Posts Tagged ‘signs of the times’


In bid to buy influence, Turkey hands out money in east Jerusalem

editor 6 June 2018

By Yori Yalon.. Turkish government agency TIKA hands out checks worth $500 as well as Turkish flags to residents and business owners in east Jerusalem • Jerusalem advocacy group warns of “radical Turkish views” and calls for “all-out war against Turkish interference.” The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency has handed out about $420,000 in $500 checks to east Jerusalem merchants and residents in recent days as a gift for the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, Israel Hayom discovered Monday (May 21, 2018). [Photo top right: An east Jerusalem shop displaying a Turkish flag distributed by TIKA  | Photo: Miri Tzachi].  (more…)


After Temple Mount ‘Victory,’ Arabs Set Sights on Western Wall

editor 17 August 2017

By Andrew Friedman.. Palestinians and Arab MKs declared ‘victory’ Tuesday (July 25, 2017) as Israel reversed security measures at the Temple Mount, and said their struggle for control over the compound also extends to the Western Wall. MK Taleb Abu Arar (Joint List) stressed that “Jews have no rights at al-Aqsa Mosque,” and added that Muslims’ fight against Israel would continue, regardless of the cabinet decision to remove metal detectors from the entrances to the Temple Mount compound. [Photo top right: An Ultra Orthodox Jewish man prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, at the end of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and the holiest of Jewish holidays. October 12, 2016. (Flash90)](more…)


Israeli Doctors Perform Revolutionary In-Utero Heart Surgery on Ailing Fetus

editor 9 August 2017

By ISRAEL21c.. In a risky and delicate procedure performed for the first time in Israel this week, an interdisciplinary team of Hadassah Medical Center physicians fixed a severe heart defect in a 28-week-old foetus in the womb. The medical team widened the baby’s aorta using a balloon technique similar to adult catheterization. (more…)


Massive Infrastructure to Transport Millions of Pilgrims to Third Temple Underway

editor 14 July 2017

By Joshua Wander.. “Thou shalt also be a crown of beauty in the hand of Hashem, and a royal diadem in the open hand of thy God.” Isaiah 62:3. For the first time in approximately 2,000 years, since the time of the Second Temple, plans are being formed by the Israeli government to build an effective infrastructure for Jews to make their obligatory pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. God commands in the Bible that all Jews make their way to the Temple three times a year. [Photo top right: Workers at the opening ceremony of the tunnel along the route of the express train between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, on October 6, 2014. (photo credit: Haim Zach/GPO/Flash90)](more…)


On the Future of Jerusalem

editor 30 June 2017

By David M. Weinberg.. BESA Center Perspectives No. 510, June 27, 2017

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: A close look at the situation in eastern Jerusalem reveals contradictory movements: radical Islamicization vs. closer integration with Jewish Jerusalem. Both trends are on the rise simultaneously. Despite the complicated circumstances, united Jerusalem under exclusive Israeli sovereignty is the key, not an obstacle, to peace and security in the city. [Photo top right:Western Wall in Jerusalem at Shavuot, photo by Daniel Majewski via Wikimedia Commons]  (more…)


Netanyahu Warns Iran Over Syria Involvement After Golan Exchange

editor 29 June 2017

By Herb Keinon.. Day after spillover from Syria prompts retaliatory IDF strike, PM stresses that Israel will not allow the Islamic Republic to establish a permanent presences on the Golan. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Sunday (June 25, 2017) that Israel “views gravely” its attempts to set up a military presence in Syria and to arm Hezbollah with advanced weaponry via Syria and Lebanon. His comments at the weekly cabinet meeting came a day after the IDF responded to mortar fire from Syria by attacking Syrian army targets across the border. (more…)


What Next For The Troubled Holy Site At The Western Wall?

editor 28 June 2017

By Jeremy Sharon.. Taken superficially, it would appear that the haredi parties United Torah Judaism and Shas have truly got one over on the progressive Jewish movements. With the government decision Sunday (June 25, 2017) to indefinitely freeze the resolution that would have created a state-recognized egalitarian prayer area at the southern end of the Western Wall, the question arises: What’s next for this troubled holy site of ours? (more…)


50 new translations of the Bible completed last year

editor 14 May 2017

By United Bible Societies.. In 2015 Bible Societies assisted in the completion of translations in 50 languages spoken by nearly 160 million people. 2015 was ‘a first’ for no fewer than 28 languages, spoken by nearly 33 million people. 11 communities now have their very first full Bible, 6 have a New Testament and 11 communities have their first, or additional, portions of Scripture. [Photo top right: United Bible Societies are committed to working towards the day when everyone can access the full Bible so much work still remains to be done.] (more…)


Jakarta’s Christian governor found guilty in Islam blasphemy trial

editor 9 May 2017

By Mike Bambach.. May 9 (UPI) — The outgoing Chinese Christian governor of Jakarta was found guilty of blasphemy Tuesday and sentenced to two years in prison, an Indonesian court ruled. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, was accused of insulting Islam by referring to a verse in the Quran during a campaign speech last year. [Photo top right:Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja “Ahok” Purnama (C) talks to journalists shortly after investigation by police an Nov. 7, 2016. Photo by Adi Weda/EPA]. (more…)


Turkey’s Erdogan Calls On Muslims Of The World To Flock To ‘Al-Aksa’

editor 9 May 2017

By Tovah Lazaroff.. The Turkish president condemned “the Israeli crimes against the Palestinians.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday (May 8, 2017) called on Muslims to visit al-Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount as frequently as possible. “As a Muslim community, we need to visit al-Aksa Mosque often – each day that Jerusalem is under occupation is an insult to us,” he said, according to the Turkish news agency Daily Sabah. [Photo top right:Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during an iftar event in Ankara, Turkey, June 27, 2016. (photo credit:REUTERS)]. (more…)


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