Thursday, February 21, 2019

2/21/19

The Need to Explain the Israeli Miracle to Millennials Vibe Israel, a non-governmental initiative to brand Israel to the world recently presented the findings of a report into Millennials and their perceptions of Israel to the country's 10th President, Reuven Rivlin.

Anti-Semitism worst since WWII, Macron tells French Jewish group President vows to ban racist groups and recognize anti-Zionism as a form of anti-Semitism after spate of recent incidents targeting Jews.

New report: Jewish hold on Galilee weakening Report finds anti-Zionist groups, aiming to erase Israel's status as "Jewish State," are encouraging Arabs to move into Jewish communities.

Is Netanyahu Getting Worried He Might Lose the Election? A dramatic political development late Wednesday night might have Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spooked regarding his chances of winning Israel's upcoming national election.

Iran says it cannot rule out possibility of war with Israel Foreign minister Zarif accuses Jerusalem of 'adventurism' with its campaign of airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria, and cautions situation could deteriorate.

Collapse of EU superstate? Euroskeptics could paralyze Brussels after May elections - study Anti-EU parties are set to gain a third of European parliamentary votes in May, a new study says. Analysts warn it may bring down the whole political system in Europe, leaving Brussels powerless.

Iran Launches Large-Scale Maritime War Games in the Persian Gulf The drill is expected to have four stages and see submarines, warships, helicopters and surveillance planes take part in the drill which will also include missile launches from the naval vessels.

Turkey: Uniting an "Army of Islam" to Defeat Just One Country At the conference, Adnan Tanriverdi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's top military advisor, delivered a speech detailing the inner workings of the "Islamic Confederal State" that Tanriverdi's Strategic Research Center for Defenders of Justice (ASSAM) aims to establish with 61 Muslim countries.

Mladenov: "Extremism Rising, Risk of War Looms Large" in Gaza, West Bank The Palestinians, who are the weaker people in the conflict, need international support more than ever, Mladenov said.

To Target Israel, Iran's 'Suitcase' GPS Kits Turn Hezbollah Rockets Into Guided Missiles Military sources say Iran is refitting thousands of 'dumb' rockets in Syria and Lebanon so it can zero in on targets the length and breadth of Israel.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

2/20/19

Palestinians Clash with Police on Temple Mount Amid Efforts to End Crisis The Palestinians entered the site, also known as the Gate of Mercy, despite reports that Israel and Jordan had reached understandings to end the crisis over the area.

Jordanians Give Substantial Control of the Temple Mount to Palestinians Jordan has expanded a council that administers Muslim institutions on the Temple Mount, giving Palestinians 40 percent of the seats for the first time in a body previously reserved for trusted individuals close to the monarchy of Jordanian King Abdullah Hussein.

Fatah: Israel 'playing with fire' on Temple Mount Fatah threatens violence if Israel does not open a gate leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

From A Locked Gate to a Synagogue at the Temple Mount After a Muslim pray-in at the Golden Gate along the eastern wall of the Temple Mount compound, towards the north, last Thursday, the police locked the entrance gate at the top of the stairs.

Morton Klein: Palestinian Culture Rewards and Glorifies Murdering Jews Though Israelis are scarcely surprised by the phenomenon of Palestinian terrorism, they were nonetheless sickened by the recent rape of a 19-year old girl, Ori Ansbacher, by Arafat Irfaiya, a 29-year old Palestinian Arab from Hebron.

World Council of Churches Exposed as Biased, Anti-Israeli Group - Report The World Council of Churches spent years gathering information on IDF operations, with activists masquerading as tourists.

Is Israel seeking war with Iran? Last week a summit with representatives from more than 60 countries met in Warsaw to discuss the Middle East.

Europe: Trying to Legitimize Iran's Regime "The E.U. only seems to care about the nuclear agreement and trade ties. It pretends that the regime is legitimate and that Iranians have no alternatives to living under tyranny". - Alireza Nader of New Iran, reported by Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News

Britain presses EU for Brexit compromise as clock ticks Britain's foreign secretary is telling a German audience that securing an orderly British departure from the European Union is "of paramount importance."

Catholic cardinals urge end of 'homosexual agenda' Two prominent Roman Catholic Church cardinals have urged an end of what they call "the plague of the homosexual agenda", telling bishops to break their complicity over cases of sexual abuse.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

2/19/19

Palestinians say Israel 'Playing with Fire' by Closing Temple Mount Gate The Jerusalem Police detained five east Jerusalem Arabs who tried to enter the premises of the Golden Gate, which has been closed by a court order.

