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      Kislev 29, 5774, 12/2/2013

      Israel headlines: Arabs, Iran, Livni and Chanukah


      Israel headlines tell a story. They tell you the news. But sometimes, they reveal some underlying truths.  

      In this report, you’ll see a sampling of headlines from Israel’s press—and some comments about those headlines.

      Today, we look at—and comment on—headlines for the period, November 29 -30, 2013.

      The war against Israel

      -Rising violence in West Bank creeping toward Jerusalem

      --UN chief warns of ‘dangerous situation’ between Israel, Palestinians 

      -Palestinian official says peace talks already failed

      -On ‘International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People,’ Ban Ki-Moon says he’s alarmed by escalation of violence, incitement

      -Lieberman: Our lands are being robbed

       The Arab war against Israel is getting hotter.  Arab violence against Jews in Judea-Samaria increases. Arab violence creeps towards Jerusalem.

      We have seen this kind of violence spike before in Israel: it seems always to appear when the West tries to force peace on Israel. Arabs watch the West pressure Israel. But instead of using that pressure to get a real peace agreement, they use it to incite violence against Jews.

      It’s a formula that never fails: when Israel bows before Western pressure, the Arabs see Israel as weak—and vulnerable. Therefore, the more Israel back-pedals in the face of Western pressure, the more anti-Jew violence we see.

      Now we see this increase of violence during our week of Chanukah. In case you forgot, our Chanukah celebrates how Jews of old stood strong before those who would destroy all that is Jewish.

      In case you forgot, Abbas and his Fatah Party have the same goal as our ancient enemies—the destruction of the Jewish presence in Israel. If you question that, take a look at the new Fatah Party logo. It’s a map of the new Arab ‘Palestine’ in place of Israel.

      What does that tell you?

      America and Israel

      -How sloppy US diplomacy is empowering Iran

      -Israeli deputy minister: Kerry legitimizes terrorism

      -US freed top Iranian scientist as part of secret talks ahead of Geneva deal’

      -Israeli officials denounce Obama for giving Iran right to enrich, destroying sanctions

      The US is once again getting a black eye. First, an announcement has appeared in Israel that, as part of secret Iran-US negotiations (which were hidden from Israel), the US released from prison an important Iranian scientist, whose nuclear expertise helps the Iranian nuclear enterprise. That release took place in April, 2013.

      The inference here seems clear: as Israel worked during 2013 to get the US to pressure Iran—and as US President Obama kept telling Israel, ‘I’ve got your back’--the US was actually aiding the Iranian nuclear project by releasing from prison one of their important nuclear scientists.

      The announcement of that release did not sit well with an Israel that has come to believe the ‘Iran deal’ was no deal at all. The release suggests that the US does not have Israel’s interests in mind. The release seems to validate Israel’s sense of betrayal by the US.

      The Saudis, meanwhile, are reported to characterize the US negotiation effort with Iran as ‘amateurish’ and ‘clumsy’. For example, the Times of Israel reported that in 2010, White House Spokesperson Robert Gibbs declared that the administration had no intention of allowing Iran to continue enriching uranium. But as of November 2013, under the interim deal’s terms, that’s exactly what the US has allowed--Iran can continue enrichment.

      What does that tell you?

      Iran

      -Iranian FM: Tehran won’t attend nuclear talks if ‘Zionist regime’ present

      -Rouhani: We’ll keep enriching uranium as needed

      -Rohani: Iran will not dismantle nuclear sites

      As if to reinforce Israeli suspicions about Iran—and the failure of US diplomacy--we saw Iran make three quick headlines during this news cycle, almost immediately after the ‘deal’ was announced: first, Iran declared that it was going to continue enriching uranium. Then, it announced that it wasn’t going to dismantle any nuclear sites.

      What does that tell you about the ‘deal’?

      These announcements seemed to prove Israel’s case against Iran. Whatever Obama was saying about this deal, Iran felt bold enough, in essence, to spit in the West’s face: we’ll do what we want, it seemed to be saying. You can’t stop us!

