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July 31, 2015 / 15 Av, 5775
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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.

North Korea Builds New Long-Range Missile Launch Tower

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

North Korea has built a new, taller missile launch tower at its missile base, a South Korean news agency reports.

The construction of the 67-meter (220-ft) tower is apparently intended to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea’s ruling Worker’s Party on October 10.

“Our assessment is that the North will use the newly upgraded Tongchang-ri (missile) launch pad to launch a long-range missile larger than Unha-3,” South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted a government source as saying today (Wednesday, July 22).

North Korea fired the Unha-3 long-range rocket in a 2012 launch from a base near its west coast. That launch that was considered successful in putting an object into space, according to Yonhap.

The United Nations Security Council, however, has banned North Korea from conducting tests using ballistic missile technology.

North Korea has repeatedly ignored those resolutions, defying international warnings and sanctions to pursue missile and nuclear programs in much the same manner as the Islamic Republic of Iran. The two countries have strong ties and share nuclear technology.

At present, North Korea is believed to be is working to miniaturize a nuclear warhead, and also to be developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). However, it is believed the latter effort is still years away from deployment, Reuters reports.

UN Security Council Votes Unanimously in Favor of ObamaDeal with Iran

Monday, July 20th, 2015

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously 15-0 for a resolution that sets the groundwork for ending international sanctions against Iran. The vote is a resounding show of support for President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

The UNSC resolution is legally binding and defines the steps needed to end UN sanctions. It doesn’t affect US or EU sanctions, which are being lifted separately.

The resolution goes into effect in 90 days, which is after the 60 days Congress needs to vote for or against the Iran deal.

Some members of the US Congress are upset that the UNSC voted on the deal before Congress, and some see it as President Obama’s way of bypassing Congress.

The resolution doesn’t lift then arms embargo to Iran.

The resolution states that if Iran doesn’t abide by its commitments the sanctions automatically snap back without requiring vote.

IDF Promotes Religious Officer to Head Central Command Operations

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

 

The IDF has promoted national-religious Col. Ofer Winter to the rank of Brigadier-General and head of operations in the Central Command and of the effort to bring more Hareidi soldiers into combat units.

Winter won praise for integrating Hareidi soldiers into the combat unties of the Givat Brigade that he headed until his new promotion.

Winter’s name became widely known in Operation Protective Edge for two reasons:

He implemented the Hannibal Protocol to use all measures possible when Hamas tried to kidnap Givati officer Lt. Hadar Goldin;

and his invocation of the name of God in a letter he wrote to his soldiers before the ground operation against Hamas terrorists in Gaza last year.

The increasing number of religious combat soldiers in the IDF has scared the dickens out of many secular establishment leaders, particularly the left-wing media.

They only have themselves to blame, The number of national religious soldiers and officers in combat units is far higher than those from the secular community when taking into consideration that the national religious community is a small minority of the country, and in some units there are more religious officers on an absolute basis.

In addition, enlistment rates among the national religious community are far higher than among secular Jews, many of whom doge the draft just like a large number of Hareidim.

The increasing number of Hareidim in the army scares the anti-religious elitists even more. The Hareidim, like national religious soldiers, are highly motivated and generally have won high praise for their dedication and skills

Part of that is due to Col. Winter, whose promotion is particularly significant because it comes before legal officers in the IDF have concluded a review of his actions in the war in Gaza and if Winter violated laws of war when he implemented the Hannibal Protocol. His soldiers inflicted heavy casualties among the enemy, and the U.N. so-called Human Rights Council accused him of crimes.

The promotion indicates that the legal officers might close the file against Winter, just as non-legal officers did.

Winter’s letter to soldiers before they entered Gaza stated that “God has chosen us” to “eliminate the terrorist enemy that dares to curse, blaspheme and scorn the God of Israel.”

He also wrote that he read with them the Shema prayer – “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.”

This was too much for the secularists, who accused Winter of everything from mixing religion with state to proselytizing.

The same secularists didn’t say “boo” when the anti-missionary Yad L’Achim organization discovered that Christian missionaries had infiltrated IDF bases to preach their gospel.

The secularists are not afraid religion, so long as is it is not Judaism.

That is why they are so scared every time another national religious soldier becomes an officer, and especially when one becomes Brigadier-General.

They don’t see the future. After Winter’s next promotion, he might be replaced by a Hareidi officer.

 

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.

Western Officials Promoting ‘Breakthrough’ in Talks with Iran

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Western diplomats Saturday “leaked” to media that a “breakthrough” has taken place in talks with Iran over a deal to supervise and limit its nuclear program, but an agreement clearly is not in hand.

Iran denied that a partial agreement had been reached.

The presumed progress centered on future sanctions, but there were no indications that negotiators had hurdled the issues of development of advanced centrifuges and of lifting United Nations sanctions.

There also is no agreement on a mechanism or re-imposing sanctions if Iran does not live up to its end of the deal. The issue of having to renew sanctions could be one of the most controversial when Congress reviews a deal, if one is concluded.  The temporary agreement reached earlier this year would make renewal of sanctions a long and drawn-out process  that would take so long that it Iran might be able to produce a numeral weapon in the meantime.

Iran’s government-controlled Fars News Agency reported Saturday:

A source close to the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the six world powers underway in Vienna, Austria, rejected reports about partial agreement between Iran and the sextet, stressing that any final agreement with the world powers should include detailed solutions and mechanisms for resolving all issues.

Given the principle that ‘nothing will be agreed upon as long as there is agreement on everything’, the questions asking if there has been a specific agreement on a certain topic is basically wrong,’ the source who asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the talks told FNA on Saturday.

The new deadline for concluding a deal is July 7, three days away, which means that nothing conclusive and reliable can be believed until a few hours before the deadline, if it not extended again.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry celebrated  the Fourth of July Saturday, as the Jewish Press.com reported here might happen, by meeting twice with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday.

Hamas Clamps Blockade on Mobile Phone Service

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Hamas has shut down the offices of the sole mobile phone company Jawwal, which is part of a Palestinian Authority conglomerate called the Palestinian Telecommunication Company, or Paltel.

It was founded by billionaire Mohammed Mustafa, one of Mahmoud Abbas’ confidantes, and is part of an empire that would put Donald Trump to shame, if he knows the meaning of the word

The Ma’an News Agency reported, “A Hamas police vehicle arrived at Jawwal’s Gaza headquarters early in the morning and prevented employees from entering or opening the branch…. Another company branch was closed in central Gaza City.”

Paltel executive director Ammar al-Iker said that the closure increases the suffering of Palestinians, Ma’an added, in its name or his name, that the Arabs in Gaza are “under Israeli blockade.”

The land blockade was lifted long ago, except for items that can clearly be used for terror, and the maritime blockade has been upheld as legal by the United Nations.

Egypt has clamped a blockade most of the time on the Rafah crossing into Gaza, and now Hamas has enforced a blockade on itself against mobile phone service.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hamas-clamps-blockade-on-mobile-phone-service/2015/07/01/

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