Today’s News Summaries focus on the Middle East and its intersecting waves of commerce and military strategy.
Happy Hannukah and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
- George H.W. Bush, a president with a complicated Jewish legacy, dies at 94 – jta.org, Ron Kampeas
- Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on the Situation in the Middle East – USMission to the UN, Leslie ordeman
- Netanyahu heads to Brussels to discuss Iran, Hezbollah with Pompeo – TimesofIsrael.com, TOI staff
- Extraditing Gulen Would Betray American Values – investigativeproject.org, John Rossomondo
- Twitter Now Enforces Pakistani Law? – clarionproject.org, Clarion Project
- FIDE Cancels Chess Contest in Riyadh After Legal Action – JNS.org, JNS Staff
ARTICLE 1 –
George H.W. Bush, a president with a complicated Jewish legacy, dies at 94
by Ron Kampeas for jta.org, December 03, 2018
George H. W. Bush, the one-term president whose public grappling with Jewish leaders made headlines while his private interventions helped bring tens of thousands of Jews out of danger, has died.
Bush, 94, died Friday at his home in Houston, his family said, less than a year after his beloved wife, Barbara, died.
Bush’s failed 1992 reelection bid marked a low point in relations between Republicans and the Jewish community. Bush scored just 11 percent of the Jewish vote in that contest, one-third of what he garnered four years earlier, his 1988 victory over Michael Dukakis.
The Bush presidency was marked by tensions both with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and the American Jewish leadership.
by Leslie Ordeman for US Mission to the UN, December 03, 2018
The United States continues to oppose the annual submission of a disproportionate number of unfair resolutions biased against Israel. As in the past, this one-sided approach damages the prospects for peace by undermining trust between the parties and failing to create the kind of positive international environment that is critical to achieving peace.
Netanyahu heads to Brussels to discuss Iran, Hezbollah with Pompeo
by the TOI staff for TimesofIsrael.com, December 03, 2018
Reportedly ‘urgent’ meeting comes amid heightened tensions with Tehran, and with Washington said to be gearing up to release its peace plan.
He said other issues would be discussed as well, without expanding.
Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office told the pro-Netanyahu Israel Hayom daily that the sit-down was “urgent.”
by John Rossomondo for the investigativeproject.org, December 03, 2018
Extraditing dissident Islamist cleric Fethullah Gulen to Turkey would be a betrayal of American values and should be permanently off the table. President Trump says that handing over Gulen to Turkey is not under consideration “at this point.” That’s not good enough.
NBC News reported on Nov. 15 that administration officials were considering Turkey’s request to extradite Gulen, who has lived in Pennsylvania since 1998. It cited two senior U.S. officials who said that the Justice Department and FBI were asked to reopen Turkey’s extradition case against Gulen in October. Inquiries were made about his immigration status. This consideration reportedly aimed to placate Turkey by handing over Gulen in exchange for taking diplomatic heat off of Saudi Arabia in the wake of the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
by the Clarion Project for clarionproject.org, December 03, 2018
Twitter flagged a tweet by Ensaf Haidar, wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, for violating Pakistani law.
After posting a picture of a woman in a face veil, Haidar tweeted “Retweet if you’re against niqab.”
In response to the tweet, Twitter’s legal team wrote Haidar a letter telling her she was “in violation of Pakistan law.”
FIDE Cancels Chess Contest in Riyadh After Legal Action
by the JNS Staff for JNS.org, December 03, 2018
The international chess governing body—the Fédération lnternationale des
Saudi Arabia was due to host the World Blitz and Rapid Championship, but the tournament will now be moved after the Israelis wrote to FIDE.
The Israelis, who were being supported in their action by the Lawfare Project, were prevented along with Israeli teammates from taking part in the same tournament in Saudi Arabia last year because of their nationality.