Israeli Military Expert: U.S. National Security Adviser McMaster "The Right Man in the Right Place" - Ruthie Blum (Algemeiner)
Gen. H.R. McMaster is "the right man in the right place" for both
America and Israel, Dr. Eitan Shamir, a senior research associate at the
Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, told
the Hebrew news site nrg on Tuesday.
McMaster, the new U.S. national security adviser, has been in Israel
"many times; he has many Israeli friends, and I remember an event at
which he called Israel an ally which fights with the U.S., just as
Canada, Britain and Australia do."
Israeli Soldier Sentenced to Prison for Killing Wounded Palestinian Attacker - Stuart Winer and Judah Ari Gross (Times of Israel)
A Tel Aviv military court on Tuesday sentenced Israeli soldier
Elor Azaria, 21, to 18 months in prison for killing a disarmed, wounded Palestinian assailant last year.
Azaria was convicted of manslaughter in January in the shooting death
of Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, who was lying on the ground after stabbing a
soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron.
Another stabber, Ramzi Aziz al-Qasrawi, was killed in the course of the attack.
In reading out the sentence, Chief Judge Col. Maya Heller noted that Azaria violated the army's rules of engagement.
The Disturbing History of Vandalizing Jewish Cemeteries - Kayla Epstein (Washington Post)
The vandalism of a Jewish cemetery in Missouri has caused an uproar
after more than 170 headstones were toppled at Chesed Shel Emeth
Cemetery in University City.
For Jews, the act of desecrating cemeteries recalls a dark history
of prejudice and intimidation against Jewish communities.
Citing Anti-Semitism, UK University Cancels Israel Apartheid Week Event - Rosa Doherty (Jewish Chronicle-UK)
The University of Central Lancashire has cancelled a panel
discussion looking at the boycott of Israel as part of "Israel
Apartheid Week" activity on its campus.
A spokesperson for the university said,
"We believe the proposed talk contravenes the new definition [of
anti-Semitism adopted by the government] and furthermore breaches
university protocols for such events, where we require assurances of a
balanced view or a panel of speakers representing all interests."
"In this instance our procedures determined that the proposed event
would not be lawful and therefore it will not proceed as planned."
Israel's Elta Wins USAF Contract for Shoulder-Fired Anti-Aircraft Missiles (Armscom)
The U.S. Air Force has ordered 21 MANPADS anti-aircraft defense kits
costing $15.5 million from Elta North America, a subsidiary of Israel
Aerospace Industries, to be manufactured in Israel.
MANPADS are shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles used against
low-flying aircraft and helicopters. The announcement Tuesday said the
contract was "for counter-unmanned aerial systems."
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- Trump Calls Anti-Semitic Threats Targeting Jewish Community Centers "Horrible and Painful" - John Wagner
President Trump, visiting the Smithsonian's National Museum of African
American History and Culture on Tuesday, said his tour "was a meaningful
reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all
of its very ugly forms. The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish
community at community centers are horrible and are painful and a very
sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and
prejudice and evil." (Washington Post)
See also U.S. Jewish Leader Wants World Conference to Fight Anti-Semitism
Malcolm Hoenlein, CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American
Jewish Organizations, called on Tuesday for an international conference
on anti-Semitism, saying the "intensifying challenge" of rising
anti-Jewish incidents around the world required global mobilization.
Hoenlein said reports of hate crimes were on the rise in both the U.S.
and Europe. "There must be a universal policy of zero tolerance of
anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry," he said.
(Times of Israel)
- Australian PM Criticizes "One-Sided UN Resolutions" as Israeli PM Arrives for State Visit - Colin Packham
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull offered a staunch defense of
Israel on Wednesday. "My government will not support one-sided
resolutions criticizing Israel of the kind recently adopted by the UN
Security Council and we deplore the boycott campaigns designed to
delegitimize the Jewish state,"
he wrote in The Australian newspaper. Turnbull welcomed Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday as the first Israeli prime minister to visit Australia.
See also In Sydney, Netanyahu Lauds "Clear-Eyed Australia" for Blasting UN - Sue Surkes
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday praised Australia for
being "courageously willing to puncture UN hypocrisy" on resolutions
singling out Israel for condemnation. "The UN is capable of many
absurdities and I think it's important that you have straightforward and
clear-eyed countries like Australia that often bring it back to Earth,"
Netanyahu dismissed calls from former Australian prime ministers
Kevin Rudd and Bob Hawke for Australia to formally recognize Palestine
as a state. "I ask both former prime ministers to ask a simple question:
What kind of state will it be that they are advocating? A state that
calls for Israel's destruction? A state whose territory will be used
immediately for radical Islam?" Netanyahu said.
"I want them to have all the freedoms to govern themselves but none of
the powers to threaten us. Let them govern themselves, but not have the
military and physical power to threaten the State of Israel."
(Times of Israel)
See also Netanyahu Took Two-Hour Flight Detour to Avoid Indonesian Airspace - Elle Hunt (Guardian-UK)
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- Obama, Not Israel, Blocked Initiative for Regional Diplomatic Process - Herb Keinon
It was the Obama administration, and not Israel, that poured cold water
on the idea of a wider regional diplomatic process following a meeting
in Aqaba in February 2016 among Israeli, Egyptian, Jordanian and U.S.
leaders, a senior Israeli diplomatic official said Tuesday. According to
the official, the Americans wanted to "dictate terms" that were
unacceptable to Israel.
