Tag Archives: Israel

Pence openly meets with, pledges fealty to, lobbyists for foreign power

Source: Times of Israel [Israel]

"US Vice President Mike Pence took the main stage at AIPAC's Polic[y] Conference event on Sunday night with one clear assignment: fire up the audience about the Trump administration's commitment to supporting Israel. … Pence strategically wove his lengthy pro-Israel Washington bona fides — decades of work with AIPAC, multiple trips to Israel — together with name-drops of his boss, US Donald Trump, whom he described as 'a true friend of Israel and courageous defender of freedom.' AIPAC is traditionally a venue for administration officials to trumpet their pro-Israel actions and agenda." (03/27/17)


Israel: Netanyahu threatens election over rift with finance minister

Source: Bloomberg

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to call early elections after clashing with his finance minister over the fate of the nation's public broadcaster, roiling the political landscape just hours before he headed to China on a trade trip. Netanyahu told ministers from his Likud party on Saturday that if Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon doesn't agree to scrap plans for a new public broadcaster that has already been set up and keep the old one running, then he will dismantle the government, according to two party members who spoke on condition of anonymity because the conversation was private. … Early elections would come as police gather evidence in two criminal probes against Netanyahu that have weakened him politically and could increase pressure on him to resign should they lead to charges." (03/19/17)


Jordan: Regime releases murderer of seven schoolgirls

Source: Daily Star [Lebanon]

"A Jordanian soldier who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls in 1997 was released on Sunday after serving 20 years in prison, his family said. … Ahmad Dakamseh was released from the Bab al-Hawa prison in Irbid, 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of the capital Amman. In March 1997, he fired an automatic weapon at Israeli schoolgirls on a trip to the Jordan-Israel border, killing seven of them and wounding five others and a teacher. He had been sentenced to life imprisonment, which in Jordan is equivalent to 20 years. … His motives were never entirely clear, but he told the national security court at the time that he fired his weapon at the schoolgirls after they mocked him while he was praying. Jordan's then ruler King Hussein condemned the attack and later traveled to Israel to offer his condolences to the families of the murdered schoolgirls. Amman also paid compensation." (03/12/17)


Israel's welcome now reserved only for Jews who back Netanyahu

Source: CounterPunch
by Jonathan Cook

"Israel's Law of Return is supposed to guarantee Jews around the world the right to almost instant citizenship in Israel. For that reason, the law is grossly unjust. It privileges Jewish access to Israel at the expense of the native Palestinian population, most of whom were expelled in 1948. Nonetheless, it is noteworthy that Israel, a state that invested itself with the historical mission of offering sanctuary to Jews worldwide, is increasingly applying a political test to those who arrive at its borders. Israel is denying entry not only to Arabs and would-be record breakers. And it is deporting not just those such as migrant workers and African asylum seekers who might pollute the Jewish state with non-Jewish genes. Now it is openly targeting Jews whose politics do not align with the far-right government of Netanyahu." (03/07/17)


Gaza: IDF strikes several targets after alleged rocket attack

Source: Jerusalem Post [Israel]

"IDF jets and tanks reportedly struck five Hamas terror targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday afternoon in retaliation to a rocket launching that landed in southern Israeli territory overnight, the army confirmed Monday afternoon. … According to Palestinian reports, at least eight airstrikes are said to have hit Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip …. Hamas on Twitter denied responsibility for the rocket launching and accused the IDF of escalating tensions with Gaza." (02/27/17)


Israel: Soldier sentenced to 18 months in murder of disarmed, wounded prisoner

Source: CNN

"Sgt. Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a wounded Palestinian knife attack suspect, was sentenced to 18 months in military prison Tuesday. The Palestinian, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, 21, was one of two men accused of stabbing another Israeli soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron in March. The judge announced Azaria will demoted to the rank of private and handed him a 12-month probation on top of his prison sentence. Charges were brought against Azaria after video footage emerged showing him shooting Sharif in the head as he lay on the ground, injured and already subdued." (02/21/17)


Trump says he "can live" with one-state solution between Israel, Palestine

Source: Boston Globe

"President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the United States would no longer insist on a Palestinian state as part of a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians, backing away from a policy that has underpinned the U.S. role in Middle East peacemaking since the Clinton administration. 'I'm looking at two states and one state,' Trump said, appearing in a joint news conference at the White House with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. 'I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.'" (02/15/17)


Egypt: Islamic State claims rocket fire at Israel resort

Source: Yahoo! News

"The Islamic State group said Thursday that it fired rockets at the Israeli resort of Eilat from the Sinai Peninsula in a rare attack on the Jewish state from Egyptian territory. The Israeli army said there were no casualties from Wednesday evening's rocket fire — three of the rockets were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome air defence system and a fourth fell short of the town. A few hours later, two Palestinians were killed elsewhere in the Sinai. The Islamist Hamas movement which rules Gaza said it was an Israeli air strike. The Israeli army denied carrying out any such action." (02/09/17)


Israel: Knesset passes bill to retroactively steal Palestinian property for Jewish squats

Source: Washington Post

"Israel's parliament passed a contentious law late Monday that allows the state to [steal] land privately owned by Palestinians in the West Bank and grant the properties to Jewish [squatters] for their exclusive use. The measure is designed to protect homes in Jewish [squats], built on private Palestinian property 'in good faith or at the state's instruction,' from possible court-ordered evacuation and demolition. Thousands of homes in dozens of [squats] may now be protected, at least temporarily. The bill is likely headed for a high court challenge." (02/06/17)


Gaza: Israeli forces strike Hamas targets, citing rocket attack

Source: Haaretz [Israel]

"Israeli forces struck targets in the Gaza Strip five times Monday in retaliation to earlier rocket fire, the army said in a statement. Earlier a rocket fired from Gaza struck in an open area, causing no casualties, prompting Israel to return fire with tanks and from the air. According to the army, in response to the rocket fire, a tank destroyed a Hamas position in the southern part of the strip. Earlier, the army said, a tank hit another Hamas position and Israel Air Force planes targeted three different sites in Gaza." (02/06/17)