Friday, March 31, 2017
ISRAEL CUTS UN PAYMENT BY 2 MILLION OVER ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE
THIS IS NO APRIL FOOLS JOKE. THIS IS A TRUE STORY HOW GREAT GOD IS BY HEALING A LITTLE GREY SQIRREL WHEN HE MUST HAVE BEEN HIT BY A CAR. AND WAS PARALIZED FROM JUST UNDER HE OR SHES PAWS. IT ALL STARTED BACK IN NOVEMBER OF 2016 SOME DAY. WHEN OUT SIDE MY BACK DOOR. I HEARD MY NEIGHBOUR TALKING TO ANOTHER. IT SOUNDED LIKE A COMMOTION. SO I WENT OUTSIDE. I ASKED-WHATS GOING ON OUT HERE. ONE OF THE NEIGHBOURS SAID TO ME. THERES A SQUIRREL THAT MUST HAVE GOT HIT BY A CAR. AND IS PARALIZED FROM JUST UNDER THE NECK DOWN. THE ONLY 2 PAWS THAT WORKED. WAS THE 2 PAWS BY HIS HEAD. THE REST OF THE SQUIRRELS BODY WAS LIMP AND USELESS. THE SQUIRREL WAS CLIMBING UP THE TREE WITH ITS 2 PAWS ONLY. THIS GREY SQUIRREL WITH SOME BROWN FUR WAS ONE OF THE SUIRRELS THAT EVERY DAY CAME TO EAT BREAD FROM MY BACK YARD-I PUT OUT. I KNEW IT WAS THE ONE THAT ATE MY BREAD BECAUSE IT WAS THE ONLY GREY SUIRREL WITH THIS BROWN FUR IN A CERTAIN SPOT ON IT. SO I WENT OUT WITH A BROOM AND SHOVEL TO TRY TO MAKE THE SQUIRREL COME DOWN FROM THE TREE. BUT IT FELL FROM THE TREE WHEN I TRYED TO GET IT. AND THE SQUIRREL WENT TO ANOTHER TREE. AND CLIMBED UP IT WITH ITS 2 FRONT PAWS ONLY AND PARALIZED BODY. THEN I TRYED TO GET IT DOWN FROM THAT TREE. IT FELL AGAIN. AND RUSHED OFF INTO THE TREES OUT BACK. AND I THOUGHT TO MYSELF. WELL MY LITTLE PAL SQUIRREL WILL JUST DIE IN THE WOODS THERE. I CALL IT MY LITTLE PAL. BECAUSE EVERY TIME THERE WAS NO BREAD OR SEEDS IN THE BOWLS. THIS SQUIRREL WOULD LOOK IN MY WINDOW AT ME. TO FILL THE FOOD UP AGAIN. AND IT ALWAYS KNOWS I AM ON THE COMPUTER ALOT. GETTING STORIES FOR MY SITE. ALMOST EVERY DAY. SO THE SQURREL WOULD LOOK THREW MY WINDOW AT THE COMPUTER TO GET MY ATTENTION TO GET MORE FOOD OUTSIDE FOR IT. I THOUGHT THAT WAS SO CUTE. WHEN THE SQUIRREL LOOKED AT ME LIKE THAT. OK SO BACK TO THE MIRACLE. SO I THOUGHT THE SQUIRREL WOULD JUST DIE. SINCE IT WAS PARALIZED FROM JUST UNDER THE NECK DOWN. THEN ABOUT 3 DAYS AGO. I LOOKED OUT. AND THERE WAS MY LITTLE PAL EATING BREAD AGAIN. I COULD TELL IT WAS HIM BECAUSE JUST UNDER HIS NECK. YOU CAN CLEARLY TELL IT WAS INJURED IN SOME WAY. BUT THAT SQUIRREL WHICH IS SKINNIER THEN HE WAS BACK IN NOVEMBER. IS COMPLETELY HEALED. AND IS NOT PARALIZED ANY MORE. ITS WALKING-PLAYING NORMALLY. I WAS JUST IN SHOCK. BUT SO HAPPY ALSO. THAT GOD ANSWERED MY PRAYER. AS I PRAYED THAT GOD WOULD HEAL THAT SQUIRREL AND NOT LET IT DIE. AND NOW 4 MONTHS LATER. IN MARCH OF 2017-GOD HAS HEALED THE SQUIRREL. AND IT COMES AND EATS BREAD. AND SEEDS NOW. LIKE IT USED TO EVERY DAY BEFORE IT WAS PARALIZED FROM THE 2 FRONT PAWS DOWN. THANK YOU GOD (JESUS) FOR HEALING MY LITTLE PAL THE SQUIRREL. SO I CAN WATCH HIM EAT FOOD. AND HE CAN LOOK IN MY WINDOW AGAIN. WHEN THE FOOD BOWL IS EMPTY. IF GOD HEALS CUTE LITTLE SQUIRRELS. HOW MUCH MORE. WILL GOD HEAL US. SEE GOD IS NO RESPECTOR OF HIS CREATIONS. HE TAKES CARE AND HEALS ANIMALS AND PEOPLE. THANK YOU AGAIN KING JESUS FOR THE BLESSING OF HEALING THAT CUTE LITTLE SQUIRREL. SO I CAN WATCH IT EAT OUTSIDE MY BACK DOOR.
