Monday, April 24, 2017
NETANYAHU-PALESTINIAN MURDERING ARABS MUST MAKE REAL CHANGE FOR PEACE.NOT JUST PROPAGANDA LIES AGAINST ISRAEL ALL THE TIME.
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
They pay terrorists on a sliding scale... the more you kill, the more you get'-Netanyahu: Palestinians must make ‘real change’ for peace-In Fox News interview, PM calls on Trump to pressure Abbas at upcoming meeting on incitement, payments to terrorists’ families-By Times of Israel staff April 22, 2017, 9:00 am
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday called for international pressure on the Palestinians to stop incitement and halt stipend payments to the families of terrorists, in what he called “the first test of peace.”Speaking to Fox News’s Sean Hannity ahead of US President Donald Trump’s meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington on May 3, Netanyahu said that while Israeli leaders are “held accountable for every word… in the case of Abbas it’s like he lives in a different universe. He can say ‘I want peace’ to Western leaders, ‘I want peace, I’m willing to recognize Israel,’ but then to his own people he says the very opposite.”Netanyahu called for greater pressure on the Palestinian leadership to make steps for peace.Netanyahu said “the first test of peace is to say to them ‘Hey, you want peace? Prove it. Confront terrorism, stop rewarding terrorism, stop paying terrorists. And don’t finagle the books.’ What they do is [say], ‘Okay, we won’t pay directly, we’ll pay it to somebody else and they’ll pay it to the terrorists’ in a sort of circular fashion. No. Come clean on this.”In an apparent message to Trump ahead of the May meeting, Netanyahu said, “I think the only chance that this will change is if there’s pressure brought to them to make this real change.” If such a demand were put forward, he added, “that could make for a turning point.”The PA provides salaries and other benefits to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, including those convicted by Israeli civil courts of murder and terrorism, as well as to their families if they are killed while carrying out their attacks. It is believed that the PA pays hundreds of millions of dollars in such stipends every year.“They pay terrorists on a sliding scale… the more you kill, the more you get. And it accumulates to vast sums. Some of it contributed by Americans, by European governments,” Netanyahu said.After Hannity played a clip of a Palestinian toddler saying she wanted to stab Israelis, Netanyahu said, “This is what they hear in the Palestinian schools… This is what they are taught, this is what they’re inculcated with. And unless you change that you don’t get to the root of what has been preventing peace.”The Israeli leader demanded that the world “hold the Palestinian leadership accountable. Don’t let them get away with double talk.“The true test of their real intention is not what they say to foreign leaders, what they whisper in diplomatic corridors, the real test is what they say to their own people… To his own people he says ‘We don’t want a state next to Israel, we want a state instead of Israel.'”If the PA changed its tune, he said, “I would be happy. Prove me wrong. But prove me wrong not by nice words that are said in Washington DC in front of the cameras.”Changing tack to Iran’s growing presence in the Middle East, Netanyahu reiterated that Israel would not tolerate a nuclear-armed Tehran, but added that the threat posed by the Islamic republic “has brought a lot of the countries in the region to a different thinking about Israel.”The détente with formerly hostile neighbors such as Saudi Arabia is “potent with possibilities, ultimately for peace but certainly for our common security.”Netanyahu on Friday told US Secretary of Defense James Mattis that Israel welcomed the “strategic change of American leadership and American policy.”Hosting Mattis in Jerusalem, Netanyahu — whose relationship with former US president Barack Obama was frequently frosty — hailed the Pentagon chief’s “strong and forthright words” on Iran, and Trump’s “very forthright deeds” in launching a strike on a Syrian airbase following a chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime.“We sense a great change in the direction of American policy,” Netanyahu told Mattis at a joint press conference in Jerusalem.“This has been appreciated around the world and in our region. I think this is a welcome change, a strategic change of American leadership and American policy,” Netanyahu said.Testy relations between Obama and Netanyahu reached a low point over a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, led by Washington. Obama pushed hard for the agreement, but Netanyahu fiercely opposed it, arguing it will not prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and that the lifting of sanctions would allow it to support proxy terror groups.Trump also harshly criticized the deal, and on Thursday said Iran was “not living up to the spirit” of the agreement, adding that the United States would set out its position on it soon. Earlier on Friday, Mattis said the Iran deal “still stands.”On Tuesday, Trump ordered a review of the deal to be led by his National Security Council, although the State Department admits Iran has so far stuck to its side of the bargain.
