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Netanyahu Reveals Iran Nuclear Site, Demanding IAEA Inspection

By the Jerusalem Post & YnetNews.com

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu disclosed on Thursday the existence of a facility in Iran's capital that he referred to as an "atomic warehouse" full of material related to the country's nuclear program, and yet undisclosed to the UN's atomic watchdog agency, in a speech to the UN in New York. Seeking to pressure the International Atomic Energy Agency to pay attention to Israel's findings and inspect the new site, Netanyahu declassified details of its contents and warned that Iran was in the process of clearing the facility since he revealed in April a special ops raid of a nearby Iranian nuclear archive facility by Israeli agents. "The IAEA still has not taken any action. It has not posed a single question of Iran. It has not demanded to inspect a single new site discovered in that secret archive," the prime minister said. "So I decided to reveal today something else that we revealed to the IAEA and to other intelligence agencies." Netanyahu brought photos and maps of the nondescript building, which he described as adjacent to a nearby rug cleaning facility. He claimed that Iranian officials had already removed 15 kilograms of radioactive material from the clandestine structure. "They had to get it out of the site, so they took it out and they spread it around Tehran in an effort to hide the evidence," he asserted, suggesting that Iranian citizens were at risk of exposure. And he demanded prompt IAEA inspections of the new facility before the site is completely cleared, mocking their claim that they have access to "anytime, anywhere inspections" under a 2015 nuclear deal brokered between Iran, Germany and the permanent five members of the Security Council….What Iran hides, Israel will find," he said. "How about inspections right here, right now?" While the Israeli premier was thankful to President Donald Trump for withdrawing the US from the nuclear deal, he made a note of one exceptional, unintended consequence: Israel's natural alignment with the Arab world against Iran, as the Islamic Republic, in his telling, gained power and ambition in the wake of the agreement. But he offered searing criticism of the European Union, which this week revealed a special mechanism it is designing to help its business circumvent renewed US sanctions on companies engaged in the Iranian marketplace. "I just used a strong word: Appeasement," Netanyahu said. "Unfortunately, that's exactly what we see again in Europe…. Have these European leaders learned nothing from history?" he asked. "Will they ever wake up?" The new site Netanyahu identified sits a short distance from Shourabad where the Mossad pinched a trove of documents and evidence showing that Iran had archived its nuclear materials despite the nuclear deal. "When I spoke here 3 years ago Israel stood alone among the nations. Of the nearly 200 countries that sit in this hall, only Israel openly opposed the nuclear deal with Iran. We oppose it because it threatens our future, even our very survival," the prime minister said. "We opposed it because the deal paved Iran's path to a nuclear arsenal and the lifting of the sanction has fueled Iran's campaign of carnage and conquest throughout the Middle East. We opposed it because the deal was based on a fundamental lie… Israel exposed that lie." But Netanyahu did say that the Iran nuclear deal had made one significant, positive contribution to the Middle East. "I have an important confession to make. This may surprise you. But I have to admit that the Iran deal has had one positive consequence … By empowering Iran, it brought Israel and many Arab states closer together than ever before, in intimacy and friendship that I've not seen in my lifetime and that would have been unimaginable years ago," he said while pounding the rostrum. Netanyahu also used the end of his speech to criticize the people who have objected to Israel's recent passage of the Nation-State Law, which Abbas said would lead to an official apartheid system. "Israel is called racist for making Hebrew the official language? … When Israel is declared an apartheid state for declaring itself the nation-state of the Jewish people, it is downright preposterous," he shouted. "There are more than 50 countries here that have crosses or crescents on their flags," he pointed out, stressing that people from many faiths inhabit those countries. "Only Israel is denigrated," he said, for celebrating its national heritage. Here at the UN, Israel is absurdly accused of racism … Here at the UN, Israel is shamefully accused of apartheid. Here at the UN, Israel is outrageously accused of ethnic cleansing. It's the same old anti-Semitism with a brand new face," he said, prompting a round of applause from supporters. The Israeli leader slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for lambasting Israel on the podium just moments earlier, citing examples of hypocrisy in Abbas's accusations of racism against Israel. "President Abbas, you should know better. You write a dissertation denying the Holocaust. Your PA imposes death sentences on Palestinians for selling land to Jews," he said.