KEVIN J JOHNSTON - STOP MUSLIM PRAYERS IN SCHOOLS - I AGREE
PM said set to seek top ministers’ approval for new settlement-Despite Trump’s request that Israel hold off on West Bank construction, Netanyahu may push ahead Thursday on new site for Amona evacuees-By Times of Israel staff March 30, 2017, 1:02 am
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will seek cabinet backing Thursday to build a new settlement to house the families evicted from the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona last month, Israel’s Channel 2 TV reported Wednesday evening.The move would fly in the face of US President Donald Trump’s demand of Netanyahu, at their joint press conference last month, that Israel “hold back” on West Bank settlement construction, and despite the failure of several efforts since then to formulate a coordinate Israeli-Us position on settlements.The security cabinet is set to convene Thursday evening to discuss West Bank settlement construction and the ongoing efforts to reach an understanding with the Trump administration on his government’s settlement policies, Channel 2 reported. It said the prime minister would seek his top ministers’ approval for the new settlement for Amona evacuees, despite not having an agreement with Trump, because he is under considerable pressure from them to honor his obligation to build them a new settlement.Netanyahu will deliver his first report in three weeks to the security cabinet on the progress of talks with the US Trump administration about limiting West Bank settlement construction, the report said.At a press conference following their first summit in Washington last month, Trump told Netanyahu, “I’d like you to hold back on settlements for a little bit.”But despite several rounds of discussions, no agreement has yet been reached.An unnamed senior Israeli official told the Haaretz newspaper that one of the main gaps that still existed between Israel and the US concerned building of the new settlement for Amona evacuees.Netanyahu promised the evacuees that he would build a new settlement for them and that the process would begin by the end of March. He has repeated his pledge several times in recent weeks.To date, Netanyahu has only involved close confidantes in the talks with the US, including Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, who is responsible for the bodies that plan and build in the West Bank.A series of meetings in Washington on the issue last week followed Trump’s special envoy for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt’s trip to the region, in which he met with both Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to try and jumpstart peace talks.In those talks in Jerusalem, Greenblatt reportedly demanded that Israel halt all construction in isolated West Bank settlements and put curbs on new building inside the major settlement blocs, but Netanyahu was said to have rejected the idea. An official in the Israeli prime minister’s office denied that any such terms had been advanced by Greenblatt.Greenblatt on Wednesday wrapped up his attendance at the Arab League summit in Jordan. On Tuesday, he met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is due in Washington in April at the invitation of Trump.Netanyahu will also brief ministers on Trump’s reported intention to try to launch a new Israeli-Palestinian peace effort soon, the TV report said Wednesday.
