Wednesday, July 05, 2017
FORCED TO SIGN WAIVER TO USE RITUAL BATH ALONE, SOME JERUSALEM WOMEN FEAR COERCION.
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
Yoga for Mideast peace? That would be great, says Modi-On eve of his arrival in Israel, India’s prime minister hails Israeli innovation, talks about the benefits of ‘the holistic approach’-By Times of Israel staff July 3, 2017, 9:36 pm
In an interview ahead of his landmark visit to Israel on Tuesday, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Israel’s “amazing” innovation and development… and also indicated that a little more time spent on yoga might help solve some of the Middle East’s problems.Interviewed by Israel’s Channel 2 in front of large Indian and Israeli flags, Modi — who began the conversation by saying “Shalom” and ended it with Todah Rabah (Thank you) — said his visit marked a “turning point” in bilateral ties after 25 years of diplomatic relations.He hailed Israel’s growth and development “against the odds,” saying the sheer pace of its progress had “prompted everyone to look at it in amazement… When ‘Israel’ is mentioned, people think of innovation, technology, start-ups, space, agriculture, maximal use of resources. That’s Israel’s fingerprint,” said Modi.“All those things are appropriate to the Indian outlook. All those things cause us to work shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel — to widen our horizons together,” he said. “With your potential and our potential, the sky is the limit.”Modi acknowledged that he was presiding over a marked warming of ties with the Jewish state; India had hitherto been regarded as more supportive of the Palestinians.“This is a turning point,” he said, adding, “my visit to Israel at this time will not harm a single person in India.”Asked at the end of the interview whether he would invite his host, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to join him in a yoga session, Modi laughed heartily.He then noted that many Israelis participated in International Yoga Day on June 21. Indeed, hundreds of Israelis stretched out their downward facing dogs that day on the world’s largest yoga mat artwork in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. And he suggested that Channel 2 devote half-an-hour a day to yoga, to spread knowledge of yoga and “advance the holistic approach.”Maybe, his interviewer speculated, this might bring a solution to the problems of the Middle East? Said Modi, laughing: “That would delight me.”
UNESCO panel okays softened text blasting Israel over Jerusalem activity-Israel slams surprise vote by World Heritage Committee condemning ‘illegal’ Old City digs, urges delegates in Poland to stand in silence for Holocaust victims-By Raphael Ahren July 4, 2017, 8:39 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization’s World Heritage Council on Tuesday evening passed a resolution denouncing Israeli activity in the Old City of Jerusalem.Ten countries voted in favor of the text, which was significantly softer than previous resolutions. Only three member states — Jamaica, the Philippines and Burkina Faso — opposed the resolution, while eight abstained.The Jordanian-sponsored resolution on the “Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls” called Israel “the occupying power,” and reaffirmed previous UN resolutions denying the country’s claims to East Jerusalem. Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem has never been recognized by the international community.The body “regrets the failure of the Israeli occupying authorities to cease the persistent excavations, tunneling, works, projects and other illegal practices in East Jerusalem, particularly in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, which are illegal under international law,” the measure read.However, Decision 41 COM 7A.36 stressed “the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions,” language not found in last year’s text. It also did not refer to the Temple Mount compound solely by its Muslim names, “Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif,” as the 2016 resolution did, defining it only as “a Muslim holy site of worship.”Despite the text lacking the bite of previous resolutions passed by the body, it was still met with angry denunciations by Israeli officials.“Nothing is more disgraceful than UNESCO declaring the world’s only Jewish state the ‘occupier’ of the Western Wall and Jerusalem’s Old City,” Israel’s Ambassador to the United nations, Danny Danon, said in a statement released minutes after the vote.“Yesterday, I toured the City of David and the Old City with UN ambassadors from around the world and explained the deep and ancient connection between the Jewish people and the holiest sites of our nation. No faux ‘heritage committee’ can sever the bonds between our people and Jerusalem.”The annual vote on a Jerusalem-themed resolution at UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, which is currently meeting in Krakow, Poland, was originally scheduled to take place next week. But Palestinian diplomats advanced the debate, presumably to blindside Israeli officials who are currently busy fighting another Palestinian initiative at UNESCO regarding the West Bank city of Hebron.A vote to inscribe the Old City of Hebron on UNESCO’s World Heritage List is scheduled for Friday.Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam, Cuba and Zimbabwe voted in favor of the resolution.Angola, Croatia, Finland, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Tanzania and South Korea abstained.-Dueling minutes of silence-In a speech responding to the vote, Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama-Hacohen, emphasized the fact that the resolution was passed in the country where much of the Holocaust transpired.“We are assembled here, next to the largest mass grave of the Jewish people — but it is also the deepest darkest grave into which humanity had ever descended,” he said. “The sights, the sounds, the smells, the blood and the horrors that occurred here in the German Nazi Auschwitz-Birkenau were not confined to the camp’s electrified fences. Indeed, under the right weather conditions, the smells of the crematorium maybe has reached the very place where we are now seated.”Shama-Hacohen said he recently asked a colleague from an Arab state to be “sensitive to this sensitive location” and refrain from proposing anti-Jewish resolution regarding Jerusalem at this year’s meeting. “I told them that it would help to build positive relations. But sadly, we are here today with not just one, but with two such anti-Israel resolutions,” he exclaimed.Israel’s envoy went on to call for a minute of silence for the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust and urged Arab ambassadors to visit the Auschwitz death camp. “Maybe there you will understand that even in the darkest hours where they separated parents from children, dismembered live people, and where they separated human beings from their humanity, the Nazis could not succeed in separating the Jewish people from our eternal capital Jerusalem,” he said.