U.N. Secretary-General: Denying Israel's Right to Exist is Anti-Semitism

By the Jerusalem Post

Attempts to delegitimize Israel is a form of anti-Semitism, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday at a high-level forum to combat hatred against Jews that was held on the sidelines of the General Assembly. Modern anti-Semitism, the UN leader said, expressed "itself in attempts to delegitimize the right of Israel to exist, including calls for its destruction, using the pretext of the situation in the Middle East to target Jews and Jewish symbols….The world is also seeing an alarming proliferation of neo-Nazi and white supremacy groups, and of those seeking religious and ethnic domination. "This is tribalism run amok. Not only are their vile views coming into the mainstream, but the mainstream unfortunately, sometimes, is coming to them," Guterres said at the event hosted by UNESCO. Since taking office last year, UNESCO director-general Audrey Azoulay has highlighted the importance of combating anti-Semitism and Wednesday's event was part of that effort. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declined UNESCO's invitation to attend the event, stating that the organization's treatment of the state of Israel was tantamount to anti-Semitism. A video of the event, showed an empty chair next to a sign that said Israel, while foreign ministers and ambassadors from other countries sat in attendance and spoke out on the topic. But at the UNESCO event Guterres said that the United Nations has a special obligation to fight anti-Semitism because the organization, was created in the aftermath of World War II to help prevent tragedies like the Holocaust. "The origins of the United Nations itself are rooted in the need to learn the lessons of the Holocaust. Being true to our Charter means combatting anti-Semitism and hatred with all our energy and will," Guterres said. Azoulay said misinformation around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has also helped foster contemporary anti-Semitism. She added that anti-Semitism "undermines fundamental human rights in general, rots and corrupts the whole society. It is one of the most powerful and centuries-old ideological forces of violent extremism."

Israel's Irreconcilable Differences with U.S. Jews and the Democratic Party May Soon Lead to Final Divorce

By Haaretz (Commentary by Chemi Shalev)

In his book "The Jewish Century," Russian-American historian Yuri Slezkine describes the enormous influence of the oppressed Jewish masses that lived in Russia at the turn of the 20th century – and comprised 60% of world Jewry – on the history of the world in general and of the Jewish people in particular. These Jews, huddled in poverty for the most part in the notorious Pale of Settlement, spawned the radicals who played critical roles in the communist revolution, the pioneers who established and created the State of Israel and the millions who immigrated to the United States and launched what is arguably the most successful diaspora in history, Jewish or otherwise. In Slezkine's book, the American Jewish experiment is the most successful of them all. But even if one rejects Slezkine's ranking, the evidence is hard to deny: American Jews are the most educated, prosperous and recently best-liked religious group in the U.S. Even though they are less than 2% of the population, Jews make up more than half of America's leading intellectuals, between a quarter and a third of its senior media figures and a half to two thirds of its movie and television producers and directors. One of every three of the 371 Nobel Prizes awarded to Americans was given to a Jew, including more than half of the Nobel Prizes for Economics. The contribution of Jews to modern America culture is nothing less than astounding. Jews have left a deep mark on America's culture in films, TV, literature, philosophy and journalism. They supported, spurred and sometimes led the struggles of women, African-Americans and the LGBT community for equality, the fight for freedom of expression, the concern for immigrants and the ongoing effort to maintain the separation of church and state. Their direct political influence is no less remarkable. American Jews punch way above their statistical weight. They campaign, vote and, most significantly, donate to political causes more than any other group; in recent years, the level of their representation in Congress is three to five times bigger than their actual share of the population. Since 1967, American Jews have dedicated a large proportion of their political might to securing the very special relationship between Israel and the United States, including strategic cooperation, billions of dollars in military aid, close to unconditional diplomatic support, not to mention the successful campaign, led by American Jews, for the release of Soviet Jews, one of the main factors that jump-started the modern Israeli economy. Most of these feats are registered under the name of the liberal component of American Jewry, the clear majority. Not everyone agrees, of course: Presumably, most of the quarter of American Jews who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 are less than enamored with the majority's liberal bent, including the Orthodox, who comprise only 10% of the overall Jewish population but are its fastest-growing part, as detailed in the latest report by the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI). No matter what their numerical share, however, these Jews won't be the heirs to generations of Jews who flourished under the umbrella of the unique rendezvous between their Jewish heritage and American freedom and democracy. It is there that the modern American Jewish renaissance was born. All of these facts are universally known, supposedly, and yet the State of Israel nonetheless allows itself to gaze with indifference bordering on criminal negligence at the unraveling of its ties with the greatest Jewish community the world has ever known. Israel seems completely oblivious to the poison which it regularly injects into its relations with American Jews, in its capitulation to the Orthodox monopoly, anti-democratic legislation, disdain for Palestinians, addiction to Jewish settlements, worship of Donald Trump and short-sighted reliance on Sheldon Adelson and evangelicals, who whisper in Trump's ear. Small wonder that the headline over a hard-hitting opinion piece published by Dana Milbank in the Washington Post – "American Jews are watching Israel in horror" – barely garnered a yawn. Their time is up, our politicians opine, with a smirk of self-satisfaction and a shrug born of ignorance and arrogance. The rupture, which, left unchecked, will grow into a schism, is dangerous for Israel. It corrodes a foundational stone of Jerusalem's relations with the United States and feeds the growing disenchantment of the Democratic Party, which will eventually return to power. The breach is even more of a threat to the American Jewish community itself, which made support for Israel into a new religion and now finds itself adrift, without an anchor. Israel, despite its meaningless platitudes, is sabotaging the unity of the Jewish people. It is committing the crime against Jewish history, which, symbolically evokes the biblical story of Cain and Abel, the latter having been the better but weaker of the two brothers.

