PA to take control of Gaza Strip on Dec. 1; Unity government expected to form in January 2018; Netanyahu: Any reconciliation between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas must include honoring international agreements and the Quartet conditions, first and foremost among them recognizing Israel and disarming Hamas, Oct. 13, 2017.
Fatah and Hamas signed a reconciliation agreement Thursday, the Palestinian Authority to retake control of the Gaza Strip in December.
The agreement was signed in Cairo by representatives of both factions, the Palestinian Authority to resume its control of the Gaza Strip after a decade of conflict. Hamas leader Salah al-Aruri and Fatah representative Azzam al-Ahmad signed the agreement, with negotiations to form a unity government underway.
Negotiations for the final agreement took two days, negotiations monitored by Egypt.
The deal will go into effect December 1, 2017 and a reported 3,000 Palestinian Authority police will be deployed to the Gaza Strip. A joint police force it to be created as the Palestinians begin to merge and integrate government bodies.
The unity government is reportedly to be formed by January of 2018….. read more
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Thursday that the US will withdraw from UNESCO, the UN’s educational, scientific and cultural body.
The Paris-based body is known for designating World Heritage sites like the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria and Grand Canyon National Park, but it has struggled for relevance as it becomes increasingly hobbled by regional rivalries and a lack of money.
A fight over who will next run the organization highlighted the Trump administration’s concerns: one leading candidate, Qatar’s Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari, has been openly accused of antisemitism by Jewish and Israeli groups.
“This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO,” the State Department said…. read more
UNESCO, Who are they?
Have you ever heard of UNESCO? Well this all got started when we began to read articles on how UNESCO fails to acknowledge Jewish ties to the Temple Mount. We wanted to know where they got the power to disconnect Jerusalem and the Temple Mount from Jewish cultural history. When we began reading about… read more
Israel was startled by the Egyptian president’s comment that the Palestinian reconciliation process he is brokering would lead to peace with Israel.
Abdel Fatteh El-Sisi put it this way in an interview on Sunday, Oct. 8: “The Egyptian moves aimed at helping the Palestinian brothers to start a new stage of unity of the Palestinian ranks would pave the way for a just peace between Palestine and Israel.” He defined his goal as being: “The establishment of an independent Palestinian state to meet the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for a secure, stable and prosperous life.”
El-Sisi added no further details, but he said enough to finally rattle the Netanyahu government. The Palestinian reconciliation process was clearly intruding on terrain that properly belonged to negotiations with Israel. Jerusalem’s policy of standing aside from Cairo’s efforts to broker the internal Palestinian rift between |Hamas and Fatah had left Israel without a say in the process as it advanced. It was becoming clear that Cairo was no longer briefing Israel, despite its promises to do so, on the directions to which Egyptian intelligence officials were leading the Palestinian negotiations for burying the hatchet. (On Oct. 3, DEBKAfile warned that Israel would pay a price for standing aloof from the process.)… read more
On Thursday, September 28, Palestine was accepted as the newest member of INTERPOL. INTERPOL is the “INTERrnational POLice” Agency that was started in 1923 with the goal of coordinating various world police forces and sharing intel across borders. In the second article of its constitution, INTERPOL states the reason for its existence:” To ensure and promote the widest possible mutual assistance between all criminal police authorities within the limits of the laws existing in the different countries and in the spirit of the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’; To establish and develop all institutions likely to contribute effectively to the prevention and suppression of ordinary law crimes.
The creation of the INTERPOL Agency was needed and has resulted in the cooperation of worldwide police forces to fight international crime over the years, and that’s a good thing. But the recent addition of Palestine to the INTERPOL roster might be creating problems more than solving them. By admitting the State of Palestine, INTERPOL admits that Palestine exists as a state. That is its first mistake, and it creates a false premise for the rest of the process. The geographical area known to the world as Israel that was renamed Palestine never ceased to be Israel. Until the 1960’s the word “Palestine” was simply used to describe Israel, nothing more, nothing less. After the arrival on the Middle East scene of Yasir Arafat, Palestine took on a new meaning and became politically charged. A newly displaced people were created. A struggle was justified and terrorism popularized….. read more
In 2010, I read the book entitled “Son of Hamas” by Mosab Hassan Yousef. It is the kind of book that one just cannot put down. It chronicles the life of Mosab, born in Ramallah to the leader of Hamas. Mosab became an undercover agent for the Mossad in Israel – saving many lives.
While in Jerusalem, Mosab had been approached numerous times by Christians. They invited him to attend their Bible study. He finally decided to go, and Mosab became a Christian, turning his back on Islam! He said that the Scripture which made him realize that Jesus was truly the Lord was this:
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44)…. read more
Two-thirds vote in the “State of Palestine” as latest member state to Interpol; PA: On this joyous occasion, the State of Palestine reiterates its commitment to upholding its obligations and contributing to fighting crime and furthering the rule of law., Sept. 27, 2017.
Interpol voted to accept the Palestinian Authority as a member state Wednesday with two-thirds voting in favor.
The General Assembly of Interpol voted in the secret ballot held Wednesday, with 75 states voting in favor, 24 voting against and 34 abstaining, accepting the “State of Palestine” as its most recent member alongside the Solomon Islands.
Interpol confirmed the membership following the vote, taking to Twitter stating, “The State of Palestine and the Solomon Islands are now INTERPOL member countries.”… read more
Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Wow, it appears that God is warning Iran of the destruction that awaits this nation. He used President Trump and now Prime Minister Netanyahu to warn ancient Persia of the destruction that is coming for trying to destroy Israel! Iran was warned before the entire world! The Lord is really merciful.
I would say based on what happened at the United Nations, God is ready to destroy Iran. The warning was issued, and of course, Iran is not going to pay any attention but will plunge forward to its judgment. Trump also warned North Korea before the entire world, so maybe the stage is set for judgment of these two Israel-hating nations that are working together in an attempt to destroy God’s covenant nation…. read more
Israel must ask the international community to stop Iran’s nuclearization but prepare to do the task on its own in case the world fails, Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.
Bennett, who is a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet, spoke before a meeting of the forum, in which the prime minister reported about his meetings with US President Donald Trump and other world leaders and his progress on the Iranian issue. The meeting was held a day after Iran tested a ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel, as security cabinet members backed Netanyahu’s call at the UN last week to either scrap or change the nuclear deal with Iran.
“On the one hand, we need to persuade the US to apply paralyzing sanctions of the highest level as soon as possible,” Bennett said. “Iran must be forced to choose between the nuclear path and a prosperous economy. Since the Iran deal, they haven’t been presented that option. At the same time, Israel must prepare for the possibility that the US and the world won’t be convinced by getting ready to defend ourselves by ourselves.”…. read more