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THEN:  The Boys of Pointe du Hoc:  Ronald Reagan, Real Clear Politics, June 6, 2019 – (The following are remarks delivered by President Ronald Reagan on June 6, 1984, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy.)We’re here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. …
 
NOW: President Biden Issues End-Of-Day Statement Honoring 78th Anniversary of D-Day: Bradford Betz, Fox News, June 6, 2022 – President Biden late Monday issued a statement on the 78th anniversary of D-Day, after failing to mention the historic day in any of his earlier remarks. His tweet is timestamped at 8:45 p.m. ET, by which time it was the early morning of June 7 in Normandy, France. Last year, the Biden White House failed to issue any kind of statement on the anniversary.


                      MEDIA-OCRITY OF THE WEEK


Media’s Deadly Politics Michael Goodwin, NY Post, May 31, 2022
 
[Following the. tragedy in Uvalde, Texas] “the Associated Press is playing politics again”, noting that “Chicago recorded 32 gunfire incidents over the weekend in which 47 people were shot and nine died.” But it quickly pivots to say GOP criticism of murder in Chicago ‘is misleading’ [because]many guns used were initially bought in other states, and because Chicago ‘has fewer murders per capita than many other smaller U.S. cities.” [Evidently,] some murders count more than others.”
 

                             


 WEEKLY QUOTES


 
“Iran would have been a nuclear power 17 years ago.  Imagine if Iran was like North Korea in the Middle East.” — former IDF chief Gadi Eisenkot praising Israeli interventions in the matter.  (Jerusalem Post, June 1, 2022)
 
“The findings and recommendations relevant to the underlying root causes [of the Arab-Israeli conflict] were overwhelmingly directed towards Israel, which we have taken as an indicator of the asymmetrical nature of the conflict and the reality of one state occupying the other.” — Navanethem Pillay, who is heading the UN’s Commission of Inquiry investigating Israel referred to a recently-released report. (WIN, June 7, 2022)
 
“In life, there are generally only two certainties: death and taxes. But we can add a third, that the United Nations will always find Israel guilty. One need not have been Nostradamus to have guessed the outcome of this latest commission, where the Jewish state did not stand a chance and Israel’s guilt was already pre-determined before the ink on the resolution establishing this witch-hunt was even dry.” Arsen Ostrovsky, CEO of the International Legal Forum responding to the recently-released UN report that “overwhelmingly” blamed Israel for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (WIN,June 7, 2022)
 
“Arabs who are Israeli citizens symbolize the State of Israel’s greatest loss. They are the failure of the Arab nation in general, and specifically of the Palestinian people. They could have served as a bridge that brings people together and builds trust. … I’m striving to create a master plan for Jews and Arabs to work side by side, and so I’m beginning with my side – the Arab side.” – author and journalist Nazir Majali in his new book, The Responsibility of the Minority. Majali is an Israeli Arab.  (Jerusalem Post, May 27, 2022)
 
“That Israel is a decolonized nation, liberated from imperialism just as surely as Kenya or Indonesia was, is a fact that lies buried in most conversations about the Jewish state. But it matters. It is a reminder of how normal Israel’s problems are given the circumstances into which it was born, and of how remarkable its achievements have been, when viewed in the correct historical context. And it is a testament to what Zionism is: an attempt to unshackle Jews not just from foreign rule but also from foreign ideas. … Nobody should hold Israel to a higher standard than Zionists themselves. But they are wrong when they are based on ethical concepts inimical to Jewish traditions, ideals, and practical realities. Israel did not liberate itself politically from colonial masters merely to remain a captive of their ideas.” – political columnist Bret Stephens.  (Sapir Journal, Vol. 5, Spring 2022)
  
“I was made to feel I shouldn’t be proud of who I am.  Those people who made me feel this way got no punishment for the way they treated me… It felt so much worse that adults weren’t taking me seriously … and that the students were able to get away with such violence and hatred. No reaction to the fact that a knife had been held up to a student’s throat. There was no urgency, no concern, nothing. It made me feel possibly a million times worse. The extent of the attacks [had] gotten so bad and that didn’t even provoke a response from the school. Nothing.” — former Brighton student Liam Arnold-Levy testified in an Australian federal court that no action was taken after someone punched him in the stomach and threatened to slit his throat, nor when others called him “Jewboy,” “f***ing Jew,” and told him to “die in an oven.” In another incident, a school official allegedly accused him of “being dramatic” when a group of female students “violently” pushed him. Legal action against the school was announced in November, continuing a saga that began in 2020, when five of its former Jewish students came forward accusing administrators of ignoring antisemitic discrimination and fostering a “prison culture” that violated their human rights. (Algemeiner, June 2, 2022)
 
“Taken together, the revelations from the Sussmann trial, the resources that went into the campaign’s attempt to tie Trump to Russia, the Clintons’ focus on October surprises, and their cordial relationship with the FBI make it abundantly likely that Mrs. Clinton not only knew about but led the entire smear campaign.” — adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2000 U.S. Senate campaign Douglas Schoen and Andrew Stein, a  Democrat who served as New York City Council president, 1986-94.  They responded to revelations regarding Hillary Clinton’s personal culpabilities that were exposed during the Michael Sussman trial, Hillary Clinton’s lawyer who was accused and acquitted by a DC jury of lying to the FBI.  (WSJ, June 5, 2022)
  
