Saudi Arabia Possible Ally of Israel

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud said in an interview "We do not see Israel as an enemy. We see it as a possible ally and there are many interests that can be realized together."

On the UAE's relationship with Israel, he said, "Every country has the full freedom to do what it wants according to what it sees fit. They have the full right to do whatever they see fit for the UAE."

Bin Salman also referred to the Iranian nuclear issue and talks between the powers and Iran in Vienna, saying, "The Iranians are our neighbours and will be forever. We cannot get rid of them and they cannot get rid of us, so we better resolve the issues and look for ways to coexist."

Then he said "Any country in the world that has nuclear bombs is dangerous, whether it is Iran or another country. We do not want to see a weak nuclear deal."

At the same time, he is still playing the Palestinian card, saying "We hope the problem between Israelis and Palestinians will be resolved."

Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak

It is quite clear that in the best Arab tradition Saudi Arabia will make alliance with Israel because it needs help of the Jewish state to deal with nuclear armed Iran. It is not a feeling of love or deep friendship behind this, but a necessity and pragmatic understanding that using Israel to remove the nuclear threat from their enemy, another Muslim state, is the best option they have. It is said: “There are no allies in this world. There are interests.”

Arab-Israeli Teachers Raising New Generation of Enemies Within

A group composed of staff from an Arab-Israeli school located in the Kabiyah-Tabash-Hajajara community in northern Israel, including the principal and senior teachers, visited the grave of Yasser Arafat in Ramallah. It is illegal for Israeli citizens to visit Palestinian Authority-controlled cities in Judea and Samaria, including Ramallah, but Arab-Israeli citizens frequently do so. “A visit to Arafat’s grave constitutes support for a symbol of hatred of Israel and action against it at any cost and in any position, even under a false guise of peace activities,” MK Sharren Haskel of the New Hope party wrote.

UN to Update Blacklist of Companies Operating in Israel

The United Nations is considering publishing an update to its blacklist of businesses operating in east Jerusalem, the West Bank and Golan Heights. An initial list of 112 such companies was published in 2020. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet said she would consider an update even though funding remained an issue. (Is it the most important issue the UN is facing at the moment? Even during the major war in Europe the anti-Semites of the UN care only how to delegitimise the Jewish state.)

Another Week of Procrastinational Talks

Russia's chief negotiator in talks to revive a 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Iran said that he thought a deal was possible in the middle of next week. "As far as I know, the Iranians are not ready for direct talks (with the United States). We will have a deal MAYBE in the middle of next week. We are talking about the last efforts before crossing the finish line," Mikhail Ulyanov told reporters. (This has been said so many times, but there are always major points key are left to resolve. Meanwhile, Iran is developing its nuclear weapons!)

Talks that Nobody Wants to Succeed

Iran Warns: We won't wait for the US forever.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh identified the remaining issues as the extent to which sanctions would be rolled back, providing guarantees that the United States will not quit the pact again and resolving questions over uranium traces found at several old but undeclared sites in Iran. "A deal is at hand, if White House makes its mind. Iran is willing, but will not wait forever."

The US warns: We are prepared to walk away from talks.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price clarified that Washington is prepared to walk away from the effort to revive the 2015 nuclear deal if Iran displays intransigence. He stressed that the United States and its allies and partners will pursue "alternatives" if Iran is "unwilling to engage in good faith." The talks have been ongoing for 10 months already.

Egypt's Booming Trade with Israel

IDF troops thwarted a drug smuggling operation on the Egyptian border and apprehended drugs worth about NIS 6 million. Such incidents have occurred relatively frequently in recent months, often with an exchange of fire with the smugglers. Israel in recent years has built a fence along the Egyptian border to block the flow of illegal work migrants coming to the country from Africa through Egypt. The tall fence has also helped slow down the prolific smuggling trade from Egypt into Israel, mostly the work of local Bedouin tribes. (After so many years of 'peace' with Israel, finally, Egypt established a lucrative trade with Israel. Financial help from the US, for doing nothing, is not enough!)

Quote of the Week:

“It is my duty to prepare the security establishment of Israel to be ready to act, when and if needed at any given time, in the present and future. Israel will defend its people at any time when it feels it needs to do so, regardless of whether a nuclear agreement is reached.” - said Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister

Demographic Threat to Jerusalem

by Judy Lash Balint

Jerusalem could one day have a mayor with allegiance to Hamas, warns Chaim Silberstein president of Keep Jerusalem organization that advocates for a united and secure Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty.

With data indicating that the Arab population in Jerusalem is growing faster than the Jewish population and by 2030 the Arab population is projected to be 50 percent of the total population of Jerusalem.

The Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research, Jews constituted 74 percent of the population in 1967, compared to 62 percent in 2019. During the same period, the percentage of Arabs increased from 26 percent to 38 percent in 2019. From 2015-2018, the annual growth rate of the Arab population averaged 2.5-2.7 percent compared to 1.5-1.8 percent for the Jewish population.

Israeli Supreme Court Helping Enemies

The Supreme Court partially granted the appeal of the Arab families against evictions from houses belonging to the "Nahalat Shimon" organization. Justices Yitzhak Amit and Dafna Barak-Erez ruled that the families should be allowed to continue living in the properties in exchange for the payment of reduced rents (NIS 200 each month – Wouldn’t you like to rent a house in Jerusalem, paying $62 per month?).

"Once again, the Supreme Court ruled against the Jewish state. The Supreme Court decision to allow families the invading Arabs in the Shimon HaTzadik neighbourhood continue to live in the properties they looted. This is not just surrender to terrorism but siding with the enemy. The decision serves the terrorist organizations and helps them to de facto occupy territories from the State of Israel," said Lach Yerushalayim chairman Maor Tzemach and Im Tirtzu chairman Matan Peleg.