Prime Minister expressed optimism about the prospects of peace in
the Middle East and underscored Israel’s evolving and rising status in the
Speaking at the Knesset on Monday, Netanyahu said that “the Arab
Spring did not live up to its expectations, and we are standing as the world’s
frontline position against radical Islam. Unfortunately, there are hypocrites
who still condemn us and not the bloodthirsty zealots.”
Despite the regional turmoil and the looming dangers, Netanyahu
said he was “encouraged” by the situation.
“Our relations with the countries of the world are flourishing in
an unprecedented manner. Our relations with the moderate countries in the Arab
and Muslim world are being forged openly,” he stated.
Earlier this month, Netanyahu visited the Gulf country of
Oman and met with its ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said. It is the first trip made
by an Israeli prime minister since Shimon Peres in 1996.
“For years there was a
consensus that the path to peace goes through peace with the Palestinians, but
this does not guarantee that they will last,” Netanyahu noted. “Relations that
have been forged after the Oslo Accords were severed due to the Palestinian
stubbornness, and they are being forged again despite the fact that there are
no negotiations with the Palestinians.”
“We will move forward with our neighbors who want peace, and many
do,” he stated.
On Sunday, Israel and Chad renewed ties, 46 years after
they were cut off, as Chad’s President Idriss Deby met with Netanyahu in
Jerusalem. Netanyahu will soon make a visit to the Muslim-majority African
country, where they plan to establish full diplomatic relations.
Israeli media estimates that Israel is on the way to establishing
ties with Sudan in Africa, currently in a state of warfare with Israel, and
with the Gulf state of Bahrain.
Following the Airbnb decision to give in to the BDS campaigners, the Simon Wiesenthal Center is urging its 400,000
constituent members and Jews the world over to boycott Airbnb after its
CEO announced it will no longer allow its services to be used by Jewish
residents on the West Bank.
“This is double standard anti-Semitism pure and simple. Nowhere else on the
planet has Airbnb stopped making its service available in disputed territories,
except Judea and Samaria,” said Rabbis Marvin Hier and Rabbi Abraham
Cooper, SWC Founder and Dean and Associate Dean and Director, Global Social
“To be clear, no Israeli leader, left, right, or center, would ever return to
the indefensible ‘Auschwitz borders,’ a term coined by the founder of Israel’s
peace movement, the late Israeli Foreign Minister, Abba Eban,” they added.
"We take note that Airbnb has no problem doing business in the territory
of the Palestinian Authority, which names schools and shopping centers in honor
of mass murderers who have killed innocent civilians and have a ‘pay to slay’
policy when it comes to killing Jews.
“We don’t expect Airbnb to be geo-political experts, but today’s draconian and
unjust move, which only empowers extremists and terrorists, merits only one
response—taking our community’s business elsewhere," the Rabbis
1990, Security Council passed 175 resolutions, 97 were directed against Israel
(It is 55% of all resolutions).
1990, UN General Assembly voted on 690 resolutions, 429 were directed against
Israel (It is 62% of all resolutions).
3. The UN
was silent when Jordanians destroyed 58 Synagogues in Jerusalem.
4. The UN
was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish
cemetery on the Mount of Olives.
5. The UN
was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like policy of preventing
Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.
6. The UN
was silent while for 18 months Israel was terrorized by indiscriminate suicide
bombing campaign unleashed by PA leadership.
are 60 Muslims countries in the UN. As well as many more are others Arab oil
8. Due to an institutional bias against Israel, it is the ONLY
MEMBER of the UN that will NOT BE PERMITTED MEMBERSHIP ON THE SECURITY COUNCIL.
(The Palestinian Authority gained its non-member observer
state status at the UN in November 2012 with 138 votes.)
is the only country excluded from the UN's regional group system… Since Israel
does not belong to any group, it is the only country of 190 member states that
is not eligible to serve on the numerous UN commissions.
recent years, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights has annually passed five
resolutions condemning Israel. This year, they passed seven. By contrast, each
of the following countries/regions has been the subject of only one resolution:
Afghanistan, Burundi, Congo, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Russia/Chechnya, Sierra
Leone, Southeast Europe and Sudan…
11. Nov. 29
is the United Nations Day of International Solidarity with the Palestinian
People. No other people have a UN Day of Solidarity!
is the only state to which a special investigator with "an open-ended
mandate to inspect its human rights record" is assigned by the UN.
