“Do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God. See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. ‘Come,’ they say, ‘let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.’” Ps 83:1-4
ABBAS ‘EUPHORIC’ OVER PASSAGE ON ANTI-ISRAEL UN RESOLUTION: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reacted with “near-euphoria” to the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which declared all Jewish presence over the 1940 armistice lines to be ‘illegal.’ Abbas expressed hope that the resolution and the upcoming Paris peace conference could be used to end all Jewish “settlements” in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem. Abbas said that the resolution “proves that the world rejects settlements as illegal, and accepts that they were established on our occupied land, including east Jerusalem. We hope that the conference in France will create a mechanism for ending Israeli settlements on our land,” said Abbas. “The resolution paves the way for the peace conference scheduled to take place in Paris next month.” PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said that the resolution would aid BDS initiatives against Israel. “It will now be possible to impose a boycott on the settlements, and even employ legal sanctions against companies that work with them.” Al-Maliki said that the PA would use the UN resolution to bring Israel to the International Criminal Court this coming year. (INN)
PM: KERRY’S SPEECH BIASED LIKE THE UN: PM Binyamin Netanyahu criticized Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on the peace process scathingly on Wednesday calling it “skewed” and “obsessive.” “Like the Security Council resolution that Secretary Kerry advanced in the UN, his speech tonight was skewed against Israel,” said Netanyahu. “For over an hour, Kerry obsessively dealt with settlements and barely touched upon the root of the conflict – Palestinian opposition to a Jewish state in any boundaries.” Other government ministers also criticized Kerry’s speech. Tourism Minister Yariv Levin stated that the speech included a lot of words and very little understanding of reality. “Kerry is trying to force on us, in his last days on the job, a worldview that is a prize for Palestinian terror and that completely ignores our rights to the country,” Levin said, adding that “A true friend of Israel should have shown support for the elected government and not tried to force on the Jewish people resolutions through the supporters of Iran at the UN.”
Education Minister Naftali Bennett said: “Kerry quoted me three times anonymously in his speech in order to demonstrate that we oppose a Palestinian state. So let me state it explicitly,” Bennett said. “Yes. If it depends on me, we will not establish another terror state in the heart of our country. The citizens of Israel have paid with thousands of victims, tens of thousands of rockets and innumerable condemnations for the utopian idea of a Palestinian state. It’s time for a new policy and we will lead the way.” Bennett concluded. MK Moti Yogev said: “The speech and the frustration of Secretary of State John Kerry for the sake of creating a Palestinian terrorist state in the land of Israel, didn’t surprise anyone.” (Arutz-7)
UN VOTE TOPS WIESENTHAL LIST OF TOP 10 ANTI-SEMITIC, ANTI-ISRAEL CASES IN 2016: The US abstention from a recent vote against Israeli settlements at the UN Security Council topped the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s annual list released 27 December of the 10 worst outbreaks of Jew-hatred and anti-Israel incidents. The Jewish human rights organization ranked the Obama administration’s move as the top case, charging that it erased Jewish history. “The most stunning 2016 UN attack on Israel was facilitated by President Obama when the US abstained on a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel for settlement construction. It reversed decades-long US policy of vetoing such diplomatic moves against the Jewish State.” The organization added: “It also urges UN members ‘to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967,’ effectively endorsing BDS.” UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn along with former British politician Baroness Jenny Tonge ranked second. France earned the third spot for “singling out Israel”. The French government became the first member of the EU to implement the requirement of labels on all Israeli goods produced beyond the Jewish state’s 1967 borders.” Fourth place included a list of BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) actions targeting Israel. Also included in spot four were the United Church of Christ, which overwhelmingly voted to endorse BDS, as well Ryerson University in Toronto, where the student union voted to endorse the BDS movement. The head of the far-right US-based National Policy Institute, Richard Spencer, garnered the fifth spot for being “America’s 21st century Nazi.” Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas ranked sixth. (J.Post) “Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me.” Ps 69:4
TRUMP CLOBBERS OBAMA FOR ‘DISDAIN AND DISRESPECT’ OF ISRAEL: Donald Trump accused Barack Obama on Wednesday of throwing up ‘roadblocks’ and making ‘inflammatory statements’ on his way out of the White House, and urged Israel to ‘stay strong’ in the face of ‘disdain and disrespect’ from the outgoing president. Obama angered his successor by ordering his UN ambassador last week to sit out a vote condemning Israel instead of vetoing it. Israelis leaders say Obama himself engineered the vote as a parting shot at PM Netanyahu. “We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect,” Trump wrote. “They used to have a great friend in the US but not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (the UN vote)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!’ he wrote. Obama’s own former Middle East peace envoy, former Sen. George Mitchell, said that the president should have either vetoed the UN resolution or delayed it so Trump could set his own Israel policy. (UK Daily Mail) “’No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,’ declares the Lord.” Isa 54:17
