Iran Regime Claims Unrest Defeated, But Unjustified Imprisonment May Continue Protests

The most powerful security force in Iran and a close ally of the regime has claimed that the Iranian uprising has been crushed, but media reports and Twitter are implying that hasn’t happened yet. A reason for the latest outcry in Iran is due to the hundreds of people imprisoned …

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 …

Hamas Protests Targets Security Fence Again; Israel Takes Down Another Hamas Terror Tunnel

Over the weekend, Israel thwarted another Hamas terror tunnel stretching from Gaza to Israel that could have been used for attacks on Israeli civilians, while Gaza has continued the violence above ground in the now regular border rioting inspired by Hamas. The IDF Blog reported that the targeted terror tunnel …

Israel Celebrating 70th Birthday, Admired Around the World

The State of Israel kicked off their Independence Day marking 70 years as a modern nation on Wednesday night, and the country’s place in the world is only getting better according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “As I travel around the world meeting other leaders, I am struck by …

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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

More Palestinian Violence as Trump Gov’t Predicts Israel Would Keep Western Wall

December 17, 2017 Peace and Conflict

U.S. President Donald Trump (left) meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right). Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon (GPO)

While recent calls for a new Palestinian terror campaign—in response to United States President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital—have generally gone unheeded, violence against Israel still continued over the weekend. On Sunday, the IDF Spokesman reported via Twitter that two rockets fired from Gaza landed in Israel. Earlier, a post on Twitter on Sunday by Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld reported that a 17-year-old Palestinian was arrested carrying a pipe bomb “as he tried to enter the area of a military court.”

Those attempted attacks followed a report by CBS News that a senior Trump Administration official said they couldn’t imagine a scenario in which Israel would accept a peace deal with the Palestinians and not retain sovereignty over the Western Wall, or Kotel in Hebrew. The comments were made during a briefing for reporters by senior Administration officials on Friday, along with a reminder that any actual border lines would be addressed by negotiations.

Not surprisingly, the Palestinians weren’t happy with the Western Wall comment, even though it prejudged nothing and the site is one of the holiest places in Judaism. … Continue Reading

US Offers Proof that Iranian Missile Was Used by Yemen Rebels to Target Saudi Airport

December 17, 2017 News

US Amb. to UN Nikki Haley showing Iranian-made weapons used in Middle East conflict. Photo courtesy of UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS.

An Iranian missile was used to target an international airport in Saudi Arabia according to the United States, which offered proof last week by presenting the remains of the missile itself in a press conference. The missile, which was fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen at the Saudis, has an unusual design only used by Iran. US Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley called the design features “essentially Iranian missile fingerprints” and used that as evidence that the missile was delivered to the Yemeni rebels by Iran. It was then used in a failed attack on an international civilian airport.

“The missile’s intended target was the civilian airport in Riyadh, through which tens of thousands of passengers travel each day,” said Haley in comments published to the US Mission to the UN website. “…Just imagine if this missile had been launched at Dulles Airport or JFK, or the airports in Paris, London, or Berlin. That’s what we’re talking about here. That’s what Iran is actively supporting.” … Continue Reading

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