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Sun, 03/11/2018 - 06:34

Tzfat is one of the holiest cities in Israel! Tzfat, located high up in the mountains, is the renowned center of mystical Judaism known as Kabbalah. Tzfat, pictured above, is a popular destination for both Israelis and international tourists due to its rich history and contemporary artisan and spiritual characteristics.

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10,000 Spirited Christians To Ascend On Jerusalem in 2020 for Feast of Weeks, Pentecost

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 04:00

As many as 10,000 Christians from every continent are expected to unite in faith in Israel in June 2020 to celebrate the Pentecost in the land where Christians believe the Pentecost occurred.

According to Christian dogma, the Pentecost commemorates the descent of the holy spirit upon the apostles and other followers of Jesus while they were in Jerusalem celebrating Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Christian Scripture in Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1–31). The Pentecost is celebrated on the seventh Sunday (49 days) after Easter.

The event, Jerusalem 2020 Empowered21 Global Congress, is being organized by Empowered21, an organization that works to bring members of the Spirit-empowered movement together. Festivities are expected to take place from June 1 to 3, 2020 at the Pais Arena in Jerusalem.

“We will connect together in the Holy Land where our faith began,” Ossie Mills, executive director of Empowered21, told Breaking Israel News. “Jerusalem will be a once in a lifetime event.”

The celebration will be focused on the role that authentic worship plays in Christians’ relationship with God, according to Empowered21 Global Co-chair Billy Wilson. Three musical worship teams will lead events: Bethel Music, Gateway Worship and Planetshakers.

Bethel, based in Redding, Calif., has produced more than 15 albums that have influenced Christian worship across the global church. In the 2016, Bethel was nominated for 10 Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards, to recognize outstanding achievement in the Christian music industry.

Gateway emanates from the Dallas/Fort Worth-based Gateway Church and is comprised of more than 40 worship leaders, musicians, songwriters and singers. Together, they have sold hundreds of thousands of albums and individual tracks.

Planetshakers is based in Melbourne, Australia and run by Empowered21 member Russel Evans. They have published more than 30 albums.

“Our heart is to see people encounter God, be transformed by His presence, and empowered to make a difference in the world,” said Evans.

Mills said he has been informed by the Israel Ministry of Tourism that Jerusalem 2020 will be the largest event of this nature ever to take place in the Holy City. He said the goal of Jerusalem 2020 is for people not only to pray in Jerusalem, but to walk away with “something tangible that changes how they act at home…to feel the presence of God.”

Mills said Empowered21 chose Israel because “there is something magical or mystical or marvelous about Israel.”

“When you get off the plane, you go, ‘Wow! This is the land of the Bible,’” Mills explained. “Your eyes see what your ears have heard for years.

“During your time in Jerusalem, you will be inspired, encouraged, renewed, transformed and empowered. Your life will never be the same when you visit Israel.”

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Mills said he believes there is a war on the way the hearts and minds of Christians relate to Israel. He noted a “conscious effort” being made by anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli leaders to break apart renewed friendships between Christians of faith and Jews.

“But our hope is that as we begin to market the event, the net result will be that people understand the importance of the people of Israel and the Land of Israel,” Mills said.

He noted that many Christians learn about ancient and modern Israel in their Sunday school classrooms but don’t really understand the Jewish state, in part because they do not visit. He said one must be on the ground to witness the prophecies unfolding.

“Israel is a complex place, but what is not complex is the relationship that Christians should have with Israel,” Mills told BIN. “We are to love the Land of Israel and to love the Jew…The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the God of both of us.”

Mills said the group is connecting the Jerusalem 2020 celebration with the year 2020 and the idea of having 2020 or perfect vision. Empowered21 leaders hope to take advantage of the large gathering to help solidify the future mission of their organization.

Jerusalem 2020 will be the sixth Empowered21 global congress. The first Jerusalem global congress was hosted by Empowered21 in May 2015 and attended by over 4,500 people from more than 70 nations. Since then, events have been held in France, Kiev and Jakarta. This year’s event will take place in South Africa. Next year’s congress is slated for Guatemala.

The role of Empowered21 is to empower a new generation of spirited Christian leaders and to connect spirited Christians from across the nations and generations.

“Our vision within the Empowered21 network is to unite the global spirit-empowered movement, connecting nations and generations in the 21st century,” said Wilson.

The Empowered21 Global Council is comprised of several esteemed international organizational, denominational, educational and ministry leaders. They establish the focus of the organization and give inspiration and insight. Among the council members are Jurgen Buhler, executive director of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem; Scott Kelson, chair of the Charismatic Leaders Network; Gordon Robertson, CEO of the Christian Broadcasting Network; and Steve Strang, founder of Charisma Magazine.

According to Mills, there are about 620 million spirit empowered believers on the planet. He said, “You can do more if you unite.”


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Israel Trauma Coalition Provides Counseling For Florida Community After Deadly Shooting

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 03:00

Just 10 days after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., experts from the Israel Trauma Coalition arrived to help people cope and offer concrete tools to educate teachers and community leaders about how to move forward.

Fourteen students and three staff members were shot dead in the Feb. 14 shooting, making it one of the worst school massacres in history.

Israel Trauma Coalition’s Yotam Dagan from Natal Israel Center for Trauma and Resilience and Alan Cohen from the Community Stress Prevention Center, in coordination with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate General of Israel in Miami, in addition to local health and counseling bodies, led sessions for about 600 clinicians, law-enforcement officers, social workers, parents, first responders and members of the clergy, according to a report by Israel21c.

“The psychological shockwaves of the event have been tremendous,” Dagan told Israel21c. “We met as many community members as we could, enabled them to talk about their trauma and then shared Israeli best practices for the day after.”

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The coalition will return to the area for followup, like it has done in many locations it has served, including Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Mexico following the deadly earthquake in September and Las Vegas following that mass shooting last October.

The Israel Trauma Center was created in 2002 at the height of the Second Intifada in Israel to treat the masses of people who were traumatized by unrelenting Palestinian terrorism in the form of shootings and bus bombings. It has sent 17 delegations abroad since its inception.


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Who Still Sees the Wonder of Judaism?