TRUMP: THE UN DOESN’T SOLVE PROBLEMS, IT CAUSES THEM: US President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday once again criticized the UN in the wake of the anti-Israel resolution passed last week by the Security Council. “When do you see the United Nations solving problems?” he said. “They don’t. They cause problems. So, if it [the UN] lives up to its potential, it’s a great thing, and if it doesn’t, it’s a waste of time and money.” His comments on Wednesday followed a tweet from earlier in the day, in which he attacked the UN and the Obama Administration for treating Israel “with disdain and disrespect” and urged Israel to “stand firm” until he takes office on 20 Jan. 2017. (INN)
GOP TRASHES KERRY SPEECH: US Republican leadership dismissed on Wednesday Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, vowing a change in policy after President-elect Donald Trump takes office next month. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan disparaged Kerry’s authority, saying that “after allowing this anti-Israel resolution to pass the UN, Secretary Kerry has no credibility to speak on Israeli-Palestinian peace.” Ryan was referring to Friday’s Security Council vote condemning Israel’s settlements, in which the US abstained. Kerry spoke for well over an hour on Wed., revisiting the stinging critique of Israel’s settlement policy that he delivered earlier this month. Miami Senator Marco Rubio said that Kerry had decided to cater to the demands of freedom’s enemies and devote and entire speech to disparaging a country that is one of America’s closest allies. “I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump and his incoming team to restore our relationship with Israel to its proper place,” Rubio said.
Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matt Brooks accused the administration of “playing the Jewish community for fools.” “Their recent actions at the UN did nothing more than allow President Obama to take a parting shot at Israel and PM Netanyahu, while at the same time creating new roadblocks to peace. True peace in the region cannot be achieved by isolating Israel in the international community, but rather can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.” Brooks said that his organization was “confident that President Trump and the Republican Congress will work quickly to reverse these actions, and reestablish the strong bonds between the USA and Israel.” (Times of Israel)
CONGRESS MOVING TO CUT US FUNDING TO UN IN WAKE OF ANTI-ISRAEL VOTE: Congress is already setting the stage to cut off US funding to the UN in the wake of a contested vote last week in which the Obama administration permitted an anti-Israel resolution to win overwhelming approval, according to congressional leaders, who said that the current administration is already plotting to take further action against the Jewish state before vacating office. Other punitive actions by Congress could include expelling Palestinian diplomats from US soil and scaling back ties with foreign nations that voted in favor of the controversial measure, according to multiple sources who spoke about the situation both on and off the record. The Obama administration is still under bipartisan attack for its decision to help craft and facilitate the passage of a UN resolution condemning Jewish construction in Jerusalem, Judea & Samaria, a move that reversed years of USA policy on the matter. The Obama administration officials played a key role in ensuring the measure was passed unanimously by the UN Security Council. This included a phone call by Vice President Joe Biden to Ukraine’s president to ensure that country voted in favor of the measure. (Fox)
‘PARIS CONFERENCE TO FORCE ISRAEL INTO AUSCHWITZ BORDERS’: French MP Meir Habib called his country’s holding of a peace conference next month to be a disgrace. “This isn’t a peace conference. It’s an international disgrace. President Obama failed a thousand percent in everything he did in the Middle East. He left 400,000 people to die in Syria, and all of their murderers will go free. Now a few days before the end of his term he wants to go to this conference to force Israel back to the ’67 borders, the ‘Auschwitz borders.'” Habib, who is Jewish, cautioned, “We should not panic. It will not help. Jerusalem will remain the united capital of Israel forever.” He said that Israel has many friends in France who will stand by her during this difficult time, following the passage of an anti-Israel resolution by the UN Security Council last week. “As a Member of Parliament, I get calls from many MPs who are not Jewish saying that they don’t understand the UN resolution, that it is a disgrace which has crossed all borders of decency.
“The Paris conference is meant to force an agreement on Israel.” he added. “But thankfully, the new President, whom they call Trump, said hopeful things in the name of the world’s greatest country, and I am optimistic that he will move the embassy to Jerusalem and the conference will not matter. Unfortunately, France is once again rewarding terrorism. France has experienced terrorist attacks in which 250 people have been killed in the last year and a half, in stabbing and ramming attacks – just like in Israel. On Bastille Day 84 civilians were murdered, and we are rewarding the jihadists.” he said. “They kill us and they receive a reward. They get a Palestinian state and Jerusalem becomes a Muslim capital. It is a historical lie and a disgrace. All of this will not help because Israel is a strong country. But it is still a disgrace.” (Arutz-7)
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