“The Paraguay connection is interesting because it was believed that the 1994 Buenos Aires attack on the Jewish community may also have been linked to perpetrators who crossed over from Paraguay”.

Is Hezbollah’s ammonium nitrate linked to plot against Jews in Argentina?
by Seth J. Frantzman
November 16, 2020

Argentina said over the weekend that it had increased security on its border with Paraguay due to an “anonymous tip” to authorities that was passed on via its embassy in the United Kingdom. There was a possibility of “bomb-making materials entering across Argentina’s northern border,” the report by Reuters noted. The specifics of the case raise questions about the possible involvement of Hezbollah. The article noted on Saturday that the tip “warned of a person seeking to ship ammonium nitrate from Paraguay to Argentina.” The chemical would then be used to make a bomb to target a “Jewish objective.” READ MORE

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“Goods in areas of the West Bank where the Palestinian Authority maintains relevant authorities shall be marked as products of  “West Bank” and goods produced in Gaza will be marked as products of “Gaza””

US to label goods from Israeli settlements in West Bank as ‘Made in Israel’
by Laura Kelly
November 19, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday issued new guidelines to label Israeli goods made in settlements in the West Bank as “Made in Israel,” a move likely to draw cheers from the pro-settlement community and criticism from human rights groups that condemn Israeli settlements as infringing on the rights of Palestinians. Pompeo announced the policy shift while on travel to Israel and ahead of a visit to the Israeli settlement of Psagot in the West Bank, marking the first time a sitting secretary of State has traveled to an Israeli settlement. READ MORE

US STATE DEPARTMENT Marking of Country of Origin Press Statement Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Today, the Department of State is initiating new guidelines to ensure that country of origin markings for Israeli and Palestinian goods are consistent with our reality-based foreign policy approach.  In accordance with this announcement, all producers within areas where Israel exercises the relevant authorities – most notably Area C under the Oslo Accords - will be required to mark goods as “Israel”, “Product of Israel”, or “Made in Israel” when exporting to the United States. 

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“Egyptian Islamic scholar Saad Eddin Al-Hilali expressed concern that Biden, if elected, will continue in the footsteps of Obama and endorse the Islamists”

Arabs Warn Biden: Do Not Embrace Islamists
by Khaled Abu Toameh
November 19, 2020

In a clear message directed to a possible US administration under Joe Biden, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have warned against supporting the Muslim Brotherhood organization. They state that it gives birth “to extremist terrorist groups who wreak havoc on the country and the people.” On November 10, Saudi Arabia’s Council of Senior Scholars, the kingdom’s highest Islamic religious body, issued a warning amid growing fear in some Arab countries that a Biden administration may return to former President Barack Obama’s policy of empowering and appeasing the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudi warning was immediately endorsed by Egypt’s senior Islamic religious institute, Dar al-Ifta, and prominent Egyptian writers and political analysts. READ MORE

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“In his new memoir, the 44th president continues to blame Netanyahu for his own failure to make peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors”

Obama’s Simmering Resentment of Benjamin Netanyahu
by Jim Geraghty
November 20, 2020

The final chapter of Barack Obama’s third memoir, A Promised Land, begins with an extensive review of the former president’s often-testy relationship with his Israeli counterpart, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Claims that Obama was explicitly anti-Israel or anti-Semitic were always hyperbolic, but his assessment of his dealings with Netanyahu reveals the bristling disdain that fueled perceptions he was not a stalwart or reliable ally of the Jewish state. Obama is a careful writer, and he would never risk something as incendiary as an argument that AIPAC controlled or exercised undue influence over U.S. politics, or that its members had “dual loyalty” toward both Israel and the United States. READ MORE

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“The fact that our political leaders and other members of the alleged elite consistently flout the rules they lay down for the rest of us shows that they know those rules are bullshit”

COVID Hypocrisy Is the Least Of It
by John Hinderaker
November 21, 2020

Gavin Newsom’s infamous dinner with lobbyists at the French Laundry is the latest example of a political leader who prescribes rules for the rest of us, and then flouts them himself. We have seen this over and over again, as Karol Markowicz reminds us (via InstaPundit.) She cites many examples of our supposed betters who hector us to wear masks, social distance, close down our businesses, avoid restaurants, associate with no one outside our immediate families, and so on, but who wouldn’t dream of limiting their own lives in such fashion…Is this hypocritical? Of course. But that isn’t the most important point. The real significance of politicians flouting their own rules is that it shows they know those rules are unnecessary or useless. READ MORE

