“If your enemies are threatening to destroy you, believe them.” – Steven Emerson, InvestigativeProject.com
We feature today a recent message from the religious affairs advisor to Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas. In light of the above quote, language like this should not be tolerated by the US and Israeli administrations. Click here to view the video and read the transcript.
- Optimistic state of Israel’s economy, theettingerreport.com, Amb. Yoram Ettinger
- US backs ‘freedom of expression’ after Israel holds American ‘BDS supporter’, TimesofIsrael.com, Agencies and TOI staff
- Lara Alqasem: A pawn in the PR battle for and against BDS, TimesofIsrael.com, Amanda B. Dan
- UN mistranslation concealed Abbas’ glorification of terrorists and PA’s pay for slay policy, Palwatch.org, Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
- How Palestinians Lie to Europeans, gatestoneinstitute.org, Bassam Tawil
- French Say ‘Non’ to Islamist Performer at Bataclan, investigativeproject.org, Abigail R. Esman
- Israel’s DC envoy refuses to meet J Street, snubs other left-wing Jewish groups, TimesofIsrael.com, Eric Cortellessa
Optimistic state of Israel’s economy
by Amb. Yoram Ettinger for theettingerreport.com, October 11, 2018
- The international credit rating agency, Standard & Poor (S&P), upgraded Israel’s credit rating to AA- with a stable outlook, the highest ever for Israel. S&P highlighted Israel’s fiscal discipline, higher than expected economic growth rate, the reduction of debt-to-GDP-ratio from 70% (ten years ago) to 60% in 2018, enhanced competitiveness and evolving from a global net-borrower into a global net-lender. Moody’s credit rating agency just updated its rating outlook for Israel from “stable” to “positive” (Globes, Aug. 5).
- According to Adam Reuter, chairman and founder of Financial Immunities, Israel’s largest financial risk-management firm and author of Israel – Island of Success, Israel’s demography – compared to other OECD countries – bodes well for its economic future. Israel’s median age – which is the key to economic innovations and growth when accompanied by sound educational infrastructure – is 30, significantly younger than the US (38), Europe (44) and Japan (48). Moreover, while Israel’s labor participation rate is growing, the percentage of the public sector employees is declining: 18%, compared to the USA’s 16%, Norway’s 38%, Denmark’s 31%, Sweden’s 26%, France’s 25%, Britain’s 21%, etc. Unlike Europe, Israel does not require the importation of labor force, in order to sustain economic growth (Globes Business Daily, Sept. 17, 2018).
- Israel’s estimated 2018 economic growth is 3.3%, compared to the USA – 3%, China – 6.6%, Germany – 2.5%, Britain – 1.5% and Japan – 1.2%. Israel’s estimated 2018 inflation rate is 1%, compared to the USA – 2.5%, Germany – 1.6%, Britain – 4.4% and Japan – 1.1%. Israel’s estimated 2018 unemployment rate is 4.2%, compared to the US – 3.9%, Germany – 5.1%, Britain – 4.4% and Japan – 2.9% (Globes, Oct. 8).
- PepsiCo acquired the Israeli countertop carbonated water machine maker, SodaStream, for $3.2BN, adding healthier products to its portfolio and pushing a more environmentally friendly agenda. SodaStream will be run as an independent division, maintaining its current management team, in order to sustain its entrepreneurial culture (Fortune Magazine, Aug. 20).
- The US Dublin-based Medtronic acquired Israel’s Mazor Robotics for $1.6BN, the largest amount ever paid for an Israeli medical company, exceeding the July 2017 $1.1BN acquisition of Neuroderm by Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma and the $1BN acquisition of Given Imaging by Covidien, which is owned by Medtronics (Globes, Sept. 26)).
US backs ‘freedom of expression’ after Israel holds American ‘BDS supporter’
by Agencies and TOI staff for TimesofIsrael.com, October 11, 2018
The comments appeared to be stronger than the previous US position on the case; State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tuesday that the government was aware of the matter, but “ultimately, it is up to the government of Israel to decide who it wants to let into the country.”
US student Lara Alqasem sits for a hearing at the Tel Aviv District Court on October 11, 2018. The student was refused entry for alleged support of a pro-Palestinian boycott-Israel group and has chosen to stay and fight the ban in court. Immigration authority spokeswoman Sabine Haddad said Lara was being held at an immigration facility but was not under arrest.
Alqasem, a 22-year-old US citizen with Palestinian grandparents, landed at Ben Gurion airport last Tuesday with a valid student visa to study in a masters program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. But she was barred from entering the country and ordered deported, based on suspicions she is a boycott supporter.
Lara Alqasem: A pawn in the PR battle for and against BDS
by Amanda B. Dan for the TimesofIsrael.com, October 11, 2018
Continuing this thought experiment, could it not be that the would-be Hebrew University masters student — in Human Rights, no less — is nothing but a pawn (wittingly or not) in the echeloned tit-for-tat PR war between the anti-occupation, anti-Zionist global movement and the State of Israel?
