Period: October
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September 29, 2017 by Anders - Haaretz - September 9, 2017: Yair Netanyahu, the son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, posted an image on his Facebook page Saturday that seems to suggest a conspiracy is behind his family’s growing legal problems.
The meme is laden with anti-Semitic imagery. Update: Following outcry, Yair Netanyahu has removed the meme from his Facebook page. The meme, captioned “the food chain,” features a photo of George Soros dangling the world in front of a
reptilian creature (serpent Gen. 3:4-5), who dangles an alchemy symbol in front of a caricature of a figure reminiscent of the anti-Semitic “happy merchant” image (Netanyahu?).
The other figures in the chain are former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, anti-Netanyahu protest leader Eldad Yaniv and Meni Naftali, a former chief caretaker at the Netanyahus’ official residence who implicated Sara Netanyahu in the case she is being indicted in.
Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit announced Friday that Sara Netanyahu would be indicted for fraud and breach of trust. She is to be charged with spending 359,000 shekels ($102,000) in state funds on catering at the prime minister’s official residence, while falsely claiming that the house did not employ a cook.
MK Zehava Galon (Meretz) added that “motifs in the Netanyahu family are anti-Semitic par excellence.”
The Guardian 13 Sept. 2017: The cartoon, which has been circulated by antisemitic websites, was posted a day after Israel’s attorney general announced that he was minded to prosecute Sara Netanyahu, Yair’s mother and the prime minister’s wife.
Benjamin Netanyahu is also under pressure as a result of several overlapping corruption investigations, which have gained pace in recent weeks.
Now this has a natural explanation: NETANYAHU IS A US CITIZEN – AND CAN EVEN RUN FOR PRESIDENT!!!
It´s new to me that Soros and Netanyahu hate each other. Below some cartoonist has gone one step further letting the Jews tempt the US with a big burger! Who can deny that it is so?

By Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen - September 8, 2017
Image via Wikimedia Commons
BESA Center Perspectives No. 582, September 8, 2017
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Moderate leaders warn that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may turn from a national conflict into a religious one. Right-wing leaders claim it has been a religious conflict from the start. Both approaches have been applied to the Temple Mount crisis, and both are affected by a totalist perception of the understanding of the religious imperative.
For years, moderate leaders have warned that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could turn from a national conflict to a religious one. In turn, right-wing leaders have responded that the conflict was religious from its inception. So, too, on the issue of the Temple Mount: “The Left prefers to view the conflict as a territorial issue since its political tools, mostly imported from other places, can only deal with the territorial aspect of the conflict” (Ofri Ilani, Ha’aretz, July 2017). On the other hand, Shvi’i weekend newspaper voices the position of the religious right: “This is a religious war. Only in Israel are Arab Islamist murderous acts attributed nationalistic motives. It is simply more palatable, as a political conflict has the potential for a solution, while a religious struggle is total.” (Amnon Shomron, July 2017). https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/temple-mount-crisis-motivation/

By Prof. P. R. Kumaraswamy, October 8, 2017 - BRICS leaders, image via Office of the President of Russia
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 607, October 8, 2017
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The 43-page Xiamen Declaration issued at the end of the ninth BRICS summit in early September marks an interesting shift concerning Israel. In paragraph 42, it makes the usual references to “relevant” UN resolutions, the Madrid Principles, the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002, and “previous agreements” and calls for “a just, lasting and comprehensive solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Declaration calls for the creation of “an independent, viable, territorially contiguous Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security with Israel” – but contains no reference whatsoever to East Jerusalem.
The BRICS organization, which is comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, represents over 40% of the global population, and its collective economy accounts for over one-fifth of global GDP. Two of the countries are permanent members of the UN Security Council and the other three are aspiring to be. BRICS is thus a major world power bloc.
Initially, the BRICS countries were concerned solely with developmental issues and did not address the Middle East at all, let alone the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Things began to change when South Africa joined as a full member at the Sanya Summit in April 2011. Stating that they “are deeply concerned with the turbulence in the Middle East,” the leaders hoped for “peace, stability, prosperity and progress.” Popular protests in the Arab world were more ominous than the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate.

