Israeli media reports that Trump yelled at Abbas for “lying about commitment to peace”

Trump reportedly yelled at Abbas during meeting in Bethlehem, confronting Palestinian president on incitement against Israel

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Reports were released giving more details of Trump’s meeting with Abbas in Israel last week.

According to several media outlets in Israel, President Trump, who met with Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, reportedly yelled at Abbas stating that during their meeting in Washington, Abbas tricked him in stating that he support peace, yet the Palestinian Authority continues to pay stipends to families of terrorists.

Trump reportedly stated “You lied to me in Washington when you talked about commitment to peace, but the Israelis showed me you were personally responsible for incitement.”

The president was referring to their meeting in Washington at the beginning of May, where Abbas claimed he was committed to ending violence and incitement against Israelis. Trump was also referring to the Palestinian Authority’s payment to families of terrorists.

Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister condemned Abbas’s lies to Trump in Washington at the time, stating after their meeting “Abu Mazen [Abbas] arrives in Washington while continuing to give money to the families of terrorists. It is clear to any intelligent person that Abu Mazen is not interested in peace. Palestinian textbooks and payments for terrorists show that,” referring to incitement, anti-Semitism in Palestinian textbooks.

Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed Abbas’ lies after Trump’s meeting with Abbas in Bethlehem last week. The prime minister stated in his last address next to Trump before the president left “Standing next to you, President Abbas condemned the horrific attack in Manchester. Well, I hope this heralds a real change, because if the attacker had been Palestinian and the victims had been Israeli children, the suicide bomber’s family would have received a stipend from the Palestinian Authority. That’s Palestinian law. That law must be changed. I hope that President Abbas heeds the principles, the clear, strong, moral and practical principles that you enunciated today, President Trump: Stop rewarding terrorists, stop glorifying murderers. I believe that this is the first and the crucial step towards the road towards a genuine peace that Israel seeks and that I believe that – together with you – we can achieve.”

President Trump also addressed his meeting with Abbas during his final address in Israel last week, stating “I had a meeting this morning with President Abbas and can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace. I know you’ve heard it before, I am telling you, that’s what I do, that they are ready to reach for peace. And by meeting with my very good friend, Benjamin, [I can say that] that he is reaching for peace, he loves peace, he loves people, he especially loves the Israeli people. Benjamin Netanyahu wants peace. Making peace will not be easy. But with determination, compromise, and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal.”

 

 

 

ISIS gunmen kill 28 Coptic Christians in latest attack in Egypt

29 killed and over 35 wounded in latest ISIS attack on Egyptians Coptic Christians; Egypt carries out airstrikes on camps that trained terrorists in Libya

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ISIS took responsibility for the attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt over the weekend.

Ten masked gunmen shot and killed 29 wounding en route to a monastery, with over 35 others.

The attack took place in the Minya province south of Cairo.

Egypt retaliated, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordering the carrying out airstrikes on Friday targeting camps in Derna, Libya where the ISIS terrorists who carried out the attack were trained. At the time, Sisi stated “The terrorist incident that took place today will not pass unnoticed. We are currently targeting the camps where the terrorists are trained.”

Egypt reported later that the strikes had destroyed the militant camps, a military spokesperson releasing the statement “The air force has conducted several intensive day and night-time strikes. They targeted several gatherings of terrorists elements within Libyan territory after coordinating and fully verifying all information. The strikes led to the destruction of the planned targets, which included concentrated areas for the training of terrorist elements that participated in the planning and implementation of the Minya attack.”

Over the weekend, Israel’s Tel Aviv Municipality lit up his headquarters with the Egyptian flag in solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attack.

 

Iran confirms it has built third underground ballistic missile factory

Iran claims it continues to build its “defense” capabilities as it announces third underground ballistic missile factory

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Iran announced ahead of the weekend that it has finished building its third underground ballistic missile factory.

Head of Iran’s Guard’s airspace division, Amirali Hajizadeh, confirmed the report on Thursday stating “Iran’s third underground factory has been built by the Guards in recent years…We will continue to further develop our missile capabilities forcefully.”

