Monday, October 31, 2016

 

ROSH CHODESH CHESHVAN-BEGINING OF THE 8TH MONTH OF THE HEBREW YEAR

JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

ROSH CHODESH CHESHVAN-Beginning of new Hebrew month of Cheshvan. Cheshvan is the 8th month of the Hebrew year. Corresponds to October or November on the Gregorian calendar.
https://www.hebcal.com/holidays/rosh-chodesh-cheshvan

OTHER STORIES
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2012/04/last-generation-israel-as-nation-and.html
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2015/07/tisha-bav-2015-in-israel-today-11amest.html
ISRAELI FEASTS DAYS AND PROPHECIES FULFILLED ON P 1 & 2
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2007/03/fulfilled-prophecies-on-feast-days-p-1.html
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2007/03/fulfilled-prophecies-on-feast-days-p-2.html
LITERAL PROPHECIES FULFILLED THROUGH JESUS
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2007/12/332-prophecies-fulfilled.html
LAST GENERATION SIGNS FROM THE 4 GOSPELS-ISAIAH
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2007/12/last-generation-signs-chapters.html
HANNAH A WOMAN OF PRAYER
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2009/08/hannah-woman-of-prayer.html

 

THE DOW WAS DOWN 08 POINTS FRIDAY-A NEW WEEK.

JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

HOARDING OF GOLD AND SILVER

JAMES 5:1-3
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

REVELATION 18:10,17,19
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.(IN 1 HR THE STOCK MARKETS WORLDWIDE WILL CRASH)
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

EZEKIEL 7:19
19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed:(CONFISCATED) their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.

LUKE 2:1-3
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2  (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

REVELATION 13:16-18
16 And he(THE FALSE POPE WHO DEFECTED FROM THE CHRISTIAN FAITH) causeth all,(IN THE WORLD ) both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(MICROCHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark,(MICROCHIP IMPLANT) or the name of the beast,(WORLD DICTATORS NAME INGRAVED ON YOUR SKIN OR TATTOOED ON YOU OR IN THE MICROCHIP IMPLANT) or the number of his name.(THE NUMBERS OF HIS NAME INGRAVED IN THE MICROCHIP IMLPLANT)-(ALL THESE WILL TELL THE WORLD DICTATOR THAT YOUR WITH HIM AND AGAINST KING JESUS-GOD)
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast:(WORLD LEADER) for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM (6006006)OR(60020202006)(SOME KIND OF NUMBER IMPLANTED IN THE MICROCHIP THAT TELLS THE WORLD DICTATOR AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER THAT YOU GIVE YOUR TOTAL ALLIGIENCE TO HIM AND NOT JESUS)(ITS AN ETERNAL DECISION YOU MAKE)(YOU CHOOSE YOUR OWN DESTINY)(YOU TAKE THE DICTATORS NAME OR NUMBER UNDER YOUR SKIN,YOUR DOOMED TO THE LAKE OF FIRE AND TORMENTS FOREVER,NEVER ENDING MEANT ONLY FOR SATAN AND HIS ANGELS,NOT HUMAN BEINGS).OR YOU REFUSE THE MICROCHIP IMPLANT AND GO ON THE SIDE OF KING JESUS AND RULE FOREVER WITH HIM ON EARTH.YOU CHOOSE,ITS YOUR DECISION.

1 KINGS 10:13-14
13  And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.
14  Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold,

GENESIS 49:16-17
16  Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.
17  Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.

REVELATION 6:5-6
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.(A DAYS WAGES FOR A LOAF OF BREAD)

DOCTOR DOCTORIAN FROM ANGEL OF GOD
then the angel said, Financial crisis will come to Asia. I will shake the world.

BANK RELATED INFORMATION
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2015/09/bank-related-links.html 
CURRENCIES
http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/currencies
COMMODITIES
http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/commodities 


UPDATE-OCTOBER 31,2016-12:00AM

DOW MARKET MONDAY-OCTOBER 31,2016
09:30AM-10.07
10:00AM-8.80-
10:30AM-27.94-
11:00AM-13.89
11:30AM-2.39
12:00PM-21.16
12:30PM-12.52
01:00PM-17.21
01:30PM-9.41
02:00PM-15.54
02:30PM-21.33-
03:00PM-19.11-
03:30PM-13.77-
04:00PM-18.70- 18,142.49 - S&P -0.25 2126.16 - NASDAQ -0.97 5189.14
HIGH +30 LOW -30
TSX +07.12 14,787.40 - GOLD $+00.41 $1,275.92 - OIL $-1.74 $46.96

EARTHQUAKES

EZEKIEL 37:7,11-14
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.

MATTHEW 24:7-8
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.

MARK 13:8
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.

LUKE 21:11
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-OCTOBER 31,2016-11:55PM

1 Day, Magnitude 2.5+ Worldwide-35 of 36 earthquakes in map area.

    4.5-70km W of Coquimbo, Chile-2016-10-31 21:04:53 (UTC)-9.6 km
    3.0-8km SW of Niland, CA-2016-10-31 17:26:24 (UTC)-4.5 km
    3.0-8km SW of Niland, CA-2016-10-31 17:17:07 (UTC)-3.3 km
    5.4-294km SE of Sur, Oman-2016-10-31 16:02:43 (UTC)-10.0 km
    4.5-96km SW of Acajutla, El Salvador-2016-10-31 15:22:12 (UTC)-10.0 km
    4.4-68km SW of Corinto, Nicaragua-2016-10-31 14:03:02 (UTC)-35.0 km
    4.3-15km SSW of Zarand, Iran-2016-10-31 13:44:01 (UTC)-10.0 km
    4.2-Western Xizang-2016-10-31 13:25:53 (UTC)-15.9 km
    3.3-27km E of King City, California-2016-10-31 11:35:05 (UTC)-8.0 km
    5.1-82km WSW of San Antonio, Chile-2016-10-31 11:15:47 (UTC)-14.3 km
    3.6-9km N of Ocotillo Wells, CA-2016-10-31 10:41:44 (UTC)-9.9 km
    3.3-8km SW of Niland, CA-2016-10-31 10:41:07 (UTC)-3.6 km
    3.1-54km N of Dorado, Puerto Rico-2016-10-31 10:36:16 (UTC)-35.0 km
    3.0-8km SW of Niland, CA-2016-10-31 10:15:19 (UTC)-3.5 km
    2.9-8km SW of Niland, CA-2016-10-31 10:00:54 (UTC)-2.4 km
    3.1-8km SW of Niland, CA-2016-10-31 09:43:23 (UTC)-3.2 km
    3.6-57km N of Brenas, Puerto Rico-2016-10-31 08:06:55 (UTC)-31.0 km
    3.9-61km WNW of Abra Pampa, Argentina-2016-10-31 07:38:34 (UTC)-259.9 km
    3.1-41km NW of San Antonio, Puerto Rico-2016-10-31 06:43:01 (UTC)-59.0 km
    2.7-7km SSW of Yountville, California-2016-10-31 06:08:46 (UTC)-7.5 km
    5.1-33km E of Calama, Chile-2016-10-31 05:44:32 (UTC)-108.6 km
    4.8-146km NW of Neiafu, Tonga-2016-10-31 03:57:25 (UTC)-213.5 km
    4.3-5km NE of Cascia, Italy-2016-10-31 03:27:41 (UTC)-10.0 km
    3.5-20km W of Perry, Oklahoma-2016-10-31 03:27:04 (UTC)-4.2 km
    3.1-13km NW of Pawnee, Oklahoma-2016-10-31 02:53:28 (UTC)-3.8 km
    5.0-37km E of Colombia, Colombia-2016-10-31 02:05:58 (UTC)-35.0 km
    5.4-40km E of Colombia, Colombia-2016-10-31 00:20:12 (UTC)-44.0 km
    5.2-West Chile Rise-2016-10-31 00:00:43 (UTC)-10.0 km
    4.4-42km SSW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan-2016-10-30 23:57:16 (UTC)-89.2 km
    2.6-84km SSE of Emajagua, Puerto Rico-2016-10-30 22:52:59 (UTC)-64.0 km

STOCK MARKET AND EARTHQUAKE NEWS
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2016/10/weekend-quake-results-for-october-29.html 
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2016/10/the-dow-was-down-29-points-thursday.html 
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2016/10/the-dow-was-up-30-points-wednesday.html 
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2016/10/the-dow-was-down-53-points-tuesday.html 
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2016/10/the-dow-was-up-77-points-monday.html 
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2016/10/the-dow-was-down-16-points-friday-new.html 
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2016/10/weekend-quake-results-for-october-22.html 
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2016/10/the-dow-was-down-40-points-thursday.html 
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2016/10/the-dow-was-up-40-points-wednesday.html 
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2016/10/the-dow-was-up-75-points-tuesday.html 
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2016/10/the-dow-was-down-51-points-monday.html 
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2016/10/the-dow-was-up-39-points-friday-new-week.html 
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2016/10/weekend-quake-results-for-october-15.html 

 

LIKUD MK RAPPED FOR SAYING ITALY EARTHQUAKES WAS DIVINE JUDGEMENT FOR UNESCO VOTE.AND I AGREE TOTALLY. YOU TAKE JERUSALEM FROM ISRAEL. YOUR TRYING TO STEAL JERUSALEM FROM GOD. YOU WILL PAY THE PRICE FOR TOUCHING GODS HOLY CITY AND PLACES.

JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

LUKE 21:28-29
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.)

JOEL 2:3,30
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)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
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)

EZEKIEL 20:47
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.

