ARAB MK SAYS THIRD INTIFADA HAS ALREADY BEGUN


Palestinian protesters hurl stones towards Israeli troops during clashes near Qalandiya checkpoint nThe government’s brutal actions at the Al-aksa Mosque, changing the status quo by placing metal detectors, will necessarily lead to a third Intifada, that already began today,” Joint List Member of Parliament Taleb Abu Arar, said Friday afternoon. The lawmaker warned of a major Palestinian uprising and accused the police of killing three Palestinians in clashes following weekly prayers in Jerusalem.

“Those who initiated the violence and killed three Palestinians were the Israeli police,” he said.

MK Ahmad Tibi, also from the Joint List party, said that the responsibility to the clashes to those who died is the government and its head, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.<!–more–>

House Committee Approves Strict Restrictions on US Funding for UN and Palestinian Authority


Tough conditions on American funding for both the UN and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have been approved by the congressional committee overseeing the US Foreign Operations Bill for 2018.

The bill — passed by the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday — places strict restrictions on how the $47.4 billion budget for overseas operations will be disbursed.

A statement from the committee confirmed that there will be “no funding for the (UN) Human Rights Council unless the Secretary of State determines that it is in the national security interest and the Council stops its anti-Israel agenda and increases transparency in the elections of its members.”<!–more–>

UNESCO passes resolution claiming ancient Hebron sites as “Palestinian World Heritage Sites”


SynagogueSecond resolution against Israel passed this week; Vote taken in secret; Israel: No resolution from this irrelevant organization can hurt our thousands of years old historical right over the Cave of the Patriarchs, or our right over Israel.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted in a secret ballot Friday passing a resolution which claims the Old City of Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as a “Palestinian World Heritage Site”.

The anti-Israel resolution passed despite Israel’s lobbying efforts, a reported twelve states voting in favor and only three opposing and six abstaining. Croatia, Jamaica and Poland requested the vote be taken by secret ballot…<!–more–>

UNESCO, Who are they?

French President condemns ‘settlement construction’


Abbas and Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday condemned Israeli “settlement construction” during a meeting in Paris with Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Expressing concern about the “deteriorating situation” unfolding in Judea and Samaria, eastern Jerusalem, and Gaza, Macron said that the continued “absence of a political horizon feeds despair and extremism,” according to comments quoted by i24news.

He reiterated France’s position that “there is no viable alternative to a two-state solution,” and said Israel’s “settlement building” has reached “unprecedented levels” since the beginning of the year.

Abbas, for his part, claimed his government is ready to sign a peace agreement and is waiting on Israel’s response.<!–more–>

Burying Obama’s legacy


It may very well be that this week was the week that Israel and the US put to rest former president Barack Obama’s policies and positions on Israel and the Palestinians.

If so, the move was made despite the best efforts of Obama’s team to convince the Trump administration to maintain them.

The details of Obama’s policies and positions have been revealed in recent weeks in a series of articles published in Haaretz regarding Obama’s secretary of state John Kerry’s failed peacemaking efforts, which ended in 2014.

The articles reported segments of two drafts of a US framework for a final peace treaty between the PLO and Israel. The drafts were created in February and March 2014.

The article series is predicated on the assumption that Kerry and his team were on the precipice of a historic breakthrough between PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. But a close reading of the documents shows that the opposite was the case.

There are two reasons that Kerry had no prospects for reaching a deal.

First, he, Obama and their advisers were too hostile to Israel and its citizens to ever convince Netanyahu that Israel’s interests would be secured…. read more

Trump In Israel For Prophetic Drive Toward Peace by Bill Wilson


Just about every president that has held the office since before Jimmy Carter thought they could bring peace to the Middle East. President Donald Trump is no different. After flying from Saudi Arabia to Tel Aviv, Trump said that he has found new reasons for hope. He said, “We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and its people, defeating terrorism and creating a future of harmony, prosperity and peace, but we can only get there working together. There is no other way.” So the peace process, which has pushed the “restart” button by every modern president begins anew. There may be hope in Trump making a deal, but it’s not the hope in what the politicians think.

During my travels in Israel, I noticed something upon which most Israelis agree: they want peace. Trouble is, there can be no peace when the surrounding enemies won’t take the first step and recognize Israel’s right to exist in the first place. It has to start there—that Jews have the right to self-determination in their own land. The political Arabs don’t recognize this right. When President George W Bush essentially forced former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to evacuate Gaza to the so-called “Palestinians,” there was no peace. Gaza turned into a terrorist state, a staging ground for missiles and acts of violence, proving to the world that a two-state solution is only division of land to create more hostility toward Israel.

Trump, like any other US president who tries to lift the peace of Jerusalem as a burdensome stone, will soon find that there is a reason that peace has not been achieved despite the earnest efforts of many a sincere leader—prophecy. Those who are students of the Bible in its prophetic context know that while we are to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, true peace will not be attained until the return of the Messiah, the total defeat of Israel’s enemies, including the antichrist and his coalition of the very nations who broker terrorism against Israel in this modern day. They include Turkey, Iran, Sudan, Libya, and parts of Saudi Arabia where Trump just completed a $110 billion arms deal. No peace in that.

As the Lord says in Ezekiel 39:27-29 of Israel and her people, “When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, says the Lord God.” Prophetically and scripturally speaking, the only one that is going to bring peace to the land of Israel is the Prince of Peace, not a mere mortal. Until then its window dressing and positioning that may bring the prophecy clock forward, but it won’t be the real deal. [Full Source by Bill Wilson]