Tag Archives: John Kerry


US to Agree on Construction in Settlement Blocs?

US to Agree on Construction in Settlement Blocs?

Today’s Top Stories 1. As John Kerry met with Prime Minister Netanyahu in a bid to calm two months of terror, Haaretz reported that Jerusalem was prepared to make gestures to Palestinians if US accepts construction in existing settlement blocs: Apparently Netanyahu wants the Obama administration to recognize the understandings between former U.S. president George


PA Demands Muslim Oversight Over Jewish Visitors to Temple Mount

Today’s Top Stories 1. The PA demands full Muslim oversight over Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount. If not, the PA will (yawn) end security cooperation with Israel. 2. Adnan Gaith, who heads the Tanzim militia’s “organizational branch” in eastern Jerusalem told YNet that Mahmoud Abbas can’t control escalating Palestinian violence. The Tanzim militia is Fatah’s


Israeli, US Leaders Wage Media Offensive Over Iran Deal

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and the Obama administration upped their media offensives for and against the Iran deal. Bibi made his case in a webcast to American and Canadian Jews yesterday and answered some pre-submitted questions. See Times of Israel coverage or watch the video. President Obama hosted a delegation of top American


Palestinians Clash With Police on Temple Mount

Today’s Top Stories 1. Police clashed with Palestinians on the Temple Mount yesterday, during the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av. The Jerusalem Post posted footage of Palestinians barricaded in the Al-Aqsa Mosque throwing rocks and firecrackers at police. The rioting took place as tens of thousands of Jews fasted and made a pilgrimage to the


Massive Arms Smuggling to Eastern Jerusalem Busted

Today’s Top Stories 1. Santa take note: The IDF busted a massive shipment of tasers and other weapons en route to eastern Jerusalem. The shipping containers were labeled as Christmas decorations but the goodies didn’t reflect peace on earth. The Jerusalem Post writes: Inside the containers police said they found 18,000 fireworks of the restricted 20mm


“Settlement Crisis” Upstages Summit

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prime Minister Netanyahu visited President Obama to discuss Mideast peace, Iran, and ISIS. Once again, the summit was upstaged by “settlement crisis” manufactured by Peace Now (more on that below) over a week-old tender of 2,610 Israeli housing units in eastern Jerusalem. Unhappy White House officials told the Jerusalem Post they


Kerry: Iran and Syria vs ISIS if U.S. Fails

Today’s Top Stories 1. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has suggested that the task of defeating the Islamic State could fall to Iran and the Syrian government if the U.S. was “failing miserably” in its efforts to defeat the jihadists. Coverage of this in the Daily Telegraph includes this exchange between Marco Rubio and Kerry


Islamic State Infiltrates Jordan

Today’s Top Stories 1. Is John Kerry trying to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks? 2. Jordan to NATO: ISIS terrorists have infiltrated our borders. At what point might Israel be compelled to intervene?     3. Did Iran actually stage the downing of an Israeli drone? Experts explained to the Jerusalem Post four reasons why they’re skeptical


Gaza Conflict Day 22: Hamas Rockets Hit Gaza Hospital

Today’s Top Stories 1. An errant Hamas rockets hit Gaza’s Shifa Hospital and the Al Shati refugee camp. An IDF spokesman told Sky News: However, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) denied responsibility for the attacks and said it had not been operating in the area.   Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, rubbished


Gaza Conflict Day 21: Hamas Threatens Journalists

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF released its findings on the shelling of a UN school in Beit Hanoun, in which 15 Palestinians were killed. The Jerusalem Post reports: . . . Hamas terrorists fired at the army from within the school complex. The terrorists fired anti-tank missiles at soldiers, the army added.   The