INTERNATIONAL PULSE

Period: February 2018
End-Time Church / Pluralism
Global Politics
Israel
 
 

 ISRAEL, THE MIDDLE EAST & ASIA
 


ABBAS SETS CONDITIONS FOR FRESH PEACE TALKS, WITH DIMISHED US ROLE
Image: Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas reads notes as he chairs a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on February 3, 2018. (AFP/ABBAS MOMANI)
PA leader says he will return to table under multilateral effort along lines of Arab Peace Initiative; expected to demand international confab during UN speech on February 20 By Khaled Abu Toameh
February 6, 2018 - The Palestinians are prepared to return to the negotiating table with Israel, but only on the basis of an international multilateral mechanism, the Arab Peace Initiative and international resolutions pertaining to the Israeli-Arab conflict, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday.
Abbas’s comments, which appeared to fall in line with the PA demand that the US not play a leading role in brokering talks, were made during a phone conversation with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Palestinian officials, angry over what they see as US bias in Israel’s favor, have refused to work with the Trump Administration on a peace initiative and say the US can only play a role as part of a larger multilateral effort, a position Israel, the US and others oppose. The Arab Peace Initiative, which was first endorsed by the Arab League in 2002, calls for a “full Israeli withdrawal from the territories occupied since 1967, including the Syrian Golan Heights, to the lines of June 4, 1967.” The plan also calls for the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state “on the territories occupied since the 4th of June 1967 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with east Jerusalem as its capital.” It also provides for a just, agreed resolution of the Palestinian refugee issue. https://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-sets-conditions-for-fresh-peace-talks-with-diminished-us-role/


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REWRITING HISTORY, ABBAS CALL ISRAEL A 'COLONIAL PROJECT' UNRELATED TO JUDAISM
In speech ignoring Jewish ties to holy land, PA head implies European Jews chose to die in Holocaust rather than go to Palestine; claims Ben-Gurion forced Mideast Jews to Israel.
By Dov Lieber - February 21.2018 - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday night implied European Jews during the Holocaust chose to undergo “murder and slaughter” over emigration to British-held Palestine, and alleged that the State of Israel’s first prime minister David Ben-Gurion imported Jews from Yemen and Iraq to the country against their will. The Palestinian leader further asserted that the State of Israel was formed as “a colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism” to safeguard European interests. The PA leader delivered a mini-lecture on his understanding of the history of Zionism on Sunday, claiming the Jewish state deliberately stirred trouble in Arab countries in order to forcibly move Middle Eastern Jews into the sparsely populated nascent state. Abbas, in his address, made no mention of the Jews’ historic presence and periods of sovereignty in the holy land. Israel is the only place where the Jews have ever been sovereign or sought sovereignty.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/rewriting-history-abbas-calls-israel-a-colonial-project-unrelated-to-judaism

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ABBAS AT UN URGES MULTILATERAL PEACE EFFORT, LAYS OUT PLAN FOR TALKS
By ALEXANDER FULBRIGHT - February 20.2018 -
Expressing exasperation at Security Council, Palestinian leader says Authority is 'employee of the occupation,' Israeli envoy chides him for leaving after speech
Abbas: ‘Deadlock’ in peace talks due to US Jerusalem recognition, settlements
Abbas says the “deadlock” in peace talks is due to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Israeli settlement building in the West Bank and Israel’s “disrespect” of Security Council resolutions.
Abbas: Recognition of Palestinian state doesn’t undermine peace talks
Abbas says unilateral recognition of an independent Palestinian state would not undermine negotiations.
He calls on Security Council members who do not recognize such a state to do so.
Rejecting US role, Abbas calls for multilateral 'mechanism' for peace talks
Abbas: Trump 'punishing' Palestinian refugees with UNRWA cuts

Tweets: The Times of Israel is liveblogging Tuesday’s events as they unfold.
Israeli envoy to Abbas: You’re the problem, not the solution
Israeli envoy to the UN Danny Danon blames Abbas for the absence of an Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
“Mr. Abbas, you have made it clear with your words and your actions, you are no longer part of the solution. You are the problem,” Danon says.
He attacks Abbas for speaking differently to Palestinian and international audiences. He takes aim at Abbas for claiming Israel is a European colonial state and that Jews have no claim to the Temple Mount.
“You inspire a culture of hate in Palestinian society,” he says.
Danny Danon addressing the UN Security Council on February 20, 2018.
 
Tweet: Israeli envoy says Abbas ‘ran away’ from direct dialogue
US Ambassador to Israel Danny Danon responds to Abbas’ speech.
He says Abbas “ran away.” Abbas quickly exited the Security Council room at the end of his speech.
Danon says he wanted a direct discussion with Abbas.
 
