Period: November 2015


A delegation of representatives from the Quartet – the US, EU, Russia and the UN – that was expected to arrive to Israel on Wednesday to discuss how to re-start a diplomatic process has reportedly postponed its visit at Jerusalem's request. Over the last two days Israeli officials never confirmed that the visit would take place.

Sources say ending rocket strikes, tunnels included
August 17, 2015 - By Aaron Klein - WND - TEL AVIV – Hamas’ political leadership tentatively accepted the terms of an eight-year truce with Israel, according to sources within Hamas. The sources, speaking to WND from the Gaza Strip, said Israel gave support to Egypt to accept a Hamas delegation for further talks on the proposed long-term cease-fire. After discussions in Egypt, the Hamas delegation, headed by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, will travel to Qatar and Turkey for more input on the deal, which is being brokered by former Quartet envoy and ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The Hamas sources said the current version of the truce, as accepted in theory by Hamas’s politburo, includes a Hamas pledge to stop all rocket fire from Gaza and to cease digging tunnels into Israel. Hamas also agreed not to operate within 30 meters of the Israeli border, the sources said. Joel Richardson’s documentary “End Times Eyewitness: Israel, Islam and the Unfolding Signs of the Messiah’s Return” takes you to the front lines of the ongoing Middle Eastern revolutions
In return, the Hamas sources said, Israel agreed to allow thousands of Palestinians from Gaza to enter the Jewish state for work, a detail that cannot be confirmed with Israeli diplomatic sources. The Hamas sources said Israel will allow for a larger “fishing zone” off the Gaza coast along with a corridor to connect the Gaza coastline to international waters. Israel, however, would still monitor and inspect ships in the area.

November 26, 2015 - By Ruthie Blum - Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Randy Diehl Palestine Solidarity Committee Professor Ami Pedahzur Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies Stanford University military historian Dr. Gil-Li Vardi University of Texas at Austin
Chanting “Long live the Intifada,” University of Texas at Austin activists recently stormed a class to protest and disrupt a talk by a guest lecturer.
Waving Palestinian flags and shouting anti-Israel epithets, twelve members of the Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) entered the public event, sponsored by Institute for Israeli Studies Professor Ami Pedahzur and hosting Stanford University military historian Dr. Gil-Li Vardi.
Throughout the incident — during which Pedahzur insisted that the invasive students either “sit down and learn something” or leave — the PSC activists filmed everything on their cellphone cameras.
Since that episode, which took place on Friday, November 13, mere hours before Paris was brutally attacked by ISIS terrorists, Pedahzur, professor of government and founding director of the Institute for Israel Studies, has become the focus of a PSC intimidation campaign. This includes a petition circulated by the PSC and claims that Pedahzur was violent.
“We were met with physical force and intimidation,” the PSC said in a statement.
A UT Austin professor as well as an attendee escalated what was supposed to be a reading of a prepared two-minute statement, culminating in professor Ami Pedahzur physically pressing his body against a PSC member, nose-to-nose in a move to physically intimidate the student. Pedahzur had to be restrained by 3 people.
Watching the video of the episode, which was uploaded to YouTube by PSC members immediately after they crashed the event, one gets a sense of the menacing nature of the demonstration — on the part of the students, not those trying to subdue them.

November 26, 2015 - By Ruthie Blum - The International Criminal Court. This week, four Palestinian NGOs submitted a document claiming Israeli ‘war crimes and crimes against humanity.’ Photo: Facebook.
European funding is behind four Palestinian NGOs that submitted a document to the International Criminal Court (ICC) this week, purporting evidence of Israeli “war crimes” perpetrated during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, according to a report released by the watchdog organization NGO Monitor on Wednesday.
According to the report, the Palestinian groups in question — Al-Haq, Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Aldameer and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights – “are all leaders in anti-Israel activities, (including boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns), and this submission is part of the ongoing ‘lawfare’ campaign exploiting international institutions in general and the ICC in particular for anti-Israel campaigns. This tactic was adopted at the NGO Forum of the 2001 Durban Conference, and is an integral part of the Durban Strategy which seeks to demonize and delegitimize Israel.”
The report says that the aim of the “lawfare campaigns” is to “erase the context of Palestinian terrorism targeting Israeli civilians, and to obstruct Israeli attempts at defending against it.”

