Thursday, February 16, 2017

 

NETANYAHU TO ARRIVE AT WHITEHOUSE AMID 2 STATE SOLUTION UNCERTAINTY.

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

After 27 centuries of exile,’ 102 Indian Bnei Menashe head to Israel-Members of ‘lost tribe,’ to arrive Tuesday and Thursday, will join community in Nazareth Illit-By Josefin Dolsten February 14, 2017, 5:35 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

JTA — One hundred and two members of the Jewish community in India, who trace their heritage to one of Israel’s lost tribes, are moving to Israel this week.The immigrants, who hail from the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram — home to the second largest concentration of the country’s Bnei Menashe community, as they are called — will arrive in Israel on Tuesday and Thursday. The move is being facilitated by Shavei Israel, a nonprofit that seeks to connect “lost” and “hidden” Jews to the Jewish state.This is the first time in three years that members of Mizoram’s Bnei Menashe community have moved to Israel, according to Shavei Israel.“After 27 centuries of exile, this lost tribe of Israel is truly coming home,” said Shavei Israel founder Michael Freund. “But we will not rest until all the remaining Bnei Menashe still in India are able to make aliyah as well.”Some 3,000 Bnei Menashe have immigrated to Israel in recent years, with another 7,000 remaining in India.The group plans to live in the city of Nazareth Illit, where other members of the community have already settled.Freund, a conservative writer and former aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said his organization was hoping to bring more than 700 Jews from India to Israel this year.In December, thousands of members of the Bnei Menashe community gathered, as they do each year, to celebrate Hanukkah in the town of Churachandpur, in the northeastern state of Manipur.Among those making aliyah were Mizmor Sharon and her two children. Sharon’s husband Shomron died two weeks ago of cancer, before he could make the trip.“My children and I are heartbroken that their father didn’t live to see his dream of making aliyah come true,” Sharon said. “But we are excited to be making this journey and to honor his legacy by building our new lives in the Jewish homeland. I am sure that he will be with us in spirit with every step that we take on the holy soil of Israel.”

LAND FOR PEACE (THE FUTURE 7 YEARS OF HELL ON EARTH)

JOEL 3:2
2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people(ISRAEL) and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.(UPROOTED ISRAELIS AND DIVIDED JERUSALEM)(THIS BRINGS ON WW3 BECAUSE JERUSALEM IS DIVIDED,WARNING TO ARABS-MUSLIMS AND THE WORLD).

THE WEEK OF DANIEL 9:27 WE KNOW ITS 7 YRS

Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week:(7 YEARS) and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.

DANIEL 11:21-23
21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.
24 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.

DANIEL 9:26-27
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) 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 ANIMAL 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.

JEREMIAH 6:14
14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

JEREMIAH 8:11
11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

1 THESSALONIANS 5:3
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

ISAIAH 33:8
8  The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant,(7 YR TREATY) he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.(THE WORLD LEADER-WAR MONGER CALLS HIMSELF GOD)

JERUSALEM DIVIDED

GENESIS 25:20-26
20  And Isaac was forty years old (A BIBLE GENERATION NUMBER=1967 + 40=2007+) when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.
21  And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
22  And the children (2 NATIONS IN HER-ISRAEL-ARABS) struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.
23  And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels;(ISRAEL AND THE ARABS) and the one people shall be stronger than the other people;(ISRAEL STRONGER THAN ARABS) and the elder shall serve the younger.(LITERALLY ISRAEL THE YOUNGER RULES (ISSAC)(JACOB-LATER NAME CHANGED TO ISRAEL) OVER THE OLDER ARABS (ISHMAEL)(ESAU)
24  And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
25  And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.(THE OLDER AN ARAB)
26  And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob:(THE YOUNGER-ISRAELI) and Isaac was threescore (60) years old when she bare them.(1967 + 60=2027)(COULD BE THE LAST GENERATION WHEN JERUSALEM IS DIVIDED AMOUNG THE 2 TWINS)(THE 2 TWINS WANT JERUSALEM-THE DIVISION OF JERUSALEM TODAY)(AND WHOS IN CONTROL OF JERUSALEM TODAY-THE YOUNGER ISSAC-JACOB-ISRAEL)(AND WHO WANTS JERUSALEM DIVIDED-THE OLDER,ESAU-ISHMAEL (THE ARABS)

ZECHARIAH 12:1-5 King James Bible
1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.