In 'push back' against Israel, Jordan adds Palestinians to Al-Aqsa Waqf council Jordan calls for Muslim unity amid Palestinian fears of normalization between Israel, Arab states.

Netanyahu to travel to Moscow to discuss Syria MONTHS AFTER fighter jet downed in region Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss the two countries' military in Syria just months after a Russian aircraft was downed in the hostile region when it targeted four Israeli F-16 fighter jets.

Netanyahu's main rival in Israeli election voices agreement with him on Iran Former general Benny Gantz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's strongest challenger in an election scheduled for April, voiced support on Sunday for the right-wing leader's tough policy toward Iran.

Anti-Messianic Jewish Update The City of Tel Aviv says that it will prevent the infiltration of Messianic Jewish literature in municipal "street libraries."

The Unlikely Convergence of Russia, Iran, and Turkey Although the three-nation summit did not get much press in the West, its emergence is a signal, albeit a quiet one, that Eurasia's geopolitical landscape is undergoing major changes.

Iran Parliament Allows Gov't to Get $5 Billion Loan from Russia The Iranian parliament has extended a licence allowing the government to receive a total of $5 billion loan from Russia for infrastructure projects.

EU prepares new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine The European Union is preparing to impose new sanctions on Russia - accusing Moscow of supporting separatist rebels fighting in eastern Ukraine.

"We Will Displace You ...": Persecution of Christians, December 2018 Saudi Arabia, America's close friend and ally, failed to live up to its promise to eliminate extremist content -- that promotes hostility for, and violence against, religious minorities -- from its 2018-19 school year curriculum.

Scientists Baffled by New Phenomenon: Explosions of Light in Cloudless Skies A Russian satellite discovered strange explosions of light in the sky that have scientists say may be an entirely unprecedented phenomenon.

Monday, February 18, 2019

2/18/19

Palestinians say Israel 'Playing with Fire' by Closing Temple Mount Gate The Jerusalem Police detained five east Jerusalem Arabs who tried to enter the premises of the Golden Gate, which has been closed by a court order.

Palestinians, Jordanians Expand Alliance to Torpedo Trump's Peace Plan The Palestinians and the Jordanians have set up a joint council for the administration of the Temple Mount and holy sites in Jerusalem.

Bennett on Poland: We Cannot Allow Anyone to Revise History "We need to face the reality that they were a victim, but that not a small number [of Poles] were involved in antisemitism."

V4 Summit Canceled in Jerusalem After Poland Quits Over Holocaust Crisis Poles furious after acting Foreign Minister Israel Katz quotes former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir to the effect that 'Poles imbibe antisemitism from their mothers' milk.'

WW3 alert: Iran warns against US invasion after leaked audio REVEALS Gulf military axis Iran has warned that any American military strike against the country would be a "suicidal mission" - following leaked footage of Gulf leaders discussing how to deal with the "Iranian threat".

Israel 'looking for war' as US seeks to overthrow our government, says Iranian foreign minister Iran cannot "leave itself defenceless" by halting missile production, because of the ever-increasing risk of war in the region, the country's foreign minister has said.

Brexit won't necessarily lead to an EU army There is no consensus on what constitutes a European army. It remains ambiguous whether it would be a centralized institution operating like traditional armed forces, or a looser integration of European military personnel.

Exclusive: Trump Mid East peace plan's release - not before second half of 2019 Both President Donald Trump's adviser Jared Kushner and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu avoided a date when they said the US peace plan would be presented "after Israel's election."

The Evolution Conspiracy An online petition has collected the signatures of more than 1,000 scientists who are calling into question Darwin's evolutionary theory, a theory that has remained unchallenged for more than 150 years.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

2/16/19

Turkey, Russia, Iran Increasingly Challenge U.S. During Syria Discussions The official statement from Sochi included a 17-point statement that was released on Friday. 

US pullout from Syria risks boosting Russia, Iran influence: Merkel 'The right of existence of Israel is part of our raison d'etre as a nation,' the German chancellor proclaimed.

Russia: ‘No Offensive’ Planned Against Al-Qaeda in Syria Russia, Turkey, and Iran have not agreed on new military operations against al-Qaeda-linked jihadis gaining ground in Syria’s Idlib province in recent weeks despite a Moscow-Ankara agreement to rein them in, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin reportedly revealed on Thursday.

Jared Kushner On Middle East Peace Plan: I'm Optimistic US President Donald Trump's senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner said that he is optimistic about Trump's Middle East peace plan during the Warsaw ministerial conference on Thursday.

