Wednesday, December 12, 2018

12/12/18

Netanyahu: Hezbollah Will Get 'Unimaginable Blow' if it Attacks The uncovering of the third Hezbollah attack tunnel is part of the process of "systematically dismantling" these weapons.

Through Strength, Not Weakness, Netanyahu Looks to Normalize With Arab World For decades it has been assumed that Israel must bend over backwards in order to convince the Arab world to make peace with it.

Israel's shrinking military deterrence emboldens terrorists and hostile forces The Palestinian shooting attack which injured seven Israelis at the Ofra junction on Sunday, Dec. 9 was not an isolated incident. In the north meanwhile, Israel's Operation Northern Shield against Hizballah tunnels has become a cat and mouse game.

Abbas rival Dahlan calls for one-state solution The former Palestinian Security Services head Mohammed Dahlan says the two-state solution is not likely to be realized.

UK leader May battles confidence vote, warning Brexit is in peril Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to win a vote of no confidence triggered by angry Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party on Wednesday, saying her ouster would jeopardize Britain's divorce from the European Union.

France: A Revolt against Europe's Elites? Maybe this is it -- the start of the Western European public's pushback against the elites' disastrous multicultural and globalist project.

IDI Peace Index: Netanyahu Preferred Candidate to Serve as Israel's Next PM A recently published Peace Index of the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University (TAU) reveals that: 46% of Jewish Israelis name Benjamin Netanyahu as their preferred candidate for the next prime minister.

Australia Reportedly Set to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital In October, new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was "open" to moving his country's embassy to Jerusalem.

After U.S. Move, Israel Eyeing Site for an 'Embassy Quarter' in Jerusalem The Housing and Construction Ministry began examining a site for a neighborhood of embassies in Jerusalem.

COMMENTARY: Light in the Darkness As we approach the traditional season of Christmas, we (in the Northern Hemisphere) are all too aware of the gathering gloom of midwinter, and are anxious to help dispel the darkness with a multiple array of bright lights.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

12/11/18

PHOTO-SPREAD: Dedication of Altar for Third Temple On Monday, the Sanhedrin hosted the dedication of the altar for the Third Temple, marking the event with a full-dress reenactment of the Korban Tamidi (eternal offering).

Netanyahu: 'As long as I am prime minister, no Jew will be uprooted' PM and Transportation Minister inaugurate 'Adam Interchange,' aimed at easing heavy traffic north of Jerusalem.

IDF Discovers Third Tunnel, Hezbollah Releases Photos of Operation IDF announced the discovery of a third Hezbollah tunnel just hours after dozens of close-up pictures and videos of IDF troops were released by Hezbollah.

Fundamentally Freund: The Maccabees, the Mount and Modern Israel Just a few days before the start of Hanukkah, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan delivered remarks that would have made the Maccabees proud.

Sorry Indiana Jones, the Ark of the Covenant is not inside this Ethiopian church Over the past few days, several media outlets have reported on a centuries-old claim that the Ark of the Covenant - which allegedly held tablets recording the Ten Commandments - is inside a church in Aksum, Ethiopia, called the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, and that only the "guardian" of the ark is allowed to see it.

Hizballah plans Hamas-style mob violence against IDF troops from the Lebanese border On Monday, Dec. 1, Hizballah activists began organizing groups of "demonstrators" in the Shiite villages of South Lebanon for mob assaults from behind the Lebanese border on the IDF teams excavating tunnels.

Arab League tells Brazil's Bolsonaro Israel embassy move could harm ties The Arab League has told Brazil's right-wing President-elect Jair Bolsonaro that moving Brazil's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would be a setback for relations with Arab countries, in a letter seen by Reuters on Monday.

EU offers new Brexit deal clarity, won't renegotiate - Juncker The European Union is willing to give Britain further clarifications on its Brexit deal but will not renegotiate the treaty or its protocol on the Irish border, EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday.

Volatility, Uncertainty: What Asia Has to Fear from Brexit Turmoil Prime Minister Theresa May's last-ditch move to postpone a vote on her plan for Britain's departure from the European Union has let fly a new round of concern across Asia, with governments, companies and consumers bracing themselves for the fallout from Brexit.

The latest poll on anti-Semitism in Europe looks bad. Trust me: It's true. Jews in Europe unsurprised by results of grim survey that found some 90% of the local community sense increasing levels of hatred toward them.

Monday, December 10, 2018

12/10/18

Michael Goodwin: A year after Trump's Jerusalem declaration, it's clear he means business In an age when doomsday predictions are as common as thunderstorms, it can be instructive to look back at events and compare the predictions to what actually happened.

Why Israel Confronted Hezbollah's Tunnel Threat Tensions between Israel and Hezbollah risk boiling over as Jerusalem seeks to confront Hezbollah's tunnels along the border with Lebanon.

Why Iran May Go Nuclear The Iranian nuclear saga and its repercussions are once again taking center stage.

Netanyahu: Israel is Bulwark Against Iranian Take-Over of Middle East Israel will prevent Iran from using cross-border tunnels from Lebanon as a "weapon of aggression" against it, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Fox News on Thursday.

Revealing the Hidden: Special Hanukkah Dedication of Third Temple Altar  On Monday, the last day of Hanukkah, the Sanhedrin called out to the 70 Nations to join in the consecration of the altar for the Third Temple.

Theresa May calls off MPs' vote on her Brexit deal Theresa May says she has called off Tuesday's crucial vote on her Brexit deal because it "would be rejected by a significant margin".

Russia gives Iranian/Hizballah forces in E. Syria first S-300 missile shield The Russian military in Syria transferred an S-300 air defense missile battalion from Masyaf in West Syria to Deir ez-Zour in the east 10 days ago during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.

Lebanon's Strategic Symbiosis A new strategic symbiosis has evolved over the past decade between Hezbollah and the Lebanese state, enabling the Islamist group to pursue its massive military buildup with impunity.

Right Wing Politicians Push for Bill to Legalize Outposts After Terror Attack Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to fast track the authorization of Ofra homes.

100 Christians snatched in overnight raids on underground Chinese church About 100 worshippers at an unofficial church in southwestern China were snatched from their homes or from the streets in coordinated raids which began on Sunday evening.

