Thursday, February 02, 2017
ARABS ARE ELATED AND HANDING OUT CANDY TO EACH OTHER AS ISRAELIS ARE TAKEN OFF THEIR GOD GIVIN LAND.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE
Slowly, amid clashes and tears, Israel evacuates Amona outpost-Over 2 dozen of the 42 homes cleared as protesters hole up inside illegal settlement, passively resist eviction; operation to continue overnight; 20 cops and two protesters hurt; 13 arrests made-By Judah Ari Gross and Times of Israel staff February 1, 2017, 5:15 pm
AMONA, West Bank — Clashing with protesters and pulling tearful settlers from trailer homes, Israeli forces carried out an operation to clear out the Amona outpost Wednesday, ending years of uncertainty over the fate of the hilltop.As of 6 p.m., 28 of the outpost’s 42 buildings had been evacuated, including some 11 families who left of their own volition, police said.Thirteen people were arrested for disturbing the peace and obstructing police work, while hundreds more protesters were simply led by officers off the hilltop with no charges, police said.Police said they planned to work through the night to clear out the remaining dozen-plus homes and hundreds of protesters, after briefly mulling taking a break for the night. Some 200 people were sitting in at the Amona synagogue after night fell.Unarmed police in blue sweatshirts and black baseball caps made their way up the hill around midday. On the hilltop, home to some 40 families, hundreds of nationalist youths erected makeshift barricades out of smashed tiles, rusty metal bars and large rocks to slow their advance. Some protesters threw rocks at security forces, while others set fire to tires and trash piles.When one vehicle full of female residents and carrying at least two of Amona’s Torah scrolls made its way out of the settlement in late afternoon, a police officer remarked that while they were leaving without force, “at this point, no one is leaving here willingly.”Standing in the street with tears in her eyes, Ayelet Vidal, one of the residents who left on her own, said she didn’t know where she would go.“Until the last moment I didn’t think this would happen,” she told Channel 2 news.The evacuation ended decades of legal wrangling and political machinations over the outpost, ruled in 2014 to have been built on private Palestinian land.Threats of clashes hung heavily over the evacuation as supporters of Amona set up makeshift roadblocks and other defenses intended to keep the army from advancing on the outpost, which was the scene of a violent melee during a partial evacuation in 2006.About 3,000 security personnel were deployed to the operation; about 1,000 people — residents and their supporters — were estimated to be at Amona.One border police officer at the scene said he would not take part in the evacuation. He was led away by a colleague as a protester ran alongside, praising him.Protest organizers had told supporters to make the evacuation as difficult and long as possible, and that message was apparently taken to heart.In a series of scuffles Wednesday, one female officer was moderately injured and 20 officers suffered light wounds, some from pushing and shoving with protesters, while the rest suffered eye and skin damage after demonstrators threw bleach and paint at them, police said.Two protesters were lightly injured, a spokesperson for Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem said.“This is a dark day for us, for Zionism, for the state and for the great vision of the Jewish people returning to its homeland,” Avichay Boaron, a spokesman for Amona, told Channel 2 TV.The hundreds of protesters, most of them religious teenage boys, but also including a number of right-wing lawmakers who had flocked to the outpost ahead of the evacuation, locked themselves inside houses and sheds. Another hundred or so barricaded themselves in Amona’s synagogue. At one home, several dozen young residents and supporters linked arms, sat on the floor, and sang songs including the national anthem when police came to remove them.When removed from Amona, some of the protesters were taken away by bus and set down at bus stations on Road 443 near Jerusalem, Channel 2 reported.Bilha Schwarts, 24, came along with her husband and nine-month-old daughter to support the residents. “If they want it they can take it, we will not fight. We will leave but we will come back,” she told the Associated Press.-Officers injured by bleach-A small police force had been in place on the road leading up to the outpost throughout Tuesday. At approximately 8 a.m. Wednesday, they were joined by nearly 20 buses full of additional officers, along with police vans, cruisers and two ambulances.As the hundreds of police officers disembarked from their vehicles, they were met by jeers — and some rocks — from the hundreds of protesters gathered on the hilltop.Just after 11, the officers — a mix of Border Police and Israel Police — made their way up the hill in two straight lines, trekking alongside the road, as the street itself had been slicked with oil and was littered with rocks and caltrops.The police moved methodically, setting up at the entrance to the outpost, before moving in those two lines deeper and deeper into the settlement.As they approached the settlement’s houses, protesters pushed back against the approaching police lines. Small scuffles broke out, with demonstrators shouting at the officers to “be ashamed of themselves” and to not obey the evacuation order. Bleach and paint were also thrown at the officers.The protesters screamed that the officers were “enemies of Israel” and “traitors.”