“‘It’s strange for us that Israel is more humanitarian than our Arab brothers,’ says father-of-two Ammar”

INDEPENDENT
Syria conflict: Injured civilians turn to historic foe Israel amid Deraa bloodshed
by Bel Trew
July 12, 2018

…Both Diaa and Mohammed are among a growing number of Syrians who fled fighting in the southern Syrian province and have found themselves depending on Israel, a historical foe. Some even talked of wanting to relocate to Israel, in one of the strangest developments of the seven-year conflict. Since the creation of Israel in 1948, the two countries have been bitter foes and have taken opposing sides in at least three wars, largely over the issue of the Palestinian territories. Syria, which is home to some 560,000 Palestinian refugees according to the United Nations, has refused to recognise that Israel exists. READ MORE

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“Sheldon famously wore his father’s shoes upon his first visit to Israel, so that his father, who was no longer alive [and couldn’t afford an Israel trip in his own lifetime], could join him in his first steps in the Holy Land”

JERUSALEM POST
No Holds Barred: The apotheosis of Sheldon Adelson
by Shmuley Boteach
July 9, 2018

…I have met few Jewish men or women in my life who breathe in Israel so deeply. Even Adelson’s most vociferous political opponents, who believe he wields near-divine malevolent influence, admit that he leverages that influence almost entirely with regard to policies that promote Israel. To be sure, they disagree with his positions. They either do not want America to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, or they want Israel to give away biblical lands like Hebron, or they want US President Donald Trump to be more evenhanded between the dictatorship of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the democracy over which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presides. READ MORE

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UNRWA tells us there are 5.1 million Palestinian refugees; Obama’s State Department disagrees.

ISRAEL HAYOM (by agreement with JNS)
US report finds only 20,000 Palestinian refugees in the world
by Ariel Kahana
July 18, 2018

Members of the U.S. Congress are demanding the State Department make public a key report that includes precise figures on the number of people who became refugees in the 1948 War of Independence. The existence of the State Department assessment, compiled and classified under the Obama administration, was first disclosed by the Washington Free Beacon six months ago….Sources who have seen the report say that the State Department’s assessment was that only 20,000 of the 700,000 Arab refugees who fled Palestine during the War of Independence are still alive and displaced from their homes. READ MORE

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“On Sunday, the IDF’s 162nd Armored Division conducted a highly-publicized exercise simulating an invasion of enclave, in what was widely construed as a threat to Hamas”

MEDIA LINE
Israeli Military Instructed To Prepare For Large-scale Gaza Op
by Charles Bybelezer
July 18, 2018

The Israeli government has instructed the military to prepare for a large-scale operation in the Gaza Strip, to be initiated if Palestinians in the enclave do not cease flying incendiary objects into southern Israel. According to a local Channel 10 report, Jerusalem has set Friday as a deadline for the flaming kites and balloons to be stopped, a message that was conveyed to Hamas via Egyptian intermediaries. The report claimed that Gaza’s rulers, in turn, committed to grounding the “terror kites”—which have destroyed thousands of acres of land and caused an estimated $2 million in damage—by deploying additional fighters to positions near the frontier. READ MORE

NEW YORK POST Editorial Board Why are greens silent over this ongoing ecological war? Hamas’ recent tactic of launching fire kites and balloons over the border from Gaza marks something new: ecological war. Why aren’t the world’s greens screaming at this “assault on the planet”?

ISRAEL BEHIND THE NEWS ‘How shall we kill an Israeli?’ This military training camp, established with the cooperation and financial support of the Iranian regime, and specifically – the paramilitary personnel of the Revolutionary Guards’ army, provides courses for 14-year and up youngsters, so that they shoot at targets made to look like Israelis whom the trainers of this camp call “usurpers and terrorists”.

YNET Falcon sent from Gaza used for fire terrorism A common kestrel (a type of falcon) whose legs were tied to a wire with an incendiary device at the other end was found dead hanging from a tree by Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) personnel earlier this week west of the Besor stream, close to the Gaza Strip border. 

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‘Progressive’ politician Alexandra #OcasioCortez connects dots between Gaza and Ferguson

NEW YORK JEWISH WEEK
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Criticizes Israel For ‘The Occupation Of Palestine’
by Charles Dunst
July 17, 2018

Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez decried the “occupation of Palestine” during a television interview….“The lens through which I saw this incident, as an activist, as an organizer – if 60 people were killed in Ferguson, Missouri, if 60 people were killed in the South Bronx, unarmed, if 60 people were killed in Puerto Rico – I just look at that [Gaza] incident more through just, as an incident, and to me, it would just be completely unacceptable if that happened on our shores,” she said. READ MORE

ARUTZ SHEVA
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez displays abysmal ignorance on Israel “I think what I meant is like the settlements that are increasing in some of these areas in places where Palestinians are experiencing difficulty in access to their housing and homes.”…Yeah I mean I think I’d also just… I am not the expert on geopolitics on this issue!”

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“The nuclear deal was really quite straightforward. The Iranians pretended they did not have nuclear ambitions and we pretended to believe them”

NEW YORK TIMES
How Israel, in Dark of Night, Torched Its Way to Iran’s Nuclear Secrets
by David E. Sanger and Ronen Bergman
July 15, 2018

The Mossad agents moving in on a warehouse in a drab commercial district of Tehran knew exactly how much time they had to disable the alarms, break through two doors, cut through dozens of giant safes and get out of the city with a half-ton of secret materials: six hours and 29 minutes. The morning shift of Iranian guards would arrive around 7 a.m., a year of surveillance of the warehouse by the Israeli spy agency had revealed, and the agents were under orders to leave before 5 a.m. to have enough time to escape. READ MORE

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New nation-state law: “Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people and they have an exclusive right to national self-determination in it”

REUTERS
Israel adopts divisive Jewish nation-state law
by Maayan Lubell
July 18, 2018

Israel passed a law on Thursday to declare that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country, something members of the Arab minority called racist and verging on apartheid.  The “nation-state” law, backed by the right-wing government, passed by a vote of 62-55 and two abstentions in the 120-member parliament after months of political argument. Some Arab lawmakers shouted and ripped up papers after the vote. “This is a defining moment in the annals of Zionism and the history of the state of Israel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Knesset after the vote. READ MORE

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