Nine in Ten European Jews Feel Mounting Antisemitism, Study Finds Nearly a third of Jews in 12 EU countries surveyed have experienced antisemitic harassment, 76% of respondents said they had heard comments that Jews have too much power in their country.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

12/8/18

Inside the cloak-and-dagger search for sacred texts In the shadowy world where religion meets archaeology, scientists, collectors, and schemers are racing to find the most precious relics.

U.N.'S Failure To Condemn Hamas Shows U.S., Israel Have Work Ahead US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that “we can’t talk about peace in the Middle East until we can agree on a basic condemnation of Hamas and its terrorism.”

In phone call, Putin tells Netanyahu military cooperation in Syria must improve Russian leader stresses importance of maintaining regional stability after receiving update on IDF operation to uncover and destroy Hezbollah attack tunnels from Lebanon.

The City of London is raising the odds that Brexit won't actually happen A rising of tide of City of London analysts now see an increased likelihood of the UK deciding not to leave the European Union after all, and simply cancelling Brexit.

Jerusalem: Holiest sites in the holy city The Holy Land’s capital, Jerusalem, is the spirituality epicenter with countless religious sites sacred to Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

Hamas: Failure Of Us Resolution Will Boost 'Resistance' Against Israel Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian factions said that the failure of the UN to support the resolution was a “slap in the face of America” and a “victory for the Palestinian resistance.”

UN Fails to Officially Condemn Hamas The United Nations has failed to officially condemn Hamas, even after the US and Israel managed to garner a strong majority in the General Assembly for a resolution doing just that.

After defeat in Iraq, IS fights on in last enclave in Syria A year after it was routed from Iraq in a devastating war that left entire neighborhoods and towns in ruins, the Islamic State group is fighting to hang on to its last enclave in eastern Syria, engaging in deadly battles with U.S.-backed forces.

Search For Temple Utensils Reveals City of Prophets Jim Barfield’s 12-year search for the Temple utensils revealed an unexpected discovery to an Oklahoma Noahide: a powerful spiritual connection between the mountaintop Temple in Jerusalem and at Qumran, located near to the deepest spot on the planet.

Can Israel and Jordan cooperate to save the dying Dead Sea? Both countries face critical water shortages, forcing them to come together and make tough choices.

Friday, December 07, 2018

12/7/18

Resolution condemning Hamas fails at UN, despite majority, unprecedented support US bid for first ever UNGA vote against terror group was doomed after states decided it would need a two-thirds majority; 87 countries voted in favor, 57 opposed it, 33 abstained.

Hizballah Puts Forces on Alert after Israel Tries Passing the Tunnel Buck to UNIFIL Hizballah places its forces on combat readiness in nine regions of southern Lebanon in response to Israel's demand that UNIFIL and the Lebanese Army dismantle a tunnel.

Caroline Glick: The Next War Between Hezbollah and Israel Israelis woke up Tuesday morning to the news that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) had initiated a new campaign called "Northern Shield."

How Does Trump's New U.N. Ambassador Stack Up On Israel? Heather Nauert, State Department spokesperson and former Fox News reporter, will be replacing Nikki Haley as the next ambassador to the United Nations.

'On This Day,' Hanukkah and the Menorah Made of Pure Gold The menorah, made of "pure gold," was lit with pure olive oil and gave off a radiant light.

Bennett says Israel will destroy Lebanon if war breaks out As Israel battles Hezbollah's tunnels, Bennett says that Lebanon will pay the price in the next war.

Fatah: If Hamas is a terrorist organization, so are we Today the UN General Assembly will be voting on a US-proposed resolution to condemn Hamas for firing rockets into Israel and inciting violence.

EU Adopts Measures Against Antisemitism, World Jewish Congress Cheers A declaration approved Thursday by the Council of the European Union calls on EU member states to take steps to ensure security for Jewish communities, institutions and citizens.

Convulsions over Brexit and the struggle for the Western Nation Theresa May's Conservative government is at odds with Parliament. The majority of MPs want Britain to remain in the European Union and so are at odds with their Brexit-majority voters.

BIN Exclusive: Campaign to Construct Messianic Golden Royal Crown Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David's Tomb on Mount Zion, has initiated a special project to create a golden crown to be presented to the messiah-king upon his arrival in Jerusalem.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

12/6/18

Rare interfaith Temple Mount confab highlights a 'Christian awakening' Participants come for the 'conspiracy theories' about where Temple was located, stay for the activism in unusual show of evangelical Christian support for Jewish right-wing cause.

Netanyahu: Israel may have to operate in Lebanon In briefing to 25 foreign ambassadors in the upper Galilee, Prime Minister Netanyahu says there is 'reasonable possibility' Israel will have to operate in Lebanon to neutralize the threat posed by Hezbollah's terror tunnels.

Netanyahu pumps up IDF tunnel operation for undermining Hizballah in Beirut. "We may have to operate in Lebanon" Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu invited 25 foreign ambassadors to the northern border on Thursday, Dec.6, for am on-the-spot briefing on the IDF operation against Hizballah tunnels.

Iran's Rouhani Mulls Blocking Critical Waterway If the United States blocks Iran's oil exports, Iran's president threatened that his nation is prepared to shut the Straits of Hormuz, a critical shipping route and waterway for the world's oil supplies, CNBC reported Tuesday.

The Coalitions That Could Hold the EU Together The European Union has experienced a series of disasters over the last 10 years, each one of which has posed a major threat to its stability.

Jerusalem World's Fastest Growing Tourism Destination In mid-November, the number of incoming tourists surpassed last year's record of 3.6 million and the figure now stands at an unprecedented 3.8 million.

The Iranian Modus Operandi Time and again in recent decades, Iran has used its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to attempt to deprive Israel of calm borders with its neighbors.

Palestinians: No Difference Between Hamas and Fatah It is supposedly fine for Mahmoud Abbas and his officials to condemn Hamas on a daily basis.

Putin warns of a new arms race and says if US starts developing banned intermediate-range missiles, so will Russia Vladimir Putin has warned of a new arms race, saying that if the US starts developing banned intermediate-range missiles, so will Moscow.

