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UNGA Resolution Condemning Israel Passes by Wide Margin

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14 Jun 2018 (All day)
UNGA Resolution Condemning Israel Passes by Wide Margin
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement thanking US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley for her efforts on Wednesday to have a condemnation of Hamas terrorism against Israelis included in a General Assembly resolution on recent events in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. The idea was rejected and instead a resolution condemning Israel and suggesting a force of UN peacekeepers be raised to protect Gazans from Israel passed by a vote of 120-8 with 45 abstentions. "Israel appreciates the firm support of the Trump administration in Israel at the United Nations and Ambassador Haley's resolute statement today, which exposed the hypocrisy of the bias against Israel at the U.N.,” Netanyahu said. “The unceasing focus of the United Nations in Israel shames the organization, it also diverts attention from other burning issues that require the attention of the international community.”

Iranian Influence Slowly Expanding in Syria and Iraq
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Iran's Al-Alam TV Wednesday that despite any agreements between Russia, the US, Israel or any other country, Iranian forces and their proxy militias are welcome to stay in his country as long as they continue to support his regime. "Hezbollah is a basic element in this war,” he said. “The battle is long, and the need for these military forces will continue for a long time. When Iran or Hezbollah sees that terrorism is eliminated, they will tell us that they want to leave back to their homelands." In related news, factional negotiations to form the new government coalition in Iraq have taken a decidedly pro-Iranian turn in recent days.

Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced this week that he is open to an alliance with pro-Iranian militia chief Hadi al-Amiri, who leads the second largest faction in the incoming Iraqi parliament, as al-Sadr leads the largest.

Iraqi Celebrity Visits Israel
Israel scored a public relations victory this week when Sarah Idan, who won the Miss Iraq beauty pageant in 2017 but was forced to flee her homeland due to death threats after posting a photograph to Instagram of her together with Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, arrived in the Jewish State for a friendly visit. “Shalom/Salam from Jerusalem,” Idan posted on Instagram on Tuesday alongside a short video of her and Gandelsman together.

“I don’t think Iraq and Israel are enemies, I think maybe the governments are enemies with each other,” Idan said in an interview with Channel 2 News on Tuesday. “With the people – there’s a lot of Iraqi people that don’t have a problem with Israelis with the Jewish people.”

FIFA to Penalize PA Football Leader for Threats Against Messi
FIFA, the body which governs world football (soccer) issued a statement Wednesday saying it will penalize Jibril Rajoub, chairman of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA), for threatening Argentinian team captain Lionel Messi over the announced plans, which were later cancelled, for the Argentinian team to play a friendly match against Israel’s national team in Jerusalem. FIFA’s Board of Governor’s also voted against a measure proposed by Rajoub to amend its constitution in a way which was seen as deeply hostile by Israel.

Zionist Union Facing Internal Battles
A fierce internal battle has broken out within Israel’s Leftist Zionist Union Party, pitting beleaguered chairman Avi Gabbay against veteran MKs Amir Peretz and Isaac Herzog, along with Histadrut Labor Federation chief Avi Nissenkorn. The dispute centers around the date and circumstances under which to hold elections for the party’s central committee, with long-time party activists worried the dispute will cause a further dimming of party’s future prospects in the next round of general elections.

Humanitarian Catastrophe Looms Larger in Yemen
NGOs working in Yemen issued a statement this week warning that as many as 300,000 children are trapped in the port city of Hodeidah, facing starvation and death as the city become a battleground between forces backed by Iran on one side and the Saudi-led coalition on the other. According to UN estimates, nearly 8.4 million people in Yemen are on the brink of famine, with aid groups warning the situation will get much worse is it becomes impossible to import food through the port due to the war.

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