“Why are you doing this? For a salary? It’s not worth it,” one protester told an officer.At this stage, one Border Police officer determined he could not carry out the evacuation order and left the area, flanked by other officers.The protesters cheered the border guard, chanting “Hero! Hero!” and hugging him as he left.Slowly, the police pushed back against the protesters and made their way to the far end of the outpost and set to work on the actual evacuation.A dozen officers would surround an individual house or trailer. Once given the go-ahead, they would break open doors and windows that had been sealed shut.One by one, the officers removed the protesters. Some came out on foot, while others were carried out forcibly.Tears were shed, by the protesters themselves, and by the predominantly older settlers who were watching the events but not taking part themselves.During this evacuation stage, there were relatively few violent incidents, as organizers encouraged protesters not to resist or lash out at the police.After the officers removed from the protesters from the homes, they took them aside, giving them water and speaking with them calmly.The protesters were then led to buses and driven away from Amona.-‘We lost the battle’-On Tuesday residents were given eviction notices, warning them to be out of their homes within 48 hours. The order allowed residents to file a new appeal to the IDF for a further 48-hour extension. Nevertheless, police began the evacuations a day later.After over a decade of delays and legal wrangling, the High Court ruled in December 2014 that Amona, which lies east of Ramallah, was built on private Palestinian land and must be demolished. Nine homes in the adjacent Ofra settlement were also due to be demolished.The eviction came ahead of the final February 8 deadline to demolish the outpost.Yesh Din, the Israeli legal rights group that represented the Palestinian landowners in court, welcomed the evacuation. In a Facebook post, it said the landowners are “waiting to return.”“Our feeling is indescribable,” said Abdel-Rahman Saleh, the mayor of the nearby Palestinian town of Silwad, who assisted the landowners in building their case. “We struggled for 20 years to get our land back.”Shortly after the notices were given, troops began blocking off roads leading to the outpost, in a bid to keep supporters seeking to thwart the eviction order from reaching the hilltop.Ahead of the evacuation, parents sent their children down the hill toward the adjacent Ofra settlement so that they wouldn’t be involved in the expected confrontations.Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel joined fellow Jewish Home lawmakers Bezalel Smotrich and Shuli Muallem-Refaeli in Amona, along with Likud’s Oren Hazan.Speaking at a Knesset debate on Wednesday, Jewish Home leader and Education Minister Naftali Bennett called the residents of Amona “heroes” and hailed their determination to remain steadfast on the windy hilltop, defying harsh conditions in their struggle to settle the Land of Israel even after it emerged that their outpost was built on private Palestinian land.“We fought a hard fight but we were confronted with a final court order by the High Court of Justice. We came to Amona and looked the residents in the eye. We knew that we were embarking on a struggle against all odds, but we didn’t give up. Together with the residents, we turned over every stone, we explored all possibilities and exhausted all ways to save Amona,” Bennett said. “To our regret, the struggle over Amona was not successful. We lost the battle, but we will in the war over the Land of Israel.”In a deal struck last month with the government, the outpost residents agreed to move peacefully to an adjacent plot. But the deal was complicated after a Palestinian claimed ownership of the nearby hilltop, prompting the High Court to order a stop to all work on the site. A ruling on the matter was expected from the court on Wednesday.As part of preparation for the impending eviction, residents of Amona handed over to authorities a bag containing nonlethal weapons, police said. The bag contained stun grenades and flares, according to a police statement.Police called on residents “to continue to show responsibility so that the court order can be carried out appropriately and to prevent the eviction turning violent.”“This is a hard and sad day for the people of Israel,” Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said ahead of the evacuation.“Despite the difficulty and the pain, I call on everyone who is still on the mountain – let the police do their job,” he said in the statement, adding that he also calls on Knesset members and public leaders to avoid statements that could “exacerbate the situation.”Erdan says he expected the police to bring to justice anyone who acts violently.Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau called on Amona residents and those who have joined them to refrain from violence against security forces.“Evacuating a settlement and those living there arouses pain and sadness but we have an obligation to respect the law and not to use any violence towards anyone,” he said. “Everyone should act in accordance to Jewish law.”Residents of the neighboring Ofra settlement announced that Thursday would be a “public fast day.”The fast — a Jewish sign of mourning — is being called “over the destruction of houses and communities in the Land of Israel, a merciless and unjust [High Court] ruling, and the wantonness of elected officials.”The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Accepting Palestinian petition, High Court rejects Amona compromise-Residents of illegal West Bank outpost later accept fresh government offer to relocate entire community to new settlement-By Tamar Pileggi February 1, 2017, 7:34 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
