How the United States Should Help Protect Jordan from the Chaos Next Door

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The Washington Institute


By David Schenker:
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Encourage More Jordanian-Israeli Cooperation: One good news story of 2016 was the signing of a $10-billion, 15-year deal for Israel to provide Jordan with natural gas. Less publicized, but more important, has been the excellent ongoing strategic cooperation between Jordan and Israel. King Abdullah and the government of Israel are committed to military cooperation and intelligence sharing, which greatly benefit both states and Washington. Given the strong bilateral coordination, Washington’s assistance may not be required. Nevertheless, the Trump administration could direct the Defense Department to explore ways of enhancing the already deep relationship, including — but not limited to — permitting and encouraging more transfers of Israeli excess defense articles (EDA) to Jordan….

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Israel successfully tests improved version of Iron Dome

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Times of Israel

The Israeli Defense Ministry completed a series of successful tests of an improved version of the anti-rocket Iron Dome missile system, the ministry said on Wednesday.

The Missiles Defense Agency, along with the main contractor for the project, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, successfully put the system through its paces with a series of complex tests, a statement said. The system passed with flying colors.

The Iron Dome fires Tamir interceptor missiles to engage and destroy incoming rockets. The latest iteration of the interceptors were made with components manufactured by US defense contractor Raytheon under Israeli supervision.

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Israeli jets strike outside Damascus – Syrian media

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Times of Israel

    An Israel Air Force F-15

Syrian media reported that Israeli aircraft targeted Syrian Army positions, including a convoy bearing weapons for the Hezbollah terrorist group, early Wednesday morning.

The strike was said to have occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m., in the Qalamoun Mountains, northeast of Damascus, close to the Lebanese border.

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Egypt and Jordan: Don’t give up on two-state solution

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JTA


President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt and King Abdullah of Jordan met Tuesday in Cairo.

“The two sides discussed future movements to break the gridlock within the Middle East peace process, especially with U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration taking power,” read a statement issued after the meeting.

“They also discussed mutual coordination to reach a two-state solution and establish a Palestinian state based on the June 4, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as a capital which is a national constant that cannot be given up.”

The leaders also reportedly discussed Jerusalem and the maintenance of the status quo on the Temple Mount.

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Message from NORPAC Regarding Congressman Keith Ellison

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NORPAC urges you to reach out to DNC Electors (see list on bottom) to NOT elect Rep. Keith Ellison for DNC Chairman:

As the Democratic National Committee (DNC) looks to choose a new leader for their platform at the end of this week, it is imperative that the Democratic Party elects a Chair who will continue the Party Tradition to maintain a strong US-Israel relationship.

Previously we have voiced our concern about the DNC Chair candidacy of Congressman Keith Ellison. Ellison has proven himself to have a different agenda than the rest of his party when it comes to supporting Israel. From his controversial connection to Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam, his support of the biased and anti-Israel Goldstone Report, his support of the “Gaza 54” letter, his efforts to unseat a fellow incumbent Democrat who was supportive of Israel, and other incidents, we believe Rep. Ellison is the wrong choice to lead the Democratic Party.

We ask you to please reach out to DNC electors about this nomination, and to urge their support of a candidate who embodies the essence of the Democratic Party, which has historically stood firmly by our ally Israel. Below you can find the contact details of the electors and their respective states.

Action Item

Sample email:
Dear [Title & Last Name],

I want to thank you for your leadership as a voting member for the DNC Chairperson. As an American who supports a strong US-Israel relationship and a long-term supporter of the Democratic Party, I believe we need leadership from someone who will continue our Party’s proud legacy of support.

Congressman Ellison has perhaps the worst voting record on US-Israel relations in Congress. Just this year, he discussed adding language to the Democratic platform that would polarize America’s relationship with Israel by unfairly demonizing its treatment of the Palestinians.

The Democratic Party needs a strong candidate, now more than ever, who embodies the values that the majority of the party and Americans share. Electing Rep. Keith Ellison would send the wrong message. I urge you to consider instead a candidate who will unify the party, bring in Independents, and continue our strong tradition of maintaining a robust US-Israel bond.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

If you live in New York address your email to one or more of the following New York DNC members:

Mr. Stuart Applebaum, sapplebaum@rwdsu.org
Hon. Byron Brown, chair@nydems.org
Hon. Vivian Cook, cookv@assembly.state.ny.us
Ms. Jennifer Cunningham, jcunningham@skdknick.com
Ms. Maria Cuomo Cole, cuomocole@gmail.com
Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, barcar720@aol.com
Ms. Emily Giske, egiske54@hotmail.com
Hon. Jay Jacobs, jay@camptlc.com
Ms. Sarah Kovner, sskovner@gmail.com
Mr. Marv McMoore, marvmcmoore@gmail.com
Mr. Henry Muñoz, III munoz@munoz-co.com
Mr. Gerard Sweeney, gjs2@aol.com
Mr. Robert Zimmerman, zimmrob@aol.com

If you live in New Jersey address your email to one or more of the following New Jersey DNC members:

Mr. Tonio Burgos, tburgos@tonioburgos.com
Mrs. Lizette Delgado Polanco, lizettedelgadopolanco@gmail.com
Mr. John Graham, jgraham@fairviewinsurance.com
Mr. Chris James, Chris@njdems.org
Ms. Marcia Marley, marciam@bluewavenj.org
Mrs. Bernadette McPherson Esq. friendsofbernadette@gmail.com

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Netanyahu meets president, prime minister of Singapore in historic visit

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JTA

    Netanyahu visited a local Singapore synagogue on Sunday

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with his counterpart in Singapore, during the first visit to the country by an Israeli prime minister.

In a statement issued after the meeting Monday with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Netanyahu called Loong’s visit to Israel in April, the first by a Singapore leader, “an historic visit” and said that he was “following in your footsteps.”

“I believe that Israel and Singapore are kindred spirits. We’re small nations that have become in many areas global powers, and I believe that our cooperation makes us even more successful, cooperation in every field,” Netanyahu said. He cited a joint R&D fund that has already funded 150 projects for Israeli and Singapore companies working together in a variety of fields.

Israel and Singapore established diplomatic relations in 1969.

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Praising Trump, Saudi FM urges progress toward peace with Israel

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Times of Israel

    Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Feb. 19, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said he is optimistic that Arabs and Israelis can reach a peace deal in 2017.

Speaking four days after US President Donald Trump and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at a White House press conference about the possibilities of a regional peace agreement, Adel al-Jubeir told delegates at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday that the contours of an Israeli-Palestinian accord were clear, and that Saudi Arabia and other Arab states would work to bring it to fruition.

“I believe progress can be made in the Arab-Israel conflict, if there is a will to do so,” he said. “We know what the settlement looks like, if there is just the political will to do so. And my country stands ready with other Arab countries to work to see how we can promote that.”

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Israel and the Palestinians: What are alternatives to a two-state solution?

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BBC


By Colin Shindler: To understand where the concept of sharing or dividing this piece of land comes from, it is important to look at its recent past.

Arab nationalism and Jewish nationalism arose during the same period of history with claims to the same territory. This rationale was the underlying basis for an equitable solution, based on partition and a two-state solution.

In 1921, TransJordan (now the state of Jordan) was formally separated from Palestine (now Israel and the West Bank/Gaza). A UN resolution in 1947 proposed a second partition, this time of the territory west of the river Jordan.

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