Israel’s defense minister: Palestinians inciting Ramadan violence

Moshe Ya'alon

“The terrorist attacks over the past two weeks, Palestinian attacks, are the result of incitement, which has increased over Ramadan,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Wednesday.

 Speaking at a conference hosted by the Israel Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center, Ya’alon said, “Unfortunately, the atmosphere during Ramadan [the Muslim holy fasting month that began on June 18] is one where incitement is not directed solely against the State of Israel and Jews, but also against the West. In the Palestinian arena, this leads to stabbing and shooting attacks, and while we don’t know who was behind them at this point, it is very likely they were the work of [terrorist] groups.”

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Israeli border patrol cop injured in Palestinian attack

An Israeli border policewoman was seriously wounded on Monday morning when she was stabbed by a Palestinian woman at Rachel’s Crossing, the main transit point between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

The attacker was arrested at the scene and brought in for questioning. Three knives were found in her possession. The policewoman, who was stabbed in the neck, was transported to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital for medical treatment. Click here to read the story.

Vatican signs 1st treaty with ‘state of Palestine’

May meeting between Pope and Abbas
May meeting between Pope and Abbas

The Vatican has had a de facto recognition of Palestine for years now. But this is the first time its made it official. By signing a treaty with the “state of Palestine.” A move that is angering the Israeli government. The Vatican using the occasion to call for “courageous decisions” to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – and to urge a two-state solution. Click here to read the story.

U.S. blasts Palestinians war crimes suit

Attack on Gaza

It’s “counterproductive.” That’s how the White House is characterizing the suit filed by the Palestinian Authority with the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Charging Israel with war crimes over its incursion into Gaza last summer. The filing also challenges Israeli settlement construction on disputed lands in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Click here to read the story.

Palestinians present 1st documentation against Israel to the ICC


As promised, the Palestinians have presented to prosecutors at the International Criminal Court, documentation in support of their contention that Israel is guilty of war crimes stemming from its incursion into Gaza last summer. The move puts Israel in a position of having to decide whether or not to cooperate with ICC investigators. Israel did not cooperate with a UN Human Rights Council probe – which found just days ago that both Israel and Hamas likely committed war crimes. Click here to read the story.

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Another Palestinian unity government may be in the making

Unity flag graphic by
Unity flag graphic by

On Facebook, many people list their relationship status as “complicated.” So too is the off again, on again, off again relationship between the Palestinian Authority and Fatah. Two weeks ago, the unity government dissolved. But that was two weeks ago. Today, Fatah and Hamas are talking about getting together again to form another union. Click here to read the story.

Rocket attack prompts Israel to cut back on Ramadan privileges for Gazans


Photo of Ramadan prayers at the Al Aqsa Mosque by MuslimTV Monde
Photo of Ramadan prayers at the Al Aqsa Mosque by MuslimTV Monde

Israel had opened up its borders to Muslims in the Gaza to allow them to come to the Dome of the Rock to celebrate Ramadan with family. But some of the Ramadan concessions are being rolled back in light of the latest rocket attack from Gaza. The Israeli government announcing it is cancelling the permits of 500 people wanting to travel to Jerusalem. Click here to read the story.

Washington blasts UN Gaza report

There’s a common belief among Israelis that the Obama administration has abandoned them. But now, Washington is calling on the UN to deep six the report on last summer’s Gaza war which criticizes both sides for war crimes. Terming it biased.

Of course, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also calls the report biased.

There are those who fear the report will further isolate Israel in an “us against the world” mode which actually hampers efforts to bring a peace.

The Palestinians are reacting much differently. The report in hand, the Palestinian Authority heads, tomorrow, to the International Criminal Court, to file charges of war crimes against Israel.

This piece, in Haaretz, breaks down the report.

Opinion: With Gaza report, the UN hits a new low

UN in Geneva


Arrest Benjamin Netanyahu and any other “suspected” Israeli war criminals wherever and whenever you can get your hands on them. That is the shocking bottom line of a scandalous report released today from the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The report emanates from a board of inquiry the Council created in the midst of the 2014 Gaza war. In legalese, the call to arrest Israelis either for trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC), or before any court in any country that the U.N. labels “fair,” reads like this:  Click here to read the commentary.

