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Israel News for 10-20-17

Palestinians Fail in UK
In preparation for the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Balfour Declaration on November 2, 1917, which recognized the right of the Jewish People to a state in the Land of Israel, the Palestinians have been trying hard to discredit the event.

They initially demanded that British Prime Minister Theresa May offer an apology for the declaration, but she refused. Then they tried to launch a viciously anti-Israel poster campaign that depicts the idyllic life of the Palestinians before the declaration contrasted to their status after the establishment of Israel. They planned to hang the posters at London Underground stations, where hundreds of thousands of people pass every day.

But Transport for London (TfL), the authority responsible for the transport system in Greater London, refused to allow the hanging of the posters on the grounds that the ads “did not comply fully with our guidelines” which prohibit “images or messages which relate to matters of public controversy or sensitivity.”

Now what?

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IDF Hits Syria
In response to a rocket that strayed over the border and exploded in an open area of the Golan, the IDF attacked a Syrian army outpost near the town of Quneitra yesterday. The rocket caused no damage or injuries, and the IDF attacked caused no injuries. But the point was made.

The IDF spokesman said, “The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to undermine the sovereignty of the State of Israel and the security of its citizens. The IDF views the Syrian regime as responsible to what is happening on the ground.” PM Netanyahu echoed the statement saying, “Whoever tries to hurt us, we will hurt them. We will not tolerate ‘trickles’ and if they attack us, we return fire…”

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US on Hamas
Jason Greenblatt, President Trump’s special Mideast envoy, backed Israel’s recent decision to refuse to negotiate with a Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas unless Hamas accepts several conditions including disarming and recognizing Israel.

Greenblatt said, “The United States reiterates the importance of adherence to the Quartet principles: any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognize the State of Israel, accept previous agreements and obligations between the parties—including to disarm terrorists—and commit to peaceful negotiations. If Hamas is to play any role in a Palestinian government, it must accept these basic requirements.”

Hamas accused the US of bowing to Israeli pressure. Hamas leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, said, “Gone is the time in which Hamas discussed recognition of Israel. The discussion now is about when we will wipe out Israel.” He also stressed that Hamas would never disarm.

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Water from Air
David Efron, Israel’s honorary consul in Puerto Rico, announced that Israel will provide Puerto Rico with technology to produce drinking water out of air to help alleviate the crisis on the island in the aftermath of hurricane Maria.

The Israeli made machine, which weighs between 1 to 2 tons, uses filters to purify the air and can produce up to 5,000 gallons of water a day.

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Putin Joke
At a recent press conference Russian President Putin decided to divert some attention by cracking a joke about the IDF.

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