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Signs of the Times - 6

2010 (Sept. - Dec.) 

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"...nation will rise against nation....  And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places." Matthew 24:7


"... in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good...  lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God... And from such people turn away!" 2 Timothy 3:1-14


"...false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect." Matthew 24:24


"... no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark ..." Revelation 13:16-17

January 2010

(Jan. 31) Inside the Egyptian Revolution: "The leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood (which began in Egypt in the 1920) had initially been caught off guard by sudden and intense rise of the protests and had not been involved in planning or developing these protests. But sensing an opportunity, they decided to move decisively.... They mobilized their followers throughout the country and told them to take to the streets....

      "I know that ultimately the Lord is in charge, and this — and nothing else — is what should give us all hope. As the Hebrew Prophet Daniel once said while living under a brutal Middle Eastern dictator:

"Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding.” Daniel 2:20-21

(Jan. 31) Spencer: Muslim Brotherhood Poised for Power in Egypt: "The Brotherhood now has its best chance in decades to seize power there and establish an Islamic state, which bodes ill for both the United States and its most reliable Middle Eastern ally, Israel.

    "The Camp David Accords have kept an uneasy peace between Egypt and Israel since the late 1970s; although Egypt has ignored many of its provisions (particularly regarding not allowing the dissemination of bloodthirsty anti-Semitic material in Egypt, where Mein Kampf remains a bestseller), it has refrained from attacking Israel outright and has actually reined in some Palestinian jihadist activity along the Gaza border.

    "...the Mubarak regime could collapse at any moment; the ascendant Middle Eastern ideology is the political Islam of which the Muslim Brotherhood is a foremost exponent. And that ideology is inveterately hostile to both Israel and the United States. Armed members of the jihad terror group Hamas, which styles itself in its Charter as the Muslim Brotherhood for Palestine, are reportedly crossing into Egypt from Gaza and attempting to join in Brotherhood activities....

     " The Muslim Brotherhood is also an international organization. According to a captured internal document... its goal in the United States is 'eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions.'" [1-31-11]

(Jan. 30) Video: The Forgotten Refugees: "Personal testimonies of Jewish refugees still living in Arab countries. Their ancient Jewish civilization is in ruins -- and generally forgotten. In the 6th and 7th centuries, Islamic armies swept through the Middle East and North Africa, forcing Jews and other indigent people to choose either death or life as lowly dhimmies.  

(Jan. 29)  Israelis Are Wary of Events: "Israeli officials have remained quiet amid spreading domestic unrest in Arab states from Tunisia to Yemen, but the silence belies the concern that a weakening of pro-Western neighbors—most importantly Egypt—could destabilize the region.... Egypt is one of the only Muslim countries to keep an ambassador posted in Israel......Israel's worst case scenario involves the ascension of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, which could strengthen Hamas, a Palestinian offshoot, in the West Bank against the U.S. backed Palestinian Authority..."

(Jan. 28) Iranian warships coming to Mediterranean and Red Seas: "Less than 24 hours after the breakdown of its nuclear dialogue with the six world powers in Istanbul, Iran announced plans Sunday, Jan. 23, to send a fleet of warships, including a home-made destroyer, on operational and intelligence-gathering missions to the Red Sea and on to the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal. Parts of the fleet will in fact be deployed in the three waters around Israel's southern and western shores." See Tiny Israel vs. huge Islamic region 

UNESCO: Protect, not deny, Jewish Heritage: "There is an effort by the United Nations to delegitimize Israel by revising the historical record....The Executive Board of UNESCO has declared 2 of Judaism's holiest sites (Tomb of the Patriarchs and Tomb of Rachel) to be mosques and demand that Israel remove the sites from its National Heritage list.

    "In an effort to erase Jewish history and supersede Jewish religious sites with Islamic institutions, Muslims have intentionally built mosques upon numerous synagogues and Jewish holy sites.

     "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office decried the ludicrous nature of the UNESCO decision: 'The attempt to detach the Nation of Israel from its heritage is absurd. If the nearly 4,000-year-old burial sites of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Jewish Nation - Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah -are not part of its culture and tradition, then what is a national cultural site?'

     "In cooperating with efforts to erase Jewish historical ties to Israel, UNESCO is aiding and abetting those who hope to and obfuscate Israel 's Jewish past and undermine Israel 's Jewish future." See The Memory of the World

(Jan. 24) Zionists, Zionists Everywhere: "We are less than one month into 2011, and the intensity and ridiculousness of the accusations against Zionist (read "Jewish") interlopers has already reached a fever pitch. Most recently, the speaker of the Iranian parliament blamed the Zionists for the political uprising against the government in Tunisia, the breakup of the government coalition in Lebanon, and the splitting of the Sudan into two independent countries." See The Nazi/Arab plots to exterminate Jews

(Jan. 23)  Obama to withhold veto from Palestinian UN move to condemn Israeli settlements: "Israel and the US are set for a collision if President Barack Obama stands by his refusal to veto a Palestinian-Arab motion due to be tabled at the UN Security Council condemning Israel for its settlement policy in the West Bank and Jerusalem....If he did, he would be the first US president to let an anti-Israel motion go through the Security Council; building on the West Bank and even in the forty-year old suburbs of East Jerusalem would become illegal, as would also municipal, police and military actions in these places."

(Jan. 15) Netanyahu defends construction in Jerusalem: "'The State of Israel cannot be expected to forbid Jews to buy private property in Jerusalem,' the statement said. 'Just like Jerusalem’s Arab residents are allowed to buy or rent property in Jerusalem neighborhoods with a Jewish majority, Jews are allowed to buy or rent property in Jerusalem neighborhoods which have an Arab majority.' ...Hillary Clinton slammed the move, calling it 'a disturbing development which undermines peace efforts to achieve the two-state solution.'” See Jerusalem

(Jan. 12) WaPo's inconvenient truth: "In 1967,after the Six-Day War, when Israel unified West and East Jerusalem, there were some 70,000 Arabs who resided in Jerusalem. Today, there are a quarter of a million. ...Put another way, in 1967, Arabs comprised one quarter of Jerusalem's population....Arab housing construction has far outpaced Jewish construction....

