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The Netherlands has decided to take a bold stand for Israel in the United Nations and to oppose all resolutions that do not use the Jewish name for the Temple Mount. 

Israel and Israel supporters have long contended that using just the Arabic name for the site, Haram al-Sharif, amounts to a blatant denial of Judaism’s connection to its holiest site. The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism.

The Dutch Senate passed the motion 50 to 25 earlier this month. 

Sen. Peter Schalk of the Christian SGP party asked the government “to vote as much as possible against UN resolutions referring to the Temple Mount using only the Arabic name al-Haram al-Sharif and to encourage other European Union countries to do the same.”

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U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) is already taking aim at the Joe Biden administration warning them they had better let her use her “First Amendment right” to attack Israel as she sees fit. 

Responding to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s decision to defund groups that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, she castigated the decision as another slap in the face to Palestinians by Donald Trump’s administration. Tlaib, though born in America, is of Palestinian ancestry and still has family in the West Bank.

“Sec. Pompeo has moved to suppress BDS, a peaceful protest movement protected by the 1st Amendment,” Tlaib said on Twitter,

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President Trump has been the most pro-Israel president ever. And, his bold moves actually led to peace with many Arab nations—just the opposite of what the talking heads predicted. But now the Palestinians are preparing a list of demands for President-elect Joe Biden, most of them calling for the reversal or cancellation of “anti-Palestinian” decisions made by Donald Trump’s administration.

The Jerusalem Post reported that the Palestinian Authority has prepared a list to present to Biden after he is sworn in on Jan. 20. Officials have already been in touch with Biden’s transition team and are encouraged by a positive response especially after four years of U.S. policy that was seen as heavily favoring Israel. 

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yossi Cohen, head of the Mossad, flew to Saudi Arabia to meet with the crown prince there before returning to Israel in a very quick visit that was made in secret.

This occurred after a week of historic meetings in Jerusalem between Israeli and American officials and Bahrain’s first official state visit to Israel last week with a delegation led by the foreign minister. 

After Israeli media broke the news of Netanyahu’s trip on Sunday, some officials here confirmed the meeting took place, but Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan denied that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met any Israelis in the kingdom on Sunday.

“I have seen press reports about a purported meeting between HRH the Crown Prince and Israeli officials during the recent visit by @SecPompeo,” he wrote on Twitter. “No such meeting occurred. The only officials present were American and Saudi.”

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Following the United Arab Emirates’ example, the five-star Ritz Carlton Hotel in Bahrain has announced it will become the nation’s first hotel to establish a kosher kitchen as it prepared to welcome an influx of Jewish visitors.

With an expected surge in travel from Israel since the normalization deals with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, these Gulf states are adapting to the potential clientele.

“Bahrain is unique as it already has an indigenous Jewish population, and since the recent normalization of relations, we are seeing a greater interest from Jewish and Israeli travelers, and we want to be able to provide kosher food for those who prefer this option,” said Bernard de Villèle, Ritz Carlton general manager.

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