Everything Christians do should be based upon the Biblical text. Here are seven solid Bible reasons why Christians should support Israel.

The Apple of HIS Eye…

Everything Christians do should be based upon the Biblical text. Here are seven solid Bible reasons why Christians should support Israel.

1. Genesis 12:3 “And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all nations of the earth be blessed.” Point: God has promised to bless the man or nation that blesses the Chosen People. History has proven beyond reasonable doubt that the nations that have blessed the Jewish people have had the blessing of God; the nations that have cursed the Jewish people have experienced the curse of God.

2. St. Paul recorded in Romans 15:27 “For if the Gentiles have shared in their (the Jews) spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things.”

Christians owe a debt of eternal gratitude to the Jewish people for their contributions that gave birth to the Christian faith. Jesus Christ, a prominent Rabbi from Nazareth said, “Salvation is of the Jews!” (St. John 4:22) consider what the Jewish people have given to Christianity:
a) The Sacred Scripture
b) The Prophets
c) The Patriarchs
d) Mary, Joseph, and Jesus Christ of Nazareth
e) The Twelve Disciples
f) The Apostles

It is not possible to say, “I am a Christian” and not love the Jewish people. The Bible teaches that love is not what you say, but what you do. (1 John 3:18) “A bell is not a bell until you ring it, a song is not a song until you sing it, love is not love until you share it.”

3. While some Christians try to deny the connection between Jesus of Nazareth and the Jews of the world, Jesus never denied his Jewishness. He was born Jewish, He was circumcised on the eighth day in keeping with Jewish tradition, He had his Bar Mitzvah on his 13th birthday, He kept the law of Moses, He wore the Prayer Shawl Moses commanded all Jewish men to wear, He died on a cross with an inscription over His head, “King of the Jews!

Jesus considered the Jewish people His family. Jesus said (Matthew 25:40) “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren (the Jewish people… Gentiles were never called His brethren), ye have done it unto me.

4. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee.” (Psalm 122:6) the scriptural principle of prosperity is tied to blessing Israel and the city of Jerusalem.

5. Why did Jesus Christ go to the house of Cornelius in Capernaum and heal his servant, which was ready to die? What logic did the Jewish elders use with Jesus to convince Him to come into the house of a Gentile and perform a miracle?

The logic they used is recorded in Luke 7:5; “For He loveth our nation, and He hath built us a synagogue.” The message? This Gentile deserves the blessing of God because he loves our nation and has done something practical to bless the Jewish people.

6. Why did God the Father select the house of Cornelius in Caesarea (Acts Chapter 10) to be the first Gentile house in Israel to receive the Gospel? The answer is given repeatedly in Acts 10.

Acts 10:2 “a devout man, (Cornelius) and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.” Who were the people to whom Cornelius gave these alms? They were the Jews

Again is Acts 10:4 “… thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.”

Again in Acts 10:31 “… and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.”
The point is made three times in the same chapter. A godly Gentile who expressed his unconditional love for the Jewish people in a practical manner was divinely selected by heaven to be the first Gentile house to receive the Gospel and the first to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

These combined Scriptures verify that PROSPERITY (Genesis 12:3 and Psalm 122:6), HEALING (Luke 7:1-5) and the OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT came first to Gentiles that blessed the Jewish people and the nation of Israel in a practical manner.

7. We support Israel because all other nations were created by an act of men, but Israel was created by an act of God! The Royal Land Grant that was given to Abraham and his seed through Isaac and Jacob with an everlasting and unconditional covenant. (Genesis 12:1-3, 13:14-18, 15:1-21, 17:4-8, 22:15-18, 26:1-5 and Psalm 89:28-37.)

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Gazan fisherman indicted for smuggling terror equipment

Fishing boats near Gaza

Fishing boats near Gaza

A Gaza fisherman was recently indicted for smuggling diving equipment to Hamas. The fisherman also attempted to smuggle weapons in Gaza, but was caught by the Egyptian army.

A South District criminal attorney sent an indictment against the 23-year-old fisherman on Sunday morning to the District Court in Be’er Sheva, charging him with three counts of committing crimes against the State of Israel.

According to the indictment, the fisherman made contact with Hamas terrorists in 2013 and used the fact he was a fisherman to smuggle diving equipment into Gaza, using a fishing boat he received from Hamas.

During 2015, the fisherman attempted to smuggle 200 kilograms of weapons in return for $1200, but he and several others were caught by the Egyptian army.

The indictment also mentions the fact that he committed his crimes in conjunction with an outside party. He is being charged, among other things, with committing crimes, giving services or making equipment available to terror organizations.

The file is under investigation of Shin Bet security forces and the Israeli police. Attorneys have requested the fisherman’s arrest until all legal proceedings against him have reached their conclusion.

