FBI Technology Led to Breakthrough in JCC Investigation - Eliyahu Kamisher (Jerusalem Post)
In mid-March, 14 FBI agents and technical experts arrived in Israel
for the JCC bomb threat investigation, bringing sophisticated
technology that the Israel Police did not have access to previously,
which turned out to be essential in locating the suspect.
"[Israel Police] were at the goal line and needed some help to punch it
across," said Cary Gleicher, the FBI's top attache to Israel.
See also JCC Bomb Threat Suspect Said Behind over 1,000 Calls (Times of Israel)
The Israeli-American teenager suspected of being behind the recent
bomb threats to American JCCs made more than 1,000 threatening phone
calls targeted schools and other public institution over the past two
years, Yediot Ahronot reported Sunday.
Israeli Ambassador: For First Time in Many Years, "No Daylight" between Israel, U.S. - Amir Tibon (Ha'aretz)
Israel's ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, told the annual
American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference on Sunday that "for
the first time in many years, perhaps in decades, there is no daylight"
between the governments of the U.S. and Israel.
Dermer also praised new U.S. envoy to the UN Nikki Haley who was
"finally bringing clarity" to the UN with regard to Israel.
10 Egyptian Soldiers, 15 ISIS Militants Killed in Sinai Fight - Nour Youssef and Declan Walsh (New York Times)
Ten Egyptian soldiers and 15 ISIS militants were killed during a
raid on an Islamist insurgent base in central Sinai, an Egyptian
military spokesman said Thursday.
The Egyptian soldiers died in two roadside blasts on Wednesday.
Israeli Soldiers Thwart Stabbing Attack in West Bank - Elisha Ben Kimon and Yoav Zitun (Ynet News)
A Palestinian terrorist tried to stab a soldier with a screwdriver
at a bus stop in the Nablus area of the West Bank on Monday.
IDF troops overpowered the attacker without opening fire.
Hizbullah and the Gullible Arabs - Mohammed Al Shaikh (Al Arabiyia)
Lebanon's Hizbullah is the creation of Iran. It receives most of its
funding from Iran and secures the rest from drug deals across the
These factors destroy the idea that the aim of Hizbullah's arms is to resist Israel and protect Lebanon's borders.
The Iranians and their product Hizbullah propagate this idea to
arm the Shiite militia in Lebanon so it can be used to protect Tehran's
influence and control.
Arabs, who are especially gullible, have not learned anything from
the history of fake leaders who used the Palestinian cause as an excuse
to serve their greed and domination.
Examples of these leaders are Saddam Hussein and Gamal Abdel
Nasser. Now there is Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah. All of them
exploited the Palestinian cause to achieve their aims.
Most Arabs believe the same lie uttered by deceitful leaders.
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- U.S. Diplomat Accuses UN of Bias Against Israel - Anne Gearan
The Trump administration is strongly condemning what it calls a systemic
anti-Israel bias at the UN, arguing Friday that UN monitoring of West
Bank settlement activity allowed by the Obama administration is the
Michele Sison, the No. 2 U.S. diplomat at the UN, spoke against the
unfair singling out of Israel during a closed session of the UN Security
Council on Friday. There and elsewhere, the Trump administration is
arguing that the UN has allowed valuable time and attention to be
hijacked for bashing Israel.
"There can be no moral equivalency between the building of homes
and murderous terrorism," Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon said
Friday. "The only impediment to peace is Palestinian violence and
incitement. This obsessive focus on Israel must end." (Washington Post)
- UK Puts UN Human Rights Council "On Notice" over "Anti-Israel Bias" - Jon Sharman
The UK has put the UN Human Rights Council "on notice" over what it
called its "disproportionate focus on Israel." On Friday the UK mission
to the UN said it would vote against all resolutions about Israel's
conduct in the territories if things did not change, condemning the
council's "unacceptable pattern of bias." The mission also questioned
why Israel was still a standing agenda item while "Syria's regime
butchers and murders its people on a daily basis." (Independent-UK)
See also Britain's Pro-Israel Pivot - Editorial
Just days after the Dec. 23 vote on UN Security Council Resolution 2334
criticizing Israel's settlements, a spokesman for UK Prime Minister
Theresa May said: "We do not believe it is appropriate to attack the
composition of the democratically elected government of an ally." Since
then, May's government has made a concerted effort to demonstrate that
it will be adopting a more pro-Israel stance. We welcome this change and
encourage other Western countries to join Britain in combating Israel's
unfair treatment at the UN.
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- Netanyahu: We Will Defeat Radical Islamic Terror Much Quicker If We Work Together with Other Threatened Nations
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Cabinet on Sunday:
"Last Friday I spoke with British Prime Minister Theresa May. I sent her
condolences, on behalf of the government and people of Israel....I told
her that we in Israel have stood against car-ramming and stabbing
attacks and we understand that the terrorism that is striking us is the
terrorism that is striking London, Brussels, Nice and other places
around the world. This is the terrorism of radical Islam that calls for
concerted action everywhere in order to defeat it. We will defeat it
much quicker if we work together." (Prime Minister's Office)
- Does the Assassination of a Senior Hamas Member in Gaza Mean Escalation? - Yoni Ben Menachem
Mazen Fuqha, a senior member of Hamas' military wing, was shot four
times in the head in Gaza City near his home on March 24 by two men who
used a pistol with a silencer. Fuqha had operated a cell that carried
out a suicide bombing of a bus in 2002 that killed nine Israelis and
injured 40 others. He was sentenced to nine life terms before his
release in the Shalit deal in 2011.