After 3 decades in jail, Pollard, 61, released from North Carolina facility where he has been serving a life sentence; Netanyahu: ‘I’ve longed for this day’
November 20, 2015 - By Rebecca Shimoni Stoil and Marissa Newman - After three decades behind bars, American-Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard was released from prison early Friday morning.
Pollard, 61, was freed on parole from the Butner, North Carolina, facility where he has been serving a life sentence for spying on the United States on Israel’s behalf. The Justice for Jonathan Pollard organization confirmed Pollard had been freed and reunited with his wife, Esther. After exiting the prison before dawn, the Pollards have arrived at the apartment where they will spend the weekend and are grateful to those who lobbied on their behalf, the organization said in a statement, without specifying their location.
In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the release and said he has “longed for this day.
“The people of Israel welcome the release of Jonathan Pollard,” the prime minister said in a statement. “After three long and hard decades, Jonathan is finally being reunited with his family.”
“May this Sabbath bring him much joy and peace that will continue in the years and decades ahead.”
The long-awaited release was also greeted with well-wishes by President Reuven Rivlin and politicians from both sides of the aisle.
“Over the years, we’ve felt Pollard’s pain and felt responsible and obliged to bring about his release. We wish Jonathan and his family, in their reunion, long and prosperous years ahead, health and peace,” the president said.

At The Hague, PA president, Fatou Bensouda to discuss ‘grave Israeli escalation,’ according to Palestinian officials
October 30, 2015 - By AFP and Times of Israel staff - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will meet on Friday with ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda at The Hague, Palestinian officials said, amid the current wave of Palestinian terror against Israeli civilians and security forces in Israel and across the West Bank.
It will be Abbas’s first meeting with the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court since the Palestinian Authority sparked controversy by joining the tribunal in January, an official with the Palestinian mission in The Hague told AFP.
Abbas, who is in the Netherlands as part of a European tour, would visit Bensouda “in the context of the grave Israeli escalation in occupied Palestine,” the official said, asking not to be identified. Israel has accused Abbas of helping fuel the terror surge, in part by peddling “lies” about purported Israeli plans to change the status quo at Jerusalem’s contested Temple Mount holy site.
Ten Israelis have been killed in the spate of near-daily attacks since October 1 and dozens have been wounded. Over 60 Palestinians have been killed in the latest round of violence, the majority of them while carrying out stabbing attacks against Israelis. The rest died in clashes with Israeli military forces.

Prime minister’s wife says former employees have been paid to testify in abuse lawsuit by ‘people trying to overthrow my husband’
October 29, 2015 - By Raoul Wootliff - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara Netanyahu, claimed in court Thursday that one-time employees had been paid to testify against her in an alleged abuse case brought by former workers at the Prime Minister’s Residence.
Telling the Jerusalem District Labor Court that the case was an attempt “to defame her husband,” Mrs. Netanyahu hinted at a wide-ranging conspiracy to bring down the prime minister.
“The people who are trying to overthrow my husband are behind this,” she said, telling the court that she was being targeted because she was an “easy target.
“Its easier for them to attack me. I have become the punching bag for the entire media,” she said. “If I wasn’t the prime minister’s wife, there would be no cases against me at all.”
Mrs. Netanyahu, who has previously been accused of abusing staff, rejected the claims she mistreated employees working under her, saying she had “excellent relations” with all staff members at the official residence.

October 27, 2015 - Non-white invaders tested at Chemnitz University in Germany have average IQs of around 93 and this is going to cause "cognitive errors" with enormous consequences for the rest of society, one of that country's leading psychology professors has warned . . . the mass importation of low IQ non-white immigrants is going to lead to the destruction of Germany . . . An average IQ of 93 puts these "university qualified" non-white invaders a full ten points below the average non-university qualified German native IQ. Full story:
Comment: The extent to which non-white invasion has overtaken Germany is reflected in the fact that over half of that country's lawmakers 'previously all enthusiastic supporters of [Jewess] Angela Merkel' now oppose her "open doors" policy and are on the brink of a revolt, a new article in Der Spiegel magazine has admitted . . . (
British, French, and US military interventions in the Middle East, combined with the European Union's "asylum" program, are the two direct causes of the Islamic State's (IS) newly-revealed plans to infiltrate terrorists disguised as "asylum seekers" into Europe. The IS plans, disclosed after the UK-based Quilliam Foundation, a government-funded organization which claims to be made up of "moderate" Muslims, translated a recruiting document published online by a prominent IS-linked propagandist . . . like all of the nations where America, Britain, France and other western nations have intervened on behalf of Israel in the Muslim world, the chaos left behind in Libya after the western-engineered fall of the Gaddafi regime in 2011, has allowed the radical Islamist group to gain support (

Proposal includes settlement freeze, would require Palestinians to drop ICC bid; Israeli envoy condemns ‘destructive’ efforts
October 30, 2015 - By AP and Times of Israel staff - UNITED NATIONS — A proposed UN resolution aimed at setting the stage for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations is almost certain to raise objections from both sides with its calls for a halt to Israeli settlement construction and Palestinian action at the International Criminal Court.
The draft resolution, obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, notes “with alarm the escalating cycle of violence” between Israel and the Palestinians. It declares that a two-state solution, achieved through direct negotiations, is the only path to peace.
New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Murray McCully, whose country is serving a two-year term on the Security Council, told a council meeting last week that recent events “cry out for action.”
The current wave of violence began in mid-September in Jerusalem amid tensions over a sensitive holy site and quickly spread deeper into Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Eleven Israelis have been killed, many of them stabbed to death by Palestinian terrorists, and 58 Palestinians, many of them attackers, have been killed.