     "...the Shepherd Hotel was built as a villa in the 1930s by the infamous Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini, who launched his own Holocaust before Hitler in the 1920s with a series of pogroms that murdered many hundreds of Jews in the Holy Land and eliminated their presence in Hebron, Judaism's second holiest city where King David was anointed and where the Biblical patriarchs and matriarchs are buried.... Husseini went on to become Hitler's main ally in the Arab world -- his co-leader in the Final Solution.. Thus, anyone with some basic knowledge of history would conclude that there is some poetic justice in 20 Jewish families moving into the very spot of Jerusalem that once was the Grand Mufti's villa."

(Jan. 10) Muslim Apartheid Targets Christians as well as Jews in the Middle East: "Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat often claimed that 'Jesus was the first Palestinian shahid (martyr).'...

     "Just last month, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made the Palestinian policy of religious apartheid crystalline: 'If there is a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, we won’t agree to the presence of one Israeli in it.'...We can only assume that Mr. Abbas means Jewish Israelis, since it’s inconceivable he’d deny the right of Israel’s 1.5 million Arab Israelis to live in a Palestinian state. And here, of course, is the irony: Israel accommodates a huge Arab (overwhelmingly Muslim) population and accords them equal rights under law, yet the Palestinians totally reject the notion of Jews living among them." See Jerusalem

(Jan. 10) Israel and the Palestinians: Irreconcilable Differences: "There cannot be a long term peace with people which practice the Islamic deception known as taquia, an Islamic provision which allows for lying to advance Allah’s cause by deceiving their enemies....Abed Rabbo, an early Arafat disciple recently stated that 'we can’t remain committed to the agreements that were signed with Israel forever.'

     "...let us begin with the post Mandate period, U.N. General Assembly Resolution 181, passed on Nov. 29, 1947; the Partition Plan for Palestine. The plan called for an end of the British Mandate and a recognition of the nationalistic aspirations of both the Jews and the Arabs by dividing Palestine into two states, with the Jerusalem and the Bethlehem area to be administered by a special international regime to safeguard access to the holy sites of the three great religions....On May 14, 1948, based upon the Partition Plan Israel declared independence. Soon after marginalizing the Palestinians in a brief civil war, five armies from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria attacked the nascent Jewish State.

     "Hostilities ended the following year with the 1949 Armistice Agreement. But keep in mind, the war did not end, only the hostilities. The boundaries created subsequent to the fighting were not internationally recognized borders. They merely represented a demarcation line indicating where opposing armies stood when the guns went silent, an area which became known as the 'green line'....

      " Jews, forty four years following the recapture of this precious land, still cannot safely visit the ancient cities of their homeland such as Nablus, Jenin, or Hebron, the cradle of Judaism...

      "Just this past month....Israel’s other partner for peace; Abbas proclaimed, he will 'never recognize Israel as a Jewish State.See The Nazi/Arab plots to exterminate Jews

(Jan. 7) When Israeli leftists turn against their country with horrendous lies, the world media is only happy to disseminate them: "On Sunday December 19, the self-proclaimed 'Israeli human rights' group B'tselem disseminated a shocking story to the local and international media. B'tselem claimed that the previous day Palestinian shepherd Samir Bani Fadel was peacefully herding his sheep when he was set upon by a mob of Israeli settlers. He alleged that these kippah-clad Israelis drove up in a car and chased him away.     "...when questioned by police investigators, Fadel admitted he made the whole attack up.

     "On January 3, Channel 2 aired a video produced by B'tselem. The video purported to show residents of Yitzhar...throwing rocks at Palestinians....Channel 2 presented the footage as further proof...that the Israelis who live in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem are a bunch of lawless, hate-filled, violent fanatics....

     "Yitzhar residents...also filmed the event....The Yitzhar video exposes the B'tselem video as a complete fraud....

     "Not surprisingly, when scrutinized, like the story about the scorched pregnant ewes, the Yitzhar 'bullies' and the 'illegality' of the fence, these [other] allegations came apart under scrutiny."

(Jan. 5) Obama wants Jews to pay terror-supporting state: "The Obama administration has drawn up a plan for Israel to give much of the strategic Golan Heights to Syria....Areas of the territory that house Israeli industrial zones will not need to be evacuated, but Israel is expected to lease the land from Syria."

Israel gears up for attack by Iran: "Israel believes that it would have only 10 to 12 minutes' warning if Iran launched rockets but that threats from Hamas and Hezbollah are the most pressing....Iran has 300 Shihab rockets that could reach Israel. Some 1 million Israelis would be at risk from attacks from the country's enemies in the region, including Hezbollah and Hamas."

(Jan. 3)  A World Against Israel: " now appears that the 27 incorporated states  [no longer countries?] of the European Union are ready to follow the Latin American states in recognizing a Palestinian State along the 1967 borders, with France and Norway in the lead.... The dream for Arafat, and now for Abu Mazen, was to delegitimize the Jewish State and take it over – if not at once, then in stages....

    "...anti-Semitic incitement continues to be preached in Palestinian schools, mosques, and media. A new generation of Palestinians continues to be poisoned by the hatred of Jews and Israel, and members are ready to become martyrs for Allah and Palestine."

December 2010

(Dec. 27) Israel’s Israel-Bashing Left: “'If there is an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, we won’t agree to the presence of one Israeli in it,' Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas told  reporters in Ramallah on Saturday....

     "Even to say that Abbas’s words elicited yawns—let alone charges of racism and Nazism—among those who champion the cause of a Palestinian state would be an exaggeration... The Israeli Left, however, has been going pretty wild lately in leveling such charges—not, of course, against the respective Palestinian entities in the West Bank and Gaza but against Israel itself. And as usual, much of the venom is concentrated in the Israeli Left’s flagship publication, the daily newspaper Haaretz....And it extended the metaphor in Sunday’s editorial, charging Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with supplying 'fuel for the fires of racism and xenophobia.'...What has prompted this latest flare-up on the Israeli Left, beyond its usual drumbeat of defamation? Mainly three things...."

(Dec. 24) Israel warns Gaza missiles could provoke new offensive against terrorists: "On Monday and Tuesday, 15 mortars or rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel compared to some 200 for all of 2010.... The escalation is a test for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who accused his predecessor Ehud Olmert of not responding forcefully enough to the hundreds of rockets from Gaza....Adding to the tension, Israeli military officials say that Gaza terrorists have armed themselves with Kornet missiles that can penetrate the armor of tanks."

