Thursday, October 17, 2019

10/17/19

VLAD'S YOUR PROBLEM: Donald Trump gives Putin free reign to carve up Syria saying 'there's lots of sand to play with' after Erdogan snubs US Vladimir Putin is set to carve up northern Syria following Turkey's stalled invasion bid - expanding the Kremlin's power in the Middle East.

What will happen to Syria? In the wake of Donald Trump's decision to hastily withdraw all US troops from Syria, much attention has been heaped upon the subsequent assault on Kurdish positions by Turkish armed forces and Washington's withering diplomatic standing in the Middle East.

Syria to counter Turkey invasion by 'all legitimate means' Damascus on Sunday signed a deal with Kurdish militants that saw Syrian troops deployed in the Kurdish-run NE.

Trump's disgrace in the Middle East is the death of an empire. Vladimir Putin is Caesar now In days gone by, I used to compare the Trump presidency with the Arab dictatorships.

Watch: Levites sing at the foot of the Temple Mount Hundreds of Levites gathered together to sing on Wednesday on the Huldah stairs at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount.

Police remove Jews praying from Temple Mount as hundreds enter complex Jews are prohibited from praying or bringing religious items onto the Mount - and are removed and sometimes jailed if caught doing so.

Netanyahu offers Gantz religion-state status Quo, Gantz declines UTJ, Shas remove their veto to sitting with Lapid in a unity coalition for the first time.

US envoy to Israel says Trump peace plan will not call for settlement evacuations Friedman used Israel's 2005 disengagement from Gaza to illustrate why evacuations would be a 'disaster'.

EU Leaders To Discuss Syria, Brexit, Enlargement At Summit Britain's effort to leave or stay in the 28-member European Union, Turkey's incursion into northern Syria, and the bloc's enlargement all are expected to be on the agenda of the two-day EU summit on October 17-18 in Brussels.

Brexit deal: What just happened? UK and EU leaders stood on a stage in Brussels on Thursday and declared that a Brexit deal had, finally, been done.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

10/16/19

Turkey, Russia, Iran: Filling the Vacuum The U.S. Congress is looking to push back against Erdogan's brazen foray into northeastern Syria.

Erdogan says Turkey's Syria offensive will end if Kurdish fighters withdraw Turkey's offensive into northeast Syria will end if Kurdish fighters in the region drop their weapons and withdraw from a planned "safe zone", President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, but warned that no power could stop it until then.

Russia Prepares the Way for Bashar al-Assad's Brutal Endgame in Nothern Syria Trump's petulant decision to pull out troops while pretending sanctions can prevent Turkey from slaughtering former U.S. allies has merely opened the door wide to Assad and Putin.

Turkish invasion sparks NATO crisis but eviction is unlikely Turkey's invasion of northern Syria - along with the criticism and threats of sanctions brandished by fellow NATO members at Ankara over the offensive - is close to sparking a crisis at the world's biggest military alliance.

Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall - Watch The Priestly blessing will be recited twice throughout services: once during morning prayers at 9:30 a.m. and once during the additional holiday prayers at 10:15 a.m.

Above the Fold: Antisemitism - People Don't Care Jewish America, circa 2019/2020, can be divided into two distinct groups. There are those who care and those who do not care.

Top Fatah official calls for "escalation" so Israelis will "pay a heavy price every day" "There is no avoiding an escalating policy on the ground with great momentum from the masses, which will not allow the occupiers to live routine lives."

Exclusive: Israel detains and interrogates Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher Israeli forces detained the preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Ismail Nawahda during multiple raids across the occupied West Bank on Wednesday.

Israel and Kurdistan - time for an alliance of the ages. Who truly deserves a state? The Kurds, with their distinct language and culture, or the Palestinian Arabs?

Brexit: PM meets cabinet and DUP as Brussels talks continue The future of Boris Johnson's Brexit deal hangs in the balance as EU officials say the outcome of talks should be known by the end of the day.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

10/15/19

Russian warning pauses Turkish Syria operation. US pullback from E. Syria, too, opens door to Iran The Syrian army's arrival at embattled Kurdish towns in the north east, backed by Russian threats, seemingly halted the Turkish army's advance.

Russia Says Its Troops Are Patrolling Area of Northern Syria Deserted by Trump Russia appears to be trying to fill the vacuum left by President Trump's order to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria.

China calls on Turkey to halt military incursion in Syria and 'return to right track' Beijing joins global condemnation of attack launched by Ankara on Kurdish fighters after US President Donald Trump decided to pull out troops.

Turkey rejects Syria ceasefire because 'you cannot negotiate with terrorists' Anyone who opposes Turkey's incursion into northern Syria should try to understand its position, says its vice president.

The Scramble for Eastern Syria: ISIS Prisoners, Russia, Assad, Turkey Eastern Syria was plunged into chaos by the Trump decision, but attempts to make the ship a bit more stable have also been frustrated by how large and complex the area is.

Trump's Syria Pullout: Great for Israel says Jerusalem's Top Middle-East Expert While many in the pro-Israel community have been decrying President Trump's decision to withdraw US troops in northern Syria to make way for a Turkish invasion, Guy Bechor, one of Israel's most respected Middle East experts says that ironically, Israel stands to benefit significantly from the move in an interview on Channel 13's Morning Show.

Bolton's Purge, Trump's Obama Moments In Syria, however, President Trump, like Obama earlier, seems not to have realized that when the U.S. withdraws, its enemies advance and fill the vacuum.

Israel elections: Likud lawmaker urges Netanyahu to return mandate 'Blue and White doesn't want to negotiate because it is interested in elections' Bitan says.

Angela Merkel is right. The UK is now the EU's 'competitor.' It is not a fight the UK can hope to win Whether the UK leaves the EU by Boris Johnson's artificial deadline of 31 October only matters only if you are interested in the terrifying egos of Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings.

