ISRAEL, THE MIDDLE
EAST & ASIA
- REPUBLICAN DONOR ADELSON AND TRUMP MAY BE ALIGNING ON ISRAEL
December 19, 2015 - Farah Master - Reuters
[Note comment to this article: This could be a signal to get
the peace process going if the Donald wins the election]
- Gambling giant Las Vegas Sands Corp's Chief Executive Sheldon
Adelson speaks during an interview with Reuters in Macau, China
December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
- MACAU (Reuters) - Top Republican Party donor Sheldon Adelson
said on Friday he met presidential candidate Donald Trump earlier
this week and that the two American billionaires broached the
issue at the heart of Adelson's political agenda: support for
Israel. While the mega donor didn't disclose his degree of backing
for the front-runner in the race for the Republican nomination,
he did say he found Trump to be "very charming" and
called his standing in the crowded candidate field "unheard
- "It was very nice," the gambling tycoon told Reuters
in a rare interview in Macau when asked if he had met Trump,
who leads in opinion polls of Republican voters. "He was
very charming." Hours later, Trump returned the compliment
to Adelson, telling Reuters, "Sheldon and I have been friends
for a long time. He is an amazing man. I am the only one who
doesn't need his money. But I would love his support." On
the subject of Israel, Trump added, "Sheldon knows that
nobody will be more loyal to Israel than Donald Trump."
- The meeting and Trump's pro-Israel stance - coming after
more ambiguous remarks a few weeks ago - could pave the way for
a deeper relationship between the two men, a month and a half
before the first Republican nominating contest in Iowa. Israel
is, by far, the most important issue to Adelson, a fierce supporter
of the nation and close friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu. Adelson also owns the newspaper with the largest circulation
in Israel, a free daily.
- The 82-year-old chief executive of Las Vegas Sands Corp ,
the world's biggest gambling company by market value, made his
comments a few days after hosting the latest debate among Republican
Party presidential candidates at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas,
where and his Israeli-born wife, Miriam, an accomplished medical
doctor and philanthropist, live. Adelson said much of his discussion
with Trump was about Israel.
PROPHECY CONFIRMS TURKEY'S FATAL MISTAKE
December 5, 2015 - Turkey claims they are building a permanant
base in Ninevah of all places . The ancient city that repented
after it was visited by the powerful prophet Jonah has a fatal
end according to prophecies of Zephaniah the prophet. A complete
destruction at the time Syria's destruction. The Kurds also are
a part of the illegal Smuggling of Oil that Russia has proven
Turkey to be a major player in so for Russia Turkey has a debt
owed to them that will not go unpaid for the downing of the Russia
Bomber SU-24 and the killing of two Russian service men.
- MY OPEN LETTER TO DONALD TRUMP
December 6, 2015 - Yosef Rabin - Yosef Rabin is a United Temple
Mount Movement activist who has been involved...
Dear Mr. Trump,
I hope this letter finds you well.
First, I would like to say that I and countless of others here
in Israel are very excited about your candidacy for President
of the United States. I grew up in Chicago, IL before rejoining
the Jewish Nation in its ancestral homeland. However, I still
maintain deep positive feelings towards the United States and
I pray that you can help restore that great land to her former
- Mr. Trump, both you and I share commonalities, we both are
law abiding individuals, students of history and lovers of the
Bible. It is for this reason that I was very surprised at your
comments regarding the conflict here in Israel. I was very surprised
regarding your statements on the conflict between Israel and
the Arabs and I am confident that you will both read and comment
on this letter.
- National-Religious Identity of the Land of Israel
- The most absurd claim made by the Arabs is the denial of
the Jewish Peoples deep national-religious connection to the
land. It is no secret that the Bible is not only a holy book
of code and law, but also contains the story of the Jewish Nation
in her land. The biblical Jewish history of the land, persists
even in modern Arab towns and here are just a few examples.
* Anata is the Biblical (and contemporary) Anatot, the dwelling
of the Prophet Jeremiah.
* Batir is Biblical (and contemporary) Beitar, the headquarters
of Bar Kochba, the leader of the Great Rebellion against the
Roman Empire, which was suppressed in 135CE.
* Bethlehem is mentioned 44 times in the Bible and is the birthplace
of King David.
