposition to unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state, setting Germany apart from some other European countries who have recently endorsed Palestinian unilateralism.

The Swedish government officially recognized “Palestine” on Oct. 30, and Spain’s parliament last week approved a non-binding resolution recognizing a Palestinian state following similar motions in the legislatures of Great Britain and Ireland. Read more »

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Jerusalem Massacre Victim’s Daughter: Unite In Memory Of My Dad [Video]

massacre jerusalemThe daughter of Rabbi Kalman Levine HY”D, Michal, was in Miami, Florida, when she got a call Monday after midnight that her father was brutally murdered along with three other Jews at a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Michal Levine said, “My father was a man of truth, and that truth…was implemented in actions of love towards all humanity.” Read more »

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Al-Sisi: Egypt Ready To Send Peacemakers In Future Palestinian State

Sissi Egypt presidentEgypt is ready to send peacekeepers to a future Palestinian state to ensure Israel that no attacks are launched on Israeli citizens, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi said in an interview to an Italian newspaper on Sunday.

“We are ready to send military troops inside a Palestinian state. They would help local police and reassure the Israelis through their [peace] guarantee role. Not forever, of course. For the time necessary to re-establish trust,” Sissi told the Corriere della Sera newspaper ahead of meetings on Monday with Italian leaders and Pope Francis. Read more »

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Israeli Cabinet Passes ‘Jewish Law’ After Rowdy Debate

Binyamin Netanyahu with cabinet ministers in JerusalemThe Israeli government passed on Sunday the Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People’ in a 14-7 vote, following a rowdy debate over Prime Minister Netanyahu’s proposal to instate Israel’s nationality into law.

According to local reports, Netanyahu began to scold Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, noting that he had to compromise on the principles of the law after a veto from Livni. “If Livni had acted differently, we would not have this situation today,” he stated. “[Livni] doesn’t behave like this with other laws.” Read more »

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Senators, Reps Pledge To Stand With Israel At Iron Dome Tribute On Capitol Hill

iron dome tributeThe US administration’s contribution to the security of Israel by funding the Iron Dome defensive shield was highlighted by US Senators, Congressmen, community leaders, as well as administration officials, during a luncheon at the US Capitol and at an off-the-record briefing at the White House last Wednesday.

The “Tribute to the U.S. Israel Security Alliance,” at the Russell Senate Office Building, was co-chaired by Elliot Gibber, Stanley Tate, Simcha Lyons and Jason Lyons and organized by Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group, in honor of the U.S. Israel relationship and special appreciation for Iron Dome funding. Read more »

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Report: Israel Weighs Action Against Iran In Fear Of Bad Deal

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Israel is once agains mulling military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities as the P5+1 inch toward a Nov. 24 deadline to strike a comprehensive deal with Iran, sources within Israel’s government told the Jerusalem Post on Saturday.

Even though the deal would likely restrict Iran’s nuclear program for ten years, and cap its ability to weaponize fissile material to at least nine months, Israel appears unwilling to take the risk, the officials said. Read more »

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French Interior Minister Tells Jewish Community: I Love Jews, I Am Your Friend

Bernard_CazeneuveIn a somewhat unprecedented manner by a French politician, France’s interior minister boasted last week about the “affection” and “friendship” he feels for the French Jewish community, according to a report by JTA.

“I feel more close to you than you can imagine, close to you. Also in my heart, through ties of affection and friendship and sentiment, but also — and this is almost more important to me — through spirit, through a great admiration,” Bernard Cazeneuve said during a speech at a gala in Paris organized by the French Jewish Radio J station. Read more »

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Kerry Phones Netanyahu, Says ‘Serious Gaps’ Still Remain In Talks With Iran

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(AP). U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is warning of “serious gaps” in the talks about a nuclear deal with Iran, and if major differences persist the possibility of extending past Monday’s deadline is seeming more likely.

