On December 18, the President signed H.R. 2297, the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 into law. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, made the following remarks:
This strong, bipartisan bill intensifies pressure against the Hizballah terrorist organization and provides the Administration additional tools with which to target Hizballah’s financial lifeblood. We continue to work with Congress in a bipartisan way to ensure that we maximize the tools available to us to thwart Hizballah’s network at every turn, and we look forward to working together as we implement these new authorities. The U.S. Government has made significant progress and will continue to further disrupt Hizballah’s terrorist capabilities by targeting the group’s financial support infrastructure. We are committed to continuing to take strong action, such as imposing sanctions, to counter the activities of Hizballah operatives and supporters, wherever they are located.
Last Thursday, after more than a year of diplomatic efforts led by the Israeli Mission to the United Nations, the United Nations has recognized Yom Kippur as an official UN holiday. The Jerusalem Post reports:
A step forward had been made in 2014 when the 69th General Assembly recognized the importance of the holiday as the holiest day of the Jewish year.
The designation means no official meetings will take place on this day and employees can choose to not work on that day.
Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon called the move “a decisive victory” that “finally provides an official place for the Jewish religion in the world’s parliament.”
The recognition would not have been possible, he said, without the cooperation of the US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, who prevented the anti-Israel majority at the UN from blocking the resolution.
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