COMMENTARY: Dead Sea Comes to Life! A remarkable thing happened to me last week. I was studying the Book of Ezekiel in preparation for a weekend retreat when a friend forwarded a YouTube clip announcing the most incredible news, which is surely another significant sign of the imminent return of Jesus.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

12/5/18

Conference Paves Way for Jewish-Christian Cooperation on Temple Mount The first Temple Jerusalem Convention took place at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center on Wednesday, aimed toward educating Christians about the relevance of the Jewish Temples to their belief.

Hezbollah's plan to conquer the Galilee The terror organization's leader Nasrallah has spoken about seizing the Israeli Galilee long before the IDF launched Operation Northern Shield on Tuesday.

ANALYSIS: How Israel and the US are Working to Contain Iran On Tuesday morning, the Israel Defense Forces launched operation 'Northern Shield' on the Israeli side of the border with Lebanon.

Can Hezbollah and Israel afford to go to war again? Israel's latest operation has led to rumours of another war, but outside of rhetoric, it doesn't look like either side is ready to stomach such a conflict.

Will a Jewish-Christian Conference About the Temple Mount Set off WWIII? A conference on Wednesday brought together religious Jews and Christians to discuss a topic that had never before been addressed in a multi-faith forum: the past and the future of the Temple Mount as it related to their respective religions.

Hizballah seizes control of information on the IDF operation against its tunnels On Wednesday, Dec. 5 - Day 2 of IDF's Operation Northern Shield - Hizballah propagandists released a video showing the IDF uncovering a second assault tunnel, after 24 hours of "no comment" on the operation. It was shown as running up to the Western Galilee Moshav Zar'it.

The Russian-Israeli Crisis over Syria Lacks an Exit Strategy Israeli and Russian interests in Syria are colliding. Russia's new posture is challenging Israel's defensive campaign against Iran, and Moscow and Jerusalem have so far been unable to defuse the crisis.

Caroline Glick: Israel and the U.S. Have Common Interests in the Middle East Some Israelis were concerned when they read President Donald Trump's recent statements to the media about the reasons for his support of Saudi Arabia.

7 Pieces of Fake News About the Latest U.S. Climate Report Bjorn Lomborg is an environmentalist who believes in Climate Change. But he is not an alarmist. Because of that, he is one of the few worth taking seriously.

Newly discovered caves may hold more Dead Sea Scrolls Though no new manuscripts found so far, archaeologists are hopeful after unearthing objects at Qumran used in the storage of ancient scripts.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

12/4/18

Hanukkah - The Festival of Lights We are celebrating the triumph of the Maccabees, led by Mattityahu and later by his son Judah, over the Greek Syrians, led by Antiochus.

BREAKING: IDF Uncover Hizbullah Offensive Tunnel IDF troops located a cross-border attack tunnel in the Lebanese southern area of Kafr Kela on Tuesday morning.

IDF operation launched against Hizballah cross-border assault tunnels The assault tunnels dug by Hizballah under the Lebanese border into Israel are the target of IDF Operation Northern Shield announced early Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Netanyahu: Anyone who tries to harm Israel will pay heavy price Israeli premier says IDF 'determined' locate and neutralize all cross-border terror tunnels from Lebanon leading into Israel.

EU, In Unusual Move, Warns Palestinians to Drop Muslim-Only Language for Temple Mount The 28 member states voted in favor of two resolutions, but warned that this was the last year it would do so.

Iran Vows to Continue Missile Tests Despite Pompeo Warning Iran said Sunday it will continue to develop and test ballistic missiles following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's accusation that Tehran conducted tests of a medium-range ballistic missile capable of "carrying multiple warheads," which could strike "anywhere" in the Middle East and even parts of Europe.

US Encourages Europe to Punish Iran for Recent Missile Test The United States urged Europe on Monday to impose sanction on Iran following the regime testing a ballistic missile last week.

"The Worst Deal in History": Theresa May's Surrender This Brexit "deal" is anything but good for the nation.

While Confronting Iran in Syria, Israel May Have to Defy Russia Jerusalem has vowed to continue striking cross-border targets, perhaps even sophisticated defense systems manned by Russian troops.

The Sea of Galilee: A Sea of Miracles Disappearing For years there has been concern about the disappearing waters of the Sea of Galilee.

Monday, December 03, 2018

12/3/18

148 Nations Disavow Jewish Ties to Jerusalem, Temple Mount "The international community must stop participating in such a blatant denial of history. You must not permit these blatant attempts to delegitimize Israel," Furman said.

Hamas Not Enamored By Pending Condemnation At The UN This Thursday, November 6th, a United States resolution will be put to the vote in the UN General Assembly condemning Hamas rocket attacks on Israel and calling for an end to violence.

Pakistani PM: 'There Is No Mention of Jesus in History' Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan recently remarked that, while the life of Islam's Muhammad "is part of history," there is no "mention" of Jesus in human history, the Times of Israel (TOI) reported on Friday.

The UN Wants to be Our World Government By 2030 In the 1960s, an informed but naive undergraduate, I was walking across the campus of the University of Pennsylvania with the Chairman of the Chemistry Department, Prof. Charles C. Price.

George H.W. Bush: Farewell to a Friend of Israel George H.W. (Herbert Walker) Bush, who served as 41st President of the United States, passed away late on Friday at the age of 94.

Iran's multiple-warhead Khorramshahr test and Israel's reported Syria assault - new stage in Mid East missile war It was a Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last Saturday condemned Iran for testing, DEBKAfile reveals.

Political Divisions in Germany Have Implications for the Middle East The decline of bipartisan political centrism in Germany portends significant changes, not only for the country itself but for other countries as well.

Here's what happens next in Brexit Members of Parliament will approve or reject Theresa May's Brexit deal on Tuesday, December 11.

Why Iran Funds Palestinian Terrorists The message that Iran is sending to Palestinian families is: "If you want money and a good life, send your children to die on the border with Israel."

Vatican renews call for 2-state solution to Mideast conflict The Vatican has reaffirmed its longstanding call for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict following a visit by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, as the U.S. says it is preparing to present its long-awaited peace plan.

