* Passover Sacrifice Dry-Run Takes Place Near Temple Mount: Police Warm Up to the Idea On Tuesday evening, while Israelis headed to the polls for the fourth time in two years, a reenactment of the Korban Pesach (the Passover Temple service) was held near the Shaar HaAshpot (the dung gate) near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
* Israeli Election Too Close to Call, Though Netanyahu Wins Plurality Israel’s fourth election in two years is too close to call, even though Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party won far more votes than any of its rivals on Tuesday.
* China plans to invite Palestinians and Israelis for talks - report China has not reached out to the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office or Foreign Ministry about hosting peace talks.
* Mideast quartet discusses reviving Israel, Palestinian peace talks It has said it will continue to urge other countries to normalize ties with Israel, but stressed that is not a substitute for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
* For First Time in Israel: Two Public Priestly Blessings on Passover One of the most impressive gatherings of the year is the Birkat Kohanim, the twice-annual priestly blessing held on the second intermediate days of Passover and Sukkoth when some 40,000 Jews come to the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem to be blessed by hundreds of Kohanim (the descendants of Aaron the priest).
* Expert Claims Cold War Between US, China Began Last Week and Could Go Hot at Any Moment Last Thursday, Chinese officials met with their American counterparts in Anchorage, Alaska, for two days, and, by all accounts, the meeting was not friendly.
* China Calling for Civilizational War Against America and the West There was a "strong smell of gunpowder" when American and Chinese diplomats met in Anchorage beginning March 18.
* Iran, Russia and Turkey signal growing alliance For years, Turkey would say one thing to Moscow and Tehran while telling Washington’s Iran hawks that Turkey was “against Russia and Iran.”
* China, Russia officials meet in show of unity against EU, US The foreign ministers of China and Russia have displayed unity amid criticism and new Western sanctions against them over human rights.
* Opinion: As Merkel exits the political stage, who will speak for a united Europe? German chancellor steps down in 2021 and leaves a question mark over the EU’s path.
* Wheaton College scrubs ‘savage’ from plaque honoring murdered missionaries Wheaton College will be removing and replacing a plaque honoring a group of alumni who were murdered by an indigenous tribe during a missionary trip to Ecuador.