- Visit 'Peace In Jerusalem'
- for more comprehensive
ongoing reports by Retired Pastor/Teacher James McCutchan - Jmccutchan@aol.com
- "NOW WE CAN BUILD OUR TEMPLE"
- Dead Sea 'salt cube' phenomenon wows worldwide - Beachcombers
record video of their surprising find
Drew Zahn - June 1, 2014 - WND - At the end of the Jordan River,
the Dead Sea on the border of Israel known biblically
as the Sea of Arabah is a popular tourist destination,
in part, because the seas dense salt content provides surprising
buoyancy for swimmers.
- Just as surprising is the video released by some unidentified
beachcombers who found the seas famous salinity had formed
natural, bite-sized cubes of salt similar to ice cubes
or sugar cubes that had then washed up on shore. Seeing
salt crystals on the shore of the Dead Sea is commonplace, but
less expected is to see nature form the straight lines and right
angles necessary to make perfect, little cubes.
- The video has popped up on Reddit and dozens of other social
media sites and blogs across the world and has garnered over
500,000 views on YouTube.
- The formations themselves are best explained when understanding
that various salts, including common table salt, Sodium Chloride,
naturally form cube-shaped crystals. The Dead Sea provides a
perfect environment for these crystals to grow to unusual size.The
Dead Sea is one of the worlds saltiest bodies of water,
with a salinity varying between 30 and 34 percent, nearly 10
times as salty as the ocean. Located at over 1,400 feet below
sea level, the shores of the Dead Sea mark it the lowest-elevation
sea on Earth, and with a depth of over 1,000 feet, the sea is
the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. Film proves it:
- UNCONFIRMED: LEAKED REPORT:
ISRAEL ACHNOWLEDGES JEWS IN FACT KHAZARS; SECRET PLAN FOR REVERSE
MIGRATION TO UKRAINE
- March 18, 2014, 11:34 pm - Jim Wald who is Associate Professor
and Director of the Center for the Book at Hampshire College,
where he teaches Jerusalem and Zhitomir, 16 March/Adar II 14
(Our Russian and Ukrainian correspondents Hirsh Ostropoler and
I. Z. Grosser-Spass also contributed to this story, delayed due
to the crisis over the Crimean referendum.)
Fast-breaking Developments - Followers of Middle Eastern affairs
know two things: always expect the unexpected, and never write
off Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who has more political
lives than the proverbial cat. Only yesterday came news that
Syrian rebels plan to give Israel the Golan Heights in exchange
for creation of a no-fly zone against the Assad regime. In an
even bolder move, it is now revealed, Israel will withdraw its
settlers from communities beyond the settlement blocsand
relocate them at least temporarily to Ukraine. Ukraine made this
arrangement on the basis of historic ties and in exchange for
desperately needed military assistance against Russia. This surprising
turn of events had an even more surprising origin: genetics,
a field in which Israeli scholars have long excelled.
- A Warlike Turkic People - and a Mystery - It is well known
that, sometime in the eighth to ninth centuries, the Khazars,
a warlike Turkic people, converted to Judaism and ruled over
a vast domain in what became southern Russia and Ukraine. What
happened to them after the Russians destroyed that empire around
the eleventh century has been a mystery. Many have speculated
that the Khazars became the ancestors of Ashkenazi Jews. [...]
Speaking off the record, he explained, We first thought
that admitting we are really Khazars was one way to get around
Abbass insistence that no Jew can remain in a Palestinian
state. Maybe we were grasping at straws. But when he refused
to accept that, it forced us to think about more creative solutions.
The Ukrainian invitation for the Jews to return was a godsend.
Relocating all the settlers within Israel in a short time would
be difficult for reasons of logistics and economics. We certainly
dont want another fashlan like the expulsion of the settlers
in the Gaza Hitnatkut [disengagement].[...]
A veteran Middle East journalist said: Its problematic,
but in a perverse way, brilliant. In one fell swoop, Bibi has
managed to confound friend and foe alike. Hes put the ball
back in the Palestinians court and relieved the pressure
from the Americans without actually making any real concessions.
Meanwhile, by lining up with the Syrian rebels and Ukraine, as
well as Georgia and Azerbaijan, he compensates for the loss of
the Turkish alliance and puts pressure on both Assad and Iran.
And the new Cypriot-Israeli gas deal props up Ukraine and weakens
the economic leverage of both the Russians and the Gulf oil states.
Just brilliant. http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/leaked-report-israel-acknowledges-
- REMOVING WEST BANK SETTLERS WOULD COST $10 BILLION: PEACE
By Jonathan Ferziger 2014-03-18T18:22:55Z Paying Israels
West Bank settlers to give up their homes for a future Palestinian
state would cost about $10 billion, a peace group said. Settlers
said today that the final price could be double that. Assuming
Israel would have to move about 100,000 people if a peace accord
is reached, the organization, Blue White Future, estimates that
compensation of $400,000 would be needed for each of 25,000 households,
Co-Chairman Gilead Sher said. Fifty percent of those affected
would move voluntarily, while about 40 percent would refuse,
the group said, based on survey findings presented yesterday.
This is an amount Israel can easily finance out of its
own budget expenditures, Roby Nathanson, head of the Tel
Aviv-based Macro Center for Political Economics, which conducted
the survey, said on a conference call. Roughly half the money
would compensate settlers for their homes, while the rest would
cover costs such as building infrastructure, new homes, psychological
counseling and job training, he said.
U.S. President Barack Obama is trying to persuade Israelis and
Palestinians to agree on a framework for continuing peace talks
beyond the nine months they originally approved. The period for
negotiations ends April 29, and Obama met with Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas yesterday at the White House to push for the agreement,
which he described as very challenging. Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the White House on March
- THE CHINESE HAVE TAKEN OVER ISRAEL'S LARGEST FOOD PRODUCER
- Former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy warns against selling off
Israel's national assets.
