Category Archives: Israel News

Abbas: No Need for Israel to Halt Talks Due to PA-Hamas Unity Deal

AbbasPA chief Mahmoud Abbas said that he sees no reason for Israel to halt peace negotiations and impose sanctions against the Palestinian Authority despite the deal it signed with Hamas to form a unity government.

He said that the deal does not contradict any previous agreements with Israel, nor does it obviate the basic principles of negotiations. Read more »

Top Congressional Appropriator to Take Steps to Defund PA

Rep. Nita LoweyIn response to the Palestinian Authorities move to lock arms with Hamas and form a unity government, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), a top congressional appropriator told JTA that she’s ready to start working on defunding the Palestinian Authority of the about $400 million that they receive annually from the US Government.

“I’ll be working with the State Department on the logistics of suspending assistance,” Lowey told JTA. “At this point the law is clear, their actions are clear and the path forward is clear.” Read more »

US Isn’t Ready to Give Up Middle-East Peace Just Yet

bibi netanyahu john kerryThe U.S. isn’t ready to give up on the Middle-East peace process just yet, even after Israel halted all talks with the Palestinians in response to the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement, Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier today..

“There is always a way forward,” Kerry told reporters in brief remarks at the State Department. Read more »

Israeli-American Journalist Who Was Abducted By Pro-Russian Militants Has Been Released

American-Israeli journalist Simon Ostrovsky has been released by pro-Russian militiamen, who abducted him earlier this week, the BBC reports.

“We are delighted to confirm that our colleague and friend Simon Ostrovsky has been safely released, and is in good health, Vice News, who Ostrovsky reports for in Brooklyn, said in a statement. “We would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time. Out of respect for Simon and his family’s privacy, we have no further statement at this time.”

Ostrovsky was taken hostage in Slavyansk by a group led by Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, the rebel town’s self-proclaimed “People’s Mayor.” Stella Khorosheva, a spokeswoman for the rebels, said Wednesday that Ostrovsky was being held because he was suspected of spying for Right Sector, the far-right Ukrainian nationalist party, or other “enemy groups.”

Lieberman: Attacks On Jewish Community in Ukraine Not Linked To Revolution

chabad shul ukraineIsrael’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman rejected a connection raised by many between the five-months unrest in Ukraine and the situation of the 200,000 Jews living in fear of growing antisemitism.

“There is no specific action against Jews which is an outcome of the political crisis,” Lieberman told Israel radio Thursday morning. Read more »

Breaking: Israel Halts Peace Talks, To Impose Sanctions In Response To Fatah-Hamas Deal

obama-abbasx-largeThe Israeli cabinet decided Thursday afternoon to halt negotiations with the Palestinians and impose economic sanctions on the Palestinian Authority in response to the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement, according to reports. The decision was announced following an emergency inner security cabinet Thursday morning, convened by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urgent consultations on Israel’s next move.

According to Israel Radio, the Cabinet’s decision to suspend negotiations with the Palestinians was adopted unanimously – that includes centrist Ministers Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid. The cabinet decided that in addition to suspending negotiations with the Palestinians, Israel will also take punitive measures towards the Palestinian Authority “until the matter is clarified.”

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Fatah Official: PA-Hamas Unity Gov’t Will Recognize Israel’s Existence

A senior Fatah official argued Thursday that the future Palestinian unity government would in fact recognize Israel, under the policy of the current PA president Mahmud Abbas.

“The reconciliation with Hamas is founded on the two-state solution within the 1967 borders. Hamas will also accept all of the international community’s conditions,” Jibril Rajoub told Israel’s Army Radio on Thursday.

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Israel Wants More Christians to Join Military Service

IDF - Israel Defense ForcesIsrael is reaching out to its Christian Arab citizens and encouraging them to enlist and join the Israeli military service. Currently there are some 160,000 Christian Arabs living in Israel, roughly around two percent of the eight million people living in Israel and about 100 are enlisted in the military, but that number is expected to rise, a senior military officer told Reuters.

“We intend to appeal to the Christian population of conscription age (17 and 18) and will send them call-up notices to volunteer for service,” Lieutenant-Colonel Amir Hai told reporters in a telephone briefing on Tuesday. Read more »

Proceeds of Manhattan Skyscraper Linked to Iran to Benefit Terror Victims

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The U.S. government has agreed to distribute the proceeds from the sale of a Manhattan skyscraper linked to Iran to families who were affected by attacks aided by the Islamic republic, according to a court document filed last week, Israel Hayom reported.