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‘The battle for the liberation of Raqa has begun’ Kurdish fighters have announced the opening of Operation “Wrath of Euphrates” to capture Raqa, ISIS’ stronghold in Syria

Kurdish fighters in Syria

Kurdish fighters in Syria

Reuters

AFP – A US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance launched an offensive Sunday on the Islamic State group’s de facto Syrian capital Raqa, upping pressure on the jihadists after Iraqi forces entered
their Iraqi bastion Mosul.

“The major battle to liberate Raqa and its surroundings has begun,” Jihan Sheikh Ahmed, a spokeswoman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said at a press conference in Ain Issa, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the jihadist bastion.

The operation, dubbed “The Wrath of the Euphrates,” involves some 30,000 fighters and had begun on Saturday night, Ahmed said.

SDF spokesman Talal Sello told AFP it would proceed in two phases, first seizing areas around Raqa and isolating the city, then “taking control of the city” itself.

“The fight will not be easy, and will require accurate and careful operations because IS will defend its bastion knowing that the loss of Raqa will mean it is finished in Syria,” he said.

An AFP correspondent in Ain Issa saw dozens of armed SDF fighters heading on vehicles towards the frontline.

The long-awaited operation comes two years after IS seized control of large parts of Syria and Iraq and declared its cross-border “caliphate”.

The jihadists have suffered a string of territorial defeats in recent months and are under pressure on multiple fronts.

After launching an offensive on Mosul on October 17, Iraqi special forces pushed into the city on Friday and have been facing stiff resistance from the jihadists.

Complicated battlefield

The loss of Mosul and Raqa would deprive IS of its largest population centers, undermining the group’s claim to a self-declared “state”.

But capturing the two cities, both still home to large civilian populations, is expected to be a lengthy, and likely bloody, process.

Driving the jihadists from their urban strongholds has been the end-game since a US-led coalition launched air strikes against IS in the summer of 2014.

The coalition has also provided training and deployed hundreds of advisors to work with Iraqi forces and select Syrian fighters, including the SDF.

Sello said the alliance had received new weapons from the coalition for the Raqa battle, including anti-tank missiles.

Shortly after visiting Iraq last month to check on the Mosul offensive, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that an assault on Raqa would take place “within weeks”.

The idea of simultaneous operations against Mosul and Raqa “has been part of our planning for quite a while,” he said.

But in Raqa the battlefront is far more complicated.

After five years of civil war, Syria is divided into a patchwork of fiefdoms, with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, IS and a range of opposition forces all holding territory.

Carter singled out the SDF as the coalition’s potential ground partner in the Raqa offensive and last week the alliance said it would be leading the assault.

Dominated by the powerful Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the SDF has in recent months flushed IS out of swathes of territory in northern Syria, including the flashpoint town of Manbij in August.

Scene of worst atrocities

Washington has promoted the SDF as a key ally in the fight against IS, but the alliance is complicated by Turkey’s fierce opposition to the YPG.

Ankara calls the militia a “terrorist” group, and in August launched its own operation inside northern Syria, targeting both IS and the YPG.

Sello said on Sunday that the SDF had “agreed definitively” with the United States “that there will be no role for Turkey or the armed factions allied with it in the operation” to capture Raqa.

In northern Syria on the Euphrates River, Raqa was home to some 240,000 residents before 2011 and more than 80,000 people have fled there from other parts of the war-torn country.

It was the first provincial capital to fall from government control when rebels captured it in March 2013, two years after an uprising against Assad began.

IS drove out the rebels in January 2014 and five months later declared its self-styled Islamic “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq.

Raqa became the scene of some of IS’s worst atrocities, from stonings and beheadings to the trading of sex slaves.

Thousands of foreign fighters flocked to Raqa to join IS and US officials have described it as the nerve center for the group’s attacks abroad.

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Radical cleric: We won’t give up Al-Aqsa From his jail cell, Sheikh Raed Salah accuses Israel of falsifying history.

Sheikh Raed Salah

Sheikh Raed Salah

Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the outlawed northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, is warning against what he calls Israel’s “escalating measures” against the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Salah is currently serving a nine-month jail sentence in Israel after being convicted of encouraging violent attacks and inciting racism in a 2007 sermon.

In a message from his prison cell to the Arab Israeli public and to the Arab and Islamic nation, which was quoted by the Hamas-affiliated Palestine newspaper, Salah stressed that Muslims will continue to cling to the Al-Aqsa Mosque because of their eternal right to it.

He further said that UNESCO’s resolution denying the Jewish people’s connection to the Temple Mount strengthens the Muslims’ “eternal right” to the complex.

