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                                                                                                                                              JJan. 18, 2017, Vol. 25, No. 13


UN Urges Israeli-Palestinian Calm, Return to Talks

 By VOA News


The U.N.'s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process warned Tuesday that Israeli-Palestinian tensions have been heightened in the aftermath of a Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements as illegal and an obstacle to peace. “All stakeholders must avoid any unilateral action that would prejudge a negotiated final status solution,” Nickolay Mladenov told council members via a video link from Jerusalem.


In the past week alone, four Israeli soldiers were killed in a Palestinian truck-ramming attack, while on Monday; Israeli soldiers shot and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian during clashes near Bethlehem.


The council adopted resolution 2334 on Dec. 23, 2016. The United States, which in the past has blocked similar resolutions to protect its ally, Israel, abstained from the vote, allowing the measure to go through.


Israel expressed its anger at the outgoing Obama administration for allowing its adoption and announced it would limit diplomatic and business cooperation with countries on the Security Council that voted in favor of the resolution, including cutting several million dollars in foreign aid to council member Senegal.


Israel was further angered by a French-sponsored conference Sunday in Paris intended to reaffirm the international community's position that a two-state solution is the only answer to the decades-old conflict and urge the two parties to return to the negotiating table. Israel did not attend the conference. “Over 70 nations met in the City of Lights without our presence to discuss how we should make peace,” Israel's U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon told the council. “What arrogance!”


He said that in the aftermath of resolution 2334 Israel has decided that “enough is enough” and is reassessing its relationship with several U.N. organizations. “Our first step is to suspend more than $6 million from our annual contributions to the U.N. for 2017.” Danon said that money represents the portion of the U.N. budget allocated to “anti-Israel bodies” within the U.N. system.


Despite the United States' strong and continued support for the State of Israel, including a 10-year, $38-billion package of military aid for the country signed in September, President Barak Obama and Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have had an often fraught relationship. Israel's envoy did not attempt to conceal his government's relief that president-elect Donald Trump, who has expressed strong public support of Israel and anger at its treatment at the United Nations, is about to take office.


“With this new administration comes the hope the United States will return to its policy of rejecting unfair and biased Security Council resolutions and promoting direct and genuine dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians,” Danon said.


Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour called resolution 2334 a “turning point” and wagging his finger at the 15 council members said, “Follow up must begin immediately and all must uphold their obligations, including each and every one of you members of the Security Council, it is your resolution; it is your duty to see that it is completely implemented.” He said the resolution, which also demands Israel "immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem," could provide “the way back from the brink” that the two sides need. The international community must act now to revive the possibility of peace."


Kerry Blames Netanyahu for 'Harming the Peace Map'



Secretary of State John Kerry, who is concluding his appointment in a few days, attacked the government's policies regarding Judea and Samaria on Tuesday. Kerry was speaking at the Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He dubbed Netanyahu his 'friend' but said that the prime minister is harming the chances of a peace agreement with the Palestinians.


"In my discussions with Binyamin Netanyahu I said to him 'You're affecting the ability to make peace. The West Bank is slowly and steadily being eaten up. You are harming the peace map in the region unilaterally and if you continue in this manner you will have issues with us'," said Kerry, adding that "we couldn't ignore the broadening of the settlements."


Kerry stated in a CNN interview Tuesday that "We believe that Israel has a major choice and that that Palestinians have a major choice. The choice we put to Israel is that if you want to be a Jewish state, and you want to be a democracy, you cannot be a unitary state. Israel is marching down the road because of the increased settlements, and the absence of legitimate negotiations towards that possibility,"


Kerry added that "the leaders of the two countries involved—one country and one entity, the Palestinian Authority—have failed to come to the table and reach an agreement. You know the old saying 'you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.' We did a lot of leading to a lot of water, but people decided they weren't ready for one reason or another to move." He concluded by saying "I guarantee that the Palestinians will not agree to less than a state based on 1967 lines with swaps. They're just not going to do that."



Israel Tax Authority Probes Thousands of US-Held Accounts

 By Israel Hayom


The Israel Tax Authority is looking into 35,000 accounts held by Israelis living in the United States. The probe, part of the authority's fight against tax evasion, is looking into accounts held both in banks and in other financial institutions.


Israel adheres to the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which requires foreign financial and certain non-financial entities to report to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on accounts and assets held by American nationals living abroad.


A source familiar with the issue told Israel Hayom that in late 2016, the Israel Tax Authority gave the IRS information on accounts held by Americans living in Israel, and this month, the IRS reciprocated by giving the ITA similar information on accounts held by Israelis living in the U.S.


Israelis are allowed to keep financial accounts and foreign assets overseas, but must report any revenue from them -- such as interest, dividends, and capital gains -- to the ITA and to the Israel Money Laundering Prohibition Authority.



US Rabbi Rewrites Prayer - to Avoid Blessing Trump



With Hollywood celebs, far-left activists, and even some congressional Democrats still unwilling to accept President-elect Donald Trump’s surprise victory in November's democratic elections, disavowing their new Commander in Chief with slogans like “Not My President” and a movement to boycott the inauguration, one prominent left-wing rabbi has found his own unique way to protest the president.


Shmuly Yanklowitz, an Open Orthodox rabbi and dean of the Valley Beit Midrash in Phoenix, Arizona, has responded to the election of the 45th President of the United States by rewriting the traditional Shabbat prayer for the US President - so as to avoid actually blessing him. Jews made it a custom to pray for the welfare of the nation and ruler in which worshipers reside. Most Orthodox prayer books in the United States contain this prayer:


“He who grants salvation to kings and dominion to rulers, whose kingdom is a kingdom spanning all eternity, who releases David his servant from the evil sword, who places a road in the sea and a path in the mighty waters, may he bless The President, the Vice President, and all the Constituted Officers of Government of this Land.


