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Mahmoud AbbasTuesday, 8 September 2015 | The Palestinian news service Maan reported yesterday that "President Mahmoud Abbas will tell the upcoming UN [United Nations] General Assembly that the Palestinian leadership is no longer bound by the Oslo Accords due to Israel's lack of commitment to the 1993 agreement."

The Oslo Accords, spearheaded by US President Bill Clinton, were negotiated in two parts. In the end, Oslo 1, signed in 1993, and Oslo 2, signed in 1995, provided the framework for Palestinian self-governance. The accords created an incubator of sorts for the Palestinian government to work, creating Areas A, B, and C in Judea and Samaria. Area A territory—like Bethlehem, for example—was exclusively assigned Palestinian self-rule. Areas B and C provided for an Israeli presence, including military forces and the ongoing life of Jewish communities there.

Netanyahu discusses present rise in terrorThursday, 17 September 2015 | In the wake of deadly violence during Jewish New Year celebrations earlier this week, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu is "declaring war on those who throw stones." For his part, instead of condemning the violence, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has sanctioned it. "Israelis have no right to desecrate Al-Aqsa with their filthy feet," he said yesterday in Ramallah.
  Terrorism in Jerusalem Tuesday, 6 October 2015 | Published Sunday, the YouTube-posted video begins with a view of the Dome of the Rock atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City. It quickly transitions to a foil-wrapped packet of explosives. A pair of gloved hands pulls the fuse from an explosive stick. Ball bearings are inserted between rectangle-shaped cakes. Hands attach a green button. Wire cutters snip. Red and white insulated strands connected a row of foil blocks inserted into pockets on a fabric belt. The green button, now attached, jaunts upward to the left.

The theme shifts. The LED display of a camera depicts three former suicide bombers. A new one steps into frame. He sits, holding a sheet of paper. Bandanna clad and with blue eyes, he speaks. Lips moving, he seems to be recording final words, his jihad statement. Then posing, he smiles, radiating warmth and peace. The camera is turned off.

Thursday, 21 January 2016 | The biggest and best known "human rights" non-profits in Israel are receiving almost two-thirds of their support from European governments. A report within the last week by NGO Monitor, a non-profit watchdog group in Israel, reveals that the vast majority of funding for these organizations does not come from individuals—or from Israel. Instead, European governments and state-funded Christian organizations are the primary underwriters. Revelation of funding sources is provoking accusations in Israel that the beneficiary non-profit entities (or Non-Governmental Organizations—NGOs) are not independent or even fundamentally Israeli. Instead, it is said, they are proxies for governments and religious organizations that, at best, are ambivalent about the Jewish state, including its right to exist.
Edward Snowden Monday, 1 February 2016 | Yesterday Israel woke up to news that the United States and the United Kingdom have conducted a massive spying program on Israel's military drone program for 18 years. They called it Operation Anarchist.

The story broke Friday after Shabbat. Immediately reported by Der Spiegel and The Lancet, it was reported in Israel early Sunday morning by the Tel Aviv based Yedioth Ahronoth news agency. The latter's English language news site is called Ynet.

  Hamas tunnel near Gaza border (illustrative) Tuesday, 2 February 2016 | Gaza is ramping up for another war with Israel and openly says so. Hamas leader Haniyeh is pledging to attack and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is pledging a devastating response. As a result, there is talk today in Israel that another Gaza war might be only months away.

Experts in Israel say that Hamas has as many tunnels today as it had just before it started its war with Israel in the summer of 2014. Spending upward of $140 million per year since that conflict ended a mere 20 months ago, tunnel reconstruction has been a breathtaking exercise. Literally breathtaking.Last week seven Hamas members were killed in tunnels that collapsed under heavy rains in Israel.

  US Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday, 3 February 2016 | In a remarkable departure from his country's commitment to separation between religion and the state, US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday branded members of Islamic State as, "above all, apostates ...who have hijacked a great religion and lie about its real meaning and ...purpose." His remark has provoked a number of sardonic observations by political analysts, including Israel where Islam is the primary religion of its Arabic citizens. Israel is also a country where, according to President Reuven Rivlin, ISIS has established a presence inside the nation's borders.

Kerry made the comment in Rome where he appeared in a joint press conference with Italy's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paolo Gentiloni.

Headline first posted by CBS, before it was changed to reflect reality. Friday, 5 February 2016 | Mourning the murder of 19-year-old Hadar Cohen just outside Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday afternoon, Israelis were outraged to learn how the United States' network, CBS News, headlined the breaking story.

"3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on," it read. The absence of the story's essence, that an Israeli policewoman was murdered by one of three terrorists, was appalling to readers here.

 Monday, 8 February 2016 | Yesterday Hamas's official television channel, Al-Aqsa TV, publicized a new music video launched one day before on YouTube. Performed by a 10-member Lebanese band that calls itself Promise of Islamic Art, its latest release is "Roof of the Bus Blows Off." It is a six and a-half minute production that features band members performing by the burned out shell of an Egged (Israeli) bus. The bus, obviously depicting the remains of a suicide bombing, is lovingly depicted as a holy object.

Israeli community of Har Homa Tuesday, 23 February 2016 | Israel's detractors invariably refer to the nation's communities in the biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria as "illegal settlements." Everyone, it seems, from ambassadors to the United Nations to people on the streets, has embraced the idea that Israeli townships like Maale Adumim, Har Homa, and Efrat, suburbs of Jerusalem, exist in violation of international law. Is it true? Are Israel's "West Bank" [Judea-Samaria] settlements illegal?

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