Polish Justice minister:”Controversial legislation won’t be implemented at this stage”

TIMES OF ISRAEL
Poland freezes Holocaust law, is sending team to Israel to reword it
by Agencies and Raphael Ahren
February 24, 2018

Poland will not implement its controversial new Holocaust law for the time being, and an official Polish government delegation will fly to Israel in the next few days to try to agree on a mutually acceptable amended version of the legislation, an Israeli television report said Saturday night. Hadashot news said that, in the wake of pressure and protests from Israel over the legislation, Poland’s Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro had stated that the law will not be implemented “at this stage.” READ MORE

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Abbas in Baltimore

JEWISH INSIDER
Mahmoud Abbas spotted in Baltimore
by Jacob Kornbkuh and Staff
February 22, 2018

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was sighted on Wednesday in Baltimore, Maryland. According to a source, Abbas is receiving medical treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital. An impressive motorcade of Secret Service vehicles were seen parked outside the Four Seasons Hotel in the Harbor East neighborhood of Baltimore. Abbas’ Boeing 737 landed at Baltimore–Washington International Airport at 3:00 PM EST after a short flight from White Plains, New York. READ MORE

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US State moving faster on #Jerusalem embassy than expected

US DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Opening of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem
Heather Nauert, Dept Spokesman
February 23, 2018

In May, the United States plans to open a new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. The opening will coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary. The Embassy will initially be located in the Arnona neighborhood, in a modern building that now houses consular operations of U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem. Those consular operations, including American citizen and visa services, will continue at the Arnona facility without interruption, as part of the Embassy…In parallel, we have started the search for a site for our permanent Embassy to Israel, the planning and construction of which will be a longer-term undertaking. READ MORE

TIMES OF ISRAEL Palestinians say embassy move ‘provocative’ as US announces May date

JTA Sheldon Adelson reportedly offering to fund US Embassy move to Jerusalem (what an awful idea)

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The 5 fronts Israel faces: Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, Gaza and Sinai

BEGIN – SADAT CENTER
How the IDF Is Preparing for Multi-Front War
by Yaakov Lappin
February 19, 2018

The IDF is implementing a plan to improve its ability to operate on multiple battle fronts simultaneously. While there is no indication that any one of Israel’s enemies is interested in initiating a full-scale war in the near future, the growing explosiveness of the region means that any tactical incident can snowball and turn into an unintended armed conflict very quickly – and one front can ignite others…The ability to operate effectively on multiple battle fronts simultaneously will be crucial for Israel’s ability to deal with unpredictable, explosive events that can begin on one front but quickly spread to others. READ MORE

JNS Efraim Inbar: The demand for sovereignty over Judea and Samaria is a waste of Zionist energy

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Al Jazeera Poll: Israel preferred over Iran in conflict

EVELYN GORDON BLOG
Do Arabs Back Israel in a Clash with Iran?
February 21, 2018

After issuing a rare rebuke of Iran’s repeated calls for Israel’s destruction on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov added that Moscow also opposes “attempts to view any regional problem through the prism of fighting Iran.” Unfortunately for him, that’s precisely the way most of the Middle East does view many regional problems, as revealed by a stunning informal poll which an Al Jazeera talk show host conducted among his tens of thousands of Arabic-language Twitter followers on February 10. Asked which side they supported in a recent Israeli-Iranian clash in Syria, fully 56 percent–12,800 people–said they backed Israel. READ MORE

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Brilliant unpacking of Hannah Arendt’s “Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil”

COMMENTARY
The Enduring Outrage of Hannah Arendt’s ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem’
by Ruth R. Wisse
February 16, 2018

…When it became known that Hannah Arendt would be covering the trial for the New Yorker, there was great anticipation. “A foolproof choice,” wrote Marie Syrkin, one of American Jewry’s leading intellectuals. “Who better qualified to report on the trial in depth than Hannah Arendt, scholar, student of totalitarianism and of the human condition, and herself a German Jewish refugee who came to the United States after the rise of Hitler?”…She did not exonerate the defendant, as some would accuse her of doing. Instead, she redirected attention away from the evidence, trial, and indictment to her interpretation of the proceedings. READ MORE

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Cape Town — running out of water — blows off Israel’s offers of assistance

FINANCIAL POST
How dirty politics and attacking Israel worsened South Africa’s dangerous water-shortage crisis
February 22, 2018

News reports have been covering the looming water-shortage crisis in Cape Town, South Africa’s second-largest city. The focus of the stories, understandably, has been on the likely consequences, scary as they are. What they don’t discuss are the deeper political causes of this shocking situation, in which a major developed city and global tourist destination is about to run out of water. READ MORE

WSJ Cape Town May Dry Up Because of an Aversion to Israel

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