The End-of-Days Muslim Mission on the Temple Mount Christians, Jews, and Muslims have been battling over mountaintop land in Jerusalem for centuries. 

Hizballah’s missile precision crash project slowed. 250 upgraded out of 14,000 The Iranian-Hizballah crash program for converting 14,000 medium-range Zelzal 2s into precision-guided missiles is struggling. 

Mideast Political Climate Change Foreign ministers and officials from 60 countries are in Warsaw, Poland to discuss hostilities across the Middle East, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

There are 40 days until Brexit. Where do things stand? Britain is expected to leave the EU on March 29 and is yet to agree a deal with the bloc on the terms of its withdrawal.

Sisi at Munich conference: 'Palestinian issue is root of Mideast instability' Sisi's message seemed a deliberate effort to stress the Palestinian cause as paramount in ties with Israel.

Evangelizing Is Wrong, Say Nearly Half Of Christian Millennials A study conducted by the Barna Group showed that 47% of Christian millennials believe that it is wrong to share one's personal beliefs "in hopes they will share the same faith."

Friday, February 15, 2019

2/15/19

WARNING TO TRUMP: Iran leader GLOATS with Putin and Erdogan as US pulls out of Syria Iran, Russia and Turkey's leaders welcomed Donald Trump's decision to pull out of Syria as "a positive step" after they met to decide the future of the war-stricken country.

At Warsaw parley, Israel's anti-Iran front is stretched to Yemen, Iraq Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, while seated next to Yemen's Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani on Feb. 14, hailed the Warsaw conference as "historic" - if only for the unprecedented seating arrangements.

Islamic Scholar says Fighting Jews in Israel is a Religious Mandate He said that according to religious ruling, all of Israel is "a battlefield between us and the Jews."

'Confronting Iran' is essential to peace in Middle East, Pompeo tells Netanyahu Leaders meet at Warsaw conference, hailed by PM as a 'historical turning point' due to his participation alongside many senior Arab officials.

In clip leaked by PMO, Arab ministers seen defending Israel, attacking Iran At Warsaw Mideast summit, Bahraini FM says confronting Tehran more urgent than solving Palestinian issue; UAE top diplomat says Israel has right to attack Iranian targets in Syria.

Abbas Proves Once Again He is not a Partner for Peace The Palestinians are hoping to keep the United States from presenting its Middle East peace plan.

Theresa May defeated on Brexit again as ERG Tories abstain Theresa May has suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of hardline Eurosceptics, plunging her hopes of uniting the Conservatives around a renegotiated Brexit deal into chaos.

Mideast Political Climate Change Foreign ministers and officials from 60 countries are in Warsaw, Poland to discuss hostilities across the Middle East, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Religion vs. Free Speech Courts and government bodies still find it hard to make useful distinctions between gratuitous, racist, or violent speech about Islam and Muslims on the one hand, and reasoned argument that questions aspects of Islam, or even the religion overall, from the point of view of human rights, on the other.

Who's the Fairest of Them All? For the Prophet Ezekiel, Israel is "the most beautiful of all lands" (Chap. 20:6). Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but Israel's love of her ancient homeland is not without reason.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

2/14/19

Pence urges EU to pull out of nuclear deal, says Iran planning 'new Holocaust' At Warsaw conference, US vice president calls Tehran the 'greatest threat' to peace and stability in Middle East.

Netanyahu: Meetings in Warsaw With Arab Leaders to Combat Iran Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, in what could be a possible gaffe, that his meetings with Arab leaders in Poland are "in order to advance the common interest of combating Iran."

Russia, Iran & Turkey talk long-term Syrian peace in Sochi as US and allies beat war drums in Warsaw Leaders from Russia, Turkey and Iran have descended on the Black Sea city of Sochi to discuss ways of ending Syria's near-eight-year civil war.

Israel believes Iran could have a nuclear bomb in two years Military Intelligence Directorate' assessment says Islamic republic is expected to entrench far from the Israeli border following IAF strikes on its assets in Syria; Hamas likely to initiate a limited offensive against Israel in the coming year.

Netanyahu says he 'Looks Forward' to Receiving Trump's Peace Plan U.S. Vice President Mike Pence thanked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his commitment to the historic alliance between their two countries, adding: "Israel is our cherished ally."

Chief of Staff: Prepare for Gaza conflict IDF assessment states that Hamas is likely to provoke a confrontation before the upcoming elections.

