Wednesday, December 13, 2017

12/13/17

Hanukka Around the Globe: Fighting the Darkness With Jewish Light The first night of Hanukka commenced with festive Menoras being lit around the world by Jewish and non-Jewish people keeping the night illuminated together.

Rouhani: Iran ready to unconditionally cooperate to defend Quds TEHRAN - President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Iran is ready to cooperate unconditionally with all Muslim nations to defend al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Israeli minister calls on Saudi Arabia to lead regional peace efforts Speaking to Saudi Arabian newspaper, Yisrael Katz says Gulf state understands challenges of region, shares Israel's concerns over Iran.

Jordan: Judaizing Jerusalem will bring violence and extremism Jordanian, Saudi kings reiterate 'Palestinian right' to establish Jerusalem as capital of future 'Palestinian' state.

Qassem Soleimani sends minion on odyssey from Iraq to the Lebanese-Israeli border By reaching the Lebanese-Israeli border on Dec. 2, Iraqi Shiite militia chief Qais al-Khazali embodied the consummation of Iran's open land bridge to the Mediterranean.

Abbas to Muslim Summit: US Jerusalem Decision 'Greatest Crime' Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressed an emergency summit in Istanbul in response to Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Muslim nations urge recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital The leaders of 57 Muslim nations have called on the world to recognise "the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital".

Ancient Oil Lamp Traced Back to First-Ever Hanukkah in Maccabee Era During a hike in the Beit She'an Valley, 7-year-old Hadas Goldberg-Kedar and her mother, Ayelet, discovered an ancient clay oil lamp that turned out to be a well-preserved pottery vessel dating back to the Hellenistic period at the beginning of the 2nd century BCE.

Russia Sharply Expanding Nuclear Arsenal, Upgrading Underground Facilities Pentagon to boost U.S. weapons under nuclear posture review.

Our World: Europe's War Against the Jewish State On Sunday and Monday Israeli PM Netanyahu visited Paris and Brussels to confront Europe's leaders and challenge their hostility toward Israel.

Monday, December 11, 2017

12/11/17

Hezbollah chief says Trump Jerusalem move 'beginning of end' for Israel Hassan Nasrallah tells tens of thousands of supporters in Beirut terror group almost done fighting in Syria and will now turn attention to Jerusalem and the Palestinians.

Netanyahu Meets European Leaders, Sets Them Straight on Jerusalem Netanyahu's remarks on Jerusalem start around the 5-minute mark.

Russia's Putin visits Syria airbase and orders start of pullout President Vladimir Putin has ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, during an unannounced visit there on Monday.

EU's Federica Mogherini rebuffs Netanyahu on Jerusalem The EU's foreign policy chief says there is "full EU unity" in support of Jerusalem becoming the capital of both Israel and a future Palestinian state.

Iran Defense Minister: Trump's J'lem Move Will Hasten Israel's Destruction "(Trump's) step will hasten the destruction of the Zionist regime and will double the unity of Muslims," Iran's defense minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, said, according to state media.

Theresa May says Brexit deal 'good news' for all voters An agreement to move on to the next phase of Brexit talks is "good news" for both Leave and Remain voters, Theresa May has told MPs.

Palestinian Official Urges Istanbul Summit: Recognize Jerusalem as Our Capital Organization of Islamic Cooperation meets Wednesday at invitation of Turkish President.

Has Iran given cruise missiles to Hizballah as well as Yemen's Houthis? The maiden operational launch of Iran's Soumar Kh-55 cruise missile was apparently entrusted to Yemen's Houthis against a UAE target.

Putin lands in Syria on announced visit to create false impression war is over The Russian President Vladimir Putin's airplane made a surprise landing Monday.

100 years later, Allenby returns to Jerusalem The Old City's Tower of David Museum launches an exhibit in honor of the centennial of the capture of the Holy City from the Ottoman Turks by British forces.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

12/9/17

Danny Ayalon presents: The Truth About Jerusalem  Critics of Trump's recent Jerusalem recognition claim Jerusalem ceased to be the Jewish capital 2,000 years ago. Are they right? 