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 03:00

…This feeling of wonderment is the source and inexhaustible fountain-head of his desire for knowledge. It drives the child irresistibly on to solve the mystery, and if in his attempt he encounters a causal relationship, he will not tire of repeating the same experiment ten times, a hundred times, in order to taste the thrill of discovery over and over again….The reason why the adult no longer wonders is not because he has solved the riddle of life, but because he has grown accustomed to the laws governing his world picture. But the problem of why these particular laws and no others hold remains for him just as amazing and inexplicable as for the child. He who does not comprehend this situation misconstrues its profound significance, and he who has reached the stage where he no longer wonders about anything, merely demonstrates that he has lost the art of reflective reasoning.  — Max Planck, Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers, NY, Philosophical Library,1949,pp 91-93.

In Shemot (34: 29-35), we find a fascinating passage concerning Moshe’s descent from Sinai. We are informed that Moshe decided to cover his face with a mask after realizing that his facial skin had become radiant, causing people to withdraw and not dare to approach him.

What is utterly surprising, however, is that contrary to common belief, Moshe walked daily throughout the Israelite camp with his mask on, as long as he did not speak with the people to transmit God’s words. Once he had to speak to them, he deliberately took it off, revealing his luminous face. Instead of accommodating them by making it easier to approach him, it seems he wanted to bring them into an altogether different spiritual setting before repeating the words of God as he had heard them. By taking the mask off only when he had to repeat the words of God, he exposed them to this divine radiance, which caught them by complete surprise. The purpose, then, was to catch them off guard.

Human beings can quickly become desensitized to even the most astonishing stimuli once they get used to them. The wonder wears off. For Moshe’s radiance to have an ongoing effect, it had to be hidden so that when he would reveal his face the Israelites would be deeply moved by its luminance. Only under those conditions could they fully appreciate and value God’s words, realizing that every word Moshe spoke in the name of God was authentic. Otherwise, even the words of God would become mediocre and dubious. Familiarity breeds contempt.

Religion is the art of knowing what to do with amazement. To ensure that it does not fall back into complacency, it must never become everydayness. In fact, this has been of the greatest challenges to Judaism in the last few hundred years. While in the days of Moshe and the prophets Judaism was experienced with deep religious excitement, as a majestic representation of the new, over the centuries this wonder has been replaced by a devastating familiarity. Judaism has put on a permanent mask that is never removed.

Thoroughly misunderstanding what life is all about, and believing that we have solved most problems concerning its mystery, we have become mentally cut off from the possibility of the extraordinary and unprecedented. We have dulled our capacity for surprise.

With the passing of time, we have turned Judaism into an institution, a dogma, and a ritual into which everything needs to fit neatly. But Judaism is really about an upheaval in the soul and the need to break with all sorts of idols. It is about living with spiritual trepidation in which man realizes that he was created from dust but has the ability to reach Heaven. Whether or not man succeeds will depend on his willingness to stand in awe.

We have turned Judaism into a religion that comforts but does not challenge. We have made it into a lame doctrine in which the courage to shatter callousness has been sidetracked. It has been transformed into a sweet and comfortable religion in which man can slumber and never wake up.

Today’s Judaism has paradoxically made a modern man believe that divine revelation is impossible. How, after all, can it claim that the Divine can enter our world when it has utterly rejected the notion that surprise is the great spiritual mover for authentic religious life? How can one uphold a belief in the revelation at Sinai when one simultaneously has bought into spiritual stagnancy by thinking that scientific investigation is all there is and wonder is no longer to be part of our experience?

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Revelation is based on the notion of infrequency. Its authenticity and truth are to be found in its being different from all other experiences. Its uniqueness is that it cannot be compared to any other event. It is sui generis. Once we attempt to explain it, it loses its very essence and purpose. If we extinguish the spark of its singularity, it is reduced to insignificance.

Wonder is problematic for the law. The application of the law would be much easier if the world were stagnant and consisted of endless repetition. The real difficulty arises when the sudden and the unconventional emerge. Such moments take the law by surprise.

Definite judgments become irrelevant since they cannot cope with the new and the unheard-of. In such cases, the lawmakers are forced to leave their comfortable ivory towers. Either they admit that the law has nothing to contribute, or they become inventors and show that the law leaves room for the unprecedented and the notion of wonder.

This is the great challenge for today’s halachic authorities. Are their decisions made in a sterile vacuum in which every surprise is ignored and even suppressed? Or are they made to stimulate a religious condition in which man will live in a state of great awe through which he can grow and feel halacha’s inner spirit?

Are today’s rulings transformative, or do they promote stagnation? Shall we have prophetic halacha or collapsed halacha?

What we need is a new approach. We have to re-create halacha so that it once again becomes the manifestation of holy deeds that generate marvel and amazement in every part of our lives.

It may be time for rabbis to invite religious thinkers who still see the wonder of Judaism and can help them make suitable decisions before genuine religiosity is suffocated.

We need people who can teach us to take off our mask — which by now has merged with our skin — and show us the original glow of God’s word, as Moshe did.

Reprinted with author’s permission from The Times of Israel

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In Pamela Geller Attack, Taylor Lorenz and Media are Stupid — and Evil

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 01:00

The mainstream media are either stupid or evil – or both.

That is the only reasonable conclusion you can reach from the Daily Beast’s article Thursday that exposed the identities of Pamela Geller’s four daughters and the subsequent decision of major and minor newspapers and magazines throughout the Western world to re-run the story.

As far as media stupidity goes, it’s possible that Daily Beast “reporter” Taylor Lorenz, who outed Geller’s daughters, is too dumb to understand that she put their lives in danger by exposing their identities.

It is possible that the Daily Beast, the Washington Post, the New York PostCosmopolitan magazine, and all the rest have no idea that there is a direct link between the fatwa – or Islamic ruling — published by the Islamic State on May 5, 2015, calling for Geller to be “slaughtered,” and ISIS’s attempt the next month to behead her. A Boston court sentenced two area-based ISIS terrorists to prolonged prison terms on December 17, 2017, after finding them guilty of conspiring to behead Geller in June 2015.

Moreover, Lorenz and her fellow ignorant travelers may not even know that ISIS has singled Geller out for murder and that there has already been an attempt on her life. After all, the very same media organs that are now excitedly running stories about how Geller’s daughters went to great lengths to hide the fact that she is their mom, have themselves gone out of their way to hide the fact that ISIS marked their mother for murder and actually tried to kill her.

So for Lorenz and all of her ignorant colleagues who just put the lives of four innocent people in danger, here’s the story that you had the duty to make yourself aware of before you published your shameful “exposes” on Geller’s daughters.

On January 7, 2015, Islamic terrorists stormed the offices of France’s Charlie Hebdo satire magazine and slaughtered twelve writers and cartoonists.

