Isael Political Brief November 30, 2011: Israel releases Palestinian Authority funds



Israel releases PA funds

Source: JTA, 11-30-11

Israel released $100 million in tax funds it had withheld from the Palestinian Authority.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday the handover of the money, the transfer of which had been frozen on Nov. 1 in response to the Palestinians’ recognition as a state by UNESCO, the United Nations cultural and scientific agency.

Israel, which collects tax and customs on behalf of the Palestinian Authority under interim peace accords from the 1990s, has been troubled by the PA’s lobbying for full U.N. membership as bilateral negotiations remain stalled.

Netanyahu’s office said in a statement that the decision to free the cash, a month’s worth of levies that the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority depends on to pay its civil servants, “followed the cessation of unilateral steps on the part of the Palestinian Authority.”

“In the event of the Palestinian Authority resuming unilateral steps, the money transfer will again be reviewed,” the statement said.

Among those opposed to relinquishing the cash was Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who noted that PA President Mahmoud Abbas has feted terrorists freed by Israel as part of last month’s prisoner swap with Hamas.

But Lieberman, whose Yisrael Beiteinu party is a junior party to Netanyahu’s Likud in the conservative coalition, said Monday that he would not quit the government in protest at a restoration of the PA funds.

Israel Brief November 30, 2011: Adelsons give Birthright Israel another $5 million donation



Adelsons give Birthright another $5 million

Source: JTA, 11-30-11

Sheldon and Miriam Adelson are contributing an additional $5 million to Birthright Israel, which the organization says will move 2,000 applicants from waitlisted to traveling this winter.

The contribution announced Wednesday, a day after the Adelsons were honored in Washington by the group, doubles their contribution for this year to $10 million.

“In light of this announcement, Taglit-Birthright Israel is now sending letters to 2,000 North American young adults who had applied for a trip this winter but were waitlisted, informing them that they will now be able to go on the free, 10-day educational trip in the coming months thanks to the new funding,” the group said. “Nearly 22,500 North Americans had registered for Taglit-Birthright Israel trips this winter and over 10,000 young adults had been waitlisted.”

The Adelsons’ foundation has given Birthright more than $100 million since 2007.

Adelson, a casino magnate, is a major giver to Jewish and conservative causes.

Israel Brief November 29, 2011: World Zionist Organization re-enacts the 1947 recognition of Israel by the UN



“Every Jew Should Learn About This Day”

World Zionist Organization re-enacts the recognition of Israel by the UN. MK Danon: “Every Jew should learn about this day.”


Historical Reenactment of the 29th of November

Historical Reenactment of the 29th of November
Amir Lusky

The World Zionist Organization staged a re-enactment of the November 29, 1947 recognition of Israel by the United Nations in Jerusalem on Tuesday. The dramatic vote in the United Nations 64 years ago gave the British Empire one year to leave the country it had occupied since 1917, after the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

The event featured live entertainment and street performers as well as an address by Jewish Agency chairman and former Prisoner of Zion Natan Sharansky. Other speeches were delivered by World Zionist Organization officials and Knesset Member Danny Danon, chairman of the Knesset Committee for Aliyah, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs.

“We are very happy to be here today to celebrate the decision by the UN in 1947 of a declaration of a Jewish state,” MK Danon told Arutz Sheva.

“I think the main message to the Prime Minister today is not to consider giving any funding to the Palestinian Authority,” he added. “I cannot imagine that [Israel’s first Prime Minister] Ben Gurion would have considered funding a terrorist group.”

The Palestinian Authority recently added November 29 to its list of “catastrophes” besides May 15, the day that Israel declared independence. MK Danon wants to counter the anti-Zionist incitement with a law that would proclaim it “National Zionism Day.”

“It’s very important that every Jew learn about the significance of this day, in the schools, in the synagogues,” he said. “Everyone should celebrate this marvelous day.”

29th of November Reenactment Amir Lusky


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