The Ultimate Alternate Israel-Palestine Solution  

With a new U.S. president, new ideas are emerging on how to resolve the Israel-Palestine debacle. One of the most promising comes from Jordanian Opposition Council who favor a new Palestinian state — in Jordan. 

By Ted Belman, July 1/17

The GOP unanimously approved a pro-Israel platform at their convention in July 2016 which stipulated:

“The U.S. seeks to assist in the establishment of comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East, to be negotiated among those living in the region,”

David Friedman and Jason Greenberg, representing Donald Trump, participated in the drafting and were in complete agreement with the final text.

Gone was any reference to the Palestinian people or to a two-state solution. In addition, the platform included the words “We reject the false notion that Israel is an occupier.” If not an “occupier,” then presumably Israel is a sovereign.

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July 4, 2017 | 128 Comments » | 1,635 views

Israel, Jordan Trade Barbs in Wake of Temple Mount Attack  

Jordan slams Israel for barring Muslims from praying on Temple Mount after deadly attack; Jerusalem officials: Jordan should stop inflaming the situation

By Barak Raivd, HAARETZ

An Israeli border police officer stands guard outside in Jerusalem's Old City Friday, July 14, 2017.
An Israeli border police officer stands guard outside in Jerusalem’s Old City Friday, July 14, 2017. Mahmoud Illean/AP

The tension between Israel and Jordan escalated on Friday in the wake of a deadly shooting attack on Temple Mount. After a spokesman for the Jordanian government accused Israel of violating the status quo by barring Muslim worshippers from praying on the Mount, senior officials in Jerusalem called on Jordan to stop inflaming the situation.

Two Israeli police officers were killed and another was wounded in the shooting on Friday morning. The three Israeli Arab assailants were killed. Following the attack, Israel closed access to the Mount.

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July 15, 2017 | Comments » | 6 views

Canada’s Multi-Million-Dollar Pay-Out to a ‘Foreign Terrorist Fighter’  

by Ruthie Blum, GATESTONE INSTITUTE

In this still image taken from a video found in the rubble of the compound where Omar Khadr was captured on July 27, 2002, a 15-year-old Khadr constructs an improvised explosive device. (Courtesy U.S. Defense Operations/Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Has any soldier who fought FOR Canada ever received as generous a reward as this soldier who fought against us?” — Canadian Senator Linda Frum.
  • In 2003, Khadr confessed to throwing the grenade that killed U.S. Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer and caused Sgt. 1st Class Layne Morris to lose an eye. Years later, he retracted his confession, claiming it had been extracted under duress. In fact, it was part of a plea deal that enabled him to be extradited to Canada to serve the rest of his sentence there.
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July 15, 2017 | Comments » | 15 views

So Now American Zionists Want to Boycott Israel  

by Alan M. Dershowitz, GATESTONE INSTITUTE

Western Wall In Israel. (Photo from PublicDomainPictures.net)

  • “We shall . . . prevent any theocratic tendencies from coming to the fore on the part of our priesthood. We shall keep our priests [by which is meant Rabbis] within the confines of heir temples.” – Theodor Herzl, Der Judenstaat
  • Tough love may be an appropriate response in family matters, but boycotting a troubled nation which has become a pariah among the hard-left is not the appropriate response to the Israeli government’s recent decisions regarding religion. The answer is not disengagement, but rather greater engagement….
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July 15, 2017 | Comments » | 16 views


Waking Up to the Enemy  

Shoshana Bryen  July 14, 2017 The Washington Times

(AP)

It was important that President Donald Trump open his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin by raising the point of Russian meddling in American elections. It was equally important that he accepted Mr. Putin’s response. Russia — whether as the USSR or the Russian Federation — has spent decades trying to undermine American confidence in its system of economics and government, including confidence in its elections. As a national insurance carrier says, “It’s what they do.”

Most Americans know that and worry more about the integrity of voter rolls than about what the Russians want us to think. Which is wise, because the next part of the Trump-Putin conversation was more important precisely because it was ahistorical.

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July 14, 2017 | 2 Comments » | 98 views

Dismantle UNRWA  

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 528, July 14, 2017

By Adi Schwartz

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In a surprising change of policy, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has called for the dismantling of UNRWA. Such a move could benefit both Israel and the peace process. The new US administration might change its decades-old policy as well.

Last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stunned many by declaring that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) should be dismantled.

Speaking at a weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu charged that “in various UNRWA institutions, there is a lot of incitement against Israel, and therefore the existence of UNRWA – and unfortunately its work from time to time – perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem rather than solves it. … Therefore, the time has come to dismantle UNRWA and merge its components with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR].”

