Tuesday, December 30, 2014


New Palestinian bid calls for E. Jerusalem capital, 'just' solution  A draft resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines within three years and revised to include language declaring East Jerusalem as capital of a Palestinian state was presented to the UN Security Council late Monday. 

Europe's Year of the Jihadist  Among the trends of 2014 - 'Gone, Girl,' Lena Dunham, and $55,000 potato salad - was another the list-makers seem to have missed: it was also a very good year for Islamic jihad. 

Hamas Slams PA Statehood Bid as 'Surrender' to Israel  Hamas again criticized the political process of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the center of which is a draft resolution calls for Israel to 'end the occupation' - that is, to withdraw from Judea and Samaria - by 2017. 

Obama on Iran Embassy: 'Never Say Never'  President Barack Obama hinted that he might be prepared to establish a new U.S. embassy in Tehran " if we can get a deal on making sure that Iran does not have a nuclear weapon," and the deal led to warmer relations with the Iranian regime. 

ISIS features Netanyahu in official magazine  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's media aides may want to add Islamic State to the list of recipients of their mass emails and press releases. 

Russians Rage Against America  Relations between Russia and the US have sunk to new lows. 

Palestinians say Jews will be a minority by 2016  A Palestinian census published Monday claims that Palestinians living in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza will outnumber Jews in the same area by 2016. 

2014 comes to close with 8.3 million Israelis  Some 176,000 babies were born and some 23,000 new olim arrived in Israel over the past year; 6.2 million residents are Jews, 1.7 million Arabs. 

Celebrate and Be Merry! Jesus the Messiah is Palestinian!  As has become custom, Palestinian Authority last week made a show of claiming Jesus as one of their own in the run-up to Christmas. 

Ukrainian President Signs Law Allowing NATO Membership Bid  President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law abandoning Ukraine's neutral "non-bloc" status.