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  • February 27, 2013

    Oxford Students Resoundingly Reject BDS Movement  

    Oxford students voted 69 – 10 to defeat a motion that would have required them to support and promote the economic and political anti-Israel warfare method known as the BDS movement.

    By: Lori Lowenthal Marcus, JEWISH PRESS

    Oxford University, the oldest university in the English-speaking world, is an exemplar of academic elite institutions. Tonight, February 27, the student leadership there voted to reject the motion to join in and promote the economic and political warfare anti-Israel effort known as the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.

    Students had been discussing the motion and voted in their own colleges in advance of tonight’s vote. “This boycott goes against everything the university stands for. The idea that we are not going to read your books or articles or hear your arguments on the basis of your nationality is ridiculous,” Henry Watson, a student at Magdalen College, a constituent college of Oxford, said. Magdalen College voted to defeat the motion 39-3, earlier this week.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 11:54 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 5 Comments » | 1,395 views

    Israel makes further progress against cancer  

    Israel Sets the Pulses Racing

    Michael Ordman, JPOST

     Life in the Jewish State is never boring, and the activities of Israeli politicians can sometimes raise stress levels significantly. But if you look beyond an all too frequent selection of sensationalist negative news reports, an exciting and pulsating picture of Israel’s achievements is revealed.

    Israel’s goal as far as cancer is concerned is to discover treatments that can maintain the pulse of the sufferer indefinitely.  A team of 11 scientists from the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot has found a combination of two antibodies to attack aggressive breast cancer tumors, causing them to collapse and die.  Another group of Weizmann Institute scientists has developed a microscopic device that is injected into your body to search for genetic malfunctions in your cells.  If it finds any, it emits a pulse of green light to highlight the diagnosis. The scientists are now working on upgrading it to destroy the cancerous cells. (Read more…)
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 9:44 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 2 Comments » | 1,186 views

    Another Layer of Defense: The Arrow-3 Test  

    INSS Insight No. 407. February 27, 2013
    Shapir, Yiftah

    The first test launch of the Arrow-3 missile interceptor system was conducted by the Israeli defense establishment on the morning of Monday, February 25, 2013. Not many details are available, but the test appears to have been a success.

    Israel Aerospace Industries and Boeing have been developing the Arrow-3 system jointly for several years for the Israel Missile Defense Organization, with the participation and funding of the US Missile Defense Agency. The funding for the project is not part of the regular American defense aid for Israel. When the Arrow-3 becomes operational, scheduled for 2014-2015, it will reinforce the existing Arrow-2.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 9:39 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 3 Comments » | 1,107 views

    How AIPAC Is Losing  

    Chuck Hagel will be secretary of Defense, and Iran will go nuclear. So much for an all-powerful Israel Lobby.

    By Lee Smith, Tablet Magazine

    This weekend, more than 10,000 pro-Israel activists, Jews and non-Jews alike, will gather at the Washington convention center for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference. These friends and supporters of the U.S.-Israel bilateral relationship will hear from members of Congress and the executive branch who will all testify to the singular influence that AIPAC, as the pillar of the pro-Israel community, wields in the capital of the free world.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 9:07 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 5 Comments » | 1,568 views

    Europe: A Continent in Flight  

    By Bruce Bawer, FPM

    Different parts of Europe, same story.

    Let’s start with France, where a new report by a Jewish community group, Service de Protection de la Communauté Juive (SPCJ), says that anti-Semitism in that country has gotten so much worse in the wake of last year’s Toulouse school massacre that the number of Jews who are “crossing the Channel to find safe haven in the U.K.” is skyrocketing. One sign of the trend: “St John’s Wood Synagogue in London has set up a separate French minyan, attended regularly by 120 people on Shabbat,” with new faces showing up every week. A February 21 piece in the Jewish Chronicle about the SPCJ report noted that while anti-Semitic “incidents” in Britain and France are roughly comparable in number, those in France “are far more likely to involve violence.”