(Dec. 22) Hamas Confessions: "Despite unprecedented efforts to avoid civilian casualties—including hundreds of thousands of leaflets, telephone calls and non-lethal, noise-making warning bombs—some civilians were killed [in the Gaza war], because Hamas deliberately hid behind civilians, using them as shields, when they fired rockets at Israeli civilians....

     "The admission by Fathi Hamad that Israel’s figures were correct and those originally offered by Palestinian groups were false exposes the rush to judgment against Israel that has stained the so-called 'human rights' community so often in the past. It is essential that...those who condemned Israel on the basis of false allegations correct the record.... In today’s distorted world of 'human rights,' truth takes a back seat to ideology, and false claims—especially those that 'support' radical ideologies—persist even after they have been exposed."

(Dec. 21) ‘Israeli War Crimes’ signs to go on Metro buses: "SEATTLE – '“Israeli War Crimes,' the enormous advertisement reads. 'Your tax dollars at work.' To the right of the image is a group of children — one little boy stares out at the viewer, the others gawk at a demolished building.... It’s an ad you’ll be seeing soon on a handful of Metro buses in downtown Seattle."<

Why the ‘Palestinians’ still suffer: "...[Hamas] is creating suffering. has imposed a steadily intensifying clampdown on perceived morals crimes, beaten and killed alleged foes without trial and deliberately placed civilians in harm's way. Recent reports...describe a Hamas arms build-up featuring rockets capable of hitting Tel Aviv. ...Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said the Palestinian state must replace Israel and pledged to continue the 'shaheed project' through violent jihad.

     "Human rights groups have catalogued many of the severe social restrictions Hamas enforces in Gaza. ...'They keep people anxious and scared, and they silence any criticism of Hamas..."

(Dec. 20) Latin America Picks Palestine: "Iran has been investing heavily in Latin America, establishing strong trading relationships with countries there. Iran, in cooperation with Venezuela, have coordinated diplomatic efforts, and Iran’s Lebanese terrorist proxy, Hezbollah, has been implicated in the Latin American drug trade. Involvement in the smuggling of drugs not only runs counter to American efforts to crush the drug trade and foster good governance in the region, but also provides funds necessary to build Hezbollah’s strength as Iran’s second-strike weapon, aimed at Israel....Latin American nations are increasingly taking foreign policy positions contrary to the security interests of the United States and its allies."

(Dec. 17) U.S. House opposes unilateral declaration of Palestinian state: "Resolution urges Palestinians to 'cease all efforts at circumventing the negotiation process, including efforts to gain recognition of a Palestinian state from other nations.'"

(Dec. 15)  Israel’s Fight Against Delegitimization: "...Israel is portrayed as a racist, 'apartheid' country, illegitimate, a threat to civilization and world peace.... Israel is condemned for 'illegally occupying (stealing) Arab/Palestinian land,' 'injustice towards and oppression of Palestinians,' etc. ...The goal is isolation, as a prelude to destruction; the means, delegitimization, BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – and media bias.

     "...a climate of hatred and condemnation against fed by the West’s most powerful and eloquent spokesmen, including President Barak Hussein Obama."

(Dec. 14)  Obama encouraging 'diplomatic assault' on Israel? : In what amounts to a diplomatic assault on Israel, Argentina and Uruguay last week announced they were joining Brazil in unilaterally recognizing an independent Palestinian state. ....The 1967 borders refer to the entire Gaza Strip, West Bank and eastern sections of Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount – the holiest site in Judaism. Timmerman said the decision to recognize a Palestinian state stems from a "deep desire to see a definitive advance in the negotiation process leading to the establishment of a just and durable peace in the Middle East." Publicly, the U.S. was quick to rebuke the decision by Latin American countries. ...'In actuality, Obama is not doing anything to prevent more countries from recognizing a Palestinian state,' one PA official told WND."

(Dec. 10)  Why Latin American turned [against Israel]: "...three trends... made Latin America's embrace of the Palestinians against Israel .... Those trends are the rise of Hugo Chavez, the influence of the Venezuela-Iran alliance, and the cravenness of US foreign policy towards Latin America and the Middle East.....Over the past decade Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez has inherited Fidel Castro's mantel as the head of the Latin American anti-American club. He has used Venezuela's oil wealth, drug money and other illicit fortunes to draw neighboring states into his orbit and away from the US. Chavez's circle of influence now includes Cuba and Nicaragua, Bolivia, Uruguay and Ecuador as well as Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Peru. Democracies like Colombia and Chile are also taking steps in Chavez's anti-American direction. Largely out of hatred for America, Chavez has turned to Iran as a strategic ally....

     "Iran's presence on the continent enabled it to take swift advantage of Chavez's consolidation of power. Since taking office in 2005, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has developed strategic alliances with Venezuela and Nicaragua. With Chavez's assistance, Teheran is expanding its web of alliances throughout Latin America at the expense of the US and Israel." See Unity in an Anti-Christian World?

(Dec. 6) The Two-State Solution: A Roadmap to Conquest: "A recent poll commissioned by The Israel Project (TIP) found that '[a] majority of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza view the two-state solution as a precursor to one state – a Palestinian state.'...  According to the poll...'Palestinians have not reconciled themselves to the long term existence of the Jewish State.'''

(Dec. 4) Images of the fire in Israel

Palestinians don't want better quality of life, they want Jews gone: "[Palestinian Authority Economic Minister Hasan Abu-Libdeh] clarified that a peace agreement in his view means a full Israeli surrender to Palestinian demands, including the removal of every Jew from Judea, Samaria and the eastern half of Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority also wants to flood the rest of Israel with millions of so-called 'Palestinian refugees,' leading to the demographic destruction of the Jewish State."


(Dec. 3) Mass evacuations as huge blaze threatens Haifa: "Mass evacuations continued across northern Israel Friday morning as dry easterly winds fanned a massive brushfire towards the city of Haifa. Over 15,000 residents, including 600 prison inmates, were evacuated as the blaze raged out of control, devastating hundreds of acres of pine forest before sweeping down the slopes of the Carmel plateau towards Israel's third largest city."

November 2010

(Nov. 30) Obama deal aids al-Qaida backers? "The WikiLeaks revelation that Saudi donors are the chief financiers of al-Qaida comes just days after President Obama quietly moved forward with plans to sell $60 billion worth of fighter jets and military equipment to the Saudis – the largest weapons sale to a nation in U.S. history.... Just last week, Obama attempted to solidify the weapons deal to Saudi Arabia, despite questions raised."