ZEPHANIAH 1:18
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.

MALACHI 4:1
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

OTHER NEWS TODAY
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2016/10/finally-hitler-2nd-clinton-might-have.html

Likud MK rapped for saying Italy earthquake was divine punishment for UNESCO vote-Foreign Ministry says remarks by Ayoub Kara, who apologized, not reflective of close ties between Jerusalem and Rome-By Times of Israel staff October 29, 2016, 1:13 pm

The Foreign Ministry on Saturday condemned Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara’s remark earlier this week that the earthquake that rattled Italy was divine retribution for UNESCO’s vote on the Temple Mount.On Wednesday, the same day the UN’s culture body voted for a resolution whitewashing any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, Kara, a Likud MK who serves as deputy minister for regional cooperation, said during a visit to Vatican that “I am sure that the earthquake happened because of UNESCO’s decision that the pope really didn’t love; and (he) even publicly expressed that the Holy Land belongs to the Jewish people.”A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people. But hours after the temblors hit, there were no reports of serious injuries or signs of people trapped in rubble, said the head of Italy’s civil protection agency, Fabrizio Curcio.Kara’s statement, made days before a state visit by Italian President Sergio Mattarella to Israel, provoked outrage in Italy.The ministry said in a statement Saturday that Kara’s comments were inappropriate and shouldn’t have been made, and that they are not reflective of the strong ties Israel and Italy share.The statement further noted that Kara apologized for his comments and that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with the Likud MK for clarification.Pope Francis spoke briefly in St. Peter’s Square with Kara, who thanked him for his “decision that Israel is a promising [sic] from God to the Jewish nation” apparently interpreting the remarks as an affirmation from the pope of the connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel.Kara thanked the Pope for his support of Israel and told reporters that “it is impossible to ignore the clear affinity and connection between Christianity and Judaism” and that the “UNESCO decision [earlier Wednesday] constitutes an attack upon them.”AFP contributed to this report.

To be able to dig here... it's overwhelming joy'-At Jesus’s Jerusalem tomb, a race to reach original rock ‘where his body was laid’-Given just 60 hours to work, team restoring site at Church of Holy Sepulchre removes marble layers, exposes new slabs, for first time in centuries-By Times of Israel staff and AP : October 28, 2016, 2:18 am

For the first time in centuries, scientists have exposed the original surface of what Christians traditionally believe to be Jesus’s tomb in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, as part of a restoration project.According to National Geographic, the tomb has been covered by marble at least since 1555 CE, and perhaps for hundreds of years more.Fredrik Hiebert, National Geographic Society’s archaeologist-in-residence and a collaborator on the project to restore the tomb, told NG that the team hoped to “finally be able to see the original rock surface on which, according to tradition, the body of Christ was laid.”NG said that the tomb and the surrounding small structure, known as the Edicule, were being restored by a team of scientists from the National Technical University of Athens, under the auspices of Chief Scientific Supervisor Professor Antonia Moropoulou.The restoration project provided the scientists with an opportunity to examine the original surface of the tomb, and possibly formulate a more accurate image of the chamber as it was when it was created some 2,000 years ago.The scientists were also hoping to trace the site’s evolution into “the focal point of veneration since it was first identified by Helena, mother of the Roman emperor Constantine,” in 326 CE.“We are at the critical moment for rehabilitating the Edicule,” NG quoted Moropoulou as saying. “The techniques we’re using to document this unique monument will enable the world to study our findings as if they themselves were in the tomb of Christ.”The restoration team, working in the innermost chamber of the site said to be Jesus’s tomb, has peeled away a marble layer in an effort to reach what it believes is the original rock surface where Jesus’s body was laid.Many historians have long believed that the original cave, identified a few centuries after Jesus’ death as his tomb, was obliterated ages ago.But Hiebert said ground penetrating radar tests determined that cave walls are in fact standing — at a height of six feet and connected to bedrock — behind the marbled panels of the chamber at the center of the church.“What was found,” he said, “is astonishing.”“I usually spend my time in Tut’s tomb,” said Hiebert about the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun’s burial site, “but this is more important.”A 12th-century building sitting on 4th-century remains, the Church of the Holy Sepluchre is the only place where six Christian denominations practice their faith at the same site.The Edicule was last restored in 1810 following a fire, and is in need of reinforcement after years of exposure to humidity and candle smoke. A hulking iron cage built around the Edicule by British authorities in 1947 for support still stands, but is not enough.Renovations at this holiest of spots require mutual agreement by the church’s various custodians, and that is notoriously hard to secure. The denominations jealously guard different parts of the site and often object to even the slightest of changes.Last year, Israeli police briefly shut down the building after Israel’s Antiquities Authority deemed it unsafe. It prompted the Christian denominations to green light the repairs, which began in June.Pilgrims line up throughout the day for the chance to crouch in the Edicule’s tiny room. They kneel before a white marble encasing, said to cover a surface hewn from the side of the limestone cave where Jesus’ body was laid before his resurrection.Church officials closed the Edicule to pilgrims beginning Wednesday evening, and workers used a pulley to slide open the marble slab, in hopes of reaching the burial surface.Underneath the marble was a layer of debris. By Thursday afternoon, workers had finished removing the debris, revealing something unexpected: another marble slab.Hiebert said he thinks the second slab, which is grey and features a small etching of a cross, dates to the 12th century. It is cracked down the middle, and underneath it is a whitish layer.“I don’t believe … that is the original rock,” Hiebert said. “We still have more to go.”The main Christian communities that govern the church have allowed the work crew only 60 hours to excavate the inner sanctum, Hiebert said. Experts are working day and night to reach the tomb’s core and to analyze it.“We will close the tomb after we document it,” said Antonia Moropoulou, an architect at the National Technical University of Athens, which is supervising the renovation.The restoration team wants to tightly seal the core of the tomb before injecting parts of the shrine with mortar for reinforcement, so the material doesn’t seep inside what is considered to be the holy rock.One part of the tomb will remain exposed. Experts on Thursday cut a rectangular window in one of the Edicule’s marble walls, so pilgrims will be able to glimpse, for the first time, a part of the limestone wall thought to be the tomb of Jesus.David Grenier, secretary of a group that oversees Roman Catholic church properties in the Holy Land, stood with a few other Franciscan friars, watching the work crew in awe.“What happened here 2,000 years ago completely changed the history of the world,” he said. “To be able to dig, let’s say, to the rock where the body of Jesus was laid … it’s overwhelming joy.”At one point, a National Geographic film crew documented the site as clergy burned incense around them in a daily church rite.After the film crew cleared out, a pair of clergymen in brown frocks, and an Israeli policeman stationed at the church to help keep the peace, clambered over a pile of work tools, electrical wires and a yellow hard hat on the Edicule floor to lean into the inner chamber and snap cell phone photos of the exposed tomb.“It’s a historic moment, huh?” the policeman said.

It's the first time we've found artifacts from this period in situ on the Temple Mount,' says expert. It's 'very limited,' but it's something-Archaeologists spotlight first Solomon’s Temple-era artifacts ever found on Temple Mount-Carried out in rare cooperation with Muslim authorities, series of digs in recent years at flashpoint site yielded unprecedented proof of biblical-time activity, scholars say-By Ilan Ben Zion October 27, 2016, 9:20 pm

Israeli archaeologists on Thursday presented new details of what they said were the first tiny artifacts, unearthed in situ on the Temple Mount, ever conclusively dated to the time of the First Temple over 2,600 years ago. The discoveries were made during limited scientific excavations carried out atop the flashpoint Temple Mount in the past decade, the first of their kind since the British Mandate.The highly sensitive Israeli excavations were conducted with minimum publicity in cooperation with the Islamic Waqf which manages the incendiary holy site. The artifacts excavated from the mount, detailed in a paper and presentations at a conference at Hebrew University, are said to include olive pits, animal bones and pottery fragments dating to the time of the First Temple, between the 8th and 6th Centuries BCE.Archaeologists have previously found a limited number of artifacts from First-Temple-period Jerusalem, but none of those finds were uncovered atop the mount itself. Rather, they were recovered from the Ophel excavations to the south of the Mount, and from the Temple Mount Sifting Project, which examines rubble credibly believed to have been removed from the holy site and dumped in the nearby Kidron Valley.“It’s the first time that we’ve found artifacts from this period in situ on the Temple Mount,” Yuval Baruch, the head of the Israel Antiquities Authority Jerusalem region, said Thursday of the discoveries. “As far as the biblical period is concerned, the Temple Mount is a tabula rasa, nobody knows anything,” said Baruch, who headed the archaeological work. It’s still “very limited,” but the tiny fragments of clay and bone are at least something: “It exists.”The digs at the Mount were carried out between 2007 and the past year after the Waqf requested authorization from Israel to perform maintenance work on infrastructure servicing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, the main structures situated atop the Temple Mount. Previous Waqf projects carried out on the Temple Mount, such as construction of the Marwani Mosque in the late 1990s, did not involve cooperation with archaeologists and resulted in the destruction of antiquities and severe tensions between Israel and the Islamic authorities.The IAA had made limited announcements in the past about its activity on the Mount, releasing brief details of First Temple finds, but Thursday’s conference marked the most detailed presentation of the near-decade of work, the finds, and their significance.Excavation of a trench for electric cables in 2007 allowed archaeologists the first opportunity to delve below the surface of the contested holy site since Israel captured it in the 1967 Six Day War. All work was conducted with police escort due to the sensitivity of the site.Although the Waqf received permission from the Israel Police and Electric Corporation to lay the power cable, some archaeologists at the time criticized the operation, saying it wasn’t conducted with “professional and careful archaeological supervision involving meticulous documentation.”Presenting the finds on Thursday after their examination also marked an opportunity for the IAA to rebuff critics who claim the Temple Mount is a scene of archaeological bedlam.While the Temple Mount Sifting Project has rummaged through fill from the holy site excavated during the construction of the Marwani Mosque in the 1990s, these newly described digs were the first archaeological study atop the Temple Mount since the 1930s.The finds on the Temple Mount itself range from a previously undocumented monumental structure believed to be from the 11th and 12th centuries — the period preceding and including the Crusades — to artifacts from Roman times and, unprecedentedly in situ, finds from as far back as the First Temple period.“It’s not an excavation that you go to a place and dig,” Baruch said of the work on the Mount. “It’s more inspection, and in that framework finds are discovered.”Among the most significant of those finds, dug up during the laying of the power cable approximately 400 feet southeast of the Dome of the Rock, was a jumble of remains dating to the First Temple period.“This layer included pottery fragments characterized in the 8th and 7th centuries BCE, as well as animal bones and charred olive pits,” Baruch, Ronny Reich and Deborah Sandhaus, authors of the accompanying paper on the discoveries, wrote. “Carbon 14 dating of the olives yielded dates from the 6th to 8th centuries BCE. This date is confirmed by the dates of the pottery.”Another segment of the same trench turned up a Roman coin dating to 383 CE, and iron arrowheads, which the authors said could be “rare evidence of activity in the Roman period in the courtyard between the raised part of the Temple Mount and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”Additional findings from the work carried out on the Temple Mount by the IAA have yet to be published, Baruch said, including conservation work conducted in Solomon’s Stables, a subterranean vault beneath the Temple Mount’s platform, in the past year.The publication “points to the fact that, despite all the statements and such, we’re on the Temple Mount and working, overseeing, and business is done under the authority of the IAA,” Baruch told The Times of Israel on the sidelines of the conference.————————–Follow Ilan Ben Zion on Twitter and Facebook.

