Wednesday, June 14, 2017
NETANYAHU-ISRAEL NOT SEEKING ESCALATION OVER GAZA ELECTRICITY CRISIS.
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
Liberman: Settlement building at highest level since 1992-Responding to critics, defense minister warns that calling for any more building could endanger entire settlement enterprise-By Jacob Magid June 11, 2017, 3:07 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman boasted Sunday that West Bank settlement building numbers were the highest they have been since in over 20 years, and warned that clamoring for more construction could bring the whole enterprise tumbling down.Responding to criticism from settler leaders over what they believe to be an insufficient amount of construction in the West Bank, Liberman warned that the rate of building was as high as it could possibly go.“Anyone who claims that it was possible to approve more construction in the settlements is not just trying to stretch the rope but to tear it completely, thereby endangering the entire settlement enterprise,” the defense minister said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.“There was and will not be a government that will take better care of the Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria,” Liberman added, using the biblical term for the West Bank. He said settlement building numbers for the first half of 2017 were the highest they have been since 1992.Liberman, who is required to authorize each approval by the Civil Administration’s High Planning Subcommittee, said 3,651 housing units were greenlighted last week and a total of 8,345 units have been okayed since the beginning of the calendar year, terming the figures “the maximum.”The figures were similar to those published by settlement watchdog Peace Now last week.Counting plans and tenders, Peace Now said 7,721 units had been advanced this year, almost triple the number for all of 2016, which amounted to 2,699.Peace Now could not immediately say whether it agreed that this year’s figures were the highest since 1992, which is before settlement construction slowed as a result of the Oslo accords.Last week, settler leaders blasted as unsatisfactory the number of construction projects advanced by the subcommittee.The uproar led to a meeting on Thursday between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the heads of various West Bank regional councils to discuss ways to further advance settlement building.While the settler leaders left the meeting speaking of a positive atmosphere, they were unable to name any concrete gains.Samaria Regional Council Head Yossi Dagan dismissed Liberman’s numbers on Sunday, saying they had been mistallied. “I have great respect for the defense minister, but his numbers are unfortunately incorrect,” he said.Dagan claimed that in order for Liberman to arrive at his figure of 8,345, the defense minister double-counted many of the housing units. “The actual number is less than 2,000, in comparison to the 20,000 units that the cabinet approved for Arab residents living in Area C of Judea and Samaria,” he said, the part of the West Bank that is under Israeli administrative and military control. He accused the government of having a de facto settlement freeze.Among the plans advanced by the Civil Administration’s High Planning Subcommittee last week were 102 housing units for the new settlement of Amichai built for evacuees of the illegal Amona outpost.An Israeli government-sanctioned settlement would be the first official new settlement in a quarter of a century.Also approved by the subcommittee were 839 and 603 housing units for the Ariel and Ma’ale Adumim settlements respectively.In addition, the Defense Ministry body approved 255 housing units in the Kerem Re’im outpost near the settlement of Talmon, west of Ramallah, retroactively legalizing an illegal outpost.“The Defense Ministry approved the planning of Kerem Re’im as a ‘neighborhood’ of Talmon when the two are considerably far away from one another,” Lior Amichai of the Peace Now settlement watchdog pointed out. “This goes against the government’s agreement not to build outside of existing neighborhoods.”
