Wednesday, July 12, 2017
NEW KNESSET PLAN FOR PEACE-TOTAL ARAB MURDERERS SURRENDER.
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
New Knesset lobby unveils plan for peace: Total Palestinian surrender-At launch event, Israel Victory Caucus urges Palestinians to accept that they failed to destroy the Jewish state-By Andrew Tobin July 11, 2017, 8:29 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
JTA — Israel has already defeated the Palestinians. All that’s left is for them to surrender.That, at least, was an argument being made in Jerusalem this week. Led by the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum, pro-Israel leaders and analysts gathered here to highlight local support for their aim of reframing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict internationally.“After more than a century, the conflict is really over,” Daniel Pipes, the forum’s president, told JTA. “As an American, I would like my government to say to the Israeli government, ‘Do what you need to do to convince the Palestinians they lost.’”Pipes on Sunday night held an English-language event at the Begin Heritage Center to cheer Tuesday’s launch of a Knesset lobby committed to forcing the Palestinians to admit defeat. He said he hoped the Knesset Israel Victory Caucus — along with a public opinion poll he released Sunday to JTA — would help them convince US policymakers to “let Israel win.”In an article in the December 2016 issue of Commentary, Pipes described the things Israel might do to “encourage Palestinians to accept Israel and discourage rejectionism.” They include charging the Palestinians Authority for material damage from terrorism; blocking Palestinian Authority officials from returning to the West Bank if their colleagues incite violence; quiet, anonymous burials for Palestinians killed attacking Israelis, and shutting off water and electricity supplies to punish violence by Palestinians.“Inducing a change of heart is not a pretty or pleasant process,” wrote Pipes. However, he continued, “Wars usually end when failure causes one side to despair, when that side has abandoned its war aims and accepted defeat, and when that defeat has exhausted the will to fight.”The Knesset Victory Caucus will be co-chaired by lawmakers MK Oded Forer, from the hawkish Yisrael Beytenu political party, and MK Yaakov Peri, a former head of Israel’s Security Agency from the centrist Yesh Atid. A total of six Knesset members have so far joined the caucus.The lobby will be the sister organization of the Republican-only Congressional Israel Victory Caucus, whose co-chairs sent supportive statements to the crowd at the Begin Center.Israeli, American and British speakers took the stage one-by-one to advocate a zero-sum vision of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The Zionist project was to build Israel. The Palestinian national purpose was to destroy Israel. Only one side could win, and it had been Israel.Now, they argued, Israel’s allies – most importantly the United States – must dispense with long-unsuccessful peace negotiations and allow Israel to finish the job, by forcing the Palestinians to concede defeat.Despite their shared view of the end of the conflict, the speakers evinced widely divergent worldviews and priorities.In his opening remarks, Pipes said that by “losing” the conflict, the Palestinians might actually gain even more than Israel because they could “move on to something better, more constructive, built their own polity, economy, society and culture.”Like Pipes, Richard Kemp, the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, said that ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would require changing attitudes in foreign capitals.“I think the key here is not Israel. Israel obviously must play a significant part in it. But the key is the international community. It’s the international community that by its actions continues to encourage aggression against Israel,” he said.But MK Yehuda Glick, an Orthodox Jewish activist and Knesset member for the ruling Likud party, argued that Israel was responsible for its own destiny. By making itself “a light unto the nations,” Israel would bring “shalom [peace] upon the region and the world,” he said.“Yes, of course, they have to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Of course, they have to stop anti-Semitism. But that’s not what we have to deal with. We have to deal with what’s good for us, and we have to continue,” he said.Einat Wilf, a former left-wing Israeli lawmaker, said she had over time given up on making peace with the Palestinians. She suggested that the conflict would only end when Arabs were forced to reinterpret the role of Zionism in their history.“We rewrite our lives to turn our defeats into triumphs, right? That’s what humans do,” she said. “So the Arabs and the Palestinians will one day rewrite their history, their theology to acknowledge the Jewish presence here as part of their view that the Jews came here because that’s how it should have been by Islam.”Meanwhile, the poll commissioned last month by the Middle East Forum found that 82 percent of Israelis do not believe the Palestinian leadership will recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people under any conditions. A plurality of Israelis said this was the biggest obstacle to peace. The margin of error was 3.7 percent.In his recent book, “The Only Language They Understand,” Middle East analyst Nathan Thrall argued that both the Israelis and Palestinians have historically only made concessions when forced to, by either violence or politics. But he said Israel has benefited from the peace process and would be unlikely to push for an end to it, nor would world powers.“It allows the perpetuation of the status quo. When there’s an absence of talks, people start to get restless. The world doesn’t want to support indefinite occupation,” he told JTA. “It’s entirely implausible that the US or the international community are going to adopt a position in support of “Israeli victory.” It sounds to me like this group is just putting on a show and asking for some kind of rhetorical shift.”
