New Zealand preparing UN draft resolution calling for resumption of peace talks

NZ to submit draft resolution in coming days; Terror attack thwarted in West Bank, stabbing in Jerusalem

UN General Assembly

UN General Assembly

New Zealand is preparing a draft UN resolution it intends to submit to the Security Council, calling on resumption of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and an end to violence and terror attacks.

The resolution additionally calls on Israel to freeze settlement construction as well as calls on the Palestinians to desist in its efforts against the State of Israel in the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The resolution states that, “The Security Council is very concerned that the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians regarding the vision of two states has been suspended for 17 months. A durable peace based on a two-state solution can only be achieved if the two sides engage in serious negotiations. Support by interested parties, especially members of the quartet and the Security Council, is essential. The Arab League initiative is also important in this context.”

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Murray McCully stated that the intention of the draft resolution is to “stimulate a level of debate”.

The resolution is expected to meet opposition by both Israel and Palestinian bodies in the United Nations.

On Friday, a terrorist stabbed an Israeli in Jerusalem, security forces shooting and stopping the terrorist. It was the first attack in Jerusalem in close to two weeks.

Additionally, two terrorists attempted to stab security guards at the Tapuach Junction in the West Bank, the attack thwarted by an IDF soldier.

Russia reported to be flying Iranian weapons into Syria

Fox News claims weapons cargos flown twice a day into Syria over past 10 days; Iran to send warships to Atlantic

Russian planes spotted on the tarmac in Latakia, Syria. (ImageSat International)

Russian planes spotted on the tarmac in Latakia, Syria. (ImageSat International)

Russia has been flying Iranian arms into Syria over the past 10 days. A report from Fox News cites “western intelligence sources” which claim that Russia has “helped Iran deliver weapons into Syria twice a day over the past 10 days”

The cargo planes were reportedly spotted at a Russian air base in Latakia.

The shipments are in violation of two United Nations Security Council resolutions, a breach of international weapons embargo against Iran.

The report comes on the same day that Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that Iranian warships will “soon berth at ports in the Atlantic Ocean”, claiming that “The presence of Iranian warships in international ports shows the Iranian Navy’s prowess.”

Islamic Movement chief sentenced to 11-months in prison

Following numerous appeals from 2014, Salah to serve 11-months in prison for ongoing incitement; 20,000 sue Facebook for incitement

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Head of the Islamic Movement Northern Branch in Israel, Raed Salah, will serve an 11-month prison sentence for ongoing incitement on the State of Israel.

Salah was convicted on incitement charges in March of 2014 for sermons calling for uprisings and violence from 2007. Appeals were made to a then 8-month prison sentence, as well as an appeal to lengthen his sentence to 3.5 years, Salah finally sentenced to 11-months.

Salah has called for an end to the “Zionist occupation” as well as redemption “with spirit and with blood” for Al-Aqsa, through martyrdom and violence.

He will be incarcerated on November 15 of this year.

Israel and various pro-Israel advocacy groups continue efforts to combat Palestinian and Arab incitement. On Tuesday, Shurat Hadin, a pro-Israel NGO, announced that it filed a lawsuit against Facebook combatting incitement on the social media platform. A reported 20,000 Facebook users are part of the class action suit in New York.

IAF responds to Gaza rocket fire

18th rocket fired at Israel this year; IAF strikes two Hamas sites

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet (Reuters)

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet (Reuters)

Israel’s Air Force responded to a rocket fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip overnight Monday, the IDF releasing the statement, “In response to the attack, IAF aircraft targeted two terror sites of the Hamas terror organization in the southern Gaza Strip.” It is the 18th rocket launched from Gaza this year.

According to the IDF, two Hamas sites were hit in the strike. Hamas was held responsible for the rocket attack.

Pilot SkyTran system to debut in Tel Aviv this month

Pilot system to run in Tel Aviv with talks of expanding to more Israeli cities

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A pilot project of SkyTran, Personal Rapid Transportation (PRT), will debut in Tel Aviv at the end of October.

SkyTran is a computer-controlled, 2-4 person aerial mass transit system that glides on tracks up to 30 feet above ground using STML, SkyTran Magnetic Levitation technology. The system rides on rails above ground that are supported by existing lighting poles, and can run between 70 to 240 miles per hour.

The NASA Space Act Company has plans to expand in Israel, as well as build commercial systems in France and India.

Referred to often as “pods”, reports of SkyTran in Tel Aviv and Herzelia have been in the media for months.

Kerry meets with Abbas and King Abdullah II in Jordan

Leaders discuss measures to halt violence at holy sites in Jerusalem; US House of Representatives vote in favor to block $370 million in financial aid to Palestinians due to ongoing incitement

Kerry with King Abdullah Saturday (Reuters)

Kerry with King Abdullah Saturday (Reuters)

United States Secretary of State John Kerry announced agreed measures made between Israel and Jordan to reduce tension at holy sites in Jerusalem, including round the clock surveillance at the Temple Mount.

Following his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordanian King Abdullah II in Amman, Kerry stated that Israel agreed to the “suggestion by King Abdullah to provide 24-hour video coverage of all sites” that will provide “comprehensive visibility and transparency that could really be a game-changer in discouraging anybody from disturbing the sanctity of this holy site”.

Israel will also work in close cooperation with the Muslim Waqf custodians responsible for managing holy sites in order to restore peace and maintain the status quo, in what Kerry stated was Israel’s interest in “order to negate the claims that it is changing the status quo” that would prove “that the provocation is not coming from the Israeli side”.

Kerry called on Israeli and Palestinian leadership to lead, stating that, “All the violence and the incitement to violence must stop. Leaders must lead.”

Additionally, the United States House of Representatives announced it will begin steps in blocking Palestinian aid provided by the State Department in efforts to end Palestinian incitement on the State of Israel. A reported $370 million in aid has been frozen due to Palestinian terror attacks and incitement on social media and Palestinian schools, a clear violation of the Oslo Accords.

The Palestinians receive an estimated $450 million in financial aid annually.