Yair Hasson Published: 05.22.14 - Israel Business - Former Mossad
head Efraim Halevy warned Wednesday that the purchase of Israel's
largest food company by a Chinese firm was a threat to national
security. "The fact that Israel's largest food company is
owned by the Chinese government will lead to the company's financial
conduct serving Chinese interests," he said. Under terms
of a preliminary accord, China's Bright Food said on Thursday
it will buy 56 percent of dairy firm Tnuva from private equity
house Apax for an undisclosed sum. According to Halevy, who had
voiced his disapproval of the deal in the past, "the company
buying Tnuva is owned by the Chinese government. This is not
a company owned by a private Chinese businessman. This allows
the Chinese government to do make immediate decisions as it sees
fit." The former spy chief told Ynet why he believed that
business sectors beyond infrastructure and defense, like food,
were also integral to national security. "Food production
is today one of the sectors included in the frame of national
security. There is a concept called 'food security.' "This
is an important subject for every country in the world, and there
are countries that go as far as to purchase or long-term lease
agricultural land in other nations for future food production."
- NETANYAHU 'TROUBLED' BY OBAMA MAINTAINING RELATIONS WITH
Tuesday, 03 Jun 2014 08:45 AM Israel's prime minister said Wednesday
he is "deeply troubled" by the United States' decision
to maintain relations with the new Palestinian unity government,
urging Washington to tell the Palestinian president that his
alliance with the Hamas militant group is unacceptable. The blunt
language used by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reflected
the Israeli government's disappointment and frustration over
the international community's embrace of Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas' new unity government. Netanyahu has urged the
world to shun the government because it is backed by Hamas, an
Islamic group that has killed hundreds of Israelis in attacks
over the past two decades. But late Tuesday, both the U.S. and
European Union said they would give Abbas a chance.
"I'm deeply troubled by the announcement that the United
States will work with the Palestinian government backed by Hamas,"
Netanyahu told The Associated Press, saying the group has murdered
"countless innocent civilians." "All those who
genuinely seek peace must reject President Abbas' embrace of
Hamas, and most especially, I think the United States must make
it absolutely clear to the Palestinian president that his pact
with Hamas, a terrorist organization that seeks Israel's liquidation,
is simply unacceptable," he said. Israel and the West have
branded Hamas a terrorist group. But Israel's allies in Washington
and Europe have said they will maintain ties to the new government
and continue sending hundreds of millions of dollars in aid as
long as it renounces violence and recognizes Israel's right to
- POPE FRANCIS SHOCKS AGAIN: POPE FRANCIS ' SNAPPED ' AT ISRAELI
Posted By: IZAKOVIC 28-May-2014
Another dispute occurred , according to Arab and Israeli media
, when the Holy Father unexpectedly stopped near the monument
to the victims of terrorism, which is located in vicinity
Jesus did not speak Hebrew but only Aramaic , Pope Francis with
the high tone snapped at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Natanjahu
at a meeting in Jerusalem after Natanjahu said to Pope that Jesus
Christ was familiar to Jews and spoke in Hebrew . It was one
of many quarrels between Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Natanjahu who could not forgive the pope after he stopped
by the security wall built by the Israelis in the West Bank and
Another dispute occurred , according to Arab and Israeli media
, when the Holy Father unexpectedly stopped near the monument
to the victims of terrorism, which is located nearby.
Palestinians are terrorists and they are bloodthirsty ! Unlike
them who teach their children to kill , we learn our to be peaceful.
And that was one of the reasons for raising the protection near
where you stopped and prayed , said Natanjahu Pope Francis immediately
replied: - You rob the Palestinians of their land and build Jewish
settlements ... It is not a peaceful policy. http://www.vecernji.hr/svijet/papa-franjo-odbrusio-izraelskom-premijeru-941412
- POPE FRANCIS AT THE VATICAN FOR PEACE PRAYER
Jun 2nd, 2014 by admin. Here are some quotes from the Associated
Press that were published by the Top Nine online news service:
Abbas, Perez Confirm They Will Meet Pope Francis At The
Vatican For Peace Prayer
Pope Francis plunged Sunday into Mideast politics during
his Holy Land pilgrimage, calling the current stalemate in peace
efforts unacceptable and winning the acceptance from
the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to pay a symbolic visit
to the Vatican next month to pray for peace. Jubilant Palestinians
cheered Francis as he arrived in Bethlehems Manger Square,
shouting Viva al-Baba! or Long live the pope!
Giant Palestinian flags in red, white, green and black and the
Vaticans yellow-and-white flags decorated the square, which
is home to the Church of the Nativity, built over the grotto
where tradition says Jesus was born.
At the end of Mass in the square, Francis invited Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to
pray with him for peace, saying: I offer my home in the
Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer.
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks broke down in late April,
and there have been no public high-level meetings for a year.
President Barak Obama has been unable to kick start the all-but-dead
Middle East Peace Process, despite the efforts of his inexperienced
and inept envoy, John Kerry. By inviting the Presidents of both
Israel and the Palestinian Authority to come and pray at the
Vatican, Pope Francis has changed the landscape dramatically.
It is no longer the U.S. that is the Broker of Peace in the Middle
East. Now it is the Vatican. Pope Francis has, in one brilliant
move, stolen the Middle East Peace negotiations away from Barak
Obama. By the way, it is very, very significant the day chosen
for the Vatican prayers is Sunday, June 8 the High Holy
Day of Pentecost. T. Leon Sexton http://legacyinstitute.org/
- ISRAEL APPROVES NEW SETTLEMENT CONSTRUCTION?
- [Ednote: this is what was confusing after the previous article
about resettling to the Ukraine]
- By JOSEF FEDERMAN - From Associated Press - June 05, 2014
2:02 PM EST
- JERUSALEM (AP) Israel gave the final go-ahead Thursday
to build nearly 1,500 homes in Jewish settlements, saying the
construction was a response to the formation of the Palestinian
unity government backed by the Islamic militant group Hamas.
