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Jan 23, 2015

This week in Israel begin with an alleged strike by Israeli forces in Syria. The attack killed six Hezbollah operatives and an Iranian General. On Wednesday morning, a Palestinian terrorist attacked a Tel Aviv bus, stabbing 12 people. IPF strongly condemned this attack and continues to hope for a quick and full recover of the victims. Also on Wednesday, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner circumvented the Obama Administration and issued a personal invitation to Prime Minister Netanyahu to address the U.S. congress about Iranian sanctions. The visit will come only weeks before the Israeli election.

Jan 21, 2015

Israel Policy Forum (IPF) strongly condemns today’s terror attack on a Tel Aviv Bus during morning rush hour that left 17 Israelis injured.  This brutal attack - and the appalling and despicable response by Hamas' leaders hailing the terror act as "brave" and "heroic" - should be resoundingly condemned by the international community. Israeli and Palestinian leaders who seek peace must work to calm tensions, not inflame them. 

Jan 16, 2015

This week Israel mourned the tragic terrorist attacks which unfolded in France last week. On Tuesday, the bodies of Yoav Hattab, Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham and Francois-Michel Saada were laid to rest at the Har Hamenuhot cemetery in Jerusalem. Amid this tragedy, Israel continues to prepare for the March elections, with Labor and the Jewish Home completing their primaries this week. Avigdor Lieberman revealed his party’s new slogan yesterday and is expected to announce his party list on Monday. 

Jan 12, 2015

The first week of 2015 has been focused on the Palestinian unilateral measures at the United Nations, particularly the ramifications that could emerge from the State of Palestine’s International Criminal Court (ICC) bid. As a consequence of this bid, Israel announced, on Saturday, that it would freeze the transfer of tax money to the Palestinians, stirring criticism from various officials. In the United States, there has also been much debate over whether or not American funding to the Palestinian Authority will be cut. On Wednesday, the State Department announced that it did not believe that the Palestinian Authority was eligible to join the ICC.  Also on Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his condolences to the French people over the recent terror attack at the Charlie Hebdo magazine office. A poll released on Friday, showed Likud now leading Labor in the polls 25 to 24 seats.

Dec 31, 2014

Israel Policy Forum echoes the statements of US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, that the failed Palestinian bid to gain recognition for statehood by the United Nations Security Council “should serve as a wake-up call to catalyze all interested parties to take constructive, responsible steps to achieve a two-state solution, which remains the only way to bring an end to the ongoing cycle of violence and suffering.”

Dec 22, 2014

IPF would like to wish everyone Chag Sameach and echo President Barack Obama’s Chanukah statement: “Even in the darkest, shortest days of winter, the Festival of Lights brims with possibility and hope. The courage of the Maccabees reminds us that we too can overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. The candles of the Menorah remind us that even the smallest light has the power to shine through the darkness.  And the miracle at the heart of Hanukkah – the oil that lasted for eight nights instead of only one – reminds us that even when the future is uncertain, our best days are yet to come.”     

Dec 17, 2014

IPF Chairman Peter Joseph is quoted in an article by JTA about Jewish U.S. voters concern over the upcoming Israeli elections.  

Dec 12, 2014

On Monday, the Knesset officially passed the bill to dissolve the current parliament and set the elections for March 17, 2015. On Wednesday, Ministers Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni announced that they would run on a joint-ticket in the upcoming elections. Also on Wednesday, during a protest in the West Bank, Palestinian official Ziad Abu Ein, died in what Israeli officials call a heart attack, and Palestinian officials call a murder.  Early today, the Israeli Embassy in Athens Greece was fired upon, and seven Israelis were wounded in an acid terrorist attack in the West Bank.    

Dec 08, 2014

This week in Israel began with instability in the Knesset regarding several controversial legislative measures, including the “Nation-State” bill. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Netanyahu dismissed Ministers Yair Lapid and Tzipi Livni from his cabinet, signaling that Israel would be heading to elections in the coming months. Amid this controversy, another terrorist attack was carried out against Israelis, when two individuals were stabbed and wounded in a Rami Levi supermarket in Mishor Adumim Industrial Park. As Israelis prepare to cast their votes on March 17th, international pressure is growing for an Israeli-Palestinian final-status deal.    

Nov 21, 2014

This week in Israel began amid controversy over the nation-state bill. The bill, which seeks to define Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, has many law makers worried that it would lay the legal groundwork for Israel’s Jewish identity to supersede Israel’s democratic identity, and lead to discrimination against Israel’s minority populations. Also on Sunday, an internal European Union document was leaked which suggested imposing sanctions on Israel in the event Israel takes action in the West Bank that would make the two-state solution impossible. On Tuesday, five Israelis were killed in Jerusalem by two Palestinian terrorists in an attack on a synagogue. This was the deadliest attack on Israeli civilians since 2008. IPF strongly condemned this horrific act and will continue to support diplomatic initiatives that work to prevent terrorism and preserve the opportunity for two states.        

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