Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Miracles Happen

- Avi Issacharoff

Egyptian President el-Sissi has once again proven that he is the bravest Arab leader in the region by meeting publicly with Prime Minister Netanyahu, something that other Arab leaders will only do under the radar. Their meeting in New York provides a clear indication that Sissi feels confident enough of his position in Egypt and the Arab world to publicly reveal that such an event took place. 
(Times of Israel)

- Tom Tugend 

Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa last week denounced the Arab boycott of Israel and said his subjects are free to visit the Jewish state.

The King spoke at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles at an event denouncing religious hatred and violence. 
(Jerusalem Post)


For first time since 2013, a group of Arab countries, headed by Jordan and the PA, have backtracked on presenting resolutions critical of Israel at the UNESCO executive board session in Paris this week. A senior official in the Israel Foreign Ministry said the decision to delay for six months a vote on the resolutions was made following quiet diplomatic talks last week between the UNESCO committee chairman, Michael Worbs, Israel's UN ambassador, Carmel Shama Hacohen, and the Jordanian ambassador to UNESCO, Makram Queisi. Jason Greenblatt, President Trump's adviser on Israel, was personally involved.
The official said Israel had not pledged anything in exchange. "The Arab countries realized that every time there is a vote, the support is less and they simply did not want to be humiliated," he said.

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