The move triggered international criticism and deepened a rift
between Israel and its Western allies. With Israel outraged at
the world's embrace of the unity government, Israel's housing
minister said the new construction was "just the beginning."
Israel has been sparring with its allies in Washington and Europe
since Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore
in the unity government Monday.
- Israel has asked the world to shun the new government because
it is backed by Hamas, which has killed hundreds of Israelis
in suicide bombings and other attacks in the past two decades.
The European Union and the United States, along with Israel,
consider Hamas a terrorist group. Continued: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/
- POPE FRANCIS: WANT MIDDLE EAST PEACE? 'Pray, pray, pray'
Radio host talks to pontiff as historic meeting looms
June 6, 2014 WND - Pope Francis has told a reporter just
as a historic meeting between Israeli President Shimon Peres
and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas looms that to
obtain peace in the Middle East, prayer is needed.
Pray, pray, pray, the pope told American television
journalist and WABC Radio host Rita Cosby.
She was granted a rare audience with the pope at the Vatican
in Rome this week, becoming one of the first American journalists
to talk with him. She asked about several topics, including his
possible role as a peacemaker in the Middle East. The White House,
pressing for a two-state solution, believes land
for peace will produce success and that Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas is a reliable peace partner. But Abbas
has said he will never recognized Israel as a Jewish state, and
his unity agreement with the terrorist group Hamas, which governs
Gaza, is a deal-breaker for Israel. On Sunday, Peres and Abbas
are to meet with the pope at the Vatican.
The surprise invitation to both presidents for a prayer summit
was extended during the popes recent visit to the Middle
East. The visit included a stop at Bethlehems Manger Square.
Cosby said speaking with Pope Francis was one of the greatest
moments of my life. He was extremely engaging and
approaching. It is clear he cares deeply about peace in the Mideast
and would like to do anything he can to assist this very difficult
- SECURITY CABINET DECISION AFTER UNIFIED PA FORMED
- Monday, June 2, 2014 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
said: "Today, Abu Mazen said yes to terrorism and no to
peace. This is the direct continuation of Abu Mazen's policy
of refusing peace. While Israel has carried out courageous and
painful steps on behalf of the diplomatic process and continues
to be committed to peace, Abu Mazen has refused to extend the
negotiations, has rejected the American framework document, continues
to incite against Israel, has unilaterally acceded to UN treaties
and has now forged a pact with the Hamas terrorist organization.
- Abu Mazen has forged a pact with the Hamas organization,
which is responsible for the murder of over 1,000 innocent Israelis
and the firing of thousands of missiles at Israeli cities.
- Abu Mazen has forged a pact with Hamas, an organization which
has been declared a terrorist organization in the US, Europe,
Egypt and throughout the world, and which completely rejects
the international community's conditions. The international community
needs to treat it accordingly.
- In recent days, the leaders of the Hamas terrorist organization
have reiterated their commitment to the path of terrorism and
to the elimination of the State of Israel. The agreement with
Hamas makes Abu Mazen directly responsible for the terrorism
emanating from Gaza. The State of Israel will not conduct diplomatic
negotiations with a Palestinian government that relies on Hamas,
a terrorist organization that calls for the destruction of Israel."
- Security Cabinet Statement 24/04/2014 - The Cabinet today,
unanimously decided that Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian
government backed by Hamas, a terrorist organization that calls
for Israel's destruction. http://www.imra.org.il
- U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE SPOKESPERSON ON PALESTINIAN UNITY
- Monday, June 2, 2014 - "we expect the Palestinian Authority
to do everything in its power to prevent attacks from Gaza into
Israel. But we recognize that Hamas currently controls Gaza"
Jen Psaki U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC June 2, 2014 http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2014/06/227036.htm#PALESTINIANS
- ISRAEL LIMITS SECURITY COOPERATION WITH RUSSIA
- Jun. 1, 2014 - 03:51PM | By BARBARA OPALL-ROME - TEL AVIV
Israel has forfeited some US $1 billion in defense trade
and dual-use development projects with Russia due to a delicately
balanced foreign and export licensing policy aimed at preserving
security ties with Moscow without harming vital interests of
the US and its NATO allies.
- In interviews here, officials underscored Israels sovereign
right and need to advance its diplomatic and security agenda
through strengthened ties with Moscow, an increasingly pivotal
player in the region and the world.
- But given ongoing US-Russian geopolitical posturing and recent
tensions over Ukraine, Israel must remain sensitive to the interests
of its key ally in Washington, officials here say.
- The result, a senior MoD official said, is a delicate and
continuously calibrated policy of balance that has
already cost Israel more than $1 billion in lost sales and opportunities
for strategic cooperation with Russia.
- We could gain from Russia billions of dollars,
the official said in a recent interview. In a typical year, Israel
signs about $7 billion in export deals worldwide. But even more
than lost sales, the official noted Moscows unique capacity
to influence Israels strategic standing in the region through
its ties to enemy states such as Iran and Syria. Continued:
- ISRAEL HALTED THE STALEMATED AMERICAN-BROKERED PEACE NEGOTIATIONS
ON APRIL 24 DUE TO UNION OF PA & HAMAS
- SAUDI AND UAE READY $20bn BOOST FOR EGYPT'S EL-SISI
- June 2, 2014 IMRA, IL - Egypt Daily News, from The Telegraph
2 June 14:
- SUBJECT:Saudi,UAE $20 bn boost for Egypts El-Sisi
- QUOTE:The oil rich Arab nations are looking to help
Egypt's new leader and prevent the Muslim Brotherhood rebuilding
a legitimate support base on the back of a weak economy.
- Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are thought to
be readying a financial aid package of $20bn (£12bn) to
boost Egypts economy and support the incoming government
of ex-Field Marshal Abdulfattah el-Sisi. [...] Abu Dhabi has
already pumped $4.9bn into supporting the economy in Egypt -
the most populous Arab states in the Middle East - as it seeks
to support Mr El-Sisi and prevent the Muslim Brotherhood from
rebuilding a legitimate support base on the back of a weak economy.
