Monday, January 09, 2017

 

AS LINKS TO BERLIN,NICE SEEN-NETANYAHU SAYS TRUCK TERRORIST IS ISIS SUPPORTER.

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

Deputy FM: Terror attack is Palestinian response to Paris peace conference-Ministers condemn truck-ramming, call for war on terror; Jerusalem mayor urges Israelis to remain defiant in the face of attacks-By Times of Israel staff January 8, 2017, 4:35 pm

A terrorist truck-ramming in Jerusalem that left four soldiers dead was inspired by the upcoming Paris peace conference, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said Sunday, lashing out at the international community in the wake of the attack.Hotovely, a hawk from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, said the attack, in which an East Jerusalem man drove his truck into a group of soldiers, was proof the Palestinians were not interested in peace.“The world has received a clear answer from the Palestinians to the peace conference coming up in Paris: More terror,” Hotovely said. “I again call on the international community to demand an end to terror and the industry of education toward it.”Paris is slated next week to host an international conference aimed at establishing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Israel, which only backs bilateral peace talks, has said it will not attend and panned the summit as a misguided effort.Hotovely’s comments came after an East Jerusalem resident rammed a truck into a group of soldiers on a promenade in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem, killing at least four of them and injuring 16 more.Police described the incident as a terror attack.The incident broke a spell of calm for the capital after it was wracked a year ago by a spate of stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks.In response, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called on Israelis to remain defiant in the face of terror.“Those who incite and inflame and those who support terror must pay a heavy price,” Barkat said in a statement. “I call on all the residents of Jerusalem and the country to continue their lives as usual and to not let terror win.”Education Minister Naftali Bennett, in an interview with CNN about the attack, said, “Terror is terror is terror. In Belgium, the US, or Armon Hanatziv.”The sentiment was echoed by Culture Minister Miri Regev, who wrote on Twitter that “in the renewed Muslim terror there is no difference between the residents of East Jerusalem or Ramallah or Tehran. There is also no difference between live weapons or a truck or a knife.”Yair Lapid, leader of the opposition Yesh Aitd party, called for an “uncompromising war on terror.”“We need to let the security forces continue their work without hindrance and to restore quiet to the capital,” he wrote on Facebook.Local dignitaries from the international community also condemned the attack.No group claimed responibility for the assault, but the Hamas terror organization praised it as “heroic.”Hamas spokesman Hazaem Qassem lauded the attack on his Facebook page, saying, “These operations demonstrate that all attempts to bypass the resistance or to thwart it will fail every time.”“The continuous operations in the West Bank and Jerusalem prove that the Jerusalem Intifada is not an isolated event, but rather a decision by the Palestinian people to revolt until it attains its freedom and liberation from the Israeli occupation.”The driver of the truck was identified as Fadi al-Qanbar, a resident of the capital’s Jabel Mukaber neighborhood, according to Arab media.The soldiers were visiting the capital as part of the army’s “Culture Sundays,” in which troops are taken to important historical and national sites at the beginning of the week.Palestinian assailants have used vehicle rammings as a method for terror attacks for years, and the method seemed to have been adopted by European jihadists in recent months, including in an attack in Berlin last month that left 12 dead, including an Israeli woman.The Haas-Sherover Promenade is a southern location that offers a panoramic view over Jerusalem and the Old City. In May two elderly women were stabbed and moderately injured in a park below the promenade in what police said was a terror attack.

Abbas to Israelis: Peace will ultimately come through dialogue, not UN-In meeting with hundreds of activists and academics in Ramallah, PA president rails at critics of resolution on settlements-By Dov Lieber January 5, 2017, 11:59 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

