The guard told me I have to leave the embassy' interview with Jonathan Pollard and Cops defunded, de Blasio's wife urges New Yorkers to do their own policing and US State Department Human-Rights Report Returns to Using ‘Occupied’ Territories and Jonathan Pollard visits Cave of the Patriarchs
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US State Department Human-Rights Report Returns to Using 'Occupied' Territories
The Biden administration returned to using the term "occupied" when referring to the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem in its annual human-rights report issued by the U.S. State Department.
The language, however, "is not meant to convey a position on any final-status issues to be negotiated between the parties to the conflict."
Under the Trump administration, the State Department dropped the term "occupied" when referring to these territories and removed the Golan Heights from the 2018 and 2019 reports after the United States recognized Israeli sovereignty there.
That section of the report covers Israel "within the 1949 Armistice Agreement line, as well as Golan Heights and East Jerusalem territories that Israel occupied during the June 1967 war and where it later extended its domestic law, jurisdiction and administration."
The language, however, "is not meant to convey a position on any final-status issues to be negotiated between the parties to the conflict, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the borders between Israel and any future Palestinian state."
The report did acknowledge Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December 2017, as well as Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights in 2019. The title also remained the same: "Israel, West Bank and Gaza." Prior to the Trump administration, the report had used "Israel and the Occupied Territories."
Speaking on the decision to keep the title, acting State Department official on human rights Lisa Peterson said its authors continued to believe that it was better to assign specific geographic names.
"That's in line with our practices generally. We also believe it is clearer and more useful for readers seeking information on human rights in those specific areas," she told reporters.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said America would no longer consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal, breaking with prior policy and with many in the international community.
Israel gained control of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War.
Jonathan Pollard visits Cave of the Patriarchs during Passover
Ex-spy visits one of Judaism's holiest sites for Passover holiday, one of the few days the entire site is open to Jews.
Jonathan Pollard and his wife Esther visited the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron Wednesday during the Passover holiday and later toured the city of the patriarchs.
During his visit, Pollard recited the 'Hagomel' blessing, which is recited by Jews who have been saved from captivity or life-threatening situations.
The hall of Isaac and Rebecca, which is closed to Jews throughout most of the year, opened for Chol Hamoed to allow Jews to visit during Passover.
Thousands of Jews have already arrived in the area since Tuesday, and Israel Police has increased its presence and set up traffic arrangements for the arrivals.
Kiryat Arba-Hebron Council Head Eliyahu Libman emphasized that the Jewish nation's roots are in the Cave of the Patriarchs: "After a difficult year during which the Cave was closed for long stretches of time, today we saw thousands of Israelis arriving at the site, and there's nothing that warms your heart more than such sights."
"I invite all of you to the place from which the Jewish nation grew, to the graves of our forefathers and foremothers," he said. "Come to the Cave of the Patriarchs, come to Kiryat Arba-Hebron. There's room for everyone."
Jonathan Pollard served 30 years of a life sentence in an American prison for spying for Israel, an unusually harsh sentence for the crime of spying for an allied country. He was released on parole in 2015 under extremely restrictive conditions. Last year, the US Parole Commission issued a certificate terminating parole and the restrictions that were imposed on him. As a result, Pollard was finally free to come to Israel.
Cops defunded, de Blasio's wife urges New Yorkers to do their own policing
By Monica Showalter
Did it occur to any of the leftist politicians boostering for the 'Defund the Police' far-left trope that they might just be left holding the bag?
Seems not. And sure enough, it's slowly starting to dawn on them that were played for fools.
Because in the wake of the media-vaunted 'defund police' movement, every last blue city in America kowtowing to this has, surprise, found itself in the middle of a crime wave. Crime-plagued blue cities are now becoming unliveable, and citizens who form their tax bases are fleeing, That presents some problems for these pols. Caracas-ization is not for the faint of heart. But remaining fools, they don't exactly know what to do about it.
Crime in New York City is out of control, so Chirlaine McCray, the scandal-plagued wife of far-left Mayor Bill de Blasio, is now offering a bizarre new solution to resolve the problem: Every citizen his own policeman.
The wife of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio wants citizens to personally "physically intervene" to stop violent crimes, nine months after she convinced her husband to get aboard the "defund the police" movement by redirecting money from police to "youth initiatives and social services."
And apparently, since she was getting flak (notice how few 'likes' and retweets she got, as well as the angry comments, which drew hundreds of 'likes'), she put up this disclaimer pinned tweet apparently to cover her tracks:
Many angry commentators, most of whom appeared to be New Yorkers, pointed out that a citizen in New York was actually killed last week trying to do what Chirlaine urged.
More still suggested that maybe a trained professional, with academy certification, and appropriated equipment, wearing blue, might be the ticket.
Lastly, most said her suggestions were ridiculous, brimming with political hypocrisy. Hadn't McCray been one of the loudest wokester voices in New York demanding the defunding of the police? Hadn't her bizarre daughter been arrested one or more times in a crowd that was throwing things at police, squalling loudly for their defunding?
Having loudly demanded that police be defunded over the summer in part of a leftist lunacy maneuver amid rioting in cities that was called off after it started affecting Joe Biden's poll numbers, McCray is now telling citizens that instead of having police, they can do their own policing. Never mind all that primo cash they pay as taxpayers for police protection.