A compromise deal struck between the government and residents of the Amona outpost was overridden by the High Court on Wednesday, as justices accepted a Palestinian petition against relocating the settlers to an adjacent plot.The decision came as police were evacuating the West Bank outpost, which the High Court has long held was built on privately owned Palestinian land. The same court accepted Wednesday that the land earmarked by the government for the evacuated settlers also belongs to Palestinians.In a final ruling in 2014, the High Court ordered the government to evacuate and demolish the hilltop community by December 25, 2016. But under fierce pressure from settlers and their Knesset supporters, the government in late December secured a 45-day extension from the court until February 8, after reaching an agreement with Amona residents that would see 24 of the outpost’s 41 families moved to an adjacent plot of land on the same hilltop, while the rest would relocate to the nearby settlement of Ofra.But local Palestinians objected to the government plan, saying the adjacent plot was also privately owned.Israeli human rights group Yesh Din then petitioned the High Court on behalf of the Palestinian claimants.Earlier this month, the court issued a temporary injunction halting the construction of the new homes, complicating government efforts to find a solution for the settlers and avoid a possible violent standoff.Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Chief of Staff Yoav Horowitz said the Palestinians’ claim on the land nullified the compromise deal.Instead, he said the Amona residents were offered new options: build a new settlement in the area, or relocate the entire community to Ofra.Amona residents initially rejected the government’s counter-offer, saying that remaining on the contested hilltop was the cornerstone of the entire agreement.But on Wednesday, a community spokesperson told The Times of Israel that residents would agree to relocating the entire settlement.“In the absence any other option, the residents will accept the offer to establish a new settlement,” Ofer Inbar said.Authorities were hoping the compromise deal could prevent a repeat of the violence that followed the destruction of several permanent buildings in the outpost in 2006, when the court similarly ruled that buildings were built on private Palestinian land.On Wednesday, a week ahead of the February 8 deadline, thousands of unarmed police officers descended on the West Bank hilltop to carry out the evacuation and demolition orders.Threats of clashes hung heavily over the evacuation as supporters of Amona set up makeshift roadblocks and other defenses intended to keep the army from advancing on the outpost, which was the scene of a violent melee during a 2006 partial evacuation.Though not a repeat of the violent clashes a decade ago, Wednesday’s evacuation saw scuffles break out between police and young, pro-settlement activists protesting the evacuation.On Wednesday evening, police said 20 officers were injured, and 12 protesters were arrested.
Palestinians rejoice as Amona outpost evacuated-‘We struggled for 20 years to get our land back,’ says mayor of nearby Palestinian town. ‘Our feeling is indescribable’-By AP and Times of Israel staff February 1, 2017, 7:08 pm
Palestinians rejoiced Wednesday over Israel’s evacuation of the West Bank settlement outpost of Amona, saying they had waited 20 years for their land.“Our feeling is indescribable,” Abdel-Rahman Saleh, the mayor of the nearby Palestinian town of Silwad, told The Associated Press. “We struggled for 20 years to get our land back.”Amona is one of about 100 outposts across the West Bank that Israel considers illegal but tolerates and often allows to flourish. It was established in 1996, when a small group of settlers erected caravans on the windswept hilltop.The outpost became a symbol of settler defiance when Israel demolished nine of its structures in 2006, sparking violent clashes between settlers and Israeli security forces.In 2008, the Palestinian landowners, represented by lawyers from the left-wing Israeli legal rights group, Yesh Din, petitioned the Supreme Court to have the outpost removed, setting off a years-long struggle.The state agreed to demolish the outpost peacefully by the end of 2012 but the move was repeatedly delayed. What seemed like a final ruling in 2014, declaring the land private Palestinian property, gave the government until December 25, 2016, to carry out the evacuation.But under fierce pressure from settlers and their supporters in parliament, the government secured a 45-day extension until early February — and on the first day of the month, evacuating forces went in.Yesh Din, which represented the Palestinian landowners in court, welcomed the evacuation. In a Facebook post, it said the landowners were “waiting to return.”The organization said Amona was built on private Palestinian land registered in the land registry under the names Mariam, Ibrahim and Munir, as well as additional residents from the West Bank villages of Taybeh, Ein Yabrud and Silwad.It claimed that reports about land theft filed with Israeli police in the late 1990s went unaddressed and that Palestinian attempts to draw awareness to the issue were thwarted.