Abbas: ‘Deadlock’ in peace talks due to US Jerusalem recognition, settlements
Abbas says the “deadlock” in peace talks is due to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Israeli settlement building in the West Bank and Israel’s “disrespect” of Security Council resolutions.
Abbas: Recognition of Palestinian state doesn’t undermine peace talks
Abbas says unilateral recognition of an independent Palestinian state would not undermine negotiations.
He calls on Security Council members who do not recognize such a state to do so.
 
Rejecting US role, Abbas calls for multilateral ‘mechanism’ for peace talks
Abbas calls for a multilateral “mechanism” to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in a rejection of the US’ traditional role as the broker of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
He says this is not a rejection of negotiations or a call for violence.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog-february-20-2018

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OPPOSITION POLITIANS DENOUNCE ABBAS'S 'FALSE SPEECH'
But Zionist Union leader Avi Gabbay urges Israel to focus on separating from the Palestinians rather than on what their leader says
By Stuart Winer and TOI staff - Febraury 20, 2018 - The head of the Zionist Union faction, Avi Gabbay, on Monday slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas over a speech he had made denouncing Israel as a colonial plot devoid of Jewish elements, urging that Israel ignore what the Palestinians are saying and focus on separating from them instead. At a meeting in the Knesset of the Zionist Union faction, Gabbay said Abbas’s comments were “serious, false, and have anti-Semitic fictions.” In an address he gave the night before to a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council in Ramallah, Abbas asserted that the State of Israel was formed as “a colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism” to safeguard European interests. He also implied that European Jews during the Holocaust chose to suffer “murder and slaughter” over emigration to British-held Palestine. “We must not be confused and we must not focus on what the Palestinians say,” Gabbay told his faction. “Separation from the Palestinians is our interest.”
https://www.timesofisrael.com/opposition-politicians-denounce-abbass-false-speech/

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URGENT END TIMES NEWS - TRUMP PEACE PLAN "WITHIN WEEKS" & MANY SIGNS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2T1VFUiIBA&t=1s

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US PEACE ENVOY BLASTS ABBAS FOR FAILUE TO MENTION JERUSALEM'S JEWISH CONNECTION
Jason Greenblatt says denying 'Judaism’s thousands of years of ties' to the city isn't conducive to lasting peace
By DOV LIEBER - February 8, 2018
American Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt on Thursday slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for failing to mention Judaism’s connection to Jerusalem in a speech this week. Speaking at the Jerusalem Capital of Muslim Youth 2018 festival in Ramallah on Tuesday, Abbas repeatedly emphasized that Jerusalem was a city for Muslims and Christians, without mentioning any of the city’s extensive Jewish history. “Pres. Abbas states about Jerusalem: ‘it is Arab, Muslim, and Christian.’ And makes no mention of any Jewish ties. Nothing peaceful or productive can come from statements like this,” Greenblatt said in a series of tweets.
“Lasting peace will not be achieved by denying Judaism’s thousands of years of ties to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is holy to Muslims, Christians, and Jews,” the US envoy added, recalling President Donald Trump’s recognition in December of the city as Israel’s capital. Peace can ONLY be based on truth, and what @POTUS said is the truth: “Jerusalem is today, and must remain, a place where Jews pray at the Western Wall, where Christians walk the Stations of the Cross, and where Muslims worship at Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
https://twitter.com/jdgreenblatt45/status/961429231220781056
https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-peace-envoy-blasts-abbas-for-failure-to-mention-jerusalems-jewish-connection/

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ABBAS, PUTIN TO DISCUSS NEW PEACE TALKS MECHANISM SIDELINING US - REPORT
Image: Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) greets
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, May 11, 2017. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Palestinians seeking to oust Middle East Quartet from process, and have Russia play a much more prominent role
By TOI STAFF and KHALED ABU TOAMEH
February 7, 2018 - When they meet on February 12, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss a new proposed peace negotiations mechanism meant to sideline the United States, a Palestinian diplomat in Russia told the Russian Interfax news agency on Wednesday. The two men are scheduled to meet in the Black Sea beach resort of Sochi. Interfax reported the new mechanism would seek to replace the Middle East Quartet, established in Madrid in 2002, which is composed of the US, the UN, the EU and Russia. The announcement comes as the Palestinian Authority is trying to convince Russia to play a much more prominent role in the peace talks, having declared the US unqualified to act as an “honest broker” due to President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. At the Sochi meeting, Abbas is expected to tell Putin that the Palestinians do not believe the Trump administration is capable of playing any “constructive” or “positive” role in efforts to achieve peace with Israel, a PA official in Ramallah said last week. The PA president has also been seeking greater European involvement in the peace process. https://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-putin-to-discuss-new-peace-talks-mechanism-sidelining-us-report/