Now they are to do it themselves -- as if citizens were just as protected as police in doing such jobs surrounding violent criminals in their acts, just as skilled at mediating the many cases of mentally ill people on the streets with violent tendencies, and just as adept at handling unpredictable hairtrigger situations involving hidden knives and guns, which in red cities are normally handled by trained police personnel.
Some cities, such as Minneapolis and Portland, whose leftist leaders also got on that 'defund' bandwagon, have quietly stepped up recruiting after demonizing their police and driving them to retire at their desks. They're hearing from angry citizens, as are the officials in New York. But instead of increasing police protection, New York's big idea from the Camp de Blasio is to get citizens to do it themselves.
Maybe they're trying to save money for their cronies. In Chirlaine's case, that wouldn't be a surprise. But the chickens have come home to roost in this, and they've obviously been played for fools.
Chirlaine and Co. seem to be endorsing wokester consultant claptrap about "conflict de-escalation" or something of that sort, but New Yorkers, based on those reply tweets to her tweet strings know it's nonsense.
Do it yourself. And anyone who thinks this can't be flipped to vigilantism in a rough place like New York is an idiot. If this becomes conventional wisdom, and the police remain retired at their desks, watch for that to come of this, too. Mafias emerge in places where civic protection that looks out for all people and enforces just one law for all is absent.
Not surprisingly, it's minority communties in New York which are being hit hardest by this crime wave that's come of New York's diverting funds to social workers and disbanding New York's famed plainclothes units. Asian Americans, as she's mentioned, are open targets, assaulted and robbed and even murdered now with impunity. But don't dismiss the black communities of New York -- they too have been hit hardest by this leftist call in the name of supporting the criminal-American community, to defund police. Police calls are highest in those neighborhoods based on the crime that's there. Now, the police are gone, so citizens are being urged to talk the criminals in the act out of their crimes.
The wokesters may like it, but everyone else knows that it's going to get people killed. Crime is exploding in New York now. Calling on people to stop their own muggers and rapists is just going to lead to more carnage.
The guard told me I have to leave the embassy'
'I saw myself as expendable.' Pollard opens up about his time as a spy, his three decades in prison, and his new life in Israel.
Thirty-five years after he served as an Israeli spy, Jonathan Pollard opened up about his espionage work, sharing details for the first time about his work on behalf of Israel while working as a naval analyst in the 1980s.
In an interview published by Israel Hayom Monday morning, Pollard discussed his decision to pass on sensitive information to Israel, his conversations with Rafi Eitan – a top Israeli intelligence official in the 1980s – as well as his removal from the Israeli embassy in 1985 after he was discovered by the FBI, and his subsequent three decades in an American prison, followed by his new life in Israel after his release.
"The people in our neighborhood are wonderful," said Pollard. "When we need, I go to the local corner store, and sometimes we go together to the supermarket. It is kind of hard for me to walk because of my back and leg pains. It is hard for me to describe to you how amazing it is to be able to walk on the street with Esther. Everything is so amazing. The sky is so blue and beautiful. People talk with us, and from the conversations I feel that they really know that someone was ready to sacrifice his life for them."
"But one thing I don't understand is why people are always asking for 'selfies'," Pollard said with a laugh. "What is this nonsense? When I went to prison, there were no cell phones or selfies. Both Esther and I are very private people, and our privacy is very important to us."
The Pollards lamented the fact that because of Jonathan's lengthy prison sentence, he and his wife were unable to have children.
"That is one of our great tragedies," said Esther. "It is one of the things that made the pain that much worse."
"In Israel, people are used to having a basic human right to have children. In America it is exactly the opposite. From the moment that you're convicted, you have no rights – certainly not the right to have children."
"We begged the government to give us the chance to bring children into the world any way possible. But in the US there is no way for the wife to join with her [imprisoned] husband."
Jonathan joined in, saying: "If anyone tells you that men don't have the need to have children the same as women, he's lying. Because children are everything."
Turning to his time as an Israeli spy, Jonathan Pollard said that it was he and his first wife, Anne, who saved his handler, Aviem Sella, from being captured by the FBI in the spring of 1985.
"The FBI arrested me outside of the office. I asked to be allowed to call my wife, Anne, since Aviem and his wife were waiting for us at a restaurant in the city for dinner."
"My main concern was getting him out of the country, because he didn't have diplomatic immunity. I saw myself as being expendable. He was a national hero, a national asset for Israel. I was a soldier, that's it."
After he was discovered by the FBI, Pollard sought asylum in the Israeli embassy, but was ultimately forced to leave the premises.
"The guard told me: 'I'm sorry, but they're saying in Jerusalem that you need to go out and come back in from the main gate.' I told him: 'I won't make to the main gate. There are 20 FBI agents waiting outside. Do you know what they'll do to me? He said back: 'I'm sorry, but you have to leave.'"
Pollard blamed Rafi Eitan and his Israeli handlers for his capture, saying they failed to prepare him for work as a spy.
"I wasn't trained as an agent. There was no escape plan. When I expressed concerns, Rafi Eitan made light of them."
Pollard also denied that he was motivated by financial concerns, saying that he worked as a spy solely out of a desire to help the Jewish state.
"There was an intel embargo on Israel. The Americans had stabbed Israel in the back and were not handing over information which they were obliged by treaty to give. And it wasn't just withholding information; it was also lying to the Israelis."
"I was present at meetings when these things happened. I know that I crossed the line, but I had no choice. The threats against Israel were very serious. When an Arab states is developing chemical weapons of mass destruction and the US hides it from Israel, every Jew needs to ask himself what do the words 'Never Again' mean."