US ambassador, Trump envoy meet Palestinian officials in Jerusalem-Unusual move made after Palestinians refuse to host Jason Greenblatt and US ambassador David Friedman in Ramallah-By Raphael Ahren July 11, 2017, 5:04 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
The US ambassador to Israel and the White House’s special envoy to the peace process met Tuesday with senior Palestinian negotiators in Jerusalem on Tuesday, after the Palestinian negotiating team refused to host the meeting in Ramallah.Special envoy Jason Greenblatt, who has held many such consultations since Trump took office in January, was joined by US Consul General in Jerusalem Donald Blome and, in an unusual move, also David Friedman, who is the US ambassador to Israel.“They had an open, cordial, and frank discussion on many topics related to peace negotiations,” a senior White House official told The Times of Israel. “The administration believes that in order to give everyone the best chance to reach an ultimate deal, it is critical to have negotiators that are close with the president and that is why the team includes Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Greenblatt and Friedman.”According to Israeli reports, the Palestinian negotiating team wanted to meet Greenblatt in Jerusalem because they were unwilling to host Friedman in Ramallah.As an ambassador accredited to the State of Israel, Friedman would usually not attend bilateral meetings with the Palestinian Authority.On Monday, a senior White House official told The Times of Israel that the purpose of Greenblatt’s trip was to lay the foundations for peace talks.“This trip is an interim visit as talks continue about potential next steps,” he said. “President Trump has made it clear that working toward achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians is a top priority for him.”During his last visit to Israel at the end of June, Greenblatt accompanied Kushner to a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and another with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whom the two US officials met in his West Bank headquarters in Ramallah.Palestinian sources told Hebrew and Arabic media later that the meeting had not gone well and that the Palestinian leader had accused the US of taking Israel’s side while refusing US demands that Ramallah cut off payments for some convicted terrorists and their families.Kushner reportedly began his meeting with Abbas by stating all the Israeli concerns, including stopping the payments, according to Hebrew media reports, angering Abbas.A senior Palestinian official said at the time that a preparatory meeting with Greenblatt a day before the meeting with Kushner had also not gone well and became tense over the payments to prisoners that Greenblatt had insisted come to an end.Abbas has defended payments to Palestinian prisoners, including convicted terrorists, as a “social responsibility,” and said Israel was using the issue as a pretext to avoid peace talks.
