How (and Why) Palestinian Leaders Scare the World

What Others Are Saying

From the publisher of jewishinfoNews. The following article was originally published by Gatestone Institute and republished with permission by jewishinfoNews on January 15, 2016.

by Khaled Abu Toameh

  • Abbas has perfected the art of financial extortion. Every Monday and Thursday, as it were, the Palestinian Authority (PA) president has threatened to resign and/or dissolve the PA. This tactic has a twofold aim: cold hard European and American cash, and a gaze directed away from the PA’s turmoil.
  • The PA wants the following response from the international community: “Oh my God, we must do something to salvage the peace process. We need to put even more pressure on these Israelis before matters get out of hand.”
  • Abbas wants the world’s eyes on Israel — and Israel alone. That way, the fierce behind-the-scenes battle for succession that has been raging among the top brass of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank will stay far from the limelight.
  • The PA seeks a solution imposed upon Israel by the international community. Why negotiate when Western powers are prepared to do everything to see Israel brought to its knees?

What do you do when your home has become hell?

If you are Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, you divert attention from the mess as fast as possible.

For a start, Abbas is trying to scare the international community into believing that without increased pressure on Israel, the Palestinian Authority (PA) will be forced to resort to unilateral measures, such as attempting to create new “facts on the ground” in the West Bank.

Next, Abbas is threatening to renew the Palestinian call for convening an international conference for peace in the Middle East and to step up rhetorical attacks against Israel.

Finally, Abbas has perfected the art of financial extortion. Every Monday and Thursday, as it were, the PA president has threatened to resign and/or dissolve the PA. This tactic has a twofold aim: cold hard European and American cash and a gaze directed away from the PA’s turmoil.

Abbas wants the world’s eyes on Israel — and Israel alone. That way, the fierce behind-the-scenes battle for succession that has been raging among the top brass of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank will stay far from the limelight.

This week, Abbas’s spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudaineh, announced that the Palestinian Authority was coordinating with Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan in order to create “facts on the ground” to establish a Palestinian state.

This announcement was designed to tighten the international screws on Israel. The threat to “create facts on the ground” was a direct message to the US and the EU that they had better push Israel farther — and faster — or the Palestinians would be left with no recourse but to build in Area C of the West Bank, currently under exclusive Israeli control.

Yet Palestinian building in Area C is not just a threat. In fact, and thanks to the financial and logistical aid of the EU, Palestinians have already begun building that project in some parts of the West Bank.

What the PA wants is the following response from the international community: “Oh my God, we must do something to salvage the peace process. We need to put even more pressure on these Israelis before matters get out of hand.”

The PA seeks a solution imposed upon Israel by the international community. This has been quite clear for some time, but the PA spokesman’s recent announcement leaves no room for doubt. Abbas has no incentive whatsoever to return to the negotiating table with Israel. Why negotiate when Western powers are prepared to do everything to see Israel brought to its knees?

As part of this strategy, Abbas last week renewed his call for an international conference to discuss “ways of solving the Palestinian cause.” According to the PA president, the international community that has reached understandings that Syria, Libya and Iran should be able to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

This is nothing but an Abbas scare-tactics redux. Radical Islam and terrorism, so we are to believe, will be conquered by solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The president of the PA desires to implant in the minds of the West a direct link between the Islamic State terror group (ISIS) and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

But Abbas might have done well to check in with his sources. ISIS and the other terror groups currently destroying the Arab world do not give a damn about Israeli settlements or checkpoints. Nor is a two-state solution on their docket. These groups have a different agenda — to conquer the world and establish an Islamic empire. En route to achieving their aim, the Muslim terrorists will kill “apostates” and “infidels” including Abbas and other Arab leaders.

“President Abbas’s call for an international conference reflects the state of confusion and wallowing he is in,” remarked former Palestinian cabinet minister Hassan Asfour. “The appeal is designed to search for an unclear and jellied formula and it has no legitimacy.” Asfour noted that there was no need for such a conference, in light of the fact that the UN already recognized a Palestinian state in 2012.

So what exactly is Abbas trying to achieve? For the most part, Palestinian political analysts are convinced that the eighty-year-old president, who is about to enter the eleventh year of his four-year term in office, is simply seeking to hold onto the reins of power. The best way to do so, they argue, is by keeping up the buzz about international conferences and potential Palestinian unilateral moves on the ground.

