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Daily Briefing: WEDNESDAY’S “NEWS OF THE WEEK IN REVIEW” (April 28,2021)

Xi Challenges U.S. Global Leadership, Warns Against Decoupling:  Financial Post, Apr. 20, 2021CCP Chairman Xi, speaking after Pres. Biden met with Japan’s P.M. Yoshihide Suga to discuss measures to oppose Chinese expansionism: “Bossing others around and interfering in other countries’ internal affairs will not be well received.”
Hunter’s Demented Dad Jokes:  Miranda Devine, NYPost, Apr. 18, 2021 (Scroll down the page)—from emailed text messages between Hunter Biden and his therapist, Keith Ablow, found on Hunter’s abandoned laptop:Ablow, Jan. 2, 2019 re Presidential candidates: “Your dad is the answer…Any man who can triumph over dementia is a giant. Think what he could do for our nation’s needed recovery…Perhaps he can help us remember all we intended to be as a people since he can now remember his address.” In 2012, on Fox News, Ablow had diagnosed then-Vice-President Biden as having “early onset dementia”. On Feb.6, 2019, in a further exchange, Hunter refers to his father, and Ablow replies; “Perfect. Does he recall details tho, with the dementia and all.” Hunter: “Not much these days but since it’s all false news anyway I don’t see the problem.”

                                       WEEKLY QUOTES

“After the security cabinet meeting, we decided to prepare for every scenario … I don’t suggest that our enemies test us.” – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after terrorists launched more than 40 rockets at Israel over the past four days. (Jerusalem Post, Apr. 27, 2021)

“We are troubled that the Biden administration and a handful of European countries are promoting a return to the Iran deal while disregarding the concerns of those closest to Iran, most vulnerable to Iran, and most knowledgeable about Iran.” — A group of more than 2,000 former high-ranking Israeli military, law enforcement, and intelligence community officials warn President Biden in a letter against inking a new nuclear deal with Iran.  (Washington Free Beacon, Apr. 19, 2021)

“The “Jerusalem Program,” which is the credo of the World Zionist Organization, consists of six “foundations of Zionism” that every Zionist organization is obligated to accept. The first foundation is: “The unity of the Jewish people, its bond to their historic homeland Eretz Yisrael, and the centrality of the State of Israel and Jerusalem, its capital in the life of the nation. … There is no legal, historic or religious basis for the Zionist left’s campaign to stop Jews from buying land in Judea and Samaria.” — Attorney Stephen M. Flatow writes responding to Left-wing American Jewish groups’ success in postponing a vote on whether the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) can purchase private land from Arabs in Judea and Samaria. (JNS, Apr. 26, 2021)

“This is truly horrifying…. I mean the idea that Kerry would do this is appalling in its own right, but Biden and Kerry have to answer for this. He should not be sitting on the National Security Council. He shouldn’t be involved with any of our foreign policy if this is what he does. And then the worst part is to stab our ally Israel in the back, and take up for Iran, who’s the largest state sponsor of terrorism? It’s … ludicrous.” – former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif disclosure that Kerry, as secretary of state under President Barack Obama, disclosed details on some 200 incidences in which Israel attacked Iranian targets in Syria.  (Newsmax, Apr. 27, 2021)

“And now, with pride, glory, dignity and elation, but with humility as well, let us meet one of the outstanding people of our nation, and a family that is a model of sacrifice, defiance and patience. We are proud to be with Rushdie Abu Mokh today on Palestine TV. But we also bow our heads in humility before these luminaries.” – A Palestinian Authority’s official broadcaster greeting released Palestinian terrorist Rushdi Abu Mokh as a hero, upon his completion of a 35-year sentence in Israel for the kidnapping and murder of Israeli soldier Moshe Tamam in 1984.  (JNS, Apr. 25, 2021)

“With no American or North Atlantic Treaty Organization military presence, it will be every group for itself. Imagine outsourcing our national security to the Taliban. To expect the Taliban to police al Qaeda and ISIS is like asking the fox to guard the henhouse. It’s only a matter of time before another civil war. All of this can be avoided by keeping a small U.S.-NATO counterterrorism force in place to help the Afghan military and continue to push the parties to find political solutions to the complicated mosaic of problems in Afghanistan ….” – Senator Lindsey Graham and Jack Keane writing on President Biden’s decision to bring back all the troops from Afghanistan on Sept. 11th.  (WSJ, Apr.16, 2021)

“In a study of 17 nation states from within the 37- member Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, Canada has tallied up the worst record for COVID-19 deaths in long-term care homes… No other country has come close. By the time the pandemic’s first wave rested, four out of five COVID-related deaths in Canada had occurred in care homes for the elderly.” – columnist Terry Glavin criticizing the Canadian Liberal Party’s failed Covid-19 policies.  (National Post, Apr. 22, 2021)