Ministers reportedly approve new hospital, industrial zone, schools-In secret vote, cabinet said to okay Palestinian construction in Area C-Debate on building in Israeli-run area of West Bank reportedly kept under wraps so as not to miff settler leadership-By Alexander Fulbright October 27, 2016, 6:48 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

The security cabinet reportedly approved a series of Palestinian building plans in Area C in the West Bank, in a vote that was held in secret in order not to anger settlers and right-wing activists.According to a report in the Haaretz daily Thursday, the vote took place two weeks ago and was part of a “carrot and stick” plan first announced by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in August. Liberman said that the purpose of the plan was to reward Palestinians who support coexistence while punishing those who support terrorism.A senior Israeli official was quoted in the report as saying that the vote was held in secret because it was a politically sensitive issue. The official noted that the leadership of the settlement movement has a lot of influence in the right-wing Likud and Jewish Home parties and is strongly against any construction for Palestinians in Area C.Area C is the portion of the West Bank that is fully administered by Israel. It comprises some 60% of the total territory in the West Bank and is where the Jewish settlements are located. Palestinians often complain that they are not granted permits to build there and allege that Israel is trying to push them out with an eye to future annexation.Responding to news of the vote, the heads of the Knesset Land of Israel Caucus Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) and Yoav Kish (Likud) called on the cabinet “to fix this embarrassing decision that allows for Palestinian construction during a time in which Jewish settlement is frozen and even destroyed,” according to the right-leaning site Israel National News. They added that the decision “is against the national interest, and we, as representatives of the public, will not accept it and will fight for its cancellation.”The Haaretz report said that the meeting took place on October 5, just after Rosh Hashanah, and was attended by only approximately half of the cabinet’s members. Prime Minister Netanyahu, Liberman, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas), Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud), Construction Minister Yoav Galant (Kulanu), and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) all reportedly voted in favor of the measure. Voting against were Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home).The plan was put together by the head of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COAT), Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, and was presented to the cabinet by Liberman. According to the report, it includes a plan for expanding Palestinian villages in the northern West Bank and the Palestinian city of Qalqilya, an economic corridor between Jericho and Jordan, the building of an industrial area near Nablus, the construction of a hospital in Beit Sahour near Bethlehem, and the construction of preschools and soccer fields in a number of Palestinian villages.The article also noted that a similar measure put forward last year by Netanyahu and then-defense minister Yaalon was thwarted due to fierce opposition from Jewish Home ministers, as well as several of the ministers from Likud. At the time, the Jewish Home ministers threatened to bolt the government and leave the coalition without a Knesset majority should the proposal be approved.

B’Tselem chief: I am not anti-Israel, I am anti-occupation-Hagai El-Ad denies his NGO harms the state, says recent appeal for UN intervention was driven by love of country-By Times of Israel staff October 29, 2016, 8:07 pm

B’Tselem Director Hagai El-Ad on Saturday rejected claims that his recent appearance before the United Nations Security Council, in which he called for world intervention over Israeli settlements, was damaging to the state, saying he was motivated by his love for his homeland.El-Ad told Channel 2 TV’s “Meet the Press” program that his actions were “against the occupation, not against the state.” Furthermore, he said, “We need the world’s help to get out this situation.”The NGO chief sparked fury in Israel over his October 14 appearance at the Security Council session on Israel’s settlements, during which he denounced the “invisible, bureaucratic daily violence” that dominates Palestinian life “from cradle to grave,” including Israeli control over entrance and exit from the territories, and farming rights.El-Ad’s remarks drew fierce condemnation from Israeli politicians, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who vowed he would bar national service volunteers from working with the left-wing human rights organization.By contrast, on Friday, the UN’s special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, Michael Lynk, said he would examine the treatment of human rights defenders in the region in light of “the severe reaction by the Israeli government” to El-Ad’s before the UN Security Council.“Democracy is not rule of one country over another,” El-Ad told “Meet the Press” host Rina Matsliah on Saturday evening, later adding that, “We do everything we do because we care about the country.”He rejected her argument that the UN was wholly anti-Israel, citing friendly member states such as the United States and Britain. The animosity, he insisted, was toward Israel’s occupation of the West Bank land captured in the 1967 Six Day War that the Palestinians claim for their own future state, and not against the country itself.The B’Tselem chief said Netanyahu’s pro-settlement policies were damaging ties with these friendly nations, which he said are opposed to the occupation and believe that the “current situation has become untenable.”He rejected Matsliah’s argument that B’Tselem’s actions, including his appearance at the UN, undermined Israeli sovereignty and said its work had in fact revived a national discussion on the settlements. “If I hadn’t spoken in New York, you wouldn’t be interviewing me now,” he said.El-Ad also rejected the notion that his organization turns a blind eye to Palestinian attacks on Israelis, which have spiraled over the past 12 months, claiming dozens of lives. “We take issue with all forms of violence,” he said.In the wake of El-Ad’s speech at the UN, Coalition Chairman David Bitan (Likud) announced he would introduce a bill banning Israeli citizens from calling for international action against Israel at international bodies.Bitan called for El-Ad to be stripped of his Israeli citizenship for appearing before the Security Council. But after being advised by legal experts that such a move would not be legally possible, the Likud MK was said to be eyeing a legislative path.The MK’s proposal was met with derision on the left, with several lawmakers warning that such proposals could do more to isolate Israel than any speech by a watchdog group.El-Ad also received some unexpected support from two Knesset members who are resolutely on the right of the political spectrum. Likud MK Yehuda Glick, known for his advocacy of Jewish prayer rights on the Temple Mount, tweeted: “Stripping the citizenship from B’Tselem’s director? Why don’t we just hang him in the city square? Far simpler and more efficient! Hello? Have we gone mad? Calm down friends! There are limits.”Jewish Home MK Bezalel Smotrich also tweeted that “There will be no revocation of citizenship for Hagai El-Ad!”B’Tselem responded to Bitan’s comments in a statement saying that “these threats won’t deter us and hundreds of thousands of Israelis who oppose the occupation.”The US also lent its support to B’Tselem, expressing concern about the threats against the organization, while the European Union delegation to Israel tweeted its support for “B’Tselem to maintain human rights of vulnerable Palestinian communities.”