Far-Right German Party's Plans for Jewish Section Criticized

By Israel Hayom

The far-right Alternative for Germany party has announced it will create a Jewish section within the party, drawing widespread criticism by Jewish groups across the country. One prominent Jewish student group accused the anti-migrant party on Wednesday as being "one of the biggest threats to Jewish … life in Germany….The AfD is not getting a kosher certificate from us," the leader of the Jewish Students Union of Germany said, referring to the nationalist party by its acronym. Dalia Grinfeld said her group is urging all Jews in Germany to join a protest rally next month in the central German city of Offenbach, where the party plans to launch its new "Jews in the AfD" section. Despite repeatedly downplaying the horrors of the Holocaust, the far-right party has acquired some Jewish members who are drawn to its rhetoric against Muslim immigrants. "The AfD is the only party in Germany that makes anti-Semitism by Muslims a topic without trivializing it," Dimitri Schulz, a Jew and founding member of the planned Jewish AfD section, told the German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur. "There's no contradiction between being Jewish and being a member of the AfD. We don't deny the party as some anti-Semites within its ranks. With that, these views are portrayed completely disproportionately in the media and public opinion," Schulz said. Still, it's not clear how many AfD members are Jewish or how many of them plan to participate in the Afd sections founding meeting on Oct. 7. While there has been a series of violent attacks on Jews by Muslims in Germany recently and anti-Semitism incidents have increased overall in Germany, the majority of Jews, including the country's leading Central Council of Jews in Germany, have warned about the AfD and its anti-Semitic tendencies. The co-leader of AfD earlier this year dismissed Germany's Nazi era as a "speck of bird poop in more than 1,000 years of successful German history." Last year, another prominent AfD member said Germany needs to perform a "180-degree turn" when it comes to remembering its past and said the Berlin memorial to the millions of Jews killed in the Holocaust is a "monument of shame." At the same time, there is widespread ambivalence among Jews in Germany when it comes to the more than 1 million migrants who came to Germany since 2015, the majority of whom are Muslims from countries like Syria or Iraq with attitudes hostile to Jews and Israel.

'Rabbi' Michelle Obama

By JTA
Former first lady Michelle Obama played the part of "rabbi" at a wedding ceremony between two Jews in the Chicago area over the weekend. Obama's involvement in the September 22 wedding of Stephanie Moelis Rivkin and Joel Sircus on the banks of Lake Michigan was first reported by TMZ on Sunday. Rivkin is the daughter of Chicago's deputy mayor, Robert Rivkin, who serves under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama's former chief of staff. Her mother, Cindy Moelis, was appointed by President Obama as Director of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. The New York Times announcement of the wedding lists the couple's friend Robert Dresser as the ceremony officiant, the Forward reported. However, the bride's cousin Tina Newman posted a video of the ceremony on Instagram showing Obama officiating. Reports did not indicate whether the wedding was "Reform" or "Conservative."


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