ISAIAH 28:14-19 (THIS IS THE 7 YR TREATY COVENANT OF DANIEL 9:27)
14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.

Top PA negotiator floats single state as US casts doubt on Palestinian independence-Saeb Erekat tells UK parliament speaker that Israel can’t have ‘apartheid regime,’ will have to allow ‘equal rights for everyone’-By Raphael Ahren and Times of Israel staff February 15, 2017, 3:23 pm

The only alternative to the creation of a Palestinian state is a one-state solution in which all Palestinians will get the right to vote, Palestine Liberation Organization Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said Wednesday, hours after a senior White House official appeared to withdraw the US’s traditional support for a two-state solution.“Contrary to [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s plan of one state and two systems, apartheid, the only alternative to two sovereign and democratic states on the 1967 border is one single secular and democratic state with equal rights for everyone, Christians, Muslims, and Jews, on all of historic Palestine,” Erekat said during a meeting with the speaker of the UK House of Commons, John Bercow, in Ramallah.Erekat’s comments came a day after the White House announced that Washington will seek to broker a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians, but that a two-state solution may not necessarily be the framework to bring that peace to fruition. The president will not insist on the two-state formula, the official said.Erekat said the two-state solution constituted a “painful” compromise from the Palestinian perspective.“As we have constantly stated, the two-state solution is a Palestinian adoption of an international formula,” Erekat, a former top peace negotiator, said. “In fact, it represents a painful and historic Palestinian compromise of recognizing Israel over 78% of historic Palestine. Today, almost six million Palestinians live under Israeli control in all of historic Palestine, while almost six million Palestinians live in exile.”Ramallah’s official position calls for a two-state solution, with the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital.In his meeting with Bercow, who earlier this week became the first sitting speaker of the UK parliament to visit Israel, Erekat called on London to “work toward justice for the Palestinian people, especially given the historic responsibility that the UK bears 100 years after the issuance of the Balfour Declaration,” a major diplomatic foundation for the establishment of the Jewish state.The Speaker of the House of Commons of the UK Parliament, the Rt. Hon. John Bercow, in a special meeting with students at the Knesset pic.twitter.com/8HybpF8tcx— Yuli Edelstein(@YuliEdelstein) February 14, 2017-Erekat denounced calls by UK Prime Minister Theresa May to celebrate the document’s anniversary as “unacceptable” and “insulting to the Palestinian people.” He further called on 10 Downing Street to recognize the State of Palestine and “to take concrete measures in order to save the two-state solution, including to ban all Israeli settlement products.”Hours before US President Donald Trump and Netanyahu were set to meet Wednesday for the first time since the president took office, a senior White House official said the United States would no longer seek to dictate the terms of any final peace settlement, but would support what the two sides agree to together.“A two-state solution that doesn’t bring peace is not our goal that anybody wants to achieve,” the official said in a briefing with reporters Tuesday night. “Peace is the goal. Whether it comes in the form of a two-state solution, if that’s what the parties want, or something else, if that’s what the parties want, we’re going to help them.“We’re not going to dictate what the terms of peace will be,” the official added. “President Trump has very much indicated that he wants to achieve peace,” he went on, noting also that an accord was a “very high priority for the administration.”Netanyahu told his advisers behind closed doors that he would tell Trump that there’s no point in establishing Palestinian state in the current climate, Channel 2 news reported Tuesday.The past three US presidents have all publicly embraced a two-state solution as the only means to achieving the coveted peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Any deviation from that posture would mark a dramatic shift in American foreign policy.A two-state solution has long been widely supported in Israel, as the basis on which the Jewish state was revived in 1948 following a UN vote in 1947, and as the formula that can ensure the maintenance of an Israel that is both democratic and has an overwhelmingly Jewish demographic. A little over three-quarters of the Israeli populace is Jewish, but in Israel and the various disputed territories, most demographers say the population is almost evenly split between Jews and non-Jews. The Jewish Home coalition party and many in Netanyahu’s Likud, however, flatly oppose Palestinian independence.Trump has yet to speak directly to the Palestinian leadership since taking office last month.Times of Israel staff and agencies contributed to this report.

