Friday, June 02, 2017
TRUMP SIGNS WAIVER-THE EMBASSY WILL NOT BE MOVED FROM TEL AVIV TO JERUSALEM.
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
SO AMERICA REFUSES TO SAY JERUSALEM IS ISRAELS ETERNAL CAPITAL.I CAN SEE BIG TIME DESTRUCTION COMING ON AMERICA FOR THIS MOVE AGAIN.
He doesn't think the timing is right,' US official says-Trump signs waiver, won’t move US embassy to Jerusalem-Disappointing Israeli government, US president holds off on election promise; decision delays any plan to relocate the mission from Tel Aviv for at least 6 months-By Eric Cortellessa and Times of Israel staff June 1, 2017, 5:03 pm
WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a waiver that delays for six months any plan to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, disappointing the Israeli government and backtracking on a key promise he made on the campaign trail throughout 2016.Announcing the move, the White House insisted it did not represent a weakening of his support for Israel. “While President Donald J. Trump signed the waiver under the Jerusalem Embassy Act and delayed moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the President’s strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance,” the White House statement said.The White House said the president still stood by his promise to move the embassy.“President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America’s national security interests. But, as he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if that move happens, but only when.”“It’s a question of when, not if,” an official said, adding that Trump “doesn’t think the timing is right, right now.” The official added: “In timing such a move, he will seek to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.”The president had distanced himself from the pledge since taking office and had been evasive on whether he would go ahead with the move.He made no public mention of the embassy during his visit last week to Israel.Before his arrival, several Israeli ministers led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Washington to move the embassy, a measure that would be seen as recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.Trump was facing a Thursday deadline to renew the waiver or see the US State Department lose half its funding for its overseas facilities.A 1995 law mandates the relocation of the embassy, but provides the president with the prerogative to postpone the move on national security grounds. Each of Trump’s three immediate predecessors — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — repeatedly exercised that right.The most recent waiver, signed by Obama, expired on June 1. Without its renewal, the US government would have been legally obligated to proceed with moving the embassy.Israel captured East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan during the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it, a move never recognized by the international community. Israel declared the city its undivided capital, but the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem would be seen as endorsing Israel’s claim to the city and rejecting the Palestinians’. Countries with ties to Israel typically place their embassies in Tel Aviv; some have consulates in Jerusalem.The US says its policy on Jerusalem hasn’t changed and that Jerusalem’s status must be negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians.There was intense speculation last month that Trump would use the visit to Israel — which came just before Jerusalem Day, when Israel commemorated 50 years since the Six Day War — to announce the move.In January 2016, Trump told an interviewer that “they want it [the embassy] in Jerusalem. Well I am for that one hundred percent. We are for that one hundred percent.” Two months later, during a speech at the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual policy conference, Trump declared to applause that if elected, “we will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.”He seemingly backed off his promise early in his presidency. It was reported that his conversation with various Arab leaders, especially King Abdullah II of Jordan at the National Prayer Breakfast in February, was instrumental to his decision to put the issue on the back burner.Arab leaders have reportedly told Trump — as well as other members of his administration — that an embassy move at this time would spark unrest in the region while making it difficult for their countries to play a helpful role in the peace process.On May 24, the day after Trump left Israel after his 28-hour visit, Netanyahu reiterated his call for the US, and all other countries which have ties with Israel, to move their embassies to Jerusalem. It was “absurd” that foreign embassies are in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu said.Trump reiterated on his May 22-23 visit here that he seeks to broker an Israeli-Palestinian accord. While Netanyahu highlighted his skepticism about Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s readiness for a deal, he did tell Trump that “for the first time in many years — and, Mr. President, for the first time in my lifetime — I see a real hope for change.”For his part, Trump was adamant in his final speech at the Israel Museum on May 23 that Abbas and the Palestinians “are ready to reach for peace.”US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on May 24 that Trump “pressured” Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table during his visit. “There were very substantive discussions in Israel with both PM Netanyahu as well as President Abbas,” Tillerson told reporters aboard Air Force One. “He put a lot of pressure on them that it’s time to get to the table.”
