JCPA

The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs is a leading independent research institute specializing in public diplomacy and foreign policy. Founded in 1976, the Center has produced hundreds of studies and initiatives by leading experts on a wide range of strategic topics. Dr. Dore Gold, Israel’s former ambassador to the UN, has headed the Jerusalem Center since 2000.

The Center is a multidisciplinary, independent non-profit think tank for Israel policy research and education, bringing together the best minds in the political, strategic, diplomatic and legal arenas, in Israel and abroad.

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Tue, Dec 12th 2017 9:55am
(New York Times) Sarah Maslin Nir and William K. Rashbaum - A would-be suicide attacker detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his body in the passageway connecting the Times Square and Port Authority subway stations in New York City on Monday. But the bomb failed to fully detonate and the attacker himself was the only one seriously injured. Three other people had minor injuries. The attacker, Akayed Ullah, 27, told investigators that the bomb was in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria and elsewhere. Ullah, from Bangladesh, arrived in the U.S. in 2011.
Tue, Dec 12th 2017 1:00am
(Reuters) The International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Monday it would refer Jordan to the UN Security Council for failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he visited Amman in March. The court issued arrest warrants for Bashir in 2009 and 2010 over his role in war crimes including genocide in Sudan's Darfur province. Jordan, as a member of the ICC, is obliged to carry out its arrest warrants.
Tue, Dec 12th 2017 1:00am
(Deutsche Welle-Germany) German domestic intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen said on Sunday that the number of people adhering to the fundamentalist Islamic ideology had "risen to an all-time high," with the German intelligence agency BfV saying there were 10,800 Salafists in Germany today compared with 9,700 in December 2016. The BfV said the movement's recruitment drives have left the streets and mosques, and that Salafists were instead being radicalized in small conspirative groups on the internet. The agency also pointed to the growing number of women's networks. Maassen also said Islamists from the North Caucasus region represented a major threat to security in Germany, with 500 extremists from Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia now thought to be living in Germany.
Tue, Dec 12th 2017 1:00am
(Wall Street Journal) Nicolas Parasie - Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture and Information said Monday that commercial cinemas will start operating in early 2018, ending a ban imposed in the early 1980s.
Tue, Dec 12th 2017 1:00am
(Jerusalem Post) Rina Bassist and Herb Keinon - The EU will not be initiating a peace proposal of its own, but will wait to see where the U.S. proposals go, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was told during his meeting with EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that while some are talking about a European initiative, "we are not looking at multiplying initiatives. There is no peace initiative, or attempt to restart peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, that can happen without engagement from the United States." Netanyahu later said that Europe must "stop pampering the Palestinians." He said that while the EU is constantly raising with him the question of settlements, he asked them how often they raise with the Palestinians the question of their failure to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
Tue, Dec 12th 2017 1:00am