The government in Riyadh has also pumped almost $5bn into supporting
the Egyptian economy already as it seeks to influence events
in Cairo and prevent a reawkening of political unrest across
- The brotherhood has been banned as a terrorist
organisation in Egypt since the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi.
- The oil-rich Middle East powerhouse Arab nations, which combined
account for more than a tenth of the worlds supply of crude,
have already held preliminary talks with authorities in Cairo
to discuss how the line of funding will be structured, according
to a report in the Arabic media over the weekend. [...] The reconciliation
pact, intended to repair a fierce seven-year rift between Hamas
and Mr. Abbass Fatah faction and to reunite the Palestinian
geographic territories under one rule, prompted Israel to halt
the stalemated American-brokered peace negotiations on April
24. Now the focus turns to whether the new government can deliver
overdue Palestinian elections after six months as promised
and, in the shorter term, whether it can persuade Egypt to reopen
Gazas southern Rafah crossing and address the fuel shortages
and skyrocketing unemployment that have plagued the coastal strip
for months. [...] The United States is scheduled to provide $440
million to the Palestinian Authority this year, but it is barred
from funding any government that includes Hamas as a member,
or that results from an agreement with Hamas and over which Hamas
exercises undue influence, according to the
Congressional Research Service, unless the president provides
a waiver. The State Department like the European Union
has indicated openness to dealing with the new government
so long as it follows Mr. Abbass line. [...] http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=63956
- POLLARD SURPASSES SAD MILESTONES IN PRISON 10,417 DAYS
- Yeranen Yaakov Blog May 30, 2014 - As of May 30, 2014
Jonathan Pollard has been in prison for his service to the security
of The State of Israel 10,417 days.
Alternative time units
10,417 days can be converted to one of these units:
1488 weeks (rounded down)
- President Obama, FREE POLLARD NOW!!!
- KHALED ABU TOAMEH: FATAH LEADERS: ABBAS IS A DICTATOR (PREDICTS
HAMAS TO DEFEAT ABBAS IN ELECTIONS)
- By Khaled Abu Toameh - June 3, 2014 at 5:00 am - Hamas's
chances of winning elections do not seem to be bad at all. Eight
years after the last parliamentary election, Fatah is likely
to be defeated at the ballot box once again. Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas has finally made peace with Hamas. But
will he able to extinguish the fire that has erupted in his own
backyard? Continued: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4341/fatah-abbas-dictator
- IRAN LAUNCHES HIZBULLAH SYRIA TO OPEN A NEW FRONT
AGAINST ISRAEL ON THE GOLDEN HEIGHTS
- Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall and Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dr.
Shimon Shapira, June 2, 2014 Jerusalem Issue Briefs Vol. 14,
No. 16 June 3, 2014 - In the wake of the announcement of the
establishment of Hizbullah Syria, the conservative
Jomhouri Eslamipaper stated: The establishment of Syrias
will also be a strong arm of the resistance that
will cause nightmares for the Zionists. The Zionist regime that
was concerned about threats from the Lebanese borders, now should
prepare itself for a new situation (on the Golan Heights front).
- Iran views Syria (with or without Assad) as its principal
arena of conflict with the West and with heretic Sunni
Islam (under the leadership of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States,
and al-Qaeda). Continued: http://jcpa.org/article/iran-hizbullah-syria-front/
- THE ELECTION OF ABD AL-FATAH EL-SISI AS PRESIDENT OF EGYPT
- INSS Insight No. 557, June 3, 2014 Ephraim Kam
- SUMMARY: There were no surprises in last weeks presidential
election in Egypt. It was clear from the outset that Abd al-Fatah
al-Sisi, the former defense minister and the most powerful man
in the Egyptian leadership, would be elected. From Israels
perspective Sisis election is clearly the preferred outcome.
His regime is far preferable to that of the Muslim Brotherhood,
with its fundamentally hostile attitude to Israel. Sabahi, Sisis
rival in the election, was also highly critical of Israel and
expressed his support for Hamas. By contrast, Sisi portrays the
peace agreement with Israel as an Egyptian strategic asset. Given
his past as the head of intelligence and defense minister, Sisi
is aware of the advantages of military coordination with Israel.
- WASHINGTON ACCEPTS TERROR STATE - ONLY REQUIRES ENGLISH PRESS
- Dr. Aaron Lerner - Date: 3 June 2014 - Let's read this incredibly
shocking passage together: "Well, we condemn all rocket
attacks from Gaza. We would also expect President Abbas to do
so as he has in the past, and we expect the Palestinian Authority
to do everything in its power to prevent attacks from Gaza into
Israel. But we recognize that Hamas currently controls Gaza..."
Jen Psaki - U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Daily Press
Briefing Washington, DC June 2, 2014
- Now let me walk through what this means:
- #1. The United States has absolutely no expectation that
the formation of the unity PA government will have any significance
with regard to the anything relating to security matters in the
- #2. The United States accepts the continued control of Gaza
by Hamas with Hamas in no way being expected to honor any of
the written commitments that the PA is committed to first
and foremost that the Gaza Strip is a demilitarized zone.
- #3. In the event of a rocket attack from Gaza, the only thing
the United States expects PA President Mahmoud Abbas to do is
issue a press release.
- Now what? I am optimistic. If the American double-cross was
more diplomatic, more muted, the temptation would have been to
kick the can down the road and wait to see what develops. But
the Obama Administration's handling of this development was so
loud, so fast and so devastating that Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu and his team are now finding themselves having no choice
but to start acting, rather than sitting back and hoping for
- Yes, Shimon Peres will still have his photo op with Mahmoud
Abbas at the Vatican (an Haaretz editorial cartoon shows him
walking down the aisle arm-in-arm like two lovers on their way
to being married by the Pope). And the same Israeli politicians
who still want to leave the Golan and remain confident that dividing
Jerusalem into a patchwork quilt of Palestinian, Israeli and
joint zones would work like a dream are counseling that we wait.