Opinion: UN has Israel’s blood on its hands



In response to the United Nations report issued today which accused Israel of war crimes, Israeli Foreign Ministry officials thundered that “It is well known that the entire process that led to the production of this report was politically motivated and morally flawed from the outset.” We agree.

Across the political spectrum in Israel, the United Nations report was condemned – noting its purpose was simple – to undermine Israel’s right to defend its citizens from attack.

Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett noted that the report “..has blood on its hands [for] allowing the murder of Jews.” Speaking from the Knesset, Bennett said, “It is a report with blood on its hands that is trying to turn Jewish blood into the cheapest product in the world. This is a report with blood on its hands because it’s trying to restrict soldiers who protected this country’s citizens; it’s trying to tie our hands.”

There is blood on the hands of those who wrote the report – as well as those organizations funded by The New Israel Fund who provided factually inaccurate information to the United Nations. They are responsible for this modern day blood libel against Israel.

MK Tzipi Livni – a Netanyahu opponent – denounced the report noting it was “born in sin by a committee that systematically and proactively attacks Israel.” Livni added, “We will not accept a comparison between IDF soldiers and terrorists. We will not agree to speak about IDF soldiers and terrorists in the same breath. This is an important distinction for any country fighting terrorism.”

Put most simply, this report gives a boost to terrorist organizations around the world by allowing them to continue to attack innocent civilians.

While Israel chose not to cooperate with the biased UN, factually questionable information was provided by numerous organizations funded by the extremist New Israel Fund (NIF), including B’Tselem (69 mentions in the report), Human Rights Watch (22 mentions), Physicians For Human Rights-Israel (16), Hamoked (12), Breaking The Silence (8), Adalah (8), and Yesh Din (5.).

Bennett said today from the Knesset: “I saw the report, and I saw here several recognized organizations: Breaking the Silence, B’Tselem — and I ask myself: B’Tselem? Our B’Tselem? That cannot be. So I had to make sure.”
I went on the website of The New Israel Fund, who invented the granting of this patent of putting soldiers on trial for war crimes. Please note – the B’Tselem organization was nominated for the Campaign to name Children from Gaza Killed During Protective Edge. Why would the world file complaints against us? We’re so good at harming ourselves – [via] organizations such as B’Tselem, the New Israel Fund, Breaking the Silence. After all, if the world would miss a war crime to attribute to us – there are those of us who would find it all by ourselves. Like a homecoming party, the radical leftist organizations meet after each operation of the IDF, and tell the UN that we are war criminals,” he added.
Many in Israel have called for an end to funding of these organizations who harm Israel’s interests. We join them, and agree it is time that those responsible for funding the organizations behind this report immediately stop helping the enemies of Jews.
Labor Zionist leader Berl Katznelson once asked, “Is there another people on Earth so emotionally twisted that they consider everything their nation does despicable and hateful, while every murder, rape, robbery committed by their enemies fill their hearts with admiration and awe?”

Professor Gerald Steinberg, an Israeli academic said recently that “While the leaders of the New Israel Fund… claim to support Israel and human rights principles, they enable the highly destructive activities that do the opposite. By the time these funders acknowledge this failure and end their support, the damage will be done.”

We say loud and clear to the United Nations, The New Israel Fund & their donors: The State Of Israel will continue to defend itself whether you like it or not. And we will say forever – shame on you. Stop strengthening terrorists & funding the enemies of Israel.

George Birnbaum is an international political consultant, who is partners with Arthur Finkelstein. Birnbaum formerly served as chief of staff for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Hank Sheinkopf, CEO of Sheinkopf Communications is a leading political strategist who has worked on campaigns in four continents. His clients have included former President Bill Clinton.

Ronn Torossian is a New York based entrepreneur and author of For Immediate Release.