The killing in the heart of Hamas-controlled Gaza constitutes a
serious blow to Hamas' prestige and shatters the sense of security for
Hamas officials. From now on, they will begin to move around with armed
escorts and security guards.
Hamas is promising revenge against Israel, but the likelihood that
Hamas will start firing rockets at Israel in response is low. Rocket
fire into Israel would result in a strong Israeli response and another
round of fighting that is not currently in Hamas' interest.
Therefore, Hamas may respond with terrorist acts perpetrated by its
"dormant cells" in the West Bank, in attacks against Israelis living
there or inside the Green Line. Moreover, in order to surprise Israel,
Hamas may deviate from its policy and carry out a revenge attack against
Israeli or Jewish targets abroad, just as Hizbullah has done. The
writer, a veteran Arab affairs and diplomatic commentator for Israel
Radio and Television, is a senior Middle East analyst for the Jerusalem
(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
- Hamas Commander's Killing May Serve as a Warning - Ron Ben-Yishai
Hamas senior commander Mazan Fukha was one of 1,027 Palestinian
prisoners released in 2011 in exchange for kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad
Shalit. Immediately after his release, Fukha joined the leadership of
Hamas' military wing and began initiating terror attacks. Most of Hamas'
terror attack planning systems and main units in the West Bank and Gaza
are headed by prisoners who were released in the Shalit deal.
Fukha's assassination, even if it was not carried out or
commissioned by Israel, serves as a warning to the rest of the prisoners
who were released in the Shalit deal and returned to their evil ways.
We should also take into account the possibility that Fukha's assassins
were Gazans who had scores to settle with him and Hamas - for example,
members of the Salafi groups who are being persecuted by Hamas.
Salafist Groups, Not Hamas, Behind Gaza Rocket Fire - Amos Harel
Israel Security Agency and military officials describe the sporadic
rocket fire from Gaza at Israel as protest moves by Salafi groups
against Hamas because the regime in Gaza has imprisoned over 550 of
their members. (Ha'aretz)
- The UK Cracks Down on the UN's Anti-Israel Dishonesty - Ron Prosor
The UK's statement on Friday calling out the UN Human Rights Council
(UNHRC) for its "disproportionate focus on Israel" was an
uncharacteristically forceful and public statement of truth on the
Human rights in every other country are debated under "Agenda Item 4";
only Israel has an entire agenda item of its own - "Agenda Item 7," a
structural, institutionalized mechanism singling out Israel at the
council. The result, noted Britain's Ambassador Julian Braithwaite, is
that of 135 country-specific resolutions adopted by the council, 68 have
This partly explains why in the past decade, although more than
300,000 civilians have been killed in Sudan, 55,000 children killed in
Syria and more than 3,000 people executed in Iran, Israel has received
more condemnation than those countries combined.
Britain broke ranks with the other European members and voted
against a resolution regarding Israel and the Golan Heights. "We cannot
accept the perverse message sent out by a Syria Golan resolution that
singles out Israel, as Assad continues to slaughter the Syrian people,"
The writer is Israel's former ambassador to the UN.
- UN Human Rights Council Declares Israel World's No. 1 Human Rights Violator - Anne Bayefsky
The latest session of the UN Human Rights Council, which wrapped up in
Geneva on Friday, adopted five times more resolutions condemning Israel
than any other country on earth. The council is now the principal UN
engine of BDS - the campaign to boycott, divest and sanction Israel. It
has sponsored the creation of a blacklist of companies directly or
indirectly doing business with Israeli settlements.
Since the U.S. returned to the council in 2009, it has made speeches
about "unacceptable" Israel-bias and voted against the anti-Israel
resolutions, and then pays for their implementation. Staying on the
council means American taxpayers will pay for the production of a
blacklist of American companies doing business with Israel. The writer is director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust.
What's the Palestinian Contribution to Peace? - Elliott Abrams (Council on Foreign Relations)
It is clear that President Trump would like to move the Israelis
and Palestinians forward toward a peace agreement. According to press
reports, his adviser, Jason Greenblatt, recently held discussions in
Jerusalem on how Israeli settlement activities might be limited, and of
steps that might be taken to improve the Palestinian economy.
These are important subjects to cover, but there is another one
that simply must be on the table (and perhaps it was). The list of
subjects must include what the Palestinians will give, not just what
they will receive.
Congress is increasingly hostile to continuing American aid
while payments to convicted terrorists and their families by the
Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) continue.
There is also the matter of "incitement," meaning statements
and actions by the PA that glorify terror and demonize Israel and Jews.
In the last few decades, under presidents of both parties, the U.S. has
said this must stop but has never penalized the PA when it did not.
would be a mistake to give the PA and PLO concessions in return for
nothing. It would be a mistake to reward Abbas merely for returning to
negotiations he should never have left and that are not a favor to the
U.S. or to Israel.
The writer, a senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the CFR,
was a deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush