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Jordanian Lawmakers Cancel Gaza Visit on Security Grounds

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Twelve Jordanian parliamentarians have cancelled a planned visit to Gaza on security grounds.

The lawmakers traveled last week to Cairo, expecting to enter Gaza via the Rafah border crossing in a “solidarity” move following this summer’s Operation Protective Edge. Also on the agenda were planned meetings with leaders of Hamas and other terrorist groups.

On Saturday, however, they announced they were turning around and heading back to Jordan without having visited Gaza.

“The Egyptian authorities have informed us that the security situation in Sinai is very dangerous, especially the area between Rafah and Al-Arish, which makes it difficult for us to reach the border with the Gaza Strip,” said Jordanian delegation head Yehya Al-Saud. He added that the Egyptian government asked the group to postpone its visit out of concern for “the safety of its members,” saying they “wouldn’t be able to guarantee our safety.”

A second delegate, Khamis Attiyeh, said “We are all very sad because of the cancellation of our visit due to the situation.”

One Palestinian Authority Arab was killed and two others were wounded Saturday in clashes with Egyptian soldiers near Rafah, according to Arab sources. A group of Gazans emerged from a smuggling tunnel on the Egyptian side of the border with Gaza, according to the report. Egyptian officers opened fire after the group ignored calls to surrender, and instead attempted to re-enter the tunnel and escape back into Gaza. Egyptian security has been on high alert after receiving intelligence about planned attacks through the tunnels.

Last week six Egyptian police officers were killed and two more were wounded last week when a roadside bomb exploded in northern Sinai on the road between Rafah and the provincial capital, El Arish. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a terror group linked to Al Qaeda, has taken responsibility for similar past attacks, claiming it is avenging the blood of Islamists killed and detained in the government’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood organization.

In the past month several people have been beheaded in the Sinai Peninsula. The victims were murdered for allegedly collaborating with Israel. They were killed by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis terrorists.

Travel Advisory: Have a Safe Holiday by Staying in Israel

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Israel’s National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau on Monday warned people traveling for the High Holidays of concern over attacks “against Israeli and Jewish targets around the world, especially in Western Europe, by global jihad elements, including ISIS.”

The warning comes less than a week that the U.S. State Dept. still was living in the past with its updated warning that visitors to Israel should buy gas masks. Perhaps U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is afraid that strong winds from the west will blow in to Israel the smell from Foggy Bottom.

Washington routinely inflates every Arab riot in eastern Jerusalem into a full-fledged intifada, but media hype notwithstanding, virtually every tourist spot place in Israel is safer than the streets of Washington.

The Israel agency noted, “There is at this time an increasing potential threat as a result of the recent Operation Protective Edge during which there were many demonstrations at Israeli embassies and consulates around the world. There has also been an increase in anti-Semitic incidents. These trends are likely to continue during the holiday period….

“The global terrorist campaign by Iran and Hezbollah continues to threaten Israeli and Jewish targets around the world, especially ‘soft’ targets, i.e. tourists and Jewish symbols,” such as rabbis, community leaders and Chabad houses.

Officials there is a “concrete threat” regarding travel to Egypt and Jordan, both of which have peace treaties with Israel, as well as the Gulf States, southern Thailand, Chechnua, some parts of northern India and the Sinai Peninsula..

It also is ill-advised to travel to Azerbaijan, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman and Turkey.

Einat Schlein Appointed Israel Ambassador to Jordan, 1st Female in Post

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Israel has named Einat Schlein to represent the Jewish State in Jordan. She will be the first female ambassador to serve in the post in an Arab country. The appointment is one that could potentially cause complications due to cross-cultural issues regarding gender relations, although of all the Arab nations, Jordan is the most Westernized.

Schlein began her diplomatic career in Amman, and also served at the Israeli embassy in Washington DC. She currently heads a division at the Center for Political Research, an intelligence and analysis-based branch of the foreign ministry.

Jordan Has The Most to Fear From Arab Palestinian Terrorism‏

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

National borders as we know them here in the Middle East are pretty modern. And like in Europe* there have been many changes over the past couple of hundred years. Pretty much all of the present countries, barring one, has some historic basis. Egypt and Israel (as a Jewish country) probably have the longest documented history, although there was a long gap in time, about two thousand years when there wasn’t a Jewish State.

One Middle East country has absolutely no basis in history and is ruled by colonizers/occupiers placed by European powers in the mid-twentieth century. That’s Jordan. According to Wikipedia:

With the Great Arab Revolt in 1916 and the consequent British invasion, the area came under Occupied Enemy Territory Administration in 1917 and with the British mandate of Transjordan in early 1920s, it became the Emirate of Transjordan under the Hashemite Emir. In 1946, independent Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was formed and shortly admitted to the United Nations and the Arab League. In 1948, Jordan fought with the newly born state of Israel over lands of former Mandatory Palestine, effectively gaining control of the West Bank and annexing it with its Palestinian population. (italics mine)**

For many centuries, European powers played god with lands and continents that were administered either as city states or tribal areas. Any place that hadn’t been christianized was subject to European colonization.

Over the decades of Jordan’s existance it has periodically been threatened by the same Arab terrorists who want to destroy Israel. They very rightfully see the Hashemites as invaders and colonizers/occupiers.