IDF believes Iran pulling forces in Syria away from Israel border due to strikes But Intel report says Tehran not giving up on plans to threaten Israel; army assesses Tehran abiding by 2015 nuclear deal, but could create atomic bomb within 2 years.

'It's like before World War I': How US and Russia are battling for Middle East influence at rival summits Dueling Middle East conferences unfolded in Poland and Russia on Thursday, highlighting the competition for influence and the hardening of geopolitical blocs confronting each other over the volatile region.


Israeli Intel Estimate: New Iranian threat from Iraq. Gaza escalates. Moscow jumps on Palestinian issue Iranian forces are moving back from Israel's border to northern and eastern Syria and arming Shiite proxies with surface missiles.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

2/13/19

Islamic cleric: Don't call it the Western Wall Head of the Supreme Islamic Council in Jerusalem says there's not a single rock at the Western Wall which is connected to Jewish history.

Israeli Justice Minister: Trump Peace Plan 'Calls for Palestinian State' U.S. President Donald Trump's soon-to-be announced Middle East peace plan will call on Israel to "turn over large swaths of land in Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Authority, and will lead to the establishment of Palestinian State."

'There will be no peace without 1967 lands' Palestinian Arab organizations meeting in Moscow claim that resistance against Israel in all its forms is not "terrorism".

"There is an Israeli Auschwitz to massacre Palestinians" - Senior Fatah official condemns Warsaw Conference Warsaw Conference is "a plan to carry out a 'holocaust' against this [Palestinian] cause".

Dutch Textbook says Jerusalem is Holy to Muslims, Christians, not Jews Likoed Nederland, a pro-Israel group, called the book a form of "historical falsification."

Shin Bet: Al-Aqsa TV used on-air signals to help Hamas coordinate terror attacks Security service says Gaza terror group tried to recruit Palestinians in West Bank, Jerusalem who have Israeli ID cards to conduct attacks, including a planned suicide bus bombing.

'Unite to not to lose', Russia's Lavrov calls on Hamas and Fatah Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with Palestinian parties, including Hamas and Fatah factions, amid a three-day intra-Palestinian meeting which began in Moscow aimed at unifying 12 different Palestinian movements and organisations.

Muslim Influence is Declining in Turkey The results of a survey released by Konda research have made it clear Turkey is going towards a more secular future.

Israeli leader hopes summit brings Arab ties out in the open This week's Mideast conference in Poland offers Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an opportunity to flaunt in public what he has long boasted about happening behind the scenes his country's improved relations with Arab countries.

Vatican's homophobic hypocrisy: 80 percent of priests are gay, explosive book reveals Around 80 percent of Vatican priests are gay, according to a new book which details alleged secret relationships, male prostitutes and stunning hypocrisy from the most anti-gay members of upper echelons of the Catholic Church.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

2/12/19

'From the North to the South We Are Ready' for War: IDF Officer Hundreds of troops completing two-week drill simulating war with Hezbollah.

Warsaw summit: Why Iran is the elephant in the room The US decision to host a Middle East conference in Warsaw looks set to be a curious diplomatic occasion.

Rouhani: Iranian Revolution is 'Thriving' Amid U.S. Failure in Middle East Iran presents itself as a model of regional security in Turkey while Tehran's foreign minister meets Hezbollah in Lebanon.

UN threatens to blacklist companies over ties to settlements United Nations warns major corporations, including Coca Cola, they will be blacklisted for operations in Judea and Samaria.

Russian Envoy: US Pushing Lebanon and Israel Toward War Russia's Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin has warned the next war between Israel and Lebanon would be the result of "U.S. activity in the region and their campaign against Iran and Hezbollah."

EU will dissolve like Soviet Union unless Europeans 'wake up', George Soros warns The "sleeping pro-Europe majority" must "wake up" before the EU goes the way of the Soviet Union, billionaire George Soros has warned, adding that Europe's political parties must give the bloc's interests first priority.

A feud between France and Italy sums up the deep rift over Europe France and Italy are in a diplomatic crisis, provoked by a recent meeting between Italy's deputy prime minister, Luigi Di Maio, and representatives of the French Gilets Jaunes protest movement.

As Israel grieves a brutal murder, PA TV sings: "We have given them a taste of grief" Two days after the brutal murder of the 19-year-old Israeli woman Ori Ansbacher, official Palestinian Authority TV broadcast a song celebrating that Palestinians cause Israelis grief.

Bennett: 'The right is on the map - we're not going anywhere' Minister explains decision to form New Right party, addresses US peace plan. "We will not enter government supporting a Palestinian state."