Lebanese PM calls for permanent ceasefire with Israel-Saad Hariri urges UN to help reach long-term calm with Jewish state on his country’s southern border-By Times of Israel staff April 22, 2017, 5:26 am
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri urged the UN Friday to help his country reach a permanent ceasefire with Israel, Reuters reported.“I urge the UN secretary-general to support efforts to secure, as soon as possible, a state of permanent ceasefire. This is long overdue and my government is committed to move this agenda forward,” Hariri said.Hariri made the comments during a visit to south Lebanon, a day after Hezbollah organized a tour for journalists along the Lebanon-Israel border.The Lebanese leader criticized the media tour organized by Hezbollah during which armed gunmen from the group appeared in a UN-created border buffer zone meant to be free of Hezbollah presence, calling it “unacceptable in our opinion.”The Hezbollah tour, intended to show journalists defensive measures taken by Israel along the border in the past year, was also criticized by other opponents of the Iranian-backed group as a provocation and a violation of a 2006 UN Security Council resolution that created the buffer zone.Hariri, on his visit Friday, met with United Nations peacekeepers stationed in the area and renewed Lebanon’s commitment to international resolutions.“What happened yesterday is something that we, as a government, are not (involved) with and do not accept,” Hariri said. He struck a conciliatory tone, however, saying “there are political differences (with Hezbollah) that we put aside, and this is one of them.”“I came here to emphasize that our role as a government is to preserve Resolution 1701,” Hariri said.Thursday’s tour sought to paint Israel as afraid of a new conflict, while depicting Hezbollah as ready for war despite having committed thousands of its fighters to bolstering Syria’s President Bashar Assad.While taking queries from the journalists, a Hezbollah officer refused to answer questions about a possible next war with Israel or about the terror organization itself.During the tour, Hezbollah detailed the Jewish state’s new defenses and claimed that Israel had switched to a “defensive” doctrine for the first time in its history. In a clip aired on LBC, one of its officers is seen showing familiarity with Israeli northern towns and with Israeli military units operating in the area and their chain of command.While eager to discuss the measures they say Israel has been taking, Hezbollah officials refused to be drawn on their own preparations for war, beyond insisting on their ability to fight if one comes.Some analysts believe Hezbollah would be hard-pressed to fight on two fronts, Syria and Israel, but others note the group’s combatants have also gained new experience during years of battle in the Syrian conflict.Dov Lieber and agencies contributed to this report.
Residents claim Arabs would be welcome; police said to order a halt to building-Watchdog says first illegal outpost being built since PM vowed to halt them-Founders say they are motivated by cheap land, not ideology; move comes despite Netanyahu saying he won’t allow more settlements in gesture to Trump-By Tamar Pileggi April 22, 2017, 8:31 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
A new illegal outpost is being constructed in the West Bank, a watchdog group said Saturday, the first since a government decision to curtail settlement building as a goodwill gesture to US President Donald Trump.A statement from the NGO Peace Now said that construction has begun on a new outpost adjacent to the settlement of Adam, east of the Palestinian city of Ramallah.According to the group, the new outpost consists of seven light structures, such as mobile homes, some of which are still under construction.According to the Haaretz daily, police on Saturday ordered building in the new settlement stopped.The settlement is being built without government approval, Peace Now said. The founding residents told the organization the high cost of living in Jerusalem drove them to seek more affordable housing in the West Bank, and that they were not motivated by political or religious ideology.“Regardless of the reasoning behind the outpost residents, the political implication of the outpost are the same,” said Peace Now, which argues that continued settlement construction hampers the chances for a two-state peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.“What distinguishes this outpost from others is the settler leadership’s cynical exploitation of the economic situation of the new residents of the outpost, by granting them free land and enabling them to construct homes illegally, as long as it contributes to the settler goals of destroying the possibility of ever creating a Palestinian state,” Peace Now said.There was no immediate reaction from the government, with the report coming out on Shabbat.One outpost member told the Haaretz daily that the new secular community would also be open to Palestinian residents.“I have four children and no money,” Assaf Mamman told the daily. “There’s a housing crisis in Jerusalem, it’s crowded. Here there’s space to build something from the ground up, a village for both Jews and Arabs.”However, Peace Now said the claim that Palestinians would be able to live there appeared to be false.