Netanyahu to arrive at White House amid 2-state solution uncertainty-International community recoils over apparent retreat from Palestinian statehood formula ahead of high-profile meeting; Trump reportedly to discuss NATO-style alliance between Israel and Arab states against Iran-By Joshua Davidovich February 15, 2017, 2:17 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

18:08-France joins international pushback to WH 2-state retreat-France’s commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is “stronger than ever,” the French ambassador to the United Nations says after Washington signaled it was ready to step away from the policy.French Ambassador Francois Delattre says that the international community gathered at the Paris conference last month had reaffirmed support for a settlement that would see the creation of a Palestinian state.“It’s not up to me, of course, to comment on other countries’ position, but what I can say is our commitment to the two-state solution is stronger than ever,” Delattre tells reporters.Earlier the UN chief and Sweden responded by also declaring their commitment to the two-state solution.— AFP-17:59-New Gaza honcho won’t be tweeting, terror group says-The Hamas terror group announces that its new leader in Gaza, convicted murderer Yahya Sinwar, does not have any social media accounts.“We affirm that Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar does not have any accounts on Twitter or any other social media sites,” Hamas says in a statement posted on its official website.“We warn against circulating anything that is published through these fraudulent accounts,” the statement adds.Since his election victory was announced on Monday, one Twitter account claiming to be Sinwar was opened and has gained nearly 1,200 followers, including many journalists.— Dov Lieber-17:58-US to NATO: Pay your share or we’ll ‘moderate commitment’-US defense chief James Mattis has warned NATO allies Wednesday that Washington will “moderate its commitment” to the alliance unless they boost their spending.“No longer can the American taxpayer carry a disproportionate share of the defense of Western values,” Mattis says in prepared remarks given to his counterparts at NATO headquarters in Brussels.“If your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to this alliance, each of your capitals need to show support for our common defense.”— AFP-17:37-Netanyahu staff arrives at White House ahead of meeting-Netanyahu’s staff is arriving at the White House now, along with embassy officials and the press pool traveling with the prime minister.Netanyahu and his wife Sara are slated to arrive at 11:50 a.m. EST (6:50 p.m. Israel time) for a handshake with Trump and Melania Trump at the southern portico of the White House, with an honor guard present.At noon, the two are slated to convene a short press conference and will then retire to the Oval Office, where they will release statements.The two are expected to meet and have lunch together, with Trump blocking off time until 4:15 p.m. EST (11:15 p.m. Israel time) for Netanyahu.— Raphael Ahren-17:19-Death toll in crash up to three-The death toll in a two-vehicle crash in southern Israel has risen to three, as one person in serious condition succumbs to wounds sustained.Four other people were injured in the crash, according to MDA.Soroka hospital says it is treating four people, a woman in serious condition and three people in moderate and light condition.-16:56-Trump trying to broker Israel-Arab NATO-style alliance — report-The Wall Street Journal reports that the Trump administration is holding discussions with several Arab states to create a NATO-style alliance with Israel in order to thwart Iran and its Shiite allies.The report, citing five officials from the Arab countries involved, says the alliance will be on the agenda when Trump and Netanyahu speak later today.Countries involved would include Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as Egypt and Jordan, though Israel’s role would be in intelligence sharing and not combat-related, according to the report.The officials say cooperation with Israel would be contingent on the administration keeping the US Embassy in Tel Aviv and other demands. Saudi and Emirati officials also say cooperation with Israel could be done more in the open in exchange for a freeze on settlement building.Mike Flynn, who was Trump’s national security adviser before resigning this week, was reportedly heavily involved in the talks, along with defense chief James Mattis.Earlier in the day, the Israeli Haaretz daily reported that Netanyahu and Trump would discuss a regional peace deal for Israel with the Palestinian issue playing a smaller role.-16:44-New German president: I’ve been to Israel so often I lost count-German President-elect Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks with President Reuven Rivlin on the phone, and responds to an invite to Israel by saying he’s been here at least two dozen times already.“I think I have been fortunate to visit Israel more than 25 times, I have stopped counting,” he says in the phone call, according to a statement from Rivlin’s office.But he also says he’ll be happy to visit again at the first opportunity.In the conversation, Rivlin calls Steinmeier a “great friend of Israel.”“From the bottom of my heart, I congratulate you, and wish you much success. I thank you for all you have done in the past as foreign minister, and we look forward to working together once you take up your new role,” he says.-16:18-Trump and Netanyahu exchange Twitter well-wishes-With nearly three hours to go before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to arrive at the White House for his meeting with Donald Trump, the two are already engaging in Twitter diplomacy showing their warm friendship.After Netanyahu tweets that he is looking forward to the meeting, Trump’s official White House account tweets that he is looking forward as well.Looking forward as well Prime Minister @netanyahu. https://t.co/2M2zrPEbNO— President Trump (@POTUS) February 15, 2017-Meanwhile Trump’s personal account is continuing to thump intelligence agencies over the Flynn Russia scandal, calling them un-American and accusing them of handing out secrets “like candy.”The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy. Very un-American!