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Israel Reacts to Haley Resignation

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10 Oct 2018 (All day)
Israel Reacts to Haley Resignation
Israeli officials were reacting with shock and sadness Wednesday morning following the surprising announcement by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley that she is resigning from her position. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement thanking her for leading “an uncompromising struggle against hypocrisy at the UN and for the truth and justice of our country,” while President Reuven Rivlin praised her for “tearing away the cynical smokescreen that was masking the United Nations and international organizations.”

“Thank you, Nikki Haley!” Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon added in his own public statement. “Thank you for standing with the truth without fear. Thank you for representing the values common to Israel and the United States. Thank you for your support for the State of Israel, which helped lead to a change in Israel’s status in the UN. Thank you for your close friendship and common paths.”

Here is the video of Haley and President Donald Trump making the official announcement

PA Accuses Qatar, Israel and the UN of Conspiring Against It
The Fatah faction of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas lashed out at Qatar on Tuesday for what it characterized as meddling in internal Palestinian affairs, as well as entering into a conspiracy with Israel, to help the Islamist terror militia Hamas gain support at Fatah’s expense among ordinary Palestinians. The accusations came following the delivery of Qatari-donated fuel oil for Gaza’s electricity-generating plants, which was made possible cooperation with Israel and the UN but bypassing the PA.

“We’re witnessing an attempt to bypass the legitimate leadership of the Palestinians,” a PA official declared. “Hamas and Qatar are part of a suspicious conspiracy to liquidate the Palestinian cause and destroy our national project.”

“We hope that relieving the humanitarian pressure in Gaza will reduce tensions and the threat of escalation. Furthermore, we call on the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to seriously engage with Egypt on reconciliation and move forward with implementing the October 12, 2017 Cairo Agreement,” the UN said in a statement.

Iranian Economy Projected to Contract in 2019
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its “World Economic Outlook” annual report this week, which said among other things that Iran’s economy slipped into recession this year and is expected to worsen as a result of renewed US sanctions over its renegade nuclear program. The report added a gloomy economic outlook for the rest of the countries in the Middle East over the course of 2019.

Bank of Israel Gets New Governor
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon announced on Tuesday that they have appointed Dr. Amir Yaron, currently serving as a professor of banking and finance at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, to be the next governor of the Bank of Israel. Dr. Yaron will formally begin his five-year term on 12 November, following the retirement of outgoing Governor Dr. Karnit Flug.

Israel Suffering from High Levels of Emigration
Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics published numbers Tuesday demonstrating an alarming number of highly educated people leaving the country for better professional and financial opportunities abroad. The so-called “brain drain” adversely affects Israel’s economy in a variety of ways, and the government has been actively promoting programs to reverse the trend for several years.

Today’s video shows sa recent panel discussion on Russia's role in Syria