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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‘All the embassies should move to Jerusalem’

‘All the embassies should move to Jerusalem’

Netanyahu says the natural location for all foreign embassies is Jerusalem, as it is Israel’s capital.

 

Binyamin Netanyahu

Binyamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday evening attended a conference of Likud activists and expressed his full support for the moving of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people. It is the capital of the State of Israel. All the embassies, and especially the Embassy of our friend the United States, should move to Jerusalem. This is their natural place,” said Netanyahu.

Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) welcomed Netanyahu’s remarks and said, “I welcome the Prime Minister’s unequivocal demand in his speech that all embassies move to Jerusalem, first and foremost the American embassy.”

Netanyahu’s comments came amid reports that President Donald Trump has decided that the U.S. Embassy in Israel would remain in Tel Aviv and not move to Jerusalem.

The Hebrew-language 360 news website reported on Wednesday that Trump had made this decision and had already informed Netanyahu about it.

Later on Wednesday, however, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders told reporters that Trump had not made a decision on the embassy move and was still reviewing the possibility.

“I’m not going to get into the decision making process here. All I can tell you is that he’s reviewing it and as soon as he has a decision we’ll be happy to report back to you,” she said.

The last communication on the issue was received from Vice President Mike Pence, who said at a reception in honor of Israel’s Independence Day that the Trump administration was still considering the Embassy move.

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‘Israel and the United States have an unbreakable bond’

Shaked meets Sessions:

‘Israel and the United States have an unbreakable bond’

Israel’s Justice Minister meets Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Washington.

 

Jeff Sessions and Ayelet Shaked

Jeff Sessions and Ayelet Shaked

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) on Thursday met with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Washington.

“Today I had the honor of meeting with Attorney General Sessions, and I would like to thank him for his warm welcome,” she said.

“Israel and the United States have an unbreakable bond. We share common values – promoting democracy, upholding the rule of law and protecting human rights. In these difficult times, we also face common challenges – challenges like the rise of terrorism fueled by radical Islam, cyber threats and organized crime.”

“The United States Department of Justice and Israel’s Ministry of Justice collaborate closely on these and other issues, and we look forward to building upon the many ties that have been forged over the years,” continued Shaked.

“In the course of our meeting, I raised with Attorney General Sessions some topics of mutual interest. In our efforts to combat terrorism, I presented Israel’s new Anti-Terrorism Act, which provides more legal tools to law enforcement authorities to meet today’s challenges,” she said.

“In addition, cybercrime and online incitement are growing concerns in Israel, and I was happy to exchange views and ideas with Attorney General Sessions on these matters. The development of cybersecurity law, of course, is also an important topic we discussed.”

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to be working with Attorney General Sessions,” she concluded.

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Trump envoy: Israel, PA will both need to compromise

Trump envoy: Israel, PA will both need to compromise

White House special envoy Jason Greenblatt pledges diplomats Trump administration will help forge peace between Israel, PA.

 

Jason Greenblatt meets Binyamin Netanyahu

Jason Greenblatt meets Binyamin Netanyahu

President Trump is determined to help Israel and the Palestinian Authority reach a peace agreement, special White House envoy Jason Greenblatt told a recent gathering held in Brazil of representatives of donor states to the Palestinian Authority.

According to a report carried by the Haaretz daily, Greenblatt said at the gathering that President Trump is “personally committed” to bringing Israel and the PA to a final status agreement – an agreement which will require serious compromises from both Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

“Since the beginning of his campaign, President Trump has made it very clear that he is personally committed to achieving peace throughout the Middle East, including a comprehensive agreement that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Greenblatt said.

“President Trump recently hosted Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in Washington, and just yesterday met with Palestinian President Abbas at the White House. I want you to know that both meetings were serious and constructive; both leaders expressed a sincere commitment to finding a way to move ahead.”

Greenblatt said the president has already reached out to both sides to prepare for the compromises the administration has said will be necessary for a lasting peace.

“As President Trump did previously with Prime Minister Netanyahu, yesterday, President Trump called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to be ready to make the compromises we all know are necessary if we are to obtain a peace that the peoples of both sides can believe in and take ownership of. President Trump also asked both the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to take steps to create a climate in which peace can take root.”

“On Saturdays, the Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest, it is customary in synagogues in the United States to say a prayer for the United States and for the State of Israel. In the prayer for the State of Israel, we beseech God to spread the tabernacle of peace over Israel. So my friends, let us work together to spread the tabernacle of peace over Israelis and Palestinians and, God willing, over the troubled region around them.”

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Friedman to Trump: Not much chance for Israel-PA peace deal

Friedman to Trump: Not much chance for Israel-PA peace deal

Sources say Ambassador to Israel warned Trump peace deal unlikely – but missed opportunity to fundamentally shape Trump’s agenda.

 

David Friedman

David Friedman

REUTERS

While President Donald Trump has expressed his “personal commitment” to help reach a final status agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, senior advisors are less than optimistic such a deal can be brokered, and have made their skepticism clear to the president.

President Trump is scheduled to arrive in Israel in 10 days, a trip that will likely kick off his much-anticipated effort to bring Israel and the Palestinian Authority back to the negotiating table.

A week before Trump arrives, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman will land in Israel and present his credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

Friedman, a long-time Trump confidant and former Trump attorney, has reportedly warned the president that the chances of brokering a comprehensive deal between Israel and the PA are exceedingly slim.

Two senior officials told the Haaretz daily that Friedman and others told the president that efforts to secure a lasting peace would be unlikely to succeed.