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017-15:40-2 killed in Negev car crash-Two people, ages 40 and 50, have been declared dead after a collision between two vehicles in southern Israel.Five other people are injured in the crash, according to the MDA rescue service, including a 40-year-old woman in serious condition.The crash occurred on Route 40 near Mitzpe Ramon.-15:32-UN chief: 2-state solution must be saved-Speaking in Cairo, UN Chief Antonio Guterres says “everything must be done” to preserve the two-state solution.The comment comes after the White House signals that it is considering retreating from support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and hours before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump are set to meet.The White House announced Tuesday that Washington will seek to broker a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians, but that a two-state solution may not necessarily be the framework to bring that peace to fruition and that the president will not insist on it.-15:14-CIA chief secretly met with Abbas in Ramallah last night — reports-New CIA head Mike Pompeo met Tuesday night with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah in order to discuss the two-state solution and the security of the region, according to Hebrew and Arabic media reports.According to a report in the Palestinian News Agency Ma’an, based on a “reliable” source, the meeting took place in the PA headquarters in Ramallah, known as the Muqataa, and was attended by the head of the Palestinian intelligence service, Maj. Gen. Majed Faraj.Senior Palestinian security sources told Israel Radio last night’s meeting between Abbas and Pompeo was the second in recent weeks, with the first one taking place at the start of this month.The sides reportedly discussed the upcoming meeting between US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington.Over the weekend, Pompeo made a public visit to Turkey and Saudi Arabia.There was no immediate response to the reports from US officials.— Dov Lieber-15:03-‘Thanks a bunch,’ Jerusalem sarcastically tells Sweden after special envoy named-After Sweden announces a special envoy to the Israeli Palestinian conflict, Jerusalem reacts with bitter sarcasm to Stockholm.“Given the extraordinary successes of this Swedish government in peace making all over the world, we are deeply grateful for the decision to finally solve this region’s illnesses,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon tells The Times of Israel. “Why couldn’t they come sooner?”Israel has a history of attempting to burn Sweden with sarcastic responses. In 2014, after Stockholm recognized Palestine, then-foreign minister Avigdor Liberman quipped that “the Swedish government must understand that relations in the Middle East are more complex than one of IKEA’s flat-pack pieces of furniture.”At the time, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström shot back that building Middle East peace was actually pretty much the same as putting together a Liatorp bookcase or Hurdal wardrobe.“I will be happy to send him a flat pack of IKEA furniture and he will also see that what you need to put it together is, first of all, a partner. And you also need to cooperate and you need a good manual and I think we have most of those elements,” she said in an interview with CNN.— with Raphael Ahren-15:02-Trump says leaks ‘illegal,’ compares NSA and FBI to Russia-For the second time in as many months, US President Donald Trump is striking out at intelligence agencies, amid reports of leaks pointing to links between his election campaign and Russian officials.Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017-Trump calls the leaks to the New York Times and Washington Post illegal, blaming Democrats and comparing the NSA and FBI to Russia.This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017-Trump also thanks Eli Lake of Bloomberg for a column in which he posits that intelligence officials “politically assassinated” Michael Flynn.In mid-January, before being inaugurated, Trump compared the intelligence community to Nazis over a dossier that claimed Russia had material to blackmail him with.He later claimed any tiff with spy agencies was fabricated by the media.Thank you to Eli Lake of The Bloomberg View – "The NSA & FBI…should not interfere in our politics…and is" Very serious situation for USA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017-14:38-Sweden appoints special envoy to Israel-Palestinian conflict-Sweden has named a “special envoy” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict amid signals that Washington may retreat from international support for a two-state solution.“This year marks 50 years of the occupation of Palestine. Sweden continues to work for a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and will appoint a special envoy,” Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom declares during a parliamentary debate on foreign affairs.“When I visited Palestine in December it was noticeable that hope can turn to despair, and this features heavily in the consultations that Sweden is holding with almost 150 Israeli and Palestinian civil society organizations,” she says.UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which harshly condemned Israeli West Bank settlements, and the international peace summit held in Paris last month “could, in the best-case scenario, create the conditions for a renewed peace process and a two-state solution,” Wallstrom says.— Raphael Ahren-14:24-Give us liberty or give us equal rights, Erekat declares-Top Palestinian official Saeb Erekat says that Israel must give all Palestinians full voting rights if it refuses to agree to a Palestinian state, hours after a senior White House official appeared to backtrack from the US’s traditional for a two-state solution.“Contrary to [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s plan of one state and two systems, apartheid, the only alternative to two sovereign and democratic states on the 1967 border is one single secular and democratic state with equal rights for everyone, Christians, Muslims, and Jews, on all of historic Palestine,” Erekat says during a meeting with the speaker of the UK House of Commons, John Bercow, in Ramallah.Hours before Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were set to meet for the first time since the president took office, the White House announced Tuesday that Washington will seek to broker a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians, but that a two-state solution may not be the framework to bring that peace to fruition and that the president will not insist on it.— Raphael Ahren