In order to run the Palestinian show until his last day, Abbas needs to divert attention from the battle of succession that has hit the spotlight in the past few days. Top Fatah officials have been pushing him to appoint a deputy president, in the hope of forestalling a power vacuum upon his departure from the scene for one reason or another.

These officials have long censured Abbas for running the PA as if it were his private fiefdom. Among the critics are Jibril Rajoub, Tawkif Tirawi, Mohamed Dahlan, Salam Fayyad and Yasser Abed Rabbo — all of whom regard themselves as potential successors to his seat.

Mohamed Dahlan (right), a former PA security commander in the Gaza Strip, is one of the major critics and rivals of PA President Mahmoud Abbas (left), and hopes to succeed him in the presidency. (Image sources: U.S. State Dept., M. Dahlan Office)

Meanwhile, Abbas’s preferred candidate for deputy president appears to be none other than Saeb Erekat, the PLO’s chief negotiator who was recently upgraded to the post of PLO Secretary-General. This choice, however, is not going down well with Fatah officials, many of whom have expressed their opposition to the attempt to pave the way for Erekat to become the next Palestinian president.

A direct link does exist, then, but it is not, as Abbas contends, one between ISIS and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The true direct link is between the urgency Abbas feels at home to prop up a crumbling empire and his intimidation of the international community. In other words, when Abbas feels the heat, Israel is thrown into the fire.

Khaled Abu Toameh is an award-winning journalist based in Jerusalem.

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The Arab/Iranian English Language Press: What they are saying

News in brief from the media

Apology Worse Than The Crime

The Arab Times, Kuwait reports: The Iranian apology to the United Nations Security Council over the attacks on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad is, to say the least, worse than the crime itself. This is because the apology insinuates how the regime of peacocks in Tehran belittles the issues concerning the sovereignty of other countries and its lack of recognition for this sovereignty — a clear testimony to years of aggression against Saudi Arabia and the other GCC countries. Therefore, it is acceptable to fall for this ‘regret’ but the focus should be on the aggression itself. The attacks necessitate stern international position against the regime which does not respect and honor international agreements and pacts. The leaders of Tehran will definitely be hallucinating if they think they can pull the wool over the eyes through a statement which hides in its lines many evil intentions or stop the storm of condemnation and severing relations.

Jordan renews support for Saudi Arabia

The Jordan Times reports: His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday reviewed in separate telephone calls with Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz regional developments, according to a Royal Court statement. In the two telephone calls, talks focused on Saturday’s assaults on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran, which the statement described as “a blatant violation of international conventions”. His Majesty renewed Jordan’s full support for Saudi Arabia in its efforts to combat terrorism and extremism and to protect its security and stability. His Majesty strongly condemned the attacks on the Saudi embassy in Tehran, the statement said. For their part, the Saudi monarch and deputy crown prince thanked Jordan for its stand and support, the Royal Court added. 

Djibouti cuts ties with Iran after attacks on Saudi missions

The Daily Star, Lebanon reports: Djibouti cut diplomatic relations with Iran on Wednesday, its foreign minister said, in response to the storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran by Iranian protesters. The tiny Horn of Africa nation, which is home to the United States’ only military base on the African continent, joins Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Sudan in entirely severing relations with Iran. “Djibouti cut its diplomatic ties with Iran out of solidarity with Saudi Arabia,” Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf told Reuters in a text message.

Palestinian Authority adrift after a long unrest

The Oman Observer reports: Three months into a wave of violence some have likened to a new uprising, the Palestinian Authority has found itself adrift and increasingly out of touch with frustrated youths behind the unrest, analysts say. There is even speculation of an eventual collapse of the PA, the governing authority set up under the 1990s Oslo accords that were meant to lead to a final peace deal. “Young people see no political horizon and suffer from economic crisis and unemployment,” with nearly half jobless compared with more than 27 per cent of the overall population, said Ghassan Khatib, vice-president of Birzeit University near Ramallah and a former Palestinian cabinet minister. Young Palestinians see little hope of an independent state more than two decades after the Oslo accords — and many do not feel president Mahmoud Abbas represents their concerns. They have come of age as Israeli settlement building has continued and with their own political leadership deeply fractured. In a recent poll, two-thirds of Palestinians said they believed a new armed intifada would serve “national interests” better than negotiations. Security coordination between the Palestinian Authority and Israel has at the same time been maintained, an arrangement some analysts say is vital for Abbas to keep hardliners who oppose him in check. Palestinian elections have not been held in a decade due to the bitter split between Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and Abbas’s Fatah, based in the occupied West Bank. Abbas’s mandate expired in 2009 but he remains in office because there have been no polls. The Palestinian parliament last met in 2007, following a general election the previous year won by Hamas. “The leaders are incapable of satisfying their (young Palestinians’) political and economic demands,” said Khatib.