13. It is
the only state targeted by two special committees and special units of the UN
Secretariat ostensibly devoted to the Palestinians but in reality dedicated to
Israel-bashing worldwide, costing millions of dollars a year.
the UN force stationed on the Israel-Lebanon border, hid a videotape of Israeli
soldiers being abducted by Hezbollah in October 2000. After finally admitting
to having the tape, the UN would only show an edited version (in which
Hezbollah faces were hidden) to the Israeli government.
in Paris, began passing resolutions about protection of Jerusalem holy sites
and access for Muslims in 1968. No resolutions about protection or Jewish
access were passed from 1946 to 1967 when Jordan controlled Jerusalem and
barred Jews from entering…
IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ronen Manlis
said "We are in the midst of a wide-scale process of accumulating more
infantry, armored and other forces to the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip, and
we are mobilizing reserves for Iron Dome operations and the Home Front
Command," he said.
“We struck four
multi-story buildings that Hamas uses for terror activity. We attacked the
buildings in an orderly manner after the inhabitants have been evacuated,"
he explained."Hamas is
behaving as if we have moved on to targeted assassinations, as their men have
been in hiding since Monday afternoon," Manelis added.
very well what we are attacking and what the cost of the confrontation with the
IDF is. We will continue to act with full force,” Manelis wrote on Twitter.
IAF strikes in Gaza (Photo: AFP)
The IDF spokesman
added that in light of the escalation of hostilities, the evacuation of the
Gaza border communities’ residents is something the military is considering,
although it is not yet necessary.
In response, the
armed wing of Hamas threatened to step up attacks and fire rockets at the
southern cities of Ashdod and Be'er Sheva if Israel continues to carry out
airstrikes in Gaza.
spokesperson for Islamic Jihad went as far as to imply the faction will strike
the center of the country next.
The IDF said some
150 targets were attacked in the Gaza Strip on Monday evening and overnight
Tuesday, including the Gaza City headquarters of Hamas' Al Aqsa TV station.
Israel had fired warning shots ahead of the airstrike, prompting the station to
halt programming and replace it with a logo. Minutes later, the airstrike
flattened the three-story building and the station went black.
IAF destroys building in Gaza (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
station broadcasts violent propaganda against the State of Israel and its
citizens, as well as operational messaging to militants, which include methods
for carrying out attacks against civilians and soldiers and way to obtain
weapons," the IDF said.
spokesman Fawzi Barhoum condemned the bombing as "a barbaric, brazen
aggression." Ten minutes later, the station resumed broadcasts, airing
pre-recorded national songs.
official abroad Izzat al-Rishq said, "We are holding talks with a large
number of Islamic Arab countries, as well as with western countries and
international organizations to condemn the escalation caused by the Zionists,
and to end the ongoing aggression against our people, during which innocent
civilians are hurt.
The IAF also
hit Hamas's interior security headquarters, which were disguised as the Al-Amal
Hotel. The activity conducted in the structure apparently included the planning
of terror attacks against Israeli targets. The hotel is located in the heavily
populated a-Rimal neighborhood in the northern Gaza Strip. Gaza’s health
ministry is located nearby.
target attacked was Hamas' military intelligence force for research and
development—a high-rise structure located near a school.
In addition, the IAF
hit a weapons storage facility in Khan Yunis, a military complex in Zeitoun,
and a weapons manufacturing site in Sheik Omdan.
House bombed in Khan Yunis (Photo: AFP)
The Israeli Navy
attacked a vessel belonging to the Hamas naval force at the Nuseirat port in
the southern Gaza Strip.
represent an escalation in the IDF's response, as it has resorted to softer
targets over the past few months.
The Security Cabinet convened Tuesday to decide
on the next steps of fighting against Hamas.
Meanwhile, an IAF aircraft struck a terror cell
launching rockets in northern Gaza, during which one Palestinian was killed and
another was wounded, according to the Palestinian health ministry.
In addition, two Palestinians breached the
security fence at the Karni crossing in northern Gaza. They sabotaged the fence
and shortly thereafter returned to the strip.
