The lethal moral confusion of saying kaddish for Hamas

editor 18 June 2018

By Melanie Phillips.. The Hamas onslaught against Israel at the Gaza border fence has illustrated a danger for the Jewish people even more fundamental than the declared attempt to invade Israel and slaughter Jews. This is the fallout among the Jews themselves. In London, a group of young Jews assembled outside parliament to recite the kaddish prayer for the Hamas terrorists who were killed while attacking the fence in the most violent riots on May 15, 2018. [Photo top right: Palestinian protesters carry a wounded man from during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, Friday, April 6, 2018. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)].  Read more »

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Reframing The Middle East Narrative: My Ten-Point Guide

editor 16 June 2018

By Melanie Phillips.. I wrote a couple of weeks ago that those trying to defend Israel in the court of public opinion needed a strategic rethink. Defending Israel against the calumnies being thrown at it is to concede defeat from the start by engaging upon ground defined by its enemies. Instead, Israel’s defenders need to go onto the front foot. They need to do to its enemies what is done to Israel: to paint them as extreme, unconscionable and a mortal threat to life and liberty. But with one key difference: that whereas Israel’s enemies do this through lies, bigotry and irrationality, its defenders should do it through truth, morality and reason. [Photo top right: Truth from The Blue Diamond Gallery | Credit: Nick Youngson – Creative Commons 3].  Read more »

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Gaza’s financial crisis is sending Hamas back into the arms of Iran

editor 16 June 2018

By Avi Issacharoff..  A special iftar feast was held in Gaza City last Thursday (June 7, 2018) at the end of the day’s Ramadan fast, marking the annual Quds (Jerusalem) Day — an event initiated by Iran in 1979 to express support for the Palestinians and oppose Zionism and Israel. During the event, dinner was served to families of killed and injured Gazans, in a manner similar to many other iftar meals. Nonetheless, what made Thursday’s (June 7, 2018) event different was the Iranian sponsorship: The event was marked and celebrated in order to send a message of appreciation and respect to Iran. It was paid for by the Tehran regime. [Photo top right: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meeting in Tehran with Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniyeh. (AP) | Credit: AP].  Read more »

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The Four Scenarios Facing Israel as the U.S. Withdraws From the Iran Deal

editor 15 June 2018

By Amos Yadlin and Ari Heistein.. President Trump’s decision to depart the JCPOA leaves Israel to try to advance its strategic objectives across a very different geopolitical landscape. President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has left Israel to reassess its policy toward Iran—and how to advance its key national-security objectives: preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, thwarting Iran’s aspirations for hegemony, changing the fundamentally hostile and radical orientation of the regime, and preventing future military conflict. [Photo top right: President Trump meets with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office on March 5, 2018. | Photo credit: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters].  Read more »

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Demolition of 15 Jewish homes underway in Netiv Ha’avot

editor 15 June 2018

By JNS.. Israeli security forces began destroying the homes of 15 Jewish families in the Netiv Ha’avot neighborhood of Elazar in the Gush Etzion region of Judea on Tuesday (June 12, 2018), expelling residents who were joined by as many as 3,500 supporters from around Israel who arrived to protest the action. Some 2,500 Israeli police officers were stationed in the suburban residential community just 11 miles southwest of Jerusalem to carry out the court-ordered eviction and demolition of homes the Supreme Court found were partially built on Palestinian land. [Photo top right: Israeli authorities evacuate people from a home in Netiv Ha’avot on June 12, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90].  Read more »

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Israeli Team Using Special Enzyme To Treat Volcano Burns In Guatemala

editor 14 June 2018

By Herb Keinon.. Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted on June 3, killing and wounding dozens. An Israeli medical team dispatched to Guatemala last week to treat victims of a devastating volcano there were using a special enzyme developed at the Soroka-University Medical Center in Beersheba to treat the wounded, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Saturday (June 9, 2018). [Photo top right: A firefighter carries the body of a child recovered near the Volcan de Fuego, in Escuintla, Guatemala | Photo credit: AP]. Read more »

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Expert: Palestine Fails International Law Test For Statehood At ICC

editor 14 June 2018

By Yonah Jeremy Bob.. Experts need to continue to press back on the International Criminal Court’s recognition of Palestine as a state, because “there is still time and room to counter this,” international law scholar Andrew Tucker told The Jerusalem Post.

Tucker and Matthijs De Blois of The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation held a press conference along with NGO Monitor and its legal expert, Anne Herzberg, on Thursday night (June 7, 2018) to discuss their book Israel on Trial: The Role of the UN and the EU in Lawfare and the Delegitimization of Israel, which advocates for Israeli positions on a range of international law issues, including dropping the ICC war crimes probe of Israelis. [Photo top right: International criminal court logo].  Read more »

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Netanyahu’s New Water Plan: A Light Unto the Nations

editor 14 June 2018

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.. “For thus said Hashem: I will extend to her Prosperity like a stream, The wealth of nations Like a wadi in flood; And you shall drink of it. You shall be carried on shoulders And dandled upon knees.” Isaiah 66:12. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an ambitious new desalination project that will address the current multi-year drought. But the surprising way he chose to present the new program, offering much-needed aid to Israel’s sworn enemy, had a Biblical precedent as well as prophetic end-of days implications. [Photo top right: Sea of Galilee in Israel including Mount of Beatitudes,Capernaum, Tabgha and Ginnosar | Photo credit: Youtube video Hosier Tim’s Travel videos].  Read more »

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Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (34) – Chapter 5 – Church and Kingdom

editor 14 June 2018

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book “Israel: Covenants & Kingdom”

Ethiopia: Signs and Wonders
In the book of Acts, the promised signs of the Kingdom immediately became visible. In the book of Acts one will find many examples of this. The crippled beggar at the entrance to the Temple was healed in the Name of Jesus by the Apostles, as well as many others. Demons were cast out, dead were raised, and Paul who was bitten by a snake simply shook off the creature into the fire, without being harmed. [Image top right: Peter and John meet a lame man begging outside the Temple who ends up walking and jumping and praising God. Acts 3:1-26. | Contributed by Sweet Publishing Free Bible Images].  Read more »

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3,000-Year-Old Head Depicts Biblical King – But Which King Is it?

editor 13 June 2018

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.. “[Yoav’s men] came and besieged him in Abel of Beth-maacah; they threw up a siegemound against the city and it stood against the rampart. All the troops with Yoav were engaged in battering the wall.” II Samuel 20:15. A recently revealed archaeological find may allow modern day people to see what a Biblical king looked like but a mystery still remains: which Biblical king is he? [Photo top right: Glass head of mystery king (Photo from Facebook Tel Abel Beth Maacah)].  Read more »

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