Hillary Clinton's jihad state gala: "Last month, at a gala held in Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reiterated her wishes for the creation of a Palestinian state.... The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) or as it was previously named, the American Committee on Jerusalem (ACJ), was incorporated in May 1995." See The Nazi/Arab plots to exterminate Jews

(Nov. 28) Mashaal: Resistance must be launched in West Bank : "The resistance is facing huge challenges, especially in the West Bank," Mashaal told a meeting of leading pro-Hamas politicians...."Our inalienable rights are threatened with extinction if the scene in the West Bank does not change by launching the resistance against the Israeli occupation and the settlements," he added. ....The Palestinian Authority, dominated by Fatah, intensified a campaign of arrests against Hamas after its fighters killed four Jewish settlers in the West Bank on August 31. The attack was on the eve of the launch of direct Middle East peace talks, which subsequently broke down over Israel's refusal to meet demands by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to freeze Israeli settlement building."

(Nov. 26) Why not make Jerusalem the first issue to be dealt with, and not the last?  "First, Palestinian Arab study groups, backed by their political and religious leaders, declared that there was no evidence that a Jewish Temple ever stood on the Temple Mount. Now, in a just-published study, the Palestinian Authority is insisting that the Western Wall, too, has no historical connection to the Jewish people. With these outrageous lies, the Palestinian leadership is preparing to stake its claim to 'East Jerusalem:' International pressure must be brought to bear on Israel to hand over these parts of the city, which 'have no connection to the Jewish people,' so they can be made into the exclusive capital of their Palestinian state....

     "Indeed, if it becomes clear there is no give and take on '“East' Jerusalem, as certainly will become clear, then this city, as the Bible has already remarkably foretold, will become 'a stone too heavy' for all the nations of the world to lift. After years of praying diligently to return to that place where their God made His dwelling between the cherubim in the Holy of Holies, the vast majority of Jews will refuse a peace that will see that place excluded from their territory."

"On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her [Jerusalem],

I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock [a stone to heavy] for all the nations.

All who try to move it will injure themselves." Zechariah 12:3

(Nov. 25) P.A. says Western Wall isn't Jewish: "A senior Palestinian Authority official has issued a report saying the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem has no religious significance to Jews and is in fact, holy Muslim property....Decades of archaeology have shown that the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray, was a retaining wall of the compound where the two biblical Jewish Temples stood 20 centuries ago. The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third-holiest site, is built atop the ruins....The [Palestinian]report concludes that since Jews have no claim to the area, it is holy Muslim territory and must be part of Palestinian Jerusalem." See Jerusalem

(Nov. 22) Video: Understanding the Mideast Problem: "Why is the Middle East Problem so intractable? In the video, Dennis Prager, nationally syndicated talk show host and best-selling author, answers that question in this thought-provoking video course."

(Nov. 22) Video: I am Israel - Yerushalayim Version

Vatican synod calls for end to Israel’s ‘occupation’: "Bishops from the Middle East who were summoned to Rome by the pope demanded on Saturday that Israel accept UN resolutions calling for an end to its “occupation” of Arab lands."

(Nov. 19) Facing our fears: "US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton must have given Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu quite a reception. Otherwise it is hard to understand what possessed him to accept the deal he accepted when he met with her last week.... Clinton's demand was, 'not one more brick' for Jews, meaning, no Jew will be allowed to lay even one more brick on a home he is lawfully building even as the US funds massive Palestinian construction projects. The magnitude of this discriminatory infringement on the property rights of law abiding citizens is breathtaking....

      "...negotiations will not get off the ground because PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas has no interest in talking, and will never accept any peace offer made by Israel.... But the Obama administration doesn't care. They aren't worried about the Palestinians accepting a deal. What they want are more Israeli land surrenders."

(Nov. 17) What the Palestinian Authority buys with your tax dollars: "Two weeks ago, a Palestinian from Bethlehem was arrested by the US-financed and trained Palestinian Authority security forces. He was charged with 'carrying out commercial transactions with residents of a hostile state." No, he was not buying uranium from Iran. His purported crime was purchasing wood products from an Israeli community located beyond the 1949 armistice lines....

     "Since PA President Mahmoud Abbas appointed Fayyad to lead the rump Fatah government in Judea and Samaria after Hamas took over the Gaza Strip, US aid to the PA has increased by more than 700 percent. Most of this aid has gone to propping up Fayyad. The US directly finances his budget. It funds and trains a Palestinian military. And it subsidizes his programs to build governmental institutions that loyally carry out his anti-Israel policies.

      "...during a joint press conference with Fayyad, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the US will give the PA an additional $150 million in aid to supplement the $400 million in financial assistance that President Barack Obama pledged in June.

      "...the PA is the largest recipient of foreign assistance in the world. received $1.2 billion in 2009 and will receive $1.8 billion by the end of the year.The US provided the PA with $500.9 million in 2009 and, before Clinton's announcement, was scheduled to provide it with $550 million in 2011. This assistance does not include US financial support for UNRWA, an agency devoted exclusively to providing welfare benefits to Palestinians while subordinating itself to a Palestinian political agenda....

      "[Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL said,] 'It is deeply disturbing that the administration is continuing to bail out the Palestinian leadership when they continue to fail to meet their commitments... including dismantling the Palestinian terrorist infrastructure, combating corruption, stopping anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement and recognizing Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state.'"

Obama's Israel squeeze... Demands Jewish state retreat from territory vital for survival: "...the Obama administration instead has adopted the Palestinian position that the Jordan Valley should become part of a future Palestinian state entirely.... The official said the U.S. had proposed that international troops, along with Jordanian and Palestinian forces, would patrol the area.... Prime Minister Ariel Sharon stated multiple times the Jordan Valley is so vital to Israel's security that Israel must control it in the future." See the next two links:

(Nov. 15) The Dire Importance of Samaria: ”Shomron” is the Hebrew term for Samaria, the northern half of the so-called 'West Bank' (Judea and Samaria).... It is the historic Homeland of the Nation of Israel and represents a big chunk of what was originally conceived to be the future modern Jewish State, according to international agreements dating back to the post World War I era....The 'Land for Peace' paradigm has consistently failed in the past and always will for the simple reason that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not about borders, but about the Jewish presence in the Holyland....

