No going wobbly now, Bibi

By Caroline Glick, Jpost— Over the past week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has changed his mind countless times regarding how and when he will implement Israel’s sovereignty plan in Judea and Samaria in consonance with President Donald Trump’s vision for peace. Netanyahu’s vacillations are clearly a product of the immense pressure being exerted on him…

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Palestinians: The ‘Un-Islamic’ Family Protection Law

By Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute— Palestinian women and human rights organizations are under attack by Hamas and other Islamic groups and figures for supporting a new family protection bill that is currently being drafted by the Palestinian Authority (PA) government. The PA’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs says the proposed law would amend the penal…

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Red and Green Virtue-Signaling — An American “Intifada”?

By Asaf Romirowsky, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies— It didn’t take long after the riots began across the US to hear expressions of solidarity from Palestinians in both the Middle East and the US connecting the horrific killing of George Floyd to the Palestinian tale. Palestinian artist Waleed Ayyoub illustrated the connection by painting and…

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Trump’s Deal of the Century Leaves Many Israeli Heritage Sites in PA Hands

By Israel Today— President Donald Trump’s Deal of the Century peace plan leaves hundreds of Israeli heritage and archeology sites under the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) jurisdiction, possibly endangering their existence. Hundreds of Israeli and Jewish heritage and archeology sites in Judea and Samaria would be removed from Israeli control and transferred to the PA, according…

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Experts: Israeli sovereignty not expected to cause massive violence or backlash

By Israel Kasnett, JNS— As reports and discussions rev up concerning Israel’s plan to apply sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria, as well as the Jordan Valley, concern is being increasingly raised by detractors of the plan over fears concerning potential fallout, including frayed relations with international and regional allies, an end to prospects…

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‘US will always support Israel’s right to defend itself’

By Eldad Beck, Israel Hayom—- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday addressed the opening plenary of the 2020 AJC Global Forum and reaffirmed the strong bond between Washington and Jerusalem. AJC’s signature annual event was originally scheduled to take place in Berlin but was changed to a video conference due to the coronavirus…

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Netanyahu, Gantz, Ashkenazi meet US envoy, amid differences on annexation

By Times of Israel Staff— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sat down Sunday with US Ambassador David Friedman, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin to discuss plans to unilaterally annex parts of the West Bank in accordance with the Trump administration’s peace plan. Friedman has met with all the…

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Red Alert: What is Trending?

By Amy Zewe— Between the COVID-19 crisis that is replete with questionable government mandates and policies that may rival many a free-nation’s constitutions and much of science—albeit so much is still unknown about the facts of COVID-19—the US is now enduring yet another racially charged period of riots and protests. Protests which are not unwarranted,…

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Annexation vs. Sovereignty: Words Matter

By Arsen Ostrovsky and Richard Kemp, JNS.org— Words matter. They drive narratives. They influence policy. And they shape people’s perceptions. The current debate over whether Israel’s proposed actions in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) — in accordance with President Donald Trump’s “peace to prosperity” plan — amount to “annexation” or the “application of sovereignty”…

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Report: Chief ICC prosecutor clears way for war crimes investigation against Israel

By ILH Staff— International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has reportedly told the ICC’s Pretrial Chamber that a war crimes investigation against Israel over its policies regarding the Palestinians can proceed despite the continued application of the 1993 Oslo Accords. Israel and its allies have argued that the Oslo Accords, on which the regional peace…

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The Palestinian Issue: a Core Cause of Middle East Turbulence?

By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: a US-Israel Initiative” Why is the red carpet, which welcomes Palestinian leaders to Western capitals, exchanged for a shabby rug when they land in most Arab capitals?B2020, the widely-disseminated Arabic hashtag, “Palestine is not my cause,” reflects the growing Arab disdain toward Palestinians. It is consistent with the…

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Gantz tells army to step up preparations, as West Bank annexation looms

By Judah Ari Gross, Times of Israel— Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Monday ordered IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi to “step up preparations for the Israel Defense Forces,” ahead of a government proposal to annex portions of the West Bank, his office said. The military has roughly one month to complete preparations ahead of…

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IDF Preparing for 3rd Intifada Should PA Drum Up Arab Violence

By David Israel, Israel Hayom— The former head of Israel’s National Security Council, Brigadier General Yaakov Amidror, warned about a third intifada that would erupt in Judea and Samaria in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s promise to impose Israeli sovereignty on parts of the 1967 liberated territories come July 1, and the announcement of…

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