He added that the next missile to be produced would be a “surface-to-surface missile,” as Iran continues to develop its “defense”, adding that “our enemies America and the Zionist regime [Israel] are angry with our missile program because they want Iran to be in a weak position.”

In March of this year, Iran launched two ballistic missiles according to reports released from United States officials, violating yet again the United Nations Security Council ban, as well as the nuclear deal.

Iran then tested two Fateh-110 short-range ballistic missiles from a Revolutionary Guard base in southeastern Iran, its targets in the Gulf of Oman. According to reports from US intelligence officials, the first test was unsuccessful, the second successful, hitting a floating barge on the Gulf.

Iran is prohibited from testing ballistic missiles under United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, as well as under the nuclear deal made between world powers and the United States.

At the end of January, Iran conducted a ballistic missile test, the Trump Administration confirming Iran had tested medium-range ballistic missile east of Tehran in the region of Semnan. The test was of a Khorramshahr ballistic missile, reports claiming the test failed after reaching 600 miles and exploding.

Just a few days later, German media reported that Iran tested a Sumar cruise missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Israel Aerospace Industries finalize $630 million arms deal with India

Israel to provide India with arms, defense missile systems; Deal comes after $2 billion deal made between Israel and India in April.

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Israel announced this week that it has finalized a deal with India to provide missile defense systems.

Israel Aerospace Industries and Bharat Electronics Limited reportedly signed a $630 million dollar deal with India after years of negotiations. This deal comes just a few weeks after Israel signed its historic $2 billion arms deal with India. It was the largest arms deal made in Israel’s history.

Israel will provide multiple aircraft and helicopters, drones, and missile defense systems to India. Four Indian ships are to be equipped with Israel’s Barak 8 missile defense system.

According to Israel Aerospace Industries CEO, Joseph Weiss, “The new contract adds to other deals signed in the last decade by IAI with India’s defense forces, reinforcing IAI’s global leadership position in air and missile defense systems.”

The new deal is part of a collaborative agreement, referred to as part of the project “Make in India”, a “collaboration between India’s DRDO [Defense Research and Development Organization], IAI [Israel Aerospace Industries] and the defense forces of both countries. We will proceed to implementing it with joint efforts

Israeli-Indian economic and diplomatic relations continue to increase, with Israel becoming India’s main military and defense provider.

Last November, President Rivlin met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian officials as part of a 6-day tour to boost bilateral ties and trade agreements. During a press conference, Rivlin stated “We [India and Israel] have growing cooperation; in agriculture, in water, in solar power, in all of what you call the four-colored revolution, and many more areas as well. As we mark 25 years of our diplomatic relations, this is not just a partnership that we talk about. This is a partnership which is making a difference for Israelis and Indians in the water we drink, in the food we eat, in the technology we use, and many important areas of our lives. Prime Minister, you have called on the world, to ‘Make in India’. I am here to say: Israel is ready to answer this call. Israel is ready to ‘Make in India’, and Make with India.”

 

Report: Trump proposed using Arab peace Initiative, but switching order

US President reportedly calls for Arab states and Palestinians to first normalize relations with Israel as part of peace process; Reports come from senior Palestinian official

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During meetings with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia and with the Palestinian Authority, President Trump reportedly proposed resuming the peace process between the Israelis and the Palestinians through a regional plan based on the Arab peace initiative, with a twist.

The president reportedly spoke with Arab leaders while in Saudi Arabia as well as with Palestinian Authority officials, mainly President Mahmoud Abbas on a “new framework that the president is proposing to succeed”.

The Arab peace initiative of 2002 claimed 22 Arab states would normalize relations with Israel and recognize the Jewish State if Israel were to 1967 borders. As part of the agreement, Palestinian refugees would be provided with something similar to the Jewish law of return. Embassies would be established and Israel would be recognized by Arab states.

The reports came from senior Palestinian official who shared the information with Israeli media. According to the official, Trump proposed to switching the order and that normalization with Israel and recognition of the Jewish State come first. According to the official Trump wants for “normalization of relations between Israel and moderate Arab countries first and only afterward a peace process in whose framework a solution to the Palestinian issue will be advanced”.