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July 14, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 48 views


The PA sabotaged plans to improve water supply to Palestinians  

By Seth Seigel, NYT

The Trump administration has yet to broker the “toughest deal of all” — that between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Chances seem slim. But Jason Greenblatt, the president’s Middle East envoy, did announce some welcome news at a press conference Thursday in Jerusalem: The Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians will be cooperating on a large water infrastructure project, which will provide billions of gallons of new water supplies for each of the three parties.

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July 14, 2017 | 6 Comments » | 126 views

ALIPAC Calls For Federal Agents to Stop Destruction of Voter Fraud Evidence  

ALIPAC
(Raleigh, NC) Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) is calling on the Trump administration to take immediate and strong action to stop individuals and states from destroying evidence of mass voter fraud by sending in DOJ and FBI resources to secure the voter registration public records requested by the Pence/Koback Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

ALIPAC activists are analyzing and archiving numerous articles reporting that large numbers of voters are scrambling to cancel their voter registrations in states like ColoradoFloridaConnecticut, Idaho, Alabama, Iowa, Washington State, and others.

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July 14, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 77 views

A red line for Jordan  

By Nadav Shragai, ISRAEL HAYOM
Is Israel treating Jordan with kid gloves? Does Israel cut the Hashemite Kingdom too much slack even though Amman is now spearheading anti-Israel efforts on the world stage, alongside the Palestinians?

Jordan’s Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Al Momani recently boasted that the kingdom was the driving force behind UNESCO’s decision to declare Hebron’s old city an endangered Palestinian world heritage site. Over the past several years, Jordan has repeatedly besmirched Israel with falsehoods and libelous allegations, resulting in a growing number of anti-Israeli U.N. resolutions.

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July 14, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 74 views

Criticism In Gulf, Egyptian Press: Trump Administration Is Pro-Qatar  

MEMRI

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Tillerson with the Emir of Qatar (Image: Al-Watan, Qatar, July 12, 2017)

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, and Bahrain, the four countries that have been blockading and making demands of Qatar for the past month because, they say, of its support for terrorism and for Iran, are also waging a diplomatic campaign aimed at persuading the world, primarily its purported allies in the West and first and foremost the U.S., that they are in the right in the current Gulf crisis. These diplomatic efforts, however, do not seem to be succeeding.

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July 14, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 46 views

INTO THE FRAY – A Port in Gaza: Preposterous & Perilous Proposal  

By MARTIN SHERMAN

Hamas are not burrowing tunnels because Gaza has no port. They are burrowing them despite the fact it does not have one.

Israel’s intelligence and transport minister has long pushed the idea of an artificial island off the coast of the Gaza Strip, with plans for a port, cargo terminal and even an airport to boost the territory’s economy and connect it to the world. – A New Island in the Mediterranean… Just Off Gaza Reuters June 29, 2017.

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.

–Attributed to Albert Einstein.

A little over a year ago, I wrote a column harshly criticizing the proposal for the construction of a port of any sort for Gaza, particularly one to be located on a detachable artificial island, to be built 3-4 km off the Gazan coast. What I wrote then is just as pertinent today.

Harebrained and hazardous

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July 13, 2017 | 37 Comments » | 310 views

Israel, Palestinians reach landmark water deal for West Bank, Gaza  

New desalination project is part of wider plan to run water through pipeline from Red Sea down to Dead Sea; US envoy Greenblatt hopes it’s a ‘harbinger of things to come’

By Raphael Ahren and Melanie Lidman>TOI

Israel and the Palestinian Authority on Thursday announced an agreement that will provide millions of cubic meters of drinking water to the Palestinians from a desalination process.

While the Palestinians made plain that the deal, brokered by US President Donald Trump’s envoy Jason Greenblatt, has no impact on final-status issues in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Greenblatt hailed it as a “harbinger of things to come.” At a joint press conference in Jerusalem, however, Greenblatt refused to take any questions regarding his bid to relaunch peace negotiations

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July 13, 2017 | 5 Comments » | 84 views

King Abdullah of Jordan needs to abdicate  

By Ted Belman

I met Mudar Zahran, currently the Secretary General of the Jordan Opposition Coalition (JOC), some six years ago and have kept closely in touch with him over the years.  I watched the JOC being formed and take shape, just as I watched their plan Operation Jordan is Palestine (OJIP) take shape. The goal of the later is:

“To establish Jordan as the Palestinian homeland, in accordance with international law, where refugees will be settled within safe and secure borders, allowing Israel to become a fully recognized, sovereign state over all of its soil, including all land west of the Jordan River.”

To make this possible, King Abdullah needs to abdicate.

