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'We should tell the truth: There will be no Palestinian state' Jewish Home chairman says Israel should welcome peace negotiations but refuse preconditions. Contact Editor Eliran Aharon, 08/05/17 01:07 Share

Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that Israel should make clear to U.S. President Donald Trump, during his upcoming visit to Israel, that while it is open for negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA), it opposes preconditions.

"President Trump is certainly a great friend to Israel and we're very happy to have him over in Israel, and we're always open to negotiations, but what we will not have is preconditions or pre-concessions," he told Arutz Sheva on the sidelines of the Jerusalem Post conference in New York.

"We're not going to give up territory. We're not going to give gifts for the huge opportunity to talk to the Arabs. I think it's important that we focus on building a powerful economy, high tech entrepreneurship and co-existence with our neighbors, but everyone knows we're not going to form another Palestinian state," added Bennett.

"I did a lot of business in America. I lived in Manhattan for five years and did dozens of deals. What Americans appreciate is candor, is honesty, integrity, and to tell the truth. And we are telling the truth. And the truth is that we will not divide Jerusalem. The Arabs don't want Israel. It's not about a Palestinian state. It's about our very existence. We're going to have to learn to live together, but we're not going to found another Palestinian state beyond the one in Gaza," he reiterated.

"Unfortunately, the Prime Minister's perception is different. That is legitimate. This is his position. I think that ultimately, the Prime Minister should adopt our perception that between the sea and the Jordan there will not be a Palestinian state. A Palestinian state will flood the State of Israel with refugees and will also constitute a security disaster," warned Bennett.

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amas elects new political chief, fears Israeli assassination Hamas' former prime minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, selected to succeed outgoing political chief Khaled Mashaal - Having survived Israeli attacks in the past, Haniyeh worries his new appointment will make him a target if he stays in Gaza.

Daniel Siryoti, News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff

Ismail Haniyeh | Photo credit: AP

The Hamas terrorist organization on Saturday named former Gaza prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, as the group's new political chief.

Haniyeh succeeds Hamas' longtime leader Khaled Mashaal, who is based in Qatar, and the move comes shortly after the group unveiled a new, seemingly more pragmatic political program, which Israel swiftly dismissed as an "attempt to fool the world."

Haniyeh's appointment marks the final phase of the secretive Hamas elections.

To serve in his new capacity, however, Haniyeh will apparently be required to leave the coastal enclave and move to Qatar. Haniyeh was supposed to have departed for the Qatari capital of Doha on Saturday for his swearing-in ceremony, but was forced to remain in Gaza after Egypt closed down the Rafah border crossing until further notice.

Hamas officials expressed concern that if Haniyeh continues to reside in Gaza in his new capacity, he would be targeted by Israel for assassination and therefore, in their view, it was imperative that he leave the area as soon as possible.

Hamas' concern is not unfounded, as Haniyeh has already survived a number of attempts on his life. In 2003, he eluded an Israeli missile that was fired from the air at him and Hamas' leader at the time, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. During Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, he emerged unscathed after his home was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike.

Several months before becoming defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman threatened to have Haniyeh killed within 48 hours of being appointed minister unless Hamas returns the bodies of fallen Israeli soldiers and captive civilians. "From my perspective, simply reserve a spot in the nearest cemetery," Lieberman said at the time.

A little over a month ago, Lieberman was asked by his constituents about the pledge to kill Haniyeh, to which he replied that "the trick is to be responsible."

"Talk to me about Haniyeh at the end of my tenure as defense minister," he added. "We have instated a new policy against Hamas that is both responsible and decisive."

In February, Hamas chose extremist military-wing commander Yahya Sinwar to replace Haniyeh as its new Gaza chief, in charge of the group's core power base.

Haniyeh, 54, was born in the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza. He served as a top aide to Hamas' founder and spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin.

In 2006, after Hamas won the legislative elections, Haniyeh was chosen by the movement to form its first government. He resigned as prime minister after Hamas and Fatah agreed to form a unity government in 2014 -- a government that has never taken hold.

For the past four years he has served as Mashaal's deputy.

Haniyeh's first task will be to confront the escalating tensions between Hamas and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction. In recent weeks, Abbas has threatened to exert financial pressure, including cutting wage payments and aid to Gaza, as a way of forcing Hamas to cede ground.

One senior Fatah official, , wished Haniyeh "good luck" and called on him to make an effort to bridge the Palestinian divisions.

But al-Ahmed also said Hamas must relinquish its control of Gaza, something Haniyeh has refused to do.

