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U.S., UK, and Australia form pro-Israel trio

Posted by Tip Staff - January 20, 2017
The leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia are poised to usher in a new era of pro-Israel relations, according to a Times of Israel piece published Thursday. Their strong support veers on “unconditional,” the author wrote.

“We do not believe that it is appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically elected government of an ally,” a spokesperson for British Prime Minister Theresa May said in response to former Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent speech, which was largely panned as anti-Israel and a step backwards for the peace process. The settlements “are far from the only problem in this conflict. In particular, the people of Israel deserve to live free from the threat of terrorism, with which they have had to cope for too long.”

Likewise, last month’s United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334—which castigated Israel—was blasted by the Australian Prime Minister as “one-sided” and “deeply unsettling.” Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said her country would have likely opposed such a measure.

Newly elected President Donald Trump has previously voiced strong support for the Jewish State, and The Israel Project wishes him great success in continuing the unbreakable bond between Israel and the United States. It seems that he may have a number of allied countries behind him.

An operative of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas was killed in the collapse of an attack tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday, The Times of Israel reported.

Hamas spends an estimated $40 million of its $100 million military budget on building tunnels into Israel that can be used in future terrorist attacks. An Israeli official estimated last July that Hamas digs some six miles of tunnels every month. Gen. Yossi Kuperwasser, formerly the head of the research division of Israeli military intelligence and later the director general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, told reporters last May that the tunnels were a sign that Hamas is preparing for another war against Israel. “They definitely invest a lot in making the necessary preparations so that in the next round, when they decide to start it, they will be able to inflict the heaviest damage on Israel, including through those tunnels,” he said.

The police chief of Whitefish, Montana has nailed a mezuzah to the doorway of his police station in solidarity with the Jews of the town, where a planned neo-Nazi march was set to take place, The Forward reported Thursday.

During a visit to Whitefish by Orthodox rabbis from the U.S. and Canada, Rabbi Adam Scheier from Montreal asked Police Chief William Dial whether he would be interested in placing a mezuzah — a small case that holds four sections of the Bible — on his office door.

According to a social media post by Scheier, Dial said, “No, I won’t put it on my office door. I want to put in a more central location, where everyone will see it.”

Dial then proceeded to attach the mezuzah, which is made of Jerusalem stone, to a door that “every police officer passes upon entering the station,” Scheier wrote.

Israeli and Jewish American humanitarian aid organizations have launched an emergency mission to deliver warm clothing to Syrian refugees suffering from sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall in Greece. The extreme wintry weather has made life in the refugee camps even more difficult than usual. The non-governmental international humanitarian aid organizations, Amaliah (based in New York) and iAID (based in Tel Aviv) are currently in Greece with a team of five Israeli and Jewish American relief workers. The relief workers are bringing winter clothing and blankets to refugees on the island of Lesbos. The 1.5 tons of supplies were gathered via donations from ordinary Israelis and sorted, packed, and readied for shipment. (via Israel21c)

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