Historic First: Official Saudi Delegation Enters Israel, Prays on Temple Mount In a growing sign of coordination between Riyadh and Jerusalem, the Saudi Arabian national soccer team came to Israel, passed through Israeli security and visited Jerusalem for the first time ever.

Monday, October 14, 2019

10/14/19

Task of stopping Turkey passes from Trump to Putin. Syrian army defends threatened Kurdish towns President Donald Trump's decision to pull US troops back from the Turkish-Kurdish confrontation on Sunday, Oct.13 produced a lightning realignment of big power strength on the battlefield of NE Syria.

Saudi Visit Showcases Putin's Growing Middle East Influence Asked about concerns Riyadh was cozying up to Moscow, Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said he saw no contradiction.

'Genie out of the bottle': Fears Turkey's Syrian offensive could trigger IS 'resurgence' An abrupt departure by US forces from northern Syria has created instability in an area where around 12,000 IS fighters are being detained.

Neo-Ottoman Turkey's 'String of Pearls' Since 2015, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been pushing for Syrian "safe zones" and "buffer zones" for humanitarian purposes.

Analysis: The dark side of 'America First' should worry Israel In retrospect, no one should be shocked by the news that the United States has given the green light to Turkey for a military incursion aimed at sweeping Kurdish forces out of northern Syria.

Kurdish forces announce deal with Damascus after US pullout Nearly a week after the U.S. announced the decision to pull out its troops from northern Syria to make way for a Turkish incursion, Kurdish forces in the country have reportedly agreed to a new deal with Damascus in a desperate bid to face off against Ankara's offensive.

Furious with Turkey, EU threatens sanctions, arms embargo EU governments threatened sanctions against Turkey on Friday over its offensive in Syria, angrily rejecting President Tayyip Erdogan's warning that he would "open the gates" and send 3.6 million refugees to Europe if they did not back him.

Britain, EU Enter Make-or-break Brexit Week Prime Minister Boris Johnson repeated Monday that Britain must leave the EU on October 31, as divorce talks resumed in Brussels in a pivotal week that could define how and when Brexit finally happens.

ISIS's Turkish Homecoming It is, therefore, the epitome of hypocrisy for Mr Erdogan to offer to take responsibility for the ISIS fighters being held in Kurdish-run detention camps...

111-foot asteroid screeching towards Earth at over 22,000 miles per hour Earth is soon set for another close shave with a hurtling space rock as an 111-foot asteroid is poised to skim past our planet on its closest approach for 115 years.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

10/12/19

Trump’s Crazy Syria Move Will Wipe Out America’s Allies and Set Up a Big ISIS Comeback With Trump’s permission, Turkey will now ethnically cleanse the Syrian Kurds who fought ISIS on behalf of the U.S., leaving no one to hold off the terror group.

After Trump abandons Kurds, Israel knows it can't rely on anyone Trump's decision must also be seen within the context of the Iranian-backed attacks last month on the Saudi oil facilities, and the deafening lack of an American response.

Trumplomacy: Are we seeing the end of a close Israel-US relationship? There was an element of the bizarre in the swearing-in ceremony of Israel's Knesset (parliament) last week.

Netanyahu says cooperation with Russia 'critical' with U.S. to leave Syria Netanyahu made the comments at a holiday toast with workers in his office, during which he relayed that he just had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Why the Syria Pullout Makes Sense America's president stands firm for America’s national interest.

Iran launches Turkey border exercise after Erdogan invades Syria Turkey started its invasion where the Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] had been protected by the US, until Washington announced on Sunday that it was pulling US troops out of Syria.

Netanyahu offers 'Gallant Kurds' Humanitarian Aid Netanyahu said that the IDF is prepared – offensively and defensively – to deal with any threat, and has “overwhelming power” to do so.

Turkey condemns NATO Allies for arming Kurdish 'Terrorists' in Syria: 'This is your hypocrisy' Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has condemned some of his NATO allies for their opposition to Ankara's invasion of northeastern Syria, branding their criticism hypocritical and accusing them of arming terrorist organizations.

Report: Accords with Israel wiped out from new textbooks by Palestinian Authority 'Wiping off the past is an attack on the hope for a better future,' Blue and White's Benny Gantz says.

Russia has 3 messages for Turkey over operation in Syria Hours after Donald Trump threatened to "obliterate" Turkey's economy should Ankara do anything that he considers "off limits," Moscow struck a different tone.

Friday, October 11, 2019

10/11/19

Muslims Discover Secret Room on Temple Mount Where Jews Have Been Praying for 48 Years There was a report circulating in Arab media that claimed that Jewish prayer services were held for the first time at a building that's referred to as the Tankaziya school on the Temple Mount.

Turkey Condemns NATO Allies for Arming Kurdish 'Terrorists' in Syria: 'This is your Hypocrisy' Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has condemned some of his NATO allies for their opposition to Ankara's invasion of northeastern Syria, branding their criticism hypocritical and accusing them of arming terrorist organizations.

Trump abandoning Kurds could cost support of evangelical Christians Evangelical Christian voters have been among Donald Trump's most enthusiastic and reliable supporters.

The Kurds, caught between four modern countries For years, it was common for news reports from Iraq to mention tensions and even violence between the three principal factions within the country - the Sunnis, the Shi'ites and the Kurds.

Two missiles set an Iranian tanker on fire near the Saudi coast Two missile explosions, 20 minutes apart, set a tanker belonging to the National Iranian Oil Company on fire in the Red Sea on Friday, Oct. 11 when it was 95km from the Saudi port city of Jeddah.

China: Modern Blueprint for Global Power President Xi Jinping's doctrine includes rejecting as illegitimate any "unequal treaties" forced on China by Euro-Atlantic powers, such as Great Britain's imposition of the McMahon Line, which awarded to the British Crown Colony of India hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of Chinese territory.

