Israel, Putin Agree to ‘Counter Terrorism’ after Hezbollah Refuses Russian Call to Exit Syria

Russia vaguely but ominously stated their willingness to join Israel in opposing “international terrorism” last week, one day after news broke that Hezbollah had rebuffed a Russian call for the terrorist group to leave Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “expressed readiness to boost the …

Israel—An Ancient King of Making Glass

Centuries before the Land of Israel was a hub for the high-tech industry, the region was among the world leaders in another profession involving science, skill, and specialized knowledge: glass making. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced in a press release on Monday that they have discovered 1,600-year-old kilns used …

Israel Targets Terror Kite Leader’s Vehicle in Response to Arson Attacks

The IDF is taking the fight to the terrorists who are aiming to unleash wildfires and explosives on Israeli territory using balloons and kites. Over the weekend, Israeli aircraft “targeted the vehicle of one of the leaders of the squads that launched arson and explosive balloons and kites from the …

Austria Will Keep Reminding Middle East and Europe ‘Israel Is Here to Stay’

According to this world leader, Israel’s security is a moral obligation and has promised to keep telling the Middle East and Europe that “Israel is here to stay.” Those words weren’t posted to Twitter by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but on the account of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. “It …

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Iranians Protest Economy, Regime, While Trump Warns ‘World Is Watching’

December 31, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Will Iranian President Rouhani moderate Iran, or is he just for show? Illustrative. FEMA/Marty Bahamonde.

As civilian protests in Iran reached their fourth day on Sunday amid some reports of violence over the weekend, the protests have expanded far beyond economic concerns to target even the regime itself. An opinion piece in The Washington Post by Maziar Bahari cited Iran’s financing of foreign terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah—while Iranians struggle financially at home—as one reason for the protests, and Bahari retweeted a Twitter post from Iran Wire of a video of protestors chanting “Death to Khamenei”, referring to Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Bahari’s Twitter feed, citing the Iran Wire group, showed videos of protests on Sunday in multiple cities across Iran.

The situation is serious enough that at least two presidents are publicly taking notice. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the discontent and highlighted economic struggles and government corruption as reasons for the protests on Sunday according to a report by the Tehran Times. Meanwhile, United States President Donald Trump has issued stern warnings to the Iranian regime not to mistreat protestors. … Continue Reading

Gaza Fires Iranian Rockets at Israel; IDF Says Iran Risking Palestinian Lives

December 31, 2017 News

Hamas has fired thousands of rockets at Israel over the years, among other acts of terror. Illustrative photo of spent Rockets fired from Gaza. By Joshua Spurlock.

Over the last couple months, Gaza terrorists have launched numerous rockets at Israel—first after Israel destroyed a Gaza terror tunnel destined for Israel, then in apparent violent protest since the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital—and now the reason for the latest attacks may be to back a dictator over 1,000 miles away in Iran. The IDF Spokesperson said that rockets used last week were Iranian-made, arguing that the attacks benefit the interests of the Iranian regime to the detriment of the Palestinians in Gaza.

The rockets were fired at Israel during a ceremony for fallen soldier Oron Shaul, whose body is still held by Gaza terrorists. The IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter feed said the attack “violated moral and humane standards,” and then blamed Iran for the act of terror.

“The rockets were launched by a terror organization that used standard-grade Iranian weapons. This is a severe incident that proves once more how much these terror organizations despise the residents of Gaza & are willing to put them at risk of escalation over Iranian interests,” tweeted the IDF Spokesperson. … Continue Reading

Guatemala Announces Plans to Move Israel Embassy to Jerusalem

December 25, 2017 News

What other nations support Israel by moving their embassies to Jerusalem? Israeli flags. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The number of embassies moving to Jerusalem is growing, and even more may be on the way. The first nation to officially join the United States in announcing plans for such a move was Guatemala, with President Jimmy Morales instructing his Foreign Ministry to start the process for relocating their embassy to Jerusalem on Sunday, according to the Foreign Ministry website. Israel applauded the decision and predicted others would join.

“I told you recently that there will be other countries that would recognize Jerusalem and announce the transfer of their embassies to it,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in comments released by his office on Monday. “Well here is the second country and I reiterate: It is only the beginning and it is important.”

To that end, Haaretz reported that Israel is in talks with more than 10 nations about recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in some format. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely made the comment on Israel’s Kan Bet public radio and later told Haaretz the focus for now is on recognition and not the moving of embassies.

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Danes Suspend Some Palestinian Aid after Review, Israeli Exposure of Terror Ties

December 24, 2017 News

European funding is assisting Palestinian orgs that have ties to terrorism. Illustrative Palestinian banner of gunmen and Dome of the Rock. By Joshua Spurlock

Something was rotten in the State of Denmark, but it won’t be anymore. The Danish Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that they would be tightening the standards for providing aid to Palestinian Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) to better ensure that it is being used for appropriate activities. This follows the provision of Israeli intel to the Danes that some Palestinian NGOs receiving funding from Europe “have ties to terrorist organizations and promote boycotts against Israel,” according to an Israeli press release.

Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelson, in a press release on the Danish Foreign Ministry website, said his nation’s move followed a review started in May and means “a number of organizations that receive funding today will not receive Danish support in the future.” He went on to say that the Danes will “also carry out an additional rigorous control of the use of the funding in the future and follow up with documented claims about organizations that do not live up to their obligations.”

Israel was exuberant about the change. Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan was quoted in the Israeli press release as calling the Danish decision “a significant win for the State of Israel, and a severe blow to our adversaries.” … Continue Reading

Palestinian President Abbas Says Won’t Accept ‘Any’ US Peace Plan

December 24, 2017 Peace and Conflict

President Mahmoud Abbas. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

The Palestinians are rejecting any and all peace plans with Israel proposed by the United States following the American decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The absolute refusal to accept American mediation in the peace process was made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas last Friday in Paris, even though US President Donald Trump made it clear he was recognizing the reality that Jerusalem is and will be Israel’s capital and was not prejudging borders in a potential Israel-Palestinian deal.

“The US has proven to be a dishonest mediator in the peace process and we will no longer accept any plan put forward by the US due to its bias,” Abbas was quoted by the official WAFA Palestinian news agency as saying in a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Abbas’ statement shows the Palestinian leader to be a rejectionist.

“He declared that he is quitting the process and, in effect, is not interested in any proposal that the US might submit,” said Netanyahu in comments released by his office on Sunday. “I think that once again it is becoming clear: It is the Palestinians who do not want to resolve this conflict.” … Continue Reading

Trump Threatens to Cut Funding to Nations that Vote against US in J’lem UN Vote

December 20, 2017 News

President Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Illustrative. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

One day after United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley threatened to be “taking names” of who votes against them at the UN General Assembly on Thursday on the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, US President Donald Trump made it abundantly clear what that will mean. It will cost someone money—a lot of money.

“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot. We don’t care,” said Trump on Wednesday in comments posted to the White House website.

Trump said he “liked” Haley’s previous comments regarding the nations that he said “take our money and then they vote against us at the Security Council, or they vote against us potentially at the assembly.” On Tuesday, Haley had tweeted a similar warning, saying on Twitter that “at the UN we’re always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.” … Continue Reading

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