Abbas denies concern of PA collapse

Gulf Times, Qatar reports: Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas dismissed yesterday weeks of rumours that the Palestinian Authority could collapse, saying he would “never give up” on it.
Abbas, 80, was speaking publicly for the first time since rumours surfaced last week that he was in poor health, which the PA has categorically denied. He did not discuss the matter and appeared well. He also spoke as three months of violent attacks by frustrated Palestinian youths on Israeli targets have made the PA and its leadership appear increasingly out of touch. The PA, the governing authority set up under the 1993 Oslo peace accords with Israel, has faced funding shortages, and its ongoing security co-operation with the Jewish state has been heavily criticised. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing a contingency plan in the event of the PA’s collapse, according Israeli media reports. “I have heard a lot of talk in the past few days about the Authority, the destruction of the Authority, the collapse of the Authority,” Abbas said. “The Authority is an achievement of ours that we will never give up.” “Don’t dream of its collapsing, don’t even dream,” he told a press conference during a lunch during a lunch to mark Christmas, which some Orthodox churches celebrate today.

Egyptian ambassador returns to Israel after 3-year hiatus

Arab News, Saudi Arabia reports: Israel says Egypt has sent a new ambassador after a three-year hiatus. Israel’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday that the ambassador, Hazem Hairat, arrived on Friday. Israel and Egypt signed a historic peace accord in 1979, but relations have often been cool. Egypt withdrew its ambassador in November 2012 to protest an Israeli offensive against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. At the time, Egypt was led by Islamist President Muhammad Mursi. Since Mursi was ousted by the military in 2013, relations have steadily improved. In September, Israel reopened its embassy in Cairo, four years after it was ransacked by a crowd protesting the deaths of five Egyptian policemen killed unintentionally by Israeli forces chasing a group of Gaza militants.

Turkey diversifies allies with first Mideast military base in Qatar

Al-Arabiya , UAE reports: In view of rising regional threats, Turkey seems to be diversifying its potential allies, especially on the military and energy fronts. According to a decision announced Wednesday by Turkey’s ambassador to Qatar, Ankara will have its first Middle East military base in Qatar, with 3,000 troops to be stationed in the country. The base will be supported by air and naval units, special forces and military trainers. Joint training exercises will be held at the base, and Qatar will be able to set up its own base in Turkey. Qatar is home to the largest U.S. air base in the Middle East, where about 10,000 military personnel are placed. Currently, 100 Turkish troops are providing the Qatari army with military training. This move is in line with a bilateral defense agreement – signed in 2014 and ratified by the Turkish parliament in June – with the aim of confronting “common enemies.”… The regional policies of the two countries coincide with their support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, while they also support efforts to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. They oppose Iran’s growing regional influence, and Russia’s intervention in Syria.

Hezbollah proxy ties with Iran divulged

Bahrain News Agency reports: Lebanese parliamentary Future Bloc today deplored the recent statements by a number of Hezbollah officials, considering the remarks as flagrant unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It said that these statements clearly revealed the relationship of Hezbollah with Iran and Iranian regional policies based on domination and interference in the internal affairs of the Arab countries.
This came in a statement after the bloc’s weekly meeting on Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Turkey needs Israel: Erdogan

Egypt Independent reports: Turkey must accept that it needs Israel, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday, as the two countries seek to thrash out a deal on normalizing ties. NATO member Turkey was a key regional ally of Israel until the two countries fell out over the deadly storming by Israeli commandos in 2010 of a Turkish aid ship, the Mavi Marmara, bound for Gaza. Erdogan further raised hackles in Israel with his sometimes inflammatory rhetoric towards the Jewish State. But the atmosphere was transformed following the revelation last month the two sides were making progress in secret talks to seek a rapprochement. “Israel is in need of a country like Turkey in the region,” Erdogan said in remarks to Turkish reporters published in leading dailies Saturday. “And we too must accept that we need Israel. This is a reality in the region,” said Erdogan. “If mutual steps are implemented based on sincerity, then normalization will follow.”