US accuses China of preparing for WWIII: What you're not being told A Republican senator has accused China of preparing for World War III. Like most of Washington's statements concerning China, the lawmaker has completely ignored the US' role in creating such a scenario in the first place.

Monday, February 11, 2019

2/11/19

Iranian commander threatens to 'raze Tel Aviv and Haifa' if US attacks At rally for Islamic Republic's 40th anniversary, Yadollah Javani says America 'does not have the courage to shoot a single bullet' at Iran.

Sources Claim U.S.'s Peace Plan Complete, Greenblatt Denies "The plan is done... [the president] is happy with the parameters of the deal," a senior administration official told FOX News.

Has Turkish President Erdogan Distanced Himself from the Muslim Brotherhood? The picture sent shockwaves through the Turkish grassroots: A poor Egyptian member of the Muslim Brotherhood, handcuffed by the Turkish police, put aboard a Turkish Airlines plane to fly back to Cairo, to be tortured and eventually executed.

GLOBAL BRITAIN: 'Union Jack going up' around the world - Boris BULLISH on Brexit economy Boris Johnson claimed countries around the world are looking at Britain with admiration as they consider Britons' decision to leave the EU as a "positive" step to go global again.

Moscow & Tehran prepare to arm Hizballah, including with Iranian air defense missiles Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif pointedly visited Beirut on Monday, Feb.11, the day of the Islamic revolution's 40th anniversary, to highlight the length and breadth of its reach - even under US sanctions, threats and Israeli bombardment.

Sanhedrin Calls for Nations To Observe Sexual Purity for Role in Third Temple As part of its initiative to establish an Organization of 70 Nations to replace the United Nations, the Sanhedrin made a call for the nations to adhere to principles of sexual purity.

The Power of Religion in Israeli Politics Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jews will once again be the tipping point in Israel's upcoming election.

'IDF Special Forces operating in Afghanistan' Iran claims: Israel sent troops to Afghanistan to gather intelligence on Iranian military movements.

Palestinian Authority under pressure 'Palestinian National Council' calls on EU to reject Israeli report on close BDS ties to terrorists and terror organizations.

Pope Francis Leading His Flock to the Slaughter? The "Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together" is being portrayed as a "historic pledge of fraternity" and applauded as a "historical breakthrough."

Saturday, February 09, 2019

2/9/19

Israel Cyber Chief: IDF Repelled Attempted Iranian Missile-Alert Hack Iran tried to hack Israel’s missile-alert system more than a year ago, said Israel Defense Forces’ Cyber Defense Division Commander Noam Sha’ar.

Russia: We won't move embassy to Jerusalem Despite steps to recognize western Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Russia says it won't transfer its embassy.

Russian Diplomat Warns Of Israel-Lebanon Conflict, Slams U.S. For 'Incitement' Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin calls US President Donald Trump's policy regarding Iran and Hezbollah 'negative.'

8,000 Gazans riot along border Hamas says two Arabs killed in weekly "March of the Return" border riots.

Iran protest: ‘Trump is RIGHT’ Europe SAVAGED for soft touch on Iran after ‘YEAR OF SHAME' EUROPE must end its ‘soft touch’ approach on Tehran and follow Donald Trump’s hardline stance on Iran, according to demonstrators who flooded the streets of Paris in a dramatic protest.

Iran's leader celebrates Islamic Revolution's anniversary with cries of 'Death to Trump, Bolton and Pompeo!' In a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sought to clear the air with Americans who might take offense at the “Death to America” chants that have marked the nationwide rallies there to mark the occasion.

Why Palestinians Oppose an Anti-Iran Coalition The Palestinians have good reason to believe that some influential Arab countries have given up on both them and the Palestinian cause. 

Armenia sends non-combat team to Syria at Russia's request Team of 83 Armenians includes de-mining experts, medical personnel and security officers who will work in Aleppo.

Russia envoy warns US policy in Mideast could incite 'new conflicts': report The envoy's warning comes as the UN Security Council calls on Lebanon to cease any involvement in foreign wars

Joint US military-IDF exercise begins Preparations at their height for the Juniper Falcon exercise, which aims to deepen cooperation between the two militaries.

Friday, February 08, 2019

2/8/19

IRGC Deputy Commander Threatens Europe if They Attempt Iranian Disarmament In a Feb. 2, 2019 interview with Iran's Channel 2 TV, Hossein Salami, deputy commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), explained the Iranian regime's "defense and deterrence strategy" in light of the threats against it.

