Wednesday, April 22, 2020
SALVATION-GODS FREE GIFT TO YOU-IF YOU ASK HIM INTO YOUR HEART
THANK YOU LORD JESUS. THAT YOU LOVED ME, AND GAVE YOURSELF FOR ME. WHAT LOVE, AND TODAY I RESPOND, I WANT YOU AS MY OWN PERSONAL SAVIOR. AND YOUR PRECIOUS BLOOD PUT INTO A SPECIAL BODY BY YOUR FATHER, WAS SHED FOR ME, TO CLEANSE ME, TO WASH ME, TO SAVE ME. I ACCEPT IT NOW, COME INTO MY HEART PRECIOUS SAVIOR. I PRAY THIS IN YOUR HOLY NAME KING JESUS. AMEN AND AMEN.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
THE POLL LEADERS FOR PRESIDENT OF THE USA AFTER GODLESS OBAMA SUNNI MUSLIM GETS THE BOOT TO THE CURB IN 2016.
THE POLL LEADERS FOR PRESIDENT OF THE USA AFTER GODLESS OBAMA SUNNI MUSLIM GETS THE BOOT TO THE CURB IN 2016.
MY CHOICES FOR PRESIDENT-VICE PRESIDENT OF AMERICA
SEMIFINAL ELIMINATIONS FOR AMERICAN PRESIDENT 2016
AMERICAN DEBATE RESULTS 2015-16
CANADIAN 2015 FEDERAL ELECTION RESULTS
HOW THE SDRS OR WORLD CURRENCY MIGHT WORK
IRAN SANCTIONS LIFTED-IRAN FREE TO BUILD NUKES-FUND TERRORISTS
DECEMBER-JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2015-2016 IMPORTANT STORY LINKS.- LINKS TO THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES OF THE LAST 3 MONTHS.
Saturday, February 06, 2016
NORTH KOREA SAYS THEY MIGHT LAUNCH THE ROCKET AS EARLY AS TOMORROW SUNDAY.
OTHER NORTH KOREA ROCKET LAUNCH NEWS
REVELATION 6:7-8 (8 BILLION- 2 BILLION = 6 BILLION)
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse:(CHLORES GREEN) and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth,(2 BILLION) to kill with sword,(WEAPONS) and with hunger,(FAMINE) and with death,(INCURABLE DISEASES) and with the beasts of the earth.(ANIMAL TO HUMAN DISEASE).
REVELATION 9:15,18 (6 BILLION - 2 BILLION = 4 BILLION)
15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,
18 By these three was the third part of men killed,(2 BILLION) by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR ATOMIC BOMBS)
HALF OF EARTHS POPULATION DIE DURING THE 7 YR TRIBULATION.(THESE VERSES ARE JUDGEMENT SCRIPTURES NOT RAPTURE SCRIPTURES)
LUKE 17:34-37 (8 TOTAL BILLION - 4 BILLION DEAD IN TRIB = 4 BILLION TO JESUS KINGDOM) (HALF DIE DURING THE 7 YR TRIBULATION PERIOD JUST LIKE THE BIBLE SAYS)(GOD DOES NOT LIE)(AND NOTICE MOST DIE IN WAR AND DISEASES-NOT COMETS-ASTEROIDS-QUAKES OR TSUNAMIS)
34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other shall be left.(half earths population 4 billion die in the 7 yr trib)
35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.(Christians have new bodies,this is the people against Jerusalem during the 7 yr treaty)(Christians bodies are not being eaten by the birds).THESE ARE JUDGEMENT SCRIPTURES-NOT RAPTURE SCRIPTURES.BECAUSE NOT HALF OF PEOPLE ON EARTH ARE CHRISTIANS.AND THE CONTEXT IN LUKE 17 IS THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION OR 7 YR TREATY PERIOD.WHICH IS JUDGEMENT ON THE EARTH.NOT 50% RAPTURED TO HEAVEN.
MATTHEW 24:37-42 (THESE ARE JUDGEMENT SCRIPTURES-SURE NOT RAPTURE SCRIPTURES)
37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
42 Watch therefore:(FOR THE LAST DAYS SIGNS HAPPENING) for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
North Korea brings forward rocket launch time frame, to from Sunday-Reuters By Nobuhiro Kubo and Ju-min Park-FEB 6,16-YAHOONEWS
TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea may launch a rocket that it says will carry an earth observation satellite as soon as Sunday, after bringing forward and shortening the time frame for the launch, the Japanese and South Korean governments said on Saturday.North Korea had earlier told the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) it would launch the rocket some time between Feb. 8 and Feb. 25, triggering international opposition from governments that see it as a long-range missile test.Japan and South Korea said North Korea had issued a Notice to Airmen that the launch would take place some time between Sunday and the following Sunday, Feb. 14.Isolated North Korea says it has a sovereign right to pursue a space program. But it is barred under U.N. Security Council resolutions from using ballistic missile technology.Tension has been high on the Korean peninsula following the North's fourth nuclear test, on Jan. 6. A rocket test now would compound fears about North Korea putting a nuclear warhead on a missile that could reach not only South Korea and Japan but possibly even the west coast of the United States.North Korea last launched a long-range rocket in December 2012, sending into orbit an object it described as a communications satellite.The new time frame was set amid rising expectations that a launch was likely to happen soon, with U.S. government sources on Friday saying North Korea could be ready by the U.S. Super Bowl kickoff on Sunday, which will be Monday in Korea.Satellite images taken this week of North Korea's Sohae rocket launch site show apparent fuelling activity seen in the past shortly before a rocket launch, said Washington-based 38 North, a North Korea-monitoring project.The IMO, a United Nations agency, did not immediately respond to a Reuters query for confirmation. The International Telecommunication Union, another U.N. agency, said it was not aware of an amended time frame for the launch from North Korea.North Korean state media had not reported on the changed schedule.On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with President Xi Jinping of China, North Korea's main ally and neighbor, and agreed that a North Korean launch would represent a "provocative and destabilizing action," the White House said.Obama and Xi also said they would coordinate efforts to respond to North Korea's nuclear test last month and said they would not accept North Korea as a nuclear weapon state."The leaders emphasized the importance of a strong and united international response to North Korea's provocations, including through an impactful UN Security Council Resolution," the White House said.Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi criticized North Korea in remarks made on Friday in Namibia, according to a report released on the Chinese foreign ministry’s website, calling on the UN Security Council to take further action.The United States and China have appeared divided over how to respond to North Korea, with Washington urging tougher sanctions and Beijing stressing the need for dialogue.Japan has said it would shoot down the rocket if it threatens the country, and on Saturday accelerated the deployment of two additional PAC-3 missile units in response to the revised launch time frame, a Japanese defense ministry official said.(Additional reporting by Jack Kim in Seoul and Matthew Miller in Beijing; Writing by Tony Munroe; Editing by Robert Birsel)
N. Korea says rocket launch early as Sunday-AFP By Park Chan-Kyong-FEB 6,16-YAHOONEWS
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea's widely-condemned launch of a long-range rocket could happen within a matter of hours, after Pyongyang shortened and brought forward the start of the launch window to Sunday morning.An updated notification sent by Pyongyang to UN agencies on Saturday -- a copy of which was released by the South Korean government -- said the launch would now take place between February 7-14.The initial window announced by the North on Tuesday had been February 8-25.The planned satellite launch has been slammed by the international community as a disguised ballistic missile test that amounts to another serious violation of UN resolution, following the North's nuclear test last month.The brief updated notice sent by Pyongyang offered no reason for the date change.Any launch would now take place before the February 16 birthday of late leader Kim Jong-Il, the father of current leader Kim Jong-Un.The North insists its space programme is purely scientific in nature, but the United States and allies, including South Korea, say its rocket launches are aimed at developing an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of striking the US mainland.UN sanctions prohibit North Korea from any launch using ballistic missile technology.-- Superbowl launch? --While the prospective launch dates were changed, there was no amendment to the 7:00am-midday (2230-0330 GMT) daily window.That means the rocket could blast off during the biggest annual US sports event of the year -- the Superbowl, which kicks of at 8:00am Monday, Pyongyang time.Predictions of an imminent launch have been bolstered by recent satellite images of fuel tankers at the Sohae satellite launch complex in northwestern North Korea.The US and its allies have warned Pyongyang it would pay a heavy price for pushing ahead with launch, but analysts say the North's timing has been carefully calculated to minimise the repercussions.With the international community still struggling to find a united response to the North's January 6 nuclear test, the rocket launch -- while provocative -- is unlikely to substantially up the punitive ante.North Korea last launched a long-range rocket in December 2012, placing an earth observation satellite in orbit.Western intelligence experts said that satellite had never functioned properly, and argued that this proved the mission's scientific veneer was a sham.-- Same 2012 carrier --The flight plan coordinates for the upcoming launch are almost identical to those followed by the three-stage Unha-3 rocket launched in 2012 -- suggesting the same carrier would be used again.The separated first stage was predicted to fall in the Yellow Sea off the west coast of South Korea, followed by a second stage splashdown in the Philippine Sea.Despite Pyongyang’s bellicose claims to the contrary, the North is still seen as being years away from developing a credible inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM).Orbital rocket launches, experts say, are relatively straightforward compared to the challenge of mastering the re-entry technology required to deliver a payload as far away as the United States.The US-led campaign to impose harsh new sanctions on North Korea over its latest nuclear test have faced opposition from the North's main diplomatic protector, China.On Friday, both US President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-Hye spoke by phone with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, urging him to back punitive measures against Pyongyang.While infuriated by North Korea's refusal to curb its nuclear ambitions, China's overriding concern is avoiding a collapse of the regime in Pyongyang and the possibility of a US-allied unified Korea on its border.
