Tuesday, March 26, 2019

MixedTimes - Deborah Danan

Florida Advances Bill Prohibiting Antisemitic Speech

Florida Advances Bill Prohibiting Antisemitic Speech

TEL AVIV — A bill that would define anti-Semitism as racism, bar religion-based discrimination at schools and universities as well the demonization of Israel was unanimously approved by the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee Tuesday.

Netanyahu Warns Hamas After Latest Terror Balloons: 'Don't Test Us'

Netanyahu Warns Hamas After Latest Terror Balloons: 'Don't Test Us'

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hamas that a major IDF operation was not out of the question, and told the Gaza-ruling terror group "not to test us" as violence continued to flare up around the border area, with the weekend seeing another explosives-laden cluster of balloons land in Israeli territory.

Israel Urges Countries To Stop Funding Terror-Linked BDS Groups

Israel Urges Countries To Stop Funding Terror-Linked BDS Groups

TEL AVIV - Israel's Public Security and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan called on interior, internal security and justice ministers across the world to to stop funding for terror-affiliated NGOs in support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

U.S. Shutters Consulate in Jerusalem as Embassy Fills Role

U.S. Shutters Consulate in Jerusalem as Embassy Fills Role

JERUSALEM - In a move that angered Palestinians, the U.S. officially closed its consulate in Jerusalem on Monday, merging consular activities with the main embassy which was relocated to the capital in May.

Palestinian Authority Daily Runs Oped Calling Trump Mideast Envoy 'Mongoloid'

Palestinian Authority Daily Runs Oped Calling Trump Mideast Envoy 'Mongoloid'

TEL AVIV - U.S. Ambassador David Friedman slammed the official Palestinian Authority newspaper for running an opinion piece that described US President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East as a “mongoloid,” a derogatory term for a person with Down syndrom

Palestinian Official Claims U.S. Ordered Banks to Withhold Funds

Palestinian Official Claims U.S. Ordered Banks to Withhold Funds

TEL AVIV - The US has asked international banks to place a financial embargo on the Palestinian Authority in a bid to exert pressure on the Palestinians to accept the Trumpadministration’s long-awaited peace plan, a senior PA official said.

IDF to Demolish Home of Palestinian Behind Israeli Teenager's Murder

IDF to Demolish Home of Palestinian Behind Israeli Teenager's Murder

TEL AVIV - The IDF on Sunday began preparations for the demolition of the home of a Palestinian man who confessed to brutally murdering a 19-year-old Israeli woman in Jerusalem last week, suggesting that security forces believe that the murder constituted an act of terror.

U.S. to Purchase Iron Dome Missile Defense System from Israel

U.S. to Purchase Iron Dome Missile Defense System from Israel

TEL AVIV - The U.S. Army has purchased the Iron Dome from Israel, the missile defense system that for over a decade has been protecting Israelis from rockets launched from Gaza, Israel's Defense Ministry announced Wednesday.

Netanyahu Rival Gideon Sa'ar Makes Top Five in Likud Primaries

Netanyahu Rival Gideon Sa'ar Makes Top Five in Likud Primaries

TEL AVIV - The results of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party primaries were published Wednesday evening, with Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein coming in first place, Transportation Minister Israel Katz in second place and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan in third.

Israel: Terrorists Work for European-Funded Groups Promoting BDS

Israel: Terrorists Work for European-Funded Groups Promoting BDS

TEL AVIV - In a damning report released Sunday, Israel's Strategic Affairs Ministry said that there are more than 100 links between terrorist organizations Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and NGOs promoting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, some of which are the recipients of millions of euros in funding from European states and philanthropic funds.

Netanyahu Uses Trump in Israeli Election Billboard

Netanyahu Uses Trump in Israeli Election Billboard

TEL AVIV - An oversized billboard of President Donald Trump shaking hands with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was visible on Sunday from Tel Aviv's main highway as part of the prime minister's reelection campaign.