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Jordan reiterates firm stance against terrorism Jeddah, Sept. 11 (Petra) – Jordan reiterated on Thursday its firm stance against terrorism and affirmed the need to eradicate it from its roots. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs Nasser Judeh told a joint US-Arab ministerial meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia that the Middle East is facing serious challenges to the regional security and stability…Jordan, the foreign minister said, believes that the Islamic State poses a direct threat to its national security, calling for closer international efforts to uproot this terrorist organization before it is too late. “Terrorism is a threat to the region and the whole world,” Judeh said…

The Jordanian Government knows well that the Islamic State is directly connected to Hamas and all the other terrorists plaguing our region.

*old joke about the Polish-Russian border change

“I’m so glad that we’re under Polish rule again.” “Why?” “I can’t stand those freezing Russian winters.”

**The truth is that the United Nations had allocated the West Bank sic as another new Arab country, but Jordan invaded it and occupied it until it lost it to Israel in the 1967 Six Days War.

Israel Reminds US ‘Iran As Great a Threat as ISIS’

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz says that Iran is still a greater threat than the global Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror organization.

The terror group has spread its threat level to the borders around Iraq and Syria, and has taken over the Iraqi side of the sole border crossing with Jordan – an ominous sign – as well as two crossings with Syria, which is creating a growing security concern for Amman.

Asked in a radio interview whether Israel would help defend Jordan from ISIS, Steinitz said Sunday that Israel would certainly help the Hashemite Kingdom in its defense against the radical Islamist terrorists.

“Jordan is a strong state, but still, if Jordan were truly in danger from these jihadist extremists and asked for our assistance, Israel has a very clear interest in the existence of Jordan,” Steinitz said.

He added, however, that he believes the threat to the Hashemite Kingdom may have subsided, given the ability of Kurdish fighters to beat back the ISIS forces with the aid of U.S. air strikes in Iraq.

Steinitz acknowledged that the threat to the region from ISIS is real – but the threat to Israel and the rest of the world from Iran is far greater, he warned. ISIS, he said, “is a threat for a few years; Iranian nuclear weapons will be with us – if Iran becomes a nuclear power – for dozens of years.”

Steinitz recently met in Washington with American officials to discuss the upcoming nuclear talks with Iran, pointing out that while building a world coalition to fight ISIS is important, it is equally important not to forget the Iranian nuclear threat.

Moshe Feiglin: Netanyahu Has Conceded Temple Mount [video]

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has conceded sovereignty over the Temple Mount to Jordan, and the holy site is being overrun by jihadists, Likud MP and Jewish Leadership chairman Moshe Feiglin wrote on his Facebook page Thursday.

The Prime Minister announced on Thursday that following protests from Jordan over a new bridge for non-Muslims leading from the Western Wall Plaza to the Temple Mount, he ordered its removal.

His office stated, “There was a structure built without proper authority; there is no real need for this structure. When the Jordanians approached us, we of course agreed. There was no objective reason to have it there in first place. Everyone understands the sensitivity of the area and there’s no logical reason to add extra sources of friction.”

MK Moshe Feiglin wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday, “About half a year ago I submitted a Knesset query to PM Netanyahu on the topic of Israel’s loss of sovereignty on the Temple Mount and its transfer to Jordan. This query has not yet been addressed.

“But yesterday, it became clear that PM Binyamin Netanyahu is transferring the sovereignty on the Temple Mount to Jordan in practice.

“The only approach for non-Muslims to the Temple Mount is via the Mugrabim Gate, overlooking the Western Wall. Following an earthquake, the original approach to the gate collapsed in 2004. The government had planned to build a new stone bridge to the Mugrabim Gate, but capitulated to world pressure and sufficed with a rickety, temporary wooden bridge.

“Engineers from the Jerusalem Municipality declared the temporary bridge unsafe, and over the past few weeks a new, safer wooden bridge has been built under the older bridge. Jordan, however, demanded that the bridge be removed and yesterday, work to dismantle it began.

“This capitulation to the Jordanian demand and the dismantling of a safety bridge that was erected over the Western Wall Plaza (it is not even on the Temple Mount) testifies to the fact that the PM has indeed conceded Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount.

“When ISIS and Hamas flags fly freely on the Temple Mount and when the Prime Minister transfers sovereignty on the Mount to radical Islam, Israel’s hold on the Negev, Galil and mixed Jewish-Arab cities is lost.

“ISIS flags can already be seen in Sachnin and Taibeh, Arab towns in northern Israel. The PM’s demonstration of weakness encourages Israel’s enemies in the south and north, infusing them with hope to continue to fight us.”

Israel is Energy Exporter in $15b Gas Deal to Jordan

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Israel became an energy producer for the first time today with the closure of a deal to export natural gas to Jordan from the mammoth Leviathan gas field.

Leviathan will become Jordan’s main supplier of natural gas in the coming years. Months of discussions in the Israeli government eventually ended earlier in the year with a decision that the country would be allowed to export 40 percent of its offshore natural gas reserves.

Noble Energy Inc., Delek Group Ltd, Avner Oil and Gas LP and Delek Drilling Limited Partnership and Ratio Oil Exploration were expected to sign a $15b Memorandum of Understanding today (Sept. 3, 2014) to export natural gas for the next 15 years to Jordan.

Israeli Minister of Natural Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources Silvan Shalom, and the U.S. State Department were both involved in the deal.

The Leviathan gas field is a large natural gas field located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea off Israel’s coastline, about 47 kilometers (29 miles) southwest of the Tamar gas field. It is located approximately 130 kilometers (81 miles) west of Haifa, in waters about 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) deep.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israel-is-new-energy-producer-in-15b-leviathan-gas-deal/2014/09/03/

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