“The rancid rhetoric of today’s left may be playing to the peanut gallery; aside from fetishizing Palestinians, identitarians are provincial. Progressives display little interest in Myanmar, Xinjiang or Alexei Navalny’s fate in Russia. But trendy denunciation of our awful people, awful history and awful cultures doesn’t stay all in the family. It’s music to the ears of our adversaries, whose illiberal ambitions are primarily constrained by fear. Why fear a society that’s tearing itself apart for you? Alert to what looks from afar like decadence, decay and implosion, China is further emboldened to quash Hong Kong, annex the entire South China Sea and bully Australia for daring to desire more research into the origins of COVID-19.” – Journalist Lionel Schriver (The Spectator, Apr. 27, 2021)

ISRAELI SECURITY OFFICIALS HEAD TO WASHINGTON TO SHARE IRAN THREAT INTEL AS WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT CAN’T BE SWAYED ON NUCLEAR DEAL(Tehran) — A high-profile Israeli security delegation, headed by Mossad Director Yossi Cohen, flew to Washington to discuss the dangers of restoring the original 2015 Iranian nuclear accord. Ahead of their arrival, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki answered “no” when asked at a press briefing whether the visit was likely to change the US administration’s stance on reviving the nuclear deal, to which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is strongly opposed. (Algemeiner, Apr. 27, 2021)


IRAN’S FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS JOHN KERRY TOLD HIM ABOUT ISRAELI COVERT OPERATIONS IN SYRIA(Tehran) — Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed in recently leaked audio that John Kerry, when he was serving as Secretary of State during the Obama administration, informed him of more than 200 Israeli operations in Syria. Kerry has previously been accused of colluding with Iranian leaders to undermine the Trump administration. Kerry is now a part of the Biden administration and has a seat on the National Security Council as the special presidential envoy for climate. (Fox News, Apr. 26, 2021)

U.N. ELECTS IRAN TO COMMISSION ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS(NYC) — UN Watch is calling on U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and EU states to condemn the UN’s election of Iran to a 4-year term on its Commission on the Status of Women, the “principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.” Though the ballot was secret, UN Watch has determined that at least four of the 15 EU and Western Group democracies on ECOSOC—which include Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Latvia, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States—voted for Iran. (UN Watch, Apr.21, 2021)

SYRIAN MISSILE LANDS NEAR DIMONA NUCLEAR REACTOR, INTERCEPTION FAILS(Dimona) — Israel and Syria exchanged missile attacks early, after Damascus launched an advanced surface-to-air missile that landed in the Negev Desert. Alarms sounded in Abu Qrenat near Dimona in the South. Syria fired the missile in response to what it claims was an Israeli Air Force bombing near Damascus. Israel frequently strikes Syria to prevent Iranian entrenchment in the country as well as weapons shipments to Hezbollah in Lebanon. (Jerusalem Post, Apr. 22, 2021)

ABBAS CANCELS LEGISLATIVE ELECTION DENYING HAMAS EASY VICTORY, PINS BLAME ON ISRAEL(Ramallah) — The Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has informed the European Union, Jordan, and Egypt of his decision [which was predicted by analysts] to cancel the 2021 Palestinian legislative election, which was scheduled for May 22.  Abbas clarified at a Fatah Central Committee meeting: “We will in no way agree to hold general elections without Jerusalem and its residents,” and urged the international community to put pressure on Israel to allow PA residents living in eastern Jerusalem to vote. It should be noted that the Palestinian Authority’s Central Elections Commission (CEC) has set up 11 polling stations to serve 150,000 eligible voters from eastern Jerusalem who live in the city’s suburbs – out of a total of about 300,000 Arabs who are in the city.  (Jewish Press, Apr. 27, 2021)

DEFEATING ODDS, ISRAELI TEAM CROWNED FIBA EUROPE CUP CHAMPION (Jerusalem) — Israeli Basketball Premier League club Ironi Ness Ziona has been crowned the new International Basketball Federation Europe (FIBA) Cup champions, after beating Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski and earning their first title in a European club competition. According to FIBA’s website, Ironi Ness Ziona came out on top for an 82-74 victory behind 21 points from Nimrod Levi, while Jerome Meyinsse produced a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. (JNS, Apr. 26, 2021)

NEW ADIDAS AD FEATURES ORTHODOX JEWISH MARATHON RUNNER(Jerusalem) — Orthodox Jewish marathon runner and mother-of-five Bracha “Beatie” Deutsch stars in a new advertisement for Adidas. Deutsch, 29, shared on April 20 the new Adidas Facebook ad, which features a partial view of her face and the message, “Where some see an Orthodox runner, I see my belief pushing me forward. Impossible is nothing.” (Algemeiner, Apr. 26, 2021)

