“J Street has tried to take advantage of the Jewish community’s desire to have a big tent”

J Street Embraces Mahmoud Abbas; How Will US Jews Respond?
by Moshe Phillips
April 22, 2021

J Street’s decision to feature Mahmoud Abbas at its “first-ever virtual national conference” earlier this week, demonstrates just how far J Street is from it being the firmly pro-Israel, Zionist group it wants American Jews to believe it is…If less than three years ago, Abbas was — according to J Street — an antisemite, how is he now acceptable as a featured speaker at their national conference? Does antisemitism have a shelf life and an expiration date? Or does J Street simply think it is now acceptable to partner with Abbas to advance his radical, antisemitic agenda? And is J Street simply hoping that the rest of us will not notice that under Abbas, antisemitism still fills both the Palestinian Authority-controlled media and its school textbooks? READ MORE

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Palestinian businessman Ashraf Jabari: “It was a subtle celebration of thoughtful conversation, mutual respect and heritage-enhanced relationships. These are the building blocks of the emergent Israeli-Palestinian market”

Iftar gathering in Hebron shows commonalities between Israelis and Palestinians
by Josh Hasten
April 21, 2021

As the sun was setting over the ancient city of Hebron signifying the end of another day of fasting for devout Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan, hungry Palestinians were shuttling their guests from a meeting point in the city to a private and beautiful home to prepare for an Iftar feast, the customary sunset meal Muslims have to break their fast just after the call for evening prayers. But at this particular gathering, the 75 or so guests weren’t only Muslims. Around half were Israeli Jews, primarily political and community leaders of the “settler” movement, Israelis who live and represent the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, more commonly known as West Bank. READ MORE

The Yishai Fleisher Show  Open Iftar and Israel’s “Seldon Crisis”
Yishai and Malkah go to a Ramadan Iftar dinner in Hebron to break bread with pro-normalization Palestinians. Then, Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to deal with Israel’s political crisis and to see how the Torah law of Parshat Kedoshim can help heal society.

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“According to information received by Israel, the six world powers will not require Iran to destroy the new advanced centrifuges it has built, rather just disconnect them”

ISRAEL HAYOM (by agreement with JNS)
Israeli officials decry ‘complete American capitulation’ in nuclear talks with Iran
by Ariel Kahana , Shahar Klaiman and Neta Bar
April 18, 2021

Unnamed Israeli diplomats over the weekend unofficially expressed disappointment over what they called “complete American capitulation” in nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna. Learning the lessons from the Obama administration’s clashes with Israel in 2015, the Biden administration is trying to avoid any surprises and is keeping Israel abreast of developments. With that, the two allies remain at considerable odds over Iran and its nuclear ambitions. According to information received by Israel, the six world powers – the United States, China, Russia, Great Britain, France and Germany – and Iran are indeed close to signing an agreement stipulating that the sides are returning to the original nuclear deal from 2015, from which former US President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018. READ MORE

BREITBART Biden Admin Demands Israel Stop ‘Bragging’ About Disabling Iran’s Nuclear Facility The Biden administration has delivered a “sharp rebuke” to Israel for undermining its position in talks with Iran by its “embarrassing chatter and bragging” about the bomb at the Natanz nuclear enrichment plant, Israel’s Channel 12 reported Friday. Biden officials “sent a message to Israel that chatting and bragging about actions Israel is doing is dangerous, embarrassing and endangers the Americans in negotiations with Iran,” the Hebrew-language report said.

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Republican Jewish Committee lash out at Elizabeth Warren’s J Street remarks, calling them “disgusting”

Sens. Sanders, Warren call for ‘restricting’ US aid to Israel at J Street confab
by Jacob Magid
April 20, 2021

Prominent progressive senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren both used their Monday addresses at the J Street lobby’s national conference to call for regulating US aid to Israel, asserting that such assistance should not be allowed to bankroll Israeli policies in the West Bank that damage prospects for a two-state solution….RJC: “To advocate, as Sen. Warren does, that the US pressure Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians while the Palestinian Authority condemns Israel’s existence, incites violence against Israel and Jews everywhere, and continues its ‘Pay for Slay’ salaries to terrorists and their families, is disgusting,” said RJC executive director Matt Brooks. READ MORE

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“Recent attacks suggest that Israel has a clandestine network inside Iran and that Iranian security services have been powerless to break it”

Iran Rattled as Israel Repeatedly Strikes Key Targets
by Ben Hubbard, Farnaz Fassihi and Ronen Bergman
April 20, 2021

