Israeli Strategic Building to Counter Palestinian Building and Expansion

T. Belman. Israel should be building in Area C and the Arabs should be prevented from building there. I am dissappointed in Frisch because he feels we have to justify building there by saying we do it to punish the Arabs. No, we should build because it is our land and our right to building regardless of provocation.

By Professor Hillel Frisch, JISS

Israeli settlement in Judea and Samaria must be renewed as a means of imposing costs on the Palestinian Authority for trying to delegitimize Israel, and in response to strategically-placed Palestinian settlement expansion. Israel’s present conflict management approach, which has succeeded in reducing Palestinian terrorism to manageable proportions, is an insufficient response to the dangers of Palestinian territorial expansionism.

For the first time in the one-hundred year old conflict, the Palestinians are beating Israel in the domain it excelled best had had always shown its ingenuity – strategic building and expansion of settlements. This is no longer true. This article makes the case for renewed Israeli settlement in Jerusalem and in strategic areas in Judea and Samaria as the most effective means of imposing costs on the Palestinian Authority for trying to delegitimize Israel, inciting to violence, honoring terrorists and supporting their families. Most of all, renewed Israeli settlement is necessary as a response to strategically-placed Palestinian settlement expansion whose aim is to create political facts on the ground in the Palestinians’ favor rather than entering into negotiations with Israel.

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October 31, 2017 | 1 Comments » | 519 views

Much Ado About Mudar Zahran

T. Belman. Sheri Oz attended the Conference: The Jordan Option and interviewed Mudar Zahran twice before writing this review. I appreciate her synopsis on what points Mudar made and on what press there is in Jordan on Mudar and the Conference. So far so good. But her editorializing dissapointed. She wrote

“I am left with a bad taste from the controversy that raged and the mudslinging that went back and forth between Mudar and Khaled. Without taking sides, all I can say is that someone who intends to lead a country, who wants to overturn a king and take the reigns from him, has to be a superb politician.”

I was dissapointed because with her attendence at the conference and her two interviews, she wasn’t prepared to take sides on the key issue of the raging dispute namely “is Mudar a fake and a fraud”. I would think that the answer to that was clear. The best that she could come up with is to criticize him for not being a “superb politician”. Her belief was that Mudar’s defense of himself disqualified him from being a “superb polititian”. Really?


This is Part II of a three-part series on the Jordan Is Palestine Conference that took place on 17 October 2017 and reports on things Mudar Zahran said at the conference and later, in telephone interviews with me. Mudar was at the heart of much controversy in the weeks leading up to the conference. I stayed out of the controversy but read everything that came up on my screen. I like to form my own opinions and I assume my readers do as well. There are times when I write my opinions and there I times I tell the facts as I know them and leave readers to come to their own conclusions. This is a case of the latter – I am reporting here on what Mudar said in his speech at the conference and later in two conversations with me. I want his words to stand on their own. You decide what you think.

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October 31, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 657 views

Palestinian Jihad & Hamas lose 11 men in IDF terror tunnel blast which also sent a political message


To ward off demands from Washington, Cairo and Riyadh to back the Palestinian unity effort, Netanyahu chose to show them what was really going on in Gaza.

The IDF and Israeli intelligence certainly knew a terrorist tunnel was being dug in the Gaza Strip near Khan Younes some weeks ago. But they waited until it crossed over and had snaked almost a kilometer inside Israel up to a point near Kissufim before blowing it up on Monday, Oct. 30. The IDF must also have known that Jihad Islami, which Iran established as its Palestinian arm, was building it, rather than Hamas.

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October 31, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 958 views

Do not be fooled by the “Conspiracy against the United States” heading.


Do not be fooled by the “Conspiracy against the United States” heading. The Paul Manafort indictment is much ado about nothing . . . except as a vehicle to squeeze Manafort, which is special counsel Robert Mueller’s objective — as we have been arguing for three months (see here, here, and here). Do not be fooled by the “Conspiracy against the United States” heading on Count One (page 23 of the indictment).

This case has nothing to do with what Democrats and the media call “the attack on our democracy” (i.e., the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 election, supposedly in “collusion” with the Trump campaign). Essentially, Manafort and his associate, Richard W. Gates, are charged with (a) conspiring to conceal from the U.S. government about $75 million they made as unregistered foreign agents for Ukraine, years before the 2016 election (mainly, from 2006 through 2014), and (b) a money-laundering conspiracy. There are twelve counts in all, but those are the two major allegations.

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October 31, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 614 views

Agriculture Minister: Government plan aims to relocate Bedouin

Critics of the plan say it violates international law by displacing a large number of Bedouin from their ancestral lands.

By Ben Lynfield, JPOST

NIS 3 billion government plan aims to treat Beduin as citizens with equal rights and to better the status of Negev Beduin townships after years of neglect by the state, Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.

But Beduin rights activists say its implementation would displace a large number of Beduin from their ancestral lands, in violation of international law.

The five-year plan, known as Homesh, is intended by the government to be a major step toward relocating more than 60,000 Beduin from some 40 unrecognized villages and what the state says are 1,690 “accumulations” of habitations that it considers illegal to nine townships.