Discussions on going past that deadline have not begun between Iran and the U.S. — the lead players in negotiations that formally group six world powers on one side of the negotiating table and the Islamic Republic on the other. Read more »

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AIPAC Awaiting New GOP Congress Before Weighing In on Deadline-Driven Iran Nuke Talks

obama aipacAs the United States and other nations negotiate until the last minute to reach a nuclear accord with Iran, the primary pro-Israel lobby in Washington has been surprisingly quiet on the issue. Israel deeply distrusts the attempt to finalize a deal at talks in Austria that would remove strict international sanctions on Iran in return for limits to its nuclear program, aimed at preventing it from developing an atomic bomb.

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BREAKING: Two Orthodox Men Attacked On Way to Jerusalem Yeshiva

mount of olivesIn another likely manifestation of increased Arab violence, two men in their twenties were wounded in Jerusalem on Friday, when a group of Orthodox Jews on their way to the Beit Orot yeshiva – which is housed on the Mount of Olives – was suddenly attacked.

Magen David Adom paramedics rushed to the scene to tend to the injured men, a 24-year-old who had stab wounds to his upper body, and a 21-year-old with bruises to his head, the apparent result of a beating with a metal bar.

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Temple Mount-Rooted Tensions May Scuttle $15B Israeli Gas Deal With Jordan

Jordan KingThe political repercussions from the latest escalation of tensions between Israel and the Palestinians is threatening to break a $15 billion gas deal between the Jewish state and Jordan.

Earlier this month, Jordan took the unprecedented action of recalling its ambassador after Israeli security forces went into Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque – situated on the Temple Mount, site of the ancient Jewish Temple – to quell protesters angered over what they believed were actions to end a longstanding agreement prohibiting Jewish prayer at the site.

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2016: Webb’s Israel Record Already Called Into Question

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As Jim Webb, a former Democratic U.S. Senator from Virginia, becomes the first candidate to launch a committee to explore running for president in 2016, his Israel record is already being put into question.

According to Morrie Amitay, former executive director of AIPAC, Webb’s Israel record “has to be the worst” he’s ever seen “in 40 plus years following Congress.” Read more »

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IDF Forces Disperse Hundreds Of Violent Demonstrators In Hebron

palestinian riot(AP). The Israeli military says it has dispersed some 300 stone-throwing Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank city of Hebron without injuries or arrests.

Friday’s clash came amid roiling tensions in the area, mostly over Palestinian claims that Israel wants to change the status quo at a contested Jerusalem holy site by allowing Jewish prayer there. Read more »

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Synagogue Terror Attack Sees UNSC Condemnation, Amb Prosor Says It’s A Shame

massacre jerusalemIn a rare move, the United Nations Security Council condemned the terrorist attack in a Jerusalem synagogue, during morning prayers, that killed five people, calling it ‘despicable.’

In a statement to the press, the members of the Council strongly condemned all such acts of violence, and expressed concern about increased tensions, “which have affected both the Israeli and Palestinian people, and urged all sides to take immediate steps to restore calm.” Read more »

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Israel Retracts Accident Claim that Wounded Three IDF Soldiers, Calls it Terror Attack

IDF checkpoint car attack terrorIsrael has retracted a claim that the hit-and-run that injured three IDF soldiers was an accident. On Wednesday the IDF together with Israel’s Security Agency (Shin Bet) stated that the it was a terror attack.

Israel named the driver as 23-year-old Hamam Masalma. The Shin Bet said that the driver was a Hamas member from the Hebron area. Read more »

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US Court Green-Lights Lawsuit Against PA By Families of Terror Victims

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A United States court has cleared the way for the families of 11 American victims of terrorism to sue the Palestinian Authority for the murders of their relatives. In its Wednesday ruling, the District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed eight out of nine summary judgment motions that had been presented by the defense for the dismissal of all counts of the first amendment complaint.

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Poll: Netanyahu Would Be Able To Form A Gov’t With Just Bennett & Lieberman Following Wave Of Terror

Bibi-LiebermanThe Israeli public is moving rightwards following a month of escalation in Jerusalem, a new poll conducted on the evening after the Jerusalem massacre shows. According to the survey, conducted by GeoCartographia Research Institute for Walla! News, The Likud, Israel Beiteinu and Bayot Yehudi parties alone could put together a coalition of 63 seats, if elections were held today.