* El-Jib is biblical (and contemporary) Gibeon, Joshuas
battleground known for his command to stop the sun and moon (Joshua
PRESIDENT ASSAD ACCUSES FRANCE, UK, US, SAUDI OF SUPPORTING ISIS
- FKTV.IS - Alexandra Bruce - December 6, 2015 -
- THE WAR WILL END WHEN FRANCE, UK, US, SAUDI ARABIA "STOP
SUPPORTING THOSE TERRORISTS"
- There have so far been a quarter of a million people killed
during the Syrian "Civil War".
- This interview with Bashar al-Assad was recently conducted
by a reporter who visited him in Syria from the Czech Republic,
so it's safe to say that it has a more neutral representation
of the Syrian President and of his positions than you're likely
to find anywhere in the mainstream Western media.
- At a time when Prime Minister David Cameron is ordering air
strikes in Syria (against the wishes of the people that *he's*
supposed to be representing) and after France and the US have
recently intensified their own airstrike campaigns, I think it
is important to get an unbiased point of view, straight from
the horse's mouth, from the leader of the country that's now
being bombed from the skies by several Western powers, while
being attacked by foreign fighters on the ground, who hail from
as many as 120 countries.
- (THIS is a "civil war"???) Assad says here that
a decade in Iraq and Afghanistan already proved that airstrikes
to create "peace" do not work. In another Reuters interview,
Assad said point-blank of the planned British airstrikes: "They
are going to fail again...This kind of operation is like cutting
out part of the cancer. That will make it spread in the body
faster." In the same interview, he ridicules Cameron's assertion
that there are as many as 70,000 Western-backed opposition fighters
in Syria, who would create a political solution to the "civil
war" and who could retake territory from jihadists, weakened
by the air strikes. Assad states, "This is a new episode
in a long series of David Cameron's classical farce ... where
are they? Where are the 70,000 moderates he is talking about?
There is no 70,000. There is no 7,000." http://fktv.is/president-assad-accuses-france-uk-us-saudi-of-supporting-isis-27462
- SAN BERNADINO SHOOTER'S DAD: HE WAS 'OBSESSED' WITH ISRAEL
- In interview with Italian paper, father Syed Farook says
his son supported the creation of the Islamic State
- December 6, 2015 - Rossella Tercatin - Syed Farook, father
of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook, has described
his son as negatively obsessed with Israel. In an
interview with Italian daily La Stampa, Farook said that he once
tried to console his son by promising him that Israel would not
exist in another two years because China, Russia and America
will bring the Jews back to Ukraine.
In Sundays La Stampa (link in Italian) report, Farook said,
My son said that he shared [IS leader Abu Bakr] Al Baghdadis
ideology and supported the creation of the Islamic State. He
was also obsessed with Israel.
- I told him he had to stay calm and be patient because
in two years Israel will not exist any more. Geopolitics
is changing: Russia, China and America dont want Jews there
any more. They are going to bring the Jews back to Ukraine.
What is the point of fighting? We have already done it and we
lost. Israel is not to be fought with weapons, but with politics.
But he did not listen to me, he was obsessed, Farook explained
to US correspondent Paolo Mastrolilli. http://www.timesofisrael.com/san-bernardino-shooters-dad-he-was-obsessed-with-israel/
- NETANYAHU REBUFFS KERRY'S WARNING ON BINATIONAL STATE
- Prime minister says there can be no solution so long as other
side doesnt want peace; blames PA incitement for
- December 6, 2015 - Raoul Wootliff - Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu on Sunday blamed the Palestinian Authority for the
stalemate in peace talks and seemed to hit back at comments made
Saturday by US secretary of State John Kerry, who warned that
a lack of progress on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could
lead to the end of the Jewish state. Israel will not be
a binational state, Netanyahu said emphatically at the
opening of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. But
in order for there to be peace, the other side must decide that
they also want peace, and unfortunately that is not what we are
- Netanyahu reiterated previous claims that the Palestinian
Authority has been inciting the current wave of violence, citing
a visit Saturday by PA chief negotiator Saeb Ereket to the home
of the family of a man who had carried out a shooting attack
last week and was killed in the course of the attack. Not
only does he not condemn the attacker; he offers condolences
to the family and therefore gives support and encouragement to
acts of terror, he said. [video]
- BRITISH ROYALS 'WON'T VISIT ISRAEL TILL CONFLICT SOLVED
[Ednote: The Royals are Muslims]
- Netanyahu recently invited Prince Charles to come to Jerusalem,
but the Telegraph reports official visits are unlikely in current
- December 5, 2015 - By Times of Israel staff - Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu recently invited Britains Prince Charles
to make an official visit to Israel, the Telegraph reported Saturday,
but such a visit is unlikely as long as the Palestinian-Israeli
conflict remains unresolved. The invitation was extended when
the two met briefly on the sidelines of a climate change conference
in Paris last week. Until there is a settlement between
Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the Royal family cant
really go there, a British government source told the newspaper.