He accused Israel of falsifying history and of striving to impose their “false” narrative on the Palestinian people, “as though no other nations existed before the Israeli people were in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The radical cleric has in the past labeled Israeli leaders “terrorists” and “enemies of Allah” in a speech to Muslims in Be’er Sheva, and was also jailed for five months in 2010 for spitting at an Israeli police officer.

The Israeli government outlawed the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, which Salah heads, last year.

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Hang him in the town square’ Lehava Chairman calls on Defense Minister to fulfill his promise of ‘death to terrorists,’ after Dafna Meir’s murderer gets life sentence

Bentzi Gopshtain

Bentzi Gopshtain

Chairman of anti-assimilation group Lehava Bentzi Gopshtain reacted in an interview withArutz Sheva to the life sentence on the terrorist who murdered Dafna Meir in her home in the Judean community of Otniel.

“A disgrace was committed in Israel,” Gopshtain said, using a biblical expression. “[Defense Minister] Avigdor Liberman was chosen on one ticket – he promised the death penalty for terrorists. You got elected, you became Defense Minister – so act. The murderer must be killed, hang him in the town square. The only solution is death to terrorists.”

Israel has always hesitated to invoke the death penalty, except for arch-Nazi Adolph Eichmann in 1962, because of the fear that any Israelis who fall into Arab hands would be summarily killed, although that has hardly proven itself. Terrorists murder their Jewish prisoners anyway.

Regarding the noise of late surrounding Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and her attempt to bring about reform in the way Supreme Court justices are elected, Gopshtain said: “I hope that the Justice Minister will have the courage to finish what she started.”

“The big problem in the State is not just the government, but the courts. If they really want to rule, they have to switch the judges, because we’re not going to get anywhere with those judges.”

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ג וַאֲבָרְכָה, מְבָרְכֶיךָ, וּמְקַלֶּלְךָ, אָאֹר; וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ, כֹּל מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה. 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I curse; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’


שַׁאֲלוּ, שְׁלוֹם יְרוּשָׁלִָם; יִשְׁלָיוּ, אֹהֲבָיִךְ. 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may they prosper that love thee.
כג כֹּה-אָמַר, יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, בַּיָּמִים הָהֵמָּה, אֲשֶׁר יַחֲזִיקוּ עֲשָׂרָה אֲנָשִׁים מִכֹּל לְשֹׁנוֹת הַגּוֹיִם; וְהֶחֱזִיקוּ בִּכְנַף אִישׁ יְהוּדִי לֵאמֹר, נֵלְכָה עִמָּכֶם–כִּי שָׁמַעְנוּ, אֱלֹהִים עִמָּכֶם. {ס} 23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts: In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, shall even take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying: We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.


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Obama’s hidden agenda has been exposed he continues to spit venom towards the nation that I love Israel that snake

The Obama administration is manufacturing a crisis with Israel in anticipation of a post-election diplomatic push targeting the Jewish state, and this past week launched a series of broadsides criticizing the Israelis through the media and in press briefings, according to congressional sources and Jewish-American officials who spoke to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

The White House and State Department lashed out after the Israelis advanced plans to build in areas the administration considers to be off-limits to new Israeli construction, using language that reporters noted is usually reserved for terror attacks.

Asked by journalists why the administration stated that it “strongly condemn[ed]” Israel’s plans to advance construction, a phrase ordinarily used “to denounce acts of terrorism,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest replied that the construction “provoke[s] strong feelings in the administration.” In that briefing, Earnest also suggested that Israel betrayed commitments to Washington, while a State Department official separately said Israel would be “cementing… perpetual occupation” if it built the houses.

The latest controversy revolves around construction that the Israelis say is within the already existing Israeli neighborhood Shilo, but that the administration says constitutes a new settlement. Congressional officials who spoke to TWS said that the administration’s condemnation is a pretext for eroding relations with Israel and potentially for setting up a broader diplomatic offensive.

“They’re launching this weird, aggressive campaign that simply will have no positive outcome,” a senior congressional source told TWS. “It’s not an accident that all of this has been going on as Congress goes into recess [and] as attention is diverted by the election.”

The source said that while the administration has engaged in similar behavior against Israel in the past, this case appeared “far more coordinated and aggressive.”

“The president is in the market for a legacy,” the source continued. “I’m very concerned that he’s going to do something that he considers to be dramatic, just to get his name on the process.”

Another congressional source told TWS that President Obama has been “waiting for an opening” to condemn Israel.

“200 housing units in an existing community that did not expand the boundaries at all? That’s not something that should even make the news in Israel, let alone the U.S.”.obama 1

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FBI sources say ‘indictment likely’ for Hillary Clinton FBI sources say ‘indictment likely’ for Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Reuters

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will likely face criminal charges over her handling of classified government material on a private email server and allegations of selling influence within the State Department, two separate sources within the FBI claim.