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LONG-LOST TRIBE OF ISRAEL RETURNS TO PRAY WESTERN WALL
February 8, 2018 - CBN News - One of Israel's long lost tribes is finally home. A group of Asian Jews from the lost "Bnei Menashe" tribe got the chance to pray at Judaism's holiest sites this week. This tribe claims to descend from Menasseh, and were exiled from Israel 2,700 years ago before being forced to seek refuge in Asia. The group retraced the footsteps of their ancestors. First, they started at the tomb of Joseph, then visited the burial place of Menasseh, and later visited Rachel's tomb. To end their pilgrimage, they stopped by the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism, to pray.
http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2018/february/long-lost-tribe-of-israel-returns-to-pray-at-western-wall

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SANHEDRIN MINTS SILVER HALF SHEKEL WITH IMAGES OF TRUMP AND CYRUS
By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz - February 15, 2018 - “Am the same who says of Cyrus, “He is My shepherd; He shall fulfill all My purposes! He shall say of Yerushalayim, ‘She shall be rebuilt,’ And to the Temple: ‘You shall be founded again.’” Isaiah 44:28 (The Israel Bible™)
Many have seen similarities between the Biblical King Cyrus and President Donald Trump. (Breaking Israel News)
In gratitude to US President Donald Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Jerusalem, the nascent Sanhedrin and the Mikdash (Temple) Educational Center are minting a replica of the silver half-shekel Biblically mandated to be donated by every Jewish male to the Temple. The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less, than the half shekel, when they give the offering of Hashem, to make atonement for your souls.” Exodus 30:15 Rabbi Hillel Weiss, Chairman of the Mikdash & Tsion Association that initiates the Temple reenactments and represents all the Temple movements, explained that the initial motivation for the putting the image of the US president on the coin was in gratitude for his support of Israel.
“Gratitude is an important and holy trait,” Rabbi Weiss, who is also spokesman of the nascent Sanhedrin, told Breaking Israel News. “He did a great and historical deed that the Jewish People are grateful for.” An image of President Trump will be engraved alongside an image of the ancient Persian King Cyrus, who facilitated the building of the Second Temple that ended the Babylonian Exile in 538 BCE.
(The image below is a proposed design. The actual coin may be slightly different.) An inscription commemorating Lord Arthur Balfour, the British Foreign Secretary who issued what was dubbed the “Balfour Declaration” that called for establishing a Jewish homeland in what was then the British Mandate of Palestine, will also appear on the face of the coin. The reverse side of the coin will be engraved with an image of the Temple.https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/102784/sanhedrin-temple-movement-issue-silver-half-shekel-images-trump-cyrus/

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REVEALED: TEMPLE MOUNT MOVEMENT'S GOAL TO BUILD 'THIRD TEMPLE' ON RUINS OF AL AQSA
February 17, 2018 - By 21st Century - This topic is effectively blacklisted from the US and European media – and for good reason. It is ‘off limits’ because it reveals one of the most dangerous aspects of the radical Zionist agenda which permeates Israeli society as well as the designs of radical Christian Zionists in the United States – including many members of the US government. Leading the way for this messianic extremist movement, is Likud Party in Israel, currently headed by embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also under investigation for multiple counts of corruption. Netanyahu views the extremist Zionist Right as a key component of his tenuous support base – a political strategy predicated on conflict and maintaining Israel’s brutal brand apartheid. Zionist incitement of Muslims by threatening the holy Al Aqsa Mosque is a recipe for perpetual instability – and something which the Likud coalition government requires to maintain its own grip on power in Israel.
Below is a summary of the extremist Zionist agenda to further marginalize the native Arab Palestinian population by desecrating one of the world’s most holy sites – in order to re-establishment an arcane Biblical concept, before finally transforming Jerusalem from being a ‘neutral’ city, into the global capital of a radical religious movement… By Mersiha Gadzo
After failing to blow up the Dome of the Rock in 1984, Yehuda Etzion of the “Jewish Underground” messianic terrorist group realized his mistake while in prison. Their plan to destroy the “abomination,” was appropriate; the only problem was that they acted ahead of their time, Etzion argued. “The generation was not ready,” Etzion wrote in a letter while incarcerated.
http://21stcenturywire.com/2018/02/17/revealed-the-temple-mount-movements-goal-build-third-temple-ruins-al-aqsa/

