Reaction to Bibi’s UN speech; Jewish leaders who met with Abbas disappointed in his UN speech.
By using a Wile E. Coyote-style stick drawing of a bomb and a red marker in his United Nations speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time clarified the difference between Israel’s red line and President Barack Obama’s when it comes to stopping Iran’s quest for a nuclear bomb.
It’s the difference between enriching uranium to weapons-grade purity — Netanyahu’s red line — vs. the U.S. position that it will wait to see if Iran develops a trigger mechanism to create such a bomb.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in his U.N. address blasted Israel as seeking to end the two-state solution but tamped down any plans to seek statehood unilaterally.
Describing what he said were "racist" attacks by settlers on Palestinians in collusion with the Israeli government, Abbas told the General Assembly on Thursday that he has reached the conclusion "that the Israeli government rejects the two-state solution."
He said, however, that Palestinians remain ready to negotiate a two-state solution.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly that the "red line" he is seeking as a warning to Iran to stop its suspected nuclear weapons program would come as early as next spring.
The forecast, while coming in a speech on Thursday that emphasized his concerns that the international community was ignoring Iran's capability at its peril, was nonetheless notable for setting a deadline months after the U.S. presidential election in November.
Bibi’s chutzpah, and American Jews’ naivete, when it comes to Iran.
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As the story goes, a visitor to the Biblical Zoo in Israel was amazed when he approached the cage of the wolf and the lamb. There they were, peacefully resting near each other, calling to mind the prophecy of Isaiah, who imagined messianic times of peace.
“How is it possible to have a wolf and lamb live together?” the visitor asked the zookeeper.
“Simple,” the zookeeper said. “Every day a new lamb.”
And so it is in the Mideast, where appearances of stability give way to predators and daily bloodshed.
Mitt Romney in Jerusalem affirmed the strong alliance between the United States and Israel.
Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, in meetings Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres also spoke of the threat a nuclear Iran would pose to the U.S. and Israel. He had arrived in Israel the previous evening from London.
U.S. officials believe the suicide bomber who killed Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria, was a member of Hezbollah.
The bomber was “acting under broad guidance” to hit Israeli targets, an unnamed senior American official told The New York Times. Other American officials confirmed that the bomber was a member of Hezbollah, according to the newspaper.
raeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disbanded the committee charged with formulating a new law on haredi Orthodox military service.
The dissolution of the Plesner Committee comes after the resignation of several of its members, including from the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party.
“Unfortunately, the Plesner Committee did not succeed in reaching an agreed-upon outline and it cannot formulate recommendations that would achieve a majority in the Knesset,” he said, according to Israeli reports.
Yitzhak Shamir, who served as Israel's prime minister from 1986 to 1992, died Saturday at the age of 96.
He had been living in a nursing home in Tel Aviv and had Alzheimer's disease for several years.
"Yitzhak Shamir belonged to the generation of giants that established the State of Israel and fought for the freedom of the Jewish people in its land," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. "Shamir personified loyalty to the Land of Israel and the eternal values of the Jewish people."
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