RAMALLAH — In a meeting with hundreds of Israeli activists, writers and academics at the Palestinian Authority’s headquarters in Ramallah, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that peace won’t be achieved via the UN, but ultimately only though dialogue.“The truth is we didn’t need UN resolution 2334,” Abbas said. “It is enough for us to talk in order to get to peace. The only way is for us to live together in this land for peace.”The December 23 Security Council resolution lambasted Israeli settlements, branded them illegal, and called on all states “to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.” Israel fears such language could lead to an uptick in boycott and sanctions efforts, and Israeli officials have warned it will provide “a tailwind for terror.”The measure was met with a flurry of furious condemnations from Jerusalem, with politicians issuing scathing criticisms of the countries that pushed for and supported the “anti-Israel” measure, as well as at the Obama administration for withholding its veto power, allowing the resolution to pass. Senior officials, among them Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accused the White House of covertly authoring and shepherding the resolution.But Abbas railed at Israeli officials who criticized the resolution, saying, “It is not against Israel, but only against the settlements… It calls for supporting a two-state solution and ending settlement construction. Who can oppose that? That is why everyone supported it.”Speaking to the crowd of Israelis, who were bused in from all around Israel with the help of the PA’s Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society, Abbas was adamant that his government opposes violence.“We do not believe in violence or radicalism, and we will never believe in it,” he said. “Only a small portion of Israelis don’t want peace. We will convince them through peaceful means and no other way.”Sitting next to Abbas throughout much of the night was former Israeli lawmaker and prominent peace activist Uri Avnery.Abbas said the two of them have been friends for 35 years, since Avnery met the PA leader in Tunisia during, where the Palestine Liberation Organization’s leadership headquartered after it was expelled from Lebanon in 1982.The 91-year-old Avnery told that crowd that when he first met former PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, also in Tunisia, Arafat told him, “If you want to talk peace, go speak to [Abbas].”Since the 1970s, Abbas has been involved in dialogue with Israelis.“We must not tarry (in making peace),” Abbas, 81, said during his speech. “I want to have peace before me and Avnery die.”Abbas made clear that he was especially appreciative of the French, and especially President Francis Hollande, for putting a peace initiative together. Later this month, Paris is set to host a conference to establish clear terms of reference for any future Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Some 70 nations are expected to attend, although Israel and the Palestinians will not be participating.Many of the Israelis who attended the event said they went specifically to support Abbas’s acceptance of the French initiative, and to show that there is a partner with whom he can talk peace in Israel.Michal Brami, 70, an Israeli social activist, told The Times of Israel she decided to go “so that when Abbas goes to Paris, he will know that there is an Israeli side that wants peace.”She added, “My husband fought in a few wars, and so did my son. I don’t want my grandchildren to have to do the same. Wars happen when the conversation is silenced.”At the end of the event, Abbas was photographed with the different groups of Israelis who went to the event, including an Iraqi-Jewish group and a contingent of bereaved Israeli families.Just as he was leaving the hall surrounded by security, one elderly Israeli woman cried out in Hebrew that she had waited to take a picture with him.Abbas stopped the whole protection cadre, embraced the woman and smiled for a photo before being swept from the hall.

As links to Berlin, Nice seen, Netanyahu says truck attacker was IS supporter-Terrorist who killed four Israelis and injured 16 shot dead by security forces and armed civilian; victims identified as cadets in IDF’s officer’s training course; closure placed on Jabel Mukaber-By Raoul Wootliff and Judah Ari Gross January 8, 2017, 1:33 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

