Tag Archives: Barack Obama

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Kerry Blasts Settlements: The Speech’s Aftermath

Kerry Blasts Settlements: The Speech’s Aftermath

Today’s Top Stories 1. In a policy address yesterday (see video or transcript), US Secretary of State John Kerry denounced Israeli settlements. Take your pick of Jerusalem Post or Times of Israel summaries. Responding to the speech, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted it as an unfair attack that only paid lip service to Palestinian terror,

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UN Vote: Ramifications and Fallout

Today’s Top Stories 1. A day after Egypt withdrew its anti-settlement resolution, the US allowed the UN Security Council to pass a similar resolution. Here’s the full text of resolution 2334. Israel rejected the resolution, calling it “shameful” and saying Jerusalem would not abide by it. The White House said Netanyahu brought the US abstention

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UN Passes Six Israel-Bashing Resolutions in One Day

Today’s Top Stories 1. It was busy day at Turtle Bay, where the UN General Assembly passed six resolutions bashing Israel. One called on Israel to return the Golan Heights to Syria, another ignored Jewish ties to Jerusalem’s holy sites. See the Jerusalem Post and UN Watch for more. The Jerusalem resolution was one of

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PLO Envoy Threatens Trump Over Moving US Embassy

Today’s Top Stories 1. Haaretz: The Palestinian ambassador to the US, Riyad Mansour, vowed the Palestinians “would ‘make life miserable’ for the United States” if Donald Trump moves the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "We have a lot of weapons in the UN", claims Riyad Mansour, who didn't explain why none

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Jordanian Christian Gunned Down Over Cartoon

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prominent Jordanian Christian writer Nahed Hattar was gunned down outside an Amman courthouse on his way to face charges for sharing on Facebook a cartoon portraying Allah and viewed as offensive to Islam. The illustration was titled “God of Daesh”, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.   The

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Assailant Shot Outside Israeli Embassy in Ankara

Today’s Top Stories 1. A man with a knife was shot apparently trying to enter the Israeli embassy in Ankara. Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said no embassy staff were hurt during the incident. Turkish bomb squad personnel were also investigating a suspicious package found near the embassy. CNN Turk named the attacker as Osman Nuri

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Jeremy Corbyn: Israel Has Right to Exist, But . . .

Today’s Top Stories 1. In a first, UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says Israel “has a right to exist.” (Caveat: He said Israel has a right to exist under the “1948 agreement.”) It is not entirely clear which “agreement of the original borders of 1948” Corbyn was referring to. The UN partition plan of 1947

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Palestinians Hope for Cuba-Like Breakthrough With US

Today’s Top Stories 1. What’s behind what appears to be a Palestinian push at the UN Security Council seeking “accountability”for Israeli settlement activity? According to AP: With President Barack Obama in his last months in office, the Palestinians are hoping he will follow up his historic breakthroughs with Iran and Cuba with a push for their

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Hezbollah Starving 40,000 Syrians

Today’s Top Stories 1. An estimated 40,000 Syrian civilians are starving to death in the besieged city of Madaya. The most recent aid convoy was delayed, and Assad supporters have taken to social media to cruelly taunt Madaya with photos of food. Vice takes note of Hezbollah’s role in the siege while the Christian Science

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IDF Busts Major Hamas Terror Network

Today’s Top Stories 1. At a White House summit, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama agreed to increase military aid and create a joint task force on Iran’s military program. According to reports, Netanyahu told the President he set a red line with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Iranian activities in Syria, insisted that any international agreements

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