In Israel so much politics is caught up in the land itself
that its best to avoid those complications altogether by
not going there.
- Official visits by royals to foreign countries are sanctioned
by the government. Despite numerous invitations over the years,
no government has approved such a visit since the end of the
British mandate and the establishment of Israel in 1948.
- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the COP21,
United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside
Paris on November 30, 2015. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)
Royals have in fact visited Israel in the past, the paper reported,
but such trips were termed personal visits, and the UK government
was quick to stress they did not in any way represent the state.
Israeli officials have bristled at royals unwillingness
to come to the Jewish state, while they appear to have no qualms
about visiting authoritarian states like Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
- CLINTON: PALESTINIAN LEADERS MUST STOP INCITING VIOLENCE
- Democratic presidential candidate says boycott efforts against
Jewish state are wrong; US-Israel relationship must
be brought to next level
- December 6, 2015 - By Marissa Newman - The Times of Israel
is live blogging Sundays developments as they unfold.
- Polls put Frances National Front in regional elections
- Polling agency projections suggest the far-right National
Front took the lead in the first round of Frances regional
elections. The agencies Ifop, OpinionWay and Ipsos base their
projections on actual vote count in select constituencies. They
project that the National Front won between 27 and 30 percent
support in Sundays voting, followed by former President
Nicolas Sarkozys Republicans party and President Francois
Hollandes governing Socialists.
- The elections Sunday took place in an unusually tense security
climate, expected to favor conservative and far right candidates
and strike a new blow against the Socialists. While the National
Front had significant support Sunday, the party may not be able
to translate that into victory in the second-round voting December
13 for leadership of Frances 13 newly drawn regions.
Ammunition, IS propaganda found after France mosque closure.
Kalashnikov ammunition and Islamic State propaganda videos were
seized in raids following the closure of a mosque in the Paris
suburbs, French authorities say.
- The prayer hall in Lagny-sur-Marne, around 30 kilometers
(18 miles) east of the capital, was shut down last Wednesday
following a large-scale police operation.
- Associated with the traditionalist Salafist branch of Islam,
it is the third mosque in France to be closed after the coordinated
jihadist attacks on Paris on November 13.
- The prefect the highest representative of the state
in the Seine-and-Marne department says Sunday 7.62mm
ammunition for a Kalashnikov rifle and propaganda videos
for the Islamic State group are found in raids linked to the
closure of the prayer hall.
- The locations of the raids are not given.
- A revolver and jihadist documents were also found during
searches at the homes of the mosque leaders, Interior Minister
Bernard Cazeneuve said previously.
- TURKEY SLAMS FRESH RUSSIAN 'PROVOCATION' AS WARSHIPS ENTER
This combination of pictures created on December 03, 2015 shows
a file taken on July 27, 2015 in Lisbon, of Turkish foreign minister
Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) and a file taken on November 27, 2015 in
Moscow of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (AFP / PATRICIA
DE MELO MOREIRA AND VASILY MAXIMOV) Russian serviceman seen
aboard Caesar Kunikov armed with a rocket launcher
- December 6, 2015 By MARISSA NEWMAN - No detail available
- Turkey fury over Russian brandishing weapon on warship
- December 6, 2015 By Afp - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut
Cavusoglu on Sunday blasted as a "provocation" images
of a Russian serviceman brandishing a rocket launcher as his
warship passed through Turkish waters.
- The alleged incident came with Ankara and Moscow at loggerheads
after Turkey downed a Russian jet on its border with Syria last
month, sparking fury and economic sanctions from the Kremlin.
- Turkey's private NTV channel broadcast pictures of what it
said was a Russian serviceman aboard the "Caesar Kunikov"
with a type of rocket or missile launcher on his shoulder in
the firing position.