He added that the U.S. acted similarly during discussions to end the
2014 Gaza war when it insisted on incorporating Qatar and Turkey into a
cease-fire framework. The cease-fire went into effect, the official
said, only after the U.S. was nudged to the side and an agreement was
reached between Israel and Egypt.
- Report: Israel Air Force Strikes in Syria
Lebanese media claimed on Wednesday that the IDF struck targets on the
outskirts of the Syrian capital overnight at least twice.
Syrian media suggested the attack was aimed at Hizbullah weapons.
- BDS Protest Nixes Israeli Envoy's Talk at Dublin College - Tovah Lazaroff
A pro-Palestinian protest at Trinity College in Dublin on Monday forced
the cancellation of a talk by Ambassador to Ireland Ze'ev Boker as a
campus group stood outside the lecture hall with signs and Palestinian
flags chanting against the State of Israel.
See also Israel Foreign Ministry Decries Bullying by BDS Movement
The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday that the ministry
"is horrified by the vicious action of a group of protestors, which
denied the Ambassador of Israel his right to freedom of expression at
Trinity College Dublin last night. These protestors chanted genocidal
refrains, which call for Israel's destruction, while barring access to
the lecture theater.... Unfortunately, these are the bullying,
intimidating tactics of the BDS movement."
(Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
See also Trinity Criticizes "Unacceptable Attack on Free Speech" - Roisin Power
Trinity College Provost Patrick Prendergast described the cancellation
of an event with the Israeli ambassador after protests as "an
unacceptable attack on free speech." "This was most unfortunate and
represents the antithesis of what Trinity stands for. Universities
should be able to facilitate the exchange of ideas. The protesters have
violated that fundamental belief....We will do everything possible to
make sure that efforts to suppress the free exchange of ideas do not
succeed. I look forward to welcoming Ambassador Boker back to Trinity to
speak again in the near future." (University Times-Ireland)
- Anti-Israel Slogans at Tehran Conference in Support of Palestinian Uprising - Thomas Erdbrink
At this year's International Conference in Support of the Palestinian
Intifada in Tehran on Tuesday, prominent seating was reserved for the
heads of Parliament for Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Syria, as well as the
leaders of Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Hizbullah. All three groups are
considered terrorist organizations by the U.S. All three have offices
in the Iranian capital and all have received money, intelligence and
even weapons from Iran.
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, delivered a long
speech pledging support to all groups that fight against Israel. He also
insisted that any compromise with Israel, even a peace deal based on a
two-state solution, would be "a grave and unforgivable mistake." (New York Times)
- Israel Does Not Cause Anti-Semitism - Alan M. Dershowitz
The view that it is Israel that is causing anti-Semitism is simply
wrong. Anyone who hates Jews because they disagree with the policy of
Israel would be ready to hate Jews on the basis of any pretext.
Has there been growing anti-Chinese feelings around the world as
the result of China's occupation of Tibet? Is there growing hatred of
Americans of Turkish background because of Turkey's unwillingness to end
the conflict in Cyprus? Do Europeans of Russian background suffer
bigotry because of Russia's invasion of Crimea? The answer to all these
questions is a resounding no. If Jews are the only group that suffers
because of controversial policies by Israel, then the onus lies on the
anti-Semites rather than on the nation state of the Jewish people.
American Resolve Is Required Against the Threat from Iran - Amos Yadlin and Avner Golov (Institute for National Security Studies-Tel Aviv University)
In order to formulate a different policy on Iran, the Trump
administration must confirm the following basic assumptions: a)
rejection of the Obama administration's assumption that there is no
alternative to an agreement; this assumption paralyzed the previous
administration; b) the alternative to the existing agreement, should
Iran pull out of it, is the restoration of significant sanctions and a
credible military option.
If Iran should move to nuclear breakout, the response should be
a surgical military strike only against nuclear facilities and
containment of the incident. Against a strong and determined
administration, the possibility of escalation should scare Iran rather
than the U.S.
In the short and medium terms, the Trump administration should
work with other world powers to form a consensus regarding which actions
by Iran would be considered a violation of the nuclear agreement. Even
without Russian or Chinese agreement, the U.S. and its European allies
should coordinate a response for the "gray area" violations.
In parallel, Washington should push for a new Security Council
resolution to replace Resolution 2231, which would unequivocally
prohibit the test of Iranian ballistic and cruise missiles that can
carry a nuclear warhead.
Furthermore, the American administration should increase
pressure on Iran's alliances and relationships with terror organizations
in the region, using counterterrorism and deterrence. This policy
should include a joint intelligence effort of the U.S. and its regional
allies, as well as Israel, along with the employment of targeted force
aimed at stopping Iranian weapon deliveries by sea and air.
in this arena, an aggressive policy against Iran's system of alliances,
and injury to the Quds Force, is necessary so that Tehran will
understand that the Trump administration intends to deal with Iran and
take risks not taken in the past by the U.S.
Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin, former chief of Israeli military
intelligence, heads Tel Aviv University's Institute for National
Security Studies, where Avner Golov is a research fellow.