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Israel Vows to Confront Iran in Syria with `Full Determination'

By World Israel News

After Iran and Syria announced a new military cooperation agreement on Monday, through which Iran will play a leading role in shaping the Syrian military, a senior Israeli official declared Tuesday that the Jewish state is determined to force Iran to retreat. According to the official, the IDF will "act with full determination against Iran's attempts to transfer military forces and weapons systems to Syria," reported Haaretz. The official also noted that Israel would continue to apply political pressure on Iran through diplomatic channels, with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu placing the struggle to push Iran out of Syria near the top of the nation's list of priorities. Iran for its part has remained a key ally of Syria's brutal dictator, Bashar al-Assad, who has managed to maintain his grip on power throughout seven and a half years of bloody civil war. Iran's support has been indispensable in Assad's efforts, and in return, the Islamic Republic has established a palpable military presence close to Syria's border with Israel. While full-on armed conflict between Israel and Iran has not broken out, Iran launched a missile strike on Israel in May and Israel has pummeled Iranian-operated bases in Syria with airstrikes, eliminating Iranian personnel and destroying critical military assets and infrastructure. Israel has attempted to persuade both the US and Russia to force Iran from Syria, but if the new "defense and technical agreement" is any indication, Iran has no intention of leaving voluntarily. To that end, Iran's Defense Minister Amir Hatami commented that the accord with Syria paves the way to Iran's continued "presence and participation" in Syria during a Monday night interview with Lebanon's Al-Mayadeen TV.

Trump Anoints Jordan

The three day visit to Israel last week by President Trump's National Security Advisor – John Bolton – indicates Jordan will replace the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in concluding negotiations with Israel to resolve territorial sovereignty in Judea and Samaria ('West Bank'), East Jerusalem and Gaza ("the disputed territories") under Trump's peace plan. Bolton's visit follows a former Jordanian ambassador – Walid Sadi - last week signaling Jordan is ready to fill the diplomatic void following the breakdown of Israel-PLO negotiations unsuccessfully conducted during the last 25 years. The PLO refuses to negotiate on Trump's plan. Bolton has supported Israel-Jordan negotiations over the 'West Bank' since 2009. Walid resurrected Jordan's long-dormant claims to sovereignty in the disputed territories that completely undermine those of the PLO: "First of all, the unity of the West Bank with the East Bank was officially and constitutionally adopted on 24 of April 1950. No one disputes this fact. The Constitution of the country at the time was the 1952 Constitution, which stipulated in no uncertain terms that no part of the Kingdom shall be ceded, period. This provision makes the 1988 decision to cut off all legal and administrative relations between the two banks stopping short of ceding the West Bank to any side whatsoever. Any other interpretation of the 1988 political decision is absolutely untenable constitutionally." Bolton told Eric Shawn on Jan. 21, 2018: "I hope at some point the Administration recognizes and perhaps it is already quietly – that the two-state solution isn't going anywhere. If anything I would say to King Abdullah of Jordan – "Be prepared to reassert Jordanian sovereignty over part of the West Bank – negotiate with Israel. I think that's a far better outcome than the continued pursuit of a mythical – I believe – unattainable viable Palestinian state. George Will – an outspoken critic of President Trump - has claimed: "Bolton will soon be the second-most dangerous American." Will himself had written in the Washington Post on 17 April 1987: "May 14 will be the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, June 6 will be the 20th anniversary of the Six Day War. The West Bank has been held by Israel longer than it had been held by Jordan, the 1967 aggressor, which ever since has presented itself as the aggrieved party. Today, as every day since 1948, the key to peace is direct negotiations between Jordan and Israel, not a committee." Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been seeking direct negotiations with Jordan for decades – telling the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 1984: "Clearly, in Eastern and Western Palestine, there are only two peoples, the Arabs and the Jews. Just as clearly, there are only two states in that area, Jordan and Israel. The Arab State of Jordan, containing some three million Arabs, does not allow a single Jew to live there. It also contains 4/5 of the territory originally allocated by this body's predecessor, the League of Nations, for the Jewish National Home. "The other State, Israel, has a population of over four million, of which one-sixth is Arab. It contains less than 1/5 of the territory originally allocated to the Jews under the Mandate... It cannot be said, therefore, that the Arabs of Palestine are lacking a state of their own. The demand for a second Palestinian Arab State in Western Palestine, and a 22nd Arab State in the world is merely the latest attempt to push Israel back into the hopelessly vulnerable armistice lines of 1949."