According to the poll, Likud’s ruling party would get 27 projected seats, followed by Naftali Bennett’s Bayit Yehudi party with 19 seats and Lieberman’s Israel Beytenu in third place with 17 seats. Read more »

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IDF Drone Commander Recounts Constant Life & Death Decisions in Gaza War

14-story building gaza hamasMajor Yair, one of Israel’s most experienced commanders of military drones, served in the IDF throughout the last three wars in Gaza. On a daily basis, the 31-year-old was compelled to contend with the agonizing dilemmas related to life-or-death decisions. As the mission commander of a Heron TP drone, tasked with acquiring targets on the ground, Major Yair had to decide whether killing the human beings appearing on his computer screen would save more lives than leaving them unharmed.

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Reps Royce, Engel Urge US Negotiators To Follow Through Tough Terms On Iran Deal

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House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) on Thursday urged US negotiators to floow through with the tough terms that were set by Congress and Israel as they seek to to reach a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program by November 24th.

‘We continue to urge U.S. negotiators to take into account testimony given at a dozen hearings before the House Foreign Affairs Committee this Congress. Among the challenges negotiators face: contending with the thousands of centrifuges (the key bomb-making technology) that Iran is seeking to maintain intact; establishing an effective verification regime; and understanding and addressing the ‘possible military dimensions’ of Iran’s nuclear program,” Royce and Engel said in a join statement.  Read more »

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Tensions in Israel: Shas Spiritual Leader Rules Valid Gun Owners Should Carry Weapon on Shabbat

Jewish Gun Owner - Credit UnknownA member of the Council of Torah Sages of the Sephardic Shas party stated on Thursday that any Jewish resident of Israel who has a valid gun license is obligated to carry his weapon this Shabbat in the context of the heightened security threat facing Jerusalem and other parts of the country as of late.

Rabbi David Yosef further said that synagogue administrators should make sure that there is a charged cell phone available in their house of worship throughout the holy day of rest in case of an emergency.

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Pro-Palestinian Newsman to Join MSNBC As News Correspondent

nbc gazaNBC News foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin is set to join cable channel MSNBC as a news correspondent and fill-in anchor. Mohyeldin already makes frequent appearances on the station, both as a contributor and an occasional anchor. He will be relocating to New York City, but will continue to handle some foreign correspondent duties as well.

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Israel Seizes Massive Shipment of ‘Light’ Weapons Bound For East Jerusalem Rioters

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In another revelation of the danger posed by what is rapidly becoming known as the “third Intifada,” Israeli authorities on Thursday intercepted a sizable shipment of tens of thousands of firecrackers, along with supplies of knives, Tasers and other weapons that police believe was to be distributed among Arab rioters in East Jerusalem.

Intelligence information caused police and customs officials to examine the shipping container in Afula, which had been marked as containing holiday lights, police disclosed. The container held about 18,000 firecrackers, 5,200 knives, 4,300 Taser-flashlight devices, 5,000 electric shock devices and 1,000 swords.

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Report: Three Palestinians Arrested For Planning To Fire RPG At FM Lieberman

LiebermanThree Palestinians have been arrested and charged for planning to buy a rocket propelled grenade launcher to blow up Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who lives in the settlement of Nokdim in the West Bank, The Jerusalem Post exclusively reported Thursday.

The indictment by the IDF West Bank Prosecution was apparently filed on Tuesday, but no public announcement has been made to date from the IDF Military Courts. Read more »

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8 Senior U.S. Officials Slam ‘Unjust Denial Of Parole’ To Pollard In Letter To Obama

PollardEight former senior U.S. officials have written a letter to President Barak Obama in which they strongly protest “the unjust denial of parole to Jonathan Pollard,” following a report that the administration has prevented the release of Jonathan Pollard on parole.

The letter was signed by officials who have first-hand knowledge of the case and who are fully familiar with the classified file, including former CIA director James Woolsey and former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb. Read more »

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