Friday, January 24, 2020

MixedTimes - Deborah Danan

WATCH: French President Emmanuel Macron Yells at Israeli Security

WATCH: French President Emmanuel Macron Yells at Israeli Security

JERUSALEM - A heated exchange took place between France's President Emmanuel Macron and Israeli security at a church in Jerusalem’s Old City Wednesday, with the French leader telling personnel to leave the holy site because "it's France here.

Israel Gears Up to Host World Leaders for Auschwitz Commemoration

Israel Gears Up to Host World Leaders for Auschwitz Commemoration

JERUSALEM - Thousands of police and counter-terrorism officers will be deployed throughout Jerusalem this week as nearly 50 world leaders will gather in Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Netanyahu Calls on West to Impose Snapback Sanctions on Iran

Netanyahu Calls on West to Impose Snapback Sanctions on Iran

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday called for snapback sanctions to be reimposed on Iran over its nuclear program after Britain, France and Germany triggered a dispute resolution mechanism in the nuclear deal.

Ilhan Omar Opposes Sanctions on Iran but Wants to Sanction Israel

Ilhan Omar Opposes Sanctions on Iran but Wants to Sanction Israel

TEL AVIV -Rep. Ilhan Omar has come under fire over her hypocrisy in criticizing President Donald Trump for his "unmeasured response" in waging "economic warfare" against Iran by imposing new sanctions, while at the same time having no problem supporting sanctions against Israel.

Knesset AG Under Fire for Wife’s Role in Netanyahu Indictments

Knesset AG Under Fire for Wife’s Role in Netanyahu Indictments

TEL AVIV - The Knesset attorney general on Monday faced Likud demands to desist from giving a legal opinion on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's request for immunity after it emerged that he was reportedly in breach of contract over his wife's involvement in formulating the criminal indictments against the prime minister.

Knesset Lawyer Under Fire for Wife’s Role in Netanyahu Indictments

Knesset Lawyer Under Fire for Wife’s Role in Netanyahu Indictments

TEL AVIV - The Knesset attorney general on Monday faced Likud demands to desist from giving a legal opinion on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's request for immunity after it emerged that he was reportedly in breach of contract over his wife's involvement in formulating the criminal indictments against the prime minister.

Shin Bet Chief Warns Against Hamas Stockpiling Weapons

Shin Bet Chief Warns Against Hamas Stockpiling Weapons

TEL AVIV -- The head of the Shin Bet security agency on Wednesday warned against allowingHamas to turn into a second Hezbollah ahead of a ceasefire deal with the Gaza-based terror group.

Israel to Withhold Millions from Palestinian Authority Over Pay-for-Slay

Israel to Withhold Millions from Palestinian Authority Over Pay-for-Slay

JERUSALEM - Israel on Sunday said it would withhold tens of millions of dollars worth of taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority over Ramallah's so-called "pay-for-slay" program, in which stipends are paid to terrorists and their families.

Dutch Lawmaker Calls for Expulsion of 'Biased' ICC Prosecutor

Dutch Lawmaker Calls for Expulsion of 'Biased' ICC Prosecutor

TEL AVIV - The head of the second-largest party in the Netherlands has called on his country to expel the "biased pro-Palestinian" International Criminal Court's top prosecutor over her bid to put Israel on trial for unsubstantiated war crimes claimed by the Palestinians.

Netanyahu, Israeli Officials Condemn New York Stabbing Spree

Netanyahu, Israeli Officials Condemn New York Stabbing Spree

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday condemned the "vicious attack" at a Hanukkah lighting ceremony in upstate New York, the previous night , in which a machete-wielding assailant stabbed at least five people.

Spurning ICC Threat, Netanyahu Vows to Annex Settlements

Spurning ICC Threat, Netanyahu Vows to Annex Settlements

TEL AVIV - Amid the controversy surrounding the International Criminal Court's proposed probe into Israel for unsubstantiated war crimes claimed by the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday repeated his campaign pledge to annex all West Bank settlements as well as the Jordan Valley.

Netanyahu Likens ICC 'Anti-Semitic' Decree to That of Ancient Greeks

Netanyahu Likens ICC 'Anti-Semitic' Decree to That of Ancient Greeks

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday charged the International Criminal Court of “pure anti-Semitism” over its announcement that it will investigate so-called Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian territories.

Top UAE Official Tweets Article Supporting Arab-Israel Ties

Top UAE Official Tweets Article Supporting Arab-Israel Ties

TEL AVIV - The United Arab Emirates' top diplomat on Saturday tweeted an article lauding an emerging Arab-Israel alliance, prompting a tweet from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying he welcomed Israel’s warming ties with the Arab world.

Ron Lauder Launches $25 Million Effort to Fight Anti-Semitism

Ron Lauder Launches $25 Million Effort to Fight Anti-Semitism

TEL AVIV – World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder announced that he was pledging $25 million of his own money to launch a new organization aimed at rooting out antisemitism in American politics, the New York Times reported Monday.