In less than nine months, an assassin on a motorbike fatally shot an Al Qaeda commander given refuge in Tehran, Iran’s chief nuclear scientist was machine-gunned on a country road, and two separate, mysterious explosions rocked a key Iranian nuclear facility in the desert, striking the heart of the country’s efforts to enrich uranium. The steady drumbeat of attacks, which intelligence officials said were carried out by Israel, highlighted the seeming ease with which Israeli intelligence was able to reach deep inside Iran’s borders and repeatedly strike its most heavily guarded targets, often with the help of turncoat Iranians. READ MORE

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Glick: Israel’s transformation into the center of the Jewish world isn’t just a question of demographics. Israel is the present of the Jewish people and its future, as well

ISRAEL HAYOM (by agreement with JNS)
Israel has made it, now it needs to grow up
by Caroline Glick
April 16, 2021

At independence, Israel was little more than a spark of light – a tiny spark – in the Jewish world. From a total of 11.5 million Jews alive on the 5th of the month of Iyyar in the Jewish year 5708, (May 14, 1948), only 650,000, or 6% lived in Israel. In contrast, the day Israel was founded, some five million, or 43% of world Jewry were living in the United States. Fast forward 73 years and that little spark of light is now the sun in the Jewish solar system. With 6.9 million Jews out of a total of 14.9 million, not only is Israel the largest Jewish community in the world by far with 47% of world Jewry living within its boundaries, by 2030, the majority of world Jewry will be living in the Jewish state. READ MORE

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“We are suffering from a widespread social health epidemic and it is rooted in the cheapening of Jewish blood”

Why France Refuses to Prosecute an Antisemitic Murderer
by Bari Weiss
April 17, 2021

In a normal world, everyone would know the name Sarah Halimi. It’s understandable if you don’t. The press didn’t obsessively cover her murder the way they cover other hate crimes – for reasons I will explain. Sarah Halimi was a retired French physician and schoolteacher. She was also an Orthodox Jew. On April 4, 2017, Halimi was in her Paris apartment where she lived alone. In the middle of the night, a 27-year-old Muslim man of Malian origin named Kobili Traoré, who lived in the building, broke into her apartment. Traoré tortured Ms. Halimi, who was in her 60s, beating her and kicking her. According to neighbors, who called the police after hearing Halimi’s cries, Traoré called her a “shaitan” (satan) and a dirty Jew. Ultimately, he threw Ms. Halimi’s battered body out of her third-story apartment window shouting “Allahu akbar.” READ MORE

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“Hacking the phones of hundreds of Palestinian civil society actors is yet another brazen attempt by Palestinian security services to police and silence critics and opponents”

Facebook says it halts hackers tied to Palestinian security
by Josef Federman
April 21, 2021

Facebook said Wednesday it has broken up a hacker network used by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ intelligence service in an attempt to keep tabs on journalists, human rights activists and government critics. The report by the social networking giant threatened to deal another embarrassing blow to Abbas’ Fatah party weeks ahead of parliamentary elections. Fatah, plagued by infighting and public malaise, already appears poised to lose power and influence if the vote takes place next month. In its report, Facebook said that elements linked to the Preventive Security Service “used fake and compromised accounts to create fictitious personas.” READ MORE

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#Chicago Alderman Burke’s remarks “smack of blatant anti-semitism and are both ignorant and repugnant”

Feds say Burke made a ‘distasteful’ comment about Jewish people as authorities investigated him
by Jon Seidel
April 21, 2021

In the midst of an alleged scheme at the heart of his racketeering indictment, Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th) allegedly made a comment about Jewish people that federal prosecutors now say was both “distasteful” and evidence of his corruption. Explaining why he needed to leverage his position on the City Council to get tax work for his private law firm as part of the renovation of the Old Main Post Office, Burke allegedly made the comment that, “Well, you know as well as I do, Jews are Jews and they’ll deal with Jews to the exclusion of everybody else unless … unless there’s a reason for them to use a Christian.” READ MORE

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“In heartfelt interview, Lucy Aharish describes barrage of criticism over her marriage to actor Tsahi Halevi, says their child will make his own decisions on Judaism”

Arab Israeli TV anchor opens up on vicious responses to her interfaith marriage
by Staff
April 18, 2021

Lucy Aharish, a prominent Arab Israeli media personality and outspoken critic of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, gave a heartfelt interview over the weekend in which she spoke candidly about her marriage to Israeli actor Tsahi Halevi (of “Fauda” fame), the recent birth of their first child, the difficulties of life in Israel as an interfaith couple, and the barrage of hateful comments they receive, mostly online. Aharish and Halevi’s wedding in 2018 drew widespread condemnation from the Israeli right, with politicians weighing in and some ministers publicly berating them at the time. READ MORE

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