ISIS set sights on Putin as chances of terror attack in Russia 'have definitely gone up' ISIS is starting to turn its anger towards Vladimir Putin as Donal Trump's withdrawal of US troops in Syria sparks fear of terror attacks on Russian soil, an expert told Express.com.uk.

Eurasia's Great Game: India, Japan, and Europe Play to Putin's Needs Eurasia's Great Game is anything but simple and straightforward.

Mossad chief: Assassination of Iran's Quds Force leader Soleimani 'not impossible' Mossad head Yossi Cohen also said Israel could eliminate Hezbollah's leader.

Referencing the Prophet Balaam, Netanyahu Prepares for Day When Trump Abandons Israel Too At the 46th annual Yom Kippur War memorial service on Monday, Prime Minister Netanyahu recalled the event and how the United States abandoned their closest ally in the Middle East during their time of need stating.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

10/10/19

Turkey Syria offensive: Heavy fighting on second day of assault Heavy fighting is reported in northern Syria on the second day of a Turkish offensive into Kurdish-held areas.

Ukraine's president says 'no blackmail' in Trump call Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said there was "no blackmail" in a phone call with Donald Trump that is at the heart of a possible attempt to remove the US president from office.

Netanyahu: Israel must be ready to act alone PM during Yom Kippur War memorial: 'We always remember our guiding principle: Israel will defend itself, by itself, against every threat.'

Israeli farmers to Jordan king: Don't cut us off from our lands Ahead of termination of land lease, Jordan Valley Council turns to Jordan's King Abdullah. 'Let us meet and reach an agreement.'

The IDF's Secret Weapon Against Iran Thousands of conscripts and career officers from across Israel's security agencies spend weeks at the Military Intelligence language school learning Arabic or Farsi.

Iran Launches Turkey Border Exercise After Erdogan Invades Syria Turkey started its invasion where the Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] had been protected by the US, until Washington announced on Sunday that it was pulling US troops out of Syria.

Netanyahu offers 'Gallant Kurds' Humanitarian Aid Netanyahu said that the IDF is prepared - offensively and defensively - to deal with any threat, and has "overwhelming power" to do so.

'Useless,' 'unhelpful': Blue and White, Likud sources trash Liberman unity plan Yisrael Beytenu leader has called for Gantz to relinquish first place in premiership rotation and for Netanyahu to give up on right-wing bloc.

'Hey EU, wake up': Erdogan threatens to send millions of refugees to Europe if EU labels Turkish op in Syria an invasionTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Europe against criticizing his country's newly-launched military incursion into Syria, claiming he could allow millions of refugees to pour into the EU if he so chooses.

Netanyahu: Israel ponders pre-emptive operation to prevent Iranian cruise missile strike Israel's quandary over whether to launch a pre-emptive strike to deter Iran from a missile assault, like its attack on Saudi Arabia, was revealed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday, Oct. 10, at a memorial ceremony for the fallen in the 1973 Yom Kippur war.

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

10/9/19

Turkey launches offensive in northern Syria with air strikes Turkish warplanes have bombed parts of north-eastern Syria at the start of an offensive which could lead to conflict with Kurdish-led allies of the US.

Tens Of Thousands Of Syrian Fighters Mobilised By Turkey Tens of thousands of Syrian proxy fighters have been mobilised to take part in a Turkish offensive that appeared imminent on Wednesday against Kurdish forces in Syria, a spokesman said.

Iran's Rouhani urges Turkey to avoid military action in Syria Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called on Turkey on Wednesday to show restraint and avoid military action in northern Syria, as Ankara's forces were poised to advance into an area there being vacated by the U.S. military

Russia has 3 messages for Turkey over operation in Syria Hours after Donald Trump threatened to "obliterate" Turkey's economy should Ankara do anything that he considers "off limits," Moscow struck a different tone.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan seeks Chinese support over Kashmir as he starts Beijing visit Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says Beijing will support Pakistan in 'safeguarding its territorial integrity' but does not mention ally's dispute with India.

European Commission's next leaders take tough tone on China Incoming senior members of the EU's executive branch show willingness to confront Beijing during hearings to confirm their appointments.

Putin's trip to Riyadh could provide hints on next chapter of Russia-Saudi ties Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Saudi Arabia in mid-October could shed light on whether the countries' marriage of convenience evolves into wedded bliss.

On Yom Kippur War anniversary Fatah implicitly calls on Arab states to wage war against Israel Fatah on its Facebook page justifies Arabs launching war on Israel, stating that the same "Israeli danger that the Arabs fought ...still exist".

Watch: Arabs dump waste on Temple Mount Arab street cleaner vehicle dumps waste collected during cleaning on Temple Mount.

Trumplomacy: Are we seeing the end of a close Israel-US relationship? There was an element of the bizarre in the swearing-in ceremony of Israel's Knesset (parliament) last week.

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

10/8/19

Yom Kippur starts at sundown: May you be sealed in the Book of Life Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, begin at sundown on Tuesday.

Turkey Ready For Syria Offensive Despite Mixed Signals From Trump Trump has blown hot and cold since a surprise announcement on Sunday that Washington was pulling back 50 to 100 "special operators" from Syria's northern frontier.

After Trump Abandons Kurds, Israel Knows it Can't Rely on Anyone Trump's decision must also be seen within the context of the Iranian-backed attacks last month on the Saudi oil facilities, and the deafening lack of an American response.

'No idea where that came from': Government denies Trump's claim UK was 'thrilled' with his Syria decision The British government said it would oppose any Turkish incursion into Syria and rejected a claim by Donald Trump that the UK was "thrilled" with his decision to green light the offensive.

100,000 Jews gathered for Selichot prayers at Western Wall 1.5 million people visited Western Wall during ahead of High Holy Days, including 100,000 on night before Yom Kippur.

