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ISRAEL NEWS 21st July 2018

Sent: Saturday 21/Jul/2018 Topic: Israel


Source: CBNNews

As thousands of Iranians took part in protests against the Islamic regime, government officials sought to accuse the United States instead for Iran's economic woes. In a televised speech, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani blamed Washington of waging economic warfare against the country. "As always, America wants to break apart the power, glory of the Islamic Republic of Iran and grandeur of the system and the nation with a new method," Rouhani claimed, as he sought to reassure Iranians growing angrier by the day over the regime's handling of the economy.


"The US cannot defeat our nation nor bring us to our knees," Rouhani said, adding that Washington was waging a "psychological, economic and political war" on Iran. Iran's currency, the rial, has plummeted in recent days against the US dollar prompting thousands of Iranians to protest at Parliament and on the streets of Tehran. Hundreds of people have confronted police in riot gear as traders at Tehran's Grand Bazaar shut down their shops in protest. "This protest is significant," said Dr. Mike Ansari, head of Mohabat TV. "It is the traders of Tehran's Grand Bazaar that have taken to the streets protesting the rising prices and the plummeting value of Iran's currency."


Ansari, who runs a 24-hour Christian satellite network that beams gospel programs into Iran, said traders at the sprawling Grand Bazaar have historically played a significant role in the political affairs of the Islamic republic. Remember, it was this group of traders who were extremely influential in Iranian politics in 1979 when they economically backed the uprising, the revolution against the Shah, and brought Ayatollah Khoemeni to power," Ansari noted. Iranians chanting "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" are a common occurrence. These latest protests were different.


Video uploaded to YouTube showed thousands of angry protesters chanting, "Death to Palestine" and "Death to Syria," an apparent reference to Iran's military engagement in Syria and funding of the terror group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. "Most Iranian families are facing grave economic hardship," Ansari said. "The prices of milk, eggs, meat, bread have skyrocketed, yet Iranian people are witnessing their government investing millions of dollars in expensive regional disputes in Iraq, Syria, Yemen to increase its regional influence, while Iranian people go hungry," Ansari added.


Other videos making rounds on social media appear to show the protestors also chanting, "Death to Dictator." Rouhani told Iranians the government can withstand a new round of US sanctions following President Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. "Even in the worst case, I promise that the basic needs of Iranians will be provided," Rouhani claimed. "We have enough sugar, wheat, and cooking oil. We have enough foreign currency to inject into the market." Yet, hours after making that promise, thousands were back on the streets of Tehran for a second day as frustration grows over the country's worsening economic woes.


Israel's prime minister took to social media to address the protests in Iran. Writing on Facebook, Benjamin Netanyahu said, "Iran has many problems, air pollution, water scarcity, billions wasted on terror." "Can you imagine what would happen if the Iranian government, instead of wasting money in Syria, in Yemen and unnecessary wars in the Middle East, would start investing it in solving these problems in Iran?" Netanyahu asked. "The solution to all these problems is the Iranian people."

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Source: CBNNews

Despite hostilities at the United Nations and looming dangers at home, Israel's UN Ambassador UN Danny Danon remains hopeful for the future and for achieving peace with the Palestinians. "Israel is a young country, we have just celebrated only 70 years of independence. So, maybe it will take another five years, another 10 years, but once we will find a real partner we will be there, we will be willing to work together with them. The same way we did with the Egyptians and the Jordanians," explained the Israeli UN representative. Ambassador Danon made his comments in New York City during an exclusive television interview with CBN's Gordon Robertson.


He said the United Nations remains hostile territory for the Israeli ambassador, but he praised US Ambassador Nikki Haley for changing the atmosphere of the international body. "We still see a lot of hostility, but I feel the change. I feel the change especially since Ambassador Haley stepped in a little bit more than a year ago, we achieved a lot at the UN." Danon told Robertson there's still a big difference between what UN ambassadors tell him privately and how they act publicly. He said privately, ambassadors will reach out to him and say how much they appreciate and admire Israel. But then they still vote against Israel.


"My challenge is to close the gap between the private UN and the public UN," Ambassador Danon said. Robertson asked Danon about the United Nations Refugee and Works Agency (UNRWA) and claims that it will run out of money this summer if the United States withholds $360 million from the agency. "In 1949, it was established to support the Palestinian refugees. And unfortunately, UNRWA, instead of supporting the refugees, they are inciting against Israel." Danon mentioned US taxpayer supported, anti-Israel textbooks supplied to Palestinian schools by UNRWA.


"The US should consider what they are doing with their taxpayer's money. They should support humanitarian causes, but they should not support incitement." Robertson asked the ambassador about the Taylor Force Act, which passed the US House of Representatives last December but had been delayed in the US Senate until just recently. It's designed to end "Pay to Slay", Palestinian Authority payments that reward acts of terrorism against Israel. "I hope it will go through because President Abbas is taking $340 million from the money he gets from the US and other countries and he gives it directly to terrorists who kill Israelis and Americans," explained Danon.


The Taylor Force Act is named after a young American army veteran who, in 2016, was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv. Danon said he met with Taylor's parents recently in New York. "I told them we salute them for the way they speak and present the case of their brave son and I hope the reality will change and American taxpayer's money will not be used to support terrorism."


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Source: CBNNews

Australia will no longer provide direct financial aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) over concern that its funds could be used to support convicted terrorists and their families in what's become known as "pay to slay." Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she'd written the PA seeking assurance that the country's substantial contribution, the equivalent of $7.5 million, is not being used "to assist Palestinians convicted of politically motivated violence," something, she said, Australia "would never support." Bishop called that kind of support "an affront to Australian values," saying it "undermines prospects for a meaningful peace between Israel and the Palestinians."


Instead of the World Bank, Australia will use the UN's Humanitarian Fund for the Palestinian Services to transfer its funding, about 75% of which will be used in the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile the Knesset passed the final reading of Israel's pay-to-slay bill. The law allows the government to withhold PA tax revenues until it discontinues paying monthly salaries to convicted terrorists and their families. That comes to the equivalent of $328 million (1.2 billion shekels) that will be withheld this year. Last December, the US Congress passed the Taylor Force Act, which also cuts funding to the Palestinian Authority for supporting terrorists.

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