November 3, 2017

In News Surrounding Israel by The Friends of Israel

Netanyahu 100 years after Balfour, Palestinians should accept Jewish state

LONDON – “The Palestinians have yet to take the basic step that Great Britain did 100 years ago when it issued the Balfour Declaration recognizing the right of the Jewish people to a state in their homeland,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his British counterpart, Theresa May on Thursday (2nd).

The two leaders met at 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the British prime minister, less than a day after Netanyahu arrived in London to celebrate that seminal event in Zionist history.

“One hundred years after Balfour, the Palestinians should finally accept a Jewish national home and finally accept a Jewish state.  When they do, the road to peace will be closer and, in my opinion, peace will be achievable,” said Netanyahu.

The Balfour Declaration was signed on November 2, 1917.



Britain proud of role in creating Israel, Prime MInister Theresa May said at Balfour

“Britain is proud of our pioneering role in the creation of the State of Israel,” Theresa May said at a dinner marking the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, on Thursday (2nd). “ We are proud to stand here today together with Prime Minister Netanyahu and declare our support for Israel.  And we are proud of the relationship we have built with Israel,” May stated.



‘If you threaten us, you will disappear’

Israel’s Transport MInister Yisrael Katz spoke at the Zionist Congress in Binyanei Ha’uma marking 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, Thursday (2nd).

Katz referred to Israel’s historic right to its land and attacked the Palestinians who are trying to distort historical facts.  He also presented a sharp threat to Iran, saying that “I warn Khamenei, Rouhani and Suleimani.  If you continue to provoke and to threaten the State of Israel – you will disappear long before your time. We have many capabilities and whoever threatens us will pay the full price.”



Danon to Palestinians: It’s time you learned history

The UN committee on Palestinian rights discussed the “repercussions of the Balfour Declaration on the Palestinian people this week.

Rashid Halidi, a Columbia University professor who is a former PLO advisor and supports the BDS movement, said that the Balfour Declaration was a “pistol aimed at the head” of the Palestinians, a “declaration of war by the British empire against the native population of the land.”

Israel’s UN ambassador Danny Danon responded by saying that “it’s time you learned history and internalized that the state of the Jewish nation will continue to thrive in the land of Israel.”  



Congress recognizes the 100-year anniversary of Balfour Declaration

A bipartisan resolution was introduced in the U.S. Senate to recognize the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on Thursday (2nd)

Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. proposed the resolution.  A concurrent resolution was proposed in the House of Representatives.

“It is entirely appropriate for the United States Congress to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a resolution that ultimately led to the reestablishment of the State of Israel in 1948,” Lankford said in a statement.  “Israel is one of our closest friends and allies, and it is important that we stand with her and honor this important milestone.”



Mashaal: ‘Palestinians will trample Balfour Declaration’

The Palestinian Authority has ‘exhibited mourning’ over the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.

Numerous articles of the Wafa news agency discussed the disaster which hit the “Palestinian nation” since the Balfour Declaration, and demanded that Britain correct the ‘historic error’ and pay compensation to the Palestinians.

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said that the Palestinians would cancel the declaration’s legitimacy with force.

Mashal said that this “crime” would remain a “mark of Cain” on Britain.



Report: Israel strikes Syrian munitions factory – Roi Kais

Hizbullah-affiliated Al Mayadeen TV reported that “Israel had attacked a facility in an industrial area in the suburb of Homs on Wednesday night (1st),” and that the Syrian army responded by firing a surface-to-air missile at the aircraft but missed.  The report said the airstrike targeted a rocket depot.



Katz on Syria strike: Israel operates against arming Hizbullah

Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz on Thursday (2nd) indirectly responded to reports that Israel’s air force attacked a weapons depot in Syria Wednesday night (1st), telling Army Radio that “Israel has previously operated and will continue to operate to prevent weapons passing from Syria to Hizbullah.”

Katz said that Israel’s stance against arming Hizbullah and the establishment of Iran in Syria are well known.



COGAT: No help in extracting terrorists from tunnel without progress on Israeli MIAs held by Hamas

After the Red Cross requested Israel’s help in locating terrorists trapped inside a border-crossing tunnel in Gaza, which the IDF blew up earlier this week, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, said Thursday (2nd) that Israel “would not allow the location of the terrorists in the tunnel without progress on the issue of Israeli POWs and MIAs held by Hamas.



German Jews mark 79 years since Kristallnacht with joint Torah study

Hundreds of Jews across Germany will take part in a special Torah study event to mark the 79th anniversary of the Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) pogrom.

Kristallnacht, is the name given to the night between November 9 and 10, 1938, when Germany and Austria saw a massive pogrom in which Nazi supporters burned some 300 synagogues, shattered the windows of Jewish homes, institutions and businesses and rounded up 30,000 men to take to concentration camps.

Saturday’s (4th) Torah study event is the initiative of the Rabbinical Association of Germany and the latest in a series of activities organized by the local Jewish community in order to strengthen Jewish identity in the country .