Syrian Dissident: Execution of Saudi Cleric Plotted in Tel Aviv

Fars News Agency, Iran reports: A prominent Syrian dissident leader says Israel has persuaded the Riyadh government to kill prominent Saudi Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr. “It is clear that the Saudis had taken order from their masters in Tel Aviv and the US to commit the crime of executing Sheikh Nimr; therefore, it is not surprising to say that the decision to execute Sheikh Nimr was taken in Tel Aviv and confirmed in Washington,” Secretary-General of al-Talia opposition party Noufal Noufal told FNA on Wednesday. He said that the al-Saud has always been a tool in the US hands to implement its plots in the region. Noting that the al-Saud and ISIL are two sides of the same coin which seek to foment sectarian strife in the region, Noufal said, “Saudi Arabia executed Sheikh Nimr to provoke Iran into sectarian tensions in the region but Iran sees no place for sectarian conflicts in its equations and assumes it to be an undignified move.”

747 children killed, 724 recruited in Yemen conflict, UN

Yemen Post reports: Some 747 children have been killed, 1.108 others injured and another 179 kidnapped since the conflict escalated in late March following the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, UNICEF said on Thursday.  Moreover, 724 children have been recruited by parties to the conflict in 2015, it said, pointing out that around 60 schools and 60 hospitals have been attacked, it said. In previous statement, lit revealed that ongoing bombing and increased ground fighting has forced 2 million children to stop going to school and 6 million children at risk of deadly diseases like diarrhea, measles and Polio. There is 1.3 million children at risk of pneumonia and 1.8 at risk of suffering from acute malnutrition, it added. Moreover, half of the internally displaced people, around 2.5 million, are below the age of 18, it said, pointing out that 10 million of the total of 21 million requiring humanitarian aid are children.  

And finally from the Arab News, Saudi Arabia.

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2015 and beyond. Hate, hate and more hate!


“Those who today always look for disciplinarian solutions, those who long for an exaggerated doctrinal ‘security,’ those who stubbornly try to recover a past that no longer exists – they have a static and inward-directed view of things. In this way, faith becomes an ideology among other ideologies.” – Pope Francis.


by Alan Simons

   by Alan Simons

During 2015 in Israel and in the Palestinian Territories nothing has drawn these two peoples more devastatingly apart than the extreme violence and evil perpetrated by the thirst and willingness to kill young children, pregnant women and the elderly. Egged on by an abhorrent president, who was originally elected in 2005 for just a four-year term, and ten years later, with two thirds of the West Bank demanding his resignation, we must face the reality that while Israel will proudly continue to harness their inventive power to design and produce solutions to the world, the vast majority of Palestinians under Abbas, will persist to be lost souls, full of jealousy, wallowing in hate and unrestrained pleasure in detesting everything that is Israeli. Pity! Palestinians living in the West Bank and in Gaza, at one time, were amongst the highest educated of all Arabs. No longer! For 2016 they deserve more from their government.

Unfortunately in 2015, Israel the West Bank and Gaza had vastly different agendas. The disparity between them, as seen in the following quotes, grew as the year concluded. 

December 2015


– Haifa team IDs activity of proteins linked to memory loss. Using this discovery, University of Haifa scientists will attempt to develop drugs delaying the onset of cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

– Israel to open world’s first aviation cyber innovation center. International Air Transport Association asks Tel Aviv University’s Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center to invent safety and security techs.

– Self-healing ‘electronic skin’ may not be sci-fi much longer. Israeli scientists used a new synthetic polymer to develop a self-healing, flexible sensor that mimics the self-healing properties of human skin.

– Forbes to hold Under 30 Summit in Israel. 600 young entrepreneurs and game changers from across the world to take part in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv events in April 2016.

– China wants Israeli robotics technology. First Chinese investment in Israeli robotics puts $20 million toward development of robots for manufacturing, security, tourism and other sectors.

Palestinian Territories

– Abbas’ Fatah movement chose to celebrate 51 years of violence and killing to mark the 51st anniversary of its founding.  On Facebook, Fatah’s official page cheered the results of its terror attacks – what it calls “sowing terror” among Israelis – and posted a picture of a masked Fatah fighter with the words: “Half a century of sowing terror in the eyes of the sons of Zion.”

