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Catholic Patriarchate blames Israel for terrorist attacks

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18 Feb 2016 (All day)
Catholic Patriarchate blames Israel for terrorist attacks
Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem issued a statement Thursday placing the blame for the recent spike in Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israelis on Israel. “It is the siege of Jerusalem and the Judaization of the city, the sending away of its Palestinian inhabitants. It is the all-inclusive accusation of terrorism against all Palestinians and the collective punishment that results from it,” the statement by the so-called Commission for Justice and Peace declared. “Today the situation has become a new intifada in which Palestinians plunge to their death out of despair caused by a life full of frustration, humiliation and insecurity, with no hope at all.”
 
The statement also said that Israelis deserved to live in security and called on Palestinians to reject violence and address corruption and other issues in their own community.
 
In related news, Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Ya'alon spoke out in support Thursday of IDF Chief of the General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot’s statement a day earlier that security forces and armed citizens need to practice restraint when responding to terror attacks and not kill attackers when it was not necessary.
 
"We must act in a calm and collected manner,” Ya’alon said in response to a question about Eisenkot’s comments. "We are fighting for our lives, but also our humanity."

Syrian media reports Israel attacked Assad regime
Opposition groups in Syria reported on Wednesday that Israeli aircraft had struck facilities of the Assad regime military near Damascus. The IDF had no comment on the reports, in line with standard practice. Fighting otherwise continued in Syria and Iraq Thursday, with a report surfacing of authorities searching for stolen radioactive material, stoking fears that armed factions might be trying to utilize a “dirty bomb” in the ongoing multi-faceted wars of the region.
 
European governments pushing back against BDS 
The Paris City Council adopted two nonbinding resolutions this week condemning boucots against Israel in another sign of a growing backlash in Europe against the attempt to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel’s economy. Also, the British Government passed a law Wednesday banning local authorities and public-sector organizations from boycotting Israeli suppliers. Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock addressed the issue during his visit to Jerusalem on Wednesday at the head of a large British trade delegation.
 
Here is the video of Hancock's press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu
 


 

Iran begins receiving Russian weapons systems
Russia’s government-owned RIA news agency reported Thursday that the first of several S-300 air-defense system would arrive in Iran after years of delays and over the fierce objections of Israel and the US. Several other deals for Russian weapons systems are in the pipeline as Iran receives billions of dollars in sanctions relief following the signing of a nuclear agreement with world powers. Also on Thursday, the SWIFT banking system allowing international money transfers reactivated the connection with Iranian banks which had been suspended in recent years as part of the sanctions regime.

Today’s videos show recent Israeli activity at the UN
 



 

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