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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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NETANYAHU AND PM MODI VISIT ISRAEL’S MASHAV EXCELLENCE CENTER IN INDIA

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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EZEKIEL 3:15

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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GENESIS 33:19

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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Abbas Insists Trump Chooses: Peace or War

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:53

In a speech on Wednesday, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas issued an ultimatum to US President Donald Trump, saying he must choose between peace or war.

“Jerusalem is the gate of peace and war — Trump must choose,” Abbas said, stating that the city would be “a gate for peace only when it’s the capital of Palestine.”

Speaking at Al Azhar University in Cairo, Abbas focused on the subject of Jerusalem, saying that President Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital was “sinful.”

Abbas insisted that the Palestinians have always acted in a peaceful manner and will continue to do so, saying that “a popular and peaceful resistance is the path that will succeed and that we will continue on.”

Abbas cited Palestinian protests in Jerusalem last July over the installment of metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount as an example of peaceful resistance. The security measure came in response to a terror attack launched from within the Temple Mount compound that killed two Israeli security personnel. Over one hundred Palestinians were injured and three were killed in the ensuing riots that also injured many Israeli security personnel.

“We will resort to all the options but we will not resort to terrorism and violence,” Abbas said. “We have other means, including returning to the masses of our nation to take their role in working for the sake of Jerusalem.”

In his speech, Abbas expressed a distrust for American involvement in negotiations.

“Trump changed the position held by other (American) administrations. How can we trust such an administration to mediate between us and the Israelis? We don’t trust it, and we don’t accept the United States as a mediator.”

He urged Muslims and Christian worldwide to “defend” Jerusalem. Abbas said repeatedly that Jerusalem was a city for Muslims and Christians, without mentioning Jews.

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“We need your support, for you to stand by us,” Abbas said.

Abbas insisted that Palestinian rule over Jerusalem would open the city to all religions, including Judaism. Designated as Area A under the Oslo Accords, it is illegal for Israelis to enter, and Jews who have inadvertently done so have been attacked by Palestinian civilians and PA security personnel.

Abbas praised the actions of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi, a young woman was caught on video kicking and beating two Israeli soldiers. The soldiers did not respond, but Tamimi was arrested by the Israeli security forces several days later.

“She attacked and struck an armed soldier and didn’t fear. Now she sits in prison,” Abbas said of Tamimi.

During his speech, he claimed that the Palestinians are the descendants of the ancient Canaanites mentioned in the Torah.

“We’ve been here for 5,000 years, from the days of the Canaanites who built Jerusalem. We are the Canaanites,” Abbas said. “We’ve remained here and we are not leaving our land.”

“We are sticking to peace as a choice for our people, but not peace at any cost—one that is based on international decisions that ensure the establishment of a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders,” Abbas said, referring to the borders that existed in the region before the Six Day War, when Judea, Samaria, and east Jerusalem were occupied by Jordan in contravention of international law.

Rabbi Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the nascent Sanhedrin, emphasized that by his very statements, Abbas was showing that he had no connection to Jerusalem.

“Contained within its name is the word ‘peace’,” Rabbi Weiss told Breaking Israel News, referring to the first mention of the city in the Bible.

And King Melchizedek of Shalem brought out bread and wine; he was a priest of Hashem Most High. (Genesis 14:18)

“That is the nature of the city and its destiny,” Rabbi Weiss said. “The heart of the city is the Temple Mount, which is the House of Prayer for All Nations. By excluding the prayers of other religions, by insisting that Jerusalem be the source of conflict, the Palestinian Authority has rejected Jerusalem.”

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Netanyahu: US Embassy in Israel Will Move ‘Much Sooner Than You Think’

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:26

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters on a Wednesday flight from New Delhi to Gujarat that the US embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will happen “much sooner than you think.”

Although US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the move may take at least three years or even longer, Netanyahu told Israeli reporters, “my confident assessment is that it will move much faster than people think, within a year from today.”

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During his diplomatic trip to India, he also lauded US President Donald Trump for his decision to move the embassy and recognition Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Netanyahu reiterated his support for Trump’s other Middle East objectives, including his stance against the Iranian nuclear deal and cutting funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).

“(Trump) decided on a timeframe for the necessary change in relation to Iran’s nuclear program, and the nuclear agreement,” Netanyahu said.

“Amendment to the agreement or cancellation of the agreement,” he continued. “These are very important things, because otherwise the Iranian train is going to one place.”

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Israeli Startup Targets Infant Death in Cars

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 08:50

An Israeli startup is providing a way to prevent the death of babies mistakenly left in cars.

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ISAIAH 61:3

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:01

For thousands of years, Jews in exile mourned the destruction of Jerusalem and prayed fervently for redemption and their return to the Land of Israel. Only a few short years after the Jewish people suffered through the atrocities of the Holocaust, the world witnessed the fulfilment of Biblical prophecy with the miraculous establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. While the Jewish people now have access to their Biblical homeland, we must never forget the persecution we endured awaiting redemption.

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PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara visited the Taj Mahal

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 05:00

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara visited the Taj Mahal.

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What Happens When Socialists Run Out of Other People’s Money

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:00

Prime Minister Thatcher once famously observed that socialists “always run out of other people’s money.” But what actually happens when socialism runs out of money?

Venezuela, a once wealthy nation with black gold coming out of the ground, is a test case.

The socialist regime ran out of other people’s money, and then out of money, years ago. The government met protests by its starving population with a 40% minimum wage hike. That’s the usual socialist solution to what leftists call ‘income inequality’. The problem is that 40% of nothing is still zero.

