Thursday, July 07, 2016
JEWISH AGENCY RIPS RABBINATES REJECTION OF PROMINENT US RABBIS CONVERSION.
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
3 soldiers hurt in suspected West Bank car-ramming attack-Police, IDF still investigating, but say collision was apparently intentional; Palestinian driver also injured-By Judah Ari Gross July 6, 2016, 5:10 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Three IDF soldiers were lightly injured in a possible car-ramming attack near the Neve Daniel settlement outside of Jerusalem, the army said.Security officials were treating the incident as a suspected terror attack by the Palestinian driver, who was seriously hurt, although an army spokesperson did not specify what led them to this conclusion.According to police, it appeared that the Palestinian man “intentionally collided with the military vehicle.” The incident was, however, still being investigated to determine if it was an accident.Two of the soldiers were taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center for further treatment, the Magen David Adom rescue service said, while the third received treatment at the scene.The severely injured Palestinian man was taken to an undisclosed hospital for further care, the army said.Route 60 — one of the main highways through the West Bank — was closed off between Neve Daniel and Gush Etzion junction while the two vehicles were cleared out of the way, police said.The possible attack comes on the tail of a resurgence in violence that has struck Israel and West Bank in recent weeks.Last week, 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel was stabbed to death in her bed in the settlement of Kiryat Arba by a Palestinian terrorist, and 48-year-old Rabbi Miki Mark was killed near Hebron in a drive-by shooting attack, which also wounded three members of his family.In response to the attacks, the IDF enforced a closure on the Hebron area and the village of Bani Na’im, the hometown of several attackers.Since October, 35 Israelis and four others have been killed and hundreds more injured in the wave of Palestinian attacks, though the violence had dramatically waned of late. Some 200 Palestinians have also been killed, some two-thirds of them while carrying out attacks and the rest in clashes with troops, Israeli officials say.
Abbas urges UN Security Council to reject Quartet report-Visiting Arafat’s grave on Eid al-Fitr, Palestinian leader says world diplomats’ document ‘not fit for the task of peace’-By Dov Lieber July 6, 2016, 4:18 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday harshly criticized a newly released report by the Quartet of Middle East peacemakers, saying it would not further the cause of peace, and called on the United Nations Security Council to reject the document.The Quartet — the UN, United States, European Union and Russia — on Friday published its long-awaited report on the peace process, which saw for the first time a major international body cite Palestinian incitement to violence against Israel as a major obstacle to ending the conflict.Incitement was one of the three “negative” trends highlighted in the report penned by UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov. The envoy said all three trends (settlements and the Palestinian Authority’s lack of control over the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip being the other two) “severely undermine hopes for peace.”But Abbas, visiting the grave of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, reiterated the PA’s rejection of the Quartet report.“We have published our position on the Quartet commission, and we said this report is not fit for the task of peace,” Abbas said, according to the official PA news site Wafa.“We are very sorry that this is the position, and we hope the United Nation Security Council will not adopt this report,” Abbas said.The PA president also welcomed an usually harsh statement by the US State Department on Tuesday, in which it accused Israel of systematically seizing Palestinian land after the Jewish state approved the construction of 800 housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.“We would like it to be said that settlement building is illegitimate and illegal and must cease. This is what we demand, and if any country does so then that is welcome,” Abbas said.His biting comments followed a report Tuesday that Ramallah had decided to stop working with the Quartet as an organization, but would keep working individually with the group’s separate members.“It’s not only about the report, it’s more than that — but the report confirms how useless [the Quartet] is,” a Palestinian official said.Senior PLO official and top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was quick to express disappointment Friday that the report criticized both sides rather than only Israel.“It does not meet our expectations as a nation living under a foreign colonial military occupation,” he said, and criticized what he called the report’s attempt “to equalize the responsibilities between a people under occupation and a foreign military occupier.”Israel also slammed the Quartet report. A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said it only “perpetuates the myth that Israeli construction in the West Bank is an obstacle to peace. When Israel froze settlements (in 2009-10), it did not get peace.”There was no formal response from the Quartet, but a source involved with the report said Wednesday there were positives to be drawn from the responses.“If both President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu find the report disturbing, then the report must contain some truths that both are uncomfortable with,” he said.On Tuesday, despite the reported boycott of the Quartet, Abbas sent identical letters to the four representatives of the Quartet urging them to support the French initiative, a regional approach to conducting peace negotiations.Israel has rejected the French initiative, saying only direct bilateral negotiations can be effective.AFP contributed to this report.
