Middle East Update 2018 – Embassy Move, Abbas Sick….


Amir’s update from Tel Aviv. He addresses Putin’s speech, Netanyahu’s visit to Washington, Iran’s threat to resume enrichment of uranium, Guatemala’s embassy move to Jerusalem, Syria and much more.

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Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem in May


Screen Shot 2018-03-05 at 9.45.44.pngGuatemala announces embassy move to Jerusalem in May: Morales: I would like to thank President Trump for leading the way. His courageous decision has encouraged us to do what is right.

Guatemala will also relocate it’s embassy to Jerusalem in May of this year.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales made the announcement during a speech at the AIPAC annual conference in Washington Sunday. He stated “In May of this year, we will celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary and under my instructions two days after the US will move its embassy, Guatemala will return and permanently move its embassy to Jerusalem.”… more

Russia to Israel: We will defend you if Iran attacks, but also defend Iran’s presence in Syria


“If Iran attacks Israel, Russia will stand alongside the US to defend Israel,” said Russian ambassador to Israel Alexander Shein at the Munich security conference last week – in a mixed message from Moscow. This assurance is part of the effort Moscow has been making for some time to allay Israel’s concerns and stop the Netanyahu government from agitating against the peril posed by an Iranian military presence in Syria. The Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu carried this message when he paid an unprecedented visit to Jerusalem last October.

DEBKAfile’s sources note, however, that since the Kremlin is broadcasting contradictory messages, Israel’s concerns are far from being allayed. One the one hand, the Russians, knowing they can’t alter Tehran’s implacable aspiration to “wipe Israel off the map,” are promising to defend the Jewish State and even line up with the United States for this purpose. But on the other, Russian policy-makers seem to believe that Israel ought to be satisfied with their guarantee of safety and understand that it has nothing to fear from the Iranian military sitting permanently in its Syrian back yard. That being so, Israel has no reasonable cause to attack Iranian targets in Syria. Therefore, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps may continue to establish bases under their command in Syria.

Moscow’s affirmation of the Iranian presence in Syria as a fact of life is also intended to reach Washington. If Iranian military bases in Syria are no threat to Israel, because of Moscow’s guarantee, neither should it concern the United States… more

U.S. OFFICIALS: TRUMP, NETANYAHU TO MEET AT WHITE HOUSE ON MARCH 5


Trump NetanyahuWASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a meeting at the White House on March 5, two US officials said on Friday.

“The president has a great relationship with the prime minister and looks forward to meeting with him,” a White House official said.

The meeting will be the fifth between Trump and Netanyahu since Trump took office in January 2017 and comes as Netanyahu faces a legal firestorm at home.

The leaders have twice met at the White House, in February and May 2017. The two leaders’ last meeting came on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January…. more

Netanyahu: Jerusalem is the capital of Israel whether the UN recognizes it or not


NET.jpgAhead of UN General Assembly Thursday, Prime Minister Netanyahu refers to UN as “house of lies”, thanks Trump and Haley; Erdogan: Mr. Trump, you cannot buy Turkey’s democratic will with your dollars, Dec. 21, 2017.

Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the United Nations General Assembly emergency session scheduled for Thursday, referring to the United Nations as “the house of lies” and rejecting today’s vote on Jerusalem.

The Prime Minister made the remarks on Thursday morning where he spoke about Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “whether the UN recognized it or not”. He stated on Thursday morning ahead of the General Assembly session “Today is a very important day in Israel and outside Israel. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel whether the UN recognizes it or not. It took 70 years for the US to officially recognize it and it will take more years until the UN also recognizes it.”…. more

Netanyahu: Israel already holding talks with other countries, who will make a similar recognition


Netanyahu’s public address on Monday evenings (GPO)PM addresses Wednesday’s historic events to Israel FM, “Israel already holding talks with other countries, who will make a similar recognition, Dec. 7, 2017.

Prime Minister Netanyahu again addressed Wednesday’s historic event, speaking to Israel’s Foreign Ministry Thursday morning. He reported that Israel is “already holding talks with other countries, who will make a similar recognition.”

He started by stating “We were all excited last night to hear President Trump’s historical announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This announcement, obviously, is based on ancient rights. The Jewish people made Jerusalem their capital 3,000 years ago. This is where our forefathers walked, this is where our kings ruled. This is where our prophets prophesied. This is where our roots are buried. This is, in essence, our identity card.”… read more

UN Security Council to meet on Jerusalem recognition Friday


UNSC.jpgEight of 15 member states call for meeting on Jerusalem; Turkey claims international laws violated; Arab world condemns USA decision, claims peace process ruined; Netanyahu reports countries already in talks with Israel for moving their embassies; The Philippines to move embassy to Jerusalem, Czech recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Dec. 7, 2017.

The United Nations Security Council will meet on Friday to address the United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as countries globally condemn the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Eight of the fifteen-member council, including Bolivia, the UK, Egypt, France, Italy, Senegal, Sweden and Uruguay called for the meeting following Trump’s address Wednesday, with Turkey’s representative to the United Nations accusing Israel of international law violations…. read more

Iraq and Iran refuse humanitarian aid from Israel following earthquake


Screen Shot 2017-11-15 at 13.09.23.pngPM confirms Israel offered direct assistance to Iran and Iraq following earthquake; Red Cross in Iraq and Iran refuse assistance; Netanyahu: Our humanity is greater than their hatred. Israel continues to be a light unto the nations, Nov. 15, 2017.

Israel offered humanitarian aid and support following the earthquake that killed over 500 and injured close to 8,000 Saturday, Iran and Iraq refusing the assistance.

Israel, as with all global natural disasters, attempted to act as a first responder to Iran and Iraq crisis contacting the Red Cross in both countries, both states refusing any assistance from the Jewish State. Prime Minister Netanyahu offered direct assistance and supplies, with the IDF Homefront Command preparing medical and search and rescue teams…. read more