“Let me conclude by saying that just as Hitler, the Nazis, and their partner — Haj Amin El Husseini [the Palestinian wartime mufti] — did not succeed, you will not succeed as well in denying the Holocaust or in your efforts to destroy Israel or the Jewish history,” he went on. “No politicized decision of UNESCO will ever move one brick from a wall in Jerusalem, nor will it succeed in separating between Jerusalem and the Jewish nation, nor will it succeed to rewrite our history in Jerusalem.”After his speech, some delegates rose to their feet and observed a minute of silence. Others remained in their seats. The Cuban ambassador protested that Israel, which is not a member of the committee, but merely has observer status, called for a minute of silence. She demanded a minute of silence in memory of Palestinian victims, which was observed by some delegations, though not by the Israeli diplomats in the room.As much as Israel deplores resolutions denying its claims to East Jerusalem, the government’s main focus remains on thwarting Friday’s expected vote to declare the Old City of Hebron — including the Tomb of the Patriarchs — a Palestinian “world heritage site in danger.”Israel, the US government, and several Jewish groups vociferously object to this move, and have called on UN leaders to prevent the vote.“The Tomb of the Patriarchs, which is sacred to three faiths, is in no immediate threat. Such a designation risks undermining the seriousness such an assessment by UNESCO should have,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley wrote to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.“Many precious sites — from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Libya to Iraq to Syria — are under real and imminent threat of destruction today. They urgently demand UNESCO’s full and immediate attention, which should not be wasted on this sort of symbolic action,” she added.On Tuesday, the Palestinian Authority Foreign Ministry hit back at Haley, accusing her of being “racist and anti-Palestinian” and an ambassador for Israel, rather than the US, at the UN.“This is not the first message in which the American ambassador has expressed her hidden malice and hatred toward the Palestinians,” the PA Foreign Ministry said in a press statement on Tuesday.The statement went on to condemn “the crude intervention of the US ambassador in the work of UNESCO and the attempt to influence the independence of the UN organization by pressing the member countries of the World Heritage Committee to vote against the Palestinian request to put Hebron on the World Heritage List.”It said that was indicative of “nothing less than a complete bias in favor of Israel, and confirms what has been reported in the corridors of the United Nations in New York. Recently, many foreign diplomats have expressed that Haley is an ambassador for Israel, more than an ambassador for her country, the United States of America.”Dov Lieber contributed to this report.
Forced to sign waiver to use ritual bath alone, some Jerusalem women fear coercion-The Supreme Court has ruled that making women immerse under supervision is an invasion of privacy, so why must they fill out ‘permission slips’ to dip?-By Yaakov Schwartz July 3, 2017, 10:28 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Lea was standing, clad only in a towel, when the attendant barred her way to the ritual bath, saying she must fill out a waiver before entering the water alone. Feeling vulnerable and unable to collect herself, Lea waited for the woman to go out and fetch the form, and, still clad only in a towel, wrote in her personal information and signed it.“In any other condition, the religious feminist in me would have taken over and I would have protested,” Lea, 32, says. “But when you’re in the moment you’ll agree to anything they say.”It’s a problem confronting an increasing number of women in the Jerusalem area since a Supreme Court ruling last year granted them the right to refuse the supervision of an attendant, known as a balanit, when immersing in the mikvah, or ritual bath. Until this ruling, the presence of the balanit during the immersion process was mandatory for women.The issue of female ritual immersion is an extremely personal one: It revolves around the menstruation cycle and directly impacts whether a husband and wife are allowed to have sexual relations under halacha, or Jewish law. As such it is a subject that is referred to very delicately among religious circles, if at all. (While some men also choose to ritually purify themselves, male immersion in the mikvah does not usually carry the halachic urgency of female immersion.) Ritual baths operating under the auspices of local religious councils throughout the country have, for the most part, been accommodating since the Supreme Court ruling. But the Jerusalem Religious Council, which tends toward stringency, requires women who enter the water alone to fill out a paper form with their name and personal identification number.According to the Jerusalem council, the form absolves it of responsibility should anything happen when the woman is alone in the water. Councils in other municipalities do not require such a form.While it is technically permissible within the confines of halacha for a woman to dip alone, stringencies recommend that she do it in the presence of the balanit, who can ensure that she is entirely under the water. This has led some to feel that the waiver carries with it undertones of religious coercion.“I told the balanit, ‘I understand that it’s now okay for me to do this without you, and I’d like to do it, so how does that work?’” says Lea. “And she was like, ‘No, what do you need to do that for, you know it’s better to dip with a balanit, it’s not halachic to do otherwise.’ And I replied, ‘Actually, I know the halacha and I’d like to do it this way.’ So she said okay, but that I needed to sign a form.”A pending lawsuit initiated by ITIM, a nonprofit organization that assists and advocates for people navigating their way through religious bureaucracy in Israel, claims that not only are the waivers noncompliant with the Supreme Court’s ruling, they aren’t legally binding in the first place.‘They do not understand that they must respect the dignity of women coming to immerse’-“The religious principles of modesty and kavod habriyot [respecting the needs of others] apply to all segments of Israeli society and this is not clear to the Jerusalem Religious Council,” says Rabbi Dr. Seth Farber, director of ITIM. “They do not understand that they must respect the dignity of women coming to immerse, their modesty, privacy and peace of mind. Mikvah immersion shouldn’t be fraught with tension but rather a positive and personal experience. This is how it is characterized in the halachic tradition.”“Unfortunately,” Farber continues, “in some mikvahs in Israel, people are made to feel unwelcome. This will have to change. We will continue to support women’s rights in mikvahs and if necessary, turn to the legal system to force the issue.”Asher Axelrod, an attorney who represents the Jerusalem Religious Council, says that the waivers are an issue of liability alone.“How do you expect that someone should insist on entering the water unsupervised and the council should still be responsible?” he says. “This is a simple matter of responsibility for potential damages and not a halachic question at all.”A spokesperson for the Religious Services Ministry sees where both parties are coming from.“The ministry understands why the Jerusalem Religious Council feels the need for these forms,” says Shlomi Naki. “But given the decision of the Supreme Court, it is legally problematic. The ministry would like to see a solution that can accommodate both sides.”Dr. Naomi Marmon Grumet, founder of the Eden Center in Jerusalem which trains female mikvah attendants, is more vocal in her opposition to the waivers.“This is obviously something that is making women feel very uncomfortable. They are coming there out of their free will to use the mikvah, and now that she has the legal protection to use the mikvah without an attendant, there should be no reason whatsoever for a woman to sign a waiver,” she says.‘I’ve never seen a waiver for a man who goes to the mikvah where there is no male attendant’-“What’s more,” Marmon Grumet continues, “I’ve never seen a waiver for a man who goes to the mikvah where there is no male attendant, so there should be no difference between a woman using a mikvah and a man using a mikvah without an attendant.”It’s a discrimination claim Axelrod was prepared to defend preemptively.“[The Supreme Court ruling] creates a problem that doesn’t exist for men — because the balan [male attendant] is always there and he is responsible. If a woman goes in without supervision, she takes responsibility upon herself in case something happens. But men never request this. If a man were to request such a thing, he would be required to sign the form – there is no scenario in which a man could enter the mikvah and immerse alone,” he says.“I do not think that is the case,” says Marmon Grumet. “I don’t frequent men’s mikvahs. There is a balan – he’s not usually there when men come in. I don’t know if there are hours for the men’s mikvah, I believe you can just come in at any time. I’ve never seen or heard that there is a balan. I’m curious to go right now to the men’s mikvah and see if there’s a balan there.”Several male mikvah-goers contacted for the purpose of this story say that they almost never encounter a balan during their aquatic excursions – though there are almost always other men there and it is not clear whether the mikvahs they frequent are under the jurisdiction of the Jerusalem Religious Council.‘The women have a choice. Either they can dip with an attendant or they can fill out the form’-There are numerous private mikvahs utilized by men and women that are not subject to the regulations imposed on public ones, though they are more costly.“The women have a choice,” says Axelrod. “Either they can dip with an attendant or they can fill out the form. It’s either one or the other. No one is forcing them to come to the mikvah in the first place.”Because marriage in Israel is performed exclusively through the Chief Rabbinate, ceremonies for Jews of all denominations conform to Orthodox halacha. One of the prerequisites is that brides-to-be must visit a mikvah and provide written documentation to the effect that they immersed and are now ritually permissible to their future husbands.The Eden Center estimates that 30,000 women visit the mikvah regularly in the Jerusalem area, and that 750,000 go nationwide. Most of those who immerse each month are religious, though some less-observant women cherish the ritual as well and it has long been a symbol connecting families to Jewish tradition. For some, it is a choice they make to indulge their more religious partners.Whatever their reasons for visiting the ritual bath, for many people, the exact halachic requirements are somewhat murky.A telephone receptionist for the Religious Services Ministry was surprised that anyone would make the choice to enter the water in private, though she was more than happy to help find a ministry spokesperson.“Why would someone want to do that? That sounds strange to me,” she volunteered, when informed of the purpose of the call. “The woman needs a balanit there to make sure her immersion was kosher.”
Three-state’ reality emerges as Hamas-Dahlan leadership takes shape in Gaza-Political reconciliation in Strip likely to defer war with Israel in short term, but lead to deadlier confrontation later-By Avi Issacharoff July 4, 2017, 6:43 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Samir Mashrawi is coming back to Gaza. And his return suggests a political earthquake is about to strike the Strip.Mashrawi is a loyalist of former Fatah leader and Mahmoud Abbas rival Mohammad Dahlan. Dahlan, the Fatah Preventive Security chief in the Strip, was once emphatically persona non grata for Hamas, and was ousted in the coup that put the Islamist terror group in power there 10 years ago-Mashrawi, regarded as Dahlan’s right-hand man and his key aide during periods of intense conflict with Hamas, was particularly loathed because of the central role he played in pursuing Hamas activists in 1996 and 1997. Notorious for shaving their beards off and arresting them for long periods, Mashrawi was one of the first to leave Gaza when tensions between Hamas and Fatah really heated up, during 2007.But it was Hamas who announced his imminent homecoming. Top Hamas official Ahmad Yusuf conveyed the news Monday in an interview with a Jordanian newspaper. His return is part of an agreement taking shape between Dahlan, Hamas and Egypt, ostensibly to monitor the operation of a committee set up to help families with members who have been killed or injured.In reality, Mashrawi’s return signifies reconciliation — not between Hamas and Fatah, but between Hamas and Dahlan’s Fatah faction.What does this mean for Israel? Three points.Firstly, as I have noted recently, the danger of war between Hamas’s Gaza and Israel is decreasing, for now.The reconciliation deal between Dahlan and Hamas, currently being negotiated between senior Hamas members, Dahlan’s people and Egyptian intelligence, is supposed to pave the way for the opening of the Rafah crossing between the enclave and Egypt, Yusuf said, and the establishment of a new “management committee” — in other words, a de facto new government for Gaza.This committee will include Hamas of course, representatives of the other Palestinian factions in the enclave, and Dahlan’s associates. The intended impact: an improvement in humanitarian conditions in the Strip, which will reduce the likelihood of war.Which brings us to the second area of significance for Israel. The new arrangement will more completely separate Gaza from the West Bank.A Palestinian state is being created right before our yes — albeit just in Gaza, without any connection to the West Bank. We will be seeing the emergence of a