Inking anti-terror deal with US, Qatar vows backing for Hamas-ruled Gaza-Envoy says Doha won’t end support for Palestinian enclave, while diplomats bid to end Arab rift over support for extremist groups-By Agencies July 11, 2017, 6:34 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
A Qatari envoy said the energy-rich nation will continue development projects in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, despite a rift with its Gulf neighbors stemming in part from its ties with the Palestinian terror group.The comment by Mohammed El-Amadi came as the US signed an agreement with Doha to boost counter-terrorism efforts.El-Amadi spoke Tuesday as he signed a new agreement with a Palestinian contractor to build eight residential buildings.Qatar has been the largest single donor to Gaza over the past five years, disbursing about a half billion dollars for housing, reconstruction, infrastructure development, and health projects.In addition to being the largest financial patron to the Hamas-ruled Gaza, Qatar has hosted senior Hamas officials on its soil. It argues its aid is for the Palestinian people rather than the terror group.Saudi Arabia and its allies have pressed Qatar to end its support to the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood movement, the historical parent of Hamas.The terror group seized control of Gaza from forces loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007.Also on Tuesday, the United States and Qatar signed an agreement aimed at shoring up the latter’s counterterrorism efforts.The memorandum of understanding was signed Tuesday during a visit to the energy-rich country by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson alongside Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.Tillerson said the agreement was built on decisions made at a Riyadh summit in May to “wipe terrorism from the face of the Earth.”“As a result of President Trump’s very strong call, these commitments for action, will begin immediately on a number of fronts.”Sheikh Mohammed said Qatar was the first country in the region to sign a bilateral agreement with Washington on counterterror funding and urged what he called the “siege” nations to follow suit and sign their own agreements with the US.Tillerson is in the Gulf on a mission aimed at ending a rift between Qatar and four Arab states that accuse it of supporting extremists. Qatar denies the allegation.He arrived in the Qatari capital of Doha on Tuesday after leaving Kuwait City, where held talks Kuwait’s ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, after arriving in the country on Monday.Sheikh Sabah has been acting as a mediator between Qatar and four states lined up against it: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.The quartet broke off relations and cut air, sea and land routes to Qatar in early June. They accuse it of supporting terror groups such as Hamas and meddling in their affairs.Tillerson also gave besieged Qatar some political backing ahead of talks with officials from the Arab quartet in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.“I think Qatar has been quite clear in its positions and I think very reasonable,” he said.The four nations broke off relations with Qatar and cut air, sea and land routes with it in early June. They later issued a 13-point list of demands to restore relations and gave Doha 10 days to comply.The demands include Qatar shutting down news outlets, including the media network Al-Jazeera, cutting ties with Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, limiting ties with Iran and expelling Turkish troops stationed in the country.Qatar strenuously denies supporting extremist groups and has rejected the demands, saying that agreeing to them wholesale would undermine its sovereignty.Tillerson’s arrival in the Gulf coincided with the release by CNN on Monday of allegedly leaked agreements between Qatar and its neighbors dating from 2013 and 2014. CNN said it received the documents from a source in the region.They include a handwritten 2013 deal between the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar to not interfere directly or indirectly in the internal affairs of fellow members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which also includes Bahrain, Oman and the UAE.That agreement specifically ruled out support for the Muslim Brotherhood and other unnamed groups that could threaten the bloc’s members.Qatar sees the Brotherhood, and its Hamas offshoot, as a legitimate political force and has for years hosted its spiritual guide, Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi. That puts it squarely at odds with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt, which see the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.The four anti-Qatar countries lent credibility to the leaked agreements in a statement issued early Tuesday. They asserted that the documents “confirm beyond any doubt Qatar’s failure to meet its commitments and its full violation of its pledges.” Their 13-point list of demands in June was tied to those earlier deals and was “fully in line with the spirit of what was agreed upon,” they said.The head of Qatar’s government communication office, Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al Thani, disputed that, saying the June demands “bore no relation to the Riyadh agreements,” according to a statement carried by the official Qatar News Agency. He called the “siege” by the four states a violation of the GCC charter.US officials have said Tillerson does not expect an immediate breakthrough in the dispute and cautioned that a resolution could take months.A senior adviser to Tillerson, R.C. Hammond, has said the demands on Qatar were not viable but that there were individual items on the list “that could work.” He did not elaborate.