GIGANTIC 6.4 QUAKE STRIKES OFF TAIWAN.
OTHER LATEST QUAKE NEWS
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places,(DIFFERNT PLACES AT THE SAME TIME) and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
AP-Rescuers are seen entering an office building that collapsed on its side from an early morning earthquake in Tainan, southern Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck southern Taiwan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early Saturday, toppling at least one high-rise residential building and trapping people inside. Firefighters rushed to pull out survivors.Firefighters scrambled to the site with ladders, cranes and other equipment and pulled survivors from the building in the southern city of Tainan, footage from local TV broadcasters showed. It was unclear how many people were trapped inside. Some reports said dozens or scores of people might have been in the building at the time of the collapse.The Taiwanese news website ET Today reported that two buildings toppled in Tainan, and that some water and gas utility pipes had ruptured. Sirens were wailing as city authorities responded to the quake, the news website said.The temblor struck about 4 a.m. local time (8 p.m. GMT Friday). It was located some 22 miles southeast of Yujing, and struck about 6 miles underground, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.It was felt as a lengthy, rolling shake in the capital, Taipei, on the other side of the island. But Taipei was quiet, with no sense of emergency or obvious damage just before dawn.About two hours after the tremor, Taiwanese television showed live images of a rescue at a partially collapsed building in Tainan. In it, rescue workers operating under the glare of floodlights combed through twisted concrete and metal and encountering people, apparently residents, who appeared dazed but uninjured.Other footage showed people with their arms around firefighters being helped from the building, and cranes were being used to search darkened parts of the structure for survivors. Newscasters said other areas of the city were still being canvassed for possible damage.
Rescuers are seen entering an office building that collapsed on its side from an early morning earthquake in Tainan, southern Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck southern Taiwan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.-pic-AP
THE 8TH REPUBLICAN DEBATE FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE AT 9PM-FEB 06,2016-TODAY
MY CHOICES FOR PRESIDENT-VICE PRESIDENT OF AMERICA
SEMIFINAL ELIMINATIONS FOR AMERICAN PRESIDENT 2016
OTHER DEBATE RESULTS 2015-16
2015-16 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES DEBATE SCHEDUALES
DEM - FEB 11,2016 - WISCONSIN - PBS (06)
REP - FEB 13,2016 - SOUTH CAROLINA - CBS (09)
REP - FEB 26,2016 - HOUSTON - NBC,TELEMUNDO (10)
DEM - MAR 06,2016 - MICHIGAN - CNN (07)
REP - MAR 00,2016 - TBD - FOX (11)
DEM - MAR 09,2016 - MIAMI - UNIVISION-WSH POST (08)
REP - MAR 10,2016 - FLORIDA - CNN (12)
REP - CONSERVATIVE MEDIA DEBATE - TBD - TBD
UPDATE-SATURDAY-FEBRUARY 06,2016-09:00PM-8TH DEBATE GOP
HERES THE SEAT ORDER BY POPULARITY IN POLES HOW THE CANDIDATES WILL BE SEATED DURING DEBATES TONIGHT.
THE 09 MOST POPULAR GOP VOTE DEBATE MEMBERS IS AT 9:00PM IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
THE 08 GOP MEMBERS THAT SUSPENDED OR DROPPED OUT
00-RICK SANTORUM (DROPPED OUT)
00-RAND PAUL (DROPPED OUT)
00-MIKE HUCKABEE (DROPPED OUT)
00-GEORGE PATAKI (DROPPED OUT)
00-LINDSEY GRAHAM (DROPPED OUT)
00-BOBBY JINDAL (DROPPED OUT)
00-SCOTT WALKER (DROPPED OUT)
00-RICK PERRY (DROPPED OUT)
PRESIDENT TED CRUZ HIS VICE PRESIDENT MARCO RUBIO - MY 1ST PAIRING
PRESIDENT BEN CARSON HIS VICE PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP - MY 2ND PAIRING
THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT
03-MARTIN O"MALLEY (DROPPED OUT)
00-LINCOLN CHAFEE (DROPPED OUT)
00-JIM WEBB (DROPPED OUT)
THE ORDER I THINK THEY COME IN AFTER THE DEBATES TODAY-WHO DONE THE BEST IN NEW HAMPHIRE BY THE ANSWERS I LIKED-MY PERCENTAGES.
THE 07 MOST POPULAR GOP VOTE DEBATE RESULTS 9:00PM-AT NEW HAMPSHIRE
01-DONALD TRUMP 00-25 00.0%
02-MARCO RUBIO 05-25 25.0%
03-CHRIS CHRISTIE 05-20 25.0%
04-BEN CARSON 04-20 20.0%
05-TED CRUZ 02-20 10.0%
06-JOHN KASICH 00-20 00.0%
07-JEB BUSH 00-20 00.0%
00-CARLY FIORINA (NEVER MADE CUT)
ANSWERS I LIKED FROM CANDIDATES ( ) TOTAL 00
FEB O6TH GOP DEBATE THE 09:00PM-8TH DEBATE-NEW HAMPSHIRE
OVER ALL REPUBLICAN DEBATE RESULTS AFTER 7 DEBATES
01-MARCO RUBIO 34-144 23.6%
02-BEN CARSON 28-144 19.4%
03-CARLY FIORINA 24-125 19.2%
04-TED CRUZ 26-144 18.0%
05-DONALD TRUMP 15-124 12.1%
06-CHRIS CHRISTIE 10-139 07.1%
07-JIM GILMOUR 02-037 05.4%
08-JOHN KASICH 03-144 02.0%
09-JEB BUSH 02-144 01.3%
STATS OF OUT DROPPERS-SUSPENDERS OF CAMPAIGNS
01-BOBBY JINDAL 19-57 33.3%
02-MIKE HUCKABEE 42-132 31.8%
03-RICK SANTORUM 29-120 24.1%
04-GEORGE PATAKI 13-71 18.3%
05-LINDSEY GRAHAM 10-71 14.1%
06-RICK PERRY 01-16 06.3%
07-SCOTT WALKER 02-44 04.5%
08-RAND PAUL 04-121 03.3%
The network will extend invitations to the following candidates: Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. John Kasich.-pic-abcnews
WHO ARE THE 10,000 JEWS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE.AND ISRAEL HATERS WILL BE DESTROYED-PERSONAL OR GROUP OR COUNTRY.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.
12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE
UN chief ‘ashamed’ over stalled Mideast peace process-Decrying lack of progess, Ban Ki-moon says Jerusalem, Ramallah ultimately responsible for ending conflict-By AFP and Times of Israel staff February 5, 2016, 7:21 pm
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday he was “ashamed” at a lack of progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.“I feel guilty, ashamed of the lack of progress,” he told an event organized by foreign affairs think-tank Chatham House in London.“Basically it’s up to the leadership of Israel and the Palestinians to put an end to the conflict,” he said.“I am not working for a particular country or a particular policy but for the people in the region.”The peace process has been deadlocked since a US peace mission collapsed in April 2014.UN diplomats say Ban is hoping to get peace talks moving again before he steps down as secretary-general at the end of the year.But last month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused him of “stoking terrorism” after the UN chief told the UN Security Council that Palestinian attacks, that have killed more than 26 Israelis of the past four months, were the result of “human nature to reacting to occupation.”Days after the Security Council address, Ban said his remarks were misinterpreted, but doubled down on his criticisms of Israel in a Monday Op-Ed in The New York Times titled “Don’t Shoot the Messenger, Israel.”The UN chief also last week expressed “alarm” at Hamas’s pledge to keep building attack tunnels from the Gaza Strip into Israel and to advance the development of rockets to fire at the Jewish state.
