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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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