Israel cuts UN payment by $2 million over ‘anti-Israel’ bias-Funds will be diverted to development programs in countries that support Israel in international forums, Foreign Ministry says-By AP and AFP March 30, 2017, 4:19 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Israel announced Wednesday it is reducing its required payment to the United Nations by $2 million following recent “anti-Israel” votes.Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the decision to reduce the annual payment was taken following votes critical of Israel at the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, and condemned the “obsessional discrimination against Israel on the part of the United Nations and its agencies.”The General Assembly requires all 193 UN member states to pay a percentage of the United Nations’ regular budget, based on their GDP. According to the UN Secretariat, Israel is expected to pay about $11 million this year, or 0.43 percent of the regular budget.Under Article 19 of the UN Charter, any country in arrears of its dues payments in an amount that equals or exceeds the contributions due for two preceding years can lose its vote in the General Assembly. As of March 15, three countries were banned from voting because of arrears — Libya, Sudan and Venezuela.Israel’s refusal to pay $2 million of its dues will put the country in arrears, but it won’t immediately lose its vote in the world body.Nahshon said the money held back from the United Nations will be used for development projects in countries that support Israel in international organizations.The highest percentage that a country can pay to the UN regular budget was cut from 25 percent to 22 percent in response to demands by the United States, the world organization’s largest contributor. It pays 22 percent of the $2.6 billion regular budget, with Japan second at about 9.7 percent.The United States is seeking unspecified cuts in payments to the United Nations, especially for the 16 far-flung UN peacekeeping operations that are financed through a separate budget.The Jewish state had already cut $6 million from its contribution of $11.7 million following a UN Security Council resolution passed in December condemning Israel’s settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories, a foreign ministry spokesman said.Last week, a United Nations rights expert issued a blistering criticism of Israel’s policies, deepening a row over alleged anti-Israel bias within the UN following US pressure.In a report, the UN special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories, Michael Lynk, charged Israel with “the subjugation of (Palestinians’) humanity” and intensifying a crackdown on human rights campaigners.Lynk made the claims in a report presented to the UN rights council during the Geneva-based body’s mandated session on Israel, known as Agenda Item Seven.Israel is the only country targeted with a dedicated rights council agenda item.Israel and the United States decry what they see as an entrenched UN bias against the Jewish state and an obsession with the Palestinian issue at the expense of other crises and human rights issues around the globe. But Israel is especially critical of the makeup of the Human Rights Council whose members include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, China and Cuba.US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has publicly threatened to withdraw from the council over its “biased agenda item against Israel.”
Israel's National Library publishes 1943 note, in which SS chief also commiserates on the 'unhappy' anniversary of the Balfour Declaration-In rediscovered telegram, Himmler offers Jerusalem’s Mufti help against ‘Jewish intruders’-Hitler’s deputy assures pro-Nazi Haj Amin al-Husseini of Nazis‘ ‘particular sympathy‘ for struggle of ‘freedom-loving Arabs’ of Palestine and beyond-By Sue Surkes March 30, 2017, 3:53 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
A telegram from Heinrich Himmler to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem has been found in the archives of Israel’s National Library.Believed to have been sent in 1943, it contains a promise by Hitler’s deputy to Haj Amin al-Husseini that the German Reich will stand behind the Arabs of Palestine and support their struggle against “Jewish intruders.”Published on the library website on Wednesday, the telegraph notes that the struggle against world Jewry has been a principle of the German National Socialists from the start, and that the regime has always followed “with particular sympathy,” the struggle of “freedom-loving Arabs,” especially those in Palestine battling the Jews.