War Crimes in Gaza

By Phyllis Chesler, INN

Just as another “Freedom Flotilla” is sailing to Gaza, veteran filmmaker Pierre Rehov’s latest film War Crimes in Gaza will be shown next week to the European Parliament under the auspices of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Pierre Rehov’s film should also be seen by the International Criminal Court, which has just received files documenting what it claims are “Israeli war crimes.”

This 55-minute film is superb and packed with both visual, factual, and historical information. If everyone on board this flotilla watched this film—and if they were open to reason—they would turn back.

June 30, 2015 | 1 Comments » | 10 views

Why Doesn’t the U.S. Recognize Israeli Sovereignty over West Jerusalem?

Even the PLO recognizes Israel’s right to West Jerusalem

By Avi Bell, JEWISH WEEK

Maariv’s headline blared, “Final Judgment: U.S. Citizens May Not Register ‘Jerusalem’ as Place of Birth.” The news portal Walla! headlined its story, “Supreme Court in U.S. Ruled: Someone Born in Jerusalem Cannot Be Registered as Israeli.”

These Israeli headlines successfully captured the mood of an Israeli public bewildered by U.S. hostility to Israeli rights in Jerusalem, but unable to understand the complexity of the latest developments in the story.

Contrary to the impression conveyed by the Israeli media, the U.S. Supreme Court did not issue any ruling about the status of Jerusalem.

June 30, 2015 | 3 Comments » | 7 views

Turkey Uneasy as U.S. Support of Syrian Kurds Grows

See also The Kurdish Consolidation
Amassing Power at Ballot Box and on the Battlefield

By TIM ARANGO and ERIC SCHMITT, NYT

ISTANBUL — The United States has stepped up its military support for Syrian Kurdish militias fighting the Islamic State, efforts that have angered Turkey, a longtime ally and NATO member, which is now weighing new measures to contain the ambitions of the Kurds, including a buffer zone within Syria.

Ankara sees the Syrian Kurds as a serious national security threat because of their links to Kurdish nationalists in Turkey, who have waged a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state. So it has looked on with growing concern at the expanding cooperation between the Syrian Kurdish militias and the United States military in the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

June 30, 2015 | 2 Comments » | 10 views

Will Bennett Face Bibi, Flex Muscles over Civil Administration?

2.5 months into government’s term, Defense Minister still won’t hand over authority despite coalition agreement.

By Shlomo Pitrikovsky, INN

The Jewish Home faction is to convene a special session Monday, to discuss Likud’s refusal, thus far, to stand by the coalition agreement and hand over authority over the IDF’s Civil Administration to Deputy Defense Minister, Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan (Jewish Home).

The coalition agreement was signed at the last minute after significant arm-twisting by party chairman Naftali Bennett, and included several accomplishments for the Jewish Home. One of the most meaningful of these was the transfer of authority over the IDF Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria to Rabbi Ben Dahan.

June 30, 2015 | 2 Comments » | 9 views

Israel blames France for anti-Israeli approach

T. Belman. Eldar is wrong in how he describes the Roadmap. First of all Powell said it was only a “process”. What France is proposing is a diktat. not only does it set a timetable with consequences but it also straight jackets negotiations by mandating ’67 lines plus swaps and a divided Jerusalem. The Roadmap never did this. The ’67 lines are inherently Auschwitz borders and must be rejected out of hand. Israel rejected them in the Roadmap also. Finally, the Roadmap went nowhere and is now defunct as a process. It is not binding in any way and never was binding.

By Akiva Eldar, Al Monitor

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not wait for his afternoon meeting June 21 with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to hear what his European guest had to say and to express his reservations regarding the French peace initiative. At the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting that morning, Netanyahu attacked the French “dictate.” He claimed that the initiative does not take Israel’s security needs into account and seeks to “push us into accepting indefensible borders while completely ignoring what will be on the other side of the border.” He was referring to a proposed resolution that France wishes to submit to the UN Security Council (UNSC), based on recognition of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders and 18 months of negotiations between the sides over land swaps.

June 30, 2015 | 6 Comments » | 19 views

Israel plans to build 30 km fortified fence on Jordanian border

The new fence will run from the border east of Eilat to the Timna airport, and will be built entirely on Israeli land. Flotilla is a bust.