The magazine’s crime?

It had dared to publish cartoons of Mohammed – the prophet of the Religion of Peace.

A week after the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, leading Islamic jihad apologists and enablers in the U.S. gathered in Garland, Texas for a “Stand with the Prophet in honor and respect” conference. The purpose of the conference was to whitewash the slaughter in Paris and claim it had nothing to do with Islam while demonizing as racist Islamophobes everyone who drew a connection between Islam and Islamic terrorists murdering in the name of Islam.

The keynote speaker at the conference was Siraj Wahhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and an associate of the so-called “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman, who masterminded the bombing.

A lot of people were upset when they heard about the event, which they thought — reasonably — was organized to advance the same goal of silencing free speech that the jihadists in Paris had just murdered the Charlie Hebdo writers and artists for exercising. Geller was so upset that she organized a rally to protest the conference.

Thousands joined her outside the convention center at Garland, demanding that jihad be defeated and freedom of speech be defended.

As Geller documents in her book, Fatwa: Hunted in America, rather than join the protesters in opposing the conference organizers’ clear attempt to whitewash the atrocities in Paris, the media instead chose to castigate Geller and the protesters as bigots.

Unbowed and determined to both honor the memory of the Charlie Hebdo victims and ensure that the U.S. does not sacrifice the Constitution to comply with jihadist bullies and terrorists, Geller organized a “Draw Muhammed Contest” in May 2015 at the same convention center in Garland where the jihad apologists had held their conference in January.

As the contest was going on inside the hall, two ISIS terrorists from Arizona tried to storm the hall with assault rifles. They shot an off-duty policeman Geller hired as part of the event’s security before being killed by two on-duty Garland police officers on the scene.

It was the first ISIS attack on U.S. soil.

Rather than stand with Geller and her event participants, the media blamed the victims. It was Geller’s fault that ISIS attacked, they said. She provoked them by holding her contest.

In the wake of the Garland attack, ISIS released a fatwa announcing it had “sent its Lions to achieve [Geller’s] slaughter.”

The fatwa threatened everyone who associates with Geller. Among other things, it said, “Everyone who houses her events, gives her a platform to spill her filth are legitimate targets.”

The danger to her family was clear.

But not for the media. There are two reasons that the likes of the Daily Beast, the Washington Post, the New York Post, Cosmopolitan and all the rest can’t see the danger in publishing her children’s identities.

First, they are too blinded by their hatred for Geller to notice that she really is in danger.

For more than a decade, the media and leftist shock troops, operating in lock step with Islamist groups like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), have tried to destroy Geller. The radical leftist defamation outfit – the Southern Poverty Law Center –branded Geller and her websites and associated organizations a hate group.

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As the SPLC’s then-spokesman Mark Potok said in speeches in 2007 and 2008, the SPLC doesn’t identify groups and individuals as hate groups because they are engaged in the propagation of hatred and the incitement of illegal activities. In his words, “Our criteria for a ‘hate group’ … have nothing to do with criminality, or violence, or any kind of guess we’re making about ‘this group could be dangerous.’ It’s strictly ideological.”

Potok explained that the SPLC isn’t concerned with monitoring hate groups — rather, “Our aim in life is to destroy these groups, completely destroy them.”

Once the SPLC branded her a bigot, the media was free to dehumanize her. Every article about Geller includes a mention of the fact that the SPLC has branded her a bigot and a hater. Media Matters ordered the media to stop interviewing her and in one fell swoop, she was blacklisted by the media.

Over the past year, the social media giants have gone to war against her. Facebook and Youtube have decommercialized her pages and erased her videos. Google Adsense banned her. Google scrubbed her website from its search engine. Paypal temporarily closed her account.

And yet, Geller hasn’t been destroyed. Her website, the Geller Report, continues to garner millions of visitors each month. Nothing they have thrown at her, no media blacklist, no Facebook and Youtube and Google ad boycotts and shutdowns have shut her down.

So obviously, the time has come to target her family.

What was particularly notable about Lorenz’s hatchet job is that she didn’t target Geller: she targeted Geller’s children. As far as Lorenz is concerned, Geller is already toasted. She has no right to earn a living – or even live, to the extent that Lorenz is aware that ISIS put out a kill order against her.

Lorenz wasn’t interested in beating what she clearly considers a dead horse. She wanted to destroy Geller’s daughters, specifically. If doing so also puts their lives in danger, well that’s their problem, as far as Lorenz and her comrades at the Daily Beast, the Washington Post and all the rest are concerned.

Lorenz is convinced that Geller’s daughters should be destroyed because they do not hate their mother — indeed, they love her. And as they love her, they have had the gall to become successful in their own right.

And that’s the thing of it. Without relation to their mother, Geller’s four daughters have emerged as Instagram stars and new media pioneers. Geller’s daughter Claudia Oshry’s Instagram account @girlwithnojob has nearly three million followers. Claudia built her audience on her own due to her excellence.

Likewise, all of Geller’s other daughters have succeeded on their own, and with one, another’s help — with no connections from their mother and despite the Left’s multi-year campaign to destroy her.

Following the Daily Beast’s revelation of their lineage, their employer cravenly betrayed Geller’s daughters.

Oath, the company formed last year after AOL merged with Yahoo, was running a social media show featuring Claudia and Geller’s youngest daughter Jackie called The Morning Breath.

After the Daily Beast outed them, Oath released a statement saying, “The Morning Breath … is being canceled immediately and we have launched an internal investigation and will take other appropriate steps based on the results of the investigation.”

Apparently, the answer to the question of whether the media is stupid or venal is that it is both. It is so obsessed with destroying those who do not share its ideology that it cannot see, much less understand, the true enemies of Western civilization.

Geller is treated like a non-person, whom it is okay for ISIS to murder because she advances an opposing ideology — which among other things, points out that as the Left attacks its ideological foes, Islamic jihad is being waged against Western Civilization.

As for her children, as far as the media are concerned, they have no right to work and no right to be protected from murder because they love their mother.

Stupid and evil. But mainly evil.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Caroline Glick

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US Military Participates in Large Scale ‘Juniper Cobra’ Exercise With IDF

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 01:00

By: Yaakov Lappin/JNS

The Israeli and U.S. militaries are in the midst of a large-scale missile-defense exercise, designed to simulate responses to a Middle East war on multiple fronts.

The scenario at the heart of the planned, biannual drill involves the Israeli home front coming under heavy enemy fire from several directions simultaneously.