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THE DOME OF THE ROCK
(Photo: Mersiha Gadzo) By Mersiha Gadzo - After failing to blow up the Dome of the Rock in 1984, Yehuda Etzion of the “Jewish Underground” messianic terrorist group realized his mistake while in prison. Their plan to destroy the “abomination,” was appropriate; the only problem was that they acted ahead of their time, Etzion argued.
“The generation was not ready,” Etzion wrote in a letter while incarcerated.
Once out of prison Etzion established the Chai Vekayam (Alive and Existing) movement, which believes in shaping public opinion as a prerequisite for building a Third Temple in the religious complex in Jerusalem’s Old City where Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock are located, otherwise known as the Noble Sanctuary. In addition to housing Islam’s third most holiest site in the world, the compound is also one of Judaism’s most sacred sites and the desired location for the Third Temple.
According to messianic belief, building the Third Temple at the Al Aqsa compound—where the First and Second temples stood some 2,000 years ago—would usher the coming of the Messiah. In his prison letter he explained, destroying the Dome of the Rock could be part of the plan, “We must build a new force that grows very slowly, moving its educational and social activity into a new leadership. Of course I cannot predict whether the Dome of the Rock will be removed from the Mount while the new body is developing or after it actually leads the people, but the clear fact is that the Mount will be purified [from Islamic shrines] with certainty…”
http://21stcenturywire.com/2018/02/17/revealed-the-temple-mount-movements-goal-build-third-temple-ruins-al-aqsa/

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NETANYAHU HAS A NEW SCAPEGOAT FOR HIS CORRUPTION SCANDAL
The Israeli prime minister, who's still standing after the police recommended charging him with bribery, fraud and breach of trust, has a new target in his sights
Yossi Verter - February 17, 2018 - Only Benjamin Netanyahu could have navigated the past three days and landed on his feet, unscathed in any significant way politically and without throwing the coalition into turmoil. He chalked up an...
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-netanyahu-has-a-new-scapegoat-for-his-corruption-scandal-1.5824587


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NETANYAHU CONFIDANT ARRESTED IN ISRAELI TELECOM GIANT GRAFT CASE, PM EXPECTED TO BE QUESTIONED
Case involves Netanyahu’s links with Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder of Bezeq and owner of Walla news website. Police expands investigation
Haaretz - February 18, 2018 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife, Sara and Shaul Elovitch, February 18, 2018Credit: Eyal Toueg, Mark Israel Salem
Police on Sunday arrested several senior officials at Bezeq, the Israeli telecommmunication's giant, as part of the ongoing corruption investigation, dubbed 'Case 4000' involving the company and its possible relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu is expected to be questioned in connection to the case. Following new evidence that indicates that alleged criminal activity in the case is more extensive than had been suspected, the police released a statement Sunday saying its Lahav 433 unit has officially opened a joint investigation with the Israel Securities Authority. Also on Sunday, Haaretz reported that three unnamed associates of Netanyahyu acted to benefit businessman Shaul Elovitch, Bezeq's controlling shareholder. Bezeq shares were trading down 1.15 percent in mid-mornning trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Sunday.
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/two-netanyahu-confidants-arrested-in-israeli-telecom-giant-graft-case-1.5825999

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TAX BREAKS, VISAS, ET AL: THE 6 FRAUDS FOR WHICH POLICE WANT NETANYAHU CHARGED
A guide to the list of alleged bribery offenses for which investigators recommend the prime minister be prosecuted - some previously leaked, others shocking new revelations
By RAOUL WOOTLIFF - February 14, 2018 P rimeMinister Benjamin Netanyahu during a tour of the Jerusalem Police headquarters at the Russian compound in Jerusalem, October 7, 2015. (Mark Sellem/Pool)
Police recommendations that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be charged for a raft of bribery and breach of trust transgressions caught both pundits and politicians by surprise Tuesday evening, both for the severity of the charges and the specifics of the accused crimes. According to police leaks that had filled news reels and reams of paper day after day, the year-long probes of the so-called Case 1000 and Case 2000 had uncovered a fair bit of quid (in the form of gifts given by billionaire benefactors to the prime minister, and a promise for better coverage from the media outlet most antagonistic to him) but not much quo. Even the most recent reports had indicated that in return for the gifts, perhaps the most significant example of a favor Netanyahu had done in return was helping arrange visas. https://www.timesofisrael.com/tax-breaks-visas-et-al-the-6-frauds-for-which-police-want-netanyahu-charged/


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