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15 Oct 2018 (All day)
Netanyahu Addresses Christian Media Summit
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the keynote speaker Sunday evening at the Christian Media Summit 2018 conference in Jerusalem, telling the hundreds of Christian journalists and diplomats present that, he thanked them for their steadfast support of Israel and their efforts to get Israel’s narrative on the public record in their home countries where secular media outlets are often indifferent or even hostile to the Jewish State. During the question and answer session, one Christian journalist asked Netanyahu about the possibility of appointing a government emissary to the Christian world and he replied that “That is a great idea. I think I am going to do it.”

“Israel is a robust democracy” that “supports the rights of all,” Netanyahu said, adding it is the “only country in the Middle East where the Christian community thrives and grows.”

Here is the video of his full remarks to the conference

Tension Mounts Amidst Gaza-Border Riots
Amidst increasingly violent mass demonstrations on the border between the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and Israel in recent days, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman both issued statements over the weekend warning that Israel will strike back hard if Hamas does not take steps to restrain the rioters. During Sunday morning’s cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said, “Hamas has apparently not internalized the message: if they don’t stop the violent attacks against us, they will be stopped in a different way and it will be painful, very painful.” Israel is “very close to a different type of action, action that will include very forceful blows,” he added, declaring that if Hamas were smart, “they would stop the fire and the violent riots – now.”
Also on Sunday, Lieberman posted a message on the IDF’s Arabic language Facebook page saying “I call on you, residents of Gaza: Act against the extremist leadership that has taken you hostage in the service of the Iranian ayatollahs.” The statement followed Lieberman’s directive to halt the transfer of fuel for the Strip’s electrical power generators. He addressed this issue in the second part of his post by saying “The State of Israel was prepared to improve the civilian reality in the Gaza Strip, but the decision of the Hamas leadership to use serious violence – especially on the same day in which tankers of diesel fuel were brought into the Gaza Strip – is what brought about the decision to cut off the supply of fuels. All of the responsibility for the deterioration in the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip belongs to Hamas and Hamas alone.”

BDS Movement Has Mixed Weekend
In the latest blow to the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel, Tel Aviv-based cancer diagnostic producer Micromedic Technologies recently landed a deal to sell its “CellDetect” bladder cancer detection system in China through a cooperative arrangement with the Shanghai Gensource Medical Appliances mega-corporation. Officials for both companies projected that the deal will be highly lucrative and possibly lead to other similar deals for other Israeli-produced medical products in China. However, BDS also logged an achievement over the weekend when an Israeli academic association sent a letter to European counterparts urging them to boycott Israeli universities in the West Bank.

The letter was sent by the president of the Israel Anthropological Association (IAA) to the European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA) requesting support for the IAA’s decision to “refuse cooperation” with Ariel University, Orot College in Elkana and Herzog College in Alon Shvut.

Israeli Knesset Re-Convenes Under Shadow of Elections
Israel’s Knesset re-convened on Monday with the possibility of early elections hanging in the air, although one major issue which threatens to trigger them appeared to be closer to resolution. The Agudat Yisrael Council of Torah Sages held a meeting Sunday evening and signaled a willingness to compromise over the issue of enlistment for ultra-orthodox (haredi) yeshiva students into the IDF, in light of public sentiment indicating a risk that haredi political parties would lose significant support if they followed a different course.

“The enlistment bill is a good bill for Israel that balances between the needs of the army that prepared it and for the haredi public,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday’s cabinet meeting. “This bill must pass. The time has come to put it behind us.”

Israeli Supreme Court Judge Attacked
Israeli Supreme Court judge David Mintz’s vehicle was attacked as he attempted to drive to work from his home in the West Bank settlement of Dolev on Monday morning, according to a police report. A few hours later, there was an attempted stabbing attack near another settlement. The incidents follow a condemnation Sunday evening by UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov over the death of a Palestinian woman after being struck by a rock allegedly thrown by a Jewish settler at her family’s car as they drove on Route 60 near the village of Za’tara, south of Nablus.

Swedish Friendship Boat Docks in Israel
Last Thursday evening, a Swedish-flagged ship, the “Elida” arrived at the coast of Israel near the city of Herzliya bearing 50 pro-Israel activists from the Scandanavian country whose government has been deeply hostile to the Jewish State for many years. "It's great to be here at last," said Capt. Stefan Abrahamson, a Christian business leader who initiated the cruise. "We will be here for 11 days, we came here because Sweden's image in Israel is very bad and we are here to express our sorrow over this."

“Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East that is built upon ideals which are central throughout the western world, such as equality. However, Israel is the only country which my country condemns,” he continued. “We are here to tell Israelis: 'We love you,' we are standing behind you and want to show our solidarity with you.


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