The Juniper Cobra 18 exercise, held since 2001, practices the rapid deployment of American air-defense units and equipment to Israel from Europe in the event of armed conflict, in addition to the integration of U.S. capabilities into Israel’s air-defense layers.

“If conditions arise, and we are requested by the government of Israel, through our government, we will deploy,” said Lt.-Gen. Richard M. Clark, commander of the United States 3rd Air Force. Clark, who is based at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, added: “Once we get word, we can get here in days. I could be on the ground in one day. The fighting forces can be here within 72 hours.”

Brig.-Gen. Zvika Haimovich, who heads the Israeli Air Defense Command of the Israel Defense Forces, said it was the largest U.S.–IDF exercise to date, adding that it is expected to play out in the course of more than four weeks.

Some 2,500 American personnel are taking part in the endeavor. Most were mobilized to Israel, while some stayed in Europe and the United States. Around 2,000 IDF personnel are taking part as well.

The United States European Command, based in Germany, sent a number of American air-defense systems to Israel.

“We will practice fighting shoulder to shoulder,” explained Haimovich. “We are practicing responses to real, complex, multidirectional threats. The emphasis is, above all, on cooperation between commanders and people.”

“Savlos, and more accurate, precise, multidirectional fire—those are our assumptions” of what a war will involve, he said. “It doesn’t matter if these come from the south, north, or east . . . unfortunately, we live in an environment in which we need to keep up our skills every year,” he said.

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The exercise costs millions of dollars to hold and two years to plan. The commanders declined to provide specific details on the threat scenarios they were simulating—the general scenario they described would appear to outline a war involving Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas firing heavy barrages of rockets and missiles on Israeli cities and towns.

The arrival of accurate rockets and missiles in enemy inventories has played a role in the planning of the drill.

The first part of the drill involves computer simulations, in which Israeli and American air-defense systems are linked to one another and practice shooting down computer-generated threats. In the second stage, live-fire targets will be shot down by U.S. and Israeli Patriot systems, and by an Israeli Iron Dome battery.

Israel is fielding all of its air-defense systems in the exercise. These include Iron Dome; the recently deployed David’s Sling system, designed to intercept medium- and long-range ballistic missiles and cruise missiles; and the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 systems, which intercept missile threats in the atmosphere and in space, respectively.

An interception officer operating the David’s Sling system said the system has been operational “for almost over a year.” He added that it is “deployed across Israel.”

Col. David E. Shank, commander of the 10th Air and Missile Defense, U.S. Army–Europe, told JNS that two versions of American Patriot systems are in Israel for the drill. America’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, which is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles as they descend, was also deployed. A powerful transportable radar was brought by the Americans to Israel.

Clark told JNS that the American Aegis Combat System, which is a ship-based missile-defense system, is also playing a “key and critical part” in the exercise.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy’s Mount Whitney, a command and control, arrived from its base in Italy and docked at the Haifa port to take part in the drill.

Ultimately, said Clark, the ability of America and Israel to moor their systems will define success. He acknowledged that this would have to be done under fire during wartime.

“From the first day we arrive, we have to be able to link up,” he affirmed. “Every day, we get a little better.”



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Saudi Crown Prince Meets Senior Israeli Officials in Egypt: Report

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 00:00

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met with senior Israeli officials during his visit to Egypt this week, the London-based Arab newspaper Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported on Wednesday.

The report said the meeting focused on the normalization of ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and included the Kingdom’s commitment to the “deal of the century,” the Middle East peace plan being devised by the Trump administration.

Within that framework, Israel would take part in the unprecedented real estate venture being sponsored by the Saudis in the Gulf of Aqaba.

Crown Prince Mohammed first announced plans for the 26,500-square-kilometer (10,230-square-mile) zone at an international investment conference in Riyadh last October.

Officials say public and private investment in the area is expected to reach $500 billion. The mega-city would be built on Saudi territory on the eastern shore of the Red Sea near the border with Jordan, and connect to Egypt across the gulf via a bridge running through the island of Tiran.

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Known as Neom—from the Greek prefix neo (“new”) and first letter of the Arabic word mostaqbal (“future”)—the mega-city is being billed as “the world’s most ambitious project,” intended to become a transnational city and economic zone.

The crown prince’s stated objective for the project is to wean Saudi Arabia, the world’s top crude exporter, off oil revenues.

According to the report, the prince is also applying immense pressure behind the scenes on Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to be part of the American deal.

If an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is struck, the Saudis will reportedly be the beneficiaries of considerable U.S. investments, among other things in the Neom project. In exchange, they will act as the American’s spearhead for implementing the peace agreement.

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Palestinians: The Arabs Do Not Care About Us

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 00:00

The Palestinians appear to be the only ones in the Arab world who are coming out on a daily basis against a plan no one has seen.

This Arab apathy towards the Palestinians is the result of a long-standing belief in the Arab world that the Palestinians are an ungrateful people who do not hesitate to bite the hand that feeds them.

When Trump finally does announce his Middle East peace plan, the Palestinians will discover that they are alone in threatening to thwart it.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has been working hard to persuade the Arab countries to support its position in the standoff with the US administration.

The PA leadership in Ramallah fears that without the backing of the Arab countries, the US administration will “impose” President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” — the yet-to-be-announced plan for peace in the Middle East.

The Arab countries, however, appear to be preoccupied with other matters. For now, the Palestinians are getting much lip service from their Arab brothers, including promises to put pressure on the Trump administration possibly to “modify” its plan to make it less “harmful” to Palestinian demands and aspirations.

What is actually happening is that the PA leadership is terrified that many of the Arab countries will support the Trump plan, thus abandoning their Palestinian brothers and leaving them exposed to international pressure to accept the “deal of the century.” This fear does not seem to be unjustified.

Palestinian officials have already voiced concern that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and some Gulf countries are in collusion with the Trump administration to “impose” the peace plan, the details of which have yet to be made public.

These Arab countries, the Palestinians point out, have endorsed a more pragmatic and conciliatory approach towards the reputed peace plan and are no longer expressing strong opposition to it, despite Palestinian claims that the main points of the “deal of the century” endorse the positions of the Israeli government.

Unlike the Palestinians, the Arab countries are obviously not interested in ruining their relations with the US administration. Their comments are likely more about preserving good relations with Washington than supporting the policies of the Israeli government.

The Palestinians appear to be the only ones in the Arab world who are coming out on a daily basis against a plan no one has seen.