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I (GOD) will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee,(ISRAELIS) and curse (DESTROY) him that curseth thee:(DESTROY THEM) and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
God Rains Down Divine Retribution Upon Detractors of Israel-By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz February 5, 2016 , 8:00 am-BREAKINGISRAELNEWS
“And if in spite of these things ye will not be corrected unto Me, but will walk contrary unto Me; then will I also walk contrary unto you; and I will smite you, even I, seven times for your sins.” (Leviticus 26:23-24)-Margot Wallström, Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister, has earned a reputation for Israel-bashing. The first blatant anti-Israel offense came in 2014, when she became the first European Union foreign minister to recognize the state of Palestine.After the horrifying terror attacks in Paris last November, she came out with a statement linking Islamic anger to the lack of a two-state solution. Even worse, after months of terror in which Palestinians were attacking Israelis in the streets on an almost daily basis, she accused Israel in January of carrying out “extrajudicial executions”.Israel reacted through diplomatic channels, but a more powerful force stepped in. Three days after Wallström accused Israel of executing Palestinians, it was revealed that she had jumped to the head of an eight-year waiting list for apartments owned by a labor union. Stockholm is suffering from a serious shortage of housing and this was viewed by the Swedish public as an egregious misuse of her position. Anti-corruption prosecutors are investigating the case now to determine if it constitutes bribery, which carries a potential two-year prison term.This type of instant karma is the rule and not the exception when it comes to politicians that treat Israel badly. One of the clearest examples of divine slap-down came on January 21, 1998, when US President Bill Clinton gave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a decidedly cold reception at the White House, and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright refused to have lunch with Netanyahu. Things looked grim for Israel, but later that day, the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke out, ultimately resulting in Clinton’s impeachment.President George H.W. Bush signed the Oslo Accords on October 30, 1991, setting the stage for the disastrous “Land for Peace” process. The very next day, a hurricane dubbed “The Perfect Storm” hit the east coast of the United States, destroying Bush’s house in Kennebunkport, Maine.Occasionally, divine intervention can take an ironic turn. As president, Jimmy Carter was not nearly as involved with Israel as he has been since leaving office. In his book, Palestine: Peace not Apartheid, he blames Israel’s “colonization of Palestinian land” as being “the primary obstacle to a comprehensive peace agreement”.Carter was a proponent of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) since it seemed to produce results and bear pressure on Israel to negotiate. He has also met with many leaders of Hamas and during the 2014 war in Gaza, called for Israel to negotiate with Hamas.-Wear the Jerusalem sky-One year later, he was diagnosed with cancer and melanomas were found in his brain and liver. After only a few months of treatment, the doctors pronounced him cancer-free. Pembrolizumab, a drug developed in Israel, was a key element in his treatment. His adherence to boycotting Israeli products and innovations obviously had its limits.Carter’s miracle cure may not have been solely attributed to Israeli science. His sins against the Jewish people may have been forgiven in December 2009, when Carter published an open letter apologizing for any words or deeds that may have upset the Jewish community. In the letter, he said he was offering an Al Het, a prayer of repentance, said on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.Divine retribution is not restricted to non-Jews. Ariel Sharon had achieved almost legendary status in Israel. After a spectacular army career, he entered politics and, at the head of the Likud party, was elected prime minister in 2001. He endorsed the Roadmap for Peace and began plans to remove the Jewish population of Gush Katif from the Gaza Strip. The dismantling of the Jewish settlements was scheduled for August 15th, 2005, the day after Tisha b’Av, the anniversary of both Jewish Temples being destroyed.In July, one month before the IDF dismantled Gush Katif and evicted almost 9,000 Jews from their homes, Rabbi Yosef Dayan, a member of the nascent Sanhedrin who can trace his lineage back to King David, led a group of ten rabbis in performing an obscure, ancient Kabbalistic ceremony, the Pulsa diNura, on Sharon. The Pulsa diNura invokes the angels of destruction to block heavenly forgiveness of the subject’s sins, causing all the curses named in the Bible to befall him and resulting in his death.Sharon’s health deteriorated, and by January, he suffered a hemorrhagic stroke, entering a vegetative state from which he never recovered. Rabbi Dayan also led rabbis in the Pulsa diNura against Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin a few months before he was assassinated. Rabin was shot and killed in 1995 by Yigal Amir, an extremist who opposed Rabin’s peace initiative and particularly the signing of the Oslo Accords.Rabbi Dayan told Breaking Israel News that none of these events were simple coincidence, but divine justice. “Today, there isn’t prophecy. God presents circumstances for us to try to understand him, to express our belief in him,” he explained. “These aren’t things that happen by chance or coincidence. This is not just true for politics, but it is also true for politics. Politicians are, after all, simple servants of God, no less or more than the rest of us.”
GIVING AWAY THE KOTEL (TEMPLE MOUNT)-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL- February 5, 2016, 2:27 am BY Alden Solovy
When did “separate but equal” become the goal of any civil rights movement? When were civil rights leaders ever proud of trading one group’s rights for another? When did Robinson’s Arch magically become “the Kotel”? Sunday. That’s the day. On Sunday, the State of Israel, via the Prime Minister’s cabinet, blessed the creation of an enhanced egalitarian prayer plaza at Robinson’s Arch.An enhanced prayer plaza at Robinson’s Arch is an important advancement. Control of that plaza by Progressive Judaism is a victory. Funding from the State of Israel — if it comes from the State — would be another.-At what cost?-The deal plays into the hands of the Haredi extreme by moving women’s prayer away from the Kotel. With the consent of the Reform and Conservative Movements, it legitimizes Haredi governance there. The cost is simply too high. Some observations: Proponents say that the deal represents critical political acceptance of non-Orthodox Judaism in Israel. Here’s the rub: it comes with accepting ultra-Orthodox rule over a national historic site. The Kotel shouldn’t be run by the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, which the deal concedes. We’ll rue the day Progressive Judaism agreed to let a public treasure be controlled by the Haredi establishment.There’s already an egalitarian prayer plaza near the Kotel. The enhanced space will be in the same spot, Robinson’s Arch, an archaeological park once declared unacceptable by those touting this deal. The enhanced plaza will share an entrance with the main Kotel plaza, but it’s behind the Mughrabi Bridge, separate and segregated. When did segregation — when did ‘separate but equal’ — become the goal of any civil rights movement? Progressive Orthodox women are the losers. Rabbi Eric Yoffie, past president of the Union for Reform Judaism, wrote: “Many of those who originally joined Women of the Wall (WOW) were never interested in participating in mixed prayer, or in praying in any space other than the women’s section of the Kotel… These women are the losers of the process.” When was any respected civil rights leader proud of trading one group’s rights for another? Calling Robinson’s Arch ‘the Kotel’ is an obfuscation, pure spin. Yes, this is the same external wall of the Temple Mount. When you say you’re spending the day Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, it’s understood that you’re downtown, not on the South Side. Same street name; different meaning. Robinson’s Arch has not been the focal point of our prayers for 2,000 years.Robinson’s Arch has its own special beauty. I’ve heard Eicha read there on Tisha B’Av for the past two years. A newly-stated goal of WOW, making Robinson’s Arch into the new Kotel for a new age, is also beautiful. To be clear, I support the concept of a prayer plaza at Robinson’s Arch. In this deal, however, the cost is too high.When it’s done, women’s voices in prayer and Torah at the Kotel will never be heard there again. Silencing women has been the goal of Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, administrator of the site, who declared that women will not be allowed to wear tallit and tefillin at the Kotel. We’ve become a willing partner in his tyranny.-Timing is everything-This has been a hard fight. Feminist proponents and opponents of this deal — women and men who’ve championed women’s rights at the Kotel — have been harassed, threatened and arrested. We’ve earned a right to our opinions the hard way.I know these struggles first hand. I’ve been shoved, egged, kicked and called a Nazi in my years as a WOW supporter here. When I helped pass a Sefer Torah to WOW in April 2015, I was physically brutalized while defending the women’s Torah reading.It’s been a stalemate at the Kotel for the past few years, a stalemate that favored Rabinovitch. Why should he budge? Why now? It turns out that January 29 — the day pre-publicity for the deal appeared in the press — was the deadline for the State to respond to a private civil case asking the Supreme Court to enforce previous rulings giving women the right to pray with tallit, tefillin and Torah at the Kotel. As the deal was announced, the State was granted a one-month delay in responding. After three years of negotiations, what are the odds that undermining this case was part of the government’s incentive to concluded a deal now? What’s at stake is American Reform and Conservative Jewish leadership gaining a voice in the religious politic of Israel. Sidelined as irrelevant throughout the history of the State, the real victory was being invited to the table. That’s huge. Proponents see this deal as a watershed moment in both Israeli consciousness and governmental policy toward Progressive Judaism.It’s hard to fathom that giving up our claim to the Kotel is anything but reckless and optimistic.-Bye-bye, non-Jewish Jews-From a Haredi point of view, we went to the back of the bus. Women have been silenced. The non-Jewish Jews willingly left the Kotel plaza. They’ll continue to believe that they can harass us out of the public sphere. We just agreed to let them do it.Sunday may well go down in history as the day the split between Haredi and Progressive Judaism was officially sanctioned and enshrined in Israeli policy. A “Church of England” moment. Perhaps more fittingly: the division of Judaism into Northern and Southern Kingdoms.It may be remembered as the day that Progressive Judaism sanctioned Haredi Judaism as the official religion of the Jewish state, yielding control of a national historic site to ultra-Orthodoxy.The spin, however, is about forgetting.When the hype ends, when women are silenced at the Kotel, after we’ve given away a national treasure, what we’re supposed to forget is clear: this isn’t what we were fighting for in the first place.We were fighting for the Kotel.
Top Iranian General Threatens Israel With “Defensive” ICBM’s-By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz February 5, 2016 , 3:36 pm-BREAKINGISRAELNEWS
“If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.” (Proverbs 29:12)-The Iranian Army’s Chief of Staff announced plans to upgrade their missile program, despite threats of renewed sanctions, and accompanied his statement with an implied threat to Israel.Major General Ataollah Salehi was quoted by the Tasneem news agency as saying, “Iran’s future missile program will become more precise and stronger, and these are deterrent weapons that pose no threat to our neighbors and friends, but are against enemies.”“They are rather a threat to the enemies of this establishment. Israel should fully realize the meaning of this concept,” he added.Iran was prohibited from conducting ballistic missile tests under UN Security Council resolution 1929, passed five years ago. This was valid until the recent nuclear deal went into effect January 16, when another UN Security Council resolution, passed immediately after the nuclear deal, went into effect, The revised resolution calls upon Iran to refrain for up to eight years from any work on ballistic missiles designed to carry nuclear weapons.When asked by Tasneem reporters about the UN resolution and the possibility of sanctions, he explained that Iran will not be bound to comply with those possible resolutions and the Armed Forces will not care about them.-Iranium: Iran's Quest to Go Nuclear-In October, Iran tested an Emad medium range ballistic missile, which UN sanctions monitors confirmed is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. This was followed one month later by yet another ballistic missile test, both of which were in direct violation of the UN resolution. Iran also publicized 14 underground “missile cities”.In response to the missile tests, in December, US President Barack Obama threatened to implement new sanctions on Iran’s missile program. A day later Rouhani threatened that Tehran would accelerate the development of its arsenal. One day after Rouhani’s threat, President Obama announced he would delay the new sanctions.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded by ordering the Defense Ministry to continue production of missiles needed by the country’s Armed Forces “more quickly and seriously”.The US has since implemented sanctions on 11 entities and individuals connected to the Iranian missile program, while, at the same time, lifting sanctions connected with Iran’s nuclear program.This is not the first time a high-ranking Iranian official has taunted the US over missile restrictions. In response to the threats of US sanctions last month, General Hossein Salami, head of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, said to Fars new agency:“We tell the Americans that we will further expedite enhancement of our missile capabilities as long as they massacre the Palestinian children, as long as they bury Yemen’s oppressed children in their houses, as long as they displace the Muslim nation of Syria, as long as they attack the houses of the Pakistanis, as long as they occupy the Islamic lands and as long as they support the Zionist regime to bomb Lebanon, Palestine and Syria.