    It also quoted Britain’s Chief Rabbi as warning that “the position of Jews in Europe today is very difficult….Jews in Europe have begun to ask, is there a place for us here?” Perhaps the most telling detail in the Jewish Chronicle article was this: while the SPCJ report “originally stated that in over three-quarters of the antisemitic incidents the perpetrators were reported as being of North African origin,” this fact was later deleted from the text.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:49 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 19 Comments » | 2,114 views

    Harsh EU report likely won’t spell settlement sanctions  


    Senior European Union officials stationed in East Jerusalem and Ramallah have recently recommended that the organization curb trade with Israelis located beyond the Green Line and cease financial support for them.

    The move is seen as another indication of the EU’s growing frustration with Israeli settlement policies and the stagnating peace process, but the imposition of any kind of concrete sanctions against Israel remains unlikely.

    In a new report sent to Brussels and foreign ministries in 27 member states, the consuls general representing the EU in the Palestinian territories call on the EU to “prevent, discourage and raise awareness about problematic implications of financial transactions including foreign direct investments, from within the EU in support of settlement activities, infrastructure and services,” Haaretz reported Wednesday.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 5:45 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 5 Comments » | 1,087 views

    Condell: Stop patronizing the Palestinians  

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 4:55 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | Comments Off on Condell: Stop patronizing the Palestinians | 1,599 views

    Shas: Maybe we can live with Bennett’s Hareidi plan  

    This is looking good. I like that Bennett wants the Israel Land Authority and the Defence Minister’s responsibility for building in J & S. I expect that the compromise solution for the Hareidi will be accepted by Shas and it will join the government. I also expect Yesh Atid to join because Lapid won’t be appointed Leader of the Opposition. His best shot at influence is to accept Shas in the coalition because it accepted the compromise and he will get at least the Ministry of Education which he wants. Ted Belman

    Likud moves closer to agreeing on plan for drafting haredim
    Bennett drafts plan, with Lapid’s blessing, for drafting ultra-Orthodox • Likud may agree to it • Shas: Maybe it is something we can live with •


    Following coalition talks that continued almost until dawn on Tuesday, Likud-Beytenu and Habayit Hayehudi representatives will meet again Wednesday evening to discuss a plan drafted by Habayit Hayehudi for enlisting ultra-Orthodox Jews into the Israel Defense Forces. The plan has already been agreed to by Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 4:42 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 5 Comments » | 1,105 views

    Op-Ed: The “Hilltop Youth”: Israel’s Heroes  

    The “hilltop youth” deserve our awe and respect, not the maligning to which they are subject

    Giulio Meotti, INN

    With their long hair flying in the wind, their yarmulkes askew, their fringes peeking out from under faded t-shirts, the maligned “hilltop youth” are the Jews of the Jewish State, the Jews of the “settlers”.

    Is education deficient? Blame the hilltop youth. Is crime rampant? Blame the hilltop youth.

    They are Israel’s most outstanding individuals, instilled with ideals that their government ministers can only envy. They are Israel’s last heroes.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 11:01 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 12 Comments » | 1,350 views

    Jewish Home is the party of reform  

    Report: Jewish Home Presents Social, Economic Demands to Likud

    By David Lev, INN

    Negotiations continued Tuesday between the Likud and the Jewish Home Party over the possible entry of the latter into a coalition being cobbled together by Binyamin Netanyahu. The negotiations have been going on for the past few days, with Jewish Home MKs presenting what they expected from a government that they would agree to be a part of.

    The discussions have revolved around issues such as negotiations with the Palestinian Authority and the role of Tzipy Livni as head of those negotiations, as well as the extent of integration of the hareidi yeshiva population into the IDF.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 10:52 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 3 Comments » | 948 views

    EU Recommends Boycott Against Israel Presence in Judea, Samaria  

    By Chana Ya’ar, INN

    The European Union has formally recommended its 27 member states “prevent” Israeli activity in Judea and Samaria through an economic boycott of Jewish communities in those regions.

    The EU’s latest boycott recommendation came to light in the publication of the EU’s Jerusalem Report 2012, released Wednesday, in which the European body recommends its members avoid financial transactions with Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, AFP reported.

