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All 100 US senators warns UN to stop ‘targeting Israel’

All 100 US senators signed a letter sent to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Thursday urging him to act against discrimination in against Israel in the United Nations.

The letter, which was obtained by the Washington Post, contained a warning that the UN had better change its habitual discrimination against Israel, reminding Guterres that while the USA remains the main financial contributor to the organization, it is not afraid to act against it.

The letter went on to say that the US expected to see a change in the world forum and its institutions vis-a-vis its treatment of Israel.

“Through words and actions, we urge you to ensure that Israel is treated neither better nor worse than any other UN member in good standing,” the letter said.

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The letter reaffirmed the US’s commitment to international leadership and to advancing respect for human rights but unequivocally condemned as what it described as the “continued targeting of Israel by the UN Human Rights Council and other UN entities.”

The senators listed a number of specific agencies in the UN which they said had demonstrated clear bias against Israel.

Pointing to the The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), it the letter acknowledged that it did carried out important work in the field of Holocaust education, but nevertheless highlighted measures that “target Israel and deny the Jewish and Christian connection to Jerusalem,” adding that such actions only serve to undermine the institution’s credibility.

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(UNESCO) is set to vote on Tuesday, Israel’s Independence Day, on a resolution that comes out against Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.

Turning to the United Nations Reliefs and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the senators told Guterres that body would have to pursue reforms, accusing it of downplaying its “role in perpetuating troubling anti-Israel bias and activities.”

Furthermore, the signatories also delineated the “troubling” ways in which the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) “devotes time to unwarranted attacks against Israel.”

Cataloguing some of the most flagrant human rights violators in the world today, to which it said the UNHRC should be dedicating its attention, the senators once again cited the “imbalanced focus on Israel.”

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The letter constitutes another step toward repairing the US’s unflagging support for Israel since President Trump took office in January, and appointed Nikki Haley as his Envoy to the UN.

Israel-US relations were frayed under the Obama administration when the US abstained from a contentious UN Security Council resolution calling for an end to Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria while simultaneously declaring them illegal.

Since taking on her new role however, Haley has managed to earn the trust of many Israel supporters and build a reputation as one of Israel’s staunchest advocates on the international stage through a series of public speeches and declarations admonishing the UN for its bias treatment against the country.

Patriot battery intercepted drone entering Israeli airspace from Syria

The IDF confirmed on Thursday that Israel fired a Patriot anti-ballistic missile at a target in the Golan Heights, Israel’s northern region bordering Syria.

The missile reportedly intercepted a unmanned aerial vehicle that penetrated into Israeli airspace from Syria.

The interception comes hours after Israel allegedly struck a Hezbollah arms depot near Damascus International Airport, which led to condemnation by Russia which called it a “gross violation of Syrian sovereignty.”

Israel has in the past used the Patriot system against suspicious aerial vehicles, most recently in July 2016 when two Patriot missiles were fired at a suspicious drone that crossed into Israeli airspace from Syria. Both missed their target and the unmanned aircraft returned to Syria.

In March Syria warned that scud missiles would be fired towards Israeli targets if Israel carried out any further airstrikes in the war-torn country. Lebanon’s Al-Diyar newspaper Damascus prepared 4 Scuds out of their arsenal of 800 Scud missiles which carry half a ton of explosives, and would launch them without any prior warning if Israel carries out any new strike “as Israel does not announce their raids against Syrian targets.”

The report came following an Israeli strike on a Hezbollah-bound weapons convoy and the firing of a SA-5 missile towards Israeli jets which was intercepted by an Arrow missile.

Israel attacked Iranian arms depot near Damascus airport

The Israel Air Force reportedly attacked an Iranian arms depot near the Damascus International Airport early Thursday morning, according to the Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar television station.

According to the report, a series of explosions at fuel tanks and warehouses near the airport storing weapons meant for pro-Iranian militias, and mostly Hezbollah.

According to al-Manar, the initial indications were that the blast had caused only material damage and not deaths.

Russian news site Sputnik, meanwhile, reported that Israel attacked five targets at about 3:20am.

Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz told Army Radio on Thursday that the reports of an airstrike targeting Hezbollah-bound weapons in a warehouse in the Damascus airport, matches Israel’s policy of preventing advanced weapons from reaching the terrorist group.