Nonsense, says Liberman's spokesman-Palestinian officials: Liberman ‘conspiring’ to overthrow Abbas, sow chaos-Defense minister is charged with seeking to discredit, dethrone PA leader by partnering with his rival-By Dov Lieber October 27, 2016, 8:04 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

A slew of Palestinian officials accused Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman of sowing strife among Palestinians, while trying to dethrone PA President Mahmoud Abbas by boosting his rivals.The officials were responding to statements made by Liberman — who dismissed the allegations — in an interview with the Palestinian daily Al Quds, published on Monday.In the interview with Al-Quds, the first-ever attempt by the defense minister to speak directly to the Palestinians, Liberman accused Abbas of corruption and of shying away from the difficult decisions necessary to achieve peace.On Wednesday, Adnan Damiri, the official spokesman for the Palestinian Authority’s security forces, seemed to assign to Liberman a portion of the blame for an outbreak of anti-Abbas riots in three Palestinian refugee camps on Tuesday.In a report in the PA’s official news outlet Wafa, entitled “Who’s responsible for the crisis in the camps?” Damiri was quoted as saying Liberman “is managing a conspiracy against the Palestinian people… and seeks to ignite the fire of sedition on the Palestinian streets for personal reasons, or to impose certain figures on society.”Damiri does not specify who Liberman was supposedly seeking to foist on the Palestinians, but was likely referring to Mohammad Dahlan, a bitter political rival of Abbas in the ruling Fatah party who was expelled from Gaza in 2011 by Abbas and now lives in the United Arab Emirates.The refugee camp riots were linked to the firing of a popular Fatah politician, after he called for unity within the party, which would mean reconciliation between Abbas and Dahlan.Since August, Abbas has dismissed five leaders from his party over their support for Dahlan. He also recently fired the Fatah spokesperson in Jerusalem, Rafat Alayan, for the same reason.Since August, Abbas has dismissed five leaders from his party over their support for Dahlan.In an article last week, before the Al Quds interview, Mahmoud Jaraba, a researcher at the Erlangen Center for Islam and Law in Europe, argued that the defense minister’s attacks against Abbas, along with rumors in January 2015 of a secret meeting between Dahlan and Liberman, “helped sow suspicion regarding Israel’s position on the Fatah power struggle.”Jaraba added that some Palestinians believe Liberman might also be part of a plan by Arab countries “to ease” Dahlan back into Fatah. Abbas bitterly opposes this plan.Damiri wasn’t the only high-level official to suggest Liberman and Dahlan are in bed together.On Wednesday, Wafa published statements from eight leading figures of the Palestinian Liberation Organization denouncing the recent statements by Liberman to Al Quds.The PLO is headed by Abbas and is the largest political umbrella organization representing the Palestinians.The eight officials all charged that Liberman has been working to discredit and ultimately overthrow Abbas.Amin Maqbul, secretary-general of the Fatah movement’s Revolutionary Council, however, went a step further, suggesting Liberman was looking for Abbas’s replacement himself.Maqbul warned of Liberman’s “attempts to build relationships with Palestinian figures beyond the national front and to create an alternative leadership.”Maqbul also did not mention Dahlan specifically by name.Liberman’s spokesman Tzahi Moshe, in message to the Times of Israel, called the allegations against the defense minister “nonsense, unworthy of being addressed.”Arab leaders, especially in the so-called Arab Quartet of Jordan, Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, have recently pressured Abbas to patch up differences within Fatah and make peace with Dahlan.Abbas has so far been unwilling to welcome Dahlan back into the fold, and even uncharacteristically lashed out against “the [Arab] capitals” in September, saying: “No one will dictate to us any position or idea.”

Elite border cops train for Islamic State attack inside Israel-Commandos see ongoing operations against smugglers as preparation for day when Sinai-based terrorists try to infiltrate-By Times of Israel staff October 29, 2016, 8:12 pm

An elite Border Police unit is training for the threat of terrorists affiliated with Islamic State infiltrating Israel from across the border with the Sinai Peninsula to carry out an attack.In an Israeli TV report, an officer said the fear was of cells of 15-30 terrorists, armed with anti-tank and a variety of other weapons. He noted the immense danger terror groups in the Sinai pose to Egyptian Army forces.The desert peninsula has long been fertile ground for terror groups including the Sinai Province fighters, which has pledged allegiance to the Syria- and Iraq-based Sunni Islamic State.The Israeli security establishment believes it is only a matter of time before Sinai-based terrorists try to infiltrate and launch attacks inside Israel, Israel’s Channel 10 news reported Friday.The Border Police unit is comprised of counter-terrorism commandos who specialize in critical operations such as the rescue of hostages.A profile of the unit on Channel 10 showed balaclava-clad commandos simulating a hostage-taking situation in Nitzana, a tiny desert community some 3 kilometers (2 miles) from the Israel-Egypt border.The unit allowed Channel 10 to film its drill, as commandos entered a house with guns drawn in a simulation of a hostage situation.“On a day-to-day basis, everything is calm [and] you do what you do, but we know on the other side [of the border] it’s a carnival,” said one Nitzana resident, asked whether he was surprised to see commandos training near his home.Israel has over the past few years built a high fence with sensors along the Egypt border, similar to those along the frontiers with Lebanon and Syria. But an officer in the Border Police unit said terrorists would try to infiltrate the country nonetheless.“I am sure that here, somewhere, there are people observing us,” said one officer, identified only by his first initial R. Asked whether the convoy was being observed from the Egyptian side or the Israeli side, R. answered: “Both. They know how to work, these guys,” intimating that smugglers who bring guns and drugs into Israel have accomplices among the Bedouins living inside the Jewish state.The construction of the fence reduced the number of smuggling operations, but on the other hand, led to smugglers becoming more sophisticated in their methods, he said.In some cases, a “unit” of up to 20 smugglers splits into groups, with some responsible for throwing drugs and ammunition over the fence, and others solely tasked with engaging any Israeli troops and Egyptian soldiers they encounter on the respective sides of the border.On more than one occasion, commandos using civilian vehicles and wearing disguises followed the smugglers into their own villages, arresting them close to their homes, the TV report said.As far as the Border Police is concerned, countering the smugglers serves as training for the day when terrorists try to infiltrate.The military, R. said, is preparing for a scenario similar to the ongoing attacks on the Egyptian army in Sinai.“We envision an attack by around 15, 20 or 30 terrorists. They have anti-tank capabilities, they have tremendous capabilities and should not be underestimated. And I know their goal is to kill as many as they can,” R. said.And how soon could such an attack happen?, R. was asked.“As I said – it’s a matter of making the decision,” he replied. “They have the capabilities, they have the ammunition. They just need to decide.”

A Brooklyn trailblazer becomes America’s first female Hasidic judge-A lawyer, education advocate and NGO entrepreneur, Rachel Freier fought an uphill battle for the bench — but don’t call her a feminist-By Andrew Katz October 29, 2016, 7:06 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

JTA — For much of her adult life, Rachel Freier has been a trailblazer in her Hasidic Brooklyn community of Borough Park: a lawyer, an advocate for higher education, the director of an all-female ambulance service and founder of a nonprofit to aid underprivileged mothers during the Gulf War.Now she has blazed a new trail, this time on a national stage, becoming the first Hasidic women elected to public office in the United States.Last month, Freier was the victor in the race for civil court judge in New York City’s 5th Civil Court District, serving Borough Park and other sections of Brooklyn including Bensonhurst and Coney Island.“It feels great. It feels wonderful!” said Freier, 51, better known as “Ruchie” to her friends and family, when asked about her upset victory. “I feel grateful to God that He allowed me to reach this position.”Freier is OK with “trailblazer,” but don’t call her a feminist.“’The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social and economic equality with men,’” she reads off Google as soon as the subject is brought up.“I’m not here to fight to be equal to men,” she explains. “Judaism puts women on a platform… When the Sabbath comes, I have my mitzvos; I light my candles and say my prayers. My husband goes to the synagogue and prays with the men. I’m not going to say I’m going to fight for his mitzvah.”Freier wants other women, particularly in haredi Orthodox communities, to take her example.“I hope that in the future, more women from my background will realize that it’s not mutually exclusive, that you can have goals and achieve them without compromising any of the standards we have,” says Freier, a mother of six and a grandmother.-‘Judaism puts women on a platform’-Raised in Boro Park, Freier attended Brooklyn Law School part time while raising a family, eventually practicing law in offices in Brooklyn and Monroe, New York, and serving on the community board in Borough Park.Freier made her mark on her community even before her election as judge. When she saw that the haredi yeshiva system sometimes left students insufficiently educated to cope in the wider world, she took action, founding B’Derech in conjunction with Bramson College.Since 2013, B’Derech (Hebrew for “on the path”) permits yeshiva-educated men to obtain their high school equivalency diplomas and even associate degrees, thus positioning themselves more competitively in the job market, while retaining close ties with their religious communities.As she told the Forward regarding B’Derech and the existing yeshiva system: “I am not here to change it, but I am here to supplement it.”Shortly after she founded B’Derech, some women came to her in need of assistance in creating their own volunteer ambulance corps, especially for women in childbirth. While Jewish law permits male EMTs to provide care for women in a health care crisis, many devout women prefer to be treated by other women.She responded by obtaining her own certification as an emergency medical technician and the support of some key religious and community leaders, including Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind.The Borough Park women’s corps, Ezras Nashim (literally “women’s aid”), funds its own training and emergency gear. The service recently announced plans to expand into Crown Heights.Along the way, Freier has earned awards for pro bono service to the family courts, sat on Bar Association committees and founded Chasdei Devorah, a nonprofit relief organization in memory of a young friend.Freier’s path to the bench began in a courtroom very much like the one in which she now wields a gavel. During her undergraduate years, she spent hours in the Civil Court presided over by her uncle, Judge David Schmidt. New York state requires attorneys to have practiced at least a decade before standing in for a judgeship. Schmidt’s retirement in 2015 happened to coincide with Freier’s 10th year of practice.Many might see pure serendipity at play here, but to Freier it was an example of “hashgacha pratis” — the hand of God guiding circumstances.So the path was clear but the incline steep. Freier’s principal opponent was Mordechai Avigdor. Well-known, connected and Orthodox, Avigdor would fill the 5th District Civil Court bench the way one of Nathan’s Famous fills a bun.Rounding out the field was a candidate with a more secular background, Jill Epstein.For help in her uphill battle, Freier reached out to Yossi Gestetner of Axle Communications and Gary Tilzer to manage her campaign. Tilzer, known for bucking the party machine, already was managing Odessa Kennedy’s borough-wide campaign for civil court.“I put Ruchie together with Odessa to campaign in Bay Ridge and Sunset Park,” Tilzer said. “Odessa did very well among Irish Catholic and Asian voters there and brought in votes for Ruchie at the same time.”Freier may have been expected to face some backlash from the more conservative elements of the Borough Park religious community, but that did not appear to be the case.-‘Such a vote outcome is a huge success for a first-time woman candidate’-“We had a dozen rabbinical voices who publicly backed the candidacy in addition to women rabbinical leaders who also backed the candidacy,” Gestetner said. “Multiple Yiddish-language publications actually interviewed the candidate and were very fair to her. The vote in Borough Park was split in half. Such a vote outcome is a huge success for a first-time, non-establishment, woman candidate. So not only was there no backlash, there were thumbs-up all around.”Schmidt, who had told Freier, “If you still want to be a judge, now is your chance,” when he retired, advised her strategically. She succeeded despite lacking endorsements from any of the big three area politicians — Hikind, City Council member David Greenfield and State Senator Simcha Felder.If anything, Tilzer said, it was the absence of endorsements by the party luminaries that gave Freier a leg up in Borough Park.-‘While I was running on the anti-establishment ticket, I’m not anti-establishment’-“While I was running on the anti-establishment ticket, I’m not anti-establishment,” Freier explained. “People told me that they couldn’t endorse me, but they were voting for me.”Stumbles by her rivals also helped. The Daily News ran an article exposing Avigdor’s growing ethical and legal problems stemming from his failure to account for more than $500,000 from an estate of which he was an executor. Shortly afterward, Epstein ran afoul of campaign finance laws with a dubious $250,000 loan that showed no sign of being paid back by primary day.Along with several Jewish and Yiddish-language publications, the Daily News endorsed Freier.Nevertheless, “We didn’t see it coming,” Freier said of the election victory.- “We had no idea. Our celebration was completely spontaneous.”-Reaction from other elected officials has been overwhelmingly positive.“This changes the conversation about what the community’s doing,” City Council member Antonio Reynoso said when asked about Freier’s victory. “And I’m really proud, really happy about that.”Freier said, “The important thing was to do this without compromising my family.”Watching her husband David, a commercial mortgage broker, beam with pride and admiration as his wife spoke to supporters during a fundraiser at their home about a month before the primary suggested that her family was very much on board and, to a degree, shared her political aspirations.-‘The important thing was to do this without compromising my family’-Her judicial aspirations, meanwhile, are contained perhaps in how she talks about her decision to champion Ezras Nashim. From a strictly legal standpoint, a female EMT corps isn’t necessary.“But ‘pikuach nefesh’ [saving a life] is out there,” Freier said, gesturing toward the wider world, “while I am in here.”The distinction is between an abstract legal concept and what is, for a haredi woman, a lifelong and very personal practice. The challenge is enforcing the former without compromising the latter.As Freier told Tachlis magazine, “I think we ought to take advantage [of the changed legal landscape] and ensure we get the perspective of a heimish Jewish woman on the bench.”