Orthodox Jewish groups, Evangelical Christians expect president to fulfill campaign pledge-Trump risks ire of millions of pro-Israel voters by keeping embassy in Tel Aviv-Pastor John Hagee: ‘Trump’s promise was of critical importance to millions of Christian Zionists’ who voted for him. ‘They will be watching closely’-By Rebecca Shimoni Stoil May 31, 2017, 10:27 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump will be risking the ire of millions of his pro-Israel supporters — among them Orthodox Jews and Evangelical Christians — as well as that of Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson on Thursday if, as expected, he signs a waiver that would prevent the moving of the US embassy in Jerusalem.Although Trump campaigned on a pledge to complete the long-anticipated establishment of an embassy in Jerusalem, White House sources indicated Wednesday that he would renew the waiver — a move that may raise hackles among key demographics who supported the president in his 2016 campaign.“A majority of American Orthodox Jews voted for Mr. Trump because of the expectation that he would be a more supportive president for Israel,” said Nathan Diament, executive director for public policy for the Orthodox Union, the largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization in the US. According to Diament, Trump’s strong rhetoric — including his promise to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — was key to building that expectation.“President Trump’s promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem was of critical importance to millions of Christian Zionists who ultimately supported his bid for the White House. They will be watching what the president does very closely,” warned Christians United for Israel founder and Chairman Pastor John Hagee.In 1995, Congress passed a law requiring the State Department to open a US embassy in Jerusalem. While the law does not preclude the existence of two embassies, one in Jerusalem and one in Tel Aviv, it contains a clause allowing the president to delay the opening of a Jerusalem embassy if the deferral is critical for national security. Although a number of candidates, including Barack Obama, have promised to “move” the embassy, every US president from Bill Clinton through Obama has renewed the waiver when it expires at six-month intervals.“I think that there is now an expectation that presidents will sign the waiver, regardless of campaign promises. The only way to surprise voters and potentially get extra credit would be not to sign the waiver, but that has yet to happen,” said Tevi Troy, a former White House aide and author of “Shall We Wake the President? Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office.”But others — like Diament — say that Trump’s repeated statements on the campaign trail, combined with his positioning as someone who can get things done, have raised expectations.In January 2016, Trump told an interviewer that “they want it [the embassy] in Jerusalem. Well I am for that one hundred percent. We are for that one hundred percent.” Two months later, during a speech at the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual policy conference, Trump declared to applause that if elected, “we will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.”Many of Trump’s supporters – both at home and abroad – expect a delivery from the man who campaigned as someone who would get things done.In congratulating him the day after his election, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) stressed that she “would like to reiterate Israel’s deep appreciation of President-elect Trump’s declared intention to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.”“It will be disappointing if President Trump does not keep his promise,” warned Diament as the June 1 deadline for the waiver approached.Diament’s message was echoed in recent weeks on Capitol Hill, as leaders and activists gathered at the confluence of Trump’s visit to Jerusalem, the 50 anniversary of the 1967 Six Day War, and the upcoming deadline for the renewal of the national security waiver.Speaking to a filled-to-capacity room at the US Capitol, Martin Oliner, the head of the Religious Zionists of America, reiterated the expectation. “We are not giving up hope that President Trump will keep his promise to enable America’s embassy in Israel to move where it belongs,” he told attendees who represented over two dozen American Zionist organizations.Oliner’s message was echoed by many of the members of Congress who addressed the gathering.At the event, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) noted that he worked with fellow Republican congressmen Lee Zeldin (R-NY) and Mark Meadows (R-NC) to draft a letter insisting that the president recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.“The law requiring the embassy to be moved has been in the news lately. But people forget that the same law that passed in 1995 but has never been implemented because of presidential waivers would also give formal recognition by America that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Oliner exhorted the audience. “That is even more reason for every Jewish organization here, every congressman, and every simple Jew to push for that law to be implemented now!”The push, in fact, has been underway since Trump’s election in November last year.In December, the Orthodox Union launched a petition drive calling on the president to uphold his promise to move the embassy.Diament said that his organization has been in contact recently with White House officials to communicate his members’ opposition to the waiver.But in addition to Jewish groups, many of the nation’s 60 million evangelical Christian voters – a demographic that largely supported Trump in the 2016 election – are keeping a close eye on the president’s actions.Earlier this month, the Israel Allies Foundation launched a similar petition calling on Trump to “keep the promise you repeatedly made throughout your campaign: recognize Jerusalem as the indivisible capital of the State of Israel and move the US Embassy there.”