Israel denies reports of Trump decision against US embassy move.
White House announces 'postponement' of Jerusalem embassy move.
By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF - October 8, 2017 - US President Donald Trump breaks the silence on the disputed issue of the American embassy's relocation (or its lack thereof).
JERUSALEM POST - Trump: I want to give peace a shot before I even think of moving embassy. Israel denies reports of Trump decision against US embassy move. A SIGN calls on US President Donald Trump to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump said in an interview broadcast on Saturday that he wanted to give a shot at achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians before moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
In June, Trump signed a temporary order to keep the US embassy in Tel Aviv, despite a campaign promise he made to move it to Jerusalem.
In an interview with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on the TBN program "Huckabee," Trump noted his administration was working on a plan for peace between the two sides. "I want to give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem," he said. "If we can make peace between the Palestinians and Israel, I think it'll lead to ultimately peace in the Middle East, which has to happen," he said.
Asked if there was a time frame for the embassy move, Trump said: "We're going to make a decision in the not too distant future."
Hours before going on air, Trump took to Twitter to promote the show and his appearance on it, inviting his followers to watch him make an appearance on Huckabee's show as his very first guest. The fact that Huckabee managed to snag such an important guest for the first episode of his show was criticized by many, seeing as the former governor's daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, currently serves as White House Press Secretary.

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PA envoy: Even without a peace deal, Palestinians will proceed 'as a state'
Abbas: With Trump’s chaotic White House, what’s the point of peace talks? Interpol votes to admit 'State of Palestine' as new member state
By ALLYN FISHER-ILAN - October 8, 2017 - PLO Ambassador to the UN states that the Palestinians are actively joining world bodies as a state and plan to carry down that diplomatic path despite the stagnant peace talks.
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By ALLYN FISHER-ILAN - October 8, 2017 - PLO Ambassador to the UN states that the Palestinians are actively joining world bodies as a state and plan to carry down that diplomatic path despite the stagnant peace talks.
VIENNA – The Palestinians plan to pursue a course of operating diplomatically “as a state” despite the absence of a peace deal with Israel, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour told a world body forum in a two-day session that ended Friday.
Lamenting a lengthy stalemate in negotiations and talk of the possible abandonment of a longtime recognized goal of achieving a two-state solution, Mansour said: “We are joining international conventions and treaties every day as a state.”
Referencing Interpol’s recent acceptance of Palestinian membership despite protests by Israel and Washington, Mansour said that "the trend [of joining international organizations] is moving forward.”
“We are acting as a state, we are accepted as a state and we will continue on this path,” Mansour told the International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East.
The conference is an annual event held since the Oslo Accords were achieved in 1993 as a way of propelling stalemated diplomacy forward.
Formal peace talks last broke off in 2014.
The UN General Assembly gave Palestinians non-member observer status in 2012, but left the achievement of actual statehood up to negotiations with Israel. Jerusalem rejected that move as a unilateral step aimed at sidestepping peace talks.
Some journalists, diplomats and politicians at the conference wondered aloud whether the two-state solution was still relevant, referencing US President Donald Trump’s failure to embrace the idea as a goal.
Mansour rejected a suggestion by peace activist Avraham Burg, a former Knesset speaker and Jewish Agency head, that the idea of independent Palestinian statehood alongside Israel “may no longer be on the shelf.”

Israeli police said they had questioned a financier behind Academy Award-winning films
By Rory Jones - October. 5, 2017 - Movie producer Arnon Milchan, left, at a 2005 news conference at which he was joined by Benjamin Netanyahu, who was then Israel’s finance minister.
TEL AVIV - Arnon Milchan, an Israeli intelligence agent turned Hollywood producer, has long cultivated ties with his country’s leaders. Now, he has become a political problem for the prime minister. Israeli police said last month that they had questioned Mr. Milchan - who has financed Academy Award-winning movies such as “12 Years a Slave” and Birdman” - about whether he gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gifts in return for favors. The investigation is one of two graft probes into Mr. Netanyahu that threaten his long tenure as Israel’s leader. Mr. Netanyahu has denied wrongdoing. “It is allowed, according to the law, to accept presents from friends,” the prime minister said in response to questions at a January session of Israel’s parliament, after the probes were first reported publicly.
A spokesman for Mr. Milchan, who heads Los Angeles-based New Regency Productions Inc., said, “We have been careful not to respond on the subject for obvious reasons, whether the information is true or false and unrealistic.”

The divisions between Jews in Israel and the US are wide and far-ranging. In Israel, there are four basic groups: secular, traditional, religious and haredi (ultra-Orthodox). In the US, the groups consist of the econstructionist/Reform/Conservative bloc, the Orthodox and the ultra-Orthodox. The latter two are growing in adherents, while the former are combining congregations, closing synagogues, and generally failing to produce the requisite number of Jewish youngsters necessary to continue, let alone grow, the community. The split among American Jews is also increasingly evident in the political realm. Most Jews are, by nature, liberal -- and for many, "liberal" has become associated only with the Democratic Party. It seems to have been forgotten that one could also be a liberal Republican.
More importantly, the division between supporters of the two parties has become an impenetrable wall -- with no meeting of the minds possible on most issues. Sadly, support for Israel is becoming one of them. For as long as I can remember, Jews have overwhelmingly been associated with the Democratic Party, at a ratio of about 3:1. Yet, increasingly, many Democrats are drifting away from Israel. Following Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign, Senator Bernie Sanders has become a key leader of the Democratic Party. Though Jewish, Sanders likes to talk about his "Polish" ancestors. Unfortunately, or perhaps typically, he has little regard for the Jewish homeland.
In his interview at Intercept.com on September 22, Sanders revealed his true feelings on Israel: "Certainly the United States is complicit [in the Israeli 'occupation' of 'Palestinian' land], but it's not to say... that Israel is the only party at fault."