      Then Iran made what seemed a curious announcement: it wouldn’t participate in any nuclear talks if the Zionist entity (Israel) was present. Iran, of course, has good reason to object to Israel: the Israeli’s won’t be so easy to fool or manipulate.

      What is Iran telling the West here?

      During this news cycle, one unnamed Israeli official was quoted as suggesting that, under the terms of this deal, he could see all sanctions against Iran collapsing within months, leaving Iran totally free to do as it pleases.

      Remember, just a few days ago, the US announced that this deal will make Israel safer.

      The Left’s war against Israel

      -Livni Encourages Students to Meet Abbas in Ramallah

      Israeli Justice Minister—and chief Israeli peace negotiator for the current round of peace talks—Tzipi Livni has stepped into a controversy that had been unfolding within an Israeli student organization. It seems that some in the organization wanted to meet with Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority. Others did not want to meet with Abbas. Livini stepped in to encourage the students to go to Ramallah, so they could, she suggested, add their voice to the push for peace.

      Her reasoning was that Israel is at risk. She claimed to the press that Israelis who live over the Green Line have provoked Europe to boycott Israeli research and academicians, thereby validating a student concern. 

      She has been horrified by this threat. She has been horrified by Jews living in Judea-Samaria which, by the way, is for many in Israel ancestral Jewish national homeland.

      She gives the impression that, if Europe speaks crossly to Israel about our ancestral land, she must be first in line to bow to Europe’s demands. She acts as if she must be first to do whatever Europe wants.

      It’s all about Europe, you see. We can’t anger Europe.

      The same goes for the US. We must never do anything to anger the US.

      What’s wrong with this approach? It shows Israel to be needy and weak. It suggests that Israel is a country whose national integrity can only be determined by others.

      No one respects that. No one respects a Jew who says s/he’d give up something as precious as ancestral land to please the non-Jewish bully.

      Such behaviour announces, we are afraid of you. It says, please don’t hurt us.

      Is that what we are?

      Is that what Livni is?

      This is the week of Chanukah. Chanukah is the story of Jews standing up to foreign bullies. What kind of Chanukah story does Tzipi Livni write for the Jewish people?



      Kislev 26, 5774, 11/29/2013

      Israel headlines for Chanukah, November 26-28, 2013


      Israel headlines tell a story. They tell you the news. But sometimes, they reveal some underlying truths.  

      Return to this blog every Tuesday and Friday after Noon. You’ll see a sampling of headlines from Israel’s press—and some comments about those headlines.

      Today, we look at—and comment on--Chanukah, which began November 28th.

      Chanukah

      -Some clamor for challurkey while others cry fowl over holiday mix

      With everyone talking about ‘Thanksgivikah’, this headline was a show-stopper. As you may know, some calculate that the next convergence of Thanksgiving and Chanukah will be app 79,043 years from now. Do you know what a ‘challurkey’ is? It’s a challah (bread) baked in the shape of a turkey.

      Now you’re ready for the next Thanksgivikah.

      Here are more Chanukah headlines:

      -IDF Officer: All Hareidim Should Die

      -Police hold for questioning three Jews who attempt to pray at Temple Mount

      -Israel boycott finds favor at American university event

      -Infant wounded by rock throwers in Jerusalem

      What do these headlines have to do with Chanukah?

      They’re about the Chanukah story.

      During the years 175BCE-165BCE (app) Jews in Israel fought against the Greeks and their Syrian allies. These foreign conquerors wanted to rule over the Jew. They wanted to ‘unJewish’ the Jewish State. They wanted to stamp out Jewish worship and Torah.

      Many Jews joined them. The Chanukah war was, to a large extent, between Jews and non-Jews who joined together to reject Torah versus Jews who fought to keep Torah.

      These additional headlines remind us that we continue to battle today against Jews and non-Jews who would destroy the Jewish State. We continue to fight against those who would ‘unJewish’ Israel.

      When the Jewish Hasmoneans won their war, they saved our Torah. They saved our Temple. We are Jewish today—some 2100-plus years later--because of their victory.