Who are the 10,000 Jews of New Hampshire?-With all eyes on the tiny state, a few fun facts and Jewish quirks of the Granite State-By Uriel Heilman February 4, 2016, 1:39 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (JTA) – Campaigning is reaching fever pitch in New Hampshire, days before the February 9 presidential primary here. On Wednesday, longtime Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton stressed her commitment to campaigning in the state, while acknowledging that rival Bernie Sanders, who lost to her by a tiny margin in Iowa, is leading the polls here. On the Republican side, Ted Cruz’s campaign staff popped champagne on the flight to New Hampshire early Tuesday, following Cruz’s unexpected Iowa victory. Donald Trump, the clear New Hampshire frontrunner, accused Cruz of stealing the Iowa win. And in a blitz of New Hampshire campaigning, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was casting himself as the sole “unifier” in a deeply fractured party and the man best positioned to beat a Democrat in November.Though home to just one-third of one percent of all Americans, New Hampshire long has played an outsized role in the US presidential nominating process.Just who are the Jews of the Granite State? Here a few highlights.About 10,000 Jews live among white, mostly old New Hampshirites.A few characteristics distinguish the 1.3 million residents of New Hampshire. They’re old, with a median age of 41.9 (third-oldest in the country), and 94 percent white (fourth-whitest state in America). Fewer than 20,000 of the state’s residents are black.There aren’t too many Jews, either. Jewish federation officials say they know of 3,000 households with at least one Jewish person, leading them to an estimate of 10,000 Jews in all of the state.“It’s not easy being Jewish in New Hampshire compared to New York,” said Joel Funk, who grew up in New Jersey and moved to the Granite State in 1975. “You have to make it happen.”Adam Sandler and Sarah Silverman are from New Hampshire.Among the better-known Jews from New Hampshire are comedians Adam Sandler, who moved to Manchester from Brooklyn at age 6, and Sarah Silverman, who was born and raised in the Manchester area. Among the lesser-known: the late Warren Rudman, who served as a US senator from New Hampshire from 1980 to 1993.The first Jew to make New Hampshire his home arrived in 1693 from the Holy Land, settling in New Castle, according to the Strawbery Banke museum of living history in Portsmouth.‘Live free or die’ = no income tax or sales tax.Though New Hampshire is a geographic mirror image of neighboring Vermont, the two states have very different cultures and reputations. Vermont is known as more hippie-dippy, tourist friendly and progressive. The state, home to Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders — an avowed democratic socialist — has voted Democrat in every presidential election since 1992.‘There’s a rugged individualism that permeates New Hampshire’-Granite Staters tend to be more libertarian and gruff, and they are twice as numerous as Vermonters. With no state income tax or sales tax, New Hampshire draws the kind of people who want government to leave them alone.“There’s a rugged individualism that permeates New Hampshire,” said Rabbi Robin Nafshi, who moved to New Hampshire nearly six years ago to lead Temple Beth Jacob, a Reform synagogue in Concord. “The state motto, ‘Live free or die,’ is taken very seriously here. People don’t like to be told how or what to do.”In summer, Hasidim flock to Bethlehem (it’s supposedly pollen-free!).Nobody moves to New Hampshire for its Jewish life, and some have left because of its dearth. But the state still has pockets of Jewish vibrancy.New Hampshire boasts about a dozen synagogues representing all the non-Orthodox Jewish movements, from Reform and Conservative to Reconstructionist and unaffiliated. The only year-round Orthodox presence in the state is a pair of Chabad centers, in Manchester and at Dartmouth College in Hanover.In the summer, however, the northern town of Bethlehem fills with Satmar Hasidim who have been coming to the White Mountains for a century to escape the heat and foul air in New York. Hasidim stricken with allergies began coming to New Hampshire as early as 1916 to escape the pollen in their hometowns. Bethlehem, home to the National Hay Fever Relief Association, is reputed to be pollen-free.The town’s longtime kosher hotel, a rundown B&B called the Arlington, shut down a few years ago. A new kosher hotel is being built in its place.A historic mikvah was discovered in Portsmouth.A century-old mikvah in Portsmouth was unearthed in 2014 by archaeologists working in a neighborhood that used to be home to Russian Jewish immigrant families. The ritual bath there is one of only four historic mikvahs unearthed in the Northeast, according to the Strawbery Banke Museum, which manages the historic site where the mikvah was found.Among the two dozen or so historic buildings at Strawbery Banke is Shapiro House, a living-history museum where visitors can learn about what life was like for early 20th-century Jewish immigrants in Portsmouth through re-enactments performed by actors dressed in period costume.Descendants of the Shapiros, who owned the house, still live in the area and are members of nearby Temple Israel, a Conservative synagogue established in 1905.Jewish highlights: Havurot, a klezmer band, film and food-Among the major events on the Jewish communal calendar are an annual Jewish film festival each spring, the National Havurah Institute’s weeklong summer program in Rindge and the annual Jewish food festival hosted by Temple B’nai Israel in Laconia. Nashua’s Raymond Street Klezmer Band, led by a retired doctor who is also a mohel, Alan Green, is a point of pride for local Jews. ‘It’s pretty much an assimilated community here’-Aside from the synagogues and a single Jewish federation that serves the entire state, New Hampshire has no other Jewish institutions. There is a small federation-run preschool but no Jewish day school, no JCC, no Jewish senior center and no Jewish family services — signs both of the dearth of Jewish New Hampshirites and the high degree to which local Jews are assimilated, longtime Jewish locals say.“It’s pretty much an assimilated community here,” said Steve Clayman of Manchester. “We moved here from New York over 30 years ago because of the lifestyle, to live in an area closer to the outdoors-related things we love to do. It’s a challenge to connect with Jewish life.”New Hampshire also has several Jewish summer camps, but they primarily serve kids from elsewhere.Dartmouth has New Hampshire’s only kosher eatery and Hillel chapter.Dartmouth College is home to the state’s only kosher eatery: a dining hall called The Pavilion that serves kosher and halal meals and was conceived jointly by Jewish and Muslim students. If you want kosher food elsewhere, you’ll have to go to Trader Joe’s, which carries Empire kosher chicken, challah and some kosher cheeses.Dartmouth is also home to one of the only full-fledged Hillel college chapter in the state. One other New Hampshire school, New England College in Henniker, is served by the Hillel Council of New England.Jews once were barred from holding elected office in New Hampshire.New Hampshire’s first state constitution, ratified in 1784, did not allow Jews (or any non-Protestants) to hold elected office. Restricted Jew-free hotels persisted in New Hampshire’s White Mountains until the mid-20th century. Until four years ago, the tiny town of Mont Vernon had a recreational water hole with the offensive-sounding name Jew Pond — residents voted to change it in 2012.“In New Hampshire, unless you were born here or your grandparents or great-grandparents were born here, you’re left to feel like you’re an outsider,” Temple Beth Jacob’s Rabbi Nafshi said. “If you’re not a white Christian, you’re welcomed here to an extent, but you’re never really fully integrated into the society.”New Hampshirites tend to be clueless about Jews.Jews who live in New Hampshire today say they don’t encounter much anti-Semitism, just lack of awareness. Schools routinely schedule tests or picture days on Jewish holy days. Nafshi recalls a child in her congregation being benched from his school’s basketball games because he missed two practices due to religious conflicts — the first night of Hanukkah and the Friday evening his religious school class led Shabbat services.‘It’s a complete lack of knowledge or sensitivity to the Jewish community’-“It’s a complete lack of knowledge or sensitivity to the Jewish community,” Nafshi said. “It often makes our kids make feel lesser or outside the norm.”The rabbi recalled the story of a second-grader from her congregation whose best friend came to school one day and told him they couldn’t be friends anymore because “you killed Jesus.” The Jewish family soon decided to leave New Hampshire, according to Nafshi.Nevertheless, the state has unusually strong Holocaust education programming in the public schools, thanks to the efforts of the Cohen Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Keene State College, which provides educational materials and runs public workshops. The center is run by non-Jewish leadership.The Jewish federation recently sold its building and is retooling.When the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire sold its building last year in the heart of Manchester and moved into rented space, there were rumors around town that the state’s largest Jewish charity was teetering. In addition to the sale, the federation has been downsizing, and last summer replaced a full-time executive director with a shared director, Lauren Tishler Mindlin, who splits her time between New Hampshire and the other small federation she runs in Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley.But lay leaders at the federation, which netted about $1 million from the real estate deal, said the sale was more of a strategic decision to unload an underutilized building with rising costs, use the proceeds to strengthen the federation’s endowment and focus more on programming. Serving such a widespread area, the federation wants to become a convener of Jewish institutions in New Hampshire.“We’re trying to define ourselves really meaningfully as a statewide organization,” Jeff Crocker, the federation co-chair, told JTA. “We’re talking about what that means. We want to enhance collaboration between Jewish institutions in the state, to fill the voids where necessary. We try to provide some leadership. We help them think about ways to be innovative and try new things.”Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.