Russian lawmaker implies Jews ‘boiled Christians in cauldrons’-Pro-Kremlin MP Vitaly Molonov under fire after also saying ancestors of two Jewish opposition figures ‘fed us to animals’-By AFP February 13, 2017, 9:28 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia — A pro-Kremlin Russian lawmaker came under fire Monday after saying the ancestors of local Jewish opposition figures in Saint-Petersburg “boiled Christians in cauldrons,” sparking indignation from Russia’s Jewish community.Vitaly Milonov, a Duma deputy known for his anti-gay initiatives, lashed out at the weekend at two local lawmakers leading a protest against handing over St. Isaac’s basilica, a top landmark in Russia’s second largest city, to the Russian Orthodox Church.“Christians survived despite the fact that the ancestors of Boris Vishnevsky and Maksim Reznik boiled us in cauldrons and fed us to animals,” ultra-conservative Milonov said at a rally Sunday to support the controversial handover.The statement triggered a storm of criticism, with another local lawmaker Alexei Kovalev petitioning for a criminal probe into possible incitement of hatred while prominent Jewish figures said it was shameful and could spark religious tensions.“For a State Duma deputy, it is unacceptable to make such irresponsible statements,” said the spokesman of Russia’s Federation of Jewish Communities (FEOR) Borukh Gorin.“Such a statement reeks of medieval obscurantism, discredits modern Russia, and is shameful of the party which he represents,” he told the Lekhaim Jewish magazine.Russian Jewish Congress president Yury Kaner told AFP: “It is clear to any normal person that these lawmakers are of Jewish descent and that he means Jews” by his statement.A fellow local lawmaker, Alexey Kovalev, officially appealed Monday to Russia’s investigative committee to launch a probe against Milonov.Milonov “committed actions inciting hatred” and “dishonored” the lawmakers, Kovalev said in his appeal, posted on his official Facebook page.He asked that Milonov’s statements be investigated under Russia’s anti-extremism law, which is widely used to prosecute opposition figures.Russia has a long history of anti-Semitism, with pogroms and settlement regulations in czarist times, as well as various limits on education and careers in the Soviet era.Last year, Russia emerged as the top country of origin among immigrants to Israel, with some 7,000 newcomers.

Iranian president visits 2 Gulf Arab states to improve ties-Rouhani meets with sultan of Oman before continuing on to Kuwait; both states have closer relations with Iran than rest of Gulf does-By AP and Times of Israel staff February 15, 2017, 5:32 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Oman Wednesday as part of a two-state visit aimed at reviving ties with Iran’s Gulf Arab neighbors.The official Oman News Agency said Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed met with the Iranian president following his arrival on Wednesday to the sultanate, which sits at the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula and shares control of the Strait of Hormuz with Iran.Rouhani is expected to travel to Kuwait after visiting Oman.Tehran’s relations with the six-member, Saudi-dominated Gulf Cooperation Council of Arab states have been strained since Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic relations with the Shiite power Iran last year.However, unlike its most of its fellow GCC members, Oman has sought to maintain cordial relations with Iran, due to both its geographical proximity to Iran and its desire to not fall under the sway of the Saudi dominated bloc.Unlike the rest of the GCC, which is predominantly Sunni, the majority of Oman’s citizens subscribe to the Ibadi sect of Islam, adding to the country’s desire to pursue a more independent foreign policy than its Sunni neighbors.Oman hosted secret talks between the US and Iran in the lead up to the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers, which helped pave the way for the completion of the agreement.Kuwait also has friendlier relations with Iran than other GCC members, with the country having a large Shiite majority, the tenet of Islam that the vast majority of Iranians follow.On Tuesday, Hamid Aboutalebi, the Iranian president’s deputy chief of staff, implored the Gulf states to take advantage of Rouhani’s visit to mend ties, calling on them not to let the opportunity “pass like a cloud,” Reuters reported.“Rouhani’s regional initiative to accept invitation of leaders of Oman and Kuwait signals the need for Islamic friendship and restoration of regional tie,” he said.