      Our enemies still want to destroy us. They want to stamp out Jewish worship.

      Many Jews join them.

      Sound familiar?

      It’s deja vue—the Chanukah story--all over again.

      Which side are you on?

      The war against Israel

      -UN declares ‘Year of Paletine’

      -PLO official: PA will join ICC if peace talks fail

      -Chief Palestinian negotiator: Israel is destroying the peace process

      -Majority of Palestinians believe peace talks with Israel will fail

      -Palestinian debt to IEC passes NIS 1b[illion]

      -Israel boycott finds favor at American university event

      -Terror on the road: Jerusalem plagued by stone throwing

      The war against Israel has many fronts. The UN is an agent to help our enemies. It celebrates ‘Palestinians’. It condemns Israel more than all other nations combined.

      Individual Arabs are bombarded daily with viciously anti-Semitic sermons, TV programs and speeches. Even their (UN-sponsored) school textbooks incite against Israel. They cannot avoid the hate. Driven by this hate, they stone innocent children and civilians.

      Their elders sit at ‘peace’ talks with Israel. Peace? Arabs leaders don’t talk peace. They demonize. They threaten.

      Israel destroys the peace process. Israel must be dragged before the International Criminal Court on charges.  

      University professors—the intellectual guardians of our children—seek to destroy Israel through boycott and sanctions. Israel, they claim, is a colonizer, a settler state, a perpetuator of apartheid.

      What must the G-d of Israel think of these people?

      Gaza

      -Rocket sets off code red sirens in Ashkelon Coast area, but lands within Gaza

      -Gazan captured inside Israel with grenade

      While the West labels Israel as intransigent on peace, Hamas and Gaza remain pro-active. They target Israeli civilians.

      A Gazan enters Israel carrying a hand grenade. The world says nothing. Why?

      Iran

      -U.S.: Six-month clock on interim Iran nuclear deal not yet ticking

      - Iran deal won’t kick in until nuclear inspections, pushing start into 2014

      -US now indicates Iran interim deal wasn’t finalized

      -Iran enjoying pre-implementation ‘window’

      -UN nuclear watchdog likely to need more time, money to implement Iran deal

      -Most Israelis believe interim Iran deal endangers them

      America and Israel

      -Obama touts Iran deal as ‘right move, good for Israel’

      -Report: Obama asks Netanyahu to 'take a breather' from vocal criticism of Geneva deal

      -Iran deal a failure, says ex-national security chief

      -ZOA: Iran deal is Munich, Obama is Chamberlain

      -US told France about secret Iran talks months before it told Israel

      -Poll: Americans back Iran deal by 2-to-1 margin

      -Poll shows Americans split on Iran deal

      During this news cycle, US President Obama came out swinging at Israel. He had signed a deal with Iran. Israel was safe now, he said.

      So why was Israel Prime Minister being negative? Israel should ‘take a breather’.

      A US poll showed support for the plan by a 2-to-1 margin. What part of ‘good deal’ didn’t Netanyahu understand?

      The Israelis should ‘give it a break’.

      It was great theatre. But then the wheels came off.

      Another poll came out. It seems that the original poll showing tremendous American support for the deal wasn’t being confirmed. This second poll didn’t show overwhelming support for the plan. In fact, it showed, essentially, an even split among Americans.

      Then, news started to leak about plan details.  Iran got 8 billion dollars released immediately (too immediately?) from sanctions; but the West couldn’t begin to monitor anything in Iran until some time in 2014.

      The plan was set up to monitor Iran for six months, to see if Iran truly qualified for the lifting of sanctions—but the monitoring clock couldn’t start. No one was ready for it.

      No wonder Iran called the deal a victory for Iran.

      Then, we learned more about the plan. When monitoring did begin, monitors would be limited to sites the Iranians have confirmed and not those critics suspect may exist secretly (where the real nuclear work was being done).  

