“The arrival of dozens of world leaders to Jerusalem to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and commit to fighting anti-Semitism represents recognition of Zionism’s fundamental truth: The Land of Israel is the one and only, eternal homeland of the Jewish people”

ISRAEL HAYOM (by agreement with JNS)
A great – but fragile – triumph of Zionism
by Caroline B. Glick
January 24, 2020

…The arrival of dozens of world leaders in Jerusalem to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and commit themselves to fight anti-Semitism represents a spectacular reversal. By coming to Jerusalem the visiting dignitaries embraced the truth at the heart of Zionism: Israel was not founded because of Auschwitz. It was founded because the Jews came home to live in their homeland as a free nation, finally. Had the State of Israel existed in 1939, Auschwitz would never have been built…READ MORE

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PM Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz are expected to be at the White House next Tuesday to discuss the “Deal of the Century”

JERUSALEM POST
‘Deal of the Century?’ Netanyahu just got the gift of the century
by Yaakov Katz
January 25, 2020

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received the gift of the century on Thursday when Vice President Mike Pence invited him and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz to the White House for talks next Tuesday about the long-awaited peace plan, otherwise known as the “Deal of the Century.”…President Donald Trump and the peace team led by his son-in-law Jared Kushner are expected to present details of the plan to Netanyahu and Gantz and then pave the way for the annexation of the Jordan Valley and possibly even more...READ MORE

TIMES OF ISRAEL Gantz accepts White House invite for separate meeting with Trump on peace deal Blue and White leader thanks US president for personal invite to discuss Mideast plan, calls him a ‘true friend to Israel’; PM says trip is ‘opportunity that cannot be missed’

TIMES OF ISRAEL Under Trump deal, Israel said to retain security control over Palestinian state Under the terms of the soon-to-be released Trump administration peace plan, Israel would retain overall security control of the entire West Bank even if a Palestinian state is established in parts of it, Israeli TV reports said Friday night. Adding fresh ostensible details regarding the content of the plan, Channel 13 said it ultimately provides for a demilitarized Palestinian state in some 80 percent of the West Bank, under overall Israeli control. That state would not be empowered to maintain an army and sign military treaties, and Israel would control its borders…

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France’s President Macron finds time during Holocaust remembrance visit to take a meeting with Mahmoud Abbas famed holocaust-denier

TIMES OF ISRAEL
Hosting Macron, Abbas says he hopes France will recognize Palestine
by Adam Rasgon
January 23, 2020

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met French President Emmanuel Macron in Ramallah late Wednesday evening and expressed his hope that France will recognize the State of Palestine, the official PA news site Wafa reported. Macron arrived in Ramallah some five hours later than originally planned after spending the day meeting Israeli officials in Jerusalem, touring the city and taking part in a dinner at the Israeli President’s Residence…While several EU countries have recognized Palestine, the majority of its members, including France, the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy, have not. READ MORE

THE JEWISH CHRONICLE The BBC has shamed itself with Orla Guerin’s Holocaust report Last night (and repeated today), BBC News broadcast her latest report from Jerusalem. Even by Ms Guerin’s standards, this was something truly shocking. In all honesty, I cannot recall a more foul – sickening, indeed – report by any journalist, either in print or broadcast.

ARUTZ SHEVA Pomp and circumstance As touching as all the speeches for Jews six feet under, the abstaining, Iran-supporting, Abbas-funding Europeans would look authentic if they ended their anti-Israel bias, instead of wiping off that single crocodile tear to the sound of Hatikvah.

TIMES OF ISRAEL Prince Charles in Bethlehem: ‘It breaks my heart’ to see Palestinian suffering Speech by heir to the UK throne, urging ‘freedom, justice, equality,’ described by TV station as ‘biggest show of support ever’ for the Palestinians by a member of the royal family

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“Many wrongly believe the United States has already reached full “maximum pressure” on Iran”

NEW YORK TIMES
Trump has an Iran Strategy. This is it.
by Richard Goldberg
January 24, 2020

President Trump’s strategy to confront Iran is easy to understand: impose maximum pressure to gain maximum leverage ahead of negotiations to dismantle its nuclear program and address its malign activities — all while avoiding a military entanglement or pursuing a policy of regime change. Iran’s leaders, for their part, recognize that Mr. Trump’s strategy has already sent their economy into a tailspin and could bring down their regime if sanctions are not soon lifted. The recent regime-perpetrated murder of about 1,500 Iranian protesters demonstrating against the government’s austerity policy revealed a destabilized Islamic Republic increasingly afraid of its repressed citizens. READ MORE

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In Chicago: Kosher Milt’s Barbecue sold to employees, “will continue charitable giving as a key part of the business model”

JTA
Employees become owners at Chicago’s beloved kosher barbecue restaurant
by Yvette Alt Miller
January 21, 2020

A group of longtime employees is taking ownership of Milt’s Barbecue for the Perplexed, the popular kosher restaurant here that has been donating its profits to support local charities for seven years. Within months of opening in 2013, Milt’s menu of home-smoked meats and barbecue dishes had made it a hit among both kosher and non-kosher diners. Chicago Magazine named it one of the best new restaurants in the city, and it has been a beloved institution. The consortium of employees bought the restaurant for $1 earlier this month. READ MORE

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Trump admin provides “millions of taxpayer dollars” to “pro-jihadist Islamist groups”

DAILY WIRE
DHS Approves $100K Grant Of Taxpayers’ Money To CAIR
by Sam Westrop
January 17, 2020

In October, the Trump administration handed out $100,000 of taxpayer dollars to the terror-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Middle East Forum has found. In 2009, the FBI blacklisted CAIR after federal prosecutors named the Islamist group as an unindicted co-conspirator during the 2008 Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial. In 2014, the United Arab Emirates designated CAIR as a terrorist organization. And today, its officials continue to promote and excuse violently anti-American and anti-Semitic rhetoric. READ MORE

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One of many amazing Israel statistics: GDP increase, 2000 to 2019, from $132BN to $404BN (206% growth)

THE ETTINGER REPORT
The 21st Century Israeli Economic Surge
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
January 22, 2020

Selected Israel statistics, 2000 to 2019:
*Population – from 6.2 million to 9.1 million (47% growth);
*GDP per capita – from $21,000 to $44,000 (110% growth);
*Export – from $47BN to $117BN (149% growth);
*Women in the workforce – from 48% to 60% (25% growth);
*University/college students – from 70,000 to 316,000 (351% growth);
*Incoming tourists – from 2.31 million to 4.87 million (108% growth);
*Water desalination – from 2% to 26% (1,300% growth);
*Government debt per GDP – from 77% to 58.5% (24.7% reduction);
*US “aid” per GDP – from 2.3% to 1% (57% reduction);
*Tax burden – from 43% to 32% (26% reduction) READ MORE

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