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Israel’s stand against Iranian ambitions brings neighbours to the peace table by Alex Ryvchin

The agreement is the most significant diplomatic development in the Middle East since Israel signed a peace treaty with Jordan in 1994 and it formalises a regional realignment that has been occurring clandestinely for decades. ...
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Israel must learn to speak 'Palestinese' to handle PA terror perpetrators by Itamar Marcus

459902.png There is only one PA message and the problem is that Israeli leaders, the media and the international community have not mastered the Palestinian language – “Palestinese.” ...
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Wilful Blindness and the Mistake of Underestimation: The Oslo Gamble by Joel Fishman

Beyond the failure of the Oslo process to bring peace, there is a broader cultural dimension: how the Israelis view themselves and their place in the world and how official Israel understands its relationship with the Palestinian Arabs. ...
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The battle over BDS – trends, lessons, and future trajectories by Asher Fredman

.. it is becoming increasingly clear that the counter-BDS network is succeeding in disrupting BDS momentum and forcing the BDS movement out of its comfort zone ... ...
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Congress warns E.U. against ‘Warning Labels’ for Jewish-made products by Adam Kredo

boycott-israel.png Landmark case mandating labels on Jewish goods to be decided this week ...
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LA Times misleads on US policy, international law and Jerusalem, Golan by Ricki Hollander and Tamar Sternthal

south-golan-kineret-by-hadar-300x201.png Newspaper articles' authors are naive about the meaning, interpretation, and application of international law. The LA Times fell into this cloud of ignorance on Oct 15 2019 ...
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UN expert: Iran continues to execute children, has 90 on death row by Edith M. Lederer

ap_430183778532-640x400.png Javaid Rehman says 7 minors were put to death last year and 2 so far this year; killings come despite human rights law prohibiting death penalty for anyone under age 18 ...
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UN Committee Report on Palestinian hate-speech by CERD / C/PSE/CO/1 - 2

cerd_c_pse_co_1-2_36938_e.png Report of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in respect of the Palestinian Authority ...
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Belgium suspends UNRWA funds following reports of ethical misconduct by Tovah Lazaroff

444303.png The Netherlands and Switzerland have also suspended payments pending the results of the investigation. ...
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US envoy urges ‘transparent’ investigation of UNRWA over alleged misconduct by AFP and TOI staff

ap_18022389077206-640x400.png After internal report alleges sex crimes and corruption at highest levels of refugee agency, Jason Greenblatt says its model is ‘broken’ and Palestinians ‘deserve much better’ ...
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UN Launches all-out war on free speech by Judith Bergman

3976.png In January, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres commissioned "a global plan of action against hate speech and hate crimes on a fast-track basis," and said that governments and institutions need "to mobilize solutions that respond to people's fears and anxieties with answers..." One of those answers, Guterres appeared to suggest, is shutting down free speech. ...
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Peace to Prosperity - a new plan by Jared Kushner

The Whitehouse 50B prosperity plan for the Middle East ...
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US Ambassador says Israel has right to annex parts of West Bank by David M. Halbfinger

merlin_153716865_86303d4f-5407-425d-aec5-1cd0cdb5529e-articlelarge.jpg?quality=7 The Trump administration has not publicly presented its peace plan, but it has portrayed the Bahrain conference as a prelude to the plan’s first phase, which would focus on economic development of the occupied territories. It would be followed by a second phase focused on a political solution. ...
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U.S. blasts UN for ‘anti-Israel bias’ at Security Council meeting by Edith M. Lederer

azbmckarm5aajowuwvitnb6yjm.png He called the council’s “obsessive” focus on Israeli settlements a “farce”, saying settlements aren’t keeping Israel and the Palestinians from negotiating peace, and said the council should instead condemn Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad for recently firing hundreds of rockets into Israel from Gaza. ...
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U.S. may review ties with countries deemed anti-Israel - envoy by Dan Williams

A U.S. envoy said on Sunday there has been a shift in U.S. policy towards equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism ...
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European leaders strongly condemn Gaza rocket fire on Israel by Raphael Ahren

000_1g55ko-e1556959538603-640x400.png Attacks ‘must stop immediately,’ EU says; Israel’s security is ‘a raison d’état,’ Austria declares; Berlin and Madrid urge restraint ...
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Trump administration applauds international court’s decision to abandon Afghan war crimes probe by Carol Morello

p3ppags5mmi6tfrfahki2uhpou.png The International Criminal Court decided not to proceed with an investigation into American war crimes in Afghanistan ...
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Washington Post: Fox News has been right all along by Gary Abernathy

