US State Department confirms it will withhold more than half of funds for 2018; US calls on other countries to “burden share”; PLO: Act is Trump Administration complicity with the Israeli occupation.
The United States confirmed it is withholding $65 million in aid to the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) for 2018.
The US State Department confirmed it would withhold half of its designated $125 million for 2018, calling on other nations to contribute more to the organization.
Spokeswoman for the State Department, Heather Nauert, addressed the development during a press briefing on Tuesday, confirming “We committed a voluntary contribution of $60 million for 2018 so far. This will be divided into tranches. Sixty million is what we have indicated as the first available tranche.” She explained that the funds would be used “to sustain schools and health services to ensure that teachers and also health care providers can be paid their salaries,” as well as in order to assure programs would not be shut down given lack of funds…. more
It’s called PESCO. It stands for the Permanent Structured Co-Operation and is a treaty among EU nations providing a framework for mutual defense that many EU superstate proponents have been pushing for a long time.
Technically, it is not a European army, per se, but many consider it a necessary first step as it requires each country to strengthen its military assets and defense capabilities and cooperate if needed.
There are plans for enhanced joint training, streamlining of cross-border military operations, and medical operations. It establishes a defense fund for procurement of weapons and the development of “rapid reaction forces,” armed with tanks and drones.
The initial funding will include a 5 billion-euro ($5.83 billion dollar) defense fund. PESCO allows for integrated armed forces, a combined pool of Defense spending, and the creation of a joint command headquarters. European Union Foreign Affairs Chief Federica Mogherini said the pact will focus not just on military cooperation, but also on cyber-security…. more
A UNESCO funded project reproduced a statue of a lion, the third project of its kind the organization has supported, leading at least one rabbi to conclude that the real goal of the political organization is to promote an agenda that has always stood as Israel’s nemesis: idolatry.
The Lion of al-Lāt is an ancient statue, almost 11 feet tall and weighing 15 tons, which stood in the temple of pre-Islamic goddess al-Lāt in Palmyra, Syria. In June 2015 the statue was severely damaged, along with many other artifacts at the historic site, by the Islamic State (ISIS) after it captured Palmyra. The statue was eventually removed to the National Museum of Damascus where it underwent reconstruction… more
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced Sunday that the United States negotiated a $285 million cut in the United Nations’ “bloated” budget for next year.
“The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known,” Haley said in a statement from the US Mission. “We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked.”
“In addition to these significant cost savings, we reduced the UN’s bloated management and support functions, bolstered support for key US priorities throughout the world and instilled more discipline and accountability throughout the UN system,” the statement said… more
Breitbart: NEW YORK — President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote to pass a United Nations General Assembly resolution seeking to rescind his historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care,” Trump told reporters at the White House. more …
Opinion by BIBLE PROPHECY TRACKER: Way to go Mr. President! Under the previous administration a nation who voted against the US and Israel would receive F-16 fighter jets.
And Nikki Haley tweets the US is taking names:
At the UN we’re always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American people, about where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thursday there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.
Later today the UN General Assembly at a rare emergency session will take a non-binding but symbolic vote seeking to reaffirm Jerusalem’s status as unresolved. Turkey and Yemen are sponsors of the draft.
And the King of the Universe will also take names under the Abrahamic Covenant Genesis 12:3.
Ahead of UN General Assembly Thursday, Prime Minister Netanyahu refers to UN as “house of lies”, thanks Trump and Haley; Erdogan: Mr. Trump, you cannot buy Turkey’s democratic will with your dollars, Dec. 21, 2017.
Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the United Nations General Assembly emergency session scheduled for Thursday, referring to the United Nations as “the house of lies” and rejecting today’s vote on Jerusalem.
The Prime Minister made the remarks on Thursday morning where he spoke about Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “whether the UN recognized it or not”. He stated on Thursday morning ahead of the General Assembly session “Today is a very important day in Israel and outside Israel. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel whether the UN recognizes it or not. It took 70 years for the US to officially recognize it and it will take more years until the UN also recognizes it.”…. more
JPost: World leaders warned that US President Donald Trump may have doomed the peace process and called for calm in the wake of violent threats from the Arab world.
“The EU calls on all actors on the ground and in the wider region to show calm and restraint in order to prevent any escalation,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also expressed concern in New York: “I have consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians,” Guterres said. more …
Opinion by BIBLE PROPHECY: The EU comment is a pathetic reminder of Obama/Kerry moral equivalence:
Scenario: Hamas sets up rocket sites in schools and hospitals before firing hundreds of rockets into southern Israel with the intention of killing Jewish civilians – Israel responds by taking out the rocket sites causing unavoidable civilian causalities and both sides are asked to use restraint … rinse – repeat.
The UN chief is concerned about the prospect for peace when there has not been one for 70 years. Mahmoud “I will not accept a Jewish state” Abbas has not changed his tune, and we learned in April from Hamas (‘chamas’ Hebrew for violence) leaders that they have no intention of putting down their weapons or softening their charter:
Article 19 of the New Hamas Charter repeats that there will never be peace so long as Israel still exists. It declares: “We do not leave any part of the Palestinians’ land, under any circumstances, conditions or pressure, as long as the occupation remains. Hamas refuses any alternative which is not the whole liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea.”
But the most stinging criticism came from someone who would know better if he would open a Bible. Pope Francis the leader of 1.2 billion Catholics prayed for the status quo. In other words, keep Arab control of the Temple Mount where they pray at a mosque 5 times per day, but where Jews are not allowed to pray.
Let the status quo continue with stabbings and car rammings, and let the Arabs stage riots over metal detectors after three Palestinians shot and killed two Israeli police in cold blood on July 14, 2017 on the Temple Mount .
Francis’ concern that he wants Jerusalem to be a place for Muslims, Christians and Jews to pray freely is disingenuous at best and downright dishonest at worst. It is because of the democratic principles of the Israeli government that Muslims and Christians can pray freely in Israel. No other country in the Middle East has such freedoms.
Ironically it is Jews that aren’t allowed that freedom by the Muslims who were given control of the temple mount as a gesture of peace in 1967 (source).
President Trump called out the enemies of God and His covenant land yesterday.
Bring it …
Eight of 15 member states call for meeting on Jerusalem; Turkey claims international laws violated; Arab world condemns USA decision, claims peace process ruined; Netanyahu reports countries already in talks with Israel for moving their embassies; The Philippines to move embassy to Jerusalem, Czech recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Dec. 7, 2017.
The United Nations Security Council will meet on Friday to address the United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as countries globally condemn the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Eight of the fifteen-member council, including Bolivia, the UK, Egypt, France, Italy, Senegal, Sweden and Uruguay called for the meeting following Trump’s address Wednesday, with Turkey’s representative to the United Nations accusing Israel of international law violations…. read more