Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

 

The Palestinian Authority’s Policy of Denormalization

editor 23 June 2018

By Khaled Abu Toameh.. The Palestinian leadership’s rejection of normalized relations with Israel that were established in 1993 with the Oslo Exchange of Letters between PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and the PLO’s subsequent support for the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign have created an economic void. [Photo top right: Former PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, former Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, and former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 following the signing of the 1993 Oslo Declaration of Principles. (Saar Yaacov/Government Press Office | Wikimedia Commons)](more…)

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Holy only to Jews

editor 23 June 2018

By Nadav Shragai.. “The Western Wall doesn’t belong to the Jews alone,” Labor party leader Avi Gabbay said last week (June 11, 2018) before rushing to walk it back. But maybe we should thank him. The party leader gave us a chance to address another perversion of history, this one intentional – the Palestinian Islamization of the Western Wall – the holy site they long for as one of the walls of Al-Aqsa compound – by categorically denying any Jewish ties to it, just like they do with the Temple Mount and Jerusalem as a whole. [Photo top right: Western Wall in Jerusalem (Kotel) | Credit: Marek69/photos Wikimedia Commons].  (more…)

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Report: U.S. to ask Gulf states to invest in Gaza economy

editor 22 June 2018

By Arutz Sheva Staff.. The Trump administration is trying to convince Arab monarchies in the Gulf to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in economic projects in Gaza, Haaretz reported on Sunday (June 17, 2018). The move is an attempt to calm the security situation in the coastal enclave and generate momentum before the White House presents its Middle East peace plan. [Photo top right:White House aides Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt | credit (Bloomberg and AP Photos) T.J. Kirkpatrick].  (more…)

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Netanyahu’s water tech offer draws wave of Iranian support

editor 22 June 2018

By Ariel Kahana.. Some 100,000 Iranians join Israel’s Farsi-language Telegram account as a result of PM Netanyahu’s video offering Iranians water tech to combat country’s water crisis • Iranian internet users hail Israel: “We wish them death, they bless us with life.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s video offering to share Israeli water technology with the Iranians racked up 5 million views in the first five days it was online, 1.6 million of which were on Netanyahu’s own social media channels. [Photo top right: Water drop | credit: José Manuel Suárez – Wikimedia Commons].  (more…)

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Minister of Internal Security adopts PMW complaint to police against PA leader Rajoub

editor 21 June 2018

By PMW.. On March 11, 2018, Palestinian Media Watch submitted a complaint to the Israeli police against Palestinian leader Jibril Rajoub for incitement to murder during the 2015 – 2016 Palestinian terror wave (“The Knife Intifada”). Joining PMW’s complaint were the relatives of three terror victims, Avraham Weissman, Doron Mizrachi, and Natan Meir, whose loved ones were murdered in the months following Rajoub’s incitement to murder.  (more…)

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Netanyahu Meets King Abdullah in Amman in First Public Meeting Since 2014

editor 21 June 2018

By Jonathan Lis.. The two discussed peace and regional developments. News of meeting comes ahead of visit by Trump’s envoys Kushner and Friedman. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman on Monday (June 18, 2018), the prime minister’s office said. [Photo top right: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Jordan’s King Abdullah II, during the former’s surprise visit to Amman on January 16, 2014 (photo credit: AP/Yousef Allan/Jordanian Royal Palace)].  (more…)

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Speech by the UK Foreign Secretary to the UN Human Rights Council

editor 20 June 2018

By Foreign & Commonwealth Office and The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP.. Your Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, I want to begin on behalf of the UK by thanking High Commissioner Hussein for his service and for his tireless efforts for speaking up for human rights around the world. And I’m delighted to be here because, at its best, this Council has shone a spotlight on appalling violations of human rights in specific countries – as we’ve just heard – and given a voice to people who would otherwise have suffered in silence. Britain considers this Council to be part of the rules-based international system in which we believe and that we strive to protect. [Photo top right: Boris Johnson MP Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs | Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons –  UK Government . ] (more…)

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Australia not happy with US decision to quit UNHRC

editor 20 June 2018

By J-Wire Newsdesk.. Australia is disappointed by the decision of the United States to resign from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). In a published statement Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said: “Australia shares many of the concerns held by the US about the UNHRC, particularly its anti-Israel bias, and we have consistently supported efforts to address other matters of contention. We are committed to progress effective and meaningful reform to enable the Council to more effectively carry out its role. [Photo top right: Julie Bishop toasts the Australia-Israel relationship | Photo: Eldad Ohayon].  (more…)

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‘A Body Unworthy of the Name:’ Haley and Pompeo Confirm US Departure From UN Human Rights Council

editor 20 June 2018

By Ben Cohen.. Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN,  denounced the global organization’s Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as a “hypocritical body unworthy of its name” as she confirmed on Tuesday (June 19, 2018) that the United States would no longer serve as one of its members. “This is not a retreat from human rights commitments,” Haley told journalists at the State Department in Washington, DC.  The US could not, however, “remain in a hypocritical organization that makes a mockery of human rights,” she said. [Photo top right: US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announcing US withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council. Photo: Reuters/Toya Sarno Jordan].  (more…)

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UN General Assembly condemns Israel for ‘excessive’ force at Gaza border

editor 19 June 2018

By Raphael Ahren.. After US amendment censuring Hamas is rejected on procedural grounds, 120 countries vote in favor of resolution calling for ‘protection’ for Palestinian civilians. With a huge majority, the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday (June 13, 2018) passed a resolution condemning Israel for using “excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate” force during the recent clashes at the Gaza border and calling for an “international protection mechanism” for Palestinian civilians. [Photo top right: Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour (white hair) passes by US Ambassador Nikki Haley (seated) during voting, to condemn Israeli actions in Gaza, in the General Assembly June 13, 2018 in New York. (AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT)].  (more…)

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