But this time, at least at this reading, it looks like the proverbial
frog is going to act before the water in the pot boils him.
- HAMAS ARMS PROGRAM SPEEDING AHEAD (25,000 GUNMEN IN GAZA)
- Hamas arms program speeding ahead By YAAKOV LAPPIN The Jerusalem
Post 06/03/2014 05:47
- Hamass weapons production program in Gaza is moving
ahead at full speed, with local rocket production centers churning
out thousands of projectiles, according to Israeli security evaluations.
- As Hamas in Gaza prepares to attempt a reunification with
Fatah in the West Bank, the Islamist regime today forms one of
the largest armed forces in the region, and has restructured
itself into a military-like combat entity, complete with territorial
divisions, a senior security source told The Jerusalem Post on
- QUARTET AFFIRMS ITS SUPPORT TO NEW PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT
BASED ON PA
- IMRA: Notice that everyone is mentioning "commitment
to agreements"? What about clearing out the missiles in
the Gaza Strip that are a gross violation of the agreements?
RAMALLAH, June 4, 2014 (WAFA) Special envoy of the quartet on
the Middle East Tony Blair Wednesday confirmed the Quartet's
support to the new Palestinian national consensus government.
Tony Blair called Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and greeted him
on the occasion of forming the Palestinian national consensus
Blair welcomed the government's commitment to agreements, treaties
and international initiatives endorsed and signed by the PLO.
Hamdallah valued the Quartet's position, and stressed the significance
of the International support to enable the government to maintain
and uplift its services to the Palestinian people. He pointed
out that the government's main mission is to prepare for the
general elections and to support and defend the people's rights
and steadfastness against the daily Israeli occupation's violations.
- TELEPHONR POLL OF IRANIANS: 62% OPPOSE RECOGNIZING ISRAEL
IF PALESTINIANS MAKE PEACE AGREEMENT
- Friday, June 6, 2014 - Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 2 January 2014
- The following are the result of a telephone poll of Iranians
carried out from Israel under the supervision of Professor Alex
Mintz, Head of the Institute for Policy and Strategy, as reported
in the 6 June 2014 edition of Yediot Ahronot: Do you agree that
Iran should recognize Israel if there is a peace agreement between
it and the Palestinians? 62.0% Oppose 16.1% Support 21.9% Support
on condition that Israel withdraws from the territories Continued:
- PM NETANYAHU AND EU COMMISSION PRESIDENT BARROSO ATTEND SIGNING
CEREMONY FOR ISRAEL'S ACCESSION TO THE EU HORIZON 2020 RESEARCH
AND INNOVATION PROGRAMME
- Sunday, June 8, 2014 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, this afternoon
(Sunday, 8 June 2014), attended the signing ceremony on Israel's
accession to Horizon 2020 The EU Framework Programme for Research
and Innovation. EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen
and Science, Technology and Space Minister Yaakov Peri signed
the accession agreement for the EU and Israel, respectively.
Horizon 2020 is among the largest programs in the world for scientific
and industrial cooperation; Israel will transfer approximately
140 million Euros per annum from the Science, Economy and other
ministry budgets. Investments in previous EU plants have proven
themselves: The relative return on Israeli investments in the
plan is approximately 60%. Israel invested 535 million Euros
in the seventh plan; Israeli bodies received 840 million Euros
in grants, 579.5 million Euros of which were for university scientists.
Under the plan, which ended last year, 1,197 projects
with the participation of 2,124 Israeli scientists from academia
and industry were approved. The signing of the accession
agreement today confirms Israel's status as a full partner in
the plan. As of now, approximately 500 proposals with
Israeli participants have been submitted. The proposals
will be evaluated by September 2014 and the grant agreements
will be signed by the end of the year. Continued: http://www.iserd.org.il/ABOUT_ISERD
- ABBAS IS LYING TO AMERICANS, SAYS FORMER HAMAS SPOKESMAN
- PMW Bulletin June 8, 2014 - Abbas is lying to Americans,
says former Hamas spokesman "These words are meant to trick
the Americans" by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
- Former Hamas government spokesman Ihab al-Ghussein announced
today that in private meetings with Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas insists
that he is lying in his public statements in order to "trick
- The following is the post describing Abbas' "tricking
- "You know what Mahmoud Abbas says behind closed doors??
He says: 'Guys, let me [continue] saying what I say to the media.
Those words are meant for the Americans and the occupation (i.e.,
Israel), not for you [Hamas]. What's important is what we agree
on among ourselves. In other words, when I go out [publicly]
and say that the government is my [Abbas] government and it recognizes
'Israel' and so on, fine - these words are meant to trick the
Americans. But we agree that the government has nothing to do
with politics (i.e., foreign relations). The same thing happened
in 2006,' he [Abbas] said: 'Don't harp on everything I tell the
media, forget about the statements in the media.'
- Come on [Abbas]!
- The problem really isn't with him [Abbas], the problem is
with whoever believes him. Ha, Ha, Ha! (I really do want real
reconciliation, meaning partnership and achieving unity, but
not reconciliation as Abbas means it)."
- [Ihab al-Ghussein's Facebook page, June 8, 2014] http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=11646
- IRAN, TURKEY SIGN 10 COOPERATION DEALS
- Tehran, June 8, IRNA Given Iran and Turkey?s numerous
economic capacities, they will sign 10 cooperation agreements
during President Hassan Rouhani?s upcoming visit to the country,
said an advisor to the minister of communications and information
technology. Mehdi Mohtashami added that since Turkey is a major
buyer of Iran?s oil, gas and energy and transits Iran?s gas to
Europe, the trip can play a crucial role in promoting Iran-Turkey
ties. Continued: http://184.108.40.206/en/News/2717451/Politic/Iran_Turkey_to_sign_10_cooperation_deals
- INTERVIEW WITH UN PEACE ENVOY BRAHIMI: 'SYRIA WILL BECOME
- ONLINE Interview by Susanne Koelbl June 07, 2014 11:14
- SPIEGEL: Is Assad aware of the way the war is being conducted
by his army?