kind of “three-state” situation — Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.According to Yusuf, Hamas will remain responsible for security in Gaza, while in parallel, the new “committee,” incorporating Dahlan’s people, will oversee Gaza’s relations with the outside world. That means Dahlan’s people will have a presence at the Rafah crossing.Unhappily, the third point is that if Rafah is fully opened for the movement of people and goods, Hamas’s preparations for war will gain momentum. Dahlan’s men will not stop the flow of Hamas weaponry or terrorists into Gaza.That’s the trap: The new agreement decreases the likelihood of war with Israel in the short term but only delays the next day of reckoning. Hamas will be strengthened in the long term, and so will its confidence. When it comes, the next confrontation is likely to be deadlier and more dangerous for Israel.The new agreement will mark Dahlan’s return to center stage — freshly empowered, in contrast to the perceived weakness of Abbas and senior Fatah figures in the West Bank.Hamas in recent days rejected a proposed compromise agreement with Abbas’s Palestinian Authority, put forward by UN Middle East envoy Nikolay Mladenov, apparently because of the more attractive Egyptian-Dahlan possibilities.The emerging agreement, made up of 15 clauses, heralds historic change on the political front, potentially formalizing the division between Gaza and the West Bank.There is still no love is lost between Hamas and Dahlan — and that’s an understatement — or between Hamas and Mashrawi. Years of bitterness will not evaporate overnight. As soon as one side feels threatened by the other, the notion of reconciliation will disappear and they will be at war again. That’s what happened a decade ago.But for now, all eyes are on the returning Mashrawi.
Border police say Jerusalem terror attack foiled at West Bank checkpoint-Security forces seize a bag of knives, stun grenades and Molotov cocktails from six Palestinians in a vehicle heading to the capital-By Jacob Magid July 4, 2017, 4:48 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Border police said they foiled a terror attack Tuesday after finding a bag of knives, stun grenades and Molotov cocktail materials during the search of a Palestinian vehicle at a checkpoint near East Jerusalem.The car was heading into the Jerusalem side of the Mizmoriya checkpoint, outside Bethlehem, when it was stopped after security forces noticed that its front and back license plates did not match.The officers ordered the six riders, who also lacked entry permits, to exit the vehicle for it to be examined.Upon discovering the various weapons, the suspects were detained, the vehicle was seized and the checkpoint was temporarily closed.According to the police spokesperson, the suspects admitted during initial questioning to planning to carry out a terror attack in Jerusalem.Last week, a Palestinian woman was detained while trying to cross a different West Bank checkpoint outside Bethlehem with a knife, apparently while on her way to carry out a stabbing attack in Jerusalem.Border police officers who searched the 36-year-old at the crossing near the city of Bethlehem found the weapon during a search, police said. The woman, from the town of Yatta, near Hebron, was taken for questioning, where she reportedly told investigators she wanted to carry out a stabbing attack in Jerusalem.Nobody was injured during the incident, which came less than two weeks after three Palestinian men carried out an attack in the Old City of Jerusalem that killed a Border Police officer, 23-year-old Hadas Malka.Since September 2015, some 43 Israelis, two visiting Americans, an Eritrean national, a Palestinian man and a British student have been killed in stabbing, shooting and vehicular attacks by Palestinian assailants. In that time, more than 270 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire, a majority of them attackers, according to authorities.The spate of Palestinian attacks that began in October 2015 was dubbed the “lone wolf” intifada, as many of the attacks were carried out by individuals who were not connected to any terror group. Israeli security officials say that many of the attacks, particularly those that are carried out by women, were attempts at suicide by soldier.Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.
President lifts parole restrictions on newly freed Olmert-Decision removes Prison Service check-ins, limits on foreign travel but not ‘moral turpitude’ designation that will ban him from office for 7 years-By Raoul Wootliff July 4, 2017, 5:24 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
President Reuven Rivlin announced Tuesday that he was removing all parole restrictions for former prime minister Ehud Olmert following the latter’s release two days ago from prison after serving 16 months for corruption.The president’s office said in a statement that Rivlin would “restrict Olmert’s punishment to the time he served in prison,” accepting a request filed by the ex-premier’s lawyers just hours after his release.The 71-year-old Olmert, premier between 2006 and 2009, was convicted of graft and entered prison in February 2016. He had been sentenced to 27 months.The parole board last Thursday ruled in favor of early release for Olmert for good behavior. The State Attorney’s Office later on Thursday said it would not appeal the decision, paving the way for the former prime minister’s release.According to an Israel Prisons Service statute, prisoners who are granted early release are required to meet a series of conditions until the completion of their prescribed sentence. These include a prohibition on leaving the country, required reporting to a parole officer at a police station twice a week and meeting weekly with a Prisons Service social worker.Prisoners who fail to meet the conditions risk being sent back to prison to complete their original sentence.Tuesday’s decision means that Olmert is be free of all parole restrictions but the statement from the president’s office stressed that “the clemency is dependent on Olmert not committing another crime until the end of his original sentence,” in May 2018.A spokesperson for the president also noted that decision was not a full pardon, meaning that it does not remove the “moral turpitude” designation that accompanied the conviction and sentencing, a classification that prevents Olmert from returning to political office for seven years from his release.Olmert was one of eight former officials and businessmen convicted in March 2014 in the Holyland real estate corruption case, which has been characterized as among the largest graft cases in Israel’s history.In September 2016, he was sentenced to an additional eight months behind bars for the so-called Talansky affair, bringing the total to 27. In that case, a court upheld a 2015 conviction over his accepting envelopes full of cash from American businessman and fundraiser Morris Talansky, in exchange for political favors during his decade-long term as mayor from 1993 to 2003.