17:02-Netanyahu: Attacker was IS supporter-Visiting the scene of the terror attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says “all signs point to the attacker being an Islamic State supporter,” linking the ramming to similar attacks in Europe.“We know that we have here a series of attacks, and there could be a link between them, from France to Berlin, and now Jerusalem,” he says.The attacker has been identified in media as Fadi al-Qanbar, a resident of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, near the attack site.“We’ve placed a closure on Jabel Mukaber, the neighborhood he came from, and we are carrying out other actions that I won’t detail here,” Netanyahu says, adding that he had come from a meeting with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, IDF chief Gadi Eisenkot and other top security officials.16:51-IDF investigating soldiers’ ‘hesitant’ response to terror attack-Head of the IDF’s officers’ training school finds “at least two” of his cadets shot at the terrorist who rammed his truck into a group of soldiers in East Jerusalem, amid reports that the troops hesitated to respond or failed to entirely.Col. Yaniv Alaluf, who commands the officers’ training course, visited the scene of the attack in order to conduct a preliminary investigation into the truck-ramming, in which four soldiers were killed and more than a dozen were injured. The soldiers were noncombat cadets in Alaluf’s course, in Jerusalem as part of a cultural tour with the army.A civilian tour guide who was with the soldiers and also shot at the terrorist said he felt the troops had “hesitated” during the attack and blamed the recent “Hebron shooting” case for their pause.Alaluf’s initial findings show that at least two soldiers opened fire at the attacker “from a close distance,” the army says.The IDF will continue to investigate the incident “in depth,” the army says in a statement.16:44-Envoy to UN calls on Security Council to condemn attack-Israel’s envoy to the UN Danny Danon says the attack is the “direct result of Palestinian incitement,” and calls on UN chief Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council to condemn the incident.He also draws a direct line between the Jerusalem attack and truck rammings in Berlin, Germany, and Nice, France, linking them via “murderous Islamic terror.”16:36-Doctors still trying to stabilize terror victim in ICU-Aviv Hovav, the assistant director of MDA, says rescuers arriving at the terror attack were met by a scene much worse than the stabbing attacks that occurred at a high frequency a year ago.“When MDA personnel arrived on the scene there were four people trapped under the vehicle and rest were spread out on the ground,” he says. “The scene was much more difficult than recent stabbing incidents, which were more focused in scope.”He compared the incident to a spate of attacks in Jerusalem several years ago in which construction equipment was used as a weapon.Dr. Ofer Merin, at Shaare Zedek medical center, says a young woman in intensive care has not yet been stabilized. He says she will undergo a number of procedures in the coming hours in an attempt to save her.Four other victims have lacerations and broken bones, he says.— Renee Ghert-Zand-16:31-Herzog says Berlin, Nice truck-rammings inspired Sunday’s attack-Opposition chief Isaac Herzog says the terror attack in Berlin last month and Nice earlier this year likely inspired today’s attacker.“I have no doubt that the truck-ramming attacks that we’ve seen in recent months abroad influenced this vile terrorist’s murder weapon decision,” Herzog says in a statement.The opposition leader praises the soldiers and civilian who shot the terrorist as he carried out the attack and sent condolences to the families of the victims.“Jerusalem is branded by terror attacks. [But] Jerusalem will always overcome the terror,” Herzog says.16:18-Hamas welcomes Jerusalem terror attack, but doesn’t take credit-In an official press release on its website, the Gaza-based terror group Hamas says it “welcomes” the ramming attack in Jerusalem, but does not claim responsibility.Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barohoum says Hamas “welcomes the brave and heroic operation in Jerusalem,” calling it a “natural reaction to the Israeli crimes and violations against our people, land and holy sites.”16:17-Father of Jerusalem terrorist arrested — Arab media-Police arrest the father of the East Jerusalem man who plowed his truck into a group of soldiers, killing four of them and injuring more than a dozen, Arab media reports.The terrorist, identified by Palestinian sources as Fadi al-Qanbar from Jabel Mukaber, drove his truck into the group of soldiers, who were in the capital on a cultural trip with the army.Shortly after the attack, a large number of police vehicles and officers clad in body armor entered the East Jerusalem neighborhood.According to Arabic media, al-Qanbar was 28 years old and married, with one son. He had previously served time in Israeli prison.During the attack, an armed civilian and some of the soldiers shot and killed him.16:03-Netanyahu arrives at scene of Jerusalem terror attack-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at the scene of a terror attack in Jerusalem in which four soldiers were killed and more than a dozen people were injured.Under heavy guard, Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman tour the scene of the attack, speaking with security personnel on the ground.The security cabinet is slated to meet at 5:30 p.m. in light of the attack.15:39-Jerusalem police flood terrorist’s neighborhood-Heavily armed police officers enter Jabel Mukaber in East Jerusalem, the neighborhood where the terrorist who plowed his truck into a group of soldiers lived, according to Arab media.Videos shared on social media from Jabel Mukaber show numerous police vehicles and officers clad in body armor entering the Arab neighborhood.Shortly after the attack, the driver was identified as Fadi al-Qanbar, a resident of the neighborhood.Al-Qanbar’s family is particularly well known in Jabel Mukaber. Part of the East Jerusalem neighborhood is named after it.-15:28-Jerusalem hospitals say 16 people injured in ramming attack-In total, 16 people were injured in the Jerusalem truck-ramming attack in addition to the four fatalities, according to hospitals in the capital.One seriously injured soldier is receiving treatment in the Shaare Zedek Medical Center. She was unconscious and doctors were attempting to stabilize her, a spokesperson for the hospital says.Another four victims who were lightly injured are also being treated in Shaare Zedek, the hospital says.Doctors in Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem are treating nine victims of the attack. One is in serious condition, two in moderate condition and six lightly wounded.Two victims who were lightly injured are being treated in Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus, the hospital says.15:02-Bennett slams BBC over reporting of Jerusalem terror attack-In his first response to a Jerusalem ramming attack in which four people were killed, Education Minister Naftali Bennett slams the BBC for its reporting of the incident.Bennett tweeted:Yup, BBC. Driver–not terrorist–shot.He only "allegedly" murdered 4 Israelis. pic.twitter.com/eLdgZO66e0— Naftali Bennett בנט (@naftalibennett) January 8, 2017.