"The King who reigns over Kings in his mercy may he protect them from every trouble, woe, and injury, may he rescue them and put into their hearts and into the hearts of all their councilors compassion to do good with us and with all Israel, our brethren. In their days and in ours, may Judah be saved and may Israel dwell securely, and may the Redeemer come to Zion. So may it be his will, and let us say: Amen.”


Yanklowitz, who founded the Uri L’Tzedek Orthodox Social Justice organization, publicized an alternative prayer, dropping the blessing for the success of America’s president and instead accusing the incoming president of promoting white supremacy.


“Because of my commitment to the integrity of prayer, starting this week, I can no longer recite or say amen to the Shabbat prayer for the success of the U.S. President,” Yanklowitz wrote. “I felt that it was not enough to simply avoid the U.S. President in the prayer for the government but to remind myself of the billions of vulnerable people who are at risk under his rule, and challenge myself each Shabbat to build up the strength for another week of spiritual resistance.”


The prayer itself reads in part: “Guide the incoming leader of this country away from his basest instincts, thwart his plans to target certain groups and strengthen white supremacy; for you know, God, that all were created in your image.


“We pray that the decrees from the Executive office do not harm the innocent. We pray that any policies that are meant to harm the vulnerable in prioritization of the powerful and privileged will be quashed. Should there be plans that will merely benefit the most privileged Americans, but not all of humankind and the planet we call home, may they fail. May our nation not consort or conspire with totalitarian despots but reaffirm our commitment to freedom and democracy. Grant us the strength to demonstrate spiritual resistance, to imbue our sinews with the highest integrity. Give us the wisdom and courage to do what’s right to protect the most powerless and defenseless in society.”


In the past, Yanklowitz has criticized Jewish supporters of Trump, writing that even “engagement” with the then-GOP presumptive nominee was “an embarrassment” to the Jewish people. “Any engagement with Trump is an embarrassment to the holy descendants of Abraham & Sarah, the State of Israel, & to any person of conscience.


Israel and US Jewry Moving Further Apart

By Shlomo Puterkovsky (Commentary in YnetNews)


(On Friday), US President-elect Donald Trump will stand at the foot of the US House of Representatives and swear allegiance to the United States and to its Constitution. In one small Middle Eastern state thousands of miles away, the State of Israel, there will be many happy people that day.


While the sigh of relief upon the end of US President Barack Obama’s term is not shared by all Israelis, many people—not just in the clear Israeli Right—are waiting for the moment Trump enters the White House. The new tone of the incoming administration officials towards Israel, the feeling that Trump and his government will be more attentive to the stances of Israeli majority, and the symbolic gesture—perhaps only an intention—of moving the embassy to Jerusalem make the whole difference as far as many Israelis are concerned.


At the exact same time, millions of American Jews will experience an exact opposite feeling. There too, this feeling will not be shared by all Jews. There are likely many American Jews, mainly Orthodox and Haredi, who will share the joy of Israel’s citizens, but the large majority of the US Jewry will experience a difficult rift.


This majority includes all members of the liberal, Reform and Conservative communities, some members of the Modern Orthodox communities, and the growing share of Jews who are not part of any congregation. This large group, which is a huge majority of the US Jewry, experienced a terrible rift upon Trump’s election, and his inauguration day will be one of the most difficult days in its history.


This large gap between the feelings of the Jewish majority in Israel and the feeling of most US Jews should serve as a warning sign to all of us. It is neither a specific nor an incidental gap. It reflects deep processes that both the Jewish-Israeli and the Jewish-American societies are going through.


These two societies, which have been linked through strong blood relations for three or four generations, are moving further away from each other. The US Jewry, which has worked over the years to guarantee that the US would stand by Israel at any situation, is no longer convinced that it is the right thing to do. The State of Israel, on its part, is finding new allies in America, including the large evangelical communities, for example, but not just them.


The Trump administration will hopefully sympathize with the State of Israel, as its senior officials have been promising us in recent months. There are good reasons to assume that at least on the declarative level it will be more attentive to the current Israeli government’s stances.


Nevertheless, the growing gap between the State of Israel and the US Jewry should concern us when we consider the day after the Trump era. It would be wrong to assume that the tens of thousands of AIPAC representatives will still be there for Israel then. A future Democratic administration, even if it is filled with Jews, and especially if it is filled with Jews, may be so oppositional to Israel that it will make us miss Obama.


Syrian Woman Gives Birth to Healthy Girl in Israeli Hospital

 By Israel Hayom


A 29-year-old Syrian woman gave birth to a healthy girl last weekend in Ziv Medical Center in Safed, and in gratitude to the State of Israel, named the baby Sarah. The woman came from a village around which every hospital and clinic had been destroyed in the long civil war.


Nearing the end of her pregnancy, she made the dangerous trek to the Israeli border, and was brought to the hospital by the Israel Defense Forces, where she gave birth by Caesarian section. "When my husband heard I insisted on going to the border to give birth in a hospital, he asked that if she was born healthy, to give her a Jewish name in gratitude to Israel," she said.


The woman said she was grateful to the Israeli army for bringing her to Ziv, and to the medical staff there who delivered her baby. She asked to be allowed to return quickly to her home and her relatives, despite the difficult conditions there caused by the civil war and the winter weather. "I must return home to my husband, daughter and parents. I am worried about them," she said.


The woman added: "I'll never forget what you did here for my daughter Sarah and for me," she said. "When Sarah grows up enough to understand, I'll tell her where she was born and why, out of all the names in the world, we chose to call her Sarah."







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 Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost

By Don Canaan (Commentary)

This year marked the 34th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.

Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.

Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.

Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.

Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.

The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.

Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."

April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.

That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.

Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."

The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.



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