German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier spent Saturday in Jordan meeting with King Abdullah II discussing how to restart final status talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
The two also talked about bilateral ties, the Middle East, and how to combat terrorism.
But in a joint news conference held by Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh and his German counterpart, the two told reporters the whole world is “unanimous” in its agreement that Israel and the PA must negotiate the establishment of a new Arab country for Palestinians.
Last Wednesday, the Jordanian monarch had met in Berlin on the same topic with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Abdullah called the issue of talks between Israel and the PA “the most persistent problem in our region” while in Germany. Merkel also noted that she had told Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin during their visit together that Germany was “concentrating on a two-state solution” as well.
The Palestinian Authority will connect to Jordan’s electric grid, reducing its dependency on Israel, according to Omar Kittanah, the director of the Palestinian Power and Natural Resources Authority.
He told the Ma’an News Agency, based in Bethlehem, that connecting Jordan to electricity grid in Jericho is part of a project that in three years will tie together eight countries in the system. The other countries are Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Libya and Egypt, Jordan.
After a high-tension line from Jordan to Jericho is completed, a separate line will be built to send electricity from Judea and Samaria to the other countries, tying the Palestinian Authority with Israel’s enemy nations of Lebanon and Syria.
The Palestinian Authority now needs approximately $100 million to pay for hooking up its grid to Jordan.
Kittanah said that other countries have special funds to support development projects.
Buying electricity from Jordan instead of Israel may leave Amman holding a bag of debts if the Palestinian Authority continues not to pay for electricity. Israel frequently has frozen taxes that collects for the Palestinian Authority on goods and merchandise flowing into Judea and Samaria. Israel resume the flow of money last month on another agreement that would reduce but not eliminate the debt.
The Palestinian Authority’s pockets always are empty, except when it comes to paying salaries for its terrorists enjoying Israel’s prisons, where they can earn university degrees before being freed. Some of them eventually give up on terror, if for no other reason than they are too old. Others return to terror and often get a return visit to Israeli jails
Archaeologists are furious at the police for allowing the Muslim Waqf on the Temple Mount earlier this week to damage the ancient mosaic floor that covers the Foundation Rock of the Temple Mount.
Known in Hebrew as Even HaShetiya, it is the rock from which the world was created, according to the Kabbalistic literature known as the Zohar, which states:
The world was not created until God took a stone called Even HaShetiya and threw it into the depths where it was fixed from above till below, and from it the world expanded. It is the center point of the world and on this spot stood the Holy of Holies.
Adam and Eve were created there, according to tradition, which also teaches that Cain, Abel, Noah and Abraham offered sacrifices there. It also is the foundation of the two destroyed Holy Temples. The Palestinian Authority has methodically been trying to destroy all evidence of the existence of the Temples that Muslim clerics increasing teach never existed,
This week’s destruction robbed archaeologists of a rare opportunity to photograph the mosaic floor over the rock as well as the cave underneath, archaeologist Tzachi Devira told the Kipa website.
Devira, director of the project to sift debris from the Temple Mount, directly blamed the police for illegally allowing the Waqf to carry out work without supervision.
He recently learned that the Muslims were preparing to change the carpets that cover the floor and the cave, giving Devira a “rare historic opportunity” to photograph the mosaic.
He said “stubbornness of the police” prevented his entry while the Muslims carried out their work behind closed doors earlier this week.
Devira said that the Waqf was laying down new carpets purchased with funds donated by the Kingdom of Jordan.
However, Temple Mount activists who try to observe Muslim activity on the Temple Mount discovered that the Waqf exploited the changing of the carpets to damage the floor without legally required police presence.. Pictures that were taken by Muslims inside the holy site were leaked, and parts of the floor were seen, exposing mosaics from different periods.
Devira and others urgently appealed to Cabinet ministers, including Housing Minister Uri Ariel, who in turn asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to intervene because of fears that the Muslims would destroy more evidence of the existence of the Temples.
The Yisrael HaYom newspaper quoted Ariel having written to the Prime Minister:
The Waqf began a renovation project at the Dome of the Rock, the site of the Temple, and this includes re-flooring and potentially additional activities whose nature are unknown, all the while using heavy equipment.
These works are unprecedented and warrant the review of the Ministerial Committee on Archeological Digs at Holy Sites, and the fact that there is heavy machinery involved makes this all the more pressing.
Police finally ordered the work to stop immediately, and Kipa reported that an Israel Antiquities Authority spokesman said “work had not been coordinated.”
Devira asserts that the Waqf is forbidden to carry out any work without the presence of a policeman and an archaeologist.
Below is video of Arabs dumping Temple Mount debris. Click on CC in bottom right corner for English captions.
The 10-year-long court case ended with a jury trial in Brooklyn’s U.S. District Court that culminated in a jury verdict on September 22, 2014.
The five week trial ended with the jury deciding the Bank was guilty of helping “Hamas militants carry out a wave of violence in Israel that killed and wounded hundreds of Americans,” Bloomberg News reported.
The Bank provided material assistance to Hamas from 1998 to 2004, doing business with 150 Hamas leaders and terrorists, and helping to finance terror as a result.
The money came from Saudi Arabia and the Hezbollah-backed al-Shahid Foundation.
Judge Brian Cogan handed down his decision on Wednesday, April 9, 2015, rejecting the Bank’s petition to overturn the jury verdict.
As a result, the Bank will now have to compensate each of the 297 plaintiffs in the case, who included both direct terror victims and relations of victims.
The verdict “was based on volumes of damning circumstantial evidence that defendant knew its customers were terrorists,” the judge said in his decision.