Kerry warns Trump: Moving US embassy would cause regional ‘explosion’-Outgoing US secretary of state says relocation would also hurt Israel’s relations with Egypt and Jordan; PA instructs mosques to preach against move-By Times of Israel staff January 7, 2017, 5:06 pm

Moving the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would cause “an explosion” in the region and have a detrimental effect on Israel’s relationships with Jordan and Egypt, outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry said over the weekend.In an interview with CBS News on Friday, Kerry said the move promised by President-elect Donald Trump would cause “an explosion, an absolute explosion in the region, not just in the West Bank, and perhaps even in Israel itself, but throughout the region.”It would also “have profound impact on the readiness of Jordan and Egypt to be able to be supportive and engaged with Israel as they are today,” he warned.Kerry also said any alternative to the two-state solution “would be extraordinarily dangerous for Israel, our friend… The simple reality is you cannot be unitary — one state — with more non-Jews than Jews and remain a democracy or a Jewish state. It’s impossible. You can’t do it.”Trump and his team have spoken repeatedly of his intention to relocate the embassy to Israel’s capital, leading to wall-to-wall condemnations from Palestinian leaders.On Friday the issue was the chief subject of religious sermons throughout the West Bank, with Palestinian Authority leadership instructing mosques it controls to focus on the matter, Israel Radio reported.Official Palestinian television also broadcast excerpts from several such sermons, in which clerics urged their followers to wake up to the danger. One warned relocating the embassy would be an attack on the Muslim faith and against history. Another said it was an assault on Islam’s holy place and on Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque.Meanwhile top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said PA leaders remained willing to meet their Israeli counterparts for direct talks in Moscow, as reportedly suggested late last year by Russian President Vladimir Putin.Erekat claimed PA President Mahmoud Abbas had agreed to such a meeting, but said Putin’s offer had been rebuffed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.On Friday Abbas warned Trump not to move the embassy. He invited Trump to visit the Palestinian territories, but also said: “We call on you not to implement your statement… because we consider it as an aggressive statement, when you say you want to move the embassy to Jerusalem.”The PA president said moving the embassy would throw the peace process into a crisis it would not necessarily overcome, according to Israel Radio.The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as their intended capital. An American decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would signal US acceptance of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The status of Jerusalem is one of the core issues that would need to be resolved in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on Palestinian statehood.Israel annexed East Jerusalem and the Old City after capturing the areas in the 1967 war. The UN Security Council last month branded all such land occupied Palestinian territory — a designation furiously rejected by Netanyahu, who ridiculed the notion that the Temple Mount and Western Wall could be defined in this way. The US abstained in the vote, allowing the resolution to pass, infuriating Israel, and drawing criticism from Trump.Abbas said Friday that any action that affects the status of Jerusalem would cross a red line and that the Palestinians would not put up with it.Palestinian negotiator Erekat said last month that he will resign, the peace process will be over for ever, the PLO will revoke its recognition of Israel and the US will be forced by Arab public opinion to close all its embassies in the Arab world if the Trump administration moves the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.In a statement issued by the Trump transition team days earlier announcing David Friedman as Trump’s choice for ambassador to Israel, Friedman said he aimed to “strengthen the bond between our two countries and advance the cause of peace within the region,” and that he looked “forward to doing this from the US embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.”Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said on December 12 that moving the embassy “is very big priority for this president-elect, Donald Trump.” Conway told radio host Hugh Hewitt in a lengthy interview: “He made it very clear during the campaign, and as president-elect, I’ve heard him repeat it several times privately, if not publicly.”