Israel's covert war against an Iranian shock attack. Gen. Kochavi prepares IDF counter-offensive The Yom Kippur Eve message broadcast by IDF Chief Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi held the key to Israel's intention: "We will not let harm come to Israel and if it does, we shall respond with power."

New EU Foreign Envoy: It's not antisemitic to favor a two-state solution The EU spends some 300 million euros a year to help the Palestinians and has been doing so since the 1990s when the Oslo Accords were signed.

Brexit: Deal essentially impossible, No 10 source says after PM-Merkel call A No 10 source has said a Brexit deal is "essentially impossible" after a call between the PM and Angela Merkel.

After Paris attack, Macron vows 'unrelenting fight' against Islamist terror Paying tribute to four Paris police staff slain by radicalized colleague, French leader speaks of need to eradicate distorted version of Islam.

Russian-Chinese Cooperation Is Not As Temporary As You Think Many believe the Russian-Chinese partnership, which functions across a variety of economic and political spheres, is only temporary.

World on brink of unavoidable 'black swan' apocalypse, security panel warns This type of disaster event is unforeseen and could have catastrophic consequences. 

Monday, October 07, 2019

10/7/19

Trump's Crazy Syria Move Will Wipe Out America's Allies and Set Up a Big ISIS Comeback With Trump's permission, Turkey will now ethnically cleanse the Syrian Kurds, who fought ISIS on behalf of the U.S., leaving no one to hold off the terror group.

Turkey-Syria border: Kurds bitter as US troops withdraw US troops have begun withdrawing from positions in northern Syria, paving the way for a Turkish operation against Kurdish fighters in the border area.

Trump Gives Green Light to Turkey to Take Over Syria, Displace U.S. Partners The White House looks at the overall picture in eastern Syria, not as one in which the US fought and sacrificed alongside Kurdish partner forces, but as a simple transactional issue.

Netanyahu says Cooperation with Russia 'Critical' with U.S. to leave Syria Netanyahu made the comments at a holiday toast with workers in his office, during which he relayed that he just had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Vatican Reps Remain Silent as Muslim Leader Denies Jewish Ties to Jerusalem A Vatican envoy for eastern churches Leonardo Sandri and Francesco Patton visited the Temple Mount on Thursday.

What Iran's Friends Are Doing in Gaza In other words, Islamic Jihad's promise is one of unending toxicity: to go on poisoning the hearts and minds of generation after generation of Palestinians - as well as to continue investing millions of dollars in building tunnels and amassing weapons to ensure that the fight against Israel continues forever.

Israel seeking massive defense project to counter Iranian cruise missiles: report The security cabinet met Sunday for over five hours amid increased chatter about an alleged Iranian threat.

Russia's top diplomat in Iraq to discuss US-Iran tensions Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is in Iraq where he's meeting with Baghdad officials to discuss the escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran in the Persian Gulf.

Report: Accords with Israel wiped out from new textbooks by Palestinian Authority 'Wiping off the past is an attack on the hope for a better future,' Blue and White's Benny Gantz says.

Has the Yom Kippur Mystery of Azazel Finally Been Solved? The most important Temple service of the year held on Yom Kippur is described in great detail but one detail remains shrouded in mystery: the location of the Azazel cliff.

Saturday, October 05, 2019

10/5/19

Rivlin: Israel is in crisis, needs government now 22nd Knesset sworn in amid political uncertainty.

Iran: Eliminating Israel 'no longer a dream but attainable goal' Warning toward Jewish state comes amid increased bellicose rhetoric in recent weeks by Tehran.

Iran’s Guards detain Russian journalist as Israel spy. IDF on high alert for surprise Iran attack Yulia Yuzik, a Russian journalist and author, whose work on female suicide bombers is widely published in the West, is due to stand trial on Saturday, Oct. 5, on charge of spying for Israel.

What's Iran's Real Message after Soleimani "Assassination Plot"? Details of the assassination plot, as told by Iran seem to indicate a different message than the one they are actively putting forth.

'No force can shake this great nation': President Xi leads spectacular ceremony to mark 70 years of Communist rule in China and unveils top-secret hypersonic DF-17 missile for the first time China showed off its military power and economic prowess during a parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic on Tuesday.

Huge Iranian Guards base rising near Baghdad for missile-drone attacks on Israel Exclusive: The Shaykh Mazhar Air Base 48km southwest of Baghdad is under intense renovation by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as their primary base for missile and armed drone attacks on Israel, DEBKAfile’s exclusive military and intelligence sources reveal.

Four years in Syria, Russia expands military base, eyes challenges ahead In the run-up to the fourth anniversary of the launch of Russia’s military campaign in Syria, the Russian military announced Moscow is eyeing expansion and reconstruction of the Khmeimim​ air base in Syria's Latakia province.

Ministry: Tourism in the Holy Land shatters records “This is the third consecutive record-breaking year for incoming tourism,” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.

Trans-Faith Takes Over The Church: Transgender Pastors & Renaming Ceremonies A pandemic of perversion has engulfed our society as LGBTQ activists demand that we bow down at the altar of moral relativism.

Jubilee Countdown to Messiah: Sanhedrin Blesses New Year in Jubilee Cycle with Shofar [WATCH] On Wednesday at the culmination of the Fast of Gedaliah that follows the holiday of Rosh Hashanna (new year), Rabbis from the Sanhedrin recited the blessing that counted the fifth year of the renewed Jubilee cycle.

Friday, October 04, 2019

10/4/19

Iran's Guards detain Russian journalist as Israel spy. IDF on high alert for surprise Iran attack Yulia Yuzik, a Russian journalist and author, whose work on female suicide bombers is widely published in the West, is due to stand trial on Saturday, Oct. 5, on charge of spying for Israel.