- SOME 200 ASYLUM SEEKERS CROSS INTO ISRAEL DESPITE SINAI FENCE
- Border barrier has reduced flow of African migrants from
over 10,000 per year to a trickle in 2015
- December 6, 2015 - By Times of Israel staff - Some 200 African
asylum seekers managed to cross Israels new border fence
with the Egyptian Sinai since the fences completion early
last year, according to the Ynet news site.
- The fence ranges from six to ten meters (20-33 feet) in height.
It was constructed at a cost of some NIS 2 billion ($524 million)
after the pace of asylum seekers crossing into Israel reached
over 10,000 per year in 2012-2013, presaging the flood of migrants
reaching Europe over the past year. The 200 asylum seekers hail
from war-torn Sudan and Eritrea. They were caught by IDF forces
patrolling on the Israeli side of the border, and were sent to
the Saharonim detention facility in the Negev pending a ruling
on their asylum status. Under a new High Court of Justice ruling,
that process is now limited to a year, after which the asylum
seekers must be released from detention.
- 5 ISRAELI ARABS INDICTED FOR CREATING ISIS CELL IN NAZARETH,
PLANNING TERROR ATTACKS IN ISRAEL
- December 8, 2015 - Israeli legal authorities filed an indictment
against five Nazereth men, charging them with setting up an ISIS
terrorist cell to carry out attacks in Israel.
- The indictment, delivered to the Nazareth Illit District
Court and cleared for publication on Tuesday, charged the five
men, all relatives between the ages of 18-27, with organizing
an illegal network, storing weapons and even carrying out drills
for potential attacks in urban areas.
- According to the Shin Bet, Israels domestic intelligence
agency, and prosecutors from the Northern District office, the
cell was preparing to launch attacks in Israel on behalf of ISIS,
although they had no plans themselves to visit Syria, where the
terrorist group is headquartered. The indictment revealed that
the five had discussed ISIS ideology among themselves on Facebook.
- The members of the cell, according to Israels Channel
2 news, were Abd al-Karim Ihab Abd al-Rahman Suleiman, 22, Muhammad
Ihab Abd al-Rahman Suleiman, 18, Abd al-Karim Jamal Ali Suleiman,
23, Muhammad Saleh Muhammad Suleiman, 19, and Murad Muhammad
Salim Suleiman, 27.
- According to the indictment, the five spent the last year
amassing weapons to be used in an attack, and even practiced
shooting these firearms. Additionally, the members apparently
became newly religious and held meetings, pledging their allegiance
to ISIS and praising jihad against those considered heretics.
- US JEWISH LEADER: OBAMA'S OVAL OFFICE SPEECH 'FRIGHTENING
- December 8, 2015 - President Obamas address to the
nation from the Oval Office on Sunday was a frightening
disgrace, said the head of a major US Jewish group on Monday.
In a harshly worded statement, Morton A. Klein, president of
the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), slammed what he called
Obamas terrorism speech and listed what he
considered to be the 16 specific areas of concern
that emerged from it.
- Not only was there no new policy, Kleins
statement read, but it was filled with falsehoods about
the daily intelligence briefings.
- The statement continued: It misled us on his exaggerated
bombing raids, intimidated Americans into silence of suspicious
radical Muslim activity, while dismissing legitimate American
concerns of bringing Syrian Muslim refugees to America. And why
did he spend a disproportionate amount of time defending Muslims
and warning us against anti-radical Muslim actions when there
is no evidence of any outbreak of increased violence against
American Muslims? In fact, the clear majority of hate crimes
in America are against Jews at four times the rate compared
to Muslims. President Obamas speech last night offered
virtually nothing to comfort the American peoples well-warranted
fears about the radical Islamist threat to our country. The presidents
speech also included serious distractions from the real issues.