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As is the practice, the minister refused to officially confirm or deny the reports that Israel was behind the attack.

Speaking from the United States, where he has been meeting US officials, Katz told the radio station: “I can confirm that the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah in Iran. Naturally, I don’t want to elaborate on this.”

“The prime minister has said that whenever we receive intelligence that indicated an intention to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah, we will act.”

IDF soldiers thwart second terror attack by Muslim Arab cousin-terrorists

Soldiers for the Golani Brigade’s 51st Battalion thwarted a second stabbing terror attack in two days carried by Muslim Arab cousins outside the Samaria Territorial Brigade’s base on Wednesday.

The two cousins from the Balata neighborhood near Shechem ran towards IDF troops stationed in the square outside the base while wielding a knife in the early afternoon of Wednesday and Tuesday.

The soldiers shot and neutralized both terrorists, who were both taken to the Beilinson Hospital at the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva in serious condition.

In both instances, no one was hurt on the Israeli side.

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Earlier Wednesday, IDF soldiers arrested a 24-year-old females Muslim Arab terrorist at the Gilbert Junction in Hevron who approached them while brandishing a knife. She confessed in her questioning to planning to carry out a stabbing attack.

Netanyahu issues ultimatum to German foreign minister

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened on Monday to cancel his meeting with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel over his plans to meet with the ultra left-wing anti-Israel organization Breaking the Silence.

The Prime Minister’s Office would not comment on the matter, but it sent out Netanyahu’s schedule for Tuesday without mentioning the meeting.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely congratulated Netanyahu for setting a redline with regard to anti-Israel organizations.

“This is battle against those who slander Israel in the world,” she said.

The German Foreign Minister arrived in Israel on Monday and is set to meet with President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem and Palestinian Authority ‘Prime Minister’ Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah on Tuesday.

7738257699584640360no.jpgGabriel is a controversial figure in the relations between Israel and Germany, which have been deteriorating in recent months.

He is a member of the Social Democratic Party and, before serving in his current post, wrote many articles on social media condemning Israel, which he called “an apartheid state.” He refused to apologize for these statements, although he was asked to do so.

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The German foreign minister is also one of the leaders of the foreign policy of the Merkel administration, and has worked to strengthen Germany’s relations with Iran as much as possible after the lifting of sanctions from the rogue state.

The German media reported this morning that due to the deterioration in relations, Israel conveyed a clear message to the Merkel government that it is not interested in its involvement in attempts to renew contacts with the Palestinian Authority.

PM Netanyahu’s comments following the cancellation of his meeting with the German foreign minister:

“I am leading Israel’s foreign relations to unprecedented growth. But based on a proud, assertive national policy, not out of weakness. Our relations with Germany are strong and important and will also continue as such. My policy is not to meet diplomats who visit Israel and meet orgs that slander IDF soldiers and seek to put them on trial as war criminals. Those same diplomats would never dream of doing this in the US or UK, or in any other place. Our soldiers are the basis of our existence. They guard us and we will guard them”.

Muslim Arab terrorist who murdered British student will get $1,025 a month salary from the Palestinian Authority

A Muslim Arab terrorist who murdered a British student in Jerusalem will be paid a salary of more than $1025 a month by the Palestinian Authority government – which receives more than £25 million a year from the UK in foreign aid.

Terrorist Jamil Tamimi, murdered theology student Hannah Bladon in a frenzied knife terror attack on Good Friday after the 21-year-old gave up her seat on a tram to a woman with a baby.

The 57-year-old Muslim terrorist told police that he attacked Hannah, a Birmingham University exchange student attached to Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, in the hope that a soldier in the carriage would kill him.

Instead Tamimi was arrested and is almost certain to be lauded as a ‘hero’ by the Palestinian Authority (PA), like hundreds of other terrorists before him.

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An Israeli court has already ruled, following a psychiatric evaluation, that he is fit to stand trial and should be treated as a terrorist by the justice system.

It means Tamimi or his family qualify for a ‘salary’ from the PA, according to Itamar Marcus, the founder and director of the Israeli monitoring group Palestinian Media Watch.

