US State Department cuts financial aid to UNRWA by nearly $300 million, putting an end to decades of support for the UN agency for ‘Palestinian refugees’.
“When we made a U.S. contribution of $60 million in January, we made it clear that the United States was no longer willing to shoulder the very disproportionate share of the burden of UNRWA's costs that we had assumed for many years. Several countries, including Jordan, Egypt, Sweden, Qatar, and the UAE have shown leadership in addressing this problem, but the overall international response has not been sufficient,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
The United States announced in January it would cut some of its funding to UNRWA. Since then, UNRWA has received pledges of $100 million in additional funding from Qatar, Canada, Switzerland, Turkey, New Zealand, Norway, Korea, Mexico, Slovakia, India and France as a means of making up for the aid that was cut by Washington.
(The uncomfortable question can be asked at this moment: “Why has the US, all the previous presidents, provided this financial and moral support to the enemies of Israel for so long?” Mainly 'budgetary' considerations are used as justification payment cancelation - not the fact that UNRWA has been fostering four generation of ‘professional’ refugees, so-called Palestinians, the only ones in the world, who have been artificially maintained for over 70 years because the international anti-Semites oppose the existence of the only Jewish state! The list of international Jew-haters, who are willing to pick up the tab, is still too long!)
Leshana Tovah Tikatev V’tichatem!
Wish you a Happy and Sweet New Year!
The Trump Administration announced that it rejects the long-standing Palestinian demand for a “right of return” for millions of refugees and their descendants to Israel. The “right of return” is one of the key core issues of dispute in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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FOOD for THOUGHT. by Steven Shamrak
I have found an interesting correlation (although not scientifically proven) that people who express anti-Trump sentiments - Jews or ‘traditional’ Antisemites - would, most likely, support creation of a state for the fake Palestinian people (a two-state solution) on Jewish land. They are disregarding facts and do not care that it has never been the real solution, just another step in our enemies’ plan of destruction of Israel, as it was proven so many times since the idea was conceived in the 1990s!
Israeli security services, Shin Bet, documented 255 attacks in July. It is an increase of 15 percent over the previous month. Two Israelis were killed in attacks in July, including a soldier shot dead by a sniper from Gaza. Despite the increase, the figures in July were well below those of May, when 365 incidents were documented. (How many countries endure this and restrain from wiping enemies out?)
Israel's Supreme Court has ruled that five critically ill women from Gaza may enter Israel for urgent medical treatment despite a government decision preventing relatives of Hamas members from doing so. (Madness - They kill Jews, burn Jewish land, do not pay their medical bills! Why not send them to Egypt, Qatar or Iran for treatment?)
Egypt's military says it will host war games with US troops next month for the second straight year. Exercise will run from Sept 8-20. Approximately 800 US troops will participate.
A Jerusalem court upheld the city's right to shutter the Barbour art gallery, enabling it to close the far-left exhibition center after a year of legal wrangling. The gallery was hosting extremist groups such as Breaking the Silence and the building was also is not zoned to serve as a gallery.
The former Jordanian prime minister, who signed the peace treaty with Israel said in a recent interview that his country would “take Haifa by force” if it ever has the military power to do so, despite the 1994 treaty. (They are all - Jordan, Egypt, Iran and Arab states - just are waiting for the right moment to destroy Israel!)
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced that Israel is purchasing innovative, high precision rockets. The minister said that the new ground-to-ground rockets of different types, some are still under development and classified, will have a range of 30-150 km. The rockets will employ advanced technologies to adapt them to the modern battlefield.
Senior Hamas official, Osama Hamdan, said that even if a ceasefire is achieved with Israel, the terrorist organization will continue to "build its capabilities because it has no faith in the Zionist enemy." He further claimed that "the Zionist enemy has reached the conclusion that the Palestinian resistance cannot be eliminated and Israel will see that it made a grave mistake if the truce with Hamas fails. If a ceasefire is achieved, then we will not delay in working on the lifting of the siege and the lifting of the sanctions on the Gaza Strip."
Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) blasted Arab lawmakers over their plans to push the United Nations to adopt a resolution condemning Israel’s passage of the Nationality Law. “In any normal country,” Levin said, “there is only one way this would be viewed – as treason. I hope that the justice system puts them on trial.”
Delegates from the Conservative party of Canada, the country’s opposition party, approved during its policy convention a resolution recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel. The resolution, which received overwhelming support, endorses the moving of Canada's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem if the Conservative party wins the general elections in 2019. (Only if the Conservatives win!)
Abbas is suffering from severe memory problems and at times does not recognize those around him. The PA chairman has been hospitalized several times in the past year. Despite the reports on his deteriorating health, Abbas continues to refuse to appoint a successor to replace him. (It does not matter who will replace him. The violence against Jews, most likely, will increase as new leader have to 'prove' himself!)
The Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday issued a dramatic ruling calling to regulate the Jewish settlement of Mitzpe Kramim, by applying the “market ouvert” which allows ownership of the land to be registered to the people who bought it from the state, even if the state was wrong to sell the land in the first place. Rather than dismantling the community and evacuating the Jewish residents - as had been the case in so many past rulings in Judea and Samaria, this court called for the Arab claimants to be compensated for their lost land.(and it is long overdue!)
The 'Palestinian' Lives Nobody Cares about!
An “Action Group for Palestinians” this week released the first figures of Palestinians lost in the seven years of the Syrian civil war: 5,222 dead and missing. A breakdown shows at least 3,840 killed in Syrian bombardments of Palestinian refugee camps and in Bashar Assad’s detention and interrogation centers which are notorious for their brutality. A second list reports that the fate of 1,682 Palestinians is unknown. Some may be still be hidden away in Syrian prisons. This report has drawn no response from PA official bodies including Mahmoud Abbas, nor has the PA ever criticized the Syrian President or his Iranian and Hizballah allies for their mistreatment of Palestinians living in Syria. The UN, 'Ugly Nothing', is silent too!
QUOTE of the WEEK:
I knew that there was a bias against Israel, but I hadn't really put a lot of thought into it, until I attended the first session. And when I saw literally how abusive all of those countries were being to Israel, in a way that was pathetic - really I had no choice but to get up and say this is completely wrong... Now, frankly, they're scared to say anything negative about Israel because they don't want me to yell at them. - Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations.
The Threat of War has Increased!
(Mad dogs are barking in chorus)
1. Iran building a new base in Syria - New satellite images are showing that Iran is building a missile factory at Wadi Ghanam near Masyaf, Syria. The factory will produce surface-to-surface missiles and is expected to be completed in early 2019. It appears similar to the nuclear facility in Parchin, Iran.
2. Iran moves ballistic missiles to Iraq - Reuters quoted three Iranian officials, two Iraqi intelligence sources, and two Western intelligence sources, all of whom confirmed the transfer of short-range missiles to Iraq over the course of several months. The missiles, of the Fateh-110, Zolfaqar, and Zelzal types, have ranges of 200-700 km, and are able to threaten both Saudi Arabia and Israel.
3. Hezbollah's next target Judea and Samaria - A senior Hezbollah official on Friday told Lebanon's Al Akhbar newspaper that during the next round of conflict with Israel "A small number of well-armed fighters who are familiar with the enemy's defense system can infiltrate and reach the West Bank, and cause great harm," he said. "The battle with Takfiri organizations left us ready to fight the Zionist enemy," the official emphasized. "The war is coming... and we are preparing for conflict..."
4. Hamas Chief: We Will Hit Tel Aviv - According to Yahya Sinwar, head of Hamas in Gaza Hamas is capable today of firing in five minutes the same number of rockets it launched over the 51 days of Operation Protective Edge in 2014. He claimed that “the number of tunnels and waylays prepared by the resistance forces is greater than that faced by the occupation (that’s Israel) in the previous war.