Israel combats Palestinians' West Bank rocket-making Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces reportedly seized evidence recently that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) is trying to build rockets in the West Bank to attack Israel.

PA claims 24 'incursions' on Temple Mount Palestinian Authority publishes report condemning Jewish visits to Temple Mount, Cave of the Patriarchs.

"Anti-Normalization" With Israel: The True Goal If greeting a Jew on his or her holiday, cleaning the beach with an Israeli, or working in Israel are considered by many Arabs a "crime," what will be the fate of any Arab who makes peace with Israel?

Jubilee Countdown to Messiah: Sanhedrin Blesses New Year in Jubilee Cycle with Shofar [WATCH] On Wednesday at the culmination of the Fast of Gedaliah that follows the holiday of Rosh Hashanna (new year), Rabbis from the Sanhedrin recited the blessing that counted the fifth year of the renewed Jubilee cycle.

The Case for Building a Synagogue on the Temple Mount This past Tisha B'Av, nearly 1,800 Jews ascended the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in observance of the annual Jewish day of mourning for the destruction of the Temples.

Is America Still "First"? In the third year of Donald Trump's presidency, the US continues to suffer from a negative global image.

China and the U.S.: Competing Corporates in the International Arena The US government may have its reasons to believe that global institutions and treaties aren't always working for its benefit, and that some of them are in crucial need for change.

Trans-Faith Takes Over The Church: Transgender Pastors & Renaming Ceremonies A pandemic of perversion has engulfed our society as LGBTQ activists demand that we bow down at the altar of moral relativism.

Forced to use transgender pronouns: Doctor speaks out after tribunal rules Bible 'incompatible with human dignity' A British doctor has warned that a dangerous precedent has been set after a tribunal ruled that he was rightfully terminated for refusing to use transgender pronouns, and that his Christian values clash with those of UK society.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

10/3/19

Russia-Iran special forces conduct first ever joint exercise in E. Syria Russian, Iranian and Syrian government forces launched their first joint exercise in Syria's Deir ez-Zour region - or, for that matter, their first combined drill anywhere else in the Mid-East.

Could Israel's Missile Defenses Withstand a Swarm or Missile Attack from Iran? In the aftermath of Iran's alleged drone strikes against Saudi Arabia and military support for Houthi insurgents in Yemen, Prominent figures in Israel's security establishment are growing increasingly convinced that a direct military confrontation with Tehran is not only likely, but inevitable.

Putin, Rouhani meet in Armenia to discuss regional issues Iran's president called on the international community to stand against America's 'hostile approach'.

Pompeo, Pope Francis urge religious freedom in Mideast, elsewhere Pope Francis and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed on Thursday on the need to protect the rights of Christian minorities in the Middle East during a meeting at the Vatican, the U.S. State Department said.

Netanyahu, Liberman fail to reach 'breakthrough' after coalition talks Liberman pressed the PM to form a government with Blue & White party leader Benny Gantz.

'No precedent in human experience': Study finds nuclear war between India and Pakistan could leave 125 million dead A nuclear war between India and Pakistan could kill up to 125 million people in just a few days - surpassing the death count of the entire Second World War - and kick off a worldwide environmental meltdown, a new study found.

France: President Macron Must Stop Appeasing Iran's Mullahs Has French President Emmanuel Macron forgotten that he is helping and appeasing a state leading in human rights violations?

Boris Johnson: Brexit plan 'genuine attempt to bridge chasm' Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he has made a "genuine attempt to bridge the chasm" in order to get a fresh Brexit deal with the EU.

Yom Kippur: Can the Nations Also Repent? With Yom Kippur (Day of atonement) around the corner, Jews worldwide are preparing to fast in an effort to be angel-like as they repent and have their final judgment decided for all the sins committed in the year 5779.

Rivlin: Israel is in crisis, needs government now 22nd Knesset sworn in amid political uncertainty.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

10/2/19

Russia war games: Sabre-rattling Putin carries out terrifying missile test Russia has completed testing on its high-tech S-500 Prometey air defence system in Syria, according to reports.

Four years in Syria, Russia expands military base, eyes challenges ahead In the run-up to the fourth anniversary of Russia's military campaign in Syria, the Russian military announced Moscow is eyeing expansion and reconstruction of the Khmeimim air base.

Huge Iranian Guards base rising near Baghdad for missile-drone attacks on Israel Exclusive: The Shaykh Mazhar Air Base 48km southwest of Baghdad is under intense renovation by Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as their primary base for missile and armed drone attacks on Israel, DEBKAfile's exclusive military and intelligence sources reveal.

War Vs Iran Will Ruin World Economy, Saudi Prince Says "A war between (Saudi Arabia) and Iran would lead to "total collapse of the world economy" and must be avoided, the Crown Prince said on Monday.

Iran Congratulates PRC on 70th Anniversary Senior Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, have sent messages of congratulations to the People's Republic of China (PRC) on the 70th anniversary of its founding.

'Don't Go Wobbly' on Iran Iran has, indeed, seen its economy crumble, inflation and unemployment soar, and its oil exports rapidly fall to under 200,000 barrels a day from more than two million.

Roadmap for a Chinese-Iranian Strategic Partnership Relations between Iran and China go as far back as the ancient Silk Road - but despite the recent establishment of a formal comprehensive strategic partnership between the two, Beijing's economic, political, and strategic interests remain too complex and self-contradictory to permit a close alignment with Tehran.

Boris Johnson: No-deal only alternative to Brexit plan Boris Johnson says there should be "no doubt" the only alternative to the Brexit proposals he will put to Brussels later is no-deal.

'It will be quick & dirty': Standoff with India may spark NUCLEAR ARMAGEDDON, Pakistani Kashmir chief says A small-scale conflict between the two arch rivals could ignite a nuclear war that would kill hundreds of millions, the head of Pakistan's Azad Kashmir said just days after PM Imran Khan addressed India with similar rhetoric.