By Lahav Harkov, JPOST

Israel will build a fence along part of the border with Jordan, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, before a meeting with the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

The new fence will span the 30 km of the border with Jordan northeast of Eilat, to the Timna airport, and will be built entirely on Israeli land, thus not harming Jordan or its national interests, Netanyahu explained.

June 29, 2015 | 0 Comments » | 7 views

Shurat Hadin teaches foreign lawyers how to fight BDS

70 attorneys learn how to counter anti-Israel boycott, lawfare efforts worldwide • Participants volunteer to represent Israeli interests for free.

THIS IS WHAT THEY ARE BEING TAUGHT

Edna Adato and Israel Hayom Staff

Some 70 attorneys from around the world arrived in Israel over the weekend to attend a special seminar hosted by Shurat Hadin, the Israel Law Center organization, on how best to fight the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and lawfare efforts against Israel worldwide.

The seminar, scheduled to take place between June 29 and July 5, will feature lectures on combating BDS and other anti-Semitic movements, fighting terrorism sponsoring, litigation on behalf of terror victims, and defending Israeli soldiers against allegations of war crimes.

June 29, 2015 | 2 Comments » | 10 views

Habayit Hayehudi MK determined to redefine role of judiciary

Chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee Nissan Slomiansky says judicial restraint is key to court’s legitimacy, and that past rulings alienated large segments of the population • Israel’s constitution is the Bible, he notes.

By Gideon Allon,  ISRAEL HAYOM

MK Nissan Slomiansky (Habayit Hayehudi) became the chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee only a few weeks ago, but that has not stopped him from issuing an orderly agenda with specific goals.

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Slomiansky does not hold his punches when it comes to the Supreme Court, and is particularly troubled by the judicial activism that defined Chief Justice Aharon Barak’s court between 1995 and 2006. Although Barak retired some eight years ago, Slomiansky says the repercussions are still felt.

June 29, 2015 | 2 Comments » | 11 views

Turkey Plans to Invade Syria, But to Stop the Kurds, Not ISIS

T. Belman. If Erdogan goes ahead with this invasion, the 10 million Turkish Kurds living in south east Turkey along the Syrian border will rebel and push for cessation. So Turkey risks huge domestic problems in doing so. Also Isis has its eye on Turkey just as it has on Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The bell will soon toll for Turkey.

The Turkish military is not enthusiastic and Washington may have its doubts, but President Erdogan appears determined to set up a buffer zone.

DAILY BEAST

ISTANBUL—Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning a military intervention into northern Syria to prevent Syrian Kurds from forming their own state there, despite concerns among his own generals and possible criticism from Washington and other NATO allies, according to reports in both pro- and anti-government media.

June 29, 2015 | 3 Comments » | 9 views

Israel assembling coalition against UNHRC report on Gaza op

U.N. Human Rights Council to vote on whether to adopt the report’s conclusions • NGOs assembling panel of military, legal experts to refute biased conclusions • Shurat Hadin-Israel Law Center seeks disqualification of ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

By Shlomo Cesana, ISRAEL HAYOM

June 29, 2015 | 3 Comments » | 10 views

Destroying International Law by Tying the West’s Hands

By Evelyn Gordon, COMMENTARY

In the four days since the UN Human Rights Council published its report on last summer’s war in Gaza, commentators have pointed out numerous ways in which it is bad for Israel, the Palestinians and the prospects of a two-state solution. But focusing solely on the local consequences obscures the fact that this report is part of a broader campaign with much more ambitious goals: depriving the entire West of any conceivable weapon – military or nonmilitary – against terrorist organizations and thereby leaving it no choice but capitulation. And though the UN report captured all the attention, the assault on nonmilitary means was also active this week.

June 29, 2015 | 0 Comments » | 18 views

Rabbi Joffie complains about Oren’s “contempt for U.S. Jews”

Far from the genuine respect you would expect from a former Israeli ambassador, Oren seems to view America’s Jews as unreliable and quick to criticize the Jewish state.

By Rabbi Eric H Yoffie, HAARETZ

Michael Oren ca me to see American Jews as unreliable in their support of Israel, quick to criticize the Jewish state, and unable to appreciate Israel’s vulnerabilities. In his eyes, they were unsure of their own position in America. This made them incurable do-gooders, forever babbling about Tikkun Olam, and more inclined to help others than their own. To Oren’s dismay, the harder he worked, the more critical of Israel the community became.