For 2nd day, mystery security ‘activities’ cause delays at Ben Gurion Airport-Defense Ministry limits movement in Israeli airspace for what it calls ‘routine scheduled activities’-By Times of Israel staff July 4, 2017, 5:42 pm
A Defense Ministry decision to restrict Israel’s airspace Tuesday forced planes to wait longer than normal between takeoffs, causing a cascade of delays at Ben-Gurion Airport.The measure was put in place Monday night and again on Tuesday afternoon, and was expected to last until evening, the ministry said.“Due to routine scheduled activities by the Defense Ministry, during the afternoon and evening there will possibly be occasional limitations on movement in Israeli airspace,” the ministry said in a statement. “The activities have been coordinated with all of the appropriate authorities.”The ministry did not elaborate on the nature of the “routine scheduled activities.”The announcement came as the airplane of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi touched down in Israel for a three-day visit.According to Channel 2 news, the restriction forced a larger gap between takeoffs.Some 13 flights were delayed or canceled at the airport as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.On Monday the ministry reportedly ordered the Israel Airports Authority to impose intermittent closures of the airspace above the airport, following what some Hebrew media described as a “security incident.”As a result of the order, which was said to be in effect for three hours, a large number of flights were delayed and passengers were advised to check their departure times before arriving at the airport.No details of the reason behind the unusual measure were given. Channel 10 reported that an expected event that led to the closure order did not end up taking place.The IAA later denied that there was any closure of the airspace.“The skies are not closed. There is not and there was not a security incident at Ben Gurion International Airport. The skies are open and were not closed for even a minute,” it said.However, the departure board at the airport showed several delayed flights.The delays further contributed to already large crowds at the airport, which traditionally pick up during the summer travel season.The last known restriction on flights at Ben Gurion occurred in November 2015, when runways at the airport were briefly closed due to a heavy sandstorm.Earlier Monday, thousands of Israelis arriving at Ben Gurion Airport were greeted by excessively long lines, with those lacking Israeli biometric passports forced to wait in lines stretching past the inspection hall up toward the arrival gates.
Netanyahu burnishes right-wing bona fides at newspaper conference-PM tells Makor Rishon confab he does not need to be bolstered from the right; attacks media as ‘gloom-and-doom industry’-By Sue Surkes July 4, 2017, 7:07 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday used a conference in Tel Aviv organized by a right-wing, pro-settler newspaper to polish his right-wing credentials and to call for more competition within the media, which he dubbed the “gloom-and-doom industry.”Saying he had heard the Makor Rishon paper, the conference’s sponsor, had a policy of “strengthening him from the right” — providing support and also exerting pressure from the right flank of the political spectrum — he reassured the audience, “You don’t need to. Firstly, I’m from the right, and secondly, I’m strong!”Netanyahu is under almost constant political pressure from the right wing of his governing coalition, particularly from the Jewish Home party led by Education Minister Naftali Bennett. Bennett is pressing for more settlement building even as US President Donald Trump has asked Netanyahu to “hold back.” Bennett also wants a more religiously Orthodox slant to public education.“What we’ve done over the past decade for Israel, in conditions that were not simple, are things that I believe nobody else would have done, certainly not better,” Netanyahu said.Describing the importance of “international skill,” the ability to influence leaders and public opinion, particularly in the US, familiarity with the American people and access to multiple American forums, he repeated, “There’s no reason to strengthen me from the right.”Responding to the speech, Bennett released a statement saying that Netanyahu needed his Jewish Home party to be a “moral backbone” for the more moderate Likud.“When Jewish Home is weak, Likud declares it supports a Palestinian state. When Jewish Home is strong, Likud backs away from a Palestinian state,” he said.Citing close relationships with the US, the start Tuesday of the first visit to Israel of an Indian prime minister, and improving relations with some of Israel’s regional neighbors, Netanyahu said the international community understood “that we are a real powerhouse,” but complained the media refused to give him credit.“I would like to see some of these messages in the media,” he went on. “In a democracy, it’s the norm to criticize the government. But when I open the newspapers, nearly everything is black.”“The gloom-and-doom industry works without cease,” he said, reprising a term he has used for the press in the past. “For years, they’ve been repeating how much we’re isolated, how we’re going to destroy our relationship with the US, how we won’t be able to get security guarantees from the US. But these things aren’t happening… And that’s what drives me to introduce more competition into the media for a huge audience which has no channel for expression.”Over recent years, Netanyahu has been accused of over-involving himself in the Israeli media.In 2015, he called new elections in part to stymie an opposition attempt to force the free Israel Hayom newspaper, widely seen as promoting his views, to charge customers. He also tried — ultimately without success — to scrap plans that he himself had previously approved to replace the Israel Broadcasting Authority with a corporation because of what were seen as fears that it would be too independent. After a long-running political saga, the corporation went on the air earlier this year.