“Simply put: “Biden has maneuvered himself into a spot where a gallon of gas now averages $4.71 nationwide; the Saudi leadership hates his guts and wants to see him crawl;” and “human-rights groups are appalled by the administration’s reversal on the kingdom.” –  NY Post editorial board. Jim Geraghty in the National Review, noted that as the price of oil rose and with it that of gasoline, President Biden–who had severely criticized Saudi Arabia and its leader, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi–began imploring the Saudis to increase their production while refusing to increase American output. (Biden is due to visit Saudi Arabia soon.). (NY Post, June 5, 2022)


 SHORT TAKES


PM BENNETT MEETS WITH IAEA DIRECTOR GENERAL DR. RAFAEL GROSSI (Jerusalem) — PM Naftali Bennett expressed to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Dr. Rafael Grossi Israel’s deep concern regarding Iran’s continued progress toward achieving nuclear weapons while deceiving the international community by using false information and lies. He also made it clear that while Israel prefers diplomacy to deny Iran the possibility of developing nuclear weapons, it reserves the right to self-defense and to action against Iran in order to block its nuclear program should the international community not succeed in the relevant time frame.  (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, June 3, 2022)
 
GVT. COALITION DEALT MAJOR BLOW AS MKS REBEL IN VOTE OVER APPLICATION OF ISRAELI LAW TO WEST BANK (Jerusalem) — The Israeli government was dealt a major blow on Monday night when two rebel Knesset members voted against a critical bill that would have extended Israeli law over Jewish communities in the West Bank and that is set to expire. Fearing the government’s fall, it will bring the issue to another vote soon. (Honest Reporting, June 7, 2022)
 
NO TRIP TO ANNOUNCE’: BIDEN VISIT TO MIDDLE EAST ‘DELAYED’ OR JUST NOT HAPPENING? (Washington) — The White House has decided to delay President Joe Biden’s first trip to the Middle East, possibly to July.  Biden was scheduled to visit both Israel and Saudi Arabia later this month. A senior administration official said the delay had nothing to do with the political situation in Israel. However, given the current precarious state of the coalition, there is a possibility that the government will fall this month. (WIN, June 7, 2022)
 
ISRAEL CLOSING IN ON DEAL WITH SAUDI ARABIA (Jerusalem) — A reported new deal between Israel, the United States and Saudi Arabia could see Riyadh opening its airspace to Israeli flights, see sovereignty over Red Sea islands returned to the Saudis from Egypt, and lead to the restoration of ties between Washington and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.  Although Saudi space is open to Israeli airlines, this only applies to flights to and from the UAE and Bahrain, as first agreed to under the Trump-brokered Abraham Accords.  The nascent agreement is part of a more extensive diplomatic shift that has seen Saudi Arabia and Israel inconspicuously cooperating for several years. The new deal would make these ties public. (Honest Reporting, June 7, 2022)
 
ISRAEL SIMULATES MASSIVE STRIKE AGAINST IRAN WITH HUNDREDS OF IDF AIRCRAFT (Jerusalem) — Hundreds of IAF aircraft, including fighter jets and refueling planes, took off from various bases to simulate striking targets far from Israel’s borders, including in Iran. The exercise, part of the IDF’s monthlong Chariots of Fire drill, saw fighter jets, transport planes and refueling aircraft take off from several bases in Israel for Cyprus. (Jerusalem Post, June 1, 2022)
 
SENIOR IRANIAN OFFICER DIES, LEAVING QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS DEATH (Tehran) — Iranian Col. Ali Esmaelzadeh was the second high-ranking officer of the same elite IRGC Unit 840 to die in a week. The circumstances were unclear, and Iranian news media provided conflicting reports. He died about a week after Col. Sayad Khodayee was killed in a drive-by shooting in Tehran. Their deaths come amid a new wave of heightened tensions between Iran and Israel, which for years has conducted a clandestine war of sabotage and targeted killings. Their unit,  Israeli officials say, is tasked with killing foreigners abroad. (NY Times, June 4, 2022)
 
MICROSOFT DISRUPTS IRANIAN-LINKED HACKERS TARGETING ORGANIZATIONS IN ISRAEL (Redmond, Wash.) — Microsoft has successfully “identified and disabled” a previously unreported Lebanon-based hacking group that it believes is working with Iranian intelligence. The hacking group, tracked by the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) as “Polonium,” targeted or compromised more than 20 organizations based in Israel and one intergovernmental organization with operations in Lebanon over the past three months.  It focused on critical manufacturing, IT, and Israel’s defense industry.  (Tech Crunch, June 3, 2022)

 