US House passes motion repudiating UN resolution on Israel-Approved with vote of 342-80, House Resolution 11 calls Security Council’s anti-settlements measure a ‘one-sided’ obstacle to peace-By Eric Cortellessa January 6, 2017, 2:25 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives passed a scathing rebuke Thursday night to a United Nations Security Council resolution the Obama administration allowed through last month that condemned Israeli settlements as illegal.House Resolution 11 declared the UN motion a “one-sided” effort that is an obstacle to peace, placing disproportionate blame on Israel for the continuation of the conflict and discouraging Palestinians from engaging in direct, bilateral negotiations.Passed by a vote of 342-80, the measure puts the lower chamber of Congress firmly against President Barack Obama’s decision to withhold the US veto power from shielding Israel against the censure.The UN resolution says the settlement enterprise “has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law” and calls for a complete end to all construction in areas Israel captured after the 1967 Six Day War, including East Jerusalem.It also calls on all states “to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967” — language that Israel fears will lead to a surge in boycott and sanctions efforts, and that an Israeli official warned would provide “a tailwind for terror.”The House resolution condemned that provision, saying it “effectively lends legitimacy to efforts by the Palestinian Authority to impose its own solution through international organizations and through unjustified boycotts or divestment campaigns against Israel.”Introduced by California Rep. Ed Royce (R) and New York Rep. Elliot Engel (D), the top two members of the House Foreign Affairs committee, the resolution was co-sponsored 105 other House members, including 31 Democrats.Using the same language that’s included in a complimentary Senate resolution introduced Wednesday, the House measure called for the Security Council resolution to be “repealed or fundamentally altered.”The House motion says its condemnation of the UN vote promotes the longstanding US support for a two-state solution, which it described as a “democratic, Jewish state of Israel and a demilitarized, democratic Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace and security.”The powerful pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC lauded the resolution’s passage, which it had recently encouraged its activists to urge their representatives to support.The looming vote set off a fierce debate on the House floor throughout the day. Illinois Rep. Luis Guitierez opposed HR11, saying that as America prepares to inaugurate a “strongman” president, it was acquiescing to the “strongman” government of Israel.Other members spoke strongly in support of castigating the UN vote.House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was “stunned” by Obama’s decision to let it pass, while Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida repudiated the motion that, he said, “characterizes Jews praying at the Western Wall as violating international law while it ignores Palestinian terrorism, incitement to violence, and payments to families of terrorists.”The measure is likely to be followed by a similar resolution in the Senate, as well as other legislation designed to defund the United Nations over the vote.South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said he would introduce such an initiative in December, as the measure was set to pass, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz spoke on the Senate floor earlier Thursday in favor of that proposal.

France says no plans for UN resolution after peace confab-Days after Netanyahu warns of further measures at the Security Council, Paris official rebuffs rumors of secret proposal-By AFP and Times of Israel staff January 5, 2017, 11:03 pm