– Child killer. The new Palestinian superhero Samir Kuntar who murdered a four-year-old Israeli by smashing her head with the butt of his rifle, is the newest PA – Fatah hero and role model. “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs established a house of mourning for the most senior of Arab prisoners, Martyr (Shahid) Samir Kuntar, who Israel assassinated… Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake stated: ‘Martyr Samir Kuntar is a Palestinian symbol

November 2015


– Colombian farmers welcome Israeli bugs for pest control. BioBee’s microscopic predatory mites are naturally effective at wiping out insects that plague crops.

– Germany woos Israeli entrepreneurs. Berlin offers €150,000 to Israeli teams looking to set up shop locally for at least a year.

– Discovery about ovary formation sheds light on fertility. Novel pathway in the development and maintenance of the ovary has implications for diagnosing and treating infertility and lack of puberty.

– Japanese companies seek Israeli innovations. New Israeli Trade mission inaugurated in Osaka; Toyota hosts Israeli innovation day.

– CBA signs MoU with Chief Scientist of Israel. Australia’s largest bank to test Israeli cybersecurity and big data analytics technologies in new collaboration venture.

Palestinian Territories

– Terrorist Muhannad Halabi murdered two Israeli civilians and wounded the wife and infant of one of them, in a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem in October. Now, the Yasser Arafat Youth Center in Jenin has named a football tournament after the murderer.

October 2015


– NASA signs historic agreement with Israel Space Agency. Science Minister Akunis: Historic agreement with tremendous implications for the Israeli space community.

– World’s largest space conference to land in Jerusalem. Despite violence, some 3,000 participants — including heads of world’s space agencies– to attend International Astronautical Congress.

– The new Silicon Valley emerging in Israel’s desert. In the wake of our article on Beersheva becoming the cyber capital of the world, Forbes picks up on the theme.

– Facebook to launch Israeli satellite to bring Africa online. Social media giant partners with France’s Eutelsat Communications to launch AMOS-6 satellite and expand internet access everywhere.

– MediWound awarded US contract for burn treatment. Valued at up to $112 million, the government contract positions NexoBrid as a tool for mass casualty preparedness in the United States.

Palestinian Territories

– A senior official of Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement posted on his Facebook Page that Fatah was accepting responsibility for yesterday’s murder of a young Israeli couple, Eitam and Naama Henkin, in front of their four children. Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul posted: “Palestine Today: The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah, accepted responsibility for the Itamar operation (i.e., murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin), carried out against settlers, leading to their deaths.”

September 2015


– SodaStream offers 1,000 jobs to Syrian refugees. Israeli company SodaStream offers Syrian refugees an opportunity to create a new life in Israel.

– Israeli aid workers rescue drowning refugees. On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, Israeli volunteers dove into the water and saved Mideast refugees after their boat’s engine exploded.

– Novocure files for $300 million IPO. FDA has approved the Israeli company’s device for treating brain tumors using an electric field.

– John Lewis partners with Cimagine. UK’s leading retailer will use Israeli augmented reality technology to create a virtual showroom and enhance shopping experience.

– Israel ranks 6th in global healthy life expectancy study. Life expectancy climbs worldwide but people spend more years living with illness and disability.

– Amazon picks Israeli firm to help it conquer India. Internet retail giant aims to conquer the Indian market with the help of Israel’s MobCo Media.

Palestinian Territories

-Dozens of Palestinian schools are named after terrorist murderers. The official Palestinian Authority news agency WAFA now reports that the naming of state schools “is under the authority” of the PA Minister of Education.

August 2015


– Tel Aviv University’s valedictorian is Egyptian. ‘We must always question our assumptions. Being here in Israel has taught me…that things are often not as they are made to seem’ — Haisam Hassanein.

– $75 million autism center to open in Jerusalem. Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical Center plan to host Mideast region’s first interdisciplinary university-based autism center
– Israel delivers emergency aid to Myanmar. Food, medicines, mosquito nets and hygiene packs provided to flood-ravaged Tharrawaddy region.

– 15 Nobel laureates, 400 science prodigies head to Jerusalem. Leading academics and students from 71 countries taking part in 1st World Science Conference Israel.

– ElMindA, Consumer Physics, Novocure awarded Technology Pioneer by world body. World Economic Forum chooses three Israeli life sciences and health companies among the ‘world’s most innovative companies.’

