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Soldier Lightly Injured In Attempted Vehicle Ramming in Jordan Valley

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 06:19

One soldier was lightly injured Friday morning near the Qasr el Yahud baptism site on the Jordan River when a Palestinian man tried to ram a group of soldiers with his car. An IDF spokseman said the soldier was being treated on the spot. The incident happened after the driver was denied entry to the site near Jericho.

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Israel and Jordan Agree to Reopen Embassy Following Tension Over July 2017 Shooting

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 06:13

Israel and Jordan have announced that the Israeli embassy in Amman will reopen after nearly six months of strained relations following the deaths of two Jordanians in a July 2017 shooting at the embassy compound.

In a statement, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said it has reached an agreement with Jordan over the issue and that the embassy will reopen “immediately.”

“The Israeli authorities will continue reviewing the materials regarding the July 2017 incident and anticipate making a decision in the coming weeks. Israel attaches great importance to its strategic relations with Jordan, and the two countries will act to advance their cooperation and to strengthen the peace treaty between them,” the statement said.

After he was allegedly attacked with a screwdriver last July, Israeli embassy security guard Zvi Moyal shot dead two Jordanians—his assailant and a bystander. At the time, Israel described the guard’s actions as “self-defense” and refused to release him into the custody of Jordanian authorities, while Moyal sought refuge in the Israeli embassy.

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After a tense diplomatic standoff between the two allies, which included calls between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah as well as U.S. intervention, Moyal and the rest of the embassy staffers were allowed to return to Israel.

A Jordanian government spokesman, Mohammad Momani, also confirmed that the embassy will reopen and that Israel has agreed to comply with Jordanian preconditions for resuming full diplomatic ties, including to bring legal action against Moyal and offer financial compensation to the families of the Jordanians who were shot.

Additionally, Momani said that Israel has agreed to compensate the family of Raed Zeiter, a Jordanian judge killed in March 2014 at the Allenby Bridge border crossing.

“The [Jordanian] government will take appropriate measures in accordance with the supreme national interests in light of the Israeli memorandum, especially as it included a response to all conditions set by the government following the embassy incident in order so the [Israeli] ambassador may be returned, including all legal proceedings,” Momani said. 

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One Day After Trump Denial, Media Announce End-of-Year Embassy Move Will Happen

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 05:41

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump refuted an optimistic claim by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of this year, but on Thursday, major US media proclaimed precisely the opposite; an embassy move by the end of 2018.

The high-speed flip-flop began on Wednesday when Prime Minister Netanyahu took a break from a diplomatic visit in India to speak to reporters, saying “my assessment is that the embassy will be moved much faster than you think, certainly within a year.”

When asked about Netanyahu’s comments just a few hours later, President Trump responded in the negative.

”By the end of the year? We’re talking about different scenarios,” Trump said responding to a question from Reuters regarding Netanyahu’s remarks. “I mean obviously that would be on a temporary basis. We’re not really looking at that. That’s no.“

As if to emphasize the president’s remarks, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told The Times of Israel on Thursday that an an expedited moving process was not currently being considered though a permanent site for the embassy was in the works.

“The US government is currently assessing the suitability of various Jerusalem sites for a future embassy,” she said. “For now, we have no updates.”

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IDF End-of-Year Video Summarizing 2017 Highlights

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 04:36

Lt. Col. Jonathan presents the 3rd episode of Inside the IDF, covering the highlights of 2017 in the IDF. This amazing year included serious military operations as well as humanitarian missions in Syria and abroad.

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What’s The Connection Between the Biblical Esau and President Trump?

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 04:20

President Donald Trump is a reincarnation of the Biblical Esau, son of Isaac and Rebecca, according to Torah scholar and international speaker Rabbi Mendel Kessin.

Earlier this week, in a talk in Jerusalem that lasted well over two hours, Rabbi Kessin laid out his Bible-based case that Trump has a singular role to play in preparing the world for redemption. He did not claim that Trump is the Messiah, though Rabbi Kessin said, “Trump is a messianic figure,” meaning he is connected to the process of moving redemption forward.

Rabbi Kessin began his talk by quoting the verse from the Bible that speaks about the two nations that Rebecca had in her womb. One was Jacob, who, through his 12 sons, was the ancestor of the Jewish people.  

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The other nation in Rebecca’s womb came from Esau, who, as Rabbi Kessin explains, “became Edom, which became Rome, which became Christianity, which became Western civilization.” In Genesis 25:23, it is written, “And the older shall serve the younger.” The older is a reference to Esau and the younger to Yaakov. Though they were twins, Esau emerged first, as is plainly stated in Genesis.