Saturday, December 01, 2018

12/1/18

Sanhedrin Invites 70 Nations to Hanukkah Dedication of Altar for the Third Temple The nascent Sanhedrin released a declaration to the 70 nations for Hanukkah to be read at a ceremony in Jerusalem on the last day of the holiday.

Hezbollah issues warning video to Israel: Attack and you will regret it Clip that appears to show satellite imagery and locations of strategic Israeli sites comes a day after an alleged Israeli strike on Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria.

Report: Russia Completes Syrian Air Defenses, Troubles Israel, U.S. The report paints a stark picture of increasing Russian entrenchment in Syria as Putin and the west have squared off in recent days over naval confrontations in Ukraine.

Why are Iran and Saudi Arabia enemies? Saudi Arabia and Iran have been engaged in a number of proxy wars in the Middle East. 

Largest-ever surface missile attack on Syria targeted 15 Iranian/Hizballah sites For 75 minutes on Thursday night, Nov. 29, the IDF blasted Iranian, Hizballah and Syrian targets in its biggest ever surface missile attack on Syria, DEBKAfile’s intelligence and military sources can now reveal.

Iran Finds New Way to Arm Hezbollah After Israel Reportedly Strikes Syria, Again No doubt Iran hoped the introduction of advanced Russian anti-aircraft systems to Syria would deter further Israeli air strikes on its installations in the war-torn country.

World leaders welcome Saudi prince at G20, showing he’s not isolated May and Macron vow to press MBS on killing of dissident journalist Khashoggi; Germany’s Merkel arrives to summit 12 hours late due to plane trouble.

“Shadow Over Europe” as Anti-Semitism and Fading Memory of Holocaust Rise A report by CNN has revealed a “shadow over Europe” in the context of recent polls illustrating anti-Semitic stereotypes that are “alive and well” in Europe as the memory of the Holocaust starts to fade. 

Column One: Europe Beats Iran’s War Drums Last Saturday, Iran’s “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani called Israel “a cancerous tumor” in a speech at the regime’s annual Islamic Unity Conference.

At U.N. And In The White House, Bush's Troubled Ties With American Jews The Bush presidency was marked by tensions both with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and the American Jewish leadership.

Friday, November 30, 2018

11/30/18

Sanhedrin Invites 70 Nations to Hanukkah Dedication of Altar for the Third Temple The nascent Sanhedrin released a declaration to the 70 nations for Hanukkah to be read at a ceremony in Jerusalem on the last day of the holiday.

Syria: Wide-ranging Israel air strikes in three waves over Damascus region Syrian sources reported shortly before midnight of Nov. 29, that Israeli air attacks had been ongoing from 21:30 over areas in the Damascus vicinity.

Syrian Regime and Allies Downplay 'Airstrikes' After Wild Night in Damascus Syria's allies now appear to want to sweep the incident under the carpet. This may be to protect the regime from embarrassment.

Iran, facing off against Israel in Syria, now sending arms directly to Lebanon Israel's alleged airstrike in Syria overnight was a rare exception to the new Russian-imposed rules; Tehran is shifting its tactics, as well.

ANALYSIS: Iran and Israel Preparing for Multi-Front War Iranian leaders stepped up their war of words against Israel and the United States over the weekend while new information shows both the Israel Defense Forces and the Islamic Republic are actively preparing for a multi-front war in Israel.

Tens of thousands celebrate Hamas 'victory' rally as exiled leader returns Tens of thousands gather to cheer as Khaled Meshaal claims victory in last month's war and says more Israeli soldiers could be kidnapped.

EU President Tusk Warns British: If you Reject May's Deal, It's 'No Brexit at All', No Deal The United Kingdom's can take Theresa May's "worst deal in history" negotiated settlement with the European Union or leave it, but there will be no renegotiations at all, European Council President Donald Tusk warned as he arrived for this weekend's G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

For Israel, a rearmed Hezbollah in Lebanon is top concern On a moonlit night, some two dozen Israeli soldiers in full battle gear march near a Lebanese border village with a bomb-sniffing dog, searching for explosives and infiltrators.

Military warns EMP attack could wipe out America, 'democracy, world order' In an extraordinary and sobering report meant to wake the nation up to a growing threat, a new military white paper warns that an electromagnetic pulse weapon attack such as those developed by North Korea, Russia, and Iran could essentially wipe out the United States, kill or displace millions, and even force jets to drop from the sky.

Ukraine bars Russian men aged 16-60 from entry Ukraine will not allow Russian men aged 16-60 into the country following the imposition of martial law, Kiev says.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

11/29/18

Because of Nearness to Christmas, Many American Jews Observe Hanukkah It takes less time to prepare than Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles (Succot); is happier than Rosh Hashana; and it certainly doesn't leave you hungry like Yom Kippur.

Trump scheduled to meet Putin at G20, Kremlin document says US president heads to Argentina poised for possible conflict with Russia over Black Sea naval clash and with China over trade.

CNN Commentator: 'Free Palestine From the River to the Sea' Hill accused Israel of denying "citizenship rights and due process to Palestinians just because they are not Jewish," and expressed his support for the BDS movement.

Russia, Turkey and Iran hold talks on Syria in Astana Moscow is pushing for breakthrough on UN constitutional committee that it can sell to the West.

Anti-Semitism Part of the War of Gog and Magog Says End Times Rabbi In an interview earlier this week, End of Days expert Rabbi Mendel Kessin told radio talk show host Tamar Yonah of Israel News Talk Radio that anti-Semitism is a signal that God is accelerating the end times.

Why is the U.S. in the Middle East? Jerusalem wants to see the US engaged, influential and active in the region. It doesn't want to see it disengaged and concerned only about its own domestic problems.

Iranian air freighters now routed to Beirut instead of Syrian air bases Day by day at least one, if not two, Iranian transport aircraft, are landing at Beirut international airport in the past week, DEBKAfile's military sources report.

'On This Day,' Anniversary of Death of Eliezer Ben Yehuda Nechemya bemoans the fact that in seventy years of exile the Jews of his generation forgot how to speak Hebrew.

Netanyahu: Still Israel's Preferred Leader Why none of the other party leaders are fit to be prime minister.