Israel strikes Gaza Hamas sites after rocket attacks Israel says it has targeted sites in Gaza belonging to militant group Hamas in retaliation for rocket strikes. 

Commander Of Iranian-Backed Iraqi Militia Seen On Lebanese-Israeli Border  Qais al-Khazaali is filmed overlooking northern Israeli towns of Metualla and Kiryat Shemona. 

Iraq declares war with Islamic State is over The Palestinian leader Mahmoud Aand Turkey's President e first 24 ecognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.Iraq has announced that its war against so-called Islamic State (IS) is over. 

Palestinian protests won't swell into mass resistance so long as Arab rulers and Iran see no gain  The Palestinian Hamas finds itself shouting alone for a massive armed uprising, raising only muted echoes in the Arab world and the Palestinian street in protest at the US president's Jerusalem decision. 

* "Trump Guided by God's Hand to Help Build Third Temple"  President Donald Trump's epic proclamation on Wednesday acknowledging Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people was a major step towards establishing the Third Temple and bringing the Messianic era, said a number of Jewish activists working to rebuild the Holy Temple. 

Turkish protesters: 'Jerusalem is ours and will remain so'  Thousands of anti-Israel protesters march in Istanbul against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. 

European states: Trump's on al-Quds "unhelpful"  Trump's reversal of decades of U.S. policy on Wednesday sparked a Palestinian 'day of rage' on Friday. 

City of discord: How Trump's decision on Jerusalem throws 70yrs of caution to the wind  Trump's Jerusalem decision has undone 70 years of wary American policy in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, undermining the status of the US as one of peace brokers in the region. 

Russia-China real gold standard means end of US dollar dominance  The BRICS counties are considering starting an internal gold trading platform, according to Russian officials. 

Friday, December 08, 2017

12/8/17

Evangelical Christians Celebrate Trump's Recognition of Jerusalem as Capital, US Embassy Move  Evangelical Christian organizations joyously commended President Donald Trump on fulfilling his campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the State of Israel, a promise which inspired much of his pro-Israel, Evangelical voter base. 

Security Council convenes on J'lem US Envoy to UN Haley says in special UN Security Council session on J'lem, 'US to no longer stand by as Israel attacked in UN, lectured to by countries that lack credibility in treating Israel fairly. 

Muslims Around The World Rally Against Trump In Solidarity With Palestinians  Trump's announcement on Wednesday has infuriated the Arab world and upset Western allies. 

Abbas lacks important Arab support against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem  The Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas only found Jordan's King Abdullah and Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan to back him up Thursday, Dec. 7, in the first 24 hours after US President Donald Trump's announced recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Trump Peace Team Believes It Can Ride Out Wave of Arab Anger Over Jerusalem "We're going to still keep our heads down and present our plan when the time is right," White House official tells 'The Jerusalem Post.'

Trump is first US president to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. He ordered State to build new US embassy in Jerusalem On Wednesday, Dec. 6, President Donald Trump made history by announcing that the US recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

250 Rabbis Bless Trump With Biblical Joshua's Strength in Letter of Support Over two hundred prominent Israeli rabbis sent a letter of gratitude to President Donald Trump, blessing him in the manner that God blessed Joshua as he led the Jews into Israel and stating that Trump's acknowledgement of Jerusalem as Israel's eternal capital assures him a permanent place in the annals of Jewish history.

US troops may become targets after US Jerusalem decision - Iraqi paramilitary group The US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital may become a "legitimate reason" to attack American troops in Iraq, Shia paramilitary group Harakat Hezbollah al Nujaba said.

Jerusalem is Israel's capital, says Donald Trump  President Donald Trump has announced that the US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, overturning decades of official US policy.

Trump may recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, relocate the US embassy - neither or both President Donald Trump spoke to Israeli and Palestinian leaders Tuesday amid high suspense for his announcement Wednesday, Dec.6 on the status of Jerusalem.