      Then it got worse. The US admitted that this interim deal hadn’t even been finalized.  A State Department spokeswoman told reporters it wasn’t clear when the deal between Iran and world powers would actually go into effect. But then, she added, the U.S. was respecting the spirit of the deal in urging against sanctions. 

      What?

      This ‘deal’ gave Iran everything it wanted. It provided a pre-implementation nuclear window during which to push forward unimpeded—and 8 billion dollars. This is how Obama makes Israel safe?

      The ZOA (Zionists of America) may have captured best what had just happened when it said that this deal was our era’s new Munich. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have become the new Neville Chamberlains.

      G-d help us all.

        

      Life in Israel

      -Israel’s water shortage eased by 90 percent in four years

      -Another large natural gas field discovered on Israel’s Mediterranean coast

      -Israel to get first (natural) gas filling station next year

      -Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim eyes investments in Israel

      As the world continues to tell us we must buy into the ‘Palestinian struggle’, investors line up to make money from Israeli companies. Israel continues to solve its water issues while the Arab lands around Israel suffer from something horrible called, ‘desertification’—the turning of farmland into desert sand.

      Now Israel reports that yet another natural-gas field has been discovered. This new discovery is called ‘Tamar Southwest’. It contains perhaps 20 billion cubic meters of gas. This 2013 discovery compares favourably with the 2009 ‘Tamar’ site (10 billion cubic meters of gas). It is smaller than the 2010 ‘Noble’ find (16 trillion to 18 trillion cubic feet of natural gas).

      Guess what new businesses Israel is going to develop? One will be natural gas fill-up stations. These will service primarily (at first) busses and garbage trucks.

      If you have ever been in Jerusalem, you’ll know that there are a lot of busses and garbage trucks clogging Jerusalem streets. Converting them to natural gas could have a major impact on local air quality.

      If you want to understand what that means, think about air quality in Cairo, Egypt. Yes, Cairo is much larger than Jerusalem. But in five years, where might air quality be for each city?

      Israel shows the potential to move into a Redemption-style future. It might be safe (if politically incorrect) to say that Cairo shows the potential to turn into a living hell.

      The Arab Middle East

      - Syrian opposition to attend Geneva peace conference

      -Egypt's interim president to decide on voting system

      - String of bombings, shootings kill at least 20 across Iraq

      -HRW: Syrian refugee women sexually harassed in Lebanon

      -Report: 250 Hezollah fighters killed near Damascus

      -Report: Scud missile kills 40 people in Syrian market

      While Israel is demonized, it continues to push the envelope of technology and research. Arabs, meanwhile, go in a different direction. One headline (not included here) reveals that some 2.2 million children have become refugees from Syrian fighting. Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports on rights violations in Lebanon. Fighters in Syria accuse each other of using chemical weapons on the battlefield. Egypt still struggles to find ‘democracy’. Bombers in Iraq continue to kill innocents.

      But of course, the UN doesn’t overly worry about these issues. The UN worries about Israel. It’s all Israel’s fault that, for example, refugee Arab women in Lebanon are sexually harassed by other Arabs.

      Jews around the world

      -Brooklyn Jews targeted in ‘knockout’ attacks

      -Anti-Semitic incidents on the rise in Australia, report shows

      -French Jews too afraid to put kids in public school

      -French Jewish immigration to Israel up by 49 percent

      Face it. It’s a myth that life in Israel is dangerous. We all see news reports about Arab attacks against Jews. But these reports shrink when compared to assaults and attacks in large cities around the world.

      New York City, for example, has more people than all of Israel. While I do not have a source for this, I will suggest to you that there are far more murders, rapes and muggings in New York than in Israel.

      I live in an Israeli city of 44,000 people. There is virtually no crime here.

      We don’t have ‘knockout’ attacks in Israel. We are not afraid to send our children to ‘public schools’ (as Jews in France are afraid to do). We do not fear that our children and grandchildren will be subject to anti-Semitic insults (as a third of the French fear). We are not afraid to walk in public wearing clothing that would identify us as Jews (as many are in Europe today).