‘HEAVY POLICE PRESENCE’ OUTSIDE JEWISH CENTERS IN BRONX AFTER FOUR SYNAGOGUES TARGETED OVERNIGHT(NYC) — The New York Police Department has mobilized to protect Jewish institutions in the Bronx borough of the city after the targeting of synagogues in the area by a stone-throwing assailant continued Saturday night, bringing the total number of incidents up to six. On Thursday night and Friday morning the Riverdale Jewish Center (RJC) and Chabad of Riverdale were attacked. On Saturday night both were targeted again, as well as Young Israel of Riverdale and Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale (CSAIR). (Algemeiner, Apr. 25, 2021)

JEWISH WAR HERO WHO FOUGHT NAZIS WINS CANADA’S HIGHEST HONOR FOR VOLUNTEERING(Ottawa) –Alex Polowin of Ottawa still wasn’t 18 when he joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942, determined to do something and fight back after learning that his mother’s family had been murdered in the Holocaust.  While Polowin already has a chestful of military medals, the 96-year-old retired insurance agent was awarded Canada’s highest honor for his volunteer work, which as fate would have it started long after he took off his wartime navy uniform for good. In 1942, at only 17, Polowin lied about his age, enlisted in the navy and spent the next three years on Canadian warships fighting in the North Atlantic chasing Nazi battleships, escorting convoys and battling German destroyers trying to interrupt the D-Day landings. (United With Israel, Apr. 27, 2021)

PEOPLE FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 DON’T NEED TO WEAR MASKS OUTDOORS: CDC(Washington) — People who have gotten two Moderna or Pfizer shots, or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, can conduct a range of activities outside without wearing a mask, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. Those include dining at outdoor restaurants with friends and attending an outdoor gathering with a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated people. People who are not vaccinated against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus are being told to continue wearing masks in those situations. But even people who have not gotten a shot can move around outdoors and attend small, outdoor gatherings without masks, according to the CDC. Both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans should keep wearing masks while attending a crowded outdoor event like a live performance, parade, or sports game. (Epoch Times, Apr. 27, 2021)

PUTIN CLOSES OFF ACCESS TO BLACK SEA AFTER BIDEN’S ABOUT-FACE ON UKRAINE(Moscow) – Russian President Vladimir Putin took advantage of theBiden administration’s decision to abandon plansto send two destroyers to the Black Sea by closing off the Kerch Strait, connecting Crimea to Russia, to foreign warships until next fall. The action comes as Russia warned the US on Tuesday to stay away from the area “for their own good” after the Biden administration said it was going to send two destroyers — the USS Roosevelt and the USS Donald Cook — to the Black Sea in response to Moscow’s increasing military presence near Ukraine. (NY Post, Apr. 15, 2021)

CANADIAN FEDERAL COURT RULES TRUDEAU COVID HOTELS VIOLATE CHARTER PROTECTION AGAINST ARBITRARY DETENTION(Ottawa) — An interim injunction which would have required nine Canadians to isolate in government-controlled hotels was denied by a federal court. The nine people in question, despite having tested negative for COVID, would have had to stay in a hotel as directed by government officials for a total of at least three days, and would have been sent a bill for at least $2,000 for expenses. The ruling found that this type of forced confinement possibly contravenes Sections Seven and Nine of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and therefore, the issue needs to be resolved by trial.  (Post Millennial, Apr. 26, 2021)

CATHERINE MCKENNA VOWS TO ‘DO A BETTER JOB’ OVER LOST BILLIONS(Ottawa) — Trudeau Minister Catherine McKenna has accepted that she needs to “do a better job of explaining” where billions of taxpayer dollars went. McKenna is the Liberal Infrastructure Minister. Under her watch, $187.8 billion was pledged towards infrastructure over the course of 12 years. Auditors, however, can not find where a significant amount of this money went. (Post Millennial, Apr. 26, 2021)

Princeton Hillel And An Israeli Flag – Opinion:  Jacob Katz, Jerusalem Post, Apr. 25, 2021 — I am a sophomore at Princeton University and a veteran of the IDF. When I recently asked to hang an Israeli flag in Princeton’s Hillel house – also known as the Center for Jewish Life, “CJL” – I was greeted with anything but an enthusiastic yes.
Elliott Abrams on Biden’s Iran Policy: “So Far, So Good”:  Marilyn Stern, Middle East Forum Webinar, Apr. 19, 2021 — Elliott Abrams, former U.S. special envoy for Iran and currently a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, spoke to a March 19 Middle East Forum webinar (video) (also accessible on C-SPAN) about the Biden administration’s approach to Iran.

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