The first one emerged red, like a hairy mantle all over; so they named him Esau.Then his brother emerged, holding on to the heel of Esau; so they named him Yaakov. Yitzchak was sixty years old when they were born. Genesis 25:25-26

The Hebrew word for ‘serve’, as in “the older shall serve the younger” is ya’avod. In essence, Esau was given the task of assisting his brother Jacob. But according to the Jewish Sages, Esau had a second choice. He could either assist Jacob (ya’avod) or enslave or oppress him, a concept expressed by the very similar Hebrew word ya’aved.

Esau and his descendants were destined to have an important role to play in the process of bringing the world to redemption. But the choice, for Esau and for his descendents has always been ya’avod or ya’aved: Will they cooperate and assist the Jewish people or will they enslave and oppress them?

According to Rabbi Kessin, Esau had the potential to be the fourth Biblical forefather, after Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He and his descendents have always been part of the process of redemption.

At age 13, Esau decided on a path of sin and evil. He and his descendants fulfilled his Biblical mandate through enslaving and oppressing, rather than assisting and cooperating with the Jewish people throughout much of the last 2,000 years.

However, with the election of Trump, and what some believe is the subsequent rise of Christian Zionism, that is all beginning to change.

According to Rabbi Kessin, although Esau chose sin and evil, he also had within him the potential for spiritual greatness. This quality is what Rabbi Kessin calls the “tov she’b’Eisav” – the potential for good that was in Esau.

And that potential, according to Rabbi Kessin, is represented today by America.

Trump’s purpose, on a spiritual level, is to turn from ya’aved (oppressing Israel and the Jewish people) to ya’avod (cooperating with and assisting Israel and the Jewish people). This potential has already been actualized with Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his plan to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Rabbi Kessin predicted that Trump’s presidential bid would be successful at the beginning of the primary season, when there were still many strong candidates vying for the position.

The more powerful and prosperous America becomes under the leadership of Trump, the more it can assist the Jews and the State of Israel, claims Rabbi Kessin. The stature of Israel will rise in the eyes of the world, and other nations will want to align with and cooperate with Israel, exactly because America is behind it.

Rabbi Kessin concluded this portion of his remarks with a spiritual explanation for the virulent opposition to Trump. The hateful rhetoric “is a function of his messianic mission.” He said the source of the extreme opposition to Trump is because Trump is being used as one of God’s instruments in rehabilitating the relationship between the Biblical Jacob and Esau.

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BIN Exclusive: Kabbalist Says Be Optimistic About AI-Powered Weapons Destroying Everything [WATCH]

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 04:02

The myriad ways humanity has imagined a dystopian future has been the subject of many books and movies. However, the recent short film, Slaugherbots, is unique in that its vision is followed by University of Berkeley Professor, Stuart Russell, expressing the concern of thousands of AI researchers: that with a few tweaks of our current technology, we have the means to make swarms of deadly AI mini-drones a present-day reality.

Unfortunately, I do believe that AI-powered weapons will be developed to the likes of what we see in this short film, and even worse.

Nevertheless, I see a positive side to such developments, and not because I enjoy envisioning a future killer robot scenario. Rather, it’s because such disastrous potential at our fingertips will help us refine our understanding of what humanity really needs: to align our progress in human consciousness with our technological progress.

What Technology Is More Sophisticated than AI? What Energy Is More Powerful than Nuclear Energy?

If we upgraded our human consciousness at least as much as we upgraded our technologies, then we would have no fear of creating AI terminators capable of eliminating us. Instead, we would further our research to discover a technology more sophisticated than AI, and energy more powerful than nuclear energy:

  • The energy is nature’s most fundamental energy source, a force that connects and binds together all parts of reality;
  • The technology is a method that shows us how to extract and use nature’s most fundamental energy source through our inherent potential for human connection.

Unlike other energy sources we’ve discovered throughout history, this one can only be discovered and used if done with “good intentions.” In other words, it becomes accessible only if we aim to apply its connective property into our attitudes and relationships. The way to apply its connective property through countless variable states is an ancient method that became the foundation of the Jewish people.

How the Jews Overcame “Technological” Threat of Destruction

It’s not merely by chance that so many people of Jewish origin nowadays are at the cutting edge of high tech developments, despite making up only around 0.2% of the world’s population. Latent within the Jewish population are the informational genes dating back to their Abrahamic ancestry: the time when they extracted nature’s primal energy, connecting above their conflicting egos, and saving themselves from potential destruction.

The overemphasis on technological progress over social unification is also what happened back in Abraham’s time, when the Babylonians wanted to build a tower that would reach to the heavens.