Roseanne Barr to Women's March Leaders: 'B*tch, Shut Up'

Roseanne Barr to Women's March Leaders: 'B*tch, Shut Up'

TEL AVIV - Comedian Roseanne Barr called the Women’s March "disgusting" and said that while she is a fighter for women's rights, when it comes to the movement lead by Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez, her only comment is "Bitch, Shut up.

BDS Fail: Judge Rejects Arkansas Newspaper Suit on Israel Boycott Law

BDS Fail: Judge Rejects Arkansas Newspaper Suit on Israel Boycott Law

TEL AVIV —A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit in Arkansas by a local newspaper to block an anti-BDS law against Israel, ruling that such boycotts are not protected by the First Amendment since denying a purchase on account of perceived injustices relating to Israeli policies has nothing to do with free speech.

Pompeo: Peace Plan to Come ‘Immediately Following' Israeli Elections

Pompeo: Peace Plan to Come ‘Immediately Following' Israeli Elections

TEL AVIV - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the rollout of the Trump administration's much-anticipated peace plan will begin “immediately following” Israeli elections on April 9 and that certain aspects of the proposal have already been discussed with regional partners.

Shin Bet Chief: Chinese Investment in Israel is 'Dangerous'

Shin Bet Chief: Chinese Investment in Israel is 'Dangerous'

TEL AVIV - The head of the Shin Bet security service warned this week that massive Chinese investments in Israel could pose a danger to the country's national security, a local news station reported Wednesday.

In First, Three Iraqi Delegations Said to Visit Israel

In First, Three Iraqi Delegations Said to Visit Israel

TEL AVIV - Three delegations from Iraq have reportedly made trips to Israel in recent months, holding meetings with Israeli officials and academics, visitingthe Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and meeting with experts in the field of Iraqi Jewish heritage.

WATCH: Netanyahu Has Fun in the Sun with Brazilian Fans

WATCH: Netanyahu Has Fun in the Sun with Brazilian Fans

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to be living it up during a state visit to Brazil, and was caught on camera dining in Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana, being swamped by fans on the beach, and even engaging in an impromptu round of soccer.

Israel Prepares for Mass Immigration of French Jews

Israel Prepares for Mass Immigration of French Jews

TEL AVIV - Israel is launching a government-wide initiative to encourage as many as 200,000 French Jews to immigrate to Israel, Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett announced Wednesday.

Hezbollah as Dangerous as Islamic State, Top U.S. Official Warns

Hezbollah as Dangerous as Islamic State, Top U.S. Official Warns

TEL AVIV - Hezbollah is just as “just as dangerous and just as close” as the Islamic State terror group, and operates within "our own borders," a senior State Department official on Tuesday warned diplomats from twelve countries.

Trump Hails Israel's Wall as Model for U.S.-Mexico Border

Trump Hails Israel's Wall as Model for U.S.-Mexico Border

TEL AVIV - In an extraordinary on-camera spat with Democratic leaders Tuesday, President Donald Trump invoked a wall built by Israel in a threat to shut down the federal government if he doesn't get the $5 billion needed to build his proposed wall between the United States and Mexico.

Israel Uncovers Second Cross-Border Hezbollah Terror Tunnel

Israel Uncovers Second Cross-Border Hezbollah Terror Tunnel

TEL AVIV – A second cross-border terror tunnel was uncovered Thursday in the western Galilee, the IDF said. Israel demanded UN peacekeeping forceUNIFIL destroy the tunnels on the Lebanese side of the border.

Operation Northern Shield: IDF Mobilizes Reserves to Ward Off Hezbollah Threat

Operation Northern Shield: IDF Mobilizes Reserves to Ward Off Hezbollah Threat

TEL AVIV - Israel has mobilized artillery and unrolled a partial mobilization of reservists from the Air Force and Military Intelligence to thwart potential attacks from Lebanese terror group Hezbollah following the launch of an IDF operation to destroy cross-border attack tunnels dug by the Iranian-backed group.