‘According to PA law, everyone who is imprisoned for ‘resisting the occupation’ receives a PA salary,’ he said. ‘In PA practice, 100 per cent of the suicide bombers, stabbers, shooters and car rammers have been included in this category and do receive PA salaries.’

Terrorists who have ‘resisted the occupation’ are paid a monthly amount by the PA and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) on a sliding scale related to their sentence.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official spokesman, Ofir Gendelman, tweeted his outrage, saying: ‘Not only didn’t PA president Abbas condemn Hannah Bladon’s murder, but he’ll reward the Palestinian attacker who did it with a monthly salary.’

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Influential commentator Avi Mayer, a former spokesman for the Israel Defence Forces, added: ‘If you’re British and you pay taxes, know that your money is going to fund a body that rewards convicted murderers.’

British taxpayers give the PA £25 million a year from foreign aid for health and education.

Last December, the British Department for International Development announced that it would restrict its payments to the PA to health and education with a ‘vetted list’ of public servants. But when British taxpayers’ cash goes to education and health, it frees up money in other budgets controlled by the PA.

Soldier girl stabbed at Qalandiya checkpoint; female Muslim Arab terrorist neutralized

A female soldier was stabbed at the Qalandiya checkpoint Monday morning, north of Jerusalem.

The female Muslim Arab terrorist was neutralized at the scene, while the soldier—an NCO in the Civil Administration—was lightly wounded in the upper body.

Police report that the terrorist arrived at the checkpoint and approached security forces, claiming she wanted to ask a question. At that point, she pulled out a knife that was concealed in her bag and stabbed the soldier.

Police and security guards on the scene then neutralized the terrorist. The injured soldier was treated lightly by MDA and evacuated to the hospital.

The attack Monday morning on Holocaust Remembrance Day comes on the heels of another stabbing attack in Tel Aviv in which an 18-year-old Muslim Arab terrorist from Shechem stabbed several pedestrians in a hotel on HaYarkon Street.

Terror attack in Tel Aviv: Muslim Arab terrorist stabs 4 inside a hotel lobby

An 18-year-old Muslim Arab terrorist from Shechem stabbed and wounded three men and a woman in Tel Aviv at Leonardo Beach Hotel on Hayarkon Street Sunday afternoon.

Policemen and MDA teams were immediately called to the scene, where the terrorist was arrested.

The victims included three men, two in their 50s and one in his early 70s, and a woman in her early 50s.

The four were treated on the scene by United Hatzalah and MDA paramedics before being evacuated to Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv. The injuries sustained by all four victims have been listed as light.

Police have taken the 18-year old  Muslim Arab terrorist into custody.

The terrorist acknowledged his crimes during interrogation, and claimed the attack was nationalistically motivated, confirmed suspicions the incident was indeed a terror attack.

The 18-year old Arab terrorist had entered Israel legally with an entrance permit secured by a left-wing NGO, authorities revealed.

The terrorist received the entry permit, which was issued by the Defense Ministry’s department for Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) at the request of the leftist Natural Peace Tour organization, for a one-day tour of Israel.

Natural Peace Tour is one of several leftist groups which bring Palestinian Authority Arabs into Israel for vacations, ‘peace tours’, and meetings with Israeli youths.

Rather than take a tour, however, the terrorist used the entry permit to carry out Sunday’s attack at the Leonardo Hotel.

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Mortar shells from Syria explode in Israeli territory in the Golan Heights

A rocket Alert Siren was activated Friday afternoon on the Golan Heights.

Three rockets landed in open territory on the Golan. No damage or injuries were reported.

According to initial estimates, the projectiles were thought to have been spillover from fighting in the civil war across the border in Syria.

The siren comes after the IDF reported that a mortar fell in the northern Golan Heights on Friday afternoon.

The IDF opened fire towards Syria, after three mortar shells exploded in the Golan Heights as a result of spillover from the Syrian civil war.

“The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm the sovereignty of the State of Israel and the security of its residents and views the Syrian regime as being responsible for what is happening in its territory,” the IDF Spokesperson said.

The border with Syria has been tense since the civil war erupted in 2011, and in April of 2015 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted for the first time that the IDF had carried out strikes in Syrian territory.

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