 

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JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

DANIEL 7:23-24
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)

LUKE 2:1-3
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2  (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

CETA: Canada-EU trade deal signed by Justin Trudeau, EU officials-By Mike Blanchfield The Canadian Press-0ct 30,16-globeandmail   

BRUSSELS – Justin Trudeau  and European leaders have signed Canada’s free trade deal with the European Union in Brussels.The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, known as CETA, was reached after seven years of negotiation.Trudeau had initially expected to sign the deal in Brussels days ago, but the restive Belgian region of Wallonia nearly killed the deal because of its opposition to the pact’s investor-state dispute settlement mechanism.Everybody say "CETA!" PM Trudeau poses for photo with EU leaders after signing free trade deal in Brussels. pic.twitter.com/jBySHD77H1— Jeff Semple (@JeffSempleGN) October 30, 2016-The Prime Minister’s Office says Trudeau spoke on Friday with European Council president Donald Tusk, who confirmed the texts of the deal, along with a side agreement known as the Strategic Partnership Agreement, had been approved for signature.The deal’s supporters say it will boost trade by billions through cuts in tariffs across a broad swath of sectors including agriculture, pharmaceuticals and the auto industry.The prime minister’s trip to Brussels got off to a bit of a bumpy start, with a mechanical problem forcing his flight to return to Ottawa about 30 minutes after it took off Saturday night. After more than an hour on the ground the flight left again and continued on to Belgium without further incident.The Canadian Press.

Trudeau finally signs CETA free trade deal with European Union, but admits work is ‘just beginning’-The Canadian Press | October 30, 2016 1:31 PM ET-nationalpost

BRUSSELS — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revelled in a long-awaited moment Sunday — signing Canada’s free trade deal with the European Union, but not before recognizing the challenges ahead to bring it fully into force.Trudeau expressed hope that the so-called provisional application of the deal — approval only by the Canadian and European parliaments but not Europe’s 28 states and myriad regional governments — might happen within months.That, said Trudeau, would result in 98 per cent of the deal coming into force. That’s much higher than the 90-per cent estimate that most European and Canadian officials have said would accompany provisional application of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, known as CETA.Trudeau had initially expected to sign the deal in Brussels days ago, but the restive Belgian region of Wallonia nearly killed it because its opposition to the pact’s investor-state dispute settlement mechanism gave it a veto under Belgium’s complicated constitution.After seven arduous years of negotiation, Trudeau joined presidents of the European Council and European Commission, Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, and signed the massive 1,600-page pact and its accompanying strategic partnership agreement.The road to full ratification remains long. After Trudeau and his EU counterparts took a moment Sunday to revel in the milestone, the prime minister was willing to acknowledge it would take more than ceremony to fully ratify the deal.“The work is only just beginning right now,” Trudeau said.“It’s not just signing the accords, as difficult and important as that is. It’s about the followup, that we continue to demonstrate and give tools to small and medium sized businesses.”Trudeau didn’t betray a hint of bitterness towards the socialist regional government of Wallonia, led by Paul Magnette, which picked up the anti-CETA baton that had flourished previously in France, Germany and Austria.The latest obstacle to CETA was removed Friday when Wallonia officially voted to withdraw its opposition to the deal, paving the way for Trudeau’s trip.“The fact that throughout people were asking tough questions of a deal that will have a significant impact on our economies, and giving us the opportunity to demonstrate that that impact will be positive, is a good thing,” Trudeau said.“That is what a democracy is: we need to have a whole chorus of different voices, able to share their concerns.”Trudeau also praised the support he received from the government of Quebec’s Liberal Premier Philippe Couillard, who was in Brussels along with one of his predecessors, Jean Charest, one of CETA’s early boosters.International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland called it a great day for Europe.More than a week ago, Freeland walked out of talks in Belgium, saying it appeared the EU was incapable of signing an agreement.“OK we did it!” she blurted out during a photo opportunity following the signing ceremony.The deal’s supporters say it will boost trade by billions through cuts in tariffs across a broad swath of sectors including agriculture, pharmaceuticals and the auto industry.But opposition among anti-trade activists and left-wing political parties in some European countries has been fierce and nearly blocked the deal. On a sleepy Sunday morning in the largely shuttered EU capital, Trudeau’s entourage was greeted by a small but vocal group of protesters at the European Council.Trudeau acknowledged the discontent but said political leaders had to work to overcome it.“That leadership that we were able to show between Canada and Europe is not just something that will reassure our own citizens but should be an example to the world of how we can move forward on trade deals that do genuinely benefit everyone,” Trudeau said.With the Liberals and Conservatives both favouring the deal, its approval will sail through Parliament.But Europe is another matter.The European Parliament must approve CETA. Before leaving Brussels, Trudeau met with its leader, Martin Schulz, the German social democrat.Trudeau thanked Schulz for his leadership on CETA and said he wanted to “thank him in advance” for the work he will do to get it “ratified quickly.”The European Parliament’s approval is expected by many to come in early 2017.But the deal must be ratified by the EU’s 28 countries and several more smaller regional governments such as Wallonia. That process could take years, and could be derailed.Gus Van Harten, an Osgoode Hall law professor who specializes in trade, said he believes the European Parliament will likely approve the deal, but the foreign investor protection mechanism will likely pose problems in the future. That’s because national and regional governments have the ability to block it, ending the provisional application of the deal.“The inclusion of the foreign investor protection system in the CETA was a dubious decision and political gamble from the start, and it has now blown up in a lot of faces,” said Van Harten. “CETA as a whole remains in jeopardy regardless of signature.”Sunday was not the first time Brussels witnessed the pomp and circumstance of a CETA signing ceremony.In October 2013, former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper flew to Brussels with great fanfare and signed an agreement in principle with European Commissioner Jose Manuel Barroso.In September 2014, Harper hosted Barroso and at another signing ceremony in Ottawa to mark the end of negotiations.But while they were celebrating in Ottawa, the seeds of discontent with the investor protection chapter were flowering in Germany. After the Liberals won power a year later, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel — a major opponent of that chapter — would find himself working with Freeland to strengthen that section of the agreement.