“The joint recognition of the enemy and the struggle together against it are what build the solid basis between the National Socialists of Greater Germany and freedom-loving Muslims of the world,” Himmler wrote.The telegram concludes with the SS chief sending the Mufti his warm greetings on the “unhappy” anniversary of the Balfour Declaration and best wishes for the continuation of the struggle.The Balfour Declaration, signed on November 2, 1917, by the UK’s then foreign secretary, Arthur James Balfour, announced the British government’s intention to facilitate “a national home for the Jewish people” in the Land of Israel.It was seen as giving the Zionist movement official recognition and backing on the part of a major power, on the eve of the British conquest of the then-Ottoman territory of Palestine.A telegram from senior Nazi Heinrich Himmler to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, probably dating to 1943, found in the archives of the National Library, March 29, 2017.A telegram from senior Nazi Heinrich Himmler to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, probably dating to 1943, found in the archives of the National Library, March 29, 2017.Husseini fled Palestine in 1937 after the issue of a British warrant for his arrest for involvement in the Arab revolt, which began the year before.He fled to Iraq via Lebanon, where he linked up with a pro-Nazi group behind a short-lived military coup against the pro-British regime in Baghdad in 1941, then fled again, eventually reaching Berlin later that year.In Berlin, he had a 90-minute meeting with Hitler, presenting himself as the representative of all Arabs and all Muslims.When they met, both men still believed that Germany was going to win the war and their discussions focused on how the Arabs could play a role in a German victory.The mufti sought Nazi support for Arab independence from colonial powers and wanted to have the British and the French thrown out of the Middle East. He also wanted the Nazis to promise that they would not send any Jews to Palestine.“The mufti failed to achieve most of his goals,” Esther Webman, senior research fellow at the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University, said. “Nazi Germany did not declare its support for the idea of Arab independence and the Nazi leadership exploited it in order to achieve its own goals. ”“Furthermore, his efforts to agitate the Arabs of the Middle East against their colonial rulers during WWll did not succeed. His one significant achievement was his success, in a number of cases, in preventing Jews from going to Palestine during the war.”
Ivanka Trump to become official White House employee-First daughter will serve as unpaid assistant to the president, after outcry over ethicality of informal position-By Catherine Lucey and Julie Bykowicz March 30, 2017, 3:45 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump is officially joining her father’s administration as an unpaid employee, after her plans to serve in a more informal capacity were questioned by ethics experts.The first daughter announced Wednesday that she will serve as an unpaid employee in the White House, saying she had “heard the concerns some have with my advising the President in my personal capacity.” She added that she has been “working in good faith with the White House Counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role.”The news about Ivanka Trump was first reported by The New York Times. A White House official said her title will be Assistant to the President.In a statement, the White House said it was “pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as First Daughter and in support of the President. ”Trump previously announced she was getting a West Wing office and a security clearance, but would not officially join the administration. That decision had drawn criticism from ethics experts.Several attorneys and government watchdog leaders last week wrote a letter to White House counsel Don McGahn asking him to reconsider his approval of Ivanka Trump serving her father without becoming an official government employee. Such a designation carries with it the requirement to follow an array of transparency and ethical provisions, including a law prohibiting conflicts of interest.Trump had said she’d voluntarily follow such provisions.Norman Eisen, who was President Barack Obama’s ethics counselor, was among those who signed the letter. He said that “for a change in what has largely been an ethics disaster, the White House came to their senses. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn out to be an isolated moment of sanity.”Fred Wertheimer, president of the government watchdog group Democracy 21 and a co-writer of the letter to McGahn, said he commended Ivanka Trump for formalizing her status. “Democracy 21 praises Ms. Trump for her decision, which recognizes that it would have been wrong for her to function as a White House employee and not be subject to the same rules that apply to other White House employees,” he said in a statement.Ivanka Trump’s attorney Jamie Gorelick said she will file the financial disclosures required of federal employees and will be bound by official ethics rules.“Ivanka’s decision reflects both her commitment to compliance with federal ethics standards and her openness to opposing points of view,” Gorelick said.Trump had already sought to distance herself from her business interests.She continues to own her brand. But she has handed daily management to the company president and has set up a trust to provide further oversight. The business cannot make deals with any foreign state, and the trustees will confer with Gorelick over any new agreements. Ivanka Trump will also be able to veto proposed new transactions.With the Trump Organization, Ivanka Trump has stepped down from a leadership role and will receive fixed payments rather than a share of the profits.