       "On the Left’s watch, Europe is morphing into Eurabia and it is on their watch that the global war on terror is slowly being lost. In Israel, the Terror War’s ground zero, the minority Left wields disproportionate power and poses a significant threat not only to Israel’s survival, but by extension, to the world’s safety as well."

The Shomron's Mountain Aquifer provides at least as much water as the Kinneret! "The Mountain Aquifer is Israel's largest and most significant source of fresh water. It consists of three sub-aquifers, which together supply about 600 million cubic meters of very high quality drinking water, equivalent to roughly one third of the yearly water consumption in Israel.....A withdrawal from Samaria would put Israel's water supply at risk.... Were Arab over-pumping, uncontrolled sewage and industrial waste flow and/or deliberate acts of water sabotage to occur on the western slopes of Samaria, it would cause serious, and most probably irreversible, damage to the key source of drinking water for Israel's major urban centers and environs. Can Israel really afford to trust her most valuable and irreplaceable national resource in the hands of those who have had a long history of trying to destroy the Jewish State?"

(Nov. 11) Obama: Blaming Israel First: “This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations,” President Obama said Tuesday at a press conference in Indonesia. He was referring to approvals issued in Israel this week to build 1300 homes in two East Jerusalem neighborhoods. That is, 1300 homes for Jews. Obama would have had no problem if the announced homes had been designated for Arabs .... Indonesia—in which Obama made his remark...forbids Israeli citizens to visit. Indonesia is also one of 19 UN member states that do not recognize Israel as a state, and it does not allow overflights by Israeli aircrafts.

     "...the [US] State Department said it was 'deeply disappointed' ...EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton pronounced herself .extremely concerned,. and UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon also .expressed concern....

     "Palestinian spokesman Saeb Erekat chimed in that the new construction plans proved that 'Israel chooses settlements, not peace.' was Erekat who recently sent an admiring letter to Ahmed Sa’adat, a terrorist who masterminded the murder of an Israeli cabinet minister in 2001."

(Nov. 9) Poll: Young PA Arabs want Sharia Law, Seek Iran as Ally: "Respondents were slightly more flexible when asked what type of government should be in place in what was called 'historic Palestine' -- a term referring to the entire state of Israel, including Judea and Samaria. 34.7% said Islamic law [Sharia]should rule a binational state that includes Israel as well, while 20.2% said they would be willing to live in a secular state as long as it was officially Muslim. The most popular potential PA ally was Iran..."

(Nov. 6) Hamas claims 'game-changing weapons': "Israeli security officials confirmed to WND that Hamas recently was able to bring into Gaza advanced weaponry that deeply concerns the Israel Defense Forces. The information comes a week after the Nigerian secret service seized a large weapons shipment in Lagos, one of Africa's busiest ports. The capture of the arms, which included Katyusha rocket launchers, underlined fears that Iran is developing a global network for moving weapons and people. Israel is concerned Tehran is exploiting unpatrolled points that have previously been used by drug cartels. ...Iranian Revolutionary Guard units have stepped up their training of Hamas commanders inside the Gaza Strip."

(Nov. 5) UN declares Rachel's Tomb to be a mosque: "The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decided last week to re-label as an Islamic mosque the tomb of Rachel, one of Israel’s matriarchs, and demanded that Israel remove the site from its National Heritage list.....

     "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office decried the ludicrous nature of the UNESCO decision: 'The attempt to detach the Nation of Israel from its heritage is absurd. If the nearly 4,000-year-old burial sites of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Jewish Nation – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah – are not part of its culture and tradition, then what is a national cultural site?'

     "Sites such as the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb (which sits on the edge of Bethlehem) present an inconvenient truth for the pro-Palestine movement and its supporters, who want to claim that the Jews have no historic ties to this land.....Once again, the UN has shown itself to be anything but an impartial broker by ignoring historical evidence and embracing Muslim revisionism."

Iran will use nuclear bombs on Israel: "[Iran] will use the nuclear bomb against Israel, they will use it against Persian Gulf countries, and they will use it against Europe to bring about that last hadith  that calls for total chaos, lawlessness, and havoc in the world, which creates the circumstance for Imam Mahdi (the Islamic messianic figure) to appear.'...

      "'During the Shah era (prior to the Revolution)… it was a very open society. Muslims, Christians, and Jews. They enjoyed each other, the community was a happy community...,' said Kahlili. But discontent brewed in the society. 'The only thing lacking at that time was political freedom, freedom of speech.... Sometimes people were taken to prison and tortured – but nothing like what goes on today in Iran.'... Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's regime veered sharply away from the westernized country the Shah had fashioned..." See The Nazi/Arab plots to exterminate Jews



(Nov. 3) Spreading Disinformation UK gov. officials urged to oppose Christian Zionism: "A film produced earlier this year that depicts Christian Zionism as a fanatical and dangerous ideology is gaining popularity in the UK, and is even being peddled to government ministers in an effort to snuff out the influence of grassroots Christian support for the Jewish state....

     "...local and national officials have been invited to attend a screening of the film 'With God on Our Side' on November 11... sponsored by The Ireland-Palestine Alliance.....The 82-minute film ... accuses Christian supporters of Israel of advocating the ethnic cleansing of the region’s Arab population, be they Christians or Muslims." The opposite is true. Even now, the Arab Palestinians have forced most Christians too fledd Bethlehem and Gaza. They have announced that no Jews would be allowed to live in the West Bank and other Arab divisions of Israel. See the next link and The Nazi/Arab plots to exterminate Jews

Repeated: (September 7)  Palestinians scheduled to govern Jews: "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly has proposed a new plan whereby Jews living in the West Bank will remain in their communities after the territory becomes part of a Palestinian state.... It was unclear how the Jewish residents of the West Bank will react to a plan that would seemingly place their security in the hands of the PA, whose militia members have carried out scores of attacks targeting those very Jewish communities.

     "PA President Mahmoud Abbas has been on record multiple times speaking against Jews living in a Palestinian state. Last month, Abbas drew condemnation from U.S. Jewish groups when he was quoted stating that not only must a Palestinian state be Jew-free, not even foreign Jews can serve in any NATO force that protect a future Palestinian country."

October 2010

(October 26) Carter vows to push for sanctions against Israel: "Carter last week visited Syria, where he met with Hamas chief Khaled Meshal as part of an international delegation that seeks to end the isolation of Hamas, whose charter calls for the murder of Jews and destruction of Israel....