EU, U.S. trade deal not dead yet: EU's Malmstrom-[Reuters]-By Robert-Jan Bartunek-October 29, 2016-yahoonews

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A much-debated trade deal between the European Union and the United States is not dead and negotiations will continue with the new U.S. administration after November's elections, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Saturday.A similar agreement between the EU and Canada can finally be signed on Sunday after resistance from Belgian local governments led to a last-minute blockade of the agreement which was seven years in the making.Paul Magnette, the premier of Belgium's region of Wallonia who led opposition to the Canadian trade deal, told his parliament on Friday that with the concessions he managed to agree, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was "dead and buried".Malmstrom said she disagreed with that assessment and work would continue with the new U.S. administration."TTIP is not dead, but TTIP is not yet an agreement," she told reporters after a ceremony in Brussels, in which Belgium signed its addendum to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada."The U.S. election will naturally bring the negotiations to a pause and we will resume after with the new administration," she added.Both TTIP and CETA have sparked demonstrations by unions and protest groups who say the agreements will lead to a 'race to the bottom' in labor, environmental and public health standards and allow big business to challenge democratically elected governments across Europe.Washington and Brussels were committed to sealing TTIP before President Barack Obama leaves office in January, but both sides now recognize that this will not happen.Some European politicians have called for TTIP talks to be halted and relaunched after the U.S. presidential elections with greater transparency, clearer goals and a different name.Malmstrom said lessons from the Canadian negotiations would aid in making a deal with the United States."Some of the experiences, some of the procedures that we have experienced with CETA, will also be reflected in our work on TTIP," she said.(Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; Editing by Stephen Powell)

NATO 'Posing a Threat to the Whole World Like Hitler's Germany'AP-(updated 21:28 27.10.2016)

The North Atlantic Alliance has violated national freedom, sovereignty and democracy instead of promoting peace and stability, Croatian politician Ivan Pernar of the Zivi Zid coalition told Sputnik, comparing the bloc to Nazi Germany. "Brussels is nervous since there are people who question … fairytales of EU bureaucrats about a better life in the European Union, as well as so-called peace and stability ensured by NATO. In fact NATO has ensured the opposite. The alliance has violated and trampled down on national freedom and sovereignty instead of protecting them. NATO supports overthrowing legitimate governments through bombings instead of advocating democracy," Pernar said. US troops land with parachutes at the military compound near Torun, central Poland, on June 7, 2016, as part of the NATO Anaconda-16 military exercise © AFP 2016/ JANEK SKARZYNSKI NATO Buildup in Eastern Europe: 'We've Only Seen the Tip of the Iceberg' Ivan Pernar is a Croatian activist and politician, member of the Zivi Zid populist political party (literally translated as "Living Wall"). He is well-known in the country for organized demonstrations in February 2011 outside the Croatian government building aimed at forcing the resignation of then-Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor. Demonstrations turned into to mass protests and Pernar was arrested several times for disturbing public order. After the demostrations he founded the Alliance for Change party, which turned later into Zivi Zid political party. As its candidate Ivan Pernar was elected to the Croatian Parliament in 2016. The politician insisted that NATO is "posing a threat" to the whole world, "just like Germany under Hitler." The Croatian politician praised Moscow for its independent stance in the international arena. "If not for Russia, no one would have stood up to this. The United States would have been able to bomb and doom to destruction any country that does not want to serve [Washington's] interests," he said. Croatian politician Ivan Pernar Ivan Pernar Croatian politician Ivan Pernar Pernar was also convinced that Croatians have realized that NATO brings "only harm," pointing to the massive influx of refugees which the European Union has struggled to deal with. Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations forces ride in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016 © AFP 2016/ DELIL SOULEIMAN Washington Making 'Extremely Weird Mistakes' in Syria "The wave of refugees who we must take care of is a direct consequence of Washington's activities around the world. The US is playing stupid: at first they cause chaos and then they say that you should sort it out by yourself. It's impossible to imagine Russia do something like this," he said. The politician cited Moscow's limited military engagement in Syria as an example. The politician cited Moscow's limited military engagement in Syria as an example. "Russia's operation in Syria is based on international law. Moscow was invited by the legitimate Syrian government. At the same time Washington's intervention, like all its operations, does not have a legal basis. This is why the US has opposed the International Criminal Court (ICC) based in The Hague. No one can put US presidents and generals on trial. The United States does not punish itself and no one else is capable or dares to," he said.

France: London cannot remain EU banking hub By Andrew Rettman-OCT 29,16-EUOBSERVER

BRUSSELS, Today, 18:57-French finance minister Michel Sapin has said London cannot still be the EU’s banking hub after the UK leaves the bloc.“The first marketplace for euro-exchanges is London. Almost all the important chambers are in London. Is this a sustainable position after Brexit? I don’t believe so”, he said at the Tatra congress in Bratislava on Friday (28 October).“Be it a hard Brexit or a soft Brexit, this cannot go on after Brexit. Those who think that after Brexit things can be just as before are making a major mistake”, he added.The UK aims to start talks with the EU on the terms of their divorce at the end of March.The British government has said it wants to retain full access to the single market, but also to curb EU immigration.EU leaders have said it cannot have both, with one potential casualty being the loss of “passporting rights” for London-based firms to do business in the rest of Europe.Dublin, Frankfurt, Milan, and Paris - the EU’s other financial hubs - stand to gain if there is a banking exodus from London.Sapin on Friday said he wants to cooperate with the City of London in future.“Are we going to go into a war with London? Of course not”, he said.Zdenek Turek, the CEO of Citibank Europe, a Dublin-based offshoot of a US bank with operations in 21 EU countries, said at the Tatra congress on Saturday that Brexit uncertainty is causing headaches in his sector.“Everybody is looking at the worst case scenario because there’s no lead from the politicians now on what’s going to happen”, he said.“Today, in every bank of a certain size, you have a department looking at what might happen if there’s a complete breakdown of passporting”, he added.He said UK banks’ loss of access to the EU would lead to higher costs for firms and their clients.He also said the idea that the Brexit talks would settle the issues in just two years, as planned, is unrealistic.“You need a transition period, at least in our industry … There’s a danger of cliff effect - the old agreement is gone and the new one is not in place yet,” he said.The Tatra event also saw a broader debate on the future of eurozone integration and related projects, such as the EU banking union, after the UK has left.-European house-German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Friday that “our European house” is “badly in need of repair”.He said the political climate is not right to rewrite the EU treaty to create a fiscal union, but he said eurozone integration should continue at a more pragmatic level.“We should continue with [integration of] the banking sector, push forward on capital markets union, to stick to the fiscal rules that we have agreed”, he said.Finance commissioner Pierre Moscovici said “I’m a federalist like him [Schaeuble], and, like him, a realist”, adding that fiscal union is “not for tomorrow”.Ivan Korcok, Slovakia’s EU affairs minister, said euro-integration is one of the few areas where there is support from both the political elites and the general public to go further.Citibank’s Turek said the business community would like to see further banking harmonisation, stricter EU budgetary discipline, and labour market reforms to make it easier to sack people for the sake of competitiveness.Recalling Schaeuble’s “European house”, Turek said: “We’ll all have to move and live and that house and give up our little houses where we love today … national sovereignty will have to be further surrendered”.

Germany wants EU fund to enforce fiscal rules By Andrew Rettman-OCT 29,16-EUOBSERVER

Bratislava, Today, 07:44-Germany has said that “neutral” bodies, such as the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), should take over from the European Commission on implementing fiscal rules.Speaking at the Tatra Summit, a conference in Bratislava, on Friday (28 October), German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said that the commission was becoming too “political” to do the job right.“In some ways, the commission must move in the direction of becoming a European government, but when it’s a matter of implementing the rules we need some neutral institutions”, he said.He said that, as a federalist, he would prefer a full-blown fiscal union and joint eurozone government.He said that, since there is no appetite for EU treaty change, the bloc should instead use existing instruments, such as the ESM, its financial emergency fund, to “repair” the way it works.The commission has let France and Italy off the hook on budget deficits. It also decided last summer not to impose sanctions on Spain and Portugal.It did it in part because France was heading into elections with the anti-EU National Front party posing a threat.Italy was struggling with earthquake reconstruction and refugee costs, as well as a referendum that could catapult an anti-euro party, the 5 Star Movement, into power.Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker recently also said that France got flexibility “because it’s France” - a remark which indicated that big EU states could break rules with impunity.“That is a philosophy that doesn’t work for the European Union”, Schaeuble said on Friday.Citing a remark by European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi, Schaeuble added: “If finance ministers don’t stick to the rules they’ve given themselves, where will trust come from in our currency?”.-Because it’s France-Pierre Moscovici, the EU finance commissioner and former French finance minister, defended Juncker’s comments at the Bratislava debate.“Our president [Juncker] loves France. What he said was maybe just a sign of sympathy”, Moscovici said.“There is no discrimination in the commission no matter what the colour of the country, its political family, or its size. We have just one compass - the rules”, he said.He said the commission is “political” to the extent that it takes into account the specific situation in member states when deciding whether to implement sanctions.He said events such as earthquakes, refugees, and national elections “should be taken into consideration”.“I’m not very enthusiastic about that”, he said on Schaeuble’s ESM idea.He said the ESM, or similar bodies, such as the European Systemic Risk Board, which were set up during the financial crisis, were “purely financial and technical” with “no democratic control over that”.“No. I think this [fiscal monitoring] should still be in the commission”, he said.He said the current set up works because, despite the commission’s flexibility, eurozone budget deficits fell from more than 6 percent in 2010 to some 2 percent today.One of Moscovici’s advisors told EUobserver that Schaeuble’s ESM idea did not amount to a serious proposal at this stage.“It’s not even an academic discussion. He [Schaeuble] just made a remark to press and the commissioner responded”, the aide said.-Jobs not concepts-The French and the Italian finance ministers, who also took part in Friday’s debate in the Slovak capital, backed the EU commissioner.France’s Michel Sapin said that if the commission threw the book at France it could give ammunition to the National Front.He said the ESM approach would only work if fiscal rules were a matter of red or green lights, but that, in reality, “we often talk about flexibilities when we are somewhere between the red and green”.Sapin added that the word “political” is all too often used negatively. “It is not [negative]. It’s about a very fine assessment of the situation and seeing how rules can be applied flexibly”, he said.Italy’s Pier Carlo Padoan said average people are more interested in jobs than in abstract financial concepts.“Most Europeans don’t know what 'banking union' or 'surplus product' are. They want jobs. They want to know if their kids will have jobs … We need more instruments that link financial stability and discipline to jobs and growth”, he said.He said Italy should be rewarded for “doing a service to Europe” by policing its southern border and by taking care of asylum seekers coming from Libya.“Of course the rules must be respected, but sometimes the rules are badly designed”, he said.

WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)

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

WORLD TERRORISM

GENESIS 6:11-13
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.

GENESIS 16:11-12
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)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
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)

JOHN 16:2
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)

Iran-backed Iraqi Shi'ite militias plan to fight with Assad in Syria-[Reuters]-October 29, 2016-yahoonews

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A coalition of Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi'ite militia plans to cross the border into Syria to fight alongside President Bashar al-Assad after "clearing" Islamic State militants from Iraq, a militia spokesman said on Saturday.Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen are already fighting on Assad's side in the country's civil war, and the coalition is currently participating in an Iraqi government offensive to recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State. The announcement by the coalition, known as Hashid Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization, would formalise its involvement in Syria."After clearing all our land from these terrorist gangs, we are fully ready to go to any place that contains a threat to Iraqi national security," Ahmed al-Asadi, a spokesman for the Shi'ite coalition, told a news conference in Baghdad.(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed)

Air strike kills 17 in Yemen, exiled president rejects peace plan-[Reuters]-October 29, 2016-yahoonews

SANAA (Reuters) - At least 17 civilians were killed in Yemen's southwestern province of Taiz on Saturday by a Saudi-led coalition air strike that struck a house, local officials and residents said.The raid targeted a house in the al-Salw district, the sources said, an area of Taiz where Houthi rebels and government forces backed by the coalition are fighting for control. Taiz is Yemen's third largest city with an estimated pre-war population of 300,000.The Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who hold much of the north of Yemen including the capital Sanaa, since March 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognised President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power.The exiled Hadi on Saturday rejected a U.N. peace proposal to end the turmoil saying the deal would only be a path to more war and destruction.Speaking after meeting U.N. envoy Ismail Ould Cheickh Ahmed in Riyadh, Hadi said the agreement would "reward the rebels and penalise the Yemeni people and legitimacy," according to the government-controlled Saba news agency.According to a copy of the proposal seen by Reuters, the plan would sideline Hadi and set up a government of less divisive figures.The deal would involve removing Hadi's powerful vice president, Ali Mushin al-Ahmar Ahmar from power and Hadi agreeing to become little more than a figurehead after a Houthi withdrawal from the capital Sanaa.Hadi fled the armed advance of the Iranian-allied Houthi movement in March 2015 and has been a guest of neighbouring Saudi Arabia ever since.A U.N. Security Council resolution a month later recognised him as the legitimate head of state and called on the Houthis to disarm and quit Yemen's main cities. But the Houthis and their allies in Yemen's army have said he will never return.The conflict in Yemen has killed at least 10,000 people and unleashed one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.(Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari; Writing by Maha El Dahan; editing by Richard Balmforth)

Bomb-laden car explodes near central bank in Yemen's Aden: sources-[Reuters]-October 29, 2016-YAHOONEWS

ADEN (Reuters) - A car laden with explosives blew up near the headquarters of Yemen's central bank in the southern city of Aden on Saturday and five people were injured, local security sources said.Security guards fired at the car as it moved at high speed toward the bank's building and it then blew up, they said.The blast caused minor damage to the building in a central district of Aden known as Crater and two cars nearby, one belonging to security guards and the other to a private citizen, caught fire and burned.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.It was believed to be the first attempt to target the central bank since President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's decision in September to appoint a new governor and move its headquarters from the capital Sanaa, controlled by Houthi rebels, to the southern port city of Aden, where his government is based.Hadi is backed by a Saudi-led Arab coalition that has been trying to roll back gains made by the Iran-aligned Houthis since 2014 and restore the president to power.(Reporting by Mohammed Mukhashaf; writing by Maha El Dahan; editing by Mark Heinrich)

Roadside explosion in Egypt's North Sinai kills senior military officer-[Reuters]-October 29, 2016-YAHOONEWS

CAIRO (Reuters) - A senior military officer and one soldier were killed on Saturday by a roadside explosion in Egypt's North Sinai where the government faces an Islamic State-led insurgency, security sources told Reuters.Hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed in the insurgency and there have also been attacks in Cairo and other cities.Militant groups appear to be stepping up attacks with the emergence of a new group calling itself the Revolution Brigade which claimed responsibility for the killing of a brigadier general, a commander in North Sinai, outside his home on the outskirts of Cairo last week.That attack came just one week after Islamic State guerrillas ambushed a military checkpoint killing 12 Egyptian soldiers in the town of Bir al-Abd, the first major attack in the central Sinai area, which had so far escaped the militant Islamists' campaign.[8N1CL0GK]-Military and police sources who did not wish to be identified told Reuters that Saturday's explosion was a targeted attack on Colonel Rami Hassanein, who was killed while travelling in an armoured vehicle just outside North Sinai's Sheikh Zuweid.One other soldier was killed and three others were injured in the attack, the sources said.Egypt's military has not released a statement on the incident and was not available for comment.An Islamist insurgency in the rugged and thinly populated Sinai Peninsula gained pace after the military overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's oldest Islamist movement, in mid-2013 following mass protests against his rule.The militant group staging the insurgency pledged allegiance to Islamic State in 2014 and adopted the name Sinai Province.(Reporting by Ahmed Mohamed Hassan and Mohamed Abdellah; Writing by Eric Knecht; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

German minister ups rhetoric against takeovers ahead of China trip-[Reuters]-By Michael Nienaber-October 29, 2016-yahoonews

BERLIN (Reuters) - China is strategically buying up key technologies in Germany while protecting its own companies against foreign takeovers with "discriminatory requirements", German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Saturday.Gabriel, also vice chancellor and leader of Germany's Social Democrats, heads to China next week after having ratcheted up tensions with Beijing by putting the brakes on the latest Chinese takeovers of German technology companies.In a guest column for Die Welt newspaper, Gabriel urged the European Union to ensure a level playing field and adopt a tougher approach with China."Nobody can expect Europe to accept such foul play of trade partners," Gabriel wrote, adding that Germany was one of the most open economies for foreign direct investments.In China, on the contrary, foreign direct investments by European companies are being hampered and takeovers are only approved under discriminatory requirements, he said."But China itself is going on a shopping tour here with a long list of interesting companies - with the clear intention of acquiring strategically important key technologies."Under German law, the government can block takeovers only if they jeopardise energy security, defence or financial stability.Gabriel is pushing for a Europe-wide safeguard clause which could stop foreign takeovers of firms whose technology is deemed strategic for the future economic success of the region.-WARNING ON WTO STATUS-The minister said China would not be granted the important status as a market economy under the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) if it did not change course."If China wants to get the market economy status, then it also has to act accordingly," Gabriel told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in an interview.The EU is debating whether to grant China "market economy status" from December, which Beijing says is its right 15 years after joining the WTO.Market economy status would make it harder for Europe to impose anti-dumping duties on Chinese goods sold at knock-down prices because it would change the method for determining a fair price.Despite her deputy's tough words, Chancellor Angela Merkel views China as a strategically important partner, not only to do business with but also in foreign policy. It remains one of Germany's most important trading partners and 60 business executives will join Gabriel on his five-day trip.This year to date, Chinese investors have racked up 47 deals to buy German targets with a total volume of 10.3 billion euros ($11.3 billion), according to Thomson Reuters data, compared with 29 deals worth 263 million euros in the whole of 2015.Deputy Economy Minister Michael Machnig told the Financial Times that Berlin was worried about takeovers that seemed to be driven by the Chinese government or were about gaining access to German technology."We need to have the powers to really investigate deals when it is clear that they are driven by industrial policy or to enable technology transfers," he said. "When necessary, in exceptional cases, maybe even to say we're not going to allow (them)."Gabriel's visit comes a week after his ministry withdrew approval for Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund (FGC) to buy chip equipment maker Aixtron, citing security concerns.The government is also scrutinising the sale of Osram's general lighting lamps business Ledvance to a consortium of Chinese buyers.Gabriel has struck increasingly protectionist tones since Chinese home appliance maker Midea made overtures back in May for robot-maker Kuka - a national champion in Germany's push to hook up machinery to the Internet.(Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Alison Williams and Stephen Powell)

Clinton email problem resurfaces as FBI announces review-[Reuters]-By Mark Hosenball and Jonathan Allen-October 29, 2016-YAHOONEWS