Palestinians call ‘urgent’ meet to respond to settlement spurt-Abbas spokesman says talks underway on ‘necessary measures’ after another 3,000 West Bank homes approved, demands US ‘rein in’ Israel-By Joshua Davidovich and Times of Israel staff February 1, 2017, 4:59 pm
Palestinian Authority officials are holding an urgent meeting to discuss how to respond to a recent uptick in Israeli settlement building, a spokesperson for the PA said Wednesday.On Tuesday, Israel announced it was approving permits for some 3,000 new homes in settlements sprinkled throughout the West Bank. The move came a week after the approval of some 2,500 homes in the territory and another 500 in East Jerusalem, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling it “just a taste of what’s to come.”“We have started urgent consultations in order to take the necessary measures to confront the settlement activities,” Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for PA President Mahmoud Abbas, said according to official Palestinian news outlet Wafa.Abu Rudeineh did not elaborate on what steps were being considered or who was taking part in the meeting. Abbas is currently in Bangladesh on an official visit.Abu Rudeineh also called on the US government to take action to “rein in” Israel, saying its actions were “going to destroy the peace process.”The administration of US President Donald Trump kept silent on last week’s settlement building announcement, underlining a marked shift in how the White House treats Israel.Hanan Ashrawi, a senior official in the Palestine Liberation Organization, said Wednesday that Israel’s building plans signaled the death knell for the two-state solution, blaming the Trump administration for being complicit.“The silence of the new American government, including those who actively support the settlements in the White House and the administration as a whole, has emboldened Netanyahu to persist with his settlement activities,” she said, according to Wafa.The announcement for the 3,000 homes, hundreds of which fall outside the main blocs that Israel hopes to keep in any two-state compromise, came as Israeli forces prepared to remove dozens of settlers from the Amona outpost, deemed illegally built on private Palestinian land and ordered by the High Court to be razed.Many saw the new building as an attempt by the government to calm settler anger over the court-ordered removal of Amona.In a statement late Tuesday night, the Defense Ministry said the new construction “comes as part of a return to normal life in Judea and Samaria, as well as conduct which provides real solutions to housing and living needs.”The new homes will include 700 homes in Alfei Menashe, 650 in Beitar Illit, 650 in Beit Arye, 200 in Nofim, 150 in Nokdim, 100 in Shilo, 100 in Karnei Shomron and 100 in Metsudot Yehuda.Last week’s announcement of 2,500 homes came just days after Trump and Netanyahu had their first phone call since the president assumed power.Asked at a press briefing last Tuesday for a response to the building plans, White House press secretary Sean Spicer neither approved nor condemned the decision, saying that the two countries’ leaders would discuss the matter when Netanyahu visits Washington in mid-February.Netanyahu has signaled to his governing coalition that he intends to accelerate construction with the new US president far less hostile to the settlement enterprise than his predecessor. The latest building announcements were just “a taste,” he told Knesset members last week. “We are going to be doing many things differently from now on.”Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat on Thursday accused the Trump administration of encouraging Israeli settlement construction, and hurting the chances of a two-state outcome, with its lack of response to new building projects beyond the Green Line.“We’re waiting to hear an official response from the American administration, President Trump’s administration, on the Israeli settlement activities,” Erekat said in a video posted on Twitter by the PLO.