- Brahimi: One-hundred percent.
- SPIEGEL: The barrel bombs being thrown from helicopters on
civilian populations? The targeted bombing of hospitals? The
systematic torture and killing of thousands or tens-of-thousands?
- Brahimi: He knows a hell of a lot. Maybe he doesn't know
every single detail of what is happening, but I'm sure he is
aware that people are being tortured, that people are being killed,
that bombs are being thrown, that cities are being destroyed.
He cannot ignore the fact that there are 2.5 million refugees.
That number is going to be 4 million next year, and there are
6 million people who are internally displaced. He knows that
there are 50,000 to 100,000 people in his jails. And that some
of them are tortured every day.
- SPIEGEL: Did you confront him with those facts?
- Brahimi: Sure! I spoke to him of a list of 29,000 people
in his prisons and I gave a copy of the list to his office.
- SPIEGEL: Is the regime the major culprit or are war crimes
also committed by others?
- Brahimi: War crimes are being committed every day, by both
sides. Starvation is being used as a weapon. When you prevent
water and food from reaching 250,000 people, what else can you
call that? And at the same time, some of the armed groups are
using civilians as human shields. But the regime has a state,
has an army with 300,000 men, has airplanes, which the opposition
- SPIEGEL: Does anybody track those war crimes and hold people
- Brahimi: There is an investigation commission, working under
the umbrella of the High Commission of Human Rights, that has
been trying to look at all these human rights abuses and they
are systematically collecting facts. People will be held responsible
- SPIEGEL: Who is the dominating force in the armed opposition?
- Brahimi: The opposition is very fragmented, even the Free
Syrian Army. But everybody understands that the jihadi group
ISIS (Eds. Note: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) is
not really interested in Syria. They seek to establish a new
order in the region. As long as there are no negotiations, the
armed groups as well as the political opposition will continue
to be fragmented.
- SPIEGEL: Are any of those groups capable of winning the fight
against Assad and his regime?
- Brahimi: The United Nations secretary general has been saying
all along that there is no military solution. Neither the regime,
nor the opposition can win a decisive military victory.
- SPIEGEL: What is your prediction for the future of Syria
and the region?
- Brahimi: Unless there is a real, sustained effort to work
out a political solution, there is a serious risk that the entire
region will blow up. The conflict is not going to stay inside
Syria. It will spill over into the region. It's already destabilizing
Lebanon, there are 1.5 million refugees in the country; that
represents one third of the population. If it were Germany, it
would be the equivalent of 20 million. It is destabilizing because
- AFTER FAILED PEACE TALKS, ISRAEL DIVIDED
By JOSEF FEDERMAN and DAN PERRY - From Associated Press June
09, 2014 3:25 PM EST
JERUSALEM (AP) - The collapse of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks
has laid bare deep divisions in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's
coalition that John Kerry's determined but ill-fated diplomacy
had allowed to be papered over.
Key coalition allies are demanding a government initiative to
extract Israel from the West Bank, while others say now is the
moment for enhanced Jewish settlement and even annexation of
some areas. The likely short-term outcome is a period of protracted
gridlock in which hopes for peace will remain in deep freeze,
and some are sensing that a government collapse and even early
elections may follow suit.
"This coalition is definitely problematic," Tzipi Livni,
leader of the "Movement" party and until recently Israel's
chief peace negotiator, told Israel Radio on Monday. In many
ways, the coalition has been problematic since taking office
in March 2013. Its members include a dovish party committed to
peace with the Palestinians, a centrist party focused on domestic
affairs and nationalistic elements who oppose any concessions
to the Palestinians.
The resumption of peace talks last July enabled this assemblage
to put its differences on hold - and forge a coalition that was
convenient and, for the nine months of Kerry's labors, politically
defensible. But the talks collapsed in April, as many observers
had expected, and now the fissures are re-emerging with rival
factions proposing wildly different ideas on how to proceed.
Last week's formation of a Palestinian unity government, backed
by both President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah and the Hamas militant
group, has only added to those divisions. Economics Minister
Naftali Bennett, leader of the pro-settler "Jewish Home"
party, told a prestigious security conference on Sunday that
Israel should annex large parts of the West Bank, occupied territory
that is almost universally seen as the heartland of a future
Palestinian state. Such a move would trigger an international
uproar against Israel. The 2 million-odd Palestinians in non-annexed
areas would be given enhanced autonomy, he offered.
"The time has come to think differently in a creative way
on how to make a better future for Israeli citizens and the Arabs
of Judea and Samaria," Bennett said, using the biblical
term for the West Bank. Continued:
- PCPO POLL OF PALESTINIANS: 56.3%:30.3 % OPPOSE TALKS WITH
ISRAEL NOW, 44.9%:39.5% SUPPORT INDEPENDENT SECURITY APPARATUS
- Approved: G1976! PCPO Poll no. 188 June 11, 2014 - Dr. Nabil
Kukali: A rising rate of support is established for the government
of national consensus and for the reconciliation. Beit Sahour
Public Relations Office:
- The latest poll prepared by Dr. Nabil Kukali, conducted by
the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (www.pcpo.org) during
the period from (2-9) June 2014, covered a random sample of (1000)
Palestinian respondents representing the various demographic
specimens of adult Palestinians (18 years and above) living in
the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip. It revealed
that (56.3 %) of the Palestinians oppose returning back to the
Palestinian-Israeli negotiations. Continued: http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=63956
- PM NETANYAHU TO PRESIDENT-ELECT RIVLIN: WE SET ASIDE THAT
I DID EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO PREVENT YOU FROM BEING ELECTED
- Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - I am certain that we will now
know to put the less good aspects aside and work responsibly
for the future of the State of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu Meets with President-elect Reuven Rivlin (Communicated
by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning (Wednesday,
11 June 2014), at his official residence in Jerusalem, met with
President-elect Reuven Rivlin and congratulated him on being
elected to the office.