Israel, US test missile defense systems against thousands of simulated rockets-David’s Sling, Arrow and more take part in 5-day intercontinental exercise, as Jerusalem and Washington hammer out aid package-By Judah Ari Gross July 6, 2016, 4:46 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
The United States and Israel successfully conducted a large-scale exercise last month, pitting the countries’ missile defense systems against a simulated attack of thousands of rockets fired from Lebanon and Iran, the Defense Ministry announced Wednesday.Six missile defense systems were tested in the simulation, which was conducted in both the United States and Israel. The Arrow 2, Arrow 3, David’s Sling, Aegis, Patriot and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), all of which protect against medium- and long-range rockets, were used in the exercise, the ministry said.“During the test, scenarios consisting of multiple missile and rocket attacks were simulated against Israel with both United States and Israel successfully employing, engaging and destroying the simulated incoming threats,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.The famed Iron Dome system, which protects against short-range missiles, was not tested in this exercise.“The David’s Sling missile defense system, which was recently delivered to the [Israeli] Air Force, participated in the drill as part of its transition to becoming operational,” the Defense Ministry said.The David’s Sling system, also known as Magic Wand, completed a final set of major tests in December 2015 and was declared operational. It was delivered to the air force in March, but required additional time for installment and training before it could be fully integrated into the country’s missile defense program.The Arrow 2, Arrow 3 and David’s Sling were joint Israeli-American weapons development projects, while the THAAD, Patriot and Aegis missiles are American-made systems. This exercise, which concluded on June 22, tested the interoperability of those systems to ensure that they could work together in the event of a missile attack.The Israeli Missile Defense Organization, the American Missile Defense Agency and the US European Command spearheaded the five-day drill, but the tests themselves were carried out by Elisra, a subsidiary of the Israeli Elbit Systems weapons company.Israel’s missile defense program and its dependence upon US assistance has been a contentious issue in recent months, as negotiations continue for the defense aid package — known as the memorandum of understanding — that America gives to Israel.According to a report in The New York Times, the next 10-year deal could top $40 billion, and would include a decade-long pledge to fund Israel’s missile defense systems, an arrangement currently funded separately in yearly installments. It has been subject to much controversy recently as the White House and Congress have disagreed over the size of the annual increase for the missile defense program.The US has either jointly developed or financed all three of the Israeli programs — the Iron Dome, Arrow (long-range) systems, and David’s Sling (medium-range). They are meant to ensure Israel can counter threats from neighboring Gaza, south Lebanon and Syria, as well as from an Iran that is relentlessly developing its ballistic missile systems.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report
Iranian leader blasts US, Israel for Islamist terrorist attacks-Khamenei says ‘arrogant’ West is trying to deflect attention from plight of Palestinians-By Times of Israel staff July 6, 2016, 5:08 pm
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Wednesday blamed the US, UK and Israel for the series of Islamist terrorist bombings that have taken place during the month of Ramadan.“Unfortunately, this year’s Eid al-Fitr (the fast-breaking festivities of Muslims at the end of the holy month of Ramadan) in some countries was turned into mourning by those terrorists who want to replace the real Islam with fake Islam at the order of their leaders; and these crimes are the outcome of nurturing terrorists by the security services of the US, the UK and the Zionist regime,” Khamenei said.He was referring to attacks including Sunday’s suicide bombing in Baghdad claimed by the Islamic State group, in which more than 250 people were killed, making it one of the deadliest ever terrorist attacks in Iraq.That attack was only the most recent in a series of attacks throughout the world which bore the hallmarks of the IS group. These attacks highlighted the reach of the jihadists beyond Iraq and Syria, where a US-led coalition is attempting to eradicate the group.Khamenei claimed the attacks were hatched to deflect attention from the plight of the Palestinians. He “reiterated that the main objective of the arrogant powers, from waging war and insecurity as well as terrorism in the region, is making people forget the issues of Palestine,” according to a report on the semi-state Fars news agency.Iran is unique in the Muslim world as the only country which has a majority of Shiite Muslims. The IS terror organization is a Sunni group.Iran supports many Shiite terrorist groups, including Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. It has been alleged that Iran has also offered support to Sunni groups. The US Treasury Department has reported that Iran has been allowing al-Qaeda to channel money and operatives throughout the country.