Hardly a day passes without a Palestinian official warning against Trump’s plan of “liquidation” or “slap of the century,” as some have begun referring to it. The Palestinians say they are also determined to foil the plan, notwithstanding the consequences.

“The Palestinians don’t care about the date when Trump’s plan will be announced because they reject it,” said Nabil Sha’ath, a former PA foreign minister who serves as a senior advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas.

“What has already been leaked about the plan is sufficient for us to reject it. We won’t accept an American plan that allows the US to restore its exclusivity over the peace process. If Washington wants to contribute to the peace process, it must be within the framework of an international multilateral forum.”

Another senior Abbas aide, Azzam al-Ahmed, said that Trump’s “deal of the century” won’t pass because it will not lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state. The US, he added, is no longer qualified to play the role of sole sponsor of any peace process between the Palestinians and Israel.

PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat also repeated the Palestinian opposition to Trump’s “deal of the century.” Accusing the US administration of seeking to “liquidate” the Palestinian cause and impose its dictates on the Palestinians, Erekat complained in a “political report” he submitted to members of the ruling Fatah faction in Ramallah last week that the “bold lines” of the Trump plan offer the Palestinians nothing but “eternal self-rule” and a “demilitarized” state.

In the past few weeks, the PA leadership has been campaigning to muster Arab support for its opposition to the Trump plan. So far, however, the Palestinian effort has been only partially successful, if at all.

At a recent meeting in Brussels of Arab foreign ministers with their EU counterparts, the Palestinians demanded that the Arab countries endorse their position towards the Trump plan. The Palestinians are also pressing for a larger EU role in the peace process with Israel so that the US would no longer have exclusivity over peacemaking.

However, the Arab response to the Palestinian campaign has been disappointing for the Palestinians.

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The Arab ministers rejected the Palestinian demand to diminish the US role in the peace process. “We don’t want to exclude the American role, which remains a major one,” the Arab ministers reportedly told the Palestinians.

The Arab countries have also refused to endorse the Palestinians’ fiery anti-US rhetoric. Judging from the tone of the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco, they seem to adopt a soft approach towards the US administration and its yet-to-be-announced peace plan. Unlike the Palestinians, the Arab countries do not see the plan as a “conspiracy aimed at liquidating the Palestinian cause and national rights.”

Moreover, there is talk in Ramallah that some Arab countries have actually been pressuring the PA leadership to accept the Trump plan.

“Several pro-US Arab countries are still exerting pressure on the Palestinian leadership not to reject the American plan,” said political analyst Rasem Obeidat. “They are even asking the Palestinian leadership to deal with the plan in a positive manner.” He called on the Palestinians to stop relying on the Arabs and to unite their ranks and strengthen their internal front.

The Palestinians were hoping that the Arab and Islamic countries’ response to Trump’s December 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would be much tougher. The very least the Palestinians were expecting was that these countries would respond by expelling the US ambassadors or shutting US embassies in Arab and Islamic capitals. This, of course, did not happen, much to the dismay of the Palestinians, who feel that they have been once again abandoned by their Arab and Muslim brothers.

The Arab countries appear to be fed up with the Palestinians. At most, they are prepared to offer the Palestinians public statements of support and promises to help them achieve their rights. Each one of these countries has its own problems to worry about and the Palestinian issue is no longer at the top of the Arabs’ list of priorities.

Egypt, for example, is preoccupied with its war against jihadist terrorists in Sinai and the upcoming presidential election, slated for late March. The Egyptians have bitter memories of meddling in the internal affairs of the Palestinians. For the past three months, the Egyptians have been trying, thus far unsuccessfully, to persuade Hamas and Abbas’s Fatah faction to proceed with the “reconciliation” agreement which the two parties signed in Cairo in November 2017.

In the past week, an Egyptian security delegation has held intensive discussions with Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip in a bid to solve the crisis, but to no avail. A Hamas delegation that visited Cairo last month to talk about ways of implementing the floundering “reconciliation” accord returned empty-handed to the Gaza Strip, after spending three weeks in Egypt.

The Saudis, for their part, are also busy with their domestic issues. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, is preoccupied with his plan to introduce major reforms in the kingdom and collect billions of dollars from corrupt princes and top officials. The PA leadership anyway does not seem to have much confidence in the young crown prince and suspects him also of colluding with the Trump administration to “impose” the “deal” on the Palestinians.

Similarly, Jordan is trying to deal with its own problems, and they appear to be huge. The Jordanian government’s recent decision to remove subsidies on bread has sparked a wave of street protests throughout the kingdom.

Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), meanwhile, are separately at work promoting their own agendas in the Palestinian political landscape.

The Qataris are supporting the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip, while the UAE is trying to promote its Palestinian proxy, deposed Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan, as the next Palestinian leader. The UAE has reportedly asked Dahlan to form a new party that would run in the next Palestinian presidential and parliamentary elections, if and when they ever take place.

The PA leadership is not happy about the interference of Qatar and UAE in the internal affairs of the Palestinians. It is also not happy with the way Egypt seems to have endorsed Dahlan, an arch-enemy of Abbas. The PA sees Arab meddling in Palestinian affairs as harmful and counterproductive. It has yet to recover from the days when each Arab country had endorsed its own Palestinian faction.

The Palestinians are once again being forced to face the unpleasant truth that their Arab brothers are more interested in their own survival than in the Palestinian issue.

This Arab apathy towards the Palestinians is the result of a long-standing belief in the Arab world that the Palestinians are an ungrateful people who do not hesitate to bite the hand that feeds them. Palestinian support for Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait — a country that used to provide the Palestinians with millions of dollars annually — was the turning point in relations between the Arab countries and the Palestinians. Since then, the Palestinians have been almost entirely dependent on American and EU funding.

Arab apathy towards the Palestinians is the result of a long-standing belief that the Palestinians do not hesitate to bite the hand that feeds them. Palestinian support for Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait was the turning point in relations between the Arab countries and the Palestinians. Pictured: Yasser Arafat with then Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in 1988. (Photo via Getty Images)

When Trump finally does announce his Middle East peace plan, the Palestinians will discover that they are alone in threatening to thwart it. The Palestinians have good reason to believe that the Arab countries are about to leave them to their own devices. And, after half a century of failed and corrupt leadership, the Palestinian devices leave much to be desired.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Gatestone Institute

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Jerusalem Exhibit at UN Helps ‘Put The Truth Forward:’ Netanyahu

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 23:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited an exhibit on Jerusalem at the United Nations headquarters in New York, which he said helps to “put the truth forward” regarding the Jewish people’s eternal connection to Jerusalem and the land of Israel.