“According to Peace Now’s field visits and research, with quite certainty, there are no such indications that this is true,” Peace Now said.Some of the other settlers in the area disapprove of the new outpost.“It’s an eyesore,” one Adam resident told Haaretz. “Some of us paid over a million shekels, and all of a sudden we see that there are people who are getting a dunam (1/4 acres) or two (of land) for free?”Another Adam resident, who did not give his name, said that local residents were unhappy their new neighbors were secular, and were not committed to Israel’s settlement movement.“These aren’t the [national religious] types who care and come here out of love for the land,” he said. “These people who are coming have no money, most of them are divorced, which is asking for trouble. They aren’t religious and they’re not here because of their ideology.”The new outpost is being built just beyond the fence surrounding Adam, and unlike some illegally built West Bank settlements, it is not situated on private Palestinian land. The founders don’t have a building permit, but the Civil Administration has already approved general construction permits for the area surrounding Adam, making it difficult for the IDF to evict them.The construction comes after Israel evacuated the illegal Amona outpost earlier in the year. Amona was built on private Palestinian land and the courts ruled it had to be evacuated. The government has since legislated a law that would allow settlements built on private land to be retroactively recognized with compensation given to the Palestinian owners. That law is being challenged in the High Court of Justice.The new community could still be evacuated by the Binyamin Regional Council, but according to Haaretz, that would be unlikely as the council generally tolerates the building of illegal outposts in its jurisdiction.Last month, the Prime Minister’s Office announced that any future Israeli construction in the West Bank would be limited to existing settlement boundaries or adjacent to them. However, if legal, security or topographical limitations do not allow adherence to those guidelines, new homes will be built outside the current settlement boundaries but as close as possible to them.The specifics of the limitations were not immediately available, and it was not clear whether they constituted any significant change in policy beyond a general declaration of intent.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his ministers at the time the government would also prevent the construction of any new illegal outposts.The Trump administration — which has held the position that settlements are not “an impediment to peace,” but at the same time do not “help to advance peace” — expressed approval of an Israeli decision to curtail settlement building to within existing settlement boundaries or, in most cases, adjacent to them.“This is a very friendly administration and we need to be considerate of the president’s requests,” Netanyahu told the security cabinet in announcing the move.The announcement came hours after the security cabinet approved the establishment of a new settlement in the West Bank for families evicted from the recently razed Amona outpost.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.
Clashes erupt after settlers said to attack Palestinian homes in West Bank-Security forces break up skirmish in Nablus-area village; 4 Palestinians reportedly injured by rubber bullets-By Times of Israel staff April 22, 2017, 5:35 pm
A group of Israeli settlers on Saturday reportedly attacked Palestinian homes and clashed with local residents near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.Palestinians and settlers threw stones at each other near the village of Urif. The incident started after dozens of settlers from the nearby community of Yitzhar attacked Palestinian homes on the eastern side of the village, Palestinian officials told the Haaretz daily.Ghassan Douglas, the director of the Palestinian Authority’s settlement department, told Haaretz that over 100 settlers threw stones and confronted Urif’s Palestinian residents.The clashes were broken up by Israeli security forces who fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at the Palestinians. The army told Haaretz that they were not sure who started the fight or what prompted the clashes.According to Douglas, four Palestinians were hit by rubber-coated bullets during the dispersal.Israel’s Channel 10 said the Palestinians villagers shot firecrackers and threw stones at the security forces and settlers.On Friday, a group of masked settlers attacked a number of left-wing activists in the West Bank, beating them with baseball bats and stones.A video of the incident captured by a left-wing activist at the scene and published by B’Tselem showed masked youths rushing at the activists, screaming obscenities and hurling stones and swinging sticks and bats.B’Tselem said the incident occurred near the village of Al-Auja in the Jordan Valley and that Palestinian villagers were also attacked. The attackers were said to be youths from a nearby outpost, Baladim.IDF helicopters dispersed the settlers from the scene.
