Barkat 'Puts Another Nail in Jerusalem's Coffin'

Jerusalem Councilman and Israel Land Fund (ILF) Director Arieh King warned on Monday morning that Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is on the verge of passing a new plan, which will whitewash illegal Arab construction in the capital and threaten the fragile demographic balance of the city.

King, who has long warned against Barkat's policies External link that he says constitute a de facto divide of Jerusalem, noted Barkat on Monday morning is "trying to put another nail in the coffin of Jerusalem as a unified city under Israeli sovereignty."

Analysis: White House Intervention Has Gone Too Far

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to the Israeli Arab community on Monday, and he was right to do so.

Since the Likud party's victory in the election a week ago, it seems that we have lost sight of the most important issues, such as housing prices and the emerging nuclear deal with Iran. Instead, with the media's encouragement, we have moved on to the conflicts between the Left and the Right, between Arabs and Jews, between Ashkenazi Jews and Sephardi Jews. We have even witnessed fights between senior journalists on these issues. So what should we do in a situation like this one? First of all, we need to calm down. Netanyahu's apology came precisely in that spirit.

UK Bans Ad for Implying Old Jerusalem Part of Israel

Britain's advertising watchdog banned an Israeli government tourism advert for suggesting that the Old City of Jerusalem was part of Israel on Wednesday.

The newspaper brochure showed a panorama of the walled Old City with the text "Israel has it all", and was ruled misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which said it implied the UNESCO World Heritage Site was part of Israel.

ABCD: Applaud Bibi's Congress Decision

I have opposed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on many occasions but when he does something right, brave and very courageous, I am the first to commend him. His controversial decision to speak in front of the US Congress next week [March 3, 2015] is an example of such an act. In my opinion, it is the greatest thing the Prime Minister has done since taking office, close to seven years ago!

Many people, both in Israel and throughout the United States are worried about souring relations with President Obama and the US administration. These critics claim that this speech is arousing unnecessary tensions between our two countries and causing a rift between us. To them, I have a very simple answer; this act by Prime Minister Netanyahu will accomplish the complete opposite! It will bring respect to Israel — and not just from the USA — but from around the world. It will bring honor to the Jewish Nation and will invigorate our people with positive energy.

Rise of Anti-Semitic Violence in Europe Linked to Fading Memories of Holocaust

World Jewish Congress leader Ronald Lauder said the recent massacres in Paris, which targeted Jews and newspaper satirists, are proof of growing hatred and extremism.

This is the message he plans to stress in his address Tuesday at the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, where the Nazis killed 1.3 million people, most of them Jews. January 27, 2015 marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Ten More Websites About the Holocaust

"I told him that I did not believe that they could burn people in our age, that humanity would never tolerate it ..." — Elie Wiesel, Night

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) is a national day of commemoration in Israel, remembering the six million Jews who were brutally murdered in the Holocaust. The UN General Assembly has also designated January 27 — the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau — as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides. Below are ten websites which focus on the Holocaust. Some of them tell the history of what happened, others give the names of those who died and others provide documents, pictures and other information.

West's Anti-Israel Propaganda Encourages Terror

The West's progressive circles have been waging an incitement campaign against Israel and Zionism for several years now. Many of the West's media outlets define what Israel is doing to the Palestinians [sic] in general, and in Gaza in particular, as genocide, crimes against humanity, and an intentional murder of children and civilians.

Blatant statements against Zionism, Jews, and Israel, which usually include blatant and intimidating lies, are considered part of the circle of enlightenment and progress. They are given a platform in newspapers which are considered to be serious.

Knesset: BDS Movement Fails to Derail Israeli Economy

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has not harmed the Israeli economy, and in some cases Israel's exports have grown in the regions in which the movement has the most traction, according to a recent report commissioned by the Knesset Finance Committee.

"So far, the attempts to boycott Israel have not hurt the Israeli economy on the macro scale.... The boycotts are able to hurt largely the end products of certain Israeli brands. However, since the majority of Israeli exports are intermediate goods, there has not been significant harm done to them," the report said.

New Study of UN Resolution 242 Could Alter Views of Israeli-Arab Conflict

As the UN Security Council and International Criminal Court return to focusing on Israel, an about-to-be-published study reveals new sides to Council Resolution 242, recognized as the key resolution relating to the Israeli-Arab conflict, that could alter perceptions of issues in dispute, especially regarding borders.

According to an article by Prof. Eugene Kontorovich of Northwestern University, to be published soon in the Chicago Journal of International Law, a new side has emerged in the unending debate over the meaning of UNSC Resolution 242, which establishes principles for setting Israeli borders and withdrawal from territories conquered in 1967.

Will the United States Attempt to Renew the Political Process after the Israeli Elections?

In a December 18, 2014 conversation with 28 European ambassadors, US Secretary of State John Kerry asserted that until after the Israeli elections on March 17, 2015, the United States will not allow the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian [sic] peace process. In Kerry's view, insofar as such a resolution would be framed without the input of the Israeli government and would challenge its policies, adoption would only strengthen the elements in the Israeli right opposed to the peace process. Kerry did not rule out some kind of future Security Council intervention in the peace process but refused to go into detail. His remarks came in advance of the Palestinian Authority's attempts to promote a Security Council resolution recognizing a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders and calling for an end to the occupation by 2017. The Palestinians subsequently defied the United States position that the initiative at the Security Council was unacceptable, and on December 30, 2014, submitted their proposed resolution. The resolution, however, failed to muster the required Security Council majority External link, thus obviating any need for a US veto.