Moreover, many of the steps the president listed to combat
ISIS are not being implemented as stated, are ineffective, unrealistic,
- Why is Pres. Obama refusing to use all of our resources to
destroy the greatest scourge facing the world and America, namely
radical Islamist Jihadist terrorism? Why wont he state
that we are at war with radical Islam, as President [Francoise]
Hollande of France and others did? Obamas speech brings
to mind his refusal to attend the anti-radical Muslim rally in
Paris, his ordering the deletion of the term radical Islam
in our military documents, his releasing radical Islamic terrorists
from Guantanamo, and his invitations to Muslim Brotherhood to
meet at the White House. It reminds one of his attendance for
20 years at Rev. Wrights anti-America, anti-Israel church,
his claiming that Hezbollah and Hamas have legitimate claims,
and telling Jewish leaders that Abbas is sincere about peace,
but Jewish and Israeli leaders should search their souls to see
if they are serious about peace, and his opposing sanctions on
Iran every time they were introduced, and on and on. Is the presidents
attitude toward radical Islam an appropriate attitude?
- Kleins key criticisms of the speech were that it appeared
to show Obama:
- WATCHDOG: PALESTINIAN CAMPAIGN TO PROSECUTE ISRAEL FOR 'CRIMES
AGAINST HUMANITY' FUNDED BY EUROPE
Ruthie Blum, November 26, 2015 - The International Criminal Court.
This week, four Palestinian NGOs submitted a document claiming
Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity. Photo:
European funding is behind four Palestinian NGOs that submitted
a document to the International Criminal Court (ICC) this week,
purporting evidence of Israeli war crimes perpetrated
during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, according
to a report released by the watchdog organization NGO Monitor
According to the report, the Palestinian groups in question
Al-Haq, Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Aldameer and the Palestinian
Center for Human Rights are all leaders in anti-Israel
activities, (including boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns),
and this submission is part of the ongoing lawfare
campaign exploiting international institutions in general and
the ICC in particular for anti-Israel campaigns. This tactic
was adopted at the NGO Forum of the 2001 Durban Conference, and
is an integral part of the Durban Strategy which seeks to demonize
and delegitimize Israel.
The report says that the aim of the lawfare campaigns
is to erase the context of Palestinian terrorism targeting
Israeli civilians, and to obstruct Israeli attempts at defending
- HANUKKAH HOLDS HIDDEN SECRETS TO END-TIME PROPHECY
December 5, 2015 - Leo Hohmann - Posted with permission from
WND - Most Christians think of Hanukkah as "that nice little
Jewish holiday," but they miss the deeper meaning, says
best-selling author and Messianic Jewish Rabbi Jonathan Cahn.
- They picture Jewish families spinning dreidels, lighting
menorahs and eating fried potato pancakes. But there's more to
this eight-day holiday, which begins at sundown Sunday.
- "It actually holds a big, prophetic end-time revelation,"
Cahn said. "It's a heavy holiday."
- And it keeps getting heavier as time progressives and biblical
prophecies about the end times inch closer to being fulfilled.
- "If anything, over the course of the last year, America
and much of the West has moved closer to the scenario foreshadowed
in the days of the Maccabees" and the Hanukkah end-time
events, said Cahn.
- He believes Hanukkah presents a preview of the end times
events, the spirit that will envelop the world, and the strategies
for Christian endurance more than any other biblical holiday.
- "It foreshadows the Antichrist, the abomination that
causes desolation, the calling of evil good and good evil, the
removing of God from the public square, the banning of God's
Word, sexual immorality, and the persecution of God's people,"
he told WND. "It also reveals the strategy that end-time
believers need to know that might overcome all these things.
- "We are fast approaching a day when believers can be
thrown in jail and the majority of Americans applaud it,"
he continued. "It is all the more crucial that we be prepared,
vigilant, wise, and prepared that we might live victoriously
for such a time as this."
- Jesus celebrated Hanukkah as described in John 10:22-23,
when He "walked in the temple in Solomon's porch" during
the "Feast of Dedication."
- A revolutionary act
- The word Hanukkah means "dedication" and revolves
around a historic and improbable revolution, Cahn explains in
his documentary film, "The Hanukkah End-Time Mystery."
- Hanukkah_endtimesThe holiday celebrates the story of the
Maccabean revolt against Greek oppression in the period between
the Old and New Testaments.
- This revolt was predicted by Daniel more than 300 years before
it occurred, and the miraculous success of that revolution was
still being celebrated during the time of Jesus' earthly ministry.