Two Iranian flops: Putting a satellite into orbit and fitting guided warhead on long-range ballistic missile Two of the hi-tech military achievements Iran had prepared for the Islamic Revolution's 40th anniversary did not come up to scratch. Tehran failed in its second attempt on Wednesday, Feb. 6, to launch a satellite into orbit from the Imam Khomeini Space center in central Iran.

Conflict between Israel and her enemies to come into focus When the Syrian civil war started, Iran was 600 miles from Israel. Today the nearest Iranian soldier is just 20 miles from the Israel-Syria border on the Golan Heights.

Israel and Iran: Are they heading for war?  Israel and Iran are once again facing one another down.

Kushner, Greenblatt to visit Mideast to seek backing for peace plan Envoys heading to Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar to discuss economic aspects of proposal, possibly ask them to bankroll parts of it.

Is Biblical Reconciliation Between Half-Brothers Isaac and Ishmael Relevant Today? The year 2018 saw a number of Arab governments speaking openly about normalizing relations with Israel.

Syrian Kurds on Turning to Russia, Assad: 'We Don't Like or Prefer This' Syrian Kurds who helped the United States decimate the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) are reluctantly turning to Russia and its Syrian regime ally for assistance in protecting their lands from a planned attack by NATO member Turkey as the U.S. prepares to draw down its military presence in Syria, a Kurdish leader told Breitbart News.

Palestinians Slam US for "Conspiring" to Broker Peace Against Their Will The Palestinian Authority on Thursday slammed the Trump Administration for "conspiring" to broker a Middle East peace deal that doesn't meet each and every one of the Palestinians' demands.

Brexit: Theresa May to meet Leo Varadkar for Brexit talks Theresa May will meet Leo Varadkar to update him on her ongoing efforts to get changes to the Brexit withdrawal deal.

Parashat Truma: Three Crowns and One More In Judaism there is not intellectual elite. On the contrary, everyone is invited to enter a 'beit midrash' and study Torah.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

2/7/19

Hezbollah leader says in event of war, Iran won't be alone The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah said Wednesday the organization would defend Iran in the event of war, saying the Islamic Republic would not be alone in a confrontation with America.

Iran threatens 'direct ground, sea and air WAR' on Israel as tensions SOAR A former Iranian commander warned Iran will start a "direct and very wide war" on Israel if the Syrian Government decide it is right to declare war on Tel Aviv.

Analysis: Operational advancement of S-300 means a dangerous junction ahead in Syria Recent developments suggest that Israel, Russia, and Iran are heading towards a risky junction in Syria.

Record High Antisemitic Incidents in the UK for 2018 Most of the antisemitic incidents had an anti-Israel bent.

Islamic Jihad leader: Israelis are the new Nazis Islamic Jihad leader admits that Iran continues to support the Palestinian "resistance" against Israel.

Caroline Glick: The Limits of Arab-Israeli Cooperation The Trump White House is reportedly deliberating the best time to present its peace plan for the Palestinians and Israel.

Terrorists in Suits in the Service of BDS Israel's Minister of Public Security and of Strategic Affairs, Gilad Erdan (pictured), this week sounded a dramatic, but not surprising, warning that "terrorists in suits" are working against Israel as part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Brexit: May and Juncker announce more talks to break deadlock The EU and UK will hold further talks on changes to their Brexit deal to help Theresa May get it through the Commons.

Ukraine's parliament votes to support NATO, EU aspirations Ukraine's parliament has passed constitutional amendment to commit to join NATO and the European Union.

Desert floods strike Israel's south The desert floods as thunderstorms strike the Judean and Negev deserts, cutting power in Kibbutz Ein Gedi and causing major highways closures.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

2/6/19

Pentagon: Unchecked, Islamic State Could Resurge in Syria in 6-12 Months "Battled-hardened" Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) remnants in Syria "could likely" mount a resurgence in "six to 12 months" absent "sustained counterterrorism pressure" by American and local troops, the Pentagon's inspector general (IG) warned in a report released Monday.

The Syrian war is not over, it's just on a new trajectory December 2018 marked a significant shift in the Syrian conflict. The end-of-year events put the country on a new trajectory, one in which President Bashar al-Assad looks towards consolidating his power and Islamic State sees a chance to perpetuate its existence.

Israel's Red Lines in Lebanon and Syria The "War Between Wars" is an ongoing Israeli military and intelligence effort to disrupt the force build-up of the Iranian-Shiite axis throughout the Middle East.

Netanyahu to meet Putin this month for Iran-Syria talks Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the February 21 visit will deal with Israel's efforts to prevent Iranian presence in neighbouring Syria.