Jews urged to leave as new threat issued to destroy nation in next war
October 8, 2017 - Hezbollah - In one of the fieriest speeches directed at Israel by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, he called for the ethnic cleansing of all Jews in Israel, the destruction of the Jewish state and told Israelis to begin a “count down to death.”
The speech echoed recent rhetoric recently by the Iranian regime and its military officials, who said Tel Aviv would be “destroyed” if Israel made “a mistake,” and that Israel would not survive for more than 25 years.
“Israel should remain silent and count down the days to its death, because any minor mistake would lead to its demise as fast as lightning,” said Iranian army commander Maj.-Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi.
Iran, Hezbollah and several other Shi’ite militias are helping the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad regime complete its victory over ISIS, with the assistance of Russian airpower. The upsurge in war-like rhetoric toward Israel is a signal of growing confidence fueled by their victories in Syria, said the IPT report.
Nasrallah has good reason to remain fearful of Israel, for it is the only state that has both the capability and determination to challenge their takeover of Syria. There have been a series of reported Israeli precision strikes on weapons production centers and arms smuggling attempts in Syria. One strike reportedly targeted the Assad regime’s Scientific Studies and Research Center weapons facility, where chemical, biological, and advanced ballistic missiles are developed and manufactured. The targeted facility may have been where Iran tried to hand over powerful weapons to Hezbollah.
Israel issued its own warning on what is taking place in the region. The Investigative Project on Terrorism said the threats contain two messages. “The first message is a reaffirmation of the Shi’ite axis’s jihadist, ideological, long-term commitment to Israel’s destruction,” the report said. “The second message is more immediate; it is an attempt to deter Israeli decision makers from trying to stop Iran and its proxies from taking over Syria.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2017/10/count-down-days-to-death-in-israel

When Palestinian women took part in a march with Israeli women for peace this week, they were condemned in the harshest terms by many other Palestinians, who called for their punishment.
The Palestinian women who participated in the October 8 event, organized by a group called Women Wage Peace, have been denounced by many of their own people as and "traitors" and "whores."
Conversely, when Palestinian Authority (PA) officials held "reconciliation" talks with Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip and Egypt during the same period, many Palestinians praised them as "heroes" and "brave."udging from the reactions of many Palestinians, especially on social media, they prefer peace with Hamas rather than with Israel. The thousands of Palestinian women who participated in the march with Israeli women are being accused of promoting "normalization" with Israel. This, in the eyes of their critics, is an abhorrent and despicable act, tantamount to "high treason" -- an offense punishable by death.
Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1674#keLP0KO4pM8PQhPz.99

No celebrations noted in West Bank; Palestinians in the Gaza Strip sing songs about national unity, give out sweets
By AFP and TOI STAFF - October 12, 2017 - GAZA CITY, Gaza — Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of Gaza on Thursday to celebrate as the leaders of rival political factions signed a deal to end a decade-long split.
Leaders of the secular Fatah and Islamist terror group Hamas signed the deal more than 200 miles away in the Egyptian capital Cairo, but thousands of Palestinians poured out onto the streets of the impoverished enclave.
In a square in Gaza City, they chanted songs about national unity, while people distributed celebratory sweets.
Large signs bearing the faces of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh were held aloft by the crowd.
Jihad Seaam, 23, said the announcement had brought new hope.
“Young people today are filled with unemployment, poverty and frustration,” he told AFP in Gaza. “Their hope was renewed today with the reconciliation agreement,” he said. “The most important thing now is the implementation of the agreement and not to let us down.” Hamas has ruled Gaza since violently seizing it from Fatah in a near civil war in 2007 and has been at loggerheads with its rival, based in the West Bank, ever since.