US ambassador to join meeting with Palestinian negotiators-In policy change, David Friedman reportedly to accompany envoy Greenblatt to Jerusalem talks on restarting peace process-By Stuart Winer July 11, 2017, 3:13 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
US President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process Jason Greenblatt was scheduled Tuesday to meet with Palestinian negotiators, and in an unusual development, US Ambassador David Friedman will also attend.The meeting was to be held in Jerusalem and is aimed at negotiating a restart of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. US Consul General in Jerusalem Donald Blome, who is in charge of ties with the Palestinians, will also reportedly be at the talks.Friedman, as envoy to Israel, is responsible for ties with the Jewish state and his presence at the table marks a change in US diplomacy said to have been ordered by Trump himself.A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to Haaretz that Friedman will be at the meeting and noted that Trump has made it clear he wants the ambassador to be a key member of the US negotiating team, along with Trump’s son-in-law and special adviser Jared Kushner.On the Palestinian side will be chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, head of Palestinian intelligence Majed Faraj, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s economic adviser, Mohammad Mustafa.According to the report, when Trump met with Abbas in Bethlehem during the US president’s visit to the region in May, he demanded to know why Friedman was not also in attendance. US officials informed him that it was against established guidelines and although Trump let it pass, he later ordered the policy changed to enable Friedman to be at meetings.Greenblatt, who arrived in Israel on Sunday, met with Abbas three weeks ago during a previous visit. Kushner was also at the meeting but Abbas refused to let Friedman participate, Palestinian officials told Haaretz, as the Orthodox Jewish ambassador is seen as “hostile” due to comments he made during Trump’s election campaign in which he expressed open support for the Israeli settler movement.The practice of the US ambassador to Israel taking part in meetings with the Palestinians was stopped during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. Previously, under Bill Clinton in 1999-2000, Martin Indyk did participate in such meetings. After Indyk’s tenure the restrictions were laid down.The report said that since Tuesday’s meeting is only with negotiating team staff, the Palestinians agreed to let Friedman attend.On Sunday the White House said in a statement that while the primary purpose of Greenblatt’s trip “is to meet with the ambassador now that the ambassador is on the ground and fully installed in his position, Greenblatt will also likely be taking meetings relevant to both the Israelis and the Palestinians.”“This trip is an interim visit as talks continue about potential next steps. President Trump has made it clear that working toward achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians is a top priority for him,” the statement added.
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.
Report sheds light on Iranian missile factories being built in Lebanon-Hezbollah building at least two subterranean facilities to manufacture medium-range rockets, sources tell Intelligence Online magazine-By Judah Ari Gross July 9, 2017, 7:40 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
The Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group is constructing at least two underground facilities in Lebanon for manufacturing missiles and other weaponry, according to a report by the French Intelligence Online magazine.While reports of these subterranean weapons facilities have been published in Arab media outlets before, the Intelligence Online article included two previously unknown pieces of information: the type of weaponry being produced and the approximate locations of two factories.Sources told the French industry magazine that one of the factories is being built in northern Lebanon, near the town of Hermel in the eastern Bekaa Valley. The second facility is reportedly being constructed along the southern coast, between the towns of Sidon and Tyre.According to Intelligence Online, the Hermel facility is being used to produce the Fateh 110, a medium-range missile. The southern facility, meanwhile, will be used to make smaller munitions.The Fateh 110 has a range of approximately 190 miles (300 kilometers) — enough to cover most of the State of Israel — and can carry a half-ton warhead. It is considered fairly accurate, though to what extent is a matter of debate, according to a US Congressional Research Service report.Israel’s David’s Sling missile defense battery, which went operational in April, is meant to protect the Jewish state against medium-range rockets like the Fateh 110.In March, the Kuwaiti al-Jarida newspaper reported that Iran had established multiple facilities some 50 meters belowground and protected them with multiple layers of defenses from potential Israeli aerial bombardment, citing an unnamed deputy head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.The Iranian general was quoted by al-Jarida as saying that the decision to produce rockets indigenously in Lebanon came after Israel bombed weapons factories in Sudan and supply routes for Iranian rockets via Syria.The new factories would mark a dramatic upgrade in Hezbollah’s ability to acquire additional, and more precise rockets than ever before.Rockets produced by some of the new facilities have already been used by Hezbollah in battles in Syria, the Kuwaiti report said.The latest developments highlight the depth of Iran’s involvement in Syria and Lebanon, something that both Israel and some Arab states have warned against in recent months.IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot said last week that Israel is in the midst of a major campaign to thwart attempts by Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah to arm themselves with increasingly accurate missiles.Addressing the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense committee, Eisenkot said that the primary concern for Israel was what he called the “accuracy project” — efforts by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah to equip themselves with accurate missiles.