“Now is the time to keep faithful to our allies in deed and in word, to reflect the overwhelming will of the American people, of Congress and of your own campaign — move our Embassy to its rightful location in honor of 50 years of a united Jerusalem,” the petition read.Sixty evangelical leaders, including Hagee, wrote directly to the president as well, noting in the letter that the Republican National Convention’s official 2016 Platform rightly stated: “We recognize Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state and call for the American embassy to be moved there in fulfillment of US law,” and noting that during the campaign, Trump pledged to specifically uphold this policy in response to a request from the American Christian Leaders for Israel (ACLI) coalition.”“Many of our constituents cast their vote for you due to this commitment,” the religious leaders noted in their letter.Many evangelicals were slow to warm up to the thrice-married president who had previously supported abortions and seemed to represent an opulent hedonism alien to their beliefs. But, one evangelical leader said, many were won over by his commitment to appoint a conservative justice to the Supreme Court and his strong statements vowing support for Israel.Hagee’s group, which numbers over three million evangelical Christians in all 50 states, mobilized to support Trump in the close election in November 2016, but has kept the pressure on the president. Hagee noted that “days before President Trump’s inauguration, Christians United for Israel held an emergency fly-in during which CUFI leaders from 49 states met in our Nation’s capital to personally urge their senators to support moving the embassy to Jerusalem; Israel’s Eternal capital.”“Since then, tens of thousands of Christian Zionists have called and emailed the White House in support of moving the embassy pursuant to our CUFI Action Alerts,” Hagee continued. “CUFI leaders have also expressed their strong support for moving the embassy to Jerusalem in public pronouncements around the country as well as in private meetings with top administration officials.”Trump’s apparent waffling on the embassy issue could cost him money as well as votes. Adelson was reportedly “furious” earlier this month when Trump’s secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, indicated that the move might be tied to a renewal of peace talks.Adelson, who was slow to embrace Trump’s candidacy, donated some $80 million to Republicans in the 2016 elections and an additional $5 million to bankroll Trump’s inaugural festivities. In recent months, he has frozen all donations to Trump in protest of the president’s failure to move the embassy.
Israel ‘disappointed’ with Trump for not moving embassy to Jerusalem-Government ministers upset by US decision to sign waiver; opposition parties and liberal US-Jewish groups welcome prioritizing the peace process-By Raphael Ahren and Raoul Wootliff June 1, 2017, 6:50 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday he was “disappointed” with US President Donald Trump’s decision not to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem for now, saying that despite Trump’s declared peace-making intentions, delaying the relocation “drives peace further away.”“Israel’s consistent position is that the American embassy, like the embassies of all countries with whom we have diplomatic relations, should be in Jerusalem, our eternal capital,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement after Trump backtracked on a key promise he made on the campaign trail throughout 2016 by signing a waiver which pushes off moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem for at least another six months.“Maintaining embassies outside the capital drives peace further away by helping keep alive the Palestinian fantasy that the Jewish people and the Jewish state have no connection to Jerusalem,” the statement said.However, Netanyahu took pains to temper the criticism of Trump and maintain the close rapport seen during Trump’s visit to Israel last month.“Though Israel is disappointed that the embassy will not move at this time, we appreciate today’s expression of President Trump’s friendship to Israel and his commitment to moving the embassy in the future,” the statement noted.Announcing that Trump had signed the waiver earlier Thursday, the White House insisted the decision did not represent a weakening of his support for Israel.“No one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the President’s strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance,” the White House statement said.Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat also expressed his disappointment in a statement, saying, “I regret President Trump’s decision to sign the waiver but am certain that he will keep his word and bring the US embassy to its rightful place – Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. I will continue to provide assistance to the US administration and do all I can to ensure that the relocation happens as soon as possible.”Other ministers from the governing coalition were more critical.Education Minister Naftali Bennett of the Orthodox-nationalist Jewish Home party said that delaying the embassy move would harm prospects for peace.“There can be no peace based on the division of Jerusalem,” his spokesman said. “Delaying the US Embassy move will in fact have an opposite effect and damage the prospect of a lasting peace by nurturing false expectations among the Palestinians regarding the division of Jerusalem, which will never happen.”