– 7 lifesaving pediatric transplant operations in 48 hours. Schneider Children’s Medical Center doctors perform back-to-back surgeries to give children ages four-to-16 a new lease on life.

Palestinian Territories

– Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi, who teaches Islam twice a week in the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, taught in his most recent class that Jews own 95% of the pharmaceutical industry and therefore train doctors to create new diseases in order to increase profits for the industry.

July 2015


– World’s biggest generic-drug empire created. Teva Pharmaceuticals makes history with $40.5b deal; Allergan purchase is the largest-ever acquisition by an Israeli company.

– Israelis perform lifesaving heart surgery on 10 Tanzanian children. Pediatric surgeons with Save a Child’s Heart charity give children with congenital heart defects a new lease on life.

– Microsoft, Facebook on $380m shopping spree of Israeli start-ups. ironSource acquires Supersonic mobile app monetization in deal worth some $150 million.

– Germany-Israel mark 50 years of collaboration with innovation day. ‘We must work together to nurture and to promote innovative businesses in both our countries and to maximize our shared advantage.’

– Samsung, Intel launch accelerators in Israel. International technology giants seek further Israeli ingenuity in connected devices, mobile, IT, IoT, wearables, big data and robotics.

Palestinian Territories

– The Palestinian Authority continues to present murderers as heroes to the Palestinian public. One of the two killers who murdered four worshippers in a synagogue with butcher’s knives and guns and later a policeman last November in West Jerusalem, was honored as a “Martyr” in recent reports in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida and WAFA, the official PA news agency. The attack was referred to as “the synagogue operation”

June 2015


– Israeli biologists find enzyme that produces ‘smell of the sea’. Weizmann Institute scientists point to Alma1 redox-sensitive enzyme behind familiar salty seaside odor.

– Israel and World Bank collaborate on global water issues. New agreement to support Israeli activities in the developing world, create more exposure to Israeli best practices.

– Fraunhofer SIT announces Cybersecurity center in Israel. Europe’s biggest cyber-tech company says hub will pave way for new products to ‘protect freedom and democracy and benefit both societies and their economies.’

– Google CEO praises Israeli high-tech for not following the rules. ‘Israel is booming in terms of entrepreneurship because you have a culture to challenge authority and to question everything. You’re not going by the rules,’ — Eric Schmidt.

– Technion to help build desalination plant in Jordan. Multinational team including Israeli researchers wins a $125,000 USAID grant to build a joint groundwater treatment plant in Jordan.

Palestinian Territories

– More than 150 children “of Martyrs and prisoners” participated in the camp “Jerusalem in the Eyes of the Lion Cubs and Flowers of Palestine” run by the PA’s National Security Forces in coordination with Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah’s youth movement “the Lion Cubs and Flowers of Palestine.”

May 2015


– Nepalese see Israel as source of inspiration. How several Israeli professionals are giving Nepal villagers tools to rebuild their houses and their lives after the earthquakes.

– World’s first – Israeli scientists grow lymphatic cells in the lab. Breakthrough by Weizmann Institute researchers reveals how lymphatic system develops in embryo and solves longstanding riddle.

– Queen Elizabeth honors BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi. Buckingham Palace bestows appointment of honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire for scientific and academic relations between the UK and Israel.

– Biomed companies in Israel hit record numbers. IATI Biomed 2015 conference in Tel Aviv attracted the cream of the healthcare-industry crop from 45 countries.

– Israeli researchers use supercooling to revolutionize delivery of drugs. Process of crystallization through rapid-cooling could improve timely drug release and provide more effective nanoscale drug encapsulating system.

– Ziv Av Engineering to design, supply electric vehicle battery switching facilities in China. Israeli company signs cooperation agreement with China’s Bustil, responsible for electric vehicles infrastructure in Nanjing, China.

Palestinian Territories

The official PA daily has claimed that Israeli prisons have a “system called ‘slow death”’ to do away with prisoners, and has compared Israeli treatment to the medical experiments of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, who experimented on Jews in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

April 2015


– Israeli innovations save lives in Nepal. Israeli medical devices and technology help teams locate and treat victims, says United Hatzalah paramedic in charge of a three-organization relief effort.

– Beating the malaria parasite at its own game. Israeli scientists develop a novel method to suppress malaria parasite’s virulence genes so that it cannot evade the immune system.