Netanyahu: Israel not seeking escalation over Gaza electricity crisis-Amid spiraling tensions, PM says issue an ‘internal Palestinian dispute’ between Hamas and Palestinian Authority-By Stuart Winer June 13, 2017, 4:51 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday distanced Israel from responsibility for the worsening electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip, saying the matter was an internal Palestinian dispute between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.Israel has “no interest in an escalation with Hamas,” the prime minister added.Netanyahu’s comments came a day after the Israeli security cabinet decided Sunday night it would cut the amount of power it supplies to Gaza, at the request of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas who is seeking to ramp up pressure on Hamas, the ruling party in the Strip and his Fatah party’s bitter rival.Hamas responded to the decision by saying Monday it would have “disastrous and dangerous” results that could lead to an outbreak of violence.Speaking at ceremony to launch a major housing construction drive in the central Israeli town of Be’er Yaakov, Netanyahu said Israel was not seeking a confrontation with the Hamas terror group.“The issue of electricity in Gaza is a dispute between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas,” Netanyahu said. “Hamas is demanding that the PA pay for the electricity, and the Palestinian Authority is refusing to pay. It is an internal Palestinian dispute.”“In any case, I want to make it clear that Israel has no interest in an escalation [with Hamas] and any other speculation is wrong. But we have an interest in security, and our policy is clear on the subject of security and it won’t change,” he said.Hamas on Monday had warned the spiraling crisis could result in war.“The decision of the occupation to reduce the electricity to Gaza at the request of PA President Mahmoud Abbas is catastrophic and dangerous. It will accelerate the deterioration and explode the situation in the Strip,” said Hamas spokesperson Abdel Latif al-Qanua on Monday, using an epithet for Israel.“Those who will bear the consequences of this decision are the Israeli enemy, who is besieging the Gaza Strip, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas,” he added.Gazans currently receive only between three and four hours of electricity a day, delivered from the territory’s own power station and others in Israel and Egypt.The Israeli cabinet decision would see a reduction of about 45 minutes to the amount of time every day during which Gaza receives electricity, Israeli media reported.During the cabinet meeting top military officials, including IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, warned that the power cut could lead to an escalation in violence while welcoming the pressure on Hamas, according to a Haaretz report, citing a member of the security cabinet.The power cuts, as well as a number of other steps taken by the PA since last month, are aimed at forcing Hamas to cede control of the Strip, or begin footing the bill itself.Both Israel and the PA charge that Hamas would have the money to supply Gaza’s power needs if it didn’t expend a large part of its resources on armament and preparation for future conflict with the Jewish state.Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007 after a violent conflict with the Fatah party. Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.The enclave’s only power plant stopped running in April, after Hamas ran out of fuel and refused to purchase more from the Palestinian Authority over what it said were high taxes.Egypt also provided a small amount of power to Gaza, but those power lines have been malfunctioning.According to Major General Yoav Mordechai, who heads COGAT, the Defense Ministry unit that administers civilian manners in the Palestinian territories, Israel currently supplies Gaza with 125 megawatts monthly — around 30 percent of what is needed to power Gaza for 24 hours a day.After the new decision is implemented, Israel will supply Gaza with only 75 megawatts a month.The PA has been paying NIS 40 million ($11.1 million) a month for the 125 megawatts. Mordechai said he received an “official notice” from Ramallah saying it is “interested in transferring” just NIS 20-25 million ($5.6-7 million) a month for electricity to Gaza.AFP and Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.