Steelers Quarterback Wore Star of David Cleats to Honor Pittsburgh Victims

Steelers Quarterback Wore Star of David Cleats to Honor Pittsburgh Victims

TEL AVIV - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wore special cleats with the Star of David and the words “Stronger Than Hate” during Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, in honor of the 11 victims of the Tree of Life synagogue massacre.

UAE: Iran Paying Price for Its 'Aggressive Policies' with Sanctions

UAE: Iran Paying Price for Its 'Aggressive Policies' with Sanctions

TEL AVIV - The United Arab Emirates’ Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash on Saturday said that Iran’s “aggressive policies” were “largely responsible” for the US decision to reenact sanctions against Tehran, Reutersreported.

Netanyahu: Pittsburgh Victims Murdered Because They Were Jews

Netanyahu: Pittsburgh Victims Murdered Because They Were Jews

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu led a minute of silence at the weekly cabinet meeting in honor of the 11 victims of the Pittsburgh anti-Semitic shooting attack, saying after that his country was mourning those who were "murdered because they were Jews.

Netanyahu: Iran Hiding 'Secret Atomic Warehouse'

Netanyahu: Iran Hiding 'Secret Atomic Warehouse'

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday accused Iran of hiding another nuclear site, and slammed the International Atomic Energy Agency for its failure to launch a probe following Israel's April unveiling of the Iranian nuclear program archive

Israel Endures Sixth Year of Drought

Israel Endures Sixth Year of Drought

TEL AVIV - Israel is entering its sixth year of drought, the Water Authority said Sunday, with many of the country's waterways at a 98-year low.

Trump Cuts $200 Million In Aid To Palestinians

Trump Cuts $200 Million In Aid To Palestinians

TEL AVIV - President Donald Trump ordered that more than $200 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority be cut, a State Department official said on Friday.

Report: Abbas's Son Said He's Against Two-State Solution

Report: Abbas's Son Said He's Against Two-State Solution

TEL AVIV - President Donald Trump's special envoy for the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, held a secret meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' son last September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, veteran Israeli journalist Barak Ravid said.

BDS Fail: PepsiCo Buys SodaStream for $3.2 Billion

BDS Fail: PepsiCo Buys SodaStream for $3.2 Billion

TEL AVIV — PepsiCo bought carbonated drink maker SodaStream for $3.2 billion on Monday, a move that the Israeli company's CEO hailed as a victory for over the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) which long targeted the company.

Netanyahu: We Will Not Accept Anything Less Than Full Ceasefire

Netanyahu: We Will Not Accept Anything Less Than Full Ceasefire

TEL AVIV – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned Hamas that Israel will continue to do whatever it needs to combat the terrorism coming from the Gaza Strip and will accept nothing less than a blanket ceasefire, at the same time as the results of an attempt by Egypt and the UN to strike a truce deal remain unclear.

IDF Releases Footage of Largest Syria Strike in Decades

IDF Releases Footage of Largest Syria Strike in Decades

TEL AVIV - The IDF on Tuesday released a video showing Israel's raid on Syria in May that destroyed more than50 Iranian targets in the most extensive military strike in the country since 1974.

Abbas Warns 'Fateful and Dangerous' Measures In The Works

Abbas Warns 'Fateful and Dangerous' Measures In The Works

TEL AVIV - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday that the Palestinians were planning to make “fateful and dangerous decisions on important issues in the next two months,” leading to speculation that he intends to sever ties with Israel.

Nikki Haley Accuses UN Human Rights Council of Anti-Israel Agenda

Nikki Haley Accuses UN Human Rights Council of Anti-Israel Agenda

TEL AVIV - U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley slammed the United Nations Human Rights Council as being a "bully pulpit for human rights violators" and said that its controversial Agenda Item 7 is designed to undermine Israel’s existence in an interview with the Heritage Foundation in Washington on Wednesday.