“[The tower’s builders would] push up the bricks [to build the tower] from the east, then descend from the west. If a man fell and died, they would not pay him any mind. But if a brick fell they would sit down and wail, ‘Woe unto us; when will another come in its place?’ Abraham, son of Terah, passed by and saw them building the city. He cursed them and said, ‘May the Lord swallow their tongue.’”

– Rabbi Eliezer, Pirkey de Rabbi Eliezer (Chapters of Rabbi Eliezer)

Moreover, like what’s coming to our attention today with AI-powered weapon developments, the Babylonians faced a very real threat of mass destruction.

“[The Babylonians] wanted to speak to one another but did not know each other’s language. What did they do? Each took up his sword and they fought each other to the death. Indeed, half the world was slaughtered there, and from there they scattered all over the world.”

– Rabbi Eliezer, Pirkey de Rabbi Eliezer (Chapters of Rabbi Eliezer)

Abraham saw that while the Babylonians became fixated on “the Tower,” they lost sight of what was truly important in life: positive human connection. In addition, Abraham discovered the cause of this fixation—the overblown human ego. He also discovered the purpose of this process—to awaken self-examination and the decision that if they failed to revise their values, prioritizing unity above everything else, then the threat of destruction would have become their painful reality.

That is when Abraham developed a method to unite above the growing ego, a method that was later referred to as the wisdom of Kabbalah. He formed groups that applied the method, and they became known as “the Jews” (the Hebrew word for “Jew” [Yehudi] comes from the word for “united” [yihudi] [Yaarot Devash, Part 2, Drush no. 2]). In other words, the Jewish people were Babylonians, people from all walks of life, at the cutting edge of their time, who had an inner sensation that something wasn’t going right in their society’s development. Thus, contrary to the status quo, they worked on their unity. As a result, they discovered nature’s most powerful and potent energy source—a force of unbounded connection that binds together all parts of reality—which united them above their conflicting egos, and saved them from ruin.

Since the Jews Did This Before, They’re Expected to Do It Again. Until They Do… Anti-Semitism.

Today’s focus on technological progress can be likened to the Babylonians’ belief that building a tower up to the skies would grant them divine contact. However, if the human ego continues untreated in this process, then this construction is bound to bring about destruction.

We experienced it in Abraham’s time. We’ve seen an agonizing example of it in modern times with the atomic bomb. And now, with the help of the AI researchers’ warnings, we can foresee the threat of AI-powered weapons in the same light.

The inventive power of some of the Babylonians that Abraham managed to redirect to social unification, and which became their salvation, remains in the Jewish people of today. The more the Jewish people put their inventive and connective power into technological progress instead of progress in human connection, the more problems and risks will amount. Subsequently, there will be an accumulating subconscious feeling among people worldwide that the Jews are the cause of their problems, and as a result, anti-Semitic crimes and threats will continue to rise.

Since the Jewish people have access to the method of human connection, which can reveal nature’s connective energy source and use it to unite above society’s divisions, there is a tacit expectation placed on the Jews to prioritize human connection above everything else. Accordingly, despite the immense technological, scientific, medical and cultural innovation that the Jewish people bring into the world, it’s as if the world ignores such achievements, and instead anticipates the Jews to bring the world that which made us Jews in the first place: unity.

As Abraham invited the Babylonians to connect above their egos to save them from destruction and ensure the positive use of any future constructions they would make, so it is today: the method of Kabbalah awaits to connect us above our newly peaking egoism, offering to save us from the potential threats of destruction that are becoming a very close reality.

Therefore, I hope we take heed of the AI researchers’ warnings, start emphasizing social unification as our first and foremost responsibility to ourselves and the world, and use the method at our fingertips to verify that any future technological developments would emerge only to strengthen our social ties. I warmly invite anyone curious about this method to explore it in more depth with an introductory course.

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Netanyahu Says US Embassy Move By Year’s End, But Trump Says ‘Not So Fast’

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:27

Although Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his confidence on Wednesday that the US would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the Israeli capital of Jerusalem within one year, US president Donald Trump told reporters that the transition would not be that fast.

”By the end of the year? We’re talking about different scenarios,” Trump said responding to a question from Reuters regarding Netanyahu’s remarks. “I mean obviously that would be on a temporary basis. We’re not really looking at that. That’s no.“

Speaking from India where he is paying a state visit, Prime Minister Netanyahu had told reporters, “my assessment is that the embassy will be moved much faster than you think, certainly within a year.”

The president also said that the embassy will be  “a beautiful embassy but not one that costs $1.2 billion,” an apparent reference to the recently inaugurated US embassy in London that Trump has claimed to have been too costly to build.