UAE, Bahrainis, Saudis Censure Condemn Hezbollah for Attacking Israel

UAE, Bahrainis, Saudis Censure Condemn Hezbollah for Attacking Israel

TEL AVIV -- In what seems to be another indication of thawing relations between Israel and Gulf states, several prominent figures have come forward and publicly condemned the Hezbollah terror group for attacking Israel and have expressed support for the Jewish state's right to retaliate.

UAE, Bahrainis, Saudis Condemn Hezbollah for Attacking Israel

UAE, Bahrainis, Saudis Condemn Hezbollah for Attacking Israel

TEL AVIV -- In what seems to be another indication of thawing relations between Israel and Gulf states, several prominent figures have come forward and publicly condemned the Hezbollah terror group for attacking Israel and have expressed support for the Jewish state's right to retaliate.

Netanyahu: We Achieved Our Goals Against Hezbollah

Netanyahu: We Achieved Our Goals Against Hezbollah

TEL AVIV -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said while Sunday's exchange of fire with the Hezbollah terror group was tense, Israel achieved all its goals.

WATCH - IDF Stages Fake Evacuation of Hezbollah 'Victims'

WATCH - IDF Stages Fake Evacuation of Hezbollah 'Victims'

TEL AVIV -- The IDF engaged in psychological warfare Sunday by staging a fake evacuation of “bloodied” soldiers from an APC military vehicle hit by Hezbollah, in an apparent attempt to deter the terror group from escalating the violence in the northern border any further.

Abbas: Trump Trampling on Palestinians' 'Culture of Peace'

Abbas: Trump Trampling on Palestinians' 'Culture of Peace'

TEL AVIV -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said from Berlin that the Palestinians were engaged in "spreading a culture of peace" but that the Trump administration was hampering efforts to stabilize the region.

Watch - Yair Netanyahu to Germany: Stop Funding Anti-Israel NGOs

Watch - Yair Netanyahu to Germany: Stop Funding Anti-Israel NGOs

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair has called on Germany to immediately stop its "outrageous" policy of providing millions of euros in aid money to radical Israeli and Palestinian NGOs that are bent on bringing an "end to the Jewish state" and make Israelis feel as if Germany sees the Jewish state as its "colony.

Hezbollah Said Preparing 'Calculated Strike' Against Israel

Hezbollah Said Preparing 'Calculated Strike' Against Israel

TEL AVIV - Hezbollah is preparing a “calculated strike” against Israel in response to two drones that crashed in a Beirut suburb, Reuters reported, citing two sources close to the Iran-backed terror group.

IDF: Israel Followed Iran 'Killer Drones' Plot for Weeks

IDF: Israel Followed Iran 'Killer Drones' Plot for Weeks

TEL AVIV - Israel had been following the killer drones that Iran planned to use against it on Saturday night since they were flown into Syria from Tehran several weeks ago along with four members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the IDF said Sunday.

Netanyahu Hints Israel Behind Attacks on Iranian Targets In Iraq

Netanyahu Hints Israel Behind Attacks on Iranian Targets In Iraq

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday hinted that Israel was behind recent attacks on Iranian weaponsdepotsin Iraq, and added that his country will continue to take action against the Islamic Republic wherever necessary.

Abbas Unhinged: 'We Are the Canaanites Who Were Here 5,000 Years Ago'

Abbas Unhinged: 'We Are the Canaanites Who Were Here 5,000 Years Ago'

TEL AVIV - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has wildly claimed that Palestinians are indigenous to the land of Israel and are the "Canaanites who were here 5,000 years ago" in a fiery speech he gave over the weekend in which he also declared that Jewish settlements in the West Bank would disappear into “the dustbins of history.

Kevin McCarthy: Omar, Tlaib Distancing Democratic Party from Israel

Kevin McCarthy: Omar, Tlaib Distancing Democratic Party from Israel

TEL AVIV - Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are part of a "movement" within the Democratic party that is pulling it away from Israel, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) told the Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

Jennifer Lopez Defies Calls to Cancel Egypt Gig Over BDS Calls

Jennifer Lopez Defies Calls to Cancel Egypt Gig Over BDS Calls

TEL AVIV - Jennifer Lopez’s concert in Egypt on Friday night went ahead but only drew a crowd of 2,000 amidst calls by anti-Israel groups to boycott the performance due to her decision to perform in Israel the week before.

Senior U.S. Official: Israel Must Regulate Chinese Investments

Senior U.S. Official: Israel Must Regulate Chinese Investments

TEL AVIV - A senior U.S. official said that in order to maintain good relations with the U.S., Israel must establish more robust oversight for Chinese investments in the country, theJerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

Neighbors Say Ehud Barak 'Frequently' Visited Epstein Building

Neighbors Say Ehud Barak 'Frequently' Visited Epstein Building

TEL AVIV -Neighbors in a New York City building tied to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein's alleged trafficking ring said that former prime minister Ehud Barak was a “frequent presence” there, theDaily Beast reported Monday.

