Today, we proudly present the final article in our important 6-article series, A History of Jihad, by Clare Lopez, Vice President for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy. This interview transcript can be seen (and shared!) here – http://unitycoalitionforisrael.org/?page_id=15708379
Her latest collaborative effort, the book, Ally No More: Erdogan’s New Turkish Caliphate and the Rising Jihadist Threat to the West features Clare’s research into this war of “Jihad” alongside other luminaries in the security field such as Harold Rhode, Christopher Hull, Daniel Pipes, David Goldman, Burak Bekdil, Uzay Bulut and Deborah Weiss.
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- Russian Plane Downing – 8 things to know for September 20 – TimesofIsrael.com, Joshua Davidovich
- US Concept Paper Demands International Action Against Iran – aawsat.com, Ali Barada
- Iran launches air maneuvers near strategic Strait of Hormuz – AP, AP
- State Department: PA Should Pay Its Hospital Bills Instead of Terrorists – Iran Issues – US State Dept, State Dept
- Israel: Russia accepts our take on Syrian downing of plane, coordination goes on – TimesofIsrael.com, Judah Ari Gross
Russian Plane Downing – 8 things to know for September 20
by Joshua Davidovich for the TimesofIsrael.com, September 20, 2018
Israel is insisting it’s not at fault for Syria’s downing of a Russian plane, but is still trying to ‘calm the bear’; elsewhere, the air fills with reports of a dubious nature.
1. Down and out with Russia: Israel seems to have escaped mostly unscathed from its perilous Tuesday, arguably the most fraught Yom Kippur Eve since 1973, but there is still a sense of foreboding hanging over the incident, in which Russia blamed the IDF for Syria downing its recon aircraft when it had been aiming for Israeli jets carrying out an airstrike on a Latakia area facility.
• Russia’s loud and furious blaming of Israel only seemed to subside with a phone call between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the moments before Yom Kippur, but the affair showed how precarious Israel’s mastery over Syria’s skies can be if it loses Moscow’s backing.
• The incident “has now put Israel in an extremely difficult position with the Russians, and is liable to negatively influence the strategic freedom of action its air force had enjoyed on the northern front until now,” Amos Harel writes in Haaretz.
US Concept Paper Demands International Action Against Iran
by Ali Barada for aawsat.com, September 21, 2018
During the annual gathering of world leaders at the UN Security Council in New York next week, US President Donald Trump plans to chair a session on Iran aimed at discussing the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, according to a “concept paper” distributed by the US permanent mission.
The paper, partly published by Asharq Al-Awsat on Friday, said the meeting next week aims to supply all international treaties, customs and agreements with “claws” to face countries using and spreading WMD, particularly states such as Iran.
“The Security Council must identify ways to ensure its resolutions on WMD threats are respected,” the concept note says. “States that violate these resolutions must be held accountable. In addition, all breaches of non-proliferation treaties and agreements must be treated seriously with consequences.”
Iran launches air maneuvers near strategic Strait of Hormuz
by AP for AP.com, September 21, 2018
IRNA said the maneuver is a warning to Iran’s enemies that they face a quick, “stern response” in case of any ill-will toward Iran.
The exercise is part of annual manifestations on the anniversary of the start of the eight-year war Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein launched against Iran in 1980.
But it also comes after Tehran’s recent warnings that it would shut down the Strait of Hormuz if it’s blocked from exporting its crude because of U.S. pressure and renewed sanctions on Iran.
State Department: PA Should Pay Its Hospital Bills Instead of Terrorists – Iran Issues
by Heather Nauert for the US State Dept, September 21, 2018
MS NAUERT: I thought I’d take a few moments to give you a sense of the administration’s priorities for this year’s UNGA, and they fall within five overarching themes. First among the priorities is addressing the global threat posed by weapons of mass destruction. That includes the proliferation of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, as well as ballistic missiles. The President intends to chair a UN Security Council meeting on that issue, and you can expect considerable discussion of North Korea, Iran, and Syria in this category throughout High-Level Week and beyond.
The United States will use UNGA High-Level Week to highlight humanitarian crises around the world and to encourage all nations to do more to support humanitarian response and also food security. The United States believes UN member-states can do more to address threats to peace and security, in particular the world drug problem…
QUESTION: Hey. My apologies if I missed some of this at the top, but were you asked whether or not Secretary Pompeo will be meeting with any member of the Palestinian delegation, if there’s an attempt to be meeting with a Palestinian while he’s there? And separately, given the general feeling that often the U.S. is ganged up on on this issue, do you anticipate any sort of blowback from recent U.S. decisions to not fund UNRWA and take funding away from the East Jerusalem Hospitals?
MS NAUERT: Yeah. So I’m not aware of any meetings taking place. Again, I don’t have the full schedule, but I’m not tracking any meetings between the Secretary and the Palestinians at next week’s UN General Assembly.
To the hospital issue – and I know some of you have asked questions about that in the past, so I’ll just address that right off the bat, and you all know the news that was made there. The United States Government does not believe that it is responsible for paying for the hospital bills. Now, that may shock some people to hear that. The Palestinian Authority is the one that actually incurs these bills on behalf of Palestinian citizens and others who seek treatment at that hospital. The Palestinian Authority is solely responsible for paying for the treatment of Palestinians in those hospitals.
Historically, they have neglected to pay the bills at their hospital of those individuals and other bills related to the hospital. Our funding in the past has generously shored them up. The PA, though – we have seen the Palestinian Authority is prioritizing paying its debts – has failed to prioritize paying its debts and has instead put money into funding things like payment to families of terrorists and payment to – as you all are well aware of the Taylor Force Act – and payment to families of those who have been imprisoned. We think that that is a wrong decision, that the Palestinians should be funding the care of their own people in the hospitals and that it should not be the responsibility of the United States Government to pay those bills when the Palestinians have that money that they could choose to use on their own people, as opposed to funding the families of terrorists and those who are serving in prison.
Israel: Russia accepts our take on Syrian downing of plane, coordination goes on
by Judah Ari Gross for the TimesofIsrael.com, September 21, 2018
Delegation to Moscow ‘debunked’ claim Israeli jets hid behind spy plane, stressed jets had left area before Syrians fired fatal missile; Russia was notified ahead of strike.
“Improvements” may be made to the Israeli military’s coordination with Russia over its operations in Syria in light of the downing of a Russian spy plane earlier this week, a senior Israeli army official said Friday. For now, he stressed, the deconfliction mechanism used by the two countries to coordinate activities was continuing to function effectively.
The official said an Israeli military delegation had answered Russia’s questions over Monday’s incident, including debunking the false notion that the Israeli jets had hidden behind the Russian plane. Israel also clarified that its attack planes had left the area before the Syrians fired the missile that downed the Russian plane.