On Thursday, Reuters reported an anonymous Israeli official as saying that while Netanyahu also expects the embassy to be constructed in more than a year’s time, he also believes in the viability of “interim measures that could result in an embassy opening much faster.” Such “interim measures” could take the form of a temporary location, an option that has been suggested in Israeli media.

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Trump’s Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson told the New York Times that the embassy move will probably be “no earlier than three years out,” given practical considerations.

Trump’s pre-election promise to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem helped his campaign to garner major support from pro-Israel Evangelical voters. Doubts regarding the sincerity of the campaign pledge were put to rest when the president acknowledged Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital and announced his intentions to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, in a historic declaration on December 6.

The Palestinian Authority views the long-term status of Jerusalem as a red-line issue in negotiations with the Israelis and is furious with Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In a speech last Sunday to the Palestinian Central Council, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas announced that he had rejected an offer from President Trump to establish a Palestinian capital in Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem.

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Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s MASHAV Excellence Center in Gujarat, India, with the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi


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On Temple Mount, Jews Respond to Arab Incitement by Praising God

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:14

In what may very well be a historic turning point in the struggle for equality of religions on the Temple Mount, 42 Jews responded to an aggressive attempt by the Jerusalem Waqf (Islamic Religious Trust) to prevent them from touring the site, by singing praises of God. The Israeli police escort immediately responded by expelling the group of Jewish tourists from the Temple Mount, detaining them and threatening to revoke their rights to visit the site in the future.

The group, which included members of the “Returning to the Mount” movement, ascended the Temple Mount on Wednesday on the occasion that it was Rosh Chodesh (The New Moon) for the new Hebrew month of Shevat. The monthly New Moon is a considered a minor holiday in Judaism, and many Jews choose to signify the day by visiting the Temple Mount, the Jewish people’s holiest site.

In an agreement signed between Israel and Jordan after the 1967 Six-Day War, in which Israel liberated the Temple Mount along with the rest of the Old City, the status quo was upheld allowing the Muslim Waqf to administer the site while recognizing the right of Jews to visit the holy site with unimpeded access.

As per Israel’s Declaration of Independence, Israeli law mandates freedom of religion and universal prayer at holy sites, but Israeli police have chosen to abide by restrictions that prohibit Jews from praying in the Temple Mount so as to avoid a violent Muslim backlash. Tensions at the site, however, have only been growing since US President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“Yesterday was very unusual and it is clear that the situation at the Temple Mount is boiling over,” Asaf Fried, spokesman for the United Temple Movements explained to Breaking Israel News. “Since Trump’s announcement, the Palestinians are afraid that they are losing their grip on Jerusalem and they are responding with anger and violence.”

Fried explained that ever since a Palestinian terror attack on the Temple Mount last July in which two Israeli security personnel were killed, the Israeli police has limited the Jerusalem Waqf to providing one Muslim escort for every visiting Jewish group. The Muslim escorts watch and make sure Jews do not pray at the site.

In recent weeks, however, the Waqf has actually assigned more than one of its members to each Jewish group visiting the site.  The “Returning to the Mount” movement yesterday, had five Waqf guards assigned to them at the outset.

Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, a highly respected Rabbi who founded the Temple Institute in 1987 with the long-term goal of building the Third Jewish Temple, is a member of the movement who visited the Temple Mount on Wednesday.  

“The five Waqf guards set the volume of their radios high in order to bother us,” Rabbi Ariel told Breaking Israel News. “Five more guards showed up and they began shouting, some yelling ‘Allahu Akhbar’ (Allah is greater).

“More Arabs showed up and joined in,” he continued. “To our great shame, the police did nothing, so we responded by singing out ‘Adonai hoo ha’elohim’ (our master is God). Some of our group shouted out the Shema (the Jewish declaration of God’s kingship) as well as the set of Psalms that are traditionally said on the New Moon.”

Rabbi Ariel has a strong personal connection to the Temple Mount, as he was one of many IDF troops who helped unify Jerusalem in 1967. When the IDF arrived at the site, he was assigned to guard the Temple Mount while the other soldiers continued onward towards other sections of Jerusalem.

Rabbi Ariel remains just as determined to keep the Temple Mount in Jewish hands.

“If we do not remain strong in the face of these provocations, we will be like sheep among wolves and our fate will be sealed,” Rabbi Ariel said.

The Returning to the Mount movement blamed the police for focusing on the Jewish visitors instead of dealing with the aggressive Arab rioters.

“We condemn the treatment of Jews by police on the Temple Mount,” the group said in a statement.