Four lightly wounded in Tel Aviv terror attack-18-year-old Palestinian from West Bank detained by police after using wire-cutters to stab people in lobby of beachfront hotel-By Judah Ari Gross April 23, 2017, 4:08 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Four people were wounded in an apparent terror attack at a hotel on the Tel Aviv beachfront by a Palestinian teen armed with wire-cutters, police said Sunday.The attack began in the lobby of the Leonardo Tel Aviv Hotel, where he attacked three people. He then fled outside and stabbed one more person before he was captured by police.All four victims, among them a man in his 70s and a woman in her 50s, were lightly wounded and treated at the scene by medics before being taken to Ichilov Hospital, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service.The Palestinian, identified as an 18-year-old from the Nablus area of the West Bank, was apprehended by police. After initially saying the motivation of the attack was unclear, police later determined that it appeared to be a terror attack.The Magen David Adom ambulance service said that the victims’ wounds appeared to have been caused by a blunt object. Police said the attacker used a pair of wire-cutters.
Poll puts Likud 4 seats ahead of Yesh Atid, though most unhappy with Netanyahu-Likud on 28 seats and Yesh Atid on 24 in new Channel 2 survey, but 61% are not satisfied with PM’s performance-By Times of Israel staff April 22, 2017, 8:09 pm
Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party has reestablished a lead over its centrist rival Yesh Atid, even though most of the public is not satisfied with Netanyahu’s performance as prime minister, a Channel 2 poll found.The poll, broadcast Saturday evening, gives the Likud 28 seats (from its current 30), four clear of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid on 24 (from its current 11).The survey, in which a representative sample of 503 Israelis were questioned, gives the Joint (Arab) List 13 seats, Isaac Herzog’s opposition Zionist Union 12, and Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home 10 seats.Next come Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu on 7, Shas on 7, United Torah Judaism on 7, Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu on 6 and Meretz on 6. Ex-defense minister Moshe Ya’alon’s anticipated new party fails to enter the Knesset in the survey.Were such a result to emerge from elections, Netanyahu’s Likud would likely have no difficulty in forming a governing coalition and retaining power. Several previous recent polls had shown Likud and Yesh Atid neck and neck.The survey was taken on Wednesday and Thursday by pollsters Midgam amid two political stories that might have been expected to damage the Likud — the announcement of new economic reforms by Kahlon without the involvement of Netanyahu, and a public argument at a Knesset committee session between bereaved parents and two Likud MKs.The improvement by the Likud in the poll contrasted with the findings of a second question put to respondents. Asked if they were satisfied with Netanyahu’s performance as prime minister, 33% said yes, 61% said no and 6% had no answer.The poll had a ±4.4 margin of error.A poll published on Israel’s Channel 10 a month ago found that the ruling Likud would win 26 Knesset seats, with Yesh Atid only just behind on 25.
Turnout slightly up as France votes in high-stakes race-Long lines reported in Jerusalem and Netanya for expats wishing to cast ballots in presidential election-By Guy JACKSON April 23, 2017, 4:38 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
PARIS (AFP) — France voted Sunday under heavy security in the first round of the most unpredictable presidential election in decades, with the outcome seen as vital for the future of the beleaguered European Union.Far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron are the favorites to progress to a run-off on May 7, but the result is too close to call in a deeply divided country.Four hours after voting stations opened, turnout was up slightly on the figure at the same stage in 2012, suggesting it could beat the final figure of 79.48 percent in that election.Nearly 47 million people are eligible to vote and most polling stations will close at 5 p.m. GMT (8 p.m. in Israel) with those in major cities shutting an hour later. First projected results are expected shortly afterwards.In Israel, polling stations at the French embassy in Tel Aviv and the consulates in Netanya and Jerusalem saw thousands of voters waiting in long lines to cast their ballots.According to Channel 10, the voter turnout for Israeli residents who are eligible voters in the French elections stood at 28.54 percent