The official stated to Israel media on Wednesday, “Until now, what hindered progress in the advance of the Arab Peace Initiative was the failure of negotiations with Israel. President Trump is interested in advancing a different thought process within the framework of the deal between Israel and the Palestinians that he’s talking about.”

He stated that the “American president emphasized in his talk with Abbas that there is, in principle, agreement in Riyadh and other moderate Arab countries to give an opportunity for the possibility of the new framework that the president is proposing to succeed, and that maybe a process like this of switching the order – normalization of relations between Israel and moderate Arab countries first and only afterward a peace process in whose framework a solution to the Palestinian issue will be advanced – could work, and could bring the sides to initiate a process set according to a pre-determined timeline.”

He added, “Within the framework of such a process a solution to the Palestinian issue would be obtained, including the establishment of a Palestinian state recognized by Israel, as well as a declaration from the sides that the disagreement is over and there are no more claims.”

President Trump and Abbas met in Bethlehem Tuesday morning. During a joint press conference, both leaders spoke of their desire to see peace. Trump stated “Peace is a choice we must make each day and the US is here to make that dream possible for young Jewish, Muslim and Christian children. I truly believe if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace it will begin a process for peace in the Middle East.”

 

Netanyahu and Trump give speeches in Jerusalem as President Trump ends Israel tour

Trump ends two-day tour of Israel; Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Trump both give addresses at Israel Museum

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Both President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu gave speeches on Tuesday afternoon at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Following his speech, President Trump left Israel for Italy where he will meet with the Pope before ending his first foreign tour as president.

Netanyahu spoke first, thanking Trump for visiting Israel, Netanyahu stating “Mr. President, you’ve just gone through a fast-paced visit through our past, our present and we work together to fashion the future.”

The prime minister went on to state “Here you can see Hebrew texts of the Bible that are 2,000 years old. You can see the seals and coins that bear witness to nearly 4,000 years of our presence in this land. You can see the menorahs we lit, the synagogues we prayed in during our long exile.”

He spoke of the Jewish peoples’ history of resilience, stating, “The story of Israel is not simply the story of the past. It’s the story of a nation reborn, of a barren land brought back to life, of an ancient language revived, of an exiled people who returned, of Jewish sovereignty restored. We have a saying, Mr. President, “The Jewish people lives.” The State of Israel lives on, alive as ever: a thriving democracy; a powerful army; an innovative, free economy; and a proud, resilient people.”

Netanyahu spoke of the ongoing strong bond between the United States and Israel, stating that “Over the years Israel has had many friends, but Israel has never had and will never have a better friend than the United States of America. That friendship is reflected in the overwhelming support of the American people, strong bipartisan support of the American Congress and the support of American presidents from Harry Truman to Donald Trump. Thank you, President Trump, for your steadfast friendship to the Jewish people and the Jewish state. It is deeply, deeply appreciated. I believe that the alliance between America and Israel is more important than ever.”

He spoke of the common agenda and commitment to combatting global terrorism, stating that “Together we must defeat those who glorify death and protect those who celebrate life. Together we can defeat the forces of militant Islam who seek to destroy the civilized world. And together we can and we must defeat the forces of terror. Terrorism, the deliberate slaughter of innocents, must be equally condemned and equally fought, whether it strikes in Europe, in American or in Israel – or for that matter, anywhere else. And as you said this morning, Mr. President, funding and rewarding terrorism must end,” referring to Trump’s remarks in Bethlehem this morning.

He went on to state, “Standing next to you, President Abbas condemned the horrific attack in Manchester. Well, I hope this heralds a real change, because if the attacker had been Palestinian and the victims had been Israeli children, the suicide bomber’s family would have received a stipend from the Palestinian Authority. That’s Palestinian law. That law must be changed.”

On Abbas, Netanyahu stated “I hope that President Abbas heeds the principles, the clear, strong, moral and practical principles that you enunciated today, President Trump: Stop rewarding terrorists, stop glorifying murderers. I believe that this is the first and the crucial step towards the road towards a genuine peace that Israel seeks and that I believe that – together with you – we can achieve.

