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Iranian-Backed Terrorists Tried to Stage Massive Attack in Jordan

Monday, July 6th, 2015

A member of the Iranian-backed Bayt al-Maqdis terrorist organization smuggled 100 pounds of explosives into northern Jordan but was caught before he could stage a massive terrorist attack, the Jordanian newspaper Al-Rai reported Monday.

The suspect holds citizenship in Iraq and Norway.

Iran’s Hezbollah army in Syria makes Jordan its next logical target.

A security official told the Jordanian newspaper, “This is the most serious case in a decade.”

CNN Promotes Old City on Verge of Extinction Due to ‘Political Tension’

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

CNN last week promoted the Old City of Jerusalem as the first of 25 “magnificent structures on the verge of extinction” but implied that Israel is the reason this is the “last chance to see” the sites.

UNESCO’s designation of 48 endangered sites includes the Old City and states:

As a holy city for Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Jerusalem has always been of great symbolic importance. Among its 220 historic monuments, the Dome of the Rock stands out: built in the 7th century, it is decorated with beautiful geometric and floral motifs.

It is recognized by all three religions as the site of Abraham’s sacrifice. The Wailing Wall delimits the quarters of the different religious communities, while the Resurrection rotunda in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre houses Christ’s tomb.

The term “Wailing Wall” dates back to the period before the re-establishment of the State of Israel and includes periods when Jew were allowed at the external wall of the  courtyard of the destroyed Temple Mount only on the Ninth of Av, the day that Jews bemoan the fall of the First and Second Temples.

Today, everyone in the world, except UNESCO and Muslim leaders, refer to it as the Western Wall, or “Kotel” in Hebrew.

CNN did not even mention the Kotel or “Wailing Wall.”

It told its viewers last week:

No other site has spent more time on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger. The Old City of Jerusalem has held a spot since 1982. As holy city for three different religions, it attracts millions of tourists with over 200 monuments, including the majestic Dome of the Rock.

Then came the punch line. Why is it still endangered?

But political tension has hardened relations with Israel and UNESCP, preventing any preservation plans for moving forward.

CNN added a grave warning to people concerning all of the 25 sites it listed:

Go see them now, before it’s too late: threatened by neglect, the elements, changing architectural trends of ruthless developers. These outstanding buildings are all fighting a hard battle for survival.

Another website, known as “whenonearth.com,” lists UNESCO’s 48 endangered site, not to be confused with CNN’s list of archaeological sites that it chose, and states:

Why it’s special: It has significance religious implication to Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It contains hundreds of monuments with great artistic works and architectural structures. It also hosts Christ’s tomb.

Why it’s in danger: the continuous conflicts among different religions are demeaning the city and its walls. Some of the structures have also been destroyed due to conflicts and improper maintenance plans.

Neither UNESCO nor the two websites mentioned above state that the Old City is the site of the First and Second Holy Temples, the existence of which is increasingly being denied by Palestinian Authority and Arab world clerics who are trying to manufacture a new history that erases any link between Judaism and Jerusalem.

All of the sites serve that purpose very well by simply saying that the Old City is holy to Jews as well is Muslims and Christian, without any explanation why it is holy to Judaism. The Muslim Dome of the Rock is noted. “Christ’s tomb” or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is mentioned.

Nothing is said about Jews. No Temple Mount history. No Wall, Wailing or Western. Zilch.

But CNN took the trouble to mention Israel when it explained its version of why the Old City is on UNESCO’s list of sites that supposedly are endangered.

The network furthered UNESCO’s political aim to take control of the Old City by alleging that preservation plans have not advanced because of “political tension [that] has hardened relations” between Israel and the U.N. agency.

Israel to Extend Security Fence Along Eastern Border

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Israel’s Security Cabinet has approved plans to build a security barrier from its southern border along the eastern section towards the north.

International media (such as The New York Times) have reported on the government’s decision as if the work were radically different from that seen along the southern U.S. border with Mexico — which it’s not.

The cabinet approved the project Sunday, to consist of a segment of fencing that stretches 30 kilometers (25 miles) from Eilat to just past the site designated for the new Timna airport currently under construction.

“The government of Israel is in contact with the government of Jordan and emphasizes that the construction of this section of security fence is being carried out on the Israeli side of the border,” noted the prime minister’s office. “The fence will not, in any way, infringe on the sovereignty of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and its national interests, which will be respected.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee at the start of its meeting Monday that the decision to extend the security fence was “important” as part of Israel’s national security.

“It joins with the fence already built along the length of the border with Sinai, which blocked the entry of illegal migrants into Israel and – of course – the various terrorist movements,” Netanyahu pointed out.