- At the end of their meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu said,
"We have known each other for several good decades. We are
both from Jerusalem, the sons of professors who were educated
in the philosophy of Jabotinsky and we have much more in common
such as our football team. Joint work on behalf of all
Israelis is before us. We have gone through much together and
I am certain that we will now know to put the less good aspects
aside and work responsibly for the future of the State of Israel."
- ISIS THREATENS TO INVADE JORDAN, 'SLAUGHTER' KING ABDULLAH
- by Khaled Abu Toameh June 12, 2014 at 5:00 am - The recent
victories in Iraq and Syria by the terrorists of ISIS -- said
to be an offshoot of al-Qaeda -- have emboldened the group and
its followers throughout the Middle East. Now the terrorists
are planning to move their jihad not only to Jordan, but also
to the Gaza Strip, Sinai and Lebanon.
- Failure to act will result in the establishment in the Middle
East of a dangerous extremist Islamic empire that will pose a
threat to American and Western interests. [...] One of the ideas
discussed envisages focusing ISIS's efforts on Jordan,
where Islamist movements already have a significant presence.
Jordan was also chosen because it has shared borders with Iraq
and Syria, making it easier for the terrorists to infiltrate
the kingdom. Continued:
- BOLSTERED BY FREE PASS FROM OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FOR GAZA
ABBAS SPOKESMAN BLAMES ISRAEL FOR EXCALATION IN GAZA
- IMRA: It is the official position of the Obama Administration
that the PA has no obligation with regard to the Gaza Strip beyond
the obligation to issue a press release following each attack
launched against Israel from the Gaza Strip.] Presidency Holds
Israel Accountable for Escalation in Gaza
- RAMALLAH, June 12, 2014 (WAFA) Palestinian presidency
condemned, in a statement Thursday, the Israeli shelling on the
Gaza Strip last Wednesday night, which resulted in the murder
of a Palestinian and the serious injury of two others. Continued:
- TEL AVIV PRIDE PARADE ATTRACTS A RECORD 150,000 PARTICIPANTS
- International Press Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality Over 150,000
People - Music Trucks - Huge Celebration at Charls Clore - Friday,
June 13, 2014 - The biggest-ever Tel Aviv Pride Parade took place
over the weekend with the participation of over 130,000 people
from Israel and abroad. The parade was launched by the Mayor
of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ron Huldai, and marked the peak of a week of
events. Ct'd: http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=63956
- HAARETZ "MUST READ" AMIR OREN ITEM DEMONSTRATES
HE IS CLUELESS AS HE SLAMS NETANYAHU AND BENNETT
- Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 15 June 2014 - The Haaretz English
website features as a "must read" the following article:
- Netanyahu and Bennett bear responsibility for teens' fate
By Amir Oren Haaretz 15 June 2014 13:00 14.06.14 Passing the
bill to thwart prisoner releases has made it clear that Israel
will skip all negotiating a phase which could have allowed
for gathering intelligence and planning a rescue operation. Continued:
- PRESBYTARIANS IN KEY MOMENT ON ISRAEL. DIVESTMENT
- June 14, 2014 - NEW YORK (AP) The divestment movement
against Israeli policy toward Palestinians could soon have one
of its most significant American victories to date.
- The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
is considering withdrawing its investments from some companies
whose products are used by the Israeli government in the Palestinian
territories. A similar proposal lost by just two votes in the
last national meeting. The broader movement known as boycotts,
divestment and sanctions, or BDS, aims to pressure Israel to
stop building settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem
and end the occupation. The campaign has scored some successes
in Europe and elsewhere, but is only now gaining some ground
in America. Opponents say divestment advocates want to destroy
the Jewish state. The Presbyterians will be meeting in Detroit
through next week. http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/apexchange/2014/06/14/us-rel-presbyterians-israel.html
- IRAN: ISIL POSES SERIOUS THREAT TO ENTIRE WORLD
- Tehran, June 21, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad
Zarif warned that terrorists of the Takfiri Islamic State of
Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) pose a threat to the entirety of the
world. "We believe that the ISIL, as an extremist Takfiri
group, is a threat to the whole region and the entire world and
we urge that no political investment be made on terrorist groups,"
Zarif said. The Iranian top diplomat also noted that the government
and nation of Iraq are capable of countering the ISIL, adding,
"The Takfiri group is hated by all religious and ethnic
groups cross Iraq."
- Zarif further pointed out that Sunnis account for most of
the victims of this 'anti-human group' in Iraq and Syria, despite
its claims of being Sunni. Continued:
- ISRAELI MILITARY CARRIES OUT AIRSTRIKES IN SYRIA
By JOSEF FEDERMAN - From Associated Press - June 23, 2014 1:15
- JERUSALEM (AP) Israeli warplanes bombed a series of
targets inside Syria early on Monday, the Israeli military said,
in response to a cross-border attack that killed an Israeli teenager
the previous day.
- In all, Israel said it struck nine military targets inside
Syria, and "direct hits were confirmed."
- The targets were located near the site of Sunday's violence
in the Golan Heights and included a regional military command
center and unspecified "launching positions." There
was no immediate response from Syria.
- In Sunday's attack, an Israeli civilian vehicle was struck
by forces in Syria as it drove in the Israeli-controlled Golan
Heights. A teenage boy was killed and two other people were wounded
in the first deadly incident along the volatile Israeli-Syrian
front since Syria's civil war erupted more than three years ago.
The Israeli vehicle was delivering water as it was doing contract
work for Israel's Defense Ministry when it was struck.