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Trump’s Military Parade to Take Place in November

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 16:32

A Pentagon memo sent to the Joint Chief of Staff on Thursday announced that the military parade President Trump requested in January will be added as part of the usual November 11, Veterans Day celebrations, though it will not be as extravagant as the president hoped.

“This parade will focus on the contributions of our veterans throughout the history of the US military, starting from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 to today, with an emphasis on the price of freedom,” said the memorandum for General Joe Dunford, who chairs the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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Pentagon plan called for the parade to travel from the White House to the Capitol Building but it will include “wheeled vehicles only, no tanks,” since heavy treaded vehicles would damage the city streets.

The memo also allowed for “a heavy air component at the end of the parade, to include older aircraft as available.”

The White House’s budget chief recently told Congress the event will cost taxpayers $10-$30 million.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has said the planned parade demonstrates the “president’s affection and respect for the military”.

The parade will focus on the contributions of veterans throughout the history of the US military, starting with the Revolutionary War, and highlight the evolution of women veterans from second world war to the present, according to the memo.


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Putin Blames Jews for Election Meddling [WATCH]

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 15:32

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview that the Russians who interfered with the US presidential elections in 2016 could have been “Jews, but with Russian citizenship.”

In the interview with NBC network, Putin was quoted as saying, “I do not care at all, because they do not represent the government. Maybe they are not even Russians, but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews, but with Russian citizenship, which should also be checked; maybe they have dual citizenship or a green card; maybe the US paid them for this. How can you know that? I do not know either,” he said.

The transcript of the interview was released by the Kremlin on Saturday.

“Why have you decided the Russian authorities, myself included, gave anybody permission to do this?” Putin asked rhetorically.

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When asked by interviewer Megyn Kelly if he condoned the alleged election interference, Putin was apathetic.

“It’s all the same to me. To me it absolutely makes no difference because they do not represent the government,” Putin answered.

Putin also claimed that the US government has rebuffed his suggestions that they join in a combined effort against such cyber attacks.

“But the U.S. refuses to work like this and instead throws 13 Russians to the media,” Putin said. “Maybe they have dual citizenship or a green card; maybe the U.S. paid them for this. How can you know that? I do not know, either.”

Putin claimed that the United States interferes in Russian elections “all the time” but that it was “impossible for us” to do the same.

“First, we have principles whereby we do not allow others to interfere in our domestic affairs and do not get into the affairs of others….Secondly, we don’t have this quantity of tools,” he said.

 Putin’s comments come one month after Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies for allegedly backing Trump’s campaign, maligning his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, and engaging in other election interference.

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35,000 Run Jerusalem Marathon [PHOTOS]

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 04:46

Many of Jerusalem’s main thoroughfares shut down on Friday morning to allow a record 35,000 runners to participate in the city’s eighth annual marathon. 4,000 foreign participants traveled to the Holy City from 72 countries. Kipkogey Shadrack, 27, of Kenya won the marathon for the third consecutive time in 2:21.26.

Jerusalem Marathon (Photo Flash90)

In addition to the full 42.2 kilometer marathon (26.2 mile) marathon, a 21 kilometer (13 mile) half marathon, ten kilometer (6.2 mile), five kilometer (3.1 mile), 1.7 km “family” (one mile), and 800 meter (half mile) “community” race were also run as part of the event.

Jerusalem Marathon (Photo Flash90)

The route began at the Knesset, went past the historic Mahane Yehuda open-air shuk (market),  Mount Scopus, he Old City, King David’s Tower, and the Haas Promenade.

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Netanyahu’s Friendly Meet With Nikki Haley

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 03:29

As part of his action-packed visit to the US, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley long enough to compliment her on “making things better” for Israel.

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PSALMS 122:6

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 02:46

Psalm 122 uses the words sha’alu sh’lom Yerushalayim, pray for the well-being of Yerushalayim. Shalom (שלום), translated here as well-being, actually has three meanings: hello, goodbye and peace. Peace is the most important gift we can ask from Hashem (God), on an individual level, as families, and between nations. It is therefore of utmost significance that the world’s holiest city, Yerushalayim (ירושלים), has the word shalom at its core, because it is meant to be the source for all peace on earth.

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Defense Report of Iranian Missile Threat Fails to Consider Proven God-Factor

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 02:34


A high-ranking defense official revealed to the Senate on Tuesday that Iran has fully incorporated a Russian long-range anti-aircraft missile system into its military, seriously upgrading its ability to threaten the US and Israeli military interests in the region. But the general’s report failed to take into account divine intervention which has plagued the system in the past.

Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley, Jr., Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday about Iran’s “generational improvement in capabilities,” according to Bloomberg News.

In his written testimony, the general identified Iran as a major threat to US and Israeli interests.

“Iran remains a primary nation-state challenger to US interests and security within the Middle East and Southwest Asia,” General Ashley wrote in his report. “Iran is engaged in the region’s conflicts to further its security goals and expand its influence with neighboring countries, at the expense of the United States and US-aligned regional partners.”

Israel is clearly one of those “regional partners” the general referred to. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has frequently discussed the missiles with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a meeting in 2013, Netanyahu hinted that if the S-300 arrived in Iran, Israel would consider destroying the system before it became fully operational.

General Ashley reported that this actually took place in 2016 when Russia delivered the SA-20c, also known as the S-300 PMU, surface-to-air missile system (SAM). The SA-20, a self-propelled land-based system with a 120-mile range, gives Iran “the flexibility of a highly mobile, long-range, strategic surface-to-air missile”, General Ashley wrote.

“[Iran] continues to improve its conventional capabilities to deter adversaries, defend its homeland, and control avenues of approach –including the Strait of Hormuz — in the event of a military conflict,” Ashley said in his submission to the Senate panel. “We expect Iran’s modernization priorities to remain its ballistic missile, naval, and air defense forces, with new emphasis on the need for more robust combat air capabilities.”

The potential threat posed by Iran upgrading to the SA-20 has long been known. In 2008, General Michael Moseley, the US Air Force chief of staff, told reporters that Iran’s capability to defend itself against air strikes would take a “quantum leap” when it deployed the advanced Russian anti-aircraft system, not only preventing attacks against Iran but changing the regional situation.

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“The SA-20 is a big deal,” Moseley said at the time. “It is a quantum leap. If you put an SA-20 up against the Washington Monument, you’ve got about a 100-mile range with that thing — you can engage aircraft as far as Philadelphia.”