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October 31, 2017 | 1 Comments » | 489 views

After Gaza blast, Israel says prepared for any scenario, doesn’t seek escalation

Attack on terror tunnel stretching into Israeli territory kills eight Palestinians; Jerusalem hails new detection technology.


The IDF on Monday blew up a Hamas attack tunnel still under construction that had entered Israeli territory.

The “controlled explosion,” as the IDF called it, destroyed the tunnel, which began in Khan Yunis in Gaza and continued into Israel, ending only 2 kilometers from the border community of Kissufim.

Palestinian sources said nine terrorists were killed in the tunnel, including a senior commander of al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s military arm. They reportedly weren’t inside the tunnel during the explosion, but were on the Palestinian side of the tunnel and were killed when they came to rescue others who were trapped.

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October 31, 2017 | 1 Comments » | 680 views

Google changes search results to conceal criticism of Islam and jihad


August 1, 2017 – “Google’s first page results for searches of terms such as ‘jihad’, ‘shariah’ and ‘taqiyya’ now return mostly reputable explanations of the Islamic concepts. Taqiyya, which describes the circumstances under which a Muslim can conceal their belief in the face of persecution, is the sole term to feature a questionable website on the first page of results.”

“Reputable” according to whom? “Questionable” according to whom? Google is bowing to pressure from Muslim such as Omar Suleiman without considering whether those who are demanding that the search results be skewed in a particular direction might have an ulterior motive. Could it be that those who are pressuring Google want to conceal certain truths about Islam that they would prefer that non-Muslims not know?

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October 30, 2017 | 2 Comments » | 969 views

Israeli defense official: Palestinian unity deal ‘going nowhere’

As the PA readies to resume control of the Gaza border crossings a decade after Hamas seized control of the strip, Israel believes the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation is doomed to fail • Concerns rise that potential unrest in Gaza would turn against Israel.

By Lilach Shoval, ISRAEL HAYOM

Barring any last-minute changes, the Palestinian Authority is slated to resume control of the Gaza Strip border crossings on Wednesday, a decade after Hamas seized control of the coastal enclave in a military coup. The move is part of the reconciliation deal signed between the rival Palestinian factions earlier this month, but a senior defense official told Israel Hayom that optimistic headlines aside, the Palestinian rapprochement seems to be “going nowhere.”

Once the Palestinian Authority resumes control of the border crossings, Fatah security forces will operate the Gaza side of the Kerem Shalom crossings, through which goods enter the strip, and the Erez Crossing, which Palestinians use to enter and exit Israel.

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October 30, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 526 views

“Don’t tell me about facts. I don’t need no facts.”

The intellectual arrogance of suppressing campus speech.

By Richard L. Cravatts, FPM

Seeming to give credence to Bertrand Russell’s observation that “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts,” a student-written op-ed that ran in the September 25th issue of The Daily Princetonian argued that conservatives should not have the benefit of free speech, and do not even have the right to expect its protection because, given their ideological stance, “they are appealing to a right that does not exist” for them.

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October 30, 2017 | 2 Comments » | 1,887 views

The Fatah-Hamas Unification

What it means for Israel.

By Joseph Puder, FPM

Earlier this month, a new Palestinian unification agreement was signed in Cairo through Egyptian mediation.  It is unlikely to differ much from the previous 2011 agreement between Fatah and Hamas that fizzled away.  In control of Gaza since 2007, Hamas is committed to the destruction of Israel without much pretense.  Fatah, the party of President Mahmoud Abbas, would like the Jewish state to disappear in stages, albeit, with internationally sanctioned agreements, and good doses of terror inspired by the Ramallah regime.  Just like a leopard cannot change its spots, the Palestinians cannot discard their deep enmity toward the Jewish state.

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October 30, 2017 | 1 Comments » | 509 views

Antisemitism is Alive and Well in 2017

By Leon Kushner

I’m boiling over with disgust. Here we are in 2017. One would think that in our modern world, society has advanced so far that maybe racism is mostly a thing of the past. In some cases it is. But when it comes to hating Jews, it absolutely is not.

Let’s take a few recent cases:

Has anyone heard of the country IJF? That’s because it doesn’t exist. It stands for the International Judo Federation. If you haven’t heard, Israel came in 6th place overall with Tal Flicker winning a gold medal. Aside from Israel having to beg various countries to permit their team to fly into Abu Dhabi, where the competition was held, Israel was not allowed to show their banner flag like every other team did. Nor was the Israeli national anthem played when 8 Israelis won medals. Look at their website: IJF

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October 30, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 723 views

Very Good News, Israel

In the 29th Oct 17 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

  • An Israeli artificial cornea will soon help give sight to the blind.
  • An Israeli has been elected President of the World Medical Association.
  • Dozens of Arabs enjoyed hospitality in the Mayor of Efrat’s tabernacle.
  • A new highway has been built to test Israeli driverless car technology.
  • An Israeli autonomous vehicle operates underwater.
  • Amazon and Alibaba are opening Israeli development centers.
  • Israel’s Alon Day won the NASCAR Euro Championship.

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October 30, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 855 views

Holy Collusion!