Hamas Women's Cell in Hebron Exposed

The Shin Bet has uncovered a large-scale Hamas operation in the city of Hebron; it was cleared for publication Tuesday. The terror cell included a large number of women who maintained secret contact with the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip and abroad. This connection included the transfer of messages and instructions, the transfer of funds to finance terror activities, and the coordination of activity. The Shin Bet investigation revealed that the cell promoted Hamas activity in Hebron, which included the recruitment of activists, the coordination of activities in mosques, preaching activities, increasing support lines, intelligence gathering, online incitement, assistance to prisoners' families, and more. Hamas also attempted to take control of the Hebron municipality and various charities in the city.

The cell was led by Nizar Shehadeh and Faras Abu Sharh - both of whom are senior and well-known Hamas terrorists who had served prison terms several times in the past for their terrorist activity. Shehadeh and Abu Sharah used a number of women who established a central committee to serve as the operational arm of Hamas' headquarters in Hebron. The committee was headed by Dina Karmi, the widow of Nashat Karmi, a terrorist who carried out an attack in 2010 in which four Israeli civilians were killed. Karmi was killed in a shootout with IDF forces. Abu Sharaf and Shehadeh acted behind the scenes in conveying instructions to women to promote the terror group\s activity on the ground. Over the years, the committee has expanded its activity by mobilizing dozens of activities for Hamas and establishing numerous subcommittees. Within this framework, a number of activities were also sent to meetings with Hamas commanders, who were released during the Shalit deal, headed by Haroun Nasser Adin, who is in Turkey, to receive money, messages, and instructions. Several members of the cell, including Faras Abu Sharah, Dina Karmi and a number of other activists who have worked for Hamas in Hebron, have been indicted in military court in recent days. The Shin Bet stated: "The exposure of the infrastructure proves once again that the Hamas headquarters in the Gaza Strip and abroad are directing Hamas activities in Judea and Samaria, through of any means at their disposal, including through the use of women. These elements are constantly working to inflame Hamas activity in Judea and Samaria and to this end recruit emissaries traveling on the route between Judea and Samaria and abroad for the purpose of transferring terrorist funds and messages to operatives in the field."

Newly-Released Documents Reveal British Authorities Ignored the Rise of Anti-Semitism in WWII