David Friedman sworn in as Trump’s envoy to Israel-Pence administers oath of office to former bankruptcy lawyer, a staunch supporter of the Jewish state and first Trump ambassador to take office-By AP and Times of Israel staff March 30, 2017, 1:39 am
Bankruptcy attorney David Friedman has been sworn in as US envoy to Israel, becoming President Donald Trump’s first ambassador to take office.Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office Wednesday to Friedman, who is Trump’s former bankruptcy lawyer.Pence called Israel the United States’ “most cherished ally,” while Israel’s envoy to Washington Ron Dermer was present for the ceremony.The Senate confirmed Friedman’s nomination by a vote of 52-46 last week, largely along party lines.Lawmakers brushed aside complaints from Democrats that Friedman lacked the temperament for such a top-flight diplomatic post. At his Senate confirmation hearing in February, Friedman acknowledged making incendiary comments about former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and liberal Jewish advocacy groups.“David, you literally were born for this job,” Pence said. “It is because of families like yours that the Jewish people are such a beautiful thread in the fabric of this nation.”The son of an Orthodox rabbi, Friedman has been a fervent supporter of Israeli settlements and an opponent of Palestinian statehood.Speaking after taking the oath, Friedman said that the fact that he was the first envoy approved by the Senate and sworn in “speaks volumes about how highly the Trump-Pence administration prioritizes our unbreakable bond with the State of Israel.”“I’ve also been deeply inspired by the leadership of Secretary [of State Rex] Tillerson, and I look forward to working with him to promote peace and stability within the Middle East,” Friedman said.
US Jewish leader warns Palestinians will cite forthcoming report to demand compensation from Israel-Planned study by UN body behind ‘apartheid’ report to compare Israel to US slavery-After its last report was rejected, and its director quit in protest, ESCWA now working on ‘project to calculate cost of Israeli occupation,’ looking at South Africa and US as models for future reparations-By Eric Cortellessa March 29, 2017, 9:10 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
WASHINGTON — The Lebanon-based United Nations agency that was recently forced to remove a report on its website accusing Israel of establishing an “apartheid regime” will soon release another appraisal of alleged Israeli malfeasance, The Times of Israel has learned.The UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) is currently planning to publish a report that will evaluate “the cost of the Israeli occupation” over the Palestinian territories, while looking at examples from apartheid in South Africa and slavery in the United States.While the exact publication date is yet to be determined, it is slated to coincide with the 50-year anniversary of the1967 Six Day War this June, marking a half-century since Israel captured the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights.ESCWA’s last report on Israel accused the Jewish state of a policy of apartheid against the Palestinians, the first time the term was used by the world body.The publication was met with Israeli and American anger and it was quickly trashed by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, with ESCWA head Rima Khalaf resigning in protest.The new report, a joint project by ESCWA and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), will aim for the first time to put a dollar figure on 50 years of Israeli control of areas Palestinians claim for their own state.The aim of the study will be to provide a framework for future reparations, which will be based on examples drawn from South Africa’s apartheid regime and slavery in the United States.“ESCWA and UNCTAD have just begun to work together on a project to calculate the cost of the Israeli occupation,” Nabil Abu-Dargham, the head of ESCWA’s communication and information unit, told The Times of Israel.“This research project is complex and will draw from a number of disciplines,” Abu-Dargham added. “It is way too early to be decisive on the duration of research and the outcome.”During ESCWA’s 29th Ministerial Session December 2016, in Doha, Qatar, the body passed Resolution 326 (XXIX) mandating that agency work on a research project dealing with the topic.At the confab, the agency formulated what they called “an innovative methodology to accurately assess the direct and indirect cumulative costs of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.”“This effort is unprecedented in terms of the depth and scope of the analysis,” said the document outlining its plans. “The methodology aims to accurately determine the multilayered cost of occupation across all sectors.”The document outlining the research proposal has a section titled “Previous Experiences from Other Regions” — which mentions proposals for assessing the costs to the black population that suffered under South Africa’s Apartheid regime and proposals to grant reparations to African Americans in the United States based off that country’s history of slavery.The outline for the study that delineates its “premises and approach for calculating the cumulative cost of the occupation” claims these comparisons are vital to the process.“It is necessary to consider experiences from other regions to assess the damage resulting from the injustices that various peoples, social groups and countries have been exposed to,” it says.‘These experiences can be useful in the context of measuring the cumulative and comprehensive cost of the Israeli occupation.’