“Only recognizing a united Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty will end illusions and pave the way to a sustainable peace with our neighbors,” he said.Environment Minister Ze’ev Elkin (Likud), in his capacity as minister for Jerusalem affairs, posted on Facebook that he was disappointed that Trump signed the waiver.“I am disappointed with President Trump’s decision. He promised his voters that he would move the embassy to Jerusalem, but did not fulfill [his promise],”he said.He called on the US president to announce that he would move the embassy at the next earliest opportunity.Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (also Likud) affirmed that “President Trump is a true friend of Israel,” before criticizing the decision to leave the embassy in Tel Aviv.“Precisely because of this,” Levin said, “there is very great disappointment over him not moving the embassy. This is not the way to make America great again,” he said, quoting Trump’s campaign slogan.Opposition leaders and liberal US-Jewish groups were more supportive of Trump’s decision.Opposition head, Isaac Herzog, said that “moving the US embassy, or any other embassy, to Jerusalem, is unnecessary.”“Unfortunately Netanyahu learned today another lesson, that there are no shortcuts and anyone who wants international recognition must first reach a courageous political solution,” he said. “I hope that in another 50 years Netanyahu will also grasp what Trump understood.”MK Zehava Galon, leader of the left-wing Meretz party, welcomed the development.“The decision is right at this time. The White House is indicating that the Trump administration is trying to create a process with the Palestinians,” she tweeted. “West Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and will be so with or without the embassy. Moving it will not enshrine sovereignty. If anything, it would only push more states to recognize the Palestinian state.”J Street, a liberal pro-Israel lobbying group, also welcomed the decision.“We are glad that the administration has heeded the advice of veteran officials in the diplomatic and security communities, and decided to maintain the prudent policy of its predecessors on this issue,” the group said in a statement.The White House said the president still stood by his promise to move the embassy.“President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America’s national security interests. But, as he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if that move happens, but only when,” it said.“It’s a question of when, not if,” an official said, adding that Trump “doesn’t think the timing is right, right now.” The official added: “In timing such a move, he will seek to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.”The president had distanced himself from the pledge since taking office and had been evasive on whether he would go ahead with the move.He made no public mention of the embassy during his visit last week to Israel.Eric Cortellessa contributed to this report.
Trump 'still talking 'Obamanese,' says Likud minister-Minister says Trump sounds like Obama on conflict with Palestinians-On eve of US president’s expected decision to sign waiver, Ze’ev Elkin ‘disappointed’ over reported decision not to move embassy to Jerusalem-By Times of Israel staff June 1, 2017, 4:33 pm
A senior minister from the ruling Likud party on Thursday said that he was “disappointed” by reports that US President Donald Trump is expected to sign a waiver delaying moving the US embassy to Jerusalem despite promising to do so during the campaign, adding that Trump sounds like former president Barack Obama when talking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.“I was not surprised. I was disappointed,” Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin told Israel Radio. “It was already pretty clear when [Trump] did not declare this during his visit to Israel. Disappointing.”Elkin, a confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said that while Trump’s foreign policy is “completely” different from Obama’s, the US president is still singing the same tune as his predecessor when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.“Trump completely changed the [foreign policy] direction of the previous administration. The only subject [on which he] continues Obama’s policies somewhat is toward the Palestinians,” he said.“[Trump] is still talking ‘Obamanese,’ on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Elkin told Channel 10 in a separate interview on Thursday.Speaking with Army Radio, Housing Minister Yoav Galant (Kulanu) said that while moving the US embassy to Jerusalem would be an “important symbolic step for US foreign policy,” Israel will wait patiently if Trump ends up signing the waiver.“We will wait. We waited 69 years, we will wait 70 years,” he said.On Wednesday, White House and diplomatic sources said Trump would sign the waiver, which is set to expire just before midnight on Thursday.Signing the waiver would allow another six-month delay of the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a key promise Trump made on the campaign trail throughout 2016. The president has distanced himself from the pledge since taking office and has been evasive on whether he would go ahead with the move.A 1995 law mandates the relocation of the embassy, but provides the president with the prerogative of postponing the move on national security grounds. Each of Trump’s three immediate predecessors — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — repeatedly exercised that right.The most recent waiver, signed by Obama, expires on June 1. If it is not signed by then, the US government will be legally obligated to proceed with moving the embassy.A senior White House official told CNN Wednesday that Trump was still in favor of the move but wanted to push for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and feared it would anger the Palestinians.Another administration official said the decision to sign the waiver was not yet final and that paperwork both to move the embassy to Jerusalem and to keep it in Tel Aviv had been presented to the president.That person added that even should Trump keep the embassy in Tel Aviv for now, he may act to move it to Jerusalem in the future.A relocation of the US embassy is “something the president supports, something he supported during the campaign, something he still supports,” the official told CNN. “If he signs the waiver this week, that will not be indicative of him reversing his opinion, it will just be a question of timing. It will be when, not if.”