Israeli Right Hails 'Historic' Trump Decision, Left Predicts Regional Chaos Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's first reaction to Trump decision may take place at The Jerusalem Post's Diplomatic Conference.

Jerusalem Trump: US recognition 'kiss of death' for peace process An expected announcement by President Donald Trump that the US will become the first country to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has been dubbed a "kiss of death" for the Middle East peace process by the Palestinians.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

12/7/17

Trump Peace Team Believes It Can Ride Out Wave of Arab Anger Over Jerusalem "We're going to still keep our heads down and present our plan when the time is right," White House official tells 'The Jerusalem Post.'

Trump is first US president to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. He ordered State to build new US embassy in Jerusalem On Wednesday, Dec. 6, President Donald Trump made history by announcing that the US recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

250 Rabbis Bless Trump With Biblical Joshua's Strength in Letter of Support Over two hundred prominent Israeli rabbis sent a letter of gratitude to President Donald Trump, blessing him in the manner that God blessed Joshua as he led the Jews into Israel and stating that Trump's acknowledgement of Jerusalem as Israel's eternal capital assures him a permanent place in the annals of Jewish history.

US troops may become targets after US Jerusalem decision - Iraqi paramilitary group The US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital may become a "legitimate reason" to attack American troops in Iraq, Shia paramilitary group Harakat Hezbollah al Nujaba said.

Jerusalem is Israel's capital, says Donald Trump  President Donald Trump has announced that the US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, overturning decades of official US policy.

Trump may recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, relocate the US embassy - neither or both President Donald Trump spoke to Israeli and Palestinian leaders Tuesday amid high suspense for his announcement Wednesday, Dec.6 on the status of Jerusalem.

Israeli Right Hails 'Historic' Trump Decision, Left Predicts Regional Chaos Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's first reaction to Trump decision may take place at The Jerusalem Post's Diplomatic Conference.

Jerusalem Trump: US recognition 'kiss of death' for peace process An expected announcement by President Donald Trump that the US will become the first country to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has been dubbed a "kiss of death" for the Middle East peace process by the Palestinians.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

12/6/17

Jerusalem is Israel's capital, says Donald Trump  President Donald Trump has announced that the US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, overturning decades of official US policy.

Trump may recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, relocate the US embassy - neither or both President Donald Trump spoke to Israeli and Palestinian leaders Tuesday amid high suspense for his announcement Wednesday, Dec.6 on the status of Jerusalem.

Israeli Right Hails 'Historic' Trump Decision, Left Predicts Regional Chaos Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's first reaction to Trump decision may take place at The Jerusalem Post's Diplomatic Conference.

Jerusalem Trump: US recognition 'kiss of death' for peace process An expected announcement by President Donald Trump that the US will become the first country to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has been dubbed a "kiss of death" for the Middle East peace process by the Palestinians.

Israel just struck strategic target near Damascus for second time in days According to Syrian state news agency SANA, a military scientific research center on the outskirts of Damascus was targeted late Monday night and the Syrian air defense systems intercepted three of the Israeli missiles.

Jerusalem: Turkey warns Trump against crossing 'red line' Turkey's president has warned it could sever ties with Israel if the US recognizes Jerusalem as its capital.

Syria: Another Israeli air strike near Damascus Foreign media report that Monday night, Dec. 4, Israeli aircraft attacked a "scientific research center" in Jamraya on the outskirts of Damascus.

Revealed: US Mid-East moves & Israel's Syria raid were coordinated The US hands-off to Iran's top general in Iraq, Ali Abdullah Saleh's changeover of sides in the Yemen war and Trump's' thinking on Jerusalem - all signal a new, proactive US strategy for the region.

Hamas Threatens Intifada if Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital The Gaza-ruling Palestinian terror group Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) both made threats ahead of the Trump administration's possible recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital this week.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

12/5/17

Jerusalem: Turkey warns Trump against crossing 'red line' Turkey's president has warned it could sever ties with Israel if the US recognizes Jerusalem as its capital.