I have finally finished reading “Ally” by Michael Oren. I was not surprised, or even deeply distressed, by the things that infuriated so many others. What bothered me was something else altogether: Michael Oren, it turns out, does not much like American Jews. In fact, he appears to view them with considerable disdain.

June 29, 2015 | 32 Comments » | 9 views

Jerusalem think tank to Netanyahu: We must go on the offensive against BDS

By Sam Sokol, JPOST

Israel’s counter-boycott strategy needs a comprehensive overhaul, providing efforts to combat the delegitimization of the Jewish state with high level support and funding in order to move beyond mere rhetoric, a prominent Jerusalem think tank told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday.

The Jewish People Policy Institute briefed the premier during Sunday morning’s cabinet meeting, presenting the government with its annual assessment of the state of the Jewish people and calling for Israel to switch over to the offensive in waging public relations battles.

The report recommended that “the government promptly adopt an appropriately budgeted comprehensive strategy [to combat boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns], and task a senior government official, who reports directly to the prime minister, with coordinating its operational implementation.”

June 28, 2015 | 2 Comments » | 8 views

Turkey will ‘never allow’ Kurdish state in Syria warns Erdogan

Erdogan1Ankara (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will never allow the establishment of a Kurdish state in Syria after major gains by Kurdish fighters.

In a strong-worded warning late on Friday, Erdogan accused the Kurds of ethnically cleaning other communities from land they have taken after pushing back Islamic State forces from the Turkish border.

“I say to the international community that whatever price must be paid, we will never allow the establishment of a new state on our southern frontier in the north of Syria,” Erdogan was quoted by Turkish media as telling guests at a dinner to break the Ramadan fast.

June 28, 2015 | 2 Comments » | 9 views

Independent Kurdistan taking shape

By Manish Rai, TOI

Nearly a century after failing to achieve nationhood in the post-Versailles period, the Kurds are now on the move. A greater Kurdistan nation-state taken from the four countries where Kurds are minorities is improbable, although greater autonomy is growing within Turkey and Syria if not Iran, and an independent Iraqi Kurdistan is becoming more likely by the day. Kurds who are scoring significant victories over Islamic State are by far the most effective force fighting IS in both Iraq and Syria.

But they appear to intend on keeping all the ground they’ve taken from the notorious terrorist group for their own national project, endangering the larger cause of keeping these two battered nation-states in one piece, and raising the prospect of another war patiently waiting at the conclusion of the current one.

June 28, 2015 | 3 Comments » | 6 views

Very Good News Israel

The Jewish State in its true light.-

In the 28th Jun 2015 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

  • Israel’s “cancer breath-test” professor has now invented a Tuberculosis skin test.
  • The Arab director of an Israeli nature reserve won a global environment award.
  • Jerusalem’s new hi-tech recycling plant serves one million residents.
  • A joint Israel-Norway air navigation project receives EU funding.
  • Tel Aviv has the best boutique hotel in the world.
  • Israel won 2 gold medals at the European Games.
  • Israel is the 5th happiest country, according to the OECD.

Page Down for details on these and more good news stories from Israel.  Thank You Michelle and other readers for sending me links to many of these positive news articles.  Please use IsraelActive to search the archives.

June 28, 2015 | 1 Comments » | 27 views

Obama Refuses to Follow Law Cutting Off Aid to PLO

By Daniel Greenfield, FPM

These days Obama following the law would be news. Obama not following the law is just business as usual. So this is another case of Obama doing what he can to help terrorists while ignoring the limits on his powers.

No wonder he likes the PLO. It too is run by an unelected dictator.

Here’s what the issue is

Two lawmakers are warning the Palestinian Authority (PA) that its economic assistance from the United States could be suspended because of its decision to initiate charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

June 27, 2015 | 4 Comments » | 9 views

Barack Obama’s Unholy Alliance: A Romance With Islamism

By Daniel Greenfield, FPM

We know that Barack Obama has said that one of the sweetest sounds is the Muslim call to evening prayer.  We know that he has repeatedly said that Islam is a religion of peace and — side-swiping Danish cartoonists who must now fear for their lives — told the UN that the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. 

We know that Obama has been a proponent of the idea that “Islamophobia” is a heinous offense, comparable to racial and gender hatred.  We know that the President has allowed several individuals with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood to get jobs in his administration and that he, virtually alone among the leaders of the Western world, did not go to Paris to protest the slaughter at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and at a Jewish kosher restaurant.

June 27, 2015 | 0 Comments » | 7 views