     "Separately, al-Masri said... 'We know Carter is not acting alone. He is acting as part of the large American system.' Masri refused to confirm or deny whether Carter passed any message to his group from Obama. Still, he claimed Hamas has 'excellent relations with elements in the circle of the decision making in the U.S. administration.'"

(October 23) Is U.N. 'declaration' a Palestinian solution? Abbas may ask for unilateral creation of new state: "Abbas believes the U.N. route would bypass reliance on Israel ending its own occupation or the U.S. pressuring its closest ally."

(October 19) Turning Churches Against Israel: "The Evangelical Left is anxious to neutralize evangelicals as America’s typically most pro-Israel demographic, especially by focusing on the plight of Palestinian Christians, who are portrayed as victims exclusively of Israeli oppression. 'With God on Our Side,' predictably, portrays pro-Israel Christians as mindless zealots indifferent to Palestinian suffering and exploiting Israeli Jews as merely tools for precipitating the Second Coming. Hapless quotes from Christian Zionists are contrasted with thoughtful articulations from Palestinian Christians and other pro-Palestinian advocates.....But 'With God on our Side' constructed a cheap straw man based on stereotypes, maybe because it could not proffer more substantive arguments." See Israel's daily provision for Palestine

(October 18) Our world: Do Jews have civil rights? " enormous amount of construction went on throughout the last 10 months. The Arabs of Judea and Samaria were not only building without restrictions, the US, Europe and the Arab states of the Persian Gulf bankrolled much of their construction. Whereas every Jewish home built since 1995 has evoked a storm of international criticism, the Palestinians have built thousands upon thousands of buildings throughout the areas. They have done so in total disregard for planning and zoning ordinances....For instance, a motorist... will pass hundreds of empty five-story buildings in Issawiya and other Arab neighborhoods built for the sole purpose of preventing Israel from connecting the two."

(October 16) Ahmadinejad’s Deadly Triumph in Lebanon: "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was welcomed in Lebanon on Wednesday for a visit that demonstrated just how far the Lebanese democracy has fallen and how fast the enemies of freedom have risen.... Lebanon is further losing its independence... with Ahmadinejad encouraging these forces and signaling to the whole Middle East that Lebanon is becoming an Iranian protectorate."


(October 16) Israel to 'recognize state of Palestine within 1967 borders': "Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday he would not recognize Israel as a Jewish state, adding that he was also opposed to population exchanges as part of any permanent peace agreement. .... Abbas said, "Had we given up on our principles, we would have signed an agreement years ago."

(October 15 - email from Jerusalem Report) "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on Ahmadinejad's speech in Bint Jbeil in which he said that 'the Zionists will not last long.'... 'We shall continue building and creating our country and will be prepared to defend it,' Netanyahu added."

(October 14) The U.N.’s War on Israel: "Canada paid the price yesterday for its principled foreign policy stance, especially for its support of Israel, when it lost its bid to Portugal for a non-permanent seat on the powerful United Nations Security Council....after having been elected in every previous decade....To the chagrin of the UN’s petty tyrants and dictators, the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper... is a strong, unabashed supporter of Israel. ... Harper steadfastly refused to 'water down' his government’s foreign policy direction to curry their favour....

      “'The principles that underlie the policy of foreign affairs, freedom, democracy, human rights and common law, are the foundation of each of these decisions. Some would say that because of our attachment to these values, we lost the seat. If that is the case, so be it,' said a defiant Canadian foreign minister....

     "Naturally, Canadian liberal and leftist critics were quick to blame the Conservative government.... The tilt towards Israel, they believe, cost Canada votes among the UN’s Arab and Muslim countries and the states they influence, which constitute about a third of the UN’s 192 votes.... Liberal opposition leader Michael Ignatieff... friend of the Obama White House... has called the UN rebuff 'a sad day for Canada.'...The Conservatives believe, however, that it was Ignatieff himself who helped undermine the Canadian bid.... Recently, the Liberal Party leader questioned whether his country even deserved a seat on the Security Council because of the Conservative record on global warming, foreign aid priorities."

     "...many Canadians are pleased with the vote result. They view the UN as a morally bankrupt organization that manifests its internal corruption by having Libya as head of its human rights panel."

(October 11) One Country and Three Civilizations: "Clinton is right: 'Russians' in Israel don't really want peace -- the kind of 'peace' that Bill Clinton imposed on Serbs in Kosovo....

     "A significant feature of today's Western civilization is the absence of any values. While it passionately abandons its religious principles, the other two cultures fervently cultivate their values and originality....

     "Eastern European countries, irrespective of their economic successes or level of democratic development, are strikingly different from their neighbors in the West.....

     "...there is the third group of peoples in the world still remaining in the power of patriarchal-feudal relations. Take away all the trappings of the western civilization (cell phones, the Internet, portable computers, grandiose glass and concrete buildings, Buick and Mercedes cars) from Arabian and African life, and you will see the gloomy and cruel world of the Middle Ages. This is the world of fist law where reason is substituted by clan norms and blood feud laws, and women are slaves to men...."

     "For postmodernists, Israel is no more than a hindrance on their way to Utopia. In this context the word 'peace' has lost its meaning."

Hezbollah training in Syria missile base: "The Syrian army has a Scud missile base near Damascus, according to recent satellite photos. The photos also suggest that Hezbollah activists are being trained in the Scuds' use at the base. ...while [Syrian President] Assad was presenting himself to Europe as a peace-seeker, he continued to maintain his strategic alliance with Iran and Hezbollah."

(October 10)  Israel Trains To Live With SCUD: "The Israeli Air Force has increased its training of air base personnel to keep bases operating after attacks by ballistic missiles. These warheads will either be filled with high explosives, cluster bombs or chemical weapons....

    "The danger is real. Syria has underground storage and launch facilities for its arsenal of over a thousand SCUD missiles. Armed with half ton high explosive or cluster bomb warheads, the missiles have ranges of 500-700 kilometers....The Syrian missiles are meant to hit Israeli airfields, missile launching sites and nuclear weapons storage areas, as well as population centers. Syria hopes to do enough damage with a missile strike to cripple Israeli combat capability."