“The question is does making this move prejudice” the peace process, the official added. “But it is a fact that the Israeli government’s institutions are in Jerusalem … and the typical definition of a capital is where this government is headquartered.”Israel captured East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan during the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it, a move never recognized by the international community. Israel declared the city its undivided capital, but the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem would be seen as endorsing Israel’s claim to the city and rejecting the Palestinian’s. Countries with ties to Israel typically place their embassies in Tel Aviv and some have consulates in Jerusalem.There was intense speculation earlier this month that Trump would use the visit to Israel — which came just before Jerusalem Day, when Israel commemorated 50 years since the Six Day War — to announce the move.He seemingly backed off his promise early in his presidency. It was reported that his conversation with various Arab leaders, especially King Abdullah II of Jordan at the National Prayer Breakfast in February, was instrumental in his decision to put the issue on the back burner.Eric Cortellessa contributed to this report.
THE TERRORIST STATION CNN HAS FINALLY SACKED KATHY GRIFFIN FOR DOING A VIDEO OF TRUMPS HEAD BEHEADED. CNN HIRED GRIFFIN ON THEIR PAY ROLL.SO GRIFFIN AND CNN ARE TERRORISTS.THEY WANNA KILL TRUMP OFF-SO THEIR QUEEN HITLER 2ND STILL HAS A CHANGE TO RULE AS THE AMERICAN LIBERAL-DEMOCRAT-PROGRESSIVE OCCULT DEMON MENTAL CASE LEADER.
Chopped-CNN sacks comedian over grisly Trump ‘beheading’ clip-Kathy Griffin loses commercial endorsement deal, stand up show and decade-long gig hosting Times Square New Year’s Eve coverage-By Frazier Moore June 1, 2017, 12:35 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
NEW YORK (AP) — Kathy Griffin has lost a decade-long gig ringing in the new year for CNN as backlash builds over her video displaying a likeness of President Donald Trump’s severed head.CNN, which had called the images “disgusting and offensive” after Griffin posted the video on Tuesday, announced Wednesday it would not invite her back this year for the Times Square live New Year’s Eve special she had co-hosted annually since 2007 with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.A New Mexico casino has also canceled a performance by Griffin, who was scheduled to perform at Route 66 Casino, operated by Laguna Pueblo, on July 22.And a commercial endorsement deal was canceled just weeks after she landed it. Squatty Potty, a Utah-based company whose products include toilet stools and other bathroom accessories, said it was suspending an ad campaign that featured Griffin.“We were shocked and disappointed” by the video, said Bobby Edwards, the company’s CEO. “It was deeply inappropriate and runs contrary to the core values our company stands for.”“I am a true supporter of free speech, but feel Kathy crossed the line,” Edwards added. “I regret having to make these decisions, but have no choice.”Griffin’s video made Trump seethe. Tweeting Wednesday morning, he said Griffin “should be ashamed of herself” for creating the video. “My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017-First lady Melania Trump issued a statement of her own: “As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing. When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it.”Griffin, a comic known for her abrasive style of humor, had apologized on Tuesday, conceding that the brief video, which she originally described as an “artsy-fartsy statement” mocking the commander in chief, was “too disturbing” and wasn’t funny.“I went too far,” she says in her contrite follow-up video. “I sincerely apologize.”I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong. pic.twitter.com/LBKvqf9xFB— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017-But it was too late.Griffin’s comedy approach trades on a self-deprecating streak while she targets celebs who are higher up the food chain. And while she may never have riled a celeb of the magnitude of President Trump, the 56-year-old comic has gotten into trouble with her wisecracks.In 2005 she was fired from her job as an E! network red-carpet commentator after joking at the Golden Globe Awards that child actress Dakota Fanning had checked into rehab.Two years later, while accepting an Emmy for her Bravo reality series, “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List,” she declared that “a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus.”Then she held up her trophy and said, “Suck it, Jesus. THIS is my God now!”Her appearance was during the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony, which wasn’t aired live but instead was taped for later broadcast by E! Her remarks were therefore edited. But reports of what she said drew fire from many, including Catholic League President Bill Donohue, who called it a “vulgar, in-your-face brand of hate speech.”Griffin remained unrepentant.“I have a no-apology policy,” she told CBS News in 2012. “No apologies for jokes. I apologize in my real life all the time. I say ridiculous things, I make mistakes constantly. But when I’m onstage, I’m at a microphone … it’s a joke!”She said the fallout from her Emmy stunt was “heaven” for her: “I mean, it was comedy gold.”