“An initial assessment reveals that these experiences are directly linked to the issue of reparations, focusing on individual compensation,” the text goes on. “Despite the absence of such a methodology to calculate the cost of long-term practices, these experiences can be useful in the context of measuring the cumulative and comprehensive cost of the Israeli occupation.”Citing an assessment from South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, it says “two types of such compensation were approved for Apartheid victims in South Africa: urgent interim reparations for victims and their families in dire need of medical, emotional, educational or financial assistance; and individual reparations paid annually for six years.”Looking at attempts in the US to provide reparations for descendants of slaves, the study outline notes that “stakeholders have not identified an effective methodology, thus impeding the achievement of justice through reparations for victims of slavery.”UNCTAD put out a report on estimating costs in September 2016 and other studies have also assessed the economic costs to Israel’s military presence in the West Bank, but this is likely the first to compare Israel’s experience to South African apartheid or American slavery.A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said while Jerusalem was unfamiliar with the upcoming report, it rejected ESCWA’s attempts to “delegitimize Israel.”“ESCWA continues its work, as seen in previous reports meant to delegitimize Israel, work that has been rejected not only by Israel but by other countries in the region and the UN’s secretary general. We continue to reject anti-Israel reports,” said Michal Maayan, a deputy spokesperson at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem. “We reject the continuous efforts to delegitimize Israel by writing new reports regarding the situation in the area.”A source in Jerusalem said another ESCWA report on alleged human rights abuses by Israel and other Western countries had been quietly shelved before it was released.Malcolm Hoenlein, who heads the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, expressed hopes this new report would also never see the light of day, predicting the study would be used as an instrument against Israel.“We hope the United Nations will work to prevent its publication and distribution and posting it online,” he said.The report will “be used by the Palestinians, either in negotiations or even going to an international court and making demands on Israel for compensation, saying, ‘Well, look, a UN agency evaluated it,'” he told The Times of Israel.The report methodology outline itself says it aims to provide the “necessary tools to support the Palestinian people by revealing the impact of occupation on the economy and society” and that “broadening the scope of support material increases the ability to raise awareness of Palestinian rights and the parameters of international law that should be taken into account when considering the Israeli occupation and its practices.”In an interview Tuesday evening, Hoenlein also questioned whether the cost of Israel’s presence in the West Bank could even be tallied.“There’s no way that you can calculate that cost or even define it,” he said. “They claim that they have developed new methodologies in order to calculate it. This is at the very least specious.”ESCWA head Khalaf resigned her post on March 17 after Guterres insisted that the group’s previous report on Israel be removed from the agency’s website.That report had concluded that “Israel has established an apartheid regime that systematically institutionalizes racial oppression and domination of the Palestinian people as a whole.”It’s not clear if the resignation of Khalaf, long criticized by Israeli officials for her perceived anti-Israel positions, will affect the new study. The authors have not yet been named.The shelved document was compiled by Richard Falk, a Princeton professor emeritus with a long track record of vehemently anti-Israel rhetoric who previously served as the UN’s Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Palestine.Virginia Tilley, an American political scientist who authored the 2005 book “The One-State Solution,” also worked on the project that said Israel was guilty of “racial domination” over the Palestinians.Khalaf’s stepping down came after the Trump administration vehemently called for the report’s removal.US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said America was “outraged” by the report and dismissed ESCWA’s capacity to render an honest assessment of the Israeli-Palestinian situation.“That such anti-Israel propaganda would come from a body whose membership nearly universally does not recognize Israel is unsurprising,” she said.ESCWA latest Israeli-focused report comes to light to light just after Haley delivered an impassioned talk to the AIPAC’s annual policy conference Tuesday, in which she repeatedly said the US would no longer tolerate UN hostility to Israel.“If you challenge us, be prepared for what you’re challenging us for, because we will respond,” she exclaimed, telling the crowd she has sent a message to the world body at large that “the days of Israel bashing are over and that “there’s a new sheriff in town.”On Wednesday, Haley continued to attack the UN at a conference organized at the world body to address the challenges of the anti-Israel Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement.“The effort to delegitimize the state of Israel being waged on college campuses and the anti-Israel obsession at the UN are one in the same. They both seek to deny Israel’s right to exist,” she said.Raphael Ahren and Dov Lieber contributed to this report.
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