Abbas may circumvent Israel, ask U.S. to recognize Palestinian state: "Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told Arab leaders he may seek U.S. recognition for a Palestinian state, which would include all of the West Bank, should peace talks with Israel break down, an aide said on Saturday....."[Another] is to study the possibility of going to the [United Nations] Security Council to get a resolution that calls upon member states to recognize the state of Palestine on the 1967 borders," he told Reuters by telephone from the Libyan town of Sirte."

(October 8) Israel on war alert -- Jewish state fears Iran ally will attack: "...the Jewish state is concerned Hezbollah might try to spark a conflict to deflect attention from an international tribunal investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who died in a car bomb explosion in 2005.... Hezbollah may try to carry out attacks against Israel similar to those that prompted the 2006 Lebanon War. During that conflict, Hezbollah fired constant rocket barrages into Israel, killing 43 Israelis and wounding more than 4,200. Hezbollah and Syria have attempted to discredit the U.N. probe."

(October 6) Palestinian state within 2 months?  "The White House is planning intensive Israeli-Palestinian talks that aim to create the borders of a future Palestinian state within two months, according to Palestinian Authority officials."

Video: Hezbollah’s Terrorist Theme Park in Lebanon: "A theme park built on hatred of Israel and on decades of war."

(October 3) Britain is a hotbed of anti-Israeli sentiment: "Since returning to these shores as Israel's ambassador... I have been dismayed to find that, as far as Israel is concerned, these values are under threat. Fairness is all too frequently absent in a debate that has been hijacked by extremists. Israel faces an intensified campaign of delegitimisation, demonisation and double standards.

    "Britain has become a hotbed for radical anti-Israeli views and a haven for disingenuous calls for a 'one-state solution', a euphemistic name for a movement advocating Israel's destruction. Those who propagate this notion distort Israel's past while categorically denying Israel's right to exist....

    "At the end of last month, members of the University and College Union (UCU) passed a motion that in effect called for a boycott of the Israeli academia. The concept of an academic boycott is a ludicrous oxymoron, undermining the democratic principles of free speech and free debate....The pattern is exacerbated when coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is routinely tainted with bias and a surprising lack of context....

     "The average British citizen is painfully unaware that, since Hamas seized control of Gaza last year, 1,400 rockets and 1,500 mortar bombs have landed on Israeli soil. No government in the world would tolerate such a sustained attack without taking action....The time has come for the silent majority to speak up and say 'yes'; yes to context, yes to democracy and yes to an understanding of the challenges Israel faces as a democracy under fire."

(October 1) New Jewish houses have world fuming: "True to his word, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has allowed the self-imposed Jewish building freeze in Judea and Samaria (the so-called 'West Bank') to lapse and for approved construction projects there to resume. Work began on Monday on at least 2,000 new housing units and a number of new schools in Jewish communities throughout the territories the Palestinians claim for their future state....

     "Netanyahu was on the phone non-stop on Monday to listen to the complaints and expressions of disappointment from world leaders.... UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement insisting that 'settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory [sic], including East Jerusalem, is illegal under international law...'. [Ed. Note - It is a common misconception fueled by inaccurate reporting and outright misinformation by world leaders that Israel has ever agreed to totally halt Jewish growth in Judea and Samaria. While Israel has agreed not to build new Jewish towns in those areas, every prime minister has carefully stipulated that natural growth in existing towns must be allowed.]

     "Israeli officials tried in vain to get the international community to see things in context....Meanwhile, Abbas has backed down from his threat to immediately suspend negotiations, and has said he will give Israel another week to reinstate the Jewish building freeze, which in the Palestinians’ eyes must also include Jerusalem."

September 2010

(September 30) Infecting Iran’s Nuke Program: "Shortly before Russia inserted the fuel rods into Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor on August 21, some experts warned it would be the last opportunity for Israel to destroy the facility and prevent Iran from going nuclear. Israel did not, and now we may know why: A 'cyber superweapon' had infiltrated the site’s computer networks.....

    "Iran has admitted that 30,000 of its industrial computers, including those at its Bushehr reactor, have been infected by Stuxnet, a virus described as 'a precision, military-grade cyber missile' unrivaled in its sophistication. Top cyber security experts have marveled at Stuxnet, studying it for months because it is 'too large, too encrypted, too complex to be immediately understood, it employed amazing new tricks…'

    "'This is a 100 percent sabotage attack,' said 'one expert. And the target of that sabotage is undoubtedly Iran’s nuclear program."

(September 29) Mr. Abbas, Tear Down This Wall! "In Cairo a little over a year ago, President Obama proclaimed 'a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.' After reminding his Arab audience that 'six million Jews were killed' by the Nazis, he added immediately that, for their part, the Palestinians too 'have endured the pain of dislocation' and many still 'wait in refugee camps... for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead.'

     "...a number of commentators objected to the President’s seeming equation of the abundantly funded refugee camps run by the United Nations with Nazi death camps. Few, however, pointed out that his explanation of the plight of the Palestinian refugees was false, confusing historical cause and effect. For it is not the absence of peace that keeps Palestinians 'waiting' in refugee camps. Rather, most Arab leaders since 1948, including the current Palestinian leadership itself, insist that the refugees—originally numbering between 500,000 and 750,000 but now swollen through natural increase to over four million—must remain in those camps until allowed to return en masse to Israel. This insistence in turn makes it impossible to achieve any resolution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, let alone a 'new beginning' in the Middle East."

(September 28) Obama warns: Support 'Palestine' or 'more blood' will flow: "Without world support for establishing an independent Palestine, President Obama warned the United Nations General Assembly today that 'more blood will be shed'... Though couched with references to Israeli security and a 'neighbors who are committed to coexistence,' Obama's observation prompted a provocative question...about the Nazi links to Islamic jihadists.'"

     Obama's warning sounds like fear-driven rather than fact-based diplomacy. Yes, Islamic jihad has a history of shedding blood. But that's certainly no reason to use intimidation as a pathway to peace!

(September 27) New Gilad Shalit Video - Real or Fake? "Gilad Shalit 24, is an Israeli soldier who was kidnapped by Hamas on 25 June 2006 in a cross-border raid. Since his kidnapping, Hamas has refused requests from the International Committee of the Red Cross to allow the ICRC to visit Shalit on the grounds that any such visit could betray the location where Shalit is being held. Worldwide human rights organizations have stated that the terms and conditions of Shalit's detention are contrary to international humanitarian law, but still no progress has been made to secure his release. In exchange for his release, Hamas demands the release of all female and underage Palestinian prisoners held in Israel, as well as a further 1,000 prisoners, a number of which are convicted by Israeli courts on terrorism charges."