In Jerusalem, few Labor voters think new leader will oust Netanyahu-Picking new party chief, disillusioned members see scant hope for government change, though some regard Avi Gabbay or Erel Margalit as contenders-By Marissa Newman July 4, 2017, 5:27 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
At the opening of the sole Labor party voting booth in Jerusalem on Tuesday, leadership candidate Avi Gabbay was speaking confidently to reporters about his chances for success when a gust of wind flattened his campaign tent in the foreground and sent a dozen blue-shirted activists scrambling. It made a rather apt metaphor for a party which governed Israel for the first 30 years of state, but has struggled increasingly in recent years to impose itself.The activists for ex-Kulanu minister Gabbay had the strongest presence at the polls in the largely conservative capital, where the number of journalists and volunteers present greatly outnumbered the voters for a center-left party flailing for a political comeback.Arriving with his elderly mother on his arm, ex-Kulanu environmental protection minister Gabbay — who crossed the political aisle after quitting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government in 2016 — told the assembled reporters that the second round of voting on July 10 would be a match between him and current party leader Isaac Herzog.A short while later, faint chanting and cheering grew stronger as Labor MK Erel Margalit arrived with an entourage, setting off a yelling match between dueling activists struggling to drown each other out.Margalit and Gabbay embraced awkwardly.The second round of voting will be between Herzog or former Labor leader Amir Peretz and himself, Margalit told reporters.The Labor party’s 40-year political dry spell will soon end, said the Jerusalem-based entrepreneur and sitting MK. Remember, “the Jewish people had 40 years in the desert before they arrived at the promised land,” he said.But despite pledges by all seven candidates to would unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud in the next elections, many Labor voters on line were unconvinced.“I don’t know if he’s strong enough, but that’s all there is,” said Motke Stockhammer, a pensioner and lifetime Labor party member who was backing Herzog in the leadership race. “I don’t think the party at all will be able to oust Netanyahu”Even some of Gabbay’s volunteers appeared skeptical, as one ironically revised the ubiquitous Israeli election chant — “Ho ha, who’s that coming? The next prime minister” — to “… The next economy minister,” earning quiet snickers from the others.-To win, ‘you need to be a movie actor’-The leadership contest for the ailing Labor party — plagued by internal divisions since current leader Herzog engaged in coalition negotiations to join Netanyahu’s government in 2016 — will move to a second round of voting next week between the top two contenders, should none of the candidates receive more than 40 percent of the vote on Tuesday.The primary pits Herzog against ex-Labor leader Amir Peretz, Gabbay, Margalit, Labor MK Omer Bar-Lev, and two other candidates whose chances of success were not considered realistic. The results were set to be announced around 10 p.m. on Tuesday.The race comes after the Labor party has slipped in the opinion polls over the past year; surveys now predict it could lose as many as half of its 24 Knesset seats to the rival centrist Yesh Atid party.Shalom Brinn, also a pensioner, said he was supporting Margalit because today, to win “you need to be a movie actor. He’s the only one who has it.”Gabbay is also “very good,” but “too quiet,” he opined.The grievances with the party were on display as Brinn said he would abandon ship if its current or former leaders regained control.“If Peretz or Herzog get in, I’ll need to find myself a new party,” he said, adding that he doesn’t know which one. “This is the generation that destroyed the party.”Orit Cohen, a high school teacher in Ma’ale Adumim, said she was voting for Margalit because he’s a “refreshing change.” Cohen, who joined the Labor party a decade ago after shifting her political allegiances from the right, cautiously predicted that Margalit could oust Netanyahu.“I very much want to believe yes,” she said.But Niva, a university student who voted for Bar-Lev and declined to give her last name, said she was mostly seeking a new opposition leader.“I don’t think Netanyahu will go anywhere in the coming decades,” she said.She was standing with Gabbay-backing student, who asked to remain anonymous and was more optimistic about his chances, noting that general elections were not scheduled for another two years, giving the candidates ample time to mount a challenge.For two years, ‘being a member of the party was embarrassing’-He said that over the past two years, “being a member of the party was embarrassing” and its “conduct both internally and externally was plastic, unconvincing and inauthentic.”“Finally, a politician has come who is broadcasting something that in my view, in his discourse and style, is real,” he said of Gabbay.-‘Baptism by fire’-While support for Jerusalem residents Gabbay and Margalit appeared to dominate in the capital, Sonia Cohen, a long-time Herzog activist and adviser to the Labor party chief on neighborhood issues, insisted the opposition leader would do better the second time around.“In the Labor party, they cut off heads all the time… they don’t let the chairman work,” said Cohen, who referred to the party’s tested trend of choosing a new leader in each primary vote. “He went through this baptism by fire already, when they tried to cut off his head. In the next four years, when he leads again, maybe they’ll let him work and prove his capabilities — and he has capabilities.”Nor did Cohen, a Labor member for 30 years, think a victory for Herzog would send him racing back into negotiations with Netanyahu.“I don’t think he’ll enter the coalition; he wants to create a bloc of his own,” she said.