– Israeli technology can sniff out stomach cancer. NaNose technology, already proven as effective tool in detecting early-stage lung cancer, shows effective in gastric cancer detection.

– Scientific breakthrough as Israelis find cancer-suppressing proteins. The ubiquitin system produces two substances that greatly restrict the development of cancerous tumors.

– Israeli scientists develop all-season grapes. Researchers announce new seedless grapes all year round, seedless eggplants, and a new method to limit height of date palms.

Palestinian Territories

– Hamas does not intend to foster peaceful relations with Israel. Hamas’ Ministry of Interior posted a photo on its Facebook page of a little boy, no more than five years old, posing in military uniform and holding an automatic rifle. The text beside the photo explained that children under Hamas rule grow up learning “the love of Jihad” – religious war for Islam – and aspire to die as Martyrs for Allah.

March 2015


– Make-a-thon harnesses technology for people with disabilities. Tikkun Olam Makers seek to solve unmet social challenges in disadvantaged communities and nations, fulfilling the traditional Jewish value of repairing the world.

– Alibaba invests in Israeli cyber-security. 5,000 people from 50 countries are in Tel Aviv for Cybertech 2015 International Conference & Exhibition.

– South Korea likes Israeli natural pest control. Minister of Agriculture visits Israel’s BioBee to learn how natural predators such as sterile fruit flies can reduce use of chemicals on food crops.

– Israeli start-ups in New York raise over $1 billion in 12 months. WeWork, Taboola lead funding rounds; majority of money comes from venture capital firms.

– PayPal to buy CyActive cyber security firm. Online payments company makes second Israeli acquisition with $60 million buyout.

Palestinian Territories

– Palestinian Authority TV broadcast a school activity whose stated framework was to use culture to teach children to boycott Israeli products. However, the boy whose interview PA TV chose to broadcast said he was also learning through the school theater that Jews should be killed.

February 2015


– Apple CEO Tim Cook: “We have an enormous admiration for Israel.” President Reuven Rivlin celebrates opening of new Apple center in Herzliya.

– Tel Aviv is world’s 3rd best place for technology business. Savills’ research looked at business environment, tech environment, quality of life, talent pool and property affordability to come up with an overall score.

– Infosys buys Panaya for $230 million. Indian IT giant makes first acquisition in Israel with buyout of SaaS provider; plans to turn Ra’anana office into R&D center.

Palestinian Territories

– In Friday’s sermon on official Palestinian Authority TV, the cleric demonized Jews as “apes and pigs.” “Many Muslims are being harmed these days by a group whose hearts were sealed by Allah. ‘He made of them [Jews] apes and pigs and slaves of deities’ (Quran, 5:60). They are harming the livelihood of the believers [Muslims]… They withhold their [the Palestinians’] money and collect interest on it.”

January 2015


– Israeli cancer geneticist wins first Olav Thon Foundation prize. Tel Aviv University’s Prof. Yosef Shiloh honored for research on cell survival and DNA stability.

– World’s smallest, cheapest patch pump for diabetics. TouchéMedical is developing a low-cost ‘smart’ patch pump designed for patients of all ages with diabetes, Parkinson’s and other chronic conditions.

– Turns out anti-inflammatory protein can kill bacteria in immune-compromised patients. BGU researchers discover Alpha1-antitrypsin combats infections and eradicates bacteria.

– Compugen teams with Johns Hopkins University on immune checkpoints. Collaboration to assist Israeli drug discovery company in further substantiating potential of its novel proteins as targets for cancer immunotherapy.

Palestinian Territories

– Following the terror attacks against the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish store in which Muslim terrorists killed 17 people in France earlier this month, columnists writing for the official Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida have claimed that Israel was behind the attacks. This view is shared by the vast majority of Palestinians, according to a poll conducted by Ma’an (an independent Palestinian news agency). The poll found that 84.4% support the claim that “the operation (i.e., terror attack) was suspicious, and that Israel may be behind it,” while “only 8.7% believed that the murder of the French [citizens] in Paris was a natural result of the spread of Islamic extremism in Europe.” [Ma’an, Jan. 19, 2015]

To quote from the Midrash: “Kingdoms arise and kingdoms pass away, but Israel endureth for evermore.” 


(Media credits: Israel 21c | Palestinian Media Watch. Photo credit, verysimplethoughts)

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Thank God there’s an Israel!

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