Prepared for the
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
ISIS Already in Gaza Strip - Khaled Abu Toameh (Gatestone Institute) India, Israel Discuss Increased Defense Cooperation - Vivek Raghuvanshi (Defense News) U.S. Company Signs $1.175bn Iran Energy Deal (AFP/Times of India) Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari Re-elected to UN Women's Committee (Ha'aretz) U.S. Seen as Biggest Oil Producer after Overtaking Saudi Arabia - Grant Smith (Bloomberg)
ISIS Already in Gaza Strip - Khaled Abu Toameh (Gatestone Institute)
India, Israel Discuss Increased Defense Cooperation - Vivek Raghuvanshi (Defense News)
U.S. Company Signs $1.175bn Iran Energy Deal (AFP/Times of India)
Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari Re-elected to UN Women's Committee (Ha'aretz)
U.S. Seen as Biggest Oil Producer after Overtaking Saudi Arabia - Grant Smith (Bloomberg)
News Resources - North America and Europe:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged following arrests in the murder of a Palestinian teen that the killers “will face the full weight of the law.” Israel’s Shin Bet security service announced Sunday that it had arrested “several Jewish suspects” in the kidnap and murder of 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, whose body was found July 2 in the Jerusalem forest.
Sending his condolences to the victim’s family, Netanyahu said Sunday, “I pledge that the perpetrators of this horrific crime, which must be resolutely condemned in the most forceful language, will face the full weight of the law. I know that in our society, the society of Israel, there is no place for such murderers. And that’s the difference between us and our neighbors. They consider murderers to be heroes. They name public squares after them. We don’t. We condemn them and we put them on trial and we’ll put them in prison,” he said. “We do not differentiate between the terrorists and we will respond to all of them, wherever they come from, with a firm hand.” (JTA)
See also Netanyahu: Broad Israeli Action against Gaza Not Imminent
In remarks to his cabinet on Sunday, Netanyahu pledged "to do whatever is necessary" to restore quiet to southern Israeli communities that have come under rocket attack from the Gaza Strip, where Hamas is the dominant force. But he also cautioned against any rush toward wider confrontation with the group, whose arsenal includes long-range rockets that can reach Israel's heartland and its business capital, Tel Aviv. (Voice of America)
Robert G. Sugarman, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations issued the following statement on the reported arrest in connection with the killing of Arab teen Muhammed Abu Khdeir: “We learned with anguish and sorrow that the investigation by Israeli authorities appears to have determined that the perpetrators of the murder of Muhammed Abu Khdeir are Israeli citizens. There is no justification for such an heinous attack by self-styled vigilantes. We condemn this attack, as we did the murder of the three Israeli youths by Arab terrorists last week and we extend our sincere condolences to the Khdeir family.”
“We urge Israeli Arab and Palestinian leaders to work with Israeli officials to stop the violence that has been escalating over recent days. We commend the Israeli government and services for their intensive investigation that has led to these arrests and urge that the perpetrators be brought to the bar of justice as soon as possible.” (Conference of Presidents)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday spoke with the father of the Palestinian teenager who was burned alive in Jerusalem last week, expressing shock at what he called an "abhorrent" murder.
As anger continues to boil over the killing of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, Netanyahu spoke by phone with the father, Hussein Abu Khdeir, telling him that the killers will be brought to trial and "will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law.... The murder of your son is abhorrent and cannot be countenanced by any human being," Netanyahu told him. (CNN)
Israelis over large swaths of the country underwent a harrowing weekend of Arab violence, sparked, in part, by the killing of an Arab youth in Jerusalem last Wednesday by a group of suspected Jewish extremists.
Israelis were assailed by violent expressions of anger; by Arab rioters in Wadi Ara in the Lower Galilee who stoned public buses, to motorists caught and dragged from vehicles near Nazareth, which were then torched, to massive rioting in Jerusalem, to poolside Kassam rocket alerts near Gaza. (Algemeiner)
Amer Abu Aisheh is one of the two Palestinians that Israel accuses of having kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teens. Amer’s mother Nadia says "I am the mother of a Palestinian martyr, perhaps two because I will probably never see Amer again."
Nadia says that she is "proud and strong because of what her sons have achieved," and wishes Amer a "victorious Ramadan," underlining that she feels they are "respected by their people and by Allah." For Nadia, the definition of a martyr is "one who chooses to give their life to kill the Jews," and being victorious means "achieving this." (La Stampa - Italy)
Gazan terrorists launched some 30 rockets at Israel Sunday, causing little damage but fraying nerves as a marked uptick in missile fire showed no signs of abating. Most landed in open areas. One rocket caused a fire and another damaged an agricultural building, the Israeli military said. There were no reports of injuries. (Times of Israel)
See also Rocket Fired at Beersheba as Israel Prepares for Possible Gaza Operation - Ron Ben Yishai
Rocket fire at southern Israel continued on Monday morning when a rocket was fired at Beersheba. The rocket fell in an open area, and no injuries or damages were reported. Defense officials estimated on Monday that Hamas was interested in escalation in the south, and that the Egyptian mediation efforts were not bearing fruit. (Ynet News)
Israel launched a series of air strikes on Gaza early on Monday to quell Hamas rocket fire, and the Islamist group's armed wing said seven of its gunmen were killed, making it the deadliest day for Hamas since a 2012 cross-border war with the Jewish state. The IDF confirmed the strikes, saying they "responded to rocket attacks against southern Israel," targeting 9 "terror" sites and concealed rocket launchers. They said the attacks had made "direct hits." (Jerusalem Post)
Whatever action Israel takes against Hamas, the militant Islamist movement will only have itself to blame if there is a full-scale resumption of hostilities. If Washington struggled to convince the Israelis to move to the negotiating table, its dealings with the Palestinians have proved even more problematic – especially when it became clear that Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, was more interested in playing to the gallery of Arab opinion than hammering out a peace deal.
Mr. Abbas’s real objective has been to harness the Palestinian cause to the wave of popular uprisings that has been sweeping the Arab world. If protesters can overthrow tyrannical regimes in countries such as Egypt and Tunisia, he believes, then surely the Palestinians must soon be able to rid themselves of their Israeli oppressors.
The big question now, of whether the deepening tensions between Hamas and Israel result in a third intifada-style conflict, depends to a large extent on whether Mr. Abbas remains committed to his pact with Hamas, or responds positively to Israel’s demand that he abandon his ties with the militants, and returns to the negotiating table. (Telegraph - UK)
In his turban and clerical robe, softly speaking of peace, Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, resembles a spiritual guide more than a modern politician. Western statesmen, scholars, and journalists have been impressed by the differences between the cleric and his predecessor: Rouhani is everything Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was not—intelligent, eloquent, elegant, sophisticated.
Persian sources unavailable in English provide important insights into Rouhani's life and thought. This material needs to be treated with care.
Rouhani’s journey from dusty Sorkheh to the Office of the President has been long. He has matured, and his mentors like may even have made a pragmatist out of the once radical theologian; but pragmatism does not equal moderation.
Those who argue that Rouhani has abandoned the nuclear ambitions that he has so proudly defended and advanced would be well advised to consider more closely the cleric’s words, deeds, associations, and pride. Most probably Rouhani wants the nuke as much as any officer in the Revolutionary Guard or Saeed Jalili, the one-legged, shrine-loving war veteran who so enjoyed ignoring and belittling European and American diplomats as Ahmadinejad’s nuclear negotiator. Rouhani just wants to be cleverer about how the regime becomes a nuclear state. (Weekly Standard)
The Tragedy of the Arabs (Economist)
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