- "Yesterday's attack was an unprovoked act of aggression
against Israel, and a direct continuation to recent attacks that
occurred in the area," said Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military
spokesman. He said the military "will not tolerate any attempt
to breach Israel's sovereignty and will act in order to safeguard
the civilians of the state of Israel."
- The sudden burst of violence has added to the tense situation
in Israel, where forces have spent the past week and half in
a broad ground operation in the West Bank in search of three
teenage boys believed to have been abducted by Hamas militants.
- Crisis In Israel As ISIS Takes Control Of Golan Heights On
NTEB News Desk | June 27, 2014 | 51 Comments
Will ISIS cross the border into Israel?
- Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper
that love thee. Psalm 122:6
- The Times of Israel reported today that almost the entire
Syrian side of the Golan Heights is now under the control of
rebel forces, including radical Islamist groups, a senior Israeli
military commander in the area said Friday.
- Smoke rises from a fire as a result of fighting in the the
Syrian village of Quneitra near the border with Israel, as seen
from an observatory near the Quneitra crossing, Thursday, June
6, 2013 (photo credit: AP/Sebastian Scheiner)
- Only the Quneitra border area is still in the hands of forces
loyal to President Bashar Assad, Lt.-Col. Anan Abbas, deputy
commander of the Golan Brigade, told Israels Channel 10.
About 95 percent of the Syrian side of the Golan is in the hands
of anti-Assad rebels, including radical Islamic groups such as
the Al-Nusra Front, affiliated with al-Qaeda, a rival of the
burgeoning Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, better known
as ISIL or ISIS.
- One of two Syrian army brigades that used to control the
area has completely disappeared, the officer said. At present,
the Islamist groups in the area are focused on the war against
Assad, he said, but we know their goal is to harm Israel;
weve seen their propaganda material.
- NETANYAHU'S CALIPHATE
- "your wickedness is great, which ye have done in
the sight of the LORD, in asking you a king." 1 Samuel 12:17
- On June 29, 2014 the Islamic State
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) declared a Caliphate, following
its independence declaration on January 3. Israel is on the verge
of declaring war.
- If ISIL were happy with the boundaries it controlled upon
its declaration of the Caliphate, Israel would have said "let
it be." Iraq and Syria never were close friends of Herr
Herzl. However, the Caliphate wants also Jordan, Israel, Palestine,
Lebanon, Hatay Province of Turkey and Cyprus.
PM Netanyahu Declaring Israeli Support of Kurdistan
If ISIL had no chance to succeed, Israel would have said "let
it be." However, the Sunni areas of Iraq fell under control
of the Caliphate and neighboring regimes are trembling and bracing
- If ISIL had not declared the end of the Sykes-Picot map,
Israel would have said "let it be." A Sykes-Picot offspring,
Israel will not let ISIL to undermine its already disputed legitimacy.
- The if-statements above are unlikely to be fulfilled, thus
the Israeli declarations following the establishment of the Caliphate
are unequivocal. War is in the air, and Zion will be more than
happy to force it on the USA.
- The Middle East map looks as strange as the American one.
Straight lines defining borders among countries and states are
a clear sign of Colonialists in action.
- The Sykes-Picot, or Asia Minor Agreement, was a secret treaty
between the governments of the United Kingdom and France, and
Czarist Russia as a minor side. Signed on May 16, 1916, it divided
the Ottoman Empire Arab provinces outside the Arabian Peninsula
between areas of future British and French control. [...]
- The Caliphate declaration caught Foreign Affairs Minister
Lieberman by surprise in Berlin, meeting his German counterpart
Frank-Walter Steinmeier. After the meeting, they delivered surprising
- The host said: "The situation in the area is worrying...
ISIL in Iraq is a serious threat on the territorial completeness
of Iraq. It should be the interest of everybody that ISIL will
not materialize its holding and that the Caliphate will not become
a center of violence and terror."
- He elaborated on the details of an Iraqi government that
would be supported by his country. His words relate to a short
period in history. There was no Iraq before 1916, it is unlikely
to exist in 2016. It was a made up country attempting to unify
three very different entities. Why would Shia, Sunni and Kurds
accept the German view? Does Germany evaluate that these people
want a new Sykes-Picot Agreement?
- Lieberman spoke with annoying Israeli rhetoric, full of innuendos
and implied threats while explicitly saying only that he cannot
provide details for obvious reasons. It is a handy excuse when
the details do not exist.
- Whole article: http://www.roitov.com/articles/isil.htm
- OFFICIALS: ISRAEL FINDS BODIES OF KIDNAPPED TEENS
By JOSEF FEDERMAN - From Associated Press - June 30, 2014 1:06
JERUSALEM (AP) The Israeli military found the bodies of
three missing teenagers on Monday, just over two weeks after
they were abducted in the West Bank, allegedly by Hamas militants.
The grisly discovery culminated a feverish search that led to
Israel's largest ground operation in the Palestinian territory
in nearly a decade and raised fears of renewed fighting with
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was huddling with
his Security Cabinet late Monday to discuss a response.
- Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, a
16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship, disappeared
while hitchhiking home near the West Bank city of Hebron late
at night on June 12 and were never heard from again. Despite
the dangers, hitchhiking is common among Israelis traveling in
and out of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2014/jun/30/israel-finds-bodies-kidnapped-teens-officials-say/?f=latest
- NETANYAHU TO U.S.: AVOID WORKING WITH IRAN IN IRAQ
- Published on Jun 22, 2014 - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu warned the U.S. Sunday against working with Iran to
stop the turmoil in Iraq. "When your enemies are fighting
one another, don't strengthen either one of them," Netanyahu
said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Sunni insurgents have
been sweeping through northern Iraq as Shiites struggle to defend
their turf. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John
Kerry have not been clear on whether they will join forces with
Iran, which is largely Shiite, to aid the region.
- Ynet photo: Peres Peace Center Palestinian Trade Show Offers
Map Without Israel