US Closes Palestinian Office in Washington for Rejecting Peace Plan ‘They Haven’t Yet Seen’

The Americans increased the pressure on the Palestinians for obstructing peace again on Monday, as the United States government closed the office of the General Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington, D.C. The PLO is the official representative of the Palestinian government to the world and in …

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 …

Israeli Civilian Killed by Stabbing Neutralizes Terrorist Despite Mortal Wound

An American-Israeli civilian died from wounds received in a terror stabbing on Sunday, but not before he was able to take down his attacker. The victim, Ari Fuld, was seen chasing the terrorist after a brief fight with the terrorist in a video posted to Twitter by Israeli Prime Minister’s …

Israel Uncovers Hamas Terrorist Lead Temple Mount Attack Last Summer

A Hamas operative led the attack that launched fireworks at Israeli security forces guarding the Temple Mount in Jerusalem last summer, injuring four officers in a violent event that resulted in the holy site being closed for hours. A press release from the Israeli Security Agency (ISA) said that the …

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VP Pence Tells Israeli Parliament: Jerusalem US Embassy to Open Before 2020

January 22, 2018 Peace and Conflict

PM Netanyahu & VPOTUS Pence at the PM’s Residence. Photo credit: Avi Ohayon (GPO)

In a stirring speech to the Israeli parliament that touched repeatedly on Biblical themes, United States Vice President Mike Pence listed the patriarch Abraham and King David as evidence of the deep connection between Israel and Jerusalem. Given that level of support, it’s not surprising that he offered one of the clearest timelines yet on when the United States will move its Israeli embassy to the capital of Israel.

“Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. And, as such, President [Donald] Trump has directed the State Department to immediately begin preparations to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” said Pence to applause according to a copy of his speech on the White House website. “In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, and that United States Embassy will open before the end of next year.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later thanked Pence and President Trump again for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and Israel President Reuven Rivlin strongly called upon other nations to drop their “hypocrisy” and recognize Israel’s capital city as well. … Continue Reading

‘Moderate’ Leading Palestinian Political Faction Praised Hamas Terrorist

January 21, 2018 News

Illustrative Palestinian banner of gunmen and Dome of the Rock. By Joshua Spurlock

Fatah—the political faction of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas and supposedly the moderate group as opposed to the Hamas terrorist organization—recently found time on Twitter to praise a Hamas terrorist who murdered an Israeli rabbi father of six earlier this month.

Israeli Prime Minister’s Office Arabic Spokesman Ofir Gendelman posted to Twitter last Thursday an image of a Twitter tribute to the terrorist with the following caption: “PA President Abbas’s own Fatah organization praises the Hamas terrorist who murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach, a father of 6, in a drive by shooting last week, and was killed tonight in a firefight w/ Israeli special forces. The PA glorifies these murderers & pays them millions.”

Palestinian celebration of terrorists has long been a concern, especially their support for so-called martyrs—a term that is often used to refer to terrorists killed by Israel. Payment by the Palestinian government to the families of such dead terrorists—and other families of terrorists in held in Israeli prison—has been a serious concern of the United States, who have repeatedly called for a halt to the payments. Abbas, meanwhile, publicly refused to stop those salaries in a speech last week. … Continue Reading

Germany Pushing for New Iran Sanctions to Keep Trump from Nixing Nuke Deal

Germany is trying to lead Europe on Iran. German, EU flags in Square of the Republic in Berlin. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

United States President Donald Trump was clear earlier this month when he said that Europe needed to increase restrictions on the Iranian nuclear and missile programs or else the US would terminate their role in the Iran nuclear deal. And it appears Germany was listening, because Der Spiegel reported on Saturday that Berlin is promoting new sanctions on Iran’s missile program and destabilizing activities in the Middle East, according to diplomats. The report said Germany, the UK, and France would intend the new sanctions—which would be outside the context of the nuclear deal with Iran—to acknowledge Trump’s concerns about Iran and to convince Trump to keep America in the nuclear accord.