      If you are Jewish, the chances are good that you are safest in Israel, not someplace else.

      There are other stories in Israeli news outlets. But aren’t these enough for one day?

      Come back again. You’ll see Jewish Destiny unfolding right before your eyes.



      Kislev 25, 5774, 11/28/2013

      Arab headlines, November 20 –27, 2013


      If you’re like most non-Arabs, you probably don’t read the Arab Press. That could be a mistake.

      The Arab world is not monolithic. It’s dynamic. It’s a living entity. It’s home to almost 350 million people. Many of these people know about you. What do you know about them?

      Every Thursday before Noon ET, return here for something you may not see elsewhere: a look at the Arab news world.

      Here are some personal comments about Arab news for November 20–27, 2013.

      Today, we take a quick look at how Arab news sites look at Israel.

      From Palestinian (PA) news

      Yesterday, November 27, 2013, the PA ran 55 features, analyses and interviews on its news homepage. These 55 features appeared in addition to a list of news headlines.

      Of these 55 ‘feature’ presentations, 33 (60%) were unflattering to Israel.  Here’s a sampling of ‘feature’ headlines about Israel that visitors to the PA news site saw yesterday:

      - Israeli admits shooting at Palestinian children on TV game show

      -Bible scholars: Zionists have 'weaponized' scripture

      -Medics: Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian in south Gaza

      -Israeli forces demolish house, steel structure in Hebron town

      -Activists smash holes in separation wall near Jerusalem

      -3 Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces near Hebron

       The main ‘feature’ of these feature stories is unmistakeable: Israel kills and harms your (Arab) neighbours even as Arabs fight to smash holes in Israel’s symbol of brutality.

      Can you identify what’s missing from these stories?

      Where’s the coverage of ‘peace’?

      Peace is a big story in the West. Peace talks unfold for Israelis and Arabs. Where’s the coverage?

      The West can’t stop talking about peace. Israel and the PA are supposed to be talking about how to live together side-by-side.   

      Where’s the coverage?

      -Where are the interviews with those who will build that peace once all the paperwork has been signed?

      -Where are the analyses of what might be the first steps taken once the paperwork is signed?

      -Where are the feature profiles of those who will build in the new ‘Palestine’?

      -Where are the discussions of what should be built first once peace is real?

      There’s nothing about peace. There’s nothing about building. In PA news, peace doesn’t exist.

      PA news, however, does have a focus. That focus is Israel—and it’s a very clear focus indeed: Israel kills and brutalizes your friends.

      What part of ‘Israel-is-evil’ don’t you get—the shooting, the home-destruction, the murder or the bullying?

      That’s the PA focus.

      If that’s true, there’s a disconnect here. If the PA won’t talk about peace, how do Arabs in the PA prepare for peace? If all PA news can talk about is the ‘demon Israel’, what do you think Arab readers are thinking about—and talking about--when it comes to Israel—peace?

      Explain that to me. Then, once you do that, you can explain to me why, in the face of such a disconnect, the West insists on calling Israel the one who doesn’t want peace.

      There’s something rotten here—and it’s not Israel.

      From around the Arab world

      PA news isn’t the only news source covering Israel in the Arab world. For example, on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, Jordanian news had its own homepage. It showed 39 stories and features. But only 2 (5%) were about Israel.

      In Saudi Arabia, the news ran 22 features, opinions and news. Only 1 (4.5%) was about Israel.

      In Kuwait, the news ran 13 features, opinion and analyses. Only one (7.7%) was about Israel.

      The Bahrain news showed 34 stories on its main page. None (0%) were about Israel.

      Syrian news ran 43 features and stories. None (0%) were about Israel. The Syrian site does have a section called ‘Related Sections’ displayed at the top of the News Page—and it is therefore visible and noticeable; an ‘Israel’ section appears prominently in this Section. But the stories about Israel under ‘Israel’ do not have the same anti-Israel animus you see in PA news. The stories presented here on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 appeared far, far less hostile than one might expect.

