EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Benjamin Netanyahu’s June 2018 visit to Paris illustrated the complexity of Israel-France relations. On the one hand, there are significant divergences over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Iranian nuclear agreement, exacerbated by the growing US-Europe gap. On the other, there are mutual respect, shared concerns, significant bilateral relations, and a strategic dialogue to help bridge the controversial issues.
Benjamin Netanyahu visited Paris on June 5, 2018 to inaugurate the events of the France-Israel “combined season” marking the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel. His visit highlighted the tight strategic, technological, economic, scientific, and cultural cooperation between the two countries. Netanyahu’s and Macron’s joint press conference following their meeting laid bare significant divergences relating primarily to the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – but it also pointed out shared concerns and convergences on strategically vital issues such as Iran’s military involvement in the region, particularly in Syria, and its ballistic missiles program.
Macron stressed his conviction, shared by other Europeans, that the 2015 nuclear agreement should be preserved as the best way to continue monitoring Tehran’s nuclear activities. At the same time, he said he does not regard the agreement as entirely satisfactory. He admitted that the deal has flaws, and that it constitutes only a first stage to be completed when it expires in 2025. In addition, he underlined the need to deal with the issue of Iran’s ballistic missiles program as well as its destabilizing military presence in the Middle East, especially in Syria.
Unveiling plans to step up its war on “hate speech”, the Home Office has promised a police cash boost to give call handlers “specialist training” developed partly by a George Soros-backed NGO on how to give people reporting so-called hate crime “the vital support they need”.
“The programme will help call handlers to effectively identify if a hate crime has been committed and provide a professional and empathetic response for people who may have suffered personal abuse,” according to the ministry’s website.
Police Oracle reports that £20,000 of taxpayers’ money will be spent on training delivered by the National Police Chiefs’ Council in partnership with Facing All The Facts, an organisation funded by globalist billionaire George Soros which works with social media companies like Google along with law enforcement agencies across Europe to monitor and fight “hate”.
“It is part of the government’s crucial work to tackle all forms of hate crime, support victims and protect the vulnerable from this horrific abuse,” the Home Office said.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Whenever the media mention Iceland in the context of Israel, it is usually to report negative news. It is difficult to find in Iceland’s history more than one substantial occasion when it played a positive role for Israel. There have been many cases of anti-Semitism in Iceland over the centuries. Every year, during the Lent period before Easter, 17th century hymns full of hatred for the Jews are read out daily by distinguished citizens and broadcast on Iceland’s public radio station.
Whenever the media mention Iceland in the context of Israel, it is usually to report negative news. One recent development is a petition going around the country not to participate in the Eurovision contest, which will be held next year in Israel. So far this petition has received 11,000 signatories. That is significant in a country with only about 350,000 inhabitants. (Apparently the national broadcaster nevertheless intends to participate in the Eurovision program.)
It is difficult to find in Iceland’s history more than one substantial occasion when it played a positive role for Israel or Jews. The Icelandic representative at the UN, Ambassador Thor Thors, was the rapporteur for the 1947 Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP). This committee recommended partitioning the British Mandate into two states, one Jewish and one Arab. In his autobiography, Abba Eban reports that Thors was “magnificent” in introducing the recommendation to the General Assembly where the vote would be taken.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that he will continue paying stipends to Palestinian attackers and their families despite the Israeli parliament’s decision last week to withhold hundreds of millions in funds from taxes collected on the Palestinian Authority’s behalf.
Abbas defiantly told a meeting of Fatah party leaders that the Palestinian government would pay “our martyrs and prisoners and wounded people” as it had since 1965.
“We will not allow anyone to interfere with the money that Israel is against us paying to the families of martyrs and prisoners,” he said, according to an official transcript released by state-run news agency Wafa.
Israel has called on Palestinians for years to halt the stipends, which benefit roughly 35,000 families of Palestinians killed, wounded or jailed in the conflict with Israel, many of them accused of involvement in terror. Israel says the stipends encourage violence.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The low standings of the Zionist Camp list in public opinion polls floated a new demand for change at the top. As a result, the Labor party, the Zionist Camp’s senior partner, is again challenging its newly elected chairman, Avi Gabai. Despite replacing its leaders with each election campaign, Labor has never made a comeback to govern Israel. Because it is identified with Ramallah’s demands in any future settlement, Labor has suffered electoral punishment. An analysis of Labor’s performance over the past two decades reveals that its leadership has not yet internalized that instead of replacing its frontrunner, it should replace its alleged partner for a durable peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The low standings of the Zionist Camp list, formed before the last elections in 2014 by Labor, headed by Yitzhak Herzog, and the Movement party, headed by former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, floated a new demand for change at the top. The Labor party is thus once again challenging its newly elected chairman, Avi Gabai. But if Labor leaders want their party to become a real contender for the office of Prime Minister and an alternative to Likud rule, they should replace their partner for a durable solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict rather than replace their own leaders.
Turkey has occupied Cyprus since 1974, ostensibly to protect the Turkish Muslims there from attacks from the Greek Orthodox Christians. Those attacks were not, of course, really happening. But now Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister, Tuğrul Türkeş, has let the cat out of the bag: “There is this misinformation that Turkey is interested in Cyprus because there is a Turkish society there… Even if no Turks lived in Cyprus, Turkey would still have a Cyprus issue and it is impossible for Turkey to give up on that.”
Sure. Because it is part of the Turkey’s new jihadist expansionism. Cyprus was a goal of the warriors of jihad from the very beginning. As I show in my new book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS, jihadis first conquered Cyprus in the 649, and the island was thereafter a point of contention between the forces of Islam and those of Christian Europe for centuries. In 1571, the Ottoman Sultan Selim the Sot ordered a new jihad conquest of Cyprus because his favorite wine was made there, and he had drunk through all his stores of it. As I show in the book, this course of action didn’t work out so well for Selim.