Bennett implores PM to prevent destruction of Amona farmland-Leader of pro-settler party wants Netanyahu to make agricultual plots off limits; defense minister declines to intervene in evacuation-By Times of Israel staff February 1, 2017, 6:50 pm
Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the head of the pro-settlement Jewish Home party on Wednesday implored Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to prevent Amona’s agricultural plots from being destroyed, as the court-ordered evacuation and demolition of the illegal West Bank outpost got underway.Bennett appealed to the prime minister as thousands of police officers worked to demolish the West Bank outpost in line with a 2014 court order that ruled the Jewish community was built on privately owned Palestinian land, and must be destroyed.Bennett, however, claimed the demolition order from the High Court of Justice did not include the adjacent agricultural lands belonging to the Amona residents, and said it was “unnecessary and cruel” to destroy their farmland in addition to evicting them from their homes.He urged Netanyahu to instruct Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman to order security forces to stay away from Amona’s agricultural lands.In response, Defense Ministry officials said Liberman had not ordered the lands destroyed, and would not get involved in the operation.According to Israel Radio, Amona residents appealed to the IDF’s legal adviser for Judea and Samaria against the destruction of their farmlands.Reports say the issue will likely be resolved in the High Court at a later date.After over a decade of delays and legal wrangling, the High Court ruled in December 2014 that Amona, which lies east of Ramallah, was built on private Palestinian land and must be demolished.On Wednesday, police were ordered to evacuate the outpost of 40 families.Some 3,000 officers were dispatched to Amona, and roads leading to the outpost were blocked in a bid to keep supporters seeking to thwart the eviction order from reaching the hilltop.Threats of clashes hung heavily over the evacuation as supporters of Amona set up makeshift roadblocks and other defenses intended to keep the army from advancing on the outpost, which was the scene of a violent melee during a 2006 partial evacuation.
MK likens Amona outpost evacuation to ‘brutal rape’-Lawmaker, women’s rights leader flail Bezalel Smotrich for saying removal of settlers is ‘judicial tyranny that is raping us’-By Stuart Winer and Times of Israel staff February 1, 2017, 1:57 pm
A Jewish Home party lawmaker came under fire Wednesday after he compared the evacuation of an illegal West Bank outpost to the brutal rape of a woman.MK Bezael Smotrich made the comments when he arrived at the Amona outpost to protest its scheduled court-ordered removal by security forces. Amona was built on privately owned Palestinian land, the court detrermined.“The government is forced to do something awful and terrible, that hurts the way it does when something terrible happens,” Smotrich told Channel 2 television. “When a woman is raped it hurts, and what is happening here is a brutal rape.”“This is judicial tyranny that is raping us, raping the government, raping elected officials, raping those who received a mandate from the people. We want to build the settlement enterprise, to develop it.”Hundreds of activists were believed to be holed up inside the outpost, in addition to the 40 families who live there, while some 3,000 members of the security forces massed outside during the morning and prepared to clear the community. A message sent out to residents instructed them to resist without violence, but make the evacuation as difficult and time-consuming as possible for security forces.Opposition MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin of the Zionist Union called Smotrich’s comments “intolerable disrespect of rape.”“It is an unfortunate statement embodying an absolute lack of moral judgment and values,” she said. “Rape is against the principles of morality and law and should not be compared to the evacuation of Amona that implements the law and is fulfilling the High Court decision. His comment is hurtful to tens of thousands of men and women who have experienced rape. It is a shame that MK Smotrich resorted to populism and quick headlines.”“I have empathy for the residents of Amona who need to leave their homes, despite MK Smotrich who isn’t capable of showing empathy for anyone who has a different opinion to his own.”Galia Wolloch, president of Na’amat, the Movement of Working Women and Volunteers, also criticized Smotrich over his choice of words.“Only someone who has not been raped can use this terrible situation for his political needs. The elected officials need to be much careful in their words. The rape of women is a shocking thing that should only ever be condemned.”Smotrich defended his pro-settlement party’s decision not to leave the government in protest at the evacuation, saying it would be more effective to remain in the cabinet and push through laws beneficial to the settlement enterprise.“Leaving the government at the moment is not effective. We are going to push through the Regulation Law,” he said, referring to a bill currently going through parliament that would enable the government to recognize unapproved outposts built on privately held Palestinian land and offer financial compensation to the owners in return.On Tuesday morning Amona residents received an eviction order from the army, giving them 48 hours to leave the area with their belongings. Nevertheless, the government began evacuating the outpost Wednesday morning.