Japan weighs change to swastika-like temple symbol-With 2020 Olympics approaching, officials worry foreigners may confuse traditional Buddhist icon on maps with Nazi emblem-By Mari Yamaguchi February 5, 2016, 7:15 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
TOKYO (AP) — As Japan gears up to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and caters to a surging influx of foreign visitors, the country faces a cultural dilemma: Should it stop identifying Buddhist temples on maps with the traditional “manji” symbol that is often confused with a Nazi swastika? The symbol, from ancient Sanskrit, means happiness and prosperity. It has been used for centuries by Hindus and Buddhists, and has turned up in archaeological digs in Europe. But many Western tourists associate it with anti-Semitism and the Holocaust because the emblem was adopted by Nazi Germany to try to enhance a sense of ancient lineage.The swastika in Japan — which usually points counter-clockwise, the reverse of the Nazi symbol — has been used for centuries in Buddhist decorations and to denote Buddhist temples on maps.At Sensoji Temple, a top tourist destination in Tokyo, a big gold “manji” emblem appears on a pair of lotus-shaped bronze ornaments, while smaller, more subtle ones decorate roof tiles. It’s even an official emblem for Hirosaki, a city in northern Japan.In a report released last month, a government panel at the Geospatial Information Authority proposed a three-tiered pagoda symbol to replace the swastika. It is one of 18 suggested icons for landmarks like hospitals and convenience stores for foreign-language maps, part of a broader push to create user-friendly maps for the growing number of foreign tourists, which jumped more than 40 percent last year to a record 19.7 million.A final decision is expected in late March following a period of seeking public comment.Japan’s main Buddhist group is nonchalant because the change doesn’t affect domestic maps and therefore likely won’t alter perceptions at home.“We are aware that some people say the ‘manji’ symbol could remind them of the ‘hakenkreuz’ symbol, which was created much later in history,” said Ryoka Nishino, a spokesman for Japan Buddhist Federation, referring to the “hooked cross” term often used to denote the Nazi emblem.“Even though we have more foreign visitors, our symbol that decorates each temple will stay,” he said.Public opinion seems divided on Twitter and other social networks.Supporters for the change say it would help avoid confusion among tourists, while opponents say there is no need to change the ancient sign just to cater to foreigners. Instead, they say, the symbol should be kept as a way to teach people about the ancient history behind it. Others point out that the “manji” symbol turns the opposite way from the Nazi symbol, so it is different.The objective is to make symbols easier to understand, said geospatial authority mapping officer Takayuki Nakamura.“A good symbol on the map should be able to tell a visitor what it is at the first glance,” he said. “The question is whether one can easily tell it’s a temple by looking at the current symbol.”The recommendation was based on survey results collected from more than 1,000 foreigners, including embassy officials, exchange students as well as tourists.Other symbols that would be altered for foreign maps include the one for a hotel, which currently looks like the symbol for helipads, and a saluting policeman would replace the current giant X sign supposedly representing a pair of clubs for police station.The maps would add a new symbol for convenience stores, which are ubiquitous in Japan — a sandwich and water bottle.
Palestinian youth said killed in Hebron clashes with IDF-Army says troops fired at assailant preparing to hurl firebomb; village of Qabatiya closed for second day after 3 residents killed young policewoman-By Times of Israel staff February 5, 2016, 4:10 pm
A Palestinian teenager was killed Friday by IDF fire during clashes near the West Bank city of Hebron, Palestinian media reported.According to the Ma’an news agency, the incident occurred in the town of Halhul, some five kilometers from Hebron.An army spokesperson told Army Radio that troops had fired at one person in a group of rioters preparing to attack them with Molotov cocktails.Ma’an also reported that the West Bank village of Qabatiya, near Jenin, was closed off by the IDF for the second consecutive day, following an attack in Jerusalem by three of its residents on Wednesday that killed 19-year-old Border Police officer Hadar Cohen and wounded several members of the security forces.Irael on Friday returned the bodies of three terrorists to their families. Military officials told Channel 2 news that the bodies were returned after the families promised the funerals of the three would not be transformed into rallies of incitement to further violence.Qabatiya is one of a handful of Palestinian population centers from which terrorists have emerged in the current round of violence, a list that includes the village of Samua near Hebron, and the Shuafat and Qalandiya refugee camps around Jerusalem.Channel 10 television said that a pipe bomb was hurled at IDF troops manning a roadblock on the outskirts of Qabatiya on Friday. There were no injuries reported.Overnight IDF troops and Border Police forces arrested eight wanted Palestinians in the West Bank, the army said Friday morning. The IDF also issued advance notice of house demolition for the homes of seven Palestinians who carried out deadly terror attacks on Israelis.
Israel, Hamas ‘exchange calming messages’ on Gaza-Both sides seek to clarify they are uninterested in tensions over terror tunnels escalating into open conflict-By Times of Israel staff February 5, 2016, 6:29 pm
Israel and Hamas have exchanged calming messages in recent days, assuring one another that they are not interested in open conflict, Hebrew media reported Friday.The messages were conveyed through Turkey and Qatar, among other countries.Security officials told Ynet news that Israeli security officials were concerned that rising tensions, on both sides of the border, over Hamas’s renewed efforts to tunnel under the Gaza border would cause the terror group to assume an Israeli assault was forthcoming. This could possibly lead it to attack Israel preemptively.A senior Hamas official told The Times of Israel Thursday that Hamas does not want war and is committed to maintaining the fragile ceasefire with Israel.Despite Hamas’s recent pronouncements that its tunnels reach into Israeli territory and it is working to launch “high-quality” terror attacks against Israelis from the West Bank, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity: “Our stance is clear: we don’t want an escalation [of violence] and we don’t want war.”“We have no intention at this time or in the future to begin a war, and from our perspective that option is not on the table,” the official said, urging Israel to respond with restraint to the recent Hamas rhetoric.On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to hit Gaza harder than during the 2014 war with Gaza-based fighters, amid mounting public pressure over reports of increased tunnel building out of Gaza.“In the event we are attacked from tunnels in the Gaza Strip, we will act very forcefully against Hamas, and with much more force than Operation Protective Edge,” Netanyahu told a conference of Israeli diplomats, referring to the 50-day war in the Gaza Strip in 2014.IDF officials and southern residents have expressed concern in recent days that Hamas is rebuilding the subterranean passages, used for attacking Israel, which were destroyed during the 2014 war. Some residents have reported hearing digging sounds, but IDF checks have turned up no actual tunnels.The last week has seen at least three separate tunnel collapses in the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian reports, killing several diggers.Avi Issacharoff contributed to this report.
WEEKEND QUAKE RESULTS FOR FEB 06-07,2016-SAT-SUN
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.(POSSIBLE QUAKE BRINGS ISRAEL BACK TO LIFE-SO NOISE AND SHAKING-QUAKES WILL ALSO DESTROY ISRAELS ENEMIES)
11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:(ETHNIC GROUP AGAINST ETHNIC GROUP) and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places,(DIFFERNT PLACES AT THE SAME TIME) and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
UPDATE-FEBRUARY 07, 2016-11:55PM
1 Day, Magnitude 2.5+ Worldwide
41 earthquakes - DownloadUpdated: 2016-02-06 11:00:26 UTCShowing event times using UTC41 earthquakes in map area
4.6 33km WSW of La Libertad, El Salvador 2016-02-06 10:12:10 UTC 64.2 km
3.2 7km ENE of Langston, Oklahoma 2016-02-06 09:19:18 UTC 5.0 km
2.9 7km ENE of Langston, Oklahoma 2016-02-06 09:13:47 UTC 5.0 km
3.1 23km N of Tierras Nuevas Poniente, Puerto Rico 2016-02-06 09:00:03 UTC 27.0 km
2.6 42km SW of Ferndale, California 2016-02-06 06:49:55 UTC 15.9 km
2.7 56km NW of San Antonio, Puerto Rico 2016-02-06 06:45:32 UTC 44.0 km
4.6 61km SSE of Campoverde, Peru 2016-02-06 06:20:22 UTC 149.6 km
5.1 266km WNW of Nadi, Fiji 2016-02-06 04:51:35 UTC 10.0 km
4.4 82km ESE of Sinabang, Indonesia 2016-02-06 02:28:11 UTC 41.9 km
3.3 94km N of Tierras Nuevas Poniente, Puerto Rico 2016-02-06 02:07:35 UTC 18.0 km
5.5 276km WNW of Nadi, Fiji 2016-02-06 01:39:18 UTC 10.0 km
2.5 23km WNW of Kanab, Utah 2016-02-06 00:33:05 UTC 5.0 km
2.7 14km S of Volcano, Hawaii 2016-02-06 00:23:11 UTC 1.2 km
2.9 13km S of Volcano, Hawaii 2016-02-06 00:12:01 UTC 1.5 km
3.6 85km E of Old Iliamna, Alaska 2016-02-06 00:08:39 UTC 112.1 km
2.6 19km NNE of Enid, Oklahoma 2016-02-05 23:06:16 UTC 5.5 km
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EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)
Germany and Netherlands sign defence agreement-By EUOBSERVER-feb 5,16
Today, 09:40-German soldiers will be able to use a Dutch warship under a cooperation agreement signed Thursday by the two countries' defence ministers. Under the agreement, still to be ratified, German commando units will be able to use the supply ship Karel Doorman, equipped to carry Leopard 2 tanks.
Tens of thousands flee Aleppo after Russian bombing-By EUOBSERVER-feb 5,16
Today, 09:09-Tens of thousands of Syrians streamed towards Turkey on Friday as regime troops launched a major Russian-backed offensive around opposition-held Aleppo. Some 300,000 people are thought to be trapped in the city. Turkey's prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, warned that up to 70,000 people were headed towards his country escaping fighting.