The settlement between the Justice Department and the families marks the latest step in a long-running case over ties between the building and Iran. Read more »

Palestinian Official Criticized for Calling Jewish Blood ‘Precious’

Baruch Mizrachi - Victim of the attack

Baruch Mizrachi

In response to a shooting attack that killed an Israeli Jewish policeman and wounded his wife and son last week, Palestinian Religious Affairs Minister Mahmoud Al Habbash said that Palestinians “reject all forms of violence, whether they be directed against Israelis or Palestinians. Palestinians blood is like Israel blood. It is human blood and precious and no one wants anyone killed.”

The Jewish policeman Baruch Mizrachi, his wife, and 9-year-old son were driving in an area on the outskirts of Hebron on the way to a Passover seder. He was killed. His wife and son were wounded. Read more »

Lapid: Palestinian Leadership Violated Israel’s Trust By Negotiating Deal With Hamas

14627_i_yair-lapidYesh Atid leader and Israel’s Finance Minister, Yair Lapid accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday of tricking Israel and the United States by negotiating a unity agreement with Hamas at the same time. Lapid said that the move Hamas is “a game-changer” and that Abbas had violated Israel’s trust by reaching the agreement with Hamas.

“We transferred some of the most vicious killers to the Palestinian Authority, only to find that they have this agreement or they were working on this agreement with Hamas without telling anybody,” Lapid told members of the European Jewish Congress executive Wednesday night. Read more »

Israeli-American Journalist Captured By Pro-Russian Militants in Ukraine

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(JNS). The Israeli embassy in Kiev is communicating with Ukrainian authorities in the eastern city of Slovyansk regarding an American-Israeli journalist being held by pro-Russia separatists. Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for global news channel Vice News, holds dual Israeli-American citizenship and was abducted Tuesday, according to Ukrainian media reports. Read more »

State Department: Nobody Should Expect Israel To Talk With PA-Hamas Gov’t

abbas ramallahState Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki warned Wednesday afternoon that the Palestinian Authority’s move to lock arms with Hamas could demolish the peace talks as well as the United States administration’s relationship with the PA.

“A great deal of effort has gone into building Palestinian institutions by Palestinians as well as the international community, and it would certainly not be in the interests of the Palestinian people for all of that to be lost,” Psaki told reporters. Read more »

Israel Cancels Negotiating Team Meeting Following Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal

Israel cancelled a planned meeting Wednesday night with Palestinian officials over extending the negotiations in an apparent response to the earlier announcement of a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation, the PMO announced.

The decision to cancel Wednesday’s meeting came after a consultation meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office discussing Israel’s response and measure to be taken following the Hamas-Fatah move.

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Tony Blair: Solving The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Will Heal ME From Radical Islam

tony blair radical islamFormer British Prime Minister Tony Blair called Wednesday for Western nations to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the fight against radical Islam. “Whatever our differences”, we must work together to fight Islamism – the biggest threat to world peace,” he said.

“The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world,” he said. “It is destabilizing communities and even nations. It is undermining the possibility of peaceful coexistence in an era of globalization. And in the face of this threat we seem curiously reluctant to acknowledge it and powerless to counter it effectively.” Read more »

Abbas Agrees To Speak Out Against Anti-Semitism On Holocaust Remembrance Day

20140423-013616.jpgAmidst increasing tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Authority over stalled peace negotiations, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met on Sunday with Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of the New York based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU).

In the meeting, Rabbi Schneier urged the PA President to be more vocal in his support for expanding global relations between the Muslim and Jewish communities.

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Hamas. Fatah Announce Unity Deal In Gaza

via Ma'an News

via Ma’an News

Fatah and Hamas representatives announced an historic unity deal on Wednesday to bring to an end to more than seven years of political division between the main Palestinian political parties, Ma’an News Agency reported.

Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh announced the end of years of Palestinian political division in a press conference in Gaza City, saying that the Hamas and PLO delegations had worked as “one team” throughout the reconciliation dialogue and had stressed the necessity of achieving results in this round of dialogue. Read more »

Tottenham, London – Local Shul-Goers, Including ex-IDF Soldier, Rescue Family From Burning Car [Video]

Photo: Courtesy of The Evening Standard

Photo: Courtesy of The Evening Standard

Two Jewish synagogue-goers, including a former IDF soldier, have been hailed as heroes after saving a baby and an elderly man from a car just moments before it was engulfed by flames outside a synagogue in north London, according to The Evening Standard.

The Israeli man, identified as “Shlomo” by locals, and fellow worshipper Moses Kuperman, jumped to the aid of the two after they became trapped in a burning car outside the synagogue on Craven Park Road, Tottenham. Read more »

Netanyahu Rails Against Fatah/Hamas Pact: It’s Us Or Them [Video]

Palestinian factions have reached agreement over the terms of a reconciliation deal and will announce the details later in the day, Palestinian officials told Ma’an News Agency Wednesday.

Presidential and parliamentary elections, the formation of a unity government, and the restructuring of the PLO are three of the key issues to be implemented simultaneously, officials told Ma’an. The parties also agreed that both Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in the West Bank would release prisoners detained for their political affiliation. Read more »

Viznitzer Rebbe (B”B): Don’t Report To IDF Recruitment Centers

viznitz rebbeThe Rebbe of Vizhnitz, Reb Yisruel Hager shlit”a told his followers Monday night not to report to the IDF recruitment bureau.

“People are walking around in a state of embarrassment and confusion, there are harsh and terrible decrees here in Israel on military affairs,” the rabbi said at a Nelias HaChag tisch, according to Kikar Shabbat. Read more »

Abbas to Israel: Freeze Settlements, Release Prisoners, Align Borders And Then.. We’ll Talk

angry-abbas1Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas listed Tuesday his final and concrete demands for extending peace talks: A three months freeze in settlement construction during which time talks would focus on delineating the border of the future Palestinian state.

“If Israel believes in the two state solution… let us define the borders – where Israel will be and where Palestine will be,” he said in a special press conference to Israel journalists covering peace talks Tuesday. There must be a total freeze of settlements… The borders between Israel and the state of Palestine must also be defined within a month, two or three.” Read more »

U.S. Ambassador To Israel, Dan Shapiro: Young Israelis Are Welcome To Visit The U.S.

shapiro-rudermanYoung Israelis are always welcome in the United States, US ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, said on Sunday. Shapiro was responding to a report over the weekend, in the Roll Call website, in which US government officials were quoted as hesitant to add Israel to the visa waiver program due to the U.S. intelligence community’s concerns that it would make it easier for Israeli spies to enter the country.

“[People at] the State Department are aware of the fact that despite the two-thirds of young Israelis whose visa applications are approved, there are a few people with the mistaken view that Israeli youngsters are not welcome in the United States,” Mr. Shapiro wrote in Hebrew on his public Facebook page. Read more »

Israel – Rabbi Meir Soliveichik Forced Off Temple Mount By Muslim Rioters

Influential U.S. Rabbi and grandson of the late Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik was forced to cut short a tour of the Temple Mount Sunday morning when violent rioting broke out at the holy site.

The riots forced Rabbi Meir Soloveichik and his family, who were accompanied by Temple Institute International Director Rabbi Chaim Richman, to leave the site within two minutes of ascending to the Mount, according to Arutz 7. Two police officers were injured in the confrontation, and 24 arrests have been made.

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Official: PLO, Abbas Threaten To Disband The Palestinian Authority

abbas ramallahThe PLO has been considering the option of disbanding the Palestinian Authority in response to the apparent failure of the current round of peace talks with Israel, a Palestinian official said Saturday. PLO Executive Committee member Hanna Amira told Ma’an news Agency that there were “scenarios … that could lead to the disbandment of the PA.”

“The future of the PA has become unclear because when it was established, it was meant as a temporary stage leading to the establishment of a Palestinian state,” Amira said.

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Fatah Spox Complains Al-Qaeda Abandoned Israeli/Palestinian Conflict By Choice

zawahiriAl-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas this week, calling him “a traitor who is selling out Palestine,” Ynet reports.

In an audio tape posted on al-Qaeda-linked websites, Zawahiri said, “Fatah pretends to be a national liberation movement, but it has turned into a movement that sells out its homeland and its citizens. These people abandoned the majority of the homeland and many of its citizens, and now their president is giving up on the right of return to please the United States.” Read more »

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