France ‘bitterly condemns’ latest settlement construction plan-Paris says green-lighting thousands of West Bank housing units ‘seriously endangers’ peace efforts, a sentiment echoed by UN-By Sue Surkes and AFP February 1, 2017, 5:36 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
France on Wednesday said it “bitterly condemned” Tuesday’s announcement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman of plans to build 3,000 homes in the West Bank, some of them outside settlement blocs Israel hopes to keep in a future peace deal with the Palestinians.The UN also expressed concern Wednesday at the settlement expansions.The comments came a week after Israel approved the construction of 2,500 housing units in the West Bank and 566 in East Jerusalem, marking a major uptick in settlement building following the inauguration of US President Donald Trump.The two earlier announcements of settlement construction were made immediately after Netanyahu spoke by phone with Trump, who has taken a less confrontational stance toward settlement building than predecessor Barack Obama, spurring the Israeli building spree.“Within a week they [the Israelis] have announced [plans for] 6,000 housing units, twice as many as those approved for construction through the whole of 2016,” a French foreign ministry spokesman said.“France bitterly condemns this decision and calls to mind once again that the settlements contravene international law and particularly the United Nations Security Council decision 2334 and that it seriously endangers the chances for a just and sustainable peace.”Resolution 2334, passed by the UN Security Council in December, demands an immediate halt to all Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The measure passed when the outgoing Obama administration broke with recent precedent and abstained.The UN also warned that the expansions could threaten peace efforts.“We once again warn against any unilateral actions that can be an obstacle to a negotiated two-state solution and call on both parties to return to meaningful negotiations,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.Earlier this month, the 70 participants at the Paris Peace Initiative reaffirmed that “a negotiated solution with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, is the only way to achieve enduring peace.”They also stressed the need for the final peace deal that would give full statehood to Palestinians while satisfying Israel’s security needs.“A negotiated two-state solution should meet the legitimate aspirations of both sides,” the statement read, “including the Palestinians’ right to statehood and sovereignty, fully end the occupation that began in 1967, satisfy Israel’s security needs and resolve all permanent status issues on the basis of [the relevant] United Nations Security Council resolutions.”The new settlement homes announced Wednesday will include 700 homes in Alfei Menashe, 650 in Beitar Illit, 650 in Beit Arye, 200 in Nofim, 150 in Nokdim (Liberman’s home settlement), 100 in Shilo, 100 in Karnei Shomron and 100 in Metsudot Yehuda.The announcement appeared to be an attempt by the government to calm settler anger over the court-ordered removal of Amona, which began Wednesday.After over a decade of delays and legal wrangling, the High Court ruled in December 2014 that Amona, which lies east of Ramallah, was built on private Palestinian land and must be demolished. Nine homes in the adjacent Ofra settlement were also due to be demolished.On Tuesday residents were given eviction notices, warning them to be out of their homes within 48 hours. The order allowed residents to file a new appeal to the IDF for a further 48-hour extension. Nevertheless, police began the evacuations a day later.The eviction came ahead of the final February 8 court-ordered deadline to demolish the outpost.
IDF vehicles reportedly operating inside Lebanon-Hezbollah says bulldozers carrying out work beyond border fence; army declines to comment-By Stuart Winer and Times of Israel staff February 1, 2017, 2:20 pm
Hezbollah claimed Wednesday that IDF units had crossed the Israeli-Lebanese border and were operating inside Lebanon, Channel 10 reported.The reported cited Hezbollah as saying IDF bulldozers were carrying out work near the border.Photos allegedly taken of the area showed a bulldozer and soldiers, although their country of origin was not clear.The IDF declined to comment about the reports.The IDF occasionally carries out work on the border fence, including activities on the Lebanese side of the border.In October 2016 an IDF soldier was shot and lightly injured by gunfire coming from Lebanon while he was on duty in northern Israel.The shots were fired from a passing car across the border, according to the IDF. The Israeli troops had been working on the defenses along the border, when they came under attack near Reches Ramim, southwest of Kiryat Shmona, the IDF said.The Lebanese military denied that the shooting had taken place, telling the government news outlet NNA that “there is no truth to the claims by some media reports from the Zionist enemy” — meaning Israel — “that shots were fired from a car within Lebanon at an Israeli soldier.”The injured soldier was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.Hezbollah, an Iran-proxy terror organization, maintains a large arsenal, which includes hundreds of thousands of rockets aimed at Israel.
1 And there was given me a(MEASURING) reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out,(TO THE WORLD NATIONS) and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.(JERUSALEM DIVIDED BUT THE 3RD TEMPLE ALLOWED TO BE REBUILT)
27 And he( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.
5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.
31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.(3RD TEMPLE REBUILT)
11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away,(AT THE MIDPOINT OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD)(3RD TEMPLE SACRIFICES STOPPED BY DICTATOR) and the abomination that maketh desolate set up,(TO WORSHIP THE DICTATOR OR DIE) there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.(1,290 DAYS)(AN EXTRA 30 DAYS AT THE END OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD FOR JESUS TO DESTROY THE ARMIES AGAINST JERUSALEM.AND TO JUDGE THE SHEEP AND GOAT NATIONS OF MATTHEW 25:31-46-HOW THEY TREATED ISRAEL DURING THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THEN I BELIEVE JESUS WILL REBUILD THE 4TH TEMPLE 25 MILES FROM THE CURRENT TEMPLE MOUNT.AND THEN JESUS RULES FOR THE 1,000 YEARS-THEN FOREVER FROM THAT 4TH TEMPLE.)