Gaza-based political analyst Hani Habib said he did not foresee a big paradigm shift in internal Palestinian politics under the new leadership.

Haniyeh, he expects, will be "more flexible on different aspects, maybe foremost is the reconciliation, though I don't see a near end to divisions given the wide gap between the positions of Hamas and Fatah."

In Gaza, where Haniyeh still resides in his home in a refugee camp, some residents saw his election as a sign that could draw attention to the territory's woes.

"If someone is from outside Gaza, he won't talk about Gaza's ordeals and worries properly," said Ahmed Okasha, a Gaza vendor.

Since quitting his longtime base in Damascus in 2012, Mashaal has mostly lived in lavish suites in the capital of the oil-rich Gulf state of Qatar.

Mkhaimar Abusada, a professor of political science at Gaza's Al-Azhar University, said Haniyeh was a natural successor to Mashaal and represented "a continuation for the moderate line in Hamas."

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Israel's Netanyahu Says Palestinians Don't Educate to Peace

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Palestinians are not educating their children toward peace.

Netanyahu spoke Sunday at his weekly Cabinet meeting ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's upcoming visit to Israel. Netanyahu says Trump's first overseas trip as president reflects the strong bond between the nations. He welcomed Trump's push to resume peace talks, but criticized Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for "praising terrorists and paying them" - and lying about preaching peace to children.

The Palestinian "martyrs' fund" pays about 35,000 families of Palestinians killed and wounded in the long-running conflict with Israel, and says the money amounts to welfare payments to victims. Israel has long said the payments glorify terrorism and provide an incentive to kill. Last week, Netanyahu urged Abbas to "fund peace and not murder."

'Palestinian school curriculum given priority in east Jerusalem'

Israel prioritizing Palestinian curriculum in east Jerusalem, parents say Parents, educators say Jerusalem Municipality discriminates against Israeli curriculum by providing free schoolbooks to students who study Palestinian curriculum - Censoring and reprinting Palestinian textbooks costs municipality $1.7 million each year.

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The Jerusalem Municipality | Photo credit: Lior Mizrahi

Parents and educators from east Jerusalem are coming out against the Education Ministry, for what they say is its prioritization of students who study the Palestinian curriculum. The ministry provides students who study the Palestinian curriculum with free textbooks, while those who study the Israeli curriculum are forced to pay hundreds of shekels for Israeli textbooks each year. Textbooks that come from the Palestinian Authority are censored and reprinted before they are they distributed to students in east Jerusalem, at a cost of millions of shekels each year.

The parents and teachers speaking out against the Education Ministry say the questionable practice constitutes discrimination and is driving away parents, in effect pushing them to choose the Palestinian curriculum.

According to Ahmad Abu Eid, a member of the Parent Teacher Association in Jerusalem, "It doesn't make sense for textbooks in east Jerusalem, for the matriculation exam curriculum, to cost money, and for textbooks that are not for the exam to be handed out for free, at the expense of the state. Children in the east of the city are constantly encouraged to study for the matriculation exam, but the financial incentives go toward other curriculum."

According to a principal at a Jerusalem school that teaches according to the Israeli curriculum, "We feel that out in the field, there is no support for someone who wants to study according to the Israeli curriculum. For parents, the books cost much more, it can come to 700 shekels [$200] per student. ... Instead of encouraging and providing a budget and supporting schools that teach according to the Israeli curriculum and send their students to take the exams, they are investing budgets toward printing books for those who choose to study from Palestinian Authority books."

In a statement, the Jerusalem Municipality said that "all of the Palestinian Authority textbooks undergo a process of censorship and reprinting, which is funded by the state at an annual amount of around 6 million shekels [$1.7 million], and distributed without words of incitement. Textbooks for the Israeli curriculum are subsidized by the municipality at around 50% to ease the parent's [financial] burden."

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State Prosecutor refuses to open investigation against Technion rabbi who told religious students to avoid building with Christmas tree. Contact Editor Arutz Sheva Staff, 07/05/17 22:25 Share

A Jewish man walks next to a Santa Claus doll in a shop in Jerusalem's Old City A Jewish man walks next to a Santa Claus doll in a shop in Jerusalem's Old CityPhoto by Lior Mizrahi/Flash90

The State Prosecutor's Office has decided not to open an investigation against the rabbi of the Technion Institute of Technology, Rabbi Elad Dukov, for his remarks against the placing of a Christmas tree in the Technion student union building last December.

Dukov had written that religious students should not enter the building until the tree was removed in the Srugim Hebrew news website.