Starved of power, Gaza’s Palestinians buckle under an oppressive heatwave-Strip residents describe their new reality: sleepless nights, beaches closed due to toxic sewage, and rising food prices; even fresh water is in short supply-By Dov Lieber July 4, 2017, 3:02 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Sami, a medical intern, is struggling to sleep. The same heatwave scorching Israel is also roasting the Gaza Strip, where temperatures have been soaring to 37°C (98°F). The heat in his room is overpowering, and the mosquitoes don’t help either. But due to an ongoing electricity crisis, he can’t cool himself off, or even plug in the device that wards off the biting insects.“Sometimes I go around flipping on different sides of my bed for an hour before I can fall asleep. It’s humiliating,” said Sami, who opted to use an alias for fear of retaliation from authorities in Gaza.In a series of interviews with The Times of Israel, residents of the Strip described the debilitating effects of the power crisis. It dictates their routine. It turns basic goods, services and actions into luxuries. The normal strategies for cooling off in the summer heat — including showers, swimming, air conditioning and electric fans — have all but disappeared. Even drinking water is an increasingly rare commodity.Depending on what neighborhood one lives in, say the interviewees, the average Gazan enjoys either 4 to 6 or 2 to 3 hours of electricity a day. Residents have no idea when the power will come on, so when it does, they have to drop what they are doing and rush to complete tasks that require electricity.“When the power comes, for 2 to 3 hours, you run like a madman to manage to recharge everything, pump water, shower, sleep, work, get online, cool down and breathe, all in 2 hours,” said Ali, a 30-year-old journalist who did not want to use his real name for fear of backlash.The power can come on in the middle of a workday, or late at night when everyone is sleeping.During the current power crisis, Ali added, “cold water becomes a luxury, a wish, a dream, a desire. No power means no fridge, means no cold water.”Khaled, a father of three and a humanitarian worker, who asked that his real name not be used because he is not authorized to speak to the press, also complained about not being able to protect his family from the heat.“My youngest child is 8-months-old. Last night, he couldn’t sleep, so we just kept fanning him. We used a piece of paper to fan his face, and the minute we stopped, he would wake up,” he said. “My wife goes to do the household things at odd times. You find her up very early in the morning turning on the washing machine because the power just came on. Her sleep schedule is entirely off.”The residents of Gaza have suffered electricity woes ever since the terrorist group Hamas wrested control of the territory from the Palestinian Authority in a violent coup in 2007. Since then, and up until a few months ago, Gazans received power in eight-hour intervals — eight hours on and eight hours off. That was enough, they said, to sustain a semblance of normalcy and keep the Strip’s infrastructure running.Israel and Egypt maintain a blockade on the Strip, which Jerusalem says is needed to keep out weaponry and materials that could be used for terror activities or in fighting against Israel. The border authority allows in humanitarian goods and also gives some Gazans permits to enter Israel for medical care.The current crisis began when the Strip’s only power station shut down in April due to a lack of fuel. Hamas refused to buy more diesel from the PA, which is controlled by the rival Fatah faction, complaining taxes on the fuel were too high.The crisis deepened when the PA, which has been footing the bill for a portion of Gaza’s electricity that is provided by Israel, decided to cut the payments by 35 percent — part of a series of measures meant to force Hamas to cede control of the Strip.At the behest of the PA, Israel has been gradually reducing power to the Strip. As of Sunday, Israel has cut its supply to Gaza from 120 megawatts to 80. It says it will ramp the flow back up as soon as someone pays the bill.On June 21, Egypt stepped in and began exporting diesel fuel to Gaza. That allowed Gaza’s power plant to start working again, providing an output of 70 megawatts, according to the Hamas-run Palestinian Energy and Natural resources Authority.The Egyptian fuel, however, in addition only a temporary deal with Cairo, only serves to prevent all-out disaster. It doesn’t do much to lift power-starved Gazans out of their private suffering.Suhair Zakkout, who works for the Red Cross, said the crisis can “really make every single minute of life a struggle.”She described a case of a boy suffering from asthma who has to be rushed to the hospital up to five times a day.When he’s hooked up to the nebulizer that helps him breathe, his mother “can easily” handle his care at home, Zakkout said. But without power, every time he has an attack they have to head to the hospital.She also highlighted the fact that Gaza’s children, who are on summer vacation, have little to do with themselves. The beach is the usual summertime gathering spot, but now the authorities in Gaza have closed off large portions of it. Without electricity, the sewage treatment plants aren’t working properly, and raw waste is being pumped into the sea.For three days last week, Gaza celebrated the holiday of Eid al-Adha, generally a time when families gather and exchange gifts. But with elevators out of commission, the elderly and disabled were unable to visit with families who live in high-rise apartments, Zakkout said.She compared the lack of the electricity to being sick. “You only realize how important the antibiotic is when you don’t have it.”“But” she added, “the doctors here are the politicians.”-Gaza is a ‘sinking boat,’ and water is ‘neck-high’-On Monday, the United Nations gathered diplomats in its Jerusalem offices. The international agency made a plea for $25.2 million to “to stabilize the spiraling humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip” caused by the power crisis.In a document presented in the meeting, the UN pinpointed three sectors that are quickly crumbling without electricity: water/sanitation, health and food.The document said water reaches homes for a few hours just every 3-5 days. Desalination plants are functioning at only 15% of their capacity and more than 108 million liters of untreated sewage is flowing everyday into the Mediterranean. Without access to clean water, the UN said, 1.45 million people in Gaza are at risk of contracting waterborne diseases due to the consumption of unsafe water.1.45 million people in Gaza are at risk of contracting waterborne diseases-Guislain Defurne, head of the delegation for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) told The Times of Israel that “Gaza is like a sinking ship.”“Water is reaching the neck of the passengers,” he said. “They can breathe, but water is still entering the ship. The people of Gaza can only be resilient for so long.”The food industry is also being severely affected by the crisis.Due the scarcity of water, irrigation costs are increasing 60 to 75 percent, Defurne said. Much food is also lost because refrigerating it is too expensive.Supermarkets keep products fresh with the help of generators. But fueling the machines is expensive, and vendors are forced to raise their prices.The UN said 1.2 million people in Gaza who were already facing food insecurity are now facing increased economic obstacles to eating.As for who is responsible for the crisis, “most of the anger is directed at Hamas,” said Sami, the medical intern. He said the electricity crisis finds its way into nearly all conversations and that he hears “people repeatedly hating Hamas for this particular reason.”Khaled, the humanitarian worker, said he understands the feeling of people in Israel who want to protect their children. But he argued Israeli policies were actually undermining their security.Noting that around 50% of Gazans are under 18, he said, “What kind of generation in Gaza will Israel see in five or 10 years? Suffering from electricity cuts, from lack of water, from wars — the mindset of the youth will develop accordingly.“People should be given their basic rights. I don’t see any link between Israel’s security and Gaza’s children not getting clean water. You have to break the cycle at some point,” he said.The Prime Minister’s Office declined to comment for this story. In the past Israeli authorities have argued that an internal Palestinian dispute between Hamas and the PA is behind the power crisis in Gaza, and that Israel is not a party to it. Both Israel and the PA charge that Hamas, which openly seeks the destruction of Israel, would have the money to supply Gaza’s power and water needs if it didn’t expend a large part of its resources on armament and preparation for future conflict with the Jewish state.