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)(THE DICTATOR SITS IN THE REBUILT 3RD TEMPLE CALLING HIMSELF GOD AT THE MIDPOINT OR 3 1/2 YEAR PERIOD OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.OR 7 YEAR PEACE TREATY BETWEEN ISRAEL-ARABS AND MANY OF DANIEL 9:27)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
REBUILT 4TH TEMPLE (THE TRUE MESSIAHS TEMPLE)
12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH;(JESUS) and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
9 Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.
10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.
1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.
17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.
3 For the LORD shall comfort Zion:(JERUSALEM) he will comfort all her waste places;(FROM NUCLEAR WAR) and he will make her wilderness like Eden,(I BELIEVE THE EZEKIEL 40-48,(4TH) TEMPLE WILL BE BUILT 25 MILES FROM THE CURRENT TEMPLE MOUNT AFTER JESUS RULE FOR THE 1,000 YRS FROM JERUSALEM) and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.(PRAISE TO JESUS IN THE DESERT-COULD BE THE NEW JERUSALEM-4TH TEMPLE BUILT 25 MILES INTO THE DESERT FROM THE CURRENT TEMPLE MOUNT.SINCE EZEKIELS TEMPLE IS WAY TO BIG FOR THE CURRENT TEMPLE MOUNT)
4 Hearken unto me, my people;(ISRAEL) and give ear unto me, O my nation:(ISRAEL) for a law shall proceed from me,(JESUS IN JERUSALEM) and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.(ISRAEL AND THE WORLD)
After bleating a path to Israel, Jacob’s sheep frolic in new home-With flock’s 5,000-year exile and difficult quarantine beset by rains behind them, biblical sheep are baaaack in the Holy Land-By Melanie Lidman and Video by Luke Tress February 1, 2017, 7:10 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
NES HARIM — Every new immigrant to Israel faces many challenges making a new life in the Holy Land. The 118 Jacob’s sheep, the first livestock to immigrate to Israel for religious reasons, are no different.Gil and Jenna Lewinsky have spent the past three years fighting to make aliyah to Israel with their herd of Jacob’s sheep, a breed whose genetics trace it back to the Middle East some 5,000 years ago. The sheep are characterized by “spots and speckles,” the kind of sheep that Jacob took from Laban in Genesis, Chapter 30.After a three-year-long journey that required top-level political negotiations between the Israeli Embassy and the Canadian Embassy, a road trip across Canada, $80,000 worth of flights to airlift the herd from Toronto to Tel Aviv, and a harrowing quarantine, the sheep are finally frolicking in their pasture in the Beit Shemesh suburb of Nes Harim.As with all new immigrants, the first issue to address was the housing quandary. For the sheep, this was a quarantine imposed by the Ministry of Rural Development and Agriculture. The wettest December in decades pelted the sheep with cold rain relentlessly, as their makeshift stables collapsed from heavy rain. Over 40 sheep got sick and five sheep died due to the difficult conditions. The Agricultural Ministry eventually allowed the Lewinskys to leave quarantine two days early to move to their new home in Nes Harim, ahead of another winter storm. They found the rental farm in Nes Harim through a farmers WhatsApp group.Now, as the sun shines over the Jerusalem mountains, the sheep playfully butt heads with each other and sniff at visitors’ pockets for treats, the difficult journey seemingly forgotten.“When we first got out of the desert [quarantine], everything was so overwhelming it didn’t sink in that we were really in Israel,” said Jenna Lewinsky. “The next day we walked in the Judean Hills, from here you can see all the way to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and even Gaza. We felt that we saw the footprint of God’s miracle. Every day when I wake up it feels like we’re living the dream,” she said.That’s partly because their bedroom window looks into the barn, so sheep impatient for their breakfast act as an alarm clock by bumping the glass with their nose and baa-ing pitifully until someone gets up to feed them.“There is a mystical bond between the Jewish people and these sheep, they bring so much joy to everyone who visits,” said Gil Lewinsky. Gil Lewinsky sometimes reads parts of the Torah to his flock, kneeling down among the ovines and making sure no curious onlookers try to nibble pages of the holy books.