Build the Holy Temple: The central theme of Jewish life Why are there two months of Adar this year? Understanding the Jewish leap year.

The significance of Pope Francis' UAE visit is impossible to exaggerate (Nobel Committee, take note) The crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed, knew exactly what he was doing when he invited Pope Francis to visit the Arabian Peninsula to inaugurate the UAE's "Year of Tolerance."

Rabbis and Christian Pastors Join Forces to Push Israeli-Arab Coexistence Persian Gulf states are now more willing to speak openly about their desire to have ties with Israel, a topic that was previously only hinted at behind closed doors.

The Widespread Persecution of Converts to Christianity "For millions of Christians -- particularly those who grew up Muslim or were born into Muslim families -- openly following Jesus can have painful consequences. They can be treated as second-class citizens, discriminated against for jobs or even violently attacked."- Open Doors, World Watch List 2019

Likud's active internal democracy is an election boon. How Gantz stumbled The spectacle of a major political party practicing undiluted democracy on live television contributed to the longtime popularity of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his Likud.

Pope publicly acknowledges clergy sexual abuse of nuns Pope Francis on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and vowed to do more to fight the problem, the latest sign that there is no end in sight to the Catholic Church's abuse crisis - and that it now has a reckoning from the #MeToo movement.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

2/5/19

52% of Public, 10% of Likud: Netanyahu Should Resign if Indicted - Poll However, there is not a consensus when the data is analyzed by party.

Democracy in Danger: A Call for Revolt The left's slogan for the 2019 election campaign is "democracy in danger."

EU to Iran: Stop missile tests, assassination attempts on European soil The European Union has struck out at Iran over its missile program and "unacceptable behavior" in Europe and the Middle East. Tehran has rejected the concerns as "baseless" and "non-constructive."

Why have Jewish settler attacks on Palestinians more than doubled in two years? The UN says attacks instigated by Jewish settlers has risen more than 150% since 2016. Hamdi Naasan was one of those victims.

Senior Israeli Leaders Pledge: 2 Million Jews in the West Bank - Report Dozens of senior ministers and Knesset members from Likud and other right-of-center parties signed a declaration overnight to support the "Nahal" movement.

January Tourism to Israel Jumps by 11% Compared to Last Year "The rise in the number of tourists over several years is proof of the quality of the Israeli tourism industry," said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.

Iranian commander threatens to annihilate Israel IRGC Deputy Commander says Iran has technological ability to expand stealth capabilities, destructive capacity, and missile force range.

Interfaith Confab Highlights Gulf Opening to Jews, Christians Against the backdrop of the first papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula is an interfaith conference that includes prominent US rabbis and Christian evangelicals, who are seeking stronger recognition of Israel through closer ties with Muslim figures and Arab leaders.

Top cleric urges Middle East's Muslims to 'embrace' Christians The head of Sunni Islam's highest seat of learning has urged the Middle East's Muslims to "embrace" local Christians.

60,000 flock to south where fields torched by incendiary balloons now bloom Adom Darom Festival goers celebrate the annual blooming of red anemones as 150,000 Israelis trek through national parks countrywide over the sunny, springlike weekend.

Monday, February 04, 2019

2/4/19

Netanyahu: Iran Uses Hezbollah to Control Lebanon The Times of Israel reports: Iran controls the new Lebanese government via its proxy Hezbollah group, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, in his first public comments on the government formed in Beirut last week.

Iran Poses a Growing Threat to Europe Addressing Iran's policies of terrorism and political assassinations require combined action from the United States and the European Union.

Iran Unveils Cruise Missile Neither Israel Nor US Can Intercept On Saturday, during celebrations marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran state television announced their military had successfully tested the new Hoveizeh surface-to-surface cruise missile.

The Menace of Waves of Infectious Diseases Waves of infectious diseases struck Israel and other countries in 2018, causing considerable concern.

Pope in historic UAE visit urges faith leaders to reject war Pope Francis urged religious leaders to work together to reject war as he opened the first papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam, with a strong denunciation of violence committed in God's name.

Jews Complain: The Rabbis are Sounding Like Christians! Rabbis generally do not speak out against abortion, at least not like Christians. But New York's terrible new law allowing abortion up to the moment of birth has stirred at least two of the largest rabbinical councils in the US to come out with public statements on the controversial issue.

Rabbis Praise Tolerance at UAE Interfaith Conference Pope and Grand Imam of Al-Azhar meet in Abu Dhabi as 700 religious leaders gather for Conference of Human Fraternity.