Anti-Semitic sentiments skyrocketed in Britain during World War II, but the country's leaders took little action to counter it, according to documents released by the UK's National Archives. According to The Times of London, which obtained the files, British officials blamed the Jews for the problem, which manifested itself in the spread of conspiracy theories, vandalism and the distribution of anti-Semitic literature. In a letter dated May 1943, Ministry of Information Director-General Cyril Radcliffe described how anti-Semitism had spiked across the country except in Northeastern England and Northern Ireland. "All the others showed general agreement on the fact that from the beginning of the war there had been a considerable increase in antisemitic[sic] feeling," he wrote. "They seemed to regard it as quite beyond argument that the increase of antisemitic feeling was caused by serious errors of conduct on the part of Jews." Continuing his letter, Radcliffe himself engaged in anti-Semitism, seemingly blaming the Jews for their own plight. "I reminded them that it was part of the tragedy of the Jewish position that their peculiar qualities that one could well admire in easier times of peace, such as their commercial initiative and drive and their determination to preserve themselves as an independent community in the midst of the nations they lived in, were just the things that told against them in wartime when a nation dislikes the struggle for individual advantages and feels the need for homogeneity above everything else," he said. The Times recounted how many British people blamed the Jews for a March 1943 stampede at a bomb shelter that killed more than 170 people. After the incident, Radcliffe wrote that "If specific stories hostile to the Jews could be traced and pinned down as untruths, such as the recent canard of the Jews being responsible for the London shelter disaster, this should be done by countering it with the individuals who were putting it about, not by giving it general publicity." Despite the British government's knowledge of the problem, however, no public campaigns were run to counter anti-Semitic sentiment. Anti-Semitism appears to be growing in contemporary Britain as well. In July, British Jewry's main watchdog on anti-Semitism announced that it had recorded 727 hate incidents in the first half of 2018, the second-highest six-month total on record. The report by the Community Security Trust, or CST, for this year's first six months constitutes an 8% drop from the corresponding period last year, CST said in the document published Thursday. In the first half of 2017, CST recorded 786 incidents, constituting the highest total CST has ever recorded during any six months since the organization began monitoring incidents in 1984. During that entire year, a total of 1,414 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded — the highest tally so far. Last week, video footage from 2013 surfaced showing Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is battling allegations of anti-Semitism, implying that Zionists were unable to understand British ways of thinking despite growing up in the country. In a clip of Corbyn's speech published by The Daily Mail, Corbyn told attendees at a London conference that "Zionists … clearly have two problems. One is they don't want to study history, and secondly, having lived in this country for a very long time, probably all their lives, they don't understand English irony either. They needed two lessons, which we could perhaps help them with." The conference, which was promoted on the Hamas terror organization's English language website, featured several controversial speakers, including one who had advocated boycotting Holocaust Memorial Day and another who blamed Israel for the 9/11 attacks.

Ben Kingsley: 'I Wanted to Nail Eichmann to Gates of Auschwitz'

By Israel Hayom

Oscar-winning Ben Kingsley said he didn't portray Adolf Eichmann out of love or admiration. Rather, he wanted to "nail him to the gates of Auschwitz." Kingsley, who has tackled historical figures before, including Mahatma Gandhi; Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank; and Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal, said playing Eichmann in "Operation Finale" produced an entirely different feeling in him. "With Gandhi, I loved him. With Simon, I loved him. With Otto, I loved him. With Itzhak [Stern, in "Schindler's List"], I loved him. But him – I'll nail you to the gates of Auschwitz. I'll put you up there so everyone can see what you did, what you stood for and who you are," Kingsley said. The story takes place 15 years after the end of World War II. A team of Mossad agents travels to Argentina with the extremely dangerous mission of smuggling Eichmann out of the country to bring him to justice in Israel. Eichmann, wanted for war crimes, was living in the South American country after escaping Germany at the end of the war. He was the main architect of the Final Solution, the Nazi plan to exterminate Jews that led to more than six million deaths. "I put him into the camera for you to judge him, for you to see. I've let go of him, and I dedicated my performance to Elie Wiesel and the millions who lost their lives under [Eichmann's] command," Kingsley said. "Rather than saying to the man that I portrayed, 'I am doing this for you,' because I certainly wasn't, I used to say to Elie Wiesel, 'I'm doing this for you,' because I know that Elie and other survivors said quite rightly that if we forget the 6 million, we are murdering them all over again." In the film, the rhetoric spoken by Eichmann bares an eerie similarity to the vicious debates currently surrounding the immigration issue in the United States and across the globe. Kingsley sees the film as a cautionary tale and hopes that audiences "will have thoughts after seeing the film that they did not have before." After protests by neo-Nazis and white supremacists last year in Charlottesville, Virginia, Kingsley thinks it's important not to forget the lives lost in the Holocaust, so it doesn't happen again. "Memory is vitally important, truth and memory. I'm quoting now Elie Wiesel, whom I met on several occasions. I loved his company. It was definitely in the company of what I would say would be comparable to an Old Testament prophet. I felt that also when I was in the presence of Simon Wiesenthal for all those months when I portrayed him. And Simon, quite clearly said that it could happen again. And so did Elie in his heroic pessimistic moments."

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