2,000-year-old ring engraved with 'Pilate' may have belonged to notorious ruler Uncovered 50 years ago at the Herodian palace near Bethlehem, a simple copper-alloy ring is now given a good cleaning - and second look by skeptical scholars.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

11/28/18

Netanyahu to elite troops: Israel and the IDF are 'best answer to anti-Semitism' Following CNN poll that found rampant anti-Jewish views among Europeans, PM tells army commandos: 'Once they could slaughter us, today we can respond'.

Home Front Commander: 'In next war they won't be drinking coffee in Tel Aviv' Home Front Commander on challenges facing Israel: 'Possibility of fronts in both north and south - we're aware of coordination attempts.'

ANALYSIS: Iran and Israel Preparing for Multi-Front War Iranian leaders stepped up their war of words against Israel and the United States over the weekend while new information shows both the Israel Defense Forces and the Islamic Republic are actively preparing for a multi-front war in Israel.

Watch: Russian Air Force deploys Su-25s and Ka-52s as they seize Ukrainian vessels Russian military forces blocked all passage through the Kerch Strait on Sunday, barring Ukrainian naval forces access to the waterway that connects the Azov Sea with the Black Sea.

4 historic memorial sites to visit in Jerusalem To understand Israel's modern history and experience, you should take a flight to Israel and visit these four memorials.

NASA: Possibility of Cataclysmic Meteor Strike in 2023 The National Aeronautics and Space Association (NASA) announced this week that a large asteroid is on track to cross paths with the earth in 2023 but they say there is little cause for alarm, setting the odds of a cataclysmic collision at one in 30 million.

President Erdogan calls for Muslim unity Speaking at the opening of a conference focused on Islamic economic and commercial co-operation hosted in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Muslims around the world to stand united and overcome a history of division.

After the caliphate: What next for IS? A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters is closing in on the last pocket of territory in eastern Syria controlled by the jihadist group Islamic State (IS).

Brexit will make UK worse off, government forecasts warn The UK will be poorer economically under any form of Brexit, compared with staying in the EU, new government analysis suggests.

The great Palestinian dream: To liberate "Palestine" from the River to the Sea Palestinian children are still being taught that "Palestine" includes all of Israel. Decades after the Oslo Accords, the PA and Fatah still don't recognize Israel's existence.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

11/27/18

Iran trains squads for terrorizing US forces in Syria. US air/naval buildup for striking back Iran's proxy militias in Syria are being trained and armed for terrorizing US forces in eastern Syria, starting with IEDs like the bombs that bedeviled American forces in Iraq in 2004-2006.

EU condemns Iran's call for Israel's destruction Day after Iran's president calls Jewish state 'cancerous tumor' and 'fake regime' European Union says comments 'totally unacceptable'.

The Palestinians No One Talks About The 3,903 Palestinians killed in Syria in the past seven years are of no interest to the Western correspondents and their editors.

Tipping Point: Israel and the 'Community of Nations' The Jewish state is on the precipice of major diplomatic breakthroughs across the globe.

China to Iran: 'Beijing Is Looking for a Way to Settle' Yemen War China's ambassador to Tehran told Iranian officials on Sunday that Beijing is seeking a role in ending the Yemen war, potentially using its status as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council to take action to settle the dispute.

A Third of Europeans say Jews Too Politically Influential, Poll Finds A comprehensive CNN survey demonstrated prevalent antisemitic attitudes in Europe, findings showed in a new poll.

Another Round, not More Extortion, Is Needed in Gaza Only a fourth massive round of fighting against Hamas can possibly bring the group to the conclusion the Arab states reached after four wars with the Jewish state in 1948, 1956, 1967, and 1973 - that the pain to be suffered is so great, and the chance of eliminating the Jewish state so slim, as to render violence pointless.

'Europe Is Disintegrating.' Greece's Rockstar Economist Yanis Varoufakis Shares His Vision for Reforming the E.U. On Sunday morning, the former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis picked up a microphone in Berlin, the German capital where, three years ago, high-stakes negotiations with E.U. leaders culminated in his resignation.

Iran's parliament speaker says US peace plan a 'plot' to strengthen Israel Ali Larijani vows Tehran will oppose Trump administration proposal, warns UAE and Saudi Arabia against warming ties with Jerusalem.

Noah's Ark Plans to Sail to Israel A reproduction of Noah's Ark built to Biblical proportions may come to Israel but it may take more than 40 days and 40 nights.

Monday, November 26, 2018

11/26/18

Israel holds major drill to practice fighting Hamas and Hezbollah simultaneously Ongoing 10-day exercise by Commando Brigade tackles battling Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in north at the same time, a prospect military fears is liable to occur.

Czech President Proclaims Himself to be 'Israel's Best Friend' Zeman expressed interest in one-state solution in meeting with Rivlin.

Chad's President Arrives in Israel, Asks for Help Fighting Al-Qaeda, ISIS In further evidence that Israel's charm offensive with Gulf States and majority-Muslim African states may be bearing fruit, Chad's President Idriss Deby is currently visiting the country - the first such visit since the establishment of the state.

U.S. ambassador to Israel says peace plan will come at "appropriate time" U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said in a rare statement today that President Trump will release his Israeli-Palestinian peace plan at a time that will allow its best chance for success.

Ukraine Considers Martial Law Amid Tensions with Russia Ukraine's parliament is considering President Petro Poroshenko's call to impose martial law in the country, in the wake of Russia seizing three of its ships and their crews.


Iran nuclear chief warns of unpredictable consequences if deal breaks down Iran's nuclear chief warned the European Union on Monday of "ominous" consequences if it did not follow through with action to keep the economic benefits of the 2015 nuclear agreement alive.

"We Will Displace You": Extremist Persecution of Christians, July 2018 There were 128 incidents of church vandalism or other anti-Christian attacks in France during the first five months of 2018, according to a Paris-based Roman Catholic non-profit organization that tracks attacks against Christians.

Turkey Stabilizing Libya? Think Again. "The chaotic situation enables the emergence of enclaves of terror, inspired by the ideology of ISIS and al-Qaeda. The world should make sure that Libya does not turn into another pre-2001 Afghanistan-like state on the doorstep of Europe." - Dr. Mordechai Kedar and Dr. Dan Gottlieb.