Rabbis Predict: Catastrophic Era of Earthquakes in US Will Be Set Off by Atomic Bombs, Nibiru, and Pornography One of the most geologically stable regions in the world is experiencing daily earthquakes and while scientists point at man-made causes that can be mitigated, the more prophetically minded point to different scenarios that paint a very different picture.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

10/1/19

PFLP threatens to 'open the gates of hell' if suspect hurt in interrogation dies Terror group says Israel responsible for consequences if livelihood of its members jeopardized, calls for further violence in support of 'our valiant prisoners'.

Crack in the anti-Iran front: US persuades Saudis to engage Tehran in regional deals Iran's president Hassan Rouhani disclosed on Monday, Sept. 30, that he had received "messages from Saudi Arabia," the day after Crown Prince Muhammed (MbS) warned that war with Iran would "collapse the global economy" by causing crude prices to spike to "unimaginably high numbers."

Everything You Need to Know About Iran's Massive Missile Force Iran has been building many advanced missiles.

Putin Clumsily Attempts to Exploit Gulf Tensions Vladimir Putin sees an opportunity in escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf, but his attempts to make the most of it have been clumsy and could be self-defeating.

Emerging Russia-Iran-Turkey Axis Can Be Dangerous for US: Expert As the attacks on Saudi oil facilities push the Middle East back into the limelight, President Donald Trump faces a stalemate.

'No force can shake this great nation': President Xi leads spectacular ceremony to mark 70 years of Communist rule in China and unveils top-secret hypersonic DF-17 missile for the first time China showed off its military power and economic prowess during a parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic on Tuesday.

The Muslim Brotherhood Must Be Confronted The motto of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) states: "Allah is our objective.

Report: Israel's Population Growth Built on Prosperity, World-Leading Life Expectancies Israel's population is expected to reach 10 million by the end of 2024, the latest figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics show, with the current total of over nine million representing an increase of 184,00 people, or 2.1 percent, since last year.

Ministry: Tourism in the Holy Land shatters records "This is the third consecutive record-breaking year for incoming tourism," said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.

For PM, Wednesday sees both political and criminal woes come to a head Netanyahu to meet rival Gantz in final coalition-building effort before returning mandate to president if talks fail, on same day his pre-indictment hearing in 3 graft cases begins.

Monday, September 30, 2019

9/30/19

ROSH HASHANAH: HAPPY NEW YEAR Government officials and politicians from across the United States tweeted messages of good wishes for the Jewish New Year.

Iranian commander: If Israel attacks, nothing will be left of it Senior Iranian commander warns Israel against attacking his country.

Iran: Eliminating Israel 'no longer a dream but attainable goal' Warning toward Jewish state comes amid increased bellicose rhetoric in recent weeks by Tehran.

Iran says 'bits and pieces of Tel Aviv' will remain if Israel attacks "If Israel makes a strategic mistake, it has to collect bits and pieces of Tel Aviv from the lower depths of the Mediterranean Sea," said an Iranian commander.

Rouhani Has Exposed the Futility of European Diplomacy The reality of the delusional approach adopted by Mr Macron and other European leaders was, though, brutally exposed the moment Mr Rouhani arrived in New York.

UN: Israel's Foreign Minister, a Kohen, Invited All Nations to Third Temple While covering his address to the 74th session of the UN General Assembly last Thursday, most of the media focused on the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affair's harsh words concerning Iran and its renewed nuclear program.

Iran's Rouhani on brinks as opponents torch pro-regime symbols after Saudi oil attacks Iran has been at the epicentre of recent tensions in the Middle East following its role in the Saudi oil attack and now President Hassan Rouhani is facing resistance from his own citizens.

After Saudi Attacks, Russia Makes Its Regional Presence Felt In the two weeks since attacks blamed on missiles or drones shut down half of Saudi Arabia's oil output, the country that has arguably moved most deftly to position itself for any upside is Russia.

Nasrallah: Hezbollah will 'enter occupied Palestine' with improved intelligence Lebanese terror leader says group has 'unprecedented information' on everything that happens in Israel.

Saudi Crown Prince Says Iran War Would Bring Down Global Economy Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman warned that war between his country and Iran would lead to a "total collapse of the global economy" and should be avoided.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz to meet Wednesday Coalition negotiation meeting ends without progress.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

9/28/19

Senior IDF General: “We are Starting to Approach the Level of War” with Iran Iran could fire missiles at Israel like the ones it sent flying at Saudi Arabia last week, IDF Military Intelligence’s Research Division head Brig. Gen. Dror Shalom told Israel Hayom in a special Rosh Hashanah interview.

Iran sets up Islamic Jihad cells in Judea and Samaria for rocket attacks on Israel Palestinian Authority intelligence authorities have uncovered an Iranian attempt to plant rocket-armed Islamic Jihad cells on the West Bank for attacking Israel’s population centers.

Iran's President Rouhani says Israel is supporting ISIS and 'takes care of their injured fighters and makes weapons available to them' Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani has claimed that Israel is supporting ISIS and 'takes care of their injured fighters'.

Iran Threatens to Turn Israel into ‘dust in half a day’ Iran is no longer limited by its geographic borders, and has the ability to destroy Israel in “half a day,” said Iranian Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda on Friday.

New Study: Spiritual People Have Stronger Reaction When Hearing Shofar Blast This is the time of the shofar – the ram’s horn – that is blown by Jews at synagogue services.

State Media in Iran, Russia indicate growing Russia-Iran-Turkey alliance It’s in media coverage in these countries, particularly the narratives of Press TV, RT and Sputnik that we can see the alliance emerge.