Turkey’s Erdogan slams ‘inhumane’ isolation of Qatar-Noting that Doha has backed the war on Islamic State, Istanbul urges Saudi Arabia to work to end crisis-By AFP June 13, 2017, 3:20 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
ISTANBUL, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday slammed the economic and political isolation of Qatar as inhumane and contrary to Islamic values after key Gulf states broke off ties with Ankara’s ally.“Taking action to isolate a country in all areas is inhumane and un-Islamic,” Erdogan said in televised comments to his party in Ankara, after Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain broke off relations with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism.In his strongest comments yet on the crisis, Erdogan added that Qatar was a country “on which a death sentence had in some way been pronounced.”The crisis has put Turkey in a delicate position as Ankara regards Qatar as its chief ally in the Gulf but is also keen to maintain its improving relations with the key regional power Saudi Arabia.Turkey also is eager to maintain workable relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia’s foe with whom Doha’s critics say Qatar maintained excessively close ties.Erdogan added he would hold three-way phone talks on the crisis later Tuesday with French President Emmanuel Macron and Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.The move by Saudi Arabia and its allies came shortly after US President Donald Trump visited Riyadh, with some analysts saying the US leader had emboldened the Saudi leadership.Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Erdogan would hold talks on the crisis with Trump in the coming days.Erdogan vehemently rejected the accusations — already strongly denied by Doha — that Qatar supports terrorism, arguing the country had been a staunch opponent of Islamic State (IS) jihadists.“Qatar is a country which, like Turkey, has adopted the most resolute stance against Daesh (IS),” said Erdogan. “Let’s stop fooling ourselves.”But Qatar has hosted the leaders of Hamas in Doha for many years, and has supported the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group in Egypt, factors that led to some expressions of support for the Saudi boycott from countries like Egypt, Israel and Jordan.Striking a careful balance, Erdogan stopped short of directly criticizing Saudi Arabia’s actions but called on Saudi King Salman to show leadership by solving the crisis.“I think that as the elder statesman of the Gulf, the king of Saudi Arabia should solve this affair and show leadership,” said Erdogan.Turkey’s parliament last week approved deploying troops to a Turkish base in Qatar in what was seen as a show of support for its embattled ally.The agreement does not contain any specific number of troops to be stationed in the base, or a date for deployment.The curbs placed on gas-rich Qatar have ranged from bans on flag-carrier Qatar Airways using airspace of the countries involved to Saudi Arabia suspending subscription sales and renewals to a Qatar-linked sports broadcaster.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.
Top Israel and UN officers spar in front of Nikki Haley – report-IDF deputy chief of staff says United Nations force in south Lebanon not doing its job, afraid to confront Hezbollah-By Times of Israel staff June 11, 2017, 11:15 pm
Israel’s deputy chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, and the commander of the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon reportedly got into a heated argument while giving a tour of the tense border to visiting US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday.According to a Channel 2 news report Sunday, Haley was being briefed by UNIFIL commander Maj. Gen.l Michael Beary, who told her the situation on the border was stable and did not require further intervention.Beary was interrupted by Kochavi, who told Haley that UNIFIL was not doing its jobs properly and was wary of entering the villages and cities of southern Lebanon and confronting the Hezbollah terror group.Kochavi called on Haley to help change the mandate of the international force to enable it to disarm Hezbollah, the report said.A diplomat later apologized to Haley for the outburst, but she reportedly said it was good that she got to see the reality of the Israeli side and that it would influence her work at the world body, where she has been a staunch supporter of Israel.UNIFIL, or the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, is an international force created by the Security Council in March 1978 to maintain the border between Israel and Lebanon. Since 2006’s Second Lebanon War the force has also been charged with monitoring the cessation of hostilities between the two countries, supporting Lebanese troops deployed in the south of the country, and ensuring humanitarian access to civilians in the region.The 15,000-strong UN force is also charged with ensuring “the immediate cessation” of attacks by Hezbollah, and of ensuring “the immediate cessation by Israel of all offensive military operations.”Hezbollah has significantly built up its weapons stockpile since the 2006 war and has upgraded its arsenal to about 150,000 missiles, Israeli officials say. Israel also fears that some advanced weapons like surface-to-sea weapons or anti-aircraft missiles might have reached Hezbollah.The US envoy was visiting Kibbutz Misgav Am, on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon, where she received briefings from IDF officers and UNIFIL forces.Earlier in the day she visited Israeli communities in areas surrounding the Gaza border region, meeting local residents and touring one of the crossings into the Hamas-ruled Palestinian enclave.During her tour of the south, Haley visited with residents of Kibbutz Nahal Oz, surveyed a Hamas-dug attack tunnel near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, and toured the Kerem Shalom border crossing, the main crossing through which goods are transferred from Israel to the Strip.
