Obama, Netanyahu Address Iran at AIPAC ConferenceOn March 5th, U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the AIPAC Conference. Due to its significance, this online issue of Israel Matters! reproduces their speeches in their entirety.click Israel Matters! 57 to read the complete issue.
Obama: US In “Lockstep” With Israel On Iran NukesPresident Barack Obama says the United States is working in “lockstep” with Israel to solve the brewing crisis over Iran’s disputed nuclear program. Obama also said that the United States does not think Israel has decided whether to attack Iran, and that he hopes the standoff can be resolved diplomatically.Click Israel Matters! 56 to read the complete issue.
Technion-Israel and Cornell Win Global Competition To Create Super Science School in NYCNew York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Cornell University President David J. Skorton, and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology President Peretz Lavie recently announced an historic partnership to build a two million-square-foot applied science and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City. “Thanks to this outstanding partnership and groundbreaking proposal from Cornell and the Technion, New York City’s goal of becoming the global leader in technological innovation is now within sight,” said Mayor Bloomberg.Click Israel Matters! 55 to read the complete issue.
Mossad Linked to Iranian Military BlastReports claim the Israeli secret service, the Mossad, was recently behind a huge blast at an Iranian facility that killed an Iranian missile development pioneer. The blast, which killed 17 people and wounded15, gained widespread coverage in the Israeli media. While Iranian officials insisted the explosion at the Bid Ganeh base was accidental and caused by the movement of ammunition, claims from anonymous western and Israeli officials that the blast was a covert Israeli operation have gained momentum.Click Israel Matters! 54 to read the complete issue.
Canadians Rally Around Israel After Palestinian Success at UNESCOCanada joined the United States and Israel in cutting funding to UNESCO. The move comes after the vote by the 194 members of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to accept Palestine as a member. The Canadian government said it was withdrawing the voluntary contribution to the UN body in response to the recent decision to accept Palestine as a member.Click Israel Matters! 53 to read the complete issue.
Netanyahu Speaks at UN General Assembly. Israeli Prime Minister Responds to Palestinian Bid for Unilateral Statehood.On September 23rd, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the U.N. focusing primarily on the Palestinians’ statehood bid. Due to its significance, this online issue of Israel Matters! reproduces that speech in its entirety.click Israel Matters! 52 to read the complete issue.
Turkey Suspends Trade, Defense Ties with Israel Warns Navy Will Defend New Gaza FlotillaTurkey says it is “totally suspending” all trade and military ties with Israel as relations between the two countries continue to worsen. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the freeze, a day after Turkey ordered all senior Israeli diplomats to leave the country. Erdogan also said he may visit the Gaza Strip, but would finalize plans after speaking to Egyptian officials.click Israel Matters! 51 to read the complete issue.
Netanyahu Lobbies World Envoys Against Palestinian Statehood BidIsrael is prepared to make concessions, but the Palestinians have shown no indication of a willingness on their own for compromise, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said recently to a group of 18 ambassadors to Washington from Asian, European, African and Latin American countries who don’t usually vote for Israel at the UN.click Israel Matters! 50 to read the complete issue.
Obama: Israel’s 1967 Borders as Starting Point for Peace DealPresident Obama has begun a new effort to break the stalemate in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by setting out a new starting point for negotiations. A day before the arrival in Washington of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Mr. Obama declared that the prevailing borders before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war — adjusted to some degree to account for Israeli settlements in the West Bank — should be the basis of a deal.click Israel Matters! 49 to read the complete issue.
Netanyahu: Palestinian Alliance is Mortal Blow to Peace and Prize for TerrorismRival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have signed a landmark reconciliation pact ending a four-year rift that had divided the territory envisioned for a future Palestinian state. The deal plunged Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking deeper into uncertainty as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a “mortal blow to peace.”Click Israel Matters! 48 to read the complete issue.