“By all accounts, peace with Jordan, and the survival of the Hashemite monarchy are among Israel’s key strategic interests”

ISRAEL HAYOM (by agreement with JNS)
Preserving the peace with Jordan
by Caroline Glick
December 6, 2019

Tuesday Israel’s Channel 13 reported that President Donald Trump’s Deputy National Security Advisor Victoria Coates held a meeting at the White House last week with the ambassadors of Oman, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco. She reportedly asked the emissaries to check whether their governments are willing to consider signing non-aggression pacts with Israel…The idea is that through the non-aggression pacts, which are less than peace treaties, Israel and its Arab neighbors will be able to sidestep the issue of formal relations, replete with embassy opening ceremonies, and simply engage in open relations, for the benefit of all sides. READ MORE

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Sunday Times reveals Corbyn’s party ignored numerous allegations of antisemitism: “Labour members calling for “extermination of every Jew on the planet” and labeling them “bent nose manipulative liars”

TIMES OF ISRAEL
Massive leak debunks UK Labour’s claim it is dealing with anti-Semitism
by Michael Bachner and Staff
December 8, 2019

Documents refuting claims by Britain’s Labour party that it is adequately dealing with rampant anti-Semitism within the party have been leaked and were reported Sunday, days before the country’s general election. The leaked files from the main UK opposition party’s internal disciplinary department show that many Labour members, several of whom had called for the extermination of all Jews, remained in the party for months and even over a year and were given a lenient punishment or none at all, according to The Sunday Times. READ MORE

DAILY MAIL Jeremy Corbyn is the biggest global threat to Jews, warns world’s leading Nazi-hunting organisation The Prime Minister’s late Election plea comes as The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the Labour leader has been named as the worst antisemite on the planet by the world’s leading Nazi-hunting organisation. The Simon Wiesenthal Centre warns that Corbyn would turn Britain into a ‘pariah state’ if he wins Thursday’s Election.

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Pensacola shooting: Authorities were investigating whether the attack was “terrorism-related”

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Base shooter watched shooting videos before attack
by Brendan Farrington
December 8, 2019

The Saudi student who fatally shot three sailors at a U.S. naval base in Florida hosted a dinner party earlier in the week where he and three others watched videos of mass shootings, a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Saturday…The shooter opened fire inside a classroom at the naval base on Friday, killing three people and wounding two sheriff’s deputies…The official who spoke Saturday said one of the three students who attended the dinner party hosted by the attacker recorded video outside the classroom building while the shooting was taking place. Two other Saudi students watched from a car, the official said. READ MORE

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“The Fatah-Hamas rift that has continued for the last 13 years has been constantly used as the excuse for the absence of elections”

JERUSALEM POST
Why Israel will be blamed for the absence of PA elections
by Maurice Hirsch
December 4, 2019

…There is zero reason to believe that either of the two potential candidates who eventually will become Israel’s prime minister, will suddenly decide to abandon all of his principles and allow Palestinian terrorist groups to campaign and run in Jerusalem. When Israel refuses this ultimatum, Abbas will declare that the elections must be pushed off, while squarely laying the blame for the delay on Israel. In this manner, the Palestinian elections will be avoided. Abbas and Fatah will continue to control the areas of Judea and Samaria currently under their control, and Hamas will continue to control Gaza. Israel will, of course, be blamed. READ MORE

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Pensacola Saudi gunman’s Twitter account “condemned US support for Israel and included a quote from Al-Qaeda’s deceased leader, the Saudi Osama bin Laden”

TIMES OF ISRAEL
Saudi gunman reportedly called US a ‘nation of evil,’ decried support of Israel
by Agencies
December 7, 2019

A Saudi military student reportedly condemned the US as a “nation of evil” in an online manifesto prior to opening fire Friday at a US naval base, killing three people before being shot dead by police. The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist media, identified him as Mohammed al-Shamrani, saying he had posted a short manifesto on Twitter that read: “I’m against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil.”…Jerusalem appeared to be a “critical point” for the attacker and one of his most recent tweets shared the text of US President Donald Trump’s December 2017 speech recognizing the city as Israel’s capital. READ MORE

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J Street and Palestinian Authority praise Democratic-led resolution which supports Two-State Solution and condemns proposed West Bank annexations

JERUSALEM POST
Palestinian Authority Welcomes House Resolution Backing Two-State Solution
by Khaled Abu Toameh
December 7, 2019

The Palestinian Authority on Saturday welcomed a United States House of Representatives resolution that expresses support for the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Friday’s non-binding resolution also warned Israel against any attempts towards annexation of territory in the West Bank. The resolution declared that “only the outcome of a two-state solution…can both ensure the state of Israel’s survival as a Jewish and democratic state and fulfill the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for a state of their own.” READ MORE

TIMES OF ISRAEL In rebuke to Trump and Netanyahu, US House passes resolution supporting 2 states Measure that condemns any West Bank annexation passes mostly on partisan lines and comes after two leaders discussed prospects of extending Israeli sovereignty over Jordan Valley

The vote tally for House Resolution 326 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding United States efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a negotiated two-state solution (Democrats:221 For; Republicans:183 Against)

ALGEMEINER Pro-Israel Democratic Group Slams Bernie Sanders for Failing to Disassociate Himself From Campaign Surrogate Linda Sarsour After Latest Antisemitic Outburst A top pro-Israel Democratic group has called out presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for failing to disassociate himself from prominent supporter Linda Sarsour following her latest antisemitic outburst [“Israel ‘Is Built on the Idea That Jews are Supreme to Everyone Else”]

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“When people start branding anything they object to as “illegal,” they turn the law into just another player on the political battlefield”

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Legalizing politics and politicizing the law
by Evelyn Gordon
November 27, 2019

One of the modern era’s most dangerous problems is the conflation of politics with law. Political questions are increasingly treated as legal ones, which inevitably results in the law becoming politicized. Last week provided two salient examples. One was the response to the U.S. State Department’s announcement that Israeli settlements don’t violate international law. What was striking was that many opponents didn’t actually challenge the department’s (correct) legal conclusions. Instead, they objected on policy grounds…Essentially, all three [opponents] want the settlements declared illegal simply because they think settlements are bad policy, regardless of what international law actually says. READ MORE

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