IDF: Next Gaza War Will Be Short but Deal 'Massive Blow' to Hamas

IDF: Next Gaza War Will Be Short but Deal 'Massive Blow' to Hamas

TEL AVIV - The next war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip will be shorter but harsher than 2014's Operation Protective Edge, and will deal a "massive blow" to terror groups in the coastal enclave, the military said Thursday.

CNN Staffer Apologizes for 'I Love You Hitler' Tweet

CNN Staffer Apologizes for 'I Love You Hitler' Tweet

TEL AVIV -A day after a CNN photojournalist resigned over a tweet referring to "Zionist pigs," another CNN staffer issued an apology for offensive tweets, including one that said, “I love you Hitler.

BDS Fail: House Overwhelmingly Passes Anti-Boycott Resolution

BDS Fail: House Overwhelmingly Passes Anti-Boycott Resolution

TEL AVIV - The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution on Tuesday opposing boycotts of Israel after some Democrats expressed concern last week that the measure could cause infighting within the party leading up to the 2020 election.

Gal Gadot to Star in Netflix’s Biggest Film Yet

Gal Gadot to Star in Netflix’s Biggest Film Yet

TEL AVIV - Israeli actress Gal Gadot will star in the biggest feature film by Netflix, scoring a large payday for the actress best known for her role as Wonder Woman.

IDF Uncovers Attack Tunnel from Gaza into Israel

IDF Uncovers Attack Tunnel from Gaza into Israel

TEL AVIV - The IDF on Monday uncovered another attack tunnel from the Gaza Strip into Israel during construction of an underground barrier, the military said in a statement.

Netanyahu: Iran's Breach of Uranium Limit Shows Nuke Deal 'One Big Lie'

Netanyahu: Iran's Breach of Uranium Limit Shows Nuke Deal 'One Big Lie'

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused Iran of "lying this whole time" and taking a “significant step” toward producing a nuclear weapon after news that Tehran had violated the terms set under the 2015 nuclear deal and exceeding its enriched uranium limit.

Palestinian Authority’s Secret Pay Hikes Enrage Public

Palestinian Authority’s Secret Pay Hikes Enrage Public

TEL AVIV - The Palestinian street is fuming over news that the Palestinian Authority secretly signed off on massive salary hikes and other perks for government ministers at a time when the Palestinian labor market was going through major cutbacks amid an economic crisis.

Mexico City Caves to BDS Extremists, Removes Photos of Jerusalem and Golan Heights

Mexico City Caves to BDS Extremists, Removes Photos of Jerusalem and Golan Heights

NUWEIBA - A dozen photographs have been removed from an exhibition on Israel in Mexico City Metro on the grounds of complaints filed by theBoycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the Jewish state, saying the images, which included scenes from the Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem, depicted territories of "brutal military occupation.

Iron Dome Deployed Ahead of Eurovision in Tel Aviv

Iron Dome Deployed Ahead of Eurovision in Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV - Ahead of what is expected to be an eventful but tense-filled May, the IDF on Tuesday deployed the Iron Dome missile defense system throughout the country after a rocket was launched from Gaza the previous night.

Netanyahu Calls ‘Crisis Meeting’ to Warn Likud that Right-wing Coalition in Peril

Netanyahu Calls ‘Crisis Meeting’ to Warn Likud that Right-wing Coalition in Peril

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called an emergency meeting to warn Likud party leaders that a right-wing government was at real risk of being toppled in favor of a left-wing and Arab-centric coalition put together by main rival party Blue and White following Tuesday’s elections.

Netanyahu Vows to Annex West Bank Settlements

Netanyahu Vows to Annex West Bank Settlements

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed over the weekend to annex West Bank settlements if he is reelected in Tuesday’s elections. The incumbent prime minister also said he had toldPresident Donald Trump that would not evacuate “a single person” from the 400,000 or so Jews residing in the West Bank.

Hamas Chief: Rocket Fire At Tel Aviv Was 'Mistake' And Warning

Hamas Chief: Rocket Fire At Tel Aviv Was 'Mistake' And Warning

TEL AVIV - The leader of the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group said Tuesday that three rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into central Israel were a "mistake," but added that they demonstrated what Hamas would do intentionally in a future conflict.

Brazil's Bolsonaro to Netanyahu: 'I Love Israel'

Brazil's Bolsonaro to Netanyahu: 'I Love Israel'

TEL AVIV - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro professed his love for Israel in Hebrew as he was greeted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, at Ben-Gurion airport Sunday after landing in the country for a two day visit.

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.