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- QUARTET SEEKS 'CONCRETE STEPS' TO REVIVE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN
- By REUTERS - October 1, 2015 -
The "Quartet" of Middle East peace mediators said on
Wednesday it had decided to give new impetus to trying to get
Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace talks with the help
of key Arab states.
- Peace talks, envisaging a Palestinian state in territory
Israel captured in a 1967 war, collapsed in April last year after
nine months of largely fruitless discussions sponsored by the
- Tensions have risen sharply in recent weeks as Arab states
and Palestinians have accused Israeli forces of violations at
Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque, one of Islam's holiest sites.
- "We have decided to work together ... on concrete steps
on the ground in the absence of the peace process in the Middle
East and have decided to reutilize the Quartet's activities,"
European foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters
after a Quartet meeting at the United Nations.
- "This crisis that has been there for decades, out of
all the crises in front of us, is the one that is still possible
to solve," she said. http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Quartet-seeks-concrete-steps-to-revive-Israeli-Palestinian-
- PM SLAMS ABBA'S 'DEAFENING SILENCE' AFTER TERROR ATTACK
- Netanyahu says not a word heard from PA, while whole Israeli
leadership condemned Duma firebombing, which killed 3 Dawabsha
- By Raphael Ahren and Times of Israel staff October 2, 2015
- NEW YORK Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday
lambasted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for failing
to condemn the terror attack that earlier that day had killed
an Israeli couple in front of four of their children, aged 4
months to 9 years.
- I didnt hear any condemnation from the Palestinian
Authority on the murders of Naama and Eitam Henkin, he
said. Note that there was this horrible and pretty unique
event of the murder of an Arab family in Kfar Duma, he
continued, referring to a terror attack from July 31, during
which three members of the Dawabsha family were killed.
The Dawabsha family home was firebombed by Jewish terrorists,
killing Ali Saad Dawabsha, 18 months old. His parents died of
their severe wounds separately, weeks apart. The only surviving
member of the family is Ahmed, 5, who remains hospitalized in
Israel. The attack shook Israeli society, drawing condemnation
from politicians from across the political spectrum who called
for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.
- I, and the entire Israeli leadership, immediately condemned
it forcefully, Netanyahu told Israeli reporters during
a briefing in his Manhattan hotel Thursday. I went to the
hospital. We gave any assistance possible. Now compare that to
defeating silence, pardon the expression. Its a deafening
- ISRAELI PARENTS GUNNED DOWN IN TERROR ATTACK WERE 'DREAM
- Neighbors, friends describe inseparable pair
who did everything together; funeral will be held Friday at 11
a.m. in Jerusalem
- By Times of Israel staff October 2, 2015 - Neighbors and
friends of the Israeli couple shot dead in a West Bank terror
attack on Thursday, leaving behind six orphaned children, expressed
their shock and disbelief at the loss.
- They were a dream couple, who in life and in death
were inseparable. Everyone knew that they went everywhere together.
they invested a lot in their relationship, in their family, their
children, a neighbor who was identified by her first name,
Shlomit, told Ynet of Naama and Eitam Henkin, both in their early
30s, who were gunned down Thursday while driving in their car
between the settlements of Itamar and Elon Moreh, near the Palestinian
village of Beit Furik.
- Four of their children who were in the backseat of the vehicle,
aged 4 months, 4, 7 and 9, were unharmed.
- They were something special, good people, very humble,
she went on, speaking quickly and appearing visibly upset.
Yossi Dermer, the head of the security team of the West Bank
settlement of Neria, where the family lived, said the community
and others like it are unfortunately well versed
in such tragedies and were finding their strength in each other.
Right now, there are four small children that need care,
we need to see how we proceed in the morning, said Dermer.
- ISRAELI POLICE LIMIT ACCESS TO OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM AFTER
- By Jethro Mullen and Michael Schwartz, CNN - October 4, 2015
- Jerusalem (CNN)Israeli police say they are restricting
access to the Old City of Jerusalem after a Palestinian man killed
two Israelis on a street in the historic
- Only Israeli citizens, Old City residents, tourists, businesspeople
working in the area and students studying there will be allowed
to enter, police said in a statement Sunday. They said they're
also preventing Muslim men under the age of 50 from attending
prayers at the holy site in the Old City that Jews call the Temple
Mount and Muslims call Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary.
- Palestinian officials reacted angrily to the move. "What's
happening today is a renewal of Israeli arrogance and recklessness,"
Hatem Abdul Qader, a Jerusalem official for the governing Palestinian
party Fatah, told
- Palestine TV. "Jerusalem is now a military base, sons
of Jerusalem are now banned from entering the Old City."
- OBAMA, NETANYAHU SET TO MEET ON NOVEMBER 9
- After fierce spats over Iran deal, both leaders begin to
talk security cooperation, curbing Tehrans regional influence
- By Times of Israel staff September 13, 2015 - Israeli officials
say US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
will meet on November 9.
- The meeting may be their first after a bruising battle in
Washington over the White House-championed Iran nuclear deal.