“We are engaged in a whole campaign against the accuracy project and it is our top priority,” he noted.Regarding the efforts by Hezbollah to obtain advanced rockets through Syria, Eisenkot said, “We are working all the time against the project with a wide variety of tools that it is best to keep quiet about, and with the aim of not causing a deterioration [in the situation].”Eisenkot said “decreasing Iranian influence in the areas near Israel’s borders is no less important than defeating Islamic State, and for Israel perhaps even more.”Earlier in the week, Defense Minister Avidgor Liberman issued a public warning to Hezbollah and its Iranian patrons over the development of rocket manufacturing installations inside Lebanon.“We are fully aware” of the rocket factories, Liberman told military correspondents in a briefing in Tel Aviv. “We know what needs to be done… We won’t ignore the establishment of Iranian weapons factories in Lebanon.”Last month, at the Herzliya Conference, IDF intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi said that “Iran has been working for the past year to set up indigenous infrastructures for producing precise munitions both in Lebanon and Yemen. We can’t ignore that, and we won’t.”Avi Issacharoff and Stuart Winer contributed to this report
PM raps visiting Irish foreign minister over support for Palestinians-Netanyahu and his deputy FM take Simon Coveney to task for failing to condemn glorification of terror, funding NGOs that delegitimize Israel-By Raphael Ahren July 11, 2017, 4:54 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday rebuked visiting Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney over his country’s traditional support for the Palestinians.According to a readout of their meeting provided by the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu “expressed his dissatisfaction over Ireland’s traditional stance and told the Foreign Minister that his country does not condemn Palestinians for incitement and for glorifying those who commit terrorist attacks.”The discussion focused mostly on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the readout said.Netanyahu also challenged Coveney over Dublin’s assistance to NGOs that “call for the destruction of Israel,” according to the readout. The prime minister further noted that “many European countries are overlooking the core problem of the conflict – the Palestinian refusal to recognize the state of the Jews.”During his three-day trip to the region, the foreign minister is scheduled to meet with “representatives of Israeli and Palestinian NGOs funded by Irish Aid,” according to his office.The Israeli readout did not cite Coveney’s response. On his personal Twitter page, Coveney, who became Ireland’s foreign minister only last month, posted a photo of his “[g]ood straight talking meeting” with Netanyahu, noting that he “raised concerns firmly and listened to Israeli perspectives.”Good straight talking meeting with PM @netanyahu today, raised concerns firmly and listened to Israeli perspectives pic.twitter.com/DqLE4FTWVZ— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) July 11, 2017-Ireland has long been one of the Palestinians’ most staunch backers in Europe. Coveney’s visit comes on the heels of visits to Israel by the leaders of India and Rwanda, both of whom hailed bilateral ties and did not place great emphasis on the Palestinian issue.Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, who participated in the Coveney-Netanyahu meeting, said that the Israeli side “made plain that the settlements will remain [under Israeli control] under any agreement.”The current Gaza electricity crisis was discussed as well, she said, adding that “the Palestinian leadership is doing everything to abuse the Gazan population.”Israel was disinclined to undertake a move like its 2005 disengagement from Gaza, after which the Strip came under the control of Hamas, she added. “We are not ready for a second Gaza,” she said, presumably indicating the government’s unwillingness to withdraw from the West Bank.The deputy minister demanded Dublin cease its support for “organizations that seek to delegitimize Israel” such as Al Haq.Earlier on Tuesday, Coveney visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.Such a moving visit to @yadvashem in Jerusalem today – horrors of the Holocaust so powerfully and truthfully told pic.twitter.com/23BreGLmeZ— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) July 11, 2017-On Wednesday, he is scheduled to meet with President Reuven Rivlin. On Thursday, he will meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki in Ramallah. He will also meet with United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolai Mladenov, and UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,Robert Piper.“I am not new to the region and the issues faced, but this is my first visit as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,” Coveney said in a statement issued Monday.“In that context, I am looking forward to hearing a diverse range of views… Of course, I will also use the opportunity to make clear Ireland’s concerns about the impact of the continuing occupation and the fact that, as things stand, the prospects of a comprehensive peace agreement remain dim.”
Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi killed, Syrian group confirms-US-led coalition spokesman says he can’t verify report, which comes a month after Russia announced self-styled ‘caliph’ had likely been killed in an airstrike-By AFP and Times of Israel staff July 11, 2017, 3:36 pm
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the elusive leader of the brutal Islamic State terror group, has been killed, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday afternoon, confirming reports earlier in the day in Iraqi media, and possibly bringing to a close a hunt for one of the most wanted men on the planet.Those reports, which cited an IS statement, provided no details regarding the circumstances of Baghdadi’s death.“Top tier commanders from IS who are present in Deir Ezzor province have confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, emir of the Islamic State group, to the Observatory,” director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.“We learned of it today but we do not know when he died or how.”Deir Ezzor, in eastern Syria, remains largely under IS control even as the group is losing territory elsewhere in the country and in neighboring Iraq.Abdel Rahman said al- Baghdadi “was present in eastern parts of Deir Ezzor province” in recent months, but it was unclear if he was killed in the area or elsewhere.There was no official confirmation or denial of the news on social media platforms used by IS.The US-led coalition said it could not verify the Observatory’s report.“We cannot confirm this report, but hope it is true,” said coalition spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon.“We strongly advise ISIS to implement a strong line of succession, it will be needed,” he added, using a different acronym for IS.A “new caliph” will be announced soon, the reports said.Last month, Russian Foreign Ministry said it was “highly likely” the leader of the Islamic State terror group was killed in a May airstrike carried out by the country’s military.The reclusive jihadist chief made his only known public appearance as “caliph” at Friday prayers on June 29, 2014, at the Grand Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul — where, on Sunday, Iraq declared victory over al-Baghdadi’s Islamic State group after a grueling battle.That appearance three years ago made the mosque a symbol of IS rule, and the jihadists did not allow it to be captured intact, blowing it and its famed leaning minaret up in June as Iraqi forces closed in.The 46-year-old Iraqi-born leader of IS, nicknamed “The Ghost,” has not been seen in public since his 2014 visit to the mosque, and the fortunes of his “caliphate” have taken a drastic turn for the worse.The world’s most-wanted man has been rumored wounded or killed a number of times in the past, and while he was said to have left Mosul earlier this year, his whereabouts were never confirmed.
IDF raids home of West Bank car-rammer, seizes ‘inciting material’-Army arrests 15 Palestinians for rock throwing, riots in operations across West Bank; soldiers escort 1,000 Jewish worshipers to Joshua’s Tomb-By Judah Ari Gross July 11, 2017, 5:43 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
IDF soldiers on Tuesday raided the West Bank hometown of a Palestinian man who the day before carried out a car-ramming attack in which a soldier was wounded, the army said.On Monday afternoon, a resident of the Palestinian village of Teqoa outside Bethlehem attempted to drive his car into a group of soldiers, lightly injuring one of them, as they manned a roadblock in the area.After crashing his car into the guard rail, the assailant then tried to stab the soldiers before he was shot dead by the troops, according to the IDF.The assailant was named in Palestinian media as Muhammad Ibrahim Jibril, 24. According to the Palestinian Ma’an news site, Israeli officials agreed to turn over the body for burial Tuesday in exchange for “quiet” in the town.During the attack, the soldier sustained wounds to his arms and legs. It was not immediately clear if the soldier was hit by the vehicle or by a streetlight that fell after it was hit by the Palestinian’s car.According to an eyewitness, soldiers on the scene had earlier been checking passing Palestinian vehicles “without a barrier or protection.”Early Tuesday morning, IDF troops, as well as Border Police officers and members of the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration, entered the village of Teqoa.“The troops carried out searches in the home of the terrorist and in the homes of his family, and seized inciting material,” the army said in a statement.The military did not elaborate on the type of materials found, but a picture on Facebook posted by the village’s official page showed a poster ripped off a wall.Between Monday night and Tuesday, the IDF arrested 15 Palestinians in cities and towns across the West Bank who were suspected of rock throwing, taking part in riots and other forms of so-called “popular terrorism,” the military said.The army also escorted approximately 1,000 worshipers to the Joshua’s Tomb holy site in the northern West Bank village of Kifl Hares.Palestinian residents threw large stones at the escorting Israeli soldiers, before the troops drove them back with stun grenades, the army said.There were no reports of injuries.
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