According to a Fox News report published Wednesday night, the two sources said that an indictment of Mrs. Clinton was “likely,” and revealed details of the expanding investigations into the Clinton Foundation and the former Secretary of State’s email server.

The sources reportedly told Fox News that “there is a lot of evidence,” built up in the two cases, and that “barring some obstruction in some way,” they will “continue to likely an indictment,” – though no timeframe was provided by the two sources.

Among the details mentioned by the two sources, who were described as having “intimate knowledge of the FBI investigations,” are the near certainty within the FBI that Mrs. Clinton’s email server was indeed hacked by foreign governments. They said that there was “99%” certainty that the server system was hacked “by at least five foreign intelligence agencies,” adding that material had been stolen in those hacks.

Critics of Mrs. Clinton have often accused her of exposing confidential government files to possible cyber intrusions by hostile entities, arguing that her unprotected home server allowed foreign governments and rogue hackers an easy backdoor into classified State Department information.

Also revealed to Fox News was the breadth of the FBI’s inquiry into the Clinton Foundation, which is apparently far wider and given a higher priority than previously believed, with multiple offices within the agency carrying out separate, simultaneous investigations. According to one of the sources, the amount of evidence being compiled on the Clinton Foundation amounts to “an avalanche coming in every day.”

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An Arab terrorist was indicted for trying to murder Jewish youth by hitting them with his motorcycle and stabbing them with a knife

Knifeman (illustrative)

Knifeman (illustrative)

The prosecution of the Jerusalem District filed an indictment with the District Court against Murad Rajabi, a 20-year-old resident of the Arab neighborhood of Silwan in Jerusalem, for attempted murder and possession of a weapon.

According to the indictment, the terrorist left his house on his motorcycle, equipped with a knife.

Near Hevron Road in southern Jerusalem, he accelerated after noticing several youth who were apparently religious Jews, and crashed into one of them intentionally. The young Jewish man flew up in the air upon impact and suffered three cases of broken bones.

Afterward, Rajabi turned to attack the second youth with his knife and motorcycle helmet and, before he was neutralized, wounded the second youth in the face.

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Psalms Chapter 83 תְּהִלִּים

Psalms Chapter 83 תְּהִלִּים

א  שִׁיר מִזְמוֹר לְאָסָף. 1 A Song, a Psalm of Asaph.
ב  אֱלֹהִים אַל-דֳּמִי-לָךְ;    אַל-תֶּחֱרַשׁ וְאַל-תִּשְׁקֹט אֵל. 2 O God, keep not Thou silence; hold not Thy peace, and be not still, O God.
ג  כִּי-הִנֵּה אוֹיְבֶיךָ, יֶהֱמָיוּן;    וּמְשַׂנְאֶיךָ, נָשְׂאוּ רֹאשׁ. 3 For, lo, Thine enemies are in an uproar; and they that hate Thee have lifted up the head.
ד  עַל-עַמְּךָ, יַעֲרִימוּ סוֹד;    וְיִתְיָעֲצוּ, עַל-צְפוּנֶיךָ. 4 They hold crafty converse against Thy people, and take counsel against Thy treasured ones.
ה  אָמְרוּ–לְכוּ, וְנַכְחִידֵם מִגּוֹי;    וְלֹא-יִזָּכֵר שֵׁם-יִשְׂרָאֵל עוֹד. 5 They have said: ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.’
ו  כִּי נוֹעֲצוּ לֵב יַחְדָּו;    עָלֶיךָ, בְּרִית יִכְרֹתוּ. 6 For they have consulted together with one consent; against Thee do they make a covenant;
ז  אָהֳלֵי אֱדוֹם, וְיִשְׁמְעֵאלִים;    מוֹאָב וְהַגְרִים. 7 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab, and the Hagrites;
ח  גְּבָל וְעַמּוֹן, וַעֲמָלֵק;    פְּלֶשֶׁת, עִם-יֹשְׁבֵי צוֹר. 8 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
ט  גַּם-אַשּׁוּר, נִלְוָה עִמָּם;    הָיוּ זְרוֹעַ לִבְנֵי-לוֹט סֶלָה. 9 Assyria also is joined with them; they have been an arm to the children of Lot. Selah
י  עֲשֵׂה-לָהֶם כְּמִדְיָן;    כְּסִיסְרָא כְיָבִין, בְּנַחַל קִישׁוֹן. 10 Do Thou unto them as unto Midian; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook Kishon;
יא  נִשְׁמְדוּ בְעֵין-דֹּאר;    הָיוּ דֹּמֶן, לָאֲדָמָה. 11 Who were destroyed at En-dor; they became as dung for the earth.
יב  שִׁיתֵמוֹ נְדִיבֵימוֹ, כְּעֹרֵב וְכִזְאֵב;    וּכְזֶבַח וּכְצַלְמֻנָּע, כָּל-נְסִיכֵימוֹ. 12 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, and like Zebah and Zalmunna all their princes;
יג  אֲשֶׁר אָמְרוּ, נִירְשָׁה לָּנוּ–    אֵת, נְאוֹת אֱלֹהִים. 13 Who said: ‘Let us take to ourselves in possession the habitations of God.’
יד  אֱלֹהַי, שִׁיתֵמוֹ כַגַּלְגַּל;    כְּקַשׁ, לִפְנֵי-רוּחַ. 14 O my God, make them like the whirling dust; as stubble before the wind.
טו  כְּאֵשׁ תִּבְעַר-יָעַר;    וּכְלֶהָבָה, תְּלַהֵט הָרִים. 15 As the fire that burneth the forest, and as the flame that setteth the mountains ablaze;
טז  כֵּן, תִּרְדְּפֵם בְּסַעֲרֶךָ;    וּבְסוּפָתְךָ תְבַהֲלֵם. 16 So pursue them with Thy tempest, and affright them with Thy storm.
יז  מַלֵּא פְנֵיהֶם קָלוֹן;    וִיבַקְשׁוּ שִׁמְךָ יְהוָה. 17 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek Thy name, O LORD.
יח  יֵבֹשׁוּ וְיִבָּהֲלוּ עֲדֵי-עַד;    וְיַחְפְּרוּ וְיֹאבֵדוּ. 18 Let them be ashamed and affrighted for ever; yea, let them be abashed and perish;
יט  וְיֵדְעוּ–    כִּי-אַתָּה שִׁמְךָ יְהוָה לְבַדֶּךָ:
עֶלְיוֹן,    עַל-כָּל-הָאָרֶץ.
19 That they may know that it is Thou alone whose name is the LORD, {N}
the Most High over all the earth
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Poverty in Jerusalem what will you do