“Trump heard this from Friedman, from other people on his team, and also from people outside the White House whom he consulted,” Haaretz quoted one official as saying.

Nevertheless, the president apparently remains optimistic.

“People whose opinion he respects told him it will be very hard, perhaps even impossible, but so far, he hasn’t changed his mind.”

Haaretz also reported that Friedman, a vocal critic of the two-state solution and backer of Jewish rights in Judea and Samaria, missed the opportunity to shape President Trump’s views and policy ideas on Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the first months of his administration due to his lengthy confirmation process.

Friedman, who was named to the position before Trump was inaugurated in January, was only confirmed by the Senate on March 23rd and sworn in March 29th, more than two months into Trump’s presidency.

“Had Friedman been in the White House at the beginning of the process, things might have happened differently,” a senior member of a prominent Jewish organization told Haaretz.

“The problem is that during his confirmation hearings in the Senate, which lasted until late March, he was cut off from the day-to-day work. Essentially, he wasn’t a full partner during the administration’s first two months, when several of the most important decisions on the Israeli-Palestinian issue were made. During that period, Trump left former senior Obama administration officials in place.”

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Demand Abbas stop paying terrorists

Senators to Trump: Demand Abbas stop paying terrorists

Republican senators urge President Trump to demand that Abbas end his practice of paying terrorists and their families.

 

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Reuters

A delegation of leading Republican senators on Tuesday urged President Donald Trump to demand that Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas end his practice of paying terrorists and their families for attacks committed against Israel.

The demand was made by the senators in a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon and sent Tuesday to the White House.

The letter is spearheaded by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Tom Cotton (R-AK). They are urging Trump to lay down a marker when he hosts Abbas for a round of meetings on the Middle East peace process on Wednesday.

The lawmakers are pushing Trump to reverse a years-long policy under the former Obama administration that sought to downplay the PA’s support for terrorism and put the onus for peace directly on Israel.

“One of the most troubling aspects of the Obama administration’s handling of this issue was the double standard applied to the two parties,” the lawmakers write to Trump, according to the Free Beacon. “This double standard saw Israel criticized and condemned regularly, while the Palestinian Authority and its leadership were rarely, if ever, held accountable.”

They continue, “This unwillingness to speak out when the PA rewarded and glorified terrorism left many with the mistaken impression that the PA was earnestly seeking peace—and that Israel was the impediment.”

Abbas has openly admitted several times that the PA pays salaries to terrorists.

In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity earlier this month, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on Trump to pressure Abbas during their upcoming meeting to stop encouraging terror by funding jailed terrorists and their families.

A PA official later stressed that Abbas “completely rejects” Israel’s call and added that the PA was fully supportive of Palestinian terrorists sitting in Israeli jails.

The PA, which receives millions in funding from U.S. taxpayers, spends roughly $300 million a year—or eight percent of its total budget—on salaries for terrorists who are imprisoned in Israel for their crimes as well as the families of terrorists who attacked the Jewish state, noted the Free Beacon.

“Far from being an information practice, these payments are codified in Palestinian Authority law,” the lawmakers wrote to Trump. “If these facts seem hard to believe, it is because for many years they were obscured by an administration that found them inconvenient to the narrative it sought to promote.”

“The United States cannot treat the Palestinian Authority as a partner for peace, or take seriously president Abbas’s claimed desire for peace, so long as the PA is spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year funding and incentivizing terror,” the letter states.

In addition, the lawmakers ask Trump to publicly express support for the Taylor Force Act, a new legislation that would cut U.S. funding to the PA until payments to terrorists cease.

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Sisi declares state of emergency

Sisi declares state of emergency

Egyptian President declares three-month state of emergency following bombings on Coptic churches.

 

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Sunday declared a three-month state of emergency following the two deadly bombings on Coptic churches.

“A series of steps will be taken, most importantly, the announcement of a state of emergency for three months after legal and constitution steps are taken,” Sisi said in a speech aired on state television and quoted by Reuters.

Sisi also announced establishing a new council for combatting terrorism and extremism.

At least 44 people were killed in the two explosions on Sunday. The first explosion occurred in a church in Tanta, Egypt, when a terrorist blew himself up during a Palm Sunday ceremony.

Less than 12 hours later, a second explosion occurred in an Alexandria, Egypt church.

The Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group claimed responsibility for the two explosions.

In late February, ISIS issued a video message vowing to target Christians, particularly in Egypt, saying Christians were their “favorite prey”, while showing footage of the December 2016 church bombing.

 

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Khamenei: Attack in Syria was ‘strategic mistake’

Khamenei: Attack in Syria was ‘strategic mistake’

Iran’s Supreme Leader condemns American missile in Syria, warns the U.S. will suffer from terrorism.

 

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Sunday condemned the American missile attack on a Syrian air base, saying it was a “strategic mistake”.

“The Americans’ action is a strategic mistake, as they are repeating the mistakes of their predecessors,” Khamenei said, according to the IANS news agency.

He warned that just as Europe is now facing the threat of terrorism, so will the U.S.

The U.S. fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat air base in central Syria overnight Thursday, in response to a chemical weapons attack on civilians in the Idlib province.

Western countries say Bashar Al-Assad’s regime was responsible for the attack. The Syrian government denies this.

Iran is a strong supporter of Assad and has been providing him with both financial aid and military advisors against a range of opposing forces.

Near the start of the Syrian civil war, it was reported that then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had personally sanctioned the dispatch of officers from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Syria to fight alongside Assad’s troops.

Iran, however, has continuously rejected allegations that it has any fighters on the ground in Syria, claiming it only has “military advisors” in the war-torn country.

 

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