If it had not been successful, the Jewish religion and culture
would have been wiped out, and the Messiah could not have been
born into a devout Jewish family as predicted by the Old Testament
- THE COLLAPSE OF THE PA MAY ALREADY BE HERE
- Its a short path from a single member of the security
forces carrying out an attack, as occured Thursday, to all-out
chaos in which Israel is forced to recapture West Bank cities
- December 6, 2015 - By Avi Issacharoff - United States Secretary
of State John Kerrys scenario outlining a potential collapse
of the Palestinian Authority, laid out Saturday at the Saban
Forum in Washington, DC, sounds more than realistic.
- For a change, the US administration, an expert at making
fatal mistakes in the Middle East, seems to read the state of
Palestinian affairs correctly, though the secretary errs in using
the word collapse.
Instead, it should be substituted with the term disintegration,
which in some ways has already begun.
- The shooting attack on Thursday, in which Preventive Security
Services member Mazen Aribe opened fire on Israel Defense Forces
soldiers near the Hizme checkpoint, marks a crossroads.
- Aribe was killed by fire from soldiers at the scene. The
Palestinian Authority, instead of condemning or at least not
supporting the action, sent head Palestine Liberation Organization
negotiator Saeb Erekat and the mayor of Jericho to visit the
home of the attackers family.
- Saeb Erekat, Secretary General of the Palestinian Liberation
Organization (PLO), speaks during an interview with AFP at his
office in Ramallah on November 23, 2015. The implicit message
was that the PA and PLO support such actions. Has the PA come
to a point where it has decided not to oppose homegrown attacks?
- For the time being, the Palestinian security services are
maintaining relatively high discipline and continuing the exceptional
security coordination with Israel. Officials in the office of
the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT)
speak almost daily with their Palestinian counterparts, and a
number of high-level security meetings are being held even in
these difficult days. http://www.timesofisrael.com/the-pas-collapse-could-come-sooner-than-expected/
NETANYAHU ADMITS: ISRAEL IS OPERATING IN SYRIA
- December 2, 2015 (Worthy News) - Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu admitted on Tuesday that Israel operates in Syria.
"We're operating in Syria from time to time in order to
stop the country from becoming a front against Israel,"
he said at the Galilee Conference in Acre. "We're operating
against another terror front that Iran is trying to build in
the Golan, and in order to thwart the transfer of particularly
deadly weapons from Syria to Lebanon. We will continue doing
this," the prime minister continued. Apart from ambiguous
hints or what could be better defined as an unintentional slip,
this is the first time an Israeli official - particularly, the
prime minister - declares that Israel does indeed hold military
operations where Assad forces, different rebel groups, Hezbollah
and Iran are all fighting. [ Source ] www.WorthyNews.com
MICHAEL REAGAN REPORTS: HILLARY REVEALS WHY SHE WON'T USE TERM
December 6, 2015 - Using the term "radical Islam,"
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said Sunday,
sounds like the United States is going after an entire religion,
ignoring the vast majority of peaceful Muslims. Also, she said,
it helps create the notion of a "class of civilizations"
that actually aids Islamic State (ISIS) recruiting.
HEAD OF REPUBLICANS IN ISRAEL: TRUMP CAN'T BE, WON'T BE PRESIDENT
- Voters understand that to lead the United States you need
to be more than a salesman, says Marc Zell; later, colleagues
say Zell was speaking in a personal capacity
- December 3, 2015 - By Times of Israel staff - Donald Trump
should not and will not be the president of the United States,
the head of the Republican Party in Israel said Thursday. Speaking
on Army Radio, Marc Zell said that American voters would be sure
to recognize that the prominent Republican candidate does not
have the necessary qualities to lead his country. The
voters understand that to lead the United States, you need a
person who knows more than how to sell products, with all due
respect to Donald Trump, and everything he has achieved in his
career, Zell said.
In my opinion, he cannot be president of the United States.
The Board of Directors of Republicans Overseas Israel (ROI) said
subsequently that Zell was speaking strictly of his personal
opinions and in his personal capacity. In an email to The
Times of Israel, ROI said those personal opinions do not
reflect the posture of ROI regarding this election, and
that ROI does not take any position either favoring or
opposing any of the distinguished Republican candidates until
there is a nominee. We will let the primary process play out,
and we fully expect then to endorse whichever Republican emerges
victorious including Mr. Trump as being a far superior
choice to any of the Democratic candidates.
Zell spoke a day after Trump said he would be visiting Israel
and meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the near
future. Trump didnt specify dates, but said he was planning
to make the trip very soon, The New York Times reported.