New report claims 2.6 million Israelis live in poverty

 

A new poverty index, compiled by ERI for Latet and based on basic necessities, found that poverty rates were significantly higher than those reported by the government agency. According to the new index, some 2,546,000 Israelis live below the poverty line – including 932,000 children.

 

The NII report claimed that 1,600,000 Israelis were living in poverty.
The Latet surveys, conducted poor reflect the effects of cutbacks in stipends for children and the increase in sales tax, claimed the foundation’s researchers. They emphasized that the official report only examined 2013, thus missing the recent deterioration in the condition of Israel’s most impoverished citizens. 

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Montreal imam calls to ‘destroy accursed Jews’ in viral video Police investigating viral video which calls to ‘destroy the Jews’.

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JTA – Montreal police are investigating a three-year-old video that shows an imam at a local mosque calling on Allah to “destroy the accursed Jews” and to kill them “one by one.”

The video, which went viral after being released Feb. 8 onto social media, appeared less than three weeks after six Muslim worshippers were gunned down in a Quebec City mosque and Jews across Canada rallied behind Muslims in a gesture of support and solidarity.

“We condemn these explicit calls for the death of Jews in the strongest possible terms,” Rabbi Reuben Poupko, co-chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, told The Canadian Jewish News.

“We believe these declarations may be a violation of the criminal code,” he said.

The mosque that hosted the imam was the Al-Andalous Islamic Centre in the Montreal borough of St. Laurent, according to reports.

A spokesman for the center said the person speaking in the video was a “volunteer” imam.

The center also issued a “clarification” that the imam’s comments were made during Israel’s 2014 military incursion into Gaza.

But, if anything, “the attack on the Quebec City mosque should serve as a reminder to all that there can be no ‘context’ in our democracy that legitimizes calls for violence against any identifiable community,” Poupko said.

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Terrorists who shot at Israeli motorists arrested Terrorists who carried out multiple shooting attacks on Israeli vehicles in Binyamin arrested.

Scene of terror attack

Scene of terror attack

The Shin Bet, the IDF, and the Israel Police arrested in Januray two terrorists who had carried out shooting attacks on a main road in Binyamin, it was cleared for publication Sunday.

The terrorists, who are 17 year old youths, were arrested several hours after one of the shooting attacks on January 27. They are residents of the village of Deir Abu Mashal in northwestern Binyamin.

The Shin Bet discovered during its investigation that the two had committed shooting attacks against Israeli vehicles, in the western Binyamin area on November 14 2016 in addition to the attack on January 27, 2017. The two were also involved in additional attacks. There were no injuries in any of the incidents.

