General Assembly passes anti-Israel resolution on actions in Gaza; Haley slams resolution, highlights shift in support for Israel at UN; PM praises Trump Administration and Nikki Haley for defending Israel at the UN.
Prime Minister Netanyahu again praised both the Trump Administration and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for defending Israel at the General Assembly on Wednesday.
Haley gave an address in defense of Israel, condemning the UN’s anti-Israel efforts after the General Assembly voted in a resolution claiming Israel has used excessive force against the Palestinians of Gaza. The resolution does not mention Hamas after efforts by the United States to include condemnation of Hamas in the resolution. Of the 193 members, 120 voted in favor, with 8 against and 45 abstentions… more
120 countries voted on Wednesday to pass a UN resolution which condemns Israel’s ‘extensive use of force’ against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The resolution includes a recommendation to UN chief Antonio Guterres to dispatch an “international protective mechanism” to Gaza.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in a letter that he “expresses thanks and appreciation to the members of the UN that voted for the resolution to provide international protection for the Palestinian nation.” In a statement today (Thursday), he said that the resolution was “a victory for Palestinian rights, justice and international law.”
The vote for the “Protection of the Palestinian civilian population” resolution, which took place in the General Assembly in New York City, was first proposed by Algeria, Turkey and the Palestinians. A similar proposal was vetoed by the US in the Security Council a few weeks ago… more
Isaiah 41:11-12 ESV 11 Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. 12 You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all.
JERUSALEM, Israel – Palestinian jihadists in the Gaza Strip set more than 40 fires over the weekend using incendiary kites carrying explosives and burning fuel.
This latest “technique,” which began with the “Great March of Return” launched two months ago, has continued almost daily since then. The “terror kites” have started more than 350 fires that have burned up 7,000+ acres of agricultural land, groves and nature reserves and caused tens of millions of shekels in damage.
Firefighting crews battled blazes along the border with Gaza throughout the weekend, including massive fires in the Shokeda and Simchoni forests. The Israeli Nature and Parks Authority said fire destroyed a third – 75 acres of the 275-acre – Karmiya nature reserve. It took most of the day to bring the massive blaze under control, even with the help of firefighting aircraft… more
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s landing in Moscow on Thursday, May 31, was preceded by stealthy Iranian and Hizballah moves into three strategic locations facing Israel’s Golan border. Hizballah troops at the nearest point are disguised in Syrian army uniforms, in respect of the Russian narrative, articulated this week by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, that only Syrian government forces should stand on the Israeli border.
Lieberman held critical talks with his Russian counterpart, Gen. Sergei Shoigu, on Thursday. He was accompanied by Military Intelligence Chief Maj. Gen. Tamir Hainman and the defense ministry’s senior security adviser Zohar Palti. Those talks were more pressing than ever, given the Iranian/Hizballah rapid advance on the Quneitra region just ahead of his arrival in Moscow.
That force first took up position on the hills surrounding this Syrian Golan town at Tal Misbih, Tal Arbad, Tal Marez, Tal Ghasm and Tal Ghashim. It then split into three parts. DEBKAfile’s military sources report. One element pulled back to the Syrian army’s 10th armored division base at Qatana, midway between Quneitra and Damascus, leaving the Iranian-Hizballah command post behind at Khan Arnabah. A third element of the Iran-led force branched north to the village of Khadar opposite the IDF’s Mt Hermon outpost west of Majdal Shams. These Hizballah troops, who are posted at the closest point to the Israeli border, were disguised in the uniforms of the Syrian 4th Division and 12th Brigade. From Khadar and the surrounding mountain villages, Hizballah has a close-up overview for the surveillance of Israel’s Golan outposts and border defenses…more
US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, again defended Israel at the UN Security Council on Wednesday. The United States requested the session following rocket attacks and terror from the Gaza Strip, calling on the UN body to release a statement condemning Hamas. Kuwait blocked the statement.
The United States called this meeting today to talk about the dangerous and destructive activities of the terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip. You might think that the rest of the Security Council would join us in condemning a terrorist organization like Hamas. There shouldn’t be any debate about this. But of course, because this attack involves Israel, the standard is different… more
A Palestinian Islamic leader who appears regularly on Palestinian Authority television is warning that Muslims, if not given Jerusalem peacefully, will take it “by force.”
The threat was captured by Palestinian Media Watch, which monitors and analyzes media reports in the Middle East.
The sermon was broadcast from the Al-Omari Mosque in El-Bireh. The speaker was not identified except that he was one of the “mosque’s regular preachers.”… more
At the opening ceremony, two of the American speakers were evangelical superstars: Pastor Robert Jeffress, the author of several doomsday books about Israel, and John Hagee, who interpreted recent lunar eclipses as evidence that the end times were nigh. The Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro, meanwhile, declared that Trump had “fulfilled biblical prophecy”.
The ceremony coincided with massive protests, in which 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces.
Thousands of miles away, in her home outside Colorado Springs, Kimberly Troup sat in a cluttered basement office. She is an evangelical Christian who takes to heart the Bible verse in which God speaks of the Jewish nation: “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse.”… more
JERUSALEM, Israel – Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes arrived in Israel Sunday evening to dedicate his country’s new embassy in Jerusalem Monday.
Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan was on hand at the airport to welcome Cartes as he deplaned, thanking him on behalf of the nation for the decision.
“I thank you on behalf of the State of Israel for your decision to move the Paraguay Embassy to Jerusalem. The decision demonstrates the depth of our ties and constitutes further strengthening of our sovereignty in Jerusalem,” YNet quoted Erdan’s welcoming statement… more