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Arab Bank Settles NY Fed Court Case over Hamas Terror Attacks

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Jordan’s Arab Bank Plc has agreed to an out-of-court settlement with 500 U.S. citizens in a lawsuit charging the bank with fiscal liability for Hamas terrorist attacks during the second intifada.

The bank was set to face the start of a trial on Monday with 17 plaintiffs that was to determine the potential amount of total financial damages to be paid, an amount that could have reached millions of dollars.

Michael Eisner, attorney for the plaintiffs, confirmed the settlement on Friday, as did a spokesperson for the Arab Bank. Neither disclosed the terms of the agreement, which are to be finalized over the next few months.

The Arab Bank was accused of knowingly maintaining accounts for Hamas operatives and facilitating payments to families of suicide bombers and those imprisoned or injured during the second intifada, beginning in 2000.

Arab Bank argued it had properly screened account holders and transactions against lists of designated terrorist organizations.

In September 2014 a jury in federal district court in Brooklyn, New York found the bank liable under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act for 24 terror attacks carried out by Hamas terrorists more than a decade ago in and around Israel.

The Bank of China, Credit Lyonnais SA, HSBC Holdings Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, among others, are all facing similar claims.

Court Bans Yehuda Glick from Temple Mount because He Has a Camera

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Did you know that a camera is a tool of incitement?

The High Court on Thursday accepted a lower court ruling that Rabbi Yehuda Glick cannot visit the Temple Mount, and it refused to hold a hearing on his appeal.

It simply accepted the lower court’s decision that puts its stamp of approval on the argument by police:

The fact the Yehuda Glick ascends the Temple Mount with a camera proves he not just an innocent visitor.

Glick is the Number One enemy of the police on the Temple Mount. He never shouts, never incites and never raises a hand. That is just the type of peaceful Jew on the Temple Mount that the police and liberal establishment media cannot tolerate.

They prefer someone with a snarl on his face and words of hate on his lips.

Glick is a tough customer, but the police finally got the goods on him: He always takes a camera with him.

Photographing  Muslims in a rage against a Jew visiting the Temple Mount, especially one like Glick who believes that Jews should have the right to pray at the holy site, as provided in general terms in the Jordan-Israel peace treaty, could make problems because it is not good PR for the police, the Muslims and Jordan.

Even worse, Glick’s camera might catch the police running away from furious Muslims.

And since Glick’s appearance with a camera infuriates the Muslims, it is a tool of incitement.

Believe it or not, all of the judges have a degree in law.

Netanyahu Promises 804 Homes for “Settlers’ – 3 Years after Previous Pledge

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Question: How can 300+300=300?

Answer: When the numbers refer to homes promised by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for Jews in Beit El, located in Samaria and north of Jerusalem.

The Prime Minister came out with a new math book by giving his approval for the “immediate” construction of 300 new homes for Jews in Beit El and 504 units in Jerusalem neighborhoods that the Obama administration and the United Nations considered illegal “occupied” by Israel.

These are the same residential unties that the Prime Minister three years ago promised would be built.

Next math question: How can 300+0=600?

Answer: When foreign media report that Israel has given the second approval for the same 300 homes.

Given the bureaucracy involved before the bulldozers get to work, come back in another three years and we’ll see how many times they have been approved, giving the impression that we are talking about 1,200 or even 2,400 homes and apartments for Beit El.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s announcement on the same day the High Court ordered the demolition of a housing project under construction in Beit El is far from coincidental.

The right-wing is up in arms over the decision  that nullifies government approval, based on the argument that it was granted after the project began without permits.

There are plenty of precedents for approving  construction “after the fact,” but they usually don’t apply in Judea and Samaria, unless the homes are being built by Arabs.

The Palestinian Authority, as expected, condemned Netanyahu’s’ announcement, and the U.S. State Dept. will do the same, in more diplomatic terms, when it will be asked about the “new” project by reporters.

Israel never will get a fair shake in foreign media when it comes to building for Jews.

The French AFP news agency wrote as “facts” on Wednesday:

They [settlements] are seen as further complicating peace negotiations aimed at leading to an independent Palestinian state. Talks have been stalled since last year.

The two buildings being demolished in Beit El were reportedly on private Palestinian land that was seized by the army in the 1970s…

Israel seized the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War and nearly 400,000 Jewish settlers currently live there.

The news agency should have just as “factually” reported that Palestinian Authority refusal to acknowledge Israel as a Jewish state further complicates peace negotiations.

AFP also should have written that there is no proof that the two buildings that now have been demolished are on “private Palestinian land.”

And its statement that “Israel seized the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War” is totally warped.

The Jordanian Foreign Legion fled Judea and Samaria like jackrabbits in the war, leaving the land in Israel’s hands.\

News agencies also could add in their reports Jordan occupied Judea and Samaria for 19 years, and  “occupation” is the correct word since there was no U.N. mandate for Jordan to take control of the entire region.

They could note that Jordan denied  Jews and Christians to holy sites in “East Jerusalem.”

They also could tell their readers that after 19 years of benign neglect by Jordan – and even worse neglect of Gaza by Egypt – the Arab economy and society flourished under the Israeli “occupation,” until the intifada wrecked everything.

But they won’t report any of that. They simply cannot do so because most foreign journalists work under the assumption that Israel is wrong, if for no other reason than the United States and the European Union say it is wrong.

Israel Gave Jordan 16 Cobra Attack Helicopters to Help War Against ISIS

Friday, July 24th, 2015

(JNi.media) An American source revealed on Thursday that Israel had transferred to Jordan 16 Cobra attack helicopters the IDF had retired from service, to help the Hashamite Kingdom, which is considered ISIS’ next target, repel the extremists’ attacks, Reuters reported.

The transfer was made last year and was approved by Washington, which paid for the repair and upgrading of the Vietnam era helicopters. They were integrated into the existing fleet of Cobras of the Royal Jordanian Air Force.

Israel retired its fleet of about 33 AH-1 Cobras in late 2013 due to budget cuts, and their role was taken up by two squadrons of Israeli AH-64 Apache helicopters. The Cobra fleet was older than the Apaches and was involved in a few fatal crashes. They were also more vulnerable to shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles.

“These choppers are for border security,” the American official indicated.

The Middle East map continues to evolve, as yesterday’s enemies are becoming natural allies in the face of an acute challenge to regional stability. Make that two acute challenges: The Islamic Caliphate—ISIS, and the Islamic Republic—Iran.

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter this week visited Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, offering reassurances about the fight against ISIS and the Iran nuclear deal, both issues about which the four host countries are extremely concerned.

Together with Egypt, this coalition of the forced-to-work-together may represent the West’s only hope against the violent spread of Islamic extremism. It could mean that, for now, the heated debate on Palestinian statehood would take a back burner, while the world’s attention is focusing on two groups of madmen fighting to capture the world’s largest deposits of oil.

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.

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