December 21, 2017

In News Surrounding Israel by The Friends of Israel

UN General Assembly to vote Thursday ro rescind U.S. Jerusalem recognition

The UN General Assembly will gather in an emergency session Thursday (21st) in order to vote to rescind the American recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Yemen and Turkey submitted the draft resolution on behalf of the Arab and Muslim nations.  It is expected to be similar to the Egyption-sponsored resolution vetoed by the U.S. in the UN Security Council.



Haley: “The U.S. will be taking names” when UN votes on Jerusalem decision – Max Greenwood

Ahead of the UN General Assembly vote Thursday (21st) on a resolution urging the Trump administration to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley wrote Tuesday (19th) on Twitter: “At the UN we’re always asked to do more and give more.  So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American people, about where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us.  On Thursday there will be a vote criticizing our choice.  The U.S. will be taking names.”



Haley’s letter to UN members: The President and the U.S. take this vote personally – Noa Landau

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley wrote to members of the UN General Assembly: “As you know, the General Assembly is considering a resolution about President Trump’s recent decision on Jerusalem.  As you consider your vote, I encourage you to know the President and the U.S. take the vote personally.”  Haley said the U.S. was simply asking the Assembly to acknowledge the historical friendship, partnership, and support we have extended them, and to respect our decision about our embassy,”



Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital is a welcome symbolic move – Dr. Colin Rubenstein

Imagine if no other country was prepared to accept that Canberra is our capital, to keep happy a neighbor with more international support and a habit of issuing violent threats.  Instead, they all site their embassies in Melbourne, and maintain that is the capital.  That was Israel’s situation until Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital.

It just acknowledges the facts.  Israel does have its capital in West Jerusalem, which has been part of Israel since its inception in 1948, and no one who accepts Israel’s right to exist argues that it won’t remain Israel’s capital in any future peace deal.  Israel doesn’t deserve different treatment than every other country.



Why the Palestinian public’s response to Trump’s Jerusalem announcement has been lukewarm – Shalom Lipner

After President Trump conferred U.S. recognition upon Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters have not escalated beyond the almost perfunctory, and there has been no widespread outbreak of hostilities toward Israel.  Abbas and his cohorts are as unhappy with Trump’s move as the Palestinian rank-and-file, but will toil to keep the intifada genie in its bottle for the sake of preserving their rule.



Palestinians urge U.S. to ‘give Israel Washington, not Jerusalem’

In a recent announcement issued in the wake of the American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Palestinian Authority (PA) Ministry of Information expressed indignation by suggesting that U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence should “give Israel the White House.”

The statement announced, “The ministry said that President Trump and his Vice President Mike Pence can give Israel the White House in its entirety or give it Washington, the capital,” reported the independent Palestinian news agency Watten last week.



Hizbullah’s young adherents learn the ideology of hate – Anchal Vohra

Ali is six, and yet already he fiercely chants “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” at a Beirut rally alongside his family.

“At six, he is too old not be here,” said his mother Fatima.

On a television screen hanging above the packed market street, Hizbullah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah announced to a rapturous response, “After victory in Syria and Iraq, we will focus on Israel.”

Ali has been taught to unquestioningly identify his enemy and call for his death.  “Jews and Americans are my enemy,” he said.

During the 1980s, Shias in southern Lebanon initially welcomed the Israelis to protect them from the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).



Ancient tomb door with Menorah-carving revealed in Israel – James Rogers

An ancient basalt tomb door with a stunning menorah- carving was recently put on display by the Institute of Archeology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

The door was discovered in Tiberias, in the Galilee region in 2010, but was only revealed to the public a few weeks ago.

The tomb door, likely part of a Jewish tomb from the second to fourth centuries, is ornamented with a depiction of the seven-branched menorah that stood in the ancient Jewish Temple, one of the key symbols of Judaism.



New immigrants celebrate Hanukkah at Ben Gurion Airport

A planeload of 208 new immigrants from Ukraine celebrated their first Hanukkah in Israel after landing in Tel Aviv on Tuesday (19th).  The olim – the latest to come to Israel – arrived on the seventh day of Hanukkah and were provided with jelly doughnuts, and candy for the children in the group.  They lit Hanukkah candles on a menorah at the airport.



Technion opens Israel’s first university campus in China

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology became the first Israeli university to open a campus in China.

On Monday (18th), the Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology opened in Shantou, in the Guangdong province on the southeast coast.  The university is a partnership between the Haifa-based university, the Li Ka Shing Foundation, and the Guangdong provincial and Shantou municipal governments.

The school will offer undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering and science.  Some 3,000 students are expected to attend the school in its first decade.