The Pope's Stubborn Silence on the Persecution of Christians Unfortunately, Pope Francis's stance on Islam seems to be coming from a fantasy world.

Brexit is a revolt against a German-run European super-state Led by an appallingly incompetent German management, the European Union will most probably come out terminally fractured after next May's parliamentary elections.

ISIS brutality leading some Syrian Muslims to convert to Christianity A new Christian church in Kobani, a city along the Syrian-Turkish border, is attracting converts who have seen and experienced brutality at the hands of the militant group ISIS.

Saturday, February 02, 2019

2/2/19

INF nuclear treaty: Russia follows US in suspending pact Russia has suspended its involvement in the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) following a similar decision by the US.

Iran: The Drift Toward War Keeping track of the Trump administration’s foreign policy is like trying to track a cat on a hot tin roof: We’re pulling out of Syria (not right away). 

The pact on the ground Most of the $38 billion in US military aid to Israel over the next decade has been earmarked for the Air Force and its vital role in defending the country, but the ground forces will not be left out, and can look forward to some new, state-of-the-art bases

Turkey condemns Israel's shutting down of Hebron observers Turkey's Foreign Ministry "decisively" rejected Israel's claims that the group was working against Israel and accused Israel of using these claims as ​rationalisation for its decision.

PA Antisemitism alive and kicking on International Holocaust Day While the world is busy discussing ways to uproot and eradicate Antisemitism, the PA is busy cementing and preserving it.

Russia Set To Develop New And Advanced Missile Systems Russia follows U.S. withdrawal of nuclear missiles disarmament treaty.

‘Never, Ever, Ever’: Muslim Leaders Reject Call to Denounce ‘Violent’ Koran An Australian judge who said Muslim leaders should publicly denounce “belligerent” verses of the Koran has been warned not to offer Islamic scriptural guidance.

The Vatican Surrenders to China Pope Francis has surrendered partial control of the Chinese Catholic Church to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). His Holiness agreed to grant the Party considerable authority over personnel matters.

Assad blocks access to Damascus for EU envoys: diplomats Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has revoked special visas for European Union diplomats and officials traveling regularly between Beirut and Damascus, complicating efforts to distribute aid to civil war victims, three senior EU diplomats said.

Gantz & Lapid: Similarities Across The Center Gantz is soaring right now in the polls and has turned his party into the greatest threat to Netanyahu’s continued reign. 

Friday, February 01, 2019

2/1/19

Crowds chant 'death to Israel' as Iran marks 40 years since Islamic Revolution Thousands gather at tomb of Islamic Republic's founder Khomeini on the anniversary of his return from exile; senior cleric rails against US.

Watch: Leviathan Platform Foundations Lowered Into Mediterranean Sea The large metal structure will be fixed to the sea bed by a crane vessel in the coming weeks, approximately 10 kilometers from Israel's coast.

Army simulates attack on gas rigs in most complex naval drill in decades Gunships fire missiles at cargo freighter acting as enemy vessel in massive exercise meant to prepare for attacks by Hamas, Hezbollah.

ISIS Could Regain Control of Syria Within a Year, Pentagon Reports A US troop withdrawal could allow a nearly defeated ISIS to regain control of their lost territory in Syria, a draft report claims.

Iran says Israel 'Will be Destroyed' in Response to Even a 'Limited' Attack A senior Iranian military leader has warned Israel against future attacks in Syria, threatening a much more powerful counterattack as tensions between the Middle Eastern archfoes escalate.

Iran's war against Israel- ANALYSIS: Iran's multi-front approach in the war against Israel Iran plans to pose a nuclear threat, is improving its missiles' operations and is also testing cyber warfare aimed at aircraft systems.

The False Promise of Iraqi-Israeli Peace No one should be misled by the revelation that several Iraqi delegations visited Israel in 2018 into optimism about Iraqi-Israeli relations.

Brexit: Will EU blink first in standoff? After a public shout-out of "no way!" to renegotiating the Brexit backstop plan or draft withdrawal agreement, the EU now waits for the British prime minister to come to Brussels.

Belgium Welcomes Multiculturalism The report notes that the texts used call for gays to be stoned to death or thrown off buildings, and described Jews as "corrupt, evil and treacherous people".... The writings, the report continued...called for "war" on all people who do not follow Sunni Islam - From a recent report by the Belgian State Security Service.

Pope Will Preside Over Biggest Act of Christian Worship in Arab World Pope Francis is set to preside over the largest act of Christian worship in the Arab world next week when he celebrates an open-air Mass at Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).