as of noon, just slightly more than the 28.29 percent of dual French-Israeli citizens who voted in the 2012 election.Le Pen, the 48-year-old leader of the National Front (FN), hopes to capitalize on security fears that were catapulted to the fore of the campaign after the fatal shooting of a policeman on Paris’s Champs Elysees avenue claimed by the Islamic State group.She cast her ballot in Henin-Beaumont, a former coal mining town in northern France that has an FN mayor.Aiming to ride a wave of populism that carried Donald Trump to the White House and led Britain to vote for Brexit, Le Pen wants France to abandon the euro and intends to call a referendum on withdrawing from the EU as well.Observers predict that a Le Pen victory could be a fatal blow for the EU, already weakened by Britain’s vote to leave.Macron, 39, is seeking to become France’s youngest ever president and has campaigned on a strongly pro-EU and pro-business platform.He voted in the chic Normandy seaside resort of Le Touquet with wife Brigitte, his former high school teacher who is 25 years his senior.Seeking to benefit from a worldwide move away from established political parties, the former banker and economy minister formed his own movement, “En Marche” (“On the Move”), that he says is “neither to the left nor to the right.”But polls show scandal-tainted conservative candidate Francois Fillon, a former prime minister, and hard-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon are also in with a fighting chance of finishing among the top two candidates and reaching the all-important second round.-‘Security a concern’-In the wake of the policeman’s killing on Thursday, 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers have been deployed around France to protect voters.The terror attack was the latest in a bloody series have cost more than 230 lives since 2015.Guy Belkechout, a 79-year-old pensioner who was voting in the working-class Parisian suburb of Trappes, said he was concerned.“Security issues have influenced me after the attacks. Candidates who want fewer security measures, who want to reduce the police’s powers, have not got my vote,” he told AFP.But Yanis Olive, a 35-year-old photographer voting in Paris, said security was not “a major issue” — unemployment and the economy were more important.“Emmanuel Macron’s youth and positive demeanour is attractive,” he said. “I really don’t want Fillon or Le Pen so I’ve chosen Macron because I think he is going to be in the second round.”Analysts believe the attack so late in the campaign could hand an advantage to candidates seen as taking a hard line on security issues.“If it were to benefit someone, that would clearly be Marine Le Pen who has dominated this issue throughout the campaign, or Francois Fillon,” said Adelaide Zulfikarpasic of the BVA polling institute.In the aftermath of the shooting, Le Pen called for France to “immediately” take back control of its borders from the EU and deport all foreigners on a terror watchlist.US President Trump tweeted that the shooting “will have a big effect” on the election.-Fake job scandal-Closely watched around the world, the French campaign has been full of unpredictable twists and turns.A race that began with the surprise nomination of Fillon as right-wing candidate in November shifted into a higher gear in December when unpopular Socialist President Francois Hollande decided not to seek re-election.Hollande’s five years in office have been dogged by a sluggish economy and the constant terror threat.After voting in Tulle, central France, Hollande said “democracy is stronger than all else,” in a reference to the Paris attack.Fillon was the early frontrunner until his support waned after he was charged following accusations he gave his British-born wife a fictitious job as his parliamentary assistant for which she was paid nearly 700,000 euros ($750,000) of public money.Though there are four main contenders in the election, a total of 11 candidates are taking part.The candidate for the governing Socialists, Benoit Hamon, was a distant fifth going into the final weekend.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.
ISRAEL SATAN COMES AGAINST
1 CHRONICLES 21:1
1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I (GOD) will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee,(ISRAELIS) and curse (DESTROY) him that curseth thee:(DESTROY THEM) and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee (ISRAEL) shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing;(DESTROYED) and they that strive with thee shall perish.(ISRAEL HATERS WILL BE TOTALLY DESTROYED)
7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble;(ISRAEL) but he shall be saved out of it.