Palestinian town refuses to rename center honoring terrorist-Burqa council head says residents won’t give in to ‘pressure and blackmail’ to remove Dalal Mughrabi’s name from facility-By Alexander Fulbright June 1, 2017, 4:43 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
The West Bank town of Burqa on Tuesday vowed that it “would never capitulate to pressure and blackmail” and would not rename a women’s center named after a female Palestinian terrorist, after the facility’s international backers pulled their support and lambasted the Palestinians for glorifying terrorism.“The center has no intention of caving in to the pressure and changing its name,” Burqa council head Sami Daghlas told the official Palestinian Authority news outlet Wafa.Last week, Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende condemned the Palestinian Authority for naming the center after Dalal Mughrabi, who took part in the 1978 Coastal Road Massacre. Mughrabi and several other Fatah terrorists landed on a beach near Tel Aviv, hijacked a bus on Israel’s Coastal Road and killed 38 civilians, 13 of them children, and wounded over 70. Oslo demanded its money back.The United Nations also withdrew its support for the center over the “offensive name.”Responding to the decisions by Norway and the UN, Daghlas denied that Mughrabi was a terrorist, describing her as a “hero” and role model for young women.The name was chosen “to commemorate a Palestinian hero who sacrificed herself for her country and therefore they have no intention to change its name, regardless of the price,” Daghlas said, while adding that the facility was built “to serve and empower young women in the village and to help them develop them to become active members in society.”He also said that residents of Burqa would not object to returning the funds used to construct the center to Norway, which he said “was only few thousand dollars used to repair and refurbish the building,” according to the Ma’an news agecny.On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Norway’s decision to withdraw funding for the center, revealing during the weekly meeting of his Likud parliamentary faction that he instructed Foreign Ministry director-general Yuval Rotem several days prior to press Norway and the UN to pull their donations from the West Bank project.Norway’s foreign minister “did precisely that. And it’s good that he did,” the prime minister said.Oslo’s rebuke of the PA came after the Norwegian branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem brought the matter to the country’s attention last week, the organization said in a statement, thanking Brende for his “swift and clear” response.Palestinian Media Watch, which first brought attention to the naming of the women’s center, recently quoted a local village leader saying that “the center will focus especially on the history of the struggle of martyr Dalal Mughrabi and on presenting it to the youth groups… [this] constitutes the beginning of the launch of enrichment activities regarding the history of the Palestinian struggle.”In addition to the women’s center in Burqa, the PA has named a number of events and facilities in honor of Mughrabi and the other terrorists who died during the massacre in a firefight with Israeli security forces, with the ruling Fatah party repeatedly hailing them as “martyrs.”Marissa Newman and Tamar Pileggi contributed to this report.