Syria: Another Israeli air strike near Damascus Foreign media report that Monday night, Dec. 4, Israeli aircraft attacked a "scientific research center" in Jamraya on the outskirts of Damascus.

Revealed: US Mid-East moves & Israel's Syria raid were coordinated The US hands-off to Iran's top general in Iraq, Ali Abdullah Saleh's changeover of sides in the Yemen war and Trump's' thinking on Jerusalem - all signal a new, proactive US strategy for the region.

Hamas Threatens Intifada if Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital The Gaza-ruling Palestinian terror group Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) both made threats ahead of the Trump administration's possible recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital this week.

Jerusalem: Opposition to mooted Trump Israel announcement grows Opposition is growing in the Arab and wider Muslim world as Donald Trump is expected to announce US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

New US military moves in the Mid-East & Israel's Syria air raid were coordinated The US hands-off to Iran's top general in Iraq, Ali Abdullah Saleh's changeover of sides in the Yemen war and Trump's' thinking on Jerusalem.

Latest Israeli Airstrike on Iranian base in Syria raises questions Pro-Shiite Militia Chiefs conferring on anti-Israel operations were targets of Israeli air strike in Syria.

The truth about Trump's hesitation to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem As President Donald Trump faces another deadline in the decision over whether to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Monday, December 04, 2017

12/4/17

Jerusalem: Opposition to mooted Trump Israel announcement grows Opposition is growing in the Arab and wider Muslim world as Donald Trump is expected to announce US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

New US military moves in the Mid-East & Israel's Syria air raid were coordinated The US hands-off to Iran's top general in Iraq, Ali Abdullah Saleh's changeover of sides in the Yemen war and Trump's' thinking on Jerusalem.

Latest Israeli Airstrike on Iranian base in Syria raises questions Pro-Shiite Militia Chiefs conferring on anti-Israel operations were targets of Israeli air strike in Syria.

The truth about Trump's hesitation to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem As President Donald Trump faces another deadline in the decision over whether to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Pro-Shiite Militia Chiefs conferring on anti-Israel operations were targets of Israeli air strike in Syria  An Israeli air raid early Saturday, Dec. 2 struck a group of pro-Iranian Shiite militia chiefs holding a secret conference at the Syrian Army's 91st Brigade base near Kiswah. 

Dead Sea Scrolls Do Not Belong To Israel, Germany Says  The Israel Antiquities Authority refuses to allow the scrolls to leave Israel due to Germany's decision, prompting the cancellation of a Bible Museum exhibit. 

Britain opposes resolution condemning Israel's control in Golan  Britain joins US, Canada in opposing UN resolution on 'Syrian Golan.' 

Israel targets Syrian military base - Syrian state TV  Israel launched surface-to-surface missiles at a military installation outside the Syrian capital Damascus overnight, Syrian state TV reports. 

Middle Israel: The Israeli-Palestinian Thirty Years' War  The balance sheet of the showdown the Palestinians launched in December 1987 indicates more failure than success. 

Inside The Prospective Israel-Saudi Arabia Rapprochement  Recent events suggest the Muslim kingdom and the Jewish State may be headed for normalization. 

Why Israel Ignores Iraq  Israeli decision-makers' as well as commentators' lack of interest in the political developments in Iraq, leads them to exaggerate in Iranian influence in Iraq and lose track of alternative trends. 

Rouhani: We do not want distance from Arab world  In an indirect reference to Saudi Arabia, President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday said Iran is not in rivalry with its neighbors and does not seek to "distance" itself from countries in the Middle East region. 

"I am not American," said the Islamist; "I am Muslim"  Several years ago, when first in the United States on a teaching scholarship, one issue leapt out. 

Kim Jong-Un specified flight angle of latest missile launch, N. Korean state media said  North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un "meticulously guided" the test launch of a new model intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Nov. 29, North Korean state media reported.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

12/2/17

Pro-Shiite Militia Chiefs conferring on anti-Israel operations were targets of Israeli air strike in Syria  An Israeli air raid early Saturday, Dec. 2 struck a group of pro-Iranian Shiite militia chiefs holding a secret conference at the Syrian Army's 91st Brigade base near Kiswah. 