“Not only do the Jews go up [to the Mount] under supervision and restrictions as though they lived in an apartheid regime, they also get arrested when they try to defend themselves against provocations of the terrorists of the Wakf – the Jordanian representatives who think that they rule the Temple Mount.”

“It is about time to determine who is the sovereign on the Temple Mount – the State of Israel or the enemy state of Jordan,’ the group added.

IDF Border Patrol soldiers removing Jews from Temple Mount (Photo courtesy Michael Miller)

Fried believes the Muslim aggression against Jewish visitors on the site was planned in advance by the Waqf, referring to other provocations by the Waqf including attempts to initiate building projects on the Temple Mount that could very well destroy invaluable Jewish artifacts.

Coincidentally, the Israeli High Court has heard closing arguments in a case against the Israeli police launched by United Temple Mount Movements, a coalition advocating for Jewish rights at the site. The High Court will decide if the police are violating the rights of Jews by prohibiting Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.

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IAF Reportedly Hits Hezbollah Weapons Depot in Syrian Military Airport Near Damascus

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:29

Syrian opposition sources are claiming that on Tuesday night, the Israeli Air Force attacked a Hezbollah weapons depot adjacent to the Mezzeh military airport near Damascus, Syria.

Neither the Syrian government nor the IDF commented on the attack.

Al-Masdar News, an Arabic internet news service that supports Syrian President Bashar al Assad, cited Syrian army sources who claimed that no such attack took place and no explosions were reported in the area of the airport.

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Israel reportedly attacked the same site last week. The Syrian army released a statement saying that long-range missiles had been stored at the site.

Prior to these recent attacks, the IDF has only responded to spillover fire from military activity in Syria. If Israel is indeed responsible for these attacks, it represents an escalation in which Israel is preventing Hezbollah from building up its military infrastructure.

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Netanyahu Greeted With Trumpets in Mumbai

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 05:30

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife were greeted with trumpets after arriving in Mumbai, as part of his trip to India.

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Widow of Rabbi Raziel Shevach: Our Consolation Is not Revenge, but Building The Land of Israel

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 02:00

Yael Shevach, the widow of Rabbi Raziel Shevach, a 35-year-old father of six murdered by Palestinian terrorists in a drive-by shooting earlier this month applauded  Israeli security forces Thursday morning for killing and capturing the terrorists.

Wishing a speedy recovery to the two Border Police special forces soldiers injured in the incident, Shevach said her consolation would not be revenge, but the legalization of the Havat Gilad outpost where she lived with Raviel and near which he was shot dead on January 9.

“Our consolation is not revenge, but building the land of Israel “ she said. “I ask the prime minister to break the  silence and adopt the proposal of the defense minister to legalize Havat Gilad, This is our consolation, this is our request, this is the true answer to the murder of my beloved husband and the father of my children.”

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Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said last week that he had put in motion legislation that would legalize the outpost

Following the operation, Liberman said terrorists must know “they have no place to hide.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu expressed a similar sentiment when he said from India, where he is currently on a six day tour that: “We will reach anyone who tries to harm the citizens of Israel, and the State of Israel will bring them to justice.”

Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett wrote on Twitter: Every terrorist knows that he has no hiding place. The State of Israel will track them down until they are captured or eliminated.”

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Netanyahu Says $500 Million Spike Missile Deal With India Is Back On

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 01:30

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel’s $500 million Spike missile deal with India is back on after the pact’s reported cancellation last November.

“They are reauthorizing the Spike deal. We are going in a very positive direction,” Netanyahu said Wednesday. “There is a process ahead. Before we came the deal was taken off the table and during this current visit we have returned it to the table.”

India’s 2014 deal to purchase the anti-tank missiles from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems had purportedly been overturned because the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation planned to develop and produce its own anti-tank missile domestically.

But Indian media reported last week that the deal—which would see India purchase 8,000 Spike missiles and 300 launchers—was back on, a development confirmed Wednesday by Netanyahu.

Also on Wednesday, Netanyahu toured Gujarat, the home province of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two leaders were greeted by thousands of Indians who poured into the streets waving Israeli and Indians flags, while displaying signs bearing the faces of Netanyahu and Modi.

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Netanyahu said he was deeply moved by the outpouring of support for Israel by the Indian people.

“I’ve been in diplomatic life for 30 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Netanyahu said. “This expresses a personal and national tie, an international link which is incredibly powerful. There were tens of thousands of people there, maybe hundreds of thousands. I’ve never seen myself in such photos.”

Netanyahu visited the province to attend an exhibition that showcased young Indian entrepreneurs and 36 Indian start-ups.