      This is just a sampling of Arab news. One news cycle—and one day within that cycle—cannot possibly tell the whole story about how Israel is presented in the Arab world.

      There is also a language issue. The stories you read about here have not come from Arabic sites; they come from English-language sites that Arab nations have built for English readers.

      The news and features presented to English-speakers may be different from news presented in Arabic. We may be reading a ‘laundered’ version of Arab news.

      What you read about here is the news Arab sources want English-readers to see. So, while we may not know what each Arab news site is saying in Arabic about Israel, we can see what they say in English—and what the PA says in English doesn’t appear laundered at all. Their message is clear:  Israel is evil.

      Does that message prepare English-language readers to support peace with Israel?

      You tell me.



      Kislev 25, 5774, 11/28/2013

      Arab headlines, November 20 –27, 2013


      If you’re like most non-Arabs, you probably don’t read the Arab Press. That could be a mistake.

      The Arab world is not monolithic. It’s dynamic. It’s a living entity. It’s home to almost 350 million people. Many of these people know about you. What do you know about them?

      Every Thursday before Noon ET, return here for something you may not see elsewhere: a look at the Arab news world.

      Here are some personal comments about Arab news for November 20–27, 2013.

      Today, we take a quick look at how Arab news sites look at Israel.

      From Palestinian (PA) news

      Yesterday, November 27, 2013, the PA ran 55 features, analyses and interviews on its news homepage. These 55 features appeared in addition to a list of news headlines.

      Of these 55 ‘feature’ presentations, 33 (60%) were unflattering to Israel.  Here’s a sampling of ‘feature’ headlines about Israel that visitors to the PA news site saw yesterday:

      - Israeli admits shooting at Palestinian children on TV game show

      -Bible scholars: Zionists have 'weaponized' scripture

      -Medics: Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian in south Gaza

      -Israeli forces demolish house, steel structure in Hebron town

      -Activists smash holes in separation wall near Jerusalem

      -3 Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces near Hebron

       The main ‘feature’ of these feature stories is unmistakeable: Israel kills and harms your (Arab) neighbours even as Arabs fight to smash holes in Israel’s symbol of brutality.

      Can you identify what’s missing from these stories?

      Where’s the coverage of ‘peace’?

      Peace is a big story in the West. Peace talks unfold for Israelis and Arabs. Where’s the coverage?

      The West can’t stop talking about peace. Israel and the PA are supposed to be talking about how to live together side-by-side.   

      Where’s the coverage?

      -Where are the interviews with those who will build that peace once all the paperwork has been signed?

      -Where are the analyses of what might be the first steps taken once the paperwork is signed?

      -Where are the feature profiles of those who will build in the new ‘Palestine’?

      -Where are the discussions of what should be built first once peace is real?

      There’s nothing about peace. There’s nothing about building. In PA news, peace doesn’t exist.

      PA news, however, does have a focus. That focus is Israel—and it’s a very clear focus indeed: Israel kills and brutalizes your friends.

      What part of ‘Israel-is-evil’ don’t you get—the shooting, the home-destruction, the murder or the bullying?

      That’s the PA focus.

      If that’s true, there’s a disconnect here. If the PA won’t talk about peace, how do Arabs in the PA prepare for peace? If all PA news can talk about is the ‘demon Israel’, what do you think Arab readers are thinking about—and talking about--when it comes to Israel—peace?

      Explain that to me. Then, once you do that, you can explain to me why, in the face of such a disconnect, the West insists on calling Israel the one who doesn’t want peace.

      There’s something rotten here—and it’s not Israel.

      From around the Arab world

      PA news isn’t the only news source covering Israel in the Arab world. For example, on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, Jordanian news had its own homepage. It showed 39 stories and features. But only 2 (5%) were about Israel.

      In Saudi Arabia, the news ran 22 features, opinions and news. Only 1 (4.5%) was about Israel.

      In Kuwait, the news ran 13 features, opinion and analyses. Only one (7.7%) was about Israel.

      The Bahrain news showed 34 stories on its main page. None (0%) were about Israel.