No peace in the Middle East until U.S. troops leave, Iran's President tells UN General Assembly Regional stability in the Middle East cannot be achieved while U.S. troops are still deployed there, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned on Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Russia's Eastern Mediterranean strategy explained - analysis For its decisive military support to Assad, Russia has been rewarded with military facilities in Syria that are crucial for logistics and from which it can project power into the Middle East.

The IDF mulls pre-emptive strike to ward off planned Iranian attacks on the UAE and Israel “Israel’s proven capacity to simultaneously perform multiple missions is about to be challenged as never before,’ said Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday, Sept. 26, during a New Year’s toast at the IDF General Staff forum.

PM and DM Netanyahu attends New Year toast with the IDF General Staff Forum PM Netanyahu: The proven ability of our military, of this forum, to carry out many missions simultaneously, this ability is going to be challenged as it has never been.

Friday, September 27, 2019

9/27/19

Israel general warns it is approaching 'level of war' with Iran as tensions rage Brigadier General Dror Shalom said 'we are starting to approach the level of war' and its "only a matter of time".

The IDF mulls pre-emptive strike to ward off planned Iranian attacks on the UAE and Israel "Israel's proven capacity to simultaneously perform multiple missions is about to be challenged as never before," said Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday, Sept. 26, during a New Year's toast at the IDF General Staff forum.

Minister Katz at UN: 'No one can separate the Jewish People from their homeland' Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz addresses UN General Assembly: We must stop Iran today, in order to prevent war tomorrow.

EU warns Iran it may be forced to withdraw from nuclear deal EU warns it may have no choice if Iran takes further steps away from deal.

Khmeimim 2.0: Large-scale renovation at Russia's airbase in Syria protects jets & allows deployment of even MORE (PHOTOS) The Russian airbase in Syria has been boosted with hangars to shelter planes from drone attacks and a centralized fuel system, the Defense Ministry said.

Most Israelis want Orthodox parties out of government, survey says Sixty-nine percent of respondents also said that support for religious freedom was a significant factor in their vote last week.

Israel elections: Blue and White accuse Likud of trying to tank coalition talks Blue and White has repeatedly reiterated campaign vows not to sit in a gov't led by a PM facing indictment.

Vile Antisemitism on Fatah's Facebook Page Palestinian Media Watch has documented that Facebook has chosen to keep Fatah's Facebook page open despite the recurring terror promotion that Fatah posts.

Brexit talks resume amid growing EU pessimism over new deal Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay is in Brussels for talks, amid growing EU pessimism over whether a new withdrawal deal can be agreed.

Number of Jews in Israel and Worldwide on the Rise - Reports Central Bureau of Statistics shows majority of Israelis are satisfied with their lives.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

9/26/19

Will US, Iranian miscalculation bring war? In the escalating, multi-dimensional conflict between Washington and Tehran, the growing risk of armed conflict centers around the same danger that plagues international relations in general: miscalculation.

No Peace in the Middle East until U.S. Troops leave, Iran's President tells UN General Assembly Regional stability in the Middle East cannot be achieved while U.S. troops are still deployed there, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned on Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Police officer injured in stabbing attack near Temple Mount The medic who offered first aid to the injured officer said she suffers from a light injury in her hand and is fully responsive.

Israel to Russia: Iran must withdraw from Syria Israeli FM Yisrael Katz meets Russian FM Sergey Lavrov at UN, discuss how to restore stability to Middle East.

Russia's Eastern Mediterranean Strategy Explained - Analysis For its decisive military support to Assad, Russia has been rewarded with military facilities in Syria that are crucial for logistics and from which it can project power into the Middle East.

Denying Jerusalem's Jewish History Despite Archaeological Evidence As has been true with previous archaeological discoveries in Israel, however, this one is unlikely to put a dent in the long-term international campaign to delegitimize the Jewish state by rewriting and distorting its history.

A First Since Days of Noah: Animal Sacrifice to Restore God's Covenant The Conference of the Organization of the 70 Nations hosted a ceremony on Thursday whereby an animal sacrifice was offered on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. The objective - to renew the covenant made between God and all of mankind.

BDS Fail: Israel Inbound Tourism Numbers Soar to [Another] New Record Another year, another record. Inbound tourist arrivals for Israel over the past 12 months were expected to reach 4.6 million by the end of next week, setting a new record and building on a similar boom recorded in 2018, the Tourism Ministry said Thursday.

Breathing space for Boris Johnson as Brussels rejects Brexit deadline set by Emmanuel Macron Brussels has declined to endorse a Brexit deadline set by Emmanuel Macron for next week, potentially giving Boris Johnson more breathing space in talks.

Mosque, Synagogue and Church being Built Together in Abu Dhabi Tensions are still high in the Middle East, but there is hope: Plans have just been unveiled for a new massive interfaith complex in Abu Dhabi, encompassing a mosque, a church and a synagogue.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

9/25/19

*BREAKING: RIVLIN GIVES NETANYAHU MANDATE TO FORM GOVERNMENT President Reuven Rivlin formally gave Netanyahu four weeks to form the government after a meeting at the President's Residence.

State Media in Iran, Russia Indicate Growing Russia-Iran-Turkey Alliance It's in media coverage in these countries, particularly the narratives of Press TV, RT and Sputnik that we can see the alliance emerge.

Constitution Committee Result of Iran-Syria-Russia Coordination: Assad Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the formation of the country's Constitutional Committee was finalized thanks to coordination among Tehran, Damascus, and Moscow.


UK Labour votes by landslide for pro-Palestine foreign policy The British Labour Party on Tuesday voted by a landslide in favour of a motion to end trade relations with Israel if it continues to flout international human rights laws.

Russian military 'advisers' train new Syrian battalion In rare display of Moscow's military operations in war-torn country, regime troops show off new weapons skills, perform mine clearing exercises and carry out mock assaults.

Trump Demands Muslim Countries Show Respect to Israel In his speech at the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke about the common interest of Israel and other Muslim countries of "battling extremism".