1 And at that time shall Michael(ISRAELS WAR ANGEL) stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people:(ISRAEL) and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation(May 14,48) even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro,(WORLD TRAVEL,IMMIGRATION) and knowledge shall be increased.(COMPUTERS,CHIP IMPLANTS ETC)
Anti-Semitic incidents down 12% worldwide, but rising in US, UK-Researchers at Tel Aviv University say that while the number of violent attacks in Europe is falling, Jew hatred on American campuses is on the rise-By JTA April 23, 2017, 2:57 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
The number of anti-Semitic incidents worldwide decreased by 12 percent in 2016 despite a spike in cases in the United Kingdom and the United States, Tel Aviv University’s watchdog on anti-Jewish racism said.The data was published Sunday, ahead of Israel’s national Holocaust Remembrance Day, in the annual “Antisemitism Worldwide” report by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University.The report is a global overview combining surveys from recognized watchdogs from dozens of countries, including nearly all European Union member states. The decrease in the overall number of incidents mirrored a decline in the number of violent assaults, from 410 in 2015 to 361 the previous year, the report said.Bucking the overall decrease in incidents from 2015 was the recording in 2016 of 1,309 incidents in the United Kingdom alone, constituting a 36 percent increase over the 2015 tally.The Community Security Trust, the British-Jewish charity that compiles the report in Britain, said in February it could not attribute the increase to any single trigger, citing instead a “combination of events and factors,” including an unprecedented public debate about anti-Semitism within the Labour Party, terrorist attacks in Western countries and the June referendum in which a majority of voters supported a British exit from the European Union.In the United States, “there was an alarming rise of 45 percent in anti-Semitic incidents on university campuses, where Jewish students are facing increasing hate and intolerance,” Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, said in a statement about the report.It was a reference to a study conducted by the anti-Semitism watchdog group AMCHA Initiative, which reviewed acts of anti-Semitism at 113 public and private colleges and universities with the largest Jewish undergraduate populations. Last year, 433 anti-Semitic incidents were reported, compared to 309 in 2015. However, the report’s findings and methodology were challenged by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, among other critics.In Austria, where approximately 8,000 Jews live, the number of anti-Semitic incidents rose slightly in 2016 to 477 from 465 the previous year — when the figure had jumped by roughly 200, the country’s Forum Against anti-Semitism said.In France, authorities recorded a 58 percent drop last year in anti-Semitic incidents in a report that identified only far-right perpetrators and questioned the existence of a new anti-Semitism by Muslims over Israel’s actions. The report attributed the decrease to the deployment of troops around Jewish institutions. In 2001, the SPCJ security group of the Jewish community documented a 71 percent decrease to 219 cases. In 2004, SPCJ recorded 974 incidents.In addition to the French government’s explanation for the decrease, there is “the fact that more Jews avoid appearing in public spaces with identifying attributes such as Yarmulke and a Star of David,” the Kantor Center said in a statement about its report.In addition to incidents perpetrated by culprits associated with far-right causes, many cases feature radical left-wing characteristics, Kantor said.“We are now witnessing that the targeting of Jews is no longer the sole domain of the far right. The far-left are now using the same messages, tactics and agenda,” he said.
Analysis-Cynically led, and out of electricity, Gaza is close to breaking point again-Hamas is funneling all available resources into its military infrastructure to fight Israel, complaining that Abbas won’t pay for its fuel, and milking everything it can from Gazans. It won’t end well-By Avi Issacharoff April 22, 2017, 10:55 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
‘As usual, the situation is shit,” says A., a resident of the Gaza Strip. “It is so bad here that all we can do is laugh about it. We have four hours of electricity and then there’s none for half a day. Then we get another four hours, and then 12 more hours without it. Do you understand? “So there is all kinds of black humor now. Kids tweet and post things like, ‘In other countries, the snow comes down; here, it’s the electricity.’ I saw a photo on Facebook of two teenagers looking at a sign belonging to Gaza’s electric company and laughing. What are we going to do? After all, we dare not speak out against Hamas, and speaking out against the Palestinian Authority won’t help.”Power outages in Hamas-ruled Gaza, combined with abject poverty, have turned into an all too familiar routine for the Strip’s inhabitants. Every few months, the Palestinian Authority announces its refusal to pay the excise tax that Israel collects for the fuel that enters Gaza. Hamas, the Islamist terror group that seized control of the Strip in 2007, also refuses to pay, the power station in Gaza stops working, and Gazans lose their electricity.The last time the power station ceased operations, Qatar stepped in and paid Israel for the fuel. Qatar may do the same now as well, but sooner or later even the Qataris may become fed up with the fact that Hamas is living it up at their expense.The PA is already infuriated. Hamas continues to demand that PA President Mahmoud Abbas and his people, or Qatar, pay for the diesel fuel that gives Hamas electricity. This, despite the fact that Hamas collects taxes from the residents of the Gaza Strip, and all the money goes into its coffers.But then, this is Gaza, where anything is possible — including stealing residents’ money by imposing new taxes on top of old taxes, and manufacturing a humanitarian crisis in order to blame it on the Palestinian Authority and on Israel.Hamas has a well-oiled policy of screwing things up, then crying foul. It is astonishing to watch it funnel tens of millions of dollars each year to its military wing, its rocket makers and its tunnel diggers, in pursuit of its relentless goal of destroying Israel, while simultaneously pleading that it cannot pay for water or fuel. Almost every day this past week, Hamas has organized marches of thousands of furious residents, who burn photographs of Abbas and of his prime minister, Rami Hamdallah, together with Israeli flags, of course.Anyone who dares wonder aloud about Hamas’s cynical mismanagement is asking for trouble. A man named Mahmoud el-Zak, who is not a member of Fatah, was arrested and beaten this week. His crime? He dared to write about Hamas consuming electricity in Gaza without being willing to pay for it. The deterrent message was clear — it’s safer for Gazans to blame the PA and Israel.No imminent solution appears likely. For years, the Abbas government in Ramallah has paid Gaza’s water and electricity bills. But recently something in the PA and Fatah leadership seems to have snapped. Hamas supplies electricity to its own units and institutions, as well as to its military, civilian and political wings — all at the PA’s expense. And the PA may not be willing to take it anymore.In 2016, the PA’s overall budget was $4.14 billion, of which the Gaza Strip’s share was $1.65 billion. In other words, approximately 40 percent of PA funds is going to an entity under Hamas rule. Hamas, for its part, bolsters its coffers with various taxes that go to its military wing, which fights not only against Israel but also against the PA.Hamas claims that the figures are misleading. It says that the PA receives hundreds of millions of dollars per year from the Gaza Strip, directly or indirectly (taxes, customs, and so on), and that the PA’s overall investment in Gaza is disproportionately small.About a month ago, Hamas appointed a new management committee that functions as a de facto Gaza government. This did not go down well with the PA. It felt like a slap in the face for Ramallah, which pays not only Gaza’s bills, but also the salaries of 60,000 PA officials living and working in the Gaza Strip, almost all of whom are sitting at home with no real work because of Hamas’s takeover of Gaza’s government offices. Those officials’ salaries are actually the main economic engine of the Gaza Strip. Ramallah cut the salaries of those 60,000 officials by 30% — a signal to Hamas that unless it transfers the powers of government to Hamdallah, it will have to bear all the Gaza costs from now on.Two leaders of Fatah, Ahmed Hils and Rawhi Fattouh, met with high-ranking Hamas officials on Wednesday in an effort to resolve the crisis. But afterward, the senior figures who had attended the meeting sounded skeptical about the possibility of compromise.Fatah demands that Hamas first of all disband the new management committee, and ultimately give up its control of Gaza.Khalil al-Hayya, a high-ranking Hamas official in Gaza, said that Hamas has no intention of doing so. The committee will not be disbanded, nor does Hamas intend to relinquish the last territorial bastion still under the control of a movement created by the Muslim Brotherhood. Al-Hayya would say only that if Hamdallah’s government wanted to come to Gaza and solve its problems, it was welcome to do so. Hamdallah is unlikely to take up the invitation.Meanwhile, the average Gazan is left paying more for many products than his compatriot in the West Bank, even though life in the Strip is much worse.How so? Because of the multiple taxes Gazans pay on goods: one tax goes to the Palestinian Authority and another goes to Hamas’s treasury.If Ahmed from Jabalia has his heart set on a new car, he will first pay the price of the car, plus the tax that the Palestinian Authority imposes. When the vehicle is brought into Gaza, however, he must also pay a “passage toll,” and yet another tax that Hamas collects based on the car’s value.The same goes for other items including televisions and electrical appliances.Hamas is not kind to the Gazans. If a Gazan merchant imports beef, Hamas collects a tax of 90 shekels ($25) for each head of cattle in addition to the tax on the truck that arrives to load the merchandise at the Kerem Shalom border crossing.All of this underlines why tension and frustration are growing in Gaza. Unemployment is sky high — 41.7% in Gaza as compared with 18.2% in the West Bank (Israel’s unemployment rate is approximately 4.3%). Monthly salaries for those who do have a job are low — 1,600 shekels (a little over $400), compared to 2,000 shekels ($550) in the West Bank. Poverty is everywhere. And now the power is down again.It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out what is going to happen, eventually, to this barrel of gunpowder.
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