Global banks, Intel join Israel’s fintech scene-HSBC, RBS, Italy’s Intesa Sanpaolo and Brazil’s Banco Santander are partners in a new fintech hub in Tel Aviv-By Shoshanna Solomon July 6, 2016, 3:10 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Four global banking conglomerates have joined forces with semiconductor giant Intel and three Israeli entrepreneurs to take part in Israel’s growing financial technology scene by setting up a new fintech hub at the heart of Tel Aviv.HSBC, RBS, Italy’s Intesa Sanpaolo and Brazil’s Banco Santander have set up, together with Avi Cohen, Gil Devora and Moises Cohen, a new center to foster the creation of financial technology startups in Israel.The Floor, as the Tel Aviv based center is called, aims to pave the way for the companies it fosters to access the $1 billion investment funds managed by the group’s strategic partners and banks. KPMG and Accenture are also part of the venture, the partners said in a joint statement.Located at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, the hub will provide office space and mentoring services to ventures in the financial technology sectors, whether they are developing products for digital banking, blockchain solutions, digital payments or anti-fraud software.The center aims to facilitate access to investors, financial institutions and Asian markets and help these initiatives develop. China’s Pando Group, a $250 million Chinese backed venture capital fund, is a backer of the initiative, The Floor’s website says.“Together with our partners and our fintech companies, we will begin to pave a new path that helps create exceptional commercial partnerships alongside strategic investments,” Avi Cohen, CEO and co-founder of The Floor said at the inauguration of the center last week.Israel’s financial technology scene is still in its infancy but has witnessed sharp growth in the past two years, a report by data firm Meidata for Bank Leumi Le-Israel Ltd. shows.More than half of the 200 companies operating in the field today employ fewer than 10 workers, and most of them have been set up in the past two years. These companies work in a variety of areas, developing products that range from improving ways to give loans to capital management solutions and the virtual transfer of money.Globally, overall investment in fintech companies surged to $19 billion compared with $12 billion in 2014 and just $2.4 billion in 2011, according to data compiled by New York data firm CB Insights.The Floor’s activity will add on to that of other foreign banks operating via accelerators in the sector in Israel, including Citi and Barclays Bank Plc.“HSBC is an active supporter of innovation — fostering fintech companies through innovation labs in Europe and Asia,” Rémi Bourrette, head of strategic innovation investments at HSBC said at the event. “We are looking at innovation hotspots around the world, and as such are very excited to be involved with the Israeli fintech scene.”Partnering with The Floor will provide HBSC with access to the latest technologies, as part of the bank’s push to search for innovation, and the opportunity to invest in these companies and allow them to grow and perhaps also use the technologies developed, he said.Hedva Ber, the supervisor of banks at the Bank of Israel, said the central bank has taken a strategic decision to support innovation in the banking system and to promote cooperation between banks and the fintech industry. Such a cooperation can be a “win-win situation” for all sides. Innovation will improve efficiency of the banks, increase competition in the financial market and upgrade the quality of banking products offered to consumers, she said.
NASA spacecraft enters orbit around Jupiter-Scientists celebrate as solar-powered Juno completes five-year journey to solar system’s largest and oldest planet-By Alicia Chang July 5, 2016, 7:50 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
PASADENA, California (AP) — Braving intense radiation, a NASA spacecraft reached Jupiter on Monday after a five-year voyage to begin exploring the king of the planets.Ground controllers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Lockheed Martin erupted in applause when the solar-powered Juno spacecraft beamed home news that it was circling Jupiter’s poles.The arrival at Jupiter was dramatic. As Juno approached its target, it fired its rocket engine to slow itself down and gently slipped into orbit. Because of the communication time lag between Jupiter and Earth, Juno was on autopilot when it executed the daring move.“Juno, welcome to Jupiter,” said mission control commentator Jennifer Delavan of Lockheed Martin, which built Juno.The spacecraft’s camera and other instruments were switched off for arrival, so there won’t be any pictures at the moment it reaches its destination. Hours before the encounter, NASA released a series of images taken last week during the approach, showing Jupiter glowing yellow in the distance, circled by its four inner moons.Scientists have promised close-up views of the planet when Juno skims the cloud tops during the 20-month, $1.1 billion mission.The fifth rock from the sun and the heftiest planet in the solar system, Jupiter is what’s known as a gas giant — a ball of hydrogen and helium — unlike rocky Earth and Mars.With its billowy clouds and colorful stripes, Jupiter is an extreme world that likely formed first, shortly after the sun. Unlocking its history may hold clues to understanding how Earth and the rest of the solar system developed.Named after Jupiter’s cloud-piercing wife in Roman mythology, Juno is only the second mission designed to spend time at Jupiter.Galileo, launched in 1989, circled Jupiter for nearly a decade, beaming back splendid views of the planet and its numerous