Two improvised “Carlo” weapons were seized; ballistics tests showed that they matched shell casings found at the attack scenes.

The foregoing again shows the involvement of minors in severe terrorist actions as well as the tangible security danger posed by the accessibility of improvised weapons.

The Shin Bet, along with the IDF and Israel Police, views these acts of terrorism with utmost gravity and will act to prevent and thwart terrorist activity and attacks.

The IDF and police forces also arrested yesterday (Saturday) two Arabs suspected of throwing firebombs at the gate of Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion. The detainees were interrogated by Judea-Samaria police.

Video documentation released this morning by the IDF Spokesman shows Arabs throwing three firebombs at Migdal Oz on February 3, two-and-a-half weeks ago.

Meanwhile, IDF forces arrested three wanted Arabs during the night in Silwad in Binyamin. They are suspected of engaging in guerrilla activity and fomenting riots, and were transferred to security forces.

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Netanyahu, Trump, agree to create Judea and Samaria ‘team’ Netanyahu, Trump, agree to create Judea and Samaria ‘team’ Netanyahu speaks about Trump, Pence meetings, says US-Israel connection is seeing ‘a new day,’ forms team to deal with Judea and Samaria.

Netanyahu and Trump

Netanyahu and Trump

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday morning at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting spoke about his visit to the US and his meetings with US President Donald Trump and US Vice President Mike Pence.

“On Friday I returned from a historic visit to Washington, from my meeting with US President Donald Trump,” Netanyahu began. “The alliance between Israel and the US has always been steadfast but, I said, I told them there and also here in Jerusalem: This alliance has become even stronger. It has become stronger for two reasons.

“First of all, there is a personal connection of many years between President Trump and myself, and it is important. But it is even more important due to the second thing that has become stronger and this is the common view about the dangers and opportunities in the Middle East. The two of us see eye to eye on the main – and growing – threat from Iran and the need to stand against Iranian aggression in the various spheres.

“We also see the possibility of trying to provide a basis for the growing regional interests that are forming between Israel, the US and countries of the region both to rebuff Iran and to develop other opportunities and normalization. In the end we hope to achieve peace. This is a fundamental change and, I would say, has accompanied all of our discussions and has formed the infrastructure of all the agreements between us.

“We agreed to create joint teams to upgrade relations between Israel and the US in all of the main areas: Security, intelligence, cyber, technology, economics and many others. We also agreed to create a team in an area that we have not previously agreed on: I mean, of course, on settlement in Judea and Samaria. We will also discuss this.

“I also met with US Vice President Mike Pence, who is also a great friend of the State of Israel. I met for the first time with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and had a very good meeting. I also met with approximately 20 Senate and Congressional leaders, Republicans and Democrats alike, and again strengthened the bipartisan infrastructure of support for Israel, which, in the US, truly spans the entire country and population.

“I must point out that at the end of the meeting with the President, he shook my hand and defined relations between Israel and the US as ‘a new day.’ I must tell you that there is a new day here and it is a good day. There is also a new day here and there is no time for jet lag. After the Cabinet meeting I am leaving on an important visit to Singapore and Australia. I think that this is the first visit by a[n Israeli] prime minister to these important countries. We will strengthen security, economic and other ties with these countries,” Netanyahu concluded.

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Publisher shuts Turkey weekly over offensive Moses cartoon Publisher fires entire staff after cartoon published depicting Moses spewing curse words.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The publisher of one of Turkey’s most prominent cartoon magazines on Friday shut down the weekly and fired all its staff after it published a cartoon of Moses deemed to be offensive.

Girgir had published in its latest edition a cartoon showing the bearded Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt, with his companions complaining and using vulgar curse words.

“The decision has been taken for the magazine to be closed and all the staff laid off because of the distasteful cartoon,” the publishers said in a statement on the magazine’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

“The cartoon has disturbed society and disturbed us as a publishing company,” it said.

Girgir has since 2015 been published by the group of the Sozcu newspaper, a secular nationalist daily which is staunchly opposed to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The publishers blamed the cartoon for a deliberate attempt to “put the company in a difficult situation” and said it would inform prosecutors which employees were behind it.

A statement by the magazine, before the closure was announced, apologized for the cartoon, saying “it was not noticed before printing because of tiredness and insomnia.”

Cartoons of holy figures, especially from Islam, are a near taboo in Turkey.

Two Turkish journalists from the Cumhuriyet daily were last year ordered to serve two years in jail for illustrating their columns with a cartoon of Mohammed originally published by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin tweeted after the publication of the Girgir cartoon that “this has nothing to do with freedom of speech or humor. This is immoral and a hate crime.”

The cartoon was also angrily condemned by the editor in chief of Istanbul’s Jewish weekly Shalom Ivo Molinas who tweeted, “What a disgrace! What disrespect!”