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“The US and Israel both had ‘scores to settle’ with terror chief al-Masri, reportedly shot dead by Israeli agents in August; Iran now said to fear more hits in Trump’s last 2 months”

Al-Qaeda No. 2 was planning attacks on Israelis, Jews when killed in Tehran
by Staff
November 14, 2020

The Al-Qaeda No. 2 reportedly shot dead by Israeli agents in Tehran in August was planning attacks on Israeli and Jewish Diaspora targets when he was killed, Israel’s Channel 12 news reported Saturday night. Earlier Saturday, The New York Times reported that Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, aka Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was killed by Israeli agents at the behest of the US on August 7. Iran denied the Times story, claiming it was “made up information.” “Abu Muhammad al-Masri had recently begun planning attacks against Israelis and Jewish targets in the world,” the Israeli TV report said, quoting unnamed Western intelligence sources. READ MORE

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“In 2018 sermon, Warnock blasted Israel. He now says, ‘I Stand with Israel’”

Georgia Dem’s anti-Israel sermon resurfaces amid Senate runoff race
by Carl Campanile
November 13, 2020

With the balance of power in the US Senate riding on two run-off elections in Georgia, the heat is on and stinging comments have resurfaced made about Israel and Black Lives Matter by one of the Democratic candidates, the Rev. Raphael Warnock. In a 2018 videotaped sermon, reported by Jewish Insider and circulating among conservative Jews, Warnock, facing off against incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in the Jan. 5 run-off, blasted Israel after a White House ceremony lauding the relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — a move supported for decades by both Democratic and Republican leaders and implemented by President Trump. READ MORE

WASHINGTON EXAMINER Raphael Warnock’s radicalism is catching up with him In a 2018 sermon, he portrayed Israel and pro-Israel people in the United States as the cause of the conflict in the Middle East — not the terrorists who have actually caused the problem. He lamented the transfer of the U.S. Embassy to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, and excused anti-Israel terrorist violence.

JEWISH VOICE Warnock: Americans Must ‘Repent’ for Backing Trump and ‘Worship of Whiteness’ ‘If it is true that a man who has dominated the news and poisoned the discussion for months needs to repent, then it is doubly true that a nation that can produce such a man and make his vitriol go viral needs to repent’

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“Once again, the FBI hate crime statistics confirm what the Jewish community knows all too well”

Jews Top Target of Hate Crimes in 2019
by Charles Fain Lehman
November 16, 2020

American Jews were the religious group most targeted by hate crimes in 2019, the FBI reported Monday, facing more than 60 percent of anti-religious bias incidents. The number of anti-Semitic hate-crime incidents rose 14 percent in 2019, data from the bureau’s annual hate-crime statistical report show, with police departments reporting 953 events and 1,032 victims. That is 82 more incidents than in 2018, continuing a rising trend over the past half decade. Jews were in fact a leading target of hate crimes overall, regardless of motivation…The shocking increase in reported bias incidents sums up a year in which a high-profile synagogue shooting and a spate of anti-Semitic violence in New York City took place. READ MORE

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“Talk of Biden’s joviality and personal warmth, and of moderates versus radicals, are soothing distractions for Israelis about to face the most hostile U.S. administration in history”

The approaching storm in US-Israel relations
by Caroline B. Glick
November 15, 2020

…But the rancor and infighting between moderates and radicals revolves around domestic issues like socialism and defunding the police. It has nothing to do with Israel or the wider Middle East. Policies on those issues are effectively consensual.They are consensual because as statements and actions by the Biden campaign, by Biden, by Harris and by the Democrat National Committee have made clear, Biden’s policies on Israel, Iran and the wider Middle East are the Obama-Biden administration’s policies. A Biden-Harris administration Middle East policy will pick up precisely where the Obama-Biden administration left off four years ago. Trump’s policies will be unceremoniously annulled, ignored, set aside, or rendered irrelevant. READ MORE

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A tribute to Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Remembering Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: Our 10 Favorite Quotes and Teachings
by Noam Weissman
November 11, 2020

In his book “Radical Then, Radical Now,” Rabbi Jonathan Sacks quoted an idea from the Baal Shem Tov — the founder of Hasidism — who explained that the Jewish people is a living Torah scroll, and every Jew is one of its letters. The Torah is the story of the Jewish People and to be a Jew is to continue that story. Rabbi Sacks taught us to always be proud of that story and of being a part of it, to learn from it and to proudly pass it on to the next generation. With his passing it is up to each and every one of us to continue the story — to write the next chapter. READ MORE

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