Small Israeli drone crashes in southern Gaza, says army-In year’s third such incident, IDF investigates what caused Skylark-model UAV to fall out of the sky; Hamas says it has device-By Times of Israel staff and Judah Ari Gross July 4, 2017, 2:24 am
A small Israeli drone crashed in the southern Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday, the army said, in the third such incident this year.There did not appear to be a risk that classified information could be retrieved from the device, the military indicated.The drone, a Skylark model, fell out of the sky in southern Gaza for as-yet unknown reasons. “The incident is being investigated,” a spokesperson said early Tuesday.The terror group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, said it retrieved the drone near the Al-Maghazi refugee camp, according to a Walla News report.In March, a drone of the same model was on a reconnaissance mission when it crashed in the northern part of the Palestinian enclave.In January, a Skylark drone crashed in southern Lebanon, prompting a mad dash by Israeli forces to recover the aircraft. The next day, the Hezbollah terrorist group reported that it had retrieved pieces of the destroyed drone.The “sky rider,” as it’s known in Hebrew, is a tactical surveillance drone created by Elbit Systems and operated by the IDF’s Artillery Corps. The miniature UAV can be launched by one or two people, depending on the model, and once airborne provides a live video feed to soldiers on the ground.In August 2015, Hamas claimed it captured an Israeli Skylark drone in the Gaza Strip and reassembled it.
Air force returns Apache fleet to service after safety fears-IAF to institute new protocols following recent grounding, which was ordered after crack found in a helicopter’s back rotor-By Times of Israel staff July 4, 2017, 8:03 pm
Israel Air Force on Tuesday returned its fleet of Apache helicopters to operation after they had been grounded for nearly a month over safety concerns.A safety inspection of one helicopter in early June uncovered a crack in its back rotor, leading Air Force chief Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel to ground the entire fleet for detailed inspections.According to Channel 10, the inspections uncovered a second crack in the original helicopter, but determined that the rest of the fleet was fit to fly. Inspectors concluded that the cracks were due to heavy use of the helicopter, which had clocked over 2,000 flight hours by the time the cracks had begun forming.The Air Force said it will institute new safety regulations, including shortening the rotor blades’ lifespan by 80 percent and implementing regular X-ray checks of all blades.Israel relies on its Apache attack helicopters to provide close air support for ground troops, while other types of helicopters are used for troop movement and supply transportation.Israel has two squadrons of Apaches, which fly out of the Ramon Air Base in the Negev desert.Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.
MIGRATING BIRDS IN ISRAEL EATS HUMANS FLESH FOR COMING AGAINST ISRAEL-JERUSALEM
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog (RUSSIA/ARAB/MUSLIMS) a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers (EAST OF THE DEAD SEA IN JORDAN VALLEY) on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog (RUSSIAN) and all his multitude:(ARAB/MUSLIM HORDE) and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.(BURIEL SITE OF THE 300 MILLION,RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIMS)
12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.(OF ISRAEL)
16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.(OF THE ISRAEL-GOD HATERS)
17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.(OF RUSSIAN/ISLAMIC HORDES AGAINST ISRAEL)
18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
19 And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.
20 Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.
21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.
22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;(AGAINST ALL NATIONS ARMIES THAT COME AGAINST JERUSALEM AND ISRAEL)
18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog,(RULER) the land of Magog,(RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal,(TOBOLSK) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:TOBOLSK)
4 And I (GOD) will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE RUSSIA-MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY) of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.(AFRICAN MUSLIMS,SUDAN,TUNESIA ETC)
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back,(RUSSIA-ARAB MUSLIM ISRAEL HATERS) and leave but the sixth part of thee,(5/6TH OR 300 MILLION DEAD RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIMS I BELIEVE) and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR ATOMIC BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
Russia, China seek halt of North Korean weapons tests-Leaders of the 2 countries also call on US and South Korea to cease military drills to set stage for renewed dialogue-By Agencies July 4, 2017, 7:40 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
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