moons. It uncovered signs of an ocean beneath the icy surface of the moon Europa, considered a top target in the search for life outside Earth.Juno’s mission: To peer through Jupiter’s cloud-socked atmosphere and map the interior from a unique vantage point above the poles. Among the lingering questions: How much water exists? Is there a solid core? Why are Jupiter’s southern and northern lights the brightest in the solar system? “What Juno’s about is looking beneath that surface,” Juno chief scientist Scott Bolton said before the arrival. “We’ve got to go down and look at what’s inside, see how it’s built, how deep these features go, learn about its real secrets.”There’s also the mystery of its Great Red Spot. Recent observations by the Hubble Space Telescope revealed the centuries-old monster storm in Jupiter’s atmosphere is shrinking.The trek to Jupiter, spanning nearly five years and 1.8 billion miles (2.8 billion kilometers), took Juno on a tour of the inner solar system followed by a swing past Earth that catapulted it beyond the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.Along the way, Juno became the first spacecraft to cruise that far out powered by the sun, beating Europe’s comet-chasing Rosetta spacecraft. A trio of massive solar wings sticks out from Juno like blades from a windmill, generating 500 watts of power to run its nine instruments.In the coming days, Juno will turn its instruments back on, but the real work won’t begin until late August when the spacecraft swings in closer. Plans called for Juno to swoop within 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers) of Jupiter’s clouds — closer than previous missions — to map the planet’s gravity and magnetic fields in order to learn about the interior makeup.Juno is an armored spacecraft — its computer and electronics are locked in a titanium vault to shield them from harmful radiation. Even so, Juno is expected to get blasted with radiation equal to more than 100 million dental X-rays during the mission.Like Galileo before it, Juno meets its demise in 2018 when it deliberately dives into Jupiter’s atmosphere and disintegrates — a necessary sacrifice to prevent any chance of accidentally crashing into the planet’s potentially habitable moons.
Jewish Agency rips rabbinate’s rejection of prominent US rabbi’s conversion-Sharansky says local rabbinical court ‘knows nothing about world Jewry’ after it rejects conversion by rabbi who wed Trump’s daughter-By JTA June 29, 2016, 6:34 am
The Jewish Agency for Israel’s governing body and chairman slammed the recent rejection by an Israeli rabbinical council of conversions performed by Haskel Lookstein, a prominent Orthodox rabbi in the United States.The condemnation came in a statement issued from the Jewish Agency chairman, Natan Sharansky, that was endorsed Tuesday by the board of governors convening in Paris.It came a week after the international media, including The New York Times, reported that a rabbinical court in Petach Tikvah, near Tel Aviv, in April declared invalid the conversion of a woman who Lookstein converted last year. The rabbi also converted Ivanka Trump, the daughter of Republican presumptive presidential candidate Donald Trump.The Lookstein incident occurred amid a power struggle between the ultra-Orthodox-controlled Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the modern Orthodox movement, as well as Reform and Conservative streams.“Again and again, people who know nothing about world Jewry and Orthodox Jewry decided they cannot accept the conversion of an esteemed rabbi, usually one who works hard to connect Jews to Israel,” said Sharansky, who brought the declaration to a vote.The issue “drew international attention because of the connection to the Trump family, but for us that is not the issue,” he said. “For us is whether we can accept the constant undermining of the legitimacy of the Diaspora faith communities.”The more than 200-member board of governors, which convened in Paris for the first time to show solidarity with the embattled Jewish community, passed the statement unanimously. It said the rejection of Lookstein’s conversion was “not based on halachic reasons,” in a reference to halacha, the Orthodox Jewish law. Sharansky said non-recognition of such conversions “harms Israel’s standing in the Jewish world.”The board also unanimously passed a resolution urging the government of Israel to implement a plan to resolve interdenominational disputes over the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Approved in January, the plan envisaged the opening of an egalitarian section at the wall, where presumably women would be able to pray together with men. But the plan has not been implemented amid objections by Orthodox opponents.According to the resolution, the delay is “increasing the tension and impatience of world Jewry around the Kotel,” the board said, using the Hebrew for the Western Wall.A third resolution called on France to void its diplomats’ vote in April in favor of a United Nations resolution that critics say ignored Jewish ties to Jerusalem. The UNESCO resolution refers to the Temple Mount solely as Al-Aqsa mosque/Al-Haram Al Sharif, except for two references to the Western Wall Plaza that were put in parentheses.Amid an uproar by French Jews and Israeli officials, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said France should not have voted in favor of the UNESCO resolution. In its resolution, The Jewish Agency noted his rejection of a vote “that should have been avoided.”“These types of statements, the denial of Jewish history by our best allies,” Sharansky said in reference to France’s UNESCO vote, “is an extremely dangerous phenomenon that we cannot leave unanswered.”
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