UN mistranslation concealed Abbas’ glorification of terrorists and PA’s pay for slay policy
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik for Palwatch.org, October 11, 2018
Was it done intentionally?
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas during his recent speech at the UN General Assembly spoke of the “pure Martyrs” and “heroic prisoners” – “who [Israel says] it is forbidden to pay.” The UN’s simultaneous translator ignored Abbas’ blatant glorification of terror and defense of paying salaries to terrorists by changing his words with a mistranslation! Compare the texts:
What Abbas said in Arabic
UN’s wrong translations
|“I pay tribute to our pure Martyrs and our heroic prisoners.
I say to all Palestinians: First, Israel considers [the Martyrs and prisoners] criminals.
Why? Why does it, when it has many thousands of people who have attacked everybody – and these are heroes?
Why is the one who murdered Rabin considered a hero and we – our people – are criminals whom it is forbidden to pay?”
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2018]
|“I pay tribute to all freedom loving countries and peoples and our martyrs,
and I would like to tell all Palestinians, Israel considers them as criminals.
Why? In Israel there are thousands who used to assault everybody and they are considered heroes.
Why is that who killed Rabin is a hero while our people are criminals [translation missing here]?”
[Video of Abbas’ speech with simultaneous
English translation on UN website , UN, Sept. 27, 2018]
by Bassam Tawil for gatestoneinstitute.org, October 11, 2018
In the eyes of Hamas and its supporters, it is fine for Palestinians to throw explosive devices and firebombs at soldiers, but it is completely unacceptable for the soldiers to defend themselves. According to the twisted logic of the Palestinian leaders, it all started when Israel fired back.
- Those who sent the Palestinians to clash with the Israeli soldiers along the border with the Gaza Strip are the only ones who bear responsibility for killing more than 150 Palestinians and injuring thousands of others.
- The goal the Palestinians have in mind is to see Israel gone. All of it. Mahmoud Abbas believes he can achieve this goal by waging a diplomatic war against Israel in the international community — one aimed at delegitimizing and demonizing Israel and Jews.
- The question, again, remains whether the international community will ever wake up to realize that Palestinian leaders are playing them for fools. The European Parliament delegation that visited Ramallah is a good test case: What message will its members convey back at home: the truth about the ruthless and repressive Palestinian Authority, or the lies that were spoon-fed to them by Abbas and his friends?
French Say ‘Non’ to Islamist Performer at Bataclan
by Abigail R. Esman for the investigativeproject.org, October 11, 2018
On Nov. 13, 2015, a series of Islamist terrorist attacks shook the city of Paris. One hundred thirty people were killed and hundreds others injured in coordinated shootings and a suicide bombing that hit the Bataclan concert hall, the Stade de France stadium, and several bars and restaurants, all in the name of the Islamic State.
In the three years since, the Bataclan, now owned by a Qatari group, has staged provocative performances that some argue are not only pro-Muslim, but pro-Islamist. In April, when the venue announced a concert set to feature controversial rapper Medine, who has been criticized for attacks on France’s secularism, many determined that enough had now become enough. Led by Patrick Jardin, the father of one of the 90 victims of the Bataclan killing, a group calling itself “100 patriots” called for a “patriotic protest” against the planned Oct. 19 event.
The movement proved effective: just barely a month before the scheduled event, the Bataclan and Medine announced that, in a “conciliatory spirit” and “respect” for the victims’ families, the concert would not take place. While some have called the cancellation an attack on free speech, others are celebrating what they view as the correct decision. Medine will still perform, the statement read, but at an alternative venue.
But despite this “conciliation,” the pattern of producing such controversial events at the Bataclan has many Parisians distressed. Even the date of Qatar’s purchase of the property has raised hackles: Sept. 11, 2015 – two months before the attack and “an extremely symbolic date,” Pierre Cassen, one of the protest organizers, observed.
“Curiously, those who are in charge of the hall feel oddly obliged to invite artists who at one point or another pay homage to the religion of the assassins – Islam,” said Cassen. “The first year, the singer Sting sang ‘Inshallah.'”
Israel’s DC envoy refuses to meet J Street, snubs other left-wing Jewish groups
by Eric Cortellessa for the TimesofIsrael.com, October 11, 2018
WASHINGTON — Since taking his post as Israel’s ambassador to the United States in 2013, Ron Dermer has refused to meet with J Street, a liberal Middle East advocacy group. He has likewise not engaged with other left-leaning Jewish groups often critical of the Netanyahu government.
Liberal Jewish activists told The Times of Israel that the envoy’s unwillingness to speak with them is further evidence of the splintering relations between Jerusalem and the American Diaspora, and the growing partisan divide over Israel in the United States.
“He may deeply disagree with our views, but they are representative of the majority of American Jews on Israel and a viable solution to the conflict,” Jessica Rosenblum, J Street’s senior vice president of public engagement, told the Times of Israel. “And it’s not just a majority of American Jews, but a growing majority.”