Dead Sea Scrolls Do Not Belong To Israel, Germany Says  The Israel Antiquities Authority refuses to allow the scrolls to leave Israel due to Germany's decision, prompting the cancellation of a Bible Museum exhibit. 

Britain opposes resolution condemning Israel's control in Golan  Britain joins US, Canada in opposing UN resolution on 'Syrian Golan.' 

Israel targets Syrian military base - Syrian state TV  Israel launched surface-to-surface missiles at a military installation outside the Syrian capital Damascus overnight, Syrian state TV reports. 

Middle Israel: The Israeli-Palestinian Thirty Years' War  The balance sheet of the showdown the Palestinians launched in December 1987 indicates more failure than success. 

Inside The Prospective Israel-Saudi Arabia Rapprochement  Recent events suggest the Muslim kingdom and the Jewish State may be headed for normalization. 

Why Israel Ignores Iraq  Israeli decision-makers' as well as commentators' lack of interest in the political developments in Iraq, leads them to exaggerate in Iranian influence in Iraq and lose track of alternative trends. 

Rouhani: We do not want distance from Arab world  In an indirect reference to Saudi Arabia, President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday said Iran is not in rivalry with its neighbors and does not seek to "distance" itself from countries in the Middle East region. 

"I am not American," said the Islamist; "I am Muslim"  Several years ago, when first in the United States on a teaching scholarship, one issue leapt out. 

Kim Jong-Un specified flight angle of latest missile launch, N. Korean state media said  North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un "meticulously guided" the test launch of a new model intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Nov. 29, North Korean state media reported.

Friday, December 01, 2017

12/1/17

Dead Sea scrolls do not belong to Israel, Germany says The Israel Antiquities Authority refuses to allow the scrolls to leave Israel due to Germany's decision, prompting the cancellation of a Bible Museum exhibit.

Another Iranian Missile Fired at Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia intercepted another Iranian ballistic missile fired from Yemen on Thursday.

UN Resolution against Israeli Settlements at center of Flynn guilty plea In the lead up to the anti-settlement resolution which angered Jerusalem, Trump's team had urged the US to veto the resolution.

151 UN states vote to disavow Israeli ties to Jerusalem This comes as the Trump administration considers moving its embassy to Jerusalem.

North Korea Ships Chemical Weapons to Syria: Nukes Next? Syria could, of course, also acquire nuclear weapons from North Korea.

Russia and Egypt draft agreement to use each other's air bases Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited Cairo for talks with Egypt's political and military leadership on Wednesday.

Report: Trump to dump Tillerson, replace him with CIA chief NYT claims President Trump planning to install Iran deal opponents Mike Pompeo, Tom Cotton to State Dept., CIA in coming weeks.

North Korea: Russia accuses US of goading Kim Jong-un Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the US of seeking to provoke North Korea into stepping up its nuclear missile programme.

NKorean ICBM carried dummy nuclear warhead. A US intelligence flop The Hwasong-15 tested on Wednesday, Nov. 29, likely carried a dummy warhead equivalent in weight to a nuclear bomb, say US missile experts.

IAF fighter jets fire on terrorist positions in Central Gaza Strip Army says Palestinian factions fired projectiles on military outpost.

'If there's a war, the North Korean regime will be destroyed' U.S. Ambassador blasts North Korea's ICBM launch, warns it brings the world closer to war.

EU must push African Union on rights abuses In a speech to students at the University of London earlier this month, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres offered an implicit rebuke of most global counterterrorism strategies.

Mitigating the Russian challenge "It is time", the USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev said in a 1989 speech, "to consign to oblivion the Cold War postulates when Europe was viewed as an arena of confrontation divided into 'spheres of influence'."

Israel's red lines on Iran's foothold in Syria It seems that the time is coming when Israel, if it wants to stop Iran's influence and consolidation in Syria, will have to become actively engaged in the Syrian quagmire.