Israel’s Teva, world’s largest generic drug company, is under police investigation

Israeli company Teva, “the world’s biggest maker of generic drugs… is being investigated by Israeli police in connection with a bribery case it settled with US authorities last year.” Teva and its wholly owned Russian subsidiary agreed to pay more than $519m to settle charges that it violated US anti-bribery laws by making improper payments to government officials in Russia, Ukraine and Mexico to boost drug sales…”

Flashback: 16 years ago, Alison Weir set off to Palestine as an independent reporter

Sixteen years ago today, in the midst of the Second Intifada, Alison Weir set off to Palestine as an independent reporter, bent on seeing for herself the reality behind the news headlines that depicted Israel under storm by hostile Arabs.  She had never visited Israel or Palestine and was completely new to understanding the so-called “Mideast Conflict.”…

Did a Super Bowl ad feature a West Bank roadblock? [VIDEO]

A Super Bowl ad by Expedia promoted travel as an antidote to narrow-mindedness and divisions. A montage of images from around the world illustrates the narration: “Every step you take narrows the influence of narrow minds…” What scene accompanied these words?” An image of a road block that looks a whole lot like an Israeli military checkpoint in the occupied Palestinian West Bank…

Family of quadriplegic boy paralyzed by Israel sues for damages

On his 15th birthday, Atiya was shot in the neck by Israeli soldiers while he was on his way home from school. There were no so-called “clashes” at the time. After six months in an Israeli hospital, at the expense of the Palestinian Authority, doctors admitted Atiya was permanently paralyzed in all four of his limbs. He will be dependent on others for the rest of his life. Now his family is seeking damages from the Israeli army…

James Baker warns Trump against being “Israel’s Lawyer”

Ha’aretz reports: “Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, one of the leading Republican figures in foreign policy in the past few decades, cautioned U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday against acting as ‘Israel’s lawyer,’ and reiterated his longstanding objections to Israeli settlement construction.” In an interview with Politico, Baker said, “I did take note in…

These before and after photos prove that Obama and Hillary had nothing but love for Islam [VIDEO]

The Duran asks: “Where was the liberal left outrage when Barack and Hillary were bombing the hell out of these three ‘Muslim’ countries? As the entire liberal left is in a tizzy over Trump’s immigration executive order, we thought it would be fun to showcase three Muslim countries, that under the Obama/Clinton rule, flourished under the inclusive love of the liberal left…”

Trump may be more moderate on settlements and Iran than expected

The Trump administration is shaping its policy toward Israel and a potential peace settlement with the Palestinians in ways that may seem surprising for a president who had appeared to offer the government in Jerusalem a blank check on the expansion of settlements in the West Bank and other issues.”

Trump’s evolving settlement policy appears more lenient toward Israel than the Obama administration’s, but not as lenient as sought by many of Israel’s strongest backers. There may be more continuity with past policy on Israel and on Iran than many foreign policy analysts had expected.