Sweden expects 70-140,000 asylum seekers-By EUOBSERVER-feb 5,16
Today, 09:06-Between 70,000 and 140,000 people could seek asylum in Sweden in 2016 depending on border controls, the migration agency said. Sweden has seen a slowdown in new arrivals seeking international protection since it introduced last month photo identification checks on trains, bus and ferry passengers entering via Denmark and Germany.
Transport to lose billions from border checks By Nikolaj Nielsen-feb 5,16-euobserver
BRUSSELS, Today, 17:37-EUobserver understands transport experts at the European Commission are analysing the potential economic blowback should border controls become more severe throughout the passport-free Schengen area.Arrien Kruyt, vice-chair of the Meijers Committee, a Dutch independent experts' group, told this website the European Commission is analysing possible transport costs should internal borders reappear.Kruyt, who attended a meeting on the issue with commission officials at its transport branch on 28 January, said on Thursday (4 February) conservative figures put forward hover at "around €6 billion".The commission's transport spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied the study or the figure but instead referred back to a speech earlier this week at the European Parliament by EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on safeguarding Schengen.Juncker had previously said at a press conference that border checks in Europe would cost road transport companies €3 billion a year in lost revenue.-Juncker's €3 billion figure comes from the Geneva-based International Road Transport Union (IRU), an association that represents bus, coach, taxi and truck operators.Its branch in Brussels told EUobserver the real figure is likely between 3 to €10 billion, depending on border delays."The potential for just the road transport industry could be as high as €10 billion depending how severe the delays and border crossings become," said IRU spokesperson Stuart Colley.Around 6 million people are employed in land and passenger transport with several million trucks transporting goods throughout the EU on a daily basis.Colley cited estimated costs per vehicle somewhere between €55 and €70 per hour of delay."That is in terms of fuel, lost contracts, in terms of drivers' wages," he said.Other possible factors include penalties for delivery delays, which may force companies to hire out more truckers to provide the same service. Perishable goods like food may also be at risk.Trade between EU states in 2013 was €2.8 trillion.The European Commission, for its part, briefly highlighted the concerns in its 200-page Winter Economic Forecast.The report, out Thursday, says "the long term reintroduction of internal border controls" may disrupt economic growth in the internal market.It notes the public perception of the increased number of refugee numbers may also thwart economic confidence.Economic affairs commissioner Pierre Moscovici said any risk to Schengen would be "political and an economic mistake".In a study published earlier this week, French public think-tank France Strategie estimated the total loses throughout the EU at over €100 billion by 2025."Widespread permanent border controls would decrease trade between Schengen countries by a factor of 10 percent to 20 percent," it noted.
German police arrest suspected terrorists By Eric Maurice-feb 5,16-euobserver
BRUSSELS, Today, 09:25-German police arrested a man in Berlin and a woman and a man near Cologne on Thursday (4 February) for what they believe may have been preparation for a terror attack in the German capital.Police raids were also operated in Hannover. Two other men are still being hunted by security forces, which are expected to publish photos on Friday.Documents including fake IDs and telephones were seized, but not weapons.A spokesman for the state prosecutor said that there were "plans for possible attacks in Germany, concrete for Berlin".According to German media, targets could have included Checkpoint Charlie, a former crossing point between East and West Berlin visited frequently by tourists, and Alexanderplatz, Berlin's central square. Police were deployed on both sides Thursday.The suspects were under surveillance, and police and intelligence services decided to act after they appeared to stop communicating with each other."As they did not speak about the attack, we could fear that their plan was finalised," a security official was quoted as saying by the Tagesspiegel.The newspaper said that orders for attacks in Berlin were given by Islamic State (IS) leaders, the same who ordered the Paris attacks in November.One of the two men arrested, a 26-year old Algerian, was already wanted by Algerian authorities for his involvement in IS. The German press agency DPA also said he recently went to Molenbeek, the Brussels neighbourhood where several Paris attackers lived.According to the Berliner Zeitung, he came from Syria through the Balkans and Bavaria and was registered as a refugee. He was arrested in a refugee centre in Attendorn, 80 km from Cologne.-Critics-The arrest, and the reported use of refugee status, could fuel the controversy over the German government's migration policy.Germany's intelligence chief said in the Berliner Zeitung Friday that his services received more than 100 tips-off about IS fighters among refugees, and that many of them proved to be defamation.On Thursday, chancellor Angela Merkel came under more pressure to change the course of her policy.The leader of the Saxony-Anhalt region, Reiner Haseloff from Merkel's CDU party, said there was "at the moment a loss of control that is no longer acceptable".A poll published this week by ARD television said that 81 percent of Germans now think that the government doesn't control the situation.Former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder also critised Merkel on Thursday. In a meeting of his SPD party, he said he would never have used the phrase "we can make it" which Merkel repeated many times since the start of the migrant crisis."I would have said: 'We can make it when we are ready to face the challenges'," Schroeder said.
Fall of Syria's Aleppo would hand Russia's Putin elusive prize-Reuters By Andrew Osborn-FEB 5,16-YAHOONEWS
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin thinks Russian air strikes in Syria have helped turn the war's tide but the pace of the Syrian army's advance has frustrated him, some sources say. If Aleppo falls, he could get the military and symbolic prize he has been craving.More than four months of Russian air strikes have stabilized the government of President Bashar al-Assad, the Kremlin's closest Middle East ally, helping his forces find momentum on the battlefield.But the names and strategic significance of the towns and villages they have recaptured have failed to electrify a Russian public more worried about falling living standards. Nor has the Syrian army - backed by Russian air power - yet delivered a major victory that Russia can sell to the wider world as proof of its military might and growing Middle East clout."There has been some frustration with the Syrian army's performance," one source close to the Russian military, who declined to be identified, told Reuters. "Particularly in the beginning they were making slow progress."Retaking full control of Aleppo, Syria's biggest city before the five-year war, would change the narrative, say diplomats and analysts, bringing Putin a step closer to his preferred end-game which envisages a Russia-friendly Syrian government that allows Moscow to keep its naval and air base there."So far we've heard reports of government forces gaining ground here and there and there have been a few notable successes," Dmitry Trenin, a former colonel in the Russian army and director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, told Reuters."But all those successes were rather tactical and not particularly spectacular," said Trenin. "Should Aleppo be placed under full control of Damascus that would be a big psychological boost for Assad and a source of satisfaction for the Kremlin."Aleppo has been divided for years, with government forces controlling a section and other parts in the hands of rebels.Tens of thousands of Syrians fled intensifying Russian bombardment around Aleppo on Friday, and aid workers said they feared the city, which once held two million people, could soon fall under complete government siege.Government troops and their Lebanese and Iranian allies fully encircled the countryside north of Aleppo and cut off the main supply route linking the city to Turkey in the last 24 hours. Ankara said it suspected the aim was to starve the population into submission.As the Kremlin's impatience for a breakthrough has grown, it has bolstered its forces in Syria. Mostly recently, local media reported it had dispatched its most advanced military jet -- the Sukhoi-35s -- to join its strike force of around 40 fast jets.It has also intensified its strike rate.-'USEFUL DISTRACTION'-A victory in Aleppo could help lift morale at home where an economic crisis is eroding living standards and real incomes are falling for the first time in Putin's 15 years in power.Boosted and protected by a loyal state media, a tightly-controlled political system and a dearth of meaningful opposition, Putin's approval rating remains over 80 percent according to opinion polls.But with tentative signs of social discontent bubbling up -- foreign currency mortgages holders, truckers and pensioners have all protested in recent months -- a headline-grabbing Russia-assisted victory in Syria could cheer downcast voters."It would be a useful distraction and a show for people," said Stepan Goncharov, of independent pollster, the Levada Center, saying state media had in the past used Syria to stoke anti-Western feeling and to reinforce the idea that Russia is again a great power."Their trick is to remove themes that stir social anxiety and replace them with ones that unite," said Goncharov. "A military victory (in Aleppo) would be a great power moment, a symbol of military might, and would be used to increase support for the authorities."He said the last time Levada asked, in October, they found that 72 percent of Russians had a broadly positive opinion of Russian air strikes in Syria, but that the subject had since taken a back seat to stories about the economy and what the Kremlin was doing to navigate the economic crisis.There were some signs support for the authorities was slipping a little because of the downturn, he added.Carnegie's Trenin said Russians, despite the Kremlin's flashy media campaign, were not actually that interested in the Syria conflict and with memories of the Soviet debacle in Afghanistan still lingering wanted the Kremlin to limit its involvement there."For most people this is a war in a distant country," said Trenin, saying voters remained nervous about any suggestion that ground forces might be sent. So far, the official Russian military body count has been just four, three of whom were killed in combat.However, Islamic State claimed it blew up a Russian passenger plane over Egypt in October, killing all 224 people onboard, in revenge for Russia's Syria campaign.For Putin, says Trenin, Syria is important but part of a wider play."The ultimate goal of Mr Putin is to restore Russia to great power status," he said. "Syria is part of that. But it's also about wider Russian foreign policy and about Putin's own legacy. Syria is the place where this is being decided."(Editing by Peter Graff)
Pope, Russian patriarch to talk about persecution of Christians-Reuters-feb 5,16-yahoonews
