Iran announced yesterday that it increased its uranium enrichment beyond the limit set forth in the 2015 JCPOA nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers.
In response to Iran’s announcement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on world leaders to take action. “It is a very, very dangerous step,” Israel’s prime minister said. “I’m asking you not to provoke, but out of joint knowledge of history and what happens when aggressive totalitarian regimes can cross the threshold toward things that are very dangerous to us all. Take the steps that you promised. Enact the sanctions.”
In an unprecedented decision on Monday, the Jerusalem District Court ruled that the Palestinian Authority is liable for civil damages for a series of terror attacks carried out during the Second Intifada (2000-2005). The decision was obtained by Shurat Hadin on behalf of eight victims’ families. As the case moves forward to its next stage, the PA could be responsible for compensating the families with a maximum of $1 billion in damages.
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, President of Shurat Hadin, told the court that if they won the lawsuit, it would be difficult to collect the compensation from the Arafat estate, and as a result she requested a lien on the property.
Is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu affirming his commitment to the Jewish residents of the South or is this another empty promise?
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chaired a security cabinet meeting at IDF Gaza Division HQ this morning vowing to “do what is necessary” to end the intolerable situation for Israelis living in the Gaza periphery. @IsraeliPM
Netanyahu also spoke about his commitment to working to achieve more for the Ethiopian community, which has seen violent protests for the last three days in response to the killing of an Ethiopian teen by an off-duty policeman.
Arutz Sheva reports former Mayor of Jerusalem MK Nir Barkat stating, “Unfortunately, I heard that the NIF [New Israel Fund] poured out its resources to fan the flames. I’ve spoken with Ethiopian friends and they said they received assistance from the NIF,”
Ethiopian Israelis Continue to Protest as Family of Victim Calls for Calm ~Herb Keinon, Jerusalem Post Staff, Anna Ahronheim
An i24News exclusive reports that the Israel Air Force launched targeted strikes in Egypt’s Sinai on Gaza-bound arms shipments – weapons and missiles that were bound for militant groups in the Gaza Strip. @i24News_En
Israel is reportedly leading a large intelligence operation in Sinai to prevent the arrival of weapons and money to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza through smuggling tunnels.
This effort is part of an ongoing operation to prevent the infiltration of terrorists into Israel and the supply of weapons to terror organizations out to destroy her.
Monday morning President Benjamin Netanyahu said that “Iran today announced that it was breaching its explicit commitment when it crossed the 300 kilogram mark in uranium enrichment, and Iran is moving ahead with a significant step in the production of nuclear weapons.”
Iran Violates Nuclear Deal ~Arutz Sheva Staff
According to the former chairman of the subcommittee on Judea and Samaria, MK Moti Yogev (Jewish Home), the Palestinian Authority takeover of Area C represents a real political emergency: “The facts are being determined on the ground and if we reach the negotiating table, there will be nothing more to discuss.”
A report released by Regavim reveals that over 28,000 new illegal structures have been established on Israeli-controlled territory in Judea and Samaria over the past decade.
Israel’s Jewish communities in the south have had enough after suffering close to 100 fires last week started by incendiary balloons launched from the Gaza Strip. Israel’s Channel 12 reports that residents are outraged by the ongoing attacks and discouraged by the lack of reaction and support on the part of the Israeli government.
In response, Israeli regional council representatives are looking into the legal requirements for issuing an independent appeal to the United Nations against Hamas.
Booby-Trapped Book: Terror Attack in the Gaza Vicinity Foiled ~Orly Harari
American Ambassador to Israel David Friedman spoke Wednesday morning to Efi Trigger on Army Radio – Galey Tzahal. Friedman said the Bahrain summit was “heading in the right direction,” despite the PA’s boycott of the gathering.
“I stand behind my words to the NYT 100 percent; it has been American policy and expectation for the last 20-30 years; everybody knows there’s no scenario when Israel will leave the entire Judea and Samaria; as long as I’ve been conceptualizing this issue.”
Thanks to the pressure exerted by Israeli NGO Regavim and the Shomron Regional Council, the Civil Administration removed illegal structures built on land belonging to the Jewish community of Leshem in Samaria.
The case at hand: Taysir Abdallah was a squatter on government land that belongs to the Jewish community of Leshem in the Shomron. He illegally occupied a prime piece of property, directly on top of what was meant to be the safe, modern access road to the community.
“The tactics used by Abdullah are classic examples of a system that involves thousands of illegal Arab structures. Nonsensical permit requests, appeals designed to clog the system, abuse of the legal process – the State of Israel must take action vis-à-vis the system as a whole. Otherwise, every lawbreaker is rewarded, and the law enforcement system is brought to its knees.” ~Yishai Hemo, Regavim Field Coordinator for Judea and Samaria.
Just days before the US sponsored Bahrain conference, the White House released the first of a two-part Middle East peace plan, outlining the Trump administration’s “economic vision” for Palestinian Arab territories and neighboring Arab countries.
The highly anticipated proposal calls for a $50 billion investment in PA territories from private companies and donor countries to jump start local economies and boost conditions in Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon, which would each receive a portion of the funds.
The 40-page plan rests on three initiatives: 1) to “unleash the economic potential” of the Palestinians, 2) “empower the Palestinians to realize their ambitions,” and 3) “enhance Palestinian governance.”
The second part of the plan is meant to address the political implications of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and is expected to be released in the fall.
Read Part 1 of the proposal Peace to Prosperity, The Economic Plan: A New Vision for the Palestinian People.
Saudi diplomat argues that this includes a “clear path leading to complete Palestinian Independence” ~Jerusalem Post Staff
PA says Trump deal nothing more than a financial bribe while everyone else jumps on the American bandwagon ~David Israel
Bolton: Without security there can be no peace ~Arutz Sheva Staff