'Trump's Mideast team in agreement on Deal of the Century' US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman rejects reports of dissension among Trump's Mideast advisors regarding peace plan.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

11/24/18

Dutch Christian boatmaker aims to sail his exact replica of Noah’s Ark to Israel Johan Huibers believes his country is facing imminent flooding and we’re living in the end of times. 

PA official: It's two states or an apartheid state PA official in charge of foreign affairs says the world created the "Palestinian problem" by establishing the state of Israel.

Is Trump's Middle East policy based on two fragile regional allies? US President Donald Trump has gone out of his way to support Saudi crown prince MBS and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while the former is accused of murder and the latter faces corruption allegations.

Leaders Under Siege: Trump And Netanyahu Battle For Their Political Lives The president and the prime minister have both chosen a strategy that bypasses attorneys and the courts.

“On This Day,” King David Purchases Jebusite Threshing Floor King David purchases the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite and, according to one classic rabbinic opinion, the entire city of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem).

Analysts: Alleged Russian Offer On Iranian Pullout From Syria Unlikely To Bear Fruit An alleged offer made by Russian President Vladimir Putin to both the United States and Israel on removing Iranian forces and their proxies in Syria in exchange for sanctions relief on the Islamic Republic is unlikely to bear fruit, analysts told The Media Line.

Iran’s Rouhani calls Israel a ‘cancerous tumor’ established by West At Islamic Unity Conference, president, seen as a relative moderate who does not routinely employ such rhetoric, says Israel a ‘fake regime’.

Trump: Israel ‘Would Be In Big Trouble Without Saudi Arabia’ The Times of Israel reports: US President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested that Israel would face major regional difficulties in the Middle East if it were not for the stabilizing presence of Saudi Arabia.

'We never considered the EU as an adversary' - Russian envoy Euronews is posing questions to the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union. 

Historic Brexit summit: 10 key questions It will be a significant moment in European history when the EU's 28 leaders meet in Brussels to finalise the UK's withdrawal from the bloc on Sunday.

Friday, November 23, 2018

11/23/18

“On This Day,” King David Purchases Jebusite Threshing Floor King David purchases the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite and, according to one classic rabbinic opinion, the entire city of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem).

'It's time for a preemptive strike on Hezbollah' Former MK Gidon Sa'ar reiterates call for IDF to strike Hezbollah to prevent terror militia from growing stronger.

How does the religious settler movement influence Israeli politics? The settlers who are building homes in the occupied West Bank say they are not just fulfilling a biblical prophecy but are building one of the most enduring political movements in Israel.

Iran's great nuclear deception New details are revealed about the Mossad's special operation to seize Iran's nuclear archive, including a rare glimpse into Tehran's classified documents: secret tests, a plan to manufacture the first 5 nuclear bombs, and even a photo of proud Iranian scientists outside a nuclear facility.

Evidence of Sodom? Meteor blast cause of biblical destruction, say scientists Multi-disciplinary team of scientists uses 3,700-year-old archaeological evidence from Jordan’s Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project to understand end to civilization near Dead Sea

Column One: Hamas And Fatah Unmasked Abbas was similarly blindsided by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to Oman, and Minister of Culture and Sports Miri Regev’s visit to Abu Dhabi for the world judo championships.

Palestinians: We Cannot Accept Anything from Trump Hardly a day passes without the leadership of the Palestinian Authority (PA) affirming its strong opposition to US President Donald Trump's yet-to-be-announced Middle East peace plan, also referred to as the "deal of the century."

Amalek, Jewish Injustice, Converts and a Warning to the Chief Rabbinate The Jews’ most formidable enemy in biblical times was the nation of Amalek.

Report: Trump Delays Peace Plan Until February The report claimed that Trump's aides advised him to wait with the announcement in wake of the recent political developments in Israel, particularly after Liberman resignation.

USAF takes control of Syrian skies. Unidentified air strike on Iranian target This new game changer in Syria, revealed here by DEBKAfile, provoked an exceptionally detailed threat from Tehran: “US bases in Afghanistan, the UAE and Qatar, and US aircraft carriers in the Gulf are within range of our missiles,” said Brig. Gen. Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ airspace division, on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

11/21/18

Straight from the Bible: Tiny First Temple stone weight unearthed in Jerusalem Volunteer at City of David sifting project finds rare 'beka' measure, used by pilgrims paying half-shekel tax before ascending to Temple Mount, in dirt from dig near Western Wall.

U.N.'s Mladenov Hints That Iran Trying to Spark Gaza War "There are forces out there that want to disrupt that agreement and push us all into the abyss of a confrontation."

The Russian-Iranian deal offered to Israel Russia reportedly proposes that Iran be granted relief from some US sanctions in in return for the removal of its forces from Syria.

Iran/Hizballah build new militias in Syria against northern Israel. What is Eisenkot missing? Heads were scratched in many security circles on Monday, Nov. 20, when IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkot was heard to declare that the fact that "Iran and terrorist groups were very far from the place they hoped to attain" was down to "continuous quality operations."

ANALYSIS: New Information Shows Iran Behind Latest Gaza Crisis Information released this week and comments made by Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu during an address to the Israeli public on Sunday shed new light on the mini-war between the Palestinian terror groups in Gaza and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) at the beginning of last week and the Israeli decision not to launch a ground offensive.

Israeli Cabinet minister: Gaza leader's days are numbered A senior Israeli Cabinet minister on Wednesday threatened to kill the leader of the militant Hamas movement ruling Gaza, vowing that another "large campaign" looms in which Israel will hit the militants hard.

Knesset conference calls for evacuation of Hebron settlers Event organized by Joint List and Meretz MKs to feature speech by B'Tselem head Hagai E-Ad; 'Handful of extremist Jewish settlers live in Hebron, leading government to enact segregation regime in the city,' say organizers.

The Single Sentence That Would Rescue Theresa May's Brexit Deal Article 20 of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland should be supplemented by a sentence of the form: "If not earlier, this Protocol shall cease to apply [x] years after the end of the transition period unless both the European Union and the United Kingdom agree to extent its application in whole or in part."