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The patriarch of Russia's Orthodox Church will take part in an historic first meeting with the Roman Catholic pontiff on Feb. 12 because of the need for a joint response to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, the Orthodox Church said.Senior Orthodox cleric Metropolitan Hilarion said that long-standing differences between the two churches remain, most notably a row over the status of the Uniate Church, in Ukraine.But he said these differences were being put aside so that Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis could come together over persecution of Christians.This issue will be the central item on the agenda for their meeting, in Havana, Cuba, the cleric said."The situation shaping up today in the Middle East, in North and Central Africa, and in some other regions where extremists are carrying out a genuine genocide of the Christian population, demands urgent measures and an even closer cooperation between the Christian churches," Hilarion said."We need to put aside internal disagreements at this tragic time and join efforts to save Christians in the regions where they are subject to the most atrocious persecution."The meeting could be a hugely significant step toward healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity, which split in the Great Schism of 1054.Hilarion said the first-ever meeting between the heads of the two Christian churches would not take place in Europe because Patriarch Kirill had objected to this idea from the very beginning."Because it is namely Europe with which this tragic history of divisions and conflicts among Christians is linked," Hilarion said.(Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Alexander Winning)
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Progressive candidates make progress on defining progressivism-Meredith Shiner-Political correspondent-February 5, 2016-yahoonews
Progressive. Progressive. Progressive.Thursday night’s Democratic debate was dominated by one word and a fight between two candidates about what “progressive” means and who best represents its definition.Over the course of two hours, the word “progressive” was uttered by the two Democratic presidential hopefuls 19 times. Hillary Clinton far outscored Bernie Sanders in number of uses, 16 to 3, according to a Yahoo News review of a transcript of the debate.In one answer early on, Clinton used the word “progressive” nine times.“I am a progressive who gets things done. And the root of that word, progressive is ‘progress.’ But I’ve heard Sen. Sanders’ comments, and it’s really caused me to wonder who’s left in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Under his definition, President Obama is not progressive because he took donations from Wall Street; Vice President Biden is not progressive because he supported Keystone,” Clinton said immediately before giving a shout-out to New Hampshire’s Democratic senator. “Sen. [Jeanne] Shaheen is not progressive because she supports the trade pact.“Even the late, great Sen. Paul Wellstone would not fit this definition,” she added, invoking the Defense of Marriage Act, “because he voted for DOMA.“You know, we have differences and, honestly, I think we should be talking about what we want to do for the country. But if we’re going to get into labels, I don’t think it was particularly progressive to vote against the Brady Bill five times,” Clinton continued. “I don’t think it was progressive to vote to give gun makers and sellers immunity. I don’t think it was progressive to vote against Ted Kennedy’s immigration reform. So we could go back and forth like this, but the fact is most people watching tonight want to know what we’ve done and what we will do.”It’s unclear how much voters will be swayed by a semantic argument over “progressivism,” but it was apparent that Clinton was trying to make inroads with voters in the Granite State against Sanders, who according to latest polling is up 20 points heading into Tuesday’s primary. One of the cornerstones of Sanders’ appeal, especially with young voters, is his singular focus on economic equality issues and his self-definition as a revolutionary Democratic socialist.The mini-debate on the word progressive felt very forced in the overall context of the larger debate, which touched on topics like the death penalty and Wall Street regulation in a more substantive way. And the trading of barbs on stage was an extension of a protracted Twitter fight earlier between @HillaryClinton and @BernieSanders, which likely got more attention from the Beltway chattering class than it did from actual voters in states where ballots will be cast in the coming weeks.One of Sanders’ “progressive” mentions was almost an exact repeat of a talking point his social media team posted on Twitter Wednesday. “All that I said was there’s nothing wrong with being a moderate,” Sanders said to Clinton on stage Thursday, arguing that you can’t be both a moderate and a progressive at the same time.Of course, the debate was about much more than who could say “progressive” the most, and the two candidates quickly turned to another issue — who was most “establishment.”(Cover tile photo combination: Photos by Mike Segar/Reuters)
February 2, 2016-Ted Cruz’s Vice President Choice A Ben Carson Ticket? Donald Trump Possible, Marco Rubio A Cabinet Pick-Patrick Frye-YAHOONEWS-INQUISITR
With the 2016 Iowa caucus results behind us, Ted Cruz’s vice president choice may soon become the topic of the hour. Donald Trump and Marco Rubio trailed close behind Cruz, with both grabbing seven GOP delegates to Cruz’s eight. Ben Carson also managed to pull in three delegates, putting him ahead of most of the Republicans, including Jeb Bush and Rand Paul, who each only secured one delegate a piece.At this point in time, all of the Republican candidates are tossing verbal mud at each other, which is not unusual for this portion of any American election cycle. As time passes, one winner will emerge, and then it will be time to forgive and forget. Assuming the Iowa results are an indicator for the future, it’s possible that Ted Cruz’s vice president pick may come from one of the major runner-ups in the field.In the fall, Laura Ingraham asked about Donald Trump’s vice presidental pick, and it seemed almost certain that a Trump/Cruz ticket would emerge since he responded, “Ted Cruz is now agreeing with me 100 percent… I like him. He’s backed everything I’ve said.” According to the Hill, the two Republicans do seem fairly compatible, since their positions on illegal immigration, Mexican border security, the Iran nuclear deal, and other issues are largely the same.At the same time, Trump admitted that “we’ll have to go to war” if Cruz’s polls and delegate results began to catch up with Trump’s then-leading position. With war declared, the recent mud-slinging has included Trump calling Cruz a “total liar” since a recent Cruz ad claimed a “vote for Donald Trump is a vote for Obamacare.”“Look, Ted Cruz is a total liar. I am so against Obamacare. I’ve been saying it for two years in my speeches, I’m going to repeal and replace Obamacare,” Trump said, according to ABC. “I don’t even know where he gets this.”Trump’s attacks have even included calling Cruz an “anchor baby” over the whole birther scandal, which took the election bickering to a whole new low.Was the inevitable fallout between the leading Republicans enough to remove Trump as a potential choice for Ted Cruz’s vice president pick? It’s too early to say, but in the past Cruz has suggested Trump could help him with trade negotiations and be put in charge of constructing the planned Mexican border wall. Cruz hasn’t specified whether Trump would fulfill these responsibilities as VP or as part of Cruz’s administration, but the opportunity remains.Based upon the Iowa results, the second VP possibility is Marco Rubio. Ted Cruz has not discussed Rubio as a potential vice president pick yet, but he has stated that he would “of course” put Rubio in a cabinet position within his administration.“Marco is a very, very talented leader. He’s a friend of mine, he’s charming, he’s an incredible communicator,” Cruz said back in December, according to the New York Daily News.Rubio, on the other hand, did not reciprocate the compliments and went on the attack, so it’s hard to say whether he would be open to considering a VP offer on a Cruz/Rubio ticket.In November, Rubio also made it clear that his VP brainstorming did not include Cruz. Instead, Marco Rubio’s vice president choice would be Republican New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, which would help with both Latino and female voters. [It’s also been speculated that Donald Trump may consider Martinez for VP.]-I Ben Carson's Presidential campgin on borrowed time? Back in September, the Washington Examiner says Donald Trump would be open to having the retired neurosurgeon as a 2016 running mate since they had a “very good relationship,” despite having a “different style”.“I have some great assets and he has some great assets,” Trump said at the time. “But we are both resonating, there is no question about that.”By October, the polls of time had the media asking about Ben Carson’s vice president choices, but Carson believed he and Trump were not “compatible” enough.“I believe that Donald Trump has been very useful because he brought in a lot of people, a lot of curiosity and enthusiasm,” Carson said, according to Time magazine. “And whoever the eventual nominee is will benefit from that. But in terms of Vice President, I would obviously want somebody who is compatible with me.”The question is whether Ted Cruz would also find Carson compatible at this time. Based upon the number of Iowa delegates, Carson represents a distinct middle ground in GOP popularity, but that doesn’t mean Cruz’s campaign won’t target Carson. In fact, yesterday Carson accused Cruz supporters of telling caucus voters that Carson dropped out entirely from the race.“I was reasonably happy today, until I, you know, discovered the dirty tricks going on — spreading rumors I had dropped out,” Carson said, according to MSNBC. “That’s the reason I got into this race, looking at the level of deceit and distrust going on in country.”Otherwise, compatibility between the two Republicans seems to be high. Both men hold their Christian values in high regard, so it could be argued they would compliment each other as running mates. Reuters reported that socially conservative Republicans “have their eye on Senator Ted Cruz of Texas for the party’s presidential nod and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson for the Republican vice presidential nominee.” They would also have the potential to draw a diverse set of demographics since Cruz is half-Cuban and Carson is African American.The retired doctor rose to popularity years ago based upon his comments about Obamacare, but his lack of political experience, and his willingness to speak frankly about hot button issues like homosexuality, has caused him to go from front-runner to fourth place. Conservative website Human Events claims Carson’s lack of experience holds him back from being POTUS, but they also argue Carson would be the best option for vice president, since “droves” of evangelical Christians would be excited to support him. “Despite his lack of political know-how, Carson has a lot to offer on a presidential ticket—just not at the very top of it. Carson has an incredible personal narrative much of the nation will admire and relate to. He’s perhaps the only candidate on the Republican ticket in the past 30 years or more who can walk into devastated urban environments such as Detroit, Carson’s hometown, and deliver a message of hope and prosperity. He can also sell himself as an expert on health care reform and the need to provide an alternative to Obamacare.”Who would you pick as Ted Cruz’s vice president assuming he wins the Republican nomination?