Turkey still has several satirical weekly cartoon magazines, including Leman and Penguen, which are seen as bastions of satire amid growing criticism of press freedom under Erdogan’s rule.

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Did Kerry offer Netanyahu regional peace plan? Haaretz claims Netanyahu took part in a secret summit in Jordan in 2017, where Kerry presented plan for regional peace initiative.

Kerry and Netanyahu (archive)

Kerry and Netanyahu (archive)

Haaretz claimed on Saturday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took part in a secret summit in the Jordanian city of Aqaba a year ago, where then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presented a plan for a regional peace initiative.

According to the report, Kerry’s plan included recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and a renewal of talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA) with the support of the Arab countries.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi were present at the meeting as well, the newspaper claimed, citing former senior officials in the Obama administration who asked to remain anonymous.

Netanyahu reportedly did not accept Kerry’s proposal and said he would have difficulty getting it approved by his coalition. Nevertheless, according to Haaretz, the Aqaba summit was the basis for talks that began two weeks later between Netanyahu and opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog (Zionist Union) on establishing a unity government.

It was Kerry who initiated the conference after the previous peace initiative he had led collapsed in 2014, when the PA unilaterally applied to join international organizations in breach of the conditions of the talks.

During a meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on November 10, 2015, Netanyahu reportedly told the President he had new ideas for renewing talks with the PA. Obama, who no longer believed that Netanyahu had serious intentions, asked him to discuss the matter with Kerry, according to the sources who spoke to Haaretz.

The following day, the sources claimed, Netanyahu met with Kerry and proposed a series of significant gestures to the PA, including permits for massive construction by Palestinians in Area C, the area of Judea and Samaria under Israeli military and civilian control. Netanyahu asked that in exchange Washington recognize that Israel could build in the large “settlement blocs”, but did not make clear whether this meant construction outside the blocs would cease.

Two weeks later, Netanyahu held two long meetings with the security cabinet in which he tried to drum up support for these steps, but a number of terror attacks at that time, along with opposition to the move by Jewish Home ministers Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, cooled Netanyahu’s enthusiasm.

When Kerry came to Israel on November 24, Netanyahu informed him that the proposals he had presented just two weeks before were no longer on the table. Kerry, while surprised by Netanyahu’s change of heart, did not intend to give up.

With his advisers in December and January, he crafted a document that included principles for the renewal of talks between Israel and the PA in the framework of a regional peace initiative with the participation of the Arab countries, according to Haaretz. The plan he formulated in early 2016 was identical to the one he presented at the end of that year – three weeks before Donald Trump entered the White House. The following are the six principles:

* International secure and recognized borders between Israel and a sustainable and contiguous Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders, with agreed-on exchanges of territory.

* Implementation of the vision of UN Resolution 181 (the Partition Plan) for two states for two peoples, one Jewish and one Arab – which recognize each other and give equal rights to their citizens.

* A just, agreed-on, fair and realistic solution to the issue of Palestinian refugees that conforms to a solution of two states for two peoples and will not influence the basic character of Israel.

* An agreed-on solution for Jerusalem as the capital of both countries, recognized by the international community and ensuring freedom of access to the holy sites in keeping with the status quo.

* The end of the conflict and of demands, which will allow a normalization of ties and increased regional security for all, in keeping with the vision of the Arab Peace Initiative.

On January 31, 2016, reported Haaretz, Kerry met with Netanyahu in the resort town of Davos, Switzerland, and presented him with the document of principles and the regional-peace initiative along with the idea of holding the summit with King Abdullah and Sisi to discuss ways to push the process forward.

The summit reportedly took place on February 21 in Aqaba. The summit would remain secret and no side would release details about it.

PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas did not take part in the summit, but was aware that it took place, according to Haaretz.

Before the four-way meeting, Kerry met separately with each of the leaders. A former senior U.S. official told the newspaper that Kerry asked during his meetings with Abdullah and Sisi to show support for his plan. He asked that they persuade additional Arab countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to support the plan as well, and take part in a regional diplomatic move that would include a renewal of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Kerry sought to have Abdullah pressure Abbas to agree to renew the talks based on the American plan, and Sisi would do the same vis-a-vis the Israeli government. The former senior U.S. official noted that both the Jordanian King and the Egyptian President agreed to express support for the plan even though it included recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

Former senior U.S. officials noted that at a meeting with Netanyahu in the context of the summit, the prime minister evaded a clear answer on the proposed plan. They said Netanyahu presented a series of reservations, also arguing that the principles were too detailed and that he would have difficulty winning support for them in his coalition.

During the four-party meeting, Haaretz reported, Abdullah and Sisi reacted positively to the proposal and tried to convince Netanyahu to accept it.