- TRUMP SAYS PEACE DEPENDS ON ISRAEL, BUT IT'S OK IF IT WON'T
MAKE A DEAL
- Short on specifics, Republican front-runner says Israeli-Palestinian
peace toughest deal to make, says hell know
within six months in office if its possible
- December 3, 2015 - By Julie Pace, Jill Colvin and Steve Peoples
- TERLING, Virginia (AP) Donald Trump says that if hes
elected president, hell know within six months whether
he can achieve an elusive peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians,
one of the worlds most vexing challenges. But the Republican
presidential candidate says he has doubts about each sides
commitment to the peace process.
- I have a real question as to whether or not both sides
want to make it, Trump said in an interview with The Associated
Press. The Republican presidential front-runner said his concerns
are greater regarding one side in particular. While
Trump wouldnt say whether he was referring to the Israelis
or the Palestinians, he said the chances for a lasting peace
rest with Israel.
- A lot will have to do with Israel and whether or not
Israel wants to make the deal whether or not Israels
willing to sacrifice certain things, Trump said. They
may not be, and I understand that, and Im OK with that.
But then youre just not going to have a deal.
- If I win, Ill let you know six months from the
time I take office, he added.
- Trump was short on specifics about how he would tackle trying
to broker peace in the Middle East, or even whether he supports
the longstanding US government goal of a two-state solution
saying he didnt want to show any bias in favor of one side
or the other in case he does become president.
ISRAEL COULD EASILY DESTROY JERUSALEM'S FLASHPOINT AL-AQSA MOSQUE,
BUT EMPHATICALLY DOES NOT WANT TO, PRIME MINISTER BENYAMIN NETANYAHU
- In remarks to Likud colleagues, Netanyahu said Israel could
rid the Temple Mount of the mosque with little effort, but that
to do so would contradict everything that Israel represents.
If Israel wanted to destroy Al-Aqsa, it would not require
a great effort
but it goes against everything we stand
for, the prime minister told his partys Knesset faction
on Wednesday, in a recording played by Army Radio on Thursday
- The mosque atop the Temple Mount - which is the holiest place
in Judaism as the site of the two biblical temples - has been
at the heart of a wave of Palestinian terrorism and clashes between
Palestinians and Israeli security forces in recent months. Palestinian
leaders and media have alleged that Israel intends to change
the decades-long arrangements under which Jews are allowed to
visit but barred from praying on the Mount - something Netanyahu
has repeatedly insisted is not the case.
- CAMERON TO SPEND BILLIONS BOMBING AND THE "RECONSTRUCTING"
SYRIA, SO THESE RICH PEOPLE GET RICHER
- December 05, 2015 - By Carlyn Harvey - Global Research -
In-depth Report: IRAQ REPORT, SYRIA: NATO'S NEXT WAR?
David Cameron has announced that at least one billion pounds
from UK taxpayers will go to fund the reconstruction
of Syria after it has been pummeled by British bombs. The lunacy
of pledging to rob the public purse to repair the damage Cameron
is so hell-bent on creating is breathtaking. That is until you
examine who the plan makes sense for: Camerons much loved
British companies. On 26 November, Cameron made a statement on
his proposals for bombing Syria to the House of Commons. In his
statement he addressed the following:
- The House is rightly also asking more questions about whether
there will be a proper post conflict reconstruction effort to
support a new Syrian government when it emerges, and Britains
answer to that qusetion is absolutely yes. I can tell the House
that Britain will be prepared to contribute at least another
billion pounds for this task.
- This is, of course, a direct insult to the British population,
who have been forced to endure a crippling amount of cuts to
public services in the name of essential austerity.
However, it is glaringly obvious by now that the Tory partys
austerity program is nothing more than an ideological instrument
to re-order society.
Part of this ideology resides in bringing about a British business
boom, and Cameron is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure
that happens. It is why corporation tax has been consistently
lowered by his government leading to companies loving
these little isles as they pay next to nothing to trade here.
- Its also why Cameron sees opportunity in the tragedy
of Syria. For all his fire and brimstone talk of destroying jihadi
monsters, he is counting on benefits for the British
contractors carrying out the extensive work necessary to rebuild
Syria after RAF bombers, and those of numerous other countries,
have decimated it.
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