“The world knows about iPod, they know about iPad, well there’s one more ‘I’ that the world needs to know about—iCreate,” Netanyahu said while visiting the iCreate Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology.

Modi said, “When I went to Israel last year, I made up my mind that this foundation should have more strong relations with Israel. Since then, I was waiting for my friend Benjamin Netanyahu to come to India. He is here and now we are inaugurating this foundation.”

“We are working towards making entire system in our country innovation-friendly, so that ideas are formed from intent, innovations are formed from ideas and the new India is formed from innovations,” he added.

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Thu, 01/18/2018 - 01:15

Tel Aviv (תל אביב) in modern Hebrew means ‘the hill of spring.’ A ‘Tel’ is an ancient mound or hill, while the word aviv, spring, implies that which is fresh and new. Today Tel Aviv is Israel’s shining metropolis. The city is a perfect example of the ancient Land of Israel moving into the era of modernity. Founded in 1909 on sand dunes north of ancient Jaffa, Tel Aviv is now the technology and financial capital of Israel.

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Our American Civil War – An Upcoming Talk

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 01:00

We’re in the middle of a civil war.

It may not be a shooting war. For the most part. (Though don’t tell that to some Republicans at a charity game practice who were targeted by a Bernie Sanders supporter.) But it’s a war all the same.

The war is still being fought with paper and protests. But it’s based on irreconcilable differences between parts of the country. Much like the ones that brought on the war between brothers.

This is a topic that I’ve written about quite often over this past year. Rush Limbaugh saw fit to read and promote some of those pieces. And now I’ll be giving a talk on the subject at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. It’ll take place from Jan 20-22. I’m scheduled to speak on the 21st, but there are plenty of other great speakers there.

Many of you know Anne-Marie Murrell, of Politichicks, who just don’t give up. Tom Fitton, who heads Judicial Watch, an organization doing a great deal to expose the lingering corruption of the Obama years, the always great Kevin Jackson, a real patriot, Lt. Col. Buzz Patterson, Kathleen Willey, who came up against the horror of the Clintons firsthand, Admiral Lyons, whose spirit has to be seen live to be believed, the always funny Evan Sayet, Gordon Chang, with his vital analysis of the big game in the Pacific, Stephen Coughlin, who has been exposing our collaboration with the Jihad from the inside, and many others. And, of course, putting it all together is Joe Dugan.

The event will take place at the Crown Reef Beach Resort – 2913 South Ocean Boulevard – Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. To find out more information or register, click here.

I look forward to seeing you there.

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And here’s a brief excerpt from one of my civil war articles that I will be discussing.

The left has rejected the outcome of the last two presidential elections won by Republicans. It has rejected the judicial authority of the Supreme Court when it decisions don’t accord with its agenda. It rejects the legislative authority of Congress when it is not dominated by the left.

It rejected the Constitution so long ago that it hardly bears mentioning.

It was for total unilateral executive authority under Obama. And now it’s for states unilaterally deciding what laws they will follow. (As long as that involves defying immigration laws under Trump, not following them under Obama.) It was for the sacrosanct authority of the Senate when it held the majority. Then it decried the Senate as an outmoded institution when the Republicans took it over.

It was for Obama defying the orders of Federal judges, no matter how well grounded in existing law, and it is for Federal judges overriding any order by Trump on any grounds whatsoever. It was for Obama penalizing whistleblowers, but now undermining the government from within has become “patriotic”.

There is no form of legal authority that the left accepts as a permanent institution. It only utilizes forms of authority selectively when it controls them.

That’s the war we’re in.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Sultan Knish Blog

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Survey Shows BDS Groups Furious at Being Blacklisted

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 01:00

Recently, Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) published a blacklist banning the entry into Israel of some 20 NGOs from Europe, the United States, Chile and South Africa, which are engaged in leading boycotts against Israel.

The Lev HaOlam organization, which markets products made in Judea and Samaria, has issued a survey of the reactions of BDS groups around the world to Minister Erdan’s move. Enclosed are but a few samples:

Kemal Hawwash, a known BDS activist in England, who is now banned from entering Israel, wrote on his personal blog that he and the head of Jewish Voice for Peace, Rebecca Vilkomerson, were hit “hard by the ban… First, I for now and Rebecca potentially are unable to visit Israel and the OPT to show our solidarity with Palestinians.”

He added his hopes the Israeli regime “will be consigned to the dustbin of history.”

The American group Jewish Voice for Peace has played a major role in campaigning for BDS and was named among the top 10 anti-Israel groups by the Anti Defamation League.

The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) wrote on its Facebook page that the ban is an “attack on free speech.”

