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Israel Press Review of 02/01/2017
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 02/01/2017

Major Headlines 
  • Israel rejects anti-settlement motion at United Nations

Israel rejects the anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's office said in a statement on Friday night, calling the UN vote "shameful" and stating that Israel would not abide by it. 

The Security Council is not doing anything to stop the slaughter of half a million people in Syria, instead they turn their focus on Israel, stated the Prime Minister's Office, the Jerusalem Post reports.

"The Obama administration not only failed to protect Israel against the UN's obsession with Israel, it collaborated with the UN behind Israel's back," the statement continued.

"Israel looks forward to working with President-elect Trump and with all our friends in Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, to negate the harmful effects of this absurd resolution."

The United Nations Security Council voted on Friday to adopt a resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity as illegal, and demanding that Israel "immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the 'occupied' Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem".

Fourteen out of the 15 voting members of the Council voted in favour of the resolution, none voted against it, and the United States chose to abstain instead of casting its veto on the initiative.

The vote was originally scheduled to take place on Thursday, but in a dramatic turn of events, Egypt, which had introduced the draft resolution, withdrew it just hours before it was due to be considered at the Security Council, as President-elect Donald Trump came out squarely against it, saying the resolution “should be vetoed.”

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Lieberman blasts French peace summit as “modern Dreyfus trial”

Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman lashed out at France for its attempt to organise an international peace summit on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and urged France's Jews to come to Israel, Ha’aretz reports.

"This is a modern version of the Dryefus trial," Lieberman said about the peace summit, referencing the 19th-century case of a Jewish French soldier Alfred Dreyfus – an artillery officer of Jewish heritage whose conviction on trumped-up treason charges was criticised as having been motivated by antisemitism. The case created a schism in French society and Dreyfus was later exonerated.

"There is only one difference between what they are planning in Paris [and the Dreyfus affair], last time there was only one Jew on the stand and now all of the people of Israel and the entire state of Israel" are on the stand, the defence minister said.

The defence minister also referenced the French presidential election this spring, saying "it is clear that the French government is heading for an election, this is poor timing for a peace summit, this is really just a tribunal against the state of Israel. This is a summit whose entire goal is to damage Israel's security and harm its good name."

Lieberman also took the opportunity to urge France's Jewish community to move to Israel. "This might also be the time to tell French Jews – this is not your country, that is not your land. Leave France and come to Israel. That is the only response for this scheme. That's what it is – a scheme, not an initiative. With all the difficulties it entails, if you want to remain Jewish and make sure your children and grandchildren remain Jewish, leave France and make Aliyah to Israel."

A senior official in Jerusalem said that during Sunday’s security cabinet meeting, ministers were presented with an assessment that during the international foreign ministers’ meeting scheduled for January 15 in Paris as part of the French peace initiative, a series of decisions on the peace process will be made. These will immediately be brought to the UN Security Council for a vote and will be adopted there before January 20. 

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz


  • Israeli youth collecting winter supplies for Syrian children

Israeli youngsters have announced the launch of Operation Human Warmth, to collect winter supplies to help save the lives of Syrian children and women refugees, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The operation was launched by the Noar Ha’oved Vehalomed (Working and Studying Youth) Movement, and the Dror Israel Movement, in collaboration with the Combat Genocide Association.

The aim of the campaign, set to run until January 12, is to collect winter coats, gloves, shoes, blankets and sleeping bags to help Syrians in need due to the ongoing humanitarian crisis and the cold winter weather.

The conflict in Syria began nearly six years ago; the United Nations estimates that more than 250,000 people have been killed and nearly 12 million Syrians displaced, with 75 per cent of the remaining population living in poverty.

“We cannot remain indifferent to the horrors of the battles in Aleppo that are published every day,” explained Tal Rotem, the operation’s coordinator from the Combat Genocide Association.

“Our history as a nation and the fact that we are a democratic society obliges us morally to act for victims everywhere, to be the voices of the voiceless. We must not stand by when it is in our ability to help those in need,” she said.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Netanyahu to be investigated for bribery and fraud

Minister Binyamin Netanyahu into allegations of bribery and fraud, the Times of Israel reports.

Netanyahu will be investigated by police for two separate cases and will be called in for police questioning in the coming days, Channel 10 reported on December 28.

Earlier this month, Zionist Union MK Erel Margalit and Eldad Yaniv, a lawyer and Labour party activist, petitioned the High Court of Justice to demand the Attorney General answer why he had not yet opened an investigation despite what they called “overwhelming evidence”.

Writing on Facebook hours before the Channel 10 report, Yaniv said that Mandelblit “realised there was no other choice but to open an investigation’ after meetings with senior investigators.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

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