Democrats successfully fought back a Republican legislative attempt
to pull the US out of the deal between Iran and six world powers,
which is intended to curtail Irans nuclear program in exchange
for relief from international sanctions.
- LIVNI: ISRAEL TOOK A HUGE STEP BACKWARDS THIS YEAR
- In remarkably grim Rosh Hashanah interview, former foreign
and justice minister calls for deep change in policy
and society, offers few silver linings
- By Raphael Ahren September 13, 2015 - Entered Tzipi Livnis
Knesset office Tuesday in the hope for some encouraging words
ahead of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, which is traditionally
a time for deep introspection and lofty aspirations for the future.
I didnt get any. Rather, the ex-minister and current opposition
lawmaker, who a few years ago almost became prime minister, painted
a devastating picture of Israel. We took a huge step backwards,
she said resolutely when I asked her to look back at the year
5775. Livni described a country saturated with hate and fear,
whose political leadership spews out racism, harms its own strategic
interests and gets Jewish communities worldwide into trouble.
- PUTIN TELLS EVERYONE EXACTLY WHO CREATED ISIS
AS SYRIA'S ASSAD SUFFERS CIVIL WAR SETBACKS, WHAT'S THE BEST
OUTCOME FOR ISRAEL?
- By JNS June 2, 2015 - With the Syrian civil war well into
its fifth year, President Bashar al-Assads government has
outlasted many observers predictions of his demise. But
recently, major setbacks for that government have led many to
question whether or not these are indeed the Assad regimes
final days and to ponder what a post-Assad Syria might mean for
neighbors such as Israel. After defeating Syrian government forces
in Palmyra, the Islamic State terror group now controls roughly
half of Syrias territory, although that mostly constitutes
Syrias vast deserts in the east. At the same time, Islamic
State controls many of Syrias major oil and gas reserves
and is threatening to seize more. Other rebel forces in northern
Syria have captured a key military base in Syrias Idlib
province, pushing the Syrian regime further into their strongholds
in Damascus and along the Syrian coast. But if that pattern continues,
it will be very very difficult for [Assad] to secure his
positions in these areas, said Prof. Eyal Zisser, a Syria
expert at Tel Aviv University (TAU).
- So it is still too close to call, but clearly the rebels
are doing well, Sisser told JNS.org. As a result of the
recent rebel and Islamist gains, the Syrian regime now only controls
roughly 25-30 percent of the country, although that includes
major cities such as the capital of Damascus as well as Tartus
and Latakia along the countrys western coast.
- Continued http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/41989/as-syrias-assad-suffers-civil-war-setbacks-whats-the-
- "ANCIENT PROPHECY"
By Devash 16 Sivan 5775 posted: 03 June 2015 - Rashbi in an Ancient
Prophecy: When Damascus Falls - Salvation Will Sprout to Israel.
While news arrives from Syria about the waning of Assad's regime,
Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was expecting it a long time ago - accompanied
by a surprising promise. Will the fall of Assad's regime be significant
in some way or another for the State of Israel? Commentators
differ in their opinions, but it seems that everything is dwarfed
by a surprising description of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, written
thousands of years ago.
- The book "Otzar Midrashim" is a description of
the redemption, as Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai heard from an angel
while hiding in a cave. In the Midrash, it shows a section that
appears to refer to our days: "And it's a sign for you,
when you see that an Eastern Nero has fallen, that in Damascus
has fallen the Bnei Mizrach kingdom, then will sprout the salvation
of Israel, and Mashiach ben David comes and will ascend to Jerusalem."
There was someone who checked and found that "Eastern Nero"
in gematria equals "Bashar Assad". The actual timing
is so appropriate, when the news from Syria is reporting on the
last death throes of the Assad regime.
- BOMBSHELL: ISIS JUST HOURS FROM DESTRUCTION
- 'It won't take very long at all to drive them out' October
5, 2015 - Chelsea Schilling - WND
- A top terror expert says ISIS is now so weak that it could
be decimated within hours. According to a London Express report
Monday evening, Russian airstrikes, unruly leadership and numerous
defections have destabilized the terror organization to the point
that it wouldnt be capable of fighting off even a small
- Terror analyst Dr. Afzal Ashraf told the paper that ISIS
has drastically exaggerated its military power, prompting an
international counterattack. Ashraf urged Western leaders to
act now to wipe out the jihadi group.
- The U.S. has led a coalition of airstrikes against ISIS.
The New York Times reported that the coalition is preparing to
open a major front in Raqqa, a city in northeastern Syria that
is widely considered to be ISIS capital. President Obama
has also ordered the Pentagon to provide weapons to Syrian rebel
- Russian President Vladimir Put is preparing to send 150,000
troops into Syria to wipe out ISIS, according to the paper. Ashraf,
a researcher at the Royal United Services Institute think tank,
told the Express: This mythical state will disappear in
a matter of hours once the international community decides to
act. It wont take very long at all to drive them,
if not out of all of Iraq or Syria, then certainly the majority
of their territories.
- Continued: http://www.wnd.com/2015/10/bombshell-isis-just-hours-from-destruction
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