Netanyahu stated that “working with you, I believe we can advance a durable peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors, as well as the Palestinians, because of the common danger that the Arab world and Israel face from Iran, and because of the leadership that you bring to this process.”

He finished his speech by stating “Ultimately, around the world, I have no doubt that freedom will defeat fear, that light will vanquish darkness, because that is the story of America, a nation that has defeated the forces of tyranny, that is the beacon and hope of all humanity. And that is the story of Israel, a nation that has overcome unimaginable horrors and impossible odds, and is the hope of the Jewish people.

Netanyahu thanked Trump for showing “a great commitment to Israel’s future and to its security. I want to thank you, Mr. President, for standing up for Israel at the United Nations and everywhere else, and I thank you for your unrelenting support and a friendship that comes from the heart to the Jewish people and the Jewish state. Thank you, President Trump.”

President Trump spoke after Prime Minister Netanyahu, speaking on the strong bond between Israel and the United States, speaking at length on his experience this week.

On Jerusalem, he stated, “Jerusalem is a sacred city. Its beauty, splendor, and heritage are like no other place on earth. The ties of the Jewish people to this Holy Land are ancient and eternal. They date back thousands of years, including the reign of King David whose star now flies proudly on Israel’s white and blue flag.”

Trump spoke of his visit to the Western Wall, describing how he “marveled at the monument to God’s presence and man’s perseverance – I was humbled to place my hand upon the wall and to pray in that holy space for wisdom from God

He also spoke of his visit this afternoon to Israel’s national Holocaust memorial, stating “I laid a wreath at Yad Vashem, honoring, remembering, and mourning the 6 million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. I pledged there what I pledge again to those here today: Never again. Israel is a testament to the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people. From all parts of this great country, one message resounds: and that is the message of hope. Down through the ages, the Jewish people have suffered persecution, oppression and even those who have sought their destruction. But, through it all, they have endured – and they have thrived.”

On Israel’s accomplishments Trump stated “I stand in awe of the accomplishments of the Jewish People, and I make this promise to you: My Administration will always stand with Israel. Through your hardships, you have created one of the most abundant lands in the world. A land that is rich not only in history, culture, and opportunity, but especially in spirit… from the two Holy Temples, to the glorious heights of Masada, we see an incredible story of faith and perseverance. That faith is what inspired Jews to believe in their destiny, to overcome their despair, and to build here a future that others dared not to dream.”

The president spoke of Israel’s diversity, emphasizing “In Israel, not only are Jews free to till the soil, teach their children, and pray to God in the ancient land of their forefathers. But Muslims, Christians, and people of all faiths, and both men and women, are free to live and worship according to their conscience, and to follow their dreams. While evil forces seeks to kill innocents of all faiths, your nation has responded with compassion, charity, and generosity.”

He spoke of his trip to Saudi Arabia where he “urged our friends in the Muslim world to join us in creating stability, safety and security.” He stated that the that the summit was centered on overcoming “sectarian and religious divisions to extinguish the fires of extremism, and find common ground and shared responsibility in making the future of this region. Change must come from within.”

Focusing on Syria, Trump stated “no civilized nation can tolerate the massacre of innocents with chemical weapons. My message to that summit was the same message I have for you: We must build a coalition of partners who share the aim of stamping out extremism and violence and providing our children a peaceful and hopeful future.”

But a hopeful future for children in the Middle East requires the world to fully recognize the vital role of the State of Israel.”

President Trump reiterated the United States support for the State of Israel, Trump stating “we pledge to stand by you and defend our shared values so that together we can defeat terrorism and create safety for all of God’s children.” He went on to state “Israelis have experienced firsthand the hatred and terror of radical violence. Israelis are murdered by terrorists wielding knives and bombs. Hamas and Hezbollah launch rockets into Israeli communities where schoolchildren have to be trained to hear the sirens and run to bomb shelters. ISIS targets Jewish neighborhoods, synagogues, and storefronts. And Iran’s leaders routinely call for Israel’s destruction. Despite these challenges, Israel is thriving as a sovereign nation” adding “and no international body should question the contributions Israel makes to the region,” referring to the United Nations.”