Putin: Russian state has never been involved in hacking-‘Russo-phobic hysteria’ makes it ‘somewhat inconvenient to work’ with US but ‘we are patient, we know how to wait’-By ian phillips and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV June 1, 2017, 5:26 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin insisted Thursday that the Russian state has never engaged in hacking and scoffed at allegations that hackers could influence the outcome of elections in the United States or Europe.But the Russian leader admitted the possibility that some individual “patriotic” hackers could have mounted some attacks amid the current cold spell in Russia’s relations with the West.Speaking at a meeting with senior editors of leading international news agencies, Putin also alleged that some evidence pointing at Russian hackers’ participation in attacks — he didn’t specify which — could have been falsified in an attempt to smear Russia.“I can imagine that some do it deliberately, staging a chain of attacks in such a way as to cast Russia as the origin of such an attack,” Putin said. “Modern technologies allow that to be done quite easily.”US intelligence agencies have accused Russia of hacking into Democratic Party emails, helping President Donald Trump’s election victory, and the Congressional and FBI investigations into the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia have shattered Moscow’s hopes for a detente with Washington.Putin said the “Russo-phobic hysteria” makes it “somewhat inconvenient to work with one another or even to talk.”“It’s having an impact, and I’m afraid this is one of the goals of those who organize it are pursuing and they can fine-tune the public sentiments to their liking trying to establish an atmosphere that is going to prevent us from addressing common issues, say with regard to terrorism,” the Russian leader said.Putin predicted “this will end, sooner or later,” adding that “we are patient, we know how to wait and we will wait.”Asked if Russian hackers could try to shape the outcome of German parliamentary elections later this year, Putin said: “We never engaged in that on a state level, and have no intention of doing so.”He noted that Russia can work constructively with any German leader, adding that he had good ties with German Chancellor Angela Merkel despite some differences.Russian meddling was also a concern in France, with Putin publicly expressing his sympathy for President Emmanuel Macron’s rivals in the campaign. Macron’s aides claimed in February that Russian groups were interfering with his campaign, and a document leak hit Macron’s campaign in the final hours of the French race. Moscow has strongly denied all allegations of election meddling.Putin argued that hackers, wherever they come from, can’t sway election outcomes because the public mood cannot be manipulated that easily.“I’m deeply convinced that no hackers can radically influence another country’s election campaign,” he said. “No hackers can influence election campaigns in any country of Europe, Asia or America.”Putin added that while the Russian state has never been involved in hacking, Russia-West tensions could have prompted some individuals to launch cyberattacks.“If they have patriotic leanings, they may try to add their contribution to the fight against those who speak badly about Russia,” he said. “Theoretically it’s possible.”Russia’s relations with the West have been at post-Cold War lows over the Ukrainian crisis. The US and the EU have slapped Moscow with sanctions over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and support for pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine.Putin said Thursday that economic restrictions against Russia have had “zero effect.”He predicted that the current strain in relations will ease, because “it’s counterproductive and harmful.”Touching on tensions in the Pacific, Putin said Russia’s military deployments on a group of Pacific islands also claimed by Japan have been caused by concerns about the US military buildup in the region.The four islands, called the Northern Territories in Japan and the southern Kurils in Russia, were seized by the former Soviet Union at the end of the World War II, preventing the two countries from signing a peace treaty.Putin said the US will likely continue to build up its missile shield in the region even if North Korea agrees to curb its nuclear and missile programs, in the same way it has continued to develop missile defenses in Europe despite a deal with Iran that curbed its nuclear program in exchange for lifting international sanctions.
2 US senators slam Egypt’s NGO law as ‘draconian’-John McCain and Lindsey Graham urge President Sissi to bring legislation into line with international standards-By Agencies June 1, 2017, 6:03 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
CAIRO, Egypt — Two US senators are slamming a law recently passed by Egypt’s president as “draconian” for imposing heavy restrictions and effectively banning the work of non-governmental organizations, the latest in a series of measures taken to crack down on dissent in the country.Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham urged President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi in a statement Wednesday to bring the law on NGOs in line with international standards.“Congress should strengthen democratic benchmarks and human rights conditions on US assistance for Egypt,” they said in a statement.Amnesty International said the law is a “catastrophic blow” and could be a “death sentence” for human rights groups in Egypt.President Donald Trump met with Sissi in the White House in April but made no mention of Egypt’s human rights record.Egyptian authorities have led a brutal crackdown on all forms of opposition, at times targeting human rights organizations directly, since then-army chief Sissi overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.Sissi approved the law on May 24 after parliament approved it in November last year.Under the law, foreign non-governmental groups will have to pay up to 300,000 pounds to start working in Egypt and renew their permit on a regular basis, the lawyer said.No organization can carry out or publish the results of a study or survey without prior permission from the state.Those who violate the law could receive up to five years in jail and fines of up to one million Egyptian pounds (more than $55,000).It requires for a “national authority” including army and intelligence representatives to oversee the foreign funding of Egyptian non-governmental organizations and the activities of foreign non-governmental organizations.
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