Struggling Republican Bush brings out the big gun: his mom-Reuters By Doina Chiacu-FEB 5,16-YAHOONEWS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jeb Bush brought out his famous family four days before the crucial U.S. presidential primary in New Hampshire, tapping his mother on Friday to scold Republican front-runner Donald Trump over his use of profanity and treatment of women.In a last ditch attempt to make a mark on a Republican primary campaign he was supposed to own, Bush lashed out at both Trump and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, the one-time protege who has eclipsed Bush as the party's establishment candidate in the 2016 White House race.New opinion polls following Monday's Iowa caucuses showed Trump retaining a double-digit lead in New Hampshire's primary next Tuesday with Rubio rapidly rising into second place in the state as Republicans battle for the nomination in November's presidential election.Bush, the former governor of Florida, leaned on his well-known family for support.While former President George W. Bush appeared in a new ad praising his brother as having "a good heart and a strong backbone" and being able to unite the country, Jeb Bush sat with his mother for an interview with CBS show "This Morning."The two attacked Trump as misogynistic and vulgar after he used a four-letter word in a recent campaign appearance."I don't think a president would have ever shouted profanities in a speech in front of thousands of people with kids in the crowd," Jeb Bush said. "He does it all the time."His mother lambasted Trump for criticizing Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly after she had quizzed him at a Republican debate in August. Trump made comments widely interpreted as referring to her menstrual cycle."I don't know how women can vote for someone who said what he said about Megyn Kelly," Mrs. Bush said. "It's terrible. And we knew what he meant, too."Much loved by today's Republicans, the former first lady herself raised eyebrows in 1984 when she reportedly made a derogatory reference to Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman on a major party ticket, saying, "I can't say it, but it rhymes with rich.""ALMOST TOO POLITE"-Trump has dismissed Jeb Bush as a "low-energy" loser. The son and brother of U.S. presidents who was expected to glide to the Republican nomination, Bush has struggled to seize the offensive and trails in the single digits in many national polls.Mrs. Bush, who was campaigning for her younger son in New Hampshire, said "America needs" Jeb and drew an implicit contrast to the brash swagger of Trump. "He's got the same values that America seems to have lost. He's almost too polite."While rivals took aim at him, Trump was forced to miss a rally on Friday in Londonderry, New Hampshire because of a snow storm. He returned to New York and Thursday, a spokesman said, and could not get back to the state. Trump has eschewed much of the one-on-one retail politicking of typical campaigns in favor of large rallies. But in New Hampshire, where voters are used to having candidates' close attention, the strategy could hurt.Jeb Bush seized the opportunity to make fun of Trump on Twitter, pointing out that even his mother was able make it out despite the weather."My 90 year old mother made it out to campaign,” he wrote in response to Trump's tweet that he was moving a campaign event to Monday due to a "big storm." An attached photograph showed Mrs. Bush, wearing a pearl necklace, shaking hands with a five-year-old girl in New Hampshire.Jeb Bush also stepped up attacks on Rubio as lacking in experience and accomplishments, saying on MSNBC the first-term Florida lawmaker had done "nothing" in the U.S. Senate.Rubio got a bounce from his Iowa performance with a WMUR/CNN poll showing him rising 7 points to 18 percent. Trump held steady at 29 percent, while Cruz gained 1 point for 13 percent. An NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey showed Trump with 30 percent, Rubio at 17 percent and Cruz 15.For the Democrats, opinion polls show U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont with a double-digit lead in New Hampshire over rival Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state. Clinton went on the attack against Sanders on Thursday in their most contentious presidential debate yet.(Additional reporting by Emily Stephenson in New Hampshire, Amy Tennery in New York, Mohammad Zargham in Washington; Editing by Bill Trott and Alistair Bell; For more on the 2016 presidential race, see the Reuters blog, “Tales from the Trail”; http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/)
Carly Fiorina cut from debate: ‘The game is rigged’-Michael Walsh-Reporter-February 5, 2016-YAHOONEWS
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina harshly criticized the political system as rigged after she was cut from Saturday night’s debate.Despite outperforming Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in Iowa, Fiorina will be the only major candidate not onstage in Manchester, N.H. — something the former Hewlett-Packard CEO clearly took issue with.“I’ve been telling you the game is rigged. And here’s even more proof: The people of Iowa voted in an election this week, and I beat the establishment’s guys,” she said in a statement on her Facebook page Friday. “Tens of thousands of you stood with us yesterday to demand a fair debate. But Disney’s ABC and the RNC have decided to keep me off the debate stage this weekend, caving to pressure from the same establishment candidates we beat who are afraid to debate me.”To qualify for the debate, candidates had to place in the top three in Iowa or in the top six on average in recent New Hampshire or national polls. The network, which is not hosting an undercard debate, revealed its final lineup on Thursday: Kasich, Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, businessman Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and retired doctor Ben Carson.“This isn’t about me. It’s about you. It’s about the people of New Hampshire who are about to vote,” Fiorina continued. “This is emblematic of the power that is being taken away from you every day — by the political class, the media establishment, and the bureaucracy. They don’t want your votes to count. They don’t want your voice to be heard. The network of George Stephanopoulos wants to tell you to sit down and shut up and elect Hillary Clinton.”The reference to ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos is undoubtedly meant to evoke his failure to disclose contributions to the Clinton Foundation in recent years. Many viewers saw a conflict of interest because he had been reporting on the Clintons and their foundation without mentioning his support.According to Fiorina, keeping her off the debate stage is just the latest example of media bias for establishment candidates.“Well, guess what? ABC and the RNC and other candidates may keep me off that stage. But I will not be silenced. Our government is broken, and we know the establishment isn’t going to fix it. It’s time to stand together and say we won’t back down.”Major Republican figures spoke out against Fiorina’s exclusion from the debate. She thanked rival Cruz for “standing for the fair debate the American people deserve.”“Hey @ABC: put @CarlyFiorina on the debate stage! She got more Iowa votes than John and Chris. Don’t exclude only woman,” former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney tweeted.“.@ABC should put @CarlyFiorina in the new hampshire debate. she came in ahead of kasich and christie. She has earned a spot,” tweeted former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.In Iowa, Fiorina also finished ahead of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Both candidates ended their campaigns this week after their lackluster results.“World News Tonight” anchor David Muir and “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz will moderate Saturday’s debate. Stephanopoulos will lead pre-debate coverage.
Donald Trump: Nobel laureate?-Caitlin Dickson-Breaking News Reporter-February 4, 2016-YAHOONEWS
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign took a beating in Iowa earlier this week, but his bruised ego should be healing nicely with the news that the real estate tycoon has apparently been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. During his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination so far, Trump’s foreign policy platform has included promises to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, crack down on trade with China and “bomb the s*** out of ISIS,” as well as a proposed ban on all Muslim travel to the U.S.The latter, in particular, has earned Trump international scorn. And yet, the AFP reported Monday that the belligerent billionaire is being considered for the most prestigious international accolade, alongside the likes of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, American whistleblower Edward Snowden, Pope Francis and residents of the Greek islands who have welcomed thousands of refugees to their shores.The AFP report cites Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of Oslo’s Peace Research Institute and avid Nobel watcher, who said he’d received a copy of Trump’s nomination letter. Harpviken has declined to reveal the name of the person who submitted Trump for the Nobel Committee’s consideration, but he wrote on the Peace Research Institute’s website that he’d confirmed the nomination with the letter’s U.S. author, who wrote that Trump should get the prize for “his vigorous peace through strength ideology, used as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, ISIS, nuclear Iran and Communist China.” Harpvikan told the U.K.’s Telegraph that he received a copy of the letter from the anonymous nominator himself and that “the nominator has a position which gives him the right to nominate, and that I consider it valid.” According to the Nobel Foundation rules, qualified nominators for Peace Prize contenders include government officials, professors, directors of foreign policy institutes and peace research organizations, former Nobel laureates, members of international courts and members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Though Harpvikan said he has “committed not to reveal the identity of the nominator,” the Telegraph suggested it was probably a U.S. politician who put Trump’s name in the running. It is the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s policy to keep the official nominee list a secret, which is why Olav Njølstad, director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, told Newsweek he could “neither confirm nor disconfirm” Trump’s nomination. Those who nominate, however, are free to disclose their picks. Harpvikan’s organization publishes an annual list of confirmed Nobel nominees as well as a shortlist for potential winners.That list does not include Trump, who will likely join the list of history’s most unexpected Nobel nominees, which includes Russian President Vladimir Putin, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
U.S. Air Force says plans test F-35 deployment this month-Reuters By Andrea Shalal-FEB 5,16-YAHOONEWS
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force will deploy four Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets to a different U.S. air base this month as it assesses whether the new warplane can be declared combat-ready by August as planned, a senior officer told Reuters on Thursday.Major General Jay Silveria, who heads the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, said the F-35 jets would be sent from the Nevada base to Mountain Home Air Force Base in southwestern Idaho later this month.The deployment would include pilots, mechanics, spare parts, equipment and the plane's computerized logistics system to test the ability to deploy the plane for combat, he said.The test would help the Air Force assess its ability to send the jets to other locations and ensure that they can be repaired and maintained, Silveria said."What we’re trying to do is exercise the deployment concepts and to learn from maintenance and learn from (operations)," Silveria said.Like any warplane, maintenance of the F-35 requires specialized tools and materials, and it was critical that all those tools travel with the jet when it deployed, he said.Silveria said the test deployment was part of an assessment of whether an initial squadron of F-35 jets was ready for combat. He said the warfare center was due to deliver that "operational readiness assessment" to General Hawk Carlisle, head of Air Combat Command, in July.Carlisle would use the assessment to help decide whether an initial squadron of F-35A fighter jets was ready for combat.Silveria, a pilot who also flies the F-35, said the 12 F-35s based at Nellis Air Force Base were performing well in regular exercises with other aircraft, and had proven their ability to share data and communicate with fourth-generation jets.He said the jets were now also able to share data within a formation of four F-35 jets flying together - a capability he experienced during a flight in the past week.The Air Force hoped to declare that it had an "initial operational capability" of F-35s between August and December.The U.S. Marine Corps declared an initial squadron of 10 of its F-35B model jets ready for combat last July. The F-35B can take off from shorter runways and land like a helicopter,Two Air Force F-35s are slated to have their first international deployment when they fly to Britain in July to participate in two British air shows.(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Paul Tait)