Woman strips naked at Western Wall-23-year-old streaker detained by police, to be sent for psychiatric evaluation-By Times of Israel staff June 11, 2017, 5:11 pm
A woman stripped off her clothes at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Sunday and ran from the women’s section toward the men’s section of the holy site.The 23-year-old, said to be a resident of the Jerusalem area, was quickly stopped and covered up by security personnel and guards, who then detained her, police said in a statement.The woman was escorted away from the Western Wall plaza and was questioned by police. She will also be sent for a psychological evaluation.“She came in clothed and at some stage took off her clothes. She seemed to be determined, as if she wanted to cause a provocation,” a witness told Channel 2.“People started to scream and cry and when she started moving toward the men’s section she was stopped by force,” the witness said.In (NSFW) video of the incident, the woman can be seen from behind walking calmly toward the men’s section.Another woman runs up and tries repeatedly to cover her with a shawl, but she pushes her away, before starting to run.She makes it into the entrance of the men’s section before she is roughly grabbed by the arms by two men who pull her up to the area where there are public bathrooms and a police station.All the while, people can be heard yelling, “This is a modest place.”Police later detained her and said she was taken for a psychological evaluation.Her parents told police that she suffered from mental health issues, Channel 2 reported.The Western Wall, part of the retaining walls of the Second Temple compound, is the closest point of prayer for Jews to the site of the Temple itself and thus the Jewish people’s holiest place of prayer.
Netanyahu urges UN refugee agency for Palestinians be shut down-After Gaza tunnel uncovered beneath school, PM reveals he told US envoy Nikki Haley the time may have come to close UNRWA-By Raphael Ahren June 11, 2017, 12:56 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called for the closing of UNRWA, the United Nations’ agency dealing with Palestinian refugees, saying he had already urged the US envoy to the world body to consider pushing for it to be shuttered.On Sunday, two days after the announcement of a tunnel that was discovered June 1 underneath a UNRWA-run school in Gaza, Netanyahu said he told US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley during her visit to Israel last week that it was time to reconsider the agency’s existence.“Hamas uses schoolchildren as human shields. This is an enemy we have been fighting for many years and committing a double war crime: On the one hand, they deliberately attack innocent civilians, and on the other hand they also hide behind children,” Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.Netanyahu, who is also foreign minister, said he instructed the Foreign Ministry’s director-general, Yuval Rotem, to file an official complaint at the UN Security Council. On Saturday, Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon wrote a letter of complaint to the president of the Security Council.Netanyahu said that on Wednesday he told Haley, who was visiting Israel for the first time, that it was time for the UN to “re-examine UNRWA’s continued existence.”Created in 1949 in the wake of Israel’s War of Independence, UNRWA, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, operates schools and provides health care and other social services to Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.Netanyahu accused the organization of inciting against Israel while doing nothing to help the plight of Palestinian refugees. He asked why they needed a specific body, when the UN High Commission for Refugees has helped tens of millions of displaced persons since World War II.“The time has come to dismantle UNRWA and have its parts be integrated into the UN High Commission for Refugees,” he said, accusing the body of “perpetuating” the plight of Palestinian refugees.While UNRWA is often the target of heavy criticism for alleged anti-Israel rhetoric promoted at its schools and for turning a blind eye to terrorist activity taken place at its premises, Israeli officials have in the past stopped short of calling for its closing.Responding to Netanyahu’s statement, UNRWA spokesman Christopher Gunness said only the UN General Assembly, which extended the body’s mandate by three years in 2016, could shut down the agency.“The situation of Palestine refugees needs to be resolved as part of a political resolution of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. It is time for political action to resolve this long-standing crisis,” he said.UNRWA on Friday strongly condemned Hamas for digging a tunnel underneath the Maghazi Elementary Boys A&B School and the Maghazi Preparatory Boys School in Gaza.“It is unacceptable that students and staff are placed at risk in such a way,” Gunness said in a statement at the time. “The construction and presence of tunnels under UN premises are incompatible with the respect of privileges and immunities owed to the United Nations under applicable international law, which provides that UN premises shall be inviolable. The sanctity and neutrality of UN premises must be preserved at all times.”Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, over the weekend urged the Security Council and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to intervene in the matter. “The UN must act immediately to ensure that their structures and institutions are not being used to harbor the terror infrastructure of Hamas,” he said in a statement.“This tunnel verifies what we have always know, that the cruelty of Hamas knows no bounds as they use the children of Gaza as human shields. Instead of UN schools serving as centers of learning and education, Hamas has turned them into terror bases for attacks on Israel,” Danon said.Dozens of tunnels crisscrossing the Gaza Strip and crossing into Israel were used by Hamas during Israel’s 2014 war with the terror group to move troops and supplies and carry out sneak attacks inside the Jewish state. Israel fears new tunnels are being dug, though it is working on a subterranean barrier meant to block them.Hamas on Friday denied the UNRWA report, with spokesman Fawzi Barhoum saying the group “strongly condemns UNRWA’s allegations.” Barhoum also said Hamas clarified the issue with other groups that denied having any “resistance-related works” in the area.The incident wasn’t the first time Hamas has used UNRWA premises for its purposes or the first time the agency has been otherwise linked to the terror group.Hamas is listed as a terror organization by the United States and most of Europe, including some of UNRWA’s top funders.Israel has long claimed that some of UNRWA’s Palestinian employees support terrorist activities and spread anti-Semitism online.Unrelated to the incident, UNRWA on Saturday released a statement marking the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, during which Israel captured East Jerusalem, Gaza, the Golan and the West Bank.“The occupation remains a key obstacle to the realization of a just and lasting solution for the seven-decade-long plight of Palestine refugees, and it continues to be one of the most salient aspects of a historical injustice that has cast a shadow over their lives since 1948,” the statement said.“At heart, the occupation is also a denial of dignity and fundamental rights,” the statement read.Dov Lieber and Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.
Older adults could use babies’ strategy to grasp objects – Israeli study-Ben-Gurion U researchers find that exploration-exploitation style used in early development may work for senior citizens too-By Shoshanna Solomon June 13, 2017, 3:06 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
A grasping mechanism that has been attributed primarily to early development in babies and toddlers may be at work in old age as well, researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev say.In early development, babies make what might seem like random, exaggerated movements in all directions, until they learn to purposefully reach for objects. Their movement is very variable, until they find a way to achieve their goals, for example reaching for a Cheerio and putting it into their mouth. The mechanism is called exploration-exploitation. They explore the range of possibilities, and when they find a good movement plan, they exploit it.In an article published Monday in Scientific Reports, part of the Nature group, Dr. Shelly Levy-Tzedek, head of the Cognition, Aging and Rehabilitation Lab in the Dept. of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, ABC Robotics and The Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience at BGU, and her team showed that older adults use this same exploration-exploitation mechanism and perform tasks by increasing the speed and the amplitude of their movements in the absence of visual feedback. Not only that, older adults were also able to learn to use this increased movement to benefit future movements, the researchers said.In their experiment, the older adults were making movements in an effort to stay on target, but were not very successful.“Their movements were too slow and too small. We then induced them to make movements that were larger and faster, and their performance on the original task improved significantly,” says Levy-Tzedek.While they have not tested this new mechanism in a physical therapy context yet, it holds promise, Levy-Tzedek said.“Perhaps getting older adults to make exaggerated movements can help fine-tune their performance on specific tasks that they find difficult to perform otherwise,” she says.The researchers found that making “mistakes” actually helps improve future task performance. They also discovered that once a better movement pattern was established, the variability of movement dropped, leading them to the conclusion that variability plays a role in finding a more successful movement plan.The study was funded by the Brandies Leir & Bronfman Foundations; the Promobilia Foundation; the Israeli Science Foundation; and the Helmsley Charitable Trust through the Agricultural, Biological and Cognitive Robotics Center of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
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