352uscs4zei6tgguqrairujv6i.png Washington Post says: The fact remains that on the subject of collusion with Russia by President Trump or his campaign, Fox News was right and the others were wrong. For at least two years, MSNBC and CNN devoted hour upon hour, day after day, to promoting the narrative that Trump colluded with the Russians, and that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was going to prove it. That turned out to be wrong. ...
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South African activists talk apartheid, Arab-Israeli conflict by Liat Weinstein

stk.new_.southernafricanactivists.4.1.19.0225online.jpg?itok=if3v7o5p.png Mokgomole was an active member of the BDS student group at the University of Witwatersrand. Molepo never officially joined the movement as a student at the University of Cape Town, but still believed Israel was an apartheid state. ...
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Proclamation on recognizing the Golan Heights as part of the State of Israel by Whitehouse staff

America recognises Israel's sovereignty over Golan Heights ...
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French city’s rabbi says half of his congregants have left over anti-Semitism by JTA editors

screen-shot-2015-06-26-at-12.43.15-pm-e1435311747933-640x400.png Nissim Sultan of Grenoble says abuse getting worse over last 15 years, with many deciding to emigrate; 20,000 French Jews have moved to Israel since 2014 ...
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Jared Kushner : 'We've been working hard on the peace initiative for two years now' by Interviewers

kushner.png?f=16x9_xtr_w=1200_xtr_$p$f$w=1cba661.png the White House senior adviser's comments on President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan ...
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Australia and Denmark call on UNHRC to stop biased treatment of Israel by Tovah Lazaroff

436231.png United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned against a rising tide of xenophobia, including antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred. ...
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After Warsaw summit, Arabs launch ‘anti-normalization’ campaign by Khaled Abu Toameh

435738.png The campaign, launched on Saturday on Twitter, is being waged under the hashtag “Normalization is Treason.” ...
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The key to Middle East peace is getting Palestinians to say 'yes' by Aharon Shapiro

7953a93e094bd9f120254beabc78cb5f6170c501.png Slavish conformism to conventional wisdom has done practically nothing to resolve the conflict between the Palestinians and Israel, trapping the sides in a stalemate for decades. Yet, in The Sydney Morning Herald, academic Paul Duffill relied upon traditionally unhelpful cliches in his analysis of recent Australian developments vis-à-vis Israel and the Palestinians (“Gap between parties becomes a chasm on Middle East peace”). ...
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Human Rights Watch head claims Israel interfering in UK politics by Herb Keinon

435461.png LA-based Israel advocacy group StandWithUS calls Sarah Whitson's claims antisemitic conspiracy theory ...
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Exclusive - Iraqi scientist: I helped ISIS make chemical weapons by Jobby Warwick

zmfwajqtlei6tk3zgdgu66jg6i.png he accepted the assignment. And so began his 15-month stint supervising the manufacture of lethal toxins for the world’s deadliest terrorist group. ...
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Abbas told ‘Stop Spending 7% of Your Budget on Terrorist Salaries’ by Ben Cohen

screen-shot-2019-01-15-at-11.02.04-am.png After Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday told the UN in New York that Israel was an "obstruction" to the "cohesive development of all peoples" in the Middle East, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told Algemeiner: "As the United Nations very well knows from all of the development work Israel does, Israel is not what undermines development but actually helps it." "Instead, it is the Palestinian Authority that undermines its own capacity and development. The PA should stop spending 7% of its annual budget on inciting and paying terrorist salaries, and instead use it to develop its infrastructure and help its people." The PA spent $355 million of international donors' money in 2017 on paying salaries and other benefits to convicted or "martyred" terrorists and their families. ...
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Switzerland to examine reports that Palestinian textbooks promote violence, racism by Shiri Moshe

impactse4.png The Swiss government will review reports that the Palestinian curriculum promotes violence, antisemitism, and other themes that undermine a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel, the SonntagsZeitung newspaper reported on Saturday. ...
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69 years after joining, Israel formally leaves UNESCO; so too, does the US by Raphael Ahrens

f170717sa10-640x400.png UN cultural agency’s efforts to convince Washington and Jerusalem fail; ‘we aren’t going to be a member of an organization that deliberately acts against us,’ Israeli envoy says ...
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Why did Abbas proclaim the dissolution of PA parliament? by Pinhas Inbari

joint_war_hamas.jpg?resize=500%2c282.png On Dec. 22, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas announced he will dissolve the Palestinian Parliament that was elected in accordance with the Oslo accords, to be followed by new elections. Abbas is attempting to revive the old PLO, but organizations such as the Popular and Democratic Fronts, and Islamic Jihad, as well as other parties and civil society groups, stand by Hamas. With Hamas, they have established a joint war room to manage the riots at the Gaza border fence. Following the move of the other organizations toward Hamas, Abbas was not able to convene the PLO institutions in Ramallah, which very likely led to his resolution to dissolve the Legislative Council. In any case, the Legislative Council has not convened since 2006. ...
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British taxpayers STILL fund 'lessons in hate' at Palestinian schools where children stage mock executions by Daniel Martin