The German Foreign Office had already tweeted that they “take note” of Trump’s statement on the Iran nuclear deal and that they would “talk to our European partners about next steps. We remain committed to the continued full implementation of the agreement.”

The Germans aren’t the only ones lobbying Europe to take the step. After Trump’s ultimatum, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on the topic. Netanyahu encouraged Macron that “Trump’s statement should be taken seriously and that those who wish to keep the deal should fix it,” according to a summary of that talk posted to Prime Minister’s Office spokesman Ofir Gendelman’s Twitter feed. Netanyahu also intended to discuss Iran with US Vice President Mike Pence during the American’s visit to Israel this week. … Continue Reading

Anti-Semitic Echoes: Palestinian President Claims Israel ‘Colonial Project’

January 15, 2018 News

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

The supposedly moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas unleashed his true beliefs about Israel on Sunday in a government leadership meeting, citing an Egyptian author claiming Israel is a “a colonial project that had nothing to do with Judaism,” in an Arabic speech posted to the official WAFA Palestinian News Agency website, according to online English translations. Abbas’ claim directly contradicts the Hebrew Bible, in which the Land of Israel and its cities—especially Jerusalem—are repeatedly promised to the Jewish people.

Abbas told the Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) that “the functional nature of Israel means that colonization has taken it to do a certain job. A colonial project that had nothing to do with Judaism, but the Jews [were] used to be a tool.” The Palestinian leader, held by some as a partner for peace, went on to mention a litany of conspiracy theories, including claims that Europeans plotted 200 years ago to have Jews live in “Palestine” to defend European civilization and that the first prime minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, conspired with Iraqi politicians to force Iraqi Jews to immigrate to Israel because “they refused to come to Palestine.”

In reality, Jews were driven out of a number of Arab nations by Arabs and came to Israel as refugees, while Jews from Europe risked prison and death to move to Israel after the British placed restrictions on immigration. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Monday slammed the comments as not only grossly untrue, but tainted with anti-Semitism. … Continue Reading

Israel Destroys Third Terror Tunnel in 2 Months, Warns Don’t ‘Try Us’

January 14, 2018 Peace and Conflict

PM Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)

The war below ground to defend Israel continued over the weekend, as the IDF destroyed the third Hamas terror tunnel in two months, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter feed. The latest tunnel ran in the area of the Kerem Shalom crossing from Gaza into Israel, a location that directly impacted the people of Gaza. IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus noted in a video on Twitter that the tunnel not only violates Israeli sovereignty, but also puts at risk the operations of the Kerem Shalom humanitarian crossing, which he noted is where 5 million tons of humanitarian goods enter Gaza from Israel per year.

A separate video by Col. Koby Heler on the IDF Spokesperson Twitter feed said the tunnel ran under the crossing itself, while another Twitter post said that the crossing would not be open the day after the IDF destruction of the tunnel “following an assessment of the situation.”

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Conricus said that the IDF “does not wish to escalate the situation, however we hold the Hamas terrorist organization responsible for any acts of aggression against the State of Israel or its civilians and we will continue to defend our borders and sovereignty.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had an even sterner warning to Gaza’s terrorists: Don’t test us. … Continue Reading

Trump Warns ‘Last Chance’ to Fix Flawed Iran Nuke Deal

January 14, 2018 News

President Donald Trump is warning the Iran nuke deal must be fixed, or else. Illustrative. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

120 days from now and the international Iran nuclear deal could be dead if Europe and the United States can’t agree on a revised approach to the Islamic Republic. US President Donald Trump last Friday waived sanctions against Iran as part of their involvement in the deal, but the American leader warned in comments posted to the White House website it would be the last time he would do so without a supplemental international agreement that toughens restrictions on the Iranian nuclear and missile programs. According to media reports in The Independent and others publications, President Trump’s next opportunity to address sanctions is 120 days later.

“I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies’ agreement to fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal,” said Trump on Friday. “This is a last chance. In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal.”

Trump’s warning was heard clearly in Israel, and they’re already telling Europe to listen too. … Continue Reading

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