Prepared for the
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
January 6, 2020
Thousands Rally in New York at Solidarity March Against Anti-Semitism - Christina Goldbaum (New York Times)
Tens of thousands of people, some covered in Israeli flags and others singing Hebrew songs, poured into Lower Manhattan on Sunday in a show of solidarity for New York's Jewish community in the wake of a spate of anti-Semitic attacks in the region in the last month.
Israeli Analyst: Killing Soleimani Comparable to Killing Holocaust Architect Reinhard Heydrich - Benjamin Kerstein (Algemeiner)
Veteran Israeli analyst Ehud Yaari told Israel's Channel 12: Soleimani's execution "is the most important assassination from the Jewish point of view since the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the architect of the Final Solution, in Prague in 1942."
"This man was the brains and the engine of the Iranian machine that is trying to wrap the Middle East in the arms of an octopus. He was the head of the octopus in this regard."
"He is the man that conceived the idea of how to slowly tie the noose around Israel's neck, so I say - second only to Heydrich."
As a high-ranking officer in the SS, Heydrich headed the Wannsee Conference that approved plans for the genocide of the Jews. He was killed by Czech partisans.
Conference of Presidents Lauds Elimination of Soleimani - Jackson Richman (JNS-Algemeiner)
"The forces who carried out this attack are to be congratulated both in its execution and its impact," Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, told JNS.
"I think it will rank with the [2011 U.S.] elimination of Osama bin Laden....It was a landmark event."
Iranian General: We Will Attack Israel If Washington Attacks Iran (Press TV-Iran)
Maj.-Gen. Mohsen Rezaei, a former chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said Sunday:
"In response to Trump, who has said that Washington will attack Iran if it takes revenge, be sure that in such a case we will completely level Haifa and key Israeli targets."
U.S. Fast-Response Force Flies to Mideast (AP)
Hundreds of U.S. soldiers deployed Saturday from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Kuwait to serve as reinforcements in the Middle East amid rising tensions.
3,500 members of the 82nd Airborne Division's quick-deployment brigade, known officially as its Immediate Response Force, will have deployed within a few days.
Soleimani's Successor Will Have to Take into Account the Vulnerability of Iran's Oil Terminals - Zvi Bar'el (Ha'aretz)
Qasem Soleimani's successor, Esmail Ghaani, who served as second in command of the Quds Force since 1997, must take into account the implications of Iran's response to Soleimani's death.
Iran's oil terminals in the Persian Gulf, mostly controlled by the Revolutionary Guards, are an easy target for the U.S. Air Force and Navy.
The bases of the Shi'ite militias in Iraq proved their sensitivity last week to American attacks, while a decision to completely withdraw from the nuclear deal would play right into the hands of Israel and the U.S.
Palestinians in Gaza Mourn Iran's Soleimani (Reuters)
Hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza on Saturday mourned the death of Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani.
At a mourners tent erected in Soleimani's honor in the heart of Gaza City, flags of the U.S. and Israel were laid on the ground for visitors to tread on as they entered, passing posters of Soleimani.
The flags were later set on fire.
See also Palestinian Factions Denounce Soleimani Killing (Al-Manar [Hizbullah]-Lebanon)
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) offered condolences to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran on the martyrdom of Qasem Soleimani.
Abu Hamza, spokesman of the PIJ's Al-Quds Brigades, noted the major role Soleimani played over two decades in offering military support to the Palestinian resistance.
Hamas also offered condolences to both the Iranian and Iraqi leaderships over the martyrdom of Soleimani and PMF deputy commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.
See also Hamas, Islamic Jihad Criticized for Mourning "Murderer" Soleimani - Khaled Abu Toameh (Jerusalem Post)
Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad leaders have been facing sharp criticism from other Arabs for setting up a mourning tent in Gaza for Qasem Soleimani.
They also accused Hamas and PIJ of "disregarding the blood of thousands of Muslims" killed by Soleimani's force and allies in a number of Arab countries.
Mohamed Htaibat, a Jordanian professor of Islamic studies, said on Facebook: "Anyone who stands with Iran is standing against Sunnis."
Palestinian political analyst Ibrahim Hamami posted on Twitter: "Mourning the murderer Qasem Soleimani represents a moral decline, political suicide, and hostility towards our nation."
The Justice of Killing Soleimani - Bret Stephens (New York Times)
What shouldn't be in doubt is the justice of killing Gen. Qasem Soleimani.
In 2004, Soleimani began flooding Iraq with lethal roadside bombs which killed hundreds of Americans.
In 2005, the former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri, and 21 others were killed in a massive car bombing in Beirut, carried out by Hizbullah. "There were Iranians on the phones directing the attack," a former CIA official said. "If indeed Iran was involved, Soleimani was undoubtedly at the center of this."
In 2006, Hizbullah operatives abducted and killed Israeli soldiers in an operation that was carried out with Soleimani's help. It sparked a month-long war in which thousands of people were killed.
There's a great deal more. He was an evil man who died as he had killed so many others.
See also Qasem Soleimani Helped Shape the Brutality of the Syrian War - Miriam Berger (Washington Post)
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Why the Death of Iranian Commander Soleimani Won't Mean World War III - Ray Takeyh (Politico)