(September 9) The Obama Peace Talks Sham: "The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were inaugurated in Washington last week to much fanfare, resonating proclamations, manufactured hope and an opulent state dinner—this latter being rather more than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have come to expect after his miserly White House reception last March.....

     "This most partisan and indiscrete of presidents [Obama] has made it plain over the last few years that he has no love for the Jewish state.... Obama and his entourage do not read the Charter documents of Hamas and Fatah in which Israel’s destruction is solemnly pledged. They do not read the translations of the speeches given by Arab leaders to their home audience in which their real, incendiary intentions are expressed. They do not compare the accomplishments of Israeli society in science, technology, agriculture, medicine and education, which materially benefit the world..."

Victims on the road to ‘peace’: "Talia and Yitzhak Ames met as students at Moscow University....They got married in 1985, and had two children by the time they emigrated to Israel in 1991. Four more children followed in the next 19 years, and Talia was nine months pregnant with their seventh when she and Yitzhak were murdered by Palestinian terrorists last week.... With Talia and Yitzhak in the car when the killers opened fire were two other residents of Beit Haggai: Avishai Schindler, a newly-married yeshiva student, and Kochava Even-Haim, a nursery school teacher and the mother of an 8-year-old daughter. Kochava's husband Maimon, an emergency-aid volunteer, was one of the first responders to arrive at the scene, unaware that he would find his wife among the dead...."

(September 7)  Palestinians scheduled to govern Jews: "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly has proposed a new plan whereby Jews living in the West Bank will remain in their communities after the territory becomes part of a Palestinian state.... It was unclear how the Jewish residents of the West Bank will react to a plan that would seemingly place their security in the hands of the PA, whose militia members have carried out scores of attacks targeting those very Jewish communities.

     "PA President Mahmoud Abbas has been on record multiple times speaking against Jews living in a Palestinian state. Last month, Abbas drew condemnation from U.S. Jewish groups when he was quoted stating that not only must a Palestinian state be Jew-free, not even foreign Jews can serve in any NATO force that protect a future Palestinian country."

(September 4) Israel working to thwart Russia arms deal with Syria: "...Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to stop the arms sale involving advanced anti-shipping missiles. The deal involves the sale of advanced P-800 Yakhont supersonic cruise missiles to the Syrian military. Israel considers this weaponry capable of posing significant danger to its navy vessels in the Mediterranean Sea....

    "Netanyahu called Putin on Friday.... some of the conversation centered on the arms deal with Syria. In addition to Syria's transfer of advanced Russian anti-tank missiles to Hezbollah, Netanyahu also mentioned the incident in which Syrian-acquired Chinese-made C-802 anti-shipping missiles were used by Hezbollah to target an Israeli destroyer. He expressed Israel's concern that the new missiles from Russia will also make their way to Hezbollah."

(September 3) Palestinian Leader Rebuffs Netanyahu’s Call for A ‘Jewish State’: "Behind the polite talk at Thursday’s re-launch of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations at the State Department was a deep gulf on what Israel calls a make-or-break issue – Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. ...Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu identified what he called 'two pillars of peace that I think will enable us to resolve all the outstanding issues … legitimacy and security.' 'Just as you expect us to be ready to recognize a Palestinian state as the nation-state of the Palestinian people, we expect you to be prepared to recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people,' Netanyahu said, adding that the more than one million non-Jews living in Israel enjoy full civil rights....

      "Abbas’ response, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turned the floor over to him minutes later, was that the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) had already recognized Israel – in September 1993... and then Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin had signed 'a document of mutual recognition.' ... Left unsaid was the fact that neither in 1993 nor since then has the PLO agreed to recognize Israel specifically as a Jewish state. On the contrary, Abbas and other Palestinian leaders have repeatedly rejected this Israeli requirement."

(September 2) Israel concedes Jerusalem before negotiations even begin Also agrees to forfeit holy sites to be governed by 'special regime' : Ahead of the start of today's Mideast summit in Washington, the Israeli government publicly conceded sections of Jerusalem will become part of a Palestinian state while holy sites would be governed by a "special regime."

(September 1) Jews killed where Obama demanded removal of checkpoints: "Today's deadly terror attack that killed four people took place on a road where the Israeli government removed staffed anti-terror checkpoints in line with requests from the Obama administration.... As President Obama was preparing for a Washington summit with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Palestinian terrorists today carried out a shooting attack, killing two Jewish men and two women, one of whom was pregnant.... The attack took place in the West Bank...near the historic biblical city of Hebron....

      "Abu-Ubaida, a spokesman for Hamas' Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, stated today's shooting was 'a link in a chain-series of attacks - some have been executed, and others will follow.'....

      "...the gunmen today approached the Israeli vehicle and shot the victims multiple times at point-blank range. ...Paramedic Guy Ronen described the shooting scene...: 'When we arrived on the scene, all four doors of the car were open and four bodies were strewn on the road. We saw that the vital organs had been struck by a very large number of bullets, and that there was no chance of saving their lives.'...

      "Members of Netanyahu's entourage said the prime minister was briefed on the events and that he instructed Israel's security agencies to prepare for the possibility of further attacks aimed at disrupting the Washington summit..... Officially, Hamas took responsibility for the terror attack."

Central Israel in range of Hamas rockets: "The long-range rockets acquired by Hamas are of the Fajar-5 type....Israel is also concerned about the possibility of an arms deal being worked out between Russia and the Syrian military."

Hezbollah terrorists in America: "The report describes terrorist involvement in fundraising for so-called 'charity projects' and engaging in criminal activities such as money laundering, smuggling, drug trafficking, fraud and extortion. The report estimates that the Iranian-backed Hezbollah would likely increase in strength in the coming years inside the U.S. to the degree that it would pose as a national security threat by the year 2014. There is no record to be found of any arrests or deportations of any of these non-citizen terrorists who are quietly going about their business in our communities undetected....

      "The 38-page terrorism report further indicates that 'Hezbollah was being directed by the leadership in Lebanon as well as by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).' ...Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood, funneling Saudi money into major American investments and endowments and into the mega mosques that are springing up across the country."

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