The former senior U.S. officials said Netanyahu was hesitant. Instead of relating exclusively to Kerry’s plan, they said he presented a plan of his own at the four-party meeting, which he called his five-point plan. Through the plan, Netanyahu expressed a readiness to take the steps regarding the Palestinians in Judea, Samaria and Gaza that he had spoken with Kerry about in November 2015. He also said he would release a statement relating positively to the Arab Peace Initiative.

In return, Netanyahu asked that the negotiations with the PA be resumed and that a regional peace summit be convened that would include attendance by senior representatives from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Sunni Muslim countries.

The leaders returned to their capitals agreeing to consider the various proposals, according to the newspaper, but the secret summit in Aqaba had an almost immediate effect on domestic Israeli politics, as it provided the basis on which two or three weeks later Netanyahu and Herzog discussed a national unity government.

Netanyahu reportedly briefed Herzog on the summit in Aqaba. Herzog, who was skeptical, tried to clarify whether there was anything to it and spoke by phone with Kerry, Abdullah and Sisi on the details.

Herzog refused to confirm that the phone calls took place, or to provide details of any kind on the subject.

Coalition talks between Herzog and Netanyahu failed and Netanyahu decided to abandon the talks with Herzog in favor of having Yisrael Beytenu join the government, along with the appointment of the party’s leader, Avigdor Liberman, as defense minister.

Herzog later hinted that his party would reconsider joining the coalition if Netanyahu ousted the Jewish Home from the government, but last November declared he would no longer be holding any talks with Netanyahu about the possibility of a unity government.

The Prime Minister’s Office refused to comment on the Haaretz report regarding Kerry’s plan and the Aqaba summit.

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Iranian commander: Attacking us would be ‘unwise’ Iran continues threatening the United States amid tensions over ballistic missile tests

Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Iran is continuing its verbal attacks on the United States, with the latest comments coming on Saturday from Mohammad Pakpour, a commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Speaking at a press conference in Tehran and quoted by the semiofficial Fars news agency, the commander warned American officials to “be wise” and stop threatening Iran with military aggression.

“U.S. statesmen should be very wise and avoid threatening Iran because the entire world has admitted this fact that the Americans cannot do such a thing,” said Pakpour, who added that attacking Iran would be “unwise”.

Tensions between Washington and Iran have risen in recent weeks, after the Trump administration imposed new sanctions on 25 individuals and companies connected to Iran’s ballistic missile program and those providing support to the Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Qods Force.

The sanctions came in response to a ballistic missile test conducted by Iran last week, in violation of UN Resolution 2231, which bars Iran from conducting ballistic missile tests for eight years and which went into effect after the nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers was signed.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry reacted angrily to the sanctions, vowing that it too would ensure “legal restrictions” were imposed on the “American individuals and companies which have a role in aiding extremist and terrorist groups or contribute to the suppression and murder of the defenseless people in the region.”

The country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, later dismissed calls from the Trump administration to cease the country’s ballistic missile tests, and said that Trump had showed the “true face” of America.

Iran has also threatened to attack Israel in response to an American attack on Iran. A senior Iranian official recently threatened his country would immediately strike Israel if the United States “makes a mistake” noting that “only 7 minutes is needed for the Iranian missile to hit Tel Aviv.”

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Amona: We live in substandard conditions Amona residents say current living conditions are substandard, demand government provide answers.

Amona residents protest near government offices

Amona residents protest near government offices

Responding to reports that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netayahu has reneged on his promise to build Amona expellees a new town, the expellees and their supporters will hold a protest at 9am on Sunday morning outside the Israeli government’s offices in Jerusalem.

“Erasing the town of Amona and destroying our homes, where we lived for twenty years, is a hard blow for us,” Amona expellees said. “But it’s also a hard blow for Zionism and the Israeli public, which supports this government.

“Creating a new town to ‘replace’ Amona is the minimum this government can and should do. It will bring relief for us personally, for Zionism, and for the long road ahead. This is proof that we have beaten our enemies. Our enemies wish to see many more Jewish towns fall. They wish to see the State of Israel erased from the map.

“We are here in Judea and Samaria, and in all of Israel, in order to win and to stay here. All of the ministers understand this. The Prime Minister understands this.

“It’s time we did something, and created a new town which will take the place of Amona. We will not leave here, and we will not leave the dormitory in which we are staying, despite the difficult conditions, unless we are going to one place: to build a new town like we were promised.

“We will tell this again, clearly, to the Israeli government. We call upon the Israeli public to stand beside us,” they concluded.

Amona was destroyed at the beginning of February. The Israeli government promised Amona’s residents that if they did not stay on the same hilltop, the government would build them a new town.

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