Though General Ashley’s concern is clearly well-founded, Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi, a well-known mystic in Israel, has reassured his followers that the missile posed no threat to Israel. In September 2016, while the system was being installed, Rabbi Ben Artzi reassured his followers that the S-300 that the missiles “will get a virus in their computers, and go crazy.”

“They will blow up inside their bunkers,” Rabbi Ben Artzi said. “The launcher will blow up underneath them.”

A few months latter, videos began surfacing on the internet showing precisely that.
In his report, General Ashley also identified Iran’s intercontinental ballistic missile systems, with the long-range missiles having a range of over 1,000 miles, as being a source of particular concern. The ongoing missile program, in violation of Iranian agreements with the UN, poses a threat to the entire region. This is being further enhanced by parallel improvements in Iran’s naval capabilities.

“Both Iran’s regular Navy and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy will field increasingly lethal platforms and weapons—including more advanced mines, small submarines, fast-attack craft, and ship- and shore-based antiship cruise missiles—which further complicate US freedom of navigation throughout Iran’s littoral.”

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France Will Fight Anti-Semitism, But Not Recognize Jerusalem: Macron

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 01:00

French President Emmanuel Macron told an audience on Wednesday that he would fight anti-Semitism online and in the streets of France in order to protect the country’s Jews.

“There are hatreds that are rising again; there are the worst kinds of crimes,” Macron said at the annual dinner of the extensive Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France, or CRIF, Jewish umbrella organization.

“We have understood, with horror, that anti-Semitism is still alive. And on this issue our response must be unforgiving,” said Macron. “France would not be itself if Jewish citizens had to leave because they were afraid.”

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Official figures show that anti-Semitic crimes increased 26 percent last year in France, with a 22 percent increase in vandalism to Jewish synagogues and cemeteries.

Though CRIF leader Francis Kalifat encouraged Macron to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as has U.S. President Donald Trump and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, Macron called the move an “error.”

France, he said, “would lose this status of honest broker, which is the only useful one for the region,” if it were to recognize the Jewish claim on the city.

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Knesset Caucus Presents Practical Steps to be Taken Against Palestinian Terror

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 00:00

The Israel Victory Project, together with the Knesset Israel Victory Caucus, held a discussion on holding the Palestinian Authority, especially its senior officials, directly responsible for its murderous incitement.

During the caucus meeting on Tuesday, new evidence was presented against senior P.A. official Jibril Rajoub on incitement to murder. Caucus co-chairs and Knesset members Oded Forer and Elazar Stern introduced practical measures that Israel will take against the P.A. for its rejectionism and violent incitement.

One of the measures is Stern’s bill, which passed its first reading at the Knesset yesterday. It calls for offsetting funds that are transferred to the P.A. by Israel for its support of terrorism, especially payments to terrorists and their families, similar to the Taylor Force Act in the United States.

Caucus co-chair and Knesset member Avraham Neguise, and other Knesset and victory caucus members Hamad Amar, Yehuda Glick, Yulia Malinovsky, Anat Berko and Nurit Koren also attended the meeting to lend support to this cause.

New evidence against Jibril Rajoub was presented by Itamar Marcus, founder of the organization Palestinian Media Watch and by Col. (res) Maurice Hirsh, Palestinian Media Watch’s Head of Legal Strategies, who served for 19 years in the Israel Defense Forces’ MAG Corps, inter alia as head of the Military Prosecution for Judea and Samaria.

Also participating in the discussion were experts, Palestinians and bereaved families whose loved ones were murdered in terror attacks, especially those who lost loved ones after Rajoub’s direct call to attack Israelis. These accounts will be added to an official criminal complaint that will be handed to the Israeli police on their behalf by the Palestinian Media Watch before the end of the week.

The evidence shows that Rajoub explicitly called for attacks against “settlers and soldiers.” In another film that was shown during the event, he described the terrorists responsible for carrying out murderous attacks as “a crown on the heads” of the Palestinian people.

“The evidence clearly demonstrates how incitement among the Palestinian leadership—over the last three terror waves since 1996 until today—has directly affected the violence on the ground,” said Marcus. “For example, during the terror wave of 2015-16, Rajoub was quoted on Palestinian TV saying that these attacks are “acts of heroism made by individuals whom we consider heroes.”

“It is necessary to stop respecting the immunity of senior Palestinian Authority officials for their incitement,” he demanded.

“The evidence against Rajoub constitutes a basis for investigation, prosecution, and conviction,” said Hirsch. “There ought to be an understanding, according to which the Palestinian Authority, and especially senior officials such as Jibril Rajoub, cannot be allowed to promulgate incitement without legal proceedings being instituted against them.”

“Their senior status in the Palestinian society grants their announcements tremendous weight. Turning a blind eye to incitement does not help us reach peace; on the contrary, it generates hate and terrorism. By the end of this week, together with numerous bereaved families who attended the caucus, we will submit a complaint to the police against Rajoub.”

During the event, Forer presented his law, which will allow victims of terrorism and their families to sue the P.A.

“The time has come to stop being content with talks about Palestinian incitement, and to actively and concretely fight it,” said the Knesset member. “Youth raised with the current Palestinian textbooks have been led to believe that Israel is illegitimate. This is proof that incitement is the by-product of the non-recognition of the State of Israel, as the legitimate national homeland of the Jewish People.”

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Stern presented his law as a way to combat terrorism. “No matter where we are on the political map, incitement is an obstacle to achieving any of our goals,” he said.

Neguise added that “until the Palestinians move from rejection to recognition of the State of Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people, any attempt to create genuine peace will fail.”

Ashraf Ja’abari and Mark Halawa also participated in the meeting, representing their positions as Palestinians. They spoke about how prolific and problematic incitement remains under the P.A.

The Israel Victory Project, an initiative of the Middle East Forum, introduces a new paradigm to ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—that a political settlement may be reached only if the Palestinian ends its war of rejectionism to the very existence of Jewish sovereignty.

The project has helped in the creation of two caucuses: one in the Knesset and one in the U.S. Congress. These entities work closely with the public and political spheres to raise awareness of this new paradigm towards ending the conflict.

The Knesset Israel Victory Caucus includes 26 Knesset members from across the political spectrum who believe that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will end only when the Palestinian leadership recognizes Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, and acknowledges its defeat in the long-lasting war it has waged against Israel.