DOV LIEBER - Appearances aside, Abbas hasn’t given up on disarming Hamas - In deal reached Thursday, the two estranged Palestinian factions agreed on the straightforward issues, but the celebrations will likely be brief
In the heart of Cairo, rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a deal Thursday that supposedly ends 10 years of bitter conflict.
Yet nearly all the terms agreed upon have not been subjects of dispute for some time. The hardest issues, most notably whether Hamas will have to give up its estimated 25,000-strong fighting force and its weaponry, are still on the table, with no real solution in sight.
All that the deal addressed was the easy stuff, the civil issues - an excuse for both sides to celebrate and thank Egypt for its help. (AFP/Abbas Momani) In the heart of Cairo, rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a deal Thursday that supposedly ends 10 years of bitter conflict. Yet nearly all the terms agreed upon have not been subjects of dispute for some time. The hardest issues, most notably whether Hamas will have to give up its estimated 25,000-strong fighting force and its weaponry, are still on the table, with no real solution in sight. All that the deal addressed was the easy stuff, the civil issues — an excuse for both sides to celebrate and thank Egypt for its help.
Senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad, center right, and Hamas’s representative, Saleh al-Arouri, center left, sign a reconciliation agreement during a press conference at the Egyptian intelligence complex in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. Thursday’s signing came after two days of negotiations in the Egyptian capital on the governing of the Gaza Strip as part of the most serious effort to date to end the 10-year rift between the rival Palestinian groups. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Will Hamas recognize Israel?
Why the skepticism? Well, let’s start with what we know.
Keeping in mind that the full agreement has yet to be published, here are the publicized elements of the deal, either as announced in an Egyptian press release, stated during a news conference or reported by a source.
First, both sides agreed to enact the 2011 Cairo agreement, which mostly deals with setting up national elections.
Second, Hamas allowed the Palestinian Authority government to take over all ministries in Gaza. This was already a part of previous agreements, and in fact, the PA ministers already took back their offices in Gaza last week when a large PA delegation came to the Strip. What was new in Thursday’s deal was the deadline given for the takeover to take place — December 1. https://www.timesofisrael.com/despite-appearances-abbas-hasnt-given-up-on-disarming-hamas

October 20, 2017 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/236972

Last week, we reported on two activities of StandWithUs, one of the new wave of Zionist organizations that works to educate supporters, detractors and everyone in between about the Jewish state and its vital place in the world.
In one story, we noted how StandWithUs works in traditional settings, teaching high school and college students about Israel and enabling them to create pro-Israel communities at their schools. In the past decade, StandWithUs has brought hundreds of students, including dozens from New England, to its Los Angeles headquarters for these programs.
In the other, we noted how StandWithUs works to educate the population at large about anti-Israel sentiment, like when, in the past month, it picketed concerts by vocal BDS supporter Roger Waters in Boston and across the Northeast.
Annually, the group brings members of the Israel Defense Forces to tour U.S. institutions. In the coming weeks, six pairs of soldiers will tour the U.S., discussing their experiences in the army and their lives in Israel.
Locally, we will meet Karen and Haitham (their family names are withheld for security reasons).
Karen, 24, studies politics and government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Raised in New Jersey, she made aliyah on her own at age 16. Karen finished high school in Israel and enlisted into the IDF, where she served as a basic training commander and later on with the paratroopers.

By JONATHAN COOK - October 27, 2017 - New law would define Israel as belonging to a global Jewish nation rather than its citizens, ending any pretence it is a liberal democracy, say experts
Middle East Eye – October 27, 2017 - As Israeli legislators returned to parliament this week, ending the long summer recess, Benjamin Netanyahu’s government announced a packed agenda of reforms designed to push Israel yet further to the right. Legislative proposals include weakening the supreme court’s powers of judicial review, cracking down on left-wing civil-society organisations, expanding Jerusalem’s boundaries to include more Jewish settlements, and allowing the forcible deportation of mainly African asylum seekers.
But none is likely to prove as controversial – or gain as much attention – as a measure concerning Israel’s status as a Jewish state. This long-gestating bill is intended to join 11 existing Basic Laws, Israel’s equivalent of a constitution. Netanyahu appears to be basing his wider legislative assault on the success of the proposed Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish people. Its purpose is to give a constitutional-like standing to Israel’s definition as a state that belongs not to its citizens – as is the case in a liberal democracy – but to all Jews around the world, including those with no connection to Israel.
Additionally, the bill is expected to downgrade the status of Arabic, the mother tongue of a fifth of Israel’s population. It will also require the Israeli courts to give due weight in their rulings to Jewish religious law and Jewish heritage.
The legislation’s opponents - Basic Laws are much harder to reverse than ordinary legislation. Various versions of the Jewish nation-state bill have been under consideration since a first draft was introduced in 2011 by Avi Dichter, a former head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret police.
But after eight years as prime minister, Netanyahu appears impatient for progress. He insisted in May that the legislation must pass as soon as possible. A special committee has been hastily drafting a final version in the past few weeks.






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