Does the European Union need its own army? French President Emmanuel Macron recently said Europe needs to protect itself from Russia, China, and even the United States.

Support for Israel rises among European Jewish leaders 68% of European Jewish community leaders say they back Israel regardless of its government - up from just 55% in 2015.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

11/20/18

IDF: A Special Army Preparing for Gog and Magog The IDF represents Israel's multicultural nature but underneath the wrinkled green uniform is a special army preparing for the very special war that precedes the Messianic era.

Poll shows Likud rebounding after ceasefire, coalition crisis Despite criticism over ceasefire with Hamas, Liberman's resignation, Likud remains stable in latest poll with 30 seats.

Is Russia full-on supporting Hamas? While Hamas seeks to further develop regional relations with countries such as Egypt, Iran, Qatar, Turkey and Lebanon in light of the organization's deteriorating ties with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Syria, the Gaza-based group is also making efforts to improve its international relations with Russia, the EU, Malaysia and South Africa.

Selfie-promotion: Putin welcomes Saudi delegation to Russia, in wake of Khashoggi killing After being shunned by many former allies and business partners over the suspected state-ordered murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia received a warm welcome from Russia's President Vladimir Putin, attending a cultural forum in the country's second city, St Petersburg.

Record Number of Tourists Visit Israel in 2018 The new record, set on Friday, comes on the heels of another achievement reached in October - the record all-time month for incoming tourism.

Unprecedented Interfaith Conference Tackles Temple Mount Controversy A conference is set to be held in Jerusalem in two weeks which will for the first time, educate Christians on the importance of the Temple Mount.

Back in the fold: 10 things to know for November 20 Bennett's decision to kiss his threat goodbye leaves him looking like a shmatta while Netanyahu cleans up. But can the prime minister's magic last?

Abortion: The One Issue That Can Make Enemies of Israel and America at the UN Ever since President Donald Trump's election, Israel and the United States have present a strong united front in the halls of the United Nations.

Who Gains from the US Withdrawal from the Nuclear Arms Treaty? Russia has violated not only the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), but, according to former senior White House nuclear arms official Frank Miller, every major arms-control agreement it has signed with the United States.

Beirut asks for Russia's air defense net to cover Lebanon as well as Syria Exclusive: Lebanese President Michel Aoun has asked Moscow to bring Lebanese air space under the protection of the Russian air defense system being deployed in Syria, DEBKAfile's military and intelligence sources reveal.

Monday, November 19, 2018

11/19/18

Palestinians: Jewish Tours of Temple Mount are Part of Religious War by Israel In recent years, the PA has been regularly condemning visits by Jewish groups and individuals to the Temple Mount, claiming they were "storming the Aqsa Mosque."

Coalition Crisis: Jewish Home to remain in Netanyahu government Naftali Bennett, Ayelet Shaked say they will remain in Netanyahu's government despite his refusal to appoint Bennett as Defense Minister.

Mr. Security or Mr. Politics? 8 things to know for November 19 A speech by Netanyahu appointing himself defense chief is seen as both the final straw before the government collapses, and the first shot in a looming election campaign.

Netanyahu's Government, It's Still Going Rarely does a speech made by a political leader so move Israelis, who learned the hard way to take what our politicians say with a grain of salt.

Netanyahu takes over defense, nixes election, cites coming security step "with sacrifices" Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Sunday night, Nov. 18 on TV that he was taking over as minister of defense, that an important security step was ahead which would call for "sacrifices," but promised, "we would overcome."

Focus on Temple Mount Returning Blessings to the World Though there is no Temple in Jerusalem, in very many ways, Jewish sources describe the Temple Mount as the viaduct for blessings, spiritual and material, to flow into the world.

Secular people will never get it Op-ed: We should do some soul-searching following the El Al 'Shabbat flight' ordeal: how did we get to a situation in which a religious passenger who wishes to observe the most basic Mitzvah is on public trial for it?

Lieberman's Resignation and Rabin's "Peace Legacy" It is a historical irony that last week's resignation of defense minister Avigdor Lieberman came on the heels of the 23rd anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, for it can clearly be seen as the latest casualty of the slain prime minister's "peace legacy."

Here's What to Watch Amid Brexit Turmoil in the U.K. United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May announced last week that her government has reached agreement with its European counterparts on the terms of the U.K.'s exit from the European Union, almost 2 1/2 years after country voted to leave.

USS Truman carrier and strike force bound for waters off Syria amid Russian naval buildup The USS Harry Truman with a strike force of 5 guided missile warships were on their way on Sunday, Nov. 18 to waters off the Syrian coast.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

11/17/18

In first, US votes against UN resolution condemning Israeli presence in Golan Despite American support, world body overwhelmingly condemns Israel, and no one else, in 9 separate resolutions.

U.S. Envoy Warns: Iran May Create Islamic State-Like Terror Group Iran may help give birth to a “maligned” Shiite terrorist group that mirrors the Sunni Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL) savagery, the U.S. State Department’s special envoy to Syria cautioned on Thursday.

Labor leader Gabbay calls for early elections ‘as soon as possible’ As Netanyahu battles to save weakened coalition, opposition and coalition partners demand snap elections early next year.

"Death to Israel" song on Hamas TV half-hour before station destroyed About a half hour before Hamas' TV station in the Gaza Strip was bombed by Israel, the station broadcast a music video repeatedly announcing: "Death to Israel." 

New Iranian rocket smuggled into Gaza could threaten IDF defenses including Iron Dome The Palestinian Islamic Jihad was referring to a new artillery rocket from Iran when its Al-Qods wing claimed to have wrecked the Ashkelon on Tuesday, Nov. 13 with a new weapon.

EU army: Will it be easy for Europe to get rid of American political diktat? The creation of a European army would be a boon for Russia-EU relations, various military experts have told RT.

UK leader fights back against critics amid Brexit upheaval British Prime Minister Theresa May fought back against critics of her Brexit deal Saturday, telling opponents from within her party their alternative plans for Britain's departure from the European Union wouldn't work.

How Brexit debacle is uncovering and unraveling the dis-United Kingdom You have to hand it to Britain's Theresa May. She certainly possesses doughty British stiff-upper-lip attitude in the midst of gloom. 

