#BDSFail at #UniversityOfIllinois

BDS gets handed a devastating defeat at the University of Illinois
by Paul Miller
March 15, 2018

By a nearly 2-1 margin, students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign voted “no” to a proposed anti-Israel referendum calling for divestment from companies doing business with the Jewish state. Described as “a discriminatory referendum” by the Israel education group StandWithUs, the 3,133 votes against and 1,700 votes for divesting from the Jewish state represent one of the most lopsided defeats of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in recent years.  StandWithUs congratulated more than half-a-dozen student groups and organizations, including Illini Hillel, Students Supporting Israel, AEPi and Illini Chabad…READ MORE

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First-time White House Arab-Israel summit proved #StateDepartment and “#Tillerson’s basic assumptions have the problems of the Middle East precisely backwards”

Firing Rex Tillerson Removed an Obstacle to Middle East Peace
by Caroline Glick
March 15, 2018

As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was being fired on Tuesday, his central assumptions about the Palestinian conflict with Israel, which are shared by the entire Washington foreign policy establishment, literally blew up in Gaza. On Tuesday morning, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s convoy was attacked by a roadside bomb during an official visit in Hamas-controlled Gaza. Hamdallah was in Gaza to inaugurate a wastewater treatment facility sponsored by the World Bank. The facility was approved 14 years ago, but infighting between Hamas…and Fatah…blocked its operation time after time. READ MORE

NEW YORK SUN Does President Trump Know What His State Department Is Up To at the Supreme Court?

ISRAEL HAYOM Official Palestinian policy now rests on resolute rejectionism

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“On sidelines of huge Juniper Cobra air defense exercise, American and Israeli ground troops trade know-how and practice beach landings, urban combat, desert warfare”

IDF paratroopers teach US marines ‘lost art’ of tunnel combat
by Judah Ari Gross
March 13, 2018

Israeli paratroopers and US marines completed a series of exercises over the past week and a half aimed at sharing techniques and knowledge on beach-landings and aspects of urban warfare, as part of the joint Juniper Cobra exercise, officers said. For the Americans — specifically the US Marine Corps’ 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment — it meant learning how to fight in tunnels, something marines haven’t had to do since the Vietnam War, said battalion commander Lt. Col. Marcuz Mainz.  “It’s a lost art for us,” he said. READ MORE

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News flash: Israelis prefer Trump to Obama

Understanding Israel’s love affair with Trump
by Evelyn Gordon
March 14, 2018

Bipartisanship was the watchword at last week’s AIPAC conference, but it’s no secret that pro-Israel Democrats have trouble swallowing Israelis’ enthusiasm for President Donald Trump, whose approval rating in Israel hit 67 percent even before he decided to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem…The explanation is simple, but unfortunately, Democrats won’t like it: Barack Obama set the bar for U.S-Israeli relations so low that there’s literally no Israel-related issue on which Trump has been worse than his predecessor. And there are many on which he’s been not just modestly better, but spectacularly so. READ MORE

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Gallup: Americans who sympathize with the Israelis over the Palestinians, 64%

Americans Remain Staunchly in Israel’s Corner
by Lydia Saad
March 13, 2018

As the Trump administration prepares to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and is reportedly finalizing its broader Middle East peace plan, Americans’ stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is as strongly pro-Israel as at any time in Gallup’s three-decade trend. Sixty-four percent say their sympathies in the dispute lie more with the Israelis, tying the high previously recorded in 2013 and 1991. Just 19% of Americans today sympathize more with the Palestinians than with the Israelis, slightly higher than the 15% in Gallup’s initial 1988 measurement…READ MORE

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Fatah says Hamas is behind assassination attempt, “further escalating tensions between the rival factions”

Palestinian PM escapes assassination attempt in Gaza
by News Agencies
March 13, 2018

An explosion struck the convoy of the Palestinian prime minister Tuesday as he was making a rare visit to Gaza, in what his Fatah party called an assassination attempt it blamed on Gaza terrorists. The explosion went off shortly after the convoy entered Gaza through the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza. Gaza’s Hamas-run interior ministry said the explosion hit as the prime minister’s convoy passed near the northern town of Beit Hanoun. No one was injured, and security services have launched an investigation…READ MORE

TIMES OF ISRAEL Free Gaza spox admits activist initiated fatal 2010 violence aboard Mavi Marmara

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#IranDeal: “The secretary of state’s would-be replacement, Mike Pompeo, is an ardent hawk who says the agreement is ‘disastrous’”

Tillerson’s Ouster Could Kill the Iran Nuclear Deal
by Michael Crowley
March 13, 2018

The Iran nuclear deal might have died Tuesday. That, at least, is one potential upshot of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s ouster and likely replacement by CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Friends and foes alike of the nuclear deal say the switch might clear the path for President Donald Trump to act on his oft-expressed desire to abandon the July 2015 nuclear agreement with Tehran, a signature achievement of President Barack Obama that Trump has called “the worst deal ever.” When Trump spoke about Tillerson at the White House on Tuesday, he mentioned only one specific point of contention with his deposed diplomat. READ MORE

FREE BEACON Tillerson Fired Over Rogue Bid to Save Iran Nuke Deal

TIMES OF ISRAEL In Mike Pompeo, Trump taps an Iran hawk whose views dovetail with his own

JNS.ORG Trump cites Iran-deal wrangles in Tillerson firing, Iran hawk Pompeo in at State

FORWARD 5 Reasons Rex Tillerson’s Firing Matters To Israel

COMMENTARY How the Embassy Move Signals Big Changes to the Iran Deal

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