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July 13, 2017 | 5 Comments » | 495 views

Canada bans ‘Product of Israel’ labels for West Bank wines  

TRUDEAU IS WORSE THAN OBAMA

Ruling singles out 2 settlement wineries, also blacklists Golan and East Jerusalem vintages; Jewish group calls decision ‘disturbing’

By Sue Surkes and Jacob Magid, TOI

Canadian food inspectors have ordered liquor stores to stop selling wines made in the West Bank, saying their label identifying them as Israeli contravenes Ottawa’s policy on the territory.

Settlers and at least one Canadian Jewish advocacy group reacted with anger to the ruling, which singles out the Psagot and Shiloh wineries, made in settlements outside Ramallah.

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July 13, 2017 | 8 Comments » | 135 views

Russians enter Daraa, Syrians/Hizballah move out  

DEBKA

Russian troops stepped into southern Syria for the first time Wednesday, July 13, when they entered the embattled town of Daraa to start enforcing the partial ceasefire agreed by Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Hamburg on July 7.  DEBKAfile’s military sources report this exclusively.

The Russians, including military police and Chechen paratroopers, were sighted getting out of the vehicles of their convoy and taking up positions in the center of Daraa. As they moved into the town, our sources report that tank units of the pro-regime Syrian army’s 5th Armored Division were seen driving out, along with Hizballah.

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July 13, 2017 | Comments » | 72 views

Don Jr angle proves Russian story is just a parody of itself now  

By Robert Romano

So, wait, the whole supposed Russian collusion effort with the Trump campaign had nothing to do with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) or John Podesta emails or Wikileaks at all, but actually centered on a June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump, Jr. and a Russian attorney over supposed dirt she had on Hillary Clinton about her dealings with Russia?

And then the attorney used the meeting as an opportunity to instead talk about U.S. sanctions against 18 Russian individuals and Russia blocking U.S. adoption of Russian children in response?

That’s the collusion? The conspiracy? The treason?
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July 13, 2017 | 4 Comments » | 110 views

Israel Victory Project  

by Steve Kramer

On July 7, UNESCO declared the old city in Hebron as a Palestinian world heritage site, outraging Israelis who say the move attempts to erase the deep Jewish ties to the biblical town and its ancient shrine. So, is Hebron no longer incredibly significant to the Jews because the UN says so? Of course not! Most people are not even aware of the ridiculous UNESCO decision. But this insult is but one more reason that Israel must change its public diplomacy (hasbara) from reactive to proactive, from conciliatory to aggressive. The Israel Victory Project intends to do just that.

Devised by the Middle East Forum, a venerable pro-Israel NGO founded by Dr. Daniel Pipes, the project includes the Congressional Israel Victory Caucus (CIVC), which the Forum helped launch in Washington, D.C. in April and the Knesset Israel Victory Caucus, inaugurated this July. Both caucuses will advocate a new strategy to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, centered on Israel’s defeat of enemies who seek its destruction and equally important, ending the emphasis by Israel on making ‘painful concessions.’ Instead, the onus will be placed on Palestinians to recognize Israel as the Jewish state. Read more…

July 13, 2017 | Comments » | 85 views

Despite continuous attacks, Trump is getting the job done  

T. Belman. I watched last night’s Fox News and was disappointed to hear some of the hosts acknowledging that Trump’s administration is in disarray. They recommended bringing in better people. Nonsense. Considering all the flack Trump is forced to endure, his productivity is remarkable. And the GOP is piling on for the most part doing its part to slow him down.

By Roger Stone, STONE COLD TRUTH

The old saying that goes; “give ’em enough rope and they’ll hang themselves” has never been more accurate than in the lynching that CNN and other fake news media has inflicted upon itself. They bet their whole pot on the Trump/Russia collusion story which has after an entire year has come up with zero. So, what now? An apology perhaps?  Maybe a mass firing of those “news” announcers who set a new all-time low for truth in reporting? We should be so lucky. No, they just change the angle of fire. Trump is still the target but the charge now is sexism.

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July 13, 2017 | Comments » | 166 views

Why are some liberals silencing the truth on Iran?  

Liberals prefer to put their heads in the sand

By Evan Barrett Algemeiner

American options for constraining the Islamic Republic of Iran are limited and problematic.

Sanctions inevitably hurt regular Iranians more than their government, because the regime uses its access to illicit markets to insulate the ruling class from the impacts of economic exile. In the military sphere, targeted airstrikes on particular facilities are unlikely to significantly impede Iran’s ability to develop nuclear technology — and an actual invasion of the Islamic Republic would come at unthinkable cost.

Nevertheless, the specter of war with Iran has caused many “responsible” liberals to actively seek a different sort of constraint: limits on the discussion or coverage of Iranian crimes. This deeply anti-democratic impulse — that an honest account of Iranian behavior would only lead to war — was a basic assumption of Obama-era Iran policy.

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July 13, 2017 | Comments » | 53 views

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