      Syrian news ran 43 features and stories. None (0%) were about Israel. The Syrian site does have a section called ‘Related Sections’ displayed at the top of the News Page—and it is therefore visible and noticeable; an ‘Israel’ section appears prominently in this Section. But the stories about Israel under ‘Israel’ do not have the same anti-Israel animus you see in PA news. The stories presented here on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 appeared far, far less hostile than one might expect.

      This is just a sampling of Arab news. One news cycle—and one day within that cycle—cannot possibly tell the whole story about how Israel is presented in the Arab world.

      There is also a language issue. The stories you read about here have not come from Arabic sites; they come from English-language sites that Arab nations have built for English readers.

      The news and features presented to English-speakers may be different from news presented in Arabic. We may be reading a ‘laundered’ version of Arab news.

      What you read about here is the news Arab sources want English-readers to see. So, while we may not know what each Arab news site is saying in Arabic about Israel, we can see what they say in English—and what the PA says in English doesn’t appear laundered at all. Their message is clear:  Israel is evil.

      Does that message prepare English-language readers to support peace with Israel?

      You tell me.



      Kislev 23, 5774, 11/26/2013

      Israel headlines, November 22-25, 2013


      Israel headlines tell a story. They tell you the news. But sometimes, they reveal some underlying truths.

      Return to this blog every Tuesday and Friday after Noon. You’ll see a sampling of headlines from Israel’s press—and some comments about those headlines.

      Today’s headlines—and those comments--come from November 22 - 25, 2013.

      The Arab-Israel conflict

      -More Palestinians working in Israel, but unemployment rising sharply in West Bank and Gaza

      -Fatah Video Publicizes Threats to Kidnap, Kill, Bomb Israelis

      -PA Sheikh: Only Solution for Jews is the Sword

      Gaza

      -Hamas Threatens Israel with Genocide

      -Hamas: Our Rockets Will Reach North of Tel Aviv

      America and Israel

      -Poll [in US] shows ebbing Israeli support for Iran strike

      -Obama’s failure of moral courage

      -John Kerry: Iran nuclear deal makes Israel safer

      Iran

      -Geneva breakthrough: Iran and world powers reach interim deal on nuclear program

      -Gulf States Worry Deal Boosts Iran's Ambitions

      -Canada vows to keep its Iran sanctions after deal

      -Kerry: Iran Deal 'Safer For Israel'

      -Saudi prince to Iran: We won’t sit idly by

      -Khamenei and Obama are Geneva’s winners, Netanyahu the big loser

      - Jimmy Carter on Geneva deal: 'Historic opportunity' to rebuild relations with Iran

      -Iran nuclear agreement a ‘historic mistake,’ Netanyahu says

      -ADL: ‘Deep concern’ about flaws in Iran deal

      -Nuclear breakout possible in two months, group warns

      -Steinitz: Agreement liable to bring Iran nearer bomb

      -Iranian President Rouhani says nuclear ‘rights’ sealed by deal

      -Trumpeting deal, Iranians say agreement stymies ‘Zionist plot’

      -Rouhani: Sanctions Regime has been Broken

      - Obama advised Netanyahu of secret Iran talks in September

      -Netanyahu: Iran Got What it Wanted

      -PM: The More We Know, the Worse Iran Deal Is

      -Almost 3 of 5 Israeli Jews: US Harmed Israel in Geneva

      Israel politics

      -Drama in Labor party: Herzog beats Yachimovich for chairmanship

      -Herzog: Netanyahu sowing ‘unnecessary panic’ on Iran

      -Liberman: No plan to break up union with Netanyahu

      The Arab Middle East

      -5 Jordanian Journalists Wounded in Syrian Bus Blast

      -Report: Beirut-Bound Car Bomb Intercepted

      -Scores killed as rebels fight siege of Damascus suburbs

      -Syria War Has Killed More than 11,000 Children, Finds New Report

      -Syria: More than 160 Dead in 2-Day Battle

      -Syrian Rebels Unite, Call for Islamic State

      The war of the Left against Israel

      -Cabinet votes yea for Shai Nitzan as state prosecutor

      Jews around the world

      -New Australian government shifts  voting pattern on Israel at UN

      -Conservative synagogues wrestle with non-Jews in the pews

      -UN Holds First Discussion on Rights of Refugee Jews

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      The big story in this news cycle was, of course, the nuclear deal with Iran. Some sanctions on Iran will now be lifted. But will Iran’s nuclear ambitions be stopped?

      Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been saying for weeks that, to assure that Iran will not be in position to build a nuclear bomb, two steps had to be taken: an Iranian heavy water plant had to be closed (heavy water is essential to the running of some types of nuclear reactors used to produce nuclear weapons); and, second, Iran must be forced to stop enriching uranium.

      Did this deal accomplish these two steps? No.

      Nevertheless, the US hailed this agreement as a crucial step forward. Ex-President Jimmy Carter even called the deal, ‘an historic’ opportunity to rebuild relations with Iran.

      In fact, Carter used the very word chosen by Netanyahu to describe the deal—except that Netanyahu didn’t characterize the deal as an ‘opportunity’. Netanyahu called the deal, ‘an historic mistake’--one that would bring Iran closer to a bomb.

      What’s more important, building relations with an aggressive Iran, or stopping Iran from building a nuclear arsenal? Carter—and Netanyahu—have made their choices.

      Netanyahu was quick to condemn the deal. The US was quick to celebrate a job well done.

      Who was right? Was the US correct to call this deal a great one (one that would make Israel ‘safer’)—or were the Israelis correct to call it a bad one, one that would make war with Iran more likely)?

      For an answer, don’t look at the US. Don’t look at Israel. Look to the Saudis.

      The Saudis hated the deal. It is, they said, bad. They agree with Israel.

      The Iranians agreed with the US. Teheran boasted that this deal cemented its nuclear ‘rights’. The deal also, Teheran said, ‘stymied the Zionist plot.

      You couldn’t get any clearer than that.

      The Saudis are angry. Do you remember the Wikileak scandal? From those leaks, we learned that the Saudis had been secretly telling the US—repeatedly—that the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East was Iran. The Saudis wanted the US to do something. The US did: it said repeatedly in public—and behind closed doors—that the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East was Israel.

      The Saudis didn’t think that was funny. They believe that the US has been ignoring their pleas for a hard line against Iran.

      For them, this deal is the capstone of a consistent pro-Iran scheme that the Obama administration has been pushing for years.  They are not happy.

      They aren’t alone. Israel knew that the US had been holding secret negotiations with Iran—and the US had withheld that information from Israel. The Times of Israel reported that, while Obama first told Netanyahu in September that secret meetings with Iran had been held, the truth was that Israeli intelligence already knew that these secret meeting had been going on for seven month. Israeli media reported that Israeli officials ‘angrily denounced [this US] diplomatic outreach to Teheran’.

      Now, during this news cycle, Israel media showed a picture of Catherine Ashton of the EU and John Kerry of the US in what can best be termed a triumphant embrace (at the success of their ‘deal’).  Israelis weren’t amused by their apparent glee. Three of five Israelis were reported to see the deal as actually harming Israel, rather than, as Kerry has suggested, helping Israel.

      What could happen next to US-Israel relations?

      Meanwhile as everyone focused on Iran, Hamas and Fatah (the PLO) reminded us that Israel is in the middle of ‘peace’ talks with the ‘Palestinians’. Naturally, everyone wants peace. The US and the EU accuse Israel of refusing to sign for peace. They want Israel to quit stalling. They want to see a peace treaty.

      Why would Israel stall? Why would Israel not want peace?

      Perhaps this news cycle gave us an answer: Hamas threatened Israel with genocide. A Palestinian Authority cleric declared that the only ‘solution’ for Jews is ‘the sword’. A Fatah video publicized Arab threats to kidnap, kill and bomb Israeli.

      What ‘peace’ talks?

       

       



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