Tehran’s navy chief says vessels will ‘soon berth’ at Atlantic ports
October 29, 2015 - By Times of Israel by staff - ran intends to dispatch “a fleet of warships” to the Atlantic Ocean shortly, the semi-state Fars news agency reported Thursday, quoting the regime’s navy chief.
“Our warships will soon berth at ports in the Atlantic Ocean,” Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari promised at a ceremony on Wednesday marking the return to port of Iranian warships that Fars said had taken part in joint drills with the Russian navy.
Sayyari said the Iranian vessels had been in the Caspian Sea and at the Russian port of Astrakhan. “The presence of Iranian warships in international ports shows the Iranian Navy’s prowess,” Fars quoted him saying.
Sayyari made a similar pledge to deploy warships in the Atlantic in early 2014. At the time, Iran promised to send its fleet close to American maritime borders as a counter to the US navy’s presence in the Gulf. But in April, the navy chief said the move had been canceled “due to a change in schedule.”
An Iranian warship in the Strait of Hormuz (illustrative photo: Alex Hicks, Wikimedia Commons)
Illustrative photo of an Iranian warship (Alex Hicks, Wikimedia Commons)
The US-Iran relationship remains tense and friction-filled, despite the US-led world powers’ deal with Iran, sealed in July, on curbing its nuclear program.
Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei has repeatedly rejected any future talks on other issues, and ruled out normalization with the United States.


October 26, 2015 - By Tom Olago - Jeremiah Wright, who led Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago from 1972 to 2008 and served as served as Obama’s pastor for 20 years, is back at the center of controversy.
Wright was one of several speakers at a rally in Washington, DC that included notorious Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, well known for his anti-Semitic stance.
Wright stoked controversy with his statement that “Jesus was a Palestinian,” alluding to Israel as an apartheid state and comparing “the youth in Ferguson and the youth in Palestine”.
Is there any theological justification for the “Jesus was a Palestinian” bandwagon? James Showers, Executive Director for Friends of Israel stated describes this view as "Christian Palestinianism, a form of liberation theology that emphasizes Jesus’ humanity and portrays Him as the great liberator of the poor and oppressed of this world. It replaces the Jewish Messiah of the Bible with a Palestinian martyr”.
This view isn’t new either. One of its earliest proponents was Naim Ateek, a Palestinian Anglican serving as canon of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem. In 2008 he reportedly wrote: “Palestinian liberation theology focuses on the humanity of Jesus of Nazareth, who was also a Palestinian living under an occupation.”
Also attributed to Ateek is a 2001 Easter message in which he states that “Jesus is the powerless Palestinian humiliated at a checkpoint. . . . It seems to many of us that Jesus is on the cross again with thousands of crucified Palestinians around him... Palestinian men, women, and children are being crucified. Palestine has become one huge Golgotha. The Israeli government crucifixion system is operating daily. Palestine has become the place of the skull.”
The following summarized rebuttals to the “Jesus was a Palestinian” viewpoint were extracted from Showers’ list of “10 Errors of Christian Palestinianism”:
1. It blames Israel for much of the conflict between Israel and the Arabs living in Israel and not only dismisses Islamic terrorists, but aligns with them in opposition to Israel.
2. It attacks Israeli sovereignty but ignores the fact that Israel came to control the land because of Arab wars that sought to eliminate Israel. Its leaders fail to admit …Palestinian Arabs must recognize Israel as a nation and promise to live peaceably with it.
3. It ignores the Biblical names for Israel. In the Bible, the West Bank is called Samaria and Judea. The Biblical name for the entire land is Israel, not Palestine -

Saeb Erekat says the PLO will resubmit resolution calling for Israel to leave ‘occupied Palestine’ and demanding inquiry into current violence
October 26, 2015 - By Raoul Wootliff - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas holds a press conference with United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon following a meeting at the Muqata presidential compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on October 21, 2015. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat announced Sunday that the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Arab League are preparing a new UN Security Council resolution calling for Israeli withdrawal from “occupied Palestine.”
Speaking at a press conference in Cairo after meeting with Arab League representatives, Erekat said the motion would also include a request to establish an international commission of inquiry into recent violence.
Erekat said the proposal would ask the Security Council for international protection in light of “repetitive Israeli aggressive practices.”
A senior Palestinian official told the Haaretz newspaper that the security situation would help the bid for an Israeli withdrawal. “The leadership is aware that the main issue is the occupation and its repercussions, and will try to use the recent events to present clear demands to the UN and international community,” he said.
The resolution will renew a 2014 Palestinian bid calling for Israel withdrawals. In December 2014 the Security Council rejected a Palestinian resolution setting a 12-month deadline for negotiations on a final peace deal and an imposed full Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and East Jerusalem by the end of 2017.






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