Although an article by Hadassah Medical Center says the disease cannot be transferred from person to person, researchers found in a study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases in 2003 that such transmission may indeed be possible, since parasites can jump.
CL due to Leishmania major as opposed to MCL and VL (two other forms) was defined as being zoonotic and much more difficult to treat. The cutaneous lesions were said to last much longer and the disease was described as life-threatening if it progressed to visceral leishmaniasis (VL). The study found that rock hyraxes found in northern Israel around Lake Kinneret were the most probable reservoir hosts for the parasites that carry the disease.
If that is true, then so too is it likely that ISIS fighters are facing a difficult time because it was mentioned that the parasites also jump from person to person, as well from the living animals around them.
More to the point, the disease is caused by poor hygiene and bad living conditions; it has affected at least 100,000 people in Syria, according to the latest reports. It can result in open flesh wounds, ulcers, an enlarged spleen and liver, anemia and ultimately lead to death.
Although it’s pretty easy to treat, there are very few medics and trained medical professionals left in Syria and ISIS-controlled Iraq who know how to manage it.
Volunteers with the Doctors Without Borders organization of course know how to handle it – but since ISIS is deeply dedicated to kidnapping, torturing and murdering those helping hands, it’s not likely they are going to see any help from them. Ditto for Syrian government troops for the same reason.
Ironically, a new project was launched last year by the Israeli Pharmaseed research company to track down a treatment for this disease.
Four partners were recruited for the project. Two of the four — the Dead Sea and Arava Science Centers – identified 70 plant extracts that may be relevant for fighting the parasite.
The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, meanwhile, will test the efficacy of the extracts on leishmaniasis samples.
Pharmaseed is coordinating the project and is responsible for safety tests, and for assessing the potential efficacy of the extracts being tested.
Jordan University of Science and Technology Prof. Nabil Hailat will carry out advanced live and clinical trials (on humans) in Jordan, which should yield the test results.
In the middle of nowhere, a group of Israeli soldiers guarding the nation’s border with Jordan prepared to meet the Sabbath Queen with a canned Passover Seder.
But facing the holiday with army-issue rations was not a pleasant prospect. So as the sun began to sink closer to the horizon, the men put their heads together.
Who could possibly provide a decent meal for these guardians of Israel on the eve of the Festival of Freedom – out in the middle of nowhere?
“Call Chabad,” advised one of the soldiers. Quickly someone Googled a number and came up with Rabbi Shimon Elharar, Chabad-Lubavitch emissary and head of Chabad of the Dead Sea.
A quick conversation ensued. Food he could provide; of course he had the contacts.
But who could get it to the soldiers in time for the holiday? They were, after all, literally in the middle of nowhere. Just about inaccessible. The sun was nearing the horizon. No Jew could make that trip and get back in time without desecrating the Sabbath.
And the soldiers could not leave to pick it up.
Enter a hero named Azmi, a righteous Arab Gentile who certainly will have his place in the World to Come. Azmi picked up the food from a restaurant where Passover preparations had been made.
At 6:30 pm, Azmi delivered the food to a position designated by the soldiers, just in time for them to set up before the start of the special Passover Sabbath seder.
“Today by chance I met an IDF soldier at one of the checkpoints at the Dead Sea,” Rabbi Elharar told JewishPress.com in an exclusive interview. Hearing his voice, I asked if he had been among those who were assigned to guard the border on Friday night and when he said “yes,” I asked how the seder had gone.
“What a huge smile lit his face!” the rabbi said. “He said ‘Yes indeed, the messenger made it on time. We were so amazed. We had a great holiday celebration.
The Islamic State (ISIS) has take control over most of a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria from a rival terrorist group in what is a major step towards confirming Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s warning that a Palestinian Authority stage would fall under the control of the ISIS.
The Al-Nusra Front, linked with Al Qaeda, opened the road for the ISIS to take over UNRWA’s Yarmouk refugee camp four miles south of central Damascus, according to Anwar Raja, the spokesman for the pro-Assad Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
Meanwhile, Jordan closed its last remaining border with Syria after pro-Assad forces lost the checkpoint to rebel forces.
If the ISIS takes full control of the Yarmouk camp, it will give the Islamic State a launching pad to threaten the capital. Moreover, it would turn the Palestinian camp into an arm and army of the ISIS that has been recruiting members from the Palestinian Authority and Israel as well from all over the world with the promise to turn the entire Middle East into an Islamic Caliphate state.
Prime Minister Netanyahu warned here last month that recognizing the Palestinian Authority at this time would in effect open the door to Israel for the Islamic State.
ISIS control of a refugee camp also would be a severe blow the United Nations, whose UNRWA agency has turned millions of Arabs into stateless people on the premise that one day they will move to Israel and reduce the Jewish population to a minority.
UNRWA’s institutionalized impiety has created fertile ground for terrorism, the last hope of hopeless people.
UNRWA stated after the ISIS insurgency Wednesday:
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, said it was “extremely concerned” about the safety of civilians in Yarmouk and that some 3,500 children were in “extreme risk of death, serious injury, trauma, and displacement.
Yarmouk has been controlled by the anti-Assad PLFP since a year ago, when rebel fighters withdrew. Yarmouk’s population once was 160,000 but has been devastated by the civil war.
The fighting at the Jordan border was between the Al-Nusra Front and Assad’s army. If the PFLP claim is true that Al Nusra let ISIS into the Yarmouk refugee camp, any cooperation between the two terrorist organizations could place ISIS on Jordan’s neck.
Jordan said it closed the border “temporarily… to keep the safety for the passengers and those who are trying to cross between the two countries.”