France is not secretly planning a UN Security Council resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after a major conference in Paris this month, the president of the French Senate said Thursday.Gerard Larcher said he was not aware of any country working on a resolution to put before the Council between the January 15 meeting and the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president on January 20.Speaking to the press in Jerusalem at the end of a four-day visit to Israel and the West Bank, Larcher said that many Israeli interlocutors had expressed fear France would try to translate the outcome of the conference into a UN resolution.The French-organized talks, to be attended by around 70 countries — but not by Israeli or Palestinian representatives — are being held to reiterate international support for a two-state solution to the conflict.“There is no secret proposal for a resolution prepared by France at the UN after the Paris conference to date,” Larcher said.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has consistently spoken out against the French initiative since its announcement early last year, insisting that anything but direct talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will make peace more distant.On Tuesday, Netanyahu told Israeli diplomats that the French conference would be “irrelevant,” warning, however, that “there are signs that they are trying to turn decisions made there into another Security Council resolution, and that is no longer irrelevant.“Therefore, our primary effort that we are currently dealing with is the prevention of an additional UN Security Council resolution,” he said.Netanyahu, who is also foreign minister, went on to say that Jerusalem must also work to prevent another decision or resolution by the Middle East Quartet, which comprises the UN, the United States, the European Union and Russia.In July 2016, the Quartet published a report criticizing Israeli settlement expansion and Palestinian incitement to violence. Representatives of the group have not announced plans to issue any additional documents.Israel is making a “great diplomatic effort” to prevent further Security Council or Quartet resolutions, Netanyahu said, instructing the Israeli ambassadors to make that the main focus of their work in the days ahead.“It won’t take much time, but it will occupy us in the next two weeks, and it needs to succeed,” he said. “This is of utmost importance, immediately.”On December 23, the UN Security Council passed resolution 2334, which declared Israeli settlement outside the pre-1967 lines as having “no legal validity” and constituting “a flagrant violation under international law. Fourteen of 15 member states voted in favor of the text. The US abstained, allowing the resolution to pass.Netanyahu rejected the resolution at the time as a “shameful blow against Israel” and claimed that outgoing US President Barack Obama was behind it.US officials, including senior members of the White House’s national security team, have since vowed to veto any additional Security Council resolution on Israel, including one based on Kerry’s recommendations.

Jordan: Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem is a ‘red line’-Amman warns of ‘catastrophic’ repercussions if President-elect Donald Trump makes good on campaign promise-By AP and Times of Israel staff January 6, 2017, 8:27 am

Jordan’s government spokesman warned on Thursday of “catastrophic” repercussions if President-elect Donald Trump follows through on a campaign promise to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.Such a move could affect relations between the US and regional allies, including Jordan, Information Minister Mohamed Momani told The Associated Press, addressing the issue publicly for the first time.An embassy move would be a “red line” for Jordan, would “inflame the Islamic and Arab streets” and would serve as a “gift to extremists,” he said, adding that Jordan would use all possible political and diplomatic means to prevent such a decision.The US considers pro-Western Jordan an important ally in a turbulent Mideast. The Hashemite kingdom is a key member of a US-led military coalition against Islamic State extremists in neighboring Syria and Iraq, and maintains discreet security ties with Israel.Jordan also has a stake in Jerusalem, serving as custodian of the Temple Mount holy site, revered by both Muslims and Jews.Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan in 1967 and annexed it to its capital. The Palestinians want to establish the capital of a future state in the city’s eastern sector. Addressing the conflicting claims in the city would be central to any renewed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on the terms of Palestinian statehood.Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat has said he will resign, the peace process will be over for ever, the PLO will revoke its recognition of Israel and the US will be forced by Arab public opinion to close all its embassies in the Arab world if the Trump administration moves the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.Much of the world has not recognized Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem and most countries, including the United States, maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv, Israel’s vibrant commercial center and seaside metropolis.Momani, the Jordanian minister, said that moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem “will have catastrophic implications on several levels, including the regional situation.” He said countries in the region would likely “think about different things and steps they should take in order to stop this from happening.”“It will definitely affect the bilateral relationship between countries in the region, including Jordan, and the parties that will be related to such a decision,” he said.Trump said during the presidential campaign that he intended to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.According to reports, Trump’s advisers are already in the process of planning the relocation. Campaign manager and soon-to-be White House counselor Kellyanne Conway last month said relocating the embassy was “a very big priority” for the president-elect.Trump’s choice for US ambassador in Israel, David Friedman, a vocal supporter and even donor to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, said he expected to carry out his duties in “Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.”On Tuesday, three US senators introduced legislation that would commit Washington to moving the embassy to the Israeli capital.Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R), Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) and Nevada Sen. Dean Heller (R) proposed the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act on Tuesday, the first day the new Congress convened on Capitol Hill as Republicans prepare to control the White House, Senate and House of Representatives for the first time since 2007.The measure is similar to a 1995 resolution, led by former House speaker and current Trump confidant Newt Gingrich, that called for moving the embassy. It was immediately dismissed by then-president Bill Clinton, who wanted the future status of Jerusalem settled in final negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.Clinton and his two successors — presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama — have repeatedly used the prerogative granted them to delay implementation of that Congressional demand to move the embassy.But with an incoming president who has indicated he will break with these practices, those pushing for the relocation believe the White House may no longer be an obstacle.



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