CHINESE BANKS URGED TO CUT TIES WITH IRANIAN REGIME(Washington) — Six Chinese banks were urged to cut ties with the Iranian regime in a bid to prevent Tehran’s leaders from bypassing tough international sanctions. The Washington, DC-based lobby group United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) said that each of the banks they contacted hosts accounts denominated in US dollars “that are ultimately controlled by Iranian firms and banking institutions sanctioned by the United States.” One of the account holders is Iran’s Parsian Bank, which has been accused by the US Treasury Department of financing businesses raising revenue for the Basij paramilitary force used by the IRGC to brutally crushes domestic protests.  (Algemeiner, June 3, 2022)
 
MOROCCO MULTIPLIES THE NUMBER OF ISRAELI TOURISTS AND COMPANIES ARRIVING IN THE KINGDOM (Rabat) — Since Morocco and Israel deepened their diplomatic relations in December 2020, there were significant exchanges between the two countries. The North African country expects to receive 200,000 Israeli tourists, four times more than before the signing of the agreements that have improved diplomatic relations. Under this partnership, 13 billion dirhams will be invested in the energy sector over the next two years. In addition, several Israeli companies are bidding for major projects in the field of water supply, including the Casablanca desalination plant, but also in the sectors of fisheries, cannabis cultivation, gas, and precision agriculture. (Atalayar, June 6, 2022)
 
ISRAELI COMPANY VIRUSIGHT’S DEVICE DETECTS COVID-19 IN 20 SECONDS – STUDY (Benevento, Italy) — Virusight Diagnostic, an Israeli company that combines artificial intelligence software and spectral technology, announced the results of a study that found its Pathogens Diagnostic device detects COVID-19 with 96.3% accuracy in 20 seconds in comparison to the common RT-PCR test. The study was conducted by researchers from the Department of Science and Technology, University of Sannio, Benevento, Italy, with partner company TechnoGenetics SpA. Virusight is a collaboration between Tel Hashomer’s Sheba Medical Center ARC Innovation Center and Newsight Imaging. “[These findings] herald the introduction of the next generation of pathogens diagnostic and point of care testing,” Sheba Medical Center Chief Innovation Officer Professor Eyal Zimlichman says. (Jerusalem Post, May 31, 2022)
 
TLAIB, OCASIO-CORTEZ, MCCOLLUM TARGET ISRAELI ELIGIBILITY FOR VISA WAIVER PROGRAM (Washington) — Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is soliciting signatures from House colleagues on a letter arguing against Israel’s inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program.  In the letter, she pushes back on ongoing talks between Israel and the Biden administration over the program, which allows foreign citizens to enter the U.S. for 90 days without applying for a Visa. Tlaib alleged that Israel’s “discriminatory policies” make it ineligible for inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program. (Jewish Insider, June 3, 2022)
 
ISRAELI FILMMAKER TURNED ULTRA-ORTHODOX RABBI URI ZOHAR DIES IN JERUSALEM (Jerusalem) — Uri Zohar, an Israeli filmmaker who wrote, directed, and starred in cult films before becoming an ultra-Orthodox rabbi, died on Thursday at the age of 86.  A native of Tel Aviv, Zohar served in an army entertainment troupe while serving in the IDF. He was an icon in Israel’s culture scene in the 1960s and 1970s, with film credits including “Hole in the Moon,” “Three Days and a Child,” “Every Bastard a King,” “Big Eyes” and “Peeping Toms” (“Metzitzim”). He was awarded the Israel Prize for cinema in 1976, which he declined. In the late 1970s, Zohar grew more religious, ultimately leaving his life in the arts to become an ultra-Orthodox rabbi in Jerusalem. (Algemeiner, June 2, 2022)
 
NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL ANNOUNCES INVESTIGATION OF ANTISEMITISM AT CUNY (NYC) – The NY City Council on Higher Education Committee will begin hearings on June 8 to assess reports of widespread antisemitism in the university system. The news comes just several days after City Councilwoman Inna Vernikov disappropriated $50,000 of funding for CUNY Law School over its vote to endorse the boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) movement. (Algemeiner, June 3, 2022)
 
RUSSIAN ALEXEI ZHURAVLEV THREATENS US DESTRUCTION WITH ‘SATAN-2’ MISSILES (Moscow) — Alexei Zhuravlev, a member of Russia’s parliament, proclaimed on the state TV channel Russia-1 that the country has the capability to launch a devastating nuclear attack on the US over its support of Ukraine in the war. “I will tell you absolutely competently that to destroy the entire the East Coast of the United States, two Sarmat missiles are needed,” the pro-Kremlin pundit said, referring to Russia’s new intercontinental ballistic missiles, which are known as “Satan-2” in NATO countries. “And the same goes for the West Coast. Four missiles, and there will be nothing left.” (NY Post, May 31, 2022)
 


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE


WATCH: Only Palestinians Will Have Sovereignty from the River to the Sea, Says Fatah Official: WIN, June 6, 2022 — Majed Al-Fityani, the Secretary of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, told Palestinian Authority-run Awda TV that the Palestinians will wrest sovereignty over the entire Holy Land, claiming that Israelis have no roots in the land.
  
Exposing UNRWA and the Palestinian Refugee Lie:  Elder of Ziyon, Algemeiner, June 2, 2022 — The Committee of the National and Islamic Forces in Gaza recently held an “emergency meeting,” due to a comment made last month by the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Philippe Lazzarini.
 

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