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The “Middle East Eye” website ran an op-ed by a central figure in the BDS Movement, that said “the goal of Israel is to hide war crimes” and described Erdan’s action as “intimidation and violation of the right to freedom of expression and of movement.”

The Facebook page of the French-based AFPS offered a message describing the move as a “serious threat to freedom of thought and access to Occupied Palestine.”

Another French organization wrote, “We will not be able to reach the youth organization with which we collaborate in the West Bank. We won’t be able to coordinate projects… This is Israel’s way of silencing us.”

The Friends of Al Aqsa (FOA) wrote that “the blacklist clearly demonstrates how far Israel is willing to go to stifle the legitimate voice of dissent… immediate concerns raised are the implications for those who wish to travel to the Holy Al-Aqsa sanctuary.” A comment, now deleted, on the page, roused visitors to “forget signatures, get your guns, it’s time for action.”

The Irish ISPC called on its Facebook page for the European Union to condemn the move by Israel and cut ties: “The apartheid regime wants to arrest our colleagues… scary, sad, anti-Democratic.”

Attorney Nati Rom, CEO of Lev HaOlam, said in response, “We are pleased by and bless the decision by Minister Erdan to take a strong stance. This is another step towards stopping groups that aim to harm Israel, [which] has led these groups to show their true faces and only reinforces the need to refuse these individuals entry into the country. Their outrage and concern show that Minister Erdan is pressuring the right spot.”

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Thu, 01/18/2018 - 00:51

The city of Shechem is mentioned several times in the Torah in reference to the Biblical forefathers. It is the first place in the land of Israel that Abraham entered and the site of the first altar to God. Jacob also spends time in Shechem, even purchasing a parcel of land as mentioned in the above verse. Shechem is most connected to Joseph, who is still buried there today. Joseph left Shechem to meet his brothers who sell him into slavery, really starting his exile. Then, his own great-grandson Joshua, returns to Shechem when they enter the Land of Israel and buries Joseph’s bones – brought all the way from Egypt – on the same plot of land that Jacob bought for a hundred pieces of silver from the sons of Hamor so many years before.

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Report: Defense Ministry Working on Plan to Legalize 70 Outposts in Judea and Samaria

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 00:30

In recent months, a Defense Ministry team has been working on a secret plan to legalize remote outposts in Judea and Samaria which are currently considered illegal, according to a leak from a closed Habayit Hayehudi meeting in which Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben Dahan revealed the plan, Israel’s Channel 12 reported Tuesday night.

“In the past six months, we have established a team of four to five people in the Defense Ministry who have begun to map all the outposts – close to 70 – that are not regulated,” Ben Dahan said.

“Just last Thursday, we sat for almost three hours and we ranked all of these communities according to how they may be regulated,” he continued.

According to the deputy defense minister, the legal foundation of the new move has to do with the manner by which the same outposts illegal status had been established originally.

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“When [Prime Minister Yitzhak] Rabin entered government in 1992, he passed a cabinet decision that says that every settlement that received approval but had not yet been built or regulated – was null and void,” Ben Dahan explained, adding, “If this government decides that it revokes Rabin’s decision, we can regulate a considerable number of settlements.”

As part of the defense ministry’s secret team’s work, its members are preparing an operative plan to regulate these communities. The team members map the communities where they believe it would be easy to implement regulation, and those where they anticipate difficulties.

At the top of the list is the Asa’el outpost in the Mount Hebron Regional Council, where 46 families live. At the bottom of the list are communities such as Avigail in the Mount Hebron Regional Council (25 families), and Givat Harel and Esh Kodesh in Binyamin, with 31 families each.

A senior White House official refused to comment directly on the report, but promised that “once the plan is implemented, we will be able to comment on it.”

Deputy Minister Ben Dahan said in response: “I do not tend to respond to things that are said in an internal discussion of the Knesset faction meeting.”

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Suspected Killer of Raziel Shevach Shot Dead in Overnight Raid in Jenin

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 00:00

The IDF, Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and Border Police special forces shot dead the suspected killer of Rabbi Raziel Shevach and arrested two other men in a raid in Jenin overnight. Two members of the Border Police Yamam counter terrorism unit were injured in an exchange of fire, one of them seriously, an army spokesman said.

Palestinian sources named the dead man as Ahmed Naser Jrar, 22,  the son of Naser Jrar, a senior Hamas leader in Jenin during the second Intifada, who was killed in an IDF operation in 2002. Jrar had planned to bomb a residential tower.

The IDF released a video showing heavy mechanical equipment destroying a house after a terrorist opened fire on troops. It was unclear whether the footage was related to Jrar or to another incident.