The “Strong Bolivar” introduced by former dictator Hugo Chavez, who died of an overdose of Cuba’s socialist medicine, leads the world in one economic category: a 3,000% inflation rate. Currently, a dollar will buy you 111,413.23 bolivars. Wait a while and there will be a better bargain in bolivars because economists are forecasting a 30,000% inflation rate. In Venezuela, even the poorest American can become a millionaire in bolivars. The only question is why would anyone actually want bolivars?

The socialist currency of the revolution isn’t counted, it’s weighed on scales. The only thing “strong” about the bolivar is the exercise you get from carrying bags of them everywhere. You could forge bolivars, but the fake money would cost you more than the real money. If you can actually print bolivars, go ahead and get in touch with the Venezuelan government which can’t afford to print its own money.

Venezuela’s central bank (under socialism, everything is centralized) can’t pay for the paper to print all the worthless money. And none of the companies that might sell the socialists the paper will take its worthless paper money in exchange for their paper. There’s no point in printing anything less than 50 bolivar notes because they’re worth less than the cost of the paper. But putting Obamanomics in action, Venezuela ordered billions of more bills: more than the United States and Europe have combined.

Paying for minimum wage hikes by printing money doesn’t actually work. That 40% minimum wage hike comes as the buying power of Venezuelans can drop by 50% in one month. The socialist regime keeps printing money and inflation keeps skyrocketing. A 30,000% inflation rate by the end of 2018 is a conservative estimate. More liberal estimates peg it at 200,000%. And then the sky’s the limit.

Is Venezuela’s finance minister out of his mind? No, he’s a leftist. So he believes inflation doesn’t exist.

Luis Salas is the perfect man to head up the economies of Venezuela or California. He’s a sociologist who claims that “Inflation does not exist in real life.”

Venezuela’s economy also doesn’t exist in real life.

Minister Salas claims that inflation isn’t caused by printing infinite amounts of money, but by corporate conspiracies. So the worse the inflation gets, the more the corporations must be conspiring to cause it.

Bafflingly, the inflation keeps growing worse, even as Venezuela is running out of businesses and corporations to blame for its worthless money. The score currently stands at Sociology: 0 and Math: 1.

“When a person goes to a shop and finds that prices have gone up, they are not in the presence of ‘inflation,’” Minister Salas insisted.

But when you go into a store in Venezuela, it’s because you’ve been online for most of the day (or you’ve been paying someone to stand on line for you) only to find that there’s nothing in the store except a milk ration which you have to go through a fingerprint scanner to buy and bring back to your starving family. Either that or you can join the hungry mobs looting the delivery trucks as they come in.

Venezuela’s socialist government made sure that ‘greedy’ farmers and businesses wouldn’t be able to raise prices by pegging product prices below the cost of production. The products are paid for with socialist funny money while farmers and businesses have to import products for real money.

So there’s no food. Much of the country is starving. Medicine is also hard to come by because pharmaceutical companies won’t take theoretical sociologist money that it will cost them more to ship out of the country than its actual face value.

So Venezuela’s government has been reduced to trying to pay for medicine with gold and diamonds.

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Hugo Chavez had once touted the “marvelous community experience” of bartering. Now his collapsing narcostate is reduced to bartering its precious metals and jewels to survive.

Ordinary Venezuelans have long ago been battling imaginary inflation in the real-life horror of socialism by trading in their worthless money for subsidized products and then reselling them on the black market. But increasingly they’re just bartering them to avoid the increasingly worthless currency.

Venezuela’s new supermarkets are the Facebook groups where the people trade sugar for beans. It’s a marvelous community experience that Hugo Chavez’s daughter, the richest woman in Venezuela, hasn’t been able to share with the rest of the populace. When Maduro, the former bus driver driving the country off a cliff as its insane leftist dictator, began chowing down on an empanada during a televised speech, the mouths of his starving people watered and a million memes were born.

But Maduro is promising Venezuelans that a replacement for money is coming soon. Venezuela’s dictator plans to create his own bitcoin, a cryptocurrency based on the only thing his failed state has, oil.

Forget the ‘monero’ and make way for the ‘petro’.

“The 21st century has arrived!” Maduro told a populace that is stuck in medieval times.

Venezuela’s past technological experiments haven’t exactly gone well. The joint Iranian-Venezuelan car company produced a vehicle more radioactive than Iran’s nuclear weapons program. The Chinese Vergatario socialist smartphone comes in handy when bartering for groceries on WhatsApp.

The ‘Petro’ will be backed by oil, gas, gold, and diamonds. Except that Venezuela might be proposing to back its imaginary money with reserves that it already mortgaged to Russia. And that would make its imaginary money even more imaginary than it already is. But creating its own bitcoin would be a perfect solution by providing worthless money to everyone that wouldn’t even need to actually be printed.

But it still wouldn’t be worth anything.

And bitcoin is already in Venezuela. Tech-savvy citizens who turned to imaginary money to escape worthless money aren’t about to switch to government money that’s both imaginary and worthless.

What happens when socialists run out of money? They start pawning the family jewels for more imaginary money while creating conspiracy theories about a capitalist war on socialism.

The left hates reality and math. Its theories turn money worthless. And you can’t eat theories.

Venezuelan socialists took a booming economy, destroyed its currency and reduced it to a barter economy. That’s what happens when socialists finally run out of other people’s money.

If you want to imagine the future of socialism, picture trading sugar for beans on social media.

That’s the leftist economy of tomorrow brought to you by their welfare policies of today.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Sultan Knish Blog

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