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating more emails as part of a probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email system, it said on Friday, in a new twist that could damage the Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential race.Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said in a letter to senior lawmakers that the agency would determine whether the additional emails contained classified information, adding that he did not know "how long it will take us to complete this additional work."The announcement came as Clinton and Republican opponent Donald Trump enter the final stretch of campaigning ahead of the Nov. 8 election.In a news conference late on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa, Clinton urged Comey to release more details about what the FBI was looking for in the newly discovered emails.She leads Trump in opinion polls after a bruising campaign in which she has struggled to convince voters that she is trustworthy and honest. Fresh revelations about her use of email are unlikely to assuage those concerns, and questions around the FBI investigation will now likely dog her in the coming days as she campaigns across battleground states.U.S. stocks immediately fell sharply on the news, but went on to partially recover.The FBI spent about a year investigating Clinton's use of the unauthorised server at her home in Chappaqua, New York, while she was U.S. secretary of state after classified government secrets were found in some of her emails.Comey said in July that while "there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case."Although Comey recommended no criminal charges be brought against Clinton, Trump has repeatedly said her email practices are criminal and should disqualify her for office. He seized on Friday's development at rallies in Maine and New Hampshire."This is the biggest political scandal since Watergate, and I'm sure it will be properly handled from this point forward," Trump told a crowd in Lisbon, Maine."We hope that all, all justice will be fully served," he said. Supporters cheered his words and chanted, "Lock her up."Clinton said she had learned of the newly discovered emails from news reports."I'm confident whatever they are will not change the conclusion reached in July," she said. "That’s why it’s incumbent upon the FBI to tell us what’s going on."-WEINER-Two sources close to the investigation said the latest emails were discovered not during an investigation into Clinton, but rather as part of a separate probe into Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.The FBI has been investigating illicit text messages allegedly sent from Weiner to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina, and found the Clinton emails on a device related to that investigation, the sources said.Abedin told federal investigators in April that she used several email accounts for her work, including a Yahoo email, according to a summary of the interview released by the FBI in September. She said it was difficult to print from the State Department's email system so she routinely forwarded documents to her private accounts when she needed to print them out, according to the summary.Abedin announced her separation from Weiner in August after a sex scandal similar to an earlier incident that led him to resign from the U.S. Congress.Lawyers representing Abedin did not respond to questions sent by email on Friday. Weiner did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment, and he did not respond to phone calls.Hank Sheinkopf, a Democratic strategist who had previously advised former President Bill Clinton but has no role with Hillary Clinton's campaign, said the linking of Clinton's email woes with Weiner's sex scandals made it harder for her campaign to distinguish itself from Trump's sex scandals."The whole campaign is now smeared with sex, corruption and scandal," he said. "Nobody remembers the beginning of something, they only remember the end. What are they going to remember? They're all the same: sex, scandal, corruption, emails. People are going to have trouble sorting out all this information."-"EXTRAORDINARY"-Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, said it was "extraordinary" for the FBI to release the letter so close to the end of a hotly contested election."The Director owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what he is now examining," Podesta said in a statement. "We are confident this will not produce any conclusions different from the one the FBI reached in July."Clinton has repeatedly apologized for using the private email server in her home instead of a government email account for her work as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. She has said she did not knowingly send or receive classified information.While the FBI probe of new emails will likely prove a distraction to Clinton in the coming days, it was unclear what impact it would have when Americans go to the polls. Election experts say about 20 percent of ballots have already been cast, as more Americans vote by mail or go to the polls early."A lot of concern about the emails has already been baked into this electoral cake I think," said Linda Fowler, a professor of government at Dartmouth College. "They know she did it, they know it was inappropriate and, failing some sensational revelation on Nov. 6, it's hard to see that it's going to make that big a difference."Still, Republican lawmakers, who are facing a difficult fight to keep their majorities in both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, leaped to condemn Clinton.House Speaker Paul Ryan reiterated his call that the Democratic nominee be barred from briefings involving classified information until the investigation is over. Reince Priebus, the head of the Republican National Committee, said the FBI's decision to look into the emails shows "how serious this discovery must be."Clinton did not respond to reporters' shouted questions about the news when she left her plane for a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.U.S. stocks declined in a volatile session on Friday but partially recovered from the sharp drop spurred by the FBI announcement. The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> closed the day down about 9 points, or .05 percent, while the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was unchanged on the day. The dollar also fell against major currencies.(Additional reporting by Susan Heavey, Julia Harte and Andy Sullivan in Washington, Steve Holland in Manchester, New Hampshire, Jeff Mason in Des Moines, Iowa, and Sam Forgione and Nate Raymond in New York)

Clinton battles to quell resurgent email crisis days ahead of election-Democratic candidate says she wants ‘full facts’ out immediately; Trump accuses her of corruption ‘on scale never seen before’-By Julie Pace and KATHLEEN HENNESSEY October 29, 2016, 8:07 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — For more than a year, Hillary Clinton has been a reluctant participant in the email controversy that has dogged her campaign, responding defensively to inquiries — and often only when there’s a political imperative to do so.On Friday, the imperative was clear.The email issue flared up unexpectedly just over a week from Election Day, threatening Clinton’s lead over Republican Donald Trump. The FBI announced it was looking into whether there was classified information on a device belonging to Anthony Weiner, the disgraced ex-congressman who is separated from longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin.Clinton stepped in swiftly, holding a brief, hastily arranged news conference in a high school choir room in Des Moines, Iowa. She challenged FBI Director James Comey to release the full details of the new investigation, citing the crucial phase of the White House race.“We are 11 days out from perhaps the most important national election of our lifetimes. Voting is already underway in our country,” Clinton said. “So the American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately. The director himself has said he doesn’t know whether the emails referenced in his letter are significant or not.”Clinton said neither she nor her advisers had been contacted by the FBI about the new inquiry.The news arrived with Clinton holding a solid advantage in the presidential race. Early voting has been underway for weeks, and she has a steady lead in preference polls, both nationally and in key battleground states.The development all but ensures that, even should she win the White House, the Democrat and several of her closest aides would celebrate a victory under a cloud of investigation.Trump leapt on the FBI’s disclosure, accusing Clinton of corruption “on a scale we have never seen before” and called it the biggest scandal “since Watergate.”“We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office,” Trump said during a rally in New Hampshire.Clinton’s campaign was enraged by Comey’s decision to disclose the existence of the fresh investigation in a vaguely worded letter to several congressional leaders. It wasn’t until hours later that word emerged that the source of the new emails was Weiner, who is under investigation for sending sexually explicit text messages to a teenage girl.“It is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election,” said John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman.Congressional Republicans have already promised years of investigations into Clinton’s private email system. And that’s only one of the email-related controversies facing her in the campaign’s closing days. The tens of thousands of confidential emails from Clinton campaign insiders that were hacked — her campaign blames Russia — and then released by WikiLeaks have provided a steady stream of questions about her policy positions, personnel choices and ties with her husband’s sprawling charitable network and post-presidential pursuits.In his Friday letter to congressional leaders, Comey wrote only that new emails have emerged, prompting the agency to “take appropriate investigative steps” to review the information that may be pertinent to its previously closed investigation into Clinton private email system.The FBI ended that investigation in July without filing charges, although Comey said at the time that Clinton and her aides had been “extremely careless” in using the system for communications about government business.The agency, which did not respond to questions about Comey’s letter and did not lay out a timeline for the review, is also investigating the recent hacks of Podesta’s emails.The swirling controversies have clouded what had looked to be a strong finish for Clinton’s campaign. Moments before the FBI inquiry became public, her campaign announced plans to hold a rally in Arizona, a traditionally red state put in play by Trump’s deep unpopularity among minority voters, Mormons and business leaders.To the frustration of many in his party, Trump has struggled to consistently drive an attack against Clinton, often turning to personal denunciations of private citizens he feels have wronged him, like the Gold Star family of Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim-American soldier killed in action.But he quickly pounced on the email news, seeing an opportunity to press the argument he’s long tried to make against Clinton: that she thinks she’s above the law and that she put U.S. security at risk by using her personal email.After weeks of declaring the race “rigged” in favor of his opponent, he declared Friday he has “great respect” for the FBI and the Justice Department, now that they are “willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made” in concluding the investigation earlier.As Clinton wrapped up her short comments to reporters Friday, she was asked whether she thought the new investigation would sink her campaign.She walked away, responding only with a hearty laugh.

Clinton campaign urges FBI to detail new developments in email case-[Reuters]-By Richard Cowan-October 29, 2016-yahoonews

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top aides to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday insisted there is "no evidence of wrongdoing" following the FBI's notification to the U.S. Congress on Friday that it is again looking at Clinton's use of a private server for emails when she was secretary of state."There's no evidence of wrongdoing, no charge of wrongdoing," Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta told reporters by telephone.Podesta, following up on calls by Clinton late on Friday, urged FBI Director James Comey to make public the details of any new developments in the case.Podesta also complained that 24 hours after Comey's letter was transmitted to Congress, "We have no real explanation of why Director Comey" sent it.The Washington Post reported on Saturday that senior Justice Department officials told Comey his letter to Congress was inconsistent with FBI policy of not commenting on ongoing investigations.This latest controversy over Clinton emails has surfaced in the waning days of a bitter presidential campaign against Republican challenger Donald Trump. Election Day is on Nov. 8.In July, Comey said the FBI would not seek to prosecute Clinton after looking into whether she may have handled classified material improperly in emails.Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign worked to tamp down speculation of a voter backlash after Friday's letter by Comey surfaced in which he said the FBI was taking "appropriate investigative steps" after learning of emails "that appear to be pertinent" to the earlier investigation.Campaign manager Robby Mook said voters had already "factored" what they knew about the email investigation into their decision-making. "We don't see it changing the landscape" for undecided voters, Mook said.Sources close to the investigation on Friday said the latest emails were discovered as part of a separate probe into Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.Weiner, a former U.S. congressman from New York, is the target of an FBI investigation into illicit text messages he is alleged to have sent to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.Trump, in campaign appearances on Friday, called the new development part of "the biggest political scandal since Watergate" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974.With less than two weeks before the elections, both Trump and Clinton were scheduled to hold multiple campaign rallies later on Saturday.In his remarks to reporters, Podesta complained that Comey's letter to Congress was "light on facts, heavy on innuendo" and urged him to "come forward and give those answers to the American public" about the exact nature of the FBI's latest review of emails.(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Additional reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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