“This is the national flock of Israel, and the work has just started,” said Gil Lewinsky. “Our connection to these sheep goes back to the beginning of our faith.”The next step in the immigration process was the identity card, or for the sheep, a red tag in their ears. The Lewinskys decided not to remove the Canadian yellow tags, allowing the sheep to keep their Canadian “passports.”Eventually, all new immigrants need to join the workforce, and the sheep are no exception. The Lewinskys plan to turn the farm into an ecological heritage park and educational farm, which could open as early as March. They will offer “sheep trekking” with special sheep harnesses ordered from America, so visitors can choose their favorite sheep and go for a stroll in the stony Jerusalem hills that surround the farm, with stunning vistas and deep wadis. In the spring, Jenna Lewinsky, who completed a sheep-shearing course in Canada, will give the sheep haircuts. Future plans include possibly weaving tallits from the sheep’s wool. Until they open to visitors, the Lewinskys are subsisting on donations.New immigrants to Israel often struggle with adapting to the culture of their new home. But here is where the sheep, who don’t seem to be having any difficulty becoming culturally Israeli, diverge from their human counterparts. “Israelis that come to visit say they know they’re Israeli sheep because they don’t stand in line,” said Jenna Lewinsky. “Every sheep has its own idea of what it wants to do; each one is its own boss.”The sheep also seem to be adapting to the food. During the quarantine, Jenna left a bowl of hummus on the table and stepped away for a moment. When she came back, the hummus was gone. Abraham, one of the original patriarchs of the flock, had a bit of suspicious hummus stuck to his wool.The Lewinskys were never concerned that Abraham, whose magnificent horns and friendly demeanor make him an instant visitor favorite, would adapt to Israel. When the Lewinskys were still in Abbotsford, Western Canada, a volunteer who was considering donating came to visit the flock. She immediately connected with Abraham and knelt down to pet him under his chin, the “sweet spot” for sheep. Abraham, sensing the opportunity, tilted his head to the side, stuck his horn into her purse and deftly removed, among other things, her checkbook. She ended up making a donation. And after an exile that lasted more than 5,000 years, the Jacob’s sheep ended up back in Israel.
Iran confirms missile test, denies breach of nuclear deal-Defense minister says ‘action was in line with boosting Iran’s defense power,’ while foreign minister warns US not ‘to create new tensions’-By AFP and Times of Israel staff February 1, 2017, 2:04 pm
TEHRAN — Iran confirmed on Wednesday that it had tested a ballistic missile, but denied that was a breach of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.“The action was in line with boosting Iran’s defense power and is not in contradiction with the JCPOA (the nuclear deal) or Resolution 2231,” Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said.He was referring to a UN Security Council resolution that bans Iran from developing missiles that can carry nuclear warheads. Iranian officials have previously claimed the country cannot violate the resolution, as it has no intention of developing nuclear weapons.“This test was in line with our ongoing program,” the ISNA news agency quoted Dehghan as saying.“We have previously announced that we will execute the programs we have planned in production of defense items meant for our national interests and objectives. Nobody can influence our decision.”The missile test, which Fox News reported took place on Sunday, was unsuccessful; the Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile flew 600 miles and then exploded, it said, citing US officials. Israel’s Channel 10 television said the failed test actually took place nearly two weeks ago. It said the Iranians were plainly “testing Trump,” who last week, in a phone conversation with Netanyahu, said the two would consult closely to address “the threats posed by Iran.”Fox said the missile was launched from Semnan, outside Tehran, and that the failure involved “a reentry vehicle.” It noted that Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier Gen. Hossein Dehqhan said four months ago that Iran would start producing the missile.Channel 10 said the Khorramshahr is a Russian-developed missile originally intended for submarine launch that is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. It said North Korea has successfully tested it from a ground launch.Terming the test a “flagrant breach” of UN Security Council resolutions, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promptly demanded the reimposition of sanctions against Iran and said he would discuss with Trump a reevaluation of the “entire failed nuclear accord” that the Obama Administration and other P5+1 countries agreed with Iran in 2015.Tehran on Tuesday warned Washington against fueling tensions.“We hope that Iran’s defense program is not used by the new US administration… as a pretext to create new tensions,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.His comments came ahead of emergency consultations at the UN Security Council on the missile test convened at Washington’s request.US ambassador Nikki Haley told the meeting that the test-firing of the medium-range missile was “absolutely unacceptable.”“The United States is not naive. We are not going to stand by. You will see us call them out,” she said.The row comes against a backdrop of already strained relations between Washington and Tehran over US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries.Eric Cortellessa contributed to this report.
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