Amid many concerns over Middle East developments, Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to push for diplomacy and improving relations with neighboring nations. (Article 1)
- PM Netanyahu: Forging Ties With Arab World Can Precede, Facilitate Peace With Palestinians – TheMediaLine, Charles Bybelezer
- Recent Increase in Terrorist Attacks in Judea and Samaria – The situation on the ground – terrorism-info.org.il, Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
- With guns out, Israeli and Lebanese soldiers squabble at border – TimesofIsrael, Judah Ari Gross
- Following PMW lecture, Dutch parliament passes motion to cut funding to PA – Palwatch, Maurice Hirsch, Adv. and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
- Elite universities hide information on funding from nation of Qatar, a Sharia-law monarchy – bizpacreview, Luke Rosiak
- 500,000 Palestinians gather in Gaza for Hamas anniversary rally – i24news, i24NEWS
by Charles Bybelezer for TheMediaLine, December 17, 2018
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu shakes hands with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during the funeral of former Israeli leader Shimon Peres on September 30, 2016 in Jerusalem, Israel. (Photo by Amos Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images)
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is challenging one of the fundamental pillars of the two-and-a-half-decades-long peace process by proffering that the creation of ties with Arab-Islamic countries can not only precede but also advance the prospects of forging a long-elusive deal to end the conflict with the Palestinians.
by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center for terrorism-info.org.il, December 17, 2018
Significant terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria during the past year
Since September 2018 there has been an increase in the number of significant terrorist attacks carried out in Judea and Samaria. Five adults were killed in the attacks, and a three-day-old baby, born prematurely because of his mother’s injuries. During 2018 54 terrorist attacks were carried out in Judea and Samaria. About half (26) were carried out in September-December (12 during the same period in 2017). Most of the attacks were stabbing, vehicular and shooting attacks. Three were lethal shooting attacks, which took the lives of four adults and a baby. However, despite the rise since September 2018, there has been annual decline since the peak of popular terrorism, which began in September 2015. Alongside the increase in terrorist attacks, the routine continues of stone- and Molotov cocktail-throwing, and the placing of IEDs in Judea and Samaria.
by Judah Ari Gross for TimesofIsrael, December 17, 2018
In morning incident, Lebanon disputes Israel’s placement of concertina wire along Blue Line separating the two countries; UN troops on site keep peace.
Israeli, Lebanese troops argue after Israel places concertina wire near border between two countries on December 17, 2018. (Picture, right, Screen capture/Twitter)
Rifles drawn, Israeli and Lebanese troops verbally sparred over Israel’s placement of concertina wire along the border line separating the two countries Monday morning, as part of an ongoing IDF effort to find and destroy cross-border attack tunnels.
by Maurice Hirsch, Adv. and Nan Jacques Zilberdik for Palwatch, December 17, 2018
Dutch parliament passes motion to cut funding to PA 3 weeks after PMW lecture exposing PA’s terror rewards.
Just three weeks after Palestinian Media Watch Director Itamar Marcus spoke to Dutch MPs in November, the Dutch Parliament voted 94-56 to cut 7% of Dutch funding to the Palestinian Authority. The cut of 7% was chosen because PMW documented that the PA spends 7% of its budget on payments to terrorists in jail and to families of killed terrorists (“Martyrs”). The Dutch motion is binding unless the PA stops these payments.
by Luke Rosiak for bizpacreview, December 17, 2018
(Image, right) Georgetown University in Qatar.
Qatar gave $1 billion to elite American universities since 2011, according to Department of Education data.
The Qatar Foundation is suing the Texas attorney general to prevent information about Qatari funding from becoming public.
Universities are taking money from Qatar, a nation with a checkered human rights history, as students rally for social justice causes.
The nation of Qatar, a Sharia-law monarchy that has been accused of trying to influence other countries’ governments, gave $1 billion to elite American universities since 2011, according to Department of Education data.
by i24NEWS for i24news, December 17, 2018
Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians gather in center of Gaza for rally celebrating Hamas 31st Anniversary. (Hamas photo)
Nearly half a million Palestinians have gathered for an afternoon rally commemorating the 31st anniversary of the founding of Hamas, the Islamist government in the Gaza Strip.
Schools of all levels, including Al-Azhar University in Gaza City, have announced the suspension of classes for the day to allows students to attend the Hamas rally.
Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’ political chief, said in a speech at the rally that a technological device had been seized from the Israeli military after an undercover operation in Gaza was exposed last month, resulting in the death of an elite Israeli soldier and seven Palestinians and sparked the most severe escalation in violence between the sides since a 2014 war.