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Reports That US May Sell F-35 Jets to UAE Raise Concern in Israel

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 23:00

Reports that the United States is considering selling its advanced, state-of-the-art F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates recently raised concern in Israel after the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv published an article on Monday warning of the danger to Israel.

In response to these reports, however, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reassured that Israel’s “qualitative advantage is clear to all. It is reflected also in this weapons system, and this is how it will continue,” he said, referring to the F-35 stealth fighter dubbed in Israel “Adir,” meaning “mighty” in Hebrew.

Under Netanyahu, Israel became the first country outside of the United States to boast a fleet of F-35s in 2017.

The article by research fellow Shimon Arad warned that “Israel’s aerial superiority over the next decade will to a large degree depend on the technological advantages that the F-35 fighter affords it. Consequently, Israel must retain its regional exclusivity of this platform and work to delay the release of fifth-generation fighters to other countries in the region for as long as possible.”

The rationale behind the American consideration is that providing the UAE—a key American ally in the Persian Gulf—with this capability would tip the regional power balance against Iran. This would also benefit the U.S. economy, specifically to Lockheed Martin, the arms manufacturer that produces the jets.

Arad said that ending Israeli exclusivity over the F-35 would contradict U.S. legislation from 2008 that solidified the American policy that Israel’s qualitative superiority must be protected. According to this legislation, Israel must have technologically superior American weapons systems in its service compared to Arab states.

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That said, because of certain divisions in Washington, a clear and unequivocal statement by Israel must persuade Israel’s supporters in the Trump administration and Congress to act against the possibility of selling the planes to the Arab countries.

“Israel’s air power is central to its image and deterrent ability,” said Arad.

“It protects the country’s airspace, provides the first and multi-arena response to both immediate and more distant threats, enables retaliation and retribution missions for attacks on Israel, and plays a central role in managing military operations on various fronts. However, Israel’s aerial superiority has been eroded in recent years, due to a combination of two force buildup processes in Arab states—the improvement of their air-defense systems and the massive acquisition of advanced fighter planes.”

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The Church Has a ‘Biblical Responsibility to Stand with Israel’ Says Filmmaker

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 10:09

Brian Sanders is a man with a powerful mission. He wants to remind Christians worldwide of what he calls their “Biblical responsibility to stand with Israel.” And he plans to do that with a film.

Sanders, CEO and Executive Producer of the forthcoming documentary Why Stand With Israel, told Breaking Israel News that he was motivated to begin this ambitious project because of the lack of knowledge of some of his house guests and the church’s overall unawareness. “Several years ago, while hosting some friends at our house to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, I was astounded by how many Christians had so many misconceptions about Israel and were Biblically uniformed about their Judeo-Christian heritage.”

As a television and radio producer and videographer for over 20 years, Sanders naturally turned to film as a way to convey the story he wanted to tell. “I felt there needed to be an avenue to expose all these lies and misconceptions about Israel and to encourage the Church that it’s time to eradicate our long history of antisemitism and our replacement theology teaching that we somehow replaced the Jewish people as God’s chosen people.”

Persuaded by a verse from the Book of Numbers about the unchanging nature of God, he was perplexed by the fact that, “We have somehow believed this false teaching that has crept into the church.”

Hashem is not man to be capricious, Or mortal to change His mind. Would He speak and not act, Promise and not fulfill? Numbers 23:19


“It also puzzled me that the church, who loves Jesus and was fully Jewish, knows little about the land he came to and is coming back to. God never sent [Jesus] to New York, LA, Paris or London. He sent him to Israel. Not to mention that the Lord mentions no other nation more in His Holy Word than the Nation of Israel and yet this has become a big mystery in the church,” Sanders declared.

He also found that, “many in the church are torn about where they stand with Israel, simply because they are just not being taught.” And that’s exactly the void his film aims to fill.

“The film is meant to inspire and remind the global church of their Biblical responsibility to stand with Israel. Though the name of the film is Why Stand With Israel, its tag line is ‘A Film To Change Hearts.’ We believe this documentary will be the first of many films to educate the church and the world on the importance of standing with Israel,” he explained.

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According to Sanders, the finished documentary will: provide Biblical facts of God’s eternal covenant with His people and Land; expose the common lies, myths and misconceptions about Israel; educate viewers about Israel both from a historical and a present-day view; inspire the Global Church and other advocates of Israel to visit the land, extend their love to the Jewish people, invest in Israeli products as an antidote to the BDS movement, as well as boldly impart truth in any dialogue concerning Israel.

The film’s 7-minute trailer includes snippets of interviews with prominent Jewish and Christian Zionist leaders, including Laurie Cordoza-Moore, Founder and President of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, Michele Bachmann, Former US Congresswoman and Michael Oren, Deputy Minister for Diplomacy in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office. When released, Why Stand With Israel is expected to be 90 minutes long and to include interviews with 20 different Jewish and Christian experts.

One of the interviewees, Wayne Hilsden of FIRM – the Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries, delivers the film’s core message in five brief sentences. “As Christians, we love God. And we want to love Him with all of our hearts, with all of our being. But we also have to love what He loves. And He has chosen to love a very special nation. If we’re going to love God, we must love the Nation of Israel.”

The producers of Why Stand With Israel are negotiating to hold the World Premiere in Jerusalem this coming Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), followed by premieres in US cities and elsewhere. The film has already been invited to two film festivals and there are plans for a “one night only” screening in theaters across the US. Further distribution is being planned in cooperation with churches and conferences worldwide. A DVD and streaming options are also expected to be available later this year.

For Sanders, this project has been a rare union of his own spiritual journey and his professional commitments.

“It is time for the Church to repent, reconcile and unite with our Jewish brothers and sisters. If we say we love God, then we need to love the things He loves. We know in His Word how much He loves the Jewish people and the Nation of Israel, whom He calls the ‘Apple of His Eye!’

“I’ve always believed that they were God’s chosen people and when I visited the land back in 2013, it’s as if the Lord gave me a deeper love for them and their land. The last couple of years, I’ve been studying the Torah and celebrating the Lord’s Appointed Feasts, which has greatly increased my love and knowledge of our Judeo-Christian roots. After all, it’s our heritage, where our faith was founded.

“It’s my desire for other Bible-believing Christians to know that as well,” Sanders concluded.


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Israeli Developer Seeks to Find ‘Miracle Drug’ That Targets Diseases

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 09:25

An Israeli developer is working on developing a miracle drug that targets MS, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s and Colitis with one peptide.

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