Erdogan pulls a Bibi with UNGA presentation on Israeli expansion, condemns West for anti-Muslim 'hate speech' Turkish President Recep Erdogan brought a cardboard map showing Israel taking over Palestinian lands to the UN General Assembly, and railed against populist politicians worldwide for using anti-Islamic sentiment to gain votes.

UK: Brexiteers vs. Remainers, Gambling at The Last Chance Saloon The [British Remainers] opposition camp, having already succeeded in obstructing Britain's exit from the European Union for three years, have now won themselves extra time in which to block the path of democracy.

Rivlin expected to tap PM Netanyahu to form government Absent significant breakthrough in negotiations between Likud, Blue and White, Rivlin to request PM Netanyahu form next gov't, report says.

New Study: Spiritual People Have Stronger Reaction When Hearing Shofar Blast This is the time of the shofar - the ram's horn - that is blown by Jews at synagogue services every weekday during the current Hebrew month of Elul, on Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) and at the very end of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement).

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

9/24/19

Turkey's Erdogan: Israel was originally mostly Palestinian "All actors of the international community and in particular the UN should provide complete support to the Palestinian people beyond more promises," Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

What is standing in the way of a Netanyahu and Gantz rotation agreement? Rivlin has been pushing them toward a unity coalition, which would likely involve a rotation agreement for the premiership.

At UN, Trump calls on Mideast nations to fully normalize ties with Israel Addressing world leaders, US president says sanctions against Iran will be tightened, not lifted, until it changes behavior and ends 'fanatical quest' for nukes.

Survey: Most Israelis view UN unfavorably 65% of Israelis hold unfavorable view of UN, significantly more than percentage found in any of the 31 other countries in Pew survey.

Enhanced prospect of a Trump-Rouhani summit on UN sidelines White House and Iranian teams at the UN General Assembly are making good progress towards setting up a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Iran's Hassan Rouhani, DEBKAfile's sources report.

Iran sets up Islamic Jihad cells in Judea and Samaria for rocket attacks on Israel Palestinian Authority intelligence authorities have uncovered an Iranian attempt to plant rocket-armed Islamic Jihad cells on the West Bank for attacking Israel's population centers.

Supreme Court: Suspending Parliament was unlawful, judges rule Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful, the Supreme Court has ruled.

AJC to EU: Designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization American Jewish Committee calls on European Union not to distinguish between Hezbollah's military wing and its political arm.

Frustration in Trump ranks: Israel frittering away golden opportunity Trump officials say Israel is losing a great opportunity with a friendly American administration.

King Abdullah warns annexation would have 'major impact' on Israel ties While admitting he took PM Netanyahu's pre-election annexation statements with a "pinch of salt," Jordan's king added that such comments do "not help at all."

Monday, September 23, 2019

9/23/19

Iran Threatens to Turn Israel into 'dust in half a day' Iran is no longer limited by its geographic borders, and has the ability to destroy Israel in "half a day," said Iranian Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda on Friday.

Evidence that Iran Violated the Nuclear Deal Since Day One? The IAEA first ignored the reports about Iran's undeclared clandestine nuclear facilities.

No Love Lost Among Jihadists Islamic State video calls for attacks on Hamas members and institutions.

Netanyahu edges out Gantz in nominations for PM Pres. Rivlin accepts Balad faction's request not to recommend anyone, giving PM Netanyahu the larger bloc of recommendations.

Report: Israel conducted nuclear experiment in 1979 Experts believe a double flash over the South Atlantic 40 years ago was an Israeli nuclear test.

Israeli elections: Arab parties back Gantz to oust Netanyahu Israeli-Arab lawmakers have recommended that the former army chief Benny Gantz should become prime minister.

Tibi to Rivlin: We own this land "We did not immigrate here, we were born here, we are a native population," says Joint List MK.

Israel congratulates Saudi Arabia on its 89th national day 'We ask God, the exalted, that your efforts to develop, prosper and advance will be successful,' Foreign Ministry tweets in Arabic.

Pro-Iran PMU forces take over Iraq's Saudi, Jordanian borders, threaten Israel from the east Iran was on its next move by the time the US announced on Sept. 21 the deployment of more troops and enhanced air and missile defense systems for Saudi Arabia and the UAE in response to the attack on Saudi oil facilities.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

9/21/19

Iran warns any country that attacks it will become the ‘main battlefield’ As US blames Tehran for attack on Saudi oil facilities, Revolutionary Guards commander says his forces are ready for ‘any type of scenario’.

Saudi says it will respond appropriately if probe confirms Iran's role in attacks Riyadh has already said the investigation so far shows that Iranian weapons were used and that the attack came from the north.

Pentagon to send troops to bolster Saudi defenses after attack "We will also work to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to enhance their ability to defend themselves."

Netanyahu: It's me or dangerous Arab-backed government The heads of the right wing parties met earlier at the Prime Minister’s Office and promised to act as a unified right wing bloc under Netanyahu that will work together to ensure a right wing govt.

First Israeli-Saudi air force collaboration for demolishing Iran’s Abu Kamal complex The latest round of attacks on Iran’s military complex in Syria’s Abu Kamal region are a joint operation by the Israeli and Saudi air forces, DEBKAfile and Gulf military sources reported on Friday, Sept. 20.

Palestinians in bid to secure renewal of UNRWA mandate PA urges donors to honor financial obligations to Palestinians.


Political affairs: Are we headed to a third election? What can be done to minimize the chance and can a compromise be reached.

Will Arab 'Joint List' give Gantz full support? Joint Arab List weighs whether to recommend Blue and White's Benny Gantz for prime minister.

A Different Perspective on the Temple Mount Crisis Moderate leaders warn that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may turn from a national conflict into a religious one. Right-wing leaders claim it has been a religious conflict from the start.