“This step also joins the fence that we built on our border on the Golan Heights,” he noted, adding that he was also pleased that the Security Cabinet had approved the sources of funding for the construction as well.

Israel to Allow 1,500 Jordanians to Work in Eilat

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Israel and Jordan have agreed to a plan for 1,500 Jordanians to partially replace foreign workers from Asia and Europe to work in Eilat.

The agreement was signed on Friday, Israeli Deputy Minister of Regional Cooperation Ayoob Kara told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency. Until now, Jordanians with permits to work in Israel have been excluded from Eilat.

More permits also have been given e to Palestinian Authority workers to be employed in Israel. This would seem to be good news for the economy in the Ramallah-based regime, but leave it to the left-wing B’Tselem to find a cloudy lining in a silver cloud.

The organization claims that tens of thousands of Arabs from Judea and Samaria are “forced” to seek a living by working in Israel because the Zionist’ occupation stifles the economy, Ma’an reported.

Wages paid by Israeli firms are far higher than those paid by Arab employers.

Jordan May Revoke Rajoub’s Citizenship over FIFA Vote

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Karame Press cites informed sources saying that the Jordanian government has decided to ban the head of the Palestinian Football Association Jibril Rajoub from entering the Kingdom of Jordan, and is weighing revoking his Jordanian nationality over the next few hours.

The sources report that the move comes in reaction to Rajoub’s Friday vote in the international football federation FIFA elections. They have accused him of supporting the incumbent president, Joseph Blatter, over his rival, Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein.

According to the same sources, Rajoub has been desperately trying to convince the Jordanians that he had given the Palestinian vote to Jordan, but it seems that Rajoub’s close relationship with Blatter and his positions supporting him on behalf of the Palestinian delegation have swayed the votes of many heads of international federations who sympathize with the Palestinians cause in favor of Blatter.

Meanwhile, Rajoub, who is in Tunisia, released a statement saying was not denied entry to Jordan. He added that he contacted the Jordanian ambassador to Tunisia, and the latter has confirmed that Jordan “welcomes him with greetings.”

Meanwhile, Shams News has reported an official request was submitted to the General Prosecutor in Amman, Jordan, asking to sue Rajoub for “harming national unity and damaging the integrity of the foundations of the nation.”

Secret Arab-Israel Talks in Jordan a Sign of Distrust of Obama

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Israeli and Arab diplomats secretly met in Jordan to explore a new reality of diminishing influence of President Barack Obama in the Middle East and the common interest by both sides for security against growing radical Islamic threats.

Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel) reported that the discussions included diplomats from Arab countries that have no ties with Israel.

The idea of open security cooperation between Arab countries and Israel was nixed because of the issue of the Palestinian Authority, which has dismissed the idea of the American-led “peace process” unless Israel agrees in advance to it terms.

The Saudi 2002 Initiative remains the basis for an agreement between Ramallah and Jerusalem. It calls for Israel’s withdrawal of all of Jerusalem that was restored to Israel in the Six-Day War in 1967, surrender of the Golan Heights and Judea and Samaria, and the acceptance by Israel of millions of UNRWA “refugees” in several countries.

PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, encouraged by years of Arab League talk of “all or nothing,” has convinced himself that he can go for broke, ditch the United States and the European Union and win everything he wants in the United Nations.

When it comes to money on the table, the Arab League has shown it really does not care very much about the Palestinian Authority.

Jordan, despite all of its rhetoric, really does not want to see a weak Arab country on its borders, which Israel now protests from terrorists.

The dual threat of the Islamic State (ISIS) and of a nuclear Iran is much higher on the agenda of Arabs than coercing Israel into making an agreement for a Palestinian Authority country that is likely would turn into another anarchic terrorist state.

So why did the Israeli and Arab diplomats, presumably also those from Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf States, meet in Jordan?

To smoke a hookah? The Arab countries know very well that they cannot coordinate security with Israel and suffer a loss of pride in admitting that the Saudi Initiative is dead.

It is just as likely as not, if not more likely, that there was s serious discussion on security coordination behind a thick smokescreen of nasty comments about Israel not wanting to make peace.

Or the secret talks in Jordan might be a spring-board for a new round of charades of renewing the peace process and pacify Abbas while Israel and its Arab enemies work together against their new-found common enemies.

Either way may pave a path for the Arab world to rebuff Iran and the ISIS.

Israel has no problem playing the role of hero in secret.

Obama will continue to play the part of the fool in the new Middle East.

German Foreign Minister, Jordanian King Push for PA-Israel 2-State ‘Solution’

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

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.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/german-foreign-minister-jordanian-king-push-for-pa-israel-2-state-solution/2015/05/17/

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