IDF Establishes 'War Room' to Fight Kite Terror

IDF Establishes 'War Room' to Fight Kite Terror

TEL AVIV - The Israeli military has set up a "war room" to handle the wave of "kite terror" emanating from the Gaza Strip, which the IDF says the Hamas terror group is coordinating.

Netanyahu to Push for Railway Linking Israel to Saudi Arabia

Netanyahu to Push for Railway Linking Israel to Saudi Arabia

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Transportation Minister Israel Katz will "immediately launch" a trade route initiative called“Tracks for Regional Peace” that will see the establishment of a railway network linking Israel to Saudi Arabia.

Jared Kushner: U.S. Ready to Work with Abbas

Jared Kushner: U.S. Ready to Work with Abbas

TEL AVIV - President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for issuing a blanket rejection of the U.S. peace proposal before seeing it, but added that the U.S.

Abbas Spokesperson: Trump's Peace Plan 'A Waste of Time'

Abbas Spokesperson: Trump's Peace Plan 'A Waste of Time'

TEL AVIV - Palestinian Authority President spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh slammed the Trump administration's highly anticipated peace proposal, declaring that the upcoming visit by the White House Middle East peace team is "a waste of time and is bound to fail," Channel 10 reported on Saturday.

Abbas Adviser: Jews Have No Claim to Jerusalem

Abbas Adviser: Jews Have No Claim to Jerusalem

TEL AVIV - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ senior adviser Mahmoud al-Habbash last week said that President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is part of a plot to divide the Arab world and that anyJewish connection to the holy city is an imperialist myth and distortion of history.

Iranian Army Claims Arab World Guilty of 'Betrayal of Palestine'

Iranian Army Claims Arab World Guilty of 'Betrayal of Palestine'

TEL AVIV - The Iranian Army on Wednesday slammed Arab leaders for their "betrayal" of the "great nation of Palestine" for staying silent in the face of President Donald Trump's "aggressive" Jerusalem move, and added its hope that “the world will witness the collapse” of Israel “very soon.

WATCH: Latest Terror Threat from Gaza - Attack Balloons

WATCH: Latest Terror Threat from Gaza - Attack Balloons

TEL AVIV - Whatever will they come up with next? Gazan rioters have added a creative new weapon to their arsenal. Instead of attack kites, young Palestinians have adopted another child's toy to spread fires on Israeli soil: helium balloons.

WATCH: Gaza Kindergarten Stages Mock Kidnap, Execution of Israelis

WATCH: Gaza Kindergarten Stages Mock Kidnap, Execution of Israelis

TEL AVIV - Gazan preschoolers at a school backed by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group recently held a graduation ceremony in which the children brandished toy machine guns as they acted out the execution of an Israeli solider and the kidnapping of a Israeli civilian.

Israel Destroys Hamas Underwater Attack Drones, Army Says

Israel Destroys Hamas Underwater Attack Drones, Army Says

TEL AVIV - The IDF released additional information on the more than 65 sites it targeted in the Gaza Strip in response to the 100 rockets and mortars launched from terrorist groups there, saying the targets included weapons manufacturing facilities and a stash of unmanned submarines that Hamas was preparing to use for attacks on Israeli naval targets and underwater infrastructure.

Abbas Suggests Trump's Jerusalem Move Put Him in the Hospital

Abbas Suggests Trump's Jerusalem Move Put Him in the Hospital

TEL AVIV - Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas blamed his most recent hospitalization on President Donald Trump's decision to recognizeJerusalem as Israel's capital and the subsequent opening of the U.S.

Defense Minister Liberman: Israel Destroyed ‘Almost All’ Iranian Sites in Syria

Defense Minister Liberman: Israel Destroyed ‘Almost All’ Iranian Sites in Syria

TEL AVIV - Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Thursday morning that the IDF had destroyed "almost all of Iran’s military infrastructure sites in Syria" overnight in response to a rocket barrage in Israel's north, and warned Tehran that attacks on Israeli territory will be met with “the strongest possible force.

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