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“Our security forces carried out a complex and successful operation to apprehend the killers of Rabbi Raziel Shevach… The terrorists must know that they have no place to hide,” said Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman.

The army said the operation was ongoing as units searched for additional suspects. There were continued reports of clashes between Palestinians and IDF forces and Palestinian sources in Jenin told TPS that three Palestinians had been killed in the clashes, and that IDF troops were  surrounding a home where a fourth suspect was believed to be barricaded inside.

Shevach, a 35-year-old father of six, was murdered in a drive by shooting near the outpost of Havat Gilad in Samaria on January 9.

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Stop ‘Understanding’ the Palestinians

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 00:00

The speech was loud and clear. It wasn’t just the “may your house be demolished” curse that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas fired at the leader of the strongest world power. It was the utterly delusional ideology, with false claims that only make the Palestinians sink deeper into a path of delusions and collapse.

The reactions were predictable: We have to understand him. He’s under a lot of pressure. He has no political horizon. The Palestinians are desperate. He didn’t really mean it.

We must admit that Abbas is simply a victim of the Palestinian propaganda machine’s amazing success. For decades, this machine is being promoted by a well-oiled system of propagandists who keep explaining that we must understand the Palestinians.

When rockets were fired from Gaza, Robert Fisk, who is considered one of Britain’s leading experts on the Middle East, rushed to explain that “the Palestinians in Gaza can say in many cases, ‘Well, my grandson is firing a rocket at my town because before 1948 these areas would have been Palestinian property.’”

Prof. Oren Yiftachel of Ben-Gurion University explained that the rocket fire must be seen “as an attempt to remind the world, Israel, and also the Palestinian leadership, that the refugee problem is still alive and kicking.”

They are against terrorism, but they’re providing justifications for terrorism. Germans have been expelled from many countries too. And Poles. And Hungarians. And Ukrainians. And Turks. And Greek. And many other people. Tens of millions. Yet we haven’t heard about rockets being launched, and we definitely haven’t heard justifications for the rocket terror. Because most of Europe would have turned into a show of fire and flames and fireworks. But that’s the rationality that has taken over the progressive elites in the Israeli-Palestinian context. Irrationality, I mean.

And so it goes. They turned down the Partition Plan? Poor people. Why would anyone give up a room in their home just because someone invaded it? That’s a justification I’ve heard about a thousand times.

It’s true that when Zionism began, there was no “Palestinian home.” And it’s true that the Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF), which produced the most accurate maps of the 19th century in the 1970s, discovered that the area had been poorly populated. And it’s true that most of today’s Palestinians arrived as work migrants or refugees from nearby countries in the past few centuries (the Zoabi family, for example, arrived at the invitation of the Ottoman government in 1873). And it’s true that Hamas’ interior minister, Fathi Hamad, admitted that the Palestinians are actually Egyptians and Saudis.

But to hell with the facts, as long as Abbas can quote dozens of experts, journalists and academics who provide incitement and propaganda material for every delusional speech he makes.

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Looking at a conflict, any conflict requires us to understand the different sides. To understand the pain. But what applies to every conflict appears to be completely wrong when it comes to the Palestinians. The more we understand them, the more we bolster their rejectionism.

When we “understand” their claims about the Nakba, instead of telling them that what happened to them happened to tens of millions of people, and happened to Jews, even from Arab countries—we perpetuate the delusion of the right of return.

For years, they have been hearing the same chant from the Fisks and the Yiftachels. And if that’s what the world’s educated and enlightened people have to say, is there any chance that the Palestinians themselves give up the right of return fantasy? Does this “understanding” bring the chance for peace and reconciliation closer, or does it push it away?

When, for the sake of this “understanding,” they say we must understand what Jerusalem means to the Muslims in general and to the Palestinians in particular—although Jerusalem remained marginal and neglected under Muslim rule for centuries—they are helping inflate the lie. And when they spread the lie that the Palestinians are living under an oppression, which is similar to what happened at Auschwitz—it’s blood libel. Because under Israeli rule, the Palestinians have experienced huge growth in every possible area.

And no, terrorism isn’t justified, because the Palestinians have repeatedly received decent proposals for an agreement. They could have gained independence. They are the ones who have said no. And those who keep justifying them are justifying the continuation of violence and terror.

The public opinion in the free world is influential. It can and should have told the Palestinians and Israel: Get off your high horse. No more fantasies. There will be no return of Palestinians to Israel and no return of Jews to every hill in Judea and Samaria. But the understanding towards the Palestinians must stop—not to prevent an agreement, but on the contrary, to give it a chance.

Reprinted with author’s permission from YNEt News

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