Rabbi Dukov called the presence of the tree "anti-Jewish" and said that it was worse than Christian symbols such as crosses. "It is not a Christian religious symbol but, even worse, a pagan one."

Following the rabbi's statements, MK Yousef Jabareen (Joint Arab List) appealed to the Attorney General and demanded that a criminal investigation be opened against the rabbi for incitement to racism.

Attorney Shlomi Abramzon of the State Attorney's Office responded to MK Jabarin that Rabbi Dukov's remarks were meant to guide the religious students who were troubled by the placing of a Christian religious symbol in the public sphere on the campus, and did not constitute incitement.

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A biological solution to the Iranian threat

BySharon Udasin
May 8, 2017 00:02
"I have the solution in my pocket," said Yanay, CEO and president of Pluristem Therapeutics. PARTICIPANTS IN THE conference economic panel (from left): Yaky Yanay, CEO & president of Pluristem

PARTICIPANTS IN THE conference economic panel (from left): Yaky Yanay, CEO & president of Pluristem Therapeutics; Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel, member of EMET Prize Award Committee; Bini Zomer, Israel country manager, Noble Energy; moderator Dr. Efraim Chalamish; Nissim Zioni ,founder & CEO of Pitchon-Lev. (photo credit:SIVAN FARAG)

Sitting on stage at The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference in New York on Sunday, innovator Yaky Yanay pulled a small glass vial out of his pocket – promising a solution to Iranian nuclear threats.

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The Haifa-based company, which aims to create "the next generation of biological therapeutic products," specializes in harnessing placental cells to treat a variety of diseases using a three-dimensional platform. For one such ailment that Pluristem is targeting, Acute Radiation Syndrome, the company is currently conducting dose evaluation studies with the US National Institutes of Health's NIAID PLX-R18 cells – the same cells in Yanay's glass vial.

"If we can inject these cells after exposure to radiation, we will be able to keep the entire population alive," he said.

As Pluristem continues to delve into cell therapy research, the company is focusing on increasing longevity in the face of illnesses that today have no viable treatments. In addition, the company expressed hopes that the introduction of cell therapies could cut government healthcare costs significantly while improving care – offering accessible, safe and effective treatments.

"The world is aging dramatically," Yanay said. "We've doubled life expectancy in past 150 years and we need new technologies."

Video shows Palestinian hunger-strike leader Marwan Barghouti eating in his cell bathroom Donate

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Video shows Palestinian hunger-strike leader Marwan Barghouti eating in his cell bathroom May 7, 2017 3:20pm

Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti being escorted to Jerusalem court, January 25, 2012. (Flash90 Maarivout)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Prison Service released a video which shows Marwan Barghouti, the high-profile Palestinian prisoner leading a hunger strike, secretly eating in the bathroom of his cell.

The hunger strike launched three weeks ago with a Barghouti op-ed in the New York Times. The hundreds of Palestinian hunger strikers are calling for more favorable prison conditions. Barghouti is serving multiple life sentences for the murder of five Jewish Israelis.

The video released on Sunday shows Barghouti eating in his bathroom twice, on April 27 and May 5.

"As I said from the very beginning, this hunger strike was never about the conditions of the convicted terrorists, which meet international standards. It is about advancing Marwan Barghouti's political ambitions to replace Abu Mazen," Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan said in a statement following the release of the video. Abu Mazen is the nom de guerre of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas; Barghouti is seen as a possible successor to Abbas.

"Barghouti is a murderer and hypocrite who urged his fellow prisoners to strike and suffer while he ate behind their back. Just like he lied to the world when he wrote in the New York Times that he decided to strike in order to protest ill-treatment, he lied to the Palestinian public when he claimed to be striking. Israel will not give in to extortion and pressure from terrorists." Erdan also said.

Some 850 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are still taking part in the strike.

Haaretz cited unnamed sources in the Prison Service as saying they set Barghouti up with the food in order to see if he was sticking to his hunger strike. Barghouti is being held in Kishon Prison, where he was transferred after he began his hunger strike.

Barghouti's lawyer, attorney Elias Sabbagh, told Haaretz in response to the video: "This was expected as part of the psychological and media war the Israel Prison Service is conducting against the prisoners. We can't address the content of the clip so long as they don't let us meet with Marwan. Let us visit him and then we will check the claims with him."

Israeli authorities are considering bringing in foreign doctors to force-feed the Palestinian hunger strikers if Israeli doctors continue to resist taking part in the practice, as advised by the Israel Medical Association.

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