Trump rejects talk of Russian connection as ‘non-sense’-President denies campaign staff was in touch with Moscow officials; takes aim at ‘fake news media,’ Clinton, Obama-By AFP and Times of Israel staff February 15, 2017, 5:26 pm

WASHINGTON, United States — US President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed talk of a Russian connection as “non-sense,” two days after the resignation of his national security adviser Michael Flynn renewed questions about Moscow interference in US politics.“This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign,” Trump said in an early morning post on Twitter.The New York Times on Tuesday reported that US intelligence agents intercepted calls showing that members of Trump’s campaign had repeated contacts with top Russian intelligence officials in the year preceding the November 8 presidential election.US intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russia had intervened in the electoral process at least in part to help Republican property tycoon Trump win.This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017-In a barrage of tweets, Trump took fresh aim at some of the media Wednesday, while praising the conservative Fox television network.“The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great!” he tweeted.The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017-Trump also accused the US intelligence services of having leaked information, directly pointing the finger at the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.“Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washington post by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?) Just like Russia,” Trump wrote.Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017-He lobbed a hardball at his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, writing “Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?”Trump also repeated his argument that the real problem was the fact that the information was leaked, rather than the contents of the information, a claim he previously in the aftermath of the revelations about Flynn.““The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington?” Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?”The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy. Very un-American!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017.

Russia denies ‘fact-free’ NYT report on Russia-Trump ties-Moscow says claims that Russian officials were in steady contact with president’s campaign are part of ‘internal, political game’ in US-By Agencies February 15, 2017, 4:56 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

Russia on Wednesday denied a New York Times report that intercepted phone calls and records from last year show members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign held repeated contacts with Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election.Citing four current and former US officials, the Times said the Russians made contact with Paul Manafort, who briefly served as Trump’s campaign chairman. In late August, Manafort resigned from that job after disclosures by The Associated Press about his firm’s covert lobbying on behalf of Ukraine’s former pro-Russia governing party. Manafort dismissed the claims as “absurd” in an interview with the Times.The intercepted communications between Moscow and the Trump campaign were uncovered around the same time intelligence agencies discovered evidence that Russia was trying to influence the election outcome by hacking into the Democratic National Convention, according to the report.The intelligence agencies sought to determine whether the Russians had received cooperation from the Trump campaign, with three of the officials interviewed saying no evidence pointing to such a scenario was found. Current and former US officials interviewed by the Times declined to identify other Trump associates contacted by the Russians.Speaking to reporters in Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov pointed to the anonymity of the sources, saying that the reports “are not based on any facts, do not point to actual facts.”Meanwhile, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday that the allegations “prove once against there is a major internal, political game, you can call it bargaining, in the United States.”Russian lawmakers were more direct in trying to defend Trump.“This is not about information but about a high-precision information bomb,” Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the Federation Council’s information committee, tweeted. “The goal is to blow up the Trump administration.”The Times revelations came a day after Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned following reports he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with the Russians — specifically intercepted calls he made last year to the Russian ambassador to the United States in which US sanctions on Russia were discussed.The New York Times said earlier Tuesday that the FBI had interviewed Flynn on his phone calls with the Russian ambassador days into his job and that Trump had known about a possible problem over three weeks ago.Citing current and former government officials, the Times said that after the FBI interviewed Flynn on January 26, the justice department’s top official at the time, acting attorney general Sally Yates, reported to the White House that there were significant differences between what intelligence officials knew of the calls and what Pence had said publicly.Yates reportedly told the White House that the discrepancies left Flynn potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.Trump asked Flynn to resign on Monday after the retired army general admitted having misled Pence on whether his discussions in December with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak involved US sanctions on Moscow. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday that Flynn had lost Trump’s confidence.Pence insisted in television interviews in mid-January that Flynn hadn’t spoken about sanctions with Kislyak. But last week, it came to light that transcripts of those calls show the topic was broached. It appears Trump left his vice president in the dark for weeks.



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