    In the report, the EU suggests its member states “prevent, discourage and raise awareness about problematic implications of financial transactions, including foreign direct investments from within the EU in support of settlement activities, infrastructure and services.” The recommendation followed an internal report which alleged that Israel had used construction in eastern Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria to prevent the possibility of a two-state solution.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 10:44 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 7 Comments » | 1,067 views

    Likud: Deal with Bennett can be made immediately  


    Officials from both parties say deal is likely to be signed in coming days; former settler leader Ariel to be given Housing portfolio.

    Likud Beytenu and the Bayit Yehudi are likely to sign a coalition agreement in the coming days, sources in both parties said on Tuesday.

    The final deal is likely to give the Construction and Housing portfolio to MK Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi), a former Yesha Council secretary-general, which could allow for expansion of settlements, even though during the election campaign Likud Beytenu said it would keep the ministry for itself.

    While the two parties have not yet discussed portfolios, Likud sources said the party plans to offer the Housing Ministry to Ariel, who is second on the Bayit Yehudi list and leader of its negotiating team. Likud Beytenu has previously leaked offers to the press before relaying them directly to the Bayit Yehudi.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 10:29 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 4 Comments » | 864 views

    Elaborate surveillance operation raises concerns about broader Hezbollah attacks  

    By Joby Warrick, The Washington Post,

    The Israeli tourists on Arkia Airlines Flight 161 from Tel Aviv could not have known it, but their arrival in Cyprus July 6 was watched closely. A pair of trained eyes counted each passenger as the group exited the plane and boarded a shuttle, headed for resorts that had also been carefully studied and mapped.

    The bearded foreigner who silently tracked the Israelis had done his work well. He knew where the visitors would sleep, shop and eat. He knew how many security guards patrolled their hotel parking lots and how long it would take police to arrive from the station down the street.

    But the watcher was being watched. When Cypriot police picked him up, the Hezbollah operative quickly acknowledged what he was doing, although he claimed not to know why. (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 9:42 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 2 Comments » | 1,356 views

    Hagel wins, Israel loses, J-street cheers  

    This is an enormous victory for the anti-Israel crowd both because,
    1) Hagel with all his faults passed muster. Thus he will be able to push the J-Street line which is to pressure Israel into a peace agreement
    2) It is further evidence of the decline of the Right, and the ascendency of the Left. In particular it underscores how the Democratic Party can no longer be seen as pro-Israel. For a list of what the democrats ignored or embraced about Hagel go to Jeff Dunetz at Breitbart. And let me remind you, AIPAC sat this one out as did the ADL. Ted Belman

    JStreet – The political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans

    It’s official: the hawks have lost again.

    Despite an unprecedented smear campaign leading to the first-ever
    filibuster of a Defense Secretary nominee, Senator Chuck Hagel has been
    confirmed by a vote of 58 to 41.

    Over the last few months you have stood with J Street in supporting
    Senator Hagel’s nomination. From our activities on Capitol Hill, to our
    work in the community, and of course our “Smear a Bagel, not Chuck
    Hagel” campaign, together we’ve made the pro-Israel, pro-peace case for
    Sen. Hagel’s fitness to lead the Pentagon.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 8:16 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 15 Comments » | 1,653 views

    U.S. Push Could End Hezbollah’s Domination of Lebanon  

    By Evelyn Gordon, JINSA Fellow

    When massive protests forced Syria to withdraw its forces from Lebanon in 2005, it seemed that Lebanon had finally been liberated from foreign domination. But the liberation proved illusory: The country remained in thrall to Hezbollah, which took its orders from Iran and Syria. Hezbollah’s dominance was dramatically demonstrated in 2008, when it staged an armed takeover of Beirut to keep the government from dismantling its telecommunications network and ending its control of airport security. The resulting “reconciliation” agreement granted it veto power over all government decisions. 

    Now, an opportunity has finally arisen to finish what the Cedar Revolution began – and also to seriously weaken an organization that some U.S. officials have dubbed “the greatest threat to American national security.”Hezbollah’s dominance depends on a constant supply of arms and money. But the collapse of Syria’s Assad regime could significantly reduce the first, while European Union (EU) designation of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization – now a real possibility thanks to both Bulgaria’s recent announcement that Hezbollah was behind last July’s terror attack in Burgas and the trial of a self-confessed Hezbollah operative in Cyprus – could significantly reduce the second.  (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:58 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 2 Comments » | 953 views

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