7448546-6498175-image-a-36_1544834185190.png Plays put on at schools and have even included pupils staging mock executions ...
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UNIFIL confirms Hezbulla violations of UN resolution 1701 by Editors

Technical investigations conducted independently in accordance with UNIFIL's mandate, at this stage confirm that two of the tunnels cross the Blue Line. These constitute violations of UN Security Council resolution 1701. ...
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Australia stands by Jerusalem decision after backlash by AFP

ap_18349311085015-640x400.png Malaysia calls recognition of West Jerusalem as capital a ‘humiliation,’ but PM Scott Morrison cites Indonesia merely ‘noting’ move as proof of ‘measured’ international response ...
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UNIFIL and the Hezbollah tunnels by Elliott Abrams

The U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is “engaged with the parties to pursue urgent follow-up action” and “will communicate its preliminary findings to the appropriate authorities in Lebanon”, it added. ...
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U.N. peacekeepers confirm existence of tunnel at Lebanon border by Staff

U.N. peacekeepers in Lebanon have confirmed the existence of a tunnel discovered by the Israeli military close to the blue line separating the two countries, it said in a statement on Thursday. ...
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The danger of the ‘Islamophobia’ label by Andrew Gilligan

gettyimages-1060615218.jpg?auto=compress.enhance.format_xtr_crop=faces.entropy.e MPs' official attempt to legally define ‘Islamophobia’ is deeply flawed ...
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Australian Government votes against UN anti-Israel resolutions by Peter Wertheim

ecaj_statement_-_australian_un_voting_41218.png Congratulations to Australian Govt. Australia voted against three of the anti-Israel UN resolutions rather than abstaining as in previous years. ...
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EU, in unusual move, warns Palestinians to drop Muslim-only language for Temple Mount by Tovah Lazaroff

432447.png In an unusual move, the European Union has publicly warned the Palestinians that they must drop their United Nations bid to reference the Temple Mount solely by its Muslim name of al-Haram al-Sharif. ...
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Blocked in a car by a mob, kept from their HQ: Why UNRWA staff had to flee Gaza by Adam Rasgon

000_1985te-640x400.png UNRWA operations head: Untenable to be 'chased around Gaza' ...
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UN chief proposes military force to protect Palestinians from Israel by AP and Times staff

000_17z3o0-e1532770350691-640x400.png Armed international mission among options floated by Guterres in response to General Assembly request for report on Hamas-led Gaza clashes ...
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Weakened, Hamas has limited options in besieged Gaza by Erin Cunningham

2775597699.png Loss of regional allies and an ever crippling blockade has stoked popular discontent ...
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Feckless West can’t keep falling for Hamas propaganda by Alexander Downer

The vast majority of Israelis favour a two-state solution with secure borders. But the Palestinians are more equivocal. At best, they regard the two-state solution as an interim arrangement. In the end they want one multicultural state incorporating Israel and the Palestinian Territories. ...
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I said Israel should be ashamed – now I am the one who is ashamed by Daniel Sugarman

gaza9a.png On Tuesday Daniel Sugarman wrote an article on the clashes at the Gaza border. Today he acknowledges that he was wrong. ...
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It’s too late to refom the Australian ABC by Janet Albrechtsen

cassidy_caricature.jpeg.png Given that "Insiders" did not provide informed and fair analysis of the UNHRC and the resolution last Friday, let's do it here. ...
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Nikki Haley: Israel DID act with restraint by Carol Morello

t_1526394512047_name_1920_danny_danon_scaled.png Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told an emergency meeting of the Security Council that Israel had acted with restraint. She dismissed suggestions that the violence was related to the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, and said that Hamas, backed by Iran, had urged protesters to burst through the fence separating Israel from the Gaza enclave. ...
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Does the media really understand the Gaza violence? by Simon Plosker

gaza-border-riots-feature-747x400.png There is only one winner in the current situation and Israelis are certainly not celebrating the bloodshed. The images of Israelis celebrating the US Embassy move at the same time, however, create a false image of Israeli insensitivity. Meanwhile Hamas leaders rejoice while Palestinian Arabs mourn. ...
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Me too. I complied with Hamas censorship by Matti Friedman

merlin_138225027_fcddc255-6a0a-4924-96ca-98c78ff477a4-articlelarge.jpg?quality=9 I (New York Times) complied with Hamas censorship in the form of a threat to one of our Gaza reporters and cut a key detail from an article: that Hamas fighters were disguised as civilians and were being counted as civilians in the death toll. ...
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Global resurgence of anti-Semitism alarms UN by Reuters Staff

Kofi Annan on Monday opened the first UN-organised seminar dedicated to anti-Semitism in response to charges that the UN dwelled on Palestinian rights and deliberately ignored injustices to Israelis and Jews. ...
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