On February 7, 2018, the first International Legal Forum for Israel brought 150 top legal experts from around the world to Jerusalem for a three-day conference. Under the leadership of Yifa Segal, Director of the International Legal Forum, with the cooperation of the Israel Bar Association and Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs, led by Minister Gilad Erdan, the Forum focused on countering international BDS efforts. Alex Traiman writes about this for JNS: https://www.jns.org/legal-summit-in-jerusalem-tackles-moves-against-international-bds-efforts/.
Below is a video capturing some of the highlights of this landmark conference.
AFSI’s co-Executive Directors, Helen Freedman and Judy Freedman Kadish, were with Senator Tom Cotton, (R-AR) at a NORPAC event held at the home of Careena and Drew Parker in Englewood N.J. on Sunday morning, Feb. 25. Senator Cotton, who served in the U.S. Army from 2005-2009, graduated from Harvard University, and began his Senate term in 2014, impressed the large audience with his apparently total devotion to Israel and its concerns. On the topics of Iran, Russia, Syria, Lebanon, Mahmoud Abbas, the U.N., and more, Senator Cotton drew applause and thanks. We are fortunate to have Senator Tom Cotton in our corner.
Under a declaration of cooperation, the United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad (CPAHA) and the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs agreed to work together to preserve the cultural heritage of their citizens in Europe, including cemeteries, monuments, and archival material, which were decimated by the Holocaust and decades of communist rule.
Arutz Sheva reports that “Under Ambassador Friedman’s leadership partnering strategically with Israel has never been easier. We were able to accomplish this important milestone in record time because of the trust and credibility that the Ambassador on behalf of President Donald Trump has restored to America’s crucial relationship with the State of Israel.”
The Jerusalem Post reports that three Arab citizens of Israel from the village of Um el-Fahm were indicted Monday for plotting a terrorist attack on the Temple Mount in the name of Islamic State, the Shin Bet security agency announced.
According to the Shin Bet, the cell planned to carry out a shooting attack at the al-Aksa Mosque compound similar to the July 17 attack in which two Israeli police officers were murdered.
A call last Thursday by members of the European Parliament to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to designate the “political” arm of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization is an important development.
Danish MEP Anders Vistisen, one of the three co-initiators of the letter, said: “It is high time to acknowledge that Islamist-inspired terrorism is not only a threat to the Middle East, but is also the top threat to Europe’s security.”
Caroline Glick’s Jerusalem Post Opinion piece discusses concern that If Netanyahu is forced from office, Israeli democracy will be critically, and possibly irreparably, debilitated.
“lsrael’s system of democracy has been under assault for more than two decades. Since the early 1990’s, elected officials have fought a losing battle to maintain their power. The legal fraternity and the police, acting with the enthusiastic support and often at the urging of the politically biased media, have seized politicians’ governing prerogatives and powers one by one. These actions have all been justified in the name of the rule of law.”
The revelation Sunday that a judge coordinated her decision on an upcoming hearing with an investigator could have severe repercussions for the Israeli justice system and jeopardize the public’s faith in Israel’s courts, a senior justice official said.
Breaking news indicates possible court collusion between the judge and the investigator in the Netanyahu case. Could this lead to a Day of Atonement for the justice system? That’s what David Rosenberg’s news brief in Artuz Sheva discusses.
The US State Department notified Congress on Friday that the Jerusalem embassy would open in May to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence, speeding up the process by converting a building currently housing consular services into the embassy. The State Department confirmed the timing of the move.
“We are in touch with other countries, and it’s only a matter of time before other countries join the US in moving their embassies to Jerusalem,” said Netanyahu at a weekly Likud faction meeting.
Regarding the anticipated move, the Trump administration is considering an offer from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, four U.S. officials told The Associated Press.
Lawyers at the State Department are looking into the legality of accepting private donations to cover some or all of the embassy costs, the officials said.
The United States has sketched out a path under which “three key European allies would simply commit to try to improve the 2015 Iran nuclear deal over time.” In return, U.S. President Donald Trump would keep the pact alive by renewing U.S. sanctions relief in May, Reuters reported Sunday, citing a State Department cable it obtained. One wonders whether such a feeble effort as the Europeans promise can really result in anything positive.
Trump’s deeds prove his intention to punish those entities which take America’s money and then show hostile intent towards the USA – like Abbas. A recently announced funding increase for Jordan seems certain that it’s coming from the UNRWA decrease. David Singer’s Arutz Sheva OpEd explains.