The Calm Before the Storm

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‘Terror Kites’ Causing Massive Fires in Southern Israel

'Terror Kites' Causing Massive Fires in Southern Israel, Photo, Screen Capture, JNFJERUSALEM, 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

Ahead of Lieberman’s Moscow talks, Hizballah troops positioned at Israeli border disguised in Syrian uniforms

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

Nikki Haley’s full address to the UNSC

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

In US evangelical capital, a new progressiveness and differing views on Israel

Bruce McCluggage enjoys a coffee at the Wild Goose, in Colorado Springs.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

Paraguay Moves Embassy to Jerusalem as ‘Robust’ Defender of Israel Bernard Lewis Passes at 101

Paruguayan President Horacio Cartes Unveils Embassy Plaque in Jerusalem, Photo, GPO, Amos Ben GershomJERUSALEM, 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

Guatemala opens its embassy in Jerusalem

Screen Shot 2018-05-16 at 12.51.35.pngGuatemala follows United States in relocating its embassy to Jerusalem; Embassy officially opened Wednesday morning; Morales: We feel at home because we know that the Jewish people love the Guatemalan people.

Guatemala officially opened its embassy in Jerusalem Wednesday morning following the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.

A ceremony was held at the Guatemalan Embassy attended by officials and diplomats from both states, President Jimmy Morales and Prime Minister Netanyahu both giving speeches commemorating the historic move…. more

Netanyahu: Thank you for standing up for Jerusalem

Reception held for US delegation Sunday night; PM gives speech thanking Trump Administration and on growing US-Israel relations; Netanyahu: The truth is that under any peace agreement you could possibly imagine, Jerusalem will remain Israel’s capital.

Prime Minister Netanyahu welcomed the US delegation to Israel during a reception held on Sunday night in Jerusalem ahead of the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem Monday.

The Israel Foreign Ministry event was attended by the US delegation of over 250, including numerous officials, including 10 members of Congress, Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner who arrived in Israel Sunday.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is also the Israel’s Foreign Minister, gave an address, praising President Trump’s “bold decision to recognize Jerusalem,” and speaking on the strong ties between Israel and the United States…. more