The "Separate" Palestinian State Last week, Hamas began paying salaries to thousands of its employees after Qatar sent a $15 million grant in cash to the Gaza Strip.

Architects, activists slam Jerusalem Old City cable car plan Proponents view the cable car as an innovative solution to traffic woes, while critics call it an eyesore, a Disneyfication of the sacred city or a ploy to further Judaize Jerusalem.

Friday, November 16, 2018

11/16/18

Israel heads toward elections as Jewish Home says it will leave coalition Netanyahu says he will still try to 'preserve right-wing government,' but Jewish Home says elections now inevitable after PM rejects Bennett's demand he be made defense minister.

IDF chiefs impart their wishes for next defense minister. Improper interference in the political process? A new factor has stepped uninvited into Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's struggle to save his government against Naftali Bennett's claim of the defense portfolio: The IDF, or rather its chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkot.

Hamas fights Israel by using civilians as human shields In 2014, Hamas demanded Palestinians stay in their homes and become "Martyrs," despite Israel's warnings their houses would be bombed.

'IDF spent 45 minutes on the phone telling Gazan to leave' British reporter describes the extraordinary lengths IDF went to avoid hurting civilians during the recent flare-up in Gaza.

Trump Admin Moves Toward Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights For the first time ever, the United States on Friday intended to vote against an annual UN resolution condemning Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights.

Russia and China Have Made the Mediterranean a Priority, Will the United States Rise to the Challenge? Access to the Mediterranean Sea means access to the world, and Russia and China are seeking to gain veto power, via geopolitical and geoeconomical influence, over other nations' economic, diplomatic and security decisions.

Why Renewed US Sanctions on Iran are Good News for Palestinians What the Hamas official is actually saying is that thanks to Iran's backing, Hamas continues to hold hostage the two million residents of the Gaza Strip, whose lives have been literally destroyed by the Hamas leaders' policies.

How Hamas Wins That's the worst sentence to write: Hamas wins.

DEBATE: What Happened to Arab Support for the Palestinians? While the continuing influence of the Palestinians on the Arab world should not be underestimated, the current landscape in the Middle East is bringing new policy priorities to the fore.

What's going on with Brexit, explained in under 500 words The EU and UK struck a deal on how it would work. Then all hell broke loose.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

11/15/18

IDF: A Special Army Preparing for Gog and Magog The IDF represents Israel's multicultural nature but underneath the wrinkled green uniform is a special army preparing for the very special war that precedes the Messianic era.

Caroline Glick: Iran Opens a War Against Israel from Gaza A Kornet anti-tank missile hit a civilian bus transporting Israeli soldiers adjacent to Israel's border with Gaza at 4:30 in the afternoon on Monday.

ANALYSIS: Widespread Anger in Israel After Ceasefire With Hamas After 460 rockets were fired at southern Israel in a little more than one day, the Israeli government and Hamas entered an Egyptian brokered ceasefire on Tuesday evening.

Amid coalition turmoil, key partners Kahlon and Deri call for early elections Following defense minister's resignation, finance and interior ministers tell Netanyahu that heading to the polls would be beneficial for Israel.

Pope Francis Discusses 'Jerusalem Question' with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Pope Francis received the President of the State of Israel in the Vatican Thursday to discuss Israeli-Palestinian relations as well as the "Jerusalem question," in a meeting described as cordial and positive.

PA, Russia step up economic ties The Palestinian Authority and Russian Federation have their given bilateral commercial and economic ties a major boost.

Could an EU army become a reality? EU defence ministers have signed off on 17 joint military projects.

Brexit future relationship deal 'not finished' and could still be changed by EU member states, Barnier warns The part of Theresa May's Brexit deal about Britain's future relationship with the EU is "not finished" and could still be changed by EU member states in the coming days, Brussels has said.

Why Renewed US Sanctions on Iran are Good News for Palestinians What the Hamas official is actually saying is that thanks to Iran's backing, Hamas continues to hold hostage the two million residents of the Gaza Strip, whose lives have been literally destroyed by the Hamas leaders' policies.

There Are Choices: Alternatives to 'Two-State' Astonishingly, when presented with different alternatives, only 10% preferred the "two-state" approach.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

11/14/18

Defense Minister Liberman resigns, says Israel 'capitulated to terror' in Gaza Yisrael Beytenu leader slams 'drastically inadequate' response to massive rocket fire on south, calls for elections as soon as possible; Netanyahu to take over defense portfolio.

Netanyahu Defends Gaza Ceasefire, says Hamas 'Begged' to Stop Fighting PM said leadership is doing the right, not easy thing.

Netanyahu Under Fire as Israelis Protest Gaza Ceasefire Israelis learned about the latest Gaza ceasefire following a two-day, 500-rocket barrage from the likes of Hamas and Al Jazeera.

Palestinian Bombings Spark Fear of New Middle East War As hundreds of rockets hit Israel, U.S. fears derailment of peace process.

Ask the Rabbis: Can Israel Sign a Peace Agreement With Hamas? As parts of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire were being implemented, fighting again broke out between Hamas Islamists and Israel, raising the question of whether such a cessation is even possible.

The Fragility of Middle East Alliances Competition among Middle Eastern rivals and ultimate power within the region's various alliances is increasingly as much economic and commercial as it is military and geopolitical.

Massive Missile Attack on Israel after Qatar Funds Hamas The renewed Hamas attacks on Israel serve as a reminder that the terrorist group is not interested in a real truce.

Belgium's poor administration or willful blindness? With its one hand, Belgium condemned PA terror glorification in schools and cut off all funding to the PA Ministry of Education after the PA named two schools after terrorist murderer Dalal Mughrabi.

Brexit: Britain's messy EU divorce faces new showdown British Prime Minister Theresa May will try to win the support of her divided Cabinet on Wednesday for a draft deal to leave the European Union after months of stalled talks, bickering and setbacks that have threatened the messy divorce known as Brexit and May's leadership.

VP Pence said to be gearing up for all-out Cold War with China unless it bows to all US demands Washington expects Beijing to undertake a dramatic change in all of its policies to accommodate US demands and is prepared for prolonged hostilities if it does not, Vice President Mike Pence reportedly said.