By Andrew Benjamin, AMERICAN THINKER

Special “Counsel” Robert Mueller III with his deputy prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, the man behind the Enron prosecution and the eventual collapse of global CPA firm Arthur Andersen (and its firing of 85,000 Andersen employees, a ruling later reversed by the Supreme Court), has colluded, cooperated, and conspired with Eric Schneiderman, New York State attorney general and associate of Democrat governor Andrew Cuomo, in the persecution of U.S. president Donald Trump.  Cuomo was installed into his two-term governor’s seat by none other than Barack Obama.

Schneiderman has a long history of persecuting the Trump family.

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October 29, 2017 | 1 Comments » | 847 views

Trump, don’t be Obama

T. Belman. Plus, he wont’ let Israel build in J&S to any great extent, he won’t let Israel build in certain areas of Jerusalem, he won’t let Israel expand Jerusalem and he didn’t move the embassy as promissed.

By Irina Tsukerman, ISRAEL HAYOM

Eight months into the Trump administration, it is time to stop making excuses. The Obama administration holdovers are not exclusively responsible for everything going wrong with U.S. foreign policy. Multiple agencies doubling down on foreign policy are a clear indication that the policy in question comes from the top, not from some rogue employee in one agency.

These actions by the U.S. are doing nothing but damaging its credibility and relationships.

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October 29, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 886 views

100 years on, international conferences debate Jewish role in Russian Revolution

The Jews in Stalin’s secret police, and where to lay blame for pogroms that killed thousands, are among topics up for discussion in academies from New York to Ukraine


A Jewish political gathering in Russia around the time of the Russian Revolution. (Courtesy Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow)

It is now 100 years since the revolution that brought down the Russian Tsar Nicholas II.

For Jews, the fall of Tsarist Russia meant a new relative freedom: the end to the Pale of Settlement, which had prevented Jews from living in big cities, and the abolition of all other anti-Semitic laws, such as quotas for Jewish children in primary schools and discriminatory military service requirements. Soviet Russia also became the first country in the world to declare anti-Semitism a criminal offense.

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October 29, 2017 | 8 Comments » | 936 views

Israeli Minister Proposes Plan to Reduce Number of Arabs in Jerusalem

Zeev Elkin wants to divide Jerusalem and create an Israeli municipality for Palestinians in several neighborhoods situated beyond the separation barrier in the city

By Jonathan Lis and Nir Hasson, HAARETZ

Jerusalem Affairs Minister Zeev Elkin has unveiled his proposal for the municipal division of Jerusalem, which would see several Arab neighborhoods beyond the West Bank separation barrier split off from the Jerusalem municipality and be placed under the jurisdiction of one or more new council administrations.

The move will require the approval of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the completion of various legislative amendments, whose first reading was already passed by the Knesset in July.

Elkin said he believed his plan, which he intends to promote in the coming weeks, will not face serious resistance from either the right or left.

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October 29, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 840 views

Hijacking the Laws of Occupation

By Amb. Alan Baker, JCPA

  • here are 40 or more ongoing conflict and occupation situations throughout the world, including in Iraq, Afghanistan, Western Sahara, East Timor, East Congo, Nagorno-Karabakh, Northern Cyprus, and the Crimea.
  • Curiously, these situations, which involve extensive transfer of people in order to settle in the occupied territory, are rarely seen by the international community as “occupations.” Nor are the respective parties involved described as “belligerent occupants,” “occupying powers,” or “settlers.”
  • From the extent and volume of international attention directed toward Israel and the excessive number of UN resolutions, one might be led to assume that Israel is considered within the international community to be the only “occupying power.”
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October 29, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 635 views

Israpundit needs your help

By Ted Belman

We have been waging a no-holds barred campaign to enable the The Ultimate Alternate Israel-Palestine Solution to become a reality.

This solution involves replacing the King Abdulah with the Jordan Opposition Coalition headed by Mudar Zahran and then incentivizing Palestinians to leave Judea and Samaria and emigrate to Jordan.  WE ARE CLOSE TO ACHIEVING OUR GOAL.

Much work needs to be done and we need your financial support to enable us to get the job done.

In addition, we are profiling the Kurdish struggle for independence which is another worthy goal.

If that weren’t enough we are waging the battle aginst Iran and the UN both of whom are out to destroy us.



October 29, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 493 views

UN Launching $5 Billion Plan to ‘End Occupation,’ Blame Israel

By David Israel, JEWISH PRESS

The United Nations and the Palestinian Authority have formulated a comprehensive plan for a joint struggle against Israel and for “a transition to Palestinian independence,” Makor Rishon revealed Friday, based on a report by Matot Arim, which has recently been focusing its efforts on exposing the United Nations’s mobilization against Israel.

The plan includes, for the first time, an active and visible participation of the UN in the PA’s diplomatic struggle against Israel. According to the plan, the UN, its organizations and affiliates, will offer financial support to the tune of $1.3 billion over the years 2018-2022, with the goal of “ending the occupation, mobilizing international support, blaming Israel, strengthening Palestinian ties around the world, and rousing UN support for a transition to Palestinian independence.”

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October 29, 2017 | 2 Comments » | 1,021 views