Five thousand people, 175 companies and representatives from more
than 80 countries are set to attend a flagship homeland security and cyber
defense conference starting Monday in Tel Aviv.
The fifth biennial International Homeland Security & Cyber Conference will
present Israeli know-how and technology that has propelled the country to the
forefront of the world’s security industry, both on the ground and online.
Among those due to address thousands of conference-goers at Expo Tel Aviv are the head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and
Director-General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate , as well
as executives and government officials from countries, including the United
States, Cyprus, Germany, India, Italy, Singapore, South Korea and Spain.
US Transportation Security Administration Chief Information Officer Russell
Roberts and New York Police Department Commissioner James P. O’Neill are set to
provide attendees with an American perspective at the conference, which is
backed by a range of government bodies, including the Israel Export Institute,
the Economy Ministry and the Innovation Authority.
Alongside the keynote addresses and panels will be a large exhibition
showcasing an extensive array of innovative technologies designed by 170
Israeli companies in the fields of national security, intelligence, crowd
protection, mass transit security, cybersecurity and financial tech.
Adiv Baruch, chairman of the Israel Export Institute and the conference,
told The Jerusalem Post that the conference represents one of
the “main pillars” positioning Israel as a leader in the homeland and
cybersecurity innovation fields.
“Israel has become one of the leading hubs in homeland security and
cybersecurity in the last few years,” Baruch said. “They are two different
markets and solutions, but are all connected as they are supposed to provide a
better, safer life for civilians in each country.”
In addition to the exhibition space featuring Israeli innovation,
the conference supports companies by arranging business-to-business meetings
with visiting officials, including chief security officers and procurement
managers. Some 2,500 meetings have already been arranged prior to the
“The conference brings the decision-makers to Israel rather than Israeli
companies chasing the market and committing to additional expenditure. In a
very condensed period of time, we are exposed to a large sum of decision-makers
in that space,” Baruch added.
Israeli companies operating in the fields of homeland and cybersecurity, he
said, are expected to exceed $10 billion in exports this year for the first
“The conference materializes into contracts and revenue in large numbers for
Israeli companies,” Baruch said. “We don’t have the means to follow each company,
but feedback based on the will to participate every year and be part of it is
only based on the positive productiveness of previous conferences.”
Four thousand college
students from 60 countries gathered in Tel Aviv in October for the latest mass singalong sponsored by the social music project, Koolulam.
The event, at Ganei Yehoshua, was attended by GA 2018 participants, graduates
of MASA programs, MASA CEO Liran Avisar Ben Horin, Jewish Agency Chairman Yitzchak
Herzog, Government Secretary Tzahi Braverman, and Masa Chairman Ilan Cohen.
Koolulam was founded with the goal of strengthening society through mass
singing events in which large groups of non-professionals come together to
create a collaborative happening.
The organization gathers as many as 12,000 people at a time from a broad
spectrum of Israeli life, and then films the joint singing productions to share
on social media.
In June this year, Jews, Muslims and Christians joined together at the Jerusalem
Tower of David Museum to sing Bob
Marley’s “One Love” in three languages as a show of unity from Israel. The
video of the event went viral.
Iranian infrastructure and strategic networks have come under
attack in the last few days by a computer virus similar to Stuxnet but “more
violent, more advanced and more sophisticated,” and Israeli officials are
refusing to discuss what role, if any, they may have had in the operation, an Israeli
TV report said Wednesday.
The report came hours
after Israel said its Mossad intelligence agency had thwarted an Iranian murder
plot in Denmark, and two days after Iran acknowledged that President Hassan
Rouhani’s mobile phone had been bugged. It also follows a string of Israeli
intelligence coups against Iran, including the extraction from Tehran in
January by the Mossad of the contents of a vast archive documenting
Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and the detailing by Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu at the UN in
September of other alleged Iranian nuclear and missile assets inside Iran, in
Syria and in Lebanon.
“Remember Stuxnet, the
virus that penetrated the computers of the